02/09/16

 

NEWTOWN WOMAN KILLED IN MONDAY MORNING CRASH  

A Newtown woman was killed in a Monday morning accident on Sullivan County Route KK, east of Newtown.  30 year old Amanda Fordyce, of Newtown, died in the crash.  30 year old Kyle Fordyce suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.  The patrol says their truck ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK MISSING TEEN     

The Kirksville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen.  Officials say 16 year old Joshua Dudley was last seen Monday in the area of Rotary Park.  Officials say he had been in the 600 block of Meadow Crest Drive around noon on Monday.  Josh Dudley is a white male, 5-7 and 165 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.  He wears glasses and has piercings in both ears.  He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and gray shoes.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Adair County Sheriff’s Office…or you can call the anonymous tips line at 627-BUST. 

  

OVERTURNED GRAIN TRUCK SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY 24 

A grain truck overturned on Highway 24 at the Miami Junction in Carroll County, closing the highway for part of Monday afternoon.  The patrol says 19 year old Riley Wood, of Clarence, was the driver of the truck.  It overturned as he attempted a right turn, spilling grain across the highway and intersection.  Wood was treated for minor injuries.  The Highway 24/Route 41 intersection was closed intermittently during cleanup, Monday afternoon. 

  

MAMTEK BONDING FIRM ORDERED TO PAY SETTLEMENT  

Tennessee investment firm, Morgan Keegan, has been ordered to pay $850,000 dollars in the final settlement involving lawsuits over bonding for Moberly’s failed Mamtek Plant.  The settlement stems from Morgan Keegan's role in helping the City of Moberly prepare the bond offering and the sale of bonds to the public. Investors say the company's due diligence was lacking and that details were missed that could have ‘red-flagged’ the project, prior to the bonds being sold.  

  

COLUMBIA HOUSE FIRE – HALLSVILLE AREA GRASS FIRE  

Columbia firefighters have been on the scene of a house fire, early this morning.  They says no one was injured in the blaze, which damaged a home in the 2200 block of Country Lane.  They were called to the scene just after 2:30am.  Boone County firefighters were called to a farm field near Hallsville Monday night, after a controlled trash burn got out of hand, due to high winds.  They were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby home, and no injuries were reported. 

  

BODY FOUND UNDER COLUMBIA BRIDGE IDENTIFIED    

Columbia police have identified the body found Friday near the Highway 63/I-70 interchange in Columbia.  The body of 38 year old Levi Edward Monie-Turnbow was found under the bridge at Hinkson Creek.  Investigators say there was no sign of physical injury, which would rule out foul play.  A final determination of the cause of death is underway. 




02/08/16

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT   

A Kirksville man was killed in a Sunday morning accident on Route 157, west of Kirksville.  63 year old Charles Pratte, of Kirksville, died in the accident, which occurred at around 9:20am.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle ran off the roadway, crossed a gravel driveway and struck a road sign and a tree.  Pratte was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, where he was pronounced dead. 

  

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER ESCAPES ROLLOVER WITH MINOR INJURIES 

A Huntsville driver escaped with just minor injuries, when her vehicle ran off a Randolph County road and overturned, Sunday afternoon.  It occurred just after 1pm, northwest of Higbee.  39 year old Dolly Goodding, of Huntsville, was the driver. The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her southbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.  She was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

DRIVER HURT IN HAMILTON AREA ACCIDENT     

A driver from Excelsior Springs was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle overturned several times, Sunday afternoon, on Highway 13 just north of Hamilton.  It occurred just after noon.  63 year old Patricia Carlson was the driver of a southbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times, coming to rest on its top. Carlson was wearing her seatbelt and was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Hospital. 

  

COLUMBIA MEN ARRESTED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL BREAK-IN       

Two Columbia men are in custody after allegedly breaking into West Middle School, overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Officers responded to an alarm at the school just after midnight, Sunday morning.  They found the door unlocked and two suspects on the scene.  21 year old Merrick Nunnery was arrested for damaging the door and stealing pencils.  20 year old Michael J. Stewart was arrested for damaging a fire alarm inside the building. 

  

POLICE INVESTIGATE COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED    

Police are investigation early-morning reports of shots fired in the area of the 700 block of Big Bear Blvd, in northern Columbia.  The incident occurred just before 1 o’clock Sunday morning.  Investigators say they found multiple shell casings in the street and a nearby vehicle was struck by gunfire, but no injuries were reported.  They say there is no information on a suspect. 




02/05/16

 

CHILD ABUSE CHARGE FOR KIRKSVILLE MAN  

A Kirksville man is charged with child abuse, after a six-year-old girl was injured last weekend.  31 year old Jeremy A. Wilson, of Kirksville, was charged with abuse or neglect of a child on Saturday.  The probable cause statement accuses Wilson of grabbing the six year old by the neck and rubbing her face into the carpet, causing facial injuries.  Wilson is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on February 10. 

  

CHILD SERIOUSLY HURT IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION     

A Columbia child was seriously injured in a Thursday morning collision on Boone County Route K at Chamberlain Lane.  The accident occurred just after 8:30am.  The 4-year-old child was a passenger in an eastbound SUV, driven by 26 year old Nicole Thomson, of Columbia.  The patrol says her vehicle ran off the highway, struck an embankment and became airborne, then struck the ground on Chamberlain Lane, where it struck a car driven by 24 year old Leah Buckman, of Columbia.  The child was taken by ambulance to University Hospital.  Neither driver was injured. 

  

MONROE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY    

A Monroe County man has been arrested in connection with a New Year’s Day burglary at a rural Randolph County home.  The Sheriff’s Department says a 25 year old male suspect is in custody.  He is accused of stealing a total of 19 guns from the property, including 3 pistols and 4 AR-15’s…along with ammo and other items.  Officials have not released the suspect’s name.  He is being held on $40,000 dollars bond as the investigation continues. 

  

ELDERLY MAN CHARGED IN HALLSVILLE FIRE    

Boone County authorities have charged 84 year old James Henry Heitzler, in connection with a house fire near Hallsville, which occurred Thursday afternoon.  Firefighters responded to the home on Route OO, just after 3pm.  The Sheriff’s Department also responded to the home at that time, after a report of a domestic disturbance involving a weapon.  Deputies say they had to ‘stabilize’ the scene before firefighters could deal with the fire.  It heavily damaged the first floor, garage and back side of the home.  Heitzler is charged with arson, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. 

  

MACON ELKS HOSTING DENTAL UNIT     

The Elks Mobile Dental Unit continues a visit to Macon this month.  The Unit has been parked at the Macon Elks Lodge since Monday and will be taking appointments thru Thursday, February 18.  The Unit can serve residents of several area counties while in Macon, including Adair, Chariton, Knox, Linn, Macon, Monroe, Randolph, Shelby and Sullivan Counties.  Residents may be eligible to receive free dental care.  For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 573-690-6003. 




02/04/16

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATE ABDUCTION ATTEMPT  

Chillicothe Police are investigating a report of an attempted child abduction, which occurred at the Fastlane Bowling Alley, at around 8:30 Tuesday evening. The report indicates an 11 year old boy was chased by a white male in his 20’s or 30’s.  After the juvenile eluded the suspect, he jumped into a white Chevrolet truck, possibly operated by another person.  The suspect is described as 5’9 to 6 feet in height, with black hair, and wearing a gray jacket and jeans.  Investigators would also like to speak with a female witness.  They say the woman, possibly in her 40’s and wearing a tan hooded jacket and tan stocking cap, was outside smoking during the incident.  Anyone with information on either the witness or the suspect should contact the Chillicothe Police Department. 

  

NOVINGER WOMAN SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES    

Authorities are seeking a Novinger woman, in connection with a report of shotgun pellets striking a vehicle near Youngstown, MO on January 16.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 28 year old Sabrina D. Salsberry, of Novinger. They say no one was injured in the incident, which remains under investigation.  Anyone with information on Salsberry’s whereabouts is urged to contact their office at 665-4644.

  

STEALING CHARGE FILED IN CONNECTION WITH CHARITY PROCEEDS   

Grundy County charges have been filed against a Blythedale woman, accused of misappropriating funds from a charity softball tournament.  22 year old Lindsay Barron, of Blythedale, is charged with stealing.  She is accused of diverting an undisclosed amount of cash from tournament proceeds that were supposed to help pay funeral costs for three families.  Barron is scheduled to appear for arraignment on February 9. 

  

COLUMBIA FOOT CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST       

A Columbia domestic assault incident, Wednesday evening, turned into a foot chase by law enforcement, and the arrest of a suspect.  Officers say 25 year old Anthony Johnson-Harris was wanted for missing a court date and was also allegedly involved in a domestic assault.  He was first spotted in a business on East Nifong Boulevard.  He fled on foot toward South Providence Road.  Officers chased Harris to a nearby Break Time convenience store, where he was found hiding under a truck, near the building.

  

DRIVER ARRESTED AFTER CAR STRIKES RESTAURANT    

A driver has been arrested after a car struck the front of Umbria Rustic Italian Restaurant on Elm Street in Columbia, early this morning.  Police say the car struck the front entrance of the restaurant at around 1am, then drove off.  The driver was later found and arrested.  The driver’s identity and details on pending charges have not been released.  No injuries were reported. 




02/03/16

 

GAS ODOR CAUSES TUESDAY PUTNAM COUNTY DISMISSAL 

Putnam County schools will be in session today, after an odor of gas caused the dismissal of school Tuesday afternoon.  Teachers and students at the school in Unionville reported the strong gas odor at around 1:30pm and the school was evacuated and students and staff were sent home.  Investigation revealed there was no gas leak, but that the odorant additive apparently leaked during its delivery to the school, causing the odor.  Classes will be in session at Putnam County today. 

  

STOLEN VEHICLE PROMPTS MULTI-COUNTY INVESTIGATION  

Livingston County authorities say a vehicle stolen Saturday from private property, west of Chillicothe, has prompted a multi-county law enforcement investigation.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says the stolen 1997 Ford F-150 pickup is believed to have been used to damage private property in parts of the county, as the occupant of the vehicle was able to elude deputies.  One or more nearby counties also reported high-speed pursuits involving the vehicle.  Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Livingston County or Clinton County Sheriff’s Department or the Highway Patrol. 

  

BROOKFIELD WOMAN ARRESTED ON CHARITON COUNTY WARRANT 

Brookfield Police report the arrest of a Brookfield woman, last week, on a Chariton County warrant for distribution, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance.  Just before midnight, last Thursday, officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 500 block of South Livingston Street.  They found an outstanding felony warrant for 37 year old Kayce Utterback, of Brookfield.  She was taken into custody and turned over to Chariton County authorities, in lieu of $20,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

BOONVILLE WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY COLLISION    

A Boonville woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday morning collision on Route 52 in Morgan County.  46 year old Diana Wilson, of Boonville, was taken to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30am.  She was a passenger in a vehicle, driven by 48 year old Michael Surber, of Boonville.  The patrol says their westbound van was struck in the rear by a westbound pickup, driven by 51 year old Edwin Reiff, of Fortuna.  Neither driver was injured. 

  

BURGLARY ATTEMPTS AT TWO COLUMBIA PHARMACIES    

Columbia Police are investigating a pair of burglaries at pharmacies, which occurred early this (Wednesday) morning.  Investigators say a door was damaged at D&H Drugstore on Broadway, but the burglar was unable to enter the business.  A pharmacy at the Columbia Medical Plaza was also targeted and apparently entered by burglars.  Officials are determining what is missing from that pharmacy.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

PARENTS NOTIFIED AFTER BB GUN BROUGHT TO SCHOOL 

Parents were notified after a Columbia Public School student brought a BB gun to school in his backpack Tuesday.  Lange Middle School Officials sent a letter to parents and asked them to check their students backpacks each day to make sure they’re only bringing items that belong in school.  Several students reported the BB gun Tuesday and it was confiscated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.  Officials say no one was in danger. 




02/02/16

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT 

A Kirksville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 136, in Putnam County, just before noon Monday.  The patrol says 25 year old Meghan Hoover, of Kirksville, was westbound, when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  She was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, where she was treated for moderate injuries. 

  

MONDAY GRAIN SPILL SHUTS DOWN HIGHWAY 24 

A grain spill shut down Highway 24, east of Carrollton, for a few hours on Monday.  Motorists reported the spill, which covered the eastbound lane of 24 and caused slick driving conditions, late Monday morning.  By mid-afternoon, most of the spilled grain was cleaned up, and the highway reopened to slow-moving traffic.  MoDOT says the cleanup was complete by 4pm. 

  

PATROL TRAFFIC STOP NETS DRUG ARRESTS   

The Highway Patrol has released details on a traffic stop, just south of Trenton, which led to the arrest of three suspects on drug charges.  It occurred Friday evening.  The patrol says a trooper stopped a vehicle for defective headlights and noticed suspicious behavior from the occupants of the vehicle, including alleged attempts to conceal or destroy evidence.  A search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, meth, THC oil and drug paraphernalia.  47 year old Rodney Tompkins of Meadville, 37 year old William Ross, of Chillicothe and a woman from Oxnard, California were all arrested at the scene. 

  

MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE PROJECT AT JEFFERSON CITY     

MoDOT has announced plans to close the westbound bridge, carrying Highways 63 and 54 over the Missouri River at Jefferson City, for about four months this spring.  The closure, which will enable a painting and deck repair project, is planned to begin in early or mid-April.  The eastbound bridge over the Missouri will remain open and carry two lanes of eastbound and two lanes of westbound traffic, during the closure.  Several access ramps on each side of the bridge will be affected by the closure and speed limits will be reduced.  Again, that closure will begin in April and last for about four months. 

  

COLUMBIA ‘SHOTS FIRED’ INVESTIGATIONS UNDERWAY  

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired call at a Columbia home, which occurred at around 8:30 Sunday night.  Investigators say they found multiple bullets in the walls of the home at 18 Third Avenue.  They say both adults and children were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but no injuries were reported.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

ABC 17 news.com is reporting a report of gunfire hitting a home early this (Tues) morning on Wade School Road, which occurred at around 3am.  No injuries have been reported as that investigation gets underway.   




02/01/16

 

TINA MAN KILLED AFTER POLICE PURSUIT AND SHOTS FIRED  

A Tina man is dead after a weekend vehicle chase ended with an officer-involved shooting in the Sugar Creek area over the weekend.  The patrol says 42 year old Jeremy Sinclair, of Tina, was driving a stolen vehicle and being pursued by law enforcement from Ray County into Clay County on Saturday.  The chase ended at a Missouri River access area near Sugar Creek, where the stolen vehicle was found partially submerged.  Officers say Sinclair had his hands concealed in his sweatshirt and refused to surrender.  After about a 30-minute standoff, he allegedly pulled a handgun and fired at officers.  Sinclair was hit by return fire and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

BUILDING’S STRUCTURAL CONCERNS CAUSE UNIONVILLE CLOSURE 

Structural issues in a brick building at the corner of Route 136 and 16th Street in Unionville caused the closure of 136 at that location, over the weekend.  Traffic was rerouted around the affected area beginning Friday, and MoDOT says the closure continues this morning, as officials work to alleviate the potential of falling debris.  Motorists are asked to use extra caution on Route 136 in Unionville. 

  

HARRISBURG TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT 

A Harrisburg teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on Highway 124 in Boone County.  It occurred at around 3:40pm.  16 year old Myah Lewis, of Harrisburg, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says she sustained moderate injuries when her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY COLLISION  

A Moberly woman was treated for minor injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 24, just east of Salisbury.  The patrol says an uninvolved vehicle lost part of its load on the highway, causing a westbound car, driven by 35 year old Corinna Moore, of Moberly and a westbound motorcycle, driven by a Bowling Green man, to collide.  Moore was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION 

Drivers from Cairo and Sturgeon were injured in a Friday evening collision on Highway 63 in Boone County.  26 year old Brooke Brake, of Cairo was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.  28 year old Amber Smith, of Sturgeon was taken to Boone Hospital with minor injuries.  The patrol says it occurred at around 5:45pm when Brake failed to yield to slower traffic and struck Smith’s vehicle in the rear.  Both vehicles came to rest in the median. 

  

GLASGOW DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT    

A Glasgow driver suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Boone County Route UU, just after 3:30 Friday afternoon.  The patrol says 33 year old Justin Goodwin, of Glasgow, was eastbound at a high rate of speed, when he lost control in a curve and his vehicle ran off the roadway.  He was taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

  

MEXICO VETERANS HOME LOCKDOWN SUNDAY       

Officials at the Mexico Veterans Home say a threatening phone call caused a Sunday afternoon lockdown at their facility.  Officers say a man called the facility at around 2:30pm and asked for an employee who was not working.  The man then cursed and said he was coming to the facility with a gun.  By 4:30pm, the lockdown had been lifted and it was reported that the caller was a former boyfriend of the employee and was not in the Mexico area.  




01/28/16

 

TEEN INJURED IN CALDWELL COUNTY COLLISION   

A Cowgill teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday evening collision on Highway 13 in Caldwell County.  19 year old Justice Burton, of Cowgill, was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm.  The patrol says Burton was northbound, when his car struck a hay trailer being pulled by a northbound pickup.  The driver of the pickup was not injured. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK WANTED SUSPECT   

From KTVO.com - Kirksville Police are looking for a drug offender, wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Lewis County.  37 year old Brandon ‘Chad’ Miller was originally charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in Knox County.  Law enforcement were unable to locate him at his last known address in La Belle.  Miller has also lived in the Kirksville, Callao, Bethel and Novinger areas.  He is a white male, 5-11 and 250 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.  He has a birthmark on his right cheek and multiple tattoos.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Kirksville or Adair County authorities or your local law enforcement. 

  

MACON SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTS GRANT FUNDS      

The Macon School Board has accepted the recommendation of its student council in deciding where to spend $100,000 dollars in grant funds from State Farm Insurance.  The grant was won through on-line voter response to a student-produced video last fall.  Officials say, based on a student survey, the bulk of the funds will be spent on computer equipment to be made available for student use, along with a driver education car.  Some of the funds will also go to the multimedia class that produced the winning video. 

  

FIVE ARRESTED AFTER MARSHALL SEARCH WARRANTS  

Five Marshall residents face drug charges after search warrants were served at two residences in Marshall, Wednesday morning.  The warrants were part of an ongoing investigation into drug distribution in the Marshall area.  30 year old Christy Smoot and 36 year old Geno Watson were both arrested at a residence in the 500 block of South Ellsworth Avenue.  28 year old Magen Read and 29 year old Christopher Read were arrested at a second location, in the 1300 block of Eastwood Street.  A fifth suspect, Dennis M. Jones, was apprehended later.  The five are accused of multiple counts, including felony possession and distribution of crack cocaine, meth and marijuana near a school.  Marshall Police say more arrests are expected as the investigation continues. 

  

COLUMBIA SUSPECT ACCUSED OF ROBBING MAN AT CASEY’S 

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect, who they say robbed a man at gunpoint at a Casey’s Convenience Store Wednesday morning.  The incident occurred just after 7:30am.  The victim says he drove the suspect, 26 year old Kyle Mathew Ledbetter, to the Casey’s store on Clark Lane, where he gave Ledbetter and undisclosed amount of cash.  Ledbetter then fled the scene.  He was arrested a short time later for first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. 




01/27/16

 

LIBERTY TAX EMPLOYEE INJURED BY PASSING MOTORIST

An employee of Liberty Tax Service in Kirksville, whose job is to dress as the Statue of Liberty to attract customers and get passing drivers to honk their horns, was shot in the forehead with an Airsoft gun by a passing motorist, Monday afternoon.  KTVO.com reports that a police report has been filed.  The employee told investigators the shot was fired from a white Dodge pickup, driving north on Baltimore Street.  Officials say the employee is doing fine, and, after speaking with police, he went back out to wave to traffic.  The incident remains under investigation by Kirksville Police. 

  

TURNKEY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION & EXPANSION  

Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation has announced that Turnkey Processing Solutions, LLC has purchased the Phoenix Manufacturing facilities in both Glasgow and Cole Camp, MO.  The company says it plans to expand operations at both of those locations, to include 45-plus new FTE jobs over the next two years, with a capital investment of more then $1.25 million dollars.  Despite the acquisition, the facilities will continue to operate under the Phoenix Manufacturing brand. 

  

RIDGEWAY DRIVER HURT IN FARM TRACTOR ACCIDENT

A Ridgeway driver was treated for moderate injuries after his farm tractor ran off Harrison County Route UU, near Blythedale, Tuesday afternoon.  51 year old Gale Richardson, of Ridgeway, was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Bethany after the accident, which occurred at around 2pm.  The patrol says his westbound farm tractor ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, came back across the highway and struck a ditch. 

  

ONE TREATED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED 

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting incident, which caused minor injuries to a victim, shot in his west Columbia driveway.  Investigators say a suspect wearing a white mask fired shots at two people inside an SUV, which was parked in a driveway in the 2500 block of Morning Glory Drive.  The victim in the driver’s seat was treated at the scene, after one of the gunshots grazed his arm and chest.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED FOR SIX BANK ROBBERIES 

A Columbia man was sentenced to prison Tuesday, in connection with six Columbia bank robberies, between November 20, 2014 and January 3 of last year.  43 year old Shaun Christopher Becker was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison, during his appearance in federal court.  Becker pleaded guilty to the six robberies in August. In each instance he allegedly walked in, demanded cash and then fled the scene on a bicycle.  Investigators say the six robberies netted around $15,000 dollars. 




01/26/16

 

SUICIDAL DRIVER CAUSES HIGHWAY 36 CLOSURE

Highway 36 was closed near Hamilton for much of the morning, Monday, after a traffic stop turned into an incident involving a suicidal subject.  The Highway Patrol says a Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped an eastbound pickup for speeding, just east of the Hamilton junction on 36, at around 4:15am.  During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle brandished a weapon and then threatened suicide.  Officers closed both eastbound and westbound 36 and began working to get the subject to put down the weapon.  At around 10:15am, the subject, a 39 year old white male from Hannibal, was taken into custody without incident.  Highway 36 reopened shortly thereafter. 

  

CHARGES FILED IN SHOOTING OF MONROE CITY OFFICER  

Formal charges have been filed against a Hannibal man, in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Monroe City.  34 year old Timothy Brokes, Jr, of Hannibal, was wanted for questioning in connection with a pair of shootings in the Hannibal area on January 12.  Monroe City Police made contact with Brokes on the evening of January 13…an exchange gunfire resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for both the suspect and a Monroe City Police Officer.  Last week, Brokes was formally charged in Monroe County with armed criminal action, assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and felony hindering prosecution.  He is in custody in Marion County on $500,000 dollars bond.  Formal charges in connection with the two Hannibal shootings are still pending. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT 

A Columbia woman is charged with burglary, domestic assault, property damage and resisting arrest, in connection with an incident involving her ex-boyfriend.  22 year old Elizabeth Bailey is accused of driving her vehicle into the garage door of a home in the 100 block of Oak Plank Road, then entering the home, breaking the male victim’s phone when he tried to call 911, not allowing him to leave the home, then resisting arrest when officer arrived. 

  

MATY MAUK SUSPENDED FOR THIRD TIME      

Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely by the University of Missouri football program.  It is Mauk’s third suspension this school year, and it comes hours after a video surfaced on social media, showing an individual who looks like Mauk, snorting a white powdery substance off a table.  A joint statement from Mizzou Head Coach Barry Odom and Athletic Director Mack Rhoades says they are gathering information regarding the video and that appropriate action will be taken when all the facts are determined.  In the interim, Mauk has been indefinitely suspended from the program. 




01/25/16

 

TWO TEENS INJURED IN SALISBURY AREA ACCIDENT   

Two Salisbury teens were injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on a Chariton County road.  It occurred at around 1:30pm on Sterling Avenue, just west of Salisbury.  16 year old Kevin Adler, of Salisbury, was the driver of a northbound SUV, which slid off the roadway and struck a culvert.  Adlar sought his own treatment for minor injuries.  A passenger, 17 year old Robert Witmer, of Salisbury, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

BROOKFIELD MAN TREATED AFTER ROUTE M RUNOFF     

A Brookfield man was treated for minor injuries after his vehicle ran off Route M, just north of Brookfield, at around 2:30 Saturday morning.  65 year old Gary Rye, of Brookfield, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the highway and struck an embankment. 

  

MEXICO DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH   

A Mexico driver was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 15 in Audrain County, late Saturday night.  21 year old Payton Smith, of Mexico, was the driver of a northbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck a fence and overturned, just before midnight Saturday.  Smith was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

BROOKFIELD RESIDENTS FIND MAN IN HOME 

This week’s Brookfield Police report includes a report of burglary in progress, called in in the early morning hours of January 20.  Officers were called to a home on East Sedgwick Street, where the residents were awakened by their dog to find an intruder standing in their living room.  They ordered the intruder to wait for police to arrive and he complied.  24 year old Jesse Nez, of Macon, admitted to being under the influence and forcing his way into the residence to get warm.  He was arrested for trespassing and property damage. 

  

HARRISBURG MAN CHARGED AFTER TRAFFIC ALTERCATION

A Harrisburg man was arrested and charged after he called police to the scene of an altercation.  Deputies say 33 year old Jacob Andrews, of Harrisburg called officers to the 100 block of Sexton Street in Harrisburg at around 4pm Sunday, with a complaint about a group of people in a vehicle.  When deputies arrived on the scene, they say Andrews had pulled a handgun and was displaying it in a threatening manner.  He was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon. 

 

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED UNDER INVESTIGATION   

Columbia Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon shots fired incident in north Columbia.  Officers were called to the 5300 block of Currituck Lane, at around 2:30pm. Witnesses reported multiple gunshots in that area and multiple shell casing were found.  There were no injuries.  The incident remains under investigation. 




01/22/16

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR METH

A Kirksville man faces meth charges after an early-morning traffic stop by Kirksville Police on Wednesday.  34 year old Joshua Craig is charged with possession of meth after, officers stopped his vehicle for a broken taillight, at around 1 o’clock Wednesday morning.  A black bag, found tossed in the snow near the vehicle, contained a powdery substance that tested positive for meth.  Court records indicate Craig is a persistent drug offender, with previous drug convictions in both Adair and Knox Counties. 

 

CHULA MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED UTV THEFT     

A Chula man is charged in connection with the attempted theft of a UTV at a Chula area residence.  That incident occurred Tuesday night.  The homeowner says an adult male suspect was trespassing and is believed to have attempted to start a UTV, and also may have attempted to enter a pickup truck.  Warning shots fired by the property owner caused the suspect to flee the scene.  Investigation led to the arrest of 26 year old Milan John Bender, of Chula.  He is charged with felony tampering with a motor vehicle, and is being held on $25,000 dollars cash bond. 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN CARROLLTON HOME INVASION  

Three Carrollton suspects have been charged in connection with a home invasion robbery in Carrollton last weekend.  20 year old Kevin Watson, 18 year old Damon Gilchrist and a 17 year old juvenile are all charged with burglary and stealing.  They’re being held on $25,000 dollars bond each.  Police say the three admitted to breaking into a home on Main Street in Carrollton and stealing multiple bottles of alcohol and cash. 

Carrollton Police say they are also continuing to investigate a recent string of vehicle tampering and burglary cases, which may be related. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN GUILTY IN FATAL HEROIN OVERDOSE 

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in distributing synthetic heroin that was used in a fatal overdose.  21 year old Nick Burris entered his plea in federal court in Jefferson City.  He admitted supplying the drugs to an 18 year old who overdosed.  25 year old Marquette Murrell, of Columbia, also pleaded guilty in the case last month.  He was accused of supplying the drug to Burris.  Both men face up to 20 years in prison.   

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOME BURGLARY    

Columbia police are investigating a burglary at a home on East Nifong Blvd, which records show is owned by Walmart heiress Nancy Laurie and her husband Bill.  Police say a male victim returned to the home Wednesday night and found someone inside the home.  The suspect fled the scene.  Columbia Police say the investigation is ongoing. 

 

MIZZOU LINEMAN SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST  

Mizzou defensive lineman Terry Beckner, Jr, has been suspended from the team indefinitely, after his arrest by campus police for suspected misdemeanor marijuana possession.  Officers say Beckner was stopped for driving without his headlights on and officers notices a strong odor of marijuana.  They say a search of the vehicle turned up a midemeanor amount of the drug. 

 

ABSENTEE VOTING SET FOR PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY         

Randolph County Clerk, Will Ellis, says absentee voting for the March 15 Missouri Presidential Primary will begin on February 2.  Absentee ballots may be picked up in the clerk’s office from February 2 thru March 14, or requested by mail by March 9.  For more information, contact the Randolph County Clerk’s office at 660-263-5822 or 277-5822. 




01/21/16

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

NOTE:  we have no school closings this morning...but there are a handful of school announcements.  Click 'cancellations' for the latest. 

 

ROAD CONDITIONS CAUSE NUMEROUS TRAFFIC CRASHES  

Snowy road conditions over the past couple of days caused numerous traffic crashes around the area…a handful of those accidents caused significant injuries. 

 

A Brookfield man was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning accident on Highway 36, just west of Brookfield.  It occurred at around 8:15am.  The patrol says 34 year old Lonnie Buesing, of Brookfield, pulled from a private drive into the path of an eastbound semi, driven by an Iowa man.  Buesing was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries. 

 

A Greentop driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Schuyler County Route K, just west of Greentop, Wednesday afternoon.  60 year old Larry Hamilton was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says Hamilton’s eastbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a concrete culvert and overturned. 

 

A Mooresville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup slid off an ice-covered bridge on Highway 36, just west of Chillicothe, at 8:40am Wednesday.  74 year old Sharon Schnetter was taken to Hedrick Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says her pickup struck both guardrails numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels.

 

Two New Cambria residents were hurt when their car slid off Route WW, east of Marceline, Tuesday afternoon.  50 year old Laurie Marler, of New Cambria, was the driver of the eastbound car, which slid off the roadway and struck a tree.  She was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.  Her passenger, 50 year old Terrill Johnson, of New Cambria, was treated for minor injuries. 

 

A Macon driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a collision at the Bucklin Junction, on Highway 36, which occurred just after noon Tuesday.  27 year old Adam Ueltschy, of Macon, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says he pulled into the path of a westbound tractor-trailer. 

 

Two Carrollton residents, 48 year old Richard Stoner and 45 year old Russell Stoner, were both treated for moderate injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, after their car ran off Highway 65 at Route H, south of  Chillicothe, just after 2pm Tuesday.  The patrol says Richard Stoner was the driver of the car and failed to negotiate a curve. 

  

ATTEMPTED VEHICLE THEFT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY  

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempted vehicle theft, which occurred Tuesday night at a Chula residence.  According to the report, an adult male suspect was apparently trespassing on the property and is believed to have attempted to start an ATV, and also attempted to steal a pickup truck.  Warning shots fired by the property owner caused the suspect to flee the scene.  Investigators believe the same suspect may be involved in another shorts fire incident in a nearby county.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office…646-0515. 




01/20/16

 

PROGRAMMING UPDATE - NOON - LIVE MACON TOURNAMENT COVERAGE TONIGHT

Girls' first round games in the Macon Tournament WILL BE PLAYED Wednesday evening.  Live coverage of Brookfield vs. Centralia - 8pm tipoff. 

 

‘SLOW GOING’ THIS MORNING AFTER SNOWFALL

Many area roadways remain snow-covered, after 3 to 5 inches of snow fell across the area on Tuesday.  Travel conditions will likely improve as the day goes along and road crews continue their hard work.  Temperatures in the mid to upper 20’s will help a little bit this afternoon.  Another storm system will apparently miss us to the south tonight into Thursday morning, but some minor snow accumulations are possible near the I-70 corridor. 

 

We had numerous school closings and other cancellations this morning…you’ll find a complete list of the latest updates by clicking the ‘cancellations’ tab.   




01/19/16

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TUESDAY (01/19)

We have early dismissals and other cancellations for today...click on 'Cancellations' for the latest information. 

 

ACCUMULATING SNOW TODAY – WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect thru early Wednesday morning, as accumulating snowfall is expected to move into the area today.  The National Weather Service says there were likely not be much heavy snow, but there could be periods of moderate snow, with rates around 1 inch per hour, at times, especially during the late-afternoon and evening hours.  The snow is expected to overspread the area this afternoon and, with temperatures well below freezing, it will quickly accumulate on driving surfaces and limit visibility at times, causing significant travel issues and snow-covered roadways.  Total snow accumulations of 3 to 4 inches are expected across the area by early Wednesday morning. 

  

QUEEN CITY COLLISION TIES UP HIGHWAY 63 

A two-car collision on Highway 63 in Queen City did not cause any injuries, but it tied up traffic on a busy stretch of Highway 63, during the noon hour Monday.  The patrol says a car was apparently following too closely and struck another vehicle that was preparing to make a turn.  It took crew less than an hour to clear the scene, but traffic was significantly affected during that time. 

  

BHS FINANCIAL AID NIGHT COMING UP ON MONDAY 1/25  

Brookfield High School is set to hold its annual Financial Aid Night next Monday evening, January 25, beginning at 6:30pm in the Brookfield High School Conference Room.  Officials say it’s never too early to begin planning your child’s future, so all High School students, including Freshman and Sophomores and their parents or guardians are urged to attend.  A representative from the Missouri Department of Higher Education will be on-hand to offer specific information on the filing of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms and lots of other financial aid information will be available for all post-high school educational opportunities.  If you have questions, you can contact the BHS Guidance Counselor’s office.  Again, BHS Financial Aid Night is next Monday, January 25, at 6:30pm. 

  

AUXVASSE DRIVER HURT IN MILLER COUNTY CRASH   

An Auxvasse driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a Miller County road, while fleeing from law enforcement.  The accident occurred Monday night at around 10:30pm.  The patrol says 37 year old Michael Andrews, of Auxvasse, was fleeing a traffic stop when his car ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail.  Andrews was treated for moderate injuries at Lake Regional Hospital. 

  

ELLIS-FISCHEL CANCER CENTER SEEKING PUBLIC INPUT  

The Ellis-Fischel Cancer Center is seeking the public’s input to identify unmet community health needs and improve the delivery of cancer care in Central Missouri.  They’re asking the public to provide that feedback in two ways.  You can complete on online survey between now the February 12.  The quick 12-question survey is available at surveymokey.com, you’ll find the link at Ellis Fischel’s website.  You’re also invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, February 22, from 11:30am to 1pm, at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services office, on West Worley Street in Columbia. 




01/18/16

 

BROOKFIELD MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A Brookfield man was killed in a Saturday morning accident at Lake Nehai.  46 year old Christopher Cunningham, of Brookfield, died in the accident, which occurred at around 5:30am Saturday.  The patrol says Cunningham was northbound on a lake road, when his pickup ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

  

MARSHALL DRIVER HURT ON SNOWY ROADWAY      

A Marshall driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a snow-covered Highway 41, in Cooper County, at around 7 o’clock Sunday morning.  25 year old Clay Reynolds, of Marshall, was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound vehicle slid off the roadway and struck a fence. 

  

FIVE ARRESTD IN SHELBINA DRUG BUST    

Shelbina Police report the arrest of five suspects, after a well-being check on a juvenile turned into a drug bust last week.  Police were asked to check on the 13 year old last Wednesday afternoon.  Officers say they found the juvenile and a 19 year old female on the floor, unconscious and unresponsive.  Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Further investigation at the scene revealed an active meth lab, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia.  Five suspects were arrested…41 year old Rebecca D. Baugher, 41 year old Lonny D. Baugher, 19 year old Reva R. Baugher and 19 year old Steven P. Calef, all of Shelbina…and 47 year old James W. Savage of Macon.  All face multiple charges, including possession of marijuana and synthetic marijuana, manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.   Additional charges are pending. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN DECEMBER ROBBERY  

Columbia Police report the arrest of a suspect, in connection with a December 9 armed robbery on Grindstone Plaza Drive.  19 year old Koran Ward, of Columbia, was taken into custody Friday afternoon.  They say stolen electronics from that robbery were traced to Ward’s residence and found in his possession.  Ward will face charges of robbery and unlawful use of a weapon. 




01/15/16

 

GREEN CASTLE DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY NIGHT COLLISION

A Green Castle driver was killed in a Thursday evening collision on Highway 6, just east of Green Castle.  It occurred just after 6:45pm.  26 year old Christopher Seaton, of Green Castle, died in the accident.  The patrol says he pulled from a private driveway, into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by 36 year old Jean Sambayi, of Kirksville.  The other driver was not injured in the accident. 

 

SALSIBURY DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A Salisbury driver was seriously injured, when her vehicle ran off Route 129 at Route W, north of Salisbury, Thursday morning.  52 year old year old Nancy K. Taylor, of Salisbury, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 7am.  The patrol says she lost control on a slick roadway, and her vehicle ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

HANNIBAL SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER MONROE CITY SHOOTOUT 

A Monroe City Police Officer suffered serious injuries in an exchange of gunfire, Wednesday night, which resulted in the arrest of a wanted Hannibal fugitive.  34 year old Timothy Brokes, Jr., of Hannibal was wanted in connection with a Hannibal murder and another shooting and kidnapping, which occurred Tuesday night.  On Wednesday night, Brokes was spotted in Monroe City, prompting a confrontation with law enforcement, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire.  Officials have not released the name of the injured Monroe City Officer.  Brokes was also shot in that confrontation.  He was treated and then released to an area detention center, where he’s being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY    

Two Columbia women are charged, in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred Sunday.  20 year old Lexus Herndon is charged with robbery and 22 year old Jasmine Sykes is charged with robbery and armed criminal action.  Investigators say Sykes lured her ex-boyfriend to her residence, where a male suspect pulled a gun, assaulted the victim and stole a number of items from his car.  Police say the male suspect in the case is also in custody, but his name has not been released. 

  

MISSOURI COURT RULES IN ADAIR COUNTY TERMINATION CASE 

A Missouri court has ruled in favor of former Adair County deputy circuit clerk, Susan Gall, for wrongful termination in 2013.  Boone County Judge Gary Oxenhandler ruled in favor of Gall, saying Judge Russell Steele did not have the authority to fire her.  Judge Steele allegedly terminated Gall’s employment against the wishes of Adair County Circuit Clerk Linda Decker in 2013.  Judge Oxenhandler’s ruling states that no judge has the authority to hire or fire circuit clerks.  A federal lawsuit over the termination will now move forward, after the Missouri case ruling. 




01/14/16

 

HANNIBAL SHOOTING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY   

A Hannibal man, wanted in connection with a pair of Tuesday night shootings, is in custody, after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Monroe City.  34 year old Timothy Brokes, Jr., of Hannibal was being sought after separate shooting incidents seriously injured a Hannibal man and killed his 30 year old wife.  Police identified Brokes as the suspect in both shootings.  He was also a suspect in an endangered person advisory, issued Wednesday for 34 year old June Bea Smith, of Hannibal.  She had not been seen since the shootings…officials say she is now in custody and is in good condition.  Reports indicate both Brokes and an officer were taken by ambulance from the scene, after an exchange of gunfire in Monroe City last night.  More on his arrest will be released today.    

  

TWO ARRESTED FOR NEW CAMBRIA HOME INVASION 

Two suspects are in custody in connection with an armed home-invasion robbery in New Cambria, which occurred over the weekend.  34 year old Wayne M. Baldwin, of Stanberry, MO and 24 year old Adam Justus of Maysville are both in custody on warrants for robbery, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.  They’re accused of forcing their way into a New Cambria home on Saturday, armed with a handgun and a knife, holding a female occupant captive while stealing a rifle and prescription medication, then releasing her and fleeing the scene.  Investigators identified Baldwin as a suspect in the robbery.  He was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop in Clinton County.  Officers say Justus fled that traffic stop, armed with a handgun and was arrested in DeKalb County on Monday.  Both men are being held on $150,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

MOBERLY EMPLOYER SET TO EXPAND PRODUCTION     

A Moberly employer will be adding jobs, with an expansion, which was announced this week.  Denmark-based Vest Fiber will expand its Moberly operation, resulting in the creation of 30 new fulltime positions in the next few months.  The company is a global provider of fiberglass components for the wind industry.  They say increased demand for their products is causing the need to ‘ramp up’ production.  Vest Fiber will hold a job fair next Wednesday, January 20, at its facility in Moberly, from 1 to 6pm. 




01/13/16

 

WANTED KIRKSVILLE WOMAN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY      

A recent Adair County ‘fugitive of the week’ has been arrested.  24 year old Krista Ann McPeak, of Kirksville, was taken into custody Tuesday, after she was spotted at a local convenience store by an off-duty Kirksville Police Officer.  Adair County Deputies also arrested Adam Lewis for allegedly providing aid to McPeak in evading police.  She was wanted on arrest warrants for distribution/deliver/manufacture of a controlled substance and child neglect.

  

TWO MEN ARRESTED ON ANIMAL ABUSE CHARGES  

Two men wanted in Livingston County on animal abuse charges were arrested by Independence, MO Police over the weekend.  On Saturday, officers arrested 34 year old Lonnie M Buesing.  Sunday, 43 year old Tracy Lee Newton, of Carrollton was also located and taken into custody.  Both men are charged with two felony counts of animal abuse, involving 10 pit bulls, found in poor condition in Wheeling.  Both men are being held on $5,000 dollars cash bond. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST MACON SUSPECT   

Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a suspect on six active arrest warrants from the Macon Police Department, for failure to appear.  Kelvin Lynn Kimler was taken into custody Tuesday night in the 400 block of Williams Street in Chillicothe.  Kimler was taken to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending extradition to Macon. 

  

GLASGOW DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT        

A Glasgow driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 87 in Howard County, just after midnight this (Wed) morning.  21 year old Taylor S. Werkmeister, of Glasgow, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says he suffered moderate injuries when his northbound car ran off the roadway, struck the ground and came to rest on its wheels. 

  

SMALL FIRE ON WILLIAMS WOODS CAMPUS SUSPICIOUS        

Fulton fire officials say a small fire on the campus of William Woods University, Tuesday afternoon, is considered suspicious in nature.  Firefighters were called at around 1:30pm, after a security guard reported smoke coming from a vent in a bathroom in Tucker Hall.  No one was injured in the blaze, which did only minor damage to ceiling tiles in the building.  Investigators say the fire is suspicious and are continuing their investigation. 

  

FULTON FIRE VICTIM IDENTIFIED             

Fulton authorities have also identified the deceased victim in Monday night’s house fire on Reed Street in Fulton.  82 year old Bobby Metz died after becoming trapped in the home, which was destroyed by the blaze. 




01/12/16

 

MOBERLY HIRES NEW CITY MANAGER  

The Moberly City Council has announced the selection of Moberly’s new City Manager.  Brian Crane was unanimously approved at Monday night’s city council meeting.  He will take over the position effective February 1.  Crane has served as the City Administrator in Holts Summit, MO since 2010 and previously worked as City Administrator in Unionville. 

