12/09/16

 

BRUNSWICK DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH        

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

 

ONE ARRESTED AFTER MOBERLY STOLEN VEHICLE PURSUIT     

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

  

NO FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEATH     

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

  

HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES 59 ANIMALS FROM SALINE COUNTY PROPERTY 

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING FIVE CAR BREAK-INS      

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

  

ONE INJURED AS VEHICLE BURNS           

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




12/08/16

 

LA PLATA DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH     

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

  

HAMILTON WOMAN HURT AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS       

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

  

CHILDREN OF MURDER SUSPECT FILE WRONGFUL DEATH SUIT     

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

  

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI RECOMMENDS THIRD MMR VACCINE      

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING CHARGE    

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FORGING PRESCRIPTIONS        

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




12/07/16

 

BRASHEAR TEEN HURT IN KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT      

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

 

THREE TEENS INJURED IN TUESDAY EVENING CRASH     

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

 

2008 BURGLARY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CANADA      

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

 

MACON POLICE SEEK INFORMATION ON THEFT         

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

 

SPEED LIMIT CHANGE ON COLUMBIA’S SOUTH PROVIDENCE ROAD  

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

 

TWO SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY         

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




12/06/16

 

MORE ON DOWNTOWN KIRKSVILLE FIRE       

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ISSUE SCAM WARNING           

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

  

GOVERNOR-ELECT GREITENS’ WIFE ROBBED AT GUNPOINT  

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

  

FULTON WOMAN KILLED IN I-70 ACCIDENT        

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

  

CENTRALIA WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH       

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER DOMESTIC ASSAULT        

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




12/05/16

 

TRUCK DRIVER KILLED IN FIERY CRASH ON HIGHWAY 36  

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

  

DOWNTOWN FIRE DESTROYS KIRKSVILLE ARTS BUILDING  

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

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING      

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT AS CAR RUNS OF HIGHWAY 63    

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

  

TWO DRUG ARRESTS IN BOONVILLE TRAFFIC STOP     

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




12/02/16

 

BOND REDUCTION DENIED FOR SUSPECT IN FATAL ACCIDENT

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

 

LINN COUNTY ROUTE M CLOSURE FRIDAY    

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

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDS   

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

 

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER BOONE COUNTY CHASE   

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

 

MIZZOU WIDE RECEIVER DISMISSED FROM TEAM AFTER ARREST 

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

 

AUXVASSE WOMAN SENTENCED TO PRISON        

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




12/01/16

 

THIRD SUSPECT CHARGED IN UNIONVILLE ROBBERY

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

  

CULVER-STOCKTON SUSPECT IDENTIFIED       

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

  

COLORADO MAN ARRESTED BY SHELBINA POLICE      

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

  

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER CENTRALIA PURSUIT 

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

  

MUMPS CONCERNS CONTINUE AT MU           

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




11/30/16

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND STABBING

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

  

TWO CLARK DRIVERS HURT IN TUESDAY COLLISION 

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

  

CULVER-STOCKTON CAMPUS LOCKED DOWN AFTER GUN REPORT 

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

  

PUBLIC HEARINGS TO DISCUSS HIGH-VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINE 

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR DAMAGING HOME      

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING 14 YEAR OLD      

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




11/29/16

 

DRIVER INJURED AS CAR COLLIDES WITH GRAIN TRUCK    

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

  

DEWITT DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MONDAY CRASH    

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

  

MORE INFO RELEASED ON DEADLY KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT  

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

  

SHELBINA WOMAN SENTENCED TO 90 YEARS FOR CHILD SEX CRIMES

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

  

MOBERLY MAN IN COURT AFTER THANKSGIVING ARREST  

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT WEEKEND ARRESTS    

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




11/28/16

 

LA PLATA MAN KILLED IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION   

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

 

MINNESOTA DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MACON CRASH         

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

  

PARIS MAN KILLED AS PICKUP STRUCK BY TRAIN    

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

  

CHILLICOTHE TEEN INJURED IN ACCIDENT        

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

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR BOONVILLE TEEN     

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

  

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY EVENING COLLISION     

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

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY       

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




11/23/16

 

GALLATIN TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

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

  

ONE INJURED IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION     

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

  

NEW MOBERLY BREAKTIME FACILITY ANNOUNCED     

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES     

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

  

MIZZOU ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT REVIEWING ALLEGATIONS

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




11/22/16

 

TWO TEENS LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT  

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

  

EDINA DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY MORNING ROLLOVER   

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SUSPICIOUS DEATH    

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

  

TIGER RUNNING BACK CROCKETT SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST  

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




11/21/16

 

MACON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEEKEND CRASH

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

  

CHARGES FILED IN KIRKSVILLE MURDER     

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

  

ADVISORY CANCELLED AFTER WOMAN AND CHILD FOUND IN MOBERLY  

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING DEATH      

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

  

ACTIVE ASSAILANT TRAINING IN COLUMBIA MONDAY     

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




11/18/16

 

KIRKSVILLE HOMICIDE UNDER INVESTIGATION        

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

  

MILAN DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS   

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

  

MERCER WOMEN HURT IN I-35 COLLISION         

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

  

MODERATE INJURIES IN MONROE COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT  

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH AT HOTEL       

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

  

ONE PERSON INJURED IN COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT    

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




11/17/16

 

CHILD ABUSE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY  

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

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY SHERIFF INJURED IN CRASH DURING PURSUIT 

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

 

MEMPHIS POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED NEAR BUS BARN 

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

 

TWO ARRESTED AFTER CHILLICOTHE ASSAULT REPORT    

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

 

RED FLAG WARNING FOR DANGEROUS BURNING CONDITIONS     

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

 

VANDALIA TEEN ARREST FOR DRUG POSSESSION         

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




11/16/16

 

TWO TEENS HURT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT    

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

 

 FOUR KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS INJURED IN CRASH       

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

  

COLUMBIA TEENS TREATED AFTER ROLLOVER     

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

  

FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF KIRKSVILLE SOLDIER 

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

  

BROOKFIELD CHRISTMAS EVENTS COMING UP   

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

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

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

  

COLUMBIA TEEN ARRESTED AFTER ROBBERY       

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




11/15/16

 

DRIVER IN DEADLY ACCIDENT FORMALLY CHARGED     

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

 

PUTNAM COUNTY TEEN HURT IN SEMI ROLLOVER  

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

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATING DEATH     

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

 

CHILLICOTHE MAN WANTED AFTER CHILD ABUSE INVESTIGATION

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

 

SERVICES ANNOUNCED FOR FALLEN KIRKSVILLE SOLDIER   

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

 

AMBER ALERT CANCELLED AFTER KIDS AND SUSPECT FOUND    

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

 

COLUMBIA AIRPORT MANAGER RESIGNS      

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




11/14/16

 

THREE TEENS KILLED, ONE LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH    

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

  

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN INJURED IN EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT 

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

  

ATLANTA MOTORCYLIST HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 CRASH      

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

  

CAIRO DRIVER INJURED AFTER SWERVING TO MISS DEER      

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

  

COLUMBIA AREA COLLISION INJURES FIVE    

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

  

BOONE COUNTY PURSUIT INVOLVES STOLEN VEHICLE      

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




11/11/16

 

MACON TEEN HURT IN COLLISION NEAR ELMER   

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

  

DRIVER HURT IN MACON AREA ROLLOVER CRASH    

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

  

WANTED SUSPECT ARRESTED BY CHILLICOTHE POLICE  

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

  

TWO INJURED IN COLE COUNTY ACCIDENT     

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

  

MOBERLY VETERAN’S DAY PARADE SATURDAY       

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




11/10/16

 

CAINSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN COLLISION WITH SEMI   

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

  

BRUNSWICK DRIVER SERIOUSLY IN HURT IN ROLLOVER     

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

  

BROOKFIELD SENIOR CITIZEN AND VETERANS MEAL SATURDAY 

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

  

COLUMBIA MEN SENTENCED FOR SELLING DEADLY DRUG    

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

  

THREE COLUMBIA ROBBERIES WITHIN 30 MINUTES        

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




11/09/16

 

TUESDAY’S GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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




11/08/16

 

VOTE TODAY!       

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

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

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

 

SUSPECT SOUGHT DURING MONDAY NIGHT MANHUNT      

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

  

TWO ACCUSED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING AFTER COLUMBIA ARRESTS   

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




11/07/16

 

DRIVER KILLED IN SCOTLAND COUNTY CRASH   

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

 

MADISON DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER COLLISION  

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

 

PRINCETON WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED

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

 

LANCASTER TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH   

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

 

MOBERLY COUPLE HURT AS MOTORCYCLE STRIKES DEER 

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

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT 

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

 

ONE OF THREE SERVICE MEN KILLED WAS KIRKSVILLE GRADUATE  

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




11/4/2016

 

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS THIS SUNDAY

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

 

PURDIN WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY WRECK

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

 

FULTON DRIVER INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

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

 

ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

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

 

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS CHARGED – NAMES RELEASED

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

 

RECREATIONAL PROJECT FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

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

 

POWER RESTORED AFTER STORMS WEDNESDAY NIGHT    

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

 




11/03/16

 

SHELBINA MAN ARRESTED ON CHILD SEX CHARGES    

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

 

JAMESPORT DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT COLLISION   

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

 

THOMAS HILL LAKE BRIDGE REOPENED  

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

 

TWO KILLED IN BOONE COUNTY HEAD-ON COLLISION    

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

 

TWO BANK ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED – ONE SUSPECT DEAD 

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

 

POWER BEING RESTORED AFTER WEDNESDAY STORMS        

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




11/02/16

 

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

 

MARSHALL DRIVER SUFFERS FATAL MEDICAL CONDITION   

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

 

HUNTSVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT

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

 

CHAIN-REACTION CRASH ON 63 NORTH OF KIRKSVILLE    

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

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN FACING ADDITIONAL CHARGES      

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

 

COLUMBIA HOME-INVASION ROBBERY INVESTIGATED      

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

 

MIZZOU TO INTRODUCE NEW PRESIDENT          

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




11/01/16

 

SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WEDNESDAY

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

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF RECOVERING     

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

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT   

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

 

BROOKFIELD PAT OFFERING YOUNG CHILD SCREENINGS     

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

 

MOTORCYLIST KILLED IN COLUMBIA COLLISION   

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

 

JEFFERSON CITY TEENAGER KILLED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION 

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

 

AUXVASSE DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT    

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

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER TRAFFIC STOP       

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




10/31/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MILAN DRIVER   

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

 

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT  

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

 

PATROL ARRESTS CHILLICOTHE MAN          

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

 

DETAILS ON MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT RELEASED  

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

 

CENTERTOWN DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH  

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

 

FULTON DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT 

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

 

TWO KILLED IN COLUMBIA HEAD-ON COLLISION   

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

 

WEEKEND DROWNING AT COLUMIBA LAKE     

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


10/28/16

 

UNIONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ARSON    

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

 

FOUR FUGITIVES ARRESTED AT ADAIR COUNTY HOME    

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

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN LEWIS COUNTY ACCIDEN

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

 

ONE HURT IN COLLISION NEAR MEMPHIS    

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

 

SEMI COLLIDES WITH COLUMBIA OLIVE GARDEN – CAUSES FIRE   

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

 

VICTIM HOSPITALIZED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED     

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

 

TEEN ASSAULTED NEAR MKT TRAIL       

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




10/27/16

 

TWO HURT IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION     

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

  

MACON DRIVER TREATED AFTER STRIKING DEER      

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

  

MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION FOUND AT WILDLIFE REFUGE   

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

  

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED FOR MONDAY ARMED ROBBERY  

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

  

COLUMBIA UNITED CREDIT UNION ROBBED      

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




10/26/16

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON PROBATION WARRANT   

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

  

FAA INVESTIGATING ROUGH LANDING AT KIRKSVILLE AIRPORT   

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

  

CHARITON COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED FOR CORONER’S FUNERAL  

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

  

BROOKFIELD HALLOWEEN FUN NIGHT THURSDAY      

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

  

HALLSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH STATUTORY SODOMY    

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

  

RURAL LADDONIA MAN MISSING SINCE FRIDAY      

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




10/25/16

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN FOUND SAFE     

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

  

MACON MAN KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY EXPLOSION  

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

  

SHOOTING SUSPECTS CAUGHT IN SCHUYLER COUNTY

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

  

JAMESPORT DRIVER HURT IN COLLISION WITH TRACTOR  

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

  

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY FOR HARRISBURG WOMAN

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

  

MARSHALL POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY   

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




10/24/16

 

DRIVER KILLED IN SATURAY AFTERNOON COLLISION      

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

 

BROOKFIELD PICKUP STRIKES DEER IN ROADWAY  

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

 

TWO SUSPECTS NAMED, STORE CLERK ARRESTED IN UNIONVILLE ROBBERY  

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

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST CLOWN    

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

 

TWO SERIOUSLY HURT IN WEEKEND I-&) CRASH    

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

 

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT AND RESISTING ARREST  

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

 

THREE WOMEN FACE RANDOLPH COUNTY DRUG CHARGES    

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

 

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA MOTEL       

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




10/21/16

 

FORMER JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER COUNSELOR ACCUSED   

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

 

DRIVER INJURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT    

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

 

TRUCK FIRE SLOWS TRAFFIC ON HIGHWAY 63     

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

 

SMALL FIRE CAUSES EVACUATION OF LANGE MIDDLE SCHOOL     

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

 

CENTRALIA POLICE WARN OF TELEPHONE SCAM        

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

 

COLUMBIA COLLEGE COACH TO BE HONORARY TROOPER         

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




10/20/16

 

POLLOCK DRIVER FLOWN TO COLUMBIA AFTER CRASH  

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

  

THREE HURT AS VEHICLE AND DEER COLLIDE  

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

  

CITY OF HUNTSVILLE AUDIT RESULTS DELIVERED     

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

  

CHILLICOTHE TO DEDICATE NEWEST HABITAT HOME     

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY     

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




10/19/16

 

THREE TEENS HURT - SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MARCELINE TEEN   

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

  

HUMANE SOCIETY RESCUES SULLIVAN COUNTY HORSES    

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

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE STOLEN JOB SITE VEHICLE   

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

  

NCMC STUDENTS CONDUCTING SAFE DRIVING EXERCISE    

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

  

CITY OF HUNTSVILLE AUDIT REPORT AT PUBLIC MEETING     

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

  

AUDRAIN COUNTY COLLISION INJURES TWO        

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




10/18/16

 

SLATER WOMAN FACES MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES  

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

  

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME     

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

  

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER COLUMBIA CAR CHASE     

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

  

MACON POLICE HOSTING PRESCRIPTION DRUG ‘TAKE BACK’ 

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

  

MULTIPLE DRUG ‘TAKE BACK’ LOCATIONS IN BOONE COUNTY

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




10/17/16

 

HUMPHREYS WOMAN KILLED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT  

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

  

FIVE HURT IN SUNDAY COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 61     

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

  

TRENTON WOMAN INJURED WHEN PICKUP RUNS OFF ROAD      

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

  

FAYETTE DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT      

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

  

COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH     

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

  

FIVE HURT IN HEAD-ON COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 40     

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

  

WEEKEND ARMED ROBBERY AT UNIONIVILLE CASEY’S        

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




10/14/16

 

TWO INJURED IN SHELBY COUNTY COLLISION ON 36    

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

  

GALLATIN WOMAN HURT IN I-35 ACCIDENT    

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

  

PERSHING STATE PARK OFFERS ‘WALK IN THE PARK’  

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

  

CENTRALIA SET TO HOST LUKE BRYAN CONCERT     

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

  

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION  

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




10/13/16

 

SECOND MOBERLY MURDER SUSPECT CHARGED   

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

  

FORMER TRUMAN STUDENT TO BE DEPORTED IN PLEA DEAL   

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

  

LADDONIA WOMAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH OF HOME      

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

  

CAIRO TRUCK DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ROLLOVER        

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

  

FULTON DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY CRASH 

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




10/12/16

 

UNIONVILLE TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ACCIDENT     

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

  

MACON POLICE INVESTIGATE MULTIPLE THEFTS       

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

  

REPORT:  MOBERLY MURDER SUSPECT MAKES THREATS FROM JAIL    

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

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

  

FIVE MARSHALL RESIDENTS INJURED IN COLLISION       

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

  

PEDESTRIAN KILLED ON HIGHWAY 61 NEAR HANNIBAL    

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

  

VANDALIA DRIVER HURT IN ATV CRASH         

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




10/11/16

 

TWO HURT IN HIGHWAY 24 COLLISION   

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

  

SEMI TRUCK BURNS IN CHILLICOTHE SCHOOL PARKING LOT   

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

  

MACON COURT DOCKETS RELOCATED     

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

  

BHS FINANCIAL AID SEMINAR TONIGHT (TUES)     

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

  

NEW HAVEN DRIVER KILLED IN I-70 CRASH      

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED        

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

  

HALLSVILLE ROBBERY INVESTIGATED          

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




10/10/16

 

CHARGES FILED IN MOBERLY MURDER       

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

  

MACON MAN CHARGED IN MACON HOMICIDE      

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

  

CHILLICOTHE TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION        

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

  

TWO HURT IN EARLY MORNING I-70 CRASH       

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


10/07/16

 

HALLSVILLE MAN DEAD AFTER MOBERLY HOMICIDE 

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

  

SULLIVAN COUNTY MAN HURT AS ATV STRIKES DEER   

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

  

CARROLL COUNTY GETS HISTORIC AUDIT RATING   

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

  

GLASGOW MANUFACTER ANNOUNCES EXPANSION  

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

  

TEEN MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA         

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

  

EARLY-MORNING CRASH SHUTS DOWN EASTBOUND I-70

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




10/06/16

 

FIVE ARRESTED AFTER CARROLLTON SEARCH WARRANTS  

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

  

GOVERNOR NIXON RELEASES MORE BUDGET FUNDS   

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

  

OPENING SET DATE FOR MISSOURI RIVER BRIDGE       

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

  

CHARGES IN TROOPER’S DEATH DROPPED AND REFILED    

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




10/05/16

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY FUGITIVES ARRESTED     

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

 

BRAYMER MAN SENTENCED FOR LIVESTOCK FRAUD   

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

 

LINN COUNTY DRIVE-THRU FLU SHOT CLINIC THURSDAY      

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

 

FULTON DRIVER KILLED IN TUESDAY MORNING COLLISION 

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION    

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT     

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




10/04/16

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG DISTRIBUTION     

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

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY MACON COLLISION 

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

 

ONE INJURY IN COLLISION INVOLVING FIVE VEHICLES          

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

 

MILAN TEEN TREATED AFTER SWERVING TO MISS DEER    

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

 

LINN DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH     

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

 

AUXVASSE MAN ARRESTED FOR FILING FALSE CLOWN REPORTS 

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

 

SMALL FIRE AT BOONE COUNTY JAIL QUICKLY EXTINGUISHED    

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




10/03/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY MOTORCYCLIST 

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

  

MACON MAN INJURED IN UTV ACCIDENT       

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

  

TRENTON TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER 

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SEEK CHILD MOLESTATION SUSPECT  

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

  

TWO ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED      

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




09/30/16

 

