02/21/17

 

HAZARDOUS BURNING CONDITIONS CONTINUE   

A little bit of rain was received across the area Monday, but not enough to alleviate the ongoing hazardous conditions for outdoor burning.  The National Weather Service and area fire officials continue to strongly warn residents that the unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions continue to be a dangerous combination.  A survey of seven north Missouri counties shows nearly 100 grass fire calls for area firefighters in the past couple of weeks.  Several area counties have burn advisories still in effect and strong south winds will return to the picture tomorrow, adding to the hazardous conditions.  More substantial rainfall is possible by Thursday, with much cooler temperatures by the weekend.  You’re advised to heed the warnings and avoid any open burning until conditions improve. 

 

FFA WEEK BREAKFASTS THIS WEEK     

National FFA Week is underway and many area chapters have a variety of activities planned for the celebration, including a handful of community breakfasts this week.  The annual Brookfield FFA Community Appreciation breakfast will be held tomorrow (Wed) morning from 6:30 to 8am, in the Career Center Conference Room at the Brookfield School.  The Bucklin FFA Week Breakfast will be Thursday morning in the Bucklin R-2 Ag Shop, from 6:30 to 8:15am.  Friday, both Linn County R-1 and Meadville FFA chapters will hold their annual breakfasts.  Meadville’s event will be from 6 to 8am in the Meadville Community Center.  The Linn County R-1 Breakfast will be Friday, also from 6-8am at the Purdin Community Center. 

 

NOMO ART TEACHERS ART SHOW OPENS NEXT WEEK   

Area art teachers will have their works on display during the Sixth Annual Art Teachers Art Show, beginning next week at the NOMO Art Gallery in downtown Marceline.  The exhibit opens Monday at the gallery, located at 111 S. Main Street USA in Marceline.  Teachers from around north central and northeast Missouri will display their work and many pieces will be fore sale, thru April 29.  Everyone is invited to a reception for the artists next Saturday, March 4, from 1 to 4pm. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER STEALING VEHICL

A Columbia woman was arrested Monday morning, after allegedly trying to steal a vehicle.  Police say Arianna Hutchison was a passenger in the vehicle when the male driver went into the McDonald’s of Business Loop 70, just after midnight Monday.  Hutchison is accused of taking the vehicle and then fleeing from officers, who tried to stop her.  The vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  Hutchison was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. 

 

FAYETTE MAN ARRESTED FOR COLUMBIA HIT & RUN   

A Fayette man has been charged with felony leaving the scene of an accident, after allegedly hitting a pedestrian in downtown Columbia last month.  It occurred in the area of Ninth Street and Broadway on January 21.  One person was struck and complained of shoulder pain, but refused medical treatment.  Columbia Police released surveillance video of the truck involved, later identified as belonging to 37 year old Denver Watts, of Fayette.  He has pleaded not guilty. 

 

SALT RIVER WATERSHED MEETINGS TO BE HELD     

The Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, will hold a pair of public meetings in the South Fork Salt River Watershed…this afternoon in Madison and next Tuesday afternoon in Mexico.  The meetings are initial outreach efforts to gather input on the watershed.  Residents, landowners, local officials and the general public are invited.  This afternoon’s meeting will be held at the Madison Community Center, starting at 1:30pm.  Next Tuesday’s meeting will also begin at 1:30, in the Farnen Community Room of the Audrain County Courthouse. 




02/20/17

 

TRENTON DRIVER INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT

A Trenton driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday night accident on Highway 65, north of Trenton.  It occurred just before 8pm.  40 year old Kenton Whitt, of Trenton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says Whitt was southbound on 65, when his car skidded off the roadway, down an embankment and into a ravine, striking some large rocks.  The vehicle then went airborne and struck some trees. 

 

TINA WOMAN HURT IN JAMESPORT COLLISION  

A Tina woman suffered moderate injuries in a collision at an intersection in Jamesport, which occurred just after 5pm Sunday.  The patrol says a northbound car driven by 18 year old Kyle Downs of Trenton, failed to yield at the intersection and collided with an eastbound car, driven by 22 year old Roy Houk, of Jamesport.  A passenger in Houk’s car, 20 year old Amanda Osbon of Tina, suffered moderate injuries.  She was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. 

 

SALISBURY DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH  

A Salisbury driver suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off Highway 24, just west of Huntsville, early Sunday morning.  33 year old Courtni Logan, of Salisbury, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 5am.  The patrol says Logan tried to avoid a deer in the roadway and his vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree. 

 

FIVE INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT   

Five occupants of a vehicle were injured, when their car ran off an Audrain County road, just north of Mexico, early Sunday morning.  21 year old Richard Dollens, of Mexico, was the driver of the southbound vehicle.  The patrol says he lost control on loose gravel and the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.  Dollens was treated for minor injuries.  Two passengers in the vehicle sustained moderate injuries…19 year old Kelsey Cook and 18 year old Tressie Walton, both of Centralia.  Two other passengers escaped with just minor injuries…19 year old Prism Henley of Centralia and 20 year old Sonny Roberts of Mexico. 

 

TWO TEENS HURT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT     

Teenagers from Cairo and Moberly were injured in a Sunday night accident on a Randolph County road.  The patrol says a northbound car, driven by 16 year old Nicole Prather, of Cairo, skidded off a gravel road, northeast of Cairo at around 9:30pm.  The car struck the ground and a utility pole and overturned.  Prather and her passenger, 17 year old Emilee Rudkin, of Moberly, were both wearing their seat belts at the time of the accident.  Both were treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.

 

FULTON DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

A Fulton driver was killed in a collision on Highway 54 in Callaway County, which occurred just after midnight Sunday morning.  25 year old Cory Barnes, of Fulton, died in the accident.  The patrol says his southbound SUV sideswiped a southbound vehicle driven by a Jefferson City man.  The vehicle then traveled through the median and overturned, ejecting both occupants.  Barnes was pronounced dead at the scene.  46 year old Kevin King, of Byhalia, Mississippi, was flown to University Hospital by Staff for Life helicopter, with serious injuries. 




02/17/17

 

HANNIBAL DRIVER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION NORTH OF MACON

A Hannibal driver was killed in a head-on collision, which shut down Highway 63 north of Macon for much of Thursday morning.  62 year old Sterling E. Owens, of Hannibal, died in the crash, which occurred just before 8:30am.  The patrol says Owens’ northbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming tractor-trailer head-on.  Owens was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the semi, from Rockford, Illinois, was not injured.

  

MONROE CITY MAN KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DUMP TRUCK

A Monroe City man was killed when his pickup collided with a dump truck on Ralls County Route J, just south of Monroe City, Thursday afternoon.  It occurred just after 3:30pm.  73 year old Marshall Libby, of Monroe City, died in the accident.  The patrol says he was attempting to cross the highway and pulled into the path of a southbound dump truck, driven by 75 year old Willie Ragon, of Perry.  Ragon sought his own treatment for minor injuries. 

  

BERNHARDT RETIRING FROM HIGHWAY PATROL

A familiar face of the Highway Patrol in north Missouri schools and communities, and a familiar voice on the Best Broadcast Group family of radio stations is retiring from the patrol.  Sergeant Brent Bernhardt will retire at the end of the month, with more than 27 years of dedicated service.  Bernhardt is a Macon native and a 1982 graduate of Macon High School.  He served as a trooper in northeast Missouri, beginning in 1990 and became the Troop B public information and education officer in August of 1997.  He has served in that role for nearly 20 years.  Sergeant Eric Brown will take over Bernhardt’s role with Troop B. 




02/16/17

 

DOZENS OF VICTIMS IN SCHUYLER COUNTY FRAUD CASE

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office says dozens of northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa residents are victims of an identity theft, fraud and stolen mail case that has been under investigation since October.  Authorities say there are between 50 and 100 victims from as far away as Oklahoma and California, who’ve had checks, W-2’s and other important documents stolen from their mailboxes.  The fraud case has been turned over to the FBI and 30 year old Dwayne Brewster, of Lancaster is charged with financial exploitation of the elderly, and also faces charges in Davis County, Iowa, with additional charges pending.  Four other suspects face drug charges, after an active meth lab was found during a search of Brewster’s Lancaster area home.  22 year old David Brown and 26 year old Allen Brewster, both of Lancaster and 52 year old Michael Brewster and 34 year old Crystal Brewster, of Kirksville, are all charged with possession of meth. 

  

FLU IS WIDESPREAD IN PARTS OF NORTH MISSOURI   

The Livingston County Health Center says the flu has become widespread across parts of Missouri and, particularly in the northwest region of the state, over the past several weeks.  The Northwest District has had nearly 7,500 confirmed influenza cases as of last week, more than 1,700 were confirmed last week alone.  That compares to just 448 cases at this time last year.  The flu seems to be hitting children the worst, with the numbers for 0 to 17 year olds exponentially higher than those 18 and older.  Officials say vaccination rates in the area were down significantly from last year.  You’re advised that it not too late to get a flu shot for the remainder of this flu season and you’re reminded to take all other precautions to avoid contact with the virus, including frequent handwashing and cleaning and sanitizing all surfaces that might have come in contact with the flu.  If you develop flu-like symptoms, you’re encouraged to stay home and keep sick children home to help limit the spread of the illness.  For more information on flu vaccine options and other anti-flu tips, contact your local health department or your family doctor. 

 

SUSPECTS IN WEDNESDAY MORNING PURSUIT NAMED   

The Highway Patrol has named two St. Louis men, who were injured in a traffic crash during a pursuit on I-70, early Wednesday morning.  45 year old Roger Hanson, of St. Louis, was the driver of the vehicle, which was fled a traffic stop in Boonville and was eastbound on I-70.  It struck a spike strip, ran off the roadway and overturned.  Hanson suffered moderate injuries.  His passenger, 48 year old Joey Stout, of St. Louis, was seriously injured.  Both men were treated at University Hospital.  Hanson was released from the hospital and has been taken into custody on a number of traffic charges.  Additional charges against both men are pending. 

  

MOBERLY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SEEKING RESUMES 

The Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation is working with a prospective employer to assess the area’s labor pool.  A blind job posting has been issued, thru the Moberly Area Economic Development office, to see what kind of qualified applicants are available in the area.  The two main positions that are to be filled are a mechanical drafting position and a mechanical engineering position.  Resumes from qualified applicants are being sought thru the end of the month.  Get in touch with the Economic Development office by February 28 to submit a resume. 




02/15/17

 

ACTIVE METH LAB FOUND IN SCHUYLER COUNTY HOME  

An ongoing identity theft investigation turned into a drug bust in Schuyler County, when sheriff’s deputies found an active meth lab in a home northwest of Lancaster.  Deputies were executing a search warrant related to identity theft, fraud and stolen mail, when they entered the home on Rabbit Run Avenue and discovered an active meth lab and drug paraphernalia.  Three other search warrants were executed, including one at a Kirksville home.  A total of five suspects were arrested, three from Lancaster and two from Kirksville.  Those arrests include 30 year old Dwayne Brewster, of Lancaster, who was wanted on a warrant for financial exploitation of the elderly.  Authorities say their search also turned up garbage bags full of stolen checks, W-2’s and other documents stolen from people’s mailboxes.  The FBI has taken over the fraud investigation.  Drug charges are pending against multiple suspects. 

  

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN DIES FROM INJURIES SUFFERED LAST WEEK

A Kirksville woman, who suffered serious injuries in a collision on Highway 63 in Kirksville last week, has died from her injuries.  90 year old Maride Elam died Tuesday at a Columbia hospital.  Officials say her husband, 91 year old Bud Elam, who was also injured in the accident, has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.  The couple suffered serious injuries when Bud Elam pulled into the path of an oncoming semi at Highway 63 and Shepherd Avenue last Thursday. 

  

BEVIER DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT COLLISION    

A Bevier driver was injured in a collision on Macon County Route C, just south of Bevier, which occurred Tuesday night, just before 10:15pm.  22 year old Cody Martin, of Bevier, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says Martin was passing another vehicle at a hillcrest when he met oncoming traffic.  He swerved to avoid a collision and struck the pickup he was passing, which was driven by 18 year old Alex Durham, of Bevier.  Both vehicles skidded off the roadway.  Durham was not injured. 

  

MOBERLY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES    

Moberly Police and the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control are continuing to investigate the February 2 shooting death of 54 year old Christopher Shawn James of Moberly.  Police are asking anyone with information that might be related to the investigation to contact the Moberly Police Department or Randolph County’s anonymous tips line.  A reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.  Police responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fire in the 1000 block of South Williams Street in Moberly, in the early morning of February 2.  James was found at the scene and died from a gunshot wound. 

  

CAR CHASE ENDS WITH BOONE COUNTY CRASH     

A Tuesday night car chase, which began in Cooper County, ended with a traffic crash in eastern Boone County, just after midnight this (Wed) morning.  Boonville Police say the chase began when an officer tried to pull over a suspicious vehicle.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene, driving through resident’s yards and was able to get to I-70 and head eastbound.  The highway patrol joined the chase and deployed spike strips at the Boone County Route Z exit.  The suspect vehicle crashed at that location and two male occupants from St. Louis were injured and treated at a Columbia Hospital.  Arrests are pending in the case. 




02/14/17

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST THEFT SUSPECT    

Chillicothe Police have made an arrest in connection with at least 13 recent thefts from unlocked vehicles.  Officers have been investigating those reports for the past three weeks.  Over the weekend, they set up a covert operation in the area where the criminal activity was taking place and a suspect was recorded committing criminal acts.  Officers went to the suspect’s residence with a search warrant and the individual had barricaded himself inside the home.  Officers were able to gain entry and arrest an 18 year old male for stealing, tampering with a motor vehicle and possession of stolen property.  During the search, multiple items were recovered, which had been reported stolen, including firearms, jewelry and cash.  The suspect’s name has not been released, pending the filing of formal charges.  Authorities say other items were recovered that have not been reported stolen.  They urge citizens to report any recent missing items, including firearms. 

  

WINDS FAN FLAMES AS GRASS FIRE GETS OUT OF CONTROL    

Strong winds, Monday afternoon, fed a large grass fire, which burned an estimated 10 acres of farmland, just north of Kirksville.  The fire was reported by a passing motorist on Benton Way, east of Highway 63, just after 2:30pm.  Officials say the fire burned dry grass up to the edge of the roadway and it jumped the roadway as winds pushed the flames east.  The Adair County Rural Fire Department, Kirksville and Novinger Fire Departments all responded to help control the blaze.  There was no damage to any buildings. 

Many north Missouri fire officials continue to warn residents of the potential danger of outdoor burning this week, with above-normal temperatures and dry and windy conditions expected to continue thru the coming weekend.

  

ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA PHARMACY     

Columbia Police are seeking one male suspect, after he attempted to rob a Columbia pharmacy with a gun, Monday morning.  Officers were called to Kilgore’s Pharmacy on Chapel Hill Road, just before noon.  Witnesses say the robbery attempt was unsuccessful and the man fled in a car northbound on Forum Boulevard.  He is described as a white male in his 30’s, about 6 feet tall with a medium build.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

MALE SUSPECT TAZED & ARRESTED AT MIDWAY MOTEL     

A male suspect is in custody after Boone County deputies were called to the Budget Inn-Midway, early Tuesday morning.  Deputies say the call was prompted by a disturbance between a man and a woman.  They say the male suspect had to be tazed prior to his arrest.  No further details have been released. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY COLLISION     

A Moberly driver was treated for minor injuries after a Monday morning collision on Highway 22 in Boone County, just east of the Highway 63 interchange.  The patrol says an eastbound car driven by 39 year old Lourae Lee, of Moberly, struck another eastbound vehicle, driven by 62 year old Michael Tripp of Elmer.  Lee was taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center, where she was treated and released. 




02/13/17

 

MOBERLY FIREFIGHTER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT  

A Moberly firefighter was listed in fair condition, at last report, after suffering serious injuries when he was ejected from his fire truck, Saturday afternoon.  The patrol says 57 year old Kenneth McCune, of Moberly, was responding to a fire, just after 12:30pm, when his truck ran off Business 63, near the Renick city limits.  McCune was ejected when the truck struck a culvert, overturned and struck a sign.  He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

MARSHALL MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT  

A Marshall man was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 24 at its junction with Highway 65 in Carroll County, Sunday night.  It occurred just after 8:30pm.  The patrol says 24 year old Jesse Herd, of Marshall, was turning from eastbound 24 to southbound 65 and he failed to negotiate the turn.  His car ran off the roadway and overturned.  He was treated for moderate injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital. 

  

PALMYRA WOMAN HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH      

A Palmyra woman suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday evening accident on Business Highway 54 in Audrain County.  66 year old Joyce Muehring, of Palmyra, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  She was a passenger in an SUV driven by 77 year old Merle Muehring, of Palmyra.  The patrol says Muehring was attempting to turn into a private drive when the vehicle ran into a ditch.

  

SOUTH CAROLINA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED ON I-70     

A driver from South Carolina was seriously injured in a Saturday night accident on I-70 in Cooper County.  It occurred at around 10:15pm Saturday, near mile marker 102.  29 year old Stephen Beasley, of Fort Collins, SC was taken by ambulance to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his car ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER CRASH 

A Boone County driver faces drug charges after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Saturday afternoon.  The patrol says 19 year old Adam Quinn was arrested after the accident for felony distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, alcohol and drug paraphernalia.  Troopers say they found Xanax bars, molly and THC wax in his possession. 

  

TRENTON MAN ARRESTED IN STOLEN VEHICLE     

A Trenton man faces charges, after he was arrested in a stolen vehicle in Mercer County, early Saturday morning.  33 year old Timothy Nguyen, of Trenton, was arrested by the highway patrol for alleged tampering with a motor vehicle, felony resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools.  He was held in the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center over the weekend, pending formal charges. 

 
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY CONFIRMS ITS 17th PRESIDENT      

Truman State University’s interim President has been formally named Truman’s new permanent President.  The Truman Board of Governors announced its unanimous decision Friday, naming Dr. Susan Thomas the 17th president in the university’s history.  Thomas has served as Truman’s interim president since July 1 of last year and previously served as vice president for academic affairs and provost since July of 2014. 




02/10/17

 

KIRKSVILLE COUPLE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLLISION   

A Kirksville couple suffered serious injuries in a Thursday evening collision at the intersection of Highway 63 and Shepherd Avenue in Kirksville.  91 year old Charlie ‘Bud’ Elam, of Kirksville was the driver of the car.  His 90 year old wife, Maride Elam, was a passenger.  Kirksville Police say both were seriously injured when Elam failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of a northbound tractor-trailer, at around 5pm Thursday.  The Elams were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia.  The driver of the semi, from Springfield, was not injured. 

  

SLATER POLICE OFFICER CHARGED   

A Slater Police Officer is accused of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an underage girl.  29 year old Benjamin Adam Thomas, of Slater, is charged with statutory sodomy, with bond set at $15,000 dollars.  According to a probable cause statement, the Highway Patrol investigated the allegations and found evidence of a romantic and sexual relationship between Thomas and an unnamed 16 year old girl.  The Slater Police Department says Thomas has been suspended from duty in connection with the case. 

  

TWO MEN SENTENCED TO FEDERAL PRISON FOR METH    

A Columbia man and a Harrisburg man were sentenced in federal court this week, for their role in a mid-Missouri drug conspiracy.  34 year old Sean Anthony Blumenshine, of Harrisburg and 31 year old Troy Chance Lewis, of Columbia, were each sentenced to 12 years in federal prison.  Lewis pleaded guilty to possession of meth with intent to distribute in October.  Blumneshine pleaded guilty to a similar charge last August. 

  

POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN COLUMBIA STANDOFF   

Columbia Police have identified the suspect who was arrested after a Wednesday evening standoff at a Columbia apartment complex.  Rockus Roland, of Columbia, was taken into custody at Columbia Square Apartments.  Authorities say he was wanted on a parole violation from a previous drug charge when officers went to the apartments.  Roland initially refused to come out, but he was taken into custody without incident after Wednesday evening’s standoff.  

  

KIRKSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRITY DINNER COMING UP   

Tickets are on sale now for the Kirksville High School Music Department’s 10th Annual Celebrity Dinner Fundraiser.  It will be held two weeks from tonight…Friday, February 24, in the Kirksville Primary School Commons.  The event features a gourmet meal, with live entertainment, featuring performances by Kirksville High School music groups.  Tickets are $25 dollars per person and are available through Kirksville High School.  The tenth annual Celebrity Dinner is Friday, February 24 in the Kirksville Primary School Commons. 




02/09/17

 

MACON WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER BREAK-IN  

A Macon woman is accused of breaking into a home and stealing prescription pain medications.  40 year old Sonna L. Basler, of Macon, was arrested Monday and is charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance.  The arrest came after a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress on Kingston Place, just outside of Macon.  Deputies say, when they arrived, the reporting party was holding Basler at gunpoint.  They say the owner of the residence returned home to find Basler had unlawfully entered the home.  A search turned up various prescription pain pills in her possession.  She is being held on $60,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

WEDNESDAY’S LIGHT SNOW CAUSES MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS   

Yesterday’s light snow caused some slick driving conditions around north Missouri, with a number of accidents reported… 

- A Green Castle woman suffered moderate injuries when her car slid off Highway 6, just west of Novinger, at around 9:50am.  24 year old Calli Allen, of Green Castle, was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

- A Bethany driver, 30 year old Jarod Hillyard, was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Harrison County Route F, just northwest of Bethany.  It occurred at around 5:30pm.  The patrol says Hillyard’s pickup went down an embankment and overturned.  He was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital. 

- A head-on collision on Highway 15, just north of Paris, sent two drivers to the hospital.  It occurred just before 1pm.  The patrol says 79 year old Eugene Pardo, of Chesterfield, was northbound and lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered roadway.  It crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming car, driven by 81 year old Mary Roe, of LaGrange.  Roe was seriously injured.  Her passenger, 51 year old Kimberly Sutton, of Hannibal suffered moderate injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

- A Moberly man was treated for minor injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 63, south of Moberly.  That accident occurred just after noon.  52 year old Bruce Rolland, of Moberly, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

CHILLICOTHE NOISE COMPLAINT RESULTS IN DRUG ARRESTS  

Two Chillicothe residents face drug charges, after officers were called to a home on a noise complaint, Monday evening.  As a result of the investigation, Sean Biller and Alyssa Dowell were arrested at the residence and charged with possession of meth and marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

  

THREE HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLISION  

A Wednesday morning collision at a Callaway County intersection injured three occupants of the two vehicles.  It occurred just after 8:30am at the Highway 54 junction with County Road 318.  The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 31 year old Joe Davis, of Fulton, failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a westbound car, driven by 26 year old Kylee Loethen, of Fulton.  Both drivers suffered moderate injuries.  A passenger in Davis’ vehicle, 32 year old Jessica Ewald, of Fulton, was also treated for moderate injuries.  All three were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

  

COLUMBIA MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER STANDOFF       

A Columbia man is in custody after a Wednesday night police standoff at a Columbia apartment complex.  Officers say they went to the Columbia Square Apartments, seeking a suspect who was wanted on an active ‘no bond’ warrant.  They say they saw the suspect enter the residence but he refused to come out.  Officers surrounded the residence and were in communication with those inside.  The man was taken into custody without incident late last night. 




02/08/17

 

FORMER SALINE COUNTY SHERIFF SENTENCED  

The former Saline County Sheriff, 70 year old Wallace Newman George, Jr, was sentenced Tuesday to 9 months in prison in federal court in Kansas City.  George pleaded guilty to stealing more than $75,000 dollars in public funds, by misappropriating state-issued checks meant to cover prisoner costs.  George was formerly the longest-tenured sheriff in the state, having served in the position since 1979 until his recent resignation.  Authorities say he had all ready paid restitution, prior to his sentencing.  He will report to federal custody on March 24. 

  

WARNINGS ISSUED ABOUT CRAIGSLIST TRANSACTIONS    

It's not a new concern, bu law enforcement officials are warning residents again about Craigslist and other on-line transactions, after several recent reports of theft.  Officials say victims attempting to sell high-value items, or electronics, arrange a meeting with a buyer online.  At that meeting, the buyer flees the scene without paying, or, in some cases, armed robberies have occurred during these meetings.  Authorities advise sellers to meet their buyer in a well-lit, familiar public place during the day.  Many communities and law enforcement agencies actually provide a public space that is suitable for meetings.  You’re also advised to inform others of your whereabouts.  Two Kansas City area men were sentenced to federal prison this week for a handful of armed robberies, which occurred after they set up meetings with their victims thru phony Craigslist ads. 

  

“BAREFOOT IN THE PARK” PRODUCTION COMING TO CHILLICOTHE  

The Chillicothe Area Arts Council is set to host the Montana Repertory Theatre Production of Neil Simon’s Classic ‘Barefoot in the Park’, Sunday afternoon at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center at Chillicothe High School.  The Box Office opens at 2pm on Sunday for the 3 o’clock performance.  Season ticket holders will be seated, beginning at 2:30pm.  Advance tickets are available by calling the Chillicothe Arts Council office at 660-646-1173. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ROBBERY     

Columbia Police are investigating a Monday night robbery, which occurred in a parking lot in the 4700 block of Clark Lane.  Police say an armed male suspect, wearing all black and a mask, approached another man in the parking lot and demanded the victim’s cash and other possessions.  The suspect fled the scene in a dark-colored car.  Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

ONE ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP/FOOT PURSUIT    

A traffic stop ended with a foot chase and a suspect in custody in Columbia, Tuesday afternoon.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy tried to stop a vehicle on Oakbrook Drive, just after 3pm.  The driver fled the scene, but deputies were able to catch him after a short pursuit.  31 year old Aaron Perry, of Columbia was arrested at the scene, for possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer. 




02/07/17

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED AS SEMI OVERTURNS     

A Columbia man sustained moderate injuries when his tractor-trailer ran off Route 151 in Monroe County, Monday evening.  46 year old Steve Deornellis, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 6:25pm, about four miles north of Madison.  The patrol says Deornellis failed to negotiate a curve and his semi ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

MOBERLY SCHOOL & AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE THREATENING MESSAGE 

Officials are investigating a threatening message, found written on furniture at Moberly High School.  Reports indicate the message states the school will ‘blow up’ later this week.  School officials say they are treating the report with the seriousness it deserves.  Moberly Police and the School District are working together to follow district protocols for bomb threats and are taking the necessary measures to ensure the safety of students and staff. 

  

GLASGOW SCHOOL STATEMENT ACCUSES CORONER OF MALICIOUS INTENT

The Glasgow School District has released a statement regarding the ongoing investigation into the suicide of 17 year old Kenneth Stuttner.  The statement accuses Howard County Coroner Frank Flaspohler of malicious intent.  School officials say Flaspohler has made statements that he knows to be false, in connection with the case.  Last week, Flaspohler told the Associate Press that the District initially wasn’t cooperative with the investigation and a coroner’s inquest was a way to force them to discuss the matter.  The District says they cooperated fully with the inquiry before being asked to do so, providing the coroner with District policies and procedures, educational records, bullying incident reports and other documents and that four Glasgow teachers were interviewed by the coroner last month.  The release says the suggestion that they were uncooperative is malicious and it calls on Flaspohler to publicly apologize.  A Coroner’s inquest into Stuttner’s December suicide found that bullying was a major factor in the teen’s death and indicated negligence on the part of the school and the Dairy Queen in Fayette, where Stuttner worked.  A manager at that Dairy Queen, 21 year old Harley Branham, of Fayette has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case. 

  

BROOKFIELD HIGH SCHOOL ASKING FOR SCHOLARSHIP INFO  

Brookfield High School is now distributing applications to seniors for this spring's local scholarships to help students in the Class of 2017 with higher education plans.  The BHS Guidance Office is asking any local club, organization, or other entity or individual that has scholarships available this spring, to contact the school office and make sure the correct application is available and current.  Call the Brookfield High School Guidance Office to confirm your scholarship information…at 258-7242.




02/06/17

 

MISSING KIRKSVILLE CHILD FOUND SAFE    

A Kirksville child, who was reported missing Sunday afternoon, was found safe.  Kirksville Police released an alert, regarding an 8 year old girl, who had left her residence at Devlin Place at around 3pm Sunday and was last seen in the area of P.C. Mills Park.  Multiple Kirksville area agencies were involved in the search for the girl.  Authorities say she was found safe a few hours later.  Police say the girl had apparently been picked up and transported to a relative’s home, just outside of Kirksville. 

  

EDINA TEEN INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT 

An Edina teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday evening accident on Knox County Route AA.  18 year old Ezra Weiler, of Edina, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  The patrol says his westbound car ran off the highway and struck a culvert Saturday, at around 6:40pm. 

  

CAINSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY CRASH 

A one-vehicle accident on a Harrison County road sent a Cainsville driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  It occurred Saturday evening, just after 7:30pm.  The Patrol says 44 year old Chairity Wayman, of Cainsville, failed to negotiate a curve and her SUV ran off the roadway and overturned.  Wayman was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. 

  

SALISBURY MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE   

A Salisbury man faces charges of rape and drug possession, after his arrest last week.  37 year old Alejandro Estrada Galeana, of Salisbury, is accused of attempting to rape a woman after an evening of drinking with her and another male, at the woman’s home last month.  During his arrest, officers say they found a powdery substance in his residence, which field-tested positive as cocaine.  Galeana is in custody on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT     

Boone County authorities arrested one suspect in connection with a shots-fired incident, which occurred at a Columbia area home, Saturday afternoon.  21 year old Joel Sandhu is charged with assault, property damage and armed criminal action.  He also faces charges of manufacturing a controlled substance.  Authorities say the suspect went to the 4700 block of Eastview Lane, claiming a person at the home had stolen from him.  He is accused of firing a handgun through the closed front door of the home.  During his arrest, authorities say, a search of his home turned up small marijuana plants. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN VEHICLE REPORTED STOLEN     

A Columbia man was arrested, early Sunday morning, after officers spotted him driving a stolen vehicle.  33 year old Derek Long, of Columbia, was taken into custody without incident after he was stopped near the Highway 63 Broadway interchange.  A Boone County deputy was on patrol with an automated license plate reader, when the vehicle showed up as stolen.  Long is charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while revoked and possession of a controlled substance. 




02/03/17

 

MOBERLY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY   

Moberly Police are investigating a homicide, which occurred early Thursday morning, in the 1000 block of South Williams Street.  Police responded to a report of a disturbance with shots fired, at around 12:12am.  A 54 year old white male at the scene suffered a possible gunshot wound and was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  That victim has been identified as Christopher Shawn James, of Moberly.  James’ death has been ruled a homicide and an autopsy of the victim has been requested.  Police say they are interviewing persons of interest in the case.   

  

MOBERLY POLICE OFFICER CHARGED      

A Moberly Police Officer has been charged with two felonies, after he admitted stealing money during a December drug raid.  According to ABC17news.com, Officer Mark Mueller is charged with tampering with physical evidence and receiving stolen property.  A probable cause statement says evidence inventory did not match the cash recovered from a drug raid on December 1.  During a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigation, Mueller became a person of interest and admitted to stealing less than $500 dollars.  His bond is set at $10,000 dollars.   

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST WOMAN AT PHARMACY     

Chillicothe Police have arrested an Illinois woman this week, accused of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.  On Wednesday, police received a report from a local pharmacy, of a male calling in a prescription and acting as a local doctor.  The 25 year old Illinois female was detained when she attempted to pickup the prescription.  Police say two other suspects have been identified and charges are being sought, as the investigation continues. 

  

FULTON DRIVER KILLED IN I-70 COLLISION          

A Fulton driver was killed in a Thursday afternoon accident on I-70 in Callaway County.  51 year old Bonnie Pierce, of Fulton, died in the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm.  The patrol says her westbound car skidded off the roadway, struck the median cables, then continued through the median and entered the eastbound lane, where it collided with an oncoming pickup, driven by 21 year old Charles Sherrow, of Fulton.  Pierce was pronounced dead at the scene.  Sherrow was treated for minor injuries at Boone Hospital. 

 

 COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN RECENT HOME INVASION      

A Columbia man has been charged in connection with a home invasion robbery, which sent a woman to the hospital.  23 year old James Fernando Webb, of Columbia, is charged with three counts of first-degree robbery and a charge of first-degree assault.  A probable cause statement accuses of Webb of perpetrating an armed home invasion robbery on January 27, in the 1100 block of Vandiver Drive.  During the robbery, one of the victims in the home suffered a gunshot wound. 




02/02/17

 

MINOR INJURIES IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT      

A one-vehicle accident on Route 6 in Adair County sent a Hurdland driver to the hospital with minor injuries.  It occurred at around 4:45pm Wednesday on Highway 6, west of Brashear.  44 year old Barbara Sukes, of Hurdland, was the driver of the eastbound van.  The patrol says she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and the vehicle ran off the road and struck the ground.  Sukes was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

NOVINGER AREA HOUSE FIRE IGNITES AMMUNITION    

A Wednesday morning house fire, south of Novinger, caused some additional concerns when the fire set off ammunition stored in the home.  Fire crews responded to the blaze on Jersey Trail just after 10am.  All three residents who were home at the time had exited the home safely and they warned first-responders that the basement fire might set off ammunition stored there.  No one was injured by the fire or by the ammunition.  The cause is still under investigation, but it is believed to have been an electrical fire. 

  

HOWARD COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED IN TEEN’S SUICIDE DEATH  

Howard County authorities have charged a Fayette woman with involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a Glasgow teen’s suicide.  Harley Branham is charged in the death of 17 year old Kenneth Suttner, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 21.  Branham was a manager at the Fayette Dairy Queen, where Suttner worked.  A Howard County Coroner’s Inquest found that workplace harassment by Branham played a focal role in his death. 

  

FIRST FEMALE HIGHWAY PATROL SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTED

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has appointed the first-ever female superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  Lieutenant Colonel Sandra Karsten is the highest-ranking woman in the eight-plus decades of Patrol History.  Her appointment Wednesday highlights a 32 year career with the agency.  Karsten is a graduate of Putnam County High School.  She began her career as a road trooper in Callaway and Audrain Counties. She replaces another Putnam County graduate, the retiring Colonel Bret Johnson.   

  

TWO ARRESTED IN MALL PARKING LOT ROBBERY       

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery, in the parking lot of the Columbia Mall, which occurred Monday night.  Police arrested 19 year old Sarena Rothenberger and 25 year old Lance Rothernberger.  They each face three counts of armed criminal action and first-degree robbery.  Police say one of the suspects approached a 69 year old woman from Sedalia and demanded her purse.  The suspect then allegedly assaulted the victim with a sharp object.  She was treated for minor injuries.  Officers believe the two suspects are also responsible for a similar incident at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant a short time later. 




02/01/17

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER MACON ARREST     

A Columbia man faces firearms charges in Macon, after his arrest last week.  Macon Police were called to the 800 block of Overbrook Drive, to a report of a subject refusing to leave a residence at that location.  When officers contacted the suspect, he initially gave a fictitious name.  After positively identifying him as 39 year old Gregory Haynes, of Columbia, officers determined that his driver’s license was revoked and they found him to be in possession of a defaced firearm.  Haynes is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a defaced firearm.  His bond is set at $10,000 dollars cash-only. 

  

CORONER’S INQUEST BLAMES BULLYING FOR TEEN’S SUICICE  

A Howard County Coroner’s inquest, held Tuesday, determined that a teen’s suicide was likely caused by bullying.  Six jurors were on-hand to review the death of 17 year old Kenneth Suttner, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 21.  After six hours in the courtroom, the jury found probable cause to believe Suttner’s death should be considered felony involuntary manslaughter, due to harassment at both his employer, Dairy Queen, and at the Glasgow school.  The jury says a Dairy Queen manager, Harley Branham, played a focal point in his death, and also said the business was negligent in training its employees about harassment prevention and resolution.  The jury also said the school followed its polices and procedures but was also negligent in preventing bullying.  Branham is in custody on a 24-hour hold, while a special prosecutor determines whether any charges will be filed. 

  

KIRKSVILLE ARTS BUILDING DEMOLITION TO BEGIN      

Demolition of the Kirksville Arts Center Building is set to begin soon, 60 days after a fire destroyed the building.  A safety fence has been put up and the Kirksville Arts Association says a contract has been signed with A&D Construction out of California, MO.  The company plans to bring in equipment over the next few days, with demolition to begin next week.  A spokesperson for the company says it should take about 30 working days to complete, depending on the weather.  A portion of South Franklin Street in downtown Kirksville remains closed to through traffic, but downtown businesses near the building reiterate that they remain open for business. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ABANDONING A CORPSE 

A Columbia woman is accused of abandoning a corpse, which may be connected to a body found Monday afternoon in the area of Leeway Drive in Columbia.  The Highway Patrol arrested 55 year old Deborah Berardi, of Columbia, Tuesday night in Montgomery County.  She is being held on $20,000 dollars bond and is scheduled to appear in court this (Wed) afternoon.  Police have not confirmed that the charges are, in fact, connected to their ongoing death investigation, but Berardi’s home address is in on the same street as that body was found.  No further details have been released, as the investigation continues. 




01/31/17

 

DRIVER HURT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A Green Castle driver was injured in a Monday afternoon accident on private property, west of Milan.  It occurred just after 3pm.  27 year old Colby Reynolds, of Green Castle, was the driver of a westbound van.  The patrol says it ran off a private road into a field and struck a tree.  Reynolds was treated for minor injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. 

 

 CARROLLTON WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES  

A Carrollton woman faces drug charges, after her arrest by Carrollton Police last Friday.  Court records indicate 22 year old Sheanna Rowles, of Carrollton, is charged with two counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.  Rowles is being held, pending a future court date. 

  

CHILLICOTHE CULTURAL CORNER HOSTING PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT 

Work from more than a dozen local photographers will be on display at the Chillicothe Cultural Corner Art Guild and Gallery, beginning tomorrow (Wed).  The artists’ work will be showcased thru February 24.  The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Friday, from 5 to8pm.  The Cultrual Corner Art Guild and Gallery is open Tuesdays thru Fridays from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays from 10 to 2. 

  

BRUNSWICK KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WILD GAME SUPPER 

The Brunswick Knights of Columbus will hold a fundraising Wild Game Supper Thursday evening, starting at 6pm at the Knights Hall in Brunswick.  The cost is fifteen dollars and includes the wild game dinner and chance at prizes.  Everyone is welcome, Thursday evening at the Brunswick Knights of Columbus Hall. 

  

COLUMBIA DEATH INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY    

Columbia Police are investigating a death on the north side of Columbia.  Officers were called to the area of Brown Station Road and Leeway Drive at around 3pm Monday.  They say one male victim was deceased at the scene.  A forensics unit was called in Monday evening to assist in the investigation.  No further details have been released. 

  

COLUMBIA GIRL INJURED IN BUS STOP ASSAULT      

A girl was taken to the hospital after she was assaulted at a Columbia bus stop Monday morning.  Police say the bus driver called 911 after finding the student on the ground when he pulled up to the stop at the intersection of Garth and Pendleton in Columbia.  The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, there was no update on her condition.  Two juvenile girls, age 14 and 15, were taken into custody for assault and could face disciplinary action from the Columbia School District. 




01/30/17

 

DRIVER INJURED IN I-35 ACCIDENT AT CAMERON   

A Bethany driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon accident on I-35, at the Highway 36 interchange at Cameron.  56 year old Marla Williams, of Bethany, was the driver…she was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm.  The patrol says her southbound car traveled into the median, then crossed the roadway, struck a guardrail, then traveled back into the median and came to rest on its wheels.  A 15 year old passenger, from Kearney, was treated for minor injuries. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT WEEKEND ARRESTS   

Chillicothe Police report a pair of arrests for assault, in two separate weekend incidents. 

A Chillicothe man faces assault charges, after police were called to a disturbance in the 100 block of Herriman Street, in Chillicothe, Sunday night.  Virgil Hurling was taken into custody at the scene, accused of second-degree assault.  He was held overnight in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

Officers responded to a Friday night disturbance at a business in the 2800 block of Grand Drive, where Zayne Evans was arrested for assault, property damage and possession of meth.  He was held, over the weekend, in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. 

 

AMEREN RATE CASE HEARING IN KIRKSVILLE MONDAY

The Missouri Public Service Commission continues a series of public hearings, in an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri.  A public hearing will be held in Kirksville this (Mon) evening at 6pm in the Truman State University Student Union Activities Room.  Last July, Ameren Missouri filed a request to increase it annual electric revenues by approximately 206 million dollars.  According to the filing, residential customers would pay approximately $99 more per year.  Tonight’s hearing will begin with a public information and question and answer session, followed by testimony from the public.  Again, it starts at 6pm at the Truman State University Student Union Activities Room.     

 

JEFFERSON CITY TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN CRASH       

A Jefferson City teenager was seriously injured in a weekend accident on Highway 54 in Cole County.  18 year old Brandon Bailey, of Jefferson City, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 3:20am Saturday.  The patrol says Bailey was ejected from his eastbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN BOONE COUNTY ON DRUG CHARGES     

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of two suspect on drug charges, after an early Saturday morning traffic stop.  Deputies pulled over a vehicle in the 900 block of Vandiver Drive at around 3am Saturday.  They say they found different types of controlled substances in the vehicle, along with drug paraphernalia and a firearm.  The driver, 36 year old Alohn Griffin was arrested for multiple charges, including drug trafficking, delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm.  A passenger in the vehicle, 35 year old Zora Reeves, was also arrested for drug trafficking and delivery of a controlled substance. 

 

WOMAN HURT IN COLUMBIA HOME INVASION ROBBERY     

A female victim was treated at a Columbia hospital, after a home invasion robbery, which occurred late Friday night in the 1100 block of Vandiver Drive, in Columbia.  Officers say there were five people in the home when the doorbell ran at around 11:15pm.  Two male suspects forced their way in, showed a handgun and demanded cash.  Witnesses say one of the suspects fired twice as they were leaving, and a female victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury.  The investigation is ongoing by Columbia Police. 




01/27/17

 

DRIVER HURT IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION         

A Thursday morning collision at the Highway 11/63 intersection in Kirksville sent a driver to the hospital for treatment.  Police say a 16 year old Kirksville male was westbound on Highway 11 and tried to cross 63, pulling into the path of a southbound pickup.  The driver of the pickup, 31 year old Chase McCarty, of Kirksville, was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.  The 16 year old driver was not injured.

