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May 16, 2022

 

U.S. MARSHALS CAPTURE LIVINGSTON COUNTY MURDER SUSPECT 

A former Livingston County respiratory therapist wanted for murder is now in custody. Jennifer Hall was wanted by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office after being formally charged with Murder 1st degree in Livingston County on May 4, 2022.  The charges stem from the 2002 death of a patient at a hospital in Chillicothe where Hall was employed at the time. The U.S. Marshals Service became involved in locating Hall once she was formerly charged and provided assistance to the case investigators as her current whereabouts were unknown.  On the afternoon of May 12, 2022, deputies and task force officers had tracked her to a motel in Overland Park near I-435 and Metcalf.  The Overland Park Police Department secured a search warrant for the motel room and she was taken into custody there a short time later without incident.  She was transported to the Johnson County Kansas Adult Detention Center to await extradition proceedings back to Missouri.

 

TRACK HOE FIRE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY LAST THURDAY

The Montgomery Fire Protection District posted on their social media page recently that firefighters were called to a report of a track hoe on fire on Harris Road this past Thursday. Firefighters arrived to find it heavily involved and quickly worked to extinguish the blasé. The Wellsville Fire Protection District assisted. Earlier in the week, Montgomery provided assistance to Wellsville at a garage fire on West Hudson Street on Wednesday. Also Wednesday evening New Florence firefighters were paged out to an 18 wheeler trailer on fire. Upon arrival there were heavy flames coming from the front of the trailer. The driver of the 18 wheeler was able to disconnect the truck from the trailer. The fire was quickly knocked down and put out. No injuries were reported. The Jonesburg-High Hill Fire Protection District and Montgomery Fire Protection District assisted with man power and extra water.

 

RALLS COUNTY WRECK SUNDAY

State Troopers say a Hannibal woman was taken to the hospital after her vehicle travelled off Highway F, 8 miles southeast of Center at noon Sunday. According to the accident report 28 year old Stormey J. Jones overcorrected and her vehicle overturned. Jones received moderate injuries and was transported by Van Far Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and the Van Far Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

The Highway Patrol reports 23 year old David J. Sizemore of Kirksville sustained serious injuries when his southbound motorcycle ran off the left side of Highway 63 in Macon County, just south of Route T at the Excello Junction at 5 pm Saturday. The motorcycle overturned and Sizemore was ejected.  He was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Macon Rural Fire Department, Macon County First Responders, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and Macon County Ambulance.

 

FARM TRACTOR AND TRUCK COLLIDE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY SATURDAY

A truck was totaled and farm tractor had extensive damage after a crash in Sullivan County shortly after 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon on MO 129 at Orange Road, 1 mile south of Green City. The patrol said 25 year old Jerold M. Robertson of Branson was southbound as was a farm tractor operated by 53 year old Timothy Harrelson of Milan. As the farm tractor was making a left turn, the truck attempted to pass and struck the tractor. Robertson sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment. The operator of the tractor was not injured.

 

BRASHEAR FATHER AND SON KILLED IN ADAIR COUNTY CRASH SATURDAY MORNING

A single vehicle crash in Adair County Saturday morning at 9:35 am claimed the life of a son and his father. The accident happened on Route J, 2 miles northwest of Adair when 54 year old Charles R. Patchin of Brashear was northbound and his pickup went off the east side of the roadway,  became airborne and struck a river embankment, ejecting both the driver and his father, 80 year old Robert E. Patchin of Brashear from the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Adair County Coroner. The Patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit Team 2 was summoned to aid in the investigation. The Patrol was also assisted by he Kirksville Fire Department, Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Adair County Ambulance personnel.

 

CALDWELL COUNTY WRECK SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Three people had minor injuries Sunday afternoon after a wreck in Caldwell County on Westbound US 36 at Business 36. Troopers say a 16 year old female driver from Kidder was crossing US 36 and failed to yield for a westbound SUV driven by 58 year old Patricia Eggers of Olathe, Kansas. Eggers refused treatment at the scene. The 16 year old juvenile also had minor injuries as did a 16 year old male passenger, also from Kidder. The male refused treatment at the scene. The 16 year old female driver was transported by private party to Cameron Regional Hospital in Cameron for treatment.  Multiple other accidents also occurred throughout the area over the weekend.




 

 

 

 

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May 13, 2022

 

DALTON MAN DEAD AFTER SETTING HIMSELF ON FIRE DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN CHILLICOTHE

On Wednesday, at approximately 6:34 pm, the Chillicothe E-911 Communications Center received information from another jurisdiction south of Livingston County in reference a suspicious male attempting to obtained lighters from businesses and carrying a container of flammable liquid while doing so. The male was driving a retired and repainted school bus. A short while later, Chillicothe E-911 Communications Center received a phone call from a concerned driver on U.S. 65 Highway, reporting a bus driving in a careless and imprudent manner northbound on 65 Highway toward Chillicothe. The reporting party stated the driver of the bus was speeding up, slowing down rapidly, and running other vehicles off the roadway. At approximately 7:18 pm Wednesday, Officers located the bus traveling at a high rate of speed as it entered the Chillicothe City Limits. Officers conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of S. Washington Street. When contacted by C.P.D. officers, the driver leapt from the driver seat and ran to the back of the bus. Because the windows were heavily tinted, Officers could not see what the driver was doing. The driver ignored officers’ requests to show himself and exit the bus. While the driver remained out of officers’ sight, and officers continued requesting he exit the bus, the driver poured flammable liquid on himself, ignited that liquid and ran from bus toward officers. C.P.D. officers used a fire extinguisher from a patrol car in an attempt to save the subject’s life, and called for Livingston County EMS and Chillicothe Fire Department. Despite life saving measures by Livingston County EMS, and transfer to a medical facility via airlift, the 43 year Dalton, Missouri resident succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing and the male’s intent is not known at this time.

The Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office was contacted and are assisting with the investigation.

 

 

ST LOUIS MAN ARRESTED ON VARIOUS CHARGES AFTER TRYING TO BREAK INTO CARS IN VANDALIA

Tuesday morning at about 1015AM, members of the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of a subject trying to break into cars in the 500 Block of West US54 in Vandalia. As Deputies proceeded to the area, it was reported the subject fled on foot East through yards. The subject eventually made his way to the “YesWay” gas station at US54 and Missouri W, where he tried to pull subjects from their vehicles to take the vehicles. Deputies had already seen the man run into the gas station lot while searching for him and quickly arrested him. At the scene, the man gave several different names and dates of birth, and his true identity was unknown to deputies or anyone in the area. The man was evaluated by EMS and transported to the Audrain County Jail for Resisting a Lawful Arrest/Detention/Stop and fingerprinted using the AFIS (Automated Fingerprint Identification System). His fingerprints identified him as Cameron J. Cockrell, 38, of St. Louis. It was determined Cockrell had 2 outstanding felony warrants of arrest from Ralls County for Failing to Appear for Resisting Arrest and 1 in Marion County for Felony Drug Violations. Cockrell remains in the Audrain County Jail on the outstanding warrants, and charges are being sought in Audrain County for Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing, Identity Theft, Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Trespass. Some of the crime victims Cockrell attempted to steal from did not wish to seek prosecution for the offenses committed against them.

 

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May 12, 2022

 

FULTON DRIVER INVOLVED IN WRECK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

Troopers say 23 year old Maria E. Morris of Fulton was southbound on Callaway County Road 351, just north of County Road 352 at 11:50 last (WED) night when her vehicle left the right side of the roadway and overturned. The driver had minor injuries and was transported by Callaway EMS to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

HANNIBAL MAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL WITH SEROIUS INJURIES AFTER CRASH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

The Highway patrol said a Hannibal man was seriously injured and flown to an area hospital for treatment after crashing his 18 wheeler on Route Z in Marion County, 6 miles north of Monroe City. That wreck happened at 3:45 pm Wednesday.34 year old Darren L. Gibbons of Hannibal was northbound when his big rig traveled off the right side of the road. The driver over corrected and the tractor trailer then went off the left side of the highway and overturned. A passenger, 21 year old Alexander Huffman of Quincy, IL sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Gibbons had serious injuries and was flown by Survival Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. The Monroe City Fire Department and Monroe City Ambulance along with the Marion County Sheriffs department provided on scene assistance.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF RAPING A WOMAN AT A KIRKSVILLE HOTEL OVER THE WEEKEND

A story from KTVO and KTVO dot com indicates a Kirksville man is in jail after allegedly raping a woman at a Kirksville hotel. According to the report, the suspect is David Fish Jr., 35, of Kirksville. Fish is charged with second-degree rape and second-degree sodomy in connection to the adlleged weekend incident at Budget Host Village Inn on South Baltimore Street. According to court documents, the alleged victim told police Fish had come to her hotel room around 1 a.m. Sunday to hang out. The woman said Fish was believed to be under the influence of alcohol and forced himself on her, despite her telling him multiple times to stop. Court documents state the suspect told the officer who transported him to jail that he did have sex with the woman, but it was consensual During a police interview, Fish said at no time did the woman ask him to stop. Fish is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CONNECTION TO ASSAULT

Columbia Police have arrested Justin Wayne Owen, 36, of Columbia, for first degree burglary and fourth degree domestic assault after Columbia Police responded to a report of an assault with a weapon in the 500 block of Clinkscales Road just after midnight Wednesday. Upon arrival, officers found two individuals at the residence and were told that a third individual who had sustained a gunshot wound had left. After further investigation, officers located the injured individual nearby and identified him as Owen. Owen was transported by EMS to a local hospital in stable condition and was subsequently released after treatment. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. 

 

POLICE SAY DEVICE FOUND DOWNTOWN WAS NOT EXPLOSIVE

There was a scare around noon on Wednesday in downtown Columbia when Columbia Police responded to a report of an undetonated explosive device found buried in a flowerbed in the 700 block of East Broadway in front of Central Bank. A Department bomb technician, who also serves on the Mid-Missouri Bomb Squad, arrived on scene and secured the device without incident. It is unknown how long the device was buried there. A short time later Columbia  police said the device found downtown was not explosive after all.




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May 11, 2022

 

TWO COLUMBIA RESIDENTS INJURED IN CRASH NORTH OF CLIFTON HILL

The highway patrol said two residents of Columbia were seriously injured after being ejected from the vehicle they were in. It happened Tuesday night at 8:15pm in Randolph County on Highway 3, 1 mile north of Clifton Hill. 18 year old Elisas T. Edwards was southbound when his auto ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Both the driver and a passenger, a 17 year old male juvenile were ejected. Both had serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The Westran Fire Department and Randolph County Ambulance personnel assisted at the scene.

 

AUDRAIN COUNTY MOTORCYCLE WRECK RESULTS IN SERIOUS INJURIES

A Centralia man lost control of his motorcycle on eastbound highway 54 in Audrain County, a half a mile north of Audrain County Road 844 at 5:10 Tuesday night. Troopers say 40 year old Gabriel C. Pettit was ejected from his motorcycle when it travelled off the left side of the roadway and overturned. He was transported by Audrain County EMS to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department and Audrain County EMS assisted on the scene.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED BY HIGHWAY PATROL

The highway patrol reports 36 year old Allen J. Ferdig of Kirksville was arrested Tuesday night at 10:17 pm in Adair County. He was charged with 3 counts of felony possession of a controlled substance, a felony charge of no operator’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrest report said he was also charged with no insurance as well as speeding. He was transported to the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and later released.

 

MAN WHO FLED CHARITON COUNTY AUTORITIES IN HANDCUFFS HAS BEEN APPREHENEDED

The subject we told you about yesterday morning than fled after being handcuffed by a Chariton County Sheriff’s Deputy has now been apprehended. The Chariton County Sheriff’s Department made that announcement yesterday via their Facebook page that David Grossman had been apprehended. On Monday, a Chariton County Deputy attempted to stop a motor vehicle in Mendon, MO. The vehicle failed to stop, and began fleeing. The vehicle eventually stopped on Steamboat Avenue near Highway Y, North of Brunswick, MO. The deputy ordered the driver out of the vehicle, and placed him in handcuffs. The deputy noticed a second occupant inside of the vehicle as well. While ordering the second occupant out of the vehicle the male subject fled on foot The man who fled after being handcuffed was identified as David Grossman who is now back in custody of Chariton County authorities.

 

MAN KILLED WHEN LAWN MOWER OVERTURNED

KMIZ TV is reporting that Boone County firefighters confirm a man has died after the lawnmower he was riding overturned, trapping him. It happened Tuesday afternoon in Sturgeon at Ruby Street and Stone Street. Officials say it is not clear what led to the rollover. The victims name has not been released.




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May 10, 2022

MAN FLEES ON FOOT AFTER BEING HANDCUFFED BY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

On Monday, May 9, 2022 a Chariton County Deputy attempted to stop a motor vehicle in Mendon, MO. The vehicle failed to stop, and began fleeing. The vehicle eventually stopped on Steamboat Avenue near Highway Y, North of Brunswick, MO. The deputy ordered the driver out of the vehicle, and placed him in handcuffs. The deputy noticed a second occupant inside of the vehicle as well. While ordering the second occupant out of the vehicle the male subject fled on foot. Other deputies were near the scene at this time and sat a perimeter up, and K-9 was called for a track on the male subject. K-9 arrived on scene but was unable to locate the subject. The Sheriff’s office continued to search for the suspect for several hours. The male subject has been identified as David Grossman. He has two minor warrants out for his arrest, and was not armed at the time he fled. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a gray t-shirt. He has about shoulder length dark hair. If you see him please don’t approach, and dial 911. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please call the Sheriff’s Department, or message the Chariton County Sheriff’s Facebook page where you will also find pictures of the subject.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN 800 BLOCK OF GRAND AVENUE SUNDAY

Sunday morning, May 8, 2022 at approximately 12:30 a.m. Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 800 block of Grand Avenue.
Upon arrival, officers located a male victim with injuries caused by gunfire. The victim was identified as Demetrius Ware, 37, of Columbia. Ware was pronounced deceased after being transported to a local hospital by EMS. Next of kin has been notified. A warrant has been issued for Isaac Bryant, 35, of Columbia, for murder second and armed criminal action for his involvement in this homicide. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652. To report a tip without including your name or contact information, call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477). A tip that leads to an arrest or helps solve a felony crime could result in a cash reward.

MOBERLY POLICE ARREST SPRINGFIELD MAN WANTED BY US MARSHALS SERVICE

 

This past Saturday, May 7, 2022 at approximately 12:30 pm Moberly Police officers responded to a local business for a theft in progress.

On arrival, officers contacted the male subject who was involved with the theft. During the course of the investigation, the male subject fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued, and the male subject was able to elude officers. An area search was conducted and officers located the male hiding in a shed. The male was taken into custody without further incident. The male was identified as 23-year-old Tyler Loyd from Springfield, MO. It was confirmed Loyd was wanted by the US Marshals Service for a Federal Weapons violation. Loyd was transported to the Randolph County Jail for the federal warrant and pending local charges by the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office


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May 6th, 2022

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROAD CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING

MoDOT reports Route J in Montgomery County as an area road closed due to flooding and is encouraging motorists to use alternate routes. Do not drive through flooded roads. For more information about road closures and planned road work, go to MoDOT’s online traveler map at modot.org.

NAME OF MAN FOUND DEAD NEAR RAILROAD TRACKS RLEASE

KTVO said on Thursday morning, the La Plata Police Department released the identity of the deceased man that was found Wednesday morning near the railroad tracks. He has been identified as Anthony William Richardson, 33, of La Plata. Next of kin has been notified and at this time, no foul play is being suspected. The body was discovered by BNSF workers approximately 500 yards east of the Amtrak station at 535 North Owensby Street. It was near a large pile of railroad ties not far from the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Lookout Point Park, which is between the Amtrak station and the new Lester Dent Memorial Bridge. An autopsy has been requested to determine Richardson's cause of death,

CAPITOL DOME TO BE LIGHTED BLUE THIS WEEKEND

 

In honor of Missouri’s fallen law enforcement officers, Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome and Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial to be lit blue from sunset on Friday, May 6, 2022, until sunrise on Sunday, May 8, 2022. The annual ceremonies honoring fallen Missouri law enforcement officers will be held at the Missouri Law Enforcement Memorial on the grounds of the Capitol overlooking the Missouri River. The 2022 Candlelight Vigil will be held tonight at 8 p.m., and the Memorial Service will take place at 10 a.m. on May 7. The names of 11 law enforcement and corrections officers who died in the line of duty during 2021 and four recently confirmed historical line of duty deaths have been added to the memorial’s Wall of Honor in advance of this year’s ceremonies. Pictures of the dome lighting will be available on Governor Parson's Flickr page

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHT RETURNS TO AIR

 

Central Missouri Honor Flight (CMHF) #62 leaves Columbia Monday, May 9 at 2am with 95 veterans on board—for a trip of a lifetime and a journey of closure. This is the first CMHF to Washington D.C. in two years. The three Central Missouri Honor Flight buses will be escorted along I-70 from Kingdom City to Columbia by area law enforcement and a large contingency of motorcyclists as part of the Central Missouri Honor Flight Riders. The public are encouraged to show up at the Columbia Courtyard by Marriott Monday night, May 9 at approximately 9:30pm to witness the arrival of the returning veterans.  The veterans will enter the hotel by way of the inspirational “Walk of Honor” after their names are announced. Organizers are hoping for a large crowd cheering on the veterans and waving flags and banners Monday night, May 9.  Any and all help is appreciated. 




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May 5, 2022

 

MANS BODY FOUND NEAR RAILROAD TRACKS IN LA PLATA.

KTVO reported on-air and on KTVO dot com that Police are investigating after a body was found near the railroad tracks in La Plata. Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, emergency responders were called to the Amtrak train station.

Officer Mark Henderson with the La Plata Police Department told KTVO that BNSF workers found a man's body near the tracks. A source told KTVO that the crew attempted CPR at the scene, but they were unable to revive the man, who was not wearing shoes. Henderson said the victim has not been identified yet. Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes declined to release any details whatsoever, but its presume an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause and manner of death and the man's identity. Officials said it did not appear the man had been hit by a train.

 

COLUMNIA MAN CHARGED AFTER ROBBING CENTRALIA CONVENIENCE STORE ON APRIL 28TH AND USING STOLEN DUMP TRUCK AS GETAWAY VEHICLE

KMIZ TV reports a Columbia man is facing charges after he allegedly robbed a Centralia convenience store last Thursday and stole a dump truck to getaway. Jonathan Morrow has been charged  by the Boone County Prosecutors Office with first-degree robbery and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle. The probable cause statement indicates that Morrow allegedly entered DC's convenience store on April 28 and took $884 in cash and four packs of cigarettes. Detectives then say Morrow went to Economy Asphalt and allegedly stole a dump truck and drove off. A warrant has been issued for the Morrow’s arrest


TRENTON TEEN SUSTAINED MODERATE INJURIES IN CRASH

A 16 year old male from Trenton crashed his vehicle on Route E, 2 miles northwest of Laredo in Grundy County at 8:09 last night. Troopers say the crash occurred after the westbound vehicle negotiated a curve in the roadway, then travelled off the north side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned several times, coming to rest on its wheels in the roadway. The driver had moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment.  The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and Laredo Fire Department assisted at the scene.

 

NEW BLOMFIELD MAN FACING CHARGES AFTER CHASE

A Callaway County prosecutor has charged Russell Miller of New Bloomfield with resisting arrest, failure to register a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle after leading law enforcement personnel on a chase through Callaway and Boone Counti9es. A Callaway County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a vehicle that was displaying plates belonging to a different vehicle. Instead of stopping, the driver sped off and at times was driving in excess of 90 mph. Miller eventually stopped the vehicle and fled on foot before being taken into custody. Deputies located a meth pipe on Miller along with a spoone with meth residue in the vehicle.

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED AND FACING CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGES

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 12:04 a.m. a deputy observed a female pushing a child stroller with 2 small children in the 300 block of South Washington in Chillicothe. The deputy checked on them and found the adult female was allegedly intoxicated and taking the two very small children to Wal-Mart to meet a male she claimed to have met online.  The deputy noted it was very chilly out at 47 degrees and did not believe the children were being properly cared for as having walked nearly 1.5 miles like this.  During the process the adult female reportedly attempted to chug vodka from two different bottles even after being ordered not to do so.  The deputy arrested Sarah Kaye Davis, 31, Chillicothe on alleged 2 counts of Child Endangerment.  The children were secured and released to a responsible family member and Ms. Davis was transferred to Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.  Ms. Davis has since been charged in Livingston County Associate Court with 2 counts Endangering Welfare of a Child with no bond initially allowed on case.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF'S REPORT

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May 4, 2022

HIGH SPEED PURSUIT ENDS IN ARREST SOUTH OF EXCELLO TUESDAY

A suspect is in custody after leading law enforcement on a high-speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle. The Highway Patrol said shortly before noon Tuesday the vehicle was going down Interstate 70 when a license plate reader alerted authorities that the vehicle had been stolen from Moberly on March 23rd. Authorities continued to watch for the vehicle and troopers positioned themselves along Highway 63 in the Moberly area. Sgt. Justin Dunn, Public Information Officer for Troop B with the patrol said the actual pursuit started Tuesday afternoon in Moberly and headed north on Highway 63. At one point a trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but called off the chase shortly afterwards due to safety concerns as the car thief was allegedly driving over 100 miles per hour. Moments later, deputies with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department started pursuit and as the vehicle continued on into Macon County just north of Jacksonville, Macon County Deputies joined in the pursuit. Sgt. Dunn said just south of Excello,  the driver slowed and pulled onto the shoulder of the highway where he was placed under arrest. At the time of the report, the suspects name has not been released.

BEVIER MAN EJECTED FROM PICKUP IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

The highway patrol says a Bevier man was injured when he was ejected from his pickup in a single vehicle crash Monday night. It happened in Macon County on US 63, 3 miles north of Macon at 10:32 pm. Timothy S. Roberts, age 36 was northbound when his pickup traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck and embankment and ejected the driver. Robert was transported by Macon County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. The Macon County Rescue Squad and Macon County Sheriff’s office assisted the patrol at the scene.