RIDGEWAY DRIVER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DUMP TRUCK  

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

  

MINOR INJURIES AS CAR COLLIDES WITH SEMI    

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

  

KIRKSVILLE VEHICLES VANDALIZED  

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

  

MORE CLOWN SIGHTINGS – NO CRIMINAL ACTIVITY    

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

  

JEFFERSON CITY DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY NIGHT CRASH   

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

  

MEXICO BAND DIRECTOR ARRESTED         

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




09/29/16

 

PRINCETON DRIVER KILLED IN MERCER COUNTY COLLISION 

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

 

TWO ARRESTED IN CARROLLTON DRUG BUST      

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

 

WEBCAST ON CHRONIC WASTING DISEASE SCHEDULED 

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

 

MID-MISSOURI MONK SUES HOWARD COUNTY      

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

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN CHARGED WITH FALSE ROBBERY REPORT    

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




09/28/16

 

CLARK DRIVER KILLED IN HIGHWAY 63 CRASH

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

 

TWO HURT AS CAR COLLIDES WITH FARM TRACTOR     

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

 

TRENTON POLICE REPORT ATTEMPT TO LURE CHILD     

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

 

CHARGES FILED IN KIRKSVILLE THEFT FROM VEHICLE  

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

 

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE CLOWN REPORTS      

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

 

TWO DRIVERS HURT IN STADIUM BOULEVARD COLLISION  

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

 

MEXICO MAN CHARGED WITH DRUGS/KIDNAPPING      

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




09/27/16

 

CLARK MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN ATV CRASH      

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

  

BUCKLIN DRIVER HURT IN MARCELINE AREA COLLISION     

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

  

MARSHALL WOMAN CHARGED IN DEATH OF HER CHILD   

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

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARREST THEFT SUSPECT     

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

  

ONE ARREST AFTER COLUMBIA ROAD RAGE INCIDENT        

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




09/26/16

 

SHELBYVILLE TEEN KILLED IN WEEKEND CRASH  

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

  

MARCLINE WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT   

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

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH     

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

  

SHELBINA DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT        

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

  

MONROE CITY MAN TREATED AFTER EARLY-MORNING CRASH   

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

  

ONE VICTIM TREATED AFTER COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED       

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




09/23/16

 

MILAN DRIVER INJURED IN THURSDAY ROLLOVER    

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

 

TWO MARSHALL RESIDENTS HURT IN ACCIDENT 

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

 

DRUG SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER DRIVING 117 MPH   

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

 

MEXICO WOMAN KILLED IN THURSDAY MORNING COLLISION  

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

 

MIZZOU POLICE ARREST SUSPECT ON MULTIPLE CHARGES  

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

 

MOBERLY SESQUICENTENNIAL READY TO ROLL      

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




09/22/16

 

WHEELING RESIDENTS FACE CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT CHARGE 

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

  

CHICAGO MAN CHARGED WITH PASSING COUNTERFEIT BILLS   

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

  

LEE’S SUMMIT PLANE CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED     

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER STOLEN GUN & DRUGS FOUND  

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




09/21/16

 

POTENTIAL GAS LEAK CAUSES EVACUATION    

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

  

TWO MORE ARRESTS IN NORTH MISSOURI DRUG RING    

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

  

APPEALS COURT TO CONVENE IN MILAN    

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

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH      

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES       

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




09/20/16

 

MONDAY NIGHT SEVERE STORMS CAUSE WIND DAMAGE 

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

  

FAYETTE CHILD LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV ACCIDENT  

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

  

BRUNSWICK MAN INJURED AS TANKER TRUCK OVERTURNS    

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

  

SUSPECT FLEES COLUMBIA TRAFFIC STOP      

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED        

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




09/19/16

 

NEMO COLLISION CAUSES FATALITY & SERIOUS INJURIES   

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

  

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING CRASH     

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

  

BRASHEAR MAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT     

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

  

SALISBURY WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY EVENING ACCIDENT        

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

  

EARLY MORNING MOTORCYCLE CHASE ENDS IN CRASH         

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

  

AUDRAIN COUNTY ATV CRASH INJURES DRIVER               

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




09/16/16

 

BROOKFIELD BOIL ADVISORY CONTINUES     

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

  

BETHANY TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER COLLISION     

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

 

MEXICO ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED IN CAMERON       

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

  

TWO KILLED IN COLUMBIA APARTMENT FIRE     

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT       

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




09/15/16

 

BROOKFIELD HAS WATER - REMAINS UNDER A BOIL ADVISORY     

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

  

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ELDER ABUSE       

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

  

CLARK MOTORCYCLIST DIES FROM INJURIES         

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

  

JEFFERSON CITY COUPLE ARRESTED IN MEXICO SHOOTING      

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

  

LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES 13 NIXON VETOES            

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




09/14/16

 

BROOKFIELD EXPERIENCING MAJOR WATER OUTAGE   

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

  

SIX ARRESTED ON FEDERAL DRUG INDICTMENTS     

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

  

IDENTITY OF INJURED CONSTRUCTION WORKER RELEASED  

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

  

CLARK MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH       

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

  

MICHIGAN DRIVER HURT AS SEMI COLLIDED WITH TRAIN      

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE       

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




09/13/16

 

CONSTRUCTION WORKER INJURED AT KIRKSVILLE PROJECT     091316

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

  

MOBERLY TEENS HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT      

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

  

CARROLLTON MAN SENTENCED FOR CHILD MOLESTATION   

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

  

MEXICO MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND SEARCH OF HOME    

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




09/12/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN ATV/DIRT BIKE COLLISION     

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

  

NEW FRANKLIN MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY COLLISION      

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

  

MEXICO WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION       

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE ARREST DRUG SUSPECT            

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

  

SCHUYLER COUNTY SUSPECT FOUND HIDING IN ATTIC       

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

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED          

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




09/09/16

 

STORMY FRIDAY – COOL AND DRY WEEKEND

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

 

TEEN CHARGED AFTER FIRE AT YOUTH FACILITY     

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

  

HIGBEE MAN ACCUSED OF BURGLARY       

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

  

MEXICO DRUG SUSPECT FACES NEW CHARGES        

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

  

NCMC COLLEGE FAIR NEXT WEEK              

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




09/08/16

 

SEMI RUNS OFF HIGHWAY 24 INTO CREEK       

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

  

OVERTURNED GRAIN TRUCK BLOCKS HIGHWAY 65        

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

  

NO INJURIES AS COLUMBIA SCHOOL BUS REAR-ENDED   

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

  

LACLEDE PERSHING DAYS SET TO BEGIN      

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

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

  

MONROE CITY HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES 125 YEARS    

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




09/07/16

 

TROPICAL MOISTURE EXPECTED TO BRING HEAVY RAIN   

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

  

NEMO MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD PORN   

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

  

MOST OF NORTH MISSOURI IN MANDATORY DEER TESTING ZONE  

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

  

MAN CHARGED WITH DRUGS NEAR A SCHOOL    

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

  

THREE TEENS CHARGED IN COLUMBIA FASTLANE ROBBERY  

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




09/06/16

 

MARSHALL MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN MONDAY CRASH   

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

 

DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER PUTNAM COUNTY COLLISION  

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

 

LABELLE MAN HURT AS CEMENT MIXER OVERTURNS     

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

 

MOBERLY TEENS TREATED AFTER MONDAY ACCIDENT    

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

 

CENTRALIA TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH     

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

 

LIDDONIA COUPLE KILLED IN SATURDAY COLLISION     

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

 

MARSHALL MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH        

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

 

THREE IN CUSTODY AFTER MAN ROBBED WHILE PUMPING GAS      

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

 




09/02/16

 

ST. JOSEPH MAN IN CUSTODY AFTER KIRKSVILLE AREA MANHUNT    

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

  

SALISBURY COUPLE INJURED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT  

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

  

SUMNER MAN HURT AS TRUCK OVERTURNS   

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

  

PARIS WOMAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION   

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

  

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR FALSE ROBBERY REPORT         

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




09/01/16

 

40th BALLOON DERBY READY TO ROLL       

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

  

FARMER’S ELECTRIC AYBF EVENTS RAISE $38,000    

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

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN OSAGE COUNTY ACCIDENT   

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN LAKE AREA CRASH         

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

  

MIZZOU GYMNAST SUSPENDED AFTER ARREST         

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




08/31/16

 

BROOKFIELD RALLY FOR OLD HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT       

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

 

LINN COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE AND SURVIVOR’S DINNER REMINDER    

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

 

BELL GAME FOOD DRIVE UNDERWAY – COOK OFF FRIDAY NIGHT   

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

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

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

 

COLUMBIA SHOOTING INJURES ONE - LOCKS DOWN SCHOOLS        

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

 

MOBERLY POLICE:  LOCK YOUR VEHICLES!         

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

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD SEX CHARGES        

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

 

BOONE COUNTY EXPANSION TO CREATE NEW JOBS           

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




08/30/16

 

BROOKFIELD MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT   

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

  

DRIVER HOSPITALIZED AFTER CHILLICOTHE COLLISION  

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

  

ADAIR COUNTY FUGITIVE CAPTURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY  

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

  

ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RETURNING STOLEN PROPERTY 

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

  

OVERTURNED TRUCK BLOCKS I-70 DRIVE SE     

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

  

MEXICO POLICE INVESTIGATING COUNTERFEIT BILLS       

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




08/29/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN CARROLLTON OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING  

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

  

LINNEUS TEEN HURT WHEN UTV OVERTURNS       

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

  

TWO HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY UTV ACCIDENT          

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

  

MARSHALL TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH        

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

  

‘WRONG WAY’ DRIVER CAUSES HIGHWAY 63 CRASH       

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

  

TWO COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED INCIDENTS INVESTIGATED        

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




08/26/16

 

TWO HURT IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ACCIDENT     

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

  

SPICKARD DRIVER ESCAPES ROLLOVER CRSH      

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

  

CHILLICOTHE POLICE INVESTIGATE BURGLARY REPORTS  

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

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN INVESTMENT SCHEME INDICTMENT

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

  

ONE IN CUSTODY AFTER THURSDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT      

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




08/25/16

 

INVESTIGATION SOLVES MULTIPLE ADAIR COUNTY THEFTS   

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

  

MONROE CITY WOMAN CHARGED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY     

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

  

JUDGE RULES CIGARETTE TAX ISSUE STAYS ON BALLOT      

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

  

SUSPECT SOUGHT IN MULTI-COUNTY CHASE      

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




08/24/16

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH OVERNIGHT

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

 

BURGLARY ALARM RESULTS IN ARREST         

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

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR RENICK WOMAN        

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

 

MOBERLY WOMAN HURT IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDEN

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

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CRASH     

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

 

MAN CHARGED WITH HOLDING WOMAN & KIDS CAPTIVE         

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

 

LA PLATA RAILROAD CROSSING CLOSURE PLANNED     

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




08/23/16

 

TWO KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS ARRAIGNED     

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

  

KNOX COUNTY MAN CHARGED IN FEDERAL INDICTMENT    

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

  

HARRISBURG MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE    

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND INCIDENT  

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

  

CENTRALIA POLICE WARN RESIDENTS         

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




08/22/16

 

GALT DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH          

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

 

KIDDER DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT     

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

 

TWO INJURED IN LATE SATURDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER CRASH     

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

 

THREE INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH        

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

 

POLICE SEEK HIT AND RUN DRIVER AFTER PEDSTRIAN STRUCK      

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

 

WANTED SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA        

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

 

MODOT TO BEGIN THOMAS HILL BRIDGE REPLACEMENT     

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




08/19/16

 

MONROE COUNTY OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

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

 

MACON WOMAN HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING COLLISION  

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

 

CHANGES SET FOR MISSOURI HUNTERS THIS FALL       

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

 

SUSPECTS SPOTTED IN COLUMBIA THURSDAY        

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

 

AUDRAIN COUNTY HIGHWAY TO HONOR FALLEN TROOPER   

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

 

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

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




08/18/16

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE: NO EVIDENCE OF A CRIME      

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

  

THREE HURT IN ADAIR COUNTY COLLISION     

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

  

CLARK MAN HURT AS SEMI COLLIDES WITH DUMP TRUCK     

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

  

CHILLICOTHE COUPLE CHARGED AFTER INCIDENT     

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

  

SUSPECTS SOUGHT AFTER MEXICO STANDOFF     

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

  

CHARGES FILED AGAINST STURGEON MAN       

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




08/17/16

 

BROOKFIELD UNREPORTED DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES

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

  

NCMC TO HOST ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILL         

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

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE CREDIT CARD FRAUD      

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

  

COLUMBIA POLICE RELEASE DESCRIPTION OF ASSAULT SUSPECT 

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

  

I-70 BRIDGE PROJECT COMPLETE      

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


08/16/16

 

BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE ALLEGED UNREPORTED DEATH 

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

 

BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO PRISON FOR CHILD ENTICEMENT 

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

 

HARRIS, MO MAN TREATED AFTER SULLIVAN COUNTY CRASH      

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

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR COLUMBIA MOTORCYCLIST     

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

 

FIVE TEENS HURT IN SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT         

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

 

HUNTSVILLE MAN ARRESTED – CHARGED WITH BURGLARY    

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

 

COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED UNDER INVESTIGATION        

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




08/15/16

 

PALMYRA MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH       

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

  

LA PLATA DRIVER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER WEEKEND CRASH   

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

  

TWO TEENS LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER LIVINGSTON COUNTY ACCIDENT    

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

  

ATLANTA MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT       

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

  

COLUMBIA BICYCLIST INJURED IN ACCIDENT    

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

  

TWO CHILLICOTHE MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES      

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER BREAK-IN WITH SHOTS FIRED   

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




08/11/16

 

HOBBY LOBBY COMING TO KIRKSVILLE       

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

  

CHILLICOTHE MEETING TO DISCUSS SOLAR FARM       

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

  

CENTRALIA DRIVER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DUMP TRUCK   

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

  

BOONVILLE MAN ARRESTED ON WARRANT      

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

  

WOMAN ASSAULTED ON MKT TRAIL          

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

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN CHILD SEX INVESTIGATION     

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




08/11/16

 

UNIONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH       

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

  

CAMERON DRIVER INJURED AS CAR RUNS OFF HIGHWAY    

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

  

MARSHALL OFFICERS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE       

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

  

NEMO INCLUSION PLAYGROUND OPENS     

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

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA DOMINO’S         

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




08/10/16

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK WANTED SUSPECT     

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

  

BEVIER HOMECOMING BEGINS WEDNESDAY      

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

 

PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT ON CONSERVATION AREAS 

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

 

AUXVASSE TEEN WANTED IN JEFF CITY SHOOTING        

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

  

FULTON MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT         

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




08/09/16

 

IOWA TEEN HURT AT LONG BRANCH LAKE      

An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when his leg was struck by a propeller, while boating at Long Branch Lake over the weekend.  The accident occurred Saturday afternoon, at around 2:45pm.  The patrol says 17 year old Keith Garman, of Mt. Sterling, Iowa, was attempting to get back on board a boat after skiing, when the boat’s 21 year old driver, Richard Martin, of Pulaski, Iowa, put the boat in gear and the propeller struck the teen’s leg.  Garman was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries. 

  

HIGHWAY 11 MUSSELL FORK BRIDGE BACK OPEN     

Highway 11 from Brookfield to Kirksville is back open this morning, after completion of a bridge replacement project.  The Highway 11 Mussell Fork Bridge, located just east of the Adair/Sullivan County line, reopened Monday at 6pm.  The bridge had been closed for the project since May 23. 

  

MIZZOU SET TO HIRE ITS NEW ATHLETIC DIRECTOR     

The University of Missouri has its new Athletic Director.  Jim Sterk, who has been the AD at San Diego State University for the past six years, will take over at Mizzou on September 1.  Sterk is originally from Washington state, and has been known as a ‘rising star’ in Division I athletics for the past decade.  His hiring has been confirmed by sources at both Mizzou and San Diego State.  The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators is expected to meet in executive session Tuesday evening to finalize the deal. 

  

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY COLLISION        

A Columbia woman was treated for moderate injuries after two pickups collided on Boone County Route D, Monday afternoon.  27 year old Rebecca Selovich, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:15pm.  The patrol says she was westbound, when an oncoming pickup crossed the centerline and collided with her vehicle.  The other driver left the scene and has not been located. 

  

JUDGE ASSIGNED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY MURDER CASE   

A judge has been chosen to preside over the trial for accused killer Pablo Serrano, in Montgomery County.  Judge Steven Ohmer, of Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit, located in St. Louis, will take over the case.  His first action will be to rule on Seranno’s motion for a change of venue.  Seranno, who is an illegal immigrant, is accused of killing Randy Nordman, of New Florence, in March.   Nordman was shot to death while Serrano was fleeing authorities, after allegedly killing four men in the Kansas City area. 




08/08/16

 

SCHLITTERBAHN VICTIM IS CHILD OF STATE LEGISLATOR  

Authorities have identified the victim in Sunday afternoon’s fatal accident at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park.  They say 10 year old Caleb Schwab, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, of Olathe, Kansas, was killed while riding the 168-foot-tall Verruckt water slide.  Police were called to the park at around 3:20pm Sunday, after the accident occurred. Schlitterbahn shut down immediately after the accident Sunday and will be closed today as an investigation is underway.  No further details have been released. 

  

TWO HURT IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT     

Two Unionville residents were injured, one seriously, when a UTV ran off Highway 5, north of Milan, Saturday evening.  26 year old Matthew Whitlock, of Unionville, was the driver of the northbound vehicle.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and it ran off the highway and overturned, just before 6pm Saturday.  Whitlock was seriously injured and was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital.  His passenger, 26 year old Alisa Tilden, of Unionville, was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

  

GREEN CITY MAN FACES SEX CHARGES     

A Green City man faces four felony sex charges, after his arrest last week.  62 year old Russel Foster, of Green City, is charged with one count of first-degree child molestation and three counts of statutory sodomy, involving a victim under the age of 14.  Foster is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on $75,000 dollars bond. 

  

MODOT ALERT:  HIGHWAY 36/I-35 INTERCHANGE BRIDGE WORK BEGINS

MoDOT reminds motorists that a major bridge construction project gets underway this week at the Highway 36/Interstate 35 interchange at Cameron.  Traffic will be head-to-head as the eastbound 36 bridge deck is replaced and the medians will be closed, preventing left turns in all four directions at the interchange.  Left turn traffic will be re-routed through Cameron until the project is completed…hopefully by mid-December.  Motorists should look for detours and expect slow-downs around the Highway 36/I-35 interchange, beginning today (Monday).   

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA PHARMACY     

Columbia Police are investigating a weekend armed robbery at a Columbia Pharmacy.  It occurred at around 9:30 Saturday morning at Kilgore’s Pharmacy on Chapel Hill Road.  They say a male suspect entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded narcotics from a locked cabinet.  He then fled the scene in a light-colored vehicle.  The suspect is described as a male between age 25 and 40, about 5-10 with a skinny build.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER FOOT PURSUIT         

A Columbia man faces multiple charges after a foot chase along Paris Road, which occurred Friday night.  Officers were called to the Ultra Mart convenience store parking lot, just after 10pm Friday.  They located Clezell Reynolds, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including a misdemeanor warrant from Randolph County.  Reynolds attempted to flee on foot and was arrested after a short foot pursuit.  Detectives say they found a bag of cocaine and a bag of marijuana nearby.  He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest. 




