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July 9th, 2020

 

NEMO VOTING PRECINCT PERMANENTLY CHANGES LOCATION

 

A northeast Missouri polling precinct is changing locations.

Adair County Clerk Sandy Collop told KTVO that those of you who have previously voted at Brashear City Hall will now cast your ballot at the 4-H Building at the Nemo Fairgrounds in Kirksville starting with the election on August 4, 2020.

The change is permanent.

Collop said letters were mailed Thursday morning to all affected voters. Those letters should arrive Friday or Saturday.

The move was prompted by COVID-19. Collop said Brashear City Hall is simply too small of an area to keep everyone safely distanced from others.

 

 

ST. LOUIS MAN ACCUSED OF LEADING DRUG DISTRIBUTION RING PLEADS GUILTY

 

A man who was accused of leading a large drug distribution organization in St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The guilty plea for 44-year-old Guy Goolsby of St. Louis was announced Thursday.

Goolsby admitted to conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

Thirteen others who were indicted along with Goolsby in May 2019 are awaiting trial.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis says law enforcement seized more than $2 million of drug proceeds.

Federal investigators say the ring brought drugs from Houston and Florida to St. Louis.

Goolsby could face up to life in prison at sentencing in October.

 

 

LOS ANGELES WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Los Angeles Woman was injured after an accident on Highway 36 in Linn County Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a vehicle driven by 21 year old Sydney Waddell of Los Angeles, California was Eastbound on U.S. Highway 36 just west of Laclede at around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon when a tire on her vehicle blew out.  The blown tire caused her to lose control of the vehicle, run off the right side of the road and overturn.  A passenger in the vehicle, 22 year old, Allie Cole, also of Los Angeles was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Waddell was not injured.

 

 




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July 8th, 2020

 

MISSOURI SCHOOLS WILL BE ALLOWED TO HOST STUDENTS EVERY OTHER DAY

 

Missouri school districts will be allowed to have students attend every other day and learn remotely on alternating days, helping schools avoid fund penalties related to attendance.

According to KCUR-FM, the State Board of Education passed two emergency rules Tuesday establishing hybrid instructions models.

Under the new rules, students will need to physically be in school at least two days a week.

Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said Missouri has allocated $10 million from the CARES Act to make up for COVID-19 learning losses, but it will be up to local communities to put the pressure on school boards to create rigorous, remote learning opportunities for students.

 

 

MISSOURI TEEN ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

 

A 16-year-old Missouri boy who is accused of opening fire after an apparent fireworks altercation has been detained in the death of an 11-year-old and a woman.
Police said Monday that they are seeking two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of armed criminal action and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon against the unidentified teen in the early Sunday shooting that also left three victims with non-life threatening injuries.
Police identified the slain woman as Tara Knedler, a mother of five, and the girl only by her first name of Ri'ajauhna.
Her last name was withheld per the family's request.

 

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY REPORTING DELAYS PARTIALLY TO BLAME IN CORONAVIRUS SPIKE

 

 Reported cases of the coronavirus in Missouri are up by more than 700 cases.

The Tuesday increase is the highest daily increase the state has seen so far.

Health department officials say the spike is partly because of a delay in reporting from labs.

Spokeswoman Lisa Cox also says confirmed cases piled up over the holiday weekend. She says the agency expects higher-than-usual numbers Wednesday, too.

Missouri reported another 773 cases of coronavirus Tuesday and 757 new cases as of 5 p.m. Wednesday

There have been 26,341 reported cases since the virus first struck the state. At least 1,090 people have died.

 

 




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July 7th, 2020

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS FOUR NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

On Tuesday, the Adair County Health Department reported four new cases of COVID-19 among county residents. That brings the year-to-date total to 104.

Three of the cases, men ages 41, 57, and 69, are related to a church revival held in Macon, Mo., from June 28 through July 1.

The fourth new case is a 24-year-old female infected by community spread.

“The cases stemming from the church revival in Macon illustrate the need for people to maintain social distance and wear masks if they attend group events,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Taking these precautions should reduce the spread of the virus among people who have gathered for any type of occasion."

There are currently 11 Adair County residents in isolation now and 93 who have left isolation.

 

 

MODOT BEGINS PHASE ONE OF DIAMOND GRINDING PROJECT ON U.S. 36

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has started the first phase of its diamond grinding project on U.S. Route 36 in Macon County.

The project will take place from the Linn County line to Bevier, Missouri.

Through this first phase, crews will be installing guardrail and performing slab jacking at various locations.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones.

Drivers are encouraged to obey all work zone signs and personnel.

Message boards will be put up to notify drivers of future work.

The awarded contractor of the project, Emery Sapp and Sons, of Columbia, Missouri will be completing this project over the next 125 days.

The second phase of this project includes concrete patching and diamond grinding.

Diamond grinding is a pavement rehabilitation technique that smooths the pavement.

To find out more about the current road construction taking place in northeast Missouri, click here.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY TRAFFIC REPORT

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol released its traffic report for the 2020 Independence Day holiday weekend.

The Highway Patrol reports that there were five traffic fatalities, zero boating fatalities and only one drowning over the holiday weekend.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers worked 294 traffic crashes, which resulted in the 107 injuries and the five fatalities.

There were also 139 DWI (driving while intoxicated) arrests and 126 drug-related arrests.

Also, there were nine boating crashes over the holiday weekend.

Those resulted in four injuries and zero fatalities.

Troopers also made six BWI (boating while intoxicated) arrests and 25 drug-related arrests.

There was also one drowning reported.

KTVO spoke with Missouri Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Brown to get some tips on how to make sure your summer trips go safely.

"Probably the most important thing that we ask people to do is make safety apart of their plans," Sgt. Brown said. "Whether they're traveling, they're camping, they're using our swim beaches, out on our waterways boating, skiing, whatever it may be. Make safety and good choices apart of your plan, obey the traffic laws, obey the boating laws to avoid putting yourself in a circumstance where you're going to be involved in a crash or arrest for driving while intoxicated, things such as that."

In comparison to last year’s July 4 holiday, this year's holiday saw a very compelling drop in traffic crashes.

In 2019, there were 15 fatalities and 457 injuries because of 1,109 crashes over the holiday.

The number of boating crashes saw no decrease this year when compared to 2019.

If you would like to see the Highway Patrol’s full traffic report, click here.

 

 




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July 6th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS TWO NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

 

On Monday, the Macon County Health Department announced the 13th and 14th positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
These cases are community spread in association with previous positive cases. The persons have been in quarantine pending test results, but are now in isolation. The last six cases over the weekend are related to a recent revival held at Open Arms Baptist Church in Macon from June 28-July 1, 2020. This revival brought in members from other churches both inside and outside of the county. The origin of this spread – or how COVID-19 entered this event – is unknown.
Pastor Wills and members of the congregation are working closely with Macon County Health Department with contact investigation in order to contain the spread.
People testing positive from this event range from being asymptomatic to mild symptoms that include fever, cough, fatigue, congestion, chills and aches.
The health department asks that anyone who attended the event please self-quarantine through July 15.
If you have to go out for essential services, practice social distancing and wear a mask at all times.
Should you feel any one of the following symptoms, contact your primary care provider for testing, or, call the health department for instruction.

Fever (any degree)
Cough
Shortness of breath
Chills
Fatigue
Diarrhea
Nausea or vomiting
Loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Sore throat
Headache
Muscle or body aches

Macon County will be hosting other events this summer that will bring in people from out of county and perhaps out of state. If you plan to attend any summer event, practice social distancing and wear a face mask. If you are not feeling well, please don't attend.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 COUNT HITS 100

 

The Adair County Health Department confirmed its 100th positive case of COVID-19 in the county to date on Monday.

This new case is a 23-year-old female, whose infection is determined to be the result of community spread.

There are now seven people remaining in isolation and 93 individuals out of isolation.

The Adair County Health Department has conducted 681 contact-tracing calls to date.

 

 

HANNIBAL MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri motorcyclist was killed early Monday morning when his cycle struck an animal in the roadway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the deadly crash happened at 3:45 a.m. on Highway 168, two miles north of Hannibal, Missouri.

Troopers said a motorcycle operated by Clifford Icke, 39, of Hannibal, struck a fox that was crossing the highway, causing him to lose control of the motorcycle.

Icke was thrown off the cycle and pronounced dead at the scene 10 minutes after the crash happened.

 

 




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July 2nd, 2020

 

MACON WOMAN REPORTED MISSING SINCE MAY 30TH

 

A northeast Missouri woman has been reported as missing since May 30, 2020.

Hailey L. Peek, who may also go by Hailey Morgan, was reportedly last seen by police in Macon, Missouri.

A family member says she had been living in Kirksville prior to her disappearance.

Peek is roughly 5'3", weighs 140 pounds, and has a large rose and skull tattoo on her chest.

In more recent photos, she has a shaved head.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Hailey Peek, you're asked to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945.

 

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS TWO NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

The Macon County Health Department announced its 11th and 12th positive COVID-19 cases on Sunday. These cases are community spread in association with previous positive cases and they have been in quarantine pending test results, but are now in isolation.

Contact investigation is underway. Everyone’s name who is being provided to the health department’s contract tracer by the positive individuals will be notified. At this time, Macon County has 5 active COVID-19 cases.

Business and churches are encouraged to have a plan should someone at work or in the congregation test positive for COVID-19. Residents are strongly encouraged to wear masks in public when social distancing cannot be met even outdoors. It is important to remember that if you don’t feel well that you stay home. COVID-19 symptoms can present in any of the following ways:

Should you have any of these symptoms and are concerned, please contact your primary care provider and quarantine until further notice. It is vital to contain the spread of COVID-19 by social distancing inside and outdoors or wearing a mask if unable; practicing good hand hygiene, routinely disinfecting common touch surfaces, and staying home if not feeling well.

Macon County Health Department is available to consult with business and churches for a COVID-19 response plan.

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS THREE NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

 The Sullivan County Health Department confirmed three additional positive cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. Currently, Sullivan County sits at a total of 115 cases with 8 cases remaining active.

The positive cases have been determined to be community related. To maintain confidentiality, no other information will be provided about the individuals. The Sullivan County Health Department is conducting case investigations to determine identified close contacts of the cases. If you are someone who has been identified as a close contact, you will be notified by the Sullivan County Health Department who will then walk through recommendations on how to proceed with quarantine measures.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever of 100.4F or above, cough, loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath. If you exhibit these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed, please call ahead to your primary care provider or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411. If you are exhibiting symptoms and believe you may have been exposed and are needing emergency medical care, please inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms and concerns.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Volunteer Drive and Grace Lane at approximately 12:15 a.m. on July 5.

Upon arrival, officers assessed the scene and located four victims who had sustained gunshot wounds during the incident. Officers recognized the victims’ immediate need for advanced medical attention, and made the decision to "load and go". This term means officers proceeded to transport all four victims in police vehicles to local emergency rooms while rendering CPR to a female juvenile victim. 

A fifth victim was later interviewed at the police department

Three of the victims sustained non-life threatening injuries; a 40 year-old female, 22 year-old male and an additional female (age unknown at this time).

Two of the five victims were pronounced dead and identified as; Ri’ajauhna (last name withheld per the family’s request), 11, of Columbia and Tara L. Knedler, 38, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified for both victims.

"The celebrations families enjoyed were shattered last night by senseless gun violence," Mayor Brian Treece said. "Once again, our community and these families must deal with the unimaginable pain of the loss of a loved one."

CPD has one person of interest currently detained. This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Criminal Investigation Division. 

"Now more than ever our community must come together to say with one unified voice that violent crime must stop," Treece said.

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.

To watch the press conference, please visit  https://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/player/clip/2062?view_id=13

 

 




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July 2nd, 2020

 

QUEEN CITY MAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Queen City, Missouri, man is dead following a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at 7 a.m. on Schuyler County Route K, one mile west of Greentop.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Tyson Vincent, 34, of Queen City, was killed in the crash.

Authorities say Vincent traveled off Route K, and the vehicle he was driving struck a ditch.

He was pronounced dead at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville two hours after the crash.

Troopers said Vincent was not wearing a seat belt.

 

 

TEN PEOPLE CHARGED IN $1.4 BILLION HEALTHCARE FRAUD SCHEME THAT INVOLVED PUTNAM COUNTY HOSPITAL

 

Federal authorities have charged ten people in a rural healthcare billing scheme that included Putnam County Memorial Hospital that totaled over 1.4 billion dollars. The arrested individuals, which included lab owners, hospital managers, and billers, have been accused of participating in a scheme that used rural hospitals as billing shells for false lab testing insurance claims.  Putnam County Memorial Hospital was one of the hospitals used by the conspirators.  In 2017, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit that showed approximately 90 million dollars in inappropriate lab billings from the Unionville hospital.  Most of those claims were from patients who had never set foot in the hospital. Eight of the ten individuals are from Florida with the other two from Chicago and Atlanta.  They are alleged to have used management companies they owned and operated to take over struggling rural hospitals and then bill private insurance companies for the expensive false lab tests. They all have been charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud in the Middle District of Florida.

 

 

MISSOURI’S COMMUNITIES SPLIT ON REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS

 

Leaders of Missouri's largest metropolitan areas are now requiring face coverings in response to an increase in confirmed coronavirus cases.

But many other places across the state are leaving it up to individuals to decide.

Kansas City and Jackson County began requiring face coverings for residents in public earlier this week, and St. Louis area officials on Wednesday announced similar measures.

Leaders of some other cities and counties are not requiring them, including Springfield and two counties near St. Louis, St. Charles and Franklin counties.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL LIMITING LAWSUITS AGAINST MISSOURI BUSINESSES

 

Missouri's Republican governor has signed a bill that's part of business-backed efforts to limit lawsuits against businesses in the state.

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday signed the bill into law.

The measure deals with lawsuits seeking money for injuries caused by businesses' products or actions.

Plaintiffs can be awarded money to make up for their injuries or other harm done to them.

On top of that, they can get extra money that's meant to punish defendants. That's called punitive damages.

The bill Parson would make it harder to prove punitive damages.

 

 

 

 

 




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July 1st, 2020

 

MOBERLY WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Missouri woman was injured after she crashed into a fence.

That accident happened around 9:15 Tuesday morning in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Shaylie Whitacre, 20, of Moberly, was on Route M when she traveled off the right side of the road and struck a fence.

She wasn't wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and suffered moderate injuries.

Whitacre was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES RESCUE GROUP STRANDED IN GRAND RIVER

 

Livingston County authorities rescued four people from a sandbar on the Grand River Wednesday morning.

According to the Livingston Country Sheriff’s Department, four people were floating on the Grand River Tuesday night when they found a sandbar and decided to camp out.  Overnight storms allegedly blew away the group’s rafts and they were left stranded on the sandbar.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and Chillicothe Emergency Services had to fight through heavy rain to locate the group.  Once they were located, an agent with the Missouri Department of Conservation used his boat to get to and rescue the four people.

 

 

TWO AREA COUNTIES CONFIRM MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES

 

The Sullivan County Health Department has confirmed two additional cases of COVID-19 in the county.

These new cases are determined to be community related, and bring the county's number of active cases to eight.

To date, the county has seen a total of 112 positive COVID-19 cases.

No further information about these individuals is available.

The Sullivan County Health Department continues to conduct contact-tracing efforts to identify close contacts of positive individuals.

The Livingston County Health Department confirmed its 15th case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The current total of confirmed Coronavirus cases in Missouri stands at 22,705 with 1,049 deaths.

If you are determined to be a close contact, you will be notified by the health department who will then walk through recommendations on how to proceed with quarantine measures.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include but are not limited to fever of 100.4F or above, cough, loss of taste/smell and shortness of breath.

If you exhibit these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed, please call ahead to your primary care provider or call the State of Missouri’s COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.

If you are exhibiting symptoms and believe you may have been exposed and are needing emergency medical care, please inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms and concerns.

 

 

 




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June 30th, 2020

 

NEMO TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri teen was injured following a single-vehicle crash.

The crash happened at 12 p.m. Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kelsey Michaels, 18, of Mercer, was on MO 139, just two miles north of Newtown, when it happened.

Michaels traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a field entrance.

She suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS HAS NOW CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 1,000 MISSOURIANS

 

Missouri has reached a grim new milestone in its battle with the coronavirus.

The state's COVID-19 death toll rose by 17 on Tuesday, surpassing the 1,000 mark amid a resurgence of the disease that has seen cases skyrocket in recent weeks.

The state health department also added more than 500 confirmed cases to the statewide tally, raising it to 21,551 since the pandemic started.

The number of confirmed cases has quickly increased since the state reopened for business on June 16, swelling by 10.9% in just the last seven days, health officials said.

Despite the worsening situation, the University of Missouri said Monday that it is preparing to welcome back students for on-campus classes this fall.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI TO REQUIRE MASKS FOR IN PERSON CLASSES

 

University of Missouri students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks in classrooms when on-campus classes resume this fall.

The university is planning for the return of students after classes were moved online in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi said in a statement Monday the plans for fall classes will continue to evolve in the weeks before classes begin in August.

That includes preparing for a return to online classes if that becomes necessary.

Students will be required to take online training about the coronavirus requirements before they can return to campus

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR OUTLINES ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID-19

 

 In Missouri, over 21,550 people have been infected by COVID-19. That number is a total since the pandemic began in March.

Overall, Missouri health officials say the state has seen a 10.9% increase in cases over the past week.

In addition, the state has now recorded over 1,000 deaths due to coronavirus.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said the virus isn't going away, and that Missourians must continue doing their part to help limit the spread.

"Social distancing is the key, it's the most important thing we can do is social distancing. If you can't social distance, wear a mask or face covering and take additional precautions. Be proactive, wash your hands and use common sense."

According to state data, nearly 600 Missourians are currently hospitalized due to coronavirus.

Parson adds that despite an uptick in cases, the health care system remains strong.

At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on not only public health, but the economy.

During Tuesday's press briefing, Parson announced he has signed the fiscal year 2021 budget, set to begin July 1.

"COVID-19 has severely impacted our economy and our expectations. We could have never imagined this is where we would be today. But, we've had to face the reality and make some extremely difficult decisions about our budget."

