LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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August 6th, 2020

 

AREA COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Two Schuyler County residents were apparently infected with COVID-19 when they attended a memorial service at Schuyler County Church of Faith in Lancaster, Missouri, on July 31, 2020.

The Schuyler County Health Department announced the two new positive cases Wednesday on its Facebook page.

The two people are between the ages of 60 and 64 years old.

This brings Schuyler County's total so far to 10 positive cases of COVID-19. The other eight have recovered.

The health department said in its Facebook post that its staff is working with individuals to determine direct contacts.

Direct contact is anyone determined to have been within 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes.

The Schuyler County Health Department staff is currently conducting a contact-tracing investigation to identify close contacts of those individuals. Anyone identified during the investigation as a close contact will be contacted directly by the health department and given further guidance and recommendations.

If you attended the memorial service at Schuyler County Church of Faith between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., health officials ask that you please monitor for symptoms until August 14, 2020.

The department encourages everyone to take extra precautions when going out in public. Wear a mask, wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, practice social distancing of at least 6 feet, and most importantly, stay at home if you are sick or not feeling well.

 

One additional Macon County resident has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Macon County Health Department confirmed the positive test Thursday evening.

The individual's infection has been determined to be the result of exposure while at a job outside the county.

Macon County has now seen 60 total positive cases of COVID-19 to date.

Seven of these cases remain active, one of which requires hospitalization.

Fifty-three individuals have been released from isolation.

The health department reminds residents that testing for COVID-19 is available in Macon at Samaritan Hospital and Urgent Care.

Both facilities require an appointment. You may contact these facilities directly regarding an appointment, testing requirements and hours.

In Columbia, Missouri, two drive-thru testing locations are available. Boone Hospital Center and University Hospital are the facilities offering this service. You may also contact these facilities directly regarding an appointment, testing requirements and hours.

For more information about COVID-19 in Macon County, visit the health department's website at maconmohealth.org

 

Seven newly identified cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Adair County Health Department Thursday afternoon.

These new cases bring the total number of positive cases to date to 146, with 19 individuals now in isolation.

One of the new cases is a 24-year-old woman determined to be infected as a result of community spread.

The other six are all employees of area meat-packing plants.

They include a 49-year-old woman and men ages 33, 36, 37, 41 and 47.

Statewide, 1,241 new cases have been confirmed in the past 24 hours.

 

If you experience any of the following symptoms, please contact your healthcare provider:

Cough

Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Fatigue

Muscle or body aches

Headache

Loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting

Diarrhea

 

 

ILLINOIS MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

Authorities say an Illinois man has died after being hit by a boat anchor on Lake of the Ozarks.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident happened Wednesday afternoon, when 55-year-old Craig Gathmann, of Manito, Illinois, began operating a boat with the anchor still in the water.
The patrol says once the anchor released, the tension in the rope caused it to catapult out of the water, hitting Gathmann.
He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Patrol records show the incident was the second boating death on the lake this year.

 




HERE’S THE LATEST LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS … … from the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom. ROCHEPORT DRIVER SERIOUSLY HURT IN BOONE COUNTY The patrol says a Rocheport driver intentionally struck a parked tractor trailer unit at 6:14pm Wednesday night in Boone County. According to the report, 23 year old Carlye S. Hood was westbound on Interstate 70 at the 118 mile marker exit ramp when she allegedly hit a parked tractor trailer unit intentionally. Hood had serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Boone County Ambulance personnel. TWO WOMEN HURT IN SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH The highway patrol said two Kirksville residents received minor injuries when the pickup they were in travelled off Igloo Road, two miles west of La Plata at 9:30 last (WED) night. 19 year old Amanada L. Brouhard was the driver and the northbound pickup when the vehicle ran off the road and struck an embankment. Brouhard and an 18 year old passenger, Bree N. Rogers of Kirksville both sustained minor injuries and were transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department, La Plata Police and personnel from the Adair County Fire Department and Adair County EMS all provided on scene assistance. MINOR INJURIES IN MACON COUNTY CRASH ON US 36 The patrol said 29 year old Brent T. Gutierrez of Horton, KS was a occupant of a vehicle on US 36, one mile west of Bevier that crashed at 5am Wednesday morning. 38 year old Jamie L. Long of Horton, KS was the driver and authorities say the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, returned to the roadway and then went off the right side where the vehicle came to rest on the south side of the roadway in a ditch. The driver was not hurt. The passenger was treated at the scene by Macon County Ambulance personnel. CARROLLTON MAN ARRESTED EARLY THIS MORNING A Carrollton man, 39 year old Robbie A. Acton of Carrollton was arrested at 1:36 this (THURS) morning in Ray County for Driving with Intoxicated-Drug Intoxication. Acton has since been released. KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED ON MURDER CHARGES STILL ON THE RUN KTVO and KTVO dot com reports a Kirksville man is one of three suspects charged in connection with a mid-Missouri murder. He and a second suspect are still on the run. The third suspect was arrested over the weekend in Quincy, Illinois. Sadiq Moore, 23, of Kirksville, Deyton Fisher, 22, of Mexico, Missouri, and Timothy Midgyett, 25, of Columbia, Missouri, all face four felony charges in the June 27, 2020, shooting death of Chance Davis, 25, of Mexico. The three are charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon and first-degree burglary. Police state in court documents the deadly home invasion was drug related. Investigators said they learned Davis sold marijuana out of his home and had a few thousand dollars in cash in the residence. Officers said the suspects went to rob Davis. The victim’s girlfriend told police they knocked on Davis' front door in the middle of the night and yelled "Police." The front door was then forced open, and Davis was fatally shot as he was coming to see what was going on. The three men were formally charged on July 20, 2020, after investigators learned their identities. One witness, who did not know any of the three suspects, picked them all of them out of photo line-ups. Fisher was captured in Quincy on August 1, 2020. Moore and Midgyett remain on the loose. The Mexico Department of Public Safety said authorities believe they are also in the Quincy area. A press release states that Midgyett was pulled over on July 15, 2020, by a Pike County, Illinois, sheriff’s deputy. Midgyett drove away from the stop while officers were trying to identify his passenger. After a pursuit, deputies lost track of the vehicle. Their investigation indicated Moore was Midgyett’s passenger.


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August 8th, 2020

HAMILTON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER DUELS

The highway patrol reports 72 year old Jerry L. Graham of Hamilton died from injuries sustained when his westbound car was struck by duel tires that came off an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Stanley Parker of Oak Ridge, MO. The duels had came across the median into the westbound driving lane where they struck the Graham auto head on. Following the collision, Grahams auto went off the north side of the road and came to rest down an embankment. The accident happened around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Cameron Regional Medical Center by Caldwell County EMS and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital at 4:21pm.

MARCELINE MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MOWER ACCIDENT

67 year old John A. Polson of Marceline sustained moderate injuries when his farm mower went off Husk Road in Linn County around 12:45 pm Tuesday. The patrol said the Hesston mower continued down an embankment coming to an abrupt stop. Polson was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital and then as flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

KIRKSVILLE TEAN INJURED WHEN BICYCLE STRUCK BY SUV

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports emergency crews rushed to the sceen of a collision involving a bycicle and an SUV It happened just after 6:45 p.m. last night at the intersection of South First and Hildreth streets in Kirksville. Police on the scene said three boys on motorized bicycles rode into the path of the southbound SUV. The female driver from Kirksville said she slammed on her brakes and managed to avoid the first two bikes, but she struck the third one. Officers said the 14-year-old boy from Kirksville suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Police say no citations will be issued.

 

ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

While official numbers are posted at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website for each county as well as statewide candidates and issues some unofficial election highlights from Tuesday’s election in our area …

 

Randolph County voters faced a three way race on the Republican ticket for Randolph County Sheriff.  In the end, Aaron Wilson was the apparent winner and will face Democrat Michael Hopper in the November General Election. Unofficial results showed Wilson picked up 1,744 votes, to 1,564 for Wertz and 489 for Barger.  The race for coroner on the Republican ticket was won by Side Conklin over Charlie Peel and in the Republican run for Western District Commissioner; the incumbent John Hobbs had a commanding win over challengers Frank Miller and Artis Sumpter.

 

Linn County voters selected Glen Murrain for the Republican candidate for District 1 County Commissioner who edged out Shawn Sayre399 to 376 votes, a difference of 23 votes while the other candidate Jim Hargadin had a respectable 320 votes in the tight 3 way race. Murrain will move on to November where he will face Democrat Jeff Hill. Kjersten Parn was the Republican winner of Tuesday’s primary. She will be opposed in November by Democrat Roger Rhodes. 

 

Chariton County voters had one local contested race and that was for a County Commissioners position for the Western District. Terry Milford was that race with 461 votes over 84 for Danial Standley.  That sets up a November race between Milford and the incumbent, Democrat Danny Price. Again, these are unofficial results from the county clerks and still have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

 

For complete coverage of all races including results of Constitutional Amendment 2 which was opposed by most of our area county voters, statewide the issue was approved. You can find those results as well as the county by county results at https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Staff at the Randolph County Health Department said in separate news releases that potential COVID 19 exposure occurred during Sunday services at two area churches this past Sunday. The first involved an individual who was at the 10am Sunday morning service at the Pentecostal Church who tested positive. That release was posted on Monday and Tuesday, a second release indicated potential exposure that occurred at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In both cases officials and staff are working with the patients to determine direct contacts.  Anyone who attended either service should monitor symptoms until August 16th and contact a health provider if any symptoms should develop.