08/05/16

 

SERIOUS INJURY IN SALINE COUNTY WRECK   

A Glasgow man was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off Highway 240 in Saline County early this (Friday) morning.  24 year old Damon White, of Glasgow, was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30 this morning.  The patrol says White suffered serious injuries when his westbound car ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its top. 

 

 HANNIBAL DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ACCIDENT   

A Hannibal driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday morning accident on Highway 36 in Shelby County.  It occurred just before 7am, just west of Hunnewell.  The patrol says 46 year old Lynn Garcia, of Hannibal, swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. He car ran off the road and struck a road sign.  She was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. 

  

MORE DETAILS ON BROOKFIELD AREA SEARCH AND ARRESTS  

Authorities have released more details on Monday’s Brookfield area search for a stolen vehicle.  Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in a search for the vehicle, which was reported stolen from Knob Noster last week.  Reports indicate two suspects eluded the Highway Patrol near Brookfield and the vehicle was recovered south of Brookfield along Highway 11.  Shortly thereafter, officers arrested 20 year old Christian Chilton, of Knob Noster and 32 year old Paul Asher of Moberly.  Both suspects were held on outstanding probation warrants.  Charges in connection with the vehicle theft are pending an investigation by Knob Noster Police. 

  

SOUTHBOUND 63 REOPENED AFTER OVERPASS INCIDENT   

Southbound Highway 63 in Columbia is back open this morning at the Broadway interchange.  The highway was closed overnight after a 28 year old woman was injured when she fell from the overpass.  Reports indicate the woman was conscious when she was taken to University Hospital for treatment.  Southbound 63 reopened at around 3am. 

  

MURDER CHARGE FILED IN MISSOURI BABY’S DEATH     

A Jamestown, MO man is charged with murder for allegedly shaking his two-month old baby to death. 30 year old Christopher Buxton has been formally charged with second-degree murder, after doctor’s determined the child’s injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome.  The investigation came after the child was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.  The child died at the hospital on July 30.   

  

COLUMBIA TAX PREPARER PLEADS GUILTY          

A Columbia tax preparer pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of defrauding clients and failing to file his personal income taxes.  David Lee Keithley, owner of Keithley and Associates in Columbia, was accused of diverting funds from his clients that were supposed to be used to pay tax deposits.  Keithley admitted to using more than $120,000 dollars for personal benefits.  He also admitted failing to pay his own income taxes from 2009 to 2013.  Authorities say he could face up to four years in prison in the case. 




08/04/16

 

MARSHALL MAN KILLED AS FARM TRACTOR OVERTURNS     

A Marshall man was killed when his farm tractor overturned on a Saline County road, Wednesday night.  The accident occurred just after 9:30pm.  72 year old Ralph Breshears, of Marshall, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The patrol says his westbound tractor lost a hay bale and then ran over the bale, causing the tractor to run off the roadway and roll onto its side, ejecting him and then pinning him underneath. 

  

ILLINOIS MAN CHARGED WITH KIRKSVILLE VEHICLE THEFT     

Authorities have released the name of the suspect, who has been charged in connection with Tuesday’s vehicle theft in Kirksville, which resulted in a high-speed chase in Schuyler and Scotland Counties.  The suspect is 31 year old Christopher Schulze, of Champaign, Illinois.  He faces four felony charges in Adair County, including stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.  Schuyler County charges against Schulze are pending.  Authorities say he wrecked his girlfriend’s SUV in Kirksville and when a good Samaritan stopped to assist at the scene of the crash, Schulze stole that woman’s SUV and led authorities on a high-speed chase, which ended when he crashed that vehicle near Memphis.  Schulze has been undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in that crash at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

PUBLIC HELP REQUESTED ON MISSING ADAIR COUNTY TEEN      

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager.  Crysa L. Vestal is 16 years old, 5-7 and around 125 pounds, with dark brown hair and blue eyes.  If anyone has information regarding Vestal’s location, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office in Kirksville. 

  

ARMED ROBBERY AT COLUMBIA SONIC RESTAURANT       

Columbia Police are looking for an armed suspect who robbed the Sonic Restaurant on Paris Road, early Wednesday morning.  Officers were called to the scene just after midnight.  Investigators say a man armed with a handgun entered the store as it was closing and demanded money.  He then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.  A K9 unit was able to help recover some items from the robbery and some of the stolen money.  No injuries were reported.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

CALLAWAY COUNTY DAM FAILURE CAUSING FLOODING    

A flash flood warning for parts of Callaway County has been extended thru Thursday morning, after the Glovers Spring Lake Dam partially failed, due to high water from excessive rainfall, earlier in the week.  Flood waters from the lake have caused flooding along Crows Fork Creek, washed out parts of Highway 101 east of Fulton and also closed Route UU, Route O and County Road 108.  The flash flood warning currently remains in effect thru 9am Thursday, but conditions will be reassessed at that time. 




08/03/16

 

STOLEN VEHICLE RECOVERED IN BROOKFIELD AREA  

Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the Brookfield area for multiple suspects, after a stolen vehicle was recovered on Highway 11, just south of Brookfield, Tuesday.  The Highway Patrol says the pickup was reported stolen a week ago from the Knob Noster area and evaded law enforcement just after 11am Tuesday.  It was located abandoned and the suspects were still at large Tuesday afternoon.  The search caused a lockdown at Pershing Memorial Hospital for part of the day. 

 

PRIMARY ELECTION -- GRIETENS VS. KOSTER FOR GOVERNOR IN NOVEMBER

Political ‘outsider’ and former Democrat Eric Greitens is the Missouri Republican nominee for Governor.  Greitens led the 4-person republican primary Tuesday by nearly 70,000 votes over runner-up John Brunner, followed by Peter Kinder and Catherine Hanaway.  Greitens will face a Democratic nominee who is a former Republican, Chris Koster, who picked up more than 78% of the democratic vote Tuesday. 

As expected, Senator Roy Blunt will face Democrat Jason Kander for re-election in November, after both won their primary races handily.  One of the closest statewide primary races was for Lieutenant Governor, where Mike Parson edged Bev Randles for the Republican nomination.  Russ Carnahan won the democratic race with a 75 percent majority.  Republican incumbent Sam Graves will face David Blackwell in Missouri’s sixth Congressional District in November.  Blackwell won a 5-person race on the Democratic ballot. 

Rusty Black was a big winner for the seventh district’s state legislative seat, picking up more than 86% of the vote over John Myers.  Black will unopposed in November. 

The City of Columbia will impose a 1 percent increase to its hotel tax, after Proposition 1 was approved by two-thirds of Columbia voters.  The increase will fund expansion plans at Columbia Regional Airport. 

 

LINN COUNTY – one contested race, on the Democratic Ballot – District 1 Commissioner – Wendy Fay 217, Gary Taylor 200, Lonnie Trentham 48

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Eastern District Democrat – Jim Grozinger 268 Phil Minnick 82

                                Eastern District Republican – Alvin R. Thompson 718 Steve Watts 509

                                Western District Republican – Dave Maple 460 Andy McDaniel 363

 Gordon Jones 256

 

MACON COUNTY - Democrat First District Commission, Diana J. Scott 168, Danny Foster 98

Republican Public Administrator – Chris Fuller 1302, Johnathon Contratto 670, Joseph Thomas 274, John Czuba 222

City of Macon half-cent sales tax for street improvements – Yes 778 to 514

Macon County continuation of Landfill Fee – Yes 2259 to 1023. 

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY - Only contested races were on the Republican Ballot for the City of Moberly

Ward 2 Committeeman - Jeff Brown 175, Edward Haynes 137

Ward 3 Committeeman - Mike Dougherty 226, Joshua Couture 100

Ward 3 Committeewoman - Janet Cousin 165, Pamala Drummon-Fuller 147

 

ADAIR COUNTY – Democratic race for second district commissioner – Scott Meredith over Frank Vorhees, 195-98. 

 

One contested race in SULLIVAN COUNTY – 2nd District Commissioner Republican ballot – Danny Busick 280 – William Trae Sayer 183.

 

CHARITON COUNTY – Democrat County Coroner – Larry Breshears 734 – Chris Dady 175

Democrat Public Administrator – Regina Emmerich 533 Sherry Hershey 375

Voters also passed a tax levy to fund assistance for senior citizens. 

 

SHELBY COUNTY – Democrat Eastern District Commissioner – Tom Shively 284, John D. Smith 102

Democrat Western District Commissioner – Larry P. Roberts 209 – Kerry McCarty 194. 

 




08/02/16

 

HEAVY RAIN CAUSES MORE FLASH-FLOODING

More flash-flooding is affecting parts of north Missouri this (Tues) morning, as a swath of heavy rain continues, stretching from the Iowa line to near Columbia, generally along and east of the Highway 63 corridor.  Flash flood warnings are in effect for Schuyler, western Scotland, eastern Adair, Knox, eastern Macon, Shelby, eastern Randolph, Monroe, Audrain and northern Boone Counties.  Officials say two to four inches of rain has all ready fallen in those areas and heavy rain continues this morning.  Travel in those areas could be hazardous, with the likelihood of road closures due to high water.  Do not drive into water over the roadway. 

A number of road closures continue this morning in locations that received heavy rainfall overnight Sunday into Monday morning, including parts of Carroll and Caldwell Counties. 

  

VOTE TODAY!!!

Don’t forget to get out and vote today, as the primary election is underway.  Polls are open now and will remain open until 7pm, with a number of statewide and local races in virtually all of our area counties.  If you’re not sure where to vote, contact your local election authorities.  Tune in for live reports on today’s results, starting at around 8pm. 

  

NEMO VETERAN’S REMAINS COMING HOME       

More than 60 years after a northeast Missouri veteran died in a plane crash in Alaska, his remains are being returned to his hometown.  21 year old Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing was serving in the Air Force aboard a C-124 Globemaster, when it crashed into the side of Mount Gannett, Alaska on November 22, 1952.  The crash caused an avalanche and the plane’s wreckage was not discovered until June of 2012.  Because of the extreme location of the crash, recovery crews are only able to search the area once a year in June.  Recovery and positive identification of the remains took nearly four years, but Wayne Jackson’s body is on its way home.  A funeral procession with the Patriot Guard from the Des Moines Airport to Downing is planned for Wednesday, with the final stretch of highway, from Lancaster to Downing lined with 2,000 American flags.  Organizers are asking for the public’s help in setting up those flags this (Tuesday) afternoon.  They’ll meet at 4pm at the Schuyler County Church of Faith. 

  

MAN SHOT DURING COLUMBIA ROBBERY   

Columbia Police are investigating reports of three masked men, who confronted and shot a man outside an east Columbia duplex Monday night.  The incident occurred at around 11pm in the 5400 block of Volunteer Drive.  Officials say the male victim suffered non-life-threatening wounds to his stomach and leg.  The three masked suspects fled the scene onto Grace Lane.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

GUILTY PLEA ON SYNTHETIC MARIJUANA CHARGES

A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in the distribution of synthetic marijuana.  41 year old Matthew Hawkins is one of 15 defendants who have now pleaded guilty in connection with the case.  He admitted to his part in the conspiracy to commit mail fraud in selling wholesale orders of packaged K2 between March of 2011 and October of 2013.  Under the terms of a plea agreement, Hawkins will be sentenced to 63 to 78 months in federal prison.  




08/01/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR CHILLICOTHE MOTORCYCLIST     

A Chillicothe motorcyclist was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries, after his motorcycle crashed on Highway 190, just west of Chillicothe.  It occurred Saturday night, at around 9:40pm.  43 year old John P. Ashford was taken initially to Hedrick Medical Center and later life-flighted to Truman Medical Center.  The patrol says he was westbound at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle ran off the highway onto the shoulder and slid on its side.  Ashford was ejected from the bike and came to rest on the shoulder. 

  

ATV CRASH SERIOUSLY INJURES MONROE CITY MAN     

A Monroe City man was seriously injured in an ATV accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on a county road.  43 year old Gregory Beaver, of Monroe City, was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.  The accident occurred at around 1:30am Sunday, about three miles north of Monroe City.  The patrol says Beaver tried to travel up a steep rocky hill and was ejected when the ATV overturned. 

  

BEVIER DRIVER INJURED IN OSAGE COUNTY COLLISION       

A Bevier driver suffered moderate injuries in a weekend collision in Osage County.  48 year old Teresa Glover, of Bevier, was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City after the accident, which occurred at around noon Saturday on Highway 63.  The patrol says Glover was the driver of one of two southbound vehicles, which were struck when a northbound car, driven by a Eugene teenager, crossed the centerline.  After the collision, Glover’s car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN TREATED AFTER SATURDAY ACCIDENT   

A Moberly woman was taken to Columbia for treatment after a Saturday night collision on Route JJ, just east of Huntsville.  23 year old Lora Belden, of Moberly, was treated at Women’s and Children’s Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 10pm.  She was a passenger in a car driven by 25 year old Cody T. Wagner, of Huntsville.  The patrol says it was sideswiped by a pickup, as it attempted to pass the car.  The driver of the pickup, 38 year old Douglas Helmich, of Huntsville, was not injured. 

  

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN I-70 COLLISION         

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a 3-vehicle collision on eastbound I-70 in Cooper County, which occurred just after 10:30 Sunday night. 77 year old James Barry, of Columbia, was taken to Boone Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says an eastbound car hydroplaned and ran off the roadway, coming to rest partially blocking the driving lane and the shoulder.  A second vehicle stopped to assist the first driver and was struck by Barry’s eastbound car, causing a chain reaction collision.   The other two drivers were not injured. 

  

COLUMBIA MURDER SUSPECT IN CUSTODY          

A Columbia teenager, who was wanted in connection with last week’s shooting death of 17 year old Marquez Reed, turned himself in to authorities over the weekend.  Tyrone James, Jr. was wanted on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.  James is accused of shooting Reed during a confrontation between the two, last Wednesday evening. 




07/29/16

 

SLATER DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT        

A Slater driver was seriously injured in a Thursday night accident on a Saline County gravel road.  21 year old Micheyth Broadway, of Slater, was flown by air ambulance to Research Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 8:30pm.  The patrol says Broadway was not wearing a seatbelt and he was ejected from his northbound car, when it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

KNOX COUNTY TEENS ESCAPE UNHURT     

Two Knox County teens miraculously walked away from a Thursday morning crash, in which their car ended up underneath a semi-trailer.  The patrol says two siblings, age 15 and 18, were stopped to make a left turn off of Highway 6 onto Knox County Route T, when the semi crested a hill and swerved to try to avoid the collision.  The teens’ car ended up under the trailer of the semi, but no one was injured.  The accident closed one lane of Highway 6 for about an hour. 

  

MOBERLY RECEPTION FOR RETIRING CHIEF        

The City of Moberly has announced that Troy Link has been named interim Police Chief, following this weekend’s retirement of Chief Russell Tarr.  Link is the current Commander of the Moberly Police Department and has served the department since 1992.  He will assume the duties of Interim Chief, effective August 1.  Moberly citizens are invited to a retirement reception for Chief Tarr this (Friday) afternoon at Moberly City Hall, from 3 to 5pm. 

  

COLUMBIA SHOOTING SUSPECT WANTED          

One man is in custody and a second is being sought in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a Columbia teen.  Columbia Police say suspects inside a vehicle shot and killed 17 year old Marquez Reed, near the intersection of Allen Street and LaSalle Place.  18 year old Jadarius Sanders was arrested Thursday morning for hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence.  Investigators say he admitted driving the vehicle that was involved in the shooting.  18 year old Tyrone James, Jr., of Columbia, is wanted on a felony warrant for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, with bond set a $1 million dollars.  Police say he is considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

BOCOMO BAY OWNER PLEADS GUILTY          0

The owner of Columbia’s Bocomo Bay store pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in conspiring to distribute synthetic marijuana.  Kevin Bay admitted to his role in distributing as much as 482 kilograms of K2, between March of 2011 and October of 2013.  Prosecutors say Bay could face up to 40 years in prison in the case.




07/28/16

 

HONORING FALLEN LIVINGSTON COUNTY FIREFIGHTER TODAY 

Flags will be at half-staff in Livingston County and around much of north Missouri Thursday, in memory of a Livingston County Firefighter.  53 year old Edward A. Cosgrove, Jr., a 15 year veteran of the Green Township Fire Protection District, died Sunday while battling a camper fire along Highway 36 near Utica.  Funeral services for Cosgrove will be Thursday morning at 10am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe.  The public is encouraged to line the procession route from the funeral home to the Utica Fire Station, beginning at around 10:30 this morning. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MEMPHIS MOTORCYCLIST    

A Memphis motorcyclist was life-flighted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries, after striking a deer Wednesday night.  It occurred just after 6pm.  38 year old Samuel Gottman, of Memphis, was the driver of the eastbound motorcycle, which struck a deer in the roadway on a county road, just northwest of Memphis. 

  

BRAYMER DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION    

A Braymer driver suffered moderate injuries in a Wednesday morning collision at a Caldwell County intersection.  The accident occurred at around 10:20am at the junction of Highway 116 and Route B.  The patrol says 85 year old Mildred Murray, of Braymer, was eastbound when her car struck a pickup, which had stopped on the shoulder and was attempting to re-enter the highway.  Murray was treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital. 

  

ONE DEAD AFTER COLUMBIA SHOOTING         

Police have confirmed that one man has died after a Wednesday night shooting in central Columbia.  The incident occurred just before 8pm in the area of Allen Street and LaSalle Place.  Investigators say they are treating the case as a homicide, after the victim died at a Columbia hospital.  No further details have been released, including the victim’s name.

  

MAN DEAD AFTER JUMPING OFF I-70 OVERPASS   

Police say a Columbia man died Tuesday night, after jumping off the Providence Road Bridge into traffic on westbound I-70.  Officers were called to a report of a man leaning on the bridge guardrail, just after 10:30pm Tuesday.  As police arrived on the scene, the 37 year old Columbia man apparently jumped from the bridge onto westbound I-70.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  

  

SUPREME COURT MAKES ADDITIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE

Thousands of Missouri residents may be eligible for additional unemployment benefits, after the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Governor Nixon’s veto of House Bill 150 this week.  That bill lowered the maximum number of weeks for unemployment from 20 to 13.  An override of that veto by the Missouri legislature implemented the change, effective last October.  This week’s Supreme Court decision makes additional benefits available to those who were affected since that override.    




07/27/16

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN IS KPD’S “FUGITIVE OF THE WEEK”     

This week’s Kirksville Police Department ‘Fugitive of the Week’ is 23 year old Colton J. Smith, of Kirksville. Smith is wanted on an Adair County warrant for felony tampering with a motor vehicle.  He is described as a white male, 5-6 and around 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Smith has ties to Kirksville, but it is unknown if he is still in the area.  Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Colton Smith is urged to contact Kirksville Police, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office or their anonymous tips hotline at 627-BUST. 

  

KANSAS CITY MAN WANTED IN MACON COUNTY     

A Kansas City man is wanted by Macon County authorities after he failed to show up for sentencing last week.  41 year old Nathan Bales was arrested at the La Plata Amtrak Station in February.  Investigators say he was in possession of a large quantity of meth and Xanax.  Bales pleaded guilty to a felony possession charge in June and was to be sentenced last Wednesday.  An arrest warrant has been issued, with a $15,000 dollar cash-only bond.   