  

TWO KIRKSVILLE MEN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS  

Two Kirksville men face drug charges, after their arrest over the weekend.  Sunday afternoon, Kirksville Police responded to a report of two men using drugs in a vehicle.  The two suspects, 18 year old Joseph A. Cooley and 24 year old Brendan J. Creason were spotted by officers in a parked car.  Officers say the two admitted being heroin users and were found in possession of a needle filled with Fentanyl, a Schedule 2 opioid, along with a container of the drug.  Both are being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

ONE PERSON KILLED IN FULTON HOUSE FIRE     

One person is dead after a late-night house fire in Fulton.  The Fulton Fire Department was dispatched to a residence on Reed Street in Fulton Monday night.  Firefighters found heavy flames coming from the home.  Crews were unable to enter, due to the intensity of the blaze.  Two people were inside at the time of the fire. Officials have confirmed that one of them was able to escape, but the other was killed.  The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of relatives.   

 

REPTILE’S HEAT LAMP CAUSES BOONE COUNTY BLAZE  

Boone County Firefighters say a heat lamp that fell from a lizard’s cage was the apparent cause of a fire that broke out in a home near Hallsville on Monday.  Firefighters responded just before 4pm and were able to contain most of the damage to the front living room of the home.  No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. 

  

PATROL HOLDING STUDENT ALLIANCE PROGRAM   

Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is set to hold a two-day Student Alliance Program again this year.  Current junior high and high school students in the area are invited to attend and learn more about law enforcement and the patrol.  The program will be held on two consecutive Saturdays in March, from 9:30am to 4pm.  It will be limited to 20 students.  Applications are available at the Troop B Headquarters in Macon, or by calling Sergeant Brent Bernhardt at Troop B…660-385-2132.  Applications must be submitted by February 25.  




01/11/16

 

JAMSPORT DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT   

A Jamesport driver suffered moderate injuries when her car slid off an icy Highway 36, in Shelby County, Saturday afternoon.  22 year old Ashley Neeley, of Jamesport, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 2pm.  The patrol says her eastbound vehicle slid off the ice-covered roadway and struck a ditch and some trees. 

  

SPRINGFIELD WOMAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 24 COLLISION

A Springfield woman was killed and four others were injured in a collision on Highway 24, near Monroe City, which occurred on Friday.  24 year old Malori McGhee, of Springfield, died in the accident.  She was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by 23 year old Sean Fahrendorf, of Springfield.  The patrol says he lost control on the ice-covered roadway and the car traveled into the path of an oncoming pickup driven by 39 year old Monica Lloyd, of Monroe city.  Both drivers suffered moderate injuries.  A 3 year old passenger in Lloyd’s vehicle suffered serious injuries, a 12 year old was treated for minor injuries. 

  

WEEKEND FIRE DAMAGES FIRE STATION       

A weekend fire damaged an area fire department.  A Saturday afternoon fire at the Armstrong Fire Protection District destroyed a tanker truck and caused significant damage to the facility and other trucks in the building.  The Fire Departments in Higbee, Salisbury, Glasgow, Huntsville and the Howard County Fire Protection District are all standing by to help cover calls while the Armstrong District recovers from the fire damage.  Officials say Saturday’s blaze apparently started in the cab of the tanker truck, which was parked inside the building, but the exact cause is still being determined.  There were no injuries reported.   




01/08/16

 

ANIMAL NEGLECT INVESTIGATIONS IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has announced an arrest in connection with a recent animal abuse and neglect investigation.  Last week, deputies investigated a report of a large number of cattle allegedly not being fed or watered in the northwest part of Livingston County.  After the Livingston County Humane Society assisted in delivering hay and water to the livestock, and the owner’s obligations were explained, deputies continued to monitor the situation.  This week, they’ve arrested the owner, 79 year old William Christison, for misdemeanor animal abuse.  He is free on $2500 dollars bond. 

Another animal abuse investigation continues, involving approximately 10 pitbulls found at a location in Wheeling.  Investigators say the dogs were in extremely emaciated condition and two of them have died.  That investigation is continuing, with assistance from the Livingston County Humane Society. 

  

ACTION IN KNOX COUNTY WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT  

A wrongful death suit has been re-filed, in connection with a 2012 Knox County shooting death.   Glen Head, of Novelty, was acquitted in 2014 on a charge of second-degree murder, in connection with the death of Bill Bacon, of Novelty.    Head claimed he shot Bacon in self-defense.  Head was named in an accompanying civil suit by Bacon’s family in 2013.  Last month, Donald Roper, of Newark, was added to that suit.  Roper allegedly arrived on the scene after Bacon was shot.  The suit alleges that both Head and Roper failed to provide proper first aid to the victim, even though both were trained to do so.  The Knox County suit is ongoing.

  

COLUMBIA POLICE SEARCH DUPLEX     

Columbia Police detained two suspects, but no arrests have been reported, after a burglary-related search warrant was served at the Boone County duplex, Thursday.  Officers searched the residence and several cars outside the duplex, located in the Clearview neighborhood, in Boone County.  No further details have been released. 

  

COLORADO KIDNAPPING SUSPECT IN CUSTODY    

A Colorado man, suspected of kidnapping a teenager and perhaps headed for Missouri, has been arrested in Alabama.  51 year old Thomas Ludwig Fechtler, also known as Thomas Kitchen, was wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping, involving a Colorado teenager.  Missouri law enforcement was ‘on alert’ Thursday, with reports indicating Kitchen might be headed for one of a handful of Missouri locations, but he was arrested Thursday in Coffeeville, Alabama.  The teenager was found safe. 




01/07/16

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE DISCUSS BUS STOP SAFETY 

Chillicothe Police are putting out a new round of safety tips for bus stops, after a report of a male in a vehicle, attempting to make contact with a juvenile at a school bus stop in Chillicothe, Wednesday morning.  The incident occurred at around 7am.  The juvenile reports that a white male, driving a small dark blue or black pickup, pulled up and spoke to him. The juvenile became frightened and ran about a block to his home.  Officers searched the area but could not locate the vehicle.  Police and the Chillicothe School District are working together to step up patrol enforcement both before and after school.  Residents are encouraged to walk your child to the bus stop, if possible…have children walk in groups…and again, remind your child not to speak to strangers at the bus stop and to never get into a car with a stranger. 

  

MACON POLICE REVIEW NEW CROSSWALK INFO  

Macon Police have released information on the new pedestrian crosswalk markings on North Rutherford Street in Macon, between Samaritan Hospital and Total Family Health Care.  The new lighted pedestrian crosswalk signage, along with roadway markings, alert drivers to slow down and be prepared to stop for pedestrian traffic between those two facilities.  Drivers are required to stop when pedestrians are crossing or attempting to cross in the painted crosswalk at that location. 

  

CITY OF KIRKSVILLE FAIR HOUSING MEETING CANCELLED 

The City of Kirksville’s Affordable Housing Board has cancelled this (Thursday) evening’s Fair Housing Training program, which was to be held at the Economic Development Alliance Building in Kirksville.  The program will be rescheduled at a later date, due to an illness for the scheduled presenter. 

  

CENTRALIA DRIVER KILLED IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION  

A Centralia driver was killed when two pickups collided at Boone County Route HH and Brown Station Road, Wednesday morning.  The accident occurred at around 7:45am.  81 year old Lawrence T. Reichert, of Centralia, died in the accident.  The patrol says Reichert’s southbound pickup failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a pickup driven by 19 year old Christopher Ashburn, of Columbia.  Reichert was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Ashburn was treated for minor injuries at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE EARLY MORNING ROBBERY 

Columbia Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery, which occurred early this (Thurs) morning.  Officers were called to the scene, in the 4200 block of New Haven Road, just before 4am.  Reports indicate a driver stopped to check on a stranded motorist who was lying on the ground.  A second person apparently pulled a gun and took the victim’s vehicle.  There was a report of shots fired, but no injuries.  Officers say two black male suspects are still at large, driving a white vehicle. 




01/06/16

 

FOUR HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 ROLLOVER  

Four occupants of a vehicle were hurt, including two serious injuries, in a Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 63, just south of Renick.  The patrol says 34 year old Amy R. Miller, of Linn, was the driver of the northbound SUV.  It ran off the roadway, collided with a delineator post, overturned twice and came to rest on its wheels, just after 4:30pm.  The driver was seriously injured and was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital.  One passenger, Keegan D. Miller, also of Linn, also suffered serious injuries and two other passengers, age 12 and 8, were treated for minor to moderate injuries. 

  

CAIRO WOMAN AND TWO CHILDREN INJURED IN COLLISION

A Cairo woman and two children were injured when their van collided with a pickup on Highway 63, north of Moberly, just after 3pm Tuesday.  The patrol says the pickup, driven by 33 year old Andrew Carrender, of Jefferson City, attempted to cross 63 and struck the van in the side.  44 year old Kenda Luecke, of Cairo was the driver of the van, she sustained moderate injuries.  Two children in the van, age 5 and 2 were also treated for minor to moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

CAUSE OF AJ’S FIRE UNDETERMINED   

Investigators say the official cause of the December 21 fire at AJ’s Eat and Drink in Macon will go down as undetermined, after an investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.  They say there is nothing suspicious about the late-night fire, which heavily damaged a portion of the building on Highway 63.  Fire broke out in the production area of the restaurant, causing substantial damage to the northwest portion of the building.  The rest of the building sustained smoke damage.  A message on AJ’s answering machine says the restaurant plans to reopen toward the end of this month. 

  

HEALTH INSURANCE EVENT IN KIRKSVILLE SATURDAY   

The final deadline for the current Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is January 31.  The Northeast Missouri Health Council and the Heartland Health Insurance Navigator Program will co-host an Affordable Care Act Enrollment seminar in Kirksville this weekend.  The event will be held Saturday, from 9am to noon at the Northeast Missouri Health Council Building, located at 402 West Jefferson Street in Kirksville.  Attendees are asked to bring names and addresses of everyone who is applying for coverage, along with their social security numbers, employment and income information for the household, any notices from your current or previous health insurance plan and documentation for legal immigration.  Call 665-6067 to make an appointment for the Saturday morning event. 

 




01/05/16

 

BROOKFIELD R-3 HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT     

The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education has announced the hiring of its new superintendent.  Dr. Kyle A. Collins will take over the position, effective July 1.  Collins replaces Dr. Paul Barger, who announced his retirement earlier this school year.  Collins is a northwest Missouri native, who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville and has a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri.  He comes to Brookfield from the Ash Grove School District in southwest Missouri, where he served as superintendent.  Previously, Collins was superintendent and high school principal of the South Nodaway School District and has 15 years experience in public education administration.  Collins has expressed a strong desire to familiarize himself with the Brookfield school and community prior to taking over in July.  He is scheduled to meet district staff members this Friday.  An ‘open house’ event for parents and community members will be scheduled at a later date. 

  

THIRD MOBERLY BANK ROBBER SENTENCED  

The last of three suspects to be sentenced in connection with a 2014 Moberly bank robbery, has received the longest prison term.  22 year old Jeremy Burnett, of Columbia, will serve 10 years in federal prison, after sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.  Burnett’s co-defendants in the August, 2014 armed robbery of Bank Midwest in Moberly were both sentenced last year.  Daniel Mark Rudroff was sentenced to 78 months and Clarence Lamont Williams is serving 92 months.  The case was investigated by the Kirksville Office of the FBI, Moberly and Kirksville Police, the Highway Patrol, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the Tazewell, Illinois Sheriff’s Office. 

  

FORMER GLASGOW CITY EMPLOYEE SENTENCED       

A former Glasgow Municipal Court Clerk was sentenced Monday, in connection with charges of theft of city funds.   39 year old Julie Strodtman, of Glasgow, pleaded guilty to one count of stealing in November.  Monday, she was sentenced to four years in prison, but she was granted suspended imposition of sentence, subject to five years supervised probation and 120 hours of community service.  Strodtman was also ordered to pay $35,000 dollars in restitution, which has been paid in full. 

  

MEXICO MAN KILLED IN MONDAY COLLISION WITH FARM TRACTOR

A Mexico man was killed when his vehicle collided with a farm tractor on Highway 54 in Callaway County on Monday.  42 year old Edward K. Estes, of Mexico died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am.  The patrol says Estes overtook a slow-moving farm tractor, driven by 76 year old David Thompson, of Auxvasse.  Estes’ vehicle struck the tractor in the rear.  Thompson was treated for minor injuries at University Hospital. 

  

CLARK DRIVER TREATED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT  

A Clark driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Boone County Route E, just south of Wilcox Road, Monday afternoon.  26 year old Ashtin Weger, of Clark, was treated at Boone Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:45pm.  The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a road sign, then struck the ground and overturned. 




01/04/16

 

TEEN INJURED WHEN ATV STRIKES SLED   

An Illinois teenager was treated for moderate injuries after an accident involving an ATV, which occurred Sunday afternoon, north of Bevier.  14 year old Olivia Petruska, of Waukegan, Illinois, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident.  According to the patrol, she was riding a sled, which was being pulled by an ATV driven by 17 year old Emily Shelton, also of Waukegan.  The patrol says Petruska suffered moderate injuries when the sled slid into the path of the ATV and was struck. 

  

LINNEUS WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT      

A Linneus woman was treated for minor injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on a Chariton County gravel road.  44 year old Suzanne Jungles, of Linneus, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says Jungles eastbound SUV ran off Viaduct Road, just east of Highway 11, and struck a tree. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT PAIR OF DRUG ARRESTS       

Chillicothe Police started 2016 with a pair of drug arrests over the weekend.  A report of a domestic disturbance, just after 1:30 Friday morning, resulted in the arrest of Jason Dewey, on charges of domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance. 

Just after midnight Saturday, a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Amy Nieman for possession of a controlled substance.

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MEXICO DRIVER IN SUNDAY CRASH 

A Mexico driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning, on Moniteau County Route D, just west of Brush Creek Road.  28 year old Larry D. Stewart, of Mexico, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30am.  The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times. 

  

SUSPECT FLEES LATE-NIGHT TRAFFIC STOP  

Boone County authorities are still looking for a suspect who fled a traffic stop on foot Friday night.  Deputies say the male suspect was a passenger in a car driven by 42 year old Scott Blackwell, which was pulled over near Providence Road and Weasel Way.  Authorities have not identified the man and don’t know why he ran from the traffic stop.  A search of the area was unsuccessful.  Blackwell was arrested at the scene for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

  

USDA REMINDER:  CRP ENROLLMENT UNDERWAY   

With the new year, comes a reminder from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that enrollment for the Conservation Reserve Program continues thru February 26.  This is the 30th Anniversary of the CRP program, which now has more than 24 million acres enrolled, nationwide.  For more information on CRP guidelines…or to enroll…visit or call your local FSA office and make an appointment.  You can also find more information at the FSA’s website…fsa.usda.gov. 




12/31/15

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR - BE SAFE!!!  

Be safe tonight!  We'll see some more melting during the day today, with sunshine helping temperatures to right around the freezing mark, but we'll have a very chilly New Year's Eve and New Year's morning, with temperatures dropping into the mid-teens in some locations.  There will be refreezing on many area roadways throughout the overnight.  Watch out for slick spots...and celebrate safely!!!    

 

TWO HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING COLLISION 

A Wednesday morning collision on Route 6, just west of Gallatin, injured the daughter and grandson of one of the drivers.  38 year old Amy Demelt and 15 year old Austin Demelt, both of Albany, were both treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.  They were passengers in a vehicle driven by 78 year old Clayton Demelt, of Albany.  The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by a Kansas City man.  That driver was not injured. 

 

MARSHALL WOMAN WALKS AWAY FROM ROLLOVER CRASH     

A Marshall woman was wearing her seatbelt at the time of a rollover crash on Highway 65 in Saline County Wednesday, and she walked away with just minor injuries.  The patrol says 64 year old Charlotte Sidwell, of Marshall, was southbound and driving too fast for conditions when she lost control of her vehicle.  It slid off the roadway, struck the ground, became airborne and then struck the ground again and overturned, coming to rest on its side.  She was treated and released at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 

  

LINNEUS WOMAN WANTED ON LIVINGSTON COUNTY WARRANT 

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has added 52 year old Melanie Ferris Bryant of Linneus to their Most Wanted list. Bryant is wanted on a warrant for alleged DWI resulting in injury. Bond was set at $15,000.  Bryant is described as 5 foot 4 inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. If you have any information on her whereabouts, contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.

  

HARRISBURG AREA HOME BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION  

Boone County authorities are looking at the possibility that three recent home break-ins the Harrisburg area may be related.  Investigators say the three locations are in close proximity, all three homes were broken into during the day and the type of items that were stolen were similar.  The most recent report came Tuesday from the 13300 block of Bethlehem Road, off of Route E.  Several thousand dollars worth of property has been stolen from the three locations over the past month.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department encourages residents to report any suspicious activity in your area. 

  

COLUMBIA TRAFFIC STOP TURNS INTO DRUG BUST  

A Wednesday morning traffic stop by Columbia Police turned into a drug bust.  Officers pulled over a vehicle driving without headlights.  When a K-9 unit alerted on the vehicle, officers found a number of drug-related items and arrested the driver, 30 year old Troy Lewis.  A search of his home turned up more than 2 pounds of marijuana, 5 stolen guns and other items used in the distribution of narcotics.  Lewis faces multiple charges, including distributing a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm. A woman at the home was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. 

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA MINI MART     

Columbia Police are investigating a Wednesday night armed robbery at the Hitt Street Mini Mart, in the downtown area.  Police say two suspects armed with a handgun entered the store and demanded money.  They fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspects are described as black males in their late teens or early 20’s, wearing all dark clothing. 




12/29/15

 

MILAN MAN KILLED IN ICY CRASH     

A Milan man was killed and a Greencastle woman was seriously injured when their vehicles collided on an ice-covered Highway 6, just east of Milan, Monday morning.  It occurred just after 9am. 47 year old Larry McAtee died in the accident.  The patrol says he lost control of his eastbound vehicle and it slid into the path of an oncoming SUV driven by 55 year old Lesa Vanvelzer, of Greencastle.  Vanvelzer suffered serious injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES IN HIGHWAY 36 ACCIDENT  

Icy roadways caused a one-vehicle accident on Highway 36, just west of the 63 interchange in Macon, Monday night, which seriously injured a Bevier woman.  46 year old Brenda Hawkins, of Bevier, was taken initially to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  She was a passenger in a westbound pickup driven by 49 year old Charles Donahue, of Bevier.  The patrol says Donahue lost control on the ice-covered roadway and the pickup skidded off the roadway and into the median cable barrier.  Donahue was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN MONDAY CRASH 

A Moberly woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 24, just west of Madison, just after 10 o’clock Monday morning.  24 year old Candyce Cinatl, of Moberly, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her car slid off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED

Columbia Police are investigating reports of the occupants of two vehicles exchanging gunfire Monday night.  Police received reports of two cars shooting at each other in the 1700 block of Perkins, just after 10pm.  Investigators say they have found multiple shell casings at the scene, and confirmed damage from the gunfire to two vehicles and two residences in the area.  No injuries have been reported and the investigation continues. 

Police are also investigating reports of early-morning gunfire Monday, which damaged a residence in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive.  Those gunshots were reported at around 3am Monday.  Five persons were in the home at the time of the incident, but no injuries were reported.  That incident also remains under investigation. 




12/28/15

 

MISSOURI WEATHER – FLOODING RAINS AND WINTER STORM  

It has been a memorable Christmas ‘weather weekend’ across much of the country, including the state of Missouri.

FLOODING:  Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, after flooding rainfall closed more than 400 roadways in the state, including both the East and Westbound lanes of I-70 in the St. Charles area.  MoDOT says Westbound I-70 has reopened Monday morning, but Eastbound I-70 will remain closed thru the morning.  Officials say at least six people have died in two separate incidents in Pulaski County, after vehicles were swept away by flood waters.  A total of eight deaths have been reported in the state of Missouri and at least one person remains missing.  Ameren Missouri opened the floodgates on Bagnell Dam Saturday afternoon, due to the large amounts of rainfall received, from the Joplin and Springfield areas, thru the Ozarks and into the St. Louis area. 

WINTER STORM WARNINGS:  This morning, road conditions over much of northwest Missouri are deteriorating as a strong winter storm system dumps a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow.  Although it looks like snowfall amounts will generally be light, one to three inches through tonight, temperatures right at the freezing mark will cause some icing on roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses.   The freezing precipitation also may affect tree limbs and power lines. 

  

SERIOUS INJURY IN ACCIDENT NEAR CHULA   

An accident on Livingston County Route K, just east of Chula, sent a Florida man to the hospital with serious injuries, early Sunday morning.  It occurred at around 2:40am.  52 year old Melanie Bryant, of Linneus, was the driver of an eastbound pickup.  The patrol says she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and the pickup ran off the road and struck a tree.  A passenger, 58 year old James McConnell, of Geneva, Florida, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center with serious injuries.  Bryant was treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

  

BEVIER WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

A Bevier woman was seriously injured in a Christmas weekend crash on Highway 36, in Shelby County.  It occurred Christmas Eve morning at around 6:20am.  The patrol says 32 year old Mary C. Moore, of Bevier, lost control of her eastbound vehicle.  It ran off the highway, struck the ground and became airborne, then overturned, coming to rest on it’s top in a ditch.  Moore was taken to Hannibal Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. 

  

MODERATE INJURIES FOR GLASGOW DRIVER    

A Glasgow woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday morning on Route 87 in Howard County.  22 year old Victoria Reeves, of Glasgow, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30am.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway and struck a sign post and a fence. 




12/24/15

 

NOVINGER MAN KILLED IN PUTNAM COUNTY COLLISION  

A Novinger driver was killed in a Wednesday morning collision on Route 149, just north of Route W in Martinsburg.  It occurred just after 11am.  73 year old Ora Wallace, of Novinger, died in the accident.  The patrol says he was killed when his northbound car crossed the centerline into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by 19 year old Levi Blades, of Unionville.  Blades was not injured. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS     

A Kirksville man has been sentenced to ten years in prison, in connection with an armed robbery in March of this year.  33 year old Brian Fry, of Kirksville, pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the robbery of the Kirksville Express Mart, on St. Patrick’s Day.  He was accused of using a pellet gun to rob the store and then forcing a woman in the parking lot to give up her purse. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEKING MISSING TEEN    

Kirksville Police are trying to locate a missing teenager, who has not been seen by his parents since Monday evening.  16 year old Hayden Anthony Hamlin, of Kirksville, is a white male, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5-5 and around 110 pounds.  His mother says he has no phone, no money and has not been active on any of his social media accounts.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police. 

  

HARRISBURG TEEN STRUCK BY CAR   

A Harrisburg teenager was treated for moderate injuries after being struck by a car on Merchant Street in Howard County, early this (Thurs) morning.  16 year old Shelby Simmons, of Harrisburg, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 1:20am.  The patrol says Simmons was a pedestrian and was struck in the roadway by a westbound car, driven by 18 year old Adrianna Martin, of Boonville. 

  

ALABAMA MAN HURT IN I-70 SEMI ROLLOVER    

An Alabama man was treated for moderate injuries, after his tractor-trailer overturned on I-70 in Saline County, Wednesday morning.  37 year old Miles Gatayas, of Hoover, AL, was treated at I-70 Community Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 7am.  The patrol says he was attempting to pull onto the shoulder near mile marker 64, when his tractor-trailer tilted and rolled onto its side. 

  

COLUMBIA COMPANY STOPS PRODUCTION AFTER FIRES      

Columbia fire officials say Johnson Products will temporarily cease production at its Columbia Plant, after four fires at the facility in the past three months.  The fire department met with company officials Tuesday, to discuss the possible cause of the fires.  Johnson Products has voluntarily stopped operations for 60 days, to allow them to correct equipment maintenance issues. 




12/23/15

 

KIRKSVILLE HOLDING 8-WEEK INDOOR TRIATHLON  

The Kirksville Aquatic Center and the Adair County Family YMCA invited area residents to take part in an 8-week indoor triathlon challenge.  It will be held January 4 thru March 11.  During the challenge, participants will complete either a full or half triathlon by earning biking, swimming and running mileage at the YMCA and the Aquatic Center.  Registration is underway now….$35.00 for members of either facility and $75 dollars for non-members.  You can register at either the Adair County YMCA or the Kirksville Aquatic Center…or online at parks.kirksvillecity.com. 

  

AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRODUCTION

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council invites local youth to audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre performance of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ next month.  Auditions will be held Monday, January 11, from 4 to 6pm, at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center in Chillicothe.  Students in kindergarten thru 12th grade are welcome to audition.  50-60 local cast members will be chosen and will spend the rest of that week rehearsing to present two performances of the production on Saturday, January 16. 

  

CONVICTED COLUMBIA WOMAN TO GET NEW TRIAL

A Columbia woman, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly crash in 2012, will get a new trial, after action by an Appeals Court.  Kelli Smith, of Columbia, was convicted of being under the influence and driving the wrong way on I-70 in Montgomery County, killing 35 year old Thomas Sullivan of Wentzville in a head-on collision.  Smith appealed the conviction, saying she was given a date rape drug and was raped before the crash.  Smith was sentenced to five years in prison last year, but at least one juror has told reporters she thinks the verdict was a mistake.  The Appeals Court ruled that the trial court improperly informed the jury on the definitions of ‘under the influence’ and ‘intoxicated condition’, which the jury asked about during deliberations.   

  

NEW COLUMBIA DOWN PAYMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM    

In 2016, the city of Columbia will begin a new down-payment assistance program for people looking to buy a home in certain areas of the city.  The program is part of Columbia’s strategic plan to focus on three areas of the City that have lacked public and private investment recently…the central, north and eastern parts of Columbia.  First-time homebuyers in those areas may qualify for down payment assistance of up to ten percent of the home’s sale price up to $10,000 dollars, by meeting certain income eligibility guidelines.  To find out more, check out details online at gocolumbiamo.com.  The new program goes into effect January 1. 




12/22/15

 

AJ’S EAT AND DRINK IN MACON DAMAGED BY FIRE 

A late-night fire heavily damaged a portion of AJ’s Eat and Drink in Macon.  Macon Police say the fire was reported just before 11 o’clock Monday night.  They say heavy smoke was pouring from the northwest corner of the building and flames eventually broke through that portion of the roof before firefighters could get the blaze under control.  Officials say the northwest portion of the building sustained extensive fire damage and the rest of the building suffered heavy smoke damage.  AJ’s is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so there was no one there at the time of the fire.  KTVO.com is reporting that an employee told them they had been patching that portion of the roof with tar on Monday afternoon.  The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze.  There were no injuries reported. 

  

MODERATE INJURIES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY COLLISION    

One driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a Monday morning collision at the intersection of Randolph County Routes JJ and C.  The patrol says a car driven by 20 year old Zachary Fletcher, of Huntsville, apparently failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 57 year old Nelson Reed, of St. Peters, MO.  Reed suffered moderate injuries and a passenger in his vehicle, 50 year old Scott Shephard, of Hawk Point, was treated for minor injuries.  Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR METH    

Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a male suspect for possession of meth with intent to distribute.  Officers arrested Desmond D. Huff, of Chillicothe, on Monday.  Police say he was also accused of resisting arrest.  Huff was unable to post $50,000 dollars cash bond and also faces a parole violation warrant.  He was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE SAY CRAIGSLIST DEAL WENT WRONG

Columbia Police are looking for two suspects after a Craigslist deal apparently went wrong on Monday.  The incident occurred at around 3pm, on Lakeview Avenue at Stone Street in Columbia.  Police say a male victim met male and female suspects to conduct a Craigslist transaction.  One of the suspects pulled a gun and robbed the victim, then fled the scene on foot.  The victim was not hurt, and drove away from the scene.  Officers surrounded a home in that area, where they believed the suspects fled, but they were not located. 




12/21/15

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE K-9 UNIT HELPS FIND MISSING WOMAN

The Brookfield Police Department and its new K-9 unit, Nitro, assisted the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in locating a missing 51 year old woman, who was disoriented and walked away from her residence, northeast of Brookfield, early Saturday morning.  Officers say, with Nitro’s assistance, they were able track the woman to a lakeside location, where she was found partially submerged and suffering from extreme hypothermia.  The woman was flown to Columbia by helicopter, where she is recovering. 

  

MACON WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN FRIDAY CRASH    

A Macon woman was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on a Macon County road.  43 year old Lori L. Hurley, of Macon, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 12:15pm.  The patrol says her eastbound vehicle ran off Kennedy Street, just east of Highway 63, and struck a utility pole. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR GLASGOW DRIVER  

A Glasgow woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident in Southwest Missouri, which occurred Sunday morning.  21 year old Carley Brucks, of Glasgow, was treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield after the accident, which occurred at 7:30am on Highway 14, just north of Marionville in Lawrence County.  The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a curb and became airborne, then struck a metal dumpster and a building. 

  

FULTON MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER SUNDAY COLLISION    

A Fulton driver was seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 54 at its junction with Callaway County Route BB.  It occurred just before 12:30pm.  55 year old Richard Wiseman, of Fulton, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says Wiseman was northbound on 54, when a car driven by 82 year old Norman Porter, of Fulton, pulled into the path of Wiseman’s pickup.  It ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

TEXT MESSAGE DISTRACTS DRIVER IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

The Highway Patrol says a Jefferson City woman was injured in a Saturday night rollover accident on Highway 54 in Miller County, after reading a text message while driving.  The accident occurred just after 8pm Saturday.  22 year old Ashley Bond lost control of her vehicle and it ran across the median and two lanes of oncoming traffic, then went into a ditch, overturned several times and caught fire.  Bond was treated for moderate injuries at Lake Regional Hospital. 




12/18/15

 

VERNON HEAD FOUND INCOMPETENT TO STAND TRIAL   

A Moberly man has been found incompetent to stand trial in connection with the shooting death of his wife.  On Wednesday, a Randolph County Judge ordered 81 year old Vernon Head of Moberly to be taken into the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health…indefinitely.  Head was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action after his wife, 77 year old Vickye Head, was shot to death at their rural Moberly home.  Officials say Head suffers from dementia and is not competent to stand trial in the case. 

  

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A Huntsville driver was seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Boone County Route B, just outside of the Columbia city limits.  34 year old Aaron Cobb, of Huntsville, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 3:30pm.  The patrol says Cobb’s southbound vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by 21 year old Connor Brooks, of Centralia.  Brooks was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.  A passenger in Cobb’s vehicle, 23 year old Danielle Dutton, of Huntsville, was also treated for moderate injuries. 

  

STATE AUDIT IS CRITICAL OF CITY OF GALLATIN 

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released details on an audit of the City of Gallatin, which identifies approximately $859,000 dollars in transfers from utility revenues to the city’s general fund.  The audit, which was prompted by a citizen-initiated petition, identified a lack of sufficient documentation to explain those transfers, some of which violate bond covenants.  Auditors found that, from 2011 to 2014, Gallatin transferred around $250,000 dollars in water and sewer revenues and more than $600,000 dollars in electricity revenues to its general fund.  The audit says City officials increase rates for those utilities during that time-frame, but failed to prepare a statement of costs to support those increases.  Auditor Gallaway gave the city of Gallatin an overall performance rating of ‘fair’. 

  

COLUMBIA STABBING SUSPECT ARRESTED      

A suspect has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in northern Boone County, which occurred earlier this week.  Authorities say 25 year old Jammie Buntyn, was arrested on Wade School Road late Wednesday night.  Deputies were called to a report of a stabbing, at a home in the 700 block of Mauller Road, just before 5:30pm Tuesday.  They found a 28 year old male victim with multiple stab wounds.  The man told authorities his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend stabbed him during an argument.  Buntyn is awaiting formal assault and armed criminal action charges. 




12/17/15

 

HOWARD COUNTY FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION CHARGES DROPPED 

Howard County authorities have dropped several charges against a self-proclaimed monk, who was accused of financial exploitation of an elderly person last spring.  Ryan Gevelinger was charged with a total of five counts, stemming from accusations that he attempted to coerce an 86 year old woman to sell a farm in Iowa to fund a church in Armstrong.  Gevelinger, who the woman called ‘Father Ryan’, is not an ordained priest and was scheduled to go on trial next month.  Howard County prosecutors have dropped those charges.  Gevelinger still has two Howard County charges pending, including assault against a jail employee and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

  

MAMTEK CONTRACTORS RECEIVE FUNDS    

A court-ordered distribution will pay construction crews on the failed Mamtek factory in Moberly some of what they are owed for work done…officials say about fifteen cents on the dollar.  On Wednesday, the court split nearly $585,000 dollars between UMB Bank, who is the trustee for Mamtek’s $39 million dollars in bond financing…and five contractors, who were owed money for work performed at the Mamtek site. 

  

MEXICO MAN FACES MULTIPLE SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES   

A Mexico man faces a total of 14 counts of child sexual abuse, after charges were filed in Audrain County this week.  Court documents say 32 year old Travis Kelly, of Mexico, is charged with multiple counts, including statutory sodomy, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and armed criminal action.  The charges stem from allegations of sexual abuse by an 11 year old relative. 

  

KIRKSVILLE PLANT WORKING ON EXPANSION PLANS  

Ktvo.com is reporting some very good economic news for the City of Kirksville – According to the report, economic development officials are working closely with the Kraft Heinz Company on a proposed $229 million dollar expansion of its Kirksville facility, which would include a major building expansion and the purchase of equipment to upgrade production capabilities.  The company is seeking Chapter 100 bonds to help fund the project, which must be approved by the Kirksville City Council.  A public hearing on the financing will be held Monday at 6pm in Kirksville Council Chambers.  The City of Kirksville has also applied for Community Development Block Grant funding for infrastructure improvements to support the project. 




12/16/15

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE DOCTOR’S DEATH     

Brookfield Police are investigating the death of an area doctor, who was facing trial on multiple counts of sexual abuse.  62 year old Robert Parsonson was found dead Monday afternoon at his home in Brookfield.  The Linn County Coroner’s Office and Brookfield Police Department have not released any information on the circumstances, as the investigation continues.  In June of 2014, Parsonson was charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of attempted statutory sodomy and one count of attempted enticement of a child.  He was free on his own recognizance while awaiting trial in February of next year.  Court documents indicate he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine if his mental status would prevent him from standing trial.  Parsonson was a primary care physician at Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville at the time of the alleged incidents, but officials have said they were not related to his practice.  

  

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER SULLIVAN COUNTY PURSUIT     

A suspect is in custody after a Tuesday morning police chase in Sullivan County.  The highway patrol says Milan Police were called to a report of an assault at a business at 1:30am Tuesday.  An officer found the suspect, Jordan Lochman, of Florissant, MO asleep in a parked vehicle.  He fled the scene, drove through a park and struck a tree, and then fled on foot, prompting a search of the area.  Later Tuesday morning, at around 10:20am, a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the suspect driving a pickup northbound on Sullivan County Route OO, prompting a pursuit of the vehicle.  The truck was finally stopped after spike strips were deployed by the highway patrol. Lochman was arrested and is being held on an outstanding felony warrant out of Audrain County and a misdemeanor charge from Knox County.  Additional charges are pending. 

  

CALLAO MAN SENTENCED ON FIREARMS CHARGE   

A Callao man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon.  54 year old Steven Robert Judy, of Callao, was sentenced in federal court this week.  Judy had pleaded guilty to the charge after his arrest by Moberly Police, in June of 2014.  Court documents indicate officers attempted to take him into custody on an active felony warrant at Walker Automotive in Moberly.  Judy attempted to flee the scene, and was arrested after a short foot pursuit.  A search of his vehicle turned up a firearm and drug paraphernalia. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT      

Columbia Police are seeking help from witnesses after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit and run accident.  It occurred between 5 and 5:30pm Tuesday, when a 24 year old woman was struck as she was walking across the southbound on-ramp at the Highway 63 Connector.  She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries…the vehicle left the scene.  Investigators ask anyone with information to contact Columbia Police or Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




12/15/16

 

THREE ARRESTED BY BROOKFIELD POLICE    

The Brookfield Police Department has released details on the arrest of two Hannibal men and a Brookfield woman, in connection with incidents in Brookfield last week.  Officers stopped a vehicle driven by 21 year old Jamal Morris, of Hannibal, in downtown Brookfield, just after midnight last Monday.  They say Morris indicated he was driving a rental vehicle, but could not provide documentation and, officers say, they detected the odor of marijuana and Morris gave consent for a search of the vehicle.  He then fled the scene on foot and was later located under a camper in a nearby parking lot.  He was taken into custody on suspicion of marijuana possession and fleeing the traffic stop.  A short time later, a witness reported seeing male and female suspects breaking a window out of the same vehicle, as it remained parked on Main Street.  That female suspect, 19 year old Mickenzie Adler, of Brookfield, was taken into custody.  The male suspect, 21 year old Benjamin Dorsey, Jr., of Hannibal, was located with the assistance of Brookfield’s new K-9 unit.  They are both charged with tampering with a motor vehicle. 

  

OFFICIALS:  BULK CELL PHONE BUYS NOT RELATED TO VIOLENT CRIME

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says a recent investigation into several reports of bulk cell phone purchases around the state of Missouri are likely not related to any type of violent criminal activity.  The Macon Wal-Mart store was among a handful in Missouri, which reported bulk purchases of pre-paid ‘burner’-type cell phones earlier this month, which caught the attention of several agencies, including the FBI.  Officials say they believe those purchases involve a cell phone trafficking ring and the phones were bought for resale, with no connection to violent criminal activity.

  

BOONE COUNTY STABBING INCIDENT INVESTIGATED     

Boone County authorities were seeking a suspect in a stabbing late Monday night in northern Boone County.  Deputies responded to a report of a person with apparent stab wounds about 15 miles north of Columbia, near Prathersville.  Officials say the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and a suspect had been identified but was not in custody at last report.  More details are expected to be released this morning. 

  

FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE AS CONDITIONS IMPROVE    

A number of area roadways remain closed this morning, due to high water.  Officials expect most area creeks and smaller streams to fall below flood levels today.  Conditions will be improving on some of the larger rivers.  The Chariton River at Prairie Hill is expected to fall below flood stage later this morning.  The Grand River near Gallatin will crest this morning and fall below flood stage by this evening.  Moderate flooding is occurring along the Grand River at Chillicothe and Sumner.  It will crest this afternoon near Chillicothe and fall below flood stage by Wednesday evening.  At Sumner, it is expected to crest this afternoon, but will remain above flood stage thru Friday morning.  The Missouri River continued to rise overnight.  Minor flooding is expected at Waverly, Miami and Boonville, with moderate flooding occurring in the Glasgow area. 




12/14/15

 

NEW BOSTON MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A New Boston man was treated for moderate injuries after a weekend accident on a Callaway County road.  22 year old Jeremy Walton, of New Boston, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred Saturday afternoon at around 4:30pm.  He was a passenger in a car driven by 18 year old Dillon Blackwell, of Russellville.  The patrol says Blackwell lost control of the southbound vehicle and it ran off the roadway, struck a fence and a utility pole.  Blackwell was treated for minor injuries. 

  

IOWA WOMAN ARRESTED IN NORTH MISSOURI CEMETERY  

An Iowa woman is charged with intent to distribute meth, after her arrest in a north Missouri cemetery.  Schuyler County Sheriff Joe Wuebker noticed a truck parked in the Glenwood Cemetery late Saturday afternoon.  30 year old Tanya Nab, of Centerville, was the driver of the vehicle and said she was waiting on a friend.  Wuebker found that her Iowa drivers license was suspended and the truck had stolen license plates.  Wuebker found packaged meth and two bottles of pills in the vehicle.  Nab is charged with intent distribute meth, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property. 

  

THREE TEENS HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH 

Three area teenagers were seriously injured in a Boone County head-on collision, which occurred Friday night, at around 8:45pm on Route B, north of Academy Road.  The patrol says a northbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Tionna Jackson, of Hallsville and a southbound vehicle driven by 18 year old Braxten Denny, of Centralia collided head-on.  Denny and his passenger, 18 year old Heather Thomas, of Centralia, were both seriously injured.  Jackson suffered just minor injuries, but her passenger, 18 year old Jerron Key, of Columbia, was seriously hurt.  All four were taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

  

BROOKFIELD HOME DECORATING CONTEST TUESDAY  

Brookfield Parks and Recreation reminds residents that judging for this year’s Christmas Home Decorating Contest will be tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.  There is still time to pre-register for the contest by calling the Park and Rec office in Brookfield at 258-56-44.  Contestants must live in the city limits of Brookfield and last year’s top three place winners are not eligible this year.  All prizes are donated by Brookfield merchants.  Your lights must be on for judging by 5:30pm Tuesday.  




12/11/15

 

MACON DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT  

A Macon driver escaped with just minor injuries after his van ran off Old Highway 36, just east of Bevier, Thursday afternoon.  26 year old Travis Brantner, of Macon, sought his own treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 3:30pm.  The patrol says he was wearing his seatbelt when his westbound van ran off the roadway, went through a fence and struck a tree. 

  

MILAN MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG TRAFFICKING   

A Milan man is charged with drug trafficking after his arrest this week by Sullivan County authorities.  24 year old Oscar Torres-Maquina, was arrested Wednesday.  Investigators say the incident which prompted the charges took place in January of 2014.  Torres-Maquina is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month. 

  

ROAD RAGE INCIDENT ENDS WITH SHOTS FIRED  

Columbia Police say an apparent road rage incident resulted in shots fired Thursday night.  Officers say it occurred at around 10pm on northbound Highway 63 at the connector, where two drivers reportedly started yelling at each other.  A male suspect driving a white sedan apparently fired a shot at the other vehicle, causing damage to the victim’s truck.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

AUXVASSE MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG DISTRIBUTION    

An Auxvasse man faces multiple charges after a search warrant was served at his home this week.  Callaway County deputies and the MUSTANG drug task force arrested 52 year old Billy Owen, of Auxvasse, after the search turned up 22 pounds or marijuana, $35,000 dollars in cash, several firearms and other items related to drug sales.  Owen is charged with distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of firearms.  His bond is set at $50,000 dollars. 

  

COLUMBIA DRUG BUST LOCATED NEAR SCHOOLS     

A Columbia man is charged with distributing drugs near a school, after a search warrant at his home resulted in the seizure of packaged heroin, scales and other drug-related items.  Reginald Howard was arrested at the scene.  Officers say his residence is near Columbia’s Douglass High School, the Park Avenue Child and Family Development center and the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center.  His bond had not yet been set at last report. 

  

MANAGED DEER HUNTS TO CLOSE A PAIR OF STATE PARKS    

Pershing State Park near Brookfield and Crowder State Park near Trenton are two of six Missouri state parks that will be closed this weekend, for managed deer hunts.  Both Pershing and Crowder State Parks will be closed to all visitors, both Saturday and Sunday, except for all ready approved deer hunters.  The manage hunts are being held to help control deer over-populations in the parks.  For more information, visit mostateparks.com. 