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW CANCELLED

The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park in Columbia, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of event attendees, vendors, volunteers and the entire community. 

This is one of the larger events sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and includes many partnerships with historical and cultural groups. The two-day historical festival features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. The Heritage Festival annually attracts about 15,000 people.  Parks and Recreation staff have worked closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in making facility reopening and programming decisions. The size of the event, along with the difficulty in maintaining social distance, led to the decision to cancel in the interest of public safety.  Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the Heritage Festival on Sept. 18-19, 2021 in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.  For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The PD issued the following report Tuesday which was the log indicating calls and services preformed on Monday, August 3rd

  

·         5:09am, Officers responded to 500 block of Calhoun Street in reference to individuals stealing Trump campaign signs out of the yard…. Officers made contact with the owner and there are no suspects at this time….

·         8:36am, Officers responded to the 400 block of Clay Street in reference to a delayed burglary report…. Officers collected evidence and the investigation is on-going…

·         8:43am, Officer taking vehicle to St. Joseph for maintenance….

·         8:51am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

·         8:56am, Officer out at City Hall for administrative duties….

·         9:21am, Officer out at business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street to pick up paperwork….

·         9:50am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties…..

·         10:48am, Officer out at Courthouse reference an investigation…..

·         10:54am, Officer checked report of dogs left inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves Street….Handled by Officer….

·         11:03am, Officers took a report of a hit and run accident that had occurred on 07/28/2020 in the 1200 Block of Washington Street…  The incident remains under investigation….

·         11:11am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street to assist another agency on investigation….

·         11:17am, Officer at PD to fingerprint subject reference an investigation….

·         12:37pm, Officers dispatched to car accident on private lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street….Parties exchanged information…..

·         2:47pm, Parking complaint in the 200 block of Clay Street…..Handled by Officer….

·         2:51pm, Officers handled a neighbor dispute over property in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive…..No report….

·         2:57pm, Officer performed well-being check in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive……Subject OK….

·         3:15pm, Officer observed kids operating an ATV in the roadway in the 10 block of Third Street….They were warned not to drive it in the street…..

·         3:17pm, Suspicious acting subject reported in the 10 block of S. Washington Street,,,,,Subject was located in the 100 block of N. Washington and determined to be OK….

·         3:48pm, Officers out in the 700 block of Third Street on an investigation….

·         4:23pm, Officer out in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on a continuing investigation….

·         7:55pm, Officer at PD to register bicycles for local children….

·         8:04pm, Officer picked up recovered property at Danner Park and was able to return it to the rightful owner….

·         8:46pm, Officer assisting another agency with a drug investigation….

·         8:58pm, Officer speaking with subject in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to possible harassment….No report…..

·         10:17pm, report of vehicle with no tail lights and northbound on Washington Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

·         10:54pm, Report of possible impaired driver northbound on Washington from South Junction…..Officer unable to locate the vehicle….

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

 

Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 08/03/2020.




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August 8th, 2020

HAMILTON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER DUELS

The highway patrol reports 72 year old Jerry L. Graham of Hamilton died from injuries sustained when his westbound car was struck by duel tires that came off an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Stanley Parker of Oak Ridge, MO. The duels had came across the median into the westbound driving lane where they struck the Graham auto head on. Following the collision, Grahams auto went off the north side of the road and came to rest down an embankment. The accident happened around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Cameron Regional Medical Center by Caldwell County EMS and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital at 4:21pm.

MARCELINE MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MOWER ACCIDENT

67 year old John A. Polson of Marceline sustained moderate injuries when his farm mower went off Husk Road in Linn County around 12:45 pm Tuesday. The patrol said the Hesston mower continued down an embankment coming to an abrupt stop. Polson was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital and then as flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

KIRKSVILLE TEAN INJURED WHEN BICYCLE STRUCK BY SUV

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports emergency crews rushed to the sceen of a collision involving a bycicle and an SUV It happened just after 6:45 p.m. last night at the intersection of South First and Hildreth streets in Kirksville. Police on the scene said three boys on motorized bicycles rode into the path of the southbound SUV. The female driver from Kirksville said she slammed on her brakes and managed to avoid the first two bikes, but she struck the third one. Officers said the 14-year-old boy from Kirksville suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Police say no citations will be issued.

 

ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

While official numbers are posted at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website for each county as well as statewide candidates and issues some unofficial election highlights from Tuesday’s election in our area …

 

Randolph County voters faced a three way race on the Republican ticket for Randolph County Sheriff.  In the end, Aaron Wilson was the apparent winner and will face Democrat Michael Hopper in the November General Election. Unofficial results showed Wilson picked up 1,744 votes, to 1,564 for Wertz and 489 for Barger.  The race for coroner on the Republican ticket was won by Side Conklin over Charlie Peel and in the Republican run for Western District Commissioner; the incumbent John Hobbs had a commanding win over challengers Frank Miller and Artis Sumpter.

 

Linn County voters selected Glen Murrain for the Republican candidate for District 1 County Commissioner who edged out Shawn Sayre399 to 376 votes, a difference of 23 votes while the other candidate Jim Hargadin had a respectable 320 votes in the tight 3 way race. Murrain will move on to November where he will face Democrat Jeff Hill. Kjersten Parn was the Republican winner of Tuesday’s primary. She will be opposed in November by Democrat Roger Rhodes. 

 

Chariton County voters had one local contested race and that was for a County Commissioners position for the Western District. Terry Milford was that race with 461 votes over 84 for Danial Standley.  That sets up a November race between Milford and the incumbent, Democrat Danny Price. Again, these are unofficial results from the county clerks and still have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

 

For complete coverage of all races including results of Constitutional Amendment 2 which was opposed by most of our area county voters, statewide the issue was approved. You can find those results as well as the county by county results at https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Staff at the Randolph County Health Department said in separate news releases that potential COVID 19 exposure occurred during Sunday services at two area churches this past Sunday. The first involved an individual who was at the 10am Sunday morning service at the Pentecostal Church who tested positive. That release was posted on Monday and Tuesday, a second release indicated potential exposure that occurred at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In both cases officials and staff are working with the patients to determine direct contacts.  Anyone who attended either service should monitor symptoms until August 16th and contact a health provider if any symptoms should develop.

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW CANCELLED

The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park in Columbia, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of event attendees, vendors, volunteers and the entire community. 

This is one of the larger events sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and includes many partnerships with historical and cultural groups. The two-day historical festival features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. The Heritage Festival annually attracts about 15,000 people.  Parks and Recreation staff have worked closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in making facility reopening and programming decisions. The size of the event, along with the difficulty in maintaining social distance, led to the decision to cancel in the interest of public safety.  Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the Heritage Festival on Sept. 18-19, 2021 in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.  For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The PD issued the following report Tuesday which was the log indicating calls and services preformed on Monday, August 3rd

  

·         5:09am, Officers responded to 500 block of Calhoun Street in reference to individuals stealing Trump campaign signs out of the yard…. Officers made contact with the owner and there are no suspects at this time….

·         8:36am, Officers responded to the 400 block of Clay Street in reference to a delayed burglary report…. Officers collected evidence and the investigation is on-going…

·         8:43am, Officer taking vehicle to St. Joseph for maintenance….

·         8:51am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

·         8:56am, Officer out at City Hall for administrative duties….

·         9:21am, Officer out at business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street to pick up paperwork….

·         9:50am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties…..

·         10:48am, Officer out at Courthouse reference an investigation…..

·         10:54am, Officer checked report of dogs left inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves Street….Handled by Officer….

·         11:03am, Officers took a report of a hit and run accident that had occurred on 07/28/2020 in the 1200 Block of Washington Street…  The incident remains under investigation….

·         11:11am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street to assist another agency on investigation….

·         11:17am, Officer at PD to fingerprint subject reference an investigation….

·         12:37pm, Officers dispatched to car accident on private lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street….Parties exchanged information…..

·         2:47pm, Parking complaint in the 200 block of Clay Street…..Handled by Officer….

·         2:51pm, Officers handled a neighbor dispute over property in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive…..No report….

·         2:57pm, Officer performed well-being check in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive……Subject OK….

·         3:15pm, Officer observed kids operating an ATV in the roadway in the 10 block of Third Street….They were warned not to drive it in the street…..

·         3:17pm, Suspicious acting subject reported in the 10 block of S. Washington Street,,,,,Subject was located in the 100 block of N. Washington and determined to be OK….

·         3:48pm, Officers out in the 700 block of Third Street on an investigation….

·         4:23pm, Officer out in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on a continuing investigation….

·         7:55pm, Officer at PD to register bicycles for local children….

·         8:04pm, Officer picked up recovered property at Danner Park and was able to return it to the rightful owner….

·         8:46pm, Officer assisting another agency with a drug investigation….

