04/18/14

 

PURDIN MAN DEAD AFTER THURSDAY ACCIDENT   

The highway patrol says a Purdin man died, when he suffered a medical condition while driving on a Linn County road, Thursday evening.  77 year old Jerry J. Barrows, of Purdin, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, at around 5:45pm on Globe Road, about five miles north of Linneus.  The patrol says Barrows was eastbound when he suffered a medical emergency.  His vehicle ran off the roadway and went through a fence. 

  

THREE AREA SUSPECTS WANTED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY   

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has added three area residents to their most-wanted list.  31 year old Penny Evans, of Chillicothe, is wanted on an active warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance.  18 year old David Ray Gamble, of Chillicothe, is being sought after failing to appear in court on felony a charge of tampering with a motor vehicle.   28 year old Richard Elliot Lee, of Trenton is wanted on a felony theft charge.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, or your local law enforcement agency. 

  

TWO MOBERLY RESIDENTS SENTENCED TO PRISON  

Two Moberly residents have been sentenced to prison, in connection with a recent federal drug investigation.  58 year old Gary Weis, of Moberly, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday.  53 year old Jessie L. Judy, of Moberly, was sentenced to three years in December.  Both had pleaded guilty, in federal court, to charges of distribution of meth, between October of 2011 and July of last year.  The case was investigated by the FBI, Moberly Police, the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  

  

FOUR ARRESTED IN BOONE COUNTY DRUG INVESTIGATION 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested four suspects Thursday morning, after a pair of search warrants were served, as part of a drug investigation.  38 year old Robert Jones, 37 year old Daria Littleton and 31 year old Jennifer Whithaus, all of Columbia, were taken into custody for possession of a controlled substance, after a search warrant was served on Austin Avenue in Columbia.  A second search warrant in rural Boone County resulted in the arrest of 51 year old Jack Heaston, of Columbia, for distribution of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and possession of an illegal weapon. 

  

MISSING JEFFERSON CITY GIRL FOUND SAFE   

Jefferson City Police say an eight year old girl, who was the subject of an endangered person advisory Thursday night, has been found safe in the St. Louis area.  The advisory was issued after the girl’s aunt and non-custodial mother apparently picked her up from Jefferson City’s West Elementary School Thursday afternoon.  A school surveillance video shows the girl struggling to get away after seeing her mother in the car.  The child was found safe in the St. Louis area overnight and is in the custody of the St. Louis Police Department. 




04/17/14

 

BHS ALUMNI ANNOUNCE HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 

The Brookfield High School Alumni Association has announced two inductees for the BHS Hall of Fame, this summer.  Mrs. Jane Chick and Dr. Gary G. Forrest will be inducted at the Annual Alumni Weekend Banquet, Saturday July 12, in the Brookfield High School Gym.  Mrs. Chick taught French and choral music at BHS for 34 years and served as the High School Student Council Advisor for more than twenty of those years.  She passed away in 2011.  Dr. Forrest is a 1961 BHS graduate, who has become an internationally known clinical psychologist.  He currently heads the Psychotherapy Associates, P.D. and Institute for Addictive Behavioral Change in Colorado Springs.  Tickets for the July 12 banquet are available now.  Complete details on plans for the BHS Alumni weekend are available online at bhsmoalumni.com.  

  

A.T. STILL INDUCTED IN HALL OF FAMOUS MISSOURIANS 

More than 250 faculty, staff and students from A.T. Still University in Kirksville were in Jefferson City Wednesday as the university’s namesake, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, was inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians.  The late Dr. Still is recognized as the father of osteopathic medicine, and founded the American School of Osteopathy, now A.T. Still University, in 1892.  Still’s great-grandchildren were also on-hand for the induction ceremony, which was held in the Missouri House Chamber.  Still’s bust will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda. 

  

DOWNTOWN MARCELINE PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED 

A public meeting to discuss downtown revitalization efforts in Marceline has been scheduled for next week.  The public is invited to a town hall meeting next Thursday, April 24, at 6pm at the Walsworth Community Center.  The meeting will be hosted by Downtown Marceline, a local organization affiliated with the Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc.   The public is urged to attend, next Thursday evening at the Walsworth Community Center. 

  

SUSPECT IN PASSIONS ROBBERY ARRESTED

A Columbia man is in custody and facing charges, in connection with Sunday night’s armed robbery at the Passions Adult Entertainment Store in Columbia.  Police arrested 35 year old Derrick Orlando Webster on Tuesday.  Webster is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action, along with a weapons charge.  Police say Webster was identified from surveillance footage and that the victim also picked him out of a lineup. 

  

MONTGOMERY CITY BANK ROBBED WEDNESDAY 

Multiple law enforcement agencies are investigating a Wednesday morning robbery at the First Branch Bank in Montgomery City.  Police say it occurred at around 9:30am, when a suspect approached a teller, indicated that he was armed, and demanded cash.  He fled the scene in a small black car.  Investigators are reviewing surveillance photos to develop a complete description of the suspect.  Multiple agencies are investigating.  Anyone with information can call Montgomery County authorities or the highway patrol. 




04/16/14

 

MACON COUNTY AUTHORITIES REPORT ARRESTS 

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has released details on three recent arrests. 

27 year old Kyle A. Darr, of Callao is accused of third-degree assault and resisting arrest, after deputies responded to a disturbing the peace call in Callao on Friday.  Authorities say Darr was highly intoxicated and threatened to assault an individual…then struggled with deputies who were attempting to arrest him.  He is free on $2,500 dollars bond. 

39 year old David A Farland, Jr. was arrested last Friday for unlawful possession of prescription medication.  The arrest was the result of an ongoing theft investigation.  Deputies say Farland admitted possessing Clonazepam without a prescription.  He is free on $4,500 dollars bond. 

38 year old Bradley D. Whitezell of Atlanta was arrested on March 30 for trespassing and assault on a law enforcement officer.  Deputies responded to an alleged trespassing incident in Atlanta.  They say Whitezell was intoxicated and refusing to leave the property.  He also allegedly assaulted a transporting deputy, en route to the Macon County Jail.  He is free on $4,500 dollars bond. 

  

PATROL ARRESTS MARCELINE MAN   

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Marceline man on a warrant for felony statutory sodomy and child molestation.  49 year old Damon Werteen, of Marceline, was arrested Tuesday afternoon.  He is being held in the Chariton County Jail on a 24-hour hold, pending the filing of formal charges.  No further information on the investigation has been released, as of yet. 

  

TWO DEADLY ACCIDENTS TUESDAY AFTERNOON 

The highway patrol reports a pair of deadly accidents in Mid-Missouri, Tuesday afternoon.  38 year old Jason Kennedy, of Osage Beach, was killed while trying to pass another vehicle on North Ozark Drive.  His vehicle collided with another car head-on.  25 year old Nickie Sandidge, of Fortuna, died on Highway 87, just south of California.  The patrol says she was driving southbound in the northbound lane when her vehicle topped a hill and struck a tractor-trailer head-on. 




04/15/14

 

KIRKSVILLE TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH 

A Kirksville teenager was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on Route 6, just west of Kirksville, Monday afternoon.  18 year old Ashlyn M. Billington, of Kirksville, was the driver of a westbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the highway, struck several trees and a creek embankment, coming to rest in the creek.  She was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital. 

  

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN BROWNING AREA COLLISION     

A Monday evening collision on Highway 5, just north Browning, injured both drivers.  The patrol says 74 year old Barbara Scott, of Browning, slowed to make a left turn when her car was struck in the rear by another car, driven by 24 year old Larry J. Oder, of Purdin.  Scott was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries.  Oder refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE WORKING THEFT INVESTIGATION   

Chillicothe Police have released details on an investigation into the recent theft of several ballistic vests and other law-enforcement related items from an uninhabited residence of a state law enforcement officer.  The investigation resulted in the recovery of several stolen items, including six ballistic vests valued at $3,000 dollars.  Matthew Case and Eric Wells have been charged with felony possession of stolen property.  Wells is in custody but Matthew Case remains at large and is wanted on an active Livingston County warrant.  Kyle Case was also arrested on a charge of felony possession of drug paraphernalia.  Investigators say two other suspects await the filing of formal charges. 

  

KNOX COUNTY MAN FOUND NOT GUILTY OF MURDER     

A Knox County man was found not guilty last week, in the 2012 shooting death of his neighbor.  A Randolph County jury found Glenn Head, of Novelty, not guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 76 year old William ‘Bill’ Bacon.  Head had admitted shooting Bacon during an altercation between the two neighbors.  Head, who is a former St. Louis police officer, claimed it was an act of self-defense.  The jury deliberated about an hour and a half before returning the not guilty verdict. 

  

NO INJURIES IN MEXICO SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT   

Mexico police report no injuries in a Monday afternoon accident involving a Mexico Public School bus.  Officers say the bus was southbound on Clark Street in Mexico when it struck the rear of a car.  They say the bus driver was distracted by a student on the bus, just prior to the accident.  No one was injured. 

  

COLUMBIA MANHUNT LEADS TO ARREST

Columbia Police have released details on a Sunday night manhunt, which resulted in the arrest of a Columbia man who ran from a traffic stop.  They say officers pulled over a vehicle after police believed the driver matched the description in Sunday night’s armed robbery at the Passions Adult Store.  The driver ran from the vehicle and officers found a loaded handgun that had been defaced, on the driver’s seat.  Porter was arrested early Monday morning and will face charges of possessing the firearm and resisting arrest.  Police say Porter is not the suspect in the Passion’s robbery.  That investigation is still underway and a suspect is being sought. 




04/14/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR BRUNSWICK TEEN  

A Brunswick teenager was seriously injured in a Saturday night collision in Cass County.  18 year old Kaley McGill, of Brunswick, was taken to St. Luke’s Plaza after the accident.  The other driver, 18 year old Ashley Hart of Grandview, went to Research Hospital with serious injuries.  The accident occurred just after 5pm Saturday on a Cass County road.  The patrol says the Grandview teen’s northbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and became airborne…then came back on the road and collided with McGill’s southbound car. 

 

GALLATIN WOMAN INJURED IN 4-WHEELER COLLISION 

A Gallatin woman was seriously injured when her four-wheeler collided with a pickup on a county road, just north of Gallatin.  The accident occurred Saturday evening at around 6:45pm.  The patrol says 26 year old Elysia Stone, of Gallatin, was the driver of the ATV.  She was southbound and the pickup was northbound, driven by 51 year old Barney Esbeck, of Gallatin.  Stone was ejected from the ATV when it was struck in the side.  She was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. 

 

POLO ATV DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED      

A Polo driver was seriously injured in an ATV accident in Polo Saturday night.  21 year old Nikolas Allen, of Polo, was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15pm.  The patrol says his four-wheeler was eastbound on Maple Street when he lost control.  It ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

TRENTON MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT 

A Trenton motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries when his motorcycle skidded and overturned on Route 190, just west of Chillicothe, Friday evening.  20 year old Justin Knapp, of Trenton, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 5pm.  He was ejected from the motorcycle when it skidded off the highway. 

 

SLATER MOTORYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED

A Slater motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident on a Saline County roadway, just after 7pm Saturday.  39 year old Michael Blumhorst, of Slater, was flown by Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says he lost control of his northbound motorcycle and was partially ejected when it overturned. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH   

A Columbia man was killed in an early-Sunday morning accident on Richland Road.  It occurred at around 4:40am.  39 year old Dennis Mctye, of Columbia, died in the accident.  Police say he was westbound when his car ran off the road, struck a utility pole and overturned. 

 

ARMED ROBBERY AT PASSIONS ADULT STORE  

Columbia Police are on the lookout for a suspect in an armed robbery, which occurred late Sunday night at the Passions Adult Store.  Shortly after the robbery, officers pulled over a suspect vehicle on Paris Road.  A passenger in the vehicle was arrested, but the driver fled the scene on foot.  Officers were able to track down that suspect, but investigators have determined he was not involved in the robbery.  They’re still looking for a black male suspect, around 30 years of age, about six feet tall with a medium build. 

 

SATURDAY NIGHT SHOOTING INJURES ONE 

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident in the central city area, which resulted in gunshot wounds to one victim.  Police say an 18 year old male was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after the shooting.  They say reports indicated multiple shots were fired from a car on West Worley Street, just after 9pm Saturday.  The victim was sitting in another vehicle when he was hit.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline. 




04/11/14

 

THREE HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION 

Three persons were injured in a collision on Highway 63, near the Kirksville Regional Airport, Thursday afternoon.  It occurred at around 3:45pm.  The patrol says 28 year old Karissa Clark, of Kirksville pulled into the path of a southbound car driven by 59 year old Wanda J. Garrett, of La Plata.  Garrett and her passenger, 61 year old Bobby Greenstreet, of La Plata, were both treated for moderate injuries.  Clark was treated for minor injuries.  All three were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

HERM EDWARDS TO SPEAK AT TRUMAN STATE 

Former Kansas City Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards will visit Truman State University this weekend, as part of the Holman Family Distinguished Speakers Series.  Edwards, who is now an in-studio analyst for ESPN, will take the stage Saturday evening at 8pm in Baldwin Hall Auditorium.   He’ll talk about the need to create a life plan, the importance of service to your community and having integrity in everything you do.  Complimentary tickets for the event can be picked up at Truman’s Information Desk, the Public Relations Office, the Student Activities Board Office, or at Edna Campbell’s in downtown Kirksville. 

  

GENE WATSON MAKES DELAYED CHILLICOTHE APPEARANCE

A Chillicothe Area Arts Council presentation that was cancelled in December, due to an ice storm, will be held Sunday afternoon.  Country music star Gene Watson and his Farewell Party Band will perform at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center, beginning at 3pm.  Advance tickets are on sale this week at the arts office.  All tickets sold for Watson’s December performance will be honored Sunday afternoon. 

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN EARLY-MORNING CRASH

A Columbia motorcyclist was killed in an accident near Rangeline and Vandiver Drive, early Thursday morning.  Police say 39 year old Gabriel Small, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 2:30am.  The patrol says he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from the bike as it overturned. 

  

MIZZOU ATHLETE ARREST UPDATES    

University of Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith has dismissed Louisville transfer Zach Price from the Mizzou basketball team, after his arrest last week.  Price was arrested after two alleged incidents of assault against an unnamed male victim and his girlfriend.  A restraining order, filed by Mizzou basketball senior Earnest Ross last week, indicates that Ross felt threatened by Price and described incidents that were similar to the police report.  Price faces multiple assault charges. 

Columbia Police say no charges will be filed against Mizzou football player Dorial Green-Beckham, after a separate incident last week.  Green-Beckham remains suspended indefinitely from the Missouri football team, after allegations that he forced his way into an apartment to find his girlfriend. 




04/10/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION 

A Kirksville man has been sentenced to 15 years after pleading guilty to one count of child molestation.  30 year old  Danny Ray Barnes, of Kirksville, pled guilty in January.  His 15 year sentence was handed down this week.  Five of those years will be served under supervised probation.  Barnes was charged in connection with an incident involving a child under the age of 14. 

 

DOG SHOT IN WHEELING 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating, after a report of a dog being shot in Wheeling this week.  Monday afternoon, the person who shot the dog called in to report it to the sheriff’s office.  That person claims the pitbull-type dog was running loose on his or her property and that it charged at the property-owner.  The dog is being treated by an area vet and is expected to recover.  Authorities say a previous incident on that same property involved a different dog from the same owner being shot.  The incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY  

Spring and summer means ‘Relay for Life’ season around many of our area communities.  The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Adair County will be held Saturday afternoon thru Saturday night, indoors at the Kirksville Primary School.  Opening ceremonies will begin at 1pm, followed by a survivor’s lap.  A second survivor’s lap will be held at 6pm, a Luminary Ceremony begins at 9pm and the Relay will continue until 1am Sunday.  Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the festivities, Saturday afternoon and evening at the Kirksville Primary School.  All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. 

 

FAYETTE MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH CMU LOCKDOWN  

A Fayette man has been charged in connection with last week’s campus lockdown at Central Methodist University.  21 year old Brian M. Baxter, of Fayette, is charged with a Class D felony of making a terrorist threat.  Court documents accuse Baxter of knowingly causing the lockdown by making a false report to authorities about an armed man walking on the CMU campus.  The telephone report, last Thursday evening, caused the campus to be locked down for several hours. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY POLICE REPORT 29 ARRESTS    

Jefferson City Police and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force have completed a total of 29 arrests on various drug charges, during a ‘Spring roundup’.   Officers say 14 arrests were made within the past few weeks, generating several search warrants, which were served last week   Those searches netted 15 more arrests.  Nine of those suspects were charged with possession or distribution of heroin.  The arrests also include charges for possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ‘TAKE BACK” EVENT APRIL 26    

Several Randolph County agencies will co-sponsor a prescription drug take back event in the Moberly area, later this month.  The Drug ‘Take Back’ event will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10am to 2pm, at two locations….Sam’s Health Mart on Highway 24 and at the Moberly Police Department.  The event is sponsored by Sam’s, Moberly Police and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department.   Expired, unneeded or unwanted prescription drugs can be turned in for safe disposal during the event, on Saturday, April 26. 




04/09/14

 

LINN COUNTY MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS 

Voters in the Marceline School District gave 80 percent approval to a $4 million dollar ‘no-tax-increase’ bond issue.  Voters also approved the continuation of a half-cent countywide sales tax and a quarter-cent City of Brookfield sales tax issue.  Don Fuhrhop and Ed Heckman won re-election to the Brookfield City Council.  Marceline City Council seats went to John Carver and Jacob Gordon.  Two Linn County R-1 School Board seats were decided, with Rachel Neal and Chad Gooch leading that race.  Laclede Alderman-At-Large seats were won by Russell Hobbs and Shawn Smith.  The City of Linneus said ‘no’ to its question of changing tax collector to an appointed position.   

 

MACON COUNTY ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS  

Macon County voters said a resounding ‘yes’ to a pair of sales tax issues which will fund the construction and operation of a new Macon County Jail.  Propositions one and two both passed by more than a 75% margin, providing a combined ¾ cent sales tax for law enforcement.  Callao voters approved a new Callao Fire Protection District, along with a 40 cent property tax levy to fund its operation. Macon School Board seats were won by Bill Noyes, Kevin Linear and Christian Abernatha.  Atlanta school board seats went to Nathan Young, Cory Hatcher and Suzanne Forquer.  Macon City Council seats went to Ernie Lea, Jim L. Stevenson and Jerold Carr.  Lois Bragg was elected mayor of LaPlata. 

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS   

Randolph County voters narrowly passed a proposition that will consolidate county facilities in Huntsville.  The measure unofficially passed by just 73 votes, out of nearly 2,500 votes cast, a 51.4% margin.  Bob Riley defeated James Harlan for a Moberly City Council seat.  Westran School Board seats went to Brent Harlan, Dean Minor and Michael Harvey.  Full-term seats on the Northeast R-4 School Board were won by Kimberly Devenport Gittemeier, Mark Stroppel and Chris Harman, who edged Donna Farris David by just six votes for the third spot.  A one-year term on the Northeast R-4 Board went to Renee Gruenloh Hale.  In the Moberly Special Road District race, David Ross edged Ted Sander by 21 votes.  Carl E. Gordy was elected Mayor of Huntsville, Robert J. Ashworth won the Higbee Mayor’s race and Ethel Torri and Amy J. Pottebaum won seats on the Higbee Board of Aldermen.  

 

ADAIR COUNTY ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

Richard ‘Rick’ Steele and Jerry M. Mills were the top two vote-getters in the Kirksville City Council race.  Kirksville voters approved the continuation of a half-cent sales tax for transportation, by a three to one margin.  Three seats on the Kirksville R-3 School Board were decided, with Judy Duden, Nan Davis and Greg Gordon leading the way.  Brashear School Board seats went to Traci Hill, Alissa Garlock and Keith L. Turner.  The Novinger School Board race was led by Melissa Billington, Richard Morelock and Troy Smith, by just three votes over Sharon Barnes. 

 

COLUMBIA SCHOOL ISSUE PASSES       

Columbia voters approved a $50 million dollar school bond issue, which will help fund a new elementary school and other improvements and upgrades.  The issue received nearly 64 percent approval, out of more than 11,000 votes cast.  Columbia school board seats were won by Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade.  Ginny Chadwick won with Columbia City Council Ward 1 race.  The Boone County Fire Protection District also won approval of a bond issue, totaling $14 million dollars, with nearly a 3 to 1 margin.  The Harrisburg School District passed a $2 million dollar bond issue to fund security improvements. 




04/08/14

 

VOTE TODAY – MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION UNDERWAY 

The polls are open this morning for today’s Municipal General Election.  A number of city government and school board races are on today’s ballot around the area.  There are also several significant school and community bond and tax levy issues being decided today.  Everyone is urged to exercise your right to vote in today’s election.  The polls will remain open until 7pm.  If you’re not sure where to vote, you can contact your local election officials or the county clerk’s office.  We’ll provide live election results coverage on KZBK and KLTI this evening, beginning at around 8pm. 

  

KIRKSVILLE PROPANE LEAK CAUSES EVACUATION    

A propane gas leak, Monday afternoon, prompted the evacuation of a tire repair shop in Kirksville.  Emergency crews responded to Hunter Tire in Kirksville at around 2:45pm.  Officials say the leak, of about 400 gallons of propane, originated from a tank that is used to fill portable propane tanks for barbecue grills.  A section of Baltimore Street was blocked off and traffic rerouted for about 45 minutes, while the leak was contained.

  

EMERGENCY WORK PLANNED ON EASTBOUND 36  

MoDOT crews have announced plans to close both eastbound lanes of Highway 36, near a median crossing just east of Macon, for emergency repairs later this month.  Unexpected settling of the pavement has caused a significant dip in the roadway at that location.  A work zone has all ready been set up to divert traffic into the driving lane only and crews are working to improve crossovers near the Ethanol Plant in preparation for the closure.  Traffic on eastbound 36, east of Macon, will be detoured onto the westbound lanes for up to three weeks, beginning as soon as next week. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING FORCIBLE RAPE 

Columbia Police are investigating a report of a forcible rape in a downtown parking garage, over the weekend.  The 21 year old female victim told police she had left a bar and walked alone to the parking garage, just before 2am Saturday, when she was forced into her car and sexually assaulted by a male suspect.  Investigators say they are reviewing footage from the garage’s surveillance system to attempt to identify a suspect.  He is described as a white male, about 5-10 and 170 pounds, with short dark blonde or light brown hair, thick eyebrows.  He was wearing jeans and a long sleeve button-up shirt.  Anyone with information is urged to call crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




04/07/14

 

TINA DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT   

A Tina driver escaped with minor injuries after her vehicle overturned off a Livingston County highway, Sunday afternoon.  26 year old Kelsey Brown, of Tina, was treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says she was southbound on Route Z, just south of Chillicothe, when she swerved to avoid a vehicle parked in the roadway.  Her car ran off the road, and overturned once, coming to rest on its top. 

 

TRENTON WOMAN TREATED AFTER SUNDAY CRASH  

A Trenton driver was treated for minor injuries after her car ran off Highway 63 and overturned, just north of Chillicothe, Sunday afternoon.  63 year old Nancy Slonecker, of Trenton, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says her car ran off the highway, struck a driveway and became airborne, then impacted the ground and overturned. 

 

MACON COUNTY DRUG ARREST LAST WEEK   

A report of a suspicious vehicle in LaPlata resulted in drug charges against a Kirksville man last week.  Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report, early Tuesday morning, near a construction area.  The driver of the vehicle, 25 year old Levi Sullivan, of Kirksville, was arrested after officers say they detected the presence of marijuana coming from the vehicle.  They say further investigation resulted in the recovery of Xanax and drug paraphernalia.  Sullivan was arrested on multiple possession charges and is free on $10,000 dollars bond. 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG ‘TAKE BACK’EVENTS THIS WEEK      

Area residents are encouraged to clean out your medicine cabinets this week, with a couple of prescription drug ‘Take Back’ events scheduled.  The Linn County Health Department is celebrating Public Health Week with several events, including a Prescription Drug ‘Turn In’ event tomorrow (Tuesday) from 10:30am to 12:30pm, at both the Brookfield and Marceline Nutrition Sites.  Then, on Wednesday, the Sullivan County Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol will hold a similar event at the Milan Nutrition Site, from 10am to 5pm.  All expired, unwanted or unneeded prescription medications can be turned in for safe disposal…in Brookfield and Marceline tomorrow…and in Milan on Wednesday. 

 

THREE ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY     

Three men are in custody after a weekend armed robbery at a Columbia apartment complex.  It occurred just before 4 o’clock Saturday morning at The Reserve.  Police confirm the arrest of 21 year old Brian Collins, 20 year old Jared Hemme and 19 year old Leonardo Neves.   Investigators say Hemme was in an apartment with the female victim when Neves entered the room with a handgun and demanded cash.  The victim says Hemme told her he would go after Neves and get the cash back, but never returned.  All three men face first-degree robbery charges.  Neves is also charged with burglary and armed criminal action. 

 

SHOTS FIRED INTO BOONE COUNTY HOME     

Boone County authorities are investigating a report of shots fired into a home on Ludwick Boulevard, Saturday night.  Deputies were called to the scene at around 10:15pm, where several witnesses reported hearing several shots fired from the roadway.  Evidence confirmed shots were fired into the front of the home.  The victim and her boyfriend were inside at the time, butwere not injures.  Anyone with information is urged to call crimestoppers at (573)875-TIPS. 




04/04/14

 

CMU CAMPUS LOCKED DOWN OVERNIGHT     

The Central Methodist University campus in Fayette is back to normal this morning, after spending some time on lockdown, overnight.  Fayette police say an anonymous caller reported a man with a gun walking near the campus, just after 11pm.  The campus was placed on lockdown while officers investigated.  They say, after a search of the area, the suspect was not found, and the lockdown was lifted, just before 1am this morning.  Witnesses described the man has a white male wearing a white hoodie sweatshirt.  The investigation is continuing. 

 

MORE ON LIVINGSTON COUNTY INVESTIGATION

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has released more information on a total of three arrests made this week at the Dawn Apartments.  Tuesday night, officers arrested Pamela Meyers on an outstanding Higginsville traffic warrant.  While they were there, officers observed one or more persons attempting to hide inside an apartment.  Investigation resulted in the arrest of 43 year old William Thomas Patterson, of Dawn, on a probation and parole warrant…and 45 year old Lora M. Leabo, for alleged possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  Officers secured the scene and obtained multiple search warrants.  They have allegedly seized controlled substances, drug paraphernalia and stolen property from the residence.  Leabo and Patterson have since been formally charged with possession of meth, as the investigation continues. 

 

TWO INJURED IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION  

Drivers from Sturgeon and Columbia were treated for moderate injuries after their vehicles collided on Highway 63 in Boone County, Thursday afternoon.  27 year old Kristina Jones, of Sturgeon and 36 year old Lane Kilgore, of Columbia, were both taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says Jones attempted to cross the southbound lanes of 63 and pulled into the path of Kilgore’s southbound vehicle.  Two children, who were passengers in Jones’ vehicle, were both treated for minor injuries. 

 

MIZZOU BASKETBALL PLAYER ARRESTED  

University of Missouri basketball player Zach Price was arrested twice on Thursday.  The transfer from Louisville, who sat out this past basketball season, was initially arrested early Thursday morning on suspicion of assault and domestic assault.  Investigators say a male and female say their vehicle was struck twice by Price’s vehicle, after an argument between Price and his roommate and a female acquaintance.  He is also accused of physically assaulting the male victim and pushing the female to the ground.  Price was arrested again Thursday afternoon on additional charges of assault and domestic assault. 


04/03/14

 

TWO DRUG ARRESTS AFTER SEARCH WARRANT 

Two Randolph County residents face drug charges after a search warrant was served on Tuesday.  Members of the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Moberly Police and the Highway Patrol executed the search warrant at a home on County Road 2360.  Officers say an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine was seized.  41 year old Samson Gene Hess and 28 year old Elizabeth Lorraine Ashburn are both charged with distribution, delivery, or manufacture of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance.  Both suspects are being held on $75,000 dollars bond. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is involved in a lengthy investigation at the Dawn Apartments, which began Tuesday night, and continued throughout the day on Wednesday.  Authorities say they cannot release details on the investigation as of yet.  They do confirm that two unidentified individuals, who are residents of the Dawn Apartments, have been arrested and that sheriff’s department staff have remained at the location on an active investigation, along with other agencies in the area, since Tuesday evening.  They say the investigation is not related to any kind of assault or injury.  More information is expected to be released on Thursday.  

  

MACON POLICE ARREST TWO FOR FALSE REPORT      

The Macon Police Department reports the arrest of two 21 year old Macon residents on charges of filing a false police report and hindering an investigation into a hit and run accident on March 14.  One of the two suspects was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon for injuries he reported from a hit and run accident on Highway 63, near the Macon County Fairgrounds.  Investigation revealed the injuries were not caused by a hit and run accident and did not occur within the city limits of Macon.  The highway patrol reports 21 year old Brandon Eggenberg was seriously injured when he fell while riding on the hood of a vehicle on a county road southeast of Macon.  That vehicle was driven by 21 year old Destin Green.  Both suspects are free after posting bond. 

  

LAST NIGHT FOR MACON COUNTY JAIL TOURS   

This evening (Thursday) is the final night for tours of the Macon County Jail.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has opened the jail to the public this week, to give area residents a first-hand look at the condition of the facility.  A ¾ cent sales tax issue on the April 8 ballot would be used, in part, to fund construction of a new Macon County Jail.  The public is welcome for tours of the jail this evening, from 6 to 8pm. 




04/02/14

 

28 STUDENTS INJURED AS LEWIS COUNTY BUS OVERTURNS  

Three Lewis County C-1 students were seriously injured, and a total of 28 students were treated at area hospitals, after a school bus overturned, just north of Ewing, Tuesday afternoon.  The patrol says the bus, driven by 62 year old John Logan, of Ewing, was eastbound on Lewis County Route C, when it ran off the roadway and overturned onto its top in a ditch, at around 3:30pm.  Officials say nearly all of the students on the bus were elementary-aged children.  Three students were life-flighted from the scene to Blessing Hospital in Quincy with serious injuries.   Three others were taken to Quincy by ambulance, with moderate injuries.  22 more students and the driver were treated and released for minor injuries at either Quincy or Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Multiple highway patrol troopers were assisted at the scene by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, Lewis County Fire and EMS, LaGrange Police, Fire and EMS, the Clark County Sheriff’s office, Clark County Ambulance and Air Evac. 

  

MADISON SHOOTING WITNESSES IN COURT   

Two witnesses, who are charged with hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence, in connection with the shooting death of a Madison man, were in a Monroe County courtroom Tuesday.  According to court documents, Jessica Munoz, of Moberly, told investigators she was the only other person in the home when 26 year old Zachary Dawson was found shot to death on February 19.  Munoz told the 911 dispatcher Dawson shot himself.  Later, Munoz admitted that Jason Lage, of Fulton was also there.  Investigators say Lage fled the scene after the shooting and admitted to handling the weapon before it was fired.  Both suspects insist Dawson’s shooting was self-inflicted.  Munoz is charged with hindering prosecution and Lage is accused of tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Monroe County authorities are continuing to investigate the case. 




04/01/14

 

FORMER BROOKFIELD MAN PLEADS GUILTY   

A former Brookfield resident pleaded guilty Monday in connection with a 2012 traffic crash, which killed a Columbia woman and seriously injured a Columbia man.  Spencer Gordon, who was 20 at the time of the accident, was accused of driving drunk when he lost control of his car on Providence Road in Columbia, and it collided with the victims’ truck.  24 year old Michelle Morrow died in the accident and the driver of the truck, 22 year old Michael Tufts, remains in a coma.  Gordon pleaded guilty Monday to one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault.  Prosecutors are seeking a seven-year jail term in the case.  Gordon’s attorneys have asked the judge to consider a 559 treatment plan, which would give him a chance to earn probation after 120 days.  Sentencing is set for June 2. 

  

HIBGEE WOMAN CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT  

A Higbee woman has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of stealing approximately $176,000 dollars from Million-Taylor Funeral Home in Moberly, while she served as its office manager.  40 year old Beverly Susan Rene Smith was employed by the funeral home from 2001 to 2012.  She is accused of diverting funeral payments to an escrow account, which she hid from other employees, allowing her to make withdrawals from that account for her personal use.  Smith is charged with wire fraud in the case, which was investigated by the FBI and the Highway Patrol. 

  

ETHEL MOTORCYLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED       

A motorcycle crash Monday night seriously injured an Ethel man.  52 year old Calvin R. Vose, of Ethel, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30pm on Highway 36, just west of Callao.  The patrol says Vose was westbound when his motorcycle struck a dog in the roadway and then skidded off the south side of the road. 

  

GLASGOW MAN HURT AS PICKUP STRIKES MOTORCYCLE       

A Glasgow motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 24 in Salisbury.  78 year old Don Collins, of Glasgow, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 2:45pm.  The patrol says Collins was stopped and waiting to turn onto a city street when his motorcycle was struck in the rear by a pickup, driven by 85 year old Harry Gaw, of Keytesville. 

  

MEXICO WOMAN INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH     

A Mexico woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 54, just south of Mexico, just after midnight this (Tuesday) morning.  27 year old Christine Kidwell, of Mexico, was taken to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 




03/31/14

 

TWO ACCUSED OF BRINGING POT TO MOBERLY CORRECTION CENTER

Two women were arrested over the weekend, after being accused of bringing marijuana to the Moberly Correctional Center.  Moberly Police and the North Missouri Drug Task Force arrested 29 year old Christi H. Bass, of Harrison, Arkansas and 22 year old Jaimie M. Parramore, of Springfield.  Authorities say the women are being held on $75,000 dollars bond after their arrest Saturday.  The women are accused of bringing the marijuana to the Moberly Correctional Facility, where they were visiting an inmate.  Two juveniles were taken into protective custody and turned over to juvenile authorities. 

 

DAWN MAN CHARGED AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT  

A Dawn man is charged with domestic assault, felonious restraint and armed criminal action after an investigation last week by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputies were called to a report of a domestic disturbance at a home in southern Livingston County.  45 year old Robert Rhea Vinson, of Dawn, was arrested and charged in the case.  He is being held in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, on $50,000 dollars bond. 

 

TWO NEMO TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

Two northeast Missouri teenagers were seriously injured when two cars collided on Highway 6, just west of Lewistown, Sunday afternoon.  The patrol says 23 year old Kevin D. Johnston, of New London, was eastbound and attempting to pass another vehicle when his car collided with an oncoming car driven by 45 year old Karol Sharpe, of Lewistown.  A passenger in Johnston’s vehicle…18 year old Miranda Martin, of Hannibal, was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries.  A passenger in Sharpe’s vehicle, her 13 year old son, Colten Sharpe, of Lewistown, was also seriously injured.  He was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital. 

 

HARRISBURG WOMAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 

A Harrisburg woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon motorcycle crash on Howard County Route Y.  The patrol says 47 year old Virgil Farnen, of Harrisburg, was the driver of a southbound motorcycle, struck an animal in the roadway, then ran off the road and struck a tree.  A passenger, 56 year old Julie A. Doerr, of Harrisburg, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF GRABBING DEPUTY’S GUN  

A Columbia man is in custody after allegedly attempting to grab a Boone County Deputy’s gun, in an incident Sunday night.  Deputies were in the 5900 block of Limoges Drive, investigating an unrelated offense, when they say  the suspect approached a deputy and  attempted to take his gun.  The suspect then resisted arrest before he was taken into custody.  Trammond Roberts is charged with assault and resisting arrest and is being held in the Boone County Jail. 

 

GRUNDY COUNTY CONDUCTING STORM RESPONSE SURVEY  

Grundy County Emergency Management authorities are looking for public input on the response to last week’s tornadic thunderstorm activity, which caused significant damage north of Trenton.  Following the first damaging tornado to strike Grundy County since 1977, they’re asking residents to take a short survey, to review response to the storm and develop future plans.  Grundy County residents are asked to visit survey.grundycountymoema.com. 




03/28/14

 

TORNADO DAMAGES HOMES NORTH OF TRENTON    

A tornadic thunderstorm caused damage in Dekalb, Daviess and Grundy Counties, as storms rolled through the area Thursday afternoon.  The most significant damage was reported just after 4pm, north of Trenton, where the roof of a home was removed and the walls heavily damaged, just south of Tindall.  A nearby road and bridge barn also sustained heavy damage.  About ten minutes later, damage was reported to a handful of homes along Highway 65, also north of Trenton.  That same storm prompted reports of a brief tornado touchdown near Maysville in Dekalb County, and damage to at least one home and outbuilding, along with power poles down, just north of Jameson in Daviess County.  National Weather Service analysts will be out to survey the storm damage today. 

 

NEWTOWN DRIVER INJURED IN STORM-RELATED CRASH  

A Newtown driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off a Putnam County roadway, just west of Newtown, as storms moved through, just after 4:30 Thursday afternoon.  30 year old Nicolas Stevens, of Newtown, was treated at Putnam County Memorial Hospital after his vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 

MILAN TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER THURSDAY ACCIDENT  

A Milan teenager was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 6, just west of Green City, Thursday morning.  18 year old Kaytlin Sizemore, of Milan, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:40am.  The patrol says her westbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES         

A Brookfield man faces drug charges after his arrest in New Cambria, early Thursday morning.  Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the Macon County R-4 School, at around 1:15am.  The driver of that vehicle, 59 year old Rick L. Ratliff, of Brookfield, was taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to discard a small bag of suspected methamphetamine.  They say he was also in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Ratliff is being held in the Macon County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

 

TRANSFORMER FIRE DARKENS TRUMAN CAMPUS       

A Thursday morning transformer fire knocked out power to the Truman State University Campus and surrounding neighborhoods, for much of the morning.  Kirksville firefighters responded to the burning transformer, which also took out a second circuit breaker.  Truman officials say power was restored to the campus by noon.  

 

VANDALIA WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER DRUG SEARCH        

A Vandalia woman was arrested after a narcotics search at her home, Wednesday night.  42 year old Melissa Dawn Outlaw is accused of possessing synthetic cannabanoids and drug paraphernalia, after a search warrant was executed in the 700 block of West Page Street in Vandalia.  She is also accused of child endangerment in the case. 

 

THREE HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY COLLISION     

Three persons were injured in a collision on Highway 40 in Howard County, during strong thunderstorms, Thursday evening.  The patrol says 69 year old Marilyn Carswell of Boonville, had pulled onto the shoulder during severe weather conditions when a car driven by 57 year old Eugene Royer, of Boonville, hydroplaned and struck Carswells’ vehicle in the rear.  She was treated for moderate injuries.  Two passengers in her vehicle sustained minor injuries.  All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment. 




03/27/14

 

TWO HURT IN MOBERLY COLLISION  

Moberly Police report a pair of injuries in a Tuesday afternoon collision at Morley and Rollins Streets in Moberly.  It occurred at around 5pm.  Officers say 44 year old Mequal Burton, of Huntsville, was northbound on Morley, 22 year old Amanda Schomaker, of Moberly, was westbound on Rollins when the two vehicles collided.  Schomaker and a passenger in her vehicle were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

  

BATTLE OF THE BELT AWARD FOR NORTHWESTERN HS   

Students at Northwestern High School in Mendon will be honored for their achievements in the 2013 Battle of the Belt competition, in a Friday afternoon assembly.  Representatives of the northwest Region Coalition for Roadway Safety will be on-hand to present a Bronze Banner to the Northwestern School.  Bronze level banners are awarded to schools with 91 to 94 percent safety belt usage.  The presentation will be held at 12:30pm Friday, at Northwestern High School. 

  

KIRKSVILLE CHAMBER ADULT PROM SATURDAY NIGHT   

The Merchants Committee of the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its first Adult Prom Saturday evening, at the El Kadir Shrine Club in Kirksville.  The Great Gatsby Puttin’ on the Ritz Adult formal will be held from 7 to 10pm, with live music, a cash bar and a drawing for King and Queen.  The event will serve as a fundraiser for the  Kirksville Chamber of Commerce and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kirksville After-Prom committee.  Tickets are available at the Kirksville Chamber Office, Hy-Vee, Blink of an Eye and Salon Nouveau. 

  

MOBERLY BAND BOOSTERS SPAGHETTI SUPPER

The Moberly School Bands spring concert will be held this (Thursday) evening, and the Moberly Band Boosters will host a fundraising spaghetti dinner as part of the night’s festivities.  Serving will begin at 5pm and close at around 6:30pm in the Moberly High School Cafenasium, prior to tonight’s concert.  Proceeds will support the Moberly Bands Program. 

  

FORMER BANK CHAIRMAN SENTENCED    

The former chairman of a Boone County bank has been sentenced in connection with allegations that he used bank bailout funds to buy a luxury condominium in Florida.  Darryl Lane Woods, former Chairman of the Mainstreet Bank in Ashland, will serve eight months in a halfway house and four months of home confinement, followed by a year of supervised probation.  Prosecutors say he improperly used more than $380,000 dollars of the bank’s bailout money.  Woods will pay nearly $100,000 dollars in restitution. 




