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April 19, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

30 year old Brittany Miller of Brookfield was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday afternoon in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 1:30pm as she was on US 63 when her SUV ran off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail.  She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MODOT HIRING WORKERS AT JOB FAIR IN SHELBINA

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host a job fair to hire multiple full-time positions including:  Maintenance workers, Highway designer/Civil Engineer, signal/Lighting electricians, and mechanics/equipment technicians. The event will be from 10am – 2pm Saturday, April 20, at the MoDOT Shelbina Maintenance Facility, 213 N. Douglas, ShelbinaMO 63468.

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more. 

MoDOT is a diverse workplace dedicated to safety and personal and professional development.

Applicant information:

Bring a valid driver’s license.

Applications can be completed on-site or ahead of time at modot.org/careers. An active email address will be required.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma/GED and a valid driver's license.

If offered a position, applicants also must successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screening, work simulation and physical at a separately scheduled date and time.

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A Moscow Mills man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12am Wednesday in Pike County.  The patrol says that 41 year old Derek Wolfe was on Highway PP when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, crossed the center of the road, went off the left side, struck a tree and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was transported by Survival Flight to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.





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April 18, 2024

 

14 BRIDGES IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI SCHEDULED FOR REHABILITATION

Weather permitting, the week of April 22, bridge rehabilitation work is set to begin on 14 rural Northeast Missouri bridges, a project that spans six counties. The Missouri Department of Transportation has contracted with Capital Paving & Construction, LLC to complete the projects which includes bridges in Audrain, Lincoln, Marion, Montgomery, Pike and Ralls counties. These bridges were included in the Safe and Sound Bridge program which rebuilt more than 800 bridges approximately 12 years ago.

Locations are as follows:

Audrain County, Route B - Over Branch Lick Creek, 2.7 miles from Route J

Audrain County, Route D - Over Scattering Fork, 2.07 miles from Missouri Route 15

Audrain County, Route FF - Over Davis Creek, 0.5 mile from Route M

Lincoln County, Route V - Over Sugar Creek, 0.98 mile from U.S. Route 61

Marion County, Route D - Over South Fabius River, 0.69 mile from Route M

Monroe County, Route Y - Over Reese Fork in Audrain County, 0.71 mile from Route NN

Montgomery County, Route AA - Over Coon Creek, 0.63 mile from Route PP

Pike County, Route H - Over Little Ramsey Creek, 1.8 miles from Route W in Paynesville

Pike County, Route W - Over Guinns Creek, 1.16 miles from Route F

Pike County, Route W - Over Ramsey Creek, 0.39 mile from Route WW

Pike County, Route AC - Over Sandy Creek, 2.24 miles from Missouri Route 161 in Middletown

Pike County, Route M - Over South Branch Indian Creek, 0.34 mile from Route V

Pike County, Route V - Over Indian Creek, 3.16 miles from Route M

Ralls County, Route P - Over Spencer Creek, 0.87 mile from Route K

Six phases are included in the scope of rehabilitation work. The contractor currently plans to complete a single phase on all bridges before progressing to the next phase of work. To minimize the overall impact to motorists, there will be brief work zones at each bridge while work is active.

During these time periods, flaggers will direct motorists through the one-lane work zones. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place while work zones are active. Crews will be present during daylight hours, Monday through Friday. All work is weather permitting, and schedules are subject to change. All work is scheduled to be completed by November 1.

A list and interactive map of all project locations within the contract can be found on the projects webpage at https://www.modot.org/SASNE.

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, April 12 at approximately 9:12pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of W Liberty in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found flame coming from an unattached garage.  The fire was extinguished with the garage suffering serious damage.  None of the other nearby structures were damaged.  Investigation led to the arrest of Travis E Saylor, age 35, on Saturday, April 13 at approximately 3:40pm.  Mr. Saylor was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Arson 2nd degree.  Mr. Saylor suffered minor injuries from the fire.  No one else was injured.

 

On Saturday, April 13 at approximately 8:17pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of S Clark Street in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found that fire had spread from an unattended pile of burning brush and was moving through private property towards the roadway.  The fire was contained after burning less than a tenth of an acre.  There were no injuries from the incident.  

 

On Wednesday, April 10 the Mexico Public Safety Department took four reports of copper being stolen from air conditioner condenser units in the central business district area.  Investigation indicates that the damage and thefts occurred during the morning hours of the 9th and the 10th and that two white males were involved.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100 or CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477.  CRIMESTOPPERS tips leading to an arrest or charges are eligible for reward.

 

MARCH 2024 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment increased by 8,100 jobs in March 2024 and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 3.3 percent. Private industry employment increased by 7,100 jobs and government employment increased by 1,000 jobs. Over the year, there was an increase of 54,200 jobs from March 2023 to March 2024 and the unemployment rate increased by half of a percentage point, from 2.8 percent in March 2023 to 3.3 percent in March 2024. Read the full report at https://meric.mo.gov/missouri-monthly-jobs-report





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April 17, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

A woman was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night in Ralls County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:50pm as two vehicles were westbound on US 36 when 32 year old Danielle Altheide of Quincy, IL attempted a left turn from the driving lane and her van struck a tractor trailer driven by 36 year old Bradley White of Shelbina.  She was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TWO INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were injured in an accident that occurred after 10pm Monday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that a truck driven by 40 year old Nicholas Hamilton of Washington was stopped at a stop sign on Horseshoe Bend Loop when he pulled out in front of a car driven by 34 year old Michael Williams of Union and they collided.  Williams sustained moderate injuries while Hamilton suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

GOV. PARSON ORDERS FLAGS TO HALF-STAFF IN HONOR OF LAKE LAFAYETTE POLICE CHIEF STEVEN A. SINGER

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson ordered U.S. and Missouri flags to be flown at half-staff at government buildings in Lafayette County and all police stations in Missouri on Wednesday in honor of Lake Lafayette Police Department Chief Steven A. Singer.

“Chief Singer devoted 20 years of his life to protecting his community and was committed to advancing professional development among law enforcement investigators as an active member of the Missouri Investigators Association,” Governor Parson said. “We are grateful for his public service, and Teresa and I send our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.”

On the evening of April 7, Chief Singer was on duty with the Lake Lafayette Police Department when he responded to a report of subjects trespassing near the dam of Lake Lafayette. When he arrived, the subjects fled on UTVs. Chief Singer searched for the subjects before clearing the call. He then suffered a fatal heart attack in the early morning hours of April 8.

Singer, 48, was a 20-year law enforcement veteran. He graduated from the University of Central Missouri's Police Academy on March 31, 2004, and in June 2004 joined the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy and the Lake Lafayette Police Department as chief. He served as a deputy sheriff until June 2015.

Chief Singer had been a member of the Missouri Investigators Association since 2005 and had served as a member of the organization’s Membership Committee, Training Committee, and as vice president and president. He had also served in the Lafayette County Assessor’s Office, where he rose to the position of deputy assessor in September 2017 and continued to serve in that capacity.

The flags will be held at half-staff on the day of Chief Singer’s memorial service.


 




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April 16, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Linn man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:05pm Sunday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Lakin Stull was on Route Y when his motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries. 

DRIVER INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

35 year old Adam Ritter of Vandalia was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Ralls County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:40pm as he was on Route F when he swerved to avoid a deer, causing his car to run off the right side of the road and struck a tree before coming to rest.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

TEEN HURT IN ATV MISHAP

A teen was hurt in an ATV mishap Sunday evening in Ralls County.  MSHP stated that the 17 year old boy from Center was on North East Street when he attempted to jump a culvert on an ATV and was ejected from it.  He was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.  The mishap occurred at 8:15pm Sunday.

HANNIBAL LICENSE OFFICE CONTRACT UP FOR BID

The Missouri Department of Revenue has announced the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) of the license office in Hannibal located at 21 Northport Plaza, HannibalMo.63401.  Bids started being accepted April 10, and must be submitted by April 23.

For a list of bid opportunities and bid response instructions, please visit Missouri’s statewide electronic procurement system, MissouriBUYS, at missouribuys.mo.gov/. Interested groups or individuals who wish to bid to operate the Hannibal License Office must have an active Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and must submit the proposal under the legal entity name for which the FEIN was assigned.

 





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PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI


The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.


All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.


Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.


Adair County


Missouri Route 11 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Beechwood Trail to Impala Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Audrain County


Missouri Route 151 – April 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 116 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Knox County


Missouri Route 6 – April 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.5 mile before the North Fork South Fabius River bridge to just after the North Fork South Fabius bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.


Route K – April 23 – 24, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Route EE to Eagle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route K – April 25, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Elk Road to Elkhart Place between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Route V – April 15, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route V Spur between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Route V – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V Spur to Emma Place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Lincoln County


Route P – April 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Cross Road to Old Dameron Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Macon County


Missouri Route 3 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Chariton Street to Front Street between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.


Route F – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile north of Denver Place to Desoto Place between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.


Route M – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 2.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.


Route Z – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Cannon Street to Arizona Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route AA – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.


Route AA – April 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Route DD – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Route PP – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 4.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Route UU – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from Old Highway 36 to Clarence Street 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.


Marion County


U.S. Route 36 – April 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 61 to Harrison Hill in Hannibal between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.


U.S. Route 36 (Westbound) – April 23, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from Route U to Route J between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Monroe County


Route U – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 477 to CR 469 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route U – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 469 to CR 463 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route U – April 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 455 to CR 465 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route U – April 24 - 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 436 to CR 450 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Montgomery County


Route K – April 22 - 25, CLOSED for core drilling operations from Missouri Route 19 to Route P between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Pike County


Route W – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 220 to 0.50 mile south of CR 220 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Randolph County


U.S. Route 63 (Southbound) – April 15, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile south of U.S. Route 24 to 1.5 miles south of U.S. Route 24 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.


Route Z – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile west of Route C to 1.5 miles west of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.


Schuyler County


Route H – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Goober Run Road to Lick Skillet Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Route V – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route D to Hilliard Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Route W – April 22 - 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Wabash Street to Hoot Owl Ridge between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.


Scotland County


Route A – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 161 to CR 155 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route A - April 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 108 to CR 116 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route A – April 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from State Street to Arcade Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route H - April 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 460 to CR 470 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route H - April 24, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 708 to Route N between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route H - April 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 716 to CR 803 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route EE - April 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to CR 817 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route RA - April 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route U to CR 116 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Shelby County


Route KK – April 15 - 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.


Warren County


I-70 (Westbound) – April 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION will be in place on westbound I-70 in Warren County beginning at the Missouri Route 47/I-70 interchange for surveying work, extending approximately 3,900 feet beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th through 6:00 a.m. on April 16th.


I-70 (Westbound) – April 15 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION will be in place on westbound I-70 in Warren County, approximately one-half mile east of Wright City interchange for surveying work, beginning at 9:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th through 6:00 a.m. on April 16th.


Missouri Route 94 – April 15 – 16, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Massas Creek Road to Route B between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

MODOT: DISTRACTED DRIVING AFFECTS EVERYONE, “WORK WITH US” IN WORK ZONES


In 2023, 35 fatalities occurred in work zone crashes, the highest number of work zone fatalities in Missouri history. Distracted driving contributed to 588 work zone crashes and five of those fatalities. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, with National Work Zone Awareness Week occurring April 15-19. MoDOT is asking motorists to “Work With Us” by making safe, responsible choices behind the wheel and slowing down when driving through work zones.


Using a cell phone while driving is now against the law in Missouri. The Siddens Bening hands free law, which took effect last August, prohibits drivers from physically holding or supporting a cell phone while driving; this includes sending or receiving texts and recording or watching videos. Drivers can face criminal charges for crashes that result in property damage, injury or death.


It’s not just a courtesy to slow down and move over for these work zones—it’s the law. Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to change lanes, if safe to do so, when approaching MoDOT vehicles, law enforcement vehicles and any other emergency vehicle with lights flashing. If drivers can’t change lanes safely, they must slow down as they pass the emergency vehicles. Drivers should be aware of changing traffic conditions, observe warning signs and merge before reaching lane closures.


In 2023 alone, MoDOT work zone vehicles with truck mounted attenuators were struck 63 times, an increase of 27 from the previous year. These crashes are almost always a result of drivers being distracted behind the wheel and/or driving too fast for the conditions.


At its core, the Buckle Up Phone Down initiative is about prioritizing personal safety.  Forty-five percent of those killed in work zone crashes last year were not wearing a seat belt and the overall unbelted fatality rate so far in 2024 is the highest recorded in recent years. Everyone carries the responsibility of personal safety. Wear your seat belt, put the phone down and help save lives on Missouri roadways.


MDC REPORTS YOUNG HUNTERS TOOK 3,721 TURKEYS OVER YOUTH WEEKEND


Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young turkey hunters in Missouri harvested 3,721 birds over the past youth weekend, April 6 and 7. Top harvest counties were Gasconade with 92 birds harvested, Osage with 90 and Franklin with 89.


Young hunters checked 2,550 birds during the 2023 spring youth weekend.

"Favorable morning weather appears to have more than made up for some windy afternoons this year,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Nick Oakley. “Youth harvest increased by more than a thousand birds compared to the 2023 youth season and was the highest harvest total since 2017. Successively better hatches over the last several years have helped the turkey population stabilize and hunters are starting to see the results of that in the field.


Get more harvest information by county at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

The regular spring turkey season runs April 15 through May 5. For more information on spring turkey hunting in Missouri, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.






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April 12, 2024

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN EQUIPMENT GRANTS TO MISSOURI LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIRE SERVICE AND EMS PROVIDERS

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson announced that the Missouri Department of Public Safety has approved 70 grants totaling $5 million to law enforcement, fire service and EMS providers in class three counties across the state for new equipment to allow first responders to better respond to emergencies and provide additional protection as they do their jobs. 

Grant funded equipment includes patrol vehicles, mobile data terminals, body cameras, firefighter turnout gear, extrication equipment, ambulances, cardiac monitors, pediatric resuscitation devices, and emergency communications radios.

“Across our state, Missouri first responders bravely respond to emergencies, including floods, droughts, train derailments, traffic accidents, and beyond. In times of crisis, we call on them, and we could not be more proud,” said Governor Parson. “These grants will provide vitally important equipment to help law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMS personnel do their jobs more effectively and make our Missouri communities safer.”

Grants were awarded as follows (the complete list of recipients and grants amounts is available here):


MDC CHANGES TURKEY REGULATIONS FOR FALL HUNTING

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to turkey hunting regulations for the fall seasons. The Missouri Conservation Commission gave final approval to the changes at its April 5 open meeting in Rolla.

The approved changes to fall turkey hunting will reduce the harvest limit from four to two birds of either sex and will now require both fall firearms turkey hunters and fall archery turkey hunters to purchase a fall turkey-hunting permit. Turkeys will no longer be included in the archery-deer permit.

According to MDC, the changes to fall turkey hunting regulations aim to reduce the fall harvest while maintaining as much opportunity for hunters as possible.

The Commission gave initial approval to the regulation changes at its December open meeting. The changes were then open for public comment from Feb. 2 through March 2. MDC received about 40 comments with most pertaining to the removal of turkeys from archery hunting permits.

The Commission previously approved MDC changes to shooting hours for the regular spring turkey season. Shooting hours are extended for private land only from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. Shooting hours on public land will remain a half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. These changes are effective for the Spring 2024 turkey season. The annual youth spring turkey hunting portion will continue to have extended shooting hours from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset for both public and private land.

Learn more about turkey hunting in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

MOFB INSURANCE ANNOUNCES 9TH ANNUAL HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER CAMPAIGN

The number of Missourians facing hunger would fit into Busch Stadium more than 15x. Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance (MOFBI) recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry families across the state. For the ninth consecutive year, insurance agents and producers, customer service representatives, regional coordinators and many volunteers are accepting donations now to April 30 at office locations across the state. The 2024 Home Run Against Hunger campaign is one of several events Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance organizes annually to help those in need.

Unfortunately, one in every eight Missouri children is faced with not knowing when they will eat their next meal on a regular basis. You can help provide hope by donating. Missouri’s food banks are working to provide relief to many families struggling to make ends meet, but they can’t do it alone. A donation of only $25 can provide up to 100 meals for our neighbors in need.

Help us fight hunger. The most-needed items include: canned meat, canned fruits and vegetables, beans, rice, cereal, peanut butter, soups and pasta. Drop off donations (food or funds) at your local county office between April 3 and April 30 or text MOFB2024 to 44-321. All donations serve local communities.

During the campaign’s final days, each MOFBI office will deliver donations to a local pantry. A statewide grand total of donations in pounds will be announced along with total monetary donations. Last year’s efforts garnered nearly 4.4 tons of food and over $16,100.





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April 11, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Montgomery City woman was hurt in a chain-reaction accident that occurred at 4:45pm Tuesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Allie Klein was on US 54 when her car struck the rear of a car driven by an 18 year old boy from Centralia pushing his car into a truck driven by 62 year old Nicholas Parrish of Thompson.  Klein was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

A man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Pike County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 6:35pm as a truck driven by a 16 year old boy from Bowling Green began to merge into the left turn lane of US 61 when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by 38 year old Justin Sipp of Fenton.  After impact the car skidded and overturned.  Sipp was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

CANADIAN MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Canadian man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday evening in Warren County.  State troopers stated that 26 year old Kyler Jay of Alberta, Canada was westbound on I-70 and following behind an SUV driven by 51 year old Suzanne Lawson of St. Louis when he attempted to lane split between the SUV and a tractor trailer when his motorcycle struck the passenger side of the SUV.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.  The crash happened at 9:30pm Tuesday.


 




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April 10, 2024

 

TROY MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT IN LINCOLN COUNTY

A Troy man was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred at 8pm Monday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Michael Milberg was on Route U when he lost control of his motorcycle and it traveled off the left side of the roadway and ejected him from it.  He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

A Monroe City woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Marion County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 9:45am as 71 year old Deborah Watson was on US 36 when she lost control of her truck and it traveled off the north side of the roadway and overturned in the median.  She was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

25 year old Kenneth Sgrignuoli of Moberly was hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in Randolph County.  MSHP stated that he was on US 24 when his vehicle ran off the road.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.  The crash happened at around 4:55pm Monday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, April 5 at approximately 8:39pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of N Washington in reference to an aggressive dog.  Responding personnel found that a dog, whose owner lives in the area, was running loose when it attacked two dogs that were in a front yard on leashes.  As people attempted to separate the dogs, one person shot the attacking dog, injuring it.  One of the other dogs was killed during the attack and the other was injured.  Both dogs that survived the incident were taken for medical assistance and are expected to survive.  Mexico Public Safety and Mexico Animal Control are continuing to investigate.  Everyone is reminded that animal control laws are in place for the safety of all residents and animals.  





