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April 2nd, 2020 

 

TWO LOCAL HOSPITALS TO OFFER OFF SITE TESTING FOR COVID-19

 

Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital have joined to offer a drive-thru testing location for COVID-19 in Chillicothe.

The testing will be conducted at the former Washington Street Food and Drink location at 1100 Washington Street in Chillicothe.  The testing will only be available to those who have a referral from a physician and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As patients arrive, they will be asked to follow the traffic flow, stay in their vehicle, and to be prepared to provide proof of identity and provide their date of birth.

 

 

CUBA, MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY COUGHING ON CUSTOMERS AT DOLLAR STORE

 

A 33-year-old eastern Missouri man is charged with making a terrorist threat after police say he intentionally coughed on customers at a store and wrote COVID on a cooler. 
Crawford County authorities say John Swaller, of Cuba, was arrested and charged Tuesday after a clerk at a Dollar Tree store in Cuba told police he was coughing toward customers and had breathed on a cooler before writing COVID on the inside. 

Cuba Police Chief Doug Shelton says it is unknown if Swaller has the coronavirus. 
The store was closed and sanitized after the incident. 
Online court records do not name an attorney for Swaller

 

 

COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Coronavirus cases in Missouri are rising at an alarming rate, but health experts say it's too soon to know if the state is emerging as one of the next hot spots for the pandemic.

Health officials say Missouri has 1,581 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, a jump of 19.1% from Tuesday.

Eighteen deaths are blamed on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Missouri's first confirmed case was reported March 7 and its second was March 12.

Two weeks ago there were 24 confirmed cases, and 356 just a week ago. Confirmed cases have more than quadrupled since then.

 

 

 

 




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April 1st, 2020

 

LINN COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19


As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to grow around the country, Linn County has added its name to the list of those affected.

The Linn County Health Department announced in a statement Tuesday evening that it has confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the county.  The release said the patient has been notified and is self-isolating.  They will not release any further information at this time.  They will be identifying and contacting anyone who came into contact with the patient for further instruction.  Reported symptoms are a fever of 100.4 degrees and above along with a cough and shortness of breath.  if you are experiencing these symptoms call your primary care physician or the state COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.  More information can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus



LEWIS COUNTY MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

A northern Missouri man suffered moderate injuries after he was ejected from an ATV he lost control of.

The crash happened around 11:35 a.m. Monday in Lewis County.

According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, William O'Brien, 78, of Lewistown, was on County Road 532, just four miles north of Ewing when he crashed.

Troopers say he lost control on the gravel road and the ATV overturned, ejecting O'Brien.

O'Brien suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

He was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment. 

 

 

COVID-19 CASES IN MISSOURI JUMP BY ALMOST 300

 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri has jumped by nearly 300, even as calls for a statewide stay-at-home mandate increased.

The state health department said Tuesday that 14 people have died and 1,327 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

That is a 28.7% increase from the 1,031 confirmed cases on Monday.

Gov. Republican Mike Parson has banned gatherings of more than 10 people statewide, but has declined to follow the lead of many states that have required people to stay home.

Several health care organizations and Democratic politicians have called for a statewide stay-at-home order.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI PROVIDES PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

 

Ameren Missouri is continuing to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have taken steps to continue to provide their services to customers.

Ameren Missouri continues to take service calls and work on critical infrastructure projects.

While they are out and about, Ameren workers are practicing social distancing, and following the preventative measures advised the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities.

Ameren Missouri asks their customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from work areas and stresses that you should still contact them if you have an electrical emergency.

The numbers you can you reach them at are: 800-552-7583 for residential services and 877-426-3736 for business services.

Ameren Missouri is also helping those customers who may face financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They are reminding their customers that there are many ways to pay your bill.

They are also recommending that those customers who are having difficulty paying their bill should contact the Customer Care team or visit the payment assistance page on their website.

If you would like to know more about the actions and programs Ameren Missouri are making available during the COVID-19 pandemic click here.

 

 




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March 31st, 2020

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS SECOND CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE

 

On Monday afternoon, the Adair County Health Department announced the second confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Adair County. The case is not travel-related and the patient, a 34-year-old woman, is in isolation at home under medical management by Northeast Family Health.

Health department staffers 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 are any, health officials will provide guidance to those individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

The individual who was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Adair County has been released from isolation, making this second case the only active case at this time.

The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good 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.

“The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper handwashing,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”

For more information, visit the DHSS website at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-435-8411. You can reach the Adair County Health Department at (660) 665-8491.

 

 

MACON COUNTY CONFIRMS SECOND COVID-19 CASE

 

The Macon County Health Department has confirmed the second positive case of COVID-19 in Macon County. 

This case is community spread, meaning it was transferred person to person and is not travel related.

This person has been in self-quarantine since first exposed to help prevent further transmission to others. They are in communication with local health officials and are cooperating to remain in isolation.

All of those who have been in direct contact with this individual have been contacted by the Macon County Health Department

 

 

LA PLATA AND KIRKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS WORK TO PUT OUT HAY BALE FIRE

 

La Plata and Kirksville Fire departments responded to a fire in La Plata Monday afternoon.

The fire started on Oklahoma Lane in La Plata.

The homeowner stated that it was a controlled fire on some farmland, when the fire accidentally spread to a hay bale.

The one bale quickly spread to two, then four, and then it spread to the whole set of large bales.

Fortunately, the fire was not near the homeowner's house or storage shed, posing no threat to the buildings.

Firefighters were able to put out the blaze, but they could not save the bales of hay.

There were no reported no injuries as a result of Monday afternoon's fire.

 

 

 




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March 30th, 2020

 

MOBERLY WOMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR VIRUS AFTER SEEING CANCER DOCTOR

 

Our friends at KTVO have now confirmed that a woman in Randolph County who tested positive for COVID-19 was exposed to her cancer doctor, who tested positive just days after treating the woman.
The patient, Debbie Young, 62, of Moberly said Friday that she had seen her oncologist at Missouri Cancer Associates in Columbia on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
The doctor learned that following Saturday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Young said she got tested Monday after learning that her cancer doctor had tested positive. On Sunday, she had started experiencing a cough and a fever. Her positive test result came back Monday night.
Young told me she still has a cough and a low-grade fever that comes and goes.
She said her infected doctor was not wearing latex gloves when he examined her. Young said the physician had on a medical face mask when he came into the exam room, but he took it off and told her he was wearing it because he had been to Boston, when, in fact, he had been out of the country.
The same doctor sees patients at George Ray Cancer Center in Kirksville.
Patients at the Kirksville clinic who were exposed to the infected doctor on Thursday, March 19, 2020, are being monitored by the Adair County Health Department.
Administrator Jim LeBaron previously said that the infected doctor had recently returned to central Missouri after making a trip to Africa.

 

STATE OF MISSOURI DISASTER REQUEST APPROVED. GOVERNOR MOBILIZES NATIONAL GUARD

The state of Missouri had its federal disaster request approved Friday. The approval will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program to be used to reimburse local governments, nonprofit organizations and the state for emergency protective measures.
In addition, Governor Parson has called for the mobilization of the state's National Guard.
Parson said the decision to mobilize the guard was made after meeting with officials in the state Department of Public Safety, Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency.
Parson said the Missouri National Guard is preparing to conduct several potential missions including, but not limited to, the following:
Assisting in the set up and operation of community based testing sites
Providing intrastate transportation of personnel and equipment for medical or testing support
Providing logistical support to local and state responders as needed
Continued assessment, facilitation, and construction of temporary medical or other facilities
The executive order mobilizing the Missouri National Guard will expire on May 15, unless Governor Parson chooses to extend it.

 




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March 26th, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES GROW ABOVE 500 IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri health officials say the state has 502 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday..

Eight people have died, including a 31-year-old Red Cross employee who was buried Tuesday in St. Louis as her family watched from their cars.

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday took several steps in response to the spread of the virus, including asking for a federal disaster declaration that would allow the state to receive federal assistance to help the unemployed and to remove biohazardous materials.

The governor also shifted another $11 million from state funds to buy more personal protective equipment.

 

 

FBI RELEASES STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL SCAMS

 

The following statement was released by the FBI regarding potential scammers trying to capitalize on COVID-19:

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

Charitable contributions

General financial relief

Airline carrier refunds

Fake cures and vaccines

Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov andwww.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.

Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.

Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.

Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in “.com” instead).

If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center HERE.

 

 




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March 25th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

 

The Macon County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Macon County. The person is in self-quarantine and those with close contact are also in self-quarantine.

The department is not releasing more information about the person to protect their privacy. Healthcare and public health are working together to contain the spread of this virus, in a manner to protect the health of the community and the safety of our healthcare providers. They are communicating with local agencies as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain current situational awareness on COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of 100.4F or above, cough and shortness of breath and appear 2-14 days after exposure. Exposure could happen if you have been in close contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, or, have traveled outside the country to a place where the virus is widespread or areas within the United States that are experiencing widespread community transmission.

 

 

RUTLEGE MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri man was seriously hurt Tuesday night in a bad ATV wreck in Scotland County.

It happened at 8:30 p.m. on Road 161, two miles west of Gorin.

State troopers said an ATV operated by Darin Weiler, 24, of Rutledge, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.

Weiler was thrown from the vehicle.

According to the online crash report, Weiler suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, for treatment.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE OF 12 YEAR OLD GIRL

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of raping a 12-year-old Kirksville girl.

Anthony Sanders, 22, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree statutory rape and enticement of a child, both felonies.

Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of March 17, 2020.

According to court documents, Sanders and the girl went for a ride in his car to Steer Creek Way outside Kirksville.

Investigators said the two parked on a dead-end road, and Sanders forced himself on the girl and raped her.

Police seized the alleged victim's electronic tablet as evidence because they say it contained sexually explicit messages from Sanders to the girl.

Sanders is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. As of early Wednesday afternoon, bond had not yet been set.

 

 

 




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March 25th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY ACCIDENT SERIOUSLY INJURES TWO

 

A violent Monday afternoon crash involving a sports car ejected the driver, partially ejected the passenger and ripped the engine completely from the vehicle.

It happened at 5:15 p.m. on Macon County Route J, one mile west of Elmer, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO the car was driven by Brandon True, 43, of Kirksville. His passenger was Augustus "Gus" Allen, 22, of Atlanta, Missouri.

Authorities said True was westbound on Route J when he ran off the road on a curve.

The car overturned, became airborne and slammed into a power pole, breaking it off at the ground.

The vehicle came to rest upright in a muddy field.

True was thrown from the mangled car, and Allen was partially ejected.

Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

True was flown from the scene, and Allen was taken by ground ambulance.

Neither person was wearing a seat belt.

The Macon County Rescue Squad said live, downed power lines made the scene dangerous for emergency crews who responded to the crash.



ASHLAND MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO GIVE CLERKS CORONAVIRUS

 

Authorities say a 26-year-old central Missouri man is jailed after he threatened to give two store clerks COVID-19 by coughing on them. 
Anthony Nunes, of Ashland, is charged with two counts of first-degree harassment. 
The Jefferson City-News Tribune reports Nunes was coughing and told clerks in two stores that he had the virus. 
One incident was reported Friday and the other on Saturday. He was being held Monday in the Cole County jail on $5,000 bond. 
Sheriff John Wheeler says officers routinely take the temperature of incoming inmates and as of Monday, Nunes did not have a fever.

 

 

MACON COUNTY TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST THOSE VIOLATING STATE ORDER

 

 Macon County took definitive action to make sure residents are abiding by the Governor's recent orders to restrict groups of 10 or more from gathering and keep people from dining-in at restaurants, among other restrictions.

Prosecuting Attorney Josh Meisner has announced his office is prepared to charge anyone caught violating these orders with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by "up to one year in jail, up to a $2,000 fine, or both."

This includes people found to be visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The office's authority to do so lasts until Gov. Parson lifts his emergency executive orders.

Below is information released by Macon County Prosecuting Attorney’s office:

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PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM MACON COUNTY

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

In order to protect public health and safety and to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 the Macon County Prosecuting Attorney’s office is sharing the following order. Under section 192.320, RSMo, failure to follow such an order is a class A misdemeanor. The range of punishment for a class A misdemeanor is up to one year in jail, up to a $2,000.00 fine, or both.

“The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, finding it necessary to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, pursuant to the authority granted under section 192.020, RSMo, hereby orders the following: 

1. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time. 

2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order. 

3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance. 

4. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, schools shall remain closed. This Order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order. 

This Order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet (6’) of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this Order will expire. Local public health authorities are hereby directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by means of civil proceedings. The Order will take effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 and remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02.”

Thank you for doing your part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in Macon County.

 

 

COLUMBIA ENACTS STAY AT HOME ORDER

 

On Tuesday, March 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning signed a Stay at Home Order (Order 2020-03) related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The order was announced at a press conference with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, Browning and Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The order is effective beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. The order’s intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while enabling essential services to continue.
There are exemptions in the order related to essential activities, such as obtaining necessary supplies and services, activities related to health and safety, and more. All business and operations, except essential business and operations (as defined in the order), must cease.
Restaurants and retail food establishments may provide pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service.
As outlined in a previous order, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, unless exempt by the terms in the order. All playgrounds will be closed to reduce the potential spread, however, public outdoor recreation areas remain open.
Please read the order for all definitions and exemptions. The signed City order is attached. A document with answers to anticipated questions is at como.gov

 




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March 24th, 2020

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

Officials in Schuyler County, Missouri, have issued a State of Emergency as of Monday, March 23, 2020.
Following discussion and recommendations from the Schuyler County Health Department, the county commissioners are putting in place some rules and regulations for the county offices only at the Schuyler County Courthouse.

Effective immediately, only one worker per office will be allowed for all county (not state) offices in the Schuyler County Courthouse until at least the end of business day on April 6, 2020, and no public access to the county offices, with re-evaluation closer to April 6, 2020. The commissioners are allowing individual offices to work from home if applicable and to conduct all business by mail, email and/or phone and fax. The commissioners will not be holding any public meetings until at least April 7, 2020.
All citizens are asked to comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and comply with lawful directions of identified public offices.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE CRISIS NEGOTIATION TEAM SUCCESSFULLY BRINGS SUBJECT TO SAFETY

 

At approximately 9:27 a.m. on March 23, Columbia Police responded to a call of a female, 42, who was standing and sitting on the safety railing at the top of the Fifth and Walnut Street parking garage. Boone County Joint Communications advised officers that the subject was on the east side of the garage.

Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team were sent to the top of the garage to make contact with the subject. By approximately 11:02 a.m., members of the CNT were able to successfully bring the subject down to safety. 

During the negotiations, access to Sixth and Walnut Street as well as parts of Fifth Street was closed off to traffic. Columbia police appreciate the patience and cooperation of the public during this incident. 

At this time, there are no additional details to provide. Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident on Route HH Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 58 year old Mark Hershbarger of Columbia was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Route HH and Brown Station Road at around 9:20 a.m. When he started into the intersection he struck a vehicle driven by 37 year old Terry Thomas of Columbia.  Thomas’ passenger, 37 year old Luci-Lei Thomas was taken by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.  Neither of the drivers were injured.

 




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March 24th, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS STATEWIDE SOCIAL DISTANCING

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered statewide social distancing according to a release on Saturday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Some of the of the requirements in the order include:

The order does make exceptions for grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks provided that precautions are taken to reduce transmission of the virus including keeping customers at least six feet away from each other. The order went into effect at midnight Sunday.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN THE COUNTY

 

The Adair County Health Department reported the first confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the county Saturday. The positive case is travel related.

The patient was in Chicago and first had exposure, then traveled to Kirksville by car. While traveling, the patient developed symptoms and immediately upon returning to Kirksville went under self-quarantine.

Health officials are working with the person to ensure compliance with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines with regard to isolation and in identifying close contacts with other individuals to monitor them for symptoms. The Adair County Health Department is also working with Complete Family Medicine which is providing medical oversight for this patient.

The Adair County Health Department upon a review of the facts believes the risk of community spread from this positive test result is minimal, but we must work together, practice social distancing, and work to avoid spread within the community. If you have questions about COVID-19, please remember to refer to updatedCDC guidelines.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, advises that residents continue to take the following measures to reduce transmission of the disease:

 

 

 

 

 




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March 20th, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON REPORTS FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH IN STATE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the first reported coronavirus death in the state has occurred in Boone County.

Parson did not provide further details on the patient during a Wednesday press conference with reporters.

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related.

Concerns about the coronavirus have prompted Missouri's governor to push back local elections for two months, forced the closure of one of the state's most iconic landmarks and led St. Louis' mayor to warn about possible community spread.

24 cases have now been confirmed in Missouri.

 

 

GEOTECHNICAL TESTS WILL OCCASIONALLY CLOSE LANES ON I-70

 

Motorists traveling along Interstate 70 will see some activity at the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport over the next several weeks.

As part of preparations for the construction of the new bridge, contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be gathering geo-technical data and survey information. The tests, which involve drilling holes beneath the surface, will provide valuable information about the area’s rock and soil stability.

This process will require occasional lane closures while work takes place along the roadway and in the median. A single lane of westbound Interstate 70 will be closed at various locations on or near the bridge Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Signs will be in place to alert motorists to the closures. Drivers are asked to slow down, pay attention and use caution through the work zone for the protection of themselves, other drivers and crews working along the road.

While no exact timeline has been established for the new bridge, construction is expected to begin in 2022.

Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/modot-central-district. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

 

 

 




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March 19th, 2020

 

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE IN LEWIS COUNTY

 

A northern Missouri man behind bars following a police chase that ended with a drug bust. On Friday, while on patrol in the Williamstown area, a Lewis County sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle without license plates on Highway E, and began following the vehicle. The driver attempted to evade the deputy by traveling on a county road. The deputy observed the passenger, later identified as Douglas Howes, 48, of Hannibal, Missouri, throw something out the window. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy found drug paraphernalia and a baggie containing methamphetamine along the gravel road. Howes was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, and taken to the Lewis County Jail. Howes is a convicted felon who has been in jail for possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and manufacture of controlled substances. He remains at the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant.

 

 

MISSOURI POSTPONES LOCAL ELECTIONS AS CORONAVIRUS CASES GROW

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is ordering all local elections scheduled for April 7 to be postponed until June 2 as the number of recorded cases of coronavirus in the state grows. 
Parson's Wednesday order allows ballots that were already printed to be used for the rescheduled elections in June. 
Also on Wednesday, Children's Mercy hospital announced that a patient treated in the downtown Kansas City hospital's emergency room on Sunday had tested positive for the virus. 
That brings the state's total cases to 17.

 

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

At a press conference on Tuesday, March 17, officials from City of Columbia, Boone County and MU Health Care announced the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County. The individual, who is in their sixties and recently traveled outside of the United States, is self-isolated in their home and is modeling good behavior since the onset of symptoms.
Staff members from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) have been in contact with the patient and identified people who have had close contacts with the patient. Staff members will continue to follow-up with those persons. PHHS provided guidance and recommendations to keep the patient  isolated and will continue to monitor the patient through the full period of isolation. The patient will be on home isolation until symptom free and two negative tests that are 24 hours apart.
"We have planned and prepared for this. We have coordinated with federal, state and local officials to ensure we are all in close communication about how we proceed," Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said. "We have a strong system of hospitals, healthcare providers, first responders and emergency operations to help protect the health and safety of our community."
As a result of the positive case, PHHS Director Stephanie Browning signed an order (Order 2020-01) related to gatherings to reduce the potential of disease spread between individuals.
At this time, the order limits public gatherings to no more than 50 people. The limit is 50 percent of their normal capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, including staff. This includes restaurants, retail food facilities, entertainment venues, and gym and fitness facilities. There is also a limit on gathering or events with persons at highest risk to 10 people. 
This does not include cafeterias, commissaries, restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities, adult detention facilities and juvenile justice facilities, grocery stores, farmers markets, pharmacies, food banks or crisis shelters.  
PHHS asks that all community members practice social distancing as much as possible. An effective community response is an all community response. Browning emphasis that we all have a role in protecting ourselves and our community. Some of best things that each one of us can do include:

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

 

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

·         Stay home when you are sick.


The order signed by Browning is attached to this press release.

 




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March 18th, 2020

 

ADAIR COUNTY YMCA AND KIRKSVILLE R3 TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL

 

The Adair County YMCA and Kirksville R-III School District are partnering to provide meals for students who are out of school due to coronavirus precautions.

On Monday night, they released their plan. In order to minimize contact between volunteers and families, they are offering 13 drive up locations around Kirksville.

These meals will be available to kids 18 years of age and under who need them.

You can find locations, as well as the time windows for kids to receive the meals at ktvo.com

 

 

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution at their regular meeting on Monday, March 16, supporting the declaration of a state of emergency within the city. The resolution includes calling for proactive measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare; expressing support for and calling upon City Manager John Glascock and Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning to enact regulations to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
The resolution passed by Council gives Glascock and Browning the support to implement various measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community but the potential measures listed in the resolution have not been enacted at the time of this release. Following the passage of the resolution, Glascock signed the formal declaration of emergency. 
At this time, no private entities are being required to close, but social distancing is highly encouraged. In the coming days and weeks, Glascock and Browning will methodically determine what rules and regulations will apply during this ever-changing situation. The goal is to keep the COVID-19 virus from rapid spread within our community.  When a rule goes into effect it will be in writing and issued by either Glascock or Browning.
While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County at the time of this release, local leaders are preparing in the event that there is a local confirmed case. Glascock and Browning will continue their consistent communication with other City department directors, local leaders, residents and businesses to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of our community.
The City of Columbia created an enhanced information section on CoMo.gov that has information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information will be added as it becomes available about potential operation changes and other updates. The site can be found here: 
CoMo.gov/Coronavirus.

 

 

ST. LUKE’S HOSPITALS ANNOUNCE TEMPORARY VISITOR GUIDELINES

 

St. Luke’s Hospital system, which operates both Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, has announced temporary guidelines regarding visitors to the hospitals.  These guidelines include a no visitor policy with the exception of minors, those in labor, patients that require assistance to move throughout the hospital, patients with developmental disabilities, patients who are undergoing procedures involving conscious sedation, patients that require transportation to skilled nursing or long term care, and end of life patients. The announcement also noted that patients coming into St. Luke’s hospitals will be screened before proceeding to their locations. For the full announcement or more information visit stlukeskc.org

 




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March 17th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

 

Police in Kirksville are trying to track down a man wanted in connection with a shooting incident in the early morning hours of Sunday.

On March 15, 2020, at approximately 1:22 a.m., Kirksville police were dispatched to the area of Cottonwood and Mulanix streets for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived in the area, they learned that shots had been fired at a residence in the 300 block of East Hickory Street.

Officers talked to a resident of the home and were informed a man identified as Bradley Eugene Chapman, 39, had fired a pistol at another person who had just arrived at the residence.

Police were informed 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. It was a tan, 1989 Jeep Comanche, with Missouri handicap plate 2GR29. Police believe the theft of this vehicle is related to the shooting. At this time, Kirksville police do not believe anyone was injured during the shooting.

Chapman currently has valid warrants for his arrest from Missouri Probation and Parole for absconding supervision on original charges of resisting arrest and tampering and from Schuyler County, Missouri, for resisting and assault.

Police will be seeking additional charges related to the shooting.

Chapman is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, weighing 175 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. Bradley Chapman also has multiple tattoos on his arms, chest and abdomen. Chapman is known to frequent Adair, Schuyler, Sullivan and Putnam counties.

Anyone with information about this crime, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945.

 

 

FOUR INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Four people were injured, two seriously, in an accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 63 Monday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Stacie Pope of Maryland Heights, Missouri was northbound on U.S. 63 two miles south of Moberly at around 10:24 Monday morning.  At that time a vehicle driven by 80 year old Kenneth Huntsman of Moberly was attempting to cross the highway from County Road 2715.  Pope’s vehicle struck Huntsman’s in the driver’s side. Pope and her passenger, 29 year old Gorbachez Foreman of St. Louis, were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Huntsman and his passenger, 71 year old Donna Huntsman of Moberly, were taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 

 

 

 




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March 16th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE SCHOOLS CANCEL IN PERSON CLASSES FOR TWO WEEKS

 

The following message is from Kirksvile R-III Superintendent Robert Webb. This message was posted to the Kirksville School District Facebook Page on Sunday afternoon:

 

“After intense information gathering, analysis, and discussion with many school and health professionals, we believe it is necessary to immediately close all of the Kirksville R-III schools and related activities beginning Monday March 16, 2020. Taking this action now will allow administration and staff time to finalize all of the plans necessary for such an unexpected but necessary closure. School will be closed for the next two weeks, although an extension of that time may also be necessary if the pandemic risks do not diminish.

The district understands the hardship this will likely place on families and we are committed to support students and families in all ways that we can. District staff will be working to put into place processes for delivering the best instruction we can to all Kirksville R-III students.

Parents are asked to watch closely for further information about specific school procedures in how instruction will be handled. There will be additional district wide information forthcoming regarding school breakfast and lunch program options that we believe we can also provide.

Thank you for understanding our desire to do the very best we can in a situation that no one could have hoped for and that is unprecedented in the lives of nearly every American alive today.”

 

 

MILAN WOMAN INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT

 

A Milan woman is recovering after a one-vehicle weekend crash.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, on Route E, 6 miles east of Harris in Sullivan County.

Jamie Clark, 26, of Milan, was traveling westbound.

She traveled off the right side of the road, and her vehicle struck a tree.

Clark was transported to Sullivan County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Troopers add Clark was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

LAPLATA WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman is recovering after a Saturday morning crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the one-vehicle crash happened around 7:40 a.m. on U.S. Highway 63, 1.5 miles south of La Plata.

Troopers say an SUV driven by Marsha Salassa, 46, of La Plata, was traveling southbound.

Salassa lost control of her vehicle on the snow and ice covered road, and slid off the highway.

The SUV then struck a ditch and overturned.

Salassa received minor injuries in this crash, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

Troopers add Salassa was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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March 13th, 2020

 

BIG RIG JACKKNIFED ON HIGHWAY 11 NEAR KIRKSVILLE

 

The driver of a big rig found himself in a predicament late Thursday morning.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 11 and Strawberry Way, two miles east of Kirksville.

A tractor-trailer driven by Jerald Uthe, 61, of Winston, Missouri, got jack-knifed, blocking both lanes of the highway.

A sheriff's deputy and a state trooper were on the scene directing traffic.

Cars and trucks were able to get around the semi by pulling onto Strawberry Way and then back onto the highway.

Uthe told KTVO at the scene that he was trying to do a U-turn because his GPS took him the wrong way.

Uthe said when he was turning around, the wheels on the tractor started sliding on the slick, wet pavement, forcing the wheels onto the soft shoulder.

The big rig was then stuck there. A large tow truck from Macon, Missouri, was brought to the scene to pull the semi out of the mud.

The road was cleared at about 12:45 p.m.

 

 

FORMER ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN LA PLATA

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of trespassing on railroad tracks, trying to choke a police dog and urinating under the door of his padded jail cell.

The suspect is Bradley Simmons, 25, who La Plata police said appears to be homeless and traveling by train. According to KTVO, Simmons used to live in Le Roy, Illinois, where he has previously been in trouble with the law.

He faces three misdemeanor charges: resisting arrest, trespass on a critical infrastructure facility and assault on a police animal.

Simmons is also charged with a felony of endangering a correctional employee by attempting or knowingly causing the employee to come into contact with bodily fluids.

Police say Simmons' string of offenses started around 9 p.m. Sunday in La Plata when the police department was notified by the Amtrak station attendant in town that Simmons was walking on the railroad tracks.

An officer responded to search the area. The attendant then called the officer to tell him the suspect was at a La Plata Convenience Store.

When police tried to talk to Simmons about the trespass incident, they say he fled on foot.

After some time, law enforcement located Simmons, and when he refused to stop, they warned that they would release a police K-9.

Simmons reportedly kept going so they let the dog chase him down. La Plata police say in court documents that Simmons attempted to choke the dog for approximately 10 seconds.

Officers were then able to arrest Simmons. He told police that he believed the Mafia had sent them to get him.

The next day, the Macon County Sheriff's Office reported that Simmons urinated two times under the door of his padded cell and into the hallway of the booking room.

A sheriff's deputy stated in court papers that a jail camera captured video of Simmons lying on the floor and urinating under the cell door.

 

 

MILAN WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Milan woman is injured after an accident in Sullivan County early Thursday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 54 year old Naioma Gladfelder of Milan was northbound on Route U about six miles southeast of Milan at around 6 a.m. Thursday when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road.  She then overcorrected, crossed back over the roadway, traveled off the left side, struck an embankment and overturned.  Gladfelder was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment of serious injuries.

 

 

KANSAS CITY BANS PUBLIC EVENTS OF MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE

 

Kansas City is banning all public events with more than 1,000 people as cancellations mounted around the state because of concerns over the new coronavirus. 
Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement Thursday, shortly after organizers cancelled a St. Patrick's Day parade. 
St. Louis and Springfield also canceled their parades. 
Universities also have been calling off classes, while Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said on Twitter late Wednesday that the chamber was cancelling its session next week. 
The German agribusiness giant Bayer AG has reopened a suburban St. Louis campus after an employee who was tested for the new coronavirus found out the results were negative.

 




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THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

 

TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND MIZZOU SUSPEND IN-PERSON CLASSES

Truman State University and the University of Missouri have joined the list of colleges that have suspended in-person classes due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. 

Truman is on spring break this week and will not conduct in-person classes next week to try to limit potential exposure to the virus.  University offices on the Kirksville campus will remain open, while Pickler Memorial Library, the Student Recreation Center and Pershing Arena will remain closed next week.  Students are not to return to campus, but they are reminded that it is not an extension of spring break.  Professors will be in contact with regarding remote classwork for the week.  Truman officials say this is a precautionary measure during a developing situation.  There are no cases of the virus on the Truman Campus and the general student population is not among the known high-risk groups. 

The University of Missouri has cancelled in-person classes for the rest of this week and the university has asked its faculty to plan to teach remotely next week.  The Mizzou campus will then go on spring break the following week, returning to campus on March 30th.  All non-essential university events have been cancelled through March 29th as well.  Mizzou officials also stress that there have been no cases of the virus on campus, although some students and faculty were told to stay home after attending a journalism conference in New Orleans where an infected person was also participating. 

Lincoln University in Jefferson City has extended its spring break for another week in response to coronavirus concerns.  Lincoln students will return to class on March 23rd. 

As of Wednesday night, Missouri still had just one confirmed case of the virus, a St. Louis County woman who recently returned from a trip to Italy. 

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS ACTIVATE CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE

State health officials activated a new Coronavirus hotline on Wednesday.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the hotline is being operated by medical professionals and will provide a variety of information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You can call the hotline at 877-435-8411. 




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March 11th, 2020

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED IN IOWA FOR TRYING TO STEAL MOTORCYCLE

 

A northeast Missouri man is in trouble with the law in southeast Iowa.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Jimmie Holliday, 66, of Unionville, Missouri, was arrested in the early morning hours of Tuesday in Corydon, Iowa.

Chief Deputy David Lewis told KTVO Holliday was caught trying to steal a motorcycle from a residence in the 300 block of West North Street.

The suspect is now charged with second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance, which was a prescription sleep aid.

Holliday also faces charges of driving while suspended and driving without insurance.

He is being held in the Wayne County Jail on $5,000 bond.

 

 

MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING CLASSMATE IN 1991 DENIED BOND

 

A 43-year-old Missouri man charged with killing his 14-year-old classmate in 1991 has been denied bond after a prosecutor said people connected to the case might be in danger if he was released. 
William Christopher Niemet, of Fulton, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville. 
He has pleaded not guilty. 
At a hearing Monday, Niemet's attorney, Curtis Hanrahan, asked that Niemet be given $100,000 bond but a judge rejected that request. 
Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said some people with ties to the case believed they would be in danger if Niemet was released on bond.

 

 

TWO NEMO COUNTIES SENT TWO COVID-19 TEST KITS EACH

 

Health officials told KTVO Monday that the U.S. has sent Adair and Scotland counties two COVID-19 test kits for each county. 

During a meeting in Memphis on Monday, Scotland County Hospital officials said the federal government had supplied them with a total of two test kits for the virus that causes COVID-19.

When asked Monday afternoon, health officials at the Adair County Department gave the same count.

The test kits enable local governments to test patients suspected of carrying the virus. As of late Monday evening, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 26 people in the U.S.

The Adair County Health Department in Kirksville added that some standard medical laboratory companies are accepting test samples for COVID-19.

The tests would be subject to normal billing, making it an out-of-pocket expense for uninsured patients. Your doctor will determine whether or not you need to get a sample taken.

The Adair County Health Department confirmed that no cases of the virus have been detected in the county and that no patients are suspected of carrying it at this time.

KTVO asked the department what people can do, in light of the first positive case of the new coronavirus in the state of Missouri.

Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim LeBaron said the best defense against a potential outbreak is for folks is to wash their hands thoroughly and often and report symptoms that meet the criteria to a doctor.

Click here to stay informed via the CDC's website.

 

 




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March 10th, 2020

 

NEW CAMBRIA MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Macon County man is recovering after a weekend crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the two-vehicle crash happened at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, on Crystal Road, south of Concord Road, four miles northwest of New Cambria.

Troopers say a farm tractor driven by Nicholas Orscheln, 38, of Columbia, was traveling southbound.

A UTV driven by Michael Duncan, 47, of New Cambria, was traveling northbound.

Both vehicles struck head-on due to the obstruction of vision from a fire near the road.

Duncan was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

Orscheln was not injured.

 

 

GRASS FIRE SHUTS DOWN US 63 ON BOTH SIDES OF MISSOURI-IOWA BORDER

 

Fire Departments from both sides of the Missouri and Iowa border had to shut down Highway 63 North on Sunday afternoon, due to a grass fire on both sides of the road.

The two lanes had to be shut down due to smoke that was crossing the highway, blocking the vision of drivers. 

First responders from Iowa and Missouri responded to the blaze quickly and were able to get two of the fires under control.

Fire crews were working to control a third fire when KTVO arrived on scene. 

Firefighters and nearby land owners were unsure of the origin of the fire, but they suspected it was the butt of a cigarette thrown into the grass by a passing driver.

No injuries were reported and crews worked quickly to finish extinguishing the remaining flames.

 

 

TWO MACON TEENS INJURED IN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY BRAKE FAILURE

 

An apparent brake malfunction caused a crash that injured two northeast Missouri teenagers.

It happened just before 7 p.m. Sunday on Highway 36, four miles east of Macon, Missouri.

Troopers said a pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old boy from Macon attempted to make a right turn, and due to brake failure, the truck began to skid and struck an embankment.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

The 17-year-old passenger, Jacob Rodgers, also of Macon, suffered moderate injuries. An ambulance took him to the hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report states that neither teen was wearing a seatbelt.