 

HANNIBAL DRIVER INJURED IN TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN PIKE COUNTY

 

The highway patrol said two drivers were northbound on US 61, south of Route WW in Pike County at 11:15 AM Monday and 56 year old Chester Rickey of Hannibal was following the other vehicle to closely and his auto struck the rear of the other northbound auto driven by 49 year old Mark Revell of Des Moines, IA. Rickey was transported by Pike County Ambulance to SSM Health St Joseph’s Hospital West for treatment of moderate injuries. The other driver was not injured.  




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05/03/2022


RUSSELLVILLE MO MAN INJURED IN CRASH NORTH OF BROOKFIELD MONDAY AFTERNOON

Emergency Crews were quickly dispatched and on the scene of a crash involving a tractor trailer loaded with logs that overturned north of Brookfield at 3:10 PM Monday afternoon.  The Highway Patrol crash report indicates 53 year old Fred J. McKinney of Russellville failed to stop at the intersection of Route P and Highway M, 3 miles north of Brookfield. The 18 wheeler went off the road and overturned, striking a utility pole and a fence. While the heavy load of logs remained attached to the overturned trailer for the most part, the impact sheared off the utility pole and knocked out power for several customers of North Central Electric Cooperative including KZBK. The driver had moderate injuries but was able to exit the cab over style tractor. He was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment. Pictures and video of the wreckage and cleanup can be found on the KZBK Radio Face book page. The patrol was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff’s Department, Linn County Ambulance, Brookfield Fire and Police and others.

ARSON SUSPECTED IN WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE IN KIRKSVILLE

Investigators told KTVO a weekend house fire in Kirksville is believed to be a case of arson. The blaze was reported just after 11:30 p.m. Saturday at 606 East Washington Street. When Kirksville Fire crews arrived, the house was filled with smoke, and flames were shooting out two windows of a second-story bedroom. The family of four who lived there was not home when the fire started. Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger said the fire is suspicious and appears to have been intentionally set. An agent from the Missouri State Fire Marshal's Office was on the scene Sunday morning to help investigate. Fire damage was mostly contained to the upstairs bedroom, but the entire house sustained smoke and water damage. Personnel from Adair County Fire helped battle the blaze. Fire crews were on the scene for three hours and no injuries were reported.

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND SHOOTING INCIDENT

A northeast Missouri woman is now charged in connection with a weekend shooting incident in the 1300 block of South Baird Street in Kirksville. Eden Tracy, 21, of Kirksville, is facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of first-degree assault. Police responded just after 9 p.m. Saturday after receiving multiple reports of shots fired. Officers recovered several shell casings in the area. Their investigation led them to Tracy, who lives at 1301 South Baird Street. According to court documents, Tracy fired a handgun from her back porch toward a passing car. Two people were in that car, including Tracy's ex-girlfriend, Kylee Sharp. After the shots were fired, Sharp and the other woman in the car went to the Kirksville police station to report the incident. When questioned by officers, Tracy denied knowing anything about the shooting. Police obtained a search warrant for her house and found a handgun wrapped in multiple plastic shopping bags hidden in Tracy's garage. Officers said the car that was shot at had damage that appeared by be caused by a ricocheted bullet. No one was injured in the incident. Tracy is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. This isn't her first run-in with Kirksville police. Tracy was charged in February 2022 with hindering prosecution after police say she gave her brother, Anquan "AJ" Glover, of Kirksville, a ride out of town following a deadly mass shooting for which Glover was later charged.




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05/02/2022

 

TWO KILLED IN TRAGIC CRASH IN FRANKLIN COUNTY SUNDAY

The highway patrol said 2 teenagers died as a result of a Franklin County crash Sunday morning at 8:18 AM. Troopers say 18 year pld Keegan Wiedemann of New Haven, MO was westbound on Highway 100 at Newport Road and was traveling too fast fpr the curvy road conditions. The pickup he was driving traveled off the right side of the roadway and the driver overcorrected to his left. The vehicle began to skid and slide. The vehicle crossed the center of the road where the driver overcorrected to his right and the auto began to skid and slide. The pickup than began to overturn and traveled off the left side of the roadway ejecting both the driver and a passenger identified as a 15 year old male juvenile of Hermann. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene while the passenger was flown by helicopter to Mercy St. Louis Hospital where he died Sunday night

TWO KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH IN PIKE COUNTY THURSDAY NIGHT

The highway patrol reports a head-on crash in Pike County late Thursday night killed both drivers involved. It happened at 11:55 p.m. on Highway 54, one-half mile east of Pike County Road 279 when a car driven by Caleb Perez, 22, of Louisiana, Missouri, crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming pickup truck. The truck was driven by Jason Hagaman, 44, also of Louisiana, Missouri. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical crews a short time after the crash happened.

LINN COUNTY CRASH SUNDAY

A two vehicle crash in Linn County on Elk Road, 2 miles west of Browning at 7:16 Sunday night sent one person to the hospital. The crash occurred when a pickup driven by 25 year old Tristen Creason of Browning was westbound as 61 year old Thomas Creason of Browning was eastbound and both vehicles were traveling around a curve on a narrow gravel road and struck head on. Neither driver was injured, however a passenger in the eastbound truck, 52 year old Amy Creason of Browning did have moderate injuries and was transported to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.

SEMI CRASH IN LINN COUNTY RESULTS IN INJURIES

Early Saturday morning a semi crashed on US 36 in Linn County a half a mile east of Laclede. Troopers say the out of state driver and passenger both had minor injuries after the tractor trailer went off the left side of the roadway, struck a concrete culvert, and overturned. That crash happened at 5:20 AM Saturday morning.

ONE INJURED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY WRECK FRIDAY NIGHT

The highway patrol said 81 year old Larry K. Mabe of Chillicothe had minor injuries and was transported to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment after a single vehicle wreck at 9:10 pm Friday night on MO 190, 5 miles west of Chillicothe. Troopers say Mabe was southbound on Route A and failed to stop for a stop sign at MO 190. His vehicle went through the T intersection and off the south side of Mo 190, down an embankment, striking the ground with its undercarriage and then travelled into a small grove of trees, striking several of them.

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN CONNECTION TO RECENT SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT IN KIRKSVILLE

KTVO is reporting on-air and on KTVO dot com that over the past week or so, Kirksville police have responded to four separate incidents of shots fired around the city. The most recent happened shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday in the 1300 block of South Baird Street. Sgt. Steve Feeney told KTVO dispatchers received multiple reports about gunfire. Officers say a vehicle was struck Saturday night, but no injuries were reported. Police arrested a suspect late Saturday. He's on 24-hour investigative hold at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. His name is not being released until formal charges are filed. This was the second recent incident of shots fired in the 1300 block of South Baird Street. Around 10:45 p.m. Thursday, a house in that block was struck by a bullet. No one was injured. Then, around 9:15 p.m. on Friday, police officers rushed to the intersection of Jefferson and Baltimore streets for a report of shots fired at that location. They found no damage to any buildings, cars or other property. The suspect was reportedly driving a four-door vehicle with very dark tinted windows. According to reports, it headed south on Baltimore Street, and the person got away.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED IN 5000 BLOCK OF ALPINE RIDGE DRIVE

Saturday night,  April 30th, at approximately 10:50 p.m., Columbia Police responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the area of Alpine Ridge Drive and Panorama Lane. Upon arriving on scene, officers located evidence confirming shots had been fired in the 5000 block of Alpine Ridge Drive. During the investigation, officers found one vehicle had been struck by gunfire. No injuries were reported.  Police say there is no suspect information available at this time and that this is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652. To report a tip without including your name or contact information, call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477).

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE VEHICLE THEFT & COLLISSION WITH INJIURY SATURDAY

Columbia Police are investigating a vehicle theft and single-vehicle collision with injury that occurred Saturday, April 30 near the intersection of North Stadium Boulevard and Primrose Drive. At approximately 11 a.m. officers observed a passenger vehicle on Texas Avenue. They determined it was the same vehicle reported stolen at 6:20 a.m. in the 4000 block of Ria Street. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle fled. Officers engaged in a brief pursuit that ended when the vehicle left the roadway at the intersection of North Stadium Boulevard and Primrose Drive. The Columbia Fire Department and emergency medical services responded to the scene to provide medical aid to the occupants of the stolen vehicle. The first occupant of the vehicle was identified as Thomas Nida, 18, of Columbia. Nida was transported by ambulance to a local hospital to be evaluated. The second occupant, a juvenile, was taken by officers to a local hospital for medical evaluation. The juvenile has since been released to parents. Nida was arrested for tampering in the second degree. The investigation continues

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN CONNECTION TO SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT FRIDAY IN THE 3000 BLOCK OS STADIUM BOULEVARD

Columbia Police have arrested Darrion Hill, 22, of Columbia, for harassment in the first degree, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. The arrest is in connection with an incident that occurred on Thursday, April 28 at approximately 5:45 p.m., when officers were dispatched for multiple reports of shots fired around the Domain Apartments in the 3900 block of Stadium Boulevard. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found evidence confirming shots had been fired and learned that the suspect later identified as Hill had fled. Officers determined the shooting had resulted in no known injuries. Officers canvassed the area and conducted interviews leading to the identification of Hill as the suspect. Hill was located in the 4800 block of Geyser Boulevard at approximately 9:15 p.m. where officers arrested him without incident. Pollice say this is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT FRIDAY AFTERNOON

The patrol investigated a crash in Audrain County on MO 19, northbound at Route J Friday afternoon at 1:40 pm. The crash happened as 74 year old Judy Wyble of Bowling Green was westbound on US 54 when 43 year old Jeremy Blosser of Halfway, MO was northbound on MO 19/ The Wyble auto traveled into the path of the Blosser vehicle and Blosser’s vehicle struck the Whyble auto. Blosser was not injured, however a passenger in his vehicle, 75 year old Wanda Hostetler of Halfway, MO  had serious injuries. Wyble also had serious injuries and both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

MAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Bowling Green man was hurt in an accident that occurred just before 12pm Friday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 76 year old Angelo Murabito of Middletown was on MO 161 when he failed to negotiate a curve and his vehicle crossed the center of the road and struck the front of an auto driven by 25 year old Richard Steward which caused his vehicle to travel off the right side of the road, while the other one became engulfed in flames.  Steward was taken to Hermann Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

An O’Fallon teen was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Gasconade County.  The report states that the teen was on MO 100 when his car ran off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Hermann Hospital for treatment.  

WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

An Elsberry woman was hurt in a Saturday night crash in Lincoln County.  47 year old Laura Skirvin was on Route JJ when her vehicle traveled off the north side of the road and struck a utility pole.  She was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.




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TWO VEHICLES STOLEN FROM KIRKSVILLE DEALERSHIP

 

At approximately 6:58 am on Thursday, April 28, 2022, Adair County Central Dispatch received a report of a red 2019 Jeep Compass parked on Cloud Trail near Orrick Trail. An Adair County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to check on the vehicle. A few minutes later, Central Dispatch received a report of a damaged window at Lovegreen Ford Chrysler at 1801 North Elson Street in Kirksville. Officers responded and found the business had been burglarized. During this burglary, a white 2022 Jeep Wrangler had been stolen from the dealership. While investigating it was also found that the red Jeep Compass found on Cloud Trail was stolen from Lovegreen Ford Chrysler.  The red Jeep Compass was recovered and returned to the dealership. Officers located the white Jeep Wrangler in the 400 block of South Main Street and it was also returned to the dealership. At this time, it appears these two vehicles are the only items stolen during the burglary.

Kirksville Police are continuing to investigate this incident.  Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660.785.6945, Central Dispatch at 660.665.5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660.665.4600, anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH NORTH OF HUNTSVILLE RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES FOR DRIVER

 

The Highway Patrol said Brittney N. Johnson, age 20, of Moberly was westbound on Randolph County Road 1265, 4 miles north of Huntsville at 4:45 Wednesday afternoon when she lost control of her vehicle on the gravel road.. The auto then struck a ditch, and overturned. Johnson had moderate injuries and was transported by Randolph County ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Randolph County Sheriff’s department, and the Westran Fire Department.

DAVIESS COUNTY ACCIDENT

Troopers say 49 year old Frank H. Mackowiak of Gilman City was westbound in a tractor trailer on Route P in Daviess County around 3:20 Thursday afternoon and as he attempted to make a right hand turn, the unit went off the side of the roadway and overturned. The vehicle came to rest on its passenger side off the north side of Route P. The driver was transported by private auto to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

The patrol worked a Callaway County crash at 11:18pm Thursday night on Interstate 70 at the 151.4 mile marker. A 17 year old male from Williamsburg was eastbound when his auto travelled off the right side of the Interstate and overturned. The driver was transported by Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.




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04/28/2022

CHEMICAL SPILL CONTAINED & CLEANUP CONTINUED LATE INTO THE NIGHT FOLLOWING CRASH ON US 36 IN LINN COUNTY WEDNESDAY MORNING

A trucker from Texas received minor injuries when he crashed his big rig at 6:20 AM Wednesday morning on US 36, a half a mile west of the Bucklin Junction. The patrol said 68 year old Henry J. Bowman of Moody, TX was transported to Pershing Hospital for treatment after the eastbound 18 wheeler he was operating traveled off the roadway, struck a guardrail, and then struck a railroad bridge abutment. The truck and trailer ended up in the ditch, but remained upright. The patrol said the truck was hauling approximately 80 drums of hazardous liquid waste in 55 gallon drums and a large number of those drums spilled from the trailer when it split open. Authorities said about six of those drums actually broke open and spilled into Clarks Creek. The Department of Natural Resources was notified and a state on-scene coordinator from the Macon DNR office said the spill was contained to a short section of the creek, and no wildlife was impacted. The crash shut down eastbound traffic for some time and one of the eastbound lanes remained closed throughout the day and late into the night as the cleanup work continued. The DNR said the load originated in Denver and was headed to a waste incinerator in Hannibal. A second truck and trailer was being dispatched to pick up the remaining barrels of chemicals and take them on to be disposed of.

MONROE COUNTY CLERK ACCUSED OF VIOLATING STATE ELECTION LAWS

Recently we told you that the Monroe County Clerk was under investigation, but it wasn’t clear what that investigation was actually about. Now we know that investigation focused on alleged violation of State Election Laws. On Wednesday, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the findings of an investigation relating to claims of misconduct and said in a statement that after his office reportedly verified complaints concerning Monroe County Clerk La Jeana Peterson, he sent a statement of probable cause to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office. Peterson allegedly violated election laws by allowing a candidate to file after the March 29, 5 p.m. deadline. Ashcroft went on to say We want to support the diligence and hard work of our clerks in every way we can, but we also have a responsibility to the citizens of Missouri who rely on the clerks and expect them to do their work fairly and according to statute. In this case, we may have a clerk who, for whatever reason, did not follow the law.”

TWO ARRESTED IN MEXICO FOLLOWING DISTURBANCE AT BUSINESS

On Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at approximately 2:41PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 100 block of South Jefferson in reference to a disturbance inside a business.  Responding officers learned that several people associated with the business had been in a dispute.  During the dispute, Marjorie V McDonald, age 36 of Columbia attempted to take property from the business and hit someone that was attempting to stop her.  Biagio D Davenport, age 29 of Hallsville, pulled a gun to help McDonald try and take the property.  McDonald and Davenport were arrested on scene.  They were processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Attempted 1st Degree Robbery.  There were no injuries from the incident.

DEA DRUG TAKE BACK IS THIS SATURDAY

The Moberly Police Department is reminding area residents the spring DEA drug take back is this Saturday April 30, 2022. You may drop off your unused or expired prescription drugs at the Moberly Police Department, 300 N Clark Street in Moberly, or Sam’s Health Mart, 530 East Us 24 in Moberly from 10am-2pm. You can also visit www.deatakeback.com for more information about the program and for a drop off location near you.




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04/27/2022

NESTLE PROFESSIONAL USA EXPANDS IN TRENTON, INVESTING $7.5 MILLION AND CREATING MORE THAN 30 JOBS

Nestlé Professional USA announced Tuesday it is investing $7.5 million to expand its facility in Trenton, with plans to add more than 30 jobs. Nestlé Professional, the out-of-home division of Nestlé, produces a variety of ready-to-use products for restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more. The company’s Trenton factory, purchased in 2018, began its expansion in 2021 to support the manufacturing of the TRIO brand and their full range of dry mix products. New jobs added to support the expanded production will pay salaries well above the county average wage. Open hiring for Nestlé Professional’s Trenton factory started in early April, with a job fair scheduled at the Trenton Job Center on May 11-12 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The facility currently produces Chef-mate products using its proprietary cooked-before-canning process, which was invented in Trenton in 1964. This unique cooking process addresses the specific needs of the out-of-home industry that utilizes large cans. The company is committed to transforming its business for the future by focusing on high-growth out-of-home categories. For this expansion, Nestlé Professional used the Missouri Works program, a tool that helps companies expand and retain workers by providing access to capital through withholdings or tax credits for job creation.

CHARGES FILED AGAINST THREE AREA MEN IN CONNECTION ALTERCATION AT NOVINGER CONVENIENCE STORE AND THE SHOOTING THAT FOLLOWED.

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports charges have now been filed against three northeast Missouri men in connection with a mid-March altercation at the convenience store in Novinger and the shooting outside Connelsville that followed. It happened on the night of March 16, 2022. The three suspects are Kenneth Leon Potter, 50, his son, Kenneth Dylan Potter, 25, both of Novinger, and James Vanvelzer, 46, of Green Castle. The Potters both face eight charges: two counts of first-degree attempted murder; two counts of first-degree assault; unlawful use of a weapon; first-degree property damage and two counts of armed criminal action. Vanvelzer is charged with first-degree assault causing serious physical injury and armed criminal action. According to court documents, Vanvelzer started an altercation with Kenneth Leon Potter outside the 7th Heaven Convenience Store in Novinger. The two men had been in ongoing feud for about two years. The Adair County Sheriff's Office said when Vanvelzer confronted the elder Potter, Potter pulled out a couple of swords to defend himself. That is when Vanvelzer went back to his truck to grab a long-handled floor scraper. Documents say Vanvelzer hit Potter with the floor scraper and broke his arm. Court documents state that Vanvelzer and a woman riding with him then headed north out of Novinger on Highway 149. Deputies say the elder Potter called his son to meet him, and the two of them followed Vanvelzer's pickup truck. Court papers go on to say that the parties got into a verbal altercation at an intersection just south of Connelsville. The vehicles then continued north on Highway 149. Investigators said that about three miles north of Connelsville, the Potters fired multiple shots, striking the pickup. One of the bullets hit the woman in the side of the head. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. It took deputies a few days to piece together how all of the events had unfolded. Charges were filed against the Potters and Vanvelzer last week. Arrest warrants have been issued for the three, but as of this posting, they have not been taken into custody yet.

BOONE COUNTY CRASH RESULTS IN INJURIES

The Highway Patrol said two vehicles collided in Boone County at 5:25 pm at the Route WW/Rolling Hills Road roundabout. 20 year old James Westbrooke of Clark was westbound on Route WW and 52 year old Mark Hankins of Columbia was northbound in the roundabout. The Westbrooke auto failed to yield and entered the roundabout and struck the Hankins auto causing it to strike a sign. Hankins was not injured. Westbrooke sustained serious injuries while a passenger, 18 year old Jason Clark of Clark had minor injuries. Both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

MISSOURI CENTURY FARM DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 1ST

If your farm has been in your family since Dec. 31, 1922, it’s not too late to have it recognized as a 2022 Missouri Century Farm. The deadline to apply to the program has been extended to June 1. To qualify, the same family must have owned the farm for 100 consecutive years. The line of ownership from the original settler or buyer may be through children, grandchildren, siblings and nephews or nieces, including through marriage or adoption. The farm must be at least 40 acres of the original land acquisition and make a financial contribution to the overall farm income. Since the program began in 1976, more than 8,000 Missouri farms have received the Century Farm designation. University of Missouri Extension, the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and Missouri Farm Bureau sponsor the program. A $140 fee covers the cost of a certificate, a metal farm sign and booklet for approved applicants. County MU Extension centers present these items. Details and online application are at extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm. Apply by June 1, 2022. Contact your county extension center with questions.




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CENTRALIA TRUCK DRIVER INJURED IN MACON CO WRECK

The Highway Patrol said a truck driver from Centralia received moderate injuries in a single vehicle crash on Route C, 3 miles south of Bevier around 4:30 AM Monday morning. 57 year old Larry D. Barnes was northbound when the truck he was driving went off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Barnes was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

THREE INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH

Troopers say three people were injured in a two vehicle collision in Pettis County Monday morning at 11:14 am. The crash happened on Highway 65 at Route H when a westbound pickup driven by 21 year old Logan Parker of Sedalia pulled into the path of southbound truck driven by 46 year old Robert Brock of Kirksville which struck the pickup in the passenger side. After impact, the pickup went off the left side of the roadway and came to rest facing south. The vehicle Brock was driving went off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Parker had serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. Brock was not injured, however two passengers in his vehicle, a 12 year old male juvenile from Downing and 34 year old Seth Dimmett of Kirksville both had minor injuries and were transported to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.

 

LAGRANGE DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED

 

The Patrol said 48 year old Chassie Young of LaGrange had serious injuries after being ejected from his vehicle at 2:50 AM Monday on US 24 in Marion County, 1 mile west of West Quincy. Young’s westbound truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned into the median and ejected the driver. Young was transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment.

 

BUSINESS WATCH INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

 

The Kirksville Police Department will be holding two informational sessions for the Business Watch program on Thursday, April 28, 2022 at noon and 5:30 pm. These sessions will be held at the meeting room at the Kirksville Aquatic Center at 801 East Mill Street, Kirksville, MO. These informational sessions for the Business Watch program will help local businesses learn some basic crime prevention tips and form relationships with other nearby business owners. Any Kirksville business owners/operators interested in these tips or forming a network of businesses to prevent crime should attend one of these sessions.

