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September 29th, 2020

 

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE TO RISE OUTSIDE OF KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS

 

The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus has nearly tripled in areas outside of Missouri's two largest metropolitan areas since the state reopened for business in mid-June.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' COVID-19 dashboard shows that the state's northwest, southeast, southwest and central regions all reached record highs for virus-related hospitalizations on Monday, based on seven-day averages.

Excluding the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, hospitalizations in Missouri have risen 186% in the 3 1/2 months since Republican Gov. Mike Parson allowed the state to reopen on June 16.

 

 

HEAD OF MISSOURI CHILD WELFARE SERVICES DIVISION RESIGNS

 

The head of a Missouri division that oversees child welfare services has resigned after only three months on the job.

David Wood, a Republican from Versailles, said Monday that he resigned as director of the Division of Children's Services, which oversees child abuse and neglect issues, child care licensing, adoption and foster care.

He gave no reason for his resignation and state officials also declined to discuss it.

Wood took over the division in mid-June after resigning his seat in the Missouri House.

He said at the time he hoped to bring stability to a division that had five directors in seven years.

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS PUSH THE IMPORTANCE OF FLU SHOTS

 

While the fall season brings a crispness to the air, it also means that the flu season is upon us.

This year everyone is on high alert thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That means local health departments are stressing to their communities the importance of receiving a flu shot.

Macon County Health Department Emergency Planner Cheryl Blaise discussed with KTVO why people are encouraged to get a flu shot this fall.

"This year, with COVID-19 running so rampant, you don't want to get two types of flu at the same time because you'll be sicker than just having one strain of the flu," Blaise said. "So, protection and prevention is what we're here for."

Macon County’s first drive thru flu clinic will take place on October 1 in La Plata on the east side of the city park.

It will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate allowing school kids to receive their flu shot.

If you are unable to make it to this clinic, contact your local health department to learn when its clinic is scheduled.

 

 




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September 28th, 2020

 

LA BELLE, MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED AFTER DRUG BUST

 

A northeast Missouri man behind bars following a search warrant that ended with a drug bust.

On September 23, various agencies including the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force, North Missouri Drug Task Force, and Missouri State Highway Patrol, executed a search warrant at 301 Yancey Street in La Belle, Missouri.

During the course of the search, law enforcement located illegal drugs, drug contraband and several thousands dollars.

The search was part of a months-long investigation that began in Kirksville, by the North Missouri Drug Task Force.

Following the search, Masson Kurk, 24, of La Belle, was taken into custody.

He's been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as shrooms, a hallucinogen.

Kurk remains at the Lewis County jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MDC AND PARTNERS OFFER DEER HUNTING CLINIC LATER THIS MONTH

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), along with the Missouri Disabled Sportsmen (MDS) and the Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF), is offering a deer hunting clinic to youth with chronic illnesses.

The goal of the clinic is to have kids and families make a new connection to the outdoors.

Participants will learn about deer biology and habitat, hunting safety and shooting skills, ammunition and firearm selection, methods, and regulations.

MDC Conservation Educator Rob Garver spoke with KTVO about the willingness for organizations to partner with the MDC to put on these clinics.

"Those other partnership organizations like Missouri Disabled Sportsmen and Outdoor Dream Foundation and then Rest Inn Him Lodge has a lot to do with making sure that programs like this happen," Garver said. "Those partnerships ensure that we can get more done and we utilize as many folks as we can to make sure that those kids have a good time and a fun opportunity. They get to enjoy nature while they're out there and hopefully get to harvest a deer."

Outside of learning how to safely hunt, participants will also have time to go fishing and participate in other nature activities.

Those interested in participating must register at this website by October 23.

The clinic will take place on October 30 at 3 p.m. at the Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center in Unionville, Mo.

For more information about the event, call 660-785-2420.

 

 

LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT RESUMES AFTER THREE YEAR MORATORIUM

 

 A state low-income housing tax credit sought by developers seeking to build affordable housing but often criticized by Missouri officials has resumed after a three-year moratorium.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Missouri Housing Development Commission has restarted a program that then-Republican Gov. Eric Greitens zeroed out in 2017.
The commission's decision came in a unanimous vote Friday.
Developers and tenant advocates have noted that the supply of affordable housing in Missouri badly trails demand.
But the tax credit is resuming without legislative reforms that were once thought necessary to get the program running again.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO FOUR SHOTS FIRED REPORTS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING

 

Columbia Police officers responded to four separate reports of shots heard in the area of Eastwood Drive and Clark Lane beginning on Saturday, Sept. 26 at approximately 10 p.m. The last report was at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. 

Officers were able to locate several witnesses who directed them to a residence in the Woodlake Apartments, 2609 Eastwood Drive, where they said they heard the gunshots. While officers were searching that area, several spent shell casings were located immediately outside an apartment.

Officers obtained a search warrant for an apartment and associated vehicle that was determined to be involved. As a result of the search warrant, officers located a handgun and ammunition and arrested Jamie Adrian Burns, 26, of Columbia for the charges of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. 

There were no injuries or property damage caused by the gunfire. 

There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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September 27th, 2020

 

BROOKFIELD MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONIES IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

 

A Brookfield man faces multiple felony charges after at least 100 pornographic photos of children were found on his phone.  According to a probable cause statement, Brookfield Police executed a search warrant of 44 year old James Dean Jackson of Brookfield that led to the discovery of “at least 100 photos of children” on his cell phone.  Jackson faces 34 felony charges of possession of child pornography and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.  The maximum sentence for the charges is multiple life sentences.

 

 

WEEKEND CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE INJURES TWO

 

Around 4 p.m. Saturday Kirksville first responders received word of a crash at the intersection of Baltimore and Illinois streets.

According to local officials Tony Hamlin, 50, of Edina, Mo., was heading west on Illinois Street. Authorities say Hamlin ran a red light and struck a vehicle driven by Katie Steele, 21, of Kirksville, who was southbound on Baltimore Street.

Both vehicles received heavy damage.

Hamlin received moderate injuries and was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Steele did not receive treatment, but an unidentified passenger in her vehicle was transported to Northeast Regional with moderate injuries.

 

 

AD CRITICIZING MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE PULLED AND EDITED

 

An ad criticizing Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway that aired on nine television stations has been pulled.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday reported that the ads were swapped after Galloway's campaign sent cease-and-desist letters.

The ads are by the Uniting Missouri PAC. The group supports Republican Gov. Mike Parson's campaign but acts independently.

The original ad said Galloway ignored ethics laws and didn't disclose that her husband lobbied for state tax credits.

Galloway's campaign lawyer says her husband never did that. Her campaign also says she reported that her husband has lobbied.

A Uniting Missouri spokesman says the PAC is making "minor semantic changes" to the ad.

 

 

 




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September 24th, 2020

 

FIRE THAT DESTROYED UNIONVILLE HOME DEEMED SUSPICIOUS

 

A suspicious blaze destroyed a Heartland home on Wednesday evening.

The call came in shortly around 7:10 p.m. that an abandoned two-story home on 190th Street just off of Highway 129 southeast of Unionville, Missouri, was on fire.

Fire Chief Tim Montgomery told KTVO the house was engulfed in flames when he and crews from Unionville Volunteer Fire Department arrived.

Montgomery said the old home, owned by Roger Pearson, had not been occupied for years and did not have electricity.

That is why the blaze is considered suspicious. The chief said damage was too extensive to determine how it started.

Montgomery said crews just let it burn to the ground since it was a rundown, unoccupied home.

They were on the scene for more than two hours.

Four fire trucks and 12 personnel responded to the scene along with Putnam county Ambulance and Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured during the incident.

 

 

GUBERNATORIAL FORUM POSTPONED DUE TO MISSOURI GOVERNOR’S COVID-19 POSITIVE

 

(From KRCG-TV) Missouri's four candidates for Governor will have to wait to share a common stage.

The candidates' first gubernatorial forum, where they were scheduled to discuss their positions on issues affecting the state, has been postponed due to Governor Mike Parson testing positive for coronavirus.

The forum was originally intended to take place at the Missouri Theatre on Friday at 2:00 p.m. This would have been the first time that Republican Gov. Mike Parson, Democrat State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Libertarian nominee Rik Combs and Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer shared a common stage.

However, the event was postponed following the announcement that Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson have both tested positive for COVID-19.

"As you heard, First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today and Governor Parson was then tested and we have received his positive test this afternoon," Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams said during a Wednesday press briefing.

Following the announcement, Auditor Galloway released a statement wishing the Governor and First Lady a speedy recovery.

“I wish Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson a safe and full recovery," Galloway said. "This is a stark reminder that this virus can reach anyone, anywhere and that this pandemic is far from over. We must all continue to do our part in preventing the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask.”

Williams said Gov. Parson has not yet experienced symptoms and Mrs. Parson is experiencing mild symptoms.

"I'm thankful to report that both the Governor and First Lady are doing fine," Williams said.

Mrs. Parson is currently isolating at the Parson’s home in Bolivar. Meanwhile, the Governor is staying in the Governor's Mansion where he continues to "conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor's Mansion without interruption," a Wednesday news release said.

Plans are to reschedule the forum to a later date. More information about the rescheduled forum will be announced when details are finalized.

 

 

FORMER CENTER, MISSOURI CITY CLERK DRAWS FEDERAL ATTENTION

 

Former City Clerk for Center, Missouri, Tracey Ray, is accused of using taxpayer funds for personal credit card bills, concert tickets and vacations

KHQA-TV reports, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit surrounding the City of Center.

It reportedly revealed that Ray misappropriated at least $316,887 in taxpayer funds between Jan. 1, 2015, and July 3, 2019.

Ralls County Prosecuting Attorney Rodney Rodenbaugh released a statement regarding this audit.

Rodenbaugh said the state's statute of limitations prohibits charges of crimes occurring outside of the three-year period.

However, he said federal statutes are not as restrictive.

He said he's reached out to federal authorities to proceed with the investigation.

Ray faces two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court documents, she was granted a change of venue in 2019.

Her case has now been moved to Boone County, Missouri.

Ray’s next court date has been set for December 17, 2020.

 

 




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September 23rd, 2020

 

LA PLATA TEEN INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SOUTH OF LA PLATA

 

A northeast Missouri teen was able to walk away from a rollover accident with only minor injuries.

That single-vehicle accident happened around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on Old Highway 63, 4.5 miles south of La Plata.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by Joseph Cross, 17, of Excello, lost control on a curve, slide off the east side of the road and overturned.

He was not injured in the crash.

His passenger, a 14-year-old girl from La Plata, suffered minor injuries.

She was taken to Urgent Care in Kirksville by private vehicle to be checked out.

Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The highway patrol is not releasing the the teen's name because she is a juvenile.

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE BY RUNNING HER OVER

 

A 33-year-old central Missouri man is accused of killing his wife by running her over with a truck during an argument.
Michael Brown, of Smithton, is charged with first-degree murder and six other felonies in the death of his wife, 32-year-old Maria Brown last week.
Court documents say Brown told investigators that he hit his wife because she had the devil in her and God wanted him to.
Investigators said the couple was involved in a physical altercation before Maria Brown was run over by the truck last week in Smithton. Online court records do not name an attorney for Brown, who is being held without bond.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution, Mrs. Parson was tested Wednesday morning after displaying minor symptoms.
Governor Parson was then tested as well and received a positive result.

All official and campaign events have been canceled until further notice.
As a precautionary measure, the Governor's staff has been tested and is awaiting results.
At this time, the Governor feels healthy and is displaying no symptoms, and Mrs. Parson has mild symptoms.
Proper safety protocols have been implemented at the direction of Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

During this time, Governor Parson continues to conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor's Mansion without interruption.

 

 

 

 




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September 21st, 2020

 

WITNESS RESCUES DRIVER WHO CRASHED INTO CHARITON RIVER

 

A driver who crashed into the Chariton River Friday was rescued by a witness, who had watched the accident unfold and the vehicle begin to be submerged.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Stephanie Bressan, 59, of Springfield, Illinois, drove off the left side of the U.S. 36 in Macon County three miles east of New Cambria at 11:55 a.m. on Friday.

Her vehicle became airborne and submerged into the Chariton River.

A passerby stopped when they saw the crash and removed Bressan from her SUV while it was sinking into the Chariton River, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

A Macon County ambulance transported Bressen to Samaritan Memorial Hospital in Macon for treatment of serious injuries.

Troopers worked on pulling the vehicle from the river on Friday afternoon.

The highway patrol said the witness's fast action prevented tragedy

 

 

MACON COUNTY ANNOUNCES 25 NEW COVID-19 CASES SINCE THURSDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department announces 25 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday.

Of these new cases: 10 are under 19, one is age 20-29, four are age 30-39, four are age 40-49, four are age 50-59, one is age 60-69 and one is age 70-79.

12 of these new cases were spread through school contacts and 13 are community spread.

At the time of this press release, the following reflects cases of COVID-19 in Macon County –

189 positive cases

39 active positive cases

3 hospitalizations (included in the active positive case count)

150 released from isolation

In the past 24 hours, the state of Missouri has added 1,328 positive cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the state total to 112,844 positive cases of COVID-19.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS TWO CRIME BILLS

 

 KRCG-TV reports Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed two bills on Monday, one creating a pretrial witness protection fund and another that removes residency requirements for public safety employees in St. Louis.

House Bill 66 and House Bill 46 were passed by the General Assembly during a recent special session with a narrow focus on violent crime.

“We have a serious problem with violent crime here in Missouri, and we have seen it escalate even more in recent months,” Gov. Parson said. “HB 66 and HB 46 are valuable tools that will build on our efforts to combat violent crime, support law enforcement officers, and make our communities safer."

The special session was meant to address the state's rapid increase in violent crime rates this year, primarily in urban areas.
In St. Louis alone 195 people had been murdered by Sept. 18. This number surpasses last year's record of 194 and there are still a few more months to go in 2020.

The session came to an abrupt end last Wednesday, with the Missouri House of Representatives taking no final action on bills dealing with juvenile crime and gun possession, hearsay evidence, and giving the Attorney General jurisdiction over murder cases in St. Louis.
Those measures were key to Governor Mike Parson's anti-crime agenda.
HB 66 creates a Pretrial Witness Protection Fund in which law enforcement agencies can provide resources for the security of victims and witnesses and their immediate families.
HB 46 removes the residency requirements for public safety employees in the City of St. Louis.

Governor Parson said the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is currently short by more than 140 officers. HB 46 could help fill that gap.

 

 




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September 16th, 2020

 

 

MACON COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR WOMAN WHO FAILED TO OBEY JUDGE

 

Local authorities are looking for a NEMO woman, they say, failed to obey judges orders.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate Sandra Toolate.

Her original charge is for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Us of Drug Paraphernalia (two counts) and Possession of Marijuana.

Anyone with any information on this subject is encouraged to call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at at 660-385-2062 or message them on Facebook.

 

 

FORMER CENTER, MISSOURI CITY CLERK ACCUSED OF MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS

 

 A former city clerk in Missouri is accused of using taxpayer funds for personal credit card bills, concert tickets and vacations.

On Wednesday, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit surrounding the city of Center, Mo., in Ralls County.

The audit revealed that former city clerk Tracey Ray misappropriated at least $316,887 in taxpayer funds between January 1, 2015, and July 3, 2019.
The Auditor's Public Corruption and Fraud Division conducted the audit after receiving information through a whistleblower hotline last summer.

"This audit details a serious breach of public trust and exposes years of dishonesty at the expense of taxpayers,” Galloway said. “The abuses by the former clerk, which include using taxpayers' dollars to pay for concert tickets and vacations in Branson, Colorado and Las Vegas, are just egregious. The city must work to rebuild citizens' trust by addressing the lack of oversight that allowed this to activity to occur and carry on for years."

A whistleblower contacted the State Auditor's Office about a possible lack of financial reporting in Center.

The office began investigating and was then contacted by the mayor who requested information to initiate an audit.

On July 2, 2019, after being questioned by city officials, the clerk was involved in an incident in which she exchanged gunfire with Ralls County sheriff's deputies.

As a result, the Missouri Attorney General's Office filed felony charges for assault and armed criminal action.

The Board of Aldermen voted to terminate her employment on July 3, the same day the board formally requested an audit.

The audit found more than $200,000 in city funds were used to pay the former clerk's personal credit card bills.

They included charges to Amazon, Walmart, hotels, restaurants and a hair salon.

City funds were also used to pay more than $35,000 of personal expenses, including tax bills, mortgage payments and life insurance policy premiums.

After the board discontinued health insurance coverage for city employees in 2014, the former clerk used $62,000 in city funds to pay for a health insurance policy for herself and her family.

Additionally, the audit found missing cash totaling at least $7,000 that was collected, but never deposited.

"My Public Corruption and Fraud Division has been working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement throughout the audit and will continue to provide additional assistance now that the audit is complete," Galloway said.

Ray faces two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court documents, she was granted a change of venue in 2019.

Her case has now been moved to Boone County, Missouri.

Ray’s next court date has been set for December 17, 2020.

 

 

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus have risen across Missouri in recent days.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that three of the four highest days for hospitalizations have occurred over the past week, based on data from the state health department.
The most recent data shows 1,021 patients in hospitals with confirmed or presumed cases on Saturday, the second-highest day on record.
The highest was Sept. 9, when 1,040 patients were hospitalized.
The fourth-highest number of hospitalizations on record occurred Friday, with 1,008 patients.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXPELLS TWO AND SUSPENDS THREE FOR VIOLATING COVID-19 GUIDELINES

 

The University of Missouri in Columbia says two students have been expelled and three others suspended for violating rules meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The disciplinary actions were announced Tuesday.

A news release says the sanctions were necessary because of flagrant violations of rules and regulations that require students who test positive for the coronavirus to isolate themselves and comply with social distancing requirements.

More than 1,300 of the university's students have been infected.

All told, 470 students have been called to the university's Office of Student Conduct and Accountability for possible violations of coronavirus policies.

Eleven student organizations are under investigation.

 

 




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September 15th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MOOSE LODGE MEMBERS TRAVEL TO HELP CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS STRUGGLING WITH WILDFIRES

 

Millions of acres in the western United States are currently being burned to ash due to wildfires.

There are an estimated 90 large wildfires that are taking place in the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho.