The total state budget is approximately $35.3 billion, including $10 billion in general revenue.

To ensure Missouri is prepared to deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19, Parson issued vetoes for 17 items totaling nearly $11 million.

The governor also announced over $448 million in budget withholds.

These restrictions include nearly 150 items across state government.

Despite those numbers, Parson adds he is hopeful the economy will recover quickly.

 

 

 




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June 29th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS SECOND LIFE

 

A house fire has claimed the life of a second Kirksville man.

According to his obituary, Randall "Randy" Cary, 81, died Friday at University Hospital in Columbia three days after he was injured last week in a fire at his home at 505 West Elizabeth Street.

Kirksville firefighters had rescued Cary from his burning home on the morning of Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

He was flown to Columbia where he died on Friday, June 26, 2020. A hospital spokeman had said Cary was listed in critical condition in the days following the fire and prior to his death.

Cary's stepson, Dennis Baker, 66, also of Kirksville, was killed in the fire.

Firefighters found his body inside the home once the blaze was put out. An autopsy revealed Baker died of smoke inhalation. His death has been ruled accidental.

Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger with the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO Monday the cause of last week's fatal fire is undetermined at this time.

Jagger said investigators can't rule out improper use of smoking materials.

According to a family member, funerals for both Cary and Baker were held Monday, June 29, 2020, at Knox City Assembly of God Church in Knox City, Missouri.

 

 

BRANSON SEES CORONAVIRUS SPIKE AFTER BUSINESSES REOPEN

 

A jump in coronavirus cases after many businesses in the Branson area reopened to tourists has health officials concerned.
The Taney County Health Department urged people to wear masks in public after reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.
The county's virus cases jumped to 54 from 15 over the past two weeks, and that total doesn't include visitors to the area who test positive but are counted in their home counties.
Many of Branson's businesses have reopened for tourism, including miniature golf courses, shops and restaurants.
Many entertainers have returned to their stages around Branson as well.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS HE WILL NOT CONTEST PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S LICENSE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will not contest the license issued to the state's only abortion clinic following a yearlong legal battle over whether the Planned Parenthood center could stay open.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the administration's decision to issue an operating license last week to Planned Parenthood's clinic in St. Louis makes an appeal unneeded.

Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office says the issue is moot and no further action will be taken.

The Department of Health and Senior Services last year declined to renew the clinic's license, which meant it wouldn't have been allowed to provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood sued.



BROOKFIELD MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT


A Brookfield man is injured after an accident in Linn County Sunday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 24 year old Brandon Preston of Brookfield was southbound on Route Y about 5 miles west of Linneus at around 7:20 Sunday evening when he struck a deer in the roadway.  After striking the deer his vehicle ran off the road, struck a ditch and overturned. He was taken by ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




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June 28th, 2020

 

MACON AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES CONFIRM MORE COVID-19 POSITIVES

 

The Macon County Health Department confirmed its 8th positive COVID-19 case on Sunday.

This case is determined to be travel related. The person is in isolation and contact investigation is underway.

Everyone’s name who has been provided to the health department’s contact tracer by the positive individual will be notified. At this time Macon County has only one active COVID-19 case. Sullivan County also added 3 cases to its count over the weekend, bringing its total to 110. Missouri’s total number of confirmed cases stood at 20,977 as of Sunday evening.

It is important to remember that if you don’t feel well, please stay home. COVID-19 symptoms can present in any of the following ways:

Should you have two or more of these symptoms and are concerned, especially cough or shortness of breath, please contact your primary care provider. It is vital to contain the spread of COVID-19 by following these public health practices:

Staying home if you aren’t feeling well

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF LATE FEES NEXT MONTH

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ameren Missouri has offered its customers a variety of programs, like its Clean Slate program, to help customers pay their utility bills.

However, Ameren Missouri will be reinstating late payment fees soon.

Starting July 15, late payment fees will be reinstated for Ameren Missouri’s larger non-residential customers.

Residential and small non-residential electric and gas customers have until August 3 before late payment fees will be reinstated.

If you are in need of payment assistance call 1-800-552-7583 or visit Ameren Missouri's energy assistance website.

 

 

HEARTLAND CITIES COULD SEE SCENIC SUNSETS AS SAHARAN DUST SETTLES

Some cities around the Heartland may see some scenic sunrises and sunsets over the next few days.

Over the past couple of weeks, dust has made it way from the Sahara Desert in Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.

This dust was carried west by trade winds and eventually got swept through the Gulf of Mexico into the southern United States.

The main impacts caused by the dust will be most prevalent in the southeastern United States, but some of the dust may make it to the Heartland this weekend.

One impact from the dust will be for changes in air quality.

This can cause people with allergies and other respiratory conditions to be impacted, however, in the Heartland, this should not be a big issue.

The biggest impact we could see is the reddish tint in the sky during the day.

This occurs because after the white light from the sun reaches the earth, the dust particles in the atmosphere absorb every color wavelength except red.

Therefore, leaving people with the possibility of seeing some very scenic sunrises and sunsets over the next few days.

 

 




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June 25th, 2020

 

 

VANDALS DO $30,000 OF DAMAGE ON THE TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

Three vandals are accused of doing approximately $30,000 worth of damage on the Truman State University campus recently.

University spokesman Travis Miles said it all happened in the early morning hours of June 15, 2020.

Shortly after 3 a.m. that day, Truman's Department of Public Safety was notified of people in the area of Truman’s Baldwin properties, located on the southern part of campus.

An officer who responded noticed a garage door had been rammed open by a university owned golf cart.

A short time later, a golf cart and a utility vehicle were reported traveling north on Osteopathy Street on the other side of town.

When officers caught up with the suspects, they confirmed the vehicles belonged to Truman.

Groundskeepers told us the suspects also rammed another smaller garage door at the Baldwin properties location using a stolen golf cart.

They said the criminals blew the engine on one of the UTVs.

They bent the frame on another utility vehicle.

Over at Stokes Stadium, the suspects rammed through a section of the chain-link fence surrounding the track and grandstand.

A gate there was also damaged.

Miles said the three also broke into a storage building at the stadium.

Later, investigators discovered another utility vehicle and golf cart were missing.

All four of the vehicles were eventually recovered, with two of them having significant damage.

Truman officers have identified the three people they believe are responsible for the crime spree. One is 18 years old, and the other two are juveniles.

No arrests have been made at this time, but Miles said charges will likely be coming soon.

Officers from the Kirksville Police Department assisted with the case.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE’S CHAUTAUQUA IN THE PARK CANCELLED

 

On Wednesday, the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and Chillicothe Area Arts Council announced the cancellation of the 36th annual Chautauqua in the Park in September.  The event was scheduled to take place September 12th and 13th.  The release cited concerns that in order to keep proper social distancing in place, “many events that make the event special and unique would have been eliminated.  In doing so, it would simply not be the same”  The two organizations did welcome all vendors, sponsors, artisans, and crafters to return for the 2021 Chautauqua in the Park to be held September 11th and 12th of next year.

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CONTINUES TO MAKE CHANGES DUE TO PANDEMIC

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Revenue extended the individual, corporation and partnership tax filing deadline to July 15.

At the same time, the department granted time extensions to renew expiring driver licenses and vehicle registrations.

Missouri Department of Revenue Director Ken Zellers said that staffers have been working to utilize technology to provide a more seamless transition for Missourians.

"We have refocused efforts to efficiently process the 300% increase in online motor vehicle registration renewals, as well as the 28% increase in mailed motor vehicle titling and registration applications. We have also made changes to allow license offices to process many motor vehicle renewal transactions by phone."

Starting July 31, due to COVID-19, the Missouri Department of Revenue will also be automatically renewing and mailing permanent disabled placards for eligible individuals.

 

 

SOME MISSOURI CITIES TO CONSIDER REQUIRING MASKS

 

Missouri city officials are grappling with how to respond to increasing coronavirus cases when many residents are resistant to more government restrictions. The Joplin City Council on Wednesday narrowly voted down an ordinance that would have required masks to be worn in businesses and public places.

Opponents say a majority of Joplin residents are against the ordinance, and it would be difficult to enforce.

In Springfield, city council members on Tuesday heard testimony and discussed requiring citizens to wear masks while in public indoor spaces, but no official action was taken.

 

 




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June 24th, 2020

 

BROOKFIELD MAN NEARLY DROWNS IN NEMO LAKE

 

A scary incident happened at a Heartland lake Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 2 p.m. a northeast Missouri man nearly drowned while swimming in Sever Lake outside Hurdland, Missouri.

Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said Brett Bradley, 24, of Brookfield, Missouri, was swimming when he called out for help.

Ana Kronick, of Greentop, Missouri, said that she was camping at the Knox County lake with her son and his two friends when she heard Bradley calling out for help from the water.

Kronick told her boys to call 911 as she jumped into the lake to rescue the swimmer in distress.

As the two were getting closer to shore, another woman with a flotation device met them and helped them to the swimming beach.

Bradley was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The highway patrol said Bradley was alert and able to speak with troopers later in the day.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR CLAIMS RISE IN COVID-19 CASES IS NOT SECOND WAVE

 

 The number of Missourians infected by COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March now stands at over 18,000.

As the number of cases continues to rise in some areas, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said he does not plan on shutting down the state for a second time.

The governor is assuring Missourians that the state is prepared, and that the increase in positive cases is due to more testing taking place.

"This is not a surge or a second wave going on in Missouri. These are outbreaks in specific areas and we are aggressively testing in these areas to box-in the virus and prevent further spreading. Even though we have seen some increases in certain areas, Missouri's positivity rate has dropped to roughly 5.6%"

Governor Parson adds that the health care system in Missouri remains stable and that the vast majority of positive cases does not result in hospitalization.

According to state data, nearly 600 Missourians are hospitalized due to COVID-19.

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT SENDS VOTING LAWSUIT DOWN FOR REVIEW

 

The Missouri Supreme Court is sending a lawsuit over absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic back to a lower court for review.

Supreme Court judges on Tuesday ruled that Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem was wrong to dismiss the case.

They're sending the case back to the lower court for further review.

Civil rights groups had sued to ensure all Missouri voters can cast absentee ballots in the upcoming elections without getting them notarized.

Under a new law, people considered at-risk of the coronavirus can vote absentee without needing to have their ballot notarized this year.

 

 

VADALISM OF AND THEFT FROM BOATS REPORTED AT THOUSAND HILLS STATE PARK

 

The Kirksville Police Department is investigating reports of vandalism at Thousand Hills State Park outside Kirksville.

According to Lake Patrol Officer Ray Jagger, in addition to vandalism, a number of thefts from boats at the marina at Thousand Hills have been reported.

Jagger says do not leave valuable things on your boat, unless you have a way to lock them up.

According to police, the most popular items to steal are boat batteries, gas tanks, trolling motors and fishing rods.

You're encouraged to double check those items and be sure they're in a locked box that is fastened to the deck or chained down.

One resident said that their boat seats and new $1,000 boat cover were recently slit by vandals.

 

 




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June 23rd, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE KILLS ONE, CRITICALLY INJURES ANOTHER

 

A morning house fire in Kirksville left one man dead and another man badly injured.

Just before 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, the Kirksville Fire Department was called to a home at 505 West Elizabeth Street.

Fire Chief Jon Cook told KTVO there were heavy flames in the front part of the home when crews arrived.

One man was rescued from the home. Another was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Dennis Baker, 66, of Kirksville died as a result of the fire.

His stepfather, Randall Cary, 81, also of Kirksville, was injured in the blaze.

He was taken by ambulance to the helipad at Air Evac Headquarters and then flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Cary was listed in critical condition.

An autopsy on Baker is scheduled for Thursday.

Local and state officials are investigating.

Fire Investigator Ray Jagger with the Kirksville Police Department said the blaze appears to be accidental, but it is still under investigation at this time.

 

 

RESTAURANT SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE CAPTURES DEPUTY SHOOTING WOMAN

 

A restaurant's surveillance footage captured a Missouri sheriff's deputy fatally shoot a woman, and investigators are trying to determine whether the woman also recorded the encounter.

In search warrants, a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigator described the video as showing the Pettis County deputy make contact with 25-year-old Hannah Fizer on June 13 before drawing his gun.

The Kansas City Star reports that Fizer can be seen moving in her car before the deputy fired his weapon.

The Star has not obtained or seen the video.

Such evidence is normally closed to public view during an active investigation.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED SUNDAY NIGHT

 

At approximately 11:22 p.m., on Sunday Columbia police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Scott Boulevard. This was the second incident that took place in that  area over the weekend.

Upon arrival, officers located a 16-year-old male victim who sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. While on scene, officers rendered immediate medical aid to the victim until emergency medical services (EMS) arrived and transported him to a local hospital to treat his injuries.

While canvassing the area, the officers were able to locate several shell casings. 

Witnesses described the suspect's vehicle as a dark colored SUV with the rusted areas on the passenger side of the car and on the hood. There is no further description to provide at this time. 

This is an active investigation and will be handled by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division. CPD believes this incident is connected to a previous incident that occurred early Saturday morning.

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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June 22nd, 2020

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Missouri man suffered serious injuries after crashing his vehicle in Ralls County Sunday evening.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Michael Flowers, 50, of Farber, was traveling on Route H, about 4 miles north of Center, around 5 p.m.

Troopers say he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a rock bluff.

Flowers' vehicle overturned and ejected him.

The crash report says Flowers was not wearing a seat belt.

Flowers was taken to University Medical Center in Columbia via Survival Flight.

 

 

TEXAS MAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY CRASH

 

A late-night crash in northeast Missouri sends a Texas man to the hospital.

The single-vehicle crash happened just before 11:20 p.m. Sunday in Adair County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, Joel Hinojosa, 27, of La Feria, Texas, was on Adair County Route H, about a half-mile south of Kirksville when it happened.

Troopers say he traveled off the right side of the road, over-corrected, then went airborne before being ejected from the vehicle.

He suffered moderate injures in the crash and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Hinojosa was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

TRAFFIC STOP IN CALLAWAY COUNTY LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF $300,000 WORTH OF METH

 

A traffic stop on US Highway 54 near State Road HH in Callaway County led to the discovery of more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to a post on the Callaway County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the traffic stop happened Sunday morning.

The post said K9 Kreiger discovered the meth and other drugs.

The sheriff's office said the 5 and a half pounds of meth is worth over $300,000 alone.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT SATURDAY MORNING

 

At approximately 1:43 a.m., on June 20, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Scott Boulevard. 

Upon arrival, officers located two male juveniles, ages 13 and 16, with gunshot wounds and immediately rendered aid. Two ambulances were called to assist and transported both victims to a local hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries.

No suspect information is available at this time. This is an active investigation and will be handled by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division. 

There are no further details to provide at this time. 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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June 21st, 2020

HALLSVILLE MAN KILLED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT

 

A mid-Missouri man was killed after his pickup truck went airborne during a Thursday afternoon crash in Randolph County.
It happened at 3:20 p.m. on Highway 63 six miles south of Moberly.
According to Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report, two pickup trucks were traveling northbound on Highway 63.
Troopers said Glenn Foster, 49, of Hallsville, Missouri, tried to pass the other truck, when he sideswiped the pickup driven by Cindy Carroll, 60, of Clarence, Missouri.
Foster's truck became airborne after crossing a median, then it traveled off the west side of the roadway and overturned multiple times, ejecting Foster.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Carroll was not injured.

 

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT INJURES ONE AND CLOSES HIGHWAY 63 MOMENTARILY

Emergency crews rushed to a rollover crash on Highway 63 Friday afternoon in the middle of a downpour.
It happened just after 4:30 p.m. about two-and-a-half miles south of Millard, Missouri.
Troopers told our reporter on the scene that a car was headed northbound on 63 when it started to hydroplane, causing it to run off of the road and overturn, coming to rest upside down.
Both the driver and the passenger are from Kirksville
Andria Lough was taken to the hospital by private vehicle to be treated for minor injuries.
Her husband was not hurt.

 

THREE NEMO MEN INJURED IN WEEKEND ATV CRASH

Three northeast Missouri men are recovering after a weekend ATV crash.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened on Festival Avenue, three miles south of South Gifford in Macon County, at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.
Troopers say a four-wheeler driven by Austin Roberts, 23, of La Plata, ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.
Roberts and a passenger, Tristan Collier, 21, of Atlanta, Missouri, sustained moderate injuries in the crash.
A second passenger, Justin Adams, 21, of La Plata, was seriously injured.
Roberts and Adams were transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville and Collier was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 




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June 18th, 2020

 

 

FOUR NEMO TEENS INJURED IN RTV CRASH IN PUTNAM COUNTY

 

Four teens were taken to the hospital following and RTV crash in northeast Missouri.

The crash happened around 3 a.m. Wednesday on private property in Putnam County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol online crash report, a female juvenile, 13, of Smithfield, Missouri, attempted to make a left turn and the RTV overturned.

Three other girls ages 13 and 14, also from Smithfield, were on the RTV with the driver.

Two suffered moderate injures and the other two suffered minor injuries.

All four were taken by private vehicle to the hospital for treatment.

Names are not being released since they are juveniles.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS IN MAY BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY

 

Unemployment in Missouri dropped slightly in May but was still nearly three times what it was before the coronavirus arrived.

Data released Thursday by the state Economic Development Department shows that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 10.1% in May.

That was down from 10.2% in April and was lower than the national May rate of 13.3%.

It was higher than the state's 9.9% unemployment rate during the peak of the Great Recession.

Unemployment was at 3.5% in February when the virus arrived.

Joblessness increased to 4.4% in March before it skyrocketed in April.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ANNOUNCE THE END OF RIVER EXCAVATION IN SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN

 

Columbia police have completed the process of using a levee to excavate the area of Lamine River under Highway 41 where possible human remains have been detected during the search for Mengqi Ji. 

Mengqi Ji has been missing for eight months since her disappearance was first reported missing by her husband Joseph Elledge on Oct. 10, 2019. Elledge has since been identified as a key suspect and was indicted for Murder in the First Degree by a grand jury on Feb. 28 in Boone County.

