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January 22, 2020

 

FIRE DESTROYS GREEN CASTLE MOBILE HOME

A northeast Missouri mobile home is a total loss after a raging fire tore through the structure.

The fire at a single wide trailer in Green Castle, Missouri, was reported around 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

Chief Shane Billington with Green City Fire and Rescue told KTVO heavy smoke and flames were showing when his department arrived on the scene at the corner of Walnut and Broadway streets in Green Castle.

Billington said the fire was burning too hot for them to get inside.

Wendy Greer of Green Castle lived in the home. She was out of state when the fire happened.

Billington said the damage was too extensive to determine a cause.

He said the Green Castle Fire Department and Milan Rural Fire Department helped battle the blaze.

Crews were on the scene for about three hours Sunday morning.

 

 

REPUBLICAN SENATORS MOVE TO LESSEN THE POWER OF HEALTH OFFICIALS

 

Republican senators in Missouri are trying to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Senate health committee members debated a bill Wednesday that would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public health emergencies.
Other bills would take the power to make public health rules away from county health boards and instead leave it up to county commissioners.
The bill sponsors argue that some health officials went too far in limiting gatherings at churches, businesses and private homes in their attempts to limit COVID-19's spread.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN SECOND JUVENILE IN SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

 

Columbia Police have detained a second juvenile in relation to a shots fired incident on Thursday, Jan. 21. It is now believed that all suspects involved in this incident have been taken into custody. 

At approximately 12:22 a.m., Columbia Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of Melbourne and Hodge streets. The vehicle fled from the officer but crashed in the area of the 200 block of Orr Street. As the patrol vehicle approached the intersection of Orr and Ash streets, a suspect fired at the patrol vehicle. 

Officers located several shell casings and property damage to a patrol vehicle. No injuries were reported.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time. 

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

 

 




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January 21, 2020

 

NORTHWEST MISSOURI TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN RALLS COUNTY

 

A Missouri teen was flown to the hospital after crashing into a creek late Tuesday night.

The accident happened around 11:45 p.m. in Ralls County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mercaides Greenwell, 18, of Albany, was traveling on Route A, two miles west of New London when she lost control of her vehicle on the ice covered roadway.

Her vehicle struck an embankment, became airborne and came to rest in a creek.

Greenwell was transported to to a nearby hospital by Survival Flight with moderate injuries.

The online crash reports lists Greenwell as wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

ANOTHER MISSOURI LAWMAKER TESTS POSITIVE FOR VIRUS AS STATE HOUSE CALLS OFF SESSION

 

Another Missouri lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19 as the House called off its session to try to stem an outbreak of the virus in the Capitol building.
State Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins of St. Louis said in a Facebook post Monday that she tested positive for the virus and is in isolation.
The House Journal indicates she was at the Capitol last Thursday.
Her case comes after state Rep. Wes Rogers of Kansas City tested positive last week, and other lawmakers went into quarantine.
House leaders have canceled session for this week, though the Senate is continuing to meet.

 

 

MDC ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY DEER SEASON NUMBERS

 

Missouri's deer-hunting season ended on January 15, 2021, with the Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting that 296,516 deer were harvested. That is higher than the 2019-2020 total of 285,873 deer.

Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks and 127,461 were does.

 

Here is a breakdown the deer harvested in the county’s in northeast Missouri:

 

In Central Missouri:

In Eastern Missouri

The MDC is also reporting that there were four weapon-related hunting accidents during the 2020-2021 season.

All were self-inflicted and non-fatal.

 

 

MISSOURI LAW TO RAISE AGE TO TRY AS AN ADULT TO 18 NOT YET IN USE

 

 Most county prosecutors in Missouri are not following a new law that raised the age for being charged as an adult to 18.
The law took effect on Jan. 1 but the Missouri Legislature did not provide funding for juvenile services to handle an influx of new cases caused by the change.
Missouri is one of only five states in the U.S. that automatically charges 17-year-olds as adults in criminal cases.
Prosecutors in St. Louis and Jackson County have implemented the change.
But the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association have refused to make the change because of the lack of funding.

 




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January 20, 2020

 

AMEREN MISSOURI PURCHASES SECOND WIND FARM

 

On January 14, Ameren Missouri officially acquired its second wind energy facility.

Ameren’s first wind energy facility was the High Prairie Wind Farm in northern Adair County and southern Schuyler County in northeast Missouri.

The new facility resides in Atchison County, located in northwestern Missouri.

The investment of this facility continues to show Ameren’s commitment to reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050

 

“This is just the beginning,” said Ameren Missouri Chairman and President Marty Lyons. “Ameren Missouri is planning a transformational amount of wind and solar generation in the coming years that will cut carbon emissions and drive job creation and economic growth.”

 

These two investments are the just the beginning for Ameren.

The company is expected to continue to find more clean energy projects to invest in.

In total, Ameren has a goal of investing $4.5 billion into renewable energy by 2030.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

At approximately 8:36 a.m. on Jan. 19, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2200 block of Clark Lane. 

Upon arrival, officers determined that the incident transpired as a result of domestic violence initiated by a 19 year-old male inside a residence. 

Officers located two females and the male, all with gunshot wounds, and several shell casings. The females were 19 and 36 years of age.

All subjects were transported to a local hospital by EMS. One female suffered serious injuries, while the other was treated for minor injuries.

The male suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time. 

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

 

 

FAULTY WIRING CAUSES MONDAY NIGHT FIRE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2707 Rain Tree Court on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:01pm.  
The first unit arrived on the scene approximately five minutes later and observed a pickup truck fully involved with fire and a portion of a shed against the home also on fire.  Crews performed an aggressive fire attack using preconnected hose lines and had the fire brought under control in approximately thirty minutes.  Extensive overhaul work was done to ensure fire had not spread inside concealed spaces further into the home.  
Assistant Fire Marshal Kyle Edwards was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  Edwards determined the fire originated on the west side of the structure in the shed.  The cause of the fire is accidental and a result of faulty electrical wiring inside the shed.  Damage is estimated at $100,000.
Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.  The Columbia Fire Department reminds residents that smoke alarms save lives.  You should have one on every level of your home and in places where people sleep.  Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the 'Test' button.  Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced every six months.

 

 




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January 19, 2020

 

TWO JUVENILES INJURED IN SHELBY COUNTY CRASH

 

Two juveniles were injured after an accident in Shelby County Sunday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by a 16 year old female from Clarence was westbound on County Road 450 just  northwest of Shelbina at around 5:10 p.m. At that time, she lost control of the truck on the ice covered road, traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. A 14 year old female passenger in the vehicle was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of moderate injuries.  The driver was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY CRASH

 

A Columbia man is injured after a Sunday afternoon crash in Cole County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a vehicle driven by 30 year old Bradley Moddes of Columbia was eastbound on U.S. Highway 54 at Old Ridge Road at around 3:40 Sunday afternoon when he traveled of the right side of the road and struck the median cables.  Moddes was taken by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN PARKED CAR WITH UNHARMED INFANT

 

Authorities say a woman was found dead in a parked car in Missouri with an infant alongside her.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports police responding to a call about a "sudden death" about 7:30 a.m. Monday found her suffering from a gunshot wound in a car at Spanish Lake in St. Louis County.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the baby didn't appear to be injured and was taken to a hospital for examination.
The shooting is being investigated as a homicide.
Law enforcement officials say they don't believe it was a suicide.

 

 

 




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January 18, 2020

 

MISSOURI HOUSE HALTS WORK AS COVID-19 CASES RISE

 

The Missouri House is canceling work next week because of a rising number of coronavirus cases in the Capitol.

Republican House leaders announced the decision late Thursday.

House leaders didn't specify how many lawmakers and staffers are ill. But at least one lawmaker tested positive and several others are quarantining.

House leaders say they plan to return to work the week of Jan. 25.

A spokesman for Senate Republican leaders says that chamber still plans on working next week.

Statewide, at least 15,519 people were sickened by the virus in the past week, according to the state health department. That's about 2,217 newly reported cases per day.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS HE’S SENDING TROOPS TO DC TO ASSIST WITH SECURITY

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. to help with security leading up to the presidential inauguration.

A spokeswoman for the governor didn't specify how many troops Missouri is sending.

Officials say the number of National Guard troops coming to Washington from across the country to assist with security has so far grown to 21,000.

The FBI has warned that armed protests by violent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump are being planned in Washington in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the 2900 block of Paris Road on Saturday, Jan. 16 at approximately 5:30 p.m., for a report of a shot fired. 

During the investigation, evidence was located that confirmed one shot was fired in the parking lot of American Freight Furniture and Mattress, 2900 Paris Road. There were no injuries or property damage caused from the gunshot. 

While collecting information on the scene, officers were able to identify the suspect and make phone contact with her, as she had left the scene prior to their arrival. It was confirmed that she was at a residence in the 2100 block of Carol Drive. 

The suspect refused to cooperate  with officers and due to the confirmation of a shot being fired at the previous location, the Columbia Police SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team were requested to assist patrol officers, as the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. 

A CPD crisis negotiator made phone contact with the suspect, and she was safely taken into custody without any injuries.  

Paris M.Owens, 33, of Columbia, was arrested for 1st degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Owens will be remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail.

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

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

 

 




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January 15, 2020

 

 

MACON COUNTY ANNOUNCES 36 NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

The Macon County Health Department reported 36 new cases of COVID-19 Thursday.

The new cases were reported sometime between Jan. 11, 2021 and Jan. 13, 2021.

Positive cases involve one female under the age of 19, one man between the ages of 20 and 29, one woman between the ages of 20 and 29, two men in the 30-39 age range, three women in the 30-39 age range, two men between the ages of 40 and 49, three women between the ages of 40 and 49, two men in the 50-59 age range, three women ages 50-59, five men ages 60-69, two women ages 60-69, four men ages 70-79, four women ages 70-79, one man in the 80-89 age range, one woman between the ages of 80 and 89 and one woman in the 90-99 age range.

As of Jan. 13, 2021, the following case totals are being reported in Macon County:

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man is injured after an accident Thursday morning in Boone County.

According to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 19 year old Lindsey Baney of Hallsville was turning onto U.S. Highway 63 from Missouri Highway 124 and turned into the path of a car driven by 49 year old Dean Jones of Columbia. Jones’ car struck Baney’s SUV in the rear causing it to leave the roadway and overturn.  Jones suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  Baney was not injured. According to the crash report, Jones was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEMENT ON COVID VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services issued the following statement regarding vaccine distribution guidance on Thursday, Jan. 14:

We have received the state’s updated guidance and are working on implementing it in Boone County. We are relieved to see that we have been given the go ahead to move on to vaccinating some of our most vulnerable residents as supply levels permit. This is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our area.
At this time Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services continues to vaccinate those who are considered 1A. We are also beginning to vaccinate those within 
Phase 1B, Tier 1, but vaccine supply is limited. Moving into the next tiers and phases will be dependent on vaccine availability.
While we are still focused on getting shots to everyone in the 1A and 1B, Tier 1 populations, we are also putting programs and people in place to be able to vaccinate the high-risk individuals identified as group 1B, Tier 2: adults ages 65 and over and those with certain medical conditions. Our department will make a public announcement when we are able to vaccinate those in 1B, Tier 2.
Columbia and Boone County residents can sign up for notifications of when vaccines are available to them by filling out this form: 
https://forms.gle/QkFq8b3FNnD8UfTcA. Please note that this gives us a way to contact those who are in the groups being vaccinated, but does not serve as a virtual queue or guarantee when and where a dose will be available.
For information about where you fall in the order of prioritization and for answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit 
CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine. As vaccines become available, this website will also include information about when and where people can get vaccinated against COVID-19.
While waiting for their turn for a vaccine, we urge people to continue wearing a mask, keeping a safe social distance, washing their hands frequently, and avoiding large gatherings and crowded indoor spaces.
Those with questions or concerns not addressed on the website can email CovidVaccine@CoMo.gov

 

 




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January 14, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL OFFERS TIPS FOR WINTER WEATHER SAFETY

 

Winter in this part of the Midwest always has fluctuations in temperatures.

One day you could see temperatures in the forties and the next it could be much colder.

With this is in mind, it is important to know what to do if you think someone is experiencing hypothermia.

Corporal Justin S. Dunn, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, spoke with us about how you help someone who is experiencing hypothermia.

 

"If you think they are suffering from hypothermia or they've taken a dip in the water or fallen in the water of cold conditions, immediately get them out of those wet clothes, get them into warm, dry clothes," Dunn said. "If you cannot do that, leave the wet clothes on them. That's going to form an insulation basically for their body to hold body heat until you can get medical personnel there. Also, you can give them a warm drink. Stay away from alcohol or caffeine. Give them something with sugar for energy in that sort of type of drink."

 

People are told not to dive into the water to rescue someone who has fallen in. However, what is a person to do while they wait for first responders?

 

"Keep an eye on the individual, keep talking to them," Dunn said. "If you have a long pole or a rope with a personal floatation device or even a ladder that you can extend to them by all means you can do that from the shore, but don't go out on the ice. Keep them talking. If you can get them to get their upper body or their arms spread out to get on top of that shelf of ice that isn't broken. Kick their legs. Try to get them to get on top of the ice, roll away from the hole and then have them stand up. Have them crawl or shimmy their way on their stomach back to shoreline if at all possible."

 

Lastly, Corporal Dunn recommends adult supervision if children play near or on ice as it is always good to have an extra set of eyes.

More tips about winter weather safety can be found here.

 

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CARRIES OUT FIRST EXECUTION ON FEMALE INMATE SINCE 1950S ON WOMAN WHO MURDERED A MISSOURI MOTHER

 

The U.S. government has carried out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades.

Authorities executed a Kansas woman who strangled an expectant mother in Missouri and cut the baby from her womb.

Lisa Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Montgomery killed Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, in Skidmore, Missouri.

She was the 11th prisoner executed since July, when President Donald Trump resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

President-elect Joe Biden, a death penalty opponent, will be sworn-in next week.

A federal judge on Tuesday halted two other executions scheduled for this week after the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police officers responded to a report of shots fired Wednesday, Jan. 13 at approximately 5:10 a.m., in the area of Bethel Street and Nikki Way.

Officers made contact with a resident who reported that he observed suspects rummaging through his vehicle around 5 a.m. The victim reported that after confronting the suspects, they entered a gray or silver-colored SUV and fled the area. The victim reported the suspects fired shots at him from the vehicle in which they fled.  

Officers located damage to the victim’s vehicle from gunshots, along with several shell casings. 

There were no injuries reported during this incident. 

The victim reported four suspects were possibly in the vehicle but was only able to provide a description for two of them. 

The first suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’9 with a thin build. He was wearing blue jeans, a red shirt, white shoes and a red face mask. The second suspect was described as a white male wearing blue jeans, a red/white striped shirt and white shoes.

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

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

 

 

 

 




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January 13, 2020

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES

 

A Columbia, Missouri man has been found guilty of numerous sexual abuse charges.

According to Macon County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Corey Moon, on January 8, 2021, a Sullivan County jury found Jason Shade, 41, guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual abuse in the second degree for events that occurred in Macon, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

A press release states the jury deliberated for nearly 6 hours in finding that Shade sexually abused a 97-year-old female.

During the three-day trial, Macon County Prosecuting Attorney, Josh Meisner, and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Corey Moon, presented evidence on behalf of the State of Missouri.

Shade was defended by Kirk Zwink, a Macon attorney.

Shade is currently scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Tracey Mason-White, Sullivan County Associate Circuit Judge on March 8, 2021 in the Sullivan County Courthouse.

He faces up to 19 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

 

NEW COMPANY PLANS TO BRING BOAT TOURS BACK TO TABLE ROCK LAKE

 

A new company said it is planning to bring tours featuring “unsinkable” amphibious boats back to a Missouri lake where 17 people drowned when a duck boat sank in 2018.

The owners of Branson Duck Tours LLC said they hope to begin the tours on Table Rock Lake near Branson late this spring, The Kansas City Star reported.

The duck boat tours were a longtime popular attraction in the tourist town but had not returned to the lake since the tragedy.

To date, the city hasn’t received a business license application from the new company, which has not contacted any city departments, spokeswoman Melody Pettit said.

Boats used in the new venture will not resemble the World War II-era amphibious boats that were in use when a boat sank in July 2018 during a storm, said Jaredan Braal, of Memphis, Tennessee, co-owner of the new venture.