These fires have caused families to be displaced from their homes and store shelves have been emptied.

As the wildfires continue to engulf west coast communities in flames, one northeast Missouri organization decided it wanted to help.

Recently, Frank and Dylan Vorhees, members of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Kirksville, drove a trailer of supplies to a Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks, California.

KTVO spoke with Frank Vorhees about why the Moose Lodge felt compelled to help the wildfire victims.

"It's our belief that our community is not just in our own background, but it reaches through all corners of the world," Vorhees said. "And when a lodge in California reached out to just everybody asking for supplies to be donated, we just thought it was a great opportunity for us to do our part to help with the evacuees and help support the firefighters and all the efforts going on locally in California."

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge strives to find different ways to help its community.

It is located at 2405 East Illinois Street in Kirksville.

If you would like to know more about the Moose Lodge, that information can be found on its Facebook page or website.

 

 

KEYTESVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR MULTIPLE SODOMY, CHILD MOLESTATION, AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES

 

A north Missouri man was sentenced last week for multiple counts of sodomy, child molestation and sexual misconduct.
Edward Schrock, 59, of Keytesville, was sentenced to 72 years in prison for the sexual abuse of six children over the course of several years.
That sentence was handed down by Chariton County judge Terry Tschannen.
On June 18, 2020, Schrock pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy of a child under twelve years old, two counts of first-degree child molestation of a child under fourteen years old and one count of sexual misconduct involving a child by coercion or inducement.
Schrock was charged with offenses against six children, all of which were his own family and family friends.
Judge Tschannen stated that Schrock’s abuse of children who held their elders in a position of trust was “disgusting” and “reprehensible.”
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Chariton County Prosecuting Attorney.

“This case is another great example of the important work that our Public Safety attorneys do on a daily basis around the state of Missouri. Because of their diligent work, a serial child abuser and molester is off the streets and unable to cause any more harm,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

Assistant Attorneys General Katharine Dolin and Paige Wheeler assisted Chariton County prosecuting attorney Cliff Thornburg. Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Barbara Littrell investigated the case.

 

 

MACON COUNTY AUTHORITIES NEED HELP IDENTIFYING THEFT SUSPECT

 

Local authorities need your help identifying a theft suspect.

On Sunday, the Macon County Sheriff's Office took a report of theft from a motor vehicle at Love's Travel Stop in Bevier.

A purse was taken from inside of the vehicle.

Credit cards taken with the purse were used at various locations around Macon.

The sheriff’s office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect.

The suspect is a white male, wearing a blue and white shirt, khaki pants and black shoes.

The vehicle involved is a white Dodge Ram with a black brush guard.

Anyone with information related to this incident or the identification of the suspect is asked to call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062 or message the office's Facebook page.

 

 

SEDALIA SHERIFF’S DEPUTY NOT CHARGED IN SHOOTING OF SEDALIA WOMAN

 

 A sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a Missouri woman after a traffic stop will not be charged in her death.

A special prosecutor who investigated the June 13 shooting of Hannah Fizer of Sedalia said Monday the Pettis County Deputy had reasonable belief that he was in danger.

But prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff also wrote it appeared it might have been possible for the deputy to avoid the shooting but under Missouri law that does not warrant criminal charges.

The deputy told investigators Fizer told him she had a gun and threatened to shoot him before he fired.

No gun was found in the car.

 

 




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September 14, 2020

TWO ATV’S CRASH IN RALLS COUNTY RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES

The patrol investigated a crash in Ralls County on Whitaker Lane, 4 miles south of Hannibal at 4:35pm Sunday. As one of the ATV’s attempted to pass on the right, it sideswiped the other ATV causing the driver and a passenger to be ejected. 49 year old Paul Heidecker of Hannibal and his 10 year old passenger both sustained serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The driver of the other ATV was identified as a 12 year old juvenile and he was not injured. Two troopers, with assistance of the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department investigated the crash.

THREE HURT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY UTV CRASH

Troopers report 3 people were injured, two seriously in a crash on private property off LIV 420, approximately 4 miles south of Chillicothe at 8 pm Saturday. It happened with the driver, 56 year old William Englert of Ada, Arkansas accelerated quickly and turned sharply causing the auto to overturn onto its right side. The driver had serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight Helicopter from Hedrick  Medical Center to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Another passenger and brother of the driver, 53 year old Daniel Englert of Chillicothe also had serious injuries and was transported by private auto to Hedrick Medical Center. Another occupant, 54 year old Jerry Ballantyne of Chillicothe had minor injuries and was treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center.

BOTH DRIVERS INJURED IN RANDOLH COUNTY CRASH DURING NOON HOUR SUNDAY

The patrol says a Cairo driver, 48 year old Rita N. Wheeler was westbound at 12:22 Sunday afternoon when her vehicle rear ended another westbound auto driven by 80 year old Mary J. Pearce of Armstrong who was attempting to make a left hand turn. Wheeler had minor injuriues and was to seek her own treatment. Pearce had moderate injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The crash happened on US 24, just west of the Moberly City Limits. Moberly Police assisted at the scene.

SEVERAL TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY SATURDAY

A total of nine people were injured in an accident on I-70 Saturday. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before 6pm Saturday at the 140-mile marker in Callaway County. According to the report, an SUV with a flat tire became disabled in the passing lane. The driver Whitney Watson of St. Louis exited the vehicle and attempted to change the tire when another westbound vehicle attempted to stop but struck the disabled vehicle from behind after it was impacted by a 3rd westbound auto which resulted in the disabled SUV  striking Watson who was thrown into the median during impact resulting in serious injuries. Another passenger in the disabled SUV and 6 juveniles were also taken to the hospital for treatment.

HALLSVILLE MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Hallsville man was killed Friday night in Boone County on Route Z, south of Mexico Gravel Road. The patrol said 34 year old Marcus Hough was southbound when he was ejected from his motorcycle after it ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned at 10:20 pm.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

At approximately 4:45 a.m. this past Sunday morning Columbia police responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the 1600 block of Towne Drive. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim, 23, who reported being shot at while walking in the area. Officers canvassed the area and found several shell casings and damage to multiple vehicles. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

QUINCY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING A MANHUNT THAT STARTED WEDNESDAY

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department said that Wesley Elledge, 32, was arrested Thursday near Route Y and Fern Street southeast of Monticello. The department said it became engaged in a pursuit Wednesday evening that started in LaBelle and ended at Route BB and Mo. 16 when the vehicle crashed. One person was arrested, but the driver, identified as Elledge, fled into a wooded area. A Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 unit and sheriff's department drone were unable to locate the suspect overnight and continued searching Thursday. At 11 a.m. he was spotted southeast of Monticello, and he was arrested that afternoon after being found by the sheriff's department, the patrol and the Marion County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit. The suspect is wanted in several jurisdictions according to authorities and additional charges are now being sought.




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September 8th, 2020

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI WOMAN KILLED IN MONDAY STABBING

 

 Authorities have arrested a suspect after a 22-year-old central Missouri woman was stabbed to death on Labor Day.

Howard County Sheriff Mike Neal said deputies responding to a home in Franklin Monday evening found Courtney Clardy dead of several stab wounds.

Authorities searched for 44-year-old Emmett Wood Jr. and found him Tuesday morning using a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott White said Wood was arrested by force.

Wood was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

No further information was immediately released.

 

 

TWO CHARGED IN STATUTORY RAPE OF MACON COUNTY GIRL

 

Two people face felony charges following an investigation into the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the claim on September 4, 2020.

During the investigation, it was learned that the incident took place at a residence in Atlanta, Missouri, during the spring of 2020.

As a result, Pete Anthony Cruse, 18, of Salisbury, Missouri, was arrested and charged with first-degree statutory rape.

Former Atlanta resident, Paris L. Smith, 29, of Clarence, Missouri, was also arrested and charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Both Cruse and Smith are being held at the Macon County Jail.

Cruise's bond has been set at $25,000 cash-only.

Smith's bond is $5,000 cash-only.


MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN SULLIVAN COUNTY INJURES TWO IOWA RESIDENTS

 

 A Labor Day motorcycle crash in northeast Missouri sent two southeast Iowa residents to the hospital.

It happened at 12:50 p.m. Monday on Highway 139, one-and-a-half miles south of Humphreys in Sullivan County.

State troopers say a motorcycle operated by Kevin Whisler, 65, of Centerville, Iowa, struck a deer in the roadway.

Whisler and his passenger, Vicky Strickler, 61, of Moravia, Iowa, were thrown from the motorcycle.

Both Strickler and Whisler were flown in separate helicopters to a Columbia hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The online crash report states that neither was wearing a helmet, which is perfectly fine according to a new Missouri law that just went into effect a few days ago.



 




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September 6th, 2020

 

MACON MIDDLE SCHOOLERS TO MOVE TO VIRTUAL LEARNING FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

 

Due to several students testing positive at the middle school, the Macon R-1 School District has made the difficult decision to move middle schoolers to virtual learning starting Tuesday.

Daily instruction materials will be given virtually, however, unlike last year these will be collected for grades and will not be for enrichment only.

The hope is to have these students return to in-person learning by September 22.

During this two-week period, everyone is encouraged to social distance as much as possible.

During this time there will not be any extra-curricular or athletic activities.

Students who need to pick up learning devices or other items may do so by contacting the Middle School Office.

The health and safety of the district's students and staff is Macon R-1’s number one priority.

At this time, the school district does not think it is necessary for the entire staff to be instructed virtually.

 

 

OVER 30 CARS HAVE TIRES SLASHED ON TRUMAN STATE CAMPUS

 

Officers from the Truman State University Department of Public Safety are looking for a suspect or suspects who slashed the tires on over 30 cars outside Centennial Hall Saturday night.

According to students living in the dorm, the incident happened overnight, with the number of tires on each car being slashed ranging from one to three tires.

Campus police showed up between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday looking for clues, but they were not able to identify a suspect.

The students told KTVO police are hoping that one of the security cameras may have picked up who it was.

If you have any information about the vandalism, you are encouraged to call the campus police.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR COMMENTS ON “GAME CHANGER” SALIVA BASED COVID-19 TEST

 

 The FDA recently approved a new saliva-based COVID-19 test, developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Developers say this test uses saliva collected from people via a funnel they spit into, rather than the current form of testing, which is swabbing the nose.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says this new kind of testing is a game changer.

He said throughout the pandemic, Missouri has worked to increase testing across the state.

Parson adds he is impressed with the team at Washington University that developed this test.

"This university didn't wait for somebody else to come up with solutions. They took it upon themselves to say there is nobody out there that can do it any better then we can do it, and they sent their people to work, just like we had to do as an entire state. When this whole pandemic started, there wasn't experts out there who had all the right answers, and I commend them for stepping forward here in Missouri and leading the way in our state to help with this."

Parson says that by enabling rapid testing of large numbers of people, this new saliva test is a major development that will improve Missouri's testing capabilities even more.

 

 




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September 3rd, 2020

 

MOBERLY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FREAK VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 

A freak accident sends a Missouri woman to the hospital in serious condition.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cayla Herl, 26, of Moberly, was working on her Ford Excursion, when the vehicle started rolling and ran over her.

The vehicle eventually came to a rest after striking a tree. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Monroe County Road 1191, three miles north of Madison.

Herl was seriously injured in the accident.

She was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE DRIVE BY SHOOTING

 

On Wednesday evening, the Kirksville Police Department responded to a drive-by shooting at the area of Baltimore and Illinois streets in Kirksville.

The shooting suspect was driving a white Chevy Malibu traveling northbound on Baltimore Street.

Officers have contacted the victim, who was stopped, westbound on Illinois Street at Baltimore Street, in a dark colored SUV.

The victim reported that while she was stopped, the white Chevy Malibu traveled northbound on Baltimore in front of her and fire a gunshot at her vehicle.

The victim was able to identify the shooter as Ethan Melka, of Kirksville.

The victim also reported that there were other persons inside the white Chevy Malibu.

After the incident, KPD was able to locate the vehicle on the 1400 block of North Walnut Street, however, Melka was unable to be located.

Later Wednesday evening, Melka was located by the La Plata police and was arrested on unrelated, outstanding arrest warrants.

Melka is currently being held at the Adair County Detention Center pending charges related to the shooting.

If you were at the intersection of Baltimore and Illinois streets Wednesday and saw or heard anything related to this investigation, please contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON SPEAKS ON HIGH COVID-19 RATES IN COLLEGE AGE PEOPLE

 

More than 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since colleges and universities opened for the fall semester, fueling spikes in cases in college towns across the state.

Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that one-day positive test rates in some college towns are as high as 45% for people in the 18-24 age group.

That's more than eight times the national positivity rate of 5.5% for people of all ages, according to the seven-day average from The Covid Tracking Project operated by Johns Hopkins University.

Parson notes that none of the college-age students have become seriously ill, but he acknowledges that worry persists.

 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN CHILLICOTHE DANCE ATTENDEES ABOUT CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE

 

 The Livingston County Health Department is advising attendees of a Friday night dance held at the Grand River Multipurpose center in Chillicothe, Missouri, that they may have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19.

The dance was held from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th.

County health officials have released that residents of Macon County were in attendance at this dance.

Contact-tracing has been completed for individuals identified as close contacts, those within six feet for more than 15 minutes. They advise all attendees to monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus for the next 14 days.

These symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially while monitoring for symptoms, stay out of public places, keep at least 6 feet between others and wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.

If you have questions regarding this case, please contact the Livingston County Health Department at 660-646-5506.

 

 

 

 




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September 2nd, 2020

 

PARIS MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A Missouri man was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jonn Parker, 43, of Paris, Missouri, was on Route C, when he traveled off the right side of the road.

He over-corrected, returned back to the roadway, and then traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

Parker suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was rushed to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The online crash report states he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MACON COUNT SHERIFF SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN

 

The Macon County Sheriff's Office needs your help locating a NEMO man who did not return from furlough.

Robert Conger is wanted for failure to obey a judge's order.

His original charge was for possession of a controlled substance with a $20,000 cash-only bond.

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding Conger, to please contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS FACE DICIPLINE FOR COVID-19 GUIDELINE VIOLATION

 

With nearly 700 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among students at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, several students and organizations are facing potential discipline after being accused of violating guidelines aimed at slowing the virus's spread.

The university's COVID-19 dashboard on Wednesday cited 683 confirmed cases since classes resumed in mid-August.

The university is threatening to discipline students for violating guidelines on masks and gatherings.

MU spokesman Christian Basi says 330 alleged violations have been referred to the student accountability office.

Students found in violation face punishment ranging from a verbal reprimand to suspension or expulsion.

 

 

MAN ACCUSED OF 1991 MURDER OF A CLASSMATE OUT OF JAIL AFTER POSTING BOND

 

A 43-year-old Fulton man charged with killing a 14-year-old classmate in 1991 is out of jail after posting a $1 million cash bond.

William Christopher Niemet will be supervised and must wear a GPS tracker after being released from Cole County jail Monday.

Niemet is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville after he was reported missing in April of that year.

Jones had been shot in the head. Niemet pleaded not guilty in March.

A probable cause statement filed when Niemet was charged does not provide a motive for the shooting.

 

 

 




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September 1st, 2020

 

ONE DEAD ANOTHER INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY CRASH

 

One person was killed and another injured following a single-vehicle crash in northeast Missouri.

The fatal crash happened at 11:10 a.m. Monday in Putnam County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dennis Starnes, 76, of Unionville, was traveling on Missouri Highway 5, two miles south of Unionville, when he ran off the right side of the road.

His truck then struck a fence and a ditch.

Starnes was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, Justin Kelley, 54, also of Unionville, suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, neither were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI WOMAN SENTENCED IN CASE OF BODY FOUND IN CONCRETE

 

The Missouri woman who prosecutors say was the "most culpable" in the death of a developmentally disabled man has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison on federal charges.

Sherry Paulo was given the maximum sentence possible in the death of Carl DeBrodie and for trying to cover up the crime.

DeBrodie's body was found encased in concrete at a Fulton storage facility in April 2017 but investigators determined he died months earlier.

He was a resident of a home for developmentally disabled people that Paulo helped operate.

Paulo's husband and two children also were charged in the death.

 

 

MDC ANNOUNCES NEW CWD GUIDELINES

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently announced some new chronic wasting disease (CWD) regulations.

Some changes that hunters will notice if they hunt in a CWD Management Zone county, like Adair County, are:

KTVO asked Chad Smith, wildlife regional supervisor for the Missouri Department of Conservation, why these new regulations were necessary.

"We have enacted a carcass movement restriction to try to limit the spread of CWD outside of the areas where we know we have it," Smith said. "And so, that will require some extra effort on the part of some hunters."

The MDC believes that most deer hunters should not be affected by the new regulations.

Voluntary deer sampling will once again take place throughout the entirety of the upcoming deer season.

Mandatory CWD sampling will take place for counties in the CWD management zone on November 14 and 15.

If you would like to know more about the new CWD regulations head to this website.

 




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August 31st, 2020

 

NEMO MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER HE HIT A DEER ON HIS MOTORCYCLE

 

A northeast Missouri man was seriously injured after he hit a deer on his motorcycle.

The crash happened just before 1:30 a.m. Monday in Adair County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, William Pflum, 42, of Gibbs, was on Route V, one mile north of Gibbs, when he hit the deer that was in the roadway.

The impact caused Pflum to be ejected from the motorcycle.
He was airlifted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill. with serious injuries.

 

 

SHELBINA MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A Missouri man was injured in a rollover crash early Saturday morning.

That single-vehicle crash happened at 2 a.m. in Sullivan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Drake Oxendale, 20, of Shelbina, was traveling on Highway 6, about five miles east of Milan when the crash happened.

Troopers say Oxendale ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a field entrance and became airborne.

His truck then overturned, coming to a rest on the driver's side, off the roadway.

He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, Oxendale was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI APPEALS COURT REWRITES VOTER SUMMARY OF REDISTRICTING MEASURE

 

A Missouri appeals court has rewritten a voter summary of a Nov. 3 ballot measure to revamp the state's unique redistricting model.