In May, CPD collaborated with the City of Columbia Utilities, Boone County and The Missing Person’s Support Center to build a levee that would aide in continuing the search for Mengqi Ji. During this process, the search crew consisted of skilled volunteer divers and the use sonar technology to search areas underwater.

The levee specifically allowed search crews to better reach the location in the river where possible remains were detected by the human remains detection canines used throughout the course of the investigation. 

"The human remains detection canine is still positively indicating that remains are in the area of the river we are searching in," said Assistant Chief Jeremiah Hunter. "We are still exploring additional options that could potentially help us move forward." 

This is an active investigation and there are no additional details to provide at this time.

If anyone has any additional information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous. Further information can be found in the probable cause statement, which can be obtained through the Boone County Circuit Clerk. Columbia Police will refer all future inquiries to the Boone County Prosecutor's Office, as there are no further details that can be released by CPD.

 

 




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June 17th, 2020

 

 

CENTRALIA WOMAN HIT AND KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER

 

A Centralia woman is dead after she was hit by a drunk driver in Boone County Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 36 year old Amy Rievely of Glasgow, Missouri was eastbound on Lakeview Street in Centralia just west of Orchard Street at around 7:17 p.m. Tuesday.  As Rievely was driving along the street, 74 year old Sharon Uebinger was walking on the south side of the roadway.  Rievely travelled off the south side of the road and struck Uebinger. She then returned to the road, made a U turn and fled the scene of the crash.  Uebinger was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where she was pronounced dead.  Rievely was found and arrested for driving while intoxicated.

 

 

THREE VEHICLES DAMAGED IN CHAIN REACTION CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Three vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction crash Wednesday afternoon on Highway 63 just north of Kirksville.

It happened just before 12:45 p.m. at the north Kirksville City Limits sign.

Luckily any injuries appeared to be just minor bumps.

A car, a rock truck and a flatbed pickup truck were damaged in the crash.

A witness told KTVO a fourth car apparently caused the wreck when it stopped abruptly to try and turn across traffic.

The second car had to stop suddenly to avoid hitting the car that had stopped.

That is when a rock truck rear-ended that second car.

The driver of a flatbed pickup behind the rock truck took to the ditch to avoid slamming into the back of the truck.

The witness told us the car that caused the crash left the scene.

All of those involved were out of their vehicles and talking to the state trooper in charge of the crash scene.

The names of those in the wreck are not being released since there were no injuries reported.

 

 

AS MISSOURI REOPENS, CDC OFFERS SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published guidelines for people re-emerging from shelter-in-place orders. The guidelines are intended to help people stay safe as restrictions are lifted, bearing in mind that cases of COVID19 continue to increase in Adair County and across the country and there is still no vaccine.

Although there is no sure-fire way to be protected except for remaining at home with no contact with other people, the CDC has now offered information to help people who want to venture back into public spaces make wise decisions about doing that as safely as possible. There is no single, straightforward recommendation. Instead, the CDC advises people to consider four basic areas, including distance, environment, activity, and time, and the increased or decreased risk of transmission with those four alone and in combination with one another.

There has now been time for researchers to study data related to people who have had COVID19 and how the virus was transmitted to them. What those studies have shown in aggregate is that maintaining a safe distance from other people outside of your household is safer than not and that distance depends on the type of activity you’re engaged in.

For example, if people are singing, they’re throwing more droplets into the air which increases the likelihood of transmission over people who are speaking normally. Avoiding large gatherings is safer. Being outdoors is generally safer than being indoors because droplets fall to the ground more quickly outdoors than indoors, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces. Exposure to virus transmission is heightened the longer you have close contact with other people, meaning there’s less than six feet between you. And close contact lasting less than 15 minutes with others decreases the likelihood of transmission.

What this means is that even if you’re outside rather than inside for a wedding, you should still maintain social distancing, limit close contact with anyone outside of your household, and wear a mask. Taking a walk outdoors with a friend is better than being inside at a gym, but if you’re not wearing masks, you should maintain more than six feet of distance because breathing harder expels more droplets into the air which travel greater distances than occurs with normal breathing. Or, someone who works in a grocery store is more likely to be infected with the virus than those who visit the store because the employee is there for hours, unlike the customer who enters and leaves within minutes.

As people return to public spaces, the CDC recommends that people wear masks, especially when social distancing is difficult or impossible to maintain. The CDC also recommends washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after touching items such as groceries, gas nozzles, menus, and door handles, and to avoid touching your face unless you’ve washed your hands. If soap and water aren’t readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cough or sneeze into your elbow and if you have to blow your nose, wash or sanitize your hands immediately after disposing of the tissue in the trash.

The CDC warns that many people are infected with COVID-19 but don’t know it because they have no symptoms. Everyone should assume they’re infected and take precautions to not spread the virus to anyone else when in public. Foremost in its recommendations, the CDC states that if you don’t feel well, stay home and away from other people. And if you are age 65 or older or if you suffer from other health conditions that have proven to make people particularly vulnerable to more serious cases of COVID-19, including moderate to severe asthma, diabetes, chronic lung disease, serious heart conditions, severe obesity, chronic kidney disease, liver disease, and any condition that renders you with a compromised immune system, you should avoid public places. If you have to go out, do so with extreme caution. To read current CDC guidelines and recommendations about returning to public spaces, click HERE.

 

 

MISSOURI TO REINSTATE UNEMPLOYMENT AND FOOD STAMP REQUIREMENTS JULY 1

 

Missouri is reinstating requirements for unemployment and food stamps that had been waived because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers will need to comply with job search requirements to continue getting unemployment after July 4. The state also will start requiring families to verify that they're still eligible to get food stamps beginning July 1. Meanwhile, the coronavirus is spreading beyond Missouri's largest cities. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the share of cases coming from rural areas now accounts for about 30% of the state's new cases - a greater portion than ever before.

 

 




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June 16th, 2020

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT BACKS GRUNDY COUNTY HOG FARM AFTER POLLUTION CONCERNS

 

The Missouri Supreme Court is backing a large new hog farm despite concerns raised about pollution and smell.

The court ruled unanimously in favor of the permit for Trenton Farms in Grundy County on Tuesday.

The Missouri Clean Water Commission originally revoked the permit.

Then lawmakers passed a new law that enabled the governor to tip the balance of power on the Clean Water Commission toward agricultural interests.

After the board was stacked with members with ties to agriculture, it sided with the farm.

Neighbors worried about pollution and smell sued. But the Supreme Court upheld the farm's permit.

 

 

INVESTIGATORS FIND NO WEAPONS IN CAR OF WOMAN KILLED BY DEPUTY IN SEDALIA

 

Authorities say investigators found no weapon in the car of a Missouri woman who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Hannah Fizer died Saturday night after being shot by a Pettis County deputy following a traffic stop.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol initially said Fizer told the deputy she had a gun and threatened to shoot him.

Patrol spokesman Bill Lowe said Tuesday that investigators who searched the car did not find a weapon.

He says no new information is available to explain why the confrontation escalated into a shooting.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, is on paid administrative leave.

 

 

CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING TO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES IN MISSOURI

 

The coronavirus is spreading beyond Missouri's largest cities, fueled in part by outbreaks in meat packing plants and nursing homes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the share of cases coming from rural areas now accounts for about 30% of the state's new cases -- a greater portion than ever before.

The seven-day average of daily new cases in areas of the state beyond the St. Louis and Kansas City metro regions, has generally been under 50.

But since the middle of May, a gradual climb has pushed the pace to about 65 new cases a day.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ADDRESSES REOPENING THE STATE

 

The state of Missouri fully reopened on Tuesday.

While businesses are starting to get back to normal, some have questioned in addition to business openings, if long-term care centers have also reopened.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said work is underway to reopen those facilities.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the health conditions of residents in long-term care centers make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Because of that, the approach to reopen each facility to the public will be based on several factors, including the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

Governor Parson thanked the public for their patience and continued work to keep long-term care residents safe.

"I know this has been extremely hard on Missourians in facilities and their loved ones. We are committed to partnering with long-term care facilities and local health authorities to reopen safely. The Department of Health and Senior Services provided guidance yesterday [Monday] for facilities who are ready to allow outside and window visitations, assuming proper safety protocols are in place."

Parson said later this week, guidance on communal dining and group activities in long-term care facilities will be released.

At the same time, as the state continues to reopen, Parson said he's hopeful that the state's economy will re-bound.

He says the number of unemployment claims have decreased dramatically, when compared to the start of the pandemic.

"As businesses reopened across the state and more Missourians go back to work, we have seen unemployment claims drop significantly. Initial unemployment claims have dropped from over 100,000 in late March to just under 20,000 in the first week of June."

As Missouri reopens, unemployment requirements have returned.

Beginning the week of July 5, individuals wishing to continue receiving unemployment benefits - including the $600 federal supplement available through July 25, will be required to perform work search activities that had previously been lifted for those who had filed a coronavirus-related unemployment claim.

Qualified work search activities include filling out an application with an employer or attending a job fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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June 15th, 2020

 

 

NEW LONDON MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri man is dead following a motorcycle crash over the weekend.

The fatal crash happened around 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Billy Ebers, 69, of New London, was on US Highway 36, just five miles east of Monroe City, when it happened.

Ebers was riding westbound on Highway 36 when he hit the bridge wall and was ejected.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner just after 3:00 p.m..

Troopers said he was wearing a safety device.

 

 

AUXVASSE POLICE CHIEF ON LEAVE AFTER INFLAMMATORY FACEBOOK POSTS

 

A rural Missouri police chief has been placed on leave over inflammatory Facebook posts about protests over the death of George Floyd.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that Auxvasse Mayor Tom Henage announced Friday that Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer was on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Among the posts in question was one on May 31 in which Suedmeyer wrote that if someone stands in the street blocking traffic, that person deserves "to be run over. That will help cleanup the gene pool."

Calls to Suedmeyer's home phone rang unanswered Saturday.

Auxvasse is about 35 miles northeast of Jefferson City.

 

 

SEDALIA WOMAN SHOT AND KILLED BY PETTIS COUNTY DEPUTY DURING ALTERCATION.

 

A Pettis County Deputy was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Sedalia Saturday night.

According to a press release, Hannah Fizer, 25, of Sedalia, was stopped by the deputy near US 50 and Winchester Drive around 10 p.m.

Law enforcement officials said Fizer refused to identify herself, stated she was armed and verbally threatened to shoot the deputy.

According to the release, the deputy fired his weapon, striking Fizer.

She was pronounced dead at the scene after officers rendered first aid.

The deputy was not injured.

The reason for the traffic stop has not been released, or whether Fizer was or was not armed.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control team will be asking for any cell phone video and surveillance footage from nearby businesses.

This is an ongoing investigation.

 

 

 

 




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June 15th, 2020

PROPOSED BLACK BEAR HUNT FALLS FLAT WITH MISSOURI PUBLIC

 

A proposal to allow a black bear hunt in Missouri next year is drawing a lot of interest -- mostly from people opposed to the idea.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is proposing a limited bear hunt in October 2021.
It says the hunt is essential to managing the black bear population, which is growing and expanding its range.
The department estimates between 540 and 840 bears live in the state.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a majority of the more than 3,300 people who offered public comments on the proposal were against the hunt.
Some opposed hunting in general, while others didn't like details of the proposed hunt.


ADAIR COUNTY COMMISSION OFFERS SUCCESSFUL PESTICIDE COLLECTION EVENT


On Saturday, the Adair County Commission partnered with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) to hold its Free Pesticide Collection Event.
The event took place at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville.
Northeast Missouri residents had the opportunity to get rid of old chemicals that were building up dust while sitting in their garage.
Old pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers containing herbicides or pesticides were accepted.
However, pesticides from businesses were not accepted.
The NEMO Fairgrounds are located at 2700 East Illinois Street in Kirksville.
If you would like to know more information about how to dispose of pesticides, contact MoDNR at 573-751-0616 or click here.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN MAY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION


On June 12, Columbia police arrested Robert Junior Johnson, 49, Columbia for his role in the homicide that took place in the 2700 block of Quail Drive on May 25. He has been charged with first degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
During the investigation, officers learned that Johnson was an accomplice to the shooting. As a result of the incident, Rod Jamal Jones, 36, of Columbia, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken off life support by a medical team on May 27.
Columbia police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the primary shooter who has been identified as Bobby Dawson, 38, of Columbia. Dawson is a black male who is 6 foot 1 inches and weighs 180 pounds. He is wanted for first degree murder and armed criminal action.
If the suspect is seen, individuals should not approach him as he is known to be armed and dangerous. Please call 911.
This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.
If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. 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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June 11th, 2020

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident in Boone County Thursday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 24 year old Alexandra Foster of Columbia was westbound on Missouri Highway 22 just east of Schunemeyer Road at around 12:40 Thursday afternoon.  The crash report states that at that point, Foster’s vehicle struck a deer in the roadway.  Foster was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

COLUMBIA OFFICERS RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED WEDNESDAY FIND ONE SUSPECT DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED

 

Columbia officers responded to a residence in the 6000 block of Bentpath Drive in reference to a report of a burglary in progress with shots fired at approximately 9 p.m. on June 10.

Upon arrival, officers found one suspect with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect was located and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. 

The suspect pronounced dead at the scene has been identified as Darion J. Logan, 27, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.

The second suspect transported by ambulance to a local hospital to treat a non-life-threatening gunshot wound has been medically released and was arrested and taken into custody for Murder 2nd Degree and Burglary 1st Degree. He is identified as Fabian D. Goldman, 28, of Columbia. He has been remanded in the custody of Boone County Jail.

As Goldman and Logan were in the commission of committing a felony and Logan was killed, Goldman has been charged with RSMo Statue 565.021 - Murder 2nd Degree. The law dictates that if a person causes the death of another person while committing or attempting to commit any felony, they can be charged. 

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

If you see something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. 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.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS PETITION TO HAVE JEFFERSON STATUE REMOVED

 

Students from the University of Missouri who want a statue of Thomas Jefferson removed from the Columbia campus have met with campus leaders to discuss the issue.

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi met in private Thursday with the organizers of the petition.

University spokesman Christian Basi said the meeting was "very constructive" but said more details would be released later.

An online petition seeking the statue's removal garnered more than 3,250 signatures by Thursday afternoon.

One of the petition's organizer's, Roman Leaphart, said he objected to the statue because Jefferson owned slaves and fathered children with one of his slaves.

 

 

LOCAL COMMUNITIES RECEIVE VISIT TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT 2.

 

The medicaid ambulance response vehicle or MARV for short, made a stop Wednesday in Macon and Milan.

Marv is making its rounds to local area hospitals to raise awareness for Amendment Two.

This amendment will expand Medicaid in Missouri using federal resources to pay for it, with the estimated savings for Missouri being over 1 billion dollars.

MARV's driver Jason White hopes that the ambulance will help be a good visual image for what the bill is all about.

" It says healthcare by being a retired ambulance and so we thought that helped explain to the public where we'd have rallies and visits and media events to help explain the need for Medicaid expansion "

According to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital CEO Tony Keene, this bill will not only help heartland residents who are struggling to pay the bills, but will also help struggling rural hospitals.

"They don't have the ability to pay, and so for rural hospitals we end up having to write off a lot of the expenses and its very detrimental to our ability to be able to continue to provide care to our communities when we're not being adequately reimbursed for the services we provide."

Rural hospitals have been struggling to survive in the current financial environment, with many hospitals having to close.

"Since 2014 Missouri has lost 10 rural hospitals due to economic conditions with another 26 hospitals that fall into the very vulnerable category. And so its important for this to pass in order for rural hospitals like ours to be able to remain financially competitive in this current health care environment.

The amendment will be on the ballot August 4, for more information about the amendment click here.

 

 

 




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June 10th, 2020

 

LINNEUS WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Missouri woman suffered moderate injuries following a single-vehicle rollover crash Tuesday night.

That crashed happened around 9:45 p.m. in Linn County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jessica Coke, 40, of Linneus was on US 36, just west of Brookfield, when it happened.

Troopers say she traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, then traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.

Coke suffered moderate injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS ANOTHER TRIPLE DIGIT INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

 

State health officials say Missouri reported another triple-digit increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, with 179 new cases on Tuesday.

he state currently has had 14,913 cases since the pandemic started.

Deaths jumped to 840 Tuesday, an increase of 21 from Monday.

That was the highest increase in deaths since May 30, when an increase of 33 deaths was reported.

A nursing home near Liberty reported an outbreak of 53 cases Monday.

The cases at the Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center include staff and patients and are the first outbreak at a long-term care facility in Clay County, which is north of Kansas City.

 

 

MISSOURI AUDITOR’S OFFICE FINDS NO MERIT TO WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT ABOUT MACON

 

The Public Corruption and Fraud Division of the Missouri State Auditor's Office has apparently found no merit to a whistleblower complaint filed in January 2020 against the City of Macon and its mayor.

Macon City Administrator Avis Marshall said in a statement that the complaint cited concerns about projects the city awarded to JT Holman General Construction & Excavating, a company owned by Macon Mayor James “Talt" Holman.

Marshall said following a thorough investigation to determine if the complaint was credible, the auditor's office determined that "no further investigation into the complaint is warranted."

"We have a duty to our citizens to safeguard the public funds entrusted to us and are pleased that the investigation by the Missouri State Auditor's Office confirms our compliance in this area,” Marshall said.

KTVO reached out to Holman for comment, but have not heard back from him.

 

 




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June 9th, 2020

 

FORMER COLUMBIA SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 

A judge sentenced a Missouri substitute teacher to five years in prison Friday.

According to KHQA, Ty Gramley, of Columbia, must also surrender his substitute teaching certificate.

Gramley pleaded guilty to child pornography possession and distribution of pornographic materials to a minor last February. Those charges arose during his time as a substitute teacher at Madison C-3 School District.

Gramley was charged following his arrest on May 9, 2019.

Following his incarceration, Gramley will be required to register as a sex offender as a result of this plea.

 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AFTER MAY PURSUIT AND ACCIDENT

 

A Brookfield man faces multiple felony charges after leading an officer on a pursuit last month.

