Brookfield area residents, and particularly BHS alumni, are invited to meet at noon at the old high school building in Brookfield today (Wed), for a rally to help promote a proposed project that would replace the decaying building with a new senior housing facility. Information on the project proposal will be shared and a video will be filmed, to help promote a major grant application to support the project. Anyone with questions about the plans can contact the Brookfield Area Growth Partnership, or attend the rally. That’s today at noon at the old high school in Brookfield.
Plans are being finalized for the 2016 American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Linn County, which will be held on Saturday, September 17, starting at 4pm at Burlington Field in Brookfield. Area cancer survivors are reminded to get registered for the annual Survivor’s Dinner, which will be held Monday, September 12, at 6pm at the Brookfield Elks Lodge. If you’d like to attend, call Beth Roby at 573-673-1525 or Taylor Teeter at 660-349-6604. The reservation deadline is Thursday.
Marceline hosts Brookfield in the 80th Bell Game Friday night (you’ll hear live coverage on KZBK), and again this year, the game is about more than football.
The annual Bell Game canned food drive is underway all week in both communities to help needy families in the area. Donation trailers are available outside both Walmart and Prenger’s stores, or contact either school office for more information.
You’re also reminded that the seventh annual Brookfield vs. Marceline FFA BBQ Cook-Off will be held outside Chester Ray Stadium, before the game Friday evening. The cook-off begins at 5pm and continues until kickoff. The two FFA chapters will offer competing BBQ meals for your enjoyment. Stop by and support the FFA students before the 80th Bell Game.
A Tuesday afternoon shooting in Columbia sent one man to the hospital and caused a lockdown at three Columbia schools. It occurred at around 1pm, in the 100 block of Third Avenue. Police say the victim was hospitalized after suffering a gunshot wound. Hickman High School, Ridgeway Elementary and Jefferson Middle School were locked down for about 30 minutes as officers responded to the area. An investigation is underway.
Moberly Police have issued new warnings after a recent series of car break-ins have been reported. Officers say several break-in reports have been received in the past week and they’re reminding drivers to lock your vehicles doors and, if you must leave anything of value in your vehicle, be sure it is not left in plain sight. If you seen suspicious activity, you’re urged to make note of description information, such as clothing, vehicle description and direction of travel, and give that information to investigators.
The former youth director at a Columbia church has been sentenced to prison this week, for sex crimes involving children. Dale Johnson, who served the youth of the Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia until his arrest in 2015, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday. Johnson had pleaded guilty last month to charges of statutory sodomy and child pornography.
A Boone County manufacturer is set to expand, after action by the Boone County Commission Tuesday night. The commission approved the use of Chapter 100 Revenue Bonds in support of a planned $39 million dollar investment in a new production line for Dana Light Axel Products LLC of Columbia. Company officials say the expansion will create 135 new jobs over the next few years.
A Brookfield man was treated for moderate injuries after an early Monday morning motorcycle accident on Lake Street, just north of Macon. 32 year old Corey Fiaola, of Brookfield, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident, which occurred Monday at around 3am. The patrol says he lost control of his northbound motorcycle on the gravel roadway. He was ejected from the bike when it laid on its side.
One driver was hospitalized after a Monday afternoon accident in Chillicothe. Police say a vehicle driven by Amanda Harkins, struck another vehicle in the rear on Third Street in Chillicothe, causing a chain-reaction collision involving two other vehicles. Harkins was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment and was also cited for following too closely.
A wanted fugitive from Adair County was arrested in Callaway County Monday morning. The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office says John Atterberry was arrested, after his vehicle was spotted by deputies in the area of Old Highway 40 near Williamsburg. Authorities say Atterberry attempted to flee the vehicle and was captured after a short foot pursuit. He now faces charges of resisting arrest in Callaway County, along with an Adair County warrant for narcotics and traffic violations. He is also charged with fleeing officers during an arrest attempt last month, near Guthrie, MO.
ADAIR COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE RETURNING STOLEN PROPERTY
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is working to return more than $15,000 dollars worth of stolen items, recovered at locations in Adair and Knox Counties. Authorities a recent investigation has solved a series of burglaries in the area, dating back to the beginning of May. Citizens can come to the Adair County Sheriff’s Office in Kirksville to claim the stolen property today and tomorrow (Tuesday & Wednesday). You’ll need to bring a valid photo ID and any information relating to an insurance claim. For more information on the return of stolen property, contact the Sheriff’s Office in Kirksville.
An overturned FedEx truck is affecting traffic on I-70 Drive Southeast in Columbia, early this morning. Police say there were no injuries in the accident, but it has blocked the entrance to I-70 Drive Southeast. Motorists are advised to take an alternate route around that location this morning.
Mexico Public Safety officers have begun an investigation into counterfeit cash, which has been reported recently. Last week, they say a Mexico fast food restaurant received counterfeit 20’s on two occasions, from the same suspect. She is described as a white female with a tattoo on her left arm, driving a white early 2000’s Pontiac. Businesses are urged to check twenty dollar bills closely, as the investigation continues. Anyone with information, call Mexico Crimestoppers or the Mexico Department of Public Safety.
SERIOUS INJURIES IN CARROLLTON OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING
A Carrollton man was seriously injured, when he was shot by a Carrollton Police Officer Saturday night. 69 year old David Blair was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the incident, which occurred just after 10pm Saturday at Blair’s home, in the 300 block of East Third Street in Carrollton. Investigators say officers went to the home to issue a complaint for Blair’s dog running loose. Officers say he pulled a handgun and refused to drop it when instructed to. The officer who shot Blair and another officer who responded to the scene have been placed on administrative leave. The Missouri Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime control is handling the investigation.
A Linneus teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a UTV overturned on Friday, north of Brookfield. 15 year old Grace Tarrant, of Linneus, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 10:20am. The patrol says her younger brother was the driver of the UTV, when it ran off the road and overturned.
Two occupants of a UTV were treated for moderate injuries after it overturned on private property, south of Shelbina, Saturday night. It occurred just after 9pm. The patrol says 57 year old Lee Wood, of Clarence, was the driver of the UTV. Its wheels caught and the vehicle overturned as Wood attempted a sharp circular turn. Both Wood and his passenger, 57 year old Carolyn Hooper, of Shelbina, were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital with moderate injuries.
A Marshall teenager suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off Route 240 in Saline County, early Sunday morning. 18 year old Harley Collette, of Marshall, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and it skidded off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned.
A ‘wrong way’ driver was the cause of a mulit-vehicle accident, which shut down northbound Highway 63 in Columbia, Sunday evening. The accident occurred at around 7:15pm, when a vehicle was southbound in the northbound lanes of 63, causing multiple vehicles to swerve to avoid a collision. At least five cars were involved in the accident and three people were taken to the hospital.
Columbia Police are investigating a pair of shots-fired incidents, which occurred in the early morning hours Sunday. Officers were seeking three male suspects after they allegedly fired shots at a group of women outside a Columbia home, just after 1am Sunday in the 1400 block of Bodie Drive. No injuries were reported. Officers were also investigating reports of shots fired in the area of a vacant home in the 200 block of Whispering Meadows Court. It occurred at around 2:30am. Witnesses say two male suspects ran from the scene. Both incidents are under investigation.
Two persons were injured in a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County, which occurred just after midnight this (Fri) morning. The patrol says a westbound car driven by 20 year old David Couch, of Baring, ran off Highway 136 and struck a ditch, about eight miles west of Memphis. Couch and his passenger, 18 year old Dylan Anderson, of Memphis, both suffered moderate injuries. Both were treated at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
A Spickard driver escaped with just minor injuries when his vehicle overturned off Mercer County Route A, near Modena, just after 1:30pm Thursday. 54 year old Dan Johnson, of Spickard, was the driver of a southbound vehicle. The patrol says he lost control as he traveled through standing water on the roadway. Johnson refused treatment after he was ejected from the vehicle when it skidded off the road, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on top of a fence on its wheels.
The Chillicothe Police Department has investigated a couple of recent burglary incidents at local businesses. On August 18, officers were called to the 400 block of Harvester Road, where a business had been entered, property damaged and merchandise and money stolen, along with a safe. The safe has since been recovered and a suspect identified. Charges are pending.
Two suspects have been charged in connection with a theft report on Wednesday, in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Michelle Neal of Chillicothe is charged with first-degree burglary and theft and Jeremy Sims of Bethany is charged with misdemeanor stealing.
COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN INVESTMENT SCHEME INDICTMENT
A Columbia man has been indicted by a Federal Grand Jury this week in connection with an alleged investment fraud scheme. 77 year old Billings Chapman is charged in a six-count indictment, including three counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering. He is accused of selling investment products, despite not being licensed to sell securities in Missouri, lying to investors and allegedly using their funds for his own personal gain. The indictment says Chapman had been barred from engaging in the securities industry in 1970 and had been issued cease and desist orders by the Missouri Commissioner of Securities in both 1991 and 2004.
One person is in custody after he fled on foot from a north Columbia car accident, Thursday night. Columbia Police say they attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, which was traveling on Business Loop 70 at around 9:30pm. The car lost control as it turned onto 7th Street near Hickman High School and struck a utility pole. The male driver fled the scene on foot and was caught a short time later. His name has not been released as charges are pending. A female passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries.
An Adair County Sheriff’s Department investigation has solved multiple stolen property cases and resulted in three arrests so far. Authorities say they’ve recovered more than $15,000 dollars worth of stolen items, after two search warrants were executed. 44 year old Genevieve Craig, 44 year old Jeffery Ford, both of Kirksville, and 48 year old Ronald Howe of Edina, are all charged with receiving stolen property. Ford also faces a firearms charge. Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick says this is still an active investigation and more arrests are expected.
A Monroe City woman is free on bond after turning herself in to Livingston County authorities this week. 66 year old Judith Colliver, of Monroe City, is charged in Livingston County with theft or stealing $25,000 dollars or more. Investigators say she is accused of under-reporting her income from 2011 to 2015 to improperly receive public assistance benefits. She is scheduled for a court appearance in Chillicothe next month.
A Judge has ruled that a Missouri ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes will stay on the November 8 ballot. Opponents had argued that petition signatures gathered under the original summary should be disallowed, after language was added to the summary by an appeals court decision this summer. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Tuesday that those signatures are valid and that Secretary of State Jason Kander correctly followed the law when he put the measure on the ballot. Opponents plan to appeal Tuesday’s ruling.
Law enforcement officers from multiple area agencies were involved in a search for a suspect overnight, ABC 17 News is reporting that the search was suspended early this morning. It began at around 2:30am, when the suspect fled a Boone County traffic stop, leading officers on a pursuit onto Route HH and Route Z, into parts of Audrain County, Callaway County and back into Boone County. He reportedly drove through an Audrain County cornfield and then fled on foot. He remained on the loose at last report.
FLASH FLOOD WATCH OVERNIGHT
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for much of north Missouri, effective Wednesday evening at 7pm, thru 7am Thursday. The area of concern is primarily along and north of the Highway 24 corridor, where a frontal boundary is expected to become stationary. That boundary will be the focus for multiple rounds of potentially heavy rain-producing thunderstorms this evening thru Thursday morning. Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches or more are expected across north Missouri. Flash flooding is a concern, especially through the overnight hours.
BURGLARY ALARM RESULTS IN ARREST
A Chillicothe man is charged with burglary, after an early morning alarm sounded at a business. Officers responded to the alarm in the 2700 block of Grand Drive, just before 1 o’clock Tuesday morning. They determined that a burglary had occurred, the building had been damaged and a large amount of money was stolen from the business. Officers located the suspect’s vehicle, with evidence of the burglary, in the area of the crime scene. The suspect, James Spath, was arrested in the 600 block of Washington Street less than an hour after the burglary occurred, and a search resulted in recovery of the missing cash. Spath is being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail on a warrant for burglary and stealing, which carries a $50,000 dollar cash-only bond.
A Renick driver was seriously injured in a Monday night accident on a Randolph County road. 36 year old Brianne Klostermann, of Renick, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:20pm Monday. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her westbound car ran through a t-intersection, just south of Renick, and struck an embankment.
A Moberly woman was treated for moderate injuries, following a Monday afternoon accident on Route 154, just east of Paris in Monroe County. 24 year old Kayla Chandler, of Moberly, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident. It occurred at around 4pm. The patrol says she reached for an item on her floorboard and her car ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail.
A Columbia driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning accident on Boone County Route K, which occurred at around 9:40am. 36 year old Scott Benson, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his westbound car ran off the roadway and into a ditch, where it struck multiple trees before returning to the road.
A Columbia man is in custody, accused of holding a woman and her two children captive in his home. Police arrested Terrence Hartmann in the 3600 block of Greenley Drive Monday morning. A 29 year old female victim, who had been in an intimate relationship with Hartmann, told investigators she and her children, age 5 and 2, had been held against their will since Sunday, August 14. She accused him of assaulting and threatening her multiple times and breaking her cell phone to prevent her from calling for help. Hartmann faces eight charges, including three counts of kidnapping, assault, endangering the welfare of a child and armed criminal action. He is being held on $200,000 dollars bond.
MoDOT says crews plan to close the railroad crossing on Route 156, just west of La Plata, for a repair project on Thursday. The closure is weather permitting and is planned to occur from 8am to 4pm. Signs will be in place to alert motorists of the closure. They’ll have to find an alternate route during the project. Again, that’s Route 156, just west of La Plata on Thursday…weather permitting.
Two Kirksville residents were in court Monday for arraignment on charges of receiving stolen property. 44 year old Jeffrey Brian Ford and 44 year old Genevieve Sueanne Craig, both of Kirksville, were arrested Friday. Both are charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and Ford also faces a firearms charge. According to the probable cause statement, officers recovered numerous stolen items during a search of their Kirksville residence, including power tools, game cameras, generators, laptop computers and several flat-screen televisions. Both suspects are being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Knox City man faces meth charges, after his arrest over the weekend on a federal indictment. 50 year old Clarence Richard Elder, of Knox City, was arrested Saturday on two felony counts of distributing meth. A federal grand jury indictment was issued last month, after an investigation by the Highway Patrol, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force. Elder is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.
A Harrisburg man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a conspiracy to distribute meth. 34 year old Sean Anthony Blumenshine, of Harrisburg, had been charged in a December 2015 federal indictment. Authorities say Blumenshine admitted traveling to Kingdom City to deliver two pounds of meth to another person. He was accused of attempting to flee the scene and striking several vehicles in a commercial parking lot, including unmarked police vehicles. They say Blumenshine admitted to additional one-pound transactions with his alleged supplier, who was arrested in St. Charles, MO and also faces charges.
A Columbia man faces multiple charges after, police say, he was caught pulling a trailer load of stolen property over the weekend. A Sunday morning 911 call prompted police to track the vehicle, which attempted to flee officers. During the pursuit, the trailer broke away and the suspect continued to flee. 31 year old Michael Pauls, of Columbia, was caught a short time later and arrested on charges of stealing, property damage, resisting arrest and driving while revoked. He also had several outstanding warrants from Boone, Callaway and Audrain Counties. Total bond was set at more than $80,000 dollars.
Centralia Police have issued a warning to residents after receiving reports of a person posing as a Centralia Police Officer. The warning on the department’s Facebook page says officers will always activate their blue and red emergency lights during a roadside stop. Residents are encouraged to contact the police department if they are approached by anyone impersonating an officer.
A Galt driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Saturday night collision on Route 129, just south of Green City. 29 year old Brian Southers, of Galt, was flown to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30pm. The patrol says Southers was southbound on 129 when an oncoming pickup, pulling a trailer, hit a dip in the road, causing the trailer to bounce into the southbound lane and into the path of Southers’ vehicle. Southers’ passenger, 24 year old Danny Campbell, of Galt, was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. The driver of the pickup, 23 year old Tyler Reed, of Pollock, was treated for minor injuries.
A Kidder driver suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off a DeKalb County road, early Sunday morning. 29 year old Patrick Cox, of Kidder, was taken to Mosaic Life Care for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 2am. The patrol says Cox was westbound on Grindstone Road, northwest of Cameron, when his vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned into a ditch.
Two Cameron residents suffered moderate injuries when their vehicle ran off DeKalb County Route EE at the north end of Cameron, late Saturday night. 35 year old Crystal Hart, of Cameron, was the driver of the southbound SUV. The patrol says it ran off the highway just before midnight Saturday. The vehicle overturned across Highway 69, went down an embankment and struck a fence. Both Hart and her passenger, 15 year old Taylor Barker, of Cameron, were treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
Three persons were injured when a truck ran off Boone County Route M, late Sunday night. 21 year old Zachary Crader, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound truck. The patrol says it ran off the highway, then returned to the roadway and overturned, injuring Crader and two passengers. One of those passengers, 21 year old Juliana Hays, of Monroe City, suffered moderate injury. Crader and his other passenger, 21 year old Sean Murphy, of Columbia, were both treated for minor injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital.
Police are seeking a hit and run vehicle after a Columbia man was struck by a car on the I-70 off-ramp at Boone County Route UU just before 1 o’clock Sunday morning. 67 year old Lawrence Wright, of Columbia, was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital after the accident. Police are looking for the vehicle, after it left the scene. It is described as a black passenger car, which was eastbound on the off-ramp.
The two wanted suspects in last week’s Pike County armed robbery and a standoff in Mexico, are in custody, after their arrest in Columbia on Saturday. 39 year old Jessica Aschoff, of Auxvasse, was in custody in the Boone County jail last last report. 30 year old Michael E. Miller was treated at a Columbia hospital for injuries not related to his arrest. The pair were arrested without incident, after being located walking along the Business Loop in Columbia, just after 11 o’clock Saturday morning.
MoDOT has announced plans to begin the replacement of a Macon County bridge, which has been closed for a year and a half. Work will begin next Monday (Aug 29) to replace the bridge on Route T over Thomas Hill Lake. The bridge was closed for safety concerns in February of 2015. The waterway under the bridge will be closed to boat traffic during the project. It is expected to be completed by early December.
A Macon woman was injured when her car collided with a farm tractor on Macon County Route PP, early Thursday morning. 37 yea rold Cynthia Seiler, of Macon, was treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:30am, just east of Macon. The patrol says the tractor was attempting to turn left and pulled into the path of Seiler’s westbound car.
The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced a number of changes for Missouri’s upcoming fall deer and turkey seasons. Crossbows have been added to the archery seasons for both deer and turkey. Also, antlered deer have gained some added protection. Instead of taking three antlered deer during the combined archery and firearm seasons, hunters can only take two this year. During opening weekend, hunters are required to submit their deer for sampling at a wildlife checkpoint, as the department continues to check for chronic wasting disease. Those sampling requirements apply in 29 counties statewide, including most of north Missouri.
Authorities say two armed and dangerous suspects, who are wanted in connection with a Pike County shooting and a standoff in Mexico, were spotted in Columbia Thursday. Reports indicate Michael Miller and Jessica Aschoff, both of Auxvasse, were dropped off at the Hardee’s Restaurant on Paris Road Thursday afternoon. That report came after the pair were spotted in Centralia, earlier in the day Thursday, prompting a lockdown of the Centralia schools. Authorities believe the pair may be headed toward the Fulton area. Miller was last seen wearing blue and gold athletic shorts and a tank top. Aschoff was wearing denim shorts and a gray sweater.
An area highway will be dedicated in memory of a fallen trooper later this month. The Highway Patrol invites everyone to a ceremony dedicating a portion of Audrain County Route FF as Trooper James M. Bava Memorial Highway. The ceremony will begin at 10am on Monday August 29 at the ball fields along Route FF in Mexico. Trooper Bava was killed in a line of duty traffic crash on August 28 of last year.
Missouri wrestling fans will turn their attention to the Olympics in Rio this weekend, as a 4-time Missouri State Champion and two-time NCAA champion as a Missouri Tiger, J’Den Cox, gets set to take the mat. Cox, a 2013 graduate of Columbia Hickman High School, will compete Saturday in the 86-kilogram weight class in Rio. Coverage of the meet starts at 8am on the USA Network.
Brookfield Police say their investigation into allegations of an unreported death at a Brookfield home is complete and no human remains were found. Officers have completed several interviews in connection with their investigation, including talking to the former residents of the home. They say, at this time, there is no evidence that a crime occurred. The property has been released back to the owner. Police were called to the home, in the 400 block of Canal Street in Brookfield, on Sunday. They were assisted in the investigation by the Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Three Kirksville residents were hurt, when two pickups collided at an Adair County intersection on Wednesday. The accident occurred at around 3:40pm at an uncontrolled intersection, southwest of Brashear. The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by 44 year old Robert Seward, of Kirksville, struck the passenger side of a northbound pickup, driven by 31 year old Donald Greathouse, of Kirksville. Three occupants of the two vehicle were taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. Seward was treated for moderate injuries, Greathouse for minor injuries and a passenger in his truck, 21 year old Kristin Howlett, of Kirksville was also treated for minor injuries.
A Clark man suffered moderate injuries when his semi collided with a dump truck on Highway 63 in Boone County. It occurred just before 7am Wednesday. The patrol says 36 year old James Maybrey, of Clark, was southbound on 63 when the dump truck, driven by 80 year old Eldred Sims, of Hallsville, pulled into the path of his vehicle. Maybrey was taken to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
A Chillicothe couple have been charged in connection with a domestic disturbance, which occurred Monday. Officers responded to a report of a firearm discharged at the home, in the 1300 block of Walnut Street. After the investigation, a juvenile in the home was released to the Livingston County Division of Children’s Services. 58 year old Lloyd Heaton, Jr. is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, with bond set at $15,000 dollars. 44 year old Jenne R. Heaton is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, with bond set at $1,000 dollars.
Authorities say a male and female suspect, wanted in connection with a Pike County shooting, are being sought in Audrain County, after a Wednesday night standoff in Mexico. Officers say the male, Michael Miller, of Indiana and female, Jessica Aschof of Lincoln County, MO, got inside a Mexico apartment Wednesday night and showed a woman a gun. The woman was able to get out and call for help. A standoff ensued overnight, but the suspects had fled the scene. Investigators say Miller is accused of shooting a man in Pike County, after he was caught stealing a lawn mower from a shed.
Charges have been filed against a Sturgeon man, who is accused of pointing a BB gun at an officer last month. 35 year old Charles Simcoe is charged with domestic assault, felonious restraint and assault on a law enforcement officer. The officer shot Simcoe after allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer on July 21. The handgun turned out to be a BB pistol. Officials say a special prosecutor has been requested, to determine if the shooting was justified.
BROOKFIELD UNREPORTED DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
According to multiple media reports, the use of ground penetrating radar in the search for remains at a Brookfield residence has not turned up anything and the search has been suspended…but the investigation continues. Police were called to the home in the 400 block of Canal Street on Sunday, after received a report of buried remains and allegations of an unreported death of a stillborn infant. According to a report by ABC 17 news, Brookfield Police say they’ve identified some areas of interest, but have found no remains or anything suspicious. They say investigators are working to locate the family that recently moved from the home to ask questions about the case and to check on their welfare. Anyone with information is asked to contact Brookfield Police at 258-3385.
North Central Missouri College, in cooperation with Grundy County Emergency Management and numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders, will conduct an Active Shooter Drill on the NCMC Campus in Trenton on Friday. The drill will begin at 8am and should conclude by noon. The public is encouraged to avoid the area, due to congestion from emergency vehicles. A number of street closures have been announced, around the campus, Friday morning. The NCMC Campus, Bookstore, offices and the Ketcham Community Center will all be closed until at least 10am Friday.
Moberly Police are investigating reports of credit card fraud, after receiving several complaints from businesses in the area. Officers say other area businesses are advised not to take credit cards over the phone or online. They say they only way to be sure you’re working with a valid credit card is to require ID and verify the customer’s signature with the name on the card. Anyone who has been victimized by credit card fraud should contact Moberly Police at 263-0346.
COLUMBIA POLICE RELEASE DESCRIPTION OF ASSAULT SUSPECT
Columbia Police have released an updated description of the suspect in last week’s assault of a woman on the MKT Trail. The 26 year old victim was hospitalized after she was struck multiple times with an object while walking on the trail, last Thursday, near the Forum Boulevard entrance. Police described the suspect as a white male, between age 30 and 40, about 6 feet tall with an average build, with messy dark hair about 3 inches long, dark eyebrows and a long-pointed nose. He was last seen wearing a dirty dark jacket, dirty khaki pants and a black or khaki packpack. Police are also looking for a possible female witness to the attack. Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
Brookfield Police are investigating allegations of an unreported death in the 400 block of East Canal Street. Officers were called to the home just before noon Sunday and the scene was immediately secured. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control were contacted for specialized resources and equipment, including ground penetrating radar. The investigation is ongoing and further details have not yet been released.
A Brookfield man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison, after a conviction for child enticement. 67 year old Ronald G. Nickell, of Brookfield, was convicted by an Adair County jury in June. On Monday, Judge Russell Steele sentenced Nickell to 12 years in prison. Nickell was charged as a result of a 2014 investigation into registered sex offenders in the area who had unregistered social media profiles. The Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit made contact with Nickell on facebook, posing as a 13 year old girl. Prosecutors say Nickell made sexual advances during a month-long investigation. He was arrested in a Kirksville parking lot, where he had traveled to meet the girl.
A Harris, MO man was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon accident on Route 139, just south of Newtown. It occurred at around 12:30pm. 24 year old Joseph Riebl, of Harris, was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan with moderate injuries after the accident. He was a passenger in a car driven by 48 year old Pamela Spencer, of Newtown. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a traffic sign. Spencer was treated for minor injuries.
A Columbia motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Monday night accident on I-70 in Cooper County. It occurred just before 11pm near mile marker 103. The patrol says the driver of an eastbound bike, 55 year old Gary Holcomb, of Columbia, was ejected when it ran off the highway and struck a guard rail. Holcomb was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
Five teens and one adult were injured in a school bus accident in Callaway County, which occurred at around 7:50 Monday morning. The patrol says an eastbound Fulton school bus, driven by 54 year old Thomas Fox, of Fulton, stuck a raised portion of the roadway as it traveled across a low-water crossing. The impact caused the occupants in the rear of the bus to become airborne and strike the inside roof and seats. Two Fulton teens were treated for moderate injuries, three other teens suffered minor injuries and a 65 year old woman in the bus was also treated for minor injuries.
A Huntsville man faces burglary charges after an investigation by Randolph County authorities on Friday. 32 year old Thomas Joe Wilcoxson, of Huntsville has been formally charged in the case. A probable cause statement says a camera set up inside a vacant Moberly residence captured images of the suspect inside. Officers called to the home say they found Wilcoxson attempting to remove a window air conditioning unit. He is being held on $10,000 dollars bond.
Columbia Police are investigating shots fired near Sylvan Lane and Whitegate Drive, early Monday morning. Officers were called to the neighborhood shortly after midnight Monday and found evidence of multiple shots fired, including damage to at least one home. No injuries were reported and no suspect information has been released as the investigation continues.
A Palmyra man died when his motorcycle ran off a Marion County highway early Sunday morning. 55 year old Paul Whitwell, of Palmyra, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred at around 2am on Route D, just north of Philadelphia. The patrol says Whitwell was ejected from his southbound motorcycle when it ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.
A La Plata driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Saturday morning, just west of La Plata. 21 year old Aaron Thomas, of La Plata was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1am. The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway, became airborne, struck the ground and overturned.
Two Higginsville teenagers were flown to Kansas City with serious injuries after their pickup crashed on Route D in Ludlow, Saturday evening. It occurred just after 6pm. The patrol says their northbound pickup became airborne as it crossed railroad tracks, then struck the ground, went out of control, ran through a fence and a shed and struck a tree. The driver, 19 year old Brody Campell-Wegener and his passenger, 17 year old Jacob Wampler, both of Higginsville, were both life-flighted with serious injuries.
An Atlanta driver was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV accident Saturday evening. 45 year old Rory Walker, of Atlanta, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 5:15am, near Atlanta. The patrol says Walker was ejected when his ATV overturned.
A Columbia man suffered moderate injuries when he was struck by vehicle while riding a bicycle on Audrain County Route FF. The accident occurred just before 11:30 Sunday morning. The patrol says 31 year old Jason Patrie was struck from behind by the vehicle driven by 61 year old Rosmarie Hartley, of Mexico. Patrie was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
Two men were arrested after Chillicothe Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Fair Street, over the weekend. According to the report, officers seized about 13 grams of meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and more than five hundred dollars in cash. 32 year old James Blanton and 33 year old Martin Nicholas Hormell were arrested at the home, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment.
A Columbia man faces a total of six charges, including burglary, assault and endangering the welfare of a child, after allegedly breaking into a north Columbia home and injuring a teen with a rifle Saturday night. 64 year old Gary R. Jolley, was arrested at the scene. Police say he had a prior relationship with a woman in the home and is accused of breaking in and threatening her with a rifle, while she held a child. They say a total of 14 people were in the home, including six children. Witnesses say a 16 year old girl was injured when Jolley fired a gunshot through a door…it is unknown of the injury was caused by the bullet or debris from the door. Jolley is also accused from striking a 27 year old woman during the confrontation. He was disarmed by others in the home and taken into custody.
A new Hobby Lobby store is coming to Kirksville. According to KTVO.com, officials at Hobby Lobby say Kirksville has been on their radar for some time now and plans call for a new 55,000 square foot building to be built at the northwest corner of the intersection of North Baltimore Street and Highway 6 west. They say the estimated opening date is about one year away, in September of 2017. Kirksville City officials say plans for the building have been submitted but not yet approved and other details are yet to be determined.
Officials say the Chillicothe area is once again in the running for a Solar Farm, and a public meeting will be held next week to discuss the issue. MC Power has proposed construction of a 23 acre site for a solar farm, which would be attached to the Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Power Grid. Company and city officials will be on-hand with all the details at the meeting, which will be held Monday evening at 6pm at the CMU Conference Room.
CENTRALIA DRIVER KILLED IN COLLISION WITH DUMP TRUCK
A Centralia driver was killed when his pickup collided with a dump truck on Highway 124, near Hallsville, Thursday morning. 48 year old Hamilton Richardson, of Centralia, died in the crash, which occurred just before 9am. The patrol says Richardson ‘s northbound pickup crossed the centerline and struck the oncoming dump truck head on. The driver of the truck, 68 year old William Willis, of Auxvasse, was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital.
A Boonville man faces drug charges, after his arrest on a felony warrant from the U.S. Marshal’s Office. The highway patrol arrested 53 year old Gregory A. Kennedy, of Boonville, Thursday afternoon. The warrant alleged possession of amphetamines. Kennedy is being held without bond in the Cooper County Jail.
Columbia Police say a woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries after she was assaulted on the MKT trail in Columbia, Thursday night. Officers were called to the incident, near the Forum Boulevard trail access. Investigators say the 26 year old woman was walking the trail when she was attacked and struck several times with an unknown object. The suspect then fled. A search of the area, which included assistance by a K-9 unit, was not successful and the suspect remains at large. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Columbia man faces multiple charges after his arrest this week, on accusations of fondling a 9 year old girl. 35 year old Joshua Coates, was taken into custody Wednesday morning, after a report earlier this month. The girl told investigators he touched her genital area while the two were in a moving vehicle. The probable cause statement says Coates is also a suspect in the sexual assault of two other girls in Boone County. He is being held in the Boone County Jail on $50,000 dollars bond.
A Unionville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 136, just west of Unionville, Wednesday afternoon. 43 year old Deanna Henry, of Unionville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 3pm. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway and overturned.
A Cameron driver sustained moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Route BB, just east of Cameron, at around 1:15pm Wednesday. 21 year old Bret Johnson, of Cameron, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says his westbound pickup ran off the highway and overturned.
Two Marshall Police officers have been placed on administrative leave, after allegations of falsifying statements in connection with an arrest. Tyler Newell and Josh O’Bryan are the two officers named, as charges were dismissed against 31 year old Carl Clayton Roettgen for assault of a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm. Roettgen did plead guilty this week to one count of resisting arrest. The incident occurred in May of 2015, as Roettgen fled police, who were attempting to arrest him on a parole violation. The prosecutor says his review of surveillance video and other evidence in the case was not consistent with written statements by the two officers that the suspect attempted to fire a handgun at them. .
A dream that was three years in the making for many Kirksville area families is a dream come true, after the grand opening of the new NEMO Inclusion Playground, Wednesday evening. A large crowd gathered outside the Adair County Family YMCA to take part in the ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration. The Kirksville Kiwanis Club sponsored the naming of the Kiwanis Playground, in honor of Harvey Young and the late Shag Grossnickle. The playground is designed to allow children of all abilities to play together.
Columbia Police are investigating an armed robbery at Dominos’ Pizza on I-70 Drive Southwest, which occurred early Wednesday morning. Officers say it occurred just after 1am, when a man with a handgun entered the store and demanded cash, then fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
Kirksville Police are seeking a fugitive, who ran from a recent traffic stop. 43 year old Bradley James Ribble is from Franklin County, MO, but police say he has been in the Kirksville area for the past few weeks. He is wanted on a felony probation violation. Ribble is described as 6 feet tall, around 185 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He now has a shaved head and numerous tattoos on his arms, neck and hands. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or call the anonymous tips line at 660-627-BUST.
The 83rd Annual Bevier Homecoming is set to begin this (Wed) evening in Bevier. An ice cream social begins at 4pm and the first of several free live concerts will feature County Road 5. Organizers say all of the entertainment is free to everyone again this year, featuring Madd Hoss Jackson Friday night and Darryl Singletary Saturday evening. The carnival will have arm bands available every evening during the celebration. The 83rd annual Bevier Homecoming runs thru the weekend in the Bevier City Park.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking the public’s input on north Missouri’s Sugar Creek and Montgomery Woods Conservation areas. A draft management plan for the two areas is available for public review on the department’s website, thru August 31. Sugar Creek is just over 2600 acres, located four miles southeast of Kirksville. Montgomery Woods contains 348 forested acres in Adair and Macon Counties. The public is welcome to submit comments during the public review period, which ends on August 31. Go to mdc.mo.gov.
Jefferson City authorities say 17 year old Dakota Foster, of Auxvasse, is wanted in connection with a Sunday night shooting. Two of three suspects in the incident have been arrested. Police say a drug deal was the cause of the altercation, which ended with shots fired. They say Foster is wanted for assault and is considered armed and dangerous.
A Fulton man was arrested Tuesday after police carried out a search warrant at his home. Brian E. Halsey, of Fulton, was taken into custody for handling firearms with a felony record and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police made the arrest after serving a search warrant, just before 6pm Tuesday. Halsey is being held in the Callaway County Jail on $9,500 dollars bond.