Appeals court judges on Monday said the summary written by Republican lawmakers doesn't mention the main point of the measure, which is to repeal parts of a redistricting initiative that voters approved just two years ago. The appeals court rewrote the summary of the measure given to voters to highlight that it would repeal redistricting rules approved by voters in 2018 and replace them with rules written by the Legislature.

 

 

MISSOURI SCHOOLS REPORT CLIMBING COVID-19 CASES AS CLASSES RESUME

 

Officials at schools ranging from a kindergarten to universities report a continued climb in COVID-19 cases as classes resume across Missouri.

The University of Missouri reported 415 active cases on Monday, while Missouri State University said it had 383 new COVID-19 cases the second week of classes, more than double the 141 reported the first week.

Meanwhile, officials closed a kindergarten center in Webb City when 10 of its 24 staff members -- but no students -- tested positive for COVID-19.

The increase in cases comes as the state recorded 84,697 confirmed cases on Monday, with 1,530 deaths.

 

 

 




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August 30th, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR INSISTS HEALTH SYSTEM STILL STRONG AMID RISING COVID-19 CASES

 

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Missouri.

The number of confirmed cases since March now stands at nearly 81,000.

In just the past 24 hours, nearly 1,420 new cases have been reported, with 14 new deaths.

Governor Mike Parson says that his administration has been monitoring the virus since January.

He says Missouri is approaching the 6 month mark from when the first case in the state was confirmed.

"When the first positive case was identified on March 7, we were fully engaged and immediately on the ground in St. Louis. Since that time, we have worked nonstop to combat this virus and keep Missourians as safe as possible."

Parson adds that testing in Missouri has increased substantially.

He says the state went from testing only 2,000 each week, to testing nearly 100,000 people a week.

Parson also says that the health care system in the state remains stable, despite the increase in cases.

There are over 1,000 Missourians hospitalized due to COVID-19.

However, that number reflects a 72 hour delay in reporting.

 

 

EMERGENCY CREWS RESPOND TO FIRE AT MACON CONAGRA PLANT

 

Emergency crews responded to the ConAgra Plant in Macon, for the report of a fire.

Early Friday afternoon, employees were evacuated as a safety precaution.

A source told KTVO that the old side of a fryer stack caught on fire on the roof.

Once the fire was extinguished, employees were able to return inside the building.

No major injuries were reported in this incident.

 

 

COLUMBIA BARS BEGIN CLOSING DOORS EARLY AS COVID-19 CASES RISE

 

 With more than 300 University of Missouri students infected with the coronavirus and cases also rising among permanent residents of Columbia, the city is limiting crowd sizes and requiring bars to close early.

Health director Stephanie Browning says new cases of COVID-19 "are increasing exponentially."

She cites a test positivity rate of 44.6% last week as evidence of "widespread community transmission."

By comparison, the county's rate before students returned to class on Aug. 19 was 11%.

Effective Friday, public gatherings must be limited to no more than 20 people, with some exceptions.

Bars and restaurants must cut off alcohol sales at 9 p.m. and close no later than 10 p.m.

 

 




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August 27th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE FIRE DESTROYS HOME

 

Thursday afternoon, Kirksville Fire Department received a call of flames showing from a structure on the corner of South Porter and Michigan Street.

The fire consumed most of the building, with multiple flare ups in back end and the attic.

The flames were so intense that the house next door also caught fire, burning off the siding before firefighters put it out.

Officials on scene said they do not believe anyone was in the home during the fire and that they believe the electricity was shut off.

Officials are still investigating the fire.

 

 

MILAN WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman suffered minor injuries in a rollover crash.

The single-vehicle accident happened just before 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in Sullivan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Clarissa Lemire, 28, of Milan, was on Route T, two miles south of Milan, when she traveled off the left side of the road.

Lemire's SUV then overturned and struck a fence.

Lemire suffered minor injuries in the crash.

She was taken to the hospital in Sullivan County for treatment of her injuries.

According to the online crash report, she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

78 CATS REMOVED FROM SEDALIA HOME, TWO PEOPLE IN CUSTODY

 

Sedalia police say two people are in custody after 78 cats were removed from a small home, where many other cats and kittens were buried.

The animals were discovered Wednesday after police received a tip about unhealthy animals at the home.

KMBC-TV reports many of the cats in the 941-square-foot home were ill and some died despite receiving care.

Dead kittens were found in bags inside the house and 27 cats were buried in the back yard.

Police said 37-year-old Ferdinand M. Bucayan and 59-year-old Teodora Dalumpines were taken to the Pettis County Jail on suspicion of animal abuse and neglect.

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS RECORD NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY

 

Missouri's health department is reporting a record number of new coronavirus cases with the daily count topping 1,500 for the first time.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services's online dashboard showed 1,512 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

That topped the previous record of 1,449 set one day earlier.

The state also reported one additional death, bringing the total to 1,450 since the pandemic began.

The total number of infections statewide is 79,574.

The number of new confirmed cases has risen sharply in the two months since the state reopened for business.

 

 




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August 26th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN LOCATING WANTED SUSPECT

 

The Macon County Sheriff's Office needs your help locating a wanted suspect.

Timothy S. Robert has three active warrants:

1. Resisting Arrest, Speeding, and No Valid Operators License-$2500.00 cash only.

2. Resisting Arrest, C and I Driving, and Driving While Revoked-$5000.00 cash only

3. Criminal Non-Support-$500.00 cash only

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with any information to call 660-385-2062.

 

 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE CONTINUES SEARCH FOR MISSING MAN

 

The Macon County Sheriff's Office continues their search for a missing Northeast Missouri man.

Robert "Indian Bob" Williams, 81, of La Plata, was last seen on the evening of July 19.

He was wearing a red and blue flannel shirt, black t-shirt, gray pants, and black shoes with no laces.

It is believed Williams traveled north of his house on Old Highway 63, just south of La Plata.

Authorities believe he traveled approximately one mile where he may have been picked up by someone in a vehicle.

Williams does suffer from Dementia.

Anyone with information on William's disappearance is asked to contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS SEVEN NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

Seven additional Adair County residents have been confirmed to be positive for COVID-19, the Adair County Health Department reported Wednesday.

This comes as the previous three days saw relatively low positive case increases.

Thirty-two cases are active and currently in isolation, with 187 individuals out of isolation.

All seven cases have been determined to be the result of community spread, with only one involving a household with a previously confirmed positive case.

Three of these seven cases are related to the higher education sector.

One of the new cases is a 21-year-old male.

The other six cases are women aged 34, 47, 33, 20, 19, and 31-years-old.

An Adair County resident hospitalized at the VA Hospital in Columbia was discharged on Wednesday.

Another county resident remains hospitalized at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

That patient was admitted on August 20.

 

 

 




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August 25th, 2020

 

MISSOURI’S LARGEST UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES SEE SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

 

Missouri's biggest university campuses are reporting large numbers of students with confirmed cases of the coronavirus as in-person classes resume for the fall semester.
The University of Missouri-Columbia's COVID-19 online dashboard cites 159 known active cases of the virus, and 168 total positive tests since the university began receiving data from Boone County last Wednesday.
Students began arriving on campus in mid-August.
Enrollment at the Columbia campus is 30,849.
Meanwhile, at Missouri State University in Springfield, the university reported 140 confirmed students cases of COVID-19 in the first full week of in-person classes.

Enrollment at the Springfield campus is 19,733.

 

 

SECOND CAR VANDALISM OCCURS IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Police report another case of car vandalism happened in Kirksville in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

It is the second car with its driver's side window bashed out in the past 48 hours.

The first case that happened in the early morning hours of Monday in the 400 block of South Elson Street.

Master Police Officer Bill Puryear from the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO someone smashed out a car window in the 1300 block of East Alexander Street in the early morning hours of Tuesday. The crime was reported to police around 1:25 a.m.

The victim did not report any property stolen from the car on Alexander.

Puryear said police have no suspects right now.

The two cars with their driver's side window busted out were both parked along the street when the crimes happened.

Investigators aren't sure if the two cases of vandalism are related.

 

 

MISSOURI LABOR DEPARTMENT BEGINS ADDED $300 PER WEEK IN UNEMPLOYMENT

 

Missouri's labor department says it will start handing out an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits as soon as this week.

The money comes from federal grants.

People out of work were getting an extra federally funded $600 a week up until the end of July.

Congress hasn't passed a bill to renew those benefits yet, so President Donald Trump signed an executive order this month to chip in at least another $300 a week.

Missouri will use some of its federal grant to retroactively pay back unemployed workers who stopped getting the extra federal money in July.

 

 




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August 24th, 2020

 

CAR WINDOW SMASHED, ITEMS STOLEN IN KIRKSVILLE

 

A northeast Missouri man is the apparent victim of overnight vandalism.

Levi Collinge, 21, of Kirksville, told KTVO he went out Monday morning to discover the driver's side window of his car had been smashed out.

Collinge said the vandalism happened sometime between midnight and 8 a.m. Monday in the 400 block of South Elson Street.

He said his car was locked when the crime happened. The person or persons responsible stole some items out of the vehicle.

Collinge said he just has liability insurance on his car.

This isn't the first time the Collinges have been the victims of such a crime.

His wife said her car was broken into twice in the past two months. The thief stole a set of keys and some CDs.

She told KTVO her car was locked during one incident and unlocked when the other crime happened.

On Monday afternoon, Kirksville police took a report about this latest incident.

If anyone else had a similar crime happen to them over the weekend, you are encouraged to call the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945.

 

 

WEEKEND ROLLOVER CRASH IN UNIONVILLE LEADS TO DWI ARREST

 

A weekend rollover crash led to the driver being arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The crash happened just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the 2200 block of Lincoln Street in Unionville, Missouri.

Police Chief Josh Mathes told KTVO an SUV driven by Brandon E. Walker, 32, of Unionville, was westbound on Lincoln when he lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway, struck at ditch and overturned.

The SUV came to rest upside down against a tree in a resident's yard.

That resident said in a Facebook post that she heard tires squalling followed by a thud. She thought the commotion happened on the nearby highway, not in her front yard.

No one was hurt, and no other cars were involved.

Mathes said Walker told police his accelerator pedal stuck, and that is what caused him to crash.

A state trooper then took Walker from the scene to the Putnam County Jail on suspicion of DWI and careless and imprudent driving involving a crash.

Police said, after he was processed, Walker was released to a sober third party.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE AUTHORITIES DISCOURAGE VIGILANTE BEHAVIOR

 

Authorities in Kirksville want to remind citizens that if they have information about someone committing a crime, report it to the police and let them investigate it.
On Sunday, Kirksville police received a report from a citizen who discovered a video on SnapChat.
The video showed a man confronting another man in a car.
According to the man recording the confrontation, he posed as a 14-year-old girl on social media, and the man inside the vehicle traveled to Kirksville to meet with whom he believed was the underage teen.
The confrontation included the man recording the video stepping in front of the second man's moving vehicle to confront him. Later the video of the confrontation was uploaded to a Facebook account titled “Kirksville PedoCatcher.”

Kirksville police would like to address many disturbing things about this incident. It has been stated that police commented nothing could be done, and it was referred to the “child porn detective.”
When the incident was first brought to the attention of authorities, KPD Detective Steve Feeney was made aware and began investigating.
Feeney is part of the Internet Crime Against Children task force and routinely handles investigations involving sexual exploitation and social media. He immediately began investigating and taking steps to preserve any evidence.
This incident may have begun with the best of intentions, but police say the confrontational manner in which it occurred presents many safety and legal issues.
Police are trained to gather and preserve evidence in a manner that will make that evidence presentable in a court of law.
The manner in which the incident was carried out also poses safety concerns. The “suspect” could have run over the man recording the incident or assaulted in some other way.

Kirksville police ask that such “vigilante justice” type incidents not take place. If you have information about someone committing a crime, report it to authorities and let them investigate it.

Anyone with information about this crime or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 




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August 23rd, 2020

 

AREA COVID-19 UPDATES

 

The Macon County Health Department announced two new cases of COVID-19 in Macon County Sunday afternoon.

One is a male 30-39 and one is a male 50-59.

One is travel related and one is a result of community spread.

At the time of this press release, the following are current numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Macon County:

Five new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among Adair County residents marking 210 cases since March.

All five are the result of community spread in the higher education sector.

The new cases include two 21-year-old males, a 20-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and a 23-year-old male.

There are now 37 active cases in isolation and 173 cases that have left isolation.

In the State of Missouri, there have been 75,075 cases of COVID-19.

Sullivan County Health Department has confirmed one additional positive case of COVID-19 in Sullivan County.

Currently, Sullivan County sits at a total of one hundred and sixty-one cases with eight active cases.

The positive cases have been determined to be community-related.

To maintain confidentiality, no other information will be provided about the individuals.

The Sullivan County Health Department is conducting case investigations to determine identified close contacts of the cases.

If you are someone who has been identified as a close contact, you will be notified by the Sullivan County Health Department who will then walk through recommendations on how to proceed with quarantine measures.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever of 100.4F or above, cough, loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath.

If you exhibit these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed, please call ahead to your primary care provider or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

If you are exhibiting symptoms and believe you may have been exposed and are needing emergency medical care, please inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms and concerns.

Make sure you are keeping up to date with reliable informational sources like the Sullivan County Health Department Facebook page or the CDC website.

 

 

MISSOURI WILL NOT USE 85 BALLOT DROP BOXES FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

 

 Missouri officials say they will not use 85 ballot drop boxes for the Nov. 3 election because of confusion over a new state voting law.

The new mail-in voting option requires residents to mail completed ballots to local election authorities.

Mail-in ballots that are instead put in a drop box wouldn't count.

The law does not affect absentee ballots, which can be mailed in or dropped off in person.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the new drop boxes were ordered before the new law took effect.

She says they're being kept in storage to ensure that all votes are count.

 

 




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August 20th, 2020

 

JAMESPORT POST OFFFICE BUILDING COLLAPSES

 

The Post Office Building in Jamesport collapsed Wednesday morning.  According to emergency crews, no one was injured or even inside the building when it collapsed at around 9:30 Wednesday morning.  The incident closed traffic in the blocks around the building.  Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the collapse.

 

 

DRIVER IN QUINCY DUI CRASH THAT KILLE D FOUR NOW FACING MURDER CHARGE

 

The driver in last Thursday's fatal crash in Quincy has now been indicted on four counts of First-Degree Murder.

According to our sister station KHQA, the Adams County State's Attorney, Gary Frha, in cooperation with Chief Rob Copley and the Quincy Police Department, announced the charges on Thursday.

Natasha McBride, 36, of Quincy, faces the four murder charges in addition to four counts of Reckless Homicide (Class 3 Felony), four counts of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident (Class 1 Felony), and four counts of Driving While License Revoked (Class 4 Felony).

“After a detailed review of the evidence, which includes videos from multiple cameras, event data recorders from both vehicles, and the thorough investigation of the Quincy Police Department, State’s Attorney Gary Farha, First Assistant Todd Eyler, and I met and determined that the actions taken by the defendant that resulted in the deaths of 3 children and their grandmother are legally and morally deserving of the most severe criminal charges in our criminal justice system. The grand jury agreed with our request for these charges and based on that same evidence issued indictments. The filing of these charges is just the first step in ensuring that justice is done for Jennifer, Dakota, Archer, and Ransom. Our office will ensure that the defendant is held accountable for her conduct,” Lead Trial Attorney Josh Jones stated.

State's Attorney Gary Farha thanked the Quincy Police Department and its officers for their work.

“This case will affect every officer that was a part of the investigation. It is not something they will ever forget. But despite these difficulties, every detective and officer worked diligently and quickly to provide my office the information we needed to prosecute this case,” Farha said.

On Friday, August 21, 2020 in Courtroom 2E at 10:00 a.m., a press conference will be held with the State's Attorney's Office and the Quincy Police Department.

McBride will be transported to the Adams County jail, pending her discharge from Blessing Hospital.

She will be held on a $5,000,000 bond.

Her first appearance will be scheduled at that time.

 

 

SUMNER MAN INJURED IN FREAK TRACTOR ACCIDENT

 

 A freak accident involving a farm tractor seriously injured a northern Missouri man on Wednesday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident happened around 10:45 a.m. on Fulbright Road, four miles east of Sumner in Chariton County.

Gregory Dougherty, 61, of Sumner, was jump starting a tractor.

The tractor was still in gear, so when it started, it began moving and ran over Dougherty.

He suffered serious injuries in the accident.

Dougherty was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 




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August 19th, 2020

 

MAN INVOLVED IN TRUMAN CAMPUS CRIME SPREE CHARGED

 

A suspect is now charged in connection with a mid-June crime spree on the campus of Truman State University.

Three suspects are accused of doing $12,000 worth of damage to university property. One is an adult, and the other two are ages 13 and 15.

Nathaniel Evans, 19, of Kirksville is now facing 11 charges. Ten of them are felonies. He is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of stealing property valued at $750 or more, four charges of first-degree property damage and one count of second-degree property damage.

The crime spree started around 3 a.m. on June 15, 2020, in the area of Truman's Baldwin Properties on the south part of campus.

Evans and the two juveniles are accused of stealing Truman golf carts and UTVs, damaging garage doors and a fence and breaking into at least two buildings.

Total damages were originally estimated at $30,000. The final tally was just shy of $12,000. Court documents state that amount was not enough to meet the university's $50,000 insurance deductible.

Evans is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on these most recent charges.

He also faces multiple similar charges in unrelated crimes.

 

 

TWO CENTRAL MISSOURI MEN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING $5,000 OF MERCHANDISE FROM TWO LOCAL WALMART STORES

 

Arrest warrants for two central Missouri man were issued Tuesday for stealing from the Macon and Brookfield Walmart locations.

The two men, 35 year old Matthew Wilson of Linn, Missouri and 28 year old Albert Browne of Columbia, face charges of third degree burglary stemming from an incident on March 29th.  According to a probable cause statement, the men stole items from both Walmart locations and stored them in backpacks.  They were stopped on their way back to Macon after being identified through security footage.  Authorities found nearly $5,000 of merchandise without receipts.  Wilson attempted to flee the scene on foot but was caught.  The two previously had issues with the Walmart stores.  Both had already been banned from both locations.  Their bonds were set at $10,000

 

 

NORTHEAST  MISSOURI HEALTH COUNCIL RECEIVES WIFI HOTSPOTS FOR RURAL PATIENTS

 

The Northeast Missouri Health Council (NMHC) recently received Wi-Fi hotspots that will better help serve the community.

