A Shelbina woman was seriously injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on Route 15, north of Paris. 51 year old Sarah Hercules, of Shelbina, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 15 year old Phillip Hercules. The patrol says it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned.
A Shelbina man was treated for moderate injuries after his motorcycle ran off Route A, just south of Lentner, Sunday afternoon. It occurred at around 3pm. 67 year old Jack A. Parsons, of Shelbina, was the driver of a southbound motorcycle. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned. Parsons was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
A Paris driver was seriously injured in a Sunday evening accident on Monroe County Route Z, southwest of Santa Fe. 33 year old Edwin Garcia, of Paris, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm. The patrol says Garcia suffered serious injuries when his southbound pickup ran off the highway and struck an embankment.
A pilot from Smithville was killed when a bi-plane crashed during the Cameron air show on Saturday. The accident occurred at around 1:50pm. Officials say the pilot, 50 year old Steve O’Berg, of Smithville, had completed most of his demonstration when his plane dived behind some trees along the edge of the Cameron airport. He was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported. The FAA is investigating the crash.
The body of a missing Boonville woman was found over the weekend. 31 year old Sarah Nicholls, of Boonville, was camping along the Moniteau Creek in Cooper County, Thursday night, when heavy rainfall caused significant flash flooding in the area. Nicholls’ body was found downstream from her campsite over the weekend.
A Columbia arson suspect was arrested Sunday morning, after a seven-hour standoff with police at a home on Carrick Court. Mehrdad Fotoohighiaam surrendered to officers just before 7am Sunday. A Boone County SWAT team was called in to assist, after officers attempted to make the arrest Saturday night. He was wanted on a Boone County warrant for arson, in connection with an incident on Rock Quarry Road in December.
The Missouri Department of Insurance has revoked the licenses of Kirksville title insurance agent Nancy J. Porter and her company, Nancy J. Porter LLC, doing business as Adair County Title and Escrow. In a consent order signed June 17, Porter agreed the department has evidence to prove multiple violations of state law, including fraud and misrepresentation. Investigators found that the company issued title insurance commitments and policies that appeared to be underwritten by Stewart Title Guaranty Company. However, Porter’s agency agreement was terminated by Stewart Title effective December 31, 2012. Investigators urge any Adair County Title and Escrow clients to contact Stewart Title Guaranty Company to make sure policies are legitimate. You can also call the Insurance Department’s consumer hotline at (800) 726-7390.
A Macon woman faces multiple charges after an investigation, this week, by Macon Police. Officers responded to a child abuse and neglect hotline call in the 300 block of Pearl Street. A search of the home turned up a substance believed to be meth. 40 year old Rebekah Nokes, of Macon, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Her bond was set at $20,000 cash-only.
MOBERLY MAN SENTENCED TO TEN YEARS
A former Moberly school bus driver has pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy this week, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. A probable cause statement accused 37 year old John Wolverton of repeatedly touching and attempting to have sex with his 15 year old nephew over an 18-month period, beginning at late 2013. Wolverton was a Moberly bus driver until May of 2014.
COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJUREDA Columbia driver was seriously injured when his car was rear-ended by a semi on I-70 in Pettis County, Thursday night. 20 year old Vincent Alomari, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30pm. The patrol says Alomari slowed for traffic when the semi, driven by an Ohio man, overtook and struck his vehicle in the rear.
Widespread, slow-moving thunderstorms dumped heavy rain on several northeast Missouri counties overnight. As of 8am Thursday, flash flood warnings remain in effect for Putnam, Schuyler, Adair, Knox, Shelby, Lewis and Marion Counties, where Doppler radar estimates widespread 2 to 3 inch rainfall amounts occurred, with more than 5 inches in some locations.
UPDATE - The National Weather Service has issued an Aerial Flood Warning for Adair, Putnam and Schuyler Counties. thru this afternoon. Numerous road closures, due to high water, will continue in those areas, for much of the day, due to runoff from last night's storms. Motorists are urged to be cautious this morning in those areas. For the latest road closure information, check out MoDOT's traveler information map at modot.org.
The potential for heavy rainfall continues for the entire area, beginning this evening and continuing thru the day on Friday, as a slow-moving cold front moves through. The National Weather Service estimates widespread 2 to 4 inch rainfall amounts will occur across the northern half of Missouri, especially along the Highway 36 corridor, south to I-70. A flash flood watch is in effect for all of north Missouri and much of central Missouri, thru at least Friday morning.
Three Shelby County residents were treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 151 in Clarence. It occurred just before 4pm. The patrol says a pickup, driven by 18 year old Deja Teter, of Clarence, failed to yield and pulled into the path of a car driven by 29 year old Candace Beasley, of Anabel. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries. A passenger in Beasley’s car, 38 year old Billy Beasley, of Anabel, also sustained moderate injuries. All three were taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
A traffic stop by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department led to charges against a Moberly man for possession of a stolen handgun, earlier this week. On Monday, deputies stopped a vehicle driven by 26 year old Victor M. Gregori, of Moberly. During the traffic stop, they discovered the suspect was in possession of a handgun and a serial number check on the gun revealed a report from Livingston County that it was stolen. Gregori was arrested for receiving stolen property. He is being held on $9,000 dollars cash only bond.
A Columbia driver was killed when his car ran off Boone County Route J, Wednesday night, just after 9pm. 49 year old Brian Hopson, of Columbia, died in the accident. The patrol says his southbound car ran off the highway, struck a private drive and overturned, coming to rest on its side. Hopson was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Carrollton dump truck driver was seriously injured when his truck pulled into the path of a train, at a crossing in Ray County, Tuesday morning. 59 year old Clifford Burkhardt, of Carrollton, was taken to North Kansas City Hospital with serious injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 10:45am. The patrol says Burkhardt’s dump truck traveled over the crossing and into the path of an eastbound train.
A La Plata man has been charged in connection with a fatal accident, which occurred in January. 22 year old Damon Hemmerling, of La Plata, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the crash, which killed 28 year old Wesley Rehm, of La Plata. Prosecutors claim Hemmerling’s blood alcohol content was well above the legal limit when his vehicle crossed the center line on Highway 156 and struck Rehm’s oncoming vehicle. Hemmerling is being held in the Macon County Jail on $50,000 dollars bond. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment today (Wednesday).
Moberly Police are investigating a home invasion, which occurred overnight Monday night, and left two women injured. Officers responded to a home in the 700 block of Taylor Street, just after 1am Tuesday. The victims say two men, one of whom was armed, entered their home and took two purses, cell phones and an undisclosed amount of cash.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a telephone scam, which has been reported. Scammers are apparently able to use a caller ID ‘ploy’ to make it appear their calls are coming from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. The caller tells the citizen there is a warrant for their arrest, then instructs the citizen to call a 917 number, which is an area code for New York, and pay a fee to have the case put on hold. Sheriff Steve Cox says the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office does not do business this way, nor do they solicit for a group in New York. They have reported the scam to federal authorities.
Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in connection with armed robberies at two Columbia gas stations. James Anthony Fristoe, of Kansas City, is the suspect in both incidents, which occurred Friday. The first was reported just after 4am Friday at a Break Time Convenience Store on Forum Boulevard. About an hour and a half later, officers were called to Midwest Petroleun on Providence for a similar incident. Fristoe is charged with two counts of robbery and two counts of armed criminal action. His bond is set at $300,000 dollars.
Cleanup is underway this morning after more strong thunderstorms brought strong, straight-line winds through the area Monday night, causing considerable damage. A line of storms caused multiple reports of tree and power line damage in Downing, including a large tree falling on a camper in a private driveway. Tree limbs and powers lines were reported down in multiple Kirksville locations and also in La Plata, between 7 and 9pm. Torrential rainfall also caused widespread flash-flooding over several counties, with a number of road closures reported. Most of those roads have reopened this morning. You’re encouraged to use caution as you travel this morning.
Two Columbia men have pleaded guilty to bank robbery charges, in connection with the August, 2014 armed robbery of the Bank Midwest in Moberly. 25 year old Clarence Lamont Williams entered his plea last month and will be sentenced in August. 24 year old Daniel Mark Rudroff pleaded guilty Monday and is set for sentencing in September. A third suspect, 21 year old Jeremy Burnett, of Columbia, was indicted for the robbery last month. His court date has not yet been set. Investigators have previously indicated a belief that the Moberly robbery may have been connected to a robbery at the Bank of Kirksville, which occurred a week earlier. No charges have been filed in connection with the Kirksville robbery.
A Centralia motorcyclist was seriously injured when he ran off the roadway while his motorcycle was being towed with a rope, Monday evening. 53 year old Charles W. Berck, of Centralia, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The accident occurred at around 5:45pm on Audrain County Route FF. The patrol says Berck’s motorcycle was being towed by a pickup, driven by 41 year old Jason Shackleford, of Centralia, when the motorcycle ran off the roadway and overturned.
A man who was sentenced to life in prison for the death of a Marshall woman has died in prison, after serving just six months if his sentence. 66 year old Joseph Arbeiter, of Sedalia, was sentenced to life without parole in December, after pleading guilty to raping, killing and dismembering 35 year old Mandy Black, of Marshall, last year. A news release from the Crossroads Correction Center in Cameron says Arbeiter died at the prison. The death was reportedly due to natural causes.
A La Plata man was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup in La Plata, Saturday afternoon. La Plata Police say 60 year old Jeffrey Curtis apparently turned left from Brown Street into the path of an oncoming pickup, which was pulling a flatbed trailer. Curtis and an 8 year old passenger were both ejected from the motorcycle. Curtis later died at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The child was flown to University Hospital in Columbia, for further treatment.
A Putnam County motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries when his bike struck a deer in the roadway on Putnam County Route EE, Saturday afternoon. 27 year old Heath Simpson, of Lucerne, was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3pm. The patrol says he was ejected from his motorcycle after it struck a deer in the roadway.
A Higbee teenager was treated for moderate injuries after Saturday evening accident on a Randolph County road. 16 year old Karlea Gravitt, of Higbee, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:30pm. She was a passenger in a car driven by 16 year old Stephanie Sercu, of Fayette. The patrol says the car turned into the path of a car driven by 27 year old Cecilia Leslie of Higbee. No other injuries were reported.
University of Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley was seriously injured in a car accident, which occurred Sunday afternoon on Highway 63 south of Columbia. The patrol says the 21 year old Brantley was the driver of a car, which slid off the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned. He was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. A passenger in the car, 21 year old Madeleine Stock, who is a Mizzou women’s basketball player, was treated for minor injuries.
Columbia Police are investigating a fatal accident, which occurred on William Street in Columbia, on Sunday. Police say the 72 year old victim was northbound when he apparently suffered a medical condition, causing him to veer off the roadway, striking a utility pole. Officers are continuing to investigate.
An investigation that started in late May resulted in the arrest of a La Plata man on sexual abuse charges against two young girls. 60 year old Robert James Newbrough is charged with two counts each of statutory sodomy, sexual misconduct involving a child, sexual abuse and child molestation. The allegations involve two female children age 5 and 8. Newbrough is being held without bond.
A suspect, who was wanted on Knox County warrants totaling more than $75,000 dollars, was arrested by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department Thursday. Deputies received information on the location of the suspect, 21 year old Richard L. Elder, Jr. The Highway Patrol assisted in setting up a perimeter around a residence in Gibbs. Officers say a vehicle attempted to elude them as it exited the south side of Gibbs onto Highway V. That vehicle was stopped by deputies a few minutes later. Three occupants were taken into custody, including Elder, who was hiding in the back seat. Elder faces multiple Knox County and Adair County warrants. Additional charges are pending.
The Chillicothe Area Arts Council presents the annual ‘Sliced Bread Jam’ Bluegrass Festival, which kicks off this evening at the Litton Agri-Campus, located just north of Chillicothe. Performances begin this evening at 6:30pm. A full schedule of activities is set for Saturday afternoon and evening, starting at 12:30pm. For more details, check out sliced bread jam dot com.
Several hundred bicyclists will be traveling through north Missouri next week, as part of the annual Bike Across Missouri event. The route begins Monday in Rockport, with stops planned in Maryville, Albany, Unionville, Kirksville and ending in Canton. Next Wednesday afternoon, the cyclists are expected to enter Putnam County on Highway 136 and will spend Wednesday night in Unionville. Thursday, they’ll be traveling to Kirksville using Highway 136, Missouri Route 149 and Highway 6. The event concludes next Friday, as the cyclists travel from Kirksville to Canton. Motorists are encouraged to use extra caution as the bicyclists travel through our area. For more information, visit big bam ride dot com.
I-70 is back open in Columbia this morning after a crash involving six semis shut down the interstate at the Highway 63 Connector overnight. The accident occurred just before 1am. Westbound I-70 was closed for about an hour after the crash, but traffic is back to normal this morning. Four persons were taken to University Hospital for treatment. No other details on the crash have been released, as of yet.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred Thursday night in the parking lot of the Ultramart Gas Station at Paris Road and Whitegate Drive. Employees at the gas station and a nearby restaurant reported a fight in the parking lot. A shots fired report came in at around 9pm. At least two bullets apparently struck the gas station building. No injuries were reported and the investigation continues.
A Shelbyville driver was killed when two pickups collided head-on on Highway 156 in Knox County, Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 4:30pm, just west of Novelty. 59 year old Randy L. Parsons, of Shelbyville, died in the accident. 25 year old Aleksander Rowinski, of Lancaster, was flow by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries. The patrol says Rowinski’s eastbound truck traveled into the path of Parsons’ westbound vehicle and the two trucks collided head-on. Both vehicles caught fire after the collision.
A standoff with officers in Tina, earlier this week, ended peacefully when a suspect was taken into custody. It occurred Tuesday afternoon and evening, after the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call, regarding a ‘disturbed individual’ in a home on Route WW. There were reports that the man was armed and potentially dangerous. After a few hours on the scene, the suspect, whose identity has not been released by authorities, surrendered and was taken into custody.
Marceline Police have released details on a weekend vehicle and foot chase that ended with the arrest of a Marceline man. It occurred Sunday, when officers attempted to stop a truck with no license plates, in the area of Highway 5 and Gracia Street. The suspect fled southbound into Chariton County. He later left his vehicle in a hay field and attempted to flee on foot. The driver, 40 year old Frank Stallo, of Marceline, was later tracked down with the assistance of County deputies, patrol troopers and a K9 unit. He is charged with felony driving while revoked and resisting arrest by flight. He’s scheduled to appear in a Linn County courtroom this (Thursday) morning.
A brief Wednesday night car chase in Columbia ended when the suspect’s vehicle ran into a grassy area behind the football field at Hickman High School. Police say the suspect was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the day. Officers made contact and attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver tried to flee. A juvenile male was taken into custody after the vehicle struck a fire hydrant and a fence and came to rest in a grassy area behind the Hickman football field.
A Marceline woman was seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon collision on Highway 36 at the Bucklin Junction. 83 year old Mary J. Artz, of Marceline, was taken to Truman Hospital in Kansas City, after the accident, which occurred at around 12:45pm Tuesday. The Patrol says she suffered serious injuries when she failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by 33 year old Anne Maugans, of Wichita, Kansas. Three occupants in the Maugans vehicle were treated for minor injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital.
Two Macon children were hurt in an ATV accident, which occurred Tuesday afternoon on private property, north of Bevier. 57 year old Ethelyn Brower, of Macon, was the driver of the ATV. Two passengers, age 4 and 6, apparently fell off the rear of the ATV and struck the ground. The six year old was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. The 4 year old was treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
The recent heavy rains have caused a culvert washout on Chariton County Route D. The damaged culvert is located about a mile west of Route 129. Route D will remain closed at that location until it can be replaced. MoDOT says the closure could last two weeks or more.
Last weekend’s Macon County Relay for Life raised more than $30,000 dollars to benefit the American Cancer Society. A total of 14 teams and 130 participants raised a total of $30,423.50 during Saturday evening’s Relay, which was moved indoors, due to heavy rain moving through the area. American Family Fiedler Agency and Con Agra were this year’s top two fundraising teams…with both coming in at just under $5,000 dollars for the event.
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOTS FIRED
A Columbia man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a March ‘shots fired’ incident on Lawnridge Court. It allegedly occurred after a fight between the suspect, 33 year old Ronell Clark, and another man. Clark is accused of firing a gun at a vehicle driven by the victim, along with a woman and a child. No one was injured by the gunshot. Clark is charged with three counts of assault, unlawful use of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.
Two former Kirksville residents are dead, after an apparent murder-suicide at a home just east of Columbia. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says it occurred Monday morning in the 900 block of Sun Valley Drive, in Columbia’s Sunrise Estates Subdivision. Deputies say they found the body of 66 year old Thomas C. Scofield, of Columbia, in the back yard of the residence. Inside the home, Scofield’s son-in-law, 40 year old Jason B. Hagan, was found dead of a gunshot wound. Preliminary investigation indicates Scofield apparently shot Hagan before taking his own life. Two small children, ages 1 and 3, were at the home at the time of the incident. They were not injured.
Boone County authorities and the Highway Patrol are investigating a body found in the Missouri River, near Hartsburg, south of Columbia, on Monday. The search began after a report from the Cooper’s Landing area, where witnesses called 911 after they saw a body floating down the river. Search crews recovered the body of an adult male a few miles downstream. No further details have been released as the identification process is underway.
A Macon woman was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison, for her role in a deadly 2014 home invasion in Columbia. 24 year old Deshai Richardson was originally charged with second-degree murder, but that charge was reduced to first-degree burglary. The home invasion occurred in April of 2014 on West Texas Avenue. Another suspect in the case, Darris Edwards, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison.
Two persons suffered minor to moderate injuries when their truck ran off a Boone County roadway and into a ravine Monday evening. It occurred on Oakland Church Road, just northeast of Columbia. Investigators say the truck went out of control and rolled into the steep ravine. Two women had to be extracted from the vehicle and were taken to a local hospital after the accident. A third person walked away from the crash.
A Marceline child died and three others were injured when a car ran off a Linn County bridge, Friday night. 9 year old Annah Collier, of Marceline, was killed in the accident. The patrol says the driver, 20 year old Booke K. Sharp-Younce, of Marceline, lost control of her vehicle on a mud-covered roadway, southeast of Linneus. The car ran off the side of a bridge and came to rest on its top, submerged in water. The driver was treated for minor injuries. Two other passengers in the car, 30 year old Kimberly Acton and 23 year old Erica Delana, both of Marceline, were treated for moderate injuries.
Teenagers from Marceline and Brookfield were injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 5 in Linneus, early Sunday morning. It occurred just before 4am. 18 year old Miles C. Waller, of Marceline, was the driver of a southbound car. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Two passengers were injured. 17 year old Kyle D. Fisher, of Marceline, was treated for moderate injuries. 16 year old Tyler Wallace, of Brookfield, refused treatment for minor injuries.
A Clarence teen was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Highway 36 in Macon County, Saturday morning. 18 year old Trey Fuller, of Clarence, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 8:45am. The patrol says he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound vehicle. It ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned.
CHILLICOTHE POLICE MAKE BURGLARY ARRESTS
Two Chillicothe residents were arrested over the weekend, in connection with an alleged burglary and theft, which occurred last week. On Sunday, officers arrested Anthony Walker for burglary and theft, which occurred Thursday in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Michaela Mathews was also arrested for theft, in connection with the same incident. Both suspects were transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail, pending the filing of formal charges.
A Mexico driver suffered moderate injuries in a Saturday night accident on Highway 54 in Miller County. 53 year old Tamara Walden, of Mexico, was treated at Lake Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 8pm Saturday. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a rock bluff and overturned.
Columbia Police are investigating a report of a strong-armed robbery, which occurred Saturday afternoon near 7th and Broadway in downtown Columbia. The report indicates two male suspects assaulted a male victim at around 4:45pm Saturday. They took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. The suspects were described as tall, older black males with average build. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
SEVERAL AREAS DEAL WITH HIGH WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN OVERNIGHT
It was a busy night as numerous thunderstorm warnings were issues across North Missouri. Several areas had tree limbs down from high winds, including several power line poles in the Northwest part of the state which resulted in several power outages. Heavy rains also created problems and resulted in flash flood warnings for several counties in the listening area. Thunderstorms remain in the forecast for the next several days.
FULTON DRIVER SUSTAINS MODERATE INJURIES
A Fulton driver was taken to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries in a one vehicle accident on Route Z in Callaway County around 6 o’clock Wednesday night. The patrol said 53 year old Mary J. O’Donnel overcorrected resulting in her vehicle sliding off the roadway and overturning.
MINOR INJURIES FOR BELLEFLOWER DRIVER
The patrol reports 48 year old Andrea M. Wiggington of Belleflower received minor injuries after swerving her vehicle to avoid a deer on Route E in Montgomery County around 5:10 yesterday (THURSDAY) morning. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck a ditch. Wiggington was transported to St. Joseph West Hospital for treatment.
TWO VEHICLE WRECK RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES
A two vehicle accident in Boone County at 8:55 Wednesday night resulted in minor injuries for one driver. The patrol said Yuliva Kryshchendyuk of Sedalia ran a stop sign and struck another vehicle driven by 30 year old Sarah K. Austin of Columbia. Austin was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
FULTON WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER STABBING
KOMU TV reports the Morgan County Sheriff's Office was reviewing the case Thursday of a woman accused of stabbing a man at a cave along highway TT near the Lake of the Ozarks. Deputies arrested 34-year-old Nicole Racheale Hill, of Fulton, Sunday after she allegedly stabbed 60-year-old David Glen Emht, of Cuba. Emht had moderate injuries to the left side of his head and neck. He was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. Hill was charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action with a bond at $100,000. The Sheriff's Office said the investigation was ongoing. Hill was scheduled to be in court June
RESURFACING TO BEGIN ON ROUTE F IN BOONE COUNTY
Route F from Route 124 to Route 63 in northern Boone County will be resurfaced beginning this Monday. Paving is expected to be completed in both lanes of the area south of Perche Creek fist, then will more to the northern portion of the highway. Once the paving is complete, the roadway will be striped and work will be placed on affected driveways. The project is expected to last two weeks.
FOUR VEHICLES INVOLVED IN RAY COUNTY ACCIDENT
An accident in Ray County on MO 10 just before 3:30 Wednesday afternoon sent 4 people to the hospital for treatment. According to the patrol 23 year old Amber M. Estep of Richmond crossed the center line of the road and sideswiped a vehicle driven by 53 year old Lisa M. Higgins of Richmond which resulted in a 3rd vehicle operated by 51 year old Georgia A. Senciboy of Richmond to strike the back of the Higgins auto. The Estep auto continued traveling into oncoming traffic and struck a 4th vehicle driven by 58 year ole Renee A. White of Excelsior springs head-on. Sensiboy had minor injuries. Higgins sustained moderate injuries while Estep and White both had serious injuries. All 4 drivers were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
MILAN WOMAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
A Milan woman was arrested after authorities say they found methamphetamine during a routine traffic stop. 21 year old Chasity L. Burk, 21, of Milan was arrested Tuesday evening for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Her arraignment is scheduled for June 18th.
MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
As a result of a traffic stop on 05/30/2015, the Macon Police Department arrested a 24-year old white female of Louisiana (MO) on multiple charges. Police also recovered a stolen vehicle during the stop which was stolen from Ottumwa (IA) on 05/27/2015. The vehicle was impounded and later returned to the registered owner. The female suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Macon County Jail where she was placed on 24-hour hold pending formal charges. Police applied for and obtained an arrest warrant for Melinda D COUCH for felony tampering with a motor vehicle, felony possession of controlled substance, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle without valid driver license. Bond was set at $10,500 cash only.
During a traffic stop on 05/31/2015, a Macon Police Officer arrested a 24-year old black male of Omaha (NE) for driving while license suspended and exceeding the posted speed limit. The male suspect was transported to the Macon Police Department for processing and was later released on summons pending a municipal court date after posting the required bond.
On 06/03/2015, a victim reported to the Macon Police Department a theft from their vehicle had occurred between 05/20 to 06/03/2015. The victim reported a Pioneer car stereo was removed from the victim's vehicle. The stereo is valued at approximately $90.00. This case remains under investigation at this time.
On 06/04/2015, a Macon Police Officer arrested a male subject for driving while intoxicated after making contact during a traffic stop in the 1700 block of North Missouri Street. Police arrested a 35-year old white male of Macon for driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a stop sign. The suspect was transported to the Macon County Sheriff's Office for processing. He was later released on summons pending a municipal court date.
During a traffic stop on 06/05/2015, a Macon Police Officer arrested a 20-year old white female of Macon for driving without a valid license, vehicle registration violation and failure to provide proof of insurance. The suspect was transported to the Macon Police Department for processing and was later released on summons pending a municipal court date.
After investigating a report of a domestic assault on 06/06/2015 occurring in the 100 block of Vine Street, a Macon Police Officer arrested a 28-year old white male of Macon for domestic assault. He was processed at the Macon Police Department and later released on summons pending a municipal court date.
RANDOLPH COUNTY SHERIFFS REPORT
Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols reports the following incidents, reports, investigations and arrest.
A deputy was dispatched to a location on County Road 2995 in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked roadside. The deputy located the vehicle and contacted the occupant. During the investigation, the deputy discovered a stolen Kansas license plate and drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and transported to the Randolph County Jail.
A deputy is investigating a burglary that occurred at a Clark business. The complainant reported that someone entered the business and stole several beverages, beef snack sticks, several cartons of cigarettes, rolls of coins, assorted candy bars and the business’s checkbook. The investigation continues.
A deputy received a theft report from a Cairo resident. The complainant reported that numerous pieces of jewelry were stolen from their residence. The investigation developed a possible suspect. The suspect was located and interviewed. The suspect confessed to the theft. The suspected was placed under arrest. The report has been forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney for review and formal action.
A deputy was dispatched to a residence in rural Higbee in reference to suspicious activity. The complainant reported that he heard 3 explosions east of his residence. The deputy searched the area and located individuals who were shooting exploding targets. The suspect advised that they would stop since it was disturbing the pace of another. No further action taken.
A deputy was dispatched to a location on Highway 24 near Huntsville, in reference to an injured deer lying on the highway. The deputy located the animal, euthanized it and removed it from the highway.
A deputy was dispatched to a residence in Huntsville in reference to a report of harassment. The complainant reported that his neighbor was harassing him over the construction of a fence. Both parties were advised to refrain from contact with each other.
A deputy was dispatched to a residence in Renick in reference to keep the peace while the custody of children was transferred to another for visitation purposes. The transfer was made without incident.
A deputy was dispatched to a rural Huntsville business in reference to an alarm sounding. Upon arrival the deputy checked the building finding it secure and undisturbed.
A deputy was dispatched to a location on Highway D in reference to a horse on the roadway. The deputy patrolled the area but did not observe any horses out of confinement.
A deputy was dispatched to County Road 2245 in reference to a traffic complaint. Upon arrival of the deputy, he observed that vehicles were parked on both sides of the road, making it impossible to get large emergency vehicles through. The deputy went to the concession stand at the sports complex and had an announcement made to immediately remove the vehicles. The vehicle owners immediately returned to their vehicles and moved them.
Dominic Justin Curtis Gaw was served a Randolph County warrant for failure to obey a judge’s order on a class C felony charge of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of Marijuana. Gaw remains in the Randolph County Jail in lieu of the required bond.
Crystal J. Nichols was served two warrants. Warrant one from Audrain County for failure to appear on a misdemeanor charge of passing bad checks – less than $500. Warrant two from Lafayette County on a misdemeanor traffic charge. Nichols was released to Audrain County authorities.
FATHER AND SON INDICTED FOR FRAUD BY GRAND JURY
On Tuesday, The Western District of Missouri announced that 50 year old Mark Henry, Sr. of Cameron and his son, 28 year old Mark Henry, Jr. of Lucerne were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a conspiracy to defraud farmers in 10 states of nearly $862,000. The indictment involves the sale of hay and cattle, along with hay hauling services. In addition to the conspiracy, the Henrys are charged together in seven counts of wire fraud and seven counts of mail fraud. The case was investigated by the FBI, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, the Putnam County Sheriffs Department and the Putnam county Prosecutor’s Office.
WRECK ON US 36 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
One person was injured in a wreck on US 36, 4 miles east of Macon shortly after 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The patrol said 80 year old Robert M. Featherlin of Lewistown turned onto US 36 and travelled into the path of an 18-wheeler driven by 60 year old Earl W. Dodge of Charles Town, WV. Both vehicles were travelling eastbound. Featherlin received minor injuries and was transported to Samaritan Hospital for treatment.
BURNED REMAINS IN HARRISON COUNTY LINKED TO AMBER ALERT
Urbandale, Iowa police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the remains of an infant and adult found in a burned vehicle in Harrison County are believed to be those of a missing 9-month-old Iowa boy and his father. An Amber Alert was issued for Logan Habibovic early Wednesday morning when it was believed he'd been abducted by 33-year-old Elvis Habibovic. The alert described a vehicle that authorities say matched the description of the burned vehicle found Tuesday evening in the Grant Trace conservation area, approximately 10 miles northwest of Bethany in Harrison County. Authorities in Missouri and Iowa are trying to positively identify the remains.
BUSY WEEKEND AROUND THE AREA
Simpson Park will be the location for the Relay for Life event in Chillicothe Friday night. The event will officially kick off at 6 pm with the opening ceremony – the Survivor lap – to honor those who are fighting the war against cancer. This year, Livingston County has 10 teams’ registered and just over 100 participants. Teams will be set up by 5 pm serving all kinds of food items and various other events are scheduled as well. On Saturday, the Macon County Relay for Live event will take place from 4 pm to midnight on the front lawn of Macon R-1 School. The public is invited to attend both events. More information can be obtained by logging on to RelayForLife.org. Other events continuing through the weekend include the Salisbury Steak Festival and Railroad Days in Moberly. On Friday and Saturday it’s the Twin Parks Summer Festival in Brookfield. Also, Saturday the Fly-In and Drive-In event is scheduled at the Macon Fowler Memorial Airport in Macon.
LINN COUNTY ROUTE C TO BE CLOSED THURSDAY
The Missouri Department of Transportation says Route C in Linn County will be closed today (Thursday) for a culvert replacement, Weather permitting, local maintenance crews plan to close Route C from Route KK to Fox Drive between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Motorists will need to use an alternate route during the closure.
CALDWELL COUNTY WRECK WEDNESDAY MORNING
An accident in Caldwell County around 11:40 Wednesday morning resulted in injuries. The patrol said 21 year old Canaan N. Miller of Cowgill was eastbound on MO 116 when her vehicle went off the roadway, overcorrected and went off the other side of the road and overturned, coming to rest on its top. The driver had minor injuries and was transported to Liberty Hospital. A passenger, 20 year old Miranda D. Miller of Cowgill was ejected from the vehicle and was flown by helicopter to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries.
AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT INVOLVING TRAIN
A collision involving a car and a Norfolk Southern train occurred at 4:20 Tuesday afternoon at the crossing on Rollins Street in Benton City. The Highway Patrol reports 24 year old Allen J. Clark of Mexico failed to yield and his vehicle was struck by a train operated by 45 year old Timmy L. Morgan of Moberly. Clark, along with 3 passengers, 23 year old Tabitha L Mitchell, 6 year old Ivy R. Mitchell and 4 year old Raven B. Mitchell all sustained minor injuries and were transported to Audrain Hospital for treatment. The patrol said crossbucks are used as a signal device at this crossing and that the train had horns and bells that were activated at the time of the collision.
ATV ACCIDENT RESULTS IN MINOR INJURIES
An ATV accident on private property 5 miles south of Palmyra at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon resulted in minor injuries. The patrol said 34 year old Bobi C. Matthews of Hannibal was attempting to avoid a dog when the ATV went into a ditch, rolled over onto its side and came to rest on top of the driver. Matthews was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
MINOR INJURIES FOR KIRKSVILLE DRIVER
A one vehicle accident around 7:50 Monday night resulted in minor injuries for the driver. The patrol said 17 year old Courtney C. Mahurin of Kirksville was traveling northbound on MO 3, four miles south of Troy Mills. Her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, then returned to the highway and went off the left side and overturned, striking a junction box.
DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED TO HELP RENICK FAMILY
A relief fund has been established to assist a Renick family after their mobile home was damaged when a tree fell on it during a thunderstorm Sunday night, smashing the home in half. Donations made out to the Ed Damron Family Relief Fund can be taken to the Renick Church at 301 West Hubbard Street in Renick or mailed to PO Box 33, Renick, MO 65278. Proceeds will be used to assist the family in getting back into some kind of home.
ASSISTANCE NEEDED FOR TRENTON FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Efforts are underway in Trenton to raise funds for the 2015 Community Fireworks display. Debbie Carman, President of the Trenton Chamber of Commerce said in order to make the display a reality, they must have the support of the community. If you’d like to make a donation, contact the Chamber office at 617 Main Street in Trenton. This year’s display is planned for the evening of July 3rd.
TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH
Two Fulton residents were injured around 8:35 Monday night in Callaway County on Highway 54 and I-70. The patrol reports the accident occurred when 20 year old Keirsten M. Steffenauer of Fulton failed to stop at a red light and struck another vehicle driven by 30 year old Christopher M. Dussetschleger of Fulton. Both drivers sustained moderate injuries and were transported to University Hospital for treatment.
HIGHWAY RESTRIPING UNDERWAY
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists that its annual effort to paint fresh stripes on Missouri highways is underway. Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly, when coming up behind a show-moving caravan of MoDOT striping trucks. Crews are working to restripe most of the major highways, over the next few weeks. Most of those trucks travel at between 8 and 12 miles per hour while painting. Be prepared to slow down quickly.
GALLATIN MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH
A Gallatin driver sustained serious injuries after he lost control of his motorcycle while attempting to pass three vehicles on Otter Avenue, 5 miles west of Gallatin in Daviess county around 3:50 Monday afternoon. The patrol said 19 year old Christopher W. Cameron was ejected when his bike went off the roadway and overturned. Cameron was transported by helicopter to Truman Medical Center for treatment.
TWO INJURED IN HARRISON COUNTY ACCIDENT
Two people sustained injuries in a collision in Harrison County on US 136 at State Route OO, 5 miles east of Bethany around 5:30 Sunday night. The patrol reports 77 year old Robert C. Sanders of Madred, IA was attempting to make a u-turn and collided with another vehicle driven by 25 year old Ashley A. Powell of Ridgeway. Sanders received moderate injuries while Powell sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to Harrison County Community Hospital for treatment.
SEX OFFENDER IN TROUBLE AGAIN
From Heartland Connection dot com, powered by KTVO: A sex offender is in trouble with the law again but this time it’s for something he didn't do. Sullivan County Sheriff Roger Smiley said 57 year old Donald G. Johnson of Milan, is charged with failure to register as a sex offender, a felony and was arrested Monday afternoon. He was in custody at the Sullivan County Jail at last report with bond set at $10,000 cash only.
MAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT ON INTERSTATE
Westbound I-70 was shut down for several hours during the morning commute Monday as the Highway Patrol was investigating an accident involving an individual who was reportedly walking on the interstate when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. The incident occurred in Cooper County near the 111 mile marker.
SHOOTING MONDAY NIGHT IN COLUMBIA
Two people were being treated after a shooting on Demaret Drive in Columbia around 8 o’clock Monday night. Local authorities including Columbia Police, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were on the scene.
ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT SUNDAY MORNING
Two people sustained minor injuries in a vehicle accident in Adair County around 9:30 Sunday morning. 23 year old Tabitha L. Bennett of Downing was eastbound on Route A when she crossed the centerline and struck a westbound vehicle driven by 33 year old Jessica C. Benedict of Memphis. Bennett was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center. Benedict was to seek her own treatment.
SEVERAL WITH MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH AT MILAN
A two vehicle crash at Business 5 and MO 5 in Milan shortly before the noon hour Saturday resulted in minor injuries for 7 area residents. The patrol said a vehicle driven by 16 year old Malachi Luper of Milan attempted to cross MO 5 and drove into the path of another auto operated by 56 year old Janice Pearce of Novinger. 4 occupants of the Pearce vehicle along with 3 people in the Luper auto all sustained minor injuries and were transported to Sullivan County Hospital for treatment.