  

GOVERNOR NIXON MAKES RANDOLPH COUNTY ANNOUNCEMENT 

Governor Jay Nixon was in Moberly Tuesday to congratulate Randolph County on becoming Missouri’s 34th Certified Work Ready Community.  Nixon says the Certified Work Ready Initiative is designed to match job skills to community needs, through a cooperative effort by economic development and educational leaders.  Moberly and Randolph County officials say the ‘Work Ready’ certification can be a tremendous tool to help spur job creation in the area. 

 

 BROOKFIELD AQUATIC CENTER GROUND BREAKING     

The City of Brookfield will break ground on Brookfield’s new aquatic center next week.  A groundbreaking and community celebration will take place Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8pm, by the big brick shelter house in Brookfield’s South City Park.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy free watermelon, two blow up waterslides and other activities to help celebrate the groundbreaking.  That’s next Tuesday from 6 to 8pm. 

  

MARCELINE LIBRARY END OF SUMMER BASH TODAY      

The Marceline Carnegie Library celebrates the end of its summer reading program with a party in Ripley Park today (Wednesday).  The end of summer bash will be held from 10am to 2pm, with a bounce house, water slide and giant inflatable slip-n-slide…plus games, crafts and refreshments from 10am to 2pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration…today in Marceline’s Ripley Park. 

  

ROUNDABOUTS COMPLETE COLUMBIA’S I-70 PROJECT      

Two dual-lane roundabouts and an improved configuration are ready to open at Columbia’s Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange Wednesday.  The interchange improvements will open at 5pm Wednesday, marking the final major work on Columbia’s I-70 Bridges Project, which began last August.  MoDOT says only minor work remains to wrap up the project, well ahead of its October 1 deadline.  The $18 million dollar design and build effort included replacement of the aging I-70 bridges at Garth Avenue, Range Line Street and Business Loop 70, along with efforts to improve traffic flow at a handful of other Columbia interchanges. 




07/26/16

 

EDINA DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY ACCIDENT        

An Edina driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday morning accident on Highway 15, just south of Baring.  It occurred just after 6:30am.  37 year old Jessica Leckenby, of Edina, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville after the accident.  The patrol says she sustained moderate injuries when her southbound SUV ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

GOVERNOR IN MOBERLY TUESDAY FOR ANNOUNCEMENT   

Governor Jay Nixon will be in Moberly this (Tuesday) morning.  According to a news release, the Governor will be joined by Randolph County community and business leaders to announce new developments in local workforce readiness efforts.  Governor Nixon’s announcement is scheduled for 10:30am at the Moberly City Hall. 

  

LIBRARY PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS ‘FULTON FLASH’  

The life and career of Olympic gold medallist Helen Stephens, of Fulton, will be the topic of a program at the Little Dixie Regional Library in Moberly this (Tuesday) evening.  The program will also be hosted by the Livingston County Public Library in Chillicothe on Thursday.  Stephens’ authorized biographer, Sharon Kinney, will conduct the program, which highlights the barriers broken by ‘the Fulton Flash’, one of Stephens’ nicknames, as she became a double gold medallist at the 1936 Olympics, at a time when girls weren’t allowed to have sports in schools.  The free program begins at 6pm Tuesday at the Moberly Public Library and at 6pm Thursday at the Livingston County Library in Chillicothe. 




07/25/16

 

FIREFIGHTER DIES WHILE BATTLING CAMPER FIRE  

A Livingston County firefighter died Sunday after suffering a medical condition, while crews battled a camper fire on Highway 36.  Reports indicate the travel trailer caught fire just after 11am on 36 west of the Grand River Bridge, near Utica.  During the emergency response to the fire, a propane bottle in the RV apparently exploded and went through the side of the camper.  The Green Township Fire Protection District has confirmed that Ed Cosgrove, a 15 year veteran of the department, died after suffering a medical condition while assisting with the blaze.  The camper was a total loss. 

  

TWO KILLED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 36          

Two Canadian residents were killed when a truck ran off Highway 36, just east of Chillicothe, at around 9am Sunday morning.  The driver of the pickup, 67 year old Larry Braun, of Alberta, Canada was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center with moderate injuries.  His two passengers, 58 year old Lesley Oman and 56 year old Sharee Oman, of Saskatchewan, were both pronounced dead at the scene.  The patrol says the truck ran off the highway, struck an embankment and went airborne across a county roadway, coming to rest on its top. 

  

FIVE HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT COLLISION NEAR GALLATIN 

Five people were injured in a Saturday night collision on Highway 13, just south of Gallatin.  It occurred at around 11pm.  The patrol says 22 year old Aubrey Houston, of Jameson, failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a southbound car, driven by 27 year old Misty Griffin, of Chillicothe.  Griffin suffered moderate injuries.  A passenger in her vehicle, 23 year old Brendon Cosgrove, of Trenton, also suffered moderate injuries and a two year old was treated for minor injuries.  Two passengers in Huston’s vehicle were injured…18 year old Taylor Rash, of Polo, with moderate injuries and a 4 year old Jameson boy with minor injuries. 

  

SHELBINA TEEN INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT    

A Shelbina teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on Highway 6 in Knox County.  The patrol says 17 year old Trey Roush, of Shelbina, lost control of his eastbound vehicle, just west of Edina, at around 6am Sunday.  It ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its side.  Roush was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

BOONVILLE DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH       

A Boonville driver suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off Highway 40 in Boone County, early Sunday morning.  47 year old Patrick McCasland, of Boonville, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:15am.  The patrol says his westbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN FRIDAY STANDOFF     

A Columbia man has been formally charged in connection with a hostage standoff, which occurred Friday morning, east of Boonville.  Cooper County authorities confirm 31 year old Terelle Vaughns of Columbia is charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action, felonious restraint and unlawful use of a weapon.  He is being held on $250,000 dollars bond.  Vaughns is accused of holding his 26 year old female victim at a residence near Boonville.  SWAT officers were called to the scene and were able to get the suspect and victim out of the home.  No gunfire occurred during the incident. 




07/22/16

 

BROOKFIELD WOMAN HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ACCIDENT 

A Brookfield driver refused treatment for minor injuries, after her vehicle ran off Highway 36,  east of Chillicothe, Thursday evening.  The accident occurred just before 7pm.  60 year old Janice Duvall, of Brookfield, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The patrol says she lost control and it ran off the highway, through the median, became airborne as it crossed westbound 36, ran into a ditch and overturned.  

  

ATTEMPTED ABDUCTION REPORT IN SALINE COUNTY   

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of an attempted child abduction, which occurred this week in the Miami area.  Deputies are attempting to identify a vehicle, described as a white 90’s model Chevrolet van with black running boards.  Saline County authorities say no one should attempt to stop or detain the vehicle if it is seen, but any license plate and location information would be helpful.  Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 660-886-5511. 

  

STANBURY UNIFORMS EXPANSION SET TO BEGIN    

Stanbury Uniforms in Brookfield has announced plans to expand its office space, to service its current and future growth.  According to a news release, high demand for their products has prompted the expansion, which will include a building addition on the south side of Stanbury’s existing office, providing the capacity for increased customer and sales support.  The project is expected to be completed this fall.  Stanbury Uniforms in Brookfield is the market leader in marching band uniforms and apparel for school music groups.  They’ll celebrate their 100th Anniversary next year. 

  

ARMED SUSPECT SHOT BY STURGEON POLICE    

An armed suspect is recovering after being shot by police in Sturgeon, early Thursday morning.  Officials say a Strugeon Police Officer shot the male suspect after responding to a domestic violence call in the 500 block of East Patton Street.  Reports indicted the officer fired after the suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer.  Investigators say the gun turned out to be a BB pistol designed to look like a firearm.  The suspect was taken to a Columbia hospital, where his condition has not been released.  Investigation into the incident is ongoing. 

  

FIVE ARRESTED FOR COLUMBIA ROBBERIES      

Columbia Police report the arrest of five suspects, in connection with armed robberies targeting college-aged males.  The department, in cooperation with the University of Missouri Police Department, arrested Deandra Denny, Darion Martel Polk, Christion Deangelo Johnson and Richard Johnson, Jr., all of Columbia and Ashley Aubrey of Pilot Grove.  Four of the reported armed robberies occurred on July 12 and another robbery and assault occurred July 16.  The suspects were arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action, robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of prohibited weapons and possession of a controlled substance. 




07/21/16

 

MACON COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY     

The owner of a Macon County construction company pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony property damage and forgery charges, in connection with the destruction of his equipment trailer.  46 year old Mike Cook, of Callao, entered his plea in Macon County court to the two forgery charges and a misdemeanor of making a false report.  A fourth charge of knowingly burning was dropped.  Cook, owner of PLS Construction, of Callao, had reported his construction trailer stolen in February.  The burned out trailer was later found along a Macon County road with all of the tools missing.  Cook reported a loss of more than $50,000 dollars to his insurance company.  He was accused of setting the fire himself.  Sentencing is set for later this year. 

  

CHILLICOTHE MAN ARRESTED FOR METH     

A Chillicothe man faces meth charges after a traffic stop by Chillicothe Police.  On Monday afternoon, 40 year old Anthony J. Brown was stopped in the 100 block of third street.  Officers say he was in possession of meth and was arrested and charged with felony possession.  Brown is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

CARROLLTON TEEN ACCUSED OF FORGERY     

A Carrollton teenager is charged with multiple counts of forgery and possession of a controlled substance.  19 year old Chandler David Webb, of Carrollton, faces six forgery counts.  According to the probable cause statement, Webb is accused of writing multiple checks on his parents’ bank account, totaling more than $1,200 dollars.  During the arrest, officers say Webb was in possession of cocaine.  He is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 

  

POLICE ON SCENE OF STURGEON INCIDENT     

ABC 17 news in Columbia is reporting a heavy police presence in Sturgeon early this morning, along with reports of a possible shooting incident.  Law enforcement officials have not confirmed any of those reports as of yet.  Witnesses say a number of officers have been on the scene in the 500 block of Patton Street in Sturgeon since around 4:15 this morning.  That location is about a half mile from the site of the Boone County Fair.  No other details are available at this time. 

  

CAR WINDOWS SMASHED IN COLUMBIA PARKING LOT     

Columbia Police are investigating five cars broken into in a Columbia parking lot, Wednesday night.  Investigators say the five vehicles were parked outside Gold’s Gym off Broadway.  All had windows broken and purses stolen.  They have not released any further information and no suspect information is available. 




07/20/16

 

KANSAS CITY, KANSAS POLICE OFFICER KILLED    

Investigation continues into Tuesday afternoon’s fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas Police Officer.  Officials are urging people to not jump to any conclusions or make assumptions as to whether the shooting was in any way racially motivated or related to any other recent shooting incidents.  A caller told police multiple people were shooting at him from a vehicle.  When officers arrived on the scene, the suspects fled.  Captain Robert David Melton suffered a fatal gunshot wound during the pursuit.  Investigators say he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest at the time of the incident.  It remains under investigation. 

  

UNIONVILLE FIRE DESTROYS MFA EXCHANGE     

A Tuesday morning fire destroyed the MFA Exchange and Elevator in Unionville.  More than a half dozen fire crews, from as far away as Centerville, Iowa, were called to battle the blaze, which was reported just after 5am Tuesday.  Firefighters were on the scene for most of the morning.  The main structure was a total loss, with smoke damage reported to the surrounding buildings.  Officials say one person was taken to the hospital with possible injuries.  The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office had an investigator on the scene Tuesday afternoon.  A boil order is in effect thru Thursday morning for the entire city of Unionville. 

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE SEEK FUGITIVE    

Kirksville Police are seeking a fugitive who escaped officers after a high-speed chase.  32 year old James M. Shea, of Kirksville, is wanted on an Adair County probation warrant.  Officers recently tried to stop a motorcycle driven by Shea in Kirksville, but he fled the scene at high speed.  He is described at 6-1, 155 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.  He has ties to the Kirksville area, but authorities are not aware of his current whereabouts.  Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement or call Adair County’s anonymous tips line at 627-BUST. 

  

TWO HURT IN COLLISION AT UTICA    

Drivers from Uitca and St. Joseph were treated for injuries after a Tuesday morning collision on Highway 36 at Utica.  Both drivers were taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 7:30am.  23 year old Cody Ward, of St. Joseph suffered moderate injuries.  27 year old Danielle Lopez, of Utica was treated for minor injuries.  The patrol says Ward was eastbound in the passing lane of 36 when Lopez turned onto the highway and into the path of Ward’s vehicle. 

  

HUNTSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY COLLISION    

A Huntsville woman was treated for minor injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision at a Huntsville intersection.  The accident occurred at around 12:15pm at Routes JJ and C in Huntsville.  The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by a 16 year old Huntsville driver failed to yield and pulled into the path of a car driven by 60 year old Linda Nichols of Moberly.  Her passenger, 84 year old Violet Elliott, of Huntsville was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  




07/19/16

 

PRINCETON DRIVER KILLED IN MONDAY CRASH       

A Princeton man was killed in a Monday morning accident on Grundy County Route A, north of Trenton.  67 year old Kendall Shriver, of Princeton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at around 10:30am.  The patrol says Shriver was not wearing a seatbelt when his eastbound pickup ran off the roadway and overturned multiple times, coming to rest on the passenger side in a ditch. 

  

THREE HURT IN GRUNDY COUNTY COLLISION        

Two drivers sustained moderate injuries in a Monday morning collision on Grundy County Route Z, which occurred just after 7:40am.  44 year old Joseph Pithan, of Chula and 58 year old Patricia Whitaker, of Trenton, were both treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital.  A passenger in Whitaker’s vehicle, 34 year old Amy Currie, of Trenton, was treated for minor injuries.  The patrol says an SUV driven by Pithan was in a farm entrance and attempted to make a U-turn when it was struck by Whitaker’s northbound car. 

  

CLARENCE DRIVER INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT      

A Clarence driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a County Road at the Shelby-Macon County line, Monday night.  It occurred at around 10pm.  The patrol says 84 year old Vivian Black, of Clarence, failed to negotiate a curve and her car ran off the gravel road, struck a fence and came to rest in a farm field.  Black was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon with moderate injuries.  Her passenger, 81 year old Orville Chick, of Clarence, was not hurt, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution. 

  

CENTRALIA DRIVER KILLED, ANOTHER LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH     

One Centralia driver was killed and another was life-flighted to Columbia with serious  injuries after a Monday morning accident on Route 22 in Audrain County.  20 year old Jessica Robb, of Centralia, died in the accident.  28 year old Joseph O’Connor, of Centralia was flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital.  The patrol says Robb was attempting to pass another vehicle when she saw O’Connor’s oncoming pickup.  She tried to swerve to avoid the collision and her car skidded sideways into the path of O’Connor’s vehicle.  A third vehicle, driven by 23 year old Seth Foster, of Centralia, also struck Robb’s car.  Foster sought his own treatment for minor injuries. 

  

DECEASED TRENTON MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IDENTIFIED        

Authorities have released the identities of a Trenton mother and child, found dead in their running vehicle over the weekend.  24 year old Elizabeth Lafolette and her 11-month old daughter, were pronounced dead, after they were found at around 10:30pm Saturday in the 1800 block of East Ninth Street in Trenton.  Investigators say it could be several weeks before a cause of death can be established.  There is no foul play suspected.  The investigation is ongoing. 

  

QUEEN CITY MAN ACCUSED OF AMBUSHING HOMEOWNER         

Authorities say a northeast Missouri man ambushed and assaulted a Livonia homeowner over the weekend.  26 year old Darwin E. Connell, of Queen City, is charged in the case.  He is accused of beating on the doors and windows of Tim Fernandez’ home in Livonia, overnight Friday night.  Deputies say, when Fernandez came out of his house to investigate, Connell was allegedly hiding in a bush and attacked the victim.  Fernandez was treated for a serious rib injury at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.  Connell is being held on $15,000 dollars bond. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO K2 CONSPIRACY           

A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a synthetic marijuana operation.  Alexander McMillin, also know as ‘Shasha’ was charged in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud.  He admitted to his involvement in two companies used to wholesale synthetic marijuana, also known as K2.  Investigators say they seized more than a quarter million dollars during their investigation.   Two other partners in the companies have all ready pleaded guilty. 




07/18/16

 

TWO HURT WHEN MOTORCYCLE STRIKES DEER       

Two Bogard residents were seriously injured when their motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 5, just south of Marceline, early Sunday morning.  The driver, 42 year old James Keeney and his passenger, 51 year old Faith Keeney, both of Bogard, were both life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident.  It occurred just before 1:30am Sunday.  The patrol says they were both ejected from their northbound motorcycle when it struck a deer in the roadway. 

  

BETHEL MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN FRIDAY EVENING CRASH  

A Bethel motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Friday evening accident on Shelby County Route E.  45 year old Devon Patchin, of Bethel, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred just before 6:30pm.  The patrol says Patchin’s southbound motorcycle ran off the highway and overturned, ejecting him from the bike. 

  

TRENTON POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH OF WOMAN AND CHILD  

Trenton Police say foul play is NOT suspected as they investigate the weekend death of a woman and child.  Officers responded to a report of an adult female and child unresponsive in a running vehicle, around 10:30 Saturday night in the 1800 block East Ninth Street in Trenton.  Witnesses on the scene had broken a car window in an attempt to assist the victims, who where both pronounced dead at the scene.  Their identities have not been released and no cause of death has been released, but officials say foul play is not suspected. 

  

POKEMON PLAYERS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN COLUMBIA 

Five people, who were playing the ‘Pokemon Go’ game, were robbed at gunpoint in Columbia Saturday night.  Police say the five male victims, between the ages of 18 and 24, were playing the popular smart phone game in the area of Bear Creek Trail and Providence Road North when multiple suspects started sprinting toward them, at least two of the suspects allegedly showed handguns and demanded property from the victims.  One of the victims was struck during the incident and was treated by medical personnel.  The incident is under investigation by Columbia Police. 

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE GUNSHOT WOUND      

Columbia Police are investigating a weekend report of a man shot during a disturbance in the 900 block of Business Loop 70 east.  Officers responded to a large group trespassing at that location when they heard several gunshots in the 1100 block of Coates Street.   Their investigation confirmed multiple shots fired and they were later advised of a gunshot wound victim being treated for a leg injury at a local hospital.  The investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tips Hotline at (573)875-TIP


July 15, 2016

 

THREE INJURED IN HARRISON COUNTY ACCIDENT

An accident on I-35 in Harrison County resulted in injuries to three people around 10:30 Wednesday night. The Highway Patrol said 16 year old Audry R. Briggs of Eagleville was southbound in a construction zone when her vehicle crossed the centerline through construction barriers and struck a northbound vehicle driven by 57 year old Cheryl L. Fletcher of Kansas City. Briggs had moderate injuries while Fletcher and a passenger in the Fletcher vehicle, 58 year old Michael D. Samulowitz of Indianapolis, IN sustained minor injuries.