The new boat tours would use Hydra-Terra amphibious vessels, which include foam-filled compartments in the hull for buoyancy. The company said on its website that the boat’s “design has been proven to be UNSINKABLE.”

“This is a completely different vehicle with greatly improved safety. ... The similarities are it is an amphibious tour.” Braal said.

Ripley Entertainment, which owned the duck boat that sank, settled 31 lawsuits related to the tragedy. Criminal charges filed against three Ripley employees were dismissed in December.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY REPORT

 

At approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 12, Columbia Police responded to a report of an armed robbery in the 1200 block of Larch Ct. 

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a male victim who reported that while attempting to make a food delivery at a residence on Larch Court, he was robbed with a weapon. 

The victim reported that he was approximately eight feet away from the intended residence when a black male in his early twenties, wearing dark clothing, ran up behind him and pressed a gun against his head. The suspect then demanded property from the victim.

The victim reportedly gave the food to the suspect and fled south in a vehicle back to his place of employment. 

The victim also reported that the suspect fled the area on foot in an unknown direction of travel. 

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

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

 

 




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January 12, 2020

 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN WANTED AFTER AUTHORITIES FIND BOMBS IN HIS HOME

 

A warrant for the arrest of a Brookfield man was issued after authorities found homemade bombs when searching his residence.

According to a probable cause statement, authorities conducted a search at the residence of 29 year old Creed Jones who was believed to have stolen a vehicle in Brookfield on Christmas Eve. While police were questioning Jones about the incident, a search at Jones’ home turned up multiple stolen items that belonged to the owner of the vehicle. Officers also say they found multiple homemade bombs that were wrapped in electrical tape.  Authorities say at least one contained a fuse and was likely filled with BBs.  A bomb squad from the Missouri State Highway Patrol was called in to handle the explosives. Jones has been charged with unlawful possession of an illegal weapon , theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ISSUES STATEMENT ON INAUGURATION

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is promising to "preserve the American dream" as he begins a new term in office.

The Republican governor was set to take the oath of office at midday Monday on the grounds of the newly refurbished Capitol. In his prepared remarks, Parson says he will care for everyone from the "unborn to the elderly" and "the rich to the poor, regardless of the color of your skin."

His inaugural won't include a parade or an evening ball.

Those traditional activities have been canceled or postponed because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

 

 

BAN ON POLICE CHOKEHOLDS GAINING TRACTION IN MISSOURI LEGISLATURE

 

A proposed ban on police chokeholds is gaining traction in Missouri's Republican-led Legislature.

Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan says he's working with a top Senate Republican and Democrats on the proposal.

He also wants to ban police from having sex with people in their custody.

The bipartisan effort marks a turning point for advocates of police accountability.

Lawmakers resisted strengthening laws on police use of force even after the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown leant momentum to accountability measures in other states.

This would be the first significant change to Missouri laws on police accountability since then.

 

 

MISSOURI AUDITOR GALLOWAY SPEAKS ON WHISTLEBLOWER HOTLINE

 

 Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway continues to utilize the Whistleblower Hotline, which allows individuals to report suspected fraud and abuse through calls, emails and web submissions.

Whistleblower contacts can lead to audits that can then lead to the filing of criminal charges and the convictions of public officials.

Galloway believes that it is important for citizens to speak out about any wrongdoing they are aware of.

 

"We take tips from the public, from public employees, from government officials about potential wrongdoing, abuse, mismanagement, fraud in government," Galloway said. "It's resulted in change; tangible change because whistleblowers have reached out to us and have blown the whistle on mismanagement or abuse in government."

 

Whistleblower identities can be kept confidential for identity protection.

To report wrongdoing or potential abuse in the government, you can contact the whistleblower hotline BY calling 1. 800. 347. 8597 or by visiting auditor.mo.gov.

 




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January 11, 2020

 

 

FIRE DESTROYS NOVINGER MOBILE HOME

 

 A roaring overnight fire destroyed a northeast Missouri mobile home.

The call came in shortly after 1 a.m. Friday that a single wide mobile home in Novinger was on fire.

It happened in the 400 block of North Miller Avenue on the west edge of town.

Captain Eric Reardon with Adair County Fire told KTVO the structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews got there.

The Kirksville Fire Department was called in to help.

About 10 firefighters were on the scene for three hours overnight.

It appeared the fire also consumed a small metal building that was close to the trailer.

Reardon said he isn't sure who lived in the home. No one was there during or after the fire.

According to online records, the property is owned by Michelle Brassfield.

Reardon said the damage was too extensive to determine what started it so the official cause will go in the books as "undetermined."

 

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS THANKFUL FLU HAS REMAINED IN CHECK SO FAR

 

As coronavirus cases surge in Missouri and nationwide, public health officials are thankful that so far, the flu has remained largely in check.
Health leaders worried about a possible "twindemic" as the severe flu season began in the late fall, something that would leave flu and COVID-19 patients competing for ventilators and hospital beds.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri's influenza report shows 681 people had tested positive for influenza by Dec. 26, the lowest total by that time of year in at least six seasons.
Typically, case numbers by the end of December have averaged near 13,000.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE FIND BOMB THREAT UNSUBSTANTIATED

 

Columbia Police was dispatched to a reported bomb threat on Jan. 8 at approximately 1 a.m. It was reported that the bomb was in a building on the Stephens College campus in the 1200 block of East Broadway.

Officers learned the building was empty and established a large perimeter around it to keep any pedestrian and vehicle traffic at a safe distance.

A search of the building found no evidence of an explosive device. At this time, there is nothing known to suggest any validity relating to this threat.  

Columbia Police wants to thank several agencies that assisted during this investigation, including the Columbia Police Bomb Squad, Columbia Fire Department, University of Missouri Police Department and Stephens College Security.

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

Columbia Police encourages the public to remain vigilant. Any local business, organization or individual who receives a potential threat to public safety should report it to local law enforcement.

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

 

 




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January 8, 2020

 

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF PULLING GUN ON UNARMED SHERIFF

 

An ex-con from northeast Missouri is accused of pulling a gun on an unarmed off-duty sheriff.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at a hunting cabin on Route W in Scotland County, Missouri.

The suspect is convicted felon Scott Ebling, 47, of Gorin, Missouri.

According to court documents, Ebling was just released from the Missouri Department of Corrections in late November 2020.

On Thursday afternoon, charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm were filed against Ebling. All three are felonies.

Investigators said new Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney was off duty when he went to the cabin with a friend to make sure there were no frozen pipes.

Court documents state that when the sheriff's friend started to go into the cabin, he smelled cigarette smoke and saw coffee in the coffee pot.

He backed out the door and told Sheriff Whitney there was someone inside.

Authorities say Whitney then went inside and announced "Sheriff's department." They say Ebling responded, "Whitney?"

The two knew each other from previous encounters.

The sheriff then went to the back of the cabin where he found Ebling standing in the bedroom doorway pointing a pistol at him.

Investigators said Whitney tackled Ebling, and his friend was able to get the gun out of the suspect's hand. They then called Chief Deputy Bill Holland, who came to the scene and arrested Ebling.

Whitney told KTVO he believes the Walther PK380 handgun is likely stolen, and the owner may not even know it's missing.

He is asking area residents to check their firearms to make sure they are all accounted for.

Whitney said the pistol is not listed as stolen at this time.

He told us Ebling also had a large amount of .380 caliber ammunition.

Anyone who may be missing a gun or this type of ammunition is asked to call the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office 660-465-2106.

Ebling is being held in the Scotland County Jail, which was just reopened on January 1, 2021.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE STANDOFF ENDS PEACEFULLY

 

 An early morning standoff in Kirksville ended peacefully.

Just after 1:35 a.m. Thursday, the Adair County E911 Center received multiple 911 calls from a 29-year-old man stating he planned to shoot at police officers and himself.

The Kirksville Police Department had previously attempted to locate this suspect who was wanted on valid arrest warrants.

According to Kirksville police, the mam was calling from a home in the 900 block of East McPherson Street.

Officers set up a perimeter around the suspect's location. They also contacted residents of neighboring houses to let them know about the situation and to ensure their safety.

The department's Special Response Team was also called to the scene.

During the standoff, the man yelled at officers from inside the residence and threw fireworks outside of the home.

Officers were able to negotiate with him by phone.

Four-and-a-half hours later, they were eventually able to convince the suspect to peacefully surrender. He was taken into custody shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday.

His name is not being released at this time because medical and mental health services are being provided.

The Kirksville Police Department would like to thank those who contributed to the successful outcome of this situation, including the affected citizens in the area.

The department was assisted in this team effort by the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Truman State University's Department of Public Safety and the Adair County Ambulance District.

 

 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP LOCATING WANTED WOMAN

 

A northeast Missouri law enforcement agency is asking for the public's help in locating a wanted woman.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is looking for Chyrstal L. Shimek.

She is wanted for failure to appear with an original charge of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony.

Bond is set at $10,000 cash only.

Anyone with information about this subject is encouraged to contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 

 

 

 




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January 7, 2020

 

 

LA PLATA TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri teen was seriously injured in a UTV accident.

The crash happened just before 11 a.m. Tuesday on private property, two miles southeast of La Plata.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jason Gingerich, 18, of La Plata, was traveling too fast for conditions, which caused him to lose control and overturn.

He suffered serious injuries from the crash.

Gingerich was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

 

WANTED COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER MOBERLY TRAFFIC STOP

 

A man wanted by northeast Missouri authorities and other agencies has been taken into custody.

Just after 1 a.m. Tuesday, a Moberly Police Officer made contact with John Houston, 50, of Columbia during a traffic stop.

Houston initially provided false information about his identity to the officer.

Through investigation the officer was able to determine his true identity.

Houston was found to have the following (5) active warrants for his arrest;

Houston was placed under arrest for his active warrants and transported to the Randolph County Justice Center.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS RETURN TO WORK AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

 Missouri lawmakers are back at work for what is likely to be an unusual session amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The roughly five-month annual legislative session began Wednesday.
Some precautions are in place to avoid spreading COVID-19.
House and Senate administrative staff must wear face masks, for example.
Lawmakers are strongly encouraged to wear masks, but it's not required.
Most Democratic lawmakers wore masks but many Republicans did not on opening day.
The Capitol is still open to the public.
Live audio and video streaming is available for committee hearings and floor sessions.

 

 

HUNDREDS GATHER OUTSIDE MISSOURI CAPITOL TO PROTEST ELECTION RESULTS

 

Hundreds of protesters have gathered at the Missouri State Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally on Wednesday to protest the certification of the presidential election results.

The rally is one of many happening all across the country as a joint session of Congress meets on Wednesday to confirm the results of the Electoral College victory by President-elect Joe Biden.

This session is typically a routine proceeding that serves as the last procedural hurdle before inauguration. However, this year the proceeding has garnered mass attention as President Donald Trump continues to make accusations about voter fraud. These accusations have been taken to State and Federal court over five dozen times and rejected, even among judges appointed by President Trump.

Still, President Trump has continued to pressure Republican officials and lawmakers to overturn the election’s results so he can remain in office.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has been critical about the 2020 election since the results were first announced, citing conversations he’s had with his constituents. Hawley said in a statement last week that he cannot vote to certify the Electoral College results on January 6.

Hawley is one of at least a dozen Republican senators and more than 100 House members that have announced they would object to the electoral votes certified in as many as six states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin. The Associated Press reports these are the same states where President Donald Trump and his allies were unable to overturn election results based on unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud.

As Congress meets, Missourians have shown up at the state Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally. The rally was initially published on Facebook as an event and, as of Wednesday morning, it had more than 860 respondents.

By 10 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds had gathered in Jefferson City dawning Trump flags, "Stop the Steal" signs and waving American flags.

Protesters at the rally say they feel disenfranchised. One protester told KRCG they drove two and a half hours to be at the rally on Wednesday.

 

 




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January 6, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE FIRST RESPONDERS REPORT TO KIRKSVILLE STRUCTURE FIRE

 

Local first responders rushed to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon in Kirksville.

Authorities received a call that smoke was coming from a home's attic on Kirkwood Lane.

When police officers arrived on the scene, the smoke was coming from the garage.

The Kirksville Fire Department was able to put out the fire just minutes after arriving.

The damage done was minimal, and no injuries were reported.

When asked on scene about the cause of the fire, officials told KTVO they believed it was an electrical issue that started it.

 

 

YOUNG SEDALIA BOY DIES AFTER ACCIDENTALY SHOOTING HIMSELF

 

Sedalia police say a 4-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself at his family's home.
The boy, Andre Walker, died after the shooting on Sunday night.
Sedalia police said the boy's parents told officers he somehow got ahold of a loaded handgun and shot himself.
Police Commander David Woolery said several people, including two other children, were in the house at the time.
Police say the investigation is continuing but no foul play is suspected.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY TRAFFIC NUMBERS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that over the New Year's holiday there were 458 traffic crashes, 97 traffic crash injuries, four traffic crash fatalities and 135 DWIs.

Two fatalities occurred in the Springfield area, one in the St. Joseph area and another in the Rolla area.

This year's 78-hour counting period began at 6 p.m. Thursday and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

Last year, there were 324 traffic crashes and only one fatality in a 30-hour counting period.

This year's 2021 New Year's holiday traffic statistics show crash injuries were down from 140 last year.

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES 42 NEW COVID-19 CASES SINCE DECEMBER 30

 

The Macon County Health Department announces 42 new cases of COVID-19 received December 30, 2020 to January 4, 2021.

New cases include four males age 19 and under, one female age 19 and under, one male 20-29, three females age 20-29, two males age 30-39, four females age 30-39, one male age 40-49, six females age 40-49, one male age 50-59, three females age 50-59, two males age 60-69, two females age 60-69, three males age 70-79, six females age 70-79, one female age 80-89, and two males age 90-99.

Macon County has now seen reinfections where people who have tested positive in the past and getting it again.

It is important that if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past, you should continue to take precautions especially after your 90 days of immunity.

We are unsure at this time how hard it impacts the health of those that are re-infected.

The following reflects cases of COVID-19 as of the end of the day on January 4, 2021:

 

 




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January 5, 2020

 

 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR WANTED MAN

 

A northeast Missouri law enforcement agency is asking you to keep a lookout for a wanted man.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is looking for John K. Houston.

Houston is wanted for three failure to appear warrants with original charges of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, 2 counts of stealing-4th or subsequent stealing offense and driving while revoked/suspended.

Each warrant has a bond set at $10,000 cash-only for a total bond of $30,000 cash-only.

If anyone has information about this subject, contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 

 

ONE DEAD IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN CENTRAL MISSOURI

 

One man is dead after a shooting involving police at a Missouri shopping center.

Jefferson City Police said officers were investigating a disturbance that ended with a shooting Sunday afternoon at the strip mall.

The Wildwood Shopping Center where the disturbance was reported includes Ulta Beauty, Shoe Carnival and TJ Maxx stores.

Police said a 59-year-old St. Louis-area resident died in the shooting, but few details were released because officers were involved in the shooting.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will investigate the shooting.

Several police vehicles were at the scene Sunday, and part of the parking lot was cordoned off with crime scene tape.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ANNOUNCE MISSING GIRL FOUND SAFE

 

The Columbia Police Department announced on their Facebook page Monday morning a 12-year-old Columbia girl has been found safe.
The Columbia Police Department asked for the public's help in finding a missing 12-year-old girl, according to a press release.

Jewely Clark, of Columbia was reported missing over the weekend..

The CPD received a report that Clark ran away between 10 p.m. on Jan. 2 and 6:20 a.m on Jan. 3 in the 2400 block of White Gate Dr.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-8477 to remain anonymous.

 

 

NEW SCOTLAND COUNTY SHERIFF REOPENS COUNTY JAIL

 

The new man in charge of the Scotland County Jail in Memphis, Missouri, reopened the county jail on his first day in office.

Sheriff Bryan Whitney took over as the new sheriff on January 1, 2021, after working in the office first as a deputy and then as a chief deputy for the past 20 years.

Reopening the jail is one of the promises Whitney made during his campaign for sheriff.

The jail in Memphis had been closed since December 26, 2019, when it was damaged by an inmate.

Whitney says reopening the Scotland County Jail will save the county thousands of dollars because it costs an average of $35 per day per inmate to have them housed in neighboring jails.

