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07/17/2019

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT FOR THE AREA FROM 1 PM THIS

AFTERNOON TO 8 PM CDT SATURDAY...

WORK ZONE COLLISION TUESDAY NIGHT IN LINN COUNTY

The Highway Patrol worked a two vehicle collision in a construction work zone Tuesday night. According to the report, 22 year old Prest’n M. Kleoppel of Independence MO was southbound on Route M, five miles east of Purdin and north of Brookfield at 8:13 pm Tuesday night and his vehicle met another auto driven by 38 year old Kirk L. Harding of Lee’s Summitt as the two vehicles met at a hill crest. Harding was driving a Pilot vehicle in a construction zone and was northbound in the southbound lane when collision occurred. Neither driver was injuried, however, a passenger in the Griffin auto, 27 year old  Ronald W. Wheeler did receive moderate injuries and was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

MOBERLY MAN HURT IN WRECK MONDAY MORNING

The Highway Patrol said 68 year old Raymond W. Huff of Moberly was injured in a collision on Highway M, 3 miles east of Moberly around 7:40 Monday morning. According to the report Huff was eastbound when his auto struck an eastbound truck that was stopped in the roadway.  Huff sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center by Randolph County Ambulance Personnel. The patrol was assisted by the Eastern Randolph County Fire Department and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.

MEDICAL EPSIODE RESULTS IN AREA FARMER DRIVING TRACTOR AND BALER INTO POND

A northeast Missouri farmer is lucky to be alive after a freak accident while baling hay Tuesday afternoon. Your Source, KTVO & KTVO dot com said the incident was reported at about 4:45 p.m. It happened at the John Moore residence on Adair County Route KK east of Millard. Emergency crews told KTVO a man was baling hay when he experienced a medical episode and drove the tractor and large hay baler he was operating into a pond. A neighbor identified the man as Benny Murphy of rural Kirksville. Rescuers said by the time they got there, Murphy was out of the water. It was reported that he had lost consciousness for a short time. The tractor and baler remained in the pond following the incident.  Murphy refused medical treatment at the scene and was not transported by ambulance.

MISSOURI MOVES TO EXPAND STATE’S DISASTER DECLARATION

Missouri Moves to Expand State’s Disaster Declaration to Include FEMA Assistance for Residents in 21 Additional Counties. The State Emergency Management Agency Request Also Seeks Assistance for Public Agencies, Nonprofits in 68 Counties for Damage to Roads and Infrastructure. The state of Missouri requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expand last week’s federal disaster declaration for the state in two ways: consider making FEMA assistance available to residents and businesses in 21 additional counties; and provide assistance to public agencies in 68 counties to help with repairs to roads, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure. “Many Missouri communities have been hit hard this year by flooding and severe storms that have damaged and destroyed homes and businesses. Public agencies have also been impacted by severe damage to roads, bridges, and public buildings,” Governor Parson said. “Expanding the disaster declaration is warranted due to the extent of the damage across these additional counties and the high cost of repairs.” The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) requested that FEMA consider extending President Trump’s July 9 Individual Assistance disaster declaration for Missouri to include residents and businesses in Adair, Barton, Callaway, Christian, Clark, Cooper, Dallas, Douglas, Gasconade, Grundy, Harrison, Hickory, Howard, Jefferson, Laclede, Lewis, Macon, Polk, Saline, St. Louis, and Ste. Genevieve counties. SEMA said that while the 21 counties requested were denied assistance in the July 9 federal disaster declaration, additional information gathered as floodwaters receded increased the need for assistance. SEMA said earlier assessments, conducted by helicopter due to the flooding, did not capture all of the damage to homes. SEMA asked that FEMA re-evaluate the new damage information and that damage assessors revisit Clark, Callaway, Cooper, Gasconade, Howard, Lewis, Saline, St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve counties. SEMA also requested that joint damage assessments for Individual Assistance be conducted for the first time related to this disaster in four counties: Cape Girardeau, Marion, Newton and McDonald counties. This is being done with the expectation that SEMA will later request for these counties to also be included in the disaster declaration. Federal Individual Assistance would allow eligible residents to seek federal assistance for temporary housing, housing repairs, replacement of damaged belongings, vehicles, and other qualifying expenses as a result of the flooding and storms. Also, SEMA requested that FEMA expand the July 9 disaster declaration to provide Public Assistance for repairs to damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure along with emergency response costs in a total of 68 counties: Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Bates, Bollinger, Buchanan, Caldwell, Camden, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Daviess, Douglas, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Hickory, Holt, Howell, Jackson, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Maries, Marion, McDonald, Mercer, Miller, Mississippi, Monroe, Montgomery, New Madrid, Newton, Nodaway, Ozark, Pemiscot, Perry, Pike, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Ray, Ste. Genevieve, Saline, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Wayne, Webster, and Wright. Additional counties may be considered for Public Assistance as floodwaters recede and more information is gathered locally. In the request, SEMA said that joint FEMA, SEMA, and local damage assessment teams had identified more than $26 million in infrastructure damage and emergency response costs experienced by local jurisdictions. SEMA also said the state of Missouri had damage and expenses totaling more than $23 million due to the flooding and storms.  President Trump’s July 9 disaster declaration was for flooding and severe storms and made the federal Individual Assistance program available to eligible residents in Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, and St. Charles counties.  As of July 15, FEMA has approved more than 300 households for Individual Assistance grants and provided more than $1.6 million directly to survivors to assist with recovery. FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $18 million to Missouri policyholders for flood claims filed since March. To register for FEMA assistance, go to www.DisasterAssistance.gov or register by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362). Telephone

RESURFACING WORK ON ROUTE 129 & 5 IN CHARITON COUNTY PROGRESSING

After facing delays, the Chariton County Route 5 resurfacing project resumed last week. The project was delayed for the testing of materials utilized for the base widening, which were found to be acceptable. During the delay, crews from Capital Paving and Construction, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, began work on Route 129 and expect to complete the project at the end of this week. Crews were working to finish asphalt paving on Route 5 yesterday (TUES) followed by shoulder, rumble and striping operations. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled. Motorists who regularly travel this area should be alert and watch for roadway signs and workers. A pilot car is being used to guide vehicles through the work zone.

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Motorists can soon look forward to a smoother drive on U.S. Route 65 through Chillicothe and on Linn County Route M. Missouri Petroleum, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will make repairs and complete micro-resurfacing on U.S. Route 65 from just north of County Road 228 to U.S. Route 36 and on Route M from just north of Brookfield to Route 11. Crews expect to begin work on both routes beginning Monday, July 22 and are scheduled to have all work complete in mid-August. Work will take place during nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with crews working four days per week on both roadways. Some work may occur on the weekends, if necessary, to complete the project on time. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled. Motorists are urged to use caution and obey all traffic control, including signs, flaggers and pilot cars. Delays are expected, so drivers may want to choose an alternate route during this project. Also, starting Monday crews are expected to begin resurfacing Route F in Randolph County from Route 3 to Route C near Darksville.

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

This past Friday, July 12th, Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reported the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests…




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07/16/2019

WHEELING MAN ARRESTED BY LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Wheeling area for a reported domestic assault and trespassing. According to the report, an adult female was claiming to have been physically assaulted. As the deputy was going to speak with the male suspect he reportedly fled on foot and was told numerous times to stop but eventually stopped when he was warned he was about be tasered. The suspect, Dustin Lee Ritchie, 35, Pleasant Valley, MO was arrested for alleged Domestic assault and resisting arrest. The deputy reported Mr. Ritchie continued to physically resist arrest, was placed on the ground and ground control techniques were required to get Mr. Ritchie to be handcuffed. The suspect was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail and on Monday a formal arrest warrant was issued charging him with alleged class E felony Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing-Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury/death to Any Person.  Bond was initially placed at $10,000 The man is also on probation/parole for crime(s) of Distribution of Controlled Substance/Possession Controlled Substance.   Information is being sent to the probation/parole officer for consideration.

EDINA MAN ARRESTED AFTER RESISTING A TRAFFIC STOP BY FLEEING

Your Source KTVO & KTVO dot com reports an Edina man refused to pull over for a routine traffic stop Saturday night, shortly after 10 pm in Edina. The suspect is Dakota Wayne Jacobson, 22, of Edina, formerly of Keokuk, Iowa. Jacobson now faces a felony charge of Resisting a Traffic Stop by Fleeing. In court documents, the arresting Edina Police officer wrote that he attempted to pull Jacobson over for operating a motor vehicle without headlights when headlights are required. The officer said the suspect ignored the flashing emergency lights on the patrol vehicle and started to speed up. The chase finally came to an end several miles northeast of Edina where Jacobson finally pulled over at a church on Knox County Route M. Police said during the pursuit the driver broke several driving laws and also struck another vehicle. Court records state that Jacobson did not have any registration or insurance for his pickup truck. He is also accused of putting plates belonging to another vehicle on the pickup he was driving. Documents state that Jacobson’s criminal history includes a conviction on a charge of First-Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. He was sentenced to five years probation in that 2016 case. The officer considered Jacobson a flight risk because he is on probation out of Iowa and living in Edina without approval from probation officials in Iowa. Jacobson was arrested and is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on $1,000 cash-only bond.

STURGEON TRUCKER CHARGED IN INDIANA CRASH THAT KILLED THREE

A Sturgeon man is facing charges in the State of Indiana after his semi hit the back of a line of vehicles backed up due to construction on an Indianapolis freeway Sunday. The initial investigation revealed multiple vehicles were involved and the first car struck caught fire. Indiana State Police said 29 year old Alanna Koons and her twin daughters, June and Ruby Koons, of Indianapolis died in that crash that happened about midday Sunday on Interstate 465 eastbound.  The driver of the 18 wheeler was identified as 57 year old Bruce Pollard of Sturgeon, MO and police say he was speeding. He’s been charged with reckless homicide as well as other charges.  Authorities say 7 other people were injured and hospitalized in that crash as well.

COLUMBIA OFFICIALLY SELECTS NEW CITY MANAGER

The Columbia City Council announced Monday that they selected John Glascock to fill the role as Columbia’s next city manager.  Glascock has served as Columbia's interim city manager since November 2018. During his more than 16-year career with the City of Columbia, Glascock has served as chief engineer, director of Public Works, acting Water & Light director, and prior to his appointment as interim city manager, deputy city manager for three years. As deputy city manager, he was responsible for overseeing Community Development, Public Works, Sustainability, and Utilities, more than 700 employees and combined operating and capital improvement budgets of more than $275 million. During his tenure as interim city manager, he appointed an interim police chief and addressed community concerns regarding the Police Department, reorganized the City Manager's Office to gain efficiencies and focused on relationship building with City stakeholders. Prior to joining the City, Glascock had a 20-year engineering career with MoDOT. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri and is a registered professional engineer.

RESURFACING PLANNED FOR US ROUTE 65 IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY & ROUTE M IN LINN COUNTY 

Motorists can soon look forward to a smoother drive on U.S. Route 65 through Chillicothe and on Linn County Route M. Missouri Petroleum, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, will make repairs and complete micro-resurfacing on U.S. Route 65 from just north of County Road 228 to U.S. Route 36 and on Route M from just north of Brookfield to Route 11. Crews expect to begin work on both routes beginning Monday, July 22 and are scheduled to have all work complete in mid-August. Work will take place during nighttime hours from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with crews working four days per week on both roadways. Some work may occur on the weekends, if necessary, to complete the project on time. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled. Motorists are urged to use caution and obey all traffic control, including signs, flaggers and pilot cars. Delays are expected, so drivers may want to choose an alternate route during this project.

 




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07/15/2019​

CARROLL COUNTY CRASH SATURDAY​
The highway patrol worked a crash in Carroll County Saturday morning around 6 AM. The crash happened on MO 10, less than a mile east of County Road 191 when 41 year old Jonathan Galloway of Excelsior Springs, MO was traveling eastbound and lost control of his auto when he served to avoid road closed barricades. His vehicle started skidding back across the center line and off the right side of the roadway where it eventually rolled and came to rest on its top in a ditch. Galloway sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Carroll County Ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton for treatment. ​

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING AFTER TWO SEMI'S APPARENTLY TORCHED​
Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a northeast Missouri had two of his tractor-trailers torched on two separate nights. Ross Fortney, of Kirksville, woke up Thursday morning to find one of his semi-trucks had been burnt to a crisp. The incident happened either late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Then, Saturday morning Fortney woke up to  find his second semi suffered the same fate. Both incidents happened on property along Strawberry Way east of Kirksville where the trucks were parked. Fortney does not know if it was a random attack or a personal vendetta.  Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said he is not aware of any crime like this happening before in this area and that  authorities are trying to figure out who is responsible. Both fires are currently being investigated by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Fire Marshall. Fortney also said he is offering a reward for tips leading to the suspect or suspects that results in an arrest. According to the report both trucks are a total loss.​

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTY ATTEMPTS TO ARREST FUGITIVE WHO FLEES AND POINTS HANDGUN AT DEPUTY​
A news release from Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says this past Saturday about 4:20 p.m. a Livingston County Deputy was in western Livingston County saw a person on a motorcycle believed to be a felony fugitive. The suspect on the motorcycle began traveling at well over 100 mph on U.S. 36 near Mooresville. When the suspect was west of Mooresville he quickly braked and turned around going east on U.S. 36 and then fled into Mooresville. The suspect pulled into the yard of a church in Mooresville and was then appeared to be changing direction when he lost control of the motorcycle at low speed. The fugitive then ran approximately 150-200 yards with the deputy chasing on foot. The suspect was in possession of a soft nylon style carry bag and quickly turned pointing what the deputy believed was a handgun at the deputy (the item the suspect had in his hand was inside the bag). The deputy was readily armed and the suspect made the correct decision and threw the same bag into a large area of tall weeds. The suspect was arrested and complained of chest pain and an ambulance was then summoned. Another deputy and the sheriff arrived on scene to assist and secured the area. Missouri State Highway Patrol was called to investigate the motorcycle accident. The K9 unit was summoned to the scene to conduct an article search in the tall weeds. Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services arrived and provided treatment then transported the suspect to Hedrick Medical Center with a deputy guarding. The K-9 quickly located the evidence and officers recovered a fully loaded handgun from the same bag, used digital scale, meth pipe with methamphetamine, and other items. Additional evidence being cash was seized at the scene and at the hospital. The suspect has an outstanding felony arrest warrant and a report will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of additional charges related to this incident. The man was identified as 28 year old Matthew Aaron Case. He was arrested on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Violation of Bond Conditions on original class E felony Attempted Tampering with Motor Vehicle charge with bond set by the court at $50,000 cash. He was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center and transferred to Kansas City hospital.  On Sunday, Case was cleared for confinement and transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail on the arrest warrant by Sheriff Cox. The investigation continues on the allegations of Assault Law Enforcement Officer-1st degree, Armed Criminal Action, Felon in Possession of Firearm, Resisting Arrest on felony, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia and multiple traffic violations. ​

MILAN MAN INJURED WHEN TIRE BLOWS OUT ON CONCRETE TRUCK​
A Friday morning crash involving a concrete truck resulted in serious injuries for a Milan man. The highway patrol said 39-year-old Luis A. Gama-Tovar of Milan was westbound Friday morning around 9:30 AM on Highway E, five miles southeast of Harris in Sullivan county in a concrete truck. The vehicle has a blow out on the front axle and the truck ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and struck a fence. The driver was seriously injured and was flown from the scene by Air Evac to A Des Moines hospital. The patrol was assisted by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, the Galt Fire Department, Medicine Creek Fire Department, Milan Fire Department, Sullivan County Ambulance and Air-Evac.​




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07/12/2019

NOVINGER RESIDENT SEROIUSLY INJURED IN CRASH THURSDAY NIGHT

The patrol reports a Novinger resident was seriously injured in a one vehicle crash on Route K in Adair County, just under a mile south of Novinger.  The patrol said the wreck occurred at 8:22 PM Thursday night when 37 year old Christopher D. Kennedy was southbound and his vehicle travelled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and came to rest on its wheels in a creek.Kennedy was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. The patrol was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department.

HALE DRIVER INJURED WHEN VEHICLE COLLIDES WITH FARM IMPLEMENT

An 86 year old Hale resident was injured when his vehicle struck an implement attached to a tractor on Route M, just east of County Road 261 in Carroll County at 8:45 AM Wednesday morning. The patrol said Lee A. Fisher was westbound and the implement his vehicle collided with was being pulled by a farm tractor operated by 51 year old Christopher E. Scheid of Marshall. Both vehicles came to rest in the westbound lane. Fisher had moderate injuries and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

WHISTLEBLOWER CONTACT LEADS TO PUBLIC CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION IN RALLS COUNY

Review to focus on financial concerns, city operations under former city clerk 

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Wedneaday she will accept a request by the City of Center in Ralls County to audit questionable financial activity. The request comes after a complaint to the Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline and an investigation by the Public Corruption and Fraud Division in the State Auditor's Office.  "City officials in Center have requested this audit to get the facts about allegations of potential fraud and mismanagement. The State Auditor's office was contacted through the Whistleblower Hotline about concerns related to the city finances under the former clerk. City officials formally requested an audit on July 3. Investigators with the Auditor's Public Corruption and Fraud Division conducted an investigation and found those concerns to be credible.   An audit team will soon formally meet with the city to officially launch the audit. Auditors will then begin field work in Center. In January, Auditor Galloway directed increased resources towards investigations of fraud and abuse in government in a newly created Public Corruption and Fraud Division (PCFD) within the State Auditor's Office. This division, which includes dedicated auditors, investigators and attorneys, will be activated to conduct the audit in Center. The division will work with law enforcement on any potential violations of law discovered in the course of the audit.  Individuals can use the Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline to share information on allegations of improper government activity. Contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline by emailing moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

COOLING CENTERS AND SHELTERS AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC

Extreme heat is a major public health concern and the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) encourages everyone to exercise caution in dealing with the heat this summer.  Cooling centers are available to the general public during the building's normal business hours. The public is allowed access to public areas, such as lobbies, restrooms, drinking fountains, etc. Columbia's current cooling centers include:  

Official shelters provide sleeping accommodations. These locations may or may not include meals. Columbia's official shelters include:

Exposure to extreme heat can cause a variety of health problems, including heatstroke and even death. Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years old, people 65 years old and older, and people who are ill or on certain medications. 

Heat-related death or illnesses are preventable if you follow a few simple steps:

PHHS also offers two lottery programs to assist qualifying Boone County residents with paying their utility bills. H.E.L.P. provides assistance one time annually (five times per lifetime) to low-income families with young children in the home and C.A.S.H., a program that provides assistance to low-income seniors citizens and persons with disabilities.  For more information on cooling centers or utility assistance programs, please visit the City of Columbia website at CoMo.gov/Health.

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT                                                                    

Chillicothe PD worked the following calls on 7/10/2019 …

Chillicothe Police received 97 calls for service on 07/11/2019….




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07/11/2019

MOBERLY MAN INJURIED IN GOLF CART INCIDENT

The patrol worked an accident on a private road, 2 miles north of Moberly around 5:30 pm yesterday. According to the report, 77 year old Lawrence W. Skinner was eastbound on a golf cart when the vehicle travelled down an embankment off the driveway, struck a tree and overturned, ejecting the driver. Skinner had moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Randolph County Ambulance personnel.

HALLSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN CAR CRASH

The highway patrol said a two vehicle collision on US 63 southbound, 1 mile south of the Rennick junction resulted in serious injuries for one of the drivers.  The patrol said that accident occurred around 3:41 pm Tuesday.  According to the crash report,39 year old Corey J. Skaggs of Hallsville was northbound when his auto crossed the median and collided with a southbound auto driven by 89 year old Samantha S. Hill of Kirksville. Again the vehicle crossed the median, travelled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Skaggs was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURIED IN CRASH NEAR CENTRALIA

A Centralia man was flown by Staff for Life Helicopter after the vehicle he was riding in was struck by pickup in Audrain County. The highway patrol reports 17 year old Hunter A. King of Thompson, MO was northbound on a County Road and his auto struck the passenger side of an eastbound vehicle at a 4 way intersection. Both vehicles travelled off the road following impact and came to rest in the ditch northeast of the intersection. King was not injured. The driver of the auto, 23 year old Emily J. Clarahan has serious injuries and was transported by Boone County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. A passenger in the Clarahan vehicle, 24 year old Colt J. Reams of Centralia was also seriously injured and was flown by Staff for Life to University hospital.  That accident occurred on County Road 924 at the Intersection of County Road 989.

DRUG CASE AGAINST FORMER PROSECUTOR IS MOVING FORWARD

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports former Sullivan County Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Hollon, 49, of St. Joseph, formerly of Milan, Missouri, is charged with Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance -- morphine, and one charge of Conspiracy to Possess Morphine. Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson has been appointed special prosecutor in the case. On Wednesday in Sullivan County Circuit Court in Milan, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for 10 a.m. on September 23, 2019.Hollon was arrested in July 2017. He's free on bond. Back in mid-2017, various law enforcement agencies carried out search warrants at Hollon’s home and law office in Milan. Court documents state that between June 2016 and June 2017, Hollon personally accepted between 40 and 60 morphine pills as payment toward a client’s attorney fees.

MHTC APPROVES STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission on Wednesday approved the 2020-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is the Missouri Department of Transportation’s list of 1,872 highway and bridge projects that are planned by state and regional agencies. The draft STIP was released in June for public review and comment. It focuses on taking care of the state’s existing transportation system by annually investing in 1,014 lane miles of interstate pavements, 1,346 miles of major route pavements, 2,652 miles of minor route pavements and 213 bridges. yMissouri has the nation’s seventh largest state highway system with 33,859 miles of roadways and 10,385 bridges, but ranks 48th nationally in revenue per mile. The STIP details an annual construction program that averages $924 million per year for the five-year period. But it is insufficient to meet the state’s unfunded high-priority transportation needs that are estimated in MoDOT’s “Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding” at an additional $825 million per year. This STIP includes funding for the “Focus on Bridges” program that was initiated by Gov. Mike Parson and funded by the Missouri General Assembly approved budget with a one-time $50 million injection of general revenues for the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of 45 bridges. The money that was previously dedicated to those bridge projects will be freed up for additional improvements to the state system of roads and bridges.
The draft STIP also includes detailed project information for non-highway modes of transportation and a section detailing planned operations and maintenance activities for the next three years. This additional information is provided to allow Missourians to more easily see how their transportation funding is invested.

NORTH MISSOURI FLOODING DISCUSSED AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

On Wednesday, the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment hosted a hearing on implementation of recent Water Resources Development Acts (WRDAs), as well as the water resources and infrastructure needs across the Nation for Congress to consider in the next WRDA.  During the hearing, House Transportation Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (MO-06) focused on the ongoing flooding being experienced across North Missouri. “The most important impacts of floods are the impacts on people.  These are my neighbors, friends, and family. The displacement and disruption of people’s lives is more than just dollars and cents.  It’s a disruption of their peace of mind, their feeling of safety, and the prospect of having to pick up the pieces and trying to rebuild their lives and their community. “Missourians are tough.  And we will get through this together.  But we cannot lose perspective of what was really lost here as we strive for better outcomes from the public policy that we debate in Congress,” Graves said in his opening statement.  Tom Waters, Chairman of the Missouri Levee and Drainage District Association, testified before the committee on the impacts of the 2019 flooding in the Missouri River basin. In his testimony, Waters discussed recent flooding and funding needs for levee repairs and flood recovery, desperately needed changes in the management and operations of the Missouri River Reservoir System, and long-term improvements to flood control infrastructure across the nation.

GOVERNOR PARSON SIGNS SB 68 INTO LAW

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson signed SB 68 into law, a comprehensive economic development strategy for growth across Missouri.

“From day one, workforce development has been a major focus of our administration,” Governor Parson said. “This legislation gives us the tools we need to be more competitive and shows companies everywhere that Missouri is open for business. We’re excited about this great step forward and will continue to invest in Missouri workers, help companies grow, and keep quality jobs here in our state.”

SB 68 includes four key pieces of workforce and economic development legislation designed to meet employer needs and help Missouri compete for major business expansions across the state:

In addition, Governor Parson signed SB 180, which modifies the Missouri Works program by creating an additional tax credit, in lieu of any other tax credit offered under the program, for the creation of military jobs.

Governor Parson also signed five other bills:

SB 230 - Judicial Proceedings

Modifies provisions relating to venue in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, the ABLE Act, public defenders, and venue for certain corporations in civil proceedings.

SB 54 - Insurance Companies

Enacts provisions relating to insurance companies, including interest rates on voluntary payments and supervision of internationally active groups.

SB 89 - Transportation

Enacts provisions relating to commercial driver's licenses, lease and rental registrations, motor vehicle inspection requirements, and striking a highway worker.

HB 1088 - Office of Administration Omnibus

Modifies laws relating to the Office of Administration and state agencies.

SB 17 - Retirement Systems

Modifies provisions relating to public employee retirement systems, including PSRS and LAGERS.