12/10/15

 

BULK CELL PHONE PURCHASES BEING INVESTIGATED 

ABC-17 News in Columbia is reporting that law enforcement agencies in three Missouri counties, and the FBI, are investigating reports of suspicious bulk cell phone buys at Walmart stores, over the past week.  According to the report, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the purchase of numerous cell phones at the Macon WalMart.  Last weekend, Columbia Police were notified of the purchase of dozens of phones at the WalMart on Conley Road and police in Lebanon, MO investigated a report of about 60 phones purchased by two men at their WalMart.  Officials say, although the purchase of that many cell phones is not illegal, it is certainly a ‘red flag’ for potential criminal activity.  The FBI in both Springfield and St. Louis have been contacted and are investigating the suspicious purchases. 

  

DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MACON COUNTY CRASH 

A driver from St. Louis was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after her vehicle ran off Highway 36, just west of the New Cambria junction, Wednesday afternoon.  The patrol says 37 year old Melissa Whaley lost control of her vehicle and it ran off the highway, into the median and overturned, at around 3:15pm.  She was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

THREE HURT IN LA PLATA AREA ACCIDENT   

Three La Plata residents suffered moderate injuries in a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 156, just west of La Plata.  The accident occurred at around 9:45am.  The patrol says 77 year old Myles Thomas, of La Plata was eastbound and stopped for approaching traffic, when his vehicle was struck in the rear by an SUV, driven by 57 year old Robert Matteson, of La Plata.  Both drivers suffered moderate injuries, along with a passenger in Thomas’ vehicle…74 year old Sheila Thomas, of La Plata.  All three were treated at area hospitals. 

  

MOBERLY WALMART DISTRIBUTION CENTER EXPANDING 

Moberly’s Walmart Distribution Center has announced an expansion of their operations, which will create 45 new FTE positions over the next few weeks along with four new salaried positions.  More than 20 new hires have been made in the past 5 weeks and additional openings will be posted this week.  Officals say the facility is slated to take on additional volume in February of next year, resulting in the need for more employees.  More information on the openings can be found at company’s online career portal…careers.walmart.com. 

  

TWO ARRESTED FOR COLUMBIA “SHOTS FIRED”  

Columbia Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Tuesday evening ‘shots fired’ incident near Fourth Avenue and Providence Road.  27 year old Alex Perez Tunstall and 53 year old Donette Patterson are accused of being involved in shooting multiple rounds at a vehicle.  No injuries were reported, but the vehicle was damaged by the gunfire.  Police say Tunstall admitted shooting at the victim after a fight earlier in the evening. 




12/09/15

 

WRECKAGE OF SECOND SMALL AIRPLANE FOUND 

A second north Missouri pilot has been confirmed killed in a second small airplane crash, which occurred Sunday evening.  Authorities say Kenny Stoner, of Ridgway took off from the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport in Maryville, at around 4pm Sunday.  His flight plan indicated he was headed for Bethany.  The plane was reported missing Sunday night.  The crash site was located in a remote portion of Daviess County, north of Pattonsburg, Tuesday morning, and the pilot was confirmed dead.  An FAA investigation is underway. 

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the Sunday evening plane crash in Chariton County, which killed two people, including the pilot, 40 year old Andrew J. Beautte, of La Plata. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATE VANDALISM  

Chillicothe Police have completed an investigation into multiple reports of vandalism, which occurred on November 29, resulting in thousands of dollars in spray paint damage to several houses, sheds and vehicles within the Chillicothe city limits.  Three juveniles were identified as suspects in the case and have been turned over to the Livingston County Juvenile Office for further court proceedings. 

 

 MACON WOMAN CHARGED WITH BURNING MOTEL MATTRESS

A Macon woman is charged in connection with a November 29 fire at the Travelier Motel in Macon.  Police arrested 39 year old Stacey Beasley, following the fire.  Investigators say she attempted to set fire to a mattress belonging to the motel.  She has  been charged with knowingly starting the blaze.  Her bond is set at $4,500 dollars.  

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT INVESTIGATED      

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday night report of shots fired, in the area of Fourth Avenue and Providence Road.  Officers were called to the scene just before 7pm.  They say a male victim was in a vehicle when a male suspect fired multiple rounds at the victim.  There were no injuries reported but the vehicle was damaged.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Columbia Police or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS. 




12/08/15

 

CHARITON COUNTY CRASH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

More information has been released on the Sunday night crash of a small airplane in Chariton County.  The Highway Patrol says multiple agencies responded to reports of the crash at around 9:15pm.  They say a 1946 model Cessna 140 single-engine airplane went down in a hayfield, about 8 miles northeast of Keytesville.  Both occupants of the plane were pronounced dead at the scene.  40 year old Andrew J. Beautte, of La Plata was believed to be the pilot and 38 year old Dawn L. Harl, of Des Moines was his passenger.  Reports indicate the plane took off from the Macon Fower Airport, but its destination is not known.  An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is underway. 

  

THREE BURGLARY SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN KIRKSVILLE  

Authorities say three suspects arrested over the weekend operated a burglary ring responsible for stealing appliances and weapons.  24 year old Robert Helton, of Brashear and 18 year Rebecca Whitmire and 19 year old Timerrick Gunnels, both of Kirksville, were arrested Saturday.  They face charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of stolen property.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Department says deputies recovered a stolen washer and dryer, a freezer filled with meat and three long guns at a trailer home in the southern part of Kirksville, where the three were arrested.  More charges are expected in the case. 

  

CENTRALIA MAN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON

A Centralia man has been sentenced to seven years in prison, in connection with a 2013 traffic crash that killed a 12 year old Columbia girl.  35 year old Aaron Wormington, of Centralia, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in October.  Investigators say he was traveling more than 75 miles per hour when he attempted to pass a truck on Commerce Road in Mexico, in November of 2013.  His car collided with the truck, went into the ditch and overturned, killing his passenger, 12 year old Jade Stafford, of Columbia.  This week, Wormington was sentenced to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

  

FIRST GRADERS REPORT MISSING GINGERBREAD MEN       

The Brookfield R-3 First Grade asks you to be on the lookout for their missing Gingerbread Men.  Jeff Elliott visited the first grade Monday afternoon and they gave us all the details on the 102 gingerbread men, who apparently ran away from the Brookfield Elementary School Cafeteria Monday morning.  They are described as about three inches tall and they had not yet been decorated.  Anyone who sees the gingerbread men are asked not to eat them…but to call the Brookfield Elementary Office with information. 




12/07/15

 

SMALL PLANE CRASH IN CHARITON COUNTY    

The Highway Patrol has released more information on a Sunday evening plane crash in Chariton County.  Multiple agencies responded to a report of a small plane going down about eight miles northwest of Keytesville, at around 9:15pm.  Reports indicate the plane was a 1946 model Cessna single-ending plane, with two occupants.  Both were pronounced dead at the scene.  They have been identified as 40 year old Andrew J. Beautte, of La Plata, who is believe to have been the pilot of the aircraft, and 38 year old Dawn L. Harl, of Des Moines, Iowa.  An FAA investigation is underway.   

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF WIFE

A rural Moberly man has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his wife, over the weekend.  81 year old Vernon Head was charged after the Saturday morning incident.  The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department says Head went into a Huntsville business at around 10:20am Saturday, and told an employee his wife had been shot.  Deputies found 77 year old Vickye Head in their home.  She died from at least one gunshot wound.  Head is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT 

A Kirksville driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a Friday evening accident on an Adair County road, just east of Kirksville.  23 year old Katryna M. Goodwin, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 7pm.  The patrol says her westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

ST. CHARLES TEEN INJURED AS CAR RUNS OFF HIGHWAY 11 

A St. Charles teenager suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 11 in Adair County.  It occurred at around 6:40pm Friday.  18 year old Jose Camberos was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after his eastbound car ran off the roadway and struck a concrete culvert. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY  

Columbia Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at Douglass Park, which occurred Saturday evening.  Officers were called to the scene just after 7pm.  They say a male victim was approaches by a male suspect, who showed a handgun and demanded property.  After a brief struggle, the suspect fled the scene on foot.  No injuries were reported.  Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers…573-875-TIPS.  

  

FULTON WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH   

A Fulton woman was seriously injured in a Saturday evening accident on a Callaway County road.  43 year old Ellen Singleton, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 6:50pm.  She was a passenger in an eastbound car, driven by 29 year old Michael Miller, of Fulton.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  Miller refused treatment for minor injuries.  




12/04/15

 

WOMAN HURT IN CHILLICOTHE ACCIDENT 

A Chillicothe woman was treated for injuries after a Thursday morning accident on Fair Street in Chillicothe.  Officers say it occurred at around 6:45am, when a vehicle driven by Andria Forck, of Chillicothe, ran off the roadway and struck a storm drain, causing it to overturn.  The vehicle came to rest on its top in the roadway.  Forck was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.  She was taken by private vehicle to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. 

 

IOWA TEEN INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY ROLLOVER

An Iowa teenager escaped with just minor injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on Route 136 in Putnam County.  It occurred at around 2pm Thursday, about eight miles west of Unionville.  18 year old Maryanna Kling, of Indianola, Iowa was treated and released at Putnam County Memorial Hospital.  The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her westbound car ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels. 

 

MOBERLY EMPLOYER ANNOUNCES EXPANSION  

Cardinal Health has announced plans to expand their Moberly manufacturing facility, creating 50 new jobs over the next few years.  The additional positions will include maintenance technicians, machine operators and material handlers.  The expansion will bring Cardinal Health’s total Moberly workforce to 175 employees.  A hiring event has been scheduled for next Wednesday, (12/9) from 2 to 6pm at the Moberly Comfort Inn.

 

HEARING DATES CHANGED FOR POWER LINE PROPOSAL 

The Missouri Public Service Commission has changed the hearing schedule for a 100 mile 345,000 volt power line, proposed by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois.  Ameren’s proposal is for the line to run from Palmyra to the Iowa border, with a proposed substation in Kirksville.  The decision to change the hearing dates comes after a motion by Neighbors United, a grassroots organization of area landowners who oppose the project.  The original hearing dates were December 14-18 in the state capitol.  The new dates for the hearing are January 25-29 in Room 310 of the Governor’s Office Building in Jefferson City. 

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER KILLED IN I-70 CRASH  
A Columbia driver was killed in a Thursday evening collision on I-70 in Boone County.  46 year old Stacey McCrary, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:30pm near mile maker 122.  The patrol says McCrary was westbound, when he attempted to pass a tractor-trailer, which was westbound in the passing lane.  McCrary’s SUV struck the front of the semi, ran off the highway, struck a guardrail and the median cable barrier and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  McCrary was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the semi, from Jacksonville, Florida, was not injured. 

 

BARRY ODOM NAMED MIZZOU HEAD COACH    

Former Missouri linebacker and current defensive coordinator Barry Odom is the new coach of the Missouri Tigers.  Odom’s hiring was announced Thursday evening by Mizzou Athletic Director Mack Rhoades.  He came to Missouri last season, after a three-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Memphis University.  Odom’s coaching background also includes two years as the head coach at Columbia Rock Bridge High School.  A news conference to welcome Odom as the Tigers’ new coach is scheduled for noon Friday at Mizzou Arena. 




12/03/15

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE  

A Chillicothe man is charged with statutory rape, involving a victim under the age of 14, after an investigation by Chillicothe Police.  Officers arrested James R. Yeomans, of Chillicothe, on Tuesday.  During the arrest, he was also accused of possession of a controlled substance.  Yeomans is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

MACON TRAFFIC STOP NETS DRUG ARREST 

A November traffic stop by Macon Police has resulted in drug charges against a Mexico man.  Officers say a 29 year old female driver, from Wellsville, was arrested for driving while revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia.  During the traffic stop, they say a passenger in the vehicle was being deceptive as to his identity.  A search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, meth, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash.  The passenger, 36 year old Michael S. Toney, of Mexico, has been charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, felony forgery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Toney’s bond was set at $20,000 dollars cash-only. 

 

BROOKFIELD LICENSE OFFICE SET TO REOPEN

Brookfield’s Missouri Department of Revenue License Office is officially set to reopen later this month.  According to a news release, the Brookfield License Office will open for business on Wednesday, December 16, at 8am…at 223 North Main Street in downtown Brookfield.  Office hours will be Monday thru Friday from 8 to 5 and they’ll also be open the last Saturday of each month, from 8am to noon.  Due to the holidays, this month’s Saturday hours will be on December 19th instead of the 26th. 

 

LINN COUNTY SMOKE ALARMS TO BE INSTALLED

Linn County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross are set to save lives this weekend, by installing smoke alarms in homes around the county.  Volunteers and firefighters will install smoke alarms and check and replace batteries in existing units, around Linn County on Saturday, beginning at 8:30am.  You must call to request the service and schedule an appointment.  Call the Red Cross office in Kirksville this week at 660-665-5686, or Saturday morning call 258-3332 to schedule your appointment. 

 

FOUR ARRESTED AFTER CALLAWAY COUNTY SEARCH

Four men face drug charges after a search warrant was executed by Callaway County authorities this week.  The search occurred at a home on County Road 340 near Millersburg.  Investigators say they seized 120 grams of meth, 40 grams of marijuana, packaged cocaine, firearms and other items used to distribute drugs.  Charged in the case were 58 year old Stephen Cason, of Millersburg, 26 year old Gabriel Wainwright, of Fulton, 27 year old Charles Vandeloecht, of Millersburg and 34 year old Kevin Minor of Holts Summit. 

  

MEXICO SENIOR & VETERANS COMPLEX GROUNDBREAKING 

Ground was broken Wednesday morning for the new $4.5 million dollar Berkshire Senior and Veterans housing complex in Mexico.  The project includes expansion and renovation of apartments at the site, including 18 new two-bedroom units and upgrades for 11 one-bedroom units.  Officials say five of the 29 units will be reserved for senior homeless veterans.  The project was funded by tax credits, through the NECAC.  It is expected to be complete in the early fall of next year. 




12/02/15

 

TRENTON MAN SENTENCED TO 21 YEARS IN PRISON  

A Trenton man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, in connection with the 2013 death of his business partner.  26 year old Jameson Read, of Trenton, was accused of shooting 54 year old John Vencell, Read’s former business partner in a restaurant.  Investigators accused Read of putting Vencell’s body in the trunk of his car and attempting to submerge the vehicle in an area pond.  Read pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in October.  He was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday. 

  

MACON POLICE INVESTIGATING BUSINESS BUGRLARIES 

Macon Police are investigating a pair of November business burglary reports.  Employees of a business in the 500 block of East Briggs Drive reported an overnight burglary on November 6, with an undisclosed amount of cash and other items missing.  The next day, Macon Police received a report of an early-morning burglary at a business in the 1200 block of South Missouri Street.  Employees reported an undisclosed amount of cash and lottery tickets missing.  Both incidents remain under investigation. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CHARGES  

A suspected ringleader in a major mid-Missouri cocaine distribution operation pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday.  32 year old Malcolm Redmon, of Columbia, entered a guilty plea to charges of distributing crack cocaine and powder cocaine in Boone County, between November of 2011 and August of 2014.  Redmon was one of 27 suspects charged in a federal indictment last fall.  He is the 11th to plead guilty in the case.  Redmon faces a minimum ten years in prison and maximum life sentence in the case.  Tuesday’s plea agreement is being held under seal.  

 

 LIVING WINDOWS THURSDAY IN DOWNTOWN MOBERLY 

Downtown Moberly is set for one of the highlights of the Holiday season.  The 11th Annual Living Windows will be held Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30pm.  Everyone is invited to stroll downtown Moberly, as merchants host a variety of holiday carolers, bands, choirs, Christmas scenes and dancers in their windows.  A number of area church groups and organizations will have displays in some of the vacant storefronts as well.  The annual Altrusa Cookie Fest will also be held during the event.  Living Windows runs from 5:30 to 7:30pm, Thursday evening in downtown Moberly.  




12/01/15

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN DEAD AFTER ILLINOIS ACCIDENT    

A Kirksville man has died after a weekend traffic crash in Illinois…but, authorities say, his death wasn’t from injuries suffered in the accident.  45 year old Danny Leroy Scott, of Kirksville, died Sunday night at a hospital in Monmouth, Illinois.  Officials say he suffered from an unknown medical condition.  Scott was hospitalized after a Warren County, Illinois accident involving his semi-truck.  Illinois State Police say a pickup driven by a 21 year old South Carolina man hit his semi head on.  Scott suffered only minor injuries in the accident, but passed away from unknown medical complications. 

  

SUSPECT IDENTIFIED IN OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

The highway patrol has identified the man who was shot to death by law enforcement officers in Dekalb County on Sunday.  53 year old Lionel S. Kerns, of Stewartsville, died from gunshot wounds, after he pointed a rifle at officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call at a Stewartsville area residence.  An investigation into the shooting is continuing by the Highway patrol’s division of Drug and Crime Control and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s Department. 

  

NEW MOBERLY INDUSTRIAL PARK DEDICATION FRIDAY   

After years of planning, the new Moberly Area Industrial Park will be dedicated, along with the new road that will service businesses in the complex.  The recently-completed roadway leading from Business 63 into the new industrial park will be formally named ‘McKeown Parkway’ in a ceremony Friday at noon.  The parkway is being named for the late Dennis McKeown, a long-time Moberly businessman and civic leader, who played a pivotal role in the development of the industrial park.  Completion of the project came as a result of a partnership with the City of Moberly, MFA Oil and the Economic Development Administration.  It has been named a ‘certified site’ by the state of Missouri and has also been named an Ameren Elite Site, for its electric capacity and an AT&T certified Fiber Park for its fiber optic communications infrastructure. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN CHARGED AFTER ACCIDENT    

A Columbia woman is charged with vehicular assault, after a Monday evening accident, which sent two people to the hospital.  51 year old Deborah Barr, of Columbia, was arrested after a series of incidents.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says Barr’s vehicle struck several mailboxes and a vehicle and then left the scene of that accident.  Barr’s vehicle then struck another car on I-70 drive, injuring an adult and a child in that vehicle.  Both were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Barr was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the incidents.  She is also accused of assaulting a deputy as she was taken into custody. 

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS IN CHILD’S DEATH  

The Boone County Circuit Court has sentenced 33 year old Cody Baker, of Ashland, to 30 years in prison in connection with the 2014 death of his girlfriend’s 8-month-old daughter. Baker was convicted of second-degree murder in September.  Prosecutors say the child died from impact to the head by a blunt object.  Baker’s girlfriend, Anna Steele, of Columbia, pled guilty last week to child abuse and child endangerment charges.     




11/30/15

 

JAMESPORT TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION   

A Jamesport teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 190 at Grant Street in Jamesport.  16 year old Breanna Clevenger, of Jamesport, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says she pulled into the path of a pickup, driven by 56 year old Rock Dirks, of Jamesport. 

  

TRENTON WOMAN HURT IN ICY ACCIDENT  

A Trenton woman suffered moderate injuries when her SUV ran off an icy Route D in Harrison County, on Friday.  26 year old Felicia Udovich, of Trenton, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital after the accident.  It occurred at around 9:45 Friday morning.  The patrol says her northbound vehicle slid on the icy roadway, ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

DEKALB COUNTY SUSPECT SHOT TO DEATH  

A DeKalb County man was fatally shot by law enforcement officers who responded to a domestic disturbance, Sunday morning.  Officers from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol were called to the scene, at the intersection of Highway 36 and Thornton Road, near Stewartsville, just after 10:15am Sunday.  They say they found a white male suspect wielding a weapon.  When officers ordered him to put it down, the suspect pointed it at officers.  He was fatally wounded when officers fired.  The name of the suspect has not yet been released, pending notification of relatives.  The investigation continues. 

  

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER TWO HIGH-SPEED CHASES             

A suspect faces multiple charges after allegedly leading officers on high-speed pursuits in both Boone County and Audrain County on Saturday.  27 year old Clifford Helmka was taken into custody after the Audrain County chase.  He was being sought after a high-speed chase Saturday afternoon in Boone County.  Officers say Helmka was driving a car, which was stolen from the Fulton area, when the chase occurred, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour.  He escaped after crashing the car on Carter School Road and fleeing into a wooded area.  Helmka allegedly stole a vehicle in Boone County, abandoned that vehicle and stole another one in Kingdom City.  That car was involved in a high-speed chase which ended in a collision near Mexico.  Helmka faces charges of resisting arrest, tampering with motor vehicles, plus numerous traffic violations.  He is being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

SILEX MAYOR KILLED IN WEEKEND TRAFFIC CRASH     

The mayor of Silex was killed in a weekend head-on collision in Lincoln County. It occurred just after 7 o’clock Friday morning.  The Highway patrol says 67 year old Mayor David E Rice, of Silex, was killed when an oncoming vehicle crossed the center line and collided with Rice’s vehicle head-on.  17 year old Daniel Stone, of Silex, was the driver of that vehicle.  Stone and a passenger in Rice’s vehicle, 71 year old Dorothy Ford, also of Silex, were both seriously injured. 




11/25/15

 

TEENS HURT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A Browning teenager suffered moderate injuries and a Galt teen was treated for minor injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on Sullivan County Route T, just south of Milan.  It occurred just before 10 o’clock Tuesday night.  16 year old Shane Scott, of Browning, was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment of moderate injuries.  He was a passenger in a car, driven by 18 year old Tryston McConkey, of Galt.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned.  McConkey was treated for minor injuries. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT DRUG ARREST    

A Chillicothe woman faces drug charges, after her arrest by Chillicothe Police on Tuesday.  Officers arrested Shelby Lynn Shira, in the 600 block of Walnut Street, on an active arrest warrant for distributing a controlled substance near a school.  Shira was unable to post bond and was transferred to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail. 

  

PATROL URGES SAFETY OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND     

On this busiest travel weekend of the year, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will, once again, be out in full force in an effort to keep our roadways safe.  Last year’s Thanksgiving weekend was one of the deadliest in recent history.  18 people were killed in the state of Missouri in Thanksgiving weekend traffic crashes.  Motorists are urged to be extra vigilant on the roadways this weekend.  Obey the traffic laws and posted speed limits, put the cell phones down to avoid distracted driving…and, of course, do not drink and drive.  You can report traffic crashes and careless or distracted drivers or get emergency assistance by calling *55 on your cell phone. 

  

RV FIRE STOPS TUESDAY TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 63      

A mid-day RV fire on Highway 63 just south of I-70 caused all kinds of traffic problems in Columbia Tuesday.  Police say the northbound motor home caught fire just before noon and Columbia Firefighters responded to the scene.  The RV was a total loss.  The fire caused northbound traffic on 63 to be backed up from the I-70 connector to Stadium Boulevard thru the noon hour.  There were no injuries reported.

  

COLUMBIA TEENS CHARGED WITH VEHICLE BREAK-INS    

Two Columbia teenagers are accused of breaking into multiple cars on the University of Missouri Campus in an October crime spree.  Boone County prosecutors have charges LaDarion Hunt and Michael Glasgow with five felony counts of property damage, in connection with the Columbia incidents.  Authorities believe the two teens and a third suspect, Sarah Gibb, are responsible for as many as 400 vehicle break-ins across mid-Missouri, including a string of reported incidents in Centralia, Fulton and Moberly.  Hunt and Glasgow are being held in the Boone County Jail.  




11/24/15

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHOOTING VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

Randolph County authorities have formally identified the victims in Saturday morning’s shooting at a rural Moberly home.  Investigators say the shooting has been ruled a double murder-suicide.  Two sisters, who lived at the home, 16 year old Kelsey Bowen and 22 year old Jessica Bowen, were allegedly shot to death by the younger sister’s ex-boyfriend, 17 year old Alexander Hewgley, of rural Madison.  Hewgley also died, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

A visitation for the Bowen sisters will be Friday afternoon from 4 to 7pm in the Moberly High School Auditorium. Their funeral will be Saturday morning at 10am also in the auditorium. 

 

TRI-COUNTY SCHOOL SECRETARY CHARGED  

A former secretary at the Tri-County R-7 School in Jamesport has been charged with more than a dozen felonies, after an audit of the school district.  40 year old Dana Maxell is accused of multiple counts of theft, stealing, fraudulent use of a credit card and forgery.  Authorities say the allegations involve more than $150,000 dollars of missing Tri-County school funds, from 2012 to this year.  Maxell is free on $100,000 dollars bond, pending her arraignment in Daviess County on December 16. 

 

NO STUDENTS HURT IN ACCIDENT INVOLVED SCHOOL BUS 

No students were injured when a Kirksville school bus was hit from behind on Highway 63, just south of Millard, Monday morning.  The accident occurred just before 7am.  The patrol says 61 year old Vickie Gillum, of Kirksville, was the driver of a northbound car, which struck the school bus in the rear.  No one on the bus was injured.  Gillum was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

 

STURGEON DRIVER INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A Sturgeon driver was treated for moderate injuries after an SUV ran off Route 22 in Audrain County, Monday morning.  28 year old Cara Harlan, of Sturgeon, was taken to SSM Audrain Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 8am.  The patrol says her eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 

FAYETTE TEENAGERS INJURED IN MONDAY COLLISION    

A Fayette teen was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Route 87 in Cooper County.  It occurred just before 1 o’clock Monday afternoon.  The patrol says 16 year old Rebecca DeFoor, of Fayette, was westbound, when a car driven by 77 year old Doris Hickman, of Jefferson City, attempted to cross the highway and pulled into the path of DeFoor’s vehicle.  DeFoor suffered moderate injuries.  A passenger in her vehicle, 17 year old Alyssa Massey, of Fayette, was treated for minor injuries.  Hickman was also treated for minor injuries. 

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED IN TROOPER’S DEATH        

A Mexico man is charged with second-degree murder, in connection with the August death of Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper James Bava.  20 year old Serghei Comerzan was arrested Monday.  He is also charged with resisting a lawful stop by the Trooper, careless and imprudent driving, and other traffic offenses.  According to a probable cause statement, Trooper Bava clocked a motorcycle driving 105 miles per hour on Missouri Route FF and notified dispatchers that he would pursue.  Shortly thereafter, Bava’s patrol car was found wrecked and the trooper was killed.  Comerzan is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 




11/23/15

 

THREE DEAD AFTER RANDOLPH COUNTY SHOOTING  

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a Saturday morning apparent murder-suicide at a rural Moberly home that left three people dead.  It occurred at around 6:30am Saturday on County Road 2250.  Deputies found three persons with gunshot wounds.  One victim was confirmed dead at the scene, a second died after being taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center.  The third was determined to be the shooter and also died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The identities of the suspect and the two victims have not been released.  Reports have indicated the two victims were sisters and the suspect was a boyfriend of one of the sisters.  Pathway Memorial Funeral Home has announced that a visitation for the two sisters will be held Friday afternoon in the Moberly High School Auditorium, with funeral services Saturday.  

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR BROOKFIELD DRIVER       

A Brookfield driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on a Linn County gravel Road, early Sunday morning. It occurred just after 3am.  24 year old Ethan A Walgren, of Brookfield, was the driver of a southbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran off Keene Road and struck an embankment.  Walgren was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

THREE TEENS HURT IN EARLY MORNING HIGHWAY 63 ACCIDENT

Two teenagers were seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 63, near the Clark Junction, early Sunday morning.  The patrol says a 14 year old girl from Clark and 16 year old boy from Sturgeon were both taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  18 year old Garrett Shelton, of Sturgeon, was the driver of the vehicle.  The patrol says he fell asleep at the wheel and the car ran into the median, crossed the oncoming lanes of 63 and struck a guardrail and a tree. Shelton was treated for minor injuries.

  

TWO TEENS INJURED IN CHILLICOTHE AREA CRASH  

Two teens were treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday night accident on Highway 160 in Livingston County.  15 year old Breanna Moss, of Chillicothe, was the driver.  The patrol says her vehicle skidded off the roadway as she attempted to turn onto Route Y.  She and her passenger, 16 year old Dylan McCabe, of Unionville, were both treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center.   

  

TWO MEN HURT IN HEAD-ON COLLISION   

A Saturday afternoon head-on collision, west of Cairo, seriously injured both drivers…46 year old Matthew Rodgers of Huntsville and 65 year old John Peart, of Cairo.  Both were were treated at area hospitals after their vehicles collided on Route DD, just west of Cairo, just before 3pm Saturday.  The patrol says Rodgers’ eastbound vehicle crossed the center-line at a hilltop.

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT     

A Chillicothe man was arrested on assault charges after a weekend disturbance in the 400 block of Walnut Street.  Chillicothe Police were called to the scene on Saturday.  The arrested Michael Gott for second-degree assault.  He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $10,000 dollars cash bond.  One victim was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe. 




11/20/15

 

TRENTON MAN HURT IN DAVIESS COUNTY COLLISION

A Trenton man was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon collision on Highway 6 in Daviess County.  66 year old Freddie Romesburg, of Trenton, was treated at Mosaic Life Care, after the accident, which occurred at around 12:20pm.  He was a passenger in a westbound van, driven by 59 year old Mary Romesburg, of Trenton.  The patrol says an SUV, driven by 51 year old Gary Minor of Liberty, made a left turn into the path of the Romesburg’s vehicle. 

  

ARSON RULED IN DOWNTOWN MOBERLY FIRE

Moberly Police say the November 6 fire in downtown Moberly has been officially ruled as arson.  The early-morning fire destroyed a vacant building and damaged adjacent structures in the 300 block of West Reed Street.  Investigators have released a video showing an alleged suspect in the alley adjacent to the structure.  Anyone with information on the suspect or the fire is urged to contact the State of Missouri’s Arson Hotline – 1-800-39-ARSON…or call the Randolph County Tips Line at 660-269-TIPS. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ‘FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK’   

The Kirksville Police Department’s ‘Fugitive of the Week’ is 24 year old Cody Allen Ledford, of Kirksville.  Ledford is wanted on an Adair County arrest warrant for failure to abide by a judge’s order on original charges of distributing a controlled substance and burglary.  Ledford was released on a furlough on November 3 and did not return as directed by the judge.  Officers say he has lived in both Kirksville and Novinger. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement.  

  

MO VALLEY STUDENT FORMALLY CHARGED   

An 18 year old Missouri Valley College student has been formally charged with making a terrorist threat, after an investigation into threats made on the social media app Yik Yak.  18 year old Paris Lovett, from Arizona, was arrested after the unspecific threat was made on Wednesday.  Investigators say Lovett says he did not mean for his threats to be taken seriously.  He is the third Missouri college student to be charged for posting such threats on social media, since the protests at the University of Missouri last week. 

  

STATE FILES SUIT AGAINST COLUMBIA GUN SHOP  

The Missouri Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against a Columbia gun shop.  The suit was filed this week against AK Guns, LLC and its owner, Zachariah Kean.  It cites at least 15 customer complaints against the store and alleges that Kean has failed to deliver guns and merchandise that customers have paid for and that those customers have never received refunds.  The suit seeks an injunction against the store and full compensation for the customers.  




11/19/15

 

MO VALLEY STUDENT ACCUSED OF SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT

A Missouri Valley College student, from Arizona, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly making threats against the school on the ‘Yik Yak’ social media app.  18 year old Paris Gregory-Drew Lovett, of Sierra Vista, Arizona, was apprehended by Marshall Police and Missouri Valley Public Safety personnel at around 3:30pm Wednesday.  All safety alerts for the Missouri Valley Campus in Marshall were lifted after his arrest.  Lovett is accused of making an unspecified threat against the campus.  Investigators say he was held without bond overnight.  Formal charges are pending. 

  

STUDENT ACCUSED OF THREATS RELEASED ON BOND     

The Missouri S & T student who is charged in connection with social media threats made towards the University of Missouri campus last week has been released on bond.  Hunter Park was released Wednesday on $10,000 dollars bond.  He was placed on GPS monitoring at his parents’ home in the St. Louis area.  His bond conditions also include no internet access and he must undergo psychiatric evaluation. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE COUNTERFEIT BILLS    

Kirksville Police are looking for two Iowa men, who are suspected of passing counterfeit bills at the Kirksville Walmart.  Investigators say they’ve identified the two men, and have confirmed they area both Centerville, Iowa residents.  Their names have not been released as no charges have yet been filed. 

  

FORMER GLASGOW CITY EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY   

A former Glasgow city employee has pleaded guilty to felony stealing charges this week.  Howard County authorities say 39 year old Julie Strodtman admitted stealing more than $30,000 dollars in city funds, while she was employed in the Glasgow City Office.  Her sentencing is set for January 4. 

  

FULTON MAN CONVCITED OF 2013 COLUMBIA ROBBERY   

A Fulton parolee was convicted Wednesday of first-degree robbery, in connection with the October 2013 armed robbery at Kaldi’s Coffee in downtown Columbia.  50 year old Anthony Paine, of Fulton, will be sentenced on December 21.  A Boone County Jury deliberated for about 40 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict.  Paine remains in state custody, after his parole on a previous charge was revoked. 




11/18/15

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM

The Chillicothe Police Department is warning residents of a potential telephone scam that has been reported.  According to those reports, individuals are calling area citizens seeking monetary donations and claiming those donations are to benefit the Chillicothe Police Department.  Officials with the Department say they don’t ever solicit for fundraising in any way.  Anyone receiving such a phone call is urged to hang up and report the activity to the Chillicothe Police. 

  

MACON R-1 HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT  

The Macon R-1 School District has announced the hiring of its new Superintendent.  Scott Jarvis will take over as Macon’s Superintendent, beginning July 1.  Jarvis comes to Macon from the Tipton School District, where he has served as Superintendent for the past six years.  Prior to that Jarvis served in multiple administrative roles in the California, MO School District.  Jarvis succeeds Dr. Richard Basden, who is serving as interim Superintendent during the current school year. 

  

WINTER WEATHER AWARNESS DAY   

The National Weather Service has designated today as Winter Weather Awareness Day.  Although we’ve experienced an unseasonably mild fall, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, significant winter weather will likely be a part of our short-term future.  Missourians are encouraged to take a few moments to consider your winter emergency plans, in the case of a major snow or ice storm.  The Weather Service has prepared a web page with lots of safety tips and information about winter weather and its impact. You can check out the web page at weather dot gov slash isx slash winterday.  You can also find a list of winter driving tips at the Missouri Department of Transportation’s website, modot.org. 

  

NEMO EMPLOYER EXPANDING OPERATIONS     

Continental Casting LLC has announced plans to expand its operations, and officials say, new positions will be added at both its Monroe City and Palmyra production facilities, beginning immediately.  A Job Recruitment Day will be held Thursday at the Quality Inn in Hannibal, from 1 to 6:30pm.  Applicants are also encouraged to apply through the Missouri Job Centers in Hannibal, Columbia or Kirksville…or at either of the Continental Casting facilities, in Monroe City or Palmyra. 




11/17/15

 

PURDIN MAN SENTENCED FOR INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING  

A Purdin man, convicted of inappropriately touching a ten year old girl, was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday.  71 year old Jacob Yagel, of Purdin, was convicted by an Adair County jury in September.  The charges come from allegations that he touched the victim in appropriately while they were deer hunting together on Yagel’s farm in 2010.  Yagel can qualify for probation, if he completes a 120-day Missouri Department of Corrections Sex Offender Treatment Program.  The Linn County case was moved to Adair County on a change of venue. 

 

PERSONS OF INTEREST SOUGHT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY BURGLARY

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is looking for information on two persons of interest, in connection with an ongoing burglary investigation.  The incident occurred sometime during the evening of Sunday, November 8 or the morning of Monday, November 9 at a property located in the southeastern party of Livingston County.  Surveillance photos, released by the Sheriff’s Office, show one female and one male subject taking multiple items from a building, including a 3-wheeler, 4-wheeler, two lawn mowers, a refrigerator, and other miscellaneous tools and equipment.  Those photos are available on the Linn County Sheriff’s Department website.  Anyone with information should contact their office or send tips via e-mail. 

 

TRUMAN STUDENT’S CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED 

From KTVO.com – final autopsy results have revealed the cause of death for a Truman State University student who was found unresponsive in his dorm room in September.  Adair County Coroner Brian Noe says 18 year old William Batterson, of Richmond Heights, MO, died of an accidental methadone overdose.  Methadone is a prescription drug that reduces withdrawal symptoms for people addicted to certain narcotic drugs.  Noe says Batterson did not have a prescription for methadone.  His roommates told investigators Batterson had revealed to them that he had gotten the methadone from a friend in St. Louis, prior to his death. 

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN I-70 ACCIDENT   

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on I-70 in Lafayette County.  It occurred at around 7:15am Monday.  38 year old Jason Sutton, of Columbia, was treated at I-70 Medical Center in Sweet Springs after the accident.  The patrol says Sutton’s eastbound car experienced a defect and ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

 

COLUMBIA TEEN PLEADS GUILTY IN JANUARY SHOOTING    

A Columbia teenager pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the January shooting death of 17 year old Deante Smith.  19 year old Stone Midgyett was sentenced to four years in prison after entering his plea Monday.  He was accused of being involved in an altercation with Smith, which ended with him being shot to death, near Silver Mill Drive and White River Drive. 

 

VANDALIA SEX OFFENDERS ARRESTED    

Two Vandalia area registered sex offenders face charges, after allegedly committing Halloween conduct restriction violations.  Garnet Rae Bealmear is accused of putting a sign on her home, inviting trick-or-treaters to her back door, in violation of restrictions against Halloween contact with children.  She was arrested after officers spotted her giving candy to a child.  Another sex offender, Rochella R. Bland, is accused of failure to post a sign notifying trick-or-treaters that candy would not be distributed at her home, by state law.  




11/16/15

 

THREE HURT IN NEW BOSTON AREA ACCIDENT 

A New Boston teen and her two young siblings were injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on Highway 11, just west of New Boston.  18 year old Bridget Sherman, of New Boston, was the driver of a southbound SUV.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and overturned twice, coming to rest on its top.  Sherman and her two sisters, age 9 and 12, all suffered moderate injuries.  Sherman was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital.  The two younger girls were both taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

  

LA PLATA MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN SATURDAY CRASH 

A La Plata motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after an accident on Route 156 at the west edge of La Plata.  It occurred Saturday morning at around 10:30am.  41 year old Jarrett Belfield, of La Plata, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident.  The patrol says he was ejected from his eastbound motorcycle, when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

ILLINOIS MAN HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ACCIDENT     

An Illinois man sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred late Friday night, on Highway 36, just east of New Cambria.  The patrol says the driver, 24 year old Megiel Maxwell, of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle.  It ran off the highway, struck a road sign and a guardrail and overturned, coming to rest on its side.  Maxwell was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

  

NEW HAVEN MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT    

A New Haven man was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on Highway 15 in Audrain County.  35 year old Joshua Roberts, of New Haven, was taken to SSM Audrain Hospital in Mexico after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30pm.  The patrol says he fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound pickup and it ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST THREE FOR FORGERY   

Chillicothe Police report three arrests on charges of forgery, over the weekend.  Kelsey Ward was arrested Friday in the 1200 block of Washington Street.  She is being held on $5,000 dollars cash only bond.  Officers also arrested Kathryne Ashworth for forgery, which allegedly occurred Friday and John Millar was arrested on two counts of forgery, which allegedly occurred on November 7 and on Friday.   Ashworth is being held on $20,000 dollars bond, while Millar’s bond is set at $25,000 dollars. 




11/13/15

 

CHILLICOTHE DRUG BUST NETS TWO ARRESTS  

A drug investigation by Chillicothe Police netted two arrests, after a search warrant was served Thursday, at a home in the 800 block of Calhoun Street.  Officers seized more than 10 grams of meth and about 100 grams of marijuana, along with drug paraphernalia.  The search also turned up items that are believed to be stolen property.  That investigation is continuing.  57 year old Carl Head and 37 year old Sandy Ireland were arrested at the home.  Both are charged with two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

  

MACON AREA TRAFFIC STOP NETS LARGE DRUG SEIZURE 

Macon Police have released details on an October 21 traffic stop, which netted a large drug seizure and the arrest of a Maryland man on drug trafficking charges.  A Macon Police officer stopped the vehicle on Highway 36 and, after making contact with the driver, a K-9 unit alerted to possible illegal substances.  A search resulted in the seizure of about 39 pounds of marijuana, 199 bottles labeled ‘THC Syrup’ and two plastic containers appearing to contain marijuana wax.  The driver, 27 year old Thomas A. Palmerino, of Baltimore, Maryland, was arrested and later charged with drug trafficking.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

MOBILE HOME FIRE CLOSES HIGHWAY 11  

Windy conditions made for a dangerous situation Thursday afternoon, as a mobile home fire closed Highway 11 west of Kirksville.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around 3pm.  Heavy smoke from the blaze limited visibility on Highway 11, causing its closure for more than an hour.  The winds also resulted in a nearby home catching fire, causing minor damage.  No injuries were reported. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN HURT AS CAR HITS DEER   

A Moberly driver was treated for minor injuries after her car struck a deer in the roadway on Highway 63, just north of Jacksonville.  The accident occurred just before 7 o’clock Thursday night.  32 year old Meghan Dutton, of Moberly, was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

  

THREE PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL METH CHARGES  

Two Columbia men and an Arizona man all face federal charges for allegedly selling meth in Boone County.  Charges were filed against 40 year old Ryan Ellingboe and 29 year old Shane Callahan, both of Columbia.  Both suspects pleaded guilty.  40 year old Todd Zazilenski, an Arizona man, who was arrested at a Columbia area hotel, pleaded guilty to the same charge on Thursday.  The charges stem from an incident in May, in which investigators seized several pounds of meth after a St. Charles County traffic stop. 




11/12/15

 

WEDNESDAY’S WINDS CAUSE DAMAGE REPORTS 

Winds have begun to calm somewhat this morning, after strong thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and high winds overnight, caused a number of reports of damage and power outages around the area.  The afternoon line of thunderstorms produced multiple reports of wind damage.  Parts of  Chariton County were among the hardest hit, with numerous reports of tree and power line damage, causing widespread power outages in both the Sumner and Salisbury areas, along with damage to a barn near Brunswick.  In Unionville, a large tree went down, damaging a home and destroying several carports, also causing a power outage.  There was a report of damage to the carport at the Citizen’s Bank location in Macon, along with several power lines down.  There was also a report of several windows blown out of a building and two garage doors blown in, near Elmer in Macon County.  Numerous storm spotters reported wind gusts in the 60 to 70 mile per hour range, across much of our area, as the afternoon storms rolled through.  Then, through the evening and overnight, there were additional reports of minor damage and power interruptions across parts of northwest Missouri, due to the strong, non-thunderstorm winds that persisted. 

  

MARSHALL MAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT 

A Marshall man was killed when he was struck by tractor-trailer, in an accident on Highway 13 in Johnson County, Wednesday afternoon.  It occurred just after 12:30pm.   47 year old John W. Johnson, of Marshall, was a pedestrian, standing nearby, when a tractor-trailer driven by a Knob Noster man, overtook two vehicles that were stopped in traffic.  The tractor-trailer struck one of those vehicles in the rear, ran off the roadway, then came back onto the road and struck Johnson and an oncoming vehicle.  Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.  Four occupants of the other three vehicles were treated for minor injuries. 