An Iowa teenager was seriously injured when his leg was struck by a propeller, while boating at Long Branch Lake over the weekend. The accident occurred Saturday afternoon, at around 2:45pm. The patrol says 17 year old Keith Garman, of Mt. Sterling, Iowa, was attempting to get back on board a boat after skiing, when the boat’s 21 year old driver, Richard Martin, of Pulaski, Iowa, put the boat in gear and the propeller struck the teen’s leg. Garman was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.
Highway 11 from Brookfield to Kirksville is back open this morning, after completion of a bridge replacement project. The Highway 11 Mussell Fork Bridge, located just east of the Adair/Sullivan County line, reopened Monday at 6pm. The bridge had been closed for the project since May 23.
The University of Missouri has its new Athletic Director. Jim Sterk, who has been the AD at San Diego State University for the past six years, will take over at Mizzou on September 1. Sterk is originally from Washington state, and has been known as a ‘rising star’ in Division I athletics for the past decade. His hiring has been confirmed by sources at both Mizzou and San Diego State. The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators is expected to meet in executive session Tuesday evening to finalize the deal.
A Columbia woman was treated for moderate injuries after two pickups collided on Boone County Route D, Monday afternoon. 27 year old Rebecca Selovich, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:15pm. The patrol says she was westbound, when an oncoming pickup crossed the centerline and collided with her vehicle. The other driver left the scene and has not been located.
A judge has been chosen to preside over the trial for accused killer Pablo Serrano, in Montgomery County. Judge Steven Ohmer, of Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit, located in St. Louis, will take over the case. His first action will be to rule on Seranno’s motion for a change of venue. Seranno, who is an illegal immigrant, is accused of killing Randy Nordman, of New Florence, in March. Nordman was shot to death while Serrano was fleeing authorities, after allegedly killing four men in the Kansas City area.
Authorities have identified the victim in Sunday afternoon’s fatal accident at Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park. They say 10 year old Caleb Schwab, the son of Kansas State Representative Scott Schwab, of Olathe, Kansas, was killed while riding the 168-foot-tall Verruckt water slide. Police were called to the park at around 3:20pm Sunday, after the accident occurred. Schlitterbahn shut down immediately after the accident Sunday and will be closed today as an investigation is underway. No further details have been released.
Two Unionville residents were injured, one seriously, when a UTV ran off Highway 5, north of Milan, Saturday evening. 26 year old Matthew Whitlock, of Unionville, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and it ran off the highway and overturned, just before 6pm Saturday. Whitlock was seriously injured and was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital. His passenger, 26 year old Alisa Tilden, of Unionville, was treated for moderate injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.
A Green City man faces four felony sex charges, after his arrest last week. 62 year old Russel Foster, of Green City, is charged with one count of first-degree child molestation and three counts of statutory sodomy, involving a victim under the age of 14. Foster is being held in the Sullivan County Jail on $75,000 dollars bond.
MODOT ALERT: HIGHWAY 36/I-35 INTERCHANGE BRIDGE WORK BEGINS
MoDOT reminds motorists that a major bridge construction project gets underway this week at the Highway 36/Interstate 35 interchange at Cameron. Traffic will be head-to-head as the eastbound 36 bridge deck is replaced and the medians will be closed, preventing left turns in all four directions at the interchange. Left turn traffic will be re-routed through Cameron until the project is completed…hopefully by mid-December. Motorists should look for detours and expect slow-downs around the Highway 36/I-35 interchange, beginning today (Monday).
Columbia Police are investigating a weekend armed robbery at a Columbia Pharmacy. It occurred at around 9:30 Saturday morning at Kilgore’s Pharmacy on Chapel Hill Road. They say a male suspect entered the store, showed a handgun and demanded narcotics from a locked cabinet. He then fled the scene in a light-colored vehicle. The suspect is described as a male between age 25 and 40, about 5-10 with a skinny build. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER FOOT PURSUIT
A Columbia man faces multiple charges after a foot chase along Paris Road, which occurred Friday night. Officers were called to the Ultra Mart convenience store parking lot, just after 10pm Friday. They located Clezell Reynolds, who was wanted on several outstanding warrants, including a misdemeanor warrant from Randolph County. Reynolds attempted to flee on foot and was arrested after a short foot pursuit. Detectives say they found a bag of cocaine and a bag of marijuana nearby. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
A Glasgow man was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off Highway 240 in Saline County early this (Friday) morning. 24 year old Damon White, of Glasgow, was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident, which occurred at around 12:30 this morning. The patrol says White suffered serious injuries when his westbound car ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
HANNIBAL DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 ACCIDENT
A Hannibal driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday morning accident on Highway 36 in Shelby County. It occurred just before 7am, just west of Hunnewell. The patrol says 46 year old Lynn Garcia, of Hannibal, swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. He car ran off the road and struck a road sign. She was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Authorities have released more details on Monday’s Brookfield area search for a stolen vehicle. Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in a search for the vehicle, which was reported stolen from Knob Noster last week. Reports indicate two suspects eluded the Highway Patrol near Brookfield and the vehicle was recovered south of Brookfield along Highway 11. Shortly thereafter, officers arrested 20 year old Christian Chilton, of Knob Noster and 32 year old Paul Asher of Moberly. Both suspects were held on outstanding probation warrants. Charges in connection with the vehicle theft are pending an investigation by Knob Noster Police.
Southbound Highway 63 in Columbia is back open this morning at the Broadway interchange. The highway was closed overnight after a 28 year old woman was injured when she fell from the overpass. Reports indicate the woman was conscious when she was taken to University Hospital for treatment. Southbound 63 reopened at around 3am.
MURDER CHARGE FILED IN MISSOURI BABY’S DEATH
A Jamestown, MO man is charged with murder for allegedly shaking his two-month old baby to death. 30 year old Christopher Buxton has been formally charged with second-degree murder, after doctor’s determined the child’s injuries were consistent with Shaken Baby Syndrome. The investigation came after the child was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. The child died at the hospital on July 30.
A Columbia tax preparer pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of defrauding clients and failing to file his personal income taxes. David Lee Keithley, owner of Keithley and Associates in Columbia, was accused of diverting funds from his clients that were supposed to be used to pay tax deposits. Keithley admitted to using more than $120,000 dollars for personal benefits. He also admitted failing to pay his own income taxes from 2009 to 2013. Authorities say he could face up to four years in prison in the case.
A Marshall man was killed when his farm tractor overturned on a Saline County road, Wednesday night. The accident occurred just after 9:30pm. 72 year old Ralph Breshears, of Marshall, was pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol says his westbound tractor lost a hay bale and then ran over the bale, causing the tractor to run off the roadway and roll onto its side, ejecting him and then pinning him underneath.
Authorities have released the name of the suspect, who has been charged in connection with Tuesday’s vehicle theft in Kirksville, which resulted in a high-speed chase in Schuyler and Scotland Counties. The suspect is 31 year old Christopher Schulze, of Champaign, Illinois. He faces four felony charges in Adair County, including stealing a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. Schuyler County charges against Schulze are pending. Authorities say he wrecked his girlfriend’s SUV in Kirksville and when a good Samaritan stopped to assist at the scene of the crash, Schulze stole that woman’s SUV and led authorities on a high-speed chase, which ended when he crashed that vehicle near Memphis. Schulze has been undergoing treatment for injuries sustained in that crash at University Hospital in Columbia.
The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teenager. Crysa L. Vestal is 16 years old, 5-7 and around 125 pounds, with dark brown hair and blue eyes. If anyone has information regarding Vestal’s location, you’re asked to contact the sheriff’s office in Kirksville.
Columbia Police are looking for an armed suspect who robbed the Sonic Restaurant on Paris Road, early Wednesday morning. Officers were called to the scene just after midnight. Investigators say a man armed with a handgun entered the store as it was closing and demanded money. He then fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. A K9 unit was able to help recover some items from the robbery and some of the stolen money. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A flash flood warning for parts of Callaway County has been extended thru Thursday morning, after the Glovers Spring Lake Dam partially failed, due to high water from excessive rainfall, earlier in the week. Flood waters from the lake have caused flooding along Crows Fork Creek, washed out parts of Highway 101 east of Fulton and also closed Route UU, Route O and County Road 108. The flash flood warning currently remains in effect thru 9am Thursday, but conditions will be reassessed at that time.
Multiple law enforcement agencies searched the Brookfield area for multiple suspects, after a stolen vehicle was recovered on Highway 11, just south of Brookfield, Tuesday. The Highway Patrol says the pickup was reported stolen a week ago from the Knob Noster area and evaded law enforcement just after 11am Tuesday. It was located abandoned and the suspects were still at large Tuesday afternoon. The search caused a lockdown at Pershing Memorial Hospital for part of the day.
Political ‘outsider’ and former Democrat Eric Greitens is the Missouri Republican nominee for Governor. Greitens led the 4-person republican primary Tuesday by nearly 70,000 votes over runner-up John Brunner, followed by Peter Kinder and Catherine Hanaway. Greitens will face a Democratic nominee who is a former Republican, Chris Koster, who picked up more than 78% of the democratic vote Tuesday.
As expected, Senator Roy Blunt will face Democrat Jason Kander for re-election in November, after both won their primary races handily. One of the closest statewide primary races was for Lieutenant Governor, where Mike Parson edged Bev Randles for the Republican nomination. Russ Carnahan won the democratic race with a 75 percent majority. Republican incumbent Sam Graves will face David Blackwell in Missouri’s sixth Congressional District in November. Blackwell won a 5-person race on the Democratic ballot.
Rusty Black was a big winner for the seventh district’s state legislative seat, picking up more than 86% of the vote over John Myers. Black will unopposed in November.
The City of Columbia will impose a 1 percent increase to its hotel tax, after Proposition 1 was approved by two-thirds of Columbia voters. The increase will fund expansion plans at Columbia Regional Airport.
LINN COUNTY – one contested race, on the Democratic Ballot – District 1 Commissioner – Wendy Fay 217, Gary Taylor 200, Lonnie Trentham 48
Eastern District Democrat – Jim Grozinger 268 Phil Minnick 82
Eastern District Republican – Alvin R. Thompson 718 Steve Watts 509
Western District Republican – Dave Maple 460 Andy McDaniel 363
Gordon Jones 256
MACON COUNTY - Democrat First District Commission, Diana J. Scott 168, Danny Foster 98
Republican Public Administrator – Chris Fuller 1302, Johnathon Contratto 670, Joseph Thomas 274, John Czuba 222
City of Macon half-cent sales tax for street improvements – Yes 778 to 514
Macon County continuation of Landfill Fee – Yes 2259 to 1023.
RANDOLPH COUNTY - Only contested races were on the Republican Ballot for the City of Moberly
Ward 2 Committeeman - Jeff Brown 175, Edward Haynes 137
Ward 3 Committeeman - Mike Dougherty 226, Joshua Couture 100
Ward 3 Committeewoman - Janet Cousin 165, Pamala Drummon-Fuller 147
ADAIR COUNTY – Democratic race for second district commissioner – Scott Meredith over Frank Vorhees, 195-98.
One contested race in SULLIVAN COUNTY – 2nd District Commissioner Republican ballot – Danny Busick 280 – William Trae Sayer 183.
CHARITON COUNTY – Democrat County Coroner – Larry Breshears 734 – Chris Dady 175
Democrat Public Administrator – Regina Emmerich 533 Sherry Hershey 375
Voters also passed a tax levy to fund assistance for senior citizens.
SHELBY COUNTY – Democrat Eastern District Commissioner – Tom Shively 284, John D. Smith 102
Democrat Western District Commissioner – Larry P. Roberts 209 – Kerry McCarty 194.
More flash-flooding is affecting parts of north Missouri this (Tues) morning, as a swath of heavy rain continues, stretching from the Iowa line to near Columbia, generally along and east of the Highway 63 corridor. Flash flood warnings are in effect for Schuyler, western Scotland, eastern Adair, Knox, eastern Macon, Shelby, eastern Randolph, Monroe, Audrain and northern Boone Counties. Officials say two to four inches of rain has all ready fallen in those areas and heavy rain continues this morning. Travel in those areas could be hazardous, with the likelihood of road closures due to high water. Do not drive into water over the roadway.
A number of road closures continue this morning in locations that received heavy rainfall overnight Sunday into Monday morning, including parts of Carroll and Caldwell Counties.
Don’t forget to get out and vote today, as the primary election is underway. Polls are open now and will remain open until 7pm, with a number of statewide and local races in virtually all of our area counties. If you’re not sure where to vote, contact your local election authorities. Tune in for live reports on today’s results, starting at around 8pm.
More than 60 years after a northeast Missouri veteran died in a plane crash in Alaska, his remains are being returned to his hometown. 21 year old Wayne Dean Jackson of Downing was serving in the Air Force aboard a C-124 Globemaster, when it crashed into the side of Mount Gannett, Alaska on November 22, 1952. The crash caused an avalanche and the plane’s wreckage was not discovered until June of 2012. Because of the extreme location of the crash, recovery crews are only able to search the area once a year in June. Recovery and positive identification of the remains took nearly four years, but Wayne Jackson’s body is on its way home. A funeral procession with the Patriot Guard from the Des Moines Airport to Downing is planned for Wednesday, with the final stretch of highway, from Lancaster to Downing lined with 2,000 American flags. Organizers are asking for the public’s help in setting up those flags this (Tuesday) afternoon. They’ll meet at 4pm at the Schuyler County Church of Faith.
Columbia Police are investigating reports of three masked men, who confronted and shot a man outside an east Columbia duplex Monday night. The incident occurred at around 11pm in the 5400 block of Volunteer Drive. Officials say the male victim suffered non-life-threatening wounds to his stomach and leg. The three masked suspects fled the scene onto Grace Lane. The investigation is ongoing.
A Columbia man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to his role in the distribution of synthetic marijuana. 41 year old Matthew Hawkins is one of 15 defendants who have now pleaded guilty in connection with the case. He admitted to his part in the conspiracy to commit mail fraud in selling wholesale orders of packaged K2 between March of 2011 and October of 2013. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Hawkins will be sentenced to 63 to 78 months in federal prison.
A Chillicothe motorcyclist was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries, after his motorcycle crashed on Highway 190, just west of Chillicothe. It occurred Saturday night, at around 9:40pm. 43 year old John P. Ashford was taken initially to Hedrick Medical Center and later life-flighted to Truman Medical Center. The patrol says he was westbound at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle ran off the highway onto the shoulder and slid on its side. Ashford was ejected from the bike and came to rest on the shoulder.
A Monroe City man was seriously injured in an ATV accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on a county road. 43 year old Gregory Beaver, of Monroe City, was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. The accident occurred at around 1:30am Sunday, about three miles north of Monroe City. The patrol says Beaver tried to travel up a steep rocky hill and was ejected when the ATV overturned.
A Bevier driver suffered moderate injuries in a weekend collision in Osage County. 48 year old Teresa Glover, of Bevier, was treated at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City after the accident, which occurred at around noon Saturday on Highway 63. The patrol says Glover was the driver of one of two southbound vehicles, which were struck when a northbound car, driven by a Eugene teenager, crossed the centerline. After the collision, Glover’s car ran off the highway and overturned.
A Moberly woman was taken to Columbia for treatment after a Saturday night collision on Route JJ, just east of Huntsville. 23 year old Lora Belden, of Moberly, was treated at Women’s and Children’s Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 10pm. She was a passenger in a car driven by 25 year old Cody T. Wagner, of Huntsville. The patrol says it was sideswiped by a pickup, as it attempted to pass the car. The driver of the pickup, 38 year old Douglas Helmich, of Huntsville, was not injured.
A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a 3-vehicle collision on eastbound I-70 in Cooper County, which occurred just after 10:30 Sunday night. 77 year old James Barry, of Columbia, was taken to Boone Hospital after the accident. The patrol says an eastbound car hydroplaned and ran off the roadway, coming to rest partially blocking the driving lane and the shoulder. A second vehicle stopped to assist the first driver and was struck by Barry’s eastbound car, causing a chain reaction collision. The other two drivers were not injured.
A Columbia teenager, who was wanted in connection with last week’s shooting death of 17 year old Marquez Reed, turned himself in to authorities over the weekend. Tyrone James, Jr. was wanted on charges of second-degree murder and armed criminal action. James is accused of shooting Reed during a confrontation between the two, last Wednesday evening.
A Slater driver was seriously injured in a Thursday night accident on a Saline County gravel road. 21 year old Micheyth Broadway, of Slater, was flown by air ambulance to Research Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 8:30pm. The patrol says Broadway was not wearing a seatbelt and he was ejected from his northbound car, when it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
Two Knox County teens miraculously walked away from a Thursday morning crash, in which their car ended up underneath a semi-trailer. The patrol says two siblings, age 15 and 18, were stopped to make a left turn off of Highway 6 onto Knox County Route T, when the semi crested a hill and swerved to try to avoid the collision. The teens’ car ended up under the trailer of the semi, but no one was injured. The accident closed one lane of Highway 6 for about an hour.
The City of Moberly has announced that Troy Link has been named interim Police Chief, following this weekend’s retirement of Chief Russell Tarr. Link is the current Commander of the Moberly Police Department and has served the department since 1992. He will assume the duties of Interim Chief, effective August 1. Moberly citizens are invited to a retirement reception for Chief Tarr this (Friday) afternoon at Moberly City Hall, from 3 to 5pm.
One man is in custody and a second is being sought in connection with the Wednesday night shooting death of a Columbia teen. Columbia Police say suspects inside a vehicle shot and killed 17 year old Marquez Reed, near the intersection of Allen Street and LaSalle Place. 18 year old Jadarius Sanders was arrested Thursday morning for hindering prosecution and tampering with evidence. Investigators say he admitted driving the vehicle that was involved in the shooting. 18 year old Tyrone James, Jr., of Columbia, is wanted on a felony warrant for second-degree murder and armed criminal action, with bond set a $1 million dollars. Police say he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
The owner of Columbia’s Bocomo Bay store pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in conspiring to distribute synthetic marijuana. Kevin Bay admitted to his role in distributing as much as 482 kilograms of K2, between March of 2011 and October of 2013. Prosecutors say Bay could face up to 40 years in prison in the case.
Flags will be at half-staff in Livingston County and around much of north Missouri Thursday, in memory of a Livingston County Firefighter. 53 year old Edward A. Cosgrove, Jr., a 15 year veteran of the Green Township Fire Protection District, died Sunday while battling a camper fire along Highway 36 near Utica. Funeral services for Cosgrove will be Thursday morning at 10am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The public is encouraged to line the procession route from the funeral home to the Utica Fire Station, beginning at around 10:30 this morning.
SERIOUS INJURIES FOR MEMPHIS MOTORCYCLIST
A Memphis motorcyclist was life-flighted to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries, after striking a deer Wednesday night. It occurred just after 6pm. 38 year old Samuel Gottman, of Memphis, was the driver of the eastbound motorcycle, which struck a deer in the roadway on a county road, just northwest of Memphis.
A Braymer driver suffered moderate injuries in a Wednesday morning collision at a Caldwell County intersection. The accident occurred at around 10:20am at the junction of Highway 116 and Route B. The patrol says 85 year old Mildred Murray, of Braymer, was eastbound when her car struck a pickup, which had stopped on the shoulder and was attempting to re-enter the highway. Murray was treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital.
Police have confirmed that one man has died after a Wednesday night shooting in central Columbia. The incident occurred just before 8pm in the area of Allen Street and LaSalle Place. Investigators say they are treating the case as a homicide, after the victim died at a Columbia hospital. No further details have been released, including the victim’s name.
Police say a Columbia man died Tuesday night, after jumping off the Providence Road Bridge into traffic on westbound I-70. Officers were called to a report of a man leaning on the bridge guardrail, just after 10:30pm Tuesday. As police arrived on the scene, the 37 year old Columbia man apparently jumped from the bridge onto westbound I-70. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
SUPREME COURT MAKES ADDITIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT AVAILABLE
Thousands of Missouri residents may be eligible for additional unemployment benefits, after the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Governor Nixon’s veto of House Bill 150 this week. That bill lowered the maximum number of weeks for unemployment from 20 to 13. An override of that veto by the Missouri legislature implemented the change, effective last October. This week’s Supreme Court decision makes additional benefits available to those who were affected since that override.
This week’s Kirksville Police Department ‘Fugitive of the Week’ is 23 year old Colton J. Smith, of Kirksville. Smith is wanted on an Adair County warrant for felony tampering with a motor vehicle. He is described as a white male, 5-6 and around 125 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Smith has ties to Kirksville, but it is unknown if he is still in the area. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Colton Smith is urged to contact Kirksville Police, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office or their anonymous tips hotline at 627-BUST.
A Kansas City man is wanted by Macon County authorities after he failed to show up for sentencing last week. 41 year old Nathan Bales was arrested at the La Plata Amtrak Station in February. Investigators say he was in possession of a large quantity of meth and Xanax. Bales pleaded guilty to a felony possession charge in June and was to be sentenced last Wednesday. An arrest warrant has been issued, with a $15,000 dollar cash-only bond.
Governor Jay Nixon was in Moberly Tuesday to congratulate Randolph County on becoming Missouri’s 34th Certified Work Ready Community. Nixon says the Certified Work Ready Initiative is designed to match job skills to community needs, through a cooperative effort by economic development and educational leaders. Moberly and Randolph County officials say the ‘Work Ready’ certification can be a tremendous tool to help spur job creation in the area.
BROOKFIELD AQUATIC CENTER GROUND BREAKING
The City of Brookfield will break ground on Brookfield’s new aquatic center next week. A groundbreaking and community celebration will take place Tuesday evening, from 6 to 8pm, by the big brick shelter house in Brookfield’s South City Park. Everyone is welcome to enjoy free watermelon, two blow up waterslides and other activities to help celebrate the groundbreaking. That’s next Tuesday from 6 to 8pm.
The Marceline Carnegie Library celebrates the end of its summer reading program with a party in Ripley Park today (Wednesday). The end of summer bash will be held from 10am to 2pm, with a bounce house, water slide and giant inflatable slip-n-slide…plus games, crafts and refreshments from 10am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebration…today in Marceline’s Ripley Park.
Two dual-lane roundabouts and an improved configuration are ready to open at Columbia’s Business Loop 70/West Boulevard interchange Wednesday. The interchange improvements will open at 5pm Wednesday, marking the final major work on Columbia’s I-70 Bridges Project, which began last August. MoDOT says only minor work remains to wrap up the project, well ahead of its October 1 deadline. The $18 million dollar design and build effort included replacement of the aging I-70 bridges at Garth Avenue, Range Line Street and Business Loop 70, along with efforts to improve traffic flow at a handful of other Columbia interchanges.
An Edina driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday morning accident on Highway 15, just south of Baring. It occurred just after 6:30am. 37 year old Jessica Leckenby, of Edina, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville after the accident. The patrol says she sustained moderate injuries when her southbound SUV ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
Governor Jay Nixon will be in Moberly this (Tuesday) morning. According to a news release, the Governor will be joined by Randolph County community and business leaders to announce new developments in local workforce readiness efforts. Governor Nixon’s announcement is scheduled for 10:30am at the Moberly City Hall.
The life and career of Olympic gold medallist Helen Stephens, of Fulton, will be the topic of a program at the Little Dixie Regional Library in Moberly this (Tuesday) evening. The program will also be hosted by the Livingston County Public Library in Chillicothe on Thursday. Stephens’ authorized biographer, Sharon Kinney, will conduct the program, which highlights the barriers broken by ‘the Fulton Flash’, one of Stephens’ nicknames, as she became a double gold medallist at the 1936 Olympics, at a time when girls weren’t allowed to have sports in schools. The free program begins at 6pm Tuesday at the Moberly Public Library and at 6pm Thursday at the Livingston County Library in Chillicothe.
A Livingston County firefighter died Sunday after suffering a medical condition, while crews battled a camper fire on Highway 36. Reports indicate the travel trailer caught fire just after 11am on 36 west of the Grand River Bridge, near Utica. During the emergency response to the fire, a propane bottle in the RV apparently exploded and went through the side of the camper. The Green Township Fire Protection District has confirmed that Ed Cosgrove, a 15 year veteran of the department, died after suffering a medical condition while assisting with the blaze. The camper was a total loss.
Two Canadian residents were killed when a truck ran off Highway 36, just east of Chillicothe, at around 9am Sunday morning. The driver of the pickup, 67 year old Larry Braun, of Alberta, Canada was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center with moderate injuries. His two passengers, 58 year old Lesley Oman and 56 year old Sharee Oman, of Saskatchewan, were both pronounced dead at the scene. The patrol says the truck ran off the highway, struck an embankment and went airborne across a county roadway, coming to rest on its top.
Five people were injured in a Saturday night collision on Highway 13, just south of Gallatin. It occurred at around 11pm. The patrol says 22 year old Aubrey Houston, of Jameson, failed to yield at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a southbound car, driven by 27 year old Misty Griffin, of Chillicothe. Griffin suffered moderate injuries. A passenger in her vehicle, 23 year old Brendon Cosgrove, of Trenton, also suffered moderate injuries and a two year old was treated for minor injuries. Two passengers in Huston’s vehicle were injured…18 year old Taylor Rash, of Polo, with moderate injuries and a 4 year old Jameson boy with minor injuries.
A Shelbina teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on Highway 6 in Knox County. The patrol says 17 year old Trey Roush, of Shelbina, lost control of his eastbound vehicle, just west of Edina, at around 6am Sunday. It ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its side. Roush was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
A Boonville driver suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off Highway 40 in Boone County, early Sunday morning. 47 year old Patrick McCasland, of Boonville, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:15am. The patrol says his westbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.
A Columbia man has been formally charged in connection with a hostage standoff, which occurred Friday morning, east of Boonville. Cooper County authorities confirm 31 year old Terelle Vaughns of Columbia is charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action, felonious restraint and unlawful use of a weapon. He is being held on $250,000 dollars bond. Vaughns is accused of holding his 26 year old female victim at a residence near Boonville. SWAT officers were called to the scene and were able to get the suspect and victim out of the home. No gunfire occurred during the incident.
A Brookfield driver refused treatment for minor injuries, after her vehicle ran off Highway 36, east of Chillicothe, Thursday evening. The accident occurred just before 7pm. 60 year old Janice Duvall, of Brookfield, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The patrol says she lost control and it ran off the highway, through the median, became airborne as it crossed westbound 36, ran into a ditch and overturned.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of an attempted child abduction, which occurred this week in the Miami area. Deputies are attempting to identify a vehicle, described as a white 90’s model Chevrolet van with black running boards. Saline County authorities say no one should attempt to stop or detain the vehicle if it is seen, but any license plate and location information would be helpful. Contact the Sheriff’s Office at 660-886-5511.
Stanbury Uniforms in Brookfield has announced plans to expand its office space, to service its current and future growth. According to a news release, high demand for their products has prompted the expansion, which will include a building addition on the south side of Stanbury’s existing office, providing the capacity for increased customer and sales support. The project is expected to be completed this fall. Stanbury Uniforms in Brookfield is the market leader in marching band uniforms and apparel for school music groups. They’ll celebrate their 100th Anniversary next year.
An armed suspect is recovering after being shot by police in Sturgeon, early Thursday morning. Officials say a Strugeon Police Officer shot the male suspect after responding to a domestic violence call in the 500 block of East Patton Street. Reports indicted the officer fired after the suspect allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer. Investigators say the gun turned out to be a BB pistol designed to look like a firearm. The suspect was taken to a Columbia hospital, where his condition has not been released. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Columbia Police report the arrest of five suspects, in connection with armed robberies targeting college-aged males. The department, in cooperation with the University of Missouri Police Department, arrested Deandra Denny, Darion Martel Polk, Christion Deangelo Johnson and Richard Johnson, Jr., all of Columbia and Ashley Aubrey of Pilot Grove. Four of the reported armed robberies occurred on July 12 and another robbery and assault occurred July 16. The suspects were arrested on suspicion of armed criminal action, robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of prohibited weapons and possession of a controlled substance.
The owner of a Macon County construction company pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony property damage and forgery charges, in connection with the destruction of his equipment trailer. 46 year old Mike Cook, of Callao, entered his plea in Macon County court to the two forgery charges and a misdemeanor of making a false report. A fourth charge of knowingly burning was dropped. Cook, owner of PLS Construction, of Callao, had reported his construction trailer stolen in February. The burned out trailer was later found along a Macon County road with all of the tools missing. Cook reported a loss of more than $50,000 dollars to his insurance company. He was accused of setting the fire himself. Sentencing is set for later this year.
A Chillicothe man faces meth charges after a traffic stop by Chillicothe Police. On Monday afternoon, 40 year old Anthony J. Brown was stopped in the 100 block of third street. Officers say he was in possession of meth and was arrested and charged with felony possession. Brown is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Carrollton teenager is charged with multiple counts of forgery and possession of a controlled substance. 19 year old Chandler David Webb, of Carrollton, faces six forgery counts. According to the probable cause statement, Webb is accused of writing multiple checks on his parents’ bank account, totaling more than $1,200 dollars. During the arrest, officers say Webb was in possession of cocaine. He is being held on $25,000 dollars bond.
ABC 17 news in Columbia is reporting a heavy police presence in Sturgeon early this morning, along with reports of a possible shooting incident. Law enforcement officials have not confirmed any of those reports as of yet. Witnesses say a number of officers have been on the scene in the 500 block of Patton Street in Sturgeon since around 4:15 this morning. That location is about a half mile from the site of the Boone County Fair. No other details are available at this time.
Columbia Police are investigating five cars broken into in a Columbia parking lot, Wednesday night. Investigators say the five vehicles were parked outside Gold’s Gym off Broadway. All had windows broken and purses stolen. They have not released any further information and no suspect information is available.
Investigation continues into Tuesday afternoon’s fatal shooting of a Kansas City, Kansas Police Officer. Officials are urging people to not jump to any conclusions or make assumptions as to whether the shooting was in any way racially motivated or related to any other recent shooting incidents. A caller told police multiple people were shooting at him from a vehicle. When officers arrived on the scene, the suspects fled. Captain Robert David Melton suffered a fatal gunshot wound during the pursuit. Investigators say he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest at the time of the incident. It remains under investigation.
A Tuesday morning fire destroyed the MFA Exchange and Elevator in Unionville. More than a half dozen fire crews, from as far away as Centerville, Iowa, were called to battle the blaze, which was reported just after 5am Tuesday. Firefighters were on the scene for most of the morning. The main structure was a total loss, with smoke damage reported to the surrounding buildings. Officials say one person was taken to the hospital with possible injuries. The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s office had an investigator on the scene Tuesday afternoon. A boil order is in effect thru Thursday morning for the entire city of Unionville.
Kirksville Police are seeking a fugitive who escaped officers after a high-speed chase. 32 year old James M. Shea, of Kirksville, is wanted on an Adair County probation warrant. Officers recently tried to stop a motorcycle driven by Shea in Kirksville, but he fled the scene at high speed. He is described at 6-1, 155 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He has ties to the Kirksville area, but authorities are not aware of his current whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement or call Adair County’s anonymous tips line at 627-BUST.
Drivers from Uitca and St. Joseph were treated for injuries after a Tuesday morning collision on Highway 36 at Utica. Both drivers were taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 7:30am. 23 year old Cody Ward, of St. Joseph suffered moderate injuries. 27 year old Danielle Lopez, of Utica was treated for minor injuries. The patrol says Ward was eastbound in the passing lane of 36 when Lopez turned onto the highway and into the path of Ward’s vehicle.
A Huntsville woman was treated for minor injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision at a Huntsville intersection. The accident occurred at around 12:15pm at Routes JJ and C in Huntsville. The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by a 16 year old Huntsville driver failed to yield and pulled into the path of a car driven by 60 year old Linda Nichols of Moberly. Her passenger, 84 year old Violet Elliott, of Huntsville was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A Princeton man was killed in a Monday morning accident on Grundy County Route A, north of Trenton. 67 year old Kendall Shriver, of Princeton, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred at around 10:30am. The patrol says Shriver was not wearing a seatbelt when his eastbound pickup ran off the roadway and overturned multiple times, coming to rest on the passenger side in a ditch.
Two drivers sustained moderate injuries in a Monday morning collision on Grundy County Route Z, which occurred just after 7:40am. 44 year old Joseph Pithan, of Chula and 58 year old Patricia Whitaker, of Trenton, were both treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital. A passenger in Whitaker’s vehicle, 34 year old Amy Currie, of Trenton, was treated for minor injuries. The patrol says an SUV driven by Pithan was in a farm entrance and attempted to make a U-turn when it was struck by Whitaker’s northbound car.
CLARENCE DRIVER INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT
A Clarence driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a County Road at the Shelby-Macon County line, Monday night. It occurred at around 10pm. The patrol says 84 year old Vivian Black, of Clarence, failed to negotiate a curve and her car ran off the gravel road, struck a fence and came to rest in a farm field. Black was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon with moderate injuries. Her passenger, 81 year old Orville Chick, of Clarence, was not hurt, but was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
One Centralia driver was killed and another was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after a Monday morning accident on Route 22 in Audrain County. 20 year old Jessica Robb, of Centralia, died in the accident. 28 year old Joseph O’Connor, of Centralia was flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital. The patrol says Robb was attempting to pass another vehicle when she saw O’Connor’s oncoming pickup. She tried to swerve to avoid the collision and her car skidded sideways into the path of O’Connor’s vehicle. A third vehicle, driven by 23 year old Seth Foster, of Centralia, also struck Robb’s car. Foster sought his own treatment for minor injuries.
DECEASED TRENTON MOTHER AND DAUGHTER IDENTIFIED
Authorities have released the identities of a Trenton mother and child, found dead in their running vehicle over the weekend. 24 year old Elizabeth Lafolette and her 11-month old daughter, were pronounced dead, after they were found at around 10:30pm Saturday in the 1800 block of East Ninth Street in Trenton. Investigators say it could be several weeks before a cause of death can be established. There is no foul play suspected. The investigation is ongoing.
Authorities say a northeast Missouri man ambushed and assaulted a Livonia homeowner over the weekend. 26 year old Darwin E. Connell, of Queen City, is charged in the case. He is accused of beating on the doors and windows of Tim Fernandez’ home in Livonia, overnight Friday night. Deputies say, when Fernandez came out of his house to investigate, Connell was allegedly hiding in a bush and attacked the victim. Fernandez was treated for a serious rib injury at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. Connell is being held on $15,000 dollars bond.