For more information on a bill, visit the Missouri House or Missouri Senate website. Pictures from today’s signings will be available on the Governor’s Flickr page.

RAISING MONEY TO BENEFIT BACKPACK BUDDIES PROGRAM IN GRUNDY AND LIVINGSTON COUNTY

The Regional Nurse Practice Council, which consists of nurses from Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, is partnering with the Trenton Police Department, and Grundy County EMS to raise money for the local Backpack Buddies program by hosting a miniature golf tournament at Johnny Poppers Barnyard Mini Golf, located outside The Red Barn event center in Trenton.  The Backpack Buddies provides healthy meals to children who qualify for free or reduced lunches throughout the school year. While the schools are able to help those children in need during the week, Backpack Buddies steps in to fill those gaps on the weekends when school isn’t in session. In Grundy County, this program serves 110 children, and in Livingston County, the program serves 190 children. A total of twelve area school districts participate in these two county programs. It costs around $175 per child per academic year to supply healthy, nutritious food to those who sign up. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd  in Trenton




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07/10/2019

NOVINGER MAN CHARGED WITH FELONYS AFTER SHOOTING INTO A VEHICLE

Your Source KTVO and KTVO.com reports the man accused of firing a shot through the windshield of an occupied pickup truck in Novinger Monday afternoon now faces three felony charges. Richard McCully, 37, of Novinger, is charged with First-Degree Assault, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Monday outside 7th Heaven Convenience Store in Novinger. Sheriff deputies say in court documents that McCully admitted firing one round from a handgun through the windshield of a pickup truck that had a man inside it. McCully told deputies that he had shot at the victim because he claims the man tried to run over him. Court papers state the surveillance video from the store does not back up McCully's story that the victim had tried to hit him with his pickup truck. No one was hurt in the incident. McCully is being held on $150,000 cash-only bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

CHARGES UPGRADED TO FIRST DEGREE MURDER IN KIRKSVILLE DEATH

A northeast Missouri man accused of beating his girlfriend to death now faces a more serious charge. The charge against Ricky Ray Sides, of Kirksville, has been upgraded from Second-Degree Murder to First-Degree Murder. The Adair County prosecutor said in court documents that, Sides, after deliberation, knowingly caused last week's death of Colleen Gompakis, 47, also of Kirksville. The preliminary autopsy results revealed that Gompakis died of blunt force trauma after being bashed in the head seven times with the weight off of a barbell. Investigators said the murder weapon was found at the scene of the crime. A police officer called to do a well-being check Friday afternoon found Gompakis dead on the couple's kitchen floor in their apartment on South Jamison Street in Kirksville. Sides was arrested Saturday morning after a sheriff's deputy spotted his truck at a Kirksville convenience store with him inside. The suspect is being held on $1 million cash-only bond.

BROWNING WOMAN INVOLVED IN CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE SATURDAY

A Browning woman was one of two drivers involved in a collision in Kirksville this past Saturday. Kirksville Police and other emergency crews responded to the crash site around 10 AM at the intersection of Baltimore and Potter. According to the report Marilyn Albrecht of Greencastle was northbound on Baltimore  to turn left onto Potter and pulled out in front of another vehicle driven by Rebecca Scott of Browning who was southbound on Baltimore. One person was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY STOLEN VEHICLE

One week ago today, July 3rd  a work vehicle was filled with tools and stolen from a location in Chillicothe and local police began investigation. Missouri State Highway Patrol soon saw the vehicle in western part of Livingston County. LCSO staff responded to assist and the Livingston County K-9 unit was summoned as a male suspect had already fled on foot into a large brushy area. The suspect did ultimately surrender. Area Law Enforcement is concerned that other vehicles may have been stolen and/or burglaries took place in Livingston and area counties. Sheriff Steve Cox said they know two vehicles have been stolen in Caldwell County and his office has recovered another vehicle which is possibly stolen and the Sheriff is asking area residents to report any burglary, theft or stolen vehicle to your local law enforcement agency promptly.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Incidents, Arrests and MORE ….

 Incidents:

June 26 the LCSO and Missouri State Fire Marshall investigated a fire at an unoccupied home in Chula. Emergency Responders were summoned about 5:30 a.m. for the structure fire where no one was reportedly home at the time. The home had recently been remodeled and rented with utilities recently being turned on at the residence. Preliminary investigation suggests electrical fire.

June 28 the LCSO investigated an unattended death in the northwest part of Livingston County. The deceased was an elderly female with medical history who had apparently passed away while working outside. Family members located this person and notified emergency responders. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family, friends and other loved ones.

A methamphetamine investigation from February has concluded as the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab has identified the evidence as Methamphetamine. A report is being submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

A second methamphetamine investigation from February has concluded as the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab has identified the evidence as Methamphetamine. A report on that suspect is being sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

Most Wanted Updates:

Added:

July 02 Ryan Christian Wheeler, 27, Chillicothe wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Violation of Bond Condition on original class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond set at $50,000 on case #19LV-Cr00262-01 with warrant dated July 02, 2019.

July 02 Jacquelyn Rae Wilkerson, 44, Breckenridge wanted on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Probation Violation on original class C felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond set at $50,000 on case #16LV-CR00319-01 with warrant dated July 02, 2019.

Arrests:

June 27 Ethan A. Ross, 19, Lees Summit was arrested on Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged Parental Kidnapping. This stems from a LCSO investigation which began June 11. Mr. Ross was arrested by the LCSO during investigation on or about June 21 and formerly charged June 22 with alleged Resisting Arrest and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

June 29 a deputy located a fugitive in Chillicothe and arrested Barry Preston Cooper, 43, Polo on a Parole Violation warrant. Mr. Cooper was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond. Mr. Cooper will be returned to the Department of Corrections at first opportunity.

Additional Information:

July 01 the LCSO had 24 detainees appear in either Associate Court or Circuit Court for mandatory appearances.

July 02 the LCSO transported Barry Preston Cooper to the Missouri Department of Corrections in St. Joseph on a Missouri Parole Warrant.

The LCSO has shared many TIPS received over the last week with respective law enforcement agencies. When a fugitive is hiding in another county only an agency with jurisdiction was enforce the warrant. We appreciate the TIPS and ask you continue submitting new ones.

We currently have 25 people in custody at the Daviess DeKalb County Regional Jail, 7 of which are female detainees.




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07/09/2019

STATE AUDITOR RELEASES REPORT ON MONROE CITY MUNICIPAL COURT AUDIT

State Auditor Nicole Galloway recently released an audit of the City of Monroe City Municipal Division with the Tenth Judicial Circuit, in northeast Missouri. The audit, which gave the court a rating of "good," made several recommendations to improve accounting procedures and records. The audit recommended the Monroe City Municipal Court segregate accounting duties or ensure that documented independent or supervisory reviews of municipal division accounting and court records are periodically performed; reconcile court receipt slips issued in the city's financial system to the case management system to ensure all monies are accounted for properly; work with the police department to ensure bonds are handled properly; and establish procedures to ensure unpaid amounts are collected and proper follow-up action is taken for non-payment. The report also recommended the Municipal Division review all court costs to ensure amounts are assessed in accordance with city ordinance and state law.  The complete audit is available on-line. A separate petition audit of Monroe City is ongoing.

 

12 TRAFFIC FATALITIES & THREE DROWNINGS OVER JULY 4TH COUNTING PERIOD

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2019 July Fourth holiday statistics: 2019 July Fourth Holiday Traffic Statistics for 2019 indicated Troopers worked 376 traffic crashes, which included 139 injuries and nine of the 12 fatalities. Troopers also made 160 DWI arrests and 110 drug arrests over the holiday weekend. As for 2019 July Fourth Holiday Boating Statistics, troopers worked 11 boating crashes, which included five injuries. While there were no boating fatalities, there were three drowning over the holiday weekend. Troopers also made 12 BWI arrests and 28 drug arrests. The 2019 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 3, to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 7, 2019. Last year, four people were killed and 220 injured statewide in Missouri over the holiday in 437 traffic crashes. Over the 2018 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 40 people for driving while intoxicated.
One of this years traffic fatalities occurred in our listening area. As we told you yesterday, Malcolm W. Smith, 35, of Slater, MO, died when the utility vehicle he was operating began sliding, crossed center lane, traveled off the roadway, and overturned several times. The crash occurred in Saline County on Missouri Route A/C south of Missouri Route P. Saline County Coroner William Harlow pronounced Smith dead at the scene. Smith was not wearing a seat belt.

 

SHOT FIRED INTO OCCUPIED  PICKUP IN NOVINGER MONDAY

A suspect is accused of firing a gun into an occupied pickup truck on Monday afternoon. It happened at around 2:45 p.m. in the parking lot of Sunshine Country Store in Novinger. Adair County Sheriff Robert T. Hardwick said that a man fired one shot through the windshield of a pickup as it sat parked in front of the store. The bullet went through the center part of the windshield. Adair County sheriff's deputies arrested the suspect near the store. That man is now in jail on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of formal charges. Investigators did recover the weapon at the scene. Authorities are questioning the shooter as well as several witnesses. No one was injured in that incident.

 

BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com said Monday's autopsy on Colleen Gompakis, 47, the victim of a murder in Kirksville last week, revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma caused by seven blows to the head with a weight off of a barbell. Investigators told KTVO that murder weapon was found at the scene. Ricky Ray Sides, 50, of Kirksville, is charged with Second-Degree Murder in the death of his girlfriend, Colleen Gompakis, 47, of Kirksville.A police officer found her body around 4 p.m. on Friday, July 5, 2019, in the couple's apartment at Kirksville Gardens Apartments when doing a well-being check. Court papers state the victim’s daughter reported to police that she had not seen or heard from her mother since Tuesday, July 2, 2019. The coroner estimates Gompakis had been dead since late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning. Sides is being held in the Adair County jail on $1 million cash-only bond.

 

MEXICO BUSINESS BURGULARIZED – VIDEO SURVELANCE LEADS TO ARREST

On Friday, July 5, 2019 at approximately 5:26 AM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2700 block of S Clark in reference to a burglary.  Responding personnel learned that someone had forcibly entered a business and taken money during the previous overnight hours.  Video from surveillance systems and information from an alert citizen led to the identification of Davian J Locastro, age 19 of Auxvasse.  It was determined that Locastro had an active warrant for his arrest out of Warren County and he was likely staying with family near Mexico. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department located the subject and placed him under arrest. He remains in custody at the Audrain County Jail at last report.ely with family in Audrain County outside of Mexico. This information was passed onto the Audrain County Sheriff's Department and deputies located and arrested him without incident. He was taken to the Audrain County Jail for the warrant and the case for the Mexico burglary will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for additional charges.




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07/08/2019

HOMICIDE IN KIRKSVILLE – LIVE-IN BOYFRIEND IN CUSTODY & CHARGED WITH 2ND DEGREE MURDER

Your Source, KTVO and KTVO dot com reports charges have now been filed following a homicide investigation in Kirksville. 50 year old Ricky Ray Sides, of Kirksville, is charged with Second-Degree Murder for the death of his live-in girlfriend, Colleen Gompakis, 47, of Kirksville. At around 4 p.m. Friday while performing a well-being check at a residence at Kirksville Gardens Apartments, located at 1501 South Jamison St, Kirksville Police discovered a woman’s body. Friday night investigators determined the case was a homicide. The next morning, Sides was arrested in the 1000 block of North Osteopathy Street on Saturday and was taken to the Adair County Detention Center in Kirksville. The coroner said the victim had multiple head wounds and it appeared she had been dead since late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.  An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday). Sides' bond is set at $1 million cash-only.

SLATER MAN KILLED IN COLLISION

A Slater man is dead after his UTV began sliding on Route A/C, just south of Route P in Saline County around 7:45 pm Saturday night. The patrol said 35 year old Malcolm W. Smith was driving the UTV when the vehicle crossed the center line, travelled off the road and overturned several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene of that accident by the Saline County Coroner. The patrol was assisted by the Salaine County Sheriff’s Department and the Slater Fire Department and EMS. His body was transported to Weiker Funeral Home in Slater pending arrangements. His death was one of several over the holiday counting period.

HIGBEE WOMAN RECEIVED MODERATE INJURIES  IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH – VEHCILE TOTALLED

The patrol reports 53  year old Felicia M. Baker of Higbee received moderate injuries in a single vehicle crash on Route A, just south of Higbee at 12:48 pm Sunday afternoon. According to the report, Baker was northbound when her auto ran off the road, struck the ground and overturned coming to rest east of the highway. She was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s office and the Higbee Fire Department.

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE ACCIDENT INVOLVING NEW DRIVER

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a new permit driver in Kirksville drove straight through a duplex wall and into her living room. The accident occurred on just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Queens Court in Kirksville. Authorities on scene speculated that the new driver thought that her car was in Reverse. She tried backing out of the parking space, but instead, the car was in Drive. The car smashed through the wall, with its front tires coming to rest on the living room couch. No one was hurt.

FULTON WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POT

A news release indicates Callaway County Deputies arrested 23 year old Danasia Pittman of Fulton on July 1st after finding nearly 8 pounds of marijuana and other drugs in her car during a traffic stop. Authorities also say her arrest is part of an ongoing federal investigation in Fulton by the United States Postal Inspection Service, Callaway County Sheriff’s Office K9 units, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. She was taken to the Callaway County Detention Center and later released pending an appearance in court.

BROOKFIELD PD COLLECTING SCHOOL SUPPLIES OR UPCOMING YEAR

A recent post on social media from the Brookfield Police Department indicates they are accepting donations for the 9th Circuit Juvenile Office School Supply drive. A list of items needed is included in that Facebook post and supplies can be left with the dispatcher on duty at the PD any time now through August 2nd. The Brookfield Police Department, Marceline Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff’s Department are doing a back to school competition. If you’d like to make a monetary donation you can do so by contacting the Juvenile office at 660-895-5022.




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07/03/2019

HAMILTON BOY INJURED IN ACCIDENT

An 8 year old boy from Hamilton was injured in an accident on private property, off Route CC in Daviess County, 5 miles north of Hamilton this past Sunday. The patrol said the incident occurred when 8 year old Alex Rich of Hamilton was sitting on the tailgate of a ppickup while the owner of the truck was working under the hood, trying to get the vehicle to start. The vehicle was left in gear and did start resulting in the vehicle rolling. The 8 year old was ejected from the tailgate and the pickup subsequently ran over him with the right rear tires before coming to rest at the bottom of an embankment. The boy sustained moderate injuries in the accident and was flown by Life Flight Eagle to Children’s Mercy in Kansas City for treatment.                     

SEMI ACCIDENT IN CALDWELL COUNTY

The patrol said a Cowgill driver was involved in a single vehicle wreck in Caldwell County at 9:45 AM Tuesday. The crash occurred as the tractor/trailer was attempting to turn into Cowgil road from Route HH and ended up overturning into a bard wire fence where it came to rest. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s office assisted at the scene. The driver, 32 year old Christopher Ray of  Cowgill had minor injuries and was transported by private auto to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment.

WORK STARTS MONDAY ON ROUNDABOUT AT FORUM BOULEVARD & GREEN MEADOWS 

Beginning July 8, the City of Columbia Public Works Department plans to begin construction of a partial dual-lane roundabout at the intersection of Forum Boulevard and Green Meadows, weather permitting. Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. is the contractor for the project, which is expected to take approximately 150 days to complete. Work will be done in phases to reduce the impact on traffic as much as possible. The first phase (west side) is expected to take approximately 65-75 days, or about half the time, to complete. Regular updates on the project's progress will be posted on social media. 

ENJOY THE FOUTH OF JULY

A number of area communities will be featuring fireworks and numerous other events for the entire family this Fourth of July. As we celebrate the Red, White and blue, the

Independence Day celebrations would not be the same without the scorching sun and fireworks lighting up the night sky. For pets, however, heat and sudden loud noises can be more harmful and frightening than fun. The Humane Society of Missouri encourages pet parents to keep their furry friends’ safety in mind as they celebrate the stars and stripes.

Follow these four tips for a safe Fourth of July for your pets:

1.         Don’t Forget: 70 Degrees & Over, Don’t Take Rover!

          When the temperature outside is 70 degrees or higher, the temperature inside a parked car can reach more than 100 degrees in just minutes, leading to death or severe injury in just minutes, regardless of whether a window is cracked or the car is located in the shade.

          If you see an animal in an untended car, call the local police and the Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Cruelty Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

          When your pet is outside, provide them with a shady spot and a bowl of clean water, ensuring they are protected from the sun at all times of the day. Secure a plastic (never metal) bowl to the ground so the bowl does not tip over or get too hot.

2.         Keep Track of Your Pet

          If your pet is going with you to participate in any festivities, keep them on a non-retractable leash or in a fenced-in area. Also, be sure your dog has an up-to-date microchip.

          Don’t wait until it’s too late. The Humane Society of Missouri’s Animal Medical Center of Mid-America is providing discounted microchips for just $25 throughout the month of July!

3.         Make Parties Pet Friendly

          Human treats and leftovers can damage a pet’s sensitive stomach, so pet owners need to clean up after themselves and remove any dangers that may be laying around.

          Keep fireworks, glow sticks, lighter fluid, sunscreen, insect repellent, citronella candles and other potentially dangerous items away from a pet’s paws.

4.         Reduce Rover’s Anxiety

          If possible, pets should be kept at home with a quiet, cool place to retreat where heat and sounds are less intense. Pets are more likely to relax in an interior room with access to clean, cool water – not on a chain or in a small crate.

          Pets are more sensitive to loud noises, so close the windows and consider turning on the radio or television to mask the sounds. If your pet is extremely anxious with loud noises, visit your veterinarian to discuss anti-anxiety options, such as ThunderShirts®, nutritional supplements and prescription medications that can often provide relief.

Have a great July 4th from all of us at the Best Broadcast Group family of radio stations!   Our offices will be closed Thursday and Friday. We’ll reopen Monday morning at the usual time.




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07/02/2019

DRIVER WHO FLED SCENE OF FATAL PEDISTRIAN CRASH ARRESTED & CHARGED

Columbia Police arrested Charles Michale Waddill, 49, of Harrisburg on Monday, July 1 in the connection to the June 29 crash where a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in the 1400 block of Range Line Street. The vehicle fled the scene after the crash. Waddill was arrested on charges of Leaving the Scene of an Accident-Resulting in Death. The victim, Timothy Martin Wilson, was pronounced dead on the scene as a result of his injuries..

MONROE COUNTY WRECK SENDS TWO PEOPLE TO UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

The highway patrol said a Paris motorcyclist and a Higbee passenger were both transported by Monroe County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia Saturday night with moderate injuries after the motorcycle they were on collided with a deer in the roadway. The crash occurred around 9:20 p.m. on Highway 154, 2 miles east of Paris. 24 year old Austin M. Wilkerson of Paris was the driver of that motorcycle and 20 year old Brianna R. James of Higbee was a passenger. The motorcycle had extensive damage. The patrol was assisted by a Park Ranger, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and the Paris Fire Department.

PUTNAM COUNTY CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT

The patrol worked a single vehicle crash in Putnam County Saturday night around 9:15 pm, a half a mile south of Unionville on 290th road. The report indicated 16 year old David O. Miller of Unionville was southbound and travelled off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the pickup then off the left side of the roadway, struck a fence and impacted the ground, then overturned onto its side in a field. Miller received minor injuries as did 18 year old Emily M. Cunningham of Unionville. They were both transported by Putnam County Ambulance to Putnam County Memorial hospital. An additional passenger, 16 year old Tomy J. Wheeler was transported to Putnam County Memorial Hospital by private auto. The patrol was assisted by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Ambulance, Putnam County Volunteer Fire department and the Unionville Police Department.

GRUNDY COUNTY SINGLE VEHCILE WRECK SUNDAY

A Jamesport resident, 17 year old Johnny L. Cosper wrecked his vehicle at 5pm Sunday in Grundy County on Route F, 5 miles west of Trenton. The patrol said he was eastbound when his vehicle went off the road, over corrected,  crossed the centerline and overturned 3 times. The auto came to rest on the North side of the road on its wheels. The driver was taken to Wright Memorial hospital in Trenton by Grundy County Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. The Grundy County Sheriff’s office assisted at the scene.

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

On Thursday, June 27, 2019 at approximately 8:57PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of Maple Street in reference to a reported grass fire.  Responding personnel found that someone had lit a fire at the base of a partially dead tree.  The fire was extinguished and there was no damage to any other property.  Initial investigation indicates this was part of an ongoing dispute between two people who both have ownership interests in the property.  There were no injuries from the incident.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION AT A MINIMUM DURING THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY

The Missouri Department of Transportation will limit road construction on the Fourth of July holiday to accommodate an anticipated record number of motorists on the highways. Lane and bridge closures already in place around the state will remain during the holiday and subsequent weekend. Be alert to sudden closures due to emergency situations and flooding. The American Automobile Association predicts that a record-high 41.4 million Americans will travel by automobile this Independence Day with Wednesday, July 3 being the most-traveled.

 IF YOU FEEL DIFFERENT YOU DRIVE DIFFERENT- DRUGGED DRIVING IS IMPAIRED DRIVING!  

The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to substance-impaired driving crashes. Alcohol, illegal drugs and even over-the-counter drugs cause impairment. Local law enforcement will be out in full force July 3rd -7th  with increased efforts to seek impaired drivers. No warnings. No excuses. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested. Don’t risk losing your independence by choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

MFA CLOSING 5 MISSOURI SERVICE CENTERS INCLUDING TWO IN OUR LISTENING AREA

In a news release this past week, MFA, Inc. announced it would be closing 5 Missouri Service Centers, including 2 in our listening area.  The Columbia store at 2420 Paris Road will be closing due to urbanization according to the release and the other store in our area that will close is the Fulton location. Both of those stores will close on July 17th while the other 3 stores will close by July 31st. Employee’s and operations at MFA’s headquarters in Columbia will not be affected. Currently, MFA operates 135 Service Centers in Missouri and neighboring states.




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July 1st  2019

TROY TEENAGER KILLED IN ACCIDENT SUNDAY.

The highway patrol investigated a fatal accident in Marion County Sunday that claimed the life of a 17 year old from Troy. According to the report, 43 year old Michael C. Thorp of Troy was southbound on US 61 , a half a mile north of Hannibal in a pickup pulling a camper trailer when he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle traveled off the road into the median and overturned ejecting both the driver and a passenger identified as 17 year old Hunter M. Thorp of Troy, son of the driver. Hunter Thorp was prounced deceased at the scene and his body was taken to James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Michael Thorp had moderate injuries and was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  That wreck happened just before 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon.

FATAL PEDESTRAIN CRASH SATURDAY, DRIVER LEAVES SCENE, POLICE INVESTIGATION

Columbia Police are looking for the driver of a white SUV that left the scene of the fatal crask in the 1400 block of Range Line Street. The incident happened at approximately 2:3 7 AM Saturday morning when Vehicle 1 was traveling northbound in the 1400 block of Range Line Street. Pedestrian 1 was walking west across Range Line Street. Vehicle 1 hit Pedestrian 1. After the crash, Vehicle 1 fled the scene traveling north on Range Line Street to westbound I-70. Pedestrian 1 was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel. Vehicle 1 is described as a white Subaru SUV with front end damage. The investigation is ongoing. Next of kin has been notified. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

VANDALISUM IN KIRKSVILLE THIS PAST WEDNESDAY

The Kirksville Police Department continues their investigation into a rash of vandalism that happened this past week. At one Kirksville construction business, the total amount of damages already exceedes $10,000/ The police department says several vehicles in the area also sustained damage from vandalism. Business owner, Dennis Shultheiss, told KTVO TV that he hasn’t seen damage like this in 37 years of business. The vandals used pieces of asphalt to break glass and dent the equipment. It also appears they walked on the hood of some of the machinery. Police are asking for any information the public can provide about the incident.

MANY CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FOR 4TH OF JULY

City of Columbia offices will be closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Residential curbside recycling and trash will not be collected on the observed holiday and will be delayed by one day the remainder of the week. Residents can download the COMO Recycle and Trash app for collection day reminders and service notifications. Questions concerning the collection schedule should be directed to the Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). The landfill will also be closed Thursday. In order to prioritize residential collection following the holiday, the regular Household Hazardous Waste facility hours Saturday, July 6 will be canceled. Go COMO, Columbia's public transit system, will not operate and parking meter regulations will not be enforced on the observed holiday. The City's Activity & Recreation Center (ARC) will be open at reduced hours, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Recreational swim will be open from 12 to 2:30 p.m.

MONROE COUNTY BRIDGE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Saturday around 5 p.m., the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the bridge over Milligan Creek in Monroe County near Middle Grove due to a sizable hole. "We put a plate over the hole last week, but it has grown even larger," explained MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Untiedt. Crews will soon evaluate the bridge rfor the feasibility of repairing the problem area, but it will remain closed until further notice. “The bridge deck is in serious condition, and it is on Missouri's statewide transportation improvement program for a full bridge replacement in 2023," Untiedt said. The estimated cost of the project is near $1 million Information about road closures is available on MoDOT's online traveler map at www.modot.org.