 

 




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March 6th, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN WHO PLANNED A TERRORIST ATTACK HAS BEEN SENTENCED

 

A 28-year-old Missouri man who admitted plotting a terrorist attack in Kansas City has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. 
Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., was sentenced Wednesday. 
He pleaded guilty in September to providing material support or resources to terrorists. 
Hester, of Columbia, was charged in February 2017 with helping to plan an attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. 
Prosecutors said he thought he was working ISIS terrorists but his contacts were actually undercover federal agents. 
Hester provided materials such as nails and duct tape that he believed would be used to create bombs.

 

 

MODOT TO CONDUCT ROUTINE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will conduct routine bridge maintenance that will close two sections of Boone County Route F: 

Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. Each road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers while the work takes place. 

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

 

 

ROUTE PP BRIDGE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY TO BE REPLACED BEGINNING MONDAY

 

The bridge on Route PP over the East Medicine Creek, just east of Osgood, was closed in late 2018 after a regularly scheduled inspection by the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed critical deterioration to the structure. Next week, contractors from Widel, Inc., working with MoDOT, will begin the replacement of the 65-year-old bridge. During the replacement, drivers should continue using Route 139, Route 6 and Route W to travel around the closure.

Equipment has already begun moving in, preliminary work will begin Monday, March 9, and demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to begin around March 15. The contractor plans to have the bridge reopened to all traffic prior to the Independence Day holiday.

All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

For more information about these and other MoDOT projects, sign up online for work zone updates, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map, or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOTNWDistrict.

 

 




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March 5th, 2020

 

HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

 

A medical helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing south of Moberly and close to Clark, near highway 63 and route B, in southern Randolph County Wednesday evening.  According to authorities an Air-Evac helicopter was transporting a patient from Kirksville to Columbia when the helicopter had a mechanical issue resulting in the emergency. None of the 4 people on board at the time, the patient or the three crewmembers were injured as a result of the incident. First responders quickly worked to prepare a landing area so a second helicopter based out of the Moberly at the Air-Evac base could land and finish transporting the patient. The patrol said the craft did have some damage as a result of the landing. While the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, the company is conducting their owned investigation and the FAA and Federal Transportation Safety board has been notified.

 

SERVICE ORGANIZATION CHOOSES NEMO TROOPER AS OFFICER OF THE YEAR

 

A service organization has chosen a northeast Missouri state trooper as its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

The Exchange Club of Quincy, Illinois, recently gave that annual award to Trooper Don Borgmeyer of La Plata, Missouri.

The 40-year-old Borgmeyer has been with the Missouri State Highway Patrol since January 2015.

He currently patrols the roadways of Adair and Schuyler counties.

The Exchange Club described Borgmeyer as a team player and said he is well respected by other law enforcement officers in northeast Missouri.

The local trooper said he was shocked, but honored, he was selected for this award.

Borgmeyer is a native of Fenton, Missouri, and he graduated from Vianney High School in Kirkwood, Missouri.

He holds an associate’s degree in finance from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

The trooper is married to Amanda (Miller) Borgmeyer, and they have three children.

 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN OVERNIGHT CRASH IN CLAY COUNTY

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident in Clay County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 23 year old Jazmen Groves of Columbia was southbound on I-435 at the I-35 intersection just after midnight Wednesday.  At that time, her vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier.  Groves was taken by KC Fire to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS TO HOST COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON CORONAVIRUS

 

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece will host a community briefing and press conference Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m., to discuss the area's combined efforts in planning and responding to the coronavirus. The briefing will include remarks from Mayor Treece, Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning, University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and MU Health Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stevan Whitt.
The briefing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.  All members of the media and community are invited to attend. 
The briefing will be live-streamed at http://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4ae03cbf-2aad-488e-b06a-906c5f1bb378

 

 




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March 4th, 2020

 

HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

 

A medical helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing south of Moberly and close to Clark, near highway 63 and route B, in southern Randolph County Wednesday evening.  According to authorities an Air-Evac helicopter was transporting a patient from Kirksville to Columbia when the helicopter had a mechanical issue resulting in the emergency. None of the 4 people on board at the time, the patient or the three crewmembers were injured as a result of the incident. First responders quickly worked to prepare a landing area so a second helicopter based out of the Moberly at the Air-Evac base could land and finish transporting the patient. The patrol said the craft did have some damage as a result of the landing. While the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, the company is conducting their owned investigation and the FAA and Federal Transportation Safety board has been notified.

 

GREEN CITY WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman is recovering after a one-vehicle crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, on Highway 6, two miles east of Milan. Troopers say Pamela Dorsey, 53, of Green City, was traveling eastbound.

Her vehicle traveled off the south side of the road, struck an embankment and became airborne.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN’S LAWYER SPEAKS ON CLIENT’S MURDER CONVICTION

 

With the high-profile murder trial of Danny Welte now over, we're hearing from his defense attorney for the first time.

In light of overwhelming evidence against the Kirksville man, Welte's lawyer, Charlie James, says that after the fact his team's goal throughout the trial was to avoid a first-degree murder conviction. The defense also argued for Welte to be convicted of manslaughter, but James admits, the chances for that outcome were slim.

Judge Steele will weigh evidence from both the Prosecution and the Defense, as well as a report from the State Board of Probation and Parole, before sentencing Welte.

May 4th is the scheduled date for the sentencing hearing.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES REVAMPED VOTER ID LAW

 

The Republican-led Missouri House has passed a revamped version of a Missouri voter photo identification law that was gutted by the state Supreme Court. 
Judges in January permanently blocked a central provision of the 2016 voter identification law that required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement in order to cast a regular ballot. 
The Republican-led state House in response on Monday voted 109-45 for a bill that would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.

 

 

 

 




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March 3rd, 2020

 

 

SEMI RUNS OFF THE ROAD NEAR KIRKSVILLE

 

A semi ran off the road near Kirksville Monday morning.

The incident happened just around 8 a.m. on Highway 63 near the off-ramp on the north end of Kirksville.

Viewer submitted pictures show a close-up of the truck, which didn't appear to have received any significant damage.

A KTVO reporter on the scene saw the vehicle in the right-hand ditch in the south-bound lane.

It took about an hour to tow the semi from the scene.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

 

 

MORE THAN 800 APPEALS FILED OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSING

 

More than 800 appeals have been filed by companies that were denied state permits to grow, sell or distribute medical marijuana in Missouri. 
As part of the process to launch Missouri's new medical marijuana program, the state received 2,266 marijuana business applications filed by at least 700 different groups. 
It awarded 60 licenses to grow marijuana, 86 to make marijuana-infused products and 192 to open dispensaries. 
The state's Administrative Hearing Commission had received 845 appeals of those denials by Friday. 
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has hired three outside lawyers to help the state's legal team review all the appeals.

 

 

MODOT ANNOUNCES BRIDGE PROJECT CLOSING ROUTE 63 IN COLUMBIA

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be fixing a bridge joint on northbound U.S. Route 63 over Interstate 70 in Columbia this week

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, the passing lane of the northbound Route 63 bridge over I-70 will be closed to traffic. One lane will be open at all times to traffic.

The work is expected to be completed by Wednesday, March 4.

There will be signage in place to warn drivers of the closed lane ahead. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and pay attention in the work zone.

Work is weather permitting, and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

 

 




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March 2nd, 2020

 

 

BODY OF MISSING NEMO MAN FOUND

 

A missing northeast Missouri man has been found dead.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Harrison Charles Vessell, 22, of Hannibal, was found deceased on Saturday.

Authorities say Vessell left his residence on West Ely in Hannibal, Mo., on foot just before midnight on Monday, February 17. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun.

The next day, an Endangered Person Advisory was issued for Vessell.

Prior to leaving his home, Vessell left a note that contained suicidal statements. Further contact was made via text message with an acquaintance, but then his cell was reported to not be functioning.

On Saturday, Vessell was found deceased by search parties and located within the city limits of Hannibal.

Our sister station, KHQA reports that Marion County Coroner Richard Jones pronounced Vessell dead at 1:36 p.m.

The investigation was conducted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Hannibal Police Department.

No foul play is suspected and authorities say this is an isolated incident.

 

 

NEMO TEEN RECOVERING AFTER INJURY AT POLAR PLUNGE

 

A northeast Missouri teenager continues to recover after a scary incident during the Special Olympics Missouri Polar Plunge event at Thousand Hills State Park outside Kirksville on Saturday.

The teen was injured after running into Forest Lake from the swimming beach and diving into where the water was shallow.

Witnesses told KTVO it appeared the 16-year-old from Brashear hit his head on the bottom of the lake.

They said he did not come up out of the water after the dive, with his head and arms and legs remaining underwater. Only his back was visible as he floated motionless.

That is when two members of a dive team, who were already in the water, pulled the teenager to shore where he received medical care for a neck injury.

An ambulance then rushed him to the helipad at the Adair County Ambulance District headquarters in Kirksville.

From there, he was flown by medical helicopter to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.

Saturday night, the teen was listed in serious condition.

A hospital spokesman told KTVO late Sunday afternoon that the teen is now in fair condition.

Those who know the victim told KTVO he is a sophomore at Adair County R-2 School in Brashear.

KTVO is not releasing the teen's name because he is a minor.

 

 




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February 28th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FOUND GUILTY IN WIFE’S SHOOTING DEATH

 

After a day-long trial, Danny Welte, 43, of Kirksville, was found guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action Wednesday, in the 2016 shooting death of his estranged wife, Echo Leanne Welte, which he perpetrated the same day his son was buried.

Even though Welte is convicted, the high-profile trial-by-jury in his hometown will not determine his sentence. That task is up to Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele.

The two charges Welte received Wednesday carry a combined minimum sentence of just 13 years.

However, Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson indicated to reporters Wednesday that he would be pursuing a life sentence for Welte, who shot his Echo Welte in the back of the head in full view of security cameras.

A life sentence would be the maximum for Welte's charges.

A conviction on first-degree murder would have opened up the possibility for capital punishment—the death penalty.

Welte will learn his sentence on May 4, 2020.

  

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is asking for the public's help regarding a sexual assault investigation in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
Last month, Carl Mort, 41, and Cassandra Wedeking, 39, of Overland Park, Kansas, were formally charged by the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney with 1st degree rape, four counts of sodomy, and drug charges.
 
The charges were the result of an ongoing investigation in the entire Lake of the Ozarks region, including Camden, Miller, and Morgan counties.
Investigators from the Division of Drug and Crime Control are requesting anyone who has information about any sexual assaults that may have occurred over the past five years in the Lake of the Ozarks region to please come forward. Both a male and a female suspect may have befriended the victim(s), provided alcohol/drugs before or after taking them to a boat, and then sexually assaulted them.
If you are a victim, possible witness, or can provide any further information about the potential crime(s) described, please contact the MSHP Troop F Criminal Unit at telephone number 573-526-6329, ext. 3632.

 

However, Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson indicated to reporters Wednesday that he would be pursuing a life sentence for Welte, who shot his Echo Welte in the back of the head in full view of security cameras.

A life sentence would be the maximum for Welte's charges.

A conviction on first-degree murder would have opened up the possibility for capital punishment—the death penalty.

Welte will learn his sentence on May 4, 2020.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is asking for the public's help regarding a sexual assault investigation in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
Last month, Carl Mort, 41, and Cassandra Wedeking, 39, of Overland Park, Kansas, were formally charged by the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney with 1st degree rape, four counts of sodomy, and drug charges. 
The charges were the result of an ongoing investigation in the entire Lake of the Ozarks region, including Camden, Miller, and Morgan counties.
Investigators from the Division of Drug and Crime Control are requesting anyone who has information about any sexual assaults that may have occurred over the past five years in the Lake of the Ozarks region to please come forward. Both a male and a female suspect may have befriended the victim(s), provided alcohol/drugs before or after taking them to a boat, and then sexually assaulted them.
If you are a victim, possible witness, or can provide any further information about the potential crime(s) described, please contact the MSHP Troop F Criminal Unit at telephone number 573-526-6329, ext. 3632.

 




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February 27th, 2020

 

 

TRIAL FOR KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE BEGAN TUESDAY

 

After pleading not guilty, the Kirksville man charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife will get what he requested: a trial by jury.

Danny Welte is accused of murdering his wife, Echo Leanne Welte, in the Kirksville Days Inn parking lot on November 17th, 2016. Welte faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

His trial started Tuesday morning with jury selection in Adair County Circuit Court.

Police said in a 2016 probable cause statement that Danny Welte shot Echo Leanne in the back of the head with a handgun, then he fled the scene. Welte’s daughter told police on the scene that Welte called her afterward, apologizing.

Security cameras recorded the killing on video. Both Welte and a witness who tried to stop Echo’s death gave authorities a story that matches the security camera footage.

Jurors are expected to view evidence including the security video, which shows Echo’s death, during the course of the trial.

Both sides asked questions of the nearly 100 potential jurors Tuesday, to determine which of them could be impartial when reviewing the case and reaching a verdict. Negotiations between prosecutors and the defense team on this topic went 30 minutes longer than scheduled.

Although the potential jurors haven’t heard all the facts yet, lawyers asked the room if they had heard any media reports of the incident. The defense probed potential jurors as to whether they thought media reports on the incident at the time were fair and if they heard about the incident in the news.

Judge Russell Steele told the room that researching the case outside of the trial as a juror would be a Class A misdemeanor under Missouri law.

Seven men and seven women were selected to serve on the jury. The trial resumes at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday and is projected to conclude Thursday evening.

 

 

HUGE TRANSFORMER ESCORTED ON US 63 FROM LAPLATA TO QUEEN CITY

 

A piece of equipment so large it required traffic control and a law enforcement escort made its way through northern Missouri on Wednesday.

A massive transformer arrived in La Plata by rail and was then loaded onto a large multiple-axle trailer.

It was hauled north on Highway 63 through Kirksville to Schuyler County Route O in Queen City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol provided an escort for the massive transformer, which measures 12’ wide by 13.5’ high by 30’ long.

It will be put in place as part of the High Prairie Wind Farm project. It was being transported to a new substation along Route O where it will connected to a new transmission line.

This is part of the wind farm being developed by Terra-Gen.

Motorists along Highway 63 had some minor delays due to the huge shipment making its way through.

La Plata Fire and Rescue helped blocked Highway 63 in La Plata for a while.

Those on the scene said they had never seen anything so massive on the road.

Kirksville police also provided traffic control on Highway 63 in Kirksville.

Sergeant Tom Rohn, who was part of Wednesday's escort, cautioned that northeast Missouri motorists should be aware as those in charge of the wind farm continue to haul in more wide loads in the coming weeks.

 

BOONVILLE WOMAN DIES IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT ON I-70

 

A Boonville woman is dead after an accident on I-70 in Cooper County Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 35 year old Chantel Winfield of Boonville was westbound on I-70 just east of the 114.6 mile marker at around 6:30 Wednesday morning when she lost control of the car on a patch of ice.  The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete barrier then returned to the road.  While back on the road, Winfield made an attempt to exit her vehicle while it was moving. At that time a tractor trailer driven by 51 year old Michael Gulley of Lawrence, Kansas. This caused Winfield to be ejected from her vehicle.  The vehicle then continued off the right side of the road.  Winfield was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cooper County Coroner.  Gulley was not injured.

 

 




February 26, 2020

 

MILAN MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER       

A Milan man has been charged with murder in connection with a December death.  32 year old Luke Hunsaker, of Milan, was arrested Tuesday.  He has been charged with second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance.  Milan Police say Hunsaker is accused of distributing a drug that resulted in the death of a victim in Milan on December 24th.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

 

POLICE RELEASE NAME OF KIRKSVILLE CRASH VICTIM 

Kirksville Police have released the names of the drivers involved in a fatal traffic crash, which occurred in Kirksville on Monday.  28 year old Monica Steele, of Kirksville, died from injuries sustained in the collision at the Highway 63/Route 6 intersection.  Investigators say Steele was driving an SUV northbound on 63 when a tractor-trailer, driven by 49 year old John Blenz, of Kingman, Kansas, attempted a left turn into her path.  Blenz was treated for minor injuries. 

 

 

PARIS WOMAN HURT IN MORNING COLLISION

A Paris woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday morning collision in Paris.  30 year o ld Bridgett Baker, of Paris, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 8am.  The patrol says her eastbound car was struck after a pickup failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the intersection.  That driver, 17 year old Johnie Ray, of Moberly, was not injured. 

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE SECOND ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in connection to a deadly shooting, which occurred during a home invasion earlier this month. 25 year old Justin Shelton was taken into custody Monday night on suspicion of second-degree murder.  20 year old Grace Avery was arrested in the same case last Friday.  Court documents connect the two to the shooting death of Joseph Taylor, during a home invasion on February 5th.  Shelton is being held without bond as the investigation continues.    

 




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February 25th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE CRASH REDUCES HIGHWAY 63 TO ONE LANE FOR SEVERAL HOURS

 

An afternoon crash in Kirksville reduced a portion of a major highway to one lane for several hours on Monday.

Just before 1 p.m. Monday, an SUV and a semitractor-trailer collided at the intersection of US 63 and Missouri Highway 6 East in Kirksville. 

Kirksville police say the semi was headed south on Highway 63. It was attempting to turn left onto Highway 6 East into the path of a northbound SUV.

When KTVO arrived on scene, emergency crews were extricating the driver from the SUV. Kirksville Police Chief Steve Farnsworth could not elaborate on the extent of the injuries to the occupants of the SUV.

