10/22/14

 

THREE LIVINGSTON COUNTY ARRESTS 

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

  

DRIVERS HURT IN HIGHWAY 24 COLLISION  

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

  

MONROE CITY MAN HURT AS TRACTOR-TRAILER OVERTURNS 

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED 

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

  

MIZZOU STUDENT DEATH DUE TO NATURAL CAUSES 

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




10/21/14

 

TRUMAN STUDENT IDENTIFIED      

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

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT   

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

  

NEMO JOB FAIR TUESDAY   

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

  

NO FOUL PLAY IN MIZZOU STUDENT’S DEATH    

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

  

MAN ARRESTED FOR STARTING COLUMBIA FIRES    

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




10/20/14

 

TRUMAN STUDENT DIES IN CAR-PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT 

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

 

KIRKSVILLE MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH      

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

 

MEADVILLE TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT 

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

 

BOSWORTH WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT 

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

 

HALE RESIDENTS HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

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

 

FULTON WOMAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND INCIDENT

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

 

THREE ARRESTED AFTER CLUB VOGUE INCIDENT  

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


10/17/14

 

MERCER COUNTY INMATE ESCAPES CUSTODY    

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

 

MACON DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MORNING CRASH  

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

 

AREA AUTHORITIES ISSUE SCAM WARNINGS

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

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

 

BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL FIGHT CAUSES DISTURBANCE    

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

 

SEARCH TEAMS LOCATE MAN WHO FELL       

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

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN CONVENIENCE STORE BURGLARY     

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




10/16/14

 

MILAN COUPLE INJURED IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION

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

  

CENTRALIA TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED 

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

  

FORMER CHILLICOTHE OFFICER TRIAL DELAYED  

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

  

COLUMBIA TEEN CHARGED AFTER POLICE CHASE      

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

  

‘RIGHT TO FARM’ AMENDMENT CHALLENGED     

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




10/15/14

 

HIGBEE MAN FOUND GUILTY BY JURY   

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

  

TWO PEDESTRIANS HIT IN COLUMBIA ACCIDENT 

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

  

TWO HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH     

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

  

BRENT BERNHARDT RECEIVES SAFETY AWARD      

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

  

BROOKFIELD PTO MOTHER-SON HAYRIDE SATURDAY  

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




10/14/14

 

FIVE ARRESTED IN SUNDAY DRUG BUST    

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

  

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

  

COOPER COUNTY BODY IDENTIFIED 

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

  

COLE COUNTY BICYCLIST KILLED IN ACCIDENT  

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

  

HIGHWAY 36 ALLIANCE MEETING THURSDAY

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




10/13/14

 

MARCELINE ATV DRIVER HURT IN ACCIDENT    

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

  

MEADVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN FRIDAY CRASH     

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

  

COOPER COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE BODY    

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

  

‘SHOTS FIRED’ IN DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA    

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

  

ROUTE 41 BRIDGE OPENS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE    

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




10/10/14

 

FEDERAL INDICTMENT FOR SYNTHETIC POT 

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

  

DATA BREACH CONFIRMED BY DAIRY QUEEN 

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

  

WANTED MOBERLY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY   

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

  

STURGEON DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLLISION 

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN FACES DRUG CHARGES 

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




10/09/14

 

NORTH MISSOURI MAN SOUGHT ON WARRANTS  

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

  

MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE  

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

  

TWO MOTORCYLISTS HURT IN DEER-RELATED ACCIDENT 

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

  

STRING OF BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION  

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




10/08/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN DOG STABBING  

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

  

LINN COUNTY DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS TODAY  

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

  

FIELDS OF FAITH EVENTS TONIGHT     

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

  

MOBERLY ALUMNI BASH SET FOR FRIDAY     

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN STABBING DEATH  

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




10/07/14

 

HIGBEE DRIVER INJURED IN TRACTOR COLLISION

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

  

CLARENCE MAN AND CHILD HURT IN COLLISION 

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

  

THREE HURT IN TRENTON AREA COLLISION   

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

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR FULTON DRIVER 

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN DEAD AFTER STABBING INCIDENT

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

  

THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED    

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




10/06/14

 

WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MACON AREA ACCIDENT    

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

  

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH  

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

  

UTV DRIVER FROM CENTER SERIOUSLY INJURED    

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

  

SIX HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING COLLISION  

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

  

FOUR HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT 

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER WEEKEND BURGLARY 

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




10/01/14

 

BROOKFIELD’S ‘THINGS THAT GO’ NIGHT THURSDAY   

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

  

CHILLICOTHE DOWNTOWN TOUR THURSDAY   

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

  

KIRKSVILLE ‘PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT’ FRIDAY   

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

  

FULTON POLICE MAKE DRUG ARREST   

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

  

NO FOUL PLAY IN MIZZOU STUDENT’S DEATH   

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

  

MIZZOU STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ARSON 

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




09/30/14

 

MARCELINE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH    

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

 

TRAFFIC STOP NETS 140 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA   

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

  

‘PINK OUT’ SOFTBALL GAMES TONIGHT    

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE CALLED TO SHOTS FIRED   

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

  

MEXICO POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND SHOTS FIRED 

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




09/29/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR TRENTON DRIVER   

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

  

BROOKFIELD WOMAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT   

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

  

MARSHALL MAN INJURED AS TRUCK OVERTURNS        

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

  

CALLAO TEEN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT       

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

  

TWO ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT      

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

  

THREE MORE CHARGES AGAINST ROBBERY SUSPECT      

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




09/26/14

 

GALLATIN WOMAN HURT IN ACCIDENT

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

  

TWO INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION   

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

  

COLUMBIA ROBBERY SUSPECTS CHARGED     

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

  

CREWS RESCUE INJURED MAN AT COURTHOUSE    

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

  

MOBERLY CORRECTIONAL CENTER INMATE DIES    

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




09/25/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR KNOX CITY DRIVER  

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEK MISSING WOMAN   

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

  

HALE MAN FACES CHILD ABUSE CHARGES    

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

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA CREDIT UNION ROBBERY 

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

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER RV FIRE   

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

  

COLUMBIA BREAKTIME ROBBERY         

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




09/24/14

 

HOWARD COUNTY INMATE BACK IN CUSTODY  

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

 

LINN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY – PINK OUT TUESDAY

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

 

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

 

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

 

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY     

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

 

FATAL ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 40 IN BOONE COUNTY     

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

 

STURGEON TEEN ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFTS 

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

 

VEHICLE ‘SHOT UP’ AT COLUMBIA APARTMENT     

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




09/23/14

 

MILAN MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORN  

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

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOOF    

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

  

SMALL PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING     

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

  

HOWARD COUNTY CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES  

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

  

FOUR TEENS ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA ROBBERY    

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




09/22/14

 

THREE CHARGED AFTER RAPE INVESTIGATION 

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

  

TWO ADULTS ARRESTED AT SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT  

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

  

SPICKARD DRIVER INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT 

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

  

MEXICO WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY CRASH 

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

  

TEXAS TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT            

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




09/19/14

 

KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY  

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

  

LANCASTER MAN CHARGED IN WEDNESDAY ASSAULT    

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

  

BODY FOUND AT LAKE OF OZARKS IDENTIFIED  

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

  

THEFT ARRESTS NET $250,000 IN STOLEN PROPERTY    

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

  

SCHOOL OFFICIALS OPPOSE AMENDMENT 3   

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




09/18/14

 

CHARGES FILED IN CHILLICOTHE SHOTS FIRED  

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

  

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN I-70 COLLISION  

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

  

ASSAULT AT SCHUYLER COUNTY CONSTRUCTION SITE 

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

  

ASSISTANCE FUND FOR INJURED AREA DEPUTY   

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

  

CONSERVATION DEPT CONTINUES CWD TESTING      

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




09/17/14

 

SHOT FIRED AT CHILLICOTHE WAL-MART PARKING LOT

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

  

MOBERLY DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED      

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

  

CHINESE ACROBATS PEFORMING AT TRUMAN     

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

  

HOMECARE HOSPICE STROLL SATURDAY MORNING   

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

  

TWO MIZZOU STUDENTS REPORT RAPES   

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




09/15/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED IN STABBING OF DOG  

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

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT    

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

  

LITTLE DIXIE LIBRARY OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

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

  

AUDRAIN COUNTY CHILD LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH

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

  

EARLY SUNDAY MORNING FIRE AT MU DORM ROOM   

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED   

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




09/12/14

 

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO TRUCK FIRE AT HOLLISTER’S

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

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY THEFT ARREST     

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

  

NIXON RELEASES MISSOURI EDUCATION FUNDS   

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

  

JEFFERSON CITY DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH    

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

  

BOONVILLE POLICE WARN OF PHONE SCAM    

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




09/11/14

 

KIRKSVILLE STORM CLEANUP UNDERWAY   

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

 

FIVE NORTHWEST MISSOURI TORNADOES CONFIRMED

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

 

MOBERLY WOMAN STRUCK BY CAR  

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

 

LEGISLATURE APPROVES VETO OVERRIDES  

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

 

TWO COLUMBIA HOMES HIT BY SHOTS FIRED  

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




09/10/14

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS – 091014

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: 

Adair County R-1 @ Novinger.

Linn County R-1

Meadville - has now cancelled classes!!! 