·         8:58pm, Officer speaking with subject in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to possible harassment….No report…..

·         10:17pm, report of vehicle with no tail lights and northbound on Washington Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

·         10:54pm, Report of possible impaired driver northbound on Washington from South Junction…..Officer unable to locate the vehicle….

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

 

Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 08/03/2020.




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August 8th, 2020

HAMILTON MAN DIES FROM INJURIES AFTER CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER DUELS

The highway patrol reports 72 year old Jerry L. Graham of Hamilton died from injuries sustained when his westbound car was struck by duel tires that came off an eastbound tractor trailer driven by Stanley Parker of Oak Ridge, MO. The duels had came across the median into the westbound driving lane where they struck the Graham auto head on. Following the collision, Grahams auto went off the north side of the road and came to rest down an embankment. The accident happened around 2:20 Tuesday afternoon. He was transported to Cameron Regional Medical Center by Caldwell County EMS and was pronounced deceased at the Hospital at 4:21pm.

MARCELINE MAN FLOWN TO COLUMBIA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING MOWER ACCIDENT

67 year old John A. Polson of Marceline sustained moderate injuries when his farm mower went off Husk Road in Linn County around 12:45 pm Tuesday. The patrol said the Hesston mower continued down an embankment coming to an abrupt stop. Polson was transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital and then as flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

KIRKSVILLE TEAN INJURED WHEN BICYCLE STRUCK BY SUV

KTVO and KTVO dot com reports emergency crews rushed to the sceen of a collision involving a bycicle and an SUV It happened just after 6:45 p.m. last night at the intersection of South First and Hildreth streets in Kirksville. Police on the scene said three boys on motorized bicycles rode into the path of the southbound SUV. The female driver from Kirksville said she slammed on her brakes and managed to avoid the first two bikes, but she struck the third one. Officers said the 14-year-old boy from Kirksville suffered what appeared to be minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

Police say no citations will be issued.

 

ELECTION HIGHLIGHTS

While official numbers are posted at the Missouri Secretary of State’s website for each county as well as statewide candidates and issues some unofficial election highlights from Tuesday’s election in our area …

 

In Randolph County, voters faced a three way race on the Republican ticket for Randolph County Sheriff.  In the end, Aaron Wilson was the apparent winner and will face Democrat Michael Hopper in the November General Election. Unofficial results showed Wilson picked up 1,744 votes, to 1,564 for Wertz and 489 for Barger.  The race for coroner on the Republican ticket was won by Side Conklin over Charlie Peel and in the Republican run for Western District Commissioner; the incumbent John Hobbs had a commanding win over challengers Frank Miller and Artis Sumpter.

Linn County voters selected Glen Murrain for the Republican candidate for District 1 County Commissioner who edged out Shawn Sayre399 to 376 votes, a difference of 23 votes while the other candidate Jim Hargadin had a respectable 320 votes in the tight 3 way race. Murrain will move on to November where he will face Democrat Jeff Hill. Kjersten Parn was the Republican winner of Tuesday’s primary. She will be opposed in November by Democrat Roger Rhodes. 

Chariton County voters had one local contested race and that was for a County Commissioners position for the Western District. Terry Milford was that race with 461 votes over 84 for Danial Standley.  That sets up a November race between Milford and the incumbent, Democrat Danny Price. Again, these are unofficial results from the county clerks and still have to be certified by the Secretary of State’s office.

 

For complete coverage of all races including results of Constitutional Amendment 2 which was opposed by most of our area county voters, statewide the issue was approved. You can find those results as well as the county by county results at https://enr.sos.mo.gov/

 

POSSIBLE EXPOSURES IN RANDOLPH COUNTY

Staff at the Randolph County Health Department said in separate news releases that potential COVID 19 exposure occurred during Sunday services at two area churches this past Sunday. The first involved an individual who was at the 10am Sunday morning service at the Pentecostal Church who tested positive. That release was posted on Monday and Tuesday, a second release indicated potential exposure that occurred at St. Pius X Catholic Church. In both cases officials and staff are working with the patients to determine direct contacts.  Anyone who attended either service should monitor symptoms until August 16th and contact a health provider if any symptoms should develop.

 

HERITAGE FESTIVAL & CRAFT SHOW CANCELLED

The 43rd Annual Heritage Festival and Craft Show, which was scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20 at Nifong Park in Columbia, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. This decision was made to protect the health and safety of event attendees, vendors, volunteers and the entire community. 

This is one of the larger events sponsored by the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and includes many partnerships with historical and cultural groups. The two-day historical festival features traditional artisans demonstrating lost arts, entertainment, handmade craft vendors and food trucks. The Heritage Festival annually attracts about 15,000 people.  Parks and Recreation staff have worked closely with the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services in making facility reopening and programming decisions. The size of the event, along with the difficulty in maintaining social distance, led to the decision to cancel in the interest of public safety.  Parks and Recreation staff is planning to resume the Heritage Festival on Sept. 18-19, 2021 in part to commemorate Columbia’s Bicentennial celebration.  For more information, contact the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department at 573.874.7460.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE REPORT

The PD issued the following report Tuesday which was the log indicating calls and services preformed on Monday, August 3rd

  

·         5:09am, Officers responded to 500 block of Calhoun Street in reference to individuals stealing Trump campaign signs out of the yard…. Officers made contact with the owner and there are no suspects at this time….

·         8:36am, Officers responded to the 400 block of Clay Street in reference to a delayed burglary report…. Officers collected evidence and the investigation is on-going…

·         8:43am, Officer taking vehicle to St. Joseph for maintenance….

·         8:51am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties….

·         8:56am, Officer out at City Hall for administrative duties….

·         9:21am, Officer out at business in the 300 block of S. Washington Street to pick up paperwork….

·         9:50am, Officer out at Courthouse for Court duties…..

·         10:48am, Officer out at Courthouse reference an investigation…..

·         10:54am, Officer checked report of dogs left inside a vehicle in the 1000 block of Graves Street….Handled by Officer….

·         11:03am, Officers took a report of a hit and run accident that had occurred on 07/28/2020 in the 1200 Block of Washington Street…  The incident remains under investigation….

·         11:11am, Officer out in the 900 block of Webster Street to assist another agency on investigation….

·         11:17am, Officer at PD to fingerprint subject reference an investigation….

·         12:37pm, Officers dispatched to car accident on private lot in the 500 block of S. Washington Street….Parties exchanged information…..

·         2:47pm, Parking complaint in the 200 block of Clay Street…..Handled by Officer….

·         2:51pm, Officers handled a neighbor dispute over property in the 1700 block of Morningside Drive…..No report….

·         2:57pm, Officer performed well-being check in the 1700 block of Hickory Drive……Subject OK….

·         3:15pm, Officer observed kids operating an ATV in the roadway in the 10 block of Third Street….They were warned not to drive it in the street…..

·         3:17pm, Suspicious acting subject reported in the 10 block of S. Washington Street,,,,,Subject was located in the 100 block of N. Washington and determined to be OK….

·         3:48pm, Officers out in the 700 block of Third Street on an investigation….

·         4:23pm, Officer out in the 1200 block of N. Washington Street on a continuing investigation….

·         7:55pm, Officer at PD to register bicycles for local children….

·         8:04pm, Officer picked up recovered property at Danner Park and was able to return it to the rightful owner….

·         8:46pm, Officer assisting another agency with a drug investigation….

·         8:58pm, Officer speaking with subject in the 1000 block of Graves Street in reference to possible harassment….No report…..

·         10:17pm, report of vehicle with no tail lights and northbound on Washington Street….Officers unable to locate the vehicle….

·         10:54pm, Report of possible impaired driver northbound on Washington from South Junction…..Officer unable to locate the vehicle….

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

 

Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 08/03/2020.




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August 3rd, 2020

 

FORMER TRUMAN PROFESSOR FACING PROSTITUTION CHARGE CHANGES PLEA

 

A now-former local college professor and church leader facing a prostitution charge has now changed his plea.

Barry Poyner, 58, of Kirksville, pleaded guilty last week to a misdemeanor charge of patronizing prostitution.

In mid-January 2020, Poyner had pleaded not guilty in Adair County Circuit Court.

He entered his guilty plea on July 27, 2020, in Clark County Circuit Court where the case was heard on a change of venue from Adair County.

At the time of the crime, Poyner was a professor of communications at Truman State University and an elder at Church of Christ in Kirksville where he delivered sermons. He has since resigned from both positions.

According to court documents, the investigation into Poyner began in early November 2019 when the Truman Department of Public Safety received anonymous tips that Poyner had been using an app called Grindr to harass male Truman students for sexual contact as well as offering to pay for items in exchange for sexual favors.

A Kirksville police detective then made an undercover profile on Grindr, posing as an 18-year-old male.

Police say a user, later identified as Poyner, was on Grindr under the user name DILF.

Investigators say DILF sent numerous messages and nude photos to the undercover officer in early December 2019, requesting to meet for a sexual rendezvous in exchange for filling up the young man's gas tank.

After an ongoing series of messages, Poyner agreed to meet who he thought was an 18-year-old man at a Kirksville convenience store to fuel up the man’s car.