A Columbia man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a synthetic marijuana operation. Alexander McMillin, also know as ‘Shasha’ was charged in a conspiracy to commit mail fraud. He admitted to his involvement in two companies used to wholesale synthetic marijuana, also known as K2. Investigators say they seized more than a quarter million dollars during their investigation. Two other partners in the companies have all ready pleaded guilty.
Two Bogard residents were seriously injured when their motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 5, just south of Marceline, early Sunday morning. The driver, 42 year old James Keeney and his passenger, 51 year old Faith Keeney, both of Bogard, were both life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident. It occurred just before 1:30am Sunday. The patrol says they were both ejected from their northbound motorcycle when it struck a deer in the roadway.
BETHEL MOTORCYCLIST INJURED IN FRIDAY EVENING CRASH
A Bethel motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Friday evening accident on Shelby County Route E. 45 year old Devon Patchin, of Bethel, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, after the accident, which occurred just before 6:30pm. The patrol says Patchin’s southbound motorcycle ran off the highway and overturned, ejecting him from the bike.
TRENTON POLICE INVESTIGATE DEATH OF WOMAN AND CHILD
Trenton Police say foul play is NOT suspected as they investigate the weekend death of a woman and child. Officers responded to a report of an adult female and child unresponsive in a running vehicle, around 10:30 Saturday night in the 1800 block East Ninth Street in Trenton. Witnesses on the scene had broken a car window in an attempt to assist the victims, who where both pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities have not been released and no cause of death has been released, but officials say foul play is not suspected.
POKEMON PLAYERS ROBBED AT GUNPOINT IN COLUMBIA
Five people, who were playing the ‘Pokemon Go’ game, were robbed at gunpoint in Columbia Saturday night. Police say the five male victims, between the ages of 18 and 24, were playing the popular smart phone game in the area of Bear Creek Trail and Providence Road North when multiple suspects started sprinting toward them, at least two of the suspects allegedly showed handguns and demanded property from the victims. One of the victims was struck during the incident and was treated by medical personnel. The incident is under investigation by Columbia Police.
COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE GUNSHOT WOUNDColumbia Police are investigating a weekend report of a man shot during a disturbance in the 900 block of Business Loop 70 east. Officers responded to a large group trespassing at that location when they heard several gunshots in the 1100 block of Coates Street. Their investigation confirmed multiple shots fired and they were later advised of a gunshot wound victim being treated for a leg injury at a local hospital. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Tips Hotline at (573)875-TIP
July 15, 2016
THREE INJURED IN HARRISON COUNTY ACCIDENT
An accident on I-35 in Harrison County resulted in injuries to three people around 10:30 Wednesday night. The Highway Patrol said 16 year old Audry R. Briggs of Eagleville was southbound in a construction zone when her vehicle crossed the centerline through construction barriers and struck a northbound vehicle driven by 57 year old Cheryl L. Fletcher of Kansas City. Briggs had moderate injuries while Fletcher and a passenger in the Fletcher vehicle, 58 year old Michael D. Samulowitz of Indianapolis, IN sustained minor injuries.
MARION COUNTY INJURY ACCIDENT
A two vehicle collision on MO 168, 2 miles west of Palmyra in Marion County at 7:25 Thursday morning resulted in injuries. The Patrol said 56 year old Jeffrey G. Yates of Maywood, MO was the driver of a vehicle that crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle operated by 46 year old Karena R. Phillips of Palmyra. The Yates auto overturned with both vehicles coming to rest in a ditch. The two drivers sustained moderate injuries and were transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
SUMMER TRAVEL DELAYS ON I-70
If summer plans are taking you on the road and your travels include Interstate 70, the Missouri Department of Transportation wants to remind you once again to allow extra time for your journey. Traffic on Interstate 70 near Boonville is reduced to one lane in each direction so the two bridges over the Lamine River can be repaired. The bridge repair project is one of 15 work zones on I-70 this construction season. The bridge closures are expected to cause significant travel delays, especially on peak travel days, the worst of which are Thursdays and Fridays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while the project is in progress.The bridge work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August, at which time traffic flow will return to two lanes in each direction.
Message boards along I-70 will alert motorists to the bridge work, as well as provide travel times and traffic alerts
PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN AMEREN MISSOURI ELECTRIC RATE CASE
On July 1st, Ameren Missouri filed an electric rate case with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to increase annual electric revenues. According to the filing, residential customers would pay approximately $99 more per year if the rate request is approved.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has established the deadline for those wishing to intervene and participate in the electric rate case which must be filed no later than July 25, 2016, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-0360, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov.
POLLOCK WOMAN CHARGED WITH TWO FELONIES
According to KTVO dot com, a northeast Missouri woman who claimed to be the victim of police violence last year is behind bars for assaulting a law enforcement officer herself.
Jenna Peek, 19, of Pollock, Mo., was arrested in connection with a high-speed chase south of Unionville this past weekend. She was charged with assault of a law enforcement officer and possession of a controlled substance--both felonies. According to the probable cause statement, Peek was one of two women who exited a vehicle driven by Christopher Sears, of Unionville, before he led authorities on the chase that ended in a rollover crash. A trooper detailed that Peek was "very uncooperative." Authorities said they found drug paraphernalia in Peek's purse, and a white, powdery substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine. While handcuffed in the backseat of the patrol car, Peek "became very agitated," repeatedly kicked the front seat, and reportedly kicked the officer in the stomach while screaming at her. Peek became a lightning rod of controversy in the Unionville community last year when she alleged that former Unionville Police Chief Tim Corwin used excessive force in an incident in September 2015. Corwin later resigned, but an investigation into the incident did not produce enough evidence for a special prosecutor to bring charges against either party. Later that same month, Peek was arrested after crashing her vehicle in Sullivan County. She was initially fined $10 for not wearing her seat belt, but after toxicology results returned, charges for DWI, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession--all misdemeanors--were added in March of this year. That case has not yet been decided. As of Wednesday afternoon Peek remained in Putnam County Jail on $20,000 bond.
July 14, 2016
STORMS DOWN TREES AND POWER LINES
Strong storms resulted in downed trees and power outages Wednesday. Several areas reported downed trees and limbs including Lexington, Moberly, Higbee, Columbia, New Bloomfield and several others. Power outages affected several areas too, along with flash flooding from the heavy rain. A few areas also reported hail as the storms moved through. The possibility of scattered storms remains in the forecast through the weekend.
ONE VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN SALINE COUNTY
A 69 year old man from Sweet Springs was treated for minor injuries following a one vehicle accident on Highway K in Saline County shortly before 5 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The Patrol said Larry C. Scott was southbound when he swerved to miss an unknown vehicle and ran off the ride of the roadway and overturned. He was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
GOVERNOR SIGNED SEVERAL NEW BILLS INTO LAW WEDNESDAY
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed seven bills into law on Wednesday. One of those bills was Senate Bill 588 which will make it easier for former offenders who have completed their sentences, paid restitution, and become law-abiding citizens to petition the court to close their criminal records from the public. The legislation aims to make it easier for Missourians with criminal histories to obtain employment, while also ensuring law enforcement agencies can access the information they need to protect the public.
GRANTS AWARDED TO RURAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS
The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced grant awards totaling more than $338 thousand dollars to 156 rural fire departments in Missouri as part of the Department’s annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program. The grants help small-town, mostly volunteer fire departments buy personal protective gear and firefighting equipment through a matching funds program.
TWO KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY HEAD ON COLLISION
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FARMERS PICNIC IS THIS THURSDAY IN
The Brookfield Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the Farmers Picnic for our agriculture community. This year’s event is scheduled for Thursday night starting at at the East Shelter House at
MACON RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN WRECK
Two vehicles were totaled after an accident involving a tractor on US 36, just west of Anabel in Macon County around 4 o’clock Monday afternoon. The Highway Patrol reports 55 year old Kent E. Oliver of Macon was westbound on the shoulder of the highway on a farm tractor. The tractor was being followed by another westbound vehicle traveling on the shoulder and operated by 53 year old Lois C. Oliver of Macon. A third auto, driven by 56 year old Ernie D. Lea of Macon was also westbound and struck the rear of the vehicle following the tractor. Both autos skidded with one overturning off the right side of the road, while the other overturned on the roadway, striking the tractor. Lea sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency personnel. No other injuries were reported.
MINOR INJURIES FOR MILAN DRIVER
A Milan woman was treated for minor injuries at Sullivan County Hospital after a one vehicle accident around 8:13 Monday morning. The Patrol said 35 year old Jennilyn Wenseslao attempted to avoid an animal in the roadway resulting in her vehicle going off the road and overturning. The accident happened on MO Route 6, 1 mile east of Reger in Sullivan County.
SALINE COUNTY ACCIDENT EARLY MONDAY MORNING
A truck driver from Oak Harbor, OH received minor injuries after falling asleep at the wheel on Interstate 70 in Saline County around 3:15 Monday morning. The Patrol reports the vehicle driven by 45 year old John W. Walls eventually landed on its side after going off both sides of the roadway and striking a ditch. The driver was transported to University Medical Center for treatment.
RICHMOND DRIVER KILLED IN CLAY COUNTY CRASH
A 19 year old Richmond man was killed in a one vehicle wreck in Clay County at 7:10 Sunday night. The Highway Patrol said 20 year old Alisha E. Weir of Richmond was the driver and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway and struck two trees, ejecting a passenger identified as 19 year old Luke A. Hubbard who was pronounced dead at the scene. Weir sustained serious injuries and was transported to Liberty Hospital.
CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT RESULTS IN INJURIES
Two people were injured in a Callaway County accident on Route H at the Middle River around 9:50 Monday morning. The Highway Patrol reports 33 year old Joshuah D. Campbell of Fulton was driving when the vehicle travelled off the roadway and overturned into a water filled creek, coming to rest on its top in the water. The driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries while a passenger, 1 year old Brett D. Campbell received serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia.
MINOR INJURIES IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISSION
A 21 year old Fulton driver received minor injuries in a two vehicle collision in Boone County around 7:20 Monday morning. The Patrol said 21 year old Chelsea Malinski of Fulton was eastbound on Route WW at El Chaparral when 23 year old Darrius J. Robinson of Columbia drove into her vehicles path. Malinski was transported by private vehicle to University Hospital for treatment.
MOTORISTS URGED TO USE ALTERNATE EAST-WEST ROUTESRepairs to the Lamine River bridges west of Boonville started Monday which significantly affects traffic on Interstate 70. Both Westbound and Eastbound traffic will be reduced to one lane and will share a bridge. A single lane will run in each direction for up to 45 days and is expected to cause significant travel delays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while th
MOTORCYCLE AND DEER COLLIDE RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES
A Macon man received serious injuries when his motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway on US 24, 2 miles east of Moberly around 8:45 Saturday night. The Highway Patrol said Morgan G. Lowrey was westbound and was ejected when his motorcycle struck the deer and overturned. He was transported to University Medical Center for treatment.
MALTA BEND MOTORCYCLIST INVOLVED IN HOWARD COUNTY WRECK
71 year old Thomas E. Malter of Malta Bend sustained minor injuries when he failed to negotiate a curve on his motorcycle on MO 87, just north of Route K in Howard County shortly after 2:30 Sunday afternoon. The vehicle travelled off the roadway and overturned. The driver was transported to Boone Hospital for treatment.
UNIONVILLE DRIVER INVOLVED IN PURSUIT INJURED IN WRECK
A Unionville man who was involved in a pursuit with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department ended up wrecking his vehicle around 8:40 Friday night. The Highway Patrol said 25 year old Christoper W. Sears was southbound, 1 mile south of Unionville, south of Black Jack Trail. His vehicle entered a field, overturned, came to rest on its top and ejected the driver. Sears was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
LAPLATA DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN ONE VEHICLE SCOTLAND CO WRECK
A 16 year old driver from LaPlata sustained minor injuries after swerving her vehicle to avoid an animal in the roadway on Route AA, 2 miles east of Memphis around 12:45 Sunday morning. The vehicle traveled off the road and struck an embankment. Emily R. Hilpert was transported by private vehicle to Scotland County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
SPRINGFIELD MAN DROWNS AT LONGBRANCH LAKE
A 30 year old Springfield man drowns while swimming at Long Branch Lake around 11:45 last Thursday night. The Highway Patrol said Matthews Metz went swimming at Long Branch Lake Campground area, became submerged and did not resurface.
HIGHWAY T BRIDGE AND OTHER PROJECTS NOW FUNDED
Several highway resurfacing projects and bridge repairs or replacements are just a few of the projects now funded in Missouri’s five-year Statewide Transportation Program. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission approved the projects at it’s meeting last Thursday. Included in the funded projects is the replacement of the bridge on Macon County Route T over Thomas Hill Lake. The bridge was closed in February of last year after significant deterioration was found on the beams. The MoDOT Area Engineer said the bridge will be replaced later this year.
KIRKSVILLE STREET IMPROVEMENTS UNDERWAY
The City of Kirksville will begin asphalt street surface improvements on the downtown streets today. The work will be completed from 6 PM to 6 AM Monday through Saturday and is expected to last for 3 to 4 weeks depending on weather. No Parking will be allowed on the downtown streets from 6 PM to 6 AM. Public parking lots are available nearby. For more details visit the city website, www.kirksvillecity.com or call Project Manager Linda Jepson at 660-341-8874.
Two occupants of a motorcycle, from Macon and Excello, were injured in a Thursday night accident on Route 129, north of Salisbury. If occurred just after 10:30pm. 47 year old Randall Watts, of Macon, was the driver of the northbound motorcycle. He suffered serious injuries. His passenger, 46 year old Stacey Sipe, of Excello, sustained moderate injuries. They were both treated at University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says the motorcycle ran off the highway when Watts failed to negotiate a curve.
A California, MO man was struck by a vehicle while walking along Highway 63 in Clark, Thursday night. The patrol says a passing motorist saw the man lying along the southbound side of the roadway, just after 9:30pm. The pedestrian, 36 year old Mustafa President, of California, said he was struck by an unknown vehicle while walking on the shoulder of the highway. He was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
Ameren officials report just over 100 Randolph County households still without power this morning. Thursday morning’s severe storms caused nearly 70 percent of Randolph County residents to lose power as strong winds took down numerous trees and power lines, causing damage to homes, vehicles and businesses around the county. Several thousand Audrain County residents were left without power after the storms…mostly in the Mexico area. That number is also down to just over 100 this morning. A number of Centralia residents are still without power this morning and City officials say a few individual homes may not have power restored until the weekend. The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touchdown near Harrisburg. Significant wind damage was also reported in Marceline, with numerous trees and large limbs down and several reports of damage to homes and vehicles. Damage reports were received from several other areas as well, including Salisbury, Hallsville and Auxvasse.
Four suspects, including two teenagers, were arrested this week in a drug bust in Vandalia. The East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant at a Vandalia home, where, officers say, they found meth, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, along with sixteen guns and ammo. Four suspects were arrested…42 year old John Couch and 38 year old Angela Fischer were both charged with distribution of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. 18 year old Patrick Couch and 18 year old Marissa Richard were each charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO HOME WITH AX
A Kirksville man faces charges after allegedly breaking into a home with an ax. 21 year old Cody W. Elder, of Kirksville was charged Friday with first and second-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, resisting arrest and property damage. According to the probable cause statement, officers found Elder inside an apartment holding an ax. They say he was apparently intoxicated and said he’d found the ax outside and a door to the apartment appeared to have been broken with the ax and a second floor bedroom sustained similar damage. Elder then allegedly attempted to flee the scene on foot, until he twisted his knee while running through a ditch. His bond has been set at $75,000 dollars.
A 4th of July traffic stop by Chillicothe Police resulted in the arrest of a suspect on felony drug charges. It occurred just before 10:45pm Monday at Polk and Locust Streets in Chillicothe. Officers arrested the driver, Jimmie Lee Erwin, on a Belton, MO warrant for domestic assault. He was also arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Erwin is being held on $15,000 dollars bond in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
A Clark man was treated for moderate injuries after a trash truck was struck by a train on Main Street in Madison. The collision occurred Tuesday afternoon at around 4:30pm. 29 year old Leroy Horton, of Clark, was the driver of the trash hauler. The patrol says it was struck when he attempted to cross the tracks and failed to yield to a westbound train. Horton was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.
Missouri safety officials are sending out new warnings, after a series of recent incidents involving pedestrians being struck while trespassing on train tracks. Four pedestrians were struck and killed by trains in Missouri over the 4th of July holiday weekend. MoDOT officials remind you that railroad tracks are private property and trespassing on them is dangerous and illegal….and can be deadly. Last year, 25 trespass incidents resulted in 15 fatalities in Missouri. So far this year, there have been 12 trespass incidents resulting in six fatalities and four serious injuries. Do not walk on or over railroad property…that is trespassing. Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings and never walk around a lowered gate at a crossing.
Authorities are working to determine the identity of a body found Tuesday in the Lake of the Ozarks. The body of an unidentified male was found by a boater, near the 8-mile marker of the Lake’s main channel. That is in the vicinity of the location of a personal watercraft, which was found adrift on Friday and had prompted a search of the area over the weekend. The death investigation is ongoing.
Howard County authorities say three workers were injured when they were pulled through a drainage tube Friday. A total of four men, all in their 30’s, were cleaning out a clogged 18-foot drainage tube for a small private lake in the Glasgow area. Officials say three of the men were pulled through the tube and were hospitalized. Two of the men were flown to Columbia by helicopter with life-threatening injuries. There was no update on their condition.
A Hannibal teenager was killed while walking on the railroad tracks, just south of Hannibal, Monday afternoon. 19 year old Alec C. Ogden, of Hannibal, was pronounced dead at the scene, at around 4:30pm Monday. The patrol says he was struck by a southbound train while walking on the tracks.
A Miami, MO man was life-flighted to Centerpoint after a Monday afternoon ATV accident on Saline County Route F. It occurred just after 3pm. The patrol says 28 year old Kagin Simpson, of Miami, was westbound and following another ATV too closely when his vehicle struck the rear of the other. He was ejected when the ATV ran off the highway, went down an embankment and struck a tree.
A Bevier teen was injured in a Friday afternoon motorcycle accident, which occurred at around 12:45pm on Route Z, just north of New Cambria. 18 year old Alex Durham, of Bevier, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident. The patrol says he lost control of his northbound motorcycle and it overturned on the roadway.
A Braymer teen was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Caldwell County Route A, north of Brayer, Saturday night. 16 year old Alexander Rogers, of Braymer, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm. The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off the highway and struck a tree.
A Fayette driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday night accident in Moniteau County. 21 year old Richard Kite, of Fayette, was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30pm on Moniteau County Route T. The patrol says his pickup ran off the highway, struck a fence and overturned.
Two Keytesville minors were injured in an ATV accident, which occurred last week on a Chariton County road just northwest of Keytesville. 14 year old Allen McKinstry was the driver of the northbound ATV…he was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital with moderate injuries. 12 year old Christian Brockman, of Keytesville, was his passenger…he was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. The patrol says the ATV ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.
A silver advisory, issued over the weekend for a Columbia man, was cancelled after the man was found dead. Columbia Police say 82 year old Gale Thompson, of Columbia, was pronounced dead Sunday evening, after he was found at Stephens Lake Park. An investigation is underway. The silver advisory was issued after Thompson posted on Facebook that he was suicidal and left his Columbia home.
OFFICIALS CONFIRM MISSING COOPER COUNTY WOMAN FOUND DEAD
Officials have confirmed that a body found over the weekend in Benton County is that of a missing Cooper County woman. 77 year old Laverla Kistler was reported missing from her Cooper County home on June 17. Her vehicle and her dog were found in the area of the body, which was located Sunday evening. Officials say early autopsy findings show no sign of foul play.
A Linn County man will likely be headed to prison after a conviction for attempted child enticement this week. 68 year old Ronald G. Nickell, currently of Meadville, was convicted after two days of testimony. He was accused of graphic online exchanges with an undercover detective, who he thought was a 13 year old girl. He was arrested after arranging to meet the girl in a Kirksville parking lot. Nickell previously served four months in jail on a sexual misconduct charge in 2011. He is scheduled for sentencing on August 15.
Carrollton firefighters battled a blaze in a downtown Carrollton building Thursday afternoon. The fire occurred just after the noon hour, inside the Bank 21 building. Officials say crews requested mutual aid from Marshall and other communities, but those requests were cancelled as firefighters quickly got control of the blaze. Damage was apparently limited to that one building. The fire remains under investigation.
A part of downtown Glenwood is blocked off after the collapse of the old Glenwood Community Center building this week. It occurred Wednesday night at around 10pm. Officials say the building, located on Highway 202 in Glenwood, is more than 100 years old and has been vacant for about three years. Despite the collapse, they say neighboring buildings have remained functional.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is warning motorists of a pair of suspicious incidents, recently reported on Route Z, just south of Chillicothe. Motorists say a vehicle, possibly a Ford Taurus, approached them from behind while rapidly flashing their headlights on and off, as if to signal the motorist to pull over. Information suggests both drivers were alone when these incidents occurred and that there may have been as many as three occupants in the suspect vehicle. If this happens to you, you’re urged to keep driving and call 911 as soon as you’re safely able to do so.
Two suspects are being sought in connection with an armed home invasion, which occurred in rural Monroe County, early Thursday morning. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department says two men, armed with handguns, broke into a home just south of Madison, tied up the residents and stole cash and cell phones. Deputies responded to the call at around 12:30 Thursday morning. Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement.
Moberly Police are warning local businesses, as they now have multiple reports of counterfeit cash under investigation. Officials say more than 10 investigations are ongoing. The counterfeit bills range in denomination from ten to one hundred dollar bills. Moberly businesses are being urged to be vigilant in closely monitoring any cash transactions.
An endangered person advisory has been issued for a Hallsville area woman, who was reported missing on Wednesday. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office says 50 year old Cheryl L. Nelson has not been in contact with her family since Sunday. She is a white female, about 5-3 and 150 pounds with shoulder length brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.
A suspect is in custody after the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says it received information that he allegedly was considering killing certain officials in the judicial and/or law enforcement system. A statewide investigation resulted in Tuesday’s arrest of Cody R. McClintick in Marion County, MO. Officials say McClintick will be extradited to Livingston County, where he is wanted on a felony warrant for alleged Probation Violation on a felony drug conviction. He had been a fugitive since June 17. Additional charges are pending as the investigation continues. Livingston County officials say assistance was provided by the Linn County and Marion County Sheriffs, the highway patrol, NITRO Task Force, Brookfield, Chillicothe and Hannibal Police and the Missouri Probation and Parole Office.
One person was life-flighted from the scene of a mid-day Wednesday collision at the intersection of Highway 11 and 63 in Kirksville. Police say a car driven by a 49 year old La Plata woman was northbound on 63 when a 19 year old Kirksville driver tried to cross and pulled into the path of her vehicle. Neither driver was injured, but a 22 year old male passenger in the Kirksville teen’s car was hurt. He had to be freed from the wreckage and was flown by helicopter to Columbia with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Kirksville call center with more than 130 full-time and part-time employees is closing, but nearly all of those workers will begin working from home. According to a news release, Kirksville’s Maritz CX facility will close, but 132 of its 134 employees are expected to join Martiz ‘At-Home Survey Center. At-home interviewers will be provided with equipment, networking and training online as well as virtual support from supervisors. The company says the transition will be completed by the end of October.
Emergency crews responded, but no one was injured, when a single-engine plane made an emergency landing at Columbia Regional Airport Wednesday. Authorities say the plane was originally supposed to land at Jefferson City Memorial Airport, but was diverted to Columbia after it had landing-gear issues. As the plane landed, the nose partially collapsed and it had to be towed from the runway. The pilot was the only one on board and no one was injured.
A female suspect is in custody after a high-speed chase on I-70 Wednesday morning resulted in a manhunt in Montgomery County. The highway patrol began pursuing female, after she was spotted in a stolen car and driving recklessly, near the 132 mile marker on I-70. Spike strips were deployed and the vehicle was disabled southwest of High Hill, off an outer road. The suspect fled the scene on foot, into a wooded area, prompting a search by authorities. Authorities say the suspect allegedly took a second vehicle and also broke into a home. She asked those residents to take her to a local hospital, where she is now in custody.
A northeast Missouri teenager was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on a Marion County highway. It occurred Tuesday night, at around 11:40pm, on Route 168, about four miles west of Palmyra. The patrol says an eastbound vehicle, driven by 18 year old Isaac Swarnes, of Philadelphia, ran off the roadway, struck a driveway and several trees, then overturned and struck a utility pole. Swarnes was flown by Survival Flight to University Hospital, with serious injuries.
MARCELINE 4TH OF JULY IS UNDERWAY
Marceline’s annual 4th of July Celebration got underway Tuesday night with the opening of the Carnival and the annual talent show. There’ll be arm band nights every evening thru Monday, from 7 to 11pm, along with a nightly schedule of events.
Tonight (Wednesday) - Gospel Night, starting at 7pm on the Ripley Park Stage.
Thursday - Tiger Booster Auction, starting at 6pm.
Friday - live music by Rock ‘N Roll Revival
Saturday - the baby show at 6:30pm followed by DJ Music
Sunday - ‘Buffalo Burger day’ - live music by Riker
Monday’s schedule includes the Firecracker Run at 7am, the parade at 5pm, followed by live music by One Horse Town and the annual fireworks display at 11pm. It’s the Marceline 4th of July Celebration…underway in downtown Marceline.
LARGEST CENTRAL MISSOURI HONOR FLIGHT IN DC
Central Missouri Honor Flight transported its largest group of area veterans to Washington DC overnight, after leaving Columbia Regional Airport just after 2 o’clock this (Wed) morning. The group of 75 veterans will tour the Capitol’s memorials and monuments and then return to Columbia tonight. The public is encouraged to attend a Welcome Home ceremony at Columbia’s Courtyard Marriott. The ceremony is expected to begin shortly after 10:30pm.
The owner of a Columbia convenience store has pleaded guilty to selling synthetic marijuana. Rafiqui Khan, owner of Mari’s Gas Station on Prathersville Road, admitted to buying synthetic marijuana from another person and selling it at his store. Deputies say a search of the store turned up more than 35 pounds of the product, which was labeled as incense and potpourri. Khan faces up to five years in federal prison in the case. Sentencing is still pending.
A Cameron teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Monday night on a county road, just north of Cameron. 17 year old Taylor Mefford, of Cameron, died in the accident. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 16 year old Brendan McCarthy, of Cameron. The patrol says he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, but the passenger was not. She was partially ejected from the vehicle when McCarthy lost control and it ran off the roadway and overturned. She was pronounced dead at the scene. McCarthy was treated and released with minor injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
A three-vehicle accident on Highway 36 in Shelby County sent a Clarence man to the hospital with moderate injuries. 55 year old Walter Daniel, of Clarence, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 11am Monday on 36, just east of Shelbina. Daniel was the driver of an eastbound self-propelled mower conditioner. The patrol says it was struck in the rear by an eastbound semi, driven by an Illinois man. After the collision, a tire from the mower-conditioner struck and damaged an eastbound motor home, driven by an Indiana man. Neither of the other drivers were injured.
Regional Missouri Bank is warning area residents of a telephone scam that has been reported. Someone is making calls that show a Regional Missouri Bank name and telephone number on caller ID. When answered, an automated operator says press 1 to eliminate debt. These calls do not originate from Regional Missouri Bank and the bank does not make any automated calls. If you receive an automated call, you’re advised to hang up and never give out any personal or financial information to an unsolicited telephone caller.
Columbia Police have arrested two suspects, in connection with last week’s shots fired incident, which occurred Wednesday in the area of Garth Avenue and Business Loop 70. 24 year old Quenten Maurice Hunt and 23 year old Darryl Eugene Troy, Jr. were arrested during a traffic stop over the weekend. They’re accused of firing multiple shots at a vehicle, in which a 31 year old male, 25 year old female and a one year hold child were riding. The car suffered substantial damage and ended up striking a parked car on Lynn Street. Investigators say the woman in the vehicle was injured by shattered glass.
A Hale driver was killed, over the weekend, when her van collided with a tractor-trailer, on Highway 36 near Monroe City. 32 year old Tanya M. Woody, of Hale, died in the accident, which occurred just after 2 o’clock Friday afternoon. The patrol says her westbound van struck a westbound tractor-trailer in the rear and then caught fire and became engulfed in flames.
A Saturday accident in Knox County sent two occupants of a vehicle to the hospital with serious injuries. It occurred just after 11:30am on Route T, about 9 miles south of Edina. 33 year old Sung Lee, of Edina, was the driver of northbound car. The patrol says he failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned. Lee was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, with serious injuries. His passenger, 22 year old Emily Kim, of Sugar Hill, Georgia, also suffered serious injuries. She was taken to Blessing Hospital by ambulance.
A driver and passenger from New Franklin were both treated for moderate injuries after a Friday night accident on Howard County Route Z. It occurred at around 8:20pm. 25 year old Justin Ewings, of New Franklin, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and overturned. Ewings and his passenger, 11 year old Amy Reinbold, of New Franklin, were both treated for moderate injuries at Cooper County Memorial Hospital.
CHILLICOTHE WOMAN TREATED AFTER SELF-INFLICTED WOUND
A Chillicothe woman is recovering after suffering a knife wound to the abdomen, over the weekend. Chillicothe Police were dispatched to a report of a suicidal woman in the 400 block of Raynard Street. Upon arrival, they found the woman lying on the front porch with the knife protruding from her abdomen. It was determined that the injury was self-inflicted. She was transported to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of a non-life-threatening injury and for further evaluation.
Columbia Police have identified Saturday’s homicide victim as 25 year old Edmund ‘Ricky’ Randolph, Jr. Officers say Randolph was found dead in the 2900 block of Leeway Drive, just before 7am Sunday. Police say there is evidence of foul play in the case and it is being investigated as a homicide. The cause of death hast not been released.
A three-vehicle collision in Kirksville, Thursday morning, sent all three drivers to the hospital. Police say it occurred at around 9am at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Northtown Road in Kirksville. They say a northbound car, driven by a Kirksville woman, was struck by a car driven by a Green City man. A third vehicle, driven by a Macon woman, with two passengers, was rear-ended. All three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Kirksville driver sustained moderate injuries in a three-vehicle collision on Boone County Route B, just south of Hallsville. It occurred just before 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. 22 year old Dustin Parton, of Kirksville, refused treatment for moderate injuries at the scene. The patrol says Parton was northbound and attempted to pass another vehicle. His car collided with an oncoming SUV, driven by a Columbia woman.
A Higbee driver and his teenage son were both injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Route B in Higbee. It occurred at around 1pm. 44 year old Robert G. Boyd, of Higbee, was the driver of a northbound car. The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an eastbound pickup driven by 59 year old Robert Cordle, of Higbee. Boyd was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. His 16 year old son was taken to University with minor injuries.
CYBER INVESTIGATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about the dangers of social media, as a Cyber Crimes investigation is being conducted. They say one or more area juvenile females report being approached on social media by a person claiming to be an adult male with a common foreign last name. The subject is apparently seeking explicit images and conversation from the juveniles and may be attempting to engage in additional criminal activity. The information is being shared with the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the FBI for additional investigation. If you know anyone that has been contacted in this manner, contact your local law enforcement agency.
Columbia Police are investigating an early-morning shooting on Hirth Avenue, with at least one person treated for an injury. Officers say the victim was taken to a Columbia Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Details on how the shooting occurred are being investigated. Officers were called to the scene on Hirth Avenue, between West Worley and Donnelly in Columbia, just after midnight this (Friday) morning. No additional information is available as of yet.
A Cairo man was injured when his motorcycle ran off a Monroe County highway, Wednesday afternoon. 68 year old Kenneth Tebow, of Cairo, sought his own treatment for moderate injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 2:15pm. The patrol says Tebow failed to negotiate a curve on Route M, about seven miles south of Madison. His motorcycle overturned and skidded off the left side of the roadway.
A Carrollton woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car collided with another vehicle on a Jackson County exit ramp. 57 year old Cindy Slater, of Carrollton, was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after the accident. It occurred Wednesday afternoon just after 4pm. The patrol says she was driving on the Route 291 exit ramp to 210 Highway when her car struck a vehicle as it attempted a left turn.
The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department continues to look for leads in connection with a missing woman, who was experienced symptoms of dementia. 77 year old Laverla Kistler has not been seen since a silver advisory was issued last Friday. She last spoke to a family member from her Cooper County home on June 14. Kistler is a 77 year old white female, 5-6 and around 155 pounds, with white hair and green eyes. She was driving a 2004 silver Kia van with Missouri license DD1B0Z. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Cooper County Sheriff’s Office at 660-882-2771.
A Columbia man was charged with distributing meth after a search warrant was served Wednesday. Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies and Columbia Police searched a motel room, a storage unit and a vehicle and found items related to meth distribution, along with more than an ounce of the drug and $10,000 dollars cash. 44 year old Philip Kay Pearl, of Columbia, was arrested and charged with distributing meth.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident that involved multiple vehicles Wednesday night. Police were called to the 200 block of Lynn Street. Investigators say they believe three vehicles were involved in an exchange of gunfire at Business Loop 70 and Garth Avenue. One of those vehicles crashed into a parked car on Lynn Street and suspects fled on foot. No injuries were reported, as police continued their investigation.
Chillicothe Police report a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Highway 36 and 65 interchange in Chillicothe. It occurred just before 4pm. Officers say a vehicle driven by Dennis Norvill, of Chillicothe, was eastbound on the Highway 36 off ramp, ran through the intersection of Highway 65, then went airborne and impacted the ground more than 100 feet off the roadway and struck a ravine. A passenger in the vehicle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. Norvill refused treatment at the scene.
A Fayette driver suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday afternoon ATV accident. 32 year old Matthew Colvin, of Fayette, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm. The patrol says he was driving an ATV on a Howard County gravel road when it ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.
A Wellsville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Ralls County highway, Tuesday afternoon. 38 year old Jeana Fulton, of Wellsville, was taken to Audrain Medical Center in Mexico for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm. The patrol says her northbound car ran off Route B, about six miles south of Perry, and overturned.
CLARK COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL METH CONSPIRACY
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a Clark couple have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Randolph and Boone Counties. 33 year old Miguel Flores-Ramirez pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. His wife, Kena Marie Flores-Ramirez, entered her guilty plea in May. Both pleas were in connection with a federal indictment from October of 2014. They were accused of conspiring to acquire a shipment of meth for resale. Under federal statutes, both are subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing date for the couple has not been set.