North Shelby

 

LaPlata – Gifford bus route is not running this morning

Macon County R-4 Busses running paved roads only

Moberly Bus 714 is running 20-30 minutes late

 

UP TO 10 INCHES OF RAIN CAUSING FLASH FLOODING

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

 

HEAD-ON COLLISION IN RAY COUNTY   

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

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY DRIVER HURT IN ACCIDENT

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

 

COLUMBIA MURDERER PUT TO DEATH      

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




09/09/14

 

MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION

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

  

KC MAN CHARGED WITH BRIBERY    

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

  

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECTS TO START    

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

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

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON WEAPONS CHARGE   

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

  

HIGBEE SENIOR CENTER PLANS TO CLOSE      

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




09/08/14

 

PARIS DRIVER KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

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

  

DRIVER KILLED IN CHARITON COUNTY ACCIDENT  

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

  

MARSHALL MAN KILLED IN FARM TRACTOR ROLLOVER    

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

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED   

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

  

MILAN CHILD HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT    

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

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN ACCIDENT

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER POLICE CHASE  

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




09/05/14

 

DON’T FORGET BELL GAME COOKOFF AND FOOD DRIVE

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

 

THIRD MACON COUNTY DRUG SUSPECT ARRESTED    

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

  

BRUNSWICK MURDER SUSPECT IN COURT  

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

  

MACON UTLITIES ELECTRONIC MAPPING UNDERWAY 

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

  

OLD SETTLER’S PAGEANT DEADLINE THIS WEEKEND    

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN FOUND GUILTY IN HEROIN CONSPIRACY

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




09/04/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR CHARITON COUNTY DEPUTY  

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

  

MINOR INJURIES FOR TWO BROOKFIELD RESIDENTS 

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

  

MACON COUNTY SEARCH WARRANTS NET DRUG ARRESTS 

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

  

ASHLAND WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN COLLISION   

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

  

MOBERLY AIRPORT RUNWAY IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY  

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


09/03/14

 

FORMER MAMTEK CEO PLEADS GUILTY 

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

  

KNOX COUNTY MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED    

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

  

THREE MACON TEENS HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT   

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

  

MACON POLICE INVESTIGATING PROPERTY DAMAGE 

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




09/02/14

 

BROOKFIELD DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED  

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

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY MOTORCYCLIST  

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

  

MONROE CITY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN CRASH  

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

  

MOBERLY MAN HURT AS ATV OVERTURNS 

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

  

THREE ARRESTED IN WEEKEND DRUG BUST  

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

 

 HEAVY RAIN CAUSES FLASH FLOODING     

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




08/29/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR HAMILTON DRIVER     

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

 

TRENTON WOMAN HURT IN THURSDAY COLLISION     

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

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN STRUCK BY ROLLING VEHICLE      

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

 

RECENT WAL MART THEFT PART OF STRING       

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

 

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN DEATH OF FULTON AREA BOY    

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

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED     

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

 

FIVE CHARGED AFTER CAMPGROUND DRUG BUST      

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




08/28/14

 

MAJOR DRUG INVESTIGATION NETS ARRESTS  

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

  

HIGBEE WOMAN SENTENCED FOR EMBEZZLEMENT  

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

  

CARROLLTON WOMAN CHARGED WITH BANK FRAUD  

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

  

MOBERLY POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM     

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




08/27/14

 

STOLEN VEHICLE REPORTED IN KIRKSVILLE     

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

  

MARIJUANA SEIZED BY ADAIR COUNTY DEPUTIES   

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

  

THREE KIDS HURT IN HIGBEE AREA ACCIDENT 

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED ON SODOMY CHARGE   

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

  

ARREST MADE IN LIQUOR STORE ROBBERY  

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




08/26/14

 

MILAN WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT 

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

 

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION   

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

 

POLICE INVESTIGATE WAL-MART CELL PHONE THEFT  

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

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN RETURNS FROM PAGEANT  

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

 

IDENTITY OF BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT CONFIRMED  

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

 

CHILD APPARENTLY CAUSED DUPLEX FIRE    

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

 

HUMAN REMAINS IDENTIFIED AS JEFFERSON CITY MAN   

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




08/25/14

 

ONE ARRESTED, TWO STILL SOUGHT IN MOBERLY BANK ROBBERY 

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

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON    

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

  

TEENS INJURED IN COLLISION WITH COW      

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

  

MEXICO MANUFACTURER ANNOUNCES EXPANSION     

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

  

EASTERN MO FIREFIGHTER SENTENCED TO PRISON    

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




08/22/14

 

FOOTBALL DELAYED STARTS DUE TO HEAT: 

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

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

Moberly at Blair Oaks – 8pm kickoff

Marshall at Chillicothe – 8pm kickoff

Trenton at Carrollton – 7:30pm kickoff

Hallsville at Fayette – 8pm kickoff

Mark Twain at Westran – 8pm kickoff

Highland at Centralia  - 8pm kickoff

  

HAMILTON DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT   

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

 

MOBERLY MOTORCYCLIST INJURED  

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

  

COLUMBIA AREA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVACUATED   

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

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CENTRALIA TRAFFIC STOP    

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




08/21/14

 

HEAT AFFECTING FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE   

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

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTIES ARREST MOTORIST   

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

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENT CLOSES LINN COUNTY HIGHWAY 

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

 

MACON DEMOLITION BERBY ACTION SET FOR WEEKEND   

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN JANUARY SHOOTING

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

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 

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

 

JEFFERSON CITY COUPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED      

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




08/20/14

 

MULTIPLE DRUG ARRESTS BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE  

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

  

MOBERLY REGIONAL CLNICS CONFIRM DATA BREACH    

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

  

FEDERAL JUDGE RULES IN MAMTEK CASE    

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

  

SELF DEFENSE PROGRAM OFFERED AT MACC      

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




08/19/14

 

NERMC PARENT COMPANY VICTIM IF COMPUTER HACK  

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

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR THEFT   

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

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

  

EASTBOUND I-70 SHUT DOWN FOR MUCH OF MONDAY 

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN MARSHALL SHOOTING   

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




08/18/14

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO EMBEZZLEMENT 

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

 

KIRKSVILLE BANK ROBBERY INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

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

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT  

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

 

COLLISION SERIOUSLY INJURES BOONVILLE MOTORCYCLIST 

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

 

FULTON MAN ARRESTED AFTER CAR CHASE 

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

 

NATIONAL GUARD HEADED FOR FERGUSON      

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




08/15/14

 

AIRPLANE APPARENTLY SHOT NEAR CHILLICOTHE AIRPORT   

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

 

BUNCETON STANDOFF ENDS WITH SUSPECT SHOOTING HIMSELF 

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

 

NORTHWEST MISSOURI SUPERINTENDENT PLEADS GUILTY    

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

 

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

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

 

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY INVESTIGATION     

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

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED AFTER BROTHER STABBED    

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




08/14/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN CALDWELL COUNTY ACCIDENT 

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

  

TWO HURT IN MILAN COLLISION      

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

  

POLICE PURSUIT ENDS WITH CRASH IN EDINA YARD   

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

  

JEFFERSON CITY MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED 

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED IN FATAL ACCIDENT  

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




08/13/14

 

KIRKSVILLE COLLISION NEAR TRUMAN CAMPUS  

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

  

MACON DIVERSIFIED KICKS OFF ART COMPETITION    

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

  

MOBERLY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE EVENTS  

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

  

MOBERLY POLICE CITIZEN ACADEMY PLANNED  

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

 

TWO ARRESTED IN MEXICO DRUG BUST    

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




08/12/14

 

LA PLATA POLICE STATION FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION  

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

  

WOODWORTH FILES CIVIL LAWSUIT   

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

  

MID-AM BUILDING SUPPLY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION   

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

  

ROAD RAGE CAUSES ACCIDENT ON BRIDGE      

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




08/11/14

 

TWO ARRESTED, STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED 

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

 

TWO CHARGED AFTER STOLEN PROPERTY FOUND   

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

 

MOBERLY TEEN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH  

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

 

DRIVER STRIKES PARKED VEHICLES AT STATE FAIR   

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

 

ONE TEEN KILLED AND ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED     

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

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK BURGLARY SUSPECTS   

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




08/08/14

 

FIREFIGHTERS CALLED TO CHILLICOTHE POST OFFICE   

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

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK ‘FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK’   

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

  

PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED HIGH-VOLTAGE LINE

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

  

FOURTH ARREST MADE IN MONDAY BURGLARY    

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

  

THREE SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER HOME-INVASION      

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


08/07/14

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER DAYTIME BURGLARY     

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

 

TWO IN CUSTODY FOR RECENT LIVINGSTON COUNTY BURGLARY 

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

 

TSCHANNEN TO HEAR SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF CASE  

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

 

CIGARETTES LIKLEY CAUSE OF DEADLY KIRKSVILLE FIRE 

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

 

SALISBURY TEEN ESCAPES ROLLOVER WITH MINOR INJURIES 

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

 

COLUMBIA BANK ROBBED      

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

 

RIGHT TO FARM OPPONENTS CONSIDER RECOUNT REQUEST 

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




08/06/14 - AUGUST PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS

 

MISSOURIANS NARROWLY APPROVE ‘RIGHT TO FARM”   

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

  

LAIR AND WALKER WIN STATE REP PRIMARIES   

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

  

OTHER AREA PRIMARY ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

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

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

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

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

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

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




08/06/14

 

HUNTSVILLE TEEN SUFFERS SERIOUS INJURIES   

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

  

TRUCK OVERTURNS IN MOBERLY 

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

  

MOBERLY WOMAN HURT IN EARLY MORNING CRASH  

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

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR HAMILTON DRIVER   

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN INDICTED ON DRUG CHARGES    

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




08/05/14

 

PRIMARY ELECTION TODAY – PLEASE VOTE!!!   