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06/28/2019

                LINN COUNTY FATAL ACCIDENT
Two Bucklin residents were involved in a fatal crash in Linn County at 11:20 Thursday morning. The patrol said the wreck was on highway 129, one mile north of Bucklin. 76 year old Charolotte E. Copple was southbound and crossed into the path of a northbound pickup driven by 63 year old Jerry L. Main of Bucklin. The two vehicles crashed in the roadway where they came to rest, Copple was pronounced deceased at the scene by Linn County Coroner Kenny Creason. Main sustained serious injuries and was flown by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. Several troopers were on scene as was Linn County EMS, Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Marceline Fire Department and MoDot. Copple’s body was taken to Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR PROMOTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY   

This past Monday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control arrested Gary Osborne, 72 of Columbia, Missouri, on for promoting child pornography.  The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit.  The Patrol was assisted by the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force.  On Monday, investigators executed a search warrant at Osborne’s residence located on North Garth Avenue, in Columbia.  As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment.  Osborne was arrested and transported to the Boone County Jail.  The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Osborne with one count of promoting child pornography and three counts of possession of child pornography.  Osborne’s bond was set at $50,000. The Division of Drug and Crime Control encourages Internet users to promptly report to the Patrol or local law enforcement anyone who attempts to engage in unwanted, inappropriate, or sexualized communications with children.  The Digital Forensics Investigative Unit is partially funded by the Missouri Department of Public Safety State Cyber Crime Grant and the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY OF CALLS

Chillicothe PD Officers responded to the following calls on June 26th

Chillicothe Police received 112 calls for service on 06/26/2019….

CHRISTMAS IN THE SUMMER SCHEDULED FOR DOWNTOWN MOBERLY SATURDAY NIGHT

The Randolph County unit of the Salvation Army will host "Christmas in the Summer, a Cruise event" Saturday, June 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Come re-live your high school days as you cruise down Reed Street in your favorite ride. Cruisers and spectators will be treated to free hot dogs at Depot Park where Santa, in his summer outfit, will accept donations in the giant Salvation Army Red Kettle. Santa's helpers will be ringing bells at various locations along the route and collecting additional contributions. All donations will be used to purchase school supplies for Randolph County students grades K-8. For more information contact the Salvation Army at 660-263-0094.

 MO ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE ASSISTING CONSUMERS AFFECTED BY FLOOD

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office along with numerous other local and state agencies is assisting those affected by the devastating flooding throughout Missouri. Investigators from the Attorney General’s office will provide resource materials with tips on selecting reputable contractors, avoiding price gouging, protecting personal information from identity fraud, and other scams seen after natural disasters. Today a MARC center is located in Boonville at the Open Bible Praise Center, at 16991 Highway 87 in Boonville from 11am to 7pm. 




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June 27th, 2019

RUPTURED GAS LINE PROMPTS EVACUATION IN DOWNTOWN KIRKSVILLE WEDENESDAY

A construction crew ruptured a gas line in downtown Kirksville late Wednesday morning, prompting an evacuation that included approximately 60 inmates from the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports A major gas leak in downtown Kirksville Wednesday prompted the evacuation of dozens of inmates at the Adair County Detention Center. Residents, business owners and customers in the affected area were also advised to get out. Emergency officials responded to the gas leak just before noon. A construction crew working in the 200 block of North Franklin Street ruptured the gas line in an alley. The line is owned by Liberty Utilities, and it's in an alley along the south side of the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. As a precaution, people and businesses in the 100 block of West Harrison and the 200 block of North Franklin were urged to evacuate, including those approximately 60 inmates. They were taken to the multi-purpose building at the NEMO Fairgrounds for about two-and-a-half hours until the ruptured gas line was repaired. Ameren Missouri also cut power to the affected area as an additional precaution. Around 2 p.m., the leak was stopped, and the blocked-off section of downtown Kirksville was reopened a short time later. The inmates were returned to the jail shortly after 2:30 p.m. No injuries were reported during the gas leak incident.

BARN IN SCHUYLER COUNTY DISTROYED BY FIRE TUESDAY NIGHT.

Schuyler County Fire Crews battled the blaze for over an hour, and successfully prevented it from spreading, but the barn was reduced to smoldering heaps.

KTVO and KTVO dot com also reported a Schuyler County barn was consumed by fire shortly after thunderstorms swept through the area. At around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, crews responded to the structure, which had stood on Route F, about three miles north of Highway 136. Those approaching the fire could see the light it gave off from the highway. Crews battled the blaze for over an hour, and successfully prevented it from spreading, but the barn was reduced to smoldering heaps. The property owner told us that he was housing a vintage tractor inside, which he had planned to eventually get up and running. Authorities still aren't sure what started the fire, however the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office indicated that they thought a lightning bolt was likely the cause.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING ON ANITA COURT TUESDAY

Two arrested in connection with shooting in Columbia Tuesday morning. Investigation is still ongoing.

Columbia Police responded to the 200 block of Anita Court on Tuesday, June 25 at approximately 11:00 a.m. for a report of shots fired. A victim with a gunshot wound was located in the street, along with several shell casings. During the investigation, officers learned of another victim, who was located hiding in a shed in the area. While conducting the investigation, officers were able to identify a suspect, Lajavion Andreas Redden. While following up on leads, CPD located evidence related to the case that was being concealed by Rashad Marquis Ingram. Redden, 19, of Ashland was arrested for two counts of Assault 1st and two counts of Armed Criminal Action. Ingram, 19, of Columbia was arrested for Tampering with Physical Evidence. Patrol officers, with the assistance of detectives from the Street Crime Unit, were able to locate Redden at a residence in the 8000 block of North Chesley Drive, where he was taken into custody with the assistance with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. Detectives are still actively investigating this case. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

ONE PERSON DEAD IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Columbia Police have confirmed one person is dead following Wednesday night shooting

Authorities have confirmed they are investigating a shooting incident in Columbia Wednesday night and that one person has diead. Its believed the shooting happened between 8:30 and 9 PM Officials with the Columbia Police Department have confirmed one person has died after a shooting in Columbia Wednesday evening on Tueplo Place which is north of the Business Loop. No additional information has been released.

MARCELINE POLICE REPORT SCAM

The Marceline Police have received reports from citizens of a possible scam in the area. Citizens have reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be a sweepstakes company and they have won a large amount of money. They request sending them a processing fee payable by check or money orders. They them advised a group of representatives will come to the winners home to present cash and prizes. Marceline Police advise do not give out any personal information to anyone. These seem to good to be true and they are. If you have information regarding a possible scam please contact the Marceline Police Department.




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06/25/2019

FIVE CAR CRASH IN ADAIR COUNTY TUESDAY

Two highway patrolmen with assistance of the Adair County Sheriff’s Department investigated a five car crash on MO Route 6, three miles east of Green Castle at 5 AM Tuesday morning that resulted in five people being transported for medical care.  Of those five cars, two were totaled, one had extensive damage and two received moderate damage.   The patrol said all of the vehicles were westbound and four were driven by residents of Kirksville while the other was from Oak Creek, WI.  The chain reaction type accident happened when 33 year old Rodrigue T. Tshibuabua of Kirksville overtook two other vehicles and was attempting to merge back into the westbound lane. His auto struck vehicle two driven by 49 year old Richard D. Erlandson of Oak Creek, WI. from behind. Vehicle two then struck vehicle 3 driven  by 26 year old Patou E. Zama of Kirksville.  Both of those vehicles were stopped in traffic for road work. The 4th vehicle which was driven by 39 year old Jean B. Sambayi of Kirksville slowed to allow the first vehicle to return to the west bound lane and was struck by the fifth auto which was driven by 40 year old Jervais K. Balionba of Kirsksville.  None of the drivers were injured in that crash, but five individuals total were transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment and all but one where passengers in vehicle number 4 and the other was in vehicle one.           

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED WHEN VEHICLE SWERVED TO AVOID COLLIDING WITH DEER

 

The highway patrol said two people were transported to a Quincy hospital after a single vehicle wreck on Marion County Road 230, approximately 8 miles southwest of Palmyra at 9:15 Monday night. 45 year old Jennifer A. Harwick of Palmyra was eastbound and swerved to avoid a deer on the county road. The driver lost control and the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a culvert and then some downed trees. The driver and a passenger, Kimverly M. Thielman both were transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy by private auto for treatment.

 

BOATER SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE SCHEDULED FOR THIS SATURDAY IN MACON

Troop B of the Highway Patrol will conduct a  boater safety certification course from  8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Long Branch Lake Corps of Engineers Visitor Center, 30174 Visitor Center Road, Macon, Missouri. There is no fee for this course; however, students are required to pre-register online as seating will be limited. There will be a break for lunch, but it will not be provided. For more information, to register for the course, or to obtain a complete listing of where other courses are being offered, you may visit the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website, www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. A Boat Safety Education & Certification link can be found on the left side of the Patrol’s home page under “Training.” Missouri law requires any person born after January 1, 1984, to carry a boater safety education certification card anytime they operate a vessel, which includes personal watercraft, on Missouri lakes. In addition, the certification is also required if you intend to operate a rental boat or personal watercraft on one of Missouri’s lakes. Participants who successfully pass the course will be eligible to order a boater safety certification card for $15. The boater safety certification card does not expire and does not need to be renewed. For further information please call Corporal Darren P. Mueller at (660) 385-2132. Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgement, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It!! Follow Troop B on Twitter for the most current news @MSHPTrooperB

 

67TH ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY FIRE IN THE SKY BACK

The City of Columbia’s 67th annual Fourth of July Fire in the Sky celebration is back again for another year of family-friendly fun. Live entertainment and activities will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Lucky’s Market, 111 S. Providence Road, and Flat Branch Park, 101 Fourth St. Food trucks will be offered at both locations, and children’s inflatables and crafts will take place at Flat Branch Park. Entertainment at the Lucky’s stage includes Boone Howlers at 6:30 p.m. and Burnin’ Down the House at 7:45 p.m. The Flat Branch Park stage will feature the Kansas City Street Band at 6:30 p.m. and Banastre Tarleton Band at 7:45 p.m. A fireworks display will begin at 9:15 p.m., launched from the field south of the Lucky’s parking lot. The fireworks will be choreographed to music, which will be played from both stages and simulcast on a local radio station. Providence Road will be closed from Elm to Broadway starting at approximately 8:30 p.m. Providence will reopen after the show is complete and officials have given the "all-clear" to reopen the street. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Some helpful tips for event-goers can be found on-line at CoMo dot gov regarding parking and street closures, tips and general information. Again, for more info visit CoMo.gov and search Fourth of July or call 573.874.7460. By the way, As the Fourth of July holiday quickly approaches, the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department reminds residents that discharging and/or possessing fireworks within the city of Columbia limits is prohibited. Most area towns have sometype of ordinance regarding fireworks so you may want to contact City Officials or local law enforcement.

 

CROWDER STATE PARK NEAR TRENTON TO HOST COLD BLOODED ANIMALS PROGRAM

Crowder State Park will host a Cold Blooded Animals program 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the park’s campground amphitheater. During the program, park staff will share interesting facts about the different types of cold blooded animals such as snakes, frogs, toads and fish that make the park their home. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather and bring insect repellent. Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Highway 146. For more information about the event, call the Crowder State Park at 660-359-6473.

 




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06/25/2019

MEXICO STORM DAMAGE & CLEANUP

This past Friday, thunderstorms moved through the area once again and left damage in some areas. The city of Mexico was no exception and storms that moved through brought heavy rain, strong wind gusts, and some small hail.  The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to about eight incidents of trees, large limbs, or utility lines in the roadway.  There was also a trampoline that blew into a utility pole in the area of Boulevard and Union.  The tree that fell in the 1000 block of W. Breckenridge pulled several utility lines, causing three utility poles to break.  Ameren Missouri responded and replaced the poles and their lines.  Spectrum Cable responded and replaced their lines.  AT&T still has a line down across the roadway in that area, leaving the 1000 block of W Breckenridge and the 600-700 blocks of S Morris closed. The storm was followed by heavy rain throughout Friday and early Saturday.  The South Fork Salt River began flooding the railroad underpass near the 1600 block of E Liberty and Pollock Road.  Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) pumped water from the underpass, keeping it passable.  The Mexico Street Department closed Pollock Road.  It was re-opened late Sunday, June 23, 2019.

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER DISTURBANCE INVOLVING A GUN

On Saturday, June 22, 2019 at approximately 12:38PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of E Holt Street in reference to a disturbance involving a gun.  Responding personnel located Montez L Williams, age 28 of Mexico, in the area.  Investigation led to Williams being arrested for Unlawful Use of Weapon, Unlawful Possession of Weapon, and Trespassing.  He was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond on the offenses.  There were no injuries from the incident.

ROUTE 63 NORTH OF LANCASTER OPEN ONCE AGAIN FOLLOWING BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

U.S. Route 63 is now open to traffic at the North Fork Middle Fabius River Bridge, located 1.6 miles north of U.S. Route 136 near Lancaster. The bridge closed on May 13 for replacement. “Even though we had wet weather, the contractor worked very hard to stay on schedule to get the bridge back open on time,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Amy Crawford.  “We appreciate everyone’s patience while U.S. 63 was closed.”  Over the next couple weeks, intermittent closures of a single lane will be necessary to complete the remaining items of work.  These lane closures will have minimal impact to traffic flow. The new bridge is approximately 10 feet wider than the existing one. Phillips Hardy, Inc., of Columbia, was the contractor on this project, in a total award cost of $987,830.

CHILLICOTHE POLICE WEEKEND CALL SUMMARY

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Friday, June 21st

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Sunday, June 23rd

FEES TO RIDE THE OATS BUS INCREASING

Oats transportation has announced a fare increase to help offset declining revenues, while supporting increased ridership opportunities to the general public.  The fares are necessary to maintain current levels of service and will directly impact the company’s operating budget. 

Rider contributions in the Northeast Missouri area have not changed for many years. Starting July 1st fares will apply to general public riders in the above mentioned counties. Fares will be $2.00 each one-way trip for in-town riders; $3.00 each one-way trip for county service; $4.00 each one-way trip going to an adjacent county; and $10.00 round trip (or $6 one-way) for long distance travel.  There is also a $1.00 fee for each Enroute stop. For Hannibal, Kirksville, Moberly and Warrenton city service, the fare is $2.00 each time you board the bus. Seniors and individuals with disabilities ride under contracts that are paid by third-party sources, therefore these fares do not affect those individuals. Confidential contributions are encouraged in order to keep the buses on the road. To see the bus schedules, check our website at www.oatstransit.org and click on the Bus Schedules tab, then click on the county in which you reside. Trips can be scheduled by calling the Macon office at 800-654-6287 or 660-395-3041. OATS Transit is funded, in part, through Federal Transit Administration grants through the MO Department of Transportation, Missouri Elderly & Handicapped Transportation Assistance Program, Area Agencies on Aging, some 351 Senior Tax and Senate Bill 40 Boards, private contracts, rider fares and contributions from the community. No rides will be denied for riders unable to pay under the Older Americans Act on AAA routes. OATS Transit is a private, not-for-profit corporation providing specialized transportation to the rural general public, individuals with disabilities and senior citizens in 87 Missouri counties. The company is headquartered in Columbia MO with regional offices and satellite offices located throughout the state.  For more information about OATS Transit please visit their website at www.oatstransit.com/oatstransit




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June 24th, 2019

WATER RESCUE AT FLAT BRANCH PARK IN COLUMBIA

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a swift water rescue at Flat Branch Park at 8:39am on Saturday. Units arrived on the scene approximately five minutes later and observed one subject in the water, under the bridge at Flat Branch Park. The Fire Department rescue boat and two rescuers were deployed into the creek and rescued the subject in under five minutes.  There were no reported injuries. Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to this call.  The Fire Department reminds everyone that heavy rains have created swollen creeks and flooded roadways.  Never drive over water covered roads and stay away from bodies of water especially moving water.

VEHICLE CATCHES FIRE AFTER DRIVER ATTEMPTED TO AVOID COLLISION WITH DEER

A Macon man sustained moderate injuries when he crashed his pickup truck trying to avoid a collision with a deer at 10 o’clock Saturday night. It happened on Route PP, five miles east of Macon when 32 year old Michael R. Flowers of Macon was eastbound and swerved to miss a deer and ran off the right side of the roadway. His pickup struck a road signed and overturned, coming to rest upright and then caught fire. Flowers was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. The Macon County Rural Fire Department and Macon County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

SULLIVAN COUNTY EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT SENDS 3 PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL

An early morning wreck in Sullivan County Friday at 3:52 am  resulted in 3 people being sent to Sulivan County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The patrol said 16 year old Halie S. Weaver of Milan was southbound on Highway Y at Highway J, five miles east of Milan and attempted to make a left turn. Her auto ran off the road, struck an embankment and came back onto the road and came to rest. The driver was not injured, however 3 other Milan residents who were passengers in the auto sustained minor injuries and were transported by Sullivan County Ambulance to Sullivan County Hospital for treatment.

 VEHICLE STRIKES MOTORCYCYLISTS HAND AT HILLCREAST SATURDAY.

An incident involving a car and a motorcycle was reported in Livingston County Saturday afternoon. According to the patrol the incident happened on Highway JJ, 8 miles south of Chillicothe. 44 year old Tina M. Hemsher of Hale was eastbound in a car and 62 year old Raymond O. Peel of Chillicothe was westbound on a motorcycle. The two vehicles met at a hill crest and the driver’s side mirror of the Hemsher auto struck the left hand of the motorcyclist. Both vehicles continued on at the time and then both drivers reported the incident separately.  Peel later was sought treatment at Liberty Hospital

LOUISANA DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

The driver of a big rig received minor injuries when his truck travelled off the right side of Highway 6 and overturned in a ditch in Lewis County, 2 miles east of Durham at 6:15 Sunday morning. The patrol said 60 year old Graydon L. Starkey of Louisiana was transported by Lewis County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment.

LONG BRANCH STATE PARK TO HOST PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING THIS SATURDAY

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to an informational meeting at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 29, at the Long Branch State Park North Shelter near Macon. The public is invited to share comments about the park and its operations. Park staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. A fun and interactive miniature golf course will be on-site for visitors to learn more about the various activities at the park. Long Branch State Park is located 28615 Visitor Center Road at Macon, MO. For more information, please contact the park at 660-773-5229.

HOT AIR BALLOON INCIDENT IN HANNIBAL

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports its sister Station KHQA in Hannibal reported that things didn’t go quite as expected with a hot air balloon during a celebration event in Hannibal on Saturday.  The Hannibal Bicentennial Celebration committee tells KHQA one little girl suffered minor injuries after a balloon landed in the crowd at the Hot Air Balloon Festival/Hannibal Bicentennial Celebration on Saturday evening. One person who was there told KHQA the basket hit right behind them, and “ran over his mother.” He said his mom was fine, but did have a small cut on her finger. Witnesses say the incident happened late in the 6pm hour. A firetruck and ambulance were witnessed at the scene.

BROOKFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING

The Brookfield PD has been busy with a number of investigations, arrests and more according to the most recent Brookfield Briefing released this past Friday, 6/22/2019 ...  

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’s REPORT

On Friday, June 21st, Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reported the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests …




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June 21st, 2019

COLUMBIA FIRE PERSONNEL DISPATCHED TO SPENCER’S CREST CONDOMINIUMS

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3800 Saddlebrook Place, Spencer’s Crest Condominiums at 4:13pm yesterday (THURS) afternoon. 911 callers indicated heavy Fire was coming from a balcony. Columbia Fire Department units arrived approximately 4 minutes later and reported heavy fire conditions in the roof and back of the building.  The Incident Commander upgraded to a second alarm, requesting additional equipment and personnel. Fire crews began an aggressive fire attack using pre connected hose lines and elevated water streams from aerial devices. Crews fought the fire for approximately 30 minutes before bringing it under control.  Witnesses on the scene and occupants in the building indicated everyone safely evacuated.   Fire investigators are on the scene and will perform an origin and cause investigation.  Crews conditioned to check for Hot spots. Additional details will be released as they become available.

CAMERON RESIDENT HURT IN MORGAN COUNTY CRASH               

The Highway Patrol reports a man from Cameron was injured when his vehicle was struck from behind. It happened in Morgan County on MO Route 5, 1 mile north of Rockerfeller Road at 11:20 Thursday morning. 49 year old Dean A. Holden was stopped in traffic when his auto was struck from behind by another car driven by 16 year ole Andrea F. Zimmerman of Tipton. The patrol said Zimmerman was inattentive and that is what led to the crash. Holden received moderate injuries and was transported by Mid MO Ambulance to St Mary’s Hospital.

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED ON SEVERAL FELONY CHARGES

The Highway Patrol arrested a Mexico man on a number of felony charges shortly before 8 o’clock Wednesday night in Audrain County. According to the report, 31 year old Michael C. Burgeson of Mexico was arrested and transported to the Audrain County Jail where he was being held without bond. Burgeson was charged with felony resisting arrest, felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine (2 grams), felony driving while revoked, 3 counts of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony warrant out of Boone County for Child Neglect, a Probation & Parole Board felony warrant for parole violation, a felony warrant out of Audrain County for tampering and a misdemeanor Audrain county Warrant for Failure to Appear.

 OTHER ARRESTS FROM THE AREA

The Patrol arrested several area residents in the past day or so. William J. Kaneer, 18, of Salisbury was arrested in Boone County on a Randolph County failure to appear. He was taken to the Boone County jail pending bond. 30 year old Joshua D. Barrow of Kirksville was arrested in Schuyler county on Thursday just after 3pm on a felony charge of no drivers license. He was also arrested on a Kirksville warrant for 2 counts of driving while revoked, displaying plates of another, no insurance and false impersonation. He was being held in the Schuyler County Jail. Around 3ppm Thursday, 54 year old Darren A. Henrichs of Kirksville was arrested in Adair County for a felony of no operator’s license and no seat belt. He was released from the Adair Co jail following processing. A Marceline man, 25 year old Jacob M. Martin was arrested by the patrol around 8:40 last (THURS) and charged with 1st Offence DWI and Careless and Imprudent Driving.  He was transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing and later released.

WEIGHT ALLOWANCE EXTENDED FOR FLOOD RELIEF & LEVEE REPAIR

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced an extension of an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways in flood relief and for levee and other public infrastructure flood repair. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10% more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways. The waiver remains in effect through July 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

          A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10% above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle;

          Transportation of rock, sand and gravel only within the state of Missouri;

          Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;

          When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;

          Travel under this allowance is only allowed on non-interstate highways. Those taking advantage of the weight allowance cannot operate on any portion of the interstate highway system.

Check the MoDOT Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org or download the free app at Google Play or the Apple Store for up-to-date road closure information




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June 20th, 2019

FULTON WOMAN INJURED TRYING TO AVOID COLLISION WITH DEER               

The Highway Patrol reports a Fulton Driver was transported by private vehicle to Fulton Medical Center for treatment following a one vehicle crash in Callaway County around 3:40 AM Wednesday morning. Authorities said 33 year old Kimberly D. Cornwell was southbound and served to avoid a deer. Her auto went off the left side of the road and overturned. The Callaway                                   County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

DRIVER TREATED AT KIRKSVILLE HOSPITAL AFTER COLLISION WITH SEMI

Your Source KTVO & KTVO dot com reports a A Highway 63 crash involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV sent one driver to the hospital. It happened right around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Kirksville. Police told KTVO the driver of a northbound SUV crossed into the oncoming lane and hit the big rig's back wheels. The semi driver was not hurt. The driver of the SUV was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. The names of the drivers have not been released as of yet. Police say the investigation is still ongoing.

BRIDGE REOPENED AFTER FLOOD WATERS RECEDE

As flood waters recede, MoDOT crews are busy getting the roadway cleared of any debri and back up to are clearing up the roads and checking for issues flooding often leaves behind. The Route 40 Missouri River Bridge north of Boonville was reopened this past Tuesday afternoon after being closed since June 3rd.  Route 87, north of Boonville was also officially reopened and updates are continuing to be posted on the Traveler Information Map as we as social media.

WHILE ONE HIGHWAY PROJECT IS DELAYED, CREWS PLAN TO START NEW PROJECT TODAY 

While a resurfacing project on Chariton County Route 5 continues to be delayed due to weather and material concerns. Crews from Capital Paving and Construction, working with the Missouri Department of Transportation, plan to begin work today (THURSDAY) on Route 129 during the Route 5 delay. Crews plan to begin resurfacing 7.24 miles of Route 129 from Route W to Route PP near Salisbury with a planned completion date in early July. Crews are currently working to determine a new start date for the Route 5 project. Motorists who regularly travel this area should be alert and watch for roadway signs and workers. A pilot car will be used to guide vehicles through the work zone. Crews will work during daylight hours, five days per week. Some work may occur on the weekends, if necessary to complete the project on schedule. All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled.

