12/26/14

 

CARROLLTON DRIVER HURT IN CHRISTMAS CRASH   

A Carrollton driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 65 in Saline County, early Christmas morning.  The accident occurred at around 6:30am.  The patrol says 44 year old Phillip K. Henks, of Carrollton, was southbound when his vehicle skidded off the roadway and struck a ditch.  Henks was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 

 

SLATER DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT

A Slater driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after his truck ran off Highway 5 in Howard County, just before 4am Christmas morning.  32 year old Seth Langan, of Slater, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound truck ran through the Highway 5 & 87 intersection, struck a sign and an embankment and came to rest in the ditch. 

 

MARSHALL MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

A Marshall driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday afternoon accident on westbound I-70.  49 year old Jeff Thompson, of Marshall, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm Wednesday.  The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a guard cable, went down an embankment and overturned. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN SUV ROLLOVER

A Columbia woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 40 in Boone County, which occurred Thursday evening.  30 year old Jennifer E. Little, of Columbia was the driver of an eastbound SUV.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia. 




12/24/14

 

TWO CHARGED AFTER KIRKSVILLE DRUG BUST 

Two Kirksville suspects face a total of eleven felony charges after state and local law enforcement agencies seized meth, prescription drugs and guns from a Kirksville home, Sunday afternoon.  26 year old Samuel G. Motter and 23 year old Krista A. McPeak, both of Kirksville, were arrested without incident after a search warrant was served on their residence.  Motter is charged with eight counts of possessing a controlled substance, one count of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.  McPeak is charged with one count each of possession of meth with intent to distribute, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEK MISSING TEEN    

Chillicothe Police are seeking information on a missing teenager.  On Monday, officers took a report, regarding 17 year old white female Bobbi Jo Zimmer, who was last seen Sunday afternoon at around 3pm.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Chillicothe Police at 660-646-2121. 

  

TWO HURT IN MACON COLLISION   

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision on Business 36, just east of Macon.  23 year old Candyce E. Cinatl, of Moberly, was taken to Samaritan Hospital with moderate injuries after the accident.  It occurred at around 4:40pm.  The patrol says she attempted to pass a car driven by 20 year old Eric Miller, of Macon, as Miller attempted to turn left into a private driveway.  Miller refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

HUMPHREYS WOMAN AND CHILD INJURED IN CRASH    

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 6 in Sullivan County caused moderate injuries for a Humphreys driver.  It occurred Tuesday morning at around 7:30am, about six miles east of Humphreys.  24 year old Lauren B. Weaver was the driver of an eastbound car, which failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the highway and struck a ditch.  She was life-flighted to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, with moderate injuries.  Her 3 year old son was treated for minor injuries. 

  

POLICE SEEK SUSPECT IN TWO BANK ROBBERIES 

Columbia Police say they believe the man who robbed the Regions Bank on Paris Road, Monday afternoon, is the same suspect who robbed the United Missouri Bank on Chapel Hill Road on December 9.  Police cite a number of similarities in the two robberies, along with surveillance footage, which has been released by police.  Anyone with information about either robbery is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at (573) 875-TIPS. 

  

A+ SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT REDUCED   

The State of Missouri has announced a slight cutback on the amount of aid students will receive under the A+ Scholarship Program.  Beginning with the Spring 2015 semester, the state will pay for all but one of a student’s qualified credit hours.  That means a student taking 15 credit hours will see the A+ Scholarship cover the tuition cost for 14 hours.  The Department of Education says the change is being made due to a funding shortfall, rising tuition rates and a growing number of eligible students. 




12/22/14

 

HIGBEE MAN STRUCK AND KILLED BY TRAIN  

A Randolph County man died over the weekend, after being struck by a train, just west of Higbee.  Randolph County authorities have identified the victim as 80 year old Fred Gibler, of Higbee.  He was struck by the train at around 1:45am Sunday.  Witnesses say they saw a wheelchair alongside the railroad tracks and Gibler on the tracks when he was struck.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MERCER COUNTY COLLISON   

Mercer and Kahoka residents were seriously injured when their vehicles collided on Highway 136, in Mercer County, Friday afternoon.  The patrol says 56 year old Marie Eslick, of Mercer, was eastbound when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle.  It crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle, driven by 23 year old Damien Shaw, of Kahoka.  Eslick and a passenger in Shaw’s vehicle, 23 year old Aerial Conover, of Kahoka, both suffered serious injuries and both were taken initially to Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany.  Shaw refused treatment for minor injuries. 

 

 PATROL REPORTS MACON DRUG ARREST     

A Macon man faces felony drug charges after a traffic stop by the Highway Patrol, Friday night.  According to the patrol, 21 year old Barry R. Brashears, of Macon, was stopped just after 11pm Friday for driving without headlights.  During that stop, Brashears was arrested for felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.  

  

HARRISBURG BARN DESTROYED BY FIRE  

15 fire units were called to the scene of a large barn fire, in Harrisburg, just after 8pm Sunday.  Firefighters say the hay barn, which is located near the Harrisburg Middle School, was completely engulfed when they arrived.  There were no injuries reported.  The cause of the blaze is under investigation. 




12/19/14

 

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS DURING THURSDAY’S SNOWFALL

Thursday’s snowfall was a factor in numerous accidents around the area.  There were numerous non-injury ‘slide-offs’ reported, but only a couple of Thursday’s accidents involved significant injuries:  

 

A Humphreys woman was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off a snow-covered Putnam County road, northwest of Newtown, Thursday evening.  The patrol says 28 year old Leslie N. Brown, of Humphreys, lost control of the pickup and it ran off the roadway and overturned at around 5:45pm.  She suffered moderate injuries…a passenger escaped with minor injuries.  Both were treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.

 

A Columbia woman suffered moderate injuries when her SUV slid off a snow-covered Highway 63, just north of the Clark Junction in Randolph County, at around 7:40am.  47 year old Meghan Holleran, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment, after her SUV slid off the highway and overturned. 

 

A Columbia man and an Auxvasse woman were both treated for moderate injuries after a collision on a snow-slickened Boone County Route VV, at around 7:20am Thursday.  The patrol says a car driven by 24 year old Danika Osman, of Auxvasse slid across the center line and into the path of a car driven by 26 year old Kylie Murray, of Columbia.  Osman sustained moderate injuries, as did a passenger her vehicle, 27 year old Jonathan Bagley, of Columbia.  Two children in their vehicle were treated for minor injuries. 

  

SUSPECT IN FIVE ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTSED 

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect that they say has been linked to five recent armed robberies.  Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of I-70 Drive Southwest Wednesday night, to a report of shots fired.  31 year old Jafari R. Boss, of Columbia, was arrested near the scene.  He is a suspect in armed robberies which have occurred since December 3 at Speedy Mart, the Budget Host Inn, the Columbia Denny’s Restaurant, We Be Smokin’ and the China Moon Restaurant.  Boss is in custody on multiple charges. 

  

PARIS SENIOR CENTER FUNDRAISER  

The Paris Senior Center and University Subaru are cooperating on an event to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program.  Next month, Columbia Subaru will be selling and giving away 2015 calendars that feature local seniors and Subaru vehicles…and they’re also making donations to a number of charities, including Meals on Wheels, for each vehicle sold thru January 2.




12/18/14

 

OFFICIALS URGE CAUTION ON NORTH MO ROADWAYS

It’s just a little bit of snow out there this morning, but its enough to cover many of our area roadways and there are definitely some slick driving conditions to deal with.  MODOT urges motorists to take it slow and use extra caution as you travel.  A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect thru noon.  We expect temperatures to get to the freezing mark this afternoon, which will help melt things.  We could refreeze overnight, as temperatures dip into the mid-20’s. 

  

BHS COQUETTES TO HOLD ANOTHER WRAPPING EVENT

As promised, the Brookfield High School Coquettes have announced plans for another wrapping event.  The Coquettes will be at the old Tres Jolie building, 309 N. Main Street in Brookfield, next Tuesday, Dec. 23, from 3 to 7pm.  They’ll take care of all your holiday wrapping needs, for a freewill donation. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER OFFICERS RECOVER VEHICLE 

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two men early Wednesday morning, after deputies identified a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Budget Host Inn on Vandiver Drvier.  35 year old Richard F. Wright was arrested on suspicion of tampering, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.  28 year old Chase Roy Wyatt was arrested on previous outstanding warrants for stealing and possession of burglary tools.  Deputies say they used a license plate reader to identify the 2000 Dodge Durango, which was stolen from Callaway County on December 11. 

  

NEW EDUCATION COMMISSIONER APPOINTED  

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced the appointment of a new commissioner.  Margaret Vandeven has been promoted from assistant commissioner to the state’s top education position, replacing Chris Nicastro, who resigned in September, effective the end of the year.  Nicastro had faced considerable criticism for her handling of struggling school districts in the state, including the Kansas City, MO Schools.  Vandeven will take over the commissioner’s position, effective January 1. 




12/17/14

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR THURSDAY MORNING 

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the area, beginning at midnight tonight, thru mid-day on Thursday.  Light snow is expected to spread across the area overnight, generally during the early morning hours, and although accumulations are expected to be minor, there could also be some freezing drizzle mixed in, causing slick driving conditions to develop in some locations.  Temperatures will be above the freezing mark by noon or so Thursday, which would alleviate any travel concerns.  Snowfall amounts are expected to be generally 1 to 2 inches around the area, with a light glazing of ice possible in some locations.  We’ll have up-to-date road condition information for you first thing Thursday morning, once this system arrives overnight. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY INVESTIGATING PROPERTY DAMAGE 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple reports of property damage in various parts of the county.  Last weekend, significant damage was reported to the Ludlow Lions Park and Ball Field.  Investigators say the damage was caused by an unknown vehicle driving onto the ball field and park area, cutting ruts and damaging the grass.  Lights at the facility were also apparently shot out.  A reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in that case.  There was similar property damage reported at a residence in the 10000 block of Old Highway 190.  There are also reports of damage to a nativity scene and a soda machine in the Dawn area.  Anyone with information on any of these incidents is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  An effort to raise funds for repair to the Ludlow Lions Park facilities has been started through the ‘go fund me’ website. 

  

CARROLL COUNTY HOSPITAL GROUND BREAKING  

Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton broke ground Tuesday on a new addition to their facility.  A 43,000 square-foot, three-story building will be attached to the hospital, housing a variety of services, including an expanded outpatient clinic and outpatient surgery center, along with additional office space.  The $16.5 million dollar addition is expected to be complete within the next 18 to 24 months. 

  

NTSB REPORTS ON BOONVILLE PLANE CRASH   

The National Transportation Safety Board has released details on its investigation into a November 30 plane crash near Boonville, which killed a pilot from Salina, Kansas and hospitalized three passengers.  According to the report, dense, low clouds cause the pilot to reroute the original flight plan from Chesterfield to Kansas City in order to land at a closer runway at the Jesse P. Viertel Memorial Airport, near Boonville.  The report says the plane apparently lost engine power before it crashed, less than a half mile south of the runway.  The incident occurred just after 9am on November 30. 

  

MIZZOU STUDENT HURT IN FALL FROM BALCONY 

A University of Missouri student remains in critical condition after falling from a second-story balcony during a weekend party at a Columbia residence.  19 year old Jack Lipp, an Illinois resident, apparently fell about 15 feet onto a gravel driveway, early Saturday morning.  Witnesses say the balcony’s railing was broken and guests were told it wasn’t safe.  Police are continuing to investigate.  Lipp remains in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia. 




12/16/14

 

DOWNING DRIVER HURT IN OVERNIGHT ACCIDENT      

A one-vehicle accident, just after midnight this morning, sent a Downing driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  33 year old Amber D. Miller, of Downing, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, after her vehicle ran off Highway 6, just east of Trenton.  The patrol says the vehicle struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels. 

  

BOONVILLE SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN MONDAY  

Three Boonville school buildings were placed on modified lockdown Monday, after a man fled a traffic stop on I-70.  The Highway Patrol says a car was stopped near the 104 mile-marker, at around 11am.  A passenger exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.  While officers searched for the man, the outside doors were locked at Boonville High School, Hannah Cole Primary and the Boonslick Technical Center.  Students were allowed to move around inside the buildings, on their normal schedules. 

 

COLUMBIA BANK ROBBERY MONDAY  

Columbia Police are investigating a Monday afternoon robbery at the Boone County Bank location on Paris road.  The robbery was reported at around 5pm.  Officials say the suspect was a white male, wearing light-colored clothing, sunglasses and a baseball cap.  He fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Columbia Police. 

  

WOMAN HURT IN OVERNIGHT TRAILER FIRE   

A woman is recovering from injuries sustained in a late-night mobile home fire on Rock Quarry Road in Columbia.  Firefighters were called to the scene just before 11pm Monday.  The female resident was able to escape the burning structure by breaking through a window.  She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

  

SHOTS FIRED IN NORTHEAST COLUMBIA   

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred Monday afternoon off Rice Road, near Ballenger Lane, in northeast Columbia.  Police say they found multiple shell casings in the area of the incident.  They believe those shots were fired from a vehicle, but there have been no reports of injuries.  The investigation continues. 

  

CHILLICOTHE ARTS COUNCIL LUNCHEON WEDENSDAY     

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will hold its annual Christmas Holiday Cultural Luncheon tomorrow (Wednesday) from noon to 1pm at the First Christian Church in Chillicothe.  During the luncheon, a program of sacred and popular Christmas music will be presented.  The event is designed to allow attendees to enjoy the meal and program, but still get back to work on time.  There is a five dollar cost for the luncheon.  The music program is free of charge. 




12/15/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR PRINCETON DRIVER  

A Princeton driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred just after 2 o’clock Saturday morning, on Mercer County Route D.  34 year old Eric Virtue, of Princeton, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident.  The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when he lost control of his westbound car and it ran off the roadway, struck a fence and overturned. 

  

MARSHALL TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH    

A Marshall teenager was life-flighted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 41 in Saline County, just after midnight Sunday morning.  17 year old Dylan Rogers, of Marshall, was the driver of a southbound car.  The patrol says he was seriously injured when he was ejected from the vehicle as it ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT     

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident in Boone County.  62 year old Michael Liebau, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm on Boone County Route J. The patrol says he was ejected from his southbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned.  

  

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT ROBBED    

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery at the China Moon Restaurant on Range Line, which occurred Saturday night.  Officers were called to the scene at around 10pm, after three suspects, wearing masks and dark clothing, entered the business, demanded money, tied up five employees and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the CrimeStoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT FULTON STORE      

Fulton Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred Sunday night at the Family Dollar Store on East Third Street in Fulton.  Witnesses say it occurred at around 7:30pm when an armed suspect entered the store, demanded cash and fled the scene.  He is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with long dreadlocks and a scar under his eye. 

  

MACON SCHOOL BOND ISSUE ON APRIL BALLOT      

Macon school officials have announced plans to ask voters to approve a $13 million dollar school bond issue in April.  The Macon School Board voted unanimously last week to put the measure on the ballot on April 7.  It will require a 65 cent tax levy increase.  Officials say the bond issue will address a number of concerns identified by a survey of the district’s patrons, including new elementary classrooms, a new entrance for both the elementary and high school facilities, along with a career center addition and more parking.  The Macon School Board will meet this evening to finalize ballot language. 




12/12/14

 

MISTRIAL DECLARED IN SHAKEN BABY CASE   

A mistrial was declared Thursday after jurors could not agree on a verdict in a Marshall woman’s shaken baby case.  Nakisha O’Bryan was charged after a baby she was watching was taken to a Kansas City hospital with a brain hemorrhage, in January of 2012.  The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case Thursday, and a mistrial was declared.  O’Bryan’s husband is on probation after pleading guilty to charges last year. 

  

FULL DAY OF CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN BROOKFIELD 

It’ll be a full day of Christmas activities in Brookfield tomorrow, leading up to the Brookfield Christmas Parade and lighting ceremony Saturday evening at the Twin Parks.  Tomorrow morning, Candy Land and the Santa House will be open at the Trinity Fellowship Center in Brookfield, from 9 to 11am, sponsored by Brookfield Parks and Recreation.  Also, the Brookfield Lady Elks will hold a food drive to benefit the Linn County Food Pantry.  Donations may be dropped off at the Save-A-Lot parking lot from 9am to 3pm.  The Brookfield High School Coquettes will hold a Christmas Wrapping event tomorrow afternoon.  Coquettes will be wrapping gifts for a free-will donation in the old Tres Jolie Building in downtown Brookfield, from noon to 4pm.  The Brookfield Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony will begin with live Christmas music at 4:30pm, the parade beginning at 5, lighting at 5:30 followed by hot dogs and hot chocolate, sleigh rides in the park and more.  A number of Brookfield businesses will hold holiday open house events during the afternoon, leading up to the parade.  The weekend wraps up with a free Christmas movie for the kids at Reel Time Cinema, Sunday afternoon. 

  

SWEET ADELINES CHRISTMAS SHOW SATURDAY EVENING  

The Heart of Missouri Sweet Adelines will hold their ‘Cocoa and Carols’ Christmas show Saturday evening at 7pm in the Moberly High School auditorium.  The Heart of Missouri Chorus is one of more than 500 Sweet Adelines Groups.  During intermission, the MACA Board will serve cocoa and cookies for their annual holiday celebration.  Admission for the program is fifteen dollars for adults and five dollars for students, Saturday evening at the MHS Auditorium.  




12/11/14

 

FOUR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY-MORNING ACCIDENT  

Four occupants of a vehicle driven by a Moberly man were seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on a Randolph County road, early Wednesday morning.  It occurred at around 12:45am, about three miles south of Cairo.  28 year old Kenneth R. Davis, of Moberly, was the driver of the eastbound car.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and it ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  Davis refused treatment for minor injuries, but four passengers all were seriously injured…25 year old Amber D. Bowen and 19 year old Alexandra Canaday, both of Moberly…and 22 year old Ryan Albertson and 23 year old Kelsey Hendren, both of Madison.  All four were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.    

  

SEMI AND FARM TRACTOR COLLIDE NEAR MACON     

A Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 36, between a tractor-trailer and a farm tractor, sent one driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  It occurred just before 2pm, about two miles east of Macon on Highway 36.  The patrol says an eastbound farm tractor, driven by 18 year old Tyler Crossin, of New Berlin, IL, was traveling on the shoulder as a tractor-trailer, driven by 49 year old Pantellis Santorinios, of Pennsylvania, approached from the rear.  Santorinios apparently noticed a trailer being pulled by the farm tractor was partially in the roadway and he swerved to avoid the collision.  The semi struck the rear of the tractor then ran off the highway and overturned.  Santorinios was treated at University Hospital with moderate injuries. 

  

HIGBEE MAN SENTENCED FOR BURNING WIFE     

A Higbee man, convicted of setting his home and his wife on fire in June of 2013, has been sentenced to 53 years in prison.  Willard Hunt, of Higbee, was sentenced to 20 years for arson, 23 years for first-degree domestic assault and ten years for armed criminal action.  Hunt was convicted in October.  In that trial, Hunt’s wife testified that he doused her with gasoline and lit her on fire.  The fire destroyed the couple’s Higbee home.


12/10/14

 

TENTH MISSOURI EXECUTION OF 2014   

The State of Missouri has conducted its tenth execution of 2014. Paul Goodwin was put to death just after midnight this morning.  Goodwin was sentenced to death after being convicted of sexually assaulting his neighbor and then killing her with a hammer in St. Louis County in 1998.  This year’s 10 executions sets a new high for the state of Missouri and matches the state of Texas for the most in the U.S. this year. 

  

TRENTON POLICE INVESTIGATING THEFT REPORT

Trenton Police are investigating the apparent theft of funds from a charity softball tournament, held in August.  A news release indicates several Trenton area residents organized a two-day softball tournament in Trenton, to raise funds for the families of three area men who died in vehicle accidents since 2009.  To date, Police say, none of those families have received any of the funds.  Investigators ask anyone who contributed to the charity softball event to contact Trenton Police. 

  

TWO INJURED IN CHILLICOTHE ACCIDENT    

Chillicothe Police report an injury accident, which occurred Tuesday at the intersection of Highways 65 and 36 in Chillicothe.  Officers say a southbound vehicle, driven by Christopher M. Rader, collided with a vehicle driven by Emily M. Stivers, after she apparently failed to yield the right of way.  Two children in the Rader vehicle were taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. 

  

COLUMBIA BANK ROBBED TUESDAY      

Columbia Police are seeking a suspect who robbed the United Missouri Bank location on Chapel Hill Road on Tuesday.  Witnesses say it occurred at around noon, when the male suspect demanded cash from a teller and then fled the scene on a bicycle.  A Boone county K-9 unit searched a nearby wooded area and officers recovered the bicycle, but the suspect remains at-large.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN WILL NOT FACE MURDER CHARGE      

A Columbia woman will not face murder charges in connection with a July shooting at a Columbia trailer park.  Rebecca Bushman will face charges of unlawful use of a weapon, in connection with the incident, which killed 47 year old Jon Chalfant.  Court documents indicated Chalfant and Bushman met through backpage.com to have sex for money.  Chalfant apparently refused to pay and started choking Bushman, so she grabbed her bun and shot him. 




12/09/14

 

CARROLLTON MAN CHARGED AFTER MACON DRUG ARREST 

A Carrollton man is now charged in connection with a drug arrest in Macon last week.  29 year old George A. Bennett, of Carrollton, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license was suspended.  The arrest came after a traffic stop, last Thursday morning.  During that stop, officers seized a powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth.  Bennett remains in custody in the Macon County Jail. 

  

ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY IN COLUMBIA  

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred Monday night at ‘We B Smokin’, located on Bernadette Drive in Columbia.  Investigators say it occurred just before 8pm when two male suspects, wearing ski masks, entered the business and demanded cash.  No injuries were reported.  Police say the robbery could be related to two other armed robberies, which occurred over the weekend at a Columbia Denny’s and a Jimmy John Restaurant location.  The two suspects are described as 5-6 to 5-7 in height and around 130 pounds. 

  

SUSPECT ROBS FULTON CONVENIENCE STORE   

Fulton Police are looking for a male suspect who robbed a Casey’s General Store, early this (Tues) morning.  The incident occurred at around 1:40am.  Officers say a suspect walked into the store with a knife and demanded cash.  He is described as a black male, around six feet tall, wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants and a black mask.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Fulton Police. 

  

NEW CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE CASE REPORTED 

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports one new case of Chronic Wasting Disease, identified during this fall’s deer harvest in north Missouri.  They say the disease was confirmed in one adult male buck, taken in Adair County.  It’s the first confirmed case since early 2013 and the eleventh free-ranging deer identified since the disease was first discovered in the area in 2010.  The department continues to encourage hunters in the Chronic Wasting Disease containment zone of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan Counties, to continue to have tissue samples taken for testing.  The sampling effort will continue through the end of bow season on January 15. 

  

BROOKFIELD FIRST GRADE MISSING GINGERBREAD MEN 

The Brookfield R-3 First Grade is looking for help in locating some missing gingerbread men, who apparently ran away from the school, Monday morning.  KZBK News Director, Jeff Elliott, visited the first grade Monday afternoon, to get details on the disappearance.  The class has filed a missing persons report with the Brookfield Police Department and also contacted the Linn County Leader for assistance.  The students say a total of 54 gingerbread men apparently ran away from the Elementary Cafeteria, prior to being decorated for the holidays.  The students ask, if you find the gingerbread men…to please not eat them…contact the Brookfield Elementary Office. 




12/08/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN KNOX COUNTY ACCIDENT     

A one-vehicle accident on a Knox County highway seriously injured a Hurdland driver, over the weekend.  24 year old Dawn Sizemore, of Hurdland, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville and then life-flighted to Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 12:20am Saturday on Highway 6, just west of Hurdland.  The patrol says she was ejected from her eastbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne and overturned several times. 

  

SCHADE FOUND GUILTY IN RAPE TRIAL      

A former Chillicothe Police Officer was found guilty of rape last week, after a 2-day jury trial.  The case was heard in Caldwell County, on a change of venue.  The verdict came in just before midnight Thursday night.  41 year old Brent Allen Schade, of Chillicothe, was arrested in March, after a Livingston County Sheriff’s Department investigation into allegations of sexual assault.  Schade remains in custody in lieu of bond until sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled. 

  

GUILTY PLEA AND LIFE SENTENCE IN DEATH OF MARSHALL WOMAN

A Sedalia man will serve life in prison without parole, after pleading guilty to murder and armed criminal action charges, in connection with the death of a Marshall woman.  Earlier this year, 66 year old Joseph Arbeiter, of Sedalia, was charged with murder after human remains were found on his property.  Those remains were identified as those of 35 year old Mandy Black, of Marshall.  In addition to the life sentence, Arbeiter was also sentenced to 45 years on additional charges of assault, rape, sodomy and possession of a controlled substance. 

  

BOONE COUNTY TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Boone County teenager was seriously injured when his car ran off Boone County Route N at Woodie Proctor road, Sunday night.  17 year old Trey A. Keith, of Hartsburg, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 8pm.  The patrol says his southbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

TWO COLUMBIA RESTAURANTS ROBBED  

Columbia Police are looking for three suspects in connection with a Sunday night armed robbery at the Jimmy John’s restaurant on Rangeline.  Officers were called to the scene just after 10pm Sunday.  Witnesses say the three men entered the business and demanded cash.  At least one of the suspects was armed. 

Police are also seeking a male suspect in connection with a Saturday morning armed robbery at the Columbia Denny’s Restaurant.  Investigators say it occurred at around 5:30am Saturday and involved a single armed suspect, who is described as a male, about 5-5 and 145 pounds.  There were no injuries reported in either incident. 


12/05/14

 

MACON POLICE MAKE DRUG ARREST   

A Carrollton man was arrested by Macon Police, after a Thursday morning traffic stop.  It occurred in the 800 block of South Missouri Street in Macon.  During the stop, a search of the suspect’s vehicle allegedly turned up a powdery substance, which field-tested positive for meth, along with drug paraphernalia.  The suspect, a 29 year old Carrollton man, was arrested and is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.

  

LA PLATA WOMAN CHARGED WITH METH POSSESSION  

A La Plata woman faces drug charges after her arrest last week.  44 year old Leslie Link, of La Plata, is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  She was arrested after La Plata Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle, parked at the La Plata Golf Course, on November 25.  Investigators say a search of her vehicle turned up meth.  She is being held on $10,000 dollars bond. 

  

FORMER MU FOOTBALL PLAYER ARRESTED    

Former Mizzou football player, Lawrence Lee, was arrested this week by University Police, after allegations of burglary and stealing.  Officers say Lee is accused of taking a laptop from one dorm room, a Playstation 4 from another dorm room and an iPhone from the Mizzou athletic training complex locker room.  Formal charges in the case are pending. Lee, who was a freshman wide receiver for Mizzou, was dismissed from the team last week. 

  

MISSOURI LIVESTOCK SYMPOSIUM THIS WEEKEND   

The annual Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held in Kirksville this weekend.  The event gets underway at 4pm today (Fri) with the opening of the trade show at the William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville.  Tonight’s schedule includes a free beef supper and evening program for attendees, and then a full schedule of educational programs and displays throughout the day Saturday.  All events are free at the Missouri Livestock Symposium, this weekend at the Kirksville Middle School. 




12/04/14

 

PRELIMINARY HEARING SET IN KIRKSVILLE HOMICIDE 

A preliminary hearing has been set for a Kirksville man, charged with first-degree murder in connection with a Thanksgiving Day stabbing.  December 31st will be the date of that preliminary hearing…for 20 year old Kayn O. Fry, of Kirksville.  He is accused of stabbing 52 year old Joseph Fees with a kitchen knife, at Fees’ Kirksville home.  Court documents indicate Fry admitted to the stabbing, saying he intended to ‘do something about’ what he perceived to be Fees’ poor treatment of other people in the household.  Fry also claims the stabbing occurred after Fees reached for a rifle next to his bed. 

  

MOBERLY LIVING WINDOWS EVENT THURSDAY   

Thursday evening is the annual Living Windows event in downtown Moberly.  From 4:30 to 7:30pm, downtown Moberly will be alive with a variety of holiday displays and performances, inside the storefront windows of participating businesses.  Of course, many of those stores will also be open for Christmas shopping during the event.  Horse-drawn carriage rides and other activities will also be available during Living Windows, in downtown Moberly, Thursday evening. 

  

MORE CHRISTMAS PLANS FOR THIS SATURDAY     

This weekend brings a number of Christmas events to the area…

Christmas on Broadway, in downtown Brunswick is set for Saturday.  A daylong vendor show begins at 9am in and around the Knight and Rucker Banquet Hall, with an Electric Parade starting at 6:30pm Saturday evening. 

 

The annual Macon Women of Today Craft Show is all day Saturday in the Macon High School Gym, with a variety of displays featuring local crafters and artists, along with refreshments…from 9am to 3pm. 

 

Saturday also marks the 3rd annual Kirksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade, starting at 5pm in downtown Kirksville.  This year’s theme is ‘Light Up the Town’.  Entry fee for this year’s parade is a donation of new children’s mittens, gloves, hats, coats or scarves to benefit needy families in the community. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE RELEASE THANKSGIVING TOTALS 

Columbia Police say a total of 34 burglaries occurred in Columbia during this year’s Thanksgiving break, from November 21 to December 2.  That’s double last year’s total of 17 burglary reports, but less than 2011, when 40 burglaries were reported.  28 of this year’s incidents were residential, while six were commercial burglaries.  Investigators say there were no specific geographical areas of the city that were more susceptible to the activity. 




12/03/14

 

FIVE HURT IN COLLISION NEAR HANNIBAL  

Five people were injured, three suffered serious injuries, when two vehicles collided at the Highway 61-Route W junction, just north of Hannibal, Tuesday evening.  It occurred at around 5:45pm.  The patrol says a northbound van, driven by 15 year old Dylan O’Brien, of Palmyra, attempted to cross 61 and pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 47 year old Stephen Fasano, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  O’Brien and a passenger in his vehicle, 37 year old William O’Brien, of Palmyra, were both taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries.  Three occupants of the Fasano vehicle, all from Pennsylvania, were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital…one passenger suffered serious injuries.

  

PRINCETON DRIVER INJURED IN TUESDAY CRASH  

A Princeton driver was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off Mercer County Route A, just before noon Tuesday.  48 year old Brenda Sinclair, of Princeton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident.  The patrol says her passenger-side tires dropped off the roadway and her vehicle ran into a steep ditch, overturned, then skidded across the roadway on its top. 

  

MULTIPLE REPORTS OF IRS TELEPHONE SCAMMERS  

Several area sheriff’s departments are warning residents of a telephone scam that continues to make the rounds in the area.  Numerous reports continue to come in, regarding calls claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Department of Treasury, demanding immediate payment to rectify a tax problem.  At least one of the callers was reported as being verbally abusive towards an elderly disabled woman.  A spokesperson for the IRS says their agents do not attempt to intimidate or demand immediate payment over the telephone.  Any contact from the IRS regarding a tax issue will include multiple written notifications by mail.  If you receive such a phone call, you’re advised to hang up.  All of these types of calls are attempts to illegally obtain personal financial information, or quick cash from unsuspecting individuals. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT TUESDAY NIGHT   

Columbia Police are investigating multiple reports of shots fired in the area of Garth and Sondra Avenues, Tuesday night.  Reports indicate the incident started with a fight between multiple suspects, resulting in shots being fired.  Officers report finding evidence of an injury at the scene, but there have been no reports of treatment for gunshots wounds in the area.  The incident remains under investigation. 




12/01/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER     

A Kirksville man is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action, in connection with a Thanksgiving stabbing death at a Kirksville home.  20 year old Kayn D. Fry, of Kirksville, is being held on $1 million dollars bond in the case.  He was arrested after the stabbing death of a 52 year old man, which occurred just before 10pm on Thanksgiving.  The name of the victim has not yet been released, pending notification of family members. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON  

A Chillicothe man faces arson charges after a small fire was set and caused damage at the Strand Apartments, early Sunday morning.  Officers were initially called to a report of an intoxicated man causing the disturbance.  While they were on the scene, a fire alarm sounded and the building’s sprinkler system activated.  They found a small fire in a third floor hallway that had been extinguished by the sprinklers, causing moderate smoke damage and heavy water damage.  A suspect, Matthew David Silkwood, was arrested in the case.  He is being held, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

A Schuyler County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on a gravel road, southeast of Queen City.  18 year old Tyson B. Archer, of Glenwood, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm.  The patrol says Archer’s eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

SMALL PLANE CRASH NEAR BOONVILLE KILLS ONE    

The FAA is investigating the crash of a small plane, just south of the Jesse P. Viertel Memorial Airport, near Boonville.  The Sunday morning crash occurred at around 9am and killed the pilot, Charles Sojka, of Salina, Kansas.  Three passengers, all Kansas residents, were in serious, but stable condition at last report.  The crash site is located about a half mile south of the airport.  An investigation is underway.   

  

COLUMBIA HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY    

Columbia Police are investigating a Sunday morning homicide, which occurred on Illinois Avenue.  Officers were called to the scene, near the Tiger Express wash, just after 2am Sunday.  Two gunshot victims were found.  40 year old Rickie Dunn, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at a Columbia hospital.  An 18 year old victim is being treated for injuries.  Police are urging anyone with information on the shooting to contact the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

POLICE INVESTIGATE FRIDAY BANK ROBBERY      

Authorities continue to investigate Friday evening’s robbery of the First State Community Bank, in eastern Columbia. Officers say the suspect acted like he had a weapon, but the teller did not see one.  He is described as 30 to 35 years of age, with a medium build.  The robbery occurred at around 5pm Friday.  The suspect fled the scene on a bicycle, northbound on Highway 63. 


11/28/14

 

HIGBEE WOMEN SERIOUSLY INJURED      

Two Higbee women were seriously injured when they were struck by a car, after their vehicle became stuck in the ditch on Randolph County Route A, during Wednesday morning's snowfall.  The patrol says 22 year old Halea Sager and 45 year old Stacy Sager, both of Higbee, were standing in a ditch near their vehicle when an eastbound car driven by 70 year old Margaret Cox-Burkiett, of Illinois, lost control of her vehicle and it struck the Sager’s car, pushing it into the two women.  A few minutes later, another eastbound car, driven by 42 year old Tammy Brown, of Huntsville, lost control at that same location and went into the ditch, striking Halea Sager again.  Both women were taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

MILAN TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN SNOW-RELATED CRASH  

A Milan truck driver was treated for moderate injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off a snow-covered Putnam County highway, Wednesday morning.  45 year old Leonard Nicolay, of Milan, was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30am.  The patrol says Nicolay lost control of his southbound tractor-trailer and it ran off the highway and overturned.  A passenger in the truck, 23 year old Bryce McDonald, of Humphreys, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

NEW FRANKLIN DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT   

A New Franklin driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning accident on Highway 5, just south of Fayette.  The patrol says 23 year old Jody Sampo, of New Franklin, was ejected from her vehicle when it ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, just after 8:30am Wednesday.  Sampo was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

  

FORMER PROSECUTOR PLEADS GUILTY   

The former Harrison County Prosecutor has pleaded guilty to stealing from an elderly client in his private practice this week.  39 year old Richard F. Turner, of Bethany, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and making false statements on his tax return.   Officials say Turner admitted stealing more than a half a million dollars from an elderly client, who was suffering from memory issues. 

 

 COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOTS FIRED      

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in an October shooting incident this week.  On Wednesday, officers took 22 year old Kyle Anthony Shepherd, of Columbia, into custody on an outstanding warrant for an October shooting, which occurred in the 1000 block of East Broadway.  Shepherd was identified during a traffic stop near Bonny Drive and Brown Station Road.  He is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and his being held on $50,000 dollars bond. 




SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT – 11/26/14:

Putnam County Schools will be closed today, due to slick road conditions.

 

11/26/14

 

ORONA COURT APPEARANCES THIS WEEK

Bond has been increased for a Chula man, who faces charges in both Livingston and Macon Counties.  26 year old Jeremy Orona, of Chula, is charged in Livingston County with felony counts of stealing a motor vehicle, burglary and forgery.  Bond has been increased to $50,000 dollars cash-only on those charges.  Orona will be arraigned this (wed) afternoon in Macon County, on charges of armed criminal action, assault of a law enforcement officer, shooting a firearm at a person or vehicle, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.  Those charges stem from an incident in June, when Orona was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle in the Bucklin area, eluded capture on foot and later fired a shot at officers. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ALLEGEDLY THREATENS LAW ENFORCEMENT

A Columbia man is charged with making a terrorist threat, after he allegedly threatened to set fire to the Columbia Police Department and bomb the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.  According to court documents, 21 year old Matthew Crain was arrested Monday on warrants for loitering and a non-moving traffic violation.  While at the Police Department, Crain allegedly made the threats and told officers he had extensive military training and knew how to construct a bomb.  Crain remains in custody in the Boone County Jail. 

  

FULTON ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED   

Fulton Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery at a Fulton store.  Officers were called to Incentive Resale on Airway Drive, just after 9pm.  An employee says a white male wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a Halloween mask entered the store with a long gun and demanded cash.  The suspect fled the scene and was still at-large at last report.  Anyone with information should contact Fulton Police or Crime Stoppers, at 573-592-2474. 

  

MOBERLY THANKSGIVING DINNER AND 5K 

The Zion Lutheran Church in Moberly will host its 9th Annual Community Goodwill Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday.  A traditional Thanksgiving menu will be served from 11am to 2pm in the church’s fellowship hall.  Home-delivered meals will also be available by reservation.  To volunteer, make a donation or to requested a home-delivered meal, please contact the Zion Lutheran Church. 

Also, a reminder, Moberly’s Trinity United Methodist Church will hold their annual Thanksgiving 5K Run and Walk, starting at 8am in downtown Moberly.  Proceeds will benefit the Christos Food Pantry. 

 

NEW CAMBRIA SIDEWALK PROJECT COMPLETE

The City of New Cambria has made plans to celebrate the completion of its sidewalk improvement project next week.  Monday afternoon, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of a project, which will improve both the safety and the beauty of the community.  The public is welcome to attend, beginning at 1:30 Monday afternoon, in the New Cambria City Park. 




11/25/14

 

PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT AFTER FERGUSON DECISION  

St Louis County authorities say at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson burned overnight, and numerous other businesses were vandalized and looted, after protests turned violent.  Two police cruisers were also burned during the protests, which were prompted by a Grand Jury’s decision not to charge white police officer Darren Wilson, in connection with the August shooting death of black teenager, Michael Brown.  Officers reported at least 29 arrests in connection with the protests.  They say hundreds of shots were fired overnight.  Officials say police did not fire any of those gunshots, but did fire bean bags and used smoke bombs to try to disburse the violence.  Hundreds of protesters were able to block and shut down interstate 44 in St. Louis for more than an hour overnight.  Brown’s family issued a statement indicating profound disappointment in the grand jury’s decision, but asking that any protests remain non-violent.  Peaceful protests were held in a number of cities around the country, after the decision was announced.  Students on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia gave four and a half minutes of silence for Michael Brown and then peacefully marched to the Boone County Courthouse. 

  

BROOKFIELD POLICE URGE YOU TO LOCK CARS  

Brookfield Police are urging residents to keep your vehicle doors locked and valuables out of sight, after multiple reports of thefts from vehicles, over the weekend.  No details on those thefts have been released, but a post on the Brookfield Police Department facebook page encourages residents to remove valuable items and keep your vehicles locked at all times while unattended.  Police are also asking anyone with video camera surveillance or other information pertaining to the thefts to contact the department. 

  

MOBERY MAN HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT     

A Moberly man escaped with minor injuries after a pickup ran off a Howard County highway and struck another vehicle, Monday afternoon.  The accident occurred just before 4pm on Howard County Route T.  The patrol says an eastbound vehicle, driven by 26 year old Patrick Davis, of Moberly, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch and a westbound vehicle, driven by 43 year old Jody Sanders of Glasgow.  A passenger in the Davis vehicle, 36 year old Jeremy Kirkland, of Moberly, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK BURGLARY SUSPECTS  

Boone County Deputies say there have been no arrests in connection with a weekend burglary in the El Chaparral Subdivision.  They say suspects stole numerous items of value, after breaking into a home Sunday afternoon.  Witnesses say two suspects entered the home, while a third served as a lookout.  The three fled the scene when the homeowners returned home.  Deputies and a K-9 unit initially tracked the suspects and recovered some of the stolen property.  Ultimately the suspects eluded capture.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




11/24/14

 

ILLINOIS MAN DIES AFTER HUNTING ACCIDENT   

An Illinois man has died from injuries sustained last week, when he was accidentally shot while deer hunting in Knox County.  31 year old James Funk, of Mascoutah, IL, died Thursday after suffering a gunshot wound last Monday.  Investigators say Funk was apparently shot by his uncle, also from Illinois, while the two were deer hunting   They say the shooting was accidental, but the investigation is continuing. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN CHARGED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

A Chillicothe man faces multiple charges after a weekend traffic stop by Chillicothe Police.  On Saturday, officers arrested Jeffery Davenport in the 300 block of Clay Street, on a Livingston County warrant for driving while revoked, no insurance and failure to register a motor vehicle.  During that stop, Davenport was also arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  A juvenile in the vehicle was also taken into custody and turned over the Livingston County Juvenile authorities. 

  

CHILLICOTHE RECEIVES COMMUNITY AWARD     

The City of Chillicothe has won an American City and County Magazine Crown Community Award, for improvements that have been completed within the past year.  Officials say only a handful of awards are presented each year, out of hundreds that apply.  The City of Chillicothe was selected, in large part, due to the opening of the new state-of the art medical facility at Hedrick Medical Center, along with improvements to the Chillicothe water park. 

  

FULTON MAN CHARGED AFTER HOME INVASION  

A Fulton man is in custody in connection with a weekend home-invasion at an Auxvasse residence.  Callaway County Deputies were called to the 200 block of Morgan Street, just after 4am Saturday, where an armed male suspect entered a home, assaulted a victim, and tried to rob him.  The victim was treated at a Columbia Hospital.  Deputies identified the suspect as 30 year old Tylor Bradley, of Fulton.  He was taken into custody and is being held on charges of burglary, attempted robbery, assault, armed criminal action and felonious restraint. 

  

SHOTS FIRED OUTSIDE CLUB VOGUE   

Columbia Police are investigating after a report of shots fired near Club Vogue on Business Loop 70 East, which occurred early Saturday morning.  Officers were called at around 3am when a dispute outside the business resulted in several shot fired.  There were no apparent injuries in the incident.  No arrests have been reported, as the investigation continues. 




11/21/14

 

MENDON WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH  

A Mendon driver was seriously injured when her vehicle ran off Highway 24 in Lafayette County Thursday night.  61 year old Gloria J. Foster, of Mendon, was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30pm.  The patrol says her eastbound SUV ran off the roadway, went down a steep embankment and struck another embankment. 

 

TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST   

A traffic stop by the Highway Patrol resulted in the arrest of a Brookfield man on drug charges this week.  The patrol says 21 year old Dexter A. Collins, of Brookfield, was stopped for failure to transfer license plates within 30 days.  During the stop, Collins was arrested for felony possession of the controlled substance hyrdocodone.  Collins was being held in the Chariton County Jail at last report, pending the filing of formal charges.