The driver of the semi suffered minor injuries. 

The names of those in the crash have yet to be released.

 

 

MISSOURI BILL LOOKS TO DECREASE TEEN SUICIDE RATE

 

According to the United Health Foundation, the rate of teen suicide last year reached ten per 100,000 teenagers. However, in Missouri, about 15 out of every 100,000 teens died by suicide.

State representatives in Missouri are looking to reduce that number.

Members of the House have discussed a bill that would allow unaccompanied minors to enter into their own mental health contracts.

One strong supporter of the bill is Mary Chant.

Chant is the Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies.

Chant is a strong supporter of the bill and believes it will combat the serious situations that unaccompanied minors face.

The bill is sponsored by Representative Patricia Pike of Adrian, Missouri.

If you know someone who may be struggling with their mental health, there is an upcoming conference coming to Schuyler County in May.

It is designed for people to learn more tips about how to approach and help teens who may be struggling.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE MONDAY MORNING ASSAULT

 

Columbia Police investigated an assault that took place the downtown Columbia post office early Monday morning. At approximately 1:36 a.m., Feb. 24, CPD was notified that a man had been assaulted with a pole at 511 E. Walnut St., inside the lobby of the U.S. Post office located in downtown Columbia.

The victim was reported to have left the U.S. Post office and walked to the Columbia Police Department after the assault. Officers made contact with the man in the lobby of the police department and emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the victim to a hospital to treat life-threatening injuries.

Eddie B. Linzie, 43, of Columbia, was arrested for assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Linzie remains in custody at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there is no additional information to release at this time. 

Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

 




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February 24th, 2020

 

 

MOBERLY TEEN ARRESTED AFTER LEADING AUTHORITIES ON MANHUNT

 

A north Missouri teen is behind bars, accused of fleeing from authorities, almost running over a sheriff's deputy and prompting a manhunt. Triston Paul Rainer, 18, of rural Moberly, was taken into custody just before noon on Friday on a warrant for felony assault and felony resisting arrest.
The charges stem from an incident Thursday night in Moberly when authorities say Rainer fled from deputies as they attempted to stop his truck for careless driving. 
From Moberly, they ended up south of Huntsville on County Road 2160. During the incident, a deputy was almost hit by Rainer's truck.
Officers with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Moberly Police Department searched for Rainer after he abandoned his truck on County Road 2435. He was located and arrested just before noon Friday along that same road.
Rainer is being held on $150,000 cash-only bond.

 

KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is working to investigate a burglary. According to NEMO News, that incident was reported south of Hurdland on Friday, February 14. Thousand of dollars worth of property was allegedly stolen from a lodge and nearby shop on Wednesday, February 12. NEMO News says stolen items include shoulder mount deer heads, a full-body turkey mount, pelts, an antique shotgun, 50-inch television, Lincoln arc welder and other miscellaneous tools. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (660)397-2186.

 

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO 1991 KILLING OF RUSSELLVILLE BOY

 

Authorities say a suspect is in custody in the 1991 killing of a 15-year-old central Missouri boy. Cole County authorities announced the arrest Friday but provided few other details about the suspect in the death of Greg Jones, of Russellville. The suspect's name is not being released because of his age at the time of the death. Jones went missing in April 1991 and his remains were found in June of that year. Authorities said they would not comment further until the case is reviewed by county juvenile authorities.

 

 

 




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February 21st, 2020

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN NOW CHARGED IN MISSING WIFE CASE

 

The American husband of a 28-year-old Chinese woman who has been missing since October is now charged with first-degree murder in her death, even though her body hasn't been found.

Joseph Elledge, of Columbia, Missouri was charged Wednesday in the death of Mengqi Ji. Prosecutors are seeking a $5 million cash-only bond.

A probable cause statement says Elledge did not contact anyone about his wife's disappearance for more than 24 hours and during that time took two drives to rural areas where a body could be disposed of.

Authorities have been searching for Ji's body in the Lamine River near Boonville.

 

 

LEWIS COUNTY MAN, ALREADY ON PROBATION, ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

 

A northeast Missouri man, already on probation, is in trouble with the law once again.

On Sunday, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Steven Clay, 44, of La Belle, Missouri, on one count of burglary in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible order of protection violation in La Belle involving Clay. 

When deputies arrived, Clay was located and taken into custody. 

Upon investigation, it was found Clay had entered the residence unlawfully and subsequently was arrested for burglary.

Clay is currently under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole for previous felony convictions in the Lewis County Courts. 

Clay pled guilty on January 6, 2020 to property damage of the same residence where he was located on February 16, and received 180 days in the Lewis County Jail. 

That sentence was suspended and he was given supervised probation.

Clay remains in the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant pending a court appearance.

 

 

PREPARED FOODS COMPANY TO BUILD NEW FACILITY IN MOBERLY

 

A north Missouri town received some great economic news this week.
Plumrose USA, a prepared foods and packaged meat company, is planning to build a new bacon facility that will produce ready-to-eat, fully cooked bacon in Moberly.

The facility is expected to bring nearly 200 new jobs to the region.

In a release from Missouri Partnership, Plumrose USA cited Moberly’s strategic location, as well as support from the community and the state, as key reasons for the decision to expand in the area.

Rob Dixon, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development, tweeted that is was a "big economic development win for Missouri."
There is no word yet on when the facility will be up and running.

 




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February 20th, 2020

 

 

PHOTO OF SECOND SUSPECT RELEASED IN MEMPHIS STOLEN PART CASE

 

A northeast Missouri sheriff's office is still trying to identify two men who stole an expensive part off of a farm tractor.

On Wednesday, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance photo of the second suspect wanted in connection withTuesday morning's crime outside Memphis.

Whitney said the surveillance pictures are from a Casey's General Store in Schuyler County. The images were captured about 40 minutes before the duo carried out their crime.

Whitney said the two men arrived at Ed's Machinery on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, Missouri, on Tuesday morning.

Just after 8 a.m., one of them asked to test drive a tractor.

He then drove the tractor to County Road 601 approximately half a mile away.

At that location, the tractor's rear power take-off and housing were removed and stolen.

The thieves then drove away from the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck.

The total value of the stolen property is around $3,500.

Anyone with information about this crime or the men involved is asked to call Scotland County Sheriff's Office at (660) 465-2106.

The photos of both men are available at ktvo.com

 

 
WANTED SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER BEING SPOTTED AT MOBERLY BUSINESS

 

On Monday, February 17, 2020 at 8:00 PM officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to Bratcher’s Market, 301 S Morley St, after receiving a tip of wanted person, Jack Cox, being present at the business. Officers were aware two active Randolph County warrants existed for Cox. As officers arrived they made contact with Cox who was exiting the business. Cox was placed under arrest for two active warrants;

During a search of Cox officers located drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine use. Cox was unable to post the required $50,000 cash only bond related to his existing warrants and was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

Officers later responded back to Bratcher’s Market in reference to a report of stealing. It was determined Cox and a second male in his company at the time of this arrest stole groceries from the business just prior to officers’ arrival. 

Additional charges related to stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia will be forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for formal filing.

 

 

HOUSE HEARING INVOLVES BILL TO OVERTURN MISSOURI BAIL RULES

 

On February 19, 2020, the Missouri House Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding House Bill 1937. Its purpose is to overturn the bail rules that were adopted by the Missouri Supreme Court in July 2019.

The new bail rules that were implemented in July were intended to prevent nonviolent offenders from being stuck in jail simply because they cannot afford bail.

The American Bail Association and other critics have noted an unwelcome effect of the legislation. They say that these rules severely limit the ability of judges to impose monetary conditions for pretrial release and have all but eliminated the use of bail as an option.

The coalition and other critics have pointed to a significant increase in violent crime, including several high-profile incidents involving defendants released by criminal courts without having to post bail.

The chair of the committee pointed out that there is some disconnect in terms of what the rules appear to say and how the rules are being applied in local jurisdictions.

A vote on this legislation will occur sometime in the next few weeks.

 

 




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February 19th, 2020

 

 

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MARION COUNTY MAN

 

An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued by the Marion County, Mo., Sheriff's Office.
Harrison Charles Vessell, 22, is 5'9" tall, weighing 213 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. 
He was last seen wearing a grey coat with blue jeans and black shoes.
Vessell left his residence on West Ely in Hannibal, Mo., on foot just before midnight on Monday, Feb. 17. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun. 
Prior to leaving, Vessell left a note indicating suicidal statements. Further contact was made via text message with an acquaintance, but his cell phone is reported to not be functioning at this time.
Anyone seeing Harrison Charles Vessell, or anyone having any information related to his location, should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 573-769-2077

 

 

PUBLIC HELP NEEDED IN IDENTIFYING TRACTOR PTO THIEF

 

A northeast Missouri sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who stole an expensive part off of a farm tractor.

The Scotland County Sheriff's Office said that at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, two men arrived Ed's Machinery on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, Missouri.

One of them asked to test drive a tractor.

He then drove the tractor to County Road 601 approximately half a mile away.

At that location, the tractor's rear power take-off and housing were removed and stolen.

The thieves then drove away from the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck.

The total value of the stolen property is around $3,500.

Anyone with information about this crime or the men involved is asked to call Scotland County Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney at (660) 465-2106.

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH JANUARY ROBBERY

 

A Columbia man has now been charged in a robbery that took place late last month.

According to police, 23 year old Austin Turner admitted to family and a fried that he took part in a robbery at the University of Missouri on January 31st. Turner is being charged with first degree robbery in connection to the incident.  The robbery happened on Hitt Street near the Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Missouri.  According to MUPD, the victim reported being robbed by two men, including one with a knife, who punched him and took his cellphone. The victim told police he chased the robbers and one of them dropped his cellphone, MUPD reported. The robbers reportedly told the victim they had a gun. Turner is being held on 100,000 dollars bond.

 




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February 18th, 2020

 

OVERNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS NEMO MOBILE HOME

 

An overnight fire destroyed a mobile home in northeast Missouri.

According to the Edina Sentinel, the call came in just after 2:30 a.m. Monday.

The home is located near the intersection of Reid and South Fourth streets in Edina.

Several agencies responded including the Edina Volunteer Fire Department, Edina Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office and Ameren Missouri.

No injuries have been reported.

Authorities say the home was unoccupied when the fire started and that the homeowner is currently out of town.

The mobile home is a total loss.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time

 

 

I-70 CRASH INJURES TWO

 

Two Columbia women are injured after a two vehicle accident on I-70 Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Sara McCahon of Columbia was entering I-70 eastbound at the 121.6 mile marker.  The crash report says McCahon’s vehicle came to a complete stop and turned westbound into the eastbound lanes.  Her vehicle was struck head on by a tractor driven by 68 year old Howard Salickram of Orlando, Floriday. Both McCahon and her passenger 23 year old Elizabeth McCarthy of Columbia were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Salickram was not injured.

 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY VEHICLE CHASE ENDS IN ARREST IN CLINTON COUNTY

 

A vehicle chase that began in Livingston County Sunday ended in an arrest in Clinton County.  According to a Facebook release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, a vehicle was pulled over in Livingston County on U.S. Highway 36 and the occupants were not cooperating with Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers. The vehicle began to flee the scene. A chase ensued that included officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Chillicothe PD, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  The suspect vehicle eluded officers with spike strips and hit high speed while on Highway 36. Livingston County law enforcement disengaged from the chase around Cameron.  The car was eventually stopped in Clinton County where it was revealed to be stolen.  Other evidence including a firearm were seized.  One of the occupants also had multiple arrest warrants.

 

 




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February 17th, 2020

 

 

BEVIER WOMAN INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman is recovering after an afternoon crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the one-vehicle crash happened just before 2:30 p.m. Friday, on Southwest Boulevard, two miles southeast of Bevier.

Troopers say a vehicle driven by Sydney Snarr, 25, of Bevier, slid on a snow covered road.

As a result, the vehicle came to rest in a ditch. Snarr was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries. Troopers add she wasn't wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

 

 

REHABILITATED BALD EAGLES RE-RELEASED IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Two rehabilitated bald eagles have been re-released in northern Missouri conservation areas.

The birds were released this weekend, thanks to the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project.

Both eagles, which seemed unable to fly at the time of their rescue, were delivered to the MU Raptor Rehab Project in Columbia, by Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Griffin Surtin.

The first released bird, named Nile, was determined to be anemic.

Nile spent roughly a month at the center, and was nursed back to health. Saturday, Nile was released at the Fountain Grove Conservation Area.

The second bird, named Jupiter, made a speedy recovery at the rehab center after less than one week. Conservation agents say at this time, it remains unclear what was ailing the bird, but once given time to recuperate, Jupiter was determined ready for release.

That bird was also released Saturday, at the Mussel Fork Conservation Area.

Each bird was released to the area from which it was rescued by Agent Surtin.

The Raptor Rehabilitation Project is a service and education organization of the University of Missouri-College of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia.

Its goal is to rehabilitate and release birds of prey back into the wild.

To learn more about the University of Missouri Raptor Rehabilitation Project, click here.

 

 

 




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February 14th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE ASSAULT AND ROBBERY

 

Authorities in Kirksville are investigating a report of an early morning assault and robbery.
Just after 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Kirksville police officers were dispatched to the area southeast of the 300 block of West McPherson Street for the report of a robbery in progress. 
Officers located a man and woman victim in the alley along the west side of Geno's 70's Club, between McPherson and Jefferson streets.
The woman told officers that she and her male friend were walking when a red van pulled up. A man got out of the van and told them he had a gun. 
The suspect then struck her friend in the face and took property from him. He also took items from the woman and left the area in the van, traveling south toward Jefferson Street. 
The male victim received a cut to his face and was treated and released.
This is an active investigation, and authorities are attempting to locate any witnesses for further information. 
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, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at (660) 665-4600, anonymously at (660) 627-BUST (2878) or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 

COLUMBIA TEEN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia teenager is injured after an accident Wednesday evening in Boone County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 19 year old Lane Rose of Columbia was northbound on Route VV just north of Wildwood Street at around 5:25 Wednesday evening when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the road.  The vehicle struck the ground causing it to overturn several times. Rose was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR FEBRUARY 12TH

 

1:56am, Request to check well-being of subject in the 10 block of Tenth Street…..Subject was contacted and found to be OK….

 

6:06am, Officers and Emergency Services out in the 300 block of Mansur Street on a report of an unresponsive subject…..Resident determined deceased from natural causes and body removed by Coroner….

 

7:33am, Officers watched for a C & I vehicle that was reported to be making bad passes and following too closely from south of town and headed northbound…..Officers were unable to locate the vehicle….

 

7:34am, Officer in route to St. Joseph on special detail….

 

8:26am, School Resource Officer out in the 900 block of Dickinson Street on a juvenile matter….

 

8:32am, Officer out at Courthouse on Court duties…..

 

9:42am, Officer out at business in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on an investigation….

 

10:08am, Officer spoke with subject on the phone in reference to a possible scam….

 

10:52am, Officer out in the 1100 block of Oak Street on a public relations detail….

 

11:45am, Officer assisted Emergency Services on a medical call in the 1100 block of Northwood Terrace….

 

2:03pm, Parking complaint in the 10 block of Asher Street,…..Subject moved the vehicle….

 

3:10pm, Officer assisted Children’s Division on an investigation in the 900 block of Woodward Street….

 

3:34pm, Report of kids opening mailboxes in the 2500 block of Arcadia…..Officers unable to locate anyone…..

 

3:35pm, Officers responded to 1000 Graves St. in reference to a shoplifting… A 44 year old female resident of Trenton was arrested, fingerprinted and released on a citation….

 

3:50pm, Officers assisted the Sheriff’s Department at Hedrick Medical Center on a gunshot wound to a subject’s hand that had occurred in Mooresville…..

 

4:36pm, Officer out at business in the 1000 block of Graves Street on a follow-up investigation….

 

4:39pm, Complaint of dog running loose and tearing up trash in 100 block of E. Jackson Street….Officers contacted owner and advised of the complaint….Owner trying to catch dog……Follow-up contact will be made….

 

5:10pm, Officer out at Hedrick Medical Center to assist a Deputy……

 

6:53pm, Officer out in the 100 block of Polk Street on a follow-up investigation….

 

8:03pm, Officer at PD on a follow-up investigation….

 

8:24pm, Officers assisted Emergency Services with traffic control for a residential fire in the 400 block of Collier Street…..

 

9:55pm, Complaint of dog left out in bad weather at a residence on Summit Drive….Owners contacted and advised of complaint….Dog taken inside…..

 

11:50pm, Commercial business alarm in the 400 block of S. Washington Street….Building checked and found to be OK…..

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks…..

 

Chillicothe Police received 61 calls for service on 02/13/2020

 

 

 




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February 13th, 2020

 

 

NEMO MAN ACCUSED OF DEATH THREATS TOWARD FAMILY MEMBERS

 

A northeast Missouri man, who has been in trouble with the law before, is now accused of threatening to kill two family members by slitting their throats.

Cody Bass, 25, of Kirksville, is facing four new felony charges following a series of events in Kirksville on Monday afternoon.

Bass is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of third-degree domestic assault and tampering with a victim in a felony prosecution.

Kirksville police were called to a residence in the 300 block of East Porter Street for a domestic assault involving Bass and two family members.

The alleged victims told officers that Bass had come to the residence on Sunday night, demanding to be let in. The family member finally agreed to let him in because Bass began to break out a window.

According to court documents, the next day when one of his relatives woke Bass up for an appointment, he became agitated, started cursing at them, demanding cigarettes and a ride to a local treatment center.