MAJOR CASE SQUAD INVESTIGATING DEATH OF COLUMBIA MAN
The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad is investigating the death of a Columbia man, whose body was found Monday inside a car on a rural Callaway County. Authorities say the case is being investigated as a homicide. The victim has been identified as 34 year old Steven Mullens, of Columbia. Results of an autopsy performed in Columbia on Tuesday are pending as the investigation continues. The major case squad has established a phone line for tips specific to this investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call 573-876-2166.
A major power outage affected the city of Brookfield early Tuesday morning. The power went down just after 6:15am and Ameren reported more than 2,000 households and businesses without power in Linn County, most of those in the city of Brookfield - including our KZBK studios. Power was restored to most of those customers at around 7:30am.
Flash flooding is occurring across parts of the area this morning, with radar estimated rainfall amounts in the 3 to 6 inch range in some locations. Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Linn, Livingston, Grundy, Daviess and Harrison Counties and heavy rain is affecting travel in several other locations as well. Motorists are warned to be on the lookout for water over the roadways…do not drive into high water.
Monday evening’s storms caused significant issues, including a number of power outages in several area counties. Officials are reporting that nearly all of those residents have had power restored overnight. Monroe County suffered a lightning strike at the county courthouse, which affected the 911 center Monday night, but backup systems operated normally until the main service could be restored. Moberly Fire Station #2 reported some damage to its roof, due to high winds, but it was considered minor. There were several reports of tree and power line damage due to strong winds.
Kirksville Police are seeking two suspects in connection with several burglarized businesses and vehicle thefts that investigators believe may be related. In one of those recent burglaries, the two men entered a business and took several items, including power tools, chainsaws and other lawn care equipment. Both suspects were wearing masks and one of the men was armed with a handgun. Police are looking for a person of interest in the case, Jason T. Clair, who is a white male, 5-10 and 150 pounds with numerous tattoos. He is also wanted by Adair and Scotland County authorities for outstanding warrants. One business owner is offering a $500 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous Adair County Tips Line at 627-BUST.
A one-vehicle accident in Knox County sent a driver to the hospital with moderate injuries, Monday afternoon. It occurred at around 4pm on Highway 6 in Knox City. 84 year old James Sparks, of Ewing, was the driver of an eastbound car. The patrol says he fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. Sparks was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
A Hamilton woman is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond and facing four felony drug charges. Authorities say 24 year old Brandi Nicole McFall, of Hamilton is charged with three felony counts of distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance and one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from incidents occurring in April and May of this year.
Officials say the two people who survived Sunday afternoon’s plane crash in Cole County are lucky to be alive, after surveying the condition of the plane. Both victims were in good condition Monday. They’ve been identified as Mark Blume, in his 60’s and his stepson, John Abbott, in his 30’s. Abbott was the pilot of the plane, which went down on private property in Henley, at around 2:30pm Sunday. Blume was released from the hospital Monday and Abbott is listed in stable conditions. The FAA is conducting an investigation, which is likely to take several weeks.
A Sullivan County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening ATV accident. 18 year old Matthew Stafford, of Humphreys, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm on private property, located north of Browning. The patrol says Stafford was traveling through a farm field when he lost control of his ATV and it overturned.
BRUNSWICK WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
A Brunswick woman suffered serious injuries when her motorcycle ran off Chariton County Route E, just east of Sumner, on Saturday. 55 year old Debrah Berry, of Brunswick, was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident, just before noon Saturday. The patrol says she was ejected from her northbound motorcycle when it ran off the highway.
An Iowa driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car collided with a pickup on Highway 65, just north of Princeton, Saturday night. It occurred just before 10:30pm. The patrol says 57 year old Larry Devitt, of Lineville, Iowa was northbound and made an abrupt turn into the southbound lane, striking an oncoming pickup, driven by 56 year old Steve Colyn, of Indianola, Iowa. Devitt was treated for moderate injuries at an Iowa hospital.
KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
A Kirksville man is in custody in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred last week. 20 year old Tre Shonta Stewart is being held in the Adair county Jail on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. He is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. The robbery was reported late Thursday night, when three victims reported being robbed at gunpoint in the area of Davis and Filmore in Kirksville. There were no injuries reported and no shots were fired.
A Columbia man drowned while swimming at the Lake of the Ozarks, over the weekend. 27 year old Matthew A. Leverett, of Columbia, was swimming in the Grand Glaize arm of the lake at around 3 o’clock Friday afternoon when he went under and did not resurface. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.
Two persons were hospitalized with serious injuries after a single-engine plane crashed Sunday afternoon in southern Cole County. Officials say the plane went down at around 2:30pm in the area of the 1600 block of North Teal Bottom Road in Henley. Two occupants of the plane, a step-father in his 60’s and step-son in his 30’s, were flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. Authorities say the FFA will be at the crash site Monday to conduct an investigation.
A 12 year old resident of Minnesota was treated for minor injuries, after he was thrown from a UTV on a Sullivan County road, Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 3:30pm. The patrol says the UTV was being driven eastbound by 20 year old Chelsea Hiltner, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. It struck a bump in the roadway, ejecting her 12 year old passenger onto the roadway. The child, also from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.
A teenager from Manhattan, Kansas was hospitalized after her car ran off Highway 13, just south of Gallatin, Thursday evening. 18 year old Christiana Blundell was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:10pm. The patrol says she lost control of her northbound car and it ran off the highway and overturned multiple times down an embankment, coming to rest on its wheels in a field.
A Hamilton man is wanted in connection with a May burglary at a Cameron smoke shop. Cameron Police say Preston N. White, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of burglary and property damage. He is accused of breaking into Discount Smoke and Liquor in Cameron on May 13 and taking various items.
A Missouri S&T student, who was charged after making threats against the University of Missouri campus during last fall’s racial unrest, was sentenced to probation Thursday. Hunter Park was a sophomore at Missouri S&T in Rolla. Authorities say he posted a number of comments on the social media website ‘Yik Yak’, threatening protestors on the MU Campus. Park pleaded guilty in April to a charge of making a terrorist threat. Thursday, he was sentenced to three years in prison but that sentence was suspended in lieu of probation.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a mail scam, which has been reported. County officials say they’ve received numerous reports of non-local residents receiving checks in the mail, supposedly from the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office, as payment for online purchases from Ebay and Craigslist. The checks are made out for more than the purchase price of the item and the scammer instructs the victim to cash the phony check and send the difference back via wire transfer or money card. The sheriff’s department asks any area residents receiving such a check to contact them or the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office.
A pair of Montgomery City motorcyclists were injured when their bikes collided on Highway 54 at Route FF in Callaway County. The accident occurred just after 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The patrol says both 52 year old Dorsey Stotler and 63 year old Burton Russell, both of Montgomery City, were eastbound when their motorcycles collided as Russell attempted to negotiate a right turn. Both men suffered moderate injuries and were treated at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Queen City pastor is charged with sex crimes against an underage boy. 68 year old George Bradburn, pastor of the Queen City Christian Church, was arrested at his home on Tuesday. He is charged with one count of first-degree statutory sodomy. The arrest comes after a two-month investigation, prompted by incidents reported to the Kirkville Police Department. The male victim accuses Bradburn of numerous sexual encounters, which allegedly occurred regularly from age 13 until the victim turned 18. Bradburn is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Brookfield man, who was arrested after a standoff at his home, Monday night, faces 14 felony charges, in connection with the incident. 51 year old Danny Gardner, of Brookfield, is charged with one count of kidnapping, seven counts of armed criminal action and six counts of assault on law enforcement. Court documents say Gardner fired multiple gunshots in the home. He is also accused of assaulting and threatening his wife and also threatening law enforcement officers. Gardner was taken into custody following approximately a two-hour standoff, which included conversations with a Highway Patrol crisis negotiator. Officers say they found about 30 firearms in the home along with around 50 spent ammunition rounds and numerous bullet holes. He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
MARSHALL COUPLE CHARGED FOR FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTIONS
A Marshall couple faces multiple charges related to fraudulent prescriptions, after an investigation ended earlier in the week. 32 year old Stuart Randall Gossett and 30 year old Natalie Diane Gossett, of Marshall, are each charged with multiple counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance. Court documents accuse the couple of receiving prescriptions from an employee of a Marshall dental office, who had allegedly stolen a prescription pad and was forging prescriptions. Both Gossetts have posted $25,000 dollars bond in the case. They’re due in court for arraignment next week.
Fayette residents were without power for much of Wednesday evening. Officials say a transformer overheated, interrupting power for the entire city of Fayette. Parts of the city were without power beginning at around 4pm. The bulk of residents were affected by the outage, starting at around 6 o’clock. Officials say power to all residents was restored before 8:30 last night.
Columbia Police are investigating reports of an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, which occurred Wednesday morning at a Columbia gas station. Officers say the reports indicated a black SUV and a silver SUV exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the Midwest Petroleum on Paris Road, Wednesday morning. Police located multiple shell casings but there was no property damage and no injuries reported. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
The Big BAM – Bicycle Across Missouri - event makes its way from Brookfield to Macon on this Wednesday. Today’s route is 59 miles and will take the cyclists down Highway 11 from Brookfield to Rothville, then on Linn County Routes E and JJ to Marceline, then onto Route WW into Macon County, up route 129 to Highway 36, and onto Old 36 and its outer road into Bevier for a lunch stop at Shoemakers RV Park. The riders will continue on the outer road and Old 36 to the Long Branch Lake exit into Macon. A full afternoon and evening of activities, including vendors, food and live music, will be held in the Macon County Park. The Big BAM travels from Macon to Shelbina on Thursday. Once again, motorists are urged to be on the lookout for cyclists along today’s route, be patient and help them be safe.
An Iowa couple both suffered serious injuries in a Tuesday night accident on the Kirksville Highway 63 bypass at its junction with Highway 6 east. The accident occurred just after 6:30pm. 67 year old Janie Adrian and her 69 year old husband John Adrian, both of Richland, Iowa, were treated for serious injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. Kirksville Police say they were northbound on 63 when a southbound pickup, pulling a camper, and driven by 29 year old Matthew Powell, of Bethel, attempted to turn left into the path of the Adrian’s car. Powell was not injured. The intersection was blocked and traffic rerouted for nearly two hours Tuesday evening.
A Palmyra driver was seriously injured when her car ran off Marion County Route D, just north of Philadelphia, Tuesday night. It occurred at around 10:45pm. 29 year old Destiny Truax was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident. The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway and overturned.
A Florida truck driver was killed in a Tuesday morning accident on I-70 in Saline County. 61 year old Wallace Taylor, of Jasper, Florida, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am on Westbound I-70 at mile marker 63. The patrol says his semi ran off the highway, crossed the north outer road, went down an embankment and overturned. Taylor was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon.
Boone County emergency crews responded to a Tuesday night report of a capsized boat floating down the Missouri River near Hartsburg. The rescue team found a small fishing boat at around 9:15pm, but it was unoccupied and clearly had not been occupied. No injuries were reported. Officials say they believe the boat came loose from its moorings upstream.
Charges against a Brookfield man are pending this morning, after a Monday evening standoff at his residence. Just before 6:30pm, police received a report of multiple shots fired inside the home at 610 South Monroe Street. It was determined that the suspect, 51 year old Danny Gardner, of Brookfield, possessed multiple firearms, including long guns and pistols. Gardner refused to comply with officers instructions to exit the residence. After multiple phone calls from family members and the Highway Patrol’s Crisis Negotiator, Gardner did exit the residence shortly before 8:30pm and was taken into custody without incident. Charges are pending at this time. Brookfield Police were assisted by the Highway Patrol, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Brookfield Fire Department, Marceline Police and the Linn County Ambulance District.
CHILLICOTHE WOMAN CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER
A Chillicothe woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a drug-related death, which occurred in April of this year. 53 year old Rena Boley, of Chillicothe, was arrested over the weekend and is charged in connection with the death of 40 year old Jennifer Daniel on April 16. Investigators accuse Boley of providing Daniel with a high dosage of the drug oxycontin, which was found in the victim’s system during an autopsy. Boley is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
UNIONVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN
Federal prosecutors say they’ll seek the maximum 10 year sentence against a Unionville man, who pleaded guilty last week to child pornography charges. 50 year old Joel R. Bremer, of Unionville, entered his plea in Federal Court in Kansas City. The charges stem from an investigation begun in 2013, after a 19 year old woman claimed Bremer had sexually abused her for several years. During the investigation, authorities say they found more than 1,500 pictures and videos of child pornography in his home. Bremer still faces multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation.
The suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Saline County, 58 year old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, says he was protecting his family when he shot the two victims to death. Owens is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 35 year old Ryan W. Sanders and 83 year old Bonnie Charlene Hupp at two locations in the Slater area. Sanders was the estranged husband of Owens’ daughter and Hupp’s granddaughter. According to court documents, Owens told investigators he shot Sanders to protect a family member involved in legal proceedings against him and he killed Hupp based on a long-standing belief that she was responsible for his divorce from her daughter.
Columbia Police continue to investigate an armed robbery on Sunday, which resulted in a gunshot wound for the victim. The male victim told officers he was walking on Sexton Road, near Jewell Avenue, Sunday evening, when four black male suspects approached him and demanded cash. When he refused, he says he was shot by one of the suspects and they all then fled on foot. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
EARLY-MORNING CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY REPORTED
Columbia Police are investigating an apparent early-morning armed robbery at a Columbia convenience store. ABC 17 news is reporting a robbery call at the Eagle Stop on Providence Road in Columbia, just before 1am. The report indicates the incident involved an intoxicated male suspect, armed with a knife. The investigation is ongoing.
A Monroe City driver died in a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 36, just east of Monroe City. 69 year old Gary Garner, of Monroe City, was killed in the crash, which occurred just after 3pm. The patrol says Garner lost control of his eastbound car and it ran into the westbound lanes of the highway and struck an oncoming car, driven by an Illinois man, head-on. That 54 year old Illinois man and his 18 year old son were both treated for serious injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Garner was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Brookfield teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a Livingston County gravel road, Sunday morning. It occurred just after 8am. 15 year old Ryan T. Fisher, of Brookfield, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says he lost control of his westbound car and it ran off the roadway and overturned.
A Kirksville driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Adair County Route A, just east of Greentop, Saturday night. 30 year old Thomas L. Miller, of Kirksville, refused treatment for his injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 11pm. The patrol says his eastbound pickup ran off the highway, overturned and struck a fence.
A driver from Ethel suffered moderate injuries in an ATV accident on a Macon County road, just north of Ethel. 57 year old Gilbert Garcia was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 8pm Saturday. His passenger, 21 year old Deidre Pace, of Macon, was treated for minor injuries. The patrol says the northbound ATV went out of control on loose gravel and overturned.
A Moberly driver was seriously injured in a Friday night accident on Monroe County Route YY, southwest of Madison. 20 year old Jacob Buckman, of Moberly, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15pm Friday. The patrol says Buckman’s westbound car ran off the highway, went airborne and struck several trees, coming to rest on its top.
COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY UTV ACCIDENT
A Columbia man was treated for moderate injuries after a UTV ran off Shelby County Route C, just south of Emden, Sunday night. 66 year old Charles Watts, of Columbia, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm. The patrol says Watts made a left turn onto Route C, when the UTV traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment.
A suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Saline County spent the weekend in custody, after being arrested Friday. 58 year old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action and one count of burglary. He is accused in the two murders, which occurred early Thursday morning. 33 year old Ryan Sanders was found shot to death at a Slater home and 83 year old Bonnie Hupp died from a gunshot wound at her home, north of Slater.
An early Thursday morning ‘shots fired’ call in Saline County has turned into a double homicide investigation, at two different crime scenes. The Saline County Sheriff’s Department was called to a residence in Slater at around 2am Thursday. 35 year old Ryan Sanders was found shot at that location and later died at an area hospital. A second victim, 83 year old Charlene Hupp, was found dead at a home just north of Slater at around 8am. Authorities have confirmed that both deaths are apparent homicides and that the two victims are related by marriage. A person of interest is being sought in the case. Reports indicate he is a former family member of the two victims. He is described as a white male, about 6-1 and weighing around 220 pounds. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Department.
A northeast Missouri man is accused of trying to meet up with an underage girl for sex. 54 year old Verle Gutting, of Alexandria, MO, was arrested in Kirksville, after traveling from his home to meet a 13 year old girl. The girl was actually an undercover on-line profile by detectives of the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit. When Gutting arrived for the meeting, he was arrested and charged with attempted enticement of a child.
A Marion County motorcycle accident sent a Philadelphia couple to hospital with moderate injuries, Thursday evening. 66 year old Clarence Plunkett was the driver of the motorcycle…he was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. 65 year old Rhonda Plunkett was his passenger…she was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says they were ejected from their eastbound motorcycle when it ran off Route 168, just west of Palmyra, and struck a ditch.
COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF ARRANGING MEETING WITH CHILD
A Columbia man faces charges after attempting to arrange a meeting for sex with officers of the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, who were posing as an underage child. Investigators say detectives were operating undercover online as a 14 year old boy when the suspect, 22 year old Zachary Davis, communicated with them via social media. Davis is accused of sending at least one inappropriate photo and attempting to arrange a meeting. He was arrested when he arrived at the meeting site.
Brookfield’s annual downtown Summer Festival is set to get underway today. The Brookfield License Bureau office invites everyone to view the Big BAM art show, on display inside their office this afternoon from 3 to 5pm. The Twin Parks will host a wine and brew review this evening from 5 to 8pm and the Backroads Cruizers parade of classic cars is set for 7pm. They’ll host a car show in the Twin Parks Saturday, beginning at 9am, with kids games, a bounce house and other activities in the park throughout the day. Saturday evening is the downtown Summer concert, featuring Kelleigh Bannen, Logan Mize and Dylan Scott. Gates open at 5pm and tickets are still available.
Two Brookfield residents are charged in a federal indictment, for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 31 year old Charleston B. Leach and 31 year old Cecilia Lynn Spath, both of Brookfield, face a four-count indictment. It alleges that they conspired to distribute meth and that they possessed marijuana with intent to distribute. Leach is also accused of using the U.S. Mail to facilitate their actions. Wednesday afternoon, Brookfield Police served federal arrest warrants on the two suspects at a Brookfield residence. During their arrests, officers say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were observed. A search warrant turned up additional paraphernalia and counterfeit currency. Additional charges against Leach and Spath are pending.
A northeast Missouri man spent part of Wednesday in custody, after allegedly making some sort of threat toward the Kirksville Social Security Office. But, authorities say, the male suspect was released and no formal charges will be filed at this time, pending further investigation. The incident occurred late Wednesday morning and caused the Social Security office to be placed on temporary lockdown. No other details have been released.
A man wanted on a warrant from south Missouri, now faces charges in Adair County, after fleeing from a Kirksville Police officer. The officer spotted 37 year old Jason Loman, of Cabool, MO driving in Kirksville Tuesday evening and recognized him as being wanted on a Texas County warrant for Persistent DWI Offender. Loman is accused of refusing to yield for a traffic stop. He then allegedly pulled into a Kirksville trailer court and fled on foot into a wooded area. He was apprehended a short time later. He is now charged with resisting arrest.
A Moberly man faces a number of new charges, after police sought him on a previous outstanding warrant. Officers contacted 25 year old Ricky Allen Junior at a Moberly residence, where he was being sought on a warrant for unlawful use of a weapon. They say Allen was found hiding in a hide-a-bed sofa, on top of meth, marijuana, packaging materials, cash, and a loaded handgun. He is now being held on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
MACON COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENED AFTER REPLACEMENT
A Macon County highway reopened Wednesday, after being closed for more than two months. Missouri Route 156 is now open at the East Fork Chariton River Bridge, located just east of Missouri Route 3 near La Plata. The bridge had been closed for a replacement project since April 4.
A Springfield woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 63, just north of Westbrook Drive in Boone County, just before 9am Wednesday. 24 year old Anna Martin, of Springfield, was taken to University Hospital for treatment. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her southbound car ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned.
Columbia Police say an 8 year old boy was struck by a police department vehicle at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. According to the report, an officer was leaving an event at the park when the child was struck. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
WALSWORTH FAMILY ANNOUNCES MAJOR TWIN PARKS DONATION
A major donation by the Walsworth family will fund a large part of the planned Brookfield Twin Parks renovation. The announcement was made at the Twin Parks last night, with Don Walsworth and other family members on-hand, to donate $300,000 dollars to the Twin Parks Revitalization Committee. Committee members say the incredibly generous donation will fund virtually all of the planned improvements for Brookfield’s East Twin Park, including a new entertainment and stage facility. They say fundraising efforts to complete the planned improvements to the West Twin Park will continue.
A northeast Missouri child was seriously injured when a car struck a bicycle in Palmyra, Tuesday evening. 8 year old Aira Hamilton, of Taylor, MO was life-flighted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm. The patrol says the child was struck after she pulled into the path of a northbound car, driven by 46 year old Tiffany Church of Palmyra.
Governor Jay Nixon joined Truman State University President Troy Paino on Tuesday, to announce five and a half million dollars in state funding for a new Inter-Professional Autism Clinic in Kirksville. The facility will be housed in the former Greenwood Elementary School building, which is now part of Truman State University. The 24,000 square foot facility will be renovated to provide comprehensive and in-depth assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum and other neuro-developmental disorders. Officials say the renovations are expected to begin in 2017 and the clinic is projected to open by the fall of 2018.
Columbia Police are looking for a suspect in an early-morning armed robbery. It occurred just after 2am at the Eagle Stop on Providence Road. Witnesses say a masked and armed male suspect entered the store, demanded cash and then fled on foot. Police have not yet released details on their investigation.
Police say a man shot himself in the leg on the Mizzou Campus Tuesday. Officers say the man, Michael Stout, is not a university employee or student. He had apparently come to campus to demonstrate a smoothie machine and was showing his gun to a friend when he accidentally fired a round into his left leg. He was taken to University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Services for Columbia Hickman football coach Arnel Monroe have been finalized. A memorial service for Monroe will be held Thursday evening at 7pm in Alumni Stadium at Hickman High School. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9 to 11am, with Monroe’s funeral beginning at 11am at The Crossing in Columbia. Monroe died Sunday at the age of 49.
A Cameron driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Route 69 in Daviess County, Monday night. 24 year old Eric Gregg, of Cameron, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 10:30pm. The Patrol says Gregg was ejected from his northbound car when it ran off the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned.
Boonville Police have confirmed that a ‘person of interest’ in last week’s homicide of a Fulton man was arrested on a parole violation, over the weekend. 26 year old Raymond Blake Brockway, of Sedalia, was arrested in Boonville Saturday night. The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad says he is a person of interest in last week’s murder. The victim, 48 year old Thomas Craig, of Fulton, was found shot to death in Johnson County, south of I-70 between Concordia and Sweet Springs. No further details have been released.
The much-anticipated Big BAM (Bike Across Missouri) event is next week, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be on the lookout. The cyclists will travel a 300-mile route across the state, leaving St. Joseph on Sunday, with overnight stops in Hamilton Sunday evening, Chillicothe on Monday, Brookfield Tuesday, Macon Wednesday, Shelbina Thursday and ending Friday in Hannibal. Each of those overnight stops will include a variety of activities for the participants and the public, including food and live music. The Big BAM route will utilize Highway 36 and a number of secondary roadways along the 36 corridor. Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for bicyclists in north Missouri, throughout next week. Complete details on the route and the overnight stops can be found on-line at bigbamride.com.
The Brookfield YMCA and Parks & Recreation invite kids to join them for a BIKE ACROSS BROOKFIELD event tomorrow (Wed June 8). Participants will meet at the Burris Center in Brookfield at 5:30pm for registration and a bike safety program. The kids will then ride to Tormey Park for a break and will finish at the East Twin parks. Helmets are required and adult supervision is required for kids 10 & under.
Columbia Police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene of an early-morning traffic crash. The accident occurred just before 3 o’clock this (Tues) morning in the 2900 block of Mexico Gravel Road. Officers on the scene say a vehicle sustained extensive damage with airbags deployed, but there were no victims at the location. Witnesses report seeing a male driver and female passenger leave the area. A search was ongoing at last report. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.
A Green City woman was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after an early morning ATV accident, which occurred just after midnight Sunday, on private property near Novinger. 42 year old Julie Muntz, of Green City, was flown to University Hospital by Air Evac helicopter. She was a passenger on an ATV driven by her husband, 34 year old Aaron Muntz, of Green City. The patrol says she was seriously injured when they struck a ditch in a farm field.
A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon ATV accident on private property on Route 190 west of Trenton. It occurred just before 1pm. 26 year old Misty Hanes, of Trenton, was the driver of a westbound ATV. The patrol says it overturned when she made an abrupt turn while accelerating. Hanes was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Two children, who were passengers, suffered minor injuries.
A pair of teenagers were involved in a Sunday afternoon ATV collision on a Daviess County road. 15 year old Tanner Hermanson, of Cameron and 15 year old Jared Groebe, of Osborn, were both westbound when their ATV’s collided. Hermanson was ejected as his vehicle overturned several times. He was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
A Moberly woman was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 63 at Dripping Springs Road in Boone County. 21 year old Cheyenne Lipich, of Moberly, was a passenger in a southbound car, driven by 28 year old Jennifer Bell, of Columbia. The patrol says she attempted a late turn off of 63 and the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a sign post and multiple road signs, went down an embankment and struck a concrete sign base. Lipich was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries…Bell was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
MOBERLY MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND SEARCH WARRANT
A Moberly man faces drug charges after a weekend search warrant allegedly turned up meth and drug paraphernalia. Police served the search warrant Saturday at the home of the suspect, Kevin Lloyd White, on East Coates Street. Officers say they found meth, scales and packaging materials. White faces charges of distributing a controlled substance and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
Columbia Hickman High School is mourning the death of its football coach, 49 year old Arnel Monroe, who died Sunday morning of an apparent heart attack. Monroe was a 1985 Hickman graduate, who began coaching there in 2011. The Columbia Public School District says they will be offering counselors to provide support for Hickman students this week.
A Chariton County driver was seriously injured when his SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer on a Chariton County road, Thursday morning. The accident occurred at around 7:30am on Switzer Mill Road, just south of Salisbury. The patrol says 54 year old Sam Strodtman, of Armstrong, turned into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, driven by an Iowa man. Strodtman suffered serious injuries. He was taken by ambulance for treatment at University Hospital in Columbia.
Three occupants of two vehicles were injured in a Thursday evening collision on Highway 13, just south of Polo in Caldwell County. The patrol says a southbound vehicle, driven by 50 year old Mary Bush, of Kingston, was stopped to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by a southbound pickup, driven by 23 year old Katie Jones of Richmond. Bush and her passenger, 53 year old Janette Busick, of Polo, were both treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital. Jones refused treatment for minor injuries.
Empire District Gas Company reminds Brookfield residents that work is continuing on upgrading gas mains and service lines in parts of Brookfield. Gas lines are being replaced for all residents living north of Park Street and east of Brookfield Avenue, along with stretches of Wood, Hansen and Green Streets. Crews have worked to install gas mains first and will then replace service lines. Officials say they need help from residents in locating any privately-owned underground lines that might affect their work. They apologize for any inconvenience to homeowners. If you have questions about Empire’s ongoing work in Brookfield, call Randy Lee or Amy Kepner at their Chillicothe office…646-5851.
The spring and summer months bring Relay for Life season around the area…and the 2016 Relay for Life of Randolph County will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Dr. Larry K. Noel Spartan Stadium in Moberly. Opening Ceremonies and the survivor lap are set for noon, with a full afternoon and evening of food, games, and lots of other activities to raise money for the fight against cancer. It’s all happening Saturday afternoon and evening in Moberly.
A Columbia teenager, one of three suspects accused of stealing from hundreds of vehicles in multiple mid-Missouri counties, pled guilty to charges in Callaway County this week. 18 year old Ledarion Hunt of Columbia pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including theft of a firearm, burglary and property damage. He was sentenced to seven years in prison on each of those counts, with the sentences to run concurrently. Hunt and 18 year old Sarah Gibb, of Moberly, have pled guilty and been sentenced in Boone County. A third suspect, 18 year old Michael Glasgow, of Columbia, still faces Boone County charges and all three suspects still face charges in Randolph County.
An Illinois man died in a Wednesday afternoon accident on I-70 in Columbia. Authorities say Robert Johnston, of Greenview, Illinois, died in the crash, which occurred on Eastbound I-70, between the Highway 63 Connector and Lake of the Woods exit. Police say traffic slowed for an unknown reason and Johnston lost control of his vehicle. He was ejected as it overturned. A female passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a Columbia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Moberly man was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 63, about a mile north of Clark. The patrol says 58 year old Gloria Ebert, of Clark, was attempting to turn onto a county road from northbound 63 and she pulled into the path of a southbound van, driven by 79 year old George Bayne, of Moberly. Bayne was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. Ebert was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A Salisbury man was injured when his vehicle ran off a Chariton County road, Wednesday afternoon. 52 year old James F. Mott, of Salisbury, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Pleasant Wood road, southeast of Salisbury. The patrol says he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and ran off the roadway and struck an embankment, suffering minor injuries.
A Moberly man faces drug charges after a search warrant was served at a Randolph County home this week. Officers of the Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and North Missouri Drug Task Force conducted the search on County Road 2605. Officers observed a vehicle leaving the area during the search and a traffic stop also resulted in a search of that vehicle. Officers say they found meth, packaging materials, scales, cash and other items used in distributing meth. 39 year old Andrew Bradley Ross, of Moberly, is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance. He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on $100,000 dollars cash only bond.
FORMAL CHARGES FILED AFTER SALISBURY SEARCH
Formal charges have been filed against a Salisbury man in connection with a recent search warrant served in Salisbury. 32 year old Justin E. Still, is charged with multiple counts of distributing, manufacturing or producing a controlled substance. Still remained in custody, at last report, on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A cold front, which pushed through north Missouri Tuesday evening, spawned a few scattered thunderstorms. One of those storms produced a weak tornado, which touched down in Putnam County just after 7pm. The National Weather Service says multiple cell phone videos helped confirm the brief touchdown of a weak tornado in a farm field, just west of Unionville. There was no damage reported.
A Macon woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Macon County roadway, Tuesday night. 27 year old Katie D. Rudder, of Macon, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then transferred to University Hospital by Air Evac Helicopter. The accident occurred at around 8:30pm on Nickel Avenue, about a mile north of Highway 36. The patrol says Rudder lost control of her southbound SUV on loose gravel and it slid off the roadway and struck a utility pole.
An area motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday evening accident on a Harrison County highway. 48 year old Jack Henry, of Cainsville, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany after the accident, which occurred at around 6pm. The patrol says his eastbound motorcycle ran off Route N, just west of Cainsville, struck a ditch and overturned.
The Highway Patrol says traffic crash numbers for the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend were up from a year ago. The patrol investigated nearly 350 traffic crashes and seven fatalities on Missouri roadways over the weekend, up from just under 300 crashes last year. There were no boating fatalities reported over this year’s holiday weekend, but there were 21 arrests for boating while intoxicated, up from 15 a year ago.
The Patrol reported one accident with injuries on Mark Twain Lake, over the holiday weekend. A 25 year old woman from Cedar Hill, MO was treated for moderate injuries after a pair of personal watercrafts collided on Sunday afternoon near the 107 Beach Area. The woman was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday morning stabbing incident. Officers were called to the scene on Forest Avenue, just after 2am Tuesday where a 26 year old female victim had suffered a stab wound. Investigators say the woman apparently went to another woman’s home and got into an altercation with her. No arrests have been reported.
One suspect faces felony drug charges after a search warrant was served Friday at the 24 Diner in Salisbury. Officers with the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Chariton County Sheriff’s Department, Salisbury Police and the Highway Patrol executed the search Friday morning. They seized items commonly associated with the sale and use of illegal substances, including what they believe to be meth, marijuana, oxycodone pills, scales, baggies, pipes and snorting straws. A 31 year old white male was arrested at the scene and transported to the Randolph County Justice Center, pending formal charges for distribution of a controlled substance. Another male suspect at the scene was cited for misdemeanor possession.
A Kirksville woman died in a weekend accident on Highway 6, just west of Edina. It occurred Saturday afternoon at around 3:15pm. The patrol says 22 year old Robin Helm, of Kirksville, was killed when her westbound car ran off the highway and overturned.
A Kirksville driver was flown to Columbia with serious injuries after his car ran off Highway 63, just north of La Plata, and overturned, just before noon on Monday. 24 year old Cameron Ohaver, of Kirksville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his southbound car suffered a mechanical failure and skidded off the roadway, thru the median, and overturned across northbound 63. His passenger, Cohen Ohaver, of La Plata, was treated for minor injuries.
Three persons were injured as three ATV’s were involved in a Monday night accident on Fox Pen Road, just south of Queen City. It occurred at around 8:40pm. The patrol says two ATV’s, driven by 26 year old Nicholas Lovingier, of Greentop and 42 year old Jason Pearson, of Greentop, met and collided at a hillcrest. A third ATV, driven by 20 year old Brody Watkins, of Kirksville, collided with Pearson’s ATV. Both Watkins and his passenger, 20 year old Darian Rader, of Novinger, were ejected from their vehicle. Both suffered moderate injuries. Rader was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center and Watkins was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. Pearson refused treatment for minor injuries.
A Kirksville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car collided with a pickup on Highway 61 in Ralls County, at around 7:45 Sunday morning. The patrol says the pickup was southbound, driven by 25 year old Dennis Powell, of Hannibal, when it struck a bridge, ran off the roadway and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of 61 and collided head-on with a car driven by 71 year old Carol Race, of Kirksville. She was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries. Powell was flown to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
A Paris driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Route 154, just east of Paris, early Monday morning. 35 year old Matthew Guard, of Paris, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 12:40am. The patrol says Guard’s westbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
A Columbia man suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off westbound I-70 in Callaway County, Saturday afternoon. 69 year old Daniel K. Atwill, of Columbia, was treated at Boone Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm. The patrol says Atwill was traveling in the left lane of the highway when an unknown vehicle attempted to merge, forcing him off the highway and into the media barrier.
A suspect is in custody, after a Thursday evening armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store on South Franklin Street in Kirksville. Police say a male suspect, armed with a knife, entered the store just after 6pm, demanded cash, and then fled on foot. Kirksville Police, assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Truman State University Public Safety Officers searched the area and found evidence that they believe identified the suspect. The 23 year old male turned himself in to police about two hours later. His identity has not been released as of yet. Formal charges are pending.
HUNTSVILLE TEEN HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT
A Huntsville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday evening ATV accident. 14 year old Trent Wunderlich, of Huntsville, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm on Macon County Route T, just west of College Mound. The patrol says Wundelich attempted a turn in the roadway and he was ejected from the ATV when it overturned.