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April 9, 2024

 

TWO TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

Two teens were seriously injured in a Saturday night crash in Callaway County.  State troopers stated that an 18 year old boy from Kingdom City was on Route F and driving too fast when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to travel off the left side of the road, struck the ground twice and overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Both the driver and his passenger an 18 year old boy from Auxvasse were taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The crash happened at around 11:20pm Saturday.

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A Palmyra man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at around 6:45pm Sunday in Marion County.  The patrol says that 38 year old Trey Tonnies was on Marion County Road 402 when he lost control and his motorcycle ran off the roadway.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

A Shelbina woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Monroe County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:05pm as 47 year old Dawn Rojas was a passenger in an SUV driven by a 16 year old girl from Clarence.  They were on Highway A when the teen stopped for a deer in the road and backed into a ditch.  Rojas was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

STATE TO CARRY OUT SENTENCE OF BRIAN DORSEY

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson confirmed that the State of Missouri will carry out the sentence of Brian Dorsey on Tuesday as ordered by the Supreme Court of Missouri.

"Brian Dorsey punished his loving family for helping him in a time of need. His cousins invited him into their home where he was surrounded by family and friends, then gave him a place to stay. Dorsey repaid them with cruelty, inhumane violence, and murder," Governor Parson said. "The pain Dorsey brought to others can never be rectified, but carrying out Dorsey’s sentence according to Missouri law and the Court’s order will deliver justice and provide closure."

Dorsey murdered his cousin, Sarah Bonnie, and her husband, Ben Bonnie, in the middle of the night after they rescued Dorsey from drug dealers attempting to collect debts at Dorsey’s apartment earlier in the day. After he murdered them, Dorsey raped Sarah’s corpse as the Bonnies’, now-orphaned, four-year-old daughter slept in another room. Numerous jurors and courts have determined the judgment Dorsey received is an appropriate and legal sentence for his heinous crimes.


 




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April 8, 2024

 

NARCOTICS INVESTIGATION NETS TWO ARRESTS IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Over the last few months, Chillicothe Police Officers and Detectives have worked on a narcotics investigation.  As a result, Detectives filed for and were granted a Livingston County Search Warrant through the Livingston County Associate Court.  On Thursday April 4 at approximately 7am, a team of Officers and Detectives executed the Livingston County Search Warrant in the 200 block of Walnut Street.  As a result of this search warrant, Officers located narcotics and evidence of the use and distribution of narcotics in a protected location.

Two Chillicothe residents, a 42-year-old female of Chillicothe and a 44-year-old male, were arrested.  They were taken to the Law Enforcement Center where they were processed and transported to the Caldwell County Detention Center pending formal charges.  During the course of this investigation, a significant amount of Methamphetamine was confiscated and taken off the streets of Chillicothe, making the community a safer place for families and community members.  

 

SOLAR ECLIPSE & DRIVER EXAMINATION TESTING

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like the public to be aware the upcoming solar eclipse may affect driver examination skills testing times.  The solar eclipse in Missouri is expected to begin at approximately 12:35pm, Monday April 8 and reach a total eclipse at 1:55pm in most areas.  The eclipse will be complete and end at approximately 3:14pm.  Some areas of Missouri will experience a total solar eclipse, while all areas of the state will experience a partial eclipse.  It is expected that interest in the solar eclipse will increase both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Drivers, who wish to take a skills test on April 8, should be aware that Driver Examination Stations may suspend testing during the solar eclipse in the interest of safety. Driver Examination Stations will post signs at locations open April 8, announcing any temporary suspension of testing.  Applicants who currently have a scheduled appointment during the eclipse will be contacted and given the opportunity to reschedule.  Note: CDL skills tests include pre-trip, basic, and road tests.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Beechwood Trail to Impala Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

U.S. Route 63 – April 11, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Shepherd Avenue to Route P between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Clark County

Route AA – April 8 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 0.10 mile north of CR 117 to CR 52 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

Lincoln County

Route P – April 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Cross Road to Old Dameron Road between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Macon County

Missouri Route 3 – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Chariton Street to Front Street between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route F – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile north of Denver Place to Desoto Place between 12:00 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route M – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 2.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Route P – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from Falcon Street to Puzzle Lane between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Route Z – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Cannon Street to Arizona Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 9 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route AA – April 17 - 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route DD – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Route PP – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from 3.5 miles east of U.S. Route 63 to 4.0 miles east of U.S. Route 63 between 1:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Route UU – April 16, CLOSED for seal coating operations from Old Highway 36 to Clarence Street 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 – April 8 - 9, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Illinois state line to Harrison Hill in Hannibal between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 36 – April 17, LANE RESTRICTION for patching operations from U.S. Route 61 to Harrison Hill in Hannibal between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Monroe County

Route A – April 10-11, CLOSED for railroad maintenance from 4,500 and 4,750 feet north of U.S. Route 24 in Holliday between 7:00 a.m. on April 9 and will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on April 10.

Route U – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 477 to CR 469 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 17, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 469 to CR 463 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Montgomery County

Route F – April 8, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Long Road to Manley Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Pike County

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – April 8 – 9, LANE RESTRICION for patching operations from Route HH to Route OO between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – April 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 61 to CR 36 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route W – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 mile north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 220 to 0.50 mile south of CR 220 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Ralls County

Route O – April 12, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Mills Creek Place to Dow Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Randolph County

U.S. Route 63 (Southbound) – April 15, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile south of U.S. Route 24 to 1.5 miles south of U.S. Route 24 between 8:00a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

Route D – April 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to 0.5 mile south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 2.0 miles south of Route C to 2.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route Z – April 16, LANE RESTRICTION for seal coating operations from 1.0 mile west of Route C to 1.5 miles west of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Route DD – April 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1310 to 0.5 mile south of CR 1310 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

Route C – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route CC to Route N between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route H – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Goober Run Road to Lick Skillet Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Shelby County

Route KK – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route KK – April 15 - 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Warren County

Missouri Route 94 – April 15 – 16, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from Massas Creek Road to Route B between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.





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April 5, 2024

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

Both drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 7:40pm Wednesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that a 17 year old boy from Auxvasse was on US 54 when his SUV struck the rear of an SUV driven by 32 year old Shelby Stephan of Jefferson City.  The teen suffered minor injuries while the woman sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  

 

WOMAN HURT IN BOONE COUNTY WRECK

63 year old Mary Back of Fulton was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Boone County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at around 1:50am as she was westbound on I-70 when her SUV struck the towed unit of a semi which had overturned on to its left side from a previous crash that was blocking the roadway.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

THREE INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

Three people were injured in an early Thursday morning crash in Shelby County.  State troopers stated that a tractor trailer was parked on the shoulder of US 36 when it was struck in the rear by a freightliner driven by 45 year old William Watson of Nashville, GA.  Both Watson and his passenger 45 year old Sonya Watson were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment of minor to moderate injuries respectively, while the man in the parked semi 32 year old Salim Munawari of Houston, TX was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash happened at 4:40am Thursday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Tuesday at approximately 9:52pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1500 block of S Western St, in reference to gunshots being fired.  Responding personnel learned that Floyd W Dudley, age 36 of Mexico, was involved.  As investigation into what occurred continued, MPSD learned that between about 8:00pm on the 2nd and 8:00am on April 3rd, there were four incidents of Mr. Dudley shooting at houses and cars belonging to three different people in Mexico.  The three people all knew Mr. Dudley personally.  In addition, later in the morning of April 3rd, Mr. Dudley was in a physical altercation with another person at a house where he has stayed in the past.  No one was injured during any of these incidents.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Dudley for 1st Degree Assault.  Anyone with information about any of these incidents or about Mr. Dudley's location is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 581-2100 or (573) 473-5800 or CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477.  CRIMESTOPPERS information leading to an arrest or conviction could result in a reward.





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April 4, 2024

 

PEDESTRIAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

A pedestrian was seriously injured after being struck by a truck at 8:10pm Tuesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 27 year old Caleb Hotchkin of Odessa was on US 54 when his truck struck a man.  The man who was identified as 63 year old Terry Follis of Auxvasse was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

APRIL IS NATIONAL SAFE DIGGING MONTH

Warmer weather usually means an increase in outside projects that may require digging or excavation work.  If you are building a deck, planting a tree, or completing a large project, Missouri law requires anyone digging underground to notify Missouri 811 (by calling 811 or placing a locate request online at www.missouri-811.org before any excavation begins.  The call will be taken by the Missouri 811 Call Center, which then notifies all relevant utilities in the project area.  Once Missouri 811 is notified, utility companies will mark the approximate location of their underground lines, request additional information or advise you that they do not have facilities at the excavation site.

Hitting an underground line can cause serious injury, it could disrupt service to you and other customers and it could potentially result in fines and repair costs.  The Missouri Public Service Commission reminds consumers to call before you dig. It’s free and it’s the law.  

 

UPDATE: ROUTE J IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC

Route J in Montgomery County is open after being closed between Mineola and Big Spring Quarry Road due to flooding.






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April 3, 2024

 

TWO HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A woman and a baby boy from Greentop were hurt in a Monday afternoon crash in Adair County.  MSHP stated that 28 year old Natasha Findling was on Highway J when her car ran off the right side of the road and overturned several times. She sustained moderate injuries, while her passenger a 1 year old boy suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.  The crash happened at 2:45pm Monday.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT MISHAP

41 year old Amanda Weis of Fayette was seriously injured in a Monday night mishap in Howard County.  State troopers report that it happened at around 11:30pm as she was on 880 County Road 404 when her vehicle went off the left side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING WRECK

A Bowling Green driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday evening in Pike County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at 11pm as 61 year old Daniel Edmond was on the Outer Road of US 61 and driving too fast for weather conditions when his SUV ran off the road and struck a utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.  

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Wright City teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 3:20pm Monday in Warren County.  The patrol says that the 16 year old boy was on Route H when his jeep traveled off the right side of the roadway, went over a private drive and became airborne, struck a tree, a utility pole, a guy wire and overturned, before hitting a tree.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.






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April 2, 2024

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

29 year old Jared Bourque of New Iberia, Louisiana was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:30am as he was on Highway 156 three miles east of La Plata when the U Haul truck he was driving ran off the left side of the road, struck the ground and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

ONE KILLED, TWO INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

A woman was killed, while two others were injured in a Sunday night crash in Clark County.  MSHP stated that 70 year old John Briggs of Kahoka was on Route B at Route C when he failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the path of a truck driven by a 17 year old girl from Kahoka and her truck struck the passenger side of his truck.  A passenger in Briggs’s truck 71 year old Linda Smith of Kahoka was pronounced dead at the scene, meanwhile another passenger 56 year old Riva Weir of Keokuk, IA was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL with serious injuries.  Briggs sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital for treatment.  The crash occurred at 8:10pm Sunday.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONROE COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Hermann man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 1:50am Sunday in Monroe County.  The patrol says that 64 year old Clifford Deatsch was on MO 15 when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a driveway, became airborne and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was air-lifted by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

RESURFACING WORK ONGOING AT ROUTE BB IN AUDRAIN AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES

Weather permitting, a resurfacing project located on Route BB in Audrain and Montgomery counties, from U.S. Route 54 to Missouri Route 161, is ongoing.

The $4.7M contract, awarded last year to Magruder Paving, LLC of Troy, Missouri, includes several additional resurfacing projects scheduled to be completed by November 1, 2024:

 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 9-foot width restriction at the location where crews are actively working.  Flaggers and a pilot car will be utilized for traffic control to guide traffic through the work zone.  Workers will be present during daylight hours.  All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.






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MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Thursday March 28 at approximately 7:45pm, Moberly Officers responded to the 700 block of Franklin St in reference to gunfire in the area. While in route, Officers learned of a physical altercation at the same residence with a male who fled the area on foot.

 

Upon arrival, Officers located a male juvenile south of the residence. The subject was determined to be involved in the altercation and was detained. Officers returned to the residence and contacted numerous individuals.

 

It was determined that a firearm was discharged inside the residence during a physical altercation. The altercation moved outside, and another firearm was discharged. One female subject was treated on scene for minor injuries.

 

Moberly Detectives were called to the scene, and they later executed a search warrant.

 

Four adults and three juveniles were detained and transported to the Moberly Police Department. The juveniles were turned over to their guardians and the Randolph County Juvenile Office. The adults were released from custody pending formal charges. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Moberly Officers were assisted by Randolph County Deputies.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below. MoDOT asks drivers to work with us by buckling up, putting your phone down, slowing down and moving over in work zones.

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – April 1 – April 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route J to Shingle Oak Way between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 151 – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Clark County

Route AA – April 8 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 0.10 miles north of CR 117 to CR 52 between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.

Knox County

Route V – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Lewis County

Route DD – April 1 - 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route 6 to 230th Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Macon County

Route AA – April 9 – 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route K to National Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 36 – April 5, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Illinois state line to Harrison Hill between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Monroe County

Route A – April 9 – 10, CLOSED for railroad maintenance from 4,500 and 4,750 feet north of U.S. Route 24 in Holliday between 7:00 a.m. on April 9 and will reopen at 6:00 p.m. on April 10.

Route U – April 4 - 8, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 0.50 miles west of Route 107 to 0.50 miles east of CR 479 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

Montgomery County

Route F – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Long Road to Manley Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – April 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route JJ to Fairview Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – April 3, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V to Davis Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Pike County

U.S. Route 61 (Southbound) – April 8 – 9, LANE RESTRICION for patching operations from Route HH to Route OO between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 2 – 4, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 miles north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 miles north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Ralls County

Route O – April 12, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Mills Creek Place to Dow Trail between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Randolph County

Route D – April 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to 0.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route D – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 2.0 miles south of Route C to 2.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route DD – April 9, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1310 to 1.5 miles south of CR 1310 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

Route C – April 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route CC to North Tower Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route C – April 8 - 10, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route CC to Route N between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route H – April 11, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Goober Run Road to Lick Skillet Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route P – April 2 – 4, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 63 to Woodys Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Shelby County

Route P – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to the end of state maintenance between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Route KK – April 12, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 201 to CR 207 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Confluence Rivers To Acquire Lake Sherwood Water And Sewer Systems

The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved, with conditions, an application filed by Confluence Rivers Utility Operating Company, Inc. (Confluence) seeking authority to acquire and operate the water and sewer systems of Lake Sherwood Estates Association (Lake Sherwood) in Warren County. The Commission has also granted a certificate of convenience and necessity (CCN) to Confluence to operate the water and sewer systems, subject to certain conditions. Lake Sherwood held an election on July 10, 2023, and voted to approve the sale of the Lake Sherwood assets.

The Commission determined: 1) There is a need for the service; 2) Confluence is qualified to provide the proposed service; 3) Confluence has the financial ability to provide the service; 4) The proposal is economically feasible; and 5) The service promotes the public interest. “Based on the application and Staff’s recommendations, the Commission concludes that the factors for granting a certificate of convenience and necessity to Confluence have been satisfied and that, with the reasonable and necessary conditions set out by Staff, it is in the public interest for Confluence to provide water and sewer service to Lake Sherwood,” said the Commission.

Lake Sherwood currently charges $13.65 per month for water with an additional $4.10 per additional 1,000 gallons used. Lake Sherwood currently charges a fixed fee of $31.52 per month for wastewater. Confluence proposes to adopt the existing water and sewer rates for Lake Sherwood until such time as the rates are modified according to law. According to the application, Confluence provides water service to approximately 5,200 customers and sewer service to approximately 5,100 customers in Missouri. Lake Sherwood provides water and sewer services to approximately 492 customers in Warren County.


 




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March 29, 2024

 

BRIDGE REHABILITION PROJECTS SCHEDULED ON MISSOURI ROUTE 19 NORTH OF HERMANN

Weather permitting, April 3, two bridge rehabilitation projects are scheduled to begin on Missouri Route 19 in Montgomery County, located over the Missouri River and the Loutre River north of Hermann.

Temporary traffic impacts will occur at the bridge locations between Missouri Route 94, south of McKittrick, and Missouri Route 100 in Hermann.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane during the day at the location where crews are actively working for the duration of the project. Flaggers and a pilot car will direct motorists through the work zone. Workers will be present Monday through Friday during daylight hours. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place for the duration of the project. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.

 

SAFETY IS IMPORTANT DURING TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE

The Missouri State Highway Patrol asks the public to be aware of and plan for the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. The viewing path in Missouri will cover more than 115 miles of the state. Totality enters Missouri as it will follow a diagonal line crossing over Poplar Bluff, MO, and exit Missouri at Cape Girardeau, MO, as it crosses the Mississippi River at 2:04 p.m. Thousands of visitors are expected to arrive in the days leading up to the event. This influx of additional motorists will affect traffic patterns. Please plan your trip accordingly.

To avoid the heaviest traffic when traveling for the event, it will be helpful to leave early and plan to remain at your viewing location until a period after the eclipse to avoid any congestion afterwards. For the most up-to-date information on the roads, visit the Patrol's website, 
www.statepatrol.dps.mo.gov, to check road conditions on MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map or download the Traveler Information Map to your smart device.

The Patrol reminds every driver to pay attention, obey all traffic laws, and wear a seat belt.

Additional safe driving tips include:

· Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder.
· Find a safe location to view the event and get there early.
· Don’t take photographs while driving.
· Turn your headlights on and do not rely on your automatic headlights.
· Prepare for extra congestion, especially on interstates, on the day before, day of and day after the eclipse.
· Watch out for increased pedestrian traffic along smaller roads. People may randomly park and walk alongside roads in the hour before the total eclipse to get the best viewing.
· Avoid travel during the eclipse or in the area of the path of totality if you can.
· Never wear eclipse glasses when driving a car or operating a boat.
· Make sure your vehicle is in good condition and has a full tank of gas.
· Bring along water and snacks in your vehicle.

If you have planned a day on the water for April 8, make sure your boat has the proper lighting if you will be on the water during the eclipse. It will become quite dark. Be aware of your surroundings and what hazards exist near your boat leading up to the eclipse, so you're prepared when the eclipse occurs. Always keep a safe distance between yourself and other boaters. Swimmers will be hard to see as the eclipse occurs.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is available to assist you. Should you need emergency assistance, see an impaired or careless driver, or if you see a crime being committed, call 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cell phone. The number is toll-free and rings at the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters.