Altogether, NMHC received 300 hotspots.

These hotspots will allow patients to have greater access to the Internet for virtual care, education and social media.

The hotspots are especially intended to help patients who have limited cellular coverage.

This program will allow patients to have unlimited data until at least June 30, 2021.

NMHC CEO Andy Grimm spoke with KTVO about how NMHC got involved with this program.

"A lot of families are being challenged by those new data demands," Grimm said. "This is an opportunity for them to overcome them. It's not necessarily just a northeast Missouri Health Council initiative to do this. Actually, we are part of the Missouri Telehealth Network. They're doing this all across the state with Federally Qualified Health Centers. We're simply a local partner to them."

This opportunity became possible due to the Missouri Telehealth Network helping Federally Qualified Health Centers meet patient needs.

Patients may request a hotspot by calling 660-627-5757 ext. 27 or by visiting NMHC’s website and clicking the “Request a Hotspot” link.

NMHC will then work with a provider to get the hotspots set up.

 




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August 18th, 2020

 

WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE COORDINATOR VISITS MISSOURI, RECCOMENDS MASKS

 

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has been traveling the state of Missouri.

Tuesday, she met with Governor Mike Parson and state officials to provide guidance on COVID-19.

To date there have been over 69,400 confirmed COVID-19 cases since March, with nearly 800 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Birx says that everyone in Missouri needs to do their part to curb the spread of the virus, and that includes wearing mask.

"Our job in each and every community is to decrease viral spread and clear a pathway forward together, to control this virus. What does that mean? We need every American and everybody in Missouri to be wearing a mask and socially distancing. What does social distancing mean? It means that we are asking every citizen to not have large gatherings in their backyards, until we have an effective vaccine."

Dr. Birx also talked about the "box-in" strategy - which focuses heavily on testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine.

That strategy has been aggressively executed in long-term care facilities.

Over 460 long-term care facilities in Missouri have experienced at least one positive COVID-19 cases.

Since beginning the box-in testing, Missouri has seen a significant decrease in its COVID-19 case fatality ratio.

 

 

MISSOURI APPEALS COURT ALLOWS LAWSUIT AGAINST COLUMBIA OFFICERS TO PROCEED

 

A Missouri appeals court says a man's lawsuit against three Columbia police officers arising from a bar fight can proceed.

The Western District Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Nicholas Daniels' lawsuit should be returned to Circuit Judge Kevin Crane's court, finding that Crane incorrectly ruled in favor of the officers in April 2019.

The case was sent back for three officers named in the lawsuit but the court upheld Crane's ruling in favor of former Sgt. Candy Corman and former Chief Ken Burton.

Daniels was arrested after a bar fight in October 2013.

The charges were later dismissed and he filed a lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution.

 

 

LA PLATA POLICE SEARCH FOR VANDALISM SUSPECT

 

Police need your help finding the person or persons responsible for vandalism at a local lake.

The vandalism happened at the La Pata Santa Fe Lake.

According to a Facebook post, it happened Saturday night after it was patrolled at 10:20 p.m.

Anyone with information should contact the La Plata Police Department at 660-651-7452.

 

 

NEMO SCHOOL BUS COMPANY SAYS IT’S READY TO TRANSPORT KIDS

 

Over the past few weeks, many Heartland school districts have been working on plans to get kids back into the classroom.

Those plans also laid out how to safely transport kids to and from school.

However, KTVO wondered if it is feasible to socially distance kids on a school bus.

To get an idea of what kids should expect riding the bus this year, KTVO spoke with Shannon Weber, owner of Weber Bus Company in Kirksville.

"We're going to try to have assigned seating," Weber said. "Also, loading the bus from back to the front, keep siblings together hopefully. There might be a few exceptions. We'll try to keep the windows open for ventilation if weather permits and we will have masks available for students who don't have them."

KTVO also asked Weber if it would be possible to have more than one bus per route.

He told KTVO that is not feasible from an economical and logistical standpoint.

But, on the more rural routes, Weber believes it will be more feasible for kids be spaced out on the bus.

However, for many routes, that is not the case and students will be expected to wear face coverings.
Drivers will also be wearing face coverings as long as it does not impede their driving ability.

 

 

RONALD MCDONALD BEHEADING IN CLARENCE SOLVED

 

The mystery over who recently beheaded a Ronald McDonald statue in Clarence, Missouri, is now solved.

The statue at the corner of Center and Walnut streets sat headless for over a week after someone stole it.

But now, his head is back on his shoulders.

"They do it to think, you know, they're getting away with something when sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't (laugh)," said Marcia Oliver, a former Clarence resident.

Ronald's owner, Dustin Schaefer, told KTVO a young man from Macon showed up Sunday at the Clarence Police Department and confessed to the crime.

The 17-year-old told Schaefer that he was just going to move Ronald to a different spot in Clarence as a prank, but the clown's head broke off, and he panicked and took off with it.

Schaefer got the head back on Monday and spent much of the day painstakingly and precisely reattaching it.

His wife, Amanda, said the couple had put the statute on display about a month ago to bring some joy to residents in the middle of the pandemic.

"Mother Teresa said, ‘Not all of us can do great things, but we can all do small things with great love,'" Amanda Schaefer said.

The Schaefers are not going to press charges against the Macon teen who damaged Ronald because they don't want to ruin his future with a criminal record.

They said he has learned his lesson and is paying for the damage with his own money.

 

 




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DRIVER IN QUINCY DUI ACCIDENT THAT KILLED FOUR IS CHARGED

 

KHQA reports that Adams County State's Attorney Gary Farha, in cooperation with Chief Rob Copley and the Quincy Police Department, announced that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Natasha McBride, 36, of Quincy.

She faces four counts of Reckless Homicide (Class 3 Felony), four counts of Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident (Class 1 Felony), and four counts of Driving While License Revoked, (Class 4 Felony).

“The defendant’s reckless and dangerous acts directly resulted in the deaths of three innocent young children and their grandmother," Farha said. "Calling this a tragedy diminishes the reckless disregard this defendant showed for the lives of every other driver on the road that afternoon. The police officers, EMS personnel, and other first responders who arrived on-site witnessed a crime scene that is embedded in their memory for the rest of their lives. My office will work tirelessly to ensure that this defendant is held accountable for her conduct and that justice is done for the victims, their family, and every other citizen of our county.”

According to a news release from the Adams County State's Attorney office, more charges may be filed at a later date as evidence from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab is received.

The defendant will be transported the Adams County Jail upon her discharge from Blessing Hospital where she will be held on a $5,000,000 bond.

Her first appearance on these charges will be scheduled at that time.

These charges, as well as the statements herein, are based upon probable cause and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON SAYS MISSOURI SCHOOLS READY TO REOPEN

 

This month, schools across Missouri will be welcoming back students and staff, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.

The number of confirmed cases since March now stands at over 68,600, with nearly 1,150 new cases reported from Sunday to Monday.

As the virus count increases, schools are working to finalize plans to reopen.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson recently traveled the state and met with school administrators from both K-12 districts, and higher education institutions.

Parson said he feels schools in the state are ready to move forward.

"I truly believe that people are doing a really good job preparing for that opening of school, proud of our schools here in the state of Missouri for what they are doing to move their kids forward, and really that they just understand we gotta be able to deal with the virus, we gotta be able to deal with the economy, we gotta be able to deal with the education. All those things are important that we keep moving forward, and I think there's a lot of people out there doing a lot of great work."

Tuesday, Governor Parson is expected to host White House Coronavirus Task Force Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx for a round table discussion with cabinet members and community and state health officials.

Missouri is one of several states Dr. Birx is visiting to meet with state officials to provide guidance on COVID-19.

 

 

MISSOURI JUDGE RULES LEGISLATURE MISLED VOTERS IN TRYING TO REPEAL ANTI-GERRYMANDERING MEASURE

 

A Missouri judge has ruled that the state's Republican-led Legislature illegally tried to mislead voters into repealing anti-gerrymandering reforms they adopted two years ago.
Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce on Monday struck down the summary the Legislature had written for a November ballot measure that would undo key parts of the 2018 initiative.
She instead replaced it with a summary suggested by a group opposed to this year's measure.
The 2018 measure made Missouri the first state to adopt a system in which a nonpartisan demographer would draw state House and Senate districts based on a mathematical formula designed to achieve "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness."
The state's Republican attorney general Eric Schmitt can appeal the ruling

 




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August 16th, 2020

 

DUI CRASH IN QUINCY, ILLINOIS KILLS THREE KIRKSVILLE BOYS AND THEIR GRANDMOTHER

 

A Friday afternoon DUI crash in Quincy, Illinois, killed three young Kirksville boys and their maternal grandmother.

Authorities told KTVO the boys are the sons of Lucas and Molly Corrick of Kirksville.

A GoFundMe page started by the family identifies the Corrick boys as Dakota, 6, Archer, 4, and Ransom, 18 months old.

 In a Sunday news release, the Quincy Police Department identified the boys' grandmother as Jennifer Hendricks, 54, of Rushville, Ilinois.

The vehicle that Hendricks and her grandchildren were in was driven by Stephen Hendricks, 61, also of Rushville.

The deadly crash happened just before 5 p.m. Friday on Broadway Street.

The Quincy Police Department said a car driven by Natasha McBride, 36, of Quincy, was westbound on Broadway when she crashed into a car that was traveling northbound on 4th Street.

Police said, according to a witness, McBride was traveling at a high rate of speed and ran a red light at the intersection of 4th and Broadway.

That is where she struck the first vehicle. That crash then resulted in a chain of other accidents.

Two of the four victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said, following an investigation, they arrested McBride for aggravated DUI, reckless homicide, leaving the scene of an accident with fatalities and driving with a revoked license.

Police say McBride ran away from the scene and was later arrested on the nearby Bayview Bridge.

McBride is currently getting treatment at Blessing Hospital.

When McBride is discharged from the hospital, she will be taken to the Adams County Jail.

Funeral services for the Corrick boys are pending with Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville.

 

 

POSTAL SERVICE OFFICIAL WARNS MISSOURIANS TO SEND IN BALLOTS EARLY

 

A U.S. Postal Service official is warning Missourians to send in their mail-in ballots at least a week before the election to ensure they'll be counted.

Postal Service official Thomas Marshall told Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft last month that the service might not be able to return all mail-in ballots to election officials by Nov. 3.

Missouri requires mail ballots to arrive by 7 p.m. on Election Day for them to be counted.

Marshall says Missouri should encourage voters to mail ballots no later than Oct. 27.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS  INFECTIONS INCREASING IN RURAL MISSOURI COUNTIES

 

Coronavirus infections increased at a higher rate in several rural Missouri counties over the past two weeks compared to the state's major metropolitan areas.

While many more people have been sickened by the virus in areas including St. Louis and Kansas City, the infection rate relative to population has spiked in some rural counties.

Health department data show the highest two-week increase in case rates per 100,000 people in Taney, Pettis, Cooper, New Madrid, Knox, Holt and Marion counties.

Coronavirus cases continue to rise statewide, too.

 

 




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August 13th, 2020

 

FEDERAL JUDGE DENIES INSURANCE COMPANY’S ATTEMPT TO THROW OUT SUITS FILED BY MISSOURI BUSINESSES

 

A federal judge has denied an insurance company's motion to throw out a lawsuit filed by four Missouri businesses saying the insurer wrongly denied their coronavirus-related claims.

A law professor in Pennsylvania says the ruling Wednesday by U.S. Judge Stephen Bough in Missouri could be a boon for hundreds of businesses nationwide.

Three Kansas City restaurants and a company that operate hair salons in Springfield sued Cincinnati Insurance Company after it denied their claims.

Bough said the businesses' claims were plausible enough to continue the lawsuit.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS THREE ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CASES

 

Three additional Adair County residents have now tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the year-to-date total of positive cases up to 173.

The Adair County Health Department confirmed the results Thursday.

All of these new cases have been determined to be infected as a result of community spread.

The individuals are all females ages 51, 48, and 25.

The Adair County Health Department says that 34 county residents remain in isolation with 139 now out of isolation.

They also state that Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, Missouri have reported no positive cases present in the hospital as of Thursday.

The Adair County Health Department has contacted nearly 790 people in contact tracing efforts.

 

 

MISSOURI PROSECUTORS OPPOSE GOVERNOR’S PROPOSAL EXPANDING POWER OF ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

 Missouri prosecutors oppose Republican Gov. Mike Parson's proposal to give the attorney general the power to prosecute St. Louis homicides.

The Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys on Wednesday came out against the idea.

They say it should be left to local voters to pick who prosecutes crime in their cities.

Parson this week asked lawmakers to give the attorney general authority to handle St. Louis homicides.

He says the goal is to curb a surge in violent crime.

But the move was widely seen as a rebuke of Democratic St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

 

 




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August 12th, 2020

 

SOME AREA UNIVERISTIES BEGIN MOVE-IN PROCESS

 

University officials in Missouri are urging students and city residents to cooperate with efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus as students begin moving back to campuses.
Students started returning to the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on Wednesday.
Columbia Mayor Brian Treece asked the students to resist parties, crowded bars and restaurants.
The Columbia/Boone County health department says COVID-19 cases in Columbia will inevitably rise as students return.
Students are also moving in this week at St. Louis University, where President Fred Pestello says safety protocols are in place.
He says students overwhelmingly said they wanted to return to campus.

Students also began the move-in process at Truman State University in Kirksville Wednesday.

 

 

MAN SHOT AT COLUMBIA MALL TUESDAY

 

A man was shot at the Columbia Mall Tuesday evening.

Public Information Officer Brittany Hilderbrand said police responded to shots fired at 7:02 p.m. in the mall parking lot near Level Up.

Upon arrival, there were more than 100 people on the premises and it was clear to officers that someone had been shot.

The evidence indicated that the shooting had occurred in the parking lot where officers located several shell casings.

While on scene, officers learned that an adult male had been transported by personal vehicle to a local hospital to treat his injuries.

The victim is currently in stable condition.

Officers remained on scene to collect evidence and witness statements and to ensure there were no additional victims.

Police said there aren’t any leads on a suspect.

This case has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Division.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 on CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON VISITS CHARITON VALLEY IN MACON ANNOUNCES GRANT FUNDING

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many, in a variety of ways.

Now, groups and entities are working to overcome the challenges presented by the virus.

One of those challenges is broadband service.

Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson made a stop at Chariton Valley in Macon.

There, he announced $897,191 in broadband grant funding.

The money is allocated through the CARES Act.

Funds will be utilized to assist with construction costs for new broadband expansion to households with students or vulnerable populations.

Parson said providing Missourians essential services during this pandemic is a top priority and ensuring citizens have appropriate access to telehealth, virtual education and being able to telework is critical.

The governor adds these are not optional services, and his goal has been to increase connectivity across the state.

"When I first became governor, being from rural Missouri, I understood what that meant - the lack of broadband. I know we talked about it a lot, but if you really didn't experience it, you didn't know. So that's why it became a priority. I think as we went through the virus, of COVID-19, it really exposed a lot of weaknesses we had in broadband for our schools, especially when you talk about virtual education."

The grant that was awarded will help provide broadband services to Missourians in Macon, Linn, Chariton and Marion counties.

Locally, the Brookfield East Project Chariton Valley Communications Corporation will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $71,902 to connect up to 123 households on the east side of Brookfield. The project will allow users access to 1 Gbps/1 Gbps service. Brookfield West Project Chariton Valley Communications Corporation will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $226,118 to connect up to 232 households on the west side of Brookfield. The project will allow users access to 1 Gbps/1 Gbps service. Long Branch Lake, Macon County Chariton Valley Communications Corporation will extend fiber-to-the-home service with the assistance of $82,800 to connect up to 45 households near Long Branch Lake. The project will allow users access to 1 Gbps/1Gbps service.

In addition to celebrating the grant, Chariton Valley also celebrated its 10,000th customer on Wednesday.

 

 




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August 11th, 2020

 

SULLIVAN AND ADAIR COUNTIES CONFIRM NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

 Two new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Sullivan County Health Department Tuesday afternoon.

These new cases bring Sullivan County's year-to-date total of positive cases up to 146.

Seven of these cases remain active.

These individual's infection has been determined to be the result of community spread.

No further information about these individuals is being provided.

The Sullivan County Health Department continues to conduct contact-tracing interviews to identify close contacts of positive individuals.

If you are identified as a close contact, you will be notified by the health department who will then walk you through recommendations on how to proceed with quarantine measures.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever of 100.4F or above, cough, loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath.

If you exhibit these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed, please call ahead to your primary care provider or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

Eight additional Adair County residents have been confirmed to be positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The total number of positive cases in the county to date has risen up to 166, as of Tuesday afternoon.

Five of these eight new cases are employees at area meat-processing plants, involving a 29-year-old female, and males ages 33, 34, 27, and 38.

Two of these new cases are travel-related, being a 23-year-old female infected at a church camp in Philadelphia, Missouri, and a 73-year-old male infected after traveling outside Adair County.

One case is determined to be a result of community spread and is a 26-year-old female.

Thirty-three residents are now in isolation and 133 are now out of isolation.

The Adair County Health Department has conducted 925 contact-tracing calls to date.

There are no current hospitalizations of Adair County residents due to COVID-19 at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS AGAINST STATEWIDE MANDATE AFTER “RED ZONE” DESIGNATION

 

 Missouri's top health official insists a statewide mandate for masks and social distancing doesn't make sense, even though the federal government has designated the state a "red zone" for new coronavirus cases.

Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, told KCUR-FM radio for a report published Monday that the designation is cause for concern.

He says Missouri is a diverse state and that instead of a statewide mandate he favors a strategy that supports local officials.

But others note the virus is spreading more freely among counties without links to crowded facilities such as nursing homes and meatpacking plants.

 

 

LAPLATA BRIDGE REPLACEMENT GETS ANOTHER START DATE

 

A new start date for a highly anticipated bridge replacement project in Macon County is now set.

If all goes according to plan, the replacement of the bridge on Route D in La Plata should begin August 17.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) was set to begin the project on July 13, however it has been delayed three times since then.