Two Kirksville residents were treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 11 in Linn County and overturned, Thursday morning. It occurred just after 7:30am. 51 year old Roberty Pettibone, of Kirksville, was the driver of the northbound car. The patrol says it ran off the right side of the highway and overturned, about five miles north of New Boston. Pettibone was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. His passenger, 30 year old Chantelle Watson, of Kirksville, also suffered moderate injuries. She was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital.
A Green Castle man was sentenced to 120 days of shock incarceration, which could turn into a 15 year sentence if he does not successfully complete a treatment program. 26 year old Colby Hunter Reynolds, of Green Castle, was found guilty of first-degree domestic assault, after an incident in 2014, during which he was accused of repeatedly hitting his then-girlfriend while he was intoxicated, causing severe facial injuries. Reynolds was also ordered to pay more than $24,000 dollars in restitution plus administrative fees.
A Columbia man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, in the Boone County shooting deaths of two men last September. 25 year old Darious Lucas, of Columbia, was charged this week, in connection with the deaths of 42 year old James Richardson of Columbia and 42 year old Kenneth Long, of Mexico. Lucas is all ready in custody in the Moberly Correction Center, serving a sentence on drug charges. Investigators believe he shot the two victims at the abandoned El Ray Trailer Park, just outside Columbia.
Marshall residents are cleaning up after a Thursday afternoon hail storm caused widespread damage. Officials say egg to baseball-sized hail pelted a large portion of the Marshall area, causing numerous reports of broken windshields and broken windows on vehicles and building. Strong winds also blew down a light pole near the Marshall Fire Station.
Three people were injured when a Macon driver fled a traffic stop and a high-speed chase ended with a collision on Providence Road in Columbia, just after 10 o’clock Wednesday morning. The patrol says 24 year old Michael Wills, of Macon, fled when law enforcement tried to stop him for speeding. Officers say he eluded spike strips and was driving north in the southbound lanes of Providence Road when his pickup collided with a southbound car, driven by 25 year old Cory Via, of Columbia. Via was seriously injured in the crash. Wills and his passenger, 27 year old Candice Ward, of Moberly, both suffered moderate injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment. Charges against Wills are pending as the investigation continues.
A Clarence teenager suffered serious injuries in a collision with a farm tractor on Highway 36, just west of Clarence, just before 9:30 Wednesday morning. 18 year old Mercedes Weber, of Clarence, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says her westbound vehicle drove into the rear of a farm tractor pulling a planter. The driver of the tractor, 31 year old Daniel Blickhan, of Palmyra, was not injured.
A Knox County man was seriously injured in an early-Wednesday-morning ATV accident on private property. 30 year old Richard B. Wilson, of Baring, was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis and then transferred to University Hospital after the accident. It occurred yesterday morning at 2:15am. Wilson was a passenger on the ATV, driven by 51 year old Darlene Bryant, of Baring. The patrol says she attempted to make a sharp turn and it overturned. Bryant and another passenger suffered only minor injuries.
Teenagers from Bevier and Atlanta were injured when their car ran off Highway 36 in Anabel in Macon County, at around 10:30am Wednesday. 16 year old Candice Borron, of Bevier, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says it ran off the right side of roadway and overturned. Borron was treated for minor injuries. Her passenger, 15 year old Brianna Makesky, of Atlanta, suffered moderate injuries. Both girls were treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
A Scotland County teenager was killed in a Tuesday morning head-on collision, just north of Memphis. 18 year old Chester E. Robinson, of Memphis, was killed in the crash, which occurred at around 6:20am on Highway 15. The patrol says Robinson was northbound, when he failed to negotiate a curve and his car crossed the center line, colliding head-on with an oncoming vehicle, driven by 21 year old Tyler Scott, of Bloomfield, Iowa. Scott was life-flighted to a hospital in Iowa City with serious injuries. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a graduate of Scotland County High School, just last week.
A Breckenridge teen was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries after a Tuesday evening collision on a Caldwell County road. 19 year old Nicholas Kelsey, of Breckenridge, was flown to Truman Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:15pm. The patrol says Kelsey was attempting to pass another vehicle, driven by 15 year old Raven Kepner, of Breckenridge, when he lost control and sideswiped the car. Kelsey’s vehicle then ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. Kepner was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
A Chillicothe woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Highway 13 in Daviess County, Tuesday morning. The accident occurred at around 7:30am, just north of Coffey. 43 year old Jamie Murphy, of Chillicothe, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany after the accident. The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway, down an embankment and overturned.
A Boonville man is accused of threatening a woman and a deputy sheriff, during an incident Sunday. The woman says she arrived at her Pilot Grove home and found men’s clothing and a broken liquor bottle. She sent her children to a neighbor’s home and encountered a male suspect, armed with a rifle. The suspect, 31 year old Richard Robert Franklin, allegedly fired once into the roof of the home and threatened to kill her. She fled the home and contacted law enforcement. A Cooper county Deputy says Franklin threatened to kill him when he arrived and resisted arrest before he was taken into custody. He faces multiple charges and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
Mexico Police are investigating a report of shots fired, in the 200 block of North Missouri Street, early Tuesday morning. Officers were called to the scene just after midnight, when at least one house was hit by gunfire, but no suspect information has been developed. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-392-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 dollars is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
A driver from Ridgeway was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 136 in Harrison County, early this (Tuesday) morning. 26 year old Robert Smith, of Ridgeway, was transported to Truman Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 2 o’clock this morning. The patrol says Smith lost control of his eastbound vehicle and it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. Two passengers in the vehicle refused treatment at the scene.
A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday night collision on a Callaway County road. 39 year old Michael T. Fray, of Moberly, was taken to Capital Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:45pm. The patrol says a westbound car, driven by 55 year old Barbara Shelton of New Bloomfield, was stopped in the roadway, while she got her mail. Fray’s eastbound car struck the vehicle head-on. Shelton was also treated for moderate injuries at Capital Regional Hospital.
FORMER SLATER FIRE CHIEFT PLEADS GUILTY
The former Slater Fire Chief pleaded guilty Monday to three of 20 child sex charges. 40 year old Levi J. Dennis, of Slater, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of child pornography, invasion of privacy and sexual exploitation of a minor. 17 other counts were dismissed by the state as part of a plea agreement. Dennis was sentenced to 13 years in prison on the charges. He was accused of molesting and taking photographs of two girls at his home on multiple occasions over a two-year period.
‘SCAMBOREE’ IN KIRKSVILLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Scammers continue to come up with new ways to try to take your money. Heartland RSVP and the Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging are teaming up to help seniors make sure they’re not an easy target. The annual ‘Scamboree’ will be held this afternoon on the second floor of the Bank Midwest Building at 201 N. Elson Street in Kirksville. The program will feature speakers from the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol and the Kirksville Police Department, beginning at 1:30pm. It is also open to caregivers and family members.
Boone County authorities received multiple reports Monday, regarding calls from an imposter pretending to be Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey. The caller identified himself as Carey, told victims there were outstanding warrants for their arrest and tried to get debit and credit card information or pre-paid money cards over the phone. Officials remind residents that the Sheriff’s Department never attempts to collect money over the telephone. They suggest that, if any unknown and unsolicited telephone caller asks you for any kind of personal or financial information you should assume it’s a scam and hang up.
This week’s Livingston County Sheriff’s report includes the completion of a drug investigation from April 7 in Utica. 62 year old James Bryan Harris, of Utica, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
They also report the arrest of a Livingston County Most Wanted fugitive last week. 29 year old Gregory W. Atwood was wanted on a Livingston County probation warrant on an original felony drug charge. He was taken into custody by authorities in Kentucky. Atwood is being held for extradition.
Deputies are also conducting an investigation involving alleged extortion. They’re reviewing allegations of negative social media postings and e-mails, with a suggestion of payment to have those postings removed. The investigation is ongoing and a report will be submitted to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s office.
A Moberly man is being held on $150,000 dollars bond, on nine felony sex charges, including child molestation and incest. Prosecutors say 32 year old Randall Braden, of Moberly, is charged with one count of forcible rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of child molestation and three counts of incest. The charges stem from an investigation into incidents from September of 2011.
ROTHVILLE TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION
A Rothville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 11 at Mendon. 19 year old Katelyn Bryant, of Rothville, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:40pm. The patrol says her northbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming grain truck. That driver, 56 year old Olin Jacobs of Mendon, was not injured.
A Sunday afternoon collision on Route B in Clark injured two drivers. The patrol says 51 year old Eddie L. Campbell, of Clark, attempted to turn off of the highway and into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 51 year old Tamara Andrews. Campbell was treated for minor injuries. Andrews was taken by ambulance to University Hospital with moderate injuries.
Two women are in custody after a car chase in Columbia, which occurred early Sunday morning. Boone County Deputies had received a tip that an individual with arrest warrants was driving a stolen vehicle, and possibly heading to a location on Route WW, west of Columbia. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled, resulting in a high-speed pursuit, which ended with the crash of the vehicle in Callaway County. The driver, 20 year old Melinda Vandeventer, of Columbia, was arrested on multiple charges, including tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger, 33 year old Chasten Jordan, of Mexico, was arrested for tampering, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple warrants for failing to appear on previous charges. Both suspects are being held on bond.
Adair County authorities have charged a second suspect, in conection with a burglary in western Adair County, earlier this month. 22 year old Dakota Wayne Gibson, of Novinger, is charged with second degree burglary. Derrick Kelso, of Kirksville was previous charged, in connection with the crime. Gibson was arrested on previous outstanding warrants last week, along County Road DD, where deputies located items reported stolen in the burglary, including three long guns, a Polaris SUV and a laptop computer. Both suspects are being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A bridge replacement project will close Highway 11 in Adair County, beginning Monday. Weather permitting, MoDOT says the Mussel Fork Bridge, on Highway 11, just east of the Sullivan/Adair County line will close for replacement Monday, for up to 75 calendar days. The new bridge will be two feet wider than the existing bridge. Motorists will need to find an alternate route around that location, beginning Monday. Once again, that’s the Highway 11 Mussel Fork Bridge, just east of the Sullivan/Adair County line.
A Shelby County bridge reopened Thursday, after being closed for nearly 60 days. The Salt River Bridge on Shelby County Route N, located about three and a half miles north of Highway 36 near Shelbina, is now open to traffic. It had been closed for a bridge deck replacement since March 21.
A Columbia man is in custody after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop and firing at police officers. The incident occurred Thursday night near Quail Drive. Officers say the suspect was on a moped when he tried to flee from a traffic stop, and fired at least one shot at police. The suspect was later found hiding in a home on Quail Drive and taken into custody without incident. No one was injured. No additional information has been released as of yet.
At least one suspect was arrested after a stolen vehicle led authorities on a chase through multiple mid-Missouri counties overnight. Authorities say a suspect driving a vehicle reported stolen out of Kansas City led officers on a chase, starting at around midnight. Reports indicate the pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour through Boone, Cooper and into Saline County. The chase ended after spike strips were deployed. At least one suspect was taken into custody. No other details are available.
A woman was treated for minor injuries after her SUV ran off Highway 63, then hit a gas main and a building, Wednesday afternoon. It occurred at around 2pm. 29 year old Jessica Gottman, of Greentop, was the driver of the southbound vehicle, which ran off 63 at its junction with Buck Creek Road at Sublette. The vehicle hit a gas line and then crashed into a shed. A utility crew responded to the scene to take care of a gas leak. Gottman was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
A Marshall couple face child endangerment charges, after an investigation this week. Authorities say two children were removed from the home, shared by 29 year old Fredrick Wayne Tresler and 32 year old Caludie Yvonne Dertinger. The investigation began early Monday morning, after a child was found curled up in the rain and waiting for a school bus. A neighbor drove the child to school and reported the incident. Investigators described the home as ‘deplorable’ and a one year old child was also removed.
BROOKFIELD SENIOR CENTER NEEDS HOME-DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS
The Brookfield Senior Center needs volunteers to help deliver meals for the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program. They have a delivery position to fill on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, for about an hour per day, from 10 to 11am. Anyone who is interested in volunteering your time and giving back to your community is urged to contact Johnna Asher at the Brookfield Senior Center. Call 660-258-2577…or 660-349-7124.
A Jefferson City man was seriously injured when his motorcycle crashed while he was fleeing from law enforcement, Wednesday night. The accident occurred just after 7:30pm on Woods Road, in Miller County. The patrol says 25 year old Brandon Cavaness, of Jefferson City, was attempted to elude law enforcement and attempted to negotiate a curve at excessive speed. His motorcycle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Cavaness suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
Two people were hospitalized and a driver faces charges after a Columbia hit and run accident resulted in a second crash. It occurred just before noon Wednesday, when an SUV with Texas plates pulled from the Dollar General Store and struck an oncoming car, then fled the scene and collided with two other vehicles at Route B and Brown Station Road. The SUV ended up on its side in the roadway. It’s driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital for injuries. Charges against the driver were pending at last report.
ASHLAND MAN SENTENCED ON FEDERAL METH CHARGES
An Ashland man will spend more than 15 years in prison, after sentencing in federal court on charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute. 35 year old Michael Traxler, of Ashland, pleaded guilty last month. He was arrested while officers executed a search warrant in New Bloomfield and found a safe containing nearly 50 grams of pure methamphetamine. Traxler was sentenced as a career offender. He’ll spend 15 years and 8 months in federal prison.
A Kirksville man is charged with burglary and theft, after his arrest by Adair County deputies. 25 year old Derrick Kelso was arrested Tuesday without incident. The charges stem from a burglary reported last week in western Adair County. Kelso is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 22 year old Dakota Gibson, of Novinger, was arrested during the initial investigation last week and stolen property was recovered during that arrest. Gibson is being held on outstanding warrants from Nebraska and Webster County, MO.
The signup deadline is approaching fast for next year’s Green Hills Head Start class. Applications for next school year are due by Friday. The head start program offers free full-day preschool for 3 and 4 year olds, in two center-based settings in Brookfield, along with home-based services throughout Linn County. Contact Ms. Brooke at 258-7571 or Ms. Roxanne at 258-7035 to get more information or to get started on your child’s application.
Celebrate America, a musical and multi-media production by an area group of home schooled students, will be shared this week in Brookfield, with three performances, beginning this (Wed) afternoon at the Brookfield Park Baptist Church. The performances are scheduled for today (Wed) at 2pm and tomorrow (Thurs) and Friday evening at 7pm. Thursday evening’s performance is free to veterans. For more information, go to homeschoolworks4u.com.
A collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV closed the southbound lanes of Highway 63 at Route B in Columbia Tuesday afternoon. Police say the accident occurred at around 2pm. They say the northbound tractor-trailer crossed the median and struck a southbound SUV. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with serious sinjuries. The driver of the semi was treated for minor injuries.
An Audrain County jury has convicted a Mexico man on charges of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. 32 year old Monte Ashcraft, of Mexico, was accused of severely injuring a 3-month old infant in Mexico in 2014. Prosecutors say the baby was malnourished and suffered three rib fractures and a broken forearm. Ashcraft was convicted on both counts Tuesday. He’ll be sentenced on July 22.
Main Street Moberly reminds residents that downtown Moberly’s farmer’s market opens for the season Thursday afternoon. The market, in downtown Moberly’s Depot Park, will be open every Thursday, from 3:30 to 7pm and some downtown businesses plan to stay open late on market days. The open-air market features produce by local farmers and vendors and, this year, will also feature demonstrations and educational opportunities about a healthier diet, thanks to a USDA healthier communities grant.
Adair County Coroner Brian Noe has released more information on the weekend shooting death at a Kirksville apartment complex. The victim in the incident was 27 year old Shane’te Douglas Glasgow, of Brookfield. Noe says the investigation indicates a group of people were together in the Callyn Heights Apartments, passing around a 9 millimeter handgun, which they thought was unloaded. The gun discharged and Glasgow died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Noe is waiting on further details from police, toxicology reports and gun powder residue tests before making a final ruling on the death. The shooting remains under investigation.
The Highway Patrol has released details on a handful of recent drug arrests, along Highway 36. Over the past few days, a pair of traffic stops in Macon County netted multiple arrests. A Colorado driver, stopped near the Long Branch Lake exit was arrested after about a half-pound of marijuana was seized from his vehicle. 24 year old Dalton Coventry faces felony possession charges.
A recent traffic stop near Bevier resulted in three arrests, after about three pounds of marijuana was found in the vehicle. 19 year old Yovany Ortiz, of Burlington, Iowa was arrested on a felony possession charge. Two other occupants of the vehicle, from Burlington, Iowa, were arrested on misdemeanor charges.
The patrol also released results of a late-night sobriety checkpoint conducted on Highway 36 in Caldwell County, over the weekend. It netted eight arrests for felony drug charges, along with six misdemeanor drug arrests, two other citations and 37 warnings.
A pair of north Missouri drivers were fortunate to escape with only minor injuries, after two separate accidents occurred on Monday.
24 year old Cheyenne Bachman, of Brashear, was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville after her car ran off Highway 6, east of Kirksville, and overturned several times down an embankment. That accident occurred just after 1:30 Monday afternoon.
19 year old Kaylee Harrington, of Bevier, also escaped with just minor injuries, after an accident on Macon County Route C, which occurred just before noon Monday. The patrol says she was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.
Firefighters got a Centralia man safely out of a residence, which occurred Monday afternoon, northwest of Hallsville. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 3:30pm Monday. They say the fire apparently broke out in the basement and spread to the upper level, where the homeowner was reluctant to leave his home. They were able to get him out safely and get the fire under control. It caused significant damage to the home.
Residents in 29 Missouri counties, including much of north and central Missouri, are reminded that feeding deer is being banned, effective May 30. Grain, salt products, minerals and other consumables used to attract deer will be expressly prohibited in the designated risk area for Chronic Wasting Disease. The new ban affects a total of 29 Missouri counties, including Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby Counties in north and central Missouri. Once again, that deer feeding ban goes into effect May 30.
Police have not released the identity of a Brookfield man, who was shot to death over the weekend at a Kirksville apartment complex. Officers were called, at around 2:30 Saturday morning, to a report of a person shot with a firearm, at 710 West Elizabeth Street in Kirksville. Kirksville Police have confirmed that the victim died from injuries sustained and also that the victim was a 27 year old Brookfield man, but they have not released his identity, pending notification of relatives…nor have they released any information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Their investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville authorities or the anonymous tipsline at 660-627-BUST.
One person was injured in a Saturday afternoon structure fire in rural Carroll County. Firefighters were called to the scene near Bosworth at around 1pm Saturday, where a 50 by 30 foot outbuilding was destroyed by fire. One property owner suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency responders. The building was a total loss.
A Saturday afternoon ATV accident in Shelby County caused moderate injuries to a teenage driver. The patrol says 18 year old Kayla Fletcher, of Wentzville, suffered moderate injuries when the ATV she was driving ran off a gravel road, southeast of Bethel, and overturned, ejecting her from the vehicle. She was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3pm.
A Boonville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off a Cooper County road, Saturday afternoon. 18 year old Laurel Lutz, of Boonville, was treated at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 2:45pm Saturday. The patrol says her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a metal culvert.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, in northeast Columbia, which occurred early Saturday morning. Officers were called to a report of shots fire in the area of Sylvan Lane and Towne Drive just after 1am Saturday. Shell casings were found at that location, but no injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
A Columbia man is schedule to appear in federal court today (Monday) on two counts of sex trafficking. Kenyata Miles was arrested in May of 2013 and was accused of promoting prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. One of the charges involves a juvenile female victim.
A Novinger man is in custody on previous outstanding warrants, after his arrest during an ongoing investigation into stolen property. 22 year old Dakota Wayne Gibson, of Novinger, was wanted on a probation warrant out of Nebraska and on a Webster County, MO warrant. He was taken into custody as the Adair county Sheriff’s Department was investigating a report of multiple stolen items from western Adair County this week. Gibson was arrested along Adair County Route DD. Investigators say they recovered stolen property, including three long guns, a Polaris ATV and a laptop computer. Additional charges are pending in the case.
A north Missouri teenager suffered moderate injuries in a Thursday morning accident on Schuyler County Route W, just east of Worthington. 17 yaer old Starr M. Bass, of Worthington, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30am. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.
MISSING TENNESSEE GIRL FOUND SAFE
9 year old Carlie Trent, the subject of a Tennessee Amber Alert and a ‘false alarm’ in mid-Missouri this week, in connection with her disappearance, has been found by authorities in Tennessee and is safe. Investigators say the girl and her abductor, her 57 year old uncle Gary Simpson, were found in a wooded area in Hawkins County, Tennessee, when two citizens were checking their property. Those citizens reportedly held Simpson at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived. The child was taken to the hospital for a medical examination and is okay. Simpson was arrested and will face kidnapping and other charges. Carlie Trent had been missing since last week, when Simpson picked her up from school and they disappeared.
Columbia police arrested a man after a car chase in Central Columbia on Wednesday. Police say the suspect, Denico S. Crawley, was driving on Providence Road when he refused to pull over for a traffic stop. He kept driving until his vehicle crashed into a tree and drove into a yard on West Stewart Road, where he fled on foot. He was located and arrested with the help of a K-9 unit. He’s charged with leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, resisting arrest, and multiple drug charges.
Columbia Police are also investigating a report of shots fired Thursday night, on Tupelo Place, near I-70 in northern Columbia. Officers were called to the scene at around 10pm Thursday and several witnesses reported multiple shots fired. No injuries were reported and no suspect information is available.
Macon Police have released details on a recent drug arrest. On May 2, a vehicle was stopped and a consent search turned up the seizure of marijuana and other controlled substances. 29 year old Adam J. Hamilton, of Hutchinson, Kansas was arrested at the scene. He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton’s bond was set at $10,000 dollars, cash-only.
A Missouri man was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday evening, for the 2002 murders of three Dent County residents, including a Deputy Sheriff. 66 year old Earl Forrest was pronounced dead just after 7:15pm at the Eastern Missouri Correctional Center in Bonne Terre. Forrest was the first inmate to be executed in Missouri this year, and he could be the last Missouri execution for some time. Officials say most of the state’s remaining death row inmates either have pending appeals or have been declared unfit for execution. Forrest was convicted of killing two men in a dispute during a drug deal and then Dent County Deputy Sharon JoAnn Barnes in a shootout at his home.
Burling Northern Santa Fe Railroad says there were no injuries when 12 cars on a train derailed in northwest Missouri Tuesday evening. Officials say the cause of the derailment, which occurred near Farley in Platte County, is under investigation. They say seven cars went off the tracks and overturned and five others were off track but remained upright. None of the cars contained hazardous materials. The scene was cleared Wednesday and track repairs are underway at that location. The train was on its way from Omaha, Nebraska to Kansas City when the incident occurred.
Two Concordia high school students drowned Tuesday, while at Table Rock Lake for their senior class trip. Officials say the two 17 year olds from St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia were attempting to swim from a pontoon boat to shore Tuesday afternoon, when they went under and did not resurface. Divers recovered their bodies Wednesday.
A Mid-Missouri Amber Alert remains in effect for a 9 year old Tennessee girl and her uncle, who is accused of abducting her, but it has been confirmed that a widely released photo of them in a canoe turns out to NOT be them. Cooper County authorities issued the alert Tuesday after an unconfirmed sighting, near Otterville, MO, of two individuals matching the description of missing 9 year old Carlie Trent and her 57 year old uncle Gary Simpson. Officials say the photograph of a girl and a man in a canoe on the Lamine River has been confirmed to be a father and daughter from Stover, MO. They say the amber alert will remain in effect until all leads have been investigated. Authorities have been looking for Simpson and his niece since he picked her up from school in Tennessee last week and they have not been seen since. Simpson was driving a white 2002 Dodge van with Tennessee license 173GPS. Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.
A Moberly driver was treated for minor injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off Route 168, west of Palmyra in Marion County, Tuesday evening. 58 year old Michael D. Shipley, of Moberly, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:15pm. The patrol says Shipley’s eastbound tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the highway, overturned and lost cargo.
A Cameron teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Clinton County gravel road, just before 8 o’clock Tuesday night. 18 year old Meredith Appling, of Cameron, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says she lost control of her northbound car on loose gravel and it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
A 10 year old girl on a school tour of the Governor’s mansion in Jefferson City is recovering after she was impaled on the wrought-iron fence surrounding the mansion Tuesday. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at around 2pm. They say the fourth-grader’s injuries were not life-threatening, but they had to cut the fence and leave a piece of it in her arm so it could be removed at the hospital. How the accident happened is under further investigation.
A Milan man is being held on $100,000 dollars bond, after being arrested on rape charges last week. 20 year old Preston Miles Weaver, of Milan, was taken into custody Friday for rape or attempted rape in the first degree and rape in the second degree. No other details on the investigation have been released, pending Weaver’s appearance in Sullivan County court. Cash-only bond has been set at $100,000 dollars.
Kirksville Community Leaders gathered Monday to break ground at the future site of Kirksville’s new Hampton Inn and Suites. The new hotel and conference center will be located at 2604 North Baltimore Street, in a vacant field, located behind Ruby Tuesday. Officials say the Hampton Inn will have 70 guest rooms and a meeting room that will hold up to 100 people. It is expected to provide about 20 new jobs when complete. Construction is expected to take about 14 months, depending on weather. The project manager hopes to have equipment on site to begin dirt work Tuesday.
Moberly City Officials will join Police Chief Russell Tarr for ‘Coffee with a Cop’, at the Moberly Public Library, Tuesday evening at 5:30pm. Citizens are invited to meet and visit with Tarr, along with Moberly City Manager Brian Crane and Public Relations Manager Tristan Asbury. Officials say they look forward to visiting with citizens in an informal setting during this evening’s event a the Moberly Public Library.
FORMER BOONE COUNTY CLERK EMPLOYEE HEADED TO JAIL
A former employee of the Boone County Clerk’s Office has pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking information about a drug-trafficking investigation. 25 year old Christin Sledd, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to using a telephone to share confidential information about narcotics search warrants, which allowed drug suspects to avoid search. Sledd is accused of notifying the father of her child, 29 year old Ryan Motez Kee, of Columbia, who then passed the information on to others. McKee also pleaded guilty of the same charge. Four additional defendants recently pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy, including 35 year old Michael Earl Hunt, of Columbia…35 year old Courtney Lashea Thornton, of Columbia, 40 year old Ronald Elwood Brown, of Sturgeon and 26 year old Kenneth Scott, Jr. of Columbia.
Two persons were treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening accident on a Ralls County road. 16 year old Charlotte Arnold, of Perry, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Irvine Lane, just north Perry, just before 5pm Sunday. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a fence and a tree. Arnold and her passenger, 22 year old Taylor Toltz, of Paris, were both treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Mexico Police have arrested one suspect in connection with reports of gunfire, which occurred early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the 400 block of Jackson Street in Mexico, just after midnight Sunday. 32 year old Terrell Metts, of Mexico was arrested for suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, along with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Mexico Police are also investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred Friday evening. There were no injuries in either incident.
Two teenagers, who went missing from the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville, Sunday evening, were found safe. Authorities say the two female 14 year olds went missing at around 5:45pm, and were last seen headed south from the center on foot. Officials say the two were located late Sunday night and that both girls are okay.
Two Trenton men were charged and several others were cited after a Livingston County Sheriff’s Department investigation at the Poosey Conservation Area last week. It was prompted by late-night reports last weekend of multiple people firing gunshots and exploding targets. 36 year old Samuel L. Southers of Trenton was arrested and charged for alleged unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated. 30 year old Joshua Verhage, of Trenton, was found hiding from law enforcement and arrested on two outstanding warrants. A total of six others received Department of Conservation citations at the scene.
KIRKSVILLE SEEKS A PAIR OF FUGITIVES OF THE WEEK
Kirksville Police are looking for a pair of ‘Fugitives of the Week’ this week. 27 year old Jacob Heule and 31 year old Ashley Whitmore, both of Kirksville, are both wanted on active Adair County warrants for possession of a controlled substance. Heule is 5-8 and around 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Whitmore is 5-2 and 124 pouns with brown hair and blue eyes. Officers have been unable to locate the suspects at their last known address. Both have ties to the Kirksville area and to Iowa. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Adair County tips line at 627-BUST.
An unlicensed day care operator from Marshall has been charged in connection with a pair of children allegedly injured in her care. 66 year old Janet Craig, of Marshall, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of operating an unlicensed facility. Authorities say the charges stem from a December incident, in which a three-month old child suffered a fractured leg in her care, as well as a bruising incident, which occurred in August of last year.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a Sunday morning ‘shots fired’ incident in central Columbia. Officers responded to the 400 block of Hirth Avenue at around 1:45am Sunday. They say they confirmed multiple bullet holes in the driver’s side of a vehicle at that location. A 40 year old male victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A 27 year old female also suffered a minor injury. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A teenager from Center, MO was treated for moderate injuries, after his vehicle ran off Ralls County Route P, just south of Center, Friday night. 16 year old Adam Black was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 11:45pm. The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.
A Trenton driver escaped with just minor injuries, after his car ran off Grundy County Route V, South of Lardeo, just after 11 o’clock Thursday morning. 25 year old Matthew Edwards, of Trenton, was treated and released at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident. The patrol says Edwards swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and his car ran off the road, struck an embankment and went through a fence.
Truman State University in Kirksville and North Central Missouri College in Trenton will both celebrate spring commencement festivities on Saturday. More than 1,000 students will receive degrees at Truman State University during graduation ceremonies, which will begin at 2pm Saturday at Stokes Stadium on the Truman Campus.
NCMC in Trenton will hold a pair of graduation ceremonies. Non-allied health program students will be honored in a Saturday morning ceremony at 9am. The Allied Health Program students will graduate in the afternoon ceremony at 1pm. An honors brunch is also scheduled, between the two ceremonies, at 10:30am on the campus in Trenton. Graduation ceremonies are also set for this weekend at both Stephens College and Columbia College, in Columbia.
A narcotics search warrant, served early Thursday morning at a Boonville home, netted three arrests on drug charges. Officers say they seized meth and drug paraphernalia during the search, in the 1100 block of 4th Street in Boonville. Two suspects, Joshua and Kathleen Ivy, of Boonville, are charged with distribution and manufacture of meth. A third suspect, Krystal Breshears, of Boonville, is charged with use of drug paraphernalia.
MEXICO SEARCH NETS ARRESTS – PART OF CENTRALIA DRUG 'SWEEP'
Mexico authorities arrested two suspects after a search warrant turned up meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a Mexico home. 36 year old Dennis Ayo and 31 year old Darin Barnes, of Mexico, were arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. They were also taken into custody on a Boone County warrant for distribution of a controlled substance. Authorities say they were acting on a tip from Centralia Police about the active warrant for the two men. Centralia Police say a total of ten persons were arrested Thursday in a meth-related drug roundup. Six of those arrests were in the Centralia area and the other four were in Audrain County.
Mexico Police are warning businesses about new reports of counterfeit money being passed. In December and January, reports of fake money began to circulate in the area and Mexico Police make two arrests, with charges pending against four other suspects. In the past week, new reports of counterfeit ten and twenty dollar bills have surfaced. Business owners and managers are urged to review proper procedures with employees. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 800-392-TIPS.
A Macon man pleaded guilty Wednesday to all charges related to a 2013 Easter Sunday crime spree, including the murder of a Randolph County woman. Christopher Lewis, who was 18 at the time of the crime spree, pleaded guilty to a total of 19 charges, including the murder of 92 year old Carmelita Kaser, of Moberly. Randolph County Prosecutor Mike Fusselman says the guilty plea will allow Lewis to spend life in prison and avoid the death penalty. Lewis and his co-defendant, Jeffery Nichols, are accused of shoplifting a machete-like weapon from the Moberly Wal-Mart, using it to kill Kaser and stealing her car. A string of related crime reports included burning Kaser’s vehicle, a pair of shooting incidents, the theft of guns from a Higbee home and the assault of another female victim and the theft of her car. Jeffery Nichols is scheduled to stand trial later this year.
The fourth and final suspect in a Clark County drug bust is in custody, after being on the run since Monday night. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Trenton Ray Kindhart was taken into custody Wednesday. He joins three other suspects, arrested after fleeing the scene of a drug buy in rural Clark County Monday night.
A sonic boom shook the ground and rattled windows across much of Linn, Livingston and Chariton Counties, Wednesday afternoon. Residents from the Brookfield area, to Chillicothe and Ludlow, to Sumner, Rothville and Mendon to Purdin and Browning reported hearing the loud boom, at around 1:10pm. The FAA and multiple local law enforcement agencies have confirmed the sonic boom was caused by an aircraft. And, contrary to popular belief, it is not unusual for a sonic boom to be heard over hundreds of square miles.
Three persons were injured in a Wednesday morning collision on Boone County Route B, just south of Oakland Church. The Highway Patrol says a southbound car, driven by 38 year old Bradley Duenkel, of Jefferson City, crossed the center line and struck a northbound car driven by 36 year old Shequinna Collier, of Columbia, head-on, at around 8:30am. Duenkel was seriously injured and Collier sustained moderate injuries. A passenger in Duenkel’s vehicle, 43 year old Barbara Graves, of Centralia, escaped with just minor injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment.
COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER DRUG DEAL GOES WRONG
A Columbia man is accused of threatening two people, during a drug deal gone wrong. Richard Nole, Jr. was arrested after the incident, which occurred Tuesday at his residence. Police say the victims wanted to buy crack cocaine from Nole, but didn’t have any money. They asked if he would give them the drugs anyway and he became angry and threatened them with a gun. Officers say they found the weapon and evidence of distribution of a controlled substance at the home. Nole is charged with two counts of assault and armed criminal action and drug distribution charges.
Northeast Missouri authorities are still looking for one suspect, after a Monday night Clark County drug bust turned into a pursuit by authorities. They say a controlled drug buy, involving meth, was conducted Monday night in rural Clark County, when a vehicle with four occupants fled the scene with deputies in pursuit. The chase ended when the vehicle became stuck in the mud near Alexandria, MO and the driver, 30 year old Michela Helenthal, of Hamilton, Illinois, was arrested. Three male suspects fled the vehicle on foot. Two of those suspects, 21 year old Dalton James Meyers and 40 year old Jason Tripp, both of Keokuk, Iowa, were located and arrested Tuesday afternoon at an abandoned trailer in Wayland, MO. The final suspect, 21 year old Trenton Ray Kindhart, of Keokuk, remains at-large and is considered armed and dangerous.
The Macon County Commission invites the public to take guided tours of the ongoing Macon County Courthouse and Jail construction site this weekend. The guided tours will be conducted this Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 2pm, at the courthouse. The public is welcome to stop by and see the progress as the project continues.
