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09/28/2021

MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY RESPONDS TO WEEKEND FIRE CALLS

On Saturday, September 25, 2021 at approximately 12:49 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of S Abat in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found the back deck of a home burning.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the deck and siding of the home suffering significant fire damage.  The fire was apparently caused by careless disposal of smoking material.  There were no injuries from the incident.On Sunday, September 26, 2021 at approximately 2:29 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of E Anderson in reference to a natural cover fire.  Responding personnel found that some area residents had been burning some items when the fire grew beyond their control due to the breezy, dry weather conditions.  The fire was extinguished with a couple of acres being burned and no personal property damaged.  There were no injuries from this incident. At approximately 5:34 PM, MPSD responded to the 5700 block of E Liberty in reference to a riding lawnmower on fire.  Responding personnel found the lawnmower completely engulfed in flame.  The fire was extinguished and had only minimally spread to the surrounding area.  The cause was likely due to debris around the exhaust of the lawnmower.  There were no injuries from this incident.

MOTORCYCLE AND CAR COLLISSION IN MEXICO SATURDAY

On Saturday, September 25, 2021, at approximately 5:10PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Muldrow in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Betty Atterberry, age 78 of Fulton, was travelling north in the inner northbound lane in a 2007 Chrysler.  Atterberry attempted a right turn into a private drive and struck a 2007 Kawasaki motorcycle which was travelling north in the outer northbound lane.  The Kawasaki was being driven by De’Shon Fountain, age 22 of Mexico, and Misty Merriman, age 22 of Mexico was riding.  Merriman received minor injuries and was taken to Audrain Community Hospital by Audrain Ambulance District.  Her injuries were treated at the hospital and she was released.  Fountain and Merriman were both wearing helmets.

MAN CHARGED AFTER SHORT VEHICLE CHASE SATURDAY

No court date has been set as of for a man who is in the Boone County jail with a $50,000 cash-only bond after he led authorities on a chase after being pulled over for a traffic stop on Industrial drive in Ashland on Saturday. Ashland Police said that David Biler gave a faluse name and then drove away in a vehicle with a woman and 3 children in it. The man went north on Highwya 63 before police called off the chase due to the kids safety. Later officers found the cehicle in a mobnile home parkl and soon found Biler hiding underneath a mobile home before being taken into dustody. He’s now been charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license

WOMAN WAKES UP TO FIND CONVICTED FELON IN BED WITH HER

KTVO and KTVO dot com is reporting a convicted felon is accused of entering a Kirksville woman's home in the middle of the night, getting in bed with her and squeezing her very tightly. According to court documents, at first, the woman thought it was her husband, and she told him to stop. When he didn't, she got scared and broke free from his grip. She recognized the suspect as Brayon Williams, 36, of Kirksville. He is now charged with third-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault and two counts of resisting arrest. The bizarre incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, at a home in the 700 block of E. Illinois St. The victim's husband had fallen asleep on the couch. Police said Williams got into the home through an unlocked back door. The woman told police Williams, at one point, put his hand on her mouth and nose so she couldn't scream for help, and she said if felt like she was going to suffocate. The suspect eventually left the house. Police located Williams on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in the 1300 block of E. Jefferson St. They say he ran away when told he was under arrest. An officer caught him a short distance later when Williams tripped. The suspect is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.




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September 27th, 2021

ELEVATED FIRE DANGER: The National Weather Service says the combination of gusty southwest winds and low relative humidity will elevate the risk for fire for the next few days!

 

CAR AND AUMBULANCE INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH IN MARION COUNTY SUNDAY

One person is dead and another has serious injuries after a car and ambulance collides in Marion County Sunday afternoon around 12:20 pm. Troopers say the crash happened on US 61 in Palymra, north of west main crossing. According to the report crash report, both a car and ambulance were southbound. The driver of the car, 93 year old Willard W. Leverett of Middletown attempted to make a left turn in front of the ambulance driven by 31 year old Kyle S. Bowman of Bowling Green. Leverett had serious injuries and was taken by Marion County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy along with a passenger in his car, 87 year old Gloria J. Leverett of Middletown who was pronounced deceased shortly after 2pm at the Quincy Hospital. The ambulance driver was not injured. The Highway Patrol Major Crash investigative unit was activated and assistance was provided by the Palmyra Police Department, the Palmyra Fire Department and the Marion county Sheriff’s Department.

 

HEAD ON CRASH IN CHARITON COUNTY FRIDAY NIGHT

The patrol said a Salisbury driver and a Marceline driver were both injured in a head on crash on Morton Road, 1 mile east of Marceline at 6:33 PM Friday. According to the report Paul A. Bixenman, 37, Salisbury was westbound and 65 year old Shirley A. Holt of Marceline was eastbound when their two vehicles met at the crest of a hill and struck head-on. Bixenman had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Holt sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment. Both vehicles were totaled. The patrol was assisted by Marceline Police and Marceline First Responders.

 

AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR HELP LOCATING MAN WITH ACTIVE ARREST WARRANT

According to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, Matthew Whitlock has an active arrest warrant out of Sullivan County and is asking for help in locating him. He's facing several charges including: leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle without a valid license and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. KTVO said an attempt was made to take Whitlock into custody during a traffic stop in Putnam County on Thursday. Authorities say he fled the scene on foot, and is currently in hiding. Additional charges for that event are pending. If you have seen Whitlock, or have information on his whereabouts, you're asked to contact your local law enforcement agency or the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 660-947-2515. He’s described as having brown hair, brown eyes, five foot eleven and 160 pounds and is 30 years old.

 

SEARCH WARRANT SERVED IN CHILLICOTHE

This past Saturday, a news release was posted on the Chillicothe Police Department Facebook page that indicated on September 21, 2021 at approximately 09:23 AM Officers of the Chillicothe Police Department and Deputies of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office served a Livingston County Search Warrant in the 400 block of Clay Street in Chillicothe in reference to illegal possession of firearms. This investigation has led into other investigations of unlawful possession of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, prostitution, and the possession of narcotics. As a result of this investigation a 39 year female was arrested and transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges. The female was later charged through the Livingston County Court. She is being held on a cash only bond.

 

NEW CAMBRIA MAN ACCUSED OF USING RIFLE TO THREATEN TWO WOMEN

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a man with an extensive criminal history is behind bars accused of using a rifle to threaten two women. The Macon County Sheriff's Office said the incident happened shortly before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of E. Jones Ave. in New Cambria, Mo. The suspect is Todd Allen Grigsby Jr., 34, of New Cambria. According to court documents, the two women told deputies that as they were walking down the street, Grigsby approached them with a high-powered pellet rifle and told them in an angry, threatening manner to turn around and go a different direction. They said Grigsby had the weapon pointed at them during the confrontation. The women then left the area and called 911. Deputies said when they arrived at Grigsby's home, he was sitting on the front porch with the rifle with a scope in his lap. They report that Grigsby failed to comply with their commands. After a short time, the officers were able to disarm the suspect. Grigsby was charged Friday with unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, two counts of fourth-degree assault and two counts of peace disturbance. He was being held in the Macon County jail on $25,000 cash-only bond at last report.

 

STOLEN FERTILIZER SPREADER WAGON IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

On September 20, 2021, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a report of a stolen fertilizer spreader wagon from a local business in Middletown, Mo. The fertilizer spreader is a Willmar S600 and was believed to have been stolen within the last 3 weeks. If you have any information or possibly know the location of this fertilizer spreader, please call Montgomery County Joint Communications at (573) 564-3378 and ask to speak with a deputy. The investigation into the matter continues.

 

MOBERLY RAILROAD CROSSING REPAIRS

A post on the Moberly PD’s social media page has information from the City of Moberly regarding Railroad Crossing repairs scheduled for this week. The Railroad Tie Gang Crew will be working on various railroad crossings in the City of Moberly. Crossings will be closed to through traffic on the following days this dates this week and citizens and motorists will need to find an alternative route during that time frame. On Wednesday, September 29th, repairs crews will be working to make repairs on the Coates Street, Carpenter Street and the McKinsey Street Crossings in Moberly.  On Thursday, September 30th, Wightman Street, Shepherd Brothers Blvd (formerly Pig-n-Bun road) and Urbandale Drive will be the areas where alternates routes will be necessary for a short time.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY DEPUTIES MAKE 31 ARRESTS  FOR VARIOUS FELONIES DURING PROACTIVE PATROLS & INVESTIGATIONS

On September 24th, the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department posted the following on their social media page regarding proactive patrols and investigations that have netted 31 felony arrests in the county.

Arrested person information:

The Callaway County Sheriff and his staff continue to work with other law enforcement agencies and community partners to curb criminal activity throughout the county.   Citizens are reminded they can anonymously report criminal activity to Crimestopper’s at 573-592-2474 or online at www.callawaysheriff.org.


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September 24, 2021

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY CRASH

A man and a teenage girl were both injured in a crash after one of the drivers suffered a medical emergency. The wreck occurred on Route B, 4 miles north of Kirksville at 9:40 pm Wednesday. Troopers say Anthony Sanders, 24, of Kirksville, experienced a medical episode and crossed over the center line into the southbound lane on the highway. A 16-year-old girl, also of Kirksville, swerved into the northbound lane to avoid hitting Sanders, but Sanders' pickup ultimately hit the girl's SUV. Sanders received moderate injuries as a result of the crash, and was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. The 16-year-old received minor injuries and was taken for medical treatment by private vehicle. The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff's Department, Adair County Fire and Adair County EMS.

 

HEAD ON CRASH IN SCOTLAND COUNTY THURSDAY MORNING

A northeast Missouri driver was seriously hurt Thursday morning in a head-on crash in Scotland County. It happened just after 4:30 a.m. on Highway 136, three miles west of Memphis, Mo. The patrol report indicated a vehicle driven by Morgan Sites, 31, of Memphis, crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle driven by 48 year old Leonard Price of Kahoka.. Sites' vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway and struck an embankment. Price's SUV ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned, coming to rest upside down. Price was seriously injured while Sites suffered minor injuries. Both were taken by ambulance to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis for treatment.

 

HUNTER SERIOUSLY INJURED WHEN THE TREE HE WAS IN FELL OVER

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a hunter was seriously injured when the tree he was in fell over Wednesday afternoon. Capt. Jerry Thomas with La Plata Fire and Rescue identifies the hunter as Curtiss Bunch, 31, of Columbia, formerly from La Plata, Mo. The bizarre accident happened at approximately 3:50 p.m. Wednesday in a wooded area along Highway 3, seven miles southwest of La Plata. Thomas told KTVO the tree Bunch was in was apparently rotten, and it fell over while the hunter was in the tree stand. Thomas estimates Bunch was about 20 feet in the air, but his fall was even farther because when the tree toppled, it dumped him in a deep ditch. Rescuers had a difficult time getting to Bunch because the accident site was in the woods, approximately three-fourths of a mile east of Highway 3. Macon County Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker told KTVO emergency crews brought Bunch out of the timber on a four-wheeler. He was then flown to University Hospital in Columbia with a punctured lung and a possibly broken leg. A hospital spokesman said Thursday afternoon that Bunch was listed in fair condition.

 

TROY MAN KILLED WHEN VAN TURNS IN FRONT OF HIS MOTORCYCLE

Troopers say a man from Troy was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident in Lincoln County Thursday night shortly after 7:30 pm. The crash occurred on Westbound Missouri Route 47, west of Ridge Road when 24 year old Tyuler A. Brown of St.. Louis was eastbound and executed a left turn, traveling into the path of a westbound motorcycle driven by 54 year old Jeffrey W. Hamlett of Troy. Hamlett was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene. His body was taken to McCoy Blossom Funeral Home by the Lincoln County Coroner.

 

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN WHO LED AUTHORITIES ON CHASE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

KMIZ TV reports the Randolph County prosecutor has charged a Keytesville man on multiple counts after a Wednesday chase that ended in a crash involving a Randolph County Sheriff's Office patrol car. The Randolph County Sheriff's deputy attempted to pull over a vehicle at 10:45 p.m. after watching it travel over the center line multiple times. The vehicle drove off at a high rate of speed before traveling into Monroe County and then back into Randolph County. The vehicle then drove into a field according to reports. According to the High Patrol Crash Report Timothy D. Still, 43, of Moberly, crashed the vehicle into a tree on private property near County Road 2355. Troopers said the 2012 Dodge Charger patrol car driven by Joseph R. Avery, 23, of Huntsville, ran into the back of the SUV after the vehicle crashed into the tree. A passenger in the SUV, Jassi M. Chambers, 35, of Moberly, was taken to Moberly Regional Hospital with minor injuries. Nobody else was hurt in the crash. Still is charged with driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest and will have an initial court appearance on Monday.

 




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09/23/2021

ATTEMPT TO FLEE AUTHORITIES RESULTS IN INJURY, ARREST AND DAMAGED VEHICLES

Troopers say 43 year old Timothy D. Still of Moberly was attempting to flee and was on private property south of County Road 2355, 3 miles east of Moberly at 11:23 pm Wednesday night when his auto traveled into a wooded area and struck a tree. The Still vehicle was then struck from behind by a patrol car driven by 23 year old Joseph R. Avery of Huntsville. Both vehicles were southbound at the time of the crash. Neither driver was injured, however a passenger in the vehicle attempting to flee, 35 year old Jassi M. Chambers of Moberly did receive minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. While the accident report was the first to be released by authorities, more information is expected to be forthcoming. The highway patrol crash report indicated the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Moberly Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Randolph County Ambulance were all on scene.

 

HARRISBURG MAN ARRESTED BY BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES

On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at approximately 8:43 pm, Boone County deputies were dispatched to the 17000 Block of N Oak Grove School Rd in northern Boone County to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance involving a weapon. The caller reported Brendon Sublett had been fighting with another subject in the back yard put a gun against the other subject’s head. Information provided indicated the suspect left the residence along with a description of the vehicle he was driving. While Deputies were enroute, the suspect was located and stopped by deputies. While attempting to detain Sublett, he physically resisted, and deputies had to overpower Sublett to effect the arrest.

During the investigation, information was provided alleging Sublett came to the victim’s residence following a phone call from Sublett, who was upset for an unknown reason. Information provided to deputies indicated Sublett and the victim then talked in the back yard, where things escalated, and a physical altercation followed resulting in the two ending up on the ground. The victim reported Sublett pushed a handgun against the side of the victim’s head while on the ground. Sublett then reportedly left with the firearm, but returned a few minutes later yelling for the victim to come outside.The victim reported Sublett then left the house again and began driving south on N Oak Grove School Rd; however, Sublett stopped his vehicle while still in front of the house and fired one shot at the victim. An additional witness corroborated the victim`s account of the event. Deputies also located one spent shell casing in the roadway where the victim reported Sublett had fired the handgun. A handgun matching the description provided by the victim, was located at the scene of the traffic stop near Sublett `s vehicle. Sublett, age 25 of Harrisburg, Missouri, was arrested for Armed Criminal Action, Domestic Assaultin the 1st Degree, Resisting/Interfering with arrest and tampering with Physical Evidence. At last word hew as still in the Boone County Jail.

 

MAN TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY OUTSIDE MONTGOMERY COUNT Y COURTHOUSE WITH SEVERAL GUNS  AND LARGE AMOUNT OF AMMO

On Wednesday September 22, 2021, at approximately 11:24 a.m., Montgomery County Joint Communication received a call advising that a subject in a blue station wagon was headed to the Montgomery County Courthouse to commit suicide. Law Enforcement immediately located the vehicle in question, parked on the east side of the Courthouse, across from the Fire Department. Montgomery County Deputies, along with Montgomery City Police, approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver. Officers observed that the subject was armed with a revolver. While speaking with the subject it was evident he was in crisis. After a short time, Officers were able to disarm the subject and take him into protective custody. A search of the vehicle revealed 3 handguns, 1 Rifle, and a large quantity of ammo. The subject was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. The Montgomery City Police Department will be conducting the investigation into this incident.

 

PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PREPARDNESS AT CALLAWAY PLANT IN EVENT OF RADIOLOGICAL EMERGENCY

A public meeting will be held today, Thursday, September 23, 2021, to discuss the evaluation results of a graded exercise at the Callaway Energy Center located near Reform, Missouri held on Tuesday of this week. Members of the public can attend this meeting beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning at the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, 2302 Militia Drive, Jefferson City, Missouri. The State of Missouri, along with the counties of Callaway, Gasconade, Osage, and Montgomery, participated in a one-day exercise on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in support of the Callaway Energy Center. The exercise required the activation of emergency facilities by the participating state and local officials. The activities of the state, county and local units of government were observed and evaluated by FEMA. Callaway Energy Center on-site performance was observed and evaluated by officials from the NRC. The exercise is a biennial requirement to determine the adequacy of the radiological emergency preparedness and response plans. The primary focus is on the ability of the State of Missouri, the utility and the participating counties to protect the health and safety of the public living in the vicinity of the Callaway Energy Center. The evaluated exercise provides reasonable assurance that the appropriate protective measures can be taken in the event of a radiological emergency. FEMA is responsible for evaluating offsite plans and exercises for states and counties through the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program while the NRC is the federal agency responsible for evaluating onsite emergency plans and exercises for nuclear power plants.

 

CENTRALIA TO EXPAND WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM AFTER DNR AWARDED $6 MILLION TO THE CITY

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources awarded $6 million in financial assistance to the city of Centralia for upgrades to its wastewater treatment system. The project’s total cost is estimated at nearly $6.8 million and is expected to be completed by September 2022. This project will convert the city’s wastewater treatment system, which currently involves discharging to waterways and overland flow fields and partial land application, to a completely non-discharging land application system. The conversion will include construction of two large wastewater storage cells, installation of new higher-velocity pumps and adding or replacing approximately 50,000 feet of sewer mains.

The funding assistance will also allow the city to prepay the prior loan for the purchase of about 140 acres for additional land application. By adding supplemental land application capability to the existing treatment system, the city can eliminate overland flow discharge to Missouri waterways and recycle nutrients back into the soil. Also, adopting a complete no-discharge system will reduce the need for sampling and minimize the need for upgrades to comply with future Clean Water Act requirements. The project’s funding consists of a $5 million loan, a $1 million grant through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund and $668,719 in city funds. The funding provided by the department is estimated to save the city’s ratepayers $1 million in principal and approximately $1million in interest over the loan’s 20-year term.

 

HEAVY EQUIPMENT LEVELS FORMER TOASTMASTER FACILITY IN MACON

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports demolition of buildings that were formally known as the Toastmaster manufacturing plant in Macon and most recently housed Compton’s Furniture and More liquidation store started Monday. According to the SPA, the building and 10-acre site are contaminated with a chemical known as TCE. Compton’s closed in the summer of 2020 after a federal judge ordered it to shut down. The contamination happened when the facility was utilized by Toastmaster as a small appliance manufacturing facility. Documents from the EPA state that during Toastmaster's ownership, which started in 1956, TCE was stored in an outside tank next to the building. The agency said the chemical spilled over a long period of time during the filling of the tank. Toastmaster was eventually bought out by Spectrum Brands, Incorporated, which owned the building until Richard Compton bought it in mid-2012. Heavy equipment started tearing down buildings on Monday. Virgil Hughes, who is overseeing the demolition for Spectrum Brands, was at the site on Wednesday. He told KTVO all buildings on the property will be leveled. That process is expected to last 30 days, and Hughes said there will be some cleanup to do after that. He said he is unsure who would be responsible for removing any contaminated soil from the site.

 

 

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September 22, 2021

KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED FOR SEX CRIME ARRESTED IN SOUTHEAST IOWA

A man wanted in Adair County for attempted statutory rape is now accused of leading authorities on a multi-county pursuit through southeast Iowa. Monroe County, Iowa deputies were conducting a routine traffic stop late Monday when the driver, Joshua Davis Pearson, 39, of Kirksville, refused to pull over.

When the pursuit reached the Centerville area, deputies from that county were called to assist. Authorities say Pearson attempted to lose pursuing officers by entering a rural bean field, northeast of Mystic, near Rathbun Lake. After a brief chase on foot, Pearson was taken into custody. Investigators later discovered he was wanted in Adair County for attempted statutory rape. Pearson is now charged with eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, reckless driving and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Additional charges are pending in northeast Missouri and Monroe County.

 

ROOTS N BLUES KICKS OFF FRIDAY WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Roots N Blues returns to Columbia, requires vaccination or proof of negative test to attend

Roots N Blues is scheduled to kick off Friday, with the festival making its return after being canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. KMIZ TV is reporting attendees will be required to either submit proof of vaccination or of a negative test in order to attend. The festival said in a statement, "It’s simple: We trust health care professionals. The health of our community is our first priority. The safest way to enjoy live music right now is to be vaccinated against COVID-19." Proof of vaccination can include an original, a direct photocopy or photo of your valid vaccine card. It is recommended that all attendees, regardless of vaccination status, obtain a negative test before entering.  Traffic will also be impacted throughout the weekend, with MODOT Area Engineer saying “We know that the closing of one lane of the interstate and the entrance ramp will greatly impact eastbound traffic, especially with the Roots ‘N Blues Festival in Columbia this weekend,”  The engineer went on to say, "“These closures are necessary for the safety of travelers on the road." A stretch of Old 63 will be Northbound only near the Stephens Lake Park entrance on Old 63, with a section of Walnut also being completely closed off to traffic. For those attending, The City of Columbia’s Bus Service, GoCOMO, will no longer be providing Late Night Trips from the fest. They will run their regular routes and hours. Uber/Lyft and Taxis will pick up and drop off only in the indicated lot. They will not be allowed to the gate entrance.

 




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September 20, 2021

NOT YOUR TYPICAL WEDDING RECEPTION

 A sport UTV crashed a wedding reception over the weekend. It happened at 4:50 p.m. Saturday on Chariton County Route E, three miles east of Rothville, MO.Missouri state troopers said a car driven by Kristen Lee, 33, of Marceline, Mo., made a left turn into the path of an oncoming UTV driven by Dylon Ewigman, 23, also of Marceline. The UTV hit Lee's car and then ran off the road and struck an unoccupied pickup truck parked at a wedding reception. Ewigman, who was buckled up, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo. Ewigman's mother told KTVO Monday afternoon that her son has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home. Lee was not injured. According to the online crash report, she was not wearing a seat belt.No one at the reception was hurt.

WELLSVILLE DRIVERS INVOLVED IN CRASH

This past Friday, 29 year old Patrick D. Powers of Wellsville was driving as a First Responder with lights activated on Route A  at Bates Street in Wellsville in response to an emergency call. Powers failed to yield to the other auto driven by 18 year old Sadie L. Gosseen  of Wellsville who was already in the intersection and the Powers vehicle struck the Gosseen auto  causing the Gosseen car to run off the road and strike a stop sign. Both drivers had serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD DRIVE THRU CLINIC
The health department will be holding a curbside COVID vaccine clinic Friday, Sept. 24, at their offices, 1001 S. Jamison Street, at 3 p.m. First, second, and third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be administered to residents ages 12 and older.Third doses are only for those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised who received their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on or before Aug. 27. County Residents must call the Adair County Health Department at 660-665-8491 to register for the curbside COVID vaccine clinic. Proof of previous vaccine doses is required, as are masks.

SEVERAL HURT IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

Several people were injured in a shooting in downtown Columbia early Saturday morning.