MISSOURI BROADBAND AVAILABILITY CHALLENGE PROCESS NOW OPEN UNTIL APRIL 23

The Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Office of Broadband Development (OBD) has announced that the Missouri Broadband Availability Challenge Process is now open and accepting challenges until April 23. The challenge process will assist in the investment of $1.7 billion in funding provided by the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

The purpose of the challenge process is to finalize the eligibility of Missouri homes and businesses for funding through the BEAD program. It will allow Missourians and broadband stakeholders to provide evidence that the Missouri Broadband Availability Map does not accurately reflect the availability or quality of internet service at a given location. Through the challenge process, OBD will collect input important to achieving its goal of connecting all Missourians to quality, high-speed internet.

To assist challenge process participants, OBD has published a series of online resources that include a challenge portal user guide, data downloads reflecting the status of locations, the approved BEAD Initial Proposal Volume 1, and various how-to guides. These resources are currently available on OBD’s challenge process webpage.

During the challenge process, providers whose service is challenged will have 30 days to file rebuttal evidence. Any nonprofit, local government, or internet service provider interested in participating should register through the challenge portal. Providers reporting service in Missouri are encouraged to register so they will be notified of challenges and able to respond. Resubmission of challenges will only be accepted before April 23 and challenges rejected due to a lack of evidence or other reason after April 23 cannot be resubmitted. Challengers should consider submitting challenges as early as possible.

The Missouri Broadband Availability Map is now available at broadbandmap.mo.gov. Details on the challenge process, including helpful resources, are available at ded.mo.gov/office-broadband-development/challenge.

 




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March 28, 2024

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

Two people from St. Louis were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 1:45pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 72 year old Bruce Canan was on US 50 when he suffered a medical emergency, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway, struck a rock wall and began ascending up the wall, went airborne and returned to the road on its top.  Both the driver and his passenger 70 year old Donna Canan were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL BAILEY SUES CONTRACTOR FOR FRAUD IN BOONE COUNTY

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey has announced that his office filed suit in Boone County against Anthony Walters, 36, for allegedly defrauding a consumer in connection with his business Anthony Walters Carpentry, LLC when he failed to provide promised home renovation services.
General Bailey’s lawsuit asserts that Walters promised to provide construction services and materials in exchange for advance payment. After taking payments from the consumer, Walters provided minimal services and materials, failed to complete the project, and failed to provide a refund.  The consumer’s loss is approximately $6,500.
General Bailey is seeking full restitution for the affected consumer, injunctive relief, and civil penalties.
Consumers who believe that they have been scammed by Anthony Walters or another contractor should file a complaint with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a complaint online at ago.mo.gov. 
The lawsuit can be viewed here: https://ago.mo.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024.3.05-Anthony-Walters-Civil-Petition.pdf

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Saturday March 23 at approximately 6:45am while on patrol, officers with the Moberly Police Department located an abandoned vehicle that was reported stolen out of Columbia, Missouri.  Further investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle was assaulted with a firearm in Columbia earlier in the morning and multiple subjects fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle.  

Moberly officers with the assistance of the community were able to locate a residence where the suspects were believed to be.  Four juveniles were taken into custody regarding the incident.  Three juveniles were released to Columbia Police Department and Boone County Juvenile Office.  The fourth juvenile was released to the Randolph County Juvenile Office.


 




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MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, March 22 at approximately 9:51pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 700 block of S Clark Street in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found a fire on a stovetop which had burned some surrounding cabinets and items on a nearby counter.  The fire was extinguished with no further damage.  The resident stated she was cooking meat on the stove when she left the kitchen to go to the bathroom.  Her smoke detectors began sounding and she returned to find the fire.  The resident put flour on the fire, then exited and called 9-1-1.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT

The following incidents/arrests were investigated by the Moberly Police Department between the hours of 7am on 3/22/24 and 7am 3/25/2024.

 

On March 23, 2024, at around 1:25am, a Moberly Officer observed a vehicle fail to stop at a stop sign near Rollins and Johnson St. The Officer stopped the vehicle, and a 34-year-old driver was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

 

On March 24, 2024, at around 12:50am, a Moberly Officer observed a vehicle nearly strike another vehicle head on near the intersection of Johnson and Franklin St. The Officer stopped the vehicle, and a 53-year-old driver was placed under arrest for driving while intoxicated.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

 

Adair County

Missouri Route 11 – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Sabboth Home Way to Route J between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 11 – March 27 – April 5, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route J to Shingle Oak Way between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily Monday through Friday.

 

Audrain County

Missouri Route 151 – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 148 to Route M between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 151 – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 140 to CR 906 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 151 – March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Missouri Route 151 – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Knox County

Route V – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Lewis County

Route BB – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to Missouri Route 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route DD – March 28 – 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 6 to 230th Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

 

Macon County

Route KK – March 26 - 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Nicollet Road to Olympic Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route VV – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bear Street to Bison Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Monroe County

Missouri Route 151 – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from south of Route J to north of CR 1170 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

 

Montgomery County

Route CC – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 161 to Mayapple Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route CC – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Mayapple Road to Floyd Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F - March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V to Davis Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Route F – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Long Road to Manley Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Route F – April 2, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route JJ to Fairview Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Pike County

Missouri Route 79 – March 26 - 29, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Route TT to Route T between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route B – March 18 - 29, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from U.S. Route 61 to CR 107 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route U – March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 36 to CR 48 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route W – April 1 – 4, CLOSED for core drilling operations starting at 0.4 miles north of Route H to 0.6 north of Route H at the Little Ramsey Creek bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Randolph County

Route D – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route BB to 0.5 miles north of Route BB between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Route D – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Route D - March 28, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.0 miles south of Route C to. 1.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 

Schuyler County

Route P – April 2 – 4, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 63 to Woodys Drive between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

 

Shelby County

Route P – April 1, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 15 to the end of state maintenance between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.





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March 26, 2024

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

53 year old Wendy Ward of Kirksville was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8pm as she was on US 63 when her SUV ran off the east side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

A Union man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:45pm Sunday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Christopher Marrow was on MO 47 when he attempted to pass other vehicles and lost control of his motorcycle and it overturned several times, ejecting him from it.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Friday, March 22 at approximately 2:54am, an alert resident reported suspicious activity in the south-central part of Mexico.  Responding officers located and attempted to detain five to seven people dressed in dark clothing seen running in the area.  The suspects escaped and a short time later, officers observed a white Toyota Camry leaving the area and exiting Mexico on Route FF.  The Audrain County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol were notified and a deputy saw the Camry on Missouri Highway 22 between Mexico and Centralia.  The Camry had been reported stolen from Columbia on March 17.  A pursuit went into Boone County before the Camry was abandoned and the suspects fled on foot.  The Centralia Police Department and Boone County Sheriff’s Office assisted as law enforcement attempted to locate the suspects.  No one has been located as of this time. 

 

MPSD has learned that at least five guns were stolen from at least three vehicles in Mexico.  The investigation into the events is ongoing.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.  Information leading to an arrest could be eligible for a reward.  

 

NIGHTTIME GUARD CABLE REPAIR WORK SCHEDULED ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY AND WARREN COUNTIES

Weather permitting, as early as March 25, contractor crews with CSD Environmental Services, Inc. will begin guard cable repair work on Interstate 70 in Montgomery and Warren counties.  Work will occur from the Callaway County line to the St. Charles County line, between mile marker 165 and mile marker 202.  All work will occur during the nighttime hours of 7pm to 6am through mid-April.  The repair work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.






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March 22, 2024

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ROLLOVER

A Hunnewell teen was seriously injured in a rollover crash Wednesday night in Shelby County.  State troopers stated that the 13 year old girl was riding a 4 wheeler on private property at 206 West Beech Street when she turned too sharply and it overturned.  She was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital and then transferred to Cardinal Glennon Childrens Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.  The crash occurred at 6:30pm Wednesday.

 

TWO WOMEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two women from Bourbon, MO were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20am Wednesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that a 17 year old boy from Sullivan was on Route H when he failed to yield and his truck struck a car driven by 48 year old Angela Ewanchen.  Both Ewanchen and her passenger 67 year old Anna Hager were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

33 year old Sarah McGuire of Union was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:40am as she was on Missouri 185 when she failed to negotiate a curve and her SUV ran off the right side of the road into a ditch.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MODOT TO HOST HIRING EVENT IN WAYLAND

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host a job fair to hire multiple full-time positions including:  Maintenance Workers, Construction Technicians and Inspectors, Highway Designers, Signal/Lighting Electricians, Mechanics/Equipment Technicians and more. The event will be from 10 am – 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, at the MoDOT Wayland Maintenance Facility, 25779 Hwy 136 Spur, 0.6 mile south of Route 136, KahokaMO 63445.

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more. 

MoDOT is a diverse workplace dedicated to safety and personal and professional development.

Applicant information:

To learn more about all open MoDOT career positions, or to apply, go to www.modot.org/careers.





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March 20, 2024

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Kirksville man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 1:40pm Monday in Adair County.  The patrol says that 72 year old Alan Davis was on MO 11 when he suffered a medical event, causing his car to travel off the south side of the roadway and struck a ditch.  He was air-lifted by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

GOV. PARSON PROVIDES UPDATE ON MISSOURI DEPLOYMENT TO SOUTHERN BORDER

Governor Mike Parson has provided an update on Missouri personnel deployed to the Southern Border in Texas as part of Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star mission. Eleven Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers have been supporting the Texas Department of Public Safety on the Southern Border since March 1, 2024. Missouri National Guard (MONG) members, totaling 48 soldiers, began supporting border security efforts this week on March 14 after receiving official orders on March 11. 

"Missourians understand there is a crisis at our Southern Border and that it's not just impacting the State of Texas. It seems like every week we are hearing of more and more fentanyl deaths and drug trafficking instances that are ripping Missouri families and communities apart. It stems from the chaos at our Southern Border, and it must stop," Governor Parson said. "While President Biden and the federal government fail to do anything, we're proud the State of Missouri is doing something. We extend our sincere thanks to our MSHP troopers and MONG service members for their efforts in addressing this crisis. Missouri stands with Texas, and we are taking action."

Below are updates from both MSHP and MONG deployments to the Southern Border. 

Missouri State Highway Patrol Border Deployment:

On March 1, 2024, 11 MSHP troopers traveled to southern Texas to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in providing law enforcement services in the area of the U.S. border. The team briefed at the Texas DPS South Region Office (3) in Weslaco, Texas, on March 3 and reported to its first assigned shift on March 4. 

MSHP troopers assisting Texas DPS troopers in the area of the U.S. border provided assistance with the following incidents/encounters from March 3-10:

Traffic Stops - 216

Undocumented Migrant Encounters - 193

Undocumented Migrant Turn-backs - 16

Impaired Driver and Drug Arrests - 9

Other Law Enforcement Assistance - 13 

In addition to the incidents above, on March 8, Missouri and Texas troopers assisted with a fatal National Guard helicopter crash that occurred within their area of operation. All five Missouri troopers working the night shift responded to the crash and assisted until released by military personnel. A Missouri trooper assisted with the scene security at the crash site the following day.

On March 14, Missouri troopers attended the funeral of Border Patrol Agent Chris Luna, 49, who was killed along with two members of the New York National Guard during the March 8 helicopter crash near Rio Grande City, Texas.  

Troopers from seven of the Patrol’s nine troops, the Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC), and the Field Operations Bureau (FOB) are serving in Texas. 

Missouri troopers assigned to the detail work 12-hour shifts, with each working shifts alongside a Texas DPS trooper. This allows for officer safety and operational efficiency. Routine calls for service include general law enforcement calls, traffic stops, response to alarms and camera activations, and assisting with warrant arrests. Officers routinely intercept undocumented migrants on foot and in vehicles and observe them until U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers respond to take custody. At times, officers encounter undocumented migrants who turn and cross back over the border before interception.

Marine operations-certified Missouri troopers have also joined the Texas DPS Tactical Marine Unit to familiarize themselves with DPS responsibilities on the Rio Grande River near Anzalduas Park.

Missouri National Guard:

The first group of MONG service members deployed on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, and began active support on Thursday, March 14. 

Forty-eight MONG service members deployed from across the State of Missouri, most of them based at armories in Lamar and Clinton. The majority of the troops volunteered to stay for the entire duration of the mission. Seventeen members of the group will rotate out in the latter part of April after being replaced by additional MONG service members.

The initial 48 Soldiers arrived in Texas on Tuesday and rested overnight at a Texas National Guard armory. On Wednesday, they completed travel and arrived at the assigned area of operations for orientation and a mission brief. 

On Thursday, MONG service members began working alongside Texas National Guard and law enforcement partners. MONG service members are assisting in the construction of physical barriers, manning observation posts, and supporting security patrols, as needed.  

 

MISSOURI CAPTIVE INSURANCE INDUSTRY CONTINUES SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH IN 2023

The Missouri Captive Insurance Industry had another successful year, increasing its gross written premium by 142% in 2023. The amount of written premiums in 2022 were $3,543,681,320 vs. $8,600,492,937 in 2023. This growth is attributed to the quality and strength of the companies in Missouri, as well as the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Captive Insurance Program's hands-on support of Missouri captive clients. 

While many state captive programs tout the number of clients they have as the mark of achievement, the department’s Captive Insurance Program takes a different approach - focusing on each captive’s quality and success. 

More information about the department’s Captive Insurance Program can be found at insurance.mo.gov/captive.

 

 




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March 19, 2024

TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

A Kirksville teen was injured in a Sunday night crash in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:55pm as the 15 year old boy was a passenger in a truck driven by a 19 year old boy from Clarence.  They were on Vine Street Road when they lost control on a gravel road and their truck went off the left side of the road and struck a fence.  The Kirksville teen was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.


 


MAN INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY ACCIDENT


A Boonville man was injured in an accident that occurred at 12pm Sunday in Howard County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Quentin Perry was on MO 5 when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and came to rest on its top in a creek bed.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.


 


TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK


A Ewing teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Marion County.  MSHP stated that a 17 year old boy was on Route A when his car ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL for treatment.  The wreck happened at around 3:55pm Sunday.


 


PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI


The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.


All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.


Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.


Adair County


Missouri Route 11 – March 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Clay Way to Hazel Green Way between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Missouri Route 11 – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Sabboth Home Way to Route J between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Audrain County


Missouri Route 151 – March 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 148 to Route M between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Missouri Route 151 – March 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 140 to CR 906 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Missouri Route 151 – March 21 – 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 22 to CR 128 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Knox County


Missouri Route 15 – March 18 – 21, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from 0.5 miles before to 0.5 miles after the Little Fabius River bridge between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working daily.


Route V - March 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Fritz Place to Route V spur between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route V – March 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Entwine Place to Colony Woods Place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route V – March 25 - 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Colony Woods Place to Route K between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Lewis County


Route BB – March 25 – 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route C to Missouri Route 16 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.


Route DD – March 28 – 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 6 to 230th Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.


Macon County


Route KK – March 18 - 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Olympic Avenue in Macon County to CR 201 in Shelby County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Missouri Route 129 – March 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Birch Street to Coyote Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Missouri Route 129 – March 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route WW to Armada Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Missouri Route 129 – March 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from U.S. Route 36 to Armada Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Route MM – March 20 - 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Nitengale Road to Ohio Avenue between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route MM – March 22, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ohio Avenue to Musket Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route MM – March 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ohio Avenue to Musket Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route VV – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Bear Street to Bison Street between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Marion County


U.S. Route 36 – March 19 – 20, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance from the Illinois state line to Harrison Hill between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Monroe County


Missouri Route 151 – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from south of Route J to north of CR 1170 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Montgomery County


Route CC – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Missouri Route 161 to Mayapple Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Route CC – March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Mayapple Road to Floyd Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.


Route F - March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route V and Davis Road between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.


Pike County


Route B – March 18 - 29, CLOSED for bridge maintenance from U.S. Route 61 to CR 107 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Route U – March 28 - 29, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 36 to CR 48 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Ralls County


Route T – March 18 - 22, CLOSED for brush cutting operations from Deer Lane to Missouri Route 79 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


Randolph County


Route D – March 25, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route BB to 0.5 miles north of Route BB between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  


Route D – March 26, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.5 miles south of Route C to 2.0 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Route D - March 27, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from 1.0 miles south of Route C to. 1.5 miles south of Route C between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Scotland County


Route D – March 18, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 605 to CR 309 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Route D - March 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 307 to CR 601 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.


Shelby County


Route KK – March 18 - 19, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Olympic Avenue in Macon County to CR 201 in Shelby County between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.


 





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March 18, 2024

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

A Bevier woman was hurt in an early Sunday morning crash in Macon County.  State troopers stated that 20 year old Patricia Watkins was on US 63 when she swerved to avoid a deer, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.  The crash occurred at 1:05am Sunday.

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 11:45am Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Montalee Burks of Columbia was on US 54 when his car was struck in the rear by a car driven by 34 year old Lara Rangal Guadalupe of Fulton.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A woman and a little girl from Lonedell were seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 4:10pm as 38 year old Stephenie Woods was on Old Highway K when she failed to maintain control of her truck and drove it off the left side of the road.  Both the woman and her passenger a 5 year old girl were taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.


 




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March 15, 2024

 

NCMRWC WELCOMED USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS TO MILAN

Leadership and staff from the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (NCMRWC) were honored to welcome United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD) officials from both Washington, DC headquarters and State offices for a tour of federally funded water infrastructure investments in Missouri. The tour highlighted the Milan Water Treatment Plant and also the lake project improvements. The NCMWRC led tour of the Water Treatment Plant showcased approximately $2 million in enhancements currently underway, which, when completed aim to serve the needs of up to 10 Counties in North Central Missouri. Additionally, USDA RD is replacing two open bond issues held by NCMRWC, while also funding key elements of the Roy Blunt Reservoir. Without this significant federal investment, such critically needed improvement costs would otherwise be passed on to local ratepayers or Missouri taxpayers. A total of $54 million in USDA RD grants and loans will allow NCMRWC to accomplish improvement projects while maintaining affordable and stable rates for consumers. USDA RD recognized the need for the Roy Blunt Reservoir as a regional water supply and looked favorably upon NCMRWC’s grant and loan application.

 

MDC REMINDS SNAGGERS THAT PADDLEFISH SEASON BEGINS FRIDAY

Imagine catching a giant, prehistoric fish whose ancestors swam during the time of dinosaurs. That is a reality for thousands of paddlefish snaggers during Missouri’s annual spring paddlefish season. Missouri’s official state aquatic animal, the paddlefish is highly valued as a sport fish.