 

COLUMBIA NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH TRAINING

 

The Columbia Police Department is encouraging residents to participate in a free training session on Monday May 9th via Zoom. The one hour training outlines both active and passive crime prevention methods while learning what observation techniques you can use to identify and reduce crime in your neighborhood. You can register on line at www.columbianeighborhoodwatch.org




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HAMILTON DRIVER INJURED

The Highway Patrol said 20 year old Jessica M. Smalley of Hamilton fell asleep as she was driving southbound on MO 5, 3 miles north of Milan around 9:20 pm Sunday night. Her pickup went off the left side of the roadway and struck a ditch and a fence before coming to rest on its side. Smalley had minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

VANDALIA MAN KILLED IN MARION COUNTY AFTER BEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE

Authorities say a man from Vandalia was killed on US 61, just south of Palmyra at 9:20 pm Friday night. The highway patrol crash report indicated a 16 year old male juvenile from Hannibal was southbound on US 61 when a pedestrian identified as 30 year old Austin C. Taylor of Vandalia ran eastbound into the roadway and was struck by the southbound auto. The Marion County Coroner Rick Jones pronounced Taylor dead at the scene shortly after the crash. The patrol’s Major Crash Investigation Unit was activated to aid in the investigation. The Palmyra Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, Palmyra Fire Department and Marion County Ambulance all provided on site assistance.

MOTORCYCLE DEER COLLISION IN MONROE COUNTY FRIDAY MORNING

The Patrol said a Monroe City man was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries Friday morning after his motorcycle struck a deer. Stanley R. Thompson was westbound on Highway 24, 5 miles west of Monroe City at 8:55 AM. Thompson was ejected upon impact.

PASSENGER EJECTED WHEN UTV OVERTURNED IN KNOX COUNTY FRIDAY

Troopers say a Labelle man, 27 year old Dakota J. Sparks was northbound on Turkey Road, 6 miles south of Knox City at 5pm Friday when he lost control of the UTV he was operating and the unit overturned and ejected a passenger. That passenger, identified as 25 year old Michael D. Whan of Labelle, was transported by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy with moderate injuries.

REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED IN SOUTHWEST COLUMBIA FRIDAY NIGHT

The Boone County Sheriff's department is investigating a report of shots fired in southwest Columbia. Deputies taped off the intersection of West Bethany Drive and South Scott Blvd just after 10 p.m. Friday night where deputies found multiple shell casings on the ground. The Boone County Sheriff's Office says more than one caller had called Boone County Joint Communications to report hearing gunshots. The investigation is continuing.

NATIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The Boone County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with the Youth Community Coalition and law enforcement agencies throughout Boone County including Columbia Missouri Police Department, Ashland, Missouri Police Department, Centralia Missouri Police Department, Hallsville Missouri Police Department, University of Missouri Police Department, and VA Hospital Police Departments, will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take Back event at multiple locations April 29rd and 30th, 2022. This event coincides with the National Drug Take Back event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency. This effort is undertaken to provide the community with appropriate disposal of their expired, unused, or unwanted prescription medications. The benefits of the Take Back event include that these prescription medications do not fall into the hands of our youth where they may be abused or distributed inappropriately. Further, the proper disposal of these medications aids in protecting the environment as it is detrimental to ground source water if medications are flushed.

Two collection sites are open Friday, April 29rd, 2022.

Below are five collection sites open Saturday, April 30th, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Citizens may go to any one of these locations during the times listed and drop off their unwanted medications for disposal. Please, no sharps (needles). Following the collection, all medications will be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.




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MONROE COUNTY CLERK UNDER INVESTIGATION

KHQA TV in Hannibal is reporting Monroe County Clerk La Jeana Peterson is the focus of a criminal investigation being conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control. The MSHP said it's investigating an allegation of misconduct but did not disclose in detail the nature of the alleged wrongdoing. The patrol said the investigation is active and the inquiry is being conducted at the request of the Monroe County Sheriff. Peterson, of Paris, was appointed as the Monroe County Clerk in July 2021 by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. A 2021 news release from the governor's office stated Peterson served as the office manager and accounts receivable specialist for a nursing home in Paris. Previously, she worked as a government general clerk, and she is a licensed cosmetologist and certified notary public in the state of Missouri, the release stated.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOME INVASION AND SHOTS FIRED CALL

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired at a residence on Wednesday, April 20 at approximately 7:50 p.m. in the 4000 block of Hyde Park Avenue. Officers arrived at the residence but found no individuals present. After entry into the residence, officers located evidence confirming shots were fired. During the investigation, officers learned that the incident was a reported home invasion and determined that multiple victims were involved. One victim stated that while he was entering the residence, several suspects approached him and forced him inside the residence while brandishing a firearm. He stated he had been struck with a firearm, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.  No injuries to other victims were reported. There is no suspect information to provide at this time.  This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

HIGHWAY PATROL CONDUCTED SPECIAL ENFORCEMENT ON US 36

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers stationed out of Troop B, in Macon conducted a special enforcement operation on US Highway 36 in both Linn and Macon counties on Thursday. The operation was scheduled to get underway at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m. The goal of the operation was to detect speeding and other hazardous moving traffic violations that contribute to crashes.

KATY TRAIL STATE PARK OFFERING TRAM TOURS FOR SENIORS

Missouri State Parks is offering senior citizens an experience at Katy Trail State Park from the comfort of a tram coach during Tuesdays on the Trail tours, a series of eight tours at various locations along the trail. The May 10 tours will run from Rocheport to McBaine, offering a chance for visitors to see a stretch of the trail they may not be able to experience otherwise. The free tours will be offered at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and last around two hours each. An interpretive guide will provide a presentation about the history of the Katy Trail and commentary on the local natural and cultural history along the trail. Snacks and bottled water will be provided to each participant. Each tour will host approximately 25 people. Tours are free, but space is limited. Reservations will open one month prior to each date. To reserve your seat, call the park office at 573-449-7402

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 𝗦𝗛𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗙𝗙𝗦 𝗥𝗘𝗣𝗢𝗥𝗧

𝟬𝟰/𝟬𝟴/𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮𝟬𝟰/𝟭𝟯/𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming Summer Kick Off Event in support of Autism Awareness, on April 30, 2022, from 11am-4pm, outside the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. We will have Craft Vendors, Outdoor Games, Food Trucks, numerous Emergency Services Vehicles, Bounce House, and much more.....!! Grab the family and come on over, it will be a good time!

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ADDITIONAL DETAILS REGARDING SHOOTINGS IN FULTON

Police have released additional details of the shootings in Fulton this week, including names of those involved. On Monday, 04/18/2022 Fulton Police responded to what was later determined to be an armed home invasion in the 300 block of West 9th Street. During this incident a male identified as Mark Chan Lee, 58 years old of Fulton was later pronounced deceased at a Columbia hospital from gunshot wounds. There was one victim with a gunshot wound to the leg who was treated and released from an area hospital; another victim was treated at the scene for injuries of a physical assault that resulted from the home invasion. A sweep of the area was conducted after witnesses said there was a male subject that ran south towards Carver Street. There was also a canine track that was attempted with nothing located in the area at that time. On Tuesday, 4/19/2022 Officers responded to an area a short distance from the original scene on West 9th after a body was found partially underneath a utility trailer. The subject located there was identified as Willie M Thompkins, 45 years old of Fulton. Thompkins has been identified as a suspect in the home invasion incident. It is believed that Thompkins fled the scene on foot but was wounded by a gunshot. It appears that Thompkins survived long enough for a tourniquet to have been self applied to an extremity while eluding capture. Details on where Thompkins fled to and how he came to be located in the position he was found are still under investigation. A firearm was also located with Thompkins. Police say this investigation is still underway.

 

500 POUNDS OF PACKAGED POT SCATTERED AROUND CRASH SITE ON I-70, NEAR THE CALLAWAY/MONTGOMERY COUNTY LINE

The highway patrol said 2 people have been arrested on felony drug trafficking charges after 500 pounds of packaged pot was located scattered around a crash site on Interstate 70 near the Callaway & Montgomery County Line  Wednesday morning. According to the report, the incident happened when a semi swerved to avoid a crash and was then hit from behind by a pickup.. Then another tractor trailer unit went off the left side of the roadway and struck the pickup. All three of those vehicles were traveling eastbound. The pickup truck was driven by 24 year old David Mora Navarro who had moderate injuries. 32 year old Victor Gonzalez Acosta and 37 year old Edith Lerma also had moderate injuries. Those two men were arrested for felony drug trafficking. Navarro was also charged with C & I driving involving a crash. The two men and the one woman are all from the Country of Mexico and were treated for their injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. Authorities said the crash happened at 7:15 am at the 163.6 mile marker  and both east and west bound lanes of I-70 were closed for a time. Later, westbound traffic resumed but the eastbound lanes remained closed for several hours.

 

FULTON DRUG BUST

Wednesday afternoon at 12:27 pm, the Fulton Police Department along with the Callaway County Sheriff's Office and MUSTANG Drug Task force, executed a narcotics related search warrant at 621 Airway Drive,  Apt A, in Fulton, MO. During the execution of the search warrant methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was located. Stephanie Worley was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was taken to the Callaway County Jail pending a court set bond. Sterling Albright was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and released with a court summons.




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April 20, 2022

HOME INVASION IN FULTON TURNED DEADLY

Monday night, 04/18/2022 at 8:53 PM, Fulton Police responded to the 300 block of West 9th Street for a report of gunfire. Upon arrival officers located a 33 year old male that had a gunshot wound to the leg and another male, age 58, with life threatening gunshot wounds. Officers provided aid to the severely injured subject who was later pronounced deceased at a Columbia Hospital. The other male was transported to a hospital via private vehicle. During the investigation it was learned that the incident began as a home invasion with a female occupant that had been assaulted before the shots were fired. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information should call the Fulton Police Department (573-592-3100), Crime Stoppers (573-592-2474), or your local law enforcement agency. The Fulton Fire Department, Callaway County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and Callaway County Ambulance all assisted at the scene.

ANOTHER BODY FOUND NEAR SCENE OF REPORTED FULTON HOME INVASION

Police in Fulton confirmed a second body was found Tuesday morning about two blocks down from where a deadly home invasion took place Monday night, however, authorities would not say if the second body is connected to the home invasion Monday night. A weapon was also found outside the house where the body was found. No other official information has been released by authorities as of now.

VEHICLE FIRE IN KIRKSVILLE TUESDAY

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Kirksville Police and The Kirksville Fire Department were called to the scene of a vehicle fire in Kirksville near the intersection of Patterson and Stanford streets, just after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The flames did extensive damage to the engine compartment and front of the car. There are no reports of any injuries and no word on the cause of the fire.

LAW ENFORCEMENT REMINDING CITIZENS TO LOCK VEHICLES AND REMOVE KEYS AND VALUABLES

Area Law Enforcement agencies continue to investigate reports involving thefts from vehicles in North Central Missouri as well as several stolen vehicle reports. To date, all the thefts are believed to have been from unlocked vehicles and the stolen vehicles were also unlocked with the keys in the vehicle. The most recent thefts occurred in Adair and Macon County over the weekend. The Moberly Police Department urges all citizens to contact law enforcement immediately if they have suspicious activity around your home or neighborhood. Do not confront the person(s), obtain a description of the person(s), their clothing, vehicle and where you last saw the subject(s) and if possible what direction there were last seen going and then notify your local law enforcement agency.




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April 19, 2022

FREEZE WARNING FOR MAJORITY OF THE STATE THROUGH 9AM – OTHER AREAS UNDER FROST ADVISORY

TWO AREA RESIDENTS INVOLVLED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY CRASH MONDAY

Troopers say a Wheeling resident was taken to an area hospital after a collision in Livingston County Monday afternoon. According to the report, 20 year old Justin Haddakin of Wheeling was eastbound on  US 36, 2 miles east of Chillicothe and attempting to overtake another eastbound vehicle, a tractor trailer unit driven b 63 year old Marvin Tolle of Trenton when the SUV struck the trailer unit. The tractor/trailer came to a controlled stop while the SUV ended up in the median. The driver of the SUV had minor injuries and was transported to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment. That crash happened just before 1 o’clock Monday afternoon.

KIRKSVILLE POLICE AND MACON POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE STOLEN VEHICLES

KTVO reports Officers in Kirksville are attempting to locate a red 2012 GMC Sierra 2500 extended cab truck. The truck has Missouri license 17H9FV and was taken from the 700 block of East Cottonwood Street early Monday morning. There have been similar reports of vehicle thefts in surrounding communities, including La Plata and Lancaster. Police in Macon, Mo., are reporting a stolen vehicle and reports of multiple vehicle break-ins overnight Sunday. The stolen vehicle is a white 2007 Hyundai Tiburon with Missouri license RD9L7T. Authorities remind citizens to not leave valuables inside your vehicle when unattended, especially purses, wallets, firearms, computers and other items. Make sure your vehicle is locked and the keys remain with you. If you have recently had your vehicle entered or items taken, whether anything is missing or not, you are asked to report it to the Macon Police Department at 660-385-2195 or the 24-hour anonymous tip line at 660-395-1111. Tips regardfing the stolen pickup in Kirksville should be directed to the Kirksville Police Department.

MEXICO MAN ATTEMPTS ESCAPE ON BICYCLE

On Saturday, April 16, 2022 at approximately 5:23PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of West Monroe in reference to a disturbance.  Responding personnel learned that Kynan J Fox, age 48, had been involved and had an active warrant for his arrest from an unrelated incident.  Officers met with Fox in the 1100 block of Harwood before he attempted to escape on a bicycle he was riding.  Officers chased Fox for about 8 blocks before he was taken into custody without injury.  Fox was taken to the Audrain County Jail for the warrant and an additional case of Resisting Arrest will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY COMMUNITY SOLAR CENTER IS NOW ON LINE

As of yesterday (MON),  Ameren Missouri announces that its newest clean energy source, a solar facility near New Florence, is now up and running. The Montgomery County Community Solar Center was constructed following the support of more than 2,000 customers who wanted to take part in clean energy generation without having to pay high up-front costs to install solar equipment on their own roofs or property, or renters who don't have a solar generation option. Customers interested in being part of the program’s next expansion can add their name to a waiting list to be first in line for the next opportunity. When opened for sign-ups later this year, the program will be easier to participate in than ever before with all residential and small business customers now able to offset up to 100% of their energy use. The Community Solar Program started as a pilot in 2018, offering customers the opportunity to invest in solar energy generation in their community through a shared system. The program has since been made permanent and is now generating clean energy from the Montgomery County facility at New Florence, and another at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. 




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04/18/2022

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED WITH INJURY IN THE AREA OF NINTH & CHERRY STREETS SUNDAY

On Sunday, April 17 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Ninth and Cherry Streets.

Columbia Police arrested Victor L. Arriaga, 20, of Jefferson City for assault and unlawful use of a weapon and Israel N. Ortiz, 20, of Jefferson City for peace disturbance by fighting in relation to a reported shots fired investigation with injury. During the investigation, officers discovered one adult male had sustained a gunshot wound that had been transported to a local hospital in a personally owned vehicle. At the time of this press release, he is listed in stable condition. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARREST TWO WITH DRUGS AND STOLEN FIREARMS

On Friday, April 8, 2022, Kirksville Police arrested two suspects in separate incidents in possession of narcotics and stolen weapons.

KIRKSVILLE POLICE RECOVER STOLEN VEHICLE

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a stolen vehicle was recovered by Kirksville police around 9 p.m. Friday. The vehicle was reported stolen from Schuyler County around 7:30 Friday morning. Officers told KTVO, they received additional reports of two other stolen vehicles. Both of the vehicles were recovered, one in Putnam County and the other in Schuyler County. Police are still investigating. No arrests have been made yet in connection with any of the incidents.

 

𝐇𝐀𝐕𝐄 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐒𝐄𝐄𝐍 𝐎𝐑 𝐃𝐎 𝐘𝐎𝐔 𝐊𝐍𝐎𝐖 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐖𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓𝐒 𝐎𝐅 𝐁𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐋𝐘 𝐉. 𝐋𝐎𝐆𝐀𝐍?

As of just recently, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is actively investigating the disappearance of Beverly J. Logan. Beverly was reported missing to the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office in Illinois, who has been working hard trying to locate her since her family reported her missing. Beverly was last heard from on January 26, 2022. Authorities recently confirmed Beverly was seen in Bellflower, Missouri, toward the end of January, 2022. Further information was that Beverly may have been staying at a residence on Elm Street in Bellflower from toward the end of January up and until an unconfirmed sighting of her at the Colonial Inn in High Hill, Missouri, on or about February 15, 2022. In early March the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office had information that Beverly was seen in Warrenton, Missouri, with an unidentified white male. Beverly was last seen driving a blue 2019 Nissan Versa with Alabama license plates. On April 7, 2022, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office put out a statewide broadcast in an attempt to locate the blue 2019 Nissan Versa Sedan, bearing Alabama License 2CH1060. On April 12, 2022, we received, what we would consider, a confirmed sighting of this vehicle in St. Charles, Missouri. Further information was that this vehicle was possibly sold, by someone other than Beverly, to an individual who may be living in the St. Charles area. Family and friends say Beverly always stayed in constant contact and she he would never go more than a couple days without texting or calling.  It is unclear as to whether or not Beverly is the victim of foul play. All agencies involved are actively trying to make contact with Beverly and confirm her safety. If you have seen Beverly or know her whereabouts please contact the Montgomery County Joint Communications Center at 573-564-3378 or contact the St Clair County Sheriff’s Office at 618-825-5204.

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED AFTER BEING THROWN FROM DIRTBIKE IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

The highway patrol said two Mokane residents were injured after being thrown from the dirt bike they were riding in Callaway County at 6450 County Road 470 at 7:06 pm Saturday night. 18 year old Chance Bryson was operating the vehicle when he lost control, and the dirt bike overturned and ejected both Bryson and a passenger, 19 year old Charles Sullins, Both were transported by Callaway EMS to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The patrol said Bryson had serious injuries while Sullins injuries were listed as moderate.

 

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH IN ADAIR COUNTY SATURDAY EVENING

Troopers say 32 year old Dustin Shelton of Kirksville was westbound on Michigan Trail, a half a mile west of Kirksville shortly after 7 o’clock Saturday night when his vehicle travelled off the left side of the roadway and struck a fence. Shelton was not injured, however a passenger, 36 year old Ann Stafford of Kirksville did have minor injuries and was transported by private auto to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

TWO TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES FOLLOWING COLLISION WITH DEER

The highway patrol said a vehicle collided with a deer in Randolph County around 8:16 Friday night. That crash happened on US 63, 2 miles north of Cairo. 57 year old Sherry Thomson of Paris was southbound when her auto struck a deer in the roadway and came to rest in the median. Thomson and a passenger, 51 year old Mary Frances Gulley of Paris both had minor injuries and was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center.

 

SLATER DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED

The Patrol said 72 year old Lester Bryant of Slater received serious injuries and was flown to University Hospital  by Life Flight after crashing his pickup Friday afternoon at 4:35 pm in Saline County on Highway 240 at 270th Road. According to the report, Bryant tried to pass several vehicles traveling behind a piece of farm equipment as the farm equipment operator turned left in front of Bryants pickup.




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04/15/2022

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND AUDRAIN COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY OBTAIN CONVICTION IN MEXICO MURDER

Late Wednesday night, a Randolph County jury convicted Sadiq J. Moore, 25, of Kirksville of Second-Degree Murder, First Degree Burglary, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and three counts of Armed Criminal Action after a three-day jury trial. The jury convicted Moore of assisting two others with carrying out a home invasion just before 5:00 a.m. in Mexico, Missouri on June 27, 2020. During the home invasion, Chance Davis, the resident of the home, was shot and killed. Mr. Davis’ girlfriend, two children, and dog were also home, but were unharmed. The Missouri Attorney General’s Office assisted the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney on the case. The case was tried before the Honorable Scott Hayes in Randolph County after the defendant filed a motion for a change of judge and a change of venue. Sentencing is set for July 20, 2022, at 2:00 in Huntsville. Moore’s sentence could amount to life in prison. Trial dates have not been set for Moore’s codefendants Dayton Curtis-Fisher, 23, and Timothy Midgyett, 27, however, those cases continue in Linn County, and Audrain County, respectively.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST MAN WANTED BY BROOKFIELD AUTHORITIES WEDNESDAY

Chillicothe Police Officers were dispatched to a business in the 600 block of St. Louis Street in Chillicothe just before 7:30 Wednesday night on a report of a subject that didn’t have permission to be there....Officers made contact with the subject and it was found that the subject was wanted on a Brookfield warrant. The 43 year old subject was arrested on the warrant and then Officers discovered him to be in possession of controlled substance and paraphernalia. The subject was unable to post the bond amount on the warrant and was also to be held on a 24 hour hold pending filing of local charges. The subject was processed at the PD and transported to Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail.




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April 14, 2022

KPD ASKING FOR HELP IDENTIFYING SUSPECT

The Kirksville Police Department is asking for the help of the public in identifying a suspect in a recent rash of property damage reports. On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Kirksville Police responded to four reports involving tires being slashed on at least five vehicles parked in the 100 block of East Illinois, and the 400-800 blocks of North Franklin Street.

Kirksville Police have obtained video of a suspect damaging the tires of vehicles in the 800 block of North Franklin Street shortly after 9 PM on 04/11/2022. This suspect is wearing a dark colored coat, walking northbound on Franklin Street and appears to stab the tires of vehicles parked on the street. You can watch the video on the police department’s face book page. You’ll find a link to that page on our website under the news tab.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660.785.6945, Central Dispatch at 660.665.5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660.665.4600, anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

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DRUG BUST AT CALLAWAY COUNTY HOTEL

Tuesday night, authorities in Callaway County learned a drug dealer was conducting business out of a local hotel in the county. Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies, with assistance of the Fulton Police Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force jointly conducted an operation and seized a reported 42 grams of methamphetamine and cocaine. A post on the Callaway County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page indicated more information about the case and arrest information would be provided in an upcoming Media Release.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

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The first week of April has been very busy for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department …

𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡�� 𝐖𝐞𝐞𝐤:

 

NCMC CLOSED THIS FRIDAY AT ALL LOCATIONS

 

North Central Missouri College will be closed on Friday, April 15, for Spring Holiday. This closing includes all buildings and offices at Main, Barton, North Belt, Maryville, and Bethany locations, and no classes will be held. The Ketcham Community Center will have holiday hours of 5:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. NCMC will reopen on Monday, April 18, for regular hours of business.