VEHICLE STRIKES COW IN SULLIVAN COUNTY
A vehicle struck a cow on highway E in Sullivan County, 10 miles west of Milan around 7:50 Saturday morning resulting in minor injuries for the driver and her passenger. 42 year old Toni J. Eaglen of Milan and 14 year old Catherine Eaglen were transported to Sullivan County Hospital for treatment.
KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT SENDS TWO PEOPLE TO HOSPITAL
From Heartland Connection dot com: An accident Saturday afternoon in Kirksville sends two people to the hospital. The three vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 63 and Illinois Street around 12 p.m. Saturday. Five people total were involved in the crash; two were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.
ASHLAND WOMAN INJURED IN BOATING ACCIDENT
A boating accident around 1 o’clock Saturday afternoon on Mark Twain Lake resulted in moderate injuries for an Ashland woman. 31 year old Pamela Kovar was ejected from an inner tube being pulled behind a boat. She was transported to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The boat was operated by 31 year old Bryan Kovar of Ashland. The accident occurred on the North Fork Arm of Mark Twain Lake in Monroe County.
CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK RESULTS IN INJURIES
A two vehicle wreck on a County Road in Callaway county shortly after 11:30 Sunday morning resulted in injuries. 18 year old Jayme D. Lehenbauer of Auxvasse was entering County Road 260 from a private drive and pulled into the path of another vehicle driven by 50 year old Cheryl Witte of Mexico. Witte and a passenger, 32 year old Georgette Polhill of Rockford, Illinois both had moderate injuries and were transported to University Hospital for treatment.
COOPER COUNTY SHOOTING
KMIZ TV says the Cooper County Sheriff's Office and the State Highway Patrol are investigating a fatal shooting in Prairie Home. Officials say an intruder entered the home, was shot and killed just after midnight Sunday morning. Sheriff Jerry Wolfe says the person in the home as well as the intruder were from Prairie Home. No further details have been released.
INTERSTATE 70 LANES TO BE RESURFACED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Weather permitting; beginning Monday, June 15, 16 miles of the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Montgomery County will be resurfaced, including interchange ramps at Route F, MO 19 and MO 161, along with shoulder work throughout the project. The project will begin near High Hill just east of Route F and go to the Callaway County line. All work will be done at night between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday night through Saturday morning.
Moberly’s new asphalt shingle manufacturing plant will not be happening. New Jersey-based GAF announced Thursday that it has cancelled its plan to build a new manufacturing facility in Moberly. The company says unfavorable market conditions and unanticipated increases in the costs associated with building and operating the new facility has caused them to ‘re-think’ their plans. The 320,000 square foot facility was expected to be open by the end of 2017 and had planned to employ around 125 people.
A Gallatin woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday morning collision on Highway 69 in Winston. 33 year old Rachel Trimble, of Gallatin, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 10:40am. The patrol says Trimble was eastbound on the highway, when a car driven by 86 year old Jack Creamer, of Winston, apparently failed to yield and pulled into the path of her vehicle.
A Higbee driver suffered moderate injuries in a collision on a Howard County road, which occurred just before noon Thursday. The patrol says 83 year old Mariko Murphy, of Higbee, was driving in the center of the road while rounding a curve. Her vehicle struck an oncoming SUV, driven by 30 year old Jason Longdon, of Higbee, head-on. Murphy was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
This week’s heavy rains have caused the Grand River to rise above flood stage again. Moderate flooding is expected in the Chillicothe and Sumner areas, heading into the weekend…with minor flooding at other locations along the river. Additional heavy rainfall could increase the Grand River’s projected crest. We’ll continue to update you on the latest information. The Missouri River is also rising above flood stage in a number of locations, and is expected to produce minor flooding. Moderate flooding is forecast in the Glasgow area.
A Columbia woman was convicted on all counts, in connection with a 2014 Super Bowl Sunday shooting incident. Eugenia Dyer was accused of firing shots that injured her brother and her cousin, near Rice Road in Columbia. The jury found her guilty of all four charges, assault, domestic assault and two counts of armed criminal action. Dyer will appear for sentencing on July 20.
A Salisbury woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident Monday night, on Interstate 64 in East St. Louis. According to an Illinois State Police report, 40 year old Rachelle McDaniel died in the accident, which occurred just before 11:30pm. She was a passenger in an SUV, driven by 49 year old Gayle Krause. Officers say neither McDaniel nor Krause were wearing seatbelts and both were ejected when the vehicle overturned. Krause was seriously hurt. A youth, who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, was treated for minor injuries.
A 20 year old Maysville woman was killed when a utility vehicle overturned on private property in Caldwell County, Wednesday evening. 20 year old Danielle Rupell, of Maysville, died in the accident, which occurred at around 5:40pm. She was a passenger in a utility vehicle, which was traveling down an embankment in a farm field. The patrol says she was ejected when the UTV skidded on muddy ground, struck a tree and overturned. Another passenger, 21 year old Shelbie Thomas of Maysville, was treated for moderate injuries. The driver, 17 year old Zane Edwards of Cameron, was not injured.
From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO: A registered sex offender was arrested Tuesday while allegedly trying to meet someone he though was a 13 year old girl at a cemetery. 38 year old David P. Colyer, of Kirksville, is charged with attempted child enticement. He allegedly used an unregistered on-line profile to make internet contact with an undercover Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Officer posing as a teenage girl. Colyer was arrested after arranging a meeting at the Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery in Kirksville. He is being held on $150,000 dollars bond.
The suspect in a 2014 Kirksville robbery has been sentenced to ten years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 23 year old Matthew Turk pleaded guilty to a robbery charge, in connection with the September 2014 incident at the Casey’s on Osteopathy Street in Kirksville. Turk was accused of using a pellet gun to rob the store and was later arrested at a local hotel. Turk also pleaded guilty to stealing, in connection with an alleged series of incidents at the Kirksville Walmart Store.
A Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 54 in Callaway County injured two Columbia residents. It occurred at around 3:30pm, just west of a I-70/Highway 54 interchange. The patrol says 24 year old Chadrick Butler, of Columbia, apparently failed to yield and struck the towed unit of a southbound tractor-trailer. Butler and his passenger, 24 year old Darren Green, of Columbia, both suffered moderate injuries. They were both treated at University Hospital. The driver of the semi, from Moscow Mills, was not injured.
An 18 year old University of Missouri student faces a hate crime charge, in connection with vandalism at Mizzou’s Mark Twain Residence Hall this spring. 18 year old Bradley M. Becker is charged with second-degree property damage motivated by discrimination. Police investigated in April, after a swastika was burned into the ceiling of a stairwell, along with the message ‘you have been warned’. Becker will appear for a preliminary hearing on June 23.
A Hartsburg, MO driver was killed when his car collided with a dump truck on Highway 63 at the La Plata junction, Tuesday morning. 30 year old Dustin Walker, of Hartsburg, was pronounced dead after being taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center. The accident occurred just after 8:30 Tuesday morning. The patrol says a dump truck, driven by 34 year old Jerry O. Johnson, of Kirksville, failed to yield at the intersection and struck Walker’s northbound car in the side, causing it to travel off the roadway.
Drivers from Green City and Milan both escaped with just minor injuries, after their vehicles collided on Highway 6 in Sullivan County. The accident occurred at around 2:50pm Tuesday. The patrol says a van, driven by 60 year old Leonard Vega, of Milan, crossed the center and sideswiped an oncoming pickup, driven by 45 year old Mary Tucker, of Green City. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries.
A Mexico driver was seriously injured when her car ran off westbound I-70 in Callaway County, just after 9 o’clock Tuesday night. 29 year old Ashley Gipson, of Mexico, was the driver of a westbound car. The patrol says it ran off the highway and struck the center cables. Gipson was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. Her 6 year old son was a passenger in the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries.
A fugitive from Arizona has been arrested this week by Moberly Police, with the assistance of U.S. Marshals. 45 year old Scott Jaecques was taken into custody on a Yuma County, Arizona warrant for aggravated harassment. He is being held on $50,000 dollars bond, awaiting pickup by Arizona authorities.
An Adair County woman is accused of selling meth to a confidential informant in Schuyler County, prompting her arrest by the Highway Patrol. 35 year old Holli Lynch, of Brashear, was wanted on a Schuyler County warrant when she was spotted by a trooper at a Kirksville grocery store. She was taken into custody and now faces a felony charge of distributing a controlled substance. She is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Mexico man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison this week, on a recent conviction for rape and domestic assault. 30 year old Richard Chambers, of Mexico, was convicted in April. Prosecutors say he is a prior and persistent felony offender, with a history of felony and misdemeanor domestic abuse. Chambers was sentenced to 15 year on the rape charge and one year for domestic assault. The sentences will run concurrently.
An 11 year old Amish boy was seriously injured in a farm accident in southern Adair County, Monday morning. Authorities say 11 year old Henry Schwartz was dragged by a team of four horses across a pasture and into a stationary steel farm implement, causing serious injuries. The accident occurred at around 9am Monday on a farm, located on Archer Trail in southern Adair County. The 11 year old was transported by ambulance to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where he is listed in critical condition.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of two out-of-town juveniles, over the weekend, at Dickinson and Calhoun in Chillicothe. The two teens were reportedly from the Independence area and one was in possession of cigarettes. Officers say the teen’s parents were not aware they were in Chillicothe and had reported the teens missing. They were taken into custody and returned home.
Economic Development Officials have announced the availability of local testing for a National Career Readiness Certificate, which can help students compete in the job market. The work key assessment evaluates a potential employee’s basic skills that determine job readiness. Officials say more than 300 employers in the area are now accepting the National Readiness Certificate. The exam is available at the Missouri Career Centers in Columbia, Kirksville or Hannibal. It will also be offered in two sessions this week at the Moberly Area Community College Multi-Media Center, on the MACC Moberly Campus. The exam will be available Wednesday at 8:30am or Thursday at 1pm. Walk-ins are welcome and there is no cost for the exam. For more information, contact the offices of Moberly Area Economic Development at 660-263-8811.
The driver of a cement truck went to the hospital after the truck overturned on Old Mill Creek Road, in Boone County, Monday morning. Officials say it took emergency crews two hours to extract the 57 year old driver from the Columbia Ready Mix Truck he was driving, after it overturned. He was treated and released for minor injuries. The accident also downed a power line in the area.
Columbia Police report the arrest of a suspect, in connection with a May 11 shooting incident at the Colonial Village Trailer Park on North Rangeline. 33 year old Anthony Hayes, Jr., of Columbia, was pulled over for not having a properly displayed license plate. He was found to be driving with a revoked license and, officers say, he was also in possession of a rock of cocaine. Hayes is also accused in connection with the shots fired incident, which caused non-life-threatening injuries to one victim. Hayes is being held, awaiting formal charges.
A Kidder driver was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Barwick Road, southwest of Hamilton. The patrol says 68 year old Alison W. Calton, of Kidder, was westbound when she lost control on a washed out area of the roadway. Her vehicle slid off the road and struck a hedge tree. Calton suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Liberty Hospital.
An Edina man was treated for moderate injuries after he was struck by a car on East Lafayette Street in Edina, over the weekend. 84 year old Stanley W. Sharp was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville after the accident, which occurred Saturday afternoon at around 1pm. The patrol says he was attempting to cross Lafayette Street when he was struck by an eastbound car, driven by 66 year old Kenneth Winters, of Knox City.
Three Columbia man were seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Boone County Route ZZ, early Sunday morning. It occurred just before 1:30am. 32 year old Jarryl W. Jones, of Columbia, was the driver of a northbound car, which ran off the roadway, struck a driveway edge and vaulted, coming to rest on its side. Jones was seriously injured. Two passengers also suffered serious injuries…33 year old Saroeun Sorm and 42 year old Sean Sorm, both of Columbia. All three were taken to University Hospital.
For the second time in a week, a suspect was arrested for drug possession, while parked across the street from the Macon County Jail. Deputies say 27 year old Kalie G. Mathews, of Kirksville, entered the Jail last Thursday to post bond for an associate that was being held there. Deputies say her vehicle did not display legal registration and she was driving with a suspended license. She was also found to be in possession of illegal prescription pills. Mathews was walked into the Jail and arrested on three counts of possession, along with driving while suspended and failure to register a motor vehicle. She posted $27,000 dollars bond for herself and also posted her associate’s $10,000 dollar bond.
An 8 year old boy died in a Ralls County ATV accident on Thursday. It occurred on a county road in rural Frankford, MO, at around 12:45pm. The patrol says 8 year old Logan Haden, of Frankford, backed his ATV onto a utility pole guidewire, causing it to overturn. He was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Two motorcyclists face drug charges after a traffic stop, last Friday, by a Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy. The stop was prompted by a report of two motorcycles being driven on Highway 36 at a high rate of speed and in a careless and imprudent manner. One of the men was found to be in possession of a syringe, and a further search, with the assistance of a Highway Patrol K-9 unit, allegedly resulted in the seizure of meth, cocaine, marijuana and controlled prescription drugs. The two men, from Sunrise Beach and Kansas City, were taken into custody, pending formal charges.
Jefferson City Police have issued an endangered person advisory for a two-year old boy, believed to have been taken by his non-custodial mother Thursday night. Police say the mother, Billie Jo Linhart, failed to return the child to his court-appointed guardian. Officials believe the child to be in danger due to the mother’s past behavior. Linhart is driving a 2005 white Kia Optima with Nebraska license SZD940. They believe she is likely en route to Nebraska. Anyone with information should contact your local law enforcement.
COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH
A Columbia woman was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident, early Thursday morning, on eastbound I-70, near the 120 mile marker. 39 year old Misty Allen, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30am. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway and struck the median cables.
The city of Fulton will get some new jobs, after an announcement Thursday by Henderson Products. The Manchester, Iowa manufacturer of heavy-duty truck-mounted snow and ice equipment will take over a 41,000 square foot facility in Fulton. The company’s expansion will initially create 30 jobs. It will be Henderson Products’ sixth production facility. They also operate plants in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa and Illinois. A job fair is planned for June 4, from noon to 6pm, at the Callaway Electric Cooperative in Fulton.
A Marceline man was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after an ATV accident Wednesday, on Route ZZ south of Marceline. 37 year old Chad Billups, of Marceline, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 11:30am. The patrol says Billups was ejected from his northbound ATV, when it ran off the roadway.
An elderly Novinger man was killed when he was struck by a livestock trailer, which was being backed by his Son on a private drive, Wednesday morning. It occurred just before 9am. 95 year old Anthony ‘Tony’ Grgurich, of rural Novinger, died in the accident. The patrol says his son, 62 year old Mark Grgurich was backing a pickup and livestock trailer in a private driveway and was not aware that his father was nearby. The trailer ran over the elder Gurgurich, causing fatal injuries.
A Callao driver suffered moderate injuries when her car struck a deer in the roadway on Highway 63, just south of Atlanta, Wednesday night. 54 year old Deborah Payton, of Callao, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred just before 10pm.
A Chillicothe motorcyclist was injured in an accident in the 2600 block of North Washington Street in Chillicothe on Wednesday. Officers say Paul K. Rainsberger attempted a sharp turn and his motorcycle overturned. Rainsberger was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of a broken ankle.
A Boonville motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday night accident on Morgan County Route W. 45 year old Robert D. Otto, of Boonville, was treated at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach. The accident occurred just before 11pm Wednesday. The patrol says Otto’s motorcycle struck a patch of loose gravel and skidded onto its side, ejecting him from the bike.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says two suspects were arrested Wednesday, in connection with a Tuesday afternoon burglary at a home on Wade School Road. 38 year old Torry Hudlow and 29 year old Tonya Wilhite were taken into custody at their home on North Creasy Springs Road. Deputies say they recovered items believed to have been stolen in the burglary, along with a stolen pickup. Hudlow is accused in connection with the break-in, while Wilhite is accused of receiving stolen property.
From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO: A Nebraska father, accused of kidnapping his two young children from their mother in Quincy, Illinois, was arrested in the Macon area over the weekend. Quincy Police say the children’s mother called in an abduction report Friday night. 23 year old Christopher Loupin allegedly took the two kids, age one and two. The report indicated he was likely headed for Nebraska. Loupin was stopped and arrested by Highway Patrol troopers in the Macon area at around 1 o’clock Saturday morning. Two other suspects, including Loupin’s father, were also arrested for aiding and abetting a child abduction. Bonds are set at $500,000 dollars.
Chillicothe Police report an injury accident, which occurred in the 2700 block of North Washington Street on Monday. They say a vehicle driven by Tracy L. England apparently failed to yield the right of way and collided with another car, driven by Logan B. McDaniel. A passenger in McDaniel’s vehicle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
Construction contractors who haven’t been paid for their work on Moberly’s failed Mamtek Plant will be in court Friday to find out what steps they can take to try to collect. According to court documents, contractors who did preliminary work on the plant, prior to its default on bond payments, are owed nearly $2 million dollars in unpaid construction costs. Circuit Judge Scott Hayes will conduct the hearing Friday in Huntsville. Hayes has all ready ruled that the City of Moberly is not liable for the costs.
Boone County authorities are investigating a home invasion robbery, which occurred Tuesday afternoon, north of Columbia. Investigators say the 24 year old resident returned to his home on North Wade School Road at around 3pm, and found a suspect inside. The suspect fled out the back door and ran toward Akeman Bridge. He is described as a tall white male, weight around 160 pounds, with dark hair, a ball cap, baggy t-shirt and blue jeans. A total of seven long guns and pistols were reported stolen from the home and a neighbor reported his truck stolen. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
The Highway Patrol has confirmed that a body was found in the Missouri River Tuesday. Troopers say it matches the description of a body seen floating down the river, by a witness who was walking the Katy Trail south of Rocheport Monday night. That report prompted a search of the river. Officials say the body was recovered Tuesday near the Noren River Access in North Jefferson City. The patrol says the victim is apparently a male of unknown age and race. His identity and the cause of death are still being investigated.
Kirksville Police are seeking information on a hit and run vehicle that struck a bicyclist in Kirksville over the weekend. It occurred Saturday night at around 9pm near the Faith Methodist Church. Witnesses say the vehicle was a late 90’s or early 2000’s mid-size red or maroon-colored pickup with dark tinted windows and a black roll bar. The bicyclist was transported by helicopter to Columbia with injuries to his lower extremities. Anyone with information, contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous tips line at 627-BUST.
The cleanup continues in the Clifton Hill area, after thunderstorm winds caused significant damage, Sunday afternoon. The National Weather Service says the damage is consistent with straight-line winds in excess of 60-70 miles per hour and was likely not a small tornado, as was originally reported. Regardless, officials say there was some structural damage to a few buildings in the area, along with significant tree damage and a number of downed power lines. There were also a few reports of wind damage just west of Excello in Macon County Sunday afternoon, as that strong storm moved further east..
A Moberly man faces multiple charges after police were called to a report of stealing from a Moberly business. Officers responded to the 1300 block of U.S. 24 early Friday morning and they say the suspect, 42 year old Travis Rasmussen, was attempting to leave the area with stolen items in his possession. Police say Rasmussen also had several grams of meth and scales in his possession. He has been charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and burglary. He is being held on $20,000 dollars bond.
Columbia Police are looking for a suspect in a robbery, which occurred early Monday morning in the back parking lot of the Royal Inn Motel on I-70 Drive Southwest. Officers say the suspect approached a male victim and implied he had a gun. He was able to escape with the victim’s cell phone and some cash. Anyone with information can call the anonymous tips line at 573-875-TIPS.
Authorities spent several hours Monday evening searching the Missouri River, south of Rocheport, after a witness on the Katy Trail reported a lifeless body floating down the river. The search was suspended at around 10:45 Monday night, due to storms moving into the area. No body was found. Officials will determined whether to resume the search Tuesday morning.
A Kirksville man faces multiple drug charges after being arrested across the street from the Macon County Jail. 35 year old James D. Wilhite, of Kirksville, was arrested for possession of both meth and marijuana with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Authorities say Wilhite was at the Macon County Jail to pick up an associate that was being released, Tuesday evening. While he was parked across from the jail, officers approached his pickup and detected the odor of marijuana. They say a search of the vehicle turned up 840 grams of marijuana and 60 grams of meth, along with scales, baggies, drug paraphernalia and several thousand dollars in cash. Wilhite is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
A Centralia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday evening accident on Boone County Route O. 25 year old Adrian Caddell was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 7pm. The patrol say Caddell’s northbound car crossed the center line at a hillcrest and struck an oncoming car head-on. The other driver, 22 year old Dakota Barker, of Rocheport, was not injured.
A suspect is in custody after a Thursday night standoff in the Columbia area, on I-70 drive near the Centralia exit. Officers say a suspect, who was wanted on two felony warrants, reportedly saw troopers while he was driving and pulled into a random driveway and ran inside a nearby home. The residents of that home were able to get out and a standoff with the suspect ensued. After several hours, police say the suspect, Robby Kesler, surrendered to authorities and is in custody.
SEDALIA AREA MANHUNT FOR DOUBLE-MURDER SUSPECT
A manhunt continues in the Sedalia area, as the suspect in a double-shooting in Clinton, MO remains on the run. Authorities say James Horn, Jr., of Sedalia, is the only suspect in Thursday’s shooting deaths of Sandra Sutton and her 17 year old son, at a relative’s home in Clinton. Sandra Sutton was Horn’s former girlfriend, who recently escaped being held captive in Horn’s home, telling authorities he locked her in a wooden box. Thursday, Horn allegedly broke into the home where Sutton and her son were staying and shot them both to death. Officers thought they had Horn surrounded at his Sedalia home, Thursday afternoon, but he apparently eluded them. James Horn, Jr. is considered armed and extremely dangerous as he remains on the run.
MoDOT has issued a travel warning for this holiday weekend. Officials say a bridge deck replacement on I-70 at the Blackwater River in Saline County has been causing significant backups, especially on the westbound lanes of I-70. Drivers have been experience up to a one hour delay in that work zone and with additional traffic expected for the holiday weekend, drivers traveling from Columbia towards Kansas City will want to consider an alternate route.
Two Putnam County teenagers were seriously injured in a Wednesday night accident on Putnam County Route KK, just south of Lucerne. 16 year old Jacob T. Rhoades, of Lucerne, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says it occurred at around 11:30pm, when the vehicle ran off the highway and overturned multiple times, ejecting both occupants. Rhoades and his passenger, 15 year old Caine Corwin, of Unionville, both were seriously injured. They were both taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A Kansas man was treated for moderate injuries after the tractor-trailer he was driving ran off Highway 36, just east of Meadville, at around 4 o’clock Wednesday morning. 61 year old Jeroge Harris, of El Dorado, Kansas, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident. The patrol says his rig ran off the highway and struck a ditch.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Department has released information on an attempted traffic stop and police pursuit, which occurred at around 1 o’clock Monday morning, resulting in numerous charges against a Macon man. 35 year old James R. Shepherd, of Macon, is charged with felony DWI and driving while revoked, resisting arrest by fleeing, and numerous traffic violations. Officers say the pursuit ended when his vehicle went out of control and crashed into a tree. Shepherd is being held on $29,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Marshall man, who had been on the run since an altercation with police in the Marshall Wal-Mart parking lot, a week ago, is in custody after being arrested in Alabama. 31 year old Carl Clayton Roettgen, of Marshall, was wanted on a parole violation when officers approached him in the parking lot. Roettgen fled the scene after attempting to fire a weapon at officers. He was arrested in Gulf Shores, Alabama and awaits extradition to face multiple Missouri charges.
A Columbia man, who was wanted in connection with a May 13 shooting incident, has been arrested in Wisconsin. 20 year old Elijah Tyree Fox-Brown was wanted on three counts of assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. The warrants were issued after police investigated a May 13 shooting on Forest Avenue and injured three victims. Fox-Brown was arrested this week in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is being held on $251,500 dollars bond, as he awaits extradition.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has arrested two teenagers, in connection with recent burglaries at the Harrisburg Elementary and Middle Schools. 17 year old Michael Eaves and a 16 year old juvenile were arrested in connection with the incident, which occurred in early February. They are accused of entering the schools through unlocked windows and stealing a number of items, including a computer, two-way radio equipment and two bicycles.
Unconfirmed media reports of a shots fired incident in Brookfield Tuesday were erroneous, according to Brookfield Police. Officials say there was no gun violence of any kind reported anywhere in Linn County yesterday. The unconfirmed media report was incorrect.
Three of the six juveniles, who went missing from the Preferred Family Health Care facility in Kirksville Sunday night, were located in the St. Louis area on Tuesday. Drake Zanoni, Drew Catchings and Broklyn Hudnut were found safe and a stolen vehicle was also recovered. 15 year old Chloe Johnson, 16 year old Haley Brandt and 17 year old Austin Miller are still missing, as of late Tuesday night.
The Macon County Courthouse has been shut down, as renovations to the courthouse and construction of a new Macon County Jail, are underway. Macon County offices that operate out of the courthouse building have been moved to the old Missouri Department of Transportation District Headquarters building. All phone numbers have been transferred to that temporary location. Officials say it will take about a year to complete the construction project.
A Higbee man faces multiple charges, after being accused of molesting his grandchild. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department says 56 year old Clinton Woods, Senior, was arrested without incident, after he was charged with two counts of child molestation, statutory sodomy and endangering the welfare of a child. Woods is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on $150,000 dollars bond. Prosecutors say he was all ready a registered sex offender, after a 1990 conviction involving a 13 year old girl.
Columbia Police are investigating an altercation in Central Columbia on Tuesday, which involved a gunshot wound to one victim. Officers say there was a large disturbance in the area of Sexton Road and McBaine Avenue, at around noon Tuesday. They say the shooter allegedly saw a man threatening a woman with a shovel when he shot the victim in the leg. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Columbia Police say no arrests have been made at this time.
Columbia Police are asking residents to come forward with information on any missing property from Columbia area storage units of the past several months. Police say Shawn Reams, of Columbia, was arrested last week and a large amount of property was recovered and tied to several reports of theft from storage units. Investigators say they are looking for more victims in the case. Contact Columbia Police if you have missing property to report.
From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO: The Kirksville Police Department is attempting to locate six missing juveniles. They are 16 year old Haley Brandt, 15 year old Drew Catchings, Broklyn Hudnut, 15 year old Chloe Johnson, 17 year old Austin Miller and 14 year old Drake Zanoni. The six reportedly ran from a facility in the 1100 block of South Jamison Street in Kirksville, Sunday night. On Monday, police took a report of a stolen black 2005 Subaru Outback with Washington state license plates, AUE-3841. It is believe the two incidents are related. Anyone with information on the missing teens is urged to contact law enforcement, or Adair County’s anonymous tips line at 627-BUST.
Carroll County authorities are investigating break-ins and vandalism at two sheds, one located at the Carrollton Little League ball field and the other at the Carrollton High School track. The incidents apparently occurred sometime Friday night. Officials say there is not much missing from either location, but there was damage to both sheds. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office or Carrollton Police.
Macon Police report a pair of recent traffic stops that ended with drug arrests.
Last weekend, 19 year old Jacob R. Lingard, of Macon, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Officers say evidence was located in Lingard’s vehicle as part of a traffic stop.
Last week, 33 year old Brandi R. Zahringer, of Kirksville, was arrested after a traffic stop netted a number of drug-related items located in her vehicle.
Both suspects are charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. Both are being held on $9,000 cash-only bond.
A search warrant, executed by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department on Monday, netted an active meth lab and two arrests. Deputies executed the search warrant in the 5100 block of Creasy Spring Road. 36 year old David Greer and 30 year old Ashley Greer were both arrested for manufacturing meth. Investigators say two young children in the home were taken into protective custody and the couple were both also charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Two Columbia men and a suspect from Phoenix, Arizona have all been charged with selling meth in Boone County. A federal indictment names 40 year old Ryan Ellingboe and 29 year old Shane Callahan, both of Columbia. They are accused of selling meth during April and May of this year. The Arizona man was located and arrested with a large amount of meth at a Columbia hotel, where he allegedly was supplying the meth for sale. In total, officers say they seized several pounds of meth in the arrests.
A ten-year old Unionville girl was seriously injured in a UTV accident on a Putnam County gravel road, on Sunday. The patrol says 10 year old Jaci Hartley, of Unionville, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Des Moines after the accident, which occurred just after 5pm Sunday. She was a passenger in a UTV driven by her 16 year old brother. The patrol says they were attempting a left turn, when the vehicle slid an overturned.
A LaPlata motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon accident on Highway 151, south of Madison. 29 year old Bronson F. Moore, of LaPlata, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred just before 4:30pm Sunday. The patrol says he lost control of his motorcycle and was ejected when it ran off the highway and struck a sign.
A Saturday morning collision on Highway 5 in Keytesville, caused moderate injuries for a passenger in one of the vehicles. It occurred at around 10:20am. The patrol says a vehicle driven by 16 year old Caitlyn Haynes, of Keytesville, failed to yield at an intersection and struck a southbound vehicle, driven by 54 year old Roberty Friesz, of Keytesville. A passenger in that vehicle, 52 year old Alta Woolston, of Sheldon, MO, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A head-on collision on Old U.S. 54 in Callaway County, sent three Fulton residents to the hospital. It occurred at around 3:15pm. The patrol says a northbound car, driven by 22 year old Emily Bush, of Fulton, crossed the center and collided head-on with a car, driven by 74 year old Helen Zeilman, of Fulton. Bush and her passenger, 25 year old Christy Cummings, of Fulton, both suffered serious injuries. Ms. Zeilman sustained moderate injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Saturday night’s thunderstorms caused numerous reports of minor wind damage in several locations, but in Atlanta, the storm winds peeled a section of roof off the Atlanta Elementary School. Several classrooms were damaged by heavy rain. Officials say teachers, parents, firefighters and other community members came together to help clean up the mess and prepare the school for graduation festivities, which were held Sunday night. Repairs to the Atlanta school building will continue this week.
A third suspect in last year’s robbery of the Bank Midwest location in Moberly has been formally charged. 21 year old Jeremy Burnett, who was arrested in Jefferson City last month, was officially charged with bank robbery Friday. Two other suspects in the August, 2014 robbery, Clarence Williams and Daniel Rudroff, were indicted in January.
Columbia Police are investigating an early-morning armed robbery, at a home on Amelia Street. Police were called to the scene at around 4 o’clock this (Monday) morning, where witnesses say more than one armed suspect entered the home, threatened multiple residents with a gun and fled the home with an undisclosed amount of property. The investigation is just underway. We expect more updates later this morning.
Strong winds brought down several trees and left much of the community of Mendon without power Thursday night. The National Weather Service is saying a ‘weak tornado’ may have ‘spun up’ during a thunderstorm, which moved through parts of Chariton County in the 8 o’clock hour. The storm caused significant damage to trees, power lines and roofs in the Mendon area. No injuries were reported. Utility crews have been working through the overnight to replace several downed power lines.
Two Kirksville residents were injured in a Thursday evening accident on Sullivan County Route B, southeast of Milan. It occurred just after 6pm. 18 year old Darien Smith, of Kirksville, was the driver of a northbound car, which ran off the highway and overturned. Smith was treated and released with minor injuries. A passenger, 24 year old Anthony Chambers, of Kirksville, was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
Missouri House Republicans unanimously elected House Majority Floor Leader Todd Richardson to replace John Diehl as Speaker of the Missouri House. Diehl announced his resignation Thursday, after allegations of inappropriate text messages sent to a House intern surfaced this week. Diehl has admitted those allegations, issuing an apology for his actions as part of his statement Thursday. The Missouri House will reconvene with its new leader, at 10am Friday.
From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO: the now former city marshal of Downing, MO, 27 year old Brett M. Hayden, faces multiple charges in connection with an alleged ongoing sexual relationship with a minor. Hayden is charged with statutory rape and statutory sodomy, after an investigation by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Social Services into complaints from 2013. Hayden resigned the city marshal’s position at last month’s Downing city council meeting. A probable cause statement says a 15 year old girl reported having a sexual relationship with Hayden for several months, beginning in the fall of 2012. Hayden’s bond is set is $12,500.
A Marshall man, who is wanted on outstanding warrants, fled from authorities who tried to arrest him in the Marshall Walmart parking lot, Wednesday night. Officials say the suspect, Carl Clayton Roettgen, pulled a gun on officers who attempted to make contact. Witnesses say one officer attempted to enter the suspect’s car and Roettgen pulled the trigger twice but his gun failed to fire. Roettgen was able to flee the scene and remains at large. He was last seen driving a black 2006 Chrysler 300, northbound on Highway 65.
A year-long investigation by Boonville Police and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force, has resulted in a total of 20 arrests on drug charges, including seven area suspects. Facing various charges of distributing a controlled substance are 45 year old Diego Harmon of New Franklin, 37 year old Jeffrey Summers, 57 year old Jackie Cowans, 55 year old Peggy Leonard and 45 year old Michael Williams, all of Boonville and 23 year old Megan Tribsch-Leavell, of Glasgow. Investigators say the investigation involved multiple narcotics, including meth, crack cocaine and prescription medications.
Columbia Police are investigating a Wednesday evening shooting incident on Forest Avenue, near the Business Loop in Columbia. Officers were called to the scene just before 5:30pm. They say three persons suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds in the incident. The suspects in the case were described as three black males in a white car. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline.
MoDOT says Highway 11, north of Brookfield, will be closed today (Wednesday) for a culvert replacement project. The closure, located between Kayser Road and Janson Road, northeast of Brookfield, will run from around 8am until 2pm. Crews had planned to repair the culvert and leave one lane open, but they’ve determined it must be replaced, causing today’s closure. Motorists will need to use an alternate route today.
A Green City man faces multiple charges, after a shots fired incident at his home, on Sunday. 31 year old Seth A. Cunningham was arrested Sunday night and charged with assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. According to the probable cause statement, Cunningham called 911 and told the dispatcher he was drunk and crazy and asked what the dispatcher was going to do about it. Ten minutes later, authorities received a report of Cunningham firing shots from his front porch at a passing vehicle. Officers responded and Cunningham allegedly fired shots into the ground, during a verbal altercation with law enforcement. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. His bond is set at $50,000 dollars.
PARIS DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH
A Paris driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on Rock Road in Paris, Tuesday night. 25 year old Joshua C. Miller was the driver of a northbound car. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a tree and a parked vehicle, at around 9:15pm Tuesday. Miller suffered serious injuries. He was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital.
JAMESON DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT
A Tuesday afternoon accident in Daviess County sent a driver from Jameson to the hospital with moderate injuries. 63 year old Sheila Seager, of Jameson, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 2:30pm. The patrol says her westbound car ran off Route M, north of Breckenridge, and overturned.
LIVINGSTON COUNTY PET MONKEY RECOVERED
Livingston County authorities say a pet monkey, which had been on the loose since the weekend, is back with its owner this morning. The Capuchin Monkey was located by Sheriff’s Deputies Tuesday afternoon, after a concerned citizen called in with a possible sighting.
COLUMBIA COUPLE ARRESTED FOR STEALING
A Columbia couple is accused of stealing and financial exploitation, after an investigation into allegations that they depleted their elderly family members’ bank accounts. Davey and Amy Smith, of Columbia, are accused of stealing at least $15,000 dollars from a 92 year old woman and a 63 year old woman. Investigators say the couple were allegedly pocketing assistance checks intended for the two women, and also charging them $400 dollars per month to live with them.
An endangered silver advisory, which was in effect for a Milan man, who was reported missing Monday, has been cancelled. 94 year old John Ben Lee was found safe Tuesday morning. Lee, who family members say suffers from diabetes and sometimes becomes disoriented, was first reported missing after leaving Milan Monday, headed for the Sedalia area. He was then seen Monday afternoon at Stahl’s Factory in Warrensburg, where he reportedly asked for directions back to Milan. Once again, officials say the advisory has been cancelled after Lee was found safe.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says a Capuchin Monkey is apparently on the loose in the Chillicothe area. According to a news release, the 6 year old monkey is a pet, is wearing a leash and is very friendly and tame. It was last seen Sunday near Livingston County Roads 2313 and 2316. Authorities remind residents that any exotic pet can be dangerous. If you see the monkey, you’re asked to call the 24-hour dispatch number…660-646-2121.