03/26/14

 

CRITICAL OUTDOOR FIRE DANGER TODAY 

The National Weather Service says critical fire danger will exist across our area today.  A Red Flag Warning is in effect thru this evening, when rain showers are expected to move into the area.  Forecasters say dry conditions continue, along with low humidity levels, rising temperatures into the 50’s this afternoon and strong south winds, gusting up to near 40 miles per hour.  Any fires, particularly in or near grassy areas, will have a high probability of getting out of control and spreading rapidly. 

A large grass fire, just west of Brashear, threatened several homes before it was brought under control Tuesday afternoon.  Authorities believe it was started when someone attempted to burn a pile of trash. 

Strong wind gusts also played a role in a fire that destroyed a barn and damaged a home just south of Sturgeon Tuesday afternoon.   

Any outdoor burning today is considered extremely dangerous, across the area. 

 

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

A Unionville driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a Tuesday night accident on Route 136.  21 year old Jacob R. Wolfe, of Unionville, was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm.  The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned several times, coming to rest on its side. 

 

TWO INJURED IN CHARITON COUNTY COLLISION   

A husband and wife from Surprise, Arizona were both injured when their SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 5, south of Salisbury, Tuesday morning.  Just before 10am, the patrol says 61 year old William Richtmyre was attempted to pass the semi as it was making a left turn.  Richtmyre and his 60 year old wife were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor to moderate injuries. 

 

NORTH MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH CATTLE THEFT   

A North Missouri man is accused of stealing calves from a southern Iowa farm.  Lucas Lee Robinson, of Glenwood, is charged with theft in the case.  Authorities believe three juveniles are also involved.  They say the suspects allegedly entered a farm field in Davis County, Iowa, late Friday night, and loaded four calves into Robinson’s truck, then attempted to sell them at the Scotland County Livestock Auction the next day.  Robinson is free on bond.  Charges against the three juveniles are pending. 

 

BOONE COUNTY TEEN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS   

A Boone County teenager faces drug charges after his arrest on Tuesday.  Deputies responded to multiple shots fired reports from neighbors in the 700 block of Demaret Drive.  Investigators say they found meth, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and drug packaging material, along with a handgun.  18 year old Dillon Ames was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. 




03/25/14

 

MACON MAN HURT WHEN CAR STRIKES COW  

A Macon driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car struck a cow on Macon County Route V, Monday night.  The patrol says 42 year old Dewayne N. Frayley, of Macon, was northbound when his car struck a cow in the roadway, about 8 miles southeast of Macon.  Frayley sought his own treatment for moderate injuries. 

  

PRINCETON DRIVER TREATED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT  

A Princeton driver suffered moderate injuries in a Monday afternoon accident on I-35, just north of Winston, in Daviess County.  41 year old Fred Downing, of Princeton, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 1:50pm.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle ran off the highway, crossed the median and the northbound lanes and struck an embankment and a barbed-wire fence. 

  

GOVERNOR NIXON IN SALISBURY TUESDAY    

Governor Jay Nixon will be in Salisbury today (Tuesday) to review progress on the 600 mile Enbridge, Inc. oil pipeline project.  Nixon will tour the site of a new key pump station in the Salisbury area and get an update on the progress of the Flanagan South Pipeline, beginning at 11am.  When complete, the pipeline will transport oil from Pontiac, Illinois to Cushing, Oklahoma, crossing eleven Missouri counties.  The pump station is located at 33764 Highway 24, in Salisbury. 

  

SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER BOONE COUNTY ROBBERY

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for two suspects in a Monday night armed robbery at a north Columbia home.  The call came in at around 8:30pm.  Officers say two black male suspects robbed the victim at gunpoint, as he was leaving his residence, in the 200 block of West Havens Drive.  They say the men also fired shots in the victim’s direction before fleeing the scene.  A K-9 unit was used to track a scent going north from the scene, but the suspects were not located.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS. 

  

CHARGES FILED IN CONNECTION WITH RUSSELLVILLE BUST

Federal charges have been filed against a suspect, who was arrested after a drug raid in Russellville last week.  21 year old Emmaneul Guillen, a citizen of Mexico who lived in Russellville, faces federal meth distribution charges, along with one count of being an illegal alien in possession of firearms.  The charges come after a search warrant was executed at his home last week.  Authorities say they found a large amount of processed meth, more than 20 guns and over $15,000 dollars in cash in his possession. 




03/24/14

 

MARCELINE MAN ARRESTED AFTER FRIDAY CHASE 

A Marceline man faces multiple charges after a high-speed chase through parts of Linn and Chariton Counties on Friday.  24 year old Jonathan R. Standley is charged with stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.  The vehicle was reported stolen Friday afternoon from the Marceline School parking lot.  Standley was arrested about an hour later after a chase that took authorities into Chariton County and involved sheriff’s deputies and the highway patrol.  Standley is being held on $35,000 dollars bond. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN FACES CHILD PORN CHARGE

A Chillicothe man faces additional charges after the conclusion of a December 2013  investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  33 year old Michael T. Curtis, of Chillicothe is now charged with possession of child pornography.  Deputies say their investigation into an alleged child enticement case resulted in the seizure of computers and/or cell phones.  They say alleged child pornography was found on one or more of those devices. 

  

SERIOUS INJURY IN CARROLL COUNTY CRASH  

A weekend accident in Carroll County caused serious injuries for a Norborne driver.  27 year old Dustin K. Wheeler was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital and then life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred Saturday night, at around 10:30pm.  The patrol says Wheeler was southbound on Carroll County Route PP when he lost control of his pickup.  He was ejected from the vehicle as it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

TWO SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS UNDER INVESTIGATION 

Columbia Police are investigating a pair of shots fired incidents, which occurred early Sunday morning.  One report came in at around 1:30am, in the 900 block of Business Loop 70, where several shots were apparently fired.  A second report came in at around 2:40am, in the area of Citadel and Derby Ridge.  Officers say nine shell casings were found on the sidewalk near that location and six bullet holes in a home in the 1700 block of Bold Ruler.  No injuries were reported in either incident.  Both remain under investigation. 

  

33 UNITS CALLED IN TO SUNDAY MORNING FIRE     

Thirty-three units from the Columbia Fire Department and Boone County Fire Protection District, were called to a Sunday morning structure fire, which sparked two additional natural cover fires.  Firefighters responded at around 7:45 am at Crown Center Farms on Nifong Boulevard.  An outbuilding at that location was fully engulfed when they arrived.  They were able to keep the fire from spreading to the main residential building.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

  

COLUBMIA APARTMENT FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION 

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of a Saturday evening fire, which displaced several residents at Columbia’s Country Club Apartments.  One apartment on the second-story of the building was engulfed when firefighters arrived.  An adjacent apartment also suffered fire damage.  Several neighboring buildings were evacuated until the fire was brought under control.  No injuries were reported. 




03/21/14

 

HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE HELP IN KIRKSVILLE 

With the March 31 deadline looming for health insurance enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the Northeast Missouri Area Health Council is partnering with Northeast Regional Medical Center for an enrollment event in Kirksville on Saturday.  Certified Application Counselors will be in the lobby of Northeast Regional Medical Center from 10am to 5pm Saturday.  You can call to make an appointment or walk-ins are welcome. 

 

QUARTERBACK CLUB BANQUET IN BROOKFIELD SATURDAY 

A handful of tickets are still available for the second annual Brookfield Bulldog Quarterback Club Banquet, which will be held tomorrow (Sat) evening in the Brookfield High School Gym.  Tickets are $100 dollars, which covers a prime rib dinner for two, and a chance to win a $10,000 dollar cash drawing.  Former Bulldog and Mizzou Tiger star Everett Lineberry will be the guest speaker.  For tickets, contact Bill Thudium at Smith Motor or any other quarterback club member. 

 

LINN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FUNDRAISER   

The Linn County Historical Society’s Tillman House Museum will hold a fundraising garage sale and soup luncheon tomorrow (Saturday).  The garage sale will be held in the basement of the Brookfield Catholic School, from 8am to 3pm.   The soup luncheon will be served from 11am to 2pm…the cost is five dollars.  All proceeds will support operation of the Tillman House Museum. 

 

SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGES AGAINST COLUMBIA MAN    

A Columbia man faces federal sex trafficking charges after an investigation by multiple agencies.  33 year old Kenyata Miles, of Columbia, was charged Wednesday with one count of sex trafficking and another county of attempted sex trafficking of a minor.  Miles was arrested in May of last year.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force says Miles allegedly took women to area motel rooms for prostitution activity.  

 

MIZZOU SHUTS DOWN DECKS AT APARTMENT COMPLEX   

The University of Missouri has closed access to decks at a school-owned apartment complex, after structural concerns were uncovered during an inspection.  Officials say the wooden decks at Tara Apartments, located on Ashland Road, will be closed off to residents so engineers can more closely inspect them during Spring Break.  

 

CAR STRIKES COLUMBIA APARTMENT BUILDING  

Residents of a building at Columbia’s Gateway Apartments, on Buttonwood Drive, were displaced for part of the evening, Thursday night, after a car struck the building.  Investigators say a tenant pulling into a parking space inadvertently hit the accelerator instead of the brake, and the car crashed into the balcony structure of building number 2.  Firefighters evacuated three apartments, while the damage was assessed and repaired. 

 

THURSDAY NIGHT DRUG RAID AT RUSSELLVILLE HOME  

A Thursday night police raid on a Russelville home netted several guns and a large amount of drugs.  Cole County Sheriff’s Deputies and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force served the search warrant at around 6:30pm.  ATF agents took over the scene later in the evening.  No further details about the evidence or any arrests have been released this morning. 




03/20/14

 

TWO ARRESTED BY LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTIES 

Two Tennessee residents were arrested this week by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies.  Tuesday morning, officers stopped a vehicle, which matched a description from a fuel ‘drive off’ in Grundy County.  The vehicle was found to have been reported stolen from New Madrid County, MO.  Both occupants, 26 year old Kyle Wayne Keymon and 29 year old Sarah D. Morris, both from Tennessee, were arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle. 

  

KIRKSVILLE FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK   

Kirksville Police are seeking help in locating a man wanted on multiple Schuyler County arrest warrants.  41 year old Terry Eugene Anders, of Kirksville, faces three counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers, distribution/delivery/manufacture of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana.  Officers have been unable to locate Anders at his last known address.  They say he has family and other ties to the Adair and Schuyler County areas.  He is described as 6-2, 198 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, a one-and-a-half inch scar on his left forearm, a tattoo on his back that includes the name Anders and a tattoo of a werewolf on a motorcycle on his right shoulder.  Anyone with information can call the anonymous tips hotline at 627-BUST. 

  

KIRKSVILLE AREA FIRE INVESTIGATION UPDATED 

Fire investigators say a faulty fan motor on a natural gas furnace was the likely cause of Sunday afternoon’s fire, which caused $750,000 dollars in damage at Superior Truck and Auto Service, south of Kirksville.  Two large metal buildings were destroyed in the blaze, along with semi-trucks, tractors and a large amount of repair equipment.  The business was closed at the time and no injuries were reported. 

  

MOBERLY SHOOTING SUSPECT IN COURT 

Ollie James III appeared in court Wednesday and was bound over for trial in connection with a 1997 shooting and robbery in Moberly.  James was arrested in January for the shooting and robbery of 48 year old Richard Greiner, at Richard’s Steakhouse in Moberly.  He is charged with first-degree assault.  The court found probable cause at Wednesday’s hearing and James will be held on $100,000 dollars bond, with an arraignment scheduled in early April. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN BACK IN CUSTODY AFTER FLEEING   

A Columbia man is back behind bars after being arrested in Illinois recently.  Cameron Caruthers, of Columbia, appeared in court Wednesday.  He was on a home monitoring ankle bracelet, in connection with a previous drug arrest, when he allegedly cut the bracelet off and fled the state.  Police arrested Caruthers and his girlfriend last week, about an hour east of St. Louis. 




03/19/14

 

ROOFING MANUFACTURER ANNOUNCES MOBERLY PLANT 

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Moberly.  Governor Jay Nixon joined city and county officials for the announcement Tuesday afternoon.  GAF Roofing will invest nearly $149 million dollars to develop a 147-acre site for its new shingle laminator facility in Moberly.  The plant is expected to create 125 new jobs.  GAF is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey and employs more than 3,200 workers in 30 plants across the country.  Infrastructure improvements to support the new facility are expected to get underway immediately.  Officials say it should be fully operational by 2017. 

  

NEW CAMBRIA MAN CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC ASSAULT   

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has released details of an investigation that led to the arrest of a New Cambria man last week.  On March 9, Macon Police were called to Samaritan Hospital to a report of an assault, which allegedly occurred at a residence in New Cambria.  Sheriff’s Deputies investigated and arrested 49 year old Johnathan B. Abeln, of New Cambria, on charges of felony domestic assault and false imprisonment.  He is accused of assaulting and restraining a female victim with whom he had a domestic relationship.  Abeln is free on $10,000 dollars bond, pending a court appearance. 

  

PUTNAM COUNTY MAN FACES INCOME TAX CHARGES 

A Putnam County man faces nine criminal violations related to Missouri income tax filings.  26 year old Mark Henry Jr., of Lucerne, is accused of filing a false Missouri return, failure to file a return and attempting to evade income tax.  He was released after posting $90,000 dollars bond.  Henry’s father, Mark Henry, Sr., was arrested on nine similar charges last month, and is also free on $90,000 dollars bond. 

 

 BOONVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT

A Boonville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 5 in Howard County, Tuesday morning.  49 year old Suzanne Flippin, of Boonville, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 7:30am.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and became airborne, then overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

COLUMBIA SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CHARGED     

Columbia Police arrested a First Student bus driver Tuesday for alleged ‘unacceptable actions’ against a student on a Shephard Boulevard Elementary bus route.  55 year old Robert Harris Braid is accused of third-degree assault in the case.  He allegedly struck a 7 year old boy in the face with a paper, while driving a bus route on March 7.  Columbia School District officials say they were able to confirm the allegations via the bus’ video system.  Braid was apparently a substitute driver for the route that morning.  He has since been dismissed by the bus company. 




03/18/14

 

$750,000 DAMAGE ESTIMATED IN ADAIR COUNTY FIRE

Adair County Fire Investigators say a Sunday afternoon blaze at Superior Truck and Auto Service, located about five miles south of Kirksville, caused an estimated $750,000 dollars in damage.  The fire damaged two storage and repair buildings and also destroyed semi-trucks, tractors and repair equipment.  Investigators are still looking to determine the exact cause of the fire, but it is not considered suspicious. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information from the public, in connection with the investigation into a major residential burglary last week.  It occurred at around 5am on March 10, in the 18000 block of U.S. Highway 65.  Occupants of the home awoke to the sound of an intruder and one resident confronted a male suspect, who fled the scene in a white or light-colored VW Passat.  The suspect was about 6-1 and wearing jeans and a grey-colored hoodie.  A variety of items are missing from the residence, including ammunition and firearms.  Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. 

  

HUNTSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FALSE REPORT  

A Huntsville woman is accused of making a false report to law enforcement, after an incident last Friday.  47 year old Audrey Boland, of Huntsville is charged in the case.  Her bond has been set at $1500 dollars.  Randolph County Deputies responded to Clifton Hill Friday, after a 911 report of a young boy being shot.  Officials say the report caused the Westran Middle School to be placed on lockdown.  An investigation determined the report to be false.  Deputies were able to trace the identity and location of the 911 call.  Boland was found and arrested in the parking lot of a Huntsville business. 

  

FOUR MIZZOU ATHLETES ARRESTED FOR POT    

Four University of Missouri athletes were arrested over the weekend for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana.  Police say they pulled over a vehicle with expired license plates on Saturday.  Four occupants of the vehicle, Mizzou basketball freshmen Wes Clark and Shane Rector, and football players, sophomore Aarion Penton and freshman Shaun Rupert, were all arrested on possession charges.  Clark and Rector were suspended from Missouri’s basketball practice Monday, but final word on their status for tonight’s NIT game has not been determined.  The two football players have also been suspended, per University policies. 




03/17/14

 

FOUR HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT   

Four occupants of a vehicle were injured when their car skidded off a snow and ice-covered roadway, southeast of Higbee, Sunday morning.  70 year old Karen Luzzo, of Moberly was the driver of the westbound car.  The patrol says it slid off the roadway and struck a tree.  Luzzo and two passengers, 38 year old Joanna Burkett, of Higbee and 20 year old Brian Burkett, of Moberly, all were treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  Another passenger, 17 year old Jesus Diaz, of Higbee, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

TWO INJURED WHEN CARS COLLIDE NEAR CLARK   

Two persons were injured in a Sunday afternoon collision on Randolph County Route B, just west of Clark.  It occurred at around 2:45pm.  The patrol says 56 year old Beverly Chronister, of St. Louis, lost control of her eastbound vehicle and it skidded across the center line and struck an oncoming van, driven by 70 year old Ora Talbert, of Downing, head-on.  Talbert’s 69 year old wife, Beverly Talbert, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  Chronister also suffered moderate injuries and was treated at University Hospital in Columbia.

  

MACON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

A Macon man was seriously injured in an accident near Macon, early Friday morning.  The patrol says 20 year old Brandon Eggenberg, of Macon, was apparently riding on the hood of an SUV, driven by 21 year old Destin Green, of Anabel.  They say Eggenberg slipped off the vehicle and was run over.  He was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

MARSHALL MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND ATV ACCIDENT   

A Marshall man died from injuries sustained in a weekend ATV accident.  It occurred at around 11:20pm Saturday.  The patrol says 25 year old John Rector, of Marshall, was driving an ATV on private property when it overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.  Rector was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, where he was later pronounced dead. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED AFTER HIT AND RUN  

A Kirksville man faces charges in connection with a hit and run accident, which injured a pedestrian last week.  32 year old Joshua Johnson, of Kirksville, is charged with assault, armed criminal action and leaving the scene of an accident.  He is accused of driving in the wrong lane of traffic when his vehicle struck Brittany Davis, in the 600 block of Meadow Crest Drive in Kirksville, Wednesday evening.  Johnson is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 




03/14/14

 

MEADVILLE BOYS TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME   

The Meadville Eagles will face Scott County Central in the Class 1 Boys State Championship basketball game, at Mizzou Arena, Saturday afternoon.  Tip-off is scheduled for 12:50pm Saturday.  Meadville had three players in double-figures as they rallied from an 8-point third quarter deficit to defeated Macks Creek Thursday evening 50-41. Saturday’s game will be televised on some cable and satellite outlets, thru coverage by Fox Sports Midwest.  For details check mshsaa.org. 

The New Franklin girls lost their semifinal game on Thursday and will meet New Haven in the Class 2 third place game, Friday evening at 6pm. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES IN MOBERLY AREA COLLISION  

Drivers from Madison and Moberly were injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Highway 24, east of Moberly.  It occurred at around 2:20pm.  The patrol says 59 year old Michael Geudner, of Madison, slowed to make a left turn and his car was struck in the rear by an SUV, driven by 46 year old Melba Croney, of Moberly.  The impact caused a collision with an oncoming van, driven by 48 year old Brenda Koenig, of Moberly.  Guedner suffered serious injuries and Croney sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Koenig was not injured.

  

MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST EXCELLO MAN  

An Excello man is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jon Spurling, at his home near Harrisburg.  As we reported yesterday, 37 year old Zack Jefferson, of Excello, was arrested Wednesday.  Charges were filed Thursday morning.  Investigators say Jackson was married to Spurling’s ex-wife.  Court documents indicate jealousy over that previous relationship may have prompted the shooting. 

  

MACON POLICE RESPOND TO REPORT OF BRIDGE JUMPER   

Early Wednesday morning, Macon Police responded to a report of a man attempting to jump off a bridge on Highway 63, just south of Vine Street in Macon.  Officers arrived at around 1am and found a small group of people gathered around a man sitting on the outer edge of the bridge guardrail.  With the help of a bystander, the first officer on the scene was able to grab the man and bring him back across the bridge railing.  He was taken into custody and a civil detention was obtained for the man’s protection and further evaluation.  Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger commends the officer’s quick response and action, along with the bystanders, who assisted by talking to the man and helping remove him from the bridge. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOOTINGS UPDATE         

Columbia Police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired on Derby Ridge Drive, Thursday night.  The calls came in between 9 and 9:30pm.  Officers found evidence of multiple shots fired at the scene.  No injuries were reported. 

Police are also investigating a shooting incident early Thursday morning, which sent a male victim to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

And, 18 year old Daezjon Brown, of Columbia, has been arrested for assault and armed criminal action, in connection with a Monday night shooting incident at the Ultra Mart Convenience Store on Paris Road.  A 20 year old male victim was injured in that shooting. 


03/13/14

 

ARREST MADE IN 2011 HARRISBURG SHOOTING  

An Excello man is in custody in connection with the 2011 shooting death of Jon Spurling, near Harrisburg.  Authorities say 34 year old Zack Jefferson, of Excello, was arrested Wednesday.  Murder charges are expected to be filed today.  Spurling was shot to death at his home near Harrisburg in August of 2011.  Investigators say Jefferson was an acquaintance of Spurling’s ex-wife. 

 

TWO SUSPECTS CHARGED IN EDINA BURGLARY  

Investigators say footprints in the snow led to the arrest of two suspects in connection with a recent Edina burglary.  20 year old Richard Elder, of Edina and 46 year old Kenneth Floyd, of Moberly, are both charged with burglary, stealing and other counts, after their arrest last week.  The incident occurred on March 4 at an Edina residence, where several thousand dollars in cash was reported stolen.  Deputies say footprints in the snow led them from a broken window at the home to a nearby residence where the cash was recovered.  Elder and Floyd are both being held on $25,000 dollars bond.

 

MOBERLY WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES 

A Moberly woman faces drug charges after her arrest by Moberly Police on Tuesday.  26 year old Amanda Lynn Prewitt, of Moberly, was taken into custody in the 1200 block of South Morley, on a Randolph County warrant.  She is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.  Prewitt is being held on $10,000 dollars bond. 

 

BROOKFIELD FAMILY DISPLACED BY FIRE      

The Brookfield Fire Department has released details on a Tuesday night fire, which left a family homeless.  Firefighters were called to the home on Idaho Road, South of Brookfield, at around 8:45pm and found it fully engulfed.  They were assisted by the Marceline, Laclede and Yellow Creek Fire Departments.  No one was injured, but two pets were lost in the blaze.  Donations of clothing and other items and monetary donations for the Blackwell family are being accepted at the North Central Missouri YMCA in Brookfield and at First Missouri Bank. 

 

FIREFIGHTER INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY HOUSE FIRE    

A Howard County volunteer firefighter was treated at University Hospital in Columbia, after a house fire near New  Franklin Tuesday night.  Officials say the firefighter, Ryan Benedict, was treated and released after suffering smoke inhalation and a possible lung collapse.  Fire crews from both Fayette and New Franklin battled the blaze, which destroyed the home.  No other injuries were reported. 

 

VANDALIA SEARCH WARRANT NETS CHARGES   

A search warrant executed by the East Central Missouri Drug Task Force has resulted in drug charges against a Vandalia woman.  Late Tuesday evening, the task force, assisted by Vandalia Police, the Highway Patrol and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Maple Street in Vandalia.  31 year old Amy Marie Irvin, of Vandalia, was arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  Her bond is set at $15,000 dollars. 

 

GOVERNOR NIXON IN MACON THURSDAY       

Governor Jay Nixon will visit Macon High School today (Thursday), to promote his proposed 2015 budget.  Nixon will discuss his ‘Good Schools, Good Jobs’ plan, which would put the state on track to fully fund Missouri’s K thru 12 foundation formula in fiscal year 2016.  The Governor’s appearance at Macon High School is scheduled for this morning at 10:30am. 




03/12/14

 

BROOKFIELD AREA HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE       

Brookfield firefighters responded to a fire at a home on Idaho road, in rural Brookfield, Tuesday evening.  Details on the blaze have not been released, but witnesses say there were no injuries, but the home was destroyed and the family lost everything, including two pets, in the fire.  More information is expected to be available today. 

  

TRENTON DRIVER KILLED IN TUESDAY MORNING COLLISION 

A Trenton man was killed when his car collided with a truck on Highway 65 in Trenton, Tuesday morning.  46 year old Randall C. Phillips, of Trenton, died in the accident, which occurred just after 6am.  The patrol says Phillips pulled onto the highway and into the path of a northbound truck, driven by 52 year old Timothy Deeds, of Galt.  Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene.  Deeds was treated for minor injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. 

  

CLARK DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT

A Clark driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup collided with a mack truck on Route 151 in Audrain County, Tuesday afternoon.  Katrina Everhart, of Clark, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 1:15pm.  The patrol says the driver of the truck, 62 year old Ray Mollet, of Rush Hill, failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of Everhart’s southbound pickup. 

  

HIGHWAY 5 COALITION FORMED  

Civic leaders and elected officials in Linn, Chariton, Sullivan and Putnam Counties have announced the formation of the Highway 5 Corridor Coalition.  It’s mission is to advocate for infrastructure improvements along the Highway 5 corridor from Chariton to Putnam County, to improve safety, enhance efficiency and promote economic development.  The Highway 5 Corridor Coalition has written and adopted by-laws, applied for non-profit status and filed as an association with the State of Missouri.  Three board members from each county will participate on the coalition’s board. 

  

FERGUSON FILES SUIT FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTION   

Ryan Ferguson has filed suit against the City of Columbia, Boone County and several county and city officials, in connection with his wrongful conviction for the 2001 murder of Kent Heitholt.  The suit seeks $75 million dollars in actual damages and $25 million dollars in punitive damages against the City and County, along with former Boone County Prosecutor Kevin Crane, the former Columbia Police Chief and six detectives who investigated the case.  The suit was filed Monday, on the tenth anniversary of Ferguson’s arrest.  Ferguson served nine years of a 40-year prison sentence before an appeals court vacated his conviction last November. 




03/11/14

 

MACON POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFTS FROM PARKED CARS

Macon Police are investigating multiple reports of damage to or theft from parked vehicles, over the weekend.  The reports came in on Sunday, regarding incidents which apparently occurred during the overnight hours.  A vehicle in the 900 block of North Rubey Street had a shattered window.  Several items were taken from a vehicle in the 1100 block of Crestview Drive and numerous items were also reported stolen from two vehicles parked in the 400 block of Patton Street.  The incidents are under investigation by the Macon Police Department. 

  

THREE INJURED IN COLLISION AT CLARK JUNCTION 

Three persons were injured when two vehicles collided at the Clark Junction on Highway 63, Monday afternoon.  The accident occurred at around 1:35pm.  The patrol says 85 year old Leon Estill, of Fayette, attempted to cross 63 and pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle, driven by 34 year old Sara Umholtz-Lloyd, of Moberly.  Both drivers were treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  Lloyd’s 31 year old husband also was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

  

TWO DRIVERS KILLED IN COLUMBIA COLLISION   

Two drivers were killed in a head-on collision on Highway 63 in Columbia, which occurred just after midnight this (Tuesday) morning.  Columbia Police say the driver of an SUV, identified as 35 year old Chasity Vaughan, of Columbia, was apparently traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of 63, just north of the Vandiver Drive overpass.  A northbound mini-van, driven by 38 year old John Brennaman, of Columbia, was unable to avoid the head-on collision.  Investigators say both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.   Northbound 63 was shut down at the scene for more than three hours overnight. 

  

INCIDENT AT COLUMBIA STORE ENDS WITH GUNFIRE    

Police say one person was treated for a gunshot wound to the stomach after a fight outside a north Columbia convenience store ended with shots fired.  The incident occurred just before midnight at the Ultra Mart Convenience Store on Paris Road in Columbia.  The victim is a 20 year old male and his injuries are described as non-life-threatening.  Investigators say several cars in the parking lot of the store were struck by bullets.  No suspect information has been released. 

  

INVESTIGATORS RELEASE REPORT ON 2012 PLANE CRASH     

Federal investigators have released a probable cause report on a 2012 plane crash near Canton, which killed two Illinois men.  The report indicates the plane likely hit a tree as the pilot attempted to make a forced landing in a field with obstacles.  74 year old John R. Johnson of Carbondale, Illinois was the pilot of the plane, which took off in Pinckneyville, Illinois and was headed for Blakesburg, Iowa when it crashed near Canton.  Investigators say there were larger, more open, fields near where the plane went down, that would have likely been more suitable for the forced landing attempt. 




03/10/14

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Putnam County busses will be running on hard surfaces only this week, thru Friday (3/14). 

  

MACON MEN ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT  

Two Macon men face charges after attempting to flee from a Macon County sheriff’s Deputy last week.  The incident occurred at around 11pm Thursday, as the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a county road southwest of Macon.  During the pursuit, the suspect vehicle collided with the Deputy’s patrol vehicle.  Two suspects were arrested after they attempted to flee their car on foot.  23 year old James L. Wright of Macon was apprehended without incident…officers say they found marijuana in his possession and ten active warrants in effect for his arrest.  Wright is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.  A passenger, 26 year old Darren J. Ellis of Macon was taken into custody later and bond was set at $1,500 dollars. 

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER FIGHT IN JAIL 

A fight between inmates at the Schuyler county Jail last week resulted in charges against a Glenwood man, who is accused of biting off a portion of another inmates’ ear.  It occurred last Wednesday in the day room at the jail, in Lancaster.  42 year old Charles Wolken, of Glenwood, is charged with first-degree assault.  The injured inmate was taken to the hospital for treatment.  Officers say doctors were unable to re-attach his ear. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

A Columbia man died in a Saturday morning accident on I-70, in Saline County.  The patrol says 23 year old Jordan Elam, of Columbia, was killed in the accident.  He was a passenger in a car driven by 21 year old Roderick Thomas, of Columbia.  The patrol says it struck the rear of a tractor-trailer and then overturned multiple times.  Thomas was life-flighted from the scene with serious injuries.  Another passenger, 22 year old Dominique Thomas, of Columbia, was also seriously injured and was taken to I-70 Medical Center in Sweet Springs. 

  

CENTRALIA MAN ACCUSED OF CHARGES INVOLVING CHILD 

A Centralia man faces multiple charges, in connection with allegations of abuse and sexual exploitation of a child.  26 year old Travis Thurmond was arrested Friday afternoon.  Officials say the arrest came after an investigation, which began after a tip to the Division of Family Services.  Authorities say Thurmond could face multiple counts of abuse or neglect of a child, sexual exploitation of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, along with one count of sexual misconduct involving a child.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond, as the investigation continues. 

  

MU POLICE INVESTIGATING WEEKEND RAPE 

University of Missouri Police are investigating a rape, which was reported over the weekend.  Officers say a female student reported the incident, which occurred late Saturday night in the 800 block of Richmond Avenue.  No further details have been released at this time.  Anyone with information is urged to call the University Police Department.  




03/07/14

 

TWO CHARGED IN CHILLICOTHE INCIDENT 

A Chillicothe Police Officer, who was on unpaid leave, is accused of forcible rape, forcible sodomy and two counts of supplying intoxicants to a minor, after an alleged incident on the night of March 3, in the 300 block of Cherry Street in Chillicothe.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department investigation resulted in the arrest of 40 year old Brent Allen Schade, who identified himself as a Chillicothe Police Officer.  Deputies also arrested 20 year old Amanda Nicole Gault for alleged sodomy or attempted sodomy.  Both suspects are being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash bond. 

  

MOBERLY MAN AND CHILD FOUND DEAD IN VEHICLE  

A Moberly man and his two year old son were both found dead when their car was pulled from a Randolph County creek, off Route EE.  MoDOT workers repairing highway signs along Route EE spotted the car Thursday afternoon, upside down in the creek, and called first responders.  The bodies of 31 year old John Clardy and 2 year old Caeden Clardy were found inside the car.  The patrol says the accident apparently occurred Wednesday afternoon, when the car ran off the highway, struck a tree and overturned into the creek.  Family members say Clardy was undergoing medical treatment for seizures, which might have been a factor in the crash.  An autopsy on the two victims is scheduled for today. 

  

TRENTON WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT     

A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon accident on a Grundy County road.  21 year old Danette Teel, of Trenton, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital and then transferred to St. Luke’s in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred just before 4:30pm, about a mile north of Trenton.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 18 year old Timothy Price, of Trenton.  The patrol says it went airborne as it crossed railroad tracks, and then struck the ground. 

  

FOUR MACON COUNTY SEX OFFENDERS ARRESTED  

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrests of four convicted sex offenders who are accused of failure to register with Macon County authorities.  Earlier this week, officers identified the suspects…47 year old Joseph Wright, Jr. and 79 year old Lowell E. Fleming, both of Macon, 59 year old Patrick W. Wicker of Callao and 73 year old Phillip F. Sanders of Elmer.  All four were arrested on warrants issued by the Macon County Court.  Bond was set at $4,500 dollars each. 

 

 COLUMBIA MEN ARRESTED IN DRUG BUST   

Two Columbia men face drug charges in connection with a drug trafficking investigation by Columbia Police.  22 year old Joshua Dillick and 23 year old Nicholas Kampe were arrested after a search warrant was served at a home on Fenimore Drive, Wednesday afternoon.  Investigators say their search turned up about six pounds of marijuana at that location and another pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash at a second location on East Ash Street.  Both men are being held on $20,000 dollars cash only bond. 




03/16/14

 

DOWNTOWN GALLATIN FIRE DAMAGES BUILDINGS 

Two downtown Gallatin businesses were heavily damaged in a Wednesday afternoon fire, which shut down the east side of the Gallatin Square.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around 12:45pm.  Adjacent buildings housing an insurance office and a beauty shop were involved in the blaze.  Assistance from the Cameron, Hamilton, Bethany, Pattonsburg, Coffey and Dekalb Fire Departments were called in to assist, before the fire was contained.  No injuries were reported.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. Highway 13 in downtown Gallatin remained closed overnight, due to the risk of falling debris. 

  

ADAIR COUNTY FUGITIVE ARRESTED    

A citizen tip led authorities to the arrest of an Adair County fugitive this week.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Department, acting on that tip with assistance from Kirksville Police and the Highway Patrol, attempted to contact Brendan Harris at a residence in Novinger.  Harris was wanted on a warrant for burglary and receiving stolen property.  After a 45-minute standoff, officers say he attempted to flee out the back door on foot.  Harris was taken into custody after a short pursuit and is being held without bond.  

  

MACON POLICE REPORT ARREST AFTER PURSUIT 

A Columbia man faces multiple charges in connection with an early-morning pursuit by Macon Police, on Tuesday.  Officers attempted to stop the suspect’s vehicle, just after 4am, in the area of Bourke and Rubey Streets.  The suspect allegedly attempted to elude officers, when the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a culvert and street signs near the intersection of Rollins and Hyde Streets.  The driver, 28 year old Luther S. Midgyett, of Columbia, was treated for minor injuries and then arrested.  Midgyett is charged with DWI, resisting arrest and multiple traffic offenses.  He is free on $1,500 dollars bond.  

  

COLUMBIA MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STANDOFF     

A Columbia man is in custody after a Wednesday afternoon standoff in Miller County.  39 year old Scott Peoples, of Columbia, surrendered peacefully, more than four hours after he had barricaded himself into a home along Highway 54, near the Eugene exit.  Authorities say a woman Peoples lived with, on Buxton Lane in Columbia, had reported escaping from Peoples after being kidnapped and assaulted.  Officers located the suspect and surrounded the Miller County home shortly thereafter.  The investigation into the incident is continuing and formal charges are pending. 

  

STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL THURSDAY AFTERNOON  

The National Weather Service will conduct Missouri’s annual Statewide Tornado Drill this afternoon.  Emergency management personnel, law enforcement, many area school districts and the broadcast emergency alert system will all take part in the test, beginning at 1:30pm.  Most area communities will hear the storm sirens sound, as part of the event, also at around 1:30pm. 




03/05/14

 

CHILLICOTHE TEENS HURT IN COLLISION   

Two Chillicothe teens were treated for moderate injuries after their cars collided at a Livingston County intersection, just before 5pm Tuesday.  The patrol says 16 year old Dawson Boyd, of Chillicothe, pulled from a county road onto Route 190, West of Chillicothe, into the path of a car driven by 17 year old Audrie Manning, of Chillicothe.  Both drivers were taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

VEHICLE RUNS OVER DRIVER    

An Armstrong woman was treated for injuries after her vehicle rolled over her leg on a Randolph County highway.  The accident occurred just before noon Tuesday on Route B, west of Higbee.  The patrol says 39 year old Brenda Campbell, of Armstrong, stopped in the roadway and got out of her vehicle when it rolled backwards, over her leg, and pinned her to the ground.  Campbell was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

TRUMAN CAREER EXPO TODAY (WED)   

Truman State University students will get the opportunity to look toward the future today (Wednesday), with the annual Career Fair and Graduate School Expo.  More than 90 employers are expected to be on-hand, starting at 11am, in the Truman Student Union Building.  Truman students of all ages are encouraged to take part.  For more information on a number of Truman Career Week activities, check out the complete calendar at career.Truman.edu. 

  

MEXICO WOMAN CHARGED AFTER LEAVING KIDS ALONE  

A Mexico woman faces multiple charges after allegedly leaving her kids at home alone and driving while intoxicated, late Monday night.  Officers responded to a report of two young children walking in the streets, looking for their mother.  Just after midnight, the kids’ mother, 25 year old Cara Widaman, of Mexico, was stopped by police and arrested for driving while intoxicated.  She will also face two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  Widaman was released after posting bond.  The children were left in the custody of other family members. 

  

BODY FOUND IN MISSOURI RIVER   

Jefferson City Police and the Missouri Water Patrol are working to identify a body found Tuesday afternoon in the Missouri River.  Officials say a commercial fisherman found the body in the area of the Chamois River access, about fifteen miles downstream from Jefferson City.  ABC 17 News is reporting that family members say the body found was Randy Chugg, of Jefferson City, who was believed to have jumped from the Missouri River Bridge, after an argument with his girlfriend, on December 12.   Authorities have not confirmed the identity. 




03/04/14

 

School Announcements – Tuesday 03/04/14

Kirksville busses will run on hard surface roads only

  

BEVIER MAN CHARGED WITH THEFT OF LOTTERY TICKETS  

A Bevier man faces charges after a theft investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.  27 year old Nathan W. Dotson, of Bevier, is accused of stealing more than 50 lottery tickets from the Sinclair Mini-Mart, located east of Macon.  Dotson is charged with one count of stealing.  He is being held on $4,500 dollars cash bond.  The stolen ticket serial numbers have been reported to lottery officials. 

  

MACON AREA MAILBOX DAMAGE UNDER INVESTIGATION 

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating multiple reports of intentional damage to mailboxes.  It is believe the damage occurred overnight February 25 into the early morning of February 26, in rural areas surrounding the city of Macon.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with valid information or additional reports on the incidents to contact them at 660-385-2062. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE 

A Chillicothe man faces charges of second-degree statutory rape involving a Chillicothe area juvenile, after his arrest last week.  37 year old Aaron M. Anderson, of Chillicothe, is charged in the case and is being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.  He was arrested without incident by Mercer County authorities.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says their investigation was prompted by allegations of multiple sex offenses against a juvenile.  Additional charges are pending in the case. 

  

FIVE INJURED IN CHAIN-REACTION ACCIDENT  

A three-vehicle, chain-reaction accident on Highway 63 in Boone County resulted in minor injuries for five occupants of the vehicles involved.  It occurred just after 8am Monday, on 63 just south of Dripping Springs Road.  The patrol says a southbound vehicle driven by 44 year old Dawn Davis, of Centralia, rear-ended a southbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Angela Seiders, of Moberly, pushing her vehicle into another southbound car, driven by 59 year old Denise Collet, of Salisbury.  Seiders and a passenger in her vehicle and three passengers in Collet’s car were treated for minor injuries. 




03/03/14

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN HURT IN HANNIBAL AREA ACCIDENT  

A Brookfield woman was treated for moderate injuries after a truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Marion County Route MM, just west of Hannibal, Sunday evening.  36 year old Stephanie Morris, of Brookfield was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5pm.  She was a passenger in a truck driven by her 19 year old nephew, Steven Ruby, of Hannibal.  The patrol says the southbound tractor-trailer slid through an intersection and into the path of the eastbound truck.  Ruby was treated for minor injuries. 

  

WEEKEND DRUG ARREST BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE    

Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a suspect on drug charges over the weekend.  On Saturday, officers arrested Kenneth Stevens in the 800 block of Webster Street in Chillicothe.  He was unable to post bond on three counts of possession of a controlled substance.  Stevens was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

WOMAN AND BOYFRIEND CHARGED IN INFANT’S DEATH   

A Columbia woman and her boyfriend face second-degree murder charges in connection with the death of her eight-month old daughter, over the weekend.  Police responded to a home on Woodridge Drive, Friday afternoon, after ambulance crews were called to a report an child not breathing.  The infant was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.  Investigators say the child died due to physical trauma.  Police arrested the child’s mother, 24 year old Anna Steele and her boyfriend, 31 year old Cody Baker, on charges of second-degree murder. 




02/28/14 – UPDATE – 10am

 

DISTRICT BASKETBALL SCHEDULE CHANGED!!!!!