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 10 block of N. Fifth St. around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday according to a news release. The release said officers located several victims with injuries who were eventually transported to local hospitals. The conditions of the victims are unknown as of Saturday afternoon.CPD said there is no suspect information available at this time.The department is encouraging anyone with information about the incident to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

MEXICO GUN DISTRUBANCE SATURDAY

Argument in Mexico neighborhood escalates to gunfireTop of FoBottom of Form. The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of Buchanan in reference to a disturbance involving gunshots on Saturday, Sept. 18 at approximately 12:59 p.m.  Responding personnel learned that a person who lives on the block was in an argument with some other people when multiple people began shooting guns, according to the press release from the Mexico Public Safety Department.  Three vehicles and one house were damaged. A 33-year-old Mexico man, who was directly involved in the disturbance, was also hit by gunfire. He was taken to Audrain Community Hospital, where he was treated and then released. MPSD is continuing to investigate what occurred so that the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney can make charging decisions. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at 800-392-TIPS or 800-392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at 573-473-5800 or 573-581-2100.

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY WORKS  FIRE CALL  SUNDAY MORNING

On Sunday, September 19, 2021 at approximately 10:07 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to ADM in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a fire in the attic of a machine shed located on the south side of the plant.  ADM staff had discovered the fire and were making efforts to extinguish it.  The fire was contained and extinguished with only the immediate area suffering any fire damage.  It appeared the fire was caused by some work being done in the shed.  There were no injuries.




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09/17/2021

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE TONIGHT

Brookfield Bulldogs @ Palmyra on KFMZ AM/FM and KZBK FM

Macon Tigers @ Highland on True Country KLTI                      

Montgomery County Wildcats @ South Callaway on 103.9 FM, KMCR

Regional Football Scoreboard on KFMZ AM/FM & KZBK FM

 

MAN HURT WHEN HE FELL FROM BED OF PICKUP AS IT WAS MAKING TURN

The highway patrol reports a man from Derby IA received serious injuries when he fell out of the bed of a pickup he was riding in Wednesday night. According to the crash report the incident happened at 6:30 pm Wednesday night at Route C and Liberty Street in Huntsville. 67 year old Charlie Neice was riding in the bed of the pickup and fell out as the pickup made a left hand turn onto Route C from Liberty street in Huntsville. The driver of the truck was identified as Keith Miner, 48,  of Corning, Iowa.  Neice was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol was assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Westran Fire and Randolph County EMS

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED AND TOTALS TRUCK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Troopers say a driver from Auxvasse was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash on Route DD, near the address of 2849 Route DD in Callaway County at 7:48 pm Wednesday. Joshua Haubner was northbound when his pickup travelled off the roadway and overturned partially ejecting the driver. Haubner was transported to University Hospital by Callaway County Ambulance.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

On 09/16/2021 Sheriff Steve Cox reported the following Incidents, Arrests and MORE

 

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09/16/2021

MARCELINE WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY CRASH

Troopers say 71 year old Mary Murphy of Marceline had moderate injuries and was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield after an eastbound vehicle failed to yield to the northbound Murphy auto on MO Route 5, 2 miles north of Marceline at 10:45 AM Wednesday. The other vehicle was triven by 21 year old Taylor Philips of Marceline  and his vehicle struck the other vehicle in the drivers side.  Linn County Ambulance Personnel, The Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Marceline Police Department and Missouri Department of Transportation assisted at the scene.

 

COLUMBIA FIREFIGHTERS DISPATCHED REGARDING SMOKE IN A BUILDING

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to 1030 Hitt Street, NextGen Precision Health Institute at 10:43am on Tuesday, September 14, 2021.  Dispatch information included a report of smoke in the basement. The first unit arrived less than three minutes later and reported a multi-storey commercial building under construction with nothing showing.  Crews proceeded to the basement where they reported a light haze and an electrical odor. Further investigation revealed that a piece of machinery had malfunctioned and there was no fire.  Fire crews used electric fans to remove smoke from the building.  There were no reported injuries. Eight units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.

 

PERSON PINNED UNDER VEHICLE WHEN VEHICLE CRASHED INTO COLUMBIA HOME WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

Three people were injured when a pickup truck crashed into a home in central Columbia on Wednesday afternoon, pinning a person underneath the vehicle. The pickup could be seen sticking out of a corner of the house near Worley Street and Woodlawn Avenue as firefighters and medics worked at the scene. A woman was transported to the hospital after firefighters lifted the truck in order to move the woman. Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jerry Jenkins said one person was pinned under the truck when the crash happened a little before 4:30 p.m. The person was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries according to Jenkins. The other person who was in the home along with the driver of the pickup were also taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries. The house suffered structural damage and no word yet on what caused the crash.. Emergency dispatchers said Worley was closed west of Providence Road because of the crash.

 

DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR NEW BRIDGE IN LAPLATA SET FOR SEPTEMBER 24TH

On September 24, the bridge over the BNSF railroad tracks in LaPlata will be named the Lester Dent Memorial Bridge. Dent was born in La Plata in 1904 and is famous for writing the Doc Savage novels, beginning in the 1930’s. After retiring in the early 1940's, Dent and his family moved back to La Plata. He was then an instrumental figure in having a pedestrian lane added to the former Route D bridge, that was built in 1936. Dent’s fans believe he wanted this feature as he was frustrated at dodging cars on the bridge when he would walk to school. A dedication ceremony for the soon-to-be Lester Dent Memorial Bridge will take place at 10 a.m. on September 24. That’s the 85th anniversary of the opening of the previous bridge.

 

2021 HARVEST SEASON UNDERWAY

The Moberly Police Department posted a reminder on one of their social media pages that harvest season has begun with slow-moving farm equipment traveling by highways, black tops, and gravel roads to several fields. During the harvest season, watch for farm equipment and trucks entering, and exiting fields at various hours during the day and night. Also, be patient when you are behind the equipment on the road. Do not pass if you can not see around the slow-moving equipment, curve, or hill.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT 09/01/2021 – 09/09/2021

On September 1, 2021, deputies responded to a residence in Wellsville for a report of a male subject standing outside the reporting party's window. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned there has been an ongoing issue with the male subject harassing the female by sending harassing letters. The male subject was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges of Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Trespassing.

On September 2, 2021, deputies responded to a residence in the Montgomery City area for a report of someone having a mental health crisis. Through crisis intervention techniques deputies were able to persuade the subject to seek medical attention. The subject was transported to the hospital by Montgomery County EMS.

On September 2, 2021, deputies began an investigation into repeated property damage to a local business in the Montgomery City area. Through the course of the investigation, deputies were able to develop a suspect, set up cameras, and obtain footage of the suspect damaging the property. The suspect was later interviewed by deputies and confessed to damaging the property. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Property Damage and Trespassing.

On September 4, 2021, deputies responded to the New Florence area for a report of a careless and imprudent driver. Deputies located the vehicle and observed it being driven erratically. Deputies stopped the vehicle and determined the driver to be intoxicated. The driver was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Driving While Intoxicated.

On September 6, 2021, deputies responded to the Wellsville area for an unwanted subject. The reporting party advised his son was under the influence of an illegal substance and causing a disturbance at the residence. As deputies were responding, they were advised the disturbance had turned into a physical domestic. Through the course of the investigation, deputies learned the subject had assaulted his father and had to be physically restrained by family members. The subject was arrested and transported to the Montgomery County Jail pending charges for Domestic Assault.

On September 7, 2021, deputies responded to the Jonesburg area for a report of a residence being struck by a bullet. The investigation revealed a neighbor was target shooting and a bullet ricocheted off the target striking the residence. This is an important reminder to be careful of where you choose to target practice and what structures are beyond the target.

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09/15/2021

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH SEX-RELATED CRIMES INVOLVING A CHILD IN SHELBY COUNTY

A Kirksville woman was charged this week with two sex-related crimes involving a child. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports  Sara Dodd, 33, of Kirksville, is charged in Shelby County with first-degree statutory rape and first-degree child molestation.  According to court documents, the alleged crimes happened sometime between October 2019 and September 2020. Prosecutors say in court papers that Dodd held her hand over a young girl's mouth so she couldn't scream while Joshua A. Dodd, 29, of Shelbyville, Mo., sexually abused the girl, who was less than 12 years old. Joshua Dodd was also charged with statutory rape and child molestation in January 2021. He is scheduled for a jury trial in Shelby County on December 7, 2021. Meanwhile, Sara Dodd remains in the Shelby County jail on $50,000 cash-only bond. In January 2020, Joshua Dodd pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse in a separate case. He was ordered to serve six months in the county jail, but the judge suspended execution of that sentence.

 

COLUMBIA MAN EJECTED FROM MOPED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR ON US 63

Authorities say a Columbia man was seriously injured after being ejected from a moped Tuesday evening in Boone County. The patrol crash report said the accident happened at 6:30 pm Tuesday on Highway 63 Northbound a half a mile north of Calvery Hill Road when a vehicle driven by 53 year old Raymond Wood of Clarence began to overtake a northbound moped operated by 66 year old William Barnhart of Columbia. As one of the drivers switched lanes into the path of the other, the Wood auto struck the moped causing it to overturn and eject the driver. Barnhart was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Troopers say a Kirksville woman had minor injuries after her car ran off the left side of highway 63 northbound and struck several road signs. That crash happened 1 and a half miles north of Clark around 9:10 Tuesday night. 23 year old Chythia Davis had minor injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department assisted on scene. Davis was charged with DWI, Failure to Drive on the Right half of the Roadway, No Insurance and no seatbelt.

 

CRASH ON HIGHWAY 24 NEAR CLIFTON HILL TUESDAY NIGHT

A single vehicle crash around 6:19 Tuesday night on US 24, 1 mile west of Clifton Hill resulted in minor injuries for a passenger. Kristi Thomas, age 42 of Pea Ridge, GA was eastbound when the car she was driving went off the road and struck a guardrail. The driver was not injured, but an passenger, 40 year old Rickey Goddard of Pea Ridge, GA was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Randolph County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in that investigation.

 

FULTON WOMAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES

The patrol said a Fulton woman was arrested in Audrain County at 11:11 Tuesday morning on several felony charges. 44 year old Deanna L. Parrott of Fulton was charged with 2 counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, two felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance to a confinement facility, two felony counts of tampering with physical evident, a felony Audrain County warrant for Drug Possession and a misdemeanor warrant for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. She was being held at the Audrain County Jail at last report.

 

MONROE CITY MAKING SOME PROGRESS AFTER LOWEST POSSIBLE AUDIT RATING WHILE OTHER CONCERNS REMAIN

A report issued on Monday of this week from State Auditor Nicole Galloway finds that Monroe City has implemented some recommendations from a 2020 audit, but that other concerns remain. The June 2020 audit of Monroe City was initiated through a citizen petition, which required 200 valid signatures of qualified voters in the city. That audit highlighted concerns in several areas, including city utilities, year-end employee bonuses, and a lack of transparency around city budgets and real estate transactions. Because the audit gave a rating of "poor" — the lowest possible — the Auditor's Office conducted a follow-up review to measure the progress the city has made. The 2020 audit found that the city made periodic transfers from restricted utility funds to the general fund, including a 2018 transfer of $150,000 each from the electric and gas funds to the general fund to prevent the general fund from having a deficit balance. Auditors recommended that the Board of Aldermen ensure any future payments from the Electric, Gas, Water, and Sewer Funds to the General Fund represent reimbursement of actual costs of operations and maintain documentation to support the amounts transferred. However, in the follow-up report, auditors found that the city continued to make payments from the Electric, Gas, Water, and Sewer Funds to the General Fund totaling $741,936 during the year ended September 30, 2020 without documented support for the amounts transferred. After city officials could not provide auditors with documentation that a formal review of electric, water and sewer rates has ever been performed, Galloway recommended that the city review utility costs to ensure rates are set at an appropriate level. After a contractor performed a water and sewer rate study, the Board of Aldermen passed a new flat rate that was added to both the water and sewer bills in November 2020. However, the flat rate for water is more than the rate recommended by the study and the flat rate for sewer is less than the rate recommended by the study. As a result, the city may not generate enough sewer revenues to cover costs and will likely generate more water revenues than needed to cover costs. Additionally, after the 2020 audit recommended that the Board of Aldermen discontinue paying employee year-end bonuses in violation of state law, the Board authorized the payment of $2,422 in year-end bonuses in December 2020. The Missouri Constitution forbids the payment of additional compensation, such as bonuses, to public employees for services already rendered.  In all, of the 20 recommendations followed up on from the initial audit, three recommendations have been fully implemented by the city. Another three recommendations are in the process of being implemented. Six have not been implemented and eight were only partially implemented. A copy of the complete follow-up report can be found here.

 

MARSHALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVES FAIR RATING

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced on Tuesday the results of a citizen-initiated audit of the Marshall Public Schools in Saline County. Galloway announced in February that a petition of qualified voters within the Marshall School District boundary triggered an audit by her office.  The report, which gives a rating of "fair," makes several recommendations to improve accounting controls and oversight in the district. The audit identified several weaknesses in accounting controls over fees and concessions receipts, as well as a need for better oversight from the Board of Education regarding salaries, stipends, and purchasing. The audit recommends better handling of student and athletic fees, concession revenue, and bookstore receipts, which are often received in cash without pre-numbered receipts. Auditors also recommended the Board exercise additional oversight and approval regarding compensation decisions and ensure all payments to employees are reasonable and have adequate supporting documentation. Additionally, Galloway's audit evaluated security of electronic data and made recommendations to ensure the security of the district's accounting system. A copy of the audit can be found here.




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IOWA TRUCKER INJURED WHEN HIS TRUCK CRASHES INTO ANOTHER TRUCK MONDAY MORNING

Troopers say 48 year old Joseph Coleman, a truck driver from Tama, Iowa sustained minor injuries Monday morning when his southbound rig crashed into the rear of another southbound truck driven by 45 year old William Walbrecht of Union, MO. That crash happened in Randolph County on US 63 South of Cairo at 9:15 AM Monday. Coleman had minor injuries and was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment by Randolph County Ambulance personnel. Authorities said Coleman’s truck was totaled while the other truck received moderate damage. Randolph County Fire, Randolph County Ambulance and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

 

HOUSE FIRE IN LAPLATA OVER THE WEEKEND

A weekend house fire did approximately $20,000 in damage to a La Plata home. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports It happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Holly Jones residence at 214 N. Church St., in La Plata, Mo. Captain Aaron Pippin with La Plata Fire and Rescue told KTVO the fire started in the home’s attached garage. The flames and fire damage were contained to that area. An adult and three or four kids were home at the time. Pippin said they smelled smoke and then noticed it coming into the house from the garage. They all made it out safely. Pippin said the fire has been ruled accidental, and it was likely started by an electrical problem. No firefighters were injured while fighting the fire. Crews from La Plata, Atlanta and Kirksville helped battle the blaze. They were on the scene until 1 a.m. Sunday.

Pippin estimates the damage at $20,000.

 

TRUMAN STUDENT ACCUSED OF MAKING TERRORIST THREAT ON 9/11 ANNIVERSARY

KTVO and KTVO dot com also reports student at Truman State University is accused of making a terrorist threat on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. According to court documents, Patrick Akins, 20, of Kirksville, posted an anonymous message on a social media app called Yik Yak, stating that he was going to blow up Centennial Hall on the Truman State University campus. The suspect is now charged with making a terrorist threat in the third degree, a misdemeanor. University police said Akins made the threatening post around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday. The message said Akins was going to bomb Centennial Hall. Investigators were able to trace the post back to Akins. Officers from the Truman State University Police Department tracked Akins down at the Delta Chi Fraternity house at 904 S. First St. where they arrested him. At first, Akins claimed he did not remember making the post because he had been drinking at a friend's house. On the ride to the jail, officers said in their report that Akins admitted to making the post. He told them it was stupid, and he didn't really mean anyone harm. The suspect pleaded not guilty on Monday and is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

MODOT SHARES DETAILS REGARDING POSSIBLE REMOVAL OF BUSINESS LOOP EXIT RAMP

Information is being made available regarding the possible removal of the Interstate 70 westbound exit ramp at Business Loop 70, along with the 64-year old bridge over eastbound I-70 in the City of Columbia, west of the I-70/U.S. Route 63 Connector. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is inviting nearby residents and motorists to share their thoughts. MoDOT says removal is necessary since the bridge is reaching the end of its service life. In addition, the left-side exit ramp is contrary to driver expectations. Studies indicate crashes may be reduced by as much as 25 to 70 percent with the use of right-side ramps over left-side ramps.  The exit ramp currently carries approximately 2800 vehicles per day. The existing ramp demand can be served by the I-70 interchanges at Missouri Route 763 (Rangeline Street) and Route 63 at Route WW (Broadway Street). The project would include the construction of a parallel deceleration lane for the westbound I-70 exit ramp at Rangeline Street to help mitigate congestion. In addition, signing will be adjusted to extend the Business Loop to the I-70/Route 63 Connector by making use of the new Conley Road extension. The project is not yet programmed in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). Official designs will be drafted once funding becomes available. Motorists and area residents can find more details, ask questions or provide feedback on this project by visiting modot.org/BusinessLoopRamp. The online public comment period is open through Friday, September 24. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. You can also follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.




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TWO MENDON KIDS FLOWN TO KANSAS CITY HOSPITAL AFTER ATV CRASH

The highway patrol said two kids from Mendon were flown to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in serious condition after an ATV crash. The crash report said the accident happened around 6pm Sunday on Zion Avenue, 2 miles south east of Mendon when a 5 year old boy was driving an ATV northbound with an 8 year old female passenger. The driver was travelling too fast for conditions according to the report and lost control. The ATV overturned several times and ejected both occupants. The 5 year old boy was flown by Air Evac to the Kansas City hospital while the 8 year old female was flown by Life Flight to the Kansas City hospital. The names of the two kids involved are not being released as they are both juveniles. The Linn County Sheriff’s Department and Brookfield Police provided assistance at the scene of the crash. No other updates on the children’s conditions have been made available as this time.

 

PATROL INVESTIGATES ATV ACCIDENT N MACON COUNTY

Troopers investigated another ATV crash over the weekend. This one in Macon County at 4:30 AM Saturday at Logan Place, 5 miles southeast of Macon when 21 year old Austin Engle of Callao was westbound and struck another westbound ATV from behind and overturned. Engle has minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon. The other ATV driver was 22 year old Keshon Harris of Macon who was not injured. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department and ambulance assisted at the scene.

 

LABELLE MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

A LaBelle, MO man died as a result of a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Lewis C ounty. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 26 year old  Alexis A. Roblero Velazquez, of La Belle, Missouri was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:30 a.m. Sunday on 255th Street,  eight miles south of La Belle when the pickup he was driving left the roadway and hit a culvert guidepost and utility pole. The truck then returned to the roadway and then overturned and went off the other side of the road.

 
4 YEAR OLD BOY DIED IN MEMPHIS HOUSE FIRE

A morning house fire claims the life of a young northeast Missouri boy. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the deadly blaze in Memphis was reported around 8:30 a.m. Saturday at a two-story home just two blocks away from the Memphis/Scotland County Fire Station. The fire happened at the Jessica Linebaugh residence at the corner of Adams and Jefferson streets. Dr. Jeff Davis, Scotland County coroner, told KTVO the victim is Braxton Linebaugh, 4, of Memphis, Mo. Davis said the boy's body was found in an upstairs bedroom around 10 a.m. The coroner's preliminary investigation reveals the youngster likely died of smoke inhalation, but an autopsy will be performed in the coming days. Investigators said two adults and five kids were inside when the fire started. Everyone but Braxton made it out safely. Braxton was a student at Scotland County Pre-school. Assistant Chief Jimmy Winn with the Memphis/Scotland County Fire Department told KTVO an investigator from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office came to the scene and determined there is too much damage to be able to figure out what started the blaze. Two firefighters from the Gorin Fire Department also assisted at the scene. A resident told KTVO Saturday afternoon that crews were using heavy equipment to tear down the fire-damaged home. 

 

CHILLICOTHE FIREMEN BATTLE HOUSE FIRE SUNDAY NIGHT

According to a report from the Chillicothe Fire Department crews responded to a house fire in Chillicothe Sunday shortly after 7 pm. When firefighters arrived, smoke was seen coming from the peak of the roof, toward the middle of the structure located at 325 Cowgill street.. After an initial assessment, and seeing where the smoke had vented itself, crews determined the fire was on the second floor of the C side of the structure. Upon entry, firefighters found fire in the kitchen of the home. The department was able to extinguish the fire quickly and forced air ventilation. No one was reported injured in the fire.

 

CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 15TH – 21ST
This Wednesday, September 15th marks the beginning of Child Passenger Safety Week.The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council, Safe Kids Worldwide, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2021). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2020, 11 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,438 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,040 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2020. Troopers issued citations to an additional 141 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2020. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.




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09/10/2021

MAN WANTED FOR MISSOURI HOMICIDES FOUND DEAD IN SOUTH DAKOTA

Sheriff's officials say a man accused of killing four people in Missouri has been found dead in South Dakota.According to the Union County South Dakota Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old J.T. McLean was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a stolen car parked at a motel near Dakota Dunes early Thursday. McLean is charged in the deaths of his girlfriend, Allison Abitz, and her 11-year-old daughter, Jozee. Their bodies were found Aug. 22 at their Boone County home. McLean was also a suspected of killing a couple in the Miller County community of Kaiser who were found dead Wednesday. 

 

FOUR NEW FELONY CHARGES FOR UNIONVILLE MAN

A prior and persistent offender from northeast Missouri is once again in trouble with the law. Jack Isaac Daniel Rogers, 20, of Unionville, Mo., is now charged with four new felony crimes. KTVO and KTVO dot com says according to court papers, those alleged crimes happened in February 2021 and March 2021. Rogers is accused of sexual misconduct against a child under the age of 15. Court documents do not indicate the child’s gender. The new charges Rogers faces are two counts of fourth-degree child molestation and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Putnam County Sheriff Jason Knight said in his report that Rogers admitted to the crimes during an interview with law enforcement on September 5, 2021.

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GOVERNOR MAKES APPOINTMENTS

The Governor made some appointments and filled some empty terms on Wednesday. According to a release from the Governor’s office, Sidney Conklin, of Huntsville, was appointed to the Coroner Standards and Training Commission

Mr. Conklin was elected Coroner of Randolph County in 2020. Immediately prior to his election as Coroner, he served as the Chief Investigator for the Missouri Board of Healing Arts. Mr. Conklin also has 32 years of experience with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the majority being with the Division of Drug and Crime Control. He is a certified instructor by the Missouri Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission with a background in criminal and narcotics investigation. Mr. Conklin was a member of the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1979. He attended Truman State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. William Harlow, of Marshall, was appointed to the Coroner Standards and Training Commission.  Harlow has been the General Manager for Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. since 1995 and has served as the Coroner of Saline County since 2005. He has served as a member Heavin is certified by the state of Missouri as a fire service officer, investigator, inspector, and instructor. He has served as a Fire Crew Chief and Assistant Chief of Operations in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Heavin has instructed personnel on general fire service curriculum, hazardous materials, and emergency medicine. He is a certified medicolegal death investigator.  Colton Marti, of Curryville, was appointed as the Pike County Coroner

Mr. Marti is currently serving as the Interim Pike County Coroner. He has more than 10 years of experience serving in law enforcement and has worked for both the Ralls County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Bowling Green Police Department. Mr. Marti is the Fire Chief for the Curryville Fire Protection District and is a veteran of the Missouri Air National Guard. He received an Associate of Science in law enforcement from Mineral Area College and attended Southeast Missouri State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SAY MULTIPLE CARS DAMAGED IN VANDALISM SPREE

 Kirksville has seen a spree of broken windows this week. Kirksville Police say the broken windows in cars and other properties were reported on North Don Street, East and West Washington Street, West Pierce Street and North Franklin Street.