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

  

TWO HURT IN CAIRO AREA ACCIDENT    

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

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

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

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN INVOLVED IN CEMETERY STANDOFF    

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

  

THREE ARRESTED AS DEPUTY INTERRUPTS BURGLARY     

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

  

EASTERN MO TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED      

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




08/04/14

 

MACON SUSPECT TAKEN INTO CUSTODY   

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

  

WOMAN ARRESTED AT MOBERLY CORRECTIONAL CENTER    

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE LOCATE MISSING JUVENILE 

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

  

MACON TEEN HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT   

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

  

THREE COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS    

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




07/31/14

 

CHILLICOTHE BRIDGE CLOSURE 

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

  

ADAIR COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENED 

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

  

MACON SEWER BOND ISSUE ON TUESDAY’S BALLOT 

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

  

FEDERAL INDICTMENT AFTER DRUG OVERDOSE  

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




07/30/14

 

FAYETTE MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED  

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

  

CHILLICOTHE COLLISION INJURES MOTORCYCLIST     

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

  

HIGHWAY 63 ROAD WORK SET TO BEGIN    

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

  

BACK-TO-SCHOOL SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND      

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING CHILD    

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

  

INVESTIGATION NETS CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES   

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




07/29/14

 

LA PLATA POLICE INVESTIGATE VANDALISM

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT DRUG ARRESTS   

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

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

  

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

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

  

LIFE SENTENCE FOR CONVICTED COLUMBIA MURDERER   

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

  

ADULT ASSAULTS TEENAGE SHOW-ME GAMES UMPIRE 

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




07/28/14

 

CAIRO DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHED AFTER CRASH  

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

  

MEADVILLE MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

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

  

ATV ACCIDENT INJURES HUNTSVILLE TEEN  

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

  

SERIOUS INJURY IN CARROLL COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH

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

  

FIVE HURT IN FULTON AREA COLLISION   

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING ATV RIDERS   

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




07/25/14

 

TWO CHARGED AFTER KIRKSVILLE METH BUST 

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

  

MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY CRASH 

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

  

MAN AND SON HURT IN WRONG-WAY VEHICLE CRASH    

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN SENTENCED     

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




07/24/14

 

MACON OLD-TIME FLYWHEEL REUNION UNDERWAY  

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

  

DOWNTOWN CHILLICOTHE HOSTS FINAL FREE CONCERT    

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

  

STATE REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES FORUM IN KIRKSVILLE

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

  

MEXICO DRIVER HURT IN I-70 COLLISION      

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

  

FLAT TIRE CAUSES MULTIPLE FATALITY CRASH       

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




07/23/14

 

AUTHORITIES SEEK INFORMATION ON VEHICLE     

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

  

TWO ARRESTED IN CHILLICOTHE FORGERY INVESTIGATION   

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

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF RESIGNS   

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

  

MONROE CITY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED   

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

  

BUILDINGS STRUCK IN TWO COLUMBIA ACCIDENTS     

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

  

COLUMBIA COUPLE ARRESTED FOR DRUGS    

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




07/22/14

 

ACCUSED SCHUYLER COUNTY SHERIFF IN COURT    

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

  

MOBERLY POLICE DETAIN THREE JUVENILES   

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

  

MACON ‘BATTLE OF THE BADGE’ BLOOD DRIVE FRIDAY       

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

 

COLUMBIA SUSPECT ACCUSED IN THREE ARMED ROBBERIES  

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

  

FULTON POLICE STOP ROBBERY, ARREST TWO       

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




07/21/14

 

UNIONVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN SATURDAY CRASH     

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

  

MACON COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT INJURES ONE

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

  

SPICKARD DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT  

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

  

FORMER BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON        

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

  

MOBERY MAN ARRESTED ON HOWARD COUNTY WARRANT     

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

 

WEEKEND ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA MOTEL     

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




07/09/14

 

LIGHTNING SPARKS OUTBUILDING FIRE

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

  

SERIOUS INJURY AS CONCRETE TRUCK OVERTURNS  

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

  

THREE TEENS HURT IN UTV ACCIDENT  

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

  

TWO INJURED AS CAR RUNS OFF ROADWAY   

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

 
PICKUP AND CONCRETE TRUCK COLLIDE  

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




07/08/14

 

THUNDERSTORMS CAUSE WIND DAMAGE 

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

  

TWO HURT IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION   

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

  

HARRISBURG DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH  

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

  

COLUMBIA RESIDENT INJURED IN APARTMENT FIRE        

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

  

SEARCH WARRANT NETS DRUG ARRESTS     

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




07/07/14

 

BROOKFIELD MAN HURT IN DIRT BIKE CRASH    

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

 

BROOKFIELD COUPLE INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT      

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

 

JAMESPORT WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

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

 

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND SHOOTING

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

 

TWO HURT IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING SATURDAY NIGHT      

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

 

FRIDAY EVENING SHOOTING STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION 

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

 

TWO KILLED IN WEEKEND BOAT CRASH       

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




SHOOTING AT HALE POST OFFICE

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

 

EXCELLO MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER APPEARS IN COURT

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

 

HIGH SPEED CHASE ENDS IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

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

 

DEER/MOTORCYCLE COLLISION RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

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

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT ON COUNTY ROAD

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

 

NEW LONDON DRIVER RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES IN ONE VEHICLE WRECK

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




July 2, 2014

 

CAIRO PASSENGER TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES AFTER WRECK

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

 

TWO FULTON RESIDENTS INJURED

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

 

TWO VEHICLE WRECK IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

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

 

KIRKSVILLE REGIONAL AIRPORT RECEIVED HIGH MARKS DURING FAA INSPECTION

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




July 1, 2014

 

Comment Period Closes July 3 for Regional Transportation Priorities List

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

 

ACCIDENT IN BOONE COUNTY RESULTS IN INJURIES

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

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY WRECK RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES

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

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE

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

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




06/30/2014

 

MOBERLY RESIDENTS INJURED IN SCOOTER ACCIDENT SATURDAY

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

 

SHOOTING AT DOUGLASS PARK IN COLUMBIA SUNDAY

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

 

MERCER COUNTY ACCIDENT ON SATURDAY

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

 

EDINA DRIVER INVOLVED IN KNOX COUNTY WRECK

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

 

ACCIDENT IN KIRKSVILLE ON FRIDAY

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

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

 

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




06/27/14

 

MARCELINE COUPLE HURT IN ACCIDENT  

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

 

KIRKSVILLE MEN ARRESTED AFTER CITIZEN TIP    

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

 

MISTRIAL DECLARED IN HIGBEE MANS CASE   

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

 

TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION   

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

 

STOLEN COPPER WIRE INTERRUPTS PHONE SERVICE 

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

 

VIETNAM MEMORIAL ON DISPLAY IN BOONVILLE      

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




06/26/14

 

LACLEDE WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT

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

  

AUTOPSY RESULTS FROM DEADLY KIRKSVILLE FIRE  

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

  

ATLANTA HOMECOMING THIS WEEKEND     

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

  

TWO ARRESTED IN FULTON DRUG BUST    

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

  

COLUMBIA RESTAURANT DAMAGED BY FIRE 

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

  

SHOTS FIRED INVESTIGATION IN NORTH COLUMBIA     

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




06/25/14

 

MOTHER & DAUGHTER DEAD AFTER KIRKSVILLE FIRE 

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

  

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH MAY STABBING DEATH  

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

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN ACCIDENT   

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

  

MODOT PUBLIC MEETINGS CONTINUE      

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

  

EXTRA WATER SAFETY MESSAGES ISSUED    

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

 




06/24/14

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOBERLY AREA COLLISION

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

  

WHEELING WOMAN INJURED IN MACON AREA ACCIDENT   

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

  

FORMAL CHARGES FILED AGAINST MOBERLY SUSPECT     

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

  

ADDITIONAL CHARGES AGAINST FORMER CHILLICOTHE COP  

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




06/20/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN HEAD-ON COLLISION     

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

  

TRENTON MAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT    

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

  

CAR GOES INTO ADAIR COUNTY CREEK     

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

  

MEXICO MOTORCYLIST LIFE-FLIGHTED    

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

  

TWO ARRESTED IN FULTON SHOOTING INCIDENT     

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

 

MISSING COLUMBIA WOMAN FOUND SAFE   

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




06/19/14

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED AFTER INCIDENTS

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

  

TWO TEENS HURT IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION    

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

  

WANTED MARSHALL MAN IN CUSTODY   

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

  

FORMER BOONVILLE MAYOR DIES   

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

  

MEXICO MAN ACCUSED OF SHOTS FIRED   

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




06/18/14

 

NOVINGER AUTO REPAIR BURGLARIZED 

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

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED AFTER INVESTIGATION      

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

 

NORTHEAST REGIONAL OFFERING SPORTS PHYSICALS    

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

 

KIRKSVILLES JAYCEE PARK REOPENED   

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

 

EXTENSION OFFERING PARENT WORKSHOP     

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED BY CENTRALIA POLICE   

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

 

FORMER BOONVILLE PRIEST SENTENCED TO PRISON     

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




06/17/14

 

FOUR HURT IN SUV CRASH NEAR MARSHALL 

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

 

COFFEY DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

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

 

CAMERON DRIVER AND THREE KIDS INJURED

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

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN DROWNS IN CAR  

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

 

MEXICO MAN SENTENCED TO 75 YEARS IN PRISON   

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

 

AUXVASSE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD MOLESTATION   

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




06/16/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT 

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

  

SERIOUS INJURY AS CAR RUNS OFF CARROLL COUNTY ROAD 

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

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN HEAD-ON COLLISION

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

  

HARRISBURG COUPLE HURT AS MOTORCYCLE STRIKES DEER

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

  

MEXICO TEEN KILLED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

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




06/13/14

 

DRIVER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH SCHOOL BUS 

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

 

MISSING ELDERLY WOMAN FOUND BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE   

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

 

FAYETTE SCHOOL DISTRICT SETTLES LAWSUIT  

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

 

GOVERNOR NIXON IN CHILLICOTHE FRIDAY 

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

 

WALK OF HEROES DEDICATION KICKS OFF WEEKEND  

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

 

GUILTY VERDICT IN BOONE COUNTY MURDER CASE    

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




06/12/14

 

THREE ARRESTS AFTER BEVIER BURGLARY  

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

 

THREE HURT IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION 

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

 

MOBERLY RAILROAD DAYS GETS UNDERWAY

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

 

SALISBURY STEAK FESTIVAL STARTS THURSDAY   

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

 

TWO SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER SHOTS FIRED      

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

 

POLICE SEEK COLUMBIA BREAK-IN SUSPECT   

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




06/11/14

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES    

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

  

SEVEN ARRESTED IN ALLEGED METH CONSPIRACY 

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

  

MACON COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY   

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

  

TWO HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY COLLISION  

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

  

HOWARD COUNTY BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION  

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

  

MOBERLY NATIVE CROWNED MISS KANSAS     

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




06/10/14

 

MACON MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT ON OFFICER   

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

  

HARRISON COUNTY TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT 

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

  

MARSHALL DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY CRASH   

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

  

WANTED FUGITIVE ARRESTED IN MOBERLY   

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

  

MODOT SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT ON PLANS    

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




06/09/14

 

JEREMY ORONA IN CUSTODY AFTER EXCHANE OF GUNFIRE

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

  

SALISBURY WOMAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH   

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

  

LINNEUS WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT   

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

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT 

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN FACES STEALING CHARGES  

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




06/06/14

 