Due to the impending winter storm, District Championship games in the Class 3, District 7 tournament at Highland High School on Saturday have been MOVED UP!  The Brookfield Lady Bulldogs will meet Palmyra for the girls’ title, STARTING AT 2PM.  Live coverage on 96.9FM-KZBK and here at kzbkradio.com will begin at 1:45pm.  The boys title game between Palmyra and Highland will follow, starting at around 3:30pm. 




02/28/14

 

WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT    

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the entire area, in connection with a potentially potent winter storm system, which is expected to bring significant snowfall to the area over the weekend.  Light sleet or freezing rain is expected to begin late in the day on Saturday, with some accumulations beginning late Saturday night.  We’ll transition to accumulating snowfall on Sunday and the snow could continue through early Monday morning, dropping up to an inch of sleet, followed by several inches of snow.  Frigid temperatures are also expected to move in behind the system, with below-zero temperatures Monday morning.  The final storm track of this system has still not been determined, so significant changes in our forecast are possible.  We’ll keep you up to date on the latest information as we head through the weekend. 

  

KNOX COUNTY MURDER TRIAL SET FOR RANDOLPH COUNTY

A Knox County murder trial has been moved to Randolph County, after action by a north Missouri court.  Former St. Louis Police Officer, Glenn Head, is accused of second-degree murder in the December 2012 shooting death of his neighbor, near Novelty in rural Knox County.  Prosecutors say 67 year old William Bacon was killed during an altercation on his land.  The case was moved from Knox County to Clark County on a change of venue last year.  It has now been moved again…to Randolph County.  Head’s trial is scheduled to begin April 7. 

  

UNIONVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON TAX CHARGES

A Unionville man faces criminal charges related to Missouri income tax filings.  A joint investigation by the Division of Drug and Crime Control, the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department resulted in a total of nine criminal violations against Mark A. Henry, Sr., of Unionville.  Henry is free after posting $90,000 dollars bond. 

  

CHILDREN’S DIVISION INVESTIGATION NETS ARRESTS  

Chillicothe Police report a pair of arrests in connection with an investigation by the Livingston County Children’s Division this week.  Officers arrested David Jorell Lee Midgyett on charges of second-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.  He is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.  Samantha Sue Midgyett was also arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree domestic assault…her bond was set at $1,000 dollars. 




02/27/14

 

BEVIER DRIVER DIES FROM TUESDAY MORNING INJURIES 

A Bevier man has died from injuries sustained in an accident on Highway 63, early Tuesday morning.  41 year old Val G. Hedworth of Bevier died Wednesday morning at University Hospital after suffering serious injuries in the accident, which occurred at around 5:40am Tuesday, just south of Macon.  The patrol says Hedworth was thrown from his pickup as it ran off the highway and overturned. 

 

MARCELINE WOMAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Marceline woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday afternoon accident on Inman Road, just south of Brookfield.  54 year old Laura A. Torscher, of Marceline, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45pm.  She was a passenger in an SUV, driven by 22 year old Keri Wiggins, of Marceline.  The patrol says the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a group of trees. 

 

BRAYMER TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER TRUCK CRASH   

A Braymer teenager was life-flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital after a truck ran off a Caldwell County road, Wednesday afternoon.  13 year old Cisco Clariday, of Braymer, was ejected from the truck as it ran off the roadway and overturned several times.  The driver of the truck, 16 year old David Campbell, of Braymer, was not injured. 

 

MACON POLICE SEIZE METH LAB     

Macon Police are investigating the discovery of a meth lab, during the search of a Macon area home.  Officers received information about the possible existence of an active meth lab in the 800 block of Locust Street in Macon.  After they were given consent to search a vehicle and the home, officers say they located and seized a meth lab.  Charges are pending as the investigation continues. 

 

BOONE COUNTY OFFICERS SEIZE METH LAB   

Boone County authorities seized numerous components of a meth lab during a search of a home in the 800 block of East Calvin Drive, west of Ashland, on Wednesday.  Two occupants of the home were arrested…41 year old Barbara Graves faces a felony count of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  62 year old Sharon Stoll was issued a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia summons.  More arrests are pending as the investigation continues. 

 

TWO BOONE COUNTY METH BUSTS EARLIER IN WEEK 

Two other meth busts were made by Boone County deputies earlier in the week.  40 year old Justin Thatcher was arrested Monday after officers found a mobile meth lab in his trunk.  Officers say a search warrant also turned up additional operations at his home and in some nearby woods.  On Tuesday, a search warrant in the 3900 block of Clark Lane uncovered evidence of prior meth production and sales, along with marijuana which was packaged for sale.  Two suspects at that location were arrested on multiple drug charges. 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK SUSPECT

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville Police are attempting to locate a Kirksville man who is wanted on multiple outstanding warrants.  20 year old Brendan Jay Harris is wanted for probation violations on a burglary charge, along with an outstanding Audrain County warrant for drug charges and traffic offenses.  Kirksville Police attempted to make contact with a suspect believed to be Harris on Monday, but he fled on foot and eluded capture.  Harris is described a white male, 6-1 and 205 pounds with brown hair and green eyes, piercings in both ears and his lower lip and tattoos on his left arm, left ankle and right wrist.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Adair County Crime Line at 660-627-BUST. 




02/25/14

 

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED AFTER MACON ARREST   

A Moberly man is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and theft of a firearm, after an incident in downtown Macon on Friday.  Officers were called to the 100 block of Vine Street to a report of a man who appeared to be concealing a long gun.  Officers located a white male suspect exiting an upstairs apartment and entering a business below.  An assault rifle was located in a stairwell of the building.  That weapon had been reported stolen from a Macon residence, earlier in the day.  27 year old Douglas A. Dale of Moberly is charged in the case.  He remained in custody, at last report, on $9,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN SW MISSOURI ACCIDENT  

Three Green Castle residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident, over the weekend, on Interstate 44, near Springfield.  It occurred Saturday afternoon.  25 year old Sabrina Hatter, of Green Castle, was the driver of the van.  The patrol says she swerved to avoid  traffic which had stopped, due to a previous accident.  The van ran into the median and struck guard cables.  Two passengers, 26 year old Brian Kline and an 8 year old both suffered moderate injuries.  Hatter was treated for minor injuries. 

  

MOURNING A LONGTIME SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF      

Longtime Sullivan County Sheriff Bill Hayes, of Milan, died over the weekend after suffering an apparent heart attack.  The 66 year old Hayes was a lifelong Sullivan County resident who served as Sheriff for 20 years and, prior to that, was a deputy for eight years.  Visitation will be Wednesday evening, with funeral services Thursday afternoon, at Schoene-Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan. 

  

MODERATE INJURIES FOR AUXVASSE DRIVER    

An Auxvasse driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Route Z, just east of Fulton, Monday evening.  81 year old Estell Moise, of Auxvasse, was treated at Boone Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 5pm.  The patrol says her car ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

 

 

MIZZOU POLICE MAKE ARREST ON RAPE ALLEGATIONS   

University of Missouri Police arrested a freshman student Monday on allegations of rape in  Mizzou dorm.  The alleged incident occurred Sunday  morning in Laws Hall on the Mizzou Campus.  Vincent T. Nuno was arrested Monday morning on charges of second-degree rape and possession of alcohol as a minor. 




02/24/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MARCELINE DRIVER

A Marceline woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, early Saturday morning.  23 year old Emily R. Hamilton, of Marceline, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after midnight Saturday on Route ZZ, about five miles east of Marceline.  The patrol says she was ejected from her southbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 

MOBERLY MAN HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT  

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Route A, just south of Moberly, Friday afternoon.  31 year old John E. Clardy, of Moberly, was the driver of a southbound car which ran off the highway, struck a culvert and overturned at around 1:40pm.  His two year old son was treated for minor injuries.  Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

 

BOONVILLE DRIVER KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH 

A Boonville driver died in a Saturday morning accident on Old US 40 in Cooper County.  The patrol says it occurred at around 9:30am during a pursuit by Boonville Police.  66 year old Clyde R. Tobel, of Boonville, was the driver of a westbound car, which ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and became airborne.  The vehicle then struck the ground, a fence and a telephone pole.  Tobel was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

FATAL SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT IN COOPER COUNTY

A driver from Prairie Home, MO was killed in a Sunday afternoon accident on Route 87, just south of Boonville.  55 year old Joe B. Daniel, of Prairie Home, was pronounced dead the scene of the accident.  It occurred at around 4:20pm.  The patrol says Daniel’s southbound van ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and struck a utility pole. 

 

THREE COLUMBIA TEENS HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

Three Columbia teenagers were injured when their car ran off Route O at West Brome Road in Boone County, Saturday afternoon.  The patrol says 17 year old Eleazar Timko was the driver of the southbound car, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, ran off the road at a hillcrest, then went across a driveway and struck two trees.  Timko was treated for moderate injuries.  Two passengers in the car, 16 year old James Scott and 16 year old Cameron Parry, were both seriously injured.  All three were treated at University Hospital. 

 

FORMER UNIONVILLE POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED 

A former Unionville Police Officer is charged with exchanging pornographic images with a 14 year old girl, after an investigation by Putnam County authorities and the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.  Authorities say David Banks, of Unionville, exchanged inappropriate and illegal text messages with the 14 year old, prior to his recent termination as a Unionville Police Officer.  He was arrested Friday at a home in Stewartsville, MO and is being held on $10,000 dollars bond.  Additional charges are pending. 

 

MEMORIAL SERVICES THURSDAY FOR COLUMBIA FIREFIGHTER

Memorial services for Columbia Fire Lieutenant Bruce Britt will be held on Thursday, at 10am, at the Crossing Church in Columbia.  Lt. Britt died Saturday while working the scene of a structural collapse at the University Village Apartments in Columbia.   He was a 23-plus year veteran of the Columbia Fire Department.  Officials say Britt had helped safely evacuate the residents of the apartment complex when he was trapped by a walkway collapse.  The incident remains under investigation. 




02/21/14

 

Busses on hard surfaces/snow routes only:

MODERATE INJURY IN HIGHWAY 24 ACCIDENT 

An Arkansas man was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off the road at the Huntsville Junction on Highway 24, Thursday morning.   The patrol says 52 year old Terry Bittle, of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas, drove onto the exit ramp from Highway 24, failed to stop at a stop sign and ran off the roadway.  His pickup struck a guardrail, went down an embankment and overturned.  Bittle was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

MACON COUNTY COURTHOUSE PROPOSAL  

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Macon County Commissioners have proposed a plan to construct a new jail and renovate the Macon County Courthouse.  The proposed renovations would connect two existing buildings, which currently house the county offices.  The Macon County Jail, which has been condemned, would be completely rebuilt and connected to the Courthouse.  Macon County voters will be asked to pass a half-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and a quarter-cent Law Enforcement Sales Tax during the April 8 Municipal Election.  The Macon County Commission has scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss the proposal.  The meetings will be held at 7pm on February 24 at the Ethel City Hall, February 25 and March 25 at the Macon Expo Center, March 3 at LaPlata Elementary School, March 4 at the Atlanta School, March 6 at the New Cambria School and March 10 at the Bevier School. 

  

TRIAL DATE SET FOR HIGBEE MAN     

A trial date has been set for a Higbee man, accused of setting his wife on fire last Summer.  Court documents indicate Willard Hunt, of Higbee, will stand trial in Randolph County beginning April 3.  He is charged with first-degree arson, first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action.  Prosecutors say Hunt threw gasoline on his wife’s face and lit her and their house on fire. 

  

SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT NORTH OF COLUMBIA    

Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shots fired incident northeast of Columbia, which occurred late Thursday night.  A home in the 700 block of Demaret Drive was hit by gunfire, at around 9:20pm.  Deputies say evidence indicates shots were fired from the road into the home, with a woman and three children inside.  No injuries were reported and no suspect information is available.  Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




02/20/14

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT: 

Kirksville busses running hard surfaces/snow routes only – Thursday, 02/20/14.

 

MISSING HARRISON COUNTY CHILD HOME SAFE  

An endangered person advisory for a missing toddler from Bethany has been cancelled this morning, after the child was returned to Harrison County.  Authorities say 23 month old Caiden Stanton was taken by her non-custodial mother, 27 year old Calley Stanton, Wednesday afternoon.  They say Stanton returned her child to Harrison County authorities early this morning. 

  

MURDER CHARGES FILED IN SPRINGFIELD GIRL’S DEATH 

A Springfield area Amber Alert ended tragically Wednesday, when  police found the body of a missing 10 year old girl, Hailey Owens, in the home of the suspect in the case.  45 year old Craig Michael Wood, a coach and teacher’s aide at a Springfield elementary and middle school, is charged with kidnapping and first-degree murder. 

  

NO STUDENTS INJURED IN SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT  

No students were injured when a Chillicothe School Bus collided with a car at the intersection of Calhoun and Walnut in Chillicothe, on Wednesday.  Police say a vehicle driven by Hali Christie pulled into the path of the bus.  Christie refused treatment for minor injuries.  24 students were on the bus at the time of the accident, there were no injuries reported. 

  

SHELBINA DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 CRASH   

A Shelbina driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car slid on a patch of ice and ran off Highway 36, just east of Monroe City, Wednesday morning.  The patrol says 38 year old Desa Hicks, of Shelbina, lost control of her car and it ran off the highway and overturned, just after 8:30am.  She was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A Columbia woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off westbound I-70 in Saline County, Wednesday night.  43 year old Carolyn K. Sheafer, of Columbia, was taken to I-70 Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 7pm.  The patrol says her westbound car ran off the highway and struck an embankment. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES   

A Columbia man pleaded guilty to two sex charges Tuesday.  28 year old Shaun Michael Dierker pleaded guilty to charges of statutory sodomy and attempted sexual misconduct involving a child.  He was arrested in December after arranging a meeting with an undercover detective who Dierker believed was a 14 year old boy.  He’ll be sentenced in April. 




02/19/14

 

MISSING GIRL PROMPTS SPRINGFIELD AREA AMBER ALERT 

A Springfield area Amber Alert was issued Tuesday afternoon, after a ten year old girl went missing.  Early Wednesday morning, police say they located the suspect vehicle at a residence in south Springfield.  They took the male suspect in custody.  The girl, 10 year old Hailey Owens, is still missing.  A search for the child will continue today.  The suspect is accused of grabbing the girl and pulling her into his truck in Springfield Tuesday afternoon. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF STATUTORY SODOMY    

A Columbia man, who was arrested on an outstanding federal warrant for failure to appear on a deportation charge is now accused of sexually assaulting a seven year old child.  26 year old Oscar Contreras was in custody when allegations of statutory sodomy were discovered.  Bond has not been set in the case.  Contreras remains in custody in the Boone County Jail. 

  

FORMER JAIL ADMINISTRATOR SENTENCED    

A former Randolph County Jail Administrator who was charged with felony forgery last year, has pleaded guilty and will avoid jail time.  59 year old Steven Holman, of Huntsville, was accused of forging court documents to allow a relative out of jail early on a DWI sentence in 2011.  Holman pleaded guilty to the charge and was given a 30-day suspended sentence and placed on supervised probation.  He was also ordered to perform 20 hours of community service. 

  

MISSOURI HOUSE TO INVESTIGATE PROPANE PRICES   

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has announced the formation of a special committee to investigate allegations of propane price gouging.  The 12-member committee is being asked to thoroughly examine the causes that have led propane prices to explode to more than five dollars per gallon in recent weeks, resulting in unmanageable home heating costs for many Missourians. 




02/18/14

 

ATLANTA MAN CHARGED AFTER CAMERA FOUND IN BATHROOM

An Atlanta man is charged after a weekend investigation into a digital video camera, found recording activity in a public restroom.  The camera, which was removed from a business in the 500 block of Briggs Drive in Macon, was turned over to Macon Police.  With the assistance of the highway patrol and the FBI, police executed a search warrant at an Atlanta home.  Formal charges were filed against Benjamin P. Smith, of Atlanta and additional charges are pending, as the investigation continues.  Smith is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

TWO MACON RESIDENTS FACING DRUG CHARGES  

Two Macon residents are charged after an investigation into the failure to return rental property turned into a drug bust.  Macon Police contacted the residents of an apartment in the 100 block of Vine Street, looking for a suspect and missing rental items.  They found two other occupants of the residence and evidence of possible drug use.  33 year old Corey Barney and 32 year old Crystal Barron, both of Macon, were arrested and charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Bond was set at $10,000 dollars cash-only, each. 

  

DAVIESS COUNTY TEEN FOUND SAFE    

Daviess County authorities have cancelled an endangered-person advisory after a missing 14 year old girl was found safe.  The alert was issued late Sunday night after the teen failed to return home.  She was believed to be traveling to Wichita, Kansas with a 17 year old boy.  Officials say the teen was home with her family Monday night…no further details were released. 

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANT      

A Moberly man, who was wanted after being charged with drug possession in November, was arrested over the weekend by Moberly Police.  Officers say 26 year old Brandon Brown failed to appear for a December hearing on a cocaine possession charge, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.  He was located and arrested Saturday in the 900 block of Sinnock Avenue.  He is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 




02/17/14

 

FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY THRU NOON 

Periods of rain, freezing rain, sleet and light snow will continue across north Missouri thru the morning, with slowly rising temperatures expected to get above the freezing mark by noon.  Travel conditions range from icy to slushy across the area and secondary roads and untreated surfaces are particularly hazardous for the time being.  Improving travel conditions will take us into the afternoon, with high temperatures near 40 today.  Take it very slow as you head out this morning. 

 

PICKUP COLLIDES WITH HORSE-DRAWN WAGON

A Jamesport man was treated for moderate injuries after a pickup collided with a horse-drawn wagon on Route F, just east of Jamesport, Saturday evening.  It occurred at around 6:30pm.  The patrol says the driver of the pickup, 37 year old Robert W. Skipper, of Chillicothe, did not see the unlighted horse-drawn vehicle, which was driven by 37 year old John H. Troyer, of Jamesport.  Skipper attempted to swerve to avoid the collision but struck the wagon in the rear.  Troyer was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.  Skipper was treated for minor injuries. 

 

PEACE DISTURBANCE CALL RESULTS IN ARREST

Chillicothe Police report a peace disturbance call, early Sunday morning, which resulted in the arrest of a Chillicothe man.  The call came in just after midnight Sunday, reporting a man with a gun.  Officers investigated and found a suspect in possession of a hammer, not a gun.  That suspect, Terry Allen Green, was taken into custody for peace disturbance.  He was transferred to the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail. 

 

ENDANGERED PERSON REPORT BY DAVIESS COUNTY SHERIFF

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office has issued an endangered person advisory for 14 year old Megan Taylor Guffey, a white female who was traveled from Grundy County to Daviess County, with 17 year old Jeramy Sanders, over the weekend and has not returned.  Authorities say they are believed to have run away together and may possibly have traveled to Wichita, Kansas.  Megan Taylor Guffey is described as a white female, 5-3 and 113 pounds with hair shaved on the right side of her head near her ear.  Sanders is a 17 year old Hispanic male, 5-6 and 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  They were traveling in a light blue, late 90’s model Ford Taurus with Kansas registration.  Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement. 

 

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED 

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police are investigating a shots-fired incident, which occurred near Sinclair Road and Cascades Drive, early Saturday morning.  Officers were called to the scene just after 4am.  They found more than a dozen shell casings in the area, but no injuries were reported.  Anyone with information should call the Boone County tips line at 573-875-TIPS. 




02/14/14

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY  

A light wintry mix of precipitation has caused some slick driving conditions this morning, mainly across north and northeast Missouri.  A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Knox and Shelby Counties east to the Hannibal area, where up to a couple of inches of accumulating snow and sleet could cause more significant travel concerns.  There are a handful of school announcements this morning…click on ‘cancellations’ for the latest information. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN AREA BURGLARIES  

Two Lancaster men are in custody in connection with recent break-ins at an Amish store and a hog barn.  Schuyler County Deputies arrested 26 year old Jessie Jackson and 25 year old Anthony Crump, both of Lancaster.  Both are charged with second-degree burglary and theft.  Authorities say they had stolen property from a hog barn near Downing and also admitted breaking into an Amish store near Bloomfield, Iowa.  They’re being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CAR-TRAIN COLLISION 

A Louisiana woman was life-flighted to St. Louis with serious injuries after a car was struck by a train, on Thursday.  25 year old Nicole C. Ivey, of Louisiana, was flown to Barnes-Jewish Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 11:30am at a Pike County railroad crossing.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 37 year old Marvin Burse, of Louisiana.  The patrol says it entered the rail crossing into the path of a westbound train, which struck the car in the driver’s side.  Burse escaped with just minor injuries. 

  

FRIDAY MORNING FFA BREAKFAST AT BHS    

The Brookfield High School FFA chapter is hosting its annual Community Appreciation Breakfast this morning, in the Linn County Area Career Center Conference Room.  Breakfast is being served from 6:30 to 8am, and all community members are welcome.  A free will donation will support students attending the Washington Leadership Conference this summer. 

  

MACON COUNTY CATTLEMEN SET FOR BANQUET    

Saturday evening, the Macon County Cattlemen will host their 14th Annual Youth Scholarship Banquet, at the Macon County Expo Center.  A prime rib dinner will begin at 6pm.  Northeast Missouri businesses, individuals and organizations are welcome to attend and support this year’s effort to raise funds supporting scholarships for youth, who are involved in the beef industry.  More than 100 items will be raffled or auctioned during the event.  Last year’s banquet raised more than $15,000 dollars. 




02/13/14

 

MOBERLY MAN NAMED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT

A Moberly man has been indicted by a federal grand jury, for possession of counterfeit fifty dollar bills, last December.  36 year old Kevin Glenn McCuiston, of Moberly, is charged with possessing 49 counterfeit fifties.  In a separate indictment, 28 year old Jackie  Busey, of St. Joseph, was indicted on a similar charge, after allegedly attempting to use a counterfeit fifty at a Boone County business.  The cases are being handled by the Western District U.S. Attorney’s Office, and investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, The Highway Patrol and Columbia Police. 

  

KIRKSVILLE R-3 NAMES NEW SUPERINTENDENT 

The Kirksville R-3 School Board has announced the hiring of a new Superintendent for the coming school year.  Dr. Damon Kizzire, a native of Lawson, has been hired to replace retiring Superintendent Pat Williams.  Dr. Kizzire brings 23 years of experience in education as a teacher and administrator…the last 12 years at the Richmond school district, where he has served as Superintendent since 2010.  He will take over the position at Kirksville, effective July 1. 

  

NEW HEDRICK MEDICAL CENTER OPENING TODAY  

Today is the day for the opening of the new Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe.  The new 100,000 square foot, $41 million dollars facility will be opening this morning  and current Hedrick Medical Center patients will be transferred from the old to the new hospital today.  The new facility includes a secure, private Emergency Department, 21 private inpatient rooms, a spacious Maternity Unit and adjacent Health Plaza with physician offices and A Women’s Center. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN DRUG RING     

A Columbia man will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to federal drug charges more than a year ago.  Michael Wayne Crossno learned his sentence on Wednesday.  He was connected to a drug ring involving Levi Coolley, who had close ties to the University of Missouri men’s basketball team.  Cooley was arrested while traveling with the team in Omaha, Nebraska in 2012.  He pleaded guilty to distribution charges last month and is still awaiting sentencing.  Crossno’s plea agreement detailed his involvement in the effort to distribute cocaine in Columbia since 2008, which allegedly involved more than a dozen people.  An internal investigation by the University of Missouri into Cooley’s connection to Mizzou basketball revealed no improper activity by anyone in the program. 




02/12/14

 

MACON FIREFIGHTERS FACE FRIGID CONDITIONS  

Macon Firefighters battled frigid temperatures, in addition to a fire that heavily damaged a two-story apartment complex in Macon, early Tuesday morning.  The call came just after 2:30am, at the corner of Prairie and Duff Street in Macon.  Two trucks and more than a dozen firefighters responded, along with assistance from the Bevier and Macon Rural Fire Departments.  Paramedics were also called to the scene, due to the risk of hypothermia.  They battled the blaze for five and a half hours, closing off an entire block due to freezing water.  No injuries were reported, and all residents of the apartment building were displaced.  Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze. 

  

ATTIC FIRE DAMAGES MACON BUILDING  

Macon firefighters also battled an attic fire in icy conditions on Monday afternoon.  They were called to a building in the 1600 block of North Missouri, just before 1pm.  They believe the fire started in the shop area of the building, where a flue pipe goes through the ceiling and roof.  The cause of that fire is also under investigation. 

  

CHARGES FILED IN ALLEGED MISUSE OF DONATIONS    

A Trenton woman faces charges of receiving stolen property after an investigation by Trenton Police revealed that on-line donations to cover funeral expenses had been spent.  35 year old Elizabeth Glass, of Trenton, is charged in the case.  Officers say she started a web-based fund raising campaign to cover the funeral costs of Justin McKnight in August.  They say the $1,600 dollars she raised to give to the funeral home has never been paid. 

  

BOONE COUNTY DRUG BUST TUESDAY NIGHT   

A Columbia man faces drug charges after an investigation at a Boone County home, Tuesday night.  34 year old Christopher Chaney is accused of manufacturing meth.  Deputies say they found a small, but active, meth lab near train tracks behind the home, and more components of a lab inside the home.  They say a number of reports of suspicious, meth-related purchases from area businesses led them to the home.  A female resident of the home was also arrested for interfering with officers at the scene. 




02/11/14

 

MFA CONFIRMS MAMTEK PURCHASE 

MFA Oil Company officially confirmed their purchase of the failed Mamtek Plant in Moberly on Monday.  A company spokesman says the purchase was recently finalized and that MFA Oil Company looks forward to working with the city of Moberly to turn the property into the economic engine that it was designed to be.  The company says it will take significant investment to finish development of the site.  Construction is expected to begin this spring and should be complete by the end of the year. 

  

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES ARREST SEX OFFENDER 

A convicted sex offender from New York was arrested in Boone County Monday, after fleeing from authorities during a traffic stop.  26 year old Michael Dann, Jr. is charged with failure to register as a sex offender after moving to Boone County.  He was a passenger in a vehicle, which was stopped by Boone County Deputies, in the 4500 block of Paris Road.  The deputy suspected Dann was lying about his identity and Dann attempted to flee on foot.  He was taken into custody after a short pursuit. 

  

COLUMBIA ACCIDENT CAUSES CRITICAL INJURY 

A Columbia man is in critical condition after he suffered life-threatening injuries in a weekend accident.  The accident occurred early Saturday morning.  Police say 35 year old Dennis Atim was the driver of a pickup which went out of control on a snow-covered roadway, crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on.  Atim was taken to University Hospital where he remains in critical condition.  Three occupants of the other vehicle were treated for minor injuries. 

  

CHILDREN’S DENTAL EVENT IN KIRKSVILLE  

February is National Children’s Dental Health month and AT Still University wants to raise awareness about the importance of kid’s oral health.  The University’s School of Dentistry and Oral Health is hosting a ‘Give Kids a Smile’ event Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, at the Kirksville Walmart Supercenter.  ATSU dental students will be on-hand to answer questions and talk about the importance of getting better access to general dental care at a young age.  Students will be handing out toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and children’s activity books to all kids to stop by their table.  Saturday, from 10 to 2, at the Kirksville Walmart. 

 




02/10/14

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT ARREST  

Chillicothe Police have concluded an investigation into to two alleged sexual assaults involving juvenile females.  Officers arrested Dennis Leroy Gear, of Chillicothe, on two counts of statutory rape, one count of statutory sodomy and supplying intoxicants to a minor.  Gear is being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

STATE FUNDS RELEASED FOR NORTH MISSOURI RESERVOIR 

Governor Jay Nixon has released the final $2 million dollars in state funding for the East Locust Creek Reservoir project.   The funds will be used by the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission to purchase property for the new proposed reservoir.  It will be located primarily in Sullivan County and, when it’s completed, will serve 10 counties in north Missouri by providing seven million gallons of water per day.  

  

TWO TEENS HURT IN LINCOLN COUNTY CRASH               021014

Teenagers from Moscow Mills and Silex were injured when their pickup ran off a Lincoln County road, Sunday afternoon.  The accident occurred just after 2pm.  16 year old Lacey Turnbull, of Silex, was the driver of the pickup…she suffered serious injuries.  A passenger, 15 year old Kadie Aschoff, of Moscow Mills, was treated for moderate injuries. Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur.  The patrol says the vehicle went out of control on an ice-covered roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned. 




02/07/14

 

ROAD CONDITIONS AND SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

As road conditions continue to slowly improve, heading into the weekend, many area school districts are headed back to class this morning.  We’ve got a number of school announcements, which include just a handful of closings, but many districts have a late start planned, while others are running busses on snow routes. 

 

Frigid temperatures continue today, but we’ll only drop to around 9 degrees overnight tonight, with a slight warmup for Saturday…near 30.  Yet another arctic blast is expected Saturday night into Sunday and we’ll be back below zero by Monday morning.  A couple rounds of flurries or light snow are possible today and Saturday, but no significant accumulation is expected.  Motorists are reminded that we’re still dealing with snow-packed roadways from this week’s storm…use caution throughout the weekend…any additional accumulation could cause some problems. 

  

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND IN MOBERLY  

The Moberly Police Department is investigating the death of a 40 year old woman in Moberly on Thursday.  Police say the woman’s body was found in the 100 block of Hagood Street.  An autopsy is scheduled for Friday, as the investigation is underway.  No other details have been released at this time. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE 

A Chillicothe man is charged with forcible rape and forcible sodomy after an investigation by Chillicothe Police.  Officers were called to Hedrick Medical Center regarding a report of a sexual assault.  After investigating, Ricky Ricardo Quintero was taken into custody.  He is being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

HUNTSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY COLLISION

A Huntsville woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday evening collision on Randolph County Route JJ.  27 year old Lindsay Wright, of Huntsville, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30pm.   She was a passenger in a car driven by 31 year old Chad Wright, of Huntsville.  The patrol says a car driven by 41 year old Kayla Christine, of Huntsville, turned into the path of the Wright’s vehicle. 

  

EDINA DRIVER INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

An Edina driver suffered moderate injuries when his car collided with a pickup at an Edina intersection.  46 year old Roger Brantner, of Edina, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 10:20pm Thursday.  The patrol says the driver of the pickup failed to see Brantner’s car at the intersection, due to a snow pile.  The two vehicles collided. 




02/05/14

 

SNOW PARALYZES MUCH OF MISSOURI

The National Weather Service was ‘dead on’ with this forecast!  Widespread six to ten inch snowfall amounts cover much of central and north Missouri this morning, and blowing and drifting snow continues to cause additional problems for road crews.  MoDOT says virtually all roads in the area are snow-packed and slow-going.  Some secondary roadways have not yet been properly cleared and others have re-drifted.  Crews will be working to create some improvement as the day goes along. 

 

Virtually every school district in the area is closed today, along with most of our area college campuses, many government offices and a handful of businesses.  You’ll find our latest information on closings and cancellations by clicking ‘cancellations’ above. 

 

Motorists are encouraged to delay travel today, if at all possible, and make some room for road crews to get their work done.  Frigid temperatures will settle in for the next few days, adding dangerous wind chills to the list of concerns.  Single-digit temperatures and below zero wind chills today…and we could see temperatures of twelve-below with wind chills near –25 tomorrow morning. 




02-03-14 UPDATE – WINTER STORM PROMPTS ‘NO TRAVEL’ADVISORY

Tuesday’s impending winter storm has prompted MoDOT to issue a ‘no travel’ advisory for the entire area.  Officials say heavy snowfall and strong winds across much of the state of Missouri will make travel extremely hazardous.  They’re adivisng motorists to stay home during Tuesday’s storm.  MoDOT also advises those that do get out to be sure you have your cell phone and winter survival supplies, in case you become stranded. 




02/03/14

 

WINTER STORM WARNING 

Slick driving conditions persist around the area this morning, as snow and ice-packed roadway remain from Friday’s winter storm.  Meanwhile, another powerful winter system is poised to move into the area Tuesday, prompting a Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday into Wednesday morning.  This system will dump widespread heavy snow across the area.  Light snow is expected to develop overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, with periods of heavy snowfall during the day and evening Tuesday, tapering off Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  In addition, strong northeast winds will cause blowing and drifting snow.  Travel will become increasingly hazardous during the day Tuesday thru Wednesday morning.  Widespread snow totals of 5 to 8 inches are expected across the area, with some locally heavier amounts, up to 10 inches, possible in north Missouri. 

 

CHILD DEAD AFTER WEEKEND COLLISION  

An infant child from Hamburg, Iowa died over the weekend from injuries sustained in a Friday afternoon head-on collision on Highway 6, just west of Green City.  The child was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by his mother, 27 year old Angela Lang, of Hamburg, Iowa.  The patrol says an oncoming tractor-trailer, driven by 45 year old Scott Popeko, of Milan, crossed the center line and struck their car head-on.  The child was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, where he died Sunday evening.  Angela Lang was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Popeko was treated for minor injuries. 

 

THREE HURT IN MACON AREA ACCIDENT  

A Macon woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon collision on Macon County Route K, about five miles northeast of Macon.  The accident occurred at around 3:45pm.  39 year old Dennis Cash, of Macon was driving a vehicle southbound when a truck, driven by 16 year old Andrew Cosby, of Bevier, turned into the path of Cash’s vehicle.  A passenger, 62 year old Brenda K. Cash, of Macon was taken to Samaritan Hospital with moderate injuries.  Both drivers were treated for minor injuries. 

 

HAMILTON COUPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED 

A Hamilton couple were both seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 36, just east of Hamilton.  56 year old Edward Keathley, of Hamilton was the driver of their westbound pickup, 55 year old Margaret Keathley was a passenger.  Both were treated for serious injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says Keathley lost control on the snow-covered roadway and the pickup ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 

CARROLLTON WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH    

A Carrollton woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Highway 65 in Saline County, Friday night.  38 year old Joyce Fuller, of Carrollton, was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred just after 8pm.  The patrol says she lost control while rounding a curve and her car ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

 

WOOLDRIDGE DRIVER KILLED IN I-70 COLLISION   

A driver from Wooldridge, MO was killed when his car collided with a van on I-70, east of Boonville, early Sunday morning.  51 year old Kelly Klein, of Wooldridge, died in the accident, which occurred at around 5:15am.  His westbound car was struck in the rear by a westbound van driven by a St. Louis man.  Klein’s car ran off the highway after impact and overturned.   A passenger in Klein’s vehicle, 51 year old Keely James, of Wooldridge, was treated for moderate injuries.  

 

JEFFERSON CITY DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

A Jefferson City driver was killed in a Saturday morning accident on Highway 54 in Cole County.  58 year old Billy Robinett, of Jefferson City, died in the crash, which occurred at around 6:30am.  The patrol says he lost control of his eastbound pickup on the ice-covered roadway.  It ran off the road, down a steep embankment and overturned. 

 

MOBERLY MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER WEEKEND ARREST  

A Moberly man is in custody after a weekend search warrant was served in the 800 block of Vincil.  Police arrested 39 year old Scott Jean Brockman Saturday, on a Randolph County absconder warrant, relating to probation from a previous drug conviction.  Brockman is being held without bond at the Randolph County Justice Center. 




01/31/14

 

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT 

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire thru Saturday.  Light snow has overspread the area this morning, causing around an inch or so of accumulation today.  A heavier round of precipitation is expected  beginning late tonight and continuing thru Saturday morning, bringing heavier snow to areas along and north of the Highway 36 corridor, where an additional 3 to 5 inches of snow is expected.  South of Highway 36 into Central Missouri, there could be periods of light freezing rain and sleet mixed in with tonight’s activity, causing lesser snowfall amounts, but potentially producing icy conditions.  We expect some travel problems during today’s light snow, but travel will likely be impacted significantly late tonight, through part of the day on Saturday. 

  

MO ATTORNEY GENERAL REMOVED FROM WOODWORTH CASE

A judge says the Missouri Attorney General’s Office can not be involved in the third prosecution of Mark Woodworth, in connection with the 1990 Chillicothe-area murder of Cathy Robertson.  The judge's ruling cites misconduct by prosecutors from the Attorney General’s office, which resulted in both prior convictions of Woodworth being overturned.  The judge’s ruling puts the third trial of Mark Woodworth in the hands of Livingston County Prosecutor Adam Warren.  The trial is set for July of this year. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME      

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A Kirksville man is charged with possession and manufacture of meth and providing precursor materials with intent to manufacture, after a search of his home on Wednesday afternoon.  Authorities say 32 year old Joshua W. Craig was on probation and subject to warrantless searches.  A search of his home turned up a number of items of stolen property, along with evidence of meth manufacture.  Photographs of the stolen items are posted on the Adair County Sheriff’s Department’s facebook page.  Craig is being held on $75,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

TWO COLUMBIA WOMEN ARRESTED AFTER ASSAULT

Boone County authorities have arrested two female suspects after they allegedly assaulted a woman at her home on Moberly Drive.  22 year old Marissa Davis and 22 year old Alicia Cole are accused of going to the home with intent to confront the female victim.  Deputies say the two damaged the property and assaulted her, causing a minor injury.  They were both arrested on burglary and assault charges. 

  

BODY FOUND IN HOLTS SUMMIT MAY BE HOMICIDE     

Police in Holts Summit say a woman’s body found in a gas station parking lot, on Thursday, is being investigated as a homicide.  The woman has been identified as 44 year old Jessica Murafetis, of Chilhowee, MO.  Her body was found at around 11:30am behind the Exxon station on East Simon Street in Holts Summit.  Investigators have not released any additional information as of yet. 




01/30/14

 

MACON POLICE UPDATE ON RECENT ARRESTS  

The Macon Police Department has released details on a handful of recent investigations. 

35 year old James W. Myers is charged with burglary, assault and property damage, after an alleged incident on the afternoon of January 15.  He is accused of entering a residence in the 700 block of West Oak Street and assaulting the victim.  Myers is being held on $20,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

29 year old Heather Mitchell faces a forgery charge in connection with a report of a forged check by a Macon area business on January 14.  Her bond was set at $9,000 dollars. 

On January 16, a report of loitering at a local business resulted in the arrest of a 47 year old male suspect, from Holts Summit, MO, on active warrants from Audrain and Montgomery Counties. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE INTESTIGATING HOME INVASION   

Moberly Police are investigating a home invasion robbery, which occurred Sunday.  Two female victims reported that two male suspects broke into their home and displayed a weapon, then fled with cell phones and a small amount of cash.  Anyone with information should contact Moberly Police. 

  

COLUMBIA HOME INVASION SUSPECTS SOUGHT   

Boone County authorities are seeking two male suspects in connection with a Tuesday afternoon home invasion robbery.  It occurred just before 1:30pm on El Chaparral Avenue.  Witnesses say the white male suspects, armed with a bat and a knife, forced their way into the home and stole numerous items.  No one was injured in the incident.  Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

MISSOURI MAN EXECUTED FOR 1991 MURDER    

A Missouri man was executed late Wednesday night, after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of execution.  56 year old Herbert Smulls was sentenced to death in connection with the murder of a St. Louis area jeweler, during a 1991 robbery.  He was originally scheduled to die at 12:01 Wednesday morning, but the Supreme Court granted a stay on Tuesday.  A new appeal, filed with the Supreme Court Wednesday night, was denied.  Smulls is Missouri’s third lethal injection in the past three months. 




01/29/14

 

OUTDOOR BURNING BANS IN EFFECT 

Due to extremely dry conditions, the Linn County Commission has issued a burn ban for the entire county, effective until further notice.  The ban prohibits outdoor burning of any type, but does not prohibit the use of barbecue grills for cooking.  A similar burn ban has also been issued for the city of Callao.  Several other area communities and government entities report that, although formal burn bans are not in place, outdoor burning is strongly discouraged until the dry conditions improve. 

 

THREE BRUNSWICK RESIDENTS HURT IN COLLISION

A Brunswick driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday evening collision at the Highway 24 and 131 junction in Lafayette County.  49 year old Darren Mcabee, of Brunswick, was life-flighted to Research Medical Center in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm.  The patrol says a car driven by a Kansas City teenager failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of Mcabee’s eastbound pickup.  Two passengers in the pickup were also injured…37 year old Mylinda Sewell, of Brunswick, was treated for moderate injuries and 25 year old Dara Mcabee, of Brunswick, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.  The other driver also sustained moderate injuries. 

 

NEW FEDERAL INDICTMENT NAMES CHILLICOTHE COUPLE

A Chillicothe couple face a new federal indictment, in connection with allegations of embezzlement from a Hamilton construction company.  The indictment, handed down by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, names 60 year old Donna M. Preszler and 63 year old Terrance W. Preszler, of Chillicothe.  It replaces an indictment that was issued in June and adds the husband as a defendant on one count of filing a false income tax return.  The original indictment accused Donna Preszler of embezzling nearly $4 million dollars from her employer, Burdg, Dunham and Associates, between 2001 and 2012.  The new indictment also alleges that the couple fraudulently obtained federal income tax refunds by not reporting the illegal income.  Donna Preszler is charged with six counts of wire fraud and 14 counts of money laundering, in the case. 