The bridge replacement project will replace the span over the BNSF Railway, located just off U.S. Highway 63 in La Plata.

The over 80-year-old bridge carries more than 2,000 vehicles a day and has deteriorated over time.

The new bridge will be 28-feet wide, which is 6 feet wider than the existing one, and will have additional safety features.

The La Plata bridge replacement project is part of Governor Mike Parson’s “Focus on Bridges” Program.

 

 




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August 10th, 2020

 

ADAIR AND MACON COUNTIES ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CASES

 

On Monday, health officials in Adair County announced seven new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among county residents since Friday.
Total cases year to date now stand at 158.
There are 30 people currently in isolation.
Five of the seven new cases are the result of community spread. Those involve women age 66 and 36, and men age 38, 40 and 63. The other two cases involve a 34-year-old female and a 34-year-old male who are employees of area meat-processing plants.

 On Monday, the Macon County Health Department announced two new cases of COVID-19 from over the weekend.

The following reflects the number of cases of COVID-19 in Macon County at this time:

In the state of Missouri, there have been 58,927 cases of COVID-19.

To stop the spread of COVID-19, practice good hand hygiene with washing your hands and using hand sanitizer, practice social distancing, wear a mask (especially when social distancing is not available), and stay home when you are sick, showing symptoms, may have been exposed or are waiting on COVID-19 test results.

 

 

NEMO AUTHORITIES ASK FOR PUBLIC HELP TO LOCATE WANTED SUSPECT

 

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office needs your help locating a wanted suspect.

On August 1, a deputy observed a white male identified as Daniel L. White walking on Missouri Highway 81.

The deputy confirmed with Lewis County personnel that Daniel had active warrants in Lewis County.

The deputy made contact with Daniel and attempted to take Daniel into custody for the active warrant at which time Daniel resisted arrest.

An altercation ensued and Daniel fled on foot into a wooded area.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Canton Police Department in a search for Daniel. Daniel was not located at that time.

Located in property abandoned on scene by Daniel was a loaded firearm.

Daniel is a convicted felon and is currently being supervised by the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole.

Daniel was released from the Missouri Department of Corrections in October, 2019 where he had served 120 day incarceration stemming from a previous felony tampering with a motor vehicle charge.

Daniel is wanted in Lewis County for the class D Felony of failure to appear for Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).

Warrants are being sought for Daniel's arrest stemming from this incident.

Charges being sought consist of unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), and theft all of which are felony charges.

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Daniel please contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 573-767-5287.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE TWO ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH SUNDAY BURGLARY

 

On Aug. 9, Columbia Police arrested Daveon M. Williams, 18, and Eric J. Fincham, 18, both of Columbia, for second degree burglary.

At approximately 10:54 p.m., Columbia police responded to a report of a burglary in the 1300 block of Teal Drive. 

While en route, officers learned that two people of interest had checked themselves into a local emergency room with non-life threatening injuries and claimed that the injuries occurred a block away from the reported burglary. 

Upon arrival, officers noticed there was property damage to the resident’s window. Officers were able to make contact with a neighbor and the homeowner, who was out of town. 

Through further investigation, officers were able to confirm the identity of the suspects to be the same males who had checked themselves into the emergency room. 

Upon release from the emergency room, Fincham and Williams were taken into custody and transported to the Boone County Jail. 

This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details available at this time.

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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August 9th, 2020

 

UNIONVILLE MAN INJURED IN SCHUYLER COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A tire blowout caused a large dump truck to overturn in Schuyler County Friday afternoon.

The crash happened at 3:10 p.m. on Highway 136, three miles southwest of Lancaster, Missouri.

Troopers said a dump truck driven by Dathan Hyle, 27, of Unionville, Missouri, was westbound on Highway 136.

A front tire blew out, causing the truck to start skidding. It left the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Hyle suffered moderate injuries. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

According to the online crash report, Hyle was wearing a seat belt.

No other vehicles were involved.

(Editor's note: a family member of Hyle's told KTVO his first name is Dathan, not Dayton as reported in the patrol's crash report.)

 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY CRASH

 

Around 2:45 PM Saturday afternoon Missouri State Troopers and Adair County EMS respond to a Jeep that overturned 10 miles southwest of Kirksville.

24 year old Brett Bradley of Brookfield was headed east bound on Highway 11 South when he ran off the road on the right side.

He then made it back onto the road where he over corrected and crossed into the west bound lane before overturning into the ditch on the other side of the road.

According to online reports Bradley received minor injuries and sought his own treatment for the injuries.

 

 

LAPLATA HOME BURNS TO GROUND THURSDAY NIGHT

 

A northeast Missouri home burned to the ground late Thursday night.

The call came in at 10:15 p.m. reporting a blaze at a vacant two-story home at 28273 State Highway 156, three-tenths of a mile west of La Plata, Missouri.

The home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

The property is owned by Logan Curtis of La Plata. Chief Bob Couch from La Plata Fire and Rescue told KTVO the owner was in the process of remodeling the home.

Curtis had just bought the house in February 2020. The owner's brother, Colton Curtis, said the homeowner is currently out of state on vacation.

The rubble was still smoking and smoldering Friday afternoon.

All that is left standing is the chimney and a small corner section of the house.

Couch said they suspect the fire was caused by some sort of electrical problem.

The blaze is not considered suspicious.

He said an investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office was not called to the scene because the damage is too significant to determine the actual cause.

Fire departments from Adair County and Atlanta helped battle the blaze.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCE FURTHER PLANNED FEDERAL CORONAVIRUS ASSISTANCE

 

White House officials are concerned with the increase of COVID-19 cases in Missouri.

In late July, the Show-Me-State was added to the White Houses' "red list" - meaning the state is being watched closely by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

To date, the state has reported over 57,000 COVID-19 cases since March.

From Thursday to Friday, nearly 1,000 new cases have been confirmed.

An increase in cases is occurring across the state, but hefty spikes have been reported in higher populated areas of Kansas City and St. Louis.

During a recent press briefing, Governor Mike Parson said Vice President Mike Pence called to offer additional resources to help the state combat the virus.

Parson said one of those resources is sending in personnel from the CDC.

"They are basically saying, hey, we are here, we are going to send the CDC in there to help, and I encourage all the help we can get in that area to make sure we curb this as soon as we can. Again, we are just trying to stay ahead of this. We were somewhat chasing it before in March and April, and now, we're not defenseless against this anymore, we can take certain actions to try to prevent this thing and spread to level off, and I think you're starting to see that a little bit in St. Louis, I think they are reporting that out of there."

Parson adds the state is experiencing a notable increase in positive cases among young adults.

Those in their 20's have accounted for more than 21% of total cases in Missouri, and 16% of all Missouri cases have been among those in their 30's.

Everyone in the state is encouraged to follow safety measures to help slow the spread of the virus.

 

 




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August 6th, 2020

 

AREA COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Two Schuyler County residents were apparently infected with COVID-19 when they attended a memorial service at Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri, on July 31, 2020.

The Schuyler County Health Department announced the two new positive cases Wednesday on its Facebook page.

The two people are between the ages of 60 and 64 years old.

This brings Schuyler County's total so far to 10 positive cases of COVID-19. The other eight have recovered.

The health department said in its Facebook post that its staff is working with individuals to determine direct contacts.

Direct contact is anyone determined to have been within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes.

The Schuyler County Health Department staff is currently conducting a contact-tracing investigation to identify close contacts of those individuals. Anyone identified during the investigation as a close contact will be contacted directly by the health department and given further guidance and recommendations.

If you attended the memorial service at Schuyler County Church of Faith between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., health officials ask that you please monitor for symptoms until August 14, 2020.

The department encourages everyone to take extra precautions when going out in public. Wear a mask, wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and most importantly, stay at home if you are sick or not feeling well.

 

One additional Macon County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Macon County Health Department confirmed the positive test Thursday evening.

The individual's infection has been determined to be the result of exposure while at a job outside the county.

Macon County has now seen 60 total positive cases of COVID-19 to date.

Seven of these cases remain active, one of which requires hospitalization.

Fifty-three individuals have been released from isolation.

The health department reminds residents that testing for COVID-19 is available in Macon at Samaritan Hospital and Urgent Care.

Both facilities require an appointment. You may contact these facilities directly regarding an appointment, testing requirements and hours.

In Columbia, Missouri, two drive-thru testing locations are available. Boone Hospital Center and University Hospital are the facilities offering this service. You may also contact these facilities directly regarding an appointment, testing requirements and hours.

For more information about COVID-19 in Macon County, visit the health department's website at maconmohealth.org

 

Seven newly identified cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Adair County Health Department Thursday afternoon.

These new cases bring the total number of positive cases to date to 146, with 19 individuals now in isolation.

One of the new cases is a 24-year-old woman determined to be infected as a result of community spread.

The other six are all employees of area meat-packing plants.

They include a 49-year-old woman and men ages 33, 36, 37, 41 and 47.

Statewide, 1,241 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

 

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider:

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

Loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

 

 

ILLINOIS MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

Authorities say an Illinois man has died after being hit by a boat anchor on Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident happened Wednesday afternoon, when 55-year-old Craig Gathmann, of Manito, Illinois, began operating a boat with the anchor still in the water.
The patrol says once the anchor released, the tension in the rope caused it to catapult out of the water, hitting Gathmann.
He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Patrol records show the incident was the second boating death on the lake this year.

 




HERE’S THE LATEST LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS … … from the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom. ROCHEPORT DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN BOONE COUNTY The patrol says a Rocheport driver intentionally struck a parked tractor trailer unit at 6:14pm Wednesday night in Boone County. According to the report, 23 year old Carlye S. Hood was westbound on Interstate 70 at the 118 mile marker exit ramp when she allegedly hit a parked tractor trailer unit intentionally. Hood had serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Boone County Ambulance personnel. TWO WOMEN HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH The highway patrol said two Kirksville residents received minor injuries when the pickup they were in travelled off Igloo Road, two miles west of La Plata at 9:30 last (WED) night. 19 year old Amanada L. Brouhard was the driver and the northbound pickup when the vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment. Brouhard and an 18 year old passenger, Bree N. Rogers of Kirksville both sustained minor injuries and were transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department, La Plata Police and personnel from the Adair County Fire Department and Adair County EMS all provided on scene assistance. MINOR INJURIES IN MACON COUNTY CRASH ON US 36 The patrol said 29 year old Brent T. Gutierrez of Horton, KS was a occupant of a vehicle on US 36, one mile west of Bevier that crashed at 5am Wednesday morning. 38 year old Jamie L. Long of Horton, KS was the driver and authorities say the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, returned to the roadway and then went off the right side where the vehicle came to rest on the south side of the roadway in a ditch. The driver was not hurt. The passenger was treated at the scene by Macon County Ambulance personnel. CARROLLTON MAN ARRESTED EARLY THIS MORNING A Carrollton man, 39 year old Robbie A. Acton of Carrollton was arrested at 1:36 this (THURS) morning in Ray County for Driving with Intoxicated-Drug Intoxication. Acton has since been released. KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED ON MURDER CHARGES STILL ON THE RUN KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a Kirksville man is one of three suspects charged in connection with a mid-Missouri murder. He and a second suspect are still on the run. The third suspect was arrested over the weekend in Quincy, Illinois. Sadiq Moore, 23, of Kirksville, Deyton Fisher, 22, of Mexico, Missouri, and Timothy Midgyett, 25, of Columbia, Missouri, all face four felony charges in the June 27, 2020, shooting death of Chance Davis, 25, of Mexico. The three are charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree burglary. Police state in court documents the deadly home invasion was drug related. Investigators said they learned Davis sold marijuana out of his home and had a few thousand dollars in cash in the residence. Officers said the suspects went to rob Davis. The victim’s girlfriend told police they knocked on Davis' front door in the middle of the night and yelled "Police." The front door was then forced open, and Davis was fatally shot as he was coming to see what was going on. The three men were formally charged on July 20, 2020, after investigators learned their identities. One witness, who did not know any of the three suspects, picked them all of them out of photo line-ups. Fisher was captured in Quincy on August 1, 2020. Moore and Midgyett remain on the loose. The Mexico Department of Public Safety said authorities believe they are also in the Quincy area. A press release states that Midgyett was pulled over on July 15, 2020, by a Pike County, Illinois, sheriff’s deputy. Midgyett drove away from the stop while officers were trying to identify his passenger. After a pursuit, deputies lost track of the vehicle. Their investigation indicated Moore was Midgyett’s passenger.


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August 8th, 2020

HAMILTON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER DUELS

The highway patrol reports 72 year old Jerry L. Graham of Hamilton died from injuries sustained when his westbound car was struck by duel tires that came off an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Stanley Parker of Oak Ridge, MO. The duels had came across the median into the westbound driving lane where they struck the Graham auto head on. Following the collision, Grahams auto went off the north side of the road and came to rest down an embankment. The accident happened around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Cameron Regional Medical Center by Caldwell County EMS and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital at 4:21pm.

MARCELINE MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MOWER ACCIDENT

67 year old John A. Polson of Marceline sustained moderate injuries when his farm mower went off Husk Road in Linn County around 12:45 pm Tuesday. The patrol said the Hesston mower continued down an embankment coming to an abrupt stop. Polson was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital and then as flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

KIRKSVILLE TEAN INJURED WHEN BICYCLE STRUCK BY SUV

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports emergency crews rushed to the sceen of a collision involving a bycicle and an SUV It happened just after 6:45 p.m. last night at the intersection of South First and Hildreth streets in Kirksville. Police on the scene said three boys on motorized bicycles rode into the path of the southbound SUV. The female driver from Kirksville said she slammed on her brakes and managed to avoid the first two bikes, but she struck the third one. Officers said the 14-year-old boy from Kirksville suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Police say no citations will be issued.

 

ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

While official numbers are posted at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website for each county as well as statewide candidates and issues some unofficial election highlights from Tuesday’s election in our area …

 

Randolph County voters faced a three way race on the Republican ticket for Randolph County Sheriff.  In the end, Aaron Wilson was the apparent winner and will face Democrat Michael Hopper in the November General Election. Unofficial results showed Wilson picked up 1,744 votes, to 1,564 for Wertz and 489 for Barger.  The race for coroner on the Republican ticket was won by Side Conklin over Charlie Peel and in the Republican run for Western District Commissioner; the incumbent John Hobbs had a commanding win over challengers Frank Miller and Artis Sumpter.

 

Linn County voters selected Glen Murrain for the Republican candidate for District 1 County Commissioner who edged out Shawn Sayre399 to 376 votes, a difference of 23 votes while the other candidate Jim Hargadin had a respectable 320 votes in the tight 3 way race. Murrain will move on to November where he will face Democrat Jeff Hill. Kjersten Parn was the Republican winner of Tuesday’s primary. She will be opposed in November by Democrat Roger Rhodes. 

 

Chariton County voters had one local contested race and that was for a County Commissioners position for the Western District. Terry Milford was that race with 461 votes over 84 for Danial Standley.  That sets up a November race between Milford and the incumbent, Democrat Danny Price. Again, these are unofficial results from the county clerks and still have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

 

For complete coverage of all races including results of Constitutional Amendment 2 which was opposed by most of our area county voters, statewide the issue was approved. You can find those results as well as the county by county results at https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Staff at the Randolph County Health Department said in separate news releases that potential COVID 19 exposure occurred during Sunday services at two area churches this past Sunday. The first involved an individual who was at the 10am Sunday morning service at the Pentecostal Church who tested positive. That release was posted on Monday and Tuesday, a second release indicated potential exposure that occurred at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In both cases officials and staff are working with the patients to determine direct contacts.  Anyone who attended either service should monitor symptoms until August 16th and contact a health provider if any symptoms should develop.

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW CANCELLED

The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park in Columbia, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of event attendees, vendors, volunteers and the entire community. 

This is one of the larger events sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and includes many partnerships with historical and cultural groups. The two-day historical festival features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. The Heritage Festival annually attracts about 15,000 people.  Parks and Recreation staff have worked closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in making facility reopening and programming decisions. The size of the event, along with the difficulty in maintaining social distance, led to the decision to cancel in the interest of public safety.  Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the Heritage Festival on Sept. 18-19, 2021 in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.  For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The PD issued the following report Tuesday which was the log indicating calls and services preformed on Monday, August 3rd

  

·         5:09am, Officers responded to 500 block of Calhoun Street in reference to individuals stealing Trump campaign signs out of the yard…. Officers made contact with the owner and there are no suspects at this time….

·         8:36am, Officers responded to the 400 block of Clay Street in reference to a delayed burglary report…. Officers collected evidence and the investigation is on-going…

·         8:43am, Officer taking vehicle to St. Joseph for maintenance….

·         8:51am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

·         8:56am, Officer out at City Hall for administrative duties….

·         9:21am, Officer out at business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street to pick up paperwork….

·         9:50am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties…..

·         10:48am, Officer out at Courthouse reference an investigation…..

·         10:54am, Officer checked report of dogs left inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves Street….Handled by Officer….

·         11:03am, Officers took a report of a hit and run accident that had occurred on 07/28/2020 in the 1200 Block of Washington Street…  The incident remains under investigation….

·         11:11am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street to assist another agency on investigation….

·         11:17am, Officer at PD to fingerprint subject reference an investigation….

·         12:37pm, Officers dispatched to car accident on private lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street….Parties exchanged information…..

·         2:47pm, Parking complaint in the 200 block of Clay Street…..Handled by Officer….

·         2:51pm, Officers handled a neighbor dispute over property in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive…..No report….

·         2:57pm, Officer performed well-being check in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive……Subject OK….

·         3:15pm, Officer observed kids operating an ATV in the roadway in the 10 block of Third Street….They were warned not to drive it in the street…..

·         3:17pm, Suspicious acting subject reported in the 10 block of S. Washington Street,,,,,Subject was located in the 100 block of N. Washington and determined to be OK….

·         3:48pm, Officers out in the 700 block of Third Street on an investigation….

·         4:23pm, Officer out in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on a continuing investigation….

·         7:55pm, Officer at PD to register bicycles for local children….

·         8:04pm, Officer picked up recovered property at Danner Park and was able to return it to the rightful owner….

·         8:46pm, Officer assisting another agency with a drug investigation….