KIRKSVILLE PHYSICIAN CHARGED   

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

  

GREEN CITY MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY SODOMY

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

  

BROOKFIELD TWIN PARKS FESTIVAL NEXT WEEKEND 

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

  

FREE FISHING IN MISSOURI THIS WEEKEND  

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

  

MOBERLY LOSES LONGTIME BUSINESSMAN 

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




06/05/14

 

NEW CAMBRIA MAN HEADED TO PRISON   

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

  

FOUR FACE DRUG CHARGES AFTER CHILLICOTHE BUST    

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

  

TRENTON TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION    

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

  

THOMAS HILL POWER PLANT WILL MEET NEW EPA RULES

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

  

LIGHTNING LIKELY CAUSE OF COLUMBIA FIRE  

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




06/04/14

 

SEVERE STORMS POUND THE AREA     

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

  

MISSING TEENS RETURN TO KIRKSVILLE FACILITY

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

  

MACON TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT  

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

  

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN CARROLL COUNTY COLLISION   

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

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT   

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




06/03/14

 

DAMAGING THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE TONIGHT

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

 

MARCELINE MAN INJURED IN DIRT BIKE CRASH 

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

 

GORDON SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS     

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

 

TWO BOYS MISSING FROM KIRKSVILLE REHAB CENTER   

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

 

ORONA STILL WANTED BY LIVINGSTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES

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

 

FARM TRACTOR ACCIDENT CAUSES MODERATE INJURIES

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT   

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




06/02/14

 

BROOKFIELD COUPLE HURT IN SUNDAY COLLISION

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

  

LAPLATA TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

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

  

NORTH MISSOURI MAN SCHEDULED FOR EXECUTION   

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

  

BOONE COUNTY ARMED ROBBERY REPORT  

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN DROWNED OVER THE WEEKEND  

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

  

BUNCETON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES     

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




05/30/14 UPDATE

 

HUNTSVILLE CHILD KILLED IN UTV ACCIDENT

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

 

TEENAGERS BODY RECOVERED FROM MISSOURI RIVER

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




05/30/14

 

TEEN MISSING ON MISSOURI RIVER  

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

  

TWO SERIOUS INJURIES IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 

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

  

TWO HURT IN COOPER COUNTY COLLISION  

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

  

CHILLICOTHE TUNES UNDER THE MOON FRIDAY NIGHT     

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

  

PERSHING HEALTH SYSTEM OFFERS FREE EXAMS  

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




05/29/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR PURDIN DRIVER  

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

 

FOUR VEHICLES INVOLVED IN KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT   

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

 

MARSHALL TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN COLLISION   

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

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE COLLISION   

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

 

RENICK TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT    

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

 

BOONE COUNTY STABBING UNDER INVESTIGATION

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

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




05/28/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN BROOKFIELD COLLISION   

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

 

MACON DRUG ARRESTS NETS TWO SUSPECTS   

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

 

BURNED-OUT PICKUP REPORTED STOLEN     

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

 

CENTRALIA MAN KILLED IN TUESDAY CRASH  

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

 

MEXICO MURDER SUSPECT MAKES COURT APPEARANCE  

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




05/27/14

 

TRENTON DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT

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

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR CHILLICOTHE ATV DRIVER 

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

  

EXCELLO MAN HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT  

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

  

KIRKSVILLE MOTORCYCLIST INJURED 

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

  

TWO SATURDAY ACCIDENTS CAUSE SERIOUS INJURIES    

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

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

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

  

MURDER CHARGES FILED AGAINST MEXICO MAN  

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




05/23/14

 

BROOKFIELD TEEN FACES FELONY CHARGES

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

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTIES SEEK STOLEN VEHICLE

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

  

FOUR CHARGED AFTER MOBERLY DRUG BUST     

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

  

COLUMBIA APARTMENT BUILDING DESTROYED  

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

  

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT VETERANS CEMETERY      

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




05/22/14

 

TRUCK OVERTURNS ON HIGHWAY 63  

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

                       

WHEELING WOMAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH  

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

 

MILAN OLD-TIMERS REUNION THIS WEEKEND   

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN FACES FEDERAL INDICTMENT  

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

 

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MONTGOMERY COUNTY TEEN  

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

 

BRIDGE WORK CONTINUES ON 63  

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




05/21/14

 

SUPREME COURT HALTS MISSOURI EXECUTION  

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

  

TWO INJURED IN CAIRO JUNCTION COLLISION

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

  

MACON DRIVER INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

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

  

CONSERVATION DAY CAMPS SCHEDULED 

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

  

BOONVILLE POLICE SEEK ROBBERY VEHICLE     

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




05/20/14

 

BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON  

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

 

HUNTSVILLE OFFICER TREATED FOR GUNSHOT WOUND

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

 

HOWARD COUNTY INMATE DEAD AFTER SUICIDE ATTEMPT  

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

 

NATIONAL GUARD WELCOME HOME IN MACON    

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

 

11 YEAR OLD GIRL SHOT BY 14 YEAR OLD BOY 

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

 

FULTON DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT   

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




05/19/14

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT

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

 

CARROLLTON DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH    

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

 

ATLANTA MAN CHARGED WITH GROWING MARIJUANA

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

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ATLANTA FIRE    

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

 

MOTORCYCLISTS HURT IN MID-MISSOURI COLLISION   

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

 

BOONVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

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




05/16/14

 

FIVE ARRESTS IN UNIONVILLE DRUG BUST      

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

  

TWO CHARGED AFTER MARSHALL SEARCH WARRANT  

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

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT 

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

  

JEFFERSON CITY POLICE REPORT ARREST    

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

  

HUGE GRADUATION WEEKEND FOR DOZENS OF AREA SCHOOLS

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




05/15/14

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES ABORTION WAIT 

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

  

VOTERS WILL DECIDE MISSOURI TRANSPORTATION TAX     

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

  

BHS GRADUATES SET FOR EVENTS   

Brookfield High School began its graduation activities Wednesday night, with Baccalaureate for the Class of 2014.  Senior Awards night will be held Friday evening at 7pm in the Brookfield High School Gym.  Commencement will be held Sunday afternoon at 3pm. 

  

JAKES DAY EVENT SET FOR SATURDAY   

Saturday morning, the Yellow Creek Gobblers of the National Wild Turkey
Federation will partner with the Missouri Department of Conservation for a Jakes Day, for kids of all ages.  The event will be held from 9am to noon at Farrel Hahns Pond, located behind Walmart in Brookfield.  Kids will be able to enjoy fishing, archery, trap shooting and BB guns.  All equipment will be provided and lunch will be served.  For more information, call 660-412-1547. 

  

TWO TEENS HURT IN ONE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT 

Two teens sustained minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident, just south of Huntsville, Wednesday night.  16 year old Erin Chase, of Clark, was the driver of an eastbound SUV.  The patrol says it slid off the left side of a county road and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Chase and her passenger, 18 year old Austin Wilson, of Higbee, both refused treatment for minor injuries. 




05/14/14

 

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN CONNECTION WITH REMAINS  

A Sedalia man has been charged with first-degree murder, in connection with a Marshall womans remains, found near his home, last week.  Pettis County authorities say 65 year old Joseph Arbeiter faces a no-bond first-degree murder warrant.  The partial remains were found in a metal container at Goodwill Chapel Trailer Park in Sedalia.  They were identified as those of 35 year old Mandy Black, of Marshall.  Autopsy results confirm Black died of multiple stab wounds to the chest, several months ago.  The body was apparently dismembered in an attempt to cover up the crime.  Arbeiter is all ready in custody, after previously being arrested on a sexual assault charge involving a neighbor.   

 

TWO CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH MACON THEFTS   

Formal charges have been filed against two suspects, who were arrested in connection with stolen property found in their Macon motel room last week.  26 year old Hazel R. Benton, of Mexico and 27 year old William C. Politte, of Holts Summit, are both charged with stealing and receiving stolen property.  Macon Police say evidence seized during their May 5 arrest involve thefts from at least two Macon businesses and a stolen credit device from a Mexico resident.  The two are being held on $9,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

TWO FACE DRUG CHARGES AFTER TRAFFIC STOP  

Macon Police also report drug charges against two suspects who were arrested in their vehicle in a business parking lot last week.  27 year old Shaun R. Rayhart of Auxvasse is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and 41 year old Larry D. Karhoff, of Mexico, is also charged with intent to distribute meth and unlawful use of a weapon.  Officers recovered meth, cash, a firearm and ammunition, and items used to distribute meth in their vehicle.  Both are being held on bond. 

 

KIRKSVILLE ARSON CHARGE UPGRADED   

Charges have been upgraded against a Kirksville man, accused of setting an April fire that damaged a duplex.  37 year old Brandon True, of Kirksville was originally charged with second-degree arson.  That charge has been dropped and a first-degree arson charge filed, due to the fact that the fire endangered another resident of the duplex.  The fire occurred on East Hickory Street on April 24.  Trues bond is set at $50,000 dollars, cash-only.  

 

CENTRALIA WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT    

A Centralia woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday morning accident on Audrain County Route E.  36 year old Angela Ray, of Centralia, was taken by helicopter to University Hospital, after the accident.  It occurred at around 7:20am.  The patrol says she was driving northbound when she swerved to avoid a deer.  Her vehicle ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

 

BOONE COUNTY TELEPHONE SCAM REPORTED         

The Boone County Sheriffs Department is warning residents of a telephone scam being reported this week.  Residents report a caller identifying himself as an employee of the Sheriffs Department, and indicating the resident is the subject of a warrant for failure to appear for jury duty.  The caller asks the resident to purchase a $500 dollar cash card from a local store and call them back with the number.  The Boone County Sheriffs Department does not make phone calls on jury duty warrants and they do not ask for payment by cash card over the phone.  If you receive such a call, youre urged to hang up and contact the sheriffs office. 




05/13/14

 

STUDENT INJURED IN MACON SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT  

One student was injured when a Macon R-1 school bus was involved in a collision, after school Monday.  Police say it happened just after 3pm at the intersection of Wentz and Bourke Streets, when a minivan, driven by 56 year old Lilliane Elrod, of Atlanta, apparently failed to yield and pulled into the path of the bus, driven by 62 year old Paul Shrum, of Macon.  26 students on the bus were checked out by emergency crews at the sceneone of the students was treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital. 