The Kirksville Police Department is currently working on the case but does not have any leads or suspects at this time. If you witness a crime or have any leads regarding who may have caused the damage, local police urge you to call Adair County Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621 or the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945.

 

THREE VEHICLES COLLIDE IN BO\ eastbound auto driven by 29 year old Chelsea Beck of Harrisburg. The impact caused the Beck vehicle to move forward and strike a 3rd auto operated by 21 year Victoria Kinsey

of Glasgow. Hughes received minor injuries and was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

 

INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY AT RANDOLPH COUNTY JAIL

KRCG TV reports an inmate who was incorrectly released from the Randolph County Jail last month is now back in custody. According to the county's online inmate records, Goble was re-booked into their custody on September 6th, at 11:33 pm. She also now faces one count of Escape and one count of Forgery. Sheriff Aaron Wilson says another inmate was supposed to have been released, but a new guard confused the two women. Wilson also says Goble falsely signed the name of the inmate who was supposed to be released.

 

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UPDATE

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office indicated on their Facebook social media page The investigation into the murders of Allison and Jozee Abitz on 08/22/2021 is still active and the search for the suspect, JT McLean, continues. Investigators just recently received information that McLean had recently acquired a dark colored motorcycle, which was not titled or registered in his name. Currently, the make, model and type are unknown for the motorcycle. This motorcycle is unaccounted for and it is believed McLean likely fled the area on the motorcycle. Anyone with information regarding a motorcycle that was recently sold or otherwise provided to McLean is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office to provide information on the motorcycle. Additionally, anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 573-442-6131 or 311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).




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FEWER DEATHS REPORTED FROM TRAFFIC CRASHES OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN MISSOURI COMPARED TO LAST YEAR

Seven people died in crashes over the Labor Day weekend across Missouri compared to 18 in 2020. Troopers investigated 351 crashes with 103 injuries over the weekend, an increase of 73 compared to last year. However, 37 fewer injuries were reported this year. Troopers also investigated 108 DWI cases and arrested 71 people for drugs, according to the release.

 

MACON WOMAN HURT IN COLLISION

Troopers say a Macon woman received minor injuries and was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center following a two vehicle collision on Route JJ, just west of Moberly Tuesday afternoon at 4:25 pm. Two vehicles were stopped for a school bus and when the bus stop was complete both vehicles started moving again and that’s when 44 y ear old Brenda Smoot of Macon stopped the vehicle she was driving and it was struck from behind by another westbound auto driven by a 16 year old female of Higbee.

 

WESTBOUND I-70 TO BE CLOSED WHILE REMAINS OF FALLEN MARINE ESCORTED TO ST CHARLES FUNERAL HOME

Several miles of westbound traffic on Interstate 70 in suburban St. Louis will close briefly today (WED) as the remains of a Marine killed in Afghanistan are escorted from Lambert Airport to a St Charles funeral home. Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz was among 13 U.S. service members killed last month in Kabul and was from Wentzville, Missouri. The Highway Patrol says the westbound lanes will be closed as the procession moves from the airport to the Funeral Home in St. Charles but authorities are planning to reopen Intersections as soon as the procession passes. The patrol says the procession is expected to start around 1 p.m. Wednesday and take about 20 minutes.


CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY WEEK IS SEPTEMBER 15TH – 21ST
The Missouri State Highway Patrol joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Safety Council, Safe Kids Worldwide, and other safety advocates to commemorate National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21, 2021). The primary goal of this program is to remind all parents and other adults responsible for children traveling in motor vehicles of the importance of child safety seats and seat belts. Every year, children suffer needless injuries. In 2020, 11 children under the age of eight were killed in traffic crashes, and another 1,438 were injured. Troopers issued citations to 1,040 drivers who failed to secure children less than eight years old in a child restraint/booster seat in 2020. Troopers issued citations to an additional 141 drivers who failed to secure a child 80 pounds or more or over 4’9” in a seat belt in 2020. Troopers investigate traffic crashes every day. Nothing is more disturbing than a traffic crash that includes a child being hurt or killed. The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages every driver to make sure child passengers in their vehicles are restrained properly.



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09/07/2021

BUCKLIN MAN ARRESTED ON 43 COUNTS OF 1ST DEGREE SEX OFFENSES

A Bucklin man was arrested on Friday on 43 counts of sex related offenses. A news release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control said Roger A. Cupp, 54, of Bucklin, Missouri, was arrested on Friday, September 3, 2021, for sex offenses ranging from statutory sodomy, statutory rape, and child molestation. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Troop B Criminal Investigations Unit and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. On August 25th, 2021, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office requested the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control to assist with an investigation involving allegations of statutory rape and child molestation. During the investigation, it was determined over a five-year period Cupp had committed multiple sexual offenses involving one child. On Friday, September 3, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Cupp’s residence on East Truman Street, in Marceline, Missouri. Troopers located Cupp in Brookfield, Missouri, where he was arrested, without incident. Cupp was transported to the Macon County Jail. On Friday, September 3, 2021, the Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Cupp with 11 counts of child molestation, 12 counts of statutory rape with person under the age of 14, 19 counts of statutory sodomy with person under the age of 14, and one count of attempted statutory rape with person under the age of 14. Cupp remains in custody at the Macon County Jail, with no bond.

 

WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN CAR ON FRIDAY – SUSPECT HAS NOW BEEN ARRESTED

KTVO and KTVO dot com is reporting the suspect wanted in connection with a female found dead in a parked car late Friday morning has been taken into custody. According to the Palmyra Police Department, on Saturday, deputies from the Menard County Sheriff’s Department in Illinois, the U.S. Marshal Service and other agencies, arrested Raymond D. Gum Jr., in Petersberg, Illinois, at approximately 12:23 p.m. He was arrested in connection with the death of a 34-year-old female, who resided in the 100 block of East Jefferson Street in Palmyra, Missouri. An arrest warrant for Gum was issued for murder in the first degree and armed criminal action. The bond on Gum is set at $1,000,000 cash only. He is currently in custody in Menard County, Illinois. On Friday night, the Palmyra Police Department announced a that Gum was wanted in connection with a female found dead in a parked car late Friday morning. The car was parked along the 100 block of East Jefferson Street. The body was discovered right before 11 a.m. by emergency crews who had responded to a medical call at that location.

MOBERLY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS SUNDAY

Two Moberly residents and one from Springfield were involved in a boating accident at the Lake of the Ozarks over the holiday weekend. The Highway Patrol said 53 year old Thomas E. Sanders of Moberly was operating a boat at the 6.2  mile marker in Indian Creek Cove in Morgan County Sunday afternoon around 3 o’clock. The incident occurred when the boat travelled over a wake which caused both occupants to become airborne and then impact the vessel.  47 year old Robyn L. Calicott of Moberly sustained serious injuries and was transported to Lake Regional Hospital by ambulance. Another occupant, Ryleigh E. Sanders, 21 of Springfield received minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene.

CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN AND FATHER OF HER CHILD

A St Louis TV Station is reporting a couple was arrested after allegedly overdosing on drugs while their 4-week-old child was inside the backseat of the car in Franklin County, Mo. Friday. Police say child endangerment charges have been filed against 25-year-old Haley Kester, of Montgomery City, and 40-year-old John Carpenter. Ambulances were called to a parking lot near the 1900 block of East 5th Street in Washington, MO after receiving calls of a man and woman slummed inside a car. Once there, they found Kester and Carpenter suffering from apparent drug overdose. Narcan was given to the 25-year-old woman while the man became alert after Sternum Rub was applied to him. Traces of heroin/ fentanyl were found inside the car.




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09/03/2021

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST TWO JUVENILE SUSPECTS IN CONNECTION WITH EAST SEXTON ROAD SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT  

Two juveniles were identified and detained Thursday in connection with a shot fired incident in the 200 block of E. Sexton Road on Wednesday, Sept. 1.When the first call came in regarding the incident, responding officers arrived and located a 17-year old female victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid at the scene until EMS arrived.  The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  Officers also located damage from gunshots on a vehicle parked in the driveway. Both juveniles were placed in the custody of the Boone County Juvenile Office. One juvenile is charged with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action and one count of tampering with a witness. The second juvenile is charged with one count of assault in the first degree, one count of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon. This is an ongoing investigation.  More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something.  Columbia Police are asking for your help.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

FEMA APPROVES GOVERNORS DISASSTER DECLARATION REQUEST FOR SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING

21 Missouri Counties to Receive Federal Assistance for Damaged Roads, Bridges, and Other Infrastructure

Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved Missouri’s request for a major disaster declaration. A total of 21 counties will receive federal assistance in response to severe storms and flooding beginning in late June and continuing through July 1. The Governor’s August 13 request included $10 million in qualifying disaster-related expenses that had already been identified. FEMA’s approval means local governments and eligible nonprofits in Andrew, Audrain, Boone, Buchanan, Caldwell, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Cooper, Daviess, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Lincoln, Livingston, Moniteau, Montgomery, Ralls, Ray, and Saline counties will receive reimbursements for emergency response costs and repairs to roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

Missouri’s request to FEMA was for damage and emergency response costs incurred due to severe storms and flooding from June 19 to July 1. FEMA’s major disaster declaration notification, received on September 1, was for the period of June 24 to July 1. State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has already begun efforts with the federal government to expand the incident period to include June 19-23 in order to maximize financial assistance to Missouri communities and eligible nonprofits.  On July 6, Governor Parson announced Missouri’s request for joint Preliminary Damage Assessments in 17 counties. Audrain, Daviess, Grundy, and Ralls counties were later added to the request after more damage was documented locally. On July 8, joint preliminary damage assessment teams comprising representatives from SEMA, FEMA, and local officials began validating damage data, estimating a total of more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure and emergency response costs eligible for federal assistance. On August 13, Governor Parson requested FEMA approve a major disaster declaration

 

GRAHAM CAVE STATE PARK HOSTS ARCHAEOLOGY DAY SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

Graham Cave State Park staff members invite visitors of all ages to celebrate Archaeology Day 2021 at one of Missouri’s most significant early archaeological landmarks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18. Graham Cave was the first archaeological site in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark on Jan. 20, 1961. The event begins at 10 a.m. near the cave entrance with interpretative displays on the historic and prehistoric archaeology, family history exhibits by the Graham family, mammal exhibits, children's games, flintknapping, fire-starter and deer-bone fish-hook demonstrations..Sponsors of Archaeology Day include Missouri State Parks, Graham Family Descendants, World Atlatl Association, Montgomery County Retired School Personnel Association and the Montgomery County Historical Society. For more information about Archaeology Day and the park, contact the park office at 573-564-3476. Graham Cave State Park is located 2 miles west of Danville (Exit 170 on I-70) on Highway TT.

BELL GAME TONIGHT ON KZBK & KFMZ

The Marceline Tigers will be at Burlington Field at the Brookfield Bulldogs host the 86th Annual Bell Game tonight. Both teams enter tonight’s contest 1-0 after opening season wins last Friday night. We will have the game on KZBK at 96.9 FM along with KFMZ at 1470 AM and 96.1 FM. On True Country KLTI it will be coverage of the Macon Tigers tonight and we will also have the Montgomery County Wildcats came on 103.9 FM, KMCR. In addition, Saturday is the season opener for the MU Tigers as they play at home. We will have that game for you to Saturday with the broadcast starting at 1pm on 103.9 FM, KMCR..




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September 2, 2021

WRONG PERSON RELEASED FROM RANDOLPH COUNTY JAIL

Randolph County authorities are looking for a woman they say was wrongly released from the Randolph County Jail over the weekend. Sheriff Aaron Wilson told KTVO and KTVO dot com thats Ellen Goble committed identity theft, which played a role in her being wrongly released. According to Wilson, the confusion started when Goble was moved to a different cell so hers could be cleaned. When it came time for the other inmate to be released, Wilson said the guard, who is new on the job, mistook Goble for the inmate who was supposed to be released. Goble ended up being lead out by the guard instead of the other inmate. Wilson said the two inmates look almost identical in appearance, from hair color and eye color to height and weight. He added that they were two cells apart from each other and that Goble was lead out while the other inmate was asleep. While going through the check-out process, Goble lied and said she was the other inmate, even signing the other inmate's name. She was then wrongly released. According to court documents, she was in jail for resisting arrest, burglary, drug possession, and operating a vehicle without a valid license. Wilson said they're not releasing the name of the other inmate. He says they've taken measures to ensure this never happens again, and he expects Goble to be back in custody by the end of the week.

 

THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN PIKE COUNTY CRASH

Troopers say three  people were hurt in a single vehicle crash in Pike County at the Ted Shanks Conservation Area South of Highway TT at 4:30 PM Wednesday afternoon. 23  year old Jade A. Lindsey of Louisiana was southbound on an unnamed road in the conservation area and over corrected and her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway. Lindsey was flown by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries. A passenger, 19 year old Heather Renfrow of Louisiana had moderate injuries and was transported by private vehicle to Pike County Memorial Hospital. Another passenger, a 17 year old female juvenile also sustained moderate injuries and was flown by Survival Flight to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.

 

HOLTS SUMMIT MAN HURT WHEN HIT BY AN OBJECT WHILE TRAVELING ON MOTOCYCLE

The patrol said Gregory Paull, age 67 of Holts Summit was transported to Capital Regional Hospital by Callaway County EMS after he was hit in the face by a large piece of tin that fell off a tow unit being pulled by a vehicle ahead of him. Paull was westbound on US 54 west of Holts Summitt around 2:10 PM Wednesday when the incident occurred and was traveling on a motorcycle. The vehicle ahead of him was driven by 32 year old Len Hong of Holts Summit.  Paull sustained moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN WHO SET HER MOBILE HOME ON FIRE SENTENCED IN SCOTLAND COUNTY WEDNESDAY

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a northeast Missouri woman who set her mobile home on fire, claiming the voices told her to do it, has now been sentenced after pleading guilty to the two charges against her. Kim Forquer, 27, of Memphis, Mo., pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child in connection with an October 15, 2020, fire at Ridge Road Trailer Court in Memphis. According to court documents, Forquer called 911 to report the fire, saying she and a baby were trapped inside the trailer. During an interview with police, Forquer eventually admitted that she had used a lighter to set a shirt on fire and then threw it onto a pile of clothes. Scotland County Prosecutor April Wilson told KTVO Forquer was sentenced Wednesday to one year in the county jail on the child endangerment charge and 10 years in prison for the arson charge. The judge suspended execution of the 10-year sentence. That means if Forquer successfully completes five years of supervised probation she will not have to do time in state prison. Forquer will be spending her one-year sentence in the Scotland County Jail.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department recently released a report showing investigations and other information for the period of August 20th through August 26th  




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September 1, 2021

VANDALIA MAN KILLED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN RALLS COUNTY

Troopers say a Vandalia man was killed when he failed to negotiate a curve on Route P, 3 miles northwest of Vandalia in Ralls County at 1:53 PM Tuesday afternoon. The vehicle rand off the left side of the roadway and overturned numerous times, ejecting the driver who was identified as 30 year old Zachary Utterback of Vandalia. Utterback was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ralls County Coroner and his body was transported to Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia.

 

MONROE COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK TUESDAY MORNING

The patrol said a 16 year old female was behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran off the right side of MO 151, 4 miles north of Madison at 5:35 Tuesday morning in Monroe County. The girl, from Clarence was not injured, however a passenger, a 17 year old female from Mexico, MO had serious injuries after the vehicle overturned and she was ejected. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Names are not being released as both were juveniles.

 

LAKE OZARK DROWNING CLAIMS LIFE OF AREA MAN

The patrol reported a drowning at the Lake of the Ozarks this past weekend. According to the report the incident happened in Camden County in the main channel of the lake at 5:16PM Saturday when 41 year old Thomas Painter of Bowsorth, MO jumped from a cliff approximately 125 feet in the air and did not resurface

 

AREA ELECTRIC CO-OP LINEWORKERS LEFT TUESDAY MORNING TRAVELING TO LOUISIANA TO AID IN RESTORATION EFFORTS
Hurricane Ida left a trail of damage and destruction along the Gulf Coast following its landfall on Sunday. In response, Missouri's electric cooperatives have mobilized to answer a call for help. At the request of DEMCO Electric Cooperative, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, more than 150 Missouri line workers from 30 of the state's electric cooperatives are traveling to Louisiana to assist in the cleanup. Missouri is sending both construction and service crews to help with the power restoration efforts at the co-op just east of Baton Rouge. Most of Missouri's crews left early Tuesday morning to help with the restoration efforts. DEMCO is the largest electric cooperative in Louisiana, serving more than 112,000 members. As of Monday morning, more than 77,000 DEMCO members, 68%, were without electricity. Missouri's restoration efforts are being spearheaded by the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives. The Jefferson City-based association represents all 47 of Missouri's electric cooperatives. Some of the co-ops from our area sending help are: Boone Electric Cooperative, Columbia - Callaway Electric Cooperative, Fulton - Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Tipton, -  Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Mexico - Farmers' Electric Cooperative, Chillicothe, - Grundy Electric Cooperative, Trenton - Macon Electric Cooperative, Macon & Tri-County Electric Cooperative, Lancaster. Missouri National Guard and multiple organizations sending crews to support Hurricane Ida relief effort. Missouri’s Task Force One had already deployed in advance of the Hurricane making landfall to provide assistance.

 

GRANDSON OF LATE CHARLIE SHARPE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING $76,000

KTVO and KTVO dot com says a Bethel, MO man has already pleaded guilty and been sentenced just one month after being charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the religious organization founded by his late grandfather, Charlie Sharpe, and his step-grandmother. According to court documents, David Sharpe, 35, of Bethel, Mo., pleaded guilty last week to two felony counts of stealing more than $25,000 from CNS International Ministries, Heartland Community Church and Sharpe Holdings, all based outside Bethel, Mo. The crimes took place while Sharpe headed up the organizations' finance department. Sharpe was sentenced to six years in prison for each charge, but the judge suspended execution of sentence as long as Sharpe successfully completes supervised probation and pays back the $76,115.71 he stole. Sharpe must also serve 60 days of shock incarceration in the county jail, write an apology letter to Laurie Sharpe, his step-grandmother, and complete a 12-month, Christian-based drug and alcohol recovery program. Shelby County Sheriff Arron Fredrickson said in court papers that Sharpe confessed in writing to stealing the money, depositing it into his personal bank account and then using it to illegally buy pain medication online.




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August 31, 2021

SHELBY COUNTY MAN DEAD AFTER SUNDAY EVENING LAWN MOWER ACCIDENT

 A Shelby County man was killed over the weekend when his riding lawnmower overturned and landed on top of him. The tragedy happened at 7:30 p.m. Sunday on private property about a mile east of Lakenan in Shelby County. The victim is identified as Donnie King, 87, of Shelbina, Missouri. State troopers said King was mowing a pond bank with a zero-turn lawn mower when it slid down the embankment, overturned and pinned King underneath the machine.King was pronounced dead at the scene two hours after the accident happened. 

13 YEAR OLD BOY DIES FROM DRUG OVERDOSE DURING WEEKEND SLEEPOVER IN WASHINGTON, MO

Authorities in eastern Missouri say a 13-year-old boy has died of a drug overdose over the weekend. The death occurred during a sleepover at a friend's house,  and three adults at the house have been arrested. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police were called to a home in Washington, MO around 9 a.m. Sunday and found the boy dead in his 12-year-old friend's bedroom. The 12-year-old told investigators he and his friend had been experimenting with drugs they found in the house. Police arrested the 12-year-old boy's mother, stepfather and another man who was renting a room in the basement of the home. Police say officers found prescription and some illegal drugs in the house.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL CRASH ON US 63 EARLY MONDAY MORNING

The investigation continues into a fatal accident that occurred early Monday morning on US 63 North near the Vandiver Drive ramp at 4:47 AM. According to the report 37 year old Shannon Marrero of Columbia had resumed traveling northbound after pulling onto the shoulder to assist another motorist. Another northbound vehicle, driven by 35 year old John Lammers of Jefferson City observed the vehicles on the shoulder of the highway and moved from the driving lane to the passing lane before impact. For unknown reasons, Marrero made a u-turn into the path of the Lammers vehicle which was unable to stop and struck the driver’s side of the Marrero auto. Marrero was proun0uonced dead at the scene.  The investigation of the crash is ongoing. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

LIVINGSTON AND LINN COUNTY HIGH SPEED CHASE FOLLOWUP

On Wednesday, 08/25/2021 at 11:52 PM, an Officer of the Chillicothe Police Department stopped at motorist for excessive speed in the 1000 block of South Washington Street.  As the Officer contacted the driver, the driver sped off, nearly striking the Officer.  A Chillicothe Police Officer and Livingston County Sheriff’s Department Deputies pursued the vehicle eastbound on US 36 Highway.  The suspect vehicle was traveling, at times, at speeds greater than 100 miles per hour.  Due to the minimal traffic on US 36 and good weather conditions, Deputies and the Officer continued to pursue the vehicle into Linn County.  The suspect vehicle’s tires were spiked by the Brookfield Police Department as the pursuit reached Brookfield City limits.  The suspect vehicle continued driving eastbound.  Linn County Sheriff’s Department Deputies assisted in the pursuing of the suspect vehicle at that time.  All 4 tires on the suspect vehicle slowly deflated, causing the driver to slow the vehicle, and eventually coming to a rest roadside as the vehicle was operating on its rims.  The vehicle came to a complete stop and the driver, without further incident, placed his hands out the driver’s window, and was immediately taken into custody.   The driver, a 38 year old male from Sarasota, Florida, was arrested for excessive speed, felony driving while revoked, felony assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest by fleeing, and Driving While Intoxicated.  The male was processed at the police department and transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges. The Chillicothe Police Department would like to thank the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Brookfield Police Department, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance during this incident.

 

SIX HOUR MANHUT IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ON SUNDAY

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports two repeat drug offenders from northeast Missouri are in trouble with the law again.Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney identifies the suspects as Shawn Michael Sturm, 34, and Andy Ray McVeigh, 45, both of Kahoka, Missouri. The two now face multiple new charges. Those are two counts of second-degree burglary, stealing, second-degree property damage, possession of methamphetamine and first-degree trespassing.  The charges stem from an incident Sunday morning outside Granger, Missouri. Whitney told KTVO a property owner caught Sturm and McVeigh in the act, breaking into her vacant house and a shed trying to steal antiques and other household items. The sheriff said shortly after one of his deputies arrived, he found Sturm hiding in a wooded area near the crime scene and arrested him. McVeigh fled on foot and led authorities on a manhunt for about six hours before finally turning himself in to Whitney at the Luray City Park. Both suspects are being held in the Scotland County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Clark County Sheriff's Office assisted the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation. Whitney thanks members of the public for help sharing a post about the manhunt on social media.




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August 30, 2021

FINAL ORDER ISSUED AGAINST SUPPLEMENT STORE FRAUDSTER

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft’s Securities Division issued a final cease and desist order against Cutting Edge Supplements, LLC, and Desmond R. Bloss for misusing a $60,000 investment by a Missouri couple. Missouri Commissioner of Securities David Minnick found that between November 28, 2016 and June 30, 2017, Bloss solicited and received investments from a Sumner, Missouri couple to be used for his business, Cutting Edge Supplements, LLC. Bloss was introduced to the couple through a mutual friend and maintained contact through social media and email in the months leading up to the fraud.  Minnick concluded that Bloss misled investors by telling them their money would be used for specific business purposes, but instead used the money for a different business and for personal expenses. To date, the investors have not received any return or repayment of their principal investment.  Bloss and Cutting Edge Supplements were ordered to pay restitution plus interest, civil penalties and investigation costs totaling over $113,000. “Fraudsters use opportunity and pressure to swindle investors out of their hard-earned money, often targeting friends and close associates before soliciting strangers,” said Minnick. “Be cautious of who you trust with your money.” Secretary Ashcroft continues to urge Missouri investors to call the toll-free investor protection hotline at 800-721-7996 or go online to www.missouriprotectsinvestors.com for more information or to file a complaint.