 

 




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04/13/2022

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN MONROE COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH

The Highway Patrol said a Macon woman was injured Tuesday afternoon in a motorcycle crash in Monroe County on Route j, 2 miles west of Duncan’s Bridge around 1;50 PM. 62 year old Elizabeth Grimshaw of Macon was  westbound on her motorcycle when the bike ran off the right side of the roadway on a curve and overturned. Grimshaw was ejected from the bike and suffered moderate injuries. She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

ADAIR COUNTY CRASH RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES

Troopers say a single vehicle crash resulted in injuries to both the driver and a passenger Tuesday afternoon at 5:25 pm in Adair County, 2 miles east of Kirksville at the intersection of Patterson Way and Strawberry Way. 18  year old Gabriel Barber of Kirksville was eastbound when he lost control and his vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a fence post. Authorities said by Barber and a passenger, 18 year old August Lewis of Kirksville both had moderate injuries. Lewis was transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center while Barber refused treatment at the scene.

A MORE THAN 20 HOUR STANDOFF IN RANDOLOH COUNTY ENDS WITH ARREST OF MOBERLY MAN

A Moberly, Mo., man is in custody after a 22-hour standoff with law enforcement that began when he refused to surrender to deputies on Monday. Stephen Thorp, 59 of Moberly came out of the house he had been barricaded in around 3:30 am Tuesday morning after a SWAT officer with the Highway Patrol deployed chemical munitions on the house. Randolph County Sheriff Aaron Wilson said his department was attempting to serve a parole violation warrant calling for Thorps arrest at a home on County Road 2360, just east of Moberly around 8am Monday morning. Thorp was on parole for 2nd degree murder and had allegedly violated his conditions for parole. Other individuals were also at the house when deputies arrived, but they exited the residence. Thorp refused to exit the house leading to the standoff that at one time involved approximately 50 law enforcement personnel including officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the US Marshals service, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Moberly Police and others, including several SWAT teams. Thorp was also in possession of a handgun and reportedly fired 4 shots at a drone that authorities had sent into the house. Sheriff Wilson also said Thorp threatened to harm himself. The Sheriff said Thorp was convicted in 1997 of 2nd degree murder and armed criminal action and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. After Thorp was in custody he was transported to the Randolph County Jai initially, but was expected to be returned to the Department of Corrections for processing on the parole violation.

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE AND MOBERLY SCHOOL DISTRICT REACH RESOLUTION IN SUNSHINE LAWSUIT

On Tuesday, April 12, 2022, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced that the Attorney General’s Office has reached a favorable resolution in a lawsuit the Office filed against Moberly School District in November of last year over alleged violations of the Sunshine Law. 
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office initially raised concerns about the Moberly School District’s policy for recording Independent Education Plan (IEP) meetings.  As part of the resolution, the Moberly School District will:

Further, if Moberly enters into a contract with third-party technology service provider to manage its records and search for records in response to a Sunshine Law request, the contract will not impede public access to records or result in overcharging citizens who submit requests. A link to the full settlement is available on our station website. That link is:  https://ago.mo.gov/docs/default-source/press-releases/fully-executed-settlement-agreement(13295685-1).pdf?sfvrsn=bc9a819a_2




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April 12, 2022

AUTHORITIES REMAIN IN STANDOFF WITH MOBERLY MAN WHO IS ARMED AND BARRICADED INSIDE RESIDENCE


The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department identified the man at 59 year old Stephen Jay Thorp who at last word remained barricaded in a home on County Road 2360, east of Moberly. Thorp is reportedly armed and is on parole for 2nd degree murder. Three people including Thorp were inside the home when authorities arrived Monday morning around 8 am and two were able to safely exit the home. Approximately 50 officers from various agencies are on the scene including officers from the Highway Patrol, US Marshals office, the Randolph County Sheriff’s office and Moberly Police Department. Several SWAT teams on also on scene. Randolph County Sheriff Aaron Wilson said Thorp fired four rounds inside the home and shot down a law enforcement drone. Thorp is wanted on a warrant for parole violation on the 2nd degree murder charge and is now facing multiple new charges. A Columbia  TV Station is also reporting Thorp is wanted regarding a Pike County shooting.

 

JONESBURG MAN FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES

On Saturday morning, April 9, 2022, at 12:10 am, a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a vehicle in the Jonesburg area for an equipment violation. Upon making contact, the driver advised he worked for local repair shop and was test driving a customer's vehicle. During the course of the traffic stop, the Deputy learned the driver, 34 year old John M. Schmidt of Jonesburg, had a suspended driver's license. The Deputy told Schmidt he was under arrest for driving while suspended and asked him to step out of the vehicle. Schmidt refused to comply, the Deputy open his door, and Schmidt resisted while the Deputy was trying to remove him from the vehicle. During the struggle the Deputy got Schmidt's left wrist handcuffed. Schmidt then put the vehicle in drive, took off at a high rate of speed, and nearly ran over the deputy with the back tires of the vehicle. Deputies pursued Schmidt throughout the Jonesburg area before Schmidt decided to take the chase off road onto his family's farm. Deputies continued to pursue Schmidt as he plowed through fields, around farm equipment, and irrigation rigs. During the pursuit, Deputies advised they had to stop while Schmidt dangerously drove circles around farm equipment, purposely throwing mud all over the patrol vehicles. Deputies called off the pursuit after Schmidt struck a patrol vehicle and the Deputies were no longer able to see due to all the mud on their windshields. Schmidt is currently on probation for Aiding the Escape of a Prisoner and Weapon Offenses. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is continuing to search for Schmidt, and say once arrested he will be facing several other charges including Driving While Suspended, Stealing, C&I Driving, Felony Resisting Arrest, 2nd Degree Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, and Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident. If anyone knows of Schmidt’s location, please contact the Montgomery County Communications Center at 573-564-3378. The news release also offered thanks to the Warren County Sheriff's Office for their assistance in this pursuit.

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN SHOTS FIRED CASE ON ORCHARD LANE

Columbia Police have arrested Marquez Elam, 19, of Columbia, for first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action. The arrest is in connection with an incident that occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, when officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 4600 block of Orchard Lane. During the investigation, officers learned one victim had been transported by a personal vehicle to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. No other information has been released by authorities regarding the alleged shooter or the victim. This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.




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04/11/2022

 

BUCKLIN WOMAN INJURED WHEN VEHICLE ROLLED BACKWARDS

Authorities say 90 year old Sarah Greer of Bucklin was injured when she exited her vehicle to check for an obstacle and failed to place the vehicle in park. The vehicle rolled backwards and struck Greer trapping her leg under the vehicle. The incident happened Sunday night at 6:20 pm in Linn County at 105 West 3rd Street in Bucklin. According to the report, her injuries were minor and she was transported by Linn County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The highway patrol with assistance from the Linn County Sheriff’s Department investigated the incident.

 

RALLS COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT EJECTS DRIVER

Troopers report at ATV accident in Ralls County at 7:14 pm Sunday night resulted in serious injuries.  47 year old Lori Cox of New London was northbound on Camp Creek Lane, three miles north of New London when she attempted to make a turn. The ATV overturtned and Cox was ejected. She was transported  to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HAS NEW PROSECUTING ATTORNEY AND NEW CIRCUIT JUDGE TO BE SWORN IN THIS MORNING

Adair County has a new prosecuting attorney as of Friday afternoon when Interim Presiding Judge Tom Redington appointed David Goring, of Kirksville to fill the remainder of longtime Prosecutor Matt Wilson’s term. Wilson resigned the position at 4pm Friday afternoon and will be sworn in as circuit judge for the 2nd Judicial Circuit at 8:30 am this (MON) morning. Wilson was recently appointed by Missouri Governor Mike Parson to the position after Russell Steele, who had been the circuit judge retired at the end of February. The 2nd Judicial Circuit consists of Adair, Knox and Lewis Counties. Goring has been the assistant Adair County prosecutor for 10 and a half years and also served as a Police Officer for the City of Kirksville for a number of years.

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COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED WITH INJURY SATURDAY AFTERNOON

On Saturday,  April 9 at approximately 4 p.m., Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the 4600 block of Orchard Lane. Officers arrived on scene and learned one victim had been transported by a personal vehicle to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim’s condition is currently uncertain. There is no suspect information available at this time. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

FARM TRACTOR AND SUV COLLIDE IN KIRKSVILLE SUNDAY

KTVO and KTVO dot Com reports a collision between an SUV and a tractor Sunday afternoon sent one of the drivers to the hospital. It happened at 3:42 p.m. at the intersection of Missouri Highway 6 West and Industrial Road in Kirksville. Police told KTVO a farm tractor, driven by a 12-year-old juvenile, was traveling east bound on Highway 6 and was making a left hand turn on Industrial Road when the collision happened. Officers said the SUV was traveling west bound on Highway 6 when it made a side impact collision with the tractor. The collision caused the SUV to overturn in the intersection, leaving the driver, Cheyenne Beaty, 25, injured. Beaty was transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver of the tractor was not injured.

 

INCIDENTS, ARRESTS & MORE

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department reported the following this past week

Incident Reports:

Most Wanted Updates:

Added March 24:

Arrested March 28:

Added April 01:

Arrested April 05:

Other Arrests:

Citations:

Additional Information:

KZZT MARKS 35 YEARS OF SERVICE

35 years ago a new radio station signed on the air serving residents of the area and 35 years later that station is still on the air serving advertisers and residents of the area, still delivering a contemporary rock and roll format and still locally owned and operated by the same majority ownership and management. It was 6am, Friday, April 10th, 1987 that 105.5 FM, KZZT officially signed on the air. Much has changed since that sign on day when music was still being pressed and sold at record stores on vinyl. Vinyl records. Reel to reel tape machines and more were soon replaced with compact discs, and DAT tape, then came mp3s and other types of digital offerings and computer technology. The Internet, streaming options, satellite radio and more not even heard of. In 1987, KZZT was a 3000 watt radio station. Later 6000 watts, then 25,000 and today 50,000 watts of power. Many people have been involved in 105.5’s success over the years, from those who volunteered their time so the station could be on air 24/7, to countless others. Many of the early voices are still on the radio in various markets and some of those voices as well as others involved in the early days have moved on, but still call Moberly home. Today, KZZT is part of a broadcast family that consists of nine broadcast signals with various formats that covers most of North Missouri, a large part of Central Missouri, parts of Southern Iowa and more.  Thanks to our advertisers who ultimately pay the bills, our many, many listeners and our dedicated staff of today, yesterday and those of tomorrow. Thank you to Phil Chirillo, our President and Majority owner.  He’s the man that had the dream of a music intensive station, the one who sacrificed hours and put his money on the line to make it a reality. I’m Dale Palmer, and I’m the one who flipped the transmitter on at pushed all the buttons 35 years ago when 105.5 fm came to life on your radio dial and I’m humbled and extremely grateful to have been and continue to be a part of it all these years.  Happy 35th Birthday KZZT and here’s too many more years of Rock n’Roll!




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April 8, 2022

MILAN MAN ARRESTED MONDAY NIGHT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ON SEVERAL CHARGES

Jeremy R. Weaver age 51 of Milan was arrested at 7:53 P.M. Monday in Sullivan County and is facing several charges including felony possession of a firearm, felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine along with a felony charge for not having a drivers license. N addition, he is also charged with misdemeanor possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to register a motor vehicle.

ATLANTA MAN RECENTLY APPOINTED BY GOVERNOR TO SAFE DRINKING WATER COMMISSION

On Monday, April 4th, 2022, Governor Mike Parson announced six appointments to various boards and commissions and filled one county office vacancy. One of the six appointments was an Atlanta resident. Brian Bender of Atlanta, was appointed by the Governor to the Safe Drinking Water Commission. Bender is the current General Manager of the Public Water Supply District # 1 of Macon County and has served the District since 1997 when he started as an Operator

 

MILAN HIRES NEW CITY ADMINISTRATOR

This past Monday, the Milan City Council voted to hire Crystal Bupp as City Administrator. She has been the Executive Director of the Missouri Democratic Party in Jefferson City and prior to that she served in various capacities in the administration of then Governor Jay Nixon. In September 2017, Bupp relocated back to her hometown of Milan. She is the daughter of Jim and Sherry Brinkley of Milan

EASTER EGG HUNT PLANNED FOR APRIL 16TH IN LACLEDE

The General John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site located at 1100 Pershing Drive in Laclede will be holding an Easter egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Immediately following the hunt, there will be drawings for prizes. Visitors can sign up for these drawings beginning at 1 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Laclede Sportsman’s Club, which will also be providing the prizes. For more information about the event, contact the historic site office at 660-963-2525.




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04/07/2022

 

FORMER BRAYMER SCHOOL TEACHER FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES

A former Missouri School teacher at Braymer High School, 29 year old Zachary W. Douglas, is accused and charged for allegedly sending nude pictures and videos of himself to two young girls and is now facing new charges. In a separate case, Douglas is facing new charges including 4 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, four counts of sexual contact with a student, one count of furnishing pornographic material and one count of first-degree sexual misconduct. The charges are connected to multiple incidents between July 2021 and March 2022. Douglas was a science teacher at Braymer High School and coached football and baseball at the school. Douglas is currently being held in the Caldwell County jail without bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court today at 10 a.m. for a bond hearing.

COLLISSION AT KIRKSVILLE INTERSECTION - MINOR INJURIES FOR BOTH DRIVERS

Kirksville first responders responded to a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon just before 1 p.m. at the intersection of La Harpe and South Franklin Street. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports officers on the scene said, 23-year-old, Collin Thompson, of St. Louis, was headed southbound on Franklin when he attempted to make a left-hand turn onto La Harpe. Police say that 22-year-old, Ami Patel, of Kirksville, was headed northbound when Thompson failed to yield, causing the two vehicles to collide. Both suffered minor injuries and were treated and released on the scene.

 

FORMER TROOPER IN COOPER & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES PLEDS GUILTY

A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty recently and was sentenced to 2 years of court supervised probation. Zachary Czerniewski joined the patrol in April 2012. In July of 2018 he was promoted to corporal and then received another promotion to sergeant in July of 2021 and reportedly resigned from the patrol in March of this year after allegations of falsifying traffic stop reports in both Montgomery and Cooper counties surfaced. On Wednesday he entered a plea of guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of falsifying traffic stop reports by purposely violating provisions of Chapter 590 of the RSMo. Court documents indicated the former trooper reportedly admitted "he does not always accurately record the required information in the racial profiling report," and asked the person to whom he gave this information to keep it between them. In some cases, the trooper allegedly reported the driver's race as "white" when the driver was Black, while in others, he allegedly made searches during the stop but reported making no searches in his documentation.




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04/07/2022

 

FORMER BRAYMER SCHOOL TEACHER FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES

A former Missouri School teacher at Braymer High School, 29 year old Zachary W. Douglas, is accused and charged for allegedly sending nude pictures and videos of himself to two young girls and is now facing new charges. In a separate case, Douglas is facing new charges including 4 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy, four counts of sexual contact with a student, one count of furnishing pornographic material and one count of first-degree sexual misconduct. The charges are connected to multiple incidents between July 2021 and March 2022. Douglas was a science teacher at Braymer High School and coached football and baseball at the school. Douglas is currently being held in the Caldwell County jail without bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court today at 10 a.m. for a bond hearing.

COLLISSION AT KIRKSVILLE INTERSECTION - MINOR INJURIES FOR BOTH DRIVERS

Kirksville first responders responded to a two-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon just before 1 p.m. at the intersection of La Harpe and South Franklin Street. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports officers on the scene said, 23-year-old, Collin Thompson, of St. Louis, was headed southbound on Franklin when he attempted to make a left-hand turn onto La Harpe. Police say that 22-year-old, Ami Patel, of Kirksville, was headed northbound when Thompson failed to yield, causing the two vehicles to collide. Both suffered minor injuries and were treated and released on the scene.

 

FORMER TROOPER IN COOPER & MONTGOMERY COUNTIES PLEDS GUILTY

A former Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper pleaded guilty recently and was sentenced to 2 years of court supervised probation. Zachary Czerniewski joined the patrol in April 2012. In July of 2018 he was promoted to corporal and then received another promotion to sergeant in July of 2021 and reportedly resigned from the patrol in March of this year after allegations of falsifying traffic stop reports in both Montgomery and Cooper counties surfaced. On Wednesday he entered a plea of guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of falsifying traffic stop reports by purposely violating provisions of Chapter 590 of the RSMo. Court documents indicated the former trooper reportedly admitted "he does not always accurately record the required information in the racial profiling report," and asked the person to whom he gave this information to keep it between them. In some cases, the trooper allegedly reported the driver's race as "white" when the driver was Black, while in others, he allegedly made searches during the stop but reported making no searches in his documentation.




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April 6, 2022

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER 2ND DEGREE AFTER OVERDOSE DEATH INVESTIGATION

On April 4, 2022, the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney charged Dustin K. Pool of Moberly with Murder 2nd degree.  The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the Moberly Police Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force into the death of a Moberly resident in January 2022.  Through the course of the investigation, it was learned the resident died from an overdose of the drug, fentanyl, which was allegedly supplied by Pool. Pool is currently incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

CHILLICOTHE BUSINESS CALLED A TOTAL LOSS AFTER FIRE TUESDAY

Assistance from the State Fire Marshall’s office has been requested to to help determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a popular Chillicothe restaurant late Tuesday. Authorities say the China Garden Buffet on South Washington Street, just north of the intersection with Business Route 36 was a total loss The Chillicothe Fire Chief said the fire may have started in the ceiling area. Prior to China Garden, the building was the location of the McDonald’s Restaurant for many years before they built a new facility just down the road. Firefighters said both ladder trucks and the pumper truck was used in fighting the fire after the call came in around 4:30 pm. The investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

 

SHELBINA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH

The Highway Patrol said 19 year old Joseph Buzzard of Shelbina was seriously injured when his southbound pickup went off the right side of Route N, 3 miles north of Lentner at 2:50 am Tuesday morning. The vehicle overturned and the driver was ejected. He was transported by ambulance to the Clarence Helipad, then flown by Staff for Life to University hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DRIVER FROM PALMYRA KILLED IN CRASH

Troopers say a fatal crash occurred in Marion County Monday night at 10:55 pm. 22 year old Morgan Miller was northbound on US 61, 5 miles north of Hannibal when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median. The auto then struck an embankment and overturned. The driver, was pronounced dead at the scene and was not wearing a seat belt.

 

ELMWOOD LAKE SEARCH WRAPPED UP

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's dive team that searched Elmwood Lake outside Milan for most of the day on Monday did not find what they were looking for. Cpl. Justin Dunn told KTVO Tuesday the search for possible "hidden evidence" that might have been dumped in the lake turned up nothing. He would not release any other details about what that evidence was. Divers wrapped up at the lake in the late afternoon or early evening hours Monday. Dunn said there are no plans at this time to conduct any additional searches at Elmwood Lake.

 

LINN COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

While the numbers are still unofficial, it looks like voters were agreeable to spending more on law enforcement, schools and more. The countywide sales tax question was given approval by 62% of voters with the funds used for law enforcement purposes in the county. 58% of the voters gave approval to Proposition Bulldogs which authorized an increase in the total operating tax levy and also made permanent the existing temporary operating tax levy in support of the Brookfield R-3 School District. Patrons in th Meadville School District approved Proposition 2 and both Prop A and Prop B in Brookfield was approved. Browning voters also had a proposition on the ballot and that was approved along with the ballot question in Bucklin.Three people were running for 2 seats on the Brookfield City Council. Jack Forbes and Lonnie Trentham were selected by voters.Ryan Montgomery, Becky Fitzgerald and William Copple were elected to the Health Department Board of Trustees. Five people were running for 2 seats on the Brookfield School Board and Jim McIntyre and Ryan Burns were selected. In Laclede, voters choose Cinthia Ludington and Ed Evans. Brian Baker and Josh Shoemaker were elected to the Marceline City Council and voters also narrowly approved the Public Safety Proposition in Marceline. Unofficially the votes totaled 70 in favor and 69 opposed. A simple majority was needed for passage.

 

MACON COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

Macon voters selected a new mayor on Tuesday as Scott Bigham won with a total of 587 votes as the challenger to incumbent mayor

James Holman who received 514 votes unofficially. Other winners from the Municipal election included Johnny Grigsby and Lynn Mason in the Ethel City County race. For Callao Board of Alderman voters selected Christie Nolte and Craig Gorham. Lisa Harrington and Brenda Jennings were elected to the Bevier School Board. Justin Nelson and Charles Watson won positions on the school board in Atlanta. Also in Atlanta, Lisa Bender, the incumbent will retain her position as Mayor while Edwin Rhoades and Beckie Hruska were elected to the Board of Alderman in Atlanta. Two seats were available on the Macon County R-1 School Board and Chris Nelson and Billy Anderson were selected. Cheryl Blaise was elected to the Macon City Council representing Ward 4.

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

There was a three way race for two open positions on the Moberly City Council and incumbent Austin Kyser was re-elected with 558 votes. Brandon Lucas was the top selection by voters with 639 votes. Winners in the Moberly School Board race were Jimmy O’Loughlin and Debbie young. John Cochran and Jim Cooksey were re-elected to the MACC Board of Trustees. Ricky Switzer won his race for Higbee Mayor. Connie Kissel was selected to the Huntsville City Council in the 3rd ward while Doug Helmich was selected in Ward 4. David Drew and Christopher Adler were elected to the Westran School Board according to our unofficial results.


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April 6, 2022

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER 2ND DEGREE AFTER OVERDOSE DEATH INVESTIGATION

On April 4, 2022, the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney charged Dustin K. Pool of Moberly with Murder 2nd degree.  The charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the Moberly Police Department and the North Missouri Drug Task Force into the death of a Moberly resident in January 2022.  Through the course of the investigation, it was learned the resident died from an overdose of the drug, fentanyl, which was allegedly supplied by Pool. Pool is currently incarcerated in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

SHELBINA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH

The Highway Patrol said 19 year old Joseph Buzzard of Shelbina was seriously injured when his southbound pickup went off the right side of Route N, 3 miles north of Lentner at 2:50 am Tuesday morning. The vehicle overturned and the driver was ejected. He was transported by ambulance to the Clarence Helipad, then flown by Staff for Life to University hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DRIVER FROM PALMYRA KILLED IN CRASH

Troopers say a fatal crash occurred in Marion County Monday night at 10:55 pm. 22 year old Morgan Miller was northbound on US 61, 5 miles north of Hannibal when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median. The auto then struck an embankment and overturned. The driver, was pronounced dead at the scene and was not wearing a seat belt.