They then told Bass to leave because of his demeanor. They said Bass then pushed one of them down onto a couch, jumped on top of her and started choking her with both of his hands wrapped around her neck. When the other family member told Bass she was calling the police, they said he grabbed the phone and smashed it against a wall.

They told officers the suspect then started hitting the woman on the couch in the side of the head and threatened to kill both of them by slitting their throats.

That is when one of the women agreed to take Bass to the treatment center to put a stop to the assault.

While driving to the treatment center, one of the women said Bass demanded that she take him to a fast-food restaurant. When she refused, the family member said he grabbed the steering wheel and jerked it, threatening to crash the car. When she still refused to take him for food, the woman said Bass pulled out a folded pocket knife, told her he was going to slit her throat and then threw the folded knife at her.

Bass is now being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 10:35pm Monday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 41 year old Shawn Sims was northbound on 763 North of Harvester Road when he lost control and crashed his scooter.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR FEBRUARY 11TH

 

8:26am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street on special assignment….

 

8:31am, School Resource Officer out in the 1100 block of Oak Street on Juvenile matter….

 

9:17am, School Resource Officer out in the 1500 block of Calhoun Street on Juvenile matter….

 

10:22am, Officers assisted the Sheriff’s Department in watching for a vehicle that was reported as a white in color 4-dr, compact car that was reported travelling at a high rate of speed on US 36 from the Caldwell County line…..Officers were unable to observe the suspect vehicle…..

 

10:46am, Officers performed a well-being check in the 800 block of Thompson Drive….The subject was located at another location and OK…..

 

1:09pm, Officer checked on a suspicious acting subject in the area of Jackson and Easton Street…..Subject checked and determined OK…..

 

1:26pm, Officers responded to the 1200 block of Washington Street in reference to a theft… The suspect has been identified and is pending arrest….

 

1:40pm, Officers responded to the 700 block of Washington Street in reference to a minor, 2-vehicle accident with no injuries…. Information was obtained and a report was generated…

 

2:40pm, Officers received a report of stolen license plates from a business location in Chillicothe...  The incident is under investigation….

 

2:49pm, Officers briefly assisted Linn Co., the Highway Patrol and Livingston County in an attempt to stop a vehicle that was being pursued and approaching Chillicothe from the east and driven by a wanted subject…..An Officer attempted to spike strip the vehicle, but  failed, at a location just east of town….the vehicle then travelled south on US 65 and was eventually stopped in Marshall Mo by other agencies…..,

 

3:28pm, Officers checked on odor in the 1700 block of Deringer….Found to be a wood burning stove…..

 

3:56pm, Officers out in the 800 block of Walnut Street on an investigation….

 

3:57pm, Officers assisted Children’s Services with investigation in the 1500 block of Third Street….

 

4:19pm, Officers checked a report of a suspicious acting subject in the 2600 block of N. Washington Street….No action taken,.. no report made…..

 

6:33pm, Officers checking report of a disturbance on Jennifer Lane….One party involved in the disturbance had left the area prior to Officers’ arrival….

 

7:42pm, Officer out in the 1000 block of Graves Street to pick up property….

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 87 calls for service on 02/11/2020….

 

 

 




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February 12th, 2020

 

 

FEDERAL FUGITIVE CAUGHT AND ARRESTED AFTER LENGTHY HIGH SPEED CHASE

 

A federal fugitive, who was also wanted in connection with a Linn County armed robbery, led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through parts of Livingston, Carroll and Saline Counties before being taken into custody, Tuesday afternoon.  Officers say the suspect, 37 year old Matthew Guilford of Brookfield was known to be armed and dangerous at the time of the pursuit.  They say it reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour at times, on Highway 36 in the Chillicothe area and then southbound down Highway 65, through Carrollton and finally ending near Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, where the suspect was taken into custody.  Authorities say meth was found scattered on the driver’s seat and the interior of Guilford’s pickup and additional contraband was recovered after being thrown from the vehicle during the chase.  Guilford faces a federal warrant and Linn County charges, in addition to multiple charges connected to the pursuit.  Further details are expected to be released on Wednesday.

 

 

PROPOSED BILL BANS SOME IN STATE TUITION OFFERS

 

A Missouri bill would ban public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition discounts to students living in the U.S. illegally.

Missouri schools now face losing state funding if they offer those students anything less than the tuition rate charged to international students. That's because of budget restrictions that state lawmakers have enacted in recent years.

Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder's bill would enshrine that budget policy in law.

Critics say the cost of international tuition creates barriers for those students to attend college and could push them to leave Missouri.

 

 

OREGON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER I-70 TRAFFIC STOP

 

An Oregon man is facing multiple charges following a vehicle stop on Interstate 70 in Cooper County, Mo.
The vehicle was stopped for speeding and lane violations. 
Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 Rony helped find 45 lbs. of marijuana inside a suitcase and plastic totes. Ecstasy and other pills were also seized.
The 
online arrest report states the man is being charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Pills (3 Adderall pills, 3.5 Xanax pills, 2 Amphetamine pills, and 22 Ecstasy pills).

 




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February 11th, 2020

 

STOLEN MINNESOTA VEHICLE FOUND IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Just before 9:30 a.m. Monday, officers with the Kirksville Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a vehicle fleeing a gas station after not paying.

The vehicle, a van, had filled at the BP station south of Lancaster, Mo., when the driver left without paying for the gas.

The vehicle was pursued by a MSHP trooper going south toward Kirksville.

As the pursuit continued, it was discovered that the car was reported stolen out of Minnesota.
Shortly after entering Kirksville, the van pulled into the Westlake’s parking lot off Baltimore Street.

The occupants of the stolen van tried to flee, but they were quickly captured by officers.

The suspects were three juveniles, two female and one male.

When KTVO arrived on scene, the suspects had been apprehended and the vehicle was waiting to be towed.

 

 

MISSOURI AG DEPARTMENT ADDRESSING BACKLOG OF DICAMBA COMPLAINTS

 

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is trying to address a backlog of about 600 complaints from farmers who say drift of dicamba-based herbicide has damaged their crops. 
St. Louis Public Radio reports some of the complaints date back to 2016. 
State lawmakers are considering a budget request from the agriculture department to hire more staff to handle the backlog. 
The agency wants to add four investigators and two staff members to review the cases. 
The farmers complain that dicamba drifts from other fields and kills their crops. 
The state agriculture department has received 755 dicamba-related complaints since 2016.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR FEBRUARY 10TH

 

1:31am, Officers were dispatched to the B&B Theater in reference to a report of a male that had fallen asleep during a movie and inadvertently got locked in the building. A keyholder was contacted and responded and let the male out after Officers verified that no damage or theft had occurred.

9:23am, Officers were dispatched to a report of a theft from a business in the 1000 block of S. Washington St.

10:19am, Officers were dispatched to check the well-being of a resident in the 1000 block of S. Washington St. The resident was contacted and was not in need of any assistance.

10:40am, Officers were dispatched to a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to a person that had recently been observed on surveillance video stealing from the business. Officers arrested Carolann Feeney for stealing. Feeney was transported to the Police Department where she was processed and released on a Municipal Citation.

2:46am, Officers were dispatched to a report of a missing person from the 1700 block of Morningside Dr. The resident was located and returned.

2:56pm, Officers were dispatched to check the well-being of a juvenile in the 500 block of Washington St. Officers contacted the juvenile’s guardian and it was determined that no assistance was needed.

3:13pm, Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint in the 300 block of Webster St. Officers made contact and the vehicles were moved.

3:20pm, Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint in the 500 block of Ann Street. Officers placed a warning for illegal parking on the vehicle.

5:16pm, Officers were dispatched to check the well-being of a male in the 1000 block of S. Washington St. The male was transported to HMC for treatment.

6:00pm, A resident brought a dog to the Police Department that was found in his yard. Officers located the owner of the dog and she was returned to her owner.

6:18pm, Officers spoke to a resident at the Police Department in reference to a property issue.

8:07pm, Officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Jefferson Street in reference to a child custody issue.

9:22pm, Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 1300 block of Green Street. The incident was found to be verbal and no arrests were made.

Officers conducted traffic enforcement stops and building checks and 72 calls for service.

 

 

 




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February 10th, 2020

 

 

LAPLATA MAN DEAD AFTER FRIDAY ROLLOVER CRASH

 

One person is dead following a rollover crash on a northeast Missouri highway.

Just before 4:30 p.m. Friday, a pickup truck was southbound on Highway 63 in La Plata, headed over the railroad overpass.

The pickup "ran off the west side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the east side of the roadway, and overturned," according to theMissouri State Highway Patrol.

The truck landed on its wheels in the median. Emergency crews arrived and performed lifesaving measures, but it was not enough.

William Reed Stites, 72, of La Plata, Missouri, was pronounced dead at the scene. Stites' next of kin has been notified.

La Plata Police and Fire Departments, Macon County Ambulance, the Macon County Sheriff's Office and Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes assisted at the scene.

Authorities say Stites was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

TWO MILAN MEN INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH

 

Two Milan men were injured in an early morning weekend crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 2:11 a.m. Sunday, on Missouri Highway 6, one mile west of Novinger.

Troopers say Devin Moss, 23, of Milan, fell asleep at the wheel.

As a result, his Jeep ran off the road, struck a culvert, became airborne and overturned.

Moss was ejected from the vehicle.

He was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of moderate injuries.

A passenger in the vehicle, Caleb Meseke, 21, of Milan, was treated for minor injuries.

Troopers add neither Moss or Meseke were wearing seat belts when the crash occurred.

 

 

MILAN MAN INJURED AFTER ABEING STRUCK BY VEHICLE

 

A northern Missouri pedestrian is recovering after being struck by a vehicle.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, that incident happened at 5:38 a.m. Friday on private property, .3 miles north of Milan.

Troopers say a vehicle driven by Marc Simbi, 33, of Kirksville, was traveling southbound in a parking lot.

The front left fender of the vehicle struck Noelia Castruita Saucedo, 39, of Milan.

The pedestrian was taken to Sullivan County Memorial hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




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February 7th, 2020

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOME INVASION RESULTING IN SUSPECTS DEATH

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a home invasion at a residence in the 1400 block of Doris Drive at approximately 7:10 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 5. The resident reported that two suspects entered the residence. During the incident, one suspect was struck by gunfire from the resident and was pronounced dead on the scene by Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The deceased was identified as Joseph Valention Taylor, 17, of Columbia. The second suspect left the area before officers' arrival, responding officers immediately set up a perimeter. The K-9 unit began a track on the suspect but was unsuccessful. He was described as a black male with short hair, wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and white shoes. With assistance from the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) unit, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) are actively investigating this incident. As 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 MAN SUES STATE SUPREME COURT OVER PRISON BOARDING COSTS

 

A Missouri man at the heart of a state Supreme Court case that overturned what critics called modern-day debtors' prisons is suing the local officials who put him there. 
Lawyers for 65-year-old Warrensburg resident George Richey sued St. Clair County officials Tuesday. 
Richey is one of two Missouri men who sued over boarding costs for time spent in county jails. 
Those are commonly referred to as board bills.
Supreme Court judges last year ruled unanimously that while inmates are responsible for those costs, judges cannot send people back to jail for not paying. 
Richey says his unlawful imprisonment destroyed his life.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR MORE THAN 100 MISSOURI LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

 

On Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced the Missouri Department of Public Safety has awarded 106 Missouri law enforcement agencies a total of more than $700,000 in grants, KRCG-TV reports.

The grants will help purchase equipment, including ballistic vests, first aid and trauma kits, police radios, light bars and sirens, in hopes of increasing safety across Missouri.

The complete total is $708,000 from the federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG/JAG) funds from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Each law enforcement agency's grant is limited to a maximum of $9,999.99, and then they must purchase their approved equipment by June 30, 2020.

The funding will help pay for the following:

Click here for a list of each agency that received a grant, the grant amount, and the equipment that will be acquired with the funding.

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man is injured after an accident in Boone County Wednesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 61 year old Robert Johnson of Columbia was southbound on U.S. Highway 63 just north of Route H at around 9 p.m. Wednesday when he drove off the right side of the road and his vehicle overturned. Johnson was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




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February 6th, 2020

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN’S CHILD ABUSE TRIAL WILL NOT BE MOVED

 

The child abuse trial of a Missouri man considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of his Chinese wife will not be moved out of Boone County. 
A judge ruled Monday that a jury will be selected elsewhere for
Joseph Elledge's trial. 
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs delayed a decision on whether to dismiss one of three felony counts against Elledge. 
Prosecutors allege Elledge struck his 1-year-old daughter last year. 
Authorities call Elledge the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Mengqi Ji Elledge, who has been missing since Oct. 8. 
No charges have been filed.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE ADVANCES REDISTRICTING PLAN

 

Missouri's Republican-led state Senate is advancing a plan to revamp key parts of a ballot initiative on redistricting that was approved by voters just two years ago. 
Senators gave initial approval Tuesday to a plan to lower "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness" to the least important factors among criteria used to draw state House and Senate districts. 
If passed by the full Legislature, the measure would go before voters this year. 
Republicans have raised concerns that the 2018 plan could lead to snaking districts that span both urban and rural areas in an effort to increase party competitiveness.

 

 

SHELBINA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Shelbina man is injured after an accident on Highway 36 Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 88 year old Charles Gaines of Shelbina was eastbound on U.S. Highway 36 about two miles west of Hunnewell at around 10:15 a.m. when he drove off the roadway and overturned into a ditch.  He was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR FEBRUARY 4TH

 

8:36am, Subject speaking with Officer in reference questions on a protection order and false allegations……

 

8:50am, Officer out in the 400 block of N. Washington Street for public relations detail….

 

8:56am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

8:57am, Officer at PD speaking with subject that had been receiving threats…..Subject was advised of their options….

 

9:37am, Officer checked on a fluid holding tank at the edge of the roadway just east of town…..Wind might possibly blow it onto the Highway…..MoDot was notified and will check on it….

 

10:50am, Officer spoke with resident of the 800 block of State Street in reference receiving text messages and phone calls from subject that is the respondent in a protection order…. Subject advised of options…..

 

11:38am, Officer taking report from subject in reference the theft of motorcycle parts…..investigation continuing….

 

11:47am, School Resource Officer out on investigation at the Elementary School….

 

12:09pm, Officer spoke with subject that reports being harassed by a subject that is having his friends harass the reporting person….Victim was advised of options and obtaining protection order….

 

12:47pm, School Resource Officer out at Chillicothe Alternative School on investigation….

 

12:48pm, Officer delivered case evidence to Highway Patrol Laboratory in Macon….

 

1:35pm, Call from subject wanting well-being check on their brother that they had been unable to contact……Subject was advised that the PD had recently been in contact with the subject and he was OK….

 

2:47pm, Officer spoke with subject that was inquiring about means of obtaining items from a subject that has a protection order against them…..subject advised of option….

 

2:50pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

2:56pm, Officer out at PD on a fingerprinting detail….

 

3:12pm, School Resource Officer monitoring traffic near Maple and JFKennedy Ave….

 

3:14pm, Subject at PD to report damage to their vehicle and unsure where it had happened….Another report of vehicle damage was reported and the two were determined to have been involved with each other….No report was needed….

 

3:24pm, School Resource Officer out on traffic detail at Polk and Dickinson….

 

3:59pm, School Resource Officer out at Bus Barn on an investigation….

 

7:05pm, Officer spoke with subject that was receiving threats after being kicked out of residence…..

 

7:29pm, Officers continuing investigation in reference to previous threats call….investigation continuing….

 

7:31pm, Complaint of C & I driver that was spinning tires in the area of Edgewood and Polk Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

 

8:43pm Report from subject that their vehicle had been taken by a subject known to them and they won’t bring it back…..The vehicle was eventually returned……No report….

 

9:40pm, Report of suspicious vehicle parked outside business in the 600 block of Business 36 Highway for extended period of time…..Officers checked on vehicle and determined OK…..

 

10:27pm, Officer provided a courtesy ride to two subjects that had been involved in a previous call ……

 

10:40pm, Officer taking theft report at PD…..

 

11:29pm, Officer checking strangely parked vehicle at Elmdale Drive and Locust Street….Vehicle part on curb and part on street, with door open…..Officer contacted owner and found that the vehicle had rolled out of a driveway….

 

11:53pm, Officer assisted another agency on a traffic stop at Sioux Drive and US 65 Hwy…..

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks…..

 

Chillicothe Police received 107 calls for service on 02/04/2020….

 

 

 




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February 5th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN’S DEATH IN NEMO JAIL UNDER INVESTIGATION

 

The death of a northeast Missouri jail inmate is under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is looking into the death of Roger Shrouf, 45, of Kirksville.

He was an inmate at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center last month.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe told KTVO that on January 24, 2020, Shrouf went into cardiac arrest at the jail.

According to emergency communications on that day, the episode happened in the intake area of the law enforcement center.

Local emergency medical crews were called to the jail where they started CPR prior to taking Shrouf to Northeast Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just a few minutes later.

The patrol told KTVO on Tuesday an autopsy was completed on January 28, 2020, at the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office.

Noe said the autopsy came back "inconclusive" regarding the cause of Shrouf's death.

The coroner explained that means the autopsy did not reveal an obvious cause of death such as a heart attack or aneurysm.

Noe said the medical examiner will now have to rely on toxicology results and a microscopic examination. It could take eight weeks or more to receive those reports.