·         8:58pm, Officer speaking with subject in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to possible harassment….No report…..

·         10:17pm, report of vehicle with no tail lights and northbound on Washington Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

·         10:54pm, Report of possible impaired driver northbound on Washington from South Junction…..Officer unable to locate the vehicle….

·         Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 08/03/2020.




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August 8th, 2020

HAMILTON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER DUELS

The highway patrol reports 72 year old Jerry L. Graham of Hamilton died from injuries sustained when his westbound car was struck by duel tires that came off an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Stanley Parker of Oak Ridge, MO. The duels had came across the median into the westbound driving lane where they struck the Graham auto head on. Following the collision, Grahams auto went off the north side of the road and came to rest down an embankment. The accident happened around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Cameron Regional Medical Center by Caldwell County EMS and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital at 4:21pm.

MARCELINE MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MOWER ACCIDENT

67 year old John A. Polson of Marceline sustained moderate injuries when his farm mower went off Husk Road in Linn County around 12:45 pm Tuesday. The patrol said the Hesston mower continued down an embankment coming to an abrupt stop. Polson was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital and then as flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

KIRKSVILLE TEAN INJURED WHEN BICYCLE STRUCK BY SUV

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports emergency crews rushed to the sceen of a collision involving a bycicle and an SUV It happened just after 6:45 p.m. last night at the intersection of South First and Hildreth streets in Kirksville. Police on the scene said three boys on motorized bicycles rode into the path of the southbound SUV. The female driver from Kirksville said she slammed on her brakes and managed to avoid the first two bikes, but she struck the third one. Officers said the 14-year-old boy from Kirksville suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Police say no citations will be issued.

 

ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

While official numbers are posted at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website for each county as well as statewide candidates and issues some unofficial election highlights from Tuesday’s election in our area …

 

Randolph County voters faced a three way race on the Republican ticket for Randolph County Sheriff.  In the end, Aaron Wilson was the apparent winner and will face Democrat Michael Hopper in the November General Election. Unofficial results showed Wilson picked up 1,744 votes, to 1,564 for Wertz and 489 for Barger.  The race for coroner on the Republican ticket was won by Side Conklin over Charlie Peel and in the Republican run for Western District Commissioner; the incumbent John Hobbs had a commanding win over challengers Frank Miller and Artis Sumpter.

 

Linn County voters selected Glen Murrain for the Republican candidate for District 1 County Commissioner who edged out Shawn Sayre399 to 376 votes, a difference of 23 votes while the other candidate Jim Hargadin had a respectable 320 votes in the tight 3 way race. Murrain will move on to November where he will face Democrat Jeff Hill. Kjersten Parn was the Republican winner of Tuesday’s primary. She will be opposed in November by Democrat Roger Rhodes. 

 

Chariton County voters had one local contested race and that was for a County Commissioners position for the Western District. Terry Milford was that race with 461 votes over 84 for Danial Standley.  That sets up a November race between Milford and the incumbent, Democrat Danny Price. Again, these are unofficial results from the county clerks and still have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

 

For complete coverage of all races including results of Constitutional Amendment 2 which was opposed by most of our area county voters, statewide the issue was approved. You can find those results as well as the county by county results at https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Staff at the Randolph County Health Department said in separate news releases that potential COVID 19 exposure occurred during Sunday services at two area churches this past Sunday. The first involved an individual who was at the 10am Sunday morning service at the Pentecostal Church who tested positive. That release was posted on Monday and Tuesday, a second release indicated potential exposure that occurred at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In both cases officials and staff are working with the patients to determine direct contacts.  Anyone who attended either service should monitor symptoms until August 16th and contact a health provider if any symptoms should develop.

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW CANCELLED

The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park in Columbia, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of event attendees, vendors, volunteers and the entire community. 

This is one of the larger events sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and includes many partnerships with historical and cultural groups. The two-day historical festival features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. The Heritage Festival annually attracts about 15,000 people.  Parks and Recreation staff have worked closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in making facility reopening and programming decisions. The size of the event, along with the difficulty in maintaining social distance, led to the decision to cancel in the interest of public safety.  Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the Heritage Festival on Sept. 18-19, 2021 in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.  For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The PD issued the following report Tuesday which was the log indicating calls and services preformed on Monday, August 3rd

  

·         5:09am, Officers responded to 500 block of Calhoun Street in reference to individuals stealing Trump campaign signs out of the yard…. Officers made contact with the owner and there are no suspects at this time….

·         8:36am, Officers responded to the 400 block of Clay Street in reference to a delayed burglary report…. Officers collected evidence and the investigation is on-going…

·         8:43am, Officer taking vehicle to St. Joseph for maintenance….

·         8:51am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

·         8:56am, Officer out at City Hall for administrative duties….

·         9:21am, Officer out at business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street to pick up paperwork….

·         9:50am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties…..

·         10:48am, Officer out at Courthouse reference an investigation…..

·         10:54am, Officer checked report of dogs left inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves Street….Handled by Officer….

·         11:03am, Officers took a report of a hit and run accident that had occurred on 07/28/2020 in the 1200 Block of Washington Street…  The incident remains under investigation….

·         11:11am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street to assist another agency on investigation….

·         11:17am, Officer at PD to fingerprint subject reference an investigation….

·         12:37pm, Officers dispatched to car accident on private lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street….Parties exchanged information…..

·         2:47pm, Parking complaint in the 200 block of Clay Street…..Handled by Officer….

·         2:51pm, Officers handled a neighbor dispute over property in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive…..No report….

·         2:57pm, Officer performed well-being check in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive……Subject OK….

·         3:15pm, Officer observed kids operating an ATV in the roadway in the 10 block of Third Street….They were warned not to drive it in the street…..

·         3:17pm, Suspicious acting subject reported in the 10 block of S. Washington Street,,,,,Subject was located in the 100 block of N. Washington and determined to be OK….

·         3:48pm, Officers out in the 700 block of Third Street on an investigation….

·         4:23pm, Officer out in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on a continuing investigation….

·         7:55pm, Officer at PD to register bicycles for local children….

·         8:04pm, Officer picked up recovered property at Danner Park and was able to return it to the rightful owner….

·         8:46pm, Officer assisting another agency with a drug investigation….

·         8:58pm, Officer speaking with subject in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to possible harassment….No report…..

·         10:17pm, report of vehicle with no tail lights and northbound on Washington Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

·         10:54pm, Report of possible impaired driver northbound on Washington from South Junction…..Officer unable to locate the vehicle….

·         Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 08/03/2020.




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August 8th, 2020

HAMILTON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER DUELS

The highway patrol reports 72 year old Jerry L. Graham of Hamilton died from injuries sustained when his westbound car was struck by duel tires that came off an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Stanley Parker of Oak Ridge, MO. The duels had came across the median into the westbound driving lane where they struck the Graham auto head on. Following the collision, Grahams auto went off the north side of the road and came to rest down an embankment. The accident happened around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Cameron Regional Medical Center by Caldwell County EMS and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital at 4:21pm.

MARCELINE MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MOWER ACCIDENT

67 year old John A. Polson of Marceline sustained moderate injuries when his farm mower went off Husk Road in Linn County around 12:45 pm Tuesday. The patrol said the Hesston mower continued down an embankment coming to an abrupt stop. Polson was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital and then as flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

KIRKSVILLE TEAN INJURED WHEN BICYCLE STRUCK BY SUV

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports emergency crews rushed to the sceen of a collision involving a bycicle and an SUV It happened just after 6:45 p.m. last night at the intersection of South First and Hildreth streets in Kirksville. Police on the scene said three boys on motorized bicycles rode into the path of the southbound SUV. The female driver from Kirksville said she slammed on her brakes and managed to avoid the first two bikes, but she struck the third one. Officers said the 14-year-old boy from Kirksville suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Police say no citations will be issued.

 

ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

While official numbers are posted at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website for each county as well as statewide candidates and issues some unofficial election highlights from Tuesday’s election in our area …

 

In Randolph County, voters faced a three way race on the Republican ticket for Randolph County Sheriff.  In the end, Aaron Wilson was the apparent winner and will face Democrat Michael Hopper in the November General Election. Unofficial results showed Wilson picked up 1,744 votes, to 1,564 for Wertz and 489 for Barger.  The race for coroner on the Republican ticket was won by Side Conklin over Charlie Peel and in the Republican run for Western District Commissioner; the incumbent John Hobbs had a commanding win over challengers Frank Miller and Artis Sumpter.

Linn County voters selected Glen Murrain for the Republican candidate for District 1 County Commissioner who edged out Shawn Sayre399 to 376 votes, a difference of 23 votes while the other candidate Jim Hargadin had a respectable 320 votes in the tight 3 way race. Murrain will move on to November where he will face Democrat Jeff Hill. Kjersten Parn was the Republican winner of Tuesday’s primary. She will be opposed in November by Democrat Roger Rhodes. 

Chariton County voters had one local contested race and that was for a County Commissioners position for the Western District. Terry Milford was that race with 461 votes over 84 for Danial Standley.  That sets up a November race between Milford and the incumbent, Democrat Danny Price. Again, these are unofficial results from the county clerks and still have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

 

For complete coverage of all races including results of Constitutional Amendment 2 which was opposed by most of our area county voters, statewide the issue was approved. You can find those results as well as the county by county results at https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Staff at the Randolph County Health Department said in separate news releases that potential COVID 19 exposure occurred during Sunday services at two area churches this past Sunday. The first involved an individual who was at the 10am Sunday morning service at the Pentecostal Church who tested positive. That release was posted on Monday and Tuesday, a second release indicated potential exposure that occurred at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In both cases officials and staff are working with the patients to determine direct contacts.  Anyone who attended either service should monitor symptoms until August 16th and contact a health provider if any symptoms should develop.

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW CANCELLED

The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park in Columbia, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of event attendees, vendors, volunteers and the entire community. 

This is one of the larger events sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and includes many partnerships with historical and cultural groups. The two-day historical festival features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. The Heritage Festival annually attracts about 15,000 people.  Parks and Recreation staff have worked closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in making facility reopening and programming decisions. The size of the event, along with the difficulty in maintaining social distance, led to the decision to cancel in the interest of public safety.  Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the Heritage Festival on Sept. 18-19, 2021 in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.  For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The PD issued the following report Tuesday which was the log indicating calls and services preformed on Monday, August 3rd

  

·         5:09am, Officers responded to 500 block of Calhoun Street in reference to individuals stealing Trump campaign signs out of the yard…. Officers made contact with the owner and there are no suspects at this time….

·         8:36am, Officers responded to the 400 block of Clay Street in reference to a delayed burglary report…. Officers collected evidence and the investigation is on-going…

·         8:43am, Officer taking vehicle to St. Joseph for maintenance….

·         8:51am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

·         8:56am, Officer out at City Hall for administrative duties….

·         9:21am, Officer out at business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street to pick up paperwork….

·         9:50am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties…..

·         10:48am, Officer out at Courthouse reference an investigation…..

·         10:54am, Officer checked report of dogs left inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves Street….Handled by Officer….

·         11:03am, Officers took a report of a hit and run accident that had occurred on 07/28/2020 in the 1200 Block of Washington Street…  The incident remains under investigation….

·         11:11am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street to assist another agency on investigation….

·         11:17am, Officer at PD to fingerprint subject reference an investigation….

·         12:37pm, Officers dispatched to car accident on private lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street….Parties exchanged information…..

·         2:47pm, Parking complaint in the 200 block of Clay Street…..Handled by Officer….

·         2:51pm, Officers handled a neighbor dispute over property in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive…..No report….

·         2:57pm, Officer performed well-being check in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive……Subject OK….

·         3:15pm, Officer observed kids operating an ATV in the roadway in the 10 block of Third Street….They were warned not to drive it in the street…..

·         3:17pm, Suspicious acting subject reported in the 10 block of S. Washington Street,,,,,Subject was located in the 100 block of N. Washington and determined to be OK….

·         3:48pm, Officers out in the 700 block of Third Street on an investigation….

·         4:23pm, Officer out in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on a continuing investigation….

·         7:55pm, Officer at PD to register bicycles for local children….

·         8:04pm, Officer picked up recovered property at Danner Park and was able to return it to the rightful owner….

·         8:46pm, Officer assisting another agency with a drug investigation….

·         8:58pm, Officer speaking with subject in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to possible harassment….No report…..

·         10:17pm, report of vehicle with no tail lights and northbound on Washington Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

·         10:54pm, Report of possible impaired driver northbound on Washington from South Junction…..Officer unable to locate the vehicle….

·         Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 08/03/2020.




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FORMER TRUMAN PROFESSOR FACING PROSTITUTION CHARGE CHANGES PLEA

 

A now-former local college professor and church leader facing a prostitution charge has now changed his plea.

Barry Poyner, 58, of Kirksville, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of patronizing prostitution.

In mid-January 2020, Poyner had pleaded not guilty in Adair County Circuit Court.

He entered his guilty plea on July 27, 2020, in Clark County Circuit Court where the case was heard on a change of venue from Adair County.

At the time of the crime, Poyner was a professor of communications at Truman State University and an elder at Church of Christ in Kirksville where he delivered sermons. He has since resigned from both positions.

According to court documents, the investigation into Poyner began in early November 2019 when the Truman Department of Public Safety received anonymous tips that Poyner had been using an app called Grindr to harass male Truman students for sexual contact as well as offering to pay for items in exchange for sexual favors.

A Kirksville police detective then made an undercover profile on Grindr, posing as an 18-year-old male.

Police say a user, later identified as Poyner, was on Grindr under the user name DILF.

Investigators say DILF sent numerous messages and nude photos to the undercover officer in early December 2019, requesting to meet for a sexual rendezvous in exchange for filling up the young man's gas tank.

After an ongoing series of messages, Poyner agreed to meet who he thought was an 18-year-old man at a Kirksville convenience store to fuel up the man’s car.

Police were waiting for Poyner to arrive and then pulled the suspect over two blocks away.

A sentencing date has not yet been set in the case.

The range of punishment can include up to six months in the county jail, up to a $1,000 fine or both imprisonment and a fine.

 

 

SIX ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN ADAIR COUNTY

 

Six additional positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Adair County Health Department Monday afternoon.

Two of these cases, including a 40-year-old female and a 34-year-old female, are attributed to community spread.

The other four cases involving a 32-year-old female, a 46-year-old female, a 21-year old male, and a 27-year-old male are all employees at an area meat processing plant.

These new cases bring the total number of positive cases in Adair County up to 134 to date.

Ten people remain in isolation and 124 have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department has completed more than 800 contact-tracing calls to date.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SUNDAY MORNING SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to a reported disturbance in the 5300 block of Godas Circle on Sunday, Aug. 2 at approximately 1 a.m.  While enroute Boone County Joint Communications advised that shots were fired at that same location. 

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located spent shell casings in a driveway of a residence. Officers determined the suspects had left the area prior to officers arrival. No injuries or property damage were reported.

During the investigation it was learned that three people were asked to leave the property and they refused. The homeowner reported having fired a few warning shots in the air in an effort to dissuade the three subjects from assaulting the occupants of the residence.  

Two of the suspects were identified as Allana Patricia Bullock, 43 and Lakeisha Rene Thomas, 34, both of Columbia. They were arrested for 1st degree harassment and 1st degree trespassing. They were taken into custody and remanded to the Boone County Jail. 

Police have requested a warrant be issued for the third suspect, Richard Barnet Green, 32, of Columbia. Green has not been located. 

"As a community we have to find ways to solve disputes that don’t involve the use of a gun," Chief Geoff Jones said. "I fully support our citizens in protecting themselves and hope we can find alternative solutions that keep us all safe."

This investigation will be sent to the prosecuting attorney's office to review the actions of all people involved. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. If you know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 




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July 30th, 2020

 

PARIS TEEN INJURED IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE ACCIDENT

 

A reminder from Missouri State Highway Patrol for citizens to pay attention with driving in construction zones.

This after a Missouri teen was injured after he hit another vehicle stopped at a construction zone.

The accident happened just before 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Michael Pollitt, 19, of Paris was on US 24, one mile west of Stoutsville, when he rear-ended a semi stopped at a construction zone.

That driver was not hurt.

Pollitt suffered moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The online crash report lists Pollitt has wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICTS STRUGGLE WITH PLANS TO REOPEN

 

Several St. Louis-area school districts have decided to start the school year with online-only learning as coronavirus cases are surging.
Meanwhile, the state's largest school district is limiting the number of days each student will attend in-person.
Springfield Public Schools plan to reopen with each student attending classes for two days, and learning virtually otherwise.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson was in Springfield Wednesday and the Springfield News-Leader reports that he said he supports the district's plan.
A growing list of St. Louis-area districts are starting the school year with virtual learning due to the fast-rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

 

MACON COUNTY RELEASES FINAL COVID-19 TESTING NUMBERS FROM NATIONAL GUARD EVENT

 

On Thursday, the Macon County Health Department released the final numbers from the National Guard COVID-19 testing that was held at the Macon County Fairgrounds on July 20.
At the event, 125 Macon County residents were tested resulting in 3 new positive cases. Those positive cases were reported in previous news release.

As of July 30, Macon County has 55 total positives cases, with 9 of those cases active and 1 hospitalized.

With increased testing and positive cases, more detailed information can now be shared to provide a better understanding of COVID-19 in our community. Charts detailing the information from the testing event can be found at ktvo.com

 

 




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July 29th, 2020

 

SEVEN VEHICLE MONROE COUNTY CRASH INUJURES TWO AND BLOCKS HIGHWAY 24 FOR SEVERAL HOURS

 

Two people were hospitalized after a seven-vehicle crash occurred at a construction zone west of Paris on U.S. 24 Tuesday morning.

The accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m., blocked all traffic on the two-lane highway, which is the major route between Monroe City and Moberly.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tractor-trailer truck hauling hogs, driven by Leslie Thrasher, 64, or Clarence, Missouri, failed to stop in time at the construction stop zone and collided with a Ford crossover vehicle, sending it into a ditch and causing a chain reaction accident that involved three autos and three 18-wheel trucks.

Thrasher was seriously injured and airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The driver of the vehicle he struck, a16-year-old female, from Paris, Missouri, was taken by ambulance to Columbia with serious injuries.