An historic water pump that once served the only well in Sullivan County that never ran dry, and then was believed to be stolen, will now be presented to the Sullivan County Historical Society Wednesday morning. The pump, which once stood in the middle of the road in Boynton, Missouri, went missing several months ago. The Missouri Regional Water Commission, in conjunction with the historical society, offered a ‘no questions asked’ reward for return of the pump. It was anonymously returned, has since been refurbished, and will now be put on display by the Sullivan County Historical Society. The pump will be conveyed to the historical society in a ceremony in Milan at 10am Wednesday.
A federal grand jury has found a Columbia man guilty, in connection with his part of a conspiracy to sell heroin. 47 year old Nalenzer Edwards, of Columbia, was accused of taking part in the conspiracy from March thru June of last year. Edwards told investigators he regularly got heroin from a Jefferson City supplier to be sold in Columbia. He could face up to 40 years in prison without parole. A sentencing date has not been set.
A Kirksville man faces multiple charges after allegedly using stolen checks to make down payments on a truck. 24 year old Matthew S. McCloud, of Kirksville, was charged last week with two counts of forgery, stealing a motor vehicle and felony possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of using two checks stolen from his grandmother’s cabin in Macon County, totaling more than $10,000 dollars, to pay for the purchase of a pickup. Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies say they also found prescription pills in the vehicle. McCloud’s bond was set at $25,000 dollars.
The Firefighters Association of Missouri has named the Chillicothe Fire Department its Fire Department of the Year for 2016. The award was accepted by Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright at the association’s annual convention at Tan-Tar-A, over the weekend. The award recognizes a variety of training and preparedness efforts by the department’s staff, along with its equipment and facilities and various community safety and outreach programs. The Firefighters Association of Missouri represents departments of all sizes, throughout the state of Missouri.
University of Missouri officials say a power spike caused fire alarms to go off around the MU campus Monday evening. They say the alarms went off unintentionally and there was no fire. Mizzou alert sent out a twitter message at around 9 o’clock Monday night saying everyone was safe and crews were working on the problem.
Range Line Street in Columbia will be closed at I-70 beginning today, for about three weeks. MoDOT says crews will be installing a double roundabout interchange at that location. Drivers are urged to avoid the area and find an alternate route during the project, which is expected to last about 20 days.
Eight central Missouri residents and five Californians are in custody in connection with a multi-million dollar mail fraud conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana. A 14-count federal indictment handed down last week named 13 suspects, including six Fulton residents, a Jefferson City man and a Columbia man. The indictment alleges that the defendants received K-2 via mail from their co-conspirators in California and sold it under different brand names through several mid-Missouri businesses, including Inscentives Resale locations in Auxvasse and Fulton, S & J Smoke Shop in Holts Summit and others. An affidavit claims the conspiracy made more that $6.6 million dollars from the sale of K-2.
This week’s Brookfield Police report includes a recent arrest for the theft of a dirt bike. Police say it was reported stolen from an unlocked garage last weekend. An investigation ended with the arrest of 45 year old John Teel of Brookfield on theft charges. Teel was released on $10,000 dollars bond.
Also last weekend, Brookfield Police say a traffic stop netted the arrest of a DeWitt driver on multiple charges. 20 year old Barry Vandeventer, of DeWitt, was accused of driving while suspended or revoked, and a subsequent search of his vehicle allegedly turned up meth. He was taken into custody on $10,000 dollars bond.
A Moberly woman escaped with just minor injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday evening on a Randolph County road. 23 year old Lynette Thomas, of Moberly, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm. The patrol says her westbound car ran off the roadway and struck a fence.
A Mexico woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on I-70 in Cooper County. 25 year old Whitney Whittaker, of Mexico, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 2:30 Sunday morning. She was a passenger in a westbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Leah Cohon, of Kansas City. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck the median cables, then crossed the median into the oncoming lanes of I-70. The vehicle then went airborne and down an embankment and overturned. Cohon was also flown to University with serious injuries.
The ‘much talked about’ bridge repair project on one of Missouri’s busiest bridges has begun. MoDOT says the westbound Highway 63/54 Missouri River bridge at Jefferson City was shut down at around 8:30 Sunday night and westbound traffic has been diverted to the eastbound lanes, meaning all traffic across the river will deal with lane reductions. Several access ramps on each side of the river are also closed. MoDOT says the project will take about four months to complete, ending around Labor Day Weekend. There will likely be significant delays and slow-downs around the bridge during the project…motorists are encouraged to be patient and allow extra time.
The registration deadline is today (Friday) for next weekend’s 67th Annual Marceline Alumni Banquet and Dance. It will be held at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline, next Saturday evening, May 7. Tickets for the 6pm banquet are $20 per person and attendees are asked to get those tickets by today. They’re are available at Cindi Black Rodgers’ Allstate Insurance office, from Chris Ankeny at Magnolia Antiques or from any Alumni officer. The Alumni Dance will follow the banquet next Saturday, with a ten-dollar cover charge at the door.
CHILLICOTHE FARMERS MARKET – ONE WEEK AWAY
The Chillicothe Farmers Market is set to open its 30th season on the Chillicothe Square, one week from tomorrow. The annual ‘Ringing of the Opening Bell’ will be next Saturday morning, May 7, at 8am. The Chillicothe Farmer’s Market operates every Saturday thru the month of October, rain or shine. Organizers say they averaged 10 producers per Saturday, with 28 total, during last year’s market season.
Plans are continuing for this summer’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) event, which will roll through the Highway 36 corridor, the week of June 12 thru June 17. The bicyclists will depart St. Joseph on the morning of Sunday, June 12, with overnight stops planned in Hamilton, Chillicothe, Brookfield, Macon , Shelbina and Hannibal. Each of those communities is planning a variety of events for those overnight stops, including live entertainment, vendors, food and more. For all the details about the 2016 Big BAM event, go to www.bigbamride.com.
A Centralia man is charged with child molestation and statutory sodomy in connection with allegations involving a female minor. 29 year old Jonathan Robinson, of Centralia, is accused of molesting the girl over a two-year period, during 2014 and 2015, at two locations, including Robinson’s Centralia home. He was arrested Wednesday and arraigned by video Thursday afternoon. He is being held in the Boone County Jail on $400,000 dollars bond.
BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING DEPUTY
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a man was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly assaulted a deputy. Deputies went to the home of 33 year old William Russell Brown to serve a court order at around 3:30 Thursday morning, after he’d been arrested Wednesday night during a domestic violence incident. They say marijuana was in plain view in the home and Brown attempted to run to his vehicle and drive away. An altercation ensued and Brown is accused of assaulting a deputy. He is being held on $9,500 dollars bond, with additional charges pending.
A Columbia man is in custody after, officers say, he nearly collided with a Columbia Police patrol vehicle twice, Wednesday afternoon. They say the vehicle was driven by Marlon Folkes, of Columbia. An officer on patrol was southbound on the US 63 connector at I-70 when the vehicle nearly collided with the officer’s vehicle. A short time later, it happened a second time. Folkes was stopped and a search of his vehicle turned up marijuana, prescription pills and a loaded handgun.
A line of severe thunderstorms rolled across north Missouri Wednesday afternoon and evening, prompting widespread hail reports, but only a few reports of minor wind damage. Two brief tornadoes were reported. Storms spotters confirmed a tornado touchdown, north of Kidder in western Daviess County, in the 4 o’clock hour, which caused significant tree damage and some minor structural damage to a few outbuildings. A confirmed tornado also caused significant outbuilding damage Wednesday evening, near Emden, along the Marion/Lewis County line. More thunderstorms are expected this weekend. The severe weather threat will be very low, but additional heavy rainfall could cause some flooding concerns.
The Missouri Public Service Commission issued its ruling on the hotly-debated Mark Twain Transmission Line project Wednesday, but the result of that ruling is still up in the air. Wednesday morning, the commission conditionally granted a request by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois for a certificate of convenience and necessity, which would give the project a go-ahead. That condition, however, could still prevent construction of the line through northeast Missouri. The commission says it can only be built with the approval of the five counties through which the line would run, including Adair, Schuyler, Knox, Shelby and Marion Counties. Citizen’s opposition to the project in those five counties has been strong and organized and each of those county commissions has passed resolutions opposing the project. Officials say the battle over the future of the high-power transmission line could now end up it court.
Missouri’s highly-debated religious freedom bill will not move forward in the Missouri Legislature, after a House committee rejected the bill on a split 6 to 6 vote. Approval would have sent the measure on to the full legislature and their approval would have allowed Missouri voters to decide its fate. After Wednesday’s vote, the bill will not move on in the process. The bill would have prohibited the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same-sex weddings due to sincerely held religious beliefs. Opponents of the bill claim it would have promoted legalized discrimination against same-sex couples.
Formal charges have been filed against a Moberly man, who was involved in Monday’s Randolph County pursuit that ended in a shootout with officers. 34 year old James R. Fainter, of Moberly, is charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. His bond has been set at $100,000 dollars. Authorities say Fainter fled an attempted traffic stop by a Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy, at around 11am Monday. A pursuit ended on Highway 24 near Huntsville, after spike strips were deployed. Fainter then allegedly fled the vehicle on foot and fired shots at deputies. The deputies returned fire, seriously injuring the suspect. Fainter remains in a Columbia hospital, recovering from those injuries. A female passenger was detained for questioning and has been released.
Moberly Motor Company has announced a major investment in a ‘rebuild’ of the dealership, located on North Morley in Moberly. Moberly Economic Development officials say the 72 year old family-run business plans to build an expanded, state-of-the-art Ford Lincoln Dealership, beginning this Summer, creating at least five new positions within the company. Moberly Motors will also continue to sell and service Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, along with its existing collision repair and body shop. The demolition and construction process is scheduled to begin in June.
The Macon Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a Prescription Drug ‘Take Back’ event Saturday in Macon. Area residents are encouraged to bring any expired, unwanted or unneeded prescriptions to C&R Market in Macon, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Authorities will properly dispose of the drugs, helping to alleviate the possibility of misuse and also protecting the environment from safety and health hazards. Officials say they can not accept liquids or needles during Saturday’s event. All pills and patches will be accepted for disposal.
Columbia Police have identified the victim of Monday’s shooting in north Columbia. They say 24 year old Gabrielle Rhodes, of Columbia, was killed by gunfire, near the Deerfield Apartments in the 1500 block of Sylvan Lane. Officers were called to the scene at around 7:45pm Monday. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Three suspects were arrested and charged Tuesday, in connection with Monday’s shots fired incident near the Highway 63 connector at I-70, which injured a pair of victims in a vehicle. Four felony charges have been filed against 22 year old Joseph Andrew Luckett, 22 year old Lajuan Marquis Martin and 23 year old Jonathan Nicole Banks. Police accuse the three of following and shooting at the victims, after an earlier altercation.
A Columbia driver was seriously injured when his pickup ran off a Callaway County Highway, early Tuesday morning. 33 year old Travis Terry, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45am. The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off Route KK and overturned multiple times.
A 34 year old suspect from Moberly is hospitalized with serious injuries after a
One man is dead after a shooting incident in northeast
Two people were injured in a Monday afternoon shooting incident, near the Highway 63 Connector at I-70. Police say it occurred just before 3pm. Investigators say a verbal confrontation between the victims and three suspects occurred in the 700 block of
Two Bethany women were killed when their car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Highway 36 in DeKalb County, just after 8 o’clock Saturday morning. 86 year old Peggy Rinehart, of Bethany was the driver of their westbound car, 81 year old Wanda Findley, of Bethany, was her passenger. The patrol says a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by a California man, struck their car in the rear and it ran into the median. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.
An Ethel teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday evening motorcycle crash. It occurred at around 7:30pm on private property, located a few miles northwest of New Cambria. 17 year old Austin Malloy, of Ethel, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. The patrol says he lost control of his motorcycle while making a turn and was partially ejected.
University of Missouri wrestler and Columbia native J’den Cox is headed for the Olympic Games in Rio, after finishing first in the 86 Kilogram weight class at the World Games Qualifying Tournament in Mongolia this weekend. Cox, who was a four-time Missouri High School State Champion at Columbia Hickman and is a two-time NCAA champion at Mizzou, dominated his opponents in going 5-0 at the qualifier. He’ll be the second wrestler in Mizzou history to compete in the Olympics. The Tigers’ Ben Askren represented the US in the 2008 games in Beijing.
DOWNTOWN MACON EARTH DAY CLEANUP
The Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association will host a pair of ‘Earth Day’ cleanup events this weekend. Everyone is welcome to join them to help sweep, weed and remove trash from the downtown area, Friday evening from 5 to 7pm and Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm. Participants are asked to meet on Rollins Street, between Ben Franklin and Tux, Tees and More in downtown Macon, to take part in either or both cleanup sessions.
The Macon County Sheltered Workshop celebrates Earth Day Friday, by holding a ‘day of discovery’ for their recycling center. The public is invited to stop by the Macon Walmart Parking Lot, from 11am to 2pm. They’ll offer free information on the recycling program and the Sheltered Workshop’s retail operation, ‘Timeless Treasure Thrift Store’. That Earth Day event runs from 11-2 in the Macon Walmart Parking Lot.
An Earth Day cleanup day will be held in Brookfield Saturday morning. The Brookfield ‘No More Trash Bash’ will begin at 9am. Participants are asked to meet at 9 at the First Christian Church in Brookfield. You’re encouraged to bring work gloves and boots and any cleanup tools you might have…and dress according to the weather.
The Kirksville Masonic Lodge will host a free MoCHIP Child Identification enrollment event Saturday. Area parents are invited to the free enrollment, from 10am to 2pm at the Kirksville Masonic Temple, located at 217 East Harrison Street. MoCHIP is sponsored by the Freemasons of Missouri. It takes about 15 minutes to enroll your child and you’ll leave with a packet of essential information about your child that could help authorities in the event of an emergency. Visit their website, mochip.org for more details on the program. Saturday’s enrollment event runs from 10 to 2 at the Kirksville Masonic Temple.
A Boone County man is charged with statutory rape, involving a 15 year old girl. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says 31 year old Jerry M. Venneman was arrested Wednesday at his Columbia area home. The arrest comes after an investigation, which began last fall, following a report of the allegations received by the Moberly Police Department. Venneman is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.
The Smithfield Farmland facility in Milan was fully operational Wednesday afternoon, after a fire caused the evacuation of the plant Tuesday evening. Officials say the fire was electrical in nature and was confined to the roof of the ‘hog kill floor’ area of the plant. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and there was no damage to the interior of the building and no injuries reported. Repairs to the roof were underway Wednesday and the plant was fully operational.
A Moberly man was taken into protective custody after a brief standoff with police, early Wednesday morning. Officers were called to the 600 block of Homestead in Moberly, at around 4am, where the suspect was believed to be suicidal. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol assisted in negotiating with the man, and he surrendered without incident, after a short standoff.
Three men have been formally charged in connection with a Sunday night exchange of gunfire in Marshall. Police arrested 34 year old Vincent Barriere, of Belton, 28 year old Daniel Wallace, of Marshall and 27 year old Marcus Lewis, of Sedalia. Prosecutors have charged Berriere and Wallace with assault and armed criminal action and Lewis is charged with assault. Authorities say an altercation between Barriere and Wallace, in the 1300 block of South Grand Avenue in Marshall, resulted in an exchange of gunfire. No one was injured.
A Columbia teenager, who lived on the University of Missouri Campus, was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force says 18 year old Aaron Becker is accused of uploading child pornography to a google account. Investigators say they have since obtained evidence that the account was used to store child pornography for several years.
A child abuse prevention training program will be held Friday in Chillicothe. ‘Stewards of Children’ is a two-hour, video-facilitated interactive program, which will be held at the Livingston County Library from 10am to noon Friday. It is provided by the Livingston County Children’s Wellness Committee and the Livingston County Health Center. The training is free, but pre-registration is required. Call the Health Center office in Chillicothe today if you’d like to attend…660-646-5506.
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A weak tornado touched down Tuesday evening in rural
An Auxvasse man faces federal firearms charges, after his indictment by a federal grand jury. 53 year old Billy Owen, of Auxvasse, is charged with begin a felon in possession of firearms and three unregistered silencers. In December, investigators say Owen was in possession of a total of 21 handguns, rifles and shotguns as well as the silencers, which is illegal as a convicted felon.
A Mokane driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Callaway County Route CC, Tuesday morning. 22 year old Brandon Fritz, of Mokane, was taken to
A Queen City motorcyclist was killed in a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 63, south of Queen City. It occurred just before 2pm. 68 year old Darren Garrison, of Queen City, died in the accident. The patrol says 25 year old Derek Tague, of Columbia, was the driver of a northbound car. He attempted to make a left turn onto Schuyler County Route W and turned into the path of Garrison’s southbound motorcycle.
A dump truck overturned on Route 136, at the east edge of Lancaster, early Monday morning, closing the highway for part of the morning, and seriously injuring the driver. It occurred just before 6am Monday. The patrol says 66 year old James Carel, of Hamilton, Illinois, lost control of the westbound dump truck and it ran off the highway, then overturned back onto the roadway, blocking traffic. Carel was life-flighted from the scene to Iowa University Hospital in Iowa City.
A Monday morning tractor-trailer fire shut down a Randolph County highway for a few hours, but there were no injuries reported. It occurred at around 9:45am on Randolph County Route C, 8 miles north of Huntsville. The patrol says a semi, driven by a Quincy, Illinois man, caught fire due to a defective tie rod, then ran off the highway and became fully engulfed. Firefighters responded to the scene and quickly got the fire under control.
SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER MARSHALL SHOTS FIRED
Marshall Police say three suspects are in custody in connection with a Sunday evening ‘shots fired’ incident. Officers were called to the 1300 block of South Grand Avenue in Marshall, at around 7:30pm Sunday, after receiving reports of gunshots. Their investigation indicated that at least two male suspects were shooting at each other and then fled the area. No injuries were reported. Three suspects were taken into custody Monday. One of those three was reportedly in the custody of Sedalia authorities. Formal charges are pending.
GUILTY PLEA IN CONNECTION WITH MU THREATS
A Missouri S&T student, who was accused of making threats against the MU campus on social media during last fall’s protests has pleaded guilty. 20 year old Hunter Park pleaded guilty Monday to making terrorist threats, using the social media app Yik Yak. His sentencing is set for June 16.
A Columbia man faces child pornography charges after an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s Cyber Crimes Task Force. 29 year old Nicholas Ross was taken into custody Monday. Officers say the investigation began in March, when they linked a Columbia IP address to child pornography. They say they found multiple illegal videos on his computer.
A Polo man was killed in a Saturday evening accident involving a Polaris Utility Vehicle. 29 year old Michael Bell, of Polo, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:15pm. The patrol says Bell was westbound on a county road, northwest of Polo, when he lost control and the ATV slid off the roadway and struck a fence post and a tree. A passenger, from Kansas, who was ejected from the ATV, was treated for minor injuries.
A Salisbury driver was seriously injured in a Saturday evening accident on Route 129, just south of Salisbury. 47 year old Billy D. Parker, of Salisbury, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30pm. The patrol says Parker was ejected from his southbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned several times.
A Marceline man was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday morning collision with a tractor-trailer, on Highway 5 just north of Marceline. 38 year old Shaun Woodard, of Marceline, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am. He was a passenger in a northbound SUV, driven by 34 year old Amanda Woodard, of Marceline. The patrol says their vehicle struck a tractor-trailer, driven by an Illinois man, which failed to yield as it attempted to cross the highway.
A Monroe City driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Ralls County Route A, near New London, Saturday night. It occurred just before 10pm. 36 year old Cornell Marks, of Monroe City, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.
A Vandalia teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off an Audrain County road, Sunday afternoon. 18 year old Devin Hummel, of Vandalia, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm Sunday. The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.
A Saturday night house fire in southern Boone County caused no injuries to humans, but three family dogs were killed. Firefighters were called to the home on Stanley Poe Road at around 10:30pm Saturday. They say two residents of the home made it out safely. Officials believe the fire started from a barbecue grill on the front porch of the residence.
The case against a La Plata woman accused of stealing a car and burning a mobile home may hinge on a psychiatric review. 34 year old Janie Potter, of La Plata, was charged in 2014 with arson and tampering with a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident in May of that year. Court documents indicate the case is on hold, pending review of a mental examination filed this week, to determine her fitness for trial. Potter is accused of stealing a car from a Kirksville hotel and wrecking it near South Gifford. She is also accused of flagging down a ride to a nearby mobile home, which burned shortly after she left the home. Potter’s case review is scheduled for May 4.
A Chillicothe woman faces charges in multiple counties, after allegedly stealing a pickup this week. Wednesday afternoon, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a pickup stolen from a residence in southern Livingston County. The report indicated a relative of the pickup’s owner was following a female suspect who was driving the vehicle. Carroll County deputies and the Highway Patrol were able to stop the vehicle near the Tina junction and the driver was arrested for DWI and driving while revoked. During the investigation, Livingston County authorities learned the suspect had two different identifies and was also wanted in Macon County on charges of DWI, driving while revoked and identity theft. 51 year old Brenda K. Parkhurst, of Chillicothe, was also arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle in Livingston County. She remains in custody on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond, as the investigation continues.
A suspect is in custody, after an early-morning robbery of a Boonville convenience store. It occurred at the Eagle Stop store, just off I-70 in Boonville, at around 1:30 Thursday morning. Cooper County deputies and Boonville Police began a search for the suspect, which led them to a nearby motel, where 39 year old Robert T. Lozano, of Kansas City, was taken into custody. Authorities determined Lozano was a fugitive, who was wanted on a parole violation warrant out of California. He is now charged with robbery and armed criminal action and being held on $200,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A South Callaway high school student has been arrested for harrasment, in connection with the ‘South Callaway Sexiest’ Facebook page. 17 year old Andrew Buckner of Fulton was arrested Thursday, after an investigation, which began in February. Authorities say the webpage contained images of female South Callaway students with derogatory, offensive and sexual terms. The page has since been taken down. Buckner was released pending a court appearance and further charges are pending.
The closure of the westbound Route 54/63 bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City, which was scheduled to begin this (Fri) evening has been postponed for two weeks. MoDOT announced the postponement Thursday, saying they had concerns about preparations for painting the structure and wanted to extend those preparations before the closure began. Westbound traffic on Route 54 and 63 will be shifted to the eastbound bridge during the closure, affecting traffic for much of the summer, about four months. Once again, that closure has now been postponed until Friday evening, April 29.
Two Hale men are in custody in connection with an attempted armed robbery, which occurred Tuesday afternoon in Chillicothe. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Bryan Street in reference to the robbery attempt, and issued a description of the suspect, who fled the scene. Wednesday, police were called to a theft report in the 1000 block of Graves Street. During that investigation, officers arrested two suspects in connection with Tuesday’s robbery incident. 40 year old Christopher Campbell of Hale was taken into custody for conspiracy to commit robbery and 20 year old William Burfield-Farley, also of Hale, was arrested for attempted robbery.
Chillicothe emergency crews responded to a natural gas leak Wednesday afternoon, after a vehicle struck a gas main in the 1200 block of Green Street. Police say the vehicle struck a gas meter next to a mobile home at that location and then left the scene. Utility crews were able to cap the leak and the driver, Richard J. Stumph, was cited for failure to register his vehicle and provide proof of financial responsibility.
A Putnam County man faces burglary charges, after his arrest last weekend. 21 year old Skyler James Garland, of Powersville was taken into custody Saturday. He is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, in connection with a recent Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigation. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars.
Salisbury School Superintendent Todd Willhite has resigned his position, effective at the end of the current academic year, June 30. Earlier this year, Willhite had cited a lack of support from the school board as the reason for informing the board that he planned to resign at some point in the future. At this week’s Salisbury School Board Meeting, Willhite formally submitted the resignation, effective this summer.
A man was taken to the hospital after he was struck by a vehicle on I-70 in Columbia, early this (Thurs) morning. One lane of eastbound I-70 was shut down after the accident, which occurred just after 2:30am. Officers say the pedestrian, who has not been identified, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. More details on the accident will be released by police today.
MoDOT officials remind motorists that a major bridge repair project on the Route 63/54 Bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City is scheduled to begin Friday evening. Crews will close the westbound bridge and westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound bridge, causing lane reductions for traffic headed both ways across the river, which will significantly affect travel. The bridge will be closed for painting and repairs for about four months, thru early August. Maps showing the effects of the closure are available on MODOT’s website…modot.org.
A Holliday man was seriously injured in a boating accident, which occurred Tuesday afternoon on Mark Twain Lake. 56 year old Richard Sharp, of Holliday, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm. He was a passenger in a boat being operated by 59 year old William Crabtree, of Moberly. The patrol says Sharp was injured when the boat struck a submerged stump.
A Clark County elected official is behind bars, after authorities say he shot another man, over the weekend. Authorities say 26 year old John S. Malone, of Williamstown, who was elected to the Clark County Ambulance Board last week, is charged with two counts of domestic assault and causing serious physical injury. The charges stem from domestic incident between Malone and a male victim, in the early morning hours last Friday. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Malone is being held on $75,000 dollars bond.
Moberly Area Community College will hold its annual college and career fair today, from 10am to 1pm at the MACC Activity Center in Moberly. Dozens of employers from a variety of industries, from retail to manufacturing to government and military, are registered to attend, along with nearly two dozen college representatives. Officials say many of those employers will be hiring at the fair, so attendees should bring resumes and be prepared to interview. Students and the general public are welcome to attend, from 10am to 1pm at the MACC Activity Center.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a boater safety certification course, this Saturday at the Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office in Kirksville. The course will run from 9am to 3pm Saturday. There is no fee, but students are required to pre-register online at the Highway Patrol’s website. Participants are also encouraged to bring a snack or a sack lunch.
The Chariton County Community Foundation will host Major League Baseball’s Pitch Hit and Run competition this Saturday at Potts Park in Salisbury. The event is free and open to all area youth ages 7 to 14. Registration will begin at 9am Saturday, with the competition starting at 9:30. Participants must bring a birth certificate to verify age. For more information, you can call the Chariton County Community Foundation at 660-288-CCCF (2223).
A multi-state Amber Alert, which was issued Monday, has been cancelled, after a missing one-month old baby was found safe. Kansas City Police issued the Amber Alert after the child was taken by her father, Robert B. Foreman. Authorities say Foreman made threats to harm the child and the baby’s mother. Officials say the infant child was found safe in Kansas and has been returned to her mother. Foreman has not yet been located.
A LaPlata man was arrested, over the weekend, after police say they caught him breaking the windows of Northeast Regional Medical Center’s Health and Fitness Center in Kirksville. 23 year old Jacob C. Baker, of LaPlata was arrested at the scene. Officers say they discovered broken windows at the center just after 4am Sunday, and drew weapons when they spotted Baker at the scene. A probable cause statement says Baker told police it was his job to break the windows. He is charged with first-degree property damage. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars.
MFA Oil Company has announced the acquisition of Moberly-based Brownfield Oil Company. Officials say the purchase also includes Brownfield’s Sinclair gas station in Shelbina and a Sinclair fueling facility in Kirksville. Under the terms of the acquisition, Brownfield Oil will continue to operate its transportation services business and retain some staff. Its remaining employees will join MFA Oil.
Truman State University’s Board of Governors has chosen an interim President, to take over effective July 1. Dr. Susan L. Thomas, Truman’s current executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, will take over as President, while the search for a permanent replacement is conducted. Dr. Thomas replaces Dr. Troy Paino, who is leaving Truman to take over at a college in Virginia. The firm ‘Academic Search’ has been chosen to assist in that search.
No one was injured, but several residents were displaced, after an early morning structure fire in a six-apartment complex near the Columbia College campus. Crews responded to the blaze, at the corner of Wilkes and Eighth Street just before 3 o’clock this (Tues) morning. Firefighters say they found heavy smoke coming from the first and second floors of the complex, but the blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.
A Marceline man was seriously injured in a Friday evening ATV accident, on
A Moberly woman suffered moderate injuries when an ATV overturned in a farm field, west of Higbee, Saturday evening. 24 year old Aimee D. Henry, of Moberly, was taken by ambulance to
A New Franklin driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Highway 40 in
Chillicothe Police are conducting an investigation into the weekend death of a
A Macon County man serving a life sentence for the 1997 killing of his grandfather has died in prison. The Missouri Department of Corrections reports that 65 year old Gerald Elam, of Callao, died Wednesday at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, apparently of natural causes. Elam was serving life without parole on a first-degree murder conviction. Authorities say he stabbed his 87 year old grandfather in his Macon County home and then set the home on fire to cover up the crime. Elam admitted to the killing and claimed that he believed his grandfather was the devil.
A Brashear man is charged with multiple counts of stealing, after his arrest on Wednesday. 50 year old Brent L. Shelton, of Brashear, faces three counts of stealing, stemming from a pair of incidents - one in November of 2014 and another in September of 2015. His bond has been set at $25,000 dollars. Authorities say additional charges may be forthcoming.
The Kirksville Police Department’s ‘fugitive of the week’ this week is 27 year old Jacob A. Heule, of Kirksville. Huele is wanted on an Adair County arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Law enforcement has been unable to located Heule at his last known residence. He has ties to the Kirksville area and to Iowa. Heule is described as a white male, about 5-8 and 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police, or the tips line at 627-BUST.
Fulton Police say a man died Thursday while working at Kingdom Projects Incorporated. The accident apparently occurred just after 10am. Authorities say the male victim was crushed between a truck and a forklift, while working at the facility in Fulton. The victim’s identity has not been released. Kingdom Projects in a non-profit recycling facility that employs more than 100 people with disabilities.
TWO SUSPECTS IN HIGH-SPEED CHASE IDENTIFIED
Boone County authorities have released more details on a high-speed chase, which involved shots fired and ended with two arrests, early Thursday morning. Russell D. Moore of Fulton and Victoria A Buol of Boonville face multiple felony charges after the incident. Officers say it started at the Midway Truck Plaza at around 2:30am, where they spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Boone County. Authorities say the female driver picked up a male suspect and fled the scene, leading officers on a chase on I-70, into Columbia on Stadium Boulevard, then back onto I-70 to Callaway County, where the vehicle stopped and the two were taken into custody. The suspects are accused of shooting at officers during the chase.
A Chillicothe motorcyclist was seriously injured when he struck a deer in the roadway on a Livingston County road, Tuesday evening. 52 year old Dennis L. Evans, of Chillicothe, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 7pm. The patrol says his southbound motorcycle struck a deer on County Road 419, just south of Utica.
LifeFlight Eagle has announced plans to relocated its base in Trenton to the Chillicothe Airport. A news release indicates LifeFlight officials are now finalizing a lease agreement before breaking ground on a new hangar and crew quarters to be built by the City of Chillicothe. The Trenton crew will likely move sometime this coming fall. They say they started looking for alternative locations after their base at the Trenton airport was flooded in September of 2014.
Two suspects are in custody after a high-speed chase in Columbia, involving gunfire, early Thursday morning. Authorities say the pursuit started in southwest Columbia, just after 3am. Officers chased the suspect vehicle on Stadium Boulevard and then east on I-70 to Callaway County. The pursuit involved Highway Patrol, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies and Columbia Police. Shots were fired at law enforcement during the chase, but no one was injured. It ended with two suspects being taken into custody. Those suspects have not yet been identified.
Boone County authorities have charged Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated. Dixon was arrested and formally charged on Wednesday. The charges stem from an alleged incident in early March at a bar in Hartsburg. Dixon is accused of being intoxicated and handling a loaded handgun in a negligent manner inside the bar. Authorities say Dixon was on probation after pleading guilty to harassment of a Belle Police officer in 2013. He has been released after posting $4,500 dollars bond.
Six-time Olympic medallist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be on the Truman State University Campus in Kirksville this weekend. Joyner-Kersee will speak as part of Truman’s Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series Saturday evening at 8pm in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. She is widely considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century and is also considered among the most prominent philanthropists and advocates in the country. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation is in its third decade of operation and continues to work to improve lives for youth, adults and families, particularly in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois.
FIRE DESTROYS TWO BUILDINGS ON PRINCETON SQUARE
A large Tuesday afternoon fire destroyed two of three buildings on the east side of the Princeton Square, including the Mercer County Senior Center. Reports indicate the fire apparently started inside Jeff’s Place tavern in the middle of the block, at around 1pm. It quickly spread to the Mercer County Senior Center next door. Both buildings are a total loss. A hair salon on the other side of the tavern suffered significant heat, smoke and fire damage, but remains standing. Smoke from the blaze caused a nearby polling place to be relocated. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The City of Marceline will get a new swimming pool facility, after its bond issue passed Tuesday by more than a two-to-one margin. Incumbent Lonnie Trentham and retiring school superintendent Paul Barger are the unofficial winners of two seats on the Brookfield City Council. Trentham led the field of six candidates with 352 votes, Barger edged out Jack Forbes by just six votes for the #2 slot, 210 to 204. Incumbent Jim McIntyre led the race for Brookfield R-3 School Board with 596 votes, including a couple of votes cast in Chariton County. Galen Hicks edged out Blake Devoy for the second school board seat, by just 20 votes, 515 to 495. Ben Keller and John Schmitz won seats on the Meadville R-4 School Board. Brad Coin won a three-way race for Meadville Alderman by 13 votes over Marc Zell. Frances Jenkins carried just a 4-vote margin to lead three other candidates in a tight race for Bucklin Alderman. Larry Smith won a Laclede Fire Board spot with a 61 percent majority. Douglas Pedeker led the race for Laclede Alderman-at-large. Laclede voters said ‘no’ to a proposition to make collector an appointed position.
Voters in the Moberly School District approved Proposition S with an 80-plus percent majority and the Moberly Road Proposition also passed, with nearly 69% in favor. Shane Adrian and Herb Lawrence, Jr. were convincingly the top two vote-getters for Moberly City Council. Mary Lee Noel and Bobby Riley won seats on the Moberly School Board…Noel leading the way with 1,165 votes, Riley with 949 and Jeff Lawrence third, with 833. Higbee School Board seats went to Robert E. Whisenand and BJ Westfall II, who had a 60-vote margin over Mike Walter. With 8 candidates on the ballot for two spots on the Northeast R-4 School Board, two front-runners emerged…Gregg Jaecques and Henry Westhues took the top two spots by more than 50 votes over the third place candidate. David Ross edged out Shirley Olney by just 10 votes for Eastern Randolph Fire Protection Director. Dennis Smith and Johnny Milnes won the two Ambulance District Director seats. Jon Gordy took 64% of the vote for Huntsville Ward 4 councilperson, while Doug Helmich had just a 1-vote margin over William Eckenrod, in Huntsville’s other Ward 4 race. David Weis won nearly an 80 percent majority for MACC Trustee.
Voters in the Macon R-1 school district voted down Proposition Kids, with more than 61% opposed. Voters said yes to the renewal of a county-wide sales tax, but the City of Macon sales tax issue failed by 73 votes. Voters in the Callao School District narrowly approved elimination of a tax rollback and Callao school board seats were won by Amy Schaefer and Danetta Sparks. Macon E911 Board seats went to James Wilson and Randall Watson. Bob Lewis won a spot on the Hudson Road Commission. Lois Bragg was elected mayor of LaPlata by a large majority. Judy Cook led Dean Aholt by just two votes for a South Gifford Council seat.
Richard Detweiler led the race for Kirksville City Council by a large margin, but the second spot was a close race, with Chuck Long edging out Glen Moritz and Bryant Kiley by less than 50 votes. Kirksville’s Question One carried by a 73% majority. Gayla McHenry and John McConnell led a field of four candidates for two Kirksville school board seats. McConnell had a 72 vote margin over the third-place finisher, Jeffrey Brawner. Novinger school board seats went to Shuan Klingsmith and Brek Snyder. The Brashear School District’s Question One passed with more than a 90% majority.
CHILLICOTHE SCHOOL BOND ISSUE PASSES
Voters in the Chillicothe School District approved a $14.5 million dollar bond issue, with 63% voting in favor of the issue. Chula mayor was the only other contested race on the Livingston County ballot. John Graves is the unofficial winner by 9 votes over Larry Ward.
Tuesday’s Chariton County ballot featured a pair of school board races that were too close to call. Blaine Adams was clearly the top vote-getter in the Northwestern of Mendon school board race, but the #2 spot was decided by just one vote, with Sabrina Brown the unofficial winner over Allen Hayes. There’s a tie for the second spot on the Brunswick School Board. Tom Zeilstra took the top spot with 151 votes, Timothy Rice and Schuyler Mason finished tied for the #2 spot, with 144 votes each. There was no such drama in the race for two spots on the Salisbury School Board, with Chris Brown and Regina Boss leading the field of six candidates. Ben Benoist and Nathan Clark won seats on the Salisbury Board of Aldermen. Jerald Sims led the race for Chariton County 911 director. Salisbury voters said ‘no’ to a vehicle sales tax question, with 67 percent opposed.
There were only a couple of contested races on the Sullivan County ballot Tuesday. Ryan Barnes and Janelle Hepler were the top two in the Green City School Board race. Two tax issues were voted down…an agriculture road tax failed with 68% opposed and a Prop 2 Road Tax levy failed with nearly 63% opposed.
A pair of school board races were the only ones contested on Tuesday’s Shelby County ballot, but both went down to the wire. Five candidates all received at least 15% of the vote for two South Shelby School Board spots, with Jim Foster and David Farrell leading the pack. North Shelby school board seats went to Scott Shively and Michael Rich, by just 25 votes over Clint Prange.
Columbia voters elected Skip Walther as the city’s next mayor. Karl Skala and Ian Thomas won a pair of City Council seats. The Columbia Public Schools saw both of its tax levy issues pass, as voters approved both an operating levy increase and a $30 million dollar bond issue. James Whitt and Jan Meese were elected to spots on the Columbia School Board.
MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION DAY – GET OUT AND VOTE!!
IT’S ELECTION DAY! Don’t forget to get out and vote. The Municipal General Election is underway and the polls are open this morning. They’ll remain open until 7pm. School Board and City government races are on the ballot today, along with several school and municipal tax issues. Please take the time to exercise your right to vote. If you need more information, contact your city our county election officials.
KZBK and KLTI will have live election results coverage this evening, beginning at around 8pm.
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK ACTIVITIES UNDERWAY
The Linn County Health Department in Brookfield continues its National Public Health Week celebration with a prescription drug ‘take back’ day at their office, today (Tues) from 8:30am to 4pm. Expired or unwanted prescriptions can be safely disposed off during the drop off event. Don’t forget, tomorrow the Ellis Fischel Mobile Mammography Unit will be at their office in Brookfield all day and tomorrow (Wed) evening is the big Kid’s Health Fair at the North Central Missouri YMCA, from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
The Livingston County Health Center has registration underway for its Spring walking challenge, to be held April 10 thru June 5. Registration is open thru Monday, April 11, although they will accept late registrants after that date. Participants pledge to walk 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks, as part of the Center’s ‘Walk Chillicothe’ project. For more information or to get registered, call the Livingston County Health Center at 646-5506, stop by the center in Chillicothe, or sign up online at livcohealthcenter.com.
The Macon County Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week, and also observing ‘Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion Week’ with displays in their office in Macon all week long. They will host a ‘Walk to a Healthier Lifestyle’ event in Macon tomorrow at noon. Participants will meet at Ben Franklin in downtown Macon at 11:30am and take a 20 minute walk around the downtown area. They’ll give away free pedometers to all participants.
A Jefferson City teenager was killed and another suffered serious injuries when an SUV ran off a Cole County roadway, Monday afternoon. 18 year old Mathias Bennett, of Jefferson City, died in the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm. Bennett was the driver of an eastbound vehicle on Henwick Lane. His passenger, 17 year old Kristian Estes, of Jefferson City, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. The patrol says their vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, striking a utility pole and ejecting both from the vehicle.
TWO COLUMBIA ACCIDENTS INVOLVED MOTORCYCLES
Emergency personnel responded to a pair of motorcycle accidents in Columbia Monday evening. At around 7:30pm, traffic was backed up on Grindstone Parkway, after an accident involving a motorcyclist. Earlier in the evening, a crash involving a motorcycle occurred on Business Loop 70 near Sexton Road. At least one person was transported from the scene by ambulance at that location. Police had not released details on either of those accidents, as of Monday night.
Columbia Police are seeking two suspects after an attempted home invasion robbery occurred, early Monday morning. Officers were called to the scene at around 5:40am. They say two suspects with a gun forced entry into a home in the 200 block of Ripley Street, entered the resident’s bedroom and demanded money. The two apparently fled from the home empty-handed. There were no injuries reported.
A Friday afternoon accident on Randolph County Route B, near Higbee, injured four occupants of the vehicle, including two Marceline teenagers. It occurred just before 2pm. 37 year old William Cash, of Columbia, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says it topped a hillcrest, ran off the highway and struck several trees. Cash was seriously injured. 18 year old Michael J. Strong, of Marceline and 16 year old Kaytelynn McCollum, of Kansas City both suffered serious injuries. 19 year old Nathan Campbell, of Marceline was treated for moderate injuries. All four were treated at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Brunswick woman was killed in a Friday morning accident on Highway 24, just west of Huntsville. 82 year old Wilma Kruse, of Brunswick, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:40am. She was a passenger in a car driven by Kristen Butterfield, of Brunswick. The patrol says they were eastbound on Route 24 when an oncoming vehicle, driven by 58 year old Karen Fuemmeler, of Huntsville, turned left into the path of their vehicle. Butterfield was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. Fuemmeler sought her own treatment for minor injuries.
Two Princeton children were injured in a Saturday evening ATV accident on private property in Princeton. 10 year old Andrew Matthews was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries. 10 year old Triston Jennings was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. The patrol says their ATV veered off of a trail and struck a tree.
A Browning woman and a Kansas City man were treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 65, just south of Spickard in Grundy County, at around 11 o’clock Saturday morning. 20 year old Kiersten Allen, of Browning and 25 year old William Grimes of Kansas City both suffered moderate injuries. 19 year old Tristan Vencill, of Trenton was treated for minor injuries. All three were taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. The patrol says their northbound car ran off 65, struck an embankment and overturned several times.
Two fatalities occurred in northeast Missouri over the weekend.
31 year old Jacob Nance, of Kahoka, was killed when his vehicle ran off Route 136 in Clark County and overturned several times, early Sunday morning.
81 year old David Ely, of New London, died in a Friday evening ATV accident on private property, near New London in Ralls County. The patrol says he was thrown from his ATV as it rolled down an embankment.
Columbia police have issued an endangered person advisory for 55 year old Russell Farrel. They say Farrel is a developmentally disabled male, who went missing from a Columbia group home, located on Highland Drive, Sunday evening. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and faded blue jeans. Anyone who has seen him or has any information should call 911 or the Columbia Police Department.
This week’s Macon Police report includes the arrest of an Illinois man for possession of a controlled substance. On March 20, officers made enforcement contact with a vehicle near Jefferson and Locust Streets, and saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. A search turned up substances believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine. 27 year old Austin J. Dawson, of Illinois, was arrested at the scene. He is charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars cash-only.
Kirksville Police have released information on their fugitive of the week. 31 year old Ashley L. Whitmore, of Kirksville, is wanted on an Adair County arrest warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance. Law enforcement has been unable to locate her at her last known address. Whitmore is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 124 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has ties to the Kirksville area and Iowa. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous Adair County tips line as 627-BUST.
North Central Missouri College in Trenton has a new President, after action by the NCMC Board of Trustees yesterday (Thurs). They voted to employ Dr. Lenny Klaver, from Michigan, as President of the college. Klaver was one of two finalists interviewed this month. He is an Iowa native and is currently serving as vice President for Institutional Advancement at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. He also recently served as Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Klaver will take over his duties in Trenton on June 1.
Next Saturday, April 9, Ford and Smith Motor and the Brookfield Athletic Booster Club will co-host a Drive One for your School event at the Brookfield High School campus. You’ll have a chance to test drive a selection of brand new Ford vehicles, and each test drive will generate a donation from Ford and Smith Motor, up to $6,000 dollars total, for Brookfield High School athletics. The ‘Drive One’ event will run from 9am to 2pm next Saturday at the school. The BHS Volleyball team will be holding a fundraising co-ed volleyball tournament at that same time…so it’ll be a fun day at BHS. That’s next Saturday…plan to stop by.
An early-morning accident on Audrain County Route FF seriously injured a Centralia driver and his passenger, from Columbia. It occurred just after 12:30am. 28 year old Anthony Vinyard, of Centralia, was the driver of a southbound car, which ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting both the driver and his passenger, 20 year old Rusty McGrath, of Columbia. Both men were taken to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries.
A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court, to his role in a cocaine conspiracy and to being a felon in possession of guns. Marcus Jordan pleaded guilty to intentionally letting people use his home to make the sell cocaine. A search warrant served at the home in 2014 allegedly turned up bags of marijuana, scales and two handguns. Jordan is one of several suspects that have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the case.
A Princeton teen was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV accident, which occurred Monday afternoon on a
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Chillicothe Firefighters say no one was injured when a semi truck caught fire at the site of the old
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department has identified a
North Central Missouri College in Trenton is conducting a series of safety week activities this week. Tomorrow (Wed) the NCMC Housing Staff and Criminal Justice students will combine efforts with the Trenton Police Department to conduct a distracted/impaired driving exercise. It will be held on Main Street in Trenton, in front of NCMC’s Geyer Hall, from 11am to 1pm Wednesday. Main Street will be closed at that location during the exercise, and students will get the opportunity to wear impaired-driving goggles and ride oversized tricycles through an obstacle course. Once again, that exercise is tomorrow (Wed) from 11am to 1pm in front of NCMC’s Geyer Hall.
The Chillicothe Farmer’s Market will hold its annual meeting on Thursday evening in the FCS Financial Building’s Meeting Room. Anyone who plans to sell processed foods at this year’s market is invited to attend a Food Vendor Certification and Renewal session at 6pm. A Question and Answer session will begin at 6:30pm and the full meeting will start at 7pm. All growers and produces of quality goods from Livingston and surrounding counties are welcome to attend Thursday’s meeting and sell at this year’s Chillicothe farmers market.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a boater safety certification course, this Saturday (04/02) at Long Branch Lake, located near Macon. The course will be held from 9am to 3pm at the Long Branch Lake Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. There is no fee for the course, but student must register on-line, as seating will be limited. Participants should plan to bring a snack or sack lunch to the training. You’ll find details about the course and registration information at the Patrol’s website, mshp.dps.mo.gov. You can also call the Patrol’s Troop B office in Macon at 385-2132. The training program is this Saturday at Long Branch Lake.
A Columbia motorcyclist was killed when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Providence Road, Monday afternoon. 23 year old Tyler Davis, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm. Columbia Police say Davis’ motorcycle struck the side of a vehicle as it made a left turn. The motorcycle then caught fire. The driver and passenger of that other vehicle were not injured.
Boone County authorities are investigating a single-vehicle accident in southern Boone County Monday evening, which killed the driver of the vehicle. It occurred at around 8pm, on the 9400 block of Stanley Poe Road. Deputies say they believe speed and a curve in the roadway contributed to the crash. The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of family.
A Fayette teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Saturday morning on Route 3, in Howard County. 15 year old Phillip M. Woodruff, of Fayette, died in the accident, which occurred at around 12:40am Saturday. He was a passenger in a car, driven by 17 year old Bryant D. Hubbard, of Glasgow. The patrol says the northbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Another passenger, 15 year old Bailey Chew, of Fayette was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries, while Hubbard was treated for moderate injuries at University.
A Boonville motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Cooper County Route B. It occurred just after 4:30pm. 64 year old Charles Melkersman, of Boonville, was treated at Boone Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says his southbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the highway and overturned.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of 11 suspects on drug charges, after a two-year investigation. Reports indicate the Sheriff’s Office, Moberly Police, the Highway Patrol and the North Missouri Drug Task Force were involved in a multi-county drug warrant roundup, in Adair, Chariton, Macon, Putnam, Randolph and Schuyler Counties. Officers say they recovered a large amount of cash and about a pound or marijuana, meth and prescription pills. The following suspect names have been released -- all face charges of distributing a controlled substance…Jennifer Ayer, Denise Bowen, Matthew Bruce, Shawn Burris, Duwand Collins, George Fisk, John Rhodes, Corey Staiger, Jordan Taylor and Yolonda Woods.
Brookfield Police report the arrest of a Chillicothe man, for tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while revoked and resisting arrest by fleeing, which occurred last week. On the afternoon of March 23, officers responded to a report of careless and imprudent driving by a motorcyclist. When they approached the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed, cut through a yard and a parking lot and ignored numerous traffic signals. The pursuit ended at the intersection of North Monroe and East Prairie Streets, where the motorcycle struck a patrol vehicle. 29 year old Shane Glasgow, of Chillicothe, was arrested on multiple charges, including a Livingston County warrant for tampering with a motor vehicle, as the motorcycle was reported stolen. Glasgow was transported to the Adair County Jail.
KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED IN 2014 ARSON FIRE
A Kirksville man faces multiple charges in connection with a 2014 arson case. 39 year old Brandon True, of Kirksville, has been charged with first-degree arson, two counts of tampering with a witness, two counts of property damage, knowingly burning and making a false report. Investigators accuse True of intentionally setting fire to a duplex on East Hickory Street in Kirksville on April 24, 2014. Court documents allege that True started the blaze because he was upset with a male resident of the duplex. He is also accused of threatening witnesses in the case. True is being held on $75,000 dollars bond.
A Kansas City teen was killed and another suffered serious injuries in a fiery Thursday afternoon crash on a Caldwell County Road. It occurred just before 4pm. 16 year old Alexander Wilson, of Kansas City, was the driver of a northbound car on Yankee Ridge Road, just south of Kingston. The patrol says he lost control of the car and it ran off the roadway, struck multiple trees and caught fire. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 17 year old Walter Eckenrod, of Kansas City, was life-flighted to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries.
Registration is underway for the fourth annual SEV Rock’N Roll 5K Walk and Run. The event, which benefits Linn County cancer victims, will be held on May 7, starting with opening ceremonies at 7:45am and the race starting at 8 at Brookfield High School. Registration is underway now thru April 18…$25 dollars for ages 11 and up and ten dollars for age 10 and under, which includes a t-shirt and goodie bag. To register for the SEV Rock’N Roll 5K, stop by the North Central Missouri YMCA, Brookfield Physical Therapy, Show-Me Possibilities or contact Cindy Severa in Brookfield…in Marceline, see Ameriprise financial, Yocom Jewelry, Signature Salon or Andrea Switzer.
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a suspect was injured in an officer-involved shooting, Thursday evening. The Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, which occurred on County Road 411, southwest of Fulton. Investigators say deputies were called to a report of a domestic dispute and the suspect was shot after confronting a deputy while armed with an axe. He was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.
Missouri residents are reporting the sight and smell of smoke from large wildfires that continue to burn along the Kansas/Oklahoma border. The fires have burned more than 400,000 acres in the past few days, and strong winds are carrying that smoke into Missouri, as far east as St. Louis, nearly 500 miles away. Mid-Missouri fire departments say they’ve received several reports of smoke from residents, which, after investigation, are believed to have been prompted by smoke from those wildfires.
A Federal Bankruptcy Judge, this week, has approved a settlement with a business consultant in Moberly’s failed Mamtek Project. Tom Smith was sued by the bankruptcy trustee for $39 million dollars, after being accused of taking part in the scheme, which diverted bond financing to company insiders. This week, the Bankruptcy Court announced a settlement of that suit. Smith agreed to pay a $100,000 dollar cash settlement.
A Kansas man, accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase Monday, will appear for arraignment in Linn County Court tomorrow (Fri). 28 year old Victor Campos, of Kansas City, Kansas, faces felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, resulting in risk of serious injury to others. Authorities say Campos fled from an attempted traffic stop for speeding on Highway 36 in Linn County, leading law enforcement on a chase to the Macon area. Campos and a passenger were apprehended after attempting to flee the vehicle on foot, just south of Macon. The Highway Patrol says Campos was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Wyandotte County, Kansas. The female passenger, from Kirksville, was detained for resisting arrest, but formal charges have not been filed so far.
Three occupants of two vehicles all escaped with minor injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 36, just west of the Marceline junction. The patrol says it occurred at around 11:30am, when a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by 73 year old Robert Clary, of Ewing, was in the passing lane and overtaking a vehicle driven by 83 year old Junior Long, of Bucklin. According to the patrol, Long attempted to make an unauthorized u-turn on an emergency vehicle crossover, and pulled into the path of the semi. Clary suffered minor injuries as did two passengers in Long’s vehicle, 56 year old Ronnie D. Miles and 45 year old Helen Guerrero, both of Bucklin. All three were treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
A Macon County bridge is set to close for just over two months, beginning next month. MODOT says a bridge replacement project will close Route 156 at the East Fork Chariton River Bridge, near La Plata, beginning Monday, April 4. Officials say the closure is weather permitting and is expected to last about 65 days. Motorists will need to find an alternate route around that closure, beginning April 4. The new bridge will be six feet wider than the existing one.
A Mexico man faces drug charges after a search warrant was served at his home on Tuesday. 33 year old James Arnold Crow, of Mexico, was arrested for distribution of marijuana, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $26,000 dollars.
A Milan driver was treated for moderate injuries, after his pickup ran off Sullivan County Route OO, just north of Milan, Tuesday evening. 49 year old Earl L. Branham, of Milan was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 6pm. The patrol says Branham’s southbound pickup crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the highway, went down an embankment and struck a creek.
A driver from Tina sustained moderate injuries when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Highway 65, just north of Chillicothe. It occurred Tuesday afternoon at around 12:40pm. 62 year old Lloyd Dewey, of Tina, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says Dewey slowed to turn into a private drive, when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a semi, driven by 39 year old James Carver, of Galt.
Two Newtown residents both face first-degree assault charges, in connection with an incident, which occurred last Friday. Court documents accuse 49 year old Robin Laray Green and 49 year old Richard James Allen, both of Newtown, of attacking another Newtown resident Friday night. Allen is accused of struggling with the victim over a crowbar and punching him multiple times, then holding the victim down while Green allegedly burned the top of his head. The victim was flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment, after the incident. Green and Allen are both in custody on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Higbee woman is charged with first-degree burglary, in connection with incidents, which occurred in late February. According to court documents, 32 year old Mindy A. Tuggle of Higbee, has been formally charged in the case and is being sought on an arrest warrant, with bond set at $20,000 dollars.
Three suspects are charged with second-degree property damage, for allegedly vandalizing a Boone County landmark. The Burr Oak Tree in southern Boone County, which is more than 350 years old, was damaged by vandals in recent weeks. Boone County authorities say a Facebook post by one of the suspects led to an arrest. 22 year old Joseph Cary turned himself in to authorities last week and was released after posting $1,000 dollars bond. Two others suspects, 20 year old Ethan Hessing and 18 year old Taylor Gee have both been charged.
Mizzou officials say all 16 University of Missouri students who are studying abroad in Brussels are safe after Tuesday morning’s terror attacks. The University confirmed that they had been in contact with all of the students Tuesday and that none of them were close to the attacks at an airport and train station in Brussels. Officials say there are no plans to cancel the program, but that any students who feel unsafe will be allowed to come home. News reports have identified three alleged ISIS operatives, who were involved in the attacks. Two suicide bombers were killed in the attacks. There are conflicting reports this morning on the possible arrest of a third suspect, a known ISIS bomb-maker.
A Kansas man led authorities on a high-speed pursuit Monday morning that began near Brookfield and ended south of Macon. The Highway Patrol says the chase began when a trooper tried to stop the suspect’s truck for speeding on Highway 36 near Brookfield, just before 11:30am. They say the suspect took off and a high-speed pursuit began, on 36 to Macon then turned southbound on Highway 63 through Macon. Macon Police and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit and the suspect pulled over just south of Macon and tried to flee on foot into a wooded area behind a home. He and a passenger were both apprehended. Charges against the driver are pending.
BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE HORSE SHOT BY CROSSBOW
Brookfield Police are investigation an incident of animal cruelty, which occurred last week. On March 17, officers responded to a farm field off of Laclede Avenue in Brookfield, and a report of a horse being shot in the flank with a crossbow. The horse was treated by a local veterinarian and the arrow was recovered. An investigation is ongoing by Brookfield Police.
The process for bringing a new Menards store to Kirksville took another step forward Monday night, as the Kirksville City Council approved variances related to the project. Menards plans to build in a farm field on the west side of North Baltimore Street, between Home Depot and Kirksville Motor Company. City documents indicate the store will be just over 200,000 square feet. Variances concerning the number of parking spaces were unanimously approved by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month. The Kirksville City Council approved them last night, along with a variance concerning the size of signs at the location.
One of three suspects in a string of thefts from vehicles in several area counties, which occurred last fall, has pleaded guilty. 18 year old Sara Gibb, of Moberly, entered guilty pleas in Boone County Friday to three felony counts of stealing a firearm and two counts of receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to five years in prison on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. Two other suspects in the case, 18 year old LeDarion Hunt and 18 year old Michael Glasgow, both of Columbia, are schedule for court appearances next month.
Supporters of the Macon School ballot issue will host two more open house events at the school…this evening (Tuesday 3/22) and next Thursday, March 31. The group ‘We Are Macon’ invites constituents to stop by and tour facilities and get more information on ‘Proposition Kids’, which will be on the April 5 ballot. The open houses will be from 6 to 8pm, beginning in the Macon Area Career Center Commons. Once again, they’ll be open to everyone tonight and again on March 31, at the Macon School.
Teenagers from Trenton and Chillicothe both suffered serious injuries in a Sunday afternoon ATV accident, on a Livingston County road. The accident occurred just after noon. 14 year old Matthew Miller, of Chillicothe and 14 year old Kristopher Holtzclaw, of Trenton, were both seriously injured. The patrol says Miller was the driver of an ATV on private property in Farmersville. Both occupants were ejected when it struck a tree. Both teens were taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, with serious injuries. Miller was then life-flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
A Novinger driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on an Adair County road. 43 year old Julie Connelly, of Novinger, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Bethel Ridge Road, just north of Novinger. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a tree, just before noon Saturday. Connelly was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
Multiple area law enforcement agencies are warning residents of some new twists on some old telephone scams, which are circulating again. The FBI say scammers are able to fraudulently display the FBI or IRS on the victim’s caller ID. The scammer then claims the victims are being investigated for back taxes or other legal matters, and pressuring victims for immediate payments over the telephone, or to obtain personal financial information. Residents are reminded that the FBI and IRS do not call or e-mail private citizens to demand money or threaten arrest over the telephone. You are strongly encouraged to contact law enforcement to verify any information in these types of calls. Do NOT give out personal financial information to any unsolicited caller.
A Columbia resident was hospitalized after an early-morning house fire damaged a Columbia home. Firefighters were called to the home on Ruby Lane, just before 1:30 this (Mon) morning. They say one person inside the home was taken to the hospital with injuries and a pet inside the home died in the fire. The cause is still under investigation and a damage estimate is not yet available.
An overnight ‘shots fired’ alert on the Mizzou Campus turned out to be fireworks. The University sent an alert to students just before midnight Sunday, after a report of shots fired near Providence Avenue and Stewart Road. The investigation revealed fireworks as the cause of the report, and the ‘all clear’ was given.
Police have confirmed a weekend ‘shots fired’ report near Coats Street and north Boulevard in Columbia. Officers say they were called to a report of several people fighting in the street on North Boulevard and heard gun shots as they approached the scene. Police did find evidence of the shots fired, but there have been no reports of injuries. Officers continue to investigate the incident.
A Columbia man was arrested Friday night, after a shots fired incident at a Columbia car dealership. It occurred just after 7:30pm Friday at Joe Machens on Vandiver Drive. David Lee Glaser was arrested at the scene, after being found with a gun and a small bag of Meth. Officers say he was a passenger in a car, which dropped him off. He is accused of firing a shot at the car as it left the area. No injuries were reported.
A Kirksville man was seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon accident on Adair County Route K, west of Kirksville. 51 year old Alva Glaspie, of Kirksville, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident. He was a passenger in a northbound vehicle driven by 50 year old Lisa G. Snyder, of Kirksville. The patrol says Glaspie was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned. Snyder and another passenger, 31 year old Tiffany Saner, of Kirksville, were both wearing seatbelts…they were both treated for minor injuries at the scene.
A Bevier man was seriously injured when his pickup collided with a tractor trailer on Highway 36, near Breckenridge in Caldwell County. It occurred at around 12:40pm Thursday. The patrol says a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by an Iowa man, slowed for smoke across the roadway. A westbound pickup driven by 83 year old Richard Thorsen, of Bevier, struck the tractor-trailer in the rear. Thorsen was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.
MACON WOMAN AND CHILD FALL FROM MOVING VEHICLE
A Macon woman and her 1 year old child both escaped with just minor injuries when they fell from a moving car, Thursday evening. The accident occurred at around 6pm at the Highway 63 and Route YY Junction in Macon County. The patrol says the driver, 56 year old Steven Alexander, of Macon, was making a left turn when the passenger side door became ajar and his passengers, 42 year old Grace Alexander and 1 year old Jonathan Alexander both fell from the vehicle. They were both treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
A Macon County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the February theft and burning of a construction trailer has resulted in the arrest of the owner of the trailer. 46 year old Michael L. Cook, of Callao, the owner of PLS Construction Company, is charged with attempted stealing by deceit, forgery, accessory to knowingly burning and filing a false police report. A 14-foot utility trailer, owned by PLS Construction, was found burning on February 12. Cook reported it stolen and submitted a list of tools and other contents that were destroyed in the fire. Investigators say Cook attempted to defraud the insurance company by filing a false report. He is free on $10,000 dollars bond. Additional charges in connection with the incident are pending.
Columbia Police are investigation a Thursday burglary in the Aspen Heights Apartment Complex. They say a suspect broke into an apartment just after dawn Thursday while two occupants were inside sleeping. Electronics were reported missing but no one was injured.
Authorities have released information on an eastern Missouri farmer, who was attacked and killed by a bull last week. They say 68 year old Gary Harrell, of Moscow Mills, was killed by an aggressive bull last Friday on his property. Authorities say he was pronounced dead in the cattle lot where the accident occurred.
A Chillicothe man was killed when his motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 65 in Carroll County, late last (Wed) night. 30 year old Cody Adkison, of Chillicothe, died in the accident, which occurred just before midnight. The patrol says he was ejected from his motorcycle after it struck a deer in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
This week’s Macon Police report includes an arrest in connection with a recent residential burglary. Last weekend, officers investigated the reported burglary at a home on Jericho Loop in Macon. Several guns and medications were reported missing, after someone apparently entered the home through a window. Tuesday, 25 year old Christina N. Miller, of Macon was arrested in connection with the incident. Officers say one firearm and some medications were recovered and Miller was charged with burglary and felony stealing. Her bond was set at $10,000 dollars cash-only.
Macon Police also report a pair of drug arrests last week. On March 7, officers arrested 57 year old Bobby L. Graham, of LaPlata, after a traffic stop netted two bags of marijuana. Graham is charged with possession with intent to distribute, along with traffic violations. Cash-only bond was set at $45,000 dollars.
On March 11, a traffic stop resulted in the discovery of marijuana inside a vehicle driven by 29 year old Raymond J. Ford, of Columbia. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $9,000 dollars, cash-only.
Macon Police also report the arrest of Michael E. Miller, on arrest warrants out of Montgomery County for burglary and property damage, with bond set at $5,000 dollars. Miller was also wanted on a Callaway County warrant for driving while revoked, C&I driving and a seatbelt violation.
A Kirksville man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $150,000 dollars in restitution in connection with charges of health care fraud. 54 year old Theodore Deininger, of Kirksville, pleaded guilty in December to four counts of health care fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Deininger, as owner of First Choice Prosthetics and Orthotics, admitted to billing Medicare for new prosthetic legs, but providing the patients with used ones. He was sentenced in federal court in St. Louis yesterday (Wednesday).
A Moberly teenager was arrested Tuesday night, after police were called to a report of shots fired in a Moberly neighborhood. Officers say they found evidence of shots fired and a suspect attempted to run from the scene. Investigators believe the 18 year old male suspect was shooting at a tree for target practice, which is illegal in the city limits. They also believe the gun may have been stolen. The teen was not identified as formal charges are pending.
MULTI-COUNTY DRUG SWEEP NETS ARRESTS
A multi-agency drug investigation has resulted in at least a dozen arrests on various drug charges. The ongoing investigation was conducted by the Howard and Cooper County Sheriff’s Departments and the East Central Drug Task Force. Officers say they seized meth, marijuana, illegal prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia. The following arrests were reported…36 year old Jace P. Flick, 31 year old Scott L. Garrett, 26 year old Tiffany L. Hendrix, 34 year old Bruce W. Studley and 20 year old Darrell W. Greenfield, Jr., all of New Franklin…68 year old Michael R. Doyle, 39 year old Shanda F. Gander, 52 year old Debbie E. Martin and 56 year old Orville L. Martin, all of Boonville…38 year old Stacy A. Flick and 44 year old Christopher R. Flick, of Rocheport…and 28 year old Sara M. Woods, of New Bloomfield. Officials say more arrest warrants are pending.
The Missouri Presidential Preference Primary is too close to call this morning, on both sides of the ballot. The two front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are the apparent winners, but by a very small margin. Both Trump and Clinton lead their party races by less than one-half of one percent with all precincts reporting. That means a recount is extremely likely, before the results can be certified. On the Republican side, Trump led Ted Cruz by less than 1,800 votes, out of more than 900,000 votes cast. Democrat Hillary Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was even smaller, just over 1,500 votes out of nearly 650,000 votes cast. Governor John Kasick’s Republican win in Ohio leaves the republican nomination in doubt, as Trump continues to add delegates, headed toward the GOP convention. Clinton added to her large and growing delegate margin for the Democratic nomination with victories in four of the five primaries on Tuesday.
REMINDER: Showers and thunderstorms occurring in Missouri yesterday afternoon caused the statewide tornado drill to be postponed until Thursday. The drill will be held tomorrow beginning at 1:30pm.
A Tuesday evening motorcycle accident on Highway 69 in Daviess County sent a Winston man to the hospital with serious injuries. 45 year old Jeremy Boydston, of Winston, was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital with serious injuries, after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30pm. The patrol says his eastbound motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox.
NEWTOWN TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING COLLISION
A Newtown teenager escaped with just minor injuries after a Tuesday morning collision on Mercer County Route W, just north of Ravanna. It occurred at around 6:15am. The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 17 year old Damion Goodman, of Newtown, lost control and skidded into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by 41 year old Michael Burton, of Mercer. Goodman was treated and released at a Wayne County, Iowa hospital. Burton was not injured.
Two Columbia men have been arrested in connection with a weekend armed robbery on Dunhill Way, and, investigators say, the pair has also been tied to a burglary on March 9. Officers stopped three men Monday on Business Loop 70, near Hickman High School. They say found a firearm that was reported stolen in a burglary on Old Highway 63 South. The suspects were questioned about Saturday’s armed robbery at a residence on Dunhill Way. Quincy Hines and Demarqeyan Mobley were arrested. The third subject was released without being charged.
Personnel from both Audrain County and Mexico Public Safety will participate with staff from St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain Medical Center staff, for an armed-intruder training event in Mexico today (Wed). Officials say the training will be held during the morning hours at the former Audrain Medical Center. Mexico area residents are reminded that there will be a large amount of law enforcement and first-responder activity in the area, during the drill.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT – Putnam County busses running on hard surfaces only.
The National Weather Service has ppd.Missouri’s annual statewide tornado drill, which was scheduled for this afternoon. It will be held Thursday at 1:30pm. The potential for thunderstorm activity across parts of the state this afternoon has caused the postponement...officials do not want the test to cause confusion. Area city, county and state emergence management personnel, schools, health care providers and many others will participate in the drill. Storm sirens will sound, and all of the state’s radio and TV stations and your weather radios will be a part of the drill, as the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning, utilizing the Emergency Alert System. Individuals are encouraged to use the drill as an opportunity to review your severe storm preparedness. The Statewide Tornado Drill has been postponed until Thursday at 1:30pm.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of two more suspects, in connection with an ongoing drug investigation, which netted several arrests last week. Monday morning, officers arrested Billy Robert Jenkins on a warrant for distributing a controlled substance near a school. Monday night, Amber Rhiannon Walton was arrested on a warrant for distributing a controlled substance. Both suspects were transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash bond. Outstanding warrants remain in effect for three additional suspects, as the investigation continues.
A Daviess County driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 6 in Altamont, which occurred in heavy fog Monday morning. 52 year old Charles Uthe, of Winston, was treated at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, after the accident. It occurred at around 6:20am. The patrol says Uthe’s northbound vehicle ran through the Highway 6/Route J intersection in heavy fog. It ran off the highway, struck a road sign and a tree.