A Carrollton man faces vehicle theft charges, after his arrest by Carrollton Police. Court documents indicate 44 year old Steven Wayne Bittiker II, of Carrollton, was pulled over last week, while driving a pickup with Arkansas plates, which came back reported as stolen. Officers say a search of the vehicle also turned up multiple controlled substances. Bittiker is charged with felony tampering with a motor vehicle. He is being held on $7,500 dollars bond.
One person was injured in a Monday night shooting incident in north Columbia. Police were called to the area of Rangeline and Big Bear Boulevard, just before 9pm Monday, where the victim was apparently shot in the stomach during an altercation. Police say the injuries are non-life threatening. The investigation into the incident is ongoing and more details are expected today.
UPDATE - COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT IS OPEN AFTER STUCK AIRPLANE IS REMOVED
A stuck airplane shut down Columbia Regional Airport, Monday afternoon. American Airlines flight 3621 was departing for Dallas/Fort Worth, shortly before 2pm, when the plane’s left main landing gear left the taxiway and become stuck in a grassy area. The airport remained closed overnight, as crews worked to remove the plane. The airport is open and operating normally Tuesday morning. Ticketed passengers for Monday evening are asked to contact American Airlines Reservations at 800-433-7300.
A Macon woman was seriously injured when her vehicle ran off Highway 63, just south of Clark, in Randolph County, just before 7am Friday. 42 year old Cindy L. Stivers, of Macon, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says she was ejected from her southbound vehicle, when it ran off the highway, struck a creek bank and overturned.
Two Marceline teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred in Sullivan County, early Sunday morning. 17 year old Isaya Dorrell, of Marceline, was the driver of an eastbound car, which ran off Route E, just west of Milan, and struck a ditch, just after 4am. Dorrell was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. A passenger, 18 year old Johnnie Gauthier, of Marceline, refused treatment for minor injuries.
A Bosworth driver suffered moderate injuries when his SUV rolled over him on a Carroll County Gravel Road, Saturday evening. It occurred at around 5:30pm. The patrol says the vehicle was stuck on a muddy hill. 49 year old James F. Sutton, of Bosworth, was attempting to dislodge the vehicle, when it rolled over him, causing moderate injuries. Sutton was taken to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
A traffic stop by Macon Police, last week, resulted in a pair of drug arrests. 25 year old Sammie J. Jeffcoat, of Kirksville and 29 year old Vaughn C. Woods, of Moberly, were both charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Officers say the vehicle, driven by Jeffcoat, was stopped for speeding. The Macon County Sheriff’s Canine Unit alerted on the vehicle, resulting in the seizure of marijuana. They say a search warrant netted more pot concealed in the vehicle.
COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH MACON THEFT
Macon Police also report the recent arrest of a Columbia man, in connection with the theft of scrap metal. Officers were called to a report of a theft in progress at around 2:30 Monday morning. Police say they found 51 year old Tommy Tolson, of Columbia, on the scene. He is accused of stealing scarp metal from Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad property. Tolson faces charges of stealing, trespassing and driving with a revoked license.
A Columbia woman sustained moderate injuries in a three-car collision on I-70, just after noon Saturday. 21 year old Erika Enlow refused treatment at the scene. The patrol says her westbound vehicle overtook to other cars, which had slowed for traffic. Enlow’s car struck one of those other vehicles, causing it to strike a third vehicle.
A long list of area graduation festivities is on the schedule this weekend:
Friday – Central Christian College of the Bible graduation is set for 6pm, Bucklin, Hale and Sturgeon High Schools will hold commencement at 7 this evening.
Saturday – North Central Missouri College in Trenton will hold two separate commencement ceremonies on Saturday…at 9am and 1pm. Both Truman State University and Central Methodist University will hold spring commencement at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Macon County R-4 High School at New Cambria has graduation at 4pm Saturday and Tri-County at Jamesport at 6pm.
Sunday – Several area high schools will hold graduation festivities Sunday afternoon. Meadville, Northeast R-4 at Cairo and Tina-Avalon all have ceremonies set for 2pm. Linn County R-1 commencement begins at 2:30pm, Breckenridge, Gallatin, North Shelby and La Plata will all hold their ceremonies at 3pm. Hamilton Penny High School Commencement will be Sunday evening, starting at 6.
The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will host an outdoor cultural luncheon on Tuesday at noon at Silver Moon Plaza, on the north side of the square in Chillicothe. Tuesday’s event will feature the Chillicothe High School Jazz Band and Central Elementary School’s 4th and 5th grade Hornet Stinger Choir. The program is free to the public and a five dollar box lunch can be reserved by calling the Arts Council Office at 646-11-73. The lunch reservation deadline is Monday at noon, but you do not have to eat lunch to attend Tuesday’s event.
A Columbia man, arrested after a standoff at his residence on Wednesday afternoon, is accused in connection with Tuesday night’s armed robbery on the Mizzou Campus. Authorities say 20 year oldTreshaun Butner was arrested without incident, after barricading himself in his Columbia home Wednesday evening. Police say Butner, who is not a student, robbed a Mizzou student, near Hawthorne Hall, Tuesday night. A judge has ordered that Butner be held without bond, stating that he is a danger to public safety.
Two men face drug charges after a search warrant was served at the Green Hills Trailer Park, north of Columbia. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says 24 year old Emanuel Burks and 43 year old Russell Miller, both of Columbia, were both arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Investigators say the search turned up a small amount of methamphetamine and other items were taken as evidence.
A Brashear man was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after his motorcycle ran off Highway 11, northeast of Kirksville, Wednesday afternoon. 51 year old Todd Bleything, of Brashear, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45pm. The patrol says he was ejected from his eastbound motorcycle, when it ran off the highway, struck an embankment and went airborne.
Two men, who were accused of attempting to meet for sex with an underage girl, were sentenced in Adair County this week. 32 year old Jeremy ‘Brett’ Brady, of Newark will serve 8 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections and 40 year old Jason Dodge, of Eureka, Kansas was sentenced to seven years. Both men pleaded guilty, after separate incidents of allegedly trading internet communications with an undercover officer of the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, who was posing as a 13 year old girl. Both men were arrested in Kirksville, after arranging to meet with the girl.
TRIAL DATE SET IN SPURLING MURDER
A trial date has been set for an Excello man, accused in the 2011 murder of Jon Spurling. 34 year old Zack Jefferson, of Excello, faces a first-degree murder charge in the case. Investigators say Spurling’s parents found him shot to death in his Howard County home in 2011. Jefferson was married to Spurling’s ex-wife, at the time of his death. Court documents indicate a love triangle may have been the motive in the case. Jefferson’s jury trial has been set for January of next year.
An FBI agent, who worked with the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, has been convicted of third-degree assault for allegedly choking a 13 year old boy last year. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Scott A. Armstrong was found guilty Tuesday. Prosecutors say, during a conversation among a group of adults and kids in Armstrong’s Fulton home, the agent grabbed the boy in a chokehold from behind until he fainted and fell to the floor. Armstrong was suspended from the Boone County Cyber Crimes Unit in July, after his arrest. He could face up to one year in prison.
An ATV accident in Shelby County caused moderate injuries for a seven-year old. It occurred just after 8:30pm Tuesday on private property near Lentner. The patrol says 7 year old Aadon Magruder, of Lentner, was driving an ATV through a freshly cultivated field when it struck a ditch and overturned. The child was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
More than a year after plans for a new shingle factory in Moberly were announced, progress on the plant has been slow, thanks to a hold-up with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. A plot of land, just north of Moberly, is the proposed home for the GAF Shingle Factory, which expects to provide 125 new jobs for the area. The company continues to wait on permits from DNR to allow the project to move forward. Company and city officials are scheduled to meet with the Department in Jefferson City today. They say they hope construction will start within the next couple of months.
The University of Missouri has alerted students of another robbery on campus. Police are investigating a report of a strong-armed robbery, which occurred near Hawthorne Hall on the campus. They say the suspect is described as a light-skinned black male in his late teens to early 20’s, about 5-8 with short hair. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, black athletic shorts and orange shoes.
The Trenton R-9 School District has announced plans to dismiss early tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon, so faculty and students can attend the funeral for the children who died in last weekend’s Trenton house fire. Two of the victims in that fire were students at Trenton’s Rissler Elementary School. Classes as Rissler will be dismissed Thursday at 12:50pm and classes at the Trenton High School and Middle School will dismiss at 1:07.
An investigation into child abuse allegations by Chillicothe Police has resulted in charges against the parents. Douglas Weese and Cassie Adkins, of Chillicothe, are charged with two counts of child endangerment. They were arrested last week, after Police were called to Hedrick Medical Center, where two twin male infants were treated for significant injuries. The children were taken into protective custody.
Chillicothe Police also report multiple arrests, after officers were notified of two vehicles apparently racing on Highway 36, west of Chillicothe, on Friday. A Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped one of the vehicles on 36, east of Chillicothe, while Chillicothe Police stopped the other vehicle, on northbound Highway 65. That driver admitted to driving with a revoked license, and a search of his vehicle turned up more than two ounces of meth, drug paraphernalia and a handgun. The driver, Charles Cress Kain, of Milan and two passengers, Julia Ann Rinehart and Shawna Lynn Frye, both of Kirksville, were taken into custody on multiple charges, including possession with intent to distribute.
Foul play is not suspected in connection with Sunday night’s fire, which destroyed a Chillicothe School Bus Barn and eight busses parked inside. Officials say a preliminary investigation into the blaze reveals no evidence of vandalism at the facility and indicates the most likely cause was an electrical problem.
UPDATE: 71 year old Ernest Wood, the subject of a Statewide Endangered Silver Advisory, has been found safe. The advisory was issued Monday, by Lewis County authorities, after Wood went missing over the weekend. Officials say Wood, who suffers from depression, COPD and early stage dementia, was last seen at his Ewing home Sunday morning, when he told a neighbor he was going fishing in Newark. They say his cell phone was turned off Monday, after it was pinged in the area of Doniphan, MO. Authorities cancelled the advisory Tuesday morning, after Wood was found safe.
University of Missouri and Columbia Police are investigating an overnight robbery, near the Mizzou Campus. Officers were called to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity house on Burnam Road, just after 1am. They say two or three male suspects, armed with handguns, broke into the house and forced their way into a bedroom. Two victims were assaulted and the room was ransacked before the suspects fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of property. One of the victims was treated at a local hospital with a head injury.
The Missouri Career Center in Columbia was placed on lockdown Monday afternoon, after disturbing messages were left on the office’s voicemail. Workers placed themselves on lockdown at around noon and the building remained closed to the public the rest of the day. Columbia Police were contacting and are investigating the threat. The Missouri Career Center is expected to be open for normal office hours Tuesday.
Chillicothe firefighters were on the scene of a large fire at the Chillicothe School District's Bus Barn Sunday night into Monday morning. Authorities say a total of eight busses, which were parked in a shed on the east side of the property, were destroyed in the blaze, which was reported just before 10pm. Chillicothe School Officials say there be some bus route delays this morning, but all routes will be covered. More details on last night’s fire will be released this morning.
Authorities are still working to determine the cause of the fire that killed four children in a Trenton home, early Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the scene, in the 1300 block of Norton Street in Trenton, just after 1am Saturday. Five family members escaped the blaze, but four kids, 6 and 7 year old girls and 3 and 4 year old boys, were trapped in an upstairs bedroom. The three siblings and a cousin all died in the fire. The State Fire Marshal’s Office continues to investigate the cause.
An elderly Macon woman, who was reported missing Friday evening, was found safe over the weekend. An endangered silver advisory was issued for 75 year old Janice K. Peyton, of Macon, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and went missing from the 100 block of Vine Street in Macon, Friday afternoon. She was found safe on Saturday, in an abandoned building, where she had apparently spent the night.
A Green City woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm Sunday, on a Sullivan County gravel road. 23 year old Diana Lewis, of Green City was the driver of a westbound vehicle, which ran off the roadway and overturned. She was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. A passenger was treated for minor injuries.
A Columbia woman was killed in an early Sunday morning accident in Boone County. Police say 18 year old Elizabeth Upton died in the accident. She was a passenger in a car driven by 27 year old Bradley Gilman. Investigators say the car struck a concrete curb and went off the roadway, overturned into a ditch and struck a utility pole. Gilman was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries.
A Harrisburg driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Randolph County Route A, just south of Higbee, early Monday morning. 56 year old Mark Santora, of Harrisburg, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says he lost control of his northbound pickup and it ran off the highway and overturned.
A pizza delivery driver is recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm, after an armed robbery in the 1500 block of Towne Drive in Columbia, Saturday night. Police say the driver had just completed a delivery when a black male suspect approached, showed a gun and demanded money. The driver apparently pushed the suspect’s gun away and a gunshot struck him in the arm. The suspect then fled the scene on foot. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Truman State University student has been indicted on charges of rape, felonious restraint and tamper with a victim, in connection with an incident in Kirksville last December. 21 year old Haoyu Tian was indicted last week by an Adair county grand jury. Tian is accused of luring the victim to his apartment, tying her hands and raping her. He is also accused of threatening the victim if she told anyone about the incident. Tian has posted $150,000 dollars bond and has surrendered his passport. He is scheduled for arraignment next week.
Formal charges have been filed against a Macon man, in connection with a domestic disturbance at a Macon home last week. Officers were called to the 100 block of West Bourke Street, where it was reported that the male suspect had left the area. 47 year old Craig A. Hayes, of Macon, was later located and arrested. He is charged with domestic assault and violating a protective order. Bond was set at $9,000 dollars, cash-only.
A Cameron woman was life-flighted to St. Joseph with serious injuries after her vehicle ran off a Daviess County highway, Thursday afternoon. The patrol says 30 year old Alicia Baker, of Cameron, was southbound on Route J, just south of Altamont, when her car ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned several times, ejecting her from the vehicle. She was flown from the scene to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.
A Vandalia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Ralls County Route P, which occurred at around 10:30am Thursday. 29 year old Laci Detienne, of Vandalia, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident. The patrol says her southbound car ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and a fence and overturned.
Senator Mike Parson, of Bolivar, MO has announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for Missouri Governor. Parson declared his candidacy at a news conference and rally in Bolivar on Thursday. Parson is currently serving his second term in the State Senate, and previously served six years in the Missouri House. He also has served as the Polk County Sheriff and six years in the U.S. Army. Parson is described as a small business owner and third generation farmer.
The Brookfield High School Alumni Association has announced this year’s three inductees into the Brookfield High School Hall of Fame. Long-time Brookfield supporter and community leader, Bill Thudium and long-time teachers Doris Dodd and O.H. Williams have been selected for induction this summer. They’ll be honored at the annual BHS Alumni Banquet on July 11.
This Saturday morning, it’s the third annual Saving Every Victim Rock ‘N Roll walk and run. The event will begin with opening ceremonies at the Brookfield School Campus, starting at 7:45am. The 5K and kids 1-mile walk and run will get underway at 8am. All proceeds will benefit Linn County cancer victims, thru SEV…Saving Every Victim.
Also, this Saturday, the Macon Senior Center will hold a fundraising garage sale, from 7am to 1pm at the Center. They’ll also be selling cinnamon rolls during that event. Call ahead to order your cinnamon rolls for ten dollars a dozen…place your order by calling the Macon Senior Center at 385-6411.
Police say Tuesday’s investigation into a motorcycle crashing through a window at the America’s Best Value Inn, in Columbia, resulted in additional arrests. Investigators say 34 year old Julie Miles, of Columbia, was learning to ride a motorcycle in the parking lot when she crashed the bike. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. During the investigation, police found evidence of individuals printing counterfeit checks in a motel room. 44 year old Thomas Culver was arrested for possession of forging instruments and possession of a controlled substance. 32 year old Danielle Dakon was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred late Tuesday night, outside the Blue Note. Investigators say the suspect was kicked out of the bar for fighting. Witnesses say he assaulted the bouncers, showed a gun and threatened to shoot them. He then allegedly fired one shot before fleeing the scene. There were no injuries reported. The suspect is described as a black man with a lighter complexion, 20-30 years old, around 6 feet tall and 175 pounds. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.
Darius Edwards of Columbia has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, in connection with an attempted home-invasion robbery in 2014. She’aun Prince, who was originally charged with murder, pleaded guilty to a burglary charge. Derrick Brookins, who was allegedly one of four people involved in that robbery attempt, died from a gunshot wound, which occurred during a struggle in the home. Prosecutors are recommending a sentence of 15 years for Edwards and 10 years for Prince. Another suspect, Deshai Richardson, is also accused of second-degree murder. Her trial is set for May 26.
Hy-Vee has issued a recall notice for Summer Fresh Pasta Salad, sold in the kitchen department cold cases and salad bars, at a limited number of stores, between April 9 and April 27. Hy-Vee says they have received no complaints concerning the product, but they have been notified that some contaminated vegetables may have been used in the ready-to-eat pasta product. The Summer Fresh Pasta Salad is packaged upon customer request from the Hy-Vee kitchen cold case, in 16 ounce and 32 ounce clear plastic containers, with a light tan scale-produced label. Customers may return the product to the store for a refund.
The Linn County Health Department and the Community 2000 Coalition have announced the area’s first local ‘Mental Health First Aid Training’ program, to be held in Brookfield next month. Area citizens who work with public are invited to attend on May 13, from 9am to 5pm, at the Health Department Conference Room in Brookfield. For more information or to pre-register for the course, contact the health department office at 258-7251. More information on mental health first aid can be found online at m-h-f-a- Missouri dot org.
The Chillicothe R-2 School District is conducting early childhood screenings this week. School district personnel will conduct a free screening for children age 3 months to four years, today thru Friday, at the Garrison School in Chillicothe. Officials say the screening will take about an hour and parents will be with their child during that time. To find out more, or schedule an appointment, call the school in Chillicothe at 646-1653.
Marceline’s Fourth Annual Model Train and Railroad Memorabilia Show will be held Saturday at the Walsworth Community Center. The event will be open from 9am to 4pm. Adult admission is $3 with one canned good item…or $4 without a canned good donation,. Children under 12 get in free. Concessions will be available all day. Area residents are reminded that Ritchie Street, directly in front of the Walsworth Community Center will be closed Saturday from 6am to 6pm, and the private drive along the east end of Ripley Park will also be closed to through traffic during the event.
Columbia Police are investigating a ‘shots fired’ incident, which occurred at around midnight Tuesday, in the area of 9th and Rogers Streets. Officers on the scene say they’ve found shell casings in the area, but there have been no reports of injury or property damage. They have not released any additional information as of yet, as their investigation is underway.
MOTORCYCLE RUNS INTO COLUMBIA MOTEL
Columbia Police were called to the America’s Best Value Inn on I-70 Drive southwest, after a motorcycle crash through a window at the motel. It occurred just before 8:30 Tuesday morning. Officers say one suspect was arrested on an outstanding warrant, but police have not released any additional information, other than to say they were also executing a search warrant in connection with the crash.
A Milan woman was seriously injured when her car ran off a Putnam County Road, just west of Newtown, Monday evening. 20 year old Angelica Christine, of Milan, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident. It occurred at around 5:15pm. The patrol says her westbound car ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. Christine’s two year-old son was a passenger in the car. He was treated for minor injuries.
A Trenton driver was seriously injured when his pickup ran off Route 136 in Mercer County, early this (Tuesday) morning. 23 year old Jacob Lamp, of Trenton, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton and then transferred to St. Luke’s in Kansas City, after the accident, which occurred at around 1am. The patrol says Lamp fell asleep at the wheel of his westbound pickup, which ran off the roadway, down an embankment and into a creek bed.
Chillicothe Police served a search warrant in the 1100 block of Jackson Street, over the weekend, resulting in the seizure of narcotics and a pair of arrests. 31 year old Lesley Copelin and 35 year old Matthew Johnson, of Chillicothe, are both charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute.
Chillicothe police report multiple other recent drug arrests. Investigators say more than ten other arrests, on various drug charges, have been made within the past two weeks.
A Livingston County sex offender is accused of reporting inaccurate information and living in close proximity to a school, after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. 41 year old Richard Lee Johnson, of Chillicothe, was arrested last week. He is charged with two counts of failing to properly register as a sex offender and one count of living within 1,000 feet of a school or daycare facility. Johnson was in custody, at last report, in lieu of $5,000 dollars cash-only bond.
Columbia Police arrested an 18 year old suspect in connection with Sunday afternoon’s shooting incident, in the area of Forest and Grand Avenue in Columbia. Sirron H. Milo was arrested for felony stealing of a firearm, first-degree assault and armed criminal action. Officers say a search of his home, in the 300 block of West Sexton Road, turned up the stolen handgun. 18 year old Aric Lee, of Columbia, suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, which allegedly occurred after Milo stole the handgun from Lee’s car.
Former Missouri Football Player, Shane Ray, is charged with marijuana possession after being stopped by the Highway Patrol on I-70 in Cooper County, on Monday. Ray was arrested for possession of less than 35 grams of pot. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the year last season after setting a Mizzou sacks record. Ray is expected to be taken in the first-round of this weekend’s NFL Draft.
Missouri’s new State Auditor was sworn in at the State Capitol on Monday. Former Boone County Treasurer Nicole Galloway took the oath of office at around 3pm Monday. She replaces late Auditor Tom Schweich, who committed suicide in February. Kay Murray came out of retirement and was sworn in as interim Boone County Treasurer on Monday. Governor Jay Nixon will appoint a replacement to complete Galloway’s unexpired Boone County term.
A weekend ATV accident seriously injured a Mooresville man. 25 year old Justin Andreae, of Mooresville, was taken by ambulance to Liberty Hospital after the accident. It occurred just before 9:30 Saturday morning. The patrol says Andreae was driving an ATV southbound on a Livingston County Road, when he failed to negotiate a curve. He was ejected when the ATV ran off the roadway and overturned.
A New Cambria motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after an accident on the Highway 36 off-ramp at the New Cambria junction. It occurred Saturday afternoon, just before 3:30pm. The patrol says 66 year old Robert G. Maddox, of New Cambria, was ejected from his westbound motorcycle, when it ran off the roadway and overturned. Maddox was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries.
A Chillicothe man faces multiple charges in connection with allegations of sexual assault involving a juvenile, which occurred three years ago. Officers arrested Cody Wayne Adams, of Chillicothe, over the weekend, for statutory sodomy and child molestation. Investigators say the alleged incidents occurred in the 300 block of Clay Street in 2012. Adams was incarcerated in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional jail and a Livingston County warrant was issued.
The Macon R-1 School Board will begin a search for a new superintendent, after the resignation of Dr. Charles Stockton. A statement released by the Macon School District, over the weekend, confirms Stockton’s resignation. It says both the Superintendent and the Board wish each other well as the board begins its search for a replacement. According to the statement, Stockton did not attend Thursday’s school board meeting and will be on paid administrative leave for the rest of the school year. Stockton had served as Superintendent of the Macon School District since 2012.
An 18 year old Columbia man was hospitalized with a gun shot wound, after a Sunday afternoon incident near Grand and Forest Avenue in Columbia. Officers say they arrived on the scene shortly before 4pm and found the victim, 18 year old Aric Lee, of Columbia, lying on the ground. He was apparently shot in the upper abdomen and was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Police say there is no suspect information available as of yet. They say a number of potential witnesses to the shooting are not cooperating with the investigation.
A Wheeling teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday evening accident on a Linn County road. 16 year old Conner Cruse, of Wheeling, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident, which occurred just before 9pm. The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off Carrow Road, struck a ditch and overturned.
A Hannibal driver was killed when his vehicle ran off Highway 36, just west of Hannibal, late Thursday night. 54 year old Gary L. Thomson, of Hannibal, died in the accident, which occurred just before midnight. The patrol says he was ejected from his eastbound pickup, when it ran off Highway 36 and overturned.
The Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce has issued a warning to area businesses about an apparent telephone scam, which has been reported. Kirksville Chamber members say they’ve had recent calls from companies claiming to be selling advertising or promotional items in conjunction with the chamber office. Officials say the Kirksville Chamber does NOT currently have an advertising campaign underway, they are not updating their directory listings and they are not currently selling advertising magnets. Business owners should feel free to contact the Chamber Office, if there are questions about any type of promotional contact.
A Columbia teenager was jailed Thursday after police say he broke into several cars, driving off in one of them. 17 year old Matthew Baumann, of Columbia, faces multiple charges, including felony tampering with a motor vehicle. The incident occurred in the Southhampton neighborhood on Wednesday.
Columbia Police are continuing to investigate the death of a woman, who was struck by a semi in I-70 in Columbia, early Thursday morning. Officials say 24 year old Kaycee A. Blackburn, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 3:30am on I-70 near the Providence Road interchange. Police say they found some of the victim’s belongings near the Providence overpass. The investigation is ongoing.
The Columbia Public Schools are highlighting a pair of popular science events, which are underway. Friday is ‘day two’ of a series of visits to the Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary, by area second-graders. Saturday afternoon, Columbia Schools will partner with the University of Missouri for a Science Sleuth program, centered around the Ag Building on the Mizzou campus. The interactive series of exhibits attracted more than 2,000 visitors last year. It will open to the public at no charge, Saturday from 1 to 4pm.
A suspected child molester from Oklahoma was arrested by the Highway Patrol in Daviess County, Missouri, on Tuesday. The patrol says 45 year old Wayne K. Edwards, of McAlester, Oklahoma, was arrested on I-35, on a federal warrant for alleged flight to avoid prosecution. He is charged with second-degree rape involving a 15 year old victim. Edwards is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending extradition.
A Grundy County woman faces drug charges after her arrest Wednesday night. The highway patrol reports the arrest of 35 year old Kimberly McCracken, of Laredo, on allegations of felony possession of a controlled substance, along with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Grundy County Jail, pending formal charges.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a Chillicothe man after an altercation on Tuesday. Shawn Allen Kennedy was taken into custody in the 2700 block of North Washington Street. He is accused of assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, attempted escape from custody and disorderly conduct. Kennedy was later transferred to a medical facility for treatment and evaluation.
I-70, between Rangeline and West Boulevard in Columbia, was closed for more than three hours, early this morning, after a woman was hit and killed by a semi. Columbia Police received reports of a body on the roadway, near the Providence Road bridge over the interstate, just before 3:30am. Police diverted traffic on each side of that area, while they investigated, but the interstate is now open. The identity of the victim has not been released, pending the notification of family members.
A Columbia teenager is accused of pointing a gun at three people in a Columbia hotel room and stealing a laptop computer, cell phone and other electronic items. 17 year old Deron Julius Todd, of Columbia, was arrested Monday night. The alleged armed robbery occurred Sunday afternoon in the 900 block of Vandiver Drive. No one was injured in the incident. Police say Todd and the victims knew each other prior to the robbery.
This Saturday, it’s the second annual Moberly Animal Shelter Color Run, to support the Moberly Animal Shelter and the Hounds Program. The event begins with registration starting at 6:30am at the James Youth Cabin, in Rothwell Park in Moberly. The walk or run will start at 8am. Dogs are welcome to participate, as long as they’re friendly with other dogs and people and you clean up after them. All proceeds from the event will support the Moberly Animal Shelter and the Hounds Program.
A Maysville woman was killed in a northwest Missouri accident, Tuesday evening. 28 year old Almeda Lemunyon, of Maysville, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:20pm on Gentry County Route Z. The patrol says she was ejected from her eastbound SUV when it skidded off the roadway and overturned several times, coming to rest in the ditch on its wheels.
A Vandalia child was treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 15 in Audrain County, Tuesday afternoon. 25 year old Erin L. Ward, of Vandalia, was the driver of the southbound car. The patrol says it ran off the road, struck a driveway, went airborne, then struck a ditch and overturned. A three year old passenger was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Mexico teenager was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle, while attempting to cross Highway 54 at I-70 in Callaway County, at around 7pm Monday evening. The patrol says 18 year old Sean Ward, of Mexico, tried to cross Eastbound 54 and ran into the path of an eastbound vehicle, driven by an Indiana man. Ward was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
The University of Missouri evacuated the Student Center and Memorial Union Tuesday evening, after a bomb threat. Officials say University Police received a report of a bomb threat to the student union coffee shop. The student center reopened after it was cleared by a K9 unit. Memorial Union was also cleared by investigators, but remained closed Tuesday night and will reopen for regular hours Wednesday. The University says there was no text alert because the threat was isolated.
A University of Missouri student has been arrested for alleged involvement in anti-Semitic remarks recently found in a stairwell of the Mark Twain residence hall. Officers arrested 18 year old Bradley Becker for second-degree property damage. Graffiti, which included swastikas and threatening language, was found in the stairwell earlier this month. Becker’s bond is set at $4,500 dollars.
The Annual North Central Missouri YMCA Cookout is set for this Friday and Saturday. A variety of BBQ will be served, including slabs of ribs, whole chickens and brisket and pork sandwiches, from 10:30am to 6pm, both days, in the Y Parking Lot in Brookfield. Today (Wed) is the deadline to pre-order lunch for delivery to area businesses on Friday. To place your order or get more information, call the Y office. Again, the YMCA cookout is all day Friday and Saturday, in the Y Parking Lot in Brookfield.
Brookfield native Joel Dixon has been chosen as the new Brookfield Chief of Police. City Manager Dana Tarpening says the City Council reviewed a total of 10 applications and interviewed three candidates from within the department and three outside applicants. Dixon has most recently served as the Brookfield PD’s school resource office. Officials say he will continue a reduced role with the Brookfield R-3 School District, through the end of this school year. Dixon will take over as Police Chief on May 1, replacing the retiring Rick German.
Two occupants of a vehicle were life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after a Monday afternoon accident on Highway 11 at Route C, north of Brookfield. The accident occurred at around 4pm Monday. 20 year old Derek Schoen, of Boonville, was the driver of the northbound car. The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and the car ran off the roadway, struck a sign and a ditch and came to rest on the north side of the roadway. Shoen suffered serious injuries and was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital. A passenger, 23 year old Danielle Dicus, of Sedalia, was flown to University by Life-Flight.
State fire investigators have completed their investigation into a late-night fire that destroyed a downtown Kirksville commercial building, a week-and-a- half ago. Officials say the cause of the fire, which destroyed the former ‘Scrapper’s Den’ thrift store will officially be listed as ‘undetermined’. Investigators say they believe the probable cause was an electrical problem. The building, located at the corner of Illinois and Marion Streets in Kirksville was totally destroyed by the blaze.
University of Missouri Police have arrested a suspect in connection with multiple sexual assaults on the Mizzou campus over the weekend. 19 year old Luke Kezekia Kuol is charged with third-degree sexual assault. Police say Kuol and five other men approached two females near Memorial Union, grabbed them and attempted to kiss and grope them. MU Police received a similar report at a location between the Student Recreation Center and the Student Center. A $1,500 dollar reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of five others in connection with the incidents. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Columbia man was arrested over the weekend, and is accused of raping a woman in Centralia. Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested 28 year old William Hilton on Sunday, after an investigation by Centralia Police. The alleged rape occurred two weeks ago in Centralia. Police say the victim knows the suspect. Additional charges are pending, as the investigation continues.
A six year old Moberly girl suffered moderate injuries when the ATV she was driving was struck by a pickup on Olive Street in Madison, Saturday evening. The accident occurred just before 7pm. The patrol says the 6 year old was driving a mini-quad ATV on private property when she entered the roadway, into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by 72 year old William Cullom, of Madison. The child was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
A Boonville woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on I-70 in Saline County, just after 1pm Saturday. 43 year old Denise McCabe, of Boonville, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident. She was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by 41 year old Robert J. McCabe, of Boonville. The patrol says he apparently fell asleep at the wheel, and the car ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail.
Four people, including a 6 year old child, were seriously injured when a van and a pickup collided on Highway 19, just south of Perry, in Ralls County, Sunday afternoon. The patrol says a van driven by 26 year old Jessica Ferry, of Perry, attempted to cross the highway and pulled into the path of a southbound pickup, driven by 69 year old Michael Gibbons, of Galva, Illinois. Ferry and two passengers in the van, 29 year old Justin Haynes of Hannibal and a 6 year old child from Perry, all suffered serious injuries. Gibbons was also seriously injured.
Chillicothe Police seized more than 1,000 grams of marijuana and arrested a Chillicothe man for manufacturing a controlled substance within 2000 feet of a school, after a weekend investigation. Officers responded to a report of drug activity in the 600 block of Williams Street, where they arrested Brent Trower. He is being held in the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
Columbia Police are investigating a pair of early Sunday morning robberies. One occurred at a Burger King Restaurant on Clark Lane, at around 1am. Investigators say a black male suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money, then fled the scene on foot, with an undisclosed amount of cash. Another occurred just before 2:30am Sunday in the 1100 block of Hamilton Way, near the Mizzou campus. Police say two women were walking home when they were approached by a black male suspect who showed a gun and demanded cash. The suspect is described as a man in his late 20’s with a heavy build. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A New Franklin driver was killed when his SUV collided head-on with a pickup on Highway 40, near its junction with Alternate Route 240, in Howard County. The accident occurred Thursday morning, at around 10:15am. 36 year old Terry Sitzes, of New Franklin, was killed in the crash. The patrol says his westbound SUV crossed the center line and collided head-on with an oncoming pickup, driven by 62 year old Lawrence Murray, of Pensacola, Florida. Sitzes was pronounced dead at the scene. Murray and a passenger in his pickup were both treated for minor injuries.
The suspect in a 1997 Moberly robbery and shooting will serve 10 years in prison, after being sentenced on Thursday. Ollie James III pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree robbery, in connection with the incident. He was accused of robbing and shooting 48 year old Richard Greiner, in the parking lot of Richard’s Steakhouse in Moberly, in 1997. Investigators say James was identified as the suspect, years after the incident, thanks to a recorded jailhouse conversation. He turned himself in to authorities last year.
Boone County authorities have identified a suspect in a Wednesday night shooting incident. 27 year old Eddie Holmes is wanted on two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Two male victims drove to a gas station to get help, after being shot while driving their vehicle in the 700 block of Demaret Drive. Holmes is accused of firing into the vehicle. He is also wanted on a no-bond warrant for a parole violation. Crime stoppers of Greater Columbia is offering a reward for information leading to his arrest, anyone with information can call 573-875-TIPS.
The NEMO Senior Health Fair will be held Saturday in Kirksville. Senior citizens from Kirksville and the surrounding area are welcome to attend, for free medical screenings and a variety of information. It will be held Saturday from 10am to noon at A.T. Still University’s Centennial Commons and at the Tinning Education Center in Kirksville.
Marceline’s spring city-wide garage sales get underway this morning and continue tomorrow. The event is sponsored by the Marceline Friends of the Library. Maps for this weekend’s sales can be picked up at the Marceline Library…also at Prenger’s, Casey’s or the Marceline City Hall. For more information, call the library at 376-3223.
A Columbia armed robbery suspect was shot and killed during an altercation with police in the Hitt Street Parking Garage, near the Mizzou Campus, late Wednesday night. Officers were seeking a suspect, 51 year old Mark W. Adair, of Columbia, who had been involved in a crime spree Wednesday evening. Reports indicate the suspect fought with a University of Missouri Police Officer and was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire that also involved a Columbia PD officer. Investigators say they are 95 percent certain the deceased suspect is Adair. A University Police officer was treated for injuries sustained in the altercation.
Officers were seeking Adair in connection with an armed robbery attempt in a parking lot outside Moser’s on Keene Street, at around 5:30pm. He allegedly waited in a female victim’s car and then tried to force her to drive away. She was able to escape, after a brief struggle and the armed suspect fled on foot. Adair was tracked to the area of the Rose Music Hall in Downtown Columbia, where he allegedly attempted to steal a woman’s car at gunpoint. He was later spotted by a University of Missouri Police officer in the Hitt Street Parking Garage, where the altercation with officers occurred. Investigators say Adair was recently paroled on a kidnapping and burglary charge and he was wanted on a warrant for absconding parole. He was also a registered sex offender. An investigation into the officer-involved shooting will be conducted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
A Macon woman was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle struck a utility pole, Tuesday afternoon, causing a power outage for a portion of the city of Macon. Police say the driver, a 69 year old Macon woman, suffered an unknown medical condition and her vehicle traveled partially off Maffry Street in Macon. After striking the curb several times, the vehicle struck a utility pole, breaking it in half and blocking the roadway. The driver was flown to University Hospital with moderate injuries. Utility repairs were completed and power restored to all affected customers Tuesday evening.