The season for the state’s major paddlefish waters -- Lake of the Ozarks, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, and Table Rock Lake – along with most other waters in the state runs March 15 through April 30. The season for the Mississippi River is March 15 through May 15 with a fall season of Sept. 15 through Dec. 15.

Paddlefish -- named for their large, paddle-shaped snouts -- are an ancient species that can grow to seven feet and weigh more than 100 pounds. Paddlefish swim slowly through water with their mouths wide open, collecting tiny crustaceans and insects in their elaborate, closely set gill rakers. The paddle-shaped snout functions as an electrosensory organ that allows it to sense plankton as it swims through water.

Because the giant fish eat tiny crustaceans and insects, they do not bite on traditional fishing hooks. They are usually caught through the practice of snagging where anglers drag large triple-sided hooks through the water to “snag” a fish in the body with the hooks.

A fishing permit is required for snagging and other allowed methods, unless exempt. The daily limit is two paddlefish, and the possession limit is four. No person shall continue to snag after taking a daily limit of two paddlefish.

The statewide minimum length limit is 32 inches -- measured from eye to fork of tail – with a minimum length limit of 34 inches for Lake of the Ozarks, Table Rock Lake, Harry S. Truman Reservoir, and their tributaries.

All paddlefish under the legal minimum length must be returned to the water unharmed immediately after being caught. MDC offers these tips for returning undersized fish:

Use landing nets, not gaffs, which can kill young fish.

Wet hands before handling fish and avoid excessive handling.

Never put fingers in the gills or eyes.

Remove hooks carefully and get undersized fish back into the water as quickly as possible.

Cleaning paddlefish while on the water, dumping the carcass overboard, and returning to shore with fillets and/or eggs is illegal. Extracted paddlefish eggs may not be possessed while on waters of the state or adjacent banks and may not be transported. Paddlefish eggs may not be bought, sold, or offered for sale. These regulations are necessary to confirm length-limit requirements and to address the illegal caviar trade.

Snaggers and others are allowed to haul paddlefish carcasses out by boat to deeper water for disposal under the following conditions:

The head, tail, etc. must remain intact so the fish could be measured if contacted by a conservation agent.

Extracted eggs must remain where the fish is cleaned and cannot be transported to deeper water for disposal.

Paddlefish fillets cannot be possessed or transported on the water.

Learn more about paddlefish, snagging regulations, snagging reports, and more at mdc.mo.gov/fishing/species/paddlefish.

MONASP 2024 STATE TOURNAMENT RETURNS MARCH 20 THRU 23 IN BRANSON

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation (MCHF) invite the public to support Missouri student archers at the 2024 Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) State Tournament March 20-23 at the Branson Convention Center in Branson. MDC and MCHF will be hosting the 16th annual event.

The MoNASP State Tournament has seen tremendous growth and is the second largest state archery tournament in the nation. More than 4,700 Bullseye and 1,800 3D student archers from more than 200 schools across Missouri are scheduled to compete in the state tournament after shooting qualifying scores through various local MoNASP tournaments over the past year.

Trophies, medals, and scholarships, sponsored by MCHF, will be presented to the top teams and individuals at the state tournament. MCHF is awarding $30,000 in scholarships to the top five male and female archers in both the Bullseye and 3D Tournaments. These scholarships are awarded to students to be used for their education endeavors after high school graduation.

Missouri archers competing at the state tournament are eligible to participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Western and Eastern National Tournaments. Top teams and individuals will again be selected from the combined results of both national tournaments to have the chance to register for the Championship event. Top individual winners from the results of both national tournaments will compete for the NASP Scholarship Shoot-Off to be held at the end of the June Championship Tournament.

In addition to the traditional individual and team scholarships awarded at the national events, NASP will continue awarding up to 120 additional $500 bullseye scholarships randomly to participants. Upon graduation, archers can apply these funds to any post-secondary educational or training program of their choice. Learn more at nasptournaments.org.

Supporters are invited to attend the state tournament for a fee. In addition to the tournament competition, the event will include a variety of family-friendly activities for attendees such as turkey hunting seminars, Wonders of Wildlife animal encounters, bow case airbrushing, a tradeshow with a variety of vendors, and more. For details on activities, admission fees, hotels, volunteering, and more, visit MCHF online at mochf.org.


 




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March 14, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two people from Thornton, IA were injured in an accident that occurred at around 11:45am Tuesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 28 year old Jessica Bluhm was on Route E when her tractor trailer traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Both the woman and her passenger a 7 year old girl were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

NIGHTTIME LANE RESTRICTIONS SCHEDULED ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY AND WARREN COUNTIES

Weather permitting, as early as March 25, contractor crews with N.B. West Contracting Company will begin asphalt pavement repair work on the eastbound and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 in Montgomery and Warren counties. Work will occur from the Callaway County line to the St. Charles County line, between mile marker 167 and mile marker 202.

All work will occur during the nighttime hours of 7pm to 6am. Through late-March, motorists can expect intermittent delays as traffic will be reduced to one lane where work is occurring with a 10-foot width restriction in place where workers are present. All work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change. 

 

UNILEVER TO EXPAND IN JEFFERSON CITY, INVESTING MORE THAN $80 MILLION TO PRODUCE LIQUID I.V.

Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer goods companies, has announced that it will expand its facility in Jefferson City, investing more than $80 million to add operations capabilities for the production of Liquid I.V., a brand within its Health & Wellbeing business. The company previously announced a separate $25 million investment in its Jefferson City facility in January.

As part of this expansion, Unilever will add automated operations to make products for Liquid I.V., a science-backed functional hydration brand that has become the number one powdered hydration brand in America. The product line features great-tasting, non-GMO electrolyte drink mixes to enhance rapid absorption of water and other key ingredients into the body.

Liquid I.V. was acquired by Unilever in October 2020, joining the fast-growing Health & Wellbeing global business. Liquid I.V. is now four times larger than it was in the period near acquisition and has helped Unilever’s Health & Wellbeing business deliver consistent growth.

The Jefferson City location, which has been in operation since 1966 and employs more than 450 workers, is the first Unilever facility to manufacture products for the Health & Wellbeing portfolio. The automated operations to produce Liquid I.V. include automated packaging lines, a blending room operation, and modifications to required infrastructure, such as heating and cooling.


 




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March 13, 2024

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH

Two people were injured, one seriously in a Monday night crash in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11pm as 50 year old Michelle Schwanke of New London, MO was on US 36 when her truck ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned.  She was not injured, but two passengers, a 13 year old girl from New London suffered minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon while 45 year old Charles Evans of Quincy, IL was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

42 year old Brandon Swisher of Kirksville was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Lewis County.  State troopers stated that he was on Highway K when his tractor trailer went off the right side of the road and overturned coming to rest on the passenger side.  He was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  The wreck happened at 1:40pm Monday.

 

MAN KILLED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 11:40pm Monday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 34 year old Geoffrey Wiss of Jonesburg was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 34 year old Cherysse Tucker of Truxton.  They were on Massas Creek Road and traveling too fast on the gravel road when she lost control and it traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was pronounced dead at the scene while the woman was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries. 

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

Towards the end of January, the Mexico Public Safety Department received a report that Nickolas G Crum, age 18 of Mexico, was having inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old juvenile.  The report was investigated and a case was forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for Statutory Rape and Statutory Sodomy.  An arrest warrant was issued on March 8 and MPSD arrested Crum and transported him to the Audrain County Jail without incident.  During the investigation, MPSD learned of another 13-year-old juvenile Crum had been in contact with.  That investigation will be completed and forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney as well for possible additional charges.






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March 12, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two women were injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:25am Sunday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Oluwatoyin Adegbuyi of Columbia was on Route K when she swerved to avoid a deer and her car traveled off the roadway.  She was found to be intoxicated, but was released for medical treatment for minor injuries at Boone Hospital.  Meanwhile her passenger 21 year old Tiona Edwards of Columbia was also taken to Boone Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.


WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING INCIDENT

A woman was hurt in a Sunday morning incident in Warren County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8:35am as 21 year old Kierra Mathews Cruz of Florissant was in a car which was parked on the shoulder, disabled on eastbound I-70 when it was struck by an unknown vehicle which then left the scene.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.


DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

25 year old William Tihen of Washington was hurt in a Sunday night crash in Franklin County.  MSHP stated that he was on Route V when his truck was struck by an SUV driven by 80 year old Velma Miller of Pacific who failed to yield while attempting to turn onto eastbound Route V from Clearview Road. After impact the truck went off the road and overturned.  Tihen was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash happened at 5:30pm Sunday.


PSC SETS HEARING SCHEDULE IN EVERGY MISSOURI WEST RATE CASE

The Missouri Public Service Commission is scheduled to hold formal

evidentiary hearings September 30-October 4 and October 7-October 11, 2024, in an electric rate case filed by Evergy Missouri West, Inc. d/b/a Evergy Missouri West. These hearings will be held in Room 310 of the Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, in Jefferson City. This building meets accessibility standards required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need additional accommodations to participate in these hearings, please call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 (voice) or Relay Missouri at 711 before

the hearings. The hearings will also be streamed live on the Commission’s website (www.psc.mo.gov).

On February 2, 2024, Evergy Missouri West filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking a net increase in its base rates of approximately $104.5 million. Evergy Missouri West provides electric service to approximately 340,300 customers in the Missouri counties of Andrew, Atchison, Barton, Bates, Benton, Buchanan, Carroll, Cass, Cedar, Clay, Clinton, Dade, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Jackson, Johnson,

Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Pettis, Platte, Ray, St. Clair, Vernon and Worth.


 




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March 11, 2024

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 10:55am Friday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Donald Mead of Walnut Grove attempted to make a left turn onto the US 54 bypass route and his truck pulled into the path of a car driven by 23 year old Maverick Knight of Mexico and they collided.  Knight was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries, while Mead refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

 

TWO TEENS HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

Two teens were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Audrain County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 8:40am as they were on Route B when the 18 year old boy from Silex fell asleep, causing the car to run off the left side of the road and struck several trees.  Both the boy and his passenger a 17 year old girl from Elsberry were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

A teen was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning crash in Franklin County.  State troopers stated that the 15 year old boy was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a 16 year old boy.  They were on Jakes Prairie Road when they failed to negotiate a curve and it went off the left side of the road and overturned.  The teen was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan with serious injuries.  The crash happened at 12:50am Saturday.

 

RESURFACING WORK SCHEDULED ON ROUTE A IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Weather permitting, a resurfacing project located on Route A in Montgomery County, from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 161, is expected to begin as early as March 18.

The $4.7M contract, awarded last year to Magruder Paving, LLC of Troy, Missouri, includes several additional resurfacing projects scheduled to be completed by November 1, 2024:

Audrain/Montgomery County, Route AA – From Route BB to Missouri Route 19 in Wellsville.

Audrain/Montgomery County, Route BB – From U.S. Route 54 to Missouri Route 161. 

Pike County, Route Y – From Business Route 61 in Bowling Green to the end of state maintenance (Complete)

Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 9-foot width restriction at the location where crews are actively working.  Flaggers and a pilot car will be utilized for traffic control to guide traffic through the work zone. Workers will be present during daylight hours.  All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change.






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March 8, 2024

 

MACON MAN ARRESTED FOR MULTIPLE SEX OFFENSES

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control has announced the arrest of 34 year old Johnathon S. Taylor of Macon. Taylor was arrested on Wednesday March 6 following investigations by the Troop B Criminal Investigative Unit.  

In February of 2021 and July of 2022, the La Plata Police Department requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control investigate two separate allegations involving the sexual assault of minor females, reported to have been committed by Taylor. Investigators learned that on several occasions beginning in 2017, Taylor had sexually assaulted two underage females at various locations in Macon County.  The Macon County Prosecuting Attorney requested the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as a special prosecutor in the cases against Taylor.  On Wednesday, the Missouri Attorney General’s Office formally charged Taylor with seven counts of 2nd degree statutory sodomy, six counts of 4th degree child molestation, one count of 2nd degree statutory rape, and one count of patronizing prostitution.  Taylor was taken into custody and transported to the Randolph County jail where he is currently being held without bond.  

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at around 7:45pm Wednesday in Adair County.  The patrol says that a truck driven by 59 year old Herbert Houf of Unionville was on US 63 when he failed to observe a tractor ridden by 20 year old Isaiah Bailey of Kirksville making a left turn and the truck struck the tractor in the rear.  Both men sustained minor injuries and Bailey was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment, while Houf was going to seek his own treatment.  A passenger in the truck 67 year old Cynthia Edwards of Unionville was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

COMMISSION AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR PROJECTS IN NORTHEAST DISTRICT

During its regular meeting on Wednesday, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the following contracts for two bridge replacement projects in the Northeast District. 


Additional information, regarding timelines and impacts to traffic, will be released prior to the start of construction.

 

MODOT HIRING WORKERS AT JOB FAIR IN NEW FLORENCE

The Missouri Department of Transportation Northeast District Office will host a job fair to hire full-time maintenance workers, construction technicians and inspectors, highway designers, signal/lighting electricians, and mechanics/equipment technicians to start as soon as possible.  The event will be from 10am – 2pm Saturday, March 9, at the MoDOT New Florence Maintenance Facility, 540 Tree Farm Road, New Florence, MO, 65803.

MoDOT offers full training and benefits including medical insurance, paid annual and sick leave, educational assistance, paid holidays and more.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma/GED and a valid driver's license.  Applicants also must successfully complete a criminal background check, drug screening, work simulation and physical - comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes for the job fair are encouraged.

All MoDOT career opportunity job postings can be found online at modot.org/careers.


 




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March 7, 2024

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 8:05pm Tuesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Jordyn Sheat of Old Monroe was eastbound on Route U when her SUV traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to cross the center of the road and struck a truck driven by a Brooklyn, NY man.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries. 

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

59 year old Lenda Wachter of Kirksville was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Schuyler County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 11:30am as she was on US 63 when her vehicle was struck in the rear by a semi driven by 33 year old Drew Fountain of Kirksville.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.  

 

MDC WARNS NOT TO BURN OUTDOOR DEBRIS THAT COULD CAUSE A WILDFIRE

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reminds people that strong winds, low humidity, and dry conditions this time of year means extra caution is needed to avoid unexpected wildfires. According to MDC, a main cause of wildfires is improper burning of debris such as leaves or brush piles.

“It’s been drier and warmer than usual, which means fires could get out of control very quickly,” said MDC Fire Program Supervisor Ben Webster. “We want everyone to check weather conditions and be extremely careful when burning leaves or debris. Check with your local fire department regarding burn bans or Red Flag Warnings that may be in place because critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly.”

Areas of Missouri have already seen an increase in wildfire activity over the last week, mainly in the southern half of the state. MDC staff have been working with other agencies and area fire departments to contain numerous wildfires.

Help Prevent Wildfires

A person who starts a fire for any reason is responsible for any damage it may cause. MDC urges landowners, hunters, campers, and others in the outdoors to help prevent wildfires and offers the following tips.

OUTDOOR BURNING: Don’t burn during wrong conditions. Dry grass, high temperatures, low humidity, and wind make fire nearly impossible to control. Check with local fire departments regarding burn bans or Red Flag Warnings that may be in place because critical fire weather conditions are either occurring or will shortly.

DRIVING OFF ROAD: Wildfires can start when dry fuel, such as grass, comes in contact with catalytic converters. Think twice before driving into and across a grassy field. Never park over tall, dry grass or piles of leaves that can touch the underside of a vehicle. When driving vehicles off road, regularly inspect the undercarriage to ensure that fuel and brake lines are intact, and no oil leaks are apparent. Always carry an approved fire extinguisher on vehicles that are used off road. Check for the presence of spark arresters on ATV exhausts.

MAKING A CAMPFIRE: Clear a generous zone around fire rings. Store unused firewood a good distance from a campfire. Never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquid to start a fire. Keep campfires small and controllable. Keep fire-extinguishing materials, such as a rake, shovel, and bucket of water, close. Extinguish campfires each night and before leaving camp, even if it’s just for a few moments.

CALL FOR HELP: Call 911 at the first sign of a fire getting out of control.

REPORT FOREST ARSON: Wildfires are sometimes set by vandals. Help stop arson by calling 800-392-1111 and reporting any potential arson activities. Callers will remain anonymous, and rewards are possible.

For more information on preventing wildfires, go online to mdc.mo.gov/your-property/fire-management/wildfire-prevention.





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March 6, 2024

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT IN MONROE COUNTY

A bridge replacement project in Monroe County will be affecting Middle Grove area residents and those traveling through the area. MoDOT says the Route M bridge over Milligan Creek, one mile west of Route Y, near Middle Grove is scheduled to close on March 11th and those who normally use the Route M bridge will have to find alternate routes. All work is scheduled to be completed by July 1st of this year. Bleigh Construction Company was awarded the contract last year for $1,182,615. For more information on this and other projects in the area, contact MoDOT’s Customer Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). You can also find out more about this project and others that may affect your travel planning on line at MoDOT dot org.

 

WARREN COUNTY SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS SCHEDULED TO RESUME IN WARRENTON

Weather permitting, this week, contractor crews will resume work on the sidewalk improvement project on Missouri Route 47 in Warrenton from Veterans Memorial Parkway to East Walton Street.  Work began last fall then suspended due to winter conditions.

Motorists can expect 24-hour minor traffic impacts including a lane closure for one night only during the final stages of the project including signal work, clean-up and seeding. Flaggers will be utilized to direct motorists through the work zone. All work is expected to be completed by late March.

This work is being completed as part of MoDOT’s initiative for compliance with the current standards of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This contract also includes sidewalk improvement projects in Warren County located on Route J in Wright City and Interstate 70 North Outer Road in Wright City as well as Montgomery County, located on Missouri Route 19 and Missouri Route 161 in Montgomery City, Missouri Route 161 in Middletown and Route CC and Route ZZ in Wellsville.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Saturday, March 2 at approximately 2:24pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of E Anderson in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found that a resident had been burning sticks and yard waste, and the fire spread and began moving across the yard.  The fire was extinguished before any buildings were damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

Residents are reminded that in Mexico you can only openly burn yard waste.  Not trash or construction material.  Further, if you are burning yard waste, the fire must be attended and a water source must be available to keep it under control.  Mexico does have the brush yard which is open for all residents to use.  Additionally, when the National Weather Service issues a Red Flag warning, that means it is a dangerous time to openly burn anything.  That is based off many factors that increase the risk of fire spread, like wind, humidity, and moisture in the ground. 