According to a probable cause statement, an officer with the Brookfield Police Department attempted to make a traffic stop on May 28th but the driver of the vehicle didn’t stop and travelled onto Missouri Highway 11.  The vehicle then turned onto Jewell Drive and after about a mile, the driver lost control of the vehicle.  The vehicle ran off the right side of the road, returned to the road and overturned ejecting the driver.  The driver, identified as Christopher Wilson, 42, of Brookfield, and a passenger were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries.  Wilson was then flown to University Hospital in Columbia.  Wilson faces a Class D Felony for second degree assault, and Class E Felonies for resisting arrest and first degree personal property damage.  His bond has been set at $15,000. His initial hearing in Linn County Circuit Court is pending

 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN ACCUSED OF MULTIPLE FELONIES FROM FEBRUARY PURSUIT PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

A Brookfield man accused of leading law enforcement on a pursuit in February has pleaded not guilty in Circuit Court.

According to court documents, 38 year old Matthew Guilford of Brookfield pleaded not guilty to multiple felony charges stemming from the February chase along with multiple other incidents.  Guilford pleaded not guilty to charges of first degree assault, armed criminal action, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance stemming from the February pursuit.  He also pleaded not guilty to charges of trafficking drugs and felon in possession of a firearm in Linn County, and first degree endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with evidence in Livingston County.

 




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June 8th, 2020

 

MARCELINE MAN DROWNS IN RURAL POND

 

A Marceline man is dead after drowning in a rural pond Sunday

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Jacob Sprague was found lying face down in a pond just northeast of Laclede Sunday afternoon. After investigation, Troopers stated it appeared that Sprague was suffering from heat exhaustion and entered the private pond in an attempt to cool off.  Sprague’s body was taken to Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.

 

 

NAMES RELEASED IN KIRKSVILLE APARTMENT SHOOTING

 

The names of those associated with a shooting in Kirksville on Friday afternoon have now been released

According to court documents, police were called to an apartment at the Kirksville Gardens Apartments on South Jamison Street for a report of a home invasion burglary.

Investigators report the man who was shot, Isaiah Hernandez-Rector of Macon, was one of the intruders.

Court documents state Hernandez-Rector told officers on the scene, "I'm so stupid for listening. We tried to rob them."

He was shot in the back and flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment. According to online court records he has not been charged at this time.

Hernandez-Rector's two alleged accomplices have been charged with one count of first-degree burglary.

They are Trevor Benda of Kirksville and Pierce Zamora of Macon, both 17 years old.

The woman who lives in the apartment told police the three men forced their way in and pushed her into a kitchen cabinet.

The victim said she fire her gun one time. Everyone then left the apartment except for Hernandez-Rector. The woman told officers he has been struck by the bullet and fell to the floor.

Benda and Zamora left the scene on foot. They were later found and arrested.

Court documents state that the two suspects claim that they had gone to the apartment to buy marijuana.

Benda and Zamora are being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

Last week, Ameren Missouri announced its new program called the COVID-19 Clean Slate program

Through this program Ameren Missouri will provide $3.5 million in additional energy assistance to its customers.

$3 million will go towards helping Ameren’s most vulnerable customers pay off their utility bills.

Funding through the Clean Slate program is expected to benefit approximately 9,000 households.

More information about Ameren Missouri’s COVID-19 Clean Slate program can be found on its website or by calling 800-552-7583.

 

 




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June 7th, 2020

 

FOUR PEOPLE INJURED IN CHARITON COUNTY ACCIDENT

Four northern Missouri residents are recovering after a weekend crash.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the one-vehicle crash happened at 10 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Route O and Route DD, 13 miles southeast of Marceline, in Chariton County.
Troopers say a pickup truck driven by Samantha Cobb, 28, of Marceline, was traveling westbound.
Cobb failed to stop at a "T" intersection, and as a result, the truck traveled off the road and struck an embankment.
She was transported by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
Zane Fenter, 22, and Lawrence Dias, 32, both of New Cambria, received moderate injuries and Brian Lewis, 48, of Marceline, received minor injuries.
Troopers add no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.


KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARREST TWO IN APARTMENT COMPLEX SHOOTING

Kirksville Police have arrested two men, both of Kirksville, on charges stemming from Friday afternoon's apartment complex shooting.
At 4:14 p.m., Kirksville Police were dispatched to an apartment at Kirksville Gardens at 1501 South Jamison in reference to a possible burglary in progress.
While in route to the scene, officers were advised one of the parties involved had been shot and needed medical attention.
Upon arrival, police were informed there had been a disturbance inside one of the apartments in building B at 1501 South Jamison.
They were advised that during the altercation, a man involved was shot with a handgun. This man has been identified from Macon, Missouri, and was transported from the scene by ambulance and then transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
He is reported to be in stable condition.
Later that same evening, Kirksville Police arrested two men, both of Kirksville, for charges stemming from the incident.
Police are still investigating to identify any other involved parties.
While officers were working the scene at Kirksville Garden Apartments, the Kirksville YMCA was asked to lock-down their facility for safety. The YMCA was taken off lock-down as soon as it was determined there was no longer a percieved threat to their location.
Based on the investigation, it appears this shooting was not a random act.
It is not believed that there is any continued threat to the public.
This is the only information being released at this ti
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June 4th, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS NO COVID-19 CASES REPORTED FROM LAKE OF THE OZARKS PARTIES


Missouri's top health official says no additional cases of the new coronavirus have been reported stemming from the crowded pool parties at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend.

Camden County Health Department reported last week that a Boone County resident who had attended the parties tested positive for the virus.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dr. Randall Williams, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said Wednesday that no more cases have been uncovered since.

Social media posts showed crowds of mostly young people without masks and not adhering to social distancing guidelines at pools along the central Missouri lake.

 

 

DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF DIES IN VEHICLE CRASH

 

The sheriff of a northwestern Missouri county has died after his police vehicle crashed as he was responding to help one of his deputies.

The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, killing DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark. He was 43.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report says Clark was driving a pickup truck on Missouri Route 33 near the town of Osborn.

At the intersection with U.S. 36, an SUV driven by 71-year-old Robert Carpenter of Diller, Nebraska, struck the side of Clark's pickup.

Carpenter suffered moderate injuries and three others in the SUV suffered minor injuries.

 

 

EASTBOUND I-70 REDUCED TO ONE LANE THROUGH TUESDAY DUE TO RAINWATER

 

Eastbound I-70 will be down to one lane Monday and Tuesday near Rocheport at the Missouri River bridge.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, repairs are needed to the driving surface after water gathered under the pavement, causing the base layers to weaken and the roadway to settle.  These repairs will take place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. both Monday night into Tuesday and Tuesday night into Wednesday.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane west of the bridge and the speed limit will be reduced to 60 miles per hour.  Westbound lanes will remain open and traffic is expected to flow normally.  For more information on this and other MoDOT projects call 1-888-ASK MoDOT or visit modot.org.




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June 3rd, 2020

 

 

PROTESTS TAKE PLACE IN MULTIPLE AREA COMMUNITIES

 

Just like other Heartland communities, residents of Macon, Missouri have organized protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Since Monday, June 1, 2020, these residents have gathered at various locations in Macon to hold peaceful protests.

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, protesters lined up along U.S. Highway 63.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the protesters will line up near Orscheln Farm and Home in Macon.

On Thursday, June 4, 2020, protesters will line up in gravel parking lot near the Macon County School District.

On Friday, June 5, 2020 protesters will walk from 7th Heaven in Macon to the Macon County Courthouse.

When protesters reach the courthouse, they will hold a prayer for justice in response to the recent tragic events.

The protests take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Protests have also taken place in Kirksville and Brookfield.  Residents lined Baltimore Street in Kirksville Tuesday afternoon for a peaceful protest.  In Brookfield, a group gathered near the Twin Parks on North Main Street Tuesday afternoon and evening.

 

 

TWO ARMSTRONG RESIDENTS INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two Armstrong, Missouri residents are injured after an accident in Randolph County Tuesday Morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by an Unknown male was eastbound on Route A at the intersection with Route BB at around 1:34 Tuesday morning.  At that time, the vehicle failed to stop at the intersection, traveled off the road and overturned.  Two passengers in the vehicle, both of Armstrong, Missouri, were injured. 51 year old Roger Lipe was taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.  50 year old Edward Downs was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The driver of the truck is not known, but no other injuries were reported.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY ADDS THREE CASES OF COVID-19, BRINGS TOTAL TO 65

 

Three additional cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Adair County on Wednesday. The county total number of confirmed positive cases now sits at 65 since January 1, 2020.

Two of the cases, a 30-year-old male and 33-year old female, are related to area meat-processing plants.

The third case involves a 56-year-old Adair County farmer.

Twenty-three people are now in isolation and 42 individuals have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department has completed 399 contacts with individuals who may have been in close contact with any of the 65 positive individuals.

As the state's economy continues to open, Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, reminds residents to continue taking precautions.

"If you feel ill, stay home and call your doctor or healthcare provider," LeBaron said.

"If you want to attend any type of gathering in excess of 10 people, use common sense by maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask if maintaining six feet or more between you and other people is impossible. Remember that anyone, whether they have symptoms of the virus or not, can be infectious," he said. "Just act like you have the virus and take steps to protect others around you at all times."

In addition to these precautions, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends coughing or sneezing into your elbow, frequent hand washing with soap and water, and to avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose and eyes.

 

 




June 2nd, 2020

 

 

TUESDAY LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

 

Tuesday was local election day in counties across our listening area.

 

LINN COUNTY

City of Browning Alderman At Large - 2 year term
(Vote for 2)

Robert Wood - 10
Tommy Cordray - 4
Tod Sparks - 11

Brookfield R-III Prop 2
Yes - 523
No - 221

Linn Ambulance Dist 1 Board Members
(Vote for 1)
Randy Jacobs - 76
Don Kiehl – 99

 

Marceline Proposition 1

(Needs 57.1% to pass)

Yes-54.6%

No-45.4%

 

ADAIR COUNTY

 

Adair County Health Department Tax Levy increase
Yes - 932
No - 859

City of Kirksville Council Member
(Vote for 2)
Rick Steele - 916
Kevin A. Alm - 113
Chuck Long - 694
Dana (Danny) McDowell - 380
Write-in - 16

Adair County Public Water Supply Dist. #1 subdistrict 1 Board of Directors
(Vote for 1)
Brent Lee Motter - 360
Herman Fountain Jr. - 279

R-1 Novinger School District Board of Education members
(Vote for 3)
Troy Smith - 149
Dale "DJ" Fountain Jr. - 112
Tyler Daniels - 176
Christina Farrell - 129
Heather Halley – 171


Adair Co. R-1 School District Proposition K.I.D.S.
Yes - 244
No - 24

City of Novinger Alderman At-Large
(Vote for 2)
Frank L. Davis - 26
Bobby Stonecipher - 57
Derrell K. Kimball - 42

R-2 La Plata School District Board of Education members
(Vote for 3)
Tina M. Belfield - 20
Kevin D. Pipes - 16
Amy B. Crawford - 15
Aubrey Dale Bode – 9

 

MACON COUNTY

 

City of Atlanta Alderman - 2 year term
(Vote for 3)
Lisa Bender 51
John True 34
Mike Burkett 13
Neal Ross 42

City of La Plata Alderman Ward 1 - 2 year term
(Vote for 1)
Dustin "Dusty" Sawyer 59
Susan Walker 78

City of Macon Councilman Ward 1 - 2 year term
(Vote for 1)
Misty Blue 59
Caleb Dwiggins 142

 

La Plata R-II School District Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 3)
Tina M. Belfield 227
Kevin D. Pipes 197
Amy B. Crawford 201
Aubrey Dale Bode 143

Macon County R-1 School District Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 3)
Kevin Linear 391

John David Wiggans 199
Eric F. Brown 391
William D. "Bill" Noyes 476
Carrie Ann Bergfield 393
Greg P. Bruno 233

Salisbury R-IV School District Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 3)
Deborah Edwards 3
Andrea Binder 3
Dustin Aaron Bachtel 12
Russ Studebeck 4
Jearmy McCubbins 10
Donald Leroy Wyatt 17

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY

 

PROPOSITION 1
Yes - 415
No - 124

PROPOSITION 2

Yes - 374
No - 158

Schuyler County School District Board of Directors 3 Year Term
(Vote for 3)

Michael Scheib - 268
Kevin Wheeler - 324
Kevin Buckallew - 212
Kirk Cohagan - 215
Jessica Blackorby - 194
Andrew Akers -219

Schuyler County School District Board of Directors 1 Year Term
(Vote for 1)

Rob Small - 185
Wanda Homer - 361

Downing Marshall
(Vote for 1)
John Petary (Write-in) - 2
Kade Jackson (Write-in) - 1
David Burden (Write-in) – 1

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

 

Putnam County R-1 School District Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 3)
Jason Rouse - 523
C. L. Vestal - 372
Bradley Ream - 502
Christina Phillips - 333
Bryan Walter - 212
Write-in - 14

Board of Education Member - 1 year term
(Vote for 1)
Rob Small - 0
Wanda Homer - 1

Putnam County Ambulance District - District 5 Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 1)
Jeff Pauley - 78
Jordan Hendee - 164

Lake Special Road District Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 1)
Gene Nussbaum - 34
Bruce Dunbar - 10

City of Unionville Mayor - 2 year term
(Vote for 1)
Charley Bill Pittman - 272
Dana DeVore - 64
James Rollins - 64

North Ward Alderman - 2 year term
(Vote for 1)
Nancy Jones - 104
Lew Ellen Pickett - 28

City of Unionville Question 2276
Yes - 164
No – 205

 

City of Unionville Question 2275

Yes - 209
No - 150

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY

Sullivan County Memorial Hospital Board Member - 5 year term
(Vote for 1)
Angela Curtis -350
James T. Heaton - 118
Gary Drummond - 155
Write-In - 1

City of Milan West Ward Alderman - 2 year term
(Vote for 1)
Sally Jones - 10
Rebecca Bennett - 44

Milan C-2 School Board Member - 3 year term
(Vote for 3)
Jason Danniel Courtney - 170
Crystal Brinkley Bupp - 254
Bobby Ray McCully - 157
Dennis Weaver - 266
Jody Glidewell - 313
Write-In- 1

City of Browning Alderman At Large - 2 year term
(Vote for 2)
Robert Wood - 5
Tommy Cordray - 6
Tod Sparks – 2

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY

Scotland County Road and Bridge Proposition
Yes - 510
No - 141

Scotland County R-1 School District Board of Education members
(Vote for 3)
Jamie Triplett - 541
George Koontz - 274
Rhonda McBee - 496
Jason Small - 371

Ambulance Prop 1
Yes - 459
No - 169

City of Memphis Mayor
(Vote for 1)
Aaron Dale - 204
Tyler Troutman - 145

East Ward Alderman
(Vote for 1)
Justin Winn - 33
Tom Glass - 27
Lane Cambell - 106

West Ward Alderman
(Vote for 1)
Kevin Holton - 64
Katie Harris - 69
Jacob Howard - 62

BOONE COUNTY

 

Centralia Alderman Ward 1

Christina Stevens – 74

Dale Hughes-30

 

Centralia School Board

(Vote for 3)

Jared Auck-16.6%

Kelly Hawkins-16.4%

Shannon Dawson-14.7%

Charles Lawson-14.3%

 

Sturgeon Proposition K.I.D.S.

Yes-238

No-61

 

Sturgeon Proposition U

Yes-103

No-68

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY

 

Both Moberly City propositions were approved

Higbee election ordinance defeated

 

GRUNDY COUNTY

 

Trenton Motel Tax

Yes-247

No-107

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

 

Chillicothe Police Dept Tax

Yes-716

No-471

 

Chillicothe R-2 Levy Increase

Yes-790

No-994

 

 

MISSOURI MEDICAID EXPANSION SURVIVES LAWSUITS

 

A Missouri judge has dismissed two lawsuits against a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults.

The lawsuits by conservative advocacy group United for Missouri and Americans for Prosperity-Missouri sought to knock the proposal off the Aug. 4 ballot.

Both groups claimed the proposal would expand the government health insurance program without coming up with a funding source to pay for that.

But Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green disagreed.

His Tuesday ruling means the measure will stay on the ballot.

Both critics of the proposal say they will appeal.

 




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June 1st, 2020

 

ILLINOIS MAN DIES AFTER ACCIDENT IN PALMYRA FRIDAY

 

A motorcycle rider has died following a crash in Palmyra Friday, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The crash between a car and a motorcycle happened Friday afternoon around 3 p.m on Highway 168 at Highway 61. According to the
online crash report, Scott Herriman, 54, of Dallas City, Illinois, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 168 when a vehicle coming the other direction crossed the center line. Herriman turned to avoid it, but was ejected from his bike. Herriman was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia, where he died. The driver of the car did not report any injuries.

 

 

UNIONVILLE STABBING SUSPECT NOW CHARGED WITH MORE CRIMES

 

A northeast Missouri stabbing suspect is now charged with three other crimes police say happened about a month-and-a-half before the stabbing incident.

Johnathan Travis Frame, 34, of Unionville, Missouri, was recently charged in connection with an early April 2020 break-in at Smith's Cafe in Unionville.

Frame is charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree property damage and stealing in that case.

According to court documents, Unionville police were notified by the cafe owner on April 2, 2020, that someone had broken the glass out of the back door, stole change out of the cash register, took a pie and made off with a checkbook.

Surveillance video from a nearby alley caught frame on camera walking down that alley not far from the crime scene around the time of the crime.

Court papers state that when Unionville Police Chief John Mathes brought Frame in for questioning, he admitted that he broke the cafe's door, entered the business and stole the money and pie.

In an unrelated May 20, 2020, case, Frame was charged with stabbing a Unionville man in the hand during a fight over a woman.

 

 

KNOX COUNTY REPORTS FIRST COVID-19 CASE, MACON AND ADAIR COUNTIES ADD TO THEIR TOTALS

 

On Monday, Knox County Health Department officials confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the county.
The case is travel-related and the person is between the ages of 50 and 60.
Health department staff, along with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, are working to determine any close contacts for exposure with the person and will monitor them for any symptoms.
County officials want to remind all residents to continue social-distancing practices, enhanced sanitation, increased hand-washing and going about their daily business.