 

MARION COUNTY INJURY ACCIDENT

A two vehicle collision on MO 168, 2 miles west of Palmyra in Marion County at 7:25 Thursday morning resulted in injuries. The Patrol said 56 year old Jeffrey G. Yates of Maywood, MO was the driver of a vehicle that crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle operated by 46 year old Karena R. Phillips of Palmyra. The Yates auto overturned with both vehicles coming to rest in a ditch. The two drivers sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

SUMMER TRAVEL DELAYS ON I-70

If summer plans are taking you on the road and your travels include Interstate 70, the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to remind you once again to allow extra time for your journey. Traffic on Interstate 70 near Boonville is reduced to one lane in each direction so the two bridges over the Lamine River can be repaired. The bridge repair project is one of 15 work zones on I-70 this construction season. The bridge closures are expected to cause significant travel delays, especially on peak travel days, the worst of which are Thursdays and Fridays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while the project is in progress.The bridge work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, at which time traffic flow will return to two lanes in each direction.

Message boards along I-70 will alert motorists to the bridge work, as well as provide travel times and traffic alerts

 

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN AMEREN MISSOURI ELECTRIC RATE CASE

On July 1st, Ameren Missouri filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric revenues. According to the filing, residential customers would pay approximately $99 more per year if the rate request is approved.

The Missouri Public Service Commission has established the deadline for those wishing to intervene and participate in the electric rate case which must be filed no later than July 25, 2016, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0360, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov.

 

POLLOCK WOMAN CHARGED WITH TWO FELONIES

According to KTVO dot com, a northeast Missouri woman who claimed to be the victim of police violence last year is behind bars for assaulting a law enforcement officer herself.

Jenna Peek, 19, of Pollock, Mo., was arrested in connection with a high-speed chase south of Unionville this past weekend. She was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance--both felonies. According to the probable cause statement, Peek was one of two women who exited a vehicle driven by Christopher Sears, of Unionville, before he led authorities on the chase that ended in a rollover crash. A trooper detailed that Peek was "very uncooperative." Authorities said they found drug paraphernalia in Peek's purse, and a white, powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. While handcuffed in the backseat of the patrol car, Peek "became very agitated," repeatedly kicked the front seat, and reportedly kicked the officer in the stomach while screaming at her. Peek became a lightning rod of controversy in the Unionville community last year when she alleged that former Unionville Police Chief Tim Corwin used excessive force in an incident in September 2015. Corwin later resigned, but an investigation into the incident did not produce enough evidence for a special prosecutor to bring charges against either party. Later that same month, Peek was arrested after crashing her vehicle in Sullivan County. She was initially fined $10 for not wearing her seat belt, but after toxicology results returned, charges for DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession--all misdemeanors--were added in March of this year. That case has not yet been decided. As of Wednesday afternoon Peek remained in Putnam County Jail on $20,000 bond.




July 14, 2016

 

STORMS DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES

Strong storms resulted in downed trees and power outages Wednesday. Several areas reported downed trees and limbs including Lexington, Moberly, Higbee, Columbia, New Bloomfield and several others. Power outages affected several areas too, along with flash flooding from the heavy rain. A few areas also reported hail as the storms moved through. The possibility of scattered storms remains in the forecast through the weekend.

 

ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SALINE COUNTY

A 69 year old man from Sweet Springs was treated for minor injuries following a one vehicle accident on Highway K in Saline County shortly before 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The Patrol said Larry C. Scott was southbound when he swerved to miss an unknown vehicle and ran off the ride of the roadway and overturned. He was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

 

GOVERNOR SIGNED SEVERAL NEW BILLS INTO LAW WEDNESDAY

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law on Wednesday. One of those bills was Senate Bill 588 which will make it easier for former offenders who have completed their sentences, paid restitution, and become law-abiding citizens to petition the court to close their criminal records from the public. The legislation aims to make it easier for Missourians with criminal histories to obtain employment, while also ensuring law enforcement agencies can access the information they need to protect the public.

 

GRANTS AWARDED TO RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS

The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced grant awards totaling more than $338 thousand dollars to 156 rural fire departments in Missouri as part of the Department’s annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program. The grants help small-town, mostly volunteer fire departments buy personal protective gear and firefighting equipment through a matching funds program.




JULY 13, 2016

 

TWO KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY HEAD ON COLLISION

Two teenagers are dead following a wreck on US Highway 54 at Mel Ray Curve in Callaway County at noon Tuesday. The Patrol said 16 year old Caleb H. McClain of Jefferson City was westbound when he lost control. His vehicle crossed the median and into the eastbound lanes of the highway where it struck a tractor trailer driven by 52 year old Francis D. Evers of Jefferson City nearly head-on. McClain was pronounced deceased at the scene as was a passenger in his vehicle identified as 15 year old Karlie D. Jones of Holts Summit. The other driver sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Capital Region Medical Center.

 

MODERATE INJURIES IN MONROE COUNTY WRECK

An 82 year old O’Fallon, MO driver sustained moderate injuries in a one vehicle wreck in Monroe County around 8:45 Tuesday morning. The Highway Patrol reports J.C. Brown was northbound on Highway 107, 12 miles east of Paris when his vehicle went off the roadway, overcorrected and overturned coming to rest on it’s top on the southbound shoulder. Brown was transported by Monroe County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

LEWIS COUNTY ACCIDENT RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES

An accident at midnight on Tuesday in Lewis County resulted in moderate injuries for an O’Fallon driver. The Patrol said 52 year old Christopher Neustadt was northbound on Highway H, one mile  north of Lewistown when his vehicle travelled off the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest on it’s wheels. The driver was transported to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment.

 

OVERTURNED VEHICLE IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY

A 66 year old Lexington driver had minor injuries after her vehicle crossed the center line on US 24, west of 131 Highway in Lafayette County shortly before 5 am Tuesday. The Highway Patrol reports Linda J. Brock was behind the wheel when her vehicle went off the roadway struck an embankment and overturned. She was transported to Center point for treatment.

 

FARMERS PICNIC IS THIS THURSDAY IN BROOKFIELD

The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the Farmers Picnic for our agriculture community.  This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday night starting at 5 pm at the East Shelter House at South City Park in Brookfield. Music will be provided by Thomas Production and the 4-H Hall of Fame Family, Scholarship recipients, and Royalty will be announced.  Local and area politicians will be serving the catered meal.

 




07/12/2016

 

MACON RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN WRECK

Two vehicles were totaled after an accident involving a tractor on US 36, just west of Anabel in Macon County around 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. The Highway Patrol reports 55 year old Kent E. Oliver of Macon was westbound on the shoulder of the highway on a farm tractor. The tractor was being followed by another westbound vehicle traveling on the shoulder and operated by 53 year old Lois C. Oliver of Macon. A third auto, driven by 56 year old Ernie D. Lea of Macon was also westbound and struck the rear of the vehicle following the tractor. Both autos skidded with one overturning off the right side of the road, while the other overturned on the roadway, striking the tractor. Lea sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency personnel. No other injuries were reported.

 

MINOR INJURIES FOR MILAN DRIVER

A Milan woman was treated for minor injuries at Sullivan County Hospital after a one vehicle accident around 8:13 Monday morning. The Patrol said 35 year old Jennilyn Wenseslao attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway resulting in her vehicle going off the road and overturning. The accident happened on MO Route 6, 1 mile east of Reger in Sullivan County.

 

SALINE COUNTY ACCIDENT EARLY MONDAY MORNING

A truck driver from Oak Harbor, OH received minor injuries after falling asleep at the wheel on Interstate 70 in Saline County around 3:15 Monday morning. The Patrol reports the vehicle driven by 45 year old John W. Walls eventually landed on its side after going off both sides of the roadway and striking a ditch. The driver was transported to University Medical Center for treatment.

 

RICHMOND DRIVER KILLED IN CLAY COUNTY CRASH

A 19 year old Richmond man was killed in a one vehicle wreck in Clay County at 7:10 Sunday night. The Highway Patrol said 20 year old Alisha E. Weir of Richmond was the driver and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck two trees, ejecting a passenger identified as 19 year old Luke A. Hubbard who was pronounced dead at the scene. Weir sustained serious injuries and was transported to Liberty Hospital.

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT RESULTS IN INJURIES

Two people were injured in a Callaway County accident on Route H at the Middle River around 9:50 Monday morning. The Highway Patrol reports 33 year old Joshuah D. Campbell of Fulton was driving when the vehicle travelled off the roadway and overturned into a water filled creek, coming to rest on its top in the water. The driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries while a passenger, 1 year old Brett D. Campbell received serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

MINOR INJURIES IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISSION

A 21 year old Fulton driver received minor injuries in a two vehicle collision in Boone County around 7:20 Monday morning. The Patrol said 21 year old Chelsea Malinski of Fulton was eastbound on Route WW at El Chaparral when 23 year old Darrius J. Robinson of Columbia drove into her vehicles path. Malinski was transported by private vehicle to University Hospital for treatment.

 

MOTORISTS URGED TO USE ALTERNATE EAST-WEST ROUTES

Repairs to the Lamine River bridges west of Boonville started Monday which significantly affects traffic on Interstate 70. Both Westbound and Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane and will share a bridge. A single lane will run in each direction for up to 45 days and is expected to cause significant travel delays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while th


07/11/2015

 

MOTORCYCLE AND DEER COLLIDE RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES

A Macon man received serious injuries when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway on US 24, 2 miles east of Moberly around 8:45 Saturday night. The Highway Patrol said Morgan G. Lowrey was westbound and was ejected when his motorcycle struck the deer and overturned. He was transported to University Medical Center for treatment.

 

MALTA BEND MOTORCYCLIST INVOLVED IN HOWARD COUNTY WRECK

71 year old Thomas E. Malter of Malta Bend sustained minor injuries when he failed to negotiate a curve on his motorcycle on MO 87, just north of Route K in Howard County shortly after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The vehicle travelled off the roadway and overturned. The driver was transported to Boone Hospital for treatment.

 

UNIONVILLE DRIVER INVOLVED IN PURSUIT INJURED IN WRECK

A Unionville man who was involved in a pursuit with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department ended up wrecking his vehicle around 8:40 Friday night. The Highway Patrol said 25 year old Christoper W. Sears was southbound, 1 mile south of Unionville, south of Black Jack Trail. His vehicle entered a field, overturned, came to rest on its top and ejected the driver. Sears was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

LAPLATA DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN ONE VEHICLE SCOTLAND CO WRECK

A 16 year old driver from LaPlata sustained minor injuries after swerving her vehicle to avoid an animal in the roadway on Route AA, 2 miles east of Memphis around 12:45 Sunday morning. The vehicle traveled off the road and struck an embankment. Emily R. Hilpert was transported by private vehicle to Scotland County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

SPRINGFIELD MAN DROWNS AT LONGBRANCH LAKE

A 30 year old Springfield man drowns while swimming at Long Branch Lake around 11:45 last Thursday night. The Highway Patrol said Matthews Metz went swimming at Long Branch Lake Campground area, became submerged and did not resurface.

 

HIGHWAY T BRIDGE AND OTHER PROJECTS NOW FUNDED

Several highway resurfacing projects and bridge repairs or replacements are just a few of the projects now funded in Missouri’s five-year Statewide Transportation Program. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the projects at it’s meeting last Thursday. Included in the funded projects is the replacement of the bridge on Macon County Route T over Thomas Hill Lake. The bridge was closed in February of last year after significant deterioration was found on the beams.  The MoDOT Area Engineer said the bridge will be replaced later this year.

 

KIRKSVILLE STREET IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY

The City of Kirksville will begin asphalt street surface improvements on the downtown streets today. The work will be completed from 6 PM to 6 AM Monday through Saturday and is expected to last for 3 to 4 weeks depending on weather.  No Parking will be allowed on the downtown streets from 6 PM to 6 AM. Public parking lots are available nearby. For more details visit the city website, www.kirksvillecity.com or call Project Manager Linda Jepson at 660-341-8874.




07/08/16

 

TWO HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT MOTORCYCLE CRASH    

Two occupants of a motorcycle, from Macon and Excello, were injured in a Thursday night accident on Route 129, north of Salisbury.  If occurred just after 10:30pm.  47 year old Randall Watts, of Macon, was the driver of the northbound motorcycle.  He suffered serious injuries. His passenger, 46 year old Stacey Sipe, of Excello, sustained moderate injuries.  They were both treated at University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says the motorcycle ran off the highway when Watts failed to negotiate a curve. 

  

PEDESTRIAN HIT ON HIGHWAY 63 IN CLARK    

A California, MO man was struck by a vehicle while walking along Highway 63 in Clark, Thursday night.  The patrol says a passing motorist saw the man lying along the southbound side of the roadway, just after 9:30pm.  The pedestrian, 36 year old Mustafa President, of California, said he was struck by an unknown vehicle while walking on the shoulder of the highway.  He was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. 

  

CREWS CONTINUE TO RESTORE POWER AFTER STORMS        

Ameren officials report just over 100 Randolph County households still without power this morning.  Thursday morning’s severe storms caused nearly 70 percent of Randolph County residents to lose power as strong winds took down numerous trees and power lines, causing damage to homes, vehicles and businesses around the county.  Several thousand Audrain County residents were left without power after the storms…mostly in the Mexico area.  That number is also down to just over 100 this morning.  A number of Centralia residents are still without power this morning and City officials say a few individual homes may not have power restored until the weekend.  The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touchdown near Harrisburg.  Significant wind damage was also reported in Marceline, with numerous trees and large limbs down and several reports of damage to homes and vehicles.  Damage reports were received from several other areas as well, including Salisbury, Hallsville and Auxvasse.  

  

FOUR ARRESTED IN VANDALIA DRUG BUST        

Four suspects, including two teenagers, were arrested this week in a drug bust in Vandalia.  The East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a Vandalia home, where, officers say, they found meth, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with sixteen guns and ammo.  Four suspects were arrested…42 year old John Couch and 38 year old Angela Fischer were both charged with distribution of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.  18 year old Patrick Couch and 18 year old Marissa Richard were each charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.   




07/06/16

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO HOME WITH AX    

A Kirksville man faces charges after allegedly breaking into a home with an ax.  21 year old Cody W. Elder, of Kirksville was charged Friday with first and second-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest and property damage.  According to the probable cause statement, officers found Elder inside an apartment holding an ax.  They say he was apparently intoxicated and said he’d found the ax outside and a door to the apartment appeared to have been broken with the ax and a second floor bedroom sustained similar damage.  Elder then allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot, until he twisted his knee while running through a ditch.  His bond has been set at $75,000 dollars. 

  

CHILLICOTHE TRAFFIC STOP NETS DRUG CHARGES      

A 4th of July traffic stop by Chillicothe Police resulted in the arrest of a suspect on felony drug charges.  It occurred just before 10:45pm Monday at Polk and Locust Streets in Chillicothe.  Officers arrested the driver, Jimmie Lee Erwin, on a Belton, MO warrant for domestic assault.  He was also arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance.  Erwin is being held on $15,000 dollars bond in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. 

  

MODERATE INJURY WHEN TRASH TRUCK STRUCK BY TRAIN       

A Clark man was treated for moderate injuries after a trash truck was struck by a train on Main Street in Madison.  The collision occurred Tuesday afternoon at around 4:30pm.  29 year old Leroy Horton, of Clark, was the driver of the trash hauler.  The patrol says it was struck when he attempted to cross the tracks and failed to yield to a westbound train.  Horton was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  

WARNING FOR PEDESTRIANS TRESPASSING ON TRAIN TRACKS    

Missouri safety officials are sending out new warnings, after a series of recent incidents involving pedestrians being struck while trespassing on train tracks.  Four pedestrians were struck and killed by trains in Missouri over the 4th of July holiday weekend.  MoDOT officials remind you that railroad tracks are private property and trespassing on them is dangerous and illegal….and can be deadly.  Last year, 25 trespass incidents resulted in 15 fatalities in Missouri.  So far this year, there have been 12 trespass incidents resulting in six fatalities and four serious injuries.  Do not walk on or over railroad property…that is trespassing.  Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings and never walk around a lowered gate at a crossing.  

  

BODY FOUND IN LAKE OF THE OZARKS           

Authorities are working to determine the identity of a body found Tuesday in the Lake of the Ozarks.  The body of an unidentified male was found by a boater, near the 8-mile marker of the Lake’s main channel.  That is in the vicinity of the location of a personal watercraft, which was found adrift on Friday and had prompted a search of the area over the weekend.  The death investigation is ongoing. 

  

THREE MEN HURT WHEN PULLED THROUGH DRAINAGE TUBE     

Howard County authorities say three workers were injured when they were pulled through a drainage tube Friday.  A total of four men, all in their 30’s, were cleaning out a clogged 18-foot drainage tube for a small private lake in the Glasgow area.  Officials say three of the men were pulled through the tube and were hospitalized.  Two of the men were flown to Columbia by helicopter with life-threatening injuries.  There was no update on their condition. 




07/05/16

 

HANNIBAL TEEN KILLED ON RAILROAD TRACKS      

A Hannibal teenager was killed while walking on the railroad tracks, just south of Hannibal, Monday afternoon.  19 year old Alec C. Ogden, of Hannibal, was pronounced dead at the scene, at around 4:30pm Monday.  The patrol says he was struck by a southbound train while walking on the tracks. 

 

MIAMI MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH       

A Miami, MO man was life-flighted to Centerpoint after a Monday afternoon ATV accident on Saline County Route F. It occurred just after 3pm.  The patrol says 28 year old Kagin Simpson, of Miami, was westbound and following another ATV too closely when his vehicle struck the rear of the other.  He was ejected when the ATV ran off the highway, went down an embankment and struck a tree. 

 

BEVIER TEEN HURT IN WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT  

A Bevier teen was injured in a Friday afternoon motorcycle accident, which occurred at around 12:45pm on Route Z, just north of New Cambria.  18 year old Alex Durham, of Bevier, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident.  The patrol says he lost control of his northbound motorcycle and it overturned on the roadway. 

 

BRAYMER TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT  

A Braymer teen was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Caldwell County Route A, north of Brayer, Saturday night.  16 year old Alexander Rogers, of Braymer, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm.  The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off the highway and struck a tree. 

 

FAYETTE DRIVER INJURED IN MONITEAU COUNTY     

A Fayette driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday night accident in Moniteau County. 21 year old Richard Kite, of Fayette, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30pm on Moniteau County Route T.  The patrol says his pickup ran off the highway, struck a fence and overturned. 

 

TWO KEYTESVILLE KIDS HURT IN ATV CRASH         

Two Keytesville minors were injured in an ATV accident, which occurred last week on a Chariton County road just northwest of Keytesville.  14 year old Allen McKinstry was the driver of the northbound ATV…he was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital with moderate injuries.  12 year old Christian Brockman, of Keytesville, was his passenger…he was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.  The patrol says the ATV ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN FOUND DEAD AFTER SILVER ADVISORY     

A silver advisory, issued over the weekend for a Columbia man, was cancelled after the man was found dead.  Columbia Police say 82 year old Gale Thompson, of Columbia, was pronounced dead Sunday evening, after he was found at Stephens Lake Park.  An investigation is underway.  The silver advisory was issued after Thompson posted on Facebook that he was suicidal and left his Columbia home. 

 

OFFICIALS CONFIRM MISSING COOPER COUNTY WOMAN FOUND DEAD    

Officials have confirmed that a body found over the weekend in Benton County is that of a missing Cooper County woman. 77 year old Laverla Kistler was reported missing from her Cooper County home on June 17.  Her vehicle and her dog were found in the area of the body, which was located Sunday evening.  Officials say early autopsy findings show no sign of foul play. 