  

GREENTOP DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY COLLISION  

A Greentop driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 63, just north of Kirksville.  40 year old Chad Kelsall, of Greentop, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1:20pm.  The patrol says Kelsall was northbound on 63 when his car struck another vehicle, which was stopped in traffic, in the rear.  The other driver, 50 year old Jacqueline Pickens, of Greentop, was not injured. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP   

Two Macon County residents face drug charges after a traffic stop last week.  On Thursday, Macon County Sheriffs Deputies stopped a vehicle near Macon.  They say the driver, 26 year old Michael R. Boone, of Bevier, had an active warrant.  During the traffic stop, officers say they discovered drug paraphernalia and synthetic cannabinoids in the vehicle and in possession of a passenger.  Both Boone and his passenger, 22 year old Megan Jeffries, of Macon, were arrested on possession charges. 

  

MISSING HANNIBAL MAN FOUND IN SALT RIVER    

A Hannibal man, who had been missing for nearly a week, was found dead in the Salt River, in Ralls County, Monday morning.  62 year old Terry L. Marshall had been the subject of a search since he failed to return from mushroom hunting on the river last Tuesday.  During the initial search, officers found Marshalls boat unattended and evidence indicated he might have fallen from the boat.  An autopsy has been scheduled to verify his cause of death. 

  

SMOKE LEADS TO COLUMBIA SCHOOL EVACUATION 

Smoke in a pair of classrooms caused the evacuation of Jefferson Middle School in Columbia, Monday afternoon.  Officials say some pipe-cutting work on a heating and air conditioning installation project apparently caused the smoke and set off smoke and fire alarms in the school.  They say construction crews will no longer do that part of their work during the school day. 

  

FULTON MAN SENTENCED AFTER GUILTY PLEA

A Fulton man pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to have his estranged wife killed.  34 year old Michael Gordon, of Fulton, was sentenced to six years in prison.  Prosecutors accused Gordon of attempting to hire someone to kill the woman in 2012.  He was arrested after an undercover investigation by the Highway Patrol. 




05/12/14

 

PERSHING HEALTH FAIR UNDERWAY   

Pershing Health System, in conjunction with the Linn County Health Department, is celebrating National Hospital Week this week, with a variety of eventsbeginning this morning.  Pershings annual health fair is underway, from 7 to 9am this morning and tomorrow morning at the North Central Missouri YMCA in Brookfieldand from 7 to 9am Wednesday and Thursday morning at the Bethany Baptist Church in Marceline.  A variety of low-cost blood testing will be offered, along with free blood pressure checks and information on a number of Linn County health-related services and activities.  Everyone is welcome to help celebratethis morning and tomorrow at the Y in Brookfield and Wednesday and Thursday in Marceline, from 7 to 9am. 

 

SAMARITAN HEALING GARDENS DEDICATION    

The Macon/Shelby County Master Gardeners invite everyone to join them for the dedication of Samaritan Hospitals new Healing Gardens.  A dedication ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm at the Samaritan Hospital Cafeteria in Macon.  Tours of the healing gardens and refreshments will follow. 

 

RED CROSS TRAINING OFFERED IN CHILLICOTHE

The Livingston County Emergency Planning Committee and Livingston County Health Center will co-sponsor a Red Cross Volunteer Shelter training program Tuesday evening.  It will be held from 5 to 8pm at the Chillicothe Fire House.  Area residents are encouraged to consider becoming a trained volunteer to assist with emergency sheltering.  To register, call the Livingston County Health Center at 646-5506.  A light dinner will be provided at tomorrow evenings training. 

 

MOBERLY TEEN HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT

A Moberly teenager was treated for minor injuries after his pickup ran off a County Road, just west of Moberly, early Sunday morning.  17 year old Levi Rice, of Moberly, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1:20am.  The patrol says his pickup ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

 

FULTON TEEN TREATED AFTER SATURDAY CRASH   

A Fulton teen suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Audrain County Route J, at the Littleby Creek Bridge, Saturday afternoon.  19 year old Kyle Bennett, of Fulton, was taken to Audrain Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm.  The patrol says his pickup ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a road sign and bridge. 

 

COLUMBIA APPARENT SUICIDE INVOLVED BURGLARY SUSPECT 

Columbia Police say a man who was found dead in Columbia Saturday was wanted in connection with multiple recent burglary reports.  The body of 36 year old Zane Black of Columbia, was found just before noon Saturday in the Trowbridge Livestock Center on the Mizzou Campus.  Officials say the death appears to be a suicide.  Black was the subject of a Friday evening foot pursuit and subsequent search by Columbia Police, after he was identified as a suspect in several recent burglaries in the area of Stadium Boulevard and Grindstone Parkway. 

 

MU STUDENT ARRESTED ON RAPE CHARGES     

A University of Missouri student was arrested on first-degree rape charges over the weekend.  Officers responded to a report of a rape on Campus View Drive, late Friday night.  The alleged female victim identified the suspect as 20 year old David Sowell.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond, after his arrest early Saturday morning.  The investigation is still ongoing. 




05/09/14

 

LAPLATA WOMAN ACCUSED OF BURNING MOBILE HOME   

A LaPlata woman is accused of stealing a car from a Kirksville hotel Thursday and setting a fire, which destroyed a mobile home in South Gifford, yesterday afternoon.  The 32 year old female suspect is in custody, pending the filing of formal charges of arson and tampering with a motor vehicle.  Half a dozen fire departments were called to the mobile home fire, on the east edge of South Gifford, just after 1:30pm Thursday.  The highway patrol says the woman is suspected of stealing a car from the Kirksville Holiday Inn Express.  The vehicle was found wrecked just a few miles from the mobile home.  The suspect then flagged a down a passing motorist and got a ride to the mobile home.  That good Samaritan says the home caught fire shortly after he dropped her off.  More on the investigation will be released, along with formal charges, today. 

  

LIFE SENTENCE IN CARROLLTON MURDER  

An Independence man has been sentenced to life in prison, in connection with a 2011 murder at a Carrollton residence.  49 year old David Lee Womack faces a life sentence after pleading guilty to killing his brother at their mothers home in Carrollton in January of 2011.  Womack was also sentenced to 15 years for armed criminal action. 

  

DARE PHONE SCAM REPORTED         

The Carrollton Police Department is warning its residents of a phone scam, which has been reported recently.  Officers say residents have received phone calls from individuals, indicating theyre raising money for the Carrollton area DARE program.  Carrollton does not currently have a DARE program and the Carrollton Police Department does not do fundraising by telephone.  If you receive such a call, youre urged to hang up and contact the Carrollton Police Department.  If you have caller ID, take down the number and pass it on to authorities. 

  

COLUMBIA DRUG SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ST. LOUIS    

A Columbia man, who was on the run after indicted on heroin distribution charges this week, was arrested in St. Louis on Thursday.  27 year old Jon Patrick Doom Washington is accused of selling heroin to a 16 year old girl, who died from a suspected overdose in April.  Court documents also accuse Washington of injecting the heroin into the girl.  FBI and DEA agents report Washington was taken into custody by officers in St. Louis on Thursday. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE BURGLARY WARNING     

Columbia Police are warning residents about several recent burglaries targeting college females.  Four such incidents took place in the first week of May, in the area of the 3000 block of Stadium Boulevard.  The only suspect description is a white male, about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and wearing a stocking cap.  Officers suggest residents make sure windows and exterior doors are locked, especially at night.  Female residents should be aware of their surroundings, walk in well-lit areas and with friends whenever possible. 




05/08/14

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN HEAD-ON CRASH   

A head-on collision in Schuyler County caused serious injuries for both drivers, Wednesday afternoon.  It occurred just after 4:30pm on Route N, just north of Downing.  The patrol says cars driven by 59 year old Pamela Strathman and 56 year old Peggy Goodin, both of Downing collided near the center of the roadway on a steep hill.  Both drivers suffered serious injuries.  Strathman was taken to University Hospital in Columbia and Goodin went to University Hospital in Iowa City. 

  

CARROLLTON TEEN HURT IN ATV ROLLOVER   

A Carrollton teenager was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV ran off a Carroll County road, Wednesday evening.  15 year old Brittany Stanley, of Carrollton, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30pm.  The patrol says her westbound ATV ran off a gravel roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, throwing her from the vehicle. 

  

KIRKSVILLE FUGITIVE ARRESTED WEDNESDAY   

A fugitive who eluded authorities during a Tuesday afternoon manhunt in Kirksville was taken into custody at a Kirksville residence on Wednesday.  Police say George Heller, Jr. was originally sought on an active warrant for driving while suspended or revoked, but now faces additional charges of resisting arrest by fleeing.  Officers say Heller fled a traffic stop early Monday morning, then fled from officers at a Kirksville car dealer Tuesday afternoon, after he allegedly took a test drive and failed to return the car in a timely manner.  Authorities were unable to locate Heller after an extensive search of the area but on Wednesday, they developed information about his whereabouts and found him hiding under a bed in a residence on East Center Way.  He was taken into custody without incident. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN FACES FEDERAL DRUG CHARGE 

A Columbia man faces federal heroin distribution charges, in a complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Jefferson City.  27 year old John Patrick Doom Washington is accused of providing heroin to a 16 year old girl, who was found dead of a suspected overdose in April.  Warrant for Washingtons arrest has been issued.  He was not yet in custody at last report. 

  

SCHOOL BOARD RACE TIED AGAIN 

Voters just cant break a tie in a northwest Missouri school board race.  Two candidates in the Hardin C-2 School Board race tied for a second time in a special runoff election this week.  The two candidates, Jeff Doyle and Stacy Nolker were tied with 113 votes each during the April 8 Municipal General Election.  In Tuesdays runoff, the two tied again, with 93 votes each.  The Hardin school board will have to consider the matter at its next meeting. 