 




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March 5, 2024

 

WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Columbia woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:40am Sunday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 48 year old Leah Klasing was on Highway UU when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck a fence and ejected her from it.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

36 year old Ronald Markiewicz of O’Fallon was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8:25pm as he was on Prairie Dell Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road and his truck struck a fence.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK IS THIS WEEK

In April 2023, an EF-2 tornado swept through Bollinger CountyMissouri, devastating a community and claiming the lives of five people. In July, two more people were killed in separate incidents after massive trees uprooted by a severe storm in the St. Louis area fell onto a house and a car. That same month, another individual was killed when a tree crushed a camper during a round of severe storms in southwest Missouri.

These tragedies all serve as reminders of the importance of being prepared for severe weather anytime, anywhere, and that it’s not just tornadoes that can prove deadly.

To encourage Missourians to prepare for severe weather and learn how to protect themselves, the National Weather Service, SEMA and local emergency managers will observe Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 4 – 82024. Missouri’s annual statewide tornado drill will also be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 11am as part of the week’s preparedness activities. Some Missouri communities may choose to conduct the drill on a different day due to conflicting local events.

At 11am on the day of the tornado drill, NOAA Weather Radios set to receive the Routine Weekly Tests (RWTs) will alert listeners that the tornado drill has begun. Outdoor warning sirens will also sound across participating Missouri communities. At that time, participants should practice taking cover in a designated shelter area or an interior room on the lowest level of a secure structure.

Schools, businesses and families are all encouraged to participate in the drill. Educators are also encouraged to use the tornado drill as an opportunity to incorporate tornado facts, meteorological information and safety tips into their lesson plans.

NWS provides several safety tips and educational information about tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, lightning and the importance of NOAA Weather Radios on its Severe Weather Awareness Week page. Each day during the week will focus on a different safety message:

Monday, March 4 – Receiving Weather Information

Tuesday, March 5 – Lightning Safety

Wednesday, March 6 – Tornado Safety

Thursday, March 7 – Hail/Wind Safety

Friday, March 8 – Flood Safety

Remember these additional tips to stay safe during severe weather:

Follow local forecasts any time severe weather is anticipated. Have multiple ways to receive weather alerts in case one fails or if severe weather strikes overnight.

Create a family emergency plan to stay safe, and remember to include all pets when building an emergency kit and stocking up on supplies. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is also important to know how to contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Missourians are also encouraged to utilize Missouri’s “Ready in 3” program to create a plan, prepare a kit and listen for information regarding severe weather emergencies www.health.mo.gov/emergencies/readyin3.





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March 4, 2024

 

TEEN IN CUSTODY FOR MURDER OF MACON MAN

A teen is in custody for the murder of a Macon man.  The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said a 15 year old was taken into custody for the death of Malik Jones. Jones was last seen on January 30 and on February 7 his family found his body in a wooded area on Creasy Springs Road in Columbia.  They stated that because the suspect was a juvenile, no more information would be released.

 

MAN SHOT AND KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY INCIDENT

A man was shot and killed in an early Saturday morning incident in Callaway County.  The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office said that deputies were called to the 8000 block of State Road CC, outside of Steedman, at 1:41am.  They stated that a confrontation led to an employee of a business firing a gun which fatally shot a man.  The sheriff’s office did not provide any other information about what led to the shooting but did say that it was an isolated incident and that there is not a threat to the public.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Thursday, February 29 at approximately 2pm, Mexico Public Safety officers began looking for the source of heavy smoke in the 1700 block of E Liberty Street.  Officers located an uncontrolled fire in a large wooded area containing a lot of dead timber, about ¾ of a mile south of Liberty Street.  Additional MPSD personnel were called to the scene and Little Dixie Fire Protection District responded to a mutual aid request.  The fire was stopped from advancing any further to the north or onto neighboring properties.  MPSD continued to monitor the situation.

About 10pm, it was determined the fire was shifting out of the burned area to the southeast, and personnel returned to stop the spread.  The fire was contained and is being allowed to burn out.  

The fire apparently spread from some land clearing that was occurring nearby.  No structures were damaged and there were no injuries.

 

 




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March 1, 2024

 

MAN HURT IN MACON COUNTY INCIDENT

A La Plata man was hurt in a Wednesday morning incident in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it occurred at 8:05am as 22 year old Shawn Gerber was on US 63 when his truck traveled off the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

20 year old Jacob Weinmann of Brookfield was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Linn County.  MSHP reported that he was on US 36 when he lost control on the ice-covered road and his truck went off the road and struck a ditch.  He was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of minor injuries.  The wreck happened at around 7:45am Wednesday.

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5:45pm Wednesday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 43 year old Benjamin Albin of Ashland was westbound on I-70 when the trailer on his truck lost control, jackknifed and collided with the truck which in turn caused a semi driven by 56 year old William Hord of Auxvasse to swerve to avoid the truck and ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned, while another tractor trailer driven by 54 year old Armando Soto of Valle Hermoso Mexico was struck by logs that were being hauled by the truck’s trailer.  Hord was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

WOMAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING CRASH

A Mexico woman was hurt in a Wednesday morning crash in Audrain County.  State troopers stated that 22 year old Caitlyn Gish was on MO 15 when her vehicle collided with a deer that entered the roadway.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  The crash happened at 6:15am Wednesday.

 

GREEN HILLS REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION ANNOUNCES $72K WATERSHED PLAN GRANT

GHRPC is pleased to announce the organization is the recipient of a $72K grant which will support their continued work to develop a watershed plan for the Thompson River.  This two-year grant will go to the development of a long-term comprehensive plan with the goal of reducing pollution in the Thompson River and improving the quality of the river for recreational activities. 

This planning process uses a series of cooperative, iterative steps to describe current conditions, identify and prioritize problems, define management objectives, and develop and implement restoration or protection strategies, as necessary. GHRPC will be engaging the public and stakeholders in Livingston, Daviess, Mercer, Harrison and Grundy counties to kick-off the project in the near future.

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February 29, 2024

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE INCIDENT

57 year old Gail Riley of Huntsville was injured in a motorcycle incident Tuesday morning in Macon County.  The patrol says that he was on Route O when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway, overturned and ejected him from it.  He was air-lifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.  The incident happened at 10am Tuesday.

 

DUMP TRUCK DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A dump truck driver was seriously injured in a wreck Tuesday afternoon in Pike County.  The highway patrol said that 54 year old Charles Cash of Bowling Green was on Highway H when the dump truck ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.  The wreck occurred at 1:25pm Tuesday.

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 7:05pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 63 year old Kathryn Heintz of Grubville, MO was on Missouri 30 when her car struck a deer that had entered the roadway ahead of her.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

A New Haven teen was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Franklin County.  MSHP stated that it happened just before 8am as the 17 year old boy was on Route C when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the road and then returned to the roadway and overturned.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.





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February 28, 2024

 

TWO INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

Two people from Washington were injured, one seriously in a two-vehicle wreck Monday night in Warren County.  MSHP stated that a car driven by 43 year old Brittany Funk of Wright City was making a left turn from eastbound Route OO to northbound Route T when her car was struck by an SUV driven by 86 year old Wayne Lanwermeyer who failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection.  The man suffered minor injuries while his passenger 88 year old Shirley Lanwermeyer sustained serious injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.  The wreck occurred just before 9pm Monday.

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Wellsville man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:25pm Monday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Bradley Roach was on Highway B when his hummer traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE MISHAP

19 year old Titus James of Hillsboro was hurt in a motorcycle mishap Monday evening in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:50pm as he was on MO 30 when he failed to maintain control and his motorcycle struck the road.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

NCMC STARTS WORK ON THE NEW NUTTALL STUDENT CENTER, STREETS TO CLOSE DOWNTOWN FOR CONSTRUCTION

Construction of the new North Central Missouri College Dr. Neil and Susanne Nuttall Student Center on the Main Campus in Trenton has begun, causing temporary closures to downtown roads and areas. NCMC’s new Nuttall Student Center will be built on the block of Main and Chestnut between 12th Street and 13th Street south of Geyer Hall. The area surrounding the Nuttall Student Center will have no or limited accessibility for traffic and pedestrians during construction.

 

Beginning Wednesday, February 21, the gravel parking lot south of Geyer Hall  closed. Starting Monday a fence was erected around the Nuttall Student Center job site, and the lot will be off-limits to pedestrian and vehicle traffic. The following road closures will also occur at this time (all approved by the City of Trenton): All of 13th Street between Main and Chestnut Street, All of 12th Street between Main and the western edge of the gravel parking lot, one lane of Main Street closest to the job site between 13th and 12th Street, (partial street closure will cause narrow lane on this street), one lane of Chestnut Street closest to the job site between 13th and 12th Street (partial street closure will cause narrow lane on this street), and northern lane of 12th between Chestnut and the western edge of the gravel parking lot for the duration of construction.

 

Construction of the new NCMC Nuttall Student Center is to take approximately a year and a half, with the building anticipated to be open in the summer of 2025. Those using the areas mentioned will need to find alternate routes for the construction time. North Central Missouri College would like to thank the community for their patience and understanding during this exciting advancement of downtown Trenton and North Central Missouri College.


 




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February 27, 2024

 

TWO INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

Two people from Houstonia, MO were injured in an accident that occurred at 2:30pm Sunday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 41 year old Donnie Hood and his passenger 40 year old Angela Wells were on MO 100 when they failed to negotiate a curve, causing their motorcycle to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturned down an embankment, ejecting both from it.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES TWO JUDICIAL APPOINTMENTS

Governor Mike Parson has announced judicial appointments to the 11th and 12th Judicial Circuits.

Lawrence J. Chrum, of St. Charles, was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge for the 11th Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Chrum is currently an assistant prosecuting attorney in St. Charles County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in corporate communications and public relations from Lindenwood University and a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Mr. Chrum will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Brittney R. Smith as Circuit Judge.

Melissa Buckman Young, of Mexico, was appointed as Associate Circuit Judge for Audrain County in the 12th Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Young is currently owner of Melissa Buckman Young, Attorney at Law, LLC. She holds a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Ms. Young will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Linda R. Hamlett.

 

OFFICE OF BROADBAND DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE MAP TO HELP INVEST $1.7 BILLION IN BEAD FUNDING

The Department of Economic Development’s (DED) Office of Broadband Development (OBD) has announced that it has launched the first version of the new Missouri Public Broadband Availability Interactive Map. The map, which uses the Sanborn Map Company’s Broadband Navigator technology, will assist in the investment of $1.7 billion in funding provided by the Broadband Equity Access and Deployment (BEAD) program.

The interactive map will assist Missourians during the BEAD challenge process, which will allow for the reporting of locations that lack service and should be eligible for funding. The challenge process is scheduled to open on March 18 and close on April 19. To be notified when the challenge process begins, subscribe for email updates from OBD.





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February 26, 2024

 

TWO HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

Two Moberly residents were hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Randolph County.  The highway patrol said that it happened at 6:05pm as 67 year old Tommy Beal of Fayette was on US 63 when he merged into the left lane and his SUV struck a truck driven by 33 year old Christy McClaskey and afterwards the SUV came to a controlled stop on the right shoulder while the truck came to rest in the median. Both the woman and her passenger 40 year old Michael Perfater were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING CRASH

A Waverly teen was hurt in a Saturday evening crash in Saline County.  MSHP stated that the 17 year old girl was on US 65 when her vehicle ran off the left side of the road and struck three MODOT signs before coming to rest.  She was transported by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment of minor injuries. The crash occurred at 11:55pm Saturday. 

 

THREE INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Three people were injured in an accident that occurred at 1:50pm Friday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 86 year old Mervin Wright of St. Louis was stopped at the intersection of Route T and westbound MO 100 when he failed to yield while attempting to cross eastbound MO 100 onto Route V and his SUV struck the left side of a jeep driven by 43 year old Tonya Batchelar of Catawissa.  After impact the jeep began to skid, struck a traffic control device and caught fire, meanwhile the SUV continued off the right side of the roadway into a ditch.  Batchelar suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington while Wright and his passenger 84 year old Alma Wright of St. Louis were taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.





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February 23, 2024

 

TEEN GIRL HURT IN MACON COUNTY MISHAP

A teenage girl from Macon was hurt in a Thursday morning mishap in Macon County.  State troopers report that it happened just before 8am as the 17 year old girl was on Highway DD and negotiating a curve when her truck crossed the center of the road, swerved to miss an oncoming vehicle, ran off the north side of the roadway, overcorrected and then it traveled off the south side, struck a ditch and overturned.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

18 year old Cordell Vaughn of Arbela was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Scotland County.  MSHP stated that he was on Nesbit Street at Main Street in Gorin and making a u-turn when his brakes failed, causing his truck to strike a house.  He was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The wreck occurred at 7:45pm Wednesday.

 

TWO MEN INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 3:45pm Wednesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that two trucks were on US 61 when the truck driven by 28 year old Dominick Beesley of Haltom City, TX struck the rear of the truck driven by 75 year old Lawrence Reuther Jr. of Eloia, MO.  After impact Reuther’s truck became airborne, went off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Reuther Jr. was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while Beesley was treated at the scene for minor injuries as he refused transport.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

A driver was injured in an early Thursday morning crash in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened after 1am as 36 year old Zachary Noll of St. Louis was fleeing from an attempted law enforcement stop when he failed to negotiate a curve on the exit ramp of eastbound I-44 and his SUV struck the concrete traffic barrier.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.


 




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February 22, 2024

 

WOMAN INJURED IN HOWARD COUNTY ACCIDENT

A New Franklin woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:05pm Tuesday in Howard County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Victoria Brown was on Route P when she swerved to avoid a deer, causing her SUV to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

39 year old Danielle Barnett of Crystal City was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Jefferson County.  The highway patrol said it happened at around 10:10am as she was on Hillsboro-Hematite Road when she failed to negotiate a curve and her truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON ANNOUNCES DEPLOYMENT OF 200 NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS, 22 HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS TO TEXAS SOUTHERN BORDER

On Tuesday, during a press conference at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson announced that the State of Missouri will be providing up to 200 Missouri National Guard (MONG) members and 22 Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers to support Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star mission at the Southern Border. 

"About two weeks ago, I visited the Southern Border, and let me not mince words when I say it is a crisis," Governor Parson said. "The crisis at the Southern Border is fueling the fentanyl crisis here in our state. Missourians are dying; families are being ripped apart; communities are being destroyed, and Missouri children are falling victim. It all stems from the Biden Administration's reckless, irresponsible, and failing open-border policies. With our Southern Border wide open, every state is now a border state." 

Governor Parson has issued Executive Order 24-03 to activate the MONG and the Governor's Office's discretionary emergency response fund. Governor Parson's plan to support border security along the Texas-Mexico border includes the following:

The deployment of up to 200 MONG members

Guard members will be deployed on a rotating basis of approximately 30 days.

The deployment of up to 22 MSHP troopers

Standard law enforcement equipment will accompany the troopers.

All MSHP troopers being deployed to the Southern Border have volunteered for the mission.

A $2.3 million supplemental budget request to the Missouri General Assembly to support border security efforts and backfill the Governor's Office's emergency response fund

MSHP troopers will begin active support by March 1, and MONG personnel will begin their mission on March 10. Advance and logistical planning for both deployments is currently underway in coordination with the State of Texas. 

MONG and MSHP personnel will be working to help secure the border, prevent illegal immigration, and stop illicit drug and human trafficking. 

MONG members will mainly assist in the construction of physical barriers and with security patrols as needed. MSHP troopers will work to support traffic enforcement, crime prevention, criminal interdiction, and other law enforcement agencies as needed. 

Statistics Related to Missouri and the Southern Border Crisis:

Nearly 10 million individuals have entered the U.S. illegally since 2021, including known gotaways at the Southern Border.

That's larger than the population of 40 U.S. States, including Missouri.

Operation Lone Star alone has seized over 460 million lethal doses of fentanyl at the Southern Border.

That's enough fentanyl to kill every American citizen with more than 100 million doses left over. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol seized nearly 12,500 grams of fentanyl in 2023 alone. 

That's enough to kill Missouri's entire population twice over. 

Since 2017, fentanyl overdoses have increased in Missouri by nearly 135 percent - with 75 percent of that increase occurring since 2020. 

At the last statewide report in 2022, 43 Missouri children died from fentanyl exposure.





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MDC INVITES THE PUBLIC TO AN EVENING WITH WILDLIFE FRIDAY IN KIRKSVILLE

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites the public to an Evening with Wildlife at William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville on Feb. 23 from 6-9 p.m.

This free event will feature several conservation-related exhibits including exhibits by the Missouri Beekeeping Association, the Missouri Trapping Association, and MDC fisheries, forestry, and protection exhibits. Staff will also be present to score deer antlers with official Boone and Crockett measurements. Guest speakers will be presenting on mountain lions in Missouri and MDC’s K-9 program.

All ages are invited, and questions about this event should be sent to Conservation Agent Kevin Powell at kevin.powell@mdc.mo.govWilliam Matthew Middle School is located at 1515 S. Cottage Grove Ave. in Kirksville.

MODOT SELECTS TWO CONSULTANTS TO LEAD I-44 CORRIDOR STUDY

The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced the selection of two consultants to lead an environmental study of the more than 250 miles of Interstate 44 from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 100 East interchange near Gray Summit in Franklin County.

The selected consultants, Hg Consult, Inc. and Garver, will each study a stretch of the corridor, which has been divided into two sections for the purpose of the study: Hg Consult will study the stretch from the Oklahoma state line to the Route 17 interchange near St. Robert, and Garver will study from St. Robert to the Route 100 East interchange at Gray Summit. 

The goal of the study is to update and validate the outcomes of the 2008 Purpose and Need Study and provide the opportunity for public input from stakeholders along the I-44 corridor. The study will also divide the more than 250 miles of the I-44 corridor into logical segments for further study and prioritize those segments for more detailed design and ultimately for construction when funds are available.  

Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly, signed into law by Gov. Parson, provides $20 million of General Revenue for the environmental study.

For more information on the I-44 Corridor Study, visit modot.org/forward44.