07/01/16

 

NICKELL FOUND GUILTY OF CHILD ENTICEMENT   

A Linn County man will likely be headed to prison after a conviction for attempted child enticement this week.  68 year old Ronald G. Nickell, currently of Meadville, was convicted after two days of testimony.  He was accused of graphic online exchanges with an undercover detective, who he thought was a 13 year old girl.  He was arrested after arranging to meet the girl in a Kirksville parking lot.  Nickell previously served four months in jail on a sexual misconduct charge in 2011.  He is scheduled for sentencing on August 15. 

  

DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON FIRE DAMAGES BUILDING     

Carrollton firefighters battled a blaze in a downtown Carrollton building Thursday afternoon.  The fire occurred just after the noon hour, inside the Bank 21 building.  Officials say crews requested mutual aid from Marshall and other communities, but those requests were cancelled as firefighters quickly got control of the blaze.  Damage was apparently limited to that one building.  The fire remains under investigation. 

  

DOWNTOWN GLENWOOD BUILDING COLLAPSES      

A part of downtown Glenwood is blocked off after the collapse of the old Glenwood Community Center building this week.  It occurred Wednesday night at around 10pm.  Officials say the building, located on Highway 202 in Glenwood, is more than 100 years old and has been vacant for about three years.  Despite the collapse, they say neighboring buildings have remained functional. 

  

LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF WARNS MOTORISTS   

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is warning motorists of a pair of suspicious incidents, recently reported on Route Z, just south of Chillicothe.  Motorists say a vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus, approached them from behind while rapidly flashing their headlights on and off, as if to signal the motorist to pull over.  Information suggests both drivers were alone when these incidents occurred and that there may have been as many as three occupants in the suspect vehicle.  If this happens to you, you’re urged to keep driving and call 911 as soon as you’re safely able to do so. 

  

TWO SOUGHT AFTER HOME INVASION ROBBERY      

Two suspects are being sought in connection with an armed home invasion, which occurred in rural Monroe County, early Thursday morning.  The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says two men, armed with handguns, broke into a home just south of Madison, tied up the residents and stole cash and cell phones.  Deputies responded to the call at around 12:30 Thursday morning.  Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement. 

  

MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE COUNTERFEIT BILLS     

Moberly Police are warning local businesses, as they now have multiple reports of counterfeit cash under investigation.  Officials say more than 10 investigations are ongoing.  The counterfeit bills range in denomination from ten to one hundred dollar bills.  Moberly businesses are being urged to be vigilant in closely monitoring any cash transactions. 

  

HALLSVILLE WOMAN REPORTED MISSING      

An endangered person advisory has been issued for a Hallsville area woman, who was reported missing on Wednesday.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says 50 year old Cheryl L. Nelson has not been in contact with her family since Sunday.  She is a white female, about 5-3 and 150 pounds with shoulder length brown hair and hazel eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to call 911. 




06/30/16

 

SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER STATEWIDE INVESTIGATION

A suspect is in custody after the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says it received information that he allegedly was considering killing certain officials in the judicial and/or law enforcement system.  A statewide investigation resulted in Tuesday’s arrest of Cody R. McClintick in Marion County, MO.  Officials say McClintick will be extradited to Livingston County, where he is wanted on a felony warrant for alleged Probation Violation on a felony drug conviction.  He had been a fugitive since June 17. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues.  Livingston County officials say assistance was provided by the Linn County and Marion County Sheriffs, the highway patrol, NITRO Task Force, Brookfield, Chillicothe and Hannibal Police and the Missouri Probation and Parole Office. 

  

ONE LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER KIRKSVILLE COLLISION   

One person was life-flighted from the scene of a mid-day Wednesday collision at the intersection of Highway 11 and 63 in Kirksville. Police say a car driven by a 49 year old La Plata woman was northbound on 63 when a 19 year old Kirksville driver tried to cross and pulled into the path of her vehicle.  Neither driver was injured, but a 22 year old male passenger in the Kirksville teen’s car was hurt.  He had to be freed from the wreckage and was flown by helicopter to Columbia with non-life-threatening injuries.  

  

KIRKSVILLE CALL CENTER CLOSING       

A Kirksville call center with more than 130 full-time and part-time employees is closing, but nearly all of those workers will begin working from home.  According to a news release, Kirksville’s Maritz CX facility will close, but 132 of its 134 employees are expected to join Martiz ‘At-Home Survey Center.  At-home interviewers will be provided with equipment, networking and training online as well as virtual support from supervisors.  The company says the transition will be completed by the end of October. 

  

EMERGENCY LANDING AT COLUMBIA REGIONAL AIRPORT     

Emergency crews responded, but no one was injured, when a single-engine plane made an emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport Wednesday.  Authorities say the plane was originally supposed to land at Jefferson City Memorial Airport, but was diverted to Columbia after it had landing-gear issues.  As the plane landed, the nose partially collapsed and it had to be towed from the runway.  The pilot was the only one on board and no one was injured. 

  

I-70 CHASE TURNS INTO MONTGOMERY COUNTY MANHUNT   

A female suspect is in custody after a high-speed chase on I-70 Wednesday morning resulted in a manhunt in Montgomery County.  The highway patrol began pursuing female, after she was spotted in a stolen car and driving recklessly, near the 132 mile marker on I-70.  Spike strips were deployed and the vehicle was disabled southwest of High Hill, off an outer road.  The suspect fled the scene on foot, into a wooded area, prompting a search by authorities.  Authorities say the suspect allegedly took a second vehicle and also broke into a home.  She asked those residents to take her to a local hospital, where she is now in custody.




06/29/16

 

NEMO TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER CRASH     

A northeast Missouri teenager was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on a Marion County highway.  It occurred Tuesday night, at around 11:40pm, on Route 168, about four miles west of Palmyra.  The patrol says an eastbound vehicle, driven by 18 year old Isaac Swarnes, of Philadelphia, ran off the roadway, struck a driveway and several trees, then overturned and struck a utility pole.  Swarnes was flown by Survival Flight to University Hospital, with serious injuries. 

  

MARCELINE 4TH OF JULY IS UNDERWAY       

Marceline’s annual 4th of July Celebration got underway Tuesday night with the opening of the Carnival and the annual talent show.  There’ll be arm band nights every evening thru Monday, from 7 to 11pm, along with a nightly schedule of events. 

Tonight (Wednesday) - Gospel Night, starting at 7pm on the Ripley Park Stage. 

Thursday - Tiger Booster Auction, starting at 6pm. 

Friday - live music by Rock ‘N Roll Revival 

Saturday - the baby show at 6:30pm followed by DJ Music

Sunday  - ‘Buffalo Burger day’ - live music by Riker 

Monday’s schedule includes the Firecracker Run at 7am, the parade at 5pm, followed by live music by One Horse Town and the annual fireworks display at 11pm.  It’s the Marceline 4th of July Celebration…underway in downtown Marceline. 

 

 LARGEST CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHT IN DC      

Central Missouri Honor Flight transported its largest group of area veterans to Washington DC overnight, after leaving Columbia Regional Airport just after 2 o’clock this (Wed) morning.  The group of 75 veterans will tour the Capitol’s memorials and monuments and then return to Columbia tonight.  The public is encouraged to attend a Welcome Home ceremony at Columbia’s Courtyard Marriott.  The ceremony is expected to begin shortly after 10:30pm. 

  

COLUMBIA BUSINESS OWNER PLEADS GUILTY          

The owner of a Columbia convenience store has pleaded guilty to selling synthetic marijuana.  Rafiqui Khan, owner of Mari’s Gas Station on Prathersville Road, admitted to buying synthetic marijuana from another person and selling it at his store.  Deputies say a search of the store turned up more than 35 pounds of the product, which was labeled as incense and potpourri.  Khan faces up to five years in federal prison in the case.  Sentencing is still pending. 




06/28/16

 

CAMERON TEEN KILLED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT  

A Cameron teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Monday night on a county road, just north of Cameron.  17 year old Taylor Mefford, of Cameron, died in the accident.  She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 16 year old Brendan McCarthy, of Cameron.  The patrol says he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, but the passenger was not.  She was partially ejected from the vehicle when McCarthy lost control and it ran off the roadway and overturned.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.  McCarthy was treated and released with minor injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. 

  

CLARENCE MAN HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION      

A three-vehicle accident on Highway 36 in Shelby County sent a Clarence man to the hospital with moderate injuries.  55 year old Walter Daniel, of Clarence, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 11am Monday on 36, just east of Shelbina.  Daniel was the driver of an eastbound self-propelled mower conditioner.  The patrol says it was struck in the rear by an eastbound semi, driven by an Illinois man.  After the collision, a tire from the mower-conditioner struck and damaged an eastbound motor home, driven by an Indiana man.  Neither of the other drivers were injured. 

  

REGIONAL MISSOURI BANK WARNS OF TELEPHONE SCAM     

Regional Missouri Bank is warning area residents of a telephone scam that has been reported.  Someone is making calls that show a Regional Missouri Bank name and telephone number on caller ID.  When answered, an automated operator says press 1 to eliminate debt.  These calls do not originate from Regional Missouri Bank and the bank does not make any automated calls.  If you receive an automated call, you’re advised to hang up and never give out any personal or financial information to an unsolicited telephone caller.  

  

TWO ARRESTED FOR COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED         

Columbia Police have arrested two suspects, in connection with last week’s shots fired incident, which occurred Wednesday in the area of Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70.  24 year old Quenten Maurice Hunt and 23 year old Darryl Eugene Troy, Jr. were arrested during a traffic stop over the weekend.  They’re accused of firing multiple shots at a vehicle, in which a 31 year old male, 25 year old female and a one year hold child were riding.  The car suffered substantial damage and ended up striking a parked car on Lynn Street.  Investigators say the woman in the vehicle was injured by shattered glass. 




06/27/16

 

HALE DRIVER KILLED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT      

A Hale driver was killed, over the weekend, when her van collided with a tractor-trailer, on Highway 36 near Monroe City.  32 year old Tanya M. Woody, of Hale, died in the accident, which occurred just after 2 o’clock Friday afternoon.  The patrol says her westbound van struck a westbound tractor-trailer in the rear and then caught fire and became engulfed in flames. 

  

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN KNOX COUNTY CRASH       

A Saturday accident in Knox County sent two occupants of a vehicle to the hospital with serious injuries.  It occurred just after 11:30am on Route T, about 9 miles south of Edina.  33 year old Sung Lee, of Edina, was the driver of northbound car.  The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.  Lee was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries.  His passenger, 22 year old Emily Kim, of Sugar Hill, Georgia, also suffered serious injuries.  She was taken to Blessing Hospital by ambulance. 

  

TWO HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH         

A driver and passenger from New Franklin were both treated for moderate injuries after a Friday night accident on Howard County Route Z.  It occurred at around 8:20pm.  25 year old Justin Ewings, of New Franklin, was the driver of the eastbound car.  The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned.  Ewings and his passenger, 11 year old Amy Reinbold, of New Franklin, were both treated for moderate injuries at Cooper County Memorial Hospital. 

  

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN TREATED AFTER SELF-INFLICTED WOUND

A Chillicothe woman is recovering after suffering a knife wound to the abdomen, over the weekend.  Chillicothe Police were dispatched to a report of a suicidal woman in the 400 block of Raynard Street.  Upon arrival, they found the woman lying on the front porch with the knife protruding from her abdomen.  It was determined that the injury was self-inflicted.  She was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury and for further evaluation. 

  

COLUMBIA HOMICIDE VICTIM IDENTIFIED               

Columbia Police have identified Saturday’s homicide victim as 25 year old Edmund ‘Ricky’ Randolph, Jr.  Officers say Randolph was found dead in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive, just before 7am Sunday.  Police say there is evidence of foul play in the case and it is being investigated as a homicide.  The cause of death hast not been released. 




06/24/16

 

THREE DRIVERS HURT IN KIRKSVILLE ACCIDENT      

A three-vehicle collision in Kirksville, Thursday morning, sent all three drivers to the hospital.  Police say it occurred at around 9am at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Northtown Road in Kirksville.  They say a northbound car, driven by a Kirksville woman, was struck by a car driven by a Green City man.  A third vehicle, driven by a Macon woman, with two passengers, was rear-ended.  All three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

  

HALLSVILLE COLLISION INJURES KIRKSVILLE DRIVER      

A Kirksville driver sustained moderate injuries in a three-vehicle collision on Boone County Route B, just south of Hallsville.  It occurred just before 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  22 year old Dustin Parton, of Kirksville, refused treatment for moderate injuries at the scene.  The patrol says Parton was northbound and attempted to pass another vehicle.  His car collided with an oncoming SUV, driven by a Columbia woman. 

  

HIGBEE FATHER & SON INJURED IN CRASH          

A Higbee driver and his teenage son were both injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Route B in Higbee.  It occurred at around 1pm.  44 year old Robert G. Boyd, of Higbee, was the driver of a northbound car.  The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an eastbound pickup driven by 59 year old Robert Cordle, of Higbee.  Boyd was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.  His 16 year old son was taken to University with minor injuries. 

  

CYBER INVESTIGATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS      

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about the dangers of social media, as a Cyber Crimes investigation is being conducted.  They say one or more area juvenile females report being approached on social media by a person claiming to be an adult male with a common foreign last name.  The subject is apparently seeking explicit images and conversation from the juveniles and may be attempting to engage in additional criminal activity.  The information is being shared with the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the FBI for additional investigation.  If you know anyone that has been contacted in this manner, contact your local law enforcement agency. 

  

ONE HURT AS COLUMBIA SHOOTING INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY 

Columbia Police are investigating an early-morning shooting on Hirth Avenue, with at least one person treated for an injury.  Officers say the victim was taken to a Columbia Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg.  Details on how the shooting occurred are being investigated.  Officers were called to the scene on Hirth Avenue, between West Worley and Donnelly in Columbia, just after midnight this (Friday) morning.  No additional information is available as of yet. 




06/23/16

 

CAIRO MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT     

A Cairo man was injured when his motorcycle ran off a Monroe County highway, Wednesday afternoon.  68 year old Kenneth Tebow, of Cairo, sought his own treatment for moderate injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 2:15pm.  The patrol says Tebow failed to negotiate a curve on Route M, about seven miles south of Madison.  His motorcycle overturned and skidded off the left side of the roadway. 

  

CARROLLTON WOMAN INJURED IN COLLISION           

A Carrollton woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car collided with another vehicle on a Jackson County exit ramp.  57 year old Cindy Slater, of Carrollton, was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after the accident.  It occurred Wednesday afternoon just after 4pm.  The patrol says she was driving on the Route 291 exit ramp to 210 Highway when her car struck a vehicle as it attempted a left turn. 

  

COOPER COUNTY SILVER ADVISORY STILL IN EFFECT     

The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department continues to look for leads in connection with a missing woman, who was experienced symptoms of dementia.  77 year old Laverla Kistler has not been seen since a silver advisory was issued last Friday.  She last spoke to a family member from her Cooper County home on June 14.  Kistler is a 77 year old white female, 5-6 and around 155 pounds, with white hair and green eyes.  She was driving a 2004 silver Kia van with Missouri license DD1B0Z.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Cooper County Sheriff’s Office at 660-882-2771. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT      

A Columbia man was charged with distributing meth after a search warrant was served Wednesday.  Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies and Columbia Police searched a motel room, a storage unit and a vehicle and found items related to meth distribution, along with more than an ounce of the drug and $10,000 dollars cash.  44 year old Philip Kay Pearl, of Columbia, was arrested and charged with distributing meth.  

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED    

Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident that involved multiple vehicles Wednesday night.  Police were called to the 200 block of Lynn Street.  Investigators say they believe three vehicles were involved in an exchange of gunfire at Business Loop 70 and Garth Avenue.  One of those vehicles crashed into a parked car on Lynn Street and suspects fled on foot.  No injuries were reported, as police continued their investigation. 




06/22/16

 

TWO HURT IN CHILLICOTHE ACCIDENT      

Chillicothe Police report a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Highway 36 and 65 interchange in Chillicothe.  It occurred just before 4pm.  Officers say a vehicle driven by Dennis Norvill, of Chillicothe, was eastbound on the Highway 36 off ramp, ran through the intersection of Highway 65, then went airborne and impacted the ground more than 100 feet off the roadway and struck a ravine.  A passenger in the vehicle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.  Norvill refused treatment at the scene. 

  

FAYETTE DRIVER INJURED IN ATV CRASH       

A Fayette driver suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday afternoon ATV accident.  32 year old Matthew Colvin, of Fayette, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm.  The patrol says he was driving an ATV on a Howard County gravel road when it ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned. 

  

WELLSVILLE DRIVER INJURED IN RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT    

A Wellsville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Ralls County highway, Tuesday afternoon.  38 year old Jeana Fulton, of Wellsville, was taken to Audrain Medical Center in Mexico for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off Route B, about six miles south of Perry, and overturned. 

  

CLARK COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL METH CONSPIRACY  

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a Clark couple have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Randolph and Boone Counties.  33 year old Miguel Flores-Ramirez pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday.  His wife, Kena Marie Flores-Ramirez, entered her guilty plea in May.  Both pleas were in connection with a federal indictment from October of 2014.  They were accused of conspiring to acquire a shipment of meth for resale.  Under federal statutes, both are subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison without parole.  A sentencing date for the couple has not been set. 

  

MAJOR CASE SQUAD INVESTIGATING DEATH OF COLUMBIA MAN  

The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad is investigating the death of a Columbia man, whose body was found Monday inside a car on a rural Callaway County.  Authorities say the case is being investigated as a homicide.  The victim has been identified as 34 year old Steven Mullens, of Columbia.  Results of an autopsy performed in Columbia on Tuesday are pending as the investigation continues.  The major case squad has established a phone line for tips specific to this investigation.  Anyone with information is urged to call 573-876-2166. 




06/21/16

 

WEATHER CAUSES POWER PROBLEMS/FLASH FLOODING 

A major power outage affected the city of Brookfield early Tuesday morning.  The power went down just after 6:15am and Ameren reported more than 2,000 households and businesses without power in Linn County, most of those in the city of Brookfield - including our KZBK studios.  Power was restored to most of those customers at around 7:30am. 

Flash flooding is occurring across parts of the area this morning, with radar estimated rainfall amounts in the 3 to 6 inch range in some locations.  Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Linn, Livingston, Grundy, Daviess and Harrison Counties and heavy rain is affecting travel in several other locations as well.  Motorists are warned to be on the lookout for water over the roadways…do not drive into high water. 

Monday evening’s storms caused significant issues, including a number of power outages in several area counties.  Officials are reporting that nearly all of those residents have had power restored overnight.  Monroe County suffered a lightning strike at the county courthouse, which affected the 911 center Monday night, but backup systems operated normally until the main service could be restored.  Moberly Fire Station #2 reported some damage to its roof, due to high winds, but it was considered minor.  There were several reports of tree and power line damage due to strong winds.   