05/07/14

 

THREE HURT IN BROOKFIELD WAL-MART COLLISION     

A Brookfield woman was life-flighted to Columbia after a car struck an OATS bus, knocking it into the Brookfield Wal-Mart Building, Tuesday afternoon.  The accident occurred just after 1:30pm Tuesday.  According to Brookfield Police, the OATS bus, a 2008 Ford Van, was parked near the Wal-Mart front entrance.  There were no passengers, as they had just been dropped off at the store.  A southbound vehicle, driven by 67 year old Gregory Smith, of Marceline, struck the van in the rear, pushing it into the exterior wall of the building.  The driver of the OATS bus, 71 year old Gayla Ross, of Brookfield, was standing outside the van and was struck by one of the vehicles when the collision occurred.  She was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with significant injuries.  A passenger in Smiths vehicle was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.  Smith was also taken to Pershing for treatment of minor injuries.  There was significant damage to the exterior of the store building, but no one inside was hurt.  Brookfield Police are continuing their investigation.

  

SUSPECT AT-LARGE AFTER KIRKSVILLE MANHUNT

A suspect remains at-large, after a three-hour manhunt in eastern parts of Kirksville Tuesday afternoon.  It started when a man test drove an SUV from Cornerstone Cars on East Illinois Street.  When the test-drive lasted two and a half hours, the dealership called police and found the man was wanted for driving while his license was revoked.  When the suspect returned the vehicle, police were on-hand and the suspect fled on foot.  Kirksville Police, with assistance from the Adair County Sheriffs Department and a highway patrol K-9 unit and helicopter spent about three hours searching for the man.  He remains at-large.  Police have not released his name. 

  

MACON POLICE REPORT THEFT ARRESTS    

Macon Police report the arrest of two suspects after a local business reported an alleged theft on Monday.  Police say a 27 year old male from Holts Summit and a 26 year old female from Mexico were arrested after their investigation.  They say the two suspects attempted to flee on foot when questioned by officers, but were taken in to custody without incident.  A consent search of their motel room allegedly turned up stolen property, meth and drug paraphernalia.  Theyre being held in the Macon County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT   

A Columbia woman was arrested Monday evening after she allegedly assaulted two juveniles and an adult with a baseball bat and a knife.  Deputies were called to a disturbance in the 4300 block of West Bethany Drive, where they were told numerous people were involved in a physical altercation.  33 year old Shavona Wisley was arrested on three counts of assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  Authorities say the two juvenile victims suffered minor injuries from being struck with a bat.  An adult victim was treated at a local hospital for cuts to his face and a hand injury. 




05/06/14

 

ADKISON PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN CALDWELL COUNTY  

A kidnapping and rape suspect who led police on a manhunt in the Lake of the Ozarks area pleaded not guilty to Caldwell County charges on Monday.  Brian Adkison pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, assault, violating an order of protection, and damaging and escaping from the Caldwell County Jail.  Adkison is accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend from her Caldwell County home, last summer.  He was arrested after several days on the run in the Lake of the Ozarks area.  He is also accused of escaping from custody in the Caldwell County Jail.  Adkison also faces a rape charge in Boone County.  He remains in custody, pending a June 2 court date. 

  

STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVER THIS SATURDAY    

This Saturday, letter carriers around the area will collect non-perishable food or cash contributions for their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.  A blue Stamp Out Hunger bag will be delivered to area residences this week.  Youre asked to fill it and leave it at your mailbox on Saturday.  All food donations will stay at local food pantries.  For more information, go to Share Food Bring Hope dot com. 

  

KIRKSVILLE AREA BRIDGE SET FOR CLOSURE    

MoDOT has announced plans for a bridge deck replacement project, which will close Route J, near Kirksville, for about 45 days.  Beginning Monday, May 19, MoDOT plans to close the Route J bridge over the north fork of the South Fabius River, located just south of Route A near Kirksville.  Motorists will need to find an alternate route around that location for approximately 45 days, beginning May 19. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING OF DOG    

Moberly Police are investigating the shooting of a dog in a Moberly neighborhood, over the weekend.  A neighbor who was watching the dog told police the dog was found shot to death Friday morning.  Other neighbors say they heard a gun shot at around 2am Friday.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

MEXICO MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE IN DOUBLE MURDER    

A Mexico man has pleaded guilty to murder charges, in connection with a 2011 shooting of a man and his daughter.  31 year old Ryan Coari pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree murder and armed criminal action and one count of arson in the case.  He was charged with shooting 56 year old Michael Wieberg and 33 year old Amanda Wieberg, during an attempted robbery at their home in Auxvasse.  He was also accused of burning the mobile home to try to cover up the crime.  Coari was sentenced to two life terms.  His wife, Jacie Coari, is awaiting trial on similar charges. 

 




05/05/14

 

MACON COUNTY TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT   

A Macon County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon accident on Jet Road, just west of Macon.  16 year old Echo V. Ward, of Anabel, was treated at Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the gravel roadway and struck a tree. 

  

CLARENCE MAN HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT  

A Clarence man suffered moderate injuries in an ATV accident on private property, just northwest of Callao, Saturday evening.  It occurred at around 7:30pm Saturday.  The patrol says 23 year old Miles Hutcherson, of Clarence, was driving a 3-wheeler which overturned down a creek bank.  He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. 

  

LA PLATA MAN ARRESTED AFTER BRIEF MANHUNT 

A La Plata man was taken into custody after brief manhunt, Friday afternoon.  Police say 29 year old Trey Head, of LaPlata, was wanted on an active parole warrant when he was spotted by an officer, on the North Brown Street railroad bridge in LaPlata.  When the officer approached, he says Head took off on foot into a wooded area.  La Plata Police, assisted by a Macon County Sheriffs Deputy and a Highway Patrol K-9 Unit, were able to locate Head about 40 minutes later.  He was subdued with a Taser.  Head was treated by ambulance personnel and then taken to the Macon County Jail, where he awaits transfer to the Department of Corrections. 

  

ATTEMPTED COLUMBIA SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORT 

Columbia Police are investigating a report of an attempted sexual assault, which occurred Sunday morning.  Officers were dispatched to a Columbia area hospital, where the 23 year old female victim had been treated.  She reported she was walking alone in the 4100 block of Lenoir Street when a male suspect came up behind her, held a knife to her throat and attempted to sexually assault her.  She was able to fight back and a passing car helped cause the suspect to flee into a wooded area.  He is described as a white male, around 6 feet tall with a slim, athletic build.  He was wearing a ski mask, glasses, black sweater vest, gray t-shirt and khaki cargo pants.   Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




05/02/14

 

KIRKSVILLE CROSS-BURNING UPDATED     

Kirksville Police have identified a suspect they believe was involved in the recent burning of a cross on a Kirksville lawn.  Based on evidence obtained in the investigation, they say the incident appears to be related to an ongoing family dispute and not racially motivated.  A six and a half foot wooden cross was burned on the lawn at 301 East Porter Street, early last Friday morning.  The investigation continues and criminal charges are pending against the suspect, whose name has not been released.  Police released this preliminary information in the hope of calming fears that the incident was a racially motivated crime. 

  

DAWN MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP        

A Dawn man was arrested on multiple charges after a traffic stop by the Highway Patrol on Wednesday.  20 year old Rusty D. Schneiter, of Dawn, was taken into custody on four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of use of drug paraphernalia, along with speeding and vehicle registration violations.  Schneiter was placed on a 24-hour hold, in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

MONROE CITY TEEN INJURED     

A Monroe City teenager suffered moderate injuries when he apparently jumped from a moving vehicle, Thursday afternoon.  19 year old Marcus E. Lilley, of Monroe City, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 3pm.  The patrol says it occurred on a county road, south of Stoutsville, when he apparently jumped from a moving car, driven by 24 year old Amber House, of Monroe City. 

  

BRIAN ADKISON BACK IN MISSOURI TO FACE CHARGES     

Kidnapping suspect, 24 year old Brian Adkison, has been returned to Missouri after being incarcerated on Ohio charges.  He is accused of kidnapping his 23 year old ex-girlfriend from a Caldwell County residence in 2013, and leading authorities on a manhunt for several days before his arrest.  Adkison later escaped from the Caldwell County Detention Center and fled the state.  He was arrested in Ohio, several days later.  Adkison also faces burglary, rape and sexual assault charges in Boone County, in connection with an incident also involving his ex-girlfriend, who was a student at Mizzou.  He was scheduled for a court appearance in Caldwell County, Thursday afternoon. 

  

MRMC ANNOUNCES PLANS TO CLOSE OB UNIT    

Moberly Regional Medical Center has announced plans to close its obstetrics unit, effective June 1.  Officials say decreasing numbers of babies being born at the hospital have left the labor and delivery unit no longer financially viable.  Its closure will make room for an expansion of surgical services it provides.  Staff from the OB unit will be given the opportunity to move into other positions at the hospital.  Staff will also be made available to assist in the transition for OB patients who are scheduled to deliver at Moberly Regional Medical Center after June 1. 




04/29/14

 

EASTBOUND 36 BACK OPEN AFTER REPAIR COMPLETE     

The eastbound lanes of Highway 36 have reopened, east of Macon, after a week-long repair project.  Significant settling above a culvert had occurred over the winter, causing a dip in the roadway.  Repairs have been completed and traffic has returned to normal at that location and Business 36 and Lariat Avenue have also reopened, east of Macon. 

  

GRAND RIVER MUSEUM HOLDING OPEN HOUSE   

The Grand River Historical Society Museum, in Chillicothe, will hold their annual Spring Open House Sunday afternoon, from 1 to 4pm.  The open house will featured an updated World War I exhibit, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the War to end all Wars  The annex building containing historical cars and trucks will also be open for the first time in more than a year.  Bring your cell phones and enjoy a phone tour of the facility with 37 stations.  Cookies and punch will be served during the event, Sunday afternoon, at 1401 Forest Drive in Chillicothe. 

  

KIRKSVILLE AQUATIC CENTER REOPENING WEDNESDAY 

The Kirksville Aquatic Center remains closed on Tuesday as work continues to replace the floors in the locker room and lobby of the facility.  The reopening of the center has been delayed a day.  The Kirksville Aquatic Center is expected to reopen and resume normal hours tomorrow, Wednesday. 

  

POWER TEAM SET FOR BROOKFIELD SHOWS  

The Power Team is coming to Brookfield, beginning Wednesday evening.  The Power Team is a group of world-class athletes who perform exhibitions of power, strength, speed, along with a message of inspiration and motivation.  The group includes several world record holders, former NFL players and professional wrestlers.  Their positive message has been endorsed by more than 50 governors, senators and congressmen, nationwide.  Power Team performances are scheduled for 7pm, each evening, Wednesday thru Sunday, at the Trinity Fellowship Center in Brookfield.  A suggested two dollar donation will be accepted at the door. 