 

POLICE LOOK FOR FRAUD SUSPECT 

Unionville Police are looking for a woman who is accused of walking out of a business with more than a thousand dollars on a fraudulently purchased credit card.  Officers say the woman is believed to have used several stolen credit cards to purchase a $1,200 dollar, valid pre-paid card at a Unionville store.  The black female suspect was later seen at a business in Centerville, where she tried to do the same thing.  She fled that store before law enforcement arrived.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Unionville Police Department. 

 

PARIS MAN KILLED IN UTV ACCIDENT   

A Paris man was killed when a UTV overturned on private property, southeast of Paris, Thursday morning.  80 year old James H. Warren, of Paris, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10am.  The patrol says Warren was ejected from his UTV when it struck a gate and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PALMYRA CRASH  

A collision on Highway 61, just south of Palmyra, injured three persons, just before noon Thursday.  82 year old James F. Drebenstedt and his 80 year old wife, Patricia Drebenstedt, of Palmyra, were both seriously injured.  Joan D. Friye of Philadelphia, MO was treated for moderate injuries.  The patrol says Mr. Drebenstedt attempted to cross Highway 61 from a median crossover and pulled into the path of Friye’s southbound car. 

 

COLUMBIA BANK ROBBERY THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a Thursday afternoon robbery at the Central Bank of Missouri location on Range Line, in Columbia.  Investigators say the male suspect entered the bank at around 1pm, implied he had a handgun and demanded money.  He fled the scene on a bicycle, heading south on Range Line.  He is described as a white male, about 5-10 and 160 pounds, wearing sunglasses, a ball cap and a dark colored jacket. 

 

KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT REPORTED    

Columbia Police are investigating a domestic incident, which turned into a kidnapping case in Columbia this week.  Tuesday, officers were called to the Columbia Orthopedic Group, where a disturbance was reported.  Investigators accuse 50 year old Gary Mistler, Jr, of Foristell, of waiting in the trunk of the victim’s car at her workplace, then kidnapping her and driving around Columbia for about an hour and a half.  The victim was able to take control of the vehicle when Mistler entered a store for supplies.  Police say they found zip ties, a noose, duct tape, electrical tape and a pipe bomb in the vehicle’s trunk.  Mistler is charged with domestic assault, kidnapping and possession of prohibited weapons. 




11/20/14

 

CONCRETE TRUCK DRIVER KILLED IN CRASH     

The driver of a concrete truck was killed when his truck ran off a Grundy County highway into Crowder Lake Wednesday.  31 year old Michael Hayden, of Gilman City, died in the accident, which occurred at around noon on Route 128 at Crowder Lake, west of Trenton.  The patrol says Hayden was driving the loaded concrete truck northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve and it went into a skid, ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its top in the lake.  Hayden was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

TWO FACE DRUG CHARGES AFTER KIRKSVILLE ARREST 

Two Kirksville men face meth charges after an investigation by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department.  23 year old Aric James Bergman and 24 year old Derrick Chad Kelso, both of Kirksville, are both charged with distributing meth near a school.  They were arrested Tuesday night in a Kirksville parking lot.  Both are being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN IOWA    

A Kirksville man is accused of transporting large quantities of marijuana across the state line into Iowa, after a joint investigation by the North Missouri Drug Task Force and Johnson County, Iowa authorities.  20 year old Nathan Sandbothe, of Kirksville, was arrested last week in Iowa.  Kirksville officers then executed a search warrant at his home and seized a large quantity of marijuana and a large sum of cash.  Sandbothe faces multiple charges, including distribution and delivery of a controlled substance. 

 

NEWTOWN MAN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON 

A Newtown man has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison on child pornography charges this week.  On Monday, Nicholas Alex Dickinson, of Newtown, was sentenced, after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography and to receiving and attempting to distribute child pornography over the internet.  The charges were filed after computers were seized from Dickinson’s home, during a May 2013 investigation by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit. 

 

ARSON SUSPECTED IN COLUMBIA FUNERAL HOME FIRE   

The Columbia Fire Department says Sunday morning’s fire at the Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel in Columbia was caused by arson.  Investigators say evidence inside the building led them to believe the fire, which caused approximately $200,000 dollars in damage, was intentionally set.  Firefighters were called to the blaze just before 5am Sunday, after several motorists reported smoke coming from the building.  Anyone with information about the fire is urged to contact the Columbia Police or Fire Departments…or call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

BOONE COUNTY SUSPECT POSES AS OFFICER    

Boone County authorities are looking for a male suspect who apparently posed as a Boone County Juvenile Officer to steal cash from a resident this week.  An 80 year old victim told authorities the man came to his door, on Prathersville Road, north of Columbia, and identified himself as Mike Smith, from the Boone County Juvenile Office. After the man let the imposter into his home, he apparently took an envelope containing money.  The Boone County Juvenile Office says there is no Mike Smith employed there and no agent was dispatched to the victim’s home.  Citizens are urged to demand proper credentials before allowing anyone inside their home.  The suspect in the case is described as a white male, around 5-10 in height and heavyset, around 300 pounds. 

 

BOONVILLE PLANT CLOSURE ANNOUNCED   

Around 250 Boonville area workers will be out of a job soon, after the NORDYNE Plant in Boonville announced plans to close.  Officials say Boonville’s NORDYNE Plant will begin closing its doors in January, leaving more than 250 people out of work.  The St. Louis-based company has announced plans to shut a plant in Poplar Bluff, Missouri as well.  Officials say a significant part of NORDYNE’s manufacturing operations are being moved out of the country. 




11/19/14

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CHILLICOTHE INVESTIGATION 

Two Chillicothe residents face charges, after an investigation into a Tuesday morning vehicle crash turned into a burglary investigation.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol jointly investigated the early morning crash in rural Livingston County.  They say two occupants of the vehicle left the scene.  A short time later, nearby residents reported that two suspects had entered their home while they were sleeping and began removing various items, until being confronted by a homeowner.  One suspect was caught southeast of the home and the other was located a short time later, walking along a nearby gravel road.  50 year old Terry Allen Greene and 46 year old Virgil Aurthur Hurling, both of Chillicothe, were both arrested on burglary and stealing warrants.  They are being held, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

DEER HUNTER STILL CRITICAL AFTER ACCIDENTAL SHOOTING 

A deer hunter from Illinois remains in critical condition after he was accidentally shot while hunting in Knox County Monday.  Knox County Conservation authorities have released the names of the two men involved.   They say 31 year old James Funk, of Mascoutah, Illinois, was part of a hunting group when he was accidentally shot by his uncle, 54 year old David Wheeler, also of Illinois.  Funk was airlifted from the scene to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, and then transferred to a hospital in Springfield, Illinois. 

  

MISSING IOWA HUNTER FOUND DEAD     

An Iowa hunter, who was reported missing in Adair County, was found dead, over the weekend.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says 57 year old Clinton Moffitt, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, apparently died of natural causes while hunting in northwestern Adair County.  His body was found Saturday evening at around 5pm. 

  

TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION AT KIDDER   

Drivers from Chillicothe and Hamilton were injured when their vehicles collided on Highway 36, near the Kidder Junction, Tuesday afternoon.  The patrol says 55 year old Deanna Kepner, of Chillicothe was eastbound on 36 when her car overtook and struck the rear of an eastbound pickup, driven by 53 year old Phillip Lee, of Hamilton.  Lee was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.  Kepner refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN HURT AS VEHICLE STRIKES DEER     

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle struck a deer in the roadway on Highway 63 in Randolph County.  The accident occurred just before 4pm Tuesday, just south of the Clark Junction.  The patrol says 20 year old Jordan Winn, of Columbia, was northbound on 63 when his vehicle struck a deer in the roadway.  Winn was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

MORE ON FULTON PLANE CRASH INVESTIGATION      

Investigators say engine failure was the likely cause of Monday evening’s plane crash, which injured three Arkansas residents.  The plane’s pilot, 63 year old Douglas Berg and two passengers, 72 year old Michael W. Ford and 43 year old Richard Williams, all of Little Rock, Arkansas, were injured when the plane crashed after one of the plane’s engines apparently died during takeoff from the Fulton airport.  All three are recovering from their injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 




11/18/14

 

WOMAN RUN OVER BY FARM TRACTOR

An elderly Kirksville woman was seriously injured when she was run over by a farm tractor, in Macon County, Monday afternoon.  The Highway Patrol says 83 year old Loretta Rhodes of Kirksville, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident.  It occurred at around 2:30pm on property owned by Rhodes and her husband, north of New Cambria.  They say Rhodes’ husband was trying to get a tractor started and it rolled forward and ran over her lower body.  She was listed in fair condition at the hospital last night. 

  

KNOX COUNTY HUNTER SHOT   

A deer hunter from Illinois was seriously injured when he was accidentally shot while hunting in Knox County, Monday afternoon.  Officials say it occurred at around 2:15pm on a farm southeast of Novelty.  The victim, whose name has not been released, was apparently shot by a family member who was hunting with him.  He was flown by helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries. 

  

FATAL ACCIDENT ON RALLS COUNTY HIGHWAY   

A driver from New London, MO was killed in a one-vehicle accident in Ralls County, Monday evening.  64 year old Robert G. Semkin, of New London, died in the accident, which occurred at around 5:20pm on Highway 61, just south of New London.  The patrol says Semkin was killed when his southbound pickup ran off the roadway and overturned down an embankment. 

  

MONROE CITY MAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Monroe City man suffered moderate injuries when he was struck by a vehicle on private property west of Monroe City, Monday afternoon.  70 year old Clemmie James was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says 52 year old Thomas Maher, of Monroe City, was backing his pickup when James was pinned between two vehicles.  

 

THREE INJURED IN FULTON PLANE CRASH    

Three persons were injured when a twin-engine airplane crashed after a failed takeoff from the Fulton airport, Monday evening.  Authorities say the plane did not appear to have enough power to get off the runway during takeoff, which caused the crash at around 5:30pm.  The three occupants of the plane included 63 year old pilot, Ted Berg, of Little Rock Arkansas, along with a co-pilot and a passenger.  All three were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate to serious injuries.  The FAA will conduct an investigation into the accident. 

  

NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED FOR FERGUSON        

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in advance of a Grand Jury decision in Ferguson.  Nixon says the National Guard will assist state and local police as needed, in case there is civil unrest after the announcement of whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who shot and killed an black teenager in Ferguson on August 9.  There has been no specific information as to when the Grand Jury’s announcement will come, but it is expected this month. 




11/17/14

 

SLICK ROAD CAUSES SERIOUS INJURIES  

Two Gallatin residents were seriously injured when their pickup ran off Highway 13, just south of Gallatin, just before 10:30 Saturday night.  41 year old Sherry D. Hogan was the driver of the southbound vehicle.  23 year old Shelby D. Hogan was her passenger.  Both were treated for serious injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.  The patrol says they were traveling uphill when their pickup lost traction, slid off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

TRENTON MAN HURT IN SLIDE-OFF ACCIDENT   

20 year old Zachary T. Scott, of Trenton, was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off a Grundy County road, just east of Trenton, just after 9pm Saturday.  The patrol says Scott was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

  

SLICK ROADS CAUSE SEVERAL MINOR ACCIDENTS  

A handful of other area weekend accidents caused just minor injuries:

22 year old Candace Yoder, of Marceline, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital after her vehicle slid off Highway 36 and overturned, just east of Brookfield, Saturday afternoon.  The patrol says the accident occurred after she lost control of her pickup on an ice-covered bridge.   

23 year old Gary Swartz, of  Brashear, was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center after his pickup ran off Highway 6, just east of Kirksville, Saturday night.  The patrol says the vehicle overturned after striking a fence. 

22 year old Samantha Halley of Macon escaped with minor injuries when her car slid off Highway J, west of Atlanta, and overturned, early Sunday morning.  She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment, after the patrol says she lost control on the slick roadway. 

42 year old Robin Wilkerson, of St. Ann, MO was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center after her vehicle slid off Highway 11 and overturned, just south of Troy Mills, Sunday morning. 

A St. Louis man lost control of his pickup on an ice-covered Route J, east of Elmer in Macon County, Sunday afternoon.  43 year old Adolph Beczkala was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

  

MARSHALL DRIVER HURT AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS    

A Marshall driver sustained moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 65, just south of the Blackwater River in Saline County, just after 8 o’clock Sunday morning.  27 year old Charles Wonders, of Marshall, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, into the median, and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA FUNERAL HOME DAMAGED BY FIRE   

The Columbia Fire Department is investigating a Sunday morning fire, which heavily damaged the Bach Yager Funeral Chapel on North Garth Avenue, in Columbia.  Firefighters were called to the scene just before 5am, after several motorists called 911 to report smoke coming from the building.  A second alarm called out more fire personnel, due the size of the building and the heavy smoke that was involved.  It took crews just over an hour to get the blaze under control.  No injuries were reported.  Damage was estimated at around $200,000 dollars. 




11/13/14

 

MARCELINE MAN PLEADS GUILTY 

A Marceline man will be sentenced in January after pleading guilty this week to charges of statutory sodomy and child molestation.  49 year old Damon Werteen, of Marceline, entered his plea in Linneus on Monday.  He was arrested in April, after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct, which occurred several years ago.  Werteen pled guilty to a total of five charges in the case.  He’ll be sentenced on January 6. 

  

FATAL ACCIDENT ON HARRISON COUNTY HIGHWAY

A Wednesday evening collision on a Harrison County highway killed a Gilman City driver.  It occurred at around 5:25pm on Harrison County Route B, north of Mount Moriah.  71 year old Charles Booram, of Gilman City, died in the accident.  The patrol says his southbound SUV struck the trailer of an oncoming tractor-trailer and then spun into the path of an oncoming car, driven by 40 year old Richard Kokesh, of Cainsville.  Kokesh was treated for moderate injuries at Harrison County Hospital in Bethany. 

  

KIRKSVILLE PLANT LOSING JOBS   

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  About 275 Kirksville jobs will apparently be lost, after an announcement this week by Kraft Foods.  Kraft has announced plans to move its bacon production line out of the Adair Foods plant in Kirksville to a production facility in Coshocton, Ohio.  A Kraft spokesperson says the move will improve the efficiency of the company’s manufacturing facilities.  The shut down of the bacon production line at the Kirksville plant will take place in April of next year.  The company anticipates about 275 jobs will be affected. 

  

BROOKFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL THANKSGIVING FEAST   

The Brookfield R-3 Middle School will serve its annual Thanksgiving feast for local veterans and senior citizens on Saturday.  The free Thanksgiving meal, which is prepared and served by middle school students, will be held from 11am to 1pm Saturday in the Brookfield Elementary Cafeteria.  Delivery is available for those who are unable to get out on Saturday.  For delivery, please contact the Middle School office by noon Friday. 

  

CENTRALIA DRIVER HURT IN ACCIDENT    

A Centralia driver was treated for moderate injuries after she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, early Wednesday morning.  41 year old Jennifer Creason, of Centralia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 5:40am.  The patrol says she swerved to avoid a deer and her car ran off the highway and struck a ditch and a fence. 

  

COLUMBIA EBOLA SCARE A FALSE ALARM    

There is no case of Ebola in Columbia, but emergency responders utilized their Ebola emergency protocol on a call Wednesday afternoon.  They were called to a report of a seriously ill man, who had recently moved to the area from Africa, and the patient did not speak English.  First-responders used their full Ebola protocol, including hazmat suits to handle the victim, until they were able to confirm that he was not from the area of Ebola outbreak and did not have the disease.  The CDC announced earlier this week that there are currently no confirmed Ebola cases in the entire United States. 




11/12/14

 

SLICK ROADWAYS CAUSE MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS

Tuesday morning’s wintry precipitation helped cause a number of accidents around North Missouri. 

 

A Gallatin teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup slid off Highway 13, just south of Gallatin, Tuesday morning.  18 year old Dillon R. Hazzard was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 7:45am.  The patrol says his northbound pickup slid on slick pavement into a guardrail on a bridge, then ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

A Chillicothe woman escaped with just minor injuries after her car ran off an icy Highway 36 in Caldwell County, at around 8:30 Tuesday morning.  21 year old Phoebe Pyrtle was treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says she was passing a tractor-trailer on westbound 36, just west of Mooresville, when her vehicle struck an icy patch on the roadway.   It slid off the road, struck a sign and overturned. 

 

Two Green City residents were treated for injuries after their vehicle slid off Highway 6, just west of Green City, at around 6:30am Tuesday.  25 year old Efren Medina Zuniga, of Green City, was the driver of the westbound vehicle.  The patrol says it slid off the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned.  Zuniga and his passenger, 30 year old Milagro Hernandez Sambrano, were both treated and released at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.  

  

MOKANE DRIVER KILLED IN TUESDAY CRASH 

A driver from Mokane, MO was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Callaway County Route O, Tuesday afternoon.  51 year old Sharon K. Miller, of Mokane, died in the accident, which occurred at around 12:20pm.  The patrol says she was ejected from her eastbound vehicle when it ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

FOUR ARRESTED IN FULTON AREA DRUG BUST  

Four persons were arrested on drug charges after officers reported finding 70 grams of marijuana in a Fulton area home.  Callaway County Sheriff’s Deputies were looking for 20 year old Quentin Johnson, on several outstanding warrants, when they arrived at the home on Christopher Lane, Monday afternoon.  Officers were told Johnson was not there, but he was later found hiding in a closet.  The say a search of the home turned up packaging supplies, drug paraphernalia and more than 70 grams of pot.  20 year old Kendra Flax was arrested for hindering prosecution, while Johnson was arrested on the outstanding warrants as well as possession of marijuana.  18 year old Deion Austin and 17 year old De’Metrius Austin were also arrested on marijuana charges. 

  

RANDOLPH COUNTY FCE CRAFT SHOW THIS WEEKEND  

The Randolph County Family and Community Education Center is set to hold its 37th annual Craft and Gift Show this weekend at the MACC Activity Center in Moberly.  A variety of vendors will be on-hand for the two-day event…Friday from 11am to 6pm and Saturday, from 9am to 3pm.  Admission is just a dollar for those 12 and older and there will be concessions available and door prizes.  The Magic City Piece Makers Quilt Show will be held Friday and Saturday at the MACC Activity Center as well. 




11/11/14

 

COLE SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON  

The former CEO of a failed Moberly artificial sweetener plant will spend seven years in prison after being sentenced Monday.  Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole was sentenced on felony stealing and fraud charges in a St. Charles County courtroom.  He pleaded guilty in September, admitting to using $700,000 dollars in bond financing for the plant to pay personal expenses, including making mortgage payments on his Beverly Hills home.  The seven-year sentence was the maximum Cole could receive in the case. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFTS FROM VEHICLES   

A Chillicothe man was arrested, over the weekend, after Chillicothe Police completed an investigation into multiple reports of theft from vehicles.  Officers say the reports involved several thefts inside the Chillicothe City Limits.  Jason Hubbard was arrested in the 400 block of Williams Street for felony theft and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  Williams is being held on $15,000 dollars bond in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional jail. 

  

LANCASER TEENS HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT   

Two Lancaster teenagers were treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon accident on Linn Street in Lancaster.  17 year old Zachary Garr, was the driver of a northbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, and struck a tree and a culvert, just after 4pm.  Garr and his passenger, 15 year old Dakota Wilbanks, also of Lancaster, were both treated for moderate injuries. 

  

BROOKFIELD VEHICLE STRIKES DEER  

A Brookfield driver escaped with just minor injuries when his vehicle struck a deer on Highway 36, just east of the Livingston/Caldwell County line, early Monday morning.  The patrol says 44 year old Richard Libeer, of Brookfield, was westbound when his vehicle struck a deer in the roadway at around 4am.  Libeer refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

GUN INCIDENT CAUSES LOCKDOWN ON LINCOLN CAMPUS 

The Lincoln University Campus in Jefferson City was put on lock-down for about an hour Monday afternoon, after a report of students threatening other students with a handgun.  The incident occurred at Dawson Hall on the Lincoln campus.  Officials say an argument near that same residence hall, over the weekend, resulted in a physical altercation, which injured a student.  Monday’s incident occurred near that same location.  Two suspects, Jarell Craig and Marquel Lewis are being sought as ‘persons of interest’, in connection with the incident.  There were no injuries reported. 




11/10/14

 

MADISON DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH    

A Madison man was killed when his pickup ran off Route 22 at Highway 151, in Audrain County, early Sunday morning.  29 year old Nathan Ronimous, of Madison, died in the accident, which occurred at around 1:40am.  The patrol says he was ejected from his westbound pickup when it ran off the roadway and overturned.  Ronimous was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

THREE TEENS HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT  

A Sunday afternoon accident, on a gravel road just north of Bucklin, injured three local teenagers.  16 year old Julia Graves, of Keytesville, was the driver of a westbound car, which failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the roadway and struck a ditch at around 4:30pm Sunday.  Graves and one passenger, 18 year old Dylan Epperson, of Bucklin, both suffered moderate injuries.  Another passenger, 16 year old Jose Montoya, of Bucklin, was treated for minor injuries.  All three were treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

 

MOBERLY TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH     

A Moberly teen was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday morning accident on a county road, just west of Moberly.  It occurred just before 8am.  The patrol says 16 year old Tanner Dowling, of Moberly, was southbound when his pickup ran off the roadway and struck two trees.  Dowling was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.

 

TRENTON WOMAN INJURED WHEN VEHICLE HITS DEER     

A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after an SUV struck a deer on Route 146 in Harrison County, Saturday night.  32 year old Dana Baker, of Trenton, was treated at Harrison County Hospital in Bethany after the accident, which occurred just before 9pm.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 29 year old Mark McClure, of Trenton.  The patrol says it struck a deer, which ran into the path of the vehicle.

 

MARSHALL TEEN INJURED AFTER MISSING DEER      

A Marshall teen was treated for moderate injuries after she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway on Highway 41 in Carroll County, Sunday evening.  18 year old Caitlin Crawford, of Marshall, was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 8pm.  The patrol says she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway and her vehicle ran off the road, struck a tree and went down an embankment. 

 

NEWARK MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD ENTICEMENT        

A Newark man is charged with attempted enticement of a child, after his arrest Saturday in Kirksville.  32 year old Jeremy ‘Brett’ Brady, of Newark, is being held on $150,000 dollars bond.  In August, the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit began an investigation into area registered sex offenders with online social media profiles.  They say Brady was identified as having an online profile, which was not properly registered.  He was contacted by an undercover investigator posing as a 13 year old girl.  After an exchange of messages, which included inappropriate content, Brady is accused of making arrangements to meet the underage girl in a Kirksville parking lot.  He was arrested by officers at the scene. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR TWO ROBBERIES        

A Columbia man faces charges in connection with a pair of robberies, which occurred over the weekend.  Robert L. Buck, of Columbia, was arrested after officers investigated a Sunday evening robbery at the Dollar General Store on Vandiver Drive.  Investigators say Buck also implicated himself in a Saturday night robbery at the Break Time Convenience Store in Smiley Lane.  He faces two counts of first-degree robbery.  His bond has not bee


11/07/14

 

TRENTON TEEN HURT IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT 

A Trenton teenager suffered moderate injuries after his car ran off Route 136, just east of Princeton, at around 10:15pm Thursday evening.  18 year old Garrett M. Runnels, of Trenton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound car skidded off the roadway, overturned and struck an embankment, coming to rest in a ditch.

 

HIGBEE WOMAN CHARGED AFTER INJURY ACCIDENT  

A Higbee woman was arrested after she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle, causing a Columbia accident that injured 5.  The accident occurred Thursday at the intersection of Providence and Stadium in Columbia.  Police say 27 year old Reisa Branstetter, of Higbee, was driving in the wrong lane when her vehicle struck two other vehicles.  Officers say Branstetter admitted to smoking synthetic marijuana and falling asleep while driving. 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN THEFTS FROM VEHICLES 

Two suspects are in custody in connection with a joint Livingston and Grundy County investigation that, investigators say, may involve more than 60 thefts from vehicles.  Deputies arrested 19 year old Trey Schooler, of Trenton and 18 year old Andrew Robinson of Princeton, Thursday.  They are charged with burglary, theft and property damage, in connection with a reported theft from a vehicle in the Dawn area.  Deputies say they are investigating a total of 15 vehicle break-ins in the Chillicothe area and another 50 thefts in Grundy County, that may be connected.  Both suspects are being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.  Additional charges against the pair are pending.

 

MIZZOU POLICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERY 

The University of Missouri Police Department is looking for information on a strong-arm robbery, which occurred Thursday morning near the University Heights apartment complex.  Officers say a male suspect struck a man with an object as he was walking on South Providence and took cash from him.  The suspect was described as a white male, wearing a hoodie and between 5-10 and 6 feet tall.  Anyone with information is urged to call Columbia Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

TWO CHARGED WITH MURDER IN FEBRUARY DEATH 

Two suspects have been formally charged with second-degree murder in connection with a February shooting death in Madison.  The two suspects, Jason Lage and Jessica Munoz, were taken into custody shortly after the February 19 shooting death of Zachary Dawson.  Both had been charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence in the case.  Recently, both Lage and Munoz were charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.  Investigators say the suspects have given multiple conflicting stories about Dawson’s death, claiming that he shot himself or that the shooting was accidental.  An autopsy in the case apparently ruled out suicide as a possibility. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING  HIS WIFE   

A Columbia man is charged with murder, nearly a week after police say he shot and killed his wife.  Donald Rowland was arrested this week on charges of murder and armed criminal action.  Rowland had been hospitalized since the October 31 incident.  Investigators say Rowland killed his wife and then tried to kill himself.  He is being held in the Boone County Jail. 




11/06/14

 

MARSHALL DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Marshall driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 20 in Lafayette County, Wednesday morning.  The patrol says 35 year old Richard Bennett II, of Marshall, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound vehicle.  It ran off the highway and overturned, at around 10:20am.  Bennett was life-flighted to Centerpoint Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

CHILLICOTHE TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARRESTS    

A Wednesday traffic stop by Chillicothe Police resulted in a pair of drug arrests.  Officers stopped a vehicle in the 1200 block of North Washington.  The driver, Jesse A. McKinley, was arrested for failure to drive within a single lane, possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated.  A passenger in the vehicle, Anthony M. Mantlo, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. 

  

MAMTEK CEO SENTENCING DELAYED     

Sentencing for former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole has been delayed one week.  Cole was scheduled to be sentenced Monday in St. Charles County on theft and securities fraud charges.  The Columbia Dailey Tribune is reporting that Cole is expected to be sentenced to five to seven years in prison on the charges.  Final sentencing has been delayed until next week.  Cole pleaded guilty in September, admitting that he used bond financing funds for the Memtek plant to pay personal expenses.  He also admitted to providing false information in the documents used to sell the bonds. 

  

KNOX AND SCHUYLER COUNTIES LEAD VOTER TURNOUT  

Knox County and Schuyler County boasted the two highest voter turnout numbers in the state of Missouri on Tuesday.  52 percent of Knox County voters went to the polls while Schuyler County reported a 51 percent voter turnout.  Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander reported a total of 35 percent statewide voter turnout.  That was well below a projected turnout of nearly 40 percent. 

  

MO ATTORNEY GENERAL TO APPEAL GAY MARRIAGE RULING 

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will appeal Wednesday’s court ruling that strikes down Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage.  Koster’s office says the ruling by St. Louis Judge Rex Burlison will be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court.  Koster says the constitutional challenge to Missouri’s historically recognized right to define marriage must be resolved by the state’s highest court.




11/05/14

 

AREA ELECTION SUMMARY

STATEWIDE ISSUES AND AREA STATE AND FEDERAL REP RACES

Republican Tim Remole defeated Democrat Robert Harrington in the District 6 State Representative race, with a 71.7 percent majority – a margin of more than 5,400 votes.  In northeast Missouri’s District 5, Republican Lindell Shumake was the winner by more than 4,000 votes over C. LeRoy Diechman.  In central Missouri’s District 47, Republican Chuck Basye defeated incumbent John Wright, of Rocheport, by a narrow 263 vote margin.  Sam Graves was re-elected to another term in the U.S. House of Representatives, by nearly a 3 to 1 margin over Democrat Bill Hedge.  State Auditor Tom Schweich was also re-elected by Missouri voters, with more than a 75% majority.  Missouri voters overwhelmingly defeated Amendment 3, regarding teacher evaluation, with more than 75% opposed.  Amendment 2, concerning prior criminal acts in prosecution, passed with more than 70% in favor.  New early voting regulations were voted down, as Amendment 6 failed by more than a 70% majority.  Amendment 10, which would limit the Governor’s budget powers, passed with more than a 57% majority. 

 

LINN COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

Incumbent Linn County Presiding Commissioner Dick King was re-elected to another term in Tuesday’s general election.  Commissioner King took 71.4% of the vote, with 2,450 total, to 976 for challenger, Don Fuhrhop.  Republican Suzan Stephenson took the race for Linn County Clerk, with a 55.1% majority – 1,903 votes to 1,547 for Democrat Anna Barker.     The City of Brookfield passed a half-cent sales tax to fund a new water park.  It passed with a 58.7 percent majority, 608 yes votes to 428 ‘no’.  The Bucklin R-2 School District got just a 16 vote majority on its proposition, including Macon County votes, there were 203 in favor and 187 opposed.  The Linneus Collector issue passed by a count of 55 yes votes to 41 ‘no’. 

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY RESULTS        
There were several contested Randolph County races, and a pair of those races were nearly too close to call.  Republican Michelle Chapman took the Circuit Clerk’s race, over Sheila Sears, by just 53 votes, out of nearly 6700 votes cast.  Democrat Sheila Miller won the Collector’s race by just 65 votes over Christy Kertz.  Mark Price won a comfortable victory for County Treasurer, with an 1150 vote margin over Trinity Black.  John Truesdell carried a 58 percent majority for Presiding Commissioner, more than a 1,000 vote margin over Mike McKeown.  For County Prosecutor, Mike Fusselman was re-elected with a 56 percent majority over Cliff Thornburg.  

 

MACON COUNTY

Macon County Presiding Commissioner, Alan Wyatt, was re-elected with a 54 percent majority, a margin of just over 400 votes, over David Cheever.  Wyatt led a Republican sweep of the Macon County contested races, as Phillip Prewitt edged Kristen Burks for Associate Circuit Judge, with just over a 100 vote margin and Twila Halley won the Circuit Clerk’s race with more than 64% of the vote, over Kimberly J. March.   The LaPlata School District’s no-tax-increase issue ‘Proposition KIDS’ gained just under a 56% majority, 408 to 321. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY

Kristie J. Swaim won re-election as Adair County Associate Circuit Judge, with just under a 700 vote majority, over Josh Meyer.  Sandy Collop was the overwhelming choice for County Clerk, with more than a 2,300 vote margin over Dave Hurt.  The race for Adair County Collector was very tight, with just 22 votes separating Democrat Sonja Harden from Republic Mike Brummit. 

 

CHARITON COUNTY

Just 28 votes separated the two candidates for Chariton County Prosecuting Attorney – Robert Wheeler won a narrow decision, 1,168 votes to 1,140, over Bryan Scheiderer.  For Chariton County Presiding Commissioner, it was Democrat Tony McCollum winning, with a more comfortable margin, just over 500 votes, over Daniel Standley. 

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF RACE

Schuyler County voters elected Democrat Joe Wuebker to complete the term of deposed Sheriff Josh Dole.  Wuebker won a narrow victory over Republican Art Jeffries, with just a 45 vote margin, 450 to 405 votes.  The other three candidates in the race split just over 600 votes.  Dole resigned the position after being charged with multiple felony counts this past summer.   Wuebker will replace acting Schuyler County Sheriff Louis Perez. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Republican Ed Douglas won the Presiding Commissioner’s race by more than 1500 votes over Billy Preniston.  The Collector Treasurer position went to Democrat Paula McCoy.  Incumbents Sherry Parks and Kelly Christopher both won re-election in the County Clerk and Recorder of Deeds races. 

 

COLUMBIA SAYS ‘NO’ TO A PAIR OF PROPOSITIONS

Columbia voters defeated two propositions on Tuesday’s ballot.  Prop 1 would have funded improved safety personnel and procedures, but was voted down with about 60% opposed.  Proposition 2 would have increased Columbia’s building permit fees, but it was also defeated.   




11/04/14

 

PLEASE VOTE TODAY

Today is election day!  Polls are open until 7pm, so please, take a few minutes to exercise your right to vote! 

 

MODERATE INJURIES IN MONDAY COLLISION 

A Monday evening collision, just east of Macon, sent a Leonard driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  32 year old Brad Dodd was taken to Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:20pm.  The patrol says Dodd was traveling eastbound on Highway 36, as a pickup pulling a horse trailer and driven by 27 year old Betty Dewitt, of Excello, re-entered the highway from the shoulder.  Dodd’s vehicle collided with the trailer.  

  

BHS FALL DRAMA PRODUCTION OPENS THURSDAY 

Brookfield High School Drama students are putting the finishing touches on their fall play, ‘The Outsiders’ this week.  The play opens Thursday evening in the Brookfield Middle School Gym.  Performances are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday evenings, at 7pm with a matinee performance Sunday afternoon at 2pm.  Six-dollar advance tickets are still available at the school.  Tickets will be eight dollars at the door. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED    

A Jefferson City woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a pickup while walking on a Cole County roadway.  The patrol says 82 year old Shirley Kemker walked into the path of the eastbound pickup, driven by 38 year old Norman Graham of Lohman.  Kempker was taken to St. Mary’s and then to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER ROCK SMASHES WINDSHIELD 

Columbia Police arrested a man accused of throwing a rock through the windshield of a moving vehicle, over the weekend.  The incident occurred Saturday evening on Stadium Boulevard.  Officers say 23 year old Jeffrey Hartley, of Columbia, was walking westbound along Stadium Boulevard when he allegedly smashed the windows of several parked cars with large rocks.  Police say he then started throwing rocks a moving vehicles, smashing the windshield of one vehicle with seven victims inside.  The rock apparently hit a female passenger in the face, causing injury, and sprayed glass shards on five children.  Hartley was arrested on charges of property damage, assault and endangering the welfare of a child. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING KIDS  

Columbia Police have arrested a woman, who is accused of kidnapping her non-custodial children Sunday.  32 year old Megan Keller is charged with armed criminal action, violating an order of protection, domestic assault and kidnapping.  Police say she allegedly met her ex-husband in the parking lot of Columbia’s Bob Evans Restaurant Sunday evening, threatened him with a weapon and forcibly removed the children, age 4 and 9 from his vehicle and fled the scene.  She was arrested and the children were recovered, unharmed, a shor time later.  




11/03/14

 

FOUR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING CRASH    

A Sunday evening collision at the Cairo Junction on Highway 63 seriously injured four persons.  It occurred at around 6:30pm Sunday.  The patrol says a westbound car, driven by 26 year old Ryan Mohr, of Huntsville, attempted to cross 63 and pulled into the path of a southbound car, driven by 22 year old Justin Derks, of Columbia.  Four occupants of Mohr’s vehicle were seriously injured.  45 year old Maurice Jackson, of Moberly and 26 year old Brittany Griggs, of Chicago, IL were both life-flighted from the scene to University Hospital.  Mohr and 37 year old Dorothy Seiler, of Centralia were both taken to University by ambulance. 

  

TEN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT   

That same Chicago woman, 26 year old Brittany Griggs, was the driver of an SUV, which ran off Route 24 in Monroe County at around 7:30 Sunday morning, injuring ten occupants of her vehicle.  The patrol says she fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle, which ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  Griggs and 27 year old Maurika Jackson, also of Chicago, were both treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  Eight children in the vehicle, ranging in age from 0 to 10, were also injured.  Two of those kids, 4 year old and 5 year old boys, both suffered serious injuries.  The 5 year old was life-flighted to a St. Louis hospital. 

  

UTICA TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING ROLLOVER

A Utica teenager sustained moderate injuries when her car ran off a county road, southwest of Chillicothe, Sunday evening.  17 year old Courtney Reith, of Utica, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 7pm.  The patrol says she lost control of her southbound car and it ran off the roadway and overturned into a bean field. 

  

BOONVILLE WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH  

A Boonville woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 50 in Pettis County, early Sunday morning.  It occurred just after 6:30am.  The patrol says 34 year old Toni Mendoza, of Boonville, was westbound when her car ran off the roadway, flipped several times and struck a barbed-wire fence and a tree before coming to rest on its top.  She was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center with serious injuries and was also arrested for driving while intoxicated. 

  

MEXICO DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY COLLISION     

A Mexico driver suffered moderate injuries in a Saturday afternoon collision on an Audrain County gravel road.  It occurred just after 2pm, about two miles north of Sturgeon.  The patrol says the two vehicles, driven by 46 year old Richard Singleton, of Mexico and 61 year old Nathan Lute, of Madison, collided due to poor visibility on the roadway.  Singleton was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. 




10/31/14

 

MACON AREA ACCIDENT INJURES DRIVER    

A Thursday morning accident on Macon County Route K, just east of Macon, left an Anabel driver with moderate injuries.  23 year old Candyce Cinatl, of Anabel, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon, after the accident, which occurred just after 8am.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway and struck a ditch. 

  

MACON COUNTY DEPUTIES REPORT ARREST    

A Macon area man faces multiple charges after his arrest by Sheriff’s Deputies this week.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on Jet Road, southwest of Macon.  Officers found 31 year old Cory Smith asleep in his vehicle.  He was arrested for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle without a license.  Smith is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

MOBERLY SCHOOL THREAT INFORMATION RELEASED   

Moberly school officials sent a letter home to parents Thursday, apologizing after a threat sparked rumors and concerns.  Wednesday, administrators say they responded to a verbal threat by a student to bring a gun to school.  Thursday’s letter clarified that there was no bomb threat, no weapon was found and there was no violent act of any kind involved with Wednesday’s report.  Officials say the report was taken seriously and appropriate action was taken.  They apologized for the lack of communication with parents about the threat. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY   

Columbia Police are investigating another armed robbery, which involved a suspect wearing a Halloween mask.  It occurred early Friday morning at the Petro Mart on Stadium Boulevard and Bernadette Drive.  Witness say an armed and masked suspect entered the store and demanded cash.  Earlier this week, two other Columbia businesses were robbed by a person in a Halloween mask.  Police have not confirmed that the incidents are related. 

  

ADAIR COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENED       

Another area bridge has reopened, after a bridge deck replacement project was completed.  MoDOT opened the Shuteye Creek Bridge on Route D, near Novinger, Thursday evening.  The bridge had been closed for about six weeks, while the replacement project was underway. 




10/30/14

 

FIVE MORE DRUG ARRESTS BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE 

Chillicothe Police have made four more arrests in connection with a major drug investigation, which netted charges against a total of 26 suspects.  Andrew Campbell was taken into custody in the 600 block of Walnut Street, Jimmy and Monica Fainter were both arrested in the 200 block of East Polk Street and Brandi Glosser was taken into custody in the 100 block of Brunswick.  All four face warrants for distribution of a controlled substance.   21 suspects in that investigation are now in custody, with five still being sought. 

  

ADAIR COUNTY MAN FACES DRUG CHARGE   

An Adair County man was arraigned Wednesday on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  44 year old Bradley Marshall Robertson, of Greentop, was arrested Saturday by Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies.  He is being held on $75,000 dollars bond, pending a preliminary hearing on November 12.

  

KIRKSVILLE TEEN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION       

From heartlandconnection.com - powered by KTVO:  a Kirksville teenager has been charged with child molestation after allegedly admitting to inappropriately touching a 4 year old girl.  17 year old Nathan Lee Reed is charged with misdemeanor child molestation in the case.  His bond has been set at $5,000 dollars.  The alleged incident occurred in September. 

  

HALLOWEEN MASK INVOLVED IN PAIR OF ARMED ROBBERIES

Columbia Police are investigating a pair of armed robberies, which occurred Tuesday night.  Police say a male suspect wearing a Halloween mask and armed with a handgun robbed Patricia’s Grocery Store on North Keene Street, just before 9pm Tuesday.  A suspect with the same description robbed the La Quinta Inn and Suites on I-70 drive a few hours later, just after midnight Wednesday morning.  The suspect fled both locations with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

GUILTY PLEA IN TWO MID-MISSOURI BANK ROBBERIES

A former Kansas City man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to a pair of central Missouri bank robberies.  45 year old Brian Dewitt Unthank was in federal court Tuesday, and admitted robbing a Landmark Bank Branch in Columbia in June of 2010.  Five days later, he robbed River Regional Credit Union in Jefferson City, making off with a total of $25,000 dollars in cash from the two incidents.  Unthank was connected to the two Missouri robberies after he was convicted of a Texas bank robbery in 2011.  He is serving a ten years sentenced for the Texas robbery. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORN    

A Columbia man has been sentenced to seven years in prison on child pornography charges.  41 year old Jarrod D. Hoffman was accused in the case.  Investigators say they found illegal images on the suspect’s computer and more than 30 illegal videos in his home.  Hoffman was sentenced Wednesday in a Boone County courtroom. 




10/29/14

 

26 WARRANTS IN CHILLICOTHE DRUG OPERATION 

Chillicothe Police report a drug operation, which netted charges against a total of 26 suspects Tuesday.  Eight suspects were taken into custody Tuesday after the lengthy investigation resulted in drug warrants for their arrest.  5 other drug suspects were charged as a result of criminal activity discovered during the other arrests.  The investigation also netted drug charges against four suspects who were all ready in custody on unrelated charges.  A total of nine suspects are still wanted on active arrest warrants in connection with the investigation.  Wanted on a variety of drug charges are Chillicothe area residents Jim and Monica Fainter, Vonda Calivere, Jesse Ingrahm, Jesse Johnson, Andrew Campbell, Joshua Phelps, Fonnie Kale and Brandi Glosser. 

 

MORE ON TRENTON DEADLY FIRE INVESTIGATION  

Grundy County authorities have released more details in connection with Sunday night’s deadly fire, which remains under investigation.  They say Becky Nelson Taul was found dead inside the home, which burned Sunday night, in the 600 block of Grundy in Trenton.  50 year old David M. Call, of Kansas City, MO is the man who authorities were seeking as a suspect in the deadly blaze.  He was located Monday afternoon in a residence just east of McFall, MO, in Daviess County.  Officers say Call fired several shots at them from inside the home and then barricaded himself in the residence.  At around 8pm Monday, officers entered the home and found Call dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The investigation continues. 

 

QUEEN CITY HOUSE FIRE CONSIDERED SUSPICIOUS    

Investigators say a Tuesday night fire, which gutted a Queen City home, is considered suspicious.  Firefighters were called to the vacant property on Hirschell Street, just after 8pm.  Officials say the fire is considered suspicious because the home had no electrical service or other utilities.  Witnesses say the outer walls of the home were the only thing standing, once the fire was under control.  There were no injuries reported. 

 

MOBERLY TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL THURSDAY    

Plans are set for Thursday night’s Downtown Moberly Trick or Treat Trail, which will be held from 4:30 to 6pm.  Downtown Moberly invite all area families to bring the kids for this Main Street Moberly event, which draws a huge crowd every year.  Dress in your scariest costumes or be your favorite superhero and take part in the Trick or Treat Trail in downtown Moberly.  Thursday from 4:30 to 6pm. 