 

ELMWOOD LAKE SEARCH WRAPPED UP

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's dive team that searched Elmwood Lake outside Milan for most of the day on Monday did not find what they were looking for. Cpl. Justin Dunn told KTVO Tuesday the search for possible "hidden evidence" that might have been dumped in the lake turned up nothing. He would not release any other details about what that evidence was. Divers wrapped up at the lake in the late afternoon or early evening hours Monday. Dunn said there are no plans at this time to conduct any additional searches at Elmwood Lake.

 

LINN COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

While the numbers are still unofficial, it looks like voters were agreeable to spending more on law enforcement, schools and more. The countywide sales tax question was given approval by 62% of voters with the funds used for law enforcement purposes in the county. 58% of the voters gave approval to Proposition Bulldogs which authorized an increase in the total operating tax levy and also made permanent the existing temporary operating tax levy in support of the Brookfield R-3 School District. Patrons in th Meadville School District approved Proposition 2 and both Prop A and Prop B in Brookfield was approved. Browning voters also had a proposition on the ballot and that was approved along with the ballot question in Bucklin.Three people were running for 2 seats on the Brookfield City Council. Jack Forbes and Lonnie Trentham were selected by voters.Ryan Montgomery, Becky Fitzgerald and William Copple were elected to the Health Department Board of Trustees. Five people were running for 2 seats on the Brookfield School Board and Jim McIntyre and Ryan Burns were selected. In Laclede, voters choose Cinthia Ludington and Ed Evans. Brian Baker and Josh Shoemaker were elected to the Marceline City Council and voters also narrowly approved the Public Safety Proposition in Marceline. Unofficially the votes totaled 70 in favor and 69 opposed. A simple majority was needed for passage.

 

MACON COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

Macon voters selected a new mayor on Tuesday as Scott Bigham won with a total of 587 votes as the challenger to incumbent mayor

James Holman who received 514 votes unofficially. Other winners from the Municipal election included Johnny Grigsby and Lynn Mason in the Ethel City County race. For Callao Board of Alderman voters selected Christie Nolte and Craig Gorham. Lisa Harrington and Brenda Jennings were elected to the Bevier School Board. Justin Nelson and Charles Watson won positions on the school board in Atlanta. Also in Atlanta, Lisa Bender, the incumbent will retain her position as Mayor while Edwin Rhoades and Beckie Hruska were elected to the Board of Alderman in Atlanta. Two seats were available on the Macon County R-1 School Board and Chris Nelson and Billy Anderson were selected. Cheryl Blaise was elected to the Macon City Council representing Ward 4.

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

There was a three way race for two open positions on the Moberly City Council and incumbent Austin Kyser was re-elected with 558 votes. Brandon Lucas was the top selection by voters with 639 votes. Winners in the Moberly School Board race were Jimmy O’Loughlin and Debbie young. John Cochran and Jim Cooksey were re-elected to the MACC Board of Trustees. Ricky Switzer won his race for Higbee Mayor. Connie Kissel was selected to the Huntsville City Council in the 3rd ward while Doug Helmich was selected in Ward 4. David Drew and Christopher Adler were elected to the Westran School Board according to our unofficial results


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04/05/2022

 

IT’S ELECTION DAY – DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

Today is the April Municipal Election and County Clerks and others across the area will be busy until all the votes are in and counted. Polls opened at 6am and will remain open until 7pm tonight. School Board races and City Council positions seem to always make up the majority of the election ballots, but many areas also have other questions pending before voters. In Linn County, the Linn County Law Enforcement Sales Tax issue is just one of a number of things voters will decide. Proposition Bulldogs is a funding question for the Brookfield R-3 Schools, Meadville voters will decide the fate of Proposition 2 and more. Salisbury voters will decide on a transportation tax, Mendon voters have 2 propositions to consider. Columbia voters will decide on Prop 1 which is a 2% use tax for purchases from out of state venders. That’s just one of the Columbia voter considerations. Propositions also are on the ballot in Boone County affecting Centralia, Hallsville and Harrisburg and those are just a few of the issues to go before voters Tuesday. Again, polls are currently open and will remain so until 7 o’clock tonight.

 

HIGHWAY PATROL DIVERS SEARCHING SULLIVAN COUNTY LAKE

Divers spent much of the day Monday searching a northeast Missouri lake, but law enforcement won't say exactly what they are looking for underwater. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports the search is underway at Elmwood Lake, a mile north of Milan. A Milan police officer had the road leading to the lake blocked off. Cpl. Justin Dunn with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said the agency's divers are searching for possible "hidden evidence." Dunn said investigators received a tip during an interview that the so-called "evidence" may have been dumped in Elmwood Lake. He would not release any other details about the investigation, saying only that there is no threat or danger to the community. The divers arrived at the scene around 10 a.m. Monday. Dunn says the highway patrol had three boats on the lake, and the Missouri Department of Conservation had one boat on the water helping with the search.

 

PATROL ARREST REPORTS

The Highway Patrol reports 44 year old Earnest L. Nash of Columbia was arrested in Shelby County at 8:30 Monday night on two felony Macon County Warrants. The two warrants involved failure to register as a sex offender. The patrol also arrested 51 year old Jeremy R. Weaver of Milan at 7:53 pm in Sullivan County for felony unlawful possession of a firearm, felony possession of methamphetamine, a felony charge for no driver’s license, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to register vehicle. Shortly after noon Monday, 59 year old Sara Hancock of Moberly was arrested in Randolph County for felony possession of methamphetamine, felony no valid driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt, A Hannibal woman,  27 year old Kaylee Ryan was arrested at 5:42 AM Monday in Ralls County and charged with DWI involving drugs and driving while suspended. In Grundy county, 20 year old Justin Stark of Spickard was arrested at 6:05 pm for a Mercer County Sheriff’s office warrant for driving while revoked/suspended. In Montgomery County, troopers arrested 35 year old Ashley Robison of Wright City for Driving while suspended and no insurance. 41 year old Amanda Foreman of Centralia was taken to the Audrain County Jail after being arrested at 4:18 pm in Audrain County for felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Also in Audrain County at 8:35 AM Monday 21 year old Zebediam Meffert of Auxvasse was arrested for failure to appear in Audrain County for Driving while suspended and operating a vehicle without valid license.




April 1, 2022                

COLUMBIA VOTERS TO DECIDE FATE OF PROPOSITOIN 1

 Columbia voters will determine the fate of Proposition 1 during Tuesday’s election. Prop 1 would establish a use tax that would ensure that purchases from online vendors located outside of the state are subject to the same local tax rates as those purchases made from Columbia vendors. The Columbia City Council voted sometime ago to call a special election on the question of whether to impose a local use tax. Proponents of the local use tax say it would also help the city maintain its revenue while continuing to provide services local residents expect.  If voters approve Prop 1, it’s estimated that a use tax would bring  $5.6 million back into the Columbia area each year.

LINN COUNTY VOTERS HAVE SEVERAL ISSUES TO DECIDE

In Linn County, voters will decide if a countywide sales tax of one quarter of one percent should be imposed for the purpose of providing law enforcement services for the county? Patrons of the Brookfield R3 School District are being asked to approve Proposition Bulldogs which is an increase in the total operating tax levy and to make permanent the existing temporary operating tax levy in order to provide additional funds to attract and retain quality certified and support staff, maintain facilities and meet operating expenses of the District. In addition, Prop 1 will elect 2 people to the Brookfield R3 School Board for 3 year terms. Meadville voters will elect 2 people to the Meadville R-4 Board of Education for 3 year terms and also decide Prop 2 which would provide funding for major improvements at the school. Some of those improvements include roof replacement district wide, asbestos removal, new flooring in some areas, electrical infrastructure improvements, new computers for teachers, complete classroom upgrades and much more. Voters will also be asked to elect three new members to the Linn County Health Department Board of Trustees.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Voters will be electing two candidates to serve for a term of three years each on the Montgomery County R2 Board of Education on Tuesday. Polls open at 5am and will close at 7pm.

 




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March 31st, 2022

FLOODED ROADS & CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

MoDot has a number of bridge replacement projects and other road repair and improvements planned or underway across the state and occasionally flooded roadways cause unexpected changes in travel plans. A look at the Travelers Information Map at www.modot.gov provides a clear picture of what current road conditions are like and what drivers can expect. It’s a great resource for motorists if you’re going to be traveling or have questions on various projects.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORTED BURGLARY ON GRINDSTONE PLAZA DRIVE

Columbia Police responded to a reported burglary at approximately 10:50 p.m. on March 29 in the 1400 block of Grindstone Plaza Drive.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the victim. She reported she had opened the door to her residence believing a friend had arrived, but instead two males she did not recognize forced their way into her apartment.

The victim reported she barricaded herself in a bedroom and called 911 as the males proceeded to cause damage to objects within the apartment. Officers found no objects to be stolen.

The two suspects were described as a 6 foot tall white or possibly Hispanic male and a 6 foot tall Black male. Both suspects were reported wearing all black clothing and ski masks. There are no further suspect descriptions.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

ROAD CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR NORTH HINKSON CREEK ROAD STARTING MONDAY

Beginning Monday, April 4, a contractor for the City of Columbia Sewer Utility, will close North Hinkson Creek Road as it continues work to extend sewer lines from the Route B industrial corridor.

Access to all drive approaches will remain open. The work is scheduled to be completed in approximately one week, weather permitting.

Motorists, pedestrians and nonmotorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone or find alternate routes.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFFS REPORT

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department issued the following information for the period 3/17/2022 – 3/24/2022 …

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March 30, 2022

 

MISSING 19 YEAR OLD COLUMBIA MAN LOCATED

The Columbia Police Department said in a News Release they have located a 19 year old who was reported missing on Sunday, March 27th. Authorities reported that 19 year old Nathaniel Reed was located at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Columbia  Police also wanted to express appreciation and thank the community for its assistance in this search.

 

MOBERLY MAN RECEIVED SERIOUS INJURIES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH

The Highway Patrol said a Moberly man received serious injuries in a single vehicle crash at 9:34 pm Tuesday night on private property near County Road2268, 3 miles southwest of Moberly. Troopers say 39 year old Oscar F. Flores was eastbound on a Can Am when the vehicle struck a gate on the private property and the vehicle cam to an uncontrolled stop in the county road. The driver had serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment by Randolph County Ambulance personnel.

 

TUESDAY MORNING HOUSE FIRE NEAR TRUMAN CAMPUS IN KIRKSVILLE

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports first responders rushed to the scene of a house fire on Tuesday morning in Kirksville near the Truman State University campus. Around 8:30 a.m., the Kirksville Fire Department was called to a blaze at 604 South First Street. The home was empty at the time of the fire and the blaze did eventually spread to the home's attic. Responders told KTVO at the scene they do not know where the blaze originated. They also told us that the cause of the fire is under investigation. Traffic was limited through the 600 block of South First Street because of the blaze. The Kirksville Police Department and Adair County Ambulance District assisted at the scene also.




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March 29, 2022

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG AND GUN CHARGES AGAINST A HANNIBAL MAN

Hannibal Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol teamed up to conduct a joint enforcement project designed to combat drug activity in Hannibal last Friday and several arrests were made. One of those arrests involved a Hannibal man, 33 year old Justin Fuget who was stopped for a traffic violation. During the stop officers noticed the man was exhibiting suspicious behavior, and also had a safe inside the vehicle. The Patrol’s K9 unit preformed a search of the vehicle and a large amount of what’s believed to be methamphetamine was seized, as well as a loaded handgun. Fuget has officially been charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and first degree drug trafficking. He’s being held at the Marion County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

 

MORE DETAILS REVEALED ABOUT SUNDAY SHOOTING IN MOBERLY OF SHERIFF’S DEPUTY

The Highway Patrol’s Probable cause statement provided additional information about the disturbance and shooting in the 600 block of Adams Avenue Sunday morning.  Jason Garner, 43 has been charged with assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon after the patrol said Garner shot a Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy who had responded to Garner’s home after reports of a woman screaming at the location. The woman had visible injuries to her face and as officers tried to arrest Garner, Garner reportedly struggled with 4 law enforcement officers and shot one deputy in the leg while another was preparing to Taser the subject.

 

TRUCKER ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH CRASH THAT KILLED ASSISTANT BOONE COUNTY FIRE CHIEF

On Friday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested  65 year old Kevin Lee Brunson in Clay County in connection to the death of an Assistant Boone County Fire Chief who was killed while working an accident  on I-70. Bryant Glasney, a veteran Boone County Assistant Fire Chief was killed on December 22nd on Interstate 70 as he worked the scene of a previous accident near Columbia. The crash report indicated a semi truck, driven by Brunson was traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck Gladney’s vehicle, than an ambulance and the truck involved in the earlier crash Gladney had to be extricated from his vehicle and died of his injuries at an area hospital.

 

CENTRALIA DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH

A Centralia woman had minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after a single vehicle crash Monday morning. Troopers say 37 year old Dana Agler was southbound on Route B, just south of Oakland Church Road at 8:01 AM when her vehicle struck a deer. Her vehicle then went off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox resulting in extensive vehicle damage.

 

TWO PEOPLE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CRASH IN GASCONADE COUNTY MONDAY

The patrol said a 2 vehicle crash in Gasconade County on MO 28, just east of Nicks Road at 1:40 pm Monday afternoon sent two Gerald, MO residents to the hospital. The crash report said 38 year old Corey Heidbrink of Rosebud, MO was eastbound and struck the rear of another eastbound auto driven by 77 year old Phyllis Davidson of Gerald. Davidson had minor injuries. A passenger in her auto, her husband, 88 year old Bruce Davidson also had minor injuries. Both were transported by Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment. The other driver was not injuried.

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHTS TO RESUME MAY 9TH

After a more than two-year postponement of flights due to the pandemic, Central Missouri Honor Flight is preparing for its first flight of the 2022 flight season on Monday, May 9. Veterans, some of whom have waited more than three years for their Honor Flight, will be treated to the trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC, to see the memorials dedicated to their military service. Honor Flights are provided at no cost to the veterans. The Honor Flight mission is supported through the very generous business, organizational and individual donations from thousands in mid-Missouri. Before the pandemic, Central Missouri Honor Flight made 61 flights to the nation’s capital for nearly 5,000 veterans of WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The one-day tour includes the WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, Battle of Iwo Jima Memorial, Women in Military Service Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. At the Tomb of the Unknowns, veterans are quietly and respectfully acknowledged during the Changing of the Guard. Then on Flight Day, May 9, the public is welcome to join in the Homecoming for Flight #62 at 8:45 p.m. in the parking lot of the Courtyard Marriott in Columbia.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

The Columbia City Clerk's Office is accepting applications for boards and commissions. Boards and commissions are a way for residents to be involved in local government and to represent the voices of their fellow community members. Applications must be received by the City Clerk's Office by 5 p.m., Friday, April 8. Applications are available on the City's website at CoMo.gov on the City Council page. The following are current boards and commissions openings:  




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03/28/2022

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY SHOT

A deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department was shot while attempting to take a suspect into custody early Sunday morning. Corporal Justin Dunn, Missouri State Highway Patrol Public Information & Education Officer said law enforcement officers from both the Moberly Police Department and the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department had responded to the scene of a disturbance in the 600 block of Adams Avenue in Moberly shortly before 2 am. Upon arrival, authorities discovered a woman who was injured and as officers were attempting to take a man into custody he resisted arrest and as authorities worked to subdue the suspect is when the deputy was shot. He was transported to University Hospital in Columbia with serious, not non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was taken into custody and held at the Boone County Jail pending filing of formal charges. The Highway Patrol is conducting the formal investigation regarding the shooting incident.

 

UNIONVILLE WOMAN KILLED DURING POLICE PURSUIT OF 14 YEAR OLD JUVENILE

A Unionville woman was killed in a head-on crash, just before 9 o’clock Saturday night on 175th Street, one mile west of Unionville. The Highway Patrol said the woman killed was 20 year old Holly Hydom of Unionville who’s SUV was hit head-on by a pickup driven by a 14 year old male of Unionville. Investigators say a Putnam County Sheriff’s Deputy had attempted to pull over the pickup truck for a traffic stop and the juvenile refused to stop and fled. It was during the pursuit the 14 year old crossed the center of 175th Street and collided head-on with the SUV. Hydom was pronounced dead at the scene. The 14 year old had moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Putnam County Memorial Hospital for treatment. The case will be turned over to the Putnam County Juvenile Office once the investigation is complete.

 

TWO TRENTON MEN INDICTED FOR FENTANYL CONSPIRACY

Two Trenton, Missouri, men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in Grundy County, Mo., and elsewhere. Troy Lee Palmer, 24, and Dallas W. Hughs, 26, were charged in a six-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on March 1, 2022. That indictment has been unsealed following the arrests of Palmer and Hughs. Palmer, who was arrested March 23, 2022, remains in federal custody pending a detention hearing on March 28, 2022. Hughs is not eligible for bond as he was already in state custody on separate case. The federal indictment alleges that Palmer and Hughs participated in a conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl since Oct. 27, 2020. In addition to the conspiracy, Palmer is charged with one count of possessing fentanyl to distribute in Grundy County on Dec. 8, 2020, and one count of possessing several firearms in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes. Palmer allegedly possessed a Cricket .22-caliber bolt-action rifle, a Ross .22-caliber rifle, a Ross .410-gauge shotgun, a Ruger 410-gauge shotgun, a Hiawatha 12-gauge shotgun, and a Ruger .223-caliber rifle on Dec. 8, 2020. Hughs is also charged with three counts of distributing fentanyl in Grundy County on separate occasions between Aug. 23 and Sept. 13, 2021. The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

This case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Maureen Bracket. It was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Grundy County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Trenton, Mo., Police Department, the Northwest Missouri Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force, and IRS-Criminal Investigation.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED WITH INJURY IN THE AREA OF HIGHWAY 63 & PARIS ROAD EARLY SATURDAY MORNING

On Saturday, March 26, at approximately 12:05 a.m., Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the area of Highway 63 and Paris Road. Officers arrived and located a male juvenile who had sustained injuries from gunshots. The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital with serious injuries. There is no suspect information to provide at this time. This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

SUSPECT APPREHENDED AFTER FLEEING KIRKSVILLE POLICE

This past Friday morning, March 25, 2022, at approximately 8:51 AM, a Kirksville Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of South Osteopathy and Normal Streets for a traffic violation. The vehicle made several quick maneuvers and fled from the officer. The vehicle eventually turned westbound on Missouri Street and exited the Kirksville City Limits on Missouri Trail. The officer discontinued attempts to stop the vehicle with emergency lights and siren but continued on the last known path of the suspect vehicle. A short time later that same officer located the suspect vehicle stuck in the mud on Missouri Trail, just prior to Orrick Trail. The officer engaged in a short foot pursuit of the driver before taking him into custody. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Anthony “Andy” Roscoe Clark.Clark was a wanted person with active arrest warrants from Schuyler County for resisting arrest and traffic offense, and the State of Missouri Department of Corrections for a parole violation. New charges relating to Friday mornings events of 03/25/2022 are pending.

 

AUDIT OF CARROLL COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT UNDERWAY

State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced last week her office has begun an audit of the Carroll County Ambulance District. The ambulance district Board of Directors passed a resolution requesting the audit, after a complaint to the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline led to an initial review of the allegations by the Auditor's Public Corruption and Fraud Division. "I appreciate the ambulance district board formally requesting this independent audit, and my office will conduct a thorough review of the district's finances," Auditor Galloway said. "Anyone with information that would be helpful to the audit is encouraged to contact my Whistleblower Hotline, and they can choose to remain anonymous."  Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this audit may contact the State Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

 

SEVERAL DRUG RELATED SEARCH WARRANTS EXECUTED IN HOWARD AND COOPER COUNTY LAST THURSDAY

A news release indicated a large amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, numerous pills, drug paraphernalia and firearms were seized during narcotic search warrant executions on Thursday and 5 people were arrested.