 

TWO HURT WHEN VEHICLE HYRDOPLANES ON HIGHWAY 63

The patrol said two people were injured in a one vehicle crash on US 63, just south of Excello Sunday evening around 6:10 PM when the auto hydroplaned off the west side of the roadway, struck a delineator post and overturned. The driver, 22 year old Jacob Hawkins of Macon had serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital by Macon Co ambulance while a passenger, 22 year old Kallysta Frey of Macon had minor injuries and was taken by private auto to Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

 

THREE INJURED WHEN TRUCK TRAVELS OFF BRIDGE IN LINN COUNTY

Troopers say a mechanical failure resulted in a pickup travelling off a bridge, coming to rest in a creek bed Saturday night. The accident happened on Route C, 1 mile west of MO 11, near Shelby around 5:35pm Saturday night in Linn County. The driver, 39 year old Cavrin Weaver of Lancaster had minor injuries but refused medical treatment. Two passengers, 28 year old Shayna Sapp of Greentop and an 11 year old Male juvenile from Kirksville both had moderate injuries and were transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST INVOLVING ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING

Columbia Police have arrested Mark Lindell Martin, 57, of Columbia, for enticement of a child, 4th-degree assault and 2nd-degree harassment. Martin has been remanded in the custody of Boone County Jail.  Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of an attempted kidnapping in the area of Hyde Park Avenue and Cooper Drive on Thursday, Aug. 26 at approximately 11:10 a.m.  During the investigation, officers learned that a female juvenile was at a bus stop when a vehicle approached her. The juvenile began walking away as the driver began talking to her. While the juvenile was walking away the driver exited the vehicle and began walking toward her. The juvenile began screaming, which drew the attention of people nearby. The suspect then began driving away. The juvenile was taken to a safe place until reunited with her family. Police arrived and were able to locate the suspect a short distance away. He was taken into custody. There were no injuries during this incident.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MODOT SAYS BRIDGE WORK ON I70 MAY RESULT IN DELAYS

Work on the I-70 Perche Creek Bridge west of Columbia in Boone County kicked into full gear on Friday and is expected to to last through Tuesday. The MoDOT Area Engineer the project involves closing one westbound lane of the bridge west of Columbia. The open lane will be reduced to 11 feet, due to a temporary concrete barrier. Similar closures along with ramp closures are scheduled for the eastbound lanes in late September, according to MODOT. The work, is part of a rehabilitation project to improve both bridges in Boone County with the project set to be completed by December. MoDOT says motorists should be prepared for significant delays and MoDOT is asking motorists to see an alternate route around the area.   These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.




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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL COVERAGE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF TONIGHT

KIRKSVILLE SEX OFFENDER NOW CHARGED WITH RAPING 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL

Kirksville police are trying to track down a registered sex offender who is accused of a recent sexual assault on an 11-year-old girl. The man they're looking for is Joshua David Pearson, 39, of Kirksville. Pearson was charged Thursday with first-degree statutory rape and statutory sodomy. An arrest warrant has been issued for Pearson. Pearson is described as a white male, 6’2” tall, weighing 250 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last known to be driving a black GMC Sierra crew-cab pickup truck with some rust around the passenger side rear wheel well and unknown license. The Kirksville Police Department is seeking the community’s assistance in locating Pearson. They warn you not to approach him and to contact local law enforcement.

 

WOMAN DIES WHEN STOLEN VEHICLE CRASHES IN PIKE COUNTY

Missouri State Troopers say a woman died and a man was injured after the stolen vehicle they were riding in crashed along a Pike County highway. Autg=horities say they are now looking for the driver of the stolen vehicle, who fled on foot from the wreckage. The crash reports indicate the wreck occurred around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the stolen Jeep was speeding and ran off Highway 54 on a curve several miles west of Bowling Green. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the Jeep rolled down an embankment and flipped several times, killing 37-year-old passenger identified as Jennifer Whitehead of Foristell. A 33-year-old man in the Jeep was flown to a Columbia hospital with serious injuries.

 

MACON COUNTY AUDIT RELEASED BY STATE AUDITITOR – GIVES COUNTY FAIR RATING

The State Auditors office has released an audit of Macon County, located in north central Missouri. The report, which gives a rating of "fair," makes several recommendations to improve efficiency in county government operations. The audit found inconsistencies with procedures regarding the assessment of personal property. The county assessor waived penalties for some taxpayers who declared personal property items after the March 1 deadline, but not for others; and did not retain personal property assessment lists signed and submitted by taxpayers as required by state law. The report discussed improvements needed in controls and procedures in the sheriff's office, including preparation of a monthly list of liabilities for the inmate commissary account, periodically performing a documented physical inventory of seized property, and ensuring an inmate's remaining account balance is refunded upon release.The audit also found the county collector's office needs to improve various controls and procedures; the public administrator did not always file annual settlements and status reports timely; the county assessor and county collector need better electronic security controls; and the county commission needs to develop certain electronic records management and retention policies.

A copy of the audit can be found here.

 




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HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH TONIGHT FOR ENTIRE AREA

 

FIRST DEGREE MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST BOYFRIEND IN BOONE COUNTY MOTHER/DAUGHTER HOMICIDE - BOYFRIEND IS STILL AT LARGE

On 08/22/2021, at about 10:58 pm, Boone County Joint Communications received a call from a concerned subject reporting they had been unable to contact Allison Abitz and her daughter Jozee Abitz, who both resided in the 7500 block of Lavender Drive south of Columbia. Boone County deputies responded to the residence on Lavender Court and once inside located Allison, age 43, and her daughter Jozee, age 11, deceased.  Investigators soon learned that JT McLean was the long-term boyfriend of Allison and the investigation revealed JT McLean was the last person known to be in contact with both subjects at the residence on Lavender Court.  During the investigation, probable cause was developed to believe that McLean murdered Allison and Jozee. Currently, the motive for the murder of these victims is unknown. On Wednesday, 08/25/2021, the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney charged JT McLean (age 45) with two counts of Murder in the 1st Degree. A warrant for the arrest of McLean was then issued in the 13th Judicial Circuit Boone County, Missouri. McLean’s bond for these charges was set at $1,000,000.00 cash only.  JT McLean previously changed his name and has been known to go by the names of John McLean, Steven Nagy, and Steven McLean. McLean, a white male with a fair complexion, is approximately 5’09” tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds. McLean has green eyes and brown hair. McLean was last known to have grown his hair out; however, he has been known to shave his head bald in the past. Investigators have been unable to locate McLean, who was last known to reside on County Road 355, Fulton, Missouri. McLean, who is an over the road truck driver by trade, has ties to:

• Las Vegas, Nevada

• Chicago, Illinois

• St. Peter, Minnesota

• Columbia, Missouri

• Fulton, Missouri

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of McLean or this investigation is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 573-442-6131 or 311. Those wishing to remain anonymous may provide information anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS (8477).

 

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH NORTH OF BROOKFIELD

A 16 year old male from St. Catharine received moderate injuries when his northbound vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole at 3:15 pm Wednesday.  The patrol crash report indicated the location was on Hook Drive, one mile north of Brookfield. The juvenile was transported by personal conveyance for treatment of his injuries.

 

THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN WRECK NEAR HAMILTON

Troopers say 83 year old Wayne Vincent of Hamilton was attempting to cross US 36 eastbound at Route B, 4 miles west of Hamilton at 5:55 pm Wednesday when his northbound pickup pulled into the path  of an eastbound pickup driven by 76 year old Jerry Thompson of Pleasant Hill. The Thompson vehicle struck the Vincent pickup in the driver’s side, then struck a MoDOT Sign as it went through the median with the Vincent truck crossing both westbound lanes of US 35 coming to rest off the north side of the highway. Vincent had moderate injuries but refused treatment at the scene. Thompson and his 77 year old wife Helen, who was a passenger at the time of the crash, both had moderate injuries and were transported by Caldwell County Ambulance to the Cameron Hospital for treatment.

 

TWO EJECTED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE WRECK

Troopers say two people were ejected in a crash on Robbies Road, just south of County Road 428 in Callaway County at 7:20 Tuesday night. According to the report 27 year old Jess Murrell of Fulton lost control of his southbound motorcycle causing it to overturn. Murrell and a passenger, a 15 year old female, also of Fulton were both ejected. The juvenile had minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Murrell was transported by a State Trooper to Fulton Medical Center for treatment. He was also charged with DWI.

 

TWO VEHICLE HOWARD COUNTY CRASH TUESDAY

The patrol said both vehicles were totaled in a collision in Howard County Tuesday at 4:15 pm. 38 year old Tara Renfrow of Bonville was wetbound on US 40 at the MO 240 junction when another vehicle driven by 22 year old Elijah Wormsley of Holts Summit attempted to turn left from MO 240 and travelled into the path of the Renfrow auto. Wormsley was not injured. Renfrow sustained minor injuries and was transported  by private vehicle to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

MONDAY CRASH IN LINN COUNTY RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES

On Monday at 2:59 PM a crash occurred on US Highway 36, 2 miles west of Laclede in Linn County. 25 year old Kristina Kunze of Kansas City, MO was traveling westbound when her vehicle travelled across the median and the eastbound lane striking a concrete bridge rail. The driver had serious injuries and was transported by Linn county Ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

On 08/24/2021 Sheriff Steve Cox reports the following Incidents, Arrests and MORE …

 

Incident Reports:

Most Wanted Updates:

Other Arrests:

Citations:

LCSO has assigned one or more deputies with Traffic Enforcement Overtime projects to watch for and stop dangerous drivers, excessive speeding violations and drunk/drugged drivers on our highways.  These enforcement actions are paid for through traffic safety grant from MoDOT.  Below are only the citations issued by the LCSO and does not include the many warnings given:

 

Additional Information:




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS

 

 

                        …. from the Best Broadcast Group newsroom      

                                                           

August 25, 2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT FOR ENTIRE AREA

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CHRIMES

Columbia television station KMIZ is reporting Randall Giboney has been charged with two counts of possession of child porn, sexual exploitation of a minor, child molestation, invasion of privacy and making a false report. The charges came about after a 13 year old victim came forward. Court documents say a victim told investigators she believed she was photographed or recorded by a hidden camera at the suspects home in Mexico. The victim said there were numerous times over the past few years that the suspect would touch her and photograph her that made her uncomfortable. Investigators reported seizing a computer, a hard drive and a phone from Giboney according to court documents. Officials found multiple images and/or videos of underage girls. Court documents show that investigators found 96 images of underage girls and multiple videos. Giboney is being held without bond. His next hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

POUND OF METH SEIZED BY PATROL FOLLOWING TRAFFIC STOP IN COOPER COUNTY

A Kentucky man was charged with second degree drug trafficking Monday in Cooper County.  According to the arrest report, a trooper pulled over an eastbound vehicle on I-70 in Cooper County for following too closely. The probable cause statement said the trooper saw items consistent with the use of meth in the vehicle and while talking with the driver identified as Larry Dyer, Dyer appeared to be overly nervous and vague. The trooper then obtained consent to search the auto where the patrolman found a pound of meth in the spare tire compartment. Bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety.

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER BEING STOPPED BY MONTGOMERY COUNIY K9 UNIT

On Thursday, August 18, 2021, at approximately 4:15 p.m., the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit stopped a vehicle at the Jonesburg FastLane. After making contact with the driver and due to developing circumstances, the K9 was taken around the vehicle and gave a positive alert on two areas of the vehicle. During the search of the vehicle, Deputies seized a bag containing more than 1/2 pound of methamphetamine, another smaller bag of methamphetamine, a firearm with a defaced serial number, and drug paraphernalia. In addition Deputies seized methamphetamine, heroin, and a syringe from the pockets of the driver Two subject were arrested as a result of the traffic stop. Cody G. Jackson, a 33 year old man from Warrenton and Christopher M. Skelton, age 37 from Foristell, Missouri were both transported to the Montgomery County Jail for Drug Trafficking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of a Defaced Firearm.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST DURING SHOTS FIRED CALL AND ASSAULT WITH LIFE THREATENING INJURIES ON NORTH PROVIDENCE ROAD AUGUST 23, 2021 

Columbia Police were dispatched to the 400 block of N. Providence Rd. on Monday, Aug. 23, at approximately 8:20 p.m. to respond to a report of shots fired. Officers arrived and located a male victim who had sustained a gunshot wound. The victim was transported by EMS to a local emergency room with life-threatening injuries.  Officers located a suspect while still on the scene collecting evidence. During the investigation, officers discovered the probable cause to arrest the suspect. Jemikia Nicole Jordan, 40, of Columbia, Mo. was arrested for first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

 

OVERLOADED CIRCUIT TO BLAME FOR MEXICO FIRE

On August 20, 2021, at 8:37 pm, Mexico Public Safety officers were dispatched to 5 Venus in Mexico regarding a structure fire. Officer found a fire in the garage area of the residence that was being used as a bedroom. The fire was located around an overburdened electrical outlet. The fire was contained and extinguished with that area suffering moderate fire damage. The other rooms in the residence suffered smoke damage. There were no injuries during the incident.

 

DNR AWARDS GRANT TO SULLIVAN CO PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT 1

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a $24,000 Drinking Water Engineering Report Grant to the Sullivan County Public Water Supply District No. 1 to evaluate the district’s drinking water system. The grant offers funding to qualified small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating drinking water system improvements.  The district will use the grant to identify improvements that will enable the system to continue providing reliable service and safe drinking water that meets water quality standards. Water and wastewater systems are essential infrastructure that supports the health and economic vitality of a community. With the help of this grant, the district can fully assess its system and identify improvements for better operation to continue meeting public health and safe drinking water standards. This will also help the community plan for future growth and development and determine what actions are needed to address their drinking water needs. The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs. This project will be funded wholly or in part with monies received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

LIBERTY FILES FOR NATURAL GAS RATE INCREASE

On Monday, August 23, 2021, The Empire District Gas Company (d/b/a “Liberty”) filed a request with the Missouri Public Service Commission to adjust natural gas base rates. The new rates would take effect in 2022  If approved by regulators, the rate adjustment would cost average residential natural gas customers approximately $2.71 per month or 5.6% of the total bill.   The rate request process can take up to 11 months as the MPSC and other stakeholders carefully review Liberty’s request. If approved, new rates would go into effect in 2022. Liberty indicated the last rate update for Liberty natural gas customers went into effect more than 11 years ago in April of 2010.

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY                                                                                                                                                                              

                                    . . . From the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom

08/24/2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH 8 PM THURSDAY

Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out

of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young

children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles

under any circumstances.

 

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When

possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or

evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat

stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when

possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational

Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent

rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone

overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location.

Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

 

KIRKSVILLE LAW OFFICE FIRE APPEARS INTENTIONAL

Kirsville Police and fire investigators are trying to figure out who intentionally set the  apparent arson fire at the Frick and Cundiff law office at the corner of Normal Avenue and Jamison Street in Kirksville over the weekend. The blasé was discovered by a passerby shortly at 6:40 a.m. Sunday.

The business is owned by Barry Cundiff. Legal Assistant Paula Bradshaw tolde person or persons responsible pried their way in through a side door and set fire in an area where the law office's computers are located. She said the fire damage was contained to that area, but the whole building sustained smoke and water damage. Bradshaw said they think the computer hard drives are salvageable, and she added that some legal documents are saved to a cloud-type service.  Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger from the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO the investigation in ongoing, and if anyone has any information about Sunday morning's fire, he would like them to call police at 660-785-6945. Jagger said police do not have any suspects at this time. The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office is assisting with the investigation.

 

CARROL COUNTY CRASH

A man received serious injuries in an early Monday morning crash in Carroll County, Mo.It happened just before 3:30 a.m. on Highway 65, just south of County Road 220. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Matthew Whitlock, 31, of Unionville, Mo., was south on Highway 65 when the pickup he was driving ran off the road, struck an embankment and came to rest against a tree.Whitlock received serious injuries and was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital by ambulance and then flown to University Hospital in Columbia..The Highway Patrol was assisted at the crash by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department.




Weekend News Summary ….

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August 23, 2021

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR MANY STUDENTS

Today is the first day of school for most area students as fall classes resume. Some have mask requirements and some don’t. Regardless , proper hygene and social distancing is something that most all are recommending as students resume actual classroom instruction.

 

AUXVASSE MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CRASH SOUTH OF MOBERLY SATURDAY NIGHT

An Auxvasse was pronounced deceased at a Columbia hospital early Sunday morning after a crash on US Highway 63, 6 miles south of Moberly  at the Renick junction Saturday night at 9pm. The patrol said 73 year old Donald T. Becker was westbound and failed to yield and pulled into the path of a northbound tractor trailer unit and collided. The Becker pickup and the semi came to rest in the median and caught fire.  Becker was transported to University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 12:44 AM. The semi driver from American Falls, ID had minor injuries and was also transported to University Hospital for treatment.  A passenger in the Becker pickup, a 17 year old male from Clark was not injured. The Eastern Randolph and Southeastern Randolph Fire Departments, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Randolph County Ambulance personnel, Moberly Police and several troopers provided assistance and most were still on the scene into the early morning hours Sunday as part of the crash investigation and clean up efforts.

 

NEW BLOOMFIELD MAN KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

Troopers say 40 year old Gabriel M. Lloyd of New Bloomfield died after his pickup went off the right side of Old US 54 in Callaway County Friday morning around 10:30 am. The driver overcorrected resulting in the truck going off the left side of the road and overturning. Lloyd was not wearing a safety device and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

 

MONROE CITY MAN INJURED IN SHELBINA CRASH OF MOPED

A Monroe City man had minor injuries and was to seek his own treatment after a moped and car collided at West Beech Street and Center Street in Shelbina Friday morning at 11:10 AM.  The patrol said Joshua L. Dake, 41 of Monroe City was eastbound on the moped and  attempted to pass an eastbound car driven by Ashley C. Bullard, 36, of Shelbina as it was turning left and the two collided.

 

PASSENGER FROM HALE INJURED WITH PICKUP AND TRACTOR COLLIDE

A woman from Hale was a passenger in a pickup that collided with a farm tractor Saturday at 12:40 pm in Nodaway County. The crash report indicated the crash occurred when the pickup crested a hill, crossed the center of the roadway and partially off the roadway where the pickup crashed head on with the farm tractor.  20 year old Caseie Creason of Hale received moderate injuries and was transported by Nodaway County EMS to a St. Joseph hospital for treatment. 

 

FAYETTE DRIVER INVOLVED IN WRECK

Troopers say a 16 year old female from Fayette had minor injuries when her westbound vehicle travelled off I-70 at the 119 mile marker in Boone County and struck an embankment. That accident happened shortly after 11 o’clock Friday morning. The driver was transported by ambulance to University hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH FRIDAY NIGHT

A driver from Oklahoma had moderate injuries and was taken to an area hospital after crashing his vehicle in Montgomery County Friday night. Troopers say the 24 year old man failed to negotiate a curve around 11:50 pm on MO 19, near Route J and his vehicle went off the road and struck a ditch.

 

MOBERLY POLICE MAKE SEVERAL ARRESTS

The following arrest took place from 8/20/21 – 8/22/21;

On Friday, August 20, 2021 at 8:57 PM officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to a residence in the 700 block of Taylor St., for a request to checking the well-being of a juvenile female.

Officers arrived and contact was made with the reporting party William “Carlos” Smith who was making unintelligible statements and pointing out persons to officers who were not present. The responding officers were familiar with Smith and had probable cause for his arrest related to an incident of Harassment that occurred on Tuesday August 17, 2021. During that previous incident, Smith was at this same residence on Taylor St and caused a disturbance with the home owner. Smith also punched the home owner’s dog during that incident. Smith left the area prior to officer’s arrival and had yet to be located in regards to this incident. Smith was placed under arrest for the incident which took place on August 17th. Smith was also found to have an active Boone County warrant for the original charge of Trespassing. The Boone County warrant yielded a bond of $275.00 cash only.Through investigation in regards to the new incident on August 20th, officers again determined Smith came to the residence and caused a disturbance with the home owner, making the 37 year old female victim fearful.

Smith was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center and placed on a 24 hour hold related to new charges, in addition to his active Boone County warrant. Charges related to (2) counts of Harassment were forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for review and formal filing. On 8-21-2021 a warrant was issued by the Randolph County Courts for Smith in regards to (2) counts of Felony Harassment in the first degree. The warrant authorized a total bond of $20,000 cash only for Smith. Smith remains in the custody of the Randolph County Justice Center at the time of this release.   

 

 SALISBURY SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS START TODAY – KEYTESVILLE & CHILLICOTHE NEXT

A sidewalk improvement project that was scheduled to begin in July, but had been postponed, is now scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 23, in Salisbury. The project to help ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), partially funded through the Transportation Alternatives Program, with the Missouri Department of Transportation providing the remaining funding, will improve sidewalks and other facilities in Salisbury, Keytesville and Chillicothe. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Ti-Zack Concrete, Inc. to complete the improvement project. By contract, all work must be complete on or before October 1, 2021. If the project extends beyond that date, liquidated damages may be assessed.

Areas of improvement, by city:

 

Salisbury – begins Monday, Aug. 23

·         West side of Route 129 beginning at Iowa Street and continuing to just north of Lusher Street

·         Northeast corner of Route 129 and East 6th Street

·         West side of Route 129 from East 6th Street to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Keytesville – scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 1

·         South side of U.S. Route 24 between Cherry and Walnut streets, in front of the Chariton County Courthouse

·         South side of U.S. Route 24 between Ridge and Park streets, in front of the Chariton County Health Center

·         East side of Route 5 near Bridge Street

·         Northwest corner of Route 5 and Bridge Street

Chillicothe – scheduled to begin Monday, Sept. 13

·         At the corner of Route 190 and Hornet Road

 

Some lane closures and side street closures will be necessary throughout the project. Motorists are encouraged to use caution and follow all traffic control, flaggers, signs and barricades. Crews will be working in close proximity to the traveling public and their safety is in your hands.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

 




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                                            … from the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom

                                                                               

August 20, 2021

 

MAN LIFE FLIGHTED TO AREA HOSPITAL AFTER CRASHING ATV

Troopers report a man from Lebanon was life flighted to an area hospital Thursday morning around 8:30 am after an accident on private property in Macon County. According to the report 30 year old Aaron Jones lost control of a westbound ATV on a dirt trail on private property and it overturned. The patrol said Jones had serious injuries and was transported by Air Evac to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. The Macon County Rescue Squad, Macon County Ambulance and Macon County Rural Fire Department provided assistance on the scene.

 

TWO PEOPLE HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH THURSDAY AFTERNOON

The patrol said both drivers were injured in a two vehicle crash on Missouri 240, just south of Meadow Lake Lane at 1:30 pm Thursday. According to the report, the crash occurred as an auto driven by  56 year old Karen Jefferies of Fayette was traveling southbound. Another auto driven by 85 year old Donnie P. Collins of Glasgow  was traveling northbound into the path of the Jefferies  auto. The Jefferies car then struck the Collins auto. Collins received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Collins had minor injuries and was transported by private vehicle to the Fayette Health Clinic for treatment.