  

MIZZOU THREAT ARRESTS CONFIRMED 

It was an ‘unsettled’ day on the University of Missouri campus Wednesday as anonymous threats on social media continued to garner attention.  University of Missouri Police arrested 19 year old Hunter M. Park, a student on the Missouri S&T Campus in Rolla, after he was identified as having posted threats on the social media app Yik Yak, Tuesday night.  A freshman at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville was arrested Wednesday for allegedly making additional threats on the same social media site.  19 year old Connor B. Stottlemyer was arrested in Deitrich Hall on the Northwest Campus.  Officials are investigating a report of vandalism to a sign outside Missouri’s Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center.  Increased security continues to be noticeable around the Mizzou campus. 




11/11/15

 

WINDY DAY, STRONG STORMS THIS AFTERNOON  

A vigorous spring-like storm system and a strong cold front will move through the area today, bringing a threat for strong to severe thunderstorms, mainly this afternoon.  The National Weather Service says all types of severe weather are possible with this system, but strong winds both ahead of and behind the frontal boundary will make damaging straight-line winds the most significant threat.  A wind advisory will be in effect overnight tonight, after the storms move through.  Forecasters expect west to northwest winds behind the front could gust in excess of 45 miles per hour, from late this evening thru early Thursday morning. 

  

FATAL SMALL PLANE CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION  

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a pilot was killed in the crash of a small plane in Ray County Tuesday evening.  Investigators have confirmed a distress call from the plane came in at around 7pm, prompting and air and ground search.  The plane’s wreckage was found at around 10pm near Highway 13 and Route B, in the Richmond area.  Details on the pilot, the plane’s origin and the nature of the distress call have not been released as an FAA investigation is underway this morning. 

  

ARREST IN MU CAMPUS THREATS   

A suspect has been arrested in connection with violent threats to the University of Missouri campus and classes are in session at Mizzou today.  The University Police Department has confirmed that a suspect was taken into custody, as the result of an investigation into a number of anonymous threats made on social media.  Officials say that suspect was not located on or near the campus and there was no immediate danger.  Classes will go on as usual at MU today. 

  

CELEBRATING OUR AREA VETERANS    

On this Veteran’s Day, virtually all of our area schools and communities will be holding events to honor our area veterans and their families…here are a few highlights: 

 

Brookfield – Brookfield FFA Veterans Breakfast starting at 8am at the school, with an assembly in the gym at 9am.  Brookfield VFW Post hosting a chilli, soup and sandwich luncheon from 11am to 3pm. 

Marceline – A Veteran’s recognition ceremony at the Walsworth Community Center at 11am, followed by a chilli and soup luncheon.

Macon – American Legion Veteran’s Day Program at the Macon County Courthouse at 11am with a meal to follow.  Macon Elks invite veterans and their families for chilli and soup at the Elks Lodge from noon to 2pm. 

Moberly – St. Pius School veteran’s assembly at 10am, MACC Veteran’s Day Ceremony on the lawn of the main building at 11am, Dedication Ceremony honoring Vietnam Veteran’s in the War Memorial Section of Rothwell Park, beginning at 1pm, rain location is inside the Lodge. 

Chillicothe – community Veteran’s Day program at the Dickinson Performing Arts Center starts at 9am.  Bishop Hogan School Veteran’s Day program at 10:30am. 

Linn County R-1 School – Veteran’s recognition assembly at 12;30pm with refreshments to follow. 

Chariton County – Veteran’s Day ceremony outside the courthouse in Keytesville at 9am.  Brunswick American Legion Fish Fry starting at noon. 

Other School events – Atlanta FFA Veteran’s Day Celebration at 8:30am…Bevier School Assembly at 9am…Higbee School assembly at 9:30am.




11/10/15

 

MOBERLY FIRE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES    

As a State Fire Marshal’s investigation into the early Saturday morning fire in downtown Moberly continues, Moberly Police have released a photo of someone who may have information about how the fire may have started.  Investigators say they believe the fire, which destroyed a vacant building and damaged adjacent structures in the 300 block of West Reed Street, most likely started in the rear of the building, off the alley.  Earlier in the night, before 9pm Friday, Moberly authorities responded to a cardboard box on fire in the alley behind a building in the 500 block of West Reed Street.  It is not known whether the two incidents are related.  Anyone with information on the fire or the person being sought is urged to contact the authorities. 

  

UNIVERSITY CURATORS TAKE ACTION

In the wake of mounting pressure from students, athletes and faculty, the University of Missouri Board of Curators announced sweeping changes Monday.  MU System President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday morning and, late Monday afternoon, Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin announced that he will transition from his role as Chancellor, effective January 1.  The Board of Curators says they will make a number of changes in the coming months.  In addition to new leadership, the Board will appoint a chief diversity officer to help address the concerns that have been raised. 

  

THREATENING LETTER FOUND AT AMERICAN LEGION  

Columbia Police are investigating a threatening letter, found at the Columbia American Legion Post on Monday.  Officials say the handwritten letter made threats toward all veterans, but have not disclosed any other details.  It was found on the door of the post, located on Legion Lane. 

  

BROOKFIELD FOOTBALL AFFECTS SCHEDULE FOR SCHOOL PLAY 

The Brookfield High School Drama Department has announced a change of plans for Saturday evening’s performance of it’s fall production ‘And Then There Were None’.  Due to Brookfield’s quarterfinal football game at Higginsville, Saturday afternoon, the Saturday night performance will be pushed back one hour.  It will be at 8pm Saturday, instead of its original 7pm start-time, in the Brookfield Middle School Gym.  The Sunday afternoon performance will still begin at 2pm.  Advance tickets are still available for both of this weekend’s performances at the high school office or from any cast member.  Tickets are 6 dollars in advance or 8 dollars at the door. 




11/09/15

 

BROOKFIELD & MARCELINE IN STATE FOOTBALL QUARTERFINALS

The Brookfield Bulldogs and the Marceline Tigers both won football District

Championships Friday night, and both advanced to the state quarterfinals this coming Saturday afternoon.  Brookfield blew open a two-point game at halftime and rolled to a 43-18 win over 2nd-ranked East Buchanan.  The Bulldogs will make their first state quarterfinal appearance since 1993 when they travel to Higginsville to meet Lafayette County on Saturday.  Meanwhile, Marceline picked up their sixth straight shutout, a 35-0 win over Westran, for their second District Title in the last three seasons.  The Tigers travel to South Shelby High School for quarterfinal action Saturday.  Both games kick off at 1pm. 

 

BHS CHEERLEADERS SECOND IN STATE

Also, congratulations to the Brookfield High School Cheerleaders, who took second in the Class 2 Small Division state championships in Columbia…Centralia took first, Brookfield second and Macon third in that competition. 

 

DOWNTOWN MOBERLY FIRE GUTS VACANT BUILDING, DAMAGE TO OTHERS  

The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the early Saturday morning fire that gutted a vacant building and caused smoke and water damage to adjacent buildings in the 300 block of West Reed Street in downtown Moberly, including The Variety Store and Duval and Reid buildings.  Officials say there is no indication that foul play is involved, but the investigation to try to determine the cause is underway.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around 1am Saturday and spent several hours on the scene.  No injuries were reported. 

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

A Huntsville driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening accident on Randolph County Route JJ, just east of Huntsville.  25 year old Matthew Baker, of Huntsville, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 8pm. The patrol says Baker’s westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a fence and a house. 

 

CHILLICOTHE DRIVER INJURED IN SATURDAY CRASH    

A Chillicothe driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Highway 6, west of Trenton, Saturday afternoon.  62 year old Gary G. Harper, of Chillicothe, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident, which occurred just before 2pm.  The patrol says his eastbound pickup ran onto the shoulder and went out of control, then struck a guardrail and went down an embankment. 

 

MOBERLY TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT   

A Moberly teen was injured in a Friday night accident, which occurred just after 8pm on Highway 24, just east of Paris.  16 year old Destiny Newberry, of Moberly, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 47 year old Barbara Smith, of Moberly. The patrol says she unsuccessfully tried to avoid a deer in the roadway.  The car came to rest on the westbound shoulder of the highway. 

 

ONE HURT IN WEEKEND COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT 

One person was injured in a Saturday afternoon shooting incident in West Columbia.  Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of West Worley Street , at around 1pm Saturday.  One victim suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.  He was treated at an area hospital.  Police say the victim was not able to give a description of a suspect.  The investigation is ongoing. 




11/05/15

 

SLATER DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

A Slater driver was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 24, just west of Clifton Hill, in Chariton County, early Wednesday morning.  35 year old Jaimie P. Foreman, of Slater, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The accident occurred just before 3:30am.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

KIRKSVILLE BURGLARY & THEFT SUSPECT ARRESTED    

A Kirksville man was arrested Tuesday in connection with several recent thefts from residences, garages and vehicles in the area.  23 year old Seth Shahan, of Kirksville was arrested during a surveillance operation.  He allegedly entered a garage that officers were watching and was in possession of stolen property and marijuana when he was apprehended.  Shahan has been charged with burglary, theft, theft of a credit card and probation violations from previous charges.  He is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

MISSING ELDERLY MAN FOUND SAFE

If you happened to be listening to KZBK Wednesday evening, you might have heard some reports on a missing Laclede area man.  An elderly man, who has symptoms of dementia, went missing late Wednesday morning, just west of Laclede.  A search for the man continued into the evening.  He was found safe and uninjured. 

  

BUSINESS OWNERS SENTENCED FOR SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA  

The owners of a ‘head shop’ and liquor store in Queen City, have been sentenced in federal court this week, on charges of distributing synthetic marijuana.  50 year old Jimmy Moore and his ex-wife, 45 year old Tina Moore, both of Queen City, were sentenced in separate court appearances.  Jimmy Moore was sentenced to three years in federal prison.  Tina Moore was sentenced to two years and three months.  The former couple pleaded guilty to defrauding the Food and Drug Administration and the public by claiming the sythentic cannabanoid products distributed through the ‘Moore-4-You’ Variety store were ‘incense’ and not for human consumption. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE REPORT DOOR-TO-DOOR COMPLAINTS    

Columbia Police advise residents that it has received complaints about juveniles going door-to-door selling items for the Boys and Girls Clubs.  According to the Department’s facebook page, there have been reports of those juveniles becoming rude, verbally aggressive and confrontational with residents.  Boys and Girls Club officials say they do not have youth members doing door-to-door sales right now, but there is a campaign underway, selling items out of magazines. 




11/04/15

 

BROOKFIELD’S DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME MOVED   

Friday night’s Class 2, District 8 championship game has been moved to Lathrop High School.  Tuesday, officials at East Buchanan, who will host the Brookfield Bulldogs Friday night, indicated concerns with the condition of their home field in Gower.  They announced plans to move Friday night’s game to Lathrop, which has field turf.  It’s still a 7 o’clock kickoff Friday night as Brookfield takes on East Buchanan, at Lathrop…of course, we’ll have live coverage on KZBK.  We’ll have a late start to our pregame this week…the District Championship Pigskin Preview will begin at around 6:30pm. 

 

BRUNSWICK DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY COLLISION

A Brunswick driver was treated for moderate injuries after Tuesday morning collision on Highway 24 in Brunswick.  It occurred just after 9am.  The patrol says 88 year old Alvis Clark, of Brunswick, was stopped at a stop sign, but then failed to yield and pulled into the path of a westbound pickup, driven by 28 year old John Scherlinger, of Bosworth.  Clark was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

 

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY CANCELLED, CHILD FOUND SAFE 

An Endangered Person Advisory, issued Monday by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office for a 4 year old Ewing boy was cancelled Tuesday.  Authorities say the child was found Tuesday, along with his non-custodial mother, 40 year old Janelle Min, in the Ewing home from which the boy was allegedly taken by his mother, Monday afternoon.  Janelle Min is now in custody and being held without bond, on a previous drug possession charge.  The child is under protective custody. 

 

MACC COLUMBIA CAMPUS THREATENED  

The Moberly Area Community College campus in Columbia was closed Tuesday, after a student allegedly made a threat against the school.  The college cancelled classes at the Columbia Campus at around 9:30 Tuesday morning.  MACC will be back open for its normal class schedule Wednesday.  No charges have been filed in connection with the threat.  MACC officials say an internal investigation is ongoing and the student will be disciplined accordingly. 

 

TWO ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN WALMART PARKING LOT 

Columbia Police say two people were robbed at gunpoint in the Conley Road Walmart Supercenter Parking Lot, Tuesday night.  It occurred at around 8:45pm.  Officers say the victims were in their car when a man pulled a handgun and demanded money.  He fled the scene in a nearby vehicle, with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

TUESDAY’S GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS     

There were only a handful of issues on the ballot, in a few area counties, during Tuesday’s General Election. 

The Harrisburg School District voted down a tax levy issue, with around 53% opposed to the issue.  Meanwhile, the City of Columbia Propostion 1, a continuation of a parks sales tax, passed with a 70 percent majority. 

A county-wide 911 tax for Cooper County was defeated by a large margin, with more than 56 percent opposed.  

The City of Chillicothe got approval for its Question 1, a proposed use tax, with about 59 percent in favor.  Chillicothe’s Question 2, which would have discontinued the sales tax on vehicles, failed, with nearly 59 percent opposed. 




11/03/15

 

LEWIS COUNTY ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY   

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a four-year-old child, who was allegedly taken from State Custody by his mother.  The suspect is 40 year old Janelle Min, of Ewing.  She is described as a white female, 5-5 and 125 pounds, with short brown hair and blue eyes.  She may be en route to the St. Louis area, driving a black 2014 Chevy Traverse with Missouri license HC4 J5W.  Her 4-year-old son has been staying with his biological maternal grandparents in Ewing, after Janelle Min’s arrest for possession of a controlled substance.  Following a court appearance Monday, authorities say Janelle Min got in an argument with her father and allegedly took the child without permission.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact law enforcement. 

 

MOBERLY HOMES EVACUATED AFTER GAS LEAK       

Several homes in a Moberly neighborhood were evacuated for a short time, Monday night, after a natural gas leak at a vacant home.  Moberly fire officials evacuated the 900 block of Henry Street just after 5pm, after the leak was discovered at a home that was being demolished.  Utility crews were called to the area and were able to quickly repair the gas line and the neighborhood was declared safe a short time later. 

 

BROOKFIELD FFA FREEDOM 5K WALK AND RUN

The Brookfield FFA Chapter has announced plans for a fundraising ‘Freedom 5K Walk and run, to be held on Saturday, November 14.  Registration will begin at 7:30am on the 14th at Brookfield High School.  The walk and run will start at 8.  Proceeds will help support the local VFW and Wounded Warrior Project.  Registration forms are available from the Brookfield FFA Chapter, thru the Brookfield School, or the North Central Missouri YMCA. 

 

BHS DRAMA DEPARTMENT PRESENTS FALL PLAY 

The Brookfield High School Drama Department presents Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’, with performances on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm and Sunday, November 15, at 2pm, in the Brookfield Middle School Gym.  Advance tickets are available now for six dollars, thru the High School Office or any cast member…tickets will be eight dollars at the door on November 14 and 15. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN 2014 STABBING    

A Columbia man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday, in connection with a fatal stabbing incident in October of 2014.  Anthony Shegog was sentenced on charges of second-degree murder.  He was accused fatally stabbing Walter Lige, when Shegog apparently became jealous of Lige talking to his female roommate. 

 

PAIR OF ‘SHOTS FIRED” INCIDENTS INVESTIGATED     

Columbia Police are investigating a pair of ‘shots fired’ incidents in the Whitegate Drive area.  One report came in Sunday night and the other at around 3:30 Monday morning.  Police have apparently found a number of shell casings from those incidents, but no property damage or injuries were reported. 

 

FINAL 2015 CENTRAL MO HONOR FLIGHT TODAY    

The final Central Missouri Honor flight of 2015 departed Columbia at 2 o’clock this (Tues) morning…taking mid-Missouri veterans on a day-long visit to the Washington D.C. Memorials.  The honor flight will return to a rousing homecoming at around 10:30pm at the Columbia Courtyard Marriott.  With Veteran’s Day approaching, everyone is invited to take part in the Welcome Home event, for the final Honor Flight of 2015.  Central Missouri Honor Flights will resume next Spring. 




11/02/15

 

CAMERON TEEN KILLED IN HALLOWEEN NIGHT COLLISION 

A Cameron teenager was killed and four others were seriously injured in a Halloween night collision on Route 69, just north of Cameron.  18 year old Dalton Venneman, of Cameron, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:30pm Saturday.  The patrol says Venneman was the driver of a northbound car, which was struck as he attempted to make a left turn into a private driveway.  Three teenage passengers in his vehicle were seriously injured…19 year old Brittany Jones, 14 year old Matthew Morrison and 14 year Dakota Venneman, all of Cameron.  The other driver, 31 year old Brandon Evans, of Cameron, also suffered serious injuries.  A 22 year old passenger in his vehicle was treated for moderate injuries. 

  

KIRKSVILLE CHILD HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 

A Kirksville child was treated for moderate injuries after a motorcycle collided with an SUV, Sunday afternoon, on Highway 6 at Thousand Hills State Park.  It occurred just before 12:30pm.  The patrol says the SUV, driven by 69 year old Robert Theobald, of Kirksville, was stopped to make a left turn when it was struck in the rear by a westbound motorcycle, driven by 40 year old Cade Mullins, of Kirksville.  A passenger on the motorcycle, 7 year old Cayden Mullins, was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

IOWA MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT 

An Iowa driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Route 136, west of Unionville, early Sunday morning.  30 year old Brandon Adam, of Ottumwa, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines after the accident, which occurred at around 6:40am.  The patrol says Adam’s westbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne, then struck the ground and overturned. 

  

SECOND CASEY'S ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED  

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has made a second arrest, in connection with the armed robbery of the Casey’s General Store in Higbee, which occurred on October 23.  Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect or details on the pending charges, but they say he or she is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.  17 year old Brian Koch, of Moberly, was arrested earlier last week, and is charged with robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  He is also being held on $50,000 dollars bond. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT  

A Columbia motorcylist was treated for moderate injuries after an accident on Callaway County Route O, just after 11am Sunday.  58 year old Michael N. Helm, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says he attempted to brake for other vehicles in the roadway and he lost control of his motorcycle, causing it to overturn. 

  

THREE INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT COLLISION 

Three people were injured in a fiery crash, which occurred late Saturday night, east of Columbia on Richland Road.  Boone County authorities say a car and an SUV were involved in the crash and the car ended up in the ditch and caught fire.  Three occupants of the two vehicles were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 




10/30/15

 

TINA DRIVER KILLED IN HIGHWAY 65 COLLISION     

A Tina driver was killed in a collision on Highway 65 at its junction with Carroll County Route M, at around 6:20am Thursday.  56 year old Joe E. McCumber, of Tina, died in the accident.  The patrol says his southbound pickup was struck in the side by a car, driven by 39 year old Crystal Elliott, of Bosworth, after she apparently failed to yield at a the intersection.  Elliott was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

FIVE VEHICLES INVOLVED IN COLLISION NORTH OF CHILLICOTHE 

A five-vehicle, chain-reaction accident on Highway 65, just north of Chillicothe, injured five occupants of those vehicles.  It occurred just after 5pm Thursday.  The patrol says a northbound vehicle, driven by 47 year old Rex Chaney, of Brimson, MO came upon a pair of vehicles, which were stopped as a car waited to make a left turn.  Chaney’s vehicle struck one of those vehicles, driven by Rocio Trujillo, of Trenton, causing it to roll onto its side into the southbound lane of 65.  Trujillo’s vehicle was then struck by a southbound SUV, driven by 43 year old Ruth Carter, of Trenton and a southbound pickup, driven by 39 year Colin Willits, of Princeton.  Chaney’s vehicle ran off the highway and then re-entered, colliding with a northbound vehicle driven by 44 year old Robert Mayfield, of Browning.  Trujillo was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, with serious injuries.  Two passengers in her vehicle were also treated for moderate and minor injuries.  Ruth Carter also suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Hedrick Medical  Center in Chillicothe. 

 

LA PLATA MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES    

A La Plata man faces multiple charges, after an investigation into the theft of prescription drugs from the La Plata Pharmacy.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says a 29 year old La Plata man was arrested Monday on six counts of distributing a controlled substance.  A search of his residence turned up more than 2,000 prescription pills believed to be stolen from the pharmacy, along with $6,000 dollars in cash.  Authorities have not released the identity of the suspect, as additional charges are pending in the ongoing investigation. 

 

BRUNSWICK WOMAN ACCUSED OF SELLING METH   

A Brunswick woman faces charges in connection with the alleged sale of methamphetamine.  On Wednesday, officers with the North Missouri Drug Task Force and the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department arrested 36 year old Stacey Lilene Marie (Simmons) Morehead, of Brunswick, on three separate counts of distributing meth.  Investigators say additional arrests are pending in the case.  Morehead is being held on $30,000 dollars, cash-only bond. 

 

MEXICO TEENS ACCUSED OF GROWING MARIJUANA    

Two Mexico teens are charged after a marijuana growing operation was discovered.  The investigation was led by the East Central Drug Task Force, Mexico Police, Audrain County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol.  Officers served a search warrant in the 1600 block of Meadow Lane in Mexico, where they allegedly seized marijuana and items used in an indoor growing operation.  18 year old Porter Lynn Goodman, of Mexico was arrested for possession and distribution of marijuana and 18 year old Jacob Ray Landreth, of Mexico, is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

 

HIGBEE CASEY’S ROBBERY SUSPECT IDENTIFIED   

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of a teenager suspect in last week’s armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Higbee.  17 year old Brian Nicholas Koch, of Moberly, has been formally charged with robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

HIT AND RUN DRIVER SOUGHT AFTER CAR STRIKES HOME       

Authorities are looking for the driver of a car, which ran into a home on Creasey Springs Road in Columbia, early this (Fri) morning.  It occurred just before 3am.  Officers say no one was injured in the crash, but the driver apparently left the scene.  In addition to damaging the home, officials say the crash knocked out power to a total of three homes in that area.  The investigation is ongoing. 




10/29/15

 

SUSPECT WANTED IN TRENTON STUDENT INCIDENT  

A Trenton man is wanted in connection with an elementary student, who was picked up near a Trenton bus stop on Tuesday.  30 year old David Wayne Manus, of Trenton is charged with enticement of a child, child kidnapping and sexual misconduct.  The child, who was picked up, was later dropped off and allowed to continue on to school.  Anyone with information on Manus’ whereabouts is urged to contact Trenton Police or the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department. 

  

MOBERLY TEEN ARRESTED FOR HIGBEE CASEY’S ROBBERY 

A Moberly teenager has been arrested in connection with Friday evening’s armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Higbee.  Authorities say the suspect is an 18 year old Moberly resident, and is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond for armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  Authorities say the suspect’s name will be released after formal charges are filed. 

  

BROOKFIELD HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT AT SOUTH CITY PARK  

The Brookfield Parks and Recreation Halloween Fun Night will be held this evening, at a new location.  A full evening of Halloween fun will be held at Brookfield’s South City Park, starting at 5:30pm.  There will be a costume contest, prize drawings, hot dogs, spooky rides through the park, a flashlight candy hunt and more.  Attendees should enter the park through the 4-H Road, on the east side.  The activities begin at 5:30. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN CHARGED WITH SHOTS FIRED   

A Columbia teenager is charged in connection with a shots fired incident, which occurred last week on Quail Drive.  19 year old Jameson Harris, of Columbia, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.  Investigators say witnesses identified Harris as the suspect and they were also able to identify the gun, which was fired several times in the incident on October 20.  One of the bullets hit a nearby apartment, shattering a window and causing injuries from broken glass. 

  

THREE ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION     

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of three people Wednesday, after allegedly finding more than four pounds of marijuana and $7,000 dollars in cash in their vehicle.  37 year old Aaron Sobelman, of Columbia, 20 year old Christopher Matney, of Boonville and 21 year old Destiny Thomas, of Sturgeon all face charges of distribution of a controlled substance.  Matney is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. 




10/28/15

 

STRANGER DANGER” WARNINGS AFTER TRENTON INCIDENT

Trenton Police are reminding parents to talk to their kids about ‘stranger danger’ after a Trenton elementary student was picked up by a stranger near a bus stop.  Police say the student was later dropped off and continued on to school, without incident.  But, Trenton Police want to talk to the suspect, described as a white male in his late-20’s or early-30’s, with facial hair and a piercing in his lower lip.  He was wearing a black ‘hoodie’, orange shorts and brightly colored Nike shoes and was driving a dirty blue colored SUV.  Trenton Police remind parents to review the ‘stranger danger’ rules with your kids.  Stranger Danger pamphlets are available at the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center. 

  

I-70 SHUT DOWN TUESDAY AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT  

A Tuesday morning accident on I-70 at the Kingdom City exit in Callaway County involved seven vehicles, killed two truck drivers, injured five others and shut down I-70 for much of the day.  It occurred at around 9:15am.  The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by a Williamsburg, MO woman, hydroplaned on wet pavement.  A tractor-trailer, driven by a Kentucky man, swerved to avoid striking her pickup and struck another pickup, then crossed the median into the Eastbound lanes of I-70 and collided head-on with an eastbound tractor-trailer, driven by a St. Louis man.  Three other vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction collision.  The drivers both of those semis died in the accident…46 year old Charles Moore, of Nicholasville, Kentucky and 46 year old Robert Brainard, of St. Louis.  Five occupants of the other five vehicles were treated for injuries ranging from moderate to serious.  I-70 was closed for several hours Tuesday.   

  

STURGEON TEENS HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH      

Two Sturgeon teens were injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at around 9:45am Tuesday on Highway 124 in Boone County.  16 year old Carl Shaver, of Sturgeon, was the driver of the westbound car.  The patrol says he lost control and it slid off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  Shaver was treated for minor injuries.  His passenger, 15 year old Brandy Wadtananussorn, of Sturgeon, was taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries. 

  

BOONVILLE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

A Boonville woman was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning accident on I-70 in Boone County.  The patrol says 37 year old Jessica Carruthers, of Boonville, was westbound when her vehicle struck a van, which was disabled and unoccupied in the roadway from a previous accident.  Carruthers was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

  

NO INJURIES, MINOR DAMAGE IN MARSHALL SCHOOL FIRE    

No one was injured in a fire, which caused the evacuation of the Benton Elementary School in Marshal, Tuesday morning.  The fire was reported in a boiler room, in the basement of the school, at around 11:45am.  Fire crews were immediately on the scene and got the fire quickly under control.  No one was injured and the school sustained only minor damage. 




10/27/15

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK INFO ON MISSING TEEN   

Kirksville Police are looking for information on a missing teenager.  17 year old Zachary Tanner Donald, from the Kansas City area, was last seen leaving a location in the 1100 block of South Jamison Street in Kirksville, at around 4am last Monday.  At that time, Donald was wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt and jeans.  He had no shoes on.  Police say Donald had made comments about traveling to the St. Charles area.  Kirksville Police encourage anyone with information regarding his whereabouts to contact law enforcement. 

  

TRUMAN WELCOMES OFFICIAL BLUES BROTHERS REVUE 

Truman State University’s Kohlenberg-Lyceum Series gets set to welcome ‘the Official Blues Brothers Revue’ to the Truman Campus…tomorrow (Wed) night at 7:30pm in Baldwin Auditorium.  The show was created by Dan Akroyd and Judy Belushi, with Paul Shaffer as the musical director.  General admission tickets are eleven dollars and are available at the cashier’s window in McClain Hall on the Truman campus, online at lyceum.Truman.edu or at Edna Campbells in downtown Kirksville. 

  

MOBERLY VETERANS FLAG TEAM TO WORK SATURDAY   

The Moberly Veterans flag team is preparing for Veteran’s Day and will be raising over 400 flags in Oakland Cemetery, beginning Saturday morning at 9am.  The team is asking for volunteers to help in this project to honor our veterans.  They’ll meet at the Gazebo on the west side of the cemetery at 9am Saturday.  A rain date is Monday afternoon at 3pm, if necessary.   

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY ATTEMPT    

Columbia Police are investigating an attempted robbery and shots fired incident, which occurred over the weekend in the 300 block of West Worley.  Officers responded just after 10 o’clock Sunday night and contacted a 17 year old male who said he was approached my four men, three of whom showed handguns, and demanded money.  Officers say the victim refused and was pistol whipped by two of the suspects.  He was able to run into a residence, while the suspects went to the rear of the home and fire multiple rounds.  No one was injured from the gunfire.  Columbia Police are continuing the investigation. 

  

BUYER BEWARE OF WORLD SERIES TICKET SCAMS

As the Kansas City Royals get set to open the World Series at home tonight vs. the New York Mets, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is warning fans to be aware of potential scams and counterfeit tickets.  Koster recommends that fans stick with trusted secondary market vendors, such as Stub Hub and Ticketmaster.  Those sites offer guarantees to protect you and are known as secure sites for on-line transactions.  Direct purchases from individuals on eBay or Craigslist are inherently risky and sellers that ask for cash in advance, wire transfers or the use of a pre-paid card, are red flags for a scam. 




10/26/15

 

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH  

A Sunday afternoon collision between two motorcycles caused serious injuries for a Shelbina husband and wife.  It occurred just before 12:30pm on Randolph County JJ, just east of Huntsville.  50 year old John D. Jennings, of Shelbina, was the driver of a westbound motorcycle.  The patrol says Jennings braked for congested traffic and his motorcycle skidded on the roadway, overturned and slid into another motorcycle, driven by 40 year old Daniel Howard, of Shelbina.  Jennings and his wife, 51 year old Debra Jennings, were both ejected from their motorcycle.   They were both life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  

  

RIDER HURT AT MOTORCYCLE STRIKES DEER 

A motorcyclist from Stoutsville, MO was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle stuck a deer in the roadway on Highway 24, just south of Monroe City.  It occurred just after midnight Sunday.  69 year old Robert Mack, of Stoutsville, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his southbound motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway. 

  

HIGBEE CASEY’S ROBBERY INVESTIGATED    

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a Friday night armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Higbee.  Officials say an armed male suspect entered the store at around 9:30pm and fled the scene on foot, with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He is described as a white male, about 5-7 with a slender build.  He was wearing a green bandana, multicolored stocking cap, blue jeans and silver tennis shoes.  Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement. 

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS   

A Moberly man, wanted on warrants in multiple counties, was arrested in Moberly over the weekend.  Police says 31 year old Corey Faiola, of Moberly, was arrested Saturday on multiple warrants, including a warrant for fraud, out of Knox County.  Bond on a total of three warrants was just over $5,000 dollars. 




10/23/15

 

RONALD ELAM IN CUSTODY  

Wanted fugitive, 50 year old Ronald Elam, of New Cambria, is in custody, after his arrest in Chariton County Thursday afternoon.  Authorities say Elam was stopped while driving on Highway 24 near Salisbury and he was taken into custody without incident.  He had been sought by authorities since Tuesday afternoon, when he allegedly attempted to enter the Bank of New Cambria with a short-barrel .22 rifle.  Elam is in custody and currently charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, with additional charges pending.  His bond is set at $50,000 dollars cash-only. 

  

KIRKSVILLE BICYCLIST HIT BY COMBINE HEAD   

A Kirksville bicyclist was hurt in a freak accident, Wednesday afternoon.  59 year old Daniel Mandell, of Kirksville, was riding a bicycle northbound on Highway 3, just south of Kirksville, when a pickup pulling a combine head attempted to pass him.  Mandell suffered minor injuries when the combine head struck the bicyclist in the head.  He was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

TRENTON RESIDENTS REPORTING ‘BREAK-IN SLEEPER’  

Trenton Police have been investigating reports of an unknown male suspect breaking into homes and found sleeping in the homes.  It has occurred at multiple residences in the area of Lulu and McPherson Streets.  The man has also been reportedly seen walking in the area of 17th Street in Trenton.  Police encourage residents to secure doors and property and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.  The suspect is described as a white male with a slight build and multiple tattooes on his arms. 

 

POSSIBLE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE SHUTS DOWN STADIUM BLVD

Columbia Police say a possible explosive device caused the shut down of Stadium Boulevard Thursday night.  Police say a device was found in a car, after receiving a tip.   Police shut down Stadium Boulevard from Providence Road to Forum Boulevard and also West Stadium Boulevard to Sunset Drive, just before 6pm.  The roads were reopened to traffic at around 10pm.  Two occupants of the vehicle were detained.  A mid-Missouri bomb squad is further examining the device. 

  

WENTZVILLE ARREST NETS BOONE COUNTY STOLEN PROPERTY

The arrest of a couple near St. Louis on burglary charges has turned up evidence linking them to Boone County burglaries.  Authorities in Wentzville arrested Joseph Dodson and Stephanie Yeager, earlier this month.  During a search of their car, officers turned up items from three different Boone County burglaries, including a gun and jewelry.  Investigators say Dodson has admitted to the burglaries.  He is being held on $40,000 dollars bond. 

  

RED CROSS INSTALLING SMOKE ALARMS IN HALLSVILLE 

Teams of Red Cross volunteers with Boone County Firefighters and Hallsville City Officials will install free smoke-alarms in Hallsville this weekend.  Roughly 50 volunteers and staff, in teams of three, will blanket Hallsville with alarms.  They’ll meet for a brief orientation, Saturday morning at 8:30am and Sunday at noon, and then head into the community to install up to three smoke alarms per home.  70 families have requested the installations.  Volunteers say they will try to meet spontaneous requests from neighbors. 




10/22/15

 

WOMAN ACCUSED OF STEALING AFTER KNOX COUNTY AUDIT 

A northeast Missouri woman has been charged, in connection with missing funds from an area prosecutor’s office.  31 year old Karie Jo Holman, of Novelty, is charged with felony stealing and forgery in connection with funds, which turned up missing during an audit of Knox County.  Holman was a secretary in the private law firm of Deveny, Brown and Fortney, in Edina during a period when the thefts allegedly occurred.  Two lawyers in that firm were serving as Knox County prosecutor and assistant prosecutor at that time.  Holman is accused of stealing four blank checks and using a signature stamp to steal nearly $1,000 dollars.  She is scheduled to appear for arraignment on October 27. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION 

A Kirksville man is charged with four counts of child molestation, in connection with incidents that occurred in 2007 and 2008 and 2014 and 2015.  60 year old Carroll Francis “Frank” Holloway, of Kirksville, was arrested and charged Monday.  A probable cause statement accuses Holloway of multiple incidents involving four different juvenile victims.  His bond has been set at $100,000 dollars. 

  

THREE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH    

A Madison couple and a Centralia teen were all seriously injured in a Wednesday afternoon head-on collision on Highway 24, just east of Moberly.  The patrol says a westbound car driven by 17 year old Derek Hoskins, of Centralia, apparently crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by 73 year old Robert D. Boswell, of Madison, head-on.  Both drivers were seriously injured, as was Boswell’s 72 year old wife Jeanie, who was a passenger in his vehicle. 

All three were transported to University Medical Center in Columbia. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN ARRESTED IN BUSINESS LOOP SHOOTING    

A Columbia teenager is in custody, charged with first-degree assault in connection with a shooting incident late Tuesday night outside of Loop Liquor in Columbia.  17 year old Jeremy Nash, of Columbia, has been arrested in the case.  They say witnesses have identified Nash as one of two men involved in that late-night shooting, which seriously injured a male victim.  The investigation is ongoing, by Columbia Police. 

  

CENTRALIA MAN CONVICTED IN 2013 DEADLY ACCIDENT      

A Centralia man has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a 2013 traffic crash that killed a 12 year old girl.  On Tuesday, an Audrain County jury found 35 year old Aaron M. Wormington, of Centralia, guilty in connection with the crash.  Wormington was accused of attempting to pass a pickup, with the 12 year old victim in a passenger seat.  His vehicle overturned, killing the girl.  Wormington will appear for sentencing on December 7.   

  

THREE SENTENCED IN HOWARD COUNTY COURT     

Howard County authorities say three men who have pleaded guilty to sex crimes against minors were sentenced Wednesday.  42 year old Darrell E. Hamilton was sentenced to ten years in prison on two counts of child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography.  26 year old William A. Abernathy was sentenced to five years on a statutory rape charge involving a victim under the age of 17.  35 year old Dennis Jeremy McMahan was sentenced to seven years on a charge of statutory rape, also involving a victim under 17. 




10/21/15

 

ARMED MAN SOUGHT AFTER TRYING TO ENTER BANK

A New Cambria man is being sought by area law enforcement, after allegedly trying to enter the Bank of New Cambria with a gun, Tuesday afternoon.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says the suspect has been identified as 50 year old Ronald Elam, of New Cambria. They say he was spotted by bank employees, headed into the bank and carrying a short-barreled gun, just after 3pm Tuesday.  Employees were quickly able to lock the doors.  Elam allegedly also attempted to enter the bank through a side entrance, which was also locked.  He then left the bank in a late 90’s model maroon-colored Ford Taurus.  He is being sought for questioning.  Elam was recently released from prison, after serving time on a stealing conviction. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT 

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon accident on Randolph County Route EE, just east of Moberly.  21 year old Everett E. Hayden was treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.  The accident occurred at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says Hayden’s westbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

LINN COUNTY EMERGENCY EXERCISE WEDNESDAY 

Linn County Emergency Management will hold an emergency exercise in Brookfield this morning.  Fire crews, police and ambulance personnel will take part in a simulated chemical tank car release on the railroad tracks in Brookfield.  Motorists are advised to stay clear of the area during the exercise.  It will begin at around 9am and the area should be cleared by noon. 

  

MILAN CITY ADMINISTRATOR FIRED      

Milan City Administrator, James Onello, was terminated last week, during a closed meeting of the Milan Board of Aldermen.  According to a report by University of Missouri Police, the 61 year old Onello was arrested for driving while intoxicated last month in Columbia.  Reports indicate he was driving a city-owned vehicle at the time of the traffic stop.  Milan City officials have not confirmed a reason for Onello’s firing.  He had served as the Milan City Administrator since 2012. 

  

MALE VICTIM SHOT OUTSIDE COLUMBIA LIQUOR STORE     

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting incident outside of Loop Liquor and Metro PCS, on Business Loop 70 East in Columbia.  One male victim was shot multiple times in the torso and is reportedly in critical condition.  Witnesses say the shooter was riding in a black vehicle with tinted windows, which left the scene at a high rate of speed.  Columbia Police are investigating. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO 110 YEARS IN PRISON        

A Columbia man has been sentenced to more than 100 years in prison this week, on charges of domestic assault, kidnapping and first-degree sodomy, in March of 2014.  Scott Peoples was sentenced to 30 years for assault, 50 years for kidnapping and 50 years on the sodomy charge, to be served consecutively.  Peoples was convicted of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, taking her to a vacant house and assaulting her.  He was arrested after a four-hour standoff with pol


10/20/15

 

ONE HURT IN ACCIDENT AT MEADVILLE JUNCTION 

A Brookfield man was treated for minor injuries after a Monday afternoon collision at the Meadville Junction on Highway 36.  77 year old Paul Buchanan, of Brookfield, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3pm.  The patrol says Buchanan was eastbound on 36 when his vehicle was struck by a pickup, driven by 61 year old Richard Snyder, of Chillicothe, as it attempted to cross 36 at the junction. 

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER COLLISION 

A Columbia motorcyclist was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries after a collision on Morgan County Route P.  It occurred just after 5pm Monday.  58 year old John Kesler, of Columbia, was seriously injured in the accident.  The patrol says he was eastbound on the highway, when a pickup, driven by 58 year old Rodney Lisenby, of Gravois Mills, made a left turn and struck Kesler’s motorcycle. 

  

THREE TEENS SUSPECTS IN HUNDREDS OF CAR BREAK-INS  

Three teenagers are accused in connection with hundreds of car break-ins across the state.  18 year old LaDarion Hunt and 18 year old Michael Glasgow, both of Columbia and 18 year old Sarah Gibb, of Moberly, were arrested Friday in Centralia.  Investigators say the suspects had a trailer full of stolen property in Ashland.  Moberly Police say they have been connected with several of at least 50 reports of car break-ins within the past ten days or so.  Investigators say the trio could be responsible for as many as 300 to 400 car break-ins, all together.  The three teens are being held without bail in the Boone County Jail. 

  

JENNIFER FREEMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN BELL CASE  

Jennifer Freeman pleaded guilty Monday, in connection with the 2011 disappearance of 34 year old Charles Bell, of Harrisburg.  Freeman was accused of hindering prosecution and tampering physical evidence.  She allegedly helped clean up the crime scene and dispose of Bells’ body.  Freeman was sentenced to six years in prison in the case, in addition to six years she is all ready serving for stealing. 

  

FAZOLI’S ARREST LINKED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT

Columbia Police arrested a Jefferson City man Sunday for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman he met online.  19 year old Jemell Dupree Butler was arrested after allegedly threatening the 25 year old female victim with a knife and demanding sex.  Investigators say the woman struggled for the knife, causing cuts to Butler’s hands and she was able to drive to the Fazoli’s restaurant on I-70 Drive to contact police.  Butler faces multiple charges, including armed criminal action, robbery and sodomy, along with prior warrants for his arrest. 




10/19/15

 

RED FLAG WARNING – OUTDOOR BURNING DANGER

The National Weather Service has a Red Flag Warning in effect this afternoon and evening for much of the state of Missouri, with a dangerous combination of dry conditions, low humidity levels, warm temperatures and strong winds expected.  Outdoor burning of any kind is considered extremely dangerous and any fires that get out of control will spread quickly.  All area residents are reminded that careless burning in these conditions can be considered negligent, and could result in criminal charges.  With warm and windy conditions expected to persist for much of this week, the Red Flag Warning is likely to be extended. 

  

TWO HURT, ONE CHARGED, IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT 

Two persons were injured when a pickup ran off Route 156, just west of La Plata, early Saturday morning.  26 year old Miranda Easley, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound pickup.  26 year old Matthew Easley, of Elmer, was her passenger.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.   The patrol says their pickup ran off the highway and struck an embankment.  Miranda Easley was arrested for driving while intoxicated- second offense, which also results in charges of vehicular assault. 

  

INFO ON CHILLICOTHE SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT    

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a recent report of a male suspect looking to harm an off-duty deputy sheriff.  Chillicothe Police were called to a recent report of a suspicious man inside a Chillicothe apartment complex, telling residents he had a ‘score to settle’ with an off-duty deputy.  Both Chillicothe Police and the Sheriff’s Department are seeking more information on the suspect, who was described as a white male in his 40’s or 50’s, wearing a camo shirt and jeans.

  

TWO HURT IN COLUMBIA KNIFE INCIDENT      

Columbia Police are investigating a Sunday evening assault with a knife, which injured two people at Fazoli’s on I-70 Drive southwest.  Officers say a male and a female victim were both treated for injuries sustained.  They say the two victims were the only ones involved in the incident, which apparently began at another location and ended in the parking lot of the restaurant.  One of the two was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant.  The incident remains under investigation. 

 




10/16/15

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY TEENAGER   

A Moberly teenager was seriously injured when his car ran off a Randolph County road, just south of Huntsville, early Thursday morning.  16 year old Tyler Kilgore, of Moberly, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 12:40am.  The patrol says his westbound car ran off a gravel road and struck a culvert and a tree. 