Amanda Thomas, of Boonville, and Robert Sweet, of Columbia, are both facing charges for  Delivery of Controlled Substance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating Substantial Risk – no sexual contact. Bond is set at $25,000 cash or surety each. manda Naumann, of Boonville, is charged with Possession of Controlled Substance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child Creating Substantial Risk – No Sexual Contact. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety. Devyn Ivy, of Boonville – Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety and Nathan Hazlett, of Bunceton,was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance  and Unlawful Use of Weapon-Subsection 11-Possess Weapon and a Felony Controlled Substance. Bond is set at $10,000 cash or surety.The East Central Drug Task Force, Cooper County Sheriff’s Office, Howard County Sheriff’s Office, Boonville Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Also on Thursday morning, March 24th  the Howard County Sheriff’s Office, East Central Missouri Drug Task Force, Fayette Police Department, and Missouri State Highway Patrol executed two drug related search warrants in the 200 block of County Road 342 and the 1000 block of County Road 467.where officers seized a large amount of methamphetamine, a large amount of marijuana, numerous controlled pills and drug paraphernalia. Three persons were charged. Jeffrey Holman, of Boonville, charged with Possession of Controlled Substance. Bond is set at $20,000 cash only. Benjamin Griffin, of New Franklin, charged with Trafficking Drugs and Possession Of Controlled Substance. Bond is set at no bond. Charges were still pending on the 3rd suspect at last report for possession of a controlled substance

 

NEW BLOOMFIELD CRASHES AFTER SUFFERING MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Troopers say 74 year old Dennis Helming of New Bloomfield was involved in a crash after suffering a medical emergency at 2PM Saturday afternoon in Callaway County on eastbound County Road 346, just west of Route J. His auto went off the left side of the road, struck the ground and a tree before overturning and then returning to the road where the auto came to rest on the drivers side. Helming was transported to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY CRASH SHUT DOWN BOTH WESTBOUND LANES OF I-70 SATURDAY MORNING

A trucker from Prospect, TN had moderate injuries after a crash involving his big rig happened in Montgomery County at the 165 mile marker of Interstate 70 westbound around 5;22 Saturday morning. The patrol said the driver attempted to avoid a stopped vehicle in the roadway. The driver overcorrected and lost control and the unit overturned and came to rest blocking both westbound lanes

 

NECAC FAMILY PLANNING PROGRAM SCHEDULED TO END MARCH 31ST

After more than 30 years, the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is ending its Family Planning Health Services program March 31. The decision was approved March 22 by the NECAC Board of Directors, and covers NECAC Family Planning clinics in Hannibal, Bowling Green, Warrenton and O’Fallon. The agency is notifying patients, who will be directed to other providers.The program received federal Title X funding from the Missouri Family Health Council, and served more than 1,000 people in 2021. However, funding for services has dropped as the number of clients has decreased substantially over the last few years. Even with efforts to increase revenue, the program has operated in the red – around $75,000 this year. The deficit is being made up from other sources. In addition, the COVID pandemic impacted staffing and client visits. About 30 percent of NECAC’s patients were uninsured and fell below the federal poverty level for 2021. It was noted between the lack of broader Medicaid expansion in Missouri and other state resources, the program was no longer financially viable.The decision means the permanent layoff of three employees. The clinics offered a variety of affordable family planning services to people of all ages, including birth control services and education, pregnancy testing, options counseling, prenatal education, sexually-transmitted disease testing and treatment, Pap smears and Well Women and Well Men exams. The agency also was a Show Me Healthy Women program provider. The NECAC In-Home Senior Health Services and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs are not affected, although an unrelated reorganization of In-Home is planned.  NECAC’s Family Planning facilities will operate until March 31. NECAC Family planning patients who may need referrals to other providers should call 573-221-3404. Information may also be found at www.mfhc.org.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTING EVENT APRIL 30TH

On Saturday April 30, 2022, from 11am until 4pm, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office will be hosting their 1st Annual Kick off to Summer Event in honor of Autism and to bring awareness to those in Montgomery County. Everyone is invited to attend this public event which will be located outside the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office at 211 East Third Street in Montgomery City, Missouri. The Sheriff’s Department is planning street games, bounce houses, food trucks and more. If you are interested in setting up a craft booth, food truck, any other service, or have questions, please contact the Sheriff Office at (573) 564-8084. Again, that date for the Kick off to Summer Event is April 30th




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03/25/2022

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER A STABBING INCIDENT IN MOBERLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

On Wednesday March 23, 2022, at 10:44 PM, officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to an address in the 600 block of Adams St., for a report of an assault in which a 40-year-old Moberly man had been stabbed. Upon arrival, officers located the male lying on the ground suffering from a single puncture wound to his abdomen. Officers rendered aid until medical staff with the Moberly Fire Department and Randolph County Ambulance District arrived on scene and assumed patient care. The male was ultimately transported to University Hospital in Columbia for further medical treatment. Through investigation officers determined the male was stabbed by a 42-year-old Moberly man who lived at the residence officers responded to. The male came to the residence to confront the homeowner about a dispute involving personal property. Officers learned a confrontation took place in the front yard which resulted in the homeowner stabbing the 40-year-old. The homeowner fled the scene in a vehicle prior to officers’ arrival and was unable to be immediately located. Officers with the Moberly Police Department Detective Unit responded and assumed the investigation. At approximately 10:15 AM Thursday, officers located the male who had returned home. The male temporarily barricaded himself in his home refusing to surrender himself to law enforcement. After approximately 45 minutes of negotiations with the male, he agreed to surrender and was taken into custody without any further incident. During an interview the male confirmed a confrontation did in fact take place at his property, after the 40-year-old male came to his residence and attempted to physically attack him. He also confirmed during the confrontation he used a knife to defend himself from the attack. The male was released pending further investigation and review by the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office. At last check by MPD with University Hospital, the 40-year-old male was in stable condition.

 

ARSON SUSPECTED IN RAGING HOUSE FIRE IN DOWNING

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a house fire in Downing may have been the result of arson. The abandoned house was fully engulfed in flames with the Downing Fire Department arrived on the scene Wednesday night and some of the firemen believe they have an arson on their hands. The blaze at the corner of 12th and Smoot streets in Downing was report3ed just after 8:30 pm.  Alan Middleton with the Downing Fire Department told KTVO arson is suspected because the house had been abandoned for quite a while, and it had no utilities hooked up. Middleton said the structure was owned by Bill Anderson, of Downing. The house was fully engulfed in flames by the time fire crews arrived. Firefighters focused mainly on containing the blaze to make sure embers did not start surrounding properties on fire. Middleton said they have no idea who may have started it. Approximately 15 personnel were on the scene until about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 

NO MORE TRASH! BASH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CLEAN UP MISSOURI ROADWAYS

Every spring, as snow and ice fade to an unpleasant memory, attention turns to trash that has accumulated on roadsides during the winter months. The Missouri Department of Transportation would like to invite all who use Missouri roads to join us in doing some spring cleaning throughout the month of April. MoDOT spends about $6 million annually to remove litter from more than 385,000 acres of right of way along 34,000 state highway miles. No MOre Trash! Bash is an annual outreach of MoDOT’s year-round litter control efforts. We are asking all Missourians to find ways to help clean Missouri’s roadsides during the Trash Bash month of April,” said Becky Allmeroth, MoDOT chief safety and operations officer. We ask our Adopt-A-Highway volunteer groups to pick up their sections, and anyone can do a one-time volunteer effort, including community groups or clubs or any individual interested doing community service hours. MoDOT will provide trash bags and safety vests to anyone who volunteers.  Regionally, events will be announced that people can come join in the litter pickup.“Missouri was one of the first states in the country to implement the Adopt-A-Highway program,” Allmeroth said. “Now in its 35th year in our state, Adopt-a-Highway has recruited volunteers who perform about $1 million a year in litter cleanup. Every section served by adopters allows MoDOT to devote resources to other much-needed tasks.”Currently, there are more than 5,300 groups and 50,000 volunteers who have adopted more than 6,400 miles of roadway. Adopt-A-Highway groups include commercial and private enterprises; civic and non-profit organizations; families and individuals. To learn more about how you can safely participate, visit www.modot.org/adopt-highway or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636). 

 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Incidents, Arrests and MORE Public Information

 

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03/24/2022

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO BARRICADED SUBJECT AT A RESIDENCE ON DILLON DRIVE TUESDAY

On Tuesday March 22 at approximately 9:40 a.m., Columbia Police detectives were attempting to locate 29 year old Jesse L. Jenkins of Columbia. Officers located him at a residence in the 200 block of Dillon Drive, where he subsequently barricaded himself inside. Due to the nature of the incident, detectives on scene requested the department’s SWAT team and Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT). The SWAT team established a perimeter while a CNT negotiator made contact with Jenkins. After a period of negotiations, he surrendered without incident. Columbia Police arrested Jenkins for several felony arrest warrants and having probable cause for arrest in relation to numerous theft investigations. This is an ongoing investigation being handled by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time.

TWO FACE CHARGES AFTER ALLEGEDLY BREAKING INTO MISSING MONROE COUNTY WOMANS HOME

KMIZ TV out of Columbia is reporting two men face multiple charges after allegedly breaking into the home of a missing Monroe County woman. Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Bross filed charges against John Conde and Joshua McNabb earlier this month. Both are each charged with first-degree burglary, six counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and felony stealing. According to a probable cause statement, the two men burglarized the home of Betty Hayes last year between May 1 and June 30. Hayes, age 88 of Holiday was reported missing Dec. 17 and has yet to be found. Monroe County Sheriff Joe Colston said Tuesday that he couldn't provide any new information about her disappearance but said it was an ongoing investigation. As of Wednesday, authorities have not linked Conde nor McNabb to Hayes' disappearance. According to court documents, troopers interviewed Conde on Dec. 19. He reportedly told investigators he and McNabb broke into Hayes' home in Holliday five different times. Conde said he and McNabb started hunting on Hayes' property and that McNabb became 'obsessed' with owning some of Hayes' land. Conde said the two chatted weekly about the property over the phone. Conde said that when McNabb decided to start stealing from Hayes once he realized he couldn't buy her property. Conde reportedly told investigators McNabb would take Hayes out to dinner so Conde would have time to steal from her home. According to court documents, the stolen items included six guns, jewelry, arrowheads and trash bags full of various other items. Conde also admitted to stealing a 16-foot double axle cargo trailer worth $3,800 and keeping it on his property in Hallsville. Conde said they stopped stealing from Hayes sometime in June when Hayes noticed her gun cabinet was moved. Investigators said Conde admitted to wearing gloves, disguising himself in a painter's suit and turning his phone off to avoid being tracked. Online court records show Conde was arrested in Boone County on March 11 and McNabb was arrested in Greene County, Ohio on March 16. The Monroe County Sheriff's office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime control are investigating Hayes' disappearance. She is described as a white woman, with blond/gray hair, blue eyes. She is approximately 5'2 tall and weighs 86 pounds. Authorities say she was last seen wearing a dark-colored stocking hat and a dark coat with purple sweatpants. A family member last had contact with Hayes on Dec. 16 at her home on Route C. Authorities said Hayes has dementia. Authorities searched for Hayes on Dec. 17. The search later escalated to a large-scale air and ground search throughout the day Dec. 18. The search included law enforcement, firefighters, volunteers and a Missouri State Highway Patrol aircraft. Anyone with information about Hayes is asked to call the Monroe County's Sheriff's office at 660-327-4060.

 

MORE THAN HALF A DOZEN CHARGES FILED AGAINST INDEPENDENCE MAN

KTVO reports an Independence, Missouri man is now facing more than a half-dozen charges after a series of events in Kirksville that started with shoplifting then progressed to include car theft and kidnapping.

The suspect is Derek Ayers, 33, of Independence, Missouri. His seven charges are stealing a motor vehicle, second-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action, fourth-degree assault, resisting a lawful stop and misdemeanor stealing. Kirksville police say the crimes happened on March 12, 2022.

 

QUEEN CITY HOME DISTROYED BY FIRE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

A northeast Missouri house fire led to the closure of one lane of a busy Heartland highway on Wednesday afternoon according to a report on KTVO and KTVO dot com. The fire was reported at 5 p.m. at a home on Highway 63 about two miles north of Queen City. The Schuyler County Sheriff told KTVO the residence belonged to Joey Hagar, who was not home when the fire broke out. The Sheriff said the home's driveway was too soft for the fire trucks to make it up to the small burning home so they had to park along Highway 63 and extend their hoses from there. That prompted law enforcement to reduce traffic to one lane in front of the fire scene. No one was injured. The house is a total loss. No word yet on what may have started the blaze.

 

CRASH ON HIGHWAY 63 NORTH OF CLARK JUNCTION WEDNESDAY NIGHT

The patrol said two people were injured in a single vehicle crash at 11:12 pm last (Wed) night on US 63 in Randolph County, 2 miles north of Clark. 61 year old Scott Bigham of Macon was northbound when his vehicle ran off the road, struck a guard rail and came to rest in the median. He received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. A passenger, 57 year old Jocelyn Bigham of Macon had minor injuries but denied medical treatment at the scene. The Southeastern Fire Department and Randolph County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

 

MDC AND CFM THANK DEER HUNTERS, PROCESSORS AND SPONSORS  FOR SHARING THE HARVEST

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Conservation Federation of Missouri (CFM) thank the thousands of Missouri deer hunters who donated 242,774 pounds of venison to the state’s Share the Harvest program this past deer season, including 5,053 whole deer. MDC and CFM also thank the participating meat processors throughout the state who grind the donated deer meat into ready-to-use packages, and the many sponsors who financially support the program. Meat-processing fees are covered entirely or in part by numerous local sponsors, along with statewide sponsors that include Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, Feeding Missouri, and MDC.The donated deer meat goes to local food banks and food pantries to help feed hungry Missourians all around the state. To get Share the Harvest venison, contact local food banks or food pantries. Share the Harvest is coordinated by MDC and CFM and is celebrating 30 years of helping to feed hungry Missourians. Since the program was started in 1992, it has provided nearly 5 million pounds of lean, healthy venison to help feed hungry Missourians, including this past season’s donations.




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03/23/2022

 

CAMPER AND SHED DESTROYED BY FIRE TUESDAY

Firefighters from the Adair County Fire Protection District along with personnel from La Plata Fire and Rescue were on the scene of a fire at the Ron White residence on Route V in Gibbs shortly after 7 o’clock Tuesday morning. KTVO and KTVO dot com reported a camper and a shed were both engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. No one was injured in the blasé. Both the shed and camper were a total loss. The fire was believed to be electrical in nature, caused by an extension cord that was providing power to a freezer in the shed. Firefighters were on the scene about 2 hours, according to the report.

 

FAYETTE WOMAN JAILED IN ADAIR COUNTY ON SEVERAL CHARGES

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department says 33 year old Susan Weaver, of Fayette, Missouri, faces five criminal charges after her arrest over the weekend. Those charges include 1st degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon,, resisting arrest and 4th degree assault. KTVO said the domestic assault related to an incident involving a shovel, a handgun and a flying flashlight. It happened late Sunday night at a home east of Kirksville on Highway 11. The suspect, who had been staying at the victim's home for a few days called 911 and reported a man had struck her in the head with a handgun. When law enforcement arrived at the home, they said Weaver was outside, cussing and yelling at them. The man came out of the home and cooperated with officers. He told them Weaver became violent after consuming a large amount of whiskey. The man said the woman threw a flashlight at him and came after him with a shovel. He showed officers video surveillance footage of Weaver running toward him with the shovel and swinging it at him. The man said he got his handgun to try and protect himself against her attack. He told investigators he did not fire it or threaten to shoot Weaver. He said she ran into the butt of the gun when he held it out to defend himself. Investigators said they observed no visible injuries on Weaver.  While law enforcement was there, they said Weaver started busting the windows out of her vehicle. She then called 911 again and told the dispatcher she was being attacked by the officers, which was not true. The woman refused to talk to officers to tell her side of the story. While arresting Weaver, authorities said she started kicking at them, attempted to pull away and even tried to head-butt them. Investigators said when taken to the hospital for a medical evaluation to get clearance for confinement, Weaver spit in a deputy's face. Once they got her to the Adair County Law Enforcement Center, they say the suspect attempted to strike officers and eventually had to be placed in a restraint chair. They were unable to administer a breath test due to Weaver’s violent behavior. She is being held without bond in the Adair County jail.

 

THIS IS NATIONAL AGRICULTURE WEEK

This week, the Missouri Department of Agriculture celebrates the state’s position nationally in agriculture production. Missouri is home to 95,000 farms, employs nearly 460,000 people in agriculture, forestry and related industries, and has an estimated economic impact of $93.7 billion. Agriculture remains the state’s number one economic driver, supporting both rural and urban communities from farm to fork. Missouri agriculture continues to advance through the agriculture technology industry in our state. St. Louis is home to the world’s largest concentration of plant scientists and the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor represents more than half of total worldwide animal health, diagnostics and pet food sales. The Corridor represents a large concentration of animal health industry assets. Missouri agriculture ranks in the top 10 nationally in a number of categories and some may surprise you. Missouri ranks 2nd in the number of farms, 2nd in hay production. 3rd in Beef cow inventory, 4th in rice production, 5th in Goat inventory, 6th in Turkey inventory, Hog inventory, Soybean inventory and Cotton production. 9th in Broiler chicken inventory and Corn production and 10th in Horse & pony inventory. Tuesday was officially National Ag Day and this years theme for both Ag Day and National Agriculture week is Growing a Climate for Tomorrow. To learn more about Missouri’s rankings nationwide and economic impact, visit Agriculture.Mo.Gov.

WALSWORTH IS CELEBRATING ITS 85TH ANNIVERSARY

Walsworth is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Walsworth, a top-five book and magazine printer, a catalog printer, and the only family-owned printer of yearbooks was founded in 1937. The company remains under the second and third generation of leadership by the Walsworth family. Walsworth’s corporate office and book printing and binding facility are located in Marceline, Missouri, as well as a prepress facility in Brookfield. This facility is also home to Donning Company Publishers, a specialty book publisher. Walsworth also has a sales and marketing office in Overland Park, Kansas, and magazine and catalog printing facilities in Saint Joseph, Michigan, Wisconsin and Fulton, Missouri. Congratulations to Walsworth Publishing for 85 years of printing excellence!




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03/22/2022

 

HUMAN REMAINS DISCOVERED WITHIN ROCKY FORK CONSERVATION AREA BELIEVED TO BE THOSE OF WOMAN MISSING SINCE DECEMBER OF 2021

On Sunday, 03/20/2022, at approximately 5:18 pm, a citizen called Boone County Joint Communications to report they had discovered human remains in one of the bodies of water within Rocky Fork Conservation area. Boone County Deputies responded and with the assistance of the Boone County Fire Protection District recovered the body of an adult female, who is believed to be that of Angie Rice.  Angie Rice, age 45, was reported missing in December of 2021 and her vehicle was located in a parking area at Rocky Fork Conservation Area on December 31st. Numerous searches of the area have been conducted since Rice was reported missing; however, Rice’s body was not located during those searches. The investigation into the disappearance of Rice and her death is ongoing. Rice’s body has been turned over to the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office pending an autopsy.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN THE 3800 BLOCK OF PINECREST DRIVE ON SUNDAY

A 21 year old Columbia man has been arrested and charged in connection to a homicide on Sunday. Columbia Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 3800 block of Pinecrest Drive on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at approximately 11:45 p.m. Officers arrived and located an adult male with a gunshot wound. Emergency personnel arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The victim was identified as Rollin G. Thompson, 64, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.  Authorities have not released any specific details, but Columbia Police have arrested Samuel Ethan Brotherton, 21, of Columbia for first degree murder and armed criminal action. Brotherton has been remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail.  Police also say this is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

GRUNDY COUNTY AUDIT UNDERWAY

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has begun a regularly scheduled audit of Grundy County.  The county received a rating of "fair" from the most recent state audit, issued in September 2015. According to a news release dated March 17, 2022, Galloway said her office will review Grundy County operations to ensure taxpayer resources have been used effectively and appropriately, and make recommendations with any findings. Anyone with information that would be helpful to this audit is encouraged to contact the State Auditor's Office through the Whistleblower Hotline."  You can access the Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

 

SAFE AT HOME PROGRAM DETAILS

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s office recently provided information about the Safe at Home program, which is designed to help protect victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, human trafficking, stalking or other crimes who fear for their safety. Help is provided through the use of an alternate designated address. The designated address can be used on new records as well, such as driver’s license, voter registration, school records, city or county records and court records – amongst other types of records. The goal is for this program is to help keep everyone, you and your family and children safe from your assailants finding you. This is one tool – and it is an important one. The website to learn more about the program is www.MoSafeAtHome.com. The prosecutors office takes your safety seriously and can help. The program requires you meet with an Application Assistant to apply and complete your enrollment application. Both Linn County Victim Advocates are certified Application Assistants and are ready and willing to assist you. Please call to meet with them when you are ready to do so.

 

LA PLATA DRIVER HURT WHEN VEHICLE STRUCK SEVERAL HORSES IN THE ROADWAY

The Highway Patrol said a La Plata driver, 30 year old Lakota Attebery was eastbound on Highway 156, 4 miles west of La Plata shortly before 6:30 AM Monday when her vehicle struck several horses that were in the roadway. Attebery received moderate injuries and was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

 

FIVE INJURIES REPORTED IN ROLLOVER CRASH MONDAY MORNING IN MONROE COUNTY

Troopers say a single vehicle crash in Monroe County shortly before 8am Monday injured five residents of Clarence. An SUV driven by 33 year old Tessie Gorham went off the left side of Route J, just west of Duncans Bridge in Monroe County, struck a sign post and bridge abutment, then overturned. The driver, along with a 9 year old girl and an 11 year old boy had minor injuries while 26 year old Benjamin Gorham and a 12 year old boy has serious injuries. The 12 year old was flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

 

MONROE COUNTY RECOGNIZED FOR ZERO FATALITIES ON MISSOURI ROADS IN 2021

Several Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety partners were in Monroe County Monday, March 21, 2022 for a presentation at the Monroe County Courthouse in Paris. The reason for the special presentation was very impressive as Monroe County was officially recognized for having ZERO fatalities on Missouri roads in 2021. Congratulations to all involved!

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT MAKES NUMEROUS ARRESTS

The Callaway County Sheriff’s office issued a news release on Saturday reporting numerous arrests due to Proactive Patrols and Investigations. Those arrested included:




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03/21/2022

 

BOONVILLE MAN BADLY INJURED IN EXPLOSION OF HOMEMADE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE

This past Thursday morning,  03/17/2022 at about 7:20 AM Boonville Police officers along with Cooper County Ambulance and Boonville Fire Department first responders, responded to a residence in the 900 block of Ravenel Street, for a 911 call about a patient with a badly bleeding cut to the hand. The police officers were the first to arrive at the residence where they discovered 43 year old Ryan Brooks had suffered serious injury to his hand and abdomen. While a police officer performed first aid, Ryan Brooks told the officer his injuries were caused by a “firecracker” which he made himself. Ryan Brooks was transported from the scene by ambulance to a hospital. An investigation ensued and officers learned that Ryan Brooks accidently detonated a homemade explosive device inside the basement of the house while he was in the process of making the device. Officers seized from the home precursor chemicals and other paraphernalia used in the manufacturing of improvised explosive devices as well as methamphetamine and associated drug paraphernalia.  Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Bomb Squad, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.