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY

June 18th,  2019 Calls for service …

Chillicothe Police received 119 calls for service on 06/18/2019




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06/19/2019

MINOR INJURIES FOR QUEEN CITY DRIVER

The Highway Patrol reports a single vehicle accident on Cedar Street at 10th Street in Queen City at 1:40 pm Tuesday resulted in minor injuries. According to the report, 40 year old Shanon M. Potter was northbound and her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment. Potter was transported by Schuyler County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES

The Patrol worked a two vehicle crash in Audrain County around 4:30 pm Tuesday. 76 year old Nella A. Campbell of Mexico was westbound on US 54 east of Route HH and slowing down to turn into a private drive when her auto was struck from behind by another westbound auto driven by 19 year old Dacen L. Lloyd of Columbia. Campbell received moderate injuries in that crash and was transported to Boone Hospital in Columbia by Audrain County Ambulance.  Both vehicles were totaled. The Audrain County Sheriff’s office provided assistance.

MODERATE INJURIES FOR JEFFERSON CITY MAN

The patrol said an accident on US 63 in Boone County, just north of Gilpin Road around 8:40 AM Tuesday morning resulted in moderate injuries for a Jefferson City man.  Joshua M. Kelsey, 40, of Jefferson City was northbound in the driving lane. A dump truck operated by 66 year old Russell L. Martin of Ashland was accelerating in the passing lane as Kelsey attempted to change into the passing lane and struck the dump truck in the rear. Kelsey’s auto then ran off the left side of the highway while the dump truck came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder. The dump truck driver was not injured, however Kelsey did receive moderate injuries and was transported to Capital Regional Hospital by University Ambulance.

FAYETTE MAN SUFFERED MODERATE INJURIES IN HOWARD COUNTY WRECK

The Patrol said 23 year old Joshua G. Adams of Fayette received moderate injuries when his westbound vehicle went off MO 240, just west of Route P in Howard County shortly after 12 noon on Monday and struck an embankment. Adams said he was trying to avoid colliding with a mail truck that was stopped partially in the roadway.  He was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

FIRE IN LAPLATA TUESDAY AFTERNOON

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a bizarre chain of events led to a house fire in northeast Missouri. It happened around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at a home right across the street from the La Plata Golf Course. City crews at the scene told KTVO that a tractor-trailer was driving past the house when the top of the big rig got caught on a cable line. The driver was not aware that had happened, and he kept on driving. Eventually the pressure snapped a utility pole in half, and live power lines landed on the house at 302 South Hastings Street. The downed lines caught the front of the home's garage on fire. It appeared damage was contained to the garage. Fire departments from La Plata, Kirksville and Adair County helped at the scene. No one was home when the fire started and No one was injured in the incident.

FUNDRAISER FOR TRENTON POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN LINE OF DUTY

The North Central Missouri College Criminal Justice Club is honoring NCMC student, Officer Jasmine Diab for her service by hosting a fundraiser through the NCMC Foundation.  Jasmine Diab, a two-year veteran of the Trenton Missouri Police Department, was injured in the line of duty on June 14, 2019. Officer Diab has been enrolled in the Criminal Justice program at NCMC since 2018 and is originally from Moberly, Missouri. Donations will be handled by the NCMC Foundation with all proceeds directly benefitting Officer Diab.  You can mail a check to the NCMC Foundation – Jasmine Diab at 1301 Main St Trenton, MO 64683. Or to donate online, use the DONATE HERE posted on our website.

SOCCER REGISTRATION UNDERWAY

Green Hills Soccer Registration is underway for the Fall 2019 and the Spring 2020 Seasons. To register or for more information, visit https://www.greenhillssoccerclub.com  




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June 18th, 2019

MILAN RESIDENTS EJECTED IN 4 WHEELER CRASH MONDAY AFTERNOON

The highway patrol said two people were hurt  in a 4 wheeler accident in Sullivan County off Highway W, four miles east of Osgood at 2:15 Monday afternoon. The report indicated 9 year old Daniel J. Jacobs was operating the 4 wheeler when the crash occurred and 6 year old Ally J. Jacobs was a passenger. The two were traveling through a field when the unit overturned, ejecting both the driver and his passenger.  Ally Jacobs received minor injuries and was transported to Sullivan County Hosp[ital by private auto.  Daniel Jacobs sustained moderate injuries and he was flown by Air Evac to Methodist Hospital in Des Moine, IA. The patrol was assisted by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.

ONE INJURED IN LINN COUNTY REAR END COLLISION MONDAY MORNING

One person was transported to an area hospital for treatment following a rear end collision in Linn County on US 36, one mile east of Laclede at 11:20 AM Monday. The patrol said 25 year old Hannah J. Ford of Osborn was eastbound and another auto, driven by 62 year old Gary R. Alexander of Linneus was following to close and struck the Ford auto from behind. Alexander was not injured. Ford received moderate injuries and was transported by Linn County EMS to  Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Department and the Brookfield Police Department.

KNOX COUNTY REAR END COLLISION SENDS ONE TO QUINCY HOSPITAL

An accident in Knox County sent one man to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. According to the patrol the accident happened on MO Route 6 one mile west of Knox City at noon Tuesday when 67 year old Paul T. McCarty of Knox City was making a left hand turn and his auto was struck from behind by another eastbound auto driven by 25 year old Sharri A. Edwards of Knox City.  McCarty received minor injuries, but was transported by Knox County Ambulance to the Quincy hospital.  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MAKES DRUG ARRESTS

A search warrant obtained by Livingston County Sheriff Cox was served on Friday evening, June 14 by officers from the LCSO, Chillicothe Police and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Investigation resulted in the seizure of alleged methamphetamine and methamphetamine drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested Steven L. Burns, 33, Chillicothe for the alleged drug violations. Mr. Burns was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail. Mr. Burns has since been charged with alleged felony Possession of Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine and remains incarcerated pending Court appearance. Mr. Burns is also on parole for a sex crime and information has been sent to the parole officer. During this incident a LCSO employee was injured during attempt to force open locked door as the suspect was refusing to open the door. The employee was cut from the breeching tool and required multiple stitches at Hedrick Medical Center. In other news, on June 14 the LCSO arrested Kelly Noel Hanshaw Saville, 18, Chillicothe on a Livingston County arrest warrant for alleged felony Possession of Controlled Substance. Mr. Saville was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail. On June 15 The Livington County K-9 team were summoned to assist a Carroll County Sheriff Deputy in Carroll County on a vehicle stop. Zaki gave indication as to the odor of drug(s) being present and the deputy reported finding numerous prescriptions to other people, some unidentified prescriptions (labels removed) and marijuana. See Carroll County Sheriff for additional information. On June 16th, the K-9 unit were summoned by the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assist on a car stop on U.S. 36 near the Grand River and a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, ecstasy and methamphetamine paraphernalia. The Trooper arrested Cassie K. Leeper, 36, Trenton on the alleged drug violations. The LCSO transferred Ms. Leeper to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail pending formal charges being filed. Also on June 16th, a Springfield, IL man was stopped for excessive speed and during the stop indicators of possible drug possession were raised. Further investigation resulted in seizure of drug pipes and learning the driver swallowed certain controlled substance when he was worried about being stopped. The driver was found to be okay and later cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia during a traffic stop on U.S. 36 at Highway D. Report being submitted to prosecuting attorney for consideration of charge(s). During the early evening hours on June 16th, the K-9 team were summoned to assist the Chillicothe Police on an incident with an alleged violent fugitive. That person was found to also be in possession of Methamphetamine. Sheriff Cox said the LCSO have several additional drug investigations continuing and they   hope to share additional information on these in the near future. We appreciate all your TIPS on drug and other crimes. We take great effort to see each TIP is checked into and/or passed on to the respective law enforcement agency with jurisdiction.

COLUMBIA PARKING GARAGE TO UNDERGO MAINTENANCE WORK

Maintenance to the top floor of the 10th and Cherry Parking Garage at 1000 Cherry St. in Columbia starts next Monday, June 24, weather permitting. Tarlton Construction will apply a seal coat to the top floor, which prevents water from seeping into and damaging the structure. The top floor of the garage will be closed while maintenance is performed.Parkers who have permits for the 10th and Cherry Parking Garage are encouraged to park in permit spaces on other floors. Some hourly spaces will be designated as permit only to account for the loss of space, however, hourly parking will still be available. The maintenance is scheduled to be completed by Friday, July 5, weather permitting

GOVERNOR MAKES APPOINTMENTS AND FILLS POSITIONS

Two local people have been selected by the Governor’s office to fill positions. Nancy Gingrich, of Clarence, was appointed to the Truman State University Board of Governors. Ms. Gingrich is a retired educator with teaching experience at the high school level, Moberly Area Community College, and the Juvenile Office of Macon and Shelby Counties. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Truman State University and a Master’s Degree in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Missouri. Ms. Gingrich is involved in a wide variety of community endeavors, including as a Medical First Responder with the Shelby County EMS. The Governor has slected Philip Prewitt, of Macon for an appointment to the Administrative Hearing Commission. Mr. Prewitt is an Attorney with Philip E. Prewitt, LLC. Previously, he served as an Associate Circuit Judge in Missouri from 2011-2018. Mr. Prewitt received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and his Juris Doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.




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June 17th, 2019

TRENTON POLICE OFFICER IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER BEING SHOT DURING PRISONER TRANSPORT

The highway patrol says a Trenton Police Officer was shot shortly after 3 o’clock Friday afternoon during a prisoner transport. Troop H sent out a tweet that read “At approximately 3:08 p.m. a Trenton Police Officer was transporting a prisoner southbound on US 69 to St Joseph. A struggle occurred inside the police vehicle and the officer was shot in the abdomen. This is preliminary information and the investigation continues”. Troop H sent out another tweet later in the evening that said “UPDATE: Reference the officer involved shooting on US 69 in Daviess County. The Trenton Police Officer is currently listed in critical condition at an area hospital. The suspect, Jamey A. Griffin, w/m, 38, sustained a gunshot wound to the hand and is in stable condition”. Another tweet sent Saturday said UPDATE: Reference Officer involved shooting on US 69 in Daviess County. The Daviess County Prosecuting Attorney has charged suspect Jamey Aaron Griffin with: (1)Assault First Degree; (2)Armed Criminal Action; (3)Unlawful Use Of A Weapon.” A post Saturday on the Moberly Police Department Facebook page said “The Moberly Police Department continues to pray for Officer Jasmine Diab, of the Trenton Police Department. Officer Diab was shot while transporting a prisoner yesterday (meaning Friday) and remains in intensive care. Officer Diab is the daughter of Esam and Lori Diab, of Moberly.

DRIVER & PASSENGER INJURED WHEN VEHICLE COLLIDES WITH DEER IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The highway patrol said two Wellsville residents were injuree Saturday morning at 4:30 AM on Route CC. The report said 29 year old Brittany J. Burch of Wellsville was driving westbound when the collision occurred. She was transported by Montgomery County Ambulance Personnel to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. A passenger, 30 year old Jonathan J. Fisher sustained minor injuries and was also transported to University Hospital for treatment.

THREE INJURED WHEN TWO VEHICLES CRASH IN CALDWELL COUNTY SUNDAY

A two vehicle collision in Caldwell County Sunday resulted in injuries for three area residents. The patrol said the accident occurred on MO 116, one and a half miles east of Cowgill when 18 year old Justin J. Blakley was southbound and failed to stop at a stop sign and turned right onto MO 116 to go westbound. Blakley turned wide and crossed the center line striking an eastbound vehicle driven by 25 year old Michael J. Clark in the left front. The impact resulted in a passenger in the Blakley                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         auto being ejected. That passenger, identified as Riley D. Coon, age 18 was ejected off the roadway while the two vehicles went off the south side of the highway. Blakley and Coon were both transported by Life flight Helicopter. Blakkley was taken to Truman Medical Center while Coon was transported to Liberty Hospital. The patrol was assisted by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department. The other driver had minor injuries and refused treatment.

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reported the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests on Friday ....




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06/14/2019

HEAD ON CRASH IN GRUNDY COUNTY KILLS JAMESPORT DRIVER

A two vehicle head on crash claimed the life of a Jamesport man early yesterday (Thurs) morning in Grundy County. The patrol said 61 year old Russell L. Louderback of Trenton was westbound on M-6, three miles west of Trenton when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck an eastbound vehicle driven by 38 year old Eric S. Virtue of Jamesport head on. Louderback’s pickup came to rest off the highway on its wheels. The Virtue auto came to rest off the south side of the roadway. Both vehicles were totaled. Virtue was pronounced dead at the scene by the Grundy County Coroner. Louderback was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton and then transferred to St. Lukes Hospital, Kansas City, MO

. The Patrol was assisted by the Grundy County Sheriff’s office, EMS and Fire personnel.

RESIDENTIAL FIRE ON BALBOA LANE IN COLUMBIA – ONE FATALITY REPORTED

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a smoke odor inside a residence at 3413 Balboa Lane on Thursday, June 13 at 2:51 a.m. First arriving units reported smoke inside one side of a duplex where the party reporting the smoke odor lived. Fire crews forced entry into the other side of the duplex and found heavy smoke conditions but no fire. Crews conducted a search of the residence and found one occupant in the residence. The person found was unconscious and in a bedroom. The subject was removed from the home and CPR was administered by Fire Department personnel.  Paramedics provided patient care and determined the subject was deceased. Assistant Fire Marshal Shawn McGruder was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation. He determined the fire originated in the kitchen as a result of unattended cooking.  Conditions in the duplex were such that the fire extinguished on its own prior to fire crews arriving. Through the investigation, it was determined that there was only one occupant in the residence at the time of the fire. Columbia Police identified the deceased as Jason Ian Frazier, 38, of Columbia.  Both units in the duplex had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.     

CROWDER STATE PARK NEAR TRENTON TO HOST TREE PROGRAM N 6/22/2019

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 13, 2019 – Crowder State Park will host a Trees program 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the park’s campground amphitheater. During the program, park staff will share interesting facts about the different types of trees that make the park their home. The program will include a short hike to view different tree species at the park. Participants are encouraged to wear insect repellant and closed-toe shoes. Participants should also bring a flashlight. Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Highway 146. For more information, call the Park Office at 660-359-6473.

PROPOSAL TO MOVE USDA AGENCIES TO KANSAS CITY

That proposal means the National Institute of Rood and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service f will relocate their headquarters along with hundreds of jobs from Washington, D.C. to Kansas City. U.S. Representative Sam Graves advocated strongly for the move to Kansas City after it was announced that the USDA was searching for a new location.  USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last year that the administration was planning to move the agencies out of Washington, D.C. Kansas City was announced last month as 1 of 3 finalists. 139 Expressions of Interest from 35 states were initially submitted. Criteria used in the site selection process were Quality of Life, Costs, Workforce and Logistics/IT Infrastructure.  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY OF CALLS

Chillicothe Police report the following calls from June 12th




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06/13/2019

 

NOVINGER COUPLE KILLED IN MARION COUNTY CRASH WITH 18 WHEELER

A tragic accident in Marion County on US 36 at Monroe City just after 2:30 Wednesday afternoon when an eastbound auto driven by 77 year old Janie Goodwin of Novinger attempted to make a left turn from the right hand lane of US Highway 36 and into the path of an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Lance Rodgers, 34, of Bentleyville, PA. The 18 wheeler struck the Goodwin auto on the driver’s side. Following impact, both vehicles came to rest in the roadway. Janie Goodwin was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger and husband of the driver, 72 year old Earl E. Goodwin was pronounced deceased at University Hospital in Columbia.  The driver of the 18 wheeler had minor injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The patrol’s crash team investigated the accident with assistance from other Patrol Troopers along with the Monroe City Police Department, Monroe City Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Department.

 

QUEEN CITY MAN AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER ATV ACCIDENT

The highway patrol said a Queen City man received moderate injuries in an ATV accident and was airlifited to a Columbia hospital for treatment. 44 year old William J. Robbins was westbound on Fox Pen Road, 3 miles west of Queen City in Schuyler County at 6pm last (WED) night when the ATV ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department, First Responders and Ambulance all provided on scene assistance.

 

MPSD  RESPONDS TO FIRE CALL ON NORTH WESERN STREET

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at approximately 5:30PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of N Western in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found a small woodpile burning near a bar-be-que grill and near some tools and equipment.  The fire was quickly extinguished with no further damage.  The resident stated he was cooking on the grill a few hours earlier and a grease fire started below it.  He thought he had the fire extinguished and left the area.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

INFORMATION MEETING AT THOUSAND HILLS STATE PARK APPROACHING

Thousand Hills State Park invites the public to an informational meeting at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 29. The public is invited to share comments about the state park and its operations. State park staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions. Input from the public is important to Missouri State Parks. These informational meetings, which are being held in all state parks and historic sites, help create two-way communication with the public. The meetings give staff the opportunity to let people know the status and future plans for the parks and historic sites, and they offer visitors the opportunity to comment on the facilities. Thousand Hills State Park is located at 20431 State Highway 157 and located west of Kirksville, For more information, please contact the park at 660-665-6995.

For more information about Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit the web at mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

 

BUSY WEEKEND AHEAD

Even though there is a threat of rain for the next several days including the weekend, the National Weather Service has indicated no severe weather is expected and that’s good news for all the events planned around the area.  In Moberly, the Annual Railway Days Event is underway and the biggest schedule of events is planned for Saturday. It’s a similar story in Brookfield as the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Summer Festival downtown and in the twin parks area. Both events draw large numbers of individuals to the respective communities and event organizers do all they can to make sure everything goes as expected, but they certainly can’t control the weather. Regardless, the weather does not appear to make it a wash out as a good portion of each day is expected to be dry for the most part so get out and participate in all the area has to offer.


CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY OF CALLS

                                             

June 11th, 2019

  • 8:47am, Officers recovered illegal drug paraphernalia from the street in the 500 block of Washington….
  • 9:02am, Officer out at the Courthouse for Court Duties….
  • 9:09am, Officers monitored traffic near the South Junction for a reported C & I driver…..The vehicle was located but was unoccupied….

  • 9:40am, Officers stood by at a residence in the 1200 block of Clay Street while some property was removed from a residence….

  • 9:55am, Officer assisted with the removal of bicycles from the property shed at the Street Department Warehouse to be refitted for underprivileged youth…..

  • 11:03am, Officer received a report of the theft of a purse from a vehicle in the 1000 block of South Washington Street…..Suspect has been identified and investigation is continuing….

  • 11:14am, Officer performed an escort for another agency……

  • 12:07pm, Officer is continuing investigation into the recovery of a controlled substance that had been found at a location in the 200 block of West Business 36 Highway…..

  • 1:28pm, Officer was called to escort an individual off of property in the 200 block of West Business 36 Highway….Subject was removed from property….

  • 3:03pm, Complaint of vehicle illegally parked in the 1300 block of Burnam Road….Vehicle was checked and parked legally….

  • 4:16pm, Request from resident in the 1400 block of Clay Street in reference property having disappeared from residence….No report made at this time….

  • 4:35pm, Possible protection order violation reported in the 100 block of East Herriman…..The suspect was gone on Officer’s arrival but a subject on scene reports they were assaulted…..investigation continuing….

  • 5:16pm, Officers responded to the 1200 block of Third Street in reference to a disturbance….It was determined to be a verbal disagreement and no arrests were made….

  • 5:21pm, Report of a disturbance between two subjects in the 700 block of Elm Street….Officers were unable to locate the involved parties….

  • 5:40pm, Property dispute in the 400 block of Polk Street….No report at this time….

  • 7:12pm, Report of subject burning illegal items in a burn barrel in the 400 block of Dickinson Street….Subject advised to extinguish the fire….

  • 7:26pm, Subject at the PD wanting to report property damage at a residence in the 800 block of Woodward…..Investigation continuing….Possible civil issue….

  • 9:07pm, Officers assisted Emergency Services with a vehicle fire in the 1200 block of Jackson Street….

  • 9:45pm, Report of 11 yr. old missing from house in the 400 block of Polk Street….Subject was located at a friend’s house and returned to their mother….

  • 10:49pm, Report of loud crash in area of Tenth and Maple Street….Vehicle was found to have struck a telephone pole and then a tree and turned on its side….The driver was discovered to be a 13 year old female who was taken by Emergency Services for treatment at Hedrick Medical Center….

  • 11:24pm, Report of possible fight at basketball court of Danner Park….Officers located no fight and advised the parties that were present of the closing time of the courts….The parties left the area….

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

  • Chillicothe Police received 120 calls for service on 06/11/2019….








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June 12th  2019

KIDDER RESIDENT KILLED IN GRUNDY COUNTY WRECK

The highway patrol reports the driver of a dump truck was killed at 7:45 AM Tuesday morning on MO Route 6, eight miles west of Trenton. According to the crash report, 25 year old Chaz A. Streu was driving a dump truck eastbound on MO 6 and the vehicle skidded, then travelled across the center of the roadway and went off the north side of MO 6 where the vehicle struck and embankment and overturned, coming to rest on the drivers on the north side of MO Route 6 .  Streu was transported to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton where he was pronounced deceased by a hospital physician  

PORTION OF BUILDING COLLAPSED FRIDAY IN EDINA

KTVO reports a portion of a historic Edina, Mo., building collapsed on Friday afternoon. The Edina Sentinel reports the old building on the southwest corner of the town square had just been deemed dangerous last Wednesday morning. The next morning, Edina Police Chief Ryan bishop closed off a section of South Main Street as a precaution. Twenty-eight hours later, the back corner of the building came crashing down. Two witnesses saw the collapse and heard a loud cracking noise. They said it sent a cloud of dust into the air as that portion of the building collapsed. Debris spilled out onto the street and into the back alley between the historic building and the Citizens Bank of Edina. On the bright side, there were already plans to demolish this building, according to what the police chief had told the Sentinel.

KANSAS WOMAN DIES FROM INJURIES RECEIVED  IN MONDAY CRASH

We told you yesterday (Tues) morning about a crash involving a passenger car and a tractor trailer. The Mexico Department of Public Safety provided details on that deadly accident and said the Kansas woman involved in the collisison , 34 year old Laura Ingold of Emporia, Kansas, died at University Hopspital in Columbia after her auto hit a tractor trailer a little after 2pm. The crash closed the road for more than two hours. Ingold was eastbound about 2.2 miles south of East Liberty Street when she crossed the centerline and hit a trailer being towed by a westbound semi-truck, police said. The truck overturned but the driver, Courtney Williams, 47, of Mansfield, Texas, had only minor injuries and refused treatment, police said. First responders had to remove Ingold from her vehicle, and she was flown to Columbia, where she succumbed to her injuries, police said. Williams had minor injuries and refused medical attention, police said.The bypass was closed until about 4:40 p.m. and was reduced to one lane for another two hours for cleanup. The truck was carrying aluminum oxide, a chemical compound used in some manufacturing. 

LOCATION CHANGE FOR DRIVER EXAMINATIONS IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

The Randolph County Driver Examination Station located in the Moberly Police Department at 300 North Clark Street in Moberly, Missouri, is moving to a new location.  Beginning today, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, testing will be conducted at the Huntsville City Hall at 205 South Main Street in Huntsville, Missouri.  Testing is held every Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  The station is closed from 12 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. for lunch.  The motorcycle skills test is given at 11:00 a.m.




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06/11/2019

SEMI AND PASSENGER VEHICLE COLLIDE ON US HIGHWAY 54 BYPASS

On Monday, at approximately 2:04PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the US Highway 54 bypass in reference to a crash involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer.  The tractor-trailer turned over as a result of the crash.  The driver of the passenger vehicle was flown to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.  The bypass was closed in both directions and has now been re-opened.  Traffic is slowed to one lane of travel around the crash scene as clean-up efforts continue.  The crash is still under investigation. 

MODERATE INJURIES FOR MARSHALL RESIDENT

The patrol reports a Marshall driver sustained moderate injuries in a crash on Route P at Gilliam in Saline County around 7:00 pm Saturday night. 28 year old Lacy M. Hiller was southbound and failed to negotiate a curve. The auto travelled off the roadway and struck a ditch and culvert before coming to rest. She was taken by private vehicle to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

GOOD NEWS FOR BRUNSWICK RESIDENTS – US ROUTE 24 EAST OF TOWN REOPENED!

Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation were able to reopen both lanes of U.S. Route 24 and Route 5 east of Brunswick Monday morning after floodwaters receded and the roadway was cleared. A portion U.S. Route 24 to the west of Brunswick between Routes 11 and 41 was still closed as of last report.

Several area roadways remain closed due to flooding including Route 41 to Miami and U.S. Route 65 south of Carrollton. Please consult the Traveler Information Map to see other flooded roadways and plan your route.

GOVERNOR SIGNS FY 20 BUDGET BILLS

Governor Applauds General Assembly for a Productive Session a Fiscally-Responsible, Balanced Budget

Monday, Governor Parson signed the FY20 budget bills passed by the General Assembly, which focused on ongoing improvements to infrastructure and workforce development, and investing in our Missouri’s public servants.  