  

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE STRING OF BURGLARIES 

Kirksville Police are seeking two suspects in connection with several burglarized businesses and vehicle thefts that investigators believe may be related.  In one of those recent burglaries, the two men entered a business and took several items, including power tools, chainsaws and other lawn care equipment.  Both suspects were wearing masks and one of the men was armed with a handgun.  Police are looking for a person of interest in the case, Jason T. Clair, who is a white male, 5-10 and 150 pounds with numerous tattoos.  He is also wanted by Adair and Scotland County authorities for outstanding warrants.  One business owner is offering a $500 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous Adair County Tips Line at 627-BUST. 

  

KNOX COUNTY ACCIDENT INJURES ONE   

A one-vehicle accident in Knox County sent a driver to the hospital with moderate injuries, Monday afternoon.  It occurred at around 4pm on Highway 6 in Knox City.  84 year old James Sparks, of Ewing, was the driver of an eastbound car.  The patrol says he fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.  Sparks was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. 

  

HAMILTON WOMAN FACES MULTIPLE DRUG CHARGES    

A Hamilton woman is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond and facing four felony drug charges.  Authorities say 24 year old Brandi Nicole McFall, of Hamilton is charged with three felony counts of distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance and one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child.  The charges stem from incidents occurring in April and May of this year. 

  

MORE ON MID-MISSOURI PLANE CRASH     

Officials say the two people who survived Sunday afternoon’s plane crash in Cole County are lucky to be alive, after surveying the condition of the plane.  Both victims were in good condition Monday.  They’ve been identified as Mark Blume, in his 60’s and his stepson, John Abbott, in his 30’s.  Abbott was the pilot of the plane, which went down on private property in Henley, at around 2:30pm Sunday.  Blume was released from the hospital Monday and Abbott is listed in stable conditions.  The FAA is conducting an investigation, which is likely to take several weeks. 




06/20/16

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY TEEN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV CRASH

A Sullivan County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening ATV accident.  18 year old Matthew Stafford, of Humphreys, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm on private property, located north of Browning.  The patrol says Stafford was traveling through a farm field when he lost control of his ATV and it overturned. 

  

BRUNSWICK WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT  

A Brunswick woman suffered serious injuries when her motorcycle ran off Chariton County Route E, just east of Sumner, on Saturday.  55 year old Debrah Berry, of Brunswick, was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident, just before noon Saturday.  The patrol says she was ejected from her northbound motorcycle when it ran off the highway.  

  

IOWA DRIVER HURT IN MERCER COUNTY COLLISION      

An Iowa driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car collided with a pickup on Highway 65, just north of Princeton, Saturday night.  It occurred just before 10:30pm.  The patrol says 57 year old Larry Devitt, of Lineville, Iowa was northbound and made an abrupt turn into the southbound lane, striking an oncoming pickup, driven by 56 year old Steve Colyn, of Indianola, Iowa.  Devitt was treated for moderate injuries at an Iowa hospital. 

 

 KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY     

A Kirksville man is in custody in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred last week.  20 year old Tre Shonta Stewart is being held in the Adair county Jail on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.  He is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.  The robbery was reported late Thursday night, when three victims reported being robbed at gunpoint in the area of Davis and Filmore in Kirksville.  There were no injuries reported and no shots were fired. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN DROWNED AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS      

A Columbia man drowned while swimming at the Lake of the Ozarks, over the weekend.  27 year old Matthew A. Leverett, of Columbia, was swimming in the Grand Glaize arm of the lake at around 3 o’clock Friday afternoon when he went under and did not resurface.  He was pronounced dead a few hours later. 

  

TWO INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON PLANE CRASH        

Two persons were hospitalized with serious injuries after a single-engine plane crashed Sunday afternoon in southern Cole County.  Officials say the plane went down at around 2:30pm in the area of the 1600 block of North Teal Bottom Road in Henley.  Two occupants of the plane, a step-father in his 60’s and step-son in his 30’s, were flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.  Authorities say the FFA will be at the crash site Monday to conduct an investigation. 




06/17/16

 

CHILD HURT IN UTV ACCIDENT        

A 12 year old resident of Minnesota was treated for minor injuries, after he was thrown from a UTV on a Sullivan County road, Thursday afternoon.  The accident occurred at around 3:30pm.  The patrol says the UTV was being driven eastbound by 20 year old Chelsea Hiltner, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota.  It struck a bump in the roadway, ejecting her 12 year old passenger onto the roadway.  The child, also from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital. 

  

KANSAS TEENAGER INJURED IN NORTH MISSOURI CRASH    

A teenager from Manhattan, Kansas was hospitalized after her car ran off Highway 13, just south of Gallatin, Thursday evening.  18 year old Christiana Blundell was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:10pm.  The patrol says she lost control of her northbound car and it ran off the highway and overturned multiple times down an embankment, coming to rest on its wheels in a field. 

  

HAMILTON MAN WANTED IN CAMERON BURGLARY      

A Hamilton man is wanted in connection with a May burglary at a Cameron smoke shop.  Cameron Police say Preston N. White, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of burglary and property damage.  He is accused of breaking into Discount Smoke and Liquor in Cameron on May 13 and taking various items. 

  

STUDENT SENTENCED TO PROBATION FOR MIZZOU THREATS 

A Missouri S&T student, who was charged after making threats against the University of Missouri campus during last fall’s racial unrest, was sentenced to probation Thursday.  Hunter Park was a sophomore at Missouri S&T in Rolla.  Authorities say he posted a number of comments on the social media website ‘Yik Yak’, threatening protestors on the MU Campus. Park pleaded guilty in April to a charge of making a terrorist threat.  Thursday, he was sentenced to three years in prison but that sentence was suspended in lieu of probation.  

  

BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS REPORT SCAM       

The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a mail scam, which has been reported.  County officials say they’ve received numerous reports of non-local residents receiving checks in the mail, supposedly from the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office, as payment for online purchases from Ebay and Craigslist.  The checks are made out for more than the purchase price of the item and the scammer instructs the victim to cash the phony check and send the difference back via wire transfer or money card.  The sheriff’s department asks any area residents receiving such a check to contact them or the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office. 

  

MONTGOMERY CITY MOTORCYLISTS COLLIDE     

A pair of Montgomery City motorcyclists were injured when their bikes collided on Highway 54 at Route FF in Callaway County.  The accident occurred just after 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon.  The patrol says both 52 year old Dorsey Stotler and 63 year old Burton Russell, both of Montgomery City, were eastbound when their motorcycles collided as Russell attempted to negotiate a right turn.  Both men suffered moderate injuries and were treated at University Hospital in Columbia.  




06/16/16

 

QUEEN CITY PASTOR ACCUSED OF SEX ACTS WITH CHILD    

A Queen City pastor is charged with sex crimes against an underage boy.  68 year old George Bradburn, pastor of the Queen City Christian Church, was arrested at his home on Tuesday.  He is charged with one count of first-degree statutory sodomy.  The arrest comes after a two-month investigation, prompted by incidents reported to the Kirkville Police Department.  The male victim accuses Bradburn of numerous sexual encounters, which allegedly occurred regularly from age 13 until the victim turned 18.  Bradburn is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

CHARGES FILED AGAINST BROOKFIELD STANDOFF SUSPECT  

A Brookfield man, who was arrested after a standoff at his home, Monday night, faces 14 felony charges, in connection with the incident.  51 year old Danny Gardner, of Brookfield, is charged with one count of kidnapping, seven counts of armed criminal action and six counts of assault on law enforcement.  Court documents say Gardner fired multiple gunshots in the home.  He is also accused of assaulting and threatening his wife and also threatening law enforcement officers.  Gardner was taken into custody following approximately a two-hour standoff, which included conversations with a Highway Patrol crisis negotiator.  Officers say they found about 30 firearms in the home along with around 50 spent ammunition rounds and numerous bullet holes.  He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.  

  

MARSHALL COUPLE CHARGED FOR FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTIONS 

A Marshall couple faces multiple charges related to fraudulent prescriptions, after an investigation ended earlier in the week.  32 year old Stuart Randall Gossett and 30 year old Natalie Diane Gossett, of Marshall, are each charged with multiple counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance.  Court documents accuse the couple of receiving prescriptions from an employee of a Marshall dental office, who had allegedly stolen a prescription pad and was forging prescriptions.  Both Gossetts have posted $25,000 dollars bond in the case.  They’re due in court for arraignment next week. 

  

FAYETTE POWER OUTAGE WEDNESDAY EVENING        

Fayette residents were without power for much of Wednesday evening.  Officials say a transformer overheated, interrupting power for the entire city of Fayette.  Parts of the city were without power beginning at around 4pm.  The bulk of residents were affected by the outage, starting at around 6 o’clock.  Officials say power to all residents was restored before 8:30 last night.  

  

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE GUNFIRE            

Columbia Police are investigating reports of an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, which occurred Wednesday morning at a Columbia gas station.  Officers say the reports indicated a black SUV and a silver SUV exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the Midwest Petroleum on Paris Road, Wednesday morning.  Police located multiple shell casings but there was no property damage and no injuries reported.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 




06/15/16

 

BIG BAM DAY FOUR – BROOKFIELD TO MACON   

The Big BAM – Bicycle Across Missouri - event makes its way from Brookfield to Macon on this Wednesday.  Today’s route is 59 miles and will take the cyclists down Highway 11 from Brookfield to Rothville, then on Linn County Routes E and JJ to Marceline, then onto Route WW into Macon County, up route 129 to Highway 36, and onto Old 36 and its outer road into Bevier for a lunch stop at Shoemakers RV Park.  The riders will continue on the outer road and Old 36 to the Long Branch Lake exit into Macon.  A full afternoon and evening of activities, including vendors, food and live music, will be held in the Macon County Park.  The Big BAM travels from Macon to Shelbina on Thursday.  Once again, motorists are urged to be on the lookout for cyclists along today’s route, be patient and help them be safe. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES IN KIRKSVILLE COLLISION    

An Iowa couple both suffered serious injuries in a Tuesday night accident on the Kirksville Highway 63 bypass at its junction with Highway 6 east.  The accident occurred just after 6:30pm.  67 year old Janie Adrian and her 69 year old husband John Adrian, both of Richland, Iowa, were treated for serious injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.  Kirksville Police say they were northbound on 63 when a southbound pickup, pulling a camper, and driven by 29 year old Matthew Powell, of Bethel, attempted to turn left into the path of the Adrian’s car.  Powell was not injured.  The intersection was blocked and traffic rerouted for nearly two hours Tuesday evening. 

  

PALMYRA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED     

A Palmyra driver was seriously injured when her car ran off Marion County Route D, just north of Philadelphia, Tuesday night.  It occurred at around 10:45pm.  29 year old Destiny Truax was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident.  The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

  

FLORIDA TRUCKER KILLED IN I-70 CRASH       

A Florida truck driver was killed in a Tuesday morning accident on I-70 in Saline County.  61 year old Wallace Taylor, of Jasper, Florida, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am on Westbound I-70 at mile marker 63.  The patrol says his semi ran off the highway, crossed the north outer road, went down an embankment and overturned.  Taylor was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon. 

  

CAPSIZED BOAT CAUSES EMERGENCY RESPONSE       

Boone County emergency crews responded to a Tuesday night report of a capsized boat floating down the Missouri River near Hartsburg.  The rescue team found a small fishing boat at around 9:15pm, but it was unoccupied and clearly had not been occupied.  No injuries were reported.  Officials say they believe the boat came loose from its moorings upstream.  




06/14/16

 

BROOKFIELD MAN ARRESTED AFTER STANDOFF      

Charges against a Brookfield man are pending this morning, after a Monday evening standoff at his residence.  Just before 6:30pm, police received a report of multiple shots fired inside the home at 610 South Monroe Street. It was determined that the suspect, 51 year old Danny Gardner, of Brookfield, possessed multiple firearms, including long guns and pistols.  Gardner refused to comply with officers instructions to exit the residence.  After multiple phone calls from family members and the Highway Patrol’s Crisis Negotiator, Gardner did exit the residence shortly before 8:30pm and was taken into custody without incident.  Charges are pending at this time.  Brookfield Police were assisted by the Highway Patrol, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Brookfield Fire Department, Marceline Police and the Linn County Ambulance District. 

  

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER  

A Chillicothe woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a drug-related death, which occurred in April of this year.  53 year old Rena Boley, of Chillicothe, was arrested over the weekend and is charged in connection with the death of 40 year old Jennifer Daniel on April 16.  Investigators accuse Boley of providing Daniel with a high dosage of the drug oxycontin, which was found in the victim’s system during an autopsy.   Boley is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

  

UNIONVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN      

Federal prosecutors say they’ll seek the maximum 10 year sentence against a Unionville man, who pleaded guilty last week to child pornography charges.  50 year old Joel R. Bremer, of Unionville, entered his plea in Federal Court in Kansas City.  The charges stem from an investigation begun in 2013, after a 19 year old woman claimed Bremer had sexually abused her for several years.  During the investigation, authorities say they found more than 1,500 pictures and videos of child pornography in his home.   Bremer still faces multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation. 

  

SLATER HOMICIDE SUSPECT MOTIVES DISCUSSED     

The suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Saline County, 58 year old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, says he was protecting his family when he shot the two victims to death.  Owens is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 35 year old Ryan W. Sanders and 83 year old Bonnie Charlene Hupp at two locations in the Slater area.  Sanders was the estranged husband of Owens’ daughter and Hupp’s granddaughter.  According to court documents, Owens told investigators he shot Sanders to protect a family member involved in legal proceedings against him and he killed Hupp based on a long-standing belief that she was responsible for his divorce from her daughter. 

  

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY UNDER INVESTIGATION       

Columbia Police continue to investigate an armed robbery on Sunday, which resulted in a gunshot wound for the victim.  The male victim told officers he was walking on Sexton Road, near Jewell Avenue, Sunday evening, when four black male suspects approached him and demanded cash.  When he refused, he says he was shot by one of the suspects and they all then fled on foot.  The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the investigation continues.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS. 

  

EARLY-MORNING CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY REPORTED       

Columbia Police are investigating an apparent early-morning armed robbery at a Columbia convenience store.  ABC 17 news is reporting a robbery call at the Eagle Stop on Providence Road in Columbia, just before 1am.  The report indicates the incident involved an intoxicated male suspect, armed with a knife.  The investigation is ongoing. 




06/13/16

 

MONROE CITY DRIVER KILLED IN SUNDAY ACCIDENT    

A Monroe City driver died in a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 36, just east of Monroe City.  69 year old Gary Garner, of Monroe City, was killed in the crash, which occurred just after 3pm.  The patrol says Garner lost control of his eastbound car and it ran into the westbound lanes of the highway and struck an oncoming car, driven by an Illinois man, head-on.  That 54 year old Illinois man and his 18 year old son were both treated for serious injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.  Garner was pronounced dead at the scene. 

  

BROOKFIELD TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH     

A Brookfield teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a Livingston County gravel road, Sunday morning.  It occurred just after 8am.  15 year old Ryan T. Fisher, of Brookfield, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident.  The patrol says he lost control of his westbound car and it ran off the roadway and overturned. 

  

KIRKSVILLE DRIVER INJURED WHEN PICKUP OVERTURNS    

A Kirksville driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Adair County Route A, just east of Greentop, Saturday night.  30 year old Thomas L. Miller, of Kirksville, refused treatment for his injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 11pm.  The patrol says his eastbound pickup ran off the highway, overturned and struck a fence. 

  

ETHEL MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ATV ROLLOVER      

A driver from Ethel suffered moderate injuries in an ATV accident on a Macon County road, just north of Ethel.  57 year old Gilbert Garcia was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 8pm Saturday.  His passenger, 21 year old Deidre Pace, of Macon, was treated for minor injuries.  The patrol says the northbound ATV went out of control on loose gravel and overturned. 

  

SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MOBERLY DRIVER FRIDAY NIGHT      

A Moberly driver was seriously injured in a Friday night accident on Monroe County Route YY, southwest of Madison.  20 year old Jacob Buckman, of Moberly, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15pm Friday.  The patrol says Buckman’s westbound car ran off the highway, went airborne and struck several trees, coming to rest on its top. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY UTV ACCIDENT       

A Columbia man was treated for moderate injuries after a UTV ran off Shelby County Route C, just south of Emden, Sunday night.  66 year old Charles Watts, of Columbia, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm.  The patrol says Watts made a left turn onto Route C, when the UTV traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment. 

  

SLATER HOMICIDE SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AND CHARGED       

A suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Saline County spent the weekend in custody, after being arrested Friday.  58 year old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action and one count of burglary.  He is accused in the two murders, which occurred early Thursday morning.  33 year old Ryan Sanders was found shot to death at a Slater home and 83 year old Bonnie Hupp died from a gunshot wound at her home, north of Slater. 




06/10/16

 

DOUBLE HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION IN SALINE COUNTY    

An early Thursday morning ‘shots fired’ call in Saline County has turned into a double homicide investigation, at two different crime scenes.  The Saline County Sheriff’s Department was called to a residence in Slater at around 2am Thursday.  35 year old Ryan Sanders was found shot at that location and later died at an area hospital.  A second victim, 83 year old Charlene Hupp, was found dead at a home just north of Slater at around 8am.  Authorities have confirmed that both deaths are apparent homicides and that the two victims are related by marriage.  A person of interest is being sought in the case. Reports indicate he is a former family member of the two victims.  He is described as a white male, about 6-1 and weighing around 220 pounds.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Department.  

  

NEMO MAN ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTED CHILD ENTICEMENT 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of trying to meet up with an underage girl for sex.  54 year old Verle Gutting, of Alexandria, MO, was arrested in Kirksville, after traveling from his home to meet a 13 year old girl.  The girl was actually an undercover on-line profile by detectives of the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.  When Gutting arrived for the meeting, he was arrested and charged with attempted enticement of a child. 

  

TWO HURT IN NEMO MOTORCYCLE CRASH         

A Marion County motorcycle accident sent a Philadelphia couple to hospital with moderate injuries, Thursday evening.  66 year old Clarence Plunkett was the driver of the motorcycle…he was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.  65 year old Rhonda Plunkett was his passenger…she was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia.  The patrol says they were ejected from their eastbound motorcycle when it ran off Route 168, just west of Palmyra, and struck a ditch. 

  

COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF ARRANGING MEETING WITH CHILD 

A Columbia man faces charges after attempting to arrange a meeting for sex with officers of the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, who were posing as an underage child.  Investigators say detectives were operating undercover online as a 14 year old boy when the suspect, 22 year old Zachary Davis, communicated with them via social media.  Davis is accused of sending at least one inappropriate photo and attempting to arrange a meeting.   He was arrested when he arrived at the meeting site. 

  

BROOKFIELD SUMMER FESTIVAL SET TO GO      

Brookfield’s annual downtown Summer Festival is set to get underway today.  The Brookfield License Bureau office invites everyone to view the Big BAM art show, on display inside their office this afternoon from 3 to 5pm.  The Twin Parks will host a wine and brew review this evening from 5 to 8pm and the Backroads Cruizers parade of classic cars is set for 7pm.  They’ll host a car show in the Twin Parks Saturday, beginning at 9am, with kids games, a bounce house and other activities in the park throughout the day.  Saturday evening is the downtown Summer concert, featuring Kelleigh Bannen, Logan Mize and Dylan Scott.  Gates open at 5pm and tickets are still available.  