  

BROOKFIELD DRIVER TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES     

A Brookfield driver escaped with just minor injuries when his pickup ran off Jarboe Road, just east of Brookfield, Thursday evening.  The patrol says 63 year old Emery Newton, of Brookfield, was westbound when his pickup ran off the road and struck a bridge, just before 10:30pm.  He was treated and the scene for minor injuries. 

  

ASHLAND TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION

An Ashland teenager was seriously injured in a Thursday morning collision on Highway 63 in Boone County.  19 year old Elizabeth Beeler, of Ashland, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7:30am.  The patrol says her northbound car struck the rear of a tractor-trailer, driven by 56 year old Robert Nichols, of Sturgeon.  Nichols was not hurt. 

  

NEMO MAN FACES CHARGES INVOLVING CHILDREN     

A northeast Missouri man faces multiple charges, after an investigation into alleged incidents involving children under the age of 14, on the property of the Heartland Community in Bethel.  39 year old Jason D. Haley, of Newark, is charged with first-degree child molestation, first-degree sodomy and felony incest.  Knox County prosecutors say the probable cause statement for Haley’s arrest has been withheld to protect the identities of the children involved.  They say similar charges are expected to be filed in multiple counties.  The Heartland Community lies at the intersection of Knox, Shelby and Lewis Counties.  Haley is being held in Knox County on $100,000 dollars bond. 




10/14/15

 

PRINCETON DRIVER KILLED AS TRUCK OVERTURNS  

A Princeton driver was killed in a Tuesday morning accident on Grundy County Route A, just north of Trenton.  76 year old Ronald E. Davis, of Princeton, died in the crash, which occurred just before 10:30am.  The patrol says Davis’ truck was southbound when it began to skid and its trailer jackknifed.  He was ejected when the truck ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

 

MADISON DRIVER HURT AFTER MISSING DEER

A Madison driver was injured when he swerve to miss a deer in the roadway on Route 151, south of Madison, early Tuesday morning.  25 year old Derek Lancaster, of Madison, sought his own treatment for minor injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 5:20am.  The patrol says he swerved to miss a deer and his car ran off the highway and struck an embankment.   

  

TRENTON MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2013 MURDER   

A Trenton man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges, in connection with the 2013 death of a business associate.  27 year old Jameson Read, of Trenton, has entered into a plea agreement in connection with the July 2013 shooting death of 54 year old John Vincell.  Vincell’s body was found in the trunk of a car at the bottom of a Sullivan County lake.  Read is scheduled for sentencing on November 30.

  

MOBERLY POLICE – LOCK YOUR VEHICLES!!!!!  

Moberly Police are urging residents to lock their vehicles, as they continue to investigate about 50 thefts from vehicles in the past few weeks.  Investigators say the thefts have occurred throughout the city and the majority of the vehicles were left unlocked.  A variety of valuable items have been reported missing, including cash and firearms.  Moberly Police personnel will be going door-to-door distributing reminder letters with tips to avoid being a victim. 

  

COLUMBIA HOME-INVASION SUSPECT DETAINED BY VICTIMS 

A Columbia home-invasion suspect was apprehended by his victims, Tuesday evening.  Columbia Police say several people were inside a home on Parkside Drive, near Cosmo Park, when two suspects broke in at around 8:30pm.  The residents were able to detain one of the suspects, while the other fled the scene.  The one male suspect has been arrested, and the second suspect is still being sought, as the investigation continues. 




10/13/15

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER INCIDENT AT MACON HOME  

A Kansas City man was arrested by Macon Police last week, after police say they found ‘tactical gear’, weapons and ammunition at a residence.  50 year old Thomas L. Ledbetter is charged with domestic assault, felonious restraint, assault on law enforcement and felon in possession of firearms.  Police responded to a call to assist medical personnel at the home.  Officers say they received conflicting statements from Ledbetter and a woman in the residence and came to believe Ledbetter had assaulted the female victim.  They seized two rifles, a handgun, more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition, including some armor-piercing ammo, ballistic vests and other tactical gear.  Ledbetter is being held on $75,000 dollars bond. 

  

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER   

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a convicted sex offender for failing to properly register.  Investigators say 35 year old William Earl Gannan last register in November of last year in Linn County, but was suspected of living in Livingston County.  Last week, Gannan was arrested and charged with a felony sex offender registration violation.  He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, on $10,000 dollars bond. 

  

ANOTHER SHOTS FIRED REPORT IN COLUMBIA     

Columbia Police report another shots fired incident in north Columbia, which occurred Monday night.  The report of multiple gunshots came just before 8pm from an apartment complex near Brown Station Road.  Officers found multiple shell casings at the location and the gun fire apparently damaged the siding of one of the apartments.  No injuries were reported.  They say one man was detained for questioning at the scene, but a second suspect was also being sought.  No arrests have been reported. 

  

SUSPICIOUS PERSON EFFECTS COLUMBIA SCHOOLS  

Columbia Police investigated a report of a suspicious person, Monday afternoon, causing a lockdown at Columbia School’s Aslin Administration Building and also placing nearby West Middle School on elevated alert.  Officers say, at around 1:45pm, students reported seeing a suspicious subject in front of the school.  That subject was located, but after being questioned, he was released and no threat was found.  The lockdown at the Aslin Building was very brief.  Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School and Columbia Montessori School were also briefly placed on lockdown.  

  

MOCHIP REGISTRATION IN BROOKFIELD SATURDAY  

MoCHIP registration will be held in Brookfield on Saturday.  The MoCHIP event will be held at the Brookfield Area Career Center, Saturday from 10am to 2pm.  MoCHIP is a comprehensive child identification program, designed to help protect Missouri families against the ever-growing problem of missing and abducted children.   Any child in the area is welcome to the free MoCHIP enrollment event…Saturday from 10-2 at the Brookfield Area Career Center. 




10/12/15

 

BUCKLIN DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Bucklin man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 15, just south of Shelbina, early Saturday morning.  33 year old Caleb N. Ford, of Bucklin, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 7:45am Saturday.  The patrol says Ford’s southbound car ran off the highway and struck a tree.  A passenger in the vehicle, Ford’s 12 year old daughter, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

MISSING CARROLLTON TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A missing Carrollton teenager was found over the weekend, after apparently being seriously injured in a traffic crash.  On Friday, authorities were looking for 19 year old Cortney Marie Jones, of Carrollton, who had been reported missing.  Police say Jones was apparently involved in a one-vehicle traffic accident and was trapped in her vehicle overnight.  Jones was taken by helicopter to the hospital, with serious injuries. 

  

MARCELINE COLLISION INJURES ONE DRIVER   

A Saturday afternoon collision at the north Marceline city limits, sent one driver to the hospital with minor injuries.  It occurred just before 3pm.  The patrol says a northbound vehicle, driven by 44 year old Rebecca Still, of Brookfield, was stopped on Highway 5 and waiting to make a left turn, when it was struck in the rear by a car, driven by 67 year old Dixie Curtis, of Marceline.  Curtis was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield with minor injuries.   

  

KIRKSVILLE FUGITIVE ARRESTED BY POLICE  

A Kirksville man is in custody on outstanding warrants, after his arrest on Friday.  30 year old Wade Jorge Rodriguez, of Kirksville, was named as the Kirksville Police Department’s fugitive of the week last week.  He was wanted on arrest warrants for leaving the scene of an accident and possession of a controlled substance and had been reported as a missing person on October 6.  Police say Rodriguez was located and arrested by Kirksville Police on Friday. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN INJURED IN STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY 

Columbia Police are investigating a strong-armed robbery, which occurred in the 1200 block of Walnut Street, early Sunday morning.  They say three men attacked a 19 year old male and tried to take items from him.  The attack was unsuccessful and the suspects fled the scene.  The victim was treated for injuries at a Columbia hospital.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

THREE ARRESTED AFTER BOONVILLE SEARCH WARRANT    

Three suspects face drug charges after a search warrant was served Friday at a Boonville home.  Boonville Police,  the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force executed the search warrant, in the 800 block of Sycamore Street.  Derrick Sleet, Deanna Offineer and Ethan Hessig were each arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police say more warrants are expected in connection with the ongoing investigation. 




10/08/15

 

RUNAWAY REPORTED FROM BUTTERFIELD YOUTH HOME  

A 16 year old boy has been reported as a runaway from the Butterfield Youth Services home in Marshall.  Marshall Police say 16 year old Drew Tayler Catchings was reported missing early Saturday morning, after employees found a shattered window in a common room of the Boy’s West Ranch.  Catchings is described as a white male, about 5-11 and 150 pounds, with a slender build, short blond hair and blue eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Marshall Police at 660-886-7411. 

  

WILSON TRAILER ANNOUNCES LAYOFFS   

Wilson’s Trailer facility in Moberly has announced plans to lay off 45 percent of its workforce, effective later this month.  Company officials say decreased sales and a sluggish economy are to blame for the layoffs, which will total just over 40 employees.  The layoffs will take effect on October 26. 

  

MOBERLY JOB FAIR WEDNESDAY

Moberly Economic Development Officials remind residents that a job fair is coming up in Moberly next week.  Wednesday, October 14, more than 20 employers will be on-hand to meet with prospective employees at Municipal Auditorium in Moberly, from 10am to 1pm.  The Moberly Job Fair is sponsored by the Moberly Chamber of Commerce, with support from Moberly Economic Development, the Missouri Department of Economic Development and Missouri Job Centers.  It is free and open to everyone – Wednesday from 10am to 1pm at Municipal Auditorium. 

  

VINCENT PRICE EVENTS AT TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY   

Truman State University will host an evening of Vincent Price themed events tonight (Thursday), celebrating the legendary actor’s generosity and friendship with the university.  The events will also benefit the Vincent Price Theatrical Performance Scholarship Fund.  A ‘Vincent Price Charity Dinner’ will begin at 6pm in the Georgian Room of the Truman Student Union.  Price’s daughter, Victoria, will offer a free program in Violette Hall, beginning at 8:30pm.  The series of events concludes with ‘An Evening with Vincent Price and Edgar Allen Poe’, in the Baldwin Hall Little Theatre, starting at 9:30pm. 

  

LOCAL LIONS CLUBS COOPERATING ON PROJECT   

The Marceline and Brookfield Lions Clubs are pleased to announce a partnership in collecting gently used suitcases, duffel bags and backpacks that will be donated to foster children.  Contact any Lions Club member to make your donation.  The Marceline Lions Club and the Girl Scouts will be collecting donations for the local food panty, this Friday from 4 to 8pm, at Prenger’s in Marceline.  In addition to the food pantry donations, eye glasses and gently used suitcases, backpacks and duffel bags may also be dropped off at that time. 




10/07/15

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY CAR CHASE NETS DRUG CHARGES 

A suspect faces drug charges after a Tuesday night car chase in Randolph County.  Officers say they attempted to pull over 26 year old Jordan Taylor, near Hagood and Rollins Streets in Moberly, but he refused to stop.  Taylor was later arrested in the 800 block of Myra Street.  Investigators say a search of his vehicle turned up meth, marijuana, packaging materials and cash.  Taylor has been charged with distributing a controlled substance.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

COURT OF APPEALS TO CONVENE IN LINNEUS  

Missouri’s Western District Court of Appeals has announced plans to convene at the Linn County Courthouse in Linneus later this month.  The three-judge panel will meet in Linneus to hear oral arguments in three cases, beginning at 1pm on Monday, October 26.  The appeals court normally convenes in Kansas City, but they hold sessions in a number of ‘out state’ locations to allow citizens to observe a part of the judicial system they don’t normally get to see.  As part of the day’s proceedings, the judges will recess to discuss the court system and the appeals process.  The public is welcome to attend the Appeals Court session on Monday, October 26, starting at 1pm, at the Linn County Courthouse. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY HOMES CAN GET SMOKE ALARMS  

The Chillicothe Fire Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross and the Livingston County Community Wellness Committee for a home fire campaign, to ensure all Livingston County homes have working smoke alarms.  County residents can receive free smoke detectors with ten-year lithium batteries, installed by fire department personnel.  All it takes is a short application form, available thru the Livingston County Health Center.  You can also contact the Red Cross of Northwest Missouri for access to the program.  Anyone in need of smoke alarms can contact the Livingston County Health Center at 646-5506, or the Chillicothe Fire Department at 646-2139. 

  

MONDAY’S ROBBERY SUSPECT FORMALLY CHARGED 

The suspect in Monday’s armed robbery at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia has been formally charged.  43 year old Glen Lewis, of Columbia, is charged with robbery, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering.  Court documents accuse Lewis of robbing a female victim at knifepoint, as she got out of her car in the church parking lot.  Lewis then fled the scene in her vehicle.  He was later arrested after crashing the stolen vehicle and fleeing on foot. 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY DRUG BUST 

The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department has announced three marijuana-related arrests, which occurred Monday evening, along Route W south of Vandalia.  As a result of an ongoing investigation, deputies arrested 44 year old Joseph Eugene Largent, 63 year old Eugene Willis Largent and 62 year old Catherine Ilene Largent.  Investigators say they seized marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the scene.  All three are accused of distributing marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 




10/06/15

 

LANCASTER DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING CRASH  

A Lancaster driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off Route 136, in Putnam County, Monday morning.  The patrol says 22 year old Sondra Pilcher, of Lancaster, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle, just west of Livonia, at around 6:20am.  The pickup ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.  Pilcher was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

TWO SUSPECT SOUGHT AFTER HIGH-SPEED CHASE    

Two Columbia suspects remain on the run, after a Monday evening high-speed chase from Boone into Randolph County.  Authorities say it began at around 6pm on Highway 63, just north of I-70, after a Boone County deputy was alerted of a car with a stolen license plate.  A male driver and female passenger were in the vehicle, which, at one time, was headed northbound in the southbound lanes of Highway 63.  The highway patrol and a Troop B helicopter assisted in the pursuit into Randolph County.  Late last night, Randolph County deputies were searching the area of a gravel road, near Highway 63 in the southern part of the county.  No arrests have been reported. 

  

MACON BUILDING TO COME DOWN, STARTING TUESDAY        

Demolition of a crumbling building in downtown Macon may begin as early as 8 o’clock this morning, according to Macon City Officials.  They were informed that the vacant building at 121 Vine Street in Macon, is scheduled to be torn down, beginning today.  The 100 block of Vine Street has been shut down, since a partial collapse of the building’s roof last week.  Police say there will be no pedestrian or vehicle traffic allowed in that area until the demolition reaches a point where safety concerns have been alleviated. 

  

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY     

Columbia Police say a suspect in a Monday morning armed robbery is in custody, after a manhunt on Monday.  43 year old Glen Lewis was taken  into custody on charges of robbery, armed criminal action, felonious restraint and leaving the scene of an accident.  Officers were called to a report of an armed robbery at the Broadway Christian Church, just before 8:30 Monday morning.  Two female victims, who had been robbed at knifepoint, were found at the scene, one had been tied up by the suspect.  One of the victim’s vehicles was spotted by authorities.  That car was later crashed by the suspect and he fled on foot.  He was taken into custody just after 10am. 




10/05/15

 

BROOKFIELD DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED    

A Brookfield man was seriously injured in a Friday morning accident on Route M just north of Brookfield.  76 year old Larry E. Cunningham was taken initially to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 10:15am.  The patrol says Cunningham suffered serious injuries when his northbound truck ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

  

CAIRO DRIVER HURT AFTER SWERVING TO AVOID DEER       

A Cairo driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Highway 63, just north of Moberly, at around 6:15 Sunday morning.  45 year old Matthew Bragg, of Cairo, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says Bragg swerved to miss a deer in the roadway, and his vehicle ran onto the shoulder and then skidded into the median and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVERS INJURED IN SUNDAY COLLISION         

Two Columbia drivers were treated for moderate injuries after their vehicles collided on Boone County Route V, Sunday evening.  28 year old Paden Poage and 41 year old Michaela Knudson, both of Columbia, were both taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 5pm.  The patrol says Poage’s southbound car crossed the center, causing Knudson to swerve.  The two vehicles collided head-on. 

  

LADDONIA MAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH    

A Laddonia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Jeep ran off Audrain County Route K, Sunday morning.  20 year old Christopher Belcher, of Laddonia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his eastbound Jeep ran off the highway and struck a box culvert. 

  

TRUMAN STUDENT ACCUSED OF SELLING LSD   

A Truman State University student faces drug charges after an undercover investigation by campus police.  18 year old Courtland Bateman, of Nixa, MO was arrested last week and is charged with attempting to sell LSD to an undercover officer.  According to the probable cause statement, a Truman Police officer made contact with Batemen thru social media and arranged a meeting in a dorm room to buy LSD.  Bateman is being held on $75,000 dollars bond. 




10/02/15

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 ACCIDENT 

A Huntsville driver suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 63, just south of Excello.  It occurred Thursday afternoon, just before 3pm.  24 year old Samantha Eckenrod, of Huntsville, was the driver of a southbound car.  The patrol says she reached for her cell phone and her vehicle ran off the highway and overturned.  She was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.

  

TWO HURT AS CAR RUNS OFF MERCER COUNTY ROAD  

A Thursday morning accident on a Mercer County gravel road injured two occupants of a southbound vehicle.  34 year old Billy Early, of Lineville, IA was the driver of the vehicle.  The patrol says he lost control on loose gravel and it ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Earley was life-flighted to a Des Moines hospital with serious injuries…a passenger, 54 year old Gregory Beavers, of Mercer, was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES  

A Kirksville man faces drug charges after a traffic stop by the Highway Patrol.  35 year old James D. Wilhite, of Kirksville, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon on allegations of felony possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and a traffic violation.  Wilhite is being held in the Adair County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

MARION COUNTY CHURCH REPORTS BULLET HOLES

Marion County authorities are looking into a report of several shots fired into a small rural church.  Reports indicate as many as nine bullet holes were found throughout the Pea Ridge Community Church, located near Philadelphia, MO.  The church pastor says the damage occurred sometime between Sunday and Wednesday.  No one was in the church at the time the shots were fired.  The incident remains under investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies. 

  

ONE ARRESTED AFTER I-70 CAR CHASE   

One suspect is in custody after a car chase led to a traffic crash near the Lake of the Woods exit on I-70, Thursday afternoon.  Boone County deputies arrested a Colorado man, 39 year old Timothy Scott, after the incident.  Investigators say Scott was driving a car with stolen plates on I-70 when he attempted to run from authorities.  The car overturned as he tried to drive over the median and Scott allegedly jumped out of the car and fled on foot.  He was treated at a Columbia hospital and taken to the Boone County Jail on $29,000 dollars bond. 

  

NUMEROUS SHOTS FIRED IN NORTHEAST COLUMBIA           

Columbia Police investigated reports of multiple gunshots in northeast Columbia Thursday night.  They say witnesses reported more than 20 gunshots, in the area of Bodie Drive and Currituck Lane.  Investigators recovered multiple shell casings from the area and questioned witnesses overnight.  There are no reports of injuries.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




10/01/15

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON   

A Kirksville man will serve six months in prison for stabbing his pit bull to death.  30 year old Jeffrey L. Vance, of Kirksville, was sentenced Tuesday, after agreeing to a plea deal in the case.  Vance was charged with animal abuse or mutilation.  The charge stemmed from the stabbing of Vance’s pit bull in September of last year.  The dog died the next day at an area veterinarian’s office. 

 

CARROLLTON MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE  

A Carrollton man faces multiple statutory rape charges after his arrest this week.  22 year old Dwight Farrell Minor, of Carrollton, is charged with four counts of statutory rape and one count of statutory sodomy, in connection with alleged incidents, which occurred between August 17 and September 13 of this year.  He is being held in Carroll County on $50,000 dollars bond. 

 

DOWNTOWN MACON BUILDING CAUSES ROAD CLOSURE     

Structural concerns for a vacant downtown Macon building have caused the closure of the 100 block of Vine Street, until further notice.  The City of Macon says an obvious structural issue with a vacant building in that block has prompted significant safety concerns.  Police discourage residents from being in the vicinity of the building.  Pedestrian traffic, parking and vehicle access to the 100 block of Vine Street have all been blocked, until further notice…once again, the 100 block of Vine Street in downtown Macon is closed due to the structural failure of a vacant building in that area. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DRIVE-THRU FLU CLINIC

The Adair County Health Department will hold its annual drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic this afternoon, at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville. The clinic will be held from noon to 6pm.  Participants are asked to wear short sleeves or loose-fitting clothing and bring Medicare or Medicaid cards, if available.  There is no cost to Adair County residents.  Vehicles should enter the clinic via Patterson Street on the south side of the Fairgrounds.  

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Wednesday morning Audrain County accident caused serious injuries for a driver from Deepwater, MO.  28 year old James R. Hill, of Deepwater, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 11am.  The patrol says Hill’s northbound pickup ran off Audrain County Route B and overturned. 

 

COLUMBIA CREDIT UNION ROBBED    

Columbia Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a Wednesday morning robbery at the Columbia Credit Union.  Police were called to the scene at around 11am.  Investigators say a male suspect approached a teller and demanded money, then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  

 

COLUMBIA MAN CONVICTED IN STABBING DEATH   

A Columbia man was convicted of second-degree murder Wednesday, in conection with an October, 2014 stabbing incident.  A jury found Anthony Lamarr Shegog guilty of stabbing Walter Lige to death in his home on Pecan Street near Hickman High School.  Sentencing in the case is set for November 2. 




09/30/15

 

WORKER KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT LEWIS COUNTY DAIRY FARM

A LaBelle man was killed as the result of an accident at a large corporate dairy farm in Lewis County.  The accident happened Saturday at Sharpe Holdings Cattle and Dairy Farm, outside LaBelle.  Officials say 51 year old Richard Geiler, of LaBelle, died Monday at an area hospital, after suffering fatal injuries when he was apparently ejected from the rear of a transport van, in an area of the farm where cattle are fed.  The preliminary cause of death has been reported as head trauma.  An autopsy is pending.  OSHA says Geiler is the third worker who has died at the LaBelle cattle and dairy farm since 2012. 

  

NEMO PATROL STOP NETS DRUG SEIZURE AND ARRESTS 

The Highway Patrol reports a drug arrest and seizure, following a traffic stop in Marion County, this week.  It occurred just before 11pm Monday night.  A trooper says a driver stopped on Highway 36 near Monroe City showed indications of deceptive behavior and denied consent to search his vehicle.  The Monroe City K-9 unit responded to the scene and alerted to narcotics in the vehicle.  A search revealed a total of about 34 pounds of marijuana.  The driver, 28 year old Gail D. Marshall, of Springfield, IL and a passenger, 43 year old Heidi Jones, of Auburn, IL, were both arrested for felony distribution of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.  Two children in the vehicle were taken into protective custody.  The two suspects are being held in the Marion County Jail. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH       

A Columbia woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on eastbound I-70 at the 52 mile marker, in Lafayette County, Tuesday morning.  It occurred just before 10am.  25 year old Dylan Orosco, of Dinuba, California, was the driver of an eastbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and began to overturn, causing a passenger to be ejected.  That passenger, 26 year old Danielle Quintero, of Columbia, was seriously injured.  She was life-flighted to University Medical Center in Columbia. 

  

MEXICO DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

A Mexico driver was seriously injured in a collision on Route 124 at Schooler Road in Boone County.  It occurred at around 3pm Tuesday.  54 year old Glenn E. Brown, of Mexico, was taken to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound pickup struck a vehicle that was slowing to make a left turn.  That driver, 34 year old Morice Helmka, of Hallsville, refused treatment for moderate injuries. 

  

MINOR INJURIES FOR MOBERLY WOMAN      

A Moberly woman was treated for minor injuries after a collision on northbound Highway 63 in Boone County, Tuesday morning.  66 year old Gloria Burns, of Moberly, was treated at Boone Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 11:40am.  The patrol says Burns was northbound on 63 when her car was overtaken from behind by another vehicle, driven by 32 year old Shawn Larson, of Clark.  Larson’s vehicle struck Burns’ car in the rear. 




09/29/15

 

FORAGE SYSTEMS RESEARCH CENTER FIELD DAY TODAY

The University of Missouri’s Forage Systems Research Center, near Linneus, will hold its annual Field Day today (Tuesday).  A series of tours, demonstrations and programs will take a strong look at forages and beef with a variety of topics ranging from mushroom cultivation to freeze branding.  A whole hog roast for attendees will be served at noon.  Registration begins at 8:30am with the tours starting at 9 at the Forage Systems Research Center…near Linneus. 

  

HIGHWAY 24 MUSSEL FORK BRIDGE REDUCED TO ONE LANE 

The Highway 24 bridge over Mussel Fork, just east of Keytesville, has been reduced to one lane of traffic, for the foreseeable future.  After MoDOT inspectors found areas of deterioration in the bridge last month, a weight limit of 35 tons was imposed.  However, based on input from local residents and county and state officials, that weight limit has been lifted, but only for one-lane traffic.  Traffic lights have been installed at each end of the bridge, to control the one-lane access.  Officials say the Highway 24 bridge over Mussel Fork will remain one-lane until funds can be secured to complete repairs. 

  

CHILLICOTHE ART GUILT HOSTING PUBLIC MEETING  

A special public meeting will be held in Chillicothe Wednesday, to explain how residents can save money by purchasing tax credits for the Chillicothe Cultural Corner Art Guild.  The Art Guild has been awarded $350,000 dollars in tax credits through the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.  An hour-long meeting providing information on those tax credits will begin at 5:30pm Wednesday, at the Art Guild’s facility, located at 424 Locust Street in Chillicothe. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT 

A Columbia man is charged with possession of cocaine and crack cocaine with intent to distribute, along with being a felon in possession of a firearm, after a federal indictment was handed down Monday.  34 year old Ramelus Bradley, of Columbia, was arrested after officers served a search warrant at his home last month.  They say they found illegal drugs, a large amount of cash and multiple guns in the home. 




09/28/15

 

TWO KIDS HURT IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT 

Two Unionville children were hurt in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 5, just south of Unionville, Sunday night.  11 year old Austin Hendee and ten year old Tristen Hendee were both treated for minor injuries at Putnam County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm.  They were passengers in a car driven by 34 year old Jennifer Pigg, of Unionville.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

 

UNIONVILLE TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH   

A Unionville teen was treated for minor injuries after his vehicle ran off Highway 136, just west of Unionville at around 5am Sunday.  The patrol says 19 year old Casey Reynolds, of Unionville, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle.  It ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail, then went down an embankment and hit a tree.  The patrol says Reynolds was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.  He was treated and released at Putnam County Memorial Hospital. 

 

LINNEUS MAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

A Linneus driver was treated for minor injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 36, just east of Meadville, early Saturday morning.  21 year old Lee A. Young, of Linneus, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 2am.  The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the roadway, struck a post, then returned to the road and overturned twice, coming to rest in the median. 

 

TWO HURT IN GRUNDY COUNTY ACCIDENT     

Two persons were hurt when a car ran off Grundy County Route E, near Laredo, Saturday afternoon.  It occurred just before 5pm.  The patrol says 48 year old Richard Tharp, of Spickard, was southbound and was overtaking another southbound vehicle, when he noticed an oncoming car and overcorrected.  Tharp’s car skidded off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  Tharp was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  His passenger, 61 year old Keith Thogmartin, of Trenton, was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital. 

 

HALE TEEN ONE OF FOUR HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION  

A Hale teenager suffered moderate injuries and four others were treated for minor injuries, after a Saturday morning collision on Highway 36, just east of St. Joseph. It occurred just after 11:30am.  30 year old Justin Alexander, of Hale, was the driver of a westbound vehicle.  The patrol says a pickup, driven by a Savannah man, pulled from an intersection into the path of Alexander’s vehicle.  Alexander was treated for minor injuries.  A passenger in his vehicle, 19 year old Destiny Murrell, of Hale, was treated for moderate injuries.  Two other passengers and the other driver were all treated for minor injuries. 

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER HOME BURGLARIES   

A Moberly man faces charges in connection with at least two home burglaries, which occurred Saturday evening.  Moberly Police responded to a report of a suspect robbing a garage at around 7:30pm Saturday.  The suspect had fled the scene before officers arrived.  A report of another nearby garage burglary came in shortly thereafter.  A 25 year old Moberly man was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.  25 year old Dillon Gilliam, of Moberly, is now charged with felony burglary and resisting arrest.  He is being held in the Randolph County Jail. 

 

CENTERTOWN MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT   

A Centertown man was killed in a weekend accident on a Cole County road.  It occurred at around 1:15 Saturday morning.   20 year old Kaleb Libbert, of Centertown, died in the accident.  He was a passenger in a pickup driven by 17 year old Cory Libbert, of Centertown.  The patrol says Kaleb was hanging on the passenger side of the vehicle, when the driver turned too sharply and he was ejected. 

 

COLUMBIA HOME INVASION UNDER INVESTIGATION      

Columbia Police are investigating a home invasion robbery in the 2600 block of Agate Way, which occurred early Saturday morning.  Two men walking in the area told investigators they were the victims of a home invasion robbery.  They were taken to a local hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.  Police say there is no suspect information available. 




09/24/15

 

TWO DRIVERS HURT IN CHILLICOTHE COLLISION  

Chillicothe Police report an injury accident, which occurred near Chillicothe High School, early Wednesday morning.  Officers were called to the Highway 65/Route 190 intersection, at around 7:30am.  Officers say a northbound vehicle attempted to turn left onto Route 190 and failed to yield to an oncoming southbound vehicle.  Both drivers were treated at the scene by Chillicothe EMS.  Chillicothe Police remind the public to be patient in traffic, especially in school areas. 

  

PURDIN MAN GUILTY OF CHILD MOLESTATION

A Purdin man was found guilty of child molestation, after a one-day jury trial in Adair County this week.  A Linn County charge against 71 year old Jacob Yagel, of Purdin, was heard Tuesday in Kirksville, on a change of venue. Yagel was found guilty of one count of child molestation.  The case originated in October of 2010.  Yagel is being held without bond until sentencing, which is scheduled for November 16. 

  

KENTUCKY RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY  

A pair of Kentucky residents are in custody, after allegedly attempting to fraudulently obtain prescription drugs in Randolph County.  The highway patrol reports the two arrests Wednesday evening.  48 year old Kenneth E. Browning, of Corbin, Kentucky and 40 year old Angela S. Turner, of Booneville, Kentucky are both charged with fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.  Turner is also charged with felony possession of hydrocodone.  Both suspects are being held on bond. 

  

WOMAN FROM POND RESCUE IN STABLE CONDITION    

Columbia authorities still have not released the identity of a woman rescued from a south Columbia pond Tuesday night…but they have reported that the woman, who is in her 40’s, remains in stable condition at a local hospital.  The water rescue occurred at around 9pm Tuesday, neare Hunt Ridge Place Apartments.  Rescue crews had to perform CPR on the woman before she was transported for treatment.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

ONE KILLED AND FOUR HURT IN MEXICO ACCIDENT

A Springfield man was killed and four others were hospitalized after a crash on the Highway 54 bypass in Mexico, Wednesday morning.  Police say 29 year old Nathaniel Dekker, of Springfield, was northbound, when his car crossed the center line and struck two southbound vehicles.  Dekker and two dogs in his vehicle were killed in the crash.  Four occupants of one of the southbound vehicles were injured…including the driver, 23 year old Yojaira Tredino, of Texas, who was lifeflighted to Columbia with serious injuries.  Three children in her vehicle were also injured. 

  

MILAN HOMECOMING INCLUDES FLU SHOT CLINIC  

There will be many flu shot clinics in the area over the next several weeks, starting tomorrow (Friday), during Homecoming festivities in Milan.  The Sullivan County Health Department will offer a free flu clinic both before and after the homecoming parade.  The clinic will be held on the southeast corner of the courthouse square in Milan, from 10:30am until 2pm and from 3pm until all are served.  The vaccine will be available for ages four and over, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian and pregnant mothers must have a physician’s order.  Medicare and Medicaid recipients, please bring your cards with you. 




09/22/15

 

THREE HURT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY COLLISION 

Three drivers were injured when their vehicles collided on Randolph County Route F, just north of Thomas Hill, Monday evening.  The patrol says 44 year old Jeffery P. Lee, of Centerville, Iowa was stopped at a stop sign when a pickup, driven by 24 year old Derek Jason, of Stone, Arkansas, slowed to stop behind him.  A third pickup, driven by 24 year old James Swanson, of Fort Dodge, Iowa, was unable to stop, causing a chain reaction collision.  Jason was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.  The other two drivers both sought their own treatment for minor injuries. 

  

SECOND SUSPECT SENTENCED FOR MOBERLY BANK ROBBERY 

A second Columbia man has been sentenced in connection with last year’s robbery of the Bank Midwest in Moberly.  24 year old Daniel Mark Rudroff, was sentenced to 78 months in connection with the robbery, which occurred on August 22, 2014.  Rudroff and 26 year old Clarence Lamont Williams, of Columbia, both pleaded guilty to a bank robbery charge, earlier this year.  Williams was sentenced to 92 months in prison, in August. 

  

TWO CARROLLTON RESIDENTS FACE CHARGES  

Two Carrollton residents were arraigned Monday on alleged sex offenses against a minor.  Jason Schlueter and Laura Bently, of Carrollton, are both charged with statutory sodomy.  They were arrested last week at a home in the 200 block of Benton Street in Carrollton.  A probable cause statement accuses the two of engaging in sexual acts involving two other persons, including a 16 year old male.  The minor indicated to investigators that he did not want to take part but was forced against his will. 

  

COOPER COUNTY ARSON SUSPECT ARRESTED      

Cooper County authorities have made an arrest in connection with several weekend fires, which occurred in the Boonville area.  Deputies say they have arrested a 39 year old Hispanic male from Illinois in connection with the fires.  Firefighters responded to a total of seven fires over the weekend, which were believed to have been set.  More details will be released with the announcement of formal charges against the suspect. 

  

AUTOPSY SAYS TWO BOONE COUNTY VICTIMS WERE SHOT    

Preliminary autopsy results on the two bodies found on a Boone County property Saturday, confirms the two victims were both shot to death.  The bodies of 41 year old James Richardson, of Columbia and 42 year old Kenneth Long, of Mexico were found near the former El Ray Trailer Court on East Mexico Gravel Road, northeast of Columbia.  Boone County authorities say a reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.  You can provide anonymous information by calling Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

SECOND FATALITY IN SATURDAY COLLISION     

A second person has died from injuries sustained in a Saturday afternoon accident on Scott Boulevard in Columbia.  9 year old Jeffrey Jiang has died from his injuries.  He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 15 year old permit driver.  That car was struck as it attempted to cross an intersection near Smith Drive.  Another passenger in the vehicle, 48 year old Ping Gui, was killed in the crash.  The 15 year old driver remains hospitalized with serious injuries.  The driver and four children in the other vehicle have all been treated and released from the hospital. 




09/21/15

 

MOBERLY CHILD HURT IN MID-MISSOURI ACCIDENT  

A Moberly toddler was injured when he was struck by a farm tractor in Moniteau County, over the weekend.  The patrol says 45 year old Sonja Caron, of rural Tipton, was pulling a farm tractor forward when 3 year old Liam C. Yoder, of Moberly, was struck, causing moderate injuries.  He was treated at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. 

  

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES    

A Chillicothe woman faces drug charges after her arrest over the weekend.  Chillicothe Police responded to a disturbance in the 400 block of Polk Street on Saturday.  Kelly Sue Pardue was arrested at the scene on charges of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and peace disturbance.  She was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

COOPER COUNTY ARSON SUSPECT SOUGHT    

Multiple law enforcement agencies have spent the weekend searching for a Cooper County arson suspect.  A total of five fires were allegedly set Saturday evening, including multiple grass fires and at least one fire that destroyed an outbuilding and farm equipment just outside of Boonville.  One suspect is being sought in connection with those fires…he is described as an Hispanic male in his 30’s, about 5-4 and 140-150 pounds.  He was last seen carrying a cloth or canvas backpack.   A large barn fire occurred in Cooper County Sunday night, which may also be connected to the case. 

  

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE DOUBLE-HOMICIDE

Boone County authorities are investigating a double-homicide, after two bodies were found on a property northeast of Columbia on Saturday.  The two victims were indentified as 41 year old James W. Richardson and 42 year old Kenneth B. Long.  Richardson’s body was found on the property of the former El Ray Trailer Court, by an employee of a road crew working on East Mexico Gravel Road.  A K-9 unit led detectives to Long’s body, about 150 yards away.  No other details have been released. The case is being investigated as a double-homicide. 

  

ONE KILLED IN SATURDAY COLUMBIA ACCIDENT  

A Columbia resident was killed in a Saturday afternoon accident on Scott Boulevard.  48 year old Ping Gui died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred just before 4pm.  Police says a 15 year old permit driver was driving the vehicle when it was struck by another car at an intersection.  A 9 year old passenger in the vehicle and the 15 year old driver were both seriously injured.  The driver of the other vehicle, 30 year old Sophia Mosby, was treated for moderate injuries and four passengers in her car suffered minor injuries.  

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN SUNDAY COLLISION 

A Columbia man was seriously injured when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 63 in Callaway County, Sunday afternoon.  24 year old Kealeb A. Smith, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 3:30pm.  The patrol says Smith’s vehicle struck the rear of a semi then ran off the highway and struck the median cable barrier.




09/18/15

 

NO DAMAGE REPORTED IN THURSDAY NIGHT STORMS  

Strong thunderstorms over parts of north Missouri Thursday night prompted a tornado warning for portions of Sullivan and Adair Counties, after storm spotters reported funnel cloud sightings in the area.  The storm produced heavy rain and large hail, particularly in the Milan area, but the tornado threat diminished quickly, with no reports of damage.  Heavy rain affected several locations into the overnight hours.  Another round or two of thunderstorms is possible today and tonight, before this current storm system moves out of the area. 

  

MOBERLY BICYCLIST HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT COLLISION  

A Moberly bicyclist was treated for moderate injuries after he was struck by a pickup on Randolph County Route JJ, just west of Highway 24, last Thursday night.  The patrol says 48 year old Vincent E. Mathis, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 11:45pm.  Mathis was riding his bicycle westbound on JJ when he was struck by the passenger side mirror of a pickup, driven by 17 year old Arick Taylor, of Huntsville. 

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH

A Kirksville woman suffered moderate injuries in a Thursday afternoon collision on Route 13 in Lafayette County.  28 year old Jennifer McFarland, of Kirksville, was treated at Centerpoint Medical Center in Higginsville after the accident, which occurred just before 4:30pm.  The patrol says McFarland was northbound on Highway 13 when a car driven by 67 year old Roslyn Perdue, of Warrensburgs, turned onto the highway, in front of her.  Perdue was flown to Research Hospital in Kansas City with serious injuries. 

  

MOBERLY MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER ATTEMPTED BREAK-IN 

A 27 year old old Moberly man was taken into custody after, police say, he attempted to break into a residence in the 400 block of South Morley, early Thursday morning.  A female victim at the home called to report the attempted break-in, which also allegedly resulted in an assault on the victim.  The suspect was taken into custody on assault charges.  His name has not been released. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING HOME INVASION      

Columbia Police are investigating an armed home invasion and shooting, which caused non-life-threatening injuries for two victims.  Police say they are looking for two to four male suspects, who forced their way into a home on Dorothy Dean Drive and shot the two victims, a 27 year old male and 22 year old female.  Investigators say it is unclear what caused the break-in to turn into a shooting.  The investigation is ongoing. 




09/17/15

 

PATROL CAR INVOLVED ACCIDENT INJURES TWO 

A Highway Patrol Trooper from Macon and a Moberly driver both suffered moderate injuries when the trooper’s patrol vehicle rear-ended a car on Highway 63 at the north edge of Moberly, Wednesday morning.  It occurred just after 7:30am.  Investigators say the patrol car, driven by 26 year old trooper Tyler O’Brien, of Macon, ran into the rear of a car, which had slowed abruptly for a dog in the roadway.  O’Brien and the other driver, 55 year old Bradley Freidel, of Moberly, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

TRUMAN STUDENT’S CAUSE OF DEATH INCONCLUSIVE     

Preliminary results of an autopsy on the Truman State University student who was found dead in his dorm room Monday confirmed that no foul play was involved, but the cause of death remains inconclusive.  18 year old William Batterson, of Richmond Heights, Mo was found unresponsive in his room.  Adair County Coroner Brian Noe says the autopsy revealed no evidence of foul play and no injuries, but no definite cause of death.  Toxicology results are still pending and could take several weeks.  Noe also says there is no indication that alcohol was involved.  Batterson’s funeral will be held Saturday morning in University City, MO. 

  

PARIS MAN SENTENCED ON FEDERAL CHILD PORN CHARGES

A Paris man will serve 41 months in prison, followed by supervised release for life, after sentencing this week in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.  27 year old Kyle D. Rowe, of Paris, was sentenced on federal charges of possession of child pornography, which occurred between December of 2013 and July of last year.  The case was investigated by the Kirksville Office of the FBI, Kirksville Police and the Monroe County and St. Charles County Sheriff’s offices. 

  

MOBERLY SESQUICENTENNIAL UPDATE  

Moberly’s Sesquicentennial Committee continues preparations for next year’s celebration.  The committee is anxious to spread information about the plans and how area organizations can get involved.  They’re available to present a program to any Moberly area community group.  They’ve also announced that October 31 is the deadline for submissions to the 400-page Sesquicentennial Souvenir Book that will be produced.  Call Susan Hall at 660-414-5604 for more information. 




09/16/15

 

BROOKFIELD HOMECOMING CANNED FOOD DRIVE

Ministries in Linn County wants you to help ‘Can the Louisiana Bulldogs’ during Brookfield Homecoming festivities on Friday.  Just set canned goods out along the parade route Friday afternoon, and Ministries in Linn County, with help from Brookfield FCA students, will pick up your donations and get them to the food pantry.  If you can’t be at the parade, just bring your canned good donation to any of our local churches, and they will be delivered.  ‘Can the Louisiana Bulldogs’ during the homecoming parade…Friday afternoon. 

 

TWO HURT AS CAR RUNS OF HIGHWAY 65   

A Spickard driver was seriously injured and his passenger suffered minor injuries, when a car ran off Highway 65, just south of Spickard, at around 8 o’clock Tuesday night.  22 year old Trevor Golden was the driver of the car.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, down an embankment and struck the ground.  Golden was seriously injured.  His passenger, 23 year old Tabatha Dalton, of Spickard, sustained minor injuries.  Both were treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. 