The sheriff says this jail has six beds and houses male inmates only.

The jail is approved to house county inmates before and after trial, as well as inmates from other counties.

Whitney says Scotland County had 47 inmates it paid to house elsewhere in 2020.

 

 




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January 1-4, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI SURPASSES 400,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES STATEWIDE

 

The number of coronavirus cases in Missouri has now topped 400,000, and hospitalizations remained at a high level on Sunday.

The state reported 2,305 new cases and 19 deaths to give it 401,761 cases and 5,562 deaths since the pandemic began.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is down significantly from the peak of 4,723 set on Nov. 20, but it has been rising since Wednesday's 2,183 and it hit 2,810 on Sunday.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state declined to 2,701 from the previous day's 2804, but it remained around the high level the state has been reporting since mid-November.

 

 

NEMO STATE TROOPER PROMOTED ON NEW YEARS DAY

 

The new year is off to a promising start for a northeast Missouri trooper who works for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Captain Erik A. Gottman, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announced that Trooper Graydon L. Gaines is being promoted to the rank of Corporal effective January 1, 2021.

Gaines will be designated the assistant zone commander of Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler Counties.

Corporal Gaines was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 2011, and after graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy in Jefferson City, was assigned to Troop B, Zone 10, Randolph and Monroe Counties. In 2013, he transferred to Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler Counties.

Gaines is a native of Kirksville, Missouri, and graduated from Kirksville High School.

Before being appointed to the Patrol, he attended Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. He is currently serving in the Missouri National Guard as the company commander of the 1438th Engineer Company (Multi-Role Bridge Company) out of Macon, Missouri.

He is married to Ashley (McDougal) Gaines, and they have two daughters.

 

 

 

 

 




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NEW YEAR’S EVE FIRE DAMAGES MACON BUSINESS AND APARTMENTS ABOVE

 

A New Year's Eve fire heavily damaged a business in Downtown Macon, Missouri.

The Macon Fire Department was called out just before 9 p.m. Thursday.

The fire broke out at Long Branch Trophies and Awards at 118 North Rollins Street.

We are told the business is owned by Debbie Conklin.

The fire department says there was extensive fire damage to the apartments on the upper floor of the building.

Fortunately, the occupants were not home at the time of the fire.

The business itself has a lot of smoke and water damage.

The Macon Fire Department said an adjoining building was also damaged by water and smoke.

It took about an hour-and-a-half for firefighters to get the blaze under control.

The cause of the New Year’s Eve fire remains under investigation.

Ten Macon firefighters and two of their fire trucks responded to the scene.

They also had help from the Bevier Fire Protection District and Macon Rural Fire Department.

Crews left the scene around 2:15 a.m. Friday.




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December 31, 2020

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN DEAD ANOTHER INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH ON SLICK ROADS

 

The slick roadways proved deadly in northeast Missouri on Tuesday afternoon.

A box truck overturned just after 12:30 p.m. on Highway 63, one mile north of Excello in Macon County.

Troopers said the truck, driven by Nicholas Evans, 41, of Columbia, Missouri, began sliding on the ice-covered highway. It overturned off the roadway, coming to rest upside down.

Evans suffered serious injuries.

His passenger, John Linder, 62, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the online crash report, neither man was wearing a seat belt.

 

 

FOUR HOSPITALIZED AFTER MARION COUNTY CRASH

 

Four people were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Marion County.

The crash happened on U.S. Highway 61, three miles north of Palmyra, Missouri, just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Casey Hathaway, 18, of Palmyra, was traveling northbound on U.S. 61, when she crossed the median and hit Sue Downing, 55, of Hannibal, head on.

Downing, the only occupant in her vehicle, sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Troopers say Hathaway, and one of two passengers in the vehicle with her, Amy Hathaway, 54, sustained moderate injuries.

The other passenger, a juvenile, only received minor injuries.

All four were transported by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for their injuries.

We're told all four occupants were wearing seat belts.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROVIDES UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINE PROGRESS

 

During Wednesday's briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson provided an update on Missouri's progress with COVID-19 vaccinations.

“Missouri has now received shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, and we have been successfully administering vaccines for more than two weeks,” Governor Parson. “We are very pleased with how well the process has gone so far. We are continuing to work through Phase 1A of our vaccine plan, and additional details on Phase 1B will be forthcoming.”

On Monday, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies across the state began administering vaccines to staff and residents at long-term care facilities through the federal pharmacy partnership. These vaccine shipments come directly from the federal government to the pharmacies as part of Missouri's allotment of Moderna vaccines.

As of December 29, more than 66,000 frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff have received an initial dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. By the end of this week, vaccinating facilities across the state will have received another 84,000 initial doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Missouri has been allotted more than 73,000 doses for next week.

Also next week, individuals who have received an initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine will begin receiving their second dose. It is important to note that shipments for the second dose are already accounted for when initial shipments are allotted. Second doses are shipped at a later date according to each vaccine's administration parameters.

In addition to vaccine updates, Governor Parson also provided an update on the state's partnership with Vizient during today's briefing. Missouri now has 196 contracted staff through the partnership, including 33 respiratory therapists, 75 certified nurses aids, and 88 nurses with various specialties.

“Our partnership with Vizient continues to provide relief for six hospitals across the state,” Governor Parson said. “On Monday, 24 health care workers reported to work at assigned hospitals. The remaining staff will begin work throughout the coming days and into the new year.”

Governor Parson continues to remind Missourians of the importance of social distancing, wearing a mask, minimizing travel, and avoiding large gatherings. Missourians are also strongly encouraged to visit the state's vaccine website MOStopsCOVID.com for daily updates and answers to common questions.

 

 

 




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December 29, 2020

 

 

MOBERLY MAN INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH

 

 A north Missouri man received received serious injuries in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Randolph County.
The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on US Highway 63, two miles north of Moberly, Mo.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 16-year-old, of Moberly, was traveling southbound on Highway 63, when he lost control of the truck he was driving on the ice covered roadway and overturned. The truck came to rest on its wheels.
A passenger in the truck, Alex Hershey, 21, of Cairo, Mo., received serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
The teen driver received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Moberly Regional Medical Center.
The 
online crash report states both the driver and Hershey were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

COVID-19 VACCINE PROCESS CONTINUES TO LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES AROUND MISSOURI

 

The process of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at long-term care facilities in Missouri has begun.
Residents at the Cottages of Lake St. Louis Retirement Center were among the first in the state to receive the vaccine Monday morning.
CVS and Walgreen's employees will administer the vaccine to hundreds of care homes in the state.
Also Monday, the Missouri Department of Labor says it is waiting for federal guidance after President Donald Trump signed legislation Sunday that extends unemployment assistance programs through March 14 and provides an extra $300 per week.
It encouraged unemployed Missourians to continue to file weekly claims.

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT APPROVED TO PROVIDE COVID-19 VACCINE

 

The Macon County Health Department has been approved to provide COVID-19 vaccinations.

The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed in phases which have been determined based on risk level as set by the Department of Health and Human Services per CDC instructions.


Following is a summary of these phases:

 

Phase 1A – Healthcare workers, many long-term care facility residents and staff

Phase 1B – High risk adult populations, residents over 65 years of age, critical infrastructure workers, first responders, remainder of long-term care residents

Phase 2 – Populations at increased risk to include prisoners and homeless

Phase 3 – Widespread availability for all Missouri residents

 

Two vaccines have been approved for use from Pfizer and Moderna, and the limited number allotted to Missouri is being used to vaccinate long term care facilities and healthcare workers. DHSS anticipates Phase 1A to take until late January 2021 to complete before beginning vaccinations for those in Phase 1B. These timelines will be adjusted based on vaccine availability moving forward.

The Macon County Health Department has a waiting list available for those who want the vaccine according to their phase.

Contact the Macon County Health Department with questions and to get on the waiting list at 660-395-4711, or, visit the health department’s web site. Information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri can be found here.

 

 




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December 28, 2020

 

 

OVERNIGHT CRASH KILLS THREE IN ADAIR COUNTY MONDAY

 

An overnight crash involving a pickup truck and an SUV killed three northeast Missouri residents.

It happened shortly before 3:30 a.m. Monday on Adair County Route O, one-and-a-half miles northwest of Novinger, Missouri.

State troopers at the scene told KTVO the pickup and SUV collided head-on at the crest of a hill.

Investigators aren't sure yet which vehicle crossed the center line.

The patrol said the SUV was driven by Nicholaus Ford, 36, of Kirksville.

The pickup was driven by Thomas Trauernicht, 47, of Green Castle, Missouri.

Both drivers and a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.

Samantha Peek, 30, of Unionville, Missouri, was a passenger in Ford's SUV.

A trooper with the patrol's Major Crash Investigation Unit was at the scene trying to determine exactly how the crash happened.

A section of Route O was closed for more than seven hours while the investigation was being conducted and the scene was being cleared.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES HOLIDAY WEEKEND CRASH REPORTS

 

Five people died on Missouri roadways during the holiday weekend, with wrong-way Christmas Day accidents blamed in three of the deaths.
The counting period began Thursday night and ended Sunday.
Two people died Friday in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 470 in Jackson County.
Another wrong-way wreck killed a man in St. Charles County on Friday.
A 14-year-old girl passenger died in a wreck Thursday, and a 56-year-old woman died Sunday when her car left the roadway in Cole County.

 

 

PARENTS OF MURDERED MISSOURI CHILD FACE CHARGES

 

The parents of a 4-year-old Missouri girl allegedly killed by neighbors to remove a "demon" now face charges.
Mary S. Mast and James A. Mast, both of Lincoln, Missouri, were charged Thursday with felony child endangerment resulting in death. They're jailed without bond.
The couple's other children, a 2-year-old son and an infant, were placed in protective custody.
The 4-year-old girl was found dead at the family home on Dec. 20.
Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox says she had been severely beaten and dunked in an icy pond as part of what appeared to be a "religious-type episode."

Two neighbors are charged with second-degree murder.

 

 

MACON MAN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri man received minor injuries in a morning crash near Macon, Mo.

The crash happened just after 8:00 a.m. Monday, on US Highway 63, one-half mile south of Macon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Christopher Sims, 48, of Macon, was traveling southbound on Highway 63, when he ran off the east side of the roadway, struck a gas main and a utility pole. Troopers say he received minor injuries and sought his own treatment.

The online crash report states Sims was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

 

TWO INJURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY CRASH

 

Both drivers in a Monday afternoon crash in Sullivan County suffered minor injuries.
Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers report the crash happened just before 1 p.m. in Green City, Missouri.
Authorities say a truck driven by Dennis Foster, 66, of Green City, Mo., failed to yield at an intersection striking another truck driven by Susan Pace, 77, of Milan, Mo.
According to the online crash report, Pace was wearing a seat belt. Foster was not.
Both were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Foster went by private vehicle and an ambulance transported Pace from the scene.

 




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December 27, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI SETS NEW COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION RECORD ON CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Missouri set a new record for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Christmas Day as the pandemic surges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that there were 2,862 patients hospitalized statewide, eclipsing the previous record of 2,851 on Nov. 18.

Hospitalizations have remained high in the past month.

Meanwhile, data posted Saturday on the state health department website shows the seven-day average for new cases is 2,213 each day.

With the virus present at such elevated levels, county officials are urging caution.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman is recovering after a crash in Adair County.

The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, on Highway 6, three miles east of Kirksville.

According to the Missouri State highway Patrol, April Craig, 52, of Kirksville, was traveling westbound on Highway 6, when she ran off the right side of the roadway and overcorrected.

Craig then drove off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Troopers say she received moderate injuries. She was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

The online crash report states Craig was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER PURSUIT LAST WEEK

 

At approximately 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Police arrested Douglas Antonio Lee, 42, of Columbia. Lee was arrested for felony warrants for the charges of first degree Domestic Assault, Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Resisting/Interfering with Arrest.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., Columbia Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspect who was known to have several felony warrants. The vehicle fled and officers engaged in a pursuit that began near 33 E. Broadway. 

The officers terminated the pursuit as it entered the downtown area, but were able to locate the suspect at a known residence in the 3500 of New Haven Rd.

The suspect, identified as Lee, barricaded himself inside the residence for more than four hours. Lee was armed with a pistol when officers took him into custody.

Columbia Police requested assistance from CPD SWAT BearCat, Crisis Negotiations Team, Vice Narcotics & Organized Crime Unit and Columbia Fire. A drone also was used to help locate the suspect.

No injuries occurred during the incident.

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

If you see something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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December 23, 2020

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI BUYS NORTHEAST MISSOURI WIND FARM

 

Ameren Missouri says it bought its first wind farm and plans to make a "transformational advancement" into renewable energy.
The subsidiary of St. Louis-based Ameren Corp. said Wednesday that it closed on its acquisition of the High Prairie Renewable Energy Center in Adair and Schuyler counties, in rural northeastern Missouri.
The company says the 400-megawatt project is the first of two planned investments in Missouri wind power generation.
Ameren recently released plans to invest about $4.5 billion in renewable energy by 2030.
In addition to the northeastern Missouri project, the company also plans to buy a 300 megawatt energy center in Atchison County, in northwestern Missouri.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ORDERS CAPITOL DOME TO SHINE RED AND GREEN

 

Governor Mike Parson has ordered the Missouri State Capitol dome to shine red and green beginning Thursday, December 24, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021. The dome will light up red and green at sunset on Christmas Eve and remain lit until sunrise each day through New Year's Day. "Teresa and I want to wish everyone peace, health, and happiness in this season," Governor Parson said. "Despite this year's many challenges, there is still much to be thankful for. From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE MAKING CHANGES AMID PANDEMIC

 

Missouri's tradition-bound Senate is installing an audio monitoring system in its committee hearing rooms so employees, lobbyists and the public can listen to debate in their homes or offices as the pandemic rages.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Senate Administrator Patrick Baker said the changes could mean fewer people in a building that is often crowded during the nearly five-month annual session.
Statewide, 18,467 new confirmed cases have been reported in the past week. That's about 2,638 new cases a day on average.
The House also is making changes in an attempt to give people an option of staying away from crowded corridors, with video links being installed in committee rooms that will allow people to submit testimony virtually.

 

 

CONFUSION CAUSES GENERAL PUBLIC TO BE GIVEN COVID-19 VACCINE IN ADAIR COUNTY

 

There was apparently some confusion and/or miscommunication that allowed some members of the general public to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Adair County on Wednesday.

In drive-thru clinics at the NEMO fairgrounds in Kirksville on Monday and Wednesday, only frontline workers like first responders, healthcare workers and designated others were supposed to be vaccinated.

We're told that word somehow got around on Wednesday that the general public could get the shots as well.

We know of people who are not in the designated categories who were allowed to get the vaccine Wednesday.

KTVO called Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim Lebaron Wednesday afternoon to find out what was going on.

He told us that should not have happened, and he wasn't sure how it did.

Lebaron said the health department turned away a lot of people at Wednesday's drive-thru clinic who were not frontline workers or in healthcare.

No one seems to know how many people who were not supposed to be vaccinated actually received the shot on Wednesday.

The Adair County Health Department administered more than 1,100 initial doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Phase 1 target groups in the county. Adair County was one of only 10 counties in the State of Missouri to be provided with the first doses of the vaccine. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services established the phases for administration of the vaccine.

The Adair County Health Department, with assistance from area healthcare partners and first responders, received 975 vials of the vaccine to administer on Monday and Wednesday.

“Our goal was to thaw, mix and administer as many doses as possible to Adair County healthcare workers and citizens in the Phase 1 target group,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Each vial contains more vaccine than needed for a single dose, so we were able to administer some 1,100 doses with this first allotment.”

The Health Department exhausted its vaccine supply at approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday. Although 1,100 people received the first of two doses, many Phase 1 workers in line had to leave without the initial dose.

“For a very long time, there will be more people who need and want a COVID-19 vaccine than we have supplies to administer,” said LeBaron. “We are sorry that many people who are Phase 1 targets were unable to be vaccinated today. We did our best to stretch our allotted doses as far as we could under dosage guidelines.”

The Health Department anticipates administering the second Pfizer-BioNTech dose on Jan. 11 and 13, 2021 to those who received a vaccine Monday and Wednesday. LeBaron said they hope to receive more doses before the end of January so they can complete the initial injections for all of those in the Phase 1 target group.