  

MARK TWAIN LAKE HOSTING PUBLIC SAFETY DAY    

The public is invited to kick off the camping and boating season on the right foot, with Public Safety Day at Mark Twain Lake, this Saturday, May 3.  The event is sponsored by Missouri State Parks.  It will be held from 10am to 2pm Saturday at Huck Hall, located in the Buzzards Roost Day Use Area at Mark Twain State Park.  Personnel from various public safety agencies around the Mark Twain Lake area will be on-hand to speak with the public. Visitors will also have an opportunity tour a patrol car, fire truck, or ambulance.  The event is free and open to everyoneSaturday from 10am to 2pm. 

  

MU POLICE SEEK FONDLING SUSPECT     

The University of Missouri Police Department issued an alert, over the weekend, after a suspect alleged inappropriately touched a female student on the Mizzou Quad, Saturday night.  Initial reports indicated the suspect with a 60-something year old Middle Eastern man, who approached the victim and a friend and asked to take a picture with them.  The man allegedly fondled the girl.  Police have now identified the suspect as Kahled Fathy Mahmoud Salem Farag.  Anyone with information is asked to call University Police. 




04/28/14

 

SUNDAY STORMS CAUSE DAMAGE  

Sunday afternoons severe thunderstorms caused numerous reports of wind damage across north Missouri.  Strong winds damaged at least one building and took down tree limbs and power lines in Carrollton.  There was also significant tree damage reported in the Chillicothe area.  Several area residents reported a brief tornado touchdown near Meadville, just before 2pm.   Road signs were blown down and the roof was blown off a shed at that location.  Power lines were downed as the storms blew through the Bucklin area and a large hog barn was reportedly blown apart as strong winds went through Putnam County, just south of Unionville.  Outbuildings and trees were damaged by wind gusts just north of Brunswick.  There were also numerous hail reports, ranging from pea-sized to golf-ball sized during Sunday afternoons storms.  Fortunately, there were no injuries reported. 

  

THREE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CAIRO JUNCTION COLLISION  

Three persons were seriously injured in a Sunday evening collision on Highway 63 at the Cairo Junction.  17 year old Brandon L. Thomas, of Excello, 18 year old Michael A. Garner, of Jacksonville and 55 year old Betty J. Taylor- Yount, of Cairo, were all taken to University Hospital with serious injuries after the accident.  The patrol says it occurred around 6:30pm when Taylor-Yount attempted to cross 63 and pulled into the path of a southbound SUV, driven by Thomas. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT   

A Moberly driver was seriously injured when his utility vehicle ran off a Monroe County road, Saturday evening.  42 year old William Staiger, of Moberly, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries after the crash.  It occurred at around 7pm, just south of Madison.  The patrol says his northbound UTV ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

  

TWO INJURED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT  

Two Moberly residents escaped with minor injuries after their car ran off Highway 24, just west of Paris, during heavy rain, Sunday afternoon.  The patrol says 75 year old Jo Ann Kimbrough, of Moberly, was the driver of a westbound car, which hydroplaned and ran off the highway and struck a ditch.  Kimbrough and her passenger, 79 year old Lillie M. Long, of Moberly, were both treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER SHOOTING    

A Columbia man was life-flighted to University Hospital, after he was shot at a Fulton park, Saturday evening.  Fulton Police say a 57 year old Columbia man suffered a gunshot wound at Carver Park in Fulton, at around 8:30pm Saturday.  Officers say the shooting may be related to an earlier attempted armed robbery.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Fulton Police Department. 




04/25/14

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK 

From heartlandconnection.com powered by KTVO:  Kirksville Police have released information on this weeks fugitive of the week.  Theyre looking for 32 year old Charles Darnell Vaughn, on arrest warrants for an Adair County drug possession charge and on a probation warrant on Randolph County drug charges.  Vaughn is described as a black male, 6-2, 200 pounds, with a gold tooth, pierce ears, a tattoo of a cross on his upper left arm and CV tattooed on his upper right arm.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Kirksville Police or your local law enforcement agency. 

 

ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION AT SLATER SCHOOL

A suspect is in custody after apparently an attempted abduction was reported on Wednesday at the Slater School.  Saline County Sheriffs Deputies and Slater Police were called to the school after a 53 year old male suspect rode a lawn mower to the school and apparently attempted to take a child off a school bus.  He was taken for mental evaluation at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, where he allegedly made inappropriate comments and threatened staff members.  The suspect, whose name has not been released, is undergoing further evaluation. 

 

MACON PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK SATURDAY  

The Macon Police Department will join with several other agencies to host a Prescription Drug Take Back event tomorrow (Saturday).  Outdated, unwanted or unneeded prescription drugs can be taken in for proper disposal, at C&R Supermarket in Macon, from 10am to 2pm.  The service is free and anonymous.  They cannot accept liquids or syringesonly pills and patches can be returned.  Once again, the prescription drug take-back event will be held Saturday at C&R Supermarket in Maconfrom10am to 2pm. 

 

BROOKFIELD LIBRARY HOSTING ELECTRONICS DRIVE 

The Brookfield Public Library will host a Community Electronics Recycling Event tomorrow (Saturday).  In cooperation with Reclaim, Recycle and Reuse of Chillicothe, Library personnel will accept old electronics items like computers, printers, audio and video equipment, fax machines, scanners, cameras, phones and more.  It will be held from 9am to 4pm, in the gravel lot next to the Library in Brookfield.  There is a small charge for TVs and CRTs and large copiers over 30 pounds.   

 

TWO MORE ARRESTS IN COLUMBIA HOMICIDE

Columbia Police have released the names of two additional suspects in connection with a Tuesday afternoon homicide.  44 year old Derrick Brookins was shot to death in a residence on West Texas Avenue.  Police say Brookins was one of four persons who planned a home invastion robbery at the home.  The other three have been arrested.  22 year old Darrius Edwards is charged with second-degree murder and was hospitalized, after the incident, with non-life-threatening gunshot injuries.  Two others, 23 year old Deshai Richardson and 22 year old Sheaun Prince, are in custody on suspicion of second-degree murder, but have not yet been charged. 

 

ASHLAND TEEN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 63 COLLISION  

An Ashland teenager was killed and a Columbia driver was seriously injured when their vehicles collided on Highway 63, Thursday morning.  19 year old Brianna Forrest, of Ashland, died after the accident.  34 year old Trudy Lakes, of Columbia, was life-flighted to Womens and Childrens Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The patrol says the accident occurred just after 7am Thursday, when Forrest attempted to cross Highway 63 and failed to yield to Lakes southbound vehicle.  Lakes SUV struck Forrests car in the passenger side. 

 

CAR RUNS THRU COLUMBIA DUPLEX       

The Columbia Fire Department responded, after a car ran into a duplex Thursday afternoon, causing significant damage to the home.  The accident occurred in the 1400 block of Risen Star Court.  Officials say the car ran through the right side garage, through a wall and into a second garage.  No one was home at the time of the collision.  The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 




04/24/14

 

MOBERLY MAN INDICTED FOR COUNTERFEIT BILLS   

A Moberly man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly possessing and using counterfeit $50 dollar bills.  37 year old Kevin McCuiston is charged in the two-count indictment.  He is accused of possessing 49 counterfeit 50s and passing four of the phony bills at area businesses, in December of last year. 

  

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD WRAPPING UP IN KIRKSVILLE

The Kirksville Child Development Center and Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department are wrapping up a week-long schedule of events for The Week of the Young Child today and tomorrow.  Today is Park Scavenger Hunt Day.  Scavenger hunts may be printed off the City of Kirksvilles website and turned in at the Aquatic Center for prizes.  Friday evening, a Touch our Trucks event, which was postponed on Monday, will be held, from 6 to 8pm in Rotary Park.  Kids can explore various types of city trucks and equipment and leave their handprint on the blade of a snowplow.  A family fun night and dance will also be held Friday from 6 to 8pm in Rotary Parks Ray Klingensmith Amphitheatre.  Bring a picnic supper and enjoy a full evening of family fun.  More information on the Week of the Young Child Events are available on citys website, Kirksville city dot com. 

  

NC MISSOURI YMCA COOKOUT STARTS FRIDAY 

The North Central Missouri YMCA in Brookfield is set for one of its biggest fundraising events of the year.  The annual YMCA Cookout will be held Friday and Saturday in the Y Parking Lot in Brookfield.   Theyll be serving a variety of BBQ meals from 10:30am to 6pm both days.  Fridays lunch special is a ribeye steak sandwich for seven dollars and Saturdays special is a kids hot dog meal for four dollars.  All proceeds will support YMCA programs and activities. 

  

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN COLUMBIA HOMICIDE  

Second-degree murder charges have been filed against 22 year old Darrius Kendal Edwards, in connection with a Tuesday afternoon Columbia homicide.  Columbia Police say 44 year old Derrick Brookins died after being shot at a residence on West Texas Avenue, just after 1:30pm Tuesday.  Edwards was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound at a Columbia Hospital, just after the incident.  Officers believe he was driven to the hospital by another suspect.  He is being held on $1 million dollars bond, as the investigation continues. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN HURT IN TRAFFIC CRASH   

A Columbia teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday evening accident on Highway 63, just north of Claysville Road, in Boone County.  19 year old Gabrielle Zajac, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:20pm.  The patrol says her southbound car ran off the roadway and struck a rock bluff. 




04/23/14

 

WATER MAIN REPAIR AFFECTS PARTS OF KIRKSVILLE     

Parts of the City of Kirksville are under a boil advisory this morning, after a water valve blow out caused a water main replacement on Tuesday.  The repair caused an interruption in water service to several Kirksville neighborhoods, Tuesday morning.  The affected areas remain under a 48-hour boil advisory, thru 9:30am Thursday.  The advisory affects residents who live along College Park Drive, including Sunrise Lane, Prairie Lane, South Meadow Lane, Circle Drive, March Drive, College Park Place, Clever Drive, Shady Lane, Lakeview Lane and Woodland Lane.  For more details, you can contact the Kirksville Public Works Department at 627-1291. 