If you feel sick, you are encouraged contact your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms. You can also call the Health Department with any questions you might have.

In addition, Macon County announced its fifth case of COVID-19 Monday and Adair County reported nine new cases since Friday, bringing its count to 62.

 

 

SHOTS FIRED, STRUCTURE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION IN COLUMBIA

 

Columbia emergency services responded to two major calls Monday.

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired Sunday, May 31, at approximately 1:50 a.m. in the area of the 400 block of Circus Avenue. 

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers located damage to a vehicle, however, no injuries were reported. 

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

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3700 Flanders Court, Dollar General, at 12:11 am on Monday, June 1, 2020.

The first unit arrived less than four minutes later and observed heavy smoke from a single story, commercial structure.  Fire crews established a water supply from a fire hydrant and began an aggressive interior fire attack and search of the building.  They encountered heavy smoke and extreme heat upon entering.  Additional pre-connected hose lines were advanced to the building and aerial devices equipped with water nozzles were extended as additional fire companies arrived on the scene.   Heavy fire was also reported in the attic space.

The incident commander struck a second alarm at approximately 12:35 am, requesting additional personnel and apparatus. 

The incident was brought under control in approximately one hour.  The Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  

This fire is suspicious in nature.  Columbia Fire Department investigators are working with Columbia Police Department detectives on the cause of the fire.  There is no additional information at this time, from either department.  Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
This is the second fire at this address in the past three weeks.  A previous fire occurred on May 11, 2020.  

Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. 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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May 31st, 2020

 

NEMO MAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS FOUND DEAD

 

A northeast Missouri man missing for two weeks has been found dead.

On May 15, 2020, Matthew Allen Shaw, 36, of Bethel, Missouri, wandered off into the woods after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Highway 168 east of Shelbyville, Missouri.

Numerous searches had turned up nothing until Friday.

Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO that right before 10 a.m. Friday, searchers found Shaw's body in tall grass about one-fourth of a mile east of the crash site. It was about 50 feet north of Highway 168.

Brown said, at this time, the death is not considered suspicious, but an autopsy is planned for next week.

Searchers on Friday included state troopers, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and a team from Christian Aid Ministries from Ohio.

 

 

MACON SEX OFFENDER FACES FIVE NEW CHARGES

 

A northeast Missouri sex offender is facing five new charges this week after police say he communicated with someone on social media he thought was a 12-year-old girl. That "girl" was actually an undercover detective from the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.

Jarrod Hoffman, 46, of rural Macon, is charged with sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15, failure to register as a sex offender, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault and second-degree property damage.

According to court documents, the detective, using an undercover account, contacted Hoffman via Facebook after learning that Hoffman had not registered his online profile with the Macon County Sheriff's Office as required by law.

The two exchanged messages over the next two months. Police said Hoffman sent photos of himself including a nude picture and a photo of his privates.

The detective and a Macon County sheriff's deputy then met up with Hoffman in a Macon parking lot on Thursday.

When the suspect was told he was under arrest, they say Hoffman took a swing at the deputy, hitting him in the arm, and then he took off running.

During the scuffle to apprehend Hoffman, court documents say the suspect knocked the deputy's cell phone off of his vest. It fell to the ground and the screen cracked.

The whole incident was captured on one of the officer's body cameras.

Hoffman is being held in the Macon County Jail on $25,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

PERSON WHO ATTENDED LAKE OF THE OZARKS BARS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Health officials say they're seeking to "inform mass numbers of unknown people" after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19. Camden County Health Department said in a release that the resident of Boone County in mid-Missouri tested positive on Sunday after arriving at the lake area a day earlier.

Officials said there have been no reported cases of the virus linked to coronavirus in residents of Camden County, where the parties seen in videos and photos posted on social media took place.

 




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May 28th, 2020

 

 

SUMNER TEEN DROWNS IN PRIVATE POND IN MARION COUNTY

 

A 19-year-old Missouri teen fell off his kayak and drowned Tuesday afternoon at a private pond in Marion County.
According to KHQA, Jayden Richardson, of Sumner, was kayaking on a private pond located 2.5 miles west of Philadelphia on County Road 144 at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Richardson died Tuesday after he fell out of his kayak and did not resurface.
He was pronounced deceased by the Marion County Coroner on the scene at 1:45 p.m.


WEDNESDAY STORMS PRODUCE SMALL FUNNEL CLOUD IN NORTH MISSOURI

A small funnel cloud over Putnam and Schuyler counties caught the eye of several residents Wednesday afternoon.
One caller into KTVO said she saw if from her home in Worthington, Missouri. Other viewers caught photos of it in the Queen City area around 4 p.m.
The National Weather Service said there was a boundary across northeast Missouri, but it was not strong enough to produce a full-blown tornado.
KTVO Storm Team 3 Meteorologists Teresa Carter and Matt Gunn said the funnel cloud that residents reported seeing was approximately 6,000 feet off the ground and posed no danger to the Heartland.

 

PALMYRA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A northeast Missouri man was injured after striking a tree and ditch following a single-vehicle accident.
That accident happened around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday night in Marion County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Matthew Cashman, 29, of Palmyra, was on County Road 422 when he traveled off the right side of the road.
That's when he struck a tree and ditch.
Cashman suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
According to the online crash report, he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.



THREE COLUMBIA RESIDENTS INUJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

Three Columbia residents are injured, two seriously, after an accident on Stadium Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  According to the Columbia Police Department, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Reid Browning of Columbia was westbound on Stadium Boulevard at the intersection of College Park Drive at around 4:17 p.m. Wednesday.  At that time, a vehicle driven by 89 year old Billy Smith of Columbia was traveling south on College Park Drive approaching the intersection with Stadium Boulevard. As Smith’s vehicle was crossing the Stadium Boulevard intersection, Browning’s vehicle failed to stop at a red light and collided with the driver’s side of Smith’s vehicle.  The collision caused Smith’s vehicle to roll onto it’s passenger side. Both Smith and his passenger, 87 year old Ellen Smith of Columbia; who was partially ejected from the vehicle, were transported to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Browning suffered minor injuries.




May 27th, 2020

 

WIND TURBINES CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NEMO

 

More and more wind turbines are starting to dot the horizon outside Greentop and Queen City, Missouri.

Minnesota-based Blattner Energy and its subcontractors are in the process of putting up 175 wind turbines in Schuyler County and northern Adair County.

It is called the High Prairie Wind Farm project.

Right now, crews have completed about 30 of the approximately 357-foot-tall turbines.

The very first one went up at the end of April 2020. On-site workers told KTVO it takes about a day to assemble one.

Their goal is to put up three turbines per day, but sometimes the weather interferes. On a good day, crews can erect five of the monstrous structures.

Crews said it takes seven or eight semi-trucks to deliver all of the components for just one turbine.

Employees said all of those parts come from Denmark.

A total of 500 people, counting the contractor and subcontractors, are working on the wind farm.

When completed, the project will have two substations. Crews said the first one was energized last week. The second one should be up and running in July 2020.

Construction of the High Prairie Wind Farm may take until fall, depending on weather.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PUSHES FORWARD MEDICAID VOTE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage in the state.
Parson on Tuesday said he's putting the ballot initiative on the Aug. 4 primary ballot instead of the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Missouri's Medicaid program currently doesn't cover most adults without children and has one of the nation's lowest income eligibility thresholds for parents.
The ballot proposal would expand coverage to adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which is about $17,600 annually for an individual or $30,000 for a family of three.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN TWO JUVENILES IN CONNECTION TO FIRE AT DOLLAR GENERAL

 

Columbia police detained two juvenile suspects, both 16 years old, who are being held on the charge of Arson in the 1st Degree in connection to the May 11 structure fire at Dollar General, 3700 Flanders Court, at approximately 11:30 a.m. 

The business was open and occupied at the time of the fire, however, no injuries were reported. 

The Columbia fire department fire marshal partnered with CPD detectives during the investigation. Fire investigators estimated the loss for the fire at approximately $350,000 in contents and approximately $250,000 for the structure. 

The two suspects were released to the juvenile authorities. 

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. 

 

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR VOWS NOT TO COMBINE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

 

Missouri's health director says the state has been lumping together different coronavirus test results in a way that can be misleading.

Health department Director Randall Williams on Tuesday said the state no longer will combine virus tests and antibody tests.

Public health experts and Williams himself have said those tests should be separated.

That's because mixing them makes it difficult to understand how the virus is spreading and can give the false impression that the rate of positive test results is declining.

Williams had said the state wasn't combining the data.

He now says he wasn't aware that was happening.

 




May 26th, 2020

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH OCCURS IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, a two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Jefferson and Baltimore streets in Kirksville.

white Chevy truck was turning left out of the Xpress Mart parking lot to head eastbound on Jefferson Street.

While turning left, the driver's side of the truck was crashed into by a mid-size Dodge vehicle.

The Dodge vehicle had just passed through the Baltimore and Jefferson Street intersection and was heading westbound on Jefferson Street.

All involved with the crash denied medical attention at the scene.

Any citations associated with this crash are pending.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES MEMORIAL DAY CRASH INFORMATION

 

Six people died in traffic crashes over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated the following over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend:

Traffic Statistics

Boating Statistics

During the 2019 counting period, the Patrol investigated 296 traffic crashes, which included 127 injuries and seven of the eight fatalities. Troopers made 96 arrests for driving while intoxicated last year. Also, over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday: Marine operations troopers investigated seven boating crashes involving three injuries and two fatalities; and arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated on the state’s rivers and lakes. No one drowned over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday.

 

 

KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS LEADERS URGE PARTYGOERS AT LAKE TO QUARANTINE

 

Leaders in Kansas City and St. Louis are urging people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media postings will lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus.
Big crowds were reported at swimming pools, bars and restaurants at the popular central Missouri lake that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Postings showed people without masks partying and swimming together in close proximity.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page asked the county's health department to issue a travel advisory.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person that was stabbed at approximately 8:45 a.m. on May 25 near Highway 63 and Clark Lane.

Officers arrived and immediately located one male victim, 42, with a life-threatening injury. The victim was immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the victim was experiencing homelessness and was attacked while in a wooded area near the bridge of Highway 63 and Clark Lane. Officers canvassed the area searching for other victims as well as evidence. No further injuries were reported. 

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

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. 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.

 




May 25th, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR WARNS RESIDENTS AFTER VIRAL VIDEO SURFACES

 

Missouri's health director has issued a dire warning after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together: The coronavirus is still here, and the spreading of illnesses could have "long-lasting and tragic" results.

One video on social media shows a crammed pool at Lake of the Ozarks, with people lounging and playing close together, without masks.

The lake draws people from as far away as Arkansas and Iowa.

It's especially popular with travelers from St. Louis city and county, which combined account for more than half of Missouri's confirmed cases and more than two-thirds of the 681 deaths

 

 

FOUR MISSOURI TEENS INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN MONROE COUNTY

 

Four Missouri teens were injured following a single-vehicle crash Sunday night.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Chase Grimes, 18, of Fulton, was on Business 154, just east of US 24 in Paris, Missouri, when he traveled off the side of the road and overcorrected.

That caused him to travel off the other side of the road where he hit a culvert.

Grimes suffered minor injuries.

Three other passengers were inside the vehicle.

Eston Drews, 17, of Fulton, and Bryanna Conboy, 17, of Paris, Missouri, along with a 14-year-old boy all suffered minor injuries.

All four were taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, all four were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

 

 

SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN FINDING MISSING MAN

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is in need of the public’s help in locating Matthew Allen Shaw.

According to KHQA, on May 15, Shaw was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 168 east of Shelbyville, Missouri.

Shaw's sister, Christina Wiedeman, said in a Facebook post that the location where the crash happened is about four-and-a-half miles east of Shelbyville.

Shaw left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement arriving.

According to witnesses, Shaw was last seen walking into the woods away from the accident.

Wiedeman said her brother's broken eyeglasses were found in his truck, and he can't see well without them.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and several of Shaw’s family members searched approximately a five-mile area along Highway 168 with no sign of Shaw.

Shaw has not been seen or heard from by any family members since the evening of the vehicle accident.

Shaw is described as a white male approximately 5’5 and 140 pounds with brown, shaggy hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tight-fitting navy blue T-shirt and light tan work boots.

If you have any information regarding Shaw’s whereabouts, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office by calling 573-633-2161.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED AND GUNSHOT WOUND MONDAY MORNING

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound on May 25 at approximately 2:10 a.m., in the 2700 block of Quail Drive.

Officers arrived and immediately located one victim with a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. No further injuries were reported.

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

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. 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.

 




May 24th, 2020

 

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI WOMAN SUING FOR REMAINS OF HUSBAND’S BODY SHE KEPT IN FREEZER

 

A 67-year-old southwest Missouri woman who kept her husband's body in a freezer in her bedroom is suing for the return of his remains.

Barbara Watters was charged last year with abandoning a corpse after authorities found her husband's body in the freezer.

After a judge dismissed the charges in January, she sued the city of Joplin, the police department and the Jasper County attorney.

The lawsuit was moved to federal court this week.

The lawsuit contends the coroner has not returned her husband's body and police are keeping items seized from her home.

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY ARGUMENT ENDS IN STABBING

 

Police say what started as an argument over a woman ended with a northeast Missouri man getting stabbed.

It happened late Wednesday night at an apartment in the 600 block of North 19th Street in Unionville, Missouri.

Johnathan Travis Frame, 34, of Unionville, is charged with armed criminal action and first-degree assault following the altercation.

Police Chief Josh Mathes said in court documents that Frame went to the victim's apartment and started arguing with that man about a woman.

The victim told police Frame was intoxicated, and he shoved Frame out of his apartment and tried to get him to leave.

That's when the suspect reportedly started yelling and began trying to fight the victim.

The man said Frame pulled out a knife and started swinging it at him, narrowly missing his throat.

Police said the suspect then severely cut the victim's hand. Mathes said it was a deep laceration that was bleeding profusely.

The chief said there were large amounts of blood inside and outside the apartment.

The man was taken to Putnam County Hospital for treatment. Mathes later learned the knife cut an artery during the attack.

Frame is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $20,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO RISE AMID CORONAVIRUS HALT

 

Missouri's unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
Still, Missouri's jobless rate of 9.7% was well below the national rate of 14.7%.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its April jobs report Friday that spelled out the devastating impact of the halt to the economy that was part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Missouri's seasonally adjusted jobless rate compared to 3.9% in March, when it had already started to rise because of the pandemic.
The state's unemployment rate was 3.2% in April 2019.

 

MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ASKS FOR SPECIAL SESSION WITH GOVERNOR

 

 Let's say you are a business that just reopened after the stay-at-home order was lifted.

You have done everything right, you're following the social distancing guidelines, and you're taking extra steps to protect your employees.

But, one of your employees comes down with COVID-19.

What happens then?

Right now your business, just like over 500 other businesses in the United States, is liable for to be sued, even though you've followed all of the guidelines.

This is something the Missouri Chamber of Commerce CEO Daniel Mehan says the chamber is trying to fight.

"Protection from potential litigation that could be levied on employers who, through no fault of their own, or are trying to do the right thing. Maybe someone inadvertently catches the virus. They get accused of not following guidelines when they have. So, we’re just trying to get protections so people feel comfortable opening up again."

Mehan said that this will be a killer for Missouri’s economy.

That is the main reason that the chamber is trying to find some protection for businesses, to help the economy move closer to a recovery...

"Well, it can only retard our recovery. So, and it slows it down, prevent it. Have people, employers, stay shuttered longer or close down part of their operation, it can only have a negative effect."

The chamber has been in contact with Governor Parson and are trying to come together for a special session to create some protection for businesses who follow the guidelines.

"“That’s what we’re looking for. If you follow the guidelines that are established and reopen, we don’t think you should be subject to concerns over liability for COVID.”"

For more information on how you can protect your business and other guidelines for the COVID-19 outbreak, check out the Chamber of Commerce's website here.

 




May 22nd, 2020

 

PALMYRA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman was flown to the hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash.

The accident happened around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a grain truck driven by Joseph Swisher, 71, of Philadelphia, Missouri was on Route M when he ran off the left side of the road.

A vehicle driven by Destiny Bevans, 33, of Palmyra, crested the hill and tried to avoid Swisher's vehicle, but that's when the two collided in the middle of the road.

Bevans was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and suffered serious injuries.

She was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia.

Swisher was not injured in the crash.

 

 

MACON COUNTY TEEN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri teen was injured following a single-vehicle rollover crash Wednesday night.

The crash happened at 8:20 p.m in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Anthony Akery, 19, of Anabel, was on Route C, six miles south of Bevier when he traveled off the side of the road.

That caused his vehicle to overturn several times.

He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, Akery was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired Thursday, May 21, at approximately 6:50 a.m. in the 3500 block of Zinnia Drive.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers did locate damage to a residence, however, no injuries were reported. 

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

Columbia Police are asking for your help. 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.

 

 

SUV STOLEN IN PUTNAM COUNTY FOUND IN SOUTHEAST IOWA

 

An SUV stolen from northeast Missouri about a month ago has now been found torched in a southeast Iowa field.A Wapello County farmer discovered the burned 2012 Subaru Outback Tuesday afternoon while walking his property on Rock Bluff Road outside Ottumwa.

Investigator Aaron McConnell with the Wapello County Sheriff's Office told KTVO Thursday that the vehicle was way back in the field, not visible from the road.

They don't know how long it had been there.

Based on the license plates, the SUV belongs to Robert and Rachel Cortesio, who live in Putnam County, Missouri.

Investigators are still trying to verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) because the one in the front windshield was destroyed by the fire.

Rachel Cortesio told KTVO Thursday she was notified by a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy this week that the couple' stolen vehicle had been found. It was taken from their home on April 23, 2020, when they were away at work.

Authorities don't know who the thief is, but they know it's a man. He also stole two other vehicles before that.