 

MEXICO DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

State Troopers report 63 year old Robert L. McBaine of eastbound on Highway FF and Audrain County Road 935 at 2:25pm Thursday when he attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway. His auto went off the roadway, crossed over a private driveway and overturned. McBaine had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Audrain Community Hospital for treatment.

 

MONROE COUNTY CRASH WEDNESDAY MORNING

The patrol said a Stoutsville woman was injured in a single vehicle crash Wednesday morning at 7am in Monroe County. Sonja Walkup, 62 of Stoutsville was northbound on Mo 107, 11 miles east of Paris when her auto travelled off the right side of the road, struck a culvert, and returned to the roadway. The vehicle then went off the left side of the road and overturned. The driver sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by ambulance.

 

NOVINGER MAN ARRESTED IN PUTNAM COUNTY

The patrol reports 80 year old Jerry Richmond of Novinger was arrested at 6:10 pm Thursday in Putnam County.  He was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Putnam County Jail in Unionville for felony DWI, Driving while Revoked, no insurance, no seat belt and failure to drive on the right half of the road.

 

HOLLIDAY MAN PICKED UP IN AUDRAIN COUNTY BY TROOPER

A trooper arrested a Holliday, MO man in Audrain County at 3:36 pm Thursday afternoon. 24 year old Landon Haddock was charged with speeding and also had an outstanding Randolph County Felony probation violation warrant for resisting arrest.




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

 

 

                                    . . . From the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom

08/19/2021

MARIES COUNTY ESCAPEE ARRESTED IN GASCONADE COUNTY

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 18th, Deputies of the Gasconade County Sheriff's Office Located Christopher Koepke, a recent escapee from the Maries County Sheriff's Office. Koepke was taken into custody after a consensual search of a residence on High St. in Bland where Koepke was discovered hiding in the crawl space under the residence.  Koepke was returned to the custody of the Maries County Sheriffs Office.

 

WESTRAN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT RESPONDS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO ANOTHER DEPARTMENT

A post on social media indicated the Westran Fire Protection District was called out early in the evening on Wednesday to provide assistance to the Higbee Fire Department who was battling a large commercial building fire. According to the report, they assisted with man power and water supply. The fire was held to the rear of the building. This past Saturday afternoon, Westran Fire received a call of a Polaris Razor ATV on firesouth of Huntsville. Fireman quickly responded and extinguished the fire before it spread to the woods. The ATV was a total loss.

 

CHILLICOTHE BATTLE OF THE BADGES THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

The 5th annual Chillicothe Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament is this Saturday night at Danner Park. Come and enjoy an evening with your favorite Cops and Firefighters as they go head to head with a Battle of a lifetime! COPS 2-2 FIREFIGHTERS 2-2. They are all tied up and we will see who will hold strong and take back the lead! In addition, concessions will be available featuring hotdogs, hamburgers, soda, and of course, HOMEMADE ice cream made locally by Shannon Jones!  Admission is a FREE-WILL DONATION. Proceeds will go to help the local YMCA Backpack Buddy Program, so no child goes home hungry! That’s the 5th Annual Chillicothe Battle of the Badges Softball Tournament at 6pm Saturday night at the Blue Field at Danner Park in Chillicothe. Bring the entire family and enjoy some good clean fun/entertainment as the Chillicothe Police Department battles it out against the Chillicothe Fire Department.

 

GREEN CITY POST OFFICE CLOSED DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a local  U.S. post office is now closed due to an unstable exterior wall and other structural issues. A letter dated August 13, 2021, is taped on the front door of the Green City Post Office. It states the post office on the northeast corner of the Green City square is "temporarily closed due to safety concerns." Orange cones and yellow caution tape are blocking off the sidewalk along the east side of the building. You can see a small area along the bottom edge where bricks are bowing outward. That section is located underneath a wall air conditioner unit. The note apologizes for the inconvenience and states that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) appreciates the public's patience as officials assess possible concerns. The building is owned by Green City American Legion Post #365, which leases it to the postal service. City Clerk Rachel Hall told KTVO the city has agreed to take ownership of the building and pay to have it torn down because it is not safe, and the instability continues to get worse. She said conditions have noticeably deteriorated in the past year. A man who has done previous demolition projects for Green City has inspected the building, and he told city officials he will first come and knock the building in on itself to keep it from collapsing onto the sidewalk and into the street. At a later date, he will complete the demolition and haul away the rubble. Hall says the city is working with the postmaster to try and find another suitable building in Green City that can house the post office. Right now, mail for Green City's post office box customers as well as USPS retail services are available at the Green Castle Post Office.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA ACCEPTING APPLICATOINS FOR BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

The Columbia City Clerk’s Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions. Boards and commissions are a way for residents to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members. Applications must be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Applications are available on the City’s website at CoMo.gov on the City Council page.   

The following are current boards and commissions openings:  

To view a brief description and eligibility requirements, visit CoMo.gov/Council/Vacancies or contact the Clerk's Office.

HIGHWAY PATROL PROVIDES SYNOPSIS OF NEW LAWS RELATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION AND MORE THAT WILL GO INTO EFFECT AUGUST 28, 2021
The abbreviated descriptions below are intended to make the public aware of some of the new legislation enacted by the Missouri General Assembly which is related to crime and motor vehicles. The listed legislation has been signed into law. Unless otherwise noted, these laws will go into effect August 28, 2021. The Patrol wishes to make the public aware of several of these new laws or changes to increase public awareness and education. For a complete description of these newly enacted laws, visit the Missouri House of Representatives or Missouri Senate websites or click on the links provided within this news release.

SB 26 PROVISIONS RELATED TO PUBLIC SAFETY & SB 53, 60 MODIFIES PROVISIONS RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY

EXCURSION GAMBLING BOATS (Sections 313.800, 313.805, and 313.812 RSMo) This bill modifies requirements that gaming facilities must be located on a boat, ferry, or other floating facility to allow a casino to be on a nonfloating facility within 1,000 feet of the Missouri River or Mississippi River, as defined in the bill.

RAP BACK PROGRAM (Section 590.030 RSMo)
This bill provides that, in addition to current requirements for licensure, peace officers must submit to being fingerprinted on or before January 1, 2022, for the purposes of a criminal history background check (including FBI records) and enrollment in the state and federal Rap Back Program. Additionally, any time a peace officer is commissioned with a different law enforcement agency he or she must submit to being fingerprinted. The resulting report shall be forwarded to the peace officer's law enforcement agency. The Rap Back enrollment shall be for the purposes of peace officer disciplinary reports as required by law.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS (Section 590.502 RSMo)
The bill establishes the "Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights" and specifies certain rights a law enforcement officer has when they are the subject of an administrative investigation or are being questioned or interviewed. These rights include being informed of the violation, requiring the complaint to be supported by a sworn affidavit, and allowing the officer to have an attorney or any duly authorized representative. The bill provides that any law enforcement officer who is suspended without pay, demoted, terminated, transferred, or placed on a status resulting in economic loss is entitled to a full due process hearing. Agencies will be deemed to be in compliance with this section if they already have a substantially similar policy in place.

FLASHING LIGHTS ON MOTOR VEHICLES (Sections 304.022 and 307.175 RSMo)
This bill adds vehicles and equipment owned, leased, or operated by a coroner, medical examiner, or forensic investigator of the County's Medical Examiner's Office, when responding to a crime scene, motor vehicle accident, workplace accident, or any location at which the services of those professionals have been requested by a law enforcement officer, to the list of vehicles authorized to use or display fixed, flashing, or rotating red or red and blue lights.

HEAD START SCHOOL BUSES (Section 304.050 RSMo)
This bill provides that a certified Head Start school bus is subject to all provisions that a certified school bus is subject, including in statute regarding traffic control for school bus loading, stopping, and passing purposes.
This provision has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2022.

OFFENSE OF UNLAWFUL POSTING OF CERTAIN INFORMATION ONLINE (Section 565.240 RSMo)
Currently, it is a class C misdemeanor if a person commits the offense of unlawful posting of certain information over the internet if they knowingly post the name, home address, Social Security number, or telephone number of any person on the internet intending to cause great bodily harm or death, or threatening to cause great bodily harm or death to such person.
This bill modifies the current offense by adding "any other personally identifiable information." If a person posts the described information of any law enforcement officer, corrections officer, parole officer, judge, commissioner, or prosecuting attorney, or the information of an immediate family member of such officer, judge, commissioner, or prosecuting attorney, they shall be guilty of a class E felony.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OF POLICE OFFICERS (Section 566.145 RSMo)
The bill provides that a law enforcement officer who engages in sexual conduct with a detainee or prisoner who is in the custody of such officer shall be guilty of a class E felony. A person also commits the offense if the person is a probation and parole officer or a police officer or an employee of or a person assigned to work in a jail, prison, or correctional facility and the person has sexual conduct on duty and the offense is committed by means of coercion.

UNLAWFUL USE OF A LASER POINTER (Section 574.110 RSMo)
This bill creates the offense of using a laser pointer, as defined in the bill, by knowingly directing the light from a laser pointer at a uniformed safety officer, including a peace officer as defined in Section 590.010 RSMo, security guard, firefighter, emergency medical worker, or other uniformed municipal, state, or federal officer. Violation of this offense is a class A misdemeanor.

RESPIRATORY CHOKE HOLDS (Section 590.805 RSMo)
This bill provides that a law enforcement officer is prohibited from knowingly using a respiratory chokehold unless it is being used in defense of the officer or another person from serious physical injury or death. A "respiratory choke-hold" includes the use of any body part or object to attempt to control or disable a person by applying pressure to the person's neck with the purpose of controlling or restricting the person's breathing.

POLICE USE OF FORCE DATABASE (Section 590.1265 RSMo)
This bill establishes the "Police Use of Force Transparency bill of 2021." Starting March 1, 2022, each law enforcement agency shall, at least annually, collect and report local data on use-of-force incidents involving peace officers to the National Use of Force Data Collection through the Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Use-of-force incidents shall include fatalities and serious physical injuries that are connected to the use of force by an officer. Additionally, each law enforcement agency shall submit such information to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall publish the data reported at least annually and make it publicly available starting March 1, 2023. Finally, the Department of Public Safety shall analyze trends and disparities in rates of use of force by all law enforcement agencies and release a report to the public no later than June 30, 2025, and update it at least every five years.


SB 262 — TRANSPORTATION This bill modifies provisions relating to transportation.
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING This bill enacts an additional tax on motor fuel, beginning with 2.5 cents in October 2021, and increasing by 2.5 cents in each fiscal year until reaching an additional 12.5 cents per gallon on July 1, 2025 (Section 142.803.3 RSMo).

ODOMETER READINGS The bill increases, from 10 years to 20 years, the maximum age of a motor vehicle required to have its odometer readings recorded in certain circumstances (Sections 301.192.1(6) and 301.280.1 RSMo). The bill specifies that the Department of Revenue may allow electronic signatures on written powers of attorney authorizing mileage disclosures and transfers of ownership (Section 407.536.8 RSMo).

COMMERCIAL DRIVING LICENSE BANS FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS
The bill enacts a lifetime ban from driving a commercial motor vehicle for any person convicted of using a commercial motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving "severe forms of human trafficking in persons,” as defined by federal law (Section 302.755.19 RSMo).


HB 557 — PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
This bill adds a process by which an "exempt-from-licensure residential care facility,” is required to notify the Department of Social Services of their existence and comply with provisions that protect the safety of the children in residence. The provisions include fire and safety inspections, local health department inspections, background checks, medical records for all residents, and information about schools serving the children. This bill creates a process for DSS to provide background checks for licensed residential care facilities or child placing agencies and for residential care facilities subject to the notification requirements of Sections 210.1250 to 210.1286 RSMo. When there are allegations of abuse or neglect in the residential facility, the bill outlines how DSS can petition a court for an order for a home to present a child that is the subject of a child abuse investigation. The bill includes an emergency clause for immediate implementation to protect children.


SB 49 — WATERCRAFT
This bill modifies provisions relating to watercraft and prohibits vessels positioned within 100 feet of a permitted boat dock from being anchored in a manner that obstructs ingress or egress of watercraft to or from the dock, unless authorized by the boat dock permit holder.
The bill also provides that no person shall secure a vessel to or enter upon a private permitted boat dock unless authorized to do so by the boat dock permit holder, or as specified in the bill. A violation of these provisions shall be an infraction. Operating or positioning a vessel in a manner that obstructs or impedes the normal flow of traffic on the waters of this state will be an infraction for a first offense or a class B misdemeanor for a second or subsequent offense (Section 306.221 RSMo).

SB 57 — PROVISIONS RELATING TO FUNDING TO CERTAIN ORGANIZATIONS TO DETER CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR
This bill establishes the "Critical Incident Stress Management Program" within the Department of Public Safety. This program provides services for peace officers to assist them in coping with stress and potential psychological trauma resulting from a response to a critical incident or emotionally difficult event. Additionally, the bill creates the "988 Public Safety Fund" within the State Treasury, which shall be used to provide consultation, risk assessment, education, intervention, and other crisis intervention services to peace officers who have responded to a critical incident or emotionally difficult event. This act also provides that all peace officers shall be required to meet with a program service provider once every three to five years for a mental health check-in.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

08/06/2021 – 08/12/2021

We continue to see an increase in scams. Lately, we have dealt with family emergency scams where they call and try to scare people into sending money to help a loved one in trouble. The scam can play out in many ways, but the game is still the same: The caller lies, tries to scare you, and rushes you to pay so you, don’t have time to think twice or check things out before you send money. If you send the money, chances are you will never get it back.

Over the last 5 years we have taken reports from citizens who have lost a large portion of their life saving to phone scams. According to the F.B.I.’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, over the last 5 years, they have received more than 2.2 million complaints from victims with an estimated total loss of $13.3 Billion dollars. When you receive a telephone call from a possible scammer, always remember, there are no prizes, you won’t be arrested, you do not need to decide now, there is never a reason to send cash or pay with a gift card, and Government Agencies will not call to confirm your sensitive information.

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08/18/2021

 

TWO INJURED IN CRASH SOUTH OF MILLARD TUESDAY

Troopers say two people were injured in a crash on US 63, one mile south of Millard in Adair County Tuesday afternoon. According to the report, 73 year old Jackie Yardley of Glenwood was northbound and had slowed to make a right hand turn when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another northbound auto driven by Mark Henricks, 30, of Columbia. Henricks was not injured, however Yardley was flown by Air Evac to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A passenger in the Yardley auto, Dianna Nelson, age 64 of Glenwood had moderate injuries and was transported by Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment., That crash happened at 4:18 pm Tuesday.

 

BROWNING DRIVER FLOWN TO HOSPITAL AFTER CRASH

The patrol said a Browning driver was flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment after his southbound pickup travelled off the right side of the road. The driver over corrected and the pickup went off the left side of the highway, through a fence and struck a tree. 22 year old Alexander Gerst of Browning sustained serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight Eagle to University Hospital in Columbia. That crash happened at 9pm Tuesday night on Highway 5, three quarters of a mile south of Purdin in Linn County

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT MONDAY AFTERNOON

The Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 4400 block of Rice Road on Monday, Aug. 16 at approximately 3 p.m. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation involving a robbery and multiple shots fired incidents. The search warrant resulted in three firearms being seized along with evidence of shots being fired in the area. During the search, illegal drugs were discovered inside the home. Two juveniles were detained as a result of the investigation and referred to Boone County juvenile authorities. An adult female was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She was released on a summons. There is still one juvenile outstanding who is a suspect in the robbery investigation. The outstanding juvenile fled the scene armed with a handgun. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.




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August 17, 2021

LAPLATA MAN IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

Troopers say a Zachary Carr, 22 of LaPlata was injured when his eastbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve and began skidding. His motorcycle overturned and went off the roadway, ejecting the driver. Carr had moderate injuries and was transported by Grand River EMS to a hospital in St. Joseph for treatment. That crash happened at 11am Monday on Route B in Gentry County, 2 miles north of Alanthus Grove. The Stanbury Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

RALLS COUNTY CRASH RESULTS IN INJURY FOR ONE DRIVER

Three  vehicles were involved in an accident in Ralls County Monday morning. Troopers say Edward Little of Fulton was southbound and stopped in traffic on US 61, three miles south of Hannibal around 11:33 AM due to a turning tractor trailer unit. When another southbound pickup driven by Herman Shindler of Frankford, MO struck the Little auto from the rear. A third southbound vehicle then struck the rear of the Shindler truck. That auto was driven by 78 year old Linda Livers of Vandalia who had minor injuries and was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES

The patrol said a Montgomery City woman was arrested in Montgomery County at 10:07 Monday night. According to the arrest report, 65 year old Nicoletta Peatross was charged with possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

MEADVILLE MAN ARRESTED BY PATROL FOR DWI

The patrol arrest report also indicated a Meadville man was arrested for DWI and failure to stop at a stop sign. The patrol said 44 year old Jerry Munsterman of Meadville was arrested at 8:21 pm Monday in Linn County.

 

$2 TUESDAY AT MISSOURI STATE FAIR

You can help make an impact through supporting the Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive underway today at the Missouri State Fair. Admission is just $2 with a minimum donation of 2 cans of food or a $2 donation. In addition to $2 admission, you are encouraged to be on the lookout for $2 carnival rides (most rides) and $2 specials at select concessions and vendors all day! In addition, Missouri FFA will host their Food Insecurity Service Day, with over 900 FFA members who share a heart of service to those in need. Their goal is to reduce childhood food insecurity in Missouri and pack over 200,000 child-friendly meals in honor of Missouri’s 200th birthday that will be distributed to six food banks across our state. Stop by the Agriculture Building to learn more about food insecurity at the canned food display, constructed of 3,000 cans of food donated by Woods Supermarket. All cans used in the display will be added to the Food Drive collection and head to food banks following the Fair. It’s the 2021 Missouri State Fair, underway now at the fairgrounds in Sedalia. Yesterday was Farm Family Day, another popular event with fairgoers




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August 16, 2021

MONROE COUNTY HEAD ON CRASH RESULTS IN INJURIES FOR THREE PEOPLE

Two pickup trucks collided head-on Saturday morning shortly after 11am on MO 154 in Monroe County, 2 miles west of Perry. The patrol said 39 year old Ryan Conner of Bowling Green was eastbound and attempted to pass and struck a westbound pickup driven by 61 year old Mark Boyer of Washington, MO head-on. Conner who was traveling alone at the time of the crash along with a passenger in the Boyer pickup, 60 year old Deborah Boyer of Washington, MO both had serious injuries. Mark Boyer had moderate injuries and was transported by Ralls County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. Deborah Boyer was also transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital by Monroe County Ambulance. Conner was flown by Air Evac Helicopter fo University hospital in Columbia. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe and Ralls County Ambulance Districts, the Perry, Paris and Center Fire Departments all provided additional assistance to State Troopers on the scene.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN MARION COUNTY SUNDAY

A New London driver, Jeffrey Temple, age 36 had serious injuries and was flown by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol said Temple swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and ran off Route M at Emerson in Marion County. That crash happened Sunday morning at 8:15am.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURIED IN CRASH SOUTH OF KIRKSVILLE FRIDAY EVENING

A Kirksville woman, 55 yar old Cynthia Partin had serious injuries and was transported to Northeast Regional Hospital by Adair County Ambulance after she lost control of her northbound  Can-Am Spider and it ran off the left side of the road, ejecting the driver. That accident happened on US 63, a half a mile south of Kirksville at 8:30 Friday evening. Kirksville Police and Adair County Sheriff’s department and Adair County Ambulance assisted at the scene.

 

MINOR INJURIES IN CALLAWAY COUNTY SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK

Two people had minor injuries in a Callaway County accident on Route JJ, a half a mile north of County Road 1008 in Callaway County at 5:30 pm Sunday. The patrol said Andy Schaefer, 31 of Fulton was driving when his auto travelled off the roadway and struck a tree. Schaefer refused medical treatment. A passenger, a male, age 11 was transported by private vehicle to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Schaefer was later charged with DWI with physical injury, failure to drive on right half of roadway resulting in an accident. He was released from the Callaway County jail.

 

MEXICO DRIVER HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

Troopers say 57 year old Carl Wolfe of Mexico was the driver of a vehicle that ran off the left side of Route J, just west of Route O in Audrain County when it left the roadway and struck a ulitility pole. The vehicle the returned to the roadway and the driver overcorrected causing the vehicle to run off the roadway again and strike an embankment. Wolfe received serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Audrain County Community Hospital in Mexico. That crash occurred around 2pm Saturday afternoon. Wolfe was also charged with felony DWI as a result of that crash

 

MONTGOMERY CITY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH

The patrol reports a trooper with assistance by the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department and Callaway County Fire Department investigated a UTV accident that occurred at 12:30 AM on Saturday morning. According to the report 21 year old Cody Watson of Fulton was the driver of the southbound UTV when it travelled off the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle rturned to the roadway and then travelled off the roadway again and overturned. Watson was not injured, however a passenger, 21 year old Miranda Phaff of Montgomery City had serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. That crash happened on County Road 183 in Callaway County, just north of County Road 1002.

 

ATV CRASH ON PRIVATE PROPERTY RESULTS IN INJURIES

Troopers report 63 year old Larry Jones of Thompson was operating an ATV on private property at 12045 County Road 945 in Audrain County around 11am Saturday. Authorities say the ATV driven by Jones was traveling northbound when it struck a tree. Jones had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. A passenger, a 5 year old male juvenile received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

 

THREE VEHICLES AND THREE DRIVERS FROM NEW BLOOMFIELD INVOLVED IN COLLISION FRIDAY AFTERNOON

The patrol said 64 year old Richard Thompson failed to yield at Route Y at Callaway County Road 363 Friday afternoon shortly after 3:30 pm and entered the intersection when his auto was struck by another audo driven by 26 year old Nathan Goans of New Bloomfield who’s auto was then struck by another vehicle driven by a 16 year old male Juvenile of New Bloomfield. The juvenile had minor injuries and was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital byCallaway County Ambulance personnel.