“Every year, the legislatures are committed to protecting taxpayers’ hard-earned money,” Governor Parson said. “We are proud of the General Assembly and their efforts with the fiscal year 2020 budget. They have created a fiscally-responsible, balanced budget that will move Missouri forward.”

The total state budget is approximately $30.0 billion, including $10.2 billion general revenue. This budget also leaves $185 million set aside for future budgets. In signing the FY20 budget bills, the Governor issued zero line-item vetoes and issued no withholds, as a result of strong economic performance.

From the beginning, infrastructure has been a top priority for Governor Parson and his administration. Missouri will begin meeting infrastructure needs across the state without raising taxes by funding the following items within the existing budget:

Another top priority for Governor Parson this session was creating and improving Missouri's workforce development programs. A comprehensive economic development strategy was established to include several key elements of the Governor’s workforce development priorities, which includes:

The Governor is also committed to moving state team member salaries to be competitive with Missouri market rates. This is part of his back-to-basics management reform agenda, which includes:

In addition, the budget incorporated the Governor’s proposal to improve economic and workforce development through a reorganization of state government that was overwhelmingly supported by the General Assembly. These changes will streamline state government and ensure it produces better outcomes for Missourians, which leads to better efficiency and long-term cost savings.

Governor Parson said, “It’s important to run Missouri with a fiscally responsible, balanced budget. We appreciate all the people involved who work extremely hard to accomplish this mission.”




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June 10th  2019

GLASGOW MAN DIED FROM INJURIES IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH SATURDAY

The patrol said a Glasgow man was killed Saturday night at 7:44 PM in Howard County. According to the report, 45 year old Michael J. Fuemmeler of Glasgow was southbound and failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 3 in Howard County, just south of   Route JJ. His motorcycle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole ejecting the driver. The bike then struck a fence. Fuemmuler was pronounced dead at the scene by the Howard County Coroner James Hurt .

SCOTLAND COUNTY DEAD AFTER TWO VEHICLE COLLISION NEAR MEMPHIS FRIDAY

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com said the Patrol reported a tw0 vehicle crash at 6:30 AM Friday morning on US Highway 136, four miles west of Memphis.

Troopers say a pickup truck driven by Kevin Goosey, 56, of Memphis, crossed into the westbound lane and was struck by a concrete truck driven by James Siver, 54, also of Memphis. Both vehicles traveled off the south side of the roadway and into a ditch. Goosey was pronounced dead by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis at Scotland County Hospital at 7:30 a.m.  Siver was transported by ambulance to Scotland County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

This past Friday, Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reported the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests.

CANDY CANE CITY RIBBON CUTTING

Parents, grandparents, even great grandparents of many Moberly area youth spent time playing at Candy Cane City in Moberly’s Roth well Park. Over the years, various Improvements have been made at the popular red and white themed city, the most recent being improvements to the play service. The Moberly Area Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a special ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday, June 14th beginning at 4PM, so bring the kids, grand kids, even great grandkids and be a kid again yourself as help celebrate the official grand opening of Moberly’s Popular Candy Lane City!

 




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06/07/2019

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN SCHUYLER COUNTY

A Unionville woman sustained minor injuries in a single vehicle wreck in Schuyler County at 11:20 AM Thursday morning on Route F, five miles east of Livonia. The patrol said 73 year old Dee A. Clark was northbound and served to avoid a deer and overcorrected. Her auto ran off the road striking a sign and a tree. The patrol was assisted by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department and the Schuyler County Ambulance and First Responders. Clark was transported to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis for treatment.

 

MEXICO FIRE STARTED BY 8 YEAR OLD PLAYING WITH GASOLINE AND A LIGHTER

On Tuesday, at approximately 7:24PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Emmons in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a shed burning, with flames coming through the roof.  The fire was extinguished with the shed and contents suffering significant fire damage and a nearby tree partially burned as well. It was determined that an eight year-old boy started the fire while playing with gasoline and a lighter.  The boy suffered minor injuries while trying to put the fire out and escape the shed.  The boy was examined by personnel from Audrain Ambulance District but was not taken to a hospital.

 

POWER LINES DOWN WHEN STORM ROLLED THROUGH MEXICO WEDNESDAY NIGHT

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at approximately 6:07 PM, a broken tree limb brought down power lines in the 1000 block of Muldrow as a storm moved through the area.  Mexico Public Safety blocked the roadway until Ameren could make the situation safe.  The roadway was closed until approximately 7:55PM.  There were no injuries from this incident and no other major incidents from the storm.

 

GOVERNOR REQUESTS JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, & LOCAL DAMAGE ASSSESSMENTS

Governor Mike Parson announced this week that Missouri has requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) participate in joint Preliminary Damage Assessments across a total of 56 counties – almost half the 114 counties in the state – in response to tornadoes, severe storms, and worsening flooding. The joint Federal, State & Local Damage Assessment  teams will survey damage that began with severe storms on April 29 and continuing since then in preparation for a request from the Governor for federal disaster assistance.  “Since March, nearly every corner of the state has been impacted by historic flooding, destructive tornadoes, and severe storms,” Governor Parson said. “We’ve closed more than 380 roads, halted barge loading on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, shut down several railroad lines, and hundreds of families have been displaced from their homes – all because Mother Nature has refused to let up this spring. Assessments are expected to begin on June 12 and will be conducted jointly by FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration, State Emergency Management Agency, and local emergency management officials. SEMA will coordinate an expedited assessment process by utilizing a helicopter to survey damage to homes that are the most inaccessible and cannot be assessed on the ground. The Governor said assessments for Individual Assistance, which provides assistance to homeowners and renters who’ve experienced qualifying losses, will be prioritized over Public Assistance, which assists governments and eligible nonprofit organizations. Joint damage assessments were requested late Wednesday for the following counties: 

Individual Assistance: Andrew, Atchison, Barry, Barton, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Christian, Clark, Dallas, Greene, Grundy, Hickory, Holt, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Pike, Polk, Saline, St. Charles, Stone, Taney, and Webster counties.

Public Assistance: Adair, Barry, Barton, Caldwell, Camden, Cedar, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Dade, Dallas, Dunklin, Gentry, Grundy, Hickory, Jasper, Knox, Laclede, Lewis, Lincoln, Linn, Macon, Marion, Mercer, Miller, Monroe, New Madrid, Nodaway, Ozark, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, St. Charles, St. Clair, Schuyler, Scotland, Shannon, Shelby, Stoddard, Sullivan, Taney, and Wright counties. 

The teams jointly document damage to determine the resources needed to help recover from a disaster. The assessments do not include every affected home or business, but those who have experienced flood- and storm-related damage should report it to their local emergency manager. Additional counties are expected to be added to the request for joint assessments as they collect more information about damage locally.

LINN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE THIS SATURDAY

Tomorrow, Linn County residents will join together at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Linn County to help save more lives from cancer. The event will take place from 4 pm to Dark at the East Twin Parks in Brookfield.  In case of rain the event will be moved to the Park Baptist Fellowship hall.  Planned activities include Opening Ceremonies and Survivor Lap at 4, a performance by Midlife Crisis from 4:30 – 7:30, Purdin Processing will be offering pulled pork and tenderloins, sides, drinks and slabs of ribs.  Other items available include walking tacos and homemade ice cream and desserts.  For a donation of $5, hair trims will be offered by local hair stylists.  Kids games will be played from 4 to 8.    The Silent Auction will take place from 4 to 7:45.  This year the auction includes themed baskets, tickets to local events and attractions and homemade pies and baked goods from community members.  Participants are invited to walk around the Oval on Main Street as it will be blocked off for the event.    The Luminary Ceremony at dusk will conclude the event.  You can purchase a luminary for $5, in honor of or in memory of your loved one, by contacting Robyn Brinkley at 660-752-6564.  Last year, Relay For Life of Linn County raised $10,500.00.  The goal for 2019 fundraising year, is $12,000.00. In addition to the support of the community, Relay For Life is also supported by many businesses and organizations. 




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June 6th, 2019

MENDON MAN ARRESTED ON MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES

The highway patrol reports a Mendon man was arrested at 7:41 PM Tuesday night on a felony charge of Involuntary Manslaughter in the 1st Degree and for Driving on a highway closed by Barricades. Authorities say 45 year old James W. Pleasant of Mendon was behind the wheel of a vehicle with a female companion on May 31st when he drove around a barricade right into water that was covering the road and his vehicle was swept off the road by the current. Pleasant was able to escape the vehicle, but a passenger, a woman identified as 32 year old Alicia Meyer was trapped and died.  Sergeant Eric Brown of the patrol said the vehicle was found in the flood waters somewhere around 50 to 70 yards south of the roadway and was still in very deep water on Tuesday when the Highway Patrol Dive Team recovered the woman’s body. The highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is conducting the investigation. Pleasant was being held in the Chariton County Jail in Keytesville at last report on a $50,000 cash only bond.

MACON MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE, SODOMY, CHILD MOLESTATION 

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a Macon man is facing serious sex-related charges involving two young girls in his extended family. Timothy "Timmy" Richardson, 49, of Macon, is charged with one count of First-Degree Rape or Attempted Rape, one count of First-Degree Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy and three counts of First-Degree Child Molestation. According to court documents, the alleged victims were ages nine and 11 at the time of the reported crimes. Investigators from the Macon County Sheriff's Office say in court papers that Richardson inappropriately touched the youngest girl. He is accused of forcing the older girl to have intercourse with him and also perform oral sex. That victim also told authorities that Richardson touched her inappropriately. The alleged incidents are believed to have taken place at Richardson's home in Macon in spring of 2018. Richardson is being held in the Macon County Jail on $500,000 bond. He is due in court at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

CAR/DEER COLLISION IN SHELBY COUNTY

16 year old Delaney Huffman of Emden was transported by Monroe City Amublance personnel to Blessing Hospital in Quincy by Monroe City Ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries after her car collided with a deer on Route Z, two miles north of HJunnewell  at 9:32 Tuesday evening. The patrol report said Huffman was northbound and after impact with the deer the vehicle went off the right side of the road. The driver overcorrected and the auto travelled off the left side of the road and struck a tree, coming to rest on its wheels. The patrol was assisted by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe City Ambulance and the Monroe City Fire Department.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN DEKALB COUNTY CRASH

The highway patrol reports 80 year old Rita J. Jacobs of Chula was westbound on US 36, two miles west of Stewartsville around 8:30 Wednesday morning. A pickup driven by 78 year old Ronald W. Nichols of Jamesport was also westbound towing a trailer and just ahead of the Jacobs auto when the Jacobs vehicle struck the towed unit resulting in the Nichols vehicle jackknifing. At that point, the Nichols auto went off the north side of the roadway and overturned. Nichols was not injured. Jacobs had minor injuries and was transported by Dekalb County Ambulance to Mosaic Life Care for treatment. The Stewartsville Fire Department assisted at the scene.

CMU OFFERING TEMPORAY HOUSING ASSISTANCE THROUGH JUNE FOR FLOOD VICTIMS

In an effort to aid individuals who are victims of recent flooding disasters, Central Methodist University in Fayette has opened up residential areas to the public through June. Anyone who has evacuated their homes or will soon face evacuation has an opportunity to reserve a place to stay on campus. For more information about the process and to make temporary housing arrangements, contact Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) at 660-882-5601.




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06/05/2019

MKT TRAIL ACCESS CLOSED AT JAY DIX STATION DUE TO FLOODING

As of yesterday (TUES), the MKT Trail access at Jay Dix Station located at  3725 S. Scott Blvd. in Columbia is closed until further notice due to flooding. Additionally, the county portion of the MKT Trail, northeast of the boardwalk at Brushwood Lake and the bridge at Perche Creek, is also flooded. Trail users are advised not to venture southwest beyond the Scott Boulevard access point, 3800 S. Scott Blvd. The MKT Trail is open from Flat Branch Park in downtown Columbia to the Scott Boulevard access, just east of Jay Dix Station. All other trails within the city limits of Columbia are open.

COLUMBIA POLICE CRUISER AND MOTORCYCLE COLLIDE RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES

Last night (TUES) at approximately 8 p.m., a Columbia Police officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a motorcycle on Brown Station Road near the intersection of Leeway Drive in Columbia. The officer was driving a marked police vehicle northbound on Brown Station Road, which has a double yellow centerline paint stripe to mark the lanes. The motorcycle was traveling southbound in the northbound lane and collided with the police vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle sustained serious injuries and was transported to a local hospital for medical care. The officer sustained minor injuries. Additional details will be released when the official crash report is complete. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652.

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER COLLISION IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

The Highway Patrol said 44 year old Crystal G. Simler of Kirksville was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of minor injuries after her auto struck a deer in the roadway on Missouri Route 6, east of Green Castle at 7:50 AM Tuesday.  The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department provided assistance at the crash site.

GRANDVIEW MAN DIES IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK ON INTERSTATE 70

The highway patrol said one man died after being thrown from his vehicle at 5:48 AM  Monday morning in Callaway County. According to the report, a tractor trailer driven by 37 year old Ray E. Hale of Erie, PA was in the westbound passing lane of I70 near the 151 and a half mile marker in Callaway County and changed into the driving lane and struck another westbound auto driven by 69 year old Craig R. Cooper of Grandview. Cooper’s auto overcorrected and ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting the driver. Craig was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to the Boone/Callaway County Medical Examiner’s office in Columbia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

MAN IDENTIFIED WHO SHOT AT OCCUPENTS OF 2

In a recent news story we told you that Missouri state troopers responded to Interstate 35 on a report of shots fired around 7 am on May 31st..  The suspect shot the occupants of two vehicles traveling northbound on Interstate 35.  A trooper located the suspect vehicle and after a short pursuit the suspect fired shots at the trooper who returned fire.  The suspect vehicle traveled off the right side of Interstate 35 and overturned.  The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and at the time of the original story, the suspect’s identy was still  trying to be determined. Since that time, the suspect has been identified as Julian Santiago-Cruz, 26, of Guadalupe Nuevo Leon, Mexico.  Preliminary autopsy results show Julian Santiago-Cruz died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control continue to investigate.

TOMORROW (THURS) IS THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY

With the 75th Anniversary of D-Day nearly upon us (June 6th), it is important we all take a moment to reflect on the massive undertaking and sacrifice as well as the turning point in World War II and, ultimately, global history, that it proved to be. Moberly native, Omar Bradley, who later became the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and the last Five Star General, played a pivotal leadership role in that historic day and deserves to be remembered for his achievements and impact on history. The War Memorial in Rothwell Park features a variety of war memorials including a larger-than-life bronze statue of General Omar Bradley. It is the perfect place to reflect on D-Day and the man whose leadership help change the trajectory of history. A wreath will be placed at the statue Wednesday June 5th and left through the weekend to commemorate the occasion for visitors to the War Memorial in Rothwell Park. In 1991 it was decided that Moberly needed to have a memorial to recognize that fact so research was started, the city gave the ground in Rothwell Park, and contacts were made to many military people and the top brass immediately wanted to get on board with such a worthwhile endeavor. It took 5 years to raise the funds needed and when it was dedicated Bradley’s daughter took a deep breath and said that it looked just like her Dad which was the greatest praise to the Sculptor, Jim Brothers from Kansas. He was so careful in getting every detail just right. The General Bradley Memorial is a tribute, not only to the General, but to every member of the military that helped keep America free.”

UGLY CORN BETTER THAN NO CORN THIS YEAR!

Ugly corn is better than no corn this year, says University of Missouri Extension corn and small grains specialist Greg Luce. “There are some good corn stands in Missouri this year, but there are a lot of ugly ducklings also,” says Luce. Those ugly duckling stands have struggled in the aftermath of historic May rains. Corn often looks ragged in early growth stages, he says, but this year more fields appear exceptionally ragged. Extended wet conditions and cold periods left corn uneven, pale, yellow and even purple. But there is hope yet for those ugly ducklings to turn to swans. “Don’t despair,” Luce says. “The corn will be improving soon.” Warmer weather in June will boost corn’s appearance.

CHILLICOTHE PD SUMMARY OF CALLS

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06/04/2019

SOME AREA HIGHWAYS THAT WERE CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING NOW OPEN

Missouri Department of Transportation crews were able to reopen both lanes of US Route 65, just south of Chillicothe that had been closed due to major flooding in that area.  With rain in the forecast, including heavy rain later today and tonight, crews are monitoring the road conditions closely as flood water can rise quickly, ofentinmes before crews and other emergency services are ab le to place barricades across the highway. Good news as well for Chariton County as crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation were able to reopen both lanes of U.S. Route 24 east of Keytesville Monday morning after floodwaters have receded. The roadway remains closed west of Keytesville, through Brunswick and DeWitt. On Sunday, Chillicothe Police reported  numerous inquires about US Hwy 65 south of Chillicothe as the highway was no longer under water but the highway remains closed as it still needed to be cleared from debris and inspected for damage.  Drivers are cautioned not to drive around  barricades and If you come upon a flooded roadway without barricades, do NOT drive through the water. Pull over to a safe location and call the MoDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service line at 888 ASK MODOT (1-888-275-6636) to report it. With additional rain in the forecast, MoDOT is urging everyone to closely monitor conditions in their area, heed all evacuation notices, and never enter a water-covered roadway or drive around barricades. Just a few inches of flood waters can force a vehicle off the roadway. In addition, it is not uncommon for roadways and shoulders to be damaged when flooded, creating unsafe conditions for motorists. For the most up-to-date information on  flooding, view the Travellers Information Map on the MoDOT website. That address is MoDOT dot gov.

MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE NORTH OF BOONVILLE CLOSED TO FLOODING

Flooding along the Missouri River has led to the closure of a major crossing point that could have an ongoing impact on commuters.  The Missouri Department of Transportation has closed the Route 40 bridge over the Missouri River just north of Boonville. The road will remain closed until further notice. The bridge is the latest closure in the area as the Missouri River remains in the major flooding stage.

GOVERNOR VISITS FLOOD IMPACTED AREAS IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

Yesterday, Governor Parson toured the flood damage in Northeast Missouri at three stops:  Hannibal, Canton, and Clarskville. At each stop, Governor Parson met with local officials and then toured flooded areas. The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency continues to coordinate with state and local officials, the National Weather Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers while ongoing flooding affects many areas across the state. SEMA has assisted with flood fighting resources in 33 counties. Twenty-eight levee breaches have been reported across the state. In Hannibal, the Mississippi River crested at 30.15 feet on June 1, as the second highest record in history. In Canton, the Mississippi River crested at 27.11 feet on June 1, as the third highest record in history.  In Clarksville, earlier projections called for river levels to brush within an inch or so of record heights, but due to some upstream levee breaches the river level forecast has changed. With more rain expected locally and upstream, there is a possibility for a secondary crest in the foreseeable future. Temporary barriers totaling 1,560 feet in length around businesses in the downtown area have been built. Storms from June 1 have left 27 homes out of power and have caused some flooding around the water treatment facility. SEMA has coordinated the deployment of two pumps and two generators to keep the facility online.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, there are approximately 382 roads closed in 56 counties due to flooding.  On May 27, Governor Parson activated the Missouri National Guard and has deployed for flood fighting assistance in Brunswick, Canton, Clarksville, Hannibal, Hardin, and Norborne. A mission in Jefferson City includes staging vehicles for high-water rescue.  Missouri Department of Corrections offenders from Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center; Boonville and Tipton Correctional Centers; and Eastern Reception, Diagnostic & Correctional Center are helping with sandbagging efforts in Clarksville, Norborne, New Franklin, and Kimmswick.

US HOUSE PASSAGE OF DISASTER RELIEF BILL

Representative  Sam Graves released the following statement after voting in favor of the disaster relief package and said the relief package, which passed the Senate on May 23rd, now goes to President Trump. The bill allows USDA to cover on-farm stored grain lost to flooding, an issue facing many farmers in North Missouri. It allocates $3 billion to agriculture programs for crop and livestock losses, in addition to $558 million for farmland rehabilitation. The bill also includes money to repair damaged flood control projects as well as repair roads damaged in recent flooding. Missouri Corn Growers Association President Mark Scott, a farmer from Wentzville  pointed out the disaster package includes aid for those who lost stored grain and assistance for acres that were prevented from planting, although details on how that aid will be distributed are still to be determined by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue once the bill is signed.

MISSOURI CORN FARMERS APPLAUD PASSAGE OF DISASTER AID

Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Mark Scott, a farmer from Wentzville, released the following statement regarding this evening's passage of a federal disaster package that will assist growers impacted floods. The disaster package includes aid for those who lost stored grain and assistance for acres that were prevented from planting, although details on how that aid will be distributed are still to be determined by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue once the bill is signed.

FEMA IS HIRING FOR DISASTER RECOVERY WORKERS IN MISSOURI  

 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an immediate need to fill temporary positions in Kansas City, Missouri to assist with disaster recovery. FEMA is looking for qualified candidates for a variety of emergency management functions. Currently, posted positions include human resource specialists, emergency management specialists, and procurement specialists. More positions could be available soon. The temporary positions are for 120 days and may be extended, in 120-day increments, for a maximum 365-day appointment, based on the needs of the disaster.  To see posted positions, go online to USAJOBS.gov and type “FEMA local Hire” in the search box and “Missouri” in the location box. Detailed information is provided for each position, including pay, benefits and application deadline.

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION

The most recent Missouri Crop Progress and Condition report says temperatures last week averaged 71.5 degrees, 3.6 degree above normal. Precipitation averaged 1.27 inches statewide, 0.37 inches above normal. There was 2.2 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 2, 2019. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 45 percent adequate and 55 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 50 percent adequate and 50 percent surplus. Corn planted progressed to 69 percent this week, 31 percentage points behind last year, while corn emerged progressed to 59 percent. Corn condition was rated at 12 percent very poor, 24 percent poor, 38 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Soybeans planted progressed to 18 percent, 66 percentage points behind last year, while soybeans emerged progressed to 12 percent. Cotton planted progressed to 78 percent. Cotton condition was rated at 7 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 54 percent fair, and 32 percent good. Rice planted progressed to 83 percent, 13 percentage points behind the 5-year average, while rice emerged progressed to 73 percent. Rice condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 52 percent fair, 34 percent good, and 6 percent excellent. Winter wheat headed progressed to 93 percent, 6 percentage points behind last year. Winter wheat condition was rated at 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 44 percent fair, 40 percent good, and 2 percent excellent Days Suitable for Fieldwork and Soil Moisture Supply: Week Ending June 2, 2019

 

CHILLICOTHER POLICE SUMMARY

Chillicothe PD worked the following calls …

 6/1/2019

Officers conducted numerous traffic enforcement stops, building checks and responded to 117 calls for service.

6/2/2019




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June 3rd, 2019

SHOWERS, THUNDERSTORMS & MORE EXPECTED THIS WEEK

The National Weather Service says periods of showers and thunderstorms are expected again this week and storms could be strong to severe. Plus, any additional heavy rains may lead to additional flooding concerns. Be weather aware and keep your radio tuned to a Best Broadcast Group Station for the latest weather information.

BRUNSWICK WOMAN IN SEROUS CONDITION AFTER CAR BACKS OVER HER

The highway patrol said a Brunswick woman was in seriously injured after a vehicle/pedestrian accident on  private property in the 300 block of US 50 in Johnson County at 3:26 pm Sunday afternoon. 42 year old Brian L. Ehrlich of Wellsville, KS was backing his vehicle and ran over a pedestrian identified as 78 year old Alma R. Norris of Brunswick. Norris was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Research Medical Center in Kansas City in serious condition.

HIGHWAY PATROL ARREST

A St. Louis man was arrested by a State Trooper at 11 PM Saturday night in Randolph County. The patrol said 43 year old Michael D. Kelly was charged with DWO as a prior offender and for driving the wrong direction on a highway. He was transported to the Randolph County jail in Huntsville.

2019 KATY TRAIL RIDE CANCELLED

Due to the recent widespread flooding along the Missouri River over the past month, Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Park Foundation are canceling the 2019 Katy Trail Ride. The five-day, 240-mile ride annual ride, which takes travelers through many of Missouri's rural communities, along open fields and between the Missouri River and its bordering bluffs, usually draws some 350 bicyclists from across the nation and overseas. Currently, nearly 100 miles of Katy Trail State Park are closed due to flooding from Boonville east to St. Charles. While the Missouri River is forecasted to crest at near record levels early next week, it will take days to weeks for it recede from some parts of the trail. At that point, Missouri State Parks staff will assess the damage to the trail and form a plan to begin rebuilding the trail. Based on the damage encountered from the 1993 Missouri River flood, staff anticipates scour holes, washouts, bridge damage, downed trees, debris, silt accumulation and inconsistent trail surfacing.  Missouri State Parks is committed to reopening the trail as soon as possible and to hosting the 20th annual Katy Ride in June 2020, in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Katy Trail State Park. Information for the 2020 ride will be posted on the Missouri State Parks website in January, at mostateparks.com.