Three Columbia residents are charged with felony forgery, in connection with cashing fake payroll checks last fall. Investigators say the three suspects went into Southside Liquor in October, and cashed the fake checks, which were made to look like Target and Marriott Hotel payroll checks. Afton Conn, November Smith and Courtney Harris were arrested and charged in the case.
A nationally-recognized jobs initiative for young adults will return for its sixth year this summer. The State Parks Youth Corps, which launched in 2010, provides Missouri youth, age 17 to 24, the opportunity to work outdoors while improving Missouri’s State Parks and Historic Sites, from May 1 thru the end of the year. Applications for this year’s program are now available online at thinkoutside.mo.gov. They’re also available thru your area Community Action Agency office, including the office in Trenton.
A Milan man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Sullivan County Route W, southwest of Milan, Tuesday afternoon. 27 year old Luke Hunsaker, of Milan, was lifeflighted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30pm. Hunsaker was a passenger in a car driven by 32 year old Donna Richardson, of Milan. The patrol says the car ran off the highway, struck a ditch, ran up an embankment and struck a fence twice before coming to rest on its wheels. Richardson was treated for minor injuries.
A LaPlata woman faces multiple charges, in connection with allegations of having sexual contact with two juvenile boys. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department says 46 year old Laurie Pippen, of LaPlata, was arrested for statutory sodomy, sexual misconduct and supplying liquor to a minor. The investigation was prompted by allegations from a male juvenile, involving Pippen and second male juvenile victim. Pippen is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A highway patrol traffic stop in northeast Missouri, on Friday, netted the arrest of three Michigan residents on numerous identity theft charges. The patrol says a trooper stopped a vehicle on Highway 36 in Marion County, which led to the discovery of cloned credit cards, gift cards and false ID’s. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department and Monroe City Police assisted as the three occupants of the vehicle, all male suspects from Michigan, were arrested. They face charges for felony trafficking of stolen identities and felony money laundering. All three are being held on $100,000 dollars bond, as the investigation continues.
A third suspect in the August, 2014 robbery of Bank Midwest in Moberly is in custody. Police say 21 year old Jeremy Burnett remains in custody after being arrested in Jefferson City, over the weekend, on a probation violation. Burnett had been named as a suspect in the Bank Midwest robbery last month. Two other suspects, Clarence Williams and Daniel Rudroff, have all ready been indicted on bank robbery charges.
Governor Jay Nixon introduced Nicole Gallaway as Missouri’s new state auditor on Tuesday. Galloway has served as a CPA and Certified Fraud Officer in the Boone County Treasurer’s Office since 2011. She replaces interim auditor John Watson, and will complete the remaining term of Tom Schweich, who committed suicide on February 26.
A Kirksville man, arrested early Sunday morning, faces multiple drug charges, including distribution of a controlled substance near a school. 21 year old Ryan J. Larsen is also charged with possession with intent to distribute. A probable cause statement says an off-duty police officer from Louisiana, MO witnessed a man that fit Larsen’s description hand another man a bag of marijuana in a bar bathroom. Kirksville police tracked down the suspect and officers say he was in possession of multiple clear plastic bags, totaling 13 ounces of marijuana. Larsen was also within 2,000 feet of A.T. Still University at the time of the alleged transaction. He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
Two Milan residents face drug charges after authorities shut down what they say was a marijuana growing operation. 30 year old John T. McGee and 22 year old Jessica D. Stoebe, both of Milan, are charged wit manufacturing or attempting to manufacture marijuana near a school. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office, Milan Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the North Missouri Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence in Milan last week. Officers seized marijuana plants, a large growth cabinet and other items related to the cultivation of marijuana. Authorities say the home was located within 2,000 feet of the Milan School. Both suspects are in custody on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
Howard County authorities have arrested the leader of a Benedictine monastery, on charges that he financially exploited an elderly person. Authorities accuse 52 year old Ryan St. Anne Gevelinger, the Parishioner of the Holy Rosary Abbey in Armstrong, of bilking a patron out of more than $80,000 dollars. Court documents say Gevelinger’s victim allegedly gave him most of her life savings and proceeds from the sale of property and livestock and also made Gevelinger the trustee of her estate. He allegedly told her it would save the Abbey from financial ruin. Investigators say they’ve also discovered questions concerning Gevelinger’s credentials as a minister. He is being held in the Howard County Jail on $150,000 dollars cash only bond.
ELDERLY COLUMBIA MAN GETS PROBATION IN DEATH OF WIFE
An elderly Columbia man, accused of killing his wife, will not go to jail after being sentenced to probation Monday. 88 year old Donald Rowland pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter last month, after allegedly stabbing his wife to death in their bed. Rowland told investigators he wanted to kill his wife and himself so they wouldn’t be a burden to his family. Rowland’s oldest daughter took the stand during Monday’s sentencing hearing and pleaded for leniency. She pledged to take care of her father. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, but that sentence was suspended and Rowland was placed on five years probation.
Authorities have identified the body that was found in a creek, under a bridge on Blackfoot Road in Boone County, Sunday afternoon. Officials say 48 year old Gary Skaggs, of Columbia, was the deceased man. They say a preliminary investigation indicates Skaggs may have drowned in the creek and that there was no evidence of foul play. A family member says Skaggs went missing last week, after he left to look for arrowheads in the area. The investigation is continuing.
A Brunswick woman was killed in a Friday night accident on a Chariton County road, just south of Triplett. 43 year old Katrina L. Piper, of Brunswick, died in the accident, which occurred just after 8pm Friday. The patrol says she was ejected from her vehicle when she lost control and it overturned. Two children in the vehicle, age 10 and 13, both escaped with minor injuries.
PRINCETON DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER TRAIN STRIKES CAR
A Princeton driver was seriously injured when her car was struck by a train, just east of Highway 65 in Princeton, Saturday morning. It occurred just after 8am. The patrol says 20 year old Krista Barnhart, of Princeton, was westbound when she drove into the path of the southbound train. She was flown by Lifenet Eagle to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.
A Mexico woman was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia, after her car ran off Highway 54, just north of Laddonia, just before 11:30 Friday night. The patrol says 21 year old Natalie J. Bell, of Mexico, was seriously injured when her car ran off the highway and struck a tree.
COLUMBIA COMPANY EXPANDING OPERATIONS TO MOBERLY
The Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation has announced the addition of some new jobs in Moberly. Columbia-based ASIFlex announced Friday that it will begin customer service operations in Moberly, resulting in the hiring of ten full-time employees. The facility will be located next to GE Capital on Hurst Drive in Moberly. Officials say the company has all ready begun taking applications for the new positions. They expect to be in operation in Moberly by May 1. For more information, go to asiflex.com.
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A Thursday night fire destroyed a vacant commercial building in downtown Kirksville. A Kirksville Police officer discovered the fire at the former ‘Scrapper’s Den’ thrift store at around 10:45pm. The building is located just one black from the Kirksville Fire Department. Firefighters say flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived and the roof later collapsed. No injuries were reported. A nearby home and convenience store were evacuated as a precaution. An investigation into the cause of the blaze is underway.
Three persons were injured when a pickup and a car collided on Randolph County Route A, south of Moberly, Thursday morning. It occurred at around 8:30am. The patrol says a pickup, driven by 63 year old Patricia Palozola, of Clark, slowed for an animal in the roadway when her truck was struck in the rear by a car, driven by 78 year old Carol Hampton, of Higbee. Hampton was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital. Palozola and her passenger, 57 year old William Slavik, of Hallsville, were both treated for minor injuries.
Drivers from Gallatin and Jamesport were injured when their vehicles collided at the Highway 6 and Route F junction in Jamesport, at around 1:30 Thursday afternoon. The patrol says a van, driven by 65 year old Alan Sobotka, of Jamesport, pulled from Route F, into the path of an SUV, driven by 75 year old Myrna Esbeck, of Gallatin. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries in the accident. Esbeck was taken to North Kansas City Hospital, while Sobotka was treated at Liberty Hospital.
SUSPECT FACES CHARGES AFTER STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT
Columbia Police say an Auxvasse man is in custody after allegedly stealing a vehicle, crashing it and then fleeing on foot. Joshua Skouby faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated. Officers were dispatched to East Business Loop 70 and Old Highway 63, just before 7am Thursday, after the suspect’s vehicle and another vehicle collided. Police say Skouby allegedly stole the car of a passerby who stopped at the accident scene. That car ended up off the road, during the police pursuit and Skouby then took off on foot. He was arrested and treated at a local hospital for injuries sustained in the crash.
Storm victims in the Centralia area are cleaning up this morning, after a severe thunderstorm rolled through Thursday afternoon, causing wind and hail damage. Authorities confirm that a large tree fell onto a mobile home, near the corner of South Green and West Alco Streets, nearly splitting the trailer in half. A couple and three children who lived in the trailer escaped the home without injury. There were also multiple reports of wind damage to trees, small buildings and outbuildings. No injuries were reported.
A Carrollton man is in custody after a Wednesday morning disturbance at a Carrollton home ended with shots fired. Police say two men got into an altercation, at around 4am Wednesday. 23 year old Zachary William Warren, of Carrollton, is accused of using a .22 caliber long rifle to shoot the victim multiple times in the lower legs. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Warren is charged with assault and armed criminal action and is being held on $150,000 dollars bond.
A Moberly teenager and her passenger from Macon were both treated for minor injuries after their vehicle ran off Highway 36, on Wednesday. The patrol says the westbound vehicle began to hydroplane on the wet driving surface and it ran off the highway and struck a ditch. The driver, 19 year old Keely Beck, of Moberly…and passenger, 21 year old Ashlie Claunch of Macon, were both treated and released at Samaritan Hospital.
A Callao teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a dirt-bike accident in Callao on Tuesday afternoon. The patrol says 16 year old Cameron Shaw, of Callao, was attempting to turn around on Second Street in Callao when he lost control and was ejected from his dirt-bike. Shaw was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
The Columbia area Crime Stoppers have increased the reward for information on the homicide of Rickie Dunn. The 40 year old Dunn was shot to death last November in the 1400 block of Illinois Avenue. Crime Stoppers is now offering a reward of up to $2,000 dollars for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect in the case. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call anonymously, 573-875-TIPS.
Several Columbia residents and a Kansas City man have all been sentenced to prison, in connection with a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Boone County. 37 year old Yun Yi Chang and 36 year old Lawrence Harrell, both of Columbia, and 37 year old Samuel Raphael Johnson, of Kansas City, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine from July of 2008 thru 2012. Change received a 13 years in prison, Harrell four years and Johnson a 15-year sentence. Co-defendants, 32 year old Jessica Lynn Jobe, 33 year old George Dale Wolchko, 35 year old Patrick Jeremy O’Blennis and 33 year old Justin Ashley Blackburn, all of Columbia, also pleaded guilty to their roles in the operation. Their sentences range from 8 months to three years. Nine other co-defendents were all ready sentence and three others have pleaded guilty and still await sentencing.
Marceline voters said ‘no’ to a proposed bond issue to fund a new aquatic center, with 275 opposed to just 240 in favor. George Head won a Brookfield City Council seat with 172 votes, to 147 for Paul Frey and 122 for Dan Downey. The Brookfield R-3 School District got overwhelming approval for its ‘no-tax-increase’ bond issue, with just under 80% in favor. Jeff Vogel was re-elected to a seat on the Brookfield R-3 School Board, Burnie Hicks got the second school board spot, by 50 votes over Suzanne Rhodes. Marceline School Board seats went to Adam Stallo and Tom Hauser, in a tight race. Hauser took the second spot by just seven votes over Kimberly Corbin. Seth Link and Todd Young were the top two in Meadville’s school board race. Meadville also approved its ‘no tax increase’ bond issue, 138 votes in favor to just 3 opposed. Leighton Reid was elected mayor of Bucklin, Kim Harrison and Bailey Frye both won Bucklin Alderman at Large seats and the City of Bucklin got approval to extend its street levy. Laclede Alderman seats went to Corey Ludington and Lynn R. Clark. Laclede voters said ‘no’ to a proposition that would have changed the Tax Collector’s office to an appointed position, with 37 opposed to just 30 in favor. Three Linn County Health Department Board members were chosen by voters…Bill Copple, Joe Smith and Velma Trentham.
Incumbents Dan Wilcox and Amy Hager were the top two candidates for Moberly School Board…Hager carried a 300 vote margin over the third place candidate, Valinda Freed. Trinity Black and Dwayne Dennis won seats on the Westran School Board. Rusty Wade Ratliff and Mindy Huddleston were the top two in the race for Higbee School Board. In city races, two Moberly City Council seats were decided, with Gregory K. Walker and Jerry Jeffrey finishing in those top two spots, with over 400 votes each, John Kimmons, Jr was the third finisher at 278. Moberly’s sales tax question was approved with a 65% margin. The Huntsville Mayor’s race went to Debbie Webster, with 125 votes to 82 for Carl Gordy and 76 for Tina Johnson (Garrett). Frank Miller and Lin Block won the two opposed Huntsville City Council seats. The Northeast R-4 Fire District Question unofficially passed by just one vote, 159 in favor to 158 opposed. Ted Sander was re-elected as Moberly Road District Commissioner, 512 to 456 over Bill Trusty. A $7 million dollar waterworks bond issue for the Thomas Hill Water District was approved by a 64% majority.
There were just a handful of contested races on the Adair County ballot. Phillip Biston won a seat on the Kirksville City Council, with 524 votes to 414 for runner-up, Robert ‘Bob’ Russell. Two seats on the Brashear School Board were decided…they went to Aaron Zentz and Jason Taylor. Becky Williams and Alan Linder were the top two in the race for Novinger School Board.
Two major school bond issues were voted down in Macon County on Tuesday. The Macon R-1 School District had proposed a $13 million dollar bond issue for multiple improvements on the Macon Campus. It failed with 940 votes opposed to 916 in favor. LaPlata’s Propostion KIDS was also defeated. Combining votes cast in Macon, Adair and Knox Counties, the LaPlata issue was voted down by a 57% majority. Macon City Council seats were won by Vernon Wyatt in Ward 1, Linda Farmer in Ward 2 and Jeff Brown in Ward 3. Donny Wyatt and Steve M. Burns were the top-two in the Macon R-1 School Board race. Brandon Mack and Harold E. Collins took the top two spots for LaPlata School Board.
Sullivan County voters said yes to a proposition to abolish township government in the county, with 519 in favor and 421 opposed. A senior citizen tax issue also was passed, 533 in favor to 406 opposed. A west ward Alderman seat was the only contested race on City of Milan ballots Tuesday. Lesa J. Smith won that seat by 25 votes over Sally M. Jones. Milan voters said ‘no’ to a Use Tax issue, with 82 opposed to 76 in favor. Green City School board seats were won by Kellen Hatcher and Jeff Kimmel.
Columbia voters passed a pair of propositions on Tuesday’s ballot. Proposition 1, a $63 million dollar bond issue to improve the city’s electric infrastructure, passed by more than 4,000 votes. Proposition 2, which will help fund improvements to the storm water system, passed by just over 2,000 votes. Clyde Ruffin won the vacated Ward 1 Councilman seat. Michael Trapp was re-elected to a term as Ward 2 Councilman. Betsy Peters won the Ward 6 City Council seat. For Boone Hospital Trustee, Jerry Kennett collected more than 9,000 votes to win that race.
The polls are open this morning for today’s Municipal General Election. There are a number of school board and city council races on today’s ballot around the area. Also, several area school districts and municipalities have tax levy and bond issues on the ballot. Polls will remain open until 7pm. Be sure to take a few minutes to exercise your right to vote. If you need information on today’s election, you can contact your county clerk’s office or local election officials. KZBK and KLTI will have live results coverage this evening, starting at around 8pm.
A Kirksville teenager, who was reported missing Monday, has been found safe. Kirksville Police had issued an alert Monday, saying 18 year old Dakota Dixson, of Kirksville, had not been seen since going for a walk from his Kirksville home Thursday evening. Family members also reported that Dixson is mentally challenged. Authorities have now confirmed that Dixson was found safe Monday in Davenport, Iowa.
An Edina woman was arrested last week, after allegedly going to work at a post office under the influence of an illegal substance. The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department says 41 year old Julie Marie Campbell, of Edina, was arrested at the LaBelle Post Office. They were called to the scene by a report of an employee who appeared to be impaired. A search warrant served at Campbell’s residence turned up hydrocodone and other prescription drugs, along with unopened mail from addresses in Lewis and Knox Counties. She is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect in a Monday evening armed robbery at Tower Loans, on 3200 Penn Terrace. Officers were called to a report of a robbery with a gun at that location. They say an armed male suspect entered the business and demanded money, then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. Officers and a K9 unit were unable to locate the suspect. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Callaway County man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault. Jake Gastler was accused of beating two neighbors, outside their homes near Auxvasse, in August of 2013. One of those men, Zachary O’Connor, died from injuries sustained, while the other, Michael O’Connor, was airlifted to Columbia with serious injuries. Witnesses say Gastler used a baseball bat to assault the two victims. He had pleaded not guilty a year ago, but Monday, he changed that plea to guilty and was sentenced to 17 years, with credit for time all ready served.
A Chillicothe driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday evening collision on Route JJ, about seven miles south of Chillicothe. The accident occurred at around 6:30pm. The patrol says a pickup, driven by Clinton M. Brown, of Tina, pulled into an intersection and struck the driver’s side of a car driven by 43 year old Michael A. Brown, of Chillicothe. After impact, Michael Brown’s car ran off the highway and overturned. He was treated for moderate injuries at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe.
TWO DRIVERS HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION
Drivers from Brookfield and Wheeling each suffered minor injuries when their vehicles collided on Highway 36 at the Wheeling junction, at around 7:15pm Friday. The patrol says 79 year old Donna Stringham, of Wheeling and 53 year old Kenneth Smith of Brookfield were both westbound on 36. Stringham slowed in preparation for a right turn at the junction and her van was struck in the rear by Smith’s car. Stringham was treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center. Smith refused treatment at the scene.
A Friday collision on Highway 36, just east of Hamilton, injured both drivers. The patrol says 82 year Donald Cox, of Hamilton, was driving a dump truck and attempted to cross 36 from a gravel road. He pulled into the path of a westbound pickup, driven by 71 year old Carole McKenzie, of Hannibal. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to Liberty Hospital. Cox was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
Columbia Regional Airport was ‘back in business’ Sunday morning, after an American Eagle flight exited a taxiway and became stuck in the mud, Saturday afternoon. Officials say flight 3624 was headed for Chicago when its left rear wheel sunk into mud next to the runway. Airport officials worked with the passengers to arrange for overnight accommodations and transportation to Lambert Airport in St. Louis. The stuck plane shut down Columbia Regional Airport thru the early morning hours on Sunday.
Columbia Police are investigating a Friday night armed robbery at the Breaktime Convenience Store at Paris Road and Vandiver Driver. Police say the clerk came from the back of the store and found a white male suspect, wearing dark clothing and a covering over his head. He demanded money from the drawer and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Sunday afternoon fire destroyed a mobile home, a car, and a popup trailer, in a Columbia Trailer Park. Firefighters were called to the Sunset Mobile Home park on Lenoir Street in South Columbia, just after 4:30pm. Crews were able to save a mobile home, located directly east of the one that was destroyed by fire. No one was in those two homes at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported.
Two Chillicothe residents were hurt when their car collided with a farm tractor on Highway 65, just south of Chillicothe, Thursday afternoon. 24 year old Kristina Thompson and her passenger, 9 year old Willow Johnson, both of Chillicothe, were both treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 5pm. The patrol says Thompson’s southbound car slid into the rear of a southbound farm tractor, driven by 71 year old David Jones, of Hale.
A Columbia man was arrested this week, after an alleged attempted theft from a Moberly car dealership. Police say the suspect was spotted attempting to steal wheels and an exhaust unit from a new vehicle at Moberly Motors. When officers arrived, the suspect fled the scene on foot. He was located and arrested a short time later, with the assistance of the Highway Patrol K-9 Unit. The 35 year old male suspect is being held on $10,000 dollars bond. Formal charges are pending.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents once again, after another round of scammer telephone calls have been reported around the area. Officials says victims are reporting multiple calls from individuals claiming to be with the IRS and threatening incarceration for unpaid taxes and demanding immediate payment over the phone. Residents are reminded to never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller over the phone.
A Columbia woman was arrested Thursday and accused of assaulting a male victim with a knife. Police say 26 year old Natalie White, of Columbia, was arrested in the 5400 block of Waterloo Drive, where, they say, an argument between White and the male victim turned violent. She is accused of damaging the man’s car and cutting his wrists with knives. He was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. White was arrested on charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action and property damage.
There’s another warning from law enforcement about the dangers of social media, after an investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. It began last week, when a Chillicothe parent discovered that her 11 year old daughter was communicating via social media with a 41 year old male from South Dakota. Allegations of child enticement against the suspect remain under investigation, in multiple jurisdictions. Parents are once again reminded to monitor your children’s internet usage closely and be aware of safety concerns, on their computers, tablets, smartphones and gaming devices.
A Bogard resident faces felony child molestation charges after his arrest on Wednesday. 26 year old Leander Gingerich, of Bogard, is charged with one count of statutory sodomy and two counts of child molestation. The arrest comes after an investigation into allegations of improper sexual contact with a person under the age of 14. Gingerich is being held in Carroll County on $100,000 dollars cash bond.
The Missouri Office of Administration is now accepting management contract bids for operation of the Brookfield License Office. Interested individuals and groups must submit their bids by April 28. You’ll find a copy of the request for proposal, which bidders are required to use to develop their bid on the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website. In fiscal year 2014, the Brookfield License office generated 25,900 transactions and more than $85,000 dollars in agent processing fees. Once again the bidding deadline is April 28. The Brookfield License Office is currently closed, after the most recent successful bidder was unable to meet state requirements for operation of the office.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect who fired a gun into a home with several people inside. The incident occurred late Wednesday night in the 400 block of Oak Street. Officers say bullets went through the back of a car window and also through a window of the home. No injuries were reported.
The treasurer of a Centralia sports club has been arrested and accused of stealing funds. Centralia Police confirm the arrest of Maggie Schmidt, which occurred Tuesday night. Schmidt, who has served as treasurer of the Centralia Wrestling Club, is accused of stealing at least $3,000 dollars by using the club’s bank account for personal purchases and cash withdrawals. She was released after posting just under $10,000 dollars bond.
Extremely dry conditions, warm temperatures and gusty winds will create a very high outdoor burning danger today. The National Weather Service says today’s fire danger is expected to be extremely high, especially this afternoon and evening, with increasing south winds and temperatures near 80 degrees. There have been a number of small fires get out of control around the area over the past couple of days. Tuesday evening, a homeowner burning leaves, northeast of Kirksville, caused a grass fire, which got out of control and burned about 15 acres. Boone County firefighters responded to a handful of controlled burns, which got out of hand, on Tuesday. Officials say today’s fire danger will be significantly higher than it has been for the past few days. ALL outdoor burning is considered extremely dangerous, through this evening.
Significant rainfall will alleviate the burning danger tonight. Strong storms are expected to develop this afternoon and evening to our west, and move through north Missouri after midnight. The severe weather threat is very low for our area, but heavy downpours, gusty winds and small hail could accompany some of the stronger storms, thru early morning. Occasional showers continue Thursday as a cold front moves through, with much cooler temperatures Friday.
A Carrollton teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car struck a deer on Highway 65 in Carroll County, Tuesday night. 19 year old Paula J. Crawford, of Carrollton, was taken to Carrollton Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm. The patrol says a deer ran into the side of her car, causing the vehicle’s side impact airbags to deploy. Crawford was able to make a controlled stop on the side of the roadway.
MCCASKILL’S SENIOR TOWN HALL MEETING IN CHILLICOTHE
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will be in Chillicothe this morning, for another in a series of senior town hall meetings. McCaskill will be at the Livingston County Library, beginning at 9am. The public is welcome to attend and discuss a number of issues facing older Americans, including retirement security, fraud prevention and healthy living.
A Columbia man will spend five years in custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections, in connection with child pornography charges. 30 year old Jonathan Hillyard, of Columbia, was sentenced this week on one count of possession of child porn. He was arrested last fall, after an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s Cyber Crimes Task Force. Investigators say a search of Hillyard’s residence, last October, netted items of evidence, including several computers.
A statewide amber alert, issued Monday, has been cancelled, after a missing Henry County teenager was found in the state of New Mexico. 13 year old Hannah Sue Kennish, had been missing since Sunday morning, when she disappeared from her Henry County home. She was found Monday, along with the suspect in her disappearance, 55 year old Raymond Vallia. Authorities say he and the teen had been communicating on social media and he drove to Missouri to pick her up over the weekend. They were located by New Mexico authorities during a traffic stop, Monday afternoon. Vallie is in custody on $250,000 dollars bond, after being charged with kidnapping. The teenager has been returned safely home.
A New Cambria driver was treated for moderate injuries after an SUV collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 36, just east of Macon. The accident occurred at around 11:30am Monday. 44 year old Thomas C. Bruce, of New Cambria, was the driver of a westbound SUV. The patrol says it overtook a westbound semi, driven by an Illinois man, and struck the semi in the rear. Bruce was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Cameron woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off a Caldwell County road, Monday night. 21 year old Amanda Wiedmaier, of Cameron, was treated at Cameron Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 11pm. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned multiple times, coming to rest on its wheels.
ABSENTEE VOTING DEADLINES
Area county clerks remind voters that absentee voting is underway for next Tuesday’s Municipal General Election. However, if you need a ballot mailed to you, you need to request your ballot immediately. For most of our area counties, tomorrow is the last day to make that mail request. You can still go to your county clerk’s office to cast an absentee ballot in person, thru Monday. Several area clerks will have special hours Saturday morning.
COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 2013 ASSAULT
A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of assault and tampering with a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident in December of 2013. 33 year old Jason Davis was accused of beating his victim with a hammer and then stealing his iPhone and his car. Davis plead guilty to charges of assault and tampering with a motor vehicle. Four other charges, including armed criminal action and robbery, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Davis is scheduled to be sentenced in May.
The former spokesperson for Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich is dead of an apparent suicide. Multiple media reports indicate Spence Jackson was found dead in his Jefferson City apartment over the weekend. The 44 year old Jackson had served as Tom Schweich’s media director for the past four years. Jackson’s death comes about a month after Schweich, Missouri State Auditor and Gubernatorial candidate, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his St. Louis area home. More details on Jackson’s death are expected to be released today.
A pair of Friday accidents caused serious injuries in the area…
A Bogard woman was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center after her car ran off Carroll County Route W, at around noon Friday. 64 year old Marcia Wilson, of Bogard, was the driver of an eastbound car. It ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.
A UTV ran off a Harrison County gravel road and overturned in a field, Friday afternoon at around 4:15pm, causing serious injuries for a Ridgeway woman. 42 year old Rhonda Boggs, of Ridgeway, was taken to Harrison County Hospital and later life-flighted to Liberty Hospital after the accident.
Three Romanian nationals face felony stealing charges, in connection with alleged shoplifting incidents at several Walmarts in Missouri. The three were arrested after officers were called to the Moberly Walmart, Saturday afternoon. Investigation revealed that the three were suspected of stealing baby formula from multiple Missouri Walmarts. Authorities say more than 80 cans of formula were found in their vehicle. 25 year old Florentina Iordach, 35 year old Elena Nistor and 35 year old Florin Dumitru are being held on $20,000 dollars cash-only bond, as the investigation continues.
A Mexico toddler was seriously injured when a car backing from a driveway struck the child. 2 year old Slane Holsman, of Mexico, was flown by Arch Air Ambulance to University Hospital, after the accident, which occurred on Pinnacle Lakes Road in Montgomery County. The patrol says the child’s mother, 31 year old Nicole Murphy, of Mexico, was the driver of the car.
The ten-year-old driver of a horse-drawn buggy was killed and two young passengers were injured, when an SUV struck the buggy on Livingston County Route B, north of Wheeling, Thursday morning. It occurred at around 7:30am. The patrol says an eastbound SUV driven by 44 year old Penny J. Anderson, of Wheeling, struck the rear of a horse-drawn buggy, driven by 10 year old Joshua Leinbach, of Wheeling. He suffered fatal injuries when he was ejected from the buggy. Two passengers were also ejected and injured. 7 year old Amanda Leinbach was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and later life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries. 8 year old Katelyn Leinbach was treated for moderate injuries. Anderson was also treated at Hedrick Medical Center…for minor injuries.
A woman from Bogard suffered moderate injuries when a car struck a pickup on Carroll County Route T, northwest of Carrollton, Thursday afternoon. 22 year old Mikala Smith, of Bogard, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30pm. She was a passenger in a southbound car driven by 23 year old Charles W. Smith, of Bogard. The patrol says a pickup, driven by 21 year old Jared McMullin, of Carrollton, attempted a left turn into a private driveway. Smith tried to avoid the collision and his car ran off the roadway and struck the rear of the pickup.
Chillicothe Police report an injury accident at the intersection of Washington and Third Streets in Chillicothe, on Wednesday. Officers say the driver, Scott D. Reim, apparently suffered a seizure and the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole. An 87 year old female passenger suffered serious injuries. She was treated at Hedrick Medical Center and then transferred to Liberty Hospital.
Chillicothe Police also report a pair of drug arrests on Wednesday. Janice Shiner was arrested in the 100 block of Calhoun Street, for felony possession of a controlled substance. She is being held on $25,000 cash-only bond. Alan J. Lucky was arrested in the 200 block of Webster Street for felony possession with intent to distribute. He is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH ROBBING & THREATENING VICTIM
A Columbia man is charged with first-degree robbery and tampering with a victim, after an armed robbery on March 6, at a home on Rangeline Street. Police say the victim was robbed at gunpoint, as he was leaving a card game at a residence there. 31 year old Maurice Penny has been charged in the case. He is also accused of offering the victim cash to clear his name with police and later threatening him. Penny is being held on $200,000 dollars cash only bond.
Columbia Police say they are investigating reports of multiple shots fired near a Columbia Apartment Complex, late Wednesday night. The calls came in just before 11:30pm. Officers responded to the 2700 block of Quail Drive, where shots were apparently fired near a parking lot. At least one bullet struck the bathroom window of an apartment. Police say shots were fired late Sunday night in that same area. No injuries were reported. They are continuing to investigate both incidents…anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Marceline man was arrested on multiple charges, after a traffic stop by the Highway Patrol on Wednesday. The patrol says 28 year old John Catron, of Marceline, was taken into custody for alleged tampering with a motor vehicle, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked. Catron was being held on bond, at last report, in the Chariton County Jail.
Springfield police have recovered a vehicle, which was reported stolen in Chillicothe, earlier this month. Officers advise that the vehicle was recovered at a Springfield area motel and Jason D. Jackson was arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle and on a Green County warrant for domestic assault. The vehicle was towed from the scene and its owner was contacted.
Three suspects were arrested Wednesday morning after Columbia SWAT Team officers served a search warrant at 806 Oak Lawn Drive. Officials say detectives found heroin and tools to create forged checks in the home. 33 year old John Curry, 45 year old Austin Stiers and 46 year old Derek Cook were taken into custody. All three suspects face forgery charges. Curry was also arrested for distribution or manufacture of a controlled substance.
Police investigated an armed robbery overnight at the Petro Mart on Stadium Boulevard in Columbia. Officers say a suspect entered the store armed with a knife at around 11pm Wednesday. Investigators have been working through the night to follow up on leads in the case. No arrests have been reported.
Officials say they believe an electrical malfunctioned caused multiple explosions on the roof of the Boone Hospital Center Wednesday morning. Columbia Fire Crews got the blaze under control quickly, but took several hours to secure the outside of the building to prevent falling debris. Officials say damage was limited to the exterior of the building and there were no injuries. Broadway was shut down for about two and a half hours, while crews were on the scene.
Governor Jay Nixon has appointed a new Chariton County Public Administrator. Nixon announced Sherry Hershey of Keytesville as his appointment to fill the position, which was vacated by the resignation of former Administrator Patti Yung. Hershey has served Chariton County for more than two decades as an emergency medical technician. She will assume the Chariton County position immediately.
Two of Livingston County’s most wanted fugitives have been arrested in the past week.
37 year old Terry Andruszczak was wanted since mid-February, on a Livingston County arrest warrant for an alleged burglary at a Chillicothe residence. He was arrested last week by authorities in Harris County, Texas. Andruszczak is being held on $100,000 dollars cash bond and extradition to Missouri is pending.
Last weekend, 24 year old Matthew Cole Bonnett was arrested by Johnson County, Kansas authorities. He was wanted since last August on a warrant for criminal non-support. Bonnett also awaits extradition and is being held on $10,000 dollars bond.
Registration is underway for the Third Annual SEV (Saving Every Victim) 5K and Kids One Mile ‘Rock N Roll’ walk and run. It will be held on Saturday May 2, with opening ceremonies at 7:45am at Brookfield High School. The registration deadline is April10. You can pick up registration forms in Brookfield at Show-Me Possibilities, Brookfield Physical Therapy or at the YMCA…in Marceline, forms are available at Yocom Jewelry and Signature Salon. You can also request a form via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org…or contact them on their facebook page. Registration is $25 for ages 11 and up and $10 for kids 10 and under. All proceeds support local families who are battling cancer. Again, the registration deadline is April 10.
Plans have been announced for the Mizzou Tiger Caravan’s annual visit to Mendon, next month. The Caravan will be at Northwestern High School in Mendon on Tuesday, April 21, with social hour at 6pm and a pork chop dinner at 6:45, followed by a program, featuring a number of Mizzou coaches, administrators and athletes. Tickets for the Mizzou Tiger Caravan are $30 and are available now, by contacting Fred Carpenter, 10639 Highway YY, Sumner, MO 64681. You can also call 660-856-3648 or email email@example.com.
Two camels and two steers are missing after an apparent theft in the 1100 block of Botner Road in Columbia. Boone County authorities say the animals were last seen Monday at 11am. The owner says he believes someone lured the animals into a trailer and drove away with them. Investigators say they’re worth about $20,000 dollars. Anyone with information about the alleged theft is urged to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.
A Columbia man faces charges after allegedly fleeing from a traffic stop on Tuesday. Authorities say 49 year old Randy L. Jennings, of Columbia, attempted to flee from officers while driving with a revoked license. A highway patrol trooper pulled his vehicle over near the Gerbes off of Paris Road and Jennings allegedly fled the scene on foot. He was taken into custody a short time later.
Two Browning children were injured in a Sunday evening ATV accident on private property, just southeast of Browning. It occurred at around 6:30pm. The patrol says the ATV, driven by 9 year old Lydia Allen, of Browning, went out of control and overturned. The driver and a passenger, 13 year old Brittney Coston, of Browning, were both ejected from the ATV. They were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
Moberly firefighters quickly extinguished a Monday morning fire at PSC Metals in Moberly. They were called to the scene, just after 8:30am Monday and were on the scene less than an hour. The fire apparently involved some electrical equipment in the scale house. No injuries were reported.
This Saturday (3/28) Truman State University will hold its annual Big Event, a community-wide day of service. Hundreds of Truman students will provide service to the residents of the Kirksville community by raking leaves, washing windows, painting and more. Organizers say the annual Big Event gives Truman students a chance to show their appreciation for all of the support the community offers. Students will gather for breakfast on the Truman Mall at 9am Saturday and then disperse to their various job sites. Last year, more than 1,500 Truman Students participated. For more information on Saturday’s Big Event, contact the Truman SERVE Center, in the Student Union Down Under.
MONITEAU PROSECUTOR’S CASE MOVED TO SHELBY COUNTY
The court case involving Moniteau County assistant prosecutor, Shane Healea, has been moved to Shelby County, on a change of venue. Healea request the change, due to heavy media coverage after his truck crashed into Addison’s Restaurant in Columbia last year, injuring four people. Healea is accused of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. He is charged with four counts of second-degree assault and one count of leaving the scene. A court date in Shelby County has not yet been scheduled.