“With the FDA approval of the Moderna vaccine and the U.S. government’s agreement to purchase another 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, we hope more doses start to become available for distribution,” LeBaron said. “We will continue our efforts to administer the vaccine as quickly as possible to as many people as possible.”

 

 




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December 22, 2020

 

 

MACON AND PUTNAM COUNTIES ANNOUNCE NEW CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

 

On Tuesday afternoon, the Macon County Health Department confirmed 25 new cases of COVID-19.
Five new cases were reported on December 18, two new cases were reported on December 19 and eighteen new cases were reported on December 21.
No contact tracing was completed on December 20.

New cases include two males under the age of 19, three females under the age of 19, two females age 20-29, one female age 30-39, two males age 40-49, two females age 40-49, two males age 50-59, three females age 50-59, four males age 60-69, one female age 60-69, one male age 70-79, one female age 70-79 and one female age 80-89.

The following reflects cases of COVID-19 in Macon County as of the end of the day on December 21, 2020:

 

On Tuesday, the Putnam County Health Department confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in the county in the last 48 hours.

This brings the total to 350 cases with 38 persons actively being monitored.
Putnam County has also experienced five COVID-19 related deaths and 307 people released from public health monitoring.

 

 

CVS HEALTH ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 100,000 COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AT MISSOURI CARE FACILITIES

 

CVS Health plans to administer about 100,000 coronavirus vaccinations next week at Missouri long-term care facilities as the vaccination rollout expands beyond health care workers.
CVS Health said Monday it will vaccinate residents and staff at more than 40,000 long-term care facilities across the U.S.
The first of those vaccinations have already begun, but Missouri facilities will see their first vaccinations starting Dec. 28.
Health care workers were the first to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Nursing homes are next because the virus has killed more than 110,000 people at long-term care facilities nationwide.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT MONDAY EVENING

 

At approximately 7:51 p.m. on Dec. 21, Columbia Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Whitegate Drive and Sylvan Lane. 

Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located several shell casings near the area of the reported incident.

Officers spoke with residents who reported seeing a black sedan driving northbound on Sylvan Lane at a high rate of speed after they heard multiple gun shots.

No further suspect information is available, and there were no injuries reported at the time. 

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

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

 

 




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December 21, 2020

 

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FRAUD SCHEME TOTALING MORE THAN $100 MILLION

 

A north Missouri man has pleaded guilty to his role in a $142 million scheme to sell non-organic grain as though it was organic.

On Monday, Steven N. Whiteside, 57, of Chillicothe, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jill A. Morris to falsely signing documents related to the fraud scheme.

Randy Constant, also of Chillicothe, the leader of the fraud scheme, was sentenced on Aug. 16, 2019, to 10 years and two months in federal prison without parole in a related case that was prosecuted in the Northern District of Iowa. John Burton of Clarksdale, Missouri, and three farmers from Nebraska, all of whom who supplied Constant with non-organic grain, were also sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a scheme to defraud customers across the United States.

Constant admitted the fraudulent scheme involved at least $142,433,475 in grain sales, and the vast majority of those sales were fraudulent. From 2010 to 2017, Constant misled customers into thinking they were buying certified organic grain when the grain he was selling was not organic. Constant admitted falsely telling customers the grain he sold was grown on his certified organic fields in Nebraska and Missouri when the grain was not organic either because he purchased the grain from other growers, the certified organic fields were sprayed with unauthorized chemicals, or organic grain was mixed with non-organic grain. As part of the plea, Constant also agreed to forfeit $128,190,128 in proceeds from the fraudulent scheme.

Constant’s grain was mostly used as animal feed, primarily for chickens and cattle. That livestock was then sold as organic meat or products from the livestock were sold as organic products. Because of Constant’s fraud, most of the livestock that was fed his grain was not organic, causing thousands of consumers to purchase what they thought was organic meat for a premium price across the country.

By pleading guilty Monday, Whiteside admitted that he signed a document on May 30, 2015, falsely claiming that he owned or farmed certain parcels of land when he actually had no affiliation or control of the property. Whiteside falsely attested in a Land Use History Verification that no chemicals had been used on the property in the preceding three years. The Land Use History Verification is a form used in conjunction with an application to have land certified as organic as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program. In order for grain to be certified as organic, the grain must have been grown through approved methods and without the use of certain substances, including synthetic chemicals, and produced and handled in compliance with the program.

At the same time Whiteside signed the document, it was co-signed by Constant, who was identified on the document as the applicant seeking the certification for the land. In addition to being the identified applicant, Constant also purchased non-organic grain from Whiteside and employed Whiteside as part of Constant’s fish farm operation.

 

 

MISSOURI TODDLER DEAD, HER BROTHER AND MOTHER ARE INJURED AFTER THEY WERE BEATEN OVER THE WEEKEND

 

A 4-year-old Missouri girl is dead and her brother and mother are recovering in a Sedalia hospital after all three were severely beaten Sunday morning.

According to the Benton County Sheriff's Office, dispatch was notified just before 1 a.m. of a 4-year-old girl who had died after having been beaten, submerged in a pond, then left to freeze on the bank before being taken back into her home.

The father, James Mast, 28, of rural Cole Camp, called police to report the incident.

The sheriff's office said the mother, Mary Mast, 28, and her two-year-old son were also beaten to a severe extent.

Mary and the 2-year-old boy were transported to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia where they are now recovering.

After an investigation by Benton County deputies, the sheriff's office said they arrested two people from a neighboring residence in connection to the incident.

Ethan Mast, 35, and Kourtney Aumen, 21, were arrested pending multiple felony charges.

It is not clear if Ethan Mast is related to the family, despite sharing the same last name.

Officials said the investigation is still active with the possibility of further arrests, further details could not be provided.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SATURDAY MORNING HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Juniper Circle at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived, they located two adults in the residence with gunshot wounds. The male sustained a non life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported by EMS to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. The female was located when officers were clearing the residence for suspects or other victims. That victim was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deceased victim was identified as Robyn Lucas, 51, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.

During the investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest the male, identified as Andrew Scott Lucas, 54, of Columbia, for 2nd degree murder after he was treated for his gunshot wound.  

He was remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. 

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

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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December 17, 2020

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH ENDS WITH ONE MAN HOSPITALIZED

 

An early morning rollover crash sends a northeast Missouri man to the hospital.

The single-vehicle accident happened at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Sullivan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Devon Clinch, 20, of Milan, was on Route C, three miles southeast of Milan, when he traveled off the right side of the roadway.

He over-corrected, then traveled off the left side of the road, where his truck then overturned.

Clinch suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The online crash report lists Clinch as not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TURNS DOWN UTILITY SHUTOFF MORATORIUM

 

The Missouri Public Service Commission has turned down a request that sought a moratorium on utility shutoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The commission says it has no authority to grant such an order.
The Consumers Council of Missouri filed a request for the emergency order that would have prohibited disconnection or discontinuation of residential electric, natural gas and water service through at least March 31.
The commission said in a statement released Wednesday that while it "shares its concern for the well-being of utility customers and all Missouri citizens during the pandemic," it lacks authority from the Legislature to issue a shutoff moratorium.

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INCHES DOWN IN MISSOURI

 

Unemployment is inching down in Missouri. But it's still higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The state's economic development department on Wednesday announced employment increased by 17,400 jobs last month.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 4.6% in October to 4.4% in November.
Missouri's economy is still recovering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Compared to the same time last year, the unemployment rate is 1% higher.
Employment dropped in Missouri government jobs and the hospitality field.
There were employment gains in trade, transportation and utilities.
Employment is also up in education and health care.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK PUBLIC HELP IN LOCATING MISSING PERSON

 

The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Jefferson City man. 

The reported missing person has been identified as Marqukis Hayes, 25, of Jefferson City. He was last seen with a female occupant in a black 2011 GMC Sierra truck  with a registration of 8ME-Z30 in the McDonald’s drive-thru located at 3206 Clark Ln in Columbia. The female occupant was identified as Angelica Benitez, 29.

At this time, the subjects’ direction of travel is unknown, and there are no additional details relating to either subject.

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

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

 

 




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December 16, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION MEASURES AS COVID-19 VACCINE ARRIVES

 

On Monday, December 14, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines had arrived in Missouri.

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to run according to Missouri's COVID-19 vaccine plan, which was announced back in October.

With the vaccine now being distributed across Missouri, Governor Parson held a news conference Wednesday to give an update on why Missourians need to be proactive to defeat this virus.

 

"Prevention will continue to be critically important especially with Christmas approaching," Gov. Parson said. "Again this means social distance, wear a mask, minimize travel, avoid large gatherings and limit interactions to 15 minutes. Let me just stress those points again, it's not one of the above, it is all of the above."

 

The first sites to receive the new vaccine will be each of Missouri’s 21 initial vaccination sites.

Those sites include hospitals and health care facilities across the state.

 

 

MDC PUSHES MRAP DEADLINE TO JANUARY 15TH

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation has pushed its deadline for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) to January 15.

Through this program, the public may participate in a variety of outdoor activities on private landowner properties.

Landowners can determine what activities may take place on their property however.

The Missouri Department of Conservation explained the process.

 

"There's six categories for allowable activities," said MDC Media Specialist Robert Hemmelgarn. "And landowners can determine the type of public access and activity they want to allow on their property within the limits of those six categories. Those categories range from all-access hunting and fishing to just wildlife viewing."

 

If landowners are interested in this program, a commitment of three years is required.

Once again, the application deadline is January 15.

 

 

MISSOURI ADDS MINORITY POLICING TRAINING TO RECRUIT TRAINING PROGRAM

 

Missouri law enforcement recruits will be required to undergo training in the history of policing in minority communities.
The commission that sets the training rules and approves the curriculum for law enforcement officers across the state voted Tuesday to add the requirement.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the two-hour block of instruction would cover policing from the founding of the nation through the present.
The two-hour curriculum is currently being developed and will become part of the mandatory basic training curriculum six months after being shared with Missouri's 20 law enforcement basic training academies.

 

 

INDIANA MAN ARRESTED IN BROOKFIELD TRAFFIC STOP

 

An Indiana man was arrested following a traffic stop in Brookfield last week.  Brookfield police pulled over Kyle Grimes of Indiana last week for failure to use a turn signal.  The stop led to a search of Grimes vehicle.  During the search, officers found an undisclosed amount of methamphetamine and a sawed off shotgun.  Grimes was arrested and charged with illegal possession of a controlled substance, possession of an illegal firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

 




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December 15, 2020

 

 

NEMO MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AFTER ATTACKING HIS GIRLFRIEND

 

A northeast Missouri man is now facing 14 charges, mostly felonies, after police say he carried out multiple attacks on his pregnant girlfriend.

According to court documents, the incidents happened at a Kirksville apartment over a period of days in early July 2020.

Darian Mullin, 19, of Lancaster, Missouri, is charged with eight varying counts of domestic assault, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of harassment.

The victim told Kirksville police that, over a series of days, Mullin held a knife to her throat, banged her head against a wall, choked her, punched her multiple times, kicked her in the knee, threw a knife at her and threatened to kill her.

The investigating officer said in her report that the victim had multiple bruises on her arms and legs when the woman came to the police department to report the crimes.

Online court records state Mullin is on medical furlough.

He was released from custody on December 10, 2020, to travel to Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville for treatment.

The judge ordered him to return to the custody of the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office immediately after being discharged from Preferred Family.

Mullin has an extensive criminal history and faces multiple charges in multiple other cases, according to online court records.

 

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri man was flown to a Columbia hospital following a late-night rollover crash.

The crash happened at 11 p.m. Monday in Schuyler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ethan Strunk, 26, of Lancaster, was on Germania Avenue, about three miles east of Queen City, when he traveled off the left side of the road.

His truck then overturned and came to a rest on its top.

Strunk suffered serious injuries and was flown to University Hospital in Columbia.

We're told he was treated and released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

 

The Missouri House will investigate an incoming lawmaker accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago.
Republican House leaders in a joint statement Monday said the Ethics Committee will investigate Rick Roeber when the Legislature convenes in January.
Roeber didn't immediately return an Associated Press request for comment Monday.
Voters in suburban Kansas City elected Roeber in November.
His adult children in a letter to House leadership wrote that he sexually and physically abused them when they were young.
They asked the House's next presumptive speaker not to let Roeber serve.
Republicans banned him from their caucus.


 




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December 14, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI CASTS ITS ELECTORAL VOTES

 

Missouri's presidential electors have cast all 10 of the state's votes for Republican President Donald Trump as all 50 states electoral votes were cast Monday.
The Electoral College members met Monday at the state Capitol for a brief ceremony to formally write their votes on paper ballots.
Trump easily carried Missouri with nearly 57% of the vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election. Democrat Joe Biden, however, carried 306 electoral votes, cementing him as the President-Elect.
Missouri's electors were chosen earlier this year by a vote of Republican Party members.

 

 

MOUNT VERNON MAN HARVESTS MISSOURI’S FIRST ELK

 

Missouri's first elk was harvested in the state's first elk-hunting season in modern history according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Joe Benthall, of Mount Vernon, harvested a 2.5-year-old bull elk on Saturday near Ellington.

This was Benthall's first-time elk hunting.

5 Missourians received permits in a drawing of over 19,000 permit applications.

The elk firearms season runs through Dec. 20.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, elk are a native species in Missouri but were hunted to extinction in the state in the late 1800s.

In 2011, an effort was begun to reintroduce about 100 elk to a remote area of southeast Missouri. The population now numbers more than 200 and is concentrated in Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds counties.

 

 

HY-VEE ANNOUNCES DONATIONS OF MORE THAT ONE MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD

 

Hy-Vee, Inc. is helping to provide more than one million pounds of food to 17 food banks across its eight-state region for the holiday season.

More than 20 truckloads will be filled with food and supplies thanks to Hy-Vee's partnership with dozens of national and regional food manufacturers and suppliers.

Hy-Vee has received donations of protein, produce, dairy, and nonperishable items, as well as monetary donations from 26 food manufacturers.

The donations to the food banks are part of Hy-Vee’s goodwill initiative over the holidays in 2020, designed to combat food insecurity, especially during the pandemic.

Last month, more than 260 Hy-Vee and Dollar Fresh stores donated up to 100 meal kits each to a local nonprofit partner in their community that then distributed the meals to local families in need. Each kit had all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal for a family of four. In all, Hy-Vee donated 80,000 meals the week of Thanksgiving. In Missouri, the food banks that are receiving the Hy-Vee donations this week were:

 

Harvesters – The Community Food Network, Kansas City, Mo. (Dec. 16 at 10 a.m.)

 

Ozarks Food Harvest, Springfield, Mo. (Dec. 14 at 10 a.m.)

 

Second Harvest Community Food Bank, St. Joseph, Mo. (Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.)

 

The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, Columbia, Mo. (Dec. 15 at 10 a.m.)

 

 




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December 13, 2020

 

 

BUCKLIN WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured after two vans collided in Bucklin on Thursday afternoon.

It happened just before 4 p.m. at the intersection of Third Street and Highway 129.

State troopers say a van driven by Eva Gillespie, 40, of Bucklin, was northbound on 129 when another van pulled out in front of her from a side street.

That second van was driven by Gavin Wright, 17, also of Bucklin.

Gillespie suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance

Wright was not hurt.

According to the online crash report, both drivers were buckled up when the crash happened.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY ATTEMPT

 

Kirksville police are investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place Friday night.

Just before 8:15 p.m., Kirksville officers responded to the Smoker Friendly in the Filmore Plaza at 511 South Baltimore for a report of an attempted robbery.

Police arrived and learned a sole male suspect entered the store displaying what appeared to be a black semiautomatic pistol and demanded money from the clerk.

According to a press release, the clerk was able to lock herself in an interior room of the business, and the suspect left without obtaining any money or merchandise. Police were able to determine the suspect approached from the southeast and later fled on foot in that same direction.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a black face mask, a black beanie cap, a gray hoodie, a greenish-brown coat and blue jeans.

The suspect was also wearing what appeared to be black latex gloves, and he was carrying a blue cloth bag.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR EXPECTS VACCINATIONS TO START THURSDAY

 

 Missouri expects to receive more than 220,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines by around Christmas, and the first vaccinations could begin by next Thursday if federal authorization for emergency use is granted. Gov. Mike Parson's office said Friday that Missouri should receive an initial shipment of 51,675 doses of the Pfizer vaccine early next week.