AVOID BOATING ON FLOODED WATERWAYS

Captain Matt Walz, director of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division, is encouraging boaters to avoid flooded areas where boating traffic may negatively impact community flood damage prevention efforts. Many communities are working to prevent additional flood damage from occurring and unnecessary boating traffic in these areas can adversely affect those efforts. The Missouri and Mississippi rivers and the many associated tributaries to those rivers are experiencing major flooding, so those waterways are particularly vulnerable to additional damage. Avoid any unnecessary boat operation in these areas. Please do your part in minimizing the impact flood waters are having on our communities. Avoid boating on flooded waterways.

TROOP  H OFFICER INVOLVED IN SHOOTING ON I-35 LAST FRIDAY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to investigate a shooting involving one of their Troop H officers. According to the report, At approximately 7 a.m. on May 31, 2019, Troop H Communications received a call of shots fired from a red passenger car on northbound Interstate 35 at the 48-mile marker. Troopers observed the vehicle northbound near the 57-mile marker on Interstate 35 traveling at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle fled from troopers who attempted a traffic stop and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit continued northbound on Interstate 35 and near the 62-mile marker the suspect fired shots at the trooper who was in pursuit. The trooper returned fire as the pursuit continued northbound on Interstate 35. At exit 64 the suspect vehicle was involved in a rollover traffic crash and the suspect was found pinned under the vehicle. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Daviess County coroner. The cause of death is pending results of an autopsy. The troopers involved in the incident were not injured. The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control continues the investigation. Preliminary investigation indicates the initial shots fired northbound at the 48-mile marker by the suspect resulted in one motorist sustaining a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound. Additional shots fired near the 52-mile marker by the suspect resulted in a second motorist sustaining a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound. Those victims were transported to area hospitals for treatment. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department is handling the investigations into the shootings near the 48-mile and 52-mile markers.

GUNSHOTS IN MEXICO

On Thursday, May 30, 2019 at approximately 11:17PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of W Breckenridge in reference to gunshots being fired.  Responding personnel were told that the occupants of a gray sedan fired five to six gunshots at a specific house on that block.  It appears the house was hit one time.  Several juveniles were outside the house when the incident occurred.  A young girl fell down and received a minor injury to her leg while she and the other juveniles were running.  There were no other injuries from the incident.

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reports the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests.




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05/31/2019

FLOODED ROADS CONTINUES TO PLAY HAVIC WITH DRIVERS

Flooded highways continues to make travel difficult across the area along with significant travel detours and delays, and in some cases detours are not possible leaving some with boats being the only form of available transportation in and out of some flooded areas. Plus, as the massive amounts of water continues to make its way south, roads that may have been flooded and later re-opened endup flooding again. If you must travel anywhere in Missouri over the weekend or early next week, visit the traveler information map available at www.moDOT.org where you’ll find flood information, road closures, detours and more.

THREE PEOPLE TRANSPORTED TO AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING 2 VEHICLE CRASH

Three Centralia residents were transported to University Hospital for treatment following a two vehicle crash on Route BB in Boone County, just north of Birch Street at 1:13 PM, Thursday. The patrol said 55 year old Julie C. Nichols of Centralia was northbound and failed to see another vehicle driven by 83 year old Robert Jennings of Centralia. The front of Nichols auto then struck the read of the Jennins vehicle. Nichols received serious injuries while Jennings had moderate injuries. A passenger in the Jennings auto, 80 year old Mary Jennings sustained minor injuries.

VEHICLE TOTALLED AFTER STRIKING FLOOD DAMAGED ROAD

The driver had minor injuries and his pickup was totaled in a single vehicle wreck in Sullivan County around 10:45 am yesterday (THURS). The patrol said 61 year old Randall Huffman of Galt was eastbound on London Road, 10 miles northwest of Milan when his vehicle struck a wash out in the roadway. Huffman sustained minor injuries and was transported to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital by Sullivan County ambulance for treatment. The Sullivan County Sheriffs department along with Medicine Creek First Responders assisted at the scene.

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT BUSY WITH VAROUS CALLS

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at approximately 7:56PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of N Washington in reference to a structure fire.  A passerby had called, reporting smoke coming from a home in that block.  Responding personnel found the fire in the kitchen.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that room, with the kitchen suffering significant fire damage, nearby rooms suffering heat damage, and the entire house suffering smoke damage.  It was determined the stove was accidentally left on after the residents left the home. On Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at approximately 1140 AM, the Mexico Public Schools and Mexico Public Safety learned of a disturbance in the parking lot of MHS as some summer school students were leaving campus.  The disturbance involved both students and parents.  Mexico Public Safety investigated the incident throughout the afternoon and evening.  A report will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for the filing of criminal charges against some of those involved.  There were no injuries from the incident. On Thursday, May 30th, 2019 at the beginning of the school day, Staff members were speaking with some of the students involved and were checking to make sure they did not continue or escalate the disturbance.  Staff discovered that one of the students brought a knife to school and one of the students brought a handgun.  Both students were taken into custody by Mexico Public Safety.  The student who brought the knife was processed at MPSD and released pending the filing of criminal charges.  The student who brought the gun, Jaiden L Hawkins, age 18 of Mexico, was taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond for Unlawful Use of Weapon and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  No students were threatened with either weapon.

BROOKFIELD RELAY IN THE PARK AND SUMMER FESTIVAL

June is a busy month for the Twin Parks in Brookfield. Saturday, June 8th is the Linn County Relay for Life event known as Relay in the Park. Then, the following weekend is the big Brookfield Summer Festival hosted by the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce. . This year’s event officially is Saturday, June 15th in the Twin Parks. The fun kicks off Friday with the Brookfield Wine Walk. Then Saturday, June 15th is the Twin Parks Summer Festival 5K Walk/Run at North Central Missouri YMCA. Throughout the day tons of things are happening downtown, at the twin parks and more. And then the big concert that evening

POLICE CHIEF OFFERS PRAISE AND THANKS

Chillicothe Police Chief Jon Maples issued a special news release Tuesday in reference to a few cases officers were involved with recently.  On Sunday, May 19, 2019, at approximately 3:45 PM, Chillicothe Officers responded to the 200 block of Virginia Ave. in reference to a male pointing a loaded shotgun at his family members.  Upon arrival, the officers located the subject and made the scene safe.  After further investigation, the individual was found to have been using and in possession of methamphetamine.  A 46 year old male was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail.  Two firearms were seized from the residence for evidence and safekeeping.  This individual was later charged in the Livingston County Associate Court for possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $25,000 cash only.  More charges of weapons violations are being sent to the Livingston County Prosecutor for consideration of charges.  On May 22, 2019, at approximately 09:30 AM, a 2 year old was found wandering around the area of Polk Street and Dickinson Street alone, by a citizen.  Officer conducted a neighborhood canvas to locate the child’s parent or caretaker.  An hour later Officers located the caretaker.  The caretakers were brought to the police department and the parents were contacted.  As a result a 17 year old female and a 19 year old male were arrested for endangering the welfare of a child 2nd degree.  They were later released pending the court date and filing of formal charges.  The Livingston County Children’s Division assisted in the investigation. On May 23, 2019, at approximately 9:40 that night, Officers responded to the 1300 block of Third Street in reference to a male pulling a gun on a family member.  There was a verbal argument and it is alleged that one male pulled a gun on another.  Upon officer’s arrival, the male was observed leaving the scene in a vehicle.  A car stop was conducted to further the investigation.  A 29 year old male was arrested and a gun was seized for evidence and safekeeping.  This individual was transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail, later being charged in the Livingston County Associate Court for domestic assault and armed criminal action with a bond of $50,000 cash only.  This individual admitted to using methamphetamine.  Two Livingston County Deputies responded to assist, one being Deputy K-9 Zaki.  We appreciate their assistance. On May 25, 2019 at approximately 06:30 am, Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Fair Street in reference to an anonymous caller reporting a female was passed out in the driver seat of a vehicle with a one year old and a two year old in the back seat of the vehicle. The caller had tried to wake the female up and was unsuccessful so they called the police.  After several attempts, officers woke the female up.  After further investigation, officers arrested the female for possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.  The kiddos were taken to the police department were they bought the kiddos breakfast.  During this investigation, contact was made with a 27 year old male who was on parole.  He was later arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  Both were transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail and later charged in the Livingston County Associate Court with possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.  The Livingston County Children’s Division and Livingston County Juvenile Office assisted in the investigation.  The kiddos were at the police department most of the day and the officers and dispatcher took very good care of them, playing with them, buying them lunch, and keeping them safe. On May 27, at 2:19 AM, Officers conducted a traffic stop for driving with a defective tail light while patrolling near the intersection of Washington Street and Webster Street.  During the stop, Officers were assisted by two Livingston County Deputies, one being Deputy K-9 Zaki.  Zaki provided confirmation of drug odor(s) present during a free air sniff.  Items were seized during this investigation that indicate that narcotics were used and or possibly sold.  As a result of this investigation a 23 year old male and 19 year old female were arrested for possession of a controlled substance.  They were transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail and later charged in the Livingston County Associate Court for possession of a controlled substance both carrying a $10,000 bond. Chief Maples commented that the men and women of the Chillicothe Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff’s Office do an amazing job and appreciates the teamwork between agencies as well as the trust and partnership from the community.




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05/30/2019

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VOLUNTARY EVACUATION LIFTED

Your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com says according to the National Weather Service’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Chariton River near Novinger will crest at 29.7 feet at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday. While this is the highest crest on record of the Chariton River outside Novinger, it is below the previous estimated crest of 33.3 feet as part of this flooding event. Therefore, the voluntary evacuation of Novinger, Youngstown and Yarrow has been lifted.  The emergency shelter that was established at Fellowship Baptist Church in Kirksville will be closed.  Additionally, the Adair County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been deactivated. Officials said they would like to thank the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, the Kirksville Police Department, the Adair County Ambulance District, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Truman State University Department of Public Safety, the Missouri Department of Conservation, the Adair County Rural Fire Department, the State Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their assistance during this event

RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN COLUMBIA – ONE PERSON DEAD

The Columbia Fire Department and the Columbia Police Department were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2112 Southwood Drive on Wednesday, May 29 at 9:26 a.m. Initial reports from 911 callers indicated several small explosions occurred. Units arrived on the scene in less than five minutes and observed a single-family residence fully involved with fire. Crews deployed preconnected hose lines and elevated fire streams from aerial devices and began an aggressive, defensive fire attack. The fire was brought under control in about an hour. All but a small portion of a side wall was destroyed. Due to significant damage and dangerous working conditions, a trackhoe was requested to aid in the investigation. Three Columbia Fire investigators were dispatched to the scene to conduct a fire origin and cause investigation.  It has been determined that three individuals occupied the residence. Two of the occupants have been accounted for. At approximately 2 p.m., a body was located in the debris. CPD has identified the deceased as Brian M. Keeney, 59, of Columbia.

ONGOING FLOODING CAUSES EVACUATION POSTING

The Howard County Sheriff’s office posted a note from Howard County Ekergency Management on on Social Media Wednesday calling for residents in Southern Howard County to evacuate in the Petersburg area due to continued flooding along the Missouri River. The alert also affects  residents of New Franklin South of Sulphur Street, the residents of Franklin, and the residents along Highway Z in Howard County.


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05/29/2019

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PUTNAM COUNTY ADVISES NO TRAVEL DUE TO FLOODING

Paul Andrews, the Putnam County Emergency Management Director, told your Source KTVO and KTVO dot com that all traffic except for emergency vehicles are advised to stay off the roads in Putnam County due to flooding in the area. Andrews reports the Putnam County area received two inches of rain in 20 minutes and that was during thunderstorms well before the extreme rain event of last (TUES) night. In Kirksville, multiple streets have been closed and are impassable due to flooding. Brookfield Police also reported a number of roads under water as did most area communities. The extremely heavy and prolonged rain overnight not only created flash flooding all across the northern third of Missouri, the runoff will only make river levels on area rivers rise and worsen the overall flooding. The National Weather Service has forecast a record level for the Grand River at Chillicothe. At 6pm last night the river was at 33.6 feet and a crest has been forecast at 39.9 feet for this (WED) morning at 7:00am, breaking the old record of 39.6 feet. Numerous other old records are being broken across the state.

 

MOBERLY MAN CRASHES PICKUP TRYING TO AVOID DEER

The highway patrol said 35 year old Rusty D. Hovey of Moberly was eastbound on County Road 2560, east of Higbee shortly after 7:30 last (THURS) night and swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. Hovey’s truck travelled off the right side of the road and struck several trees. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported by private auto to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Higbee Fire Department and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department also provided on scene assistance.

 

VEHICLE STOLEN FROM CHILLICOTHE FOUND IN GRUNDY COUNTY ON FIRE

The Monday summary of calls for the Chillicothe Police Department included one report where Police were contacted by officials in Grundy County about a Chillicothe resident’s car that was found in a Grundy County field and was on fire when it was located. The Chillicothe resident had had just discovered the vehicle missing. That investigation continues.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

On Monday, May 27, 2019 at approximately 5:45PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of S Western in reference to a fire in an unattached garage.  Responding personnel found that the passenger compartment of a vehicle in the garage had burned.  The fire had almost completely self-extinguished prior to MPSD arrival with the vehicle suffering significant damage.  The fire did not damage the garage. Investigation revealed that there had been a disturbance in the home and as one of the parties left, they lit the car on fire.  With the help of deputies from the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, officers attempted to locate the suspect at several locations but were unable to.    There were no injuries from the fire and only minor injuries from the disturbance.  The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

THE 100 DEADLIEST DAYS OF SUMMER BEGINS THIS WEEKEND!

Watermelon. Flip flops. Doing a cannonball off the high dive on a sunny afternoon. Summer can evoke any number of wonderful memories. But summer also has a dark side. In 2018, there were 307 fatalities on Missouri roads in the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urge all who travel in and around the Show-Me State during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer” to buckle up, slow down, drive sober and never drive distracted. “It’s easy to let your mind wander when you’re on the road in search of summer fun,” said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “Drivers should always be aware of their surroundings, especially with the increased traffic. Never drive too fast for the conditions and be aware of everything that is going on around you.”In 2018, more than half of the 107 motorcycle fatalities occurred in the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer. The warm, sunny days also bring out more bicyclists and pedestrians. And last winter’s brutal weather conditions mean you’re likely to encounter more MoDOT road crews who will be repairing the damage. Just a single moment’s distraction can lead to a life-or-death encounter. Be proactive in your own safety. Of the drivers and passengers killed in 2018 traffic crashes, 62% were not wearing a seatbelt. Don’t take a vacation from safety !




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May 28th, 2019

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MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED TO ASSIST IN FLOOD FIGHTING & RECOVERY FROM STORMS 

Governor Mike Parson has activated the Missouri National Guard as the state continues to respond to damaging flooding, tornadoes, and severe storms and remains under the threat of additional flooding and severe storms this week. Some area residents in the Glasgod area say this is the highest flood levels they’ve seen since the 1993 flood. In Carroll county, the Sheriff’s department said a truck driver was rescued Monday morning from flood waters after his dump truck became stuck near highway 10 between Carrollton and Norborne. And the Chariton County Emergency Management Agency asked for help filling sandbags over the holiday weekend. Executive Order 19-09 which has been signed by the Governor, provides for Guard unit deployments in Chariton County to support flood fighting efforts in the Brunswick area. The Guard will also be staging and utilizing high-water vehicles to support flood response operations in Jefferson City. Governor Parson made the decision to activate the Guard after conferring with the state emergency management team, including officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, State Emergency Management Agency, and the Missouri National Guard. Governor Parson also urged Missourians to continue to pay close attention to the weather this week and be prepared to take protective action, as additional severe storms are possible for parts of Missouri this week. On Tuesday, May 21, Governor Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to the continuing severe weather and forecasts for tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, hail, heavy rainfall, and worsening flooding due to prolonged soil inundation throughout the state. On Wednesday, May 22, Missouri was hit by a series of tornadoes and severe storms that killed three people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and businesses in Carl Junction, Golden City, Eldon, and Jefferson City. In response to earlier flooding and storms this year, on May 20, President Donald Trump approved Governor Parson’s request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. That declaration made federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the March 11 to April 16 storm system and flooding in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve counties. The Governor’s April 24 request said $25 million in qualifying expenses had already been identified. As would be expected, a number of roads are closed due to flooding. If you’re going to be traveling anywhere for the next several days, you’re encouraged to check the MODOT Traveler map for the latest road closure updates.

FIRE SHUT DOWN BOTH WESTBOUND LANES OF I-70 MONDAY AFTERNOON

A truck fire shutdown the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Boone County, according to officials with MoDOT and traffic had to be diverted. In a tweet, officials said both lanes of the Interstate were closed between the Route 40 and Route J interchanges west of Columbia. Traffic is being diverted around the sight. Some thought the truck was hauling straw or hay and that was what was on fire. Turns out it was logs. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said it happened near mile marker 118 and caused significant deays. MoDOT said one lane was back open by 5:20 pm.

BROOKFIELD BRIEFING

Brookfield Police reported the following on Saturday …

Burglary - On May 1 at 2000 hrs., officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of West Avenue for a report of a burglary. The reporting party stated an unknown suspect(s) broke into a shed and stole several tools. The items reported stolen include a bench grinder, two air compressors, orbital sander and a band saw. The reporting party valued the tools at $550.00. Witnesses stated they observed three subjects in a red Ford F-150 on the property a few days prior. The investigation is ongoing.

Driving While Suspended/Revoked - On May 2 at 0021 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of West Helm Street. It was found through a routine NCIC/MULES check that the driver, Lisa Smith, 31 of Brookfield, had a suspended/revoked operator’s license. Smith was arrested and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Smith was later released with an Associate Court summons for Driving While Suspended/Revoked.

Driving While Suspended/Revoked - On May 2 at 1319 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of North Monroe and East Park Streets. It was found through a routine NCIC/MULES check that the driver, Charles Simpson, 34 of Butler, had a suspended/revoked operator’s license. Simpson was arrested and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Simpson was later released with an Associate Court summons for Driving While Suspended/Revoked.

Drug Arrest - On May 3 at 2245 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of East Helm and Sanford Streets. When officers made contact with the vehicle occupants they detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. When asked about the odor, the driver, Matthew Kearns, 19 of Brookfield, retrieved a clear baggie with a green leafy substance from his left sock. During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered additional marijuana. At 2305 hrs., officers arrested Kearns and his two passengers identified as Jesse Brock, 21 of Rothville and Trevor Whiteaker 41 of Brookfield and transported them to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. The three subjects were later released with summonses for Possession of Marijuana.

Drug/Warrant Arrest - On May 4 at 0155 hrs., officers executed a search warrant in the 400 block of Peck Street. Once inside the residence, officers made contact with Cristy Burk, 36 of Brookfield and Donald Masoner, 39 of Brookfield. Masoner advised that he attempted to flush a bag of marijuana down the toilet. The toilet was removed and the marijuana was recovered. It was also found that Masoner had an outstanding warrant out of Buchanan County for Driving While Suspended/Revoked. During the execution of the search warrant, officers recovered additional marijuana and paraphernalia both in the residence and on Burk’s person. Burk and Masoner were arrested at 0308 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Burk has been charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Tampering With Evidence. Charges are pending for Masoner.

Assault/Resisting - On May 5 at 1818 hrs., officers responded to the 200 block of East Canal Street for a report of a fight in progress. Upon arrival, officers observed a red SUV speed away. The SUV accelerated quickly and made several abrupt turns before officers stopped the vehicle in an alley near South Monroe Street. When officers made contact with the driver, Joshua Rainey, 31 of Brookfield, they detected a strong odor of intoxicants emitting from Rainey’s person. A juvenile was also in the vehicle at the time. A routine NCIC/ MULES check of Rainey showed his operator’s license suspended/revoked. Witnesses stated that Rainey sped down the street several times and slid around corners leaving tire marks. When asked to slow down, Rainey allegedly stopped the vehicle and threatened a bystander. Rainey was arrested at 1819 hrs. Rainey has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, Driving While Suspended/Revoked, Assault 4th Degree, Excessive B.A.C. and Possession of Marijuana.

Warrant Arrest - On May 5 at 2027 hrs., officers arrested Kimberly Connor, 41 of Brookfield, in the 100 block of West Brooks Street on an outstanding Brookfield Municipal warrant for Failure to Register a Motor Vehicle. Connor was released at 2230 hrs. after posting the $75.00 cash bond.

Driving While Intoxicated - On May 9 at 2250 hrs., officers observed a red Dodge pickup pulling a goose neck trailer off the roadway in a ditch on Park Circle Drive. The Dodge still had steam emitting from the engine compartment. As officers approached they made contact with three subjects near the Dodge. Officers inquired who was driving the vehicle. Casey Allen, 22 of Brookfield, stated he was the driver and owner of the truck. When speaking with Allen, officers observed several signs of impairment. It appeared as if the Dodge was traveling eastbound on Park Circle Drive when the truck failed to negotiate a turn and exited the roadway. The vehicle traveled approximately 257 feet in the ditch striking two utility poles, a mailbox and a phone junction box. The Dodge sustained moderate damage as well. Allen was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. After providing a breath sample, Allen was released at 0033 hrs. with summonses for Careless and Imprudent Driving Resulting in a Crash and Driving While Intoxicated.

Vehicle Crash - On May 10 at 1356 hrs., officers responded to the intersection of South Main and West Canal Streets for a report of a two-vehicle crash. Brett Bradley, 23 of Brookfield, was traveling southbound on Main Street in a 2008 Dodge Charger. When approaching West Canal Street, a 2003 Chevrolet S-10 entered the roadway striking the Dodge. The driver of the Chevrolet, Jacob McCormick, 17 of Brookfield, stated he believed the Dodge would be turning so he attempted to cross the road. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage. McCormick was issued summonses for Failure to Yield and Failure to Provide Proof of Financial Responsibility.

Excessive B.A.C. - On May 11 at 0105 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop on eastbound US 36 near the East city limits. When making contact with the driver, Heather Todd, 34 of Douglas, Wyoming, officers observed several signs of impairment. After a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Todd was arrested and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. After providing a breath sample, Todd was released at 0242 hrs. with summonses for Excessive B.A.C. and No Valid Operator’s License.

Warrant Arrest - On May 11 at 1844 hrs., officers arrested Valerie Ross, 41 of Chillicothe, in the 500 block of South Main Street on two outstanding Macon municipal warrants for failing to appear on summonses for expired plates and insurance. Ross was transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Ross was later released after posting a $126.10 total cash bond.

Warrant Arrest - On May 11 at 2105 hrs., officers arrested Athena Brinkley, 38 of Brookfield, in the 100 block of South Monroe Street on an outstanding Brookfield Municipal warrant for License/Permit Violation. Brinkley was transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Brinkley was released at 2130 hrs. after posting the $50.00 cash bond.

Driving While Intoxicated - On May 12 at 2033 hrs., officers received a report of a gold or tan in color vehicle striking a utility pole on West Dake Street and then leaving the scene. Officers took statements from witnesses and documented the crash scene. Officers then noticed a subject matching the description of the driver walking on Snow Street. Officers made contact with the subject, identified as Jeffry Boyer, 64 of Brookfield. When speaking with Boyer, officers observed several signs of impairment. Officers located a gold Ford Escape with heavy front end damage at Boyer’s residence. Boyer was arrested at 2041 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Boyer advised he was heading home from a friend’s house when he struck the pole. After a breath sample was obtained, Boyer was released with summonses for Driving While Intoxicated and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Driving While Intoxicated - On May 15 at 1945 hrs., officers responded to the 600 block of West Avenue for what they believed to be a medical emergency. The reporting party stated they observed a male subject appear to have a seizure and fall to the ground. When officers arrived they noticed a red Ford F-150 parked in the yard and a male lying next to the passenger side of the truck. The subject, identified as Ricky Kaufman, 61 of Brookfield, stated he did not need medical attention. When speaking with Kaufman, officers could detect a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his person. When asked if he had been driving the vehicle, Kaufman advised he had. When asked if he’d been drinking, Kaufman advised he had. At 2016 hrs., a sample of Kaufman’s blood was obtained. At 2107 hrs., Kaufman was released with a summons for Driving While Intoxicated.

Resisting/Fleeing - On May 15 at 2142 hrs., officers attempted a traffic stop on a black Mitsubishi SUV on East Helm Street. The Mitsubishi accelerated quickly and made several evasive turns. Officers located the Mitsubishi in the 500 block of East Prairie Street. As officers approached the vehicle, they observed a subject walking to a nearby residence. Officers instructed the subject stop and speak with them but the subject fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit officers apprehended Thomas Griffin, 28 of Brookfield. While pursuing Griffin, officers noticed Griffin remove an object from his pocket and throw it into a yard. Officers recovered a cell phone. Officers removed the cell phone from its case and observed a green leafy substance consistent with marijuana. During a search of the vehicle, officers recovered a digital scale with green leafy residue. Griffin was transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Griffin was released at 2301 hrs. with summonses for Unlawful Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest or Detention by Fleeing.