The Columbia Police Department has moved a sign with theft-prevention tips to Providence Road. The department says a recent rise in burglaries and thefts has prompted the sign, which urges people to remember a number of theft-prevention tips, like locking their cars and garages when leaving their homes.
A Sunday morning accident on a Carroll County highway seriously injured a driver from Norborne. 20 year old Jordan Thomas was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:15am. The patrol says Thomas was seriously injured when his southbound vehicle ran off Carroll County Route D, struck an embankment and overturned.
A Columbia man was killed when a car rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Paris Road, Saturday afternoon. John Severtsen, of Columbia, died in the accident. He was a passenger in a car driven by Nicole Weddington, of Columbia. The patrol says her car struck the rear of a tractor-trailer as it slowed to turn into a private drive. She was treated for minor injuries.
Kirksville and Moberly Police continue to work with the FBI, seeking a third suspect in connection with last summer’s robbery of the Bank Midwest in Moberly. 21 year old Jeremy M. Burnett, was named as that suspect last week. He is described as a black male, about five feet tall and 145 pounds. He has used the aliases ‘Frisco’, ‘Fresco’ and other versions of his name. Investigators believe he has ties to Columbia, MO and Peoria Illinois. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact authorities. Two other suspects in last August’ robbery, Clarence L. Williams and Daniel M. Rudroff, both of Columbia, were indicted by a federal grand jury in January.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a Chillicothe couple in connection with a recent stealing incident. On Friday, officers arrested Hailey Littleton in the 600 block of JFK for felony stealing relating to an incident in the 600 block of St. Louis. Aaron Littleton was also arrested at the scene, for receiving stolen property. Both were transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail and Livingston County Warrants were subsequently issued for Felony Theft with bond for both set at $7500.
Two Boone County men were arrested after a fight between two dogs resulted in one of the dogs being stabbed to death, and gun shots being fired. Investigators say the incident occurred in the 4700 block of Highway HH in Boone County on Saturday. 33 year old Josh Williams allegedly fired shots after his neighbor stabbed his dog to death. That neighbor, 34 year old Shaetwyn Allen says he stabbed Williams’ dog after it attacked his dog. Williams faces four counts of unlawful use of a weapon. Allen was taken into custody for resisting arrest.
Columbia Police an armed robbery occurred early Sunday morning, at a home in the 500 block of Sexton Road. They says a man came to their door at around 6am, and when they answered the door, he threatened them with a gun, took cash and fled the home. There were no injuries in the incident. Columbia Police are continuing to investigate.
A Macon man was seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Highway 63, just south of Cairo. The patrol says it occurred just after 3pm, when 23 year old Cody L. Walton, of Macon, attempted to turn onto 63 and pulled into the path of a southbound vehicle, driven by 58 year old Douglas Elliott, of Moberly. Walton was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries after the accident. Elliott escaped without injury.
A northeast Missouri man has pleaded guilty, this week, to attempted child enticement and will face sentencing in May. 32 year old Jeremy ‘Brett’ Brady, of Newark, was arrested in November as part of a sting operation carried out by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit. Prosecutors say Brady was all ready a registered sex offender and investigators determined he was using an unregistered social media profile. He was contacted by undercover officers posing as a 13 year old girl. Brady was arrested when he arranged to meet the girl in a Kirksville parking lot.
The Macon Police Department has reported the arrest of a Shelbina woman on multiple charges, over the past weekend. Officers were notified of a Shelby County arrest warrant for an individual who was believed to be in Macon. They responded to the 100 block of North Rubey Street, where they arrested 38 year old Melinda S. Tillitt, of Shelbina, on four counts of statutory sodomy, with a $100,000 dollar cash-only bond. Tillitt was turned over to Shelby County authorities, where she was held in lieu of bond.
A Marshall woman has been sentenced to federal prison for embezzling funds from a Marshall domestic violence shelter, where she served as Executive Director. 51 year old Deborah Wallace, of Marshall, will serve 30 months in prison, after pleading guilty last year to charges of stealing government property and making false claims under a federal grant. Prosecutors say Marshall was executive director of the Lighthouse Shelter until April of 2013. During a five-year period, she was accused of using Lighthouse credit cards and bank accounts to pay personal expenses. She also admitted to submitting fraudulent monthly invoices in support of grant applications and spending. Wallace has been ordered to pay more than $115,000 dollars in restitution to the shelter and more than $250,000 dollars to the Missouri Department of Public Safety.
An endangered Silver advisory for a Michigan man, who went missing on his way to a Cameron area funeral this week, has been cancelled. Authorities say the subject of that advisory, 76 year old Hugo Hamil Umphrey, was found safe in Michigan, Thursday.
A Kirksville robbery suspect is in custody, after his arrest Wednesday morning. 33 year old Brian Fry, of Kirksville, was wanted after a Tuesday night armed robbery at a Kirksville convenience store, which included the theft of a vehicle from that location. Police say a tip from a citizen alerted them to Fry’s whereabouts. The vehicle was recovered and he was taken into custody at around 8:30 Wednesday morning. Fry has been charged with two counts of robbery and one count of stealing. He was also wanted on a failure to appear warrant for a misdemeanor credit card fraud case.
The Cameron Police Department has issued an endangered Silver advisory for a Michigan man, who went missing on his way to a Cameron area funeral. Authorities say 76 year old Hugo Hamil Umphrey, of Tecumseh, Michigan, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Diabetes and may be off of his medication. He was expected to arrive in Cameron Tuesday evening, but has not been seen. Umphrey is a white male, 6 feet tall and about 185 pounds, with gray hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion. He was driving a dark blue 2003 Chevy Trailblazer with Michigan plates, BQV 4530. Anyone with information on his whereabouts, or the vehicle, is urged to call law enforcement authorities.
A Chillicothe man faces a robbery charge after his arrest by Chillicothe Police this week. Officers were called to a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to a shoplifting incident. Witnesses say the suspect pushed two employees and fled the area after being confronted. The suspect, Daniel Schliessman, was located and arrested a short time later. He is being held on $50,000 dollars cash only bond.
A Columbia man is charged in connection with an alleged sexual assault in a Columbia restaurant. Court documents accuse 32 year old Rudi Perez-Ramirez, a waiter at La Siesta Mexican Restaurant, with assaulting a female victim in the bathroom of the restaurant. Ramirez is charged with first-degree sodomy and felonious restraint. He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
The suspect, Brian Fry, was apprehended by police on Wednesday, after citizen tip alerted them to his whereabouts. Charges are pending and more details will be released soon.
Kirksville Police are seeking a suspect in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred Tuesday night. The suspect has been identified as 30 year old Brian Fry, of Kirksville. Witnesses say he entered a business in the 1000 block of East Jefferson, displayed a weapon and left with an undisclosed amount of cash. Fry also allegedly stole a brown 1998 Oldsmobile Bravada from that same location. The vehicle has Missouri license plates OKV-124. Fry is a white male, 6-6 and 240 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes…a tattoo of a shamrock on his left forearm and the word ‘mugger’ tattooed on his right forearm. Police consider him armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urge to call Kirksville Police or the tips hotline at 627-2878.
A Salisbury man was treated for moderate injuries after his tractor-trailer overturned on an exit ramp at Highway 65 and I-70, in Saline County. 43 year old David Pancoast, of Salisbury, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred Tuesday morning at around 9:45am. The patrol says his southbound semi overturned off the left side of the roadway and struck the ground and a delineator post.
MACON COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR STEPPING DOWN
Macon County Economic Development Director, Denise Bennett, is stepping down after more than seven years on the job. Bennett announced her resignation, after accepting a marketing position with Midwest Bone and Joint Center in Macon. Her last official day in the office will be April 17. The Macon County Economic Development Board of Directors will soon begin a search for a qualified replacement.
A Fulton motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon collision on Boone County Route Z, at the north outer road of I-70. 57 year old Ricky Tiefenauer, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident. It occurred just before 4pm. The patrol says Tiefenauer was attempting to pass a van as it made a left turn. He was ejected from the motorcycle after the collision.
With cooler temperatures in the area today, the National Weather Service has lifted a Red Flag Warning for north Missouri…but many area agencies are still asking residents to refrain from outdoor burning, until further notice. The Linn County Commission has issued a burning ban, which covers all outdoor burning except barbecue grills used for cooking. Several other local agencies have burning advisories in effect as well. The Missouri Department of Conservation is also advising landowners to refrain from burning for a few more days. Extremely dry conditions and strong winds continue to cause concerns about keeping outdoor fires under control, for a few more days. Boone County firefighters battled a trash fire, which got out of control, Monday afternoon. They say several acres were burned, northeast of Columbia.
A Moberly woman is charged in connection with a weekend stabbing incident, which sent one victim to the hospital. Moberly Police say a fight between two women on Bedford Street Sunday, ended with the suspect striking the victim with her car and then stabbing her with a knife. 23 year old Angelica Benitez, of Moberly, is charged with two counts of assault and armed criminal action. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released.
A Monday evening accident in Mercer County sent an area driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. It occurred at around 6:40pm in Lineville, MO. The patrol says a southbound motorized bicycle, driven by 52 year old Renee Losie of Lineville, lost control after striking a pot hole. She and a three year old passenger were ejected from the bicycle. Losie was treated for moderate injuries at an Iowa Hospital. The child was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Columbia Police have made a second arrest in connection with a police pursuit and car crash, which occurred in Columbia last week. 30 year old Jamie Chick, of Columbia, was arrested Sunday evening on suspicion of resisting arrest, domestic assault, driving without a license and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Deputies believe Chick was the driver of a vehicle, which attempted to flee during a traffic stop last Wednesday. Two occupants of the vehicle fled on foot after it crashed. One of those suspects was located and arrested near the scene and is charged with resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A crack in a steel beam on the Lamine River Bridge, located west of Boonville in Cooper County, will cause a lane closure on I-70 for the next few days. Crews will be working to repair the bridge beginning today. One westbound lane of I-70 will be closed, at that location, for up to three days.
Near record high temperatures, extremely low humidity and strong winds will combine to cause an extremely high fire danger across the area again today. A Red Flag warning is in effect thru this evening for the entire area. Officials in several area counties have reported multiple grass fires that have quickly gotten out of control, over the past several days. The national weather service says this afternoon’s conditions will be the worst fire danger we’ve seen yet. ALL outdoor burning, throughout our area, is strongly discouraged, thru Monday evening.
A Macon woman was seriously injured in a Sunday morning collision on Old Highway 36, just west of Macon. 24 year old Teia C. Stevens, of Macon, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3:45am Sunday. The patrol says Stevens’ westbound vehicle was struck nearly head-on by an eastbound van, which crossed the center-line. That driver, 35 year old Dustin Pate, of Macon, was not injured.
A driver from Elmer was seriously injured when his vehicle struck a deer in the roadway, early Saturday morning. 54 year old Rusty Kimmel, of Elmer, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 7am Saturday on Route 3, about seven miles south of Troy Mills. The patrol says his northbound car struck a deer in the roadway, then ran off the road, causing serious injuries.
A Meadville woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday morning accident, near the Laclede Junction on Highway 36. 49 year old Cheri D. Allen, of Meadville, was the driver of an eastbound car. The patrol says she fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle and was ejected as it ran off the highway, at around 6am. Allen was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
The Meadville Eagle boys are back in the Class 1 state championship game, after a 63-51 semifinal win over Advance, at Mizzou Arena, Thursday night. The Eagles trailed for most of the night, falling behind 7-0 early and trailing 20-11 after the first quarter. Meadville still trailed by 7 at the half and were down by 1 at the end of the third quarter, before a 22-9 fourth quarter margin propelled them to the win. Dalton Palmer’s 19 points led four Eagles in double-figures. They’ll move on to face Winston in the Class 1 State championship game, Saturday afternoon at around 2:40pm.
The Cairo girls lost their Class 2 semifinal Thursday, falling to Skyline 62-24. Cairo will meet Clopton in the third place game this afternoon at 12:45pm.
The Southwest at Ludlow girls also lost in the semis Thursday and will play Tuscumbia in the Class 1 third place game this afternoon…starting at 4:15pm.
The Boonville girls suffered their first loss of the season in the Class 3 semis last night, falling to Cardinal Ritter…they’ll meet Buffalo in the third place game, at around 8:20 tonight.
A Kirksville man is behind bars, after attempting to flee from authorities. 38 year old Everett ‘Eston’ Rude, Jr. of Kirksville was wanted on outstanding warrants for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. His alleged accomplice, 39 year old Gregory Dent, of Springfield, Illinois, is also in custody, charged with hindering prosecution. The pair were arrested last week, after Kirksville Police saw a suspect with a black face mask and jeans getting into a vehicle. When they stopped the car, that suspect, who was Rude, attempted to flee on foot.
A Chillicothe driver was treated, after a one-vehicle accident on Thursday at the intersection of Washington and Ryan Lane in Chillicothe. Police say the driver, Donald D. Zahner, apparently suffered a medical condition, causing his vehicle to run off the roadway as he crossed Washington Street. The vehicle struck a guide wire for a utlity pole. Zahner was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of the medical condition.
Columbia Police are investigating a daytime burglary, which occurred at a home in the East Ridge Park neighborhood on Thursday. Investigators say that makes at least four daytime break-ins in that area, within the last month.
Moberly Area Community College will hold its FAFSA Frenzy event this Sunday afternoon. Personnel will be on-hand to assist students who are planning to attend college in the coming school year, and their families, complete the Federal Application for Student Aid form that is required to qualify for a variety of financial aid options. The FAFSA Frenzy will be held from 2 to 4pm Sunday, in the MACC Library and Learning Center. Students do not have to be planning to go to MACC to participate and get assistance.
Two police officers were shot during a protest in Ferguson last night. Officials say a 32 year old officer from the Webster Groves Police Department was shot in the face and a 41 year old officer from St. Louis County was shot in the shoulder. Both officers are being treated for their injuries, which are considered serious, but not life-threatening. Witnesses say several shots were fired around midnight, as protests were starting to wind down, following Wednesday’s resignation of Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.
Three occupants of a small airplane all survived, after the plane crashed into the Lake of the Ozarks, Wednesday afternoon. Two of the three were hospitalized, but none suffered life-threatening injuries. Officials say the plane went down shortly after it took off from the Grand Glaize Airport at Osage Beach, en route to Creve Coeur, MO. The three victims, all St. Louis area residents, were able to get out of the plane and were found along the shoreline.
Congressman Sam Graves will hold a series of Agricultural Roundtables in the area today. Graves will give updates on federal Ag Policy and he’ll also talk about the national Highway Bill as part of the meetings. Graves will be at the NCMC Barton Farm Campus in Trenton this afternoon from 1:30 to 2:30pm. He’ll be in Milan, at the North Missouri Livestock Auction Market, from 3:15 to 4:15…and then in Brookfield, at Smith Auctioneers, from 5 to 6pm. All of the roundtables are open to the public.
One person is in custody and another suspect is still on the loose, after a vehicle pursuit ended with a car crash in south Columbia Wednesday night. Officers say the pursuit began on Forum Boulevard. Two occupants of the vehicle fled on foot, after the car crashed near Nifong and Willowcreek Lane. One suspect was located and arrested. The other was still being sought at last report.
A Trenton driver was life-flighted to a Des Moines area hospital, with serious injuries, after his pickup ran off Highway 65 in Princeton, Tuesday night. 38 year old Nathan P. Allen, of Trenton, was the driver of a southbound pickup. The patrol says it ran off the highway just after 8:30pm. It struck a retaining wall, became airborne, and the front of the pickup struck the ground, causing it to overturn. Allen was flown to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
A Moberly man faces multiple drug charges, after his arrest on Monday. Police were called to a report of illegal dumping, in the 200 block of South Morley. Officer’s say they found items used to make meth. A search of a nearby home turned up meth and marijuana. A 45 year old male resident of the home was arrested for manufacturing and possessing a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance. The suspect remains in custody, pending formal charges.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed the first new case of chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer, outside the existing six-county, north Missouri containment zone. They say a buck harvested near Centertown in Cole County has tested positive for the disease. Ten other cases of CWD have been confirmed from this past deer hunting season, all within the containment zone, which includes Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan Counties. Officials say there are still more than 300 tissue samples which are in the process of being tested.
University of Missouri Police are investigating the discovery of a body, which was found Tuesday morning in the Hinson Creek bottoms, near the Mizzou campus. Officers say someone noticed the body while walking near the creek, just before 10am. The deceased male has been identified by authorities and they have confirmed that he is NOT an MU student. His name has not been released, pending notification of family members. Investigators say there is no indication of foul play.
A Fulton teenager was seriously injured, and two other teens were also hurt, when a car ran off Callaway County Route UU, Monday afternoon. 17 year old Danielle Adams, of Fulton, was the driver of the westbound car. The patrol says it ran off the highway and struck a tree, ejecting all three occupants from the vehicle. Adams suffered serious injuries. 17 year old Kelcee Bristol, of Fulton, sustained moderate injuries and 19 year old Kalob Kelly, of Fulton, escaped with minor injuries. All three were treated at University Hospital.
The Moberly Masonic Lodge will host a MoCHIP Child Identification enrollment event on Saturday, from 10am to 2pm, at the lodge located on West Rollins in Moberly. MoCHIP enrollment will be conducted free of charge for area families. The program provides digitial photos, fingerprints, child information and emergency contacts, a dental bite impression and laminated ID cards. All of the information is saved and provided to parents on an ‘Amber Alert compatible’ computer disk. Saturday’s program is provided by the Masonic Lodges of Moberly, Cairo, Clark, Huntsville, Higbee and Milton.
The value of liberal arts education and the impact of Missouri’s student financial aid programs will be the focus of a public hearing next week on the Truman State University Campus in Kirksville. The meeting is the fifth in a series of nine hearing being held around the state, to gather information for the development of a new coordinate plan for Missouri higher education. The hearing will be held next Monday, March 16, on the Truman Campus in Kirksville. The public is welcome to attend and participate.
An elderly Fulton couple were both seriously injured in a Monday evening collision on Boone County Route WW at Rolling Hill Road. 88 year old William K. Bahr and 83 year old Peggy M. Bahr, of Fulton, were both taken to University Hospital with serious injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 5:20pm. The patrol says a vehicle driven by 28 year old Rachel Brown, of Ashland, pulled into the intersection and into the path of the Bahr’s eastbound car. Brown was treated for minor injuries.
A weekend shooting incident in the parking lot of the Columbia Senior Activity Center has prompted some changes in the Center’s policy towards renting out their facility for private events. After an emergency meeting Monday, the officials say the Center will continue to rent out their facility…however, those events must now end at midnight and guests must leave the facility immediately…additional security and background checks will be made prior to future rentals and any event by an MU organization must be sanctioned by the University. Two persons were injured in the weekend shooting, which occurred at 3am Saturday and involved an altercation following a private party at the Center.
MoDOT has announced a new campaign encouraging teen seat belt use, which began yesterday. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is targeting teens with this year’s slogan…’Buckle Up…It’s No Joke’. Officials say that, as of 2013, the seat belt use rate for Missouri teens is only about 67 percent, compared with the national average of 87 percent. Nearly seven out of ten people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are not buckled up
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a Chillicothe couple on multiple charges, including drug possession and endangering the welfare of a child. Officers were called to the 400 block of Vine Street, late last week, where two residents of the home were taken into custody. Wanda Ann Haughton was arrested for felon in possession of a firearm. Both she and Thomas Michael Haughton face charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. A juvenile resident of the home was removed by the Livingston County Children’s Division. Both suspects were transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, where they’re being held on $25,000 dollars bond.
An elderly Scotland County man was found safe, over the weekend, after an endangered Silver Advisory was issued by law enforcement. 92 year old Norris Edwin Gaffney, of Memphis, was reported missing on Friday. Gaffney, who is believed to have suffered cognitive impairment from a stroke, was last seen driving his vehicle on a gravel road near Scotland County High School Friday morning. Gaffney and his vehicle were located in southern Iowa over the weekend and he has been safely returned home.
Congressman Sam Graves will be in Brookfield later this week for an agricultural roundtable discussion. Graves will hold an informal gathering Thursday evening, from 5 to 6pm, at Smith Auctioneers in Brookfield. He’ll be providing an update on the farm bill, the EPA and other issues in Washington, and seeking feedback from area residents.
Authorities are investigating a pair of shots fired incidents in Boone County, which occurred Sunday.
Boone County authorities say at least one gunshot was fired inside an apartment on Demaret Drive, at around 9:45 Sunday night. They say no injuries were reported and some witnesses were not cooperating with their investigation, which is ongoing.
A ‘shots fired’ report came in just after 10pm Sunday night, from the area of Arena Liquor on Ballenger Lane. No further information has been release on that ongoing investigation.
Two persons are recovering from injuries sustained in a shooting incident, early Saturday morning, in central Columbia. Police say a private party was wrapping up at the Columbia Senior Activity Center, which had been rented out for the night. Just after 3am Saturday, witnesses say a disturbance broke out and multiple shots were fired. Police say a 30 year old male and a 27 year old male both suffered gunshot wounds. Both were taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A former youth director at a Columbia Church faces multiple charges, in connection with inappropriate contact with a young girl. 42 year Dale G. Johnson, of Columbia, is charged with statutory sodomy involving a person under the age of 14 and possession of child pornography. He is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. Johnson served as a youth director at the Parkade Baptist Church until the allegations came to light in February. He has since resigned after being placed on administrative leave.
A Schuyler county man is dead after a Thursday afternoon house fire. Firefighters were called to a home on East Locust Street in Glenwood, just after 2:30pm. A male victim was found inside the home, which was a total loss. His identity has not been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Chillicothe Police report a pair of drug arrests Thursday.
Officers were called to a report of drug activity in the 900 block of Jamison Street. Juan Hernandez-Gutierrez was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. It was also determined that Hernandez-Gutierrez is a foreign national that is illegally in the US. He was taken to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail, pending formal charges.
Officers also arrested Shari L. Lowe in the 200 block of West Business Highway 36 on an outstanding failure to appear warrant on a shoplifting charge in Benton County. Officers say she was in felony possession of a controlled substance. She is being held, pending formal charges.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Department is alerting residents of a possible scam in the area. Investigators have received information on four unknown male subject in two trucks, who are representing themselves as working for an insurance company, inspecting homes for possible defective lightning rods and cable equipment. The men were reportedly working in Sullivan County earlier in the week and may attempt to contact residents in Adair County. If you are contacted by the men, you’re asked to get in touch with your local law enforcement authorities.
A Mexico driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Audrain County Route FF, Thursday evening. It occurred at around 6:45pm. The patrol says 53 year old Gary D. Johnson, of Mexico, was westbound when his pickup ran off the highway, struck a ditch and became airborne, then struck a tree. Johnson was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, with moderate injuries.
Three suspects were arrested this week, after a search warrant was served at a Boonville home. Investigators say the search turned up drug paraphernalia, marijuana, meth and prescription drugs. 31 year old Benjamin Meyers and 50 year old Nancy Herren, both of Boonville, and 46 year old Eddie Pitts, of Franklin, were arrested at the home. Herren was also wanted on a Howard County warrant for multiple drug charges and traffic offenses.
A Boone County woman faces child pornography charges after an investigation by the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force. 47 year old Marjories Newell, of Rocheport, is charged in the case. Newell is accused of communicating with the mother of a 14 year old girl in the St. Louis area, allegedly attempting to arrange a sexual encounter with the girl and a male subject. Photos of children underage children were also found on her cell phone. Newell is free after posting $4500 dollars bond.
A Marshall driver was seriously injured when his car collided with another vehicle on Highway 65 at Route H in Saline County, Wednesday afternoon. 23 year old Adolfo Suarez, of Marshall, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. The accident occurred just before 2:30pm. The patrol says Suarez was northbound when a vehicle driven by 17 year old Toby Ulmer, of Nelson, pulled into the path of his car.
A Chillicothe man faces charges after an investigation by Chillicothe Police. Officers were called to the 1000 block of Graves Street, to a report of a theft from a business. Witnesses say the same suspect was observed stealing an item on an earlier date and had been told not to return to the business. The suspect, Brandon E. Bachman, of Chillicothe, was located and arrested on suspicion of two counts of burglary and stealing. He was transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail, pending formal charges.
The Kirksville Parks and Recreation Department has announced a new on-line system for signups. The department is now accepting on-line registration and payment for Parks and Rec classes and programs, including Kirksville’s summer baseball and softball leagues. You can also reserve facilities on-line as well. Visit the Kirksville Parks and Recreation website at www.kirksvillecity.com/parks-rec and follow the link to create your online account.
The sixth annual Show-Me Shelby County Business Expo is coming up Saturday in Shelbina. Organizers say more than 30 vendors are expected at the Father Buhman Center in Shelbina, from 9am to 1pm. Admission is free and there will be concessions available and door prizes. The event is sponsored by Shelby County Implement Company and Shelby County Economic Development. That’s Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the Father Buhman Center in Shelbina.
Columbia Police say they’re investigating a series of ‘pickpocket’ incidents at Columbia stores. They say multiple incidents have been reported in different stores around Columbia since mid-February. They say the thieves are targeting mainly elderly women. In most cases, the victim’s purse is sitting in the shopping cart’s child seat and the suspect grabs a wallet while the shopper is distracted. Officials encourage shoppers to either zip or snap your purse or wallet shut to make it more difficult. Anyone with information on the pickpocket incidents is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.
Two Moberly brothers were injured when their vehicle ran off Randolph County Route DD, just north of Moberly, just before 7:30pm Tuesday. 18 year old Steven Crutchfield, of Moberly, was the driver of the northbound pickup. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch, then traveled back across the road and off the opposite side. Crutchfield suffered moderate injuries. A passenger, 20 year old Austin Crutchfield, of Moberly, escaped with minor injuries.
Kirksville Police are investigating reports of a telephone scam in which the recipient’s caller ID shows a legitimate Kirksville Police Department phone number. The caller identifies himself as an officer and indicates that an unpaid citation or arrest warrant needs to be taken care of with an immediate payment over the phone, or a request for personal or financial information. Residents are reminded that caller ID information can be falsified. If you receive a call from someone identifying themselves as a Kirksville Police officer, request the caller’s name and badge number. If you suspect the call is not legitimate, hang up and contact law enforcement to inquire about the contact.
A Mexico man faces multiple charges after a search warrant was served at his residence, Monday afternoon. Officers seized crack cocaine and other drugs and paraphernalia during the search. 43 year old James Price Jennings, of Mexico, was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
TWO PLEAD GUILTY TO DRUGS & PROSTITUTION IN COLUMBIA
Two Springfield residents have pleaded guilty in federal court, in connection with their roles in distributing drugs and promoting prostitution in Columbia. 39 year old Ryan White pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine. He faces between 5 and 55 years in prison without parole. 25 year old Courtnie Goins pleaded guilty to using telephones to promote prostitution. She faces up to a five year prison term.
A head-on collision on I-35 in Harrison County left an elderly Ridgway driver dead. The accident occurred Monday evening at around 6:30pm. 82 year old Robert L. Chandler, of Ridgway, died in the accident. The patrol says he was driving southbound in the northbound passing lane of the interstate when his car collided head-on with an oncoming vehicle, driven by 59 year old Raymond Green, of Alba, MO. After impact, Chandler’s vehicle ran into the median and caught fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Green was treated for minor injuries at Harrison County Community Hospital.
Linn County 4-H is looking for donations to support their ongoing Youth Community Service Project. They’ll be putting together backpacks with a variety of personal care products, for area homeless families. Donations of gently-used backpacks, along with personal items such as water bottles, toiletries, scarves, socks and small non-persishable food items are being accepted. To find out more or make a donation, get with any Linn County 4-H chapter member, or call 660-412-8200.
Despite another blast of arctic air beginning tonight, the National Weather Service is thinking ‘spring’ this week. Severe Weather Awareness week is underway, and the annual Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for this afternoon, at 1:30pm. All of our Best Broadcast Group stations will take part in the drill, as an EAS Test Tornado Warning will be broadcast and forwarded. Most of our area communities and school districts will also participate, with storm sirens sounding and drills being conducted. The Statewide Tornado Drill is scheduled for 1:30pm today. Everyone is encouraged to take the time to review your own severe weather plans for work, home and school.
It was an extremely busy 24 hours for Jefferson City area firefighters, Sunday thru early Monday morning.
A total of five area fire departments responded to a Monday morning fire that destroyed the Rainbow Lanes bowling alley and Hooks Sports Bar, located southeast of Jefferson City in Osage County. They were called to the scene at around 3:30am Monday. No injuries were reported.
That came after firefighters had fought a two-alarm fire at Coher Auto Sales in Jefferson City Sunday night. They were called to the scene just after 10pm. No one was in the building at the time and there were no injuries.
Sunday morning, a large fire destroyed an apartment complex in downtown Jefferson City. Nine residents escaped the blaze without injury, but all nine were displaced, as the building was a total loss.
A Columbia man was arrested over the weekend, after allegedly threatening to kill his family, and possessing drugs. Ross Day, of Columbia, is charged with domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon and possession of meth with intent to distribute. Officers were called to the 200 block of Jackal Drive on Sunday afternoon. Witnesses at the scene said Day was under the influence of drugs, he was angry and he told him family he was going to kill them before leaving the scene. Officers were able to locate his vehicle and he was taken into custody.
02/27/15 - DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP TIME CHANGES SATURDAY
Saturday's district championship games at Linn County R-1 have been move up due to potential bad weather. Boys game (Meadville vs. Novinger) will start at noon - followed by the girls (Linn County vs. Mercer) at 1:30pm.
Saturday's district championship games at Palmyra have been moved up, due to the potential for travel problems Saturday evening. Macon vs. Palmyra girls will tip off at 2:30pm Saturday (live coverage on KLTI!) Highland vs. Bowling Green boys will precede the girls game, starting at 1pm at Palmyra High School.
Class 1, District 10 action at Glasgow High School Saturday - girls at 2pm, boys at 3:30pm.
Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy says Missouri State Auditor and Gubernatorial Candidate, Tom Schweich, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home Thursday morning. The Associated Press says Schweich had just called to request an interview to go public with accusations that the Missouri Republican Party Chairman had made anti-Semitic remarks towards him. Schweich had scheduled an interview with an AP reporter for Thursday afternoon, but shot himself at around 9:30am. Schweich’s death sent shockwaves around the state. He was considered the front-runner for the 2016 Republican nomination for Governor. The investigation into his death continues.
MACON ELKS LUAU SATURDAY EVENING
The Macon Elks are set for a fundraiser to support the United Service Organization, Saturday evening at the Elks Lodge in downtown Macon. It’s a Luau, featuring a roast hog dinner with carryout dinners available, along with live music, an auction, games and more. Tickets are available at the door, if you have not had a chance to get advance tickets. It gets underway at 6pm Saturday. All proceeds will benefit the USO’s work to support our troops serving oversees.
Four persons were injured in a Thursday evening collision on Highway 87 in Cooper County. It occurred just before 5:30pm. The patrol says a vehicle driven by 46 year old Dana Garberg, of Seattle, Washington, failed to yield to an oncoming car driven by 30 year old James Lewis, of Boonville. The two vehicles collided and Garberg’s SUV overturned in the roadway. Garberg suffered moderate injuries, as did two passengers in her vehicle…80 year old Bernard Mertens and 71 year old Evelyn Mertens, both of Columbia. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment. Lewis was treated for minor injuries.
A Columbia man was seriously injured when his car collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 63, early Thursday morning. 27 year old Benjamin Williams, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 6am. The patrol says Williams’ southbound car was entering the highway from an on-ramp when it slid into the tractor-trailer, driven by a Kansas man. The truck driver was treated for minor injuries.
Mexico Police are investigating the death of a man who was found unresponsive on a sidewalk, Thursday night. Police say the man was lying on the sidewalk in the 500 block of North Western Street in Mexico. He was later pronounced dead at St. Mary’s Hospital. He has been identified as 31 year old Duane Napolis, Jr. An investigation is underway. Investigators do not believe foul play is involved.
A Cameron man is charged with murder, in connection with the death of his wife on Wednesday. Cameron Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a home in the 900 block of West Prairie Street, where they found the victim, 26 year old Holly Baker, of Cameron, deceased at the home. Her husband, 27 year old Adam Baker, was arrested and is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action. He is being held in the Chariton County Jail. No other details on the incident have been released.
A Memphis driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a snow-covered Highway 15, in Scotland County, Wednesday night. The patrol says 53 year old Keri Hinds, of Memphis, lost control of her car and it ran off the roadway and struck a utility pole at around 8:30pm. She was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
A Boone County jury found Casey Lewis of Columbia guilty of first-degree murder, Wednesday night. Lewis was accused of killing Brian Daniels at his south Columbia home in April of 2013. Prosecutors had argued Lewis was hired by James Thompson to kill Daniels. The jury deliberated a little more than five hours before coming back with a guilty verdict.
A Columbia man is in custody after allegedly making threats against a judge and her husband. Officers arrested 54 year old Frank Jindra, of Columbia, on Tuesday at his home. Officers say Jindra was armed when they went to his home, but he agreed to put his gun down and was arrested without incident. He is accused of calling and threatening Judge Leslie Schneider after she did not grant him a restraining order.
A winter weather advisory for snow is in effect for parts of north Missouri, beginning late this afternoon thru 6 o’clock Thursday morning. The National Weather Service says light snow is expected to overspread the area, beginning this afternoon. The snow will intensify this evening and produce accumulating snowfall through the overnight hours. Widespread snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected, generally along and north of the Highway 24 corridor. Localized snowfall amounts of up to 6 inches are possible near the Missouri/Iowa border. Snow is expected to cause slick roadways and reduce visibility, and strong north winds will cause blowing snow overnight. In addition, wind chill values could drop to near 5 to 15 below zero early Thursday morning.
A Moberly Police investigation into a stolen laptop led to three arrests on Tuesday. Officers say they spotted a suspect leaving the scene, in the 1300 block of U.S. 24, in a white van. That van was seen later in the day, resulting in a pursuit, which ended when the van struck another vehicle on Morley Street. The driver, 36 year old Michael J. Montagna was taken into custody and authorities learned he had outstanding warrants for drug possession in Green County, Missouri. A search warrant was served in the 600 block of Fulton Avenue, where the laptop was recovered and two associates were arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. All three are being held in the Randolph County Justice Center.
A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday for Brian Adkison, who was on trial on Livingston County, in connection with charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and violating a protection order in Caldwell County in 2013. The reason for the mistrial was not disclosed by the judge. In January, Adkison’s Boone County trial on counts of rape, burglary and sexual assault also ended in a mistrial on two of the three counts. Adkison also faces charges of escaping from the Caldwell County Jail, which will be heard next month. He is charged with various other counts in four other Missouri counties.
A Boone County woman escaped without injury when her car ran off a roadway and ended up on a frozen Boone County pond. Authorities say the woman lost control of her car on Highway 163, at around 10:30am Tuesday, and it came to rest about 15 to 20 feet onto an icy pond. Crews were able to get her and her vehicle safely to shore.
A jury trial began in Livingston County on Monday for Brian Adkison, of Columbia, who is charged with kidnapping, domestic assault and violation of a protection order in Caldwell County, involving his ex-girlfriend, in June of 2013. Prosecutors say the victim left her Caldwell County home to go for a run and walk her dog. Adkison is accused of forcing her into his truck. Court documents indicate she jumped out of the moving vehicle at one point and Adkison forced her back in. She also allegedly stabbed Adkison with a screwdriver, in an attempt to escape. Day two of the trial begins this morning, in Chillicothe.
Columbia Police are looking for two suspects in connection with a Monday morning armed robbery at Missouri Title Loans on Business Loop 70 West. Officers say two men entered the business, showed a gun, and demanded money. The pair fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.
A Boonville man faces nearly two dozen charges, in connection with an investigation of sex crimes against an underage victim. 50 year old Raymond Stevens, of Boonville, was arrested last week. He is charged with 18 felony counts in Cooper County and four felony counts in Howard County. Authorities say their investigation involves allegations over the course of several years. The charges include multiple counts of statutory sodomy and deviant sexual assault involving a male victim under the age of 14.