Police were waiting for Poyner to arrive and then pulled the suspect over two blocks away.

A sentencing date has not yet been set in the case.

The range of punishment can include up to six months in the county jail, up to a $1,000 fine or both imprisonment and a fine.

 

 

SIX ADDITIONAL COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN ADAIR COUNTY

 

Six additional positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by the Adair County Health Department Monday afternoon.

Two of these cases, including a 40-year-old female and a 34-year-old female, are attributed to community spread.

The other four cases involving a 32-year-old female, a 46-year-old female, a 21-year old male, and a 27-year-old male are all employees at an area meat processing plant.

These new cases bring the total number of positive cases in Adair County up to 134 to date.

Ten people remain in isolation and 124 have left isolation.

The Adair County Health Department has completed more than 800 contact-tracing calls to date.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SUNDAY MORNING SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to a reported disturbance in the 5300 block of Godas Circle on Sunday, Aug. 2 at approximately 1 a.m.  While enroute Boone County Joint Communications advised that shots were fired at that same location. 

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located spent shell casings in a driveway of a residence. Officers determined the suspects had left the area prior to officers arrival. No injuries or property damage were reported.

During the investigation it was learned that three people were asked to leave the property and they refused. The homeowner reported having fired a few warning shots in the air in an effort to dissuade the three subjects from assaulting the occupants of the residence.  

Two of the suspects were identified as Allana Patricia Bullock, 43 and Lakeisha Rene Thomas, 34, both of Columbia. They were arrested for 1st degree harassment and 1st degree trespassing. They were taken into custody and remanded to the Boone County Jail. 

Police have requested a warrant be issued for the third suspect, Richard Barnet Green, 32, of Columbia. Green has not been located. 

"As a community we have to find ways to solve disputes that don’t involve the use of a gun," Chief Geoff Jones said. "I fully support our citizens in protecting themselves and hope we can find alternative solutions that keep us all safe."

This investigation will be sent to the prosecuting attorney's office to review the actions of all people involved. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. If you know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 




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July 30th, 2020

 

PARIS TEEN INJURED IN CONSTRUCTION ZONE ACCIDENT

 

A reminder from Missouri State Highway Patrol for citizens to pay attention with driving in construction zones.

This after a Missouri teen was injured after he hit another vehicle stopped at a construction zone.

The accident happened just before 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Michael Pollitt, 19, of Paris was on US 24, one mile west of Stoutsville, when he rear-ended a semi stopped at a construction zone.

That driver was not hurt.

Pollitt suffered moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The online crash report lists Pollitt has wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICTS STRUGGLE WITH PLANS TO REOPEN

 

Several St. Louis-area school districts have decided to start the school year with online-only learning as coronavirus cases are surging.
Meanwhile, the state's largest school district is limiting the number of days each student will attend in-person.
Springfield Public Schools plan to reopen with each student attending classes for two days, and learning virtually otherwise.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson was in Springfield Wednesday and the Springfield News-Leader reports that he said he supports the district's plan.
A growing list of St. Louis-area districts are starting the school year with virtual learning due to the fast-rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

 

MACON COUNTY RELEASES FINAL COVID-19 TESTING NUMBERS FROM NATIONAL GUARD EVENT

 

On Thursday, the Macon County Health Department released the final numbers from the National Guard COVID-19 testing that was held at the Macon County Fairgrounds on July 20.
At the event, 125 Macon County residents were tested resulting in 3 new positive cases. Those positive cases were reported in previous news release.

As of July 30, Macon County has 55 total positives cases, with 9 of those cases active and 1 hospitalized.

With increased testing and positive cases, more detailed information can now be shared to provide a better understanding of COVID-19 in our community. Charts detailing the information from the testing event can be found at ktvo.com

 

 




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July 29th, 2020

 

SEVEN VEHICLE MONROE COUNTY CRASH INUJURES TWO AND BLOCKS HIGHWAY 24 FOR SEVERAL HOURS

 

Two people were hospitalized after a seven-vehicle crash occurred at a construction zone west of Paris on U.S. 24 Tuesday morning.

The accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m., blocked all traffic on the two-lane highway, which is the major route between Monroe City and Moberly.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, tractor-trailer truck hauling hogs, driven by Leslie Thrasher, 64, or Clarence, Missouri, failed to stop in time at the construction stop zone and collided with a Ford crossover vehicle, sending it into a ditch and causing a chain reaction accident that involved three autos and three 18-wheel trucks.

Thrasher was seriously injured and airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The driver of the vehicle he struck, a16-year-old female, from Paris, Missouri, was taken by ambulance to Columbia with serious injuries.

The other drivers involved were not hurt.

The online crash report states everyone involved in the crash were wearing seat belts at the time.

In addition, about half of the 100 hogs on the truck died when the rig overturned.

The highway was blocked for several hours before it was re-opened.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED IN MURDER TRIAL

 

A Kirksville man found guilty of murder in the shooting death of his wife was sentenced Tuesday in Adair County Circuit Court.

In February, an Adair County jury found Danny Welte guilty on two counts: second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Welte fatally shot his estranged wife, Echo Leanne Welte, in November 2016, in the parking lot of Days Inn in Kirksville, after a heated 40-minute argument about the future of their relationship.

That killing was caught on the hotel's security cameras.

The day of that incident was the same day the two had buried their son.

During Tuesday's sentencing, two people gave impact statements - the first was from Bethany Wellman, Echo's biological daughter. Danny had adopted her.

She told the courtroom this incident has ruined a lot of lives, including tearing her family apart, and not seeing her two younger siblings since August 2018.

"I feel like it's ruined a lot. It's been tough and it's been a struggle for all of us."

After finishing her statement, Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson asked Bethany what punishment she believed Danny Welte deserved - she responded with a life sentence, which is what the state was pursuing.

Danny Welte's defense attorney, Charles James, said Welte has already served 43 months in county jail, and was hoping for the minimum sentence as he said Welte does not have an evil bone in his body.

The two charges Welte was convicted of in February carry a combined minimum sentence of 13 years.

However, the task of deciding the sentence was left up to Adair County Circuit Judge Russell Steele.

"On count one on the charge of murder second-degree, you are hereby sentenced to life in prison. On count two the charge of armed criminal action, you are hereby sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections."

 

 

BRANSON TO REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS IN MOST PUBLIC PLACES

 

The popular Missouri tourist town of Branson will require face coverings in most public places in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite the objections of many, including comedian Yakov Smirnoff.
Smirnoff, who operates a successful theater in Branson, told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday that the mask ordinance would make his adopted home more like his native land, Russia, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Nevertheless, the board voted 4-1 to approve the ordinance, which requires face coverings for people ages 13 and older, with some exceptions.
Missouri reopened its economy in mid-June and has seen a big surge in confirmed coronavirus cases this month.

 

 

 




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July 28th, 2020

 

PUTNAM COUNTY TEEN MISSING

 

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding a missing teen.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office was notified around 6 a.m. Tuesday that Logan Rowland, 15, of Unionville, Mo., was last seen by his parents on Monday around 4 p.m. in the Hartford, Mo., area.

Rowland is described as a white male with dirty blond hair and blue eyes.

He is 6'1" tall and weighs about 205 lbs.

Rowland was last seen wearing a red Nike shirt, white mesh shorts and white 'Nike' shoes with a colorful sole.

He was carrying a black 'Adidas' backpack with Neon green writing and a black and white 'Adidas' cinch bag.

If you see Logan Rowland or know his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 660-947-3200.

 

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY MAN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri man was injured after the truck he was driving hit a trailer being towed by a Freightliner truck.

The accident happened at 9:20 a.m. Monday in Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dewayne Durham, 29, of Memphis, crossed the center line, struck the trailer, and then traveled off the right side of the road.

He suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The online report states Durham was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

The driver of the other vehicle was not hurt.

 

 

KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

 

Kansas City is considering joining the St. Louis area in imposing new restrictions designed to stem the virus' spread in the absence of statewide limitations.

That comes as Missouri set another single-day increase in new confirmed coronavirus cases.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a tweet that he participated in a call Monday with Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and several Midwestern mayors who are seeing reported cases rise, fueled in part by an increase in cases among young adults.

Lucas said recommendations that were suggested include reducing indoor dining seating capacity and reducing bar hours.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN WEEKEND HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police have identified Marlin C. Johnson, 24, of Columbia as the second suspect involved in the homicide that took place near South 8th Street and Locust Street on July 25. Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. 

At approximately 12:40 a.m., Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired where officers learned one gunshot victim was taken in a private vehicle to a local hospital for advanced medical care before officers and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene.

CPD is asking for the public’s assistance to locate the suspect. Johnson is a black male with dreads who is 5’10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous. Please do not approach him, if you know his whereabouts or see him, call 911 immediately. 

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

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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July 27th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured after she crashed into a tree.

The accident happened just before 3:45 p.m. Sunday in Adair County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Betty McDonald, 31, of Kirksville, was on Missouri Highway 6, about three miles east of Green Castle when the crash happened.

The online crash report states McDonald drove off the road and struck a tree.