It will be administered first to health care workers. Meanwhile, state health department director Randall Williams says that if all goes according to plan, vaccinations should begin Thursday.

The following week, Missouri expects to receive an additional 63,675 doses from Pfizer and 105,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine, also pending authorization.

 




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December 10, 2020

 

 

OCTOBER ALTERCATION LEADS TO KIRKSVILLE MAN GETTING PISTOL WHIPPED

 

An altercation over a $100 loan ends with a Kirksville man getting pistol whipped in the face.

Police say the incident happened October 8, 2020, at Dogwood Trailer Court in Kirksville.

The suspect, Allen Brewster, 29, of Kirksville, was charged this week with three felonies: second-degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

According to court documents, the victim in the case told police at the time of the crime that he owes Brewster $100.

The man told officers Brewster located him at the trailer court, and Brewster used his car to block the victim's SUV so he couldn't leave.

The victim told police Brewster then got out of his car with a handgun and came toward his SUV.

The man tried unsuccessfully to drive away, but he couldn't because obstacles were in his way.

Court documents state that Brewster then tried to pull the victim out of his SUV and pistol whipped him in the face with the butt end of the gun.

Brewster, who has a criminal history, is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center without bond pending a court appearance.

 

 

FORMER TRENTON POLICE OFFICER CHARGED FOR STATUTORY RAPE

 

A former north central Missouri police officer has been charged with statutory rape.
Twenty-five-year-old Mike Wilson, a former officer with the Trenton police department, was arrested Wednesday and is being held without bond in the Grundy County Jail.
Trenton Police Chief Rex Ross said Wilson had been fired after working for the department since July 2018.
Wilson had also been investigated for sending messaging a minor on Snapchat.
Ross declined to say if that minor was connected to the statutory rape case.
Online court records do not identify an attorney to speak for Wilson.


INVESTIGATION FINDS MISSOURI VETERANS HOMES HAVE BEEN HIT HARDEST BY CORONAVIRUS

 

The findings of an investigation into the handing of the coronavirus pandemic at Missouri's veterans homes found that not only is the state "among the hardest hit states" but its veterans homes have experienced a greater percentage of deaths-to-cases than both state and national averages.

Now, the director of the Missouri Veterans Commission says more must be done, and will be done, to protect the residents of Missouri veterans homes from the coronavirus.

Early on, the Parson Administration targeted Missouri's seven veterans homes as points of vulnerability for coronavirus infection. State officials in early March restricted visitor access to the veterans homes in response to the state's first confirmed case of coronavirus being reported in the St. Louis area. At the time the restrictions were put in place, the Missouri Veterans Commission said they were being proactive instead of reactive. In March, commission members had no reports of veterans testing positive or showing symptoms of the coronavirus.

The new policy applied to seven Missouri Veterans Homes located in:

  1. Cameron
  2. Cape Girardeau
  3. Mount Vernon
  4. Warrensburg
  5. St. Louis
  6. St. James
  7. Mexico

Visitors, vendors, and volunteers were banned from the Veterans Homes. Employees could enter and leave with a nurse’s inspection.

"We’ve limited access through the main door. We have a nurse at the main door that monitors temperature as well as vital signs," Missouri Veterans Commission Spokesman Jamie Melchert said.

The report, requested by the Governor, conducted by the Armstrong Teasdale Firm, and made public last week, said these efforts led to early successes in mitigating the virus' spread but unfortunately these early successes didn't last.

 

Unfortunately, MVC Headquarters was lulled into a false sense of security and failed to capitalize on its early successes... When early indicators of trouble within the Homes became known during the last week of August into the first week of September... Headquarters found itself unprepared for the outbreak that was already underway.

The Headquarters leadership believed they were taking prudent actions at the time to protect the Veterans. In reality, the failure to properly appreciate the changing circumstances of the pandemic from March until September and the failure to develop and stress-test an outbreak protocol, resulted in poor results.

 

The report said that beginning in September, the homes experienced a "prolonged and rapidly escalating outbreak of COVID-19." This was seen at the veterans home in St. James where by Sept. 29, a coronavirus outbreak had sickened 25 veterans and 7 staff members.

By Oct. 5, the virus had spread to six of Missouri's 7 veterans homes.

The report also revealed that by Nov. 13th, 342 veterans at the seven locations had tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 100 had died from the virus.

"I think it's a tough report...but it's a fair report," Missouri Veterans Commission Chairman Tim Noonan told KFVS in Cape Girardeau.

 

 




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December 9, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS LOWER COVID-19 DEATH NUMBERS WEDNESDAY, PANDEMIC STILL STRESSING HOSPITALS

 

The coronavirus has claimed another 28 lives in Missouri.
The state health department on Wednesday cited the additional deaths that bring the total since the start of the pandemic to 4,383.
The state also announced 2,640 additional confirmed cases.
The state has reported 330,846 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic.
Hospital capacity continues to be a concern.
The state said intensive care unit bed space is at 19% statewide.
ICU space is at 6% in southwestern Missouri.
The statewide positivity rate of 19.1% is down slightly from last week but still nearly four times higher than the 5% benchmark set by the World Health Organization.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES THANKSGIVING WEEKEND REPORT

 

Recently, the Missouri State Highway Patrol released its crash report from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29, troopers reported 321 crashes, 72 injuries, 9 deaths, 100 DWI’s and 78 drug arrests.

As expected this year, due to the pandemic, these numbers were slightly lower than those in 2019.

If you plan to travel anywhere for Christmas, the Highway Patrol has some tips.

"Just make safety a part of your plans," said MSHP Lieutenant Eric Brown. "If you are going to be travelling short distances, long distances, be prepared. Check the weather conditions, know what you are going to be facing on your trip, obey the traffic laws. If you make safety a part of your trip, you obey the laws, you wear your seatbelt, designate a sober driver, then you should have a safe and happy trip."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises to be an attentive and courteous driver, obey all traffic laws and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS FORCES CHANGES TO MISSOURI OFFICIALS INAUGURATION

 

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing changes in next month's inauguration of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and swearing-in ceremonies for state officials.
Parson's office said the traditional inaugural ball and parade will be postponed to August, when they will be held in conjunction with the state's 200th birthday observance.
The governor, along with other statewide officeholders, will be sworn in Jan. 11 on the steps outside the state Capitol.
The 163 members of the House are expected to be sworn into office in groups on Jan. 6, rather than having all of them and their families in the chamber at the same time.

 




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December 8, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS

 

Missouri officials have certified this year's election results showing that President Donald Trump easily won the state's 10 electoral votes over Democrat Joseph Biden.

The State Board of Canvassers said Tuesday that Trump won 56% of the vote to Biden's 41%, with the remainder going to lesser-known candidates.

The board said 70% of the state's registered voters cast a ballot, compared to a 66% turnout for the 2016 election.

The board also certified that Republican Gov. Mike Parson easily defeated Democratic challenger Nicole Galloway by a margin of 57% to 40%.

All states must officially certify election results before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14.

 

 

CIRCUIT JUDGE RULES LAWS USED TO THWART PETITION UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

 A circuit court judge has ruled that laws used by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft last year to thwart a referendum petition on abortion restrictions are unconstitutional.
Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled that Ashcroft did not give opponents of a restrictive Missouri abortion law enough time to collect signatures to get a referendum on the ballot.
While the ruling grew out of efforts to overturn a Missouri law that banned abortion after eight weeks, Beetem's ruling, issued Friday, pertains to all referendum petitions in the future.
Ashcroft's spokeswoman said Monday that the office is reviewing the decision.

 

 

SOUTHEAST IOWA TEEN INJURED IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI ACCIDENT

 

 A southeast Iowa teen was injured in a late night crash in northeast Missouri.

The accident happened around 11 p.m. Sunday on Highway 6, just east of Green Castle.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Manuel Ruano, 19, of Ottumwa, was following another vehicle driven by Yadira Jimenez-Hernandez, when Jimenez-Hernandez stopped in the road to avoid a deer.

As a result, Ruano ran into the back end of the first vehicle.

He then crossed the center of the roadway, and ran off the south side of the road.

He suffered minor injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital by a private vehicle.

The online crash report states Ruano was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Jimenez-Hernandez was not hurt in the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CLOSE STATE OFFICES CHRISTMAS EVE

 

Governor Mike Parson shared some good news for state employees: He signed an executive order closing state offices on Christmas Eve.

Governor Parson posted to Facebook on Monday to announce that he signed Executive Order 20-20 closing state offices of the executive branch under the purview of the Governor on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

"It has been a challenging year for the state of Missouri, but we are so thankful for our state team members," Parson said. "While we can never thank them enough for their hard work, this is one small way we can show our appreciation."

Parson finished his post by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas shared with loved ones and a little peace from everything going on in the world.

"This Christmas, may we all take time to rejoice with loved ones and reflect on the blessings we have in our lives. Teresa and I wish everyone peace, health, and happiness throughout the coming year," Parson said. "From our family to yours, merry Christmas and happy New Year!"

 




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December 7, 2020

 

 

SHELBINA WOMAN KILLED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Missouri woman was killed over the weekend, following a car accident with a semi.

The fatal crash happened just after 12:45 p.m. Sunday in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cecelia Kendrick, 75, of Shelbina, was eastbound on US 36, when she traveled across the median and into the path of a semi, heading westbound. Kendrick was pronounced dead on scene.

The other driver, Jason Johnson, 36, of Illinois, was not injured in the crash.

This is Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B's 27th fatality this year.

 

 

SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS POLICE OFFER DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY ANOTHER PATROL CAR

 

A suburban St. Louis police officer died Saturday after he was struck by a patrol car from another police department during a traffic stop.
Moline Acres police Chief Col. Gregory Moore told KTVI television that one of his officers died Saturday after he was struck by a Bellefontaine Neighbors patrol car that had arrived to help in the traffic stop early Saturday morning.
The Pagedale police department said in a Facebook post that the officer who died was Sgt. Herschel Turner, who had previously worked for the Pagedale department.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol report identified the 54-year-old Turner as the victim.

 

 

CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS IN ST. LOUIS BEGIN TREATING ADULTS AS MISSOURI COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

 

St. Louis children's hospitals are now treating adult patients as area hospitals struggle to keep up with rising coronavirus cases.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports both St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital have opened their doors to adults.
The newspaper reports St. Louis has also reopened a temporary morgue.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis County health department shut down a fifth business for serving customers inside.
The Post-Dispatch reports the agency suspended Whalen's Bar's license for violating a public health order limiting indoor dining.

 

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA ANNOUNCES 49 ADDITIONAL BUSINESS TO RECEIVE CARES ACT GRANTS

 

The City of Columbia Housing Programs Division (HPD) announced 49 additional businesses throughout Columbia and Boone County will be supported through Boone County CARES Act funding.  Each locally owned small business will be awarded $10,000 in grant funding to help sustain operations resulting from negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hard work of the HPD and ability to go beyond their normal daily job duties is helping our community assist 49 eligible businesses and ensure $490,000 of federal assistance stays within our local economy. 

The division received an overwhelming response of interest in the program due to the help of many local partners’ outreach including the Columbia NAACP, Minority Men's Network, Boone County, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI), Centralia Chamber of Commerce, Rocheport Area Merchants Association, Southern Boone County Chamber of Commerce, City of Hallsville, City of Ashland, City of Centralia and the Boone County Office of Emergency Management. 

Throughout 2020 the Housing Programs Division will have allocated over $1.1 million in assistance to locally owned small businesses. Funds disbursed in 2020 will help 128 businesses maintain operations throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, affecting over 400 jobs supported by locally owned small businesses. Over 70 of the 128 businesses assisted in 2020 are minority or women owned businesses. 

HPD will maintain a waitlist of eligible businesses unable to be served this round, for future potential funding opportunities.

For more information, please contact Randy Cole at 573.874.6321 or Randall.Cole@CoMo.gov.

 

 

 




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December 6, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI’S AVERAGE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE

 

The average number of virus cases Missouri reports each day is on the rise again after declining for more than two weeks.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the state had been declining since late November before starting to move back up late last week.

That rolling average fell from a high of 4,723 on Nov. 20 to 3,158 on Thursday, but it increased to 3,269 on Friday and hit 3,669 on Saturday.

That increase in the rolling average reflects the large number of cases reported this weekend.

The state reported 5,001 virus cases on Saturday and another 3,876 cases on Sunday.

 

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR SAYS THE STATE HOPES TO VACCINATE ALL HOSPITAL WORKERS BY THE END OF THE YEAR

 

Missouri's health director says the state should be able to vaccinate all hospital workers and nursing home staff and residents against the coronavirus by the end of the year.

Randall Williams on Friday told reporters that Missouri is expecting to get close to 340,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines this month.

Once the initial groups receive their first and second doses of the vaccine, Missouri plans to open vaccinations to teachers, essential workers and people at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the coronavirus.

Williams says says he's hopeful anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by July or August.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED IN THE 1986 DEATH OF EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN

 

Authorities say a 59-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the 1986 death of an eastern Missouri woman.
Kenneth Avery Jr., of Villa Ridge, was charged Tuesday in the July 1986 death of Kristen Edwards, whose nude body was found in rural Franklin County.
The Washington Missourian reported court documents say an eyewitness told investigators Avery killed Edwards in a cabin near Leslie.
Avery is being held on $500,000 cash only bond.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Thursday Avery's arrest was the first case involving a new cold case unit that he has formed.

 




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December 3, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BRING IN HEALTH CARE WORKERS FROM OTHER STATES

 

The state of Missouri plans to bring in hundreds of health care workers from other states to help care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients.
Gov. Mike Parson and Herb Kuhn, president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association announced Wednesday the state will partner with Vizient, a national health care company, to bring in up to 760 more health care workers.
Kuhn said the announcement comes as early indicators about travel during Thanksgiving week in Missouri raised concerns about a potential increase in COVID-19 cases, even as hospitals in the state are dealing with a continuing surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

 

 

MACON COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR WANTED SUSPECT

 

Local authorities need your help finding a wanted suspect.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate Troy C. Brown, of Excello, Mo.

He's wanted for a probation violation on the original charge of Burglary 2nd Degree with a $10,000 cash-only bond.

The case stemmed from a burglary that took place on Marshall Road in Excello in January 2019.

Anyone with any information on this subject please call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 

 

MISSOURI INMATE CONVICTED OF VIDEOTAPING TORTURE AND MURDERS HAS DIED

 

A Missouri inmate who was convicted of killing two women in 2006 after videotaping their torture and murders has died. The Missouri Department of Corrections said 56-year-old Richard Davis died Tuesday.
Davis was sent to death row after being convicted of 32 felonies, including first-degree murder.
Corrections officials say he died of natural causes.
Davis was being held at the Potosi Correctional Center and was hospitalized for more than two weeks before his death.
Prosecutors said Davis and his then-girlfriend, Dena Riley, tortured and killed Marsha Spicer and Michelle Huff-Ricci to fulfill Davis' fantasies.
Riley is serving several life sentences.

 

 

FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES CHARGES AGAINST TOURIST BOAT EMPLOYEES

 

A federal judge has dismissed neglect and misconduct charges against three employees of a tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake in 2018, killing 17 people.
U.S. District Judge Doug Harpool filed an order Wednesday upholding a recommendation made in September.
The boat captain, the general manager of the boat's operator, and the manager on duty that day were charged with neglect and misconduct after the amphibious vehicle sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
The captain also was charged with failure to properly assess the weather and not telling passengers to use flotation devices.
Riders from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas were killed.

 




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December 2, 2020

 

 

BRAYMER MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS CANNOT YET MEET IN PERSON WITH LAWYERS

 

A Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin will not be allowed to meet in person with his attorneys, at least for now.
Attorneys for 
Garland Nelson, of Braymer, have not been able to meet with him in the same room at the Caldwell County Jail because of coronavirus restrictions.
They argued they need to have personal visits with Nelson because he is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old 
Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.
A judge ruled Tuesday that he wants to hear from public health officials before allowing the personal meetings.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS GIVE INITIAL APPROVAL TO $1.2 BILLION CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work after several tested positive for the coronavirus, which delayed a special session.
Senators on Tuesday gave initial approval to a $1.2 billion coronavirus aid package.