 

TROOPERS MAKE SEVERAL AREA ARRESTS IN TROOP B AREA

Troopers report the arrest of Christopher A. McFarland, 42 of Novinger at 2:22 Sunday afternoon in Adair County. McFarland was charged in a felony probation warrant for felony resisting arrest and careless and imprudent driving.  James M. Kain, 52 of Milan was arrested at 12:50 pm Sunday for felony driving while revoked, no insurance and displaying plates of another. He was released from the Adair County Jail. Shortly before 10 o’clock Saturday night 62 year old Dwight A. Schumacher of Mendon was arrested on a felony charge of sex offender residing within 100 foot of a school, along with 7 counts of failure to register as a sex offender. He was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Chariton County jail in Keytesville.  At 4:59 pm Saturday 42 year old William D. Temple of Keytesville was charged with felony possession of controlled substance-methamphetamine, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license in Randolph County. At 4:09 pm Saturday Benjamin Ewing, 20, of Kirksville was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance marijuana, speeding and no insurance. In Linn County at 10:22 AM Saturday, Wes Nathan Mansinsay, 19 of New York, NY was arrested on possession of less than 10 grams of pot and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. At 10:13 AM Saturday, 19 year old Daniel Jose of Pacendena, MA was arrested for felony possession of controlled substance-psilocybin, possession of pot and possession of drug paraphernalia. At 2:52 AM Saturday in Randolph County 22 year old Devon Garven-Stewart of Moberly was charged with DWI drugs, operating a vehicle on highway without valid license, failure to drive on right half of roadway resulting in a crash. On Sunday at 4:20 pm in Randolph County Christopher A. Hull, 19 of Moberly was charged with possession of less than 10 grams of pot and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Also Sunday evening at 7:30 pm in Randolph County 18 year old Averie O’Connor of Madison was charged with possession of 10 grams or less of pot and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

JOINT INVESTIGATION BY BROOKFIELD PD & LINN COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT RESULTS IN ARRESTS


This past Wednesday 08-11-2021 the Brookfield Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Department conducted a joint investigation into multiple acts of vandalism and property damage within the City of Brookfield and Linn County. The suspects spray painted racial, vulgar statements and pictures at multiple points within the city limits and in the county. A Linn County Sheriff's Department patrol vehicle was targeted in the vandalism. The investigation was led by the Detectives of the Brookfield Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Department. The Linn County Detective was able to obtain video footage and identify a suspect purchasing multiple spray paint cans that matched the colors used in the acts of vandalism. The suspects have been identified and as a result three adults have been arrested and charged with, Property Damage Motivated by Discrimination Class D Felony, Property Damage 1st Degree on LEO Class D Felony, 2 counts of Property Damage 1st Degree Class E Felony, 3 counts of Harassment 2nd Degree Class A Misdemeanor. One of the adults has an additional count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon a Class B Felony. Police say 19-year-old Bobby Waddle Jr., 18-year-old Jazmine Camlen, and 19-year-old Charles Slater, all from Brookfield, have been charged in the incident according to a report on KTVO and KTVO dot com. Two juveniles have been referred to the 9th Circuit Juvenile Office. The Brookfield Police Department thanks the City of Brookfield Building and Grounds crew for the quick removal of all the graffiti.  The Brookfield Police Department and the Linn County Sheriff's Department made arrests based on facts obtained during the investigation and would like to remind everyone that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


 

MAN APPREHENDED AFTER SHORT FOOT CHASE

On Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in Associate Circuit Court in Livingston County the bond supervision employee spoke with a person that had appeared in court about a drug screen.  The male gave an answer and then asked further about drug use and being told the person was being directed to submit to a urine sample the man fled from the Courthouse.  Wednesday afternoon Livingston County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) received arrest warrants from the Associate Court for Nicholas Allen Duckworth, 29, Chillicothe for alleged Failure to Appear in Court on class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Failure to Appear in Court on class A misdemeanor Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Appear in Court on class D felony Possession of Controlled Substance, total bond of $25,000. A short while later 2 deputies responded to the area of 100 block of Mitchell in Chillicothe in attempt to serve these warrants when 1 deputy made eye contact with Mr. Duckworth who instantly fled on foot from the officers.  The deputies were able to pin him into a block area and one or more citizens were helpful in pointing out Duckworth's direction of travel on foot but we were unable to see the suspect enter any home. Several Chillicothe Police Officers responded to assist and multiple homes were searched for the suspect.  Duckworth was found hiding in a second home and taken into custody without further incident.  CPD detained an additional male for a short while.  Duckworth was taken to the Law Enforcement Center and processed, then transported to Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.  Additional report of Resisting Arrest by Flight will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for consideration.

 

TRAFFIC  STOP LEADS TO DRUG ARREST IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

August 10, 2021 at 2:01 a.m. a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle on U.S. 36 near Utica for traffic violation(s) and the stop ended up with the deputy seizing significant number of LSD hits, smaller amounts of Methamphetamine, possible MDMA (Ecstasy) pills, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Harley Eugene Traister, 46, Texas for alleged Possession of Controlled Substance(s).  The subject was processed at the Law Enforcement Center and a warrant was issued for his arrest. At last word the subject was being held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail in lieu of bond.  Additional investigation continues.

 

DRUG CHARGES AND FLEEING ARREST

Around 9:20 p.m. on August 11, 2021 Livingston County Sheriff’s Department staff were attempting to assist the Chillicothe Police as a vehicle was fleeing from them.  A Livingston County Deputy located the vehicle as it had ran off the roadway on LIV 238 and the driver had fled.  A methamphetamine smoking pipe was located, as was a cell phone.  Security footage showed one female fleeing from the scene and officers were able to identify a suspect.

On the morning of August 12, 2021 about 8:36 a.m. the suspect was found in that vicinity when she attempted to contact someone at a rural home.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s office subsequently arrested Peggy Jo Zorn, 42, Chillicothe for alleged Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine Drug Paraphernalia and Resisting Arrest by Flight.  Ms. Zorn was allegedly found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and Drug Paraphernalia at the time of actual arrest.  Zorn was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on 24 hour hold pending filing of formal charges.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY COURT NEWS

The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department said in a Face book post Saturday, August 14, 2021 that an upcoming news release would provide additional details as a result of State Road F area proactive patrols and that an additional 141 grams of meth with a few accessories were recovered as a result of those efforts. The Sheriff’s office said the Street value of the meth is 14,000.  

 

Earlier in the week, on Thursday, August 12, 2021 a news release from the sheriff’s office posted on social media said 16 people were arrested as a direct result of deputy patrols and investigations.

 

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08/13/2021

 

STORMS THURSDAY BROUGHT RELIEF FROM HEAT ALONG WITH POWER OUTAGES TREE DAMAGE AND MORE

As thunderstorms slowly moved through the area on Thursday afternoon, evening and in some areas overnight, much cooler provided a break and relief from the dangerous  heat we’ve endured the last several days. Heavy rain was reported in some areas that prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings for some specific areas. High winds also were to blame for numerous power outrages. Those strong winds resulted in fallen trees, broken tree limbs and broken power poles. Marceline was one of several communities that suffered power outages due to downed lines and crews were busy making repairs. Other communities included Chillicothe in Livingston County. Columbia and other towns in Boone County had numerous reports of outages and tree limbs and more down. Reports also came in from Cooper county and Hannibal was another area hard hit with numerous reports of trees down, power lines down, and broken poles.

 

MISSOURI STATE FAIR UNDERWAY IN SEDALIA

                Salute to Our Heroes Opening Weekend

Join us in a salute to our heroes during opening weekend, Aug. 14 and Aug. 15, at the 2021 Missouri State Fair Salute to Our Heroes Opening Weekend - Law Enforcement/Firefighter Appreciation Day, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, showing appreciation to law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics with FREE admission to the Fair and $1 admission for their immediate family members. Sunday, Aug. 15, is Military Appreciation Day, a tribute to all military service men and women! The Fair is proud to honor these individuals with free gate admission for active military, veterans & delayed entry recruits with appropriate I.D. $1 admission for immediate family members (spouse & dependent children). Great events are planned for this day, including a Military Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., east of the Mathewson Exhibition Center, and the Military Appreciation Ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

 

EXCELLO MAN WITH THREE FELONY CHARGES IN COURT THURSDAY

An Excello man with three felony crimes was released on his own recognizance Thursday following his court appearance in Macon County. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports Landon Trevon Foster, 26, of Excello, Missouri, is charged with armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, third-degree domestic assault as well as a misdemeanor charge of second-degree property damage following an incident in Macon, Missouri, on July 11, 2021. According to court documents, Foster was at the home of a woman he knows. She told police he became angry over an issue from the night before. She reported that she wanted Foster to leave because he was so irate, but he refused. He finally left after his brother and friend calmed him down. The woman said Foster then pounded on her front door and refused to leave again. She told police the suspect then broke out a window, came into her house and held her down on a bed, putting a knife to her chest and telling her that if she called police, he would stab her.

When police arrived and arrested Foster, officers said he had two knives in the pocket of his jeans. A special condition of Foster's release from custody Thursday is that he have no contact with the victim.


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08/12/2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8PM


CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN IN NEXT FEW WEEKS

The I70/Rocheport bridge has been called the “lynchpin of America.” It not only connects two counties in Missouri, Boone and Cooper, it connects Missouri’s largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City, and it connects a majority of the country. The bridge carries 12.5 million vehicles per year, including 3.6 million trucks. In fact, within 48 hours, trucks carrying goods to all 48 lower states will have crossed this bridge. On July 1, 2021, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission announced the selection of the design-build contractor to replace the Interstate 70 Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport. The design includes two bridges, one in each direction of travel, each with three lanes. This allows for construction to take place with a limited impact to traffic. Actual Construction on the new bridge is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks and be complete by the end of 2024.  To learn more about the project and see pictures of what it will look like visit www.modot.gov/rocheportbridge

 

CLARANCE WOMAN KILLED, ANOTHER SEROIUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH NEAR CENTRALIA

The patrol said three vehicles were involved in a crash that claimed the life of a woman from Clarence that occurred at 4:10 pm Tuesday on Highway 22, near Centralia, just west of Angell School Road. A dump truck driven by 53 year old Monte Hayes of Moberly was eastbound when the left front tire ruptured and caused pieces of the vehicle to separate. The separated pieces of the vehicle struck a pickup driven by 50 year old Gregory Keene of Sturgeon who was traveling westbound. Another vehicle driven by 24 year old Rachael M. Hultz of Madison was also westbound. The dump truck abruptly moved to the left travelling off the roadway and as the driver attempted to regain control he steered to the right as Hultz was attempting to avoid a collision and steered to the left. It was at that point the front of the dump truck struck the right side of the Hultz auto and pushed that vehicle until both came to a rest in the roadway. Hultz had serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University hospital in Columbia. A passenger in her car, 30 year old Cassandra D. Simmerman of Clarence was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other two drivers were not injured in the fatal crash.

 

HANNIBAL WOMAN MODERATELY INJURED AFTER CRASHING INTO TRACTOR TRAILER UNIT

The highway patrol said Patsy Miller, 89, of Hannibal was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital with moderate injuries after her souothbound vehicle crashed into a northbound tractor trailer that was making a turn on US 24 at Highway MM, 6 miles west of Hannibal at 8:45 AM Wednesday. The driver of the 18 wheeler was not injured.

 

DOWNING MAN INJURED IN CRASH

A single vehicle crash occurred at 1pm Wednesday afternoon on Highway 136, one mile west of Downing.  State troopers say a car driven by Rodney Elliott, 63, of Downing, ran off the left side of the highway and struck a utility pole.

Elliott suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment.

 

KIRKSVILLE AIRPORT TEMPORARILY CLOSED AS IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS GET UNDERWAY

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a significant improvement project is now underway at the Kirksville Regional Airport near Millard, Missouri.

Work began on Monday to repair the runway and taxiway areas. Last month, Kirksville City Council members approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a State Block Agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for the engineering services. The Kirksville Regional Airport Director told KTVO the city is paying $194,590 towards the project. The rest of the cost, almost $3.7 million, will be covered by grant funding. While the first phase of work takes place, the airport is temporarily closed. The airport director said Cape Air will be flying again on the 25th. For now the airport is temporarily shut down for the first phase of the project which involves taking out one of the taxiways and doing center work on the runway. Crews only have 14 days to do that, so they are moving hard and fast and working late hours. One that first phase of the project is complete crews will move to another area of the airport for work. The Airport Director said the runway is over 50 years old and needed some work done on it. The project in its entirety is expected to take 120 days to finish.

 

PLAN ANNOUNCED TO FILL ROLL OF INTERIM DIRECTOR FOR MATC

The Moberly Board of Education has approved a plan for Mike Barner and Leah Stein to share the duties of serving in the role of Interim Director for Moberly Area Technical Center. Barner retired as MATC Director in 2016 after serving the School District for 33 years. Stein has worked 20 years in the Moberly School District. Both have administrative experience and will work on a part-time basis fulfilling the duties of Director. A formal search for the next MATC Director will begin later this school year.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT

 

07/30/2021 – 08/05/2021

 

As summer vacation comes to an end, children will be returning to school. Children will be walking to and from school so, please be cautious when traveling to and from work. We can all do our part to keep the children safe by following a few of these safety tips; Leave home early enough so that you are not rushed to get to work, drive slow down and watch for children running near schools, and watch for school buses and the children who are waiting at the school bus stops.




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08/11/2021

CHARITON COUNTY HIGHWAY NOW OPEN AFTER BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

The Grand River Overflow Bridge on Chariton County Route 139 is now open after a bridge replacement project. The Missouri Department of Transportation contracted with Boone Construction Co. to complete the project. This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state. Crews closed the bridge to all traffic on Dec. 7, 2020 and were able to reopen it to all traffic Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

 

DIVERS RECOVED DROWNING VICTIM’S BODY A THOUNSAD HILLS STATE PARK – IDENTITY RELEASED

Divers have recovered the body of the man who drowned at Thousand Hills State Park’s Forest Lake Monday afternoon. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division used sonar equipment to locate the body of Steven Puckett, 64, of Unionville, Missouri. Divers found Puckett’s body at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday in the same general area where he went under while swimming. Investigators said Puckett and his friend, Marlys Oglesby, 67, also of Unionville, had rented a pontoon on Monday. Kirksville police said the two were swimming near the boat without life jackets when the tragedy happened.  The highway patrol report said the man left the pontoon voluntarily while attempting to rescue another swimmer and then went under water and did not resurface.   Multiple agencies responded to the state park shortly before 2 p.m. Monday to help. Crews used sonar equipment Monday afternoon to try and locate Puckett’s body. They had no luck, but divers returned on Tuesday morning and were able to locate the deceased Unionville man.

 

SWAT CALLED TO ASSIST WITH BARRICADED SUBJECT IN DOMESTIC ASSAULT INVESTIGATION

On Tuesday, Aug. 10, at approximately 12:20 a.m., Columbia Police were dispatched to a domestic assault at a residence in the 10 block of Bright Star Dr. Officers made contact with the victim and observed several injuries. The victim reported the suspect had assaulted her while holding her against her will.  Officers were able to determine that the suspect was inside the residence and attempted to contact him by phone and the patrol vehicle’s PA system, but were unsuccessful. Due to the nature of the incident, the Department’s SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) were requested. The SWAT team established a perimeter while a CNT negotiator made contact with Stockton-Kenney. After a period of negotiations, he surrendered without further incident. Columbia Police arrested Drake Adam Stockton-Kenney, 29, of Columbia, Mo., for kidnapping, first degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and unlawful use of a weapon. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.




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08/10/2021

HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM THURSDAY

The National Weather Service says dangerous heat and humidity will continue today along with the possibility of strong thunderstorms.  Heat index values in excess of 100 to 110 are expected over multiple days. Overnight low temperatures will reside in the mid to upper 70s each morning and climb into the 90’s during the afternoon. A Heat Advisory remains in effect for all counties in our listening area through 8 pm Thursday while an excessive heat warning is in effect for the Kansas City region. In addition, strong to severe storms are possible today with the best chance during the late afternoon and evening hours. Strong winds and brief heavy downpours are the main concerns. The possibility of storms also exists for the rest of the work week across the area. The impacts from the hot temperatures and high humidity could cause heat related illnesses to occur. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances. Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing when possible. To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency! Call 9 1 1.

 

DROWNING AT THOUSAND HILLS STATE PARK NEAR KIRKSVILLE MONDAY

An afternoon of fun and relaxation turned into tragedy when a man drowned Monday afternoon at Thousand Hills State Park outside Kirksville. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the call for help came in just after 1:45 p.m. that a man had gone under water in the southwest arm of Forest Lake and did not resurface. Investigators at the scene said that a man and woman in their 60s had rented a pontoon. Witnesses on another pontoon said the two were swimming without life jackets when they passed them the first time. When that pontoon of witnesses turned around and came back by, they said the man was not in sight, and the woman was in distress. They helped pull her from the water, but they could not locate the man. Medical crews treated the woman at the marina and rolled her on a stretcher to an ambulance. The Macon County Rescue Squad’s dive team was called in to search for the man's body. As of this posting, he had not been located. Officials said the two people were swimming in a "No Swimming" zone in the deepest part of the lake where the water is 45 feet deep. The names of those involved have not been released yet. Multiple agencies helped at the scene including the Kirksville Police Department, Kirksville Fire Department, Adair County Ambulance District, Thousand Hills park rangers, the Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Water Patrol, Adair County Fire and Mark Twain Counseling Services. This is the second drowning at Forest Lake this summer. On July 14, 2021, Nathan Stafford, 32, of Kirksville, drowned in the deepest section of the beach's swimming area.

 

NEW MASK ORDINANCE IN COLUMBIA FAILS DURING SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING VOTE MONDAY NIGHT

Columbia City Council members were split 3 yes and 3 no with one council member absent and a unanimous vote was needed to pass a proposed mask ordinance during a special meeting Monday night. Protestors against the mandate gathered in front of city hall and when allowed to enter the council chambers every seat was full with many others standing around the back of the room. Instead of a mandate, the Columbia/Boone County Health Director said she believed time was better spent working on education outreach and vaccinations. The proposed mask ordinance which was voted on and failed Monday night has been the topic of many during this past week.

 

COLUMBIA PD INVESTIGATING ASSAULT IN 300 BLOCK OF HICKMAN AVENUE MONDAY

At approximately 1:19 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 9, Columbia Police responded to a report of an assault in the 300 block of Hickman Ave. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim who was being treated by EMS for a non-life threatening laceration on his leg.  The victim reported that earlier, he and the suspect had been drinking at a restaurant. Upon returning to the residence on Hickman Avenue, they got into an argument. The suspect brandished a small knife and cut the victim. The suspect left the residence following the incident. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, in his 30’s, wearing all black clothing. The suspect’s last direction of travel was unknown. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN ACCUSED OF FRAUDULENT USE OF DEBIT DEVICE

The treasurer of an area truck and tractor pullers organization is accused of using that group's debit cards to buy stuff for herself. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports Misty Brewer, 39, of Kirksville, is charged with fraudulent use of a debit device. Prosecutors say the alleged crimes happened between June 2018 and January 2021 while Brewer was the treasurer of the Iowa-Missouri Truck and Tractor Pullers Association. Investigators said Brewer fraudulently used two of the group's debit cards to pay her personal utility bills, to buy food and clothing and to purchase Carrie Underwood concert tickets. According to court documents, Brewer admitted during an interview with a state trooper that she had stolen an estimated $4,500. Brewer is set to make her initial court appearance on Wednesday.

 

SLATER MAN DIES FOLLOWING COLLISION

A Slater man, 59 year old Brian E. Lunn died at University Hospital a short time after his vehicle with a trailer was struck by an eastbound auto Sunday night. According to the highway patrol report, the Lunn vehicle and trailer was parked with no lights on, partially blocking the eastbound lane of MO-240, just west of Sparrow Trail at 8:52 pm Sunday night. The vehicle that crashed into the parked vehicle and trailer was driven by 19 year old Jacob R. King of Marshall.

 

EDINA DRUG INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN ARRESTS

We told you last Friday that an Edina man was placed on a 24 hour hold facing several drug and other charges. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports two were arrested during a drug investigation carried out by multiple agencies and both have previous drug-related convictions.  Highway Patrol officers and other local law enforcement agencies carried out a search warrant at the Edina home around 6:15 am Thursday morning and during that search, officers found 38 grams of marijuana, approximately 12 grams of methamphetamine and two grams of psilocybin mushrooms. 33 year old Brent Holdren and 25 year old Lottiee Hubbard, both of Edina have both been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child as court documents indicated a child was also inside the home asleep. Holdren is facing an additional possession charge, plus a felony county of delivery of a controlled substance. Both are being held on $25,000 cash only bond.

 

200 YEARS AGO TODAY IS WHEN MISSOURI BECAME THE 24TH STAR

Today officially marks the date Missouri became the 24th star on the United States of America Flag as August 10, 1821 is when Missouri joined the union. This year the Show Me State is celebrating its bicentennial in various ways, many of which are being showcased as part of the Annual Missouri State Fair at the Fairgrounds in Sedalia. This years fair kicks off this Thursday.


MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED STATE IS TRIPLING THE NUMBER OF MUTUAL AID AMBULANCES IN REDUCING COVID-19 CASELOAD STRAIN 

On Friday morning, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that the state is tripling the number of mutual aid ambulances that provide long-haul patient transfers to help reduce the rising COVID-19 caseloads straining hospitals. Thirty ambulances and more than 60 trained personnel are arriving in five regions of the state. The new ambulance strike teams, provided in response to a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, include 20 advanced life-support ambulances, five basic life-support ambulances, five specialty care ambulances, and required medical and support personnel.




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08/09/2021

HEAT BUILDS INTO THE AREA ONCE AGAIN

The national Weather Service says hot and humid conditions are expected again this week along with the possibility of showers and thunderstorms. On Monday and Tuesday high temperatures are forecast to be in the low to mid 90s with heat indices between 100-110 degrees and the chance for Showers and Thunderstorms across the region. A heat advisory is in effect for Monday across most of the ara. The heat and humidity will provide uncomfortable heat index readings of 100 to 110 degrees through Thursday with a change of showers and thunderstorms through Saturday.

 

MACON WOMAN INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH IN WASHINGTON COUNTY

The highway patrol said 29 year old Emily Jarvis of Macon was westbound on MO 8, west of Folson Road in Washington County at 2:18 Sunday afternoon approaching a curve when an eastbound motorcycle driven by 34 year old Shane Gamble of St. Louis reportedly travelled into the westbound lane and struck the front of the Jarvis pickup. Gamble was ejected and his motorcycle travelled off the roadway and caught fire. The Jarvis pickup went off the roadway and struck an embankment. Gamble was pronounced deceased at the scene. Jarvis was not injured.

 

FATAL MONTGOMERY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH SATURDAY AFTERNOON

A motorcycle tire malfunction was to blame for the driver to lose control while traveling westbound on I70 at the 181.2 mile marker in Montgomery County shortly after 3:30 Saturday afternoon. The patrol said Charles Hamilton was operating the motorcycle when he lost control and the bike struck the ground ejecting both the driver and a passenger. The passenger was identified as 58 year old Deborah L. Hamilton of Belleville, MO who was pronounced deceased at the scene while Charles Hamilton was seriously injured and transported to University Hospital for treatment.

 

DRIVER BADLY INJURED WHEN VEHICLE SLAMMED INTO TREE IN CLARK COUNTY

A northeast Missouri driver was badly hurt Sunday in a late-morning crash in Clark County, Missouri. The highway patrol report indicated the crash happened at 11:15 a.m. on Highway 136, two-and-a-half miles west of Wayland, Missouri when a vehicle driven by Bryan Gosney, 58, of Durham, Missouri, traveled off the right side of the highway. The vehicle then hit a culvert and continued eastbound off the roadway until it slammed into a tree. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

 

SALISBURY JUVENILE FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT AFTER ATV CRASH

The patrol said a 14 year old female juvenile from Salisbury was the driver of an ATV on Bee Branch Avenue, 3 miles south of Wein shortly after 10 am Saturday when she lost control of the southbound vehicle on the gravel. The driver was ejected as the ATV overturned resulting in moderate injuries. She was transported by Life Flight Eagle to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The Chariton County Sheriff’s Department and Bynumville First Responders assisted at the scene.

 

CHILLICOTHE DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN LINN COUNTY WRECK

The patrol said 56 year old Linda Snuffer of Chillicothe was treated for minor injuries at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after a crash on US 36, 2 miles east of LaClede at 9 pm Saturday night. She was driving westbound and stopped suddenly for a vehicle in front of her that was turning. Her auto was struck from behind by a pickup driven by 64 year old Randall Cooper of Purdin who was not injured.

 

SHELBINA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY WRECK NORTH OF PARIS

The patrol reports 48 year old James P. Gouge of Shelbina was seriously injured when his northbound grain truck left the roadway on MO 15, 4 miles north of Paris around 2:30 PM Saturday. The driver overcorrected and the truck then travelled off the other side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned. The driver was transported to Hannibal Regional hospital for treatment.