 

ONE ARREST IN COLUMBIA ‘SHOTS FIRED’ INCIDENT   

Columbia Police say one suspect is in custody, but the primary suspect eluded arrest, after Monday night’s shots fired incident on Quail Drive.  Officers were called at around 6:30pm and the two men fled the scene.  A canine unit helped track down 25 year old Jeffrey Nance, of Columbia, but the other suspect escaped.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

SPECIAL PROSECUTOR REQUESTED IN COLUMBIA CRASH     

Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight has filed a motion to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea.  The 36 year old Healea is accused of backing his vehicle into a window at Addison’s Grill in Columbia, Saturday evening, causing injuries to four patrons of the restaurant, and then leaving the scene.  Knight cited his professional relationship with Healea as a reason to ask for a special prosecutor in the case.




10/28/14

 

DEADLY TRENTON FIRE SUSPECT SHOOTS HIMSELF     

The investigation into a deadly Trenton area house fire continues, after a suspect in the fire apparently shot himself Monday night.  One person died in the blaze, which occurred at a home in the 600 block of Grundy Street, at around 9:20 Sunday night.  Authorities were seeking a suspect in the case and tracked his cell phone to a rural home about six miles west of the fire scene, near the junction of Routes T and AA, Monday evening.  The Highway Patrol says the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Authorities have not released the name of the fire victim or the deceased suspect. 

 

GAS SCARE CLOSES LANCASTER POST OFFICE    

A natural gas scare prompted the evacuation of the Lancaster Post Office, at around 11:30 Monday morning.  The building was evacuated and an adjacent street on the Lancaster square was blocked off after someone reported smelling the odor that is added to natural gas.  Officials say utility crews did a thorough investigation and declared the scene safe by mid-afternoon.  The Post Office reopened for business at around 2pm. 

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALDWELL COUNTY CRASH     

Two Polo men were seriously injured when their car ran off a Caldwell County road, on Monday.  39 year old Jonathan Shelton, of Polo, was the driver of a westbound car, which ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned several times, coming to rest on its top in a farm field.  Shelton and his passenger, 18 year old Tyler Feil, of Polo, were both taken to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries. 

 

MARCELINE AREA BRIDGE REOPENED     

A Marceline area bridge has reopened, after a bridge deck replacement project was completed.  On Monday, the Brush Creek Bridge on Macon County Route WW, was reopened to traffic.  The bridge, located about a mile and a half west of Route 129, near Marceline, had been closed since September 9, for the repair project. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAM    

The Moberly Police Department is warning residents of a phone scam that has been reported by local residents.  Officers say the caller claims to be a representative of Ameren UE inquiring about a consumer usage report which has not been returned.  The caller claims that the customer will be fined a monetary amount and threatens to shut off the electricity unless payment is made over the phone or via money order.   According to Moberly Police Ameren Officials say they are not making such calls.  If anyone receives a suspicious call from Ameren UE, they should hang up and call the customer service number listed on their last utility bill. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK SHOTS FIRED SUSPECTS

Columbia Police were seeking two suspects in connection with a Monday night ‘shots fired’ incident in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Quail Drive.  Officers say two men fled into a wooded area, after the gunshots were reported.  They say no one was injured in Monday night’s shooting, after witnesses at the scene reported the men shooting into the air and at trees in the area.  The suspects are described as two black men, one wearing a red shirt and jeans and the other in a white shirt and jeans. 

 

ARRESTS MADE IN FRIDAY NIGHT SHOOTING    

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department reports three arrests in connection with gunfire reported Friday night at the Midway Expo Center.  Witnesses say the gunshots allegedly caused property damage at a nearby business and the three men were found crouched behind a vehicle.  Deputies arrested 21 year old Aaron Harris, 21 year old Tra’vion Armstrong and 22 year old Ahmonta Harris on charges of unlawful use of a weapon. 




10/27/14

 

PATIENT DIES IN AMBULANCE –DUMP TRUCK COLLISION   

A Slater man died and two others were injured when an ambulance collided with a dump truck in heavy fog, Saturday morning.  21 year old Samantha Garvin, of Brunswick, was driving the ambulance, which was transporting a medical patient westbound on Route 240 at its junction with Route 41 in Saline County.  The patrol says the ambulance overtook a tractor-trailer as the dump truck, driven by 48 year old Jamie Power, of Boonville, was turning onto a county road.  The ambulance struck the dump truck nearly head-on.  The patient in the ambulance, 77 year old Gary Page, of Slater, was killed.  Another passenger, 70 year old John Martin, of Boonville, was seriously injured.  The ambulance driver, Samantha Garvin suffered moderate injuries. 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN AND CHILD INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

A Brookfield man and his infant child were both treated for injuries after a Friday morning accident on Route C, east of Purdin.  The patrol says 21 year old Kyle Penrod, of Brookfield, ran thru the Route M and Route C intersection and struck a traffic sign.  He was treated for moderate injuries and his infant son was treated for minor injuries.  Both were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital. 

 

PRINCETON HUSBAND AND WIFE HURT IN CRASH      

A Princeton husband and wife were injured when their pickup ran off Highway 65, north of Trenton, just after 7 o’clock Saturday evening.  53 year old Mark A Thompson, of Princeton, was the driver of the northbound vehicle.  The patrol says he crested a hill and came upon a slow moving, poorly lit farm tractor.  He lost control of his pickup when he swerved to avoid the tractor.  It ran off the roadway and overturned.  Thompson was treated for minor injuries.  His 50 year old wife, Julie Thompson, of Princeton, was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.

 

IOWA DRIVER INJURED IN ACCIDENT NEAR MILAN           

An Iowa driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 5, just north of Milan, Sunday afternoon.  The patrol says 23 year old Misty Jacob, of Lovilia, Iowa, ran off the highway and struck an embankment, at around 1:45pm.  Jacob was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

 

MONTEAU PROSECUTOR ACCUSED IN COLUMBIA CRASH         

A Moniteau County Prosecutor faces charges after his vehicle allegedly crashed into a Columbia Restaurant over the weekend, injuring four people.  It occurred at around 7:30pm Saturday at Addison’s Grill in downtown Columbia.   36 year old Shayne Healea was the driver of a truck, which struck a window at the restaurant and then allegedly left the scene.  Healea, who is the vice-chair prosecuting attorney for Moniteau County, says the lowered tailgate of his truck struck the window and that he wasn’t aware of the damage.  Healea was arrested by police a short time later and is charged with four counts of assault and leaving the scene of the accident. 

 

‘SHOTS FIRED’ REPORTED AT COLUMBIA SENIOR CENTER     

Columbia Police are investigating a weekend shots fired incident at the Columbia Senior Center.  The report came in at around 2:15am Sunday morning.  Officers say they responded to the scene and pursued a black vehicle, which was driving erratically on Range Line Street, but terminated the chase at St. Charles Road.  Three vehicles in the Senior Center parking lot were reportedly struck by gunfire.  There were no injuries reported. 




10/24/14

 

KANSAS MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ENTICEMENT   

A Kansas man is charged with attempted enticement of a child, after an investigation by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.  Investigators say an undercover online profile of a 13 year old girl was contacted by the suspect, who identified himself as an over-the-road truck driver.  The suspect allegedly sent numerous graphic messages and then made arrangements to meet the girl at a Kirksville business.  40 year old Jason Dodge, of Eureka, Kansas was met, instead, by Kirksville Police Officers and taken into custody.  He is being held in the Adair County Jail on $150,000 dollars bond. 

  

UNIONVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

A Unionville driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 5, just south of Unionville, Thursday morning.  89 year old Melvin Hackney was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:40am.  The patrol says his northbound pickup ran off the highway, went through a fence and overturned. 

  

DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CARROLL COUNTY CRASH    

A driver from Bogard was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries after her car ran off Highway 65 at the Route 10 junction in Carroll County.  The accident occurred at around 7:40 Thursday morning.  The patrol says 39 year old Shauna Berwaldt, of Bogard, was southbound when her car ran off the roadway, down an embankment, became airborne over a drainage ditch, struck the bank on the opposite side and came to rest in the water-filled ditch.  Berwaldt was flown to Truman Medical Center with serious injuries. 

  

AUXVASSE DRIVER FLEES OFFICERS, INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

An Auxvasse driver was seriously injured when his vehicle struck two others while being pursued by authorities at the intersection of Highways 28 and 19 in Gasconade County.  It occurred just before 6pm Thursday.  27 year old Daniel D. Foreman, of Auxvasse, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington, MO after the accident.  The other two drivers, Susan Hawk of Owensville and Joshua Newton of Belle, were both treated for moderate injuries.  The patrol says Foreman was fleeing pursuit by a Gasconade County Deputy when his vehicle ran through a red light at the intersection and into the path of the other two vehicles.  After the impact, Foreman’s vehicle struck a light pole, overturned and caught fire. 

  

MOTORCYLIST HURT IN I-70 ACCIDENT    

A Blackburn motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle overturned on I-70 at Highway 40 in Boone County.  The patrol says 60 year old George Sinklear, of Blackburn, was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital after his motorcycle overturned and impacted the ground, just before 2pm Thursday. 

 

 COLUMBIA TEENS HURT IN FALL FROM CLIFF     

Two Columbia area teenagers are hospitalized after falling from a cliff near Stephens Lake Park on Thursday.  Authorities say the two 19 year olds were transported by ambulance with potentially serious injuries.  The two teens were injured when they fell from an 18-foot high cliff near Sherman’s Dam on Hinkson Creek.  A third person apparently fell but was not taken to the hospital. 




10/23/14

 

TWO SUSPECTS ACCUSED IN BOONVILLE ROBBERY 

A Columbia man, who is all ready in jail in connection with three Columbia robberies, is accused of a May robbery at the Boonville Break Time Store and a Kirksville man is now wanted in the case.  24 year old Joshua Harrington, of Columbia, is charged in connection with robberies at the Missouri Credit Union in June and September and a robbery at the Landmark Bank in Columbia in August.  Investigators say Harrington is now accused of robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon at the Boonville Break Time on May 17, when two male suspects walked into the store, fired a shot and fled with cash.  A second suspect, 21 year old Daniel Diaz, of Kirksville, is also wanted in connection with the Boonville robbery. 

 

SPICKARD DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH    

A Spickard driver was seriously injured when his car collided with a truck on Highway 6, just east of Gallatin, Wednesday afternoon.  The accident occurred at around 4pm.  71 year old Roy James, of Spickard, was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.  The patrol says James was attempting to pass the truck when it made a left turn.  James’ vehicle struck the truck and then ran off the roadway, struck a road sign and went down an embankment. 

 

MEADVILLE TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

A Meadville teenager escaped with just minor injuries when her car ran off Route 3, just west of Browning, Wednesday afternoon.  The patrol says 18 year old Rebecca Phillips, of Meadville, was westbound when her car ran off the highway and struck an embankment, just after 4:30pm.  Phillips was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN DEAD AFTER WARREN COUNTY CRASH    

A Columbia man was killed in a Wednesday morning collision on I-70 in Warren County.  79 year old Donald Hollenberg, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 9:45am.  Hollenberg was a passenger in an eastbound vehicle, driven by 55 year old Andrea Campbell, of Columbia, which was stopped in traffic.  The patrol says another eastbound car, driven by a Warrenton man, failed to notice the stopped traffic and struck the rear of Campbell’s vehicle.  Campbell was treated and release with minor injuries. 

 

TWO HURT IN NORTHEAST MO COLLISION

Drivers from Monroe City and Paris were injured when their vehicles collided at the Highway 61/Route F junction, just south of Palmyra, Wednesday morning.  The accident occurred at around 10:45am.  The patrol says 61 year old Marvin Morgan, of Paris, attempted to cross Highway 61 to enter Route F and drove into the path of a southbound car, driven by 70 year old Bruce Bouman of Monroe City.  Bouman was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Morgan sought his own treatment for minor injuries. 

 

GLASGOW COURT CLERK ARRESTED   

Glasgow police report the arrest of the Glasgow City Court Clerk Julie Stodtman on charges of felony stealing and felony forgery, in connection with her duties.  Authorities say Strodtman turned herself in to authorities Wednesday, after a warrant was issued earlier in the week.  She is free on bail. 




10/22/14

 

THREE LIVINGSTON COUNTY ARRESTS 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says citizen tips have led to the arrest of three wanted fugitives over the past three days.  Sunday, a citizen tip alerted deputies to the location of 30 year old Jamie N. Russom, who was wanted on a Livingston County felony harassment warrant.  Russom was located in the Kansas City area and arrested by authorities there. He is being held for extradition.  Monday, a citizen tip enabled the arrest of Nicki L. Swank, on a warrant for alleged violation of bond conditions on a felony motor vehicle conviction.  She is in custody on $10,000 dollars bond.  Tuesday, it was 39 year old Jason E. Jones, of Chillicothe, who was taken into custody on a Livingston County probation violation warrant on a felony bad check conviction.  Jones had eluded a deputy who attempted to take him into custody on October 15.  Tuesday, a citizen tip led to a Livingston County home where Jones was taken into custody without incident. 

  

DRIVERS HURT IN HIGHWAY 24 COLLISION  

Drivers from Mendon and Keytesville were injured when their vehicles collided on Highway 24, just east of Keytesville, just after 8 o’clock Tuesday morning.  The patrol says a car driven by 18 year old Kirsten Brown, of Mendon, crossed the center line, ran off the roadway and struck an oncoming truck driven by 56 year old Gerald Brown, of Keytesville.  Gerald Brown sustained moderate injuries, while Kirsten Brown escaped with minor injuries.  Both were treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

MONROE CITY MAN HURT AS TRACTOR-TRAILER OVERTURNS 

A Monroe City truck driver was treated for moderate injuries after his tractor-trailer overturned off Highway 36, just west of Monroe City.  79 year old James R. Crowe was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:20pm Tuesday.  The patrol says he attempted to turn into a crossover and the tractor-trailer overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED 

Columbia Police are seeking two suspects in connection with a Tuesday morning shots fired incident, which caused a lockdown at Our Lady of Loures Interparish School in Columbia.  A gunshot was reported in the 1000 block of Claudell Lane at around 11:30am Tuesday.  Witnesses report seeing a man walking in the area and an armed man driving a blue vehicle through the area, several times, before the gunshot was reported.  There were no apparent injuries or property damage.  The investigation is continuing. 

  

MIZZOU STUDENT DEATH DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES 

Preliminary autopsy results indicate the death of a Mizzou student at a Columbia home on Sunday was due to natural causes.  20 year lld Christopher Nicklow was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a home on North William Street, Sunday evening.  He later died at a Columbia hospital   A final report on the cause of death is pending a toxicology report. 




10/21/14

 

TRUMAN STUDENT IDENTIFIED      

Truman State University has released the identity of the student who died from injuries sustained in a car-pedestrian accident, which occurred over the weekend.  An e-mail sent to students Monday says 19 year old Connor Cunningham, of Edwardsville, Illinois died after being struck by a car, in the area of Jefferson and Fible Streets, Saturday night.  The investigation is still ongoing by Kirksville Police.  No other information has been released.  This is the second loss for the Truman community this month.  Another Truman student, 20 year old Mackenzie McDermott, of Springfield, Illinois, died on October 7 of natural causes while studying abroad in Spain. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT   

A Chillicothe man faces domestic assault charges, after a weekend disturbance at a Chillicothe residence.  Police were called to the home, in the 300 block of Wilson Street.  Officers arrested Brandon S. Hemsworth for domestic assault.  Hemsworth has been formally charged with second-degree domestic assault and was in custody, at last report, on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

NEMO JOB FAIR TUESDAY   

Numerous area employers are expected to attend the NEMO Job Fair today (Tuesday) at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville.  The job fair will run from 11am to 4pm.  Job seekers of any nature are encouraged to attend the event and bring resumes.  The NEMO job fair is sponsored by the Kirksville Chamber, Missouri Career Center, Missouri Employer Committee, Kirksville Economic Development and the Missouri Division of Workforce Development. 

  

NO FOUL PLAY IN MIZZOU STUDENT’S DEATH    

Columbia Police are investigating the death of a University of Missouri student, over the weekend.  Officers say 20 year old Chris Nicklow was found unresponsive in the bathroom of a home on Williams Street Sunday evening.  He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Investigators say foul play is not suspected in the student’s death.  The results of an autopsy are pending, as the investigation continues. 

  

MAN ARRESTED FOR STARTING COLUMBIA FIRES    

Columbia Police arrested a man who reportedly admitted to setting six fires in the downtown Columbia area over the weekend.  54 year old Willis Stokes, of Columbia, was arrested Monday morning.  Police say he admitted setting three bulletin board fires, two trash fires and a grass fire, at six different Columbia locations.  Stokes, who is homeless, is being held on $40,000 dollars bond. 




10/20/14

 

TRUMAN STUDENT DIES IN CAR-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT 

Kirksville Police are investigating the death of a Truman student in a car-pedestrian accident, which occurred Saturday night.  Officers were called to the scene, in the area of Jefferson and Fible Streets, at around 8:30pm.  The injured pedestrian was found several blocks from the scene and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries.  He is being identified as a 19 year old student from Illinois.  The driver of the vehicle is identified as a 41 year old male from Tennessee.  No names have been released and the investigation is ongoing. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH      

A Kirksville motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle ran off Shelby County Route K, just west of Shelbyville, Sunday afternoon.  40 year old Jeremy Houser, of Kirksville, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm Sunday.  The patrol says he lost control of his westbound motorcycle and was ejected when it ran off the highway and overturned. 

 

MEADVILLE TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT 

A Meadville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday accident on a gravel road, just east of Chillicothe.  18 year old Rebecca Phillips, of Meadville, was the driver of a northbound car.  The patrol says it skidded off the roadway and struck an embankment, at around 10:20am Friday.  Phillips was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe. 

 

BOSWORTH WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT 

A Bosworth driver suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off a Carroll County gravel road, Sunday night.  80 year old Christine Jones, of Bosworth, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:20pm.  The patrol says her car ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

 

HALE RESIDENTS HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

Two Hale residents were hurt in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Saturday morning on Carroll County Route J.  22 year old Zachary Stephens of Hale was the driver of the eastbound vehicle and 21 year old Timothy Newton of Hale was a passenger.  The patrol says their car ran off the highway, became airborne, then struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Both men were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.  Newton suffered moderate injuries and Stephens escaped with minor injuries.   Both were treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

 

FULTON WOMAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND INCIDENT

A Fulton woman faces burglary, robbery and domestic assault charges, after an incident at her ex-boyfriend’s home, early Sunday morning.  Officers were called to the Fulton home just after midnight Sunday.  They say Stephanie Daylee Teter forcefully entered the home and refused to leave.  She is also accused of attempting to take items from the home nd assaulting her ex-boyfriend. 

 

THREE ARRESTED AFTER CLUB VOGUE INCIDENT  

Three men were arrested after a Saturday night incident at Club Vogue in central Columbia.  Police were called to the club at around 3:30am.  They say a fight inside the club turned into a confrontation with employees who were attempting escort the suspects out of the building.  Gary Warren was taken into custody for armed criminal action, after allegedly attempting to assault an employee with a bottle.  Two other suspects face assault charges. 


10/17/14

 

MERCER COUNTY INMATE ESCAPES CUSTODY    

An inmate in the Mercer County Jail in Princeton remains on the loose this morning, after escaping custody Tuesday night.  Authorities say 27 year old Jasen Brent Wright, of Mercer, fled while outside the jail on recreation time.  He was last seen heading east from the courthouse in an orange and white striped jail uniform, orange jail shoes and a black hoodie.  Wright is a white male, 5-6 and 120 pounds.  He was being held on a probation violation from an original charge of domestic assault.  As of Thursday afternoon, there had been no reported sightings of the prisoner.  Authorities say Wright is not considered dangerous. 

 

MACON DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MORNING CRASH  

A Macon driver was treated for moderate injuries after he fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and ran off Highway 63, south of Kirksville, early Thursday morning.  The accident occurred just before 6am.  The patrol says 35 year old Michael Gandy, of Macon, fell asleep and his van ran off the roadway, down an embankment and overturned.  He was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

 

AREA AUTHORITIES ISSUE SCAM WARNINGS

Livingston County authorities are warning residents of multiple reports of a scam involving a Euro Millions Lottery Sweepstakes.  They say a number of residents have reported receiving confirmation of winning the sweepstakes.  Reports indicate it is a scam.  Residents who receive such a notice are encouraged to hang up, not open and deleted email notifications or throw away mailed notification. 

Boonville officials warn residents of multiple reports of a scam involving threatening telephone calls from persons identifying themselves as collection agents for the IRS.  Citizens are reminded that the IRS does not make delinquent tax inquiries by telephone, unless written correspondence has been exchanged…and IRS agents do not demand credit or debit card information over the phone. 

 

BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT CAUSES DISTURBANCE    

Columbia law enforcement officers were called to Battle High School Thursday to help restore order, after two separate fights broke out in the school’s common area.  Just after 12:30pm, the Battle School Resource Officer called for backup after the fights, which involved about seven students.  School officials say there were no weapons involved.  Additional officers were present at the school the rest of Thursday afternoon and will be present during lunch on Friday.  A letter from school officials was sent home to parents Thursday afternoon. 

 

SEARCH TEAMS LOCATE MAN WHO FELL       

Search teams were able to locate a Columbia man who fell from a bluff in the Three Creeks Wildlife Conservation area on Thursday.  Officials say the man called 911 and told dispatchers he fell from a bluff and hit his head.  I took rescue workers about five hours to locate the man in Callaway County near Blackbone Road and Cedar Creek.  No information on the man’s identity or his condition were released.  He was describe as a male in his mid 50’s. 

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN CONVENIENCE STORE BURGLARY     

Callaway County authorities are seeking a suspect after an early morning burglary at a Millersburg Convenience Store.  It occurred just after 2am Thursday, when the window of the Short Stop convenience store was broken by a masked man.  The white male suspect, wearing blue jeans and a hooded sweatshirt, drove off in a dark blue mini-van.  He appeared to be unarmed.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department. 




10/16/14

 

MILAN COUPLE INJURED IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION

A Milan couple were both treated for moderate injuries, after a Wednesday afternoon collision on a Sullivan County gravel road.  It occurred at around 2:30pm on Noel Road, about ten miles northwest of Milan.  The patrol says a car driven by 75 year old Marshall Moore, of Milan and an SUV driven by 22 year old Yolanda Ruegsegger, of Milan, met and collided head-on at a hillcrest.  Moore and his 73 year old wife, Karen Moore, both suffered moderate injuries in the accident.  Reugsegger escaped with minor injuries.  All three were treated at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

  

CENTRALIA TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED 

A Centralia teenager was seriously injured in a Tuesday evening accident on Route 22 in Boone County.  16 year old Skylar Skaggs, of Centralia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:45pm.  The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when his westbound car ran off the roadway, impacted the ground and then struck a tree. 

  

FORMER CHILLICOTHE OFFICER TRIAL DELAYED  

The trial of a former Chillicothe Police officer has been delayed until December, according to court documents.  41 year old Brent Schade is charged with rape and sodomy, in connection with alleged incidents, which occurred this summer.  Originally his trial was scheduled for this month,  A continuance has pushed that trial date back to December 3 and 4 in Livingston County. Schade remains in custody on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN CHARGED AFTER POLICE CHASE      

A Columbia teenager faces multiple charges after he allegedly fled from police in a stolen vehicle and then crashed it into a Columbia home, injuring two persons inside.  It occurred Tuesday night at around 10:15pm on Raleigh Drive in Columbia.  Police arrested 17 year old Kaylen Hayse, of Columbia, following a short foot pursuit, after the stolen pickup struck two parked cars and then hit a home.  Two occupants of the home were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Hayse is accused of tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, property damage, leaving the scene of an accident and multiple traffic offenses. 

  

‘RIGHT TO FARM’ AMENDMENT CHALLENGED     

Opponents of the Missouri ‘Right to Farm’ constitutional amendment, which passed by a narrow margin in August, are asking the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down the amendment.  Wes Shoemyer, President of Missouri’s Food for America group, says a lawsuit claims Missouri voters were fooled by the language, which appeared on the ballot.  The suit claims that language misled voters into thinking the right to farm was only for Missouri citizens.  The ‘Right to Farm’ amendment passed by less than 2,400 votes statewide, and a recount last month confirmed the narrow passage. 




10/15/14

 

HIGBEE MAN FOUND GUILTY BY JURY   

A Higbee man has been found guilty of arson, domestic assault and armed criminal action charges.  It took about 45 minutes for a Carroll County jury to return a guilty verdict against 47 year old Willard Hunt, in connection with an incident last summer.  Hunt was accused of pouring gasoline on his wife and parts of their Higbee home and setting them on fire.  Hunt is scheduled for sentencing in the case on December 10. 

  

TWO PEDESTRIANS HIT IN COLUMBIA ACCIDENT 

One woman was killed and two others were injured when a car struck two pedestrians Monday evening near Rangeline and Elleta Boulevard in Columbia.  Police say a 17 year old driver veered off the road to avoid a head-on collision with a car that was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes.  The teen’s car struck two pedestrians who were walking on the northbound shoulder.  One of the pedestrians, 44 year old Dianna Barney, of Columbia, died from her injuries.  The other, 52 year old Michael Johnson, of Columbia, was treated for significant injuries that were not life-threatening. 

  

TWO HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH     

Two Vandalia residents were injured…one seriously…when a minivan ran off Audrain County Route J, Tuesday morning.  73 year old Carolyn Bailey, of Vandalia, was the driver of the northbound vehicle.  The patrol says she lost control on the rain-soaked highway at around 9:45am.  It ran off the road and struck a traffic sign and a ditch.  The driver sustained moderate injuries.  Her passenger, 45 year old Lonnie D. Bailey, of Vandalia, was seriously injured.  Both were taken to University Medical Center in Columbia. 

  

BRENT BERNHARDT RECEIVES SAFETY AWARD      

A familiar voice on the Best Broadcast Group family of radio stations and a familiar face around our area’s schools and communities has been recognized by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.  The statewide ‘Lay Down the Law Award’ was recently presented to Sergeant Brent Bernhardt, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Troop B office in Macon.  The award recognizes a group or individual that has substantially advanced highway safety in Missouri.  Sgt. Bernhardt received the award in recognition of his 24 years of service to Missouri travelers, thru countless safety programs and other efforts. Congratulations to our partner…Sergeant Brent Bernhardt, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.   During the same Highway Safety Awards presentation, the Northeast Regional Arrive Alive Award was presented to Atlanta C-3 School Nurse, Terri Magers. 

  

BROOKFIELD PTO MOTHER-SON HAYRIDE SATURDAY  

The Brookfield PTO will hold its Mother and Son Hay Ride on Saturday at the South City Park in Brookfield.  A donation of ten dollars per family will cover the cost of the hay ride and a bounce house, along with a pumpkin to paint and a hot dog meal.  The Mother and Son Hayride will run from 11am to 2pm Saturday at the Brookfield South City Park. 




10/14/14

 

FIVE ARRESTED IN SUNDAY DRUG BUST    

A Sunday night drug bust in Adair County netted a total of five arrests.  Deputies executed a search warrant on Clearwater Way in northeastern Adair County at around 8pm Sunday.  They say they found an active meth lab.  Taken into custody were 46 year old Laura Spencer and 46 year old Daniel Spencer, 27 year old Derek Conley, 33 year old Danny Creason and 24 year old Jennifer James.  All five suspects were taken to the Adair County Detention Center, pending the filing of formal charges.  Authorities say more arrests are pending. 

  

HIGBEE MAN TO GO ON TRIAL STARTING TUESDAY
A Higbee man, accused of setting his wife and his home on fire last Summer, will go on trial beginning Tuesday morning, in a Carroll County courtroom.  45 year old Willard Hunt, of Higbee, is charged with first-degree arson, domestic assault and armed criminal action, after fire seriously injured his wife and destroyed their Higbee area home.  Hunt’s case is being heard in Carroll County on a change of venue, beginning at 9am. 

  

COOPER COUNTY BODY IDENTIFIED 

Cooper County authorities have identified the body found along a gravel road, near Pilot Grove, on Saturday.  Officials say the deceased woman has been identified as 62 year old Donna McCart, of Columbia.  The body and a handgun were found at the scene, but officials say the death does not appear to be a homicide.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday as the investigation is ongoing. 

  

COLE COUNTY BICYCLIST KILLED IN ACCIDENT  

A Cole County man was killed while riding his bicycle on Heritage Highway, Monday evening.  The patrol says 21 year old Christopher Gill, of Jefferson City, was riding his bike in the ditch and then came onto the roadway and into the path of an SUV, driven by 46 year old Jeffrey Thompson, of Jefferson City.  Investigators say Thompson’s vision was obscured by bright sunshine at the time of the crash.  Gill was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

HIGHWAY 36 ALLIANCE MEETING THURSDAY

The Annual Membership and Education meeting of the Missouri Highway 36 Heritage Alliance will be held Thursday in Laclede.  There is still time to register for the event, which will take place from 9am to 2pm Thursday at the General John J. Pershing Leadership and Educational Archives in Laclede.  Lunch will being catered by Miss Mary’s at a cost of ten dollars.  To register, contact the Highway 36 Heritage Alliance headquarters in St. Joseph. 




10/13/14

 

MARCELINE ATV DRIVER HURT IN ACCIDENT    

A Marceline driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday night ATV accident.  It occurred at around 11pm Friday.  The patrol says 37 year old John W. Shermuly, of Marceline, was operating his ATV in his front yard, just west of Marceline on Julep Road, when he lost control and the ATV overturned.  Shermuly was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

  

MEADVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN FRIDAY CRASH     

A Meadville driver suffered moderate injuries when his car ran off Caldwell County Route F, just east of Kingston, Friday afternoon.  64 year old Bobby McElwee, of Meadville, was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm Friday.  The patrol says McElwee failed to negotiate a curve and his eastbound car ran off the roadway, down an embankment, and overturned. 

  

COOPER COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE BODY    

Cooper County authorities are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body lying near a gravel road, west of Pilot Grove, over the weekend.  Deputies were called to the scene Saturday afternoon.  The deceased white female has been described as a 62 year old Columbia woman.  Deputies say a handgun was found at the scene, but it has been classified only as a death investigation and does not appear to be a homicide.  An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday. 

  

‘SHOTS FIRED’ IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA    

Columbia Police are investigating a Sunday morning ‘shots fired’ incident in downtown Columbia.  Officers were called to the 1000 block of Broadway East at around 1:30am.  Investigators say a man with a shotgun wound to the shoulder was treated at University Hospital a short time later, but was not cooperative with officers and refused to give a statement.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

ROUTE 41 BRIDGE OPENS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE    

The Route 41 bridge over the Lamine River in Cooper County has been completed and was opened to traffic over the weekend.  The opening of the bridge came more than a week ahead of schedule.  MoDOT says work will continue in the area until November 1, causing occasional lane closures.  Motorists are encouraged to continue to use caution in that area until all work is complete. 




10/10/14

 

FEDERAL INDICTMENT FOR SYNTHETIC POT 

The Western District U.S. Attorney has released details on a federal indictment accusing seven suspects in connection with a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana.  The indictment includes the former owners of SmellGoodz, 34 year old Travis Scott Lovett of Purdin and 31 year old Jessica Lynn Lovett of Bucklin…the owners of Moore-4-You in Queen City, 49 year old Jimmy Dean Moore and his wife Tina Irene Moore…along with Wesley Adam Upchurch of Columbia and residents of Bunceton and Jefferson City.  Eight other defendants were previously charged in connection with this investigation.  All of the suspects are accused of participating in a conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana or K2, between March of 2011 and October of 2013. 

  

DATA BREACH CONFIRMED BY DAIRY QUEEN 

The latest data breach, that may have compromised customer’s debit and credit card information, involves a handful of area Dairy Queen restaurants.  Dairy Queen says 395 of its stores were affected by a data breach during August and September.  The list of affected stores includes the DQ Grill and Chill Restaurant in Chillicothe, as well as two DQ locations in Columbia, on Business Loop 70 and on Forum Boulevard.  Dairy Queen in Sedalia, Camdenton and Nelson, MO were also affected.  Company officials say Dairy Queen is offering its customers free identity repair services. 

  

WANTED MOBERLY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY   

A Moberly man, who was being sought by authorities in Adair and Livingston Counties, as well as Missouri Probation and Parole, is now in custody.  The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department says 36 year old Golder Clay Sanders, of Moberly, turned himself in to authorities on Thursday.  Sanders was wanted for passing bad checks, stealing, motor vehicle theft and absconding supervision.  He is now in custody in Randolph County.

  

STURGEON DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLLISION 

A Sturgeon driver was seriously injured and a Centralia driver suffered moderate injuries in a Thursday morning collision on Route 22 in Audrain County.  26 year old Stephanie M. Baldwin, of Sturgeon, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.   20 year old Gavyn Hinten, of Centralia, sought his own treatment for moderate injuries, after the accident, which occurred just before 8am Thursday.  The patrol says Hinten’s westbound vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Baldwin’s eastbound car. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN FACES DRUG CHARGES 

A Columbia woman is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance, after her arrest Thursday morning.  39 year old Courtney Horn, of Columbia, was arrested after deputies say they found meth, cocaine, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia inside her apartment on Doris Drive.  




10/09/14

 

NORTH MISSOURI MAN SOUGHT ON WARRANTS  

Kirksville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a north Missouri man, who is wanted on arrest warrants from Adair and Livingston Counties and Missouri Probation and Parole.  36 year old Golder Clay Sanders is wanted for passing bad checks, stealing, motor vehicle theft and absconding supervision.  Sanders is a white male, 5-10 and 380 pounds, with red hair and green eyes, with tattoos of an angel on his left leg, a dragon on his upper left arm and a pirate skull with flames on his upper right arm.  He has also gone by the name of Clay Copas.  Sanders has previously lived in Moberly and may be traveling to do asphalt work.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or your local law enforcement. 

  

MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE  

Chillicothe Police report three recent drug arrests.  Johnny C. Oltmer was arrested at the intersection of Elm and Elmdale Road for possession of synthetic cannabanoid and drug paraphernalia.  An investigative traffic stop at East and Calhoun Streets resulted in the arrest of Rachael Shermuly for felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  Officers were also called to Simpson Park to a report of illegal drug activity.  They arrested Jeremy Osburn of Trenton, for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a public park and for possessing intoxicants as a minor.  Two others were also arrested for supplying intoxicants to a minor. 

  

TWO MOTORCYLISTS HURT IN DEER-RELATED ACCIDENT 

Motorcyclists from Salisbury and Glasgow were both treated for moderate injuries after a deer caused a chain-reaction accident Wednesday morning on Route 87 in Howard County.  It occurred just before 7am.  The patrol says 47 year old Jay Shiflett, of Salisbury, was southbound on the highway when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway, ejecting him from his bike as it overturned.  54 year old Steven McCabe, of Glasgow, attempted to avoid Shiflett’s motorcycle and struck the ground, ejecting McCabe from his bike.  Both Shiflett and McCabe were taken to Unviersity Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.   

  

STRING OF BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION  

Investigators are working a string of recent burglaries in three counties, which could be related.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is investigating three burglaries last month, in the 5100 block of Boone County Route Z, on Zaring Road and on Remie Road.  This week, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department investigated a robbery near Centralia, in southern Audrain County.  Officers say a burglary in August, near Hallsville, may also be related.  Authorities say the burglaries are happening in the daytime and suspects generally enter by breaking through a door or through an unlocked door.  Residents are being urged to secure their homes when away and keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your area. 




10/08/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DOG STABBING  

A Kirksville man, accused of stabbing his dog last month, pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony animal abuse Tuesday morning.  29 year old Jeffrey Lynn Vance, of Kirksville will be back in court on October 21 for a trial date setting.  Vance is accused of stabbing his pit bull after the dog bit him.  The dog was found by a good Samaritan and taken to a local animal hospital, where it died from those injuries. 

  

LINN COUNTY DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS TODAY  

The Linn County Health Department will hold its annual Drive-Thru Flu Shot clinic this afternoon at the Brookfield South City Park. Linn County residents age 18 and older are invited to drive through from 2 to 6pm today.  You should have your Medicare or Medicaid cards ready, if available.  Flu shot clinics are scheduled for later this month at the Linneus Community Building, the Walsworth Community Center and the Bucklin Community Building.  For more information, contact the Health Department office at 258-7251 or online at linncohealth.com. 

  

FIELDS OF FAITH EVENTS TONIGHT     

Several area communities will hold ‘Fields of Faith’ events this (Wed) evening, sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  In Linn County, Fields of Faith will be held at Chester Ray Stadium in Marceline, beginning at 6:30pm.  The featured speaker will be recent Brookfield High School graduate Chris King.  The Moberly Area Fields of Faith event will also begin at 6:30pm at Dr. Larry K. Noel Stadium at Moberly High School.  Student-led Fields of Faith events will be held on football fields throughout the country this evening.  There is also an event planned at Davis Field on the Central Methodist University Campus in Fayette, Thursday evening at 7pm.  

  

MOBERLY ALUMNI BASH SET FOR FRIDAY     

Plans are set for this Friday’s Moberly High School Alumni Bash, which will be held at Orscheln Heights in Moberly, surrounding the days homecoming festivities.  The bash will begin with a tailgate party, following Friday’s parade, and continue throughout the evening.  This year’s ‘Bash’ will be headlined by Moberly alum Nick Bomleny and his band ‘The Big Band Theory’.  All Moberly High School Alumni and friends are invited, Friday evening at Orscheln Heights. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH  

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in Monday afternoon’s fatal stabbing on Pecan Street in Columbia.  57 year old Anthony Lamarr Shegog, of Columbia, has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the incident.  Walter Lige, of Columbia, was found stabbed to death in the backyard of an apartment building, Monday afternoon.  Investigators say a female witness, who shared an apartment with the suspect, told officers Shegog became jealous of Lige talking to her.  Officers say they found evidence of the stabbing in the apartment.  Shegog is being held on $1 million dollars bond.   




10/07/14

 

HIGBEE DRIVER INJURED IN TRACTOR COLLISION

A Higbee tractor driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Route B, just east of Higbee.  21 year old Gregory N. Brockman, of Higbee, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 2pm.  The patrol says Brockman was turning his farm tractor around in the roadway when an SUV, driven by 51 year old Lori Owens, of Clark, crested a hill and struck the tractor. 

  

CLARENCE MAN AND CHILD HURT IN COLLISION 

A Clarence father and son escaped with just minor injuries when their car collided with a pickup on a Macon County gravel road.  34 year old Randy E. Jacobs, of Clarence and his 4 year old son were both treated and released at Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30pm Monday on Olympic Avenue, north of Highway 36.  The patrol says Jacobs northbound car met an oncoming pickup, driven by George Little of Callao, at a hillcrest.  The vehicles sideswiped each other. 

  

THREE HURT IN TRENTON AREA COLLISION   

Three persons were injured in a Monday evening collision on Highway 6, just west of Trenton, which occurred just after 6pm.  The patrol says 27 year old Samuel G. Adams, of Polo was attempting to pull onto the highway and failed to stop at a stop sign.  His vehicle struck a westbound car, driven by 20 year old Imani White, of Omaha, Nebraska.  White was treated for moderate injuries.  Adams and a passenger in his vehicle, 32 year old Kaleb Lamp, of Trenton, both escaped with just minor injuries. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR FULTON DRIVER 

A Fulton driver was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off Callaway County Route NN, just after 1 o’clock this (Tuesday) morning.  49 year old Darryl J. Meyer, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident. The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the highway, just south of Business 54, and struck a utility pole. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN DEAD AFTER STABBING INCIDENT

Columbia Police say a Monday afternoon stabbing incident at a home near Hickman High School is now being investigated as a homicide, after the victim died from his injuries.  Officers say 59 year old Walter Lige was found in the back yard of at home on Washington Avenue.  He was taken to University Hospital, where he later died.  No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.  Anyone win information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED    

Columbia Police are also investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred just before 5pm Monday on Boyd Lane.  Investigators say three suspects are being sought in connection with the incident.  Witnesses say a dark colored vehicle with two men and a woman inside, were driving through the area when gunshots were fired. Anyone with information, call the tips line at 573-875-TIPS. 




10/06/14

 

WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MACON AREA ACCIDENT    

A La Plata woman was seriously injured in a Friday evening accident on Highway 36, just east of Macon.  55 year old Kelley L. Bowman, of La Plata, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 5pm.  She was a passenger in a pickup, driven by 45 year old Linda Montgomery, of La Plata.  The patrol says Montgomery failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle and pulled into the path of a car driven by 21 year old Charles Cantrell, of St. Charles.  Montgomery was treated for moderate injuries.  Cantrell refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH  

A Macon woman suffered moderate injuries when a truck ran off Sunset Drive, just east of Macon, and overturned, at around 5:30pm Friday.  The patrol says 23 year old Alvin Wriedt, of Macon, was the driver of the eastbound truck.  His passenger, 26 year old Ruth Knowles, was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital, after the accident.  Wriedt sought his own treatment for minor injuries. 

  

UTV DRIVER FROM CENTER SERIOUSLY INJURED    

The driver of a UTV from Center, MO was seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon accident on a Ralls County gravel road.  It occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says 44 year old Michael Morley, of Center, was the driver of a westbound UTV, which ran off the roadway and overturned.  Morley was seriously injured.  His passenger, 53 year old Debby Dudding, of Center, sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. 

  

SIX HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING COLLISION  

A Saturday morning collision on Highway 63, just south of LaPlata, injured six occupants of two vehicles.  It occurred just after 11am on northbound 63.  The patrol says 19 year old John Foster, of Austin, Texas, was traveling at a slow speed, due to a mechanical problem with his vehicle.  It was struck in the rear by a car, driven by 35 year old Steven Brown of Kirksville.  Both drivers and four passengers in the Texas vehicle were all treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medial Center.

  

FOUR HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT 

Four occupants of an SUV, driven by a Centralia woman, were injured in a Sunday afternoon accident on Audrain County Route J.  39 year old Helena Kidwell, of Centralia, was the driver of the westbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned, just before 3pm.  Kidwell suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Audrain Medical Center for treatment.  Three passengers in the vehicle sustained minor injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER WEEKEND BURGLARY 

A Columbia man faces assault and trespassing charges after an incident at a home a Rocky Fork Drive, early Saturday morning.  Deputies were called to the report of a burglary in progress, just after 2:30am Saturday.  They say the suspect, 39 year old William Harper, of Columbia, refused to leave the home and struck one of the residents with a handgun.  That resident allegedly shot the suspect, who was treated for injuries at a local hospital.   




10/01/14

 

BROOKFIELD’S ‘THINGS THAT GO’ NIGHT THURSDAY   

Brookfield’s Occupational FCCLA and Parents as Teachers will co-sponsor the annual ‘Things that Go’ night at the Brookfield Early Childhood Center, Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7pm.  Area children are welcome for a ‘hands on’ experience, to see how a variety of vehicles work, from emergency vehicles to farm equipment to big trucks and more.  Hot dogs and drinks will be served.  That’s Thursday evening, from 5:30 to 7pm, at the Brookfield Early Childhood Center. 