  

TWO INJURED IN COLLISION AT MILAN INTERSECTION   

Drivers from Milan and Browning were injured when their vehicles collided at the Highway 5/Route E intersection in Milan.  It occurred just after 2:30 Tuesday afternoon.  The patrol says 32 year old Ophelia Dweh, of Milan, apparently failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into that intersection and struck a southbound car, driven by 33 year old Jamie Holloway, of Browning.  Dweh suffered moderate injuries -- Holloway escaped with just minor injuries.   Both drivers were treated at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

  

BOONVILLE WOMAN HURT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH   

A Boonville woman suffered moderate injuries when her SUV ran off Highway 3, just north Roanoke in Randolph County.  50 year old Joan Householder, of Boonville, was the driver of the southbound vehicle.  The patrol says she lost control and the vehicle ran off the highway, skidded into a fence and overturned, just after 9am Tuesday.  Householder was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

CHILLICOTHE COUPLE CHARGED         

A Chillicothe couple face charges after an autistic child was found running down a Chillicothe street without clothing.  On Sunday, officers responded to the area of Fair Street and Irving Drive.  They found the child, who is highly autistic and unable to speak, and returned him to his home.  During contact with the child’s parents, officers found indications of drug activity.  A search of the home allegedly turned up meth and materials used for its manufacture.  Four children in the home were taken into protective custody.  The parents, Daniel and Michelle Schliessman, were both arrested for possession of meth and endangering the welfare of a child. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK TWO ROBBERY SUSPECTS  

Columbia Police are seeking two suspects in connection with an armed robbery at a Columbia home.  Officers responded to a home invasion in the 1900 block of Arlene Drive, just before midnight Monday.  Investigators say two men with handguns forced their way into the home an demanded money.  The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Four adults and two children in the home were not injured.  Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.  

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AT MIDDLE SCHOOL   

A Columbia man faces felony sexual misconduct charges after allegedly exposing himself to students at the Oakland Middle School.  Police say 25 year old Roger Paris of Columbia, entered the school as students were being dismissed for the day.  He apparently spent several minutes in the bathroom but had no contact with any students.  Later, Paris was seen exposing himself in the school parking lot.  He is charged with sexual misconduct and trespassing. 




09/15/15

 

NO SIGN OF FOUL PLAY IN TRUMAN STUDENT’S DEATH 

From KTVO.com – a Truman State University student was found dead in his dorm room Monday afternoon.  Adair County Coroner Brian Noe has identified the student as 18 year old William Batterson, of Richmond Heights, MO.  Batterson was found unresponsive at the West Campus Suites at around 2:30pm.  His roommates say Batterson was snoring when they left their room and they could not get him to wake up when they returned, about a half hour later.  Officials say the cause of death is unknown, pending an autopsy.  There are no signs of foul play. 

 

MODERATE INJURIES IN CHARITON COUNTY CRASH    

A Kirksville driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on a Chariton County roadway, Monday afternoon.  38 year old Larry W. Logston, of Kirksville, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred just before 5pm.  The patrol says Logston’s pickup ran through an intersection, south of Wien, and struck a fence and overturned. 

 

KIRKSVILLE CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY EVENT SATURDAY 

The Kirksville Fire Department and Kirksville Motor Company will ‘team up’ to promote child passenger safety, with a special event, Saturday afternoon.  Fire Department personnel, the Adair County Ambulance District, Air Evac Life Team and more will be on-hand from 1 to 4pm Saturday, at Kirksville Motor Company on North Baltimore Street.  Proper child safety seat demonstrations, equipment displays and more will be available, along with refreshments and a bounce house for the kids. 

 

OFFICERS CRACKING DOWN ON CHILD SAFETY SEAT USE  

Law Enforcement Agencies around the state are taking part in a Child Passenger Safety Week Law Enforcement campaign to crack down on child safety seat law violations.  Car crashes are the number one killer of children age 12 and under, and nearly 73% of all child restraints are not used correctly.  Motorists should be mindful of proper child vehicle safety measures, especially for those under age 8 and less than 80 pounds.  For more information, visit saveMOlives.com. 

 

SLATER FIRE CHIEF FACES MOLESTATION CHARGES   

The Slater Fire Chief faces multiple charges involving allegations that he molested a young girl.  A probable cause statement alleges Levi Dennis took pornographic photos of two children between 2011 and 2013 and that one of the victims was allegedly molested.  Dennis is charged with fourteen counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts of attempted statutory sodomy, one count of child molestation and one count of invasion of privacy for multiple individuals.  He is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday. 

 

VANDALIA COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME   

A Vandalia couple was charged after a search warrant was served at their home on Monday.  Officers with the East Central Missouri Drug Task Force, Vandalia Police, Highway Patrol and Audrain County Sheriff’s Department served the search warrant in the 500 block of East Union Street.  According to a news release, they seized meth, morphine pills and drug paraphernalia.  36 year old Jason Andrew Weaver and 28 year old Joni Larraine Weaver, of Vandalia, were arrested at the scene.  They face multiple possession charges. 

 




09/14/15

 

TINA WOMAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

A Tina woman was killed in a Friday night accident on Highway 65, north of Chillicothe.  55 year old Karen S. McCollum, of Tina, died in the accident.  Her husband, 74 year old Perry C. McCollum, was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center with serious injuries.  The patrol says they were southbound on 65 when an oncoming car, driven by 53 year old Ronnie Fauss, of Corder, MO, failed to negotiate a curve and traveled into the southbound lane, colliding with the McCollum’s vehicle head-on.  Corder was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center. 

  

BOONVILLE TEENS HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION 

Two Boonville teens were injured when their car collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 5 in Cooper County, just after 10:15am Saturday.  18 year old Adam Lixey, of Boonville, was the driver of a northbound car.  The patrol says the collision occurred when it crossed into the semi’s lane of traffic.  Lixey suffered moderate injuries.  His passenger, 15 year old Jaylen Butner, of Boonville, was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries.  The driver of the semi, 22 year old Nathaniel Brown, of New Franklin, was not hurt. 

  

LA PLATA TEENS INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT    

Three La Plata teenagers all escaped with just minor injuries, after their car ran off Macon County Route J, just north of Atlanta, Sunday evening.  It occurred at around 5pm.  The patrol says 16 year old Zachary A. Carr, of La Plata, was the driver of the vehicle.  He attempted to pass on a hillcrest and ran off the roadway in order to avoid an oncoming vehicle.  Carr and his two passengers, age 15 and 12, were all wearing seatbelts, and all three were treated for just minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK HIT AND RUN DRIVER  

From KTVO.com – Police are looking for a hit-and-run driver, who allegedly hit a man on a moped, just outside of the Hastings Parking Lot in Kirksville, on Saturday.  The accident occurred at around 4:30pm.  Witnesses say a bronze or copper-colored sporty 2-door vehicle was southbound on Baltimore and struck the northbound moped, causing serious injuries to the driver.  If you have any information, contact Kirksville Police or the tips line at 660-627-BUST. 

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND STABBING       

A Moberly man faces charges of assault and armed criminal action after an alleged stabbing incident, early Saturday morning.  Moberly Police were called to the scene, in the 900 block of West Rollins, at around 2am.  A 36 year old male victim sought treatment for non-life-threatening stab wounds.  29 year old J’Angelo Robinson, of Moberly, was arrested later and charged.  Robinson is being held on $30,000 dollars bond. 

  

SUSPECT ACCUSED OF STEALING FROM MACC OFFICE  

A 25 year old male suspect was arrested Sunday, after he was allegedly caught stealing items inside a building at Moberly Area Community College.  Police were called to the Moberly campus at around 2 o’clock Sunday morning.  Officers say Michael Augustus Larson was found in an office and arrested on charges of first-degree burglary and resisting arrest.  Larson is being held on $30,000 dollars bond.  Investigators say they believe he may be involved in several other recent thefts. 




09/11/15

 

ATLANTA MAN ARRESTED AFTER MACON INCIDENT 

An Atlanta man faces multiple charges after his arrest by Macon Police.  The incident occurred last weekend, when a Macon Police Officer noted a vehicle stopped in the middle of the intersection of Vine and Missouri Streets.  He noticed the car appeared to have been involved in an accident and that the driver might be in need of medical attention.  When he approached the vehicle, the officer says the driver, 27 year old Andrew Scott Closser, of Atlanta, was in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Closser allegedly refused to open his car window, then he did crack his window and shouted that he would not be ‘taken alive’.  He then drove off, nearly hitting the officer, and led authorities on a chase through several city streets, at a high rate of speed.  Closser was later found by officers unconscious, with the car still running.  He faces felony charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated.  He was also charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids and drug paraphernalia, along with eight traffic charges.  Closser is being held on $45,000 dollars bond. 

  

MACON POLICE ARREST 'UNCOOPERATIVE SUSPECT'   

Macon Police also report the arrest of a Macon man on Monday, after a report of a suspect breaking an exterior window of a home in the 100 block of North Rubey.  Officers identified a suspect, walking in the area of the incident, who appeared to have a bleeding injury.  When they attempted to approach the man, they say he was uncooperative, would not obey officer’s commands and became combative as they attempted to detain him.  A police taser was deployed during the arrest.  35 year old William D. Cooper is charged with felony assault on a law enforcement officer, property damage, possession of drug paraphernalia and introducing contraband into a jail facility.  Cooper is being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

NOVINGER TEEN HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT   

A Novinger teen was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon ATV accident on Cole Street in Novinger.  15 year old Alexander Cima was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a turn and his ATV ran off the roadway and struck the curb. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN  

The Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force has arrested a Columbia man on Child pornography charges and found three other sex offenders in the home, living within 1,000 feet of a school.  44 year old Matthew Stone, of Columbia, was arrested after a search warrant was served at his home on Grace Ellen Drive.  He is accused of promoting child pornography and failing to register as a sex offender.  The other three sex offenders at the home were warned about their proximity to a school and were told they would have to move. 

  

SUSPECT WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH AUGUST SHOOTING

Columbia Police have identified a suspect in connection with an August shooting, which injured two people on Peachtree Drive.  23 year old Mylonyo ‘Lonnie’ Cunningham is wanted for two counts of assault and armed criminal action.  Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.  Two people were treated for injuries in that August shooting incident.  Anyone with information on Cunningham’s whereabouts is urged to call crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




09/10/15

 

MEMPHIS WOMAN KILLED IN WED MORNING ACCIDENT   

A Memphis woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Route 15, north of Memphis, Wednesday morning.  54 year old Paula Thompson, of Memphis, died in the crash, which occurred just after 6:30am.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

IOWA DRIVER HURT IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT    

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 136 in Putnam County sent a Bloomfield, Iowa driver to the hospital with moderate injuries on Wednesday.  29 year old Samantha Simonsen was treated at Putnam County Hospital in Unionville, after the accident.  It occurred at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says Simonsen’s westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest in a farm field. 

  

UNIONVILLE POLICE CHIEF ACCUSED OF EXCESSIVE FORCE 

From KTVO.com – Unionville Police Chief Tim Corwin has been placed on paid administrative leave this week, after allegations of excessive force were raised by a suspect.  18 year old Jenna Peek, of Pollock, alleges that she was tackled to the ground with excessive force Monday night, resulting in injuries that sent her to the hospital.  Peek was arrested after a call to police, involving a domestic dispute.  A witness at the scene claims police were justified in their actions.  Chief Corwin remains on administrative leave as an investigation is conducted. 

  

MID-MISSOURI BANK ROBBER PLEADS GUILTY   

An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to robbing a mid-Missouri bank, along with eleven other businesses in five states.  42 year old Timothy Patrick Hoyt, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the 2013 robbery of the former Alliant Bank location in Blackwater.  Hoyt also admitting robbing a number of fast food restaurants in Missouri, Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.  Hoyt could face up to 20 years in federal prison.  No sentencing date has been set. 

  

EXECUTION SET FOR CONVICTED COLUMBIA MURDERER  

Missouri officials have set the date for the execution of Ernest Lee Johnson, who was convicted of a triple murder in Columbia in the early 90’s.  Johnson was found guilty of using a claw hammer to kill three employees at a Casey’s General Store in Columbia, in February of 1994.  Those victims were 46 year old Mary Bratcher, 57 year old Mable Scruggs and 58 year old Fred Jones.  Johnson is schedule to be put to death on November 3 at 6pm. 




09/09/15

 

LACLEDE PERSHING DAYS SET TO BEGIN  

Plans are set for the 2015 Pershing Days Celebration in Laclede this weekend.  The celebration begins Thursday evening with an ice cream and cake social and the Pershing Days Royalty Competition.  The Laclede All-school Reunion, a bike rodeo and music by Rick Dye will highlight Friday’s schedule.  Saturday features a day-long schedule of events, including a car show, baby show, kiddie tractor pull, Power Wheels Demo Derby, the first annual bed races and an open house and wine and cheese tasting event by the Pershing Museum Association.  Saturday evening’s entertainment includes the Black Jack Theatre performance at 6pm and Todd Young and the High-Strung Band at 8pm.  Pershing Days wraps up Sunday with church services in the park and a carry-in dinner. 

  

FINAL KIRKSVILLE MOVIE IN THE PARK SATURDAY  

This weekend brings the end of this summer’s ‘Movie in the Park’ series by Kirksville Parks and Recreation.  They’ll host a showing of the Disney movie ‘Maleficent’ at the Ray Klinginsmith Amphitheatre, Saturday night, beginning at dusk.  The movie was previously postponed and rescheduled for this weekend.  Admission is free, bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the final Movie in the Park. 

  

CHILLICOTHE CHAUTAUQUA THIS WEEKEND    

This weekend also brings the 31st Annual Chautauqua in the Park in Chillicothe.  Well over 100 crafters and artisans are set for display this year, along with live music, storytelling, demonstrations and more.  A new area for this year’s Chautauqua will showcase the Mountain Men.  Chillicothe’s Chautauqua in the Park will be held all day both Saturday and Sunday in Simpson Park. 

  

RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN FOUND SAFE   

A Randolph County man, suffering from Alzheimer’s, is safe at home, after being reported missing Tuesday morning.  The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department issued an alert for 78 year old Gerald Kroll, of southern rural Randolph County, early Tuesday morning, after Kroll and his vehicle were both reported missing from his home.  A search of the area by law enforcement officials located Kroll and the vehicle, parked in a farm field just a couple miles from his home.  He was found to be in good health. 

  

SUSPECT CHARGED IN COLUMBIA VFW SHOOTING    

One suspect has been charged in connection with a weekend shooting incident at the VFW Post in Columbia, which injured four people.  Louis Green, Jr. is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and armed criminal action.  Court documents claim one of the victims of the shooting identified Green as the man who shot her.  He is accused of firing a gun into a crowd of people after a fight broke out during a CD release party at the VFW building. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO METH CONSPIRACY    

A Columbia man has pleaded guilty to involvement in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Boone County.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 40 year old Ryan Ellingboe, of Columbia, is the second suspect to plead guilty in the conspiracy.  30 year old Shane Callahan entered a plea on September 3.  The two men were arrested after a traffic stop in St. Charles County netted the seizure of a vacuum-sealed pound of meth in their vehicle.




09/08/15

 

BROWNING DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Browning driver was seriously injured and her passenger suffered moderate injuries, in a Saturday night accident on Highway 190, just west of Chillicothe.  41 year old Michele E. Smith, of Browning, was the driver of an eastbound minivan. The patrol says it occurred at around 9:45pm when the van ran off the highway, overturned and struck a tree.  Michele Smith was life-flighted to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries.  Her passenger, 67 year old Donna M. Smith of Princeton, was flown by Life Net to St. Luke’s Hospital, with moderate injuries. 

 

HAMILTON WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH    

A Hamilton woman suffered serious injuries when her car ran off Highway 65, just south of Chillicothe, Sunday evening.  The accident occurred at around 8pm.  The 24 year old Samantha Hovey, of Hamilton, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and then flown to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, with serious injuries.  The patrol says she was ejected from her northbound vehicle when it ran off the highway and overturned several times. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN CHILLICOTHE AREA ATV CRASH  

A Sibley, MO man was life-flighted to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries after his ATV overturned on private property, about nine miles northwest of Chillicothe.  The accident occurred just after 9 o’clock Saturday night.  53 year old Gene Stockbridge, of Sibley, was flown to Liberty by Life Net Eagle. 

 

MARSHALL WOMAN INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION  

A Marshall woman was seriously injured and a driver from Lincoln, MO was killed, in a collision on Highway 65 in Pettis County, over the weekend.  It occurred at around 8pm Saturday.  The patrol says a southbound car, driven by 63 year old Donald Egelston, of Lincoln, ran off the roadway, crossed the median, and struck a northbound car, driven by a Sedalia man, head-on.  Egelston died in the accident.  His passenger, 52 year old Elizabeth Hayes, of Marshall, suffered serious injuries and was flown to University Hospital in Columbia.  Two occupants of the other vehicle were also injured. 

 

FAYETTE MOTORCYCLIST DEAD AFTER STRIKING DEER 

A Fayette driver was killed in a motorcycle accident, which occurred just after 8:30 Saturday night on Route 240 in Howard County.  52 year old Patricia Pilcher, of Fayette, died in the accident.  The patrol says she was ejected when her westbound motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway.  Pilcher was pronounced dead at University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

FIVE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLISION

Five occupants of two vehicles all suffered serious injuries after a collision on Highway 94 in Callaway County, early Monday morning.  20 year old James R. Martin-Lucas, of Fulton, was the driver of a westbound van.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his vehicle traveled into the eastbound lane and struck an oncoming car head–on.  That car was driven by 30 year old Christina McDonald, of Mathasville.  Lucas and his passenger, 20 year old Jadelyn Weed, of Jefferson City, both suffered serious injuries.  McDonald and two passengers in her vehicle also suffered serious injuries.  All five were taken to University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

TWO HURT IN EARLY MORNING ROLLOVER CRASH  

Two persons were injured in a rollover accident near Boone Hospital in Columbia, which occurred early this morning.  Police say the driver lost control of his vehicle on Broadway, near Ann Street, just after 1am.  The car a light pole and overturned.  Both the driver and passenger were taken to the hospital for injuries, but their names have not yet been released.  

 

LOUSIANA MAN HIT BY TRAIN AND KILLED   

A 72 year old Louisiana, MO man died when he was hit by a train on the railroad tracks in Louisiana, over the weekend.  The patrol says 72 year old Emilio Cortez was lying on the tracks when he was struck by a Kansas City Southern Train, early Saturday morning.  Cortez was pronounced dead at the scene. 




09/04/15

 

MEMPHIS MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED 

A Memphis motorcyclist was seriously injured when his motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 136, just west of Arbela in Scotland County, early this (Fri) morning.  64 year old Bruce V. Dempsey, of Memphis, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 12:45am.  The patrol says Dempsey suffered serious injuries when his westbound motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway and then skidded to a stop. 

  

DRIVER KILLED AS FARM TRACTOR OVERTURNS      

A farm tractor accident on Highway 13, just south of Bethany Thursday afternoon, killed a driver from Coffey, MO.  The patrol says 51 year old Max L. Courter, of Coffey, was northbound, driving the tractor and pulling a drill, when the drill began to weave, causing the tractor to go out of control.  Courter was ejected as the tractor overturned.  He was taken to Harrison County Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  

  

MADISON TEEN INJURED IN THURSDAY COLLISION   

A Madison teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon collision on Highway 24, just east of Moberly.  It occurred at around 4:40pm.  The patrol says 19 year old Kaitlin A. Milner, of Madison, was eastbound when her pickup struck the rear of a car, which was stopped in the roadway and driven by 71 year old Ardeth L. Baker, of Madison.  Milner’s vehicle then ran off the highway.  She was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, where she was treated for moderate injuries. Baker was not hurt. 

  

STURGEON DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION 

A Sturgeon driver sustained moderate injuries in a collision on southbound Highway 63 in Boone County, which occurred just after 7 o’clock Thursday morning.  30 year old Dustin E. Smith, of Sturgeon, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says Smith’s southbound vehicle struck the rear of a pickup, driven by 65 year old Edward McCoy, of Clark.  Smith’s car then ran off the highway and struck a fence.  McCoy was treated for minor injuries. 

  

MU CHEMICAL SPILL CAUSES BUILDING EVACUATION    

Columbia emergency crews responded to a chemical leak that caused the evacuation of a building on the MU campus late last (Thurs) night.  The Columbia Fire Department says a canister of chemical used to breed plants leaked inside the Sears Plant Growth Facility off Hitt Street.  Two researchers inside the building at the time were treated on the scene and others were evacuated from the building.  Only a small amount of chemical was involved in the spill and there were no other injuries. 




09/03/15

 

MOBERLY SUSPECT NOW IN CUSTODY      

A Moberly man, wanted on a warrant for a total of 20 child sex charges, has turned himself in to police, and is in custody.  The warrant for the arrest of 45 year old Alonzo Thorpe was issued by Randolph County Authorities on Monday.  Thorpe is accused of multiple counts of statutory sodomy, child molestation, enticement of a child and sexual misconduct, involving two young victims.  He turned himself in Tuesday and is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

TWO MORE MOBERLY ARRESTS REPORTED     

Moberly Police report a pair of additional arrests on outstanding warrants this week. 

27 year old Dominique L. Haynes was taken into custody in the 500 block of West End Avenue.  He is charged in a warrant for burglary and his bond was set at $10,000 dollars.

42 year old Trevor D. Marshall was arrested on a probation violation warrant in the 1100 block of South Morley.  He is held on $20,000 dollars bond.  

  

WANTED KIRKSVILLE MAN FACES NEW CHARGES  

A Kirksville man, who was wanted on a previous warrant, faces new drug charges after his arrest this week.  30 year old Wade Jorge Rodriguez, of Kirksville, was wanted on multiple traffic counts, including leaving the scene of an accident in April.  When police located him this week, officers say they found a loaded syringe and ten prescription pills in his pockets.  He now faces two additional counts of possession of a controlled substance.  Rodriguez is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT THEFT ARREST    

Chillicothe Police completed a theft investigation this week, and arrested Rachel Hillary Trump in the 1400 block of Broadway.  She is being held on a Livingston County Warrant for tampering with a motor vehicle, theft of property over $500 and theft of a firearm.  Trump’s bond was set at $25,000 dollars cash-only.   

  

SIX CHARGED AFTER CARROLLTON POLICE INVESTIGATION 

Six suspects are charged in connection with a Carrollton Police Department investigation into suspected vehicle thefts, burglaries at two local businesses and drug possession.  Authorities say 34 yea r old Kellie M. Jewett, 30 year old George Alexander Bennett, 18 year old Anita M. Bennett, 50 year old Rosie A Walton, 47 year old Robert L. Bryant and 17 year old Jacob Eugene Martin, all of Carrollton, are all in custody, facing various charges. 




09/02/15

 

BLOWOUT CAUSES DUMP TRUCK ACCIDENT  

A Purdin driver was treated for moderate injuries after his dump truck ran off Highway 5, just south of Linneus, Tuesday afternoon.  31 year old Kenneth R. Rogers, of Purdin, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 2pm.  The patrol says the left front tire of the northbound dump truck blew out and the truck ran off the highway and struck a ditch. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN FACES MULTIPLE CHILD SEX CHARGES  

A lengthy investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has resulted in multiple child sex charges against a Chillicothe man.  36 year old Adam Woodworth, of Chillicothe, was taken into custody Monday, for six counts of statutory sodomy, six counts of child molestation and one count of sexual trafficking of a child.  Court documents indicate the allegations involve a child as young as age 7.  Woodworth is being held on $500,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

RANDOLPH CO. WARRANT ALLEGES MULTIPLE SEX CRIMES 

A Randolph County arrest warrant, issued Monday, alleges a total of 20 child sex crimes against 45 year old Alonzo Thorpe.  The warrant includes multiple counts of statutory sodomy, child molestation and enticement of a child.  The allegations involve a 12 year old victim and a sibling, who allegedly cited numerous instances of sexual abuse in Moberly from 2011 to last year.  Court records list addresses for Thorpe in the Moberly, Columbia and Clark areas.  He is being sought by authorities on that outstanding warrant. 

  

CAROLLTON MAN FACES SECOND RAPE CHARGE 

A Carrollton man faces a second rape charge, after action by Carroll County prosecutors this week.  20 year old Dyllon Browder, of Carrollton, was charged in April with second-degree rape, involving another Carrollton resident.  Now an additional second-degree rape charge has been filed against Browder.  He is being held on bond in the Ray County Jail, pending a September 8 court date. 

  

MURDERER PUT TO DEATH 26 YEARS AFTER CRIME 

A Kansas City area man was executed Tuesday evening, in connection with a murder case that occurred 26 years ago.  50 year old Roderick Nunley was one of two suspects convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing 15 year old Ann Harrison in 1989.  Nunley and Michael Taylor allegedly abducted the teen while she waited for the school bus in her Kansas City area driveway.  Both men were convicted and sentenced to death in 1991.  Taylor was executed last year.  Nunley died by lethal injection Tuesday evening. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOOTING SUSPECT IDENTIFIED   

Columbia Police have released information on a suspect in a double shooting, which occurred over the weekend.  A warrant was issued Tuesday for 23 year old Mylonyo ‘Lonnie’ Tramire Cunningham, on charges of felony assault and armed criminal action.  Investigators say the shooting occurred just before 2am Saturday in the 3900 block of Peachtree Drive.  Two victims at the scene suffered gunshot wounds.  Police say Cunningham should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Crimestoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 




09/01/15

 

CARROLLTON MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH   

A Carrollton driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after an ATV accident on Brunswick Lane, in Saline County.  It occurred Monday afternoon, just before 1:30pm.  The patrol says 53 year old Richard L. Kipping, of Carrollton, was backing down a hill when his ATV overturned.  He was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

MINOR INJURY IN HIGHWAY 63 ACCIDENT    

A Jacksonville driver escaped with just minor injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 63, just south of Jacksonville, Monday morning.  The patrol says 24 year old Casey Nelson, of Jacksonville, was northbound on 63 when he attempted to change lanes while being passed by another vehicle.  Nelson overcorrected and his pickup ran off the roadway, into the median and overturned.  He sought his own treatment for minor injuries. 

  

MORE MISSOURI BRIDGES LISTED IN CRITICAL CONDITION 

The Missouri Department of Transportation says a total of 641 bridges in the state are now in critical condition…officials say that is over 50 more bridges than were on that list last year.  Current funding allows MODOT to repair about 50 bridges per year.  Officials say the number of critical condition bridges is expected to rise every year for the foreseeable future, and motorists can expect more bridge closures to come. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN GUILTY OF SIX BANK ROBBERIES   

A Columbia man has pleaded guilty to robbing six banks and using a bicycle to flee.  43 year old Shaun Christopher Becker, of Columbia, admitted robbing six banks in Columbia between November of 2014 and January of 2015.  Becker says he committed the robberies to support a heroin addiction.  He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000 dollars. 

  

METH CHARGES FILED AFTER CAR RUNS INTO BACK YARD    

A Columbia man faces drug charges after he crashed his vehicle into a back yard and fled on foot.  26 year old Daniel Peek, of Columbia, is charged with possession of meth, after the accident, which occurred Sunday evening in the 2800 block of Willowbrook Road.  Police say Peek fled the scene on foot and was later located near a Gerbes Grocery store nearby.  He was in custody on $5,500 dollars bond, at last report. 




08/31/15

 

HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER KILLED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the death of a trooper in a one-vehicle traffic crash, which occurred Friday morning in Audrain County.  25 year old Trooper James M. Bava, of Mexico, was killed in the accident.  Just before 8:30am, the patrol says, Bava radioed that he had observed a motorcyclist commit a traffic violation on Audrain County Route FF.  A few minutes later, Bava was not responding to radio communications.  Investigators say his patrol vehicle veered left, off the roadway, crashed into trees, overturned and caught fire.  Trooper Bava was pronounced dead at the scene.  The investigation is ongoing.  

  

DEWITT TEEN TREATED AFTER SATURDAY MORNING CRASH 

A Dewitt teenager escaped with just minor injuries when her vehicle ran off Highway 65 in Carroll County and overturned, just after 5am Saturday.  The patrol says 19 year old Haleigh Vandeventer, of Dewitt, was southbound on 65 when her car ran off the highway, struck a utility pole, overturned and struck a fence, coming to rest on its top.  She was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash and she was treated and released with minor injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. 

  

SUPREME COURT STOPS WRONGFUL DEATH SUITS 

Relatives are outraged after the Missouri Supreme Court decided wrongful death litigation against Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe can not go forward.  The Kansas City Star reports the Supreme Court cited statute-of-limitations issues in their ruling this month.  At issue are civil cases that claim a nurse at Hedrick Medical Center intentionally killed several patients in 2002 by giving overdoses of medications, and that hospital administrators concealed her actions.  The hospital’s attorneys argued the lawsuits should be rejected, due to Missouri’s three-year statute of limitations on wrongful death cases.  The plaintiffs countered that, because of the alleged concealment, the statute of limitations should not have begun to run until later.  There have been no criminal charges in connection with the deaths. 

  

COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT BRIEF SUNDAY SHUTDOWN  

Columbia Regional Airport is operating normally this morning, after being closed for a short time on Sunday.  The closure occurred after a small aircraft suffered a collapsed nose gear while landing on the runway.  The airport was closed for a short time, while the damage plane was removed from the runaway, delaying a handful of Sunday flights.  There were no injuries reported. 

  

MISSOURI DELINGQUENT TAXPAYER AMNESTY PROGRAM BEGINS   

Starting this week, delinquent Missouri Taxpayers can pay back taxes without penalties or interest, under the temporary amnesty program.  Tuesday thru November 30, participants must follow tax laws and pay on time for the next eight years, or face paying the previously waived penalties.  The Missouri Department of Revenue estimates as many as 350,000 Missouri taxpayers could be eligible. 




08/28/15

 

MACON FORK AND CORK SATURDAY    

Downtown Macon gets set for its annul Fork and Cork Artisan Festival Saturday.  The event will feature a variety of activities, including music, food, a large arts and crafts show, vendors and more on display in downtown Macon, from 10am to 6pm.  That’s the Macon Fork and Cork Festival, all day Saturday. 

  

BROOKFIELD IMMACULATE CONCEPTION EVENT SATURDAY 

The Brookfield Immaculate Conception Church will host a Family Fun Night Saturday evening.  Hot dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be served, along with a homemade ice cream and cake social, a cake walk, kids games and more.  Everyone is welcome Saturday evening from 6:30 to 9:30pm at the Immaculate Conception Church in Brookfield.  Proceeds will benefit the church’s window fund. 

  

BETHANY MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY  

Harrison County authorities completed the arrest of a former Columbia resident, who is accused of possession of child pornography.  Boone County investigators say 42 year old Richard Ortega, of Columbia, was identified as a suspect, after numerous images of child pornography were uploaded to an e-mail account in May of this year.  During the investigation, it was determined that Ortega had moved from Columbia to Bethany.  The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department took Ortega into custody without incident.  

  

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION     

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Howard Johnson Inn, in Columbia.  They were called to the scene at around 10:30 Thursday morning.  Witnesses say the armed suspect had his face covered, and escaped the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No injuries were reported.  The investigation continues. 




08/26/15

 

MACON MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN

A Macon man faces child pornography charges, after his arrest by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.  29 year old David W. Shaw II, of Macon, is charged in the case.  Investigators accuse him of obtaining nude photos of a minor female and, during an act of retaliation, giving those photos to an associate for distribution on social media websites.  Shaw remained in custody, at last report, on $9,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

VEHICLES DAMAGED DURING KIRKSVILLE PURSUIT 

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville authorities are investigating a series of hit and run crashes, which occurred late Tuesday afternoon.  It began just before 5pm when a vehicle, driven by an 18 year old black male suspect, ran a stop sign at the corner of Harrison and High Streets in Kirksville.  A Highway Patrol trooper began a pursuit of the vehicle.  The suspect allegedly did a 180-degree turn in the roadway and rammed the patrol cruiser, before fleeing at a high rate of speed.  He then crashed into a lawnmower trailer attached to a pickup, and struck three parked vehicles at a nearby intersection.  The suspect then fled on foot and was arrested after a short pursuit.  The teen’s name has not been released, he was in custody overnight on a 24-hour hold. 

  

MOBERLY TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT   

A Moberly teen was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off a Randolph County road, Tuesday afternoon.  18 year old Austin D. Sumpter, of Moberly, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45pm.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle was apparently being tailgated by an unknown car, and Sumpter lost control.  His vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

  

WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY IN 2011 MURDER-ARSON CASE   

A Mexico woman pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted robbery, in connection with a 2011 murder and arson investigation.  Jacie Coari was accused, along with her husband Ryan Coari, of killing 56 year old Michael Wieberg and his 33 year old daughter, Amanda Wieberg in their home outside of Auxvasse.  They were also accused of starting a fire in the home to hide the crime.  On Tuesday, Jaci Coari admitted taking her husband to the home so he could rob Wieberg.  She told authorities her husband admitted to killing the two victims.  Ryan Coari pleaded guilty last year. 




08/25/15

 

NO INJURIES AS CAR STRUCK BY TRAIN 

Two Clarence residents escaped without injury, when their car was destroyed by a train at a railroad crossing outside La Plata, Monday afternoon.  Emergency crews say the vehicle was attempting to cross the tracks on Route 156, just west of La Plata, when the vehicle became high-centered on gravel next to the crossing.  The driver and passenger, 36 year old Leonna Cheney and 55 year old Robert Harris, both of Clarence, both exited the vehicle and with the assistance of some passers-by, they were attempting to pull the vehicle off the tracks as a train approached.  They gave up on rescuing the vehicle and it was struck broadside by the train.  The car was totaled and the train sustained minor damage.  There were no injuries, but Route 156 was shut down at that location for about an hour and a half. 

  

BRUNSWICK DRIVER HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH  

A Brunswick driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 5 in Howard County, Monday evening.  The accident occurred just before 7:30pm.  The patrol says 41 year old Neil Yung, of Brunswick, was northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve.  His pickup ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Yung was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

KIRKSVILLE ‘MOST WANTED’ ARRESTED IN TENNESSEE     

A former Kirksville Police Department ‘fugitive of the week’ was arrested at a Nashville, Tennessee hospital, over the weekend.  29 year old Jason Raasch was wanted in Kirksville for allegedly filing a false report, indicating that he was stabbed in broad daylight in Kirksville in July.  Nashville authorities say Raasch was arrested early Sunday morning after apparently reporting a suspicious injury at a hospital there.  Hospital officials say an online search revealed a felony warrant for Raasch, on a similar charge in Illinois.  Officials say it appears he has been accused of faking injuries and even shooting himself on more than one occasion, in several jurisdictions, in at least three states.  Raasch is now in custody in Davidson County, Illinois, on $250,000 dollars bond.  

  

NEW BLOOMFIELD TEEN HURT IN ATV CRASH     

A New Bloomfield teenager was seriously injured when three ATV’s collided on Route 94 in Callaway County, on Monday.  18 year old Ajay Cave, of New Bloomfield, was taken to University Hospital after the accident.  It occurred just before noon.  The patrol says Cave was driving one of three eastbound ATV’s, all driven by Callaway County teens.  Cave’s vehicle was struck in the rear by another ATV, causing it to overturn and ejecting him from the vehicle.  He was struck by another ATV while lying in the roadway.   

  

MISSING COLUMBIA FISHERMAN FOUND SAFE     

Boone County Search and Rescue Crews found a missing Columbia fisherman on the Missouri River Monday night.  Authorities say the man was not injured, but apparently became stranded along the river when he ran out of gas.  The search began after the man failed to show up for work Monday. 




08/24/15

 

MARCELINE DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT 

A Marceline driver was treated for moderate injuries after a weekend accident on Highway 5, just south of Marceline.  It occurred at around 3:20 Saturday morning.  20 year old Dakota W. Heaney, of Marceline, was the driver of a northbound vehicle, which ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and a sign, then became airborne and struck the ground and overturned into a fence.  Heaney was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

  

HUNTSVILLE MOTORCYLIST HURT IN MOBERLY CRASH   

A Huntsville man was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle ran off the road in Moberly, just after midnight Sunday morning.  34 year old Steven Buckler, of Huntsville, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says Buckler’s westbound motorcycle ran off the roadway in a curve at Clark and Franklin Streets in Moberly.  The motorcycle came to rest on top of the driver, on the railroad tracks. 

  

MONROE CITY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED SATURDAY   

A Monroe City motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Saturday afternoon accident on Ralls County Route T, just east of New London.  36 year old Jeffrey S. Narramore, of Monroe City, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm Saturday.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his motorcycle overturned in the roadway. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Boone County Route K at Hill Creek Road, early Sunday morning.  27 year old Jared Zahn, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:45am Sunday.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

  

MEXICO WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH      

A Mexico woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Audrain County Route D, just after 8:30pm Saturday.  The patrol says 50 year old Debra Duchesne, of Mexico, was westbound and failed to negotiate a curve.  Her car ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and went airborne, then collided with a utility pole and overturned.  She was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries. 




08/21/15

 

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL STARTS TONIGHT!!!!!

Join us for a full season of Friday Night Football coverage on both KZBK and KLTI...starting tonight!  KZBK's Pigskin Preview Pregame Show starts at 6pm, featuring weekly visits with Chillicothe's Phil Willard, Milan's John Dabney, Macon Tiger Head Coach Pete Claas and Marceline's Kent O'Laughlin...along with a complete look at tonight's schedule, and plenty of pregame discussion of the Brookfield Bulldogs' weekly matchup. 

 

KLTI's season-long coverage of the Macon Tigers begins with a pregame show at 6:45pm...every week. 

 

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SCAM INVESTIGATION NETS CHILLICOTHE ARREST

A Livingston County Sheriff’s scam and fraud investigation has netted the arrest of a Chillicothe woman.  Investigators say multiple wire transactions involved one or more victims from outside the state of Missouri.  A Livingston County arrest warrant was issued for 47 year old Elizabeth D. Fechtig, of Chillicothe, for alleged felony stealing.  She surrendered to Chillicothe Police and has posted bond, as the investigation continues. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH 2012 CAR THEFTS  

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department also reports two arrests, after an investigation into the theft of two vehicles in October 2012.  Officials say 27 year old Dennis Pickering, of Braymer and 29 year old Dennis Patrick Blankenship, of Chillicothe were both taken into custody this week.  Both suspects face two felony counts each of tampering with a motor vehicle.  Cash bond was set at $5,000 dollars. 

  

FALLEN BRICKS EFFECT ROYAL THEATER BUILDING 

The Royal Theater Building in downtown Macon is beginning repairs after it was discovered this week that some bricks had fallen from the front of the building.  No one was injured when the bricks fell.  A section of North Rubey Street in front of the building has been closed until repairs can be made.  Officials say the Theater remains open for business and they hope repairs can be completed in time for the next show, which is scheduled to start at the end of September. 

  

ATV ACCIDENT KILLS MOKANE MAN     

A Mokane, MO man was killed in a Thursday afternoon ATV accident on private property in Callaway County.  77 year old Darrell Krebs, of Mokane, died in the accident.  The patrol says Krebs was traveling through a wooded area when his ATV overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

BOONE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER TREATED FOR FLEAS

The Boone County Government Center was back open for business Thursday, after getting treated for fleas overnight Wednesday night.  Officials say the center closed Wednesday evening and the flea treatment was done after multiple employees had reported fleas in the building.  The entire facility was treated and no further problems are anticipated.  Last week, the Columbia Public Library was closed for three days for multiple chemical treatments of a flea infestation.  




08/20/15

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH HEALTH CARE FRAUD  

The owner of First Choice Orthotics and Prosthetics, 53 year old Theodore E. Deininger, of Kirksville, is accused of health care fraud, after an investigation by federal prosecutors.  Deininger was indicted in a federal courtroom in St. Louis on August 5.  Court documents allege the company bought used prosthetic limbs online, then passed them off as new to patients and billed Medicare as if they were new.  The indictment accuses Deininger of fraudulent claims to Medicare totaling $150,000 dollars.  First Choice Orthotics and Prosthetics has also operated locations in Moberly, Trenton and Hannibal…and Bloomfield and Keokuk, Iowa.  Deininger has pleaded not guilty. 

  

MOTORCYCLIST LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH

A motorcyclist was life-flighted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, after an accident on Highway 6, just west of Hurdland in Knox County.  It occurred at around 3:45pm Wednesday.  22 year old Alec T. Selby, of Quincy, Illinois, was seriously injured.  The patrol says he was partially ejected from his eastbound motorcycle, when it ran off the highway. 

  

FOUR HURT IN CHILLICOTHE ACCIDENT   

Chillicothe Police report an injury accident, which occurred in Chillicothe on Monday.  Officers were called to the intersection of Washington and Clay Streets, where a vehicle driven by Felicia P. Martin, struck the rear of a vehicle driven by Daniel D. Leatherman.  Officers say a passenger in Martin’s vehicle had become trapped under the dash and has to be extricated.  Both drivers and that passenger were taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.  An infant in Martin’s vehicle was also treated at the hospital.  Felicia Martin was cited for following too closely and failure to maintain insurance. 

  

HOWARD COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY     

A Howard County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to child sex crimes.  Officials say 42 year old Darrell Hamilton pleaded guilty in Howard County court to two counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of possession of child pornography.  Hamilton admitted to inappropriate sexual contact with two children.  He is scheduled for sentencing on October 21. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING MALL OFFICER  

A Columbia man is accused of attacking a security officer at the Columbia Mall this week.  25 year old Eric Smith was arrested Tuesday morning.  The officer says Smith was sleeping at the Columbia Mall when he was told to leave.  He allegedly refused, punched the security officer in the face and fled the scene.  Smith is in custody on assault and other charges. 




08/19/15

 

NOVINGER DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH    

A Novinger driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday evening accident on Highway 63 in Macon County.  24 year old Austin A. Williams, of Novinger, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm.  The patrol says Williams’ southbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned, just south of Excello.  A passenger, 25 year old Cory Pinkstone, of Kirksville, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

HIGBEE DRIVER SUFFERS MEDICAL CONDITION 

A Higbee man died when he suffered a medical condition while driving on Randolph County Route B, just east of Higbee, Tuesday afternoon.  54 year old Mark D. Tuggle, of Higbee, was pronounced dead at the scene, just after 1pm.  The patrol says he suffered a medical condition and his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck several small trees. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN MOBERLY BANK ROBBERY 

A Columbia man has been sentenced to more than 7 years in prison, in connection with the August, 2014 armed robbery of the Bank Midwest in Moberly.  26 year old Clarence Lamont Williams, of Columbia, was sentenced to 92 months in prison.  He and 24 year old Daniel Mark Rudroff, also of Columbia, have both pleaded guilty to bank robbery in the case.  Rudroff will be sentenced in federal court on September 21. 

  

PREGNANT WOMAN INJURED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING       

Columbia Police are investigating a shooting incident, which occurred Tuesday night, in the 600 block of Lynn Street in Columbia.  Officers were called to the area at around 8:45pm.  Reports indicated a 20 year old pregnant woman suffered a gunshot wound.and was transported to the hospital by private vehicle.  Her injuries were non-life-threatening.  No suspect information has been released at this time.  The investigation continues. 