Deputy Chief Justin Jones from the Kirksville Police Department said Kirksville officers had arrested Shrouf at his residence on January 24, 2020, at the request of the man's family. They told police Shrouf was out of control, and they wanted him placed into protective custody.

Jones said prior to taking Shrouf to jail, they took him to Northeast Regional Medical Center for a fitness evaluation to determine if he could be incarcerated.

Noe said the hospital cleared Shrouf to be taken to jail. After he arrived, that is when he went into cardiac arrest.

Upon completion of the investigation, the Division of Drug and Crime Control will forward its reports to the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for review.

According to Shrouf's obituary, a celebration of life is planned for 2 p.m. on February 9, 2020, at Fellowship Baptist Church in Kirksville, under the direction of A Simplified Funeral Solution.

 

 

MDC IS SEARCHING FOR PERSON THAT SHOT BALD EAGLE

 

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agents are looking for help from the public to locate the person responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle in northeast Missouri.

Investigators say the eagle was shot and killed one mile south of Adair, Missouri, along Oak Grove Way.
Bullet fragments are evident in the X-rays taken of the bird.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Adair County Conservation Agent Kevin Powell at (660) 216-1389.If you notice a wildlife violation, report it to your local conservation agent or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111.

 

 

TWO DEAD AFTER POSSIBLE MURDER SUICIDE IN COLUMBIA

 

A Moberly man and a Columbia woman are dead after what is believed to be a murder suicide in Columbia.  Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police, and State Highway Patrol Troopers were called to a report of shots fired in the 5100 block of North Creasy Springs Road at around 11:30 Monday night.  Sheriff’s Deputies entered the home and had tree shots fired at them, forcing them back out of the home.  Just after midnight, flames were spotted inside the house and attempts to communicate with the residents were unsuccessful.  At around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, SWAT team members entered the home and found two bodies, later identified as 41 year old Stefan Dailing of Moberly and 39 year old Bobbie Jo Robinson of Columbia.  The cause of death as well as the events of the evening were unclear and authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

 




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February 4th, 2020

 

MEMPHIS MAN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Memphis, Missouri man is injured after an accident in Scotland County Monday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by 65 year old Danny Short of Memphis, Missouri was westbound on U.S. Highway 136 just west of Memphis at around 10 a.m. Monday when his truck traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.  Short was taken by ambulance to Scotland County Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

 

TRENTON WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Trenton woman is injured after an accident in Livingston County Monday Morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 36 year old Tressie Moots of Trenton was northbound on Route D about 12 miles west of Chillicothe at around 10 a.m. Monday when she failed to negotiate a turn and overcorrected.  Her car ran off the west side of the road and collided with a tree.  Moots was taken by private vehicle to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment of moderate injuries.  She was not wearing a seatbelt.

 

 

FIRE AT TIGER VILLAGE APARTMENTS IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 305 Tiger Lane, Tiger Village Apartments, apartment 122 at 1:56am on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
The first unit arrived less than four minutes later and reported flames from a third floor balcony walkway.  Crews deployed a pre-connected hose line and had the fire extinguished in approximately five minutes.  The integrity of the walkway was compromised so the occupants of the third floor were relocated by apartment management.  The fire department’s technical rescue truck was dispatched and used to provide temporary shoring for the walkway.  The City’s Building and Site Development was also notified.
An Assistant Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  It was determined that the fire originated on the walkway in front of apartment 122.  The cause is undetermined but improperly discarded smoking material cannot be ruled out.  Damage is estimated at $20,000.
Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 

 

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February 3, 2020

CHIEFS BRING HOME THE WIN!!!

For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs bring home the victory and are the 2020 Super Bowl Champions!


KIRKSVILLE MAN DIES IN ATV CRASH

The highway patrol reports a fatal crash involving ATV and a pickup  happened just before 1 p.m. Sunday, on Route W, one mile east of Martinstown in Putnam County.

54 year old Clell Evans,  of Kirksville was operating the ATV and attempting to pass  a pickup driven by Murl Lusher, 58, of Green Castle, Missouri when a unit being towed by the ATV struck the pickup, resulting in the ATV overturning. Evans was transported by Air Evac to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, where he was pronounced  deceased. Lusher was not injured.

 

LINN COUNTY RESIDENTS INJURED IN CRASH WEST OF BROOKFIELD

The highway patrol said three people were injured and two transported to the hospital following a crash in the eastbound lane of highway 36 at the Highway TT junction, one mile west of Brookfield Saturday morning at 11:50 AM. According to the report, 27 year old Karry Wood of Brookfield was southbound and  failed to yield the right of way when she pulled into the path and was struck by an eastbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Amanda Walton of Purdin. Walton and a y year old female passenger were both transported by ambulance to Pershing Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of minor injuries. Wood also had minor injuries and was to seek her own treatment.   

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY WRECK SUNDAY AFTERNOON

The patrol reports a wreck in Livingston County Sunday afternoon just after 1:30 pm. It happened on MO 190 at LIV 229, one mile west of Chillicothe. 58 year old Debbie Danner of Chillicothe was westbound and signaled to make a left hand turn when 70 year old David B. Kent of Chillicothe who was also westbound attempted to pass and collided with the other vehicle.  Danner had minor injuries and was transported by Chillicothe Fire Department to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. Kent was not injuried.

 

SUNDAY EVENING CRASH RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES FOR GALLSTAN DRIVER

The patrol said 58 year old Randy W. Adair of Gallatin was transported to Cameron Regional Medidcal Center with moderate injuries after a crash on MO 13, 2 miles south of Gallatin Sunday night during the 9 o’clock hour. The report said it happened when the driver went off the roadway and overcorrected, resulting in the vehicle traveling off the other side of the road and overturning before coming to rest on its wheels.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH FRIDAY NIGHT INVOLVED TWO AREA  RESIDENTS

The patrol said a wreck on Route B at Route A in Callaway County Sunday night at 6:50 PM involved a driver from Martinsburg and Auxvasse. The crash happened when 20 year old Hanna N. Knipp of Auxvasse slowed to make a turn and her vehicle was struck from behind by another auto driven by Gabriel R. Hale of Martinsburg. Knipp had minor injuries but was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

HOMICIDE IN COLUMBIA EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE

Columbia Police arrested Curtis Allen Lewis, 36, of Columbia in connection to the homicide of Treshawn E. Kitchen and the shooting of a 30-year-old female victim.  Kitchen, 34, of Columbia was shot and killed around 2:35 a.m. Sunday morning in the area of 19 N. Fifth Street in Columbia.  The female victim was also shot and sustained life-threatening injuries. Lewis was arrested on charges of voluntary manslaughter, second degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He has been remanded to the custody of Boone County Jail.  Anyone with additional 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. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN UNITED CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Columbia Police arrested Deante Antonio Wilder, 19, of Jefferson City, in connection to an armed robbery at United Credit Union, located at 2909 Falling Leaf Lane in Columbia on Jan. 7th, 2020. With assistance from an investigator for the Missouri Department of Revenue Compliance and Investigation Bureau and the Jefferson City Police Department, investigators followed a lead to Jefferson City as the possible location of Wilder, who was identified as the suspect. On Jan. 30, detectives from the Columbia Police Department charged Wilder with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He is currently remanded in the custody of the Cole County Jail. This is an ongoing investigation.

 

NEW CHARGES FOR KIRKSVILLE MAN

KTVO reports a wanted Kirksville fugitive is now facing eight new felony charges, accused of hitting a man in the head with a pool cue, attempting to flee from police and trying to bite an officer. Tyler Tucker, 30, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree burglary, armed criminal action, two counts of second-degree assault, resisting arrest, two counts of property damage and third-degree domestic assault following the chain of events at a Kirksville apartment. It all started when a man called police just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and said Tucker had hit him in the head with a pool cue and refused to leave his apartment in the 700 block of West Elizabeth Street. When police arrived, the tenant, who told officers he is mentally disabled, said he had told Tucker to leave and he wouldn't. That is when the man hit Tucker in the leg with a pool cue. He said Tucker then wrestled the pool cue away from him and struck him in the head with it. Tucker was locked in a bedroom with his girlfriend when officers announced their arrival and told him to come out. They say the suspect then tried to escape through a bedroom window. According to court documents, Tucker fell to the ground, got up and tried to run away. An officer then tased him. Police say Tucker ignored repeated commands to get in the patrol car. Once they got him in the vehicle, officers say the suspect hit his head against the window, drawing blood, before spitting on the window. When the officers took Tucker to the hospital for treatment, they say he refused to get out of the car on his own. Once in the ER, police say the suspect stood up and damaged a wall by head-butting it. When they took Tucker back to the jail, officers say he again refused to get out of the car. When they escorted him inside, he was resisting and fighting officers. When they tried to put Tucker into a restraint chair, court documents state that the suspect kicked an officer in the leg and tried to bite him. Tucker is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center without bond on the eight new charges. Prior to Wednesday's incident, Tucker was wanted on arrest warrants for felony tampering with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting/interfering with arrest, detention or stop.

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The deadline is quickly approaching for Missouri agriculture students interested in applying for the 2020 Missouri Corn Scholarship Program. High school and college students pursuing in a career in agronomy or other agriculture-related field must submit the necessary forms no later than Feb. 14 to be eligible for one of seven $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.  To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, please visit www.mocorn.org

NOT YOUR TYPICAL PURSUIT BUT SUSPECT APPREHENDED

At approximately five pm on Thursday, January 30, 2020, the Brookfield Police Department, Missouri Department of Conservation, and a few members of the community apprehended an adolescent Tundra Swan after a brief pursuit. The swan, who was originally located on Helm Street near South State Street, was found to have a piece of wire around one of its legs and it’s wings were clipped. If this is your pet please contact the Brookfield Police Department at 660-258-3385.




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January 31st, 2020

 

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of lifting a hammer in the air while yelling at his grandmother during a fit of rage.

Kirksville police were called to a verbal domestic disturbance at 10:30 a.m. Monday at a home in the 900 block of East Washington Street.

Denver Purchase, 22, of Kirksville, lives at the residence with his grandmother.

As a result of the altercation, Purchase is now charged with unlawful use of a weapon and fourth-degree domestic assault.

According to court documents, the victim told officers that she was watching TV in the dining room when Purchase woke up and started yelling at her to turn the volume down.

The woman said during the exchange that Purchase picked up a small hammer and lifted it up while screaming at her from the next room.

She told police he then threw the hammer on the floor where he was standing.

The victim said Purchase then got in her face and continued to yell profanities at her, telling her to turn the TV down, and she feared her grandson was going to physically assault her.

The woman then called police and locked herself in her bedroom until officers arrived.

While they were trying to talk to Purchase, officers say the suspect went outside and started punching the outside of the house.

Police said he also picked up a stepstool and threw it on the ground.

That is when he was arrested. Purchase is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center awaiting his first court appearance.

 

MISSOURI GROUP CREATES PETITION FOR LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

As Missouri ramps up toward the sale of medical marijuana, a new petition drive was launched Thursday aimed at making recreational marijuana legal, too.

A group called Missourians for a New Approach is gathering signatures to put the issue of adult-use marijuana on the November 2020 ballot.

The group said the effort is being supported by the same backers who helped pass the medical marijuana constitutional amendment in 2018.

To get on the ballot, the proposal must get 160,199 verified signatures that must be turned into the Missouri Secretary of State's office by May 3

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 29TH

 

7:07am, Officer out in the 10 block of S. Washington Street serving warrant on an individual …Warrant was issued for Probation/Parole violation….The subject was processed and transferred to the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail….

 

8:00am, Officers arrested a 46 year old male for stealing from a business in the 1000 block of Graves Street…  The male was processed at the police department, cited, and released pending a future Municipal Court appearance….

 

8:02am, Officer transported a prisoner to the Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail in Pattonsburg….

 

9:03am, Officer out in 10 block of S. Washington Street to serve Probation/Parole violation warrant…..Subject brought to PD, processed and released to Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail transport….

 

9:28am, Officers out at a business on Liv# 247 on an investigation…..

 

10:04am, Officer out at PD on a Court ordered fingerprinting detail….

 

10:42am, Officers assisted the Chillicothe Street Department with snow removal on Washington Street….

 

11:10am, Officer out at residence on 11th Street in reference to a suspicious package….It was determined OK….

 

11:17am, Officers assisted Emergency Services on a medical call in the 100 block of W. Business 36 Highway….

 

11:30am Officers performed a well-being check at a residence in the 700 block of East Street…Subject was found OK….

 

12:15pm, Officers assisted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department with a disturbance at the Livingston County Court House….

 

1:00pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

1:02pm, Officer out at Young Veterinary Clinic on an investigation….

 

1:30pm, Officer at PD for report of a sexual assault that is stated to have occurred in Chillicothe on a previous date and involving a young victim…..Investigation is continuing….

 

2:19pm, Officer out at business on Liv# 247 on a continuing investigation…

 

2:33pm, Officer out at business in the 400 block of Washington Street on a continuing investigation…

 

2:52pm, Officers responded to the 100 block of S Washington Street for a report of a motor vehicle accident…Officers determined the driver who was southbound on Washington Street suffered a medical issue and traveled off the right side of the roadway and impacted a parked car causing minor damage to both vehicles…The driver was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for further treatment…

 

4:02pm, Officers out in the 100 block of W. Business 36 Highway on a continuing investigation….

 

5:20pm, Officer spoke with subject that reported a dog was following them on Locust Street near Polk Street…..The dog was apprehended, brought to the PD and later turned over to Animal Control….

 

8:05pm, Officer assisted Emergency Services with medical call in the 1500 block of Jackson Street…..

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 89 calls for service on 01/29/2020….

 

 




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January 30th, 2020

 

 

NEMO FAMILY LOSES HOUSE, FIVE DOGS IN OVERNIGHT FIRE

 

A northeast Missouri family lost its five dogs and everything else in an overnight house fire right next to the city's fire department.

The home in the 700 block of Market Street in Callao, Missouri, was occupied by Jennifer and James Hontz. Their adult son was not home when the fire broke out.

Jennifer said the fire was discovered just before 4 a.m. Tuesday when the smoke woke up her husband.

Hontz said they believe the fire started in their son's bedroom.

She told us investigators suspect the fire was likely started by an electrical problem although that hasn’t been confirmed.

Chief Tyler Hall with the Callao Fire Protection District said the cause is undetermined at this time.

The Bevier Fire Department was called in to help battle the blaze.

The single wide mobile home with an add-on living room is a total loss.

Hontz said she had to seek treatment for smoke inhalation.

The Hontz family is spending the night a Macon hotel.

Friends of the family have set up a GoFundMe account. If you would like to donate to the Hontz family, click HERE.

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS LOWER OPIOD PRESCRIPTIONS

 

Opioid prescriptions are down significantly in Missouri's Medicaid health care program. 
New figures show that the number of Medicaid participants receiving opioid prescriptions fell to fewer than 110,000 in 2019 - the second straight year with a 12% decline. 
Meanwhile, the number of pills prescribed to those people fell by 25% last year. 
State Medicaid Director Todd Richardson cites improved public awareness about the severity of the opioid crisis. 
He also credits state policy changes that have limited many initial opioid prescriptions to seven days and have expanded treatment options for people dealing with pain.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 28TH

 

7:42am, Officers performed a motorist assist at Park Lane and Washington….Car broken down…..Got vehicle off roadway….

 

7:48am, School Resource Officer monitoring traffic in the area of Maple and JFKennedy Streets….

 

8:17am, Officer spoke with subject reference them having received a threat for a subject…Officer advised them of their options and no report was taken at this time….

 

9:20am, Officers responded to the PD for a report of a missing person…. The subject is wanted by authorities and believed to be fleeing apprehension…. This investigation is ongoing….

 

9:25am, Officer responded to a residence in the 1600 block of Maple Street for a reported theft…..Investigation continuing….

 

10:08am, Officers responded to the PD for a  report of animal abuse, which occurred on 01/25/2020, in the 1900 block of Webster St….Investigation is continuing….

 

12:52pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

12:56pm, Officer out in the 600 block of w. Business 36 Highway on an investigation….

 

1:14pm, Officers out in the 500 block of N. Washington Street for a possible disturbance….Incident determined to be a misunderstanding….

 

2:21pm, Officers out in the 300 block of Calhoun Street on a continuing investigation….

 

3:55pm, Officers assisted Macon County Sheriff’s Office in apprehension of  a subject that was at a location in Chillicothe….Subject was apprehended in the 600 block of W. Business 36 Highway, transported to the PD and transferred to the custody of a Macon County Deputy….

 

5:04pm, Officers began a stealing investigation in the 1400 block of Alexander Street... A resident came home and discovered several of his personal items missing and the screen to his bedroom window cut…. Investigation is continuing…

 

6:26pm, Officers assisted Animal Control on a call in the 1100 block of Grandview….No report needed…..

 

7:14pm, Officers responded to a possible domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Deringer Drive…..No arrests were made and one of the parties left the residence…..

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks…..

 

Chillicothe Police Received 76 calls for service on 01/28/2020…..