  

CHILLICOTHE DOWNTOWN TOUR THURSDAY   

Main Street Chillicothe and the Merchant’s group will host an adults-only customer appreciation tour of downtown Chillicothe businesses Thursday evening.  The event will be held from 5 to 8pm.  An evening of fun and shopping will include refreshments, featuring select Missouri wines.  Commemorative glasses and tour cards for Thursday evening’s event can be purchased for $15 dollars at the Chillicothe commerce Center, from 5 to 7pm on Thursday.  Contact the Main Street Chillicothe Office for more details. 

  

KIRKSVILLE ‘PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT’ FRIDAY   

Kirksville and Adair County residents will participate in Project Homeless Connect, on Friday, at the Crossing in Kirksville.  Individuals and families in need are welcome and encouraged to attend a free, one-day event, to connect with and receive free services and social assistance, such as medical screenings, haircuts, a free lunch, housing and identification assistance, food kits, hygiene products and more.   A kid’s zone for childcare will be available as well.  Kirk-Tran will provide a free ride day on Friday, in connection with the event.  It will be held from 11am to 5pm Friday at the Crossing in Kirksville. 

  

FULTON POLICE MAKE DRUG ARREST   

Fulton Police officers, responding to a report of shoplifting in progress, ended up arresting a Mexico woman on drug charges, Tuesday.  Officers were called to the Family Dollar store in Fulton, where the suspect, Teresa Lopez, of Mexico, was arrested.  Investigators say they found several grams of meth, scales and packaging materials in her possession.  Lopez also had two outstanding Audrain County warrants on a second-degree burglary charges and a traffic offense.  She is being held on $25,000 dollars bond.

  

NO FOUL PLAY IN MIZZOU STUDENT’S DEATH   

Columbia Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a University of Missouri student at a Mizzou fraternity house.  Officers were called to Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at around 11:45pm Monday, where 19 year old Cale Boedeker, a 2013 graduate of Marshall High School, was unresponsive.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators say there was no foul play and the teen had a history of diabetes.  An autopsy is being performed to confirm the cause of death. A candlelight vigil for the teen was held Tuesday night. 

  

MIZZOU STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ARSON 

A University of Missouri student was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of arson, in connection with a pair of fires at a Mizzou dorm.  MU police say 19 year old Kesier Witte was identified from surveillance video, which allegedly shows him setting a fire in a trash can in the Hawthorne Residence Hall on Saturday.  Investigators say they have also liked Witte to a fire on January 6. 




09/30/14

 

MARCELINE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH    

A Marceline driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident, early Monday morning.  22 year old Jordan C. Tibbs, of Marceline, was flown to University Hospital by Air Evac helicopter after the accident, which occurred just after midnight on Route JJ, just west of Marceline.  The patrol says Tibbs westbound car ran off the roadway, struck a driveway and overturned. 

 

TRAFFIC STOP NETS 140 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA   

Northeast Missouri authorities arrested a Boston, Massachusetts woman and recovered nearly 140 pounds of marijuana, during a traffic stop, over the weekend.  Officials say the 38 year old woman was apparently driving through the area, eastbound on Highway 36 in Marion County, when she was stopped.  Officers detected a strong marijuana smell and found several duffel bags full of vacuum-sealed pot in the vehicle.  The woman is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

‘PINK OUT’ SOFTBALL GAMES TONIGHT    

The annual ‘Pink Out’ softball game between Brookfield and Marceline will be held this evening at the Marceline softball field.  Festivities will begin at 5pm, with a silent auction and a live auction of signed softballs and other items.  There will also be face-painting, kettle corn, pink out shirts for sale and a number of other activities surrounding the middle school/JV/Varsity softball triple-header.  All proceeds will support Linn County cancer victims through the SEV foundation.  Everyone is welcome to tonight’s Pink Out game, starting at 5pm at the Marceline Softball field. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE CALLED TO SHOTS FIRED   

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired call, which occurred Monday afternoon in the 1600 block of Hanover Blvd.  Investigators say two vehicles were parked next to each other in a parking lot when a fight occurred and shot were fired.  One of the vehicles fled the scene before officers arrived.  Blood was found at the scene, but there have been no reports of anyone treated for injuries.  Anyone with information about the incident should call the Columbia tips hotline. 

  

MEXICO POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND SHOTS FIRED 

Mexico Police report of pair of arrests in connection with a weekend shots fire incident.  Officers responded to the 900 block of Carrico, late Saturday night after shots were fired from a motor vehicle. Just before 3am Sunday, the vehicle involved was located and two suspects were taken into custody.  They were later released, pending further investigation and the filing of formal charges. 




09/29/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR TRENTON DRIVER   

A Trenton driver was seriously injured in a Friday accident on Route 146, just west of Trenton.  47 year old Tracy Wynne, of Trenton, was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before noon on Friday.  The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and vaulted nearly 100 feet, then struck the ground and overturned. 

  

BROOKFIELD WOMAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT   

A Brookfield woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening motorcycle accident on Highway 41 in Saline County.  41 year old Shelley Dorrell, of Brookfield, was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred just before 6:30pm Sunday.  The patrol says her northbound motorcycle ran off the highway, slid down an embankment and rolled over onto the driver. 

  

MARSHALL MAN INJURED AS TRUCK OVERTURNS        

A Marshall man suffered moderate injuries when his truck ran off a Saline County road, Sunday morning.  It occurred at around 9:30am.  The patrol says 70 year old Darrel Macumber, of Marshall, was southbound when his vision was obstructed by dust from the vehicle in front of him on a gravel road.  Macumber’s truck ran off the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

CALLAO TEEN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT       

A Callao teenager escaped with only minor injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on Old Highway 36, just east of Callao, just before noon Saturday.  17 year old Juliana Veerremans, of Callao, was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident.  The patrol says she lost control while making a turn and her car ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT      

Columbia Police have arrested two 19 year old male suspects, in connection with a weekend shooting at a student apartment complex near the Mizzou Campus.  Police say Christopher Herron of Columbia and Leonard Jordan of Grandview were both arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon and both are being held on $25,000 dollars bond.  Officers say they were dispatched to a report of shots fired at the Aspen Heights Apartments at around 2am Saturday.  Witnesses say one suspect was firing a gun into the air and the second suspect started shooting into a crowd.  One 22 year old woman suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. 

  

THREE MORE CHARGES AGAINST ROBBERY SUSPECT      

One of two suspects in last week’s Missouri Credit Union robbery has been charged in three additional incidents, including two more bank robberies.  23 year old Joshua Harrington, of Columbia, is charged with a May 16 home invasion robbery as well as the robberies of the Landmark Bank and the Missouri Credit Union, earlier in the summer. 




09/26/14

 

GALLATIN WOMAN HURT IN ACCIDENT

A Gallatin driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Harrison County highway.  The accident occurred Thursday afternoon at around 12:45pm.  32 year old Frances A. Stagner, of Gallatin, was the driver of an eastbound car on Route H, just northwest of Gillman City.  The patrol says her emergency brake was accidentally activated, causing the car to skid off the roadway, where it struck a ditch.  She and a passenger in the car, 22 year old Noah McCrary, were both treated for moderate injuries at Harrison County Hospital. 

  

TWO INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION   

Drivers from Marceline and Kirksville were involved in a collision on Southbound Highway 63 in Boone County, Thursday afternoon.  The patrol says 54 year old James Kornburst, of Marceline was approaching a slower moving vehicle, driven by 62 year old Donna Taylor of Kirksville.  Kornburst lost control as he attempted to slow his car and it struck Taylor’s vehicle.  Two passengers in Taylor’s vehicle, 65 year old Delores McHenry and 20 year old Nicklos McHenry, both of Kirksville, were both treated for minor injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA ROBBERY SUSPECTS CHARGED     

Columbia Police have released more information about the two suspects in Wednesday’s robbery of the Missouri Credit Union.  27 year old Vicente Soto, of Kirksville and 23 year old Joshua Harrington of Columbia, were both taken into custody after a pursuit by police, following the robbery.  Investigators say Harrington is also a suspect in a previous robbery at the Missouri Credit Union, which occurred in June, and also a recent robbery of the Landmark Bank in Columbia.  Police say Soto was wanted on five outstanding previous warrants, in Macon and Adair Counties, involving the theft of a car, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.  Both suspects are being held on $150,000 dollars bond.  

  

CREWS RESCUE INJURED MAN AT COURTHOUSE    

Emergency crews rescued a man who slipped on top of the Boone County Courthouse and fell into the building’s dome, Thursday morning.  Officials say the man was lowering the courthouse’s flag to half-staff in memory of State Representative Randy Pike, when he fell.  Fire crews were able to get the man out of the dome on a backboard and he was taken to the hospital for treatment of significant injuries. 

  

MOBERLY CORRECTIONAL CENTER INMATE DIES    

Officials at the Moberly Correctional Center have reported the death of an inmate this week.  They say Daniel Whitmer died of natural causes on Wednesday.  Whitmer was serving a 20 year sentence on child molestation and statutory rape charges, out of Platte County.    




09/25/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR KNOX CITY DRIVER  

A Knox City man was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 6, just west of LaBelle, Wednesday afternoon.  31 year old Jeremy Kelley, of Knox City, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30pm.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEK MISSING WOMAN   

Chillicothe Police are seeking information on a missing woman.  39 year old Christie Ann Noble, of Chillicothe, has been reported missing from her home in the 1500 block of Bryan Street.  Family members say she has not been in contact since she left her residence on September 17.  Christie Noble is described as a 39 year old female, 5-4 with a slim build and long brown hair.  She suffers from short-term memory loss.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Chillicothe Police Department. 

  

HALE MAN FACES CHILD ABUSE CHARGES    

A Hale man faces child abuse charges, after his arrest on Tuesday afternoon.  22 year old Daniel Carver, of Hale, was taken into custody at his home and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.  He is charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child, causing serious emotional or physical injury and felony endangering the welfare of a child. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA CREDIT UNION ROBBERY 

Two suspects, including a Kirksville man, are in custody, after the Missouri Credit Union on Buttonwood Drive in Columbia was robbed, Wednesday afternoon.  Police were called just after 5pm, to a report that two men entered the credit union, demanded money and then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect’s vehicle was spotted a short time later and a chase ensued, ending when a highway patrol car struck the suspect vehicle.  Two men were taken into custody at the scene.  One has been identified as 27 year old Vicente Soto, of Kirksville.  The other has not been named.  

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER RV FIRE   

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a male suspect, who is accused of assaulting his estranged wife and setting her RV on fire.  The incident occurred on Spiva Crossing Road, located north of Columbia.  Deputies were called to the scene at around 3:30am Wednesday.  The female victim says she and the suspect argued before he assaulted her, then he allegedly took a container of kerosene into the RV, which then caught fire.  A nearby mobile home was damaged by the blaze.  Deputies say the suspect was taken into custody, early Thursday morning.  His name has not been released, pending formal charges. 

  

COLUMBIA BREAKTIME ROBBERY         

Two suspects are being sought in connection with a Wednesday morning armed robbery at the Breaktime Convenience Store on Stadium Boulevard in Columbia.  Witnesses say the two men wearing bandanas entered the store at around 3am and fled on foot with cash, cigarettes and alcohol.  No injuries were reported. 




09/24/14

 

HOWARD COUNTY INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY  

An inmate who was accidentally released from the Howard County Jail is behind bars again.  Eric McKinney, who is an unregistered sex offender, was located Tuesday in Cole County, Oklahoma and was taken into custody by authorities there.  McKinney was mistakenly released while serving a six-month sentence for sexual misconduct.  Howard County authorities say the jailer did not properly check for outstanding warrants, prior to his release.  

 

LINN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY – PINK OUT TUESDAY

Plans are set for the 2014 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Linn County, which will be held Saturday afternoon and evening at Burlington Field in Brookfield.  The relay will get underway at 4pm, with 13 teams participating.  The teams will provide a variety of games and contests, food, auction items and other activities, continuing thru midnight.  The annual luminary service is scheduled to start at 8pm.  All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.  Everyone is encouraged to attend, Saturday evening at Burlington Field. 

 

Saturday’s Relay for Life events will actually begin bright and early, as the UMB Bank Relay for Life Team holds their first annual 5K Run and Walk.  Registration begins at 6:30am Saturday at the Brookfield Twin Parks, with a suggested ten dollar donation to enter.  The 5K begins at 7am. 

 

Also – a reminder – Linn County’s ‘Saving Every Victim’ (SEV) Foundation will hold its annual Pink-Out softball game next Tuesday, as Marceline hosts the Brookfield girls.  A variety of activities are planned to benefit SEV’s assistance to Linn County cancer victims, beginning at 5pm Tuesday at the Marceline Ball Park. 

 

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY     

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander officially recognized yesterday as National Voter Registration Day, and spent the day encouraging Missouri residents to get registered for the November General Election.  Residents who are not properly registered, have until October 8 to do so, in order to cast a ballot on November 4.  For more information, contact your local County Clerk’s Office.  Personnel from the Adair County Clerk’s office will be on the Truman State University Campus on October 3 to help Truman students get properly registered. 

 

FATAL ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 40 IN BOONE COUNTY     

A Jefferson City driver was killed when his car collided with a truck on Highway 40 at Henderson Road, in Boone County.  The accident occurred just before 4:30pm Tuesday.  23 year old Lance J. Bingaman, of Jefferson City, died in the accident.  The patrol says his car pulled into the path of a westbound truck, driven by 26 year old Nicholas McCune, of Columbia.  McCune was not injured. 

 

STURGEON TEEN ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFTS 

A Sturgeon teenager has been arrested in connection with a pair of vehicles reported stolen last week, in an East Columbia neighborhood.  17 year old Zachary Wainscott, of Sturgeon, was arrested Monday.  Boone County deputies say their investigation identified Wainscott as a suspect in car thefts reported in Suncrest Court, on September 16 and 18.  He was arrested in Columbia on Monday and awaits the filing of formal charges.  Both stolen vehicles have been recovered. 

 

VEHICLE ‘SHOT UP’ AT COLUMBIA APARTMENT     

Columbia Police are investigating a ‘shots fired’ incident, which occurred early Tuesday morning, and resulted in significant damage to a vehicle parked near The Den apartment complex off Grindstone Parkway.  The shots fired report came in at around 2am.  Police say an unknown black male suspect apparently fired a handgun several times into the unoccupied vehicle.  No injuries were reported. 




09/23/14

 

MILAN MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORN  

A Milan man has been sentenced on four child pornography charges, after pleading guilty earlier this month.  27 year old John Johnson, of Milan, was charged after computers and cell phones containing numerous illegal images and videos were seized from his home.  He was sentenced to 12 years on a charge of promoting child pornography, ten years each on two counts of possession of child porn and 7 years on a third possession count.  The case was investigated by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, the Kirksville and Milan Police Departments and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office. 

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOOF    

A Moberly man was arrested after a Sunday night standoff with police at a Moberly home.  Police say the suspect, 54 year old Scott Halley, barricaded himself in the home in the 100 block of South Fifth Street.  He turned himself in to authorities after about an hour.  Halley is charged with second-degree burglary, third-degree domestic assault, disturbing the peace, tampering with a victim and resisting arrest. 

  

SMALL PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING     

There were no injuries when a small plane made an emergency landing, Monday afternoon, in a soybean field near the Brunswick River Terminal.  Authorities say the crop-duster clipped a wire prior to the emergency landing.  The plane sustained only minor damage and was able to take off from the scene, later in the evening. 

  

HOWARD COUNTY CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES  

The Howard County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of a Rocheport man on child pornography charges.  With assistance from the Highway Patrol’s Division of Digital and Forensic Investigation, 34 year old Michael Morris of Rocheport, was arrested over the weekend.  Morris is charged with two counts of possession of child pornography.  He was in custody, at last report, on $50,000 dollars bond. 

  

FOUR TEENS ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA ROBBERY    

Columbia Police have released details on the arrest of four teenage suspects, after a strong-armed robbery near the SoCo Club in downtown Columbia, early Monday morning.  A 14 year-old, two 15 year-olds and a 16 year-old were taken into custody a short time after the robbery.  The teens are accused of approaching a victim outside the club, asking to use a cell phone, then assaulting him and stealing his wallet.  The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 




09/22/14

 

THREE CHARGED AFTER RAPE INVESTIGATION 

Three Bevier residents face charges after a Macon County investigation into allegations of improper sexual conduct involving a 15 year old.  23 year old Michael A.S. Coons, of Bevier, is charged with statutory rape and endangering the welfare of a child.  Investigators say a search of a Bevier residence turned up drug paraphernalia and resulted in the arrest of 39 year old Jessica Shoemaker and 21 year old Teresa N. Smith, both of Bevier.  They are charged with endangering the welfare of a child, due to their apparent participation in the use of meth with the teenage victim. 

  

TWO ADULTS ARRESTED AT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT  

Two Excelsior Springs residents were arrested at a Chillicothe softball tournament, over the weekend.  Police were called to the tournament at Danner Park, to a report of a male and female yelling at coaches, umpires and school officials and refusing to leave the facility.  Jon P. Pelzer, of Excelsior Springs, and his wife were both arrested for trespass, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  Jon Pelzer was also charged with being a registered sex offender in a park, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Both were processed and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail.   

  

SPICKARD DRIVER INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT 

A Spickard driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Grundy County Route B, which occurred early Friday morning.  The patrol says 28 year old Jason J. Barnes, of Spickard, was westbound when he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway.  His pickup skidded off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.  Barnes was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. 

  

MEXICO WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY CRASH 

A Mexico woman suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday evening motorcycle crash on Old Ten Mile Road, in Miller County.  59 year old Pamela K. Morgan, of Mexico, was treated at Audrain Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 9:20pm. She was a passenger in a motorcycle driven by 51 year old Charles A. Morgan.  The patrol says he attempted to avoid another vehicle and ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

TEXAS TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT            

A Texas teenager was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Saturday evening collision on Highway 54 at Bassinger’s Corner, in Audrain County.  19 year old Bene Waggoner, of McKinney, Texas, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 8:30 Saturday evening.  The patrol says she failed to stop at stop sign and pulled into the path of a northbound car driven by a Hannibal man.  That driver was not injured. 




09/19/14

 

KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY  

A suspect is in custody in connection with an armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store on Osteopathy in Kirksville.  Police confirmed the arrest Thursday afternoon.  The suspect’s name has not been release and formal charges are pending.  Investigators say the suspect was a 6 foot 2 inch black male, whose photo was captured by store surveillance.  The robbery occurred at around 1am Thursday.  Officers say the suspect entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money.  He was given an undetermined amount of cash and fled the store on foot. 

  

LANCASTER MAN CHARGED IN WEDNESDAY ASSAULT    

A Lancaster man is charged with assault and unlawful use of a weapon, in connection with Wednesday’s assault at a Lancaster area construction site.  Scott Robert Beeler is being held on $40,000 dollars bond.  He is accused of using a shovel to strike the victim in the face. Witnesses say he then went to his pickup, threatened other workers with a handgun and fled the scene in the pickup.  Beeler was arrested without incident a short time later. 

  

BODY FOUND AT LAKE OF OZARKS IDENTIFIED  

The body of a man, found floating in the Lake of the Ozarks this week, has been identified.  The highway patrol says the body of 55 year old David O. Martin, of Kaiser, MO, was found by a resident on Wednesday, floating near the 11-mile marker on the Niangua Arm of the Lake.  Investigators say an autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.  The case is being investigated as a possible homicide. 

  

THEFT ARRESTS NET $250,000 IN STOLEN PROPERTY    

Clinton County authorities have arrested two individuals, in connection with a number of thefts reported across western and central Missouri.  Authorities say they seized more than $250,000 dollars worth of trailers, heavy equipment and tools, that were reported stolen from locations in Columbia, Jefferson City, Grain Valley, Independence, Kansas City and from the Union Pacific Railroad.  David and Chondra Brockman, of Lathrop, have been charged with receiving stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.  They’re being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

SCHOOL OFFICIALS OPPOSE AMENDMENT 3   

Several area school boards have voted, this week, to oppose a controversial constitutional amendment that will appear on the ballot in November.  Both the Moberly and Columbia School Boards have recently voted unanimously to oppose Amendment 3.  If passed, Amendment 3 would establish a uniform, standards-based evaluation system and require all Missouri teachers to be evaluated by that system.  Area officials say the amendment would take control away from our local school districts and put more power in the hands of politicians. 




09/18/14

 

CHARGES FILED IN CHILLICOTHE SHOTS FIRED  

Formal charges were filed Wednesday, in connection with Tuesday’s shots fired incident at the Chillicothe Wal-Mart parking lot.  23 year old Tristan Sheppard is charged with felony domestic assault, armed criminal action and discharge of a firearm at a person, motor vehicle or building.  Sheppard is being held on $150,000 dollars cash-only bond.  No one was injured when a single gunshot was fired during a domestic dispute in the Chillicothe Wal-Mart parking lot, Tuesday morning. 

  

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN I-70 COLLISION  

A Marshall woman and a Sweet Springs man were seriously injured in a Wednesday evening collision on I-70 in Saline County.  The patrol says 28 year old Robbin Litton, of Sweet Springs, was westbound on I-70 and attempting to change lanes when he overcorrected and his vehicle struck a U-haul trailer, then ran off the roadway and struck the ground.  Litton and his passenger, 28 year old Jennifer Grapes, of Marshall, were both taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  The driver of the U-haul, from Georgia, was not injured. 

  

ASSAULT AT SCHUYLER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION SITE 

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A Schuyler County man is recovering from injuries sustained when he was struck in the face with a shovel Wednesday morning.  Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies and Lancaster Police were called to a report of the assault at a construction site in Lancaster at around 10:15am.  Witnesses say the suspect struck the victim with a shovel, then went to his vehicle and pulled out a handgun and threatened other workers, before leaving the scene.  The suspect’s vehicle was located and he was taken into custody without incident.  Charges are pending and his name is being withheld until those charges are filed.  The victim was treated for facial injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

ASSISTANCE FUND FOR INJURED AREA DEPUTY   

A fund as been set up to assist a Carroll County deputy who was seriously injured while working for the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department earlier this month.  Troy Frakes was hit by a vehicle, north of Brunswick, while working a crime scene on the evening of September 3.  Officials say Frakes is in stable condition, but still in the ICU, recovering from those injuries.  The Troy Frakes Fund has been established at the Carroll County Trust Company, to assist with medical expenses.  Donations can also be mailed to the bank at 2 South Folger in Carrollton, 64633. 

  

CONSERVATION DEPT CONTINUES CWD TESTING      

The Missouri Department of Conservation is once again working with hunters, landowners, taxidermy shops and meat processors in north Missouri to collect tissue samples from adult deer harvested during this fall’s archery and firearms deer seasons.  The cooperative effort is part of the Department’s ongoing work to detect cases of chronic wasting disease in the area’s free-ranging deer population.  Hunters in Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan Counties are encouraged to take their deer to one of numerous cooperating locations to have a tissue sample taken for testing.  More information on the sampling process and a complete list of locations is available in the Department’s 2014 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations, and online at the Department of Conservation’s website. 




09/17/14

 

SHOT FIRED AT CHILLICOTHE WAL-MART PARKING LOT

A suspect is in custody in connection with a ‘shots fired’ incident at the Chillicothe Wal-Mart, Tuesday morning.  Chillicothe Police were called to the store’s parking lot, to a report of a domestic dispute, which included a firearm discharge, on the north side of the building.  The suspect had allegedly taken the female victim and fled the scene in a vehicle, which was seen leaving the south city limits.  A short time later, both individuals were located in Wheeling by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies.  The suspect was taken into custody and the victim was unharmed.  Damage from a single gunshot was limited to a single hole in a metal building on the Wal-Mart parking lot.  The suspect’s name has not been released. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED      

A Moberly driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 24, just east of Huntsville.  57 year old Mark A. Fuhrman, of Moberly, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 4:50pm.  The patrol says he suffered a medical condition and his eastbound vehicle ran off the highway and struck a sign and a tree. 

  

CHINESE ACROBATS PEFORMING AT TRUMAN     

Truman State University’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series kicks off this weekend with a performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats Friday evening.  The performance will be held Friday evening, at 7:30pm, in Baldwin Auditorium on the Truman Campus in Kirksville.  General admission tickets are ten dollars per person and can be purchased at Edna Campbell’s in downtown Kirksville, at the Truman cashier window in McClain Hall, or online at lyceum.Truman.edu. 

  

HOMECARE HOSPICE STROLL SATURDAY MORNING   

HomeCare of Mid-Missouri will hold its annual Hospice Stroll fundraiser Saturday morning in downtown Moberly.  The event will get underway at 8am Saturday at the office, located at 102 West Reed Street.  There will be door prizes and other activities as individuals and teams participate in the stroll on their 20-minute path.  Anyone interested in participating should call the HomeCare of Mid-Missouri office at 660-263-1517. 

  

TWO MIZZOU STUDENTS REPORT RAPES   

Two University of Missouri students have reported that they were raped near the Mizzou campus over the past weekend.  MU Police say the first incident occurred Sunday, near the 400 block of South College Avenue, where a student says she was attacked between 1 and 1:30am.  A second incident was reported just off Anthony Street.  Suspect description information is limited in the two incidents.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




09/15/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED IN STABBING OF DOG  

A Kirksville man is charged in connection with last week’s stabbing death of a dog.  Police say a good samaritan found the injured pit bull staggering down the street Thursday night.  The dog was taken to a vet clinic in Edina where it died from those injuries on Friday.  The dog’s owner, 29 year old Jeffrey Vance, of Kirksville, is charged with animal abuse/torture/mutilation, and is being held on $10,000 dollars cash only bond.  Officers say Vance appeared to be intoxicated at the time of the incident and said he stabbed the dog after it bit him.  

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT    

A Chillicothe man faces felony theft charges after an investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department.  Last Thursday, officers received a report of theft from the 2000 block of Meadowlane Drive.  As a result of their investigation, Police arrested Scott Shannon, of Chillicothe for felony theft, over the weekend.  Shannon was in custody, at last report, on $2,500 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

LITTLE DIXIE LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

Little Dixie Regional Libraries is celebrating Library Card Signup Month with a series of Open House events at its locations.  A pair of events will be held today (Monday), in Moberly and in Huntsville.  The library in Huntsville will host their open house from noon to 7pm.  The Moberly Library Open House is scheduled from noon to 8pm.  There will be refreshments, giveaways and a variety of informational events planned.  Open Houses will be held at the Madison Library on Tuesday afternoon and at the Paris Library on Thursday. 

  

AUDRAIN COUNTY CHILD LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH

An Audrain County child was seriously injured in a weekend ATV accident.  7 year old Joshua T. Mathews of Thompson, MO was life-flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in St. Louis after the accident, which occurred just after 1pm Saturday on private property.  The patrol says he was seriously injured when he lost control of his ATV and it overturned. 

  

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING FIRE AT MU DORM ROOM   

A Sunday morning fire at Hudson Hall on the Mizzou Campus was contained in one room and caused only minor damage.  Firefighters were called to the dorm at around 2am Sunday, where a fire in a dorm room was contained by the building’s sprinkler system.  All students were evacuated and no one was injured.  Some residents reported water damage to personal items.  The fire is under investigation. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED   

Columbia Police are investigating a weekend shots fired incident near the Eighth Street and North Boulevard intersection in Columbia.  Officers were called to the scene at around 3am Sunday.  They say they found several shell casings behind Club Vogue and near the Thirsty Turtle bar.  No suspect information is available at this time and no injuries were reported.  




09/12/14

 

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO TRUCK FIRE AT HOLLISTER’S

The Kirksville Fire Department was called to the Hollister plant, just before noon Thursday, after a delivery truck caught fire.  When firefighters arrived, they found the engine compartment of a FedEx tractor-trailer on fire, while parked in an indoor loading dock.  It took just a few minutes to extinguish the blaze, but smoke filled the plant’s loading dock area and its sprinkler system was activated.  Fire doors prevented the smoke from entering other parts of the building.  There were no injuries reported. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY THEFT ARREST     

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a suspect in connection with the recent theft of an I-Pad from a children’s daycare facility.  Officers say video surveillance provided them with a suspect in the case.  When they attempted to make the arrest, they say the male suspect was not cooperative and physically resisted.  30 year old Tibrucio V. Almojera was taken into custody for stealing and resisting arrest.  Almojera is also on probation for a felony child support violation and possession of a controlled substance. 

  

NIXON RELEASES MISSOURI EDUCATION FUNDS   

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon released $143 million dollars of education funds, after completion of the Missouri Legislature’s veto session this week.  On Thursday, Nixon released the funds he had frozen, after legislators sustained most of Nixon’s vetoes on a package of bills that would have granted a number of tax breaks.  The released funding includes $100 million dollars for K-12 schools and $43 million for colleges and universities.  Governor Nixon says he is still evaluating whether to release an additional $700 million dollars in spending that has been restricted due to financial concerns. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH    

A Jefferson City driver was killed in a Thursday afternoon accident on Cole County Route C.  39 year old Anthony Gilpin, of Jefferson City, died in the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says his westbound car was traveling at a high rate of speed and passed another vehicle on the right outside shoulder when he lost control and it skidded across the highway and overturned multiple times.  A passenger in the car, 41 year old Fredrick Cundiff, of Jefferson City, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

  

BOONVILLE POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAM    

Boonville Police are warning residents of a phone scam that has recently targeted two area businesses.  Both times, a caller claming to be from Ameren UE indicated the business was behind on their electric bill and asked for a payment over the phone.  The caller then attempted to obtain credit card information from the business.  Ameren says they do not collect fees for past due bills over the phone, that information is always shared by mail. 




09/11/14

 

KIRKSVILLE STORM CLEANUP UNDERWAY   

While much of north Missouri waits for flood waters to recede, the City of Kirksville began clean up efforts from significant damage caused by thunderstorm winds, early Wednesday morning.  Numerous crews spent Wednesday repairing downed powers lines and cleaning up widespread tree damage.  Westlake’s in Kirksville lost a part of its roof to the storm, the upper part of the Aquadome building on Main Street in Kirksville collapsed and metal siding was ripped from the Circle M Music building, just north of the Kirksville Square. Officials say a Kirksville Public Works Department employee was injured while crews were cutting apart a fallen tree, Wednesday morning.   The name of the worker has not been released.  Officers say the man was struck in the head and was conscious after the accident.  He was flown to Columbia for precautionary treatment.  The City of Kirksville says its fall limb and brush pickup schedule has been pushed forward, due to the storm damage.  Limbs should be set curbside for pickup by Monday morning, September 22.  

 

FIVE NORTHWEST MISSOURI TORNADOES CONFIRMED

The National Weather service has confirmed that five small tornadoes touched down in northwest Missouri, during Tuesday night’s severe weather.  All five tornadoes were rated EF-0, with peak winds of 80 to 85 miles per hour.  Most of the damage from those tornadoes was relatively minor and there were no injuries reported.  One touched down near Tarkio, three tornadoes were confirmed within 30 minutes around the Holt County town of Maitland. 

 

MOBERLY WOMAN STRUCK BY CAR  

A Moberly woman was seriously injured when she was struck by a car Tuesday night, in the 600 block of North Morley Street.  Police say 33 year old Tiara Smith apparently entered the roadway and was struck by a northbound vehicle, driven by 64 year old Virgil Wamsher, of Moberly.  Smith was taken to a Columbia Hospital with serious injuries. 

 

LEGISLATURE APPROVES VETO OVERRIDES  

Missouri Legislators voted to override a number of vetoes by Governor Jay Nixon on Wednesday.  One veto that was overridden will create a training program for teachers to carry guns in schools.  That bill also lowers the age for obtaining concealed-carry permits from 21 to 19.  Line-item vetoes were overridden that will fund forensic exams for physically abused children, provide additional funding for autism research, help fund a dental service pilot project in a Missouri rural health clinic and will also fund Community Health Access Programs in the state.  The legislature also restored funding for utility assistance for low-income Missourians, to help provide defibrillators for the Missouri Water Patrol, to aid services for sexual assault victims and additional funding for the Missouri public defender system.  Lawmakers voted to override Governor Nixon’s veto of a bill enacting one of the nation’s longest abortion waiting periods.  Under the new bill, women will be required to wait 72 hours after consulting their doctor.  Lawmakers also overturned Nixon’s veto of legislation that bans schools from electronically tracking students. 

 

TWO COLUMBIA HOMES HIT BY SHOTS FIRED  

Columbia Police are investigating a ‘shots fired’ incident in north Columbia, that resulted in bullets striking two area homes.  Officers were called to the area of Derby Ridge and High Quest Circle Tuesday evening, after getting multiple reports of shots fired.  They say two homes were hit, one going through a bedroom window and another through a kitchen window.  No injuries were reported.  Investigators say there is no suspect information at this time, but the investigation is continuing.   




09/10/14

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS – 091014

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: 

Adair County R-1 @ Novinger.

Linn County R-1

Meadville - has now cancelled classes!!! 

North Shelby

 

LaPlata – Gifford bus route is not running this morning

Macon County R-4 Busses running paved roads only

Moberly Bus 714 is running 20-30 minutes late

 

UP TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN CAUSING FLASH FLOODING

Major flash-flooding is ongoing this morning, along and north of the Highway 36 corridor, after widespread heavy rainfall overnight.  The National Weather Service has flash flood warnings in effect for multiple counties in our area, including Livingston, Linn, Macon, northern Chariton, Shelby, Harrison, Grundy, Sullivan, Adair and Knox. Numerous county roads and secondary highways are closed due to high water.  The highway patrol is reporting water over the westbound lanes of Highway 36 near New Cambria and west of Macon.  ‘Water over the roadway’ reports have come in this morning on Route 156 - both east and west of LaPlata, Highway 6 east of Kirksville, Highway 11, along Steer Creek, east of Kirksville, Highway 149 at Connelsville in Adair County. Law enforcement agencies and storm spotters around the area are reporting high water where it does not normally flood.  Street flooding is ongoing in several area communities.  Macon County authorities say a downtown Macon business is threatened of being damaged by high water early this morning, and at least one home in LaPlata has been damaged.  In Trenton, flooding and damage to vehicles has been reported on 28th street and at the airport.  Measured rainfall amounts include more than 7 inches at an automated weather station near Linneus, more than 10 inches at an automated reporting station northeast of Browning, 8.6 inches at the Kirksville Regional Airport, and just over 6 inches in the Trenton area and more than 5 inches in Chillicothe.  In addition, Kirksville authorities say strong winds early this morning snapped at least five power poles and downed numerous trees in the central part of the city of Kirksville.  Virtually all of the smaller streams in our area are out of their banks this morning and it will take several hours for the water to run off.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution and expect high water in unexpected locations.  Do not drive into water over the roadway.  River flood warnings have been issued for the Grand and Chariton Rivers in our area, with minor to moderate flooding expected later today as runoff from the overnight storms continues downstream. 

 

HEAD-ON COLLISION IN RAY COUNTY   

A Tuesday night head-on collision on Highway 10 in Ray County killed a Warrensburg driver and seriously injured a driver from Bosworth.  It occurred just before 10:30pm.  The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 41 year old Benjamine McMellen, of Warrensburg, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by 34 year old Rebecca Harris, of Bosworth.  MeMellen died from injuries sustained in the crash.  Rebecca Harris was taken to KU Medical Center with serious injuries. 

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY DRIVER HURT IN ACCIDENT

A Schuyler County driver was treated for moderate injuries after her van ran off Highway 63, just north of Lancaster, Tuesday morning.  36 year old Ida L. Archer, of Glenwood, was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7am.  The patrol says she was ejected from her van when it ran off the roadway and overturned three times. 

 

COLUMBIA MURDERER PUT TO DEATH      

A man who was convicted of two murders in a 1998 Columbia restaurant robbery, has been put to death this morning by the state of Missouri.  Earl Ringo, Jr. died by lethal injection at 12:31am.  He was convicted for the deaths of Joanna Baysinger and Dennis Poyser at the Ruby Tuesday restaurant on Bernadette Drive in Columbia on July 4, 1998.    




09/09/14

 

MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION

A Kirksville motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Adair County Route T, northeast of Kirksville.  34 year old Eric D. Mason, of Kirksville, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says Mason was eastbound when a car, driven by 78 year old Emmett James, of Kirksville, pulled into the path of Mason’s motorcycle. 

  

KC MAN CHARGED WITH BRIBERY    

A Kansas City man, who was pulled over for careless driving, has been charged with attempted bribery of a public official and DWI.  The Livingston County Sheriff Department says the driver 44 year old Timothy Andrew Oelke, of Kansas City, was pulled over on Highway 36, just west of Chillicothe.  When the deputy approached, the man handed over his driver’s license and a twenty dollar bill.  The money was handed back to the driver.  When asked for his insurance card, the driver attempted to give the deputy $25 dollars in cash. 

  

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECTS TO START    

An Adair County bridge closure, which was scheduled to begin today, has been postponed until at least tomorrow (Wed).  A bridge rehabilitation project will close the Adair County Route D bridge over Shuteye Creek, near Novinger, for about 45 days.  MoDOT says that closure is now scheduled to begin tomorrow…and is weather permitting. 

Also, MoDOT reminds motorists that a bridge closure begins today (Tues) on Macon County Route WW.  A bridge rehabilitation project on Route WW at the Brush Creek Bridge, located just west of Route 129, near Marceline, begins this morning.  That closure will also expected to continue for up to 45 days. 

Motorists will need to find an alternate route around those locations. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS CHARGE   

A weekend ‘shots fired’ call to Columbia Police resulted in the arrest of a felon for illegally possessing a handgun.  Two gunshots were reported in the area of Demaret Drive, Saturday night.  When officers arrived, they say they found 26 year old Danny Holmes of Columbia intoxicated and in possession of a handgun that had been reported stolen.  Due to a prior felony assault conviction, Holmes is prohibited from having a firearm.  He was arrested and is being held on $13,500 dollars bond.

  

HIGBEE SENIOR CENTER PLANS TO CLOSE      

Officials have announced the closure of the Higbee Senior Center.  Center Administrator Kathy Bartolacci says the center has been fighting off funding issues for some time now, and that they are no longer able to keep the doors open.  Board members say, unless another source of funding is found, the center will have to close. 




09/08/14

 

PARIS DRIVER KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

A Paris driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident, early Sunday morning, on Highway 15, just north of Paris.  20 year old Adam P. Beabout died in the accident, which occurred just before 4am.  The patrol says his truck failed to negotiate a curve, skidded off the roadway, became airborne, struck a tree and overturned. 

  

DRIVER KILLED IN CHARITON COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A driver from Pleasant Valley, MO was killed when his truck ran off Highway 5 just south of Marceline, just before 2 o’clock Sunday morning.  56 year old Sidney Kempf, of Pleasant Valley, died in the accident.  The patrol says his northbound pickup ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne and overturned onto its top. 

  

MARSHALL MAN KILLED IN FARM TRACTOR ROLLOVER    

A Marshall driver died in a farm tractor accident, over the weekend, on property in rural Saline County.  74 year old Lawrence B. Holland, of Marshall, died in the accident, which occurred just after 3pm Saturday.  The patrol says his tractor backed off of a 15 foot embankment, pinning the driver inside the vehicle. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Kirksville man was seriously injured when his truck ran off Osteopathy Street in Kirksville, early Sunday morning.  The accident occurred just before 3:30am.  Kirksville Police say a vehicle driven by 52 year old Bradley Cain, of Kirksville, veered off the roadway and struck an embankment.  Cain was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center and then airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

MILAN CHILD HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT    

A 10 year old from Milan was treated for moderate injuries after the car he was riding in ran off Highway 6, just east of Green Castle, Saturday afternoon.  56 year old Leaonard Arzola, of Milan, was the driver of an eastbound car, which ran off the highway and overturned.  His passenger, 10 year old Teddy Arzola, of Milan, was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN ACCIDENT

A Columbia motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after he ran off Route 22 in Audrain County, Sunday afternoon.  62 year old Kenneth A. Johnson, of Columbia, was treated at Audrain Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1:20pm.  The patrol says his eastbound motorcycle ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER POLICE CHASE  

A Columbia man is charged with 19 traffic violations, after a Sunday evening chase by Boone County authorities.  Deputies attempted to stop the driver, 25 year old Sherman Collins, of Columbia, near Lake of the Woods Road and St. Charles Road.  They say Collins kept driving for more than a half-mile before yielding to the emergency vehicles.  He faces 19 charges, including resisting arrest. 




09/05/14

 

DON’T FORGET BELL GAME COOKOFF AND FOOD DRIVE

The focus for tonight’s 78th Annual Bell Game, Brookfield at Marceline, is on the football field…but pregame festivities will once again include a BBQ cookoff between the Brookfield and Marceline FFA groups…and a competitive Bell Game food drive.  The BBQ cookoff will begin at 5pm at the Marceline Ag Building, next to Chester Ray Stadium.  Bulldog and Tiger fans are also encouraged to bring canned food items for donation to the local food bank. 

 

THIRD MACON COUNTY DRUG SUSPECT ARRESTED    

A third suspect in this week’s Macon County drug investigation has turned himself in to authorities.  48 year old Rodney Brown, of Excello, turned himself in Thursday afternoon.  Two other suspects were arrested Wednesday, after search warrants were served at three Macon-area homes.  Those two suspects include Brown’s son, 25 year old Nicholas Brown, of Macon…and 55 year old Karl Bartholomew, of Macon.  All three suspects face felony drug charges, including manufacture of a controlled substance. 

  

BRUNSWICK MURDER SUSPECT IN COURT  

A murder charge against a Brunswick man will move forward after a court appearance in Keytesville on Thursday.  27 year old David Weil is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2013 stabbing death of his father, John Piper, of Brunswick.  The probable cause statement says Piper suffered puncture wounds to the neck and that Weil admitted to the stabbing.  Weil’s case moves forward to Chariton County Circuit Court.  His next appearance is scheduled for November 6. 

  

MACON UTLITIES ELECTRONIC MAPPING UNDERWAY 

Macon Municipal Utilities wants residents to know that a survey crew will be working in the Macon area, over the next several weeks.  Midland GIS Solutions is performing electronic mapping of underground utilities in the Macon area.  Residents and businesses are advised that Midland staff may be seen walking through yards and other areas, in the coming weeks.  Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Macon Municipal Utilities at 385-3173.  

  

OLD SETTLER’S PAGEANT DEADLINE THIS WEEKEND    

This year’s Randolph County Old Settlers Queen Scholarship Pageant will feature a $1,500 dollar scholarship for the winner.  You’re reminded that the deadline for entry in this year’s pageant is tomorrow (Saturday 9/6) at midnight.  The pageant will take place next Thursday.  Randolph County ladies age 17 to 21 are welcome to participate.  For more information or to enter, contact Pageant Director Jennifer Wilson at 660-277-4341 or e-mail her at jenniferwilsonoldsettlersqueen@gmail.com.  Again, the entry deadline is midnight Saturday. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN FOUND GUILTY IN HEROIN CONSPIRACY

A Columbia man has been convicted in federal court, in connection with a conspiracy to distribute heroin in Boone County.  Clifford Andrew Lake was found guilty Thursday.  Ravid Donald Smith, Jr. and Lemont Michael Livingston have also pleaded guilty in connection with the drug trafficking conspiracy, which was uncovered last fall and involved delivery and distribution of heroin from the St. Louis and Chicago areas.  Lake could face 5 to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $1 million dollars. 