Area farmers are reminded that the deadline for updating your base and yield for the new farm bill is this Friday, February 27. If you’re a farmer or a landowner, you need to get with your local FSA office to complete those base and yield updates by Friday. New programs created by the farm bill include Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Farm owners need to make their new program selections by March 31. Contact your local USDA Service Center to find out more.
Most of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory, from late this afternoon through Saturday morning, as forecasters expect a ‘mixed bag’ of wintry precipitation, including show, sleet and freezing rain. The mixture will move into the area late this afternoon and continue thru the overnight hours. Precipitation amounts are expected to be relatively light, with just a glazing of ice in most areas, and up to an inch or two of snow and sleet possible. But, the combination of ice and snow will make travel hazardous at times tonight into the morning.
Moberly High School enacted its ‘Closed Door Policy’ after students and teachers found four bullets on a hallway floor, Thursday. Officials say the school executed its closed door policy for about 15 minutes, while the school conducted its initial investigation, with the assistance of the School Resource Officer, and made sure all students were safe. The discovery remains under investigation and parents may contact the building administrator with any questions.
A Sturgeon driver faces multiple charges after a police pursuit that involved parts of two counties, early Thursday morning. Officers say they stopped a vehicle after it allegedly ran a red light in the area of East Broadway and Keene Street in Columbia at around 2:30am. The driver, 24 year old Dalton Perkins, of Sturgeon, allegedly drove away from that traffic stop and headed eastbound on Route WW. From there, the pursuit headed into Callaway County, where Perkins was eventually stopped and arrested in Fulton. Perkins is charged with DWI, failure to stop and other traffic violations.
An elderly Columbia man, charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his wife, saw that charge reduced on Thursday. 88 year old Donald Rowland is now charged with involuntary manslaughter in the case. Police say Rowland was found in bed with his wife, Betty, on October 31 of last year. She had suffered fatal stab wounds to her chest. He appeared to have self-inflicted wounds as well. Court documents say Rowland told investigators he didn’t want the couple to be a burden on their family.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking public input on proposed deer hunting regulation changes for the 2016-17 hunting season. A public meeting will be held at the Department of Conservation’s northeast regional office in Kirksville, March 12, from 5 to 8pm. You can also review the proposed changes and comment online at their website…mdc.mo.gov. Comments can also be mailed to the Department’s office in Jefferson City.
One driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday afternoon collision on a Daviess County road. 42 year old Cheree Stith, of Weatherby, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 12:45pm. The patrol says Stith was northbound on a county road, just north of Highway 6 in Daviess County, when an oncoming pickup, driven by 32 year old Richard Etter, of Trenton, slid sideways into the path of her vehicle.
Unionville First Responders and neighbors helped rescue a number of cats, during a Wednesday afternoon fire. The blaze happened at around noon at Cozy Kittens Cattery, in Unionville, a business that breeds and raises ‘high-dollar’ cats. Neighbors saw smoke coming from one of two metal buildings and called for help. All of the animals in the facility were saved. No injuries were reported. The fire closed Highway 5 in both directions when fire crews had to use a hydrant at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, across the highway from the fire.
Chillicothe Firefighters rescued several people from a burning apartment building, late Tuesday night, including a small child. The fire was reported just before midnight Tuesday, at 19 Webster Street in Chillicothe. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue a small child through a second-floor window, then cleared a stairwell to help the child’s parents escape the blaze. They also found another occupant of a second floor apartment unconscious in the hallway. That person was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and then life-flighted for treatment of first and second-degree burns. One other resident was treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center. Nearly a dozen occupants of the building were displaced by the fire, which caused significant smoke and water damage.
A Moberly man faces multiple drug charges after his arrest Wednesday morning. Investigators served a search warrant at a home in the 700 block of Franklin Street, where they allegedly seized meth, marijuana, scales and cash. An occupant of the home, Geoge King III is charged with distribution of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance. King is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
A Howard County man, convicted of two counts of statutory sodomy, has been sentenced to life in prison. Authorities say Bob McClure was arrested in December of 2013 on two charges of first-degree statutory sodomy. McClure was found guilty this past December. This week, Howard County Judge Scott Hayes sentenced McClure to life in prison.
Jefferson City Police have arrested three suspects in connection with Sunday’s murder of 52 year old Johnny Evans. 23 year old Robert V. Burks and 25 year old Vincent C. Smith, both of Jefferson City…and 17 year old Charles Thompson of St. Louis…are all charged in the connection with the incident. Police say Smith and Thompson forced their way into Evans’ home with the intention of robbing him. During a confrontation, Thompson allegedly pulled a handgun and shot Evans twice. Burks allegedly drove the getaway car when they left the scene.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WEDNESDAY – 02/18/15:
Fayette – 2 hr delay
Glasgow – 10am start today and tomorrow
From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO: authorities say a former Hannibal Elementary School principal, who is wanted on drug charges, is expected to turn himself in this week. Representatives of the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force say they’ve been in contact with the family of 33 year old Joshua D. Foust, the former principal of Stowell Elementary School in Hannibal. An arrest warrant for Foust was issued last week, after a search of two Hannibal homes turned up enough heroin to make more than 800 capsules, along with methamphetamine and methadone. Two other Hannibal men were arrested on drug charges after the search.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is on the lookout for a registered sex offender, wanted to violating his probation by being within 500 feet of a park with a playground. 27 year old Timothy S. Skinner, of Braymer, is wanted in the case. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement.
The Macon County Cattlemen’s Association will hold its annual scholarship banquet Saturday evening at the Macon County Expo Center. A prime rib dinner and Texas Hold’em Tournament will be included in the event, starting at 6pm. All proceeds will support scholarships for area youth. Tickets are still available this week. Contact any Macon County Cattlemen’s Association member.
BROOKFIELD COMMUNITY CHEST DRIVE UNDERWAY
The Brookfield Area Community Chest is beginning its 19th annual fund drive. 100% of the donations thru the community chest go to local charities. Organizations that have an IRS 501 (c)(3) designation and would like to apply for funding can pickup applications at the Brookfield City Hall or the Brookfield Public Library, beginning next week, Febuary 23. Those completed applications must be returned or postmarked by March 23 to be considered for this year’s funding.
Three mid-Missouri residents face federal drug charges after leading officers on a high-speed chase near Jefferson City last week. 40 year old David Rodebaugh, 31 year old Michael Pearson and 23 year old Hernan Hurtado, all of Jefferson City, are each charged with distributing meth or possession of meth with intent to distribute.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR WEDNESDAY – 02/18/15:
Fayette – 2 hr delay
Glasgow – 10am start today and tomorrow
From heartlandconnection.com – powered by KTVO: authorities say a former Hannibal Elementary School principal, who is wanted on drug charges, is expected to turn himself in this week. Representatives of the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force say they’ve been in contact with the family of 33 year old Joshua D. Foust, the former principal of Stowell Elementary School in Hannibal. An arrest warrant for Foust was issued last week, after a search of two Hannibal homes turned up enough heroin to make more than 800 capsules, along with methamphetamine and methadone. Two other Hannibal men were arrested on drug charges after the search.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is on the lookout for a registered sex offender, wanted to violating his probation by being within 500 feet of a park with a playground. 27 year old Timothy S. Skinner, of Braymer, is wanted in the case. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement.
The Macon County Cattlemen’s Association will hold its annual scholarship banquet Saturday evening at the Macon County Expo Center. A prime rib dinner and Texas Hold’em Tournament will be included in the event, starting at 6pm. All proceeds will support scholarships for area youth. Tickets are still available this week. Contact any Macon County Cattlemen’s Association member.
BROOKFIELD COMMUNITY CHEST DRIVE UNDERWAY
The Brookfield Area Community Chest is beginning its 19th annual fund drive. 100% of the donations thru the community chest go to local charities. Organizations that have an IRS 501 (c)(3) designation and would like to apply for funding can pickup applications at the Brookfield City Hall or the Brookfield Public Library, beginning next week, Febuary 23. Those completed applications must be returned or postmarked by March 23 to be considered for this year’s funding.
Three mid-Missouri residents face federal drug charges after leading officers on a high-speed chase near Jefferson City last week. 40 year old David Rodebaugh, 31 year old Michael Pearson and 23 year old Hernan Hurtado, all of Jefferson City, are each charged with distributing meth or possession of meth with intent to distribute.
A Bethany teenager was seriously injured when a John Deere Gator he was driving collided with a Jeep on a county road, just north of Bethany. The accident occurred just before noon Monday. 19 year old Daniel Darby, of Bethany, was taken Harrison County Community Hospital with serious injuries. The patrol says Darby pulled from a private drive into the path of a northbound Jeep, driven by 21 year old Brayden Woody, of Bethany. The Jeep struck the Gator in the driver’s side.
A Chula man faces drug charges, after a traffic stop in Sullivan County, turned into an arrest by the Highway Patrol. The patrol says 25 year old Milan Bender, of Chula, is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He is also accused of failure to register a motor vehicle and with having no insurance on the vehicle. Bender is in custody in Sullivan County on a 24-hour hold.
Moberly Police investigated multiple reports of damage to Moberly businesses and vehicles, Sunday night. Investigators say the suspects apparently used a pellet gun or BB gun to cause significant damage to windows. Police report the arrest of two male suspects in the case. Formal charges against the pair are pending.
A recent investigation by Macon Police resulted in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of a stolen vehicle. The victim apparently agreed to allow someone to use their vehicle last week, but that person did not return the car when agreed upon. Over the weekend, Wentzville Police reported recovering the vehicle and arresting two suspects who were in possession of the car. Formal charges against the two are pending.
A Columbia woman was treated for serious injuries suffered in a sledding accident in south Columbia on Monday. It occurred on a hill just off La Rail Drive, near Forum Boulevard. Officials say the 20 year old woman apparently was injured when she struck a tree while sledding. The accident occurred just before five pm. She was listed in serious condition at University Hospital Monday night.
A Huntsville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a van ran off a snow-covered Route JJ, just west of Moberly, Sunday evening. The patrol says 33 year old Stephanie Dodd, of Huntsville, was the driver of the westbound vehicle, which ran off the highway and struck a tree at around 6pm Sunday. A passenger, 13 year old Skyler Dodd, of Huntsville, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A Saturday afternoon ATV crash in a Monroe County farm field seriously injured a teenage driver. 15 year old Angela Menichino, from Bardenne Prairie, MO, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident. It occurred just before 3pm Saturday in a farm field, southwest of Paris. The patrol says she lost control of a 4-wheeler on a patch of ice and it overturned.
A Shelbyville teen was hurt in a Saturday afternoon ATV accident, on Shelby County Route K, just west of Shelbyville. It occurred at around 4pm. 17 year old Jonathon Blickhan, of Shelbyville, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, with moderate injuries. The patrol says he lost control of his ATV and it overturned.
A La Plata driver suffered moderate injuries when her SUV collided with a pickup Thursday afternoon, on Route 156 just east of La Plata. 32 year old Toni D. Williams, of La Plata was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred just after noon Thursday. The patrol says Williams was eastbound when an oncoming pickup attempted to turn left into a private drive and turned into the path of her vehicle. That driver, 70 year old Lawrence Linhart, of La Plata, was not injured.
One employee was treated for smoke inhalation, after a Thursday afternoon fire at the MFA Facility, just southwest of Norborne. Officials say the chemical fire was quickly extinguished and damage to the facility was kept at a minimum. The employee was taken by ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Former State Representative and Randolph County Commissioner Randy Asbury announced his candidacy for Missouri Governor Thursday. The announcement was made at Moberly Area Community College. The Higbee native served one term in the Missouri House, representing Randolph County and the surrounding area. Asbury has also served as the Executive Director of the Coalition to Protect the Missouri River and Principal and CEO of Principled Solutions and Strategies, LLC.
A suspect was treated for minor injuries after a vehicle chase and foot pursuit in Boone County, Thursday morning. Authorities say the pursuit began during a search for a stolen vehicle, near the Midway Exit on I-70. The male suspect led officers on a vehicle pursuit, north into rural Boone County and then fled on foot, after exhaust from the vehicle led to a half acre fire along Route E. Officers say he was injured when he fell while running through a creek bed. He’ll face multiple charges.
Two Milan men escaped with just minor injuries when a U-Haul truck overturned on Highway 6, just west of Novinger, Wednesday afternoon. The patrol says 50 year old Jack Blackburn, of Milan, was the driver of the truck. It dropped wheel off the edge of the roadway in a curve, then ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its side. Two passengers, 42 year old Charles Stephenson and 43 year old Eldo Eaglen, both of Milan, were treated for minor injuries.
Howard County authorities are investigating reports of a New Franklin High School student, who allegedly threatened violence at the school. The Howard County Sheriff’s Department and New Franklin Police say they’re working with school officials and others to determine the facts of the case and ensure that safety concerns are addressed. They say the investigation began Sunday and is ongoing. No further details can be released at this time.
The City of Marceline and the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission will host a pair of community planning meetings, over the next several days. A meeting will be held this (Thursday) evening at the Walsworth Community Center, with another meeting scheduled for February 26. Officials are seeking input from citizens on a variety of topics, pertaining to the future of the community. Both meetings are open to everyone. Tonight’s meeting begins at 5:30pm at the Walsworth Community Center.
A Columbia man is charged with raping a 14 year old girl. 60 year old John Sullivan of Columbia, faces two counts of statutory sodomy. The investigation began after a Facebook conversation, which indicated the 14 year old was having sex with an older man. The alleged incidents occurred at Sullivan’s home on Gans Creek road and at another location in Boone County. Sullivan is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
A vehicle chase, early Wednesday morning, began in Boone County and ended with two suspects taken into custody in Callaway County. Deputies say a report of a stolen vehicle prompted the pursuit. A tire deflation tool helped end the chase and the driver, 42 year old Shawn Ingram of Columbia and an 18 year old female passenger, were both taken into custody. Authorities say Ingram could face charges related to tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. The teenager faces a potential drug possession charge.
An attempted armed robbery, near the Boone County Bank location on Walnut Street in Columbia caused a brief lockdown at Grant Elementary and Douglas High School, Wednesday afternoon. Police say the victim reported being approached by two black males, who demanded cash in the bank’s rear parking lot. The victim ran into the bank to report the incident and the two suspects fled the scene in a van.
A Huntsville man is charged after a statutory rape investigation by the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. 45 year old Robert W. Bybee, of Huntsville, is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. He is accused of using a popular social media website to connect with a 16 year old female victim. Investigators say the relationship was ongoing and involved sexual contact on several occasions, beginning in 2014. Bybee remains in custody in the Macon County Jail.
No one was injured when a car skidded through an intersection and struck a residence in the 1700 Block of Jennings Place in Chillicothe, on Tuesday. Officers say the vehicle, driven by Ashley Blue Daniel, was southbound at an excessive rate of speed when it slid through the intersection and struck a home, causing extensive damage to both the vehicle and the residence. Daniel was arrested for DWI, driving while revoked and possession of a controlled substance.
Investigators say the cause of a Daviess County house fire, which killed three children over the weekend, will likely remain undetermined because damage to the home was too severe. They say the fire likely started in the living room area, but the exact cause is underdetermined. The bodies of all three children, ages 6, 2 and 9 months, have now been recovered. Two other children, ages 10 and 8, and 20 year old Jordan Curtis, who was babysitting the kids, all escaped the blaze. Curtis and one child remain hospitalized.
Four Columbia residents are named in a federal grand jury indictment, in connection with a conspiracy to distribute heroin. Prosecutors say 36 year old Javis Wideman, 38 year old James Borden, 20 year old Mathew Ell and 20 year old Angelica Polston are each charged with distributing heroin in Boone County, from February of 2014 to January of this year. The investigation was prompted by an apparent heroin overdose at a Columbia home on January 10. A search of the home turned up evidence, which was tied to the four suspects and an undercover drug buy.
Investigators say two bodies were found Monday, inside the Jameson home, where three children are believed to have died in a Saturday night fire. Positive identification of those remains has not yet been completed. Fire destroyed the two-story rural farmhouse, near Jameson in Daviess County, late Saturday night. Officials say 20 year old Jordan Curtis and two children, age 10 and 8, escaped the burning home. Curtis suffered serious injuries when he tried to go back for the other three children, who were age six, two and 9-months. Curtis remains in serious condition at an area hospital, one of the two surviving children also remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Firefighters say the blaze likely started in the living room of the home, where the children were sleeping, but the cause is still under investigation. Recovery efforts will continue at the home today.
A Columbia man has been sentenced to ten years in prison, for a June 2014 burglary and assault. 52 year old Glen Cotton, of Columbia, was accused of forcing his way into a home on North William Street and assaulting a man with a hammer. Cotton was also accused of shoving a police officer, who attempted to arrest him. He was sentenced Monday to 10 years for burglary, and 7 years for assault, with those sentences to be served concurrently.
Multiple area law enforcement agencies are warning residents of various scams related to the filing of income taxes. Many area citizens have reported receiving calls from persons claiming to be IRS or Department of Treasury agents, who are attempting to collect back taxes, by obtaining credit or debit card information over the telephone. In one recent report, a caller told the victim she would be arrested in 30 minutes if she didn’t take care of an error on her taxes right then. Officials estimate the various scams have resulted in more than $14 million dollars in stolen funds, nationwide. Once again, you’re reminded that the IRS will not demand immediate payment via debit or credit card over the telephone, and that any legitimate problem with your taxes will be accompanied by significant written documentation before any demand for payment. If you get this type of telephone call, you’re advised to hang up immediately. If you think there could be a problem with your taxes, you can call the IRS on their toll-free hotline.
Busses running hard surfaces/snow routes only:
A Shelbina driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Saturday morning accident on Highway 24, just east of Moberly. 23 year old Ryan W. Albin, of Shelbina, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 11:30am. The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.
A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Route 146, just west of Brimson in Grundy County, Sunday afternoon. 20 year old Kelsey Ward, of Trenton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 5pm. The patrol lsays her car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
Daviess County authorities are continuing to search for the human remains of three children, believed to have died in a house fire over the weekend. The fire occurred Saturday night at a home in Jameson, MO. Three persons escaped the blaze, 20 year old Jordan Curtis, ten year old Travis Curtis and 8 year old Drake Curtis. Three other children, including a 9-month old, a two year old and a six year old are believed to have died when the structure collapsed. Efforts to recover their remains will continue today. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
A Columbia woman suffered serious injuries when her motorcycle struck a deer on the roadway, Sunday evening on Boone County Route B. 44 year old Laura Bradshaw-Straub, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 5:40pm. The patrol says she was northbound when a deer ran into the path of her motorcycle.
A Fulton man was killed when his ATV crashed in an alley in Fulton, Sunday evening. The accident occurred just before 6:30pm. 34 year old Nicholas Davison, of Fulton, was killed when he apparently fell off the four-wheeler while operating it in the alley, next to Veteran’s Park. He was pronounced dead after being taken to Callaway Community Hospital.
Columbia police are seeking two suspects, after a home-invasion robbery on Alpine Drive in Columbia, Saturday evening. Police say two armed black men with bandanas covering their faces, entered the victim’s apartment and demanded money. One person in the apartment was treated for minor injuries after being struck in the face with a gun. The suspects then fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The investigation is ongoing.
A Truman State University student is charged with rape, after an investigation into an alleged incident, which occurred in December. 20 year old Haoyu Tian is charged with rape, felonious restraint and tampering with a victim. The victim says she had dinner at Tian’s apartment, where he allegedly threatened her, then tied and raped her. Tian is being held on $150,000 dollars bond.
Trenton Police are investigating a robbery, which occurred early Thursday morning. They say suspects broke the front glass door of This and That Pawn Shop, at 611 Main Street in Trenton, at around 6:30am. Several items were reported missing from the store. The suspects are described as two white males, wearing winter-type jackets and gloves. Police Chief Tommy Wright says there have been multiple recent business burglaries within the city limits of Trenton. All business-owners are encouraged to check their video and alarm systems to ensure proper function, as the investigation continues.
Federal prosecutors have announced a total of 19 indictments, in connection with meth, marijuana and cocaine distribution in the area. Three Randolph County residents, 31 year old Miguel Flores-Ramirez, 31 year old Kena Marie Flores-Ramirez and 36 year old Nina Marie Mabrey, all of Clark, were among those indicted. Seven Boone County residents were also included in the indictments. The indictment alleges multiple drug trafficking activities by the suspects. The case was investigated by the DEA, Columbia Police, the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigators and the Highway Patrol.
Two search warrants served by Marshall Police, this week, have led to a total of eight arrests. Officers say they seized approximately 15 ounces of marijuana and more than $2,600 dollars in cash. 20 year old John Kirby, 25 year old Delmar Thompson and 20 year old Charles downs, all of Marshall, have been charged with distributing a controlled substance near schools. 27 year old Candace Kunkel, 23 year old Dantea Morrow and 25 year old Michael Finnell, all of Marshall, and two Kansas City area residents are all charged with possession with intent to distribute.
A young boy’s mother, grandmother and aunt have been arrested in Troy, for allegedly staging his kidnapping to teach him about stranger danger. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department says the 6 year old was taken by a co-worker of the boys’ aunt. Law enforcement were alerted when the boys told school officials about the incident. He has been placed in protective custody.
Sturgeon Police Chief Greg Halderman will keep his job, after action taken by the Sturgeon Board of Aldermen Thursday night. The Board voted to retain the Chief, after several days of discussions and an investigation into allegations of pointing an unloaded gun at a maintenance worker. Halderman had said that incident was accidental, as he was handling the weapon when the worker walked into the room.
A Shelbina driver was killed in a Wednesday afternoon accident on Highway 36, just east of Monroe City. 76 year old Lee R. Roberts, of Shelbina, died in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm Wed. The patrol says he lost control of his eastbound pickup on the ice and snow-covered roadway. It ran into the median and overturned. Roberts’ 73 year old wife, Sharon, was a passenger in the vehicle. She was treated for minor injuries.
A Kirksville murder suspect will spend the rest of his life in the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health, after a recent review of his case. 51 year old Paul Potter, of Kirksville, was accused of the 2013 murder of his neighbor at the Village ’76 senior housing complex. Potter allegedly stabbed 74 year old Willis Meredith, also known as Jake Steadman, to death and then dismembered the body and set several fires to conceal the crime. He has been in the custody of the Department of Mental Health since pleading not guilty to the crime, by reason of mental disease or defect. After a recent review, officials say, Potter’s commitment to the mental health system has become permanent.
Macon Police are investigating a recent burglary and property damage incident at the City owned Concession Stand at Don Schelle Fields. An officer discovered damage to the building during an overnight patrol, last week, including an open door and a broken exterior window. Items inside the building had been tampered with and other items were found nearby. The incident remains under investigation by the Macon Police Department.
Chillicothe Police arrested a Macon man on multiple outstanding warrants last week. 39 year old Kevin Kimler, of Macon, turned himself in to Chillicothe Authorities on Macon municipal warrants for failure to appear on charges of property damage, peace disturbance and resisting arrest. Kimler also had an active Macon County warrant for passing a bad check. He is being held in lieu of bond in the Macon County Jail.
MoDOT has announced the closure of a Macon County bridge this week. During a Tuesday afternoon inspection of a maintenance issue, officials say the Route T bridge over the Middle Fork of the Chariton River, west of College Mound in Macon County, was determined to be unsafe. It has been closed indefinitely. Message boards are in place to alert motorists of the closure.
A Kahoka teenager was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off a gravel road, north of Kahoka, Tuesday afternoon. 17 year old Derreck Fowler, of Kahoka, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, after the accident, which occurred just before 5pm. The patrol says he suffered a medical condition and his vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
Chillicothe Police are investigating a theft, involving the sale of property over the internet. A Chillicothe resident reported selling an item on-line, but the buyer sent a check for $1,500 dollars more than the purchase price. The buyer asked the seller to cash the check and return the overpayment in cash. Of course, the check turned out to be counterfeit. If you are buying or selling anything on-line, you are urged to be very cautious and use a safe method of payment. Never cash a check that is over the agreed upon amount of the transaction.
The Green Hills Community Action Agency in Trenton has announced that a limited number of infrared heaters are available to give away to residents of their 9-county service area who are elderly or disabled. Some paperwork and documentation may be required. To find out more, contact the toll-free number at 855-290-8544, or stop by the office in Trenton.
Columbia Police are continuing to investigate an armed robbery, which occurred early Tuesday morning, at the Break Time Convenience Store on Stadium Boulevard, north of Primrose Drive. Witnesses say the suspect was armed with a knife when he entered the store, just before 3am, and demanded cash. He was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and had his face covered at the time of the robbery. There were no injuries.
Columbia Water and Light says someone has stolen grounding wire from more than 200 utility poles in Columbia. They say the person or persons have cut out sections of the grounding wire, which does contain a small amount of cooper wire. The wire is likely then being marketed for sale. Columbia Police are now investigating the incidents. Area scrap yards have been contacted to let them know what to look for. Anyone with information is urged to contact the authorities.
A Chillicothe woman faces multiple charges after her arrest, over the weekend. Officers were called to the 2700 block of North Washington Street on Saturday. Mattie Williams, of Chillicothe, was arrested at the home, on charges of peace disturbance, assault on a law enforcement officer and possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana. Williams was transferred to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending formal charges.
The Northeast Community Action Corporation has announced the receipt of more than $285,000 dollars to continue utility bill assistance for area low-income residents. The program runs through March 31 and is administered by the NECAC, for 12 counties in Northeast Missouri, including Macon, Randolph, Monroe, Shelby, Lewis and Marion Counties. Eligibility is based on income and the number of persons in the household. To find out if you qualify for assistance, contact your local NECAC Service Center.
Boone County deputies are investigating an attempted home-invasion on the southwest side of Columbia. Deputies were called to a home on Bainbridge Drive, after a neighbor reported a door being kicked in. No one was home at the time, and a search of the home determined that nothing was missing. The suspect is described as a black male, 18-20 years old, wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt.
A Columbia man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for his part in the 2012 armed robbery of the Boone County National Bank. Alvin Watkins was sentenced Monday on the bank robbery charge, along with charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. He’ll serve a total of 12 years in prison.
A New Florence man was seriously injured in a Monday night accident on a Montgomery County gravel road. 25 year old Jonathan Fisher, of New Florence, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred just after 9pm. The patrol says Fisher’s wife, Leah D. Fisher, of New Florence, was the driver of their eastbound car. She swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and the car ran off the road and struck an embankment. She was treated for minor injuries.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month…and as part of the month’s activities, tomorrow (Wednesday 2/4) is ‘It’s Time to Talk Day’. It’s a day that has been set aside for parents and teens to communicate with each other regarding teen dating violence. Parents are encouraged to talk to their teens and also visit with schools and encouraged them to to add education about the problem. Materials to help parents are available at www.itstimetotalk.org.
We have numerous closings and cancellations this morning…including school closings. The latest update is available by clicking the ‘cancellations’ tab above.
SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS CAUSE CRASHES
Winter weather and a quick cool down, Saturday night and Sunday, caused numerous traffic crashed over the weekend…fortunately, most of those accidents did not involve serious injury.
A collision on Highway 6 at the Route 146 Junction in Grundy County seriously injured one driver, early Sunday morning. 25 year old Ashley Hale, of Gilman City was life-flighted to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident, which occurred just after 6am. The patrol says she failed to stop at the intersection and her car collided with a westbound vehicle, driven by a Liberty man. He was not injured.
A Fulton woman was seriously injured when a vehicle slid off Callaway County Route F, Sunday morning. It occurred at around 7:40am. The patrol says 51 year old Karen Koontz, of Fulton, was traveling too fast for the slick conditions. The vehicle ran off the highway, struck a drain culvert, became airborne and struck a utility pole and overturned. A passenger, 30 year old Amber D. Foster, of Fulton, was seriously injured and taken to University Hospital. Her 9 year old daughter was treated for minor injuries at University Hospital.
Chillicothe Police report a pair of drug arrests, this week, after traffic stops.
Geoffrey Hesser and Heather Vandeventer, both of Colorado Springs, were arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, after being stopped for failing to use a turn signal on North Washington Street. They were transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional jail, pending formal charges.
Christy St. Clair, of Chillicothe, was arrested for possession of meth and hydrocodone, after a traffic stop near Elm Street and Webster. She is also being held, pending formal charges.
The University of Missouri Extension has announced plans for a Farm and Small Business Estate Planning Class during the month of February. The classes will be offered in our area, via interactive television, at the Brookfield Area Career Center and at Schuyler County R-1 High School in Queen City. For more information, or to register for the class, contact Darla Campbell at 660-457-3469…or via e-mail at Campbelld@missouri.edu.
Columbia Police are seeking two suspects, in connection with an armed car-jacking, which occurred early this (Fri) morning. The incident occurred at around 1:15am in the area of Garth Avenue and Worley Street. Investigators say both suspects were wearing ski masks. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information, call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Columbia woman has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison, in connection with a mortgage fraud and embezzlement scheme. 50 year old Terri Lynn Johnson, of Columbia, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Jefferson City. She was also ordered to pay more than $400,000 dollars in restitution. She was accused of a $300,000 dollars mortgage fraud scheme, while she was working as a branch manager for Landchoice Company, LLC, in their Fulton office. She also admitted to diverting income checks from Landchoice into a bank account her employer did not know existed.
The Moberly Eagle Riders will hold their 3rd Annual 50’s Dance for the Central Missouri Honor Flight, Saturday evening in Moberly. A fried chicken dinner will kick off the evening, from 4 to 7pm. The 50’s and 60’s themed dance will begin at 8pm. All proceeds will help support Central Missouri’s Honor Flight Program for veterans. Donations are also being accepted by mail to the Moberly Eagle Riders.
A Macon man has been formally charged with making a terrorist threat and harassment, after an investigation by Macon Police. Police say the male suspect made threats toward a Macon family by telephone. After investigation, 38 year old Shawn L. Malone, of Macon, was arrested and later charged in the case. His bond was set at $9,000 dollars cash-only.
CHILLICOTHE POLICE WORK BURGLARY INVESTIGATION
The Chillicothe Police Department and Livingston County Sheriff’s Department are working a joint investigation in connection with a burglary, which occurred Tuesday afternoon in the 100 block of Parkview Circle in Chillicothe. Neighbors observed a at the residence, described as a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with sandy-blond hair, wearing a gray shirt and khaki slacks. He appeared to be driving a new charcoal-gray colored BMW with tinted windows and black-rimmed wheels. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chillicothe Police or the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich announced his candidacy for Governor on Wednesday. Schweich made the announcement in St. Louis. He says his three primary goals will be uprooting corruption in state government, promoting economic prosperity and improving schools. Schweich will make a multi-stop tour of the state over the next several days.
No one was injured when gunfire struck a home on the 600 block of Washington Avenue in Columbia, early Wednesday morning. Police say the incident occurred in the 4am hour. They say a resident of the home spoke with two men outside the residence. After he went back inside, one of the men apparently fired three shots at the home. Four children and four other adults inside were unhurt. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Chillicothe man was arrested after a brief foot pursuit on Tuesday. Officers were called to the 400 block of Mack Street in Chillicothe, to a report of an unknown and uninvited person inside a residence. When officers arrived, they identified the suspect as Charles Combs, Jr. Combs fled the home on foot and was arrested after a short pursuit. He is being held in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail on allegations of burglary and resisting arrest.
The National Weather Service is gearing up for Spring Storm Season with a series of Storm Spotter Training Programs around the area. A program will be held tomorrow (Thurs) evening at 7pm in the Brookfield High School Conference Room. A program will also be held Thursday in Columbia, beginning at 7pm at the Police Training Academy. Storm Spotter programs are scheduled for February 5 in Trenton, on February 9 at the Lodge at Rothwell Park in Moberly, on February 11 in Marshall, February 18 in Kingston, February 19 in Boonville and February 23 in Kirksville. March programs will be held in Carrollton and Unionville. The public is welcome to attend these free storm spotter training sessions. A complete list is available on the National Weather Service’s website.
Everyone is invited to join in the 2015 Relay for Life of Macon County Kickoff Event, which will be held Thursday evening at Noland’s Catering. Thursday’s event will be an 80’s Neon Party, starting at 6pm. Anyone wanting to learn more about the relay, about volunteering for the event, or putting a team together, is encouraged to attend. The Macon County Relay for Life kickoff event is Thursday at 6pm at Noland’s Catering.
A Columbia man was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison without parole, for using a false identity to lure 7 boys into child pornography. Prosecutors say 25 year old Ian Burow, of Columbia, had met his victims through the Boys Scouts. He allegedly posed as a woman on-line and tricked them into sending him pornographic photos. The victims ranged in age from 14 to 17.
A water main repair in Moberly prompted a boil advisory for a number of citizens, Tuesday afternoon. The repair on Union Street near North Morley has caused a 48-hour boil order for residents in the 300 and 400 blocks of Union and the 500 and 600 blocks of North Morley…thru Thursday afternoon.
A Callao couple face charges of distributing a controlled substance after search warrants were served at two locations in Callao, on Sunday. Officers say those searches turned up more than 60 grams of meth, containers of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, firearms and surveillance equipment. 53 year old Mark Petre and 50 year old Rhonda Petre, of Callao, are each charged with distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a firearm. Both are being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Monroe County man was indicted Monday on federal child pornography charges. 27 year old Kyle D. Rowe, of Paris, is accused of receipt and possession of child pornography between December of 2013 and July of last year. He appeared Monday in federal court in St. Louis. The case was investigated by the Kirksville Office of the FBI, Kirksville Police and the St. Charles County Sheriff’s Office.
A Chillicothe woman faces drug charges after her arrest by Chillicothe Police on Sunday. Officers arrested Katrina Bledsaw in the 400 block of Webster Street for possession of synthetic marijuana, possession of meth with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. She is being held in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollar cash only bond.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports two more confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease, making a total of five free-ranging deer that have tested positive in the area, during this past hunting season. An adult buck taken in Macon County and an adult doe harvested in Adair County both tested positive for the disease. The Department will work with select landowners in the CWD Containment Zone over the next several months to harvest additional deer for testing. A full summary will be released once it is completed.
Columbia Police are looking for suspects in connection with a Monday morning home-invasion robbery on Kennesaw Ridge. Investigators say one of the suspects was armed with a gun when they entered through the front door and took electronics from the home. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.
A La Plata driver was killed and another was seriously injured in a head-on collision, which occurred Saturday night on Highway 156, about five miles west of La Plata. 28 year old John W. Rehm, of La Plata, died in the accident, which occurred at around 11:40pm. The patrol says he was eastbound when an oncoming pickup driven by 22 year old Damon Hemmerling, of La Plata, crossed the center line and struck his vehicle. Rehm was pronounced dead at the scene. Hemmerling was seriously injured. He was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
Four persons were injured in a Saturday evening collision, which involved a deer, on Highway 5, just south of Salisbury. It occurred at around 10pm. 48 year old Beverly Atkinson, of Salisbury, was the driver of a southbound car. The patrol says it struck a deer in the roadway, then swerved sideways and was struck in the passenger side by an oncoming pickup, driven by 66 year old Wade Duff, of Keytesville. Both drivers suffered serious injuries. Atkinson’s husband, 43 year old Steven Atkinson, was also seriously injured. Another passenger in their car, 14 year old Garrett Allen, of Salisbury, suffered moderate injuries.
A Saturday evening accident on a Randolph County highway injured two occupants of one vehicle. 62 year old Jesse Martin, of Moberly, was the driver of a northbound car which ran off Route D, just south of Huntsville and overturned, just after 6pm Saturday. Martin was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. A passenger, 16 year old Brittany Mauzey, of Armstrong, suffered serious injuries. She was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital.
A Columbia motorcyclist died in a Saturday afternoon collision on Boone County Route K at Timber Ridge Road. The patrol says 24 year old Ryan Gunier, of Columbia, was westbound and traveling at a high rate of speed when a car driven by 17 year old Catherine Holt, of Columbia, attempted to make a left turn and struck Gunier’s motorcycle as he attempted to pass. Gunier was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm Saturday.