Columbia fire crews rescued a woman whose legs became trapped under a car at a grocery store Monday afternoon. They responded to the call at around 2:30pm, at the Gerbes Store on Paris Road. Officials say the woman was waiting in the vehicle while the driver went into the store, when it started to roll. The woman exited the vehicle in an attempt to get to the emergency brake and her leg became caught under the car. Air bags were used to lift the vehicle off the woman. She was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
During today’s Presidential Primary, Columbia voters will also vote on a ballot question involving the city’s trash collection system. Today’s ballot question asks voters if they support banning the city from adopting a roll cart trash collection system. If it passes, the issue will prevent the city of Columbia from adopting that system for at least six months.
A Unionville driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident on a Grundy County road. It occurred Friday at around 10:45am. The patrol says 20 year old Austin Vanhoutan, of Unionville, died in the accident. They say his pickup ran off the right side of the roadway, just east of Trenton, went down an embankment, went airborne off a creek bank and struck a creek bed.
A Clarence man was injured when he was pinned under an overturned tractor Friday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 3:30pm in a farm field, just northeast of Macon. Authorities say 72 year old Robert Rufener was using a tractor and chain to move trees that had been cut down when the tractor overturned. He was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
This week’s Brookfield Police report includes the arrest of a Brookfield man, in connection with a recent burglary at the Canal Street Coin Laundry. 35 year old Bradley Clapp, of Brookfield, is charged with property damage and burglary in the case. He was transferred to the Adair County Jail on $50,000 dollars bond. Police say a change machine at the Laundry was removed and damaged.
23 year old Billy Wardlow, of Carrollton, was arrested last week for domestic assault, after allegedly punching a resident in the 100 block of North Penn Street. Wardlow was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained when he was attacked by the victim’s dog. Formal charges are pending in the case.
Chillicothe Police report several arrests, as the result of a recent drug investigation. Trinity Joe Helm, Amanda Kay Ridens, Tiffany Latouria Midgyett and Jefferson Orville Patton, of Chillicothe, are all being held on bond, after being arrested for distributing a controlled substance. Five additional suspects are still being sought on warrants for distributing a controlled substance. Seven other suspects were arrested on charges ranging from possession of a controlled substance to driving with a suspended license.
A truck driver from Idaho was killed in a Sunday evening accident on I-70 in Boone County. It occurred just before 5:30pm. The patrol says 37 year old Rickie Ekker, of Salmon, Idaho, was westbound when his tractor-trailer ran off the roadway into a tree line, where it struck several trees. Ekker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two Columbia women suffered moderate injuries after their SUV ran off I-70 in Montgomery County, Sunday afternoon. 37 year old Sharon Beverly, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The patrol says another vehicle cut in front of them in the passing lane of I-70. Beverly swerved to avoid a collision and her vehicle ran off the highway and overturned. She and her passenger, 31 year old Tiffany Morrissette, of Columbia, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
Columbia Police are investigating a Saturday night armed robbery at a home on Dunhill Court. Investigators say a black male suspect in his late teens or early 20’s is being sought. He is described a having long dreadlocks and a thin build. He is suspected of following residents into their home through an open garage door just after 10pm. Witnesses say he then pulled a gun and demanded valuables, including a cell phone and other items. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
ConAgra Foods has announced plans to close its plant in Trenton over the next two years. A ConAgra spokesman says the closure will eliminate approximately 395 jobs at the Trenton plant, between June of 2017 and the summer of 2018. The Company says the closure is necessary as part of an evaluation of efficiency across its plant network.
A wire company is closing most of its manufacturing operations in St. Joseph, eliminating nearly 50 jobs. WireCo World Group announced the closing Thursday during a conference call with investors. The Company’s wire rope products are used in energy exploration, bridge construction, mining and other industries. Officials say the closure will take place over the next year. It will NOT affect the company's operations in Chillicothe or any of its other Missouri locations.
The Brookfield and Marceline school districts both have events scheduled next week, in preparation for next school year.
Brookfield Bright Beginnings preschool will hold an open house Tuesday evening from 5 to 7pm, and will be taking appointments for a free screening clinic and enrollment event for BBB, coming up in April. A meeting for parents of Brookfield children who’ll be entering kindergarten in the fall is scheduled for the following Tuesday, March 22, at 6pm in the Elementary Cafeteria.
Marceline’s Walt Disney Elementary School will hold its 2016 Kindergarten Roundup Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7pm, with pre-kindergarten screenings being scheduled the following week.
Also, the La Plata school district will hold kindergarten registration Wednesday, call the school office to schedule an appointment.
Montgomery County murder suspect Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was hospitalized Thursday, after apparently attempting suicide at the Montgomery County Jail. Authorities say Serrano-Vitorino was on suicide watch, from the time of his capture until Wednesday afternoon. He apparently attempted to cut himself with a safety razor on Thursday and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, where he remained under guard. Serrano-Vitorino is being held on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the New Florence shooting death of 49 year old Randy J. Nordman. He is also charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has announced he will assist Montgomery County prosecutors in their investigation of the case.
Two Moscow Mills residents were seriously injured in a Thursday evening accident on I-70 in Lafayette County. 52 year old James T. Booth, of Moscow Mills was the driver of an eastbound vehicle, which ran off the interstate at exit 37A at Odessa. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned. The driver and 16 year old passenger, Emily Booth, of Moscow Mills, both suffered serious injuries. Two other passengers, 49 year old Joey McCourt and 18 year old Alex McCourt, both of Troy, were both treated for moderate injuries.
The University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is warning the community of a scam that has been reported. The reports indicated that people are going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions and telling residents it will benefit autistic children at the center. Officials say the Thompson Center is not connected with any ongoing door-to-door sales in the community. Donations are accepted thru the Center’s website at thompsoncenter.Missouri.edu.
A La Plata man faces drug charges after his arrest by Macon Police this week. 58 year old Bobby Lee Graham was arrested Monday on a felony count of distributing or manufacture of a controlled substance. Formal charges have since been filed. Graham is being held on $45,000 dollars bond and is schedule to appear for arraignment in Macon today (Thursday).
KIRKSVILLE PLANNING AND ZONING APPROVES MENARDS REQUEST
Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission took the next step towards bringing a Menard’s Store to Kirksville, with approval of the company’s request for variances at last ngiht’s meeting. Menards Corporation and the City of Kirksville have been working together for the past several months to open a new store in Kirksville. Menards plans to build in the farm field located on the west side of North Baltimore Street, between Home Depot and Kirksville Motor Company. Last night, the commission approved variances regarding the number of parking spaces required by Kirksville code. The matter next goes to the Kirksville City Council for approval on March 21.
A Chula teenager was wearing her seat belt, when her vehicle ran off a Livingston County highway and overturned, Wednesday morning. She was treated for minor injuries at Hedrick Medical Center. The patrol says 16 year old Madison Searcy, of Chula, lost control of her eastbound van on Route K, just east of Chula, at around 7am. The van struck a ditch and overturned.
An Auxvasse man was killed and a Wellsville driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday afternoon accident on Callaway County Route B. 52 year old Charles D. Christian, of Auxvasse, died in the accident, which occurred just after 1pm. He was a passenger in an eastbound pickup driven by 28 year old William K. Christian, of Wellsville. The patrol says neither man was wearing his seatbelt when the pickup ran off the roadway and overturned several times, partially ejecting the passenger. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
The Columbia Police Department says an unknown system malfunction caused tornado sirens to go off overnight in the western part of Columbia. Officials say the sirens activated just before 12:15am this morning and they sounded for about 30 minutes, before being shut down. They say technical support crews are looking into the activation and will be making repairs.
Officials at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg have issued a safety alert, after receiving reports of individuals possibly being drugged while consuming drinks off campus. At least one of those individuals reported a possible assault. The alert warns of symptoms commonly associated with ‘date rape drugs’, causing severe intoxication within minutes of ingestion and causing reduced inhibitions and memory loss. UCM officials warn students to use safety measures such as ‘the buddy system’, to never accept drinks from someone you don’t know and never leave a drink unattended.
MILAN MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT
A Milan man faces drug charges after the search of a rural Milan home last week. Officers say they found meth, marijuana and stolen property during the search, which occurred Thursday on Royal Road. The homeowner, 58 year old Lowell McGinnis, Jr., was arrested Friday at a second home in the Kansas City area. He is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. Investigators say their search turned up approximately 18 pounds of marijuana, a small amount of meth and a John Deere Gator, which had been reported stolen from Harrison County in 2014. McGinnis is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $75,000 dollars bond.
A Kirksville woman is back home this morning, after being reported missing on Tuesday. Kirksville Police had requested assistance in locating 52 year old Susan Kay Robinson, of Kirksville. She had been reported missing by family members Tuesday…she had last been seen on Saturday night. The family says she was found safe and is back at home.
MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
A day-long manhunt in Montgomery County on Tuesday came to an end overnight, with the arrest of a suspect in a total of five murders. 36 year old Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino was arrested early this morning. Authorities say he was armed with a gun and captured after a short chase. Neither the suspect nor any of the officers involved were injured during the arrest. He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, in connection with a quadruple homicide at a Kansas City, KS home Monday night. He is also believed to have shot and killed 49 year old Randy J. Nordman, at his rural New Florence home Tuesday morning. Charges in connection with Nordman’s death are pending, as the investigation continues. An autopsy is scheduled for today in Columbia. The manhunt began after Serrano’s vehicle was found abandoned along I-70 near New Florence just after 7am Tuesday. The report of Nordman’s shooting death at a nearby home came a short time later. As many as 100 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the day-long manhunt, including several K-9 units and SWAT teams from Jefferson City and St. Louis.
HIGBEE FAMILY LOSES HOME IN TUESDAY MORNING FIRE
A Higbee family lost their home, and two family members were treated, after a Tuesday morning house fire near County Road 2850. Reports indicate one child ended up being treated at a Columbia hospital and an adult in the home suffered an apparent heart attack during the fire, which heavily damaged the home. Investigators say the fire is not suspicious. The exact cause of the blaze has not been determined.
FOUR ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA SEARCH WARRANT
Columbia Police arrested four suspects, after a search warrant was executed at a Columbia residence, Tuesday morning. Corey Jordan, Jordan Turner, Eric Adams and Andre Anderson were in the home at the time of the search. Officers say they found heroin, meth, marijuana, a number of items used in distribution of drugs and a large amount of cash. Jordan, Turner and Anderson were all arrested for distribution, delivery, manufacture and production of a controlled substance. Adams was taken into custody on an outstanding probation warrant.
Trenton Police have released a report of a missing woman. 37 year old Heather Marshall, of Trenton, was last seen on Friday. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall with blond or red hair and hazel eyes. She is possibly driving a blue 2-door 2000 Ford Escort ZX. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Trenton Police…660-359-5557.
WOMAN AND CHILD TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY
A Chillicothe infant is in temporary custody of the Children’s Division, after a Monday evening incident involving the child’s mother. Chillicothe Police were dispatched to a report of a possible suicidal or homicidal female in the 2700 block of Washington Street, just after 5pm. Officers say the woman was transferred to a facility for evaluation and treatment. A three-week old baby at the home was taken into emergency custody.
BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE BURGLARIES
This week’s Brookfield Police Department report includes three recent burglary incidents, which are under investigation.
On the afternoon of February 27, officers received a report of a male entering an unoccupied residence in the 100 block of Lomax Street. Upon inspection, the residence was secured and no suspect was found. About two hours later, a second report came in and, this time, officers found 17 year old Michael Renner, Jr. in the basement of the property. He was taken into custody, pending formal charges.
In the early morning of February 29, officers responded to a burglary in progress at the Canal Street Laundry, where a suspect wearing a camouflage jacket fled on a bicycle, prior to officers’ arrival. A change machine was removed from the wall of the business and found in the bathroom. The investigation is ongoing.
On March 2, officers took a delayed report of a burglary at a residence in the 600 block of Market Street, which had occurred within the past week. They say numerous items had been moved or thrown on the floor, but no items were reported missing. That investigation is also ongoing.
PEDESTRIAN DEAD AFTER BEING STRUCK BY COLUMBIA BUS
Columbia Police say a Columbia Transit bus driver was at fault, in connection with a Monday morning accident, which killed a pedestrian. It occurred just after 8am at Champions Drive and Stadium Boulevard. Officers say 22 year old Hamis Mukiwa, a part-time city employee, was the driver of the bus, which apparently failed to yield while attempting a left turn and drove through a crosswalk. The bus struck and killed 66 year old David C. Birkenbach, an employee at Truman Veteran’s Hospital. Police say drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident. The driver has been placed on leave without pay, pending the investigation.
DEPUTIES SEEK DRIVER OF VEHICLE IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH
Boone County deputies are looking for a driver, who fled the scene of a Monday night accident on Rangeline Road. It occurred just after 10pm. They say a vehicle ran off the roadway and into a creek. A passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital for treatment. Deputies believe the driver left the scene and is still being sought.
A Friday afternoon accident seriously injured a Moberly woman and injured four other occupants of the two vehicles. It occurred at around 2:20pm on Highway JJ, just east of Huntsville. The patrol says a westbound van, driven by 39 year old Jeanie M. Wilson, of Wellsville, turned left into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 36 year old Monique Wilson, of Huntsville. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries. Three passengers in Jeanie Wilson’s vehicle were also injured, including 27 year old Elizabeth Wilson, of Moberly, who suffered serious injuries and 37 year old Pamela Eddowes, of Moberly and 88 year old Margie Vedder, of Wellsville, who both sustained moderate injuries.
A Harrisburg driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off Route 124, in Boone County, early Sunday morning. It occurred at around 12:15am. The patrol says a pickup driven by 44 year old Amy S. Bohr, of Harrisburg, ran off the highway and struck a tree. She was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital.
Columbia Police arrested a suspect, who allegedly fire gun shots at the Phillips 66 on Range Line, Sunday morning. 30 year old Turbo L. Midgyett, of Columbia, was arrested, after the weapon was found in a parked car. Officers say the shots fired report came in just after 1:30 Sunday morning. They found one empty vehicle with multiple bullet holes in it, but no injuries were reported. Midgyett faces charges of illegal possession of the concealed weapon, property damage and armed criminal action.
A suspect is in custody after two sexual assault incidents were reported on the MU Campus Saturday morning. 21 year old Zachery Jones was arrested Saturday afternoon, in connection with both incidents. Police say he is not an MU student. A woman walking on University Avenue at around 4am Saturday reported being approached from behind and forced to the ground, but she was able to get free and call 911. A second victim was reportedly raped at around 5:30 Saturday morning, near the Student Recreation Complex.
The Zika virus has made it to Missouri. The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed the first Missouri case of the virus, in a man who recently traveled to Haiti. Nearly 80 percent of those infected with the Zika virus show none of the typical symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint soreness and/or redness of the eyes. It can be spread through mosquito bites, unprotected sexual contact and blood transfusions. There have been no reported cases of the virus being contracted in Missouri from mosquito bites.
OPERATION DIAPER DRIVE UNDERWAY IN BROOKFIELD & MARCELINE
The Brookfield and Marceline Police Departments are conducting ‘Operation Diaper Drive’. Both departments are collecting donated diapers of all sizes, to help needy families in the area. Diaper donations may be dropped off at either the Brookfield or Marceline Police Department offices, thru Saturday, March 12.
A gas leak prompted the evacuation of Kirksville’s Kraft Heinz plant late Thursday morning. The Kirksville Fire Department says the broken gas line was caused by construction crews working on the plant expansion. They say a backhoe being used to dig a new water line accidentally struck a two-inch gas main outside the building at around 10:30am. Everyone in the building was evacuated for nearly an hour, while utility crews secured the line.
Hy-Vee has announced an eight-state recall for a blue cheese product, after tests revealed a possible threat for listeria. The product is Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese, sold in either cuts or whole wheels and re-packaged in foil or clear plastic wrap. All of the affected product was labeled ‘Maytag Blue Raw Milk’, ‘Maytag Blue’ or ‘Maytag Iowa Blue Cheese’, with ‘use by’ dates between January 20 and May 3 of this year. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the product. If you purchased the affected products, you’re advised to throw it out or return it to the store.
The Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce is taking advantage of a more spring-like forecast for Saturday. They’ll hold a ‘clean up Main Street’ event, beginning at 9am Saturday. Meet in the parking lot next to the Brookfield License Bureau Office and bring brooms, shovels and any other supplies to help clean up Main Street. That’s tomorrow (Sat) morning at 9am.
Columbia Police used a K9 unit to track down a suspect who fled the scene of a traffic stop, early this (Fri) morning. Officers say they attempted to stop a truck for a traffic violation just after 2:30am, and the driver fled the vehicle on foot, leaving it in gear. It rolled onto a sidewalk and struck a fence. A K9 unit was called in to help search for the suspect, who was apprehended about a block away. His name has not been released.
The Moberly School District reminds parents that the annual Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up. The Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 15, from 4:30 to 7pm and Thursday, March 17, from 2pm to 8pm. Moberly schools will have an early out on Thursday the 17th and there is no school on Friday the 18th. For any questions regarding parent-teacher conferences, contact your child’s school office for more information.
A Kirksville man has been found guilty of enticement of a child. 37 year old Justin Haley, of Kirksville, was found guilty Wednesday by an Adair County jury. He was accused of having illicit on-line contact with detectives from the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, who were undercover, posing as a 13 year old girl on-line. Haley allegedly suggested that he and the girl meet to engage in sexual conduct. Kirksville Police arrested Haley when he arrived at the meeting site. He faces a sentence of 5 to 30 years in prison.
It’s time to think about Spring Storm Season, and a series of National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training programs are underway around the area. Tonight (Thurs 3/3) a Skywarn program will be held in Chillicothe at the Calvary Baptist Church Family Life Center, starting at 7pm. NEXT Thursday, March 10, a program will be held at the Schuyler County School in Queen City, also at 7pm. A series of Storm Spotter programs are scheduled for the last week of March…at the Keytesville Fire Department on Monday the 28th…at the Dockery Park Community Building in Gallatin on Tuesday the 29th…at the Crossroads Christian Church in Macon on Wednesday the 30th and at the Carrollton Fire Department on Thursday, March 31. All of the storm spotter sessions are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about severe weather safety.
The Fifth Annual Area Art Teacher’s Art Show is underway this week at the North Missouri Art Gallery in downtown Marceline. The exhibit, featuring the work of several area teachers, is on display now thru March 28. The public is welcome to an artist’s reception to be held Saturday afternoon at the gallery, from 1 to 4pm. Many pieces of their work will be for sale during the show, which is underway in Marceline.
A Mexico man, who is charged in the death of Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper James Bava has bonded out of jail, after his bond was reduced. Serghei Comerzan was originally being held on $250,000 dollars bond. That amount was lowered after Comerzan’s case was move to Montgomery County on a change of venue. Comerzan is charged with second-degree murder in the case, along with resisting a lawful stop by the trooper, speeding and careless and imprudent driving. Trooper Bava was killed in August, in a car crash on Route F in Audrain County, shortly after notifying dispatchers that he was pursuing Comerzan’s speeding motorcycle.
A Columbia man is charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools, in connection with a February 7 burglary at the Jimmy John’s Restaurant on West Broadway in Columbia. Devon Jolly was arrested after allegedly fleeing into a wooded area near the restaurant. He was formally charged Tuesday.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect in a Tuesday night armed robbery, which occurred in the 3200 block of Elm Grove Drive. Investigators say the 23 year old male victim and a 1 year old were outside a home when an armed man approached them, demanded money and the fled the scene on foot. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Brookfield man is charged with first-degree burglary and property damage, in connection with a weekend break-in in Keytesville. 27 year old Michael Renner, of Brookfield, was arrested Sunday by Keytesville Police. He is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ON WORK TRAILER FIRE
A ten thousand dollar reward is being offered for information on a construction trailer fire, which occurred last month in Macon County. PLS Builders of Callao report that the trailer was stolen from a construction site just north of Macon on the night of February 12. It was later found burned out with the tools missing, near New Cambria. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance is offering a $10,000 dollar reward for ‘credible evidence’ that leads to the identification of anyone involved. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (660-385-2062) or the Grinnell Mutual Fraud/Arson Hotline. (1-855-467-2372)
OSHA has cited a northeast Missouri employer in connection with the deaths of three workers over the past three years. Reports indicate the agency is seeking fines totaling $189,000 dollars from Sharpe Holdings, Inc. of Lewis County. A 51 year old worker died in September, after he was ejected from a van used on the company’s LaBelle, MO cattle and dairy farm. A worker also died in September of 2014 while maintaining an overhead door pulley system and a death occurred in the company’s auto repair shop in October of 2012. Sharpe Holdings has contested the findings.
A Mexico man is accused of taking photos and molesting two underage girls over a period of five years. Darran Boston was charged Monday, after a Mexico Police Department investigation. The charges include two counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. Boston is being held in Audrain County on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
University of Missouri Police have arrested an MU student for allegedly selling drugs out of his dorm room on campus. Officers say they received a tip alleging 19 year old Matthew Wasserman, a Mizzou freshman, was selling Adderall and LSD in the Hatch Residence Hall. They say a search of the room turned up marijuana, prescription pill bottles, alcohol and ecstasy.
Northeast Missouri authorities are looking for a prisoner, who escaped from the Clark County Detention Center overnight. Officials say 26 year old Jesse James Sturm escaped from the center at around midnight. He is described as a white male, 6-2 and about 173 pounds, with brown hair and glasses. He has several tattoos on his face, neck and hands. Sturm was wearing orange jail pants and shirt at the time of his escape. Kahoka Police have also released a report of a stolen gray, late model Toyota Truck. Anyone with information on Sturm’s whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement.
The La Plata Community Fire Protection District broke ground Monday on its new home. Over the past few years, La Plata Fire Officials have been saving money and making plans to build a new fire station to replace their downtown La Plata facility, which has become too small to accommodate their equipment. Monday the group broke ground at the site of the new facility off of Amco Road. Construction is expected to begin today (Tues) and should take about five months.
A Randolph County man was presented with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Honorary Trooper Certificate, in a ceremony last week. Samuel W. Burns was honored for his actions on September 15 of last year. The patrol says Burns observed a vehicle that appeared to have been involved in a traffic crash and had caught fire down an embankment. Burns told another citizen to call 911 and ran to the vehicle. He was able to get the driver’s door open and pull an injured female occupant of the vehicle to safety.
A Monroe City woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday morning accident on Highway 24, in Marion County. 54 year old Kimberly Hancock, of Monroe City, was treated at Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15am. She was a passenger in a car driven by 64 year old John Hancock, of Monroe City. The patrol says he swerved to avoid a collision and the car ran off the roadway and overturned.
Columbia Police are seeking two suspects who ran from the scene of a Monday morning residential burglary in Columbia. It occurred just after 11am in the 1900 block of Ridgemont Drive. Police say a woman returned home to find her back door open and two men fleeing the scene. The victim was able to provide a suspect description and the license plate number of their vehicle. The incident remains under investigation as Police seek the two suspects.
A Keytesville woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred yesterday (Sunday) morning, just before 11:30am on Lake Drive, just north of Keytesville. 23 year old Catherine Saunders, of Keytesville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her southbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a culvert.
Drivers from Clarence and Macon were injured in a collision at the junction of Highway 36 and Route N, at Lentner, which occurred Friday. The patrol says a vehicle driven by 55 year old Jimmy Langley, of Clarence, failed to yield and pulled into the path of a pickup, driven by 59 year old David Miner, of Macon. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries. Langley’s passenger, his 71 year old wife Constance Langley, of Clarence, suffered moderate injuries. She was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
A Chillicothe woman is charged after a report of theft from a business restroom last week. According to Chillicothe Police, a citizen reported the theft last Tuesday, after she left her purse in the restroom of a business. Friday, officers arrested Melissa Christensen for stealing, theft of a controlled substance and four counts of theft of a credit card. She is being held in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A wanted fugitive from Jackson County was arrested over the weekend at the Florence Hotel in Brunswick. Officials say 39 year old Todd A. Guier, had been wanted since a federal indictment from the Jackson County Drug Task Force in 2013 charged him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. A search warrant, served Saturday morning by the U.S. Marshal’s Office at the Florence Hotel in Brunswick, led to Guier’s arrest.
An investigation into the alleged sale of methamphetamine led to the arrest of a Centralia man, over the weekend. 29 year old Eric Lee Goss, of Centralia, was taken into custody as part of an ongoing meth investigation by Centralia Police. He is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
Columbia Police are investigating a report of a robbery at a Columbia home Sunday evening. Officers were called to a home near Whitegate Road and Sylvan Lane at around 8:30pm. ABC 17 news reports that a witness saw a man running out of the home with a gun. That investigation is ongoing.
A large overnight fire broke out inside the Admire Evergreen facility, located just south of Kirksville on Highway 63. Firefighters were called to the structure fire at around 10pm and, shortly thereafter, flames were visible through the exterior of the building. The Highway Patrol says heavy smoke from the blaze caused Highway 63 to be temporarily closed during the fire. The cause is unknown at this time. No injuries were reported. More details on the large fire at Admire Evergreen, just south of Kirksville, will be available today.
A Moberly man and his son from Centralia, were both seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 24, just east of Moberly, Thursday evening. 59 year old Kenneth Fair, of Moberly, was the driver of the eastbound pickup. The patrol says the accident occurred just after 7pm, when Fair swerved to avoid a vehicle that was braking. The pickup ran off the highway, struck a culvert and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Fair was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 38 year old Michael Fair, of Centralia, was life-flighted to University with serious injuries.
Two Chillicothe teenagers were hurt in a Thursday afternoon accident at the northeast corner of the Chillicothe City Limits. It occurred at around 4:30pm. 16 year old Michael Sandeser suffered moderate injuries and 15 year old Aidriaan Carden was treated for minor injuries. Both were taken to Hedrick Medical Center. The patrol says Sandeser was the driver of a southbound car, which ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
The Hallsville School District is mourning the loss of its long-time school nurse. Genie Drown, who served Hallsville Elementary School for 36 years, was identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident on Paris Road in Columbia, which occurred Wednesday afternoon. Police say her car crossed the center dividing lines and was struck by an oncoming car. The driver of that vehicle, 75 year old Patricia Rish and her passenger, 48 year old Theresa Rish, both suffered serious injuries.
Missouri Military Academy in Mexico will conduct an armed intruder drill this morning, in conjunction with Mexico Public Safety and Audrain County authorities. The exercise will be held at around 11:15am and will simulate an armed intruder’s entry onto campus and first responders’ reaction. The purpose of the drill is to provide response training for MMA faculty, staff and cadets, along with local officers.
Former University of Missouri Communications Professor Melissa Click has been fired from her position. University officials confirmed Click’s firing Thursday afternoon. Click had been under fire after appearing in more than one video clashing with law enforcement and journalists during protests last fall. A statement from the University’s Board of Curators said their decision came after an investigation into Click’s action.
Chillicothe Police report an arrest, in connection with a recent stolen vehicle report. The vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of Clay Street on February 21. Wednesday afternoon, officers arrested Steven C. Evans, of Chillicothe, on a Livingston County warrant for first-degree burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle. They say Evans was also found to be in possession of meth. He was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Kirksville Police have named their ‘fugitive of the week’. 35 year old Travis Robert Lewis, of Kirksville, is wanted on an Adair County warrant for felony stealing. Officers have been unable to locate Lewis at his last known address. He has family and other ties to Kirksville and is believed to still be in the area. Lewis is 5-11 and 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and has a piercing in his left ear. Anyone with information on this whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous tips line at 627-BUST.
The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and a pair of local churches are wrapping up a water drive for the residents of Flint, Michigan. Tomorrow is the deadline to donate cases of water, sealed 1 or 5 gallon containers of water or monetary donations. The water drive has been going for nearly two weeks, and the donated water will be transported to Flint, Michigan this weekend, to help with their ongoing water crisis. Donations may be dropped off today and tomorrow at the Chillicothe Hy-Vee or Walmart stores, or at the Grand River Area YMCA.
Columbia Police are investigating a deadly crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon on Paris Road, just south of Waco Road. Authorities say one person was killed and two others were sent to the hospital with injuries. They say the accident occurred at around 2:20pm. Officials have not released the name of the victim.
Boone County deputies arrested a St. Louis man, after a brief police pursuit ended with a car crash, early Wednesday morning. Deputies tried to stop 27 year old David Davis, of Maryland Heights, and he drove away at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, before crashing his car into a tree on Brushwood Lane. Davis then tried to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended. Deputies say he tried to swallow a plastic bag upon capture, which tested positive for cocaine. Davis is on probation for a previous drug conviction.
One person was injured in an early-morning apartment fire in Jefferson City. Firefighters responded to the report at around 2:20am, in the 300 block of Elm Street. They say two occupants of the building had to be rescued by firefighters…one of those victims was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other was treated at the scene.
A Kansas City man faces drug trafficking charges, after his arrest Saturday at the La Plata train station. Acting on a tip, authorities were waiting for the suspect, 41 year old Nathaniel D. Bales, of Kansas City, when he got off an Amtrak passenger train at La Plata. The Highway Patrol says troopers searched his belongings and found a large quantity of methamphetamine, along with the controlled substance alprazolam. Bales is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond and is scheduled for arraignment in Macon County on Thursday.
A Chillicothe woman sustained moderate injuries and her teenage passenger was treated for minor injuries after a Tuesday afternoon accident in Sullivan County. 43 year old Jennifer K. Sprout, of Chillicothe, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm, on Highway 6 just east of Humphreys. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment, overturned and struck a fence.
Moberly Police say no charges have been filed against the resident who prompted the detonation of dangerously unstable explosive material at Fox Park Monday night. Authorities say the material was the result of the resident’s hobby, that he cooperated fully with their efforts to dispose of the material, and there was no criminal intent in his actions. The substance was detonated in a hole in Fox Park at around 7pm Monday.
Hy-Vee officials have announced a voluntary recall of Hy-Vee 2-ounce Macadamia nuts, due to a risk of contamination with salmonella. Officials say the 2-ounce Macadamia nuts were distributed to all of Hy-Vee’s 240 grocery stores. The product comes in a blue-colored plastic bag and was sold between July 2 of last year and February 3 of this year. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the product. If you purchased the Hy-Vee 2-ounce Macadamia nuts during that time frame, you should dispose of the product or return it for a full refund.
The Moberly Masonic Lodge has announced plans for another MO-CHIP Child ID enrollment event, to be held at the Lodge in Moberly on Saturday, March 12, from 10am to 2pm. The comprehensive child identification and protection program is designed to provide families a proactive means of preparing for a missing child or teen. It is provided free of charge by the Missouri Freemasons and their sponsors. More information is available online at mochip.org/resources.
Moberly Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol bomb squad detonated explosive material, which was found in a Moberly home on Monday. Authorities say the resident had created the volatile material as a hobby, at his home in the 1000 block of Russhaven Drive. Moberly Police blocked off the area after deeming the material too dangerous to be moved from the home. It was taken by robot, across the street to Fox Park, where it was placed in a hole and detonated. The explosion occurred at around 7pm.
A recent Adair County ‘fugitive of the week’ is in custody, after her arrest over the weekend. Authorities say 28 year old Serena Salisbury of Novinger, was spotted Friday night, riding in a pickup in the Novinger area. They say, when they stopped the vehicle, Salisbury pushed the male driver out of the truck and fled the scene. She was later tracked to a home in Novinger, where she was taken into custody. She had been wanted on an Adair County warrant for aiding and abetting a person who discharged a firearm at or from a vehicle. Her bond has been set at $75,000 dollars.
The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of two Brookfield residents on drug charges, over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, 22 year old Kendraik Hueffmeier and 20 year old Kathryn Wagster, both of Brookfield, were arrested in Caldwell County for felony possession of marijuana wax and marijuana edibles, along with possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Both were placed on a 24-hour hold in the Caldwell County Detention Center.
A Columbia man faces drug charges after his arrest by Boone County Sheriff’s deputies Monday evening. Authorities say the suspect, 25 year old Ryan Mathews, of Columbia, was wanted on an outstanding warrant, when he was stopped to St. Charles Road at Keen Street. Officers say they seized two pounds of marijuana from the vehicle. Mathews is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
The man who robbed a mid-Missouri bank, along with eleven other businesses in five states, was sentenced to prison Monday. 45 year old Timothy Patrick Hoyt was sentenced to 8 years and 1 month in federal prison. Last year he pleaded guilty to robbing the Alliant Bank in Blackwater, Missouri, along with nearly a dozen fast-food restaurants across Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa in 2013.
A car chase, which began Saturday on Highway 36 in Livingston County, ended with the arrest of two St. Louis men, in Cameron. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy clocked the westbound vehicle going 81 miles per hour. The driver reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour as he attempted to flee the traffic stop. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Cameron Police and the Highway Patrol joined the pursuit and located the vehicle in a retail parking lot in Cameron. Authorities say the vehicle had been reported stolen in Illinois. Two St. Louis suspects are in custody, facing multiple charges.
A former Kirksville resident has been found not guilty on three felony sex charges in Clark County. Richard M. Koenig, of Kahoka, was charged in 2013 with child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child and incest, based on accusations by a 10-year old female. He had taken over as Clark County Ambulance District Director at that time. Koenig’s trial was held last week in Clark County. After hearing arguments, the jury deliberated for about 45 minutes and returned with a not guilty verdict on all three charges.
The Missouri Arts Council has awarded the Chillicothe Area Arts Council for its efforts to develop creativity in a small community. The Chillicothe Arts Council received the 2016 Missouri Arts Creative Community Award, in a ceremony in Jefferson City last week. Chillicothe is the smallest recipient community, which is not part of a metropolitan area, to ever receive the award, which is in its tenth year.
An Ashland man was killed in a Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 63 in Columbia. 46 year old John Guffey, of Ashland, was southbound on 63 when. Police say, he apparently veered left for an unknown reason. His vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic and struck a northbound tractor-trailer.
A Centralia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Route 124 at Lakeview Street, in Boone County. It occurred Saturday evening, just before 10pm. 52 year old Kirk Huffman, of Centralia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says he attempted to cross the intersection and failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle, driven by 17 year old Joseph Mills, of Centralia. Mills was not injured.
A Columbia man was arrested Sunday, after allegedly pulling out a gun at a north Columbia bar. Police arrested 29 year old Carlos Brown, after he allegedly threatened his wife with a gun at the Sidelines Bar, just after 2 o’clock Sunday morning. He is currently being held in the Boone County Jail.
A Milan husband and wife both face drug charges, after their arrest last week. According to court records, 55 year old John Morehead and 51 year old Lauria Morehead, both of Milan, are charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and intent to manufacture a controlled substance. They’re both being held on $50,000 dollars bond.
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