That person is also suspected of burning the Cortesios' home to the ground when he stole their SUV.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

MISSOURI CHAMBER PUSHES FOR BUSINESSES PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 LAWSUITS

 

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is urging Mike Parson to call a special session so lawmakers can take action to protect businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. In a letter to the Republican governor on Wednesday, the chamber called coronavirus liability an "emerging problem in Missouri."

The organization cites lawsuits involving those who believe they contracted the virus at a business.

The chamber says that under current state law, the lawsuits can move forward regardless of whether businesses were taking precautions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

 




May 21st, 2020

 

ONE OF THREE VEHICLE THEFT SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

 

One of three suspects in a vehicle theft that resulted in a chase and crash Livingston County has been taken into custody.  Officers with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department arrested 35  year old Jesse Monreal of Kansas Tuesday.  Monreal was found hiding from law enforcement near Livingston County roads 437 and 4304.  He is one of three suspects in the theft of a vehicle in Lafayette County, Missouri in which shots were fired at the vehicle’s owner.  The theft resulted in a chase through Carroll County and into Livingston County where the stolen vehicle crashed on private property southeast of Dawn off of Livingston County road 437. The three occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot. Two of those three suspects have not yet been found. The Livingston County Sheriff’s office said Wednesday that a White Ford F-250 pickup with the word “Quarry” written on the side was stolen from the Quarry in Blue Mound.   They reported that investigation showed the vehicle was stolen by two individuals  who came from the same direction that the suspects exited the stolen vehicle from Lafayette County.  It has not yet been confirmed that these are the same individuals.  Law enforcement is encouraging residents to be extra cautious if traveling around the area and to report suspicious activity they may encounter.  If anyone has seen the vehicle stolen from the Quarry in Blue Mound they are asked to contact their nearest law enforcement agency.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s department was assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshalls Office, Chillicothe Police and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN STABBING AT LOWES

 

At approximately 2:53 p.m. on May 19, Columbia police responded to a report of a stabbing in front of Lowe’s, located at 201-A Conley Road. 

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a female victim, 43, who was transported to a local hospital by emergency medical services to treat non-life threatening injuries. 

The suspect was identified as Gentara Bennett, 19, of Columbia. Officers located Bennett inside Sam’s Club, located at 101 Conley Road. At this time, the weapon used is unknown. Bennett was arrested for assault in the first degree, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. There is no known connection between the victim and the suspect.  

This case is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division. 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. 

 

 

MISSING UNIONVILLE TEEN FOUND IN IOWA

 

A missing teenager from Unionville, Missouri, has been found safe and sound in Seymour, Iowa.

Seymour Police Chief Richard Carter told KTVO Jasmine Holliday, 13, of Unionville, was found around 2 p.m. Wednesday walking along a city street in Seymour.

Carter said a resident had spotted her and a couple of friends and reported it to police.

Unionville Police Josh Mathes told KTVO law enforcement was returning Holliday to Unionville on Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

MINOR FLOODING REPORTED IN EASTERN MISSOURI

 

Persistent wet weather has caused rivers to rise in eastern Missouri, resulting in minor flooding along parts of the Mississippi and other rivers.
Much of the eastern part of the state has received 3 inches of rain or more over the past week.
The Mississippi River is at flood stage in the northeast Missouri towns of Louisiana and Clarksville, leaving farm fields wet and closing a few roads.
In southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River was nearly 2 feet above technical flood stage on Wednesday at Cape Girardeau, where much of the town is protected by a flood wall.
The Meramec River was flooding at Arnold.

 

 




May 19th, 2020

 

TRENTON TEEN INJURED AFTER FALLING OUT OF TRUCK

 

A Trenton teen is injured after falling out of a vehicle in Grundy County Sunday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by 17 year old Alan Airey of Trenton was Westbound on Princeton Road in Trenton at around 5:30 Sunday evening.  At that point, a passenger in Airey’s vehicle, a 16 year old male from Trenton, attempted to climb out of the passenger window to get to the bed of the truck.  The teen lost his footing and fell out of the window, landing on the roadway.  Airey’s truck then came to a stop.  The 16 year old was taken by helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment of serious injuries.  Airey was not injured.

 

 

PROPERTY LINE DISPUTE IN PUTNAM COUNTY LEADS TO SHOTS FIRED

 

Investigators say an ongoing dispute over property lines in northeast Missouri escalated to the point that one neighbor fired shots at another neighbor.

According to court documents, it happened over the weekend at a residence on Putnam County Route FF southwest of Livonia, Missouri.

The victim called 911 late Sunday morning to report her neighbor, Victoria Smith, 36, of Livonia, was shooting at her.

After an investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Smith was charged Monday with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

When a deputy arrived at the Smith home just before noon on Sunday, he said Smith told him that her dogs were barking and she could hear something moving along the back property line behind her home.

She said she fired one shot into the air and then heard the victim yell back at her.

Smith told the deputy she then fired two more shots and figured her neighbor would leave, but she didn't.

Investigators recovered a loaded handgun from Smith's front pants pocket.

The victim told the deputy that she was mushroom hunting on her property when she heard the gun fired the first time.

She claims Smith verbally threatened her and continued to shoot in her direction.

The victim said in a written statement that every time she walks on her property behind the Smiths' residence, she gets threatened.

The woman provided the sheriff's office with a recording of the Sunday incident. The deputy said in court documents that he could hear multiple gunshots and Smith yelling in a threatening manner.

Smith was arrested, and her bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. The sheriff's office said Smith has posted bond and been released from custody. Her arraignment is set for May 21, 2020.

 

 

LEWIS COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL POSSESION OF A FIREARM

 

A northeast Missouri man in trouble with the law, again.

Last week, members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Alex Treaster, 25, of Maywood, Missouri on one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class D Felony.

Treaster, a convicted felon, also has a pending burglary case in Lewis County from a prior investigation and arrest in October, 2019.

Last week's arrest was the result of an investigation on May 5.

At that time, deputies were conducting a 'bond check' to ensure Treaster was in compliance with his conditions of bond.

Treaster was found to have been in possession of an automatic handgun.

He remains at the Lewis County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MDC SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON  PROPOSED BEAR HUNTING SEASON

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking public input on a proposed black bear hunting season.

According to a release from the MDC a limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears has been proposed.  The season would only be open to Missouri resident and if approved could occur as soon as fall of 2021. The MDC says bear numbers in the Missouri Ozarks have been on the rise for the last 50 years and Missouri is currently home to between 540 and 840 black bears.  Part of the proposal is to establish three Bear Management Zones in southern Missouri  and specifying quotas in each of those areas.  For more information on the proposal and to comment visit mdc.mo.gov/bears.  The initial public comment period runs through June 5th.








May 15th, 2020

 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING IN MONROE COUNTY

 

A Seabrook, New Hampshire woman was arrested for an attempted child kidnapping in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Erica Johnson of Seabrook, New Hampshire was arrested on May 11th by New Hampshire State Police in connection with the attempted kidnapping of an 11 year old Monroe County resident.  Johnson had been communicating with the child for approximately four months using various gaming platforms and social media.  Johnson traveled from Boston, Massachusetts to Monroe County on April 25th. It was determined by investigators that Johnson’s trip was for the purpose of coercing the juvenile to return to New Hampshire with her. She was not successful in leaving Monroe County with the child and returned to New Hampshire where she was arrested.  She is currently awaiting extradition to Missouri with a cash only bond of $50,000.

 

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 CASE

 

The Schuyler County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Schuyler County.

The case is community related, meaning the person likely contracted it somewhere within the county where the person lives or in surrounding counties, which in Schuyler County's case, could even mean across the Iowa/Missouri state border.

The patient is being asked to self-isolate to decrease the risk of exposing others.

Administrator Kathryn Magers told KTVO the infected person is between the ages of 60 and 65.

We have learned the patient is a man. The health department won't release his hometown so that won't be an identifying factor.

Schuyler County Health Department staff are working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will guide these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions, including proper hygiene, social distancing, and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

To protect yourself and others from illness –

Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others (at least 6 feet), no matter what the illness

Cover your sneeze and cough to prevent spreading any illness

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Clean and disinfect surfaces and avoid touching your face, especially after touching an unclean surface

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Wear masks that cover your nose and mouth when in public where social distancing is not possible

Avoid large gatherings

Make sure you are keeping up to date with reliable informational sources like the Schuyler County Health Department Facebook page or the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

 

ATLANTA MAN INJURED IN DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT

 

An Atlanta, Missouri man is injured after a dirt bike accident in Macon County Thursday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a dirt bike driven by 39 year old Michael Nay of Atlanta was westbound on Island Avenue west of Atlanta at around 10 o’clock Thursday morning when he lost control of his dirt bike.  His dirt bike then overturned ejecting him.  He was taken to Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

MISSOURI CASINOS TO REOPEN JUNE 1ST, SOME MU EMPLOYEES CAN BEGIN TO RETURN TO CAMPUS

 

Missouri casinos can reopen June 1, ending a nearly 2 1/2-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
All 13 casinos in the state were closed March 17 as part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday extended the closure through May 31, meaning the gambling centers can reopen the following day.
The University of Missouri System announced that some employees can return to campus starting May 20.
The university is using a phased-in approach that allows some faculty, staff and administrators to return but under guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

 

 




May 14th, 2020

 

LIVONIA MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A rollover crash sends a northeast Missouri man to the hospital.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday in Schuyler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Gerald Gillespie, 60, of Livonia, was on Highway 136, one mile east of Livonia, when his car traveled off the right side of the road.

Gillespie then overcorrected. His car then traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Troopers said in the online crash report that Gillespie was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS 46 NEW CASES OF CWD IN DEER HARVEST

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has finished its chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring and testing efforts for the 2019-2020 deer season.

After the MDC completed those tests, 46 new cases of CWD were found across the state of Missouri.

Those new cases bring the total number of cases reported in Missouri to 162 since 2012.

Of the 46 confirmed cases, 19 were in northeast Missouri.

Three were in Adair County, eight in Linn County and eight in Macon County.

25 of the 46 new cases were from the 29,000 tissue samples collected this past season.

The remaining 21 cases were from the post-season targeted culling efforts in January, February and early March in areas CWD was previously found.

The MDC would like to thank the 1,390 participating landowners who helped MDC staffers remove 2,400 deer from those areas.

Since the first cases of CWD were confirmed in 2012, the MDC has tested more than 137,000 deer.

If you would like to know more about CWD, a link to that information can be found here.

 

 

HIGHWAY 63 CRASH SENDS MACHINE ONTO MACON COUNTY RESIDENT’S PORCH

 

A distracted-driving crash on Highway 63 ends with a boring machine flung onto a home's front porch.

It happened at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Highway 63 and Macon County Route T, one mile east of Excello, Missouri.

Sgt. Eric Brown told KTVO a pickup driven by a 62-year-old Macon man was traveling south on 63, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with a horizontal boring machine.

As the truck was slowing to turn onto Route T, a pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old man from Cameron, Missouri, rear-ended the towed unit.

The impact ripped the boring machine off the trailer and flung it partially onto the front porch of a home at that intersection.

The Cameron man told troopers he was distracted by the radio in his truck and did not see the truck and trailer slowing in front of him.

No injuries were reported. The Cameron man's pickup had extensive front-end damage.

The house had minor damage to some bricks and the front porch railing.

The impact also destroyed shrubs on the property and made gouges in the fresh asphalt driveway.

 

 

COVID-19 CASES TOP 10,000 IN MISSOURI, DEATHS RISE ABOVE 500

 

Both the number of confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus in Missouri reached somber milestones Tuesday: Cases topped 10,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 500.
The state health department reported 88 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 10,006.
Thirty-six new deaths were reported.
Since March, 524 people in Missouri have died from the virus.
St. Louis continues to be the hardest-hit region.
State data shows that 53.4% of confirmed cases, and 70.4% of deaths, have occurred in St. Louis city and county combined.

 

 

MACON DOCTOR PURCHASES PRIVATE JET PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY TAYLOR SWIFT

 

A northeast Missouri doctor probably never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would one day own a pop star’s private jet.

When singer Taylor Swift recently sold one of her two jets, it was bought by Macon orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chris Main, who now lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Federal Aviation Administration records reveal the new registered owner of Swift’s nine-seater Dassault Mystere-Falcon 50 is Main’s corporation, BoneDoc Aviation LLC.

According to Main’s Facebook page, he went to get the aircraft in mid-March from Nashville International Airport.

It’s not known how much the Macon native paid for the luxury jet, but TMZ reports similar aircraft sell for between $1 million and $6 million.

Main was unavailable to talk to KTVO about his purchase, but he recently wrote on Facebook:

“Beyond excited to pick up the new workhorse toy today from Taylor Swift. So many people that have helped us along the past few weeks to make this all a reality.. and I Thank You ALL. [sic]”

And don’t worry about Swift. TMZ reports that the jet she kept seats 18 people, twice as many as the plane she sold to Main.

 

 




May 13th, 2020

 

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED TUESDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED, SUBJECT FOUND SAFE

 

The Columbia Police Department has cancelled an Endangered Person Advisory for Seven Holliday.

She has been located safe
The Columbia Police Department had issued an endangered person advisory for a missing teen.

Seven Holliday, 15, of Columbia was last seen at 8 a.m. on North Keene Street in Columbia, Missouri on May 11.

Holliday is a black female, 5-foot-1-inch, 120 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

Holliday was discovered missing from her residence, with further investigation revealing she had been in contact with unknown subjects on dating apps.

She left with no shoes or personal belongings

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ENCOURAGED BY RETURN TO SOME NORMALCY

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday that he's encouraged that residents are returning to some semblance of normal life after weeks of shelter-in-place orders made necessary by the coronavirus.
Parson spent the weekend back home in southwestern Missouri and said it was good "to do some of the normal duties in life."
He helped his grandson shop for his first car and took his wife to a restaurant.
Missouri confirmed 74 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday.
Parson noted that was the lowest one-day total since mid-March.
Deaths rose by four to 488.

 

 

WANTED COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN NEW YORK

 

On May 11, at approximately 7:45 a.m. EST, troopers from the New York State Police arrested Keith Edwin Brodie, a suspect on Missouri’s most wanted list, on outstanding warrants in Missouri and New Jersey. Brodie, 41, was located in Syracuse, NY and will be held on no bond in the Onondaga County Justice Center in New York with possible full extradition. 

In Missouri, Brodie has warrants for burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. Brodie is wanted for a violation of a court order and stalking under the State of New Jersey’s criminal code. As a fugitive from justice, Brodie may be arrested and charged with the crimes that come from the out-of-state jurisdictions in the state of New York.

On Feb. 20, Brodie was a suspect in an officer-involved shooting that took place on Nebo Cemetery Road and Route UU in Columbia. The same day, Brodie hit a CPD officer with his truck as he fled the scene in the 3700 block of Rollins Road. 

We appreciate our law enforcement partners in Syracuse for their assistance on this case. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation. 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.

 

 

PROPOSED BILL TO EXTEND ACCESS TO RAPE KITS IN MISSOURI

 

All Missouri hospitals would be required to offer rape kits under a bill heading to the governor's desk.

Currently, not every hospital can perform rape kits to gather evidence of sexual assault.

But a bill that would mandate access to rape kits at all licensed hospitals received final approval in the state House on Tuesday.

Now it's up to Republican Gov. Mike Parson to sign it into law.

The measure would give hospitals access to virtual and in-person training on how to perform rape kits.

By 2023, all hospitals would be required to provide rape kits.

 




May 12th, 2020

 

MEXICO WOMAN, TODDLER AND BABY AMONG THOSE KILLED IN SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS ACCIDENT

 

Authorities say a baby, toddler and three others have been killed in a suburban St. Louis crash.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Travon Nelson, 22, of Florissant, was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle when he went off the side of a road in Jennings and overcorrected Saturday afternoon.

He then drove into oncoming traffic and struck a cargo van before overturning.

The crash killed Nelson, Kristy Monroe, 22, of Mexico, Missouri, along with the baby, toddler and a 16-year-old.

The names of the three juveniles weren't immediately released.

The driver of the van was rushed to a hospital in serious condition.

 

 

COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3700 Flanders Court, Dollar General, on May 11, 2020 at 11:33am.  While en route units reported smoke was visible from Ballenger Road.
The first unit arrived on the scene less than four minutes later and reported moderate smoke coming from a single story commercial structure.  Evacuation was in progress.  An additional fire company was requested.  Fire crews performed an aggressive fire attack using pre-connected hose lines that were advanced into the structure from two separate entrances.  They encountered significant heat and smoke upon entry.  The fire was brought under control in approximately thirty minutes.  
The Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  Additional details will be released as they become available. 
Ten units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 

 

CITY OF MOBERLY RECEIVES ASSISTANCE FROM MISSOURI DNR FOR WASTEWATER PROJECT

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded over $900,000 in assistance to the City of Moberly to connect wastewater flow from two mobile home parks to the city’s wastewater treatment system.  The project will be completed using $954,208 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Regionalization Incentive Grant program.  The project is expected to be completed by April 2022. For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding projects visit dnr.mo.gov

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY YMCA AND KIRKSVILLE R-3 CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR STUDENTS

 

Since mid-March, the Adair County Family YMCA and Kirksville R-III School District have distributed over 40,000 meals to kids around Kirksville.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, the YMCA and Kirksville R-III School District hand out six meals and on Fridays they hand out seven meals.

The meals are available to pick up between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on those days.

Our friends at KTVO spoke with Kristin Rouner, Executive Director of the Adair County Family YMCA what the plans are for the program in the future.

"Our hope is to continue to provide those meals to our local children throughout the summer as long as we have enough volunteers to help support us in this effort," Rouner said. "We will keep going as long as we can."

Just a reminder, meals are available to pick up at 14 locations around Kirksville.

When you pick up the meals, children do not need to be present.

A link to where the 14 locations are located around Kirksville can be found here.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO DROP OFF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

 

The City of Kirksville is accepting appointments for residents for the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop off that will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Appointments are only available for Kirksville residents only.

The drop-off will be held at the HHW bunker, which is located at the Public Works Complex in Kirksville.