 

MEXICO MAN INVOLVED IN SINGLE VEHICLE WRECK NEAR CENTER

A Mexico driver had moderate injuries after his vehicle went off the roadway and struck a ditch. 66 year old Millard Barnes was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the incident at 1:15pm Sunday on MO 19 at the north edge of Center, MO.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATION LEADS TO QUICK ARRESTS

On August 3rd, 2021, during the early morning hours, Chillicothe Police Officers started receiving reports of individuals causing damage to numerous vehicles in the area of Calhoun Street and Locust Street. Officers discovered several tires had been slashed or punctured on numerous vehicles in the 700 block of Locust Street. A report was received of a stolen motor vehicle in the 1200 block of Webster and a firearm was stolen out of a vehicle in the 900 block of Cherry Street. During the Officers’ initial investigation, Officers heard gunfire in the 600 block of Calhoun and later discovered a firearm was used to attempt to gain access to a business without success. Throughout the day, Officers worked diligently and conducted investigations, followed up on leads, conducted several interviews, and acquired video surveillance of the aforementioned crimes. At around 4:45 PM, Officers located the stolen vehicle in a garage of an unoccupied residence in the 900 block of Elm Street. Officers also identified 2 suspects observed in video surveillance and subsequently took a 17 year old male and an 18 year old male into custody. This investigation continues regarding more possible suspects. The 17 year old was transported to a juvenile detention facility and the 18 year old was transported to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. The adult male was later charged with several felony charges through the Livingston County Associate Court

 

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING TONIGHT REGARDING MASK MANDATE

The Columbia City Council is scheduled to hold a special meeting tonight (Monday, Aug. 9) at 7 p.m. to discuss a mask mandate. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway in downtown Columbia and will also be broadcast live on the City Channel and streamed live on the internet. The Council will first hear public comments before voting on a mask mandate. Comments can also be submitted to the City Clerk via e-mail by 4 p.m. this (Mon) afternoon. The agenda for the meeting and links to the live stream and the live broadcast can be found on the city website. A six-sevenths vote will be required to approve a mask mandate and pass an ordinance as an emergency measure. 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED STATE IS TRIPLING THE NUMBER OF MUTUAL AID AMBULANCES IN REDUCING COVID-10 CASELOAD STRAIN

On Friday morning, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced that the state is tripling the number of mutual aid ambulances that provide long-haul patient transfers to help reduce the rising COVID-19 caseloads straining hospitals. Thirty ambulances and more than 60 trained personnel are scheduled to begin arriving in five regions of the state.The new ambulance strike teams, provided in response to a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, include 20 advanced life-support ambulances, five basic life-support ambulances, five specialty care ambulances, and required medical and support personnel. They are expected to begin transporting patients as early as Saturday. The teams are tasked with operating anywhere there is a critical need in Missouri through Sept. 5. Ambulance strike teams will initially be positioned in Regions A (Kansas City area), B (northeast Missouri), D (southwest Missouri), G (south-central Missouri), and H (northwest Missouri) and have the ability to move as needed. Thirteen federally-provided life support ambulances in southwest Missouri will replace the 10 ambulances provided through the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management and an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). The Arkansas teams will depart for home today. Since they began working in Missouri, the 10 ambulances have logged more than 53,000 miles on 223 patient transports. Some of those transports required roundtrips of seven to nine hours or more.

ROARING RIVER STATE PARK HOSTS ANNUAL KIDS FREE FISHING DAY AUGUST 21ST

Roaring River State Park invites the public to its annual Kids Free Fishing Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Youth will have the opportunity to fish for free all day, along with the opportunity to connect with nature and participate in many different activities. Children 15 and younger can get their free tags from the hatchery the night before the event – Friday, Aug. 20 – and Saturday, Aug. 21. One section of the river will be designated for youth under the age of 15 to fish in all day. Adults may only fish in this area if accompanied by a child who is participating in the free fishing day. Children are encouraged to bring their own fishing pole and equipment. Volunteers will be present to help in any way possible. Parents/guardians are welcome to help the children as needed, but only one pole between the helper and the child may be used at any time.

Free hot dogs, chips and soda will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. There are programs and activities scheduled throughout the day available to both children and adults. Programs will include fish cooking, fish casting, fly fishing, knot tying, fly tying, watersheds, furs and skulls, live snakes, a hatchery tour and more.  Programs are subject to change depending on staffing and weather. There will be live bluegrass bands playing periodically throughout the day. Children who attend three of these programs will be entered in a drawing held at 5 p.m. that day and must be present to win. Programs are open to all, but only children are allowed to enter the drawing. The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others. Roaring River State Park is located seven miles south of Cassville on Highway 112 in Barry County. For more information about the event, contact the park office at 417-847-2539.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS REPORT

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MEXICO STOLEN VEHICLE INVESTIGATION –TRUCK AND TRAILER LOCATED

On Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at approximately 9:40AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department took a report of stolen vehicle.  The vehicle was a white, 2005 Ford pick-up truck with a red, flatbed trailer attached.  The truck and trailer were stolen from a business parking lot in the 4400 block of E Liberty.  Video indicated the theft occurred around 4:55AM. Around 4:30PM, information from an alert citizen led officers to believe the truck and trailer were in Callaway County near a rural church.  A deputy from the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office located the truck and trailer.  The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office is assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

EDINA MAN FACING NUMEROUS DRUG RELATED CHARGES

The highway patrol reports an Edina man was placed on a 24 hour hold in the Adair County Detention Center after he was arrested in Knox County at 6:22 AM Thursday morning. 33 year old Brent D. Holdren is facing the following charges ….

1) FELONY DELIVERY OF METHAMPHETAMINE 2) FELONY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - METHAMPHETAMINE 3) FELONY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - PSILOCYBIN 4) MAINTAINING A PUBLIC NUISANCE 5) ENDANGERING WELFARE OF A CHILD 6) POSSESSION OF 11-35 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA 7) UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

 

MAN CHARGED WITH CUTTING A MAN WITH HUNTING KNIFE AND SLASHING TIRES

A convicted felon is accused of cutting a man with a hunting knife and slashing two car tires during an altercation in Kirksville. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports It happened on the morning of June 23, 2021, near the intersection of Cottonwood and Mulanix streets in Kirksville. James David Connelly, 29, of Kirksville, formerly from Greentop, was charged this week with first-degree assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and property damage. According to court documents, the incident started as an argument between Connelly and another man. That man told police Connelly pulled out a hunting knife and started lunging at him with it, nicking his forearm. The victim said Connelly then used the knife to puncture and flatten two tires on the car he had been driving. The suspect was gone by the time police arrived. The investigating officer was able to talk to Connelly by phone. He told police the man had tried to break into his home so he "defended his property." The man said he had stopped by the home to drop off a cell phone for a woman who lived there. He said he left it in the mailbox on the front porch at the woman's request. The officer said Connelly told him he would not meet in person because he "was not going back to prison." Connelly has two prior convictions in Adair County, one for second-degree assault, and the other for first-degree burglary. He has been issued a criminal summons in this latest case, and his court date is set for August 25, 2021.

MISSOURI ROUTE 3 SOUTH OF US 24 WILL REMAIN CLOSED INDEFINITELY

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working to determine the best course of action to repair and safely reopen Missouri Route 3 near Huntsville after it was closed due to an unstable area causing a slide near the road.  In the meantime, it will remain closed between U.S. Route 24 and Route BB until further notice for the safety of all drivers. MoDOT has worked with the nearby quarry who has shared geotechnical information about the property in and around the slide. MoDOT has also hired a consultant to provide additional information as to the best way to deal with the situation.   Because there are so many unknowns at this time, it will likely be 2022 or after before the road will be able to be reopened.  MoDOT says there are about a thousand vehicles a day that travel that part of Route 3 and are having to use detour routes

BICENTENTENNIAL HAPPENINGS AT MO STATE FAIR

The Woman’s Building will be the headquarters for Missouri Bicentennial activities at the Missouri State Fair Aug. 12 through Aug. 22 in Sedalia. Visitors can view displays of the Missouri Bicentennial time capsule and quilt. They can also receive a free Department of Natural Resources Missouri Bicentennial State Fair souvenir pinback button while supplies last. Official Missouri Bicentennial merchandise will also be on sale in the building and other special displays and events at the Woman’s Building celebrating Missouri’s right history are planned

MONTGOMERY COUNT Y CHARGES

The highway patrol reports an Overland Park, Kansas man was arrested at 9:33 AM Thursday in Montgomery County and is facing several drug charges. 31 year old Clark D. Davis was arrested for: 1.) FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - AMPHETAMINE. 2.) FELONY POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - HALLUCINOGEN. 3.) FELONY POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - HEROIN. 4.) POSSESSION OF 10 GRAMS OR LESS OF MARIJUANA. 5.) UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. Davis was held at the Montgomery County jail and has since been released. Also arrested at the same time was 28 year old Cheyenne R. Tooker of Raytown who was charged with 1.) MISDEMEANOR HENRY COUNTY WARRANT FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR ORIGINAL CHARGES OF NO SEAT BELT AND SPEEDING. She was held at the Montgomery County Jail pending posting of bond.




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ASHLAND MAN AND ACCOMPLICE IN CUSTODY AFTER FATAL STABBING LAST FRIDAY  

The Ashland murder suspect is in custody along with an accomplice. According to court documents, Robin Morales-Sanchez allegedly assaulted Moises Hernandez-Sanchez and then stabbed him in the torso 10 times and the neck once on the morning of July 30. During this investigation, Ashland officers obtained several search warrants, ultimately revealing the location of Robin Morales-Sanchez in Iola, Kansas. Officers also developed probable cause to believe Sarah Beth Malki was helping Morales-Sanchez and attempting to aide him in his flight from the United States. Ashland Police teamed with the Iola Police Department to close in on the location and IPD coordinated with theKansas Bureau of Investigations to execute the search warrant.On Wednesday, KBI served a search warrant in the 400 block of S. Colborn St. in Iola, Kansas where they located Morales-Sanchez and Malki. Morales-Sanchez was arrested for murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, and two counts of armed criminal action. Malki was arrested for hindering prosecution of a felony. Both are in custody and awaiting extradition to Missouri, with no bond allowed.

 

MISSOURI STATE FAIR OFFICALLY KICKS OFF AUGUST 12TH AND RUNS THROUGH Aug 22nd

More than 200,000 visitors are expected to roll into Sedalia and for the 2021 Missouri State Fair. In spite of rising COVID-19 cases and other mask mandates, there will be no requirement that anyone wear a mask? Amid a surge in coronavirus cases and a stagnant vaccination rate, the head of the Pettis County Health Center administrator JoAnn Martin said officials have not issued a mask mandate during the Aug. 12-22 running of the Missouri State Fair.“We have no plans to reinstitute a mask requirement,” Martin told a St. Louis newspaper on Thursday, but officials are planning for a vacannation push during the fair. This year’s fair comes after the 2020 event was canceled because of the pandemic and replaced by a smaller youth livestock show.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

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08/04/2021

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ASSISTS AUDRAIN COUNTY IN MOTORCYCLE PURSUIT

On August 3, 2021, at approximately 11:21 am, Joint Communications advised Audrain County Deputies were in pursuit of a motorcycle and they were about to enter Montgomery County. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office responded to assist. The pursuit went through Wellsville and then throughout several County Roads, between Hwy. 19 and Glazier Trail Road. The motorcyclist drove through a yard and into a corn field off of Porters Road. After driving approximately 500 yards through the field, the driver of the motorcycle wrecked. Both the driver and the passenger of the motorcycle were taken into custody for resisting arrest, numerous traffic violations and outstanding warrants. Audrain County Sgt. Derek Chism received minor injuries upon striking a ditch, that was hidden by the tall fescue, at the completion of the pursuit. Audrain County K9 Chal was not injured and the K9 Unit had minimal damage.

 

NEW CHARGES FILED AGAINST POWERSVILLE MAN

A convicted felon from northeast Missouri is once again in trouble with the law. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports Anthony Brandon Pearson, 40, of Powersville, Missouri, was charged Tuesday with felony abuse of a child, first-degree burglary, two counts of violation of a child protection order and two counts of violation of order of protection for adult. According to court documents, the alleged crimes happened on May 2, 2021. Investigators say Pearson committed burglary when he entered a Putnam county residence and took his two minor children from the home. He had been ordered by the court not to have contact with the children. Law enforcement said, during the course of events, Pearson slapped one of the kids in the face with an open hand causing him or her to suffer a physical injury. Court documents state that Pearson has been convicted of three previous felonies including second-degree domestic assault.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING BURGLARY OF ATM

At approximately 3:40 a.m. on August 2, Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of a commercial burglary at River Region Credit Union, 3000 Carter Ln. Upon arrival, officers located vandalism to two ATM machines on the business premises. Officers located several pieces of debris from the ATM on the ground. The ATM was missing an undisclosed amount of cash inside the machine. At this time, there is no suspect description available. 

 

ADAIR COUNT Y HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS 17 NEW COVID-19 CASES TUESDAY

On Tuesday afternoon, Adair County Health Department officials announced 17 new cases of COVID-19.

None of the new cases are vaccinated against the virus. Three cases are younger than current eligibility rules allow for any of the vaccines. Adair County's total case count is now 2,799 with 88 active cases. Active cases continue to rise in Boone County as the health department reported 85 new COVID-19 There are currently 849 active cases in the county, an increase of 49 from Monday. The 849 active cases is the highest reported since the weekend update on Jan 11. Boone County ranks 10th in the state with the most coronavirus cases in total volume in the past week.  Cole County ranks 11th in the state for counties with the most coronavirus cases per capita in the past week and have reported 41 new cases. Vaccination rates continue to go up as the virus numbers have spiked upward. Boone County is first in the state with a reported 47.2% of residents that have completed their coronavirus vaccine doses. St. Louis County is the second county in the state with 45.7% of residents have completed the doses for vaccination. Cole County has the second-highest first vaccination rate in Mid-Missouri with 45.3%. Montgomery County is third with 40.4%.New mask mandate in Columbia could go to vote as soon as Monday A new mask mandate in Columbia could go to vote as soon as Monday as the Columbia City Council voted to hold a special meeting to discuss a new mask ordinance starting at 7 pm Monday, August 9th.  Officials say the delta variant is responsible for the surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across Missouri. Boone County Health Director Stephanie Browning commentd during the Columbia City County meeting Monday night that as of now the county health department has no plans to ask for a mask mandate, but she strongly suggested people wear masks while inside public buildings.  Tomorrow, August 5th, Samaritan Hospital in Macon will be holding a  Drive Thru COVID Vaccine Clinic from  8:00am - 2:00pm

BACK TO SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND

By state law, the sales tax holiday begins on the first Friday in August and continues through the following Sunday. Certain back-to-school purchases, such as clothing, school supplies, computers, and other items as defined by the statute, are exempt from sales tax for this time period only. This year  the Sales Tax Holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 6, and runs through Sunday, August 8, however cities, counties, and other districts have the option to not participate. A complete list of those who have elected not to participate in the Sales Tax Holiday can be found on the Department of Revenue’s website at dor.mo.gov




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GRANDSON OF LATE CHARLIE SHARPE ACCUSED OF EMBEZZLING THOUSANDS FROM CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION

David Sharpe, 35, of Bethel, Missouri, is accused of stealing more than $50,000 from the Christian organization founded by his late grandfather and his stepgrandmother.

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the suspect confessed to stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his now-former employer, which is an organization started by his late grandfather, Charlie Sharpe. David Sharpe, 35, of Bethel, Missouri, is charged with two felony counts of stealing $25,000 or more from his employer at the time, CNS International Ministries, Heartland Community Church and Sharpe Holdings. According to court documents, Sharpe stole cash and/or checks over the value of $50,000 between July 2018 and July 2021. Shelby County Sheriff Arron Fredrickson said in court papers that Sharpe confessed in writing to stealing the money, depositing it into his personal bank account and then using it to illegally buy pain medication online. The sheriff told KTVO that Sharpe was the head of the organizations' finance department when the alleged crimes happened. He has since been fired.Fredrickson said Sharpe's step-grandmother, Laurie Sharpe, the co-founder of Heartland, is the one who brought the case to the attention of law enforcement. David Sharpe is being held in the Shelby County jail on $20,000 cash-only bond.

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE REPORT VEHICLE THEFTS ON THE RISE

The Brookfield Police Department reported on their facebook page that they have had reports of someone stealing items from unlocked vehicles. The Linn County Sheriffs Department had also taken a report of a stolen vehicle.

Brookfield authorities also said to remember to lock your house and vehicle doors and remove the keys from your vehicle. A person of interest has been identified in connection with the thefts and is being sought for questioning.

 

EXTENSIVE SEARCH FOR SUSPECT TURNS UP EMPTY IN CASCONADE COUNTY

Gasconade County Sheriff’s Deputies, Phelps County Sheriff’s Office, Maries County Sheriff’s, Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted an extensive search for a male subject, Grant L. Gaither. The Phelps County Sheriff’s Office initiated a pursuit with Grant. Grant traveled into Gasconade County where he wrecked on Gorrell Road. Last known location of Grant was on foot running North. After an extensive search of the area, Gaither was not located. Gasconade County Sheriff’s Office will continue to patrol the area throughout the day. If you have any information or see anyone walking matching Gaither’s description in the Redbird area, please contact the Sheriff’s Office. 573-437-7770. Grant is considered Armed and Dangerous, please do NOT approach Grant.

If you have any information please contact Gasconade County E911 at 573-437-7770 or 911.

 

KITCHEN FIRE EXTENGISHED IN MEXICO

On Saturday, July 31, 2021, at approximately 11:16 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Quantico Rd. in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found that a resident had placed a pan on a stove and forgot about it, causing a small fire.  The fire was extinguished after damaging the stovetop and some surrounding cabinetry.  There were no injuries from the incident. 

 

MARK TWAIN MEMORIAL BRIDGE IN HANNIBAL INSPECTION UNDERWAY THIS WEEK

Drivers crossing the Mark Twain Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River in Hannibal will have to move over to allow bridge inspection crews to do their annual inspection of the the bridge.  The inspection includes evaluating all parts of the bridge including the piers, superstructure (below the deck) and the deck, as well as any components on the bridge. The inspection started Monday on the eastbound lanes.  This will be a work zone, so drivers need to pay attention and move over to allow inspectors and their equipment plenty of room to work.


MOTORISTS ARE REMINDED TO WATCH FOR STUDENTS!
Students across Missouri are preparing to begin their 2021-2022 school year. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be vigilant always, but especially near school zones, playgrounds, bicycle paths, and crosswalks when schools are in session. Expect pedestrian and bicycle traffic to increase near schools on days where the weather is good. When schools are in session, drivers should expect a change in traffic patterns ─ school buses and parents taking their children to school and many young drivers will join other motorists on the road and affect the morning and afternoon commute. Whatever route you drive, expect this additional traffic and prepare by allowing extra time to reach your destination.
In 2020, no one was killed in traffic crashes involving school buses; however, 152 people were injured. In Missouri last year, 453 traffic crashes involved school buses. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about riding a bus, walking, or driving to school in a safe manner. If they ride a bike, please make sure they wear a helmet and follow traffic lawsMissouri law states that on a two-lane road, if a school bus is stopped and displaying warning signals while loading or unloading children, drivers must stop when meeting and following the bus. However, it is only necessary to stop on a four-lane highway when following the bus. Drivers, when you see a stopped school bus, stay alert and follow the law. Children may not be aware of traffic and dart unexpectedly into the roadway.
Most traffic crashes involving young drivers (under the age of 21) occur between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., when school typically lets out. Many of these drivers are young and inexperienced. Parents: It is important to encourage those young drivers to remember driving is a full-time job. Using a cell phone, texting, or adjusting the radio can be the distraction that leads to a traffic crash. Texting is against the law for anyone under the age of 22. Every driver needs to be aware of the increased traffic during this time—and not just in areas around schools. Some of these young drivers are headed to an after-school activity or going to work.

CROWDER STATE PARK TO HOST BICENTENTENNIAL ICE CREAEM SOCIAL AUGUEST 10TH

Crowder State Park staff invites the public to an ice cream social at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10. The year 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Missouri statehood and visitors are invited to commemorate the day at the Crowder State Park office. The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others. This is one of many events Missouri State Parks is hosting to commemorate the state's bicentennial. To see a complete list of bicentennial-related events and learn more about the commemoration, visit mostateparks.com/bicentennial. Crowder State Park is located off Highway 65; west of Trenton off Highway 146. You can also call thecall Crowder State Park at 660-359-6473 for additional information..

SEVERAL STATE PARKS WILL BE HOSTING AN INFORMATIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS

Representatives from Missouri State Parks invite the public to attend an informational meeting at Thousand Hills State Park on Saturday, Aug. 14. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. at the Point Shelter House. When entering Thousand Hills State Park from Highway 157, turn right onto Big Loop Trail Road at the park office and follow for approximately 1 mile to the large Point Shelter House. An informational meeting will also be held at Long Branch State Park on Saturday, Aug. 14. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. at the North Shelter House, located near the beach and marina. In members of the public are also invited to the. Long Branch State Park is located at 28615 Visitor Center Road in Macon. For more information about the event, please contact the Long Branch State Park office at 660-773-5229. And finally, an informational meeting at Pershing State Park is planned The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the campground amphitheater.  Pershing State Park is located at 29277 Highway 130, Laclede. For more information about the meeting, call the park at 660-963-2299. The public is invited to share comments and ask questions about the park and its operations. Representatives from the park will be present to provide information and to answer questions.

FREE AT-HOME HIV TESTING KITS AVAILABLE IN 37 COUNTY REGION

In partnership with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) will offer free at-home HIV testing kits. The kits can be ordered online at ShowMeCondoms.org/HIV-at-Home-Testing. Anyone within the 37-county HIV care region is eligible to have a testing kit shipped to them from PHHS. An individual may complete the test by using an oral swab and results are available within 20 minutes. Those interested may also request a telehealth visit with a PHHS health educator to help virtually walk them through the testing process. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It weakens a person’s immune system by destroying important cells that fight disease and infection. There is currently no effective cure for HIV, but with proper medical care, the virus can become undetectable. If the virus is undetectable, it does not transmit to others. An individual is considered at higher risk of HIV if they: 

Missouri was identified as a high-priority state in which HIV transmission occurs frequently.

The 37 county region includes: 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

Here’s the daily summary of calls worked by the Chillicothe Police Department …

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

 




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08/02/2021

 

FRIDAY MORNING HOMICIDE IN ASHLAND – ARREST WARRANT ISSUED FOR SUSPECT

An arrest warrant has been issued for the murder suspect in an Ashland Homicide Friday morning and is also wanted in Cole County on a domestic assault warrant. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous and if sited, individuals should not contact him, but instead should contact local law enforcement or report the sighting vis Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 573-875-8477. Authorities say 19-year-old Robin Morales-Sanchez is wanted for the Friday morning murder of Moises Hernandez-Sanchez. Morales-Sanchez also assaulted another individual according to police. Morales-Sanchez is being charged with murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree and two counts of armed criminal action

 

DISTURBANCE IN COLUMBIA MALL PARKING LOT RESULTS IN ONE MAN BEING ARRESTED

Around 7 a.m. on Sunday, August 1, Columbia Police were dispatched to the parking lot of the Columbia Mall for a disturbance of an adult male assaulting an adult female in the parking lot. 

Through further investigation, officers learned the male suspect attempted to run over the victim with a vehicle. The suspect continued assaulting the victim by grabbing her by the hair and dragging her into the car described as a silver SUV last seen traveling north on Stadium north of I-70. Shortly after 2 p.m., officers responded to the 2000 block of Gus Ct. for a verbal altercation. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect vehicle from the prior disturbance at the Columbia Mall incident. 