08/18/15

 

DRIVER KILLED IN TRENTON TRAFFIC CRASH 

A Trenton driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident, just after 10 o’clock Monday night.  25 year old Brandon Bouzek, of Trenton, died in the accident.  The patrol says he was eastbound on 17th Street in Trenton, when his car ran off the roadway into a shallow ditch.  It struck a driveway culvert and went airborne, struck and broke off a utility pole, then slid through a residential yard and struck a tree and a residence.  No one in the residence was injured.  Bouzek was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, where he was pronounced dead.  

 

ELDERLY MEMPHIS COUPLE KILLED IN IOWA COLLISION     

An elderly Memphis couple were among four persons killed when a car pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer at a Central Iowa intersection.  It occurred Friday afternoon at the junction of Routes 21 and 30.  89 year old George A. Eggers and 88 year old Delorise L. Eggers, both of Memphis, died in the accident.  They were passengers in a southbound car driven by 68 year old William C. Willis, of San Antonio, TX.  Reports indicate Willis pulled into the intersection and into the path of the semi.  Willis and his wife were also killed in the crash. 

 

MACON POLICE REPORT DRUG ARRESTS 

The Macon Police Department reports a pair of drug arrests, which occurred over the weekend. 

On Friday, officers responded to a report of suspicious activity in a vehicle.  A traffic stop netted the arrest of two suspects, 18 year old Ariana C. Duckworth and 18 year old Isabelle M. Kaszas, both of Macon.  Both were charged with possession of meth.  Duckworth’s bond was set at $45,000 dollars, while Kaszas’ was held on $9,000 dollars bond. 

A Sunday traffic stop resulted in the arrest of 36 year old Robert E. Elam, of New Cambria.  He was charged with possession of meth.  Elam remained in custody, at last report, on $45,000 dollars bond.


SEARCH WARRANT NETS STOLEN ITEMS – MARIJUANA PLANTS

A recent search warrant, served at a rural Livingston County location by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, resulted in charges in connection with a Daviess County burglary. Officers recovered a chainsaw and tool box that was reported stolen from a Daviess County business.  They also seized several marijuana plants.  Suspects have been charged in connection with the burglary.  Additional charges in Livingston County are pending. 

 

TWO HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT    

Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early this (Tues) morning on an Audrain County Road. 18 year old Daniel Escamilla, of Columbia, was the driver of a southbound car, with two passengers riding in the trunk of the vehicle.  The patrol says both passengers were ejected from the vehicle as it skidded around a curve.  18 year old Larissa Galarza, of Columbia and 21 year old Stephanie Walker, of Laddonia both sustained moderate injuries.  Both were treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center. 

 

EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND NEAR COLUMBIA MOTEL       

Columbia Police investigated the discovery of an apparent explosive device, found near the Columbia Red Roof Inn, Monday evening.  Officials say the device was found at a nearby construction site and investigators confirmed that it was capable of damage.  All guests and employees at the motel were evacuated just before 6pm and the device was destroyed by the Columbia Police Department’s Bomb Squad. 




08/17/15

 

TRACTOR ACCIDENT SERIOUSLY INJURES MEMPHIS MAN    

A Memphis driver was life-flighted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, after an accident involving a farm tractor, Sunday morning.  62 year old Ronnie Krause, of Memphis, was seriously injured in the accident, which occurred at around 7:30am.  The patrol says he was attempting to load the tractor onto a flatbed trailer, when the front end slid and elevated, and the tractor overturned. 

  

TWO HURT IN LA PLATA AREA ACCIDENT 

A La Plata teenager and a Columbia man were both treated for moderate injuries, after a Saturday afternoon accident on Route 156, just west of La Plata.  The patrol says 24 year old Timothy Sizemore, of La Plata, was the driver of an eastbound car, which ran off the roadway and struck a tree and an embankment.  Two passengers in the car, 19 year old Briana Allemang, of La Plata and 27 year old Cody Baringer, of Columbia both suffered moderate injuries.  They were both treated Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

BOSWORTH MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT  

A flat tire caused a one-vehicle accident on Highway 65 in Saline County, which injured a Bosworth driver.  60 year old Robert Runyan, of Bosworth, was treated for moderate injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after noon Sunday.  The patrol says he lost control of his vehicle when a tire rapidly deflated.  It ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

SERIOUS INJURY FOR LONG BRANCH LAKE WATER SKIIER    

A Columbia man was seriously injured while water skiing on Long Branch Lake, over the weekend.  The accident occurred Saturday afternoon at around 3:30pm.  55 year old Robert Benedetti, of Columbia, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then flown to University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when he fell while water skiing. 

  

SUSPECT ON THE RUN AFTER BOONE COUNTY PURSUIT     

A Kansas City area woman is in custody and a male suspect remains on the run, after a vehicle pursuit through Boone County, Sunday night.  The patrol says it began when a trooper tried to pull over a truck, which was reported stolen from the Independence area.  A chase ensued on I-70 and onto Highway 63.  The truck then drove into a wooded area off Farrar Road and the male driver fled on foot.  A 24 year old female passenger was taken into custody.  The white male suspect, described as about 40 years old and last seen wearing a white tank top, remained on the loose overnight. 




08/14/15

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN HURT IN COLLISION WITH FARM TRACTOR

A Kirksville man suffered moderate injuries when his truck collided with a farm tractor on Linn County Route E, west of Browning.  It occurred at around 11:30 Thursday morning.  The patrol says 64 year old Terry J. Nault, of Kirksville, was eastbound when he crested a hill and struck the tractor in the roadway.  Nault was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton with moderate injuries.  The driver of the tractor, from Greenwood, Indiana, was not injured. 

  

THIRD SUSPECT ARRESTED IN DRUG INVESTIGATION

The arrest of two suspects on drug charges, reported by the Chillicothe Police Department, led to a third arrest in the investigation, by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies.  30 year old Krystal Marie Anderson and 36 year old David A. Mace, both of Chillicothe, were arrested after a Tuesday evening traffic stop by Chillicothe Police.  That investigation led to a search warrant at a residence in Wheeling and the arrest of 52 year old Daniel W. Phelps, of Wheeling.  All three suspects are charged with possession with intent to distribute meth and are being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

CHILLICOTHE ART GUILD GETS TAX CREDITS 

Renovation plans for Chillicothe’s Cultural Corner-Art Guild and Gallery got a major boost from the State of Missouri on Wednesday, with an announcement by State Senator David Pearce.  Pearce appeared at a reception, hosted by the Art Guild, where he announced tax credits valued at $350,000 dollars, through the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Neighborhood Assistance Program.  Those tax credits will assist the Art Guild in raising $500,000 dollars towards a renovation of the facility in downtown Chillicothe.  

 

TWO CHILD ABUSE SUSPECTS BEING SOUGHT   

Columbia Police are seeking two suspects, after an investigation into allegations of child abuse.  26 year old Kattie Palen, of Columbia and 28 year old Trevor Bruce, of Moberly, are both wanted on a child abuse warrant.  Authorities say Palen’s 5-month old son was treated at University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital in January.  An investigation indicated his injuries were inconsistent with the couple’s story.  Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact Columbia Police…or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

COLUMBIA LIBRARY TO REOPEN FRIDAY     

The Columbia Public Library plans to be open Friday, as exterminators worked again Thursday to stop a flea infestation.  The library was shut both Wednesday and Thursday, to allow time for the treatment to work.  Patrons reported being bitten by fleas in different areas of the library.  Officials say the flea treatment has solved the problem and, once again, the library is expected to be open for normal hours today.   




08/13/15

 

HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION KILLS FOUR MEN    

A Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 63 in Randolph County killed four occupants of two vehicles.  It occurred at around 12:20pm, south of the Renick Junction.  The patrol says a northbound vehicle, driven by 64 year old Richard W. Painter, of Queen City, ran off the roadway, crossed the median and entered the southbound lanes of 63, where it collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by 56 year old Joseph D. Black, of Salisbury.  Both drivers were killed in the collision.  A passenger in each vehicle also died…in Painter’s vehicle, that passenger was 62 year old Robert Painter of Edina and in Black’s vehicle, 51 year old James E. Polson, of Moberly, was also killed. 

  

CHILLICOTHE CHILD STRUCK AT STATE FAIR CAMPGROUND  

A four-year old girl from Chillicothe escaped with just minor injuries, after she was struck by a truck while riding a bicycle at the Missouri State Fairgrounds campground, Wednesday night.  The accident occurred just after 8pm.  The patrol says the girl veered into the truck, which was driven by a Wellsville man.  She then fell off the bicycle and was run over by the truck.  Amazingly, the four-year-old suffered only minor injuries and was treated and released at Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. 

  

CHILLICOTHE TRAFFIC STOP NETS DRUG ARRESTS   

A traffic stop by Chillicothe Police, this week, netted two drug arrests.  On Tuesday, Officers conducted a traffic stop on Business 36 in Chillicothe, near Mitchell Avenue.  As a result, Krystal Marie Anderson and David Aaron Mace were both arrested for possession of meth with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  They were processed and taken to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

NEIGHBORS HELP RESIDENTS ESCAPE FULTON FIRE   

Firefighters say an early-morning structure fire in Fulton resulted in no significant injuries, thanks to neighbors, who helped the occupants out.  Fire crews were called to the historic home at around 5:30am Wednesday and found heavy flames showing from the second floor.  The occupants of the home had all ready been assisted to safety by neighbors.  The heavy flames and intense heat forced firefighters to back out of the home.  It was destroyed in the blaze. 




08/12/15

 

MARSHALL MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

A Marshall driver was seriously injured in a collision on Highway 65 at Route H, in Saline County, just before 11:30 Tuesday morning.  43 year old Carl Girard, of Marshall, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  The patrol says Girard changed lanes on northbound 65 and then braked to make a left turn.  His car was struck in the rear by another vehicle, driven by 22 year old Kelby Case, of Marshall. Girard’s car overturned after impact.  Case and his passenger, 16 year old Jonathan Scarborough, of Marshall, were both treated for moderate injuries at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 

 
MODERATE INJURIES IN FARM TRACTOR-TRAIN COLLISION   

A driver from Farber suffered moderate injuries when his farm tractor was struck by a train on an Audrain County road.  The accident occurred just after 8 o’clock Tuesday night.  58 year old Edward Babb, of Farber, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says his northbound farm tractor failed to yield at a railroad crossing and pulled into the path of the eastbound train. 

  

ALBANY BAND DIRECTOR ACCUSED OF RAPE   

A northwest Missouri band director is charged with four counts of statutory rape, in connection with alleged sexual contact with a student.  Albany School District Band Director Christopher Hensley is accused in the case.  The incidents allegedly occurred in May and July of this year.  Hensley has been placed on leave by the school district until the investigation is completed. Hensley is being held in the Harrison County Jail on $50,000 dollars bond. 

  

NICKELL’S JURY TRIAL POSTPONED TO AUGUST 31   

The jury trial for a Brookfield man, accused of attempted enticement of a child, which was scheduled to begin today, has been postponed.  57 year old Ronald Gene Nickell, of Brookfield, was living in Meadville at the time of his arrest, last year.  He was charged after he allegedly attempted to arrange a meeting with a Kirksville detective posing as a 13 year old girl on line.  Nickell was scheduled to go on trial in Adair County today.  A new trial date has been set for August 31. 




08/11/15

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY CHILD SEX OFFENSE ARREST

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has completed an investigation into allegations of child sex offenses, which began in February.  65 year old Harold Hamrick, of Chillicothe, is in custody on a warrant for two counts of statutory sodomy, one count of attempted statutory rape and 2 counts of child molestation.  Hamrick is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional jail on $500,000 dollars bond.  The investigation included assistance by the Child Advocacy Center and the State Technical Assistance Team. 

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN RUN OVER IN DRIVEWAY  

A Chillicothe woman was injured Monday, when a trailer rolled over her on a Chillicothe driveway.  It occurred in the 1200 block of Locust Street.  Officers say Imogene Grouse was attempting to hook up the trailer to her vehicle, when it started to roll down an incline in the drive.  Grouse fell to the ground as she attempted to stop the vehicle from rolling and the trailer rolled over both of her legs.  She was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. 

 

BOATER SAFETY CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE   

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced plans for a boater safety certification course, to be offered in Kirksville later this month.  It’ll be held on Saturday, August 29, from 9am to 4pm, at the Adair County Ambulance District Training Facility, located on West Potter Avenue in Kirksville.  There is no fee for the course, however, seating will be limited to 30 attendees, so students are required to pre-register on-line.  For more details, to register for the course or to see a list of other locations available, check out the Highway Patrol’s homepage at mshp.dps.mo.gov. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED AFTER CYBER-CRIME INVESIGATION

A Columbia man faces multiple charges, including suspected sexual exploitation of a minor, after an investigation by the Columbia Police Department’s Cyber Crimes Task Force.  35 year old Steve O’Neill, of Columbia, was arrested last week, after a review of his home computer revealed numerous images created by videotaping and photographing females without their knowledge.  Authorities say one of the victims was under 14 years of age. 

 

MEXICO MAN FLEES FROM OFFICERS   

A Mexico man faces multiple charges after a weekend pursuit by Mexico Police.  Officers say they observed the suspect, 37 year old Joseph Hultz, Jr. driving without license plates on South Clark Street in Mexico at around 2 o’clock Sunday morning.  When they attempted to stop the vehicle, Hultz allegedly led officers on a pursuit into the 1000 block of South Olive Street.  The suspect then ran from his vehicle and was arrested after a short foot pursuit.  He is charged with driving while revoked, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle and resisting arrest. 

 

NIXON APPOINTS COUNTY OFFICIALS     

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed Columbia business owner Thomas Darrough as the new Boone County Treasurer.  Darrough replaces Nicole Galloway, who was appointed as State Auditor in April.  Former Boone County Treasurer Kay Murray had been serving on an interim basis.  Darrough has owned and operated a Columbia construction firm since 2002 and also has extensive experience in software management. 

Nixon also announced the appointment of Diana L. Thomas, of Boonville, as the new Cooper County Collector.  Thomas, who manages the Columbia motor vehicle and driver’s license office and previously operated the fee office in Boonville, takes over the position left vacant by the death of former collector Carol Nauman. 




08/10/15

 

FATAL ACCIDENT AT BROOKFIELD INTERSECTION 

A Springfield driver was killed in a collision at the Highway 36/Business 36 interchange at the west edge of Brookfield, just before noon Saturday.  31 year old Nikki M. Dean, of Springfield, died in the accident.  The patrol says she lost control of her westbound vehicle on wet pavement, as it approached the intersection.  It struck two vehicles, which were stopped at the crossover.  Dean was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  A passenger in her vehicle, 35 year old Casey Dean, of Springfield, was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries.  The two drivers of the stopped vehicles…47 year old Debra Howe, of Chillicothe and 36 year old Holly Lindsay, of Brookfield…both escaped with minor injuries. 

  

MADISON TEENS HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH 

Two Madison teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday night on Route 151, just north of Madison.  17 year old Joseph Hancock was the driver of a southbound pickup.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, at around 8pm.  Hancock was treated for minor injuries.  A passenger, 17 year old Molly Clampitt, of Madison, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

THREE HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 ACCIDENT  

A Friday evening accident on Highway 63 in Boone County injured three occupants of a northbound vehicle.  45 year old Sue Hall, of Sturgeon, was the driver.  The patrol says the rear passenger tire of the vehicle blew out and it ran off the roadway, into the median and overturned, coming to rest on the southbound lanes of the highway.  Hall was treated for moderate injuries.  A passenger, 61 yea5r old Martin Hall, of Higbee, also sustained moderate injuries.  A 3 year old child from Macon, who was also a passenger in the vehicle, was treated for minor injuries.  All three were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

LA PLATA MAN CHARGED AFTER METH BUST

A La Plata man is charged with manufacturing meth and possession of marijuana, after an investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force.  51 year old Donald Wilhelm was arrested last week, after officers executed a search warrant at his La Plata area home.  Investigators say Wilhelm was apprehended in his yard with a complete meth lab.  He is being held on $150,000 dollars cash only bond. 

  

ARREST MADE AFTER TWO-MONTH RAPE INVESTIGATION 

A two-month investigation by University of Missouri Police has netted the arrest of a man wanted for alleged rape and robbery.  40 year old Mohamed Mostafa was arrested Saturday evening.  He is charged with second-degree rape and robbery in connection with an incident, which occurred on May 29.  The female victim told investigators she left the downtown area with the suspect and he allegedly raped her in the area of University Hall.  Mostafa is being held on $500,000 dollars bond.  




08/07/15

 

BROOKFIELD & MARCELINE FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES SATURDAY

Believe it or not, there’s high school football in the area this weekend. 

The Brookfield Athletic Booster Club will host the annual Aquafina/Gatorade Scimmage, Saturday evening at Burlington Field.  CORRECTED TIMES!!!  Gates will open at 6pm and Bulldogs will be introduced at 7pm.  Admission is one Aquafina or Gatorade product.  The Booster Club will serve free hot dogs at the event, again gates open at 5pm Saturday evening at Burlington Field. 

Marceline’s fall sports athletes will be introduced at Chester Ray Stadium Saturday evening, beginning at 6pm, followed by a football scrimmage and then the annual Powderpuff football game at 7pm.  The Tigers Booster Club will host a dessert and ice cream supper, starting at 5:30pm. 

  

MACON MAN WANTED AFTER SKIPPING TRIAL  

A Macon man is wanted by authorities after he failed to show up for a jury trial last week, on statutory sodomy charges.  The trial for 57 year old Larry D. Thompson was scheduled to begin last Thursday.  A judge issued an arrest warrant immediately after Thompson failed to appear.  His bond is set at $100,000 dollars.  He is accused of sexual abuse against an underage child, beginning in 2007 or 2008.  Thompson has been free on $9,000 dollars bond since his arrest in November of 2012.  Anyone with information on Thompson’s whereabouts should contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement. 

  

MURDER SUSPECT TURNS HIMSELF IN TO COLUMBIA POLICE   

A St. Joseph murder suspect is in custody, after he turned himself in to Columbia Police Wednesday night.  32 year old Charles Coats was wanted for second degree murder, in connection with an argument that turned deadly at his St. Joseph home on Saturday.  Coats walked into the lobby of Columbia Police Headquarters, just before 11pm Wednesday, and turned himself in.  He is being held without bond. 

  

NO FOUL PLAY IN COLUMBIA DROWNING DEATH 

Preliminary autopsy results showed no evidence of foul play in the death of 27 year old Gaspar Soto-Reza, of Columbia, whose body was recovered from a lake in the County Downes Subdivision this week.  Soto-Reza went missing early Saturday morning, after telling friends he was going swimming.  A medical examiner’s preliminary report says drowning is suspected as the cause of death.  Final toxicology results won’t be available for a few weeks. 

  

FULTON TEEN INJURED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT   

A Fulton teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Callaway County Route J.  It occurred just after 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  19 year old Brianna Cavins, of Fulton, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 




08/06/15

 

BROOKFIELD MAN DROWNS AT CITY LAKE 

A Brookfield man drowned while fishing at the Brookfield City Lake Wednesday.  Linn County Coroner Kenny Creason has identified the victim as 66 year old Byron Byrd, of Brookfield.  Authorities say Byrd, who has an artificial leg and a walker, was fishing on the bank of the City Lake Wednesday morning.  Investigators believe he lost his balance and fell in.  Byrd’s body was found submerged near a fishing dock.  No foul play is suspected. 

  

BEVIER HOMECOMING CARNIVAL WORKER CHARGED  

A carnival worker with Fun Time Shows, which is currently working the Bevier Homecoming celebration, is charged with stealing more than $1,000 dollars in quarters from the carnival.  34 year old Christopher N. Sanders, of Tampa, Florida, is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, theft and receiving stolen property.  A pickup truck from the carnival was reported stolen Tuesday and a Highway Patrol trooper found a trailer and game broken into and the quarters missing.  Officials say Sanders later returned to the fairgrounds with the stolen vehicle.  Video surveillance at the Moberly Walmart shows Sanders driving the stolen pickup and cashing in approximately $971 dollars in quarters.  More quarters and a new X-Box One were found with Sanders’ belongings.  Carnival officials say the X-Box was believed to have been stolen from the carnival at a previous stop.  Sanders bond is set at $9,000 dollars.  His arraignment is set for today. 

  

LA PLATA HOLDING FUNDRAISER FOR AMISH BOY    

The La Plata community will hold a fundraising supper and auction to support a 12 year old Amish boy, who was seriously injured in a farm accident, in June.  12 year old Henry Schwartz, Jr. has been hospitalized and endured multiple surgeries in the two months since the accident, which occurred on June 1.  The English and Amish friends of the Schwartz family will hold a benefit supper and auction at the La Plata American Legion Building, Friday evening from 5 to 7pm.  Anyone who would like to donate can contact La Plata City Hall. 

  

THREE HURT IN ACCIDENT NEAR PARIS     

Three persons were injured in a Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 15, just south of Paris.  It occurred at around 1:45pm.  The patrol says a northbound vehicle driven by 72 year old Carolyn Elkins, of Paris, crossed the center line into the path of an oncoming van, driven by 26 year old Ashley Smith of Paris.  Smith suffered moderate injuries and a six year old passenger in her vehicle sustained minor injuries.  Both were treated at Audrain County Medical Center.  Elkins refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN WALMART PARKING LOT     

A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday night, after police saw him being chased across the parking lot of the Grindstone Parkway Walmart.  Employees chased the suspect, Matthew Newcom, after he allegedly attempted to shoplift DVD’s and video games.  Newcom was arrested for stealing and resisting arrest. 




08/05/15

 

TRENTON FIREFIGHTER FUNERAL WEDNESDAY  

The City of Trenton will suspend all non-emergency services today as the community mourns the death of firefighter Eric Lorenz.  The 30 year old, 10-year veteran of the Trenton Fire Department was killed Saturday in a skydiving accident in Lafayette County.  Authorities say Lorenz’ parachute malfunctioned and failed to deploy.  Funeral services for Lieutenant Eric Lorenz will be held this (Wed) morning at 11:30am in the Trenton High School Gym. 

  

FORMER KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH MOLESTING CHILD

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  a former Kirksville resident is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy, after being accused of sexually molesting an underage male relative.  57 year old James W. Gibson, now of Salem, MO, was arrested Tuesday.  The two alleged incidents occurred in 2012 and involved a person under the age of 12.  Gibson’s bond has been set at $150,000 dollars. 

  

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND  

This Friday thru Sunday, qualifying back-to-school purchases can be completed without paying sales tax, during Missouri’s annual Back-to School sales tax holiday.  State sales tax is waived on a variety of back-to-school purchases, including up to $100 in clothing, up to $50 per purchase of school supplies, computer software up to $350 and personal computers up to $3,500.  Several area counties and cities are also participating in the sales tax holiday this weekend.  For completed details on those participating communities and on the list of qualifying purchase, check out the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website…dor.mo.gov.

  

PAIR OF COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERIES     

Columbia Police responded to a pair of armed robberies Tuesday night.  Officers were called to Midwest Petroleum, off South Providence Road, at around 7:30pm.  Within ten minutes, another robbery call came in, at Dominos, off Green Meadows Way.  Both incidents involved male suspects who entered the businesses armed with a handgun and demanding cash.  No other details have been released.  Anyone with information should contact Columbia Police. 

  

BODY OF MISSING MAN RECOVERED     

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says the body of a missing Columbia man was recovered Tuesday.  27 year old Gaspar Soto-Reza went missing Saturday morning near the County Downes Subdivision, located north of Columbia.  Emergency personnel searched a nearby lake over the weekend, after Soto-Reza told friends he was going swimming.  No official cause of death has been released, as an autopsy has not yet been performed. 




08/04/15

 

OVERNIGHT HEAVY RAIN CAUSING FLASH FLOODING

A flash flood warning is in effect this morning for northeastern Linn County, Macon County, northern Randolph County and parts of Shelby and Monroe Counties, after several rounds of heavy rain have rolled through the area overnight.  Doppler radar estimates a swath of 3 to 5 inch rainfall amounts have occurred across parts of the warned area and periods of heavy rain are continuing this morning.  The flash flood warning remains in effect thru 9am.  Motorists are urged to be extremely cautious this morning.  Be prepared for flooded areas and do not drive into water over the roadway. 

  

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED    

A Huntsville driver was seriously injured when her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Randolph County Route BB, just west of Moberly.  It occurred Monday morning at around 8:20am.  61 year old Linda Frazer, of Huntsville, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says she failed to see the tractor-trailer, which was stopped at a private driveway and partially in the roadway.  Frazer’s vehicle struck the semi in the rear. 

  

BEVIER DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT      

A Bevier driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Hawk Avenue, southwest of Bevier, Monday afternoon.  21 year old Tyler Cunningham, of Bevier, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm.  The patrol says his northbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a muddy creek bed. 

  

LADDONIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN ACCIDENT  

A Laddonia driver was seriously injured when her car ran off an Audrain County roadway, just after 9 o’clock Monday night.  53 year old Eugena Cartee, of Laddonia, was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle and it ran off the roadway and struck a ditch and a tree.  

  

NEMO POLICE OFFICER CHARGED IN DOMESTIC INCIDENT 

A northeast Missouri Police officer is charged with domestic assault, after an incident Sunday afternoon.  42 year old Michele Miller, of Memphis, who is a part-time officer with the Kahoka Police Department, is accused of pointing a handgun at a female family member in a threatening manner.  Memphis Police were called to her home Sunday afternoon.  Court documents say Miller told police that she came home from a float trip and the victim had not completed her chores.  She is charged with misdemeanor domestic assault and is free on bond.  The Kahoka Police Department has suspended Miller without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. 

  

OFFICERS CLEARED IN COLUMBIA SUSPECT SHOOTING 

A special prosecutor says no charges will be filed against two Columbia police officers who shot and killed a suspect, 51 year old Mark Adair, during an April incident in the Hitt Street parking garage.  The prosecutor says body camera video confirms all of the statements from witnesses and that the Columbia Police officer and University of Missouri Police Officer were justified in the shooting, which occurred after Adair drew a weapon and charged the officers. 




08/03/15

 

TRENTON MAN KILLED IN SKYDIVING ACCIDENT  

A Trenton firefighter was killed in a sky-diving accident near Lexington, over the weekend.  A release from the Trenton Fire Department says 30 year old Eric Lorenz, of Trenton, died in the accident, which occurred on Saturday.  Lieutenant Lorenz, who was a ten-year veteran of the Trenton Fire Department, leaves behind a wife and two young children.  No further details about the accident have been released. 

 

CHILLICOTHE TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT  

A Chillicothe teen was life-flighted to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 36, just east of Utica, at around 2 o’clock Sunday morning.  16 year old Briana Cairns, of Chillicothe, was the driver of an eastbound pickup, which ran off the roadway, into the median, and overturned.  She was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and then life-flighted to Liberty with serious injuries.  A passenger, 16 year old Kaitlyn Plumb, of Eudora, KS, was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center. 

 

LANCASTER DRIVER HURT IN SCOTLAND COUNTY CRASH   

A Lancaster driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 136, just west of Memphis, early Saturday morning.  It occurred just before 3am.  The patrol says 30 year old Wilfadeo Perez, of Lancaster, was westbound when his SUV ran off the highway, struck a sign and tree and overturned.  Perez was treated for serious injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

 

HUNTSVILLE MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT

A Huntsville motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries when her motorcycle ran off Randolph County Route BB, just east of Moberly, Saturday afternoon.  It occurred at around 12:20pm.  The patrol says 58 year old Janine Agee, of Huntsville, was ejected from her motorcycle when it struck an embankment and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

 

MONROE CITY TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT    

A Monroe City teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday night accident on Highway 61, near New London.  The patrol says 17 year old Caitlin Reese, of Monroe City, was the driver of a northbound car, which ran off the roadway when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel, just after 11pm.  The car struck a ditch and then a rock bluff.  She was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

 

PARIS MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN COLE COUNTY COLLISION 

A Paris motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday afternoon collision involving two motorcycles, on a Cole County Road.  30 year old Lance Ketchum, of Paris, was treated at Capitol Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 12:40pm.  The patrol says his southbound motorcycle turned into the path of an oncoming bike, driven by 23 year old Dustin Kremer, of Wardsville.  Kremer was seriously injured and was flown to University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

SEARCH FOR MISSING SWIMMER CONTINUES   

A second day of searching for a missing swimmer at a Boone County lake turned up nothing.  Emergency crews spend both Saturday and Sunday searching for the 27 year old man, who went missing Saturday, after he told friends he was going swimming in a lake in the County Downs subdivision.  Officials say they have not confirmed that the man went into the lake, but he did not show up for work Saturday and his clothes, cell phone and vehicle were all found near the lake.  Emergency crews will determine how to continue the search Monday.  




07/31/15

 

LA PLATA TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED      

A La Plata teenager was seriously injured when a vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 156, west of La Plata, Thursday evening.  17 year old Caitlin Crockett was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 8pm.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 19 year old Mona Draken, of La Plata.  The patrol says she attempted to turn onto the highway and pulled into the path of the tractor-trailer. 

  

PRINCETON AREA TEENAGER MISSING   

The Highway Patrol has issued an endangered person advisory for a missing Mercer County teenager.  Authorities say 15 year old Corrisma Jean Cook, of Princeton, was not home when she was supposed to be picked up for work, Wednesday morning.  She is believed to possibly be in the company of an Eagleville man, nicknamed ‘Money’. Officials say they may be en route to Lufkin, TX.  Corrisma Jean Cook is described as a white female, age 15, about 5-6 and 135 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.  Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect or vehicle is urged to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office.  

  

FIRE PROMPTS DRUG ARREST AT GREEN CASTLE HOME       

A fire in a parked school bus led to the arrest of a Green Castle man on meth charges this week.  55 year old Rickie C. Pinkerton is charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia after a Highway Patrol Trooper was dispatched to a structure fire on Pinkerton’s property.  They say a school bus, which was used as a storage unit, caught fire.  Adair County deputies and the trooper said they were invited into the residence and found marijuana on the kitchen table.  A ‘consent search’ of the home also turned up drug paraphernalia and a substance that field-tested positive for meth.  Pinkerton is free on bond, pending a court appearance next week. 

  

ROBBERY SUSPECTS SHOT AND ARRESTED     

A pair of Kansas City armed robbery suspects led authorities on a multi-county car chase, which lasted more than an hour and spanned more than 100 miles, Thursday afternoon.  The two men were arrested after an exchange of gunfire with officers in the Lake of the Ozarks area.  Authorities say the two men drove a stolen vehicle into mid-Missouri on I-70, but crashed the vehicle just after 1pm in Callaway County.  An employee at RC Auto Body, near the crash scene, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he was shot as the suspects stole a vehicle from the body shop.  They fled toward the Lake of the Ozarks area.  In Hickory County, the men finally stopped and exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers.  Both suspects suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.  Their names have not been released.  Both are being treated for their injuries. 

  

SEVERAL IN CUSTODY AFTER COLUMBIA PURSUIT   

Several people are in custody after a brief police pursuit in central Columbia Thursday night.  Police are not releasing many details, so far.  The chase began on Benton Street, after a person in a vehicle attempted to flee from police.  The suspect was later arrested on East Forest Avenue.  Several other persons in the vehicle were also taken into custody.  More details are expected to be released today. 




07/29/15

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY  

A Kirksville man is accused of walking into an apartment and stealing more than $100 dollars in cash, over the weekend.  29 year old David C. Hagerman, of Kirksville, is charged with burglary and theft after the incident, which occurred Sunday night.  The alleged victim told police that he heard a knock at this door Sunday night.  When he came out of his bedroom he says he saw Hagerman in the apartment and money missing from his table.  Police later stopped Hagerman and allegedly found cash in the trunk of his car.  He is being held on $50,000 dollars bond. 

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE REPORT   

This week’s Brookfield Police report includes an assault on a resident of Fessler Vista Apartments.  Late last Friday night, the victim reported two masked men attempting to enter his apartment’s back door.  One of the suspects fled the scene but the other allegedly punched the victim in the face.  The second suspect then fled after the victim knocked him to the ground.  The incident is under investigation. 

Brookfield Police are also investigating a ‘fuel drive-off’ at the Casey’s General Store on Lockling Avenue Saturday night, involving three suspects in a light blue 4-door vehicle….and the theft of a chain hoist from a back yard in the 400 block of East Canal Street, which occurred over the past couple of weeks. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ASSIST IN BURGLARY ARRESTS  

Chillicothe Police report participating in a multi-agency investigation into an early-morning business burglary in Gallatin.  Chillicothe and Gallatin Police cooperated to recover some of the stolen items in Chillicothe and to identify the three suspects involved.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest of one of the suspects in Ludlow.  All three male suspects will face formal charges of burglary and stealing in Daviess County. 

 

THREE INJURED WHEN SUV STRIKES SINKHOLE IN ROADWAY  

Three persons were injured when a vehicle struck a sinkhole on Washington Lane in Perry, Tuesday evening.  18 year old Evan Woodhurst, of Perry, was the driver of the westbound SUV.  The patrol says the accident occurred at around 6pm, when the vehicle struck a sinkhole in the roadway, went airborne, and came to rest on a culvert in the sinkhole.  Woodhurst was treated for minor injuries, but two passengers were also hurt.  20 year old Vanessa Davis, of Perry, was seriously injured.  She was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital and then life-flighted to Columbia.  18 year old Bradley Branham, of Perry, was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional. 

 

COLUMBIA HOME-INVASION UNDER INVESTIGATION  

Columbia Police continue to investigate a home-invasion and assault, which occurred Monday night, near Garth and Grand Avenue in Columbia.  Police say two male suspects forced entry into a home with five people inside.  The suspects showed handguns and demanded cash.  One of the victims was assaulted when he confronted one of the suspects.  He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at an area hospital.  Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS IN PRISON  

A Columbia man will spend ten years in federal prison, after being sentenced for his role in selling cocaine and marijuana.  Levi Coolley, of Columbia, pleaded guilty last year, admitting to planning the sale of several kilograms of cocaine and coordinating delivery from Texas to mid-Missouri.  According to the plea agreement, Coolley’s Columbia stereo business was a front for the drug operation. 




07/28/15

 

TWO HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY COLLISION    

Two Shelbyville residents were injured when two vehicles collided on Highway 15, just south of Shelbyville, Monday afternoon.  The patrol says a southbound car driven by 16 year old Courtney Dodd, of Shelbyville, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by 33 year old Colby Schwieter, of Novelty.  Dodd and her passenger, 49 year old Paula Chrisoffer, of Shelbyville, both suffered moderate injuries.  They were both taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.  Schwieter was treated and released with minor injuries. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN CHARGED AFTER DRIVING STOLEN VEHICLE

A Moberly woman is charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, forgery and tampering with a motor vehicle, after she was allegedly stopped while driving a stolen vehicle over the weekend.  20 year old Jaimee Girdner and a 31 year old passenger were taken into custody Saturday, after Moberly Police spotted the vehicle, which was reported stolen.  A search of the vehicle turned up narcotics and drug paraphernalia.  Girdner was charged and is being held on $55,000 dollars bond.  Her passenger was released after questioning. 

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH FORGERY    

A Kirksville woman faces forgery charges after allegedly altering checks before they were deposited.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Department says an investigation began after a resident reported a $20,000 dollar discrepancy in their bank account.  42 year old Amy McClanahan, of Kirksville, is charged with one count of forgery.  Deputies say she was all ready on probation for a similar incident.  She is being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

COOPER COUNTY MAN SENTENCED FOR SEX CRIMES   

A Cooper County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, after pleading guilty to sex crimes in both Cooper and Howard Counties.  50 year old Raymond Stevens was arrested in February after a decade-long investigation into sex crimes against multiple victims.  He originally faced 16 counts of statutory sodomy in Cooper County and two counts in Howard County.  He pleaded guilty to a total of five counts, and was sentenced to 20 years. 

  

MARCELINE IDA TO REVIEW MOTEL STUDY      

The Marceline Industrial Development Authority will hold a meeting this (Tuesday) evening to discuss a recently-completed feasibility study for a possible new motel in Marceline.  The public is welcome to this evening’s meeting, which will begin at 6:30pm at the Marceline Fire Barn.




07/27/15

 

KIRKSVILLE GIRL SUFFERS GUNSHOT WOUND

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  an 11-year-old Kirksville girl suffered a gunshot wound, while riding in the backseat of her family car on vacation.  Authorities in Pemiscot County, Arkansas, say the family was traveling on Interstate 55 when the driver’s door window blew out.  The 11-year-old in the back seat complained of pain in her neck and it was determined that she suffered a gunshot wound.  Investigation revealed that an individual was shooting his pistol near the highway and a round could have accidentally reached the interstate.  The girl, 11-year-old Rileigh McLain, of Kirksville, was flown to a hospital in Memphis, TN, where she was treated and has been released. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN CHILLICOTHE COLLISION 

A Trenton woman was life-flighted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City after a collision in Chillicothe on Sunday.  Mercedes Elliott, of Trenton, suffered serious injuries in the accident at the corner of Walnut and Second Streets in Chillicothe.  Police say Elliott failed to yield at the intersection and collided with a vehicle driven by Shandie Searcy of Chillicothe.  Searcy was treated for moderate injuries.  Two passengers in Elliott’s vehicle were treated for minor injuries. 

 

SLATER MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND COLLISION    

A Slater man was killed in a weekend accident on Highway 20 in Saline County.  80 year old Roland C. Kitchen, of Slater, died in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm Saturday.  The patrol says his eastbound vehicle crossed the centerline of the highway and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer head-on.  The semi driver, from Malta Bend, was not injured. 

 

KIRKSVILLE TEEN INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH     

A Kirksville teenager escaped with just minor injuries, when her car ran off Adair County Route P, east of Kirksville and overturned, early this (Monday) morning.  18 year old Danielle Chrisman was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 1am.  The patrol says Chrisman’s westbound car ran off the highway and overturned several times, coming to rest on its wheels. 

 

THREE HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY ACCIDENT   

Three occupants of a vehicle were injured in a Friday night accident on Shelby County Route M, just east of Leonard.  It occurred just before 9pm.  The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 41 year old Kimberly Austin, of Clarence, ran off the highway and overturned.  She suffered moderate injuries.  Two teenage passengers in the vehicle, 15 year old Emily Taylor, of Shelbina and 14 year old Ladonna Vincent, of Clarence, both suffered minor injuries.  All three were treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

 

COLUMBIA TEEN TREATED AFTER SUNDAY MORNING CRASH 

A Columbia teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 40 in Boone County, early Sunday morning.  The patrol says 19 year old Megan E. Phillips, of Columbia, apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her eastbound vehicle.  It ran off the highway and struck an embankment, then became airborne, struck the ground and overturned.  She was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST THREE FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS   

Moberly Police report the arrest of three suspects Sunday, for using counterfeit bills.  Officers say they arrested a 65 year old male and two females, age 41 and 46.  The three face multiple counts of forgery, after allegedly attempting to use counterfeit fifty dollar bills.  They’re being held pending the filing of formal charges. 




07/24/15

 

MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES FILED AGAINST KEYTESVILLE COUPLE

New charges have been filed against a Keytesville couple, after a child, found unresponsive in a swimming pool last week, died over the weekend.  The child’s mother, 19 year old Kynzie M. Patino, and step-father, 21 year old Jessie J. Patino, are now charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case.  On July 13, the two-year-old girl was found in a private swimming pool at the couple’s Keytesville residence.  The child died at a Columbia hospital on July 18. 

 

HEAD-ON CRASH KILLS LEWIS COUNTY WOMAN  

A Thursday morning head-on collision in northeast Missouri killed a LaBelle woman and seriously injured a man and two children in the other vehicle.  It occurred at around 7:20am, ten miles north of Lewistown on Route Y.  The patrol says a southbound vehicle, driven by 29 year old Stacey Fletcher, of La Belle, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a northbound truck, driven by 30 year old Damon Wells, of La Belle.  Fletcher was pronounced dead the scene.  Wells and his two children, age six and four, all suffered serious injuries and were all taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. 

 

LA PLATA MAN STILL MISSING SINCE JULY 3  

The search continues for a La Plata man, who has been missing since July 3.  52 year old Brian Charles Murray was last seen on the third, between 11pm and midnight.  La Plata Police and family members are seeking information on his whereabouts.  Murray is described as a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, about 5-10 and 200 pounds, with a peacock tattoo on his right bicep.  His vehicle is also missing…it’s a grey 2003 Ford Escape with Missouri license – YG3-F5J.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the La Plata Police Department. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY REPORTS 100th “MOST WANTED” ARREST

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has announced its 100th arrest, due to citizen tips received via their ‘most wanted’ web page.  Tuesday, authorities in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma, arrested 48 year old Tena Frances Ellison on a Livingston County arrest warrant for a felony check violation.  The warrant dated back to July of 2012.  Citizen tips received through the website helped authorities locate Ellison.  She is Livingston County’s 100th arrest based on tips generated from the website, which originated in 2011. 

 

AMEREN NUCLEAR PLANT SHUT DOWN FOR ‘MINOR LEAK’ 

Ameren’s nuclear power plant, located near Fulton, was shut down early Thursday morning, after officials reported a non-emergency leak in their reaction control system.  The shutdown occurred at 1:15am.  Officials termed the cause as a ‘minor stream leak’ and indicated there were no injuries and there was no risk to the public.  The cause of the problem is under investigation and it is unclear when the plant will resume operations. 

 

FOUR ARRESTS DURING BOONE COUNTY TRAFFIC STOP 

A Boone County traffic stop resulted in four arrests, after deputies report finding four handguns and cocaine in the vehicle.  The car, which was without a front license plate, was stopped on Prathersville road, just after 7:30 Wednesday evening.  22 year old Shewan Martin, 21 year old Lajuan Martin, 24 year old Joseph Luckett and Jonathan Banks were all arrested on various charges. 

 

FIVE MIZZOU MUMPS CASES CONFIRMED, TWO MORE POSSIBLE

The Columbia/Boone County Health Department is working to notify University of Missouri students and campus visitors, after five cases of mumps have been confirmed on the campus.  Officials say all five cases are Mizzou students.  Two more possible cases are pending confirmation by lab results.  Officials say mumps is rarely a serious condition and, for most people, it runs its course in a few days. 




07/23/15

 

WEDNESDAY BOMB THREAT AT TRUMAN BUILDING   

A Wednesday afternoon bomb threat caused the evacuation of the Truman Building in Jefferson City.  Employees were told to evacuate just after 1:30pm, while a K-9 unit swept the building.  It was deemed safe and employees were back at work shortly after 3pm.  An investigation is underway. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Kirksville motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a Wednesday evening accident on Route 149, just north of Connelsville in Adair County.  64 year old Mark Krueger, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident.  It occurred just after 6:30pm.  The patrol says Krueger was ejected from his northbound motorcycle when it struck an animal in the roadway and overturned. 

  

HUNTSVILLE TEENS SUFFER MINOR INJURIES    

Two Huntsville teens escaped with just minor injuries when their pickup overturned off a Randolph County gravel road.  The accident occurred at around 7:10pm Wednesday.  17 year old Dylan Payton was the driver of the southbound truck.  15 year old Madelyne Denslow was his passenger.  Both teens sought their own treatment after the accident.  The patrol says the pickup skidded on the gravel roadway, slid off the road, struck a ditch and overturned.   