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

McDonald suffered moderate injuries from the crash and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

 

WOMAN DEAD, FOUR INJURED AFTER BOAT ACCIDENT ON LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says one woman died and four other people were injured when two boats collided on the Lake of the Ozarks.
The driver of one of the boats was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
The patrol says 42-year-old Dawn Steinkuehler, of High Ridge, died in the accident just after midnight Saturday.
The collision occurred on the lake's main channel when another boat hit Steinkuehler's boat.
Two people in Steinkuehler's boat were seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the second boat was not injured.

 

 

LA PLATA LIQUOR STORE BROKEN INTO, STILL LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS

 

A liquor store was broken into Saturday night in La Plata, Mo.

Authorities say two people broke into the Spirits of La Plata liquor store on North Brown Street around 11:30 p.m.

Both liquor and and tobacco products were taken from the store.

The La Plata Police Department does not have any leads into who the two people are and the investigation is still pending.

If you have information about the break-in Saturday night, please call the La Plata Police Department at 660-332-4343.

 

 




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July 26th, 2020

 

PURDIN WOMAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 5 FRIDAY

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured in a rollover accident in Linn County, Missouri, Friday morning.

It happened just after 8:15 a.m. on Highway 5, two-and-a-half miles north of Laclede, Missouri.

Troopers say a car driven by Cheyenne McQueen, 26, of Purdin, Missouri, was southbound when her car ran off the road and overturned.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, McQueen was buckled up when the crash happened.

 

 

MISSOURI ANNOUNCES MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSING GRANT PROGAM

 

 Over the past few months, food supply was tested across the United States and in Missouri.

Unlike other aspects of the economy, local food supply is dependent on local farmers, ranchers and processors.

Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn said the supply chain is beginning to rebound in the state.

She adds that the small processors and farmers play a critical role in rural communities and are necessary for local food systems.

"During COVID-19, our food supply was tested from farm to fork. Farmers and ranchers saw tight livestock supplies on their farms, while consumers saw their choices of certain cuts of meat shrink or go away. In some cases, the cost of meat went up."

Recently, the state announced it was launching a meat and poultry processing grant program to aid in recovery efforts.

That program will offer funding to help support meat and poultry processors across Missouri whose business has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant program will be funded by the CARES Act.

 

 

SULLIVAN AND MACON COUNTIES ANNOUNCE MORE COVID-19 CASES

 

 Sullivan County now sits at a total of 127 cases of COVID-19 with one additional positive case being reported Saturday, July 25.

This positive case has been determined to be community-related.

Of the 127 cases to date, five cases remain active.

The Sullivan County Health Department is conducting case investigations to determine identified close contacts of the cases.

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

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

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

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

The Macon County Health Department now sits at a total of 48 cases of COVID-19 with 3 new positive cases announced Saturday, July 25.

There are currently 15 active cases of which three are hospitalized.

On Monday, July 20, the National Guard performed mass testing on Missouri residents at the Macon County Park with results expected to begin coming after 72 hours.

All those who were tested will be notified of their results whether they are positive or negative.

249 people were tested; however, it is not known how many of those were Macon County residents.

As of Saturday morning, Macon County Health Department has received 125 results, with two new positive cases reported from those results.

Those cases were close contacts to previous positive cases and were already self-quarantine at the time of testing.

Contact investigations have been completed on all active cases.

Positive persons are isolated and close contacts are in self-quarantine.

The best safeguards anyone can take to prevent getting COVID-19 are social distancing when in public, wearing a face mask especially when social distancing cannot be met or when in large crowds, practicing good hygiene, and routine disinfecting of common touch surfaces.

 

 

 




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July 23rd, 2020

 

COLUMBIA CHILD DEAD AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLE

 

Police in central Missouri say a 3-year-old boy has died after being hit by a vehicle in a private driveway.
Police said the accident happened Wednesday afternoon when the preschooler ran into the path of a vehicle being backed into the driveway by a 29-year-old woman.
Police say the boy was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The boy's name was not immediately released.
Police said the investigation into the death was ongoing.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER TWO HOME INVASIONS

 

Police make an arrest following a couple of overnight home break-ins in a Kirksville neighborhood.

The crimes happened early Thursday morning at a couple of homes, one in the 800 block of West Burton Street and one in the 1000 block of West Locust Street.

The suspect is Ryan Larsen, 26, of Kirksville. He faces five charges, including two felonies.

Larsen is charged with first-degree burglary, stealing ($750 or more), first-degree trespass and two counts of second-degree property damage in connection with the break-ins.

In court documents, police state that just before 1 a.m., Larsen busted out a window in the front of a home on West Locust and entered the home. The resident told officers the suspect was sitting on her couch. She started screaming for him to leave, hit him with her hands and forced him out through the front door.

Then around 1:15 a.m., investigators say Larsen made his way to a house on West Burton.

He was bleeding as he first tried to break out a window, and then entered the home through an unlocked door.

The woman who lived there told me there was a trail of blood from outside into her living room and then scattered all over the kitchen.

Her boyfriend knows Larsen, and the suspect asked to borrow his cell phone to call his grandmother.

Once Larsen grabbed the phone, he ran out of the house with it.

Officers located the suspect a few blocks away. He was covered in blood and had to go to the hospital for stitches.

He is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE WEDNESDAY MORNING ARMED ROBBERY

 

Authorities in Kirksville are investigating an overnight armed robbery.
Just before 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Kirksville police officers were dispatched to 7th Heaven Conoco gas station on South Baltimore Street.
The clerk reported that a man had entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, and the man left on foot, heading southbound with an undetermined amount of cash.
Officers searched the area and were unable to locate him.

The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned black male, approximately 5’4” tall, weighing 130 pounds, wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt over a light blue shirt, dark-colored face covering, royal blue athletic pants with a black stripe down the leg, white athletic shoes and one black glove and one bright yellow glove.
The man displayed what appeared to be a black, semi-automatic handgun.

This is the second armed robbery reported in Kirksville this week. There are currently two men in custody for the robbery reported at Xpress Mart on Sunday afternoon.
Kirksville police would like to remind residents to be ever aware of their surroundings. Criminal activity can happen at any time and being aware of your surroundings may make the difference in being a victim or a witness.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878) or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 




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July 21st, 2020

 

MISSOURI SETS ANOTHER SINGLE DAY CORONAVIRUS CASE RECORD

 

Missouri has again broken its own record for the highest single-day increase in reported coronavirus cases.

The health department on Tuesday reported another 1,138 cases, breaking a record set Saturday.

So far, the state has reported 34,762 cases.

The state's health department director has said cases among young people are driving the surge.

Kansas City's mayor now is urging local K-12 schools to wait until after Labor Day to reopen.

The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Quinton Lucas on Tuesday said he doesn't need to issue an order because almost all Kansas City schools have acted responsibility during the pandemic.

 

 

BOTH SUSPECTS IN KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY ARRESTED

 

Police have now arrested both suspects tied to a weekend armed robbery in Kirksville.

The crime happened just before 4 p.m. Sunday at Xpress Mart, a liquor store at the corner of Jefferson and Baltimore streets.

Later that day, investigators arrested Kevin Potter, 30, of Edina, Missouri. On Monday, they took Baxter Belt, 22, also of Edina, into custody after Potter told them Belt was his accomplice.

Both men are charged with first-degree robbery, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

According to court documents, Potter and Belt came in the front door of the liquor store.

One of the suspects walked behind the counter, pointed a handgun at the clerk and told him to open the cash register drawer.

The clerk told police that man then handed the cash across the counter to the other suspect, and the two fled on foot.

Court papers say when police were looking at the store's surveillance video, they were able to figure out who Potter was by his size, mannerisms, the way he walked and distinct tattoos on his hands.

When a detective interviewed Potter the next day at the jail, he identified Belt as the suspect who had the handgun.

Potter said he received $400 in cash for his participation in the crime.

Both men are being held without bond in the Adair County Jail pending their first court appearance.

 

 

BODY OF MISSING BOY FOUND IN MARION COUNTY POND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol pulled the body of a missing 12-year-old boy out of a pond on Monday near Philadelphia, Missouri.

At approximately 4:58 p.m, the child was recovered from the pond by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office requested the Missouri State Highway Patrol to assist them with searching for a missing 12-year-old boy.

Eric Brown of the Missouri State Highway Patrol told our sister station, KHQA, evidence was located on private property indicating the child may have been in the pond.

According to MSHP, the boy had walked away from a private residence near the Dunn Ford Conservation Area outside of Philadelphia.

At this time, MSHP said it is unable to release further information on the child due to his age.

The search involved the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol Aircraft Division, Missouri State Highway Patrol Canine, Missouri Department of Conservation, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Park Rangers, Survival Flight, and the Philadelphia and Ewing Fire Departments.

Information developed at this time is preliminary as the investigation is ongoing.

 

 




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July 20th, 2020

 

BROWNING MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri man is recovering after he crashed into a creek.

The accident happened just before 8 p.m. Saturday in Linn County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cody Lane, 30, of Browning was on Elk Road, one mile west of Browning, when he ran off the left side of the road and into a creek.

He suffered serious injuries.

Lane was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia.