Forgery - On May 16 at 1730 hrs., Bond Supervision Services requested an officer for Amanda Jordan, 28 of Brookfield, who is currently under court-ordered supervision. While attempting to obtain a urine sample from Jordan, Bond Supervision Services noticed a foreign object concealed on Jordan’s person. Jordan retrieved a small white bottle wrapped in plastic. Jordan stated that she acquired urine from a friend in anticipation of the urine test. Ironically, the urine that Jordan brought in tested positive for methamphetamine. Jordan is currently charged with Forgery. Charges are pending for the subject who supplied Jordan with the urine.

Driving While Intoxicated - On May 17 at 2118 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop on West Helm Street near Pennsylvania Avenue. Upon making contact with the driver, Brian Gilbert, 54 of Brookfield, officers observed several signs of impairment. After a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Gilbert was arrested and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Gilbert refused to provide a sample of his breath so a warrant was granted for a sample of Gilbert’s blood. At 2315 hrs. a sample of Gilbert’s blood was obtained. Gilbert was later released pending formal charges.

SHELBYVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE EARLER THIS MONTH – BOND REDUCTION DENIED

Your Source KTVO & KTVO dot com reports William "Thomas" Brown, 39, of Shelbyville was arrested earlier this month for allegedly entering a residence and raping a woman twice.  According to the Edina Sentinel, Brown is accused of pulling and ripping the victim’s underclothing off before the alleged rape. The victim reported Brown was intoxicated at the time, and that Brown returned several hours later and allegedly raped the victim again. Shelby County Prosecutor Jordan Force filed one count of rape in the second degree, a Class D felony, on Thursday, May 16.  A warrant was issued for Brown’s arrest and he was taken into custody. Brown is currently being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond. On Friday, May 24, Brown appeared before Shelby County Associate Circuit Judge Mike Greenwell and asked the court for a bond reduction, which was denied by the Judge after the prosecutor told the court more charges could be pending. This case is being investigated by the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

On Friday, May 24th, Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reported the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests.




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05/24/2019

 VIOLENT STORMS POUND MISSOURI-TORNADOS RIP ACROSS THE STATE LEAVING AT LEAST 3 DEAD AND CATASTROPIC DAMAGE

The National Weather Service confirmed that a large and violent twister moved over Jefferson City shortly before midnight Wednesday and left the state capital city in shambles as the violent twister tore apart buildings, trapped residents and more. The State capital building, including the famed Dome sustained significant damage, but is still standing. The tornado cut a path about 3 miles long and a mile wide from the southern end of Jeff City, north toward the raging Missouri River that has been producing its own kind of devastation.  The tornado was part of the same storm system that resulted in at least 22 tornado warnings and was responsible for the deaths of at least 3 people in Southwest Missouri earlier in the day. Jefferson City was already reeling  as another natural disaster is unfolding as the swollen Missouri River is projected to top a levee on the north side of the river sometime today, potentially flooding the city's airport, which already has been evacuated. That location was also to be the host of the annual Salute to Veterans’ Air Show this weekend which draws thousands of people to the Mid Missouri area.  Event organizers had already made the decision to cancel the popular event because of flooding concerns.

MACON RESIDENT TRANSPORTED TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL WITH MODERATE INJURIES

The highway patrol reports 17 year old Amanda B. Fraley of Macon sustained moderate injuries when a westbound pickup she was a passenger in attempted to pass a vehicle on a hill crest and met an oncoming vehicle. The pickup then traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned in the ditch. That crash occurred at 8:10 last (THURS) night on Route AX, five miles north of Macon.  The driver of the truck, 19 year old Justin L. Thomas of New Cambria was not injured. Fraley was transported by Macon County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol was assisted by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, the Macon County Rural Fire Department, Macon County First Responders, Macon County Ambulance and MoDOT.

AUX VASSE TEENAGER HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ATV CRASH

The patrol worked an accident in Callaway County on County Road 10-48, one quarter of a mile east of highway 54 just before 5 PM Wednesday. According to the report, 14 year old Eli Henry of Auxvasse was operating an ATV when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control. The vehicle then traveled of the west side of the road and struck a utility pole.  Henry sustained moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Callaway County EMS.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

With this being Memorial Day weekend, a number of communities have special Memorial Day services planned. Due to the weather, many will move those services to an inside location. In Callao,  Memorial Day Services are scheduled for 10AM Monday at the Callao Legion Park with refreshments following at the Legion Hall across from the park. In case of rain, the program will be held at the Multipurpose Center of the Callao Christian Church, one block west of Legion Hall and Park.




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05/22/2019

STORMS POUND THE AREA LEAVING MANY WITHOUT POWER - SUBSTANCIAL DAMAGE IN SOME AREAS - AT LEAST 3 DEATHS REPORTED

A devastating series of storms late Wednesday spawned multiple tornadoes that caused extensive damage and led to at least three deaths in Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed that Missouri's capital, Jefferson City, was hit by a "violent tornado." The tornado prompted an unrelenting stream of 911 calls, with some reporting serious injuries. In Jefferson City, multiple buildings were damaged, including a large apartment complex. Emergency crews in Jefferson City were attempting to rescue people trapped in buildings, but downed power lines were making rescue difficult. Jeff City officials have asked people to stay off the streets. A press conference early this morning, Jefferson City Police Lt David Williams called the aftermath a chaotic situation. From what we’ve been able to gather most of the damage appears to be along Ellis Boulevard , Dunklin Street and Stadium boulevard. City officials requested assistance from FEMO who delegated Missouri Tack Force One to assist. Ameren officials say they have several  gas leaks in the area and that thousands are without power.  The mayor of Jefferson City had already declared a State of Emergency and ordered residents in northern Jeff City to evacuate and that was due to flooding issues.  Now they are dealing with storm damage in addition to all the other concerns.  To the south of Jefferson City, Eldon was also hard hit by storms. Other reports submitted to the National Weather service include flooded roads, downed trees, power outages and hail. At least three people were killed earlier in Joplin, in the southwest of the state.

WEIGHT ALLOWANCE ANNOUNCED BY MODOT IN FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS
The Missouri Department of Transportation today announced an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways in flood relief. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10%  more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver remains in effect through June 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

MOBERLY WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING COLLISION IN BOONE COUNTY

The highway patrol said 36 year old Lacy J. Koncor of Moberly was southbound on US 63, south of Ashland at 1:17 yesterday (WED) afternoon when her vehicle struck a southbound pickup from behind. That pickup was driven by 63 year old Robert H. Sanders of Stover and was being used to as a warning vehicle due to slow moving traffic ahead. Sanders was not injured. Koncor had minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

POTENTIAL FOR MAJOR FLOODING THROUGHTOUT THE STATE - FLOODING CAUSES SPECIAL HAZARDS

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for major flooding throughout the state, particularly along the Missouri River, which will affect the cities of Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann and Washington. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging travelers to plan their routes ahead of time and to pay attention to all road closure signs. During flooding, the road may no longer exist under the running or stationary water. Floodwaters can be deeper than they appear and can hide such hazards as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemical In addition, MoDOT reminds motorists never to move or attempt to drive around barricades that block flooded roads. Barricades are put in place for motorists’ safety, yet MoDOT and law enforcement officials report they continue to see drivers either maneuver around the road blocks or move them to get through. “Moving a barricade is dangerous for the person doing it and also puts others at risk by removing the warning sign,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director.  “Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded area or barricade, remember the saying: turn around, don’t drown.”Here are some important safety reminders:

•    Don't drive through any flooded areas. A few extra minutes for a detour could lead to a life saved.

•    MoDOT reminds motorists it only takes six inches of water (or less!) to lose control of your vehicle and possibly be swept into rising floodwaters.

•    Any time there is water over the roadway, there may be unseen damage to the road surface below.

•    Stay alert and do not drive through water over a roadway or around construction barricades. MoDOT encourages all motorists to Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

Motorists can stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android mobile devices

MADISON HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES RREGIONAL AWARD IN SAFE DRIVING CAMPAIGN

On Monday, May 20, Madison High School was presented with a $500 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their educational efforts in the It Only Takes One Campaign. Madison was one of three schools selected in the region to receive this award. This money will be used to further highway safety educational efforts in the school. It Only Takes One is a statewide campaign among high school students that stresses the importance of making good decisions while on the road. One drink, one text, one distraction could end it all. But one click (of the seatbelt) could save your life. It runs from September to March. The Missouri teen seat belt usage rate statewide is 74%. Educating our young drivers on responsible driving habits doesn't end with the competition. Please continue to keep reminding them about the importance of wearing their seat belt every time they are in a vehicle and to NOT text and drive.




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05/22/2019

 

STORMS POUND THE AREA LEAVING MANY WITHOUT POWER - SUBSTANCIAL DAMAGE IN SOME AREAS

A tornado left significant damage in Jefferson City last night.  Jeff City officials has asked people to stay off the streets. A press conference early this morning, Jefferson City Police Lt David Williams called the aftermath a chaotic situation. From what we’ve been able to gather most of the damage appears to be along Ellis Boulevard , Dunklin Street and Stadium boulevard. City officials requested assistance from FEMO who delegated Missouri Tack Force One to assist. Ameren officials say they have several  gad=s leaks in the area and that thousands are without power.  The mayor of Jefferson City had already declared a State of Emergency and ordered residents in northern Jeff City to evacuate and that was due to flooding issues,. Now they are dealing with storm damage in addition to all the other concerns.  To the south of Jefferson City, Eldon was also hard hit by storms. Other reports submitted to the National Weather service include flooded roads, downed trees, power outages and hail.

 

WEIGHT ALLOWANCE ANNOUNCED BY MODOT IN FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS
The Missouri Department of Transportation today announced an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of rock, sand and gravel to travel on Missouri highways in flood relief. The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to 10%  more than their licensed weight on Missouri highways.

The waiver remains in effect through June 21. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to:

MOBERLY WOMAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING COLLISION IN BOONE COUNTY

The highway patrol said 36 year old Lacy J. Koncor of Moberly was southbound on US 63, south of Ashland at 1:17 yesterday (WED) afternoon when her vehicle struck a southbound pickup from behind. That pickup was driven by 63 year old Robert H. Sanders of Stover and was being used to as a warning vehicle due to slow moving traffic ahead. Sanders was not injured. Koncor had minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MADISON HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES RREGIONAL AWARD IN SAFE DRIVING CAMPAIGN

On Monday, May 20, Madison High School was presented with a $500 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their educational efforts in the It Only Takes One Campaign. Madison was one of three schools selected in the region to receive this award. This money will be used to further highway safety educational efforts in the school. It Only Takes One is a statewide campaign among high school students that stresses the importance of making good decisions while on the road. One drink, one text, one distraction could end it all. But one click (of the seatbelt) could save your life. It runs from September to March. The Missouri teen seat belt usage rate statewide is 74%. Educating our young drivers on responsible driving habits doesn't end with the competition. Please continue to keep reminding them about the importance of wearing their seat belt every time they are in a vehicle and to NOT text and drive.

POTENTIAL FOR MAJOR FLOODING THROUGHTOUT THE STATE - FLOODING CAUSES SPECIAL HAZARDS

The National Weather Service is warning of the potential for major flooding throughout the state, particularly along the Missouri River, which will affect the cities of Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann and Washington. With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging travelers to plan their routes ahead of time and to pay attention to all road closure signs. During flooding, the road may no longer exist under the running or stationary water. Floodwaters can be deeper than they appear and can hide such hazards as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemical In addition, MoDOT reminds motorists never to move or attempt to drive around barricades that block flooded roads. Barricades are put in place for motorists’ safety, yet MoDOT and law enforcement officials report they continue to see drivers either maneuver around the road blocks or move them to get through. “Moving a barricade is dangerous for the person doing it and also puts others at risk by removing the warning sign,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director.  “Whether driving or walking, any time you come to a flooded area or barricade, remember the saying: turn around, don’t drown.”Here are some important safety reminders:

                    Don't drive through any flooded areas. A few extra minutes for a detour could lead to a life saved.

                    MoDOT reminds motorists it only takes six inches of water (or less!) to lose control of your vehicle and possibly be swept into rising floodwaters.

                    Any time there is water over the roadway, there may be unseen damage to the road surface below.

                    Stay alert and do not drive through water over a roadway or around construction barricades. MoDOT encourages all motorists to Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

Motorists can stay informed about Missouri road conditions by using MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map, available online at modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android mobile devices

 




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05/22/2019

GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has officially declared a state of emergency due to worsening weather conditions, additional flooding and more.  With this weekend being a holiday,  a number of events are being affected by the wather including the Salute to Veterans Air show Celebration which was scheduled for this weekend at the Jeff City airport, but due to flooding along the Missouri River the airport has been evacuated. EVent planners say its even more dissappointing as this would have been the first time the event has been scheduled in Jefferson City. This years show would have been the 31st annualshow.  Amtrak to suspend its River Runner passenger rail route and Rocheport has issued a call for help bagging sand. Even though the river in Jeff City is expected to crest tomorrow at over 2 feet past flood stage, Salute to Veterans media chair Jessica Houston said  the flooding has rendered the show impossible and all events Saturday and Sunday are canceled, but Monday’s Memorial Day parade is scheduled to proceed as planned. Jefferson City officials will finalize their decision on the parade by Thursday, according to a Facebook post from Salute to Veterans .The show was moved to Jefferson City this year because of construction at the Columbia Regional Airport, according to previous Missourian reporting. The state of emergency was declared after first responders performed water rescues in Jasper and Newton counties Monday and Tuesday. A severe storm Monday night in Hickory County sent four people to the hospital after campers were flipped by the storm. Ongoing and forecast severe storm systems have caused, or have the potential to cause, damage associated with tornadoes, high winds, hail, heavy rains, flooding and flash flooding,” the executive order said.

 WORK CONTINUES ON EAST LOCAUST CREEK RESERVOIR  AT MILAN

The State of Missouri and the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission executed a contract enabling funding for critical elements of the lake project. $475,000will be used for the planning and design of the raw water line from the East Locust Creek Reservoir (ELCR) dam, five miles, to the existing water plant. The lake’s federal sponsor, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is prohibited from funding any element of the lake beyond the dam, which includes the raw water line. With the aid of Governor Parson, Senator Dan Hegeman and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) this critical funding gap was filled. Planning and design will commence immediately.

In the same contract the State of Missouri committed $275,000 for the planning of a Watershed Protection and Sewer District, which will run from the top of the East Locust Creek Watershed to the dam. The establishment of this district is a critical element in the Source Water Protection Plan and a necessary component to receiving a construction permit and a drinking water permit and more.

ANNUAL FISHING DERBY SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 1ST IN CHILLICOTHE

The Fourth Annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, June 1, at the pond located on the west side of The Baptist Home in Chillicothe. The Baptist Home is located just north of the Green Hills Golf Course on U. S Highway 65. The event is co-sponsored by the North Missouri Sportsman's Alliance (NMSA) and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). The fishing derby will run from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.  The Kids Fishing Derby is a non-competitive event and only children will be allowed to fish. Adults are allowed to help the kids cast and, if needed, provide minimal assistance when a fish is being brought to shore.  MDC personnel have already been at the pond, adding a number of fish to the structure to hopefully increase the chances of success for each child taking part in the event, Shoot said. MDC personnel will also be on hand the day of the Fishing Derby, providing fishing poles, equipment and bait, plus valuable hands-on assistance to participants. The Sportsman's Alliance will also be providing a free lunch at the end of the event for the kids and their families. They'll have hot dogs, chips and cookies, plus drinks will be provided by Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of Chillicothe. Last year's Fishing Derby had to be re-scheduled after a severe thunderstorm forced the cancellation of the event on June 2. The participants in last year's event caught a lot of bass, bluegill and a few channel catfish when it was held later in the month. Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate this year and it will be a fun day for families and their children and grandchildren."

BLOOD DRIVE THIS THURSDAY IN BROOKFIELD

Community Blood Centers and the Brookfield Elks will be holding a blood drive tomorrow, Thursday from 1 to 6 pm at the Elks Lodge located at 120 East Wood Street in Brookfield. Please donate blood now because people can't live without it.

ROUTE 65 & ROUTE 190 BRIDGE DECK REPLACEMENT MEETING IN CHILLICOTHE TOMORROW

Plans are underway to replace the decks of both the U.S. Route 65 Grand River and Route 190 Thompson River bridges near Chillicothe. The Missouri Department of Transportation will host an open-house public meeting on Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities building located at 920 Washington Street. This will be an open house with no formal presentation. Designers and engineers from the Missouri Department of Transportation and consultants from Garver, Inc. will be on hand to discuss the construction plans for the bridges, potential detour routes and gather public input. The public is invited to drop in any time and is encouraged to offer comments and ask questions. Participants will also have the opportunity to document their comments and sign up to be included on project updates via email. The project is currently scheduled to go out for bid to contractors in August 2019. If you are unable to attend the open house, a website with information about the projects is available at https://www.modot.org/livingston-us-route-65-and-route-190-bridge-deck-repairs.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT ARRESTED WOMAN FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE & MORE

On Saturday, May 18, 2019 at approximately 10:36 AM, an alert citizen reported suspicious activity in the 200 block of Morris.  Responding personnel located Britney L Harper, age 29 of Mexico damaging a building owned by a business in the area.  Harper was processed at the Mexico Public Safety Department and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Property Damage 2nd degree, Trespassing 2nd degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

STORM DAMAGE IN MEXICO SATURDAY

During the evening of Saturday, May 18, 2019, strong winds and heavy rains moved through the Mexico area as storms went across Missouri.  Mexico Public Safety responded to about eight incidents of trees or large limbs in the roadway or pulling down power lines.  At about 6:38PM and large limb broke a power line in the 800 block of Lafayette.  The line remained charged, burning a section of grass.  MPSD kept people away from the line and monitored the situation to help ensure nothing else caught fire.  Ameren responded in about 30 minutes and made the situation safe.  Ameren crews and the City of Mexico Street Department cleared electric lines and the roadways after the storm passed.  There were no reported injuries.




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05/21/2019

 

WEATHER CONTINUES TO MAKE THE NEWS

Rain, rain and more rain and today is no different as we had a large complex of rain and storms track across the area overnight and the threat of severe storms returns this afternoon. We’re looking for a line of strong storms to develop late this afternoon and early tonight as a strong cold will move in from the west and collide with a warm front that is lifting north and ushering in a more unstable air mass  early today.  In addition to the potential for severe weather, heavy rainfall is also expected. Flood and Flash flood watches and warnings are already posted across the region and include portions of central Missouri, north central Missouri, northeast Missouri, and west central Missouri, including the following areas, in central Missouri, Cooper, Howard, Pettis, and Saline.  In north central Missouri, Chariton, Linn MO, Macon, and Randolph.  In northeast Missouri, Adair and Schuyler.  In west central Missouri, Henry and Johnson MO.  Total rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches plus will be possible during this period. This rainfall will fall on already saturated soils, increasing the potential for flash flooding. Low-lying and flood-prone areas will be most susceptible to the dangers of flash flooding. Areas near rivers, creeks, and streams will likely become flooded during and immediately after heavy rainfall.

 

TWO INJURED IN CRASH AT MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE ON I-70

The highway patrol said two Nebraska residents were injured in a crash on I70 Westbound on the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport at 10:50 last (Mon) night. 29 year old Kyle G. Norton of Omaha was the driver and received moderate injuries while a passenger, Norrian C. Norton of Omaha was the passenger and received minor injuries. Norton was transported by University EMS to University Hospital on Columbia while the passenger was transported by Cooper County EMS to Cooper County Memorial Hospital in Boonville. The wreck occurred when the Norton vehicle hydroplaned and struck the center bridge wall. The car was then struck by two semi trucks. The truck drivers were not injured but the westbound lanes of the Interstate were closed for some time.

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST INDIVIDUAL ENTERING HOMES NAKED
Columbia Police arrested Victor Hugo Mendoza, 35, of Columbia on charges of two counts of Burglary 1st Degree, two counts of Sexual Misconduct 1st Degree, Assault 4th Degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Resisting Arrest. The arrest was in relation to Mendoza entering two different homes early morning hours on Saturday, May 18. He was found naked in the bedroom by the residents after they woke up. Thanks to the effort and vigilance of many, Mendoza was taken into custody less than 12 hours after the press conference on Sunday afternoon.

SEMI OVERTURNS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AFFECTING WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON I-70

Troop F of the Highway Patrol said it took about two hours to reopen both westbound lanes of I-70 last (MON) night when a tractor trailer unit overturned near Danville a little before 7 PM. The truck driver was not injured. Clean up crews shut down one of the westbound lanes as the wreckage was cleaned up. The patrol said the truck was hauling 41,000 pounds of meat.

STATEWIDE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS IS TOMORROW

The Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is coming to Moberly Thursday, May 23, 2019. Employees from Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Moberly Correctional Facility, and local Special Olympic participants and friends will gather at Orschlen’s Farm and Home Store prior to the start of the run at 1pm. Participants will run or walk south on Business 63 through Moberly, continue to travel south out of the city, through the City of Renick where it will end at the intersection of US 63 and Business 63. If you are traveling through the area, please slow down, and pay extra attention during this time as there will be several runners and walkers participating.

WATCH OUT FOR SUMMER WORK ZONES – HOLIDAY WORK TO BE SUSPENDED IN MOST AREAS! Travelers heading out for a long Memorial Day weekend trip won't have to deal with road construction crews in Missouri, but drivers should still be careful going through work zones. The Missouri Department of Transportation will stop work in most routine work zones at noon Friday, May 24 and will resume at 9 a.m., Tuesday, May 28. While most work zones will not be active over the Memorial Day weekend, it may be necessary for some lane closures to remain in place. Drivers shouldprojects around the state and a map detailing work zones can be found  on MoDOT’S website. Distracted driving and following too closely are two of the main causes of work zone crashes. Last year the highway patrol said eight people died and 124 others were injured in traffic crashes over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, Information on all MoDOT work zones statewide is available on the department’s Traveler Information Map located at www.modot.org.

NEW LOCATION FOR DRIVER LICENSE TESTING IN MILAN

The  Milan Driver Examination Station located in the Department of Social Services Office, 309 East Third Street, Milan, Missouri, is moving to a new location.  Beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2019, testing will be conducted at the Milan Community Center, 205 North Market Street, Milan, Missouri.  Testing is held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of eacGovernor Mike Parson announced Monday  night that President Trump has approved his request for a major disaster declaration to help local governments and nonprofit agencies in 13 Missouri counties recover from devastating flooding and severe storms that occurred from March 11 to April 16. The declaration makes federal assistance available for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the storms and flooding. The Governor’s April 24 request said $25 million in qualifying expenses had already been identified. The counties include in the President’s Public Assistance disaster declaration are the following: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Carroll, Chariton, Holt, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Platte, Ray, and Ste. Genevieve. The President’s declaration also makes available assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Program to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property due to natural hazards.




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05/20/2019

SEMI ROLLOVER BLOCKING HIGHWAY 63 EARLY THIS (MON) MORNING

Moberly Police posted on their social media pages around 1 AM this morning (MON)  Emergency crews are responding to a reported semi rollover accident on US 63 north bound, just south of Rt NN (Renick Jct). The semi is completely blocking both northbound lanes of US 63. Please detour if possible and expect delays while crews work this scene. We will have additional information as it becomes available.

BROOKFIELD MAN HURT WHEN MOTORCYCLE COLLIDES WITH DEER

A Brookfield motorcyclist sustained moderate injuries at 2:45 AM Sunday morning when his motorcycle collided with a deer in the roadway on MO highway 5, one mile north of LaClede. The impact resulted in the Harley Davidson overturning, ejecting the driver.  40 year old Steven O. Gillespie was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital for treatment. The Linn County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene.

HUNTSVILLE MAN SUSTAINED MODERATE INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH FRIDAY MORNING

The patrol said 38 year old James J. Merrit of Huntsville was northbound on US 63, three miles south of Moberly when his vehicle randoff the road into the median, struck a sign and overturned. Merrit received moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by the Randolph County Ambulance personnel. That wreck occurred Friday morning at 12:40 AM

TWO CAR COLLISSION LEAVES PERRY WOMAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES

This past Saturday morning around 8:37 AM in Ralls County, the patrol said the accident happened on Highway J, north of Delaware Lane, two miles north of Perry when 21 year old Taylor J. Picton of Perry was stopped on the shoulder waiting to turn left when her vehicle was struck by another northbound    auto driven by 24 year old Brandon A. Lococo of New London. Picton was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

EDINA WOMAN TREATED AT AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISSION

A Edina woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment after a head on collision in Brashear at South Olive Street around 6:30 Sunday morning.  According to the patrol 59 year old Paul M. Lewis of Hurdland was westbound on MO 6 in Brashear and South Olive and failed to yield to a eastbound auto driven by 48 year old Angela D. Strange of Edina as Strange was making a left hand turn and the two vehicles collided head on. Strange was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in  Kirksville for treatment.