  

CHARGES FILED AGAINST KIRKSVILLE MAN    

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A Kirksville man is accused of offering a minor money for sex and then leaving her a threatening voicemail when she refused.  46 year old Daniel B. Manchester is charged with harassment of a minor and patronizing prostitution…both misdemeanor charges.  A probable cause statement says the female victim told police Manchester had frequently harassed her, offered her money for sex and then told her she would regret turning him down. 

  

COLUMBIA MANHUNT NETS BURGLARY ARREST    

A North Columbia manhunt ended with the arrest of a burglary suspect on Wednesday.  51 year old Chandler Bratton is in custody, in connection with a Wednesday morning burglary on Jasmine Way.  He was identified after the homeowner allegedly saw him exit the residence from a back window.  Later in the morning, Bratton was tracked down by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies, near Flurry and Silver Mill Drive, and taken into custody.  




07/22/15

 

NO INJURIES IN COUNTRY CLUB HOME EXPLOSION 

No one was injured when a home at the Brookfield Country Club was destroyed by an explosion, early Tuesday morning.  The Brookfield Fire Department was called to the scene just after midnight Tuesday.  They say the home, owned by Robert and Claire Devoy, was unoccupied at the time of the explosion.  It was totally destroyed by the blast, and minor damage occurred to a few surrounding properties.  The State Fire Marshal’s office was called in to investigate the cause.  They determined that an electric water heater malfunctioned, causing an intense thermal hydraulic explosion.   

  

PAIR OF DRUG RECENT CHILLICOTHE DRUG ARRESTS   

Chillicothe and Livingston County authorities have released details on a couple of recent drug investigations, which netted arrests. 

An investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department netted a drug arrest Monday, and additional arrests are pending.  Officers served a search warrant Monday in the 1700 block of Third Street in Chillicothe.  They say narcotics and drug paraphernalia were seized at that home.  19 year old David Ray Gamble, was arrested on possession charges a short time later.  Investigators say charges against additional individuals are pending as the investigation continues. 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office conducted a drug raid last week, at a residence located in the 600 block of East Avenue in Chillicothe.  Deputies say they seized high-grade methamphetamine, drug distribution equipment and paraphernalia, and just under $2,000 in cash.  34 year old Gary Wayne Wimbush, Jr., of Chillicothe, was arrested at the scene.  He is being held on $75,000 dollars cash bond, as the investigation continues. 

  

PATROL TRAFFIC STOP NETS DRUG ARREST     

A Mexico man faces drug charges, after his arrest by Highway Patrol Troopers in Randolph County.  The patrol says Charles S. Smith, of Mexico, was taken into custody on an outstanding traffic warrant from Camden County.  During the arrest, an inspection of Smith’s vehicle resulted in felony charges of possession of a controlled substance.  He was taken to the Randolph County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

COLUMBIA ATTEMPTED BURGLARY RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS 

Two Columbia suspects face multiple charges after an attempted burglary on Jacobs Place, in Columbia, Tuesday afternoon.  Officers were called after witness reported seeing a suspect trying to open patio doors in the area.  The suspect was identified as 32 year old Edward Cortez Jones, who was on parole for a previous burglary.  He attempted to flee from officers, resulting in a foot chase.  A second suspect, 19 year old Phillicia Warren, of Columbia, allegedly attempted to remove evidence from the scene.  When officers tried to arrest her, she resisted and assaulted one of the officers, who had to be treated for injuries sustained in the incident. 

  

BURGLARY SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT NEAR MIZZOU CAMPUS

Columbia Police are still seeking a suspect, in connection with a burglary, which was reported early this (Wed) morning at 1112 Hamilton Way, just north of the Mizzou Campus.  Police say the report came in just after 1am, and it prompted an alert to MU students.  A search for the suspect included both on and off-campus locations, but netted no arrests.  The investigation is ongoing. 




07/21/15

 

TWO KILLED IN HIGHWAY 36 CRASH  

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 36 in Shelby County killed two occupants of the vehicle, early Monday morning.  It occurred just after 3 o’clock Monday morning, just east of the Shelbina junction on 36.  46 year old Irene Hasty, of Huntington, Indiana, was the driver of the westbound truck.  19 year old Jade Holle, of Beatrice, Nebraska was her passenger.  Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.  The patrol says both women were ejected when the truck ran off the roadway, ran into the median and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN REPORTS STABBING  

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A Kirksville man was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center Monday, after, he says, he was stabbed as he walked along a city street.  29 year old Jason Raasch, of Kirksville, says he was walking on Queens Road in Kirksville at around 2pm when a pickup stopped and the driver approached.  Raasch says he punched the driver and a passenger jumped out of the truck and assaulted him.  Police say Raasch suffered a small puncture wound, but they’re not sure that a stabbing occurred.  They are investigation the incident.  Anyone with information is asked to call Kirksville Police. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER MOBERLY DOMESTIC INCIDENT 

Moberly Police say both a suspect and a victim ended up in custody after a domestic incident, which occurred over the weekend.  Officers were called to the 1000 block of Russhaven Saturday morning, where a 44 year old Columbia woman was accused of assaulting a 30 year old Moberly man.  The woman then allegedly rammed her vehicle into another car, driven by a 30 year old Shelbina woman.  The suspect was arrested for second-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault, and posted $20,000 dollars bond.  During the investigation, officers arrested one of the victims, 30 year old Charles Duane Maldonado, who was wanted on a felony stealing warrant from Vanderburgh County, Indiana.  He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center, awaiting transfer to Indiana authorities. 

  

MORE INFO ON CHILD WHO SUFFERED GUNSHOT WOUND  

Boone County authorities have released more information about a child who suffered a gunshot wound over the weekend, at a home north of Columbia.  Investigators say the 3 year old child apparently accidentally shot himself in the arm on Saturday, at a relative’s home in the 6200 block of Eric Lane.  Witnesses say the child found the firearm in a bedroom of the home and it accidentally discharged.  The investigation has prompted a warning from authorities to be sure guns are properly secured to avoid this type of accident. 




07/20/15

 

SUNDAY MORNING FLASH-FLOODING    

Sunday morning’s heavy rains caused significant flash flooding in north Missouri, particularly through parts of Linn and Chariton Counties, where radar estimated some locations received more than 8 inches of rain, with multiple reports of more than 6 inches.  Brookfield Police and Fire Departments assisted multiple drivers who were stranded by high water and some residents of the Brookfield Village Apartments had to be evacuated from their homes, due to the floodwater.  A total of six families were displaced and received temporary housing assistance from the American Red Cross.  In Chariton County, officials reported numerous secondary road closures, and many of the closures are continuing early this (Monday) morning.  A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for the entire area, thru this afternoon, however the flash flood threat continues to diminish as the heaviest rain tracks south and east of the area.     

  

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST WANTED SUSPECT AFTER CHASE

A suspect, who was wanted on multiple warrants from Randolph and Howard Counties, was taken into custody after a Saturday afternoon pursuit by Moberly Police.  Officers were acting on a tip that the suspect, 34 year old David Wade Asher, was driving a vehicle on Rollins Street in Moberly.  They say Asher fled the scene, leading them on a pursuit into eastern Randolph County.  He eventually abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot.  Randolph County Deputies and Highway Patrol assisted in the pursuit and arrest of Asher.  He is being held on those prior warrants, as well as resisting arrest and driving while revoked.  No injuries were reported. 

  

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 CRASH   

Two Columbia residents suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 63, early Sunday morning.  24 year old Heather Harrison and 29 year old Casey Jarred, both of Columbia, were taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1am Sunday.  The patrol says Harrison was the driver of the northbound vehicle, which ran off the highway, struck a ditch and became airborne, before striking a highway sign. 

  

COLUMBIA CHILD SUFFERS GUNSHOT WOUND   

A Columbia child is in the hospital after suffering a gunshot wound, over the weekend.  Boone County deputies say the incident occurred in the 6100 block of Eric Lane, north of Columbia, at around 5:30pm Saturday.  Witnesses say the child suffered a gunshot wound to the arm.  The child’s name, age and condition have not been released.  The incident is under investigation. 




07/17/15

 

GOVERNOR NIXON IN BROOKFIELD FRIDAY AFTERNOON

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will be in Brookfield this afternoon, to help celebrate some good local economic development news.  Governor Nixon will join Brookfield community and business leaders, along with school officials, to celebrate workforce readiness efforts thru the Linn County Area Career and Technical Center.  Nixon will also join in announcing expansion plans for both Brookfield Fabricating and National Excelsior Company, which are expected to create new jobs in the area.  Nixon’s appearance is scheduled for 1:30pm at the Linn County Area Technical Center and Brookfield High School.  The public is welcome to attend. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT VICTIM BEATEN UNCONSCIOUS

Two Schuyler County men are accused of beating another man unconscious, in his home, this week.  Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a report of an assault in a home on Elm Street in Glenwood, Wednesday afternoon.  Their investigation led to the arrest of 34 year old Jonathan Dotson, of Lancaster and 33 year old Brandon Morgan, of Livonia.  Both men are charged with assault.  Court documents accuse the two suspects of beating the victim unconscious.  He was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Dotson is being held in the Schuyler County Jail on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.  Morgan is in the Adair County Jail on $75,000 dollars bond. 

  

SEARCH WARRANTS SERVED AT MOBERLY BUSINESSES

No charges have been filed in connection with search warrants served Thursday at two Moberly businesses.  Witnesses say federal agents and Highway Patrol troopers served a search warrant Thursday morning at Lucky 7’s in downtown Moberly.  Randolph County Deputies assisted in serving a search warrant Thursday afternoon at an adult-oriented business located on Route JJ, just outside the Moberly city limits.  No further information on the searches has been released and no charges are filed, as of yet. 

  

MAJOR COLUMBIA PAVEMENT REPAIRS GET UNDERWAY 

Pavement repairs will get underway this weekend on Highway 63 and the Highway 63/I-70 Connector in Columbia.  The work is scheduled to begin Sunday and will continue thru mid-August and will close one lane of traffic.  The work on Highway 63 is planned from 7pm until 6am Sunday thru Thursday and from 10pm to 7am Friday and Saturday.  The work on the 63 Connector will run from 10pm to 6am daily.   




07/16/15

 

TODDLER UNRESPONSIVE IN POOL – KEYTESVILLE COUPLE CHARGED

A Keytesville couple face charges of endangering the welfare of a child, after a 2 year old girl was found unresponsive in a residential swimming pool.  The Chariton County Sheriff’s Department and Ambulance personnel responded to the incident just after 6pm Monday.  The child was transported to a Columbia hospital and is listed in critical condition.  An investigation by the Sheriff’s office and the Highway Patrol is ongoing.  The child’s mother, 19 year old Kynzie M. Patino and stepfather, 21 year old Jesse J. Patino, both of Keytesville, are both charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  Both are being held on $7,500 dollars bond. 

 

TEXAS MEN FORMALLY CHARGED IN KIRKSVILLE BURGLARY

Two Texas men are charged with felony burglary and theft, after a Kirksville home was burglarized Tuesday.  19 year old Gabriel C. Caldwell and 28 year old Benjamin L. Uster were arrested after a foot pursuit when they attempted to flee from officers responding to the burglary call.  A second burglary incident at a Kirksville trailer court is also under investigation in connection with the two suspects.  Officials say the two men came to Kirksville with Lowery Carnival Company, which is set up at the NEMO Fair this week. The Carnival’s owner says the two didn’t show up for work Monday morning and have not been in contact since. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY ARSON INVESTIGATION UPDATE

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is still seeking information on a suspected arson fire, which destroyed a home, a vehicle and a utility trailer in rural Livingston County on March 15.  Investigators say a propane tank on the property was leaking, at the time of the blaze, due a propane line possibly being cut.  One person has been charged in the case, but the investigation is continuing.  Anyone with additional information should contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department or the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Tip Hotline at 1-800-39-ARSON.  

 

CHARGES AGAINST MOTHER IN CHILD’S DEATH DOWNGRADED

A Columbia woman is no longer charged with murder in connection with the death of her 8-month-old daughter.  Anna Steele’s charges have been downgraded to child abuse or neglect and endangering the welfare of a child.  Steel’s daughter died after being found not breathing in her home.  Authorities say physical trauma was the cause of death.  Steele’s boyfriend, Cody Baker, is charged with second-degree murder in the case.  He has pleaded not guilty. 

 

THREE ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA DRUG BUST

Three Columbia family members face drug charges after two search warrants were served Wednesday morning.  21 year old Adrian Jaxon was arrested for distribution, delivery, manufacture or production of meth.  24 year old Trevor Jaxon and 52 year old Marc Jaxson were arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.  A second search warrant netted evidence, but no arrests, as the occupant of the residence was not home.  The investigation is ongoing. 

 

COLUMBIA ‘SHOTS FIRED’ INVESTIGATION

Columbia Police are investigating multiple shots fire Wednesday, at a duplex on Bodie Drive.  Officers were called to the scene just before 11am.  Investigators say two bullets traveled through a residence at that location but no injuries were reported.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Crimestoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 




07/15/15

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER KIRKSVILLE BURGLARY

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  two armed suspects were arrested Tuesday afternoon, after a home burglary on Queens Road in Kirksville.  Investigators have not released the names of the suspects, but they say the two men came to Kirksville with the carnival that is set up at the NEMO Fair.  The men reportedly left their carnival jobs on Monday.  Citizen tips led police to the area at around 4pm Tuesday.  Officers spotted the two armed men, walking near the intersection of Baltimore Street and Crown Drive.  They fled on foot and were captured a short time later, after one of the men was tased in the parking lot of the former Sydenstricker’s location on Baltimore Street.  They’re being held, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEEK BURGLARY INFO

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is seeking tips from the public on a recent burglary and theft at a remote location near Bedford.  Between June 27 and July 12, persons forced entry into a cabin and removed various items, including a window air conditioning unit, a table saw, an apartment-sized refrigerator, microwave, plumbing and electrical supplies and other items.  Anyone with information is urged to call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.  Tips can also be e-mailed thru the Sheriff’s Department website. 

  

MISSOURI INMATE EXECUTED TUESDAY

The State of Missouri executed 55 year old David Zink, Tuesday evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declined to intervene in the case.  Zink was a paroled sex offender in 2001 when he abducted 19 year old Amanda Morton, after hitting her car on an Interstate 44 exit ramp.  Zink was convicted of sexually assaulting and killing the girl.  He told investigators he feared his drunken-driving fender-bender would violate his parole and send him back to prison.  He was convicted and sentenced to death in 2004. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN CENTRALIA DRUG BUST

Centralia Police have arrested two suspects on drug and firearm charges, near Chester Boren Middle School.  26 year old Levi W. Cottingham and 33 year old Evelyn M. Davenport are both charged with possession of crystal meth, drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun.  Bond has not been set for the suspects, who are being held in Boone County. 




07/14/15

 

LA PLATA POLICE SEEK INFO ON MISSING MAN

The La Plata Police Department is asking for help in locating a missing person.  Late last week, family members reported that 52 year old Brian C. Murray, of La Plata, had been missing since July 3.  Murray is described as a white male, about 5-10 and 200 pounds with grey/brown hair.  Murray’s vehicle is also missing and is described as a grey 2003 Ford Escape with Missouri license plate – YG3-F5J.  Anyone with information on Murray’s whereabouts is urged to contact La Plata Police or your local law enforcement. 

  

MODOT TALKS “PAVEMENT BLOWUPS”

As the heat increases, MoDOT officials warn that the chances of highway pavement blow-ups also increase.  Officials say a pavement blow-up occurs when heat forces a roadway to expand at a weak spot in the pavement where water has previously seeped in.  The combination of heat and weakened pavement can cause the road to buckle and warp.  MoDOT remains on the lookout for these types of pavement problems.  Motorists are advised that, if you come across warped or buckling pavement, you can report your concerns by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT or online at modot.org. 

  

NEW KIRKSVILLE RECYCLING TRAILER IN SERVICE

A new recycling trailer is in service at the Kirksville Walmart Parking Lot.  Kirksville’s Community Opportunities Sheltered Workshop recently received a grant from the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management to purchase the new trailer, which has separate compartments for cardboard, paper, books, magazines, plastic and aluminum.  Community Opportunities recycles over 1.2 million pounds of material each year and can do weekly recycling pickups at businesses in Kirksville, La Plata, Edina, Queen City and Lancaster.  Contact Community Opportunities Sheltered Workshop at 665-5768 for more information. 

  

SUSPECT SENTENCED IN HARRISBURG INCIDENT

A suspect in the 2011 disappearance of a Harrisburg man was sentenced Monday by a Boone County judge.  Patrick Curl was sentenced to three years in prison for tampering with evidence in the disappearance and murder of Charles Bell.  Bell was reported missing in September of 2011 after heading to Columbia on his motorcycle.  Curl pleaded guilty earlier this month after admitting intentionally withholding the location of the license plates for that motorcycle and he also admitted knowing Bell was missing when he hid those plates, but he denies any personal involvement in the disappearance.  Bell’s family continues to offer a $50,000 dollar reward for information that leads to finding Bell.  The family will hold a balloon release on Bell’s birthday, July 20. 




07/13/15

 

DANGEROUS HEAT TO BEGIN THE WORK WEEK

An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect for all of northwest Missouri and much of north central Missouri this afternoon through this evening.  A Heat Advisory is in effect for the remainder of the area, and will likely be extended thru Tuesday evening.  Today’s temperatures will reach the mid to upper 90’s, with heat index values as high as 115 degrees.  Tomorrow’s temps will reach the mid 90’s once again, but humidity levels will be slightly lower, keeping the heat index closer to 100 to 105.  You’re advised to take the heat seriously and to take all precautions, especially considering this is our first real ‘heat wave’ of the summer. 

 

NEMO WOMAN KILLED DRIVING THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAY

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A northeast Missouri woman was killed over the weekend, when flash-flooding overturned her vehicle, sending her and a passenger into a flooded creek.  It occurred Sunday morning at around 1:30am in Lewistown.  33 year old Leeanett Phillips, of LaBelle, attempted to drive her vehicle through a flooded roadway.  Her pickup was overturned and she and her passenger both left the vehicle.  The passenger was able to swim safely to shore.  Phillips’s body was recovered downstream, late Sunday morning. 

  

MARSHALL TEEN KILLED AS SUV ROLLS INTO CREEK     

A Marshall teenager died after a vehicle ran off a Saline County roadway and into Salt Fork Creek, Friday evening.  16 year old Carl Girard, of Marshall, died in the accident.  He was a passenger in an SUV driven by 19 year old Chasity Roll, of Marshall.  The patrol says the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned into the creek.  Four other occupants were able to escape the vehicle, but Girard was trapped inside as the vehicle floated downstream.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

TWO ARRESTS AFTER THURSDAY NIGHT PURSUIT  

Authorities have released details on a multi-county vehicle chase Thursday night, which began in Chillicothe and ended in Brookfield.  Chillicothe Police attempted to stop the driver, later identified as Brian Bowman.  The vehicle was pursued eastbound on Highway 36 at a high rate of speed.  The highway patrol deployed stop sticks west of Brookfield, causing deflation of both front tires.  The vehicle was pursued into Brookfield where the driver, Bowman, fled on foot.  He was taken into custody and arrested for driving while revoked, resisting arrest by fleeing and illegal possession of a firearm.  A passenger, Christy Harrison, was also arrested for hindering prosecution.  Chillicothe and Brookfield Police, Troops B and H of the Highway Patrol and the Livingston and Linn County Sheriff’s Departments all cooperated in the pursuit. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ACCUSED OF PASSING COUNTERFEIT $10 

A Chillicothe man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly attempting to pass counterfeit ten dollar bills.  Officers were called to the business in the 700 block of Elm Street on Saturday, where Paul Thomas Harvey, Jr. was arrested for theft, counterfeiting and tampering with physical evidence.  He is being held in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

HOUSE DAMAGED AS VEHICLE RUNS THROUGH WALL    

Authorities report no serious injuries, but a residence was left uninhabitable when a car veered off Boone County Route K and into a house on South Gateway Boulevard, Saturday afternoon.  Just before 4pm, the patrol says the car veered off the roadway, through a yard and buried its hood in the wall of the home.  Investigators say the driver then tried to back out of the home and took down the wall.  23 year old Abby Schade, of Columbia, has been identified as the driver of the vehicle.  She was arrested for driving while intoxicated.  No injuries were reported.   




07/10/15

 

CALLAO COUPLE ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT

A Callao couple face drug charges after an investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department.  41 year old Christopher Knapp and 31 year old Brandi Knapp are each charged with possession and distributing a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  The investigation led to a search warrant, served at the Knapp’s Callao home on Tuesday.  Deputies say they seized 14 packets of meth, illegally possessed prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and a firearm.  Both suspects are being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

SHELBINA DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT     

A Shelbina driver suffered moderate injuries when her SUV ran off Monroe County Route FF, just north of Stoutsville.  The accident occurred Thursday afternoon, just after 3pm.  The patrol says 37 year old Dena K. Hays, of Shelbina, failed to negotiate a curve and her vehicle ran off the highway and struck a ditch.  Hays was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

 

TWO HURT AS TRUCK OVERTURNS NEAR SHELBINA  

Two Mexico men were injured when a mack truck ran off Highway 15, south of Shelbina, and overturned, at around 10:20 Thursday morning.  36 year old Daniel Browning, of Mexico, was the driver of the truck.  The patrol says he was seriously injured as it ran off the roadway and overturned.  Browning’s passenger, 21 year old Richard Bennett, of Mexico, suffered moderate injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. 

  

PARIS WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY COLLISION   

A Paris woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon accident on Highway 15, just south of Paris.  66 year old Marcelletta Buckman, of Paris, was taken to Audrain Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 1pm.  The patrol says her vehicle was stopped along the northbound lane of the highway and, as she attempted to enter the driving lane, she pulled into the path of a northbound pickup, driven by 48 year old Brian Crigler, of Paris.  Crigler was not injured.  

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD ENTICEMENT   

A Columbia man is accused of attempted enticement of a minor, after an investigation by the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force.  35 year old Matthew Melton, of Columbia, is charged in the case.  He is accused of sending illicit photos to a 15 year old girl in Ohio.  Investigators say they also found incriminating text messages on the girl’s phone.  Melton was arrested last month and additional evidence was seized.  He has since been charged and is free on bond. 




07/09/15

 

BHS ALUMNI WEEKEND IS HERE!!!     

Brookfield is set to welcome home our alumni this weekend.  The annual Alumni Weekend festivities get underway Friday morning, with the hometown golf tournament, tee-time at 10am at the Brookfield Country Club.  Friday evening’s Party in the Park, in the East Twin Park, will feature food, drinks, live music and more.  Tickets for Saturday night’s banquet will also be available at the Park on Friday.  Saturday’s schedule includes a 5K/10K Walk and Run, with registration starting at 6am at the East Twin Park.  The Alumni Softball Tournament starts at 8:30am at Graff Field, with the parade at noon downtown.  Saturday evening’s banquet and BHS Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Park Baptist Fellowship Hall this year, with social hour at 5 and the dinner starting at 6.  The Alumni Dance at the Elks Lodge wraps up the weekend, after the banquet. 

NOTE:  The BHS Cheerleaders will offer babysitting services during Saturday evening’s Alumni festivities, from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the North Central Missouri YMCA.  A Y Lock-in for kids age 5-12 will also be held Saturday night, starting at 8:30pm. 

 

SMITH MOTOR AND FORD HOLDING 4-H ‘DRIVE ONE’ EVENT 

Smith Motor Company of Brookfield and Ford will team up to help support Linn County 4-H as the Linn County 4-H and FFA Fair kicks off this weekend.  Saturday, at the Fairgrounds in Brookfield, they’ll hold a ‘Drive One for Your Community’ event.  Test drive a new Ford vehicle from 11am to 2pm and, for each test drive, $20 dollars will be donated to Linn County 4-H, up to $6,000 total.  Drive One for Your Community…Saturday from 11-2 at the Linn County Fairgrounds. 

 

INTERNET SAFETY TOPIC OF MARCELINE LIBRARY PROGRAM

The Marceline Carnegie Library invites all parents to attend a free and informative program on Internet Safety for your kids…Tuesday evening, at 6:30pm, at the Library in Marceline.  Sgt. Brent Bernhardt of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be on-hand with a variety of information about social media, computer and smartphone usage.  If you think your kids are being safe online, you may be Unpleasantly surprised!  That free program is Tuesday at 6:30pm at the Marceline Carnegie Library. 

 

COLUMBIA TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN I-70 CRASH   

A Columbia teenager was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Westbound I-70.  It occurred Wednesday afternoon, at around 3:15pm, at the 154 mile marker in Callaway County.  17 year old Nathanial Smith, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  Smith suffered serious injuries.  Two passengers were also hurt.  40 year old Angela Reid, of Jefferson City, with moderate injuries and a 15 year old Columbia teen escaped with minor injuries.  All three were treated at University Hospital. 

 

FOUR HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY COLLISION    

A Wednesday afternoon collision involving three vehicles occurred at the Highway 40 and Route 87 intersection in Howard County.  It occurred at round 4:20pm.  The patrol says a vehicle driven by 28 year old Amelia Rieves, of New Franklin, pulled from the intersection, into the path of a northbound car, driven by 27 year old Meranda James, of New Franklin.  Rieves’ vehicle then spun into the path of a southbound vehicle, driven by 20 year old Carl Harms, of New Franklin.  Rieves was treated for minor injuries and three occupants of Meranda James’ vehicle were also treated for minor injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN CHARGED IN FATAL ACCIDENT      

A Columbia woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly accident, which occurred earlier this year.  Nicole Weddington has been charged in the crash in northeast Columbia, which killed a passenger in her vehicle, 24 year old John Severtsen.  Investigators accuse Weddington of testing positive for cocaine and marijuana at the time of the crash.  Her car ran into the rear of a tractor-trailer off Route B near Paris Road. 




07/08/15

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE ASSAULT

Brookfield Police are investigating an assault and robbery, which occurred on July 4th, in the 100 Block of South Penn Street in Brookfield.  The victim says he was pushing his bicycle when he was struck from behind by a vehicle.  Occupants of the vehicle then allegedly assaulted the victim and took $450 dollars in cash.  Officers found the victim bleeding from several abdominal cuts.  He was taken by ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital.  The investigation is ongoing.

  

RODEO WORKERS HURT DURING SET UP IN MEMPHIS  

Three rodeo workers were injured Tuesday, when a cattle chute fell on them during set up at the Scotland County Fairgrounds in Memphis.  Officials say 18 year old Jeremy Dicks, 37 year old Robert Carney and a 15 year old male were all employees of T&C Rodeo of Lamoni, Iowa.  The three were part of a crew setting up for the Scotland County Fair, when the chute fell off a skid loader.  All three were taken to Scotland County Hospital for treatment. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MOTORCYCLIST INJURED     

A Chillicothe motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday afternoon accident on Livingston County Route V, east of Chillicothe.  22 year old Seth Duvall was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and was ejected from his southbound motorcycle when it ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

  

TWO HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY COLLISION    

Two persons were injured when their vehicles collided at an Audrain County intersection, Tuesday afternoon.  The accident occurred at around 2:30pm at the junction of Routes B and KK.  The patrol says 82 year old Charles Holman, of Vandalia, failed to yield and struck a pickup, driven by 32 year old Garry Crum, of Mexico.  Crum and Holman’s wife, 81 year old Imogene Holman, both suffered moderate injuries.  Both were treated at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

FORMER SALINE COUNTY DEPUTY SENTENCED  

A former Saline County Deputy has been sentenced on a charge of attempted sexual assault, stemming from an incident in April of last year.  47 year old Bradley O’Neal, of Marshall, was found guilty of the charge in May, after the case was moved to Caldwell County on a change of venue.  O’Neal was sentenced to four years in prison, but that sentence was suspended and he was placed on five years probation.  A female victim accused him of physically restraining her and inappropriately touching her without consent.  

  

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED ROBBERY

A Florida man faces multiple charges after his arrest for attempted robbery by Columbia Police.  The suspect, Jason White, is accused of pulling a knife on a male victim, just after 1:30 Tuesday morning, near Ninth and Broadway in downtown Columbia.  White then allegedly chased the victim as he ran toward the Columbia Police Department.  Officers arrested the suspect in a nearby alley. 




07/07/15

 

PUTNAM COUNTY MURDER SUSPECT IN COURT         070715

A Livonia man, charged with murder in connection with the death of his wife, has been transported from Tama County, Iowa, where he was arrested over the weekend, back to Putnam County, where he appeared for arraignment on Monday.  57 year old Bruce Smith, Sr. is charged with first-degree murder.  Smith’s wife, 56 year old Jani Smith was found dead in their Livonia home on Friday.  According to heartlandonnection.com - powered by KTVO - court documents indicate she was either strangled or suffocated in the home on Wednesday or Thursday.  Court documents also indicate Smith’s statements to investigators have been inconsistent, indicating initially that he did not remember what happened and later acknowledging that he knew his wife was dead.  Smith is being held on $250,000 dollars bond.   

 

FORMER PROSECUTOR SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT  

A former north Missouri prosecuting attorney has been sentenced to federal prison, for embezzling from an elderly client.  40 year old Richard R. Turner, the former Harrison County prosecutor, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and making false statements on his tax return.  Turner was sentenced to 45 months in federal prison and ordered to pay more than half a million dollars in restitution to his former client.  Prosecutors say Turner’s embezzlement scheme continued for nearly 10 years.  He was accused of liquidating the woman’s assets for his own use after naming himself Trustee of her assets just prior to her being declared incapacitated. 

 

BOONVILLE DRUG BUST NETS FIVE ARRESTS    

Boonville Police have arrested five suspects, following a drug investigation over the weekend.  Officers say a search warrant at a Boonville residence turned up cocaine, meth and marijuana, along with drug distribution equipment and several firearms, at least three of which were reported stolen.  27 year old Ryan Airhart, 26 year old Jacob Case, 18 year old Shawna Dewey, 19 year old Taylor Gee and 19 year old Ciera Harmon were all arrested at the scene.  Police say the investigation is ongoing and charges against additional suspects are being sought. 

 

MACON COUNTY TOWN AND COUNTRY FAIR UNDERWAY 

The Macon County Town and Country Fair kicks into full gear, with the first full evening of activities at the fairgrounds in Macon.  This evening’s festivities begin at 5pm with the 4-H Royalty crowning and the 4-H Fashion Show.  Family Day activities begin at 6pm with kids game and a kids fishing derby at the pond, along with an emergency vehicle display.  The dog show will be held this evening in the show arena, beginning at 6.  The Macon County Town and Country Fair will continue, with a full scheduled of livestock shows, exhibits, contests and more thru the weekend. 

 

BOONE COUNTY CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST  

A Monday morning vehicle chase in Boone County ended with the arrest of a suspect.  Boone County deputies say the incident began at around 1:40am, when they attempted to serve the suspect, David Singleton, with two outstanding warrants at his home on Hinkson Creek Road.  They say Singleton fled the scene in his pickup and crashed the truck into a metal gate, then fled on foot.  Deputies used a K-9 unit to help track Singleton to Park Village Trailer Park off Brown Station Road.  He was arrested there without incident. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG CHARGES

A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday, admitting his role in a large drug conspiracy.  29 year old William Alexander Hill admitted selling drugs on three separate occasions.  Hill is one of 27 suspects named in federal indictments handed down in May.  A sentencing date has not been set for his federal charges.  Hill also pleaded guilty earlier this year, and was sentenced to five years in prison, in connection with a shots fired incident in Columbia last July 3. 




07/06/15

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THRU WEDNESDAY NIGHT       

The National Weather Service says multiple rounds of significant shower and thunderstorm activity are expected to bring more heavy rain to much of Missouri this week.  A Flash Flood Watch is in effect, including all but the extreme northern counties in the state.  A frontal boundary will bring strong storms and heavy rain to the area this evening through the overnight hours.  The system will also cause scattered showers Tuesday and another round of potentially heavy rain on Wednesday.  As we continue to recover from heavy rainfall received over the past couple of weeks, these additional heavy downpours could quickly cause flash flooding problems. 

 

LIVONIA MAN CHARGED IN WIFE’S DEATH 

A Putnam County man was arrested over the weekend, in connection with the death of his wife.  On Friday, 56 year old Jani Smith, of Livonia, was found dead inside her home.  Her husband, 57 year old Bruce Smith, Sr. was identified as a suspect in her death.  Saturday, Smith was located by Deputies of the Tama County, Iowa Sheriff’s Office and he was taken into custody.  Smith is charged with first-degree murder in the case.  He is being held in Iowa on $250,000 dollars cash-only bond.  Arrangements are being made to transfer him back to Missouri this week. 

 

TWO MILAN RESIDENTS SERIOUSLY INJURED 

Two Milan residents were seriously injured in an early-Sunday-morning accident on Sullivan County Route Z, south of Reger.  It occurred at around 1am.  27 year old Aaron Herzberg, of Milan, was the driver of a northbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and overturned, ejecting three occupants from the vehicle.  Herzberg suffered only minor injuries, but two passengers, 20 year old Hunter Ford and 20 year old Skyler Gray, both of Milan, were both seriously injured.  Gray was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to a Des Moines hospital.  Ford was taken to University Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. 

 

PRINCETON WOMAN KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT        

An early morning accident in Mercer County, on Saturday, killed a Princeton woman and injured three others.  It occurred at around 1:40am Saturday on Highway 136, about 5 miles east of Princeton.  The patrol says a westbound vehicle, driven by 28 year old Valerie Anderson, of Princeton, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car, driven by 44 year old Kimberly Hertzog, of Princeton, head-on.  Hertzog was killed in the accident. Two passengers in her vehicle, 49 year old Michael Hertzog and 22 year old Colton Hertzog, both of Princeton, suffered moderate injuries.  Valerie Robinson was life-flighted to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines with serious injuries. 

 

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH

An Eldon, MO motorcyclist was killed in a Saturday afternoon accident on Highway 63 at the Renick junction in Randolph County.  56 year old Terry Trusley, of Eldon, died in the accident, which occurred just after 3pm Saturday.  The patrol says a vehicle driven by 61 year old Linda M. Bondy, of Moberly, attempted to cross 63 from a median crossover and pulled into the path of Trusley’s northbound motorcycle.  Bondy was treated and released with minor injuries. 

 

MOBERLY WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT  

A Moberly woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred on Thursday afternoon.  Tasha Luntsford, of Moberly, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says her vehicle was northbound on Route DD, just south of the Moberly City Limit, when it ran off the highway and struck a tree. 

 

COLUMBIA JOGGER REPORTS SEXUAL MISCONDUCT    

City of Columbia Park Rangers are investigating a report of sexual misconduct, which occurred Sunday morning on the Hinkson Creek Trail.  According to the report, a female victim was running on the trail when a Hispanic or black male suspect riding a bicycle began passing her back and forth on the trail.  The victim says she was groped by the suspect and that she later saw him masturbating on the trail.  The suspect is about 6-1, 160 pounds and was last seen wearing a light-colored t-shirt, ball cap and a back pack.  




07/02/15

 

GREEN CITY TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH  

A Green City teenager was seriously injured when her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 6 near Green City, Wednesday afternoon.  16 year old Jessica Phillips, of Green City, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm.  The patrol says Phillips’ eastbound car ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and slid into the path of an oncoming semi, driven by a Colorado man.  The semi driver was treated for minor injuries.   

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN THREE VEHICLE COLLISION   

Three vehicles were involved in a Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 24, east of Salisbury, which seriously injured a Huntsville driver.  It occurred at around 1:30pm.  The patrol says a truck, driven by 78 year old Norman L. Thomas, of Huntsville, was attempting to pass a tractor-trailer driven by 47 year old Dennis Henke of Salisbury.  Thomas’ vehicle struck an oncoming truck driven by 73 year old Helen Peters of Keytesville.  It then collided with Henke’s tractor-trailer.  Thomas was seriously injured, while Helen Peters sustained moderate injuries.  They were both taken to University Hospital in Columbia.  Henke was not hurt. 

  

MACON CELEBRATES SOLAR FARM   

Macon is now home to one of the largest solar farms in the state…a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated its opening on Wednesday.  Located in the Heartland Industrial Park, more than 10,800 solar panels are now fully functioning, providing clean, emission-free, renewable electricity, that will be shared with up to 35 communities, through the Missouri Public Energy Pool.  The project was completed in partnership with MC Power, the Joint Municipal Electric Utilities Commission, Gardner Capital, Inc, and the City of Macon.  A new solar farm project is also planned for Trenton.  A groundbreaking for that project will be held next week.  The City of Marshall is also planning a new solar farm. 

  

AUXVASSE WOMAN KILLED IN COLLISION ON I-70  

An Auxvasse woman was killed in an accident involving her pickup and three tractor-trailers, on I-70 in Boone County.  It occurred at around 9:15am Wednesday.  79 year old Margaret M. Haile, of Auxvasse, died in the accident.  The patrol says her westbound vehicle was struck by a westbound semi-driven by a Georgia man, causing her vehicle to strike another tractor-trailer, driven by 48 year old Anthony Houpt, of Huntsville.  A third tractor-trailer, driven by 53 year old Alan Quint, of Boonville, was also struck.  The driver of that first semi- 45 year old Anthony West of Jonesboro, Georgia, was treated for minor injuries. 




07/01/15

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN THROWN FROM TRUCK BED 

A Chillicothe man was injured when he was thrown from a bed of a moving pickup on Tuesday.  Chillicothe Police say Michael B. Hatfield was the driver of the pickup.  He was hauling a deflated swimming pool in the bed of his truck and a passenger, Junior L. Johnson, was riding in the bed with the pool.  Officers say the wind blew the pool out, carrying Johnson with it.  He sustained a head injury and was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. 

 

CALLAO WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP 

A Callao woman faces multiple drug charges after a traffic stop by Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies, on Monday.  45 year old Sarah Hughes, of Callao, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, illegal possession of the prescription drugs adderall and hydrocodone and felony tampering with physical evidence.  Deputies say Hughes attempted to burn evidence inside the vehicle.  The Department’s K-9 Unit helped locate the illegal items.  She is being held in the Macon County Jail on $9,000 dollars cash-only bond.

 

ARREST MADE IN CEMETERY MARKER THEFTS

A suspect is charged with stealing bronze headstone markers from at least 16 graves at the Bethel Cemetery.  45 year old Leslie Harrison was arrested by Daviess County authorities, after he allegedly attempted to sell the bronze plates at a Jamesport scrap yard.  Deputies say they found more headstone markers in his vehicle.  Officials say the total value of the markers is around $20,000 dollars.   Harrison is being held on $85,000 dollars bond. 

 

MINOR INJURIES FOR MOBERLY TEEN   

A Moberly teenager escaped with minor injuries when his pickup ran off Route A, north of Holliday, and overturned, Tuesday night.  The accident occurred at around 11:15pm.  16 year old Andrew Mozingo, of Moberly, was the driver of the pickup.  The patrol says he was wearing his seat belt when his truck ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Mozingo was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center, with minor injuries. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN KILLED, THREE OTHERS INJURED

A Jefferson City man was killed and three teens were injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 179 in Cole County, Tuesday night.  It occurred at around 9:15pm.  21 year old Jude Koenigsfeld, of Jefferson City, died in the accident.  He was one of four passengers in a southbound car driven by 19 year old Gabriel Urbina of Jefferson City.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and overturned, ejecting three of the passengers. Keonigsfeld was pronounced dead at the scene.  17 year old Thomas Bailey, of Jefferson City, was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries, 17 year old Christian Whiteman and 16 year old Shanna Orma, both of Jefferson City, were taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital, with moderate injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST HOME INVASION SUSPECT 

A second suspect has been arrested, in connection with a Columbia home invasion and attempted burglary, which led to gunfire on June 10.  Cobrae Townsend was arrested for first-degree burglary, armed criminal action and first-degree assault. Townsend joins 22 year old Luster Jordan, who was also charged in connection with the incident.   They’re accused of breaking into a home in the 1700 block of Hanover Boulevard.  They were chased from the home when residents arrived and police say one of the suspects shot his weapon as they fled. 




06/30/15

 

BRECKENRIDGE MAN HURT IN CASS COUNTY COLLISION    

A Breckenridge man was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday evening collision on Missouri Route 2 in Cass County.  53 year old Wayne Stewart, of Breckenridge, was taken to Cass Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 6:15pm.  The patrol says Stewart was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane of the highway and struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by a Urich woman, head-on.  The other driver was life-flighted to a Kansas City Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE BOAT THEFT/DAMAGE   

The Kirksville Police Department is investigating property damage, as well as the theft of batteries, from several boats in the marina at Forest Lake in Thousand Hills State Park.  Lake Patrol officers took a report of theft and/or damage to at least five boats in the marina, during the early morning hours of June 19.  Video footage from a nearby building shows three persons of interest, driving what appears to be an early 2000’s model full-size, Chevy or GMC SUV.  Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities or call the Adair County tips line at 660-627-BUST. 

  

MOBERLY MAN JAILED AFTER MONDAY PURSUIT

A Moberly man is in custody after a police pursuit through rural Randolph County on Monday.  Moberly Police say they attempted to stop the driver, 27 year old Cody L. Kitchen, who was wanted on a parole absconder warrant, near Route EE and County Road 2375.  Kitchen attempted to flee in his vehicle, but crashed into a ditch, along the county road.  He then tried to flee on foot and was arrested after a short pursuit.  Police were assisted by Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Highway Patrol.  

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE GAS STATION ROBBERY   

Columbia Police are seeking a suspect, after a Sunday night gas station robbery.  Officers responded to Midwest Petroleum on Providence Road, just after 10pm Sunday.  The report indicates a suspect entered the store, implied he had a weapon and demanded money.  He fled the scene on a bicycle with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

NEW FLORENCE TEEN KILLED IN EARLY-MORNING CRASH    

A New Florence teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Old Williamsburg Road, in Montgomery County, early this (Tuesday) morning.  The patrol says 18 year old Jacob L. Davenport, of New Florence, died when his pickup ran off the roadway and overturned multiple times, just after 12:30am.  Davenport was pronounced dead at the scene. 




06/29/15

 

SHELBINA WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Shelbina woman was seriously injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on Route 15, north of Paris.  51 year old Sarah Hercules, of Shelbina, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 15 year old Phillip Hercules.  The patrol says it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

SHELBINA MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN SUNDAY CRASH      

A Shelbina man was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle ran off Route A, just south of Lentner, Sunday afternoon.  It occurred at around 3pm.  67 year old Jack A. Parsons, of Shelbina, was the driver of a southbound motorcycle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned.  Parsons was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR PARIS DRIVER  

A Paris driver was seriously injured in a Sunday evening accident on Monroe County Route Z, southwest of Santa Fe.  33 year old Edwin Garcia, of Paris, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm.  The patrol says Garcia suffered serious injuries when his southbound pickup ran off the highway and struck an embankment.