 

MEMPHIS MAN CHARGED AFTER METH BUST

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A Memphis, MO man is charged with distribution of methamphetamine, after his arrest by Clark County Deputies on Tuesday.  39 year old Stacy A. Sapp was taken into custody after an investigation by the North Missouri Drug Task Force.  He is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT IN MU DORM INVESTIGATED  

University of Missouri police say an attack inside a dorm room over the weekend is now classified as a sexual assault.  It occurred early Sunday morning in Laws Hall, on the Mizzou campus.  Investigators say two men allegedly entered an unlocked room and sexually assaulted the resident.  Two suspects have been identified in the case, but their names have not been released and no charges have been filed. 

 

LINCOLN COUNTY SUSPECT BEING SOUGHT    

Columbia Police are keeping an eye out for a suspect in a Lincoln County assault, which occurred Monday.  The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department says there is reason to believe the suspect, 27 year old Mark Christopher Kerpash is headed to the Columbia area.  He is wanted in connection with the assault of a 95 year old female in Hawk Point, MO.  Investigators say Kerpash was picked up in a light blue passenger vehicle with a female passenger, believed to be his girlfriend, Kelli Coleman.  Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts should contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department. 




01/28/14

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH KILLS DRIVER  

A one-vehicle accident on a Randolph County roadway, which occurred early Monday morning, killed the driver, 22 year old Christopher Opre, of Manchester, MO, located in St. Louis County.  The accident occurred at around 3:15am on a county road, just south of Renick.  The patrol says Opre’s southbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a fence and a tree and then caught fire.  He was unable to exit the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

UNIONVILLE MAN STRUCK BY VEHICLE AND KILLED  

A Unionville man was killed, over the weekend, when he was struck by an SUV while trying to cross Highway 136 in Unionville on foot.  Unionville Police say 72 year old Charles Shrake was attempting to cross the highway, near his home in Unionville, just before 6pm Sunday.  He was hit by an SUV, driven by 35 year old Robert Goodyear, of Unionville.  Shrake was taken by ambulance to Putnam County Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  Officials say no charges are being filed in the case. 

  

MODERATE INJURIES IN SALINE COUNTY COLLISION     

Drivers from Carrollton and Marshall were both treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 65 in Saline County.  22 year old Jordan Williams, of Carrollton and 30 year old Trisha Johnson, of Marshall, were taken to Fitzgibon Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 4:40pm.  The patrol says Jordan’s vehicle overtook the car driven by Johnson and struck it in the rear.  Johnson’s two children, age 5 and 10, who were both passengers in her vehicle, were both treated for minor injuries. 

  

THREE ARRESTED IN MILAN AREA DRUG BUST   

A search warrant served over the weekend at a Sullivan County apartment building netted three arrests on drug charges.  22 year old Oscar Torres Marquina, 22 year old Armando Romo III and 59 year old Leonard Vega, all of Milan, were each charged with distribution and possession of meth.  The three suspects are being held in the Sullivan County Jail on $75,000 dollars cash only bond.  Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputies executed the search warrant at an apartment located just south of Milan on Highway 5.  Romo and Vega were arrested at the scene. Marquina was arrested later, after further investigation. 

  

BOONVILLE COUPLE FACING DRUG CHARGES    

A Boonville couple face drug charges after their arrest, over the weekend.  Boonville Police say 29 year old Derrick Coady and his girlfriend, 26 year old Jessica Corley, were attempting to extinguish a box of marijuana which caught fire at their home.  Officers responded after smelling the smoke several blocks away.  They say they found several large freezer bags of marijuana and a growing operation in the basement of the home. 




01/27/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR RENICK MAN  

A Renick man was seriously injured when a car ran off Route 22 in Audrain County, Sunday afternoon.  28 year old Richard Struble, of Renick, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:50pm.  He was a passenger in a car driven by 26 year old Reisa Deornellis, of Renick.  The patrol says she lost control of the vehicle and it ran off the highway and struck a tree. 

  

DATE SET FOR THIRD WOODWORTH TRIAL 

A date has been set for Mark Woodworth’s third murder trial, in the 1990 death of his Chillicothe area neighbor, Cathy Robertson.  Woodworth was first convicted in 1995, but that conviction was overturned.  He had been in prison since his second conviction in the case, until the Missouri Supreme Court set that conviction aside last year.  The state will try Woodworth for the third time, beginning July 21 of this year. 

  

SHOTS FIRED AT COLUMBIA SPORTS BAR    

Columbia Police are investigating a ‘shots fired’ incident, which occurred early Sunday morning in the parking lot of the Sidelines Sport Bar on Big Bear Boulevard.  Officers say a male suspect shot at a woman’s car while she was sitting in it.  Investigators found two bullet holes in the car and seven shell casings nearby.  The woman says the suspect had been following her inside the bar, prior to the shooting.  Anyone with information on the incident should call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

MONROE COUNTY SUSPECTS SOUGHT   

The Highway Patrol and Monroe County authorities spent much of Saturday searching for a pair of suspects, after they fled the scene of an apparent burglary.  The patrol says they were called to property about a mile and a half northwest of Madison at around 9:30am Saturday, to a report of multiple persons on the property and apparently burglarizing a storage shed.  One suspect was taken into custody, but two others fled the scene.  They later crashed their vehicle and fled on foot.  Multiple agencies spent several hours searching for the two remaining suspects, but they remain at-large.  Officers say they believe they know their identities, but the names have not been released.  

  

KIRKSVILLE ATTORNEY DISBARRED  

A longtime Kirksville attorney has been disbarred, after allegations of misconduct.  Documents from the Missouri Supreme Court indicate that Kirksville attorney Rick Jackson is disbarred and his license to practice in Missouri has been cancelled.  Officials say the disbarment occurred after Jackson failed to respond to a complaint against him.  They say details of the complaint will not be released, as they are not part of the public record. 




01/24/14

 

KNOX COUNTY TRUCKER SENTENCED TO PRISON  

A Knox County man has been sentenced to 14 months in federal prison, on three charges involving the transportation of stolen liquid plant food.  Charles William Tague, of Hurdland, appeared in a federal courtroom in Cape Girardeau.  Tague, who owned a trucking company, admitted involvement in a scheme to transport stolen inventory from a Scott City, MO company that makes liquid plant food.  He was also ordered to pay more than $800,000 dollars in restitution.  The Plant Manager was previously sentenced to 27 months in prison for his involvement in the scheme. 

  

HUNTSVILLE DEATH INVESTIGATION COMPLETE 

Randolph County coroner Gerald Luntsford has completed his investigation into the death of longtime Huntsville Police Chief Buddy Stuck.  Luntsford says the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.  How that gunshot came about has been ruled as undetermined.  Stuck died after the gunshot occurred at his home on November 27. 

  

MACON INTERCHANGE TO HONOR FALLEN SOLDIER 

A Macon area soldier who was killed in Iraq in 2004 will be honored next week.  On Saturday February 1, the U.S. 63 interchange in Macon will be officially be named ‘Heroes Way’, in honor of Michael Blaise of Macon.  A ceremony will be held at 1pm on the first, at the Colonel Bleese Armory in Macon to dedicate the interchange and unveil one of the signs that will be placed in Blaise’s honor.  The Heroes Way designation was established by MODOT in 2009 to honor Missouri residents who’ve been killed in action in either Afghanistan or Iraq since 9-11 in 2001. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY COUPLE DEAD AFTER ACCIDENT   

A Jefferson City couple both died in a one-vehicle accident, early Thursday morning, on a Cole County road.  46 year old Mark A. Wolken and 44 year old Rebecca J. Wolken both died in the crash, which occurred just after midnight on Tanner Bridge Road.  Rebecca Wolken was the driver of their southbound car.  The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned multiple times. 

  

PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING IN BEAN FIELD   

No one was injured when a small plane made an emergency landing in a Boone County bean field, Thursday afternoon.  Officials say the twin engine Cessna 414 was traveling from Iowa to Jefferson City when both engines failed.  The pilot was able to make a successful emergency landing in a bean field just west of Ashland. 




01/23/14

 

DANGEROUS WIND CHILLS THROUGHOUT THE DAY 

A wind child advisory is in effect for the entire area thru 11am.  Temperatures around zero to five below this morning, coupled with northwest winds gusting up to 20-plus miles per hour are taking wind chill readings to 15 to 25 below zero.  we will only top out at around 10 degrees today, so wind chills will remain below zero for just about everyone, throughout the day.  We'll see single-digit lows again overnight tonight, but the winds will calm somewhat, creating wind chill readings of around 10-below Friday morning. 

  

MOBERLY MAN GUILTY OF CHILD PORN   

A Moberly man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges Tuesday.  28 year old Adam Wesley Imhoff pleaded guilty to one count of promoting child pornography, in a Boone County Courtroom.  Imhoff was arrested after a Cyber Crimes Task Force Investigation led them to seize two computers containing illegal images and videos.  A sentencing date has not been set. 

  

NEW CHILLICOTHE HOSPITAL ON DISPLAY TODAY    

The Chillicothe community and public officials from around the area will gather to celebrate the impending completion of the new Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe today (Thursday).  A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 2pm, followed by a special preview for the public.  Self-guided tours of the new facility will continue until 7pm.  The new 100,000 square foot Hedrick Medical Center, located at the north end of Chillicothe along Highway 65, will officially open on Thursday, February 13. 

  

MODOT ANNOUNCES FINAL PLAN FOR CLARK JUNCTION

MODOT has decided on a final plan for safety improvements for Routes B and P at the Clark Junction.  After a months-long process of gathering input on the proposed plan, officials say the final plan is still a J-turn design, but that modifications were made to address concerns that were presented.  Those modifications include adding right-turn lanes on Highway 63 and allowing left turns from 63 at the intersection.  The final project design can be viewed on MODOT’s website, at modot.org.  Construction of the $1 million dollars project is expected to begin this summer. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT     

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Boone County Route K, Wednesday evening.  49 year old Scott W. Payne, of Columbia, was taken to Boone Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 5pm.  The patrol says Payne’s westbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a culvert, a sign post and a tree.  A passenger refused treatment for minor injuries. 




01/22/14

 

MOBERLY DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ACCIDENT   

A Moberly man was treated for moderate injuries after his van ran off Highway 36, east of Shelbina, Tuesday morning.  56 year old Joe D. Smallwood, of Moberly, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6am.  The patrol says he lost control on the ice-covered roadway.  His vehicle slid off the road, struck a bridge and came to rest in the median. 

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH 

A Schuyler County teenager sustained moderate injuries when her pickup slid off a snow and ice-covered roadway, Tuesday night.  19 year old Ashley Ostlund, of Downing, was treated at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm.  The patrol says her northbound pickup slid off Route A, south of Downing, and struck an embankment. 

  

GOVERNOR’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS SETS UP BATTLE

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon proposed nearly half a billion dollars in additional spending on education, as part of his ‘State of the State’ address Tuesday night.  The governor also pledged to continue to push for expansion of Missouri’s Medicaid program to cover 300,000 additional residents, a proposal that did not pass the legislature last year.  Nixon says his 2015 budget includes a projected increase in state revenues of 5.2%.  Republican House and Senate leaders say Nixon’s revenue projections are not realistic.  Their budget projections show a revenue increase of just over 4 percent.  That means a likely budget battle over the difference, which amounts to tens of millions of dollars. 

  

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND IN JEFFERSON CITY     

Jefferson City Police are investigating the discovery of what appears to be human remains.  A person walking on Shumate Chapel called in the discovery Tuesday afternoon.  Investigators and evidence technicians responded to begin recovering the remains, which were found near the tree line.  Officials say it will take some time to determine the sex and age of the deceased, and begin the process of identification. 




01/21/14

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR TUESDAY – 012114

Fayette schools will be closed today, due to an interruption of water supply to the school.

Braymer, Breckenridge and Chillicothe Schools will start classes on a two hour delay

  

UNIONVILLE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH 

A Unionville woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision, just south of Unionville on Highway 5.  82 year old Lucy Clark, of Unionville, was treated at Putnam County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:45am Monday.  The patrol says Her southbound vehicle and an oncoming pickup both crossed the center line and collided head-on.  The driver of the truck left the scene of the accident and has not been identified.  The Highway Patrol and Putnam County Sheriff's Department are investigating. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING ACCIDENT   

Kirksville Police continue to investigate a single-vehicle car crash, which occurred at the intersection of Baltimore and Patterson Streets, over the weekend.  Officers say a Corvette crashed into a traffic light pole on Sunday, after they received numerous calls reporting that the vehicle was speeding near 100 miles per hour down Baltimore Street and weaving in and out of traffic.  The name of the driver is not being released at this time, because charges are pending.  The driver was not injured.

  

MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED FOR 2013 INCIDENT 

A Marshall man has been sentenced to prison in connection with an incident last May in Mercer County.  64 year old Eugene Pattie, Jr. was accused of shooting David Niemeier on the Mercer Square and then driving to the victim’s home and attempting to rape his wife.  Pattie was charged with attempted murder, attempted forcible rape, burglary, kidnapping and armed criminal action.  He pleaded guilty to assault, armed criminal action, kidnapping and terrorizing.  Pattie was sentenced to 20 years each on the assault and armed criminal action charges and 15 years for burglary and kidnapping. 

  

TWO SUSPECTS ROB U.S. CELLULAR STORE 

Columbia Police are seeking two suspects in an armed robbery at the U.S. Cellular Store on Grindstone, Monday evening.  Police say it occurred just after 6pm, when two men, one armed with a handgun, entered the store, took cell phones and an undisclosed amount of cash, and then fled on foot.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS TONIGHT 

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will deliver his ‘State of the State’ address tonight at the Missouri Capitol.  Nixon is expected to propose a significant funding increase for Missouri’s public schools, as part of his proposed budget.  But, even before his address tonight, the Governor and Missouri Legislators are not in agreement on how much income the state can expect in the coming fiscal year.  Nixon’s proposed budget is likely to be a more than a $100 million dollars over what the legislature believes can be done.  




01/20/14

 

TINA TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH 

A Tina teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Carroll County Route J, early Sunday morning.  19 year old Ashley McCracken, of Tina, was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 2:15am.  The patrol says her car ran off the highway and struck several trees. 

  

STUDENT CHARGED IN FIRE AT HIGH SCHOOL  

A Centerville High School student has been arrested and charged with first-degree arson and criminal mischief, in connection with a fire at the school on January 9.  Centerville High School was evacuated when the fire occurred in the area of the teacher’s lounge.  Police arrested 14 year old Alec James Brown after their investigation.  The teen is being held in a juvenile detention facility, pending future court proceedings.  

  

WEEKEND FIRE DESTROYS UNIONVILLE AUTO SHOP   

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of a fire, which destroyed a Unionville auto shop, Friday night.  Firefighters were called to the scene, off South Tenth and Warner Street, at around 9:30pm.  The building was fully engulfed when they arrived and, they say, paint and other chemicals inside the building complicated their efforts.  No one was inside the shop at the time of the blaze, but three vehicles parked inside the building were destroyed. 

  

STURGEON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ASSAULT WITH KNIFE

A 24 year old Sturgeon man was seriously injured when he was assaulted with a knife in downtown Columbia, early Sunday morning.  The incident occurred at around 1:30am.  Officers were called to a disturbance involving several males, in the 1100 block of East Broadway.  The victim was taken to a Columbia hospital with serious injuries.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.

  

TWO ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY AND ASSAULT  

Boone County Deputies arrested two men in connection with a burglary and assault, which occurred Saturday at a residence on Prathersville Road.  Investigators say the two suspects apparently were looking for the male victim.  They allegedly broke into the home and assaulted the man, who was treated for minor injuries at a Columbia hospital.  25 year old Kelsey Skouby, of Auxvasse and 22 year old Jessie G. Smith, of Columbia, were arrested in connection with the incident. 

  

COLUMBIA ASSAULT AND ATTEMPTED ROBBERY REPORTED

Columbia Police are investigating an assault and attempted robbery, which occurred early Sunday morning in the 1000 block of Coats Street.  A 30 year old male victim says he was walking from the downtown area when he was approached by an unknown male suspect, who demanded his wallet and struck him with a bottle.  The suspect then fled the scene on foot.  The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a Columbia Hospital. 




01/17/14

 

NO SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS    

A dusting of snow has left a few slick spots around parts of the area this morning.  Drivers are urged to use extra caution as you head out today.  Cold and windy conditions are in place thru tonight, with a warmer, but still windy, weekend.  There are no school announcements this morning. 

  

CAR AND SEMI COLLIDE NEAR BUCKLIN JUNCTION  

Two Illinois women escaped serious injury when their car collided with a tractor-trailer near the Bucklin Junction on Highway 36, Thursday evening.  The accident occurred at around 6pm.  The patrol says 50 year old Debra Buchfink, of Naperville, Illinois was the driver of a westbound car, which attempted to pass the semi, when wind and snow caused the semi to slide into the passing lane and collide with the car.  A passenger in the car, 20 year old Haleigh Buchfink, was treated for minor injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

  

SLATER DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

A Slater driver was treated for moderate injuries after his truck ran off Highway 240 in Saline County, early Thursday morning.  37 year old Jamie Lawson, of Slater, was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45am.  The patrol says his eastbound truck struck a patch of ice and slid off the roadway, into the ditch and overturned. 

  

GOVERNOR APPOINTS KNOX COUNTY JUDGE  

Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a new Associate Circuit Judge for Knox County.  Thomas P. Redington will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable William Alberty.  Redington has served as the elected prosecuting attorney for Marion County since 1996 and has tried more than 100 jury trials. 

  

CHARGES FILED IN MARSHALL ARMED ROBBERY   

A Branson man is charged in connection with the Tuesday night robbery of the Marshall Dollar General Store.  32 year old Christopher Duncan was taken into custody after Saline County Deputies found a wrecked truck that matched the description of the vehicle used in the robbery…and Duncan sought treatment at Fitzbiggon Hospital.  He is charged with one count of first-degree robbery and is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SHOT DURING ARMED ROBBERY   

A Columbia man was injured during a Thursday morning armed robbery in the 2000 block of McKee Street.  Columbia Police were called to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, where the 23 year old male victim was treated and released.  He told officers he was walking to a friend’s house when a man with a handgun approached him and demanded cash.  When the victim turned to run, he was shot in the shoulder.  The suspect took the victim’s cash and fled the scene. 




01/16/14

 

ARREST MADE IN MARSHALL STORE ROBBERY    

Marshall authorities have arrested a suspect in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery at the Marshall Dollar General Store.  Investigators say a male suspect entered the store just after 7pm and demanded cash.  The white male suspect in his early 20’s fled the scene in an older model red or maroon pickup.  Marshall Police made contact with a suspect in the case and took the man into custody.  His name has not been released, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

MACON RECYCLING PICKUP SET TO BEGIN    

The City of Macon is set to begin its new curbside pickup for recyclables, next month.  Beginning February 3, recyclables will be picked up the first week of each month, on regular trash pickup day.  Blue bags for those recyclable items can be obtained from the Macon City Hall, Macon Diversified Industries or the Macon Chamber Office.  The six-month trial program is completely voluntary and there is no cost to residents. 

  

KIRKSVILLE CHAMBER BANQUET FRIDAY    

The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Meeting tomorrow (Friday) evening at the Days Inn in Kirksville.   This year’s event is a strolling banquet, entitled ‘A Stroll in the Sand’.  Social hour will begin at 5:30pm, the banquet at 6:30, with a program to follow.  Attendees are invited to come in tropical attire and enjoy the evening.  Tickets are still available at the Kirksville Chamber Office. 

  

MOBERLY EAGLES DANCE TO BENEFIT HONOR FLIGHT   

The Moberly Eagle Riders will hold their second annual Honor Flight Dance, next Saturday, January 25.  This year’s event will be another 50-s themed dance to benefit the Central Missouri Honor Flight.  They’re inviting anyone who is grateful for what our Veterans have done to join them for the celebration.  The dance will begin at 8pm on the 25 at the Moberly Eagles.  Admission is five dollars at the door. 




01/15/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR SCOTLAND COUNTY DRIVER  

A Scotland County man was seriously injured when his pickup ran off a highway and overturned.  68 year old Danny J. Bowen, of Arbela, was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 9am Tuesday on Route H, just north of Arbela.  The patrol says his northbound pickup hit a slick spot, ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

BRASHEAR DRIVER HURT IN ACCIDENT  

A Brashear driver was treated for moderate injuries after her van ran off Highway 11 in Adair County, Tuesday morning.  It occurred at around 7am, about a mile and a half south of Adair.  The patrol says 44 year old Virginia Anderson, of Brashear, was southbound when her van ran off the road and struck a fence and a utility pole.  She was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

ARREST MADE IN 16 YEAR OLD ROBBERY CASE

Randolph County authorities have arrested a man in connection with a 16 year old robbery and shooting case.  39 year old Ollie Mack James III, whose address is listed as Newton, Iowa, is charged with first-degree felony assault in connection with a December 1997 robbery and shooting incident on South Morley in Moberly.  Authorities say the investigation has been ongoing and new information led to charges being filed and a warrant for James’ arrest.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

TWO ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES    

Chillicothe Police report two arrests on drug charges Tuesday, after officers received a report of a chemical odor coming from a vehicle.  Michael Wayne Hill was arrested on an active Custer County, Oklahoma warrant for possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Dianna Marie Fair was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  Both are being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

OFFICIAL SEEKS MAN MISSING FROM KIRKSVILLE FACILITY 

A county official from another part of the state has traveled to Kirksville looking for a missing man.  Gregory ‘Seth’ Wennihan went missing from Preferred Family Health Care in Kirksville on December 7.  Wennihan is a ward of the state and his guardian, Atchison County Public Administrator Jayne Scott, of Fairfax, MO is responsible for his well-being and is trying to locate him.  Wennihan is not in legal trouble, nor is he considered an escapee.  If you have information on his whereabouts, contact the Kirksville Police Department.  

  

STURGEON MAN ACCUSED OF SCAMMING RELATIVES  

Boone County authorities are looking for a Sturgeon man who is accused of scamming his elderly relatives out of more than $100,000 dollars last year.  44 year old Farrel Gene Pride, of Sturgeon is wanted in the case.  Officials say the investigation began after they were contacted by a Colorado couple who are relatives of the suspect.  Anyone with information on Pride’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers. 

  

MEXICO WOMAN CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT   

A Mexico woman is charged with endangering the welfare of her children after investigators say they found her three kids living in an ‘unsanitary home’.  27 year old April R. Davis, of Mexico, is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and three counts of child abuse or neglect, involving her children ages two, three and eight.  Investigators say the home was littered with pet urine and feces on the floor and that human feces were found inside a room shared by two of the children.  Davis is being held on $10,000 dollars bond.  




01/14/14

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MILAN SUBWAY ROBBERY   

Milan Police are continuing to investigate a robbery at the Milan Subway Restaurant, which occurred Monday morning.  Authorities say the suspect entered the store just after 9am, demanded money and then fled the scene on foot, with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He is described as a black male, between 5-10 and 6-2, with dreadlocks.  He was wearing a green jacket with multiple pockets.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Milan Police at 660-265-4499. 

  

GREEN CITY WOMAN TO BE SENTENCED   

A Green City woman has pleaded guilty to federal mail and Medicare fraud charges, involving an Iowa Medicaid patient.  Dolores Lucille Snow, of Green City is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.  A plea agreement in the case indicates her sentence will likely be 8 to 14 months.  Snow was arrested in May of last year and accused of a scheme to bill Medicaid for services which were not actually provided to an Appanoose County, Iowa patient. 

  

VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN WEEKEND SHOOTING 

Columbia Police have identified the victims in a weekend shooting incident.  It occurred Saturday afternoon near Forest and Grand Avenue.  Police say 21 year old Kristopher Huddleston and 19 year old Daravion T. Fajardo were taken to University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.  17 year old Damerian Cheatum was arrested Saturday night in connection with the incident.  He is charged with first degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. 

  

COLUMBIA MURDER SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT   

A second suspect in the Columbia murder of Dontay Tolston made his first court appearance Monday and was formally charged.  17 year Derrick Copelin was arrested in New Orleans last week.  He has now been charged with second-degree murder in the case and is being held on $1 million dollars bond.  Martrell Smith also was also charged with second-degree murder last week.  A third suspect, Jimiah Lambert, remains at-large. 




01/13/14

 

MACON GIRL HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT  

A Macon girl suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday afternoon accident involving a 4-wheeler.  The patrol says 11 year old Natalie Burnam was driving the ATV on private property, northeast of Macon, when she attempted to stop and it slid into a fence.  She was treated at Samaritan Hospital and then transferred to Women and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, with moderate injuries. 

  

CALLAO WOMAN INJURED AS VEHICLE STRIKES COW   

A Callao woman was treated for moderate injuries after a van struck a cow in the roadway on Route 3, north of Callao, Saturday evening.  37 year old Rebecca L. Teter, of Callao, was taken to Samaritan Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 7:40pm.  She was a passenger in a van driven by 55 year old Roger Teter, of Callao.  The patrol says it struck a cow on the highway. 

  

PRINCETON TEENS HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT   

Two Princeton teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle accident on Route 136 in Harrison County, Saturday night.  17 year old Joseph M. Herrity, of Princeton, was the driver of an eastbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and overturned twice, coming to rest on its top.  Herrity escaped with minor injuries.  His passenger, 16 year old Madison Lewis, of Princeton, suffered moderate injuries.  Both were treated at Harrison County Community Hospital. 

  

CARROLLTON DRIVER INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

A Carrollton driver suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Route 10, east of Carrollton, Saturday morning.  36 year old Gennie French, of Carrollton, was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30am.  The patrol says her westbound vehicle ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN SUNDAY CRASH      

A Columbia man was treated for moderate injuries after a motorcycle accident on Highway 87 at Boonesboro, in Howard County, Sunday afternoon.  65 year old Earl Stessen, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 2pm.  The patrol says his northbound motorcycle struck some loose debris on the roadway and overturned. 

  

MISSING INFANT FOUND IN FLORIDA      

A weekend-long Amber Alert, involving a southwest Missouri infant, ended when the child was found unharmed and his parents were arrested in Florida.  The 6-month old child, who was in the custody of his great-grandfather, went missing on January 2.  Authorities were seeking the child’s biological parents, 34 year old Preston Farris and 30 year old Anastasia McDaniel.  They were taken into custody by Miami area authorities Sunday.   




01/10/14

 

TWO ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING WARRANTS  

Two Green City residents with outstanding warrants were taken into custody by authorities this week.  46 year old Greg Abbott, of Green City, was wanted on a count of receiving stolen property and one count of unlawful possession.  56 year old Mike Ayers, of Green City, was also wanted on a stolen property warrant.  Officers with the Department of Conservation and the Highway Patrol took the two men into custody Wednesday evening. 

  

CENTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL EVACUATED DUE TO FIRE

Centerville, Iowa High School was evacuated Thursday after a fire was reported inside the school.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around 12:15pm.  They say the fire occurred in the area of the teacher’s lounge.  They believe it began in a faulty electrical outlet and spread to a nearby couch.  The school was completely evacuated per school protocol, without incident.  No injuries were reported. 

  

MARYVILLE TEEN PLEADS TO MISDEMEANOR CHARGE  

A Northwest Missouri case that has gained national attention was put to rest Thursday, when a Maryville teenager pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge.  19 year old Matt Barnett will avoid jail with the plea.  He was sentenced to two years probation.  Barnett had been accused of raping a 14 year old at a party when he was 17, which occurred in January of 2012.  Barnett claimed the sex was consensual.  The case erupted into controversy when the local prosecutor refused to file charges.  A special prosecutor from the Kansas City area reviewed the case.  She said yesterday there was not enough evidence to warrant a more serious charge. 

  

COLUMBIA RESIDENTS CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT

Five Columbia residents are among a group of ten suspects facing federal charges in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute more than a ton of marijuana.  The U.S. Attorney’s office says the indictments include charges against 47 year old Richard Marieo Hunter, 37 year old Mankea Rochon Germany, 31 year old Brian Christopher Young, 41 year old Marlin Deandrea Allen and 36 year old Sharod Oneal Clark, all of Columbia.  Also charged are two Kansas City men, one from St. Louis and one from Arizona.  The alleged conspiracy to distribute marijuana in Boone County, allegedly occurred from February of 2010 thru March of 2013. 

  

COLUMBIA SEARCH WARRANT NETS CHARGES   

A search warrant served Thursday at a Columbia home netted drug charges against a Columbia man.  31 year old Steven E. Jackson was arrested after Boone County deputies say they found marijuana, cocaine, counterfeit cash, electronic scales and drugs packaged for sale in the home, located in the 800 block of Demaret Drive.  Jackson faces charges of distributing a controlled substance and forgery. 




01/09/14

 

ONE INJURED IN COLLISION WITH TRAIN   

A Louisiana man was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle was struck by a train, just east of Keytesville, Wednesday afternoon.  50 year old Steven Sinclair, of Mangham, Louisiana, was flown to University Hospital by Staff for Life helicopter after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm.   The patrol says Sinclair was northbound on Cal Hubbard Road, when his vehicle pulled into the uncontrolled crossing, into the path of an eastbound train. 

  

CARROLLTON MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON 

A Carrollton man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, in connection with the 2010 death of his ex-wife.  47 year old Mark Rhodes pleaded guilty to charges of murder and armed criminal action in November.  A Judge sentenced Rhodes to life in prison on the murder charge plus 15 years for armed criminal action, meaning he will not be eligible for parole.  The body of Tina Rhodes of Bosworth was found in rural Carroll County in September of 2010.  Mark Rhodes was arrested later that day in California. 

  

SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED IN CHILLICOTHE AREA   

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has completed an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of a sex offender who apparently moved to the Chillicothe area and failed to register with authorities.  William D. Coleman was taken into custody Tuesday in the 900 block of Webster Street, on a class D felony charge of failing to register as a sex offender.  Coleman is being held in the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail. 

  

SECOND SUPECT IN TOLSTON MURDER IN CUSTODY   

A second suspect is in custody in connection with a Columbia murder.  Officers in New Orleans located and arrested 17 year old Derrick Copelin Tuesday.  Copelin was wanted in connection with the death of Dontay Tolston, which occurred earlier this month in Columbia.  Martrell Smith, of Columbia, was arrested Monday and charged in connection with Tolston’s death.  Columbia Police are still seeking a third suspect in the case.  20 year old Jimiah Lambert, of Columbia, is still at large.  Officials say they do not believe Lambert is in the Columbia area. 

  

ATTEMPTED ROBBERY REPORTED TO COLUMBIA POLICE   

Columbia Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery, which occurred early Wednesday morning, in the area of Proctor Park and Bear Creek Park.  Officers were called to a report of possible shots fired, just before 2am.  Two 17 year olds told police two men approached them, one armed with a handgun, and demanded money.  One of the teens was struck in the head when he told the suspects they didn’t have any cash.  The two teens were able to flee the scene.  Anyone with information should call crime stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

PARIS WATER BREAK REPAIRED, BOIL ORDER IN EFFECT

Water service has been restored for Paris residents, after a water main break Wednesday morning.  The city of Paris was without water for nearly five hours, while crews made repairs.  A boil order is now in effect, thru Friday morning at around 10am.  




01/08/14

 

AUTOPSY CONFIRMS MURDER-SUICIDE   

Preliminary autopsy results have confirmed that the weekend deaths of a Kirksville area husband and wife involved a murder-suicide.  Officials say 33 year old Kirksville attorney, Kadie Campbell Johnson, died of multiple gunshot wounds and that her husband, 36 year old Riley Johnson, was the shooter.  He then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  Officers were called to the home, just south of Kirksville, at around 1:30 Sunday morning.  The circumstances that led up to the incident are still under investigation.

  

BROOKFIELD SCHOOL PUBLIC FORUM TONIGHT   

Brookfield R-3 School Administrators will conduct a public forum regarding the 2014-2015 school budget tonight.  They’re seeking input on some issues regarding the coming school year.  Brookfield R-3 patrons are encouraged to attend from 6 to 7:30pm in the Brookfield High School Cafeteria. 

  

BOONVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN COLLISION  

A Boonville driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision on Highway 3, just south of Armstrong in Howard County.  60 year old Ronald C. Hawkins, of Boonville, was taken to Cooper County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says Hawkins had slowed to make a left turn when his SUV was struck from behind by another vehicle. 

  

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED, TWO MORE SOUGHT 

One suspect is in custody and two others are still being sought in connection with a Columbia murder.  20 year old Martrell Smith, of Columbia, was arrested Monday and charged with second degree murder in the death of 23 year old Dontay Tolston, earlier this month.  Charges were also filed against 20 year old Jimiah A. Lambert, of Columbia and 17 year old Derrick Copelin, from New Orleans.  Officers say the men are considered armed and dangerous but do not believe they are still in the Columbia area.  Tolston was found on the floor of a residence on Newton Drive on January 2.  He later died at the hospital. 

  

HIGHWAY PATROL STUDENT ALLIANCE PROGRAM  

Once again this year, Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol will conduct a program for junior high and high school students who want to learn more about the patrol and law enforcement in general.  This year’s Student Alliance Program will be held on two consecutive Saturday’s…March 15 and 22…from 9:30am to 4pm at the Troop B Headquarters in Macon.  The program will be limited to 20 students and the enrollment deadline is February 15.  If you’d like to participate or want more information, contact the Patrol in Macon at 660-385-2132. 




01/07/14

 

COLD BLAST ENDING – MORE CLOSINGS/CANCELLATIONS   

NUMEROUS CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS THIS MORNING – CLICK ‘CANCELLATIONS’ FOR THE LATEST INFO

The arctic system that has brought record cold temperatures to the area is pushing off to the east today, with southerly winds bringing more ‘reasonable’ temperatures.  We’ll top out around 22 degrees today, and lows tonight will only drop into the low teens (above zero!).  Wind chills this morning are still well-below zero and the south winds will be gusty today, keeping wind chills in the single digits.  A slow warmup continues into the weekend. 

  

MURDER-SUICIDE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

Adair County authorities are still investigating an apparent murder-suicide, which left a husband and wife dead at their home, south of Kirksville.  It occurred early Sunday morning.  Investigators say 36 year old Riley Johnson and 33 year old Kadie Campbell Johnson were both found shot to death in the home.  They believe Riley Johnson killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.  Two other adults and the couple’s three children were in the home at the time of the incident.  Autopsies on the two victims will be conducted today (Tuesday) in Columbia, as the investigation continues. 

  

MEADVILLE TEENS HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT     

Three Meadville teens were injured in a weekend accident on Grundy County Route E, north of Laredo.  It occurred Saturday evening at around 6:10pm.  19 year old Derrick Knifong of Meadville was the driver of a northbound car which ran off the roadway and struck a corner post.  A passenger, 18 year old Trevor Corzette, of Meadville, was life-flighted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City with serious injuries.  Knifong and another passenger, 17 year old William Devaul, of Meadville, were both treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. 




01/06/14

 

DANGEROUS COLD CAUSES NUMEROUS CLOSURES

Virtually every school district in the area has cancelled classes today, along with many of the area’s senior centers, health department offices and others.  You’ll find our complete list of cancellations and closings by clicking on ‘cancellations’ above. 

 

A Wind Chill Warning remains in effect thru Tuesday morning.  Early morning low temperatures reached minus 10 to minus 15 degrees across our area.  Wind chill readings between 25 and 35 below zero have been common.  Our HIGH temperature today will be minus-3 with wind chills remaining 15 to 20 below, and we’ll drop back to near 10-below Tuesday morning, with –25 wind chill readings before temperatures begin to moderate.  We should reach the low 20’s (above zero!) Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Road conditions remain partially to completely snow-covered across the area.  Travel is still strongly discouraged, if at all possible…but if you must travel today, take every precaution, allow extra time, and be prepared to the dangerously cold temperatures, should you have any problems on the roadways. 




WEEKEND NOTE: 

School closings for Monday and other cancellations - click 'cancellation's tab for the latest. 

 

 

01/03/14

 

NOTE:  WE HAVE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS AGAIN TODAY...CLICK ON CANCELLATIONS FOR THE LATEST UPDATES

 

MORE SNOW SATURDAY – DANGEROUS COLD NEXT WEEK  

National Weather Service forecasters are telling us to prepare for the coldest air mass in decades to begin the work-week, Monday morning.  Forecasters expect falling temperatures throughout the day on Sunday, reaching 10 to 15 degrees below zero by Monday morning.  Our high temperature on Monday will likely remain below-zero, with dangerous wind chills in the 20 to 35 below range thru Tuesday morning.  You’re encouraged to take every precaution against the record-setting cold, which should begin to moderate a bit by Wednesday.  The dangerously cold temperatures will follow another ‘clipper-type’ storm system on Saturday that could bring another round of accumulating snowfall.  Snow is likely to begin Saturday afternoon and continue into Saturday evening…with as much as a couple more inches of snow on the ground by Saturday night.  Heavier snowfall amounts are expected to our south and east…parts of southeast Missouri are expecting more than six inches from this weekend’s storm.   

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES   

A Moberly man faces multiple sex-related charges after his arrest by Boone County authorities.  35 year old William Houston, of Moberly, is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of child molestation, promoting child pornography and using a child in a sexual performance.  The accusations involved multiple incidents with a young girl, beginning when the child was three years old.  Houston is being held in the Boone County Jail on $225,000 dollars bond. 

  

MINOR INJURIES IN HOWARD COUNTY ACCIDENT   

A Carrollton man escaped with minor injuries when his van ran off Route 87 in Howard County, Thursday afternoon.  56 year old Kevin Hilbrenner, of Carrollton, was treated and released at Cooper County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says he experienced a medical emergency and his van ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOTS FIRED 

A Columbia man is in custody in connection with a December 3 shooting incident in Columbia.  Police arrested 21 year old Limetro Wiltz Thursday night.  Wiltz was wanted on suspicion of armed criminal action, assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.  The accusations stem from an incident involving multiple shots fired at the Columbia Housing Authority on Switzler Street. 




01/02/14

 

NOTE:  We have closings and cancellations today...click the 'Cancellations' tab above for the latest info.

 

SALISBURY DRIVER TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT   

A Salisbury driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident in Salisbury, early Wednesday morning.  29 year old Jeffrey Wix, of Salisbury, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 2am Wednesday.  The patrol says Wix attempted to make a turn at a high rate of speed.  His car ran off the road and struck a utility pole. 

  

MACON TEEN HURT IN ACCIDENT     

A Macon teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a pickup ran off a Macon County road, just west of Atlanta, early Wednesday morning.  The accident occurred at around 1am.  17 year old Makayla Hulett, of Macon, was treated at Samaritan Hospital.  She was a passenger in a pickup driven by 20 year old William S. Cook of Unionville.  The patrol says it skidded across an intersection and struck an embankment. 

  

MODERATE INJURIES IN HOWARD COUNTY CRASH   

Two Columbia residents were treated for moderate injuries after their vehicle ran off Highway 40 in Howard County, Wednesday night.  32 year old Vicky Crawford, of Columbia, was the driver of the eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says she lost control on a snow-covered roadway.  It struck several trees and overturned.  Two passengers in the vehicle, 58 year old Mary Bradford and 32 year old Desspree White, both of Columbia, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.  Another passenger refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

LINNEUS MAN SENTENCED TO 53 YEARS

A Linneus man has been sentenced to 53 years in prison for multiple sex crimes involving a minor.  53 year old Gary Foster, of Linneus, was sentenced to 30 years on a charge of first-degree sodomy and 23 years for sexual exploitation of a minor.  Both crimes involved a 13 year old male victim and allegedly occurred in the spring of 2012.  Foster’s arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Kirksville and Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Forces and the Linn and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Departments. 




12/31/13

 

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED    

A Kirksville driver was seriously injured when his van collided with a dump truck on Highway 36, east of Macon, on Monday.  The accident occurred at around 11:20am.  The patrol says 51 year old Dan H. Baker, of Kirksville, was westbound when his van struck the rear of a dump truck, which had slowed to turn into a driveway.  Baker was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries.  The driver of the dump truck was not injured.

 

HUNTSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY COLLISION   

A Huntsville woman was life-flighted to Columbia after her pickup collided with a dump truck at a Monroe County intersection, Monday morning.  21 year old Adrian Albright of Huntsville was flown by Staff Life Helicopter to University Hospital, with moderate injuries.  The accident occurred just after 10am at the Route C and Route M intersection, east of Middle Grove.  The patrol says the driver of the dump truck ran a stop sign and struck Albright’s pickup in the driver’s side. 

 

HIGBEE TEEN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT   

A Higbee teenager escaped with just minor injuries after her car ran off Randolph County Route B, just south of Higbee, Monday evening.  18 year old Alexandra LeGrand, of Higbee, was treated and released at Boone County Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway, struck a culvert and overturned. 

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN CHARGED WITH ENTICEMENT    

A Chillicothe man faces charges of enticement of a child, after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputies arrested 33 year old Michael Curtis, of Chillicothe, on December 16.  Curtis has been charged under the child enticement statute and officials say additional charges may be pending.

 

MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AGAINST COLUMBIA MAN  

A Columbia man faces a total of 16 charges, including multiple charges of child pornography, sex trafficking of a child, using a child in a sexual performance and child abuse.  22 year old Tony D. Jones, of Columbia, was arrested Monday, after an investigation by the Centralia and Columbia Police Departments.  Jones is being held on $58,500 dollars bond as the investigation continues.  