09/04/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR CHARITON COUNTY DEPUTY  

A Chariton County Sheriff’s Deputy was seriously injured, Wednesday night, when he was stuck by a pickup, while working a criminal investigation on Chariton County Route M, north of Brunswick.  46 year old Troy W. Frakes, of Keytesville, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 8pm.  The patrol says Deputy Frakes was standing in the roadway and attempting to stop a westbound vehicle for a criminal investigation, when he was struck from behind by an eastbound pickup, driven by 47 year old Clay Creech, of Keytesville. 

  

MINOR INJURIES FOR TWO BROOKFIELD RESIDENTS 

Two Brookfield residents were treated for minor injuries after their vehicle ran off Highway 36, west of Macon, Wednesday evening.  76 year old Willard C. Balfour, of Brookfield, was the driver of the eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and struck a guardrail.  Balfour and his passenger, 15 year old Dylan Brown, of Brookfield, were both treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

  

MACON COUNTY SEARCH WARRANTS NET DRUG ARRESTS 

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department made two drug arrests and a third suspect remains at large, after a series of search warrants were served on Wednesday.  Deputies executed search warrants at three homes in Macon and another in southern Macon County Wednesday morning, with assistance from Macon Police, the highway patrol and the North Missouri Drug Task Force.  They recovered marijuana, prescription drugs and meth.  Two suspects were taken into custody and formal charges are pending.  A third primary suspect is still being sought. 

  

ASHLAND WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN COLLISION   

An Ashland woman was seriously injured in a collision at a Boone County intersection, which occurred just after 3pm Wednesday.  The patrol says 81 year old Dallas Gresham, of Ashland, failed to yield at the intersection and collided with a car driven by 25 year old Airaine Cairns, of Columbia.  Gresham’s 88 year old passenger, Opal Gresham, of Ashland, was seriously injured, and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.  Both drivers were treated for minor injuries. 

  

MOBERLY AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY  

Runway improvements are underway at Moberly’s Omar Bradley Airport.  Contractors have begun a $1.5 million dollar project, to repair pavement and improve lighting on the alternate crosswind runway at the airport.  A federal grant from MoDOT Aviation is funding 90 percent of the project, with the city of Moberly paying the remaining 10 percent.  Officials say it has been 30 years since that alternate runway has been re


09/03/14

 

FORMER MAMTEK CEO PLEADS GUILTY 

Former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole pleaded guilty to stealing and fraud charges Tuesday afternoon.  Cole was charged with one count of theft and four counts of securities fraud in connection with the failed Mamtek plant in Moberly.  He was accused of diverting at least $700,000 dollars from bond financing for the plant and using the money to forestall foreclosure on his Beverly Hills home.  Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says Cole will be sentenced to 5 to 7 years in prison for his actions.  He will remain on an electronic monitor until his sentencing in November.   

  

KNOX COUNTY MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED    

A Knox County motorcyclist was seriously injured when he struck a deer on Route 15, just north of Edina, early Tuesday morning.  The patrol says 53 year old Russel Schultz, of Baring, was southbound when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway.  Schultz was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital and then transferred by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

THREE MACON TEENS HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT   

Three Macon teenagers escaped with just minor injuries when their car ran off Vine Street, just east of Macon, Tuesday night.  16 year old Kyle J. Boyce, of Macon, was the driver of the eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the gravel road and struck two embankments before coming to rest.  Boyce and two passengers, 16 year old Alyssa J. Curtis and 16 year old Elliott P. Harris, also of Macon, were all treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital. 

  

MACON POLICE INVESTIGATING PROPERTY DAMAGE 

Macon Police are seeking information in connection with a series of property damage reports, which occurred over the holiday weekend.  They’ve received at least eight reports of damage to residential windows around the community, likely caused by a BB gun.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Macon Police or call Macon’s anonymous tips hotline.  




09/02/14

 

BROOKFIELD DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED  

A Brookfield driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 11, just south of Brookfield, Monday evening.  38 year old Keith A. Lonis, of Brookfield, was air-lifted to Research Hospital in Kansas City, after the accident, which occurred at around 5:15pm.  The patrol says he was ejected from his southbound car when it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY MOTORCYCLIST  

A Moberly motorcyclist was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after striking a dog on Randolph County Route A, Sunday night. The accident occurred at around 8:30pm, about a mile south of Moberly.  59 year old Mark Mullanix, of Moberly was flown to University Hospital.  The patrol says he was ejected from his motorcycle after it struck the animal in the roadway. 

  

MONROE CITY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN CRASH  

A Monroe City motorcyclist was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries after he ran off Monroe County Route FF, southwest of Hunnewell, Monday evening.  26 year old Wade J. Harvey, of Monroe City, was ejected from his motorcycle when it ran off the road, struck an embankment and became airborne. 

  

MOBERLY MAN HURT AS ATV OVERTURNS 

A Moberly man was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV accident on private property in Marion County, over the weekend.  46 year old Robert Gillenwater, of Moberly, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred Saturday evening at around 7:15pm.  The patrol says he was ascending a dirt mound when his ATV overturned. 

  

THREE ARRESTED IN WEEKEND DRUG BUST  

A weekend drug bust at a Moberly residence netted three arrests by the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Moberly Police and Randolph County deputies.  A search warrant was served on Friday at the home, located in the 500 block of Gratz Brown.  Officers arrested 35 year old Jon Ryan Teter, of Moberly on charges of possession with intent to distribute…and 44 year old Nolan Henry and 48 year old Helen Marie Henry, both of Macon, were arrested on possession charges.  All three are also charged with maintaining a public nuisance.  Investigators say the search of the home resulted in the recovery methamphetamine and cash. 

 

 HEAVY RAIN CAUSES FLASH FLOODING     

Runoff from up to six inches of rainfall Monday night continues to cause travel concerns this morning.  A flood warning remains in effect for parts of Boone, Callaway, Montgomery and Moniteau counties, including the city of Columbia.  Transportation officials report numerous road closures due to high water.  Hinkson Creek in Columbia and other small creeks and rivers in the area were out of their banks.  Law enforcement agencies report multiple high water rescues overnight.  The flood waters are expected to recede during the day, but it will take some time.  Motorists are reminded not to drive into water over the roadway. 




08/29/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR HAMILTON DRIVER     

A Hamilton driver was seriously injured in a Thursday night accident on Highway 69, just south of Cameron.  It occurred just after 9:30pm.  The patrol says 38 year old Jeffrey Peoples, of Hamilton, was the driver of a northbound car, which ran off the highway and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.  Peoples was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center and then life-flighted to Truman Regional Medical Center West, with serious injuries. 

 

TRENTON WOMAN HURT IN THURSDAY COLLISION     

A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a car and a minivan collided on Route 6, just west of Trenton, Thursday afternoon.  The patrol says a car driven by 74 year old Beverly Harrison, of Trenton, was stopped and preparing to make a left turn.  A minivan, driven by 37 year old David Baker, of Trenton, attempted to pass at the intersection and the two vehicles collided.  Harrison suffered moderate injuries, she was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.  Three other occupants of the two vehicles escaped without injury. 

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN STRUCK BY ROLLING VEHICLE      

A Chillicothe woman was treated for moderate injuries after she was struck by her own vehicle, on a private parking lot.  Officers say Nellie F. Dixon, of Chillicothe, had parked her van in the 1700 block of Locust Street.  When she exited the vehicle it began to roll backwards and as she attempted to get back into the moving vehicle, she fell and was struck.  Dixon was taken to Hedrick Medical Center with moderate injuries. 

 

RECENT WAL MART THEFT PART OF STRING       

The recent theft of more than $30,000 dollars worth of cell phones and electronics equipment from the Kirksville Walmart store is part of a six-state investigation into a string of similar thefts.  Authorities say the suspects broke the glass of an electronics case and left the store through an alternate exit.  Investigators say there is confusion over whether a person of interest is a woman or a man dressed as a woman.  They say the thieves took only electronics, like cell phones, I-pads and X-Boxes, all of which have been registered as stolen.  They say it is unlikely that any of the electronics would be usable in the United States.  It is believed the suspects may be cannibalizing materials for sale overseas. 

 

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN DEATH OF FULTON AREA BOY    

A Fulton man is charged with first-degree murder after a six year old child with Down Syndrome was found shot to death in his home, early Thursday morning.  Callaway County authorities say the child’s mother left for work Wednesday afternoon.  When she returned to her Fulton area home at 2:30am Thursday she found the child’s body.  He had been shot several times.  The suspect, 27 year old Scottie Willet, had been living with the family for several months.  He fled the home in the woman’s car and was later located and arrested at a Sedalia trailer park.  Willet is charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $1 million dollars bond.  Authorities say he admitted shooting the 6 year old boy with a handgun.  

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED     

A Columbia driver was seriously injured when his truck ran off I-70 in Cooper County, Thursday afternoon.  60 year old Michael Akers, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 2:15 pm.  The patrol says Akers apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

 

FIVE CHARGED AFTER CAMPGROUND DRUG BUST      

Five suspects face meth charges after they were arrested Thursday morning at Katfish Katy’s campground in Columbia.  Authorities say they found evidence of a significant meth distribution operation at the campground and seized a pound of meth, packaging material and digital scales.  Tressa Wenner and Dorian Estes, of Columbia, were both arrested on drug trafficking charges.  Three other suspects, Curtis Russell and Donnie Perkins, of Columbia and Brian Parson of St. Jseeoph, were arrested on drug possession charges. 




08/28/14

 

MAJOR DRUG INVESTIGATION NETS ARRESTS  

A multi-agency, year-long drug investigation netted twelve arrests in Macon County and one in Randolph County on Wednesday.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Macon Police, Highway Patrol and the Randolph and Chariton County Sheriff’s Departments conducted the investigation.  Various arrest warrants were executed by officers on Wednesday.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has identified suspects taken into custody on various drug distribution charges…27 year old Skyler Brown, 32 year old Heather Clark, 40 year old Fred Clark, 58 year old James Collins, 35 year old Brandon Douglas, 35 year old Michelle Llewellyn, 20 year old Zachary Mitchell, 37 year old Lacey Rockhold, 20 year old Jamie Shannon, 31 year old Stephanee Shott, 31 year old Justin Tolson and 32 year old Mark Ridgway….all are residents of Macon and Randolph Counties.   Bond for the suspects ranges from $45,000 to $100,000 dollars, cash-only. 

  

HIGBEE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT  

A Higbee woman has been sentenced in connection with the theft of more than $175,000 dollars from Million-Taylor Funeral Home in Moberly.  40 year old Beverly Susan Rene Smith will serve six months of home confinement and five years probation on one count of wire fraud…she has also been ordered to pay more than $175,000 dollars in restitution.  She pled guilty to the charge in May.  Investigators say the theft took place while Smith worked as the funeral home’s office manager, from 2001 to June of 2012.  She was accused of systematic unauthorized personal withdrawals from a company escrow account.  

  

CARROLLTON WOMAN CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD  

A Carrollton woman faces federal bank fraud charges, after a three-count indictment was handed down Wednesday.  62 year old Carol Noble, of Carrollton, is accused of defrauding Central Trust Bank in Jefferson City by deceiving bank officials and arranging for a false appraisal of her home.  The indictment says Noble used fraudulent means to obtain a $185,000 commercial loan.

  

MOBERLY POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM     

Moberly Police are warning residents of an attempted phone scam, which appears to be targeting elderly residents in the area.  A caller identifying himself as an IRS representative, indicates a problem with recent tax returns and tells the victim they face property seizure and possible arrest.  The caller then demands some form of payment over the telephone.  Residents are reminded that the IRS does not contact subjects in this manner.  You’re cautioned to not give out personal or financial information to any unsolicited telephone caller. 




08/27/14

 

STOLEN VEHICLE REPORTED IN KIRKSVILLE     

Kirksville Police are working to locate a vehicle, which was stolen from a Kirksville business.  Police were called to the 500 block of South Franklin Street to a report of a missing red 2010 Ford F150 extended cab truck.  It was taken sometime between 7:15am and 5pm on Monday.  It is believe the driver’s side window may have been damaged when it was taken.  Anyone with information about the missing vehicle is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the tips hotline at 627-BUST. 

  

MARIJUANA SEIZED BY ADAIR COUNTY DEPUTIES   

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  The Adair County Sheriff’s Department filled two pickup trucks with marijuana, taken from a farm in Adair County.  Officials say they had been watching the farm for some time.  They say they seized more than 1,000 marijuana plants that were up to 8 to 10 feet tall.  The weed was taken to an open area and burned.  No arrests have been made, as of yet. 

  

THREE KIDS HURT IN HIGBEE AREA ACCIDENT 

A teenage driver and two younger children from Higbee were all treated for moderate injuries after a truck ran off a Randolph County road, Tuesday afternoon.  16 year old Phillip Z. Smith, of Higbee was the driver.  8 year old Madisyn Smith and 7 year old Robert Smith were his passengers.  All three were treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 3:30pm.  The patrol says the truck ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED ON SODOMY CHARGE   

A Columbia man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison, after pleading guilty to sexual assault charges, one day before his trial was scheduled to begin.  Dwayne Robison pleaded guilty to four counts of statutory sodomy involving a 13 year old boy, Tuesday.  A judged sentenced him to 15 years in prison.  Robison was accused of sexually assaulting the child at a Columbia homeless camp, last year. 

  

ARREST MADE IN LIQUOR STORE ROBBERY  

Columbia Police made an arrest Tuesday, in connection with a recent liquor store robbery.  31 year old Joseph Lee Anderson, of Columbia, was arrested on charges of first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.  He is accused in connection with the August 13 armed robbery of Loop Liquor and Food Mart.  Officers say Anderson was all ready in custody at the Boone County Jail for alleged involvement in an unrelated stealing case.  They say surveillance video led them to his arrest. 




08/26/14

 

MILAN WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT 

A Milan woman suffered only minor injuries when her car ran off Route 6, west of Milan, and overturned, early Monday morning.  The patrol says 29 year old Evette Mondragon, of Milan, was wearing her seat belt when she swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway and her car ran off the road, struck a ditch and overturned, at around 5:15am.  She was treated and released at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.

 

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION   

Drivers from Cameron and Sumner were injured when their vehicles collided, Monday morning, on Highway 36 just west of Hamilton.  The patrol says a truck driven by 21 year old Zachery Watts, of Sumner, struck a car, driven by 89 year old Christine Foxworthy, of Cameron, in the rear, when she slowed to make a turn, just before 9:30am.  Foxworthy was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.  Watts refused treatment for minor injuries. 

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE WAL-MART CELL PHONE THEFT  

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville Police are investigating the theft of thousands of dollars worth of cell phones from the Kirksville Wal-Mart store.  The cell phones are reportedly valued at $33,000 dollars.  Wal-Mart reported the theft Saturday morning. It’s believed they were taken late Friday or early Saturday.  Investigators say they’re studying surveillance video of the theft. 

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN RETURNS FROM PAGEANT  

A 100 year old Brookfield woman will be honored with a fire truck escort today, as she returns home after appearing at a pageant in Branson over the weekend.  Ruby Simpson, a resident of Life Care Center of Brookfield, turned 100 in January and since, has won local and regional pageant competitions.  In the finals, held in Branson over the weekend, Simpson placed as the first runner-up.  She’s expected to return to Brookfield today around the noon hour and will be led through town by a Brookfield Fire Truck.  Residents are asked to wave at Ruby and honk their horns as she drives through. 

 

IDENTITY OF BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT CONFIRMED  

Randolph County authorities have confirmed the identity of a man, arrested Friday, who is a suspect in the Bank Midwest robbery.  25 year old Clarence Williams is being held on charges of driving without a license and probation violations, as the investigation into Friday morning’s robbery continues.  Two other suspects are still being sought in connection with the robbery. 

 

CHILD APPARENTLY CAUSED DUPLEX FIRE    

Authorities believe a child playing with a cigarette lighter accidentally started a Monday afternoon fire, which damaged a Columbia duplex.  Firefighters were called to the home, of Greensboro Drive, just before 3:30pm.  They found smoke coming from a back bedroom of the first-floor of the duplex.  The fire was contained to that area, all occupants made it out safely and there were no injuries. 

 

HUMAN REMAINS IDENTIFIED AS JEFFERSON CITY MAN   

Human remains found, earlier this month in Moniteau County, have been identified as those of a missing Jefferson City man.  The Highway Patrol says the remains were found by a hunter on August 9, in a rural Moniteau County location.  Dental records have confirmed the identity as 32 year old Cody Odean Thirlwall, of Jefferson City.  No cause of death has been determined.  The investigation is ongoing. 




08/25/14

 

ONE ARRESTED, TWO STILL SOUGHT IN MOBERLY BANK ROBBERY 

A 25 year old Moberly man remains in custody, pending formal charges, in connection with Friday’s robbery at the Bank Midwest on North Morley in Moberly.  A manhunt for two additional suspects was suspended over the weekend and the investigation is continuing.  Police say the robbery occurred at around 9:45am Friday.  Investigators have confirmed similarities between that robbery and the robbery at the north branch of the Bank of Kirksville, earlier this month, including a joker-style mask worn by the robber.  The suspect was taken into custody after a car used in the robbery was spotted at a commuter parking lot, about ten miles south of Moberly on Highway 63.  Two other suspects fled on foot into a large cornfield in the area. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON    

A Kirksville man who stole a semi and took a joy ride through a cemetery will spend four years in prison.  38 year old Chris Myers, of Kirksville, was sentenced last week in Adair county Circuit Court, after pleading guilty to multiple charges, including tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage, vandalism and driving while revoked.  Myers was also ordered to pay $1,700 dollars in restitution for damage caused at the cemetery. 

  

TEENS INJURED IN COLLISION WITH COW      

Teenagers from Chillicothe and Linneus were both treated for minor injuries after their vehicle struck a cow on a Linn County gravel road.  The patrol says 18 year old Matthew Jundles, of Linneus, was the driver of a southbound vehicle on Elm Road, just south of Linneus, when it struck a cow in the roadway just before 9 o’clock Saturday night.  Jundles and his passenger, 17 year old Kiley Boley, of Chillicothe, were both treated for minor injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

  

MEXICO MANUFACTURER ANNOUNCES EXPANSION     

A Mexico, MO manufacturer announced plans to add nearly 100 jobs on Friday.  Spartan Light Metals, in Mexico has announced a $17 million dollar investment into an addition that will add 68,000 square feet to its facility and 88 full-time positions.  Spartan is a family-owned automotive supplier, making parts for several car companies.  The new addition is expected to be complete and operational by September of next year. 

  

EASTERN MO FIREFIGHTER SENTENCED TO PRISON    

An Eastern Missouri volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting several fires last year.  Police say Dustin Matthew Grigsby admitted setting a number of fires in Lincoln County, while a volunteer firefighter for the Old Monroe Fire Protection District.  In at least one case, a resident had to be rescued from a home that was set on fire.  Grigsby pleaded guilty to four counts of arson in April. 




08/22/14

 

FOOTBALL DELAYED STARTS DUE TO HEAT: 

South Shelby at Brookfield – 7:30pm kickoff – Pigskin Preview on KZBK at 6:30pm

Macon at Palmyra – 8pm kickoff – live coverage on KLTI at around 7:40pm

Moberly at Blair Oaks – 8pm kickoff

Marshall at Chillicothe – 8pm kickoff

Trenton at Carrollton – 7:30pm kickoff

Hallsville at Fayette – 8pm kickoff

Mark Twain at Westran – 8pm kickoff

Highland at Centralia  - 8pm kickoff

  

HAMILTON DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT   

A Hamilton driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon collision on Otter Avenue, just east of Gallatin.  22 year old Mikall Foster, of Hamilton, was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says Foster’s eastbound car skidded in a curve and collided with an oncoming pickup, driven by 57 year old Donald Taul, of Jameson. 

 

MOBERLY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED  

A Moberly motorcyclist was treated for minor injuries after a Thursday evening accident on Audrain County Route Y.  It occurred just before 6pm.  The patrol says 43 year old Davena Glydewell, of Moberly, was westbound when she slowed to avoid an accident, lost control of her motorcycle and it slid on its side, ejecting from the bike.  She was treated and released at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

COLUMBIA AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVACUATED   

Two Mile Prairie Elementary School, located just off Route Z in Columbia, was evacuated Thursday morning, after a fire scare.  Officials say loud pops were heard in a school hallway and spraks were spotted coming out of a wall.  They say a small heater embedded in the wall apparently was accidentally activated, causing it to overheat.  The Boone County Fire Protection District responded to the alarm.  There were no injuries reported and staff and students were able to quickly return to classes. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CENTRALIA TRAFFIC STOP    

Centralia Police arrested two Columbia residents on drug and weapons charges this week.  Police say a routine traffic stop on Tuesday evening, resulted in the arrests of 37 year old Terri Stratton and 41 year old Jonathon Peppersack, of Columbia.  Officers say the smell of marijuana caused a search of the vehicle, which turned up nearly a pound of processed pot, along with a handgun.  Both suspects are being held on bond. 




08/21/14

 

HEAT AFFECTING FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE   

Excessive heat will affect the opening week of Friday night football around the area.  Several games have been pushed back, including our KZBK live broadcast.  South Shelby at Brookfield will kickoff 30 minutes late, at 7:30pm, so our Friday night football coverage will also be delayed…our Week 1 Pigskin Preview will start at 6:30pm tomorrow night.  Other games in the area that have been changed so far include Trenton at Carrollton, starting at 7:30pm, Moberly at Blair Oaks and Highland at Centralia have both been delayed until 8pm Friday. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTIES ARREST MOTORIST   

Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested an area man on drug charges after a traffic stop last week.  On August 13, a deputy stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.  The driver, 30 year old Steven Tyler Kimbrough was subsequently arrested and officers seized marijuana, scheduled prescription medication and ecstasy.  Kimbrough faces felony drug possession charges and is in custody on $20,000 dollars bond. 

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENT CLOSES LINN COUNTY HIGHWAY 

A culvert replacement will close Linn County Route CC today, from 8:30am to 2pm.  MoDOT says the work will occur on Route CC, about three miles north of Route C, between Itaska Road and Ladue Road.  Motorists will need to find an alternate route around the closure, from 8:30am to 2pm. 

 

MACON DEMOLITION BERBY ACTION SET FOR WEEKEND   

Missouri’s 2-day ‘Best of the Best’ Demolition Derby is ready to roll this weekend at the Macon County Park in Macon.  Gates open at 5pm, for a 6:30 start, both Friday and Saturday night.  Friday night’s schedule will feature full-size modifieds and team compacts.  Saturday’s event will be full-size stock action.  Tickets will be available at the gate and complete details are online at maconcountypark.com. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN JANUARY SHOOTING

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday, in connection with the January shooting death of 23 year old Dontay Tolson.  20 year old Jimiah Lambert pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.  Two other suspects are also charged in connection with Tolson’s death, 21 year old Martrell Smith and 17 year old Derrick Copelin.  Police say Tolson’s body was found on the floor of a home on Newton Drive, in Columbia, on January 2.  He had suffered a gunshot wound and died at the hospital the next day. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 

One person was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 40, near the Boone/Howard County line, Wednesday morning.  Officials say an eastbound car went out of control, ran through a ditch and struck a tree.  A female passenger had to be extracted from the vehicle and was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. The driver was not injured. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY COUPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED      

Two Jefferson City residents were seriously injured in a Wednesday night collision on Highway 50 in Moniteau County.  It occurred at around 11:30pm.  The patrol says a vehicle driven by 27 year old Tyler Akin, of Camdenton, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a pickup, driven by 53 year old Wanda Hendricks, of Jefferson City.  Hendricks and her passenger, her 58 year old husband, William Hendricks, Sr., were both life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Akin was treated for serious injuries at St. Mary’s Hospital. 




08/20/14

 

MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE  

Chillicothe Police have released information on several recent drug arrests and seizures.  Last Friday, officers were called to a report of an assault, which occurred in the 900 block of Walnut Street.  As a result of the investigation, officers arrested William McHardie and Nola Glasgow for second-degree assault, armed criminal action, and three counts of distributing a controlled substance.  Ashley Reed was also arrested for distributing a controlled substance and Tiffany Midgyett was arrested for assault and armed criminal action.  Also on Friday, Chillicothe officers were called to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1100 block of Second Street.  As a result of that investigation, both Kevin and Peggy Zorn were arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance.  Kevin Zorn was also charged with domestic assault.  Also last week, Chillicothe Police arrested William (Billy) Long on charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.  On August 7, in two separate investigations, officers arrested Cheri Admire and Travis Anderson in the 900 block of Vine Street and Misty Stanley, near the intersection of Elm and First Streets, on warrants for felony possession of a controlled substance.  Over the past couple of weeks, Chillicothe Police say they’ve seized approximately 11 grams of meth, 35 grams of marijuana and numerous prescription drugs…along with cash and a firearm. 

  

MOBERLY REGIONAL CLNICS CONFIRM DATA BREACH    

Officials at Moberly Regional Medical Center have confirmed a nationwide data breach by its parent company, Community Health Services, has affected some of its clinics.  They say the breach does NOT include data from Moberly Regional Medical Center, but it does involve limited personal identification data from some patients of Moberly Medical Clinics, Moberly Physicians Corporation and Moberly Rural Health Clinics, over the past five years.  On Monday, Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville announced that their patients were affected by the data breach.  Community Health Services will offer identity theft protection to all affected patients within the next several days.  Patients can also call toll-free 855-205-6951 for more information. 

  

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES IN MAMTEK CASE    

A federal judge has ruled that former Mamtek CEO Bruce Cole committed fraud to obtain almost $1.3 million dollars from bond funds that were be used to build Mamtek’s plant in Moberly.  In a ruling issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey rejected all claims raised by Cole and his wife in a bankruptcy case.  The judge ruled that more than $900,000 dollars transferred to the Coles’ personal accounts and $360,000 dollars sent to overseas creditors must be repaid.  Officials say this action only pertains to the bankruptcy case.  Criminal proceedings against Cole are continuing. 

  

SELF DEFENSE PROGRAM OFFERED AT MACC      

Moberly Area Community College has announced plans for a ‘Situational Awareness Self Defense’ class, which will be held on the MACC Campus on September 20.  The program will be taught by Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols and self-defense instructor Brad Terry.  There is a thirty dollar per person cost for the class.  Seating is limited and registration is required, contact MACC for more information. 




08/19/14

 

NERMC PARENT COMPANY VICTIM IF COMPUTER HACK  

The parent company of Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville has announced that computer hackers have apparently stolen patient data.  Community Health Systems operates more than 200 hospitals nationwide, including Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Officials say about 4.5 million patients are affected, and that foreign-based hackers have gained access to many patients’ names, social security numbers, addresses and telephone information.  They say the information obtained did NOT include any medical information or credit card numbers.  Anyone treated by Northeast Regional Medical Center in the past five years could be affected.  The company plans to offer identity theft protection to everyone that is a victim of the breach. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT   

A Chillicothe man was arrested after a theft was reported to Chillicothe Police Monday.  Officers responded to the theft report, in the 500 block of West Business 36 and arrested Christopher Wall for stealing.  Wall was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

Chillicothe Police are also investigating a theft in the 700 block of Webster Street, theft of property from a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Third Street and damage reported to two vehicles parked in the 200 block of Williams Street. 

  

EASTBOUND I-70 SHUT DOWN FOR MUCH OF MONDAY 

Eastbound I-70 was closed for several hours Monday, after a fatal accident involving two semis resulted in a fire.  It occurred just before 10:30am, just west of the Midway exit, near mile marker 120.  The patrol says a 41 year old Georgia man died when he was ejected from his tractor-trailer after it rear-ended another semi.  His semi burst into flames shortly after the crash and burned for several hours.  Authorities say backed-up traffic also caused an accident on I-70 near the Missouri River in Cooper County.  The patrol says a 21 year old woman from High Ridge, MO was killed when her car struck the rear of a semi, which was stopped in the backup.  Eastbound I-70 reopened at around 7:45pm Monday night. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MARSHALL SHOOTING   

A week before the scheduled start of his trial, a Columbia teenager pleaded guilty Monday in connection with the shooting death of Tre’veon Marshall.  19 year old Joshua Murray accepted a plea agreement and entered a guilty plea to a charge of first-degree assault in connection with last summer’s incident at McKee Park.  Murray was one of three defendants in the case.  Nicholas Thomas was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of a murder charge in June. 




08/18/14

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT 

A Brookfield woman pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $200,000 dollars from a local church, last week.  51 year old Cynthia Head, of Brookfield, admitted to embezzling funds from the Brookfield Church of the Nazarene by writing unauthorized checks to herself, making unauthorized withdrawals from the church’s bank account and making unauthorized purchases as local retail stores.  The embezzlement occurred between September of 2007 and October of last year, totaling approximately $192,000 dollars in fraudulent transactions.  Head will be sentenced in federal court on November 4. 

 

KIRKSVILLE BANK ROBBERY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Kirksville Police and the FBI continue to investigate Friday’s armed robbery at the north branch of the Bank of Kirksville.  Investigators say a male suspect of unknown race, walked into the bank and displayed a handgun at around 9am Friday.  He fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect is described as 5 feet to 5-3 in height, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds.  He wore a joker-style mask, a blue hoodie, black pants, dark gloves and dark footwear.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Kirksville Office of the FBI.  You can leave anonymous tips on the Kirksville Tip Line at 627-BUST. 

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT  

A Huntsville driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday morning accident on Randolph County Route JJ, just east of Huntsville.  The patrol says 21 year old Jessie Drewery, of Huntsville, was the driver of a westbound vehicle, which ran off the highway, skidded through a ditch and overturned, at around 6:20am Sunday.  Drewery was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

COLLISION SERIOUSLY INJURES BOONVILLE MOTORCYCLIST 

A Boonville motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Saturday night collision on Highway 5 in Cooper County.  40 year old Joseph Marble, of Boonville, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before midnight Saturday.  The patrol says Marble passed another vehicle on a hill and collided with an oncoming car, driven by 60 year old John Tramel, of Phillipsburg.  Tramel refused treatment for minor injuries. 

 

FULTON MAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR CHASE 

A Fulton man is behind bars after leading authorities on a vehicle chase, with children inside his car.  Christpher Mosher of Fulton is charged with driving while revoked, three counts of child endangerment, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations.  Fulton police say they attempted to pull Mosher over for a traffic stop, but he took off, leading police on a chase that also involved Callaway County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Highway Patrol.  When they got the vehicle stopped, officers found three children inside. 

 

NATIONAL GUARD HEADED FOR FERGUSON      

Missouri National Guard troops are headed for Ferguson Monday, after another night of violence Sunday night.  Officials say a peaceful demonstration Sunday evening turned violent as night fell.  Demonstrators threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, who fired tear gas in response.  Two injuries were reported and seven more arrests were made overnight.  Governor Jay Nixon announced early Monday morning that he’ll send National Guard troops to Ferguson to help restore peace and order and protect its citizens. 




08/15/14

 

AIRPLANE APPARENTLY SHOT NEAR CHILLICOTHE AIRPORT   

Chillicothe Police are investigating evidence that an airplane suffered damage from a shotgun blast, while flying near the Chillicothe Municipal Airport this week.  Officials say a local pilot was practicing take-offs and landings on different runways at the airport Wednesday evening.  Later, the pilot noticed damage to the aircraft.  Investigators say a shotgun was apparently used to fire at the plane, and that it was most likely within 100 yards of the ground when it was hit.  Police are seeking information from anyone who heard one or more gunshots in the area, Wednesday evening between 6:30pm and dark.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Chillicothe Police Department. 

 

BUNCETON STANDOFF ENDS WITH SUSPECT SHOOTING HIMSELF 

A Cooper County man was critically wounded when he shot himself after a standoff with authorities in Bunceton, Thursday afternoon.  Police say 31 year old Jason Steding was spotted driving a stolen van from Boonville Thursday morning.  He allegedly set the vehicle on fire and hid in his Bunceton home, while officers surrounded the residence Thursday afternoon.  During a five-hour standoff, officers say Steding exchanged gunfire with police and then shot himself.  He was life-flighted to a Columbia hospital where he remains in critical condition. 

 

NORTHWEST MISSOURI SUPERINTENDENT PLEADS GUILTY    

Former South Shelby superintendent hire, Mike Rennells, has pleaded guilty to forgery and stealing charges in northwest Missouri.  The 35 year old Rennells was hired by South Shelby last year, and was scheduled to take over the superintendent’s job last July, when charges involving his tenure as superintendent of the Worth County School District were filed.  Rennells resigned prior to taking over the South Shelby job.  He pleaded guilty, this week, to two counts of forgery and one count of felony stealing, in connection with those Worth County charges.  He’ll be sentenced next month. 

 

ONE KILLED, TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED, IN HEAD-ON CRASH   

A New Bloomfield man was killed and two others were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Callaway County Route CC, east of Fulton, Thursday evening.  27 year old Chad M. Fleischmann, of New Bloomfield, died in the accident, which occurred at around 6:30pm.  He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 27 year old Justin McDonald, of Mokane.  The patrol says their vehicle met a car driven by 53 year old Lori Conner, of Mokane, which was traveling on the wrong side of the road.  Both drivers swerved to avoid the collision and the vehicles met head-on.  Both drivers were life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION     

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred late Wednesday night, at Loop Liquor and Food Mart in Columbia.  Officers say a male suspect with a handgun entered the business and demanded cash from the store clerk, then fled the scene on foot.  The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boone County Crimestopper’s hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED AFTER BROTHER STABBED    

A Mexico man faces a domestic assault charge after his brother was stabbed during an altercation, Tuesday night.  51 year old Paul W. Strickland, of Mexico, was arrested after his brother was taken to University Hospital with stab wounds.  The victim is in stable condition.  Stickland remained in custody at last report. 




08/14/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN CALDWELL COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A Caldwell County driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 13, just south of Kingston, late Wednesday night.  It occurred at around 11pm.  The patrol says 27 year old Jeffrey Richards, of Kingston, was northbound when his car struck a bridge abutment and then ran off the highway and overturned several times.  Richards was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

TWO HURT IN MILAN COLLISION      

Two drivers were injured in a Wednesday afternoon collision at a Milan intersection.  The patrol says 70 year old Ruth Taylor, of Milan attempted to turn left at the intersection of Highway 5 and Business 5 in Milan.  Her vehicle struck an oncoming car, driven by Keasha March, of Lancaster, causing her car to strike a third vehicle.  Both Taylor and March were treated for minor injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

  

POLICE PURSUIT ENDS WITH CRASH IN EDINA YARD   

A police pursuit, early Wednesday morning, ended with a crash in the front yard of an Edina home.  Edina Police received a report of a suspicious man in a neighborhood at around 4am Wednesday.  When officers arrived, the man drove off and a chase ensued, ending just a few blocks later when the suspect’s vehicle ran through a front yard and struck a residence and a parked vehicle.  No injuries were reported.  The suspect, whose identity has not been released, is facing a parole violation as well as additional charges. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED 

A Jefferson City motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Wednesday evening accident on a Cole County roadway.  40 year old Reba Eads, of Jefferson City, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:15pm.  The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve on Scruggs Station Road.  She was ejected from her motorcycle when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN FATAL ACCIDENT  

A Columbia man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, in connection with a wrong-way drunk-driving accident that killed a 19 year old driver from Camdenton near Jefferson City, last March.  29 year old Dennis Leporin, of Columbia, was sentenced Wednesday, after pleading guilty to second-degree murder charges.  Prosecutors say Leporin had a blood alcohol content three times the legal limit.  Investigators say he was driving without headlights and going the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Highway 54 when his car struck the teen’s car head-on. 




08/13/14

 

KIRKSVILLE COLLISION NEAR TRUMAN CAMPUS  

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville Police responded to an accident at the intersection of Davis Street and Normal Avenue, near the Truman Campus in Kirksville, Tuesday afternoon.  It occurred at around 4pm.  Officers say a van with six Truman students attempted to turn left onto Normal when it collided with an SUV.  None of the students were injured.  The driver of the SUV was treated by paramedics at the scene. 

  

MACON DIVERSIFIED KICKS OFF ART COMPETITION    

Macon County Sheltered Workshop, known as Macon Diversified, is set to begin its 2014 ‘Waste to Art’ competition next month.  They’ll hold a ‘kick off’ meeting Friday evening at 6pm at their facility, located at 1103 Enterprise Road in Macon.  The program will focus on using recoverable waste and reusable items to create all kinds of art.  Anyone who is interested in taking part should attend Friday’s kick off meeting.  You can also find out more on-line at macondiversified.com.  A show of the competition entries and an art auction fundraiser will be held on September 19 at Macon Diversified. 

  

MOBERLY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE EVENTS  

The Moberly School District has a series of open house events scheduled over the next few days.  Thursday evening, North Park and South Park Elementary Schools will hold their open house from 5:30 to 7pm.  Sixth grade orientation is also scheduled for Thursday, starting at 5:30pm, followed by an open house at the Moberly Middle School from 6 to 7:30pm.  Next Monday, August 18, Gratz Brown Elementary will hold an open house from 5:30 to 7pm, Moberly High School and the Moberly Technical Center will host an open house Monday from 6 to 7:30pm, with Freshman Orientation beginning at 5:30pm.  Also on Monday, an open house at North Central Regional Schools and Moberly’s Title I Preschool and Early Childhood Special Education will be held at East Park, from 6 to 7:30pm.  School starts next Tuesday in the Moberly school district. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE CITIZEN ACADEMY PLANNED  

Moberly Police will be sponsoring a Police Citizen Academy, beginning next month.    The Academy is open to all area residents and will get underway on September 16 and continue thru November 4, with weekly sessions starting at 6pm and running to 9pm.  Applications can be obtained from the Moberly Police Department’s Facebook page, the City of Moberly’s website or, in person, at the police station.  They must be completed and returned by September 2.  

 

TWO ARRESTED IN MEXICO DRUG BUST    

Two Mexico residents face drug charges after a search warrant was served at their home, Tuesday morning.  The East Central Drug Task Force, Mexico Public Safety Department and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department served the search warrant in the 500 block of North Wade Street.  Officers say they found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  21 year old Robert Peak, of Mexico, is accused of possession of meth with intent to distribute.  23 year old Nikki Pinkston, of Mexico, is accused of marijuana possession. 




08/12/14

 

LA PLATA POLICE STATION FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION  

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of an early-morning fire, which damaged the La Plata Police Station yesterday.  La Plata and Atlanta Firefighters were called to the Police Department just after 2am.  Crews were able to quickly get the blaze under control, but the police station and three nearby buildings suffered heavy smoke damage.  A State Fire Marshal’s investigator was on the scene yesterday.  Police Chief Jason Bunch told KTVO news in Kirksville there are indications that arson may be involved. The investigation is ongoing. 

  

WOODWORTH FILES CIVIL LAWSUIT   

Mark Woodworth, of Chillicothe, has filed a civil lawsuit against multiple individuals and agencies, alleging misconduct in his arrest and conviction for murder.  Woodworth spent 20 years in prison, in connection with the 1990 shooting death of his neighbor, Cathy Robertson.  He was released last year, after his conviction was overturned and all charges in the case have since been officially dropped.  Woodworth’s lawsuit names a number of officials and entities, including the State Prosecutor at the time, former Congressman Kenny Hulshof, as well as the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and Chillicothe Police Department. 

  

MID-AM BUILDING SUPPLY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION   

Mid-Am Building Supply in Moberly has announced plans to expand their operations in the coming months.  Moberly Area Economic Development officials say Mid-Am plans to construct a 30,000 square foot expansion, to create space for a state-of-the-art indoor finishing facility.  The expansion will result in approximately a $3 million dollar investment in the building and equipment and will create about 20 additional full-time jobs. The Mid-Am Building Supply expansion in Moberly is expected to be operational early next year.  

  

ROAD RAGE CAUSES ACCIDENT ON BRIDGE      

Jefferson City Police say road rage was the apparent cause of a Monday afternoon accident on the Missouri River Bridge in Jefferson City.  Witnesses say the accident occurr4ed when a driver cut off and hit another car and then hit the guardrail, causing the car to flip onto its roof and nearly go over the guardrail and off the bridge.  Southbound traffic on the bridge was shut down for some time Monday afternoon.  No one was injures and both drivers were ticketed. 




08/11/14

 

TWO ARRESTED, STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED 

Chillicothe Police say a stolen vehicle was recovered and two persons were arrested, after an investigation over the weekend.  Officers were called to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of South Washington.  The vehicle was later located and Gregory L. Atwood and Lewis J. Burton were both arrested for alleged tampering with a motor vehicle.  Atwood is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.  They’re both in custody in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.  The recovered vehicle was returned to its owner. 

 

TWO CHARGED AFTER STOLEN PROPERTY FOUND   

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Two Lancaster men face charges after a set of golf clubs led authorities to stolen property.  Schuyler County deputies were called Friday, after two men tried to sell used golf clubs at the Lancaster Country Club and an employee recognized them as ones that had been reported stolen.  22 year old Bradlee Vice and 24 year old Scott Probasco, both of Lancaster, were arrested.  Authorities say a search of their home turned up more stolen items.  Vice and Probasco are both being held on $25,000 dollars cash only bond.  They’re charged with receiving stolen property and additional charges are pending.  A 21 year old Lancaster woman was also taken into custody but charges have not yet been filed. 

 

MOBERLY TEEN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH  

A Moberly teenager was treated for minor injuries after her car ran off Randolph County Route BB, just west of Moberly, Sunday evening.  The patrol says 18 year old Emily Richards, of Moberly, was westbound when an unknown oncoming vehicle crossed the center line, causing her to swerve and lose control.  Her car ran off the highway, overturned and came to rest on a fence.  She was wearing her seat belt at the time of the accident, and sought her own treatment for minor injuries. 

 

DRIVER STRIKES PARKED VEHICLES AT STATE FAIR   

One person was injured when a pickup, driven by an elderly Sturgeon man, struck two parked vehicles and a fifth-wheel trailer on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sunday evening.  The patrol says 81 year old Jack D. Rhoades, of Sturgeon, was southbound on a dirt lot near the Sheep Pavilion when his pickup struck the side of a parked pickup, then struck and went under a chain link fence.  His vehicle then collided with another parked vehicle, which pushed it into a parked fifth wheel trailer, containing several occupants.  A 7 year old girl in the fifth-wheel was treated for minor injuries. 

 

ONE TEEN KILLED AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED     

A Montgomery County teenager was killed and another was seriously injured, when they were both struck by a pickup while lying in the highway, early Sunday morning.  The accident occurred at around 3:10am Sunday on Montgomery County Route B.  19 year old James Lawrence, of New Florence, died in the accident.  19 year old Nicholas Sachs, of High Hill, was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries.  The patrol says both teens were lying in the roadway when they were struck by an eastbound pickup, driven by 19 year old Dakota Skeens, of Montgomery City. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK BURGLARY SUSPECTS   

Columbia Police are looking for multiple suspects after a Saturday morning home invasion robbery that resulted in a man being taken captive.  Officers say the incident occurred in the 1100 block of Sunset Lane, when three to five masked men with handguns forced open the door of an apartment and demanded cash.  When they did not find money, the suspects allegedly forced a male victim into the trunk of a car.  He was able to escape the vehicle unharmed.  A woman and child at the home were not injured.  The suspects are still being sought. 