The other drivers involved were not hurt.

The online crash report states everyone involved in the crash were wearing seat belts at the time.

In addition, about half of the 100 hogs on the truck died when the rig overturned.

The highway was blocked for several hours before it was re-opened.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED IN MURDER TRIAL

 

A Kirksville man found guilty of murder in the shooting death of his wife was sentenced Tuesday in Adair County Circuit Court.

In February, an Adair County jury found Danny Welte guilty on two counts: second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Welte fatally shot his estranged wife, Echo Leanne Welte, in November 2016, in the parking lot of Days Inn in Kirksville, after a heated 40-minute argument about the future of their relationship.

That killing was caught on the hotel's security cameras.

The day of that incident was the same day the two had buried their son.

During Tuesday's sentencing, two people gave impact statements - the first was from Bethany Wellman, Echo's biological daughter. Danny had adopted her.

She told the courtroom this incident has ruined a lot of lives, including tearing her family apart, and not seeing her two younger siblings since August 2018.

"I feel like it's ruined a lot. It's been tough and it's been a struggle for all of us."

After finishing her statement, Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson asked Bethany what punishment she believed Danny Welte deserved - she responded with a life sentence, which is what the state was pursuing.

Danny Welte's defense attorney, Charles James, said Welte has already served 43 months in county jail, and was hoping for the minimum sentence as he said Welte does not have an evil bone in his body.

The two charges Welte was convicted of in February carry a combined minimum sentence of 13 years.

However, the task of deciding the sentence was left up to Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele.

"On count one on the charge of murder second-degree, you are hereby sentenced to life in prison. On count two the charge of armed criminal action, you are hereby sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections."

 

 

BRANSON TO REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS IN MOST PUBLIC PLACES

 

The popular Missouri tourist town of Branson will require face coverings in most public places in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite the objections of many, including comedian Yakov Smirnoff.
Smirnoff, who operates a successful theater in Branson, told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday that the mask ordinance would make his adopted home more like his native land, Russia, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Nevertheless, the board voted 4-1 to approve the ordinance, which requires face coverings for people ages 13 and older, with some exceptions.
Missouri reopened its economy in mid-June and has seen a big surge in confirmed coronavirus cases this month.

 

 

 




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July 28th, 2020

 

PUTNAM COUNTY TEEN MISSING

 

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teen.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office was notified around 6 a.m. Tuesday that Logan Rowland, 15, of Unionville, Mo., was last seen by his parents on Monday around 4 p.m. in the Hartford, Mo., area.

Rowland is described as a white male with dirty blond hair and blue eyes.

He is 6'1" tall and weighs about 205 lbs.

Rowland was last seen wearing a red Nike shirt, white mesh shorts and white 'Nike' shoes with a colorful sole.

He was carrying a black 'Adidas' backpack with Neon green writing and a black and white 'Adidas' cinch bag.

If you see Logan Rowland or know his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 660-947-3200.

 

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY MAN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri man was injured after the truck he was driving hit a trailer being towed by a Freightliner truck.

The accident happened at 9:20 a.m. Monday in Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dewayne Durham, 29, of Memphis, crossed the center line, struck the trailer, and then traveled off the right side of the road.

He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The online report states Durham was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt.

 

 

KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

 

Kansas City is considering joining the St. Louis area in imposing new restrictions designed to stem the virus' spread in the absence of statewide limitations.

That comes as Missouri set another single-day increase in new confirmed coronavirus cases.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a tweet that he participated in a call Monday with Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and several Midwestern mayors who are seeing reported cases rise, fueled in part by an increase in cases among young adults.

Lucas said recommendations that were suggested include reducing indoor dining seating capacity and reducing bar hours.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN WEEKEND HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police have identified Marlin C. Johnson, 24, of Columbia as the second suspect involved in the homicide that took place near South 8th Street and Locust Street on July 25. Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. 

At approximately 12:40 a.m., Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired where officers learned one gunshot victim was taken in a private vehicle to a local hospital for advanced medical care before officers and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene.

CPD is asking for the public’s assistance to locate the suspect. Johnson is a black male with dreads who is 5’10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous. Please do not approach him, if you know his whereabouts or see him, call 911 immediately. 

This is an ongoing investigation. At this time there are no further details to provide.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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July 27th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured after she crashed into a tree.

The accident happened just before 3:45 p.m. Sunday in Adair County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Betty McDonald, 31, of Kirksville, was on Missouri Highway 6, about three miles east of Green Castle when the crash happened.

The online crash report states McDonald drove off the road and struck a tree.

She was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

McDonald suffered moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

 

WOMAN DEAD, FOUR INJURED AFTER BOAT ACCIDENT ON LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says one woman died and four other people were injured when two boats collided on the Lake of the Ozarks.
The driver of one of the boats was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
The patrol says 42-year-old Dawn Steinkuehler, of High Ridge, died in the accident just after midnight Saturday.
The collision occurred on the lake's main channel when another boat hit Steinkuehler's boat.
Two people in Steinkuehler's boat were seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the second boat was not injured.

 

 

LA PLATA LIQUOR STORE BROKEN INTO, STILL LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS

 

A liquor store was broken into Saturday night in La Plata, Mo.

Authorities say two people broke into the Spirits of La Plata liquor store on North Brown Street around 11:30 p.m.

Both liquor and and tobacco products were taken from the store.

The La Plata Police Department does not have any leads into who the two people are and the investigation is still pending.

If you have information about the break-in Saturday night, please call the La Plata Police Department at 660-332-4343.

 

 




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July 26th, 2020

 

PURDIN WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 5 FRIDAY

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured in a rollover accident in Linn County, Missouri, Friday morning.

It happened just after 8:15 a.m. on Highway 5, two-and-a-half miles north of Laclede, Missouri.

Troopers say a car driven by Cheyenne McQueen, 26, of Purdin, Missouri, was southbound when her car ran off the road and overturned.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, McQueen was buckled up when the crash happened.

 

 

MISSOURI ANNOUNCES MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSING GRANT PROGAM

 

 Over the past few months, food supply was tested across the United States and in Missouri.

Unlike other aspects of the economy, local food supply is dependent on local farmers, ranchers and processors.

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn said the supply chain is beginning to rebound in the state.

She adds that the small processors and farmers play a critical role in rural communities and are necessary for local food systems.

"During COVID-19, our food supply was tested from farm to fork. Farmers and ranchers saw tight livestock supplies on their farms, while consumers saw their choices of certain cuts of meat shrink or go away. In some cases, the cost of meat went up."

Recently, the state announced it was launching a meat and poultry processing grant program to aid in recovery efforts.

That program will offer funding to help support meat and poultry processors across Missouri whose business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant program will be funded by the CARES Act.

 

 

SULLIVAN AND MACON COUNTIES ANNOUNCE MORE COVID-19 CASES

 

 Sullivan County now sits at a total of 127 cases of COVID-19 with one additional positive case being reported Saturday, July 25.

This positive case has been determined to be community-related.

Of the 127 cases to date, five cases remain active.

The Sullivan County Health Department is conducting case investigations to determine identified close contacts of the cases.

If you have been identified as a close contact, you will be notified by the health department who will then walk you through recommendations on how to proceed with quarantine measures.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to: fever of 100.4F or above, cough, loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath.

If you exhibit these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed, please call ahead to your primary care provider or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

If you are exhibiting symptoms and believe you may have been exposed and are needing emergency medical care, please inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms and concerns.

The Macon County Health Department now sits at a total of 48 cases of COVID-19 with 3 new positive cases announced Saturday, July 25.

There are currently 15 active cases of which three are hospitalized.

On Monday, July 20, the National Guard performed mass testing on Missouri residents at the Macon County Park with results expected to begin coming after 72 hours.

All those who were tested will be notified of their results whether they are positive or negative.

249 people were tested; however, it is not known how many of those were Macon County residents.

As of Saturday morning, Macon County Health Department has received 125 results, with two new positive cases reported from those results.

Those cases were close contacts to previous positive cases and were already self-quarantine at the time of testing.

Contact investigations have been completed on all active cases.

Positive persons are isolated and close contacts are in self-quarantine.

The best safeguards anyone can take to prevent getting COVID-19 are social distancing when in public, wearing a face mask especially when social distancing cannot be met or when in large crowds, practicing good hygiene, and routine disinfecting of common touch surfaces.

 

 

 




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July 23rd, 2020

 

COLUMBIA CHILD DEAD AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLE

 

Police in central Missouri say a 3-year-old boy has died after being hit by a vehicle in a private driveway.
Police said the accident happened Wednesday afternoon when the preschooler ran into the path of a vehicle being backed into the driveway by a 29-year-old woman.
Police say the boy was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The boy's name was not immediately released.
Police said the investigation into the death was ongoing.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER TWO HOME INVASIONS

 

Police make an arrest following a couple of overnight home break-ins in a Kirksville neighborhood.

The crimes happened early Thursday morning at a couple of homes, one in the 800 block of West Burton Street and one in the 1000 block of West Locust Street.

The suspect is Ryan Larsen, 26, of Kirksville. He faces five charges, including two felonies.

Larsen is charged with first-degree burglary, stealing ($750 or more), first-degree trespass and two counts of second-degree property damage in connection with the break-ins.

In court documents, police state that just before 1 a.m., Larsen busted out a window in the front of a home on West Locust and entered the home. The resident told officers the suspect was sitting on her couch. She started screaming for him to leave, hit him with her hands and forced him out through the front door.

Then around 1:15 a.m., investigators say Larsen made his way to a house on West Burton.

He was bleeding as he first tried to break out a window, and then entered the home through an unlocked door.

The woman who lived there told me there was a trail of blood from outside into her living room and then scattered all over the kitchen.

Her boyfriend knows Larsen, and the suspect asked to borrow his cell phone to call his grandmother.

Once Larsen grabbed the phone, he ran out of the house with it.

Officers located the suspect a few blocks away. He was covered in blood and had to go to the hospital for stitches.

He is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE WEDNESDAY MORNING ARMED ROBBERY

 

Authorities in Kirksville are investigating an overnight armed robbery.
Just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Kirksville police officers were dispatched to 7th Heaven Conoco gas station on South Baltimore Street.
The clerk reported that a man had entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, and the man left on foot, heading southbound with an undetermined amount of cash.
Officers searched the area and were unable to locate him.

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned black male, approximately 5’4” tall, weighing 130 pounds, wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt over a light blue shirt, dark-colored face covering, royal blue athletic pants with a black stripe down the leg, white athletic shoes and one black glove and one bright yellow glove.
The man displayed what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun.

This is the second armed robbery reported in Kirksville this week. There are currently two men in custody for the robbery reported at Xpress Mart on Sunday afternoon.
Kirksville police would like to remind residents to be ever aware of their surroundings. Criminal activity can happen at any time and being aware of your surroundings may make the difference in being a victim or a witness.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878) or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 




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July 21st, 2020

 

MISSOURI SETS ANOTHER SINGLE DAY CORONAVIRUS CASE RECORD

 

Missouri has again broken its own record for the highest single-day increase in reported coronavirus cases.

The health department on Tuesday reported another 1,138 cases, breaking a record set Saturday.

So far, the state has reported 34,762 cases.

The state's health department director has said cases among young people are driving the surge.

Kansas City's mayor now is urging local K-12 schools to wait until after Labor Day to reopen.

The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Quinton Lucas on Tuesday said he doesn't need to issue an order because almost all Kansas City schools have acted responsibility during the pandemic.

 

 

BOTH SUSPECTS IN KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTED

 

Police have now arrested both suspects tied to a weekend armed robbery in Kirksville.

The crime happened just before 4 p.m. Sunday at Xpress Mart, a liquor store at the corner of Jefferson and Baltimore streets.

Later that day, investigators arrested Kevin Potter, 30, of Edina, Missouri. On Monday, they took Baxter Belt, 22, also of Edina, into custody after Potter told them Belt was his accomplice.

Both men are charged with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to court documents, Potter and Belt came in the front door of the liquor store.

One of the suspects walked behind the counter, pointed a handgun at the clerk and told him to open the cash register drawer.

The clerk told police that man then handed the cash across the counter to the other suspect, and the two fled on foot.

Court papers say when police were looking at the store's surveillance video, they were able to figure out who Potter was by his size, mannerisms, the way he walked and distinct tattoos on his hands.

When a detective interviewed Potter the next day at the jail, he identified Belt as the suspect who had the handgun.

Potter said he received $400 in cash for his participation in the crime.

Both men are being held without bond in the Adair County Jail pending their first court appearance.

 

 

BODY OF MISSING BOY FOUND IN MARION COUNTY POND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol pulled the body of a missing 12-year-old boy out of a pond on Monday near Philadelphia, Missouri.

At approximately 4:58 p.m, the child was recovered from the pond by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assist them with searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Eric Brown of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told our sister station, KHQA, evidence was located on private property indicating the child may have been in the pond.

According to MSHP, the boy had walked away from a private residence near the Dunn Ford Conservation Area outside of Philadelphia.

At this time, MSHP said it is unable to release further information on the child due to his age.

The search involved the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol Aircraft Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol Canine, Missouri Department of Conservation, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Park Rangers, Survival Flight, and the Philadelphia and Ewing Fire Departments.

Information developed at this time is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing.

 

 




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July 20th, 2020

 

BROWNING MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri man is recovering after he crashed into a creek.

The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday in Linn County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cody Lane, 30, of Browning was on Elk Road, one mile west of Browning, when he ran off the left side of the road and into a creek.

He suffered serious injuries.

Lane was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia.

According to the online crash report, he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS 115TH COVID-19 CASE

 

Health officials in Adair County have announced an additional positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
The Adair County Health Department release Monday states the latest case involves a 21-year-old female who traveled outside the state.
While Adair County’s 115 cases are lower than other parts of the state, Missouri hit a one-day total record of 958 new cases on Saturday. Missouri has surpassed 33,000 cases.
The Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MOCPHE) on July 15 formally recommended “the use of face masks by the general public when outside the home and supports face mask requirements due to substantial evidence that they decrease the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Face masks will continue to be a critical tool to fight this virus as evidence grows that COVID-19 is spread by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and face-to-face interactions increase.”

 “We haven’t experienced a huge spike in cases in Adair County, although the number of cases continues to rise,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “But science repeatedly demonstrates that wearing masks dramatically slows transmission of COVID19. That’s why we’re asking that people follow MOCHPE’s recommendation and wear a mask when they leave their homes and enter a public space of any kind. Doing this one little thing just might keep us from experiencing what other communities and states are going through."

MOCPHE comprises public health members throughout the state, including the Adair County Health Department. Information about the research and MOCPHE’s mask recommendation can be found here.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK’S ARMED ROBBERY

 

On Saturday, July 18, Columbia Police arrested Patrick DeQawn Taylor, 26, of Columbia, for charges of first degree robbery, first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

On Thursday, July 16, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Columbia Police responded to the 1800 block of East Broadway in reference to a reported strong-armed robbery. Officers made contact with the victim, who stated that a suspect approached him and demanded his wallet and phone while displaying a firearm.   

Taylor was also arrested for charges of first degree stalking, first degree trespass and second degree property damage relating to a separate incident that occurred on July 16 at approximately 2 p.m. (2020-006229)

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN DROWNS TRYING TO HELP SWIMMER

 

Authorities say a Jefferson City man drowned after trying to help a struggling swimmer on the Meramec River.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident unfolded at around 3 p.m. Sunday on the Meramec River, about 1.25 miles downstream from the Onandaga Boat Ramp in Crawford County.
The agency says 24-year-old Alexander Terrell got into the water in an attempt to assist a person who was struggling and became submerged.
He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

 




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July 19th, 2020

 

MACON MAN KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri man was killed following a single-vehicle rollover crash.

That fatal accident happened just before 4 p.m. Thursday in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, David Russell, 73, of Macon, was westbound on the US 36 off ramp to US 63 at Macon when he traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

The impact ejected Russell and his passenger, Melanie Boone, 44, also of Macon.

Russell was pronounced dead on scene.

Boone suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, neither were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE LIQUOR STORE ROBBED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

 

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Kirksville liquor store.

It happened just before 3:50 p.m. Sunday at the Xpress Mart at the corner of Jefferson and Baltimore streets.

Police on the scene told KTVO two men wearing dark-colored bandanas over their faces came in the front door, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

They two then left the store and made their getaway with an undisclosed amount of money. They headed north on foot. Police are not sure of their race or ethnicity at this time.

No one was hurt in the incident. Police were interviewing store employees and customers about what happened.

They were also reviewing security camera footage.

Investigators said both suspects were wearing blue jeans and dark-colored hoodies.

One hoodie had a Nike swoosh on the front of it.

One thief was wearing red tennis shoes with white soles.

The other criminal was wearing black tennis shoes with white soles and a white Nike swoosh.

Police may release surveillance photos of the suspects as the investigation continues.

Officers from the Kirksville Police Department, Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol were helping with the case.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MURDER

 

A northeast Missouri man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to murder.
On Thursday, 
Ricky Ray Sides, 51, of Kirksville, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Colleen Gompakis, 47, also of Kirksville.
On July 5, 2019, Kirksville police were called for a well-being check and found Gompakis dead on the kitchen floor in her apartment on South Jamison Street.
She had received multiple head wounds.
After speaking with family and neighbors, authorities found that Sides had been living with Gompakis.
Sides was arrested the next day without incident.
In an interview with police, he admitted to the killing of Gompakis and that he had been planning the murder for some time.
Sides will remain in the Adair County Detention Center until his transfer to the Missouri Department of Corrections to begin his sentence.

 

TRADITIONAL MISSOURI STATE FAIR ATTRACTIONS CANCELED

 

The carnival midway and other traditional activities have been cancelled for the 2020 Missouri State Fair.

The Missouri State Fair Board announced Friday that the event is now pivoting to a youth livestock show.

In 1901, the fair began as a showcase of Missouri agriculture. Staying true to that tradition, the event will continue to allow the invaluable agriculture education experience to Missouri 4-H and FFA members by offering only the livestock show.

Organizers say when the original decision was made to move forward with the fair, COVID-19 cases and information was different than what it is now.

As a result, it was determined, in collaboration with Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to reduce the number of people at the fairgrounds.

In addition to the carnival midway, the Opening Day Ceremony, Governor's Ham Breakfast and all other non-youth livestock related events will not take place.

The fair board will be issuing applicable refunds.

Exhibitor camping will still be available through the event and all current reservations will be honored.

Organizers add that best practices for sanitation and public health will be implemented during the youth livestock show.

The livestock show will take place August 13-23 in Sedalia.

 

 

 




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July 16th, 2020

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER DUMP TRUCK CRASH IN KNOX COUNTY

 

A northeast Missouri man has been arrested for drinking and driving following a dump truck crash south of Edina.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol, JP Morrison, 48, of Baring was involved in a single-vehicle crash just after 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Morrison was southbound on Highway 15 in a 1992 Freightliner Dump Truck when he traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and came to rest in the ditch.

The online crash report states that Morrison was wearing seat belt and received minor injuries in the crash.

The dump truck was a total loss.

According to an MSHP arrest report, Morrison was arrested for driving while intoxicated-alcohol and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway immediately following the crash.

He was cited and released, before being taken to the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville by a Knox County Ambulance.

 

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS 21 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES ALONG WITH TESTING NUMBERS

 

On Thursday, the Macon County Health Department provided an update on active COVID-19 cases in the county and reported further information about testing processes that have been conducted.

There are now 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Macon County, five of which are hospitalized.

To date the county has seen 39 total positive cases, with 18 individuals having been released from isolation.

Of these 39 total cases, 21 were reported as female and 18 as male.

Age ranges of these cases fall between 11 and 89 years-old.

Additionally, the health department released further information about coronavirus testing that has been performed.

In total, 1,017 Macon County residents have been tested for COVID-19 and some residents have been tested multiple times, depending upon their circumstances.

Of the 1,017 tests, 12 were antibody tested and 1,005 were nasal swabs.

The Macon County Health Department reminds residents that testing can be completed with a health care provider's order at Samaritan Hospital and Urgent Care in Macon County.

They also remind residents that a community testing event will be available July 20, 2020 at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

Registration is required and can be done so by visiting this website or by calling 877-435-8411 - option 3.

 

 

TRUCK DRIVER INJURED IN GRUNDY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Ridgeway, Missouri man is injured after an accident in Grundy County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a tractor truck driven by 31 year old Travis Ury of Ridgeway was westbound on Missouri Highway 6 just north of Jamesport at around 1:50 Wednesday morning. Ury traveled off the north side of the roadway and hit a MoDOT sign.  His truck continued west off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its side.  Ury was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




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July 15th, 2020

 

1 DEAD 6 INJURED AFTER TRUCK CRASHES INTO RESTAURANT IN SEDALIA

 

One woman is dead and six other people were injured after a truck crashed into a Wendy's restaurant in Sedalia, Missouri.

The Columbia Missourian reports police responded to the scene at 5:38 p.m. Monday after callers said a pickup truck had traveled off the roadway and through the dining room wall of the restaurant.

Police said in a news release that their investigation found that the truck struck several trees before hitting the front of the restaurant.

The driver was not identified by police.

He was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

 

 

TWO TEENS INJURED IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two teens were injured following an ATV crash in northeast Missouri.

The accident happened at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 15-year-old female failed to negotiate a left curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The impact ejected her and a 15-year-old boy off the ATV.

Both suffered minor injuries in the crash.

According to the online crash report, both were taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment.

 

 

WALMART STORES TO BEGIN REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS MONDAY

 

Walmart will require its customers to wear face coverings starting Monday, July 20.

The CEO for the retail giant said mandatory face masks will be implemented in all his stores in the U.S.

There are 4,700 supercenter and neighborhood Walmart stores and 600 Sam's Club stores in the nation.

Other retailers have announced mandatory face masks for its customers.

Best Buy will require its customers to wear masks in all of its stores, starting Wednesday.

Costco and Starbucks have announced similar policies.

This comes as the coronavirus outbreak soars across the nation.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in our area and around the world, head to our coronavirus section.

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July 14th, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS HIGHEST NUMBER OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES TUESDAY

 

Missouri's health department has reported 936 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus, by far the largest number reported in the state in a single day since the pandemic began.

Data from the state on Tuesday also shows that hospitalizations are on the rise.

Around Missouri, 932 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of July 10, the most recent available date.

That is the highest total since 984 people were hospitalized on May 5.

One expert believes people were "lulled into a false sense of security" about the virus.

The number of Adair County residents having tested positive for COVID-19 reached 109 on Tuesday.

A 27-year-old male with a travel-related exposure is the latest confirmed case in the county.

The Adair County Health Department reports that he is now one of 11 individuals in isolation.

Ninety-eight people have left isolation after testing positive since the beginning of the year.

The health department has performed more than 3,000 COVID-19 tests in the county to date.

On Monday, July 20, 2020, a free COVID-19 testing clinic being administered by the Missouri National Guard will be held at the Macon County Fairgrounds from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Macon County Health Department, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is hosting the National Guard's testing clinic.

Any Missouri resident can register and no physician's order for testing is required.

Registration for the clinic may be found online here or by calling 877-435-8411.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS MULTIPLE BILLS INTO LAW INCLUDING FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTING

 

COVID-19 tests recommended by doctors now must be free to Missouri patients under a new law.

The law was among several Gov. Mike Parson signed Monday.

Other measures signed by Parson will require hospitals to perform rape kits when needed.

Currently, some sexual assault survivors must travel hours to get a rape kit.

Vaping will be banned in and around public schools beginning Aug. 28.

Another law that takes effect at the end of August will ban edible medical marijuana shaped like fruit or other shapes that might appeal to children.

 

 

MISSOURI TRUCK DRIVER SENTENCED IN INDIANAPOLIS CONSTRUCTION ZONE CRASH

 

A truck driver has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for causing a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters.
A Marion County judge ordered the prison term Monday for 58-year-old 
Bruce Pollard of Sturgeon, Missouri, after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to reckless homicide and other charges for the July 2019 crash.
Pollard was driving a semitrailer that prosecutors said was going 65 mph and didn't begin to break until the truck hit the first of several vehicles slowed for an Interstate 465 construction zone.

 

 




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July 13th, 2020

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people from Cairo are injured after an accident on Highway 24 in Randolph County Sunday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, a car driven by 37 year old Gina Lewis of Moberly was eastbound on Highway 24 about four miles east of Moberly just before 5 p.m. Sunday. Lewis slowed to make a turn into a private drive.  At that time, a motorcycle driven by 53 year old Larry Baker of Cairo ran into the rear of the car ejecting him and his passenger, 43 year old Angela Rutherford of Cairo. Both Baker and Rutherford were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Lewis was not injured.  

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGED GUN THREAT

 

A man was charged Monday after allegedly threatening this weekend to use a gun at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 49-year-old Clinton Miller of Mokane, Missouri, was charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat.
Officers were called to the hospital at about 12:24 p.m. Sunday after Miller allegedly told emergency room staff he had a gun and would use it if he could not see his ex-wife and daughter, who had come to the hospital about an hour earlier.

Responding officers located him in the hospital parking lot, but did not find a gun.

 

 

COLE COUNTY JUDGE REJECTS INJUNCTION IN MAIL IN BALLOT SUIT

 

A judge rejected Friday a motion that that would have immediately made it easier for Missourians to vote with a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Cole County Judge Jon Beetem denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the Missouri NAACP and the League of Women Voters.
At issue is how voting will work this year as public health officials urge people to social distance to avoid spreading COVID-19.
The lawsuit seeks to allow all Missourians to cast absentee ballots without notarization in 2020.

 

 

EWING MAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT UTV ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri man was killed in a UTV accident Friday night.

The accident happened around 7:20 p.m. in Lewis County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Monte Tanner, 51, of Ewing, was on Highway CC, about five miles northeast of Ewing when it happened.

Troopers say Tanner was on his UTV when it traveled off the roadway.

The impact caused the UTV to roll, and Tanner was ejected.

The UTV then slammed into a tree before it came to a rest on its side.

Tanner was pronounced dead on scene.

 

 




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July 12th, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS 472 MORE COVID-19 CASES SATURDAY

 

The Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services is reporting 472 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 27,133.

The state on Saturday also reported five more deaths, bringing the total to 1,064.

State health officials say new cases of the coronavirus are being spread primarily by young people who infect many others.

Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox on Friday said that the average age of newly diagnosed cases in the past week was 37.4.

Officials suspect the actual number of infected people is much higher than the statistics indicate because many people with mild or no symptoms do not get tested.

The rapidly rising number of confirmed new coronavirus cases is prompting facial-covering requirements in several areas of Missouri.

Twice this week Missouri set new single-day highs.

In the first five days of the week, Missouri has reported 3,225 new cases.

Kansas City is extending its facial covering requirement through at least Aug. 15.

Joplin and St. Joseph have issued new orders, and Springfield is considering requiring masks.

St. Louis and St. Louis County both began requiring face coverings this month.

 

 

TRIAL SET FOR NEMO MAN ACCUSED IN CHILD’S DEATH

 

A jury trial is now set for a northeast Missouri man accused in the death of a toddler.

Marcus Mays, of LaGrange, is charged with murder in the August 2018 death of 2-year-old Taylen Allen, who he was watching

According to our sister station, KHQA, his trial is now scheduled for December 14 in Adair County court in Kirksville.

His case was moved from Lewis County on a change of venue.

Mays was arrested after the child was taken to Blessing Hospital with severe injuries.

Allen died five days later at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, after allegedly being hit in the head numerous times.

A preliminary autopsy report revealed in court blamed the child's death on Mays.

Mays has pleaded not guilty to counts of 2nd degree murder, child abuse, child endangerment and drug possession.

 

 




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July 9th, 2020

 

NEMO VOTING PRECINCT PERMANENTLY CHANGES LOCATION

 

A northeast Missouri polling precinct is changing locations.

Adair County Clerk Sandy Collop told KTVO that those of you who have previously voted at Brashear City Hall will now cast your ballot at the 4-H Building at the Nemo Fairgrounds in Kirksville starting with the election on August 4, 2020.

The change is permanent.

Collop said letters were mailed Thursday morning to all affected voters. Those letters should arrive Friday or Saturday.

The move was prompted by COVID-19. Collop said Brashear City Hall is simply too small of an area to keep everyone safely distanced from others.

 

 

ST. LOUIS MAN ACCUSED OF LEADING DRUG DISTRIBUTION RING PLEADS GUILTY

 

A man who was accused of leading a large drug distribution organization in St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The guilty plea for 44-year-old Guy Goolsby of St. Louis was announced Thursday.

Goolsby admitted to conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

Thirteen others who were indicted along with Goolsby in May 2019 are awaiting trial.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis says law enforcement seized more than $2 million of drug proceeds.

Federal investigators say the ring brought drugs from Houston and Florida to St. Louis.

Goolsby could face up to life in prison at sentencing in October.

 

 

LOS ANGELES WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Los Angeles Woman was injured after an accident on Highway 36 in Linn County Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a vehicle driven by 21 year old Sydney Waddell of Los Angeles, California was Eastbound on U.S. Highway 36 just west of Laclede at around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon when a tire on her vehicle blew out.  The blown tire caused her to lose control of the vehicle, run off the right side of the road and overturn.  A passenger in the vehicle, 22 year old, Allie Cole, also of Los Angeles was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Waddell was not injured.

 

 




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July 8th, 2020

 

MISSOURI SCHOOLS WILL BE ALLOWED TO HOST STUDENTS EVERY OTHER DAY

 

Missouri school districts will be allowed to have students attend every other day and learn remotely on alternating days, helping schools avoid fund penalties related to attendance.

According to KCUR-FM, the State Board of Education passed two emergency rules Tuesday establishing hybrid instructions models.

Under the new rules, students will need to physically be in school at least two days a week.

Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said Missouri has allocated $10 million from the CARES Act to make up for COVID-19 learning losses, but it will be up to local communities to put the pressure on school boards to create rigorous, remote learning opportunities for students.

 

 

MISSOURI TEEN ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

 

A 16-year-old Missouri boy who is accused of opening fire after an apparent fireworks altercation has been detained in the death of an 11-year-old and a woman.
Police said Monday that they are seeking two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon against the unidentified teen in the early Sunday shooting that also left three victims with non-life threatening injuries.
Police identified the slain woman as Tara Knedler, a mother of five, and the girl only by her first name of Ri'ajauhna.
Her last name was withheld per the family's request.

 

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY REPORTING DELAYS PARTIALLY TO BLAME IN CORONAVIRUS SPIKE

 

 Reported cases of the coronavirus in Missouri are up by more than 700 cases.

The Tuesday increase is the highest daily increase the state has seen so far.

Health department officials say the spike is partly because of a delay in reporting from labs.

Spokeswoman Lisa Cox also says confirmed cases piled up over the holiday weekend. She says the agency expects higher-than-usual numbers Wednesday, too.

Missouri reported another 773 cases of coronavirus Tuesday and 757 new cases as of 5 p.m. Wednesday

There have been 26,341 reported cases since the virus first struck the state. At least 1,090 people have died.

 

 




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July 7th, 2020

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS FOUR NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

On Tuesday, the Adair County Health Department reported four new cases of COVID-19 among county residents. That brings the year-to-date total to 104.

Three of the cases, men ages 41, 57, and 69, are related to a church revival held in Macon, Mo., from June 28 through July 1.

The fourth new case is a 24-year-old female infected by community spread.

“The cases stemming from the church revival in Macon illustrate the need for people to maintain social distance and wear masks if they attend group events,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Taking these precautions should reduce the spread of the virus among people who have gathered for any type of occasion."

There are currently 11 Adair County residents in isolation now and 93 who have left isolation.

 

 

MODOT BEGINS PHASE ONE OF DIAMOND GRINDING PROJECT ON U.S. 36

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has started the first phase of its diamond grinding project on U.S. Route 36 in Macon County.

The project will take place from the Linn County line to Bevier, Missouri.

Through this first phase, crews will be installing guardrail and performing slab jacking at various locations.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones.

Drivers are encouraged to obey all work zone signs and personnel.

Message boards will be put up to notify drivers of future work.

The awarded contractor of the project, Emery Sapp and Sons, of Columbia, Missouri will be completing this project over the next 125 days.

The second phase of this project includes concrete patching and diamond grinding.

Diamond grinding is a pavement rehabilitation technique that smooths the pavement.

To find out more about the current road construction taking place in northeast Missouri, click here.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY TRAFFIC REPORT

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released its traffic report for the 2020 Independence Day holiday weekend.

The Highway Patrol reports that there were five traffic fatalities, zero boating fatalities and only one drowning over the holiday weekend.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers worked 294 traffic crashes, which resulted in the 107 injuries and the five fatalities.

There were also 139 DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrests and 126 drug-related arrests.

Also, there were nine boating crashes over the holiday weekend.

Those resulted in four injuries and zero fatalities.

Troopers also made six BWI (boating while intoxicated) arrests and 25 drug-related arrests.

There was also one drowning reported.

KTVO spoke with Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Brown to get some tips on how to make sure your summer trips go safely.

"Probably the most important thing that we ask people to do is make safety apart of their plans," Sgt. Brown said. "Whether they're traveling, they're camping, they're using our swim beaches, out on our waterways boating, skiing, whatever it may be. Make safety and good choices apart of your plan, obey the traffic laws, obey the boating laws to avoid putting yourself in a circumstance where you're going to be involved in a crash or arrest for driving while intoxicated, things such as that."

In comparison to last year’s July 4 holiday, this year's holiday saw a very compelling drop in traffic crashes.

In 2019, there were 15 fatalities and 457 injuries because of 1,109 crashes over the holiday.

The number of boating crashes saw no decrease this year when compared to 2019.

If you would like to see the Highway Patrol’s full traffic report, click here.

 

 




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July 6th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS TWO NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

 

On Monday, the Macon County Health Department announced the 13th and 14th positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
These cases are community spread in association with previous positive cases. The persons have been in quarantine pending test results, but are now in isolation. The last six cases over the weekend are related to a recent revival held at Open Arms Baptist Church in Macon from June 28-July 1, 2020. This revival brought in members from other churches both inside and outside of the county. The origin of this spread – or how COVID-19 entered this event – is unknown.
Pastor Wills and members of the congregation are working closely with Macon County Health Department with contact investigation in order to contain the spread.
People testing positive from this event range from being asymptomatic to mild symptoms that include fever, cough, fatigue, congestion, chills and aches.
The health department asks that anyone who attended the event please self-quarantine through July 15.
If you have to go out for essential services, practice social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
Should you feel any one of the following symptoms, contact your primary care provider for testing, or, call the health department for instruction.

Fever (any degree)
Cough
Shortness of breath
Chills
Fatigue
Diarrhea
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Sore throat
Headache
Muscle or body aches

Macon County will be hosting other events this summer that will bring in people from out of county and perhaps out of state. If you plan to attend any summer event, practice social distancing and wear a face mask. If you are not feeling well, please don't attend.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 COUNT HITS 100

 

The Adair County Health Department confirmed its 100th positive case of COVID-19 in the county to date on Monday.

This new case is a 23-year-old female, whose infection is determined to be the result of community spread.

There are now seven people remaining in isolation and 93 individuals out of isolation.

The Adair County Health Department has conducted 681 contact-tracing calls to date.

 

 

HANNIBAL MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri motorcyclist was killed early Monday morning when his cycle struck an animal in the roadway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the deadly crash happened at 3:45 a.m. on Highway 168, two miles north of Hannibal, Missouri.

Troopers said a motorcycle operated by Clifford Icke, 39, of Hannibal, struck a fox that was crossing the highway, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle.

Icke was thrown off the cycle and pronounced dead at the scene 10 minutes after the crash happened.

 

 




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July 2nd, 2020

 

MACON WOMAN REPORTED MISSING SINCE MAY 30TH

 

A northeast Missouri woman has been reported as missing since May 30, 2020.

Hailey L. Peek, who may also go by Hailey Morgan, was reportedly last seen by police in Macon, Missouri.

A family member says she had been living in Kirksville prior to her disappearance.

Peek is roughly 5'3", weighs 140 pounds, and has a large rose and skull tattoo on her chest.

In more recent photos, she has a shaved head.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Hailey Peek, you're asked to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945.

 

 

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