No commercial hazardous waste will be accepted.

Items that will be accepted include: Aerosols, Antifreeze, Batteries-nicad, Batteries-alkaline, Batteries-lead acid, Batteries-lithium, Batteries-button, Ballasts, Bulbs-fluorescent, Bulbs-shattershield, Bulbs-HID, Bulbs-U-Shaped, Bulbs-crushed/broken, Cleaners-water based, Cleaners-ammonia-based, Corrosives, Cylinder-fire extinguishers, Fertilizers, Oil-cooking, Oil-used filters, Oil-motor, gear, lube, Paint-oil-based, Paint-lead based, Pesticides/Poison-Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Rodenticides, Miticides, and Fungicides. Latex and Water-Based paints will no longer be accepted.

If you have any of these items and would like to drop them off at the event, the number to call to schedule an appointment is 660-627-1291.

More information about what "hazardous" waste is can be found at ktvo.com

 

 

 

 




May 11th, 2020

 

MACON MAN ACCUSED OF POSING AS TEENAGE GIRL TO SOLICIT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Macon, Mo., man is in jail, charged with sex trafficking and child pornography.

On Tuesday, Martin Mitchell, 20, was arrested after a three-month investigation.

Mitchell was arrested after law enforcement, led by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at his residence.

The suspect pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

Investigators seized electronic evidence relating to sex trafficking of a child and possession of child pornography.

Authorities said Mitchell admitted creating fictitious social media accounts portraying himself as a teenage girl.

He admitted to sending and receiving photos of genitalia.

Multiple photos of male genitalia were found on his cell phone. Investigators do not know the source of these photographs.

The Macon County prosecuting attorney has charged Mitchell with second-degree sexual trafficking of a child and possession of child pornography.

Mitchell is being held in the Macon County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.

Investigating agencies are requesting and encouraging users of social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to promptly report any inappropriate or sexualized communications with children. This is an ongoing investigation, and investigators will be following up on further leads.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Macon Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the FBI.

 

 

SEDAN LOST IN ADAIR COUNTY CAR FIRE

 

A sedan is a total loss after a car fire along the side of a northeast Missouri highway.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday on Highway 6, approximately four miles west of Brashear, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Adair County Fire responded.

Captain Brad Ray with Adair County Fire told KTVO he is not sure what started it.

He said the fire did start somewhere in the engine compartment area of the car.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Ray said the car was owned by a man from Brashear.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER HE BARRICADED HIMSELF IN A RESIDENCE

 

Columbia Police arrested Montreil Donell Johnson, 34, of Columbia, after officers observed Johnson in the area of N. Willowbrook Road and E. Willowbrook Road at approximately 9:40 p.m. on May 9. Officers were aware there was probable cause to arrest Johnson for Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree from an incident on April 23 (Case number 2020-003334). When approached by officers, Johnson fled into a residence in the 2900 block of N. Willowbrook Road.

Officers established a secure perimeter around the residence and attempted to get Johnson to voluntarily come out, however he refused to exit the residence. The Columbia Police Crisis Negotiation Team, Boone County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, and the Columbia Police SWAT team assisted patrol officers at the scene.

After several attempts were made to get Johnson to voluntarily exit, the SWAT team made entry to the residence and located him at 3:55 a.m., unconscious and hiding in a clothes dryer. Johnson was transported by EMS to a local hospital for medical evaluation. He was later released and booked into custody at the Boone County Jail.

Johnson was arrested for Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree for the previous incident with an additional charge of obstructing government operations for barricading himself in the residence.  

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. 

 




May 8th, 2020

 

HUNTSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

One person was injured after the ATV they were riding in lost control.

The accident happened just before 9:45 p.m. Wednesday in Randolph County.

According to the Misssouri State Highway Patrol, Randall Lierly, 29, of Huntsville, Missouri was driving a Polaris Razr on private property when he lost control on rough terrain.

The impact caused two of his passengers to be ejected.

One of his passengers, Gabrielle Hubbard, 23, of Huntsville suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Lierly and his other passenger, Cailin Botkins, 23, of Madison, Missouri were not injured.

 

 

STATE OF MISSOURI TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS

 

The state of Missouri plans to seek the death penalty for a man suspected of killing two brothers from Wisconsin.

Attorney Patrick Berrigan told the St. Joseph News-Press Wednesday that he has been appointed to defend Garland Joseph Nelson in the death penalty case.

Nelson is accused of killing Nick and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin, in July.

Nelson pleaded not guilty Monday.

Circuit Judge Kevin Walden has been appointed to hear the case.

Court records report the brothers disappeared after they went to Nelson's northwestern Missouri farm to collect a $250,000 debt.

Their remains were found in Missouri and Nebraska

 

 

MISSOURI AIR NATIONAL GUARD PLANS FLYOVERS FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN 6 CITIES FRIDAY

 

The Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing will be performing flyovers of six Missouri communities to honor medical and healthcare professionals, essential employees and volunteers in the fight against COVID-19.

These flyovers will take place during the afternoon and evening of May 8.

The flyovers are a part of an Air Force-wide effort to honor first responders as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic, said Col. Ken Eaves, commander of the 131st Bomb Wing.

“We greatly appreciate the selfless service and sacrifices of our medical professionals and other COVID-19 essential workers,” Eaves said. “As Guardsmen, we’ve been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these incredible professionals. Currently, hundreds of Missouri Air and Army National Guardsmen are mobilized to support these efforts.”

The planned route will pass over Camdenton, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City and Springfield, and will include a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th/131st Bomb Wings.

During the flyovers, all residents are encouraged to follow strict social distancing guidelines and refrain from gathering in large groups.

The flyovers are part of the Air Force’s Operation American Resolve, honoring the heroism of medical professionals, healthcare workers and first responders working tirelessly to combat the pandemic. Dozens of similar missions have been conducted across the country in recent weeks, including a flight made up of B-2s and A-10s flown by Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing and 442nd Fighter Wing, respectively, over Kansas City on April 28.

The U.S. Air Force performs almost 1,000 flyovers each year, to include air shows, national-level sporting events, and any event in support of a patriotic holiday. Flyovers are fully functional training missions, designed to maintain the lethality and readiness of Air Force pilots and maintainers. They are conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers and are incorporated into existing flying schedules.

Based at Whiteman Air Force Base and Jefferson Barracks, the 131st Bomb Wing is the only National Guard wing to fly the B-2 Spirit through as a classic unit association with the active duty Bomb Wing.

Tentative schedule:

4:14 p.m. - Camdenton

4:50 p.m. - Cape Girardeau

5:12 p.m. - St. Louis

5:43 p.m. - Columbia

6:00 p.m. - Jefferson City

6:22 p.m. - Springfield

NOTE: Times are subject to change

 

 

 




May 7th, 2020

 

FEDERAL JUDGE THROWS OUT LAWSUIT AGAINST SMITHFIELD FOODS

 

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed on behalf of workers at the Smithfield Foods Meatpacking plant in Milan.

In a 24-page order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Greg Kays declined to hear the case, which alleged that working conditions at the plant have left its workers dangerously exposed to the coronavirus.

He ruled it's a matter for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) to consider.

The suit, which was filed nearly two weeks ago by a worker at the plant and a small nonprofit group that advocates for plant workers, alleged that Smithfield Foods had not taken adequate steps to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

In dismissing the lawsuit, Kays said OHSA was in a better position to determine whether the plant was complying with the guidance. And, he said, deferring to the agency would “ensure uniform national enforcement” of the guidance.

Kays also said he would not have granted the relief requested by the plaintiffs because they had not demonstrated “irreparable harm.”

The plaintiffs wanted Kays to issue an injunction to force Smithfield to provide workers with masks, ensure social distancing and take other measures to protect their safety.

 

 

SENATE TRYING TO KEEP COLLEGES OUT OF BUDGET CUTS

 

Missouri senators are trying to save colleges and universities from budget cuts after the coronavirus paralyzed the state's economy.

Senators on Tuesday voted against a 10% cut in state funding to public colleges and universities.

The House proposed the cut to balance next year's budget, which begins July 1.

Senators are hoping that Congress will send Missouri more federal aid so the state can avoid those cuts to higher education.

Legislative leaders agreed to cut $700 million from the governor's original budget proposal because of the hit coronavirus has taken on the economy.

One senator says that's not enough.

 

 

IDENTITY OF MAN KILLED IN MARION COUNTY GRAIN BIN ACCIDENT REVEALED

 

KTVO has now learned the identity of the victim killed Tuesday evening after he fell into a grain bin outside Palmyra, Missouri.

Marion County Coroner Rick Jones identifies the man as Theodore Smith Jr., 63, of Philadelphia, Missouri.

Jones said Smith died of suffocation, and the incident has been ruled an accident. No autopsy will be performed.

Jones said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 9 p.m.

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A man has died after falling into a grain bin in northeast Missouri on Tuesday night.

According to our sister station, KHQA, the incident happened on Highway B east of Palmyra, Missouri.

Authorities received a call at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the man had apparently gone up to check on a malfunctioning auger when he apparently ended up in the grain bin.

The Marion County Sheriff's office, EMS and firefighters from Palmyra, Hannibal, Quincy, Tri-Township and Canton Fire Departments responded to the area.

No foul play is suspected.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard to multiple reports of shots fired on Tuesday, May 5, at approximately 3:05 p.m.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers did not locate any damage to property and no injuries were reported.

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

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. 

 

 

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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May 6th, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS FORCE CANCELLATION OF NEMO FAIR

 

The 2020 NEMO Fair in Kirksville has been canceled.

The NEMO Fair Board made the announcement Monday evening on its Facebook page.

The post says it is with great sadness, that after considerable discussions, the board made the decision to cancel this year’s fair.

 

If you have purchased tickets, you will receive a refund.

All camping spots that have been paid will carry over to next year.

The board said its decision was based upon concerns for the health of the public and volunteers and upon financial concerns and liabilities that could arise if the 2020 NEMO fair was held.

In a separate Facebook post later Monday evening, the fair board said, "There will be a virtual fair held online that includes project judging, livestock shows, a horse show and small animal shows. The virtual fair will be open to Adair County 4-H and FFA members. More information coming soon so please stay tuned!"

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING WOMAN AND MACING MAN

 

A northeast Missouri suspect is accused of hitting a woman and Macing a man at a residence across the street from Memorial Park in Kirksville.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Kirksville police were called to a physical domestic in progress at the corner of Hickory and Mulanix streets.

Andrew "Andy" Newkirk, 27, of Kirksville, is now charged with fourth-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault following the altercation.

The victim and a witness visiting Memorial Park both told police Newkirk hit the woman and Maced the man who had arrived with her.

Both people told officers that prior to that, Newkirk had started beating on the car the man and woman had arrived in.

According to court documents, Kirksville police have responded to domestic disturbances between Newkirk and the woman seven times in the past four months, not counting this most recent incident.

Newkirk is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

MDC WILL OFFER ELK HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES THIS FALL

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)will offer Missourians the opportunity to hunt for elk for the first time this fall.

This was due to the elk herd reaching the minimum of 200 animals that was needed for a hunting season to take place.

However, MDC will only issue five hunting permits for the 2020 season.

Four permits will be for the public and one permit will be reserved for qualifying area landowners.

The elk season will also be divided into two parts to not coincide with the deer firearms season.

October 17 through October 25 will the archery portion and December 12 through December 20 will be the firearms portion.

KTVO spoke with Kevin Powell, a conservation agent with the MDC, to discuss why the conservation felt comfortable allowing people hunters to hunt elk for the first time.

Powell also told KTVO that chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a concern in elk just as it is in deer.

However, the MDC took great care that the elk that were brought to Missouri were from herds that had not tested positive for CWD.

Powell says that both elk and deer will continue to be tested for CWD to monitor the spread of the disease.

For more information about the first ever elk season can be found here or on the MDC's Facebook page

 

 

TWO JAMESPORT MEN INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

 

Two Jamesport men are injured after an accident in Livingston County Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 17 year old Dylan Tolle of Chillicothe was westbound on Missouri Highway 190 7 miles west of Chillicothe at around 6:24 Monday evening. At that time he tried to make a pass and traveled into the eastbound lane where his vehicle struck the front passenger side of a vehicle driven by 74 year old James Fish of Jamesport. Tolle’s vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its top.  A passenger in Tolle’s vehicle, 18 year old Dallas Hall of Jamesport was transported to Hedrick Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of serious injuries.  Fish was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center for moderate injuries.  Tolle was not injured.

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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May 5th, 2020

 

STATE BEGINS TO REOPEN, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

 

On Monday, May 4, Missouri starts with phase one of its "Show Me Strong" reopening plan, after covid-19 closed many businesses, stopped church services, and changed the manner of everyday life statewide.

This is not yet a return to normal. It's a first step in a slow crawl toward whatever the post-covid-19 world has in store.

In an April 27 statement from the governor’s office, Parson writes that on May 4: “citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases."

Despite increasing numbers of covid-19 cases and deaths in the state, Parson has said the easing of some restrictions is a part of a "data-driven" approach. The plan is said to take into account a perceived need for different policies for different communities, based on whether they're a "hot-spot" for the virus or not. Parson says that phase one of the Plan comes after increased testing capacity in the Show-Me State, which has made that distinction clearer.

 

Stay-home order expires

The Stay Home order issued April 3 is now lifted in Missouri.

For the time being, Missouri's communities are allowed to have stricter rules than the state's, if they so choose, under authority granted by state government at the onset of the pandemic.

 

Many non-essential businesses can reopen

Small and large businesses, as well as manufacturers, barbershops and salons, gyms and restaurants will begin to reopen May 4.

Dependent on where you work, if you're returning to the job site Monday, you may be required to wear personal protective equipment, especially if your job is impossible to do while social distancing.

On May 2, the Governor gave guidance to businesses like hair and nail salons and barbershops, who need to be close to the people they're doing business with, as a matter of fact.

"The social distancing requirements do not apply to individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’)," the Office writes.

Under the Plan's first phase, church services, and even concerts can resume activity, with no limits as to how many can attend, as long as state and federal guidelines for social distancing are followed.

"There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken," according to a release from Parson's office.

For comparison's sake, in Iowa, the state’s limit on social gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place.

You can expect thinner crowds inside retail stores, or even lines that go outside, as stores with 10,000 square feet or greater have been instructed to open at 25% capacity or less, businesses larger than 10,000 square feet -- 10% occupancy.

 

Dine-in is allowed once again

Dining rooms in restaurants are now allowed to reopen, too.

Expect for tables at restaurants to be spaced out from one another, and for new protective measures being taken to minimize contact, if the restaurant decides to go the route of reopening table seating.

You may find that restaurants can fit fewer tables in their facilities under these new guidelines than they could beforehand. This could lead to longer wait times, or an inability to be seated in some instances, if the restaurant is really busy.

 

Government services back on

Motor vehicle and drivers’ licenses offices, as well as vehicle inspections, and access to vital records will now be accessible again, but social distancing may affect availability of these services.

Many aspects of government are reopening, but the extent to which things are "back on" as normal is more fluid.

For example, the Kirksville City Council is convening for a study session Monday evening. Before covid-19, a public meeting would be open for the general public to attend.

The Council has opted to close the study session to the public, and will be streaming it online.

 

 

GOVERNOR PARSON APPOINTS NEW GRUNDY COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

 

Governor Mike Parson appointed Kelly W. Puckett as the Grundy County Prosecuting Attorney Friday. 

Mr. Puckett has served as the interim prosecuting attorney for Grundy County since January 2019. He holds bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Missouri Western State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. 

 

 

LOCAL HOSPITALS EXPAND DRIVE THRU CORONAVIRUS TESTING

 

Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital announced that they are expanding drive-thru testing of COVID-19 to all residents in the region who meet testing criteria and obtain a referral from a health care provider, prior to arriving at the testing site.

 

To be tested, individuals must have any new symptom, including but not limited to:

·         Fever of 100 degrees or higher

·         Loss of smell or taste

·         Cough

·         Shortness of breath

·         Diarrhea

·         Sore throat

·         Body aches

 

If an individual experiences any of the designated symptoms within the last 14 days, they will need to call their provider to obtain a referral for the drive-thru test at the location set up in the former Washington Street Food & Drink site in Chillicothe (1100 Washington St).

 

Heath care providers interested in learning more about coordinating testing through Hedrick and Wright Memorial, please contact Jenny Moss at jmoss@saintlukeskc.org or 660-214-8445.

 

 




May 4th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOLDS COVID-19 CONFERENCE CALL

 

On Thursday, Macon County Health Department staff and trustees, city government officials, mayors, county government officials, law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorney, economic development and the chamber of commerce held a conference call to coordinate and discuss Macon County’s reopening starting on May 4, 2020.
The reason for the conference call was to discuss Governor Parson’s guidelines set forth in his “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” and to decide how that would be presented in Macon County.
The following measures will go along with Parson's plan to allow all businesses and places of worship to reopen, as long as they follow social-distancing guidelines and to all businesses that cannot maintain social distance to open as long as they put other safety practices to help protect both the employee and customer.
First, there will be no unpackaged, self-service, ready to eat food options.
This will include salad bars, buffets, food cases (for example, donuts and pizza) or self-service food stations at events and other similar practices.
Then, it was decided at mass gatherings and events, there will be a six-foot aisle between chairs, and tables will be kept to a maximum of 10 people.
Places of worship can reopen for in-person services beginning on May 10, 2020.
They are to make sure there is a 6-foot distance between families sitting in services, and it is recommended that multiple services be held to allow for proper distancing between families.
Practices that would normally encourage touching are strongly discouraged, like handshakes and hugs.


SULLIVAN COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE

The Sullivan County Health Department in Milan, Missouri, has confirmed the county has its first patient to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Department says that the patient is in isolation, and that people who have had contact with the individual will be notified.


TRAIN DERAILS IN KNOX COUNTY

Cleanup crews are on the scene of a freight train derailment in northeast Missouri.
BNSF Railways spokesman Andy Williams told KTVO the incident happened at 6:55 a.m. Sunday in Knox County.
A resident who lives near the site said the derailment is approximately five miles northwest of Edina off of Knox County Route P.
Williams said 11 of 91 cars of the westbound train jumped the tracks.
He would not release what was in the overturned train cars, but he did say it is not hazardous materials.
No injuries were reported.
Crews from St. Louis were brought to the scene to clean up the mess.
Smith said there are two rail lines in the area where the derailment happened, so train traffic was not interrupted by the derailment.
A cause is still unclear at this time

 




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May 1st, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO RELATED SHOOTINGS

 

Kirksville Police are in the middle of an investigation involving two related shootings that happened early Thursday morning.

Just before 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of possible shots fired in the area of Hickory and Mulanix streets. 

Officers arrived and determined shots had been fired and one of the rounds struck a residence in the 500 block of North Mulanix Street. 

Officers located spent pistol casings at the scene and located video surveillance footage of a suspect vehicle in the area at the time of the shooting.

While police were investigating the first incident, a second report of shots fired was received from the area of Dodson and Wabash streets. 

Officers arrived and determined shots had been fired at that location, some of which struck a residence in the 600 block of West Dodson. 

The suspect's vehicle from the first incident was located near this scene, and officers collected evidence from that vehicle. No injuries were reported at either shooting location.

During the investigation, a male and female suspect were identified.

The male suspect was taken into custody and is being held pending formal charges. 

The female suspect has not been located, and police are continuing to investigate. 

According to a press release, it appears these shootings were not random acts, and the locations were specifically targeted. 

It is not believed that there is any continuing threat to the public. This is the only information being released at this time. Updates may be made as new information becomes available.

Kirksville Police were assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Truman State University Police Department in the initial investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime, 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.

 

 

SMITHFIELD FOODS ASKS FEDERAL JUDGE FOR MORE TIME TO MEET SAFETY STANDARDS


The world's largest pork producer has told a judge in Missouri that it's working as quickly as it can to comply with federal guidelines that seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

But Smithfield Foods says it it needs some flexibility in an industry where people typically work side by side.

The comments from a lawyer for Smithfield Foods came as a judge weighed whether to issue an injunction requiring the company's Milan plant to abide by federal guidelines

KTVO reached out to one of the attorneys for the group filing the the lawsuit against Smithfield, the Rural Community Worker's Alliance.

David Muraskin told KTVO by email that Smithfield has 24 hours to file additional information with the judge.

The RWCA will then have 24 hours to respond.

Muraskin says that Judge Greg Kays has then promised to rule expeditiously thereafter.

The RCWA lawsuit isn't asking for monetary damages, just that Smithfield take actions to protect the health of workers.


COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE GRADUAL REOPENING ORDER


Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) has issued Order No. 2020-05. This order includes a framework for most businesses in Boone County to reopen with limitations on occupancy. This order will be effective at 12 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020, and represents a careful, gradual and phased approach to reopening Columbia and Boone County.

"It is important that we maintain low-levels of transmission as we have learned that the public health and socioeconomic impacts of the virus are significant and disproportionately impact the vulnerable. For that to happen, we all have to continue modifying our behaviors and every resident has a key role in facilitating this. Thanks to the community's hard work and sacrifice, COVID-19 cases in Boone County have begun to level off and local health care systems have been able to maintain capacity without resorting to crisis levels of care," Browning said. 

Highlights: 

The contact investigation team at PHHS is working closely with local health care systems and testing laboratories to track new cases of the virus. Should there be any indication that the progress that has been made thus far is jeopardized, the PHHS director may reinstate restrictions based on the epidemiological conditions at that time. 
Businesses should refer to the business guidance document provided by PHHS for more information on how to safely operate during this time. If you are a business with questions about operating requirements, please email businessguidance@CoMo.gov. In addition to business guidance, PHHS will be launching an online, voluntary training for businesses to certify that they are using best safety practices during COVID-19. More information will be available soon.






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April 30TH , 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PRESENTS DATA BACKING UP REOPENING DECISION

 

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson gave the green light for all Missouri businesses to reopen on Monday, May 4.  Parson said that decision was based on recent data collected in the Show-Me State.

Health officials continue to count the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the number of people under investigation.

Parson said on April 7, the state hit peak hospitalization with 1,242 cases.

Since that time, the total number of hospitalizations has decreased in every region of the state, with the exception of the St. Louis area.

In addition, Parson said the hospitals in the state also have a significant amount of medical equipment.

Based on those numbers, business sectors across Missouri are looking forward to reopening in the coming days.

Greg Hunsucker, board president of the Missouri Restaurant Association said employees are ready and willing to get back to work, all while taking the proper precautions.

While Parson said all Missouri businesses have an opportunity to reopen, local governments have the authority to impose further rules and restrictions.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY ENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDINANCE

 

The Adair County commissioners have voted to end the social distancing ordinance that was put in place for the county on April 6.
Commissioners continue to encourage residents to follow guidelines issued through Executive Order 20-09 by Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

 

LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR BUSINESS LOOP 70 WEST IN COLUMBIA

 

Beginning Monday, May 4, at 7 a.m., JF Construction, contractor for Ameren Missouri, plans to install a new gas main along the north side of Business Loop 70 West, weather permitting. This will result in a lane restriction of the westbound lane of Business Loop 70 West between Schwabe Lane and Cosmos Place daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained.The work associated with the lane restriction is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 29, at 5 p.m., weather permitting. 

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

 

 




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April 29TH , 2020

 

MISSOURI HOUSE BUDGET CHAIR PROPOSES CUTS TO SPENDING PLAN

 

A top Missouri lawmaker is proposing a near $700 million cut to the current spending plan. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith on Monday moved to make the cuts to the governor's original $30 billion spending plan. 
Republican Gov. Mike Parson drafted his budget recommendations before the coronavirus started wreaking havoc on the state's economy. 
Lawmakers have been off work for weeks over concerns about spreading the virus. 
But they came back to try to pass a tightened budget before their May 8 deadline. 
The full House still needs to approve Smith's proposal before the budget can head to the Senate.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SUFFERS MINOR BURNS IN MOBILE HOME FIRE

 

A northeast Missouri man suffered minor burns in a late-night mobile home fire in Kirksville.

The call came in at 11 p.m. Monday that a single wide owned by Chad Kelsall was on fire in the Westbury Estates Mobile Home Park just off of West Potter Avenue.

Kelsall said in a Facebook post that he was cleaning the bathroom with an aerosol cleaner when the nearby water heater ignited the fumes.

Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger with the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO the fire has been ruled accidental.

Kelsall also said on Facebook that his cat died in the fire.

Kirksville Fire Chief Jon Cook told us his crews were on the scene for almost an hour-and-a-half.

The shell of the trailer is still standing, but flames mostly gutted the interior. Cook said the mobile home is a total loss.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was on the scene Monday night to assist Kelsall.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED FOR SHOOTING FOUND AND ARRESTED

 

A fugitive wanted for firing a weapon at another person in Kirksville in March has been arrested.

Bradley Eugene Chapman has been charged with nine counts, including two counts of first degree assault, two counts armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, kidnapping, domestic assault in the third degree, and harassment in connection to the March 15, 2020, shooting in Kirksville, police said Monday.

Police in Kirksville investigated a shooting incident in the early morning hours on March 15, near the area of Cottonwood and Mulanix Street.

When police arrived, they were told by a nearby resident that a male, identified as Chapman, had fired a pistol at another person who was just arriving at the residence.

Police were told that Bradley Chapman fled the area in a maroon Chevy Tahoe. The Chevy Tahoe was later found abandoned in the 2100 block of North Walnut and recovered by police.

While officers were investigating the shooting, they were dispatched to the 500 block of West Walker Street for a report of a stolen vehicle, a tan 1989 Jeep Comanche.

Police believed the theft of this vehicle is related to the shooting. Afterward, police began their search for Chapman.

On Monday the Kirksville Police Department said:

Bradley Chapman is currently being held at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE IDENTIFY REMAINS FOUND EARLIER THIS MONTH

 

The Columbia Police Department has identified the human remains found on April 14 as Timothy Alan Chrouser, 47, of Columbia. Chrouser was identified through medical records. Next of kin has been notified. 

Chrouser was reported missing on Sept. 2, 2019, as he had not been seen for approximately a week. Officers were able to check several of the businesses and areas that he was known to visit but was unable to locate him or anyone that had seen him recently. 

On April 14, Columbia police responded to an area near I-70 Drive NW and Stadium Boulevard after an individual reported finding possible human remains.

The cause of death is still not determined. This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

 




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April 28TH , 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FIRST PHASE OF REOPENING

 

Monday, Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan, which outlines how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4.

During phase one of the plan, citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities, but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining 6 feet of space between individuals in most cases. There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken and 6 feet of distance can be maintained between individuals and/or families.

In addition, Parson says all businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations

Parson says the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan rests on four essential pillars, intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
  • Expand reserves of personal protective equipment, or PPE, by opening public and private supply chains
  • Continue to monitor and if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
  • Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data
    1. As Parson has said before, this will be a deliberate and data-driven process that allows for flexibility based on changing situations.

      The governor adds that some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate than others. Local officials will have the authority to put further rules, regulations or ordinances in place so long as they are not inconsistent with the statewide order.

      Even as Missouri gradually reopens, citizens are encouraged to continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others:

      In addition, all businesses are encouraged to do the following:

       

      SUV STOLEN IN RURAL ADAIR COUNTY

       

       A car thief helped himself to an SUV in rural Adair County late Monday morning.

      It happened around 11:30 a.m. on Bootjack Trail southwest of Novinger, Missouri.

      The Adair County Sheriff's Office told KTVO the thief stole a white 2014 Toyota RAV4 from a home on that gravel road.

      The victim told investigators the criminal is possibly a Hispanic man.

      The RAV4 has Missouri license plates CV2-U5S.

      Investigators believe the perpetrator may be headed to Hannibal or St. Louis.

      If you see the stolen SUV, you are asked to call the Adair County Sheriff's Office at 660-665-4600.

       

       

      ANOTHER VEHICLE THEFT TAKES PLACE IN PUTNAM COUNTY, UNCLEAR IF CONNECTED TO VEHICLE THEFT STRING LATE LAST WEEK

       

      The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating the weekend theft of an SUV.

      It happened in the early morning hours of Sunday at the Derek and Hayley Rouse residence on Highway 129 just southeast of Unionville, Missouri.

      Hayley told KTVO they believe the theft of their 2007 silver Jeep Grand Cherokee happened at approximately 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

      The couple has filed a report with the sheriff's office.

      It is unknown if this latest crime is related to two vehicle thefts in Putnam County last Thursday.

      Hayley Rouse said there have been a few home break-ins reported in their area in recent weeks.

      If you see a Jeep that looks like the one belonging to the Rouses, you are asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 660-947-3200. A photo can be found at ktvo.com

       

       




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      April 27TH , 2020

       

      NEMO THIEF ACCUSED OF STEALING THREE VEHICLES AND BURNING DOWN VICTIM’S HOME

       

      A thief is accused of stealing three vehicles in northeast Missouri and burning the third victim’s home to the ground.
      Kirksville Police Chief Steve Farnsworth told KTVO the crime spree started just after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday when a man stole a white 2004 Ford Econoline van from the 700 block of East Patterson Street in Kirksville.
      Late Wednesday night, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was called to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 136 east of Unionville, Missouri.
      Sheriff Jason Knight said the stolen van had collided with another vehicle.
      No injuries were reported. As deputies and emergency crews were arriving at the crash, they learned that the man driving the van had run off.
      A short time later, he stole a second vehicle near the crash site, a 2019 Subaru Forester.
      The next day at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Putnam County E-911 Joint Telecommunications Center was notified about a house fire on Palm Trail in northeast Putnam County near the Iowa/Missouri border.
      The home belonged to Robert and Rachel Cortesio. They were away at work when the fire broke out.
      Rachel told KTVO Friday that one of their neighbors had driven by their house and discovered the fire on Thursday morning. The neighbor told the Cortesios that at least one of their garage doors was open, and there was no car inside
      The Cortesios learned that after torching their house, the thief had stolen their charcoal gray 2012 Subaru Outback that had been inside their garage.
      The home burned to the ground.
      Neighbors saw the Cortesios' stolen Subaru Outback drive past their home around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday headed north on Palm Trail. It then headed east on Putnam County Route DD.
      That was the last time the thief and arsonist was seen.
      Later Thursday evening, the second stolen vehicle, the 2019 Subaru Forester, was discovered down over a hill less than 100 yards from the Cortesio home.
      Rachel Cortesio said it was stuck in ruts on a closed gravel road.
      The investigation into the crime spree continues. Anyone who sees a charcoal gray 2012 Subaru Outback is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (660) 947-3200


      SMITHFIELD FOODS BEING SUED OVER CORONAVIRUS SAFETY


       A Heartland meatpacking plant is facing a federal lawsuit over its handling of coronavirus safety procedures.
      The Smithfield Foods plant in Milan is being sued by the Rural Community Workers Alliance.
      The RCWA is a non-profit operating out of Green City, run by a single person identified as Alex Fuentes, of Kirksville.
      The groups says in court documents that it is suing on behalf of a Milan plant worker only identified as "Jane Doe"
      The suit, which was filed Thursday in the Western District of Missouri, not only accuses of Smithfield of failing to protect its workers, it also says the company is essentially bribing its workforce to work in dangerous conditions by offering a $500 "responsibility bonus."
      The lawsuit claims that bonus is only available if a workers doesn't miss a shift between April 1 and May 1.
      The RCWA says that racism is at play, suggesting the company blamed "certain cultures" rather than a lack of personal protective equipment for an outbreak at its South Dakota plant.
      The suit doesn't ask for money but that the company take steps to protect its employees
      As of Friday morning Smithfield hadn't responded to the suit.

       

      MISSOURI GOVERNOR FURTHER OUTLINES REOPEN PLAN

      Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says his plan to reopen the state from the coronavirus shutdown will include guidance for church services, sports and other events.
      Parson said during a news conference on Friday that Missourians have "stepped up to do their part" in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, allowing the state to move ahead with plans to allow businesses and other organizations to reopen starting May 4.
      He says more details will be announced next week about how the reopening will work.
      Parson says the guidance he will outline will include religious services, weddings, outdoor functions like sports.

       

       




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      April 23rd, 2020

       

       

      COUNTIES WITH MEATPACKING AND FOOD PLANTS SEEING SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES

       

      Two rural Missouri counties are seeing huge spikes in coronavirus cases, including many connected to meatpacking and food plants. 
      Saline County on Wednesday reported 96 cases of the coronavirus. Moniteau County reported 55 cases, citing 29 as confirmed and 26 as "probable." 
      Neither county has reported a death. 
      Statewide, the number of confirmed cases topped 6,000 on Wednesday, and the death toll reached 229. 
      Data provided by Saline and Moniteau counties shows they have the highest per capita rates of infection in the state. 
      Saline County's is 419 per 100,000 residents and Moniteau County's is 341 cases per 100,000 residents.

       

       

      IOWA MAN INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT

       

      A southeast Iowa man suffered minor injuries after his truck hit a cow in the road Wednesday night.

      The crash happened just after 9 p.m. in Putnam County, Missouri.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ryan Henshaw, 23, of Centerville, Iowa, was on Missouri Route 149 when he hit a cow in the road.

      He suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

      According to the online crash report, Henshaw was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. 

       

       

      ELDON MAN SHOT BY HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER DURING HOSTAGE SITUATION

       

      A 34-year-old central Missouri man is facing five charges after he allegedly threw rocks and sharp objects at law enforcement officers during an apparent hostage situation.

      The man, David Wallace, of Eldon, was shot by a Missouri highway patrol trooper early Wednesday during the confrontation at a home in Eldon.

      Court records indicate officers responded to the home after receiving a call that two people were being held hostage by a man who had knives and gasoline.

      The documents say a trooper shot Wallace after they entered the home and he began throwing objects at them.

       

       

      COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER STANDOFF, NEGOTIATIONS

       

      On Wednesday, April 22, Columbia police arrested Roderick Jones, 36, of Columbia, on several felony charges. Prior to his arrest, Jones had an active warrant for Domestic Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and a $100,000 cash bond only.

      At approximately 12:19 p.m., CPD officers were provided a tip that Jones’ vehicle was located in the 2300 block of Parker Road. Upon arrival, officers were able to identify and determine that the suspect’s vehicle was there. Officers proceeded to make contact with neighbors to determine the residence in which Jones may be hiding. 

      When officers attempted to make contact with Jones, he barricaded himself in the residence. Officers proceeded to request additional resources which included members of the Violent Crimes Task Force, Street Crimes Unit and K-9 unit. 

      The BearCat, a personal protective vehicle, was also positioned at the scene. After 30 minutes of negotiations with the Patrol and Street Crimes Units, Jones surrendered.

      Earlier this year, Jones had been identified as a suspect in a domestic assault incident where he fled the scene of the crime. He was also seen in this same area on April 16, which prompted CPD to ask the public for assistance in locating the suspect. CPD is grateful for the assistance of the citizens who provided the tip to help take a violent felon off of the streets.

      This is an active and ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.  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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      GLENWOOD MAN KILLED, KIRKSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

       

      One man was killed another badly hurt in a head-on crash late Tuesday night in Kirksville.

      It happened just before 10 p.m. in the 4700 block of North Lincoln Street.

      Kirksville Police Chief Steve Farnsworth said the crash scene investigation revealed that a car apparently crossed the centerline on North Lincoln Street, and collided head-on with an SUV on a hillcrest.

      The driver of the car 29 year old Jeffrey Sullivan of Glenwood, Missouri suffered life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The SUV driver, 17 year old Jerrin Lee of Kirksville suffered serious injuries.

      Lee was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

       

       

      MISSOURI TO USE NEW RESOURCE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

       

      Missouri will now be using Google technology to help in the fight against COVID-19.

      On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a new tool developed by Google to help health care providers connect with Missouri manufacturers and suppliers of personal protective equipment, or PPE.

      The new tool is a joint effort between the state and the Missouri Hospital Association. It was built to help manufacturers that have shifted production to PPE enter the health care market and connect with buyers.

      Parson also said the state will be receiving another resource to address the short supply of P