08/08/14

 

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO CHILLICOTHE POST OFFICE   

Chillicothe firefighters were called to the Chillicothe Post Office Thursday afternoon.  The call came in just after 1pm, after a smoke alarm prompted the alert.  Firefighters say they found smoke coming from an electrical panel and flames inside the panel from a wiring disconnect.  The fire was quickly extinguished with a dry chemical extinguisher. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK ‘FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK’   

Kirksville Police have released information on this week’s ‘Fugitive of the Week’.  25 year old Matthew Del Kissler is wanted on Adair County arrest warrants for child neglect and non-support.  Kissler is described as a white male, 6-1 and 151 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  He has previously lived in Unionville and Oskaloosa, Iowa.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Adair County Sheriff’s Department.

  

PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED HIGH-VOLTAGE LINE

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a series of public hearings, beginning next week, regarding a proposed high-voltage transmission line, which would run through parts of Monroe, Randolph, Chariton, Carroll and Caldwell Counties.  Public hearings about the proposal will be held in Monroe City, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, on Tuesday, beginning at 11am….at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline, next Thursday, August 14, starting at 11am, and at the Moberly Municipal Auditorium Thursday evening, starting at 6pm.  Hearings are also scheduled for next month in Hamilton and Carrollton, on September 4. 

  

FOURTH ARREST MADE IN MONDAY BURGLARY    

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies have made a fourth arrest in connection with an attempted burglary, which was interrupted by deputies on Monday.  34 year old Brett Alan Russell was taken into custody late Wednesday night, after investigators say they found stolen property inside his trailer on Clark Lane.  Three other suspects were arrested Monday when they attempted to burglarize a home in the 3000 block of Hancock Hill Road, west of Columbia. 

  

THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER HOME-INVASION      

Police are seeking three suspects in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred early Thursday morning in the 3300 Block of Premier Lane, in northern Columbia.  Police say the victim awoke to a loud noise at around 4:30am and found that three suspects had broken into the home.  A family was held at gunpoint and the male victim was pistol-whipped by the suspects, as they demanded cash.  The only available suspect description is three black males with average build…one with dreadlocks.  Anyone with information should call the Boone County Tips Hotline at 573-875-TIP


08/07/14

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER DAYTIME BURGLARY     

Two suspects are in custody after a daytime burglary in rural Livingston County, Wednesday afternoon.  Livingston County Deputies were called to a burglary in progress at a residence on Livingston County Road 228.  Two suspects fled in a green-colored car, prior to their arrival.   A Grundy County deputy spotted the vehicle near Trenton and two suspects were taken into custody.  Formal charges are pending. 

 

TWO IN CUSTODY FOR RECENT LIVINGSTON COUNTY BURGLARY 

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a recent burglary and theft of firearms from an unoccupied rural Livingston County home.  24 year old Jeremy Jacob Buch, of Chillicothe and 21 year old Timothy Wayne Newton II, of southeastern Livingston County, have both been charged with burglary and stealing of firearms.  Deputies say they’ve recovered a total of seven firearms stolen from the property.  Both suspects are being held on $10,000 dollars bond. 

 

TSCHANNEN TO HEAR SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF CASE  

Linn County Circuit Judge Terry Tschannen has been appointed to hear the case against former Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole.  The 30 year old Dole, of Glenwood, is charged with five felony counts, for allegedly taking inmates from the Schuyler County Jail to local bars and having them perform work at his home and for allegedly ordering his employees to not cooperate with investigators.  A hearing in the case was scheduled for today, but has been postponed.  A special election to replace Dole as Schuyler County Sheriff will be held during the general election on November 4. 

 

CIGARETTES LIKLEY CAUSE OF DEADLY KIRKSVILLE FIRE 

A June 24 fire that killed two women in a Kirksville mobile home has been blamed on mishandled cigarettes.  78 year old Bernice Johnson and her 54 year old daughter Lynice Newton died in the home at Shockey’s Trailer Court.  Investigators say the autopsy and toxicology reports have been completed and the fire’s probable cause is listed as mishandled cigarettes.  The fire has been ruled accidental. 

 

SALISBURY TEEN ESCAPES ROLLOVER WITH MINOR INJURIES 

A Salisbury teenager escaped with just minor injuries when her car ran off Route 129, south of Salisbury, Wednesday afternoon.  The patrol says 16 year old Ashtyn Carothers, of Salisbury, was wearing her seatbelt when her car ran off the highway, went down an embankment and overturned, at around 1pm.  She was treated and released at a Columbia Area clinic. 

 

COLUMBIA BANK ROBBED      

Columbia Police are searching for a suspect in connection with a Wednesday afternoon bank robbery.  Officers say a man with a bandana over his face robbed the Landmark Bank in Columbia at gunpoint at around 2:45pm.  He fled the area on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He is described as a white male in his early 30’s, about 5-6, last seen wearing a light colored jacket and khaki pants. 

 

RIGHT TO FARM OPPONENTS CONSIDER RECOUNT REQUEST 

Opponents of Missouri’s Right to Farm amendment are considering a recount request after the issue passed by a slim margin on Tuesday.  Missouri law allows for a recount if the margin of victory is less than one half of one percent.  Amendment one passed by a margin of two-tenths of one percent.  The recount must be requested by opponents of the issue. 




08/06/14 - AUGUST PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

 

MISSOURIANS NARROWLY APPROVE ‘RIGHT TO FARM”   

Missourians narrowly passed Amendment 1, the ‘Right to Farm’ Amendment, by just a 50.1% majority – just over a 2,500 vote margin out of almost 1 million votes cast.  Amendment 7, a proposed sales tax for transportation improvements, failed by a large margin, with nearly 60 percent opposed.  Amendment 5, which reaffirms the right to bear arms, passed with nearly a 61 percent majority.  Amendment 8, which would have created a Veterans Lottery Ticket, failed, with 55 percent opposed.  Amendment 9, related to search and seizure of electronic communications and data, passed with nearly 75 percent voter approval. 

  

LAIR AND WALKER WIN STATE REP PRIMARIES   

A pair of north Missouri republican legislators held off challengers in yesterday’s Republican primary.  In District 7, Mike Lair defeated Dennis McDonald by less than 200 votes, for a narrow 51.6 percent majority.  In District 3, Nate Walker received nearly 59 percent of the vote and defeated Dr. John Bailey by more than 900 votes.  Both Lair and Walker will be unopposed in the November general election. 

  

OTHER AREA PRIMARY ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

Macon voters gave approval for the issuance of $1.6 million dollars in low-interest sewer bonds with more than a 70 percent majority…882 ‘yes’ votes to just 329 no. 

Macon County’s primary featured a handful of contested races.  Kimberly J. March won the Democratic Circuit Clerk nomination over Kristy M Lea by a 600 vote margin.  March will face Twila Halley in November.  Halley won the Republican nod for Circuit Clerk by nearly 1,000 votes.  Sherry Muncy won the Republican race for recorder of deeds, by 900 votes, over Charlotte Neeson. 

In Adair County, Mike Brummit won a republican race for County Collector, defeating William ‘Bill’ King by just over 300 votes. 

Randolph County republicans picked Penny Henry in the race for County Treasurer.  Henry defeated Dwayne Dennis by nearly a 2 to 1 margin, with a 66% majority.  The Village of Renick passed a pair of bond issues for sewer and water system improvements, by more than a three to one margin. 

In Chariton County, democrats chose Tony McCollum over Ronnie Enyeart for Presiding Commissioner by 138 votes.  Democrats chose Danny L. Price for Western District Commisioner by just under 100 votes.  Chariton County voters said ‘no’ to a full-time prosecuting attorney, with more than 85% opposed. 

Two republicans faced off in Missouri House of Representatives District 47, covering parts of Randolph, Boone and Howard County.  Tom Hurst won the primary nod with a 68 percent majority, defeating Bruce Sassman by nearly 2,400 votes.  Boone County voters said ‘no’ to the 1/8 cent EPIC sales tax for improvements to the Boone County Fairgrounds, with 66 percent opposing the issue.  Fulton voters turned down a local use tax with a 63 percent majority opposing the issue. 




08/06/14

 

HUNTSVILLE TEEN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES   

A Huntsville teenager was flown to Columbia with serious injuries after a Wednesday afternoon accident on Highway 24, just east of Clifton Hill.  17 year old Shane D. Berrey, of Huntsville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm.  The patrol says Berrey’s westbound car ran off the highway and struck a tree. 

  

TRUCK OVERTURNS IN MOBERLY 

A St. Louis truck driver escaped with just minor injuries when his tractor-trailer carrying a load of crushed cars overturned in Moberly Tuesday morning.  Police say the accident occurred at around 9am, at the intersection of Highway 24 and North Morley.  The driver apparently took a corner too sharply and the truck and trailer flipped onto its side.  Traffic at that location was blocked for much of the morning.  The driver was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  

  

MOBERLY WOMAN HURT IN EARLY MORNING CRASH  

A Moberly woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 24, just east of Salisbury, early Wednesday morning.  20 year old Sierra Eravi, of Moberly, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 12:30am.  The patrol says her westbound car ran off the highway and struck a bridge and an embankment. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR HAMILTON DRIVER   

A Hamilton woman was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning accident on Caldwell County Route B, southeast of Hamilton.  It occurred just before 8am.  24 year old Alisa A. Evans, of Hamilton, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries.  The patrol says she was ejected from her northbound car when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN INDICTED ON DRUG CHARGES    

A Columbia man faces federal drug charges after his arrest on Tuesday.  31 year old Malcolm Redmon, of Columbia, was taken into custody in connection with a federal indictment issued last week.  Redmon is charged with multiple counts related to cocaine distribution and drug trafficking. 




08/05/14

 

PRIMARY ELECTION TODAY – PLEASE VOTE!!!   

The polls are open this morning for today’s statewide primary election.  There are only a handful of contested races on area ballots today, including a pair of significant north Missouri republican legislative primaries, in House of Representatives Districts 3 and 7.  Voters will also decide several important ballot issues today, including the ‘Right To Farm’ Amendment 1 and Missouri’s proposed ¾ cent sales tax for transportation.  The polls will remain open until 7pm.  Everyone is encouraged to take a few minutes and exercise your right to vote in today’s primary. 

  

TWO HURT IN CAIRO AREA ACCIDENT    

Two Cairo men were treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on a Randolph County road.  It occurred Monday evening at around 5pm, about five miles west of Cairo.  The patrol says a vehicle driven by 20 year old Luke P. Jones, of Cairo, slid off the roadway and overturned.  Jones and his passenger, 20 year old Zachary E. Frakes, of Cairo, were both treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after her SUV ran off Highway 11, west of Kirksville, Monday morning.  20 year old Alexandra A. Veros, of Columbia, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:45am.  The patrol says she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and her vehicle ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN INVOLVED IN CEMETERY STANDOFF    

A Kirksville man was taken into protective custody after a Sunday afternoon standoff at a Sullivan County cemetery.  Authorities say the man, from Kirksville, was at the Greencastle Cemetery and was threatening to harm himself.  He apparently fired his gun into the air twice, while crouched behind a tombstone near his vehicle.  Sullivan County Sheriff Roger Smiley says the weapon was not pointed at anyone and no threats were made so deputies did not return fire.  A trained negotiator was called in and the man surrendered after several hours on the scene with no injuries. 

  

THREE ARRESTED AS DEPUTY INTERRUPTS BURGLARY     

Three suspects are charged after a Boone County deputy interrupted a home burglary, Monday morning.  The incident occurred just before 4am in the 3000 block of Hancock Hill Road.  The deputy was checking on a home that had recently been burglarized when he allegedly saw three suspects running from the home.  42 year old Rusty Modglin, 35 year old Amanda Baker and 23 year old Samuel Evans were all arrested for burglary, stealing and resisting arrest. 

  

EASTERN MO TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED      

A Winfield teenager was seriously injured when his car ran off Route 47 in Lincoln County, Monday afternoon.  17 year old Chandler Hollingsworth, of Winfield, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.  The accident occurred at around 1:40pm.  The patrol says Hollingsworth was ejected from his eastbound car when it ran off the roadway, struck a utility pole and two utility boxes and overturned. 




08/04/14

 

MACON SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY   

Macon Police say a suspect is in custody in connection with a felony investigation involving accusations of sexual offenses against a minor.  On Friday, police were looking for 51 year old Robert D. Mausser, of Macon, on an arrest warrant for statutory rape, child molestation and furnishing pornographic material to a minor.  When he learned of the investigation, officers say Mausser left his residence and made comments about harming himself.  Police say the suspect was taken into custody over the weekend. 

  

WOMAN ARRESTED AT MOBERLY CORRECTIONAL CENTER    

Moberly Police arrested a Cape Girardeau woman, over the weekend, after she allegedly attempted to pass drugs to an inmate at the Moberly Correctional Center.  Officers say 35 year old Tina Marie Kreiman was arrested at the prison Saturday morning and four small baggies of heroin were recovered.  She is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE LOCATE MISSING JUVENILE 

Chillicothe Police located a missing northwest Missouri juvenile on Sunday.  Officers received information from Andrew County officials, regarding a missing female juvenile from the Village of Country Club, MO possibly being in the Chillicothe area.  She was located unharmed in the 300 block of West Business 36 and was taken into protective custody without incident. 

  

MACON TEEN HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT   

A Macon teenager was treated for moderate injuries, over the weekend, after an ATV accident on Private Property just north of Macon.   It occurred Saturday night at around 9:30pm.  13 year old Nikolas J. Hulett, of Macon, was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital.  The patrol says he was driving an ATV up an embankment when it began to overturn.  He was ejected from the ATV and it rolled onto him. 

  

THREE COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS    

Columbia Police are investigating three ‘shots fired’ incidents, which occurred within an hour, in the early morning hours Saturday.  In the third of those incidents, a Columbia man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  The first call came in just after 1:30am, in front of Sidelines Bar, near the intersection of Rangeline and Big Bear Boulevard.  The second occurred at around 2:15am at the Auto Zone on the Business Loop.  The third call came in at around 2:30am near Derby Ridge Drive and Avatar Court.  There, officers found a car with a window shot out and evidence of blood.  That victim later turned up at an area hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.  All three incidents remain under investigation. 




07/31/14

 

CHILLICOTHE BRIDGE CLOSURE 

The City of Chillicothe has announced the closure of an area bridge, due to safety concerns.  Officials say the bridge over the railroad tracks on Livingston County Road 247, just east of Chillicothe, near Lowe’s Acres and the former Catfish Place Restaurant, has been closed to traffic, until further notice.  Major issues with the support beams and bridge structure were cited as the cause for the closure, which will continue until repairs have been made. 

  

ADAIR COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENED 

An Adair County bridge has reopened to traffic, after a repair project caused its closure for more than a month.  The Bear Creek Bridge, on Adair County Route KK near Millard, reopened to traffic Wednesday.  The bridge had been closed for a deck replacement project since June 23.  

  

MACON SEWER BOND ISSUE ON TUESDAY’S BALLOT 

In next Tuesday’s election, Macon voters will decide a unique bond issue, in which a ‘yes’ vote will result in less of a rate increase than a ‘no’ vote.  Macon Municipal Utilities has placed a $1.6 million dollar water and sewer bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot, asking voters to approve participation in the Department of Natural Resources low-interest loan program.  Officials say required improvements to the city’s sewer system have to be financed, with or without voter approval…but, passage of Tuesday’s issue would result in interest savings of 1.75%, totaling more than $300,000 dollars over a 20-year term.  

  

FEDERAL INDICTMENT AFTER DRUG OVERDOSE  

A St. Louis man has been federally indicted for drug trafficking after he overdosed on heroin in a Columbia hotel room, earlier this month.  43 year old Gustavo Ruvalcaba was treated by first-responders in a room at the Super 8 hotel in Columbia on July 14.  Officers responding to the report found heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, meth, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash in the room.  Ruvalcaba was charged Wednesday in a 4-count federal indictment.  A woman in the hotel room, Jennifer Foust, also faces four felony drug possession charges. 




07/30/14

 

FAYETTE MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED  

A Fayette motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 5, just south of Fayette.  77 year old Earl R. Turner, of Fayette, was flown to University Hospital by Staff for Life helicopter after the accident, which occurred just after 2pm.  The patrol says Turner was ejected from his northbound motorcycle when it ran off the highway. 

  

CHILLICOTHE COLLISION INJURES MOTORCYCLIST     

A Chillicothe collision sent a motorcyclist to the hospital with injuries.  Police say Brett Huett was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment after the accident.  They say a car driven by Matthew Case apparently failed to yield at the intersection of Webster and Jefferson Streets, in Chillicothe, and pulled into the path of Huett’s motorcycle. 

  

HIGHWAY 63 ROAD WORK SET TO BEGIN    

MoDOT has announced plans for work along the Highway 63 corridor that will affect traffic in the coming weeks.  Beginning Monday, crews will begin intersection improvements at Highway 63 and County Road 1635, just north of Cairo, which will result in a new median crossover at that location.  Also on Monday, contractor warranty work will be conducted on 63 between Macon and Kirksville.  This work is part of the original contractor commitment when that 4-lane project was originally completed.  Motorists will see lane reductions at times, beginning Monday, at the intersection north of Cairo and at various locations between Macon and Kirksville. 

  

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND      

The Missouri Department of Revenue reminds residents that the state’s annual ‘Back to School’ sales tax holiday is this weekend.  Beginning on Friday, the three-day event will allow shoppers to buy a number of back-to-school items without state sales tax.  A number of local entities are also participating in the holiday, including the City of Brookfield, Kirksville and Macon.  Qualifying back-to-school purchases include clothing, school supplies, computers and other items.  Again, the sales tax holiday begins at midnight Friday. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING CHILD    

A Columbia man is accused of multiple charges after allegedly breaking into a home Monday night and kidnapping his 7-month old child.  30 year old Marcus Terile Clark faces charges of burglary, parental kidnapping and property damage.  Police say he is accused of breaking into a home on Godas Drive by smashing a propane tank through a window and taking the 7-month old girl.  Clark was taken into custody without incident and the child was not harmed. 

  

INVESTIGATION NETS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES   

A Columbia man faces child pornography charges after an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s Cyber Crimes Task Force.  29 year old Tyler R. Creath, of Columbia, was arrested Tuesday at his home.  The investigation began last month, when the St. Charles Cyber Crime Unit downloaded child pornography from a computer in Columbia.  A search warrant was served at Creath’s residence earlier this month and authorities say hundreds of illegal images were found.  Creath was in custody, at last report, on $100,000 dollars bond. 




07/29/14

 

LA PLATA POLICE INVESTIGATE VANDALISM

La Plata Police are investigating vandalism, which occurred overnight Sunday night into Monday morning.  Employees at La Plata City Hall came to work Monday to find a side window broken and several computers, printers and other office equipment heavily damaged.  About $200 dollars in cash was stolen and a pet fish was killed.  Other La Plata buildings were also damaged.  Grandma’s Café had several items missing and the vandals also broke into the concession stand at Santa Fe Lake.  La Plata Police are seeking leads on the person or persons who committed the crimes.  Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT DRUG ARRESTS   

Chillicothe Police report the arrest of two suspects on drug charges, over the weekend.  A joint investigation with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office netted the arrest of Austin Dale Leepr and Shannon Wayne Bardwell, Jr., in the 800 block of Clay Street, on Sunday.  Both suspects are accused of distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and both are being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.  A third suspect has also been identified and charges are pending. 

Chillicothe Police also report the arrest of Travis Frohnhoefer, last week, on a DeKalb County warrant for possession of a chemical with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.  Frohnhoefer is being held on $50,000 dollars cash bond. 

  

A.T. STILL STUDENTS TO ENJOY MINI-TASTE OF KIRKSVILLE 

Incoming students at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine will get a chance to sample their new surroundings Tuesday, with the 15th Annual Mini Taste of Kirksville.  New students will sample the menu of several local restaurants and will also have an opportunity to learn about ATSU’s various student organizations during the event.  It will be held from 5 to 6:30pm Tuesday at the Thompson Campus Center in Kirksville. 

  

LIFE SENTENCE FOR CONVICTED COLUMBIA MURDERER   

A Columbia man was sentenced to life in prison Monday, in connection with the murder of 17 year old Tre’Veon Marshall, last summer.  Nicholas Thomas was convicted of first-degree murder and armed criminal action last month.  He was accused of fatally shooting Marshall at Columbia’s McKee Park on July 14, 2013.  Monday, Thomas was sentenced to life in prison.  Two other suspects face charges in connection with the murder.  Joshau Murray will stand trial beginning August 18.  Kimberly Huett-Linzie has pleaded not guilty to charges of hindering prosecution. 

  

ADULT ASSAULTS TEENAGE SHOW-ME GAMES UMPIRE 

Columbia Police say a Jefferson City man was arrested over the weekend, accused of assaulting a 15-year-old volunteer umpire at the Show-Me Games.  The incident occurred Saturday evening, in a parking lot behind the Gold and Black fields at Cosmo Park.   Officers say 36 year old Curtis Howell, of Jefferson City, was arrested for third-degree assault and released on a signature summons.  Police say the teenage umpire had just officiated an 8 and under coach-pitch baseball game that Howell attended as a fan. 




07/28/14

 

CAIRO DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHED AFTER CRASH  

A Cairo driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a collision on Highway 63, just north of Moberly, early Saturday morning.  73 year old David L. Messer, of Cairo, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:15am.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle was struck in the rear by another southbound car, driven by a Kansas City man.  After impact, Messer’s vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

MEADVILLE MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

A Meadville motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Saturday evening collision on Route 156, just west of LaPlata.  It occurred at around 5pm.  34 year old Benjamin King, of Meadville, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says King lost control of his westbound motorcycle and it overturned, ejecting him from the bike.  The motorcycle then slid into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by a LaPlata woman. 

  

ATV ACCIDENT INJURES HUNTSVILLE TEEN  

A Huntsville teen was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday evening ATV accident on private property, southwest of Huntsville.  16 year old Dylan Payton, of Huntsville, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Medical Center in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm.  The patrol says he lost control of an ATV while crossing a creek and it overturned. 

  

SERIOUS INJURY IN CARROLL COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A motorcyclist from Olathe, Kansas was seriously injured in a Sunday morning accident on Route C in Carroll County.  The patrol says 22 year old Brooke Babiuch was the driver of a westbound motorcycle.  He failed to negotiate a curve and was ejected as the bike overturned and struck a tree.  Babiuch was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment. 

  

FIVE HURT IN FULTON AREA COLLISION   

Five Fulton residents were injured, two seriously, when two pickups collided at a rural Callaway County intersection, on Saturday.  The patrol says 35 year old Leonard Hall, of Fulton, was southbound and failed to yield at the intersection.  Hall’s pickup pulled into the path of a pickup driven by 46 year old Darrell Fenton, of Fulton.  Hall suffered moderate injuries.  Two passengers, 28 year old Heather Hall and 6 year old Gunner Hall, were both taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Fenton and his passenger, 7 year old Lilly Hall, were both treated for moderate injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING ATV RIDERS   

A Columbia man was arrested Sunday evening, after he allegedly pointed a gun and threatened ATV riders near his home.  The incident occurred just before 8pm in the 800 block of Nancy Drive.  Witnesses say 63 year old David Baker confronted the ATV riders about their excessive speed.  He is accused of verbally threatening and pointing a shotgun at them.  Baker is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and assault.   His bond is set at $5,000 dollars. 




07/25/14

 

TWO CHARGED AFTER KIRKSVILLE METH BUST 

Two Kirksville residents face meth charges after a search warrant was served at a Kirksville apartment on Tuesday.  30 year old James Shea and 23 year old Lynnette Roberts, both of Kirksville, are charged with manufacturing meth near a school and the use of meth paraphernalia.  Both are being held on $100,000 dollars bond.  Authorities say the search warrant, at an apartment on East Illinois Street, turned up evidence of a meth lab in the basement of the home. 

  

MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY CRASH 

A Cameron motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries, after a Thursday morning accident on Highway 36, just south of Mooresville, in Livingston County.  It occurred at around 6:15am.  58 year old Barry Arthur, of Cameron, who serves as the City of Chillicothe’s Street Superintendent, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident.  The patrol says he lost control of his eastbound motorcycle as he attempted to slow for traffic congestion.  The bike turned onto its side and slid into a crossover. 

  

MAN AND SON HURT IN WRONG-WAY VEHICLE CRASH    

A Columbia man and his 7 year-old son were injured when a wrong-way vehicle collided with their car on Highway 63, Wednesday night.   Officers say 33 year old Kristine Moersch was the driver who was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of Highway 63, near the Boone County Fairgrounds.  She faces multiple charges, including two counts of assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.  The father and son were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Columbia area hospital 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN SENTENCED     

A Columbia woman, who faced allegations of felony stalking last fall, pleaded guilty to charges of property damage and resisting arrest this week.  49 year old Caroline Lazinger, of Columbia, was accused of ramming her car into two vehicles at her ex-husband’s home, and the fleeing police on foot.  Lazinger was sentenced to 45 days in jail and two years probation, following her guilty plea. 




07/24/14

 

MACON OLD-TIME FLYWHEEL REUNION UNDERWAY  

Macon’s 34th Annual Old-Time Flywheel Reunion gets underway today (Thursday) and continues thru Sunday at the Macon County Fairgrounds Park.  Exhibitors will be setting up all day today, while the 18th Annual Antique Machinery Auction gets underway at 10am at Lolli’s in Macon.  This evening’s schedule includes the baby show, with registration at 5:30pm, and the Little Mr. and Miss Contest, starting at 7pm.  Tonight’s live performance in the grandstand features the Nelson Family Singers.  A full schedule of events at the Old-Time Flywheel Reunion continues Friday and Saturday and concludes with a tractor pull Sunday afternoon. 

  

DOWNTOWN CHILLICOTHE HOSTS FINAL FREE CONCERT    

Friday evening, Main Street Chillicothe will present the final in its summer concert series in downtown Chillicothe.  ‘Tunes Under the Moon’ concludes with a performance by the Cornerstone Church at 6:30pm, followed by The Chambers Family Band, starting at around 8.  Bring your lawn chairs and the whole family for the final ‘Tunes Under the Moon’ performance, in downtown Chillicothe…Friday evening. 

  

STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES FORUM IN KIRKSVILLE

The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a candidate’s forum for the District 3 State Representative race, in Kirksville next Tuesday, July 29.  Two republican candidates, Nate Walker and Dr. John Bailey, are facing off in the August 5 primary election.  Both candidates will be on-hand Tuesday evening at the Mehegan Classroom, located in the basement of the Gutensohn Clinic at A.T. Still University in Kirksville.  The candidates will be available for open discussion from 5 to 6pm. A formal forum will begin at 6. 

  

MEXICO DRIVER HURT IN I-70 COLLISION      

A Mexico driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle collided with a semi on I-70 in Montgomery County, just after noon on Wednesday.  The patrol says a westbound semi, driven by 52 year old Charles Fifer, of Huntsville, was changing lanes when it struck a westbound car, driven by 64 year old James Prater, of Mexico.  Prater’s car then ran off the highway and struck median cables.  Prater was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries

  

FLAT TIRE CAUSES MULTIPLE FATALITY CRASH       

The highway patrol says a flat tire caused a head-on collision, which killed four and shut down the Niangua Bridge on Highway 5 in Camden County for much of the day Wednesday.  The patrol says a northbound dump truck, driven by a Warsaw man, had a flat tire, causing him to lose control and cross the centerline at around 8:30am Wednesday.  The dump truck collided head on with a pickup pulling a boat trailer.  The driver of the dump truck and three occupants of the pickup, all members of an Illinois family, were killed in the accident.  A 14 year old boy in the pickup was flown to Columbia with serious injuries.  The Niangua Bridge was closed to traffic until mid-afternoon. 




07/23/14

 

AUTHORITIES SEEK INFORMATION ON VEHICLE     

Livingston County authorities are looking for information on a vehicle that damaged crops in a local farm field last week.  On July 12, officials say a black Chevrolet pickup, with a dent in the tailgate and a red-colored ATV in the bed, trespassed and drove through a field in the 19000 block of Livingston County Road 304, causing approximately $2,500 in damage to crops.  Anyone with information on the vehicle is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 646-0515. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN CHILLICOTHE FORGERY INVESTIGATION   

Two Chillicothe men face forgery charges after their arrest on Tuesday.  Officers arrested Robert Earl Robo Burns, Jr. on two counts of forgery and theft from a motor vehicle.  Jacob Luke Carter was arrested for forgery.  Police say the arrests were the result of an investigation, which began Monday.  Both suspects were taken to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF RESIGNS   

Another update on Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole, who is accused of five felony charges.  Dole has submitted his resignation as Sheriff to Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.  In a letter to the Governor, dated Monday, Dole indicates he is resigning the position, effective July 31.  He is charged with three counts of permitting escape, in connection with accusations he illegally removed inmates from the Schuyler County Jail…and two counts of tampering with a witness, by ordering department personnel not to cooperate with the investigation.  Dole has posted bond and remains under house arrest, pending an August 7 court appearance. 

  

MONROE CITY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Monroe City man was seriously injured in a Tuesday night accident on Route W, just east of Monroe City.  30 year old Brian Ebers was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:20pm.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned.  A passenger in the vehicle, Ebers’ 30 year old wife, sought her own treatment for minor injuries. 

  

BUILDINGS STRUCK IN TWO COLUMBIA ACCIDENTS     

A pair of Columbia accidents damaged buildings on Tuesday.  An accident at around 2:30 Tuesday morning involved a 15 year old driver crashing a car into the El Maguey Restaurant on Conley  Road in Columbia.  Damage to the building was limited and there were no injuries.  At around 6:30am Tuesday, police say a domestic dispute, involving a boyfriend and girlfriend chasing one another in their vehicles, ended with the man’s car ramming the woman’s vehicle, pushing it into a car wash near Hanover and Clark Lane.  Both drivers were treated for minor injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA COUPLE ARRESTED FOR DRUGS    

Two Columbia residents face drug charges in Osage County, after their arrest, early Tuesday morning.  25 year old Eric Shreve and 21 year old Laci Shreve, of Columbia, are charged with multiple counts of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Osage County authorities say they responded to a suspicious person call.  They found meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the couple’s possession.  Both suspects are being held on $15,000 dollars bond. 




07/22/14

 

ACCUSED SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF IN COURT    

Schuyler County Sheriff Josh Dole was in court Monday morning, for a hearing on three counts of permitting escape and two counts of tampering with a witness.  Dole, who had been held on $50,000 dollars bond, posted $5,000 and was placed on house arrest.  He is scheduled for arraignment in circuit court on August 7.  Court documents allege Sheriff Dole illegally removed Schuyler County inmates from custody and took them to bars in Knox County and Sullivan County.  He is also accused of releasing two inmates to do labor at his home.  The witness tampering charges stem from allegations that he ordered two personnel under his command not to cooperative with investigators in the case. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE DETAIN THREE JUVENILES   

Moberly Police say three juveniles were taken into custody early Monday morning, in connection with a motor vehicle theft near the corner of Roberts and Walnut Street in Moberly.  Investigators say the driver of the vehicle was assaulted and taken to University Hospital for treatment of injuries.  Two juvenile males were taken into custody and a juvenile female was also detained after allegedly assaulting medical personnel.  The investigation has been turned over to Randolph County Juvenile Authorities. 

  

MACON ‘BATTLE OF THE BADGE’ BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY       

Macon’s annual Battle of the Badges blood drive will be held Friday afternoon, from 1 to 6pm, at the Comfort Inn in Macon.  Macon Fire and Police Departments and the American Red Cross encourage the community to donate during the event and to pick your favorite agency, in the competition between the Police and Fire Departments.  All who attempt to donate will receive a free t-shirt.  You can schedule an appointment online at red cross blood dot org, or walk-in at the Comfort Inn in Macon, Friday afternoon from 1 to 6pm. 

 

COLUMBIA SUSPECT ACCUSED IN THREE ARMED ROBBERIES  

A Columbia man was arrested Monday in connection with three recent armed robberies.  36 year old Deshawn Smith, of Columbia, was taken into custody Monday morning.  He is accused of robbing the Super 8 Motel on Clark Lane, Saturday night…then attempting to rob the Motel 6 on I-70 Drive, Monday morning and robbing the Fastlane 66 on Paris Road, about 30 minutes later.  Officers spotted Smith’s vehicle while responding to the Fastlane Robbery.  He was taken into custody after a short pursuit.  He is charged with three counts of robbery and three counts of armed criminal action. 

  

FULTON POLICE STOP ROBBERY, ARREST TWO       

Two suspects are in custody after Fulton Police stopped a potential armed robbery at a Fulton business, early Sunday morning.  Officers say they were investigating suspicious activity at a Fulton area business when they discovered Ohio residents Michael Arnold and Ash Short attempting to rob the business with a knife.  Both suspects remain in custody in the Callaway County Jail, pending further investigation. 




07/21/14

 

UNIONVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN SATURDAY CRASH     

A Unionville woman was killed over the weekend, when the golf cart she was driving was struck by a minivan on Highway 5, north of Unionville.  The patrol says 84 year old Marilyn T. Condra, of Unionville, was driving a golf cart on the shoulder of the highway Saturday afternoon, when she attempted to make a U-turn snd pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 39 year old Lisa Dahlberg, of Unionville.  Condra was killed in the accident.  Dahlberg did not seek treatment for minor injuries. 

  

MACON COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT INJURES ONE

A Macon County woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon ATV accident on private property, northwest of Callao.  21 year old Ashley Anselmo, of Anabel was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 2pm. She was a passenger on an ATV driven by 21 year old Bryce Gladbach, of LaPlata.  The patrol says it was traveling up an incline when it overturned. 

  

SPICKARD DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT  

A Spickard driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off a Grundy County road, Sunday night.  49 year old Robert Blozvich, of Spickard, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm.  The patrol says he lost control of his southbound pickup on a gravel road, about four miles west of Spickard.  It skidded off the road, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

FORMER BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON        

A former Brookfield resident was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison on child pornography charges last week.  44 year old Mark Jackson pleaded guilty in March to felony charges of possession of child pornography, which occurred while he was a Brookfield resident, between January of 2008 and November of 2011.  Jackson was sentenced Friday to 63 months in federal prison.  The case was investigated by the FBI, Kirksville and Brookfield Police Departments, the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit and the Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. 

  

MOBERY MAN ARRESTED ON HOWARD COUNTY WARRANT     

A Moberly man was arrested Friday on multiple charges involving a child under the age of 15.  Moberly Police say 30 year old Randall Wayne Braden, of Moberly, was taken into custody in the 700 block of North Ault Street.  He was wanted on a Howard County warrant charging multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy, abuse and neglect of a child and sexual misconduct.  Braden is being held on $100,000 dollars cash only bond. 

 

WEEKEND ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA MOTEL     

Columbia Police say an armed suspect robbed the Super 8 Motel on Clark Lane Saturday evening.  Officers responded to the report just before 7:30pm Saturday.  They say a male suspect brandished a handgun in the lobby and then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He is described as a slender black male in his 20’s, about 6 feet tall, and wearing a white t-shirt, dark jeans, a dark baseball cap, sunglasses and a white handkerchief covering his face.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




07/09/14

 

LIGHTNING SPARKS OUTBUILDING FIRE

Another damage report from Monday nights thunderstorms came in Tuesday, as lightning apparently sparked a fire in a rural Chillicothe outbuilding.  Firefighters were called to the blaze, which engulfed a shed on property in the 13000 block of Livingston County Route 251, early Tuesday morning.  Officials say a tractor, a jeep and tools in the building were a total loss.  There were no injuries. 

  

SERIOUS INJURY AS CONCRETE TRUCK OVERTURNS  

A concrete truck driver from Chariton, Iowa was seriously injured when his truck overturned on a Putnam County highway, Tuesday night.  25 year old Eric Storm was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, after the accident.  It occurred at around 11pm on Route 149, just north of Martinstown.  The patrol says the truck ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

THREE TEENS HURT IN UTV ACCIDENT  

Three northeast Missouri teenagers were treated for moderate injuries after a utility vehicle ran into a water-filled ditch in Ralls County.  16 year old Kailee Calvin, of New London, was the driver of the UTV, which was northbound on Bailey Bridge road, just east of New London.  It overturned after running off the roadway and into the ditch.  Calvin and two passengers, 16 year old McKenzie Johnston, of New London and 16 year old Taylor Picton, of Perry, were all treated for moderate injuries at area hospitals. 

  

TWO INJURED AS CAR RUNS OFF ROADWAY   

Two men were treated for moderate injuries after their car ran off a Cooper County road, late Tuesday night.  21 year old Dakota Tibbets, of Boonville and 35 year old Joseph Woodruff, of Franklin, were both taken to Cooper County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at 11:30pm.  The patrol says Tibbets was the driver of their westbound car.  He swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and the car ran off the road and overturned. 

 
PICKUP AND CONCRETE TRUCK COLLIDE  

A collision between a pickup and a dump truck on Highway 163, near Columbia, injured two Columbia residents, Tuesday afternoon.  63 year old Peggy Mallory suffered moderate injuries and 17 year old Blake Mallory was treated for minor injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 11am.  They were passengers in a pickup driven by 65 year old Larry Poe, of Columbia.  The patrol says he failed to yield to an oncoming dump truck while turning left onto Highway 163.  Additional crews were called to the scene to absorb a spill of diesel fuel at the sight of the accident. 




07/08/14

 

THUNDERSTORMS CAUSE WIND DAMAGE 

A strong complex of thunderstorms caused widespread wind damage across the area, Monday night.  Several area communities reported significant tree and power line damage, blocking a number of roadways and causing multiple power outages and scattered roof damage to a few homes and outbuildings.  The storms generated widespread wind gusts ranging from 60 to 70-plus miles per hour as they rolled through the area late-evening into the overnight hours.  There were no injuries reported.  Utility crews are still working this morning in several areas to restore power to those who were affected. 

  

TWO HURT IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION   

A Monday afternoon collision at a Kirksville intersection sent two to the hospital with injuries.  It occurred at around 2:30pm at the intersection of Baltimore and Northtown Road in Kirksville.  Police say a flatbed truck pulling a trailer, driven by Junior Perry of LaPlata, collided with a car.  Two occupants of the car, Kathleen Ledford and Wendy Kent, were both taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center with injuries.  Police are continuing their investigation. 

  

HARRISBURG DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH  

A Harrisburg driver was seriously injured when her car collided with a truck on Route 124 in Boone County, Monday afternoon.  37 year old Jacqlyn M. Burgener, of Harrisburg, was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 4pm.  The patrol says her westbound car crossed the center line and collided with the eastbound truck.  The truck driver, from Jefferson City, was not injured. 

  

COLUMBIA RESIDENT INJURED IN APARTMENT FIRE        

A Monday morning apartment fire sent a Columbia resident to the hospital.  Firefighters were called to the home in the 2400 block of Whitegate Drive, just after 2am.  They say smoke was pouring from the front of the building, but the fire was all ready out and damage was contained to one apartment.  One occupant of the apartment was taken to VA Hospital for treatment.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

  

SEARCH WARRANT NETS DRUG ARRESTS     

A search warrant served at the Columbia Crossing apartment complex, Monday afternoon, resulted in the arrest of three residents.  Police say they recovered drugs during the search, along with multiple firearms, including a handgun that had been reported stolen.  The three suspects have not been identified, pending the filing of formal charges. 




07/07/14

 

BROOKFIELD MAN HURT IN DIRT BIKE CRASH    

A Brookfield man was treated for moderate injuries after his dirt bike crashed on Private Property, just east of Brookfield, over the weekend.  The patrol says 25 year old Daron Bradley, of Brookfield, was ejected from the dirt bike when he lost control on a gravel road and struck a tree, at around 2:20 Friday afternoon.  Bradley was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital. 

 

BROOKFIELD COUPLE INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT      

A Brookfield couple escaped with just minor injuries when their classic car ran off Highway 5, just south of Browning, Sunday afternoon.  The accident occurred just before 3pm.  69 year old James S. Burris, of Brookfield, was the driver of a southbound 1936 Chevy, which ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.  Burris and his passenger, 65 year old Kathleen Burris, of Brookfield, refused treatment for minor injuries. 

 

JAMESPORT WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

A Jamesport woman was treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 36, just east of Clarence, Friday afternoon.  36 year old Michelle Stevens, of Jamesport, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 1pm.  She was a passenger in an eastbound car, driven by 16 year old Shane Odell, of Winston.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.  Odell was treated for minor injuries. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND SHOOTING

Moberly Police are investigating a shots fired incident, which injured a Columbia man, early Saturday morning.  Officers were called to Fisk Avenue in Moberly, just after 2am, to a report of a 29 year old victim being shot through the drivers side door while driving his vehicle in the area.  He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Moberly Crime Line at 269-TIPS. 

 

TWO HURT IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING SATURDAY NIGHT      

Columbia Police are continuing to investigate a shooting incident, which injured two women Saturday night.  Officers were called to the 300 block of West Worley Street, just after 11:30pm.  One injured 26 year old woman was found at the scene and taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  A 17 year old female victim was grazed by a bullet but did not require treatment.  Investigators say nearly 30 shell casings were found at the scene.  A suspect is described as a black male with long dreadlocks, possibly driving a silver Pontiac.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

FRIDAY EVENING SHOOTING STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION 

Police are also still investigating a shooting incident at Columbias downtown Optimist Park, which occurred Friday evening.  One male victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries in that incident, which occurred at around 7:15pm Friday.  Police say two black male suspects are being sought in connection with that shooting. 

 

TWO KILLED IN WEEKEND BOAT CRASH       

A Jefferson City man and woman were killed in a near head-on boat collision on the Gasconade River, over the holiday weekend.  25 year old Mary Talken and 48 year old Larry Hennifer, both of Jefferson City, were killed in the crash.  The patrol says they were both passengers in a boat, which was moving through a narrow passage on the river when it was struck by another boat at around 6:30pm Saturday.  Four others in the two boats were taken to area hospitals.  The fatalities were two of six total deaths reported on Missouri waterways over the holiday weekend. 




SHOOTING AT HALE POST OFFICE

Authorities are investigating a shooting at the Post Office in Hale Wednesday afternoon. KMBC TV reports a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said someone came into the post office and shot Michelle Bell, the acting postmaster a couple of times. Bell was reportedly the only one in the post office at the time of the shooting and was taken to a hospital where she was listed in critical condition. Investigators said the suspected shooter had self-inflicted gunshot wounds, but was alive when emergency crews arrived and was taken to a hospital. The suspects name has not been released, but investigators said he and Bell knew each other. The U.S. Postal Service said all mail in the building will be taken to Bosworth, while the investigation goes on. People will be able to pick up their mail in Bosworth starting today.