A Higbee driver was seriously injured in a Friday evening accident on Randolph County Route B, just west of Higbee. It occurred just after 6pm. The patrol says 54 year old Dawn Samp, of Higbee, suffered serious injuries when she failed to negotiate a curve and her westbound car ran off the highway and overturned. Samp was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Two Columbia men have been indicted by a federal grand jury, in connection with the August, 2014 robbery at Bank Midwest in Moberly. 25 year old Clarence Lamont Williams and 24 year old Daniel Mark Rudroff, both of Columbia, are each charged with bank robbery and possession of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. FBI investigators have indicated they believe the Moberly robbery was connected with a robbery at the Bank of Kirksville a week earlier. That investigation continues.
A Kirksville man was seriously injured in an early-morning accident yesterday in Kirksville. Police say the vehicle ran off the roadway and into a tree in the front yard of a home at the intersection of First Street and Shepherd Avenue in Kirksville, at around 5:30am. The driver, 26 year old Joshua Locust, of Kirksville, was flown to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries.
A semi driver from Lampe, MO was treated for moderate injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off Highway 63, north of Atlanta, at around 9:15am Thursday. 53 year old Michael Hayhurst, of Lampe, was taken to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his southbound semi ran off the highway, traveled through the median and across the northbound lanes of 63, then struck an embankment and continued on and struck a metal pole barn and an unoccupied motor home.
Trenton Police have sent out a consumer alert, regarding a scam, which has been reported. Police say multiple Trenton area residents have received mail appearing to be from WalMart, soliciting them to become a ‘Mystery Shopper’, hired to act like a customer and evaluate services at the store. They say the fraudsters are using fake checks and wire transfers in an attempt to get unsuspecting consumers to send them money. WalMart officials say they do not have such a program and the correspondence is a scam.
Columbia Police are investigating the death of a female pedestrian, who was struck by a car Thursday night. Officers say the woman was attempting to cross Providence Road, just north of Green Meadows Road, when she was hit. Officials say the victim was a 24 year old female foreign-exchange student studying at the University of Missouri. Police have not released her identity. Investigators say the driver of the vehicle, a 30 year old male, will not face charges.
Police say they’re investigating two other accidents involving pedestrians in Columbia on Thursday. Thursday morning, an MU student was treated for injuries after being hit while crossing college Avenue. Thursday evening a man was hit by a car on Providence Road near Nifong Boulevard, and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
No students were injured when a Kirksville School Bus was involved in a Wednesday morning collision at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 63, near the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville. The accident occurred at around 7:45am when the school bus, driven by 70 year old Harold Pinkerton, of Kirksville, apparently made a left turn into the path of an SUV driven by 34 year old Teresa Gardner of Kirksville. Police say Gardner was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries and she was later transferred to University Hospital. She is listed in good condition. The bus driver and seven students on the bus escaped without injury. An adult aide on the bus was treated for minor injuries.
A Kirksville teenager faces eight felony charges after allegedly attacking, threatening and holding his wife hostage. 19 year old Dakota Anthony Campbell is charged with domestic assault, felonious restraint, unlawful use of a weapon, armed criminal action and tampering with a victim. Court documents indicate Campbell is accused of keeping the female victim from leaving their apartment Tuesday morning and assaulting her and threatening her with a knife during the altercation. Campbell is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
A Macon man is charged in connection with the theft of a vehicle last weekend. Officers were called to a report of a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of North Rubey Street on Saturday afternoon. After locating the vehicle, officers took a suspect into custody, who said he had taken to vehicle to go to the store. After further investigation, the suspect, 54 year old Edward L. Walker, Jr. was arrested and charged with tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked. Walker’s bond was set at $25,000 dollars cash only.
A Columbia man faces arson charges, after allegedly setting items belonging to an ex-girlfriend on fire. Officers and firefighters responded to an arson call in the 1400 block of Raleigh Drive, at around 11pm Tuesday night. They found clothing and other items on the victim’s stove, while the victim was not home. The fire was put out before it could damage the structure. Michael Midgyett, of Columbia, has been arrested in connection with the incident, on burglary and arson charges.
A boil advisory affects approximately 900 customers in the District 10 Public Water Supply area near Centralia. Officials say repairs to a main water line break, on Wednesday, has prompted the boil advisory, which affects customers living south of Highway 22 and west of Route V and north of Highway 22 and west of Route Y. The advisory will remain in effect thru Friday.
The City of Kirksville reports that private contractors will begin demolition work on the Cochran Building, located at 119-121 North Main Street, Thursday morning. The work is expected to begin at 7am Thursday and last much of the day. In order to ensure public safety, the 100 block of North Main Street, between Harrison and Washington Streets in Kirksville, will be closed and no parking will be allowed until the major demolition work has been completed.
The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce is set to hold its annual Chamber Awards Banquet, Thursday evening at the Chillicothe Elks Lodge. Social hour will begin at 5:30pm, dinner starts at 6:30 and the Awards Program and Entertainment will follow. If you have not made your reservation for Thursday evening’s event, you should contact the Chillicothe Chamber Office immediately. Call 660-646-4050 for more information.
The Randolph County Farm Service Agency and the University of Missouri Extension will team up to offer a pair of meetings on the 2015 Farm Bill, Thursday afternoon and evening. The sessions will be held at 2pm and 6pm Thursday at the MACC Activity Center. The meetings are free and open to the public.
The City of Moberly reminds residents that Tuesday afternoon’s water main work at West Rollins and South Sixth Streets leaves some residents under a boil order this morning. Residents in the 500 and 600 blocks of West Rollins and the 100 and 200 blocks of South Sixth Street are under a 48-hour boil advisory, thru Thursday afternoon. More information is available at Moberly City Hall.
As we head into the height of scholarship season for the Class of 2015, Brookfield High School is asking community organizations, businesses, families and individuals who are offering local scholarships to contact the school and confirm your scholarship offering for this year’s senior class. The Brookfield High School guidance office asks that you make a phone call or send a fax, letter or e-mail, with details on this year’s scholarship offering, as soon as possible.
The University of Missouri’s new South Providence Medical Park building in Columbia is now open. The $32 million dollar project, approved by the University of Missouri Curators in 2010 broke ground in June of 2013 and has now officially opened, after a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday. The building will house 250 healthcare professionals, including all of the basic healthcare services for Columbia area families. Doctors at the South Providence facility began seeing patients Tuesday morning. Officials say they expect to treat 100,000 patients at the facility in 2015.
MACON TOURNAMENT COVERAGE
KZBK’s Brookfield High School basketball coverage shifts into ‘full gear’ this week, with coverage of the Macon Tournament on the ‘Z. We’ll have first-round boys’ action tonight (Tues), as Brookfield takes on Mexico, starting at around 6:20pm. The top-seeded Brookfield girls will face Father Tolton Catholic in a semi-final matchup Wednesday night, with our live coverage, again, starting at around 6:20pm. Coverage continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening as well. Starting next week, we’ll have the Bulldogs’ entire Clarence Cannon Conference schedule, live on the ‘Z, with broadcasts on Tuesday and Friday nights, thru the month of February. For our webcast of Brookfield High School basketball, click the ‘on air’ tab above.
A southern-Iowa shooting suspect is in custody, after being arrested in northwestern Livingston County Monday night. 45 year old Robert Eugene Graham was wanted on attempted murder charges, in connection with a Friday shooting, which critically injured a Chariton, Iowa woman outside her home. Over the weekend, Grundy County authorities had advised residents to be on the lookout for Graham, who has family in the Trenton area. On Monday, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says Graham and his vehicle were spotted near Pike Lake, in Poosey Park, north of Chillicothe. They say Graham, who was armed, fled into a remote area of the park, where a standoff with law enforcement lasted much of the afternoon and evening. Late Monday night, officers say Graham was taken into custody without incident. Investigators say the victim, 33 year old Gayle Darrah, of Chariton, Iowa remains in critical condition at a Des Moines area hospital.
A Kirksville driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Old Hazel Creek Church Road, northwest of Kirksville, Monday morning. 26 year old Anthony Kinney, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30am. The patrol says Kinney’s vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a fence.
A Breckenridge woman was among three people injured in a Monday evening collision on I-35 at the Route 92 overpass in Clay County. 54 year old Rhonda Sanson, of Breckenridge, was treated at Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 6pm Monday. She was a passenger in a northbound car, driven by 61 year old Karen Kennedy, of Turney. The patrol says Kennedy’s vehicle overtook a northbound SUV, which had slowed for an emergency road crew, and struck the vehicle in the rear. Kennedy was also treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital. The driver of the SUV was not injured.
Boone County Deputies arrested a suspect after a short foot pursuit on Monday. They say the suspect, Daniel Edwards, gave them a false name and false social security card. When they discovered his true identity, they determined Edwards was wanted on a probation violation. Edwards attempted to flee on foot. He was taken into custody after a short pursuit, on the probation violation, identity theft and resisting arrest.
A Moberly man will spend seven years in prison on drug charges, after sentencing last week. 35 year old Lance Grimshaw, of Moberly, pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and tampering with a motor vehicle in November. Grimshaw had been arrested, along with his wife, last July, after a search warrant was served at their home. April Grimshaw was sentenced to five years probation last year.
A woman from Ewing, MO was seriously injured when a motorcycle struck a deer Friday evening on Highway 6 in Ewing. 21 year old Chelsea Cramer, of Ewing, was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy with serious injuries, after the accident, which occurred just before 6pm. She was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by 22 year old Dalton Rockhold, of Ewing. The patrol says it struck a deer in the roadway. Rockhold was treated for minor injuries.
Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton was placed on lockdown for about an hour Sunday evening, after a report of a suicidal gunman in the hospital parking lot. Officials say the man contacted a suicide hotline while in the parking lot, at around 7pm Sunday. Authorities responded and were able to convince the man to seek treatment. The lockdown lasted just under an hour. There were no injuries.
Truman State University students and volunteers will participate in Truman’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. day collegiate Challenge event. About 150 students, faculty and staff volunteers will be spending their day off from classes taking part in a variety of community service project around the Kirksville area. The event kicks off at 8:30am at the Truman Muticultural Affairs Center.
A hiker is recovering from injuries, after falling at the Pinnacles Park in Boone County, Saturday morning. Officials say the female hiker, in her twenties, was apparently knocked unconscious after falling off a ledge. She regained consciousness when rescue crews arrived at the scene. She was taken by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment.
A Chula man is charged with statutory rape in two north Missouri counties. 44 year old Michael James Thorne, of Chula, faces three counts of statutory rape in Livingston County and one count in Carroll County. Court documents indicate the female victim was 15 years old at the time of multiple alleged incidents, which occurred in October and November of last year. Thorne’s bond was set at $25,000 dollars in Livingston County and $50,000 dollars in Carroll County.
A search for a wanted suspect in Trenton caused a school lockdown and ended with a pursuit and arrest, on Thursday. Trenton Police say 35 year old Brad Chapman of Green City was wanted on a Sullivan County assault and parole violation warrant, and officers received information that he was staying at a home in Trenton. When they attempted to arrest Chapman, he led officers on a vehicle pursuit that ended in Sullivan County, with his arrest. The investigation and pursuit resulted in lockdowns at Rissler Elementary School and on the NCMC Campus.
Moberly Area Community College has announced plans to launch a new MACC Fire Academy. MACC, in cooperation with a handful of area fire departments, will begin the program in March, with classroom instruction at the Kirksville Higher Education Center. The Fire Academy will meet twice weekly, from 6 to 10pm, with additional instruction provided by the Kirksville, Moberly, Macon and Hannibal Fire Departments. Graduates will be prepared to take the State of Missouri’s Fire Safety Certification testing. More details on the program will be announced this (Friday) afternoon, at 1:30pm, at the Kirksville Higher Education Center.
The Brookfield High School and Middle School Student Councils invite everyone to take part in the first ever ‘Freezin for a Reason’ event, February 8, at the Brookfield Country Club. Teams of up to four participants will take a plunge into the cold waters of the Country Club Lake, to benefit the Missouri Special Olympics. Registration is $40 dollars per team and will begin at noon on February 8. A costume contest will precede the plunge and a soup supper will follow the event, in the clubhouse. To register your team, contact the Brookfield High School office.
A Marshall driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday morning accident on Route 240 in Saline County. 32 year old Stefan Jackson, of Marshall, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 7am Thursday. The patrol says Jackson’s northbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on the passenger side.
A Columbia man has turned himself in to authorities, in connection with a fatal shooting incident on January 4. Police say 23 year old Devin Jackson, of Columbia, turned himself in Wednesday. He was wanted on a charge of unlawful use of a weapon, after video evidence showed Jackson firing a weapon during a January 4 exchange of gunfire on Silver Mill Drive, which led to the death of 17 year old Deante Smith. 19 year old Stone Lavonne Midgyett was arrested on January 6 and is charged with involuntary manslaughter, in connection with Smith’s death.
A Brookfield woman has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 dollars from the Brookfield Church of the Nazarene. 51 year old Cynthia Head, of Brookfield, pleaded guilty to a felony count of wire fraud last August. On Wednesday, she was sentenced to 21 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $192,000 dollars. Investigators say the embezzlement occurred during a six-year period, while Head served as church Treasurer. She was accused of writing unauthorized checks to herself and making unauthorized withdrawals from the church’s bank account. They say she also used church funds to purchase retail items and then returned them for cash. The case was investigated by the Kirksville Office of the FBI and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
A Salisbury driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off a Chariton County road, east of Keytesville, just before 11am Wednesday. 51 year old Brenda G. Bennett, of Salisbury, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident. The patrol says her eastbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
A Cairo driver suffered moderate injuries when her pickup ran off Randolph County Route DD, just west of Cairo, at around 8:30am Wednesday. 53 year old Gina G. Salmon, of Cairo, was treated at University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says her eastbound pickup ran off the roadway and struck a bridge.
A Columbia driver was killed Wednesday, when the trash truck he was driving overturned on a Callaway County Road, near Fulton. 52 year old Danny Boyken, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 1pm Wednesday. The patrol says the northbound truck ran off the roadway and overturned. Boyken was pronounced dead at the scene.
Attorneys have announced a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by investors in connection with Moberly’s failed Mamtek Plant. U.S. District Judge says details of the settlement with investment banking firm Morgan Keegan will remain confidential. The suit sought recovery of $39 million dollars raised by bonds sold to 133 investors in the plant. Mamtek defaulted on the bond payments and the plant was never built.
A Clarence driver was seriously injured when his pickup ran off Highway 36, just east of Macon, Tuesday morning. 56 year old Kevin G. Schiff, of Clarence, was taken to Samaritan Hospital and then flown to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred at around 10:15am. The patrol says Schiff’s eastbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a guardrail and traveled into the median.
A Linneus woman escaped without injury, but a tractor-trailer driver was killed, in a Monday evening collision on Highway 36, about five miles east of Hamilton. According to the patrol report, the driver of the semi, a 52 year old Illinois woman, died when her eastbound tractor-trailer traveled off the roadway, into the median and onto the westbound lanes, where it struck the left rear of a mini-van, driven by 21 year old Ruth Bowerman, of Linneus. The tractor-trailer continued off the roadway and overturned. The semi driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Bowerman was not injured.
A Carrollton teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 24 in Carroll County, Tuesday afternoon. 19 year old Sara Laing, of Carrollton, was treated at Carroll County Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 12:40pm. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway and struck a tree.
Brian Adkison, of Columbia, will go on trial in Livingston County next month, on Caldwell County charges of kidnapping, domestic assault and violation of a protection order. The trial will be held in Livingston County, on a change of venue, February 5 and 6. Adkison is accused of abducting the victim, a University of Missouri student, while she was walking on Tom Creek Road in Caldwell County, in June of 2013. Court documents allege the woman jumped out of Adkison’s moving truck at one point, and also stabbed him in the neck with a screwdriver. He later allegedly dropped her off at a Columbia hospital and led authorities on a week-long manhunt in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Adkison stood trial in Boone County last week, in connection with an alleged break-in and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend. He was acquitted on a burglary charge and a mistrial was declared on charges of rape and deviate sexual assault. Adkison faces a separate Caldwell County charge of escape from the county detention center in August of 2013. He also faces charges in four other Missouri counties.
A Columbia tow-truck driver, who stopped to assist a stranded motorist on I-70, Monday evening, was assaulted, stabbed, robbed and left on the roadside. Police are looking for the suspect vehicle, an older green Ford Taurus, along with two male suspects, a white male in his 20’s with a moustache and a heavier-set white male. The tow-truck driver saw the vehicle on the side of the road, and pulled off to assist, along I-70 near St. Charles Road, when he was assaulted. Investigators say he was able to drive his truck to the Lake of the Woods exit and get assistance. His injuries were not life-threatening.
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KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES
A Kirksville man faces multiple charges, in connection with a search warrant, served last month. 30 year old Brandon D. Watson, of Kirksville, is charged with possession of meth and receiving stolen property. Court documents indicate the search warrant was served on a truck, driven by Krista McPeak on December 21. Investigators recovered a substance believed to be meth and a firearm that was reported stolen. Watson allegedly admitted the items were in his possession, not McPeak’s. His bond has been set at $25,000.
A driver from Tennessee was killed when his tractor-trailer ran off Highway 36, just east of the Meadville Junction, Monday afternoon. It occurred just before 5pm. 72 year old Procter Elkins, of Puryear, TN, died in the accident. The patrol says he was partially ejected from his tractor-trailer when it ran off the highway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
An electrical short-circuit was the apparent cause of a campus-wide power outage at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Monday afternoon. Power was interrupted just before 2:30pm, and the outage lasted just over 30 minutes.
Missouri’s U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill says she won’t run for Missouri Governor in 2016. McCaskill announced her decision in a Kansas City area radio interview on Monday. Her decision appears to clear the way for Democratic Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, who has all ready begun a gubernatorial campaign. Former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is the only declared Republican candidate so far, but Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich has also been considering a run for the Republican nomination.
Sunday evening’s wintry precipitation has left some slick driving conditions this morning. Many of our area’s secondary roadways and side streets are snow and ice-covered. Main roads have been showing steady improvement with some hard work by our road crews, but you’re urged to use extra caution and allow extra time as you head out this morning.
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A La Plata driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Highway 63, south of Kirksville, and overturned, just after 6pm Sunday. 34 year old David Bean, of La Plata, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. A passenger was treated for minor injuries. The patrol says Bean lost control of his southbound vehicle while attempting to pass. It slid off the highway, struck a ditch, and overturned.
A Trenton woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Grundy County Route Y, northeast of Trenton, Saturday afternoon. 80 year old Erma Shanks, of Trenton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2pm. The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and her northbound car ran off the highway, struck road sign, went through a fence and struck a piece of farm machinery and a stock trailer.
Two more arrest warrants have been issued in connection with last month’s grain bin explosion in Livingston County. 24 year old Michael N. Daniels and 44 year old Barbara J. Daniels, both of Hale, are charged with knowingly burning or exploding, property damage and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. 52 year old Randall N. Daniels, of Hale, was arrested last week on similar charges. The December 26 explosion destroyed a grain bin on farm property just north of the Livingston/Carroll County line. There were no injuries reported, but endangering the welfare of a child charges were filed because two teenagers were nearby at the timie of the explosion.
Kirksville Police are investigating a series of burglaries that occurred in the neighborhoods located east and south of the Kirksville Wal-Mart Supercenter. On December 10, police responded to reports of two break-ins…and two more reports on January 7. Investigators say they’re not sure if the burglaries are all related, but there are similarities. In all cases the break-ins occurred late at night, while the homeowners were asleep. The investigations are ongoing.
A mistrial has been declared in the Columbia case against Brian Adkison, who also faces charges in Caldwell County. Adkison was tried this week on charges of burglary, rape and deviate sexual assault, against his ex-girlfriend at her Columbia Apartment. After several hours of deliberation, the jury returned with a not guilty verdict on the burglary charge, and were unable to reach a verdict on the other two counts. Adkison faces multiple charges in Caldwell County, including escape from the Caldwell County Jail. He is also charged in the Lake of the Ozarks area, after leading authorities on a week-long manhunt in that area.
Columbia Police say a pair of fires in central Columbia, last fall, are considered arson, and investigations are ongoing. On Thursday, investigators confirmed that arson is suspected in connection with fires at the Parkade Baptist Church on October 31 and at the Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel on November 16. Anyone with information is urged to contact Columbia Police or the Crime Stoppers Hotline.
MoDOT has announced plans to lower the speed limit on a portion of I-70 in the Columbia area, beginning next week. Effective January 15, the speed limit on I-70 from the Route 63 connector, to east of the Lake of the Woods/St. Charles Road interchange, will be reduced from 70 to 60 miles per hour. Officials say traffic crash data over the past five years supports the lower speed limit for that stretch of the interstate. Message boards will inform motorists of the change. You’re urged to be prepared to observe the lower speed limit, beginning next Thursday.
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A Hale man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into last month’s explosion of a grain bin in Livingston County. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has been working with the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Technical Assistance Team. Officers executed a search warrant the Hale area on Tuesday, seeking evidence relating to the incident. 52 year old Randall N. Daniels, of Hale, was arrested and has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The grain bin explosion occurred on December 26, in rural Livingston County, near the Livingston/Carroll County line. The investigation continues and additional arrests or charges remain possible.
A southeast Iowa couple have been arrested, in connection with an alleged multi-state construction fraud scheme. 34 year old Todd Lawson and 33 year old Anna Lawson, of Moulton, Iowa, were taken into custody Monday. They face charges in three Iowa counties and in Scotland County, Missouri. The charges stem from the couple’s construction businesses, known as Whitetail Construction and Sturdy Buildings. They’re accused of taking down payment money from customers, for the construction of garages and outbuildings, and then disappearing with the money. Investigators say complaints have been lodged against the couple in several other counties in northern Missouri, southern Iowa and eastern Illinois.
A Harrisburg woman was treated for moderate injuries after a three-vehicle accident on Highway 63 in Boone County, Wednesday afternoon. 44 year old Rachel Coconis, of Harrisburg, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm. The patrol says smoke from an adjacent field, which was being burned, affected visibility. Coconis pulled her car onto the shoulder and upon re-entering the highway, pulled into the path of another vehicle. A third vehicle struck debris from the collision. The other two drivers were not injured.
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A wind chill advisory remains in effect for the entire area, thru Thursday morning, as dangerously cold temperatures and strong northwest winds are expected to continue. Wind chill readings as low as 25-below zero are expected through much of the day Wednesday, as temperatures remain steady in the low single-digits. Temperatures could drop to near 5-below zero tonight into Thursday morning, causing wind chills to exceed 25-below zero. The National Weather Service says the wind chill readings will create dangerous conditions. Frostbite can occur in less than 30 minutes on exposed skin.
ARREST MADE IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING
A Columbia man is in custody, in connection with Sunday afternoon’s deadly shooting of a Columbia teenager. Authorities say 19 year old Stone Lavonne Midgyett, of Columbia, was arrested Monday and is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He is being held on $500,000 dollars bond. Investigators say Midgyett told them he and the victim, 17 year old Deante Smith, exchanged gunfire during an altercation in the area of Silver Mill Drive and White River Drive, Sunday afternoon. Smith died after being transported to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
A Madison driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Monroe County Route C, south of Holliday, Monday night. 20 year old Kelsey Sexton, of Madison, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15pm. The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and her northbound car ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned multiple times.
One person was injured when two cars collided at a Kirksville intersection, Monday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 1pm at Baltimore and Rosewood Drive. Police say one of the drivers apparently ran a red light and collided with another vehicle. One of four persons in the two vehicles was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Chillicothe Police report an accident involving a tractor-trailer that interrupted utility service for a short time Monday. Officers were called to the 2600 block of Tomahawk Road, to a report of a tractor unit that had come in contact with overhead power lines. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities restored service after a brief outage.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a total of nine fatalities during the 2015 New Year’s Holiday counting period, which ran from 6pm on Wednesday the 31st, thru Sunday. Last year, there were no fatalities during a much shorter New Year’s time-frame. One of this year’s fatalities occurred in Columbia on New Year’s Eve, when 54 year old Jack Cheatom died after being struck by two vehicles on Stadium Boulevard, near the Columbia Mall. Five of the fatalities occurred in the St. Louis area, two in the St. Joseph area and one in the Kansas City area.
A Columbia teenager is the victim who was shot to death in north Columbia, Sunday afternoon. Police identified the victim as 17 year old Deante Mardell Smith. Officers received two separate calls…an armed robbery report and a shooting incident…in the area of Silver Mill Drive and White River Drive, at around 4pm Sunday. Another shooting victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries. His identity has not been released, as the investigation continues.
Police are investigating a total of 12 business break-ins, all reported Monday morning on a stretch of Big Bear Boulevard in Columbia. There were multiple reports of broken windows and other property damage, in connection with the break-ins. The affected businesses include Sidelines Sports Bar, Bimbo’s Bakeries, Boone Strength and Fitness, Rhodes Fire Protection, PACE, Daisy Appliance, All Phase Medical, and others in the 600 block of Big Bear Boulevard.
The Marceline Police Department is investigating several reports of stolen vehicles over the New Year. The department asks anyone with information regarding the incidents to contact them at 660-376-3556. You can also make an anonymous report by calling Crime Stoppers at 816-474-8477. Marceline Police caution citizens to make you’re your vehicles are locked and keys are not left in them for any reason. Personal items, such as wallets and purses, should also not be left in unattended vehicles.
Chillicothe Police arrested a suspect in connection with a pair of theft incidents, over the weekend. Officers received a report of a theft from a business in the 1200 block of North Washington Street. During that investigation, the suspect’s vehicle was observed at another business in the 1000 block of Graves Street, where, officers say, they observed the suspect stealing property from that business. Gary Riddle was arrested for felony theft, misdemeanor theft and trespassing. He is being held in the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.
Columbia Police say one person died and another was injured in connection with multiple shooting incidents, reported Sunday afternoon in northern Columbia. Dispatchers received multiple calls at around 4pm Sunday. A report of an armed robbery came in from the Silver Mill Drive area and a second ‘shots fired’ report came from the 200 block of White River Drive. The identity of the deceased victim has not been released, pending notification of family members. The injured person is hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators say multiple homes in the area reported being hit by bullets during the incidents, but no other injuries were reported. More details are expected today as that investigation continues.
A Columbia man has been arrested in connection with a total of six recent bank robberies. The latest robbery occurred Saturday morning at Boone County National Bank. Like other recent crimes, the suspect reportedly fled the scene on a bicycle. Officers located and questioned a suspect near where they recovered a bicycle and clothing matching the robber’s attire. They say the man admitted to Saturday’s robbery, along with five others committed in the past couple of months. 43 year old Shaun Christopher Becker, of Columbia, is charged in connection with those robberies.
The National Weather Service is talking about the potential for a light glazing of ice, over parts of north Missouri, in the early morning hours Saturday. Temperatures will drop just below the freezing mark overnight, with light rain or freezing rain and very light ice accumulations are possible. You’re reminded that ANY ice accumulation could be enough to cause significant travel concerns, so you’ll want to check conditions and use caution as you head out Saturday morning. We expect to be above the freezing mark by mid-morning Saturday, with a chance for light rain continuing. Minor snow accumulations are expected overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning…and again, it could be enough to cause some slick spots Sunday morning as well. Another blast of arctic air is on the way for Sunday thru much of the coming week, with single-digit low temperatures and highs in the teens for part of the week.
A Jamesport man was seriously injured when his car ran off Route 190 in Jamesport, at around 11:30pm on New Year’s Eve. 20 year old Quade M. Peery, of Jamesport, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident. His passenger, 19 year old Kayla Turley, of Jamesport, refused treatment for minor injuries. The patrol says Peery was attempting to keep the passenger in the vehicle while it was moving, when the car ran off the roadway and struck a pole.
Three teenagers were injured when their car ran off a Mercer County road, just after 7:30 Thursday morning. 18 year old Alexis Knouse, of Wheeling, was the driver of the northbound car. The patrol says it ran of the roadway in a curve and struck a tree. Knouse and her 15 year old sister both were treated for moderate injuries. Another passenger, 15 year old Layla Bundy, of Chillicothe was treated for minor injuries. All three were taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.
A Huntsville teenager escaped with just minor injuries after his vehicle ran off a Randolph County road and overturned, just north of Huntsville, early Thursday morning. It occurred at around 4:30am. 17 year old Hunter Wojtkowski, of Huntsville, sought his own treatment for minor injuries after the accident. The patrol says his southbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.
A Columbia man was killed while trying to cross Stadium Boulevard, near the Columbia Mall, on New Year’s Eve. The accident occurred just before 6:30pm. Police say 54 year old Jackie Cheatom was attempted to cross the road and the driver of a southbound vehicle did not see him. Cheatom was struck by that car, landed in the roadway and then was struck by a second vehicle. He was taken to University Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
A Boone County man is accused of child molestation, after his arrest Wednesday morning. Investigators say a six year old child told his mother she was molested on December 22. Timothy E. McWilliams was arrested at his home, located south of Columbia, and was being held in the Boone County Jail, awaiting bond, at last report.
An Arizona man is being held on $200,000 dollars bond, after his arrest in connection with the assault of a Boonville resident on Christmas Eve. 44 year old Joey Lee Allen, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was arrested late Monday night, after authorities learned he was hiding at a residence in Versailles, MO. Allen is accused of knocking on a homeowner’s door, south of Boonville, just before midnight on Christmas Eve. He told the victim he had run out of gas, and when the man took Allen to get gas, he was assaulted and left on the roadside. The victim is recovering from his injuries at home. Allen is charged with first-degree assault, robbery and stealing.
Chillicothe Police report that a Chillicothe teenager who had been reported missing has been found and is okay. 17 year old Bobbi Jo Zimmer was reported missing on December 22. Officers reported Tuesday that she has been located. The Police Department thanks the public for their assistance and information.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, for a man who was found dead under an I-70 bridge, west of Columbia. The body of 44 year old James McAuley, of University City, was found by a work crew of the Boone County Consolidated Water District #1, under the bridge over Perche Creek, near the Midway exit, Monday afternoon. Today’s autopsy is expected to shed more light on the man’s death.
As we head into the new year, the American Red Cross is asking eligible blood donors to make a resolution to give blood regularly in 2015. January is National Blood Donor Month, as the winter months are the most difficult times to keep blood supplies where they need to be. Please be looking for your next opportunity to save a life by giving blood. Red Cross Blood Drives are scheduled for Friday at the Sturgeon Baptist Church, from 2 to 6pm and at the First United Methodist Church in Marshall, from 2 to 6pm. For the complete schedule of blood drives around the area, visit red cross blood dot org.
A Callao driver was killed in a Monday morning accident on Highway 36 at the Pershing Park junction, west of Brookfield. The patrol says 22 year old Curtis Kendrick, of Callao, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at around 7:10am. Kendrick died when his westbound car ran off the roadway, struck a bridge and overturned, coming to rest on its top, submerged in water.
A grain bin explosion in rural Livingston County shook the surrounding area, Friday evening, and has prompted an ongoing investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. Several area emergency services responded to the scene, located north of the Livingston/Carroll County line. Preliminary investigation shows the grain bin was completely destroyed and blown from its foundation, sending debris as far as 200 yards. There were no injuries reported. Investigators say there are unconfirmed reports of similar incidents in another nearby county. Anyone with information should contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at 646-0515.
The Missouri State Health Department says flu numbers are spiking at record levels in Missouri, over the past 30 days. Four weeks ago, the department says there were less than 1,000 cases per week statewide. Last week, nearly 5,000 cases of the flu were confirmed, with the highest number of cases reported in the 5 to 14 age group. Health Department officials remind everyone of the importance of frequent hand-washing, covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing and, if you do get sick, stay home from work or school.
Residents are reminded that 2014 city and county taxes are due by close of business on Wednesday. Area county offices plan to be open to receive tax payments during normal business hours, thru Wednesday. Tax payments that are mailed must carry a postmark of no later than December 31, in order to avoid delinquency. Check with your local post office to verify their hours for Wednesday. For more details, contact your local City or County offices.
CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED AFTER BRANDISHING MACHETE
A Chillicothe man faces multiple charges after allegedly threatening two residents in a home with a machete. Officers were dispatched to an apartment in the 900 block of Elm Street, over the weekend. After canvassing the area, they located the suspect, who had left the scene. Patrick P. Shimek was taken into custody and was treated for injuries sustained in the altercation. He is accused of assaulting a male and female in the apartment and threatening them with a machete. Shimek was injured when one of the victims was able to gain control of the weapon. Shimek is charged with two counts of assault and resisting arrest. He is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash bond.
A teenager, wanted on outstanding warrants by Schuyler County authorities, was taken into custody after a Friday night traffic stop. 19 year old Jacob Cline, of Downing, was wanted for a probation violation on a felony charge of tampering with a motor vehicle, along with a misdemeanor tampering with property charge. Cline was taken into custody after he and two other men were stopped by officers, just north of Greentop, Friday night, for driving without a front license plate. Cline is being held in the Adair County Jail. The driver of the pickup, from Hurdland, was also arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
A Boonville driver suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday afternoon accident on Howard County Route Z. 23 year old Justine Payne, of Boonville, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 2pm Sunday. The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.
A Columbia man died when he was struck by a vehicle on Highway 63, at the 763 interchange, just north of Columbia, Friday morning. It occurred just before 11:30am. The patrol says 29 year old Gregory A. Anderson, of Columbia, was killed when he walked into the southbound lanes of 63 and was struck by a southbound vehicle, driven by 73 year old Royalin Carlson, of Moberly. Anderson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a home invasion robbery, which occurred Friday night in the 4800 block of Moniteau Court. The victim told officers they heard a knock at the front door and when they answered, the male suspect forced his way into the home, threatened them with a knife and demanded cash. No injuries were reported. The suspect is described as a black male, around 30 years of age, last seen wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt and jeans. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
CARROLLTON DRIVER HURT IN CHRISTMAS CRASH
A Carrollton driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 65 in Saline County, early Christmas morning. The accident occurred at around 6:30am. The patrol says 44 year old Phillip K. Henks, of Carrollton, was southbound when his vehicle skidded off the roadway and struck a ditch. Henks was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
A Slater driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after his truck ran off Highway 5 in Howard County, just before 4am Christmas morning. 32 year old Seth Langan, of Slater, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his northbound truck ran through the Highway 5 & 87 intersection, struck a sign and an embankment and came to rest in the ditch.
A Marshall driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday afternoon accident on westbound I-70. 49 year old Jeff Thompson, of Marshall, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm Wednesday. The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a guard cable, went down an embankment and overturned.
A Columbia woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 40 in Boone County, which occurred Thursday evening. 30 year old Jennifer E. Little, of Columbia was the driver of an eastbound SUV. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.
Two Kirksville suspects face a total of eleven felony charges after state and local law enforcement agencies seized meth, prescription drugs and guns from a Kirksville home, Sunday afternoon. 26 year old Samuel G. Motter and 23 year old Krista A. McPeak, both of Kirksville, were arrested without incident after a search warrant was served on their residence. Motter is charged with eight counts of possessing a controlled substance, one count of receiving stolen property and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge. McPeak is charged with one count each of possession of meth with intent to distribute, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Chillicothe Police are seeking information on a missing teenager. On Monday, officers took a report, regarding 17 year old white female Bobbi Jo Zimmer, who was last seen Sunday afternoon at around 3pm. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Chillicothe Police at 660-646-2121.
A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision on Business 36, just east of Macon. 23 year old Candyce E. Cinatl, of Moberly, was taken to Samaritan Hospital with moderate injuries after the accident. It occurred at around 4:40pm. The patrol says she attempted to pass a car driven by 20 year old Eric Miller, of Macon, as Miller attempted to turn left into a private driveway. Miller refused treatment for minor injuries.
A one-vehicle accident on Highway 6 in Sullivan County caused moderate injuries for a Humphreys driver. It occurred Tuesday morning at around 7:30am, about six miles east of Humphreys. 24 year old Lauren B. Weaver was the driver of an eastbound car, which failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the highway and struck a ditch. She was life-flighted to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, with moderate injuries. Her 3 year old son was treated for minor injuries.
Columbia Police say they believe the man who robbed the Regions Bank on Paris Road, Monday afternoon, is the same suspect who robbed the United Missouri Bank on Chapel Hill Road on December 9. Police cite a number of similarities in the two robberies, along with surveillance footage, which has been released by police. Anyone with information about either robbery is urged to contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at (573) 875-TIPS.