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEKING INFO ABOUT INDIVIDUAL REPORTED ENTERING HOMES NAKED

The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who was found naked in the bedrooms of two residences in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 18. The individual entered homes in the 5800 block of Canaveral Drive and the 5800 block of Neptune. In both incidents, the residents woke up and found the individual naked in their bedrooms. In one home he was located under the bed, and the other he was located on the floor. The individual left both homes immediately when he was confronted. He entered both homes through unlocked doors and additional information indicates the same individual attempted to enter other homes in the area. There was no evidence of forced entry in either incident and no reported property damage, missing items or injuries. Anyone with additional information about this individual or these incidents is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

MOBERLY POLICE MAKE DRUG RELATED ARREST SATURDAY MORNING

On Saturday, May 18th  at 1:46 AM, a Moberly Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of north Ault St., for a traffic violation.  The driver, a 32 year old Moberly man was found to be on parole for drug trafficking. The male gave officers consent to search his vehicle and admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.   During a search of the vehicle the officer located Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid which is a schedule one controlled substance, oxycodone which is a schedule 2 controlled substance, and approximately (7) grams of marijuana. The male admitted to not having a prescription for oxycodone.  The male driver was placed under arrest for Possession of a controlled substance (Acid), Possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  The male was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center to be held on the required $10,000 Cash/Surety bond, but was able to post bond shortly after.  Formal charges will be forward to the Randolph Prosecutor’s Office for review. The male will not be named until charges are filed.  

BONNETS MILLS WOMAN ARRESTED BY MOBERLY PD SATURDAY NIGHT

On May 18, 2019 at 7:09 pm, Moberly Joint Communications was contacted in regards to a report of a female shoplifting a Gordman’s department store, 1720 Crete Rd. It was reported a female was in the store concealing merchandise in a bag.  Officers responded and located the female who was uncooperative and denied having concealed merchandise. The female claimed to not have any identification and provided information which was determined to be false. Through investigation officers eventually identified the female as Molly Patterson of Bonnets Mill, Missouri.  Patterson was found to have (2) active warrants for her arrest through Jefferson City, MO for Assault on a Police Officer and an electrical signal violation. Both warrants yielded a total bond of  $2590.00. Patterson was placed under arrest for her active warrants.  Patterson was transported to the Moberly Police Department. During the booking process officers located a syringe commonly used to inject illegal substances, in Patterson’s property. A test of the syringe was positive for the presence of methamphetamine.  Patterson was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center. New charges for Possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s office for review

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ASK FOR HELP LOCATING RUNAWAY TEEN

The public is being asked to help locate a missing teenager from Kirksville. Logan Nathanel Graves, 17, of Kirksville, was reported missing on Sunday, April 14, 2019. According to the Kirksville Police Department, Graves ran away from the home of his foster parents. He is described as a white male with brown hair. At this time, police were not able to share additional information about Graves. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Graves is asked to contact law enforcement.

 

RANDOLPH  COUNTY UNITED WAY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS  FOR 2019 AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS

The United Way of Randolph County is now accepting agency partnerships applications for local nonprofits that are not currently receiving funding. “We are accepting applications for a one-year time period with funding starting in 2020.” The United Way of Randolph County helps fund health, education, and human service agencies that receive tax deductible donations according to the current IRS guidelines. UWRC currently supports 15 agencies and programs, plus a Dual Credit Scholarship and the new Coats for Kids program.  UWRC also is offering assistance to all area nonprofits who are needing mentorship with social media, website development, and other guidance.   Applications must be completed and returned on or before Friday, June 28.




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05/20/2019

SEMI ROLLOVER BLOCKING HIGHWAY 63 EARLY THIS (MON) MORNING

Moberly Police posted on their social media pages around 1 AM this morning (MON)  Emergency crews are responding to a reported semi rollover accident on US 63 north bound, just south of Rt NN (Renick Jct). The semi is completely blocking both northbound lanes of US 63. Please detour if possible and expect delays while crews work this scene. We will have additional information as it becomes available.

BROOKFIELD MAN HURT WHEN MOTORCYCLE COLLIDES WITH DEER

A Brookfield motorcyclist sustained moderate injuries at 2:45 AM Sunday morning when his motorcycle collided with a deer in the roadway on MO highway 5, one mile north of LaClede. The impact resulted in the Harley Davidson overturning, ejecting the driver.  40 year old Steven O. Gillespie was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital for treatment. The Linn County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene.

HUNTSVILLE MAN SUSTAINED MODERATE INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH FRIDAY MORNING

The patrol said 38 year old James J. Merrit of Huntsville was northbound on US 63, three miles south of Moberly when his vehicle randoff the road into the median, struck a sign and overturned. Merrit received moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by the Randolph County Ambulance personnel. That wreck occurred Friday morning at 12:40 AM

TWO CAR COLLISSION LEAVES PERRY WOMAN WITH SERIOUS INJURIES

This past Saturday morning around 8:37 AM in Ralls County, the patrol said the accident happened on Highway J, north of Delaware Lane, two miles north of Perry when 21 year old Taylor J. Picton of Perry was stopped on the shoulder waiting to turn left when her vehicle was struck by another northbound    auto driven by 24 year old Brandon A. Lococo of New London. Picton was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

EDINA WOMAN TREATED AT ARA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING HEAD ON COLLISSION

A Edina woman was transported to an area hospital for treatment after a head on collision in Brashear at South Olive Street around 6:30 Sunday morning.  According to the patrol 59 year old Paul M. Lewis of Hurdland was westbound on MO 6 in Brashear and South Olive and failed to yield to a eastbound auto driven by 48 year old Angela D. Strange of Edina as Strange was making a left hand turn and the two vehicles collided head on. Strange was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in  Kirksville for treatment.

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEKING INFO ABOUT INDIVIDUAL REPORTED ENTERING HOMES NAKED

The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who was found naked in the bedrooms of two residences in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 18. The individual entered homes in the 5800 block of Canaveral Drive and the 5800 block of Neptune. In both incidents, the residents woke up and found the individual naked in their bedrooms. In one home he was located under the bed, and the other he was located on the floor. The individual left both homes immediately when he was confronted. He entered both homes through unlocked doors and additional information indicates the same individual attempted to enter other homes in the area. There was no evidence of forced entry in either incident and no reported property damage, missing items or injuries. Anyone with additional information about this individual or these incidents is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

MOBERLY POLICE MAKE DRUG RELATED ARREST SATURDAY MORNING

On Saturday, May 18th  at 1:46 AM, a Moberly Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1000 block of north Ault St., for a traffic violation.  The driver, a 32 year old Moberly man was found to be on parole for drug trafficking. The male gave officers consent to search his vehicle and admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.   During a search of the vehicle the officer located Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid which is a schedule one controlled substance, oxycodone which is a schedule 2 controlled substance, and approximately (7) grams of marijuana. The male admitted to not having a prescription for oxycodone.  The male driver was placed under arrest for Possession of a controlled substance (Acid), Possession of a controlled substance (oxycodone), and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).  The male was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center to be held on the required $10,000 Cash/Surety bond, but was able to post bond shortly after.  Formal charges will be forward to the Randolph Prosecutor’s Office for review. The male will not be named until charges are filed.  

BONNETS MILLS WOMAN ARRESTED BY MOBERLY PD SATURDAY NIGHT

On May 18, 2019 at 7:09 pm, Moberly Joint Communications was contacted in regards to a report of a female shoplifting a Gordman’s department store, 1720 Crete Rd. It was reported a female was in the store concealing merchandise in a bag.  Officers responded and located the female who was uncooperative and denied having concealed merchandise. The female claimed to not have any identification and provided information which was determined to be false. Through investigation officers eventually identified the female as Molly Patterson of Bonnets Mill, Missouri.  Patterson was found to have (2) active warrants for her arrest through Jefferson City, MO for Assault on a Police Officer and an electrical signal violation. Both warrants yielded a total bond of  $2590.00. Patterson was placed under arrest for her active warrants.  Patterson was transported to the Moberly Police Department. During the booking process officers located a syringe commonly used to inject illegal substances, in Patterson’s property. A test of the syringe was positive for the presence of methamphetamine.  Patterson was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center. New charges for Possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s office for review

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ASK FOR HELP LOCATING RUNAWAY TEEN

The public is being asked to help locate a missing teenager from Kirksville. Logan Nathanel Graves, 17, of Kirksville, was reported missing on Sunday, April 14, 2019. According to the Kirksville Police Department, Graves ran away from the home of his foster parents. He is described as a white male with brown hair. At this time, police were not able to share additional information about Graves. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Graves is asked to contact law enforcement.

 

RANDOLPH  COUNTY UNITED WAY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS  FOR 2019 AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS

The United Way of Randolph County is now accepting agency partnerships applications for local nonprofits that are not currently receiving funding. “We are accepting applications for a one-year time period with funding starting in 2020.” The United Way of Randolph County helps fund health, education, and human service agencies that receive tax deductible donations according to the current IRS guidelines. UWRC currently supports 15 agencies and programs, plus a Dual Credit Scholarship and the new Coats for Kids program.  UWRC also is offering assistance to all area nonprofits who are needing mentorship with social media, website development, and other guidance.   Applications must be completed and returned on or before Friday, June 28.




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05/17/2019

LINNEUS MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT FOLLOWING WRECK

The highway patrol said a Linneus man was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries after being ejected from his vehicle Thursday afternoon. According to the report, 45 year old Douglas L. Hale was northbound and failed to yield to an eastbound 18 wheeler  at US 36 at Crow Drive,  one and a half miles east of Meadville. The tractor trailer, driven by a man from Raleigh, NC struck the Hale auto in the driver’s side, causing it to travel off the roadway, ejecting the driver. Hale received moderate injuries and was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The highway patrol was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Linn County Ambulance and the Meadville Fire & First Responders. The wreck occurred at 4:20 PM Thursday. The truck driver was not injured.

TWO KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS HURT IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

The highway patrol said two people who reside in Kirksville were injured in a one vehicle crash in Sullivan County around 5:30 AM Thursday morning. According to the patrol report, 40 year old Didier B. Enswe was westbound on Missouri Route 6, five miles east of Milan when his auto crossed the center line and ran off the south side of the road and crashed into an embankment. The driver and a passenger, 35 year old AlbertinA Kamwezi both had minor injuries and was transported by Sullivan County Ambulance personnel to Sullivan County Memorial hospital in Milan for treatment.

ONE VEHICLE LIVINGSTON COUNTY WRECK RESULTED IN MINOR INJURIES

The highway patrol worked a wreck in Livingston County Saturday night around 6:30PM. According to the report, 18 year old Blayne A. Hacker of Chillicothe was westbound on County Road 235A, a half a mile west of Chillicothe. Hacker failed to negotiate a right hand turn and the vehicle went off the west side of the road, down a steep ravine and overturned a couple of times before coming to rest on its wheels.  The driver had minor injuries and was transported by a private auto to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe. The Livingston County Sheriff’s department provided on site assistance.

MAIN STREET MOBERLY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN

Diane Richardson, Main Street Moberly Executive Director informed the Board of Directors Thursday morning that she will be leaving the organization at the end of the month. She said this has been a difficult decision for her as she’s pondered it over the past several months. She went on to say she is proud of the accomplishments of the Main Street Moberly organization, and will continue to support their revitalization efforts.  Paula Heath, the Main Street President, has been in communication with Missouri Main Street Connection as well as local key stakeholders and will continue to facilitate the transitioning process. Richardson has been Executive Director of Main Street Moberly for the past five years.

MISSOURI ROUTE  87 IN HOWARD COUNTY TO BE CLOSED FOR PIPE REPAIRS

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace a cross pipe on Route 87 between Route E and County Road 323 next week. The work will close Route E from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21 through Thursday, May 30. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area.  MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work. 

 



 




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5/16/2019

BOONVILLE SHOOTING – SUSPECT IN CUSTODY

Boonville Police and the Highway Patrol were busy investigating a shooting incident that occurred in Boonville Wednesday afternoon. A news release from the Boonville Police Department said officers were dispatched to a reported shooting in the Riviera Drive neighborhood, near Harley Park, at approximately 1:05 PM. Boonville Police said two people were shot and taken to University Hospital in Columbia where one was treated and released and the other remains in critical condition. One person is in custody and no word on what led up to the shootings. Authorities said they are not looking for any other suspects at this time, but the investigation is ongoing. The Cooper County EMS sent out a test message around 6pm informing area residents that the earlier text message for the Harley Park area situation had been downgraded. The earlier message had encouraged people within a 2 mile radius of Harley Park to stay inside and lock doors.

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST MAN WITHOUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANTS

Shortly before 1:30 AM yesterday (Wed) morning, an alert Moberly Police Officer noticed a male subject he knew as Phillip Webb in the 800 block of East Logan Street. The officer was aware Webb had active Felony Randolph County warrants for his arrest. As the officer turned around to contact Webb, he entered a residence and refused to exit. Contact was made with the home owner who confirmed Webb entered the residence and agreed to allow officers inside to place Webb under arrest. Officers entered the residence and located Webb hiding in the basement under a sofa couch. Webb was taken into custody without incident. Webb was found to be in possession of methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia related to the use of methamphetamine. Webb’s already existing warrants were through Randolph County and both were for possession of a controlled substance. One warrant yielded a $500.00 cash only bond and the second a $10,000 cash or surety bond. Webb was also placed on an additional $10,000 cash or surety bond related to new charges stemming from this event. Webb was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center. New charges for possession of a controlled substance have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor for filing. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office assisted on scene.

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

Chillicothe PD responded to the following calls on Tuesday,  May 14th , 2019

Chillicothe Police received 88 calls for service on 05/14/2019….

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK CONTINUES THROUGH SUNDAY

May 13th – 19th is National Police Week and as part of the weeklong event, yesterday, May 15th was set aside as Peace Officers Memorial Day, a time to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. A website we recently discovered serves as a reminder of the many risks of law enforcement. When you visit the Officer Down Memorial Page at www.odmp.org and do a search of of Missouri, you’ll find 681 Line of Duty deaths in the Show Me State. We believe it’s important to remember all the Law enforcement hero’s … so from everyone at the Best Broadcast Group to all the men and women in blue who serve and protect and continue to put your life on the line every single day for all the rest of us, we simply want to say “Watch each other’s backs, be safe and THANK YOU!





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05/15/2019

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST MAN ON SEVERAL CHARGES

This past Monday night, May 13th, at 7:35 PM, a Moberly Police Officer observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly, making unsafe passes, in the area of Franklin St and Johnson St. The vehicle ran off the roadway at one point and nearly collided with an oncoming vehicle.  The officer    made contact with the driver who pulled to the side of the roadway on his own accord. The officer immediately noticed signs of alcohol impairment. The driver, Shawn Malone, was immediately uncooperative with the officer and denied being intoxicated. Malone was also found to have a revoked driver’s license.  Malone was placed under arrest for Driving While Revoked and Driving While Intoxicated. Officers located a  bottle of Whiskey next to the driver’s seat of the vehicle Malone was driving and the bottle was nearly empty.  Malone was found to have (10) prior convictions for Driving While Suspended/Revoked and (2) prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated. Due to his level of intoxication Malone was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center to receive a fit for confinement order. After being deemed fit for confinement, Malone was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center. Charges were forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for Felony Driving While Revoked and Felony Persistent Driving While Intoxicated. A warrant has been signed by the Honorable Judge Cooksey for the above mentioned charges and a bond has been set for $10,000 Cash or surety for Malone. 

TREE FIRE IN MEXICO

On Monday, May 13, 2019, at approximately 9:51PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of Maple Street in reference to a tree fire.  Responding personnel found the upper portion of an evergreen tree burning.  The fire was quickly extinguished with no injuries and no damage to any other property.  The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

MEMORIAL  DAY WEEKEND FAST APPROACHING – MAKE SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY!

The Missouri State Highway Patrol hopes everyone will make safety a top priority this Memorial Day weekend. A safe, fun weekend starts with planning and good decisions. Whether you decide to travel or stay local, choose to be a safe, courteous driver. The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. In addition, the Patrol will assign troopers to speed saturations, DWI saturations, or hazardous motor vehicle operations in areas where they will have the greatest impact. Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should use the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This year's fatality counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019. The Memorial Day weekend is also an unofficial start to the boating season. During the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, there were 14 boating crashes which included 10 injuries and one fatality. Two people drowned over last year’s holiday weekend. Troopers arrested 17 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend.

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY

May 13th , 2019

Chillicothe Police received 94 calls for service on 05/13/2019….




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05/14/2019

VEHICLE STRIKES 3 COWS IN ROADWAY

A Wyaconda man received minor injuries when a car he was a passenger in struck 3 cows in the roadway just before 1AM this (Tues) morning. The Patrol said 23 year old Katlyn L. Asher of Kirksville was eastbound on Route 6, just east of Route A, near Hurdland in Knox County when the incident occurred. Asher was not injured, however, a passenger 27 year old Stephen M. Burgess did have minor injuries as a result of the mishap and was transported by Knox County ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

 

ALERT CITIZEN LEADS TO QUICK ARREST BY MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

On Sunday, May 12th at approximately 8:21PM, an alert citizen contacted the Mexico Public Safety Department in reference to some suspicious activity in the 600 block of North Washington in Mexico.. Responding personnel found that Darien W Mills, age 22 of Mexico, had broken into an unoccupied house and was attempting to steal some items.  Mills was arrested and processed at MPSD.  He was later taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond for Burglary 2nd Degree and Stealing (value over $750). 

TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CRASH ON US 54 IN MEXICO

Sunday, May 12th at approximately 5:32PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 4500 block of E Liberty (US Highway 54) in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that a vehicle being driven by Kerri Rothrock, age 32 of Atchinson, Kansas, crossed the centerline of the roadway and struck a another auto operated by Thomas Porthouse, age 46 of O’Fallon, Missouri.  Personnel from Audrain Ambulance District took both Rothrock and Porthouse to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain.  They were treated for minor injuries and released.  The roadway was reduced to one lane of traffic for about 45 minutes.

ESCAPEE FROM US MARSHALLS AND TWO OTHERS ARRESTED AFTER HIGH SPEED CHASE

This past Friday at approximately 9:59pm, a Macon Police Officer was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 36 when he observed a vehicle at a high rate of speed traveling east.  The officer attempted to make enforcement contact when the vehicle tried to elude officers and ran several vehicles off the roadway.  The officer believed the driver's actions to be a serious hazard to the community and continued to follow the vehicle.  As the officer followed, the vehicle was traveling at speed over 100 mph. The officer followed closely and attempted to overtake the suspect vehicle, but the driver swerved into the lane in front of the officer and continued to swerve in and out of both lanes. The officer then observed the driver and a rear seat passenger switching seats while continuing to travel on the roadway.  The vehicle became disabled at which time the driver pulled off the roadway, on the right side into some bushes.  The driver exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot.  Additional officers on scene pursued the suspect on foot while the Macon Police Officer detained two passengers within the vehicle.  The fleeing suspect was taken into custody without incident.  During search incident to arrest, one of the passengers was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun. A second handgun was located within the vehicle in the center console.  Also seized from the vehicle were substances consistent with marijuana, methamphetamine and pills later identified as controlled substances.  During records check, police discovered the driver had an active warrant dated 5/9/19 from US Marshals Services for escape from custody and did not have a valid driver's license. One passenger was also found to have a felony criminal history on probation/parole.  Macon Police was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Macon County Sheriff's Office and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.  All suspects were taken into custody and placed on 24-hour hold pending formal charges. The officer applied for and obtained arrest warrants on the the driver of the vehicle at the time of the stop, 25 yer old Richey R. Famer of St. Jospeh, MO. His bond set at $25,000.00 cash only, NO BAIL set for warrant from US Marshals Office. He’s been charged with Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person { Felony E } Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D } Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D } Possession Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid Of 10 Grams Or Less - Prior Drug Offense { Misdemeanor A } Operate Vehicle On Highway Without A Valid License - 1st Offense { Misdemeanor D } Resisting/Interfering With Arrest, Detention Or Stop { Misdemeanor A } Operated A Motor Vehicle In A Careless And Imprudent Manner { Misdemeanor B  } Fail To Drive On Right Half Of roadway when roadway  was Of Sufficient Width { Misdemeanor C  } Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm { Felony D } Unlawful Use Of Weapon - Subsection 11 - Possess Weapon And A Felony Controlled Substance { Felony E  } In addition, it was confirmed he was wanted on an Outstanding Warrant - Escape from Custody, US Marshals Office Kansas City, KS - no bail set. Also held was the Initial driver and then passenger at time of stop, Billie J. Mollett, (female) of St. Joseph, MO, age 26 -- Bond set at $25,000.00 cash only. She was charged with possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D } Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D } Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person { Felony E } Operating A Motor Vehicle In A Careless And Imprudent Manner { Misdemeanor B } Fail To Drive On Right Half Of Roadway when Roadway Was Of Sufficient Width { Misdemeanor C } Exceeded Posted Speed Limit (Exceeded By 26 Mph Or More) { Misdemeanor B } Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm { Felony D } Unlawful Use Of Weapon - Subsection 11 - Possess Weapon And A Felony Controlled Substance { Felony E }. And finally, a third person, the Second passenger of vehicle during stop who was identified as Bronson E Vestal (male) of St. Joseph, MO, age 29. His Bond set at $25,000.00 cash only and has been charged with Unlawful Possession Of A Firearm { Felony D } Unlawful Use Of Weapon - Subsection 11 - Possess Weapon And A Felony Controlled Substance { Felony E } Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D } Possession Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid { Felony D } Possession Of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabinoid Of 10 Grams Or Less - Prior Drug Offense { Misdemeanor A }

ROUTE 129 NORTH OF BUCKLIN CLOSED STARTING TODAY

Railroad crews plan to close Route 129 north of Bucklin starting today for routine maintenance of the Marceline Sub railroad crossing. The road will close at approximately 7 a.m. this (TUES) morning and will remain closed until approximately 5 p.m. Friday, May 17. During the closure, motorists will need to use an alternate route. All scheduled roadwork is weather permitting and subject to change. Also this week, culvert replacement work will close several roads in Macon County as well as others around the area.

By the way, the work on Business Route 63 in Moberly that was scheduled for this week has been cancelled. For more information on these and other MoDOT projects, call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636 ) or visit www.modot.org/northwest and view the online Traveler Information Map.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY WORK PLANNED INCLUDES NIGHT WORK ON I-70 AMONG OTHERS

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PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED AT DOWNING FIRE STATION THURSDAY

This Thursday from 4 PM to 6PM at the Fire Station in Downing, interested individuals are invited to a public meeting to learn about the upcoming sidewalk project coming to Downing. MoDOT representatives will be on hand to answer questions and adjoining property owners are encouraged to attend to a public meeting at the Fire Station that will discuss a future sidewalk project that will be taking place in Downing. The proposed project is located along U.S. Route 136 in Downing.

AS MANY AS 10 MEDICAL MARIJUANA TESTING FACILITIES COUND BE LICENSED IN MISSOURI

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services determined that as many as 10 medical marijuana testing facilities could be licensed in Missouri. Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution calls for “at least two” testing facilities for the new program. Testing facilities will be licensed to acquire, test, certify and transport marijuana. DHSS also established ten advisory committees composed of subject matter experts who helped review questions for the facility license applications in late April. The set of application questions and evaluation criteria scoring table were updated following committee recommendations and are now available online. One member from each of the ten advisory committees will now serve on the Medical Marijuana Scoring Advisory Committee.  Facility license application forms and instructions will be available online June 4, and DHSS will accept completed applications from August 3-17. DHSS and contracted partners will then have until December 31 to review and score applications prior to licensing. DHSS will continue accepting feedback on all drafts of rules via an online suggestion form until May 15. All rules must be finalized and available to the public by June 4. Until then, draft rules are subject to change.

MOBERLY POLICE MAKE DRUG ARREST

This past Wednesday, May 8th at 10:23 PM, a Moberly Police Officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of Myra St at Hinkley St., for the vehicle having no registration displayed. Upon making contact with the female driver the officer smelt marijuana coming from within the vehicle. During a probable cause search of the vehicle the officer located approximately 6 grams of Heroin separated and packaged into individual bundles, a baggie with less than one gram of methamphetamine, a baggie with less than one gram of marijuana, a pistol, and numerous items of paraphernalia related to the use of the above mentioned substances.    The female driver was placed under arrest for Distribution of a controlled substance (Heroin), Possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), Unlawful use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Unlawful Use of a firearm. The female admitted to being a user of heroin and methamphetamine and to selling heroin. The female is currently on probation for Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The female was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center to be held on the required $20,000 Cash/Surety bond, but was able to post bond shortly after.  Formal charges will be forward to the Randolph Prosecutor’s Office for review. The female will not be named until charges are filed.  

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

This past Friday, May 10th Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reported the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrests …

CHILLICOTHE POLICE WEEKEND SUMMARY

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