 

SIPES TO SPEAK AT NCMC COMMENCEMENT

A former Brookfield resident will offer the commencement address at North Central Missouri College, next month.  Don Sipes, the former CEO of Pershing Memorial Hospital, will speak at the NCMC afternoon commencement on Saturday, May 10, on the campus in Trenton.  Sipes is now serving as vice President of Regional Services for St. Lukes Health System, and is Chief Executive Officer for St. Lukes Hospital North in Smithville.  NCMCs afternoon commencement ceremony will focus on allied health, including nursing, health care management and other health-related areas of study.  It will begin at 1pm on May 10, in the Ketcham Community Center. 

 

BROOKFIELD CHAMBER BANQUET THURSDAY    

The Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce is set to celebrate its annual banquet and awards ceremony, Thursday evening at the Brookfield Eagles Lodge.  A social hour and fundraising silent auction will get underway at 6pm, with the dinner, live auction and community awards ceremony beginning at 7pm.  For last-minute ticket information, contact the Chamber Office in Brookfield at 258-7255. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE  

Columbia Police are investigating a homicide, which occurred Tuesday afternoon on West Texas Avenue, just north of I-70.  The shooting incident occurred just after 1:30pm.  Officers say they arrived on the scene and found one male victim deceased inside the home.  There was also a report of a person with a gunshot wound being treated at a Columbia area hospital.  Police say they were looking for a suspect vehicle, with possibly three suspects inside.  No further details have been released so far. 

 

BOONE COUNTY MAN CHARGED AFTER STABBING  

A Boone County man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly stabbing his son-in-law with a pair of scissors.  Boone County Sheriffs Deputies were called to the Clearview Subdivision at around 12:30pm.  They say the victim told them he was stabbed in the arm by his father-in-law, 69 year old Ronald Nowlin.  Nowlin is charged with second-degree domestic violence and armed criminal action.  The victim was taken to Boone County Hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. 

 

MEXICO MAN ACCUSED OF CHILD MOLESTATION     

Mexico Public Safety officials report the investigation of a report of child molestation this week.  The investigation led to the arrest of 43 year old Kurtis C. Kuder, of Mexico, who is accused of inappropriately touching a child he was watching for the legal guardian.  Kuder faces one count of first degree child molestation. 




04/22/14

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT ARRESTS

An arrest on probation violations by Chillicothe Police, last week, resulted in additional charges against a Chillicothe man.  On Thursday, officers arrested Damen Richard White on two active felony probation warrants.  White was also charged with resisting arrest, felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Officers also arrested Scott Martin White on drug possession and property damage charges.  An officer was bitten by a dog at the residence at the time of the arrests.  The animal was removed from the residence with the assistance of Livingston County Animal Control. 

 

SALISBURY WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT 

A Salisbury woman was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center, after her car ran off Highway 24, just east of Salisbury, Monday morning.  The accident occurred at around 9am.  The patrol says 50 year old Bobbie K. Stanfield, of Salisbury, was eastbound on 24 when her SUV ran off the left side of the highway and struck a ditch.  Stanfield was treated for minor injuries and released. 

 

MADISON DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY EVENING COLLISION 

A Madison driver was treated for minor injuries after her car was struck in the rear by a Brookfield driver, Monday evening.  The accident occurred just after 6:30pm on Highway 24, just east of Moberly.  The patrol says 30 year old Jessica Barnes, of Madison, was stopped in traffic, waiting for another vehicle to make a left turn, when her car was struck in the rear by an eastbound vehicle driven by 46 year old Tracy Bivens, of Brookfield.  Barnes was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

 

FULTON MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED   

A Fulton motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 63 at Rolling Hills Road, in Boone County.  29 year old Brandon C. Irwin, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45pm.  The patrol says a southbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Kathleen Dunn, of Springfield, entered Highway 63 southbound and attempted to cross two lanes of traffic to get in the J-turn lane. Irwin was ejected from his motorcycle when it struck Dunns car in the rear. 

 

THREE TEENS HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH  

Three area teenagers escaped with minor injuries after their car ran off a Monroe County roadway, Sunday afternoon.  The patrol says a 13 year old Columbia teen was the driver of the eastbound car, which ran off a county roadway and overturned several times, at around 3:30pm Sunday.  The driver and two 17 year old friends, from Elsberry and Paris, were all treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS  

Columbia Police are seeking three suspects after an armed robbery at a residence on Rolling Rock Drive, Monday night.  Investigators say the robbers were apparently looking for drugs at the home.  One suspect allegedly held one of the homes residents at gunpoint in an upstairs hallway, while two other suspects confronted another resident downstairs.  Officers say the suspects fled the home with a gram or less of marijuana.

 

CITY OF KIRKSVILLE APPLIANCE PICKUP ONGOING      

The City of Kirksvilles annual spring appliance pickup is underway this week.  Kirksville residents are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to get rid of old, unwanted household appliances, so they can be recycled properly.  Eligible items include refrigerators, freezers, stoves, ovens, air conditioning units, washers, dryers, dishwashers, furnaces, hot water heaters and space heaters.  Perfect Metals USA is doing the pickup.  Residents can call Perfect Metals at 665-8000 to schedule their appointment, thru Friday. 




04/21/14

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION 

A Chula man is charged with attempted kidnapping, after a weekend incident at a Chillicothe business.  Investigators say the male suspect attempted to take a child from a shopping cart.  They say the incident was caught on the stores surveillance system and he was identified as Randall W. Gray.  Gray was arrested at a rural Chula residence for attempted child abduction.  He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, on $5,000 dollars bond.  

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH DISTRIBUTING METH  

A Kirksville man is accused of distributing meth near a school, after his arrest last week, by Kirksville Police.  42 year old Aaron T. Smyser, of Kirksville, was taken into custody Thursday, following a lengthy joint investigation by Kirksville Police and the North Missouri Drug Task Force.  Investigators say they seized meth, drug paraphernalia, cash, firearms and two motor vehicles.  Additional charges are possible in the case.  Smyser is being held on $150,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

KC SHOOTING SUSPECT A FORMER MOBERLY RESIDENT  

A suspect in a series of Kansas City area random highway shootings has ties to Moberly.  Authorities confirm the suspect, 27 year old Mohammed Whitaker, of Grandview, is a 2004 graduate of Moberly High School.  Whiteaker is charged with 18 felony counts in connection with about a dozen recent incidents on Kansas City area highways.  Three people were injured in those shootingsnone seriously. 

  

ARREST MADE IN MONTGOMERY CITY BANK ROBBERY  

A New Florence man, who is suspected in last weeks robbery of the First Branch Bank in Montgomery City, has been arrested in Kentucky.  The FBI and Lexington, Kentucky Police reported the arrest of 28 year old Joshua Raymond Kelly, of New Florence, on Friday.  Kelly is a suspect in last Wednesdays armed robbery at the Montgomery City Bank. 

  

SALINE COUNTY WOMAN KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT   

A Saline County woman died over the weekend in a traffic crash.  34 year old Amy Harper, of Nelson, was killed in the Saturday afternoon accident on a Pettis County roadway.  The patrol says she was in the passenger side of a Jeep, which started to roll down the roadway.  Harper was thrown from the vehicle and then it rolled over her.  A passerby, who attempted to stop the vehicle from rolling, was treated for minor injuries.  

 

OSCAR MAYER WIENERS RECALL  

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners, manufactured at a plant in Columbia.  Due to incorrect labeling, the USDAs Food Safety and Inspection Service says packages of Krafts Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners may instead contain the companys Classic Cheese Dogs.  The products were made in early March and bear the number Est5. 537H inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The recall applies to 16-ounce packages of Classic Wieners with a USE BY date of June 16, 2014 and product code 044700000632.  




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 Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs Department and the Monroe County Sheriffs Office.  

  

FOUR ARRESTED IN BOONE COUNTY DRUG INVESTIGATION 

The Boone County Sheriffs 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 girls aunt and non-custodial mother apparently picked her up from Jefferson Citys 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 universitys 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.  Stills great-grandchildren were also on-hand for the induction ceremony, which was held in the Missouri House Chamber.  Stills 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 nights 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 Sheriffs 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 individualthen 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 nights 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 drivers 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 Passions 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. Lukes 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 teens northbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and became airbornethen came back on the road and collided with McGills 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.  Theyre 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.   Hell 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 Trumans Information Desk, the Public Relations Office, the Student Activities Board Office, or at Edna Campbells 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 Watsons 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 Sheriffs 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 sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 survivors lap.  A second survivors 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 weeks 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.Sams Health Mart on Highway 24 and at the Moberly Police Department.  The event is sponsored by Sams, Moberly Police and the Randolph County Sheriffs 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 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 Mayors 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 todays Municipal General Election.  A number of city government and school board races are on todays 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 todays election.  The polls will remain open until 7pm.  If youre not sure where to vote, you can contact your local election officials or the county clerks office.  Well 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 garages 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 Sheriffs 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 BACKEVENTS 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 disposalin Brookfield and Marceline tomorrowand 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 oclock 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 Sheriffs 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 warrantand 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 Kilgores 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 Prices 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 Sheriffs 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 sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 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 Sheriffs Office, Lewis County Fire and EMS, LaGrange Police, Fire and EMS, the Clark County Sheriffs 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 Dawsons 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.  Gordons 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 Sheriffs 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 Johnstons vehicle18 year old Miranda Martin, of Hannibal, was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries.  A passenger in Sharpes 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 DEPUTYS GUN  

A Columbia man is in custody after allegedly attempting to grab a Boone County Deputys 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 weeks tornadic thunderstorm activity, which caused significant damage north of Trenton.  Following the first damaging tornado to strike Grundy County since 1977, theyre 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 Sheriffs 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 nights festivities.  Serving will begin at 5pm and close at around 6:30pm in the Moberly High School Cafenasium, prior to tonights 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 banks 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 50s 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 Robinsons 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 Sheriffs 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 victims 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 sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 Columbias 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 Societys 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 2pmthe 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 Sheriffs 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 Columbias 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 Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 afternoons 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 Richards Steakhouse in Moberly.  He is charged with first-degree assault.  The court found probable cause at Wednesdays 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 Americas 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 Sheriffs 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.  Sheriffs 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.  Henrys 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 Sheriffs 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 Sheriffs 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 Missouris basketball practice Monday, but final word on their status for tonights 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.  Talberts 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. 




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