 




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February 20, 2024

 

THREE INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, two seriously in an accident that occurred at around 8:30am Sunday in Macon County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Sarah Dowling of Moberly was on US 63 when her SUV struck the rear of a horse drawn buggy.  After impact both went off the road and the SUV overturned, coming to rest on its top.  Dowling suffered minor injuries and was taken to an unknown location while both 24 year old Rueben Schwartz and 24 year old Laura Schwartz of Macon who were in the buggy were transported by MU Life Team to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

A woman was hurt in a three-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:20pm as a car driven by 18 year old Karleigh Coffman of Gerald was eastbound on US 50 when she failed to yield to a car driven by 29 year old Bailea Walker of Owensville who was southbound on US 50 as Coffman was making a left turn onto MO 185 and the two cars collided and then Walker’s car struck the passenger side of a car driven by a 16 year old girl from Beaufort who was on MO 185.  Walker sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

20 year old Robert Ponce of Lake St. Louis was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday morning in St. Charles County.  State troopers stated that he was eastbound on i-70 when his motorcycle ran off the left side of the road, struck the cable barrier and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.  The crash happened at 9:30am Sunday.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Macon County

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Odessa Avenue to Orbit Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Orbit Avenue to Olympic Avenue between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 149 – February 13 – 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance 0.5 mile before and after the box culvert approximately 2 miles North of New Cambria between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Montgomery County

Outer Road I-70 (Booneslick Road) – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ellis Road to Walnut Street in High Hill between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Schuyler County

U.S. Route 136 (Eastbound) – February 20 - 22, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting operations from Shaw Lane to Kelso Road between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Scotland County

Route D – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route A to CR 657 between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Route D – February 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route D – February 22 - 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.





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February 19, 2024

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

A Wyaconda man was seriously injured in a Saturday night crash in Clark County.  State troopers stated that 56 year old Daniel Doyle was on Clark County Road 156 when his car crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the road and struck an embankment.  He was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis with serious injuries.  The crash occurred at 9:30pm Saturday.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 9am Saturday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Shelby Sommer of Warrenton was on Route W when she was unable to maintain her lane and her SUV traveled into the southbound lanes and struck a truck driven by 42 year old Leonard Luechtefeld of Warrenton.  Sommer was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries. 

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING WRECK

19 year old Chase Oberndorfer of Villa Ridge was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday evening in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:15pm as he was on Highway 100 when he lost control and his vehicle overturned.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.






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February 16, 2024

 

CONTRACTOR SELECTED FOR THE FIRST IMPROVE I-70 PROJECT

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (MHTC) has selected Millstone Weber as the apparent best-value proposer and Design-Build contractor of the first project in MoDOT’s Improve I-70 Program. Negotiations to finalize the contract are currently in progress. Improve I-70: Columbia to Kingdom City will build a third lane in each direction and improve the 20-mile stretch of Interstate 70 between U.S. 63 in Columbia and U.S. 54 in Kingdom City beginning in summer 2024. This $405 million project is the first of several projects which will widen and improve the I-70 corridor.

Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly signed into law by Governor Parson provides $2.8 billion in General Revenue for the costs to build a third lane of I-70 across the state. The program will plan, design, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, and add a third lane in each direction on nearly 200 miles of I-70, from Blue Springs to Wentzville.

The selected team, including contractor Millstone Weber and designer Jacobs, competed against one other design-build team. The winning proposal showed not only an understanding of the engineering and design endeavors set out before the teams, but it also highlighted an understanding of the local, statewide, and national importance of an improved I-70. The winning proposal includes new concrete pavement on all three lanes of I-70 in each direction for the 20-mile section between Columbia and Kingdom City, wider inside and outside shoulders, and improved interchange designs at the U.S. 63 and U.S. 54 interchanges at I-70. Additionally, throughout construction two lanes of travel will be available for both directions of I-70 during peak hours.

The U.S. 63 and I-70 interchange proposal includes:

Two new direct connection ramps (northbound U.S. 63 to westbound I-70 and eastbound I-70 to southbound U.S. 63)

Four new roundabouts

The U.S. 54 and I-70 interchange proposal includes two new bridges and a new and improved interchange.

For more information on the Improve I-70 Program, visit www.modot.org/improvei70.

17TH ANNUAL CHILLICOTHE POLAR PLUNGE RAISES NEARLY $8,000 FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS MISSOURI

The 17th Annual Chillicothe Polar Plunge on Feb. 10 at Simpson Park was a splashing success, raising $7,700 to date. A total 31 brave men, women from around the area donned Hawaiian-themed costumes and swimwear to take a chilly dip into freezin’ water. Their Reason for Freezin’ was the athletes of Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO).

Online fundraising is still ongoing. Organizers of the Plunge still hope to raise an additional $2,300 to reach the goal of 10,000. Donations can be made on their online fundraising page.

Top individual fundraisers:

1st Place Fundraiser – Tom Melte

2nd Place Fundraiser – Cheryl Evans

3rd Place Fundraiser – Katie Lowe

Top team fundraisers:

Top Fundraising Team – Chillicothe Correctional Center

Top Law Enforcement Team – Chillicothe Correctional Center

Top Fundraising School – Chillicothe High School 

Competition for the Golden Plunger was steep this year. Participants were encouraged to come in costume and compete for the chance to take home the “Golden Plunger.”

Group 1st Place – Chillicothe High School

Group 2nd Place – Team Lowes

Group 3rd Place – Chillicothe Cert Team

SOMO was lucky to have Charlie Phillips as a Plunge Ambassador for this event. He is a SOMO athlete, and he worked for months to help spread awareness of the Plunge! 

This year’s event was held in conjunction with Chillicothe Correctional Center.

For more information about the Polar Plunge, visit www.somo.org/plunge.

MSHP: DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS TO CLOSE STATEWIDE FOR UPCOMING HOLIDAY

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following date:

Monday, February 19 in observance of Washington’s Birthday.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, February 20.









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February 15, 2024

 

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5pm Tuesday in Marion County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Austin Brown of Hannibal was on US 36 when his motorcycle overturned in the roadway and ejected him from it.  He was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

71 year old James Iden of Catawissa was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:30am as he was on Route F when he failed to observe a dump truck driven by 54 year old Jonathan Truitt of Middletown slowing to make a left turn and his jeep struck the rear of the dump truck.  Iden suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING FIERY CRASH

A Green City teen was injured in a fiery crash Tuesday morning in Sullivan County.  State troopers stated that 19 year old Declan Murphy was on Route C when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and caught fire.  He was transported by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Memphis for treatment of minor injuries.  The crash happened at 10:25am Tuesday.

 

MDC AND PARTNERS HOST WARM-SEASON GRASS ESTABLISHMENT WORKSHOPS IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and partners invite the public to a series of warm-season grass establishment workshops around northeastern Missouri. Native warm-season grasses have deep root systems which make more efficient use of water and soil nutrients. They can grow and thrive during the summer when cool-season grasses cannot, and they tend to need less fertilizer and lime than cool-season grasses.

These workshops will discuss the benefits and economics of establishing warm-season grasses, establishment techniques, how to manage these grasses, and programs available for adding warm-season grasses to your property. Each workshop is free to the public, and lunch will be provided. For all workshops, the doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the event will run from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 in Shelbina at the First Baptist Church (125 W. Chestnut Street)

Feb. 22 in Elsberry at the Plant Materials Center (2803 MO Hwy 79)

Feb. 27 in Milan at the Milan Communications Center (205 N. Market Street)

Feb. 28 in Chillicothe at the Litton Ag-Center (10780 Liv 235)

Questions about these workshops can be directed to Lucas Brass at lucas.brass@usda.gov.





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February 14, 2024

 

TWO DRIVERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two drivers were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 5:45am Monday in Pike County.  The patrol says that a car driven by 18 year old Quentin Harrell of Bowling Green was on 18678 Missouri 161 when his car crossed the center line and collided head-on with a car driven by 63 year old Richard Ramsey of Bowling Green.  After impact both cars traveled off the east side of the roadway.  Harrell was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries, while Ramsey was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Adair County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 2pm as 60 year old Terri Phillips of Kansas City was a passenger in a truck driven by 58 year old Penny Pipes of Milan.  They were on MO 6 ½ mile east of Novinger when the truck ran off the road and overturned down an embankment.  Phillips sustained minor injuries and was taken to Northeast Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. 

 

ROY BLUNT RESERVOIR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROJECT UPDATE

Here’s an update regarding the construction of transportation improvements around the planned Roy Blunt Reservoir in Sullivan County. Capital Paving and Construction LLC, plans to begin constructing the new bridge on Mayapple Road on Tuesday, Feb. 20.  Construction of the new bridge is not expected to impact motorists.  Crews anticipate the completion of the bridge by early May 2024.





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February 13, 2024

 

RAPE SUSPECT NOW CHARGED IN SECOND RAPE CASE

A northeast Missouri rape suspect is now charged in connection with another rape case.  According to KTVO, 21 year old Anthony Shehorn of Shelbina is facing new charges of first-degree rape and supplying liquor to a minor or intoxicated person.  Those charges were filed last Friday in Shelby County.

According to court documents, the two alleged crimes happened in Clarence on December 16, 2022.

The report stated that he physically held his female accuser down on a bed and forced himself on her while she was telling him to stop and trying to escape.

Court documents also stated that Shehorn also allowed the underage female to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana while at his home.

Shehorn is being held on $100,000 cash-only bond in the Shelby County jail.

He was already in jail following his arrest in mid-January 2024 on charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy.

Those alleged crimes happened in Shelbina back in June 2022.

 

CAPTAIN DUSTY L. HOFFMAN NAMED DIVISION DIRECTOR, PUBLIC INFORMATION AND EDUCATION DIVISION, JEFFERSON CITY

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the following transfer:

Captain Dusty L. Hoffman, director of Governor’s Security Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, is being named division director and transferring to Public Information and Education Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, effective immediately.

Hoffman was appointed to the Patrol on August 1, 1993, as a member of the 66th Recruit Class. After graduating from the Academy, he was assigned to Troop F, Zone 6, Moniteau and Morgan counties. He transferred to the Governor’s Security Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City, on September 19, 2010. On January 1, 2014, he was promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Research and Development Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City. On April 1, 2017, he was promoted to the rank of captain and assigned as the director of the Governor’s Security Division.

Hoffman was born in Glasgow, MO, and graduated from Howard County R-II High School in Glasgow. He joined in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Texas, Alaska, and the Republic of Panama. Hoffman was honorably discharged in 1992. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Columbia College in Columbia, MO, in 2004. Hoffman completed Leadership In Police Organizations through the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 2013. Captain Hoffman and his wife, Sunny, have four children.

 

MISSOURI ROADWAY FATALITIES DIP SLIGHTLY IN 2023

According to preliminary data, 989 fatalities occurred on Missouri roadways in 2023. This is a decrease of 6% when compared to 2022, when there were 1,057 fatalities. This is the first year since 2019 that Missouri has seen a decrease in roadway fatalities. Despite the progress, this still amounts to nearly three lives lost on Missouri roadways every day, leaving plenty of room for improvement in 2024. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety stresses how the four simple actions of Buckle Up, Phone Down, Slow Down and Drive Sober could put a big dent in the fatality numbers.

While overall roadway fatalities were down, motorcyclist fatalities have never been higher. Preliminary numbers indicate that 175 motorcyclists were killed on Missouri roadways in 2023, a 14% increase over the previous year (153 fatalities). This is the highest number of motorcyclist fatalities ever reported in Missouri, and almost 50% higher than the average number of motorcyclist fatalities prior to the repeal of Missouri’s all-rider helmet law in 2020. Safety professionals cite the lack of helmet use as a major contributing factor to the increase.

Other prevalent characteristics observed in roadway fatalities include lack of seat belt use, distracted driving, speed and impairment. These behaviors continue to plague Missouri roadways. Of the vehicle occupants killed in 2023, 63% were not wearing a seat belt. Distracted driving contributed to more than 100 deaths in 2023, and historically, more than half of the victims are someone other than the distracted driver. Impaired driving accounted for approximately 17% of the fatalities in 2023 while speed and other aggressive driving behaviors remained the top concern, contributing to more than half of the total fatalities.

Missouri’s strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, takes a comprehensive approach in creating a safe system to reduce and eliminate traffic fatalities. Through a combination of education, public policy, infrastructure improvements, traffic enforcement, emergency services, and personal responsibility, Show-Me Zero provides opportunities for every Missourian to help make the state’s roadways safer. For more information on the Show-Me Zero plan and to learn how all Missourians can help make the roadways safer, visit www.savemolives.com.

DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $9 MILLION TO NONPROFITS THROUGH THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

The Department of Economic Development (DED) has announced that it will award more than $9 million in tax credits through the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) to 46 organizations for community development projects statewide.

A total of up to $16 million is awarded through NAP annually, with projects limited to $250,000 in 50% tax credits and $350,000 in 70% tax credits. Credits for this fiscal year were awarded in two rounds, with this being the second round that opened in August 2023. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and businesses that meet program requirements. During the Fiscal Year 2024 cycle, tax credits were reserved for organizations providing critical services, with priority given to projects located in previously underserved areas of the state. A total of more than $15.3 million in tax credits was awarded among both rounds of the cycle.

The full list of 2024 Round 2 NAP recipients and projects is available here.

 




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February 12, 2024

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Adair County

Missouri Route 6 – February 12-16, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting from U.S. Route 63 to Route V between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

U.S. Route 63 – February 13 – 16, LANE RESTRICTION for sign operations from Benton Road to Route P between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily.

Macon County

Route AA – February 13 - 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from National Avenue to Nickle Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – February 15 - 16, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Nickle Avenue to Odessa Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Odessa Avenue to Orbit Avenue between 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Route AA – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Orbit Avenue to Olympic Avenue between 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Missouri Route 149 – February 13 – 22, LANE RESTRICTION for bridge maintenance 0.5 mile before and after the box culvert approximately 2 miles North of New Cambria between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. daily. A 10-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Monroe County

Route J – February 13, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 1103 to just west of Route OO between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Montgomery County

Outer Road I-70 (Booneslick Road) – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Ellis Road to Walnut Street in High Hill between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Ralls County

Route H – February 13 - 14, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route HH to Lake Shore Drive between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily.

Schuyler County

U.S. Route 136 (Eastbound) – February 20 - 22, LANE RESTRICTION for brush cutting operations from Shaw Lane to Kelso Road between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. A 12-foot width restriction will be in place where crews are actively working.

Scotland County

Route D – February 20, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from Route A to CR 657 between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Route D – February 21, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Route D – February 22 - 23, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 657 to CR 360 between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily.

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY INCIDENT

A Bowling Green man was seriously injured in an incident that occurred at 9:20pm Friday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that two vehicles were northbound on US 61 and engaged in road rage when the SUV driven by 50 year old Joseph Rascher of Moscow Mills applied the brakes causing the truck driven by 20 year old Blaine Thoroughman of Bowling Green to strike the rear of the SUV and then the SUV hit the passenger side of the truck causing the truck to travel off the right side of the roadway, striking several trees and overturned, meanwhile the SUV came to a stop on the right shoulder of the roadway.  Thoroughman was taken to Mercy Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TWO INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

Two people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Boone County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 12pm as 28 year old Samuel Dowell of Lawrence, KS was on MO 40 when he attempted to make a left turn and his car traveled into the path of an SUV driven by 45 year old Shilo Dorman of Columbia and they collided.  Dorman suffered minor injuries, while his passenger 72 year old Janet Dorman of Columbia sustained moderate injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.


 




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February 9, 2024

 

MACON MAN MISSING SINCE LAST WEEK FOUND DEAD IN COLUMBIA

A Macon man missing for more than a week has been found dead just outside Columbia, the city where he was last seen.  According to KTVO in Kirksville, the sister of 25 year old Malik Jones of Macon stated that she found her brother's body late Wednesday morning in the 6100 block of Creasy Springs Road, about two miles north of Columbia.

The report also stated that it appears he was murdered.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded and were directed to a wooded area near the roadway at this location, where they discovered the body of Malik Jones.

The investigation into the disappearance and death of Jones is active, and no other information will be released by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office at this time; however, further information may be released at a later date.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Office through Boone County Joint Communications by calling 1-573-442-6131.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may provide information to CrimeStoppers by calling 1- 573-875-TIPS.

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 6:55pm Wednesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 39 year old Wade Murray of Foley was on Cardinal Hill Road when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his truck to cross the center of the roadway into the path of a truck driven by 66 year old Anthony Holmes of Winfield and they collided.  After impact Murray’s truck crossed back over the center of the road and ran off the right side and overturned, meanwhile Holmes’s truck came to an uncontrolled rest in the roadway.  Murray was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while a passenger in Murray’s truck a 6 year old boy from Foley along with Holmes was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Saturday, February 3 at approximately 5:36pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W Monroe in reference to a structure fire.  Responding personnel found flame coming from the upper level of a building that contained eight apartments and a laundromat.  One apartment was fully involved, and the fire had begun to spread into another apartment and the attic of the building.  The fire was extinguished with the fully involved apartment suffering severe fire damage, about 25% of the attic suffering fire damage, and the adjoining apartment suffering moderate fire damage.  The rest of the building had smoke and water damage.  All residents safely evacuated the building and were uninjured.  One dog and two cats died in the fire. 

Investigation led to a case being submitted to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for Arson 1st degree, and an arrest warrant was issued for James H Schade, age 42.  Schade was a resident of one of the apartments but has been staying in Columbia since the night of the fire.  Columbia Police Department arrested Schade without incident on Wednesday February 7 at about 4:45pm.  During the fire, a GoFundMe page was created for Schade’s benefit.  Anyone who donated to the page is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

HANNIBAL MAN WHO HID CAMERA IN BATHROOM SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON

On Thursday February 1, U.S. District Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk sentenced a man who hid a video camera in a bathroom to capture images of a young girl to 25 years in prison.

35 year old Stephen A. Marquez of Hannibal pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in St. Louis in November to attempted production of child pornography.  He admitted placing a video camera disguised as a cell phone charger in a bathroom.  He captured nude images of a young girl, who was 13 and 14 when the videos were made.  Marquez also had videos of the girl stored on his iPhone.

The investigation began in August of 2022, when the victim reported to law enforcement that Marquez had been sexually abusing her since she was 9 or 10 and had used his cell phone to record her in the shower.  The victim said she told Marquez to stop many times but was scared to tell someone about the sexual abuse.  She also said she was scared Marquez would hurt her while he was sexually abusing her.

The Hannibal Police Department, the FBI and the St. Charles County Cyber Crime Task Force investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jillian Anderson prosecuted the case.