06/09/16

 

BROOKFIELD RESIDENTS CHARGED IN DRUG INDICTMENT   

Two Brookfield residents are charged in a federal indictment, for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.  The U.S. Attorney’s office says 31 year old Charleston B. Leach and 31 year old Cecilia Lynn Spath, both of Brookfield, face a four-count indictment.  It alleges that they conspired to distribute meth and that they possessed marijuana with intent to distribute.  Leach is also accused of using the U.S. Mail to facilitate their actions.  Wednesday afternoon, Brookfield Police served federal arrest warrants on the two suspects at a Brookfield residence.  During their arrests, officers say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were observed.  A search warrant turned up additional paraphernalia and counterfeit currency.  Additional charges against Leach and Spath are pending.   

  

NO CHARGES AFTER INCIDENT AT SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICE

A northeast Missouri man spent part of Wednesday in custody, after allegedly making some sort of threat toward the Kirksville Social Security Office.  But, authorities say, the male suspect was released and no formal charges will be filed at this time, pending further investigation.  The incident occurred late Wednesday morning and caused the Social Security office to be placed on temporary lockdown.  No other details have been released. 

  

WANTED SUSPECT TRIES TO FLEE FROM KIRKSVILLE POLICE     

A man wanted on a warrant from south Missouri, now faces charges in Adair County, after fleeing from a Kirksville Police officer.  The officer spotted 37 year old Jason Loman, of Cabool, MO driving in Kirksville Tuesday evening and recognized him as being wanted on a Texas County warrant for Persistent DWI Offender.  Loman is accused of refusing to yield for a traffic stop.  He then allegedly pulled into a Kirksville trailer court and fled on foot into a wooded area.  He was apprehended a short time later.  He is now charged with resisting arrest. 

  

WANTED MOBERLY MAN FACES NEW DRUG CHARGES    

A Moberly man faces a number of new charges, after police sought him on a previous outstanding warrant.  Officers contacted 25 year old Ricky Allen Junior at a Moberly residence, where he was being sought on a warrant for unlawful use of a weapon.  They say Allen was found hiding in a hide-a-bed sofa, on top of meth, marijuana, packaging materials, cash, and a loaded handgun.  He is now being held on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. 

  

MACON COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENED AFTER REPLACEMENT    

A Macon County highway reopened Wednesday, after being closed for more than two months.  Missouri Route 156 is now open at the East Fork Chariton River Bridge, located just east of Missouri Route 3 near La Plata.  The bridge had been closed for a replacement project since April 4. 

  

SPRINGFIELD WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH  

A Springfield woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 63, just north of Westbrook Drive in Boone County, just before 9am Wednesday.  24 year old Anna Martin, of Springfield, was taken to University Hospital for treatment.  The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her southbound car ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned. 

  

COLUMBIA CHILD STRUCK BY POLICE VEHICLE    

Columbia Police say an 8 year old boy was struck by a police department vehicle at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday.  According to the report, an officer was leaving an event at the park when the child was struck.  The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  An investigation is ongoing. 




06/08/16

 

WALSWORTH FAMILY ANNOUNCES MAJOR TWIN PARKS DONATION

A major donation by the Walsworth family will fund a large part of the planned Brookfield Twin Parks renovation.  The announcement was made at the Twin Parks last night, with Don Walsworth and other family members on-hand, to donate $300,000 dollars to the Twin Parks Revitalization Committee.  Committee members say the incredibly generous donation will fund virtually all of the planned improvements for Brookfield’s East Twin Park, including a new entertainment and stage facility.  They say fundraising efforts to complete the planned improvements to the West Twin Park will continue. 

  

CHILD BICYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLLISION   

A northeast Missouri child was seriously injured when a car struck a bicycle in Palmyra, Tuesday evening.  8 year old Aira Hamilton, of Taylor, MO was life-flighted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm.  The patrol says the child was struck after she pulled into the path of a northbound car, driven by 46 year old Tiffany Church of Palmyra. 

  

NEW NEMO AUTISM CLINIC TO OPEN IN KIRKSVILLE    

Governor Jay Nixon joined Truman State University President Troy Paino on Tuesday, to announce five and a half million dollars in state funding for a new Inter-Professional Autism Clinic in Kirksville.  The facility will be housed in the former Greenwood Elementary School building, which is now part of Truman State University.  The 24,000 square foot facility will be renovated to provide comprehensive and in-depth assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum and other neuro-developmental disorders.  Officials say the renovations are expected to begin in 2017 and the clinic is projected to open by the fall of 2018. 

  

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT SOUGHT    

Columbia Police are looking for a suspect in an early-morning armed robbery.  It occurred just after 2am at the Eagle Stop on Providence Road.  Witnesses say a masked and armed male suspect entered the store, demanded cash and then fled on foot.  Police have not yet released details on their investigation. 

  

MAN SHOT HIMSELF IN LEG ON MIZZOU CAMPUS         

Police say a man shot himself in the leg on the Mizzou Campus Tuesday.  Officers say the man, Michael Stout, is not a university employee or student.  He had apparently come to campus to demonstrate a smoothie machine and was showing his gun to a friend when he accidentally fired a round into his left leg.  He was taken to University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

  

HICKMAN COACH’S FUNERAL SERVICES SCHEDULED

Services for Columbia Hickman football coach Arnel Monroe have been finalized.  A memorial service for Monroe will be held Thursday evening at 7pm in Alumni Stadium at Hickman High School.  Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9 to 11am, with Monroe’s funeral beginning at 11am at The Crossing in Columbia.  Monroe died Sunday at the age of 49. 




06/07/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN DAVIESS COUNTY ACCIDENT  

A Cameron driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Route 69 in Daviess County, Monday night.  24 year old Eric Gregg, of Cameron, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 10:30pm.  The Patrol says Gregg was ejected from his northbound car when it ran off the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned. 

  

HOMICIDE SUSPECT ARRESTED BY BOONVILLE POLICE   

Boonville Police have confirmed that a ‘person of interest’ in last week’s homicide of a Fulton man was arrested on a parole violation, over the weekend.  26 year old Raymond Blake Brockway, of Sedalia, was arrested in Boonville Saturday night.  The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad says he is a person of interest in last week’s murder.  The victim, 48 year old Thomas Craig, of Fulton, was found shot to death in Johnson County, south of I-70 between Concordia and Sweet Springs.  No further details have been released. 

  

HIGHWAY PATROL REMINDS MOTORSISTS ABOUT BIG BAM   

The much-anticipated Big BAM (Bike Across Missouri) event is next week, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be on the lookout.  The cyclists will travel a 300-mile route across the state, leaving St. Joseph on Sunday, with overnight stops in Hamilton Sunday evening, Chillicothe on Monday, Brookfield Tuesday, Macon Wednesday, Shelbina Thursday and ending Friday in Hannibal.  Each of those overnight stops will include a variety of activities for the participants and the public, including food and live music.  The Big BAM route will utilize Highway 36 and a number of secondary roadways along the 36 corridor.  Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for bicyclists in north Missouri, throughout next week.  Complete details on the route and the overnight stops can be found on-line at bigbamride.com. 

  

BIKE ACROSS BROOKFIELD WEDNESDAY   

The Brookfield YMCA and Parks & Recreation invite kids to join them for a BIKE ACROSS BROOKFIELD event tomorrow (Wed June 8).  Participants will meet at the Burris Center in Brookfield at 5:30pm for registration and a bike safety program.  The kids will then ride to Tormey Park for a break and will finish at the East Twin parks.  Helmets are required and adult supervision is required for kids 10 & under. 

  

SUSPECTS FLEE FROM COLUMBIA TRAFFIC CRASH      

Columbia Police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene of an early-morning traffic crash.  The accident occurred just before 3 o’clock this (Tues) morning in the 2900 block of Mexico Gravel Road.  Officers on the scene say a vehicle sustained extensive damage with airbags deployed, but there were no victims at the location.  Witnesses report seeing a male driver and female passenger leave the area.  A search was ongoing at last report.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS. 




06/06/16

 

GREEN CITY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ATV CRASH    

A Green City woman was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after an early morning ATV accident, which occurred just after midnight Sunday, on private property near Novinger.  42 year old Julie Muntz, of Green City, was flown to University Hospital by Air Evac helicopter.  She was a passenger on an ATV driven by her husband, 34 year old Aaron Muntz, of Green City.  The patrol says she was seriously injured when they struck a ditch in a farm field. 

 

TRENTON WOMAN HURT AS ATV OVERTURNS     

A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon ATV accident on private property on Route 190 west of Trenton.  It occurred just before 1pm.  26 year old Misty Hanes, of Trenton, was the driver of a westbound ATV.  The patrol says it overturned when she made an abrupt turn while accelerating.  Hanes was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.  Two children, who were passengers, suffered minor injuries. 

  

TWO TEENS INJURED AS ATV’S COLLIDE     

A pair of teenagers were involved in a Sunday afternoon ATV collision on a Daviess County road.  15 year old Tanner Hermanson, of Cameron and 15 year old Jared Groebe, of Osborn, were both westbound when their ATV’s collided.  Hermanson was ejected as his vehicle overturned several times.  He was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. 

  

MOBERLY WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT    

A Moberly woman was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 63 at Dripping Springs Road in Boone County.  21 year old Cheyenne Lipich, of Moberly, was a passenger in a southbound car, driven by 28 year old Jennifer Bell, of Columbia.  The patrol says she attempted a late turn off of 63 and the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a sign post and multiple road signs, went down an embankment and struck a concrete sign base.  Lipich was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries…Bell was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND SEARCH WARRANT  

A Moberly man faces drug charges after a weekend search warrant allegedly turned up meth and drug paraphernalia.  Police served the search warrant Saturday at the home of the suspect, Kevin Lloyd White, on East Coates Street.  Officers say they found meth, scales and packaging materials.  White faces charges of distributing a controlled substance and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. 

  

HICKMAN HIGH SCHOOL MOURNS DEATH OF COACH    

Columbia Hickman High School is mourning the death of its football coach, 49 year old Arnel Monroe, who died Sunday morning of an apparent heart attack.  Monroe was a 1985 Hickman graduate, who began coaching there in 2011.  The Columbia Public School District says they will be offering counselors to provide support for Hickman students this week. 




06/03/16

 

SERIOUS INJURIES IN CHARITON COUNTY COLLISION  

A Chariton County driver was seriously injured when his SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer on a Chariton County road, Thursday morning.  The accident occurred at around 7:30am on Switzer Mill Road, just south of Salisbury.  The patrol says 54 year old Sam Strodtman, of Armstrong, turned into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, driven by an Iowa man.  Strodtman suffered serious injuries.  He was taken by ambulance for treatment at University Hospital in Columbia. 

  

THREE HURT IN CALDWELL COUNTY COLLISION    

Three occupants of two vehicles were injured in a Thursday evening collision on Highway 13, just south of Polo in Caldwell County.  The patrol says a southbound vehicle, driven by 50 year old Mary Bush, of Kingston, was stopped to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by a southbound pickup, driven by 23 year old Katie Jones of Richmond.  Bush and her passenger, 53 year old Janette Busick, of Polo, were both treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital.  Jones refused treatment for minor injuries. 

  

EMPIRE GAS COMPANY CONTINUES WORK IN BROOKFIELD  

Empire District Gas Company reminds Brookfield residents that work is continuing on upgrading gas mains and service lines in parts of Brookfield.  Gas lines are being replaced for all residents living north of Park Street and east of Brookfield Avenue, along with stretches of Wood, Hansen and Green Streets.  Crews have worked to install gas mains first and will then replace service lines.  Officials say they need help from residents in locating any privately-owned underground lines that might affect their work.  They apologize for any inconvenience to homeowners.  If you have questions about Empire’s ongoing work in Brookfield, call Randy Lee or Amy Kepner at their Chillicothe office…646-5851. 

  

RANDOLPH COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE SATURDAY      

The spring and summer months bring Relay for Life season around the area…and the 2016 Relay for Life of Randolph County will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Dr. Larry K. Noel Spartan Stadium in Moberly.  Opening Ceremonies and the survivor lap are set for noon, with a full afternoon and evening of food, games, and lots of other activities to raise money for the fight against cancer.  It’s all happening Saturday afternoon and evening in Moberly. 

  

COLUMBIA TEEN PLEADS GUILTY       

A Columbia teenager, one of three suspects accused of stealing from hundreds of vehicles in multiple mid-Missouri counties, pled guilty to charges in Callaway County this week.  18 year old Ledarion Hunt of Columbia pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including theft of a firearm, burglary and property damage.  He was sentenced to seven years in prison on each of those counts, with the sentences to run concurrently.  Hunt and 18 year old Sarah Gibb, of Moberly, have pled guilty and been sentenced in Boone County.  A third suspect, 18 year old Michael Glasgow, of Columbia, still faces Boone County charges and all three suspects still face charges in Randolph County. 




06/02/16

 

FATAL CRASH WEDNESDAY ON I-70 IN COLUMBIA   

An Illinois man died in a Wednesday afternoon accident on I-70 in Columbia.  Authorities say Robert Johnston, of Greenview, Illinois, died in the crash, which occurred on Eastbound I-70, between the Highway 63 Connector and Lake of the Woods exit.  Police say traffic slowed for an unknown reason and Johnston lost control of his vehicle.  He was ejected as it overturned.  A female passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a Columbia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

  

TWO HURT IN WEDNESDAY COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 63     

A Moberly man was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 63, about a mile north of Clark.  The patrol says 58 year old Gloria Ebert, of Clark, was attempting to turn onto a county road from northbound 63 and she pulled into the path of a southbound van, driven by 79 year old George Bayne, of Moberly.  Bayne was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries.  Ebert was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

  

SALISBURY DRIVER HURT IN CHARITON COUNTY CRASH      

A Salisbury man was injured when his vehicle ran off a Chariton County road, Wednesday afternoon.  52 year old James F. Mott, of Salisbury, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Pleasant Wood road, southeast of Salisbury.  The patrol says he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and ran off the roadway and struck an embankment, suffering minor injuries. 

  

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT   

A Moberly man faces drug charges after a search warrant was served at a Randolph County home this week.  Officers of the Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and North Missouri Drug Task Force conducted the search on County Road 2605.  Officers observed a vehicle leaving the area during the search and a traffic stop also resulted in a search of that vehicle.  Officers say they found meth, packaging materials, scales, cash and other items used in distributing meth.  39 year old Andrew Bradley Ross, of Moberly, is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance.  He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on $100,000 dollars cash only bond. 

  

FORMAL CHARGES FILED AFTER SALISBURY SEARCH     

Formal charges have been filed against a Salisbury man in connection with a recent search warrant served in Salisbury.  32 year old Justin E. Still, is charged with multiple counts of distributing, manufacturing or producing a controlled substance.  Still remained in custody, at last report, on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond. 




06/01/16

 

NO DAMAGE WITH WEAK TORNADO IN PUTNAM COUNTY   

A cold front, which pushed through north Missouri Tuesday evening, spawned a few scattered thunderstorms.  One of those storms produced a weak tornado, which touched down in Putnam County just after 7pm.  The National Weather Service says multiple cell phone videos helped confirm the brief touchdown of a weak tornado in a farm field, just west of Unionville.  There was no damage reported. 

  

MACON WOMAN HURT AS VEHICLE OVERTURNS      

A Macon woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Macon County roadway, Tuesday night.  27 year old Katie D. Rudder, of Macon, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then transferred to University Hospital by Air Evac Helicopter.  The accident occurred at around 8:30pm on Nickel Avenue, about a mile north of Highway 36.  The patrol says Rudder lost control of her southbound SUV on loose gravel and it slid off the roadway and struck a utility pole. 

  

MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT      

An area motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday evening accident on a Harrison County highway.  48 year old Jack Henry, of Cainsville, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany after the accident, which occurred at around 6pm.   The patrol says his eastbound motorcycle ran off Route N, just west of Cainsville, struck a ditch and overturned. 

  

PATROL REVIEWS HOLIDAY WEEKEND CRASH STATISTICS  

The Highway Patrol says traffic crash numbers for the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend were up from a year ago.  The patrol investigated nearly 350 traffic crashes and seven fatalities on Missouri roadways over the weekend, up from just under 300 crashes last year.  There were no boating fatalities reported over this year’s holiday weekend, but there were 21 arrests for boating while intoxicated, up from 15 a year ago. 

  

ONE WEEKEND INJURY ACCIDENT ON MARK TWAIN LAKE      

The Patrol reported one accident with injuries on Mark Twain Lake, over the holiday weekend.  A 25 year old woman from Cedar Hill, MO was treated for moderate injuries after a pair of personal watercrafts collided on Sunday afternoon near the 107 Beach Area.  The woman was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. 

  

COLUMBIA STABBING INVESTIGATED           

Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday morning stabbing incident.  Officers were called to the scene on Forest Avenue, just after 2am Tuesday where a 26 year old female victim had suffered a stab wound.  Investigators say the woman apparently went to another woman’s home and got into an altercation with her.  No arrests have been reported. 




05/31/16

 

DRUG ARRESTS AFTER SEARCH AT SALISBURY DINER   

One suspect faces felony drug charges after a search warrant was served Friday at the 24 Diner in Salisbury.  Officers with the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Chariton County Sheriff’s Department, Salisbury Police and the Highway Patrol executed the search Friday morning.  They seized items commonly associated with the sale and use of illegal substances, including what they believe to be meth, marijuana, oxycodone pills, scales, baggies, pipes and snorting straws.  A 31 year old white male was arrested at the scene and transported to the Randolph County Justice Center, pending formal charges for distribution of a controlled substance.  Another male suspect at the scene was cited for misdemeanor possession. 

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN KILLED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT      

A Kirksville woman died in a weekend accident on Highway 6, just west of Edina.  It occurred Saturday afternoon at around 3:15pm.  The patrol says 22 year old Robin Helm, of Kirksville, was killed when her westbound car ran off the highway and overturned. 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER ROLLOVER CRASH 

A Kirksville driver was flown to Columbia with serious injuries after his car ran off Highway 63, just north of La Plata, and overturned, just before noon on Monday.  24 year old Cameron Ohaver, of Kirksville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident.  The patrol says his southbound car suffered a mechanical failure and skidded off the roadway, thru the median, and overturned across northbound 63.  His passenger, Cohen Ohaver, of La Plata, was treated for minor injuries. 

 

THREE HURT AS ATV’S COLLIDE ON COUNTY ROAD

Three persons were injured as three ATV’s were involved in a Monday night accident on Fox Pen Road, just south of Queen City.  It occurred at around 8:40pm.  The patrol says two ATV’s, driven by 26 year old Nicholas Lovingier, of Greentop and 42 year old Jason Pearson, of Greentop, met and collided at a hillcrest.  A third ATV, driven by 20 year old Brody Watkins, of Kirksville, collided with Pearson’s ATV.  Both Watkins and his passenger, 20 year old Darian Rader, of Novinger, were ejected from their vehicle.  Both suffered moderate injuries.  Rader was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center and Watkins was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.  Pearson refused treatment for minor injuries. 

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN NEMO COLLISION  

A Kirksville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car collided with a pickup on Highway 61 in Ralls County, at around 7:45 Sunday morning.  The patrol says the pickup was southbound, driven by 25 year old Dennis Powell, of Hannibal, when it struck a bridge, ran off the roadway and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of 61 and collided head-on with a car driven b