COLUMBIA MAN & MOBERLY WOMAN INDICTED FOR ARMED BUSINESS, BANK ROBBERIES

… Six Armed Robberies in Moberly, Mexico, Marshall, Hannibal, Polot Grove, Boonville

A Columbia, Missouri, man and a Moberly, Mo., woman have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to commit armed robbery at four business and two banks in six different cities. Drake Adam Stockton-Kenney, 30, and Mary Catherine Sumpter, 28, were charged in an eight-count indictment returned under seal on Wednesday, March 16, by a federal grand jury in Jefferson City, Mo. The indictment was unsealed and made public a short time afterwards following Sumpter’s arrest. The federal indictment alleges that Stockton-Kenney and Sumpter participated in an armed robbery conspiracy from Feb. 11 to Aug. 10, 2021. They allegedly stole at gunpoint $3,334 from Check into Cash in Moberly, Mo., on April 17, 2021; $297 from World Finance in Mexico, Mo., on May 4, 2021; $670 from Advance America in Marshall, Mo., on May 6, 2021; $200 from Check ‘n Go in Hannibal, Mo., on May 20, 2021; $8,690 from Alliant Bank in Pilot Grove, Mo., on June 2, 2021; and $22,027 from Alliant Bank in Boonville, Mo., on June 25, 2021. In each of those six armed robberies, the indictment says, Stockton-Kenney brandished a firearm pointed directly at employees. They allegedly used physical restraints to immobilize employees of World Finance and Check ‘n Go during those robberies. In addition to the conspiracy, Stockton-Kenney and Sumpter are charged together in one count of business robbery, related to the Advance America robbery on May 6, 2021, and two counts of bank robbery. The other three robberies occurred outside the Western District of Missouri. Stockton-Kenney is also charged with three counts of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Columbia police officers seized a Taurus 9mm pistol from Stockton-Kenney’s residence when he was arrested on Aug. 10, 2021, in an unrelated state case. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Stockton-Kenney has two prior felony convictions for burglary and prior felony convictions for tampering with a motor vehicle and robbery. The charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence. This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael S. Oliver. It was investigated by the Boone County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Booneville, Mo., Police Department, the Columbia, Mo., Police Department, the Cooper County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Hannibal, Mo., Police Department, the Marion County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the Marshall, Mo., Police Department, the Mexico, Mo., Police Department, the Moberly, Mo., Police Department, the Pilot Grove, Mo., Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the FBI, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

BROOKFIELD POLICE ASKING FOR HELP IDENTIFING THREE SUBJECTS

A post on the Brookfield Police Department Face book page is asking for assistance locating three subjects who passed bad checks at Quinn Lumber in Brookfield on February 7th. The subjects, two men and a woman are also suspected of similar activities at other business locations in Northwest Missouri. Police have now determined the identity of the three and are now trying to locate them. CLICK HERE to take a look at their pictures and if you have seen them or have any information as to their whereabouts that may assist authorities, please call 660-258-3385. Police say all three were last known to reside in Chillicothe, MO.

SLATER DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED AND LIFE FLIGHTED TO KANSAS CITY HOSPITAL

Troopers say 18 year old Sierra Slate-Jenkins of Slater was eastbound on MO Highway 20 in Lafayette County at 7:30 Sunday morning when her auto traveled off the left side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. She was life flihted to Research Medical Center in Kansas City with serious injuries.

SATURDAY CRASH SENDS SLATER RESIDENT TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL

On Saturday afternoon at 3:20 pm, 75 year old Elizabeth Lewellen of Slater was eastbound on MO 240 in Saline County, just south of 240th Road when her vehicle went off the right side of the road and struck some signs and a utility pole. Lewellen was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

TWO HURDLAND RESIDENTS INJURED IN CRASH

The patrol said two people from Hurdland, MO were injured in an Adair County crash at 5:15 pm Sunday. 47 year old Rebecca D. Peterson was operating an ATV on private property, about a half a mile east of Brashear when the vehicle went off the side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned. Peterson and a 15 year old female passenger were both ejected and received moderate injuries. They were transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center by Adair County Ambulance personnel

FULTON MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

A Fulton man had moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after being ejected from his motorcycle when it struck loose gravel. 30 year old Gregory S. Lander was eastbound on Route AA at County Road 4021 when that accident happened at 10:35 AM Sunday morning.

MAN HURT IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

A Jefferson City man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Friday morning in Cole County.  22 year old Colton Prey was on Country Club Drive when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to travel off the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

DRIVER INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A Montgomery City driver was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:35pm Friday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 54 year old John Burke was on Highway F when he lost control of his vehicle and it ran off the right side of the road and struck several trees.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

DOG CAUSES AUTOMOBILE CRASH IN FRANKLIN COUNTY

A dog running in the road caused an automobile crash Saturday morning in Franklin County.  The report states that 59 year old Marlys Wilcox was eastbound on I-44 when he swerved to avoid hitting a dog which was running in the road, causing his auto to begin to skid and rotate, crossed the center line and traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cable.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment

A MACON RESTAURANT SUSTAINED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY MINI-VAN FRIDAY

Just before noon this past Friday, multiple emergency crews rushed to the scene after a minivan ran into a Macon restaurant. The Highway Patrol told KTVO the minivan was driven by 82 year old Vonda Linder of La Plata. According to the report, the driver accidently hit the accelerator instead of the brake and her van jumped the curb and crashed into Raspberry’s BBQ at their new location on highway 36 west of Macon that was at one time known throughout the area as Longbranch Restaurant. Thankfully, no one was injured. The van had front end damage and the building had a small hole from the impact.

31ST ANNUAL SPRING GREEK WEEK BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 4TH-6TH  AT COLUMBIA

The American Red Cross and the University of Missouri are once again teaming up for the annual Spring Greek Week blood drive April 4-6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at MizouRec, 213 Rothwell Gymnasium, in Columbia. For the 31st consecutive year, the Red Cross and the University are inviting students, staff, faculty and the residents of Columbia to rally around a lifesaving cause. Last year’s Spring Greek Week blood drive returned with a reduced goal of 750 due to COVID-19. Over 800 blood donations were collected. This year, with an increased goal, the Red Cross hopes to collect between 2,000 and 2,500 blood donations. Whether you are on or off campus, there’s no better way to celebrate the giving nature of the community than by helping the Red Cross maintain a sufficient blood supply. Since its inception in 1990, the University of Missouri’s Spring Greek Week blood drive has collected more than 76,000 lifesaving blood donations For a limited time, the American Red Cross has resumed testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. Plasma from routine donations that have high levels of COVID-19 antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to help meet the needs of COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.




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03/18/2022

 

 

WOMAN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER BEING SHOT

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a northeast Missouri woman is recovering after being shot. It happened between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Wednesday night on Highway 149 in the Connelsville area. It did not happen at a residence.

Adair County Chief Deputy Jason Lene said a woman was shot once in the head area but he said her injury was not life-threatening. She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment Wednesday night. She was released from the hospital on Thursday. Lene said this does appear to be an isolated incident, and the public is not believed to be in any danger. Right now, the motive for the shooting is unknown. The person or persons who pulled the trigger are not in custody yet, but the investigation is continuing. Authorities are not releasing the names of those involved at this time, but they do say they are from the Adair County and surrounding areas.

 

SEVERAL OUT OF CONTROL FIRES REPORTED THURSDAY DUE TO HIGH WINDS

Boone County Firefighters battled several brush fires on Thursday after controlled burns became out of control due to high winds and dry conditions. Host Summit Firemen and 7 other agencies responded to a fire on County Road 44 in Callaway County where a wildfire burned over 500 acres before it was contained. The property owner was doing a controlled burn to clear brush from the property and strong winds resulted in the fire going out of control. Fortunately, no buildings or other structures were damaged and no injuries were reported. Several area fire departments are reminding people that they often have people burning leaves, trash and other small items and many times those small fires quickly turn into uncontrolled fires so exercise extreme caution. It’s best to monitor the local forecasts and if strong winds are expected, wait for another day.

 

ATTEMPT TO FLEE FROM AUTHORITIES RESULTS IN VEHICLE CRASH AND ARREST IN MEXICO

On Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at approximately 11:10PM, an officer with the Mexico Public Safety Department stopped a vehicle in the 600 block of Muldrow.  The driver, Christopher S Welch, age 33 of Mexico, was wanted by MPSD for an unrelated incident.  As officers spoke with Welch, he attempted to drive away.  He drove north on Muldrow for about a block, lost control of his vehicle and left the roadway, striking a stop sign.  His vehicle then crossed Muldrow and struck some landscaping and a decorative fence.  Welch was taken into custody without further incident.  He was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Resisting Arrest and Careless and Imprudent Driving.  The case on the unrelated incident will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for charging decisions. There were no injuries from the stop or arrest.




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03/17/2022

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

MAJOR FIRE IN DOWNTOWN BROOKFIELD DISTROYED TWO BUILDINGS WEDNESDAY INCLUDING SEVERAL APARTMENTS

Brookfield Firemen responded to the 300 block of North Main Street shortly before 7:30 a.m. The fire apparently started in one of several apartments on the upper level of the building that at one time housed the JC Penny’s store in downtown Brookfield at 305 North Main. Later much of that space on the lower level housed Video Castle and for many years has been referred to as the North Main Mini Mall where a number of Brookfield businesses at one time called home. Approximately 12 families were living in the upper apartments and all were able to escape the blasé unharmed. The retail space below the apartments was vacant and had been for a short time. One of the tenants who lived in the apartment where the fire started told the Brookfield Fire Chief Larry Flynn that she had been using a space heater and saw the heater on fire before fleeing the building. The building to the south was at one time a bank when first built and has also been home to a number of businesses over the years. Most recently, that building has been operating as soup kitchen and thrift store. Unfortunately, the flames from the old Penny’s building eventually spread to the building on the south, and it too was totally destroyed. To the north of the building where the fire broke out was a third building where Linn County court proceedings were conducted for many years on the upper level and downstairs was retail space. The retail space in that building housed two businesses; “Courthouse Antiques” and “Hair Express”. Firemen were successful at saving that building from the raging inferno. That building did receive some smoke damage, but reports are water damage was minimal. Firefighters and additional equipment was summoned through mutual aid from the Marceline and Chillicothe Fire Departments. The flames at times shot high above the buildings and smoke was seen from miles away. Three investigators from the State Fire Marshalls office were in town later in the afternoon on Wednesday. Firemen continued to pour water on the rubble of the burned out buildings and handle hot spots. Due to instability of some of the remaining walls after the roof collapsed, a large track hoe arrived Wednesday evening and started to slowly knock the exterior walls down. Local residents and many others quickly came together offering to assist in any way possible, providing food and drinks for firemen and others assisting with fighting the blaze as well as providing assistance to displaced residents of the apartments. The Red Cross was notified and quickly arrived on seen to provide assistance. Churches and others have been working to prepare for other needs of those who lost everything in the fire such as clothing, household, housing and financial assistance. Definitely a sad day for those who have lived in, still have ties to or fond memories of Brookfield and the surrounding community as more of the history and certainly landscape of the fine Green Hills community was lost in Wednesday’s blasé. Fortunately, no one was killed or seriously injured, however, the fire chief said in an interview with KTVO TV one fire fighter from Marceline did receive minor injuries when hot tar dripped on him, but he did not require medical treatment.

 

GREEN CITY MAN SUFFERED MEDICAL ISSUE

Troopers say a non traffic fatality occurred in Sullivan County at 7:50 Wednesday morning at MO 6 at Pecan Road. According to the crash report, 74 year old Chester D. Hale of Green City was eastbound when he suffered a medical issue. His vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck a fence and a utility pole. Hale was pronounced deceased a short time later at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.

 

7TH DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE WITHDRAWING FROM RE-ELECTION BID AFTER DECIDING TO SEEK 12TH DISTRICT SENATE SEAT

Current 7th District State Representative Rusty Black announced he is withdrawing his bid for re-election to the house so he can file as a candidate for the 12th District Senate seat. Now that new boundaries have been established, the successful candidate for 12th District Senator will represent 18 and ½ counties in north and Northwest Missouri, including Linn, Chariton, Sullivan and Carroll Counties, all the way north to the state line with Iowa and west to the State line where Missouri borders Kansas and Nebraska. 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Montgomery County has seen a study increase in the theft of catalytic converter. We have had numerous reports of catalytic converter theft just in the last couple weeks. Thieves have gone to the extent of stealing catalytic converters off of vehicles parked at the Montgomery County R-2 High School during schools hours. Please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office if you have any information that could help us put these thieves behind bars. You can call the Sheriff’s Office during normal business hours (M-F 8a-4p) at 573-564-8084 or call the Communications Center at 573-564-3378 and ask to speak with a deputy.




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03/16/2022

 

𝐒𝐓. 𝐏𝐀𝐓𝐑𝐈𝐂𝐊’'𝐒 𝐃𝐖𝐈 𝐄𝐍F𝐎𝐑𝐂𝐄𝐌𝐄𝐍𝐓 𝐂𝐀𝐌𝐏𝐀𝐈𝐆𝐍

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and other area law enforcement organizations are teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. This means that if you plan to drink, it’s essential that you plan ahead for a sober ride home. Remember: A sober driver is one who hasn’t had any alcohol. Even one drink can be one too many. St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow, March 17, 2022 and traditionally is one of the biggest drinking nights of the year, and this, unfortunately, means more drunk drivers on the roads. We understand people are looking for a reason to celebrate, and we want everyone to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but we also want to impress upon everyone the importance of safe driving. Make the right choice, plan for a sober driver to give you and your friends a ride home. Before you put your keys in the ignition, remind yourself: “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” The DWI Enforcement Campaign officially runs from March 16th through 20th, 2022.

 

MILAN MAN ACCUSED OF ATTACKING ADAIR COUNTY JAILER IN LATE FEBRUARY

A Milan man is accused of attacking an employee at the Adair County jail. KTVO and KTVO dot com said the Adair County Sheriff's Office identified the 19 year old man as inmate Dason Forrester. The altercation happened on the night of Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022. Sheriff Eldon Grissom told KTVO Forrester refused to lock down when ordered to do so by the jailer. The male employee then went to escort Forrester to his cell. The sheriff said that is when the inmate attacked the jailer and put him in a chokehold, nearly rendering him unconscious. Officials said the jailer was able to get free from the chokehold just as help was arriving. The employee was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. The jailer is expected to make a full recovery, and he has returned to work. The sheriff's office is seeking additional charges against Forrester related to the incident at the jail. Right now, he is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center for Shelby County on charges of abuse or neglect of a child and third-degree assault. Forrester also has a Sullivan County warrant for felony stealing.

 

CROWDER STATE PARK TO HOST EASTER EGG HUNT DURING APRIL

The Easter Bunny lost Easter eggs on the trails at Crowder State Park near Trenton! The public is invited to hike the trails at the park from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the month of April to locate these eggs and enter in a drawing enter for a hiking stick from the park's souvenir collection.  Hikers should record the egg color combination on the trail, take a selfie with one of the eggs and submit the color combination, trail name and selfie to crowder.state.park@dnr.mo.gov by midnight April 30.   Feeling energized?? Hike Crowder State Park's five trails and enter a color combination, selfie and trail name for each to be entered in the drawing five times! Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring water and wear sturdy shoes and insect repellent. The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others. Crowder State Park is located in northern Missouri, off Highway 65; west of Trenton off Highway 146. For more information about the event, call Crowder State Park at 660-359-6473.




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03/15/2022

FIRE DAMAGES COLUMBIA DUPLEX LEAVING TWO FAMILIES LOOKING FOR ANOTHER PLACE TO STAY

Firefighters from Columbia were dispatched to a duplex on Godas Circle close the Lake of the Woods exit off of Interstate 70 around 1:3O PM. Initial reports from the Columbia Fire Department say the fire appears to have originated in the basement area located on the back side of the building and from there flames went up to the main level of the 2 family home. Family members and their pets were able to get out safely and no injuries were reported. As a result of the damage, 2 families are now looking for another place to live. The investigation as to the cause of the blasé is underway.

 

COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT CALLED TO RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURE FIRE EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

Columbia Fire Department personnel battled a residential structure fire early Sunday morning. The call came in at 12:30 am regarding a garage fire in the 4600 block of Royal Lytham Drive in Columbia. When crews arrived, they found heavy fire and smoke conditions in the garage area of the home and were able to brind the blasé under control in approximately 25 minutes. No word yet as to the cause or origin of the fire.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT

Incidents, Arrests and MORE

03/12/2022

 

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03/14/2022

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO REPORTED BURGLARY WITH A WEAPON

At approximately 3:13 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, Columbia police officers responded to a reported burglary with a weapon in the 1300 block of Godas Drive in Columbia.  Officers located a 22-year old male victim who had sustained an apparent non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment. There were no other injuries reported during this incident, and there is no suspect information to provide. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

YOUNG KIRKSVILLE DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT

The Highway Patrol reports a 16 year old male driver from Kirksville was treated at the scene of a single vehicle wreck on MO 6, 4 miles east of Kirksville at 3:23 Saturday afternoon. The crash report indicated the driver lost control on the ice covered roadway. His auto then ran off the road and overturned.

 

RICHMOND WOMAN INJURED IN WRECK DURING THE NOON HOUR SUNDAY

Troopers say a Richmond woman was taken to a Liberty Hospital after a crash at 12:45 pm Sunday afternoon on Route B, north east of 180th street in Ray County. According to the report, 66 year old Paul L. Rogers of Richmond was northbound when he swerved to avoid a farm tractor that was southbound in the northbound lane. His cehicle ran off the right side of the roaodway, struck an embankment, went airborn and impacted the ground. The driver was not injured, however a passenger, 63 year old Cathy E. Rogers of Richmond had moderate injuries and was transported by Ray County EMS to Liberty Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Cooper County.  49 year old Tracie Petty of Vance, AL was eastbound on I-70 and traveling too fast for road conditions when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck the guardrail.  She was taken to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEENS INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two teens from Gerald, MO were injured in an accident that occurred at 1:30pm Saturday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 49 year old Wyatt Smith of Gerald was westbound on Antioch Road when he began to make a left turn onto Cedar Lane when his truck was struck in the front by a vehicle which was traveling eastbound on Antioch Road.  The 17 year old driver and his 15 year old passenger in the vehicle that struck the truck were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate and minor injuries respectively. 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 𝐒𝐇𝐄𝐑𝐈𝐅𝐅𝐒 𝐑𝐄𝐏𝐎𝐑𝐓

𝟎3/𝟐𝟓/𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐𝟎𝟑/𝟎𝟑/𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐

The Missouri Move Over Law (Section 304.022 RSMo) requires drivers to change lanes, if safe to do so, when approaching an emergency vehicle that is displaying red or red and blue lights or a stationary vehicle displaying lighted amber or amber and white lights. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles. The Missouri Move Over Law helps to keep our emergency personnel safe while they are performing their duties. The definition of an emergency vehicle may be found in Missouri State Statute 304.022. The most common emergency vehicles you will come into contact with will be law enforcement, fire department, ambulance services, tow trucks, and MoDOT. Any violation of this law can result in fines and/or imprisonment.

Distracted Driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system — anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that's like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. You cannot drive safely unless the task of driving has your full attention. Any non-driving activity you engage in is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing. More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes that involve texting and driving. Please keep your eyes on the road and off your phones.

 




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March 11TH , 2022

 

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Daylight savings time starts Sunday!

 

WINTER WEATHER RESULTS IN NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS

Numerous accidents were reported across the area due to slick road conditions from the winter storm moving through the area. The patrol said a Shelbina man, 21 year old Preston L. Hall had serious injuries and was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment after his eastbound pickup went off US 36, one half mile west of Lentner around 7:15 last (Thursday) night and struck a tree. State, County and Local law enforcement reported several incidents. In Gasconade County, a single vehicle crash claimed the life of the driver, however authorities say the crash was not the result of weather conditions, but instead evidence at the scene indicated 59 year old William K. Halley of Gasconade was eastbound at 11:40 Thursday morning on MO 100 at Cole Creek Road when he suffered a medical emergency. The vehicle he was driving went off the left side of the road, struck a ditch, became airborne and overturned twice. The vehicle then returned to the roadway and traveled off the side of the road a second time. Halley was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

LINN COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO 12 YEARS IN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s office reported that the Linn County court formally committed a man to a total of 12 years in the Department of Corrections this past Tuesday. Alexander Blackwell was sentenced to serve 8 years on a conviction of 2nd degree Domestic Assault as a prior assault offender. He was also sentenced to 5 years on Domestic Assault in the 2nd degree and 4 years for unlawful use of a weapon which will run concurrent to each other. In addition, Blackwell was sentenced to 4 years in DOC to run consecutive to the other charges for Possession of a Controlled Substance. That means Blackwell was ordered by the Linn County Court to serve 12 years in the Department of Corrections.

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME RESUMES THIS SUNDAY AT 2AM

As clocks spring forward 1 hour this weekend with the return to Daylight Savings Time, the State Fire Marshal recommends changing the batteries and test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It’s also a great time to practice fire escape plans. Safety experts recommend families practice their home escape plans at least twice each year.

 

NECAC SEEKS HOMEOWNERS FOR FREE RENOVATION PROGRAM

A Missouri agency is seeking homeowners for a do-it-yourself renovation program.  It’s called Self-Help Housing, and NECAC administers the USDA program in Lincoln, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Shelby and Warren counties. Participants must meet income guidelines. They’ll work with a NECAC construction supervisor, who will provide one-on-one instruction. Supplies and tools will be purchased by the program, but the labor will be contributed by the families and volunteers. Applicants may qualify if they make less than the following per year: One-person household, $27,180; two-person, 36,620; three-person, $46,060; four-person, $55,500. NECAC has been involved with Self-Help Housing since 1999.  If you’d like more information, call NECAC at 573-324-6622. The same program is available in other areas through different NECAC offices.




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March 10TH , 2022

 

SLOW MOVING SYSTEM TO BRING ACCUMULATING SNOW THURSDAY & FRIDAY

The first day of spring is less than two weeks away, but don’t say goodbye to winter just yet. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to be aware of changing road conditions both where you are and where you are going. Most forecast models show the entire state being impacted by varying amounts of accumulation and less-than-perfect road conditions. The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill said the snow that began overnight across Western and Northwestern Missouri will continue to spread eastward through the morning hours and will come to an end from northwest to southeast late Thursday night into Friday morning. Parts of Kansas City, northwards to the Bethany area, then east towards Trenton and Milan, then back to the southwest to include the Brookfield, Chillicothe, Carrollton and Lexington areas and back to the Kansas City metro is where the heaviest snowfall is expected with anywhere from 4” to 7” by the time it ends. 3” to 6” are forecast along the Missouri/Iowa border, Kirksville, Macon, Moberly, Edina, Shelbyville, Salisbury, Boonville, Marshall, Sedalia, Warsaw and back to Butler are in the 2” to 6” range, Columbia and Jefferson City and areas further to the east including Monroe City, Montgomery City, Hermann and the like are in the in the 1” to 3” range. All of the listening areas served by the Best Broadcast Group are under either a Winter Storm Warning or a Winter Weather Advisory through Friday morning and we can expect periods of no snow, periods of just flurries and periods of moderate to heavy snowfall. The snow will come to an end from northwest to southeast late Thursday night into Friday morning but between now and then expect very hazardous travel conditions. MoDOT crews will be working around-the-clock and will continue until roads are in mostly clear condition. Please slow down and be cautious of road crews and emergency vehicles and give them room to work. Check current Missouri road conditions on the Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org, or by calling 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

 

SNOW RELATED CLOSINGS AND CANCELLATIONS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD

With the snow slowly spreading across the area, you can expect a number of school closings and other weather related announcements between now and the time it ends. As usual we will be using our resources to keep you up to date on-the-air and on-line so make sure you keep listening and check our cancellations page on the station website. North Central Missouri College in Trenton made the decision to cancel in person classes on Wednesday because of the likelihood of inclement weather. NCMC is instead conducting virtual study today and all classes will be held online and offices/services available virtually. Campus buildings will not be open to the public, except the Ketcham Community Center will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

 

STATEWIDE INITIATIVES PLANNED THIS MONTH TO MAKE ROADWAYS SAFER.

The Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety & Traffic Division and law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up this month on several initiatives.  The initiatives are aimed at making the roadways safer and target two of the issues Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has recognized as contributing significantly to deaths and serious injuries on our roadways; the lack of seatbelt use and impaired driving. The first initiative is the Buckle Up Blitz, which runs March 7th through March 14th.  The Missouri Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety determined that in 2021, 90% of all fatal crashes in the northeast portion of the state involved people who were not wearing seatbelts. The second is the St. Patrick’s Day DWI Enforcement Campaign, centered around the week of St. Patrick’s Day.  According to MODOT, 221 fatalities in 2020 involved a substance impaired driver.  While alcohol impaired driving has decreased through the years, impairment by other drugs has increased dramatically. The third initiative is the Youth Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign, March 15th through March 31st.  According to MODOT, in 2020, 74% of teens killed on Missouri roadways were not wearing a seatbelt. For more information about roadway safety visit: savemorelives.com/mcrs.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA TO HOLD SPECIAL ELECTION

The Columbia City Council has voted to call a special election on the question of whether to impose a local use tax. The use tax would ensure that purchases from online venders located outside the state are subject to the same 2% local tax rate as those purchases made from venders in Columbia. A video to help residents learn more about Prop 1 and what it would mean for Columbia residents has been created and is available online at www.como.gov/use-tax

 

SPRING HIKE AT CROWDER STATE PARK

Team members at Crowder State Park invite the public to an spring into spring hike from 4-5 p.m. Sunday, March 20. Participants should meet at the special-use area for a 2-mile guided hike on Redbud Trail. Park team members will discuss plants, trees and animals along the trail. Redbud Trail is a diverse trail that allows visitors to traverse a wide variety of the natural communities found throughout the park. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring water and wear sturdy shoes and insect repellent. The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and be proactive in protecting themselves and others.

Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Highway 146. For more information about the event, call 660-359-6473.

 




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                                    . . . From the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom

March 9, 2022

 

WINTER WEATHER EXPECTED TO AFFECT AREA – WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT

The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WATCH in effect from Wednesday evening through late Thursday night. While there is still some uncertainty as to timing and amounts of snow, a winter storm with accumulating snow is expected to impact the region from late Wednesday through early Friday.

 

* WHAT...Moderate to Heavy snow possible. Total snow

  accumulations of 3 to 8 inches possible.

 

* WHERE...Portions of east central and northeast Kansas and

  central, north central, northeast, northwest and west central

  Missouri.

 

* WHEN...From Wednesday evening through late Thursday night.

 

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous

  conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

 

We will continue to provide the latest information and be updating forecasts and other information as quickly as possible

 

FIRE DAMAGES MEXICO HOME MONDAY

On Monday Afternoon around 12:37PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a fire on Bougainville Drive.  A carport and storage area attached to the home were completely engulfed in flame with the fire moving into the kitchen of the home.  The fire was contained and extinguished in those areas with the carport and storage area being completely destroyed and the kitchen suffering significant fire damage.  The rest of the home had serious heat damage The residents indicated they had been having some electrical issues in the carport, storage and kitchen areas.  They stated they thought they smelled something burning and about a half hour later found flame entering the home from the carport.  No injuries were reported. Residents of the home managed to get all the people and one pet out before conditions became too dangerous however four small dogs and two cats died as a result of the blasé.

GLASGOW  FOUND GUILTY  BY LINN COUNTY JURY

The Linn County Prosecuting Attorney’s office reports a trial was held this past Friday involving the State verses Jeffery Len Glasgow. Glasgow had been charged with 1 felony count for Failure to Appear. The case was investigated by the Linn County Sheriff’s Department. The Linn County jury returned a verdict of guilty on the charge and sentencing for the conviction will be held on May 2, 2022.

 

5 MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN OUR AREA RECEIVING FUNDING AWARDS FROM EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the winners of two school bus rebate opportunities: 2021 American Rescue Plan Electric School Bus Rebates, and 2021 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act School Bus Rebates. Hannibal Public School District 60 received $75,000 to replace 3 older buses. New Franklin and North Callaway both received $40,000 to replace 2 older buses in each district while Marion County R-2 and Shelby County R-4 in Shelbina both received $20,000 to replace 1 bus in each system. In addition to the funding announced today, March 8, 2022, in the coming weeks, EPA plans to announce a new Clean School Bus rebate program under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which provides an unprecedented $5 billion over five years to replace existing school buses with low- or zero-emission school buses.

 

STATEWIDE INITIATIVES PLANNED THIS MONTH TO MAKE ROADWAYS SAFER.

The Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety & Traffic Division and law enforcement agencies statewide are teaming up this month on several initiatives.  The initiatives are aimed at making the roadways safer and target two of the issues Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has recognized as contributing significantly to deaths and serious injuries on our roadways; the lack of seatbelt use and impaired driving. The first initiative is the Buckle Up Blitz, which runs March 7th through March 14th.  The Missouri Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety determined that in 2021, 90% of all fatal crashes in the northeast portion of the state involved people who were not wearing seatbelts. The second is the St. Patrick’s Day DWI Enforcement Campaign, centered around the week of St. Patrick’s Day.  According to MODOT, 221 fatalities in 2020 involved a substance impaired driver.  While alcohol impaired driving has decreased through the years, impairment by other drugs has increased dramatically. The third initiative is the Youth Seatbelt Enforcement Campaign, March 15th through March 31st.  According to MODOT, in 2020, 74% of teens killed on Missouri roadways were not wearing a seatbelt. For more information about roadway safety visit: savemorelives.com/mcrs.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA TO HOLD SPECIAL ELECTION

The Columbia City Council has voted to call a special election on the question of whether to impose a local use tax. The use tax would ensure that purchases from online venders located outside the state are subject to the same 2% local tax rate as those purchases made from venders in Columbia. A video to help residents learn more about Prop 1 and what it would mean for Columbia residents has been created and is available online at www.como.gov/use-tax




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March 8th , 2022

STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL SCHEDULED FOR TODAY

The Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for this morning at 10 AM. It’s all part of Se3vere Weather Awareness Week underway all week long.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVFESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED WITH INJURY IN THE 100 BLOCK OF POLAAR HILL DRIVE THIS PAST SATURDAY

Columbia Police arrested Tyler Jacob Matthews, 21, of Columbia for two counts of assault, unlawful use of a weapon, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest. On Saturday, March 5 at approximately 2 p.m., Columbia Police were dispatched to the area of the 100 block of Poplar Hill Drive in reference to a report of shots fired. Officers arrived on the scene and observed a male armed with a rifle. Officers immediately ordered the subject to put the firearm down. The male, who was identified as Matthews, put the rifle down but resisted officers while he was taken into custody.  Officers located one adult male victim with an injury. He was found to be in stable condition. Emergency personnel arrived, performed patient care and transported the victim to a local hospital. 

This is an ongoing investigation being handled by the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S REPORT FOR MARCH 7, 2022

Investigations and Urgent Assistance

The Livingston County Sheriff's Office (LCSO) has been busy with a variety of investigations.  Lately we have experienced several recent death investigations in addition to assisting on two pursuits and arrests over the weekend:





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03/07/2022 

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COFFEE WITH SHERIFF HENKE REGARDING LAW ENFORCEMENT SALES TAX QUESTION BEFORE VOTERS DURING MUNICIPAL ELECTION APRIL 5TH

On February 8th, we told you that Voters in Linn County will be deciding the fate of a 1/4 Sales Tax proposal during the upcoming April 5th Municipal Election with the money that’s generated to help support County Law Enforcement services.  Linn County Sheriff Jeff Henke will be answering questions and discussing how funding would be used and why it’s needed tomorrow morning during Coffee with Sheriff Henke at the McDonalds in Brookfield from 7:30 to 9am. Then, on Wednesday from 7:30 to 9am, the Sheriff will be in Marceline at MaVic’s Café for Coffee with Sheriff Henke. Find out specifically what the Sheriff has to say abouot the 1/4 cent Sales Tax question  to help Support County Law Enforcement Services that will be decided by Linn County voters as part of the April 5th Municipal Election ballot.

 

THIRD JUVENILE DETAINED IN PEORIA, IL IN CONNECTION TO COLUMBIA HOMICIDE

The Columbia Police Department issued a news release on Friday indicating a third 16-year-old male juvenile of Columbia has been detained by the Peoria, IL Police Department for his involvement in the homicide that occurred at a residence in the 1800 block of McKee Street on Feb. 19th.  The juvenile was detained for the charges of first-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action and is in the custody of juvenile authorities in Peoria.  The first 16 year old juvenile was detained on February 22ndt and the second on February 24th. Police say the investigation is continuing.

 

PROPERTY DAMAGE IN NEW FLORENCE AT STORAGE FACILITY

The New Florence Police Department is asking for your help in identifying a vehicle and driver, who is a person of interest, in a Property Damage Investigation.  The property damage occurred on March 3, 2022, around 10:30 am at Hinkle Storage in New Florence, Mo. Further information was that the owner of Hinkle Storage pulled into the parking lot just as the suspect had finished cutting locks off of three storage units. The suspect was described as a white female in her 30's. The suspect fled the scene driving a, gray in color, late model Chevy pick-up truck, with a large dent on the driver's side bed. The suspect vehicle did not have any license plates attached to it. If you have any information that could help with solving this case, please contact Communications at 573-564-3378 and ask to speak with a New Florence Officer. A picture of the vehicle is posted on the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page.

 

BRUNSWICK DRIVER INJURED IN SINGLE VEHICLE ACCIDENT SUNDAY

A Brunswick man was injured in a single vehicle crash in Chariton County at 4:25 Sunday afternoon on US 24, west of Brunswick. Troopers say 80 year old Gail D. Stephenson was westbound when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road and impacted a ditch. Stephenson received moderate injuries and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton for treatment.

 

CLARK MAN ARRESTED ON NUMEROUS CHARGES FOLLOWING SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH

Three people including the driver were injured in a single vehicle crash on Route B, one mile south of Higbee Friday afternoon at 2:36 pm. The patrol said 31 year old Jay Hager of Clark was westbound and traveled through an intersection, struck the ground and overturned. Two juveniles, ages 1 and 3 received minor injuries, while the driver had moderate injuries. All three were transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Hager was later arrested for 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, felony tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, DWI, drugs-possession of drug paraphernalia, multiple felony warrants, and various traffic charges. At the time of the report he was being held at the Randolph County jail.

 

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A St. Louis man was killed in a wrong-way accident that occurred at around 3:45am Saturday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Terrell Wallace was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-44 in lane 2 when his truck collided head-on with a freightliner driven by 45 year old George Ross of Highland, IN which was traveling in the right direction westbound in lane 2 of I-44.  Wallace was pronounced dead at the scene while Ross was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

A man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Franklin County.  26 year old Trevor Buffer of Robertsville, MO was on Mill Hill Road and driving too fast for conditions when his vehicle ran off the east side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

A Clarksville driver was hurt in an early Friday morning crash in Pike County.  The report states that the automobile 39 year old Matthew Thies was driving struck a Chevron sign which went through the windshield and struck him in the face but he continued from the scene of the crash to his residence where he was contacted there after by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and then was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.





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03/04/2022


KIRKSVILLE MAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY CRASH

The Highway Patrol said a Kirksville man was injured in a Linn County crash at 1:55 Thursday afternoon. It happened on MO 11, 2 miles west of New Boston as Gary Deutschman, 66 of New Boston was westbound and preparing to make a wide right hand turn when his vehicle was struck by a westbound pickup driven by Robert Long, 71, of Kirksville. Long received moderate injuries and was transported by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

MACON MAN SUSTAINED SERIOUS INJURIES WHEN VEHICLE OVERTURNS

Troopers say a Macon man had serious injuries in a single vehicle crash Thursday afternoon at 1:45 pm in Macon County. 54 year old Raymond Wood was northbound on Jewell Aveenue, 4 miles north of Macon when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. He was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 

8 YEAR OLD BOY FROM ST LOUIS KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH WEDNESDAY NIGHT

A two vehicle crash on westbound US 54, just east of the Route AA/OO exit resulted in the death of an 8 year old boy from St. Louis. Troopers say he was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in the right lane of US 54 and driven by Anisya Wilson, 23, of Jefferson City. The Wilson auto was struck from behind by another audo driven by 40 year old Elizabeth Miller of Fulton which overturned and  traveled off the left side of the roadway. Wilson and two other passengers in her autoall had moderate injuries and were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The 8 year old boy who was also a passenger in the Wilson vehicle was transported to Capital Region Medical Center in Jeff City where we was pronounced deceased. Miller had serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

HALLSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH

The patrol said a Hallsville woman died after the pickup she was a passenger in crashed on Westbound MO 124, west of Dodd Road in Boone County at 5:20 pm Wednesday. The crash occurred as the westbound pickup, driven by a 17 year old male juvenile from New Franklin travelled off the right side of the roadway, struck a concrete culvert and began to overturn. 18 year old Molly Jones of Hallsville was identified as the passenger in the crash and died at the scene. The driver received moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.


MEXICO MAN IN AUDRAIN COUNTY JAIL AFTER FLEEING PATROL DURING TRAFFIC STOP

The Highway Patrol says a Mexico man is facing several charges after trying to flee from troopers during a traffic stop Wednesday night on US 54 in Audrain County near Audrain Road 844. David L Fuget, Jr has been charged with driving while revoked, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and failing to wear a seatbelt. According to the report the patrol had stopped a vehicle on Highway 54. That’s when the passenger ran off into a wooded area with an unknown object. The Audrain County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit assisted in locating the suspect in a field. Authorities also found a small case containing marijuana and methamphetamine.  The subject remains in the Audrain County jail.

 

2022 POLAR PLUNGE IS SATURDAY AT THOUSAND HILLS STATE PARK WEST OF KIRKSVILLE

The 2022 Polar Plunge is coming to Kirksville this Saturday, March 5, 2022. The event will take place at the Forest Lake Swim Beach at Thousand Hills State Park. Registration is at 11 am and the plunge starts at 1 pm. The Polar Plunge is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. In 2021, the Kirksville Plunge had 123 plungers and raised more than $35,000! This one-of-a-kind event promises a fun atmosphere complete with music, funny costumes, and lasting memories for everyone! There is still time to donate and be a part of this event to help Missouri Special Olympic Athletes. CLICK HERE for more information

 

ONE LANE OF US ROUTE 36 EASTBOUND BETWEEN BROOKFIELD AND THE MARCELINE HIGHWAY 5 JUNCTION STILL CLOSED

Crews from the Missouri Department of Transportation closed the eastbound driving lane (right lane) of U.S. Route 36 on Wednesday between Route F and Route 5 south (between Brookfield and Marceline). A 14-foot width restriction is also in place.  The closure was deemed necessary for emergency pavement repairs of the eastbound driving lane. MoDOT said the lane closure will continue through noon today but also reminded drivers schedules are subject to change. Drivers were also asked to always buckle up, keep your phone down, slow down and move over in work zones/


US ROUTE 36 RESURFACING TO START NEXT MONDAY IN CALDWELL COUNTY

A resurfacing project on the eastbound lanes of U.S. Route 36 in Caldwell County is scheduled to begin next week. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Magruder Paving, LLC to complete the project which extends from the DeKalb County line to Route 13 in Hamilton. Crews plan to begin work Monday, March 7. U.S. Route 36 will remain open through the project, but one lane may be closed around the repair sites and paving operations. Some of these single-lane closures could remain up around-the-clock to allow the pavement to cure. Workers will be present during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. Some work may occur on Saturdays, as necessary, to complete the project on schedule. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place for the duration of the project, which is scheduled to continue through June. All work is weather permitting, and schedules are subject to change. MoDOT asks drivers to work with them by always buckling up, keeping your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones. Know before you go and check what work zones you might encounter at traveler.modot.org.

MISSOURI RECEIVED $42.2 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT THROUGH THE NTIA BROADBAND INFRASTURCTURE PROGRAM

The Department of Economic Development (DED) announced Tuesday, March 1, 2022 that Missouri has been awarded a $42.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) for broadband expansion. The funds received through the NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program will be used for projects benefiting more than 13,000 households in 12 Missouri counties: Boone, Butler, Jasper, Lincoln, Livingston, Marion, McDonald, Monroe, Pulaski, Shelby, St. Charles and St. Louis. The Department of Economic Development  submitted its application for funding last year through the NTIA’s Broadband Infrastructure Program, which supports broadband infrastructure deployment in unserved and rural areas. A three-stage review process determined Missouri would receive $42.2 million to supplement the state’s ongoing broadband expansion efforts. Among states receiving grants, Missouri received the largest award, representing more than 15 percent of total funding available. The grant will be used in addition to significant pending investments being made through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support broadband access, adoption, and assistance statewide. For more information on the Office of Broadband Development, including the latest updates on expansion efforts and future funding opportunities, visit DED’s website. Across all project areas, more than 13,000 households, more than 300 businesses, and over 30 community organizations are expected to receive high-speed internet access as a result of the awarded funds.

 




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03/03/2022

 

MOTORCYCLE AND SUV COLLIDE IN RANDOLH COUNTY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

The Highway Patrol said a motorcycle and SUV collided in Randolph County on Route M, 1 mile east of Moberly at 2:28 pm Wednesday. 28 year old Zachary T. Wickenheiser of Moberly was westbound when his motorcycle traveled across thee centerline and struck an eastbound SUV driven by 59 year old Sherry L. Gumm of Moberly on the left front of the vehicle. Wickenheiser was ejected from the motorcycle and received serious injuries. He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. Gumm had minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene.

 

LAPLATA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN UTV WRECK

Troopers say a Laplata man was seriously injured in a single vehicle crash in Macon County Wednesday afternoon. 50 year old Michael S. Gunnels was westbound in a field on private property, 1 mile north of South Gifford shortly after 4 pm. The report indicated Gunnels was on a Can AM UTV, made a turn and the vehicle overturned. The driver was taken by private auto to Samaritan Hospital  in Macon for treatment.

 

FATAL WRECK IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY TUESDAY NIGHT

A fatal crash happened in Montgomery County Tuesday night. Troopers said 30 year old Cameron Turner of St. Louis was eastbound on I-70 at 9:37 pm at the 166.6 mile marker and struck the rear of a tractor trailer as it was slowing to turn into the eastbound rest area. The tractor trailer was driven by 59 year old Jose Hernandez of Denver, CO. Turner was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash by the Montgomery County Coroner.

 

130 MPH VEHICLE PURSUIT ENDS WHEN SUSPECT CRASHES INTO DEPUTY IN KINGDOM CITY

On March 1, 2022, at 11:44 PM, Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies were notified of a vehicle pursuit, on US Highway 54, near the south Fulton city limits. Fulton Missouri Police officers were attempting to stop the suspect vehicle, a black Mercedes passenger vehicle, for driving the wrong way on US Highway 54 at 110 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle subsequently turned around and traveled eastbound, eluding officers. Shortly after, a Callaway County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the suspect vehicle on US Highway 54 near the State Road HH interchange in north Fulton. A second vehicle pursuit ensued, traveling US Highway 54 to Kingdom City. The suspect vehicle then traveled westbound Interstate 70, reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour. Once reaching the State Road Z interchange of Interstate 70 in Boone County, the Callaway County deputy terminated the pursuit. Columbia Police Department officers then observed the suspect vehicle near the 126 mile marker of Interstate 70 in Columbia. There, the suspect vehicle turned around and traveled eastbound Interstate 70 back toward Callaway County. At 12:09 AM (March 2, 2022), a Callaway County deputy observed the vehicle entering Callaway County on eastbound Interstate 70. A third vehicle pursuit entailed; traveling to Kingdom City and then US Highway 54 to Holts Summit at 125 miles per hour.  Once reaching Holts Summit, a Holts Summit Police Department officer deployed tire deflation devices, which the suspect vehicle struck. At the State Road AA/OO interchange in Holts Summit, the suspect vehicle turned around and went the opposite way on US Highway 54. Near New Bloomfield, at the County Road 348 intersection, a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputy deployed additional tire deflation devices, which the suspect vehicle struck. The suspect vehicle again traveled through Fulton and once reaching the County Road 220 intersection just south of Kingdom City, the suspect vehicle began traveling in the wrong lanes of US Highway 54. Upon reaching Kingdom City, additional Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputies were present and the suspect vehicle struck a Callaway County Sheriff’s Office deputy’s vehicle and became disabled. The deputy was not injured. The driver, George Cambronero, 41, of San Tan Valley, Arizona was arrested and transported to the Callaway County Jail. At last report the suspect remains in-custody for numerous probable cause felony charges (to include resisting arrest and possession of methamphetamine). A Court arrest warrant has been requested.

JEFFERSON CITY MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN POSSESSION
The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control arrested Patrick M. Lockett, 38, of Jefferson City, Missouri, on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, for promoting and possession of child pornography. The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit and the Missouri Digital Forensic Center. On Tuesday, March 1, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant at Lockett’s residence on Diamond Ridge, in Jefferson City. As a result of their search, investigators seized child pornography and computer equipment. Lockett was arrested and transported to the Cole County Jail. On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Lockett with one count of promoting child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography. Lockett remains in custody at the Cole County Jail with no bond. The Patrol was assisted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Jefferson City Police Department.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT REPORT

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