 

 




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January 29th, 2020

 

 

USDA ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN RURAL HIGH SPEED INTERNET

 

Today, in Trenton, MO, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $60.9 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 11,000 rural households, 81 farms, 73 businesses, 16 educational facilities, 12 critical community facilities and two health care facilities in rural Missouri. Two of those investments are in North Missouri. Green Hills Telephone Corporation will receive a $2.6 million grant and Mid-States Services LLC will receive a $3 million loan from the USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program. Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06) applauded the announcement. “The lack of high speed internet in North Missouri is one of the greatest challenges we face today. Our schools, businesses and farms all depend on reliable broadband access. The ReConnect program was authorized by Congress to help address this critical need. I’m thrilled that Green Hills Telephone Corporation and Mid-States Services have received this funding and I’m glad that the USDA sees the importance of connecting rural Missouri,” said Graves. Green Hills Telephone Corporation will use a $2.6 million grant to expand its Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network to rural areas in Caldwell and Livingston counties. This investment is expected to reach 20 pre-subscribed farms, 20 pre-subscribed businesses, 546 households, a fire protection district and two educational facilities. Mid-States Services LLC will use a $3 million loan to provide unserved and underserved members in and around Trenton, Mo., with Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband services. This investment is expected to reach 566 households, a highway patrol office and an elementary school. In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services in rural America. On Dec. 13, 2018, Secretary Perdue announced the rules of the program, called “ReConnect,” including how the loans and grants will be awarded to help build broadband infrastructure in rural America. USDA received 146 applications between May 31, 2019, and July 12, 2019, requesting $1.4 billion in funding across all three ReConnect Program funding products: 100 percent loan, 100 percent grant, and loan-grant combinations. USDA is reviewing applications and announcing approved projects on a rolling basis. Additional investments in all three categories will be made in the coming weeks. 

 

 

SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH INJURES TWO

 

Two people were hurt following a Monday night crash in northeast Missouri.

The crash happened in Knox County around 9:15 p.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pickup truck driven by Trevor Fields, 27, of Hurdland, Missouri, was northbound on Knox County Route A one mile east of Hurdland, when he failed to stop at a stop sign as he approached Highway 6.

He then crossed the highway and struck the ground and a fence.

Fields suffered minor injuries but was not transported for treatment.

His passenger, Kimber Collins, 20, of Kirksville, suffered moderate injuries.

She was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment. According to the crash report, Collins was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. 

 

 

MEXICO FIRE RESULTS IN ARREST

 

On Monday, January 27, 2019 at approximately 10:04AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Union in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a vacant house with smoke coming from it.  Theodore L Lewis, age 54 of Mexico, was found in the garage.  It was determined that Lewis had been staying in the garage and was burning household items for warmth.  The fire was extinguished with no further damage being done to the house.  It was determined Lewis had eight outstanding warrants from the Audrain County Circuit Court.  He was arrested and taken to the Audrain County jail.  There were no injuries from the incident.   

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 27TH

 

3:11am, Suspicious activity reported in the 1000 block of Maple Street….Someone hitting on side of a residence….Officers were unable to locate anyone….

 

8:27am, Officer transported a Juvenile subject to a facility in Kirksville…..

 

8:40am, Officer out in the 100 block of N. Herriford on an investigation….

 

10:35am, Officer out at Courthouse on a try to contact….

 

10:36am, Check well-being in the 1400 block of Atkins Drive…..Subject OK…..

 

11:43am, Officers began an investigation in the 1200 block of Bryan Street for stealing… The victim had money fraudulently taken from their checking account by a third party application… The bank was notified and most of the transactions were stopped… Investigation is continuing…

 

11:46am, Officers and Emergency Services responded to a residence in the 100 block Of Brunswick Street to a report of an unresponsive subject….It was determined that the 70 year old male had died of natural causes….Livingston County Coroner took custody of the body….

 

12:37pm, Officer transported a Juvenile to a Kansas City facility……

 

1:01pm, Officer recovered property that had been turned in at the business in the 1000 block of Graves Street…

 

1:10pm, Officers responded to the 100 block of Crescent Drive on a report of a subject that was contemplating self-harm….The subject was taken into custody and later transported to a facility in St. Joseph for evaluation and treatment….

 

2:41pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

2:41pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

2:45pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

 

3:15pm, Officer out in the 10 block of 10th Street on investigation….

 

3:27pm, Officers checked on a parking complaint in the 400 block of Cherry Street….Vehicle was legally parked…..

 

3:34pm, Officer picked up recovered property from a business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street….

 

3:40pm, The recovered property from the prior entry was returned to the owner….

 

3:58pm, Well-being check on subject in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive….Subject OK….

 

4:55pm, Officer out at Courthouse for Court Duties….

 

5:00pm, Officer out in the 1000 block of Graves Street on an investigation….

 

5:27pm, Officer out at City Hall for Council Meeting…..

 

7:21pm, Suspicious activity reported in the 1000 block of Maple Street….Officers unable to locate any suspicious activity…

 

7:27pm, Officers were dispatched to a suicidal person in the 100 block of E. Jackson St….  The person was transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation….

 

8:16pm, Officers checked a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of Paul Street…..Vehicle OK and parked legally….

 

8:48pm, Officer performed a motorist assist of a vehicle with a blown tire, just west of the City limits…..Vehicle off roadway….

 

9:55pm, Possible missing person from the 1800 block of Third Street…..Subject not missing, just out with friends….

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 78 calls for service on 01/27

 

 

 




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January 28th, 2020

 

 

NEMO WOMAN FOUND DEAD AFTER FIRE

 

A woman was discovered dead after a weekend camper fire in northeast Missouri.

At about 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, the Putnam County E-911 center received a call about a structure fire with a person possibly still inside.

Chief Tom Carmen of the Elm Township Fire Protection District told KTVO on Monday that a couple of people were living in a fifth wheel camper at 45197 Ginger Trail, about 1.5 miles southwest of Worthington, Missouri.

Putnam County Sheriff Jason Knight said when emergency crews got to the scene, they found the camper being used as a residence was fully engulfed in flames.

After the fire was put out, authorities recovered an unidentified body inside the camper.

The Putnam County coroner was contacted as well as the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office. An autopsy is pending to determine cause of death. Positive identification of the victim is still to be determined.

Adair County Coroner Anna Fleshman said an autopsy is scheduled for noon on Wednesday.

He said because it was a deadly fire, a state investigator was called in to help with the case.

Carmen said they are unsure of a cause at this time.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by Putnam County Ambulance, Putnam County First Responders, Elm, Grant, Liberty and Queen City Fire Departments.

 

 

FULTON WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING 80 YEAR OLD MOTHER

 

Officers in central Missouri have arrested a 62-year-old woman accused of killing her 80-year-old mother. 
The Fulton Sun reports that Callaway County sheriff's deputies found Friday the body of Frances Keel at a home in Guthrie, an unincorporated township about 10 miles southwest of Fulton. 
Investigators say the elderly woman had been stabbed several times, and deputies found a 9.5-inch knife in the home believed to be the murder weapon. 
Deputies soon arrested Keel's daughter, Lola Katherine Crews, and prosecutors charged her Saturday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. 
Family members of Crews told investigators she suffers from
schizophrenia.



 




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January 27th, 2020

 

 

APPLICATION STATUSES FOR LOCAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA FACILITIES RELEASED

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced on Friday its review of all medical marijuana facility applications.

While hundreds of northeast Missouri locations applied, fewer than 10 locations in our listening area were approved.

The businesses have been offered a medical marijuana facility certification, and they are given five days to confirm acceptance of the certification.

Four out of 15 companies that applied to set up shop in Kirksville were approved.

Agri-Genesis LLC and JG Missouri LLC plan to open dispensaries, within three blocks of each other, with storefronts on North Baltimore Street.

Missouri Health & Wellness LLC plans to open on Charles Street near the North Park Complex in Kirksville.

Heya Kirksville LLC plans to open its shop downtown behind Downtown Cinema 8.

Richard Gunnels, a lifelong Macon County resident, is the owner of Agri-Genesis. His company was also approved for locations in Macon, at 2005 North Missouri Street and at three other locations in the state.

One permit was granted for Chillicothe, to Mo Med Chillicothe, LLC.

The only application filed in Palmyra was denied.

 

 

FORMER KIRKSVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ENTICEMENT OF A MINOR

 

A former Kirksville man has pleaded guilty to attempted enticement of a minor, after the Kirksville Police Department performed a successful sting operation to nab him.

Authorities were tipped off by a minor, right after an internet safety presentation led by police at an area middle school.

Joseph E. Christman, 46, was arrested and charged in 2018 with attempted enticement of a child, a felony.

He pleaded guilty to the charges Tuesday.

Christman faces a minimum of five years in prison. Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson revealed Friday that the State of Missouri is seeking 15 years in state prison.The Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit used an undercover approved social media profile of a 14-year-old girl and made contact with Christman. During an online chat, Christman agreed to meet the "girl" at her home to engage in sexual activity. A meeting was set up near a Kirksville park where Christman was placed under arrest when he arrived.

According to the Kirksville Police Department, officers had received “numerous” complaints that Christman was sending inappropriate images of himself through social media accounts in his name. 

In 2018, police thanked community members who reported the activity.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO INCIDENTS

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Domino’s Pizza, 1500 I-70 Dr. SW, on Jan. 26, at approximately 12:20 p.m. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that three suspects entered the store and displayed handguns while demanding money. The suspects left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Forensic Evidence Team assisted in collecting evidence. There were no injuries reported. 

At approximately 12:26 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the area of the 800 block of West Business Loop.Officers arrived and began canvassing the area and located a vehicle that was being driven by the victim in the parking lot of a nearby hotel. Officers observed damage to the vehicle caused by gunshots. There were no injuries reported.  The suspect vehicle was described as a small red sedan with a rear spoiler and was last seen traveling eastbound on I-70. During the investigation, officers located contraband inside the victim’s vehicle. David Preston Clark, 31, of Columbia was arrested and charged for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

These are ongoing investigations and no additional information can be provided at this time. Note: there is no evidence to suggest that the two incidents are connected. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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January 24th, 2020

 

 

LOCAL POLICE ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF SOCIAL SECURITY SCAMS

 

Scams referencing the Social Security Administration are common.

The Kirksville Police Department has received several reports about citizens who have received letters from the Social Security Administration and threats to suspend benefits and garnish income.

The Federal Trade Commission cites scams mentioning the Social Security Administration as the number one type of fraud reported to their agency.

Those letters can come through the mail or via email.

According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security employees will occasionally contact you by telephone or mail for business purposes if you have ongoing business with the agency.

However, Social Security employees will not:

In addition to letters or email, a number of KTVO viewers have said that they have also received phone calls from individuals claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.

Scammers can even provide authentic appearing numbers such as 1-800 numbers that can seem legitimate.

Kirksville police say there are many ways you can better protect yourself against scams - the most important is to be vigilant and to not assume the information you are given is accurate.

More information can be found at the both the Federal Trade Commission's website and the Social Security Administration'swebsite.

 

 

MINNESOTA MAN INJURED IN DAVIESS COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Minnesota man is injured after icy roads caused an accident on I-35 in Daviess County Tursday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 65 year old Scott Emerson of Winona, Minnesota was southbound on Interstate 35 about 8 miles southeast of Winston at around 5:15 a.m. Thursday when he hit an icy patch on the road.  The ice caused him to lose control of the vehicle, run off the west side of the roadway, strike a guard rail, slide down an embankment and strike a fence and a tree.  Emerson was taken by ambulance to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 22ND

 

At 12:56 a.m., Officers were dispatched to possible stealing in the 1000 block of Graves St.  The investigation is on-going.

 

At 6:08 a.m., Officers took a report of a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of Jackson St.  The investigation is on-going.

 

At 10:59 a.m., Officers assisted the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services with a vehicle fire on Mitchell Ave.  The vehicle was towed from the scene by Gabrielson’s Towing.

 

At 11:32 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a possible animal violation in the area of Webster St. and Highland St.

 

At 12:02 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a two vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the area of Clay St. and Walnut St.

 

At 12:54 p.m., Officers took a report of tampering with a motor vehicle in the 1700 block of Borden St.  The investigation is on-going.

 

At 12:56 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a two vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the area of N. Washington St. and MO 190 Hwy.

 

At 1:09 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a suspicious person throwing objects at passing vehicles on U.S. 36 Hwy. at an overpass.  Officers were unable to locate anyone.

 

At 1:52 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 600 block of Walnut St.

 

At 1:57 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a reckless driver in the area of Elm St. and Third St.  Officers located the vehicle and contacted the driver.

 

At 2:33 p.m., Officers conducted an investigation in the 600 block of Webster St.

 

At 3:22 p.m., Officers conducted an investigation in the 1100 block of First St.

 

At 4:08 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 300 block of E. Bridge St.

 

At 4:13 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a parking violation in the area of Third St. and Garr Field Ave.  Officers made contact and the vehicle was going to be moved.

 

At 5:31 p.m., Officers were dispatched to possible threats in the 1300 block of Third St.  Officers spoke with juveniles about the incident.

 

At 7:18 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 400 block of Vine St.

 

At 7:28 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 100 block of Crescent Dr.

 

At 9:11 p.m., Officers were dispatched to vehicles performing “donuts’ on a parking lot in the 1200 block of N. Washington St.

 

At 9:58 p.m., Officers assisted a motorist in the area of W. Bus. 36 Hwy. and Graves St.

 

Officers conducted traffic stops, business checks and responded to 85 calls for service on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 




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January 23rd, 2020

 

 

STOPPED SEMI CAUSES MAJOR BACKUP ON US 36

 

A sideways semi-trailer held up traffic on eastbound Highway 36 for over an hour Tuesday night.

According to the driver of the truck, he missed a turn on the road about a mile east of the Marceline junction and ran off the left side of the roadway and overcorrected causing the truck to end up facing south across both eastbound lanes.  The back wheels of the truck were stuck on an embankment so the truck was unable to move.  The first to come upon the truck was KZBK’s own Ryan Elliott on the way to cover the Macon Basketball Tournament.  Closely following him was the Brookfield High School Bus containing the Basketball team that was scheduled to take on Macon Tuesday night.  Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived shortly there after and after about an hour, the truck was moved and traffic was allowed to move along.  The delay caused traffic to backup well to the west of Marceline. The Brookfield Boys along with Ryan Elliott were able to get to Macon in time for the game that the Bulldogs won 53-47.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 21ST

 

Officers were at HMC ER for several hours with a suicidal subject until the patient agreed to remain for treatment.

1:11pm, Officers were dispatched to a report of suspicious activity in the 100 block of Herriford St.

2:58pm, Officers assisted the Livingston Co Sheriff Department on warrant service in the 1700 block of Litton Road.

4:33pm, Officers assisted a motorist at Walnut and Polk Street.

7:06pm, Officers spoke to a resident at the Police Department in reference to being the victim of several thefts.

Officers conducted traffic enforcement stops and building checks and 57 calls for service.

 

 




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January 22nd, 2020

 

 

NEMO MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING RELATIVE IN THE HEAD WITH A CANE

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of using a cane to hit a female relative in the head.

Kyle Wallace, 24, of Kirksville, now faces three felony charges after the weekend altercation at a home on Sumac Trail outside Kirksville.

Wallace is charged with armed criminal action, second-degree domestic assault and resisting arrest for a felony.

According to court documents, the incident happened early Sunday afternoon. The victim told the deputy who worked the case that Wallace came at her with a cane and struck her in the head with it, causing a cut.

The doctor who treated the woman told investigators the cut was approximately one-and-one-half inches long and required six staples to close the wound.

Court papers state that when the deputy went to arrest Wallace, the suspect cursed at the officer and resisted arrest by walking away and pulling away from the deputy, resulting in the officer tasing him and using pepper spray to get the suspect under control.

Wallace is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

Adair County Prosecutor Matt Wilson wrote in court documents that Wallace is a flight risk and poses a danger to the safety and well-being of the victim.

 

 

MDC RELEASES FINAL DEER HARVEST NUMBERS

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has released the final deer harvest numbers from the 2019-2020 season.

According to the MDC, over 285,400 deer were harvested in the state of Missouri. 
Of the deer harvested, almost 134,000 were antlered bucks, nearly 28,000 were button bucks, and approximately 124,000 were does.

The top counties in northeast Missouri were Macon with a total of nearly 4,000 deer harvested, Linn with almost 2,700 deer harvested, and Adair with a little over 2,500 deer harvested.
The deer harvested this season was just under the 2018-19 season where a little over 290,000 were harvested.

To see harvested deer totals for every county in Missouri, that link can be found here.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 20TH

 

2:48am, Officers were dispatched to a report of a barking dog in the 100 block of Crescent Drive. Officers located a small dog and were unable to locate the owner. Officers transported the small dog to the Animal Shelter due to the extreme cold temperatures. 

6:54am, Officers were dispatched to a report of a dog running into a residence as the resident opened the door. The resident did not know who the dog belonged to. Officers contacted Animal Control who picked up the dog and is attempting to locate an owner.

9:19am, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of Webster Street in reference to a report of suspicious activity. Nothing was found.

9:38am, Officers were dispatched to a report of a motorist that was almost struck by a tractor-trailer in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Brunswick.

10:28am, Officers were dispatched to a business in the 10 block of Brunswick in reference to a report of property damage. Officers determined that a vehicle apparently struck the building causing minor damage and left the scene without reporting the indent.

12:14pm, Officers were dispatched to a report of property damage in the 400 block of Calhoun Street.

1:42pm, Officers were dispatched to check the well-being of a resident in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive. Officers contacted the resident who was not in need of any assistance.

7:20pm, Officers were dispatched to the area of Third and Washington Street to locate and check the well-being of a motorist. Officers located the motorist who was transported by an Officer to HMC for treatment and evaluation.

Officers conducted traffic enforcement stops and building checks.

 

 

 




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January 21st, 2020

 

 

FIRE DESTROYS LA PLATA AREA HOME

 

A raging fire ripped through a northeast Missouri home Monday.

The Macon County blaze was reported just after 11 a.m.

The roaring inferno happened at a home on Igloo Trail, three miles west of La Plata.