  

SLICK ROADS CAUSE THURSDAY CRASH IN PUTNAM COUNTY 

Slick road conditions, Thursday morning, on Highway 136, west of Unionville in Putnam County, caused an accident, which injured a Unionville driver.  The patrol says 27 year old Heather Spurling, of Unionville, was westbound on 136, at around 6:15am yesterday, when she lost control on the ice-covered roadway.  Her vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.  Spurling was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital, where she was treated and released. 

 

 TRENTON TEEN FACING FELONY SEX CHARGES     

A Trenton teenager is charged with felony sex crimes against a victim under the age of 15, after an investigation by the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department.  Online records indicated 18 year old Colby Weaver, was arrested Tuesday.  He is charged with two felony counts of sexual misconduct or attempted sexual misconduct against an underage victim.  Weaver’s bond is set at $30,000 dollars cash-only.  He’ll be arraigned next month in Grundy County Circuit Court.

  

MOBERLY PUBLIC HEARING MONDAY    

The City of Moberly will host a public hearing Monday at Moberly City Hall.  Moberly Public Works and Moberly Parks and Recreation will discuss the RTP Trail Project, which is designed to link existing trails throughout the Moberly community…and an LWCF grant application, which would help fund resurfacing projects at the Wilhite Tennis Court and Candy Cane city.  The public hearing will begin at 4pm Monday at Moberly City Hall.  Residents are encouraged to attend and provide feedback. 

  

EARLY-FRIDAY-MORNING COLUMBIA CRASH        

Columbia police say a driver was seriously injured in an overnight accident on Rock Quarry Road, near the Hinkson Creek Bridge.  It occurred just before 2am Friday.  Investigators say the driver ran off the roadway, hit a tree and then the vehicle became suspended by hitting another tree.  Police have not released the identity of the driver, who was taken to a Columbia Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

COLUMBIA TAX-PREPARER SENTENCED TO JAIL       

A Columbia tax-preparer has been sentenced to two years in federal prison, after allegedly failing to pay his own personal income taxes and cheating clients out of nearly $300,000 dollars.  63 year old David Keithley pleaded guilty in August.  He was accused of failing to file federal tax returns between 2009 and 2013, defrauding the IRS and the state of Missouri out of more than $170,000 dollars.  Keithley was also ordered to pay $291,000 dollars in restitution to victims of his fraud.     




01/26/17

 

NO INJURIES IN CHILLICOTHE SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT    

A Chillicothe school bus was involved in a traffic accident Wednesday morning.  There were eleven students on the bus at the time of the accident, but no one was injured.  Police say the bus driver, Forrest J. Chance, was southbound on Washington Street, when he made a right turn and the bus struck a vehicle driven by Brent Minnick.  Chance was cited for an improper turn. 

 

MEADVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFT       

A Meadville woman is in custody after allegedly stealing a pickup from a rural Livingston County residence last week.  Deputies were called to a location near Highways B & BB, to a report of a pickup stolen from the driveway.  The owner of the truck was able to follow the vehicle and a female suspect, who allegedly took the truck, was detained by the owner until deputies arrived.  35 year old Amanda Burns, of Meadville, was arrested and is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars bond, on charges of tampering with a motor vehicle.  Authorities say she is also currently on probation from a prior burglary conviction. 

 

BROOKFIELD GROWTH PARTNERSHIP ‘THANK YOU’  

The Brookfield Area Growth Partnership invites the community to join them for their 2017 ‘Thank You’ event, this evening at the Brookfield Elks Lodge.  The event celebrates the community’s accomplishments of the past year and the efforts of supporters and volunteers throughout the community.  Appetizers, beverages and a cash bar will be available from 5 to 6:30pm, and the growth partnership will provide a ‘Year in Review’ program at 5:30pm.  You’re asked to RSVP by calling the Brookfield Economic Development Office at 258-7278. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT  

Charges have been filed against a Columbia man, who is accused of hitting a police dog and charging at an officer.  Police were called to the 3600 block of Aspen Heights Parkway Tuesday night to a report of a man yelling and acting violent outdoors.  Officers say the suspect was walking around without shoes or a shirt.  The suspect allegedly charged one of the officers, then opened the door of the K9 vehicle and repeated struck the police dog in the head and snout.  The man, identified as Jean Richard Innocent, was taken into custody and is accused of assault and resisting arrest. 

 

FAYETTE BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED     

A Lake St. Louis man faces multiple burglary charges in Howard County, after his arrest by Fayette Police, early Wednesday morning.  The suspect, 33 year old Mikeal J. Smith, was found outside a Fayette insurance office and taken into custody just before 1:30am.  He is accused of a string of petty cash thefts at several Fayette businesses over the past week.  Officers say Smith was identified from trail camera photos taken of the suspect.  He had several ‘bump’ keys’, often used by burglars, in his possession.  He is charged with four counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary and one count of possession of burglary tools. 

 

HOUSE BILL REQUIRES REPORT OF MISSING OR STOLEN FIREARMS 

A new bill filed in the Missouri Legislature would require gun owners to report the loss or theft of their firearms within 72 hours of the crime.  The proposed House Bill 185 would implement punishments for violators that vary, based on the number of offenses, not to exceed $1,000 dollars for the third violation.  Supporters of the bill say that prompt information on stolen or missing firearms would assist law enforcement in investigating criminal activity. 




01/25/17

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR HAMILTON WOMAN   

A Hamilton woman was seriously injured when her vehicle ran off Business 36, just west of Hamilton, Tuesday afternoon.  It occurred just before 4pm.  47 year old Joeanna White, of Hamilton, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center and then life-flighted to St. Luke’s on the Plaza.  The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and her vehicle ran off the highway, down an embankment, up a second embankment, became airborne and crossed westbound 36, ran through the median and became airborne a second time, crossing eastbound 36 and overturned several times. 

 

THREE HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION      

Three persons were hurt in a Tuesday afternoon collision on westbound Highway 36, a couple miles west of Hamilton, which also occurred just before 4pm.  The patrol says 17 year old Garret Donoho, of Chillicothe, was westbound when he attempted to make a u-turn and pulled into the path of a westbound SUV, driven by 46 year old Larissa Anderson, of Hamilton.  The vehicles collided and ran into the median.  Both drivers and a 14 year old passenger in Anderson’s vehicle, were all treated for minor injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. 

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN FACES NEW CHARGES     

A Chillicothe man, who is charged with child molestation in Livingston County, now faces new charges in Carroll County.  28 year old Nicholas Reed has been charged with child molestation, enticement of a child and two counts of sodomy, involving a victim under the age of 12.  Reed is being held on bond. 

 

CITY OF EDINA HIRES NEW POLICE CHIEF      

The City of Edina will have a new Chief of Police tomorrow, after action this week by the Edina City Council.  According to the Edina Sentinel, the Council interviewed three candidates Monday and hired Ryan Bishop as the city’s new Police Chief Monday night.  Bishop was an officer with the Edina Police Department from 2000 to 2001 and has served as a Knox County deputy since then, most recently serving as Chief Deputy, starting in 2007.  Bishop replaces Kelly Hayes, who served as chief for 18 years.  Hayes says he is retiring to pursue opportunities outside of law enforcement.  Bishop will be sworn in at Edina City Hall tomorrow (Thurs). 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE OFFERS ADVICE ON SELLING GOODS 

Columbia Police are offering tips to the public, after a cell phone sale turned into a shooting Monday night.  It occurred in the 1500 block of Riva Ridge court.  23 year old Karl Otto Henson was arrested after he attempted to sell his phone to a buyer, who tried to flee the scene without paying.  Henson shot the buyer in the leg and is now facing assault charges.  Columbia Police remind residents that the Department’s lobby has been to the public for the exchange of goods in a safe space since January of 2015.  There is video surveillance and the lobby area is open 24/7.  The only restriction is that people can not exchange weapons in the lobby.

 

MOBERLY OPTIMISTS SET FOR SPAGHETTI DINNER       

The Moberly Optimist Club is all set for its annual Spaghetti Dinner…Saturday (1/28) in the St. Pius School Undercroft in Moberly.  They’ll serve from 11am to 2:30pm Saturday.  Cost is eight dollars for adults, three dollars for kids under 12 and kids under 6 eat free.  All proceeds will support community projects by the Moberly Optimist Club.  Everyone is welcome to their annual Spaghetti Dinner…Saturday from 11 to 2:30…in the St. Pius Undercroft.  




01/24/17

 

NEMO MOTORCYCLIST DEAD AFTER WEEKEND CRASH    

A northeast Missouri motorcyclist has died from injuries sustained in a weekend accident.  51 year old Robert Grimsley, of Labelle, died Monday at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  According to the Patrol, Grimsley was seriously injured Saturday evening, when his motorcycle ran off Highway 61 at the Canton exit and struck another motorcycle, driven by an Illinois man. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES      

A Kirksville man faces felony drug distribution charges, after his arrest Monday.  Online records indicate 44 year old Keith Steen, of Kirksville, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, along with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  Steen is accused of possessing an undisclosed quantity of meth.  He is in custody on a 24-hour hold. 

 

AUDIT CRITICAL OF SHELBINA MUNICIPAL COURT   

Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway released a critical report on the recent audit of the Shelbina Municipal Court Monday.  The audit detailed more than $1,200 dollars in missing payments and numerous instances of inaccurate, incomplete and disorganized documentation by the former Municipal Court Clerk.  The report also noted inadequate oversight over the clerk’s handling of fines, and a number of instances of improper adjustments in fine amounts, without a judge’s consent.  Galloway’s report said ‘it is unacceptable for a public body to operate in this manner’.  The audit was initiated after the clerk was terminated by court officials.  The Shelbina Municipal Court received an overall rating of ‘poor’, which means they’ll be subject to a follow-up by auditors later this year. 

  

TWO ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH COLUMBIA ROBBERIES

Two Columbia men were arrested Monday evening, in connection with Friday’s attempted armed robbery at the I-70 Eagle Stop.  26 year old Quantrell Brookins and 28 year old Oscar Brookins were taken into custody, after being identified by surveillance footage of the parking lot.  The two suspects fled the Eagle Stop Friday after noticing an on-duty security guard.  During the arrest, officers say they found evidence linking the men to a January 9 armed robbery at a Break Time Store.  Both suspects face charges of robbery and armed criminal action. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS-FIRED INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY     

Columbia Police are investigating a shots-fired call and a report of a victim treated for a gunshot wound, early Monday morning.  The shots-fired incident occurred just after 12:30am, in the 3700 block of Hermitage Road.  A house at that location was hit by gunfire and a car, with damage from an apparent gunshot, was located nearby.  A female occupant of that vehicle was not injured.  Just after 2am, a Columbia hospital alerted police of a gunshot victim.  Police are trying to determine if the two reports are related.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

VANDALIA MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON       

A Vandalia man has been sentenced to seven years in prison, on felony charges of enticement of a child, child molestation and sexual misconduct.  34 year old Curtis J. Lasley, of Vandalia, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the charges.  Lasley was accused of encouraging a 13 year old female victim to have sex with him. 




01/23/17

 

MACON TEENS HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT    

Two Macon teenagers were injured in a Friday afternoon accident on southbound Highway 63, just north of the Clark Junction.  16 year old Trenten Harris, of Macon, was the driver of the vehicle.  The patrol says he lost control on wet pavement and the car ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.  Harris and his passenger, 17 year old Demarcus Harris, of Macon, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

TWO CARS COLLIDE AT CHILLICOTHE INTERSECTION     

Chillicothe Police responded to a two-vehicle injury accident at Highway 65 and Green Street in Chillicothe, which occurred just before 12:30pm Sunday.  Police say a vehicle driven by Jennifer Stephens pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by Nathanael Molina.  Molina and an occupant of his vehicle both complained of minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene. 

  

CASE OF MUMPS CONFIRMED AT PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOL  

One case of mumps has been confirmed in the Putnam County R-1 School District in Unionville.  School officials notified parents in a letter sent home on Friday.  The district has been working closely with the Putnam County Health Department since the mumps case has been identified.  Officials say mumps is caused by a virus and is spread person-to-person by saliva or mucus, usually when a person coughs or sneezes.  If exposed, symptoms can take 12 to 25 days to present.  The district asks students, teachers or staff who present symptoms to stay home from school for five days.  Vaccinations and more information are available thru the Putnam County Health Department in Unionville.

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE  

Columbia Police are investigating an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, early Sunday morning in Columbia.  Police say the first shots-fired calls came in just after 1:15am in the 500 block of College Avenue.  They say the cars apparently traveled westbound on Business Loop 70, then onto side streets and back onto westbound Business Loop as far as Garth Avenue.  Several businesses and cars along the route were struck by gunfire, but no injuries were reported.  Police believe a newer, dark-colored SUV and a lighter-colored Mercedes-style vehicle were involved.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

TWO TEENS ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TEXTS     

Two Columbia teens were arrested Friday in connection with an alleged terrorist threat, after an exchange of texts caused concerns.  Police say 18 year old Jacob Vincent and a 14 year old male were charged with a misdemeanor, making a terrorist threat.  Vincent was also charged with disturbing the peace.  The investigation was prompted when a Rock Bridge High School resource officer was informed of a string of text messages that allegedly discussed a plot to kill a female victim.  




01/20/17

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING    

Kirksville Police are investigating a stabbing incident, which occurred Thursday afternoon at a triplex in the 1400 block of South Lewis Street.  Officers were called to the scene at around 1:50pm.  They found a man suffering from a stab wound.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  Police say they believe it was an unprovoked attack by another tenant of the triplex and that there was no other relationship between the victim and the suspect.  Police used a negotiator to get the suspect to surrender himself without incident.  He is identified as a 53 year old male.  Charges are pending in the case, as the investigation continues. 

  

KIRKSVILLE FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK ARRESTED   

Kirksville’s fugitive of the week is no longer a fugitive.  Officers arrested Clifford M. Eiler in the north part of Kirksville, after a short foot pursuit, Thursday afternoon.  Eiler was wanted on a Grundy County warrant for receiving stolen property and Adair County warrants for assault, armed criminal action and failure to appear on non-support.  He is being held in the Adair County Detention Center. 

  

COLUMBIA SUSPECT DIED FROM SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT 

The man found dead in a vehicle, north of Columbia, on Wednesday has been identified as the suspect in an exchange of gunfire with a patrol trooper in Saline County, last week.  35 year old Troy Bateman, of Marshall, was wanted on a parole warrant when he allegedly exchanged gunfire with a trooper, after attempting to flee a traffic stop, last Friday night.  Bateman fled the scene into a farm field and eluded capture.  Wednesday afternoon, Columbia Police stopped a car near Oakland Gravel Road and Alfalfa Drive.  Two women got out of the car and officers heard a gunshot inside the vehicle and returned fire.  Bateman was found dead in the vehicle.  Preliminary autopsy findings indicate he died from self-inflicted gunshot wound.  The Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.  No other injuries were reported. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN WEDNESDAY BANK ROBBERY  

A Columbia man has been charged in connection with a Wednesday morning robbery at the First State Community Bank in Columbia.  Investigators say the suspect, 51 year old Carl Lovell Wade, apparently took a taxi to the bank, demanded cash and fled the scene in the same cab.  He was later arrested and the cash recovered, after officers contacted the taxi company.  Wade is charged with robbery in the case.  Bond has not been set. 

  

EARLY-MORNING ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY     

Columbia Police are searching for multiple suspects after an attempted armed robbery at the Eagle Stop in Columbia, early this morning.  Officers were called to the scene just after 4am.  They say two armed suspects attempted to rob the store, but fled the scene when they saw a security guard.  The description of the suspects is vague, but surveillance footage is being reviewed for more information. 




01/19/17

 

MILAN MAN KILLED IN HIGHWAY 5 COLLISION   

A Milan driver was killed when his vehicle collided with a semi on Highway 5, south of Unionville, Wednesday night.  36 year old John R. Hanen, of Milan, died in the accident, which occurred at around 8pm.  The patrol says Hanen’s southbound vehicle crossed the center and collided with an oncoming semi, driven by an Iowa man.  Hanen was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ARSON CHARGE  

A Kirksville man could be sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in connection with a 2014 arson charge.  40 year old Brandon True, of Kirksville, pleaded guilty to a reduced charged of second-degree arson Wednesday, in a Linn County Courtroom in Linneus, where the case was heard on a change of venue.  True was accused of setting fire to a duplex at 518 East Hickory Street in Kirksville on April 24, 2014.  Court documents allege that True was involved in a dispute with a tenant of the duplex.  Prosecutors say complications with witnesses prompted the charge to be reduced from first-degree to second-degree arson, as part of a plea agreement.  They’re asking for the maximum 7-year sentence in the case.  Sentencing is set for March 9. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK   

The Kirksville Police Department’s fugitive of the week is wanted on a Grundy County warrant for receiving stolen property, and is also wanted in Adair County on assault and armed criminal action charges, in connection with a shooting earlier this month.  Last month, 40 year old Clifford M. Eiler led officers on a short bicycle chase before being arrested on meth charges.  He was released on his own recognizance on January 10 and three days later, police believe he was involved in a shooting in 1000 block of North Osteopathy that injured one victim.  Eiler is a white male, 6 feet tall and about 155 pounds, with ties to the Kirksville area.  If you have information on his whereabouts, you’re urged to call authorities or the anonymous tips line at 627-BUST. 

  

HIGHWAY PATROL INVESTIGATING COLUMBIA SHOOTING DEATH

The Highway Patrol has been called in to investigate a Columbia shooting death, which occurred Wednesday afternoon in the area of Oakland Gravel Road and Elaine Drive.  Police stopped a vehicle at that location and during the traffic stop, two women got out of the car.  Officers say they then heard a gunshot come from inside the car and they returned fire.  One male victim was found dead in the vehicle, but it is not clear if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted or came from police.  No other injuries were reported.  The Highway Patrol’s investigation is ongoing. 

  

COLUMBIA BANK ROBBED     

Columbia Police are investigating a bank robbery, which occurred Wednesday morning at First State Community Bank on Golden Bear Drive.  Investigators say a male suspect entered the bank just after 11:30am and demanded money from a teller.  He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.  A suspect matching his description was located near Vandiver Drive and Paris Road.  He was taken into custody for questioning.  No injuries or property damage were reported. 




01/18/17

 

HOMELESS MAN ACCUSED OF KICKING KIRKSVILLE OFFICERS 

A homeless man is accused of kicking two Kirksville Police officers, during an incident, which occurred at a Kirksville residence Friday.  Police were called to a home in the 600 block of North Elson, to a report of a drunk man who would not leave the residence.  Police say the 42 year old suspect struggled with them as they tried to place him in handcuffs and ended up kicking both officers during the struggle.  Investigators say the man also damaged the interior of the patrol car door.  Formal charges are pending against the suspect, whose name has not been released. 

  

MID-MISSOURI CHILD KILLED IN FARM TRACTOR ACCIDENT  

A 9 year old boy was killed when a farm tractor overturned on private property in Miller County, Tuesday evening.  The Highway Patrol says 9 year old Chesney Rush of Eugene, MO, was riding on the tractor with his 40 year old father when the tractor overturned while crossing a pond dam.  The child was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

GOVERNOR GREITENS ‘STATE OF THE STATE’ ADDRESS    

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens gave his first ‘State of the State’ address Tuesday evening.  His message focused on job creation and the state’s economy.  Greitens is calling for Missouri to join 27 other state in passing Right-to-work legislation.  He also discussed changes to Missouri’s welfare system, saying ‘it should always pay more to work in the state of Missouri…and if your boss gives you a raise you should take home more money’.  Democrats strongly oppose the Right-to-work issue and criticized the Governor for not presenting his proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. 

  

BOONE COUNTY TELEPHONE SCAM WARNING    

Boone County authorities are warning residents of several reports of scammers, who are pretending to be with Ameren UE and the City of Columbia Power and Light.  The callers are telling residents that their utilities will be disconnected if they don’t provide a payment over the phone.  Both Ameren UE and the City of Columbia reminds residents that they do not call citizens demanding immediate payment over the phone. 




01/17/17

 

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 6 ACCIDENT     

A Kirksville driver was injured in a Monday morning accident on Highway 6, just west of Green Castle.  28 year old Patrick Vangu, of Kirksville, was the driver of a westbound car.  The patrol says it slid off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its top, at around 5:30am.  Vangu was treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

  

GOVERNOR GREITENS ANNOUNCES BUDGET CUTS    

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced budget cuts totaling $146 million dollars on Monday.  The Governor says the cuts are necessary to keep the budget in balance, due to lower than expected tax revenues and rising costs in certain programs, such as Medicaid.  They include a total of $56 million dollars from the core budgets of Missouri’s public universities, nearly $12 million dollars from community colleges and almost $9 million in busing aid for K thru 12 school districts.  Greitens says more than $700 million dollars in cuts will be needed, over the next 18 months, to keep the state budget balanced.  He will deliver his first State of the State address Tuesday evening. 

  

HIGHWAY PATROL STUDENT ALLIANCE PROGRAM COMING UP 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is preparing for its two-day Student Alliance Program, which will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, March 11 and March 18, at the Patrol’s Troop B Headquarters in Macon.  Troop B is seeking interested junior high and high school students, of good character, to apply for the program, which will include a variety of educational activities, intended to familiarize them with Highway Patrol operations and equipment.  The program is limited to 20 students.  Applications are available the Troop B Headquarters in Macon or by calling the patrol at 660-385-2132.  Applications must be received by February 15. 

  

THREE HURT IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION     

Three people are recovering from injuries sustained in a Monday night accident in Boone County.  It occurred just after 7pm at Brown School Road and Rangeline Street.  The Boone County Fire Protection District says two vehicles were involved.  Three occupants of the two vehicles were injured.  Two of them were taken to University Hospital for treatment. 

  

BLUE SPRINGS DRIVER CHARGED AFTER I-70 CRASH     

A Blue Springs driver is accused of DWI and careless driving, after a Monday morning accident on I-70 in Boone County.  The patrol says 29 year old Delante Hamilton, of Blue Springs, was attempting to pass another vehicle when he lost control and it ran into the median and struck the median cables.  Hamilton was treated for minor injuries. 




01/16/17

 

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IMPROVING TRAVEL CONDITIONS MONDAY

Rain is falling across the area today, as temperatures continue to rise.  NOTE:  there are still some slick spots on untreated surfaces.  Please use caution.  We do have school announcements and cancellations – click the ‘cancellations’ tab for the latest.

  

SUSPECT WANTED AFTER EXCHANGE OF GUNFIRE WITH TROOPER   011617

Authorities continue to search for a suspect, after he exchanged gunfire with a highway patrol trooper Friday night in Saline County.  The patrol says 35 year old Troy Bateman, of Marshall, is wanted in connection with the incident.  It occurred when a trooper attempted to stop Bateman’s vehicle in Saline County, and the suspect vehicle crashed at an intersection.  After trading gunfire with the trooper, the suspect fled into a field.  The trooper was not injured.  The patrol says Bateman has an active warrant for a burglary-related parole violation, in addition to Friday’s night’s incident. 

  

IOWA TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ACCIDENT

An Iowa teenager was seriously injured in a Friday night accident on Route 15 in Scotland County.  17 year old Rebecca Cline, of Columbus Junction, Iowa, suffered serious injuries in the accident, which occurred just before 10pm.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 18 year old Mekenzie Steeples, of Memphis.  The patrol says the car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.  Steeples and another passenger in the vehicle were treated for minor injuries. 

  

AUXVASSE DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND CRASH           

An Auxvasse driver was treated for moderate injuries after a pickup ran off Highway 50 in Morgan County, early Saturday morning.  52 year old Kenneth Watring, of Auxvasse, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 




01/13/17

 

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ICE STORM WARNING         011317

The entire state of Missouri and portions of Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois are bracing for a potentially major ice storm this weekend.  The National Weather Service says periods of freezing rain will cause significant ice accumulations, beginning this morning south of the I-70 corridor, and spreading northward throughout the afternoon and evening.  Off and on freezing rain will continue throughout the weekend, until temperatures rise above the freezing mark Sunday morning in south Missouri…and Sunday afternoon and evening across the rest of the state.  Ice accumulations are expected to be fairly light thru Saturday morning, with heavier freezing rain expected to cause additional problems Saturday afternoon thru Sunday morning.  Widespread one-quarter to three-quarter inch ice accumulations are possible.  Travel will be affected throughout the weekend and could be nearly impossible at times.  Heavier ice accumulations could also cause tree limb and power line damage.  MoDOT asks Missourians to avoid travel if possible.

  

ARIZONA DRIVER HURT IN MILAN AREA ACCIDENT   

An Arizona driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Sullivan County Route E, just west of Milan, Thursday afternoon.  It occurred just before 2pm.  49 year old Diane Mittan, of Bullhead City, Arizona, was the driver of a southbound car.  The patrol says is ran off the roadway and overturned.  She was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. 

  

CARROLLTON TEEN INJURED    

A Carrollton teenager escaped with just minor injuries, when his car ran off Highway 10 in Carroll County, early this (Fri) morning.  18 year old Nicholas Burton, of Carrollton, refused treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 12:30am.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 




01/12/17

 

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BRACING FOR THE ICE STORM 

It looks like a significant ice storm for the weekend.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for nearly the entire state of Missouri.  In north Missouri, the watch begins Friday afternoon and continues thru Sunday afternoon.  In Central and South Missouri, the watch begins early Friday morning and continues thru Sunday morning.  MoDOT is advising motorists to avoid travel if possible this weekend, as significant ice accumulations are expected to impact much of the state.  A sleet-snow mix on Friday will change over to freezing rain by Friday night, with 'off an on' freezing rain continuing into Sunday.  Widespread ice accumulations could range from a quarter of an inch, up to three-quarters of an inch in some locations.  It is expected to dramatically affect travel and locations that receive the heavier ice amounts could see widespread tree and power line damage.  The University of Missouri is advising students to wait until after the weekend to travel back to Columbia for classes.  The spring semester at Mizzou is scheduled to start next week. 

  

BRUNSWICK MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY, DRUGS      

A Brunswick man has been charged with burglary and possession of a controlled substance this week.  40 year old Vincent Hohn, of Brunswick, was formally charged in Chariton County Circuit Court Wednesday morning.  Hohn’s next court appearance is set for February 2nd. 

  

COOPER COUNTY TRUCK STOP ROBBED       

Cooper County deputies are investigating an armed robbery at a truck stop on I-70 in Cooper County.  It occurred just before 7:30am Wednesday.  Investigators say a suspect wearing a ski mask entered the Dogwood Truck Stop, at the junction of I-70 and Highway 135.  He threatened the attendant and fled with a small amount of cash.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Cooper County Sheriff’s Office. 

  

MAJOR PROJECT AT BAGNELL DAM         

Bagnell Dam and Osage Energy Center at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks will get a $52 million dollar upgrade, starting this spring.  Ameren Missouri has announced that new anchors will be installed and more than 66 million pounds of new concrete will be installed on the downstream side of the dam.  It will be the first major structural upgrade at Bagnell Dam in more than 30 years.  The project is expected to take about 18 months to complete.  Ameren says no long-term road closures are expected during the project and it will not impact the dam’s energy generation capacity. 




01/11/17

 

MOBERLY SUSPECT SHOT BY POLICE  

A male suspect was shot, after threatening a Moberly Police Officer with a knife, during a Tuesday afternoon domestic incident in Moberly.  Police were called to a residence in the 400 block of West Carpenter Street just after 1:30pm.  Upon arrival, officers say a 37 year old white male subject was acting erratically, ran to the kitchen and grabbed a large knife and approached an officer in a threatening manner.  The officer shot the suspect, who was taken to University Medical Center in serous condition.  An investigation is underway by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. 

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN    

A Moberly man is charged with five counts of possession of child pornography, after an investigation ended this week.  27 year old Jianfei Lin, of Moberly, is accused in the case.  Court documents indicate Lin’s home IP address came up in connection with an investigation into child pornography shared on the internet in June. A search warrant served on the home led to a desktop computer, which allegedly contained additional files.  Lin was arraigned in Randolph County Circuit Court this week.  He is free on $20,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST TWO    

Chillicothe Police arrested two suspects on a Buchanan County warrant, after a search and seizure at a home on St. Paul Street Tuesday.  Officers were called to the residence for a property dispute.  They say two suspects were arrested and narcotics and firearms were seized during a search of the home.  Both suspects are in custody in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.  A minor at the scene was taken into protective custody by the Livingston County Children’s Division.  

  

BOTH DRIVERS KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY COLLISION   

Both drivers were killed in a head-on collision, which occurred early this (Wed) morning on Highway 54 in Callaway County.  The patrol says 40 year old Christopher Edwards, of Fulton, was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane, at around 4:30am, when his vehicle struck an oncoming car, driven by 32 year old Christopher Steeleman, of New Bloomfield, head-on.  Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

TWO HURT IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT     

Two occupants of a car, from Columbia and Luray, MO, were injured in a Tuesday morning collision on Highway 63 in Boone County.  It occurred just after 10am.  20 year old Antonio Carpenter, of Columbia, was the driver of the southbound car.  The patrol says it struck another southbound vehicle and then ran off the roadway and struck a rock bluff.   Carpenter sustained moderate injuries and his passenger, 22 year old Toujaye Carter, of Luray, was seriously injured.  Both were treated at University Hospital in Columbia. 




01/10/17

 

CHANGE OF VENUE IN MACON MURDER CASE   

The murder case against a Macon man has been moved to Adair County on a change of venue.  38 year old Ray A. Holt, of Macon, has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge, in connection with the October death of 34 year old Ryon Perkins, of Macon.  Holt will appear for a trial-setting hearing on February 6.  He remains in custody on one million dollars cash-only bond. 

  

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ERIC GREITENS TAKES OFFICE 

Missouri has a new Governor, after Eric Greitens was sworn in during ceremonies in Jefferson City on Monday.  Four other state officials were also sworn in on the steps of the Capitol…Attorney General Josh Hawley, State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft and Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson.  Meanwhile, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway and her husband, Jon, announced the birth of their third son, who was born Friday afternoon.  Galloway became the first statewide officeholder in Missouri’s history to have a baby while serving in office. 

  

AMEREN RATE CASE HEARINGS TODAY   

The Missouri Public Service commission will hold a pair of public hearings today (Tuesday), regarding an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri.  A hearing will be held at noon at the Boonville Knights of Columbus Hall and another hearing is scheduled for 6pm at the Audrain County VFW Post in Mexico.  Ameren seeks to increase its annual electric revenues by just over $206 million dollars.  According to the filing, approval of the request would cost the average residential customer about $99 dollars per year. 

  

ONE YEAR OLD GIRL KILLED IN COLE COUNTY COLLISION  

A one-year old girl was killed and her mother and infant sister were seriously injured, in a Monday morning collision on Cole County Route M.  29 year old Beth Mandry, of Holts Summit, was the driver of their eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and then returned to the road, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming car, driven by 51 year old Sharon Twehouse, of Jefferson City.  Mandry’s one-year old daughter was killed in the accident and she and her infant daughter were both taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Twehouse was treated for moderate injuries at SSM Health in Jefferson City. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE BREAK TIME ROBBERY     

Police are investigating an early Monday morning armed robbery at the Break Time Convenience Store on Nebraska Avenue in Columbia.  Police say two suspects entered the store at around 1:45 am Monday…they displayed handguns and demanded money.  The two then fled the store northbound on foot.  No injuries or property damage was reported.  The Columbia Police investigation is continuing.




01/09/17

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY TEEN    

A Moberly teenager was seriously injured in a Saturday morning accident on a county road, northwest of Middle Grove.  18 year old Christopher Duvall, of Moberly, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center and then flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:45am.  The patrol says Duvall lost control on the snow-covered roadway.  His car ran off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. 

  

WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER PEDESTRIAN STRUCK    

Chillicothe Police arrested a woman for allegedly leaving the scene of an accident, which caused physical injury to a pedestrian over the weekend.  Officers were called to a report of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in the 100 block of Trenton Road at around 2:30 Saturday morning.  Ashley Bosley was arrested and charged with leaving the scene. Her bond was set at $5,000 dollars, cash-only. 

  

THREE HURT IN SALINE COUNTY ACCIDENT         

Three Slater residents were injured in a Saturday afternoon accident, which occurred just after 1pm at the intersection of Saline County Routes D and P.  54 year old Theresa Robbins, of Slater, was the driver of an eastbound car.  The patrol says it skidded through the intersection and struck an embankment.  Robbins was treated for moderate injuries.  Two passengers in the car, 51 year old Avonna Widner and 18 year old Thomas Widner, both of Slater, both were treated for minor injuries. 

  

UPDATE ON MACON MURDER-SUICIDE         

Autopsies are scheduled for today, in connection with Thursday night’s apparent murder-suicide, which occurred at a Macon home.  Investigators say 38 year old Jared McKinney, of Cairo, arrived at the residence on Western Drive, in violation of an active protection order and intending to harm his estranged wife.  Police say McKinney shot and killed a man who was leaving the home, identified as 40 year old Scott Speichinger, of Meadville.  McKinney then tried to enter the home but apparently shot himself when the homeowners called police.  Officers found both men dead in the back yard of the home.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

BOONE COUNTY SHOTS FIRED INJURE ONE      

Boone County authorities are investigating a shooting incident, which occurred early Saturday morning and injured a 40 year old man.  Witnesses say the man was found in his car, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, just after 1am Saturday on Demaret Drive in east Columbia.  The incident is under investigation.  Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest.  Anyone with information is urged to call 573-875-TIPS. 




01/06/17

 

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CENTRALIA DRIVER KILLED IN COLLISION  

A Centralia driver was killed when two pickups collided on Highway 22 in Audrain County, at around 5:30pm Thursday evening.  62 year old Ralph Robertson, of Centralia, was life-flighted from the scene to University Hospital, where he died from injuries sustained in the accident.  The patrol says Robertson’s eastbound pickup ran off the roadway and he over-corrected.  His vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming pickup, driven by 35 year old Cary Schulte, of Centralia.  Schulte was not injured.

  

BOGARD CHILD HURT IN I-70 ACCIDENT    

An 11 year old from Bogard suffered moderate injuries in a Thursday morning collision on I-70 in Jackson County.  It occurred at around 9:45am.  11 year old Marie Borntrager, of Bogard, was a passenger in a car driven by 52 year old Marty J. Bennett, of Carrollton.  The patrol says Bennett was overtaking another vehicle, when he lost control and his car struck the trailer of the other vehicle, then ran off the highway and struck a guard rail.  The child was treated for moderate injuries at Children’s Mercy Hospital. 

  

MILAN MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE           

A Milan man has been charged with rape in Sullivan County Circuit Court.  Court documents indicate Carlos Phanor was arrested Wednesday, after an investigation into alleged forcible rape.  The incident allegedly occurred early Wednesday morning, in an apartment above the Main Street Café in Milan.  The victim told police that she was at Phanor’s residence with her friend, who was dating the suspect’s brother, when it occurred.  Phanor is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

FOUR ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA ROBBERY  

Columbia Police have arrested four suspects, in connection with a Wednesday night armed robbery, in the area of Alpine Drive and Mexico Gravel Road.  Officers say three victims in a car were flagged down by a black male and when they stopped, three more men approached the car, two armed with handguns.  The suspects fled the scene on foot, with property taken from the victims.  Police arrested 23 year old Dantrell-Nash Jeter, 21 year old Walter Nash, 18 year old Jeremy Nash and 17 year old Keaveon Harris.  They were able to locate the stolen property and three handguns. 




01/05/17

 

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WED AFTERNOON COLLISION AT KIRKSVILLE INTERSECTION

A Wednesday afternoon collision at a Kirksville intersection sent one driver the hospital and caused traffic problems for part of the afternoon.  It occurred just after 2:30pm at the intersection of Highway 63 and Illinois Street.  Investigators say a northbound semi tried to make a left turn off 63 and pulled into the path of an oncoming car.  Neither driver’s name has been released, but both vehicles had South Dakota license plates.  The female driver of the car was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. 

  

NEMO MAN SENTENCED ON SEX CHARGE        

A northeast Missouri man will spend 10 years in prison, after pleading guilty to attempting to meet an underage girl for sex.  55 year old Verle Gutting, of Alexandria, in Clark County, pleaded guilty in November to a charge of attempted statutory rape.  His ten-year sentence was handed down Tuesday.  Gutting was accused of contacting the social media profile of a 13 year old girl, which was operated by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.  After numerous messages were exchanged, Gutting allegedly arranged to meet the girl in downtown Kirksville.  When he arrived for that meeting, Gutting was arrested by Kirksville Police. 

  

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ENTICEMENT  

A Mexico man is accused of child enticement and furnishing pornography to a minor, after a lengthy investigation by the Highway Patrol’s Digital Forensics Investigative Unit.  39 year old Christopher M. Deornellas, of Mexico, was arrested last September and faces multiple charges in the case.  Investigators say Deornellas agreed to meet with Troopers who were posing on-line as a minor and a search of his residence turned up electronic and computer equipment used to commit the crimes.  He is being held on $75,000 dollars bond. 




01/04/17

 

SUV COLLIDES WITH AMISH BUGGY      

There were no serious injuries when an SUV collided with an Amish buggy on Highway 156, west of La Plata, Tuesday afternoon.  It occurred just after 4:30pm.  67 year old Marilyn Sinnock, of Ethel, was the driver of the westbound SUV.  The patrol says her vehicle struck the rear of a westbound Amish Buggy, driven by 40 year old Noah Schwartz, of La Plata.  The SUV ran off the roadway and struck a ditch and a tree…the buggy ran off the road and overturned.  Sinnock and her passenger, Vernon Bontrager, of Stotts, were both treated for minor injuries.  No one in the buggy was injured. 

  

BETHANY TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT  

A Bethany teenager was treated and released with just minor injuries, after her car ran off Highway 13, just south of Bethany, Tuesday afternoon.  18 year old Ashley Lerette, of Bethany, was the driver of the northbound car.  The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her car ran off the highway and struck an embankment and a tree, at around 1:45pm.  She was treated for minor injuries at Harrison County Community Hospital.   

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR MACON THEFT  

A Columbia man is in custody, in connection with a recent burglary in Macon.  Seth R. Ivie, of Columbia, was taken into custody in Boonville and is being held on $9,000 dollars bond.  Ivie is charged with three felony counts of stealing.  Investigators say the theft occurred last week, in the 700 block of North Rutherford in Macon.  The victim reported two firearms and a laptop computer stolen and supplied police with a description of the suspect. 

  

CHILLICOTHE BURLGARY SUSPECT EXTRADITED   

A former Chillicothe resident is in custody in the Livingston County Jail, after being extradited from Massachusetts, in connection with a 2008 burglary.  U.S. Marshals assisted in the arrest of 27 year old Aidan Volker.  Reports indicate Volker had evaded arrest by living with relatives in Canada.  U.S. Agencies were able to work with Canadian authorities to have Volker deported and he was charged in Massachusetts as a fugitive from justice.  He faces two Livingston County burglary charges. 

  

COLUMBIA INVESTIGATING APARTMENT FIRE AS ARSON     

Columbia Police say a December 8 apartment fire is being investigated as arson.  The fire occurred in the 2300 block of South Providence Road.  It resulted in the total loss of apartment A in the complex and also caused smoke damage to an adjoining unit.  Investigators say no arrests have been made, but it has been determined that the fire was intentionally set. 

  

MEXICO MAN FORMALLY CHARGED IN SUNDAY SHOOTING 

A Mexico man has been formally charged in connection with a shooting incident, which occurred Sunday in Mexico.  Daryl Richardson was arrested at the scene of the incident, Sunday afternoon, after an argument ended with Richardson allegedly shooting a man twice.  Richardson is charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault and armed criminal action.  The victim was treated at University Hospital and has since been released. 




01/03/17

 

LIBERTY UTILITIES ACQUIRES EMPIRE DISTRICT COMPANIES   

Effective January 1, Liberty Utilities has announced the completion of its acquisition of, and merger with, The Empire District Electric Company, based in Joplin, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Empire District Gas Company.  The Empire Companies serve a total of 218,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.  Officials say the companies have been working together for several months, leading up to the closing of the transaction.  Customers will continue to contact Empire using the same office locations, website and telephone numbers.  Customers will notice a ‘refreshed’ Empire logo, to be introduced over the next few months. 

  

OVERPASS REPAIR TO RE-ROUTE EASTBOUND 36 AT HAMILTON JCT     

Eastbound Highway 36 will be re-routed over the exit ramps at the Hamilton Junction for the next few weeks, beginning today (Tuesday).  A repair project on the Highway 13 overpass will cause the closure of all lanes of Eastbound 36, from approximately 7:30am to 3:30pm daily, Monday thru Friday, weather permitting, beginning today.  Traffic will be rerouted up and over the exit ramps at Route 13.  The project is weather permitting and will take about a month to complete. 

  

STRIPING PROJECT BEGINS AT BOONE COUNTY INTERCHANGES   

Contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will begin a striping project at the U.S. 63 interchanges with Boone County Routes WW and AC, beginning today (Tuesday).  Weather permitting, striping crews will work daily, between 9am and 3pm for the next several weeks.  Motorists can expect lane closures at those interchanges, along with slow-moving vehicles and crews on foot.  Again, that work begins today, weather permitting, at the Highway 63 interchanges with Boone County Routes WW and AC. 

  

TWO ARRESTED FOR MONDAY BURGLARY      

A Columbia man and an Iowa woman are both free on bond, after their arrest Monday in connection with a Callaway County burglary.  Deputies responded to the Stephens area in Callaway County Monday morning, and found the two suspects…35 year old Justin Archuleta, of Columbia and 36 year old Alicia Kaufmann, from Iowa.  Achuleta was arrested for burglary, stealing and possession of marijuana.  Kaufman was arrested for trespassing.  Both are free on bond.   




01/02/17

 

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN EARLY-MORNING CRASH 

A Kirksville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 3 in Macon County, early Monday morning.   23 year old Richie Ngana, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 1:15am, just south of Callao.  The patrol says her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, down an embankment and overturned. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR FAYETTE DRIVER

A Fayette driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 240 in Howard County, early Sunday morning.  22 year old Chance Wheelan, of Fayette, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 3am.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his southbound car ran off the roadway, went airborne, struck the ground and overturned. 

 

MARSHALL TEEN HURT IN ACCIDENT

A Marshall teen suffered moderate injuries when his car ran off Highway 65 in Saline County, just after midnight Sunday.  19 year old Roberto Hernandez Linares, of Marshall, was the driver of a northbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the highway, struck the median and overturned.  Linares was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 

 

ARREST MADE IN MEXICO SHOOTING

Mexico Police arrested a suspect in connection with a Sunday afternoon shooting incident.  It occurred just before 4pm.  Investigators say 22 year old Daryl Richardson was taken into custody.  Richardson is accused of shooting a 25 year old male victim twice as he walked away from him.  Richardson is being held, pending formal charges for assault and armed criminal action.  The victim was treated at University Hospital. 

 

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN COLUMBIA FATAL CRASH     

A man is charged with second-degree murder in connection with a fatal traffic crash, which occurred in Columbia Friday night.  33 year old Joshua M. Keller, of Jefferson City, is also charged with assault, driving while revoked and careless and imprudent driving.  39 year old Sebastian Sneed, of Columbia, was killed in the collision, which occurred at around 8:40pm at Business Loop East and Eastland Circle.  A 6 year old child in Sneed’s vehicle was injured. 




12/30/16

 

NOVINGER MAN CHARGED AFTER DOMESTIC DISPUTE 

A Novinger man faces multiple charges, after authorities say he assaulted a family member and pointed a gun at another man during a dispute.  40 year old Jesse L. Billington, of Novinger, was charged Wednesday with two counts of domestic assault, one count of assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.  Court documents accuse Billington of kicking a family member and striking that family member with the butt of a shotgun after an argument.  He also allegedly pointed the gun at another man after repeatedly punching him in the face.  Billington is being held on $100,000 dollars cash only bond. 

  

MAN ARRESTED FOR METH AFTER FLEEING ON A BICYCLE   

Kirksville Police report the arrest of a suspect on meth charges, after he tried to flee officers on a bicycle.  37 year old Clifford M. Eiler, of Kirksville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest.  Police say Eiler was wanted on an outstanding warrant when he was spotted on a bicycle on Normal Avenue in Kirksville Thursday.  Eiler allegedly tried to flee on the bicycle, but was arrested after a short chase.  A search turned up a baggie of crystal fragments that tested positive for meth, along with a checkbook that was reported stolen.  Eiler is being held on $25,000 dollars cash only bond. 

  

MARCELINE MAN INJURED AS TRACTOR OVERTURNS   

A Marceline man was treated for moderate injuries after his farm tractor overturned on a Linn County road, Thursday afternoon.  48 year old Daniel B. Hays, of Marceline, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says his northbound tractor ran off Neward Drive, just east of Marceline, struck a mailbox and overturned. 

  

MORE ON THURSDAY MORNING FATAL ACCIDENT IN COLUMBIA   

The Highway Patrol has released details on an accident on West Worley Street in Columbia, which occurred early Thursday morning and killed a Columbia woman.  51 year old Karin Kespohl, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 1:15am.  The patrol says her westbound vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when she lost control.  It ran off the roadway and overturned, striking a parked vehicle and a house.   Kespohl was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

MOBERLY CHRISTMAS TREE PICKUP JANUARY 13      

The City of Moberly reminds residents that its annual Christmas tree pickup will be in two weeks – on Friday, January 13, weather permitting.  Residents are asked to be sure all decorations have been removed – if there are any visible decorations the trees can not be picked up.  Trees need to be placed curbside for pickup by 6am on the morning of the 13th.  For more information, call the City at 269-9450. 




12/29/16

 

BOIL ORDER UPDATE – A boil advisory for the entire City of Milan has been lifted.  The advisory was issued Tuesday afternoon and was originally schedule to remain in effect thru this (Thursday) afternoon.  It is no longer in effect. 

 

LINN COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF RELATIONSHIP WITH MINOR   

A Linn County man faces multiple felony charges, after being accused of trading drugs and alcohol for sex with a 15 year old girl, while he was employed as a janitor at the Linn County R-1 School.  Court documents accuse 57 year old Steven Klinger with having a sexual relationship with the teen and giving her Xanax and alcohol in exchange for sex multiple times since August of 2015.  The victim says their relationship began at the school, but the incidents allegedly occurred at Klinger’s home.  Klinger is charged with distributing a controlled substance to a minor, statutory sodomy, statutory rape, sexual misconduct, endangering the welfare of a child, child molestation and supplying liquor to a minor.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

THREE NEMO TEENS ARRESTED IN AFTER NEBRASKA INCIDENT   

Nebraska authorities say three northeast Missouri teens are charged, after one of them allegedly brandished a gun at a driver and drugs were found in their vehicle.  19 year old David Overbeck of Queen City and 19 year old Caleb Nelson and Aubriana Meinen, both of Kirksville, were arrested Tuesday on Interstate 80 near Lexington, Nebraska.  All three are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and Overbeck is also charged with illegal use of a weapon and making a terrorist threat.  Their vehicle was stopped after a motorist told the Nebraska State Patrol that one of the teens had pointed a gun at them.  Troopers say a search of the vehicle turned up several large bags of marijuana. 

 

NO INJURIES IN ROUGH LANDING AT MACON AIRPORT   

No injuries were reported, after a plane made a rough landing at the Macon-Fower Memorial Airport on Wednesday.  Authorities say it occurred at around 1:15pm.  The plane ended up off the runway, after a strut broke during the landing.  No one was injured and airport operations were only briefly affected. 

 

SHELBY COUNTY’S CHRIS CHINN IS GREITENS PICK FOR AG LEADER  

Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens has picked a Shelby County woman to be the next director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.  Greitens announced the selection of 41 year old Chris Chinn, of Clarence on Tuesday.  Chinn and her husband Kevin are fifth-generation farmers, who raise hogs, cattle and crops in Shelby County.  The announcement describes Chinn as a leading advocate for agriculture and family farms.  Her appointment is subject to the approval of the Missouri Senate next month. 

 

FATAL CRASH IN COLUMIBA EARLY THURSDAY MORNING    

An overnight traffic crash on Worley, near Park De Ville Place in Columbia, shut down the roadway and caused a fatality.  Police were called to the scene at around 1:30am.  They say a car struck another vehicle and a utility box and one female victim was killed.  They have not released the name of the victim, pending notification of relatives. 

 

NEW TRIAL DATE SET FOR MU RAPE CASE      

A new trial date has been set, in connection with an alleged rape and robbery on the University of Missouri Campus.  The incident occurred in May of 2015.  Mohamed Mostafa is accused in the case.  A mistrial was declared in November, after the jury was unable to come to a verdict.  The new trial is scheduled for March, in Boone County.  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for February 27. 




12/28/16

 

MODERATE INJURIES IN CALDWELL COUNTY ACCIDENT 

A Cameron driver suffered moderate injuries when his car ran off a Caldwell County road, Tuesday morning.  81 year old John T. Riffle, of Cameron, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 9am.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve on Sale Barn Road, just east of Cameron.  His vehicle ran onto a secondary road, then struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE CAR THEFT    

Columbia Police report another car theft, which occurred while the vehicle was running to warm up in an apartment complex parking lot.  It occurred at around 5:30am Tuesday, at The Greens at Columbia.  Officers found the stolen vehicle later in the morning.  Police say one male suspect ran from the area of the vehicle and a search of the area with a K9 unit was unable to locate the man.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

MACON PTO HOSTING HARLEM WIZARDS     

The Macon R-1 PTO will host a basketball game, featuring the Harlem Wizards, next week.  The Wizards will take on a team of Macon teachers, administrators and community members on Friday, January 6, at 6:30pm in the Macon High School Gym.  Tickets are on sale at Macon Atlanta State Bank and they will also be available at the Macon Elementary Office next week.  Proceeds will support the Macon R-1 PTO. 

  

FREE FLY TYING WORKSHOP AT KIRKSVILL MDC      

The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer a free workshop on the basics of fly tying, on Saturday, January 7, from 2 to 6pm, at the Department’s Regional Office in Kirksville.  Anyone age 12 and older is eligible to register for the free clinic.  The Department will supply all necessary equipment.  To register, call the MDC office in Hannibal at 573-248-2530 or visit the Department of Conservation website. 




12/27/16

 

ONE NORTH MISSOURI FATALITY OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND  

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has reported a total of six fatalities on Missouri highways during the Christmas Holiday weekend.  One of those fatalities occurred in north Missouri.  27 year old Brooke J. Summers, of Salisbury, was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Friday night on Highway 5, south of Marceline.  The patrol says she was ejected from her northbound vehicle, when it ran off the highway, struck a culvert and overturned at around 11pm. 

  

MAYSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT  

A Maysville driver suffered moderate injuries when his car ran off Route 33, north of Osborn in DeKalb County, Monday night.  29 year old Bradley Diller, of Maysville, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says his northbound car ran off the highway, down an embankment and struck a tree. 

  

FOUR TREATED AFTER CHILLICOTHE COLLISION  

Four people were injured, none seriously, in a Monday evening collision on Highway 65, just north of Chillicothe.  It occurred just before 6pm.  The patrol says a northbound car, driven by 56 year old David Buttman, of Chillicothe, was slowing to turn when it was struck in the rear by a car, driven by 21 year old April Whipple, of Princeton.  Two occupants of each vehicle were treated for minor injuries at Hedrick Medical Center. 

  

CHILLICOTHE TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY CRASH     

A Chillicothe teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Livingston County Route Y, on Friday.  18 year old Hannah Leeper, of Chillicothe, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 7:30am.  She was a passenger in a northbound car, driven by 20 year old Jacob Search, of Chillicothe.  The patrol says it slid off the snow and ice covered roadway and struck a ditch. 

  

ONE INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING ACCIDENT NEAR PARIS   

One person was treated for moderate injuries after a vehicle ran off Highway 24, just east of Paris, Monday evening.  It occurred just after 6:30pm.  20 year old Ashley Dollard, of Gravois Mills, was the driver of the eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.  Dollard was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

FOUR HURT IN CHRISTMAS DAY I-70 CRASH       

Four Kansas City residents were injured when their vehicle ran off Eastbound I-70 in Boone County, on Christmas Day.  The accident occurred just before 2pm.  31 year old Kelly Garrett, of Kansas City was the driver of the eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and overturned. Garrett and a 10 year old passenger from Kansas City both suffered serious injuries.  Two other passenger, age 11 and 12, were both treated for moderate injuries.  All four were taken to University Hospital for treatment.

  

COUPLE ARRESTED FOR SUNDAY BURGLARY         

A couple were arrested for burglary, after allegedly breaking into a home, just north of Columbia, Sunday afternoon.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says Brandon Lee Edwards and Brittney Marie Edwards were arrested at the residence, located in the 8200 block of Wade School Road.  They are accused of entering Brittney Edwards’ ex-husbands home uninvited, and she allegedly slapped her ex.  Both were charged with burglary and she is also charged with domestic assault. 




12/23/16

 

NO TRAVEL ISSUES WITH FRIDAY MORNING RAIN      

Temperatures across north Missouri held steady, just above the freezing mark, as areas of a rain/snow mix moved through early this morning.  With those temperatures, there were no major travel problems reported, other than wet roadways.  We’ll rise to around 40 degrees this afternoon, with a few scattered showers continuing.   Some areas of fog could slow down Christmas Eve travel early Saturday morning, but sunshine should break through in the afternoon.  We’ll see rising temperatures overnight on Christmas Eve.  Showers and a few thunderstorms are still in the picture for Christmas Day, with temperatures around 60. 

 

LABELLE DRIVER KILLED IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION        

The Highway Patrol has released details on a fatal accident, which occurred at around 8:20 Wednesday morning at the Route 156/Route E intersection in Newark, in Knox County.  The patrol says a southbound car driven by 60 year old Michael Varner, of LaBelle, tried to cross 156 and failed to yield to an oncoming tractor-trailer driven by 37 year old Joshlin Yoder, of Leonard.  Varner was ejected from his car when it was struck in the passenger side by the semi.  He was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, where he was pronounced dead.  Yoder was not injured in the accident. 

  

LINNEUS WOMAN TREATED AFTER ACCIDENT     

A Linneus woman was treated for just minor injuries after a Thursday afternoon collision on Kahn Drive, about 8 miles north of Brookfield.  It occurred just before 3:30pm.  45 year old Suzanne Jungles, of Linneus, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says her southbound SUV met and collided with a northbound pickup at a hillcrest.  The driver of the pickup, 16 year old Delanie Smith of Brookfield, was not injured. 

  

AMBER ALERT LIFTED AFTER CHILD FOUND SAFE     

A statewide Amber Alert for a 5-month old St. Louis area girl was cancelled Thursday night, after the girl was found safe.  The alert was issued after the child was abducted Monday from a location in Normandy, MO.  Two black male suspects and a black female were being sought in connection with the incident.  Investigators say the child and her mother were in a vehicle with four other individuals.  The mother and one male subject exited the vehicle and the others drove off in the van, with the child inside.  Police reported finding the child safe.  No further information was released regarding the suspects. 

  

TWO INJURED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING INCIDENT  

Columbia Police are investigating a shooting incident, which occurred in the 1000 block of Claudell Lane on Thursday.  They say one victim found at the scene was suffering from life-threatening injuries.  A second victim, with lesser injuries, was found in a different part of the same apartment complex.  Both victims were males in their late teens or early 20’s and both were taken to Columbia hospitals for treatment.  Neither victim’s identity has been released.  Police are investigating the incident and will release more information as it becomes available. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES 

A Columbia teen is accused of domestic violence, credit card theft, property damage, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, after he was taken into custody Thursday.  18 year old Quinton Miller was wanted on multiple warrants when officers responded to the 5000 block of Creasy Springs Road.  Miller attempted to flee the area on foot and was eventually located and arrested, with assistance of the Highway Patrol. 


12/22/16

 

TEEN HURT IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT   

A Putnam County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Route 149, just south of Martinstown, Wednesday evening.  18 year old Brenden Smyser, of Livonia, was the driver of the southbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned several times, just after 6pm.  Smyser was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

  

SILVER ADVISORY CANCELLED AFTER MAN FOUND SAFE  

An elderly south Missouri man, who was reported missing Wednesday has been found safe.  According to an Endangered Silver Advisory, issued Wednesday, 89 year old Gerald Smith was missing from his home in Nixa, MO.  Smith suffers from congestive heart failure and dementia and his debit had been used in southeastern, Iowa.  The advisory was cancelled Wednesday night after Smith was found safe. 

  

LONGTIME KIRKSVILLE CITY CLERK RETIRING     

A longtime familiar face at the Kirksville City Hall will soon be saying farewell.  Kirksville City Clerk Vickie Brumbaugh is retiring after 42 years of service with the city.  She was first hired as a secretary on January 6, of 1975 and was appointed City Clerk and executive secretary to the City Manager in September of 1988.  Brumbaugh was honored during her last city council meeting, this past Monday night.  Her last day on the job will be January 6. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE WARN RESIDENTS OF CAR THEFTS   

The Columbia Police Department is reminding residents of the potential dangers of leaving your car running and unattended, while warming up the vehicle.  A total of seven vehicles have been reported stolen in this manner, since the beginning of December.  The latest occurred Wednesday on Mikel Street.  The department reminds you to never leave your vehicle unattended, even if it’s just for a minute…roll up your windows and lock your car…park in well-lit public areas…and never leave valuables in your vehicle in plain sight.  

  

RANDOLPH COUNTY GETS EMERGENCY RADIO DONATION  

Randolph County emergency personnel have a significant number of new emergency radios to work with, after a donation from the City of Eureka.  Eureka donated 16 vehicle radios and 37 hand-held radios to Randolph County, after recently completing a replacement of their existing communications system.  Officials say they were presented to firefighters in Randolph County’s Northeastern, Eastern, Southeastern and Higbee fire protection districts, Wednesday night. 




12/21/16

 

TWO HURT IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION     

Two drivers were injured in a collision at the Highway 63/Route 6 intersection in Kirksville on Tuesday.  Police say a pickup, driven by 84 year old Stanley Wilson, of Canton, was eastbound on Route 6, when his vehicle collided with a northbound car on Highway 63.  That car was driven by 53 year old John Schmidt, of Lake Ozark.  Both drivers had to be cut free from their vehicles and both were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

  

BEVIER TEEN TREATED AFTER ROLLOVER ACCIDENT   

A Bevier teenager escaped with just minor injuries when her SUV overturned off Macon County Route C, just south of Bevier, Tuesday morning.  18 year old Alyssa Gunnels, of Bevier, was the driver of the northbound vehicle.  The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.  Her vehicle slid off the roadway, struck the ground and overturned, at around 10:45am.  She was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon, with just minor injuries. 

  

MOBERLY MAN DRIVER OF TRUCK THAT HIT PEDESTRIAN 

A Moberly man was the driver of a semi, which struck and killed a pedestrian on I-70 in Warren County, Tuesday evening.  The accident occurred just after 5:20pm.  44 year old Mark Miller, of Moberly, was the driver of a westbound tractor-trailer.  The patrol says 20 year old Darryl Boyle, of O’Fallon, tried to cross the interstate on foot and was struck by Miller’s truck.  Boyle was taken to SSM St. Joseph Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Miller was not injured in the accident. 

  

TWO LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER VEHICLE STRUCK BY TRAIN    

Two people were seriously injured when their vehicle was struck by a train at an Audrain County railroad crossing.  It occurred Tuesday morning at around 11:15am on Audrain County Road 577 at U.S. 54.  46 year old Melissa Hodde, of Vandalia, was the driver of the northbound vehicle.  The patrol says it drove into the path of a westbound train.  Hodde and her passenger, 37 year old Stephanie Stephens, of West Plains, both were ejected from the vehicle after impact.  Both were life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 




12/20/16

 

MORE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS MORNING      

Although the weather is improving, road conditions in some locations continue to cause concerns this morning.  Motorists should be on the lookout for areas where the roadway has ‘refrozen’ overnight.  We have a number of school announcements and a few cancellations this morning.  Check the latest info by clicking ‘cancellations’ above. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN INJURED AS CAR BURNS      

A Kirksville man was treated for injuries after his car burned in a Kirksville parking lot, Monday morning.  Kirksville Police and Firefighters were called to the scene just before 8:30am.  They found the car fully engulfed.  They say the owner, 49 year old Steven Glaspie, of Kirksville, suffered flash burns to his hair, face and right arm as he tried to reach for the ignition to shut the car off.  He was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released.  Officials say the cause of the fire was a mechanical failure of the car’s exhaust system. 

  

CAUSE OF KIRKSVILLE ARTS CENTER FIRE ‘UNDETERMINED’ 

The official cause of a December 2 fire that destroyed the Kirksville Arts Center building will be listed as ‘undetermined’, after completion of the investigation.  Authorities say there was no evidence of foul play, but investigators were unable to determine the exact cause, due to the extreme damage caused by the blaze, making the structure unsafe.  The Kirksville Arts Association is accepting bids for demolition of the burned-out building, located just a block south of the Kirksville square.  A timeline for the work is still pending. 

  

RICHMOND WOMAN HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION  

A Richmond woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 36, just east of Chillicothe.  41 year old Angela Stith, of Richmond, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm.  She was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by 50 year old Richard Stith, of Richmond.  The patrol says Stith had just turned onto Highway 36 when a vehicle driven by 42 year old Andrew Lane, of Moberly, crested a hill and struck Stith’s vehicle in the rear. 

  

THREE HURT IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDENT    

Three St. Charles residents were injured in a Monday afternoon accident on Monroe County Route D, just east of Santa Fe.  66 year old Ronald Buenemann, of St. Charles, was the driver of the westbound vehicle.  The patrol says it slid off the roadway and overturned.  Buenemann suffered moderate injuries.  A passenger in the vehicle, 32 year old Jordan Buenamann, of St. Charles, also was treated for moderate injuries.  64 year old Laurie Buenamann, also of St. Charles, was treated for minor injuries.  All three were taken to SSM Hospital in Mexico. 

  

THREE HOLLIDAY RESIDENTS INJURED IN ROLLOVER      

Three Holliday residents escaped with just minor injuries, when their vehicle ran off Audrain County Route C, just after noon Monday.  29 year old Amanda Shumard, of Holliday, was the driver of the southbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway, down an embankment and overturned.  All three occupants of the vehicle were wearing safety devices.  Shumard, and two passengers, 29 year old Lacey Shumard and 7 year old Christopher Shumard, all declined treatment for minor injuries. 




12/19/16

 

WE HAVE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS – Click ‘Cancellations’ tab above for the latest list!!!

 

 

WEATHER CAUSES WEEKEND TRAFFIC ISSUES            121916

The weekend ‘winter mess’ caused numerous traffic crashed across the area over the weekend, but fortunately, most of those crashes did not involve significant injuries.  Road conditions will continue to slowly improve this week, with sunshine and warmer temperatures in the forecast. 

 

A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Randolph County Route B, southeast of Higbee, Saturday afternoon.  49 year old Thomas C. Lee, of Moberly, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after noon Saturday.  The patrol says he lost control on the ice-covered roadway and the vehicle ran off the road and struck an unoccupied vehicle. 

 

A Milan driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Highway 36 in Buchanan County, Saturday afternoon.  42 year old Jose Luis Aguilar, of Milan, was treated at Mosaic Life Care Center in St. Joseph, after the accident.  It occurred at around 12:45pm.  The patrol says he lost control on the ice-covered roadway and his vehicle spun off the road, struck an embankment and overturned. 

 




12/16/16

 

MISSING GALLATIN BOY FOUND SAFE, FATHER ARRESTED   

An endangered person advisory for a Gallatin boy, who was reported missing last weekend, has been cancelled, after 7 year old Seth Davis was found safe in Texas.  Authorities had been seeking the child and his father, 32 year old Anthony Davis, after he failed to show up for a custody exchange in Chillicothe last week.  The child was found safe in the Brownsville, Texas area.  Anthony Davis was arrested on charges of parental kidnapping.  He is being held in Texas on $15,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT  

A Unionville driver was treated for moderate injuries after his van ran off Highway 149, just south of Grayville in Putnam County, early this (Fri) morning.  57 year old Albert Suitt, of Unionville, was the driver of the northbound van.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and struck a tree at around 12:30am.  Suitt was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

  

LACLEDE DRIVER TREATED AFTER THURSDAY COLLISION   

A Laclede driver was treated for minor injuries after a Thursday morning collision on Route 139, north of Meadville.  It occurred just after 8am.  The patrol says 16 year old Keith Herring, of Linneus, failed to yield while turning onto the highway and pulled into the path of a northbound van, driven by 49 year old Troy Dunkin, of Laclede.  Dunkin was treated for minor injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CHILLICOTHE DOMESTIC INCIDENT 

Two residents of a Chillicothe home were arrested, after police were called to a domestic disturbance, Thursday evening.  Officers arrested Jonathan Bryce Ranes for domestic assault, resisting arrest and assault of a law enforcement officer.  He was held overnight in the Daviess-Dekald Regional Jail.  Rachele Dawn Ranes was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana

  

RALLS COUNTY WOMAN’S DEATH A POSSIBLE HOMICIDE

The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department is calling a woman’s death a possible homicide.  Police found the body of 53 year old Sue Epperson, inside a home in New London Wednesday, after Epperson’s daughter reported she hadn’t heard from her mother in several days.  No further details on her death have been released.  The Northeast Missouri Major Case Squad is assisting in the investigation. 

  

CENTRALIA WOMAN KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH      

A Centralia woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Thursday afternoon on Highway 54 at the Auxvasse Creek Bridge in Callaway County.  30 year old Shana Taylor, of Centralia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 2:20pm.  The patrol says her westbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a concrete grate then vaulted off an embankment and overturned, coming to rest in a creek.  She was pronounced dead at the scene. 




12/15/16

 

GREEN CITY MOTEL SHOOTING INVESTIGATION    

From KTVO.com:  Witnesses say a shooting, which occurred Tuesday night at the Green City Motel and Party Mart, was accidental.  The Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.  One victim was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia, after suffering a gunshot wound to the pelvis.  According to the KTVO report, family members say the victim’s brother and his girlfriend were fighting when the victim arrived at the motel and that his brother locked himself in the bathroom and threatened suicide.  The victim says the gun accidentally discharged when he kicked open the bathroom door.  Authorities have not released the names of those involved.  The Highway Patrol’s investigation is ongoing. 

  

FBI INVESTIGATING KNOX COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT   

The FBI is investigating possible mismanagement of funds and narcotics by an employee of the Knox County Ambulance District in Edina.  Officials confirmed that investigators were called in August and asked to look at possible theft within the District.  They say they can not comment further on an ongoing investigation. 

  

MISSOURI AUDIT CRITICAL OF SULLIVAN COUNTY      

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says Sullivan County has issues that need to be addressed immediately, after a recent audit of the County’s finances.  Of particular concern to auditors is an apparent lack of documentation in the Sullivan County Public Administrator’s Office.  The audit also cites inadequate review of the Public Administrator’s case activity by the circuit court, lack of oversight in the County Collector/Treasurer’s Office and possible Sunshine Law violations by the County Commission.  Sullivan County received an overall performance rating of ‘poor’. 

  

MOBERLY RESIDENTS HURT IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT     

Two Moberly residents were treated for moderate injuries after their car ran off Highway 24, just west of Moberly, Wednesday night.  28 year old Tia Goble, of Moberly, was the driver of the eastbound car.  The patrol says she swerved to avoid a deer and the car ran off the roadway and struck a tree, at around 8:45pm.  Goble and her passenger, 20 year old Roben Teter, of Moberly, were both treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

HALLSVILLE SET TO INTRODUCE NEW POLICE CHIEF     

Hallsville City Officials have announced the hiring of a new Police Chief.  Robert Bias, a former assistant chief in Centralia, will be sworn in at the end of the month.  Hallsville has been operating without any full time officers for he past month.  Bias says one of his first goals, after taking over as chief, will be to hire full time officers for the department.  Bias will meet with the public at the Hallsville City Hall on the morning of December 27, followed by his swearing in ceremony. 

  

BOONE COUNTY RECEIVES “WORK READY” CERTIFICATION   

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has awarded Certified Work Ready Status to Boone County.  The certification completes a three and a half year process by county leaders to earn the designation.  It means the county has a system in place to provide irrefutable data showing Boone County can deliver a quality workforce for current and prospective employers. 




12/14/16

 

MACON POLICE UPDATE ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION  

Macon Police say the driver of a tractor-trailer that struck a Macon first-grader Monday evening did not know he had hit the girl as the drove through a Macon intersection.  Investigators say northbound and southbound vehicle traffic at the crosswalk had a green light when the girl tried to cross Highway 63.  6 year old Jaddin Knouse, of Macon, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia and then transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, after the accident.  She was listed in fair and stable condition on Tuesday. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SAY HAY BALE FIRE SUSPICIOUS     

Kirksville Police say the hay bale fire that lit up Kirksville Friday evening is considered suspicious.  The fire ignited 40 large bales of hay in a field in the 4500 block of North Lincoln Street late Friday afternoon.  Investigators say there was no heat source near the bales at the time of the fire, causing suspicion as to its cause.  Kirksville, Adair County and Novinger firefighters battled the fire for several hours Friday evening. 

  

MOBERLY DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT    

A Moberly driver was treated for just minor injuries after his pickup ran off Route 22 in Audrain County, Tuesday morning.  54 year old Kenton Stallman, of Moberly, was the driver of a westbound vehicle, which skidded on the icy roadway, ran onto the shoulder, struck a guard rail and overturned, just before 7am.  Stallman was treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY MAKES ARREST IN CAR THEFT       

Livingston County authorities report an arrest in connection with an auto theft investigation, which began nearly a year ago.  31 year old Gregory Allen Simpson, of Independence was arrested over the weekend at a rural Livingston County home.  Deputies say he attempted to flee from officers on foot during the arrest and was again apprehended.  He’s been charged with tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest and is being held on $25,000 dollars bond.  Investigators say a vehicle was stolen from a location on Old Highway 190 on January 31.  The vehicle was used to damage property in rural Livingston County and was involved in a pursuit in Daviess County before being ditched in a remote area near Kearney.  Officials say testing on DNA evidence found in the vehicle was recently completed and resulted in Simpson’s arrest. 

  

EARLY MORNING WRECK ON SOUTHBOUND 63         

One person has been hospitalized after an early-morning crash in southern Boone County.  Officials say it occurred on Highway 63, just north of Deer Park Road.  They say a tire blowout apparently caused the accident, which briefly blocked one lane of Southbound 63, just after 4am.  Troopers are still investigation, but the crash scene has been cleared. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORN         

A Columbia man has been arrested after official say multiple videos depicting child pornography were found in his home.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s Cyber Crimes Task Force arrested 25 year old Cole Woll Tuesday.  Investigators looked into the crime after downloading child pornography from a computer located in Columbia.  Several computers were seized during Woll’s arrest.  His bond has not yet been set. 




12/13/16

 

MACON FIRST-GRADER HIT BY TRACTOR-TRAILER     

From KTVO.com:  A Macon girl was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after she was struck by a tractor-trailer, while trying to cross Highway 63 at the Macon School, Monday evening.  The accident occurred just before 5:30pm.  Macon Police say the girl tried to cross the road against the crosswalk sign and that oncoming traffic had a green light, when she was struck by a southbound tractor-trailer.  The driver of the semi failed to stop after the accident and the vehicle and a person of interest have been identified as the investigation continues.    Family members told KTVO the injured girl is Macon first-grader, 6 year old Jaddin Knouse.  They say she was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment and then transferred to St. Louis Children’s Hospital Monday night.  More information on the accident investigation is expected to be released Tuesday. 

  

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY FOR GALLATIN CHILD     

Authorities have issued an endangered person advisory for a Gallatin boy, who is believed to be with his non-custodial father.  7 year old Seth Davis, of Gallatin, has been missing since his father failed to show up for a custody exchange at the Chillicothe Wal-Mart on December 4.  Authorities say the father, 32 year old Anthony Davis, suffers from an undisclosed mental health issue, and was last seen driving a dark red 1998 Dodge Durango with Missouri license SM4-G3N.  Davis is also wanted on Daviess County warrants for failure to pay child support.  He is described as a white male, about 5-11 and 130 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.  The child is about 4 feet tall and 50 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Gallatin Police at 660-663-9512. 

 

 ST. JOSEPH DRIVER HURT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY ACCIDENT

A driver from St. Joseph was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 36, just east of Chillicothe, Monday evening.  24 year old Jenna Ebbers was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, into the median, then struck the edge of a culvert at a crossover. 

  

BOONE COUNTY CHASE ENDS WITH ARREST     

A Monday night chase through Boone County ended with one arrest by Deputies.  They say the pursuit ended in the 7000 block of Kircher Road, and the suspect attempted to flee his vehicle on foot but was taken into custody.  No further details on the pursuit have been released, but authorities have confirmed that it was a felony arrest. 

  

BROOKFIELD FIRST GRADE SEEKS MISSING GINGERBREAD MEN   

The Brookfield R-3 First Grade asks you to be on the lookout for their missing gingerbread men.  They say a total of 77 gingerbread men apparently ran away from the Brookfield Elementary School cafeteria yesterday (Monday) morning.  They are described as about 3 inches tall, brown in color and they had not yet been decorated.  Anyone who sees the gingerbread men are asked not to eat them, but to contact the Brookfield Elementary School office with any information. 




12/12/16

 

BROOKFIELD DRIVERS HURT IN FRIDAY COLLISION  

Two Brookfield drivers were injured in a Friday afternoon collision on Route M, about five miles north of Brookfield.  It occurred at around 4:40pm.  The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 24 year old Jasmine Stanfield, of Brookfield, crossed the center line and collided with a southbound car, driven by 48 year old Michael Fowler, of Brookfield.  Both drivers were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital, where Stanfield was treated for moderate injuries and Fowler was treated for minor injuries. 

 

CLARK TEEN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH      

A Clark teenager sustained moderate injuries when his car ran off Route 124 in Boone County, Sunday night.  17 year old Daniel Sartin, of Clark, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30pm.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway and struck a concrete driveway, then became airborne and overturned several times. 

  

ONE KILLED, TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT    

A Columbia man was killed and drivers from Centralia and Columbia both suffered serious injuries in a Saturday evening collision on Route 124, just south of Boone County Route JJ.  It occurred at around 9:45pm.  The patrol says a southbound car driven by 39 year old Aaron K. Dow, of Columbia, crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming car, driven by 54 year old Rebecca Coulter, of Centralia.  A passenger in Dow’s vehicle, 55 year old Ricky McGinnis, of Columbia, was killed in the accident.  Dow was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Coulter also was seriously injured…she was taken to University Hospital by ambulance. 

  

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED FOR COLUMBIA BREAK-IN    

A Mexico man is accused of breaking into a Columbia area home, after his arrest Sunday morning.  Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 4300 block of Santa Barbara Drive, just before 4:30am Sunday.  25 year old Charles Buchanan of Mexico was arrested at the scene.  He is accused of entering the home and assaulting one of the residents.  Buchanan is charged with burglary, leaving the scene and was also wanted on outstanding warrants for non-support and failure to appear. 

  

BOONVILLE ARMED ROBBERY SATURDAY NIGHT      

Boonville Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred Saturday night near Santa Fe Trail and Riviera Drive.  Police say a victim was robbed at gunpoint.  Officer’s located a supect’s car and a pursuit ensued.  During that chase, the vehicle crashed at a Boonville intersection and multiple suspects fled on foot.  A search of the area with a K9 unit turned up one of the suspects, who was hiding in a back yard.  The investigation continues…anyone with information is urged to contact Boonville Police. 

  

CALLAO SCHOOL BOARD FILLS OPENING      

A former Callao School Board member has been selected to serve a temporary term on the board.  Officials say Dale Wreidt previously served on the Callao Board for nine years.  He has been selected to replace Bobby Rhoads, who recently resigned from the board.  Wreidt will serve Rhoads term until April, when that seat will be up for re-election.    




12/09/16

 

BRUNSWICK DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH        

A Brunswick driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 24 in Carroll County, late Thursday night.  43 year old Michael Mayer, of Brunswick, was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 11:15pm.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and a utility pole and overturned. 

 

ONE ARRESTED AFTER MOBERLY STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT     

One suspect was arrested after a Thursday morning pursuit in Moberly ended with the crash of a stolen vehicle.  Authorities say an attempted a traffic stop at Logan and Morley in Moberly turned into a pursuit, as the vehicle had been reported stolen from Salisbury.  It ended on Rollins Street, near Meadowbrook Drive, where the driver lost control and the vehicle overturned in the roadway.  54 year old Anthony Epperson, of Monroe County, was arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and distribution of meth.  He was in custody, at last report, on $55,000 dollars bond.  Two other occupants of the vehicle were released. 

  

NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEATH     

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says foul play is not suspected in connection with an unattended death investigation.  Deputies were called to a rural residence in north central Livingston County, Wednesday afternoon, for a well-being check on an individual.  They discovered that a 54 year old male of Chillicothe was deceased at that location.  A news release says foul play is not suspected, but the investigation is ongoing. 

  

HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES 59 ANIMALS FROM SALINE COUNTY PROPERTY 

The Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force reported the rescue of 59 animals from private property outside Marshall in Saline County.   They say 49 dogs, 5 potbellied pigs, 3 miniature horses and 1 goat were found living outdoors in dilapidated, trash-strewn pens and enclosures.  The task force had been working with the owner of the property since early November to try to improve living conditions.  Ultimately the owner realized he was overwhelmed in trying to care for so many animals and agreed to cooperate with the Humane Society rescue.  The animals will be examined and treated before being made available for adoption. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING FIVE CAR BREAK-INS      

Columbia Police are investigating five reports of cars being broken into, while parked at three Columbia gyms, Wednesday morning.  The break-ins happened between 9am and noon, in the parking lots at three different locations, the Activity and Recreation Center, All Group Fitness and Pro Fitness.  Investigators say all five vehicles had their passenger side windows smashed and the owners had left items in plain sight inside the vehicles.  Residents are, once again, urged to not leave items of value where they can be seen inside your vehicle…and shoppers are encouraged to put purchase in the trunk, if the vehicle is to be left unattended. 

  

ONE INJURED AS VEHICLE BURNS           

Columbia firefighters say one person was injured when a vehicle burned in the 3200 block of Creasy Springs Road on Thursday.  Fire crews called to the scene found the vehicle fully engulfed and one occupants with significant burns, outside the vehicle.  The victim was taken to University Hospital for treatment.  No other injuries were reported.  Investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire. 




12/08/16

 

LA PLATA DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH     

A La Plata man was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 63 in Macon County.  22 year old Travis Clay was flown to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30am, about a mile north of the Atlanta junction.  The patrol says Clay’s northbound vehicle was struck in the rear by a car driven by 34 year old Danny Couch, of La Plata.  After the collision, Clay was partially ejected from his vehicle when it ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

HAMILTON WOMAN HURT AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS       

A Hamilton woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Ray County Route H and overturned, just after noon Wednesday.  35 year old Jayme Knudsen, of Hamilton, was treated at Ray County Memorial Hospital in Richmond after the accident.  The patrol says she lost control of her eastbound car in a curve and it ran off the highway and came to rest on its side. 

  

CHILDREN OF MURDER SUSPECT FILE WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT     

The three children of a Kirksville murder suspect have filed a wrongful death suit against their father, who is accused of fatally shooting their mother in mid-November.  40 year old Danny Welte, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the November 17 death of his estranged wife, Echo Leanne Welte, also of Kirksville.  Police say the shooting took place during an argument in the parking lot of the Kirksville Days Inn.  The suit seeks more than $25,000 dollars in damages.  Danny Welte remains in the Adair County Jail on $1 million dollars bond. 

  

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI RECOMMENDS THIRD MMR VACCINE      

The University of Missouri is now recommending a third MMR vaccine, as a mumps outbreak on the Columbia campus continues to grow.  Officials say a total of 193 confirmed and probable mumps cases have been reported on the campus since the first of November.  As of Wednesday, 169 of those patients were considered recovered, leaving 24 active cases.  The University’s Student Health Center has announced it is recommending students get a third MMR vaccine, rather than the required two.  All of the infected students met the two-vaccine requirement. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGE    

A Columbia man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to a child sex trafficking charge.  35 year old Kenyata Miles was arrested last spring, after he allegedly booked two rooms for two night’s at the Quail’s Neest Motel in Osage Beach.  Officers say they found a 16 year old girl, who had been reported missing, in one of the rooms and Miles and two women in the adjacent room.  The teenager told investigators she had been used for prostitution on multiple occasions and that Miles had assaulted her and threatened her with a gun. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FORGING PRESCRIPTIONS        

A Columbia woman was arrested this week, after allegedly forging multiple prescriptions for Adderall.  Officers say they discovered 17 different forgeries at five different area pharmacies.  They say surveillance footage provided additional evidence in the case. Elisabeth Trumbower, of Columbia, was arrested as a result of the investigation.  She is accused of 17 instances of forgery and fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.  Trumbower was released after posting $153,000 dollars bond. 




12/07/16

 

BRASHEAR TEEN HURT IN KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT      

A Brashear teenager was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 6, just east Kirksville, Tuesday afternoon.  18 year old Kourtney Arnold, of Brashear, was treated for minor injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm.  The patrol says she swerved off the roadway to avoid colliding with another vehicle, which had slowed to make a turn.  Her car struck a ditch and overturned. 

 

THREE TEENS INJURED IN TUESDAY EVENING CRASH     

Three teens were injured when a car ran off the highway at the junction of Route B and US 136  in Harrison County, Tuesday evening.  18 year old Hunter Brown, of Princeton, was the driver of the car.  The patrol says it was southbound on Route B and ran through the intersection, crossed Route 136, ran off the roadway, through a field and struck a ditch.  Brown was treated for minor injuries.  One passenger, 16 year old Joseph Brown, of Gilman City, also sustained minor injuries.  They were both treated at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany.  Another passenger, 17 year old Makayle Crabtree, of Bethany, was taken to Liberty Hospital with moderate injuries. 

 

2008 BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CANADA      

A Chillicothe man has been arrested in Canada, after being wanted on a Livingston County burglary warrant since 2008.  The warrant for 27 year old Aidan Volker, of Chillicothe, was issued in November, of 2008, on two felony counts of second-degree burglary.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s office says a tip had been received indicating Volker was with relatives in Canada.  He has been arrested and is awaiting extradition.  Bond has been set at $15,000 dollars. 

 

MACON POLICE SEEK INFORMATION ON THEFT         

Macon Police are seeking information on a theft, which occurred in the 700 block of Sheffield Drive in late November.  The victim reported that a .243 caliber rifle was missing from his vehicle, while it was parked in the area between November 22 and 23.  The case remains under investigation.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Macon Police or the anonymous tips line at 660-395-1111. 

 

SPEED LIMIT CHANGE ON COLUMBIA’S SOUTH PROVIDENCE ROAD  

A speed limit change goes into effect today that will affect drivers on South Providence Road in Columbia.  The City of Columbia adopted an ordinance to reduce the speed limit on South Providence from 55 to 50 miles per hour, from Mick Deaver Memorial Drive to Route K.  The change takes effect today, with permanent signs now posted.  Officials say a traffic study recommended the change for safety purposes.  Drivers are urged to pay attention to the change, on Columbia’s South Providence Road.  

 

TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY         

A pair of suspects were arrested, after a man says he was robbed twice by the same person.  Monday afternoon, officers were called to Columbia’s Douglass Park, where the white male victim says he had been assaulted by a group of black males.  He said the same suspect had robbed him a week ago.  Officers were able to locate a male suspect, who fit the victim’s description and was positively identified.  That suspect, Demarcos Rashawn Parker, was arrested and another person with him, Fabian Goldman, was also arrested after he was found to be in possession of the victim’s bank card.




12/06/16

 

MORE ON DOWNTOWN KIRKSVILLE FIRE       

The Kirksville Fire Department says the Kirksville Arts Association building is a total loss, after the Friday night fire, which destroyed the building.  An investigator from the state Fire Marshal’s Office is expected on the scene later this week to try to determine a cause of the blaze.  The fire was reported at 8:15 Friday night, when smoke was seen billowing from the downtown Kirksville building.  About half an hour later, 20 to 30 foot flames were shooting out of the roof of the three-story structure.  The Kirksville Arts Association vows to be back in business as soon as possible, in a temporary office space provided by Kirksville attorney Ed Campbell. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ISSUE SCAM WARNING           

Chillicothe Police are warning the public of an e-mail scam, which has been making the rounds.  A subject e-mails the victim and identifies himself as a ‘portfolio manage’ to a deceased relative.  The scammer claims to have made investment decisions on behalf of the deceased, such as bonds or other securities, and claims that the money can be confiscated if unclaimed.  The victim is urged to contact the scammer as a legal beneficiary, and requests various personal information that could be used for the scam.  As always, the Chillicothe Police urges residents to investigate any claims that seem too good to be true or are suspicious. 

  

GOVERNOR-ELECT GREITENS’ WIFE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT  

The wife of Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens was robbed at gunpoint in the St. Louis area Monday night.  Police say Sheena Greitens was sitting in her car after leaving an area restaurant, just after 6:15pm, when a man opened her car door, pointed a gun and demanded her property.  She gave the suspect her laptop and cell phone.  Further investigation found another report of a car break-in and a stolen cell phone in that same parking lot.  Investigators were able to track the stolen cell phones and arrested three suspects in the case.  Governor-elect Greitens said, in a statement, that his wife was shaken but not injured in the incident.  Greitens thanked the men and women of law enforcement for their good work in the case. 

  

FULTON WOMAN KILLED IN I-70 ACCIDENT        

A Fulton woman was killed when her SUV ran off I-70 and overturned near the Midway Junction, Monday morning.  50 year old Mary Payne, of Fulton, died in the crash, which occurred just after 10:30am.  The patrol says she was ejected from her westbound SUV when it ran off the highway and overturned.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

  

CENTRALIA WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH       

A Centralia woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Route 15 in Audrain County, just before noon on Monday.  26 year old Megan Gelder, of Centralia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER DOMESTIC ASSAULT        

Columbia Police say a woman was assaulted by her boyfriend and threatened with a machete and a taser, during a Sunday night incident.  Officers were called to the 1000 block of Eighth Street just before 10pm.  Edward Rosson was arrested at the scene for armed criminal action, domestic assault, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges.  The victim says Rosson chased her around the home, punched her, tried to shock her with the taser and threatened to kill her before she escaped out a window.  He is being held on bond, set at $89,500 dollars. 




12/05/16

 

TRUCK DRIVER KILLED IN FIERY CRASH ON HIGHWAY 36  

A truck driver from Arizona was killed when his tractor-trailer ran off Highway 36 and caught fire, just east of the Marceline junction, Sunday morning.  32 year old Orlando Martinez, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:45am.  The patrol says his eastbound semi ran off the right side of the highway, struck an embankment, overturned and caught fire.  Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene after firefighters were able to get the blaze under control. 

  

DOWNTOWN FIRE DESTROYS KIRKSVILLE ARTS BUILDING  

Downtown Kirksville lost a piece of its history Friday night as the century-old building that housed the Kirksville Arts Association was destroyed by fire.  The Kirksville Fire Department was called to the scene just after 8pm and soon had to evacuate the structure, which was fully engulfed.  Firefighters from the Adair County Rural Districts, La Plata, Greentop and Schuyler County were called in to assist in battling the blaze into early Saturday morning.  They say the building’s construction and the presence of firewalls helped keep the fire from spreading to other structures on the block, although adjacent structures sustained significant smoke and water damage.  A State Fire Marshal’s investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING      

A Kirksville woman was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg, after a dispute at a Kirksville residence, early Saturday morning.  Police were called to the 2100 block of South High Street, at around 12:30am.  They say an 18 year old woman had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.  She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Police have not released any additional information on the victim or a suspect in the case, as of yet. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT AS CAR RUNS OF HIGHWAY 63    

A Columbia woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 63 in Boone County, Sunday morning.  It occurred just after 11am.  The patrol says 31 year old Lauryl Rooker, of Columbia, lost control on the wet roadway and her car ran off the road and struck a concrete culvert.  She was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

  

TWO DRUG ARRESTS IN BOONVILLE TRAFFIC STOP     

Boonville Police report the arrest of two suspects on drug charges, after a traffic stop.  41 year old Brock Graham, of Osawatomie, KS and 23 year old Jesse Pilkenton, of Kansas City, MO were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.  Officers say the discovered meth inside the vehicle during the traffic stop on Friday.  Both suspects are being held on $7,500 dollars bond. 




12/02/16

 

BOND REDUCTION DENIED FOR SUSPECT IN FATAL ACCIDENT

A Queen City man, charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection with an accident that killed three north Missouri teenagers, will remain in jail, after a bond reduction request was denied Thursday.  27 year old Bradley Turner remains in custody on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.  He is charged with three counts of involuntary vehicular manslaughter, two counts of felony assault, DWI and careless and imprudent driving.  Troopers say Turner was driving 100 miles per hour and jumping hills with five passengers in his pickup when it overturned on November 13.  18 year old Leticia Potter of Queen City, 16 year old Jason Sanning of Kirksville and 15 year old Alexis Shaw of Milan were all killed in the accident.  16 year old Analet Pogue, of Milan, remains at University of Iowa Hospital in serious, but stable, condition. 

 

LINN COUNTY ROUTE M CLOSURE FRIDAY    

A portion of Route M, north of Brookfield, will be closed for a culvert replacement today (Friday).  MoDOT crews will close Route M between a half-mile south of Route O and Ivory Road, from 7am until around 2pm today.  Motorists will need to find an alternate route around the project.  Once again, that’s Route M, north of Brookfield between Route O and Ivory Road…closed today from 7am to 2pm. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDS   

The Chillicothe Police Department will receive assistance with the purchase of officer safety equipment, thanks to a 2017 Local Law Enforcement Block Grant, which has been awarded.  The Department will receive grant funds totaling just over $6,100, thru the Missouri Department of Public Safety.  The funds will be used to purchase equipment related to officer safety. 

 

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER BOONE COUNTY CHASE   

A suspect is in custody this morning, after leading Boone County authorities on a chase and causing a crash involving a deputy’s vehicle Thursday night.  Officers say Dennis Collins, Jr. refused to pull over for a traffic stop in the 700 block of Demaret Drive and attempted to flee in his vehicle.  He then pulled into a parking lot of a subdivision and fled the vehicle on foot.  He apparently did not put the vehicle in park and it struck a deputy’s vehicle and a parked car.  Collins was located and arrested at a nearby residence.  Charges are pending in the case. 

 

MIZZOU WIDE RECEIVER DISMISSED FROM TEAM AFTER ARREST 

Missouri wide receiver Keyon Dilosa has been dismissed from the team after his recent arrest.  Dilosa was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of domestic assault.  Columbia Police say Dilosa is accused of punching his girlfriend in the face during an argument in downtown Columbia, just before 1am Wednesday.  He is free after posting bond. 

 

AUXVASSE WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON        

An Auxvasse woman was sentenced to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections, in connection with an armed robbery and shooting incident, which led to an August manhunt.  Jessica Aschoff pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree burglary.  A judge says she will serve the first 120 days of her sentence and then he’ll decide whether she stays in jail.  Aschoff and Michael Miller are accused of breaking into a Pike County shed to steal and lawn mower.  Miller is accused of firing a gun at the homeowner.  They are also accused of breaking into an Audrain County home. They were taken into custody after a standoff in Columbia.  Miller is scheduled to appear in court on December 21. 




12/01/16

 

THIRD SUSPECT CHARGED IN UNIONVILLE ROBBERY

A third suspect has been charged in connection with a mid-October armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Unionville.  23 year old Michael Summers, of Unionville is charged with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and receiving stolen property.  Court documents accuse Summers of being aware of the robbery, allowing one of the other suspects to borrow his BB gun to commit the crime and aiding the other suspect after it occurred.  Two others were previously charged in the case…32 year old Christopher Chester and 29 year old Christopher Lugo…both of Unionville.  Lugo was working as a clerk at the store on the night of the robbery. 

  

CULVER-STOCKTON SUSPECT IDENTIFIED       

Lewis County authorities have identified the suspect arrested after a gun incident caused a lockdown at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Tuesday night.  19 year old Maxwell D.L. Webber, of St. Louis, a student at the school, is accused of threatening another student with a gun near the Joe Charles Field House on the campus.  He has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action and is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.  No shots were fired and no one was injured in the incident.  It caused the Culver-Stockton Campus to be locked down for about two hours Tuesday night.

  

COLORADO MAN ARRESTED BY SHELBINA POLICE      

Shelbina Police report the arrest of a Colorado man on drug trafficking charges this week.  On Monday, officers performed a ‘ruse checkpoint’ on Highway 36 in Shelbina.  A sign indicated a drug checkpoint was ahead, but no checkpoint was being conducted.  Officers saw an eastbound vehicle turn off 36, apparently to avoid the checkpoint.  They say the vehicle turned without signaling and had taillights out.  A traffic stop with a K9 unit turned up meth, marijuana, digital scales, smoking pipes and medical syringes.  The driver, Matthew Shawn Gaddy, was arrested at the scene.  He is being held in the Macon County Jail on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER CENTRALIA PURSUIT 

A brief chase by Centralia Police, on Tuesday, ended with the arrest of a Moberly man.  Reports indicate an officer tried to stop a vehicle driven by Richard Thames of Moberly, and a pursuit ensued.  It ended when Thames’ vehicle ran off the road at a Centralia intersection and went through a fence into a steep ravine.  Officers say Thames then attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended a short time later.  He was arrested on charges of DWI-aggravated offender, driving without a license, property damage and resisting arrest. 

  

MUMPS CONCERNS CONTINUE AT MU           

A mumps outbreak on the University of Missouri campus continues.  Officials say a total of 128 confirmed and probable cases of mumps have been reported.  Many of those cases are linked to Mizzou students involved in Greek organizations.  All of the infected students met the school’s immunization policy requirement for MMR vaccine.  Officials say the coming Christmas break should help reduce the threat of additional cases. 




11/30/16

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND STABBING

Kirksville Police are investigating, after a Kirksville man was stabbed multiple times by his roommate, over the weekend.  21 year old Nyoka Morelock, of Kirksville has been charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action in connection with the incident.  Police say Benjamin Gibson was the victim, and was treated for multiple stab wounds.  According to court documents, Morelock told police she stabbed Gibson as the two struggled over a knife, after he threatened her with it.  Gibson says Morelock attacked him with the knife as he was leaving the room after the two had argued. 

  

TWO CLARK DRIVERS HURT IN TUESDAY COLLISION 

Two Clark drivers were injured when their cars collided on Boone County Route F Tuesday afternoon.  94 year old Jo Mobley was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia and 16 year old Molly Schooley was taken to Columbia Women’s and Children’s Hospital with minor injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 5pm.  The patrol says Mobley’s eastbound car crossed the center line and struck Schooley’s westbound vehicle.

  

CULVER-STOCKTON CAMPUS LOCKED DOWN AFTER GUN REPORT 

Culver-Stockton College in Canton was on lockdown for two hours, Tuesday night, after a report of someone pointing a gun at a student.  The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department says the report came in at around 8pm.  No shots were fired and there were no injuries.  The lockdown was lifted at around 10pm, after a male suspect was arrested in a dorm room on the campus.  No further details have been released. 

  

PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DISCUSS HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE 

The Missouri Public Service Commission has announced a series of public hearings next month, regarding the proposed Grain Belt Express high voltage transmission line, a 780 mile overhead line that would deliver wind energy from western Kansas into Missouri, Illinois and neighboring states.  Public hearings on the project are scheduled at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline on December 8 at noon…at the Cameron Community Center on December 13 at noon…at the Polo Community Center at noon on December 14 and at Carrollton’s Rupe Community Center on the 14th at 6pm. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING HOME      

A Columbia man was arrested after allegedly causing significant property damage to a home on Hickam Drive.  Officers were called to the home on Monday, where they found broken windows and a broken door and the suspect, Lenn Dukes, had locked himself in the home.  Officers say he resisted arrest and was tazed before being taken into custody.  The homeowner told investigators she and Dukes had argued earlier in the day and Dukes started breaking windows.  Damage to the home was estimated at $3,000 dollars. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING 14 YEAR OLD      

A Columbia man is charged with multiple counts of child molestation, involving a 14 year old girl.  Courtney Bogart was arrested Monday at a home on Brown Station Road.  Investigators accuse Bogart of sexually abusing a 14 year old female victim in the home, over the past year.  Police say Bogart and the victim are related by marriage. 




11/29/16

 

DRIVER INJURED AS CAR COLLIDES WITH GRAIN TRUCK    

A Green Castle driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup collided with a grain truck on Route 149, just north of Novinger, Monday afternoon.  It occurred just after 2pm.  The patrol says 47 year old Denise Simonis, of Green Castle, was southbound, when her pickup ran off the roadway and struck the rear of a parked grain truck, then struck a fence.  She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

DEWITT DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MONDAY CRASH    

A driver from DeWitt was life-flighted to Columbia after his car ran off a Carroll County road, just before 11 o’clock Monday morning.  20 year old Barry Vandeventer, of DeWitt, was flown to University Hospital with moderate injuries after the accident.  The patrol says he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his northbound vehicle.  It ran off the roadway, became airborne and struck an embankment. 

  

MORE INFO RELEASED ON DEADLY KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT  

Kirksville Police have released more information on Sunday’s deadly accident, which occurred at the Highway 63/Highway 11 intersection in Kirksville.  Investigators say 53 year old James Sizemore of La Plata was southbound on 63 when his car veered across the northbound lane and into the opposite ditch.  The car then came back onto the roadway and into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 64 year old Stanley Horner, of Jefferson City.  Sizemore was killed in the collision. 

  

SHELBINA WOMAN SENTENCED TO 90 YEARS FOR CHILD SEX CRIMES

A Shelbina woman was sentenced to 90 years in prison Monday, in connection with multiple sex crimes against two young girls.  39 year old Melinda S. Tillitt, of Shelbina, received six consecutive 15 year prison terms on five counts of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of first-degree child molestation.  The charges stem from several years of alleged sexual abuse of her two children, ages 8 and 14.  Tillitt’s husband, 47 year old Kevin Tillitt, is charged with multiple counts of rape and sodomy against the two girls.  He is scheduled for trail on May 9 in Adair County. 

  

MOBERLY MAN IN COURT AFTER THANKSGIVING ARREST  

A Moberly man was in court Monday, facing charges in connection with a Thanksgiving Day arrest.  34 year old Carl Lee Bode, of Moberly, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, after police were dispatched to a report of a stolen trailer being towed by a pickup.  Investigators say they found bandanas worn by two suspects, who were captured on video stealing the trailer.  The search also turned up two firearms and drug paraphernalia that tested positive for meth residue.  Bode told police he met the two suspects and was paid to take the trailer to Kingdom City.  He is in custody in the Randolph County Jail on $20,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT WEEKEND ARRESTS    

Chillicothe Police report arrests in connection with two separate domestic incidents over the Thanksgiving Weekend.  Just before 10pm Saturday, officers were called to the 900 block of Dickinson Avenue, where Eric Douglas Harter was arrested for domestic assault, felonious restraint and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer.  Harter was held in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail pending formal charges.  Just before 2 o’clock Monday morning, officers responded to a disturbance in the 300 block of Jackson Street, where Sean Allen Bergstedt and Neal James Miller were both arrested for domestic assault. 




11/28/16

 

LA PLATA MAN KILLED IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION   

A La Plata man was killed in a Sunday evening collision at the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 11 in Kirksville.  It occurred just before 5:30pm.  58 year old James Sizemore, of La Plata, died in the accident.  The other vehicle was driven by 64 year old Stanley Horner, of Jefferson City.  Kirksville Police say the cause of the accident remains under investigation. 

 

MINNESOTA DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MACON CRASH         

A Minnesota driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after his pickup collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 63 just north of Macon, at around 9 o’clock Sunday night.  23 year old Matthew Sams, of Staples, Minnesota, was the driver of the northbound pickup.  The patrol says it crossed the center line and collided with the southbound semi nearly head-on.  Sams was taken to Samaritan Hospital and later flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital.  The driver of the semi, from Cave City, Arkansas, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

PARIS MAN KILLED AS PICKUP STRUCK BY TRAIN    

A Paris man died when his pickup was struck by a train on a county road, just west of Paris, Saturday afternoon.  80 year old Stanley Thurman, of Paris, was killed in the accident, which occurred just after 1pm.  The patrol says he failed to yield at a railroad crossing and his southbound pickup was struck by an eastbound train.  Thurman was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

CHILLICOTHE TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT        

A Chillicothe teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Livingston County Route D, just south of Ludlow, Saturday night.  It occurred just before 8pm.  17 year old Mary K. Rounkles, of Chillicothe, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says she swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and her car ran off the road and struck an embankment. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR BOONVILLE TEEN     

A Boonville teen was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 13 in Ray County, early Saturday morning.  18 year old Christopher Park, of Boonville, was treated at Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 1:15am.  The patrol says he was ejected from his northbound car, when it ran off the roadway and down a hill and struck an embankment and a fence and overturned. 

  

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY EVENING COLLISION     

A Unionville driver sustained moderate injuries in a Friday evening collision on Highway 5, just south of the Iowa line in Putnam County.  62 yaer old John Staggs, of Unionville, was treated at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, Iowa after the crash, which occurred at around 5:20pm.  The patrol says Staggs’ southbound vehicle struck a car that was stopped for traffic.  The other driver, 70 year old Linda Boland, of Unionville, was not injured. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY       

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery, which took place Sunday afternoon outside the Break Time store at Paris Road and Vandiver Drive.  Police say the victim reported being approached by an armed black male suspect in his 20’s. The suspect then fled the scene in a green vehicle.  Police are reviewing security cameras and other evidence at the scene, as the investigation continues.  The victim was not injured. 




11/23/16

 

GALLATIN TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

A Gallatin teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday night accident on Highway 13, just south of Gallatin, in Daviess County.  17 year old Jade Wayne was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 11pm.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway, struck several small trees and came to rest in a creek bed. 

  

ONE INJURED IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION     

Kirksville first-responders were called to a Tuesday evening collision at the junction of Highway 63 and Highway 11 East in Kirksville.  It occurred at around 5:15pm.  Police say an SUV and a car collided at the intersection and one person was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.  The names of the drivers have not yet been released. 

  

NEW MOBERLY BREAKTIME FACILITY ANNOUNCED     

MFA Oil has announced plans to expand Break Time facilities in Moberly.  A news release by the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation says a new Break Time is planned at the Highway 63 and Route M junction in Moberly.  The proposal includes a restaurant, convenience store, fuel pumps and semi-truck amenities.  It will be one of the largest Break Time facilities at around 6,000 square feet and approximately 16 full and part time jobs are expected to be created.  In addition, the existing Break Time at Highway 24 and 63 in Moberly will be renovated. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES     

A Columbia man faces drug charges after police say they found around 1,100 doses of Ecstasy in his possession.  Dylan Parham is accused of drug trafficking, possession and unlawful use of a weapon after his arrest Monday afternoon.  Officers executed a search warrant in the 1500 block of Lowe Street, after a package addressed to Parham was found to contain the Ecstasy.  They say the search turned up a shotgun and other drug paraphernalia. 

  

MIZZOU ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT REVIEWING ALLEGATIONS

The University of Missouri Athletic Department says it will review allegations that a former tutor in the Athletics Academic Services area violated academic rules.  The department says it has informed the NCAA, who will assist in the review.  Department officials say, in order to protect the integrity of the review process, they can not comment further at this time. 




11/22/16

 

TWO TEENS LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT  

Two Marshall teens were life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after their car ran off Highway 41 in Saline County, Monday morning.  The accident occurred just after 7:30am.  18 year old Aurora Garcia, of Marshall, was the driver of the northbound vehicle…18 year old Jeremy Peterson, of Marshall was her passenger.  The patrol says both occupants were ejected from the vehicle when it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  Both teens were transported by Life-Flight to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

EDINA DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING ROLLOVER   

An Edina driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a Knox County highway Monday morning.  33 year old Sung Lee, of Edina, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville after the accident, which occurred at around 7am.  The patrol says his southbound car ran off Route DD, two miles south of Edina, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SUSPICIOUS DEATH    

A Columbia woman has been arrested in connection with a suspicious death investigation in the 1800 block of Kathy Drive.  38 year old Monique Parra was arrested after the investigation, after a 44 year old man was found shot to death at the residence, Sunday morning.  Court documents indicate Parra and her boyfriend had agreed to commit suicide Sunday morning, but that she decided not to through with it.  She says the two argued and then struggled over the gun and it fired.  She is being held on $250,000 dollars bond on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. 

  

TIGER RUNNING BACK CROCKETT SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST  

Missouri Tiger freshman running back Damarea Crockett has been suspended from the team, after his arrest for marijuana possession, early Sunday morning.  Head Coach Barry Odom announced a minimum one-game suspension for Crockett.  University of Missouri Police arrested Crockett at 4:43am Sunday, after he was found in a car with others in a parking lot.  He was the only one of the vehicle’s occupants who was arrested, accused of having less than 35 grams of marijuana.  His arrested came a day after rushing for a Mizzou freshman single-game record 225 yards in a loss at Tennessee.  Missouri wraps up their season Friday afternoon, hosting Arkansas. 




11/21/16

 

MACON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH

A Macon driver was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off Highway 63 at La Plata on Saturday.  47 year old Michael G. Osborn, of Macon, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  It occurred at around 10:40am.  The patrol says he swerved to miss another car and his northbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned into the median. 

  

CHARGES FILED IN KIRKSVILLE MURDER     

A Kirksville man has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with last week’s homicide at the Days Inn in Kirksville.  40 year old Danny Welte, of Kirksville, is being held on $1 million dollars bond in connection with the shooting, which killed his estranged wife, 41 year Echo Leann Welte, of Kirksville.  Police responded to the Days Inn at around 10:45pm Thursday, where the victim was found with a gunshot wound to the head.  Danny Welte turned himself in to authorities early Friday morning and was formally charged Friday afternoon.  An autopsy on the victim is scheduled for Monday. 

  

ADVISORY CANCELLED AFTER WOMAN AND CHILD FOUND IN MOBERLY  

An endangered person advisory, issued Sunday by Centralia Police, was cancelled after a 3 year old boy and his mother were found in Moberly.  According to the advisory, 3 year old Noah Donati was in the custody of Family Services and had been placed with a grandmother.  Saturday afternoon, the child’s non-custodial mother, 36 year old Shannon Evans, of Centralia, refused to return him from a family visit.  The mother and child were located in Moberly Sunday afternoon, during a traffic stop by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Moberly Police and the Highway Patrol.  Officers say they used cell phone technology to determine Evans’ location.  The investigation is ongoing.  

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING DEATH      

Columbia Police are investigating a suspicious death at a Columbia home on Sunday.  Emergency responders were called to the 1800 block of Kathy Drive, at around 3:15pm.  They found a 44 year old male victim, dead from an apparent gunshot wound.  Police have been questioning witnesses at the scene and are investigating. 

  

ACTIVE ASSAILANT TRAINING IN COLUMBIA MONDAY     

Boone County Emergency Management will hold two active assailant training events in Columbia on Monday.  The first training event will be held on the University of Missouri Campus, at Laws Hall, from 2 to 4pm, with some officers remaining in the area thru Monday evening.  Multiple agencies will be involved in the event, with numerous law enforcement, SWAT teams, crisis negotiators and  an armored vehicle in the area.  A second training event will be Monday evening at Southern Boone Elementary in Ashland.  Numerous law enforcement will be in the area of that location from around 6 to 8pm. 




11/18/16

 

KIRKSVILLE HOMICIDE UNDER INVESTIGATION        

From KTVO.com:  Kirksville Police are investigating a homicide, which occurred Thursday night at a Kirksville Hotel.  Officers were called to a report of a victim with a gunshot wound to the head at the Kirksville Days Inn, at around 10:45pm.  Investigators say the female victim was found in the parking lot, just outside the south entrance, where she was shot after some sort of dispute.  She died at the scene.  KTVO’s report quotes a woman, who said her dad shot her mother and fled the scene.  The male suspect reportedly surrendered to authorities at the Kirksville Police Department, early this (Fri) morning.  The identities of the suspect and victim have not been released. 

  

MILAN DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS   

A Milan driver was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off Route 139, just south of Humphries, Thursday evening.  It occurred just before 7pm.  25 year old Cody Peterie, of Milan, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident.  The patrol says Peterie was ejected from his northbound vehicle, when it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned and then struck a tree. 

  

MERCER WOMEN HURT IN I-35 COLLISION         

Two Mercer women were injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on southbound I-35, south of Pattonsburg.  58 year old Gay Stark, of Mercer was the driver of the vehicle.  The patrol says it ran into the median, then returned to the roadway and struck the rear axle of a southbound tractor-trailer, coming to rest in the median.  A passenger, 77 year old Nancy Stark, of Mercer, sustained moderate injuries.  Gay Stark was treated for minor injuries.  Both were taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 1pm.   

  

MODERATE INJURIES IN MONROE COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT  

A Monroe County man suffered moderate injuries when his ATV overturned on a Monroe County Road, Thursday morning.  58 year old Timothy Flack, of Santa Fe, was treated at Audrain County Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20am.  The patrol says the man was trying to drive up an embankment when the ATV overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH AT HOTEL       

Columbia Police are investigating a death at the Welcome Inn on Providence Road.  Officers were called to a report of a person in cardiac arrest, just after 6:30pm Thursday.  They say a man, found alone inside the room of the hotel, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Witnesses say the man was about 40 years old…his identity has not been released.  Investigators are currently working to determine if foul play was involved. 

  

ONE PERSON INJURED IN COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT    

One victim was treated for a gunshot wound, after a Thursday night incident in a Columbia neighborhood.  Officers were called to the 700 block of Spencer Avenue, where multiple shots were fired.  One person was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Police say several shell casings were found at the scene and at least one home and one vehicle in the area were struck by gunfire.  The incident is under investigation. 




11/17/16

 

CHILD ABUSE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY  

A Chillicothe child abuse suspect is in custody on $250,000 dollars bond, after his arrest this week.  23 year old Austin Richard Holstine is accused of causing injuries to a one year old child in his care early Sunday morning.  The investigation included reports from Hedrick Medical Center and Children’s Mercy Hospital, where the child was treated for multiple injuries on Sunday.  Holstine is being held in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail. 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF INJURED IN CRASH DURING PURSUIT 

Sullivan County Sheriff’ Roger Smiley was treated for minor injuries after his vehicle ran off a Mercer County highway, while he wsa involved in a felony pursuit.  The incident occurred just after 8:30pm Wednesday, on Route J, southwest of Harris.  The Highway Patrol says Smiley was in pursuit of a fleeing suspect when his patrol vehicle became airborne at a hillcrest.  It impacted the roadway, spun off the road and struck a utility pole, a fence and a number of hay bales.  Some of the hay bales caught fire.  Sheriff Smiley was treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

 

MEMPHIS POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED NEAR BUS BARN 

Memphis Police investigated a report of gunfire near the Scotland County R-1 bus barn Tuesday.  Officers say a minor target practicing near the bus barn was the cause of the report.  Further investigation revealed a bullet hole in an unoccupied vehicle, which belonged to an employee.  A .22 caliber handgun was seized from the suspect minor, which was consistent with the damage to the vehicle.  School officials notified parents of the incident, as the investigation continues. 

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CHILLICOTHE ASSAULT REPORT    

Two Chillicothe residents were charged, after police investigated an assault in the 200 block of Woodrow, Tuesday night.  Officers were called to the scene just before 10pm.  As a result of their investigation, 23 year old Martavious Sullivan and 23 year old Jordan Johnson were both charged in the case.  Sullivan is in custody on charges of domestic assault and endangering the welfare of a child.  Cash-only bond was set at $25,000 dollars.  Jordan Paige Johnson is being sought by authorities on a charge of domestic assault, with cash-only bond set at $5,000 dollars.  Anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts is urged to contact authorities. 

 

RED FLAG WARNING FOR DANGEROUS BURNING CONDITIONS     

Area fire officials are reminding residents that much of Mid-Missouri is under a red flag warning today, which means outdoor burning is considered extremely dangerous.  Boone County fire crews responded to a tree on fire, early this morning along New Haven Road.  With extremely dry conditions, low humidity levels, unseasonably warm temperatures and strong south winds throughout the day and evening, any outdoor fires could quickly get out of control, causing extremely dangerous conditions.

 

VANDALIA TEEN ARREST FOR DRUG POSSESSION         

A Vandalia teen is in custody on felony drug allegations, after his arrest by the Highway Patrol Wednesday night.  The patrol arrest report says 19 year old Tyler W. Kemry, of Vandalia, was taken into custody at around 8:30pm, for alleged felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  He was held overnight, with formal charges pending. 




11/16/16

 

TWO TEENS HURT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT    

Teenagers from Milan and Harris suffered moderate injuries when their pickup ran off Highway 6, just west of Humphreys, Tuesday night.  18 year old Bryan Whitmire, of Harris, was the driver of the westbound vehicle.  18 year old Anthony Wisdom of Milan was his passenger.  Both were treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident, which occurred at around 9:20pm.  The patrol says the pickup ran off the road and overturned back onto the highway. 

 

 FOUR KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS INJURED IN CRASH       

Four Kirksville residents were treated for minor injuries after a collision on Route 6, just east of Green Castle, which occurred just before 5:30 Tuesday morning.  The patrol says a westbound vehicle driven by 28 year old Jurens Mandingi, of Kirksville, was passing a car driven by 33 year old Brice Zayembwa, of Kirksville.  Zayembwa’s vehicle was struck in the side and ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  The driver and three passengers, 40 year old Guigui Sankueno, 28 year old Carine Sima Asani and 26 year old Riziki Boko, all of Kirksville, were all treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

COLUMBIA TEENS TREATED AFTER ROLLOVER     

A Columbia teen was treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 54 in Callaway County, Tuesday morning.  18 year old Alexis Jackson, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the highway and overturned into a creek, at around 6:20am.  Jackson suffered only minor injuries, but her passenger, 18 year old Tempest Bragg, of Columbia, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

  

FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF KIRKSVILLE SOLDIER 

Governor Jay Nixon has ordered U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff, statewide, on Saturday, in honor of Sergeant First Class Matthew Lewellen, a 2007 graduate of Kirksville High School.  Services for Sergeant Lewellen will be held Saturday at the Kirksville Primary School and burial will be in the Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery, Saturday afternoon.  Nixon has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff throughout Missouri on Saturday…and the flags at state buildings in Adair County to be flown at half-staff thru next Friday, November 25.  Lewellen was one of three Green Berets killed in action in Jordan on November 4.

  

BROOKFIELD CHRISTMAS EVENTS COMING UP   

The Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the holiday season with a pair of annual events in the next few days. 

Saturday is the 7th Annual Holiday Mart, with a number of local businesses and crafters, in the Brookfield High School Gym and Cafeteria.  Holiday Mart will be open from 9am to 2pm Saturday at BHS. 

Next Tuesday, November 22, Santa Claus is coming to Brookfield to take part in the annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony at Brookfield’s West Twin Park.  The celebration begins at 5:30pm. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY       

A Columbia teen was arrested Tuesday in connection with a robbery in the area of Mikel Street and Ridgeway Avenue.  The victim says he was walking home after cashing his payroll check at the Gerbes store in that area when two female teens offered him a ride.  He refused, and shortly thereafter, the two teens approached him from behind…one grabbed him and the other took his wallet.  Investigators say the suspect was identified through video surveillance from the store.  Malaysia S. Hammers was arrested for second-degree robbery.   




11/15/16

 

DRIVER IN DEADLY ACCIDENT FORMALLY CHARGED     

The driver in a deadly weekend accident, 27 year old Bradley Turner, of Queen City, has been formally charged with three counts of vehicular involuntary manslaughter, two counts of second-degree assault, driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving.  Turner was the driver of a pickup, which ran off Route D in Schuyler County and overturned several times, Sunday afternoon.  Three passengers in the vehicle were killed…18 year old Leticia Potter, of Queen City, 16 year old Jason Sanning, of Kirksville and 15 year old Alexis Shaw, of Milan.  Another passenger, 16 year old Analet Pogue, of Milan, was life-flighted to Iowa University Hospital, where she is listed in stable, but critical condition. A fifth passenger was treated for minor injuries.  Turner is being held in Schuyler County on $100,000 dollars bond. 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY TEEN HURT IN SEMI ROLLOVER  

A Putnam County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a tractor-trailer overturned off Route U, northwest of Unionville, just after 2 o’clock Monday afternoon.  18 year old Gustin Valentine, of Powersville, was the driver of the southbound semi.  The patrol says he was ejected when it ran off the highway in a curve and overturned.  Valentine was treated for moderate injuries at Wayne County Community Hospital in Corydon, Iowa. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH     

Chillicothe Police are investigating a death, which occurred over the weekend at a Chillicothe residence.  Officers were called to the 1000 block of South Washington Street, where an unresponsive individual was found.  The male subject was taken to Hedrick Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  His name has not been released.  Investigators are looking at suspects in reference to possible involuntary manslaughter and distribution of a controlled substance.  The investigation is ongoing. 

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN WANTED AFTER CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION

A Chillicothe man is wanted by authorities after an investigation into a report of child abuse.  Officers were called to the 400 block of Jackson Street at around 4am Sunday.  As a result of their investigation, a Livingston County arrest warrant was issued for Austin Richard Holstine.  Authorities say his whereabouts are unknown at this time.  The warrant carries a cash bond of $250,000 dollars. 

 

SERVICES ANNOUNCED FOR FALLEN KIRKSVILLE SOLDIER   

The Community of Kirksville will say goodbye to a fallen hero this weekend.  Services for 27 year old Sergeant First Class Matthew Lewellen of Kirksville will be held Saturday morning at 11am at the Kirksville Primary School.  Visitation will be Friday, beginning at 5pm at the school.  Lewellen will be buried with full military honors, Saturday afternoon, at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.  Lewellen, who was a 2007 graduate of Kirksville High School, was killed, along with two other Green Berets, on November 4, just outside Amman, Jordan. 

 

AMBER ALERT CANCELLED AFTER KIDS AND SUSPECT FOUND    

An Amber Alert, issued in connection with a parental kidnapping Monday night, has been cancelled after two children were found safe.  Benton County authorities issued the alert after the two children, a 9 year old boy and a 7 year old girl, were reported missing from their Warsaw area home.  The children’s mother, 39 year old Carmelita Maria Wilson, was named as the suspect.  Authorities say a witness spotted them at a gas station in Sedalia, overnight.  The children were safely recovered and the suspect was arrested. 

 

COLUMBIA AIRPORT MANAGER RESIGNS      

The City of Columbia will begin the process of replacing the manager of Columbia Regional Airport, after her resignation, over the weekend.  Officials announced Monday that Tamara Pitts resigned due to a personnel matter.  Her last day was Friday.  Pitts had only held the position since September 12.  Officials say the resignation will not affect the airport’s daily operations or long-term goals.  They say the City’s search for a new manager will begin in the near future. 




11/14/16

 

THREE TEENS KILLED, ONE LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH    

Three north Missouri teenagers were killed and another was seriously injured when a pickup ran off Schuyler County Route D, southwest of Downing, Sunday afternoon.  18 year old Laticia M. Potter, of Queen City, 16 year old Jason Sanning, of Kirksville and 15 year old Alexis Shaw of Milan all died in the accident.  16 year old Angalet Pogue, of Milan was flown to Iowa University Hospital with serious injuries.  According to the Highway Patrol, all four were ejected from a westbound pickup, which skidded off the roadway and overturned several times.  The patrol says the driver, 27 year old Bradley Turner, of Queen City, was arrested for DWI and could face additional charges, including involuntary manslaughter and assault.  Another passenger, 17 year old Alyssa Sanning, of Kirksville, was treated for minor injuries.   

  

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN INJURED IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT 

A Chillicothe woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Old Highway 190, early Sunday morning.  31 year old Marisa Myers, of Chillicothe, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 2am.  The patrol says she was westbound when her vehicle ran off a dead end roadway and struck a large dirt berm. 

  

ATLANTA MOTORCYLIST HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 CRASH      

An Atlanta motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday evening accident on Highway 36 at Clarence.  42 year old Dason Ryals, of Atlanta, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 5:20pm.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his westbound motorcycle ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

CAIRO DRIVER INJURED AFTER SWERVING TO MISS DEER      

A Cairo driver escaped with just minor injuries when her car ran off Highway 63, just south of Cairo, Sunday night.  21 year old Sierra Myers, of Cairo, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 9:45pm.  The patrol says she swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and her car ran off the road and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA AREA COLLISION INJURES FIVE    

A Sunday evening collision on I-70 Drive in Boone County injured five occupants of the two vehicles.  It occurred just before 6pm.  The patrol says a car driven by 26 year old Keilonna Simpson, of Columbia, was westbound, when an oncoming car, driven by 71 year old David King, of Clark, turned left into the path of Simpson’s vehicle.  A passenger in King’s car, 66 year old Elizabeth King, of Clark, suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Boone Hospital.  Another passenger in King’s car and three occupants of Simpson’s vehicle were all treated for minor injuries.  

  

BOONE COUNTY PURSUIT INVOLVES STOLEN VEHICLE      

One suspect was arrested and at least two others were still being sought after a pursuit involving at least one stolen vehicle, Sunday evening in Boone County.  Authorities say they were alerted to a vehicle being stolen out of Kansas City, which was located near St. Charles Road in Columbia.  A pursuit involved two fleeing vehicles occurred.  One of those vehicles stopped on Player Place Street and two suspects fled on foot.  The other vehicle continued westbound on St. Charles Road and eventually lost control on Clark Lane.  Two occupants fled from that vehicle.  One suspect was taken into custody.  K9 Units were used to search for the remaining suspects.  No additional arrests were reported. 




11/11/16

 

MACON TEEN HURT IN COLLISION NEAR ELMER   

A Macon teenager sustained moderate injuries when his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer and caught fire, Thursday evening.   19 year old Chase Lewis, of Macon, was taken to Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30pm on Macon County Route J, just east of Elmer.  The patrol says Lewis was westbound when his vehicle slid into the side of the southbound semi.  Lewis’ vehicle then caught fire. 

  

DRIVER HURT IN MACON AREA ROLLOVER CRASH    

A central Missouri driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday night accident on a Macon area road.  It occurred at around 11:30pm, just south of Macon on Kestrel Avenue.  26 year old Elizabeth Drennan, of Latham, MO, was the driver of a northbound vehicle.  The patrol says she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.  Drennan was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. 

  

WANTED SUSPECT ARRESTED BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE  

Chillicothe Police arrested a suspect who was wanted on 5 active warrants out of Buckner, MO.  Just after 7pm Thursday, officers observed suspicious activity in the parking lot of a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street.  Donald Korona was arrested on warrants for failure to appear on charges of obstructing, assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and possession of meth.  Christina O’Connor was also arrested for willfully opposing an officer in the discharge of his duty.  During the investigation, officers say they seized meth, cocaine, marijuana, other unknown substances, scales and other paraphernalia, cash, possible stolen property and a large quantity of store credit gift cards.  Both suspects are being held in the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail, pending additional formal charges. 

  

TWO INJURED IN COLE COUNTY ACCIDENT     

Two Auxvasse men were treated for moderate injuries in a Thursday afternoon accident on Highway 54 in Cole County.  The driver, 41 year old Shaun Nolan and his passenger, 56 year old Lawrence Schlellhorn, both of Auxvasse, were both taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30pm.  The patrol says their westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

MOBERLY VETERAN’S DAY PARADE SATURDAY       

On this Veteran’s Day and this weekend, we remind everyone to take some time to help celebrate, honor and remember all of our area veterans and their families, for all they’ve done to protect our freedom.  There are a number of events planned around the area over the next couple of days.  Don’t forget Moberly’s annual Veteran’s Day Parade, which will be held tomorrow (Sat) afternoon in downtown Moberly.  The parade begins at 1pm and a reception will follow, at the Moberly VFW Hall. 




11/10/16

 

CAINSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN COLLISION WITH SEMI   

A Cainsville woman was killed when her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Route B in Harrison County, Wednesday afternoon.  34 year old Chrystal Everett, of Cainsville, died in the crash, which occurred just before 1pm.  The patrol says her southbound vehicle ran off the highway and she overcorrected and drove into the path of an oncoming semi, driven by 25 year old Jacobus Vandeventer, of Gilman City.  She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

BRUNSWICK DRIVER SERIOUSLY IN HURT IN ROLLOVER     

A Brunswick driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 41 in Saline County, early Wednesday morning.  It occurred at around 2am.  23 year old Shaquille Tatum, of Brunswick, was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident.  The patrol says he was ejected from his northbound car when it ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

BROOKFIELD SENIOR CITIZEN AND VETERANS MEAL SATURDAY 

The Brookfield Middle School will hold its annual 'Thanksgiving Feast' for local senior citizens and military veterans on Saturday.  This year’s meal will be a biscuits and gravy breakfast with hash browns, fruit and more, served Saturday morning from 8:30 to 11am, in the school cafeteria.  Brookfield Middle School students have been conducting a ‘penny war’ fundraiser to help provide the meal, and students and staff will prepare and serve the meal Saturday morning. You're asked to call the Middle School office to RSVP...and if you can't attend you can also call the office and order for carryout or free delivery.

  

COLUMBIA MEN SENTENCED FOR SELLING DEADLY DRUG    

Three Columbia men have been sentenced this week on charges of distributing synthetic heroin, which resulted in the death of an 18 year old male.  The three appeared separately in Federal Court on Tuesday.  26 year old Marquett Deandre Murrell was sentenced to five years without parole and 22 year old Nick Connor Burris will serve three years.  They each pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute the drug.  23 year old Nathanial Dean Rodgers was sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to providing a place for the purpose of drug distribution. 

  

THREE COLUMBIA ROBBERIES WITHIN 30 MINUTES        

Columbia Police are investigating three robberies that occurred within a 30 minute time-frame, Wednesday night.  Officers were called to the 2200 block of Paw Print at around 7:20pm, where a woman said two men armed with handguns approached her and took her purse.  About 15 minutes later, a report came from Clark Lane and Eastwood Drive, where two suspects took wallets from two male victims.  At 7:44pm, another woman was approached by two armed male suspects, who looked for money but fled when they couldn’t find any.  Investigators say the suspects in all three incidents fit the same description.  None of the victims were injured. 




11/09/16

 

TUESDAY’S GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

STATEWIDE RACES – Not only was Missouri a ‘red state’ in Donald Trump’s historic run to the Presidency, but Republicans swept all of Missouri’s statewide races.  The closest of those races was for U.S. Senate…Roy Blunt was re-elected by just under 100,000 votes.  Eric Greitens carried a 180,000 vote majority in defeating Chris Koster for Governor.  Mike Parson won the Lieutenant Governor’s race by more than 10 points, Jay Ashcroft took Secretary of State with nearly a 58% majority.  Eric Schmidt had nearly 57% in the State Treasurer’s race.  Josh Hawley was elected Attorney General with nearly 59% of the vote. 

 

AREA LEGISLATIVE RACES - Congressman Sam Graves rolled to another term in Missouri’s sixth congressional district, with more than a 68% majority.  Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer gained re-election in the 3rd US Congressional District with a 68% majority over Kevin Miller.  Republican Jay Houghton won the 43rd District Missouri legislature seat with 73% of the vote over Ed Lockwood.  Missouri’s 44th District went to Republican Cheri Toalson Reisch, with a 55% majority.  Republican Chuch Bayse was the winner in Missouri’s 47th District, with 53%, over Susan McClintic. 

 

STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS – Missouri voters approved Amendment 1, continuing a Conservation sales tax, with 80% in favor.  Amendment 2, imposing new campaign contribution limits, also passed handily, with a 70% majority.  Amendment 3, a cigarette tax for early childhood education was voted down with 59% opposed.  Amendment 4, banning new service taxes in the state, passed with 57% in favor.  Voter ID requirements were approved as Amendment 6 passed with a 63% majority.  Proposition A, a cigarette tax for transportation, failed, with 55% voting ‘no’. 

 

LINN COUNTY – A pair of Republicans swept the two contested Linn County Commission races.  In District 1, Mike Brown defeated Independent Joel Grant by just over 120 votes, 1006 to 883, with 817 votes for Democrat Wendy Fay. In District 2, Republican Josh Muck defeated incumbent Jim Libby by a narrow 67 vote margin…1,454 to 1,387.  Bucklin voters passed a question eliminating annual elections by nearly a 2 to 1 margin…120 in favor to 66 opposed.  

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY – Sheriff Mark Nichols won re-election by a large margin over Will Barger, with a 67% majority.  J. Kevin Stone won the county assessor’s race, by nearly 2,000 votes over Doug Galaske.  The closest race of the night was for western district commissioner, as John G. Hobbs defeated Jerry Crutchfield by just 138 votes.   

 

MACON COUNTY – Three contested races in Macon County were all decided by a significant margin.  The closest of the three was for second district county commissioner, with Democrat Clarence Walker carrying a 63% majority over Jon Dwiggins.  Republican Kevin Souther gained 68% of the vote in winning the first district commissioner race over Diana Scott.  Kevin Shoemaker won the Sheriff’s race with 65% of the vote, defeating Ted Harrell. 

 

ADAIR COUNTY – Republicans won both of Adair County’s commissioner races.  Bill King edged Carson Adams in the first district by just 80 votes.  Mark Thompson had more than a 900 vote margin over Scott Meredith in District 2.  Republican Donnie Waybill picked up a large majority over Bob Giovannini, a 2400 vote margin for Adair County Assessor. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox will serve a fifth term, after winning re-election Tuesday.  Cox defeated Democrat Eric Menconi by 547 votes, a 54% majority.  Republican Alvin R. Thompson won a tight race for eastern district commissioner, with just a 54 vote margin over Democrat Jim Grozinger. 

 

CHARITON COUNTY – voters chose Democrat Dan L. Price for western district commissioner, with a 64% majority over Daniel Standley and Democrat Steve Atkinson for eastern district commissioner, by a 66 percent majority over Gayle Pearman.  Darlene Shipp won the Chariton County collector-treasurer race with 55% of the vote, over Samantha Meyer.   Evan Emmerich was elected coroner, with a 65% majority, and Regina Emmerich won the Public Administrator race, with 59% of the vote.  Brunswick voters approved a proposition to eliminate city wards, with 73% in favor. 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – the only contested race in Shelby county was for Sheriff, and Democrat Dennis Perrigo carried a 64% majority over Republican Cole Hinshaw, a nearly 1,000 vote margin.  

 

BOONE COUNTY – A pair of Boone County Commissioner races went down to the wire last night.  Fred Parry defeated Brianna Lennon in District 1 with just 51% of the vote.  Janet Thompson won the district 2 race over Brenndan Riddles, with at 53% majority. 

 

AUDRAIN COUNTY – republicans swept a pair of contest Audrain County races.  Tracy Graham carried a 61% majority for Western District commissioner and Matt Oller got 59% of the vote in his run for Audrain County Sheriff’. 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - There was only one contested race on the Montgomery County ballot yesterday…the public administrator’s race…and Democrat Ann Scarlet picked up with win just just over 700 votes, a 57% majority over Kateryna Henness. 

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY - Callaway County’s contested races were all big wins for Republicans.  Randall Kleindienst carried 71% of the vote in the race for eastern district commissioner, Roger Fischer, 70% in the western district and Clay Chism, with an 89% majority for Callway county Sheriff.  




11/08/16

 

VOTE TODAY!       

The polls are open this morning, and the November General Election is underway.  In addition to the race for President, today’s ballot includes a number of statewide offices and issues, federal and state legislators and local county offices.  The polls will remain open until 7pm.  If you’re not sure where to vote, you can contact local election officials or your county clerk’s office.  We’ll have live election results coverage tonight on both KZBK and KLTI.  Tune in for reports, beginning at around 8:30pm.   Be sure and take a few minutes to exercise your right to vote today. 

REMINDER FOR MACON WARD TWO VOTERS – with renovations on the Macon County Courthouse complete, the Macon Ward 2 polling place returns to the courthouse today.

MEXICO REMINDER - Also, Mexico residents are reminded that, due to today’s election, the Mexico driver examination station will be closed.  

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT DURING MONDAY NIGHT MANHUNT      

Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a manhunt northeast of Kirksville, Monday night.  Officials say they are looking for 47 year old Bradley Wilkins, who is wanted on a probation warrant on a previous drug conviction.  Wilkins is 5-11 and about 210 pounds and was wearing a black wig.  They say he has a female companion with him, with light brown hair and weighing about 125 pounds.  Officers attempted to arrest Wilkins at a residence in Kirksville, but he fled in a vehicle.  He and the woman were later spotted on Benton Way, northeast of Kirksville, after ditching the vehicle.  Residents in that area were advised to make sure they had not left keys in their vehicles and to contact law enforcement if you see anyone matching Wilkins’ description. 

  

TWO ACCUSED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AFTER COLUMBIA ARRESTS   

Two Columbia men face drug charges after their arrests over the weekend.  Police were called to the Taco Bell on Business Loop 70 East, at around 7am Saturday, and noticed the smell of marijuana around a vehicle.  20 year old Zachary W. J. Bannister was arrested after more than a pound of pot was found in the vehicle.  That led officers to search an apartment, where a second suspect, 20 year old Christian McClendon, was also arrested on drug trafficking charges.  Police say both suspects are University of Missouri students. 




11/07/16

 

DRIVER KILLED IN SCOTLAND COUNTY CRASH   

A Memphis driver was killed in a Saturday afternoon collision on a Scotland County road.  46 year old James Martin, of Memphis, died in the accident, which occurred just after noon, about seven miles southeast of Memphis.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle met an oncoming pickup at the crest of a hill and they collided head on.  The driver of the pickup, 16 year old Kelvin Diller, of Rutledge, was not injured.

 

MADISON DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER COLLISION  

A Madison driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Sunday evening collision on Audrain County Route T.  27 year old Justin Reynolds, of Madison, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 6:30pm.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming pickup, which crossed the center line.  That driver, 62 year old Ralph Robertson, of Centralia, suffered minor injuries. 

 

PRINCETON WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

A Princeton woman suffered serious injuries in a Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 136, east of Bethany.  58 year old Brenda Stout, of Princeton, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 1pm Saturday.  The patrol says she was westbound when a car driven by 53 year old Rodney Vantellman, of Bethany, made a left turn into the path of her vehicle.  Vantellman was treated for moderate injuries. 

 

LANCASTER TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

A Lancaster teen was seriously injured when her SUV ran off Schuyler County Route N, just north of Downing, Friday afternoon.  16 year old Josie Farley was treated at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis after the accident.  The patrol says she was ejected when her vehicle ran off the highway and overturned several times. 

 

MOBERLY COUPLE HURT AS MOTORCYCLE STRIKES DEER 

A Moberly couple were both treated for injuries after their motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 24 in Monroe County, Saturday evening.  47 year old Steven Hull was the driver of the westbound motorcycle.  He and his wife, 43 year old Chonda Hull, were ejected from the bike after it struck a deer, about a mile west of Stoutsville.  Chonda Hull suffered moderate injurie and Steven Hull was treated for minor injuries.  Both were taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. 

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

A Huntsville driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Randolph County Route D, just south of Huntsville, Friday night.  It occurred just after 9:15pm.  49 year old Robert Polhill, of Huntsville, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a culvert.

 

ONE OF THREE SERVICE MEN KILLED WAS KIRKSVILLE GRADUATE  

From KTVO.com – A Kirksville High School graduate was one of three U.S. service members killed during a training mission in Jordan on Friday.  The U.S. Army says the three victims were from the 5th Special Forces Group in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  One of the three was 27 year old Staff Sergeant Matthew Lewellen, of Lawrence, Kansas, son of Chuck and Cindy Lewellen, and a 2007 graduate of Kirksville High School.  The report indicates the three came under fire as they were entering a military base near the capital city of Jordan, Amman.  The incident is still under investigation. 




11/4/2016

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS SUNDAY

Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time officially ends this Sunday at 2 am! That’s when you’ll need to set your clocks back one hour.

 

PURDIN WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY WRECK

A one vehicle accident in Linn County yesterday (THURS) afternoon around 3 o’clock resulted in injuries for a Purdin driver. The Patrol reports 83 year old Donna E. Miller of Purdin was westbound on Iron Road and travelled through the intersection at Hope Drive and struck an embankment. Miller sustained moderate injuries and was flown by Air Evac to St. Lukes Hospital Kansas City.

 

FULTON DRIVER INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A 26 year old Fulton resident received moderate injuries in a one vehicle Callaway County wreck on U.S. 54, just east of Route OO shortly after 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The patrol said 26 year old Christy L. Schroder was westbound when her auto left the roadway and struck a drainage ditch in the median resulting in the vehicle overturning. She was transported to University Hospital for treatment.

 

ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

A Braymer driver received minor injuries and was treated at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe following a one vehicle accident in Livingston County around 10:20 Wednesday night. The Patrol said 17 year old Jacob P. Dudley was southbound on LIV 402 when his pickup went off the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Three other passengers were not injured.

 

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS CHARGED – NAMES RELEASED

Authorities say 23 year old Cecil Golden and 22 year old David Franklin have been charged in Montgomery County with first degree assault of a law enforcement office, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and tampering with a motor vehicle. Charges are still pending in Audrain and Callaway Counties where authorities say the three men stole a vehicle near Fulton Wednesday before robbing the Martinsburg Bank and Trust around 2:20PM.  The stolen vehicle was spotted a short time later and a chase ensued where the suspects reportedly fired a gun at officers.  The chase ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a Montgomery City home, where the suspects attempted to flee on foot. Two of the suspects were soon taken into custody.  The third suspect, who was identified as 23 year old Wade Sargent was found dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound inside a vacant Montgomery City home a few hours later by the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT team. All three men had reportedly escaped from a Halfway house in Fulton. Authorities also say Sargent was involved in a bank robbery in Jonesburg in November of 2011.

 

RECREATIONAL PROJECT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Gov. Jay Nixon will be in Columbia today (FRI) to announce funding for 31 different recreation projects across Missouri, including trail and playground projects, through Missouri State Parks. The Governor also will talk about the scheduled opening of the Rock Island Trail between Windsor and the Kansas City area next month which, combined with the Katy Trail State Park, will complete a statewide hiking and bicycling trail from the St. Louis to Kansas City metropolitan areas.

 

POWER RESTORED AFTER STORMS WEDNESDAY NIGHT    

Utility officials say power was restored as quickly as possible to Boone and Cole County residents who experienced outages after strong storms blew through the area Wednesday evening.  Columbia Water and Light and Boone Electric Cooperative both had customers affected along with outages in areas of Cole County serviced by Ameren.

 




11/03/16

 

SHELBINA MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX CHARGES    

A Shelbina man faces multiple child sex charges after his arrest on Wednesday.  Shelbina Police, with the assistance of the FBI, arrested 54 year old Stephen L. Bartlett, of Shelbina.  He is charged with first-degree statutory rape, statutory sodomy, child molestation and use of a child in a sexual performance.  Bartlett is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $150,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

JAMESPORT DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT COLLISION   

A Jamesport driver was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Route 116, just north of Polo, late Wednesday night.  54 year old William Rea, of Jamesport, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 11:15pm.  The patrol says Rea’s southbound van struck the rear of a southbound car, driven by 72 year old Mayme Pilger, of Polo, as she slowed at an intersection. 

 

THOMAS HILL LAKE BRIDGE REOPENED  

The Macon County Route T bridge over Thomas Hill Lake reopened Wednesday afternoon, after being closed for nearly 20 months.  MoDOT recently completed a bridge replacement project at that location.  The bridge was closed on February 3, 2015, after an inspection revealed significant deterioration on the beams.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening will be held Thursday (today) at 3pm.  That’s at the Macon County Route T bridge over Thomas Hill Lake. 

 

TWO KILLED IN BOONE COUNTY HEAD-ON COLLISION    

Drivers from Hallsville and Centralia were killed in a head-on collision, which occurred just before noon Wednesday on Route 124 in Boone County.  The patrol says a southbound car, driven by 62 year old Cheryl Kennison, of Centralia, and a northbound vehicle, driven by 71 year old Sally Erickson, of Hallsville, collided head-on.  Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.  Further details on the accident are being investigated. 

 

TWO BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED – ONE SUSPECT DEAD 

Two bank robbery suspects are in custody and a third suspect is dead, after a manhunt ended in Montgomery City on Wednesday.  Authorities say the three men reportedly stole a car from a government building in Callaway County Wednesday before robbing the Martinsburg Bank and Trust in Audrain County at around 2:20PM.  The vehicle was spotted on hwy 161 about a half hour later and a lengthy chase ensued where the suspects reportedly fired a gun at officers.  The chase ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed into a Montgomery City home, where they fled on foot and reportedly shot at officers again.  Two of the suspects where taken into custody shortly thereafter.  Following a lengthy standoff, the third suspect was found dead inside a vacant Montgomery City home.  According to law enforcement the cause of death is still being investigated, and none of the suspects names have been released pending the notification of family members.       

 

POWER BEING RESTORED AFTER WEDNESDAY STORMS        

Utility officials say power has been restored to most Boone County residents this morning, after strong storms blew through the Columbia area Wednesday evening.  Columbia Water and Light and Boone Electric Cooperative both reported significant progress is restoring power overnight.  Repairs affecting just a handful of customers are continuing this morning.  Strong winds caused damage to a number of trees and power lines, during the Wednesday evening storms. 




11/02/16

 

REMINDER – NO SCHOOL AT BROOKFIELD TODAY, so students and staff can attend a memorial service this morning. 

 

MARSHALL DRIVER SUFFERS FATAL MEDICAL CONDITION   

A Marshall man suffered a fatal medical condition, causing a Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 240 in Saline County.  60 year old Edward L. McDaniel, of Marshall, died in the accident, which occurred at around 1pm.  The patrol says he suffered a medical condition while driving westbound.  His pickup ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned back onto the roadway, then ran off the other side.  He was taken initially to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall and then life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia, where he was pronounced dead. 

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

A Huntsville driver suffered moderate injuries when his car ran off a Randolph County Road, early Tuesday morning.  29 year old David McNeal, of Huntsville, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30am.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

CHAIN-REACTION CRASH ON 63 NORTH OF KIRKSVILLE    

A chain-reaction collision on Highway 63 north of Kirksville caused only one minor injury, Tuesday afternoon.  It occurred just after 4:30pm.  The patrol says a northbound car, driven by 75 year old Theodore Hemby, of Queen City, was struck in the rear by a northbound semi, driven by 66 year old Leslie Shumaker, of La Plata, causing the car to collide with an oncoming SUV, driven by 35 year old Regina Miller, of Kirksville.  A passenger in the car, 74 year old Geri Hemby, of Queen City, was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES      

A Chillicothe woman faces multiple charges after her arrest, Tuesday morning, by Chillicothe Police.  Officers arrested Christina Clemens in the 400 block of Vine Street on a State of Missouri Parole Warrant and a Carroll County warrant for failure to appear.  During the arrest, officers say, she was also accused of possessing a controlled substance and resisting arrest.  Clemens was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 

 

COLUMBIA HOME-INVASION ROBBERY INVESTIGATED      

Columbia Police are investigating a home-invasion robbery, which occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 5400 block of Bethel Church Road.  Officers were called to the home just after 12:30pm.  They say two male suspects dressed in dark clothing forced their way into the residence…at least one was armed with a handgun.  They say the suspects took items from the home and fled the scene.  An investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

 

MIZZOU TO INTRODUCE NEW PRESIDENT          

The University of Missouri is expected to introduce its new President in a news conference, scheduled for this morning.  Multiple media outlets have reported Mun Y. Choi is the new President, filling the role of interim President Mike Middleton.  Today’s announcement will come 51 weeks after the resignation of former system President Tim Wolfe.  Choi has most recently served as Provost of the University of Connecticut.  The announcement is scheduled for 9:30am at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. 




11/01/16

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WEDNESDAY

Brookfield R-3 Schools will not be in session tomorrow (Wednesday) so students, faculty and staff can attend the memorial service for Taylor Wallace.  The makeup day will be March 17, 2017. 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF RECOVERING     

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department asks for continued prayers for Sheriff Steve Cox and his family, after the Sheriff suffered a cardiac incident on Friday.  He was taken to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment.  An update from the office Monday says Sheriff Cox is showing signs of improvement.  They ask for continued support. 

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT   

Chillicothe Police report a Monday morning arrest, after a report of domestic assault.  Officers were called to the 1400 block of Clay Street, just before 11am.  They arrested McKenzie Leann Stacy for domestic assault.  She was released, pending a court appearance. 

 

BROOKFIELD PAT OFFERING YOUNG CHILD SCREENINGS     

Brookfield R-3 Parents as Teachers are scheduling screenings for children up from age 4 months up to 3 years of age, to be held this Saturday.  The screening is a quick and easy way to check on a child’s development - physically, intellectually and socially.  For more information on the screenings, or to schedule an appointment for Saturday, Call Lisa Finney at 258-2445. 

 

MOTORCYLIST KILLED IN COLUMBIA COLLISION   

A motorcyclist was killed in a Monday afternoon accident in Columbia.  Police say 22 year old Corey L. Kramel, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  They say Kramel’s motorcycle struck the passenger side of a Ford Edge, at an intersection of Providence Road.  He was thrown from the motorcycle and was taken to University Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.  The driver of the car, 48 year old Kathryne Harris, was treated for minor injuries. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY TEENAGER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION 

A Jefferson City teenager was killed and another suffered serious injuries in a Monday afternoon collision at the Cole County junction of Routes M and Y.  17 year old Travis Adam, of Jefferson City died in the crash, which occurred just after 4:30pm.  His passenger, 15 year old Alexa Noblett, of Jefferson City, was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries.  The patrol says their eastbound SUV crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle head-on.  That driver, 19 year old Bradon Holtmeyer, of Tuscumbia, was not injured. 

 

AUXVASSE DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT    

An Auxvasse driver was treated for minor injuries after his vehicle struck the rear of a tractor-trailer on Boone County Route OO.  It occurred just after 7am Monday.  44 year old Todd Cripe, of Auxvasse, was treated and released at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle struck the rear of a westbound semi, driven by 43 year old Scott Oliver, of Moberly. 

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP       

A Moberly man faces multiple charges after his arrest by the Highway Patrol Monday afternoon.  The patrol says 42 year old Robert E. Jones, of Moberly, was cited for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest by fleeing, and driving without a license.  The arrest came after a traffic stop in Randolph County on Monday.  Jones was taken to the Randolph County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges. 




10/31/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MILAN DRIVER   

A Milan man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on a Sullivan County road, which occurred early Saturday morning.  37 year old Ricky E. Smith, of Milan, was the driver of an eastbound car.  The patrol says it ran off a gravel road, southeast of Milan, and struck a tree at around 2:30am.  Smith was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

A Unionville driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Route 129, north of Unionville, Saturday night.  20 year old Jamison Craig, of Unionville, was taken to Mercy Medical Center in Centerville, after the accident, which occurred just after 8:30pm.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and his southbound car ran off the highway and struck a ditch. 

 

PATROL ARRESTS CHILLICOTHE MAN          

The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of a Chillicothe man on charges of speeding, possession of meth and a felony citation for bribery, after a traffic stop in Caldwell County Sunday night.  29 year old Kyle Eichler, of Chillicothe was arrested at the scene, at around 6pm Sunday.  The patrol says Eichler was placed on a 24-hour hold in the Caldwell County Jail, pending formal charges. 

 

DETAILS ON MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT RELEASED  

Livingston County authorities have released details on a multi-county vehicle chase, which occurred last Thursday afternoon on Highway 36.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Deaprtment, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol and Chillicothe Police all assisted in the pursuit.  It was initiated by a Linn County Deputy on westbound Highway 36, at around 12:30 Thursday afternoon.  Spike strips were deployed near Chillicothe, but the pursuit continued, toward the Caldwell/Livingston County line, where Highway Patrol spike strips disabled the vehicle.  The driver, Kerry Paul Malone, of Roeland Park, MO was taken into custody on multiple violations. 

 

CENTERTOWN DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH  

A driver from Centertown was killed in a weekend accident on Cole County Route U.  21 year old Dylan Bias, of Centertown, died in the accident, which occurred at around 12:30 Sunday morning.  The patrol says his northbound pickup ran off the highway and struck a fence and a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

FULTON DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT 

A Fulton driver was seriously injured in a Sunday morning accident on I-70 in Callaway County.  46 year old Robert Jones, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident.  It occurred at around 10am nearly the 144 mile marker.  The patrol says Jones was ejected from his westbound car when it ran off the highway and overturned. 

 

TWO KILLED IN COLUMBIA HEAD-ON COLLISION   

Two Columbia drivers died in a head-on collision on I-70, which occurred at around 5 o’clock Saturday morning.  Columbia Police say 28 year old Vanessa Beatty, of Columbia was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-70, when her vehicle collided head-on with an eastbound car driven by 42 year old James Carter, of Columbia.  Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

WEEKEND DROWNING AT COLUMIBA LAKE     

Officials have identified a man, who drowned in Columbia’s Swan Lake, located behind Las Margaritas Restaurant.  The Highway Patrol says 24 year old Cole Bradley, of Gladstone, died in the incident, which occurred Saturday afternoon.  Investigators say Bradley jumped into the lake from a deck and was attempting to swim to a water fountain.  Several others at the scene jumped in after him when he failed to resurface.  Emergency crews were called to the area and Bradley’s body was recovered Saturday eveni


10/28/16

 

UNIONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON    

A Unionville woman, charged with two counts of arson this week, is described by authorities as a serious risk to the community, after investigators found a history of setting fires.  A probable cause statement says 52 year old Tammy Sue Hart, most recently of Unionville, admitted setting fire to a storage shed in Unionville on Tuesday.  She also reportedly admitted to setting fire to an unoccupied Unionville home in February.  Investigators say they have connected Hart to four past arson cases in Nebraska and she also had two convictions for arson in Centerville, Iowa.  Her bond has been set at $10,000 dollars. 

 

FOUR FUGITIVES ARRESTED AT ADAIR COUNTY HOME    

The Adair County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of four northeast Missouri fugitives, who were wanted on active warrants.  Wednesday evening, Deputies went to a home on Blue Sky Trail, in western Adair County, acting on a tip that a woman at that location had an outstanding warrant.  They located that woman, 35 year old Jess Stoddard, of Kirksville, and three other suspects, who were wanted on multiple warrants from Adair and Sullivan Counties.  28 year old Nichole Helm, 32 year old James Shea and 30 year old Bradley Zahringer were all arrested at the home.  All four suspects are being held in the Adair County Jail. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN LEWIS COUNTY ACCIDEN

A Thursday morning accident in Lewis County caused serious injuries for a LaBelle woman.  79 year old Martha Parrish was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am on Highway 6 in LaBelle.  The patrol says she suffered a medical condition while driving an eastbound vehicle.  It ran off the roadway and struck a house. 

 

ONE HURT IN COLLISION NEAR MEMPHIS    

A Memphis woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday night collision on Highway 15, just north of Memphis.  79 year old Judith Shelley was treated at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis after the accident, which occurred at around 8:40pm.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 80 year old Robert Shelley, of Memphis.  He was slowing to yield to another vehicle at a narrow bridge when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a car, driven by 19 year old Joshua Martin, of Arbela. 

 

SEMI COLLIDES WITH COLUMBIA OLIVE GARDEN – CAUSES FIRE   

A semi-truck crashed into the side of the Olive Garden restaurant off I-70 Drive southwest in Columbia, early this morning, causing the building to catch fire.  Officials say there were no injuries in the crash.  The fire was extinguished in about an hour, but caused severe damage to the restaurant.  The cause of the accident is under investigation. 

 

VICTIM HOSPITALIZED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED     

One man was hospitalized after a Thursday evening shooting incident in Columbia’s Douglass Park.  Police says a report of gunshots came in at around 6:30pm.  Officers found a man lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound to the back.  That investigation is continuing.  No suspect information has been released. 

 

TEEN ASSAULTED NEAR MKT TRAIL       

A Columbia teenager has reported a sexual assault, which allegedly occurred around Flat Branch Park, near the MKT Trail.  Police say the victim is a 14 year old girl.  She told police she was at the park with friends when she went off on her own.  She says she was sexually assaulted by a male suspect, who was seen running from the area.  He is described as a white male in his mid 40s with a mole on his forehead, a thin build and about 6 feet tall.  The girl was taken to the hospital for evaluation and a forensic interview at the Child Advocacy Center. 




10/27/16

 

TWO HURT IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION     

Two Kirksville residents were injured in a Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 6 at its junction with Route 157 in Adair County.  It occurred at around 4:45pm.  The patrol says 67 year old Joyce Roof, of Kirksville, was westbound and attempting to make a left turn when her vehicle was struck in the rear by another westbound car, driven by 18 year old Madison Geho, of Kirksville.  Geho was treated for moderate injuries.  A passenger in Roof’s vehicle, 62 year old Melvin Roof, of Kirksville, was treated for minor injuries.  Both were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center. 

  

MACON DRIVER TREATED AFTER STRIKING DEER      

A Macon woman sustained just minor injuries after striking a deer in the roadway on Highway 63 at Excello, Wednesday night.  57 year old Deborah M. Schreiber, of Macon, was treated and release at Samaritan Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says her northbound vehicle struck a deer in the roadway at around 9:45pm.  

  

MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION FOUND AT WILDLIFE REFUGE   

Two men have been charged in connection with a marijuana growing operation, which was apparently being conducted on a Mid-Missouri Wildlife Refuge.  26 year old Carlos Vasguez and 23 year old Rigaberto Reyes each face federal charges of possession of 100 or more marijuana plants with intent to distribute.  The arrests came after officers found a large marijuana growing operation, covering nearly five acres, at the Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, located along the Missouri River near Rocheport.  Officers say the two suspects were carrying marijuana plants when they were arrested. 

  

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED FOR MONDAY ARMED ROBBERY  

A Marshall man has been arrested in connection with a Monday evening armed robbery at the Marshall Cinema.  23 year old Brandon Scott Hicks was taken into custody Wednesday, on charges of armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and stealing.  Investigators say two persons were robbed at gunpoint Monday evening and the suspect fled the scene on foot. 

  

COLUMBIA UNITED CREDIT UNION ROBBED      

Columbia Police are investigating a Wednesday morning armed robbery at a Columbia bank.  Officers were called to the United Credit Union near Falling Leaf Lane in southeast Columbia, at around 9:30 Wednesday morning.  Witnesses say two armed men entered the bank…one grabbed a teller and demanded money.  The two then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.  No injuries were reported.  An investigation is ongoing. 




10/26/16

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON PROBATION WARRANT   

A Kirksville man is back behind bars after allegedly violating his probation on an original charge of distributing meth near a school.  44 year old Aaron T. Smyser, of Kirksville, was arrested Monday.  Authorities say he failed to complete a court-ordered rehab program and consumed meth.  Last year, Smyser was sentenced to probation and ordered to complete the program as part of a 20 year suspended sentence. 

  

FAA INVESTIGATING ROUGH LANDING AT KIRKSVILLE AIRPORT   

An investigation is underway to determine how a small aircraft ended up off the runway during a landing, Sunday afternoon, at Kirksville Regional Airport.  Around 3pm, officials say, the small plane lost control on its final approach and slid into a grassy area, about 200 feet away from the runway, ending up nose-down in the grass with a broken propeller. The pilot, 61 year old Harry Bates and his passenger 52 year old Leah Davis-Bates, both of San Antonio, Texas, walked away from the rough landing without injury.   The FAA and NTSB are now investigating the incident. 

  

CHARITON COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED FOR CORONER’S FUNERAL  

Chariton County offices will be closed today (Wed) for the funeral of Chariton County Coroner Larry Breshears.  The 58 year old Breshears died Friday, leaving a vacancy in the coroner’s office, with the November election just around the corner.  Breshears was running for reelection as the incumbent in that race.  The Governor’s office has been contacted to appoint a replacement to fill the vacant seat.  Breshears’ funeral will be held this (Wed) afternoon at 3pm at Brunswick High School.   

  

BROOKFIELD HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT THURSDAY      

Brookfield area kids and parents are invited to the annual Halloween Fun Night, sponsored by Brookfield Parks and Rec, set for tomorrow (Thurs) evening at the South City Park.  Festivities start at 5:30pm with Halloween games, spooky rides through the park, a costume contest and lots of prize drawings, including a bicycle giveaway.  Bring a flashlight and bag for the night candy hunt.  It all happens tomorrow evening at the South City Park in Brookfield.  Enter the park on the west side gravel road. 

  

HALLSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY SODOMY    

A Hallsville man is charged with two counts of statutory sodomy, in connection with allegations by an underage male victim.  44 year old Gary Laforce, of Hallsville, is being held on $100,000 dollars bond in the case.  The alleged incidents occurred between 1999 and 2007 in the suspect’s residence.  Investigators say Laforce and the victim knew each other at the time of the incidents.  

  

RURAL LADDONIA MAN MISSING SINCE FRIDAY      

A rural Laddonia man is missing, according to Audrain County authorities.  They say 59 year old Kevin Hoyt, was last seen Friday, at around 4pm, talking to someone driving a white car along Audrain Road 489, near Hoyt’s family hog farm.  He was reported missing Saturday.  He is described at about 5-10 and around 170 pounds with thick dark hair, glasses and a full beard, trimmed short.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Audrain County Sheriff’s office. 




10/25/16

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN FOUND SAFE     

A Brookfield area woman is safe this morning, after she was reported missing Monday, prompting an endangered silver advisory.  The Linn County Sheriff’s Department issued the advisory Monday afternoon, reporting that 83 year old Sylvia B. Singleton, of rural Brookfield, who suffers from dementia, had not been seen since Sunday afternoon and that her debit card had been used in the Norborne area Monday morning.  Singleton was found safe s few hours later and the advisory was cancelled, just after 6pm Monday. 

  

MACON MAN KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY EXPLOSION  

A Macon man was killed and another man was injured in a Friday night explosion on a Callaway County farm.  According to the Callaway County Sheriff’s Office, 45 year old Stephen Fink, of Macon, died in the accident.  He was the driver of a tractor-trailer, which was delivering a liquid cattle feed product to the farm, located northwest of Kingdom City.  Officials say the explosion occurred just before 7pm, as the liquid was being off-loaded.  It caused the collapse of a large metal building on the property.  A second person at the scene was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.  The cause of the explosion has not been determined. 

  

SHOOTING SUSPECTS CAUGHT IN SCHUYLER COUNTY

Two suspects, wanted in connection with a shooting in Jefferson City, are in custody after being captured in Schuyler County over the weekend.  The women were spotted, driving northbound on Highway 63 near La Plata, late Saturday night.  Officers were waiting when the vehicle went through the Greentop area in Schuyler County.  They were arrested after a traffic stop and identified as 21 year old Daeqwan Smith, of Jefferson City and 25 year old Karmen Hines, of Marion, Iowa.  One of the two women is accused of shooting a man in the stomach in the Heritage Apartments in Jefferson City, then fleeing the area.  Both are being held on $100,000 dollars bond, charged with assault and armed criminal action. 

  

JAMESPORT DRIVER HURT IN COLLISION WITH TRACTOR  

A Jamesport driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup collided with a farm tractor, Monday afternoon, on a Livingston County Road.  54 year old Danny Souders, of Jamesport, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm.  The patrol says Souders’ pickup crested a hill and struck the tractor at an uncontrolled intersection, northwest of Chillicothe.  A passenger in Souders’ vehicle was treated for minor injuries at the scene. 

  

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY FOR HARRISBURG WOMAN

An endangered person advisory remains in effect for a Harrisburg woman, who has not been seen since Sunday.  The highway patrol says 51 year old Shelly Overstreet-James returned to her home from the Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center Sunday and tried to cut herself with a knife before leaving home.  She is described as 5-3 and about 160 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing red hospital scrubs.  She drives a white 2004 Pontiac Grand Am with Missouri plates…MN5W5Z.  Anyone with information is urge to contact Boone County authorities.   

  

MARSHALL POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY   

Marshall Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery, which occurred Monday night near the Marshall Cinema.  Officers say a white male suspect was armed with a handgun when he robbed the victims at gunpoint and fled the scene on foot.  He was wearing a dark-colored hoodie and faded blue jeans.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Marshall Police. 




10/24/16

 

DRIVER KILLED IN SATURAY AFTERNOON COLLISION      

A Saturday afternoon collision in Kirksville killed one driver and sent another to the hospital.  It occurred at the intersection of Library Lane and Baltimore Street in Kirksville, in front of the Adair County Public Library.  Police say a car driven by 42 year old Vicki Bunch, of Kirksville, turned from the library and was struck by a southbound SUV, driven by 31 year old Courtney Diggins.  Bunch was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.  Diggings was also taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. 

 

BROOKFIELD PICKUP STRIKES DEER IN ROADWAY  

A Brookfield driver sustained minor injuries when her pickup struck a deer in the roadway, early Sunday morning.  It occurred at around 6:20am on westbound Highway 36, just west of Laclede.  36 year old Crystal Blackwell, of Brookfield, was the driver of the pickup.  She refused treatment for minor injuries at the scene. 

 

TWO SUSPECTS NAMED, STORE CLERK ARRESTED IN UNIONVILLE ROBBERY  

Two suspects have been named in the investigation of an armed robbery at Casey’s General Store in Unionville, which occurred on October 15.  32 year old Christopher Chester, of Unionville is named in a warrant for first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.  29 year old Christopher Lugo, who was a store clerk at the store on the night of the robbery, was also arrested on charges of first-degree robbery.  His bond is set at $50,000 dollars cash-only. 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST CLOWN    

Chillicothe Police arrested a man dressed as a clown, over the weekend.  Friday night, officers were called to a report of a clown scaring several people, around the corner of Olive and Graves Streets.  Police arrested a man, who was cited for disturbing the peace.  The suspect’s name has not been released.  

 

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN WEEKEND I-&) CRASH    

A Columbia driver and her passenger, from St. Louis, were both seriously injured in a Friday night accident on I-70 in Callaway County.  35 year old Makala Turner, of Columbia, was the driver of a westbound SUV.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway just before 9pm, then struck a concrete traffic barrier and overturned.  Turner and her passenger, 32 year old Latoya Hooker, of St. Louis, both suffered serious injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  Another passenger was treated for minor injuries. 

 

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND RESISTING ARREST  

A Moberly man faces charges of assault and resisting arrest, after a Friday night incident in Moberly.  Officers responded to a report of a white male suspect directing his pit bull dog to attack a victim in the 900 block of West End Place.  The victim suffered minor injuries.  While on the scene, officers were called to a nearby residence, where the suspect allegedly forced entry in an attempt to elude police.  When officers tried to arrest the him, he allegedly refused to obey their commands and threatened to release his dog on them.  He was subdued with a non-lethal round and the use of pepper spray.  The suspect, 39 year old Jason Saldana is charged with assault and assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest by fleeing.  Saldana is free on bond.  The dog was secured by the Moberly Animal Control Officer.   

 

THREE WOMEN FACE RANDOLPH COUNTY DRUG CHARGES    

Three Columbia women face drug charges after their arrest in Randolph County over the weekend.  The Highway Patrol says 29 year old Kayla Calvin, 31 year old Lisa Coin and 34 year old Margaret Roberts are each accused of tampering with a vehicle and possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The three women were arrested after a traffic stop.  Calvin is also charged with speeding and possession of plates for another vehicle.  Roberts was wanted on a Boone County vehicle registration warrant. 

 

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA MOTEL       

Columbia Police are investigating a Saturday night armed robbery at the Suburban Extended Stay Motel in Columbia.  Officers were called to the scene at around 8:45pm.  Police say a suspect, wearing all back, including a mask and gloves, displayed a handgun and demanded cash.  He fled the scene on foot.  A K-9 unit was used to track the man, but the trail ended in a nearby parking lot.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




10/21/16

 

FORMER JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER COUNSELOR ACCUSED   

From KTVO.com:  A former employee of the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville is accused of raping a 16 year old girl, while working as a counselor at the facility.  Christopher Wright is accused in the case, which was filed last week in federal court in St. Louis.  The plaintiff, listed as Jane Doe, says the incident occurred on an overnight trip to Thousand Hills State Park.  Wright is accused of threatening the victim with retaliation if she told anyone about the rape.  The victim and her mother both say the incident was reported to the facility’s counselors but they did not believe the allegations.  Case filings show that the Missouri Department of Social Services investigated and found three other sexual abuse reports against Wright, involving four different female residents of the facility.  Doe is seeking damages for physical and emotional injuries.  Administrator of the Bruce Normile Center, Patrick Williams, and other Center employees are also named as defendants in the case.   

 

DRIVER INJURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT    

A Thursday morning accident on Highway 5, south of Milan, caused moderate injuries for a Humphreys woman.  The patrol says 34 year old Tracy L. Porter, of Humphreys, was the driver of a southbound car, which ran off the roadway and struck the ground and a fence, at around 7:45am.  Porter was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan, with moderate injuries. 

 

TRUCK FIRE SLOWS TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 63     

A truck fire along Highway 63 in Schuyler County caused traffic problems Thursday morning.  Just before noon, a flatbed truck, driven by 71 year old Billy Hayes of Pomona, MO, caught fire, while traveling southbound on 63, just south of Queen City.  Hayes pulled onto the southbound shoulder, where the truck burned until firefighters arrived.  Traffic was reduced to one lane while firefighters extinguished the blaze.  There were no injuries.  

 

SMALL FIRE CAUSES EVACUATION OF LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL     

A small fire at Lange Middle School in Columbia caused the evacuation of students on Thursday.  Officials say the evacuation worked exactly as it should have, after the fire started on a breaker in an electrical room.  They say 621 students were evacuated safely in about 15 minutes.  They were able to resume their school day shortly thereafter. 

 

CENTRALIA POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM        

Centralia Police are warning residents of a telephone scam that has been reported.  They say individuals are apparently contacting Centralia residents, claiming to be a city official and offering either grant money or fnancial assistance, which requires the victim to wire $400 dollars in order to receive the funds.  Officials say the city of Centralia does not have such a program and you’re asked to report any such calls to Centralia Police. 

 

COLUMBIA COLLEGE COACH TO BE HONORARY TROOPER         

A Columbia College volleyball coach will receive the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Honorary Trooper Certificate, in a ceremony this (Friday) afternoon at the college’s Southwell Gymnasium.  In August, trooper Brandon Harris says a fellow basketball player collapsed on the Columbia College Gym floor, and Volleyball Coach Melinda Wrye-Washington is credited with acting quickly to assist in resuscitation efforts.  The Honorary Trooper ceremony will be held at 3:30pm Friday on the campus in Columbia.  




10/20/16

 

POLLOCK DRIVER FLOWN TO COLUMBIA AFTER CRASH  

A Pollock driver was life-flighted to Columbia after a Wednesday morning accident on Route 136 in Putnam County.  25 year old Jacob D. Barker, of Pollock, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20am, just west of Livonia.  The patrol says Barker suffered moderate injuries when his eastbound vehicle ran off the highway and struck a culvert. 

  

THREE HURT AS VEHICLE AND DEER COLLIDE  

Three Salisbury residents escaped with just minor injuries when their van was struck by a deer, in the middle of the day, on Highway 63 in Randolph County. The patrol says the van was northbound on 63, at around 12:40pm Wednesday, when the deer struck the vehicle in the side.  The driver, 67 year old Fred Nabors, of Salisbury, and two passengers, 71 year old Carol Carter and 27 year old Jennifer Kinard, also of Salisbury, were all treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

CITY OF HUNTSVILLE AUDIT RESULTS DELIVERED     

Results of an audit of the City of Huntsville were delivered at a public meeting Wednesday evening.  Auditors gave the city an overall rating of ‘good’.  There were a handful of specific concerns addressed in the report.  Auditors were critical of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for a lack of meeting minutes and financial reporting and the City Council was cited for inappropriate documentation on a rate increase for cemetery plots.  The city’s annual budgets were also found to be incomplete.  The complete audit report can be found at the Missouri State Auditor’s website.  

  

CHILLICOTHE TO DEDICATE NEWEST HABITAT HOME     

Chillicothe Habitat for Humanity will hold a home dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon.  The area’s newest Habitat home will be dedicated at the corner of McNally and Normal Streets in Chillicothe.  The ceremony begins at 2pm and will last about 30 minutes.  An open house will be held following the ceremony. Habitat for Humanity continues its mission to help families which otherwise would not be able to afford decent housing.  Partner families are required to faithfully put ‘sweat equity’ hours into building the homes, prior to purchase with no-interest financing. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY     

A Columbia man faces child pornography charges, after his arrest Wednesday.  21 year old Brandon Deavers, of Columbia, was arrested in the case.  Investigators say they found multiple illegal images at Deavers’ home and an electronic device was seized.  The investigation began in July, after a reported upload of illegal material in chat room.  The report came from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and was investigated by Columbia’s Cyber Crimes Task Force. 




10/19/16

 

THREE TEENS HURT - SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MARCELINE TEEN   

A Marceline teenager was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries and two other area teens suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday evening accident on a Linn County road.  The patrol says 18 year old Cheyenne Gosch, of Marceline, was the driver of the northbound vehicle, which ran off Mimosa Drive, just east of Marceline, and overturned, just before 7pm.  A passenger, 14 year old Taylor Douglas, of Marceline, was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Gosch and another passenger, 16 year old Alyssa Merry, of Salisbury, were both treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. 

  

HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES SULLIVAN COUNTY HORSES    

The Humane Society of Missouri has helped the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department rescue six emaciated horses and two mules from a property near Milan.  Officials say the organization had tried to work with the owner of the animals to improve conditions since June, but their condition had continued to deteriorate.  The animals have been transported to the Society’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch for treatment.  They say charges against the owner are expected to be filed. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE STOLEN JOB SITE VEHICLE   

Kirksville Police are investigating the theft of a job site vehicle from the Adair Foods construction site in Kirksville.  The report of a stolen Kawasaki Mule came in on Tuesday.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Adair County Sheriff’s Department, or you can call the anonymous tips hotline at 627-BUST. 

  

NCMC STUDENTS CONDUCTING SAFE DRIVING EXERCISE    

Safety Week activities are underway at North Central Missouri College in Trenton, and NCMC’s housing staff and Criminal Justice students will join forces with the Trenton Police Department to conduct a Distracted and Impaired Driving exercise today (Wed).  The exercise will be held from 11am to 1pm on Main Street in front of Geyer Hall.  Motorists are advised that Main Street in Trenton will be closed between Crowder and 13th Streets during the event…again from 11am to 1pm today.  

  

CITY OF HUNTSVILLE AUDIT REPORT AT PUBLIC MEETING     

Representatives from the Missouri State Auditor’s Office will present the results of a recent audit of the City of Huntsville Wednesday evening.  The public is welcome to attend the meeting, which begins at 5:30pm at the Huntsville City Hall.  This is the first state audit for the city of Huntsville, which was requested by a petition of Huntsville residents. 

  

AUDRAIN COUNTY COLLISION INJURES TWO        

A Tuesday afternoon collision on an Audrain County Road sent a driver from Thompson, MO to the hospital with moderate injuries.  46 year old Christopher Guinther, of Thompson, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 5pm.  The patrol says his eastbound pickup slowed to make a left turn, when it was struck in the rear by a vehicle driven by 20 year old Mary Davis, of Mexico.  Davis refused treatment for minor injuries. 




10/18/16

 

SLATER WOMAN FACES MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES  

A Slater woman faces multiple drug charges after her arrest by Glasgow Police, over the weekend.  31 year old Faith Dawn Cunningham, of Slater, is charged with felony distribution, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance, felony endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  The charges stem from a traffic stop in Glasgow, which occurred Friday.  During the stop, officers say they found both meth and marijuana, along with multiple items used in the distribution of a controlled substance.  A female toddler was in the vehicle at the time of Cunningham’s arrest.  She is being held on $5,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME     

A Boonville man was arrested on drug charges Saturday after a search warrant was served at his home.  43 year old Shawn Greer, of Boonville, is in custody on multiple drug-related charges.  Investigators say he was arrested in April after he was found with a quarter pound of crystal meth.  Saturday’s search allegedly turned up methamphetamine, prescription drugs, surveillance equipment and evidence that illegal drugs had been used and sold.  Greer is being held on $125,000 dollars bond. 

  

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER COLUMBIA CAR CHASE     

An unidentified suspect is in custody after an early-morning vehicle chase ended with a crash in north Columbia.  Officers were called after victims heard their car alarm go off at around 1:30am and saw the car being driven away.  The chase began after the car was spotted by officers, shortly thereafter.  It ended with the car on its side, after running off Garth Avenue.  The suspect attempted to flee into a wooded area on foot, but was quickly taken into custody.  More details will be released later this morning. 

  

MACON POLICE HOSTING PRESCRIPTION DRUG ‘TAKE BACK’ 

Macon Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration will co-host a prescription drug ‘take back’ even in Macon on Saturday (10/22).  Residents are encouraged to bring in unwanted, unused or expired medications for proper disposal, Saturday from 10am to 2pm, in the C&R Market Parking Lot in Macon.  Officials say they cannot accept liquids or ‘sharps’, but any prescription pills or patches may be turned in.  Again, that’s Saturday from 10am to 2pm in the C&R Parking Lot in Macon. 

  

MULTIPLE DRUG ‘TAKE BACK’ LOCATIONS IN BOONE COUNTY

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office will hold a prescription drug ‘take back’ event at several locations this Friday and Saturday.  Citizens are encouraged to bring unwanted, unused or expired medications for proper disposal.  The event will be held Friday from 10am to 2pm at the Truman VA Hospital and at the University of Missouri Student Center in Columbia.  Saturday, from 10am to 1pm, ‘take-back’ locations will include the Ashland, Centralia, Hallsville and Sturgeon Police Departments, along with Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools in Columbia.  No ‘sharps’ can be collected. 




10/17/16

 

HUMPHREYS WOMAN KILLED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT  

A Sullivan County woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday afternoon on Mercer County Route E, southeast of Princeton.  23 year old Courtney D. Bain, of Humphreys, died in the accident, which occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says she was ejected from her westbound pickup, when it ran off the highway and struck an embankment. 

  

FIVE HURT IN SUNDAY COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 61     

A Sunday afternoon accident on Highway 61 in Ralls County, injured a Laclede woman and caused serious injuries for a Louisiana woman.  It occurred at around 1:20pm.  The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 67 year old Robert Rollison, of Laclede, approached a stop light and struck a stopped vehicle in the rear, causing it to strike another vehicle.  A passenger in one of those stopped vehicles, 35 year old Amber D. Whitford, of Louisiana, suffered serious injuries.  Four other occupants of the vehicles suffered minor injuries, including 67 year old Donna Rollison, of Laclede.  They were all treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

  

TRENTON WOMAN INJURED WHEN PICKUP RUNS OFF ROAD      

A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off a Harrison County road, southeast of Bethany, Saturday night.  It occurred just after 9:15pm.  30 year old Holly Shipp, of Trenton, was taken to Harrison County Community Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says her westbound pickup met an oncoming vehicle at a hillcrest.  She lost control and the pickup ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

FAYETTE DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT      

A Fayette driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Howard County Route DD, south of Fayette, Sunday afternoon.  20 year old Chase Bell, of Fayette, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident, which occurred just at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says he was partially ejected from his pickup when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH     

A Columbia motorcyclist was killed in a Saturday evening accident on Strawn Road, near West Worley Street in Columbia.  Investigators say a motorcycle driven by 56 year old Edward Rantz, of Columbia, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.  Rantz was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

FIVE HURT IN HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 40     

Five occupants of two vehicles were injured, one seriously, in a Saturday night collision on Highway 40 at the Katy Trail, in Howard County.  It occurred at around 8:40pm.  The patrol says a westbound car, driven by 29 year old Aimee Overstreet, of New Franklin, crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming pickup head-on.  The driver of the pickup was 52 year old Kenneth Adams, of Cumberland, Wisconsin, he suffered moderate injuries.  His passenger, 53 year old Kathleen Adams, was seriously injured and two other occupants of the pickup were also hurt.  Aimee Overstreet suffered moderate injuries and was flown to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

WEEKEND ARMED ROBBERY AT UNIONIVILLE CASEY’S        

Authorities are investigating a weekend armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store in Unionville.  According to KTVO.com, the incident occurred Saturday night, at around 11:30pm.  Witnesses say an armed suspect, wearing all black clothing, a ski mask and black and bright red tennis shoes entered the store, displayed a handgun and fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  There were no injuries.  The investigation is ongoing.




10/14/16

 

TWO INJURED IN SHELBY COUNTY COLLISION ON 36    

Two Mexico men were injured when their pickup was struck by a truck, on Highway 36, at Lenter, in Shelby County.  The accident occurred at around 8 o’clock Thursday morning.  The patrol says the driver of the truck, 52 year old Curtis Harrison, of Hurdland, tried to cross 36 and struck the westbound pickup in the passenger side, causing it to overturn into the median.  The driver of the pickup, 42 year old Frederick Devault, of Mexico, was treated for moderate injuries.  His passenger, 81 year old William Moreland, of Mexico, was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries. 

  

GALLATIN WOMAN HURT IN I-35 ACCIDENT    

A Thursday night collision on I-35, near the Lathrop junction, left a Gallatin driver with moderate injuries.  22 year old Amanda Hommertzheim, of Gallatin, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway, through the median and into the southbound lanes, where it collided with a car driven by an Excelsior Spring woman.

  

PERSHING STATE PARK OFFERS ‘WALK IN THE PARK’  

Area residents are welcome to enjoy a series of fall ‘Walks in the Park’ at Pershing State Park, beginning this evening.  Park Rangers will help lead the weekly walks, which will be held each Friday, thru November 18, starting at 5pm at the Pershing State Park Boardwalk.  Everyone is welcome to come ‘Walk in the Park, starting this evening at 5pm. 

  

CENTRALIA SET TO HOST LUKE BRYAN CONCERT     

Centralia officials say they expect nearly 20,000 people to attend tonight’s Luke Bryan concert, at a rural Centralia farm.  Bryan will perform as part of his ‘Farm Tour’ at a farm located about 8 miles north of Centralia on Audrain County Road 132.   Parking lots will open at 2pm for Bryan’s 6 o’clock performance.  Centralia schools are closed today, due to the expected increase in traffic and other factors.  Tickets will be available at the gate tonight, for $59 dollars. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION  

Columbia Police investigated a shots fired incident in the 100 block of Sexton Road Thursday night.  Officers were called to several reports of multiple gunshots in the area, at around 7:45pm. Investigators found evidence of 10 rounds striking a home, which had at least one person inside, but there were no injuries reported.  Anyone with information is urged to contact investigators. 




10/13/16

 

SECOND MOBERLY MURDER SUSPECT CHARGED   

A second suspect has been charged in connection with a homicide, which occurred in Moberly last week.  Officers have arrested 26 year old Eathan Wayne Longbine, of Moberly, who has been formally charged with second-degree murder, robbery and armed criminal action.  Longbine’s bond is set at $1 million dollars, cash only.  Investigators say the charges stem from the death of 39 year old Kevin McCuiston, of Boonville, whose body was found in a Moberly residence last Thursday morning.  No additional information has been released, as the investigation continues.  28 year old Joseph Lee Kertz, of Moberly, is charged with first-degree murder and arson in connection with the case. 

  

FORMER TRUMAN STUDENT TO BE DEPORTED IN PLEA DEAL   

A former Truman State University student has avoided jail time, but will be deported, as part of a plea agreement this week.  22 year old Haoyu Tian was scheduled to go before an Adair County jury this week on charges of rape, felonious restraint and tampering with a victim, in connection with an incident, which occurred in Kirksville last year.  Tian has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and has been placed on probation, but as part of the agreement, will be deported from the country and will not be allowed back in the US.  Prosecutors say considerations for the victim’s privacy and safety were other factors in considering the plea deal. 

  

LADDONIA WOMAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME      

A Laddonia woman faces drug charges after a search warrant was served at her home.  39 year old Bobbi Jo Garfield, who also goes by Bobbi Jo Cross, is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia.  The search warrant was executed by the East Central Drug Task Force Tuesday night, in the 500 block of Elm Street in Laddonia. 

  

CAIRO TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ROLLOVER        

A Cairo man was treated for just minor injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off Highway 36 and overturned, just west of Macon, Wednesday morning.  The accident occurred at around 7:45am.  34 year old William W. Wright, of Cairo, was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon, after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound tractor-trailer ran off the roadway into the median, struck a guardrail and overturned. 

  

FULTON DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY CRASH 

A Fulton driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Callaway County Route F, just after 3:15pm Wednesday.  52 year old Debbie J. Garriott, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. 




10/12/16

 

UNIONVILLE TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT     

A Unionville teenager was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning accident on Route 129, just north of Highway 136 in Putnam County.  16 year old Trey A. Maddaleno, of Unionville, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, after the accident.  It occurred just before 7am.  The patrol says Maddaleno’s southbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

MACON POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE THEFTS       

Macon Police are investigating several reports of thefts from vehicles and yards within the city of Macon.  The thefts apparently took place during the overnight hours, Monday night into Tuesday morning.  Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger says he believes there have been more thefts, which have not yet been reported to authorities.  The Macon County Sheriff’s Office has also received similar reports of theft from outside the city limits.  Macon area citizens are encouraged to check their vehicles and property and notify law enforcement if anything is discovered missing or damaged.  The incidents are under investigation. 

  

REPORT:  MOBERLY MURDER SUSPECT MAKES THREATS FROM JAIL    

Prosecutors are asking for an increase in a Moberly murder suspect’s bond, after he allegedly made threats in a telephone call from jail.  ABC 17 News dot com is reporting that Joseph Lee Kertz threatened to post bond, flee the country and shoot any officers who tried to apprehend him, during a phone call with his mother, after his arrest last week.  Kertz is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action, in connection with the death of Kevin McCuiston, at a Moberly residence.  Prosecutors have filed a motion

to increase his bond, in the interest of public safety.  It is currently set at $500,000 dollars. 

  

FIVE MARSHALL RESIDENTS INJURED IN COLLISION       

Five Marshall residents were injured…two suffered serious injuries…in a collision on Highway 23 in Lafayette County, which occurred at around 2:45 Tuesday afternoon.  The patrol says a southbound car, driven by 52 year old Patricia Green, of Marshall, stopped in the roadway to make a left turn and was struck in the rear by a southbound car driven by 24 year old Entirick Salmatau, of Marshall.  Two passengers in Salmatau’s vehicle were life-flighted to Kansas City hospitals with serious injuries…23 year old Repa Sammy and 20 year old Kestahallem Umwech, both of Marshall.  Salmatau and another passenger, 28 year old Sucy Ramisin, of Marshall, were treated for moderate injuries.  Patricia Green was also treated for moderate injuries. 

  

PEDESTRIAN KILLED ON HIGHWAY 61 NEAR HANNIBAL    

A pedestrian was killed when he was struck by a car on Highway 61, north of Hannibal, Tuesday night.  18 year old David Murillo-Title, of Chaska, Minnesota, died when he was struck by a northbound vehicle as he attempted to cross the highway.  The driver of the car, 56 year old Julie O’Leary, of Palmyra, was not injured. 

  

VANDALIA DRIVER HURT IN ATV CRASH         

A Vandalia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his ATV ran off a Ralls County road, southeast of Perry, at around 10:15 Tuesday morning.  21 year old Brian Kurz, of Vandalia, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  The patrol says he was ejected from the ATV when it ran off the roadway and overturned. 




10/11/16

 

TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 24 COLLISION   

Two Marceline residents were injured in a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 24, just east of Clifton Hill.  It occurred at around 1:30pm.  47 year old Daniel Hays, of Marceline, was the driver of an eastbound car, which met a westbound truck, driven by 33 year old George Hill, of Clifton Hill, at a hillcrest.  Hays’ vehicle collided with the truck’s towed unit.  Hays refused treatment for minor injuries.  His passenger, 81 year old Maureen Hays, of Marceline, sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. 

  

SEMI TRUCK BURNS IN CHILLICOTHE SCHOOL PARKING LOT   

No one was injured when a semi-truck burned in a parking lot of the Chillicothe R-2 School, Monday afternoon.  Firefighters were called to the scene just before 12:30pm.  Upon arrival, they found the semi fully involved.  The vehicle, owned by Finch Trucking LLC and driven by Jamie Stoner, was a complete loss.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

  

MACON COURT DOCKETS RELOCATED     

Work at the Macon County Courthouse has caused a change in plans for court dockets over the next couple of days.  Today’s (Tues) docket for Judge Mike Greenwell and the Wednesday docket for Judge Rick Tucker have been moved.  Those dockets will be held at the Macon County Expo Center. 

  

BHS FINANCIAL AID SEMINAR TONIGHT (TUES)     

Brookfield High School will host a Financial Aid Seminar for local students and parents, this (Tuesday) evening at 6:30pm, in the Brookfield High School Conference Room.  Information on completing the Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available, along with info on a variety of other assistance programs for post-secondary education.  Students and parents are welcome, beginning at 6:30pm in the BHS Conference Room. 

  

NEW HAVEN DRIVER KILLED IN I-70 CRASH      

A New Haven driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident on I-70 in Callaway County.  62 year old Michael M. Trachsel, of New Haven died in the accident, which occurred just after 7 o’clock Monday night.  The patrol says Trachsel’s westbound pickup ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED        

Columbia Police are investigating a ‘shots fired’ incident, which occurred over the weekend in Central Columbia.  The report came in at around 1 o’clock Sunday morning, in the 400 block of Oak Street.  Multiple shell casings were found at the scene.  No injuries were reported, but one nearby home was hit by bullets.  The investigation is continuing. 

  

HALLSVILLE ROBBERY INVESTIGATED          

Hallsville Police are seeking a suspect in a robbery at the Hallsville Dollar General Store, which occurred last week.  Police say the male suspect entered the store at around 8pm last Monday.  He fled with an unknown amount of cash and other items taken from store workers.  He is described as a black male, about 6-2, wearing a Nike hooded sweater, dark pants and dark shoes.  Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Hallsville Police.




10/10/16

 

CHARGES FILED IN MOBERLY MURDER       

28 year old Joseph Lee Kertz, of Moberly, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree arson in connection with last week’s death of Kevin McCuiston.  McCuiston’s body was found early Thursday morning after officers responded to a shots fired call at a Moberly area home.  Investigators say a small fire was burning in the home when officers arrive.  It was quickly extinguished and McCuiston’s body was found.  An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday) in Columbia.  Kertz is being held on $500,000 dollars cash bond. 

  

MACON MAN CHARGED IN MACON HOMICIDE      

38 year old Ray A. Holt, of Macon is charged with first-degree murder in connection with a Friday morning homicide in Macon. The victim in that incident was 34 year old Ryon Perkins, of Macon.   His body was found in the 200 block of South Rollins Street at around 2:45am Friday.  Holt and a second person of interest were arrested Friday, after a search of a home in the 100 block of North Rubey Street in Macon.  The second suspect has since been released.  Holt is being held on $1 million dollars cash-only bond.

  

CHILLICOTHE TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION        

A Chillicothe teenager sustained moderate injuries when a motorcycle and a car collided on Route 190, northwest of Chillicothe, on Saturday.  19 year old Avery Carr, of Chillicothe, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 11:30am.  The patrol says Avery and the driver of the car, 19 year old Noah Shaw, of Chillicothe, were racing westbound on the highway when the car went out of control and collided with Avery’s motorcycle. 

  

TWO HURT IN EARLY MORNING I-70 CRASH       

Two persons were treated for moderate injuries after an early Sunday morning collision on I-70 at the 114 mile marker in Cooper County.  It occurred just before 3:30am.  22 year old Chelsey Hyde, of Columbia and 22 year old Taylor Watts, of Springfield, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.  The patrol says Watts was the driver of their eastbound car.  It struck a car, which was parked in the driving lane of the Interstate after a previous accident. 


10/07/16

 

HALLSVILLE MAN DEAD AFTER MOBERLY HOMICIDE 

Randolph County authorities have confirmed the identity of the victim of a Thursday morning homicide in Moberly.  39 year old Kevin McCuispon, of Hallsville, died in the incident.  Officers responded to a shots fired call, just after 7am Thursday, at 1505 Calhoun Street.  A small fire was burning at the residence when they arrived and it was extinguished.  McCuispon’s body was found in the home, which has been vacant.  He had apparently suffered a fatal gunshot wound.  Moberly Interim Police Chief Troy Link says investigators have identified suspects and have been interviewing witnesses and persons of interest in the case, but no charges have been filed.  McCuispon’s death has been ruled a homicide and an autopsy is planned for Monday.  No motive has been released as the investigation continues. 

  

SULLIVAN COUNTY MAN HURT AS ATV STRIKES DEER   

A Sullivan County man was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV struck a deer on a Sullivan County road.  25 year old Spencer Ferguson, of Humphreys, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30pm Thursday on Rock Road, just northeast of Humphreys.  The patrol says Ferguson was ejected from his eastbound SUV when it struck a deer in the roadway. 

  

CARROLL COUNTY GETS HISTORIC AUDIT RATING   

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has issued the first-ever ‘excellent’ rating awarded to a county government, as a result of her recent audit of Carroll County. An excellent rating is the most rare rating issued, awarded to only around five percent of entities audited…and no county has received an excellent rating since the current system was established in 2011.  Galloway says, out of more than 100 audits completed so far this year, the Carroll County audit is only the third with no findings or concerns identified.  A complete copy of the report is available at the Missouri State Auditor’s website.  

  

GLASGOW MANUFACTER ANNOUNCES EXPANSION  

A Glasgow manufacturer has announced plans for an expansion that will create new jobs in the area.  The Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation announced Thursday that American Discovery Textile Manufacturing, LLC will be expanding their operations over the next 12 months.  The company currently employs 26 people.  They say the expansion will cause the addition 38 new positions. 

  

TEEN MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA         

A 16 year old, wanted in connection with a St. Louis area homicide, was arrested in Columbia Thursday.  Columbia Police and North County Police in St. Louis cooperated in the arrest, in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive, Thursday afternoon.  Investigators say the teen was traveling back and forth between Columbia and St. Louis.  His name has not been released.  

  

EARLY-MORNING CRASH SHUTS DOWN EASTBOUND I-70

An early-morning accident on eastbound I-70 near Danville is causing traffic problems this (Friday) morning.  The highway patrol says three tractor-trailers were involved in the crash, which backed up eastbound traffic.  One lane of eastbound I-70 is open as the cleanup continues this morning…no further details on the accident have been released as crews remain on the scene.  




10/06/16

 

FIVE ARRESTED AFTER CARROLLTON SEARCH WARRANTS  

Carrollton Police executed a pair of search warrants in Carrollton on Tuesday, resulting in five arrests on drug charges.  All five suspects are face multiple felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.  The suspects are 22 year old Brandon Marshall Lake, 22 year old Sheanna E. Rowles, 20 year old Zachary Ty Standley, 40 year old Randall Bryan Moehle and 23 year old Marissa M. Clater, all of Carrollton.  Bond for each suspect has been set at $25,000 dollars, pending an October 24 court date. 

  

GOVERNOR NIXON RELEASES MORE BUDGET FUNDS   

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, on Wednesday, reversed a portion of the budget cuts he made last month.  Nixon released $12.1 million dollars, $9 million of that will support public schools…$6 million dollars to help fund the K-12 public Foundation Formula and three million to school transportation.  $1.7 million dollars was released for Sullivan County’s East Locust Creek Reservoir project.  That funding will help complete land acquisition for the new reservoir.  Nixon withheld nearly $175 million dollars from the budget last month, after projections showed slower than expected state revenues for the fiscal year.  Officials say yesterday’s release of funds came after a report from the State Budget Office showed a 5-plus percent increase in revenues for the month of September.  

  

OPENING SET DATE FOR MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE       

MoDOT has announced the date for reopening of the Missouri River Bridge at Jefferson City.  The bridge, which carries westbound Routes 56 and 63 over the Missouri River and has caused significant traffic problems in mid-Missouri over the summer, has been closed for painting and other repairs since May 1.  The reopening process will begin the weekend of November 11 and all lanes of the bridge will be completely open for traffic by November 14.  The westbound bridge was built in 1955 and carries about 28,000 vehicles per day. 

  

CHARGES IN TROOPER’S DEATH DROPPED AND REFILED    

Charges have been dropped and refiled in the Audrain County case, involving the death of a Missouri State Highway Patrolman.  Trooper James Bava was killed when his patrol vehicle crashed while in pursuit of 22 year old Serghei Comerzan, who was accused of operating his motorcycle in excess of 100 miles per hour on Route FF in Audrain County.  Charges against Comerzan have been dropped and re-filed, just a week away from a trial, which was scheduled for next week in Montgomery County.  Prosecutors say it is in the best interest of the State and in the interest of justice to re-file the case. 




10/05/16

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY FUGITIVES ARRESTED     

Over the weekend, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of three of its most wanted fugitives.  On Friday, Grundy County authorities arrested 29 year old Kimberly Irene Stevens, of Trenton, on a warrant for forgery.  Her bond is set at $15,000 dollars.  Saturday, 36 year old Darrell Wayne Graham, of Gallatin, surrendered to Chillicothe Police on a warrant for felony child molestation.  His bond is set at $150,000 dollars.  Sunday, 19 year old James R. Yeomans, of Hale, was arrested by Carroll County authorities on a Livingston County probation warrant.  Officials say at least one of the arrests was due to one or more tips received from a post on the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department website and social media.

 

BRAYMER MAN SENTENCED FOR LIVESTOCK FRAUD   

A Braymer man was sentenced Monday in federal court, for fraudulent practices in selling livestock.  22 year old Joseph Garland Nelson, of Braymer, will serve two years in prison and was ordered to pay restitution of more than $262,000 dollars.  The U.S. Attorney says Nelson sold mortgaged cattle, pledged to the USDA Farm Service Agency, without notification and stopped making payments on FSA loans in January of 2015.  He was also accused of removing identification tags from more than 600 head of livestock owned by other persons but in his care, and selling them for his personal gain.  

 

LINN COUNTY DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC THURSDAY      

The Adair County and Macon County Health Departments held drive-thru flu shot clinics in the area Tuesday.  The Linn County Health Department will hold its annual drive-thru clinic at the South City Park in Brookfield on Thursday, from 2 to 6pm. Residents are reminded that construction in the park area will cause some changes to traffic flow for this year’s event.  Those with Medicare and Medicaid should bring your cards and enter the park through the main entrance.  Thursday’s drive thru clinic is open to all Linn County residents age 18 and older…from 2 to 6pm…at the South City Park in Brookfield.  

 

FULTON DRIVER KILLED IN TUESDAY MORNING COLLISION 

A Tuesday morning collision on Old Highway 40 at Route J in Boone County killed the driver of a van, which collided with a dump truck.  25 year old Antanwan J. Ferguson, of Fulton, died in the accidentm which occurred just before 9am.  The patrol says his eastbound van crossed the center line and struck the oncoming dump truck, driven by 36 year old Melvin Pinkett, of Columbia.  Pinkett was not injured. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION    

A Columbia man is wanted by authorities after being charged with child molestation in Boone County.  64 year old Frank Washburn, of Columbia, is charged with first-degree child molestation and enticement of a child.  Police say the charge involves a 13 year old female victim.  Washburn allegedly offered her cash to touch him inappropriately at a home in the 1200 block of Grindstone Parkway.  Court documents indicate there are allegations involving two other underage victims. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT     

A Columbia man was arrested Monday for failure to register as a sex offender, for living within 1,000 feet of a school and for distribution of a controlled substance.  54 year old Gregory James Moore was taken into custody after a search warrant was served on hi s residence in the 100 block of Ripley Street.  Authorities say they found bagged containers of marijuana and meth, along with other materials used to distribute drugs.  They say Moore was convicted on a statutory sodomy charge involving a 16 year old girl in St. Louis County in 1996 and failed to register. 




10/04/16

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION     

A northeast Missouri man is charged with two felony counts of distributing a controlled substance after his arrest on Monday.  32 year old Kevin Williams, of Newark, was arrested at his home without incident.  He was indicted by a Lewis County grand jury in July and is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $50,000 dollars cash only bond.  The investigation was conducted by the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force. 

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY MACON COLLISION 

A Monday afternoon collision on Highway 63 in Macon sent an Ethel woman to the hospital with moderate injuries.  It occurred just after 3pm.  38 year old Della Cunningham of Ethel, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident.  She was a passenger in a northbound SUV, driven by 78 year old Betty Warren of Ethel.  The patrol says their vehicle was stopped in a turning lane, just south of Rollins Street in Macon, when it was struck in the rear by a pickup, driven by 37 year old Charles Viers, of Excello. 

 

ONE INJURY IN COLLISION INVOLVING FIVE VEHICLES          

A Monday morning accident involving five vehicles caused only minor injuries for one driver.  It occurred just before noon on Highway 65, just south of Trenton.  The patrol says 70 year old Larry Saul, of Galt, was southbound, slowing to make a left turn into a private drive, when a southbound car driven by 18 year old Brittany Hedrick, of Brookfield, overtook his pickup and they collided.  Hedrick’s vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole and three parked vehicles.  Saul’s truck ran off the highway and struck an embankment.  Saul was treated for minor injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.  

 

MILAN TEEN TREATED AFTER SWERVING TO MISS DEER    

A Milan teen escaped with just minor injuries after his car ran off Sullivan County Route E and overturned, just before 9 o’clock Monday night.  16 year old William Turpin, of Milan, was treated and released at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and his car ran off the road and overturned. 

 

LINN DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH     

A driver from Linn, MO was seriously injured when his car ran off Audrain County Route D, at its junction with Route M, southwest of Mexico.  43 year old Johnny L. King, of Linn, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 9:30pm.  The patrol says he was ejected from his westbound car, when it ran off the highway and struck an embankment.

 

AUXVASSE MAN ARRESTED FOR FILING FALSE CLOWN REPORTS 

An Auxvasse man has been arrested for filing false police reports regarding clown sightings in the area.  Police say 21 year old Ronald J. Pace, of Auxvasse was arrested Monday, after admitting to filing false reports with Callaway County authorities on Friday and Monday.  Friday’s report indicated two clowns were seen walking along the road carrying shotguns and Monday’s report indicated a clown had come on private property and assaulted a dog with a baseball bat.  Both reports were proven to be false. 

 

SMALL FIRE AT BOONE COUNTY JAIL QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED    

A Monday night fire at the Boone County Jail was contained to a laundry room and extinguished by a building’s sprinkler system.  Emergency crews were called to the jail just before 11pm, but spent only a short time at the scene.  The cause has not been determined and, officials say, no inmates were in danger and no one was injured. 




10/03/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY MOTORCYCLIST 

A Moberly motorcyclist was seriously injured when three bikes collided on Route 22 near Fairgrounds Road in Sturgeon, Sunday afternoon.  44 year old Robert Canaday, of Moberly suffered serious injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says he was traveling in a group of motorcycles that were slowing to turn, when a motorcycle driven by 32 year old Tyler Swetnam, of Columbia, struck the rear of Canaday’s bike.  Swetnam suffered moderate injuries and was also treated at University Hospital. 

  

MACON MAN INJURED IN UTV ACCIDENT       

A Macon man was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday night accident involving a UTV.  It occurred just before 9:30pm on Macon County Route K at Route AA, in Ten Mile.  32 year old Mark Moots, of Macon, was taken to Samaritan Hospital for treatment after the accident.  The patrol says he lost control of the UTV while attempting to make a left turn, and it overturned. 

  

TRENTON TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER 

A Trenton teenager was hurt when her car ran off Grundy County Route E, just west of Laredo, Sunday night.  It occurred at around 9:45pm.  17 year old Alainey Shipley-Fair, of Trenton, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.  The patrol says her westbound car skidded off the highway, struck an embankment and a fence and overturned. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEK CHILD MOLESTATION SUSPECT  

A Gallatin man is wanted on a warrant for alleged child molestation, after an investigation by Chillicothe Police.  36 year old Darrell Wayne Graham, of Gallatin, is wanted for two counts of first-degree child molestation, which allegedly occurred in Chillicothe, between February of 2013 and March of 2014.  The warrant carries a bond of $150,000 dollars cash-only.  Anyone with information on Graham’s whereabouts is asked to contact your local law enforcement agency. 

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED      

Two Columbia men were arrested after a weekend shots fired incident near the Columbia Square Apartments.  It occurred early Saturday morning.  Officers say the two suspects were sitting in a vehicle when they arrived.  33 year old Rod Ramal Jones and 20 year old Marlin Cortez Johnson were both taken into custody.  They say multiple shell casings found at the scene matched live rounds and a firearm, which were found in the vehicle.  No injuries were reported. 




09/30/16

 

RIDGEWAY DRIVER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DUMP TRUCK  

A Ridgeway driver was killed when his vehicle collided with a MoDOT dump truck on Harrison County Route T, south of Ridgeway, Thursday morning.  83 year old Thomas Carrall, of Ridgeway, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:25am.  The patrol says his northbound vehicle collided head-on with the dump truck, which was parked in the roadway, in a temporary construction zone. 

  

MINOR INJURIES AS CAR COLLIDES WITH SEMI    

A Thursday afternoon collision between a car and a tractor-trailer, south of Marceline, resulted in just minor injuries for the two drivers.  It occurred at around 2:20pm.  The patrol says 90 year old Dorothy Downing, of Marceline, turned into the path of a northbound semi, which struck her vehicle in the rear.  Both Downing and the driver of the semi, 50 year old John Gladbach, of Marceline, sustained only minor injuries. 

  

KIRKSVILLE VEHICLES VANDALIZED  

Kirksville Police say a total of seven vehicles were vandalized during the overnight hours, Wednesday into Thursday, in Kirksville.  Officers say the incidents occurred at various locations around Kirksville and each of the vehicles had one window broken.  No property was reported stolen from any of the vehicles.  The incidents are under investigation. 

  

MORE CLOWN SIGHTINGS – NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY    

Area law enforcement agencies say there has been no criminal activity associated with multiple reports of suspicious clown sightings in the area.  Kirksville Police responded to two reports of clowns spotted Wednesday night.  Clown sighting were also reported this week in Macon, Moberly and north of Callao.  None of those reports have resulted in any criminal activity. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH   

A Jefferson City driver was killed when his pickup struck a grain truck from behind on Highway 19 Thursday night.  It occurred just before 8pm, just south of the Audrain/Ralls County line.  45 year old Ronald Gough, of Jefferson City, died in the accident.  The patrol says his southbound vehicle struck the rear of the truck, as it slowed to turn into a private driveway.  The driver of the truck, 85 year old Laurance Hoyt, of Laddonia, was treated for minor injuries. 

  

MEXICO BAND DIRECTOR ARRESTED         

The Mexico High School band director is accused of inappropriate contact with a student.  43 year old Robert Cortez, of Mexico, was arrested this week, after a male student in the district reported being inappropriately touched.  Investigators say it was alleged to have happened more than once, but never on school property or at a school event.  Cortez was placed on administrative leave as the investigation continues. 




09/29/16

 

PRINCETON DRIVER KILLED IN MERCER COUNTY COLLISION 

A Princeton driver was killed when his car collided with a Mack Truck on Highway 136 in Mercer County, Wednesday morning.  It occurred just before 6am.  37 year old Thomas E. Gavigan, of Princeton, died in the accident.  The patrol says his eastbound car went onto the shoulder and then swerved into the turn lane of the highway.  44 year old John E. Campbell, of Unionville was driving the Mack Truck westbound and served to avoid the collision.  The two vehicles collided in the turn lane.  Gavigan was pronounced dead at the scene.  Campbell was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. 

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CARROLLTON DRUG BUST      

Two suspects were arrested in Carrollton this week, after Carrollton Police, with assistance from the Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force, executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Main Street in Carrollton on Monday.  32 year old Lesa M. Zamarripa and 41 year old Roger V. Cardenas were both arrested and both are charged with five counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of drug paraphernalia and one misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.  Their bond was set at $25,000 dollars each.  Carrollton Police issued a statement thanking the public for their patience and assistance during their extensive undercover investigation.  

 

WEBCAST ON CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE SCHEDULED 

Area deer hunters looking for more information on Chronic Wasting Disease are invited to take part in an upcoming Missouri Department of Conservation webcast.  The Department presents its ‘Wild Webcast: The Fight Against Chronic Wasting Disease’ Thursday, October 13, from 6 to 7pm.  Department experts will provide a brief presentation on the disease and on the Department’s efforts to limit its spread, including details on this fall’s mandatory testing requirements in north Missouri.  They’ll also answer questions from webcast participants.  To register, go to the Department of Conservation’s website.  Again, that webcast is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, starting at 6pm. 

 

MID-MISSOURI MONK SUES HOWARD COUNTY      

A mid-Missouri church leader, who spent several months in jail, is now suing the Howard County Sheriff’s Department.  Ryan St. Anne Gevelinger, a self-proclaimed monk and leader of the Holy Rosary Abbey in the Armstrong area, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming malicious prosecution and false arrest.  Gevelinger, who also goes by Ryan St. Anne Scott and was previously known as Randell Stocks, was arrested last year for financial exploitation of an elderly person, after allegedly pressuring a parishioner to sell a farm to help make a payment on the church’s property.  Gevelinger spent several months in jail before the charge was dropped in December and he pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge and was put on probation.  Catholic Church officials say Gevelinger is not an ordained priest and the Abbey is not endorsed by the church. 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN CHARGED WITH FALSE ROBBERY REPORT    

A Columbia woman has been charged for allegedly making up a false report about a robbery.  Courtney Chancellor is charged with making a false report.  Authorities say she claimed she was robbed on September 1, while delivering food to Wolper’s Hall on the University of Missouri campus.  Police say surveillance video later showed her story was false.  




09/28/16

 

CLARK DRIVER KILLED IN HIGHWAY 63 CRASH

A Clark driver was killed when his car struck the rear of a tractor-trailer on Highway 63 in Boone County, early Tuesday morning.  62 year old Ronald E. Bowne, of Clark, died in the crash, which occurred just after 6:30am.  The patrol says Bowne’s southbound car struck the semi from behind.  It’s driver, 28 year old Travis Morrison, of Sturgeon, was not injured. 

 

TWO HURT AS CAR COLLIDES WITH FARM TRACTOR     

A car collided with a farm tractor on Highway 5 in Putnam County Tuesday afternoon, injuring a driver and passenger from Pollock.  It occurred just after 1pm.  44 year old Jackie L. Reed, of Pollock, was the driver of the southbound car.  The patrol says the driver of the tractor, 56 year old Curtis Shields of Unionville, pulled into the path of her vehicle as he attempted to cross the highway on Route HH, just south of Lemons.  Reed suffered serious injuries.  Her passenger, 37 year old William Waugh, of Pollock, sustained moderate injuries.  Both were flown to University Hospital in Columbia by Air Evac Helicopter. 

 

TRENTON POLICE REPORT ATTEMPT TO LURE CHILD     

Trenton Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect, after a report of an attempt to lure a child with candy by a male suspect.  It occurred in the area of 4th and Kitty Street, just after 3pm Tuesday.  Investigators say the child was approached while walking home from a bus stop.  The suspect is described as a white male, 5-10 or 5-11, with a stocky build, 50 to 60 years old with gray hair and beard, wearing glasses and denim coveralls.  Residents are urged to be on the lookout for an individual that matches the description.  Call Trenton Police with any information. 

 

CHARGES FILED IN KIRKSVILLE THEFT FROM VEHICLE  

Kirksville Police released more information, as formal charges were filed Tuesday against a suspect in connection with a theft of items from a vehicle on Monday afternoon.  22 year old Jonathan Ziegler, of La Plata, is charged in the theft.  He is accused of stealing various items from a car on South Downing Street in Kirksville, including a debit card.  Officers say Ziegler’s arrest came after a surveillance photo was taken when he allegedly used the stolen debit card at an ATM. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE CLOWN REPORTS      

Moberly Police say they have found no evidence of criminal activity in connection with reports of suspicious clowns, which have been received.  They say several clown reports have been called in and those reports have been investigated.  No clowns or clown masks have been located and no criminal activity has been found. 

 

TWO DRIVERS HURT IN STADIUM BOULEVARD COLLISION  

Two Columbia drivers were injured when their vehicles collided head-on on Stadium Boulevard, Tuesday morning.  Police say 21 year old Andrew McKinney was westbound when his vehicle crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle, driven by 21 year old Timothy Schweiss.  Both drivers were treated for injuries at University Hospital. 

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED WITH DRUGS/KIDNAPPING      

A Mexico man faces drug possession and kidnapping charges, after an investigation into allegations of domestic assault.  39 year old Royal Lee Hampton, of Mexico, was charged after a search warrant was served at his home Monday evening.  Officers say they seized meth, Adderall and drug paraphernalia, along with numerous firearms and ammunition.  Hampton is charged with possession, unlawful use of a weapon, kidnapping, armed criminal action and domestic assault. 




09/27/16

 

CLARK MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN ATV CRASH      

A Clark man was seriously injured in a Monday evening ATV accident on private property, south of Renick.  The patrol says 23 year old Coty A. Brooks, of Clark, suffered serious injuries when the ATV crashed on private property at around 6pm.  Brooks was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

BUCKLIN DRIVER HURT IN MARCELINE AREA COLLISION     

A Bucklin driver was treated for moderate injuries, after her car collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 5, just south of Marceline, Monday afternoon.  23 year old Emily Plymell, of Bucklin, was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield and her one year old son was treated for minor injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm.  The patrol says Plymell was northbound on Highway 5 when the tractor-trailer came to a stop behind a school bus with its stop arm extended.  Plymell’s car struck the semi in the rear. 

  

MARSHALL WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF HER CHILD   

A Marshall woman has been charged in connection with the death of her 8-month old child.  Authorities say 26 year old Lara Lynn Browder, of Marshall, is charged with felony abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.  The charges come after the unresponsive child was pronounced dead at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall last week.  An autopsy showed the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head, causing large skull fractures.  Browder is being held on $500,000 dollars cash-only bond, pending a court appearance on Wednesday. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARREST THEFT SUSPECT     

Kirksville Police took a person of interest into custody, in connection with a theft from a vehicle, after a short foot chase, Monday afternoon.  Investigators say officers took the report in the 1400 block of South Downing Street, where several items were taken from a vehicle, including a debit card.  A suspect was caught on an ATM camera using the stolen debit card and a man fitting that description was seen walking along a Kirksville street and was taken into custody.  The name of the suspect has not been released.  More details on the case are expected to be released Tuesday. 

  

ONE ARREST AFTER COLUMBIA ROAD RAGE INCIDENT        

Columbia Police say a road rage stabbing on Sunday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a Columbia man.  The incident occurred at around 4:30pm at the intersection of Bernadette Drive and Stadium Boulevard.  The suspect, 25 year old Joshua Maloney, was driving a moped at the time.  He is accused of getting into an argument with another driver, which became a physical confrontation.  Maloney is accused of striking the victim with a tire punch, causing a puncture wound.  He is charged with second-degree assault and is being held on $20,000 dollars bond.  




09/26/16

 

SHELBYVILLE TEEN KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH  

A Shelbyville teen died and three others suffered serious injuries, when a car ran off Route 168, just east of Shelbyville, Saturday night.  15 year old Joshua Kennison, of Shelbyville, was killed in the accident.  14 year old Jakob Pratt, 16 year old Trystin Pratt and 17 year old Nicholas Von Thun, all of Shelbyville, were all seriously injured.  The patrol says Von Thun was the driver of the westbound car, which ran off the highway at around 9:30pm and overturned numerous times, coming to rest in a farm field.  Von Thun was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Jakob and Trystin Pratt were both life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

MARCLINE WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT   

A Marceline woman suffered moderate injuries in a Saturday morning collision on Route 151 in Shelby County.  It occurred at around 8:40am.  The patrol says vehicles driven by 69 year old Becky Sportsman, of Marceline and 63 year old Myran Franke, of Novelty, met in a curve and Franke’s vehicle crossed the center line, causing the collision.  Sportsman was treated for moderate injuries and Franke was treated for minor injuries.  Both drivers were taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH     

A Chillicothe man was seriously injured in an ATV accident, which occurred just after 1:30 Saturday morning on a Grand River levee. 54 year old Paul Weese, of Chillicothe, was life-flighted to Liberty Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says he was ejected when his ATV traveled off the levee, into a wooded area, and down an embankment. 

  

SHELBINA DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT        

A Shelbina driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle overturned while pulling into a private driveway, just south of Shelbina, Sunday afternoon.  44 year old Owen Sparks was the driver of the vehicle.  The patrol says he was pulling into a driveway at around 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon, when his vehicle’s steering broke and it overturned.  Sparks was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

  

MONROE CITY MAN TREATED AFTER EARLY-MORNING CRASH   

A Monroe City man sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on a Marion County Road.  27 year old John Reed, of Monroe City, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 4am Sunday.  The patrol says his westbound car ran off the roadway and struck a tree. 

  

ONE VICTIM TREATED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED       

One victim suffered a serious gunshot wound in a Saturday night shots fired incident in Columbia.  Officers were called to the area of Isherwood and Pioneer Drives in Columbia at around 8pm Saturday.  They say two people were driving in the area when shots were fired at their vehicle.  A 58 year old man inside the car was hit and treated for life-threatening injuries.  The other person was not injured.  The investigation is ongoing.  Police also continue to investigate a Friday night shots fired incident.  They say shots were fired at a vehicle on Gillespie Bridge Road, in south Columbia, Friday night.  No injuries were reported. 




09/23/16

 

MILAN DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY ROLLOVER    

A Milan driver was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off Highway 6, just west of Milan, Thursday afternoon.  33 year old Alisha Bibble was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm.  The patrol says her eastbound SUV ran off the highway and came to rest in a creek bed. 

 

TWO MARSHALL RESIDENTS HURT IN ACCIDENT 

Two Marshall residents were injured when their vehicle ran off a Saline County road, just after 1:30 Thursday afternoon.  26 year old Hubert Bradley was the driver of the eastbound vehicle.  The patrol says it ran off the road, overturned, went through a ditch and came to rest on its top.  Bradley suffered moderate injuries.  His passenger, 32 year old Heath Bradley, of Marshall escaped with minor injuries.  Both were treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. 

 

DRUG SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING 117 MPH   

A drug suspect driving 117 miles per hour on Highway 36 caught the attention of officers in Shelby County last week.  Shelbina Police stopped the vehicle, driven by 22 year old Adam Antelac, of Chicago.  They say Antelac appeared to be under the influence of narcotics.  A search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, drug paraphernalia, an LSD strip and prescription pills.  Antelac is now charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, along with driving under the influence of drugs and speeding.   

 

MEXICO WOMAN KILLED IN THURSDAY MORNING COLLISION  

A Mexico woman died in a Thursday morning collision at an Audrain County intersection.  22 year old Rachel Eickelman, of Mexico, died in the crash, which occurred at around 7:20am.  The patrol says she apparently turned into the path of an oncoming van, driven by 53 year old Kenneth Vanboening, of Perry, at the junction of Route B and Route KK.  Vanboening suffered serious injuries.  Both drivers were flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, where Eickelman later died from her injuries.  

 

MIZZOU POLICE ARREST SUSPECT ON MULTIPLE CHARGES  

University of Missouri Police has arrested a suspect on charges of stealing, assault, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and two counts of sexual misconduct.  The arrest came after a female victim reported an early-morning incident outside the Mizzou Student Center on Wednesday.  Just after 6:30am, the woman says the suspect, identified as 25 year old Richard Lee Henderson, walked up to her and exposed himself.  She fled the area, but left a backpack and cell phone behind.  Henderson allegedly took those items and also is accused of fighting with officers during his arrest. 

 

MOBERLY SESQUICENTENNIAL READY TO ROLL      

After months of planning, Moberly’s Sesquicentennial celebration is finally here.  It gets underway today, along with homecoming festivities, including open houses at downtown businesses, the parade at 3pm, and all of the other alumni activities.  Moberly’s 150 celebration continues tomorrow with several events, including the Parks and Rec Fall Festival at Tannehill Park, an old-fashioned ice cream social by the Masonic Lodge and Friends of the Library, the Fort Leonard Wood Army Band performance at Municipal Auditorium.  Sunday evening is a community worship service at Municipal Auditorium and Tuesday is the Moberly 150 Gala and Chamber Banquet at MACC.  Enjoy all of the sesquicentennial festivities, starting today in Moberly. 




09/22/16

 

WHEELING RESIDENTS FACE CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT CHARGE 

Two Wheeling residents have been arrested for felony abuse or neglect of a child, after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.  Deputies served a search warrant at a Wheeling home on Tuesday as part of the investigation.  29 year old Brandi Charlene Rogers and 25 year old Deven Paul Rose, both of Wheeling, were arrested in the case.  Their bond was set at $5,000 dollars.  The Sheriff’s Office was assisted in the case by the Child Advocacy Center, Livingston County Juvenile Office and DFS. 

  

CHICAGO MAN CHARGED WITH PASSING COUNTERFEIT BILLS   

A Chicago man has been arrested this week, after a federal and local investigation into counterfeit $100 dollar bills being passed in north Missouri.  23 year old Dajauvon J. Williams, of Chicago, was charged with one count of felony forgery in Shelby County on Tuesday. He was arrested after authorities investigated several reports of counterfeit bills being passed at north Missouri businesses.  Shelbina Police say Williams fled the scene of one such report on Monday and was arrested later by police in Monroe City.  The FBI is assisting with the investigation.  Williams’ bond is set at $10,000 dollars. 

  

LEE’S SUMMIT PLANE CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED     

Officials released the names of the two victims who died in a small plane crash, which occurred Tuesday at the Lee’s Summit Airport.  53 year old Vincent Basile and 23 year old Kelli Basile, both of Des Moines, Iowa, died in the crash, which occurred just after 6pm Tuesday.  Authorities say the single-engine plane went down while attempting to land at the airport.  An FAA investigation is ongoing. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER STOLEN GUN & DRUGS FOUND  

A Columbia man has been arrested, after officers allegedly found him in possession of a stolen gun and drugs.  Nickolas Tyler, of Columbia, was arrested Sunday night.  The arrest came nearly a month after a gun and prescription pills were stolen from a Columbia home.  Police say they found the stolen items when a search warrant was served on the suspect’s home.  He is free on bond with formal charges pending. 




09/21/16

 

POTENTIAL GAS LEAK CAUSES EVACUATION    

A downtown Kirksville bank was evacuated for about a half hour Tuesday afternoon, after reports of a possible gas leak.  Authorities say it occurred just before 2:30pm, shortly after a strong sonic boom rattled windows and shook buildings in and around Kirksville.  Employees outside U.S. Bank, at the corner of McPherson and Marion Streets reported smelling the odor that is added to natural gas. As a precaution, the bank was evacuated and police and fire crews closed down streets in the area.  Utility workers checked the area for gas and found no leak.  The ‘all clear’ was given in about 30 minutes. 

  

TWO MORE ARRESTS IN NORTH MISSOURI DRUG RING    

Two more arrests have been made in connection with an investigation into a north Missouri drug ring, which resulted in six arrests last week.  A federal indictment charges 54 year old William Martin, of Moberly and 55 year old Timothy McKinzie, of Kirksville with possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture an illegal drug.  Authorities say those will be the final two arrests in connection with two-year investigation that totaled eight suspects in Adair, Macon, Randolph and Shelby Counties. 

  

APPEALS COURT TO CONVENE IN MILAN    

For the third time in history the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals will convene at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Milan next month.  The three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in two cases in a Milan courtroom on Monday, October 3, beginning at 1pm.  During the proceedings the judges will also step down and discuss the court system and generally explain the appeals process.  Brookfield native, Western District Judge James Welsh, will help deliberate one of the cases, and Sullivan County Associate Circuit Judge Tracy Mason-White will join the panel for the other case.  The public is welcome to view the proceedings, October 3 at 1pm at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Milan. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH      

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon accident on Route 179 in Moniteau County.  32 year old Christopher Pfaff, of Columbia, sought his own treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 4pm.  The patrol says Pfaff’s northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a road sign, overturned down an embankment and struck a tree. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES       

A Columbia woman faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, drug possession and driving while intoxicated, after officers found a toddler locked in a basement and covered in feces.  Officers went to the home, in the 2100 block of Ammonette Drive, to check on the children there, just before 10:30pm Sunday.  They found an 8 year old, 6 year old and 2 year old, with the youngest child locked in the basement in deplorable conditions.  Shortly before midnight, the children’s mother, Denecia Hatton, returned home from a bar.  She was arrested at the scene. 




09/20/16

 

MONDAY NIGHT SEVERE STORMS CAUSE WIND DAMAGE 

A complex of severe thunderstorms caused significant wind damage in parts of Mercer, Putnam, Sullivan and Grundy Counties Tuesday night.  The unexpected storms rolled through the area between 7 and 9pm.  Straight-line winds caused multiple reports of tree and power line damage in several locations and significant structural damage in at least two locations.  In Trenton, numerous trees were uprooted, the roof was blown off an industrial building and a site-built building was blown down in a Trenton park.  The wind also blew a porch off a residence in Sullivan County, just east of Humphreys.  Additional storm reports are possible as residents get out and inspect their property today.  You heard Storm Track Weather Radar reports for more than two hours Monday night, on KZBK. 

  

FAYETTE CHILD LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV ACCIDENT  

A Fayette child was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after an ATV accident in rural Howard County.  61 year old Mark Mullanix, of Fayette, was the driver.  The patrol says the ATV struck a tree on private property along Route 240, at around 5:40pm.  6 year old Benjamin Mullanix, of Fayette, suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital.  Mark Mullanix refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

BRUNSWICK MAN INJURED AS TANKER TRUCK OVERTURNS    

A Brunswick driver was flown to Columbia for treatment after a tractor-trailer ran off Route 129, just south of Salisbury, Monday afternoon.  60 year old Randall Gorman, of Brunswick, sustained moderate injuries and was flown to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30pm.  The patrol says his southbound tanker truck ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest blocking the roadway. 

  

SUSPECT FLEES COLUMBIA TRAFFIC STOP      

A suspect is being sought Tuesday morning, after a man fled a traffic stop by Columbia Police.  Officers say they tried to pull a car over near a Break Time Convenience Store on Conley, but the car kept moving and a passenger jumped out.  The driver eventually stopped and was arrested.  The passenger is still being sought.  Police say they have identified the suspect, but his identity has not been released. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED        

Columbia Police investigated a report of shots fired Monday afternoon.  The report caused students at Parkade Elementary School to be moved indoors during recess.  Officers were called to Newton Drive, near Garth Avenue, where, they say, one car was struck by a bullet, but no injuries were reported.  The investigation is ongoing. 




09/19/16

 

NEMO COLLISION CAUSES FATALITY & SERIOUS INJURIES   

A Florida man was killed and three others, including a Huntsville woman, were seriously injured in a Saturday morning collision in Ralls County, which involved four vehicles.  It occurred just before 9:30am Saturday on Route J at Route W, just east of Monroe City.  The patrol says 72 year old Penelope Stansberry, of Huntsville, failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a pickup, driven by 39 year old Jared Sutter, of Taylor.  The pickup went airborne and collided with an oncoming car, driven by 73 year old Herman Johnson, of St. Cloud, Florida.  Johnson was killed in the accident and his passenger, his 70 year old wife, Mary Johnson, was life-flighted to St. Louis with serious injuries.  Stansberry was also life-flighted to St. Louis with serious injuries.  A passenger in Sutter’s vehicle, 61 year old Patty Fischer, of Palmyra, also suffered serious injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy.  Debris from the collision struck another oncoming vehicle, but no one in that vehicle was hurt. 

  

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING CRASH     

A Sunday evening accident on Highway 65 in Carroll County sent a Versailles driver to the hospital with serious injuries.  48 year old Kathy McKinzie, of Versailles, was life-flighted to Truman Hospital in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred at around 7:20pm.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

BRASHEAR MAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT     

A Brashear man was treated for moderate injuries after a pickup ran off an Adair County road on Saturday.  34 year old Mikel Mason, of Brashear, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred just after 10am.  He was a passenger in the pickup, driven by 29 year old Eric Claybrook, of Gibbs.  The patrol says a vehicle defect caused it to run off the roadway and overturn. 

  

SALISBURY WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY EVENING ACCIDENT        

A Salisbury woman was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off Chariton County Route HH, just north of Salisbury, at around 6 o’clock Friday evening.  21 year old Charlotte Thompson, of Salisbury was the driver.  The patrol says her westbound car ran off the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. 

  

EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE CHASE ENDS IN CRASH         

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says an early-morning high-speed chase ended with a crash of the suspect’s motorcycle on Boone County Route B.  Officers say the motorcyclist took off when they tried to pull him over at around 4am, and reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour before he crashed, near McGee Road.  The suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment.  His identity has not been released, as the incident remains under investigation. 

  

AUDRAIN COUNTY ATV CRASH INJURES DRIVER               

An ATV accident on an Audrain County road sent a Centralia man to the hospital with moderate injuries.  It occurred at around 2:15 Saturday morning.  49 year old Curtis Killian, of Centralia, was the driver of the ATV.  The patrol says he was ejected as it overturned, after making a left turn onto private property.  Killian was treated at University Hospital in Columbia. 




09/16/16

 

BROOKFIELD BOIL ADVISORY CONTINUES     

A boil advisory remains in effect for Brookfield area residents affected by the water main break, which caused a widespread water outage on Wednesday.  Officials will be testing more water samples today to determine the safety of the water supply.  Until they notify us that it is safe, the boil advisory will continue.  Also, Laclede City officials say an additional water main break in Laclede Thursday night caused additional problems, so Laclede residents can expect the boil advisory to continue thru Saturday evening at 7pm. 

  

BETHANY TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER COLLISION     

A Bethany teenager was seriously injured and two other kids were hurt, when a car collided with a school bus on Highway 136 in Harrison County, just before 4pm Thursday.  18 year old Dillon Glenn, of Bethany, was life-flighted from the scene to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.  He was the driver of a westbound car, which struck the rear of a school bus as it slowed to drop off a child.  Two other occupants of Glenn’s vehicle, age 15 and 11 were treated for minor injuries at Harrison County Community Hospital.  No one on the school bus was injured. 

 

MEXICO ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CAMERON       

A Jefferson City man, who was wanted in connection with a bank robbery and assault near Mexico, MO, was arrested after a five-hour standoff in Cameron Thursday afternoon.  Police received a tip that the suspect, 25 year old Jason Williams, of Jefferson City, was in a Cameron area duplex.  When they arrived on the scene, they say Williams barricaded himself in the home.  Five hours later, Williams surrendered without incident. 

  

TWO KILLED IN COLUMBIA APARTMENT FIRE     

Two people died in a Thursday morning apartment fire in Columbia.  Officials say 45 year old Willie E. Wright and 30 year old Lauren K. Ballew were found dead by firefighters in the bathroom on the second floor of the Phenora Oaks Apartment Complex.  A resident on the first floor of the building, 28 year old Ashley A. Jones, has been taken into custody for resisting arrest, after, authorities say, she became combative with investigators.  They believe the fire started in her apartment.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT       

A Columbia motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday morning accident on Boone County Route UU.  It occurred just after 11am.  65 year old David Meyer, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says he was ejected from his westbound motorcycle when it skidded onto its side and ran into a ditch. 




09/15/16

 

BROOKFIELD HAS WATER - REMAINS UNDER A BOIL ADVISORY     

Water was restored to Brookfield area residents Wednesday afternoon and there are no closings to report this morning.  The City of Brookfield has released information from the Department of Natural Resources, regarding the boil water advisory, which is in effect for all customers affected by Tuesday’s water outage.  Residents are urged to boil water vigorously for three minutes when used for drinking, brushing teeth, and any other food preparation or consumption.  Ice made with unboiled water from the system can also be dangerous.  The boil advisory will remain in effect until further notice, pending the testing of water samples later today.  If you have questions or need more information, contact Brookfield City Hall at 258-3377. 

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ELDER ABUSE       

A Kirksville man faces an elder abuse charge, after allegedly hitting a woman with her cane and then punching her.  42 year old Gary Custard is charged in the case.  Police say the incident occurred on August 25, when Custard poured water on an elderly relative and she reacted by hitting him with her cane.  He allegedly took the cane and struck her in the head and then punched her several times.  She was treated for injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Custard is being held in Adair County on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

CLARK MOTORCYCLIST DIES FROM INJURIES         

A Clark man, who was seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon motorcycle crash on Boone County Route F, has died from those injuries.  The patrol says 48 year old Robert Chase, of Clark, died Wednesday from the injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred at around 4:45pm Tuesday.  Chase lost control of his motorcycle in a curve and was ejected from the bike when it overturned. 

  

JEFFERSON CITY COUPLE ARRESTED IN MEXICO SHOOTING      

A Jefferson City couple have been arrested in connection with an August shooting incident in Mexico.  On August 12, officers responded to the 1000 block of East Liberty in Mexico, to a disturbance involving gunshots.  They found a 37 year old Mexico man who’d been shot in the face.  The investigation has resulted in the arrest of 27 year old Michael R. Rushing and 25 year old Danielle R. Rushing, both of Jefferson City.  Both are charged with robber, assault, armed criminal action and stealing of an animal.  The investigation is continuing. 

  

LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES 13 NIXON VETOES            

The Missouri Legislature overturned a total of 13 vetoes by Governor Nixon, in their annual veto session on Wednesday.  Two of the most discussed veto overrides were Senate Bill 1631, which will allow voters to decide whether a photo ID should be required to vote – that issue will be on the November ballot…and Senate Bill 646, which will expand the right to legally carry concealed weapons.  A total of ten Nixon vetoes were upheld by legislators Wednesday. 




09/14/16

 

BROOKFIELD EXPERIENCING MAJOR WATER OUTAGE   

The City of Brookfield reports a major widespread water outage this morning.  The outage is affecting virtually the entire Cities of Brookfield and Laclede and the surrounding area.  Crews are working on the problem, but there is no estimate regarding how long the outage will exist.  Once service is restored, all affected customers will be under a 48-hour boil advisory.  Due to the water outage, the Brookfield R-3 School District has cancelled classes today.  No school at Brookfield today, thanks to the outage.  The second grade grandparents day will be rescheduled.  Brookfield Head Start will be close as well. Also, the lack of water has caused the closure of the Brookfield Senior Center.  We’ll keep you up to date as any new information is received. 

  

SIX ARRESTED ON FEDERAL DRUG INDICTMENTS     

Six suspects face drug charges after a series of arrests on federal indictments Tuesday.  The Macon and Shelby County Sheriff’s Offices, Macon Police, and North Missouri and Northeast Missouri Drug Task Forces cooperated in the arrests.  Officials say 53 year old William Sloan of Macon and 56 year old Beverly Campbell of Clarence were both arrested in Macon.  57 year old Joseph Campbell, of Clarence was arrested in Clarence.  42 year old Angela Jackson and 45 year old Rory Walker, both of Atlanta, were arrested in Atlanta, 51 year old Donald Wilhelm, of La Plata was arrested in La Plata.  All six are charged with possession of pseudoephedrine with intent to manufacture meth. 

  

IDENTITY OF INJURED CONSTRUCTION WORKER RELEASED  

The injured construction worker at Kirksville’s Adair Foods plant expansion site has been identified.  KTVO.com reports that 19 year old Mason Mourton, of Greentop, was injured in Monday’s workplace accident.  Family members say Mourton has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home.  He was life-flighted to Columbia Monday after he was injured when a scissor lift overturned after being bumped by other equipment at the site. 

  

CLARK MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH       

A Clark man was seriously injured when his motorcycle overturned on Boone County Route F, just after 4:45 Tuesday afternoon.  48 year old Robert W. Chase, of Clark, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  The patrol says he lost control in a curve and was ejected when his motorcycle overturned.

  

MICHIGAN DRIVER HURT AS SEMI COLLIDED WITH TRAIN      

A Michigan truck driver was treated for moderate injuries after his tractor-trailer collided with a train at a railroad crossing on Highway 24, just west of Holliday, in Monroe County, early Tuesday morning.  31 year old Paramjit Singh, of Warren, Michigan, was the driver of the semi.  He was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 5am.  The patrol says his semi failed to yield to flashing lights and a stop arm at the crossing.  The truck struck the stop arm, went into a skid and sideswiped the westbound train, then ran off the roadway and struck the ground. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE       

Columbia Police have arrested a Columbia man, in connection with reports of indecent exposure, near the Mizzou Campus.  The two indicents occurred last Wednesday and this past Monday.  43 year old James D. Bennett was arrested after he was located driving the vehicle described in the reports.  He faces three counts of sexual misconduct and is also charged with using drug paraphernalia. 




09/13/16

 

CONSTRUCTION WORKER INJURED AT KIRKSVILLE PROJECT     091316

A construction worker was seriously injured when a scissor lift overturned during expansion work at the Kirksville Kraft Foods plant.  The accident occurred between 9:30 and 10am Monday.  Police say a construction worker was on the lift when it was bumped by a boom-like lift and was knocked over.  Officials say the man suffered a serious head injury and was taken to the Adair County Ambulance base in Kirksville and then life-flighted to a Columbia hospital.  The victim’s name has not been released.  Construction at the Kraft expansion site is being overseen by Iowa-based Dean Snyder Construction. 

  

MOBERLY TEENS HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT      

Two Moberly teens were treated for minor injuries after their car ran off a Randolph County road, northwest of Moberly, Monday afternoon.  It occurred just after 2pm. The patrol says 18 year old James D. Wilson, of Moberly, was the driver of the westbound car, which ran off the roadway and struck a tree.  He and his passenger, 17 year old Kristen Winfield, of Moberly, were both treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

CARROLLTON MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION   

A Carrollton man was sentenced to 14 years in prison, last week, after entering a Alford Plea to charges of child molestation.  69 year old Jack Schenk, of Carrollton, entered the Alford Plea, which is not an admission of guilt, but an agreement that there is enough evidence for a conviction, on four counts of child molestation.  The charges stem from alleged incidents involving two victims under the age of 12, from November 2014 thru December 2015. 

  

MEXICO MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND SEARCH OF HOME    

A Mexico man faces multiple charges after authorities say they found drugs and guns at his home, over the weekend.  Officers conducted a search warrant at the Mexico home on Saturday.  23 year old D’Andrea Martez Soils was arrested at the scene, for distributing marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of weapons and maintaining a public nuisance.    The search was conducted by the East Central Drug Task Force, with assistance from Mexico Public Safety, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol. 




09/12/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN ATV/DIRT BIKE COLLISION     

A man and a 10 year old child were both seriously injured when an ATV collided with a dirt bike on 40th Street, northwest of Trenton, Sunday evening.  10 year old Jozie Rorebeck, of Trenton, was life-flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and 52 year old Devin McGuire, of Brimson, was flown to St. Luke’s in Kansas City, after the accident, which occurred at around 7:20pm.  The patrol says McGuire’s westbound ATV crossed the center line in a curve and collided with the child’s oncoming dirt bike.  Both drivers were ejected after impact. 

  

NEW FRANKLIN MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY COLLISION      

A New Franklin man was killed and a Fayette driver suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday afternoon collision involving a farm tractor.  It occurred just after 2pm on Highway 5 in Howard County.  The patrol says a northbound farm tractor, driven by 51 year old Robby Felten, of Fayette, was struck in the rear by a northbound vehicle driven by 21 year old Amber Sillyman, of Houston, MO.  The impact forced the tractor into an oncoming vehicle, driven by 76 year old Billy Swaringam, of New Franklin.  Swaringam was killed in the accident.  Felten was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital in Columbia. 

  

MEXICO WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION       

A Mexico woman was treated for moderate injuries after her SUV collided with a semi on Highway 19 in Laddonia.  It occurred Saturday morning at around 8am.  The patrol says 28 year old Hope Merium, of Mexico, was northbound when her vehicle struck the rear of a semi, which was stopped in traffic.  Merium was taken to SSM Health in Mexico with moderate injuries.  The driver of the semi, from Danville, Iowa, was not injured. 

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST DRUG SUSPECT            

Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a Bowling Green man, who was wanted on multiple drug charges.  37 year old Nathan M. McCoy was arrested Friday by Chillicothe Police.  McCoy had been wanted since last month for distributing, delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence and resisting arrest.  He remained in custody, at last report, on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.   

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY SUSPECT FOUND HIDING IN ATTIC       

A suspect wanted by Schuyler County authorities was found hiding in an attic at a home in Downing, Friday afternoon.  45 year old Brian Anders, of Downing, who was wanted on three felony warrants, including resisting arrest by fleeing.  Authorities say the search began Friday morning, with a Scotland County report of two fugitives hiding in a Memphis area home.  Anders was not at that location, but one suspect arrested there had information on the home in Downing.  Two women at that home were arrested on possible charges of hindering prosecution. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED          

Columbia Police are investigating a weekend report of a vehicle being shot at by suspects in two other cars, early Sunday morning.  The victim says incident occurred at around 2:15am Sunday.  According to the report, the two cars were following his vehicle and shots were fired at two separate locations, near Providence Road and Vandiver Drive and in the area of Country Squire Court and Creasy Springs Road.  No injuries were reported and the investigation is ongoing. 




09/09/16

 

STORMY FRIDAY – COOL AND DRY WEEKEND

It’s another wet start to the day Friday with scattered showers across the area.  We’ll see a break from the rain thru much of the late morning and afternoon, before a frontal boundary moves into the picture this evening, triggering another round of thunderstorms.  The storms are expected to ‘fire’ across northeastern Kansas and northwest Missouri this afternoon and roll through the area this evening.  Some of the storms are likely to produce heavy downpours, but the heaviest rain and the overall flooding threat is expected to remain south of I-70 corridor.  There is a slight risk that a few of this evening’s storms could produce strong winds.  Behind the cold front, a drier and much cooler weekend is expected.  Temperatures will only reach the low to mid 70’s Saturday and Sunday, with a low near 50 degrees Saturday night into Sunday morning. 

 

TEEN CHARGED AFTER FIRE AT YOUTH FACILITY     

A teenager at Marshall’s Butterfield Youth Services facility is charged with arson, after a fire in one of the buildings on the campus this week.  Investigators say 17 year old Precious Shanae Temple is charged with first-degree arson and endangering the welfare of a child.  She allegedly told officers she wanted to help her friends escape the facility and admitted setting notebook papers on fire.  Firefighters were called to the scene at around 7pm Wednesday.  The fire was contained to one room of the facility and no injuries were reported. 

  

HIGBEE MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY       

A Higbee man is wanted on a burglary charge, in connection with an April incident in Randolph County.  Court documents indicate 24 year old Mason S. Tripp has been charged with three counts of first-degree burglary, with bond set at $20,000 dollars.  Tripp is being sought by authorities on an active arrest warrant. 

  

MEXICO DRUG SUSPECT FACES NEW CHARGES        

One of four suspects arrested in a Mexico area drug bust is now accused of lying about his identity and failing to register as a sex offender.  38 year old James Albert Bentley was one of the suspects charged with distributing meth, after a search warrant was served at his home in Mexico last month.  Investigation has revealed that Bentley gave officers an incorrect name and that he is a fugitive sex offender from Arkansas.  He is now charged with forgery, failure to register as a sex offender and living within 500 feet of a school. 

  

NCMC COLLEGE FAIR NEXT WEEK              

North Central Missouri College in Trenton will host a college fair next week on their campus.  The NCMC College Fair is scheduled for Thursday at the Ketcham Community Center, on the campus in Trenton.  Organizers say representatives from more than 30 colleges and technical schools are expected to be on-hand, from 9 to 10:30am.  NCMC students, area high school students and other individuals are welcome to attend. 




09/08/16

 

SEMI RUNS OFF HIGHWAY 24 INTO CREEK       

A Jefferson City truck driver escaped with just minor injuries when his tractor-trailer ran off Highway 24, east of Salisbury, and into a creek.  29 year old Casey McCurdy, of Jefferson City, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 1pm Wednesday.  The patrol says his westbound semi ran off the right side of the highway, then overcorrected and ran off the left side, struck a guardrail, and came to rest in the creek. 

  

OVERTURNED GRAIN TRUCK BLOCKS HIGHWAY 65        

An overturned grain truck caused the closure of Highway 65 at the Marshall junction for much of Wednesday morning.  Southbound 65 was closed after the truck overturned at around 7:20am.  Lane closures continued during cleanup of the crash, which lasted most of the morning.  There were no injuries reported. 

  

NO INJURIES AS COLUMBIA SCHOOL BUS REAR-ENDED   

A Wednesday afternoon collision involving a Columbia school bus caused no injuries.  Police say the bus was rear-ended by a car a Providence Road and Green Meadows Road, just after 4pm.  Officials say there were 21 Douglass High School students on the bus, but no injuries were reported.  Another bus was sent to transport the students from the accident scene. 

  

LACLEDE PERSHING DAYS SET TO BEGIN      

Laclede is set for the annual Pershing Days celebration this weekend.  The activities begin tomorrow (Fri) evening, with an open house at the future home of the General John J. Pershing Museum, Leadership and Education Archives, located next to the Laclede water tower, from 4 to 7pm.  The Laclede all-school reunion will also be ongoing, along with an ice cream and cake social, a bike rodeo and live entertainment. 

Saturday’s schedule includes a full day of vendors, crafts, food and games in the park, the Hot Rods and Heroes Car Show, antique classic tractor show, baby show at 10:30am, the second annual bed races at 1pm, the parade at 2 and more entertainment thru the evening, including a talent show at 4:30, the annual ‘Black Jack Theatre’ presentation at 6:30pm and Saturday night’s concert, featuring the Ricky G Band.  Pershing Days wraps up Sunday with community church services in the Laclede City Park and a carry-in dinner. 

  

MONROE CITY HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES 125 YEARS    

Monroe City High School’s homecoming celebration includes the school’s 125th Anniversary celebration, with two days of activities.  Friday, it’s a full schedule of football homecoming events -- the parade 2 pm, an FFA Fish Fry prior to the game, and Monroe City hosting Louisiana for the homecoming game, followed by a 5th Quarter Meet and Greet.  Saturday’s activities include a 5K run at 7:30am, a 4-person golf scramble at 8 at Mosswood Golf Course, a BBQ lunch will be served at the Mosswood Golf Shelter, and an open house and reception at Monroe City High School Saturday, from 10am to 1pm.  




09/07/16

 

TROPICAL MOISTURE EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN   

The National Weather Service says the remnants of hurricane Newton will spread layers of tropical moisture into the Midwest over the next couple of days, prompting several periods of showers and thunderstorms, with the possibility of locally heavy rainfall and the potential for flooding.  Showers and thunderstorms are expected to begin across parts of Missouri this (Wed) afternoon into tonight.  The heaviest rainfall and the most likely flooding concerns are expected tomorrow (Thurs) night thru Friday night.  Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are expected across the area, with some locations seeing as much as 5 inches of rain, mainly near the I-70 corridor.  Stay tuned for possible flood watches and more details, as the system approaches. 

  

NEMO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD PORN   

A northeast Missouri man will spend more than three years in federal prison, after pleading guilty to child pornography charges earlier this year.  28 year old Michael Prisner, of Ewing, was sentenced to 42 months in prison Tuesday, in U.S. District Court in St. Louis.  He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child porn in June.  The investigation, by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, Kirksville Police and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, was prompted by a tip from the St. Charles County Internet Crimes Against Children task force. 

  

MOST OF NORTH MISSOURI IN MANDATORY DEER TESTING ZONE  

The Missouri Department of Conservation will require mandatory inspections of deer harvested in 29 Missouri counties, including most of north central Missouri, during the opening weekend of firearms season in November.  The department has established a ‘Chronic Wasting Disease Management Zone’ for the weekend of November 12 and 13, which includes Putnam, Schuyler, Scotland, Sullivan, Adair, Knox, Livingston, Linn, Macon, Shelby, Carroll, Chariton, Randolph, Boone and Cooper Counties in our area.  It is Missouri’s first-ever mandatory testing program.  A total of 33 cases of the disease have been confirmed in Missouri deer since 2001, 21 of those in Macon County. 

  

MAN CHARGED WITH DRUGS NEAR A SCHOOL    

A Mexico man is charged with possession of drugs near a school, after his arrest, over the weekend.  Michael Waters, Jr. is accused of possession of meth, heroin and oxcodone, after a search warrant was served by the East Central Drug Task Force at his home on West Street in Mexico.  He faces four felony charges. 

  

THREE TEENS CHARGED IN COLUMBIA FASTLANE ROBBERY  

Second-degree robbery charges have been filed against three teenagers, after they allegedly robbed a customer, who was pumping gas at a Columbia Fastland Convenience Store Monday night.  19 year old Shariffah Robinson, 18 year old Jermain Newsome and 17 year old Ke’aveon Harris are being held on $25,000 dollars bond.  Investigators say the victims were getting gas when they were robbed at gunpoint. 




09/06/16

 

MARSHALL MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN MONDAY CRASH   

A Marshall motorcyclist was killed in a Monday morning collision on Highway 87 in Howard County.  It occurred just before 11am.  The patrol says 73 year old Emmit G. Williams, of Marshall, was killed when his northbound motorcycle crossed the centerline, into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 16 year old Colton Wells, of Prairie Home.  Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER PUTNAM COUNTY COLLISION  

One driver was life-flighted to Des Moines with serious injuries after a Monday evening collision on a Putnam County highway.  It occurred at around 6:30pm on Route FF, just southwest of Livonia.  52 year old Teresa Steiser, of Worthington, was flown to Methodist Hospital in Des Moines after the accident.  The patrol says her car collided with an oncoming farm tractor, as it attempted to cross a bridge and partially crossed the center line.  That driver, 34 year old Jerry Prough, of Queen City, was not injured.

 

LABELLE MAN HURT AS CEMENT MIXER OVERTURNS     

A Labelle man suffered moderate injuries when the cement mixer he was driving overturned on Knox County Route V, just north of Knox City, Monday afternoon.  58 year old James Niehaus, of Labelle, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 3:20pm.   

 

MOBERLY TEENS TREATED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT    

Two Moberly teenagers were injured when their car ran off a county road, southwest of Cairo, at around 1:30 Monday afternoon.  17 year old Kayla Rutherford, of Moberly, was the driver of the car.  17 year old Jasmine Tolson, of Moberly, was her passenger.  Both were treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  The patrol says Rutherford last control after swerving to avoid another vehicle. 

 

CENTRALIA TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH     

A Centralia teen was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Route 151 in Audrain County, Monday afternoon.  17 year old Tyler Smith, of Centralia, was taken to Boone Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 1:20pm.  The patrol says his northbound pickup ran off the roadway and overturned. 

 

LIDDONIA COUPLE KILLED IN SATURDAY COLLISION     

A Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 61, just north of Palmyra, killed a Laddonia husband and wife.  It occurred just after 4:30pm.  73 year old Maureen Young and her 74 year old passenger, Howard Young, of Laddonia, both died in the accident.  The patrol says Ms. Young lost control of their northbound vehicle, which skidded off the road, across the median and into the southbound lanes of 61, into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by 53 year old Daniel Prisner, of LaGrange.  Prisner was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy with serious injuries. 

 

MARSHALL MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH        

A Marshall man died in a one-vehicle crash, which occurred at around 4 o’clock Saturday morning on a Saline County gravel road.  The patrol says 40 year old Scott Hubbard of Marshall was killed when his westbound car ran off the roadway, struck a concrete bridge support and went airborne, coming to rest on its top in Salt Fork Creek. 

 

THREE IN CUSTODY AFTER MAN ROBBED WHILE PUMPING GAS      

Three suspects were arrested after alleged robbing a man while he pumped gas at a Columbia convenience store Monday night.  Officers say it occurred at the Fastlane on Roanoake Drive.  They say they victim was next to a gas pump when an occupant of the suspect vehicle grabbed him and the vehicle began to drive away, pulling the victim.  He was able to get loose, but not before the suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash.  Three suspects were identified in a nearby subdivision.  19 year old Shariffah A. Robinson and 17 year old Ke-Aveon T. Harris, both of Columbia, and 18 year old Jermaine T. Newsome, of Milwaukee, were arrested. 

 




09/02/16

 

ST. JOSEPH MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER KIRKSVILLE AREA MANHUNT    

A St. Joseph man is in custody after a manhunt east of Kirksville, overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning.  The suspect, 22 year old Khalid Heron-Boone, is charged with a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.  He was captured at around 5:30 Thursday morning, hiding in thick weeds near the intersection of Four Hill Way and Steer Creek Way.  Investigators say the manhunt began after the suspect tried to enter a home in the area Wednesday evening and told the resident that he’d been robbed and beaten and that he had a gun.  When the homeowner offered to call police, Herod-Boone allegedly panicked and offered drugs and money, and then tried to enter the home again.  The homeowner chased the suspect off with a gun, prompting the overnight manhunt.  Herod-Boone is being held in the Adair County Jail on $75,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

SALISBURY COUPLE INJURED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT  

A Salisbury couple were injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Highway 24, just west of Clifton Hill.  It occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says 76 year old Kay Holt, of Salisbury, was the driver of their eastbound vehicle, which apparently failed to yield and struck another vehicle in the rear.  She refused treatment for minor injuries, but her passenger, 78 year old Earl G. Holt, of Salisbury, suffered serious injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.   The other driver, 35 year old Clinton Stundebeck, of Columbia, was not injured. 

  

SUMNER MAN HURT AS TRUCK OVERTURNS   

A Sumner man was treated for moderate injuries after his truck overturned in a private driveway just south of Laclede, just after noon Thursday.  53 year old Charles Kaye, of Sumner, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Medical Center after the truck overturned on private property just off Highway 130. 

  

PARIS WOMAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION   

A Paris woman was seriously injured when her car collided with a pickup on Route 124 at Bentwood Lane, in Boone County, at around 5:15pm Thursday.  The patrol says 21 year old Mikaela Gilman, of Paris, was northbound when she apparently failed to notice stopped traffic.  Her vehicle skidded into the southbound lane and into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by 60 year old Charles Sheppard, of Hallsville.  Gilman was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Sheppard was not hurt.

  

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FALSE ROBBERY REPORT         

A Columbia woman was arrested by University of Missouri police, after allegedly faking a robbery on the Mizzou Campus.  Police say the suspect, 23 year old Courtney Chancellor, reported being robbed while delivering food near Wolpers Hall.  After a review of surveillance tapes, they say Chancellor admitted to falsifying the report.  She was arrested at the scene.  The false report did prompt an MU alert, which went out at around 8:30pm. 




09/01/16

 

40th BALLOON DERBY READY TO ROLL       

It’s the 40th Great Pershing Balloon Derby, in and around Brookfield, this weekend.  The festivities get underway tomorrow (Fri) evening with the annual South Main Night flame, in downtown Brookfield, starting at around 8pm.  The first sanctioned balloon flight is scheduled for 7:15 Saturday morning, with morning and evening flights scheduled thru Monday morning, and a pair of launch site ‘Night Lites’ after Saturday and Sunday evening’s flights.  A variety of activities will be ongoing all day Saturday in downtown Brookfield, including arts and crafts, a baby show, with registration at 9:30am and the balloonists parade at noon.  This year, a talent show will be held after the parade.  Sign up in two age groups starts at 1pm in the West Twin Park.  Weekend passes for all of the launch site events are still available for $15.00 dollars.  Stop by NCM Graphics in Brookfield, or get more info online at pershing balloon derby dot com. 

  

FARMER’S ELECTRIC AYBF EVENTS RAISE $38,000    

Farmer’s Electric Cooperative completed its 24th fundraising dinner, auction and golf tournament this past weekend.  Officials say this year’s event raised more than $38,000 dollars to benefit local children, through its Area Youth Benefit Fund.  The fund was established in 1993 to assist families in nearby communities, who are struggling with high medical bills, due to a child’s injury or illness.  Anyone wishing to apply for assistance can contact the Farmer’s Electric Office in Chillicothe.  Applications are also available on-line thru Farmer’s Electric Cooperative’s website.  

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN OSAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT   

A Columbia woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 50 on the Osage River Bridge, just before 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon.  45 year old Michelle Mickle, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says she attempted to avoid another vehicle and her westbound car ran off the roadway and struck two concrete embankments. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN LAKE AREA CRASH         

A Columbia man sustained moderate injuries when his SUV hyrdroplaned on Highway 54 in Miller County, Wednesday morning.  21 year old Andrew Wright was the driver of a westbound vehicle.  It ran off the highway and overturned, at around 11:40am.  Wright was treated at Lake Regional Hospital. 

  

MIZZOU GYMNAST SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST         

Mizzou Gymnast, Megan Porter, has been suspended from the team, after her arrest this week for suspected fraudulent use of a credit card.  Porter was the SEC freshman of the year last season.  University Police say she was arrested in connection with the fraudulent use of a credit device at an off-campus location this summer.  She was released on $4,500 dollars bond. 




08/31/16

 

BROOKFIELD RALLY FOR OLD HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT       

Brookfield area residents, and particularly BHS alumni, are invited to meet at noon at the old high school building in Brookfield today (Wed), for a rally to help promote a proposed project that would replace the decaying building with a new senior housing facility.  Information on the project proposal will be shared and a video will be filmed, to help promote a major grant application to support the project.  Anyone with questions about the plans can contact the Brookfield Area Growth Partnership, or attend the rally.  That’s today at noon at the old high school in Brookfield. 

 

LINN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE AND SURVIVOR’S DINNER REMINDER    

Plans are being finalized for the 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Linn County, which will be held on Saturday, September 17, starting at 4pm at Burlington Field in Brookfield.  Area cancer survivors are reminded to get registered for the annual Survivor’s Dinner, which will be held Monday, September 12, at 6pm at the Brookfield Elks Lodge.  If you’d like to attend, call Beth Roby at 573-673-1525 or Taylor Teeter at 660-349-6604.  The reservation deadline is Thursday. 

 

BELL GAME FOOD DRIVE UNDERWAY – COOK OFF FRIDAY NIGHT   

Marceline hosts Brookfield in the 80th Bell Game Friday night (you’ll hear live coverage on KZBK), and again this year, the game is about more than football. 

The annual Bell Game canned food drive is underway all week in both communities to help needy families in the area.  Donation trailers are available outside both Walmart and Prenger’s stores, or contact either school office for more information. 

You’re also reminded that the seventh annual Brookfield vs. Marceline FFA BBQ Cook-Off will be held outside Chester Ray Stadium, before the game Friday evening.  The cook-off begins at 5pm and continues until kickoff.  The two FFA chapters will offer competing BBQ meals for your enjoyment.  Stop by and support the FFA students before the 80th Bell Game. 

 

COLUMBIA SHOOTING INJURES ONE - LOCKS DOWN SCHOOLS        

A Tuesday afternoon shooting in Columbia sent one man to the hospital and caused a lockdown at three Columbia schools.  It occurred at around 1pm, in the 100 block of Third Avenue.  Police say the victim was hospitalized after suffering a gunshot wound.  Hickman High School, Ridgeway Elementary and Jefferson Middle School were locked down for about 30 minutes as officers responded to the area.  An investigation is underway. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE:  LOCK YOUR VEHICLES!         

Moberly Police have issued new warnings after a recent series of car break-ins have been reported.  Officers say several break-in reports have been received in the past week and they’re reminding drivers to lock your vehicles doors and, if you must leave anything of value in your vehicle, be sure it is not left in plain sight.  If you seen suspicious activity, you’re urged to make note of description information, such as clothing, vehicle description and direction of travel, and give that information to investigators. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD SEX CHARGES        

The former youth director at a Columbia church has been sentenced to prison this week, for sex crimes involving children.  Dale Johnson, who served the youth of the Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia until his arrest in 2015, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday.  Johnson had pleaded guilty last month to charges of statutory sodomy and child pornography. 

 

BOONE COUNTY EXPANSION TO CREATE NEW JOBS           

A Boone County manufacturer is set to expand, after action by the Boone County Commission Tuesday night.  The commission approved the use of Chapter 100 Revenue Bonds in support of a planned $39 million dollar investment in a new production line for Dana Light Axel Products LLC of Columbia.  Company officials say the expansion will create 135 new jobs over the next few years. 




08/30/16

 

BROOKFIELD MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT   

A Brookfield man was treated for moderate injuries after an early Monday morning motorcycle accident on Lake Street, just north of Macon.  32 year old Corey Fiaola, of Brookfield, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident, which occurred Monday at around 3am.  The patrol says he lost control of his northbound motorcycle on the gravel roadway.  He was ejected from the bike when it laid on its side. 

  

DRIVER HOSPITALIZED AFTER CHILLICOTHE COLLISION  

One driver was hospitalized after a Monday afternoon accident in Chillicothe.  Police say a vehicle driven by Amanda Harkins, struck another vehicle in the rear on Third Street in Chillicothe, causing a chain-reaction collision involving two other vehicles. Harkins was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment and was also cited for following too closely.  

  

ADAIR COUNTY FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY  

A wanted fugitive from Adair County was arrested in Callaway County Monday morning.  The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office says John Atterberry was arrested, after his vehicle was spotted by deputies in the area of Old Highway 40 near Williamsburg.  Authorities say Atterberry attempted to flee the vehicle and was captured after a short foot pursuit.  He now faces charges of resisting arrest in Callaway County, along with an Adair County warrant for narcotics and traffic violations. He is also charged with fleeing officers during an arrest attempt last month, near Guthrie, MO. 

  

ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RETURNING STOLEN PROPERTY 

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is working to return more than $15,000 dollars worth of stolen items, recovered at locations in Adair and Knox Counties.  Authorities a recent investigation has solved a series of burglaries in the area, dating back to the beginning of May.  Citizens can come to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office in Kirksville to claim the stolen property today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday).  You’ll need to bring a valid photo ID and any information relating to an insurance claim.  For more information on the return of stolen property, contact the Sheriff’s Office in Kirksville. 

  

OVERTURNED TRUCK BLOCKS I-70 DRIVE SE     

An overturned FedEx truck is affecting traffic on I-70 Drive Southeast in Columbia, early this morning.  Police say there were no injuries in the accident, but it has blocked the entrance to I-70 Drive Southeast.  Motorists are advised to take an alternate route around that location this morning. 

  

MEXICO POLICE INVESTIGATING COUNTERFEIT BILLS       

Mexico Public Safety officers have begun an investigation into counterfeit cash, which has been reported recently.  Last week, they say a Mexico fast food restaurant received counterfeit 20’s on two occasions, from the same suspect.  She is described as a white female with a tattoo on her left arm, driving a white early 2000’s Pontiac.  Businesses are urged to check twenty dollar bills closely, as the investigation continues.  Anyone with information, call Mexico Crimestoppers or the Mexico Department of Public Safety. 




08/29/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN CARROLLTON OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING  

A Carrollton man was seriously injured, when he was shot by a Carrollton Police Officer Saturday night.  69 year old David Blair was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the incident, which occurred just after 10pm Saturday at Blair’s home, in the 300 block of East Third Street in Carrollton.  Investigators say officers went to the home to issue a complaint for Blair’s dog running loose.  Officers say he pulled a handgun and refused to drop it when instructed to.  The officer who shot Blair and another officer who responded to the scene have been placed on administrative leave.  The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime control is handling the investigation. 

  

LINNEUS TEEN HURT WHEN UTV OVERTURNS       

A Linneus teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a UTV overturned on Friday, north of Brookfield.  15 year old Grace Tarrant, of Linneus, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 10:20am.  The patrol says her younger brother was the driver of the UTV, when it ran off the road and overturned. 

  

TWO HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY UTV ACCIDENT          

Two occupants of a UTV were treated for moderate injuries after it overturned on private property, south of Shelbina, Saturday night.  It occurred just after 9pm.  The patrol says 57 year old Lee Wood, of Clarence, was the driver of the UTV.  Its wheels caught and the vehicle overturned as Wood attempted a sharp circular turn.  Both Wood and his passenger, 57 year old Carolyn Hooper, of Shelbina, were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with moderate injuries. 

  

MARSHALL TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH        

A Marshall teenager suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off Route 240 in Saline County, early Sunday morning.  18 year old Harley Collette, of Marshall, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and it skidded off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

‘WRONG WAY’ DRIVER CAUSES HIGHWAY 63 CRASH       

A ‘wrong way’ driver was the cause of a mulit-vehicle accident, which shut down northbound Highway 63 in Columbia, Sunday evening.  The accident occurred at around 7:15pm, when a vehicle was southbound in the northbound lanes of 63, causing multiple vehicles to swerve to avoid a collision.  At least five cars were involved in the accident and three people were taken to the hospital. 

  

TWO COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS INVESTIGATED        

Columbia Police are investigating a pair of shots-fired incidents, which occurred in the early morning hours Sunday.  Officers were seeking three male suspects after they allegedly fired shots at a group of women outside a Columbia home, just after 1am Sunday in the 1400 block of Bodie Drive.  No injuries were reported.  Officers were also investigating reports of shots fired in the area of a vacant home in the 200 block of Whispering Meadows Court.  It occurred at around 2:30am.  Witnesses say two male suspects ran from the scene.  Both incidents are under investigation. 




08/26/16

 

TWO HURT IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ACCIDENT     

Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County, which occurred just after midnight this (Fri) morning.  The patrol says a westbound car driven by 20 year old David Couch, of Baring, ran off Highway 136 and struck a ditch, about eight miles west of Memphis.  Couch and his passenger, 18 year old Dylan Anderson, of Memphis, both suffered moderate injuries.  Both were treated at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis. 

  

SPICKARD DRIVER ESCAPES ROLLOVER CRSH      

A Spickard driver escaped with just minor injuries when his vehicle overturned off Mercer County Route A, near Modena, just after 1:30pm Thursday.  54 year old Dan Johnson, of Spickard, was the driver of a southbound vehicle. The patrol says he lost control as he traveled through standing water on the roadway.  Johnson refused treatment after he was ejected from the vehicle when it skidded off the road, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on top of a fence on its wheels.

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATE BURGLARY REPORTS  

The Chillicothe Police Department has investigated a couple of recent burglary incidents at local businesses.  On August 18, officers were called to the 400 block of Harvester Road, where a business had been entered, property damaged and merchandise and money stolen, along with a safe.  The safe has since been recovered and a suspect identified.  Charges are pending. 

Two suspects have been charged in connection with a theft report on Wednesday, in the 1000 block of Graves Street.  Michelle Neal of Chillicothe is charged with first-degree burglary and theft and Jeremy Sims of Bethany is charged with misdemeanor stealing. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN INVESTMENT SCHEME INDICTMENT

A Columbia man has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury this week in connection with an alleged investment fraud scheme.  77 year old Billings Chapman is charged in a six-count indictment, including three counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering.  He is accused of selling investment products, despite not being licensed to sell securities in Missouri, lying to investors and allegedly using their funds for his own personal gain.  The indictment says Chapman had been barred from engaging in the securities industry in 1970 and had been issued cease and desist orders by the Missouri Commissioner of Securities in both 1991 and 2004. 

  

ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER THURSDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT      

One person is in custody after he fled on foot from a north Columbia car accident, Thursday night.  Columbia Police say they attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was traveling on Business Loop 70 at around 9:30pm.  The car lost control as it turned onto 7th Street near Hickman High School and struck a utility pole.  The male driver fled the scene on foot and was caught a short time later.  His name has not been released as charges are pending.  A female passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries. 




08/25/16

 

INVESTIGATION SOLVES MULTIPLE ADAIR COUNTY THEFTS   

An Adair County Sheriff’s Department investigation has solved multiple stolen property cases and resulted in three arrests so far.  Authorities say they’ve recovered more than $15,000 dollars worth of stolen items, after two search warrants were executed.  44 year old Genevieve Craig, 44 year old Jeffery Ford, both of Kirksville, and 48 year old Ronald Howe of Edina, are all charged with receiving stolen property.  Ford also faces a firearms charge.  Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick says this is still an active investigation and more arrests are expected. 

  

MONROE CITY WOMAN CHARGED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY     

A Monroe City woman is free on bond after turning herself in to Livingston County authorities this week.  66 year old Judith Colliver, of Monroe City, is charged in Livingston County with theft or stealing $25,000 dollars or more.  Investigators say she is accused of under-reporting her income from 2011 to 2015 to improperly receive public assistance benefits.  She is scheduled for a court appearance in Chillicothe next month. 

  

JUDGE RULES CIGARETTE TAX ISSUE STAYS ON BALLOT      

A Judge has ruled that a Missouri ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes will stay on the November 8 ballot.  Opponents had argued that petition signatures gathered under the original summary should be disallowed, after language was added to the summary by an appeals court decision this summer.  Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Tuesday that those signatures are valid and that Secretary of State Jason Kander correctly followed the law when he put the measure on the ballot.   Opponents plan to appeal Tuesday’s ruling. 

  

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MULTI-COUNTY CHASE      

Law enforcement officers from multiple area agencies were involved in a search for a suspect overnight, ABC 17 News is reporting that the search was suspended early this morning.  It began at around 2:30am, when the suspect fled a Boone County traffic stop, leading officers on a pursuit onto Route HH and Route Z, into parts of Audrain County, Callaway County and back into Boone County.  He reportedly drove through an Audrain County cornfield and then fled on foot.  He remained on the loose at last report. 




08/24/16

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH OVERNIGHT

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of north Missouri, effective Wednesday evening at 7pm, thru 7am Thursday.  The area of concern is primarily along and north of the Highway 24 corridor, where a frontal boundary is expected to become stationary.  That boundary will be the focus for multiple rounds of potentially heavy rain-producing thunderstorms this evening thru Thursday morning.  Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches or more are expected across north Missouri.  Flash flooding is a concern, especially through the overnight hours. 

 

BURGLARY ALARM RESULTS IN ARREST         

A Chillicothe man is charged with burglary, after an early morning alarm sounded at a business.  Officers responded to the alarm in the 2700 block of Grand Drive, just before 1 o’clock Tuesday morning.  They determined that a burglary had occurred, the building had been damaged and a large amount of money was stolen from the business.  Officers located the suspect’s vehicle, with evidence of the burglary, in the area of the crime scene.  The suspect, James Spath, was arrested in the 600 block of Washington Street less than an hour after the burglary occurred, and a search resulted in recovery of the missing cash.  Spath is being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail on a warrant for burglary and stealing, which carries a $50,000 dollar cash-only bond. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR RENICK WOMAN        

A Renick driver was seriously injured in a Monday night accident on a Randolph County road.  36 year old Brianne Klostermann, of Renick, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:20pm Monday.  The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her westbound car ran through a t-intersection, just south of Renick, and struck an embankment.

 

MOBERLY WOMAN HURT IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDEN

A Moberly woman was treated for moderate injuries, following a Monday afternoon accident on Route 154, just east of Paris in Monroe County.  24 year old Kayla Chandler, of Moberly, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident.  It occurred at around 4pm.  The patrol says she reached for an item on her floorboard and her car ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. 

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH     

A Columbia driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning accident on Boone County Route K, which occurred at around 9:40am.  36 year old Scott Benson, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound car ran off the roadway and into a ditch, where it struck multiple trees before returning to the road. 

 

MAN CHARGED WITH HOLDING WOMAN & KIDS CAPTIVE         

A Columbia man is in custody, accused of holding a woman and her two children captive in his home.  Police arrested Terrence Hartmann in the 3600 block of Greenley Drive Monday morning.  A 29 year old female victim, who had been in an intimate relationship with Hartmann, told investigators she and her children, age 5 and 2, had been held against their will since Sunday, August 14.  She accused him of assaulting and threatening her multiple times and breaking her cell phone to prevent her from calling for help.  Hartmann faces eight charges, including three counts of kidnapping, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and armed criminal action.  He is being held on $200,000 dollars bond. 

 

LA PLATA RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE PLANNED     

MoDOT says crews plan to close the railroad crossing on Route 156, just west of La Plata, for a repair project on Thursday.  The closure is weather permitting and is planned to occur from 8am to 4pm.  Signs will be in place to alert motorists of the closure.  They’ll have to find an alternate route during the project.  Again, that’s Route 156, just west of La Plata on Thursday…weather permitting. 




08/23/16

 

TWO KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS ARRAIGNED     

Two Kirksville residents were in court Monday for arraignment on charges of receiving stolen property.  44 year old Jeffrey Brian Ford and 44 year old Genevieve Sueanne Craig, both of Kirksville, were arrested Friday.  Both are charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and Ford also faces a firearms charge.  According to the probable cause statement, officers recovered numerous stolen items during a search of their Kirksville residence, including power tools, game cameras, generators, laptop computers and several flat-screen televisions.  Both suspects are being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

KNOX COUNTY MAN CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT    

A Knox City man faces meth charges, after his arrest over the weekend on a federal indictment.  50 year old Clarence Richard Elder, of Knox City, was arrested Saturday on two felony counts of distributing meth.  A federal grand jury indictment was issued last month, after an investigation by the Highway Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force.  Elder is being held on $50,000 dollars bond. 

  

HARRISBURG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE    

A Harrisburg man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a conspiracy to distribute meth.  34 year old Sean Anthony Blumenshine, of Harrisburg, had been charged in a December 2015 federal indictment.  Authorities say Blumenshine admitted traveling to Kingdom City to deliver two pounds of meth to another person.  He was accused of attempting to flee the scene and striking several vehicles in a commercial parking lot, including unmarked police vehicles.  They say Blumenshine admitted to additional one-pound transactions with his alleged supplier, who was arrested in St. Charles, MO and also faces charges.  

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND INCIDENT  

A Columbia man faces multiple charges after, police say, he was caught pulling a trailer load of stolen property over the weekend.  A Sunday morning 911 call prompted police to track the vehicle, which attempted to flee officers.  During the pursuit, the trailer broke away and the suspect continued to flee.  31 year old Michael Pauls, of Columbia, was caught a short time later and arrested on charges of stealing, property damage, resisting arrest and driving while revoked.  He also had several outstanding warrants from Boone, Callaway and Audrain Counties.  Total bond was set at more than $80,000 dollars. 

  

CENTRALIA POLICE WARN RESIDENTS         

Centralia Police have issued a warning to residents after receiving reports of a person posing as a Centralia Police Officer.  The warning on the department’s Facebook page says officers will always activate their blue and red emergency lights during a roadside stop.  Residents are encouraged to contact the police department if they are approached by anyone impersonating an officer. 




08/22/16

 

GALT DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH          

A Galt driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Saturday night collision on Route 129, just south of Green City.  29 year old Brian Southers, of Galt, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30pm.  The patrol says Southers was southbound on 129 when an oncoming pickup, pulling a trailer, hit a dip in the road, causing the trailer to bounce into the southbound lane and into the path of Southers’ vehicle.  Southers’ passenger, 24 year old Danny Campbell, of Galt, was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan.  The driver of the pickup, 23 year old Tyler Reed, of Pollock, was treated for minor injuries. 

 

KIDDER DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT     

A Kidder driver suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off a DeKalb County road, early Sunday morning.  29 year old Patrick Cox, of Kidder, was taken to Mosaic Life Care for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 2am.  The patrol says Cox was westbound on Grindstone Road, northwest of Cameron, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned into a ditch. 

 

TWO INJURED IN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER CRASH     

Two Cameron residents suffered moderate injuries when their vehicle ran off DeKalb County Route EE at the north end of Cameron, late Saturday night.  35 year old Crystal Hart, of Cameron, was the driver of the southbound SUV.  The patrol says it ran off the highway just before midnight Saturday.  The vehicle overturned across Highway 69, went down an embankment and struck a fence.  Both Hart and her passenger, 15 year old Taylor Barker, of Cameron, were treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. 

 

THREE INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH        

Three persons were injured when a truck ran off Boone County Route M, late Sunday night.  21 year old Zachary Crader, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound truck.  The patrol says it ran off the highway, then returned to the roadway and overturned, injuring Crader and two passengers.  One of those passengers, 21 year old Juliana Hays, of Monroe City, suffered moderate injury.  Crader and his other passenger, 21 year old Sean Murphy, of Columbia, were both treated for minor injuries.  All three were taken to University Hospital. 

 

POLICE SEEK HIT AND RUN DRIVER AFTER PEDSTRIAN STRUCK      

Police are seeking a hit and run vehicle after a Columbia man was struck by a car on the I-70 off-ramp at Boone County Route UU just before 1 o’clock Sunday morning.  67 year old Lawrence Wright, of Columbia, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital after the accident.  Police are looking for the vehicle, after it left the scene.  It is described as a black passenger car, which was eastbound on the off-ramp. 

 

WANTED SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA        

The two wanted suspects in last week’s Pike County armed robbery and a standoff in Mexico, are in custody, after their arrest in Columbia on Saturday.  39 year old Jessica Aschoff, of Auxvasse, was in custody in the Boone County jail last last report.  30 year old Michael E. Miller was treated at a Columbia hospital for injuries not related to his arrest.  The pair were arrested without incident, after being located walking along the Business Loop in Columbia, just after 11 o’clock Saturday morning. 

 

MODOT TO BEGIN THOMAS HILL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT     

MoDOT has announced plans to begin the replacement of a Macon County bridge, which has been closed for a year and a half.  Work will begin next Monday (Aug 29) to replace the bridge on Route T over Thomas Hill Lake.  The bridge was closed for safety concerns in February of 2015.  The waterway under the bridge will be closed to boat traffic during the project.  It is expected to be completed by early December. 




08/19/16

 

MONROE COUNTY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

The highway patrol has released details on an officer-involved shooting, which occurred early Friday morning in Paris, causing serious injuries for the suspect, a Madison man.  Just after midnight, a Monroe County deputy responded to a report of a white male suspect attempting to break into a vehicle in Madison with a hatchet.  The fleeing suspect refused to yield to the deputy and a vehicle pursuit ensued on Highway 24, ending near Paris.  Officers saw the suspect walking on Highway 15 in Paris, carrying a hatchet and a flashlight secured to a metal bat.  He gained entry into Hickman’s IGA and a K-9 unit was called in and officers entered the store.  The suspect attacked a deputy and ruing the scuffle a Monroe City Police Officer and Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy fired their weapons, striking the suspect at least twice.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.   The suspect has been identified as 39 year old Kevin D. Marshall, of Madison.  A Monroe County Deputy was treated for minor injuries after the incident.  More details will be available at a news conference at the Monroe County Courthouse in Paris, scheduled for 9:30 this morning. 

 

MACON WOMAN HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING COLLISION  

A Macon woman was injured when her car collided with a farm tractor on Macon County Route PP, early Thursday morning.  37 yea rold Cynthia Seiler, of Macon, was treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30am, just east of Macon.  The patrol says the tractor was attempting to turn left and pulled into the path of Seiler’s westbound car. 

 

CHANGES SET FOR MISSOURI HUNTERS THIS FALL       

The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced a number of changes for Missouri’s upcoming fall deer and turkey seasons.  Crossbows have been added to the archery seasons for both deer and turkey.  Also, antlered deer have gained some added protection.  Instead of taking three antlered deer during the combined archery and firearm seasons, hunters can only take two this year.  During opening weekend, hunters are required to submit their deer for sampling at a wildlife checkpoint, as the department continues to check for chronic wasting disease.  Those sampling requirements apply in 29 counties statewide, including most of north Missouri. 

 

SUSPECTS SPOTTED IN COLUMBIA THURSDAY        

Authorities say two armed and dangerous suspects, who are wanted in connection with a Pike County shooting and a standoff in Mexico, were spotted in Columbia Thursday.  Reports indicate Michael Miller and Jessica Aschoff, both of Auxvasse, were dropped off at the Hardee’s Restaurant on Paris Road Thursday afternoon.  That report came after the pair were spotted in Centralia, earlier in the day Thursday, prompting a lockdown of the Centralia schools.  Authorities believe the pair may be headed toward the Fulton area.  Miller was last seen wearing blue and gold athletic shorts and a tank top.  Aschoff was wearing denim shorts and a gray sweater. 

 

AUDRAIN COUNTY HIGHWAY TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPER   

An area highway will be dedicated in memory of a fallen trooper later this month.  The Highway Patrol invites everyone to a ceremony dedicating a portion of Audrain County Route FF as Trooper James M. Bava Memorial Highway.  The ceremony will begin at 10am on Monday August 29 at the ball fields along Route FF in Mexico.  Trooper Bava was killed in a line of duty traffic crash on August 28 of last year. 

 

J’DEN COX SET TO HIT THE MATS IN RIO SATURDAY          

Missouri wrestling fans will turn their attention to the Olympics in Rio this weekend, as a 4-time Missouri State Champion and two-time NCAA champion as a Missouri Tiger, J’Den Cox, gets set to take the mat.  Cox, a 2013 graduate of Columbia Hickman High School, will compete Saturday in the 86-kilogram weight class in Rio.  Coverage of the meet starts at 8am on the USA Network. 




08/18/16

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE: NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME      

Brookfield Police say their investigation into allegations of an unreported death at a Brookfield home is complete and no human remains were found.  Officers have completed several interviews in connection with their investigation, including talking to the former residents of the home.  They say, at this time, there is no evidence that a crime occurred.  The property has been released back to the owner.  Police were called to the home, in the 400 block of Canal Street in Brookfield, on Sunday.  They were assisted in the investigation by the Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

  

THREE HURT IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION     

Three Kirksville residents were hurt, when two pickups collided at an Adair County intersection on Wednesday.  The accident occurred at around 3:40pm at an uncontrolled intersection, southwest of Brashear.  The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by 44 year old Robert Seward, of Kirksville, struck the passenger side of a northbound pickup, driven by 31 year old Donald Greathouse, of Kirksville.  Three occupants of the two vehicle were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.  Seward was treated for moderate injuries, Greathouse for minor injuries and a passenger in his truck, 21 year old Kristin Howlett, of Kirksville was also treated for minor injuries. 

  

CLARK MAN HURT AS SEMI COLLIDES WITH DUMP TRUCK     

A Clark man suffered moderate injuries when his semi collided with a dump truck on Highway 63 in Boone County.  It occurred just before 7am Wednesday.  The patrol says 36 year old James Maybrey, of Clark, was southbound on 63 when the dump truck, driven by 80 year old Eldred Sims, of Hallsville, pulled into the path of his vehicle.  Maybrey was taken to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

CHILLICOTHE COUPLE CHARGED AFTER INCIDENT     

A Chillicothe couple have been charged in connection with a domestic disturbance, which occurred Monday.  Officers responded to a report of a firearm discharged at the home, in the 1300 block of Walnut Street.  After the investigation, a juvenile in the home was released to the Livingston County Division of Children’s Services.  58 year old Lloyd Heaton, Jr. is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, with bond set at $15,000 dollars.  44 year old Jenne R. Heaton is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, with bond set at $1,000 dollars. 

  

SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER MEXICO STANDOFF     

Authorities say a male and female suspect, wanted in connection with a Pike County shooting, are being sought in Audrain County, after a Wednesday night standoff in Mexico.  Officers say the male, Michael Miller, of Indiana and female, Jessica Aschof of Lincoln County, MO, got inside a Mexico apartment Wednesday night and showed a woman a gun.  The woman was able to get out and call for help.  A standoff ensued overnight, but the suspects had fled the scene.  Investigators say Miller is accused of shooting a man in Pike County, after he was caught stealing a lawn mower from a shed.  

  

CHARGES FILED AGAINST STURGEON MAN       

Charges have been filed against a Sturgeon man, who is accused of pointing a BB gun at an officer last month.  35 year old Charles Simcoe is charged with domestic assault, felonious restraint and assault on a law enforcement officer.  The officer shot Simcoe after allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer on July 21.  The handgun turned out to be a BB pistol.  Officials say a special prosecutor has been requested, to determine if the shooting was justified.  




08/17/16

 

BROOKFIELD UNREPORTED DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

According to multiple media reports, the use of ground penetrating radar in the search for remains at a Brookfield residence has not turned up anything and the search has been suspended…but the investigation continues.  Police were called to the home in the 400 block of Canal Street on Sunday, after received a report of buried remains and allegations of an unreported death of a stillborn infant.  According to a report by ABC 17 news, Brookfield Police say they’ve identified some areas of interest, but have found no remains or anything suspicious.  They say investigators are working to locate the family that recently moved from the home to ask questions about the case and to check on their welfare.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Brookfield Police at 258-3385. 

  

NCMC TO HOST ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL         

North Central Missouri College, in cooperation with Grundy County Emergency Management and numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders, will conduct an Active Shooter Drill on the NCMC Campus in Trenton on Friday.  The drill will begin at 8am and should conclude by noon.  The public is encouraged to avoid the area, due to congestion from emergency vehicles.   A number of street closures have been announced, around the campus, Friday morning.  The NCMC Campus, Bookstore, offices and the Ketcham Community Center will all be closed until at least 10am Friday. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE CREDIT CARD FRAUD      

Moberly Police are investigating reports of credit card fraud, after receiving several complaints from businesses in the area.  Officers say other area businesses are advised not to take credit cards over the phone or online.  They say they only way to be sure you’re working with a valid credit card is to require ID and verify the customer’s signature with the name on the card.  Anyone who has been victimized by credit card fraud should contact Moberly Police at 263-0346. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE RELEASE DESCRIPTION OF ASSAULT SUSPECT 

Columbia Police have released an updated description of the suspect in last week’s assault of a woman on the MKT Trail.  The 26 year old victim was hospitalized after she was struck multiple times with an object while walking on the trail, last Thursday, near the Forum Boulevard entrance.  Police described the suspect as a white male, between age 30 and 40, about 6 feet tall with an average build, with messy dark hair about 3 inches long, dark eyebrows and a long-pointed nose.  He was last seen wearing a dirty dark jacket, dirty khaki pants and a black or khaki packpack.  Police are also looking for a possible female witness to the attack.  Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

I-70 BRIDGE PROJECT COMPLETE      

A bridge rehabilitation project, that has caused traffic problems on I-70 in Mid-Missouri for several weeks, is complete…nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.  Work on both the eastbound and westbound bridges on I-70 at the Lamine River near Boonville has caused lane reductions since July 12.  The bulk of that work has been completed and traffic returns to two lanes in each direction at that location this morning.  Some work on the bridges will continue, causing occasional overnight lane closures.  The entire project will be complete in Nov


08/16/16

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGED UNREPORTED DEATH 

Brookfield Police are investigating allegations of an unreported death in the 400 block of East Canal Street.  Officers were called to the home just before noon Sunday and the scene was immediately secured.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control were contacted for specialized resources and equipment, including ground penetrating radar.  The investigation is ongoing and further details have not yet been released. 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD ENTICEMENT 

A Brookfield man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, after a conviction for child enticement.  67 year old Ronald G. Nickell, of Brookfield, was convicted by an Adair County jury in June.  On Monday, Judge Russell Steele sentenced Nickell to 12 years in prison.  Nickell was charged as a result of a 2014 investigation into registered sex offenders in the area who had unregistered social media profiles.  The Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit made contact with Nickell on facebook, posing as a 13 year old girl.  Prosecutors say Nickell made sexual advances during a month-long investigation.  He was arrested in a Kirksville parking lot, where he had traveled to meet the girl. 

 

HARRIS, MO MAN TREATED AFTER SULLIVAN COUNTY CRASH      

A Harris, MO man was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon accident on Route 139, just south of Newtown.  It occurred at around 12:30pm.  24 year old Joseph Riebl, of Harris, was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan with moderate injuries after the accident.  He was a passenger in a car driven by 48 year old Pamela Spencer, of Newtown.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a traffic sign.  Spencer was treated for minor injuries. 

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST     

A Columbia motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Monday night accident on I-70 in Cooper County.  It occurred just before 11pm near mile marker 103.  The patrol says the driver of an eastbound bike, 55 year old Gary Holcomb, of Columbia, was ejected when it ran off the highway and struck a guard rail.  Holcomb was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

 

FIVE TEENS HURT IN SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT         

Five teens and one adult were injured in a school bus accident in Callaway County, which occurred at around 7:50 Monday morning.  The patrol says an eastbound Fulton school bus, driven by 54 year old Thomas Fox, of Fulton, stuck a raised portion of the roadway as it traveled across a low-water crossing. The impact caused the occupants in the rear of the bus to become airborne and strike the inside roof and seats.  Two Fulton teens were treated for moderate injuries, three other teens suffered minor injuries and a 65 year old woman in the bus was also treated for minor injuries. 

 

HUNTSVILLE MAN ARRESTED – CHARGED WITH BURGLARY    

A Huntsville man faces burglary charges after an investigation by Randolph County authorities on Friday.  32 year old Thomas Joe Wilcoxson, of Huntsville has been formally charged in the case.  A probable cause statement says a camera set up inside a vacant Moberly residence captured images of the suspect inside.  Officers called to the home say they found Wilcoxson attempting to remove a window air conditioning unit.  He is being held on $10,000 dollars bond. 

 

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED UNDER INVESTIGATION        

Columbia Police are investigating shots fired near Sylvan Lane and Whitegate Drive, early Monday morning.  Officers were called to the neighborhood shortly after midnight Monday and found evidence of multiple shots fired, including damage to at least one home.  No injuries were reported and no suspect information has been released as the investigation continues.




08/15/16

 

PALMYRA MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH       

A Palmyra man died when his motorcycle ran off a Marion County highway early Sunday morning.  55 year old Paul Whitwell, of Palmyra, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at around 2am on Route D, just north of Philadelphia.  The patrol says Whitwell was ejected from his southbound motorcycle when it ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. 

  

LA PLATA DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER WEEKEND CRASH   

A La Plata driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Saturday morning, just west of La Plata.  21 year old Aaron Thomas, of La Plata was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1am.  The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway, became airborne, struck the ground and overturned. 

  

TWO TEENS LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER LIVINGSTON COUNTY ACCIDENT    

Two Higginsville teenagers were flown to Kansas City with serious injuries after their pickup crashed on Route D in Ludlow, Saturday evening.  It occurred just after 6pm.  The patrol says their northbound pickup became airborne as it crossed railroad tracks, then struck the ground, went out of control, ran through a fence and a shed and struck a tree.  The driver, 19 year old Brody Campell-Wegener and his passenger, 17 year old Jacob Wampler, both of Higginsville, were both life-flighted with serious injuries. 

  

ATLANTA MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT       

An Atlanta driver was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV accident Saturday evening.  45 year old Rory Walker, of Atlanta, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 5:15am, near Atlanta.  The patrol says Walker was ejected when his ATV overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA BICYCLIST INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

A Columbia man suffered moderate injuries when he was struck by vehicle while riding a bicycle on Audrain County Route FF.  The accident occurred just before 11:30 Sunday morning.  The patrol says 31 year old Jason Patrie was struck from behind by the vehicle driven by 61 year old Rosmarie Hartley, of Mexico.  Patrie was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

  

TWO CHILLICOTHE MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES      

Two men were arrested after Chillicothe Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Fair Street, over the weekend.  According to the report, officers seized about 13 grams of meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than five hundred dollars in cash.  32 year old James Blanton and 33 year old Martin Nicholas Hormell were arrested at the home, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER BREAK-IN WITH SHOTS FIRED   

A Columbia man faces a total of six charges, including burglary, assault and endangering the welfare of a child, after allegedly breaking into a north Columbia home and injuring a teen with a rifle Saturday night.  64 year old Gary R. Jolley, was arrested at the scene.  Police say he had a prior relationship with a woman in the home and is accused of breaking in and threatening her with a rifle, while she held a child.  They say a total of 14 people were in the home, including six children.  Witnesses say a 16 year old girl was injured when Jolley fired a gunshot through a door…it is unknown of the injury was caused by the bullet or debris from the door.  Jolley is also accused from striking a 27 year old woman during the confrontation.  He was disarmed by others in the home and taken into custody.  




08/11/16

 

HOBBY LOBBY COMING TO KIRKSVILLE       

A new Hobby Lobby store is coming to Kirksville.  According to KTVO.com, officials at Hobby Lobby say Kirksville has been on their radar for some time now and plans call for a new 55,000 square foot building to be built at the northwest corner of the intersection of North Baltimore Street and Highway 6 west.  They say the estimated opening date is about one year away, in September of 2017.  Kirksville City officials say plans for the building have been submitted but not yet approved and other details are yet to be determined. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MEETING TO DISCUSS SOLAR FARM       

Officials say the Chillicothe area is once again in the running for a Solar Farm, and a public meeting will be held next week to discuss the issue.  MC Power has proposed construction of a 23 acre site for a solar farm, which would be attached to the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Power Grid.  Company and city officials will be on-hand with all the details at the meeting, which will be held Monday evening at 6pm at the CMU Conference Room.  

  

CENTRALIA DRIVER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DUMP TRUCK   

A Centralia driver was killed when his pickup collided with a dump truck on Highway 124, near Hallsville, Thursday morning.  48 year old Hamilton Richardson, of Centralia, died in the crash, which occurred just before 9am.  The patrol says Richardson ‘s northbound pickup crossed the centerline and struck the oncoming dump truck head on.  The driver of the truck, 68 year old William Willis, of Auxvasse, was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital. 

  

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT      

A Boonville man faces drug charges, after his arrest on a felony warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Office.  The highway patrol arrested 53 year old Gregory A. Kennedy, of Boonville, Thursday afternoon.  The warrant alleged possession of amphetamines.  Kennedy is being held without bond in the Cooper County Jail. 

  

WOMAN ASSAULTED ON MKT TRAIL          

Columbia Police say a woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after she was assaulted on the MKT trail in Columbia, Thursday night.  Officers were called to the incident, near the Forum Boulevard trail access.  Investigators say the 26 year old woman was walking the trail when she was attacked and struck several times with an unknown object.  The suspect then fled.  A search of the area, which included assistance by a K-9 unit, was not successful and the suspect remains at large.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN CHILD SEX INVESTIGATION     

A Columbia man faces multiple charges after his arrest this week, on accusations of fondling a 9 year old girl.  35 year old Joshua Coates, was taken into custody Wednesday morning, after a report earlier this month.  The girl told investigators he touched her genital area while the two were in a moving vehicle.  The probable cause statement says Coates is also a suspect in the sexual assault of two other girls in Boone County.  He is being held in the Boone County Jail on $50,000 dollars bond. 




08/11/16

 

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH       

A Unionville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 136, just west of Unionville, Wednesday afternoon.  43 year old Deanna Henry, of Unionville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 3pm.  The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

CAMERON DRIVER INJURED AS CAR RUNS OFF HIGHWAY    

A Cameron driver sustained moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Route BB, just east of Cameron, at around 1:15pm Wednesday.  21 year old Bret Johnson, of Cameron, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

MARSHALL OFFICERS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE       

Two Marshall Police officers have been placed on administrative leave, after allegations of falsifying statements in connection with an arrest.  Tyler Newell and Josh O’Bryan are the two officers named, as charges were dismissed against 31 year old Carl Clayton Roettgen for assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.  Roettgen did plead guilty this week to one count of resisting arrest.  The incident occurred in May of 2015, as Roettgen fled police, who were attempting to arrest him on a parole violation.  The prosecutor says his review of surveillance video and other evidence in the case was not consistent with written statements by the two officers that the suspect attempted to fire a handgun at them.  . 

  

NEMO INCLUSION PLAYGROUND OPENS     

A dream that was three years in the making for many Kirksville area families is a dream come true, after the grand opening of the new NEMO Inclusion Playground, Wednesday evening.  A large crowd gathered outside the Adair County Family YMCA to take part in the ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration.  The Kirksville Kiwanis Club sponsored the naming of the Kiwanis Playground, in honor of Harvey Young and the late Shag Grossnickle.  The playground is designed to allow children of all abilities to play together. 

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA DOMINO’S         

Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery at Dominos’ Pizza on I-70 Drive Southwest, which occurred early Wednesday morning.  Officers say it occurred just after 1am, when a man with a handgun entered the store and demanded cash, then fled the scene.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




08/10/16

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK WANTED SUSPECT     

Kirksville Police are seeking a fugitive, who ran from a recent traffic stop.  43 year old Bradley James Ribble is from Franklin County, MO, but police say he has been in the Kirksville area for the past few weeks.  He is wanted on a felony probation violation.  Ribble is described as 6 feet tall, around 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.  He now has a shaved head and numerous tattoos on his arms, neck and hands.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or call the anonymous tips line at 660-627-BUST. 

  

BEVIER HOMECOMING BEGINS WEDNESDAY      

The 83rd Annual Bevier Homecoming is set to begin this (Wed) evening in Bevier.  An ice cream social begins at 4pm and the first of several free live concerts will feature County Road 5.  Organizers say all of the entertainment is free to everyone again this year, featuring Madd Hoss Jackson Friday night and Darryl Singletary Saturday evening.  The carnival will have arm bands available every evening during the celebration.  The 83rd annual Bevier Homecoming runs thru the weekend in the Bevier City Park. 

 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON CONSERVATION AREAS 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking the public’s input on north Missouri’s Sugar Creek and Montgomery Woods Conservation areas.  A draft management plan for the two areas is available for public review on the department’s website, thru August 31.  Sugar Creek is just over 2600 acres, located four miles southeast of Kirksville.  Montgomery Woods contains 348 forested acres in Adair and Macon Counties.  The public is welcome to submit comments during the public review period, which ends on August 31.  Go to mdc.mo.gov. 

 

AUXVASSE TEEN WANTED IN JEFF CITY SHOOTING        

Jefferson City authorities say 17 year old Dakota Foster, of Auxvasse, is wanted in connection with a Sunday night shooting.  Two of three suspects in the incident have been arrested.  Police say a drug deal was the cause of the altercation, which ended with shots fired.  They say Foster is wanted for assault and is considered armed and dangerous. 

  

FULTON MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT         

A Fulton man was arrested Tuesday after police carried out a search warrant at his home.  Brian E. Halsey, of Fulton, was taken into custody for handling firearms with a felony record and possession of drug paraphernalia.  Police made the arrest after serving a search warrant, just before 6pm Tuesday.  Halsey is being held in the Callaway County Jail on $9,500 dollars bond. 




08/09/16

 

IOWA TEEN HURT AT LONG BRANCH LAKE      

An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when his leg was struck by a propeller, while boating at Long Branch Lake over the weekend.  The accident occurred Saturday afternoon, at around 2:45pm.  The patrol says 17 year old Keith Garman, of Mt. Sterling, Iowa, was attempting to get back on board a boat after skiing, when the boat’s 21 year old driver, Richard Martin, of Pulaski, Iowa, put the boat in gear and the propeller struck the teen’s leg.  Garm