They also were scheduled to start debate on a new law that would prevent lawsuits against health care workers for disregarding the safety of others during the coronavirus emergency.
The proposal also would block some lawsuits against businesses that make faulty masks and other supplies to help with the pandemic as long as they don't make intentionally make the products defective.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS NEIGHBOR

 

Prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old eastern Missouri man with murder in the fatal beating of his neighbor.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jefferson County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Dale Edwards, of Festus, has been charged with second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the Sept. 17 attack on 68-year-old Michael Huffman.
Huffman died from his injuries on Oct. 3.
Police say that before his death, Huffman told investigators that he and Edwards argued after Edwards accused Huffman of taking photos of Edwards' house.
Prosecutors say Edwards hit Huffman first with a walking stick, then hit him repeatedly with a metal pipe.

 

 

LANCASTER MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A man was injured in a crash involving a semi truck in Schuyler County Tuesday night.

The crash happened on U.S. 63, at Queen City around 8 p.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jonathan Eckert, 33, of Lancaster, was stopped in his vehicle at a stop sign, and then pulled into the path of a semi truck, driven by Stephen wilder, 60, of Fayette, Missouri.

The two vehicles collided.

Eckert then ran off the west side of the road and into a ditch.

Eckert's vehicle was totaled. He received minor injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

Wilder was not injured and the semi truck only received minor damage.

According to the crash report, Wilder was wearing a seat belt, while Eckert was not.

 

 




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December 1, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE FIND AND ARREST SUSPECTED VEHICLE THEIF

 

On Tuesday, just after 10 a.m., Kirksville Police responded to the parking lot of Hy-Vee Foods for a report of a stolen vehicle.

Police were informed that a customer had parked their 2007 Ford Focus in the lot and entered the store.

When the customer returned outside, the vehicle was gone.

Police were informed the car had been left unlocked with the keys inside.

Kirksville Police were able to obtain video from Hy-Vee of the suspect stealing the vehicle.

Police were working on putting the information out to the public in a press release when an officer located the stolen vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot in the 1500 block of South Jamison Street at around 11:00 a.m.

Officers located the male suspect and took him into custody.

The suspect is a 29-year-old male from Kirksville. His name has not been released pending the filing of formal charges.

Kirksville Police worked quickly to locate the stolen vehicle and return it to the owner.

“This is another reminder that it is never a good practice to leave your vehicle unlocked. The suspect in this case was observed on video walking from vehicle to vehicle, looking inside to find one that was unlocked. Please secure your vehicle while you are away from it and do not leave any items of value inside,” said Kirksville Interim Police Chief Justin Jones.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 

TRIAL SET FOR MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF KEEPING HIS WIFE’S BODY IN FREEZER

 

 A Missouri man accused of keeping his wife's body in the freezer for years will go on trial next November.
Larry Dinwiddie, of Marshfield, is charged with killing his wife in 2015 and hiding her body in the freezer.
During a hearing Monday, Dinwiddie's trial was scheduled for Nov. 29, 2021.
He is charged with second-degree murder, abandoning a corpse and armed criminal action.
Investigators say they found the body of his wife, Cynthia, locked in a freezer in an abandoned storage unit in November 2019.
Investigators have said her death was caused by domestic abuse.
She was never reported missing.

 

 

SALISBURY MAN RECOVERING AFTER HITTING DEER WITH HIS CAR

 

A man is recovering after hitting a deer with his car in Randolph County.

The accident happened Sunday around 4:20 p.m., on U.S. 24, two miles west of Moberly.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say Marco Falls, 33, of Salisbury, Missouri, was travelling westbound on U.S. 24, when he struck a deer in the roadway in his 2014 Nissan Altima.

Falls received moderate injuries and was taken by Randolph County ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center.

Falls' car received moderate damage.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report states Falls was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 




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November 30, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL SERGEANT ERIC BROWN PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the following promotion effective December 1, 2020:

Sergeant Eric F. Brown, public information and education officer assigned to Troop B, Macon, Mo., is being promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Public Information and Education Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City.

Brown was appointed to the Patrol on January 18, 2004, as a member of the 82nd Recruit Class. Upon completing his training at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop C, Zone 1, St. Louis County. In 2006, he transferred to Troop B, Zone 2, Macon and Shelby counties. He was promoted to corporal on January 1, 2013, and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler counties. On April 20, 2014, he transferred back to Zone 2, Macon and Shelby counties and was designated assistant zone supervisor. On October 1, 2015, he was promoted to sergeant and designated zone supervisor of Zone 3, Chariton and Linn counties. He transferred to Troop B Headquarters and was designated public information and education officer for the troop on February 5, 2017.

Lieutenant Brown grew up in Huntsville, Mo., and graduated from Westran High School in Huntsville. He attended Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, MO. Brown served as a deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office prior to joining the Patrol. In 2019, Brown completed the Police Leadership: The Westpoint Model course. Lt. Brown is married to Annavee N. (Holman) and they have three children, Trace, Kambria, and Quade.

 

 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY IN CRISIS MODE AS COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

 

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says the county is in crisis mode as COVID-19 cases continues to rise and hospitals strain to treat patients.
During a briefing Monday, Page repeated earlier warnings that the area's hospitals could run out of intensive care beds sometime this week.
He also said the National Guard could be called in to help hospitals deal with the overload of patients.
On Sunday, area hospitals said they were using 77% of the total staffed beds and 89% of their intensive care beds.
Page said the region will be severely tested during the next few weeks and urged residents to follow safety protocols.

 

 

EMERGENCY CREWS RESPOND TO SEMI TRUCK FIRE NEAR KIRKSVILLE

 

Emergency crews responded to a semi truck fire Monday afternoon on Spencer Way near Kirksville.

Adair County Rural and Kirksville Fire departments received a call around 1 p.m. that a semi was engulfed in flames.

The driver smelled smoke coming from the back cabin of the truck.

He was able to escape without injuries and crews were able to contain the fire.

The truck was deemed a total loss.

Officials say at this time, they are not sure how the fire started.

 

 




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November 29, 2020

 

 

MISSING KIRKSVILLE WOMAN FOUND AND ARRESTED IN MISSISSIPPI

 

A Kirksville woman reported missing earlier this month was found in Laurel, Mississippi over the weekend.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi, the woman, Amanda Thompson, 36, was taken into custody on Saturday, November 28.

She was the passenger in a Chrysler Town and Country van that was reported stolen out of Missouri.

Thompson was apprehended at the scene of a traffic stop in Jones County, Mississippi.

During that traffic stop, the driver of the van, Kolton Pearson, 36, of Kirksville, fled from authorities on foot.

He was captured by police in a neighboring Mississippi county late Saturday night and was transferred back to Jones County.

Pearson has been charged with possession of stolen property.

Both Pearson and Thompson have warrants out of Missouri, with extradition requested.

 

 

MDC REPORTS FIREARMS SEASON HARVEST NUMBERS

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that deer hunters harvested 176,604 deer throughout firearms season.

Of those harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks and 64,905 were does.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of deer harvested in northeast Missouri:

 

 

Across Missouri, numbers from this year are slightly down from last year because in 2019 nearly 180,000 deer were harvested.

Of those harvested in 2019, 91,917 were antlered bucks, 17,330 were button bucks and 70,713 were does.

There were also three firearms-related hunting incidents through deer firearms season, however all were non-fatal and self-inflicted.

 

 

MEMPHIS, MISSOURI MAN CRASHES INTO HOME

 

 A northern Missouri man escaped serious injuries after his minivan slammed into a home.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon on South Lincoln Street in Memphis, Missouri.

Authorities say the van was driven by Greg Porter, of Memphis.

KTVO was told he drove through an intersection without stopping, before crashing into the home.

Police say it's believed Porter suffered a medical emergency, which led to the incident.

No one was in the home when the crash occurred.

Porter suffered only minor injuries.

 

 




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November 25, 2020

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN GREENTOP LEAVES NO MAJOR INJURIES

 

Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday morning in Greentop, Mo.

The crash happened at the intersection of 6th and Main Street.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pickup driven by Patrick Jochimsen, 23, of Greentop, was heading north on Main Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

Jochimsen collided with an SUV driven by Cindy Lindquist Pamperin, 58, also of Greentop, who was heading east on 6th Street.

Pamperin's vehicle was hit and spun around before coming to rest on the side of the road.

Pamperin had two juveniles in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash.

One of the juveniles was evaluated by medical staff for a minor head injury.

Jochimsen was given a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign causing an accident.

 

 

MISSOURI SEES SURGE OF INMATE DEATHS CONNECTED TO COVID-19

 

Missouri prisons have seen a surge of inmate deaths connected to the coronavirus this month, prompting civil rights leaders to urge additional steps to protect prisoners and staff.
Early in the pandemic, confirmed cases were common but mostly mild among Missouri prisoners.
Through August, the state reported just one inmate death. But 26 additional inmates infected with COVID-19 have died since September, most of them this month.
A state spokeswoman says it isn't certain that COVID-19 was the primary cause of death in most cases.
All but two had serious underlying conditions such as late-stage renal failure, heart disease or cancer.

 

 

HY-VEE VOLUNTARILY PULLS TWO VEGETABLE MIX PRODUCTS AFTER POSSIBLE LISTERIA CONTAMINATION

 

Grocery store chain Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling two of its Hy-Vee Short Cuts vegetable mix products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

They were sold in eight states including Iowa and Missouri.

According to a news release Tuesday evening, no illnesses from these products have been reported.

The recalled products are:

They have a “Best if Used By” date of Dec. 3, 2020.

They've already been pulled from store shelves, and anyone who has the products at home should not eat them.

They can be returned to Hy-Vee for a full refund.

According to Hy-Vee, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee at (800) 772-4098.

 

 

COLUMBIA/BOONE COUNTY PHHS ANNOUNCE NEW MASK ORDINANCE

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning issued Public Health Order 2020-15.1(c), which incorporates a countywide mask mandate that will go into effect at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2020 unless extended, rescinded or modified.  Under the order, everyone 10 years of age and older that is within Boone County outside of Columbia city limits will be required to wear a mask when around people who are not household members. This is similar to the mask requirement that was put into place within the city limits of Columbia on July 10, 2020. 
The Boone County Commission voted 2-1 to endorse the mandate on Tuesday, Nov. 24.


"The County Commission has great concern for our citizens, our health care professionals and our medical facilities. We are facing issues we have never seen or could have dreamed up.  Everyone needs to do everything they can to protect themselves and the people they come into contact with from the COVID-19 virus. We will eventually be through this but right now is no time to ignore our individual responsibilities," said Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill.

"We appreciate the work our county leaders have done and continue to do to help protect members of our cities, county and entire region. This unified front in our fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will not only help protect ourselves and our loved ones, but also our local healthcare and frontline workers" said Browning.

A mask is defined as a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Masks may be factory-made, or handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials. Household items such as bandanas, towels, t-shirts or any other cotton or linen fabric can be used to make a mask. If choosing to wear a cloth mask, it is recommended that they be made with at least 2 layers of fabric. For example, if a gator is worn it should be folded to ensure two layers of protection.
According to 
the CDC, data shows that masks protect both the wearer and others from becoming exposed to and infected with COVID-19. Increasing evidence has shown that counties that have implemented a mask mandate have lower levels of COVID-19 transmission than those who do not. For more information on the effectiveness of masks and what type of face masks are recommended, please visit the CDC website. 
A mask will be required in all instances where it can not be expected to stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of the immediate household. This includes, but is not limited to, at retail establishments, when walking in and out of restaurant and bar establishments, when spectating at a sporting event, etc.
There are exemptions for people who have a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask. Exemptions are also made for people who are hearing impaired and people communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired. Additional exemptions include:

 




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November 24, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN

The Kirksville Police Department is attempting to locate a woman who has been reported missing by her mother, Peggy Phipps.

The missing woman is Amanda L. Thompson of Kirksville. She has not been seen for almost a week.

She is a white female, 36 years old, 5’1” tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Thompson has her ears, tongue and abdomen pierced, and she has a black heart tattoo on her upper back and a tattoo of a heart with “Troy” on her lower back.

Thompson was last seen by her mother on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Phipps told KTVO she received a phone call from Thompson's cell phone around 5 p.m. on November 23, 2020, but Phipps was unable to make out what was being said on the other end of the line because it was a whisper, then the call ended.

Thompson may be driving a green 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van with Missouri license TC2-C3F, and she may be in the company of Colt Pierce.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 

THIRD PERSON ARRESTED IN MEXICO, MISSOURI SHOOTING

 

 A third person was arrested Saturday in connection to the murder of Chance Davis, a man who was fatally shot in Mexico, Missouri on June 27th.

Officers arrested Timothy Midgyett during a traffic stop in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Midgyett had a warrant for the murder of Chance Davis.

Davis, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene on June 27.

Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the fatal shooting after Davis' girlfriend reported someone broke in.

The arrest warrant of Midgyett was the last outstanding warrant for Davis' murder.

Quincy Police Department arrested Deyton Curtis-Fisher on July 31 in relation to a home invasion and fatal shooting in Mexico.

Sadiq Moore, 25, formally of Kirksville, was arrested in connection to the murder of Chance Davis by the US Marshals Service in Columbia on October 8.

The Mexico Public Safety Department has been working with several agencies since the warrants were issued on July 20.

 

 

SLICK ROADS TO BLAME FOR MONDAY EVENING CRASH

 

Monday's winter weather is now being blamed for a head-on crash that injured three people.

The accident happened at 6:02 p.m. in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Larry Payton, 71, of Kirksville, was on Highway 6, two miles east of Durham, when he lost control on the ice covered roadway.

His van crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on.

Payton suffered minor injuries in the crash.

His passenger, Joanne Payton, 71, also of Kirksville, suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

The other driver, Jonathan Rathbun, 27, of Ewing, Missouri, suffered minor injuries.

All three were taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment.

 

 

19 COUNTIES IN MID-MISSOURI ARE DESIGNATED EXTREME RISK FOR COVID-19

 

Last week, a statewide public health warning was issued which included community-level guidance based on three risk categories – extreme risk, critical risk, and serious risk. By the state's own metrics, 19 mid-Missouri counties are considered in the highest risk category of "extreme risk" and 7 counties are in the "critical risk" category just falling short of the criteria for the highest category.

Governor Mike Parson announced the issuance of the public health warning last week during a press conference where he also extended the state of emergency through March of 2021. The announcement came as hospitalizations rise and health officials become increasingly concerned about staffing and bed space at Missouri's hospitals.

Missouri has recorded 23,668 new coronavirus cases in the last week and, as of Monday, the state's 7-day positivity rate was at 20.4 percent. Meanwhile, Missouri's hospitals have reported becoming increasingly overwhelmed with 2,805 patients being hospitalized as of Friday, which is the most recent data available on the state's coronavirus dashboard.

Counties in each category must meet both the criteria for the positivity rate as well as the criteria for the case rate per 100,000 population. In mid-Missouri, 19 counties are considered at extreme risk and seven are at critical risk. There are no mid-Missouri counties in the lowest category of serious risk.

 

Category 1 County Action Plan: Extreme Risk

 

Criteria for county:

 

Local counties within this category: Macon, Sullivan, Carroll, Moniteau, Camden, Monroe, Chariton, Ralls, Lincoln, Miller, Crawford, Franklin, Pike, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Maries, Osage, Saline, Boone, Morgan, Phelps

 

Guidance:

Business occupancy: Occupancy limits reflective of social distancing.

Social group size: 10 or less.

Masks: Strongly advised in all offices and businesses where social distancing is not possible.

 

Category 2 County Action Plan: Critical Risk

 

Criteria for county:

 

Local counties within this category: Callaway, Audrain, Gasconade, Randolph, Pulaski, Montgomery, Pettis

 

Guidance:

Business occupancy: Occupancy limits reflective of social distancing.

Social group size: 25 or less.

Masks: Advised in all offices and businesses with 10+ people where social distancing is not possible.

 

Category 3 County Action Plan: Serious Risk

 

Criteria for county:

 

Guidance:

Business occupancy: No limits.

Social group size: Limited to maintaining 6 feet distance.

Masks: Advised in all offices and businesses with 10+ people where social distancing is not possible.

 

The public health warning also advised Missourians to take it upon themselves when mitigating the spread of the virus by wearing masks, monitoring their own health and minimizing travel outside of Missouri.