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

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS 115TH COVID-19 CASE

 

Health officials in Adair County have announced an additional positive case of COVID-19 in the county.
The Adair County Health Department release Monday states the latest case involves a 21-year-old female who traveled outside the state.
While Adair County’s 115 cases are lower than other parts of the state, Missouri hit a one-day total record of 958 new cases on Saturday. Missouri has surpassed 33,000 cases.
The Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence (MOCPHE) on July 15 formally recommended “the use of face masks by the general public when outside the home and supports face mask requirements due to substantial evidence that they decrease the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Face masks will continue to be a critical tool to fight this virus as evidence grows that COVID-19 is spread by asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic individuals and face-to-face interactions increase.”

 “We haven’t experienced a huge spike in cases in Adair County, although the number of cases continues to rise,” said Jim LeBaron, Adair County Health Department administrator. “But science repeatedly demonstrates that wearing masks dramatically slows transmission of COVID19. That’s why we’re asking that people follow MOCHPE’s recommendation and wear a mask when they leave their homes and enter a public space of any kind. Doing this one little thing just might keep us from experiencing what other communities and states are going through."

MOCPHE comprises public health members throughout the state, including the Adair County Health Department. Information about the research and MOCPHE’s mask recommendation can be found here.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK’S ARMED ROBBERY

 

On Saturday, July 18, Columbia Police arrested Patrick DeQawn Taylor, 26, of Columbia, for charges of first degree robbery, first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

On Thursday, July 16, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Columbia Police responded to the 1800 block of East Broadway in reference to a reported strong-armed robbery. Officers made contact with the victim, who stated that a suspect approached him and demanded his wallet and phone while displaying a firearm.   

Taylor was also arrested for charges of first degree stalking, first degree trespass and second degree property damage relating to a separate incident that occurred on July 16 at approximately 2 p.m. (2020-006229)

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

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

 

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN DROWNS TRYING TO HELP SWIMMER

 

Authorities say a Jefferson City man drowned after trying to help a struggling swimmer on the Meramec River.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident unfolded at around 3 p.m. Sunday on the Meramec River, about 1.25 miles downstream from the Onandaga Boat Ramp in Crawford County.
The agency says 24-year-old Alexander Terrell got into the water in an attempt to assist a person who was struggling and became submerged.
He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

 




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July 19th, 2020

 

MACON MAN KILLED IN THURSDAY CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri man was killed following a single-vehicle rollover crash.

That fatal accident happened just before 4 p.m. Thursday in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, David Russell, 73, of Macon, was westbound on the US 36 off ramp to US 63 at Macon when he traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

The impact ejected Russell and his passenger, Melanie Boone, 44, also of Macon.

Russell was pronounced dead on scene.

Boone suffered serious injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, neither were wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE LIQUOR STORE ROBBED SUNDAY AFTERNOON

 

Police are investigating an armed robbery at a Kirksville liquor store.

It happened just before 3:50 p.m. Sunday at the Xpress Mart at the corner of Jefferson and Baltimore streets.

Police on the scene told KTVO two men wearing dark-colored bandanas over their faces came in the front door, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

They two then left the store and made their getaway with an undisclosed amount of money. They headed north on foot. Police are not sure of their race or ethnicity at this time.

No one was hurt in the incident. Police were interviewing store employees and customers about what happened.

They were also reviewing security camera footage.

Investigators said both suspects were wearing blue jeans and dark-colored hoodies.

One hoodie had a Nike swoosh on the front of it.

One thief was wearing red tennis shoes with white soles.

The other criminal was wearing black tennis shoes with white soles and a white Nike swoosh.

Police may release surveillance photos of the suspects as the investigation continues.

Officers from the Kirksville Police Department, Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol were helping with the case.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MURDER

 

A northeast Missouri man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to murder.
On Thursday, 
Ricky Ray Sides, 51, of Kirksville, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Colleen Gompakis, 47, also of Kirksville.
On July 5, 2019, Kirksville police were called for a well-being check and found Gompakis dead on the kitchen floor in her apartment on South Jamison Street.
She had received multiple head wounds.
After speaking with family and neighbors, authorities found that Sides had been living with Gompakis.
Sides was arrested the next day without incident.
In an interview with police, he admitted to the killing of Gompakis and that he had been planning the murder for some time.
Sides will remain in the Adair County Detention Center until his transfer to the Missouri Department of Corrections to begin his sentence.

 

TRADITIONAL MISSOURI STATE FAIR ATTRACTIONS CANCELED

 

The carnival midway and other traditional activities have been cancelled for the 2020 Missouri State Fair.

The Missouri State Fair Board announced Friday that the event is now pivoting to a youth livestock show.

In 1901, the fair began as a showcase of Missouri agriculture. Staying true to that tradition, the event will continue to allow the invaluable agriculture education experience to Missouri 4-H and FFA members by offering only the livestock show.

Organizers say when the original decision was made to move forward with the fair, COVID-19 cases and information was different than what it is now.

As a result, it was determined, in collaboration with Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to reduce the number of people at the fairgrounds.

In addition to the carnival midway, the Opening Day Ceremony, Governor's Ham Breakfast and all other non-youth livestock related events will not take place.

The fair board will be issuing applicable refunds.

Exhibitor camping will still be available through the event and all current reservations will be honored.

Organizers add that best practices for sanitation and public health will be implemented during the youth livestock show.

The livestock show will take place August 13-23 in Sedalia.

 

 

 




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July 16th, 2020

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER DUMP TRUCK CRASH IN KNOX COUNTY

 

A northeast Missouri man has been arrested for drinking and driving following a dump truck crash south of Edina.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol, JP Morrison, 48, of Baring was involved in a single-vehicle crash just after 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

Morrison was southbound on Highway 15 in a 1992 Freightliner Dump Truck when he traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and came to rest in the ditch.

The online crash report states that Morrison was wearing seat belt and received minor injuries in the crash.

The dump truck was a total loss.

According to an MSHP arrest report, Morrison was arrested for driving while intoxicated-alcohol and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway immediately following the crash.

He was cited and released, before being taken to the Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville by a Knox County Ambulance.

 

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS 21 ACTIVE COVID-19 CASES ALONG WITH TESTING NUMBERS

 

On Thursday, the Macon County Health Department provided an update on active COVID-19 cases in the county and reported further information about testing processes that have been conducted.

There are now 21 active cases of COVID-19 in Macon County, five of which are hospitalized.

To date the county has seen 39 total positive cases, with 18 individuals having been released from isolation.

Of these 39 total cases, 21 were reported as female and 18 as male.

Age ranges of these cases fall between 11 and 89 years-old.

Additionally, the health department released further information about coronavirus testing that has been performed.

In total, 1,017 Macon County residents have been tested for COVID-19 and some residents have been tested multiple times, depending upon their circumstances.

Of the 1,017 tests, 12 were antibody tested and 1,005 were nasal swabs.

The Macon County Health Department reminds residents that testing can be completed with a health care provider's order at Samaritan Hospital and Urgent Care in Macon County.

They also remind residents that a community testing event will be available July 20, 2020 at the Macon County Fairgrounds.

Registration is required and can be done so by visiting this website or by calling 877-435-8411 - option 3.

 

 

TRUCK DRIVER INJURED IN GRUNDY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Ridgeway, Missouri man is injured after an accident in Grundy County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a tractor truck driven by 31 year old Travis Ury of Ridgeway was westbound on Missouri Highway 6 just north of Jamesport at around 1:50 Wednesday morning. Ury traveled off the north side of the roadway and hit a MoDOT sign.  His truck continued west off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its side.  Ury was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




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July 15th, 2020

 

1 DEAD 6 INJURED AFTER TRUCK CRASHES INTO RESTAURANT IN SEDALIA

 

One woman is dead and six other people were injured after a truck crashed into a Wendy's restaurant in Sedalia, Missouri.

The Columbia Missourian reports police responded to the scene at 5:38 p.m. Monday after callers said a pickup truck had traveled off the roadway and through the dining room wall of the restaurant.

Police said in a news release that their investigation found that the truck struck several trees before hitting the front of the restaurant.

The driver was not identified by police.

He was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

 

 

TWO TEENS INJURED IN SCOTLAND COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two teens were injured following an ATV crash in northeast Missouri.

The accident happened at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 15-year-old female failed to negotiate a left curve, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The impact ejected her and a 15-year-old boy off the ATV.

Both suffered minor injuries in the crash.

According to the online crash report, both were taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment.

 

 

WALMART STORES TO BEGIN REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS MONDAY

 

Walmart will require its customers to wear face coverings starting Monday, July 20.

The CEO for the retail giant said mandatory face masks will be implemented in all his stores in the U.S.

There are 4,700 supercenter and neighborhood Walmart stores and 600 Sam's Club stores in the nation.

Other retailers have announced mandatory face masks for its customers.

Best Buy will require its customers to wear masks in all of its stores, starting Wednesday.

Costco and Starbucks have announced similar policies.

This comes as the coronavirus outbreak soars across the nation.

For the latest updates on COVID-19 in our area and around the world, head to our coronavirus section.

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July 14th, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS HIGHEST NUMBER OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES TUESDAY

 

Missouri's health department has reported 936 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus, by far the largest number reported in the state in a single day since the pandemic began.

Data from the state on Tuesday also shows that hospitalizations are on the rise.

Around Missouri, 932 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of July 10, the most recent available date.

That is the highest total since 984 people were hospitalized on May 5.

One expert believes people were "lulled into a false sense of security" about the virus.

The number of Adair County residents having tested positive for COVID-19 reached 109 on Tuesday.

A 27-year-old male with a travel-related exposure is the latest confirmed case in the county.

The Adair County Health Department reports that he is now one of 11 individuals in isolation.

Ninety-eight people have left isolation after testing positive since the beginning of the year.

The health department has performed more than 3,000 COVID-19 tests in the county to date.

On Monday, July 20, 2020, a free COVID-19 testing clinic being administered by the Missouri National Guard will be held at the Macon County Fairgrounds from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Macon County Health Department, in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, is hosting the National Guard's testing clinic.

Any Missouri resident can register and no physician's order for testing is required.

Registration for the clinic may be found online here or by calling 877-435-8411.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS MULTIPLE BILLS INTO LAW INCLUDING FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTING

 

COVID-19 tests recommended by doctors now must be free to Missouri patients under a new law.

The law was among several Gov. Mike Parson signed Monday.

Other measures signed by Parson will require hospitals to perform rape kits when needed.

Currently, some sexual assault survivors must travel hours to get a rape kit.

Vaping will be banned in and around public schools beginning Aug. 28.

Another law that takes effect at the end of August will ban edible medical marijuana shaped like fruit or other shapes that might appeal to children.

 

 

MISSOURI TRUCK DRIVER SENTENCED IN INDIANAPOLIS CONSTRUCTION ZONE CRASH

 

A truck driver has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for causing a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters.
A Marion County judge ordered the prison term Monday for 58-year-old 
Bruce Pollard of Sturgeon, Missouri, after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to reckless homicide and other charges for the July 2019 crash.
Pollard was driving a semitrailer that prosecutors said was going 65 mph and didn't begin to break until the truck hit the first of several vehicles slowed for an Interstate 465 construction zone.

 

 




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July 13th, 2020

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people from Cairo are injured after an accident on Highway 24 in Randolph County Sunday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway patrol, a car driven by 37 year old Gina Lewis of Moberly was eastbound on Highway 24 about four miles east of Moberly just before 5 p.m. Sunday. Lewis slowed to make a turn into a private drive.  At that time, a motorcycle driven by 53 year old Larry Baker of Cairo ran into the rear of the car ejecting him and his passenger, 43 year old Angela Rutherford of Cairo. Both Baker and Rutherford were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Lewis was not injured.  

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGED GUN THREAT

 

A man was charged Monday after allegedly threatening this weekend to use a gun at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 49-year-old Clinton Miller of Mokane, Missouri, was charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat.
Officers were called to the hospital at about 12:24 p.m. Sunday after Miller allegedly told emergency room staff he had a gun and would use it if he could not see his ex-wife and daughter, who had come to the hospital about an hour earlier.

Responding officers located him in the hospital parking lot, but did not find a gun.

 

 

COLE COUNTY JUDGE REJECTS INJUNCTION IN MAIL IN BALLOT SUIT

 

A judge rejected Friday a motion that that would have immediately made it easier for Missourians to vote with a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Cole County Judge Jon Beetem denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the Missouri NAACP and the League of Women Voters.
At issue is how voting will work this year as public health officials urge people to social distance to avoid spreading COVID-19.
The lawsuit seeks to allow all Missourians to cast absentee ballots without notarization in 2020.

 

 

EWING MAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT UTV ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri man was killed in a UTV accident Friday night.

The accident happened around 7:20 p.m. in Lewis County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Monte Tanner, 51, of Ewing, was on Highway CC, about five miles northeast of Ewing when it happened.

Troopers say Tanner was on his UTV when it traveled off the roadway.

The impact caused the UTV to roll, and Tanner was ejected.

The UTV then slammed into a tree before it came to a rest on its side.

Tanner was pronounced dead on scene.

 

 




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July 12th, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS 472 MORE COVID-19 CASES SATURDAY

 

The Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services is reporting 472 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 27,133.

The state on Saturday also reported five more deaths, bringing the total to 1,064.

State health officials say new cases of the coronavirus are being spread primarily by young people who infect many others.

Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox on Friday said that the average age of newly diagnosed cases in the past week was 37.4.

Officials suspect the actual number of infected people is much higher than the statistics indicate because many people with mild or no symptoms do not get tested.

The rapidly rising number of confirmed new coronavirus cases is prompting facial-covering requirements in several areas of Missouri.

Twice this week Missouri set new single-day highs.

In the first five days of the week, Missouri has reported 3,225 new cases.

Kansas City is extending its facial covering requirement through at least Aug. 15.

Joplin and St. Joseph have issued new orders, and Springfield is considering requiring masks.

St. Louis and St. Louis County both began requiring face coverings this month.

 

 

TRIAL SET FOR NEMO MAN ACCUSED IN CHILD’S DEATH

 

A jury trial is now set for a northeast Missouri man accused in the death of a toddler.

Marcus Mays, of LaGrange, is charged with murder in the August 2018 death of 2-year-old Taylen Allen, who he was watching

According to our sister station, KHQA, his trial is now scheduled for December 14 in Adair County court in Kirksville.

His case was moved from Lewis County on a change of venue.

Mays was arrested after the child was taken to Blessing Hospital with severe injuries.

Allen died five days later at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, after allegedly being hit in the head numerous times.

A preliminary autopsy report revealed in court blamed the child's death on Mays.

Mays has pleaded not guilty to counts of 2nd degree murder, child abuse, child endangerment and drug possession.

 

 




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July 9th, 2020

 

NEMO VOTING PRECINCT PERMANENTLY CHANGES LOCATION

 

A northeast Missouri polling precinct is changing locations.

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

The change is permanent.

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

LOS ANGELES WOMAN INJURED IN LINN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

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

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

 

 




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July 8th, 2020

 

MISSOURI SCHOOLS WILL BE ALLOWED TO HOST STUDENTS EVERY OTHER DAY

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI TEEN ARRESTED IN COLUMBIA SHOOTING

 

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

 

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY REPORTING DELAYS PARTIALLY TO BLAME IN CORONAVIRUS SPIKE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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July 7th, 2020

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS FOUR NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES 2020 INDEPENDENCE DAY TRAFFIC REPORT

 

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

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

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

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

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

Those resulted in four injuries and zero fatalities.

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

There was also one drowning reported.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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July 6th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS TWO NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES

 

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

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

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

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY COVID-19 COUNT HITS 100

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

HANNIBAL MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

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

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

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

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

 

 




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July 2nd, 2020

 

MACON WOMAN REPORTED MISSING SINCE MAY 30TH

 

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

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

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

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

In more recent photos, she has a shaved head.

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

 

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS TWO NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS THREE NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

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

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

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

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

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

A fifth victim was later interviewed at the police department

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

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

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

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

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

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

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

 

 




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July 2nd, 2020

 

QUEEN CITY MAN KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

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

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

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

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

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

Troopers said Vincent was not wearing a seat belt.

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

MISSOURI’S COMMUNITIES SPLIT ON REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL LIMITING LAWSUITS AGAINST MISSOURI BUSINESSES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 




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July 1st, 2020

 

MOBERLY WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

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

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

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

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

Whitacre was taken to the hospital for treatment.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY AUTHORITIES RESCUE GROUP STRANDED IN GRAND RIVER

 

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

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

 

 

TWO AREA COUNTIES CONFIRM MORE CORONAVIRUS CASES

 

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

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

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

No further information about these individuals is available.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 




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June 30th, 2020

 

NEMO TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY CRASH

 

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

The crash happened at 12 p.m. Monday.

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

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

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

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

 

 

CORONAVIRUS HAS NOW CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 1,000 MISSOURIANS

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI TO REQUIRE MASKS FOR IN PERSON CLASSES

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR OUTLINES ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF COVID-19

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These restrictions include nearly 150 items across state government.

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

 

 

 




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June 29th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE CLAIMS SECOND LIFE

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

BRANSON SEES CORONAVIRUS SPIKE AFTER BUSINESSES REOPEN

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

Planned Parenthood sued.



BROOKFIELD MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT


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

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

 

 




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June 28th, 2020

 

MACON AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES CONFIRM MORE COVID-19 POSITIVES

 

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

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

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

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

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

Staying home if you aren’t feeling well

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF LATE FEES NEXT MONTH

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

HEARTLAND CITIES COULD SEE SCENIC SUNSETS AS SAHARAN DUST SETTLES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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June 25th, 2020

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

They bent the frame on another utility vehicle.

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

A gate there was also damaged.

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

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

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

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

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

Officers from the Kirksville Police Department assisted with the case.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE’S CHAUTAUQUA IN THE PARK CANCELLED

 

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

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CONTINUES TO MAKE CHANGES DUE TO PANDEMIC

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

SOME MISSOURI CITIES TO CONSIDER REQUIRING MASKS

 

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

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

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

 

 




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June 24th, 2020

 

BROOKFIELD MAN NEARLY DROWNS IN NEMO LAKE

 

A scary incident happened at a Heartland lake Tuesday afternoon.

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

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

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

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

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

Bradley was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT SENDS VOTING LAWSUIT DOWN FOR REVIEW

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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June 23rd, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE KILLS ONE, CRITICALLY INJURES ANOTHER

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An autopsy on Baker is scheduled for Thursday.

Local and state officials are investigating.

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

 

 

RESTAURANT SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE CAPTURES DEPUTY SHOOTING WOMAN

 

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

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

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

The Star has not obtained or seen the video.

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED SUNDAY NIGHT

 

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

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

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

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

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

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 
                                                                     

 

 




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June 22nd, 2020

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

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

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

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

Flowers' vehicle overturned and ejected him.

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

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

 

 

TEXAS MAN INJURED IN ADAIR COUNTY CRASH

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT SATURDAY MORNING

 

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

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

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

There are no further details to provide at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 




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June 21st, 2020

HALLSVILLE MAN KILLED IN THURSDAY ACCIDENT

 

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

 

ROLLOVER ACCIDENT INJURES ONE AND CLOSES HIGHWAY 63 MOMENTARILY

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

 

THREE NEMO MEN INJURED IN WEEKEND ATV CRASH

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

 




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June 18th, 2020

 

 

FOUR NEMO TEENS INJURED IN RTV CRASH IN PUTNAM COUNTY

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Names are not being released since they are juveniles.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT DROPS IN MAY BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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June 17th, 2020

 

 

CENTRALIA WOMAN HIT AND KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER

 

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

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

 

 

THREE VEHICLES DAMAGED IN CHAIN REACTION CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE

 

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

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

Luckily any injuries appeared to be just minor bumps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AS MISSOURI REOPENS, CDC OFFERS SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI TO REINSTATE UNEMPLOYMENT AND FOOD STAMP REQUIREMENTS JULY 1

 

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

 

 




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MISSOURI SUPREME COURT BACKS GRUNDY COUNTY HOG FARM AFTER POLLUTION CONCERNS

 

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

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

The Missouri Clean Water Commission originally revoked the permit.

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING TO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES IN MISSOURI

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ADDRESSES REOPENING THE STATE

 

The state of Missouri fully reopened on Tuesday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Missouri reopens, unemployment requirements have returned.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 




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NEW LONDON MAN KILLED IN WEEKEND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

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

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

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

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

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

Troopers said he was wearing a safety device.

 

 

AUXVASSE POLICE CHIEF ON LEAVE AFTER INFLAMMATORY FACEBOOK POSTS

 

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

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

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

Calls to Suedmeyer's home phone rang unanswered Saturday.

Auxvasse is about 35 miles northeast of Jefferson City.

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

The deputy was not injured.

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

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

This is an ongoing investigation.

 

 

 

 




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June 15th, 2020

PROPOSED BLACK BEAR HUNT FALLS FLAT WITH MISSOURI PUBLIC

 

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


ADAIR COUNTY COMMISSION OFFERS SUCCESSFUL PESTICIDE COLLECTION EVENT


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

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN MAY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION


On June 12, Columbia police arrested Robert Junior Johnson, 49, Columbia for his role in the homicide that took place in the 2700 block of Quail Drive on May 25. He has been charged with first degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
During the investigation, officers learned that Johnson was an accomplice to the shooting. As a result of the incident, Rod Jamal Jones, 36, of Columbia, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken off life support by a medical team on May 27.
Columbia police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the primary shooter who has been identified as Bobby Dawson, 38, of Columbia. Dawson is a black male who is 6 foot 1 inches and weighs 180 pounds. He is wanted for first degree murder and armed criminal action.
If the suspect is seen, individuals should not approach him as he is known to be armed and dangerous. Please call 911.
This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.
If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you see something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS PETITION TO HAVE JEFFERSON STATUE REMOVED

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

LOCAL COMMUNITIES RECEIVE VISIT TO SUPPORT AMENDMENT 2.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 




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June 10th, 2020

 

LINNEUS WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS ANOTHER TRIPLE DIGIT INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

BROOKFIELD MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AFTER MAY PURSUIT AND ACCIDENT

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 




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June 8th, 2020

 

MARCELINE MAN DROWNS IN RURAL POND

 

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

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

 

 

NAMES RELEASED IN KIRKSVILLE APARTMENT SHOOTING

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




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June 7th, 2020

 

FOUR PEOPLE INJURED IN CHARITON COUNTY ACCIDENT

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


KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARREST TWO IN APARTMENT COMPLEX SHOOTING

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

 

 

DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF DIES IN VEHICLE CRASH

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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




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PROTESTS TAKE PLACE IN MULTIPLE AREA COMMUNITIES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

TWO ARMSTRONG RESIDENTS INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 




June 2nd, 2020

 

 

TUESDAY LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

 

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

 

LINN COUNTY

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

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

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

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

 

Marceline Proposition 1

(Needs 57.1% to pass)

Yes-54.6%

No-45.4%

 

ADAIR COUNTY

 

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

MACON COUNTY

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY

 

PROPOSITION 1
Yes - 415
No - 124

PROPOSITION 2

Yes - 374
No - 158

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

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

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

Rob Small - 185
Wanda Homer - 361

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

 

PUTNAM COUNTY

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Unionville Question 2276
Yes - 164
No – 205

 

City of Unionville Question 2275

Yes - 209
No - 150

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY

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

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

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

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

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY

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

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

Ambulance Prop 1
Yes - 459
No - 169

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

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

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

BOONE COUNTY

 

Centralia Alderman Ward 1

Christina Stevens – 74

Dale Hughes-30

 

Centralia School Board

(Vote for 3)

Jared Auck-16.6%

Kelly Hawkins-16.4%

Shannon Dawson-14.7%

Charles Lawson-14.3%

 

Sturgeon Proposition K.I.D.S.

Yes-238

No-61

 

Sturgeon Proposition U

Yes-103

No-68

 

RANDOLPH COUNTY

 

Both Moberly City propositions were approved

Higbee election ordinance defeated

 

GRUNDY COUNTY

 

Trenton Motel Tax

Yes-247

No-107

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

 

Chillicothe Police Dept Tax

Yes-716

No-471

 

Chillicothe R-2 Levy Increase

Yes-790

No-994

 

 

MISSOURI MEDICAID EXPANSION SURVIVES LAWSUITS

 

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

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

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

But Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green disagreed.

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

Both critics of the proposal say they will appeal.

 




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June 1st, 2020

 

ILLINOIS MAN DIES AFTER ACCIDENT IN PALMYRA FRIDAY

 

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

 

 

UNIONVILLE STABBING SUSPECT NOW CHARGED WITH MORE CRIMES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

SHOTS FIRED, STRUCTURE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION IN COLUMBIA

 

Columbia emergency services responded to two major calls Monday.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




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May 31st, 2020

 

NEMO MAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS FOUND DEAD

 

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

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

Numerous searches had turned up nothing until Friday.

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

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

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

 

 

MACON SEX OFFENDER FACES FIVE NEW CHARGES

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 




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May 28th, 2020

 

 

SUMNER TEEN DROWNS IN PRIVATE POND IN MARION COUNTY

 

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


WEDNESDAY STORMS PRODUCE SMALL FUNNEL CLOUD IN NORTH MISSOURI

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

 

PALMYRA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

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



THREE COLUMBIA RESIDENTS INUJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

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




May 27th, 2020

 

WIND TURBINES CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NEMO

 

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

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

It is called the High Prairie Wind Farm project.

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

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

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

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

Employees said all of those parts come from Denmark.

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PUSHES FORWARD MEDICAID VOTE

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

The two suspects were released to the juvenile authorities. 

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

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 




May 26th, 2020

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH OCCURS IN KIRKSVILLE

 

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

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

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

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

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

Any citations associated with this crash are pending.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES MEMORIAL DAY CRASH INFORMATION

 

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

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

Traffic Statistics

Boating Statistics

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING

 

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

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

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

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

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




May 25th, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR WARNS RESIDENTS AFTER VIRAL VIDEO SURFACES

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

FOUR MISSOURI TEENS INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN MONROE COUNTY

 

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

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

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

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

Grimes suffered minor injuries.

Three other passengers were inside the vehicle.

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

All four were taken to the hospital for treatment.

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED AND GUNSHOT WOUND MONDAY MORNING

 

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

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

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

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




May 24th, 2020

 

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

 

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

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

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

The lawsuit was moved to federal court this week.

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

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY ARGUMENT ENDS IN STABBING

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO RISE AMID CORONAVIRUS HALT

 

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

 

MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ASKS FOR SPECIAL SESSION WITH GOVERNOR

 

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

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

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

What happens then?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 




May 22nd, 2020

 

PALMYRA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swisher was not injured in the crash.

 

 

MACON COUNTY TEEN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

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

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

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

That caused his vehicle to overturn several times.

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

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED

 

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

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

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

Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

SUV STOLEN IN PUTNAM COUNTY FOUND IN SOUTHEAST IOWA

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The investigation is ongoing.