12/30/13

 

CHILD KILLED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A Montgomery City child was killed in a weekend accident on Montgomery County Route J.  5 year old Alan K. Knoepflein, of Montgomery City, died in the accident, which occurred just after 10am Friday.  The child’s mother, 32 year old Debbie Knoepflein, was the driver of a northbound car which struck a patch of ice, ran off the roadway and overturned several times down an embankment, coming to rest on its top.  The five year old was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia, where he later died.  Debbie Knoepflein sustained moderate injuries while an infant child in the vehicle was treated for minor injuries. 

  

TRAFFIC STOP NETS SIX POUNDS OF METH  

A traffic stop on Highway 36 in Monroe County, last week, netted drug charges against a Minnesota man.  The patrol says a trooper stopped the vehicle on 36, near Monroe City, just after 8 pm Thursday.  The trooper says he became suspicious during the stop and the driver denied consent to search the vehicle.  A canine unit from the Monroe City Police Department was brought in for an exterior sniff and alerted on the vehicle, resulting in a probable cause search. Six packages believed to contain methamphetamine and totaling about six pounds, were found.  28 year old Efren Trejo-Obeso, of Minneapolis, was arrested on drug trafficking charges. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS UNDER INVESTIGATION

A handful of weekend ‘shots fired’ incidents are under investigation by Boone County authorities.  Officers were called to a report in the 5900 block of Wagon Trail Road at around 1:30 Saturday morning.  One victim at that location was treated and released at a Columbia hospital.  Another incident occurred Friday night in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive. No injuries were reported at that location, but a vehicle was struck by a bullet.  Another incident was reported Sunday evening on Murrell Drive, where a woman reported a bullet entering her apartment.  Evidence of multiple shots fired was found on nearby Rice Road, where a car’s windshield was apparently shattered by gunfire.  Anyone with information on any of the weekend incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. 

  

COLE’S TRIAL DELAYED UNTIL JUNE     

The trial of the former CEO of Moberly’s failed Mamtek Plant has been delayed until summer.  Bruce Cole faces felony fraud and theft charges in connection with alleged misuse of funding for the project.  His trial had been scheduled for mid-February, but prosecutors confirm it has been pushed back to at least June 16, due primarily to a heavy caseload for Cole’s public defender.  It will be held in St. Charles County on a change of venue.  Cole remains on GPS-monitored house arrest in California. 




12/27/13

 

MODERATE INJURIES AS ATV AND SUV COLLIDE  

An Edina man was treated for moderate injuries after his ATV collided with an SUV on a Knox County gravel road.  It occurred at around noon Thursday, southwest of Edina.  The patrol says 26 year old Corey Huchteman, of Edina, was the driver of an ATV which sideswiped an SUV driven by Kristen Couch, of Baring, as the two slid around an icy curve.  Huchteman was treated for moderate injuries at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. 

  

TWO HURT IN KNOX COUNTY ACCIDENT   

Two persons were injured when a car ran off Route 6, just east of Edina, Thursday night.  23 year old Kaycee Miller Paul, of Hurdland, was the driver of the westbound vehicle, which ran off the highway and struck a culvert, just before 11pm.  She sustained minor injuries.  Her passenger, 24 year old Rodney Harvey, of Hannibal, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

  

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN CHARGED 

A Chillicothe woman faces multiple charges in connection with the recent theft of a vehicle.  Earlier this month, deputies responded to a 911 call for a disabled vehicle on Highway 65.  They say the suspect, 38 year old Janie Elizabeth Simmons, of Chillicothe, was attempting to drive on a flat tire and that the vehicle had been reported stolen a few minutes earlier.  Simmons was arrested for DWI at the scene and was later charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.  She is being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.  

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK TIME ROBBERY 

Moberly Police are investigating a Christmas Day armed robbery at the Moberly Break Time store on South Morley.  They say a masked male suspect, armed with a handgun, entered the store at around 9pm Christmas night, and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  He is described as a white male, about six feet tall with a medium build.  No injuries were reported.  Anyone with information should contact the Randolph County Tips Line at 660-269-TIPS. 

  

BOONE COUNTY CHURCH BURGLARIZED        

Boone County deputies are looking for three suspects who allegedly broke into the Family Worship Center on Highway 63 South in Boone County, on December 20.  They say the suspects entered the church by breaking a rear window, and then damaged several glass doors and computer equipment.  Investigators are examining surveillance video of the suspects.  Anyone with information, contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




12/26/13

 

MOBERLY MAN HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT   

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday morning accident on a Randolph County road.  31 year old Eathan D. Harlan, of Moberly, was taken to Boone Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 4:50am, just west of Moberly.  The patrol says his car slid off the ice-covered roadway and struck a railroad crossing signal. 

  

MISSING JEFFERSON CITY CHILD FOUND SHOT TO DEATH   

A Christmas Eve Amber Alert ended in tragedy, when a missing six year old Jefferson City boy and his alleged abductor were found shot to death in a Cape Girardeau home.  Police say the child’s non-custodial father, had taken him over the weekend under false pretenses and failed to return the child to his home.  Cape Girardeau authorities are investigating the deaths as a likely murder-suicide. 

  

HEDRICK MEDICAL CENTER NEARING COMPLETION     

Officials say construction of the new Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe is nearly complete and they are on-track for opening on February 13.  Crews are putting finishing touches on the interior of the new hospital and medical plaza.  Finishing work on the parking lot will also be completed over the next several weeks.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Hedrick Medical Center is planned for 2pm on January 23, followed by self-guided tours until 7pm that evening.  Complete details on the construction are available online at healthychillicothemo.org. 

 

 WOMAN INJURED IN COLUMBIA CHRISTMAS EVE SHOOTING 

Columbia Police are continuing to investigate a Christmas Eve shooting, which injured a Columbia woman.  Officers say several adults and children were in a home on Benton Street when several shots were fired into the home.  The 41 year old woman was struck by a bullet that came through a wall.  She is recovering from her injuries at a Columbia hospital.  Police are continuing to investigate. 




12/24/13

 

GLASGOW DRIVER KILLED IN MONDAY CRASH  

A Glasgow man was killed in a Monday morning accident on Route 87 in Howard County.  29 year old William J. Nodder, of Glasgow, died in the accident, which occurred just before 8am.  The patrol says he was ejected from his southbound vehicle, when it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  Nodder was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

MINOR INJURIES IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION 

Two Greentop residents escaped with minor injuries when their vehicles collided at a rural Adair County intersection, just after 11 o’clock Monday morning.  The patrol says a car and a van entered the intersection at the same time and collided.  60 year old Rickie Pickens and 59 year old Sharon Pickens, both of Greentop, were treated for minor injuries. 

  

NO INJURIES IN CHILLICOTHE CAR FIRE

No one was injured when a car caught fire and burned Monday morning at Business 36 and Mitchell Road in Chillicothe.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around 8:30am.  They say the vehicle was fully engulfed when they arrived at the scene.  The fire was extinguished within a few minutes, but the car was a total loss. 

  

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY FOR JEFF CITY CHILD      

The Jefferson City Police Department has issued an endangered person advisory for a six year old child.  Officials say, over the weekend, 6 year old Markell Beasley, was allowed to travel to the St. Louis area with the possible suspect in the case, 40 year old Demitrius Beasley, for a family Christmas gathering.  The child has not been returned to his home and investigation reveals there was no family gathering and the suspect’s intention was to take the child.  Demitrius Beasley is not the child’s biological father and has no legal rights to the child.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Jefferson City Police. 

  

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION 

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred Sunday night at a home on Elleta Boulevard.  Investigators say three masked suspects entered the home through an unlocked door and demanded money and property.  The suspects then fled the scene on foot.  Anyone with information is urged to contact crime stoppers. 




12/23/13

 

CHILD ON SLED INJURED IN COLLISION 

A ten year old boy on a sled was treated for moderate injuries after colliding with an SUV on Olympic Avenue, just north of Anabel in Macon County, Sunday afternoon.  The child was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred just after 4pm.  The patrol says an SUV driven by 39 year old Theodore Harrell, of Anabel, was northbound when the child’s sled struck the vehicle in the side. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN HARRISON COUNTY CRASH   

A Harrison County driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on a slick roadway, early Saturday morning.  29 year old Gregory Welch, of Blythedale, was the driver of a northbound pickup, which ran off Route T, south of Ridgeway, and overturned, at around 2:15am Saturday.  Welch was taken to Harrison County Hospital for treatment. 

 

FIRST-RESPONDERS INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT      

Two Marshall firefighters were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while assisting with a rollover accident near the I-70/Highway 65 Junction, in Saline County, Saturday afternoon.  The patrol says a westbound car, driven by 35 year old Timothy Perez, of Maryland Heights, MO, ran off the interstate, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck the two men standing near a vehicle, which was involved in a previous crash.  The two men, 34 year old Andreas Enyart and 58 year old Richard Shaeffer, both of Marshall, both suffered serious injuries.  Two other firefighters and a highway patrol trooper who were at the scene, were treated for minor to moderate injuries.   

Two Nebraska residents were seriously injured in that previous accident, which had occurred just a few minutes earlier on Saturday.  The couple’s westbound pickup skidded off the interstate, struck the median cable, traveled across the top of the guardrail and overturned. 

 

CAROLLTON MAN HURT IN SATURDAY CRASH  

A Carrollton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday evening accident on Highway 65 in Carroll County.  30 year old Mary Quinnelly, of Carrollton, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 27 year old Brian Quinnelly.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and struck a ditch.  Brian Quinnelly was treated for minor injuries. 

 

TEXAS TEEN INJURED IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDENT       

A Texas teenager suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Highway 24 in Monroe County, Saturday afternoon.  The patrol says the car was eastbound, driven by 20 year old Evan Baker, of Fort Hood, Texas, when he steered around the scene of a previous accident, lost control on an ice-covered bridge, struck a guardrail and overturned.  A passenger, 17 year old Sydney, Soberalski, was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

 

MOBERLY DOMINO’S ARMED ROBBERY    

Moberly Police continue to seek a suspect in an armed robbery at the Moberly Domino’s Pizza, which occurred late Thursday night.  Officers were called to the business just after 10pm.  Witnesses say a male suspect entered and threatened employees with what appeared to be a handgun.  He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  Anyone with information should call the Moberly Tips Line at 660-269-8477. 




FRIDAY EVENING UPDATE - WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the entire area, beginning at noon Saturday, thru mid-day Sunday.  A light wintry mix is expected to begin across the area Saturday morning, causing a few slick spots in some location.  Saturday afternoon, freezing drizzle and sleet will become more widespread, causing more travel concerns.  It will change over to accumulating snowfall Saturday evening.  Periods of moderate to heavy snow will seriously affect travel Saturday evening, overnight and into Sunday morning before tapering off by mid-day.  Much of North Missouri, including most of the Highway 36 corridor is expected to see minor ice accumulations followed by 4-7 inches of snow.  Further south, from Moberly to the Kansas City area, ice accumulations could be more significant, up to a third of an inch in some locations, with lesser snowfall amounts for 2-5 inches.  MoDOT indicates they expect travel on some Missouri highways to become extremely hazardous during the heaviest snowfall, Saturday evening into Saturday night.  For the latest road condition information, check MoDOT’s traveler information map at modot.org.    




FREEZING DRIZZLE THIS MORNING – WINTER STORM WATCH SATURDAY

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Road crews are preparing for two rounds of winter weather in the next couple of days.  A freezing rain advisory is in effect for the entire area, thru about noon today.  Temperatures are still falling this morning and as they dip below the freezing mark, a light glaze of ice is expected, especially on untreated surfaces, secondary roads, sidewalks and driveways, thru mid-day.  Travel conditions will likely improve this afternoon and evening, as the drizzle comes to an end. 

 

Round two is a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect for much of Saturday.  We could see some light freezing drizzle Saturday morning, which may change to light rain with temperatures just above freezing by mid-day Saturday.  A wintry mix of rain and freezing rain is expected to develop Saturday afternoon as temperatures drop.  We expect a changeover to sleet and then snow by Saturday evening.  The snow may be heavy at times into Saturday night and will likely cause widespread travel problems through the overnight hours.  The system will taper off to snow flurries Sunday morning and road conditions will slowly improve during the day on Sunday.  Up to 3 to 6 inches of snow is possible along and near the Highway 36 corridor in North Missouri, with lesser snowfall amounts toward central Missouri.  There may still be some adjustments to the exact timing and track of the heaviest precipitation as Saturday’s storm approaches…we’ll keep you up to date on the latest forecast information.  For up-to-date road conditions across the state, use MoDot’s traveler information map at modot.org. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN TO PRISON FOR CHILD MOLESTATION

A Kirksville man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to child molestation charges.  64 year old Larry Graber, of Kirksville, was accused of molesting his victim at his residence in Kirksville, when his victim was 6 years old and again at age 9.  He was sentenced this week to nine year in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

  

NO CHARGES IN FATAL COLUMBIA ACCIDENT 

The Columbia Police Department has completed an investigation into a fatal accident, which occurred on October 26 on I-70 in Columbia.  They say 36 year old Patrick Ennis was riding his bicycle on the pavement of westbound I-70 when he was struck by a truck.  The truck driver will not be charged in the case.  Officers say the driver reported hitting a deer and evidence at the scene was consistent with such an accident.  Ennis’ remains were found several hours later. 




12/19/13

 

FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT 

A freezing rain advisory is in effect for much of north central and northwest Missouri, beginning late this (Thurs) evening, thru early Friday morning.  The advisory area is generally along and west of the Highway 63 corridor.  Light rain or drizzle is expected to be ongoing as temperatures drop below the freezing mark tonight.  Ice accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, but that could be enough to cause slick conditions and require extra caution on the roadways, especially early Friday morning.  A second winter storm system is expected to affect the area over the weekend, especially Saturday afternoon into Sunday.  There is potential for some additional light freezing rain, changing over to accumulating snowfall.  Forecasters say it is too early to accurately predict any specifics on snowfall amounts.  The weekekend forecast will be updated frequently in the next couple of days.   

 

KINGSTON DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT

A Kingston driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Ray County Route C and overturned, Wednesday afternoon.  21 year old Paige Ahart, of Kingston, was treated at Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30pm.  The patrol says her northbound car slid off the roadway, overturned and came to rest on its top in a creek bed. 

 

NOVINGER AREA HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE   

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  a Novinger area family lost everything in a Wednesday afternoon house fire.  The fire, on Daffodil Road, northwest of Novinger, was discovered by a mail carrier at around 12:45pm.  Firefighters say the home had all ready burned and collapsed into the basement by the time they arrived on the scene.  No one was home at the time of the blaze.  Investigators say there was likely too much damage to determine the cause. 

 

MISSOURI AG WARNS OF UTILITY SCAM    

The Missouri Attorney General is warning residents of a scam in which fake representatives of utility companies are demanding money for supposedly past due bills.  Attorney General Chris Koster says his consumer protection hotline has received several reports of the scam, from both residential and small-business customers.  Residents are warned to never give out personal or banking information on telephone calls they did not initiate.  If you receive such a call, you’re advised to hang up and call the utility company back at a known telephone number. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN FACES ARSON CHARGES   

A Columbia man is charged with first-degree arson after his arrest by Columbia Police on Wednesday.   31 year old Charles William Drewery was taken into custody at a Columbia medical facility after he had completed treatment.  He is charged in connection with a December 1 fire on Woods Crossing Drive.  Investigators accuse Drewery of setting a residence on fire, knowing that people were inside.  Bond has not been set in the case. 

 

MEXICO ATTORNEY GUILTY OF CREDIT DEVICE FRAUD    

A Chariton County judge has found a Mexico attorney guilty of fraudulent use of a credit device.  42 year old James Clampitt, of Mexico, is all ready serving a two year sentence for leaving the scene of an accident.  He was found not guilty on two counts of theft and stealing.  The case was moved from Audrain to Chariton County on a change of venue. 

 

TARGET SECURITY BREACH COULD AFFECT 40 MILLION   

Officials with Target say up to 40 million credit and debit card accounts may be affected by a data breach that has occurred during the Christmas shopping season.  The retailer says it occurred between November 27 and December 15 and that customers who have used their debit or credit device in a Target store, during that time-frame, could be affected.  The security breach does not affect online shoppers.  The Secret Service is one of several agencies who are investigating the breach.  Target shoppers are urged to keep a close watch on debit and credit card statements for any unusual or improper charges. 




12/18/13

 

ARSON SUSPECTED IN CATFISH PLACE FIRE  

Authorities say they suspect arson in an early Tuesday morning fire, which damaged the old Catfish Place building, just east of Chillicothe.  Firefighters were called to the scene just before 1am.  They say heavy smoke was streaming from the rear of the building upon arrival and mutual aid crews from Brookfield, Trenton, Utica, Wheeling and Chula were called in to assist.  They were on the scene until around 4:30am.  Investigators say there is clear evidence of arson in connection with the fire, which caused about $85,000 dollars damage.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting a formal investigation. 

  

TRAIN ENGINE FIRE NEAR LA PLATA   

A train engine fire near La Plata Tuesday afternoon, prompted a call to fire crews.  It occurred at around 2:30pm, on the tracks just east of La Plata.  The Burlington Northern Santa Fe engine was not transporting any other cars at the time of the fire.  Railroad officials believe the cause was either mechanical or electrical…the locomotive was pulled to the depot in La Plata for further investigation.  There were no injuries reported.

  

BEVIER CITY COUNCIL TO DISCUSS TRUCK STOP   

This Thursday’s Bevier City Council meeting agenda will include an annexation request for the property that will be the home of the new Love’s Travel Center.  City officials say the company has requested the annexation of a 20-acre tract, near the intersection of Highway 36 and Route O, at the Bevier Junction.  Love’s recently announced plans to build a $7 million dollar truck stop facility on that property next year.  The public is welcome to attend Thursday evening’s meeting, at the Bevier City Hall. 

  

HAMMER WAS THE WEAPON IN COLUMBIA ASSAULT

Columbia Police have released more details on the arrest of an Ohio man, in connection with an assault and robbery in Columbia Monday morning.  31 year old Jason Robert Davis, of Ashtabula, Ohio, was arrested after the vehicle he stole from a Columbia man ran out of gas along I-70 in Lafayette County.  Officers say he assaulted the victim while he was asleep in his residence on Redwood Road in Columbia by hitting him in the head with a hammer, numerous times.  Davis then allegedly took the man’s cell phone and car.  The victim suffered serious head injuries.  Prosecutors are requesting a $750,000 dollar cash-only bond, due to the serious nature of the crime. 

  

GUILTY PLEA IN TWO COLUMBIA BANK ROBBERIES 

A St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to two Columbia bank robberies this week.  41 year old Hilary Miller entered his pleas Monday in Boone County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 14 years in prison for each of the two robberies…at the Academic Employees Credit Union in June of 2012…and at the Columbia Municipal Credit Union last July.  Miller was on parole from a 30 year sentence for a St. Louis area murder when the robberies occurred.  He was arrested in St. Louis is October of last year. 




12/17/13

 

CHILLICOTHE INVESTIGATION NETS RAPE ARREST 

A Chillicothe man faces rape and sodomy charges after an investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department.  Officers say they were called in Friday to investigate a report of sexual offenses occurring in the 400 block of Montgomery Street in Chillicothe.  After that investigation, police arrested Eugene Alan Swartz, Jr.  He is being held in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail, pending formal charges. 

  

SPRINGFIELD MAN CHARGED IN CARROLL COUNTY BREAK-INS

A Springfield man faces charges in connection with multiple break-ins at five Carroll County residences.  32 year old Christopher Mays is charged with two felony counts of property damage and six misdemeanor charges of property damage and trespassing.  The suspect says he never stole anything, but that he committed the crimes for the challenge of beating security systems.  He is being held on $15,000 dollars bond. 

  

AIR EVAC TO CONSTRUCT NEW BASE IN MOBERLY  

Air Evac has announced plans for a new base in Moberly, starting next year.  The O’Fallon based company says it will immediately begin construction of a heliport and facility on two acres at the Randolph County Ambulance District headquarters.  The Moberly base is expected to create about 15 jobs.  Air Evac operates a total of 115 bases in 15 states. 

  

OHIO MAN ARRESTED FOR COLUMBIA ROBBERY   

An Ohio man is in custody after Monday morning assault and robbery in Columbia.  It occurred at around 4am in the 100 block of Redwood Road.  A 49 year old male victim suffered significant head injuries in the assault, and the victim’s vehicle was stolen.  The suspect apparently ran out of gas in the stolen vehicle on I-70 in Lafayette County.  31 year old Jason Robert Davis was taken into custody and charged with assault, robbery, armed criminal action and tampering. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN PRISON     

A Columbia man was sentenced to 12 years in prison, after pleading guilty to several armed robberies.  24 year old Orlando Collier was arrested after a police chase in May in which Collier’s car struck several vehicles at the Bob McCosh Chevrolet dealership.  He allegedly had items in his car that connected him to multiple robberies. 

  

NCMC HOLIDAY HOOPS TO START FRIDAY   

North Central Missouri College in Trenton is set to host its annual High School Holiday Hoops event over Christmas Break.  A total of 87 teams from 46 Missouri high schools will take part in 11 days and nights of basketball action on the NCMC campus.  The schedule begins Friday, December 20, and continues thru January 4.  We’ll be keeping you up-to-date on the daily schedule for Holiday Hoops, on the NCMC Campus.  




12/16/13

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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MOBERLY RESIDENTS ARRESTED FOR IDAHO KIDNAPPING  

Three Moberly residents are charged in Idaho, after they allegedly kidnapped a five year old boy.  One of the three suspects is the child’s non-custodial mother, 26 year old Korey MacDonald of Moberly.  Her husband, 30 year old Jonathan MacDonald and brother, 23 year old Joshua Reeves, also of Moberly, are also in custody.  Police in Meridian, Idaho say the suspects used a stun gun to attack the child’s father Saturday afternoon, then took the five year old.  They were arrested by an Idaho State Trooper a few hours later.  The three are being held on suspicion of kidnapping and aggravated battery.  The child was returned to his father, unharmed. 

  

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS CAUSED BY WINTRY WEATHER 

Friday’s wintry weather caused dozens of accidents around the area, and a total of nine fatalities around the state of Missouri.  None of those fatalities occurred in our area, but several weather-related accidents did result in significant injuries.

 

A Marceline couple and a Rothville woman were all seriously injured when an SUV ran off Highway 11 in the Mussel Fork bottoms in Chariton County on Friday.  56 year old Donald Gulley, of Marceline was the driver of the southbound vehicle, which slid off the highway and overturned.  Gulley and two passenger, 56 year old Pamela Gulley, of Marceline, and 25 year old Elizia Little, of Rothville, were treated for serious injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

 

A Hale driver was seriously injured when his pickup slid off an ice-covered Carroll County roadway, Friday morning.  62 year old Donald Wilson, of Hale, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am.  The patrol says his eastbound truck slid off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.  

 

A Monroe City woman suffered serious injuries when her car ran off Highway 15 in Audrain County, Friday afternoon.  40 year old Melanie Gordon, of Monroe City, was taken to Audrain Medical Center for treatment.  It occurred just before 5pm.  The patrol says her car ran off the highway and struck a tree. 

 

A Higbee driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup skidded off Highway 24, east of Salisbury, early Saturday morning.  It occurred at around 5:15am.  19 year old Brent Busby, of Higbee, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says his pickup ran off the snow-covered highway, struck a culvert and overturned.  

 

A Macon man suffered moderate injuries when his pickup slid off Highway 63, just south of Cairo, Friday morning,  86 year old George Morgan, of Macon, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 10:15am Friday. 

 

51 year old John T. Edwards, of Higbee, suffered moderate injuries when his car slid off an ice-covered Randolph County Route B, and struck a bridge, Friday afternoon.  Edwards was treated at University Hospital in Columbia. 

 

28 year old Goldie Clark, of Brunswick, was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle slid off Highway 41 in Saline County, struck a road sign and overturned, just before 9:30 Friday morning.  She was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 




12/13/13

 

EARLY SCHOOL DISMISSALS AND WEATHER-RELATED CANCELLATIONS

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WINTER STORM TO MOVE IN FRIDAY    

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for much of North Missouri today and tonight, as a wintry mix of precipitation today is likely to change over to accumulating snowfall this evening.  A few areas of light freezing drizzle are possible this morning, which could generate some isolated slick spots.  As temperatures rise above the freezing mark by mid-day, light rain is possible, changing over to snow by late afternoon.  Periods of moderate to heavy snowfall are expected through the evening, ending overnight.  Widespread snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are expected, with some locations receiving more than four inches of snow.  Travel is likely to be significantly impacted around the area, especially late this afternoon into tonight, with slick driving conditions and limited visibility.  We’ll keep you up to date on the latest information regarding this significant winter storm, throughout the day. 

  

DEADLY FIRE IN CALLAWAY COUNTY     

A Central Missouri man was killed in a Thursday night house fire in Callaway County.  Firefighters were called to the home on Ben Oaks Drive just before 11pm, and found the home heavily engulfed in fire.  A resident of the home, 37 year old Robert Walker, was pulled from the residence by neighbors and arriving family members.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Investigators believe unattended cooking was the likely cause of the fire.

  

COLUMBIA TEEN ARRESTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY  

A Columbia teenager is in custody in connection with Tuesday’s armed robbery in the Aspen Heights neighborhood.  17 year old Kejuane Marshae Johnson, of Columbia, was arrested after police served a search warrant at a home on Belleview Drive.  He is charged with two counts of robbery and armed criminal action.  A 21 year old woman was walking her dog when a suspect forced inside her apartment at gunpoint and demanded cash from woman and her roommate. 

  

CENTRALIA MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD ABUSE      

A Centralia man faces charges of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, after his arrest Thursday morning.  27 year old Anthony J. Barnett, of Centralia, is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.  Police say the arrest stems from an incident in which a child under the age of five, which was in Bennett’s care, was treated for severe bruising and scratches commensurate with abuse. 

  

BROOKFIELD CHRISTMAS PARADE SATURDAY EVENING     

Broofield’s Annual Christmas Parade will be held Saturday evening in downtown Brookfield.  Lineup is scheduled to begin at 5pm and the parade will start at 5:30.  Santa Claus will be in the East Twin Park to visit with the kids, following the parade. 

 

WREATH-LAYING EVENT AT JACKSONVILLE VETERANS CEMETERY 

Wreaths Across America will hold its annual national wreath-laying event at all six Missouri veteran’s cemeteries on Saturday.  The event honors veterans, active duty military personnel and their families by not forgetting our departed heroes during the holidays.  The ceremony at the Jacksonville Veteran’s Cemetery is scheduled to begin at 11am.  More information on the nationwide effort is available at wreaths across America dot com. 




12/12/13

 

MISSOURI INMATE EXECUTED      

Missouri executed its second inmate within the past few weeks last night at the state prison facility in Bonne Terre.  41 year old Allen Nicklasson was put to death just before 11pm Wednesday, shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay of his execution.  Nicklasson had been on death row since his conviction for the 1994 murder of Richard Drummond, a motorist who had stopped to help Nicklasson and two other men, whose car had stalled on I-70 in Callaway County. 

  

MODOT HOSTING SECOND MEETING ON CLARK JUNCTION    

MoDOT will host its second public meeting to discuss proposed changes to the Clark Intersection on Highway 63.  The meeting will be held this evening, from 4:30 to 6pm in the basement of the Baptist Church in Clark.  MoDOT has proposed implementing J-turns as part of safety improvements at the intersection.  Clark area residents have indicated concerns about the proposed plan.  Everyone is welcome to attend tonight’s meeting, starting at 4:30pm at the Clark Baptist Church. 

  

SEVEN HURT IN COLUMBIA COLLISION    

Seven people were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after a Wednesday afternoon accident near the intersection of Providence Road and Ash Street in Columbia.  It occurred at around 3:15pm.  Investigators say a minivan and an SUV collided.  Seven occupants of the minivan were taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

  

BROOKFIELD SANTA HOUSE AND CANDY LAND SATURDAY

Brookfield’s Annual Santa House will feature the Candy Land game Saturday morning at the Trinity Fellowship Center in Brookfield.  Brookfield Parks and Rec is hosting Candy Land, which will feature characters from the game.  The event will also include a ‘kids under construction room’ and cookie decorating, along with visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  It’s free to attend…Saturday from 9 to 11am at the Trinity Fellowship Center in Brookfield. 

  

CALLAO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SATURDAY   

Plans are set for the annual Callao Country Christmas this weekend at the Callao school.  It will be held Saturday, from 8am to 1pm, with number of Christmas craft items, a silent auction, a tree decorating contest and a lunch and bake sale.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on-hand for the event.  Callao Country Christmas at the Callao School, Saturday from 8am to 1pm. 




12/11/13

 

FAYETTE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TRACTOR ROLLOVER

A Fayette man was seriously injured when a farm tractor overturned on private property, about four miles west of Clark, Tuesday afternoon.  46 year old Steven Ross, of Fayette, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says he was driving the tractor on private property when the ground became uneven, causing the tractor to overturn onto him. 

  

THREE HURT IN TWO LIVINGSTON COUNTY ACCIDENTS  

Two accidents occurred within a few minutes Tuesday morning on Route Z, about six miles south of Chillicothe.  The first occurred at around 6:20am, when a tractor-trailer, driven by 56 year old Michael Butler, of Bethany, was backing across the highway into a parking lot.  A northbound pickup, driven by 43 year old Marijean Meservey, of Chillicothe, lost control and slid into the trailer.  Meservey and her passenger, 34 year old Niki Parr, of Chillicothe, both suffered serious injuries.  Meservey was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center and Parr was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe.  A few minutes later, 23 year old Nickolas Mitchel, of Bogard, approached the accident scene and was unable to avoid the vehicles which blocked the roadway.  Mitchel was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center.   

  

TWO CHILDREN KILLED IN RAY COUNTY HOUSE FIRE  

Two young children died in a Tuesday afternoon house fire on Shach Creek Road, near Orrick, in Ray County.  The Ray County Sheriff’s Department says firefighters were called to the scene shortly after noon Tuesday.  They found the home fully engulfed when they arrived, along with reports of two children trapped in the home.  The homeowner, Randy Garrison, was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment of severe burns.  His two children, age 3 and 22 months, died in the fire.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office is conducting an investigation. 

  

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY UNDER INVESTIGATION   

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday evening armed robbery in the Aspen Heights Neighborhood.  Two 21 year old women reported the incident.  They say one of them was walking her dog when a male suspect pointed gun at her and forced her into an apartment.  The suspect demanded cash from the woman and her roommate, then fled on foot.  The suspect is described as a thin black male of medium complexion, about 5-10, with a gap in his front teeth and short braided hair. 




12/10/13

 

FORMER BROOKFIELD MAN PLEADS IN CHILD PORN CASE 

A former Brookfield man has pleaded guilty in connection with a federal child pornography case.  35 year old John Williamson, formerly of Brookfield, now a Florida resident, entered his plea Monday to three felony counts.  The crimes occurred between November of 2010 and September 2011.  The case was investigated by the Kirksville office of the FBI, Kirksville and Brookfield Police Departments, the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and other agencies.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 13. 

  

MISSOURI EXECUTION DELAYED, ANOTHER SCHEDULED   

Missouri’s second execution in the past few weeks will not occur tonight, as scheduled.  Allen Nicklasson had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01am Wednesday, for the 1994 murder of businessman Richard Drummond.  Late Monday, a panel of federal judges issued a stay of execution on Nicklasson’s claims of ineffective counsel.  State prosecutors are expected to appeal the stay of execution. 

Monday, the Missouri Supreme Court set an execution date for another death-row inmate.  Herbert Smulls, who was convicted of the 1991 murder of Chesterfield Jeweler Stephen Honickman, will be put to death on January 29.

  

BROOKFIELD FIRST GRADE SEEK MISSING GINGERBREAD MEN

The Brookfield R-3 First Grade is looking for help in locating some missing gingerbread men, who apparently ran away from the school, Monday morning.  KZBK News Diretor, Jeff Elliott, visited the first grade Monday afternoon, to get details on the disappearance.  The class has filed a missing persons report with law enforcement and also contacted the Linn County Leader for assistance.  The students say a total of 99 gingerbread men apparently ran away from the Elementary Cafeteria, prior to being decorated for the holidays.  They ask, if you find the gingerbread men…to please not eat them…contact the Brookfield Elementary Office. 

  

MARSHALL BUSINESS DAMAGE IN ACCIDENT  

A Marshall business suffered significant damage in a weekend accident.  Police say were called to Green Printers, located at 585 West Arrow, in Marshall, Saturday afternoon.  Upon arrival they found a pickup, which had gone through the main entrance of the building.  Police say a Marshall driver failed to yield at an intersection. Her vehicle struck the pickup, causing it to swerve off the roadway and into the Green Printers entrance.  There was one minor injury reported. 




12/09/13

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT  

A Chillicothe woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Route A, northwest of Chillicothe, Saturday morning.  The accident occurred just before 9am Saturday.  50 year old Elizabeth A. Wade, of Chillicothe, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

MINOR INJURIES FOR MACON WOMAN       

A Macon woman escaped with just minor injuries after her car ran off Highway 3, just north of Callao, Saturday afternoon.  50 year old Marsha Blevins, of Macon, was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway and struck a culvert. 

  

MEXICO DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT   

A Mexico driver suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off Highway 15 in Audrain County, Sunday afternoon.  65 year old Bradford W. Lower, of Mexico, was treated at Audrain Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED FOR FORGERY     

A Moberly man was arrested Friday night, and could face forgery and drug charges.  The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a 36 year old male suspect.  He is accused of possessing counterfeit currency and a forging instrument.  He is also accused of possession of a controlled substance.  Formal charges are pending in the case. 

  

HALLSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED      

A Hallsville man was arrested on weapons charges, after he allegedly fired a weapon in the direction of two children and their dog, in the 11300 block of Hecht Road, Sunday afternoon.  Boone County Deputies say 39 year old Brian Gravatt, of Hallsville, fire the weapon while the children were attempting to catch a dog that had gotten of its leash.  He also is accused of pointing his weapon at the children’s mother, when she confronted him.  Authorities say a previous felony conviction makes it illegal for him to possess a firearm and they say the firearm had been reported stolen.  Gravett is being held pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT INVESTIGATED      

Columbia Police are investigating a ‘shots fired’ incident, which occurred Sunday afternoon in or near the Lawn Ridge Court Apartment complex.  Investigators say they found evidence of several shots being fired, but no injuries were reported and no suspects were found.  Witnesses say the disturbance involved a dispute between two groups of people, who fled the area. 




12/06/13

 

PLANS ANNOUNCED FOR BEVIER TRUCK STOP    

Macon County Economic Development officials have announced plans for a new $7 million dollar truck stop complex to be built at the Bevier Junction.  Love’s Travel Stop, based in Oklahoma City, will build and operate the facility on 20 acres at the Highway 36 and Route O Junction in Bevier.  Officials say there are still a number of stages for the project to get through.  They hope to break ground in June and have the travel center open by the end of next year.  It will employ a total of 40 workers once it opens. 

  

MACON AND BROOKFIELD PARADES CANCELLED – OTHER PLANS STILL “ON”   

Due to anticipated frigid weather conditions, Macon’s annual Christmas Parade, scheduled for this evening, has been cancelled.  The Macon Chambers says the activities at Jackson Street Park will go on as scheduled, beginning at 5:30pm.  Those activities include the arrival of Santa by fire truck, to visit with the kids. 

Brookfield’s 27th Annual Christmas Parade HAS ALSO BEEN POSTPONED...it will be held next Saturday evening, the 14th, with lineup at 5pm and the parade beginning at 5:30pm.  Santa's visit to the Twin Parks has also been ppd.  He will be on-hand in the Twin Parks in Brookfield next Saturday from 7 to 9pm. 

Downtown Trenton’s Community  Christmas Celebration begins at 5:30pm this evening, with a live nativity scene, hot chocolate, kettle corn and more…and the lighting of the Mayor’s Christmas Tree. 

  

FULTON POLICE ARREST COLUMBIA DRIVER    

A Columbia man faces drug charges after his arrest by Fulton Police.  Officers say they attempted to stop the driver for speeding on Tennyson Road, leading to a pursuit of the suspect vehicle.  It stopped on a dead-end street and the driver attempted the flee on foot.  Officers apprehended the man, 32 year old Anthony Cole, of Columbia, who was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. 

  

LOFTIN CONFIRMED AS MIZZOU CHANCELLOR   

University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe announced that former Texas A&M President, R. Bowen Loftin, will be Mizzou’s 22nd Chancellor, in a Thursday morning news conference.  The 64 year old Loftin has planned to retired from the Texas A&M position in January.  Loftin will take over the Chancellor’s duties beginning February 1 of next year.  He replaces Brady Deaton, who had served in the position for nine years. 




12/05/13

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR CENTER DRIVER  

A driver from Center, MO was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, near Vandalia, Tuesday afternoon.  71 year old Ronald D. Carman, of Center, was taken to St. John Mercy Hospital in St. Louis after the accident, which occurred at around 2:45pm on Ralls County Route F.  The patrol says Carman’s southbound truck ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

SUSPECT ACCUSED OF ENTICING A MINOR  

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Charges are pending against a New Cambria man who is accused of attempted online enticement of a minor child.  Kirksville Police and the Kirksville Computer Crimes Task Force say officers posed as a local 13 year old female and established contact with the suspect via facebook.  They accuse him of furnishing a pornographic photo and attempting to arrange a meeting.  When he arrived for the meeting, he was taken into custody.  28 year old Mark Alan Stephenson, of New Cambria, is being held in the Adair County Detention Center, pending formal charges. 

  

CAUSE OF MILAN LAUNDROMAT FIRE DETERMINED   

Investigators have determined the cause of a fire which gutted a Laundromat in Milan on Monday.  They say a faulty ceiling light fixture was the likely cause of the blaze, which left Head’s Laundromat on North Pearl Street in Milan a total loss.  Fire crews say the building was fully involved when they arrived at the scene at around 2:30 Monday afternoon.  No one was injured in the blaze. 

  

SCAM WARNINGS FROM LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF  

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is warning area residents of at least three different scams, which have been recently reported.  Several people have reported calls from a person claiming to be from Microsoft and indicating a problem with their home computer.  The caller is attempting to gain remote access to financial and personal information.  Others have reported calls from individuals indicating some sort of cash prize, but requesting personal financial information or a small payment.  And others are working a telephone or e-mail scam involving a forged money order or check.  Residents are reminded to never give that type of information out to unsolicited telephone or e-mail contacts. 

  

MIZZOU CHANCELLOR TO BE NAMED TODAY   

A Texas-based website is reporting that former Texas A&M President, R. Bowen Loftin, will be named the 22nd Chancellor of the University of Missouri.  The site TexAgs.com identifies Loftin as candidate.  Mizzou system President Tim Wolfe has not confirmed the hiring but is scheduled to announce the new Chancellor at an 11am news conference on the MU Campus. 

  

DRYER LINT WARNING FROM FIRE OFFICIALS   

The Columbia  Fire Department is warning residents of the dangers of dryer lint buildup as a fire hazard.  Officials say there have been six dryer fires this year, two of those in the past week.  Homeowners are reminded to clean out dryer lint from your filter and vents on a regular basis.  Lint catches fire easily and will burn quickly. 




12/04/13

 

LACLEDE WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A Laclede woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday night accident on a Livingston County Road.  It occurred at around 10:30pm, about five miles northwest of Wheeling.  The patrol says 41 year old James L. Breeden, of Laclede, failed to negotiate a turn and his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.  A passenger in the vehicle, 43 year old Tammie Breeden, of Laclede, was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe. 

  

MFA OIL TO PURCHASE MAMTEK PROPERTY  

MFA Oil Company has announced plans to purchase the site of the failed Mamtek Plant in Moberly.  The Columbia-based, farmer-owned cooperative announced Tuesday that it has a contract to purchase the 33-acre Mamtek commercial site, which includes a partially constructed building that was never completed.  MFA Oil officials say they’re pleased with the location of the property, with convenient access to Highway 63.  A news release says they plan to upgrade current support operations and explore future business opportunities involving the site.   Officials say it will take significant investment by MFA Oil to make it ready for operations.  

  

HUNTSVILLE INTERIM POLICE CHIEF APPOINTED   

Hundreds of Huntsville residents gathered Tuesday to say goodbye to long-time Police Chief Buddy Stuck.  Stuck died after suffering a gunshot wound at his home, last Wednesday morning.   The investigation into his death continues, but authorities do not suspect foul play.  Mike Hopper has been appointed as interim Chief until the Huntsville City Council can fill the position.  The Council plans to begin its search process next month. 

  

VICTIM STABBED IN COLUMBIA ROBBERY   

Columbia Police are investigating a robbery, which resulted in a stab wound for a Columbia man.  It occurred Monday night, but it was not reported until after a Tuesday afternoon car accident caused the wound to reopen.  The victim says he was walking near Green Meadows and Providence Road at around 11pm when a black male suspect asked him for money.  When the victim refused, the suspect stabbed him in the thigh and fled the scene.  He is described as a black male, about 40 years old, 5-10 and 180 pounds. 

  

“SHOTS FIRED” INCIDENT DRAWS INVESTIGATION   

Police are also investigating a Tuesday afternoon ‘shots fired’ incident at the Columbia Housing Authority.  Officers were called to the area at around 2:30pm and found evidence of multiple shots being fired.  They searched at least two apartments but did not find a suspect.  No injuries were reported.  The incident remains under investigation. 




12/03/13

 

MILAN TEEN ARRESTED IN OTTUMWA   

A Milan teenager faces charges in Ottumwa, after an early-morning arrest on Sunday.  Police were called to a report of an argument at ‘The Elbow Room’ in Ottumwa just after 3:30am Sunday.  When they arrived, they were told that a suspect had flashed a weapon.  That suspect, 18 year old Raul Ortega III, of Milan, fled the scene on foot.  He was apprehended and found to be carrying a handgun.  Ortega is charged with carrying a weapon, interference with official acts and possession under the legal age.  He was in custody, at last report, on $7,000 dollars bond. 

  

RIBBON CUTTING TUESDAY FOR CHILLICOTHE BRIDGE  

MoDOT and the City of Chillicothe will celebrate completion of a new bridge on Route V in Chillicothe today.  The project, which began in April will include a new bridge over the Canadian Pacific Railroad, and a realignment of Route V.  Officials say the project is nearly complete and a ribbon-cutting will be held at 9:30am at the west end of the new bridge, near the intersection of Broadway and Polk Streets in Chillicothe.  The public is welcome to attend. 

  

THREE INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION  

A Monday night collision on Highway 40 in Boone County, injured three occupants of two vehicles.  It occurred at around 9pm.  The patrol says 70 year old Holly J. Rodgers, of Jamestown, apparently failed to yield at an intersection.  Her pickup pulled into the path of an SUV driven by 24 year old Brittney Waterman, of Fulton.  Rodgers was seriously injured.  Waterman escaped with minor injuries, but her passenger, 35 year old James Lindsey, of Fulton, was treated for moderate injuries.  All three were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN FIRE       

A Columbia woman was treated for significant burn injuries after a Monday evening fire at a mobile home, in the Colonial Village Trailer Court in Columbia.  Crews were called to the scene at around 5pm.  While on the way, they were told the fire had been extinguished and the woman had suffered burn injuries.  The victim was taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

  

DECORATED TREES ON DISPLAY THIS WEEKEND      

There are lots of community Christmas events in the area this week, including the Living Windows event in Moberly Thursday evening, Christmas Parades in Brookfield and Macon Friday evening and the Moberly Christmas Parade on Saturday.  Macon’s Blees/Still/Hildreth Museum invites you to a unique event, with a display of decorated Christmas Trees at the museum and at the VanCleve-Doneghy House in Macon.  The trees will be on display Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with a candle light tour Friday evening, from 5 to 9pm.  For more information, contact Linda Farmer at 660-651-2905. 




12/02/13

 

BOGARD DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED    

A driver from Bogard was seriously injured when his car ran off Carroll County Route Z Sunday night.  45 year old Michael Mitchell, of Bogard, was taken to North Kansas City Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7:30pm.  The patrol says he swerved to miss a deer and lost control of his car. It ran off the highway and struck a tree. 

 

TWO INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT    

Two Unionville residents were treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 5 in Lemons.  46 year old Chandra Anderson and 41 year old Timothy P. Anderson, both of Unionville, were both taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says a car driven by 47 year old Debra Moss, of Unionville, failed to yield at an intersection and pulled into the path of the Anderson’s vehicle. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT   

A Kirksville man suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Highway 11 at Route H in Adair County, early Sunday morning.  52 year old David Deacon, of Kirksville, was the driver of the southbound pickup.  The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign, ran through an intersection and struck a sign, a fence and a billboard.  Deacon was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

 

TEENAGER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER KNOX COUNTY CRASH    

A teenage driver from Luray, MO was life-flighted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy with serious injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Route K in Knox County.  19 year old Drake McAfee was the driver of a westbound pickup which ran off the highway and overturned at around 1:15pm, ejecting him from the vehicle.  A passenger, 19 year old Shelby Syfert, of Hamilton, Illinois, was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR BOONVILLE DRIVER 

A Boonville driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Route O in Saline County, early Sunday morning.  25 year old Kyle Durham, of Boonville, was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30am.  The patrol says he lost control of his southbound car, which ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  A 22 year old female passenger refused treatment for minor injuries. 

 

TWO KILLED IN FRIDAY MORNING COLLISION       

A Centralia man and a Mexico woman were both killed in a Friday morning accident on Route 124 near Hallsville.  46 year old Timmy Boone, of Centralia and 22 year old Victoria Singleton, of Mexico, both died in the crash, which occurred at around 7am Friday.  The patrol says Boone’s southbound pickup was struck head-on by a northbound car which crossed the center line.  Singleton was a passenger in that car, driven by 21 year old Richard VanBoening, of Mexico.   VanBoening was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

 

SERVICES TUESDAY FOR HUNTSVILLE POLICE CHIEF   

Services for long-time Huntsville Police Chief William ‘Buddy’ Stuck will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1pm in the Westran High School Gym.  Visitation will be this (Monday) afternoon and evening, from 2 to 8pm, also in the school gymnasium.  The investigation into Stuck’s Wednesday morning death from a gunshot wound at his home is continuing. 




11/29/13

 

CHILD MOLESTATION CHARGE AGAINST PURDIN MAN

A Purdin man has been charged with first-degree child molestation, after his arrest by the Linn County Sheriff’s Department this week.  Jacob Yagel, of Purdin, was taken into custody on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in court on December 12.  Yagel is free on $20,000 dollars bond. 

  

SEARCH WARRANTS NET DRUG ARRESTS    

The Linn County Sheriff’s Department also reports two drugs arrests at two separate locations in Brookfield on Tuesday.  Officers executed a search warrant at 216 Macon Street in Brookfield, which turned up meth, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia.  A 32 year old female suspect was taken into custody.  A search warrant at 1015 Courtland Street also turned up meth, marijuana, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia.  A 24 year old male suspect was taken into custody at that location.  Both are being held in the Chariton County Jail, pending formal charges. 

  

KIRKSVILLE SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT INVESTIGATED   

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a Wednesday night burglary and shots fired incident, east of Kirksville, which resulted in a late-night manhunt.  A homeowner on East Center Way reported seeing two suspects as he drove into a driveway at his residence.  The two allegedly fired two or three shots at him and the homeowner returned fire.  There were no injuries reported.  Law enforcement agencies spent several hours Wednesday night searching for the suspects.  They were not found and the investigation continues. 

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT    

A Kirksville woman suffered moderate injuries in a Thanksgiving day accident on Highway 36 at Route 129 south, in Macon County.  60 year old Joyce Spray, of Kirksville, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred just after noon Thursday.  The patrol says she attempted to make a left turn as another vehicle attempted to pass her car.  The other driver, 22 year old Sara Ewigman, of Brookfield, was not injured. 

 

NATURAL GAS PIPLELINE EXPLOSION ROCKS PETTIS COUNTY

Firefighters have been battling a large fire over night, after a natural gas pipeline exploded in Pettis County.  Officials say the 30 inch Panhandle Eastern Pipeline ruptured and exploded outside a compressor station, north of Sedalia, around midnight.  There were no injuries or fatalities reported.  The pipeline was shut off and the natural gas fire extinguished at around 3am.  Damage has been reported to several buildings near the area.  Officials will conduct a full investigation into the explosion. 

  

TWO ARRESTED BY CENTRALIA POLICE       

Two Mexico residents faces charges of possession of stolen property after their arrest by Centralia Police this week.  Officers say Erik W. Ray and Angel Picton were found living in a 30-foot camping trailer, which was reported stolen from a Centralia resident in October.  Officers also recovered a stolen ATV and a stolen Dodge pickup.  The suspects are being held in the Boone County Jail as the investigation continues.   




11/27/13

 

TRACTOR ACCIDENT KILLS KIRKSVILLE MAN 

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  a farm tractor accident Tuesday afternoon killed a Kirksville man.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Office says 43 year old Rick Johnson, of Kirksville, died when the tractor he was driving overturned on a steep hill, pinning him underneath.  Johnson’s dad discovered the accident and called 911.  Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene just after 2pm. 

  

CAR COLLIDES WITH MODOT TRUCK NEAR LINNEUS      

A Purdin woman was treated for minor injuries after her car collided with a MoDOT dump truck on Highway 5, just north of Linneus, Tuesday afternoon.  87 year old Lois Purdin was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:45pm.  The patrol says her northbound car struck a slow-moving MoDOT truck in the rear in a work zone.  The driver of the truck, 48 year old Tommy Brumbaugh, of Brookfield, was not injured. 

  

THREE HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY COLLISION   

A collision on Highway 40, at its junction with Route 5 in Howard County, injured three occupants of two vehicles.  It occurred just after 6am Tuesday.  The patrol says 23 year old Olivia Hall, of New Franklin, attempted a left turn at the intersection and pulled into the path of an oncoming truck, driven by 58 year old David Vaught, of Rocheport.  Both drivers suffered moderate injuries, along with a passenger in Hall’s vehicle, 31 year old Miguel Torres, of New Franklin.  All three were treated at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

THANKSGIVING REMINDERS FROM THE HIGHWAY PATROL  

The Missouri State Highway Patrol warns Missouri motorists to use extra caution as you travel this holiday weekend.  Last Thanksgiving weekend, there were six fatalities and more than 400 injuries on Missouri highways.  The patrol will be out in full force over the weekend.  They remind you to buckle up, pay extra attention on the road and do not drink and drive.  If you need assistance or wish to report careless driving, call * 55 on your wireless phone, to contact the nearest Highway Patrol office. 

  

DEATH SENTENCE IN JEFFERSON CITY MURDER       

A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to death in connection with a brutal 2009 murder.  58 year old David Hosier was sentenced to death Tuesday, in the Jefferson City murder of Angela Gilpin.  A jury found Hosier guilty of first-degree murder in October.  Hosier is also suspected of killing Gilpin’s husband, but has not been convicted in that case.  Prosecutors say the suspect and victim had an affair, but that Gilpin was trying to reconcile with her husband when the killings occurred. 

  

MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED      

A Marshall man was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty this week to one count of child enticement.  36 year old Anthony Reith, also plead guilty to a count of possession of a controlled substance.  A third charge of sexual misconduct with a child was dropped.  Reith was sentenced to 13 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections by a Lafayette County judge. 




11/26/13

 

MACON POLICE REPORT DRUG ARREST 

Macon Police have released details on a traffic stop which led to drug charges last week.  After officers stopped a vehicle in the area of Briggs and Rutherford Streets in Macon, they say they identified the driver as having an outstanding arrest warrant from Shelby County.  The driver fled the area on foot and was taken into custody after a foot pursuit.  The 36 year old male suspect, from Clarence, was also found to be in possession of a substance believed to be meth.  He was arrested for drug possession, along with other charges.  During the pursuit, officers say a female passenger drove the vehicle from the scene to a nearby business parking lot.  The 28 year old woman was arrested for driving without a license, endangering the welfare of a child and failure to provide proof of insurance. 

  

MARCELINE PEANUT NIGHT EXTENDED

The Marceline Tigers run to the football state championship game Saturday afternoon has caused a change in plans for the Annual Peanut Night festivities, scheduled for Saturday evening, in downtown Marceline.  All of Saturday night's activities will go on as scheduled, but, the Marceline Chamber says Peanut bags will also be available on FRIDAY night at several locations, for those who are planning to travel to St. Louis Saturday.  Many Marceline area businesses will hold their peanut night sales and activities BOTH Friday and Saturday nights.

  

TRIAL DELAYED IN DEADLY COLUMBIA CRASH    

A former Brookfield resident had his trial delayed Monday, in connection with a deadly Columbia accident.  21 year old Spencer Gordon, of Columbia, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and two counts of assault.  He is accused of driving drunk during an accident last December, which killed 24 year old Michelle Morrow, of Columbia and injured two others.  Gordon’s trial, which was scheduled to begin December 10, has been delayed.  A new date has not been set. 

  

FULTON WORKER RESCUED FROM TRENCH COLLAPSE  

A Fulton worker was life-flighted to Columbia after being pulled from a collapsed trench Monday morning.  Police say the 50 year old man was a contractor working for the city when the trench collapsed, burying him from the waist down.  It took about 90 minutes for emergency crews to get him out of the ditch.  Officials say he was flown to University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

  

AUXVASSE DRIVER TREATED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT

An Auxvasse driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Old US 40, in Callaway County, Monday morning.  43 year old Jeffery Ennis, of Auxvasse, was taken to Callaway Community Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6am.  The patrol says he swerved to avoid an unknown vehicle, and his pickup ran off the roadway into a farm field. 




11/22/13

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS - FRIDAY 11/22/13

Some slick road conditions are causing a delayed start this morning for a handful of area schools districts.  Newtown-Harris, Trenton, Princeton and Mercer schools are all starting late this morning…at 10am. 

  

MACON SEARCH WARRANT NETS DRUG ARRESTS  

Macon Police served a search warrant at a home in the 900 block of Sunset Drive this week, which netted drug charges against two Macon residents.  Officers seized a large amount of marijuana from inside the home, along with drug paraphernalia and items indicating distribution.  23 year old Errol T. Powe, Jr. is charged with possession with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a public nuisance.  23 year old David J. Horehlad was charged with possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and stolen property. 

  

MORE COUNTERFEIT BILLS REPORTED 

We’ve been talking this week about an alert for Brookfield businesses regarding the possible circulation of counterfeit one hundred dollar bills.  Now Macon Police have reported a phony $100 bill, which turned up in a downtown Macon store this week.  Chillicothe Police report two counterfeit fifty dollar bills which were passed at a Chillicothe store this week.  Investigations are underway in all three communities.  Officials are urging businesses to be on the lookout for counterfeit bills.  Contact police immediately if you believe you’ve received one. 

  

I-70 TRAFFIC STOP RESULTS IN DRUG BUST   

A traffic stop on I-70 in Cooper County this week resulted in drug trafficking charges against a South Carolina man.  During the course of that traffic stop, a Highway Patrol canine unit was called to the scene and gave a positive indication of drugs in the vehicle.  A search of the vehicle turned up 102 pounds of marijuana.  64 year old Gary L. Pinson, of Rock Hill,  South Carolina, was arrested for first degree drug trafficking. 

  

ICY CONDITIONS CAUSE CRASH ON I-29    

Icy road conditions in northwest Missouri, Thursday afternoon, played a role in a multiple-vehicle collision, which seriously injured a truck driver from Pilot Grove.  61 year old David Hays, of Pilot Grove, was taken to Heartland Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm on I-29 in Holt County.  The patrol says Hays northbound tractor-trailer struck another semi, which had jackknifed on the icy roadway.  The accident blocked the northbound lanes of I-29 for several hours on Thursday evening. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK SERIAL BURGLAR  

Columbia Police are looking for a suspect in a series of burglaries and assaults in the East Campus area.  Investigators point to at least nine separate incidents since June, which they believe involves the same suspect.  In all of the incidents, the male suspect entered through an unlocked door in the middle of the night and entered the room of a female resident.  In some incidents he removed his clothing and got into the bed with the sleeping victim.  One incident involved an attempted sexual assault.  The suspect is described as a white or possible middle-eastern male in his 20’s, with a medium to thin build and medium height.  Police are urging residents to lock their doors and windows. 


11/21/13

 

DEER HUNTER MISTAKENLY SHOOTS ELK  

The Missouri Department of Conservation says a Kirksville deer hunter mistakenly shot an elk over the weekend on private property near the Adair/Macon County line.  He told officers that, as he looked through the brush, he thought it was a large deer.  The Department reminds area hunters that Elk are a protected species in Missouri and there is no hunting season for them.  They say the hunter did the right thing by notifying them when he realized his mistake.  He will not be charged and his name has not been released.  An investigation is underway to determine if the elk escaped from a captive herd or came from somewhere else. 

  

MINOR INJURIES IN BROOKFIELD AREA ACCIDENT    

A Brookfield driver was treated for minor injuries after her car ran off Jarboe Road, just east of Brookfield, Wednesday afternoon.  32 year old Melynda J. Sibley, of Brookfield, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says her car ran off the roadway after she swerved to miss a deer. 

  

FAYETTE SCHOOLS SUED FOR PRAYERS   

A lawsuit has been filed against the Fayette School District, in connection with weekly prayers in the classroom.  The suit was filed Wednesday by the American Humanist Association.  It demands an end to teacher-sponsored and school-promoted prayer sessions in a classroom at Fayette High School.  The suit alleges the sessions violate the law by being held during school hours and being promoted by the school.  

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED AGAIN    

A Columbia woman who was arrested last week for allegedly stealing debit cards has been arrested again.  Courtney Guest, of Columbia, is accused of stealing a debit card from a resident at the Neighborhoods, by Tiger Place, in Columbia.  Last week, she was accused of stealing debit cards from another resident and an employee of the facility.  Guest has been released after posting bond. 




11/20/13

 

CARROLL COUNTY HIGHWAY CLOSED AFTER WRECK

An overturned fuel truck closed Highway 10 in Carroll County for a few hours, Tuesday afternoon.  The highway was closed just before noon, east of Norborne, after a semi, carrying 4500 gallons of diesel fuel, overturned following a collision with an SUV. Cleanup was complete and the highway re-opened just before 3pm.  One minor injury was reported in the accident. 

  

MISSOURI SERIAL KILLER EXECUTED THIS MORNING     

The State of Missouri has executed convicted killer Joseph Franklin this morning.  A series of legal maneuvers Tuesday night into early this morning delayed Franklin’s execution, which was scheduled for 12:01am.  Shortly before 6 this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay of execution for Franklin.  He was put to death about 45 minutes later at the state prison facility in Bonne Terre, MO.  Franklin was convicted of a 1977 shooting outside a St. Louis area synagogue.  He was believed to be involved in at least twenty murders total. 

  

WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS DAY   

Today is Winter Weather Awareness Day in the state of Missouri.  The National Weather Service is partnering with the Missouri Department of Health and the State Emergency Management Agency to remind us all to prepare for winter weather.  They’ve released some tips to remember:  create a family emergency plan and kit, make sure all heat sources are functioning properly, have a winter car kit ready with emergency supplies, be careful when shoveling snow or pushing a car out of a snow bank and charge your cell phones before driving in winter weather.  You’re encouraged to pay attention to your local weather sources to be prepared for any winter weather concerns. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR STALKING AND MORE

A Columbia woman faces multiple charges after allegedly ramming her car into two vehicles at her ex-husband’s home, Monday evening.  Police say the suspect, 49 year old Caroline Lazinger, was all ready wanted on a felony stalking warrant when she went to the home on Summer Brook Court and began ringing the doorbell.  Witnesses say she then rammed her car into two vehicles in the driveway and left the scene.  She led officers on a short pursuit before her arrest.  Lazinger is charged with two counts of felony tampering, felony resisting arrest and felony stalking. 

  

FOUR CHARGED WITH ASSAULT   

Four Columbia men are charged with assault after an alleged ‘road rage’ incident in the parking lot of Gumby’s Pizza, in Columbia, just after midnight Tuesday morning.  Reports indicate an employee of the business was involved in a road rage incident with four suspects in another vehicle.  Those four men, Robert Coleman, Joshua Courtois, Zackary Jarvis and Jeffery Rousan were taken into custody for third-degree assault.  




11/18/13

 

WIND DAMAGE, POWER OUTAGES IN MISSOURI SUNDAY    

Sunday’s severe weather outbreak in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky also caused a number of damage reports in parts of Missouri.  Ameren Missouri reports nearly 40,000 electric customers who were impacted by Sunday’s storms, most in the St. Louis area.  Just under 13,000 remain without power this morning.  Roof and shingle damage was reported Sunday morning across parts of the St. Louis area, and several reports from the Missouri bootheel also came in Sunday afternoon.  At least six persons died in Illinois from Sunday’s tornado outbreak. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER TREATED AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH   

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday night accident on Route 3, just north of Mount Airy, in Randolph County.  36 year old Cindy L. Routh, of Moberly, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 10:40pm.  The patrol says her northbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY CRASH    

A Columbia driver was killed in a Sunday afternoon accident in Columbia.  27 year old Gabriel Watkins was the driver of a car, which was eastbound on Grindstone Parkway, at around 2pm Sunday.  Police say the car struck a raised concrete curve near the intersection with Rock Quarry Road, then struck a signal pole and concrete base at that intersection.  Watkins was taken to University Hospital, where he died a short time later. 

  

THREE INJURED IN HALLSVILLE COLLISION    

A head-on crash in Hallsville, Sunday night, sent three men to the hospital with injuries.  Boone County first-responders say two cars hit nearly head-on on Route B, just inside the Hallsville city limits.  Three occupants of the two vehicles were taken to a Columbia hospital.  One of the victims was listed in serious condition Sunday night.  The names of the victims have not been released. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY SHOOTING UNDER INVESTIGATION    

Jefferson City police are still seeking a suspect in a Saturday night shooting that injured four people.  Officers were called to the 700 block of Madison Street, just before midnight Saturday, where a gunman fired multiple shots.  Four victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Jefferson City Police have not released any suspect information as of yet. 

  

PUBLIC MEETING TUESDAY AT PERSHING HOME    

The public is invited to bring your ideas and attend a public meeting, regarding future plans for the General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and the Locust Creek Covered Bridge State Historic Site, Tuesday evening in Laclede.  The meeting will be held at the Pershing Boyhood Home, Tuesday evening from 6 to 8pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend and discuss ideas. 




11/15/13

 

CHILD PORN CHARGES AGAINST FORMER BROOKFIELD MAN

A former Brookfield resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury for possession of child pornography.  43 year old Mark Jackson, who now lives in Alvin, Texas, was arrested there Thursday.  The case originated with an investigation by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes unit, resulting in a search warrant served on Jackson’s computers and storage devices by Brookfield Police in 2011.  Investigators say they found numerous images and videos of child pornography. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEKING STOLEN TRAILER  

The Chillicothe Police Department is seeking public assistance with its investigation into the theft of a hydraulic dump trailer from an area business, which was reported last weekend.  The trailer is described as a 2012 14-foot Doolittle hydraulic dump trailer with a spare tire mounted on the right front.  It carried a Missouri license plate 46D-9XC at the time of the theft.   The suspect vehicle is a light-colored, extended cab pickup with a tool box in the bed, driven by a male suspect.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Chillicothe Police. 

 

FIRE MARSHAL INVESTIGATING NOVINGER BLAZE  

The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire, which destroyed a vacant rental home in Novinger, Thursday night.  It was discovered by an Adair County Sheriff’s Deputy, who saw flames shooting out a front window when he drove by the property on Route 149, at around 6:30pm.  Officials say the home was owned by a St. Louis area resident and had been vacant for about two weeks.  No one was injured in the blaze. 

 

KIRKSVILLE SUPERINTENDENT RETIRING     

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville School Superintendent Pat Williams has announced his retirement at the end of the school year.  Williams has been part of the district for 31 years and has served as superintendent for the past eight.  His retirement will be effective at the end of his current contract, in June.  The Kirksville School Board will immediately begin the task of searching for Williams’ replacement. 

 

TIPTON FOOTBALL PLAYERS DIES FROM INJURY     

A Tipton High School football player, who was critically injured in a game on October 31, has died from those injuries.  17 year old Chad Stover, a junior at Tipton High School, died Thursday morning.  He had been hospitalized since collapsing on the field after a hit in the fourth quarter of a game in Sedalia.  Officials say he suffered a severe brain injury.  Schools around the state have displayed red ribbons in honor of Tipton’s school colors, since Stover’s injury. 

 

MORE THAN 30 ARRESTS IN DRUG INVESTIGATION  

More than 100 officers were involved in a multi-agency drug sweep, which resulted in more than 30 arrests in western and central Missouri Thursday.  It was the culmination of a two-year investigation into an alleged conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine.  Officials say 28 defendants were picked up Thursday, five were all ready in custody and four remain at-large.  Most of the arrests were made in the Sedalia area, with several from neighboring Johnson County. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN ACCUSED OF DEBIT CARD THEFT    

A Columbia woman faces felony charges after being accused of stealing debit cards belonging to a nursing home resident and an employee.  31 year old Courtney Guest is charged with fraudulent use of a credit device and stealing.  Police say she took a debit card from a resident at The Neighborhoods Elderly Care Facility and used it to make more than five hundred dollars in purchases.  A few days later, she was accused of stealing another debit card from an employee at the facility.  Guest is being held on $9,500 dollars bond. 




11/14/13

 

MACON MAN CHARGED IN STORAGE UNIT THEFT  

A Macon man has been charged in connection with a recent theft from a storage unit, located on Enterprise Road in Macon.  Police say the victim reported about $750.00 dollars worth of furniture and electronics missing from the unit, where a lock had been broken to gain entry.  During the investigation, Police found a suspect in possession of a controlled substance.  39 year old Mark A. Tipton of Macon has been charged with stealing and drug violations.  Tipton is being held on $46,000 dollars bond. 

  

CITY OF MOBERLY AND IDA AGREE TO MAMTEK PAYMENT

The City of Moberly and the Moberly Area Industrial Development Authority have agreed to pay $95,000 dollars, in exchange for dismissal from a pending suit connected with the failed Mamtek Plant in Moberly.  The suit was brought by Shelter Insurance Companies and other investors in bonds to finance the plant, which was never completed.  The City strongly denies wrongdoing in the case, but officials say, they agreed to the payment in order to save on legal costs.  Both the City and IDA are still named in a separate Mamtek-related case, which was recently filed in federal court in Kansas City. 

  

RELAY FOR LIFE KIDS CORNER PART OF HOLIDAY MART   

The Relay for Life of Linn County wants to help make your visit to Saturday’s Brookfield Holiday Mart more enjoyable for you and your kids.  During the Holiday Mart, you can take your ‘little ones’ to the Relay for Life Kid’s Corner, for a fun-filled time of crafts and games.  A one-dollar donation will help both you and your kids enjoy the day…and they can take home a hand-made Christmas ornament.  All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.  Visit Brookfield’s 2013 Holiday Mart, and the Relay for Life Kid’s Corner, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, at Brookfield High School. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE TO CONTINUE MURDER INVESTIGATION 

In the wake of Ryan Ferguson’s release from prison, the Columbia Police Department says they will continue to investigate the 2001 murder of Columbia Tribune Sports Editor, Kent Heitholt.  In a statement released Wednesday, the Department says it respects last week’s appeals court ruling to vacate Ryan Ferguson’s conviction in the case…and that they will continue to follow up on any new leads or information that is brought to their attention. 




11/13/13

 

TRIAL DATE SET IN KNOX COUNTY MURDER CASE

A trial date has been set for a Novelty man, accused of fatally shooting his neighbor last December.  59 year old Glenn Head, of Novelty, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of 67 year old William ‘Bill’ Bacon.  Court documents indicate Head told investigators he shot Bacon after an altercation between the two men, which was part of an ongoing property dispute.  Head will go on trial beginning April 7, in Clark County, where the case has been moved on a change of venue. 

 

TRENTON MAN BOUND OVER ON MURDER CHARGE  

A Trenton man has been bound over to Circuit Court on charges of murder and armed criminal action, in connection with a July incident.  Jameson Read, of Trenton, is accused of shooting 52 year old John Vencill, multiple times and then dumping his body and a car in a rural Grundy County pond.  Read also faces charges of assaulting a Humphrey’s resident in Sullivan County, the next day.  Read will appear for arraignment in the case on December 12. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACES NEW SEX CHARGES   

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A Kirksville man who was charged with burglary in October, now faces two charges of second-degree sodomy.  45 year old Earl L. Turner, of Kirksville, is accused of entering a residence to use the phone after his car broke down, and forcing a victim to perform an unwanted sexual act.  A preliminary hearing is set for later this month. 

 

RYAN FERGUSON RELEASED FROM PRISON   

Ryan Ferguson, a Columbia man who was convicted of murder in connection with the 2001 death of Columbia Tribune Sports Editor Kent Heitholt, was released from custody last night and is a free man, after spending 10 years in prison.  The 29 year old Ferguson’s release came after Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced yesterday that he will not retry the case.  A week ago, the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals set aside Ferguson’s convictions for murder and robbery.  The court says prosecutors withheld evidence from the defense and that Ferguson did not receive a fair trial.   The Attorney General says, after reviewing the appeals court decision and reviewing the remaining known evidence in the case, his office will not pursue any further legal action against Ferguson.  Ferguson, his attorneys and family members appeared before dozens of local and national media after his release, which came just before 6pm. 

 

FIVE INDICTED FOR HEROIN DISTRIBUTION      

A Jefferson City Grand Jury has indicted four Columbia men and an Illinois man on charges of distributing heroin.  49 year old Ravid Smith, 26 year old Lemont Livingston and 53 year old Clifford Lake, all of Columbia, are charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin between September 24 and October 28 of this year.  26 year old Markeille Anderson, of Columbia, is charged with intent to distribute heroin and illegally possessing a firearm in a separate case, which occurred on October 7.  19 year old Laron Nesbitt, Jr. of Calumet City, Illinois is also charged with possessing heroin with intent to distribute.  Each of the charges involves controlled drug transactions conducted by investigators in the case. 




11/12/13

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN DAVIESS COUNTY COLLISION   

A Daviess County teenager was seriously injured when her car collided with a pickup on Highway 6, just west of Gallatin, Monday afternoon.  19 year old Breanna Jones, of New Hampton, was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident.  It occurred at around 12:45pm.  The patrol says she was westbound on Route 6 when a pickup, driven by 51 year old Tina Esbeck, of Gallatin, slowed to make a left turn.  Jones vehicle struck Esbeck’s pickup in the rear.  Esbeck was treated for minor injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. 

  

HUNTSVILLE TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH      

A Huntsville teenager escaped with minor injuries when his pickup ran off a Randolph County gravel road, just east of Clifton Hill, Monday night.  19 year old Clayton Ames, of Huntsville, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 9:45pm.  The patrol says he lost control of his westbound pickup, it ran off the roadway and it struck an embankment and a tree. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY VOTING EQUIPMENT STOLEN   

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a weekend theft from the Livingston County Road and Bridge Barn.  Investigators say a trailer was stolen, which contained fourteen voting machine bins and other voting equipment.  Nine of the bins were found discarded near Utica…the trailer and other equipment remain missing.  Anyone with information should contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AT FIRE STATION 

A Columbia man is in jail on multiple warrants after trespassing at a Columbia fire station, over the weekend.  Police say they were called to the Fire Station on Worley Street, just after 5 o’clock Saturday morning, because a man was banging on the station windows and acting in a disruptive manner.  Officers found the suspect inside one of the firefighter’s personal vehicles.  Damien Shaw, of Columbia, was arrested on multiple warrants, including one for arson, out of Baldwin County, Alabama.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.

  

BBB WARNS OF PHILLIPINE RELIEF SCAMS   

The Better Business Bureau is warning residents of potential scams connected with relief help for victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.  The Bureau says phony charities are likely to pop up following such a major tragedy.  The Better Business Bureau says the best way to help is to donate your money to a reputable and well-known humanitarian organization like the American Red Cross.  If you’re contacted by an unfamiliar charity seeking donations via debit or credit card over the telephone, or online, you should research the organization before making any kind of donation.   




11/11/13

 

DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL ON THE AIR     

We’ll have live high school football on our Best Broadcast Group stations tonight (Monday) as District Championship Games are on the schedule throughout the state.  KZBK-Brookfield will have live coverage of the Marceline Tigers at the Milan Wildcats.  KLTI-Macon will have the Macon Tigers live, on the road at California.  Both games kick off at 7pm with our pregame show beginning at 6:45. 

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN RUN OVER BY CAR    

A Kirksville woman was seriously injured in an accident on Highway 11, just west of Kirksville, early Saturday morning.  40 year old Lisa Stanek, of Kirksville, was the driver of a westbound car.  The patrol says it was stopped on the side of the roadway at around 6 o’clock Saturday morning, when it began rolling backwards.  She fell out of the vehicle and it ran over her and struck a tree.  Stanek was treated for serious injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

BODY OF MISSING BOONVILLE MAN FOUND      

The body of a Boonville man, missing since last Tuesday, was found Sunday morning by search teams.  47 year old Michael Magyar, of Boonville, was on foot when he was last seen on Tuesday morning.  Officials say the body was found in a wooded area near Oregon Trail in Boonville.  An autopsy will determine the official cause of death, but foul play is not suspected at this time. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE LOOKING FOR MISSING WOMAN  

Columbia Police are looking for a woman who has not been seen since October 26.  27 year old Cassandra Laronge, of Columbia, was staying with a friend when she was last seen.  Police believe she may be with 35 year old Christopher Mears, who is wanted on a Callaway County warrant for assaulting her.  Officers say they have no reason to believe she is in immediate danger, but they ask anyone who has seen either Laronge or Mears, to contact authorities.  They could be using a 1996 Ford Truck, pulling a camper trailer. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE MAKE COCAINE ARREST        

A Moberly man is charged with possession of cocaine, after his arrest over the weekend by Moberly Police.  26 year old Brandon Brown, of Moberly, faces a Class C felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.  He was arrested Saturday at a home in the 500 block of Allen Street in Moberly.  Brown is being held on $45,000 dollars bond. 

  

AMEREN REPORTS TELEPHONE SCAM        

Ameren Missouri is warning its customers about an apparent telephone scam which has been reported.  In one incident, a commercial customer was contacted at her business, about a delinquent account.  The scammer threatened disconnection of electric service if the customer did not make an immediate payment by giving debit or credit card information.  Ameren says their policy is to always work with its customers to resolve payment issues.  They say if you’re approached by anyone using intimidation to press for immediate payment…hang up and call Ameren.  In addition, Missouri’s cold weather rule is now in effect, preventing utilities from cutting off heat when temperatures fall below 32 degrees. 




11/08/13

 

HOUSE FIRE KILLS TWO GRUNDY COUNTY RESIDENTS   

A house fire early Thursday morning killed an elderly couple in Spickard.  Firefighters were called to the home at 515 Commercial Street in Spickard at around 3:30 Thursday morning.  They say flames were shooting from two sides of the two-story residence when they arrived on the scene.  Fire crews were on the scene for about twelve hours Thursday.  The Grundy County Coroner’s Office will positively identify the two victims today, but officials say they are believed to be the home’s residents…79 year old Bob Darby and his 74 year old wife Judith Darby. 

  

MINOR INJURIES IN MARCELINE AREA ROLLOVER CRASH  

A Marceline driver escaped with minor injuries after her car ran off Route JJ, west of Marceline and overturned.  The accident occurred at around 6:30pm Thursday.  32 year old Tara Medlin, of Marceline, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says her northbound car struck a patch of loose gravel in a curve, ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEKING SUSPECT  

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville Police are looking for a suspect who is wanted on Adair County arrest warrants for felony stealing and non-support of a child.  42 year old Troy Shane Couch, of Kirksville, is described as a white male, 5-11 and 165 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  He has ‘Slick’ tattoed on his left tricep and another tattoo on his left leg.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirksville Police or call the tips hotline at 627-BUST. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER MEXICO SEARCH WARRANT  

Two suspects face drug charges after their arrest by the East Central Drug Task Force this week.  Mexico Police, the Highway Patrol and the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department assisted in serving a search warrant in the 500 block of Seminary Street in Mexico.  41 year old Cynthia Marie Brown, of Mexico, was arrested on charges of possession with intent to distribute meth, possession of synthetic marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  20 year old Jacob John Calvert, of Columbia, was also taken into custody on a possession charge and previous outstanding warrants. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HIT AND RUN  

Columbia Police are investigating a hit and run accident which injured a bicyclist, Thursday morning.  It occurred at around 10am at Forum Boulevard and Forum Katy Parkway.  Officers say a white truck with out-of-state plates struck a bicylist and then left the scene.  The bicyclist was treated for minor injuries. 

  

CAR CRASHES INTO CONLEY HOUSE  

Columbia Police are investigating an overnight accident on the University of Missouri Campus.  First-responders were called to the Conley House on Sanford Avenue and around 2:30am, to reports that a car had crashed into the house.  No further details on the accident are available as of yet. 




11/07/13

 

KIRKSVILLE PLANE CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED  

Federal investigators continue to work the scene of Tuesday evening’s deadly plane crash near Kirksville Regional Airport.  Two Wisconsin men were killed in the crash…66 year old James Quinn, who was a flight instructor, and 64 year old Robert Groh, who was president and CEO of GEO-Synthetics of Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Officials say the two men were returning from a meeting in the Denver area, and planned to make a refueling stop in Kirksville when the single-engine plane went down, about 2 and a half miles northeast of the airport.  The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are investigating the cause.  They say they will spend several days on-site and it could be six months before they’re able to release a final report.

  

MACON TEENAGER FORMALLY CHARGED FOR BOMB THREAT

Formal charges have been filed against a Macon teenager, in connection with a Halloween afternoon bomb threat at the Macon school.  18 year old Stephen M. Hill, of Macon, is charged with making a terrorist threat.  Authorities say Hill is accused of writing a threatening note that prompted the evacuation of Macon High School.  A search of the school turned up no explosives.  Hill is being held on $5,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

TWO HURT IN SEPARATE DEER-INVOLVED CRASHES   

Two separate accidents involving deer injured drivers from Kirksville on Wednesday.  A Kirksville man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 63, just south of Cairo, Wednesday night.  23 year old Nicholas R. Svec, of Kirksville, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 9:50pm.  The patrol says he swerved to avoid a deer and his southbound vehicle ran off the highway and struck a tree.  69 year old David Deatrick, of Kirksville, was treated for moderate injuries after he swerved to miss a deer and his pickup ran off Highway 6, just west of Novinger.  The accident occurred at around 1:45pm Wednesday.  Deatrick was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.   

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN KILLED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

A Columbia woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident on Route VV, north of Columbia, sometime Tuesday night.  49 year old Mary Rogers-Hart, of Columbia, died in the crash.  The patrol says it occurred sometime overnight and the wreck was discovered by a passerby, early Wednesday morning.  Rogers-Hart was pronounced dead the scene.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway, struck a tree and overturned. 




11/06/13

 

LIVE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ON THE AIR TONIGHT 

The state high school football playoffs continue tonight, with district semifinal action, and you’ll find live coverage on several Best Broadcast Group stations. 

KZBK will have live coverage of the Brookfield Bulldogs, on the road at Lawson…7 o’clock kickoff, with our Pregame Pigskin Preview starting at around 6:20pm. 

KLTI will travel with the Macon Tigers to Centralia tonight for live coverage of that game…pregame at around 6:45pm.

KMCR will bring you the Montgomery County Wildcats in action at South Callaway.  They’ll go live at around 6:45pm. 

You’ll find links to all of our live coverage on our website tonight.

 

SMALL PLANE CRASH NEAR KIRKSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT 

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  two people are dead after a small plane crashed Tuesday night, on final approach to Kirksville Regional Airport.  Authorities have not released the names of the two male victims.  The Piper PA-32 single-engine plane took off Tuesday afternoon from Centennial Airport in Denver, bound for Kirksville.  The FAA says last radar and radio contact was around 7:15pm, as the plane made its final approach.  The wreckage was scattered along a 300-yard path through a pasture, a wooded area and a bean field, about three miles southeast of Kirksville.   Officials say it is not clear if weather conditions played a role in the crash.  FAA investigators will be on the scene today. 

 

MACON TEEN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH BOMB THREAT 

A Macon teenager is under arrest, suspected of writing a note containing a bomb threat, which forced the evacuation of Macon High School on Halloween afternoon.  Police say the department’s school resource officer took an 18 year old male suspect into custody this week, in connection with the threatening note.  He is being held, and his name has not been released, pending the filing of formal charges.  A search of the school last Thursday turned up no explosive devices. 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL MISCONDUCT   

A Brookfield man is being held on $25,000 dollars bond, after being charged in Boone County with sexual misconduct involving an underage girl.  Police say 26 year old Anthony Sada, formerly of Columbia, but who had recently moved to Brookfield, turned himself in to authorities on Monday.  He is accused of improper sexual contact with an underage female victim near Bethel Park in Columbia.  Sada also faces a misdemeanor charge of exposing himself inside a Columbia business last month. 

 

FERGUSON MURDER CONVICTION VACATED  

The Missouri Western District Court of Appeals has vacated the conviction of Ryan Ferguson, of Columbia, in the 2001 murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt.  Ferguson and his attorneys argued that new evidence in the case proved his innocence.  The court concluded that Ferguson’s conviction should be overturned, based in part on evidence that key witness testimony in the case was not worthy of confidence.  The state has 15 days to file a motion for a retrial, or Ferguson is ordered to be released from prison. 

 

FULTON MAN ARRESTED FOR EQUIPMENT THEFT  

A Fulton man faces felony stealing charges, in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars worth of farm equipment.  The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department arrested 28 year old Richard J. Hoover, of Fulton.  The theft occurred Sunday and involved about $11,000 dollars worth of farm equipment.  Investigators say residents identified Hoover as the alleged thief. 




11/05/13

 

CHARGES FILED IN DEATH OF BRUNSWICK MAN  

A Brunswick man is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action, in connection with the weekend death of 45 year old John Piper, also of Brunswick.  KMIZ television station in Columbia quotes family sources that identify the suspect, 26 year old David Weil (aka David Moody), as Piper’s son.  Deputies from the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department arrested Weil early Sunday morning, shortly after finding Piper with fatal stab wounds to the neck.  Investigators say the incident occurred after an argument between the two men.  Weil is being held on $1 million dollars cash-only bond. 

  

LINNEUS MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CHARGES      

A Linneus man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of sexual exploitation of a minor and statutory sodomy.  53 year old Gary D. Foster, of Linneus, was arrested in June, after a joint investigation by the Kirksville and Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Forces.  The investigation was prompted by allegations that Foster was having a sexual relationship with a male under the age of 14.  Sentencing in the case is set for December 23rd. 

  

WOMAN DEAD AFTER ACCIDENT AT GUN RANGE 

An accident at a Northeast Missouri shooting range, over the weekend, left a South American woman dead.  Authorities say 25 year old Andrea Jinneth Corredor-Rivera, from the country of Colombia, was visiting family in the area.  The accident occurred Sunday at the Salt River Gun Range, near New London in Ralls County.  Investigators say she was shooting a handgun when its recoil caused her to lose control of the weapon and it fired accidentally, striking her in the head.  No charges are expected in the case. 

  

FORMER TSA EMPLOYEE PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING 

A former Transportation Security Administration employee at Columbia Regional Airport has pleaded guilty to stealing, after an internal TSA investigation.  42 year old Eric Dunlap, of Jefferson City, pleaded guilty to felony stealing charges Monday.  Officials say Dunlap was arrested after being caught taking a bag of money as part of a TSA exercise designed to test employees ‘integrity.  He is scheduled for sentencing on December 23. 

  

MACON HOSTING TRAINING PROGRAM ON DRUG LABS  

The Macon County Local Emergency Planning Committee will host a training program for area law enforcement and first-responders on Saturday.  One of the major topics will be the handling of drug labs.  Officials say there have been a number of changes in the way illegal drugs are being manufactured…and this program will provide updated information for law enforcement, fire and medical personnel on the proper handling of those types of situations.  The meeting will be held Saturday at the Macon Fire Station, beginning at 8am, and is open to all area first-responders. 




11/04/13

 

BRUNSWICK DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION     

A Columbia television station is reporting that a family fight in Brunswick, over the weekend, resulted in the death of a Brunswick man at the hand of his son.  The highway patrol is investigating the death of John Piper of Brunswick, but no details have been officially released.  KMIZ-TV in Columbia is reporting that family members reached out to them and say Piper was stabbed to death by his 25 year old son, David Moody, just after midnight Saturday.  The patrol continues its investigation. 

  

PALMYRA DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH  

A Palmyra driver was killed in a weekend accident on Highway 61, just north of Palmyra.  It occurred at around 2:30 Saturday morning.  64 year old Carl Ahland, of Palmyra died in the crash.  The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off the highway in a curve, struck two highway signs and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT  

A Columbia woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off I-70 in Boone County, Saturday night.  40 year old Ella Jones, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 11:30pm.  The patrol says she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and her car ran off the road and struck the median cables. 

  

AUXVASSE MAN ARRESTED AFTER ACCIDENT

An Auxvasse man faces multiple charges after police investigated a rollover accident in Fulton, over the weekend.  While investigating the accident, police say they found marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic handgun.  21 year old David Anthony Bryant, of Auxvasse, was arrested for drug possession and a weapons charge.  He is being held on bond in the Callaway County Jail.  

  

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYER IN CRITICAL CONDITION  

A Tipton High School football player remains in critical condition, after suffering a severe head injury during Tipton’s game vs. Sacred Heart Thursday night.  Junior defensive back, Chad Stover, collapsed after a hit with about 6 minutes left in the game.  Officials say Stover suffered a severe brain injury and was life-flighted to University Hospital, where he remains on a ventilator and is listed in critical condition.  The game was called off after Stover’s injury. 




11/01/13

 

FAYETTE PEDESTRIAN STUCK ON HIGHWAY  

A Fayette man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car Thursday night, while walking on Route FF, north of Fayette in Howard County. 33 year old Edward A. Long was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident.  It occurred just before 10:30pm.  The patrol says a car driven by 34 year old Amanda Belt, of Fayette, crested a hill and struck Long in the roadway. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN SENTENCED ON DRUG CHARGES     

A Moberly woman has been sentenced to ten years in prison, after pleading guilty to drug charges this week.  30 year old Samantha Diane Williams, of Moberly, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to one count of felony possession of a controlled substance and one count of maintaining a public nuisance.  Williams was arrested in September after a search warrant at her home turned up marijuana and meth. 

  

THREATENING NOTE FOUND AT MACON SCHOOL     

The Macon School buildings were evacuated Thursday afternoon, after a threatening note was found inside the school.  Officials say students had all ready been dismissed when the note was found, but everyone still in the buildings, including the after-school Tiger Zone students, were evacuated so authorities could conduct a search.  No explosive devices were found.  Classes and all activities at the Macon Schools today will go on as scheduled. 

  

FBI TO INVESTIGATE COLUMBIA SHOOTING    

The FBI will conduct an investigation into the May shooting of Brandon Coleman, in Columbia.  Coleman was shot to death by Dustin Deacon, after an argument on May 19.  Boone County prosecutors decided not to file charges against Deacon, citing evidence which showed Deacon was trying to protect his father.  Coleman’s family believes the shooting was racially motivated and has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice.  FBI agents will now conduct their own investigation. 




10/31/13

 

OVERNIGHT BROOKFIELD ACCIDENT BLOCKS 36   

A Tractor-trailer jackknifed on eastbound Highway 36 at Huron Drive in Brookfield overnight, causing a lane closure for a few hours.  No injuries were reported in the accident, which occurred at around midnight.  MoDOT reported the eastbound lanes of 36 were cleared and reopened just after 3am. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY ‘MOST WANTED’ ARREST  

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of one of its ‘most wanted’ suspects this week.  38 year old Scott Layton Nelson was arrested Tuesday in Grayson County, Texas.  Nelson was wanted on a Livingston County warrant for alleged felony theft or stealing of a credit device.  Grayson will face any charges in Texas before being extradited to face the Livingston County charge. 

 

TRICK OR TREAT SAFELY TONIGHT!!!!   

As you head out for trick-or-treating this Halloween night, parents and children are reminded to take all safety precautions.  Be sure costumes are visible to motorists in the dark, have your kids carry a good flashlight and check their costumes to be sure masks do not affect their ability to see clearly.  A number of area communities will have safe trick-or-treating events this evening.  Downtown Chillicothe’s 13th Annual Boofest will be held from 4 to 6pm, Moberly Parks and Rec. will hold its annual trick-or-treat trail, starting at 4pm in downtown Moberly, and downtown Marceline will host trick-or-treating beginning at 5pm.  

 

AUDITOR INVESTIGATES MISSING FUNDS     

Missouri State Auditor, Tom Schweich, has confirmed that a criminal investigation is underway, in connection with funds missing at the office of the 13th Judicial Circuit in Callaway County.  Schweich says his office has identified more than $11,000 dollars in questionable transactions, involving a supervisor in the clerk’s office.  That supervisor was fired last fall, after an internal audit identified some of the transactions.  Information has been forwarded to the Sheriff’s Department and a special prosecutor has been appointed in the case. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES IN COLE COUNTY CRASH   

A Jefferson City driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 54 in Cole County.  20 year old Adrianna Sanders was taken to Capital Regional Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 8:40am.  The patrol says she pulled from an intersection into the path of a pickup, driven by 62 year old Michael Mistler, of Jefferson City.  Mistler was treated for moderate injuries.




10/30/13

 

CHILLICOTHE DRUG INVESTIGATION NETS ARRESTS 

A three month investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department has resulted in a total of 11 arrests on drug charges, with at least one suspect still being sought.  Nine of those arrests have come this week, including April D. Owings, of Trenton and eight Chillicothe residents…Stephanie L. Rodriguez, Carson A. Symmonds, Patricia J. Folsom, Michael E. Oleson, Blaze M. Hussey, Billie J. Gray, Kevin D. Gray and Desmond D. Huff.  Leon Smith of Chillicothe was arrested last week and Abby Cooley was arrested in August, in connection with this same investigation.  All of the suspects are charged with at least one count of distribution of a controlled substance, and are being held on at least $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.  One suspect, former Chillicothe resident, Brent A Slaughter, is still being sought on a warrant charging him with distributing a controlled substance.   Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Chillicothe Police. 

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE BURGLARIES

A months-long investigation by Moberly Police has resulted in multiple burglary charges against a Moberly man.  41 year old Robert Wright was arrested Friday, after a search warrant served at his home turned up a number of stolen items, along with burglary tools.  Court documents indicate Wright may have been involved in as many as 15 burglaries in the Moberly area, over the past several months.  He currently faces three felony counts of burglary and is being held on $50,000 dollars bond. 

  

MISSING ELDERLY LAPLATA MAN FOUND SAFE    

An elderly LaPlata man, who had been missing since Saturday, was found safe Tuesday.  Family members had not had any contact with 89 year old Douglas Rice, of LaPlata, since he left LaPlata early Saturday morning, en route to Muskogee, Oklahoma.  He was planning to move his daughter back from there.  Authorities say Rice was found safe on Tuesday and is back home. 

  

MARSHALL MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON      

A Marshall man will serve eight years in the Missouri Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to weapons charges Tuesday.  60 year old Mark Lee Tousignant of Marshall was charged several months ago, after allegedly setting several potentially deadly booby traps at his storage unit.  He pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of an illegal weapon.  He was sentenced to eight years on each of those counts, with the sentences to run concurrently. 




10/29/13

 

CITY OF BROOKFIELD BOIL WATER ADVISORY   

The City of Brookfield has issued a boil water advisory for a portion of Brookfield, effective this morning, thru 7am Wednesday.  The boil water advisory affects residents on Hillside Drive, Tomahawk Drive and the 100 block of Carriage Drive in Brookfield.  Again, a boil water advisory is in effect this morning for those locations, thru 7am Wednesday. 

  

HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT TONIGHT – RAIN OR SHINE  

The Brookfield Parks and Rec Halloween Family Fun Night will go on this evening, rain or shine, but there is a ‘backup plan’ in place, in case of rain.  If it is not raining at 5:30pm, the event will begin at Burlington Field and end up at the Twin Parks.  If it is raining, the activities will be held indoors at the Trinity United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall in Brookfield.  There’ll be a costume contest for all ages, special Halloween games, candy and more…starting at 5:30pm…hopefully, at Burlington Field. 

  

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE ROUTE WW 

A bridge replacement project will close Route WW, just east of Marceline, beginning next Monday.  MoDOT has announced plans to begin the project Monday morning, which will close the highway at the Clark Branch Bridge, for approximately eight weeks, weather permitting.  All motorists, including farm vehicles, will need to plan an alternate route around that closure.  Message boards are in place at the location to alert motorists to the planned closure. 

  

CHARGES FILED IN CONNECTION WITH MACON DRUG BUST 

Formal charges have been filed against two Macon residents, in connection with a drug bust at a Macon home last week.  28 year old Gary V. Allen and 27 year old Brandy J. Harvey of Macon have both been charged in the case.  Both remain in custody on $46,000 dollars bond, at last report.  On Friday, Macon Police investigated a report from a concerned citizen regarding a strong smell of ether, from a residence in the 700 block of West Goggin Street.  A search of the home turned up meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Harvey and Allen were arrested for possession of meth and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, along with endangering the welfare of a child. 

  

MOBERLY HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE   

Moberly firefighters believe a wood stove may have been the cause of a Monday morning fire, which destroyed a home in the 1500 block of Emerson Street in Moberly.  Crews were called to the scene at around 7:10am Monday.  An elderly couple, who lived in the home, escaped without injury.  The residence is a total loss. 

  

COLUMBIA BICLYCLIST KILLED ALONG I-70     

Columbia Police continue their investigation into a body found along I-70 in Columbia, over the weekend.  The victim has been identified as 36 year old Ennis Marquis Patrick, of Columbia, who apparently was struck while riding his bicycle along the interstate, near the Lake of the Woods exit, early Saturday morning.  Officers are investigating a report from a truck driver who thought he hit a deer in that area.  It is still unclear whether that report is related to Patrick’s death. 




10/28/13

 

MACON WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT

A Macon woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 36, just east of Macon, Saturday evening.  20 year old Jena Lingard, of Macon, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at 6:50pm.  The patrol says an eastbound SUV, driven by 17 year old Ashlynn Ross, of Macon, ran off the highway and rolled into the median.  Ross was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

 

TWO INJURED IN BROOKFIELD AREA COLLISION     

Two Brookfield residents were treated for moderate injuries after a Friday morning collision on a gravel road, west of Brookfield.  The patrol says two pickups driven by 27 year old Ashley Mairs and 55 year old David Robinson, both of Brookfield, collided head-on at a hillcrest, at around 8:20am Friday.  Both were treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN SALINE COUNTY ACCIDENT      

A Saturday evening accident on Route H in Saline County, sent a driver from Nelson, MO to the hospital with serious injuries.  56 year old Calvin Skinner was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm.  The patrol says his car ran off the road, struck a culvert, went airborne, then struck the ground and a tree. 

 

VANDALIA RESIDENTS INJURED IN CAR-TRAIN COLLISION

Two Vandalia residents were treated for moderate injuries after their car was struck by a train at an Audrain County railroad crossing, Sunday evening.  19 year old Cody Ruby, of Vandalia, was the driver of the northbound car, which pulled into the path of a westbound train, on an Audrain County road, at around 6:40pm.  Ruby and his passenger, 30 year old Marcus Young, of Vandalia, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

 

FIVE DRUG ARRESTS AFTER MOBERLY SEARCH WARRANTS

Two separate search warrants served over the weekend resulted in a total of five arrests by Moberly Police, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force.  On Friday, officers say they found meth, packaging material, scales and cash in a home on Franklin Avenue.  Dorothy Stuart and Charles Coonce were taken into custody.  Saturday, 36 year old James Richter, 20 year old old Whitney Kitchen and 20 year old William Dallas Stufflebean were all arrested and a one year old child was taken into protective custody, after officers found meth, marijuana, packaging materials, cash and a loaded handgun at a home on Austin Street.  The suspects are being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING WEEKEND SHOOTING

Columbia Police are investigating an early Sunday morning shooting incident near the Columbia Mall, which resulted in two teenagers being treated for gunshot wounds.  Officers were call to a report of multiple shots fired, near Stadium Boulevard and Benadette Drive, at around 12:35am Sunday.  Witnesses say two cars in the area at the time of the gunshots.  Not long after, two teenagers were dropped off at a Columbia Hospital with gunshot wounds.  No further information has been released.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

NTSB INVESTIGATING PATROL HELICOPTER CRASH-LANDING

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, after a Highway Patrol helicopter crash landed, during a training flight, over the weekend.  The patrol says one of two occupants of the helicopter sustained minor injuries, after an emergency landing in an open field, southeast of the Jefferson City airport.  They say engine failure occurred during a training flight, Saturday afternoon.  An investigation into the cause in underway. 




10/25/13

 

THREE ARRESTED IN QUEEN CITY DRUG BUST 

Three suspects face drug charges after a search warrant was served at a Queen City home, Thursday morning.  The Highway Patrol says troopers, Schuyler County Sheriff’s Deputies and the North Missouri Drug Task Force executed the search warrant, which turned up marijuana, a substance believed to be meth and drug paraphernalia.  33 year old Christina Lutz and 27 year old Tyson Vincent, both of Queen City, were arrested for possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.  36 year old Evelyn Davidson, of Greentop, was arrested on the same charges, plus distribution of a controlled substance.  The investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending. 

 

PICKUP AND AMBULANCE COLLIDE AT MACON INTERSECTION 

Macon Police have released information on a Wednesday afternoon accident at the intersection of Briggs Drive and Missouri Street in Macon, which involved an Adair County Ambulance.  Officers say a pickup, driven by Katherine Krohn, of Macon, pulled into the path of an ambulance, which was southbound with emergency lights and siren activated, driven by Seth Dimmitt, of Kirksville.  After the collision, Krohn’s vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a concrete traffic barrier.  Both drivers and a passenger in the ambulance were treated for injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.  A patient in the ambulance was not injured. 

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED 

A Chillicothe woman is charged with alleged sexual misconduct or attempt, involving a child under the age of 15, after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  22 year old Jessica Elaine Hursman, of Chillicothe, was arrested this week and appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.  She is free on bond. 

 

NINE CHARGED IN MARSHALL DRUG INVESTIGATION     

A nine-month investigation by the Marshall Police Department has resulted in nine arrests on drug-related charges.  The suspects are 45 year old Drarese Derrick, 57 year old Cedric Derrick, 32 year old Michael T. Arnold, Jr., 50 year old Kelly J. Taylor, 57 year old Ronnie Taylor, 25 year old Sasha Davenport, 24 year old Elise Jacobs and 36 year old Dawn Huston, all of Marshall…and 34 year old Cody Scharnhorst, of Napton.  Each suspect faces charges of distributing a controlled substance.  Officers say additional arrests are expected. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER BURGLARY   

A Columbia man is charged with burglary and theft, in connection with a Wednesday afternoon incident near Lake of the Woods.  Boone County deputies responded to the 5500 block of Sing Drive and attempted to pull over a suspect vehicle.  After a pursuit, deputies found the car abandoned.  Evidence in the car linked it to a burglary and to their suspect, 20 year old Ty’lhonn C. Riley, who was taken into custody Thursday.  He is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.  An additional suspect in the case is still being sought. 

  

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH STRIKING OFFICER

A Boonville man is accused of assaulting a police officer, after an incident which began Wednesday evening at the Boonville Walmart Supercenter.  Officers say a 41 year old male suspect was harassing employees at the store.  When officers performed a traffic stop on his vehicle, they say he did not cooperate, then allegedly punched and injured an officer.  The suspect was taken into custody.  Formal charges are pending. 




10/24/13

 

TWO CHARGED AFTER MOBERLY DRUG BUSTS 

Moberly Police have released information on drug busts at a pair of Moberly residences, which occurred last Friday.  Police, sheriff’s deputies and the North Missouri Drug Task Force served search warrants at both homes.  Two male suspects were taken into custody, one at each residence.  Formal drug charges were later filed against the suspects,  Norville Hess of Rural Moberly and Steven Paul Skinner, of Moberly.  Hess is free on $100,000 dollars bond, while Skinner remains in custody on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

SUSPECTS SOUGHT IN RECENT BURGLARIES    

Moberly Police have also released photographs of a pair of suspects in recent Moberly burglaries.  The photos are of a suspect who was involved in a string of recent downtown business burglaries…and a suspect who was involved in burglarizing the maintenance shed at Rothwell Park.  Anyone with information on either suspect should call the tips hotline at 269-8477.  A reward of up to $1,000 dollars is being offered for the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspects. 

  

TEEN KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS IN MACON BURGLARY   

Macon Police are investigating a recent burglary report at a Macon residence.  It occurred Monday evening at around 9pm, when a 13 year old, who was in the home, responded to repeated knocking on an exterior door.  He says a black male subject forced his way into the residence, pushed the teenager down and knocked over several items in the household before fleeing the scene.  The teenager was found unconscious by a family member a short time later.  The suspect is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, slightly heavy set, clean shaven with short hair and wearing a blue jean jacket.  Anyone with information should contact the Macon Police Tips Line at 395-11-11. 

  

GUILTY PLEA IN CHILD ABDUCTION CASE 

A woman has pleaded guilty in Livingston County this week, in connection with a 13 year old child abduction case.  60 year old Sandy Hatte was arrested after an investigation, prompted by her attempt to enroll the child in a Livingston County school.  The investigation revealed that Hatte was the child’s grandmother and that she had been raising the child, without legal custody, since 2000.  Hatte was sentenced to one year in jail but that sentence was suspended, she was placed on two years’ probation and is prohibited from having contact with the child or the child’s family. 

  

DEPUTIES HURT WHEN VEHICLE STRIKES DEER   

Two Callaway County Deputies were injured when their SUV ran off Highway 54 in Callaway County, early Wednesday morning.  32 year old Curtis G. Hall, of Fulton, was the driver of the vehicle…the patrol says they were responding to a call when it struck a deer, then ran off the roadway and overturned.  Hall was treated for moderate injuries and his passenger, 28 year old Kent Jordan, of Fulton, was treated for minor injuries. 




10/23/13

 

DRIVER HURT IN NEWTOWN ACCIDENT   

A Newtown driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Route 139 in Newtown, Tuesday evening.  21 year old Michael Bothke was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan after the accident, which occurred just before 6pm.  The patrol says his car ran off the roadway, struck a sign, then struck two trees and came to rest back on the roadway. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATING HIT AND RUN   

Kirksville Police are looking for information on a hit and run accident, which occurred October 8, near the Truman State University Campus.  Officers say a Truman Student was crossing Franklin Street in front of Barnett Hall when she was struck by a car, which then left the scene.  The vehicle is described as a black or dark-colored Nissan sedan.  A portion of its side mirror was knocked off in the accident.  Anyone with information should contact Kirksville Police or their anonymous tip line, at 627-BUST. 

  

MACON POLICE HOSTING PRESCRIPTION ‘TAKE BACK’   

The Macon Police Department is partnering with several other Macon area agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration for a prescription drug ‘take back’ event on Saturday.  From 10am to 2pm at the C&R Market Parking Lot in Macon, you can bring expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to be properly disposed of.  The event is free of charge and open to everyone.  Saturday, from 10am to 2pm at the C&R Market Parking Lot, in Macon. 

  

STURGEON MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN CHARGE 

A Sturgeon man has pleaded guilty to charges of possession of child pornography and failure to register as a sex offender.  42 year old Karl Bell, of Sturgeon, entered his plea on Monday in a Boone County courtroom.  He was arrested in June, after an investigation by the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force and Strugeon Police turned up numerous illegal images and videos.  It was determined that Bell had been convicted of similar crimes in Oklahoma and did not register with local authorities.  He’ll be sentenced on November 25. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST IOWA SUSPECT  

Moberly Police arrested a suspect on an Iowa warrant on Tuesday.  Officers say 58 year old Gregory Tolson, Sr., was located in the 1400 block of Porter Street.  He was taken into custody on a warrant for sexual assault, out of Polk County, Iowa.  He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center, awaiting extradition. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF EXPOSING HIMSELF    

A Columbia man was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly exposed himself in a Columbia restaurant.  Police were called to the China Kitchen on East Nifong Boulevard at around 3:30pm.  They say 26 year old Anthony Michael Sada exposed himself and then fondled himself inside the restaurant.  He faces charges of second-degree sexual misconduct. 




10/22/13

 

MODERATE INJURIES IN CARROLL COUNTY COLLISION 

A Monday evening collision between a car and a tractor-trailer on Highway 65 in Carroll County sent a driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  27 year old Abigail Hawkins, of Bogard, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton, after the accident, which shut down Highway 65 for about an hour at the Bogard Junction, just after 5pm.  The patrol says Hawkins pulled into the path of a southbound tractor-trailer, driven by 27 year old Caleb Gilgour of Breckenridge. 

  

MICHIGAN TEENS ARRESTED AFTER AREA CHASE  

A pair of Michigan teenagers were taken into custody by the highway patrol, after a two-hour car chase through parts of north Missouri.  17 year old Eric Carr and 18 year old Clayton Butcher were both taken into custody at around 4:30 Monday afternoon.  Both face charges of tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest by fleeing.  The patrol says their pursuit began in Chariton County and continued through Carroll, Ray and Livingston Counties before the teens were stopped and arrested. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERY       

Moberly Police are seeking information on a weekend robbery at Moberly’s Sonic Drive-In.  Officers were called to the scene on Saturday, where employees advised a masked male subject had entered the business demanding money and then fled with an unknown amount of cash. The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Randolph County Crime Line at 269-TIPS.  A reward of up to $1,000 dollars is being offered for information leading to an arrest. 

  

WOMAN STABBED IN DISPUTE OVER BINGO WINNINGS    

A Jefferson City woman is accused of stabbing another woman in the face over $200 dollars in bingo winnings, won in Moberly on Sunday.  Authorities say the women were driving home from Moberly Sunday evening when they argued over the winnings.  Officers say the driver, 51 year old Margaret Thomas, of Jefferson City, pulled over on Highway 63 and stabbed a passenger with scissors, requiring more than 30 stitches in the victim’s cheek.  Thomas is charged with felony domestic assault and armed criminal action.  She is being held on $150,000 dollars bond. 




10/21/13

 

LAPLATA MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A LaPlata man was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle ran off Route 156, east of LaPlata, Sunday afternoon.  42 year old Kenny Kirkpatrick was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1:40pm.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his motorcycle ran off the highway and overturned. 

 

TWO MOTORCYCLISTS HURT IN COLLISION   

Motorcyclists from both Chillicothe and Carrollton suffered moderate injuries in a collision on Macon County Route J, near Goldsberry, Saturday afternoon.  46 year old Donald Key, of Chillicothe and 32 year old Andrew Clater, of Carrollton were both life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm.  The patrol says both men were ejected from their motorcycles when they ran off the roadway and collided. 

 

TWO INJURED AS MOTORCYCLES COLLIDE  

Two Ottumwa residents were treated for moderate injuries after two motorcycles collided on Sullivan County Route D. just north of Green Castle, just before noon Saturday.  The patrol says 26 year old Christopher Diekmann, of Ottumwa passed 22 year old Cody Diekmann, of Green Castle, on the left and the two motorcycles collided, causing Christopher Diekmann’s bike to run off the road and overturn.  He and his passenger, 23 year old Chantal Diekmann, of Ottumwa, were both treated for moderate injuries. 

 

NEW BOSTON WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT

A New Boston driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Boone County Route WW.  The patrol says 21 year old Christina Judas, of New Boston, struck another car in the rear as it stopped to make a turn, at around 3pm Friday.  Judas was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION 

A Sturgeon woman was seriously injured when a van and a pickup collided on Highway 63 in Boone County, Saturday evening.  It occurred just after 8pm.  The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 20 year old Max Kaplan, of Sturgeon, ran into the rear of a northbound van, driven by 22 year old Kristy Shields, of Moberly.  A passenger in the van, 35 year old Tiffany Asher, of Sturgeon, suffered serious injuries.  Three other occupants of the two vehicles were treated for minor injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN KIRKSVILLE AREA CRASH 

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Route 3, south of Kirksville, early Sunday morning.  25 year old Patrick Daniels, of Columbia, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident.  It occurred at around 2:30am.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN FACES DRUG CHARGES   

A Columbia man is being held on $18,000 dollars bond, after a drug arrest by Columbia Police, Sunday morning.  Officers say the suspect failed to pull over for an emergency vehicle.  They say they found three different types of controlled substances inside his vehicle and that he was also driving with a revoked drivers license.  The suspect, Kory Kielholz, of Columbia, remains in custody on bond. 




10/18/13

 

BETHANY MAN KILLED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT 

A Bethany driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Thursday evening, just north of Bethany.  30 year old Jordan Langfitt was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.  It occurred at around 5:20pm.  The patrol says Langfitt was southbound on Harrison County Route W when he failed to negotiate a curve.  He was ejected when his car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

CO-OWNERS OF BOCOMO BAY FACE FEDERAL INDICTMENT 

The co-owners of Bocomo Bay, in Columbia, have been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to distribute more than $2 million dollars of synthetic marijuana.  44 year old Kevin E. Bay and 61 year old John Hawkins, face a 21-count indictment, which includes charges of distributing synthetic marijuana, known as K2 and drug paraphernalia, along with money laundering and other charges.  The indictment seeks forfeiture of $2 million dollars in cash and property, including cash, precious metals and firearms seized from the Columbia residence the two shared.  Hawkins and Bay are both free on bond, pending their next court date. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK TIME SHOOTING  

Columbia Police are investigating a Thursday evening shooting at the Break time Convenience Store on Business Loop 70, which sent a victim to the hospital.  Officers say the 33 year old male victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, after suffering a gunshot wound in the parking lot at the Break Time Store at around 5:30pm.  No suspect information has been released as of yet.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED

Jefferson City Police have made an arrest in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery on Scenic Drive.  26 year old Anthony Gossett was taken into custody yesterday and is awaiting formal charges.  The robbery occurred at around 5:30pm Tuesday.  The victim says the suspect robbed him at gunpoint at his home. 

  

BROOKFIELD OKTOBERFEST SATURDAY 

Brookfield’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration will be held tomorrow (Saturday) in downtown Brookfield.  There will be a craft fair, flea market and garage sale on Main Street throughout the day.  The Chamber of Commerce will host a day-long scavenger hunt, with registration beginning at 8am in the Chamber Office.  The first-ever Zombie Run will be held, beginning at 6:30am in the Walmart Parking Lot. A baby and toddler model search and baby show will be held , as well, along with paint ball at the South City Park, a petting zoo and more throughout the day.  Enjoy Brookfield’s Oktoberfest celebration…all day tomorrow. 




10/17/13

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR TRENTON DRIVER    

A Trenton man was seriously injured when his pickup ran off a Harrison County road into a creek, at around 8:30 Tuesday evening.  34 year old Ronald Gibson, of Trenton, was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his southbound pickup ran through a T-intersection, went down a steep embankment into a creek and struck the opposite bank. 

  

SCOTLAND COUNTY TEEN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT  

A Scotland County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 15, north of Memphis.  19 year old Lisa Dalton, of Memphis, was taken to Scotland County Hospital after the accident, which occurred at 6:45am.  The patrol says her southbound vehicle crossed the centerline and sideswiped an oncoming semi, then spun and was struck by a second tractor-trailer.  That second semi, driven by a Canton man, jack-knifed into a ditch.  Neither truck driver was injured.

  

LOUISIANA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH    

A Louisiana driver was seriously injured after swerving to miss a deer on a Callaway County road, at around 10 o’clock Wednesday night.  44 year old Darrell E. Norris, of Louisiana, was taken to Audrain Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says he swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and his pickup ran off the road and overturned. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEK HIT AND RUN VEHICLE 

Chillicothe Police are seeking information on a pickup, pulling a fishing boat, which struck a pedestrian at Third and Hickory Streets in Chillicothe Tuesday afternoon.  The vehicle is described as a black Chevy Silverado, pulling a silver bass boat and trailer.  The trailer should be missing a brake light cover on the passenger side.  The driver is described as white male in his 50’s or 60’s.  Anyone with information, contact Chillicothe Police.  The pedestrian was treated for minor injuries. 

  

KIRKSVILLE BREAK-INS INVESTIGATED    

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  Kirksville Police are investigating multiple recent commercial break-ins.   Tuesday night, a suspect attempted to enter Custom Complete Automotive on North Baltimore in Kirksville. He was scared off by a security alarm.  Investigators say there are similarities to a break-in in September at the Kirksville Small Animal Hospital on North Green Street, when two men forced their way into the building and damaged property.  Police are unsure whether the incidents are related…their investigation continues. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE SEEK SURVEILLANCE VIDEO   

Main Street Moberly has sent a request to its member businesses, asking for surveillance video from over the weekend, in the hope of assisting in an ongoing Moberly Police investigation.  An e-mail asks downtown businesses to review any surveillance video from Sunday evening and to notify Moberly Police if there is anything that may help in their investigation of multiple break-ins.  Anyone with information can contact officers at 263-0346. 




10/16/13

 

TWO DEAD AFTER SUV COLLIDES WITH SCHOOL BUS    

Two persons were killed when their SUV collided with a school bus, near Warrensburg, Tuesday afternoon.  The Highway Patrol says 34 year old Dustin Frisbee, of Knob Noster and 20 year old Andrew Horning of Leeton both died in the crash.  The patrol says the school bus, which was carrying elementary and middle school students from the Crest Ridge School District in Centerview, slowed to make a turn when it was struck in the rear by the SUV.   A total of 12 passengers in the school bus, ranging in age from 6 to 15, were treated for minor injuries. 

  

DRIVER INJURED AS DUMP TRUCK OVERTURNS   

The driver of a dump truck was treated for moderate injuries, after it ran off Chariton County Route J, south of Dalton, Tuesday morning.  The accident occurred at around 6:15am.  51 year old William Barber, of Elsberry, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, and then transferred to University Hospital.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his dump truck ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

MORE INFO RELEASED ON KIRKSVILLE AREA ARREST  

Authorities have released the name of the suspect caught during a brief manhunt, south of Kirksville, Monday evening.  24 year old Cody Atkins, of Edina, is being held without bond on a probation and parole warrant, with multiple additional charges pending.   Officers responded to a report of a gasoline ‘drive-off’ from the Willowbend Convenience Store in Brashear.  The stolen vehicle was wrecked near the Business 63, Highway 11 intersection, south of Kirksville.  Atkins was taken into custody in a nearby cornfield, a short time later. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN FACES CHILD ABUSE CHARGES     

A Columbia man faces child abuse charges after allegedly hitting a 12 year old girl with an extension cord and then strangling her.  33 year old Maurice Clark was arrested Monday at a Columbia home.  He is accused of striking the girl on the arms, back and legs, then slapping and strangling her.  Clark is charged with child abuse and second-degree assault and is being held on $9,000 dollars bond. 




10/15/13

 

LAPLATA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES  

A LaPlata area man faces multiple drug charges, after a search of his home, last week.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, operating on a tip from Adair County authorities, arrested 48 year old Donald J. McHenry, who gave written consent for a search of his rural LaPlata property.  Deputies say they found numerous items associated with the production of meth, along with marijuana, prescription medications and firearms.  McHenry faces multiple drug charges.  He is being held on $45,000 dollars cash only bond. 

  

GASOLINE “DRIVE OFF” PROMPTS SEARCH FOR SUSPECT 

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  A ‘drive off’ from an Adair County gas station prompted a brief manhunt, south of Kirksville, Monday evening.  The Adair County Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol, Kirksville Police and Department of Conservation participated in the search for a suspect who drove away from the Willowbend Convenience Store in Brashear in a possible stolen vehicle, just before 7pm.  The vehicle was wrecked near the Highway 11 and Business 63 intersection, south of Kirksville.  The unnamed suspect was found in a nearby cornfield and taken into custody.  More information is expected to be released Tuesday.

  

TWO INJURED IN MACON COUNTY COLLISION   

A Macon driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday morning collision on Highway 63, just north of Macon.  55 year old Jackie C. Hall, of Macon, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 11:20am.  The patrol says he attempted to make a left turn and his tractor-trailer struck another vehicle in the passenger side.  The other driver, 27 year old Jordan Dawson, of Atlanta, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

KNOX COUNTY TEEN INJURED IN CRASH    

A Knox County teenager suffered moderate injuries when his truck ran off Route C, in Knox County, Tuesday morning,  The accident occurred just before 9am, when 18 year old Eric Burkholder, of Baring, lost control of his truck, which was pulling a trailered cargo tank, in a curve.  It ran off the roadway and overturned.  Burkholder was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, with moderate injuries. 

  

SALISBURY WOMAN TREATED AFTER ROLLOVER   

A Salisbury driver suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Highway 24, just west of Salisbury, just before 7 o’clock Monday morning.  20 year old Ashley Lampe, of Salisbury, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says her car ran off the road, struck an embankment, became airborne, then struck a fence and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK-INS  

Moberly Police are asking for information to assist in their investigation into weekend burglaries reported at multiple downtown Moberly businesses.  No details have been released on the break-ins, which were reported at Image Makers, Deweese Photography and the Coachlight.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Randolph County tips hotline at 269-TIPS. 




10/14/13

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT 

A Kirksville driver was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 24, west of Keytesville, late Saturday night.  19 year old Rajah M. Wagnon, of Kirksville, was the driver of the westbound vehicle.  The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and it ran off the highway and overturned, just before midnight.  She was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.  A passenger, 22 year old Ryan Nickel, of Troy, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER HEAD-ON COLLISION      

A Saturday afternoon head-on collision on Adair County Route A, near Willmathsville, sent both drivers to the hospital.  21 year old Elizabeth Dalton, of Kirksville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries.  58 year old John P. March, of Greentop, was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  The patrol says Dalton’s van crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by March head on. 

  

BRUNSWICK TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT    

A Brunswick teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a vehicle ran off Lewis Clark Road, just east of Brunswick, Friday morning.  16 year old Samantha Simmons, of Brunswick, was flown to University Hospital by Staff for Life helicopter after the accident, which occurred at around 7am Friday.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN TREATED AFTER WEEKEND CRASH   

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off I-70 in Cooper County, early Saturday morning.  24 year old Alicia Fonville, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment.  The accident occurred just before 2am.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI DEATH INVESTIGATION  

An 18 year old Illinois man died over the weekend, after being found unconscious and not breathing in a University of Missouri dorm room.  University Police have confirmed that 18 year old Gregory Holthaus, of Highland, Illinois, was a guest of one of the residents and was not a student at MU.  Officers were called to the room at around 9am Sunday.  His death is under investigation, but police say there is no indication of foul play. 

  

FULTON POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND SHOOTING   

Fulton Police are still seeking a suspect in a weekend shooting incident that injured a Fulton man.  Officers were called to the scene early Saturday morning.  A 34 year old male victim was treated at Callaway Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Suspect information in the case has not yet been released, as Fulton Police continue their investigation. 




10/11/13

 

WOMAN DEAD AFTER KNOX COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A Knox County woman died, following a Thursday afternoon accident on Route AA, northwest of Knox City.  85 year old Dorothy Tripp, of Knox City, died in the accident, which occurred at around 3pm.  She was passenger in a vehicle driven by her 54 year old son, Ray Tripp, of Knox City.  Both occupants of the vehicle were flown by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  Dorothy Tripp was pronounced dead after treatment at the hospital.  The patrol says the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a creek bed.

 

PURDIN MAN TREATED AFTER ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

A Purdin driver was treated for moderate injuries after an SUV ran off Highway 5, south of Linneus, Thursday morning.  33 year old Travis Lovett, of Purdin, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 10:45am.  The patrol says Lovett’s southbound vehicle ran off the highway, struck a fence and overturned. 

 

MODERATE INJURIES FOR FARBER DRIVER

A Farber woman was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Audrain County Route K, Thursday morning.  28 year old Marcie Franklin, of Farber, was taken to Audrain Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:30am.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned into a field. 

 

FELONY SEX CHARGES FILED IN CLARK COUNTY 

The Clark County Ambulance Director, a former Kirksville resident, faces felony sex charges after an investigation by Kahoka Police and the Highway Patrol.  35 year old Richard “Mike’ Koenig, of Kahoka, is charged with first-degree sodomy, endangering the welfare of a child and incest.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.  He was arrested Wednesday morning at his residence.  Koenig has served as the county ambulance director since April. 

 

COOPER COUNTY BODY IDENTIFIED  

Authorities have identified a body found in Cooper County on Wednesday.  Officials say the body of 32 year old Satina T. Beckner, of Columbia, was found along Crab Orchard Road, south of Boonville, at around 8am Wednesday.   Investigators are treating Beckner’s death as a homicide and are looking at several leads, which point to the Columbia area.  KMIZ-TV in Columbia is reporting that Beckner is a cousin of Tre’Veon Marshall, a teenager who was murdered this summer in Columbia’s McKee Street Park. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Highway Patrol or the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department.  

 

MACON POLICE REPORT TELEPHONE SCAM   

Macon Police are warning residents about a potential telephone scam, which was reported by a Macon resident this week.  The woman received a phone call from a man stating he was her ‘eldest grandson’, that he was in Portugal and had been in a car wreck and needed money.  The caller tried to coerce the woman to wire him funds and to not tell other family members because he was embarrassed.  The woman was able to confirm the call was a hoax. 




10/10/13

 

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST KIRKSVILLE SUSPECT 

Charges have been dropped against a Kirksville man who was accused of threatening to blow up a Kirksville factory and shoot multiple employees.  Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson says charges against 48 year old David Songer, of Kirksville, were dropped, due to a lack of evidence in the case.  Songer had been charged with assault, armed criminal action and making a terrorist threat in connection with an incident in May.  Songer was accused of texting a family member and threatening to blow up his workplace, Ortech in Kirksville, and shoot three managers.  Wilson says the charges were dropped in such a way that they can be re-filed if additional evidence is brought forward. 

  

CIRCUIT JUDGE ORDER TO ADAIR COUNTY COMMISSION      

A dispute between the Adair County Commission and Circuit Judge Russell Steele, of Kirksville, has ended up in court this week.  From heartlandconnection.com powered by KTVO: Judge Steele filed documents Monday, ordering Commissioners Stan Pickens, Mark Thompson and Carson Adams to pay a number of expenses related to operation of the Bruce Normile Justice Center.  The court filing threatens the arrest of the Commissioners if those expenses are not paid in a timely manner.  An attorney for the commissioners filed a ‘Writ of Prohibition’ with the Western District Court of Appeals, claming Steele acted in excess of his jurisdiction.   KTVO says the Appeals Court has denied their action. 

  

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND IN COOPER COUNTY   

Cooper County authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Wednesday morning, on Crab Orchard Road, in southern Cooper County.  Authorities are attempting to identify the body of an African American female, between the age of 35 and 40.  The incident is being investigated as a homicide.  An autopsy is scheduled for today.  Anyone with information regarding the woman’s identity is urged to contact the Highway Patrol or the Cooper County Sheriff’s Office. 

  

MONTOMERY COUNTY TEEN KILLED IN CRASH    

A Montgomery City teenager was killed and another teen was seriously injured when a car ran off Boonslick Road in Montgomery County, early Wednesday morning.  18 year old Ryan Biggs died in the accident.  19 year old Robert Scarlet, of Montgomery City was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries and 21 year old Ethan Anderson of Montgomery City was treated for moderate injuries.  The patrol says Scarlet was the driver of a westbound car which was traveling too fast for conditions.  He lost control of the vehicle, it ran off the roadway and struck several trees, ejecting all three occupants from the vehicle. 

  

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS HURT AT COLUMBIA APARTMENTS

Two construction workers were treated for injuries when they fell 30 feet, while working on the Katy Place Apartments Buildings in Columbia, Wednesday morning.  The two men were taken to University Hospital for treatment.  Both men are said to be recovering from their injuries.  One remained hospitalized at last report.  Witnesses say they were working on siding near the peak of the two-story building when ladders and scaffolding collapsed. 




10/09/13

 

EDINA COUPLE INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

An Edina couple were injured in a collision on Highway 6, just east of Kirksville, on Monday.  71 year old Charlene Carriker, of Edina, suffered serious injuries and 70 year old Loren E. Carriker was treated for moderate injuries.  Both were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The accident occurred at around 8:20am.  The patrol says Loren Carriker was the driver of their westbound car.  He was attempting to pass another vehicle when the car ran off the highway, then came back on the roadway and struck another vehicle, then back off the roadway where it struck a tree. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY CRASH  

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after an accident Monday morning on Route 124 in Howard County.  27 year old Jon T. Redifer, of Moberly, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 6am.  The patrol says his westbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned onto its side. 

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING

A Boone County man faces assault charges after allegedly shooting a woman in the face during a domestic disturbance in the Apple Grove Trailer Park, Tuesday afternoon.  69 year old Ronald D. Bryant was arrested after officers spotted his vehicle.  He had allegedly fled the scene after the shooting.  Investigators say Bryant had consumed intoxicants, which led to an argument.  The victim was able to get to a neighbor’s home to call 911.  She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  Bryant is being held on assault and armed criminal action charges. 

  

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY AFFECTED BY SHUTDOWN 

Operations at the Green Hills Community Action Agency Office in Trenton have been affected by the federal government shutdown.  Funding cuts have caused the Agency to limit its office hours.  Until further notice, it will be open only Monday thru Thursday from 8am to 5pm.  A number of agency employees are being affected by the cuts, so their ability to answer phone calls may be affected at times.  The Green Hills Community Action Agency asks for your patience during this time of limited services. 




10/08/13

 

CHARGES FILED IN MOBERLY ACCIDENT  

Charges have been filed against a Bevier driver, in connection with a weekend police chase that resulted in an injury accident in Moberly.  23 year old David Jenkins, of Bevier, is charged with second degree burglary, resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer.  Jenkins’ vehicle was being pursued after a Randolph County deputy responded to a burglary incident in Cairo.  Jenkins attempted to turn onto Business 63 in Moberly and lost control of his vehicle, which struck a Moberly Police car, standing by to assist in the pursuit.  Jenkins and the police officer, were both treated for minor injuries.  A passenger in Jenkins’ vehicle, 18 year old Kelly Thompson, of Sturgeon, was treated for moderate injuries.  Thompson also faces a burglary charge. 

  

DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS IN BROOKFIELD & KIRKSVILLE  

Drive-thru flu shot clinics will be held this (Tues) afternoon in both Brookfield and Kirksville. 

The Linn County Health Department will hold its annual Drive-Thru clinic at the South City Park, from 2 to 6pm, for adults, age 18 and older.  Please have your medicare or Medicaid card ready when you arrive.  Flu shots for children 17 and under are available by appointment at the health department office in Brookfield. 

The Adair County Health Department will hold its tenth annual drive-thru flu clinic from 1 to 7pm at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville.  You can download a consent form from their website and participants are asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt to speed up the process. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SHOT IN WEEKEND INCIDENT     

Jefferson City Police are investigating a shooting incident which injured a Columbia man, early Sunday morning.  The 19 year old victim suffered a gunshot wound on Edmonds Street, on the west side of Jefferson City, just before 2am Sunday.  Police say he walked nearly a mile to an area business for help.  Investigators say he has provided them with several leads in the case, as the investigation continues. 




10/07/13

 

SEVEN ARRESTED IN SCHUYLER COUNTY BUST

Seven persons were taken into custody during a weekend drug bust at a Schuyler County residence.  Officers from several local law enforcement agencies served a search warrant at a home in Lancaster, Friday night, as part of an investigation by the Lancaster Police Department.  They seized multiple items from the home, including meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and items used to manufacture and distribute drugs.  Multiple firearms and large amounts of cash were also seized.  The seven adult suspects are awaiting formal charges and their names have not been released. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN ACCIDENT   

A Moberly driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 63 at Silver Fork Creek, in Boone County, early Sunday morning.  23 year old Travis M. Hill, of Moberly, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  It occurred at around 12:15am.  The patrol says Hill’s northbound car ran into the median in a curve, then slid across the highway, struck a guardrail and caught fire. 

  

THREE HURT IN MOBERLY COLLISION  

A Sturgeon teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Business 63 in Moberly, during a police pursuit, early Saturday morning.  18 year old Kelly Thompson, of Sturgeon, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after midnight Saturday.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 23 year old David Jenkins of Bevier.  The patrol says Jenkins was being pursued by a Randolph County deputy when he attempted to turn onto Business 63 and skidded into a vehicle driven by 30 year old Matthew Wiesner, of Moberly.  Both Jenkins and Wiesner were treated for minor injuries. 

  

SHOTS FIRED AT COLUMBIA PARTY    

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident in the 3500 Block of Aspen Heights, which occurred early Sunday morning.  Officers responded to a large disturbance at that location.  They say it occurred when two suspects attempted to enter a part of about 20 to 30 people and were then asked to leave.  The two allegedly became disruptive and fire multiple shots into the air.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Columbia Police. 




10/04/13

 

FORMER TEACHER PLEADS TO LESSER CHARGE  

A former teacher and coach at Northwestern High School in Mendon, who was originally charged with having sexual contact with a student, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge this week.  36 year old David Lawson, now of Glasgow, entered a guilty plea to a third degree assault charge.  He was sentenced to six months in prison, but that sentence was suspended with ten days shock time.  He was placed on supervised probation for two years and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and pay restitution.  Lawson was also required to surrender his teaching certificate and will not be allowed to work in any job that involves minors or children. 

  

MACON HOMECOMING CELEBRATION AND OTHER EVENTS     

The Macon Tigers will celebrate homecoming today and tonight, with a variety of activities planned for the weekend.  The homecoming parade in downtown Macon begins at 3pm and the Tigers will host Louisiana at Hugh Dunn Field tonight.  Tomorrow, the Macon Jaycees will BBQ in the J&R Appliance Parking Lot and Maples Repertory Theatre will hold its ‘Gala Showcase’ presentation, starting at 7:30pm.  Immaculate Conception School’s annual Oktoberfest Celebration is planned for Sunday, beginning at 11am on the church and school grounds in Macon. 

  

MILAN CELEBRATING HOMECOMING   

Milan High School is also celebrating homecoming today.  Last night, a re-dedication of Cal Hubbard Field celebrated the completion of an improvement project at the Wildcats Football facility.  Milan’s homecoming parade will begin at 2pm in downtown Milan and homecoming festivities continue tonight at the game vs. Scotland County. 

  

CENTRALIA HOMECOMING PLANS SET   

Centralia High School celebrates homecoming with a number of festivities today and tonight.  The Centralia Homecoming Parade will begin at 1:30 this afternoon.  Homecoming is also being celebrated today at Hallsville High School. 

  

DONKEY BASKETBALL AT BHS SATURDAY  

Tickets are still available for Donkey Basketball at Brookfield High School tomorrow (Sat) night.  The Junior Class parents are hosting the event, starting at 6pm in the high school gym.  Advance tickets are six dollars and tickets will be eight dollars at the door.  Proceeds will help fund after-prom events this year and next year’s Senior Class events.  An Old-Fashioned Carnival will be held during the day, from 10am to 4pm.  It’s all happening tomorrow at Brookfield High School. 




10/03/13

 

VEHICLE ENDS UP IN KIRKSVILLE CREEK   

There were no serious injuries, but two Atlanta women took a scary ride when their vehicle ended up in a creek in Kirksville, Wednesday afternoon.  It occurred at around 12:15pm on South Baltimore.  Police say the SUV was driven by 81 year old Dorothy Long, of Atlanta.  Witnesses say it veered off of Baltimore Street, through an open field and came to rest on a creek bank.  Both the driver and her passenger, 78 year old Eda Sterling, of Atlanta, were treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

MERCER DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT 

A Mercer man was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 136, near Lancaster, Wednesday evening.  84 year old Charles Hemenway, of Mercer, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:20pm.  The patrol says Hemenway apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle, which ran off the highway and struck an embankment. 

  

HANNIBAL MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN CRASH 

A Hannibal motorcyclist was killed in a Wednesday evening accident on Route O, just south of Hannibal.  43 year old Alphonse Berghager, of Hannibal, died when his motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the roadway and overturned several times.  Both he and his passenger, 15 year old Olivia Berghager, were ejected from the motorcycle.  She was treated for moderate injuries. 

  

CENTRALIA WOMAN HURT IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT

A Centralia woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Audrain County Route C, just after midnight this (Thurs) morning.  32 year old Melissa Fort, of Centralia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says she was northbound when her car skidded sideways into a concrete culvert, coming to rest in a ditch. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE THEFTS 

Columbia Police have arrested a man they say was involved in at least eight recent robberies and thefts over the past several weeks.  29 year old Jermell Lamar Burnett was taken into custody Tuesday night.  He is accused of multiple thefts of car batteries, a pair of cash thefts from area fruit stands, the cash register from Passions Adult Store, along with tools and other items from area businesses.  So far, he has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, as the investigation continues. 

  

COURT OF APPEALS SET TO CONVENE IN KEYTESVILLE  

For the second time in history, the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals will convene at the Chariton County Courthouse in Keytesville, next week.  The three-judge panel is scheduled to hear oral arguments in three cases on Monday afternoon, beginning at 1:30pm.  At some point during the session, the judges will recess and discuss the court system and generally explain the proceedings.   The public is welcome to attend Monday afternoon’s session at the Chariton County Courthouse. 




10/02/13

 

MODERATE INJURY IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION 

A Tuesday afternoon accident in Adair County sent a Greentop driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  It occurred at around 4:30pm at the Highway 63-Route A junction, north of Kirksville.  74 year old Patricia Stokes, of Greentop, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The patrol says her southbound van was struck by a pickup as it attempted a left turn.  That driver, 74 year old Dwayne Nelson, of Greentop, was not injured. 

  

KIDDER DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 

A Kidder driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off a Daviess County road, Tuesday afternoon.  56 year old Earl Kennedy, of Kidder, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident.  It occurred at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off a gravel road, struck the ground and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels. 

  

12 YEAR OLD CHILLICOTHER FIREFIGHTER RECOGNIZED  

A 12 year old Chillicothe resident was given special recognition at Monday night’s Chillicothe City Council meeting.   The Chillicothe Fire Department recognized 12 year old Ryan Panholzer for quick-thinking when he used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire at his home, last month.  Panholzer says his training from the Boy Scouts and his school helped him know what to do when the fire broke out.  This past Saturday was proclaimed Ryan Panholzer Day in Chillicothe. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED 

A Columbia man has been arrested in connection with a Monday night ‘shots fired’ incident on Quail Drive.  Matthew Johnson was taken into custody for unlawful use of a weapon.  Officers were called to reports of gunfire in the 2600 block of Quail Drive at around 11pm.  Johnson is accused of firing a handgun into the air, during a disturbance at a residence in that area. 

  

VANDALIA MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN   

A Vandalia man is charged with possession of child pornography, after a search warrant was served at his home Tuesday morning.  23 year old Manuel Gomez, of Vandalia, was arrested after officers seized computer equipment containing child pornography from his home.  The investigation was conducted by the Highway Patrol and the East Central Drug Task Force, acting on a tip from the Lincoln, Nebraska Sheriff’s Office. 

  

FORMER POLICE OFFICER NOT GUILTY OF ASSAULT  

Former Columbia Police Officer Rob Sanders was found not guilty of assault charges in a Boone County Courtroom Tuesday.  Sanders was charged with third degree assault for allegedly using excessive force when he shoved Kenneth Baker in a holding cell in 2011.  Judge Carol England announced her not guilty verdict just minutes after attorneys had presented closing arguments in the case. 




09/30/13

 

MODERATE INJURIES IN COLLISION NEAR BROOKFIELD   

A Chillicothe man was treated for moderate injuries after his truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 36, just east of Brookfield, Saturday afternoon.  45 year old Ricky D. Allen, of Chillicothe, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says a tractor-trailer, driven by a Kansas City man, turned onto 36 into the path of Allen’s eastbound truck. 

  

DAWN TEENAGER INJURED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT    

A Dawn teenager suffered moderate injuries in a Friday afternoon accident on a Livingston County Roadway.  16 year old Kayle Myers, of Dawn, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 3:10pm.  The patrol says she lost control of eastbound car on a gravel road, about two miles northeast of Dawn.  It skidded off the roadway and overturned several times, coming to rest on its top. 

  

BROOKFIELD MAN ARRESTED FOR STEALING   

A Brookfield man is in custody facing a stealing charge.  Chillicothe Police officers extradited Jarod L. Glasgow from Brookfield on a Chillicothe Municipal warrant for stealing.  Glasgow was unable to post bond.  He is being held in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

CHILLICOTHE FIGHT NETS ASSAULT CHARGE   

Chillicothe Police investigated a fight in progress in the 600 block of Webster Street, over the weekend.  An injured female was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.  Officers arrested Terrance Breeze for second-degree assault.  He was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on $15,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

COLUMBIA GUNSHOT WOUND ACCIDENTAL    

Columbia Police investigated a gunshot wound at a Columbia home Sunday night.  After investigation, they determined the man accidentally shot himself.  The victim was transported to University Hospital from a residence on Southern Pike Court.  His name and condition have not been released. 

  

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR BOONE COUNTY KIDS    

The Boone County Health Department in Columbia is offering free flu shots for children, beginning this week.  Officials say there is no appointment needed, the flu vaccine will be available Monday thru Friday from 8am to 4:30pm for children between 6 months and 18 years of age.  Vaccine is also provided at no charge to several Boone County area elementary and middle schools.  The service is provided through the University of Missouri Women’s and Children’s Hospital and the David B. Lichtenstein Foundation. 




09/27/13

 

KNOX COUNTY MAN INJURED ON ATV   

A Knox County resident was seriously injured in an ATV accident on a Knox County road, Thursday afternoon.  48 year old Charles Hisle, of Hurdland, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville and then airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says Hisle was seriously injured when his westbound ATV ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

SALISBURY WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH   

A Salisbury woman was life-flighted to Columbia after a one-vehicle accident on a Chariton County road.  44 year old Yolanda K. Maag, of Salisbury, suffered moderate injuries in the accident, which occurred just after 5pm Thursday on Dooley Ford Road, just north of Salisbury.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.  She was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR COLUMBIA DRIVER 

A Columbia driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday evening accident on Boone County Route K.  27 year old Jordon R. Walker, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after his car ran off the highway, struck a road sign and a fence, then an embankment and several trees.  The accident occurred at around 7:20pm Wednesday. 

  

CHILLICOTHE RESIDENTS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY   

Two Chillicothe residents face charges in Grundy County, after a recent investigation.  30 year old Stephanie Rodriguez and 32 year old Carson Symmonds, both of Chillicothe, are charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary and receiving stolen property.  Grundy County authorities accuse the two of committing two daytime break-ins, one in Trenton and the other in Galt.  Symmonds is also charged with two counts of burglary in Caldwell County. 

  

BOONE COUNTY METH BUST THURSDAY   

Boone County authorities found meth and meth paraphernalia in a Thursday morning drug bust at Rustic Meadows Trailer Park.  Officers say they found meth, scales and packaging materials used in drug distribution.  One suspect was home at the time of the bust, but authorities say multiple additional suspects are involved.  The investigation is continuing and multiple arrests are pending. 

  

HEALTH CARE TELEPHONE SCAMS REPORTED   

Multiple law enforcement agencies are warning residents of several attempted scams involving the Federal Government’s Affordable Health Care Act.  With a major portion of that new program kicking in next week, on October 1, a number of residents are reporting telephone calls from individuals offering to assist with information on the new plans.  You are reminded, do NOT give out social security numbers, bank account information, or other personal financial information over the telephone. 




09/26/13

 

BROOKFIELD TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A Brookfield teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday night accident on Route JJ, just west of Marceline.  16 year old Tabitha Thomas, of Brookfield, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9pm.  The patrol says she swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and her car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

SIX HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH  

A one-vehicle accident on Highway 65 in Saline County sent six Carrollton residents to the hospital…two with serious injuries.  24 year old Kurtis Sims, of Carrollton, was the driver of a southbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned, just after 6pm Wednesday.  Sims was treated for moderate injuries.  Five passengers were also injured.  52 year old Chester G. Rice and 25 year old Kassondra Schnakenberg, both of Carrollton, were both life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries.  Three children in the vehicle, ranging from 3 to 6 years of age, all escaped with minor injuries. 

  

FAYETTE MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT  

A Fayette driver was seriously injured in an accident on Highway 5, early Wednesday morning.  27 year old Russell Suggs, of Fayette, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30am.  The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a large ditch and several trees and then overturned. 

  

CHILD ABDUCTION SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT   

A 60 year old woman, accused of abducting her infant grandson in Florida in 2000, was in a Livingston County Courtroom Wednesday.  60 year old Sandy Hatte is charged with felony child abduction.  She was arrested after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, prompted by a tip from a local school district, regarding enrollment irregularities.  A preliminary hearing has been set for October 23.  The child, who is now a teenager, has been reunited with her father in Alabama. 

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN      

A Moberly man is in custody on child pornography charges, after an investigation by the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force.  Moberly Police arrested 28 year old Adam Imhoff, of Moberly, at his home in the 400 block of Roberts Street.  Investigators say a search of two computers in the home resulted in the discovery of nearly 250 images and more than 30 videos depicting child pornography. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED       

Jefferson City Police are looking for two suspects in connection with a Wednesday night armed robbery at a convenience store.  Police were called to the Convenient Food Mart on Brooke Street after two black men entered, forced an employee to the back of the store, took cash from the store’s safe and fled the scene.  Anyone with information should contact Jefferson City Crime Stoppers at 573-659-TIPS. 




09/25/13

 

MARCELINE MAN INJURED IN TRACTOR-TRAILER CRASH   

A Marceline man suffered moderate injuries and Highway 36 was shut down for some time after a collision between two tractor-trailers, near Hunnewell in Shelby County.  46 year old Robert Dorrell, of Marceline, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before noon Tuesday.  The patrol says Dorrell’s westbound tractor-trailer struck another westbound tractor-trailer in the rear.  Dorrell’s truck then caught fire and ran into the median.  The other driver, 46 year old Jerrod Porter, of Hunnewell, was not injured. 

  

MOBERLY SEARCH WARRANT NETS DRUG CHARGES 

A Monday morning search warrant served at a Moberly home resulted in charges against two residents of the home.  24 year old Jesse Nash and 25 year old Tessie Reed are both charged with possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and maintaining a public nuisance.  Officers of the Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force executed the search warrant early Monday morning.  Investigators say they found marijuana and a substance that could be meth, along with three small children in the home.  Nash and Reed are both being held on $45,000 dollars bond. 

  

LINN COUNTY BURN BAN LIFTED  

With significant rainfall occurring over the weekend, the Linn County Commission has officially lifted the outdoor burning ban that was in effect.  However, dry conditions persist in many locations and a burn advisory remains in effect until further notice.  The Commission urges residents to use extreme caution with any outdoor burning plans.  You are reminded that any careless burning that causes unintended damage can be considered negligent and can result in civil or criminal penalties. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CENTRALIA DRUG SALE   

Two suspects are in custody after attempting to sell methamphetamine in Centralia Tuesday evening.  Police say the two were arrested at around 5pm.  41 year old Paul Boles, of Mexico and 32 year old Holly Blankenship of Fulton are both being held, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

PALMYRA WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH    

A Palmyra woman was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after her vehicle ran off Highway 36 just west of Hannibal, Tuesday morning.  54 year old Sonja Walkup, of Palmyra, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:40am.  The patrol says her eastbound vehicle ran into the median, then crossed the highway and struck a tree. 




09/24/13

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SENIOR HOUSING BREAK-INS 

From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO:  The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department reports an arrest in a series of break-ins at the senior housing complex in Queen City.  Residents had reported multiple incidents over the past several weeks, but a suspect is now in custody.  Authorities say the man had been a suspect from the start, but has now confessed to the break-ins.  His name has not yet been released. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN TO BE SENTENCED AS PERSISTENT OFFENDER

A Kirksville man faces a minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum life sentence, after being convicted as a chronic DWI offender.  37 year old James Steele, Jr., of Kirksville, was convicted of his fifth DWI last week.  Steele also has two previous felony convictions, which qualifies him as a persistent offender.  He will appear for sentencing on November 6. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT ARRESTS

A Chillicothe man faces multiple charges after his arrest by Chillicothe Police on Monday.  Officers arrested Tyler A. Steffen in the 800 block of Jefferson Street on five Livingston County warrants for failure to obey a judge’s order, a parole violation and possession of meth and paraphernalia.  Steffen was also arrested for a burglary and theft in the 900 block of Harvester Road, which occurred on September 13.  Steffen is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

In a separate investigation, Chillicothe Police also report the arrest of Marvin J. Maupin and Rachel D. Pickens for possession of meth.  They are also being held in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATING MULTIPLE BREAK-INS

Moberly Police are investigating multiple break-ins at downtown area businesses, over the weekend.  Officers report at least two break-ins, one in the 400 block of West Reed and another in the 100 block of West Rollins.  They also believe the same suspects attempted to break into two other businesses, but were unsuccessful.  An unknown amount of cash was taken from the downtown businesses.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Moberly Crime Line at 269-TIPS. 

 

TRUMAN VA HOSPITAL KILLER ACQUITTED    

The man who killed another patient at the Truman VA Hospital in February was acquitted of murder charges Monday, by reason of mental defect.  Prosecutors accepted the plea from Rudy Perez, Jr. after two doctors reported the suspect was not capable of understanding his actions.  Perez was accused in the beating death of Robert Hill, inside a common room at the Hospital.  He will be transported to the State Mental Hospital in Fulton until officials believe he is ready to be released. 

 

COLUMBIA MURDER SUSPECT FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGE 

One of two men accused in a Columbia murder is now charged with first-degree burglary.  Joshua Murray is charged in the July murder of Tre’Veon Marshall.  Authorities say Murray has also admitted to stealing firearms, police tactical gear and ammunition from a garage in the 4300 block of Arbor Drive.  Officers say they recovered some items of stolen property during a search of Murray’s home, after his arrest for murder.  A second suspect, Ricky Collier, has also been arrested in connection with the burglary. 




09/23/13

 

CHILLICOTHE FUGITIVE ARRESTED   

A Chillicothe man, who eluded capture in the Milan area last week, was taken into custody by Livingston County authorities on Friday.  46 year old Moses Miranda, of Chillicothe, was found hiding during a search of two homes in Western Livingston County.  He faces a Livingston County warrant for a burglary near Mooresville.  He also faces charges in other area counties, including a burglary involving the theft of firearms in Grundy County. 

  

EDINA TEEN HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH      

An Edina teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a weekend accident on Route 6, just east of Edina.  It occurred just before midnight Saturday night.  18 year old Ethan Clary, of Edina, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound pickup.  It ran off the highway, overturned and struck a fence. 

  

FIELD DAY WEDNESDAY AT FORAGE SYSTEMS CENTER      

The University of Missouri’s Forage Systems Research Center, near Linneus, is getting set for a Field Day this week.  The event will be held on Wednesday, beginning with registration at 8am and tours of the facility starting at 9.  A free lunch will also be served.  One of the primary focuses of the event will be the best use of hay and grass for beef cow operations.  The event is free and open to everyone…Wednesday, beginning with registration at 8am. 

  

CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST COLUMBIA SHOOTING SUSPECT

Charges have been dropped against a Columbia man, in connection with a suspected gang-related shooting in downtown Columbia, in June.  20 year old Eric Cravens, of Columbia, was released on Friday.  He was charged with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of armed criminal action, in connection with a shooting at Broadway and Tenth Streets in Columbia on June 15.  Prosecutors say those charges were dropped for lack of evidence and non-cooperative witnesses.  Cravens is free after being held for nearly three months.   

  

TASK FORCE ONE RETURNING HOME         

Central Missouri’s Task Force One is returning home, after a week of assisting in search and rescue efforts in connection with massive flooding in Colorado.  During the past week, the number of missing persons in the affected areas has been trimmed from more than 200 to less than 30.  Colorado authorities have ended their most active search and rescue efforts and have now moved into ‘clean up’ mode.  The Mid-Missouri crews spent the night in Kansas and are expected to return to Columbia today. 




09/20/13

 

WANTED MAN ELUDES AUTHORITIES IN MILAN 

A Chillicothe man who is wanted on a Grundy County warrant eluded authorities in the Milan area Thursday and remains at large.  Officers from several agencies were involved in a manhunt for most of the day, after a report that 45 year old Moses Miranda, of Chillicothe, was at a Milan area apartment complex.  Miranda is wanted on a warrant for burglary, stealing and theft of a firearm.  Officers followed up on multiple reports on his whereabouts Thursday, and brought in a police K-9 unit and a Highway Patrol helicopter to assist, but he was able to avoid capture.  The investigation continues. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED IN VANDLISM 

A Kirksville man has been arrested and charged in connection with last week’s vandalism at the Lincoln Square Shopping Center in Kirksville.  22 year old Philip Anthony Young was taken into custody Wednesday and charged with first-degree property damage and tampering with physical evidence.  Last week, Jimmy John’s in Kirksville reported more than $15,000 dollars worth of damage to its sign and roof, along with damage to air conditioners and wiring on the roof of other businesses in the shopping center.  Young is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.

 

2000 CHILD ABDUCTION CASE SOLVED  

A 13 year old child abduction case from the state of Florida is under investigation, after the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department received information from a local school district.  The Department investigated concerns over a recent student enrollment and determined that the child had been abducted from the state of Florida, as an infant, 13 years ago.  60 year old Sandy Hatte has been arrested in the case and is being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail.  The child has been reunited with biological family members in Florida. 

 

IOWA MAN CHARGED WITH KNOX COUNTY BURGLARY  

An Iowa man has been arrested in connection with three northeast Missouri burglaries.  The suspect, 22 year old Lee Alanis, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, is charged with second-degree burglary for an incident in Knox County this week.  A homeowner near Ewing called deputies after finding a man in his home.  The suspect fled but was arrested a short time later.  Alanis is also suspected in burglaries in Lewis and Marion Counties.  He is being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

DRIVER INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A Kansas City area driver was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Highway 63, just south of Clark in Randolph County, Thursday afternoon.  32 year old Starlett Sims, of Independence, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway, crossed the median and struck an oncoming vehicle in the northbound lanes.  The other driver, from Kingdom City, was not injured. 

 

ARREST MADE IN MEXICO ARSON FIRE 

Mexico Police report an arrest in connection with an arson fire as a self-storage building on Monday.  46 year old Larry W. Skinner, of Mexico, was arrested Wednesday by Centralia Police.  He is charged with second-degree arson in the case.  Investigators say he was renting one of the storage units in the building that was burned.  Firefighters were called to the building, located in the 500 block of South Olive, early Monday morning. 

 

MEXICO TEEN ACCUSED OF THREATENING STUDENTS  

A Mexico teenager could face charges after allegedly making a terrorist threat on a school bus, Thursday morning.  Officials say 18 year old Michael Markwell wore a mask onto a school bus and made threats against the bus driver and other students.  Markwell says he was only joking, but he was arrested and could be charged in the case. 




09/19/13

 

VEHICLE ENDS UP IN MACON LAKE   

A Macon man faces careless driving and DWI charges after his car ended up in the Macon Lake, Tuesday evening.  Police say the 40 year old driver was on Macon Lake Road, at around 5:15pm, when his vehicle skidded in a curve, accelerated and drove into the lake.  The driver was taken to Samaritan Hospital, where he was treated and released.  His name has not been released, pending a municipal court date. 

  

ALZHEIMER’S WALK AT LONG BRANCH SATURDAY 

The Greater Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold a ‘Walk to end Alzheimer’s’, Saturday morning at Long Branch State Park in Macon.  Registration will begin at 9am and the walk is set for 10 o’clock Saturday morning.  You can also register online at alz.org/walk.  Proceeds will raise funds for care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. 

  

CHARITON COUNTY CHILD WELFARE DINNER  

The annual Chariton County Child Welfare Benefit Dinner will be held Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Salisbury.  A turkey and dressing dinner will be served from 11am to 1:30pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Child Welfare Committee for Love, Caring and Sharing Christmas Project for needy children in Chariton County.  Cost is nine dollars for adults, four dollars for kids age 6 to 12 and children 5 and under eat free. 

  

COLUMBIA BREAK TIME ROBBED  WEDNESDAY 

Columbia Police are investigating another convenience store robbery…this one occurred at around 6am Wednesday at the Break Time on Conley Road, near the Highway 63/I-70 interchange.  Witnesses say a male suspect entered the store, demanded cash and then fled the scene on foot.  He is described as a black male, about 5-9 and 165 pounds.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

ONE INJURY IN BOONE COUNTY HOUSE FIRE   

One person was injured in a Wednesday afternoon house fire, on Boone County Route YY, just southeast of Harrisburg.  Boone County fire crews were called to the scene just before 4pm.  They report that one person was injured in the fire and was taken to University Hospital, before firefighters arrived at the scene.  The home was completely destroyed. 




09/18/13

 

NEW CAMBRIA TEEN FIGHTS OFF ABDUCTION 

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says a New Cambria teenager fought off an attempted abduction, near the New Cambria City Park, Monday evening.  The 18 year old female says she was walking west on Morgan Street when a black van pulled up and the driver asked for directions.  Another man approached from behind, grabbed her by the shirt and told her to get in the van.  She struck the second man in the face and ran through the park to escape.  Authorities are looking for a black Chevy Astro van with three windows on each side.  The driver was described as a white male, about 50 years old, with long black hair, a long, scruffy, full-face black beard and a raspy voice.  The second suspect is described as a heavy-set, bald white male, 30 to 40 years of age, with distinctive tattoos on his arms.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

  

THREE TEENS IN CUSTODY FOR STOLEN VEHICLES   

Three teenagers have been turned over to juvenile authorities after an investigation into three weekend vehicle thefts in Carrollton.  Police say three vehicles were taken from separate locations, late Friday night into early Saturday morning.  One of the vehicles was involved in an accident on the Carrollton Square.   The other two were recovered in Grundy County, along with the three juvenile suspects. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY BURGLARY UNDER INVESTIGATION 

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a burglary at a rural residence on Monday.  Deputies say a suspect entered a home in the 2000 block of Livingston County Road 408 and used a pillow case to carry jewelry, electronics, a power drill and other items.  Anyone who saw unusual vehicle or pedestrian activity in that area is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. 

  

COLUMBIA ADULT STORE ROBBED     

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday night robbery at the Passions Adult Store in Columbia.  They say a male suspect entered the store at around 7:30pm and demanded cash.  He then fled the scene on foot.  He is described as a black male, about 5-9 or 5-10, with short hair.  Anyone with information should contact the tips hotline. 

  

CRASH AT 63/I-70 INTERCHANGE TIES UP TRAFFIC  

A tractor-trailer crash at the I-70/Highway 63 interchange in Columbia, Tuesday afternoon, caused only minor injuries, but tied up traffic on eastbound I-70 for several miles.  Police say a tractor-trailer, hauling car batteries jack-knifed into a ditch and began leaking diesel fuel, just after noon Tuesday.  It took about three hours to get the scene cleaned up, causing the traffic backup on I-70. 

  

LINN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS DINNER MONDAY  

The Linn County Relay for Life Committee is inviting cancer survivors to its annual Cancer Survivor Dinner, on Monday, at 6pm, at the Brookfield Elks Lodge.  Anyone who would like to attend should contact Brookfield City Hall to make reservations.  The RSVP deadline is tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon.  The 2013 Linn County Relay for Life will be held next Saturday, September 28, at the Brookfield High School Track. 




09/17/13

 

HUNTSVILLE MAN KILLED IN QUARRY ACCIDENT  

A Huntsville man was killed when a caterpillar truck ran off the wall of a Randolph County quarry, Monday morning.  58 year old David A. Gully, of Huntsville, died in the accident, which occurred at around 9:15am.  The patrol says Gully was driving a hauler on the wall of the Norris Quarries facility in southern Randolph County, when it steered left and fell into the quarry, overturning several times. 

  

MACON MAN ARRESTED AFTER WEEKEND DISTURBANCE 

Macon Police arrested a Macon man on drug charges over the weekend.  Early Saturday morning, officers were called to a report of a domestic disturbance in the area of Sixth and Rollins Streets.  They say a male subject was uncooperative with officers and refused to comply with reasonable commands.  The 22 year old white male was taken into custody on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to cooperate with an officer.  He remains in custody, due to a bond revocation on a previous arrest. 

  

BODY FOUND FLOATING IN MISSISSIPPI RIVER      

Northeast Missouri authorities are investigating the discovery of a body floating in the Mississippi River, on Sunday afternoon.  The Highway Patrol says the body of an unidentified female was spotted in the river near Sawyers Creek in Marion County.  The results of an autopsy performed Monday are pending, but authorities say the investigation is being treated as a homicide.  The identity and age of the victim are currently unknown.  The public is asked to report any information that might be of assistance to the Highway Patrol or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. 

  

TASK FORCE ONE DEPLOYED TO COLORADO     

Central Missouri’s Task Force 1 has been deployed to Colorado to assist with search and rescue efforts resulting from severe flooding.  80 members of the Boone County based unit were called out over the weekend and began working with search crews Monday.  Members of the task force are primarily working the area west of Loveland, Colorado, near Estes Park and Big Thompson Canyon, where record flooding has stranded thousands of residents.  Missouri Task Force 1 is one of 28 specialized urban search and rescue teams in the country. 

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA CONVENIENCE STORE   

Columbia Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Columbia convenience store, which occurred early Monday morning.  Officers were called to the Petro Mart at 3850 Range Line Street at around 5am.  Witnesses say a male suspect entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded money.  He is described as a black male, 5-10 and 150 pounds, last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Boone County tips line. 




09/16/13

 

MOBERLY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED 

A Moberly man was seriously injured when he was struck by a car, Sunday morning, on Route AA, just southwest of Renick.  47 year old Eric C. Breusch, of Moberly, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 6:45am.  The patrol says Breusch was struck by a car driven by 31 year old Nathanial Straub, of Moberly.  Straub was treated for minor injuries. 

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN CHILLICOTHE INCIDENT   

Chillicothe Police and EMS were dispatched to a report of an intoxicated male jumping from a moving vehicle, near Polk and Walnut Street in Chillicothe, over the weekend.  They say the male victim was transported to Hedrick Medical Center and later transferred by air ambulance to a Kansas City Hospital.  Officers have not released the identity of the victim. 

 

KEYTESVILLE MAN HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH 

A Keytesville man was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 24, just east of Keytesville, early Sunday morning.  It occurred at around 5:15am.  24 year old Jason Burris, of Keytesville, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound car ran off the highway and overturned into a ditch. 

 

CENTRALIA MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT 

A Centralia driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after his car ran off Route 22 in Audrain County, at around 4 o’clock Sunday morning.  21 year old Justin Aleshire was flown to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the highway and struck a tree.  His passenger, 20 year old Tresor Karara, of Columbia, was treated for moderate injuries. 

 

MARSHALL MOTHER & DAUGHTER HURT     

A Marshall woman and her 5 year old child were both treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday morning accident on I-70 in Lafayette County.  23 year old Jeri Dehling and 5 year old Amera Dehling were both treated at Center Point Medical Center.  They were passengers in a car driven by 28 year old Erik Swanson, of Marshall.  It ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 

THREE NABBED IN WAL-MART PARKING LOT DRUG BUST    

Three Mexico, MO suspects face charges after a drug bust Friday in the Kirksville Wal-Mart parking lot.  Court documents accuse the three of selling about three ounces of cocaine to an undercover officer.  36 year old Tiffany Gordan, 32 year old Marlo Abbey and 20 year old Taveon Mahanaey, all of Mexico, were taken into custody by the Highway Patrol, shortly thereafter.  All three are charged with possession or distribution of a controlled substance and are being held on $75,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

TWO TREATED FOR GUNSHOTS SUNDAY NIGHT     

A man and woman were treated for gunshot wounds, after an incident Sunday night on Hackberry Boulevard, a couple miles north of Columbia.  Deputies say multiple gunshots were apparently fired from inside a vehicle.  The two victims were taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  No further information has been released as of yet. 




09/13/13

 

FOUR ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES  

A search of a Kirksville home resulted in four arrests for manufacturing a controlled substance near a school.  Officers say the home of 21 year old Cody Ledford and 23 year old Corey Casey was located near Truman State University.  They found multiple items involved in the manufacture of meth.  Two other persons who were at the residence were also arrested…28 year old Angela Johnson and 41 year old Kirk VanDusen.  All four are charged with manufacture and possession of a controlled substance and are being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.

 

SEARCH WARRANT SERVED AT LINN COUNTY BUSINESS

Wednesday around 5:00pm, members of the Linn County Sheriffs Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol served a search warrant at Kinky Dinks (formally Bad Habits) in Laclede. According to the report, several items were gathered as evidence. The warrant was served without incident and is part of an ongoing investigation. A second warrant was also served at a residence in Purdin to further the investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.

 

ATLANTA TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH

An Atlanta teenager was seriously injured when a pickup collided with an ATV on Fountain Street in Elmer, Thursday evening.  16 year old Kailin Dunham, of Atlanta, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7:15pm.  The patrol says she was a passenger on an ATV driven by a 13 year old Atlanta resident.  It was stopped in the roadway when it was struck by a pickup, driven by 27 year old Jeremy Jarman, of La Plata, causing the ATV to overturn.  Jarman was treated for minor injuries. 

 

MAN OKAY AFTER BEING STRUCK BY TRAIN 

A Knox County resident is okay after apparently being struck by a train near Gorin Wednesday night.  Just after 10pm the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad notified authorities that a train had apparently struck a person who was standing on the tracks.  An extensive search of the area revealed no evidence of the victim.  On Thursday, thanks to a citizen tip, Sheriff’s Deputies found the man, safe and sound at his home.  The name of the 45 year old victim, a Knox County resident, has not been released. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT

A Columbia man was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon collision on Highway 5 in Cooper County.  61 year old Terry Agee, of Columbia, was driving a tractor southbound on the highway when a collision between two northbound vehicles caused a car to cross the center line and strike the tractor, just before 1:30pm.  Agee was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT AT PARK   

Columbia Police detained a suspect after receiving a report that a man exposed himself near Shepard Boulevard Elementary School, Thursday afternoon.  At around 3:30pm, officers were called to the Shepard Boulevard Park, to a report from a student that a man was acting suspiciously.  A 48 year old suspect was detained by police and the investigation was ongoing. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING FOR CLARK INTERSECTION 

MoDOT has scheduled a public hearing to officially discuss plans for the Clark intersection on Highway 63.  The hearing is tentatively set for September 30, at Sturgeon High School.  Previous discussions about the intersection have included plans for a J-turn to improve safety.  A petition drive is underway in Clark, against the J-turn option.  Final details on the September 30 public meeting will be announced by MoDOT soon


09/11/13 - 9am

 

BURN BAN ISSUED FOR ALL OF LINN COUNTY      

A burn ban is now in effect for all of Linn County, until further notice.  The ban prohibits outdoor burning of any type.  It does NOT prohibit the use of barbecue grills for cooking, but it does prohibit fire pits and all types of recreational fires.  It will remain in effect until the extremely dry conditions improve. 




09/11/13

 

MACON WOMAN KILLED IN KNOX COUNTY CRASH   

A Macon woman was killed when two vehicles collided on Highway 15 in southern Knox County, early Tuesday morning.  35 year old Jody F. Lyda, of Macon, died in the crash.  She was a passenger in a pickup driven by 32 year old Lucas Smith of Shelbyville.  Smith was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 6am.  The patrol says their southbound pickup collided head-on in the southbound lane of the highway with an oncoming vehicle driven by 44 year old Marvin Horst, of Novelty.