Further investigation revealed 34-year old Joseph Jones of Columbia had assaulted an adult female victim at the Columbia Mall. Jones was arrested for domestic assault in the first degree, armed criminal action, and second degree kidnapping.

He is being held at the Boone County Jail. 

 

THREE RESIDENTS OF HIGBEE INJURED IN UTV CRASH SUNDAY NIGHT

The Highway Patrol investigated a single vehicle crash involving a UTV Sunday night shortly after 6pm on County Road 125, 1.2 miles north of County Road 123 in Howard County. According to the report the crash happened with the 10 year old female driver overcorrected and the unit travelled off the roadway and overturned. The driver had moderate injuries. Another girl, age 11 had serious injuries and both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia. A 3rd passenger, age 12 sustained minor injuries and was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Since all three were juveniles, their names were not released.

 

HERMANN RESIDENTS INJURED IN ATV ACCIDEENT

The Highway Patrol reports two Hermann residents were seriously injured in an ATV accident Sunday afternoon in Gasconade County. 40 year old  Andrew J. Warfield was operating an ATV on Horstman Road, about two miles north of Route E when he lost control on the gravel. The ATV traveled off the left side of the road and overturned. Warfield and his passenger, 49 year old Eva M. Colby both had serious injuries.. Colby was transported by Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment while Warfield was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur. The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon




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7/3-/2021

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER PASSING OUT IN EHICLE AT THE GAS PUMPS  OF CASEYS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            On Wednesday July 29, 2021 at 2:16 AM officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to Casey’s General Store North, 1222 Hurley Av., in Moberly, for a male passed out in his vehicle at the gas pumps.  Contact was made with the described male, a 37 year old of Moberly, who was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle near the gas pumps. The male was found to be disoriented and confused.  As officers approached and attempted contact with the male they immediately noticed capsules or heroin in plain view. Randolph County Ambulance District personnel  responded to the scene to evaluate the male and provide medical treatment. The male was cleared medically on scene.  At that point, the male was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and as h was unable to post the required bond of $10,000 cash or surety, he  was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center.  Formal charges have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for review and filing. The males name will not be released until formal charges are filed.

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACING NEW FELONY CHARGES FOLLLOWING EXECUTION OF SEARCH WARRANT

A convicted drug felon from northeast Missouri now faces seven new felony charges. KTVO and KTVO dot com says the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested James Wilhite Jr., 41, of Kirksville, at his home on Tuesday. When a state trooper carried out a search warrant at Wilhite's residence in the 200 block of East Missouri Street, court documents state that he found various illegal drugs and two firearms. Wilhite is now charged with second-degree drug trafficking, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. The trooper said in his report that he found two handguns as well as methamphetamine, marijuana and three controlled substances available by prescription. Wilhite has two previous drug possession convictions in Adair County, one in 2016 and one in 2017. At last report, he is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

MOBERLY MAN FACING SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP

On Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 11:48 PM a Moberly Police officer conducted a traffic stop in the area of Williams St at Coates St.  Contact was made with the driver, a 59 year old male of Moberly. During the contact the officer noticed obvious signs of impairment.  A records check revealed the male has (5) prior convictions related to driving while intoxicated. The male was also found to be on probation for possession of a controlled substance. Through investigation the male was determined to in fact be impaired by drugs. As officers began to place the male under arrest he pulled away and refused to follow instructions. As officers attempted to gain control of the male and place his hands behind his back he continued to resist. The male was placed on the ground where officers were able to take him into custody without any further incident.  The male was placed under arrest for felony driving while intoxicated (sixth offense) as well as felony resisting arrest.  The male was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center to be held on a mandatory 12 hour protective custody hold as well as a 24 hold pending the issuance of a warrant by the Randolph County Courts.  Formal charges have been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s office for review and filing. The males name will not be released until formal charges are filed.

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE WILL IMPACT TRAFFIC ON ROUTE 24 IN RANDOLPH COUNTY 

Weather permitting, August 2-5, MoDOT crews will be performing bridge maintenance on U.S. Route 24 in Randolph County. The route will be reduced to one lane approximately one-half mile before the bridge over East Fork Salt River until approximately one-half mile after the bridge between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily while work is being completed. Motorists will need to use caution when traveling through the work zone during this time. For more information on this and other roadwork in your area, you can visit us online at www.modot.mo.org/northeast, or call our customer service number at 1-888 ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

 




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07/29/2021

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE PRESENT IN MICENTENNIAL EDITION MAP

The Bicentennial Edition of the Official Missouri Highway Map celebrates 200 years of travel in the Show-Me State. You can pick up your free copy August 12- 22 at the Highway Gardens Expo Center at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia or contact your local MoDOT district office.“More than a million people have requested or picked up a printed Missouri highway map over the past two years,” said MoDOT Director of Transportation Planning, Eric Curtit. “We print 1.3 million maps every two years. While many travelers rely on their smartphones or other GPS systems to get around, a lot of people don’t have these options.” Among other advantages, the paper map allows motorists to plan their route without having to worry about cellphone coverage or data drops, Curtit said. The Bicentennial Edition souvenir map features a brief history of travel in Missouri, beginning before the state was ratified on August 10, 1821, through frontier days and into the state’s modern era with 33,830 miles of state-maintained routes, 4,800 miles of railroad tracks, 1,380 miles of Interstate highways, 125 public-use airports and 15 public ports. The map is also great for locating public-use airports, hospitals, colleges and universities, national forests, state parks and conservation areas. If you can’t make it to the fair, you can order a state map by calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) or request a map online at modot.org/official-state-highway-map.

 

COLUMBIA STRUCTURE FIRE

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 3403 Elm Grove Drive, 7, at 1:28pm Wednesday afternoon for a report of a fire in a bedroom. The first unit arrived less than five minutes later and reported smoke from the front door.  Crews deployed a preconnected hose line and performed an aggressive fire attack.  The fire was contained to a back bedroom. Fire investigators determined the fire originated in a back bedroom.  The cause was accidental.  Damage is estimated at $2,500. Five kittens were safely rescued from the home by fire crews.  All other occupants had exited safely prior to our arrival. Eight units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

COLUMBIA POLICE REPORT ALL ONLINE REPORTING SYSTEMS ARE BACK LIVE AND RUNNING

As of Wednesday, July 28, Columbia Police announced all online reporting systems associated with the Police To Citizen portal are back live and offered thanks to residents for their continued patience and support. An appoligy was also included for any inconveniences during the system interruption. To report an incident online, please visit https://columbiapolice.policetocitizen.com/ReportIncident or call the non-emergency number 311.  For emergencies,  please call 911.

 

PARKING RESTRICTIONS AUGUST 2ND-27TH DUE TO WORK ON DOWNTOWN CHURCH

Beginning Monday, Aug. 2, Mid-Continental Restoration Corporation will be working on the exterior of the Missouri United Methodist Church. This work will cause parking restrictions from Aug. 2 - 27 that will take place each day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. The sidewalk will remain open for pedestrian traffic with a protective canopy installed over it. Parking restrictions will be in place on Locust Street between South Ninth Street and South 10th Street. An additional Parking restriction is set for South Ninth Street between Locust Street and Elm Street. Work is scheduled to be complete by Friday, Aug. 27, weather permitting. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATING STOLEN VEHICLE

Chillicothe Police are looking for an individual being sought in reference to a stolen vehicle investigation by Chillicothe police. Officers say a vehicle was reported stolen Tuesday in Chillicothe and abandoned at a gas station in Cameron. The incident was reported just before 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night in the 600 block of West Business 36 Highway. The Police Department has posted a photo on their Facebook page of the suspect they are looking for retrived from surveillance footage. Anyone with information may contact Chillicothe police:  660-646-2121, or Detective Murdock at wmurdock@chillimopd.org

 

NORBORNE MAN HURT IN ACCIDENT INVOLVING MODOT VEHICLE

A Norborne, MO man was seriously hurt while operating a MoDot Roller truck that was loading onto a trailer when it overturned and struck a ditch. Chilton D. Elliott was flown by Air Ambulance to Truman Medical Center for treatment. The accident happened in Carroll County on Highway DD, east of Highway JJ at 12:25 pm Wednesday.

 

MEXICO MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A 24 year old Mexico, MO man sustained moderate injuries when his motorcycle traveled off the roadway and overturned on Eastbound US 50 in Johnson County around 2:18 pm Wednesday. Branden M. Jones was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment.

 

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07/28/2021

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN CRASH SOUTH OF HUNTSVILLE

The highway patrol said 40 year old Ronald Nickerson of Moberly was southbound on County Road 2210, 1 mile south of Huntsville shortly after 1:00 Monday afternoon when his pickup ran off the road, struck a road sign, returned to the road and went off the other side and struck a tree. Nickerson had moderate injuries and was going to seek his own treatment. A passenger, 25 year old Kristopher Nickerson had serious injuries and was transported to the Moberly hospital for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A single vehicle wreck happened on US 24,  4 miles west of  Madison at 3:30 PM Tuesday. 73 year old Bronwyn Logan of Columbia was westbound when her vehicle went off the road, struck a ditch and overturned. She received moderate injuries and was transported by Ambulance to the Moberly hospital for treatment.

 

AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports an airport improvement project is slated to start on Monday, August 9th, at the Kirksville Regional Airport, near Millard, Mo. Last month, Kirksville City Council members approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor to execute a State Block Agreement with the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission for engineering services and runway/taxiway improvements. Kirksville’s Airport Director says the city will by paying $194,590 towards the project. The rest of the cost, almost $3.7 million, will be covered by grant funding. While the work taking place is expected to be significant, flights will still be coming in and out of Kirksville throughout the 120 day project.

 

BICENTENNIAL KATY TRAIL RIDE CANCELLED DUT TO RECENT FLOODING

Due to the widespread damage caused by flooding that occurred along the Missouri River in July, Missouri State Parks has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Bicentennial Katy Trail Ride set for Aug. 7th, 2021.  Approximately 100 miles of Katy Trail State Park were damaged by recent flooding, including washouts, bridge damage, downed trees, debris, silt accumulation and inconsistent trail surfacing. The Missouri State Parks team is and has been working on repair daily; however, additional time is needed to restore the trail to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.  For more information, visit mostateparks.com or call Missouri State Parks toll-free at 800-334-6946.

 

BICENTENNIAL QUILT SHOWING

The official Missouri State Parks Bicentennial Quilt is traveling across the state and will be in the Trenton area in September. The quilt will be on display at Crowder State Park's office Monday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Sept. 16. Stop by to view this beautiful quilt from 1 pm to 6 pm. The Crowder State Park office also has a variety of Missouri bicentennial souvenirs, Missouri souvenirs, Crowder State Park souvenirs and nature guidebooks for sale.

 

DURHAM NAMED TO SECOND TERM

Kyle Durham of Norborne, Mo. was named to a second term as the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council’s chairman following a vote today by the board of directors. In that role, he leads the 13-farmers elected to oversee Missouri’s soybean checkoff investments. This will be Durham’s second and final one-year term as the Council’s chairman. He was first elected to the role during the board of directors’ summer 2020 meeting. Durham’s leadership team was also re-elected to a second term. The executive board for the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council includes Durham, as well as vice-chairman Aaron Porter, a soybean farmer from Dexter, Mo., and secretary/treasurer Mark Lehenbauer of Palmyra, Mo. Soybean farmer Robert Alpers of Prairie Home, Mo. led the nomination process.

 

KETCHAM CENTER FLOOR RESURFACING BEGINS JULY 30TH

The Ketcham Community Center on the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton, MO, will be resurfacing the gym floor July 30-August 1 for the yearly varnish treatment. KCC will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 30, and remain closed July 31-August 1. The Ketcham Center will reopen for regular hours on Monday, August 2, for track, cardio, and strength machines. The gym floor will continue to be inaccessible through August 9th.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The Chillicothe Police Department reports …

      

July 26,  2021

 




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07/27/2021

STEELVILLE MAN SHOT BY RELATIVE AFTER FORCED ENTRY INTO RESIDENCE NEAR CENTRALIA

Sunday morning, July 25, 2021 around 12:44 a.m., Boone County Sheriff deputies responded to 23000 block of Schunemeyer Rd near Centralia to investigate a suspicious person incident at a residence. Deputies were advised by Boone County Joint Communications the caller reported someone, unknown to the caller, was walking around the property threatening him and hitting the windows of the residence. The caller also advised Boone County Joint Communications he was hiding inside the residence and there was another person in the residence with him. Boone County Joint Communications then lost contact and could not reconnect with the caller. Upon arrival deputies observed the front door of the residence to be open and a person, later identified as Brandon Harrison age 32 of Steelville, exited the residence. Harrison was bleeding and it was determined he had been shot.  The male, who was the original caller, and a female acquaintance who was present were located nearby. The investigation revealed that Harrison and the caller are relatives, and the female who was present is Harrison’s estranged girlfriend. It is believed that Harrison traveled from Steelville, Missouri, to “remove” the female from the residence and forced entry into the residence. Information obtained indicated that once Harrison was inside the residence he encountered and assaulted the caller, who was armed with a firearm, and the caller shot Harrison during the incident. Harrison was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Harrison was later released and arrested for the following charges. One count of Burglary 1st Degree and Two counts Domestic Assault 4th Degree

 

MOBERLY WOMAN ARRESTED ON TWO FELONY WARRENTS SATURDAY

On Saturday July 24, 2021 at 12:07 AM an officer with the Moberly Police Department conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of S Morley St. During the traffic stop contact was made with a passenger, 33 year old Kayla Henry, of Moberly. Henry was found to have the following two active warrants for her arrest. Failure to Appear on the original charge of Stealing a Motor Vehicle (Class B Felony) and Tampering with a motor vehicle (Class D Felony) / Bond: $10,000 cash only and Failure to appear on two counts of Possession of a controlled substance (Class D Felony) / Bond: $10,000 cash only . Henry was unable to post the required $20,000 cash only bond and was transported to the Randolph County Justice Center.

HINKSON CREEK ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE THIS WEEK

The City of Columbia announced the closure of the bridge on Hinkson Creek Road. It will be closed on July 28th and 29th.The closure is due to a large pile of trees under the bridge. A contractor for the city is going to remove the trees and associated debris.  The bridge will be closed from 7 am to 7 pm on both Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

TROOP B SEEKING PARTICIPANTS FOR COMMUNITY ALLIANCE PROGRAM

Captain Erik A. Gottman, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, MO, announces Troop B is seeking individuals interested in attending Troop B’s 16th Community Alliance Program. The Community Alliance Program will begin on Monday, September 13, 2021, and will be hosted at the Hannibal Career and Technical Center in Hannibal. Participants will meet for 10 consecutive Monday evenings. The Community Alliance Program is a unique opportunity for citizens to gain insight and understanding of the training and many duties of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. It offers an opportunity to meet and interact with troopers and civilian employees of the Patrol. Classroom and practical instruction will cover various topics, including firearms, traffic stops, traffic crash and criminal investigations, polygraph examinations, and driving while intoxicated enforcement. Participants will also participate in a ride-along with a trooper during the program. The program will culminate with an awards ceremony held at and sponsored by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s CDL Supersite, 4725 Ready Mix Road, Hannibal, MO 63401. The class size will be limited to 18 people and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis following a criminal record check. Anyone interested in or seeking further information about the program is encouraged to contact Corporal Justin S. Dunn at (660) 385-2132. The public can apply to attend the program by going to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website at www.statepatrol.dps.mo.gov and click on the Services icon. After clicking on Services, click Community/Student Alliance under Program Information and the available programs page will open. Applications will be accepted until the class is filled.

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The Chillicothe Poilce Department reports …

       Sunday, July 15th, 2021

Officers responded to 43 calls for service on Sunday, July 25th, 2021.

 




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07/26/2021

HOT WEATHER CONDITIONS TO CONTINUE

The National Weather Service says the hot weather pattern will remain with us through most of this week. Heat indices are expected to rise to 95-100 degrees this afternoon and into the 95-105 degree category Tuesday through Friday in most of our areas. . Non-severe thunderstorms are also possible today south of I-70 for the most part. A slightly better chance of showers and thunderstorms is in the forecast beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday for most all of us.

 

JUVENILE DRIVER FROM MENDON INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

A 16 year old female juvenile from Mendon sustained moderate injuries after the car she was driving traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times in Chariton County at 1 am Saturday morning. The crash happened on Route C at Rodeo Drive, 5 miles east of Mendon. The driver was transported by private auto to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment. The Brookfield Police Department provided assistance.

 

ATV ACCIDENT RESULTS IN INJURIES FOR IOWA MAN

The patrol investigated an ATV accident in Putnam County Saturday afternoon at 1:15 PM. The incident happened on Wildflower Drive, 3 miles north of Unionville. 41 year old Dennis Anderson of Bondurant, Iowa was the driver and the ATV overturned onto the roadway and the driver was ejected. Anderson sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville by private vehicle. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

 

MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY SATURDAY

A Seymour, Indiana man was seriously injured at 11:25 am Saturday morning in Montgomery County. The patrol said 68 year old Ronald Kleber was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after his westbound motorcycle travelled off Interstate 70 at the 168 mile marker and overturned multiple times, ejecting the driver. Troopers were assisted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOOTING ON DOVE DRIVE SATURDAY

At approximately 8:06 p.m. on Saturday night, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 3300 block of Dove Dr. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim with a serious gunshot wound and called for EMS to assist.  The male victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of those injuries. Columbia Police say there is no suspect description available at this time, but since this is an ongoing incident, more may become available later and if you know something, say something! Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

COVID-19 STATEWIDE NUMBERS

Statewide, Missouri now has a seven day COVID-19 positivity rate of 14.7 as of Sunday. The increase in positivity comes along with 1,253 additional confirmed cases bringing the total to 557,109 since the start of pandemic. Health officials also recorded 367 new probable cases with a total number of 106,018 antigen test results being positive. No new deaths were recorded Sunday. DHSS has recorded a total of 9,557 deaths in the state since the start of the virus.




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07/23/2021

DANGEROUS HEAT BUILDING INTO THE AREA

The National Weather Service says dangerous heat will build into the area this weekend and likely persist through late next week.  An Excessive Heat Warning is already in effect for the KC Metro from today through Wednesday evening of next week.  Heat indices in the 100 to 105 range expected this weekend through late next week. By Sunday, most of our listening area will be experiencing heat indices of 100 or so and Low temperatures will only fall into the 70s overnight providing little relief from the heat for those without air conditioning. The National Weather Service says above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation can be expected for the end of July into early August.

 

 JUVENILE FROM CAIRO INJURED IN MONROE COUNTY CRASH THURSDAY

The patrol reports a 16 year old male from Cairo was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Monroe County on Route K, four miles northwest of Madison at 2:40 pm Thursday. According to the report the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway , overturned and came to rest on its wheels. The driver was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

 

EMERGENCY ROAD CLOSURE IN MONROE COUNTY

The Missouri Department of Transportation is working to repair a culvert and slide on Route U about 1 mile from Missouri Route 107.  "The road has collapsed and the area around it is unstable, so an emergency closure is in place and it will remain closed until MoDot can determine the next step toward a solution. While a definite time frame for the closure has not been determined, it is likely to be months before the road can reopen.  The detour around the closure is to use Missouri Route 107 to U.S. Route 24 or Missouri Route 154.

 

SUMMER IS BUSY TIME FOR MODOT WITH VARIOUS ROAD PROJECTS

The Missouri Department of Transportation’s project to improve the driving surface of Missouri Route 740 (Stadium Boulevard) in Columbia will impact entrance and exit ramps at Interstate 70 over several evenings next week. The I-70 eastbound exit ramp and the westbound entrance ramp will both be closed on July 26 and 27. In addition, two of the three northbound lanes of Stadium Boulevard will be closed on July 26, with one lane of northbound Stadium to be closed on July 27. The I-70 westbound exit ramp and eastbound entrance ramp will be closed July 28 and 29. In addition, two of the three southbound lanes of Stadium Boulevard will be closed on July 28, with one lane of southbound Stadium to be closed on July 29. Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Message boards will detour I-70 motorists around the Stadium Boulevard ramp closures, via the West Boulevard interchange. Weather permitting, July 26-27, MoDOT crews will be performing roadwork on Route FF in Montgomery County. The route will be closed from Bellville Road to New Truxton Road between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily while work is being completed. Starting Monday, July 26, crews will close Missouri Route 11 at Steer Creek, located 4.7 miles east of U.S. Route 63 near Kirksville, for bridge replacement. Widel, Inc., of Blackwater, Missouri, was awarded the project in the amount of $530,771. They have 75 days to complete this project.  Other payment improvement projects are scheduled for Adair, Schuyler and Macon counties. For a complete list of work projects, impacts to motorists and more, visit MoDot.com for more information. 

 

10TH ANNUAL RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE IN MEMORY OF ZACK CUPP JULY 31ST IN MARCELINE

The American Red Cross is teaming up with family and friends and Marceline Fire and Rescue for the 10th consecutive year to host a blood drive in memory of Zach Cupp on Saturday, July 31, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walsworth Community Center, 124 E. Ritchie, in Marceline.  In August 2012, Zach Cupp was only 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident. After the crash, he received several pints of blood during surgery. Zach’s parents, Matt and Laurie Cupp, have organized annual blood drives in his memory as a way of giving back to the community. They hope the efforts of drawing awareness to blood donations inspires others to donate for patients in need. Nearly 1,050 units of lifesaving blood have been donated over the past nine years, including a personal best 191 donations at last year’s drive. Right now, the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment at this drive to prevent further impact to patients. As a thank you, everyone who attempts to donate blood will receive a special-edition St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt, while supplies last, a $10 Amazon.com gift card code, and will be entered to win free gas for a year (a $5,000 value) - incentives are not transferable nor readily converted to cash.  




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ADAIR, MACON & RANDOLPH IDENTIFIED AS COVID HOTSPOTTwitter Share IconEmail Share Icon

On Wednesday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued a COVID-19 Hotspot advisory for people living in Adair, Macon and Randolph counties which includes the Cities of Kirksville, Macon and Moberly. According to the advisory, the Delta variant is thought to be the major cause of the increase. In the past 14 days, there have been 69 new reported cases in Adair County, 39 in Macon and 75 in Randolph.   The department expects the disease to spread northeast from southwestern and central Missouri along the U.S. Highway 63 corridor. Getting vaccinated is the single most effective thing people can do to avoid getting the disease, and that all approved vaccines are very effective, even against new variants. According to the advisory, Adair County has a vaccination rate of 33%, Macon 28% and Randolph 24%. The statewide average is 40.4%. DHSS says the vaccine protects people from getting sick, keeps those who do get sick from getting severely sick, and is free. To get a vaccine, contact your county health department or visit covidvaccine.mo.gov or vaccines.gov.

 

FITZWATER BOND REDUCTION DENIED – PRELIMINARY HEARING SET FOR SEPTEMBER 10TH

Judge Gebhardt on Wednesday denied bond and set a September 10th preliminary hearing date for Jerry Fitzwater, age 79,  of Moberly. Fitzwater is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon in the July 8th shooting death of Mitchell Nickerson. Stephanie Luntsford, Randolph County Prosecutor and the victims daughter, Brittany Nickerson both asked the judge for no bond . Luntsford said Fitzwater may not be a flight risk but his previous threats to shoot people in the neighboring house could put him and others in danger. Fitzwater is accused of shooting Nickerson outside the house while Nickerson was working on a vehicle. Fitzwater’s Defense attorney asked the judge for a $400,000 bond and said the Randolph County Sheriff's Office worries about Fitzwater in jail because of his health.

 

 JURY TRIAL FOR KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER

 A jury trial is scheduled for later this year for a Kirksville man charged with murder in the