 

 




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November 23, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL URGES ANYONE TRAVELING FOR THANKSGIVING TO DO SO SAFELY

 

 Thanksgiving this year will look very different for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the urging of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) still believes there will be an increase in travelers this week.

Therefore, if your family is still planning a road trip, it is important to remember to be a courteous and attentive driver over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Brown provided more advice on how to travel safely this holiday.

 

"Just make safety a part of your plans," Brown said. "If you are going to be travelling short distances, long distances, be prepared. Check the weather conditions, know what you are going to be facing on your trip, obey the traffic laws. If you make safety a part of your trip, you obey the laws, you wear your seatbelt, designate a sober driver, then you should have a safe and happy trip."

 

According to Brown, the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are typically when the patrol sees the largest increase in travelers.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2019, Missouri state troopers responded to 1,594 crashes that resulted in 11 deaths and 634 injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises you to drive safely this holiday, obey all traffic laws and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

 

 

HOSPITAL BEDS CONTINUE TO FILL UP IN MISSOURI

 

Hospital beds across Missouri are nearly four-fifths full, and capacity is even more limited in intensive care units as the coronavirus pandemic continues its autumn surge.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Monday cited 2,805 hospitalizations statewide -- double the number from a month ago.
The state's COVID-19 dashboard notes that just 21% of capacity remains at hospitals, and ICU capacity is down to 17%.
Bed capacity is at 13% in northwest Missouri, 17% in the St. Louis region and 19% in Kansas City.
ICU capacity is at 13% in the southwestern part of the state and in St. Louis.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO MULTIPLE RESTAURANT BURGLARIES

 

Between Nov. 20-22, Columbia police officers have responded to reports of approximately 10 incidents across the city where several restaurants have been burglarized. 

While investigating these incidents separately, officers discovered that a 16 year-old  juvenile suspect was involved with at least two of the burglaries. 

The suspect was seen on camera throwing a large rock through the front window of one of the businesses. The suspect went inside and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The juvenile has been detained for the charges of second degree burglary, felony resisting arrest, first degree property damage and a misdemeanor stealing in connection with burglaries at Agave Mexican Restaurant, 901 Safari, Suite 101, and at Tortilleria El Patron, 711 Vandiver Dr.

At this time there is no evidence that connects the juvenile to the other burglaries. The remaining burglaries are still under investigation.

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

 

 

 




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November 22, 2020

 

 

TRIAL DELAYED FOR WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER AUGUST CRASH

 

Next month's trial for a Quincy woman charged with murder after a car crash that killed four people has been delayed to next year.

The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports Natasha McBride briefly appeared in Adams County Circuit Court last week.

McBride's attorney Todd Nelson says they weren't ready for a December trial.

It's now been placed on the March jury trial docket. The 36-year-old woman faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of four people, including three young boys from Kirksville.

Authorities allege she ignored a traffic light in August while driving at a high rate of speed and hit another car.

She continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

 

 

OFFICIALS CONSIDER ESTABLISHING FIELD HOSPITAL AS MISSOURI CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE

 

Officials are discussing canceling all but the most urgent medical procedures and building a field hospital as the coronavirus surges in Missouri.

Dr. Alex Garza, the chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said on Friday that projections show the region's hospitals maxing out intensive care units in a matter of days, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Garza said the task force is working with the state to determine what assistance will be necessary.

Springfield area hospitals also report being overwhelmed.

As of Saturday, the state health department reported that there have been 25,480 new coronavirus cases in the past week, or 3,640 new cases daily on average.

 

 

BROOKFIELD TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A north Missouri teen was injured in an early morning crash Friday.
The crash happened around 1 a.m. in Linn County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lane Thudium, 18, of Brookfiled, Mo., was driving north on Jarboe Road, two miles east of Brookfield, when the crash happened.

Troopers say Thudium lost control of the truck he was driving on a curve, traveled off the left side of the road where the vehicle overturned.
A 14-year-old girl, a passenger in the truck, received moderate injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.

Thudium was not hurt.
The online crash report states Thudium was wearing a seat belt, but the girl was not.
The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Brookfield Police Department.

 

 

 




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November 19, 2020

 

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES SURGE IN RURAL COUNTIES

 

 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Scotland County have spiked, with active cases more than doubling in the past week.

The Scotland County Health department said Thursday the total active cases jumped from 30 last week to 64 on Thursday..

The number of people hospitalized went from two to five.

Those in quarantine spiked from 63 one week ago to 108 on Thursday.

And year-to-date total cases in Scotland County jumped by 58 in the past week, now standing at 194 cases.

County health officials strongly urge you to practice safety protocols including avoiding large gatherings, wearing a face mask when out in public, staying at least six feet away from other people and washing your hands frequently with soap and water.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY THROUGH MARCH

 

 Governor Mike Parson extended the state of emergency until March of next year, as hospitalizations rise and health officials become increasingly concerned about staffing and bed s`pace at Missouri's hospitals.

During his Thursday press briefing, Governor Parson not only announced the state of emergency being extended but he also announced new guidance and covered a range of topics from his position on mask-wearing to the upcoming holidays and the vaccine.

The extension will run until March 31, 2021, due to the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the entire Midwest region, including Missouri which is currently ranked 11th in the nation for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the last week.

"You know Missouri and the Midwest region remain central to the COVID-19 wave hitting our country right now," Governor Parson said in a Thursday morning press briefing.

 

If you look for some examples, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Our neighbors Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois, all with higher cases than Missouri. Some with some of the toughest restrictions in the United States. But, regardless of the restrictions, regardless of what state, the virus is rising.

 

Data released by the state on Thursday showed an additional 27,358 new COVID-19 cases and 67 more deaths in the last week alone. All told, the state has reported 257,822 cases and 3,507 deaths since the pandemic began. Not only this, but the state had a whopping 23.7% positivity rate in the last week.

 

There was more cases in the month of October than in those first 8 months [of the COVID-19 pandemic]. The first 15 days of November is more than the numbers of a full month of October. These numbers are growing at a very fast rate and we have to understand that will put a stress on the system if we don't change the behavior of how we conduct ourselves.

 

Governor Parson announced new guidance would be released on Thursday that will be a public health warning for the entire state of Missouri.

Parson said they will be releasing guidance to the counties and mayors across the state of Missouri to let them know where they stand in relation to the number of cases they have per 100,000 people in their population.

 

We're going to encourage them to take some sort of action to be able to make this curve happen. But at the end of the day, I'm going to stress you again, as many people out there would like to say it's government's responsibility, it's not. It's our responsibility as citizens of this great state to do the right thing.

 

With that being said, Governor Parson called on everyone in the state to take it upon themselves to slow the spread of the virus.

Parson explained that even with the news of the vaccine coming in December, everything will not be going back to normal for quite some time.

On the contrary, Parson said the public sector won't be receiving the vaccines until much farther down the road. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Randall Williams said he expects the public will receive the vaccine by March or April.

 

 

UM BOARD APPROVES MU CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PROPOSAL

 

During the UM System Board of Curators meeting on Thursday morning, the board approved the project proposal for MU Health Care's children's hospital facility.

The project costs $232 million and anticipated to begin May 2021 and be completed by June 2024.

The current Women's and Children Hospital has reached its capacity and no longer suits the needs. According to documents, MU Hospital and Women's and Children's operate at full capacity and have limited ability to expand. The plan said occupancy rates at both hospitals hovers around 85 percent, but can increase up to 95 percent over the winter.

Health officials outlined building renewal as "necessary for replacement of health care facilities due to age, technology and anticipated growth."

The new hospital will be seven stories with a mechanical dock and mechanical penthouse, expected to be built on the east side of MU Hospital's patient tower. The hospital is expected to total 323,400 square feet.

The stories of the hospital are:

The project is expected to happen in two phases. Phase I which began in September 2020 is expected to last through September 2021. This includes the following:

Phase II is expected to last from December 2023 to July 2024. This includes:

The total projected funding is $250 million. The breakdown is as follows:

 

 




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November 18, 2020

 

 

FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS FORMER MISSOURI CITY CLERK FOR MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS

 

A federal grand jury indicted former Center, Missouri clerk Tracey Ray, 48, for her role in misappropriating taxpayer money.

Ray is charged with wire fraud and federal program theft.
She was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 17, and had her initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge David D. Noce on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

According to the indictment, Ray engaged in a scheme to defraud and obtain money from Center.

The indictment alleges she took approximately $317,325.59 by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.

The theft began in or about January of 2015 and continued through around July of 2019, according to the indictment.

On approximately 30 occasions, Ray is accused of using Center bank funds to pay for charges on her personal GM credit card.
Those personal charges ended up totaling approximately $206,342.53 and were used for personal retail vendor charges, entertainment, lodging and travel, hair salons, restaurants, and grocery store charges.
Ray also is accused of issuing Center bank account checks in the approximate total amount of $62,537.76 to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay for the premiums on a family health insurance policy, as well as on life and disability policies for her and her family members.
Taxpayers can learn about other allegations from the following news release issued Wednesday from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.
The grand indictment comes two months after Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit that detailed Ray's spending as the former city clerk of Center, Missouri.

 

 

AS TEMPERATURES COOL, AMEREN MISSOURI SHARES HOME HEATING TIPS

 

As temperatures begin to stay cold across the Heartland, Ameren Missouri would like to make sure you properly heat your home.

If used properly, natural gas appliances, like a water heater or furnace, will help you keep nice and warm this winter.

It is important for you to understand how to determine if you have a gas leak.

Some tips to help you are:

Also, Ameren recommends homeowners do the following:

There is also a poster contest in which kids can help promote energy safety.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI EDUCATORS ASSOCCIATION DISAGREES WITH MISSOURI’S SCHOOL QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

 

After new school quarantine guidance was released last week from the state of Missouri, many people have had mixed reactions.

Under the new guidance, students, staff, and faculty do not have to quarantine if they have been in close contact with a person who has coronavirus if both the infected person and the person exposed wore masks. The school also has to have a mask mandate in place.

Those with the Missouri National Education Association said they don't believe this is a good strategy for schools.

Missouri NEA Communications Director Mark Jones, said they believe different mitigation strategies would much be safer.

"What we should be doing is providing adequate resources to our teachers and to our health care professionals," Jones said.

Jones said many educators are coming together to express their frustration through letters.

 "They are writing to the Department of Education, they're writing to the governor, they're writing to their local school boards," Jones said.

He said, so far, it is hit or miss on whether school districts have chosen to adopt this guidance.

Jones said the hope is to show school districts that many people support higher health standards.

 

 

 




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November 17, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS STATE IS READY FOR WHEN A VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE

 

As COVID-19 cases surge, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to a vaccine for the virus.

Pfizer and Moderna appear to be on track to have vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration on an emergency basis within weeks.

Both of those companies have released statements saying their vaccinations were more than 90% effective in the clinical trials.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says many remain optimistic as doctors and scientists continue to make progress on a COVID-19 vaccine.

Parson adds he's proud that the Pfizer facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, is helping lead the way on a critically important global development.

 

"Missouri has been considered a leader in the area, and this will only continue when a vaccine becomes available. We submitted Missouri's COVID-19 vaccine plan to the CDC last month, and we are fully prepared to take action as soon as a vaccine becomes available."

 

Missouri's planning efforts are based upon CDC guidance to anticipate a phased availability of vaccines within the state.

Because of a likelihood of limited availability, Missouri's plan first focuses the initial doses toward reducing or stopping death and disability by reducing the stress on health care systems caring for affected patients. The state plans to collaborate with health care systems and pharmacy and community partners to vaccinate long-term care facility staff and other health care workers.

As the availability of the vaccine expands, vaccination efforts will then be aimed at residents most at risk, the elderly, and those with medical conditions placing them at higher risk for poor outcomes.

At the same time, efforts will be made to reach essential workers in schools and critical businesses.

As the availability increases even more, the plan's final phase will help ensure every Missourians who wants a vaccination is able to obtain one.

 

ST. LOUIS TEACHERS UNION AND STATEWIDE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION SAY THEY WOULD SUPPORT STATEWIDE MASK MANDATES

The union representing St. Louis teachers is calling for a statewide mask mandate, a proposal that also has the backing of Missouri's two largest teacher organizations.
The interim president of the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis Local 420, Ray Cummings, says it's time for Republican Gov. Mike Parson "to follow science and the advice of health care professionals" and issue a mask mandate.
Outside St. Louis, Missouri teachers are largely represented by either the Missouri National Education Association or the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Both said Tuesday that they would support a statewide mask mandate.

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT DECIDING ON PUBLIC LABOR UNION RESTRICTIONS


The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether new restrictions on public unions can be enacted.
Judges on Tuesday heard arguments in the case.
At issue is a 2018 law requiring public unions to get permission every year to deduct dues from workers' paychecks.
Public safety unions are exempt.
A judge last year sided with unions and blocked the law. But lawyers for the state appealed.
They say the law is constitutional and doesn't interfere with public workers' right to band together to negotiate.

 




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NOVEMBER 16th, 2020

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS POSTPONE WORK AFTER LEGISLATORS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Missouri lawmakers are postponing work on coronavirus aid funding after numerous legislators have been sickened by the virus.
Republican Senate leaders on Monday said they're delaying work until after Thanksgiving. Leaders have not yet specified how many senators and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to the Capitol to give him the power to spend $1.1 billion in additional federal coronavirus aid.
He also asked lawmakers to give hospitals, schools and businesses immunity from being sued for misconduct related to how they've handled the pandemic.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI CONTINUES WORK ON SOLAR FACILITY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

At the end of September, Ameren Missouri announced a goal to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all its operations.

With this goal, the company is also hoping to maintain the reliability and affordability that customers have come to expect.

With this large investment, Ameren Missouri is excited to announced plans for its largest solar facility.

“Bottom line—our transformative plan brings new, cleaner energy to all of our customers and targets the elimination of carbon emissions all while meeting our customers' energy needs now and into the future,” said Ameren Missouri Chairman and President Marty Lyons.

The solar facility will reside west of St. Louis in Montgomery County.

By the end of 2021, Ameren Missouri expects thousands of solar panels to be installed.

Ameren’s new solar facility was made possible due to the demand from its Community Solar program.

Since Ameren announced its goal to have net-zero carbon emissions, nearly 2,000 new customer subscriptions have been received for the program.

More information about the program can be found here.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT SATURDAY NIGHT

 

At approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, Columbia police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2000 block of Newton Dr.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to witnesses who reported hearing gunshots in the area. Officers located multiple shell casings and property damage to vehicles and residences nearby. 

There were no injuries reported on the scene. There is no suspect description available at this time. 

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

 

 




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NOVEMBER 15th, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES STEADILY RISE FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S RECORD SETTING TOTAL

 

 The number of coronavirus cases continues to steadily increase across Missouri and hospitalizations remain at a high level.

The state reported 3,729 new virus cases Sunday for a total of 239,451 cases. This comes after the state set a new record for single day cases Saturday with 6,346.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus dipped Sunday to 2,447 from the previous day's record of 2,523, but hospitalizations have doubled in the past month and capacity is strained in parts of the state. Local health officials have urged Gov. Mike Parson to impose tougher restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, but he has resisted requiring masks and largely left it up to local officials to impose restrictions.

 

 

A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY GRADUATE ONE OF FIVE KILLED IN MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASH IN EGYPT

 

Five U.S. soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Egypt this week have been identified.

One of the soldiers was a graduate of A.T. Still University in Kirksville.

The university says it's mourning the loss of Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, DO, '17, from Katy, Texas.

Dr. Vandekamp, 31, was assigned to the Task Force Sinai Medical Company.

According to the U.S. Army, Vandekamp arrived in Egypt last month, on his first overseas assignment.

He joined the Army after graduating from A.T. Still University.

The helicopter crash happened Thursday, and the group was part of the multinational peacekeeping force operating there.

International authorities say the crash was caused by technical issues and involved a Black Hawk helicopter taking part in a supply mission.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

 

AUXVASSE, MISSOURI MAN KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An Auxvasse, Missouri man is dead following a one vehicle crash in Callaway County Sunday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 61 year old Dennis Davis of Auxvasse was westbound on U.S. Highway 54 just west of Country Road 982 at around 2:30 Sunday Morning.  That’s when Davis’ vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the ground, and overturned. Davis and his passenger 50 year old John Meissert of Auxvasse were ejected from the vehicle.  Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by Callaway County EMS.  Meissert suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




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NOVEMBER 12th, 2020

 

MU HEALTH CARE TIGHTENING VISITORS RESTRICTIONS

 

MU Health Care is tightening restrictions on visitors to its hospitals and clinics in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region.