The State of Missouri has announced a slight cutback on the amount of aid students will receive under the A+ Scholarship Program. Beginning with the Spring 2015 semester, the state will pay for all but one of a student’s qualified credit hours. That means a student taking 15 credit hours will see the A+ Scholarship cover the tuition cost for 14 hours. The Department of Education says the change is being made due to a funding shortfall, rising tuition rates and a growing number of eligible students.
A Randolph County man died over the weekend, after being struck by a train, just west of Higbee. Randolph County authorities have identified the victim as 80 year old Fred Gibler, of Higbee. He was struck by the train at around 1:45am Sunday. Witnesses say they saw a wheelchair alongside the railroad tracks and Gibler on the tracks when he was struck. The investigation is ongoing.
Mercer and Kahoka residents were seriously injured when their vehicles collided on Highway 136, in Mercer County, Friday afternoon. The patrol says 56 year old Marie Eslick, of Mercer, was eastbound when she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle. It crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle, driven by 23 year old Damien Shaw, of Kahoka. Eslick and a passenger in Shaw’s vehicle, 23 year old Aerial Conover, of Kahoka, both suffered serious injuries and both were taken initially to Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany. Shaw refused treatment for minor injuries.
PATROL REPORTS MACON DRUG ARREST
A Macon man faces felony drug charges after a traffic stop by the Highway Patrol, Friday night. According to the patrol, 21 year old Barry R. Brashears, of Macon, was stopped just after 11pm Friday for driving without headlights. During that stop, Brashears was arrested for felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
15 fire units were called to the scene of a large barn fire, in Harrisburg, just after 8pm Sunday. Firefighters say the hay barn, which is located near the Harrisburg Middle School, was completely engulfed when they arrived. There were no injuries reported. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.
Thursday’s snowfall was a factor in numerous accidents around the area. There were numerous non-injury ‘slide-offs’ reported, but only a couple of Thursday’s accidents involved significant injuries:
A Humphreys woman was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off a snow-covered Putnam County road, northwest of Newtown, Thursday evening. The patrol says 28 year old Leslie N. Brown, of Humphreys, lost control of the pickup and it ran off the roadway and overturned at around 5:45pm. She suffered moderate injuries…a passenger escaped with minor injuries. Both were treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.
A Columbia woman suffered moderate injuries when her SUV slid off a snow-covered Highway 63, just north of the Clark Junction in Randolph County, at around 7:40am. 47 year old Meghan Holleran, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital for treatment, after her SUV slid off the highway and overturned.
A Columbia man and an Auxvasse woman were both treated for moderate injuries after a collision on a snow-slickened Boone County Route VV, at around 7:20am Thursday. The patrol says a car driven by 24 year old Danika Osman, of Auxvasse slid across the center line and into the path of a car driven by 26 year old Kylie Murray, of Columbia. Osman sustained moderate injuries, as did a passenger her vehicle, 27 year old Jonathan Bagley, of Columbia. Two children in their vehicle were treated for minor injuries.
SUSPECT IN FIVE ARMED ROBBERIES ARRESTSED
Columbia Police have arrested a suspect that they say has been linked to five recent armed robberies. Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of I-70 Drive Southwest Wednesday night, to a report of shots fired. 31 year old Jafari R. Boss, of Columbia, was arrested near the scene. He is a suspect in armed robberies which have occurred since December 3 at Speedy Mart, the Budget Host Inn, the Columbia Denny’s Restaurant, We Be Smokin’ and the China Moon Restaurant. Boss is in custody on multiple charges.
The Paris Senior Center and University Subaru are cooperating on an event to raise funds for the Meals on Wheels program. Next month, Columbia Subaru will be selling and giving away 2015 calendars that feature local seniors and Subaru vehicles…and they’re also making donations to a number of charities, including Meals on Wheels, for each vehicle sold thru January 2.
It’s just a little bit of snow out there this morning, but its enough to cover many of our area roadways and there are definitely some slick driving conditions to deal with. MODOT urges motorists to take it slow and use extra caution as you travel. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect thru noon. We expect temperatures to get to the freezing mark this afternoon, which will help melt things. We could refreeze overnight, as temperatures dip into the mid-20’s.
Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two men early Wednesday morning, after deputies identified a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the Budget Host Inn on Vandiver Drvier. 35 year old Richard F. Wright was arrested on suspicion of tampering, receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia. 28 year old Chase Roy Wyatt was arrested on previous outstanding warrants for stealing and possession of burglary tools. Deputies say they used a license plate reader to identify the 2000 Dodge Durango, which was stolen from Callaway County on December 11.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced the appointment of a new commissioner. Margaret Vandeven has been promoted from assistant commissioner to the state’s top education position, replacing Chris Nicastro, who resigned in September, effective the end of the year. Nicastro had faced considerable criticism for her handling of struggling school districts in the state, including the Kansas City, MO Schools. Vandeven will take over the commissioner’s position, effective January 1.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for most of the area, beginning at midnight tonight, thru mid-day on Thursday. Light snow is expected to spread across the area overnight, generally during the early morning hours, and although accumulations are expected to be minor, there could also be some freezing drizzle mixed in, causing slick driving conditions to develop in some locations. Temperatures will be above the freezing mark by noon or so Thursday, which would alleviate any travel concerns. Snowfall amounts are expected to be generally 1 to 2 inches around the area, with a light glazing of ice possible in some locations. We’ll have up-to-date road condition information for you first thing Thursday morning, once this system arrives overnight.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating multiple reports of property damage in various parts of the county. Last weekend, significant damage was reported to the Ludlow Lions Park and Ball Field. Investigators say the damage was caused by an unknown vehicle driving onto the ball field and park area, cutting ruts and damaging the grass. Lights at the facility were also apparently shot out. A reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in that case. There was similar property damage reported at a residence in the 10000 block of Old Highway 190. There are also reports of damage to a nativity scene and a soda machine in the Dawn area. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department. An effort to raise funds for repair to the Ludlow Lions Park facilities has been started through the ‘go fund me’ website.
Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton broke ground Tuesday on a new addition to their facility. A 43,000 square-foot, three-story building will be attached to the hospital, housing a variety of services, including an expanded outpatient clinic and outpatient surgery center, along with additional office space. The $16.5 million dollar addition is expected to be complete within the next 18 to 24 months.
The National Transportation Safety Board has released details on its investigation into a November 30 plane crash near Boonville, which killed a pilot from Salina, Kansas and hospitalized three passengers. According to the report, dense, low clouds cause the pilot to reroute the original flight plan from Chesterfield to Kansas City in order to land at a closer runway at the Jesse P. Viertel Memorial Airport, near Boonville. The report says the plane apparently lost engine power before it crashed, less than a half mile south of the runway. The incident occurred just after 9am on November 30.
A University of Missouri student remains in critical condition after falling from a second-story balcony during a weekend party at a Columbia residence. 19 year old Jack Lipp, an Illinois resident, apparently fell about 15 feet onto a gravel driveway, early Saturday morning. Witnesses say the balcony’s railing was broken and guests were told it wasn’t safe. Police are continuing to investigate. Lipp remains in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia.
A one-vehicle accident, just after midnight this morning, sent a Downing driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. 33 year old Amber D. Miller, of Downing, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, after her vehicle ran off Highway 6, just east of Trenton. The patrol says the vehicle struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
Three Boonville school buildings were placed on modified lockdown Monday, after a man fled a traffic stop on I-70. The Highway Patrol says a car was stopped near the 104 mile-marker, at around 11am. A passenger exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot. While officers searched for the man, the outside doors were locked at Boonville High School, Hannah Cole Primary and the Boonslick Technical Center. Students were allowed to move around inside the buildings, on their normal schedules.
Columbia Police are investigating a Monday afternoon robbery at the Boone County Bank location on Paris road. The robbery was reported at around 5pm. Officials say the suspect was a white male, wearing light-colored clothing, sunglasses and a baseball cap. He fled the scene on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is urged to contact Columbia Police.
A woman is recovering from injuries sustained in a late-night mobile home fire on Rock Quarry Road in Columbia. Firefighters were called to the scene just before 11pm Monday. The female resident was able to escape the burning structure by breaking through a window. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred Monday afternoon off Rice Road, near Ballenger Lane, in northeast Columbia. Police say they found multiple shell casings in the area of the incident. They believe those shots were fired from a vehicle, but there have been no reports of injuries. The investigation continues.
The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will hold its annual Christmas Holiday Cultural Luncheon tomorrow (Wednesday) from noon to 1pm at the First Christian Church in Chillicothe. During the luncheon, a program of sacred and popular Christmas music will be presented. The event is designed to allow attendees to enjoy the meal and program, but still get back to work on time. There is a five dollar cost for the luncheon. The music program is free of charge.
A Princeton driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred just after 2 o’clock Saturday morning, on Mercer County Route D. 34 year old Eric Virtue, of Princeton, was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident. The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when he lost control of his westbound car and it ran off the roadway, struck a fence and overturned.
A Marshall teenager was life-flighted to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 41 in Saline County, just after midnight Sunday morning. 17 year old Dylan Rogers, of Marshall, was the driver of a southbound car. The patrol says he was seriously injured when he was ejected from the vehicle as it ran off the highway and overturned.
A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident in Boone County. 62 year old Michael Liebau, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm on Boone County Route J. The patrol says he was ejected from his southbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned.
Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery at the China Moon Restaurant on Range Line, which occurred Saturday night. Officers were called to the scene at around 10pm, after three suspects, wearing masks and dark clothing, entered the business, demanded money, tied up five employees and then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. Anyone with information is urged to contact the CrimeStoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS.
Fulton Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred Sunday night at the Family Dollar Store on East Third Street in Fulton. Witnesses say it occurred at around 7:30pm when an armed suspect entered the store, demanded cash and fled the scene. He is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall with long dreadlocks and a scar under his eye.
Macon school officials have announced plans to ask voters to approve a $13 million dollar school bond issue in April. The Macon School Board voted unanimously last week to put the measure on the ballot on April 7. It will require a 65 cent tax levy increase. Officials say the bond issue will address a number of concerns identified by a survey of the district’s patrons, including new elementary classrooms, a new entrance for both the elementary and high school facilities, along with a career center addition and more parking. The Macon School Board will meet this evening to finalize ballot language.
A mistrial was declared Thursday after jurors could not agree on a verdict in a Marshall woman’s shaken baby case. Nakisha O’Bryan was charged after a baby she was watching was taken to a Kansas City hospital with a brain hemorrhage, in January of 2012. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case Thursday, and a mistrial was declared. O’Bryan’s husband is on probation after pleading guilty to charges last year.
It’ll be a full day of Christmas activities in Brookfield tomorrow, leading up to the Brookfield Christmas Parade and lighting ceremony Saturday evening at the Twin Parks. Tomorrow morning, Candy Land and the Santa House will be open at the Trinity Fellowship Center in Brookfield, from 9 to 11am, sponsored by Brookfield Parks and Recreation. Also, the Brookfield Lady Elks will hold a food drive to benefit the Linn County Food Pantry. Donations may be dropped off at the Save-A-Lot parking lot from 9am to 3pm. The Brookfield High School Coquettes will hold a Christmas Wrapping event tomorrow afternoon. Coquettes will be wrapping gifts for a free-will donation in the old Tres Jolie Building in downtown Brookfield, from noon to 4pm. The Brookfield Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony will begin with live Christmas music at 4:30pm, the parade beginning at 5, lighting at 5:30 followed by hot dogs and hot chocolate, sleigh rides in the park and more. A number of Brookfield businesses will hold holiday open house events during the afternoon, leading up to the parade. The weekend wraps up with a free Christmas movie for the kids at Reel Time Cinema, Sunday afternoon.
The Heart of Missouri Sweet Adelines will hold their ‘Cocoa and Carols’ Christmas show Saturday evening at 7pm in the Moberly High School auditorium. The Heart of Missouri Chorus is one of more than 500 Sweet Adelines Groups. During intermission, the MACA Board will serve cocoa and cookies for their annual holiday celebration. Admission for the program is fifteen dollars for adults and five dollars for students, Saturday evening at the MHS Auditorium.
Four occupants of a vehicle driven by a Moberly man were seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on a Randolph County road, early Wednesday morning. It occurred at around 12:45am, about three miles south of Cairo. 28 year old Kenneth R. Davis, of Moberly, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and it ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Davis refused treatment for minor injuries, but four passengers all were seriously injured…25 year old Amber D. Bowen and 19 year old Alexandra Canaday, both of Moberly…and 22 year old Ryan Albertson and 23 year old Kelsey Hendren, both of Madison. All four were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.
A Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 36, between a tractor-trailer and a farm tractor, sent one driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. It occurred just before 2pm, about two miles east of Macon on Highway 36. The patrol says an eastbound farm tractor, driven by 18 year old Tyler Crossin, of New Berlin, IL, was traveling on the shoulder as a tractor-trailer, driven by 49 year old Pantellis Santorinios, of Pennsylvania, approached from the rear. Santorinios apparently noticed a trailer being pulled by the farm tractor was partially in the roadway and he swerved to avoid the collision. The semi struck the rear of the tractor then ran off the highway and overturned. Santorinios was treated at University Hospital with moderate injuries.
The State of Missouri has conducted its tenth execution of 2014. Paul Goodwin was put to death just after midnight this morning. Goodwin was sentenced to death after being convicted of sexually assaulting his neighbor and then killing her with a hammer in St. Louis County in 1998. This year’s 10 executions sets a new high for the state of Missouri and matches the state of Texas for the most in the U.S. this year.
Trenton Police are investigating the apparent theft of funds from a charity softball tournament, held in August. A news release indicates several Trenton area residents organized a two-day softball tournament in Trenton, to raise funds for the families of three area men who died in vehicle accidents since 2009. To date, Police say, none of those families have received any of the funds. Investigators ask anyone who contributed to the charity softball event to contact Trenton Police.
Chillicothe Police report an injury accident, which occurred Tuesday at the intersection of Highways 65 and 36 in Chillicothe. Officers say a southbound vehicle, driven by Christopher M. Rader, collided with a vehicle driven by Emily M. Stivers, after she apparently failed to yield the right of way. Two children in the Rader vehicle were taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect who robbed the United Missouri Bank location on Chapel Hill Road on Tuesday. Witnesses say it occurred at around noon, when the male suspect demanded cash from a teller and then fled the scene on a bicycle. A Boone county K-9 unit searched a nearby wooded area and officers recovered the bicycle, but the suspect remains at-large. Anyone with information is urged to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS.
A Columbia woman will not face murder charges in connection with a July shooting at a Columbia trailer park. Rebecca Bushman will face charges of unlawful use of a weapon, in connection with the incident, which killed 47 year old Jon Chalfant. Court documents indicated Chalfant and Bushman met through backpage.com to have sex for money. Chalfant apparently refused to pay and started choking Bushman, so she grabbed her bun and shot him.
A Carrollton man is now charged in connection with a drug arrest in Macon last week. 29 year old George A. Bennett, of Carrollton, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while his license was suspended. The arrest came after a traffic stop, last Thursday morning. During that stop, officers seized a powdery substance that field-tested positive for meth. Bennett remains in custody in the Macon County Jail.
Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery, which occurred Monday night at ‘We B Smokin’, located on Bernadette Drive in Columbia. Investigators say it occurred just before 8pm when two male suspects, wearing ski masks, entered the business and demanded cash. No injuries were reported. Police say the robbery could be related to two other armed robberies, which occurred over the weekend at a Columbia Denny’s and a Jimmy John Restaurant location. The two suspects are described as 5-6 to 5-7 in height and around 130 pounds.
Fulton Police are looking for a male suspect who robbed a Casey’s General Store, early this (Tues) morning. The incident occurred at around 1:40am. Officers say a suspect walked into the store with a knife and demanded cash. He is described as a black male, around six feet tall, wearing a black hooded jacket, black pants and a black mask. Anyone with information is urged to contact Fulton Police.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports one new case of Chronic Wasting Disease, identified during this fall’s deer harvest in north Missouri. They say the disease was confirmed in one adult male buck, taken in Adair County. It’s the first confirmed case since early 2013 and the eleventh free-ranging deer identified since the disease was first discovered in the area in 2010. The department continues to encourage hunters in the Chronic Wasting Disease containment zone of Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph and Sullivan Counties, to continue to have tissue samples taken for testing. The sampling effort will continue through the end of bow season on January 15.
The Brookfield R-3 First Grade is looking for help in locating some missing gingerbread men, who apparently ran away from the school, Monday morning. KZBK News Director, Jeff Elliott, visited the first grade Monday afternoon, to get details on the disappearance. The class has filed a missing persons report with the Brookfield Police Department and also contacted the Linn County Leader for assistance. The students say a total of 54 gingerbread men apparently ran away from the Elementary Cafeteria, prior to being decorated for the holidays. The students ask, if you find the gingerbread men…to please not eat them…contact the Brookfield Elementary Office.
A one-vehicle accident on a Knox County highway seriously injured a Hurdland driver, over the weekend. 24 year old Dawn Sizemore, of Hurdland, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville and then life-flighted to Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 12:20am Saturday on Highway 6, just west of Hurdland. The patrol says she was ejected from her eastbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne and overturned several times.
A former Chillicothe Police Officer was found guilty of rape last week, after a 2-day jury trial. The case was heard in Caldwell County, on a change of venue. The verdict came in just before midnight Thursday night. 41 year old Brent Allen Schade, of Chillicothe, was arrested in March, after a Livingston County Sheriff’s Department investigation into allegations of sexual assault. Schade remains in custody in lieu of bond until sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.
A Sedalia man will serve life in prison without parole, after pleading guilty to murder and armed criminal action charges, in connection with the death of a Marshall woman. Earlier this year, 66 year old Joseph Arbeiter, of Sedalia, was charged with murder after human remains were found on his property. Those remains were identified as those of 35 year old Mandy Black, of Marshall. In addition to the life sentence, Arbeiter was also sentenced to 45 years on additional charges of assault, rape, sodomy and possession of a controlled substance.
A Boone County teenager was seriously injured when his car ran off Boone County Route N at Woodie Proctor road, Sunday night. 17 year old Trey A. Keith, of Hartsburg, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 8pm. The patrol says his southbound car ran off the highway and overturned.
Columbia Police are looking for three suspects in connection with a Sunday night armed robbery at the Jimmy John’s restaurant on Rangeline. Officers were called to the scene just after 10pm Sunday. Witnesses say the three men entered the business and demanded cash. At least one of the suspects was armed.Police are also seeking a male suspect in connection with a Saturday morning armed robbery at the Columbia Denny’s Restaurant. Investigators say it occurred at around 5:30am Saturday and involved a single armed suspect, who is described as a male, about 5-5 and 145 pounds. There were no injuries reported in either incident.
A Carrollton man was arrested by Macon Police, after a Thursday morning traffic stop. It occurred in the 800 block of South Missouri Street in Macon. During the stop, a search of the suspect’s vehicle allegedly turned up a powdery substance, which field-tested positive for meth, along with drug paraphernalia. The suspect, a 29 year old Carrollton man, was arrested and is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
A La Plata woman faces drug charges after her arrest last week. 44 year old Leslie Link, of La Plata, is charged with possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. She was arrested after La Plata Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle, parked at the La Plata Golf Course, on November 25. Investigators say a search of her vehicle turned up meth. She is being held on $10,000 dollars bond.
Former Mizzou football player, Lawrence Lee, was arrested this week by University Police, after allegations of burglary and stealing. Officers say Lee is accused of taking a laptop from one dorm room, a Playstation 4 from another dorm room and an iPhone from the Mizzou athletic training complex locker room. Formal charges in the case are pending. Lee, who was a freshman wide receiver for Mizzou, was dismissed from the team last week.
The annual Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held in Kirksville this weekend. The event gets underway at 4pm today (Fri) with the opening of the trade show at the William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville. Tonight’s schedule includes a free beef supper and evening program for attendees, and then a full schedule of educational programs and displays throughout the day Saturday. All events are free at the Missouri Livestock Symposium, this weekend at the Kirksville Middle School.
A preliminary hearing has been set for a Kirksville man, charged with first-degree murder in connection with a Thanksgiving Day stabbing. December 31st will be the date of that preliminary hearing…for 20 year old Kayn O. Fry, of Kirksville. He is accused of stabbing 52 year old Joseph Fees with a kitchen knife, at Fees’ Kirksville home. Court documents indicate Fry admitted to the stabbing, saying he intended to ‘do something about’ what he perceived to be Fees’ poor treatment of other people in the household. Fry also claims the stabbing occurred after Fees reached for a rifle next to his bed.
Thursday evening is the annual Living Windows event in downtown Moberly. From 4:30 to 7:30pm, downtown Moberly will be alive with a variety of holiday displays and performances, inside the storefront windows of participating businesses. Of course, many of those stores will also be open for Christmas shopping during the event. Horse-drawn carriage rides and other activities will also be available during Living Windows, in downtown Moberly, Thursday evening.
This weekend brings a number of Christmas events to the area…
Christmas on Broadway, in downtown Brunswick is set for Saturday. A daylong vendor show begins at 9am in and around the Knight and Rucker Banquet Hall, with an Electric Parade starting at 6:30pm Saturday evening.
The annual Macon Women of Today Craft Show is all day Saturday in the Macon High School Gym, with a variety of displays featuring local crafters and artists, along with refreshments…from 9am to 3pm.
Saturday also marks the 3rd annual Kirksville Kiwanis Christmas Parade, starting at 5pm in downtown Kirksville. This year’s theme is ‘Light Up the Town’. Entry fee for this year’s parade is a donation of new children’s mittens, gloves, hats, coats or scarves to benefit needy families in the community.
Columbia Police say a total of 34 burglaries occurred in Columbia during this year’s Thanksgiving break, from November 21 to December 2. That’s double last year’s total of 17 burglary reports, but less than 2011, when 40 burglaries were reported. 28 of this year’s incidents were residential, while six were commercial burglaries. Investigators say there were no specific geographical areas of the city that were more susceptible to the activity.
Five people were injured, three suffered serious injuries, when two vehicles collided at the Highway 61-Route W junction, just north of Hannibal, Tuesday evening. It occurred at around 5:45pm. The patrol says a northbound van, driven by 15 year old Dylan O’Brien, of Palmyra, attempted to cross 61 and pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 47 year old Stephen Fasano, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania. O’Brien and a passenger in his vehicle, 37 year old William O’Brien, of Palmyra, were both taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries. Three occupants of the Fasano vehicle, all from Pennsylvania, were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital…one passenger suffered serious injuries.
A Princeton driver was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off Mercer County Route A, just before noon Tuesday. 48 year old Brenda Sinclair, of Princeton, was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident. The patrol says her passenger-side tires dropped off the roadway and her vehicle ran into a steep ditch, overturned, then skidded across the roadway on its top.
Several area sheriff’s departments are warning residents of a telephone scam that continues to make the rounds in the area. Numerous reports continue to come in, regarding calls claiming to be from the IRS or the U.S. Department of Treasury, demanding immediate payment to rectify a tax problem. At least one of the callers was reported as being verbally abusive towards an elderly disabled woman. A spokesperson for the IRS says their agents do not attempt to intimidate or demand immediate payment over the telephone. Any contact from the IRS regarding a tax issue will include multiple written notifications by mail. If you receive such a phone call, you’re advised to hang up. All of these types of calls are attempts to illegally obtain personal financial information, or quick cash from unsuspecting individuals.
Columbia Police are investigating multiple reports of shots fired in the area of Garth and Sondra Avenues, Tuesday night. Reports indicate the incident started with a fight between multiple suspects, resulting in shots being fired. Officers report finding evidence of an injury at the scene, but there have been no reports of treatment for gunshots wounds in the area. The incident remains under investigation.
A Kirksville man is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action, in connection with a Thanksgiving stabbing death at a Kirksville home. 20 year old Kayn D. Fry, of Kirksville, is being held on $1 million dollars bond in the case. He was arrested after the stabbing death of a 52 year old man, which occurred just before 10pm on Thanksgiving. The name of the victim has not yet been released, pending notification of family members.
A Chillicothe man faces arson charges after a small fire was set and caused damage at the Strand Apartments, early Sunday morning. Officers were initially called to a report of an intoxicated man causing the disturbance. While they were on the scene, a fire alarm sounded and the building’s sprinkler system activated. They found a small fire in a third floor hallway that had been extinguished by the sprinklers, causing moderate smoke damage and heavy water damage. A suspect, Matthew David Silkwood, was arrested in the case. He is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
A Schuyler County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on a gravel road, southeast of Queen City. 18 year old Tyson B. Archer, of Glenwood, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm. The patrol says Archer’s eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.
The FAA is investigating the crash of a small plane, just south of the Jesse P. Viertel Memorial Airport, near Boonville. The Sunday morning crash occurred at around 9am and killed the pilot, Charles Sojka, of Salina, Kansas. Three passengers, all Kansas residents, were in serious, but stable condition at last report. The crash site is located about a half mile south of the airport. An investigation is underway.
Columbia Police are investigating a Sunday morning homicide, which occurred on Illinois Avenue. Officers were called to the scene, near the Tiger Express wash, just after 2am Sunday. Two gunshot victims were found. 40 year old Rickie Dunn, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at a Columbia hospital. An 18 year old victim is being treated for injuries. Police are urging anyone with information on the shooting to contact the anonymous Crime Stoppers hotline at 573-875-TIPS.
Two Higbee women were seriously injured when they were struck by a car, after their vehicle became stuck in the ditch on Randolph County Route A, during Wednesday morning's snowfall. The patrol says 22 year old Halea Sager and 45 year old Stacy Sager, both of Higbee, were standing in a ditch near their vehicle when an eastbound car driven by 70 year old Margaret Cox-Burkiett, of Illinois, lost control of her vehicle and it struck the Sager’s car, pushing it into the two women. A few minutes later, another eastbound car, driven by 42 year old Tammy Brown, of Huntsville, lost control at that same location and went into the ditch, striking Halea Sager again. Both women were taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
A Milan truck driver was treated for moderate injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off a snow-covered Putnam County highway, Wednesday morning. 45 year old Leonard Nicolay, of Milan, was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30am. The patrol says Nicolay lost control of his southbound tractor-trailer and it ran off the highway and overturned. A passenger in the truck, 23 year old Bryce McDonald, of Humphreys, was treated for minor injuries.
A New Franklin driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning accident on Highway 5, just south of Fayette. The patrol says 23 year old Jody Sampo, of New Franklin, was ejected from her vehicle when it ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, just after 8:30am Wednesday. Sampo was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
The former Harrison County Prosecutor has pleaded guilty to stealing from an elderly client in his private practice this week. 39 year old Richard F. Turner, of Bethany, pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud and making false statements on his tax return. Officials say Turner admitted stealing more than a half a million dollars from an elderly client, who was suffering from memory issues.
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR SHOTS FIRED
Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in an October shooting incident this week. On Wednesday, officers took 22 year old Kyle Anthony Shepherd, of Columbia, into custody on an outstanding warrant for an October shooting, which occurred in the 1000 block of East Broadway. Shepherd was identified during a traffic stop near Bonny Drive and Brown Station Road. He is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and his being held on $50,000 dollars bond.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT – 11/26/14:
Putnam County Schools will be closed today, due to slick road conditions.
Bond has been increased for a Chula man, who faces charges in both Livingston and Macon Counties. 26 year old Jeremy Orona, of Chula, is charged in Livingston County with felony counts of stealing a motor vehicle, burglary and forgery. Bond has been increased to $50,000 dollars cash-only on those charges. Orona will be arraigned this (wed) afternoon in Macon County, on charges of armed criminal action, assault of a law enforcement officer, shooting a firearm at a person or vehicle, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property. Those charges stem from an incident in June, when Orona was allegedly driving a stolen vehicle in the Bucklin area, eluded capture on foot and later fired a shot at officers.
COLUMBIA MAN ALLEGEDLY THREATENS LAW ENFORCEMENT
A Columbia man is charged with making a terrorist threat, after he allegedly threatened to set fire to the Columbia Police Department and bomb the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. According to court documents, 21 year old Matthew Crain was arrested Monday on warrants for loitering and a non-moving traffic violation. While at the Police Department, Crain allegedly made the threats and told officers he had extensive military training and knew how to construct a bomb. Crain remains in custody in the Boone County Jail.
Fulton Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a Tuesday night armed robbery at a Fulton store. Officers were called to Incentive Resale on Airway Drive, just after 9pm. An employee says a white male wearing blue jeans, a grey hooded sweatshirt and a Halloween mask entered the store with a long gun and demanded cash. The suspect fled the scene and was still at-large at last report. Anyone with information should contact Fulton Police or Crime Stoppers, at 573-592-2474.
The Zion Lutheran Church in Moberly will host its 9th Annual Community Goodwill Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday. A traditional Thanksgiving menu will be served from 11am to 2pm in the church’s fellowship hall. Home-delivered meals will also be available by reservation. To volunteer, make a donation or to requested a home-delivered meal, please contact the Zion Lutheran Church.
Also, a reminder, Moberly’s Trinity United Methodist Church will hold their annual Thanksgiving 5K Run and Walk, starting at 8am in downtown Moberly. Proceeds will benefit the Christos Food Pantry.
The City of New Cambria has made plans to celebrate the completion of its sidewalk improvement project next week. Monday afternoon, a ribbon-cutting ceremony will celebrate the completion of a project, which will improve both the safety and the beauty of the community. The public is welcome to attend, beginning at 1:30 Monday afternoon, in the New Cambria City Park.
St Louis County authorities say at least a dozen businesses in Ferguson burned overnight, and numerous other businesses were vandalized and looted, after protests turned violent. Two police cruisers were also burned during the protests, which were prompted by a Grand Jury’s decision not to charge white police officer Darren Wilson, in connection with the August shooting death of black teenager, Michael Brown. Officers reported at least 29 arrests in connection with the protests. They say hundreds of shots were fired overnight. Officials say police did not fire any of those gunshots, but did fire bean bags and used smoke bombs to try to disburse the violence. Hundreds of protesters were able to block and shut down interstate 44 in St. Louis for more than an hour overnight. Brown’s family issued a statement indicating profound disappointment in the grand jury’s decision, but asking that any protests remain non-violent. Peaceful protests were held in a number of cities around the country, after the decision was announced. Students on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia gave four and a half minutes of silence for Michael Brown and then peacefully marched to the Boone County Courthouse.
Brookfield Police are urging residents to keep your vehicle doors locked and valuables out of sight, after multiple reports of thefts from vehicles, over the weekend. No details on those thefts have been released, but a post on the Brookfield Police Department facebook page encourages residents to remove valuable items and keep your vehicles locked at all times while unattended. Police are also asking anyone with video camera surveillance or other information pertaining to the thefts to contact the department.
A Moberly man escaped with minor injuries after a pickup ran off a Howard County highway and struck another vehicle, Monday afternoon. The accident occurred just before 4pm on Howard County Route T. The patrol says an eastbound vehicle, driven by 26 year old Patrick Davis, of Moberly, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch and a westbound vehicle, driven by 43 year old Jody Sanders of Glasgow. A passenger in the Davis vehicle, 36 year old Jeremy Kirkland, of Moberly, was treated for minor injuries.
Boone County Deputies say there have been no arrests in connection with a weekend burglary in the El Chaparral Subdivision. They say suspects stole numerous items of value, after breaking into a home Sunday afternoon. Witnesses say two suspects entered the home, while a third served as a lookout. The three fled the scene when the homeowners returned home. Deputies and a K-9 unit initially tracked the suspects and recovered some of the stolen property. Ultimately the suspects eluded capture. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
An Illinois man has died from injuries sustained last week, when he was accidentally shot while deer hunting in Knox County. 31 year old James Funk, of Mascoutah, IL, died Thursday after suffering a gunshot wound last Monday. Investigators say Funk was apparently shot by his uncle, also from Illinois, while the two were deer hunting They say the shooting was accidental, but the investigation is continuing.
A Chillicothe man faces multiple charges after a weekend traffic stop by Chillicothe Police. On Saturday, officers arrested Jeffery Davenport in the 300 block of Clay Street, on a Livingston County warrant for driving while revoked, no insurance and failure to register a motor vehicle. During that stop, Davenport was also arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. A juvenile in the vehicle was also taken into custody and turned over the Livingston County Juvenile authorities.
The City of Chillicothe has won an American City and County Magazine Crown Community Award, for improvements that have been completed within the past year. Officials say only a handful of awards are presented each year, out of hundreds that apply. The City of Chillicothe was selected, in large part, due to the opening of the new state-of the art medical facility at Hedrick Medical Center, along with improvements to the Chillicothe water park.
A Fulton man is in custody in connection with a weekend home-invasion at an Auxvasse residence. Callaway County Deputies were called to the 200 block of Morgan Street, just after 4am Saturday, where an armed male suspect entered a home, assaulted a victim, and tried to rob him. The victim was treated at a Columbia Hospital. Deputies identified the suspect as 30 year old Tylor Bradley, of Fulton. He was taken into custody and is being held on charges of burglary, attempted robbery, assault, armed criminal action and felonious restraint.
Columbia Police are investigating after a report of shots fired near Club Vogue on Business Loop 70 East, which occurred early Saturday morning. Officers were called at around 3am when a dispute outside the business resulted in several shot fired. There were no apparent injuries in the incident. No arrests have been reported, as the investigation continues.
A Mendon driver was seriously injured when her vehicle ran off Highway 24 in Lafayette County Thursday night. 61 year old Gloria J. Foster, of Mendon, was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30pm. The patrol says her eastbound SUV ran off the roadway, went down a steep embankment and struck another embankment.
A traffic stop by the Highway Patrol resulted in the arrest of a Brookfield man on drug charges this week. The patrol says 21 year old Dexter A. Collins, of Brookfield, was stopped for failure to transfer license plates within 30 days. During the stop, Collins was arrested for felony possession of the controlled substance hyrdocodone. Collins was being held in the Chariton County Jail at last report, pending the filing of formal charges.
Unionville Police are looking for a woman who is accused of walking out of a business with more than a thousand dollars on a fraudulently purchased credit card. Officers say the woman is believed to have used several stolen credit cards to purchase a $1,200 dollar, valid pre-paid card at a Unionville store. The black female suspect was later seen at a business in Centerville, where she tried to do the same thing. She fled that store before law enforcement arrived. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Unionville Police Department.
A Paris man was killed when a UTV overturned on private property, southeast of Paris, Thursday morning. 80 year old James H. Warren, of Paris, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10am. The patrol says Warren was ejected from his UTV when it struck a gate and overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A collision on Highway 61, just south of Palmyra, injured three persons, just before noon Thursday. 82 year old James F. Drebenstedt and his 80 year old wife, Patricia Drebenstedt, of Palmyra, were both seriously injured. Joan D. Friye of Philadelphia, MO was treated for moderate injuries. The patrol says Mr. Drebenstedt attempted to cross Highway 61 from a median crossover and pulled into the path of Friye’s southbound car.
Police are seeking a suspect in connection with a Thursday afternoon robbery at the Central Bank of Missouri location on Range Line, in Columbia. Investigators say the male suspect entered the bank at around 1pm, implied he had a handgun and demanded money. He fled the scene on a bicycle, heading south on Range Line. He is described as a white male, about 5-10 and 160 pounds, wearing sunglasses, a ball cap and a dark colored jacket.
Columbia Police are investigating a domestic incident, which turned into a kidnapping case in Columbia this week. Tuesday, officers were called to the Columbia Orthopedic Group, where a disturbance was reported. Investigators accuse 50 year old Gary Mistler, Jr, of Foristell, of waiting in the trunk of the victim’s car at her workplace, then kidnapping her and driving around Columbia for about an hour and a half. The victim was able to take control of the vehicle when Mistler entered a store for supplies. Police say they found zip ties, a noose, duct tape, electrical tape and a pipe bomb in the vehicle’s trunk. Mistler is charged with domestic assault, kidnapping and possession of prohibited weapons.
The driver of a concrete truck was killed when his truck ran off a Grundy County highway into Crowder Lake Wednesday. 31 year old Michael Hayden, of Gilman City, died in the accident, which occurred at around noon on Route 128 at Crowder Lake, west of Trenton. The patrol sa