The home belongs to David Walker.

Fire Chief Bob Couch said Walker had left for about 20 minutes, and when he came back, his house was on fire.

It was no cakewalk for fire crews to get to the home. They had to battle an ice-covered gravel all the way out of La Plata.

“That was the worst road I have ever driven a 4,000-gallon tanker on,” said Chris Drennan, a firefighter with Adair County Fire. “And, the engine behind me was having just as much trouble.”

By the time firefighters got to the scene, huge flames were shooting from the top of the home.

The owner said he bought it three years ago and was in the process of remodeling it.

A neighbor who lives half a mile away reported seeing the flames all the way from her place.

To make matters even more dangerous, live rounds of ammunition were exploding inside the burning house while crews tried their best to knock down the flames from the outside.

La Plata Fire and Rescue called in help from Adair County and Atlanta fire departments.

Couch said Walker was using multiple space heaters to take the chill off.

He said the probable cause of the fire will officially go in the books as space heaters.

By the time it was all said and done, Walker's home had burned to the ground.

The good news is, no one was hurt.

 

 

SHOOTING LEAVES TWO DEAD AND AT LEAST 15 INJURED IN KANSAS CITY

 

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say at least two people are dead and upwards of a dozen people may have been injured in a shooting outside a bar. 
Police say the shooting took place just before midnight, when someone opened fire on a line of people waiting outside. 
A man and a woman were found dead at the scene. Police believe the man was the shooter, who was shot by an armed security guard. 
At least 15 people arrived at local hospitals with injuries and three are in critical condition. 
The bar appeared to be celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs' advancement to the Super Bowl.

 

 

TWO NEMO TEENS INJURED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT

 

Two Northeast Missouri teenagers were injured in an accident in Boone County Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 17 year old Elisabeth Fugeat was southbound on U.S. Highway 63 at the Missouri 22 interchange at around 12:40 p.m. Monday when she drove off the left side of the road and struck a guard rail. Two passengers in Fugeat’s vehicle, a 16 year old female from Macon and a 13 year old female from Shelbina, were taken by ambulance to Women and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Fugeat was not injured.

 




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January 20th, 2020

 

 

THREE CAR WRECK FRIDAY NIGHT INJURES AT LEAST TWO

 

Winter weather is likely to blame for a three-car wreck that injured at least two travelers Friday night.

It happened just before 7 p.m. on Highway 63 about a mile north of Kirksville.

The crash involved two sedans, one black, one white, and a white passenger van, which was hauling a livestock trailer in the snowy weather.

Significant front-end damage to a black sedan could be seen from the road. Airbags were deployed in at least two of the vehicles involved.

Radio traffic at the scene indicated there was more than one injury; however, only the driver of the Mercury was hospitalized.

 

MAN ACCUSED OF FIRING SHOTS IN COLUMBIA WALMART.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after police say he fired shots inside a central Missouri Walmart.

Columbia Police say the shooting happened late Friday night after an employee confronted a man, later identified by police as Jamie Anton Jackson, who was in a restricted area of the store.

The Missourian reports that the employee told police the man had a gun and extended ammunition magazine, and a struggle ensued.

The employee said he was able to take the magazine away, but not the gun. Police say Jackson then ran to the front of the store and fired multiple shots. No one was injured.

 

DUCK BOAT OWNER SETTLES IN SINKING LAWSUIT

The owner of a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

Thirty-one lawsuits have been filed against Ripley Entertainment since the former World War II amphibious vehicle sank in July 2018 at Table Rock Lake near Branson.

A joint motion for approval of a confidential settlement was filed Thursday in the final pending suit, which was filed by Joseph and William Strecker.

Their 68-year-old mother, Rosemarie Hamann, was killed when the boat sank.

A Ripley spokeswoman declined to discuss details of the settlement.



 

 




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January 17th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF RUNNING OVER WOMAN AT WALMART FACES FELONY CHARGE

 

The driver accused of running over a woman in the Kirksville Walmart parking lot early this month is now facing a felony charge.

Darrell Yarrington, 61, of Kirksville, was charged Thursday with leaving the scene of an accident involving physical injury.

Police say Yarrington was driving his pickup in the Walmart parking lot on January 3, 2020, when he struck Kathleen Perry, 63, of Knox City, Missouri, shortly after she came out of the store.

Perry suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Quincy, Illinois, hospital for treatment.

People at the scene told police the pickup that hit Perry attempted to leave the scene. Yarrington was later identified as the driver.

Perry came to rest face down before being tended to by several good Samaritans until emergency crews arrived.

According to court documents, Yarrington told police he did not see Perry and thought he had struck a taxi cab that was parked in front of the store.

A woman who came out of Walmart and saw Perry on the ground called 911 and was able to chase down Yarrington's truck on foot and catch up to it at the stop sign at the Walmart parking lot entrance.

When questioned by police, Yarrington claimed he was not leaving the scene, but instead, he was going to circle back around to where the accident happened.

A preliminary breath test proved Yarrington was not drunk. He told officers the only medication he takes is for his blood pressure.

Police say Walmart security footage showed Yarrington's pickup striking Perry with the passenger side front of the truck.

The video shows Perry falling to the ground. Officers said Yarrington continued to drive, but he slowed down as if he knew he had hit something. Yarrington then continued to drive.

Yarrington was arrested in the parking lot about a half hour after the incident happened.

While being transported, the arresting officer said Yarrington commented, "I didn't hit her that hard."

Police later spoke to Perry's daughter, Melissa Wilson, who told them her mother suffered a broken jaw, a broken nose, a broken arm, multiple face fractures and had bleeding in the brain.

Yarrington is now scheduled to make his first court appearance in the January 3, 2020, incident on February 5, 2020.

 

 

AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR PUBLIC HELP IN LOCATING MISSING KIRKSVILLE TEEN

 

Authorities need your help locating a missing juvenile.

James Owen Warren, 15, of Kirksville, was last by his family on January 1, 2020.

A missing person report was taken by the Adair County Sheriff's Office a short time after he went missing.

He is described as a white male, 5'6" and weighs 130 lbs.

He has dark blond hair and hazel eyes.

Warren's mother, Susan Kimble Wilson, told KTVO he was last seen wearing a KC Royals hoodie and jeans, but it's believed he may have taken some clothes with him.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol had issued an Active Missing Persons Alert for Warren.

Anybody with information about his whereabouts can contact their local law enforcement agency or Kirksville Central Dispatch at (660) 665-5621.

 

 

ILLINOIS WOMAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Steelville, Illinois woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Boone County Wednesday evening

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 39 year old Lukas Romine of Centralia was entering U.S. Highway 63 northbound from the median crossover at Highway 124 at around 8 p.m. As Romine was entering the highway, his vehicle was struck by a car driven by 37 year old Angela Murrell of Linneus. According to the highway patrol crash report, the crash was enough to total both vehicles. A passenger in Romine’s vehicle, 71 year old Mary Waltemate was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries. The two drivers were not injured.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 15TH 

 

5:21am, Officers checked well-being of subject in the 2600 block of N. Washington….Everything OK….

 

6:26am, Officer taking vehicles to Street Barn for Maintenance…..

 

7:50am, Officers received report of property damage to door of residence in the 900 block of Vine Street…..

 

9:16am, Officer out at PD for fingerprinting detail…..

 

9:51am, Officer out at PD for fingerprinting detail….

 

11:07am, Officer spoke with subject on the phone about their concerns of welfare of a child and living conditions….Subject hot-lining their information….

 

11:21am, Officer out at business on Corporate Drive reference to a theft investigation…..

 

11:21am, Officer in route to the 500 block of E. Polk Street to check well-being…..Subjects left prior to Officers arrival….

 

11:25am, School Resource Officer at 1500 block of Calhoun with unruly student….Subject went to class…

 

12:42pm, Officer out at PD on fingerprinting detail….

 

1:18pm, Officers assisted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department on a traffic stop on US 36 near the Municipal Airport….

 

2:24pm, Officer out at the Courthouse  for Court duties….

 

2:37pm, Officer out at the Courthouse for Court duties….

 

2:46pm, Officer out at Livingston County Sheriff’s Office on investigation….

 

5:37pm, Report of vehicles driving C & I in the area of Polk and Miller Streets…..Officers unable to observe any violations….

 

5:56pm, Officer spoke with resident of the 1700 block of Derringer Drive about peace disturbance complaint…..

 

6:36pm, Officers responded to the 400 block of Reynard Street on a domestic disturbance….determined to be verbal dispute….no arrests made…..

 

7:18pm, Report of barking dog in the 900 block of Trenton Street…..Dog was actually in 900 block of Vine Street and owner notified and taking care of problem….

 

8:07pm, Report of domestic disturbance in the 1700 block of Clay Street…. Contact was made with the parties and one party was leaving…Determined to be verbal and no arrests were made….

 

8:45pm, Report of vehicle driving in Edgewood Cemetery for extended period of time….Officers went to the area and were unable to locate any vehicles……

 

Numerous traffic stops, continuing investigations and building security checks….

 

Chillicothe Police received 81 calls for service on 01/15/2020….

 

 

 

 




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January 16th, 2020

 

 

TRUMAN PROFESSOR ACCUSED OF PROSTITUTION PLEADS NOT GUILTY

 

A longtime local church leader and college professor facing a prostitution charge pleads not guilty.

Barry Poyner, 57, of Kirksville, went before a judge Wednesday for his initial appearance in Adair County Court.

He entered a plea of not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of patronizing prostitution.

Poyner is a professor of communications at Truman State University and, at the time, was an elder at Church of Christ in Kirksville where he delivered sermons.

Since KTVO broke the story in mid-December 2019, the church took Poyner's name and online sermons off of its website, and the university placed him on suspension. A spokesman said this week that suspension remains in place.

A church member said Wednesday that Poyner resigned as elder soon after the case came to light.

According to court documents, the investigation into Poyner began in early November 2019 when the Truman Department of Public Safety received anonymous tips that Poyner had been using an app called Grindr to harass male Truman students for sexual contact as well as offering to pay for items in exchange for sexual favors.

A Kirksville police detective then made an undercover profile on Grindr, posing as an 18-year-old male.

Police say a user, later identified as Poyner, sent numerous messages and nude photos to the undercover officer in early December, requesting to meet to engage in sexual activity in exchange for gas money.

After an ongoing series of messages, Poyner agreed to meet who he thought was an 18-year-old man at a Kirksville convenience store to fuel up his car.

Police were waiting for Poyner to arrive. When he got there, he saw the officers and drove off. Officers then pulled Poyner over two blocks away.

 

 

MEXICO WOMAN KILLED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico, Missouri woman is dead after an accident in Callaway County Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 39 year old Nicki Nation of Mexico was westbound on U.S. Highway 54 at route T at around 1:30 p.m. when she ran into the rear of a freightliner driven by 34 year old Aaron Shirley of Fulton.  The two vehicles came to rest off the roadway.  Nation was taken to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  Shirley was not injured.

 

 

CEMENT TRUCK TIPS OVER IN SCHUYLER COUNTY

 

A cement truck tipped over Tuesday evening, spilling part of its load.

Just after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, crews were dispatched to the scene of an overturned cement truck on Schuyler County Route O, roughly a mile east of Queen City, Missouri.

The road was reduced to one-lane traffic as crews worked at the scene.

The driver was not injured.

A cleanup crew arrived promptly to help clean up the spill.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 14TH

 

At 5:46 a.m., Officers spoke with a citizen about landlord/tenant questions at the Police Department.

 

At 8:50 a.m., Officers took a report of stealing in the 2600 block of Shawnee Dr.  The investigation is on-going.

 

At 10:45 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint in the 1200 block of N. Washington St.

 

At 2:05 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a suicidal person in the 1300 block of Monroe St.  The person was transported to a hospital for treatment and evaluation.  Officers were assisted at the scene by the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

 

At 2:14 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a barking dog in the area of Cowgill St. and Olive St.  Officers were unable to locate any barking.

 

At 2:38 p.m., Officers checked on pedestrians walking along the street in the 1400 block of N. Washington St.

 

At 3:27 p.m., Officers spoke with a citizen about possible property damage.  The incident was determined to be a civil matter.

 

At 3:37 p.m., Officers recovered property in the 1000 block of Graves St.

 

At 3:43 p.m., Offices took a report of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in the 1300 block of N. Washington St.  The investigation is on-going.

 

At 4:43 p.m., Officers checked on a stranded motorist in the area of 190 Hwy. and N. Washington St.  The person had assistance on the way.

 

At 6:01 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a two vehicle non-injury traffic crash in the 10 block of Elm St.  The parties involved decided to exchange information and declined to file a report.

 

At 6:21 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 1100 block of Fairway Dr.

 

At 8:38 p.m., Officers assisted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office with an order of protection.

 

At 9:27 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 1000 block of Graves St.

 

Officers conducted traffic stops, business checks and responded to 85 calls for service on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020.

 

 

 




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January 15th, 2020

 

 

SLICK ROADS CAUSE CRASH THAT INJURES 3

 

Slick roads are to blame for a crash that sent three people to the hospital Tuesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the one-vehicle crash happened just before 7 a.m. on Old Lake Avenue, two miles north of Edina.

Troopers say a pickup truck driven by Jessica Shulatz, 30, of Rutledge, Missouri, was traveling southbound.

They said Shulatz lost control of the vehicle on the ice-covered road.

As a result, her pickup traveled off the road and struck several trees.

Shulatz was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville by private vehicle for treatment of moderate injuries.

In addition, two juvenile passengers, also of Rutledge, age 6 and 9, were taken to the hospital for treatment, one with moderate injuries and another with minor injuries.

Troopers add that neither Shulatz or the two girls were wearing seat belts when this crash occurred.

 

 

MOBERLY CORRECTIONS OFFICER CHARGED WITH SNEAKING DRUGS INTO PRISON

 

A corrections officer has been charged with sneaking synthetic marijuana and tobacco into a Missouri prison. 
Twenty-three-year-old Timothy Davis is free on bond after he was charged Saturday with delivery of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. 
No attorney is listed for him in online court records. 
The Moberly Monitor-Index reports that charging documents say investigators searched his car Saturday at the Moberly Correctional Center and found 174 grams (6.14 ounces) of synthetic marijuana, along with several unopened bags of tobacco. 
Corrections officials say four offenders have been placed in segregated housing pending further investigation.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR JANUARY 13TH

 

At 3:37 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a suspicious odor in the 400 block of Elm St.  Officers discovered a resident fell asleep while cooking and the odor was burnt food.

 

At 6:49 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a vehicle crash in the area of U.S. 36 and U.S. 65 Highways.

 

At 8:02 a.m., Officers spoke with a parent, at the Police Department, in reference to problems with their juvenile child.  Officers advised the parent of options.

 

At 8:24 a.m., Officers took a report of fraud at the Police Department.  The investigation is on-going.

 

At 10:03 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a burglary alarm in the 100 block of W. Bus. 36 Hwy.  Officers discovered it was a false alarm.

 

At 10:23 a.m., Officers spoke with a citizen about a civil matter in the 2600 block of Shawnee Dr.

 

At 10:44 Officers were dispatched to suspicious activity in the 500 block of N. Washington St.  Officers did not discover anything suspicious at that time.

 

At 11:12 a.m., Officers were dispatched to assist the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office in taking a person into protective custody in the 700 block of Webster St.  Officers approached the person who then ran way on foot.  Officers chased the person to Third St. where the person was taken into protective custody and turned over to the Sheriff’s Office.

 

At 11:51 a.m., Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 400 block of Webster St.  Officers discovered the incident was a landlord/tenant dispute.

 

At 12:01 p.m., Officers spoke with a citizen about a dog running loose in the 1300 block of Dorney St.  Animal Control was notified also.

 

At 1:44 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the 700 block of St. Louis Ave.  Officers discovered a repossession company was attempting to repossess a vehicle when they were confronted by the resident.  The incident was resolved peacefully.

 

At 2:02 p.m., Officers spoke with a citizen with questions about parking at the Police Department.

 

At 2:04 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 10 block of Cherry St.

 

At 2:16 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint in the 500 block of Park Ln.

 

At 2:23 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 1300 block of Third St.

 

At 2:45 p.m., Officers performed a funeral escort.

 

At 3:03 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 700 block of Highland Ave.

 

At 3:12 p.m., Officers were dispatched to suspicious activity in the 200 block of Park Ln.  Officers did not locate anything suspicious.

 

At 3:30 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a dog running-at-large in the 100 block of W. Bus. 36 Hwy.  Officers were unable to locate the dog.

 

At 4:05 p.m., Officers were dispatched to juveniles riding an ATV in the alley between Hickory St. and Walnut St. recklessly.

 

At 6:18 p.m., Officers took a report of a dog running-at-large on Washington St.  Officers were able to locate the owner, who was issued a citation for dog running-at-large.

 

At 6:39 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a business alarm in the 400 block of W. Bus. 36 Hwy.  Officers discovered it was a false alarm.

 

At 6:45 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 1200 block of Jameson St.

 

At 6:53 p.m., Officers conducted follow-up on an investigation in the 1000 block of Elm St.

 

At 9:39 p.m., Officers were dispatched to a street sign down on the road at Mitchell Ave. and U.S. 36 Hwy.  The sign was removed.

 

At 9:49 p.m., Officers checked on a truck and trailer in the are of Mitchell Ave. and U.S. 36 Hwy. which may have hit the road sign.

 

Officers conducted traffic stops, business checks and responded to 80 calls for service on Monday, January 13th, 2020.

 

 

 




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