 

EXCELLO MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER APPEARS IN COURT

34 year old Zach Jefferson of Excello, the man accused in the shooting death of Jon Spurling of Harrisburg in 2011 waived his arraignment Wednesday and has entered a plea of not guilty to first degree murder and armed criminal action charges in Howard County Circuit Court. Authorities believe Jefferson killed Spurling due to an ongoing affair involving his wife who was previously married to Spurling. Jefferson has requested a change of venue to Randolph County and will appear in court again on September 3rd.

 

HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDS IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

The Boone County Sheriffs department says three people were arrested early Wednesday morning after a high speed chase that started in Columbia and ended on US 63 near the north city limits of Moberly. Boone County deputies requested assistance from the Moberly Police Department who were able to deploy spike strips on the highway. During the chase, deputies observed something thrown from the vehicle and later deputies recovered a loaded gun. 25 year old Nichole Helm of Kirksville was the driver. Two passengers were identified as 29 year old William Holcomb of Kirksville and 26 year old Sabrina Salsberry of Novinger. The vehicle they were in had been reported stolen.

 

DEER/MOTORCYCLE COLLISION RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

20 year old Richard E. Mendenhall of Unionville had minor injuries after being ejected from his motorcycle during a collision with a deer around 5:15 Wednesday morning on MO 5, just north of Pollock in Sullivan County. Mendenhall was transported by Sullivan County Ambulance to Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville for treatment.

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT ON COUNTY ROAD

29 year old Nicholas G. Kertz of Clifton Hall received minor injuries shortly before 6 oclock Monday evening when his vehicle collided with another vehicle driven by 67 year old Lloyd A. Kribbs of Huntsville. According to the report vision was obstructed in a sharp curve on county road 2130, approximately 4 miles south of Huntsville resulting in the collision. Kertz was to seek his own medical treatment.

 

NEW LONDON DRIVER RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES IN ONE VEHICLE WRECK

61 year old Roger A. Walton of New London was flown to a St. Louis hospital with serious injuries following a one vehicle wreck in Ralls County on US 61 at Route O, 2 miles north of New London around 8:05 Monday night. The patrol said Walton was southbound and attempted to make a turn at Route O when his vehicle collided with two road signs and traveled into the median.




July 2, 2014

 

CAIRO PASSENGER TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AFTER WRECK

A one vehicle wreck in Camden county on US 54 around 2:15 Tuesday morning resulted in minor injuries. The patrol reports 25 year old Michael L. Randall of Linn Creek lost control of his vehicle while traveling westbound and struck a guardrail. A passenger, 32 year old Jessica B. Landreth of Cairo sustained minor injuries and was treated at a Lake area hospital.

 

TWO FULTON RESIDENTS INJURED

A Callaway County wreck on Route J at Saratoga Drive around 3:18 Tuesday afternoon sent two people to University hospital. According to the Highway Patrol, 39 year old Sarah M. Lortz of Fulton made a turn into the path of another auto driven by 25 year old Uriah R. Osterhoff of New Bloomfield. Lortz, along with a passenger in the Osterhoff vehicle, 35 year old Angela M. Osterhoff both received moderate injuries.

 

TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

The Highway Patrol investigated a two vehicle collision on US 63, one mile south of Clark shortly after 6 oclock Tuesday morning. 75 year old Edward L. Walker of Bucklin was southbound when his vehicle struck a tractor trailer driven by 61 year old Robert S. Phillips of Higbee from behind. Walker received moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 

KIRKSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVED HIGH MARKS DURING FAA INSPECTION

From Heartland Connection dot com, powered by KTVO - Kirksville Regional Airport underwent a Federal Aviation Administration Inspection last week and received high marks. Only one discrepancy was found, and has already been corrected. That issue had to do with paint on the runway, and the amount of reflective glass beads found in the paint. The Public Works Department worked to fix the problem. The airport is also undergoing numerous improvements, such as purchasing new equipment and updating lighting. The Kirksville Fire Department also helped during the inspection to simulate what to do if an emergency situation were to occur.




July 1, 2014

 

Comment Period Closes July 3 for Regional Transportation Priorities List

Only a few days remain for Missourians to share their thoughts about the draft regional transportation priorities list that was released June 13 by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. Local planning agencies and transportation partners worked with the commission to develop the list, which was required as part of the provisions of Constitutional Amendment 7 which Missouri voters will decide on August 5th. The comment period closes at 5 p.m. on July 3. MoDOT has held public meetings in every region of the state to gather input and answer questions about the priorities list. Over 900 comments have been received so far. The entire transportation priorities list and an online comment form are available at www.modot.org/movingforward. After all public comments are reviewed; the draft list will be updated and approved by the commission at its July 9 meeting.

 

ACCIDENT IN BOONE COUNTY RESULTS IN INJURIES

An accident in Boone County on US 63 southbound at Hinton road shortly before 7 oclock Sunday night resulted in moderate injuries to a Kirksville man and minor injuries for a Moberly man. The Highway Patrol said the accident occurred when 29 year old Trevor W. Kenney of Moberly was attempting to cross southbound US 63 and failed to yield to another auto driven by 45 year old Ann M. Moots of Jefferson City. Kenney received minor injuries while his passenger, 21 year old Dazmine S. Wagnon of Kirksville sustained moderate injuries.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY WRECK RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES

A two vehicle accident on US 65 at Route K, 8 miles north of Chillicothe around 11:30 Monday morning resulted in minor injuries to both drivers. The Highway Patrol reports a southbound vehicle driven by 24 year old Derrick A. Norman of Chillicothe was stopped waiting to make a turn onto Route K and then turned in front of a northbound vehicle operated by 53 year old Thomas J. Moentmann of Norborne. The Norman vehicle received extensive damage while the other auto was totaled.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

From Heartland Connection dot com powered by KTVO, A report of a possible domestic assault in progress ended with a Kirksville woman behind bars on felony drug charges. The Adair County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on Highway 157 outside of Kirksville Saturday morning.

Deputies ended up arresting Amber True, 31, of Kirksville, one of the residents of the home. During a pat down at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center, the sheriff's office says a jailer found a small plastic baggie of a white crystal substance in True's front pocket. That substance was field tested and gave a positive result for methamphetamine. True is charged with one count of felony possession of the controlled substance, meth. The sheriff's office said she was released from the Adair County jail Monday afternoon on her own recognizance.




06/30/2014

 

MOBERLY RESIDENTS INJURED IN SCOOTER ACCIDENT SATURDAY

Moberly Police report an accident Saturday in the 700 block of West US 24 resulted in moderate injuries for two Moberly residents. According to the report, 17 year old Gregory Martin was westbound on US 24 when his vehicle struck a scooter, which had stopped in the roadway. The scooter was occupied by 37 year old Duane Collins and 23 year old Gabrielle Wells of Moberly and both were ejected from the scooter. Both were transported from the scene by Randolph County Ambulance for treatment. The Moberly Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

 

SHOOTING AT DOUGLASS PARK IN COLUMBIA SUNDAY

Columbia Police are investigating a shooting incident in the Douglass Park area. According to the report, officers were called around 11:30 Sunday morning and found two shell casings on the scene. The investigation is continuing.

 

MERCER COUNTY ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY

The Highway Patrol reports a Spickard driver was involved in a one vehicle wreck in Mercer County on US 65, 2 miles north of Spickard around 11:45 Saturday night. 39 year old Bryan J. Cox was southbound when he fell asleep and the vehicle he was driving went off the road. A trailer which was in tow separated from the vehicle and came to rest upright behind the vehicle. No injury information was available.

 

EDINA DRIVER INVOLVED IN KNOX COUNTY WRECK

An Edina driver was behind the wheel and failed to negotiate a curve at MO 6 and MO 15 in Knox County, one mile south of Edina around 10:30 Saturday night. The Highway Patrol said a vehicle driven by 30 year old Donald R. Bruegenhemke traveled across MO 15, down a steep embankment and came to rest in a water filled ditch.  

 

ACCIDENT IN KIRKSVILLE ON FRIDAY

From Heartland Connection dot com Emergency crews responded to the scene of a two car collision just after 7 p.m. in Kirksville on Friday. According to the Kirksville Police Department, a Jeep traveling northbound on Baltimore Street ran a red light at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Northtown Road and struck a vehicle traveling westbound on Northtown Road.

One driver was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries. Names of those involved where not released at the time of the report.  

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed in observance of the July Fourth Holiday this Friday, July 4. Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 7, 2014. Also, in support of "The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths," the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!




06/27/14

 

MARCELINE COUPLE HURT IN ACCIDENT  

A Marceline couple escaped with just minor injuries after their car ran off Highway 5, south of Marceline, Thursday afternoon.  The patrol says 74 year old Francis Mordecai, was the driver of a northbound pickup and 75 year old Betty Mordecai was his passenger.  The vehicle ran off the highway and struck a ditch at around 3pm.  Both were treated for minor injuries. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MEN ARRESTED AFTER CITIZEN TIP    

From heartlandconnection.com powered by KTVO:  Two Kirksville men face burglary charges after an alert neighbor noticed suspicious activity.  The Adair County Sheriffs Department says, in the early morning hours Wednesday, an alert homeowner on Motter Hill Way observed a suspicious vehicle driving slowly past his home.  He then saw the vehicle backed up to an open shed on a neighbors property.  It was later discovered that the shed had been burglarized.  A description of the vehicle and its last known direction gave authorities the information they needed to locate the vehicle in the Greentop area.  The driver, 20 year old Dustin Partin, of Kirksville, was taken into custody and further investigation led officers to a second suspect, 27 year old Spencer Jacques, of Kirksville.  Both are charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools.  Theyre being held on $25,000 dollars cash only bond. 

 

MISTRIAL DECLARED IN HIGBEE MANS CASE   

The trial of a Higbee man, who is accused of setting his wife and house on fire last year, was over before it began Thursday morning.  Jury selection was set to get underway Thursday in the trial of Willard Hunt, of Higbee.  Randolph County Prosecutor Mike Fusselman declared a mistrial after information that had not been made available to both attorneys was discussed in open court.  Judge Scott Hayes agreed with the mistrial and set a new trial date of October 14.  The case has been moved to Carroll County on a change of venue.  Hunts wife, Connie, continues to recover from severe burn injuries in the incident, which occurred in June of last year. 

 

TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION   

An Ashland man was seriously injured and a Sturgeon driver escaped with minor injuries in an early-morning collision on northbound 63 in Boone County.  The accident occurred just after 1 oclock this morning.  The patrol says a pickup pulling a trailer and driven by 40 year old Tommie Devore, of Mexico, was attempting to execute a 3-point turn in the northbound lane when a car driven by 22 year old Mallory Embree, of Sturgeon, crested a hill and struck the trailer.  Embree was treated for minor injuries.  Her passenger, 23 year old Alexander Wiesner, of Ashland was seriously injured.  Both were taken to University Hospital. 

 

STOLEN COPPER WIRE INTERRUPTS PHONE SERVICE 

Stolen copper wiring from a south Columbia construction site interrupted telephone service for a number of residents on Thursday.  Authorities say between 200 and 300 feet of copper wiring was taken from the site, near the Blue Acres Mobile Home Park.  The theft interrupted landline service to the area for several hours.  It remains under investigation. 

 

VIETNAM MEMORIAL ON DISPLAY IN BOONVILLE      

A traveling Vietnam Memorial is on display in Boonville this week.  The memorial is 250 feet long, about half the size of the actual memorial in Washington DC.  Several Boonville organizations and businesses made donations to help fund the memorials visit to Boonville, which cost about $5,000 dollars.  The public is welcome to visit the wall for free while it is up for display, in the 700 block of Main Street in Boonville. 




06/26/14

 

LACLEDE WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT

A Laclede woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a gravel road, just west of Brookfield, Wednesday morning.  The highway patrol says 62 year old Vivian G. Davis, of Laclede, was eastbound on Galaxy Road, just before 10 oclock Wednesday morning, when her car ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.  She was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries. 

  

AUTOPSY RESULTS FROM DEADLY KIRKSVILLE FIRE  

From heartlandconnection.com powered by KTVO:  Preliminary autopsy results have been released in connection with Tuesday mornings deadly fire at a Kirksville mobile home.  Adair County Coroner Brian Noe says the results indicate the two victims, 78 year old Bernice Johnson and 54 year old Lynice Newton, died from smoke inhalation.  Noe says there was no sign of trauma or abuse to the bodies and no foul play is suspected.  Firefighters found the deceased mother and daughter inside the mobile home upon their arrival at the scene. 

  

ATLANTA HOMECOMING THIS WEEKEND     

The 2014 Atlanta Homecoming celebration is set to kick off tomorrow (Fri) evening and continue thru the weekend.  A pulled pork dinner will open the festivities, beginning at 5:30pm Friday, followed by the Little Mr. and Miss contest, live music by Keota and more.  A full Saturday schedule starts with a fishing derby and baby show in the morning, the Atlanta Homecoming Parade at 11am, a tractor show, car show, games and contests throughout Saturday afternoon, and a Saturday evening brisket dinner, sponsored by the Macon County Cattlemens Association, with live music by the Busted String Band.  The Atlanta Homecoming concludes with an Old Timers softball game on Sunday afternoon. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN FULTON DRUG BUST    

Two Fulton residents face drug charges after a bust by Fulton Police, the Callaway County Sheriffs Office and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force on Wednesday.  39 year old Brian Oldham and 30 year old Tabatha Cotton, both of Fulton, were taken into custody for intent to distribute a controlled substance.  Oldham is also accused of illegal possession of a firearm.  Officers say a search warrant served at a residence on Hawk Lake turned up more than 12 grams of a substance believed to be meth, along with drug paraphernalia, a firearm and some items of stolen property.

  

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT DAMAGED BY FIRE 

A Wednesday night fire damaged a downtown Columbia restaurant, but did not cause any injuries.  Firefighters responded to the call at Mackenzies Prime on Tenth Street, at around 11:40pm.  They found a shed attached to the rear of the structure engulfed in flames.  No damage estimate has been released and the cause of the blaze has not yet been determined. 

  

SHOTS FIRED INVESTIGATION IN NORTH COLUMBIA     

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred Wednesday night in north Columbia.  Investigators say multiple shots were fired, just east of the Brown School Road and Rangeline intersection.  No other information has been released and no injuries have been reported. 




06/25/14

 

MOTHER & DAUGHTER DEAD AFTER KIRKSVILLE FIRE 

A Tuesday morning mobile home fire killed two Kirksville women.  Firefighters were called to Shockeys Trailer Court in Kirksville, just before 5am Tuesday.  They were able to immediately enter the home and found two deceased occupants.  Adair County Coroner Brian Noe identified the victims as 78 year old Bernice Johnson and her 54 year old daughter Lynice Newton.  Officials say the fire apparently started in the living room.  They also say the trailer had multiple working smoke detectors.  A State Fire Marshals investigator was on the scene Tuesday.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH MAY STABBING DEATH  

A Columbia man has been arrested in connection with the May 28 stabbing death of his neighbor.  21 year old Charles T. Key, of Columbia, is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the stabbing death of 40 year old Richard A. Bennett, who was found lying outside his apartment on West Wilcott Drive, north of Columbia.  Key is being held in the Boone County Jail on $1 million dollars cash-only bond. 

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

A Columbia motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after he ran off Highway 163 at Rock Quarry Road, Tuesday evening.  The accident occurred at around 6:40pm.  21 year old Benjamin A. Temple, of Columbia, was the driver of the northbound motorcycle.  He was taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries after the patrol says he was ejected when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

MODOT PUBLIC MEETINGS CONTINUE      

MoDOT continues a series of public meetings to discuss Amendment 7, which will be on the August ballot in the state of Missouri.  If passed, the cent sales tax issue would fund a number of transportation projects in the state.  The public meetings are being held to outline those possible improvements and to answer questions about the issue.  Two more meetings are scheduled in our area for tomorrow (Thurs) eveningat the MACC Auditorium in Moberly and at the Milan Community Center.  Both meetings will run from 4 to 6pm.   Information is also available online at modot.org/movingforward. 

  

EXTRA WATER SAFETY MESSAGES ISSUED    

As we head into the meat of the summer swimming and boating season, Missouri law enforcement officers are urging extra caution in the water, after ten reported drowning incidents in the state, so far in June.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol oversees the states water patrol division.  The patrol says swimming in Missouri lakes and rivers can be dangerous even for adults and children who have good swimming skills.  Everyone is urged to use a life jacket and only get in the water when others are present. 

 




06/24/14

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOBERLY AREA COLLISION

A Huntsville teenager was seriously injured in a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 24, just west of Moberly.  18 year old Victoria R. Graham, of Huntsville, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 3:30pm.  The patrol says Grahams westbound car rear-ended a car driven by 18 year old Tobias McFadden, of Salisbury, as it was stopped in traffic.  McFadden was not injured. 

  

WHEELING WOMAN INJURED IN MACON AREA ACCIDENT   

A Wheeling woman was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Highway 63, just north of Macon, which occurred at around 2:45pm Monday.  61 year old Evelyn J. Evans, of Wheeling, was treated at Samaritan Hospital after the accident.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 52 year old Scott Merrow, of Wheeling.  The patrol says a vehicle driven by 36 year old James Kirk, of Macon, pulled from Lake Street onto Highway 63 and into the path of Merrows southbound car. 

  

FORMAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST MOBERLY SUSPECT     

Formal charges were filed Monday against a Moberly man, in connection with a pair of weekend armed robberies.  Prosecutors charged 42 year old Douglas Milton, of Moberly, with two counts of robbery and two counts of armed criminal action.  Milton is accused of armed robberies at the Moberly Subway Restaurant on North Morley, just after 6:30pm Saturday, and at the Break Time Convenience Store on South Morley, early Sunday morning.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER CHILLICOTHE COP  

Additional charges have been filed against a former Chillicothe Police Officer, who is all ready accused of attempted rape or sodomy.  40 year old Brent Schade is charged with tampering with a victim or witness in the case.  Schade has been in custody in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail since an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department resulted in charges of rape or sodomy and attempted rape or sodomy on March 5.  He also faces misdemeanor charges of hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. 




06/20/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION     

A Trenton driver was seriously injured in a head-on collision with a tractor-trailer on Highway 6, just west of Trenton, Thursday morning.  The Highway Patrol says they had received several complaint calls about careless driving by the westbound semi, which was driven by a St. Paul, Minnesota man.  The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 48 year old Gregory Delp, of Trenton, pulled off the highway and onto the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the collision.  The semi crossed the center line and traveled onto the shoulder and struck Delps vehicle head-on.  Delp was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton and then transferred to Liberty Hospital.  The driver of the semi was arrested on charges of assault and DWI. 

  

TRENTON MAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT    

A Trenton man suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Harrison County Route M, Thursday evening.  The patrol says 26 year old Daniel Hansen, of Trenton, was eastbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. Hansen was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital.  

  

CAR GOES INTO ADAIR COUNTY CREEK     

Emergency crews pulled an Adair County woman and a child from a sinking car in an area creek, Thursday afternoon.   They were called to the scene just after 2:30pm on Route B, northwest of Kirksville.  75 year old Phyllis Mills, of Greentop and a 4 year old child were trapped inside the car, which had apparently run off the highway, struck a bridge sign and an embankment and gone into Hazel Creek.  Mills was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  The child was okay. 

  

MEXICO MOTORCYLIST LIFE-FLIGHTED    

A Mexico motorcyclist was seriously injured when he ran off a Camden County roadway, while being pursued by law enforcement, early Friday morning.  The accident occurred at around 12:30am.  The patrol says 22 year old Ryan Helling, of Mexico, was attempting to elude Camden County Deputies when his motorcycle ran off the road, struck a road sign and a telephone pole.  Helling was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN FULTON SHOOTING INCIDENT     

Fulton Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Tuesday night shots fired incident.  Terrill Reynolds, who is believed to have been the shooter, and Kristi Reynolds, who was driving the car, were both arrested after officers found a handgun inside the vehicle that matched the one used in the shooting.  No one was injured in the incident, which occurred Tuesday night near Ninth and Jefferson Streets in Fulton. 

 

MISSING COLUMBIA WOMAN FOUND SAFE   

A Columbia woman who had been missing since Tuesday has been found safe, early this morning.  20 year old Cynthia L. Underwood had been last seen on Tuesday, near Clinkscales Road and Worley Street.  Authorities say she had a mental handicap and needed medication.  Columbia Police report that she was located early this morning and was in good health. 




06/19/14

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED AFTER INCIDENTS

A Chillicothe man faces charges in connection with a pair of incidents investigated by Chillicothe Police on Tuesday.  Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Walnut Street to a report of a peeping tom.  They also investigated a report of property damage and stealing from a motor vehicle in the 100 block of North Washington Street.  Santiago Saul Ramirez was later arrested for invasion of privacy and trespassing in connection with the first incidentand for tampering with a motor vehicle, property damage and stealing in connection with the second incident.  He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

TWO TEENS HURT IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION    

Two teenagers escaped with minor injuries when their pickup sideswiped a truck on Highway 36, just east of Chillicothe, Wednesday afternoon.  17 year old Madison Dodson, of Bogard, was the driver of the eastbound pickup.  The patrol says she slowed to make a right turn, then changed lanes to turn left and sideswiped an eastbound semi, driven by an Illinois man.  Dodson and her passenger, 19 year old Hope Dodson, of Bogard, were both treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center with minor injuries. 

  

WANTED MARSHALL MAN IN CUSTODY   

A Marshall man, who was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants, is in custody on $125,000 dollars bond, after his arrest by Marshall police, Wednesday night.  Officers say 24 year old Steven Dodson, of Marshall, was wanted on several outstanding failure to appear warrants in Pettis and Saline Counties.  He is also charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and burglary. 

  

FORMER BOONVILLE MAYOR DIES   

A former mayor of the City of Boonville has died this week.  81 year old Bernard Kempf died Wednesday morning as the result of a fall.  Kempf was Boonvilles mayor from 1990 to 2002 and was instrumental in bringing a casino to Boonville and in the development of the Katy Trail State Park in the Boonville area.  Booville city officials say they will move forward with a ceremony planned for next week to name a street Bernard Kempf Boulevard.  

  

MEXICO MAN ACCUSED OF SHOTS FIRED   

A Mexico man is accused of shooting at a car full of people in a Tuesday night incident outside a store he owns.  40 year old Richard J. Whipple is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and property damage after police were called to the 200 block of South Clark Street in Mexico.  Officers say a vehicle with several people inside was in the parking lot of his business when he told the driver the leave the property, then shot the vehicle with a handgun as it drove away.  Whipple is free on bond. 




06/18/14

 

NOVINGER AUTO REPAIR BURGLARIZED 

From heartlandconnectiou.com powered by KTVO:  Novinger Auto Repair and Sales is missing more than $30,000 dollars worth of equipment, after an overnight break-in.  The theft was discovered Tuesday morning.  Surveillance video shows a lone male suspect entering the business three times between 1:20 and 4:30am Tuesday.  The robber wore a hoodie, mask and gloves.  The owners are offering a $500 dollar cash reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect.  Anyone with information on the break-in is urged to contact the Adair County Sheriffs Office. 

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED AFTER INVESTIGATION      

A Chillicothe man faces multiple charges after his arrest on Monday.  Police arrested Kodi Lee Souders on charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and stealing, relating to an investigation from Sunday, June 1.  He is also charged with domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child, in connection with an incident on Monday.  Souders is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

 

NORTHEAST REGIONAL OFFERING SPORTS PHYSICALS    

Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville will offer free sports physicals for area residents, Thursday and Friday.  The physicals will be available at the William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville, Thursday from 7am to 4pm and Friday from 7am to 11am.  Officials say no appointment is necessary. 

 

KIRKSVILLES JAYCEE PARK REOPENED   

Kirksvilles Jaycee Park is now open for use.  The newly renovated park reopened to the community over the weekend.  The wading pool is open for the summer season, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and park shelters are now available for reservations.  Jaycee Park in Kirksville will host a neighborhood block party and grand reopening celebration Saturday evening, with games, treats and fun for all ages, from 6 to 8pm.  

 

EXTENSION OFFERING PARENT WORKSHOP     

The University Extension will hold a free 5-week parent education workshop series, beginning next week in Chillicothe.  The Building Strong Families series will focus on identifying and building on family strengths, communication and more.  The series begins Tuesday, June 24, from 2 to 4pm, at the University Extension Office in Chillicothe.  Call 660-646-0811 for more information or to register.  You can also register online and extension.Missouri.edu. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED BY CENTRALIA POLICE   

A Columbia man was taken into custody by Centralia Police after allegedly threatening to harm two victims if they did not have sex with him.  Officers say Mark E. Havrum, of Columbia, had been ordered not to have contact with the two alleged victims.  He also allegedly became aggressive toward officers when they attempted to arrest him.  He is charged with trespassing, sexual misconduct and assault on a law enforcement officer. 

 

FORMER BOONVILLE PRIEST SENTENCED TO PRISON     

A former Boonville priest pleaded guilty Tuesday to three counts of forcible sodomy and two counts of kidnapping, in connection with incidents involving three victims, which occurred more than 25 years ago.  Gerald James Howard, also known as Carmine Sita, was arrested in April in Bloomfield, MO.  The alleged incidents occurred in Boonville between 1983 and 1988.  He was sentenced to 12 years prison terms on each count, which will run concurrently. 




06/17/14

 

FOUR HURT IN SUV CRASH NEAR MARSHALL 

Four teenagers were injured when an SUV ran off I-70 at the Highway 65 interchange, south of Marshall, just after 2pm Monday.  19 year old Jonathan Terhune, of Belton, was the driver of the northbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway while attempting to merge onto I-70, and overturned several times.  Two passengers, 18 year old Faith Steele, of Shelbyville and 16 year old Brandi Bertleff, of Moscow Mills, were seriously injured and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.  Terhune and another passenger, 18 year old Noah Williamson, of Moscow Mills, were treated for moderate injuries at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 

 

COFFEY DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A woman from Coffey, MO was seriously injured in a Monday morning collision on Highway 6, just east of Gallatin.  42 year old Karen Henderson was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 11:40am.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 18 year old Jessica Henderson, of Coffey.  The patrol says their vehicle rear-ended a pickup driven by 67 year old Paul Caven, of Gallatin, when it slowed to make a left turn. 

 

CAMERON DRIVER AND THREE KIDS INJURED

A Cameron driver and three children in the vehicle were all treated for moderate injuries after their car ran off I-35 in Clinton County, Monday evening.  The patrol says 37 year old Tammy McMurray, of Cameron, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of the northbound car.  It ran off the highway, stuck an embankment and overturned twice, coming to rest on its wheels.  McMurray and three passengers, age 10, 13 and 13, were all treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN DROWNS IN CAR  

A Columbia woman drowned over the weekend when she was unable to get out of a car that rolled into an area lake.  A highway patrol dive team recovered the body of 27 year old Jerriah GioVonna Jordan, of Columbia, after the car rolled into a lake at Finger Lakes State Park, just before 2 oclock Sunday morning.  Authorities say her 28 year old boyfriend was able to escape the car, but the woman could not. 

 

MEXICO MAN SENTENCED TO 75 YEARS IN PRISON   

A Mexico man was sentenced to a total of 75 years in prison on Monday, on seven counts of sex crimes involving a 12 year old girl.  34 year old Andrew Thompson, of Mexico, was sentenced on four counts of statutory sodomy, one count of child molestation and a two counts of sexual misconduct.  Thompson was convicted by an Audrain County jury in April. 

 

AUXVASSE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD MOLESTATION   

An Auxvasse man pleaded guilty to a child molestation charge on Monday.  63 year old Ronnie Landis, of Auxvasse, admitted improperly touching an underage girl in July of 2012.  Landis was sentenced to eight years in prison, but after hearing testimony from the victims family, the judge suspended the sentence and Landis was placed on probation and required to complete sex offender treatment. 




06/16/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT 

An Illinois woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred over the weekend, west of Milan.  It occurred Saturday night, at around 8:45pm.  The patrol says 22 year old Alisha N. Johnson, of Macomb, Illinois, swerved to miss a deer in the roadway on Sullivan County Route PP.  Her car ran off the highway and overturned several times.  She was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. 

  

SERIOUS INJURY AS CAR RUNS OFF CARROLL COUNTY ROAD 

A Kearney driver was seriously injured when his car ran off a Carroll County gravel road, just south of Ludlow, Saturday night.  30 year old Ryan Carter was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident, which occurred at around 10pm.  The patrol says his northbound car ran off the roadway, into a field and struck an embankment. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN HEAD-ON COLLISION

Two Columbia drivers were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Boone County Route VV, just before 9:30 Saturday night.  The patrol says 48 year old Lisa Havrum, of Columbia, was driving her vehicle southbound in the northbound lane when it collided head-on with a pickup, driven by 30 year old Isaac Uftring, of Columbia.  Both drivers were seriously injured.  They were both treated at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

HARRISBURG COUPLE HURT AS MOTORCYCLE STRIKES DEER

A Harrisburg couple both suffered moderate injuries when their motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway on Route 124 in Boone County, Sunday evening.  51 year old Gerald Nichols, of Harrisburg, was the driver of the westbound motorcycle.  His wife, 44 year old Dina Nichols, was a passenger.  Both were taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries. 

  

MEXICO TEEN KILLED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

A Mexico teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Route 15 in Audrain County, which occurred early Friday morning.  18 year old Michael Cunningham, of Mexico, died in the accident, which occurred at around 4:30am.  He was a passenger in a northbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Jesse Smith, of Mexico.  The patrol says it  ran off the highway and slid into a tree.  Smith was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries. 




06/13/14

 

DRIVER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH SCHOOL BUS 

A Thursday afternoon head-on collision between an SUV and a Columbia school bus killed an Auxvasse driver and injured the bus driver and a handful of elementary students.  Authorities say the bus was transporting two dozen students home from summer school at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School, when the driver of the SUV, 67 year old Edward Ferguson, of Auxvasse, apparently crossed the center line on Boone County Route Z, and collided head-on with the school bus.  Ferguson was killed in the accident.  The bus driver and four students were treated for minor injuries at Womens and Childrens Hospital in Columbia.  19 other students were taken to the hospital as a precaution. 

 

MISSING ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE   

Early Friday morning, Chillicothe Police located an elderly woman who had been reported missing out of Iowa.  Officers say the woman was driving her vehicle eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 36, near Mitchell Road in Chillicothe.  They determined that she had been reported missing and endangered.  The woman was taken into protective custody until a relative arrived. 

 

FAYETTE SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES LAWSUIT  

The Fayette School District has settled a lawsuit filed by the American Humanist Association.  The lawsuit accused the Fayette School District of promoting religion in the districts public schools.  Fayette officials say the district determined that all allegations set forth in the lawsuit were false, misleading or taken out of context.  One violation was confirmed as accurate.  The district admitted providing information about weekly prayer meetings during the schools morning announcements.  The district says it will make the appropriate changes to school policy on that matter. 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON IN CHILLICOTHE FRIDAY 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be in Chillicothe this afternoon for a roundtable discussion with local officials, concerning the impact of special breaks and exemptions passed in the Missouri legislature, which were vetoed by the Governor this week.  The roundtable meeting will begin at 2pm at the Chillicothe City Hall. 

 

WALK OF HEROES DEDICATION KICKS OFF WEEKEND  

More than 500 engraved bricks, honoring Brookfield area residents and family members who have served our country, will be dedicated this evening at the Brookfield Twin Parks.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Walk of Heroes Dedication ceremony, which begins at 5:30pm.  It will kick off the first annual Brookfield Twin Parks Summer Festival.  Following the dedication ceremony, a Back Road Cruizers parade down Main Street will be held.  Their car show in the west Twin Parks will be one of the highlights of a day-long schedule of events. 

 

GUILTY VERDICT IN BOONE COUNTY MURDER CASE    

A Kansas City man has been found guilty of robbery, murder and armed criminal action, in connection with the Columbia area shooting death of Anthony Unger of Jefferson City, last summer.  Domionte Cheatum was on trial in Boone County this week.  The jury deliberated about three hours Thursday evening before handing down a guilty verdict on all counts.  Prosecutors accused Cheatum of shooting Unger to death during a drug deal, near Robinsons Cleaners on Conley Road in Boone County, last June 23. 




06/12/14

 

THREE ARRESTS AFTER BEVIER BURGLARY  

An investigation into a Bevier burglary has resulted in multiple charges against three suspects.  On June 6, Macon County Sheriffs Deputies were called to a burglary report at a vacant residence on Elm Street in Bevier.  Evidence obtained led to search warrants at residences in both Bevier and New Cambria.  37 year old Rodney S. Kiel, of Marceline and 29 year old Jessica D. Shoemaker of Bevier were both arrested and are both charged with burglary, stealing and trespassing.  Also, 30 year old Jonathan (Bobby) R. Boyd, of New Cambria, was arrested on a burglary charge, as well as a count of distributing a controlled substance.  Additional charges were also later filed against Jessica Shoemaker, including distributing a controlled substance, forgery and passing bad checks.

 

THREE HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION 

A Wednesday morning collision on northbound Highway 63, just north of the Hallsville 124 Junction, injured three occupants of two vehicles.  The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 64 year old Edward McCoy of Clark, had turned onto 63 and was accelerating when it was struck in the rear by a northbound car, driven by 54 year old Melissa Harvey, of Round Rock, Texas.  McCoy suffered moderate injuries, as did a passenger in the car, 79 year old Alfreeda Harvey of Columbia.  Melissa Harvey escaped with minor injuries.  All three were treated at Columbia area hospitals. 

 

MOBERLY RAILROAD DAYS GETS UNDERWAY

Moberly Railroad Days got underway Wednesday night and continues thru the weekend in and around downtown Moberly.  Another night of entertainment is scheduled this evening on the main stage, with carnival armbands good from 6 to 10pm.  Fridays schedule is highlighted by the Art Crawl from 4 to 8pm and the YMCA Glow Run starting at 9pm.  Saturdays events will be non-stop, starting with the car show and baby show in the morning and a full schedule of entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening.  Dont miss Moberly Railroad Days, all weekend long. 

 

SALISBURY STEAK FESTIVAL STARTS THURSDAY   

The Annual Salisbury Steak Festival gets underway this evening and continues thru Saturday.  Tonights schedule is highlighted by the Steak Festival Scholarship Pageant at 7pm and opening night for the carnival, starting at 6pm.  Back-to-back nights of rodeo action will get underway Friday evening, along with a full schedule of live entertainment both Friday and Saturday.  Saturday evenings annual Steak Supper will get underway at 4:30pm. 

 

TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED      

Columbia Police are seeking two suspects after a robbery, including shots fired, was reported in north Columbia, early Wednesday morning.  Officers say two men approached a male victim in a parking lot at around 1:30am.  Two shots were fired during their struggle and the victim was hit in the head with a pistol.  The two suspects fled in separate vehicles.  The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. 

 

POLICE SEEK COLUMBIA BREAK-IN SUSPECT   

Columbia Police are investigating a break-in at a home at the Cottages of Columbia on Nifong Boulevard, which occurred early Wednesday morning.  A female victim says a male suspect broke into the home through a window, entered her bedroom, punched her in the face and then fled.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers




06/11/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES    

A Kirksville man faces multiple charges for incidents involving two underage boys. Prosecutors say 54 year old Tracey Lee Potter, of Kirksville, is charged with burglary, forcible sodomy, two counts of attempted statutory rape, two counts of supplying liquor to a minor and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Potter is accused of enlisting the two victims, age 15 and 16, to help him commit a burglary in Kirksville.  Potter then allegedly took the boys to his home and provided them with meth, marijuana and alcohol and then allegedly sexually molested them.  He is being held on $150,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

SEVEN ARRESTED IN ALLEGED METH CONSPIRACY 

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including federal Marshals, arrested seven north Missouri residents Tuesday, with all facing charges for their alleged participation in a methamphetamine conspiracy.  The suspects are accused of manufacturing meth, beginning as early as 2009 thru last year, in Adair and Knox Counties.  33 year old Jonathan R. Prebe, 28 year old Jessica A. Rudd and 43 year old Jerry E. Davis, all of Edina, 51 year old Sarah S. Baker, of Brashear and three Quincy, Illinois area residents were all indicted on charges of possession of pseudoephedrine for the manufacture of meth.  If convicted, each count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000 dollars. 

  

MACON COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY   

The Macon County Relay for Life is set for Saturday evening on the Macon R-1 School Campus.  Organizers say a total of 16 teams will participate in this years event, with a variety of food, games, entertainment and contests planned.  The Relay will begin at 4pm Saturday and will end around midnight.  Everyone is encouraged to attend and join the fight against cancer at the Macon County Relay for Life. 

  

TWO HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY COLLISION  

Fulton and Wellsville women both suffered moderate injuries when a car and a pickup collided on Highway 54 in Audrain County, just before noon Tuesday.  54 year old Linda Newell, of Fulton and 36 year old Deidre Brinegar, of Wellsville, were both treated at Audrain Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says Newell was a passenger in an eastbound pickup, driven by 37 year old Christina Logdson, of Fulton, which slowed to turn off the highway.  Brinegars eastbound car struck the pickup in the rear. 

  

HOWARD COUNTY BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION  

Howard County authorities are investigating a pair of daytime home burglaries along Highway 240, west of Rocheport.  Investigators say theyre looking into the possibility that the burglaries may be connected.  Theyre asking area residents to report any suspicious activity they may have noticed along that stretch of roadway, as the investigation continues. 

  

MOBERLY NATIVE CROWNED MISS KANSAS     

Congratulations to a former Moberly resident who is on her way to the Miss America Pageant.  23 year old Amanda Sasek was crowned Miss Kansas, last weekend.  Sasek is a Moberly native who is a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and is now studying as a graduate student at the University of Kansas. 




06/10/14

 

MACON MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON OFFICER   

A Macon man is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer after a weekend incident at a Macon residence.  Around 3am Sunday, Macon Police were called to a disturbance at a home on North Wentz Street.  They say the primary aggressor was 29 year old Derrick White, of Macon.  When they attempted to talk to him outside the residence, they say he refused to cooperate and became combative, striking and spitting on an officer and trying to grab equipment from an officers belt.  White has been formally charged with domestic assault, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.  He is being held on $45,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

HARRISON COUNTY TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Harrison County teenager was life-flighted to a Des Moines hospital after a pickup overturned on Route V, near Cainsville, Monday evening.  14 year old Tandy Allen, of Cainsville, was seriously injured when the pickup, driven by 16 year old Katelyn Stone, of Cainsville, ran off the roadway and struck an embankment, at around 6:30pm Monday.  The driver was treated for moderate injuries at Harrison County Hospital in Bethany. 

  

MARSHALL DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY CRASH   

A Marshall driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Route 139 in Carroll County, Monday afternoon.  The patrol says 47 year old Scott Hendley, of Marshall, was westbound when the hood of his vehicle came up and struck the windshield, causing him to run off the roadway and into a ditch.  Hendley was treated for moderate injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. 

  

WANTED FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN MOBERLY   

Officials say multiple area agencies worked together to complete last weeks arrest of 52 year old Steven Robert Judy, in Moberly.  Moberly Police, members of the North Missouri Drug Task Force, the Macon Police Departments Canine Unit and the Randolph County Sheriffs Department teamed up on Judys arrest, last Thursday.  He was wanted on felony arrest warrants, in connection with assault charges.  Police say a tip on Judys whereabouts led officers to Walker Automotive, where Judy attempted to flee on foot but was located and taken into custody.  During the investigation, 50 year old Sonny Hardin was also arrested for possession of meth.  Additional charges against Judy are pending.  He is being held on $105,000 dollars bond. 

  

MODOT SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON PLANS    

MoDOT has announced a pair of Open House-style public meetings this week, to get input on transportation plans.  The meetings will be held Wednesday afternoon at the Mark Twain Museum in downtown Hannibaland Thursday afternoon in the Student Union Building on the Truman State University Campus in Kirksville.  Both meetings will be open from 4 to 7pm, regional planning partners will be on-hand throughout the sessions.  Residents are asked to offer input on local transportation priorities in preparation for MoDOTs August 5 statewide transportation sales tax ballot issue.  On-line comment forms are also available at MoDOTs websitewww.modot.gov. 




06/09/14

 

JEREMY ORONA IN CUSTODY AFTER EXCHANE OF GUNFIRE

A two-week manhunt for a Livingston County suspect ended over the weekend with a pursuit in Linn and Macon Counties and an exchange of gunfire.  25 year old Jeremy Lee Orona, of Chula, had been wanted since mid-May, on multiple charges in connection with a Chula area burglary, along with felony probation warrants.  Just after 8 oclock Saturday evening, Chillicothe Police informed the Highway Patrol that Orona may be driving a stolen pickup in the Bucklin area.  A trooper attempted to stop the pickup, which resulted in a pursuit through Bucklin city streets and onto Macon County roads, where the vehicle was abandoned in a bean field and the suspect fled on foot.  At around 1:45 Sunday morning, officers determined Orona had been picked up by a female acquaintance in New Cambria.  Just after 2am, that womans vehicle was stopped on Highway 36, just west of New Cambria.  As officers approached the vehicle, a passenger, later determined to be Orona, fired a shot from inside the vehicle.  A trooper returned fire and struck Orona in the right leg.  He was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon, with a non-life-threatening injury.  Orona was treated and released and is now in custody in Macon County.  He faces charges of burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, armed criminal action, possession of stolen property and probation and firearms charges.  The patrol says multiple Macon and Linn County law enforcement agencies were involved in the arrest.  The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Highway Patrols Division of Drug and Crime Control. 

  

SALISBURY WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH   

A Salisbury woman was seriously injured in a Friday night accident on Randolph County Route B, just west of Higbee.  24 year old Kelsey Schnetzler, of Salisbury, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at 11:30pm.  The patrol says Schnetzlers westbound van ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

LINNEUS WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

A Linneus woman is recovering from serious injuries sustained in a Friday morning accident on Highway 5 in Laclede.  55 year old Darla Miller, of Linneus, was taken initially to Pershing Memorial Hospital after she was partially ejected from her pickup as it ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned, just after 8:30 Friday morning. 

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT 

A Kirksville woman suffered moderate injuries in a collision on Highway 63 just north of Millard, which occurred Saturday afternoon at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says 78 year old Allen McElhinney, of Laplata was the driver of a northbound pickup which hydroplaned during heavy rain and ran off the highway and struck an embankment.  A passenger in the pickup, 71 year old Beverly Wait, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN FACES STEALING CHARGES  

A Columbia man was arrested last week, after allegedly stealing guns and other items from his former employer.  23 year old Dustin Lipich is accused of breaking into Carls Towing and stealing several rifles, two handguns and five computer tablets.  Officers say they recovered the stolen items and took Lipich into custody after serving a search warrant on his apartment and the trunk of his vehicle. 




06/06/14

 

KIRKSVILLE PHYSICIAN CHARGED   

A Kirksville physician is charged with sex-related crimes involving two girls under the age of 15.  Prosecutors say 61 year old Dr. Robert Parsonson is charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of attempted statutory sodomy and one count of attempted enticement of a child.  Court documents accuse Parsonson of inappropriately touching one of the girls and investigators allege he exposed himself to the other girl.  Until this week, Dr. Parsonson was working as a primary care physician at Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville.  Officials say he was fired Wednesday after his arrest.  Parsonson is in custody in an undisclosed location. 