 




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February 8, 2024  

 

TEENS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN SHELBY COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two teens were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 5:15pm Tuesday in Shelby County.  The patrol says that a 16 year old girl from Bethel and a 16 year old boy from Clarence were in a UTV on Shelby County Road 2322 when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing it to travel off the roadway and overturned.  She refused treatment for moderate injuries, while the boy was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A man was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Lincoln County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 4:10pm as two vehicles were on US 61 when the first driver 32 year old Demonte Lewis of St. Charles approached the intersection of US 61 and Route E when he improperly came to a stop in the right lane and then the driver of the second vehicle 59 year old Bennie Bratcher of Keytesville attempted to avoid hitting him, however was not able to stop and attempted to change to the left lane and the front of his vehicle struck the rear of Lewis’s vehicle.  Lewis sustained minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

NORTH STAR FEEDS TO EXPAND IN BRUNSWICK, INVESTING MORE THAN $3.7 MILLION AND CREATING 5 NEW JOBS

North Star Feeds, a leader in the development and manufacturing of feed fat blends, has announced that it will expand in Brunswick, investing more than $3.7 million and creating 5 new jobs. The company’s expansion of its existing facility will allow for increased process and energy efficiency while increasing product output.

North Star Feeds’ Brunswick location recycles waste vegetable oils and fats through filtration and heating processes to transform them into useable materials for renewable energy. The company, which has been in operation for more than 40 years, provides a wide variety of products and services to meet the unique needs of its customers.

North Star Feeds’ expansion, expected to be complete in about two years, includes the addition of a new warehouse, maintenance shop, and boiler room. The company will also install new rail track, equipment, and product lines, while disposing of outdated materials.





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February 7, 2024

 

TWO MEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were seriously injured in an accident that occurred just before 2am Tuesday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Kayden Boyd of Catawissa was on Route W when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his car to cross the center line and then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned, ejecting him from it.  Both Boyd and his passenger, 21 year old Camren Love of Warrenton were transported by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

WOMAN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT WRECK

54 year old Tina Fidler of Fulton was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday night in Callaway County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 9:50pm as she was on Route O when her car ran off the right side of the road, struck a fence and a utility pole.  She suffered minor injuries and was taken to SSM Health St. Mary’s in Jefferson City for treatment. 

ATTORNEY GENERAL BAILEY WARNS MISSOURIANS OF TICKET SCAMS AHEAD OF SUPER BOWL

Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey warned Missouri football fans to be wary of any suspicious ticket offerings and to take steps to protect themselves as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49rs in the Super Bowl on February 11.
Attorney General Bailey provides the following tips to be vigilant when buying tickets to football games:

KNOW YOUR VENDOR – Make sure you are buying your tickets from a trustworthy website, especially before you provide any personal financial information.

DO YOUR RESEARCH – If you are unfamiliar with a particular ticket seller, research the seller on the Attorney General’s or Better Business Bureau’s website for any complaints.

USE A CREDIT CARD – If you purchase tickets online, especially through an online auction site, it is recommended that you complete your transaction with a credit card.  Purchasing tickets with a credit card often provides you with protections that you would not otherwise have if you purchase the tickets using cash, check, debit card, or apps like Cash App or Venmo.

SHOP ON SECURED SITES – Always double check your URL before purchasing tickets online.  If a website’s address begins with “https”, the “s” will not appear in the web address until you access the order page of the site, where you will be asked to enter your personal information. Secure websites should also display a closed lock graphic in the browser, generally located to the left of the URL in the address bar.

INSPECT YOUR TICKETS – Physically inspect your tickets to reduce your risk of being turned away at the venue.  Check the date, time and location listed on the tickets to ensure that this information matches the accurate event details.  Also review the listed seating assignments.

REMEMBER – If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Attorney General Bailey encourages Missourians with complaints regarding a potential ticket scam to contact the Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Complaint Hotline at 800-392-8222 or ago.mo.gov

MISSOURI CORN GROWERS SHARE PRIORITIES, RECOGNIZE PARTNERS

Corn farmers, industry representatives, and guests from across the state gathered in Jefferson CityMo., recently for the Missouri Corn Growers Association (MCGA) annual meeting and legislative day.

The morning kicked off at the Capitol Plaza Hotel with MCGA’s annual meeting, where Gov. Mike Parson provided the keynote address. Members also reviewed financials, heard from industry leaders, and elected five board members: Dylan Rosier of Mound City in District 1 representing northwest Missouri; Adam Casner of Carrollton to represent north-central Missouri growers in District 2; Brian Willott of Mexico to represent District 3 in northeast Missouri; Greg Bertz of Mayview, representing west central growers in District 4; and Danny Kuenzel of Washington to represent District 6 in the east-central region.

Following the annual meeting and luncheon, growers visited the State Capitol to discuss the importance of Missouri’s corn and ethanol industries with legislators and their economic impact on the state.

Members also took the opportunity to honor industry supporters for their contributions to the corn and ethanol industries. Award recipients included:

Friend of Corn Growers Award

Congressman Mark Alford

Congressman Sam Graves

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer

State Rep. Dane Diehl

State Rep. Kurtis Gregory

State Rep. Greg Sharpe

Public Servant Award

State Sen. Justin Brown

State Sen. Sandy Crawford

State Sen. Karla Eslinger

State Sen. Lincoln Hough

Outstanding Partner

‘Farmer’ Dave Schumacher, KTRS

Outstanding Advocate

Don NikodimMissouri Pork Association

President’s Award

Gov. Mike Parson

Jay Schutte, Benton City

Honorary Lifetime Award

Clint Stephens, Advance

Years of Service

Jay Schutte

The Missouri Corn Growers Association is a membership organization of farmers dedicated to growing and defending the corn industry. MCGA works in the best interest of farmers on key agricultural issues and fights for pro-agriculture, pro-corn legislation.

To learn more about Missouri Corn, or become a member, visit www.mocorn.org or call (800) 827-4181.





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February 6, 2024

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man and a woman were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:40pm Saturday in Warren County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Daniel Bobadilla of Wright City was on the North Outer Road of I-70 when he crossed the center line and his car struck a van driven by 66 year old James Nash of Warrenton head-on.  Both Nash and a passenger in the car 67 year old Katherine Richardson of Warrenton were taken to SSM Heath St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

Three people were injured, one seriously in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Warren County.  The highway patrol said it happened just before 2pm as 34 year old Kyle Boatwright of Warrenton was northbound on Missouri 47 when he attempted to overtake traffic that was stopped in the northbound lane by using the southbound lane and failed to notice a truck driven by 46 year old Hans Maasdam of Omaha, NB and the SUV and the truck collided head-on.  Boatwright was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while Maasdam and his passenger 32 year old Amanda Holtz of Omaha, NB were taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

A woman was injured in a Saturday afternoon crash in Randolph County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Melisa Carter of Moberly was a passenger in a car driven by 45 year old Jason Carter of Moberly.  They were on Route EE when their car ran off the road and struck an embankment.  She was transported by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.  The crash occurred at 4:30pm Saturday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

Around 6am on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the Mexico Public Safety Department learned that several vehicles had been gone through in the east part of town during the overnight hours.  Additionally, one vehicle was stolen.  Later that morning, the Columbia Police Department located the stolen vehicle with two juveniles inside.  After a pursuit, the juveniles were taken into custody.  MPSD is continuing to work with CPD on appropriate charges in both jurisdictions.

 

COLUMBIA PHYSICIAN INDICTED FOR FALSE STATEMENTS TO MEDICARE

A Columbia, Mo., physician has been indicted by a federal grand jury for making false statements relating to Medicare orders.

Jerry Joseph Bruggeman, M.D., 52, was charged in a 13-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

The federal indictment alleges that Bruggeman, a licensed physician, provided false statements regarding Medicare beneficiaries who received medical devices (such as braces) or genetic testing. The federal indictment charges Bruggeman with 13 counts of making false statements relating to health care matters. The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Bruggeman to forfeit to the government $29,440, which represents his proceeds from the alleged offenses.

According to the indictment, Bruggeman contracted with a telemedicine company in Boca Raton, Florida, which maintained an online portal that aggregated the personal information of Medicare beneficiaries who had been solicited by marketing companies. The company created medical assessments and orders for these beneficiaries then hired medical professionals like Bruggeman to “review” and sign orders for cancer genetic testing, pharmacogenetic testing, and durable medical equipment.

The federal indictment alleges that Bruggeman approved orders for medical devices for eight Medicare beneficiaries in March and April 2019. Bruggeman stated that he ordered the devices in each case based on his evaluation of the patient’s condition and determined that the device was “medically necessary and appropriate.” Bruggeman electronically signed a physician verification for each of the devices, indicating “by my signature, I am prescribing the items listed above and certify that the above-prescribed item(s) is medically indicated and necessary and consistent with current accepted standards of medical practice and treatment of this patient’s physical condition.”

In fact, the indictment says, Bruggeman never evaluated or assessed the patient’s condition, never determined whether the device was medically necessary and appropriate for the patient, and never determined whether the listed device was consistent with current accepted standards of medical practice and treatment of the patient’s physical condition.

The federal indictment also alleges that Bruggeman approved orders for genetic testing for five Medicare beneficiaries between January and March 2019. Bruggeman asserted in each case that the test results were necessary to the patient’s medical management. He electronically signed an accompanying letter of medical necessity that stated he would “receive the test results in order to pursue care for the patient.” In fact, the indictment says, Bruggeman never treated the patients.

This case is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren E. Kummerer. It was investigated by Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General.


 




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February 2, 2024

 

GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROJECT PROM, GRADUATION LOCK-IN EVENTS

The Northeast Coalition for Roadway Safety is offering grant funding to local schools that hold student lock-in events for Project Prom or High School graduation. Eligibility requirements include a presentation or activity educating students on highway safety issues. Qualifying schools will receive $200 each to assist with event expenses such as location rental, food or entertainment. 

The Northeast Coalition will be accepting grant applications now through Feb. 15, 2024. Interested schools and/or their sponsors can submit the online grant application by visiting Project Prom-Graduation Grant | Missouri Department of Transportation (modot.org). Funding is available for up to 20 local schools.

For additional information, contact Northeast Coalition Facilitator Gerri Jeffries at (573) 248-2502 or Northeast Coalition Representative Tina Lee at (573) 248-2517, or visit the Northeast Coalition’s website at: www.savemolives.com/mcrs/Northeast-Region.

DISCOVER NATURE IN WINTER WITH MDC AND AGENTS OF DISCOVERY

Don’t let winter temperatures keep you inside – there’s still much to explore in this season! To help kids and adults discover nature, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is once again partnering with the Agents of Discovery mobile gaming app for its Winter Edition Missions.

Agents of Discovery is an educational gaming app that allows users to engage with nature while completing “Missions”, or games – proving that screen time can be green time.

Winter Edition Missions will run through March 1. Anyone can join by downloading the free app and completing the Missions at participating locations. Each Mission consists of educational challenges that teach players about local history, culture, ecosystems, and safety.

Missions include prizes to reward “Agents”, or players who participate. Once an Agent completes a Mission, they can earn stickers, pins, and other prizes.

The following MDC locations have new Winter Edition Missions:

“How Do Animals Handle the Winter?” at Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City

“Operation Backyard Bird” at Cape Girardeau Nature Center

“Winter Mission” at Powder Valley Nature Center in Kirkwood

“Winter Walk” at Springfield Nature Center

Download the free app and create an Agent profile. Then pick a Mission in your area. Download the mission before heading to it, so you can play the game without WiFi or a data connection. Then use your secret Agent tool to find and unlock challenges.

Agents of Discovery is available for download through the App Store for Apple products or Google Play for Android devices. For more information on Agents of Discovery, visit https://discovertheforest.org/activities/agents-of-discovery.

CONSIDER A PROFESSION IN INSURANCE DURING INSURANCE CAREERS MONTH

February is Insurance Careers Month and the Missouri Department of Commerce and Insurance (DCI) encourages Missourians to consider a career in insurance.

DCI has career opportunities to protect consumers and ensure a competitive insurance industry in Missouri, including performing work:

Job seekers are encouraged to visit the MoCareers website to learn more about current open positions within the department.

DCI is charged with protecting Missouri consumers through oversight of the insurance industry, banks, credit unions, utilities and various professional licensees operating in the state. For more information about the department, please visit their website at dci.mo.gov

 




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February 1, 2024

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS BEGIN ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Weather permitting, February 5, emergency asphalt pavement repairs will begin on the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 from Danville to the Callaway County line between mile marker 170 and mile marker 165.  Crews will be working during daytime hours between 5:30am – 5:30pm.  Motorists can expect delays as traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 12-foot width restriction in place where workers are present.  All work is weather dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

 

ASHCROFT AWARDS 49 SUMMER LIBRARY GRANTS TO MISSOURI LIBRARIES

On Tuesday Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that his office has awarded over $390,000 in additional funding for 49 summer library program grants distributed to several Missouri libraries.

These grants provide funding to public libraries for educational presentations, library materials and program supplies.  The grant period begins February 1 and runs until August 15 of this year.

Grants are administered by the Missouri State Library through an application process and awarded based on need, as well as the library’s ability to effectively bring the project to fruition.

A full list of summer library grant recipients for 2024 can be seen here.

MOBERLY LICENSE OFFICE TRANSITIONING TO A NEW CONTRACTOR

The Missouri Department of Revenue is announcing the new management contract for the Moberly License Office has been awarded to Marlo Group LLC. All license office contracts in Missouri are awarded through a competitive bid process. License offices are operated by independent contractors but overseen by the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Please note the current location (521 W Coates StMoberlyMo.65270) will close on February 1, 2024 to allow for transitioning of the necessary office equipment. The office will reopen on February 5, 2024. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the telephone number will be 660-263-4447.

While the office is closed to transition to the new contractor, the Department encourages customers to visit one of the following nearby locations to receive assistance with their motor vehicle and driver licensing needs:

Macon License Office – 210 N Rubey, MaconMo.63552

Paris License Office – 211 N Main StParisMo.65275

Fayette License Office – 106 East Davis, FayetteMo.65248

Keytesville License Office – 306 South Cherry, KeytesvilleMo.65261

A full list of license office locations and hours of operation can be found at
dor.mo.gov/license-office-locator/
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January 31, 2024

 

TWO MEN KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were killed in an accident that occurred at around 11:55pm Monday in Randolph County.  The patrol says that a tractor trailer was stopped partially off the roadway with the towed unit blocking both lanes of US 24 when the towed unit and the driver 31 year old Kaysamual Blanks of Rancho Cordova, CA who was outside of the semi were struck by a tractor trailer driven by 61 year old Michael Fenner of Jackson, MI.  Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.  

 

DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

38 year old Adam McCree of Unionville was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Mercer County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 7:15am as he was on US 136 when his truck began to slide on the frost covered road, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, returned to the road and went off the south side and came to rest on its wheels facing north.  He was taken to Putnam County Memorial Hospital in Unionville for treatment of minor injuries.

 

SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

On Sunday January 28, Moberly Officers responded to the area of W. Rollins and Thompson St in reference to a physical altercation with a gunshot heard.

The officers learned the subjects involved had fled the scene.  While searching the area, officers located evidence of a physical altercation and a shell casing.

The officers identified the victim and learned he sustained minor injuries. During the alleged altercation, a firearm was discharged with no one being shot.  The suspect is at large.  The incident is currently being investigated by the Moberly Police Department.

 

MOBERLY POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS

The following incidents/arrests were investigated by the Moberly Police Department between the hours of 7am on 1/26/2024 and 7am 1/29/2024.

 

On January 26, 2024, a Moberly Officer contacted 33-year-old Miranda Reffett while conducting a traffic stop. Reffett was placed under arrest for an active Randolph County traffic warrant. Reffett was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

On January 26, 2024, a Moberly Officer contacted 62-year-old Christian Lierly near the Library in Moberly. Lierly who is a registered sex offender was found to be homeless and had not registered correctly with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. Lierly was placed under arrest for failure to register as a sex offender 3rd offense. While searching Lierly’s person, the Officer located suspected methamphetamine. Lierly was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

On January 26, 2024, a Moberly Officer contacted a juvenile at the Moberly Police Department. The juvenile alleged her mother, identified as 47-year-old Nola Midgyett had struck her multiple times with a metal baseball bat. The officer observed injuries to the juvenile and later placed Midgyett under arrest for child abuse. Midgyett was transported to the Randolph County Jail.   

 

On January 27, 2024, a local business reported an electric shopping cart stolen. On January 28th, a Moberly Officer observed 32-year-old Gregory Tolson riding the cart in the downtown area. Tolson was placed under arrest for stealing and transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

On January 27, 2024, a Moberly Officer contacted a 60-year-old male while on a traffic stop. The male was found to be in possession of suspected methamphetamine and was placed under arrest then transported to the Randolph County Jail.

 

On January 28, 2024, Moberly Officers responded to the 400 block of S. Williams St in reference an 18-year-old female that allegedly struck a male in the face. The officers contacted the female, and she was placed under arrest for domestic assault. The female was transported to the Randolph County Jail.


 




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January 30, 2024

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A Columbia man was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:05am Monday in Macon County.  The patrol says that 45 year old Tracy Tullous was on US 63 when he lost control and his vehicle traveled off the west side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

45 year old Kimberly Walker of Bevier was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Macon County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 6:05pm as she was on Missouri 3 when her vehicle struck a deer in the road.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING CRASH

67 year old Tommy Mapes of Sweet Springs was injured in a Monday morning crash in Saline County.  MSHP stated that he was on US 65 when he began to slide on the ice-covered road, lost control and his truck ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.  The crash happened at 6:20am Monday.

 

PATROL ADDS JULY 2024 ACCELERATED ACADEMY WITH NO RESIDENCY RELOCATION

The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premier law enforcement agency, is adding an additional Accelerated Academy in 2024, with no required residency relocation for in-state applicants. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply for the Accelerated (15-week) recruit class and is offering testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 121st (Accelerated) Recruit Class, which will begin training on July 1, 2024. The 121st Recruit Class is scheduled to graduate on October 25, 2024.

All candidates must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent and be 21 years of age upon graduating from the Patrol’s 
Law Enforcement Academy. Additionally, to be eligible for the 15-week Accelerated Academy, candidates must:

· Missouri Applicants: Possess an active Missouri Class A POST license or equivalent in good standing or an active Class B POST License in good standing that is eligible for upgrade.

· Out of State and Military Applicants: Basic training and experience must meet the eligibility requirements to obtain a Missouri Class A License through the Veteran Peace Officers application process as determined by POST (Must obtain a Missouri Class A license prior to the conditional offer phase).

· Must have served a minimum of three consecutive years as a full-time Missouri POST-commissioned police officer, a military police officer, or an out-of-state police officer in a traffic, patrol, or investigations capacity.

**Successful in-state Accelerated Academy applicants will not be required to relocate their residency. Out-of-state applicants will know their assignment prior to entering training.**

Upon graduating from the Patrol’s Academy, troopers are eligible to earn 46 credit hours through Mineral Area College in Park HillsMO, or 30 credit hours through the University of Central Missouri in WarrensburgMO, or 57 credit hours through Missouri State University in SpringfieldMO, toward a degree. While attending Academy training, recruits may also be eligible to earn an associate of applied science degree at Mineral Area College by completing an additional 16 general education credit hours through online courses with Western Governors University.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol's uniform guidelines allow troopers to have tattoos or brands as long as they meet two requirements: 1) The tattoos or brands cannot depict or support criminal behavior, drug usage, nudity, profanity, promiscuity, subversive groups, bigotry, etc. 2) Tattoos/brands cannot be located on the head, neck, hands, wrists, or any part of the body which would be visible during movements in the performance of their duties while wearing an official uniform or civilian attire. Troopers with tattoos on the arms that would be visible in the class B uniform (short sleeves) will wear the class A uniform (long sleeves).

The starting annual salary for the
 Accelerated Academy trooper is $58,944. Following three years of service, troopers become trooper first class and their salary is increased to $65,112. Additional salary increases for trooper first class reach a maximum annual salary of $88,464 with 15 years of service. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory retirement, career advancement, and more.

The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure including a written examination, a physical fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, background investigation, and oral interview board. Written and physical examinations take place in each troop area across the state. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, a psychological interview, drug screening, and final applicant review.

Interested persons can find out more about the qualifications by contacting a Patrol recruiter at telephone number 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online at 
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January 29, 2024

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

On Tuesday, January 23 at approximately 2:39pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 100 block of E Jackson in reference to a disturbance.  Responding personnel learned that 33 year old April L Biggs of Mexico was at a business cursing at employees and refusing to leave.  When officers arrived, Biggs did leave the business then got into an unlocked, parked vehicle at another business.  She refused to exit, claiming the vehicle was hers.  Biggs was taken into custody, processed at MPSD, and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Tampering 1st degree and Resisting Arrest.

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TO BEGIN ACCEPTING E-FILED STATE TAX RETURNS ON MONDAY

The Missouri Department of Revenue will begin accepting electronically filed state tax returns for tax year 2023 on Monday, the same day the IRS will begin accepting federal tax returns for individual filers. As Missourians prepare to file their tax returns, the Department is reminding customers of some best practices and available resources that can help ensure a smooth tax season.

File electronically and use direct deposit. Electronic filing is a fast, accurate, and secure way to file your return. Individuals who e-file can have their refund deposited directly into their bank account and generally receive their refund faster than those who file using a paper return.

Many Missourians may also qualify for free e-filing services through the Free File Alliance, which allows eligible taxpayers to file their federal and state income tax returns using approved software. For more information, visit the IRS Free File website or the DOR’s Online Filing resource page.

Double-check your paper return. Before submitting a paper return to the DOR, make sure it is signed, all math computations are correct, and all necessary documentation is included. Also, use the correct P.O. Box when mailing your return. For individuals with a balance due, send the return and check to: Missouri Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 329Jefferson CityMO 65105-0329. For individuals who are due a refund or owe nothing, send the return to: Missouri Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 500Jefferson CityMO 65105-0500.

Missouri tax forms for the 2023 tax year and prior years are available on the DOR’s website. All forms and corresponding instructions can be printed directly from the website. Electronic forms that print with a 2-D barcode help speed up processing.

AREA RESIDENT SELECTED FOR ALL-EXPENSE PAID TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C. 

Chariton Valley Telephone Cooperative announced last Friday (1/26/24) Owen Wyatt, son of Don and Meagan Wyatt of Salisbury, was selected for the company-sponsored, all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. June 3rd through June 7th. Wyatt and more than 100 other high school juniors from across the United States will see the nation’s capital and receive a first-hand look at the legislative and governmental processes. He will network with peers from other rural communities and visit some of the country’s most historic sites and monuments, including the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum and more. Ryan Johnson, Chariton Valley’s President and CEO said the company makes this opportunity available every year to the youth of our community and hope this experience will inspire leaders of tomorrow.





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January 26, 2024

 

TROY TEEN HURT IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Troy teen was hurt in an accident that occurred at around 6:15pm Wednesday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that a jeep driven by 27 year old Courtney Aldridge of Winfield was stopped in the road on Highway 47 when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by 18 year old Drake Hipes of Winfield who was inattentive to the roadway ahead of him and after impact crossed the center line and struck a car driven by 19 year old Landon Weathers of Troy head on.  Weathers was taken to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TWO WOMEN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT INCIDENT

Two women were injured in a Wednesday night incident in Clark County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:30pm as a disabled truck was stopped partially blocking the westbound lane of US 61 when another truck driven by 52 year old Robert Barr of Kahoka struck it and it traveled off the roadway into a ditch, while Barr’s truck overturned.  Two women in the disabled truck, 65 year old Karla McCarty of Kahoka and 43 year old Joni Young of Revere were taken to Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center in Fort Madison for treatment of minor injuries.

 

GOV. PARSON’S IMPROVE I-70 PLAN RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDING

On Wednesday during his final State of the State Address, Governor Mike Parson, alongside Congressman Sam Graves, announced that Missouri has secured a $92.8 million Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to improve Interstate-70.

Missouri will use the INFRA grant for specific Improve I-70 projects, including truck parking, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS), work zone safety technology, and workforce development, all to enhance the efforts of adding an additional lane to I-70.

"For decades the expansion of I-70 was talked about in the State Capitol. After decades of inaction, our administration, with the help of the General Assembly, secured a historic investment of $2.8 billion last year to add a third lane across our state," said Governor Parson. "This additional grant money will help us build upon our historic investment and continue our administration's commitment to improving our state's infrastructure. We thank Congressman Graves for his leadership in securing this grant, the largest transportation grant Missouri has ever received."

The overall goal of the Improve I-70 project across Missouri is to provide a safe, efficient, environmentally sound, and cost-effective transportation facility that responds to corridor needs as a national interstate. Missouri’s FY2024 budget from the General Assembly supported by Governor Parson provides $2.8 billion in General Revenue for the costs to plan, design, construct, reconstruct, rehabilitate, and repair three lanes in each direction on nearly 200 miles of I-70, from Blue Springs to Wentzville.

The first Improve I-70 project's contract is scheduled to be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for approval at its February 14, 2024 meeting. The first phase of the project includes the segment of interstate from Route 63 in Columbia to Route 54 in Kingdom City. Construction on this first segment could start as early as summer 2024. The second project will focus on the segment from Warrenton to Wentzville and the third from Blue Springs to Odessa. Projects two and three are scheduled to be under construction in 2025.

For more information about the Improve I-70 projects and to sign up for project email updates, go to www.modot.org/improvei70





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January 25, 2024

 

MAN KILLED, WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

A man was killed and a woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred after 2pm Tuesday in Ralls County.  The patrol says that 44 year old Frederick Thompson of Higginsville was on MO 19 when his car crossed the center line and lost control and was struck in the passenger side by a car driven by 64 year old Cynthia Kilby of Hannibal.  He was pronounced dead at the scene while the woman was transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

68 year old Charles Ducharme of Ashland was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning in Callaway County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 5:20am as he was westbound on I-70 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

SHELBINA LICENSE OFFICE CONTRACT UP FOR BID

The Missouri Department of Revenue is announcing the upcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) of the license office in ShelbinaMissouri, located at 201 Fairground RoadShelbinaMo.63468. Bids will start being accepted February 7, and must be submitted by February 22.

For a list of bid opportunities and bid response instructions, please visit Missouri’s statewide electronic procurement system, MissouriBUYS, at missouribuys.mo.gov/. Interested groups or individuals who wish to bid to operate the Shelbina License Office must have an active Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) and must submit the proposal under the legal entity name for which the FEIN was assigned. The Missouri Department of Revenue, through the Office of Administration, is posting an RFP for the Shelbina License Office, a newly proposed office. Interested bidders have approximately 10 business days to submit their proposal for the operation of the license office in the competitive bid process, as outlined in the RFP.

Proposals will be evaluated on items as outlined in the RFP. All of the proposals will be evaluated by a review team at the Department of Revenue, and the proposal that scores best in the areas outlined in the RFP will be selected to operate the office.

 




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January 24, 2024

 

MAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN LINN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A man was struck and killed by a MoDOT truck in an accident that occurred at around 3:20am Monday in Linn County.  The patrol says that 63 year old Alex Isom of Norfolk, NB was on US 36 when he lost control of his freightliner on the ice-covered road and struck a MoDOT truck driven by 34 year old Donald Smith of Marceline which lost control and struck 51 year old Alexander Rodriguez Gonzalez of Hialeah, FL and also the trailer of a freightliner.  He died a short time later from his injuries.  Both Isom and Smith were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN STRUCK AND KILLED IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING INCIDENT

A man was struck and killed in an early Monday morning incident in Callaway County.  State troopers stated that 40 year old Jonas Baptiste of Ft. Lauderdale, FL exited his vehicle on westbound I-70 and was struck by a freightliner driven by 42 year old Marcus Boards of Escondido, CA and it came to rest off the right side of the roadway.  Baptiste was pronounced dead at the scene.  The incident occurred at around 1:50am Monday.

 

TEEN HURT IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH

A Gerald teen was hurt in a Monday night crash in Franklin County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 8:45pm as the 17 year old boy was on Route H and driving too fast for the wet and ice-covered roadway when he failed to maintain control of his truck and it started to slide and then it went off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries. 





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January 23, 2024

 

THREE INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Three people were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at around 1:10pm Sunday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Dillan Schmiderer of Labadie was crossing over MO 100 from Route T to Route V when he failed to yield to a vehicle driven by 31 year old Morgan Curtis of O’Fallon and they collided.  The teen sustained moderate injuries while Curtis suffered minor injuries, also a passenger in the teen’s car 20 year old Jacob Hassler of Union sustained serious injuries.  All three were taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

 

MISSOURI VETERANS COMMISSION AWARDED FEDERAL GRANT TO BOOST NURSING PAY, RETAIN AND RECRUIT CRITICAL CARE POSITIONS

The Missouri Veterans Commission (MVC) has been awarded a federal grant to help bolster employment at the state’s seven Veterans Homes. For the second year in a row, MVC has been awarded the Assistance for Hiring and Retaining Nurses at State Homes grant through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The grant allows for a one-time differential of $780 to be paid to full-time registered nurses (RN), senior licensed practical nurses (Senior LPN), licensed practical nurses (LPN), senior support care assistants and support care assistants currently employed at Veterans Homes. The grant also allows the $780 differential to be paid to candidates hired into full-time RN, senior LPN, LPN, senior support care assistant, and support care assistant classifications between December 16, 2023, and July 1, 2024.

The Missouri Veterans Commission worked closely with the Missouri Office of Administration to seek approval for the differential and applied for the grant in September 2023. When MVC was awarded the grant in 2023) only senior support care assistants and support care assistants were eligible for the payment.

During fiscal year 2023, MVC had a 53% vacancy rate for support care assistants, 18% for senior support care assistants, 13% for LPNs, and 24% for RNs. MVC is hopeful the one-time differential provided by the federal grant will help continue to retain existing staff and help recruit new nursing staff to reduce shortages. In addition to the one-time differential, MVC offers a paid certified nursing assistant (CNA) training course. The training allows individuals interested in a healthcare career the opportunity to earn a paycheck while attaining their CNA certification at no cost. Individuals interested in employment with MVC can find opportunities at mocareers.mo.gov/dps/mvc/apply.

The Missouri Veterans Commission operates seven state Veterans Homes, five State Veterans Cemeteries, and the Veterans Services Program. The Commission is committed to providing high-quality, compassionate care for Veterans, seamlessly integrated with the Veteran community, emphasizing a culture of transparency and excellence. For more information about Missouri Veterans Commission programs, call 573-751-3779 or visit mvc.dps.mo.gov.

MDC INVITES TEACHERS AND COACHES TO BECOME CERTIFIED AS A BASIC ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a certification course for teachers and coaches to become certified as a Basic Archery Instructor. This certification is necessary to use the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) in their curriculum or to assist an afterschool team.

MoNASP is modeled on the National Archery in the Schools Program which began with a simple idea of teaching kids the basics of archery as part of school curriculum. This is a hybrid course, which requires online work ahead of the training. The in-person portion of this training will be held at the following locations, and interested persons are only required to attend one of the two in-person trainings offered:

MoNASP aims to include children of nearly every background.  Nearly everyone—regardless of age, size, or physical ability—can succeed at archery. Kids love archery, and archery helps kids excel. Statistics show that school archery programs:

Educators who are interested in MoNASP can also work to qualify for rebates to repay the cost of purchasing equipment. For more information about MoNASP, go to http://short.mdc.mo.gov/4nR. For any questions about these trainings, please contact Kathi Moore at kathi.moore@mdc.mo.gov.

 




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January 22, 2024

 

MAN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

39 year old Michael Abbott of St. Ann was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Callaway County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 1:30am as he was westbound on I-70 when his freightliner ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Fulton teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15am Saturday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Devin Jennings was on County Road 410 and driving too fast for conditions when he failed to maintain control and his car skidded off the left side of the roadway and struck several trees.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

PLANNED ROADWORK FOR NORTHEAST MISSOURI

The following is a list of general highway maintenance work the Missouri Department of Transportation has planned in the Northeast Missouri region for the next few weeks.

All road closures and planned roadwork may be viewed on the Traveler Information Map at http://traveler.modot.org/map/.

Inclement weather may cause schedule changes in some of the planned work. There may also be moving operations throughout the region, in addition to the work mentioned below.

Audrain County

Missouri Route 151 – January 24, CLOSED for culvert replacement operations from CR 116 to CR 132 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Marion County

U.S. Route 24 – January 29 – February 7, LANE RESTRICTION for fiber optic repairs at the Mississippi River bridge from 1,200 feet east of CR 357 extending east 4,400 feet between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday.





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January 19, 2024

 

MDC REPORTS FINAL DEER HARVEST AT RECORD LEVEL

Missouri's 2023-2024 deer-hunting season ended Jan. 15 with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting a preliminary record-setting total deer harvest for the season of 326,026. This year’s new harvest record surpasses the one set in 2006 of 325,457.

Of the deer harvested, 147,705 were antlered bucks, 29,060 were button bucks, and 149,261 were does. Top harvest counties for the overall deer season were Franklin with 7,395, Howell with 6,346 and Texas with 6,181.

Hunters harvested 299,719 deer during the 2022-2023 deer hunting season with 140,735 being antlered bucks, 27,028 being button bucks, and 131,956 being does.

Deer hunting ended with the close of the archery season. Preliminary data from MDC showed that hunters checked 55,396 deer during the 2023-2024 archery deer season. Top counties for the archery deer season were Jefferson with 1,440, Franklin with 1,194 and St. Louis with 1,022. Hunters checked 56,683 deer during the 2022-2023 archery deer season.

According to MDC, increasing deer numbers and regulation changes that added a new early antlerless firearms portion, a new chronic wasting disease (CWD) firearms portion, and an increase in the number of firearms antlerless deer hunting permits in most counties led to additional hunting opportunities and contributed to a record harvest.

According to MDC, this year was the first since 2013 that more does were harvested than antlered bucks.

According to MDC, this year’s antlered buck harvest is also the highest on record.

For deer harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

For deer harvest summaries from past years, visit mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-reports/deer-harvest-summaries.

MDC reported one non-fatal, archery-related deer hunting incident and no firearms-related hunting incidents during the deer season.

DECEMBER 2023 MONTHLY JOBS REPORT

Missouri nonfarm payroll employment increased by 5,600 jobs in December 2023, and the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point. Private industry employment increased by 4,200 jobs and government employment increased by 1,400 jobs. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in December 2023, up from 3.2 percent in November 2023. Over the year, there was an increase of 48,100 jobs from December 2022 to December 2023, and the unemployment rate increased by six-tenths of a percentage point, from 2.7 percent in December 2022 to 3.3 percent in December 2023.

 

TAB TO ESTABLISH FIRST U.S. HEADQUARTERS FACILITY IN LIBERTY, CREATING 50 JOBS

TAB, an international manufacturer of industrial batteries, has announced that it will establish a 66,700-square-foot headquarters and assembly facility in Liberty, creating 50 new jobs. The company’s new location, its first in North America, will provide proximity to its customer base and the ability to quickly distribute products throughout North and South America.

“The selection of Missouri as the home of TAB USA’s first North American facility reaffirms our state's strategic advantages for growing companies,” said Governor Mike Parson. “We have created a pro-business environment that provides stability for businesses as they enter the U.S. market or expand within it. Missouri stands ready to support the growth and success of TAB USA as it embarks on this exciting journey from its new U.S. headquarters.”

TAB USA’s new facility will be located at Liberty Heartland Logistics Center. The location will serve as the company’s U.S. headquarters, with operations including industrial battery assembly, distribution, and sales. The facility is projected to open in the second quarter of 2024, with plans for additional investments over the first five years of operation.

As a leading North American industrial hub, the Kansas City region’s central location and strong workforce were major factors in TAB USA’s decision to locate in Liberty.


 




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January 18, 2024

 

TWO MEN INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN PIKE COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two men were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 5:20am Wednesday in Pike County.  The patrol says that 25 year old Abricion Ivey of Bowling Green was on US 54 when his car traveled into the path of a truck driven by 58 year old Dellia Howland of Louisiana and they collided.  Howland sustained serious injuries while Ivey suffered moderate injuries.  Both were taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

A Columbia teen was injured in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Audrain County.  The highway patrol said it happened at 10:50pm as the 17 year old boy was on US 54 when he fell asleep, causing his car to run off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected and collided with a tractor trailer driven by 48 year old Kevin OConner of Keokuk, IA.  The teen was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

A Union woman was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Franklin County.  State troopers stated that 37 year old Sarah Jones was eastbound on I-44 when she made a lane change to avoid a slowing vehicle and began to slide, struck the center median and then her vehicle struck a guardrail.  She suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.  The crash happened at around 7:10am Tuesday.

 

DRIVER HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING MISHAP

83 year old John Willers of Boonville was hurt in a Tuesday morning mishap in Cooper County.  MSHP reported that it occurred at 10am as he was westbound on I-70 at the MO 87 exit when his truck slid off the right side of the road and struck a parked tractor trailer.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.