The new restrictions, which were announced on Thursday afternoon, begin on Friday. Included in the restrictions is a rule that says visitors are no longer allowed at any of MU Health Care's hospitals.

However, there are a few exceptions to this rule including:

Beginning on Nov. 23, one visitor will be allowed for clinic visits only in a handful of situations including:

In a Thursday news release, Mark Wakefield, MD, MU Health Care associate chief medical officer, explained that the restrictions are necessary as coronavirus cases increase throughout the region.

The COVID-19 prevalence has increased significantly in the region. These additional restrictions are necessary to ensure we can continue to safely provide all patients with the best care possible.

Now, more than ever, it’s critically important that everyone do their part to stop the trend of rising COVID-19 cases by wearing a mask, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

The news release said that the restrictions are "designed to protect employees, patients and visitors."

The expanded restrictions on visitors come days after MU Health Care along with Boone Hospital Center, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services issued a joint statement addressing the increasingly dire situation at hospitals as virus cases surge throughout the region.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOOL GUIDANCE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has announced new guidance aimed at keeping more kids, teachers and staff in school, even those who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Currently, anyone in a K-12 setting who is directly exposed must quarantine for 14 days.
The new guidance does not require quarantining if both the infected person and the person exposed wore masks.
The change comes as the virus continues to surge, with Missouri reporting 4,603 new cases on Thursday, 16 new deaths and a record 2,248 people in hospitals.

 

 

LAKE OF THE OZARKS NATIVE IS LEADING NEXT SPACEX LAUNCH

 

A School of the Osage High School graduate is leading SpaceX's launch to the International Space Station.

Colonel Mike Hopkins, United States Air Force and NASA astronaut, is the commander on the Crew-1 mission.

Hopkins grew up on a farm outside Richland, Missouri.

He is one of four astronauts that are preparing to launch SpaceX's second crew launch, on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will launch for a long-duration mission.

The astronauts are following another mission, DM-2, which was a test mission that lasted around 3 months. It helped verify that the requirements of the vehicle were met. The astronauts examined the data from the previous mission.

Hopkins said getting to watch the DM-2 mission was pretty amazing.

We were in one of the flight control rooms during the launch itself. And I have to admit the first time when they started to fuel that rocket, with Bob and Doug in the actual vehicle, you know, this is the first time this has ever happened.

And that was a little bit surreal and after so many months and years of working on that vehicle to be in that moment where you are getting ready to launch them into space was kind of exciting, it was very exciting actually. So you definitely have a lot of goosebumps as you're watching that all take place.

In this mission, the astronauts will put the Crew Dragon through its operational paces. The astronauts plan to stay at the international space station for 6 months.

Sitting on the launch pad is definitely a moment that you're always thinking about right. That's one of the more critical phases of the flight as you can imagine so you're very focused in.

It can be a very emotional time because you're getting ready. You're sitting on top of a rocket that has hundreds of thousands of pounds of fuel on it, that's getting ready to launch you into space. So as you can imagine that can be very emotional.

Hopkins is responsible for the Crew-1 vehicle and making sure it's always ready to return home if necessary. He will also help with maintenance, science, spacewalks, and robotics operations.

The crew has completed extensive training. As commander, he's also responsible for the launch, rendezvous, and docking.

Even though it can feel surreal Hopkins said, "At the same time you have a job to do and you have procedures to follow. And so you get very focused in on that to make sure you're monitoring all of the systems and making sure everything is going the way the plan has been laid out."

Hopkins said he just tries to keep it all in perspective when mentally preparing for a space launch.

I think what I can get my head around now is the launch phase, knowing that, that's going to happen. And then once you get on orbit you're kind of pinching yourself because it's hard to believe that you're finally there.

He said astronauts go through the day-to-day training to prepare for the launch so sometimes they are not always thinking about the big picture of 'I'm going to space'.

That launch, that moment is just, probably one of those moments that you think about a lot because it's hard, believe it or not, 'and I've been to space', to imagine yourself in low earth orbit, up floating.

Once the astronauts return a lot of data collection, debriefs and testing will be completed with the astronauts as well as the vehicle. This post-flight period usually lasts around 6 months.

 

 




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NOVEMBER 11th, 2020

 

GREEN CITY MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH 

 

A northeast Missouri man sustained minor injuries as the result of his pickup truck hydroplaning and then crashing.

The accident happened at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday in Sullivan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jeremy Clark, 34, of Green City, hydroplaned and traveled off the road.

The pickup then went down an embankment, and struck the fence and the tree

The crash happened on Highway 5, three miles north of Milan.

A private vehicle transported Clark to the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital of Milan.

The vehicle received extensive damage.

Clark was wearing a seat belt and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DOWN AMID PANDEMIC

 

 Enrollment in Missouri's public schools dropped 3.2% this school year as the education system grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
State education officials say 872,470 students are enrolled in preschool through 12th grade in Missouri public schools this year, a drop of nearly 27,500 students.
A spokeswoman for the state education department says officials are trying to determine if the students who left are homeschooling, attending a private school that offers onsite learning, or have simply not enrolled yet
The enrollment drop was most pronounced in preschool and kindergarten, with a 31% decline in public preschool and a nearly 10% decrease in kindergarten.

 

 

MISSOURI’S ICU BEDS CONTINUE TO BECOME MORE SCARCE

 

 As record numbers of patients with the coronavirus fill Missouri's hospitals, many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce.
Data released by the state on Wednesday showed an additional 4,071 new coronavirus cases and 24 more deaths.
The state has reported 220,768 cases and 3,323 deaths since the pandemic began.
The state also cited a record 2,157 hospitalizations, 102 above the previous mark set Tuesday.
ICU capacity is down to 32% statewide, but just 28% in northwestern Missouri, 19% in the Kansas City area and just 2% in sparsely populated northeast Missouri.

 




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NOVEMBER 10th, 2020

 

JACKSONVILLE, MISSOURI WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING CRASH

 

A Missouri woman was injured after she ran off the road, Monday evening.

The single-vehicle crash happened at 5:20 p.m. in Randolph County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jane Norris, 61, of Jacksonville, ran off the right side of the road, and struck a tree.

That crash happened on Route J.

Luckily, she was wearing a seat belt, but she did suffer moderate injuries in the crash.

Norris was transported to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 

MISSOURI STILL HAS AROUND $1 BILLION IN UNSPENT VIRUS AID FUNDS

 

Missouri has less than two months to spend roughly $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid and counties have to spend about $390 million in the same time frame.
State Budget Director Dan Haug on Monday outlined hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent funding that's set to expire this year.
Haug says the state plans to spend all the money still on the table. But counties are running out of time.

Counties have spent only $128 million of the $520 million available to them.
Several state lawmakers raised concerns that a huge amount of federal funding meant to help Missouri battle the pandemic isn't being spent.

 

 

JACKSON COUNTY REPORTS 28 COVID-19 CASES FROM ELECTION WORKERS

 

Twenty-eight employees of the election board in one of Missouri's largest counties are sick with the coronavirus.
A director believes they most likely got infected from voters, though local health officials aren't convinced.
The Jackson County Election Board's Republican director, Tammy Brown, said Tuesday that eight full-time and 20 part-time employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Most are doing well and recovering at home, but two part-time workers are hospitalized, including one in intensive care.
Brown says thousands of voters came into the offices to pick up absentee and mail-in ballots, vote, and to drop off ballots.
The employees also worked a drive-thru line for voters with the coronavirus and people in quarantine.

 

 

MISSOURI HUNTERS MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH MORE THAN JUST CWD

 

 Many hunters will be heading out to the fields starting November 14 to search for deer.

As KTVO has reported, if hunters harvest deer in a county that is part of the CWD Management Zone, they are asked to have it sampled for the disease.

However, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) may not be the only disease that hunters would want deer to be sampled for.

Hemorrhagic disease (HD) is caused by a naturally occurring virus spread by midge flies during the summer and fall and ends when cold weather kills the flies.

So, how are deer tested for this disease?

"For hemorrhagic disease, what we do is pull tissue from the spleen or the lungs," MDC Deer Biologist Kevyn Wiskirchen. "Those are the two tissues that we would send off to a lab to test for the hemorrhagic disease virus. So, you can test for it, if the carcass is found shortly after death, so if it is relatively fresh we can test for the disease."

In the northeast Missouri viewing area, HD only has been reported in Linn County.

Unlike CWD, HD is not directly contagious between infected deer.

Just like with deer who test positive for CWD, it is best that people do not consume meat from a deer infected by this disease.

 

 




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NOVEMBER 9th, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI AS HOSPITALS ARE STRESSED

 

COVID-19 cases are growing in Missouri, with 212,441 cases to date. Locally, Macon County has announced 67 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday and Adair County reported 39 additional cases on Monday.

According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, Missouri currently has a positivity rate of 19.5%.

Over 21,000 new cases have been reported over the past 7 days.

Governor Mike Parson said that while many of those infected with the virus have recovered, it's also important to remember those currently hospitalized.

"We are very thankful that the majority of Missourians with this virus have made full recoveries. But, there are many Missourians who are hospitalized on ventilators, or passed away. We do not take this lightly, and our thoughts and prayers are with these Missourians and their families. The bottom line is that COVID-19 is still here and it is serious."

The latest dashboard numbers show that over 2,000 Missourians are hospitalized because of the virus.

Nearly 470 of those patients are in intensive care units, with over 230 people on a ventilator.

Governor Parson says that right now, the amount of available hospital beds is stable, but that his administration is also looking at staffing numbers.

"We continually monitor the data and work very closely with the Missouri Hospital Association to monitor the statewide health care system and ensure adequate resources and capacity. The state has plenty of hospital beds, but the situation that can become an issue and that we are watching closely, is hospital staffing."

Parson says the state is focused on finding ways to help with staffing needs.

He says over 600 regulations have been waived, including many to help hospitals and health care providers with staff and other COVID-19 challenges.

Over $5 million has also been allocated to expand broadband for telehealth across the state as barriers have been removed to allow doctors to treat more patients through telemedicine.

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION IS ALLOWING LOCAL INPUT ON MRAP LAND SHARING

 

KTVO recently reported that the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) through Friday, November 13.

Through the MRAP program, landowners may open their properties to the public for a variety of outdoor activities.

However, KTVO wanted to know if the landowners get the final say on what may take place on their property.

MDC Media Specialist Robert Hemmelgarn explained the process.

"There's six categories for allowable activities," Hemmelgarn said. "And landowners can determine the type of public access and activity they want to allow on their property within the limits of those six categories. Those categories range from all-access hunting and fishing to just wildlife viewing."

MDC’s MRAP program has expanded thanks to a new $2.2 million grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Landowners must commit three years if they are selected for the program.

 

 

 




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November 9th, 2020

COVID-19 CASES INCREASING

Most of the Health Departments in our area report new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Those include 7 new cases on Sunday in Sullivan County, In Adair County 5 new cases were reported Sunday after 16 new cases were reported on Saturday. On Sunday, Health Departments reported 4,131 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide and three more deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus. You’re reminded that free testing will be offered again today (Monday) in Adair County. The free clinic is coordinated by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and will take place from 8:00 AM to 1 PM at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville. This is just one of several testing opportunities scheduled. As of Friday, Randolph County had 310 active cases. Boone County reported 123 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced a number of community events in various counties across the state to promote widespread COVID-19 testing. Registration is now open for free COVID-19 testing in Callaway, Cole, Miller, Montgomery, Pettis and Randolph counties. The only requirement to register for an event is Missouri residency. You can register by calling the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.  Free COVID-19 testing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will still be offered at various sites across the state on a weekly basis including the Columbia location on Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM at Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road in Columbia.

 

MERCER MAN KILLED FRIDAY AFTERNOON

The highway patrol said an accident Friday took the life of a Mercer man. The patrol said 47 year old Gregg W. Widner of Mercer was killed when his eastbound grain truck attempted to pass a combine and struck a bridge rail, ejecting the driver.  The eastbound combine operated by John L. Wells of Princeton went up onto the bridge rail, crossed the roadway and travelled off the south side of the road and overturned. The grain truck came to rest in the middle of the roadway.  The crash occurred at 2:18 PM Friday afternoon on US 136, 3 miles east of Princeton.

 

PATROL REPORTS SEVERAL AREA RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN VEHICLE CRASHES

A number of vehicle accidents were also reported over the weekend. A Head-on crash in Carroll County resulted in injuries for two Carrollton residents. The patrol said Brandon McDowell was southbound when his auto travelled into the opposite lane on US 65 at County Road 340 at 5:15 pm Sunday and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Mary K. Albert of Carrollton head on. Albert had moderate injuries and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital while McDowell was seriously injured and transported to Truman Hospital by Air Ambulance. The patrol reports McDowell is also facing several felony charges after being arrested at 6:12 PM Sunday night. Those Carroll County charges include felony possession of a controlled substance – Prescription Narcotics, felony possession of a controlled substance – Methamphetamine and felony charges for unlawful use of a weapon. A 16 year old driver from Paris was injured when her westbound auto swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, travelled off the road and overturned multiple times. That happened around 10 pm Sunday night on Route M, 8 miles southeast of Madison. The juvenile driver had minor injuries and was transported to a Columbia Hospital by private vehicle. A St. Louis driver, 38 year old Tyra Nelson had moderate injuries and was transported to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after her eastbound vehicle struck a deer on US 36, a half a mile west of Meadville at 6:15 PM Sunday night. A driver from Paris was involved in a crash at 10:20 am Sunday morning on Route AA, 6 miles southeast of Madison. 21 year old Trenton Morgan of Patrol was eastbound in a Mack truck when it was ran off the roadway by an oncoming vehicle. The truck returned to the roadway and overturned, coming to rest in the road. Morgan had moderate injuries and was transported by private auto to Boone Hospital in Columbia. Two Boone County residents were involved in a motorcycle wreck Sunday at 3:44 pm on Route E at Wolf Road. 57 year old Michael Wilson of Columbia was northbound when he lost control of the motorcycle and it travelled off the roadway. Wilson had moderate injuries while a passenger, 65 year old Brenda Repper, also of Columbia sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. On Saturday morning at 5:50 AM a Unionville man received minor injuries when his vehicle went off the right side of MO 129, 5 miles northeast of Unionville and impacted into a tree. 65 year old Ken Brown was transported to Northeast Regional Hospital for treatment. Several other collisions in the area were also investigated on Saturday as well as Friday by the patrol.

 

JACKSONVILLE MAN ARRESTED SATURDAY

The patrol reports a man from Jacksonville was arrested at 10:20 Saturday morning. 44 year old James M. Traver was charged with 3 felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender. He was later released.

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS AND OTHER CHARGES

The patrol arrested 35 year old Nicole L. Henley of Chillicothe at 11:19 Friday morning in Grundy County on drug related charges. According to the report, Henley was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamines- a class D felony. She was also charged with driving while intoxicated – Drugs, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manor resulted in an accident and operating a vehicle without providing financial responsibility. She was transported to the Grundy County Sheriff’s office and was later released.









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NOVEMBER 5th, 2020

 

MISSOURI WOMAN FOUND GUILTY FOR HER ROLE IN THE DEATH OF A NEBRASKA MAN

 

A Missouri woman pleaded no contest for her role in the stabbing death of a Nebraska man during a botched robbery.
The Omaha World-Herald reports a Sarpy County judge then found 22-year-old Kristal R. Martin guilty Wednesday of being an accessory in the June 2018 slaying of Brent Quigley at his home in Bellevue, Nebraska.
She is one of five people charged in Quigley's death as part of a plan to steal drugs and money from him.
Officers found Quigley lying near the front door of his home with at least 20 stab wounds

Christopher J. Reagan, 47, was sentenced to 100 years to life in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery. Raymond T. Davis, 31, of Des Moines, Iowa, also faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and a weapons count.

Alisia Cooke, 30, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Jonathan Riesgaard, 34, has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a robbery. Both are awaiting sentencing.

Martin told police that she and Davis left Omaha after the slaying. They were arrested in Troy, Missouri.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS CONSIDER UP TO $1.2 BILLION IN CORONAVIRUS AID

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work to make sure more than $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus aid gets where it needs to go throughout the state.