  

GREEN CITY MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY SODOMY

A Green City man is accused of statutory sodomy in connection with accusations regarding a girl under the age of 14.  59 year old Vincente Sanchez-Barcenas was arrested Tuesday after an investigation by the Sullivan County Sheriffs Office, assisted by the Department of Family Services, the Childrens Advocacy Center in Trenton and Milan Police.  Sanchez-Barcenas faces one count of first-degree statutory sodomy.  He is being held on $75,000 dollars bond. 

  

BROOKFIELD TWIN PARKS FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND 

Plans are set for the first annual Brookfield Twin Parks Summer Festival, coming up June 13 and 14.  The weekend will begin with the Walk of Heroes Memorial Dedication, Friday evening, starting at 5:30pm.  A full schedule on Saturday includes a Hidden Treasures Auction at noon.  The Twin Parks Revitalization Committee is looking for donations of your hidden treasures to be part of that auction.  Theyll be accepting donated items this weekend at 206 North Main, next door to Memory Lane Photography in downtown Brookfield, both Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4pm.  All donations are tax-deductible. 

  

FREE FISHING IN MISSOURI THIS WEEKEND  

The Missouri Department of Conservation invites residents to get hooked on fishing this weekend.  Tomorrow and Sunday are free fishing days in the state of Missouri, when anyone can fish throughout the state of Missouri without a fishing permit, trout stamp or trout park daily tag.  Some private fishing areas may still require permits and trespass laws remain in effect on private property.  Public fishing areas are available in every county in the state for the free weekend.  For more information on Free Fishing Days, go online to the Missouri Department of Conservations websitemdc.mo.gov. 

  

MOBERLY LOSES LONGTIME BUSINESSMAN 

Moberly mourns the loss of a longtime business owner.  77 year old William Bill Reid, who worked at, owned and operated Duval and Reid Clothing Company in downtown Moberly for a total of more than 60 years, died early Thursday morning.  Services for William Bill Reid will be held Monday at 10:30am at the Coates Street Presbyterian Church in Moberly.  Visitation will be Sunday afternoon at the Cater Funeral Home. 




06/05/14

 

NEW CAMBRIA MAN HEADED TO PRISON   

A New Cambria man has been sentenced to prison after allegedly attempting to establish an inappropriate relationship with a young girl online.  29 year old Mark Stephenson, of New Cambria, pleaded guilty Monday to a charge of attempted statutory sodomy.  He was sentenced to ten years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and lifetime supervision by Probation and Parole.  The charges stem from an investigation last fall, when Stephenson made contact with undercover officers posing online as a 13 year old girl.  Investigators say Stephenson repeatedly exchanged explicit photos and conversation and was arrested when he attempted to meet the girl at a Kirksville park. 

  

FOUR FACE DRUG CHARGES AFTER CHILLICOTHE BUST    

Four Chillicothe residents face drug charges after Chillicothe Police, The Department of Probation and Parole and the Childrens Division responded to a hotline call, Wednesday morning.  The investigation at a home in the 1700 block of Third Street in Chillicothe led officers to a second location, in the 600 block of Missouri Avenue, and resulted in the seizure of a meth lab.  29 year old Michael Holtzclaw, 27 year old Josh Holtzclaw, 27 year old Kelly Holtzclaw and 26 year old Sarah Holtzclaw were all arrested on charges of manufacturing meth, possession of meth paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.  Six juvenile children were taken into protective custody. 

  

TRENTON TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION    

A Trenton teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 65 at 28th Street in Trenton.  17 year old Cheyenne Sharp, of Trenton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 8am.  She was a passenger in a car, which was driven northbound on 65 by 20 year old Jesse Bruce, of Trenton.  The patrol says an eastbound vehicle, driven by 30 year old Zachary Ward, of Gilman City, pulled from the intersection into the path of their car. 

  

THOMAS HILL POWER PLANT WILL MEET NEW EPA RULES

Despite proposed new EPA regulations for coal-fired power plants, Associated Electric officials say the Thomas Hill power plant will continue to operate.  The officials say the plant has been upgraded to meet all previous regulations and it will change to meet whatever new rules are put in place.  The EPAs proposal is being debated by federal officials now.  If approved, it would require a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions by 2030. 

  

LIGHTNING LIKELY CAUSE OF COLUMBIA FIRE  

Investigators say a lightning strike likely started a fire, which damaged a set of duplexes in south Columbia, early Wednesday morning.  Firefighters were called to the 3700 block of Woodrail on the Green to find flames coming through the roof of one unit.  Strong winds helped spread the fire to three other units on the site.  All of the residents escaped the blaze.  One firefighter was treated for minor injuries. 




06/04/14

 

SEVERE STORMS POUND THE AREA     

Multiple waves of severe thunderstorms rolled through the area Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning, causing a number of hail and wind damage reports and widespread flash flooding, as up to four inches of rain fell in some locations.  The storms dumped up to baseball-sized hail along the Highway 136 corridor, from Princeton to Unionville, with multiple large hail reports in other locations for several hours.  Significant wind damage was reported in the Princeton area during the 6pm hour.  Strong winds also caused tree and power line damage through parts of Sullivan, Adair and Knox Counties later in the evening.  Adair County authorities reported significant tree damage in the LaPlata and Kirksville areas, with wind gusts measured at up to 79 miles per hour.  Across Central Missouri, roof damage was reported in the Slater area early this morning and a tree fell on a Columbia mobile home overnight, trapping a resident inside.  Several thousand customers in the Columbia area were without power early this morning.  Flash flooding was a widespread issue throughout the area overnight, and high water will continue to cause problems for much of the day today.  At least some sort of flash flood or aerial flood warning is in effect for a total of 28 central and north Missouri counties this morning.  Additional damage reports are likely to come in today, after residents are able to get out and assess things in the daylight hours. 

  

MISSING TEENS RETURN TO KIRKSVILLE FACILITY

Two teenagers who went missing from a Kirksville rehabilitation center over the weekend have both been found.  Officials say the two teens jumped out of a window and left the facility Saturday evening, in an apparent attempt to head to the St. Louis area where they are from.  Nathan Kennemore returned to the center on Monday and 16 year old Matthew Lewis was located Tuesday afternoon. 

  

MACON TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT  

A Macon teenager escaped with just minor injuries in a Tuesday afternoon accident on Route DD, northeast of Macon.  The patrol says 17 year old Collin Patrick, of Macon, was eastbound when his car ran off the highway, struck a ditch, a tree and a concrete post, at around 3:45pm.  He was treated and released at a Dr.s office in Macon. 

  

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN CARROLL COUNTY COLLISION   

A Bosworth woman and a Tina teenager were both treated for injuries after their vehicles collided on Highway 65 and Carroll County Route W, just after 9 oclock Tuesday night.  The patrol says 53 year old Karla Doss, of Bosworth, slowed to make a left turn and her truck was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 17 year old Dylan Rucker of Tina.  Doss suffered moderate injuriesRucker sustained minor injuries.  Both were treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. 

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT   

A Boone County man faces multiple charges after a search warrant was served at his home on Tuesday.  28 year old Ryan S. Sparkman is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.  Deputies say they found an active meth lab in the home, along with three children ranging in age from 8 months to five years.  Sparkman is in custody in the Boone County Jail. 




06/03/14

 

DAMAGING THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE TONIGHT

The National Weather service says a potent storm system could produce significant severe weather across parts of north Missouri this evening and overnight.  Forecasters say a few scattered strong thunderstorms could develop late this afternoon and evening.  But the highest threat for widespread severe weather will come overnight, as a large thunderstorm complex tracks from Nebraska and Southwestern Iowa into far north Missouri, bringing a threat for widespread damaging winds to locations from the Highway 36 corridor to the Iowa line.  Other areas, as far south as the I-70 corridor are under a slight risk for a few scattered severe weather events.  Also, a flash flood watch is in effect, along and north of the Highway 6 corridor, where the heaviest rainfall is expected overnight. 

 

MARCELINE MAN INJURED IN DIRT BIKE CRASH 

A Marceline man was treated for moderate injuries after a dirt bike accident on private property, south of Marceline, Monday afternoon.  20 year old Trevor Astemborski, of Marceline, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 2:20pm.  The patrol says he lost control of his dirt bike and was ejected from the bike when it struck a ditch. 

 

GORDON SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS     

A former Brookfield man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday afternoon, in connection with a fatal Columbia accident, which occurred in 2012.  22 year old Spencer Gordon pleaded guilty in March to one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault.  He was accused of driving drunk when the accident occurred, killing a 24 year old woman and causing serious injuries to two others. 

 

TWO BOYS MISSING FROM KIRKSVILLE REHAB CENTER   

Authorities are looking for two boys who went missing from a Kirksville rehabilitation center over the weekend.  It is believed Nathan Kennemore and Matthew Lewis jumped out of a window and left the center at around 8 oclock Saturday evening.  The two may be attempting to head to the St. Louis area, where they are from.  Authorities say they need their medication and may be in danger.  Kennemore is 6-2 and 205 pounds, with dark shaggy hair.  He was last seen wearing jeans and a blue t-shirt.  Lewis is 5-8 and 150 pounds with brownish blond hair and was wearing jeans and a black t-shirt.  Anyone with information on their whereabouts should contact Kirksville Police. 

 

ORONA STILL WANTED BY LIVINGSTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES

Livingston County authorities continue the search for 25 year old Jeremy Lee Orona, of Chula, who is wanted on active warrants for burglary, forgery and stealing.  Orona is also a suspect in the recent theft of a vehicle from a rural Chula residence.  The Livingston County Sheriffs Department says information and tips suggest Orona has been involved in additional activity in the Liberty, Kansas City and/or St. Joseph areas.  The stolen vehicle was recovered by St. Joseph Police Monday morning, but Orona eluded capture.  Anyone with information on his wherabouts is urged to contact your local authorities. 

 

FARM TRACTOR ACCIDENT CAUSES MODERATE INJURIES

A Pennsylvania man suffered moderate injuries in a farm tractor accident on a Randolph County road, on Monday.  80 year old Howard E. Meyer, of Slippery Rock, PA, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident.  It occurred at around noon Monday.  The patrol says the unattended farm tractor went out of gear and began rolling backwards.  Meyer climbed onto the tractor but was unable to get it stopped.  He was ejected when it rolled into a ditch. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT   

A Columbia man is charged with assault, assault of an officer, interfering with arrest and possession of a controlled substance.  52 year old Glen Cotton, of Columbia, was arrested Sunday, shortly after he was released from the hospital.  Cotton is accused of forcing his way into a home on North Williams Street and assaulting male and female victims with a bottle, cans of food and a hammer.  He then resisted officers attempts to take him into custody.  No significant injuries were reported. 




06/02/14

 

BROOKFIELD COUPLE HURT IN SUNDAY COLLISION

A Brookfield couple were injured in a collision on Highway 63, just north of Cairo, Sunday morning.  68 year old Robert J. Sims, of Brookfield was treated for moderate injuries and his wife, 66 year old Connie Sims, sustained minor injuries.  Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The patrol says a southbound pickup, driven by 71 year old Ronald Switzer, of Excello, made a left turn from the right lane of southbound 63, and turned into the path of Sims southbound SUV. 

  

LAPLATA TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A LaPlata teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon accident on Route 3, just south of Kirksville.  19 year old Landon Foster, of LaPlata, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1:45pm.  The patrol says Foster was ejected from his southbound vehicle when it ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

NORTH MISSOURI MAN SCHEDULED FOR EXECUTION   

A north Missouri meth dealer, convicted of killing another drug dealer in 1995, is scheduled to be put to death next month.  The Missouri Supreme Court has set the execution of John Middleton, of Mercer County, for July 16 at 12:01am, at the state prison in Bonne Terre.  Middleton was sentenced to death after his 1997 conviction in the shooting death of Iowa resident Alfred Pinegar, in a Harrison County farm field.  Court documents say Pinegar was also dealing meth and that Middleton shot him to death because he thought Pinegar was going to turn him in to authorities.  Middleton was also convicted of killing two others in 1995. 

  

BOONE COUNTY ARMED ROBBERY REPORT  

Boone County authorities are seeking two suspects in connection with the armed robbery of the Fastlane Convenience store in northern Boone County, late Sunday night.  Deputies say the two suspects robbed the store on Hinton Road at around 11:30pm  They have not yet released suspect descriptions of the men.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN DROWNED OVER THE WEEKEND  

A Columbia man drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks over the weekend.  The water patrol says 25 year old Adam Pedego, of Columbia, jumped into the water from the deck of a boat after a passenger riding on the bow feel in, late Friday night.  The passenger who fell in and two others who jumped in to help all resurfaced.  Pedego did not.  His body was recovered Saturday morning. 

  

BUNCETON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES     

A Bunceton man, who was critically injured in a head-on collision near Boonville last week, died from his injuries over the weekend.  22 year old Geoffrey Henderson, of Bunceton, was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries after his car was struck head-on by a pickup, Thursday afternoon.  Henderson died Saturday at the hospital. 




05/30/14 UPDATE

 

HUNTSVILLE CHILD KILLED IN UTV ACCIDENT

A 12 year old Huntsville boy was killed when the utility vehicle he was driving overturned on private property, just northeast of Huntsville, Friday morning.  The highway patrol says 12 year old Joey D. Fifer was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at around 9:50am.  According to the patrol report, he was backing the UTV when it struck a wood pile and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle. 

 

TEENAGERS BODY RECOVERED FROM MISSOURI RIVER

Search crews recovered the body of a 17 year old from the Missouri River, near Coopers Landing, on Friday.  The Boone County Sheriffs Department says Eric Alvarado was reported missing after he went underwater while swimming with friends Thursday night.  The body was found about 30 feet from shore, at around 10:30am Friday. 




05/30/14

 

TEEN MISSING ON MISSOURI RIVER  

The search will continue Friday morning for a missing teenager on the Missouri River.  911 calls came in at around 7pm Thursday, saying that a 17 year old was swimming with friends near Coopers Landing in Boone County, when he disappeared under the water and didnt resurface.  Boone County emergency crews had to call off the search late Thursday night, due to dangerous river conditions.  They will resume the search this morning. 

  

TWO SERIOUS INJURIES IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 

Two persons were seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon accident on Boone County Route O.  It occurred at around 3:20pm.  The patrol says a southbound car driven by 22 year old Mokihana Blandine, of Columbia, ran off the highway and struck a tree.  Blandine and a passenger in the car, 20 year old Andrew Prevo, of Sturgeon, both suffered serious injuries.  They were both taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

TWO HURT IN COOPER COUNTY COLLISION  

Two drivers were injured in a collision on Route 87 in Cooper County, which occurred at around 1:30 Thursday afternoon.  The patrol says a southbound pickup, driven by 82 year old Jerry McKee, of Fayette, crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming car driven by 22 year old Geoffrey Henderson, of Bunceton.  Henderson was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries.  McKee was taken to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

CHILLICOTHE TUNES UNDER THE MOON FRIDAY NIGHT     

Main Street Chillicothe welcomes everyone to the first of three free concerts in downtown Chillicothe this summer.  The first of the Tunes Under the Moon summer concert series will be held Friday evening at Silver Moon Plaza.  Tonights concert will feature 23 year old singer-songwriter Casi Joy, from Smithville, with local opening act, Rocky Ford taking the stage beginning at 6:30pm.  Bring your lawn chairs for this free event, at Sillver Moon Plaza in downtown Chillicothe. 

  

PERSHING HEALTH SYSTEM OFFERS FREE EXAMS  

Pershing Health System of Brookfield has announced a schedule of free wellness exams for Linn County students.  The first date for those free exams is tomorrow (Saturday, May 31).  Any student living within any of the school districts of Linn County is eligible for the free exams, which will be available from 9am to 1pm tomorrow in the lower level of the Applegate Medical Clinic, located across the street from Pershing Memorial Hospital.  MSHSAA-required physicals will be provided as part of the exams, just bring you form with you.  Three additional Saturday exam dates are scheduled - June 28, July 19 and August 2. 




05/29/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR PURDIN DRIVER  

A Purdin driver was seriously injured when her vehicle ran off a Sullivan County road, Wednesday evening.  34 year old Candice M. McIntosh, of Purdin, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5pm on River Road, just west of Milan.  The patrol says her westbound vehicle struck a bridge rail, then traveled over the rail and into a creek bed, coming to rest partially in the water.  Two passengers, 40 year old Melinda Moon, of Milan and 16 year old Austin Medrano, of Camden, were both treated for minor injuries. 

 

FOUR VEHICLES INVOLVED IN KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT   

A four-vehicle chain-reaction accident on Baltimore Street in Kirksville, Wednesday evening, sent a driver to the hospital with serious injuries.  It occurred at around 5:30pm, in front of the Lincoln Square Shopping Center.  Kirksville Police say a southbound vehicle, driven by Melissa Miller, of Kirksville, struck a Conservation Department truck in the rear, pushing it forward into two other southbound vehicles.  Miller was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia, where she was listed in critical condition.  None of the other drivers suffered significant injuries. 

 

MARSHALL TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN COLLISION   

A Marshall teenager was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning collision at Highway 65 and 170th Lane, in Saline County.  The patrol says 16 year old McKinzey Breshears, of Marshall, apparently failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of an oncoming van, driven by 40 year old David Gault, of Atlanta, Georgia.  Breshears was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, with serious injuries.  A passenger in her vehicle and seven occupants of the van were treated for minor to moderate injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE COLLISION   

A Columbia woman was killed when her motorcycle struck an SUV at I-70 and Route Z, in Boone County, Wednesday afternoon.  51 year old Lynelle B. Pace, of Columbia, died in the crash, which occurred at around 1:40pm.  The patrol says an SUV, driven by 66 year old Michael Brooks, of Columbia, had exited I-70 and failed to yield at the intersection.  It pulled into the path of Paces northbound motorcycle.  Pace was ejected from the bike after impact and was pronounced dead after being taken to University Hospital. 

 

RENICK TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT    

A Renick teenager was flown to Columbia with moderate injuries after her SUV collided with a pickup at the Highway 63/Business 63 intersection in Renick, just before 7pm Wednesday.  The patrol says 19 year old Tiffani N. Miller, of Renick, attempted to make a left turn from the southbound driving lane and turned into the path of a southbound pickup in the passing lane, driven by 31 year old Cody Smith, of Columbia.  Miller was flown to University Hospital by Air Evac helicopter.  Her two-year-old daughter was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

 

BOONE COUNTY STABBING UNDER INVESTIGATION

UPDATE - the Boone County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that 40 year old Richard Bennett died from stab wounds suffered Wednesday night.       

Boone County authorities are investigating a Wednesday night stabbing incident, which sent a male victim to the hospital.   Sheriffs Deputies say the man was stabbed multiple times at a residence on West Wilcott, just after 9pm.  Few details on the incident have been released, as the investigation is ongoing. 




05/28/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN BROOKFIELD COLLISION   

The Brookfield Police Department has released details on a Monday night collision on Highway 11, at the northeast Brookfield city limits.  It occurred at around 10:20pm Monday.  Investigators say 44 year old Gerry Sportsman, of Marceline, was eastbound on Highway 11, when his SUV crossed the center line and collided nearly head-on with a westbound pickup, driven by 18 year old Zack Bragg, of Brookfield.  A passenger in Braggs vehicle, 15 year old Chandler Maxwell, of Brookfield, was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious, but non-life-threatening, injuries.  Both drivers were treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital. 

 

MACON DRUG ARRESTS NETS TWO SUSPECTS   

A 911 call about an erratic driver led to a pair of drug arrests by Macon Police, over the weekend.  It occurred Friday afternoon on Highway 63 in Macon.  Officers say the two occupants of the vehicle stopped at a business parking lot and switched places before they were pulled over as they re-entered the highway.  A consent search of the vehicle turned up a large amount of marijuana and another controlled substance.  29 year old Joshua England, of Macon and 36 year old Santonio Parker, of Kirksville, are both charged with possession.  England is also charged with DWI and Parker is charged with driving while revoked.  Both men are being held on $9,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

BURNED-OUT PICKUP REPORTED STOLEN     

Adair County authorities are investigating the discovery of a burning pickup on New Hope Way, northeast of Kirksville, Tuesday afternoon.  The call came in as a report of a fiery rollover crash, but when deputies arrived, they found the pickup had been backed into a brushy area and set on fire.  Further investigation revealed the truck had been reported stolen from a Queen City driveway, earlier in the day.  Anyone with information on the fire or suspicious activity in the area is urged to contact the Adair or Schuyler County Sheriffs Office. 

 

CENTRALIA MAN KILLED IN TUESDAY CRASH  

A Centralia man was killed and a woman was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a collision on Route 22, near Sturgeon, Tuesday afternoon.  88 year old Wendell Wehrman, of Centralia, was killed in the accident.  69 year old Karen Wehrman, of Centralia, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital.  The patrol says Karen Wehrman was the driver of their eastbound vehicle.  She apparently attempted to pass a tractor-trailer as it slowed to turn off the highway.  Her car collided with the semi and then struck an oncoming car, driven by 21 year old Brett Wallace, of Moberly.  Wallace was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.   

 

MEXICO MURDER SUSPECT MAKES COURT APPEARANCE  

A Mexico man, who is accused of killing his wife over the weekend, made his first court appearance Tuesday.  34 year old Ricky Harding, Jr. is charged with second-degree murder, domestic assault, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.  His wife, 34 year old Summer Hickman, died from a gunshot wound Sunday, during a domestic dispute in Hardings Mexico home.  Court documents say the couple were struggling for a gun when it discharged and struck Hickman.  Harding then allegedly drug her to the garage and the drove away without calling 911.  Four children were at the residence when the incident occurred. 




05/27/14

 

TRENTON DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT

A Trenton man was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center with serious injuries after his vehicle ran off I-35, just north of Cameron, and overturned, Monday afternoon.  It occurred at around 3:15pm.  54 year old Robert E. Bankson, of Trenton, was the driver of a southbound vehicle.  The patrol says he was attempting to change lanes when he came upon another vehicle in the passing lane.  Bankson overcorrected and his vehicle skidded off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned, ejecting him through the sunroof. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR CHILLICOTHE ATV DRIVER 

A Chillicothe man was seriously injured in a Sunday evening ATV accident on private property in Livingston County.  58 year old Roger Cain, of Chillicothe, was taken to St. Lukes on the Plaza in Kansas City, after the accident.  It occurred just after 7pm.  The patrol says Cain was ejected from his westbound ATV when it malfunctioned, causing it to strike a tree and overturn. 

  

EXCELLO MAN HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT  

A driver from Excello was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Randolph County Route M, just east of Moberly, early Monday morning.  74 year old Roger Palmgren, of Excello, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1am.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MOTORCYCLIST INJURED 

A Kirksville woman was injured when her motorcycle crashed on Putnam County Route YY, Saturday afternoon.  24 year old Jessice Reil, of Kirksville, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says she lost control of her motorcycle when it struck some gravel on the roadway.  She was ejected from the bike as it overturned. 

  

TWO SATURDAY ACCIDENTS CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES    

A pair of Columbia drivers suffered serious injuries in separate one-vehicle accidents on Saturday. 

30 year old Joshua Keller, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after his car ran off Highway 63 at Rocky Fork Creek, at around 8:30 Saturday evening.  The patrol says he was seriously injured when the vehicle struck a guardrail and a bridge abutment and then overturned into a ditch.  

Just after 3:30 Saturday  morning, 28 year old Alessandra Martinez, of Columbia was seriously injured when her car ran off Boone County Route J, west Rocheport, and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

  

MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST MEXICO MAN  

A Mexico man is charged with second-degree murder, domestic assault, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child, after a woman was shot to death at his home on Sunday.  34 year old Ricky John Harding, Jr., of Mexico, was charged in the case.  Authorities say the victim, 34 year old Summer Hickman, was found dead in the home after shots were fired during a domestic dispute.  




05/23/14

 

BROOKFIELD TEEN FACES FELONY CHARGES

A Brookfield teenager appeared in court Thursday, where he was arraigned on felony charges of burglary and firearm theft.  19 year old Ty M. Sackrey, of Brookfield, remains in custody in the Chariton County jail.  The charges were filed after an investigation last month.  Sackrey requested a public defender during Thursdays proceedings.  His next court appearance is set for May 29. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTIES SEEK STOLEN VEHICLE

Livingston County authorities are looking for a stolen vehicle and a wanted suspect that may be involved.  The Livingston County Sheriffs Office says a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was apparently stolen from rural Chula sometime Wednesday or early Thursday morning.  Investigators believe that a wanted fugitive, 25 year old Jeremy L. Orona may be in possession of the vehicle.  Orona is wanted on Livingston County arrest warrants for burglary, stealing a controlled substance and forgery.  The vehicle is brownish in color with Missouri license plates 5UM-675.  Residents are urged to not approach the suspect or the stolen vehicle.  If you have information, call 911 or your local law enforcement agency. 

  

FOUR CHARGED AFTER MOBERLY DRUG BUST     

Four Moberly residents are now charged in connection with a drug bust, which occurred on Tuesday.  28 year old Monquail Williams, 28 year old Luther Midgyett and 43 year old Kristina Clawson are each charged with marijuana possession and maintaining a public nuisance.  43 year old Charles Ganaway is charged with distributing a controlled substance.  The arrests came after Moberly Police, Randolph County Deputies and the North Missouri Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a home on West End in Moberly. 

  

COLUMBIA APARTMENT BUILDING DESTROYED  

A Thursday afternoon fire at a Columbia apartment complex left the building a total loss and displaced several residents.  Firefighters were called to the Providence Hill Apartments at around 3:30pm, after a construction worker noticed flames coming out of the attic of a six-apartment building.  The roof of the building was completely burned and collapsed before fire crews could get the blaze under control.  Officials say five of the six apartments were occupied at the time.  No injuries were reported. 

  

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT VETERANS CEMETERY      

The Missouri Veterans Commission invites Missourians to attend Memorial Day Ceremonies at its five State Veterans Cemeteriesincluding the Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery.  The ceremony will begin Monday morning at 9am at the Jacksonville Cemetery.  The keynote speaker will be Bryan Hunt, who is deputy director of the Missouri Veterans Commission and an Army Veteran.  Memorial Day ceremonies will also be held at the Veterans Cemeteries in Bloomfield, Higginsville, Fort Leonard Wood and Springfield. 




05/22/14

 

TRUCK OVERTURNS ON HIGHWAY 63  

A Boonville truck driver was treated for moderate injuries after a semi overturned on Highway 63, just north of the Clark junction.  The accident occurred at around 1pm Wednesday.  44 year old Gerald L. Vick, of Boonville, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the road, then returned to the highway and overturned. 

                       

WHEELING WOMAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH  

A Wheeling woman was treated for moderate injuries after a motorcycle accident on Green Street in Chula, Wednesday afternoon.  69 year old Patsy Jenkins, of Wheeling, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 2pm.  She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by 71 year old Gary Jenkins, of Wheeling.  The patrol says a grain truck was exiting the parking lot of the Chula Co-op and failed to yield.  Jenkins attempted to avoid the collision and his motorcycle overturned. 

 

MILAN OLD-TIMERS REUNION THIS WEEKEND   

The 28th Annual Milan Old Timers reunion is set to get underway today, with opening night for the Jones and Company Carnival.  The celebration will continue thru Monday. Fridays highlights include the Color Me 5K Walk and Run and live music by the Whiskey Junction Band.  Saturdays events include a Car, Truck and Tractor Show, poker run and the rodeo, featuring Tuffy the Clown, followed by Ricky Lee Turner in concert.  Rodeo events continue on Sunday and the Demolition Derby wraps up the schedule on Monday afternoon.  Everyone is welcome to celebrate the 28th Milan Old Timers reunion, starting today, in Milan. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN FACES FEDERAL INDICTMENT  

A Columbia man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly distributing heroin to a 16 year old girl who died of a suspected overdose.  The federal indictment replaces a previously-filed criminal complaint against 27 year old Jon Patrick Doom Washington.  The girl was found dead at the Providence Suites in Columbia on April 3.  The indictment accuses Washington of distributing heroin to the girl the day before. 

 

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEEN  

Montgomery County Juvenile Authorities have filed formal charges against a 14 year old boy, who is accused of shooting an 11 year old girl at a New Florence home on Sunday.  The teen is charged with second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon and was still in juvenile custody at last report.  His mother, Norma Davis, is free on bond after being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Court documents indicate those charges stem from multiple firearms and ammunition, not properly secured in the home.  Officers say the 11 year old victim is still hospitalized after being shot in the throat with a 12-gauge shotgun.  The investigation is continuing. 

 

BRIDGE WORK CONTINUES ON 63  

Bridge work continues on northbound Highway 63 in the Columbia area.  The northbound 63 bridges over Stadium Boulevard will open Thursdayone day ahead of schedule.  Meanwhile, next Tuesday (May 27) the Highway 63 northbound exit ramp to Broadway and Route WW will close for a rehabilitation project at the Broadway Bridge over Hominy Creek.  That closure is expected to last about 10 days. 




05/21/14

 

SUPREME COURT HALTS MISSOURI EXECUTION  

A Missouri convicted murderer remains on death row this morning, after his execution was halted overnight.  Russell Bucklews execution was on and off and on again last night, scheduled for 12:01am Wednesday.  It was finally halted by an order issued by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.  The order did not explain the reason for the suspension of execution, but it indicates the Supreme Court will have more to say about it today.  A previous stay of execution, issued hours earlier, cited Bucklews rare medical condition that could cause him undue suffering during lethal injection.  That order was overturned by an appeals court last night, followed by the U.S. Supreme Courts action.  Bucklew was sentenced to death after a crime spree that included the rape of his ex-girlfriend and the murder of her boyfriend in the Cape Girardeau area. 

  

TWO INJURED IN CAIRO JUNCTION COLLISION

Drivers from Cairo and Bevier were both treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision on Highway 63 at the Cairo Junction.  It occurred just after 3pm.  The patrol says an eastbound vehicle driven by 18 year old Dallas Mitchell, of Cairo, pulled into the path of a northbound car driven by 21 year old Erin Toms, of Bevier.  Both drivers sustained moderate injuries.  Toms was taken to Boone Hospital in Columbia and Mitchell was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

MACON DRIVER INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Macon driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle collided with a wrecker on southbound 63 at Hinton Road, in Boone County, Tuesday morning.  23 year old Nathan Hoskins, of Macon, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:15am.  The patrol says a flatbed wrecker, driven by a Minnesota man, attempted to cross 63 and pulled into the path of Hoskins southbound vehicle. 

  

CONSERVATION DAY CAMPS SCHEDULED 

The Missouri Department of Conservation, through its regional office in Kirksville, will hold its annual Conservation Day Camp once again this year.  Separate camp programs are available for third thru fifth graders and sixth thru eighth graders.  This years theme will be Adapt or Die, learning what plants and animals have to do to survive in their habitats.  The camps will begin the second week of June.  Registration is underway now thru June 2.  Contact the Department of Conservations Regional Office in Kirksville. 

  

BOONVILLE POLICE SEEK ROBBERY VEHICLE     

Boonville Police are looking for information on a vehicle that may be connected to a weekend armed robbery at a Break Time Convenience Store.  The robbery occurred Saturday morning, near I-70 in Boonville.  The vehicle is a gray-colored Hyundai four-door that was seen in the area at around 3:30am.  Two white male suspects are wanted in connection with the incident.  Anyone with information should contact Boonville Police. 




05/20/14

 

BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON  

A Brookfield man received the maximum sentence last week, after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to register as a sex offender and two counts of second-degree statutory rape.  27 year old Nathan Mead, of Brookfield, was sentenced to seven years in prison on each of the four counts.  Those sentences will run concurrently.  The investigation began last August, after a citizen found a cell phone and turned it in to the Brookfield Police Department.  Examination of the phone by the Kirksville Regional Cyber Crimes Task Force revealed evidence of illegal sexual activity with a 15 year old.  It was also discovered Mead had been previously convicted of sexual misconduct involving a child in St. Louis County in 2005, and that he failed to properly notify Linn County authorities after moving to Brookfield. 

 

HUNTSVILLE OFFICER TREATED FOR GUNSHOT WOUND

A Huntsville Police Officer is hospitalized for an apparent accidental gunshot wound to the shoulder, which occurred early Sunday morning.  Randolph County Deputies were called to a report of a gunshot at a residence on East Library in Huntsville, at around 2:45am Saturday.  They found the Huntsville officer with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the shoulder.  He was air-lifted to a Columbia hospital for treatment.  The incident remains under investigation. 

 

HOWARD COUNTY INMATE DEAD AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT  

An inmate at the Howard County Jail has died after an apparent suicide attempt at the jail.  Officers say the 49 year old male inmate attempted to hang himself Sunday evening.  Officers at the jail performed emergency life-saving techniques until the man was transported by ambulance to University Hospital.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital early Monday morning.  The highway patrol is assisting Howard County authorities with an investigation. 

 

NATIONAL GUARD WELCOME HOME IN MACON    

The Missouri National Guard will welcome home more than 120 area soldiers from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan with a ceremony at Macon High School, Tuesday afternoon.  The members of the Macon-based 1438th Engineer Company spent most of the past year dismantling temporary bridges built by U.S. and British troops in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  Their welcome home ceremony will be held at 1:30pm Tuesday, at Macon High School. 

 

11 YEAR OLD GIRL SHOT BY 14 YEAR OLD BOY 

The Montgomery County Sheriffs Office says theyre investigating the shooting of an 11 year old girl by a 14 year old boy, over the weekend.  The alleged incident occurred Sunday in a New Florence residence.  Authorities say the 11 year old victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to survive.  The 14 year old suspect has been turned over to juvenile authorities, pending formal charges.  The suspects mother was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child.  No names have been released. 

 

FULTON DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT   

A Fulton driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Boone County Route WW, just after midnight this (Tues) morning.  23 year old Jason Hartinger, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. 




05/19/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Green City driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 129 in Sullivan County, Sunday night.  19 year old Aaron Brantener, of Green City, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 10pm.  The patrol says Brantener was ejected from his northbound pickup when it ran off the right side of the highway and overcorrected, then crossed the roadway and overturned. 

 

CARROLLTON DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH    

A Carrollton driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 24 in Carroll County, Sunday afternoon.  49 year old Kevin Cain, of Carrollton, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the roadway, and struck a utility pole and a fence. 

 

ATLANTA MAN CHARGED WITH GROWING MARIJUANA

An Atlanta resident faces drug charges after a weekend investigation by the Macon County Sheriffs Department.  46 year old Todd E. Becker, of Atlanta, was arrested Saturday afternoon, after deputies were called to a residence regarding an alleged assault.  Deputies say the assault victim presented allegations that marijuana was being grown inside Beckers residence.  A search of the home turned up two separate growing operations, totaling 24 marijuana plants.  Becker is charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and is being held on $45,000 dollars bond. 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ATLANTA FIRE    

Two suspects are charged with arson, burglary and stealing, after a Macon County Sheriffs Department investigation into last weeks fire at Charleys Service Station, in Atlanta.  The fire occurred on Thursday.  Friday evening, deputies arrested 22 year old James C. Fisher, of Atlanta.  Saturday night, Kirksville Police assisted in the arrest of Charles T. Reed VI.  Both are charged with 2nd degree arson, 2nd degree burglary and possession of burglary tools. 

 

MOTORCYCLISTS HURT IN MID-MISSOURI COLLISION   

Two motorcyclists were injured, one seriously, in a collision on Moniteau County Route B, Sunday evening.  It occurred at around 5:30pm.  The patrol says a southbound car, driven by 30 year old Melissa Felgar, of Boonville, crossed the center line and sideswiped an oncoming motorcycle driven by 41 year old Christopher Hord of Columbia, causing it to collide with another northbound motorcycle, driven by 28 year old Joshua McKee, of Bunceton.  McKee was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries.  Hord was treated for moderate injuries at a Columbia Hospital.  Felgar was also treated for moderate injuries. 

 

BOONVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Boonville driver suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle crash on Benton County Route H, just before 3:30 Sunday afternoon.  21 year old Ryan Brandl, of Boonville, was treated at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia after the accident.  The patrol says he was ejected from his southbound motorcycle when it went out of control in a curve and ran off the highway and struck a ditch. 




05/16/14

 

FIVE ARRESTS IN UNIONVILLE DRUG BUST      

From heartlandconnection.com powered by KTVO:  five Unionville residents face drug charges after an undercover narcotics investigation was wrapped up this week.  Unionville Police say they served search warrants at a residence on South 15th Street in Unionville and at the Golden Valley Apartment Complex, Wednesday evening.  Rudolph Thompson and Cynthia Bredeson are both charged with distribution of a controlled substance near a school.  Stephanie Loomis, Howard Ramsey and Michel Uhlenhopp are each charged with distributing a controlled substance near public housing.  All five suspects are being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

TWO CHARGED AFTER MARSHALL SEARCH WARRANT  

Two Marshall residents face drug charges after a search warrant was served at their residence in the 300 block of Rea Street in Marshall.  Officers say 44 year old Kendric Gordon and 41 year old Sandy Gordon were both taken into custody after evidence of cocaine and marijuana use was recovered.  They face drug distribution charges. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT 

A Thursday morning collision on Boone County Route B, near Oakland Church Road, killed a Columbia driver and seriously injured a Hallsville man.  34 year old Rene Lopez-Espinoza, of Columbia, died in the accident.  60 year old Richard Nelson, of Hallsville, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  The accident occurred at around 6:40am.  The patrol says a northbound car, driven by Lopez-Espinoza, drifted off the right side of the roadway and then traveled across the centerline and collided with Nelsons southbound car. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY POLICE REPORT ARREST    

Jefferson City Police a suspect arrested Thursday night has been wanted for more than a month.  24 year old Dana Day, Jr. was taken into custody after fleeing a traffic stop in the 300 block of Jackson Street.  He is being in held in the Cole County Jail after being charged with rape, burglary and assault. 

  

HUGE GRADUATION WEEKEND FOR DOZENS OF AREA SCHOOLS

A huge weekend of graduation festivities kicks off this evening, with ceremonies at Moberly Area Community College, beginning at 6pm and three days of graduation ceremonies at Mizzou, starting this evening.  Also tonight, 8th Grade Graduations will be held at Macon Immaculate Conception and at Glasgow St. Marys School, and high school commencement will be this evening at Fayette at Green City.  Saturdays schedule includes 8th Grade Graduation events for Middle Grove, Moberly St. Pius School and Chillicothes Bishop Hogan.  Sundays schedule features commencement for a total of 30 schools around our areaincluding Marceline at 1pm, 2 oclock ceremonies at Bevier, Boonville, Brunswick, Carrollton, Glasgow, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Marshall, Moberly, Monroe City, Paris, Putnam County, Salisbury, South Shelby and Trentonand 3pm ceremonies at Brookfield, Centralia and Chillicothe.  




05/15/14

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES ABORTION WAIT 

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would require a woman to wait 72 hours after first seeing a doctor, before having an abortion.  The House voted in favor of the bill Wednesday, by a 111-39 margin.  The Senate had all ready approved the bill.  It would triple Missouris current one-day waiting period.  Supporters say it will give women more time to consider the consequences of having an abortion.  Governor Jay Nixon has said he will act as he has on other abortion legislation.  Nixon has previously allowed abortion restrictions to become law without his signature. 

  

VOTERS WILL DECIDE MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION TAX     

Missouri voters will have the final say over a proposed state sales tax increase to fund transportation repairs and improvements, after legislators approved the measure on Wednesday.  The issue requests voters to approve a cent sales tax on the November ballot this year.  It would exempt food and prescription medications from that additional tax.  Officials estimate the tax would create more than half a billion dollars per year in revenue, beginning in 2015.  Those funds would be restricted to Missouri transportation projects. 

  

BHS GRADUATES SET FOR EVENTS   

Brookfield High School began its graduation activities Wednesday night, with Baccalaureate for the Class of 2014.  Senior Awards night will be held Friday evening at 7pm in the Brookfield High School Gym.  Commencement will be held Sunday afternoon at 3pm. 

  

JAKES DAY EVENT SET FOR SATURDAY   

Saturday morning, the Yellow Creek Gobblers of the National Wild Turkey
Federation will partner with the Missouri Department of Conservation for a Jakes Day, for kids of all ages.  The event will be held from 9am to noon at Farrel Hahns Pond, located behind Walmart in Brookfield.  Kids will be able to enjoy fishing, archery, trap shooting and BB guns.  All equipment will be provided and lunch will be served.  For more information, call 660-412-1547. 

  

TWO TEENS HURT IN ONE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT 

Two teens sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident, just south of Huntsville, Wednesday night.  16 year old Erin Chase, of Clark, was the driver of an eastbound SUV.  The patrol says it slid off the left side of a county road and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Chase and her passenger, 18 year old Austin Wilson, of Higbee, both refused treatment for minor injuries. 




05/14/14

 

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN CONNECTION WITH REMAINS  

A Sedalia man has been charged with first-degree murder, in connection with a Marshall womans remains, found near his home, last week.  Pettis County authorities say 65 year old Joseph Arbeiter faces a no-bond first-degree murder warrant.  The partial remains were found in a metal container at Goodwill Chapel Trailer Park in Sedalia.  They were identified as those of 35 year old Mandy Black, of Marshall.  Autopsy results confirm Black died of multiple stab wounds to the chest, several months ago.  The body was apparently dismembered in an attempt to cover up the crime.  Arbeiter is all ready in custody, after previously being arrested on a sexual assault charge involving a neighbor.   

 

TWO CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MACON THEFTS   

Formal charges have been filed against two suspects, who were arrested in connection with stolen property found in their Macon motel room last week.  26 year old Hazel R. Benton, of Mexico and 27 year old William C. Politte, of Holts Summit, are both charged with stealing and receiving stolen property.  Macon Police say evidence seized during their May 5 arrest involve thefts from at least two Macon businesses and a stolen credit device from a Mexico resident.  The two are being held on $9,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

TWO FACE DRUG CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP  

Macon Police also report drug charges against two suspects who were arrested in their vehicle in a business parking lot last week.  27 year old Shaun R. Rayhart of Auxvasse is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and 41 year old Larry D. Karhoff, of Mexico, is also charged with intent to distribute meth and unlawful use of a weapon.  Officers recovered meth, cash, a firearm and ammunition, and items used to distribute meth in their vehicle.  Both are being held on bond. 

 

KIRKSVILLE ARSON CHARGE UPGRADED   

Charges have been upgraded against a Kirksville man, accused of setting an April fire that damaged a duplex.  37 year old Brandon True, of Kirksville was originally charged with second-degree arson.  That charge has been dropped and a first-degree arson charge filed, due to the fact that the fire endangered another resident of the duplex.  The fire occurred on East Hickory Street on April 24.  Trues bond is set at $50,000 dollars, cash-only.  

 

CENTRALIA WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT    

A Centralia woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday morning accident on Audrain County Route E.  36 year old Angela Ray, of Centralia, was taken by helicopter to University Hospital, after the accident.  It occurred at around 7:20am.  The patrol says she was driving northbound when she swerved to avoid a deer.  Her vehicle ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned.