A three-vehicle collision in Kirksville, Thursday morning, sent all three drivers to the hospital. Police say it occurred at around 9am at the intersection of Baltimore Street and Northtown Road in Kirksville. They say a northbound car, driven by a Kirksville woman, was struck by a car driven by a Green City man. A third vehicle, driven by a Macon woman, with two passengers, was rear-ended. All three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Kirksville driver sustained moderate injuries in a three-vehicle collision on Boone County Route B, just south of Hallsville. It occurred just before 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon. 22 year old Dustin Parton, of Kirksville, refused treatment for moderate injuries at the scene. The patrol says Parton was northbound and attempted to pass another vehicle. His car collided with an oncoming SUV, driven by a Columbia woman.
A Higbee driver and his teenage son were both injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Route B in Higbee. It occurred at around 1pm. 44 year old Robert G. Boyd, of Higbee, was the driver of a northbound car. The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign and struck an eastbound pickup driven by 59 year old Robert Cordle, of Higbee. Boyd was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. His 16 year old son was taken to University with minor injuries.
CYBER INVESTIGATION ON SOCIAL MEDIA CONTACTS
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents about the dangers of social media, as a Cyber Crimes investigation is being conducted. They say one or more area juvenile females report being approached on social media by a person claiming to be an adult male with a common foreign last name. The subject is apparently seeking explicit images and conversation from the juveniles and may be attempting to engage in additional criminal activity. The information is being shared with the Western Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the FBI for additional investigation. If you know anyone that has been contacted in this manner, contact your local law enforcement agency.
Columbia Police are investigating an early-morning shooting on Hirth Avenue, with at least one person treated for an injury. Officers say the victim was taken to a Columbia Hospital with a gunshot wound to the leg. Details on how the shooting occurred are being investigated. Officers were called to the scene on Hirth Avenue, between West Worley and Donnelly in Columbia, just after midnight this (Friday) morning. No additional information is available as of yet.
A Cairo man was injured when his motorcycle ran off a Monroe County highway, Wednesday afternoon. 68 year old Kenneth Tebow, of Cairo, sought his own treatment for moderate injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 2:15pm. The patrol says Tebow failed to negotiate a curve on Route M, about seven miles south of Madison. His motorcycle overturned and skidded off the left side of the roadway.
A Carrollton woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car collided with another vehicle on a Jackson County exit ramp. 57 year old Cindy Slater, of Carrollton, was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after the accident. It occurred Wednesday afternoon just after 4pm. The patrol says she was driving on the Route 291 exit ramp to 210 Highway when her car struck a vehicle as it attempted a left turn.
The Cooper County Sheriff’s Department continues to look for leads in connection with a missing woman, who was experienced symptoms of dementia. 77 year old Laverla Kistler has not been seen since a silver advisory was issued last Friday. She last spoke to a family member from her Cooper County home on June 14. Kistler is a 77 year old white female, 5-6 and around 155 pounds, with white hair and green eyes. She was driving a 2004 silver Kia van with Missouri license DD1B0Z. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Cooper County Sheriff’s Office at 660-882-2771.
A Columbia man was charged with distributing meth after a search warrant was served Wednesday. Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies and Columbia Police searched a motel room, a storage unit and a vehicle and found items related to meth distribution, along with more than an ounce of the drug and $10,000 dollars cash. 44 year old Philip Kay Pearl, of Columbia, was arrested and charged with distributing meth.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident that involved multiple vehicles Wednesday night. Police were called to the 200 block of Lynn Street. Investigators say they believe three vehicles were involved in an exchange of gunfire at Business Loop 70 and Garth Avenue. One of those vehicles crashed into a parked car on Lynn Street and suspects fled on foot. No injuries were reported, as police continued their investigation.
Chillicothe Police report a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Tuesday afternoon at the Highway 36 and 65 interchange in Chillicothe. It occurred just before 4pm. Officers say a vehicle driven by Dennis Norvill, of Chillicothe, was eastbound on the Highway 36 off ramp, ran through the intersection of Highway 65, then went airborne and impacted the ground more than 100 feet off the roadway and struck a ravine. A passenger in the vehicle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. Norvill refused treatment at the scene.
A Fayette driver suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday afternoon ATV accident. 32 year old Matthew Colvin, of Fayette, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm. The patrol says he was driving an ATV on a Howard County gravel road when it ran off the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.
A Wellsville driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Ralls County highway, Tuesday afternoon. 38 year old Jeana Fulton, of Wellsville, was taken to Audrain Medical Center in Mexico for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm. The patrol says her northbound car ran off Route B, about six miles south of Perry, and overturned.
CLARK COUPLE PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL METH CONSPIRACY
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a Clark couple have pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Randolph and Boone Counties. 33 year old Miguel Flores-Ramirez pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. His wife, Kena Marie Flores-Ramirez, entered her guilty plea in May. Both pleas were in connection with a federal indictment from October of 2014. They were accused of conspiring to acquire a shipment of meth for resale. Under federal statutes, both are subject to a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing date for the couple has not been set.
MAJOR CASE SQUAD INVESTIGATING DEATH OF COLUMBIA MAN
The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad is investigating the death of a Columbia man, whose body was found Monday inside a car on a rural Callaway County. Authorities say the case is being investigated as a homicide. The victim has been identified as 34 year old Steven Mullens, of Columbia. Results of an autopsy performed in Columbia on Tuesday are pending as the investigation continues. The major case squad has established a phone line for tips specific to this investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call 573-876-2166.
A major power outage affected the city of Brookfield early Tuesday morning. The power went down just after 6:15am and Ameren reported more than 2,000 households and businesses without power in Linn County, most of those in the city of Brookfield - including our KZBK studios. Power was restored to most of those customers at around 7:30am.
Flash flooding is occurring across parts of the area this morning, with radar estimated rainfall amounts in the 3 to 6 inch range in some locations. Flash flood warnings are in effect for parts of Linn, Livingston, Grundy, Daviess and Harrison Counties and heavy rain is affecting travel in several other locations as well. Motorists are warned to be on the lookout for water over the roadways…do not drive into high water.
Monday evening’s storms caused significant issues, including a number of power outages in several area counties. Officials are reporting that nearly all of those residents have had power restored overnight. Monroe County suffered a lightning strike at the county courthouse, which affected the 911 center Monday night, but backup systems operated normally until the main service could be restored. Moberly Fire Station #2 reported some damage to its roof, due to high winds, but it was considered minor. There were several reports of tree and power line damage due to strong winds.
Kirksville Police are seeking two suspects in connection with several burglarized businesses and vehicle thefts that investigators believe may be related. In one of those recent burglaries, the two men entered a business and took several items, including power tools, chainsaws and other lawn care equipment. Both suspects were wearing masks and one of the men was armed with a handgun. Police are looking for a person of interest in the case, Jason T. Clair, who is a white male, 5-10 and 150 pounds with numerous tattoos. He is also wanted by Adair and Scotland County authorities for outstanding warrants. One business owner is offering a $500 dollar reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous Adair County Tips Line at 627-BUST.
A one-vehicle accident in Knox County sent a driver to the hospital with moderate injuries, Monday afternoon. It occurred at around 4pm on Highway 6 in Knox City. 84 year old James Sparks, of Ewing, was the driver of an eastbound car. The patrol says he fell asleep at the wheel and the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. Sparks was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
A Hamilton woman is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond and facing four felony drug charges. Authorities say 24 year old Brandi Nicole McFall, of Hamilton is charged with three felony counts of distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance and one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from incidents occurring in April and May of this year.
Officials say the two people who survived Sunday afternoon’s plane crash in Cole County are lucky to be alive, after surveying the condition of the plane. Both victims were in good condition Monday. They’ve been identified as Mark Blume, in his 60’s and his stepson, John Abbott, in his 30’s. Abbott was the pilot of the plane, which went down on private property in Henley, at around 2:30pm Sunday. Blume was released from the hospital Monday and Abbott is listed in stable conditions. The FAA is conducting an investigation, which is likely to take several weeks.
A Sullivan County teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening ATV accident. 18 year old Matthew Stafford, of Humphreys, was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 8:20pm on private property, located north of Browning. The patrol says Stafford was traveling through a farm field when he lost control of his ATV and it overturned.
BRUNSWICK WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
A Brunswick woman suffered serious injuries when her motorcycle ran off Chariton County Route E, just east of Sumner, on Saturday. 55 year old Debrah Berry, of Brunswick, was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident, just before noon Saturday. The patrol says she was ejected from her northbound motorcycle when it ran off the highway.
An Iowa driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car collided with a pickup on Highway 65, just north of Princeton, Saturday night. It occurred just before 10:30pm. The patrol says 57 year old Larry Devitt, of Lineville, Iowa was northbound and made an abrupt turn into the southbound lane, striking an oncoming pickup, driven by 56 year old Steve Colyn, of Indianola, Iowa. Devitt was treated for moderate injuries at an Iowa hospital.
KIRKSVILLE ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY
A Kirksville man is in custody in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred last week. 20 year old Tre Shonta Stewart is being held in the Adair county Jail on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. He is charged with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. The robbery was reported late Thursday night, when three victims reported being robbed at gunpoint in the area of Davis and Filmore in Kirksville. There were no injuries reported and no shots were fired.
A Columbia man drowned while swimming at the Lake of the Ozarks, over the weekend. 27 year old Matthew A. Leverett, of Columbia, was swimming in the Grand Glaize arm of the lake at around 3 o’clock Friday afternoon when he went under and did not resurface. He was pronounced dead a few hours later.
Two persons were hospitalized with serious injuries after a single-engine plane crashed Sunday afternoon in southern Cole County. Officials say the plane went down at around 2:30pm in the area of the 1600 block of North Teal Bottom Road in Henley. Two occupants of the plane, a step-father in his 60’s and step-son in his 30’s, were flown to University Hospital with serious injuries. Authorities say the FFA will be at the crash site Monday to conduct an investigation.
A 12 year old resident of Minnesota was treated for minor injuries, after he was thrown from a UTV on a Sullivan County road, Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 3:30pm. The patrol says the UTV was being driven eastbound by 20 year old Chelsea Hiltner, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. It struck a bump in the roadway, ejecting her 12 year old passenger onto the roadway. The child, also from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.
A teenager from Manhattan, Kansas was hospitalized after her car ran off Highway 13, just south of Gallatin, Thursday evening. 18 year old Christiana Blundell was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:10pm. The patrol says she lost control of her northbound car and it ran off the highway and overturned multiple times down an embankment, coming to rest on its wheels in a field.
A Hamilton man is wanted in connection with a May burglary at a Cameron smoke shop. Cameron Police say Preston N. White, of Hamilton, is charged with two counts of burglary and property damage. He is accused of breaking into Discount Smoke and Liquor in Cameron on May 13 and taking various items.
A Missouri S&T student, who was charged after making threats against the University of Missouri campus during last fall’s racial unrest, was sentenced to probation Thursday. Hunter Park was a sophomore at Missouri S&T in Rolla. Authorities say he posted a number of comments on the social media website ‘Yik Yak’, threatening protestors on the MU Campus. Park pleaded guilty in April to a charge of making a terrorist threat. Thursday, he was sentenced to three years in prison but that sentence was suspended in lieu of probation.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of a mail scam, which has been reported. County officials say they’ve received numerous reports of non-local residents receiving checks in the mail, supposedly from the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office, as payment for online purchases from Ebay and Craigslist. The checks are made out for more than the purchase price of the item and the scammer instructs the victim to cash the phony check and send the difference back via wire transfer or money card. The sheriff’s department asks any area residents receiving such a check to contact them or the Boone County Circuit Clerk’s office.
A pair of Montgomery City motorcyclists were injured when their bikes collided on Highway 54 at Route FF in Callaway County. The accident occurred just after 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The patrol says both 52 year old Dorsey Stotler and 63 year old Burton Russell, both of Montgomery City, were eastbound when their motorcycles collided as Russell attempted to negotiate a right turn. Both men suffered moderate injuries and were treated at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Queen City pastor is charged with sex crimes against an underage boy. 68 year old George Bradburn, pastor of the Queen City Christian Church, was arrested at his home on Tuesday. He is charged with one count of first-degree statutory sodomy. The arrest comes after a two-month investigation, prompted by incidents reported to the Kirkville Police Department. The male victim accuses Bradburn of numerous sexual encounters, which allegedly occurred regularly from age 13 until the victim turned 18. Bradburn is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Brookfield man, who was arrested after a standoff at his home, Monday night, faces 14 felony charges, in connection with the incident. 51 year old Danny Gardner, of Brookfield, is charged with one count of kidnapping, seven counts of armed criminal action and six counts of assault on law enforcement. Court documents say Gardner fired multiple gunshots in the home. He is also accused of assaulting and threatening his wife and also threatening law enforcement officers. Gardner was taken into custody following approximately a two-hour standoff, which included conversations with a Highway Patrol crisis negotiator. Officers say they found about 30 firearms in the home along with around 50 spent ammunition rounds and numerous bullet holes. He is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
MARSHALL COUPLE CHARGED FOR FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTIONS
A Marshall couple faces multiple charges related to fraudulent prescriptions, after an investigation ended earlier in the week. 32 year old Stuart Randall Gossett and 30 year old Natalie Diane Gossett, of Marshall, are each charged with multiple counts of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance. Court documents accuse the couple of receiving prescriptions from an employee of a Marshall dental office, who had allegedly stolen a prescription pad and was forging prescriptions. Both Gossetts have posted $25,000 dollars bond in the case. They’re due in court for arraignment next week.
Fayette residents were without power for much of Wednesday evening. Officials say a transformer overheated, interrupting power for the entire city of Fayette. Parts of the city were without power beginning at around 4pm. The bulk of residents were affected by the outage, starting at around 6 o’clock. Officials say power to all residents was restored before 8:30 last night.
Columbia Police are investigating reports of an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles, which occurred Wednesday morning at a Columbia gas station. Officers say the reports indicated a black SUV and a silver SUV exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the Midwest Petroleum on Paris Road, Wednesday morning. Police located multiple shell casings but there was no property damage and no injuries reported. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
The Big BAM – Bicycle Across Missouri - event makes its way from Brookfield to Macon on this Wednesday. Today’s route is 59 miles and will take the cyclists down Highway 11 from Brookfield to Rothville, then on Linn County Routes E and JJ to Marceline, then onto Route WW into Macon County, up route 129 to Highway 36, and onto Old 36 and its outer road into Bevier for a lunch stop at Shoemakers RV Park. The riders will continue on the outer road and Old 36 to the Long Branch Lake exit into Macon. A full afternoon and evening of activities, including vendors, food and live music, will be held in the Macon County Park. The Big BAM travels from Macon to Shelbina on Thursday. Once again, motorists are urged to be on the lookout for cyclists along today’s route, be patient and help them be safe.
An Iowa couple both suffered serious injuries in a Tuesday night accident on the Kirksville Highway 63 bypass at its junction with Highway 6 east. The accident occurred just after 6:30pm. 67 year old Janie Adrian and her 69 year old husband John Adrian, both of Richland, Iowa, were treated for serious injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center. Kirksville Police say they were northbound on 63 when a southbound pickup, pulling a camper, and driven by 29 year old Matthew Powell, of Bethel, attempted to turn left into the path of the Adrian’s car. Powell was not injured. The intersection was blocked and traffic rerouted for nearly two hours Tuesday evening.
A Palmyra driver was seriously injured when her car ran off Marion County Route D, just north of Philadelphia, Tuesday night. It occurred at around 10:45pm. 29 year old Destiny Truax was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident. The patrol says her northbound car ran off the highway and overturned.
A Florida truck driver was killed in a Tuesday morning accident on I-70 in Saline County. 61 year old Wallace Taylor, of Jasper, Florida, died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am on Westbound I-70 at mile marker 63. The patrol says his semi ran off the highway, crossed the north outer road, went down an embankment and overturned. Taylor was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon.
Boone County emergency crews responded to a Tuesday night report of a capsized boat floating down the Missouri River near Hartsburg. The rescue team found a small fishing boat at around 9:15pm, but it was unoccupied and clearly had not been occupied. No injuries were reported. Officials say they believe the boat came loose from its moorings upstream.
Charges against a Brookfield man are pending this morning, after a Monday evening standoff at his residence. Just before 6:30pm, police received a report of multiple shots fired inside the home at 610 South Monroe Street. It was determined that the suspect, 51 year old Danny Gardner, of Brookfield, possessed multiple firearms, including long guns and pistols. Gardner refused to comply with officers instructions to exit the residence. After multiple phone calls from family members and the Highway Patrol’s Crisis Negotiator, Gardner did exit the residence shortly before 8:30pm and was taken into custody without incident. Charges are pending at this time. Brookfield Police were assisted by the Highway Patrol, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Brookfield Fire Department, Marceline Police and the Linn County Ambulance District.
CHILLICOTHE WOMAN CHARGED WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER
A Chillicothe woman is charged with involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a drug-related death, which occurred in April of this year. 53 year old Rena Boley, of Chillicothe, was arrested over the weekend and is charged in connection with the death of 40 year old Jennifer Daniel on April 16. Investigators accuse Boley of providing Daniel with a high dosage of the drug oxycontin, which was found in the victim’s system during an autopsy. Boley is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
UNIONVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO CHILD PORN
Federal prosecutors say they’ll seek the maximum 10 year sentence against a Unionville man, who pleaded guilty last week to child pornography charges. 50 year old Joel R. Bremer, of Unionville, entered his plea in Federal Court in Kansas City. The charges stem from an investigation begun in 2013, after a 19 year old woman claimed Bremer had sexually abused her for several years. During the investigation, authorities say they found more than 1,500 pictures and videos of child pornography in his home. Bremer still faces multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child molestation.
The suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Saline County, 58 year old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, says he was protecting his family when he shot the two victims to death. Owens is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 35 year old Ryan W. Sanders and 83 year old Bonnie Charlene Hupp at two locations in the Slater area. Sanders was the estranged husband of Owens’ daughter and Hupp’s granddaughter. According to court documents, Owens told investigators he shot Sanders to protect a family member involved in legal proceedings against him and he killed Hupp based on a long-standing belief that she was responsible for his divorce from her daughter.
Columbia Police continue to investigate an armed robbery on Sunday, which resulted in a gunshot wound for the victim. The male victim told officers he was walking on Sexton Road, near Jewell Avenue, Sunday evening, when four black male suspects approached him and demanded cash. When he refused, he says he was shot by one of the suspects and they all then fled on foot. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and the investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
EARLY-MORNING CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY REPORTED
Columbia Police are investigating an apparent early-morning armed robbery at a Columbia convenience store. ABC 17 news is reporting a robbery call at the Eagle Stop on Providence Road in Columbia, just before 1am. The report indicates the incident involved an intoxicated male suspect, armed with a knife. The investigation is ongoing.
A Monroe City driver died in a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 36, just east of Monroe City. 69 year old Gary Garner, of Monroe City, was killed in the crash, which occurred just after 3pm. The patrol says Garner lost control of his eastbound car and it ran into the westbound lanes of the highway and struck an oncoming car, driven by an Illinois man, head-on. That 54 year old Illinois man and his 18 year old son were both treated for serious injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital. Garner was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Brookfield teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a Livingston County gravel road, Sunday morning. It occurred just after 8am. 15 year old Ryan T. Fisher, of Brookfield, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says he lost control of his westbound car and it ran off the roadway and overturned.
A Kirksville driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Adair County Route A, just east of Greentop, Saturday night. 30 year old Thomas L. Miller, of Kirksville, refused treatment for his injuries after the accident, which occurred at around 11pm. The patrol says his eastbound pickup ran off the highway, overturned and struck a fence.
A driver from Ethel suffered moderate injuries in an ATV accident on a Macon County road, just north of Ethel. 57 year old Gilbert Garcia was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 8pm Saturday. His passenger, 21 year old Deidre Pace, of Macon, was treated for minor injuries. The patrol says the northbound ATV went out of control on loose gravel and overturned.
A Moberly driver was seriously injured in a Friday night accident on Monroe County Route YY, southwest of Madison. 20 year old Jacob Buckman, of Moberly, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15pm Friday. The patrol says Buckman’s westbound car ran off the highway, went airborne and struck several trees, coming to rest on its top.
COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SHELBY COUNTY UTV ACCIDENT
A Columbia man was treated for moderate injuries after a UTV ran off Shelby County Route C, just south of Emden, Sunday night. 66 year old Charles Watts, of Columbia, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30pm. The patrol says Watts made a left turn onto Route C, when the UTV traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment.
A suspect in last week’s double-homicide in Saline County spent the weekend in custody, after being arrested Friday. 58 year old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and armed criminal action and one count of burglary. He is accused in the two murders, which occurred early Thursday morning. 33 year old Ryan Sanders was found shot to death at a Slater home and 83 year old Bonnie Hupp died from a gunshot wound at her home, north of Slater.
An early Thursday morning ‘shots fired’ call in Saline County has turned into a double homicide investigation, at two different crime scenes. The Saline County Sheriff’s Department was called to a residence in Slater at around 2am Thursday. 35 year old Ryan Sanders was found shot at that location and later died at an area hospital. A second victim, 83 year old Charlene Hupp, was found dead at a home just north of Slater at around 8am. Authorities have confirmed that both deaths are apparent homicides and that the two victims are related by marriage. A person of interest is being sought in the case. Reports indicate he is a former family member of the two victims. He is described as a white male, about 6-1 and weighing around 220 pounds. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Saline County Sheriff’s Department.
A northeast Missouri man is accused of trying to meet up with an underage girl for sex. 54 year old Verle Gutting, of Alexandria, MO, was arrested in Kirksville, after traveling from his home to meet a 13 year old girl. The girl was actually an undercover on-line profile by detectives of the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit. When Gutting arrived for the meeting, he was arrested and charged with attempted enticement of a child.
A Marion County motorcycle accident sent a Philadelphia couple to hospital with moderate injuries, Thursday evening. 66 year old Clarence Plunkett was the driver of the motorcycle…he was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital. 65 year old Rhonda Plunkett was his passenger…she was life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says they were ejected from their eastbound motorcycle when it ran off Route 168, just west of Palmyra, and struck a ditch.
COLUMBIA MAN ACCUSED OF ARRANGING MEETING WITH CHILD
A Columbia man faces charges after attempting to arrange a meeting for sex with officers of the Boone County Cyber Crimes Task Force, who were posing as an underage child. Investigators say detectives were operating undercover online as a 14 year old boy when the suspect, 22 year old Zachary Davis, communicated with them via social media. Davis is accused of sending at least one inappropriate photo and attempting to arrange a meeting. He was arrested when he arrived at the meeting site.
Brookfield’s annual downtown Summer Festival is set to get underway today. The Brookfield License Bureau office invites everyone to view the Big BAM art show, on display inside their office this afternoon from 3 to 5pm. The Twin Parks will host a wine and brew review this evening from 5 to 8pm and the Backroads Cruizers parade of classic cars is set for 7pm. They’ll host a car show in the Twin Parks Saturday, beginning at 9am, with kids games, a bounce house and other activities in the park throughout the day. Saturday evening is the downtown Summer concert, featuring Kelleigh Bannen, Logan Mize and Dylan Scott. Gates open at 5pm and tickets are still available.
Two Brookfield residents are charged in a federal indictment, for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. The U.S. Attorney’s office says 31 year old Charleston B. Leach and 31 year old Cecilia Lynn Spath, both of Brookfield, face a four-count indictment. It alleges that they conspired to distribute meth and that they possessed marijuana with intent to distribute. Leach is also accused of using the U.S. Mail to facilitate their actions. Wednesday afternoon, Brookfield Police served federal arrest warrants on the two suspects at a Brookfield residence. During their arrests, officers say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were observed. A search warrant turned up additional paraphernalia and counterfeit currency. Additional charges against Leach and Spath are pending.
A northeast Missouri man spent part of Wednesday in custody, after allegedly making some sort of threat toward the Kirksville Social Security Office. But, authorities say, the male suspect was released and no formal charges will be filed at this time, pending further investigation. The incident occurred late Wednesday morning and caused the Social Security office to be placed on temporary lockdown. No other details have been released.
A man wanted on a warrant from south Missouri, now faces charges in Adair County, after fleeing from a Kirksville Police officer. The officer spotted 37 year old Jason Loman, of Cabool, MO driving in Kirksville Tuesday evening and recognized him as being wanted on a Texas County warrant for Persistent DWI Offender. Loman is accused of refusing to yield for a traffic stop. He then allegedly pulled into a Kirksville trailer court and fled on foot into a wooded area. He was apprehended a short time later. He is now charged with resisting arrest.
A Moberly man faces a number of new charges, after police sought him on a previous outstanding warrant. Officers contacted 25 year old Ricky Allen Junior at a Moberly residence, where he was being sought on a warrant for unlawful use of a weapon. They say Allen was found hiding in a hide-a-bed sofa, on top of meth, marijuana, packaging materials, cash, and a loaded handgun. He is now being held on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.
MACON COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENED AFTER REPLACEMENT
A Macon County highway reopened Wednesday, after being closed for more than two months. Missouri Route 156 is now open at the East Fork Chariton River Bridge, located just east of Missouri Route 3 near La Plata. The bridge had been closed for a replacement project since April 4.
A Springfield woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 63, just north of Westbrook Drive in Boone County, just before 9am Wednesday. 24 year old Anna Martin, of Springfield, was taken to University Hospital for treatment. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her southbound car ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned.
Columbia Police say an 8 year old boy was struck by a police department vehicle at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. According to the report, an officer was leaving an event at the park when the child was struck. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. An investigation is ongoing.
WALSWORTH FAMILY ANNOUNCES MAJOR TWIN PARKS DONATION
A major donation by the Walsworth family will fund a large part of the planned Brookfield Twin Parks renovation. The announcement was made at the Twin Parks last night, with Don Walsworth and other family members on-hand, to donate $300,000 dollars to the Twin Parks Revitalization Committee. Committee members say the incredibly generous donation will fund virtually all of the planned improvements for Brookfield’s East Twin Park, including a new entertainment and stage facility. They say fundraising efforts to complete the planned improvements to the West Twin Park will continue.
A northeast Missouri child was seriously injured when a car struck a bicycle in Palmyra, Tuesday evening. 8 year old Aira Hamilton, of Taylor, MO was life-flighted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm. The patrol says the child was struck after she pulled into the path of a northbound car, driven by 46 year old Tiffany Church of Palmyra.
Governor Jay Nixon joined Truman State University President Troy Paino on Tuesday, to announce five and a half million dollars in state funding for a new Inter-Professional Autism Clinic in Kirksville. The facility will be housed in the former Greenwood Elementary School building, which is now part of Truman State University. The 24,000 square foot facility will be renovated to provide comprehensive and in-depth assessment and intervention for children with autism spectrum and other neuro-developmental disorders. Officials say the renovations are expected to begin in 2017 and the clinic is projected to open by the fall of 2018.
Columbia Police are looking for a suspect in an early-morning armed robbery. It occurred just after 2am at the Eagle Stop on Providence Road. Witnesses say a masked and armed male suspect entered the store, demanded cash and then fled on foot. Police have not yet released details on their investigation.
Police say a man shot himself in the leg on the Mizzou Campus Tuesday. Officers say the man, Michael Stout, is not a university employee or student. He had apparently come to campus to demonstrate a smoothie machine and was showing his gun to a friend when he accidentally fired a round into his left leg. He was taken to University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Services for Columbia Hickman football coach Arnel Monroe have been finalized. A memorial service for Monroe will be held Thursday evening at 7pm in Alumni Stadium at Hickman High School. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9 to 11am, with Monroe’s funeral beginning at 11am at The Crossing in Columbia. Monroe died Sunday at the age of 49.
A Cameron driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Route 69 in Daviess County, Monday night. 24 year old Eric Gregg, of Cameron, was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 10:30pm. The Patrol says Gregg was ejected from his northbound car when it ran off the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned.
Boonville Police have confirmed that a ‘person of interest’ in last week’s homicide of a Fulton man was arrested on a parole violation, over the weekend. 26 year old Raymond Blake Brockway, of Sedalia, was arrested in Boonville Saturday night. The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad says he is a person of interest in last week’s murder. The victim, 48 year old Thomas Craig, of Fulton, was found shot to death in Johnson County, south of I-70 between Concordia and Sweet Springs. No further details have been released.
The much-anticipated Big BAM (Bike Across Missouri) event is next week, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be on the lookout. The cyclists will travel a 300-mile route across the state, leaving St. Joseph on Sunday, with overnight stops in Hamilton Sunday evening, Chillicothe on Monday, Brookfield Tuesday, Macon Wednesday, Shelbina Thursday and ending Friday in Hannibal. Each of those overnight stops will include a variety of activities for the participants and the public, including food and live music. The Big BAM route will utilize Highway 36 and a number of secondary roadways along the 36 corridor. Motorists are encouraged to be on the lookout for bicyclists in north Missouri, throughout next week. Complete details on the route and the overnight stops can be found on-line at bigbamride.com.
The Brookfield YMCA and Parks & Recreation invite kids to join them for a BIKE ACROSS BROOKFIELD event tomorrow (Wed June 8). Participants will meet at the Burris Center in Brookfield at 5:30pm for registration and a bike safety program. The kids will then ride to Tormey Park for a break and will finish at the East Twin parks. Helmets are required and adult supervision is required for kids 10 & under.
Columbia Police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene of an early-morning traffic crash. The accident occurred just before 3 o’clock this (Tues) morning in the 2900 block of Mexico Gravel Road. Officers on the scene say a vehicle sustained extensive damage with airbags deployed, but there were no victims at the location. Witnesses report seeing a male driver and female passenger leave the area. A search was ongoing at last report. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.
A Green City woman was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after an early morning ATV accident, which occurred just after midnight Sunday, on private property near Novinger. 42 year old Julie Muntz, of Green City, was flown to University Hospital by Air Evac helicopter. She was a passenger on an ATV driven by her husband, 34 year old Aaron Muntz, of Green City. The patrol says she was seriously injured when they struck a ditch in a farm field.
A Trenton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon ATV accident on private property on Route 190 west of Trenton. It occurred just before 1pm. 26 year old Misty Hanes, of Trenton, was the driver of a westbound ATV. The patrol says it overturned when she made an abrupt turn while accelerating. Hanes was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Two children, who were passengers, suffered minor injuries.
A pair of teenagers were involved in a Sunday afternoon ATV collision on a Daviess County road. 15 year old Tanner Hermanson, of Cameron and 15 year old Jared Groebe, of Osborn, were both westbound when their ATV’s collided. Hermanson was ejected as his vehicle overturned several times. He was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
A Moberly woman was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 63 at Dripping Springs Road in Boone County. 21 year old Cheyenne Lipich, of Moberly, was a passenger in a southbound car, driven by 28 year old Jennifer Bell, of Columbia. The patrol says she attempted a late turn off of 63 and the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a sign post and multiple road signs, went down an embankment and struck a concrete sign base. Lipich was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries…Bell was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
MOBERLY MAN CHARGED AFTER WEEKEND SEARCH WARRANT
A Moberly man faces drug charges after a weekend search warrant allegedly turned up meth and drug paraphernalia. Police served the search warrant Saturday at the home of the suspect, Kevin Lloyd White, on East Coates Street. Officers say they found meth, scales and packaging materials. White faces charges of distributing a controlled substance and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
Columbia Hickman High School is mourning the death of its football coach, 49 year old Arnel Monroe, who died Sunday morning of an apparent heart attack. Monroe was a 1985 Hickman graduate, who began coaching there in 2011. The Columbia Public School District says they will be offering counselors to provide support for Hickman students this week.
A Chariton County driver was seriously injured when his SUV was struck by a tractor-trailer on a Chariton County road, Thursday morning. The accident occurred at around 7:30am on Switzer Mill Road, just south of Salisbury. The patrol says 54 year old Sam Strodtman, of Armstrong, turned into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer, driven by an Iowa man. Strodtman suffered serious injuries. He was taken by ambulance for treatment at University Hospital in Columbia.
Three occupants of two vehicles were injured in a Thursday evening collision on Highway 13, just south of Polo in Caldwell County. The patrol says a southbound vehicle, driven by 50 year old Mary Bush, of Kingston, was stopped to make a left turn when it was struck from behind by a southbound pickup, driven by 23 year old Katie Jones of Richmond. Bush and her passenger, 53 year old Janette Busick, of Polo, were both treated for moderate injuries at Liberty Hospital. Jones refused treatment for minor injuries.
Empire District Gas Company reminds Brookfield residents that work is continuing on upgrading gas mains and service lines in parts of Brookfield. Gas lines are being replaced for all residents living north of Park Street and east of Brookfield Avenue, along with stretches of Wood, Hansen and Green Streets. Crews have worked to install gas mains first and will then replace service lines. Officials say they need help from residents in locating any privately-owned underground lines that might affect their work. They apologize for any inconvenience to homeowners. If you have questions about Empire’s ongoing work in Brookfield, call Randy Lee or Amy Kepner at their Chillicothe office…646-5851.
The spring and summer months bring Relay for Life season around the area…and the 2016 Relay for Life of Randolph County will be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Dr. Larry K. Noel Spartan Stadium in Moberly. Opening Ceremonies and the survivor lap are set for noon, with a full afternoon and evening of food, games, and lots of other activities to raise money for the fight against cancer. It’s all happening Saturday afternoon and evening in Moberly.
A Columbia teenager, one of three suspects accused of stealing from hundreds of vehicles in multiple mid-Missouri counties, pled guilty to charges in Callaway County this week. 18 year old Ledarion Hunt of Columbia pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including theft of a firearm, burglary and property damage. He was sentenced to seven years in prison on each of those counts, with the sentences to run concurrently. Hunt and 18 year old Sarah Gibb, of Moberly, have pled guilty and been sentenced in Boone County. A third suspect, 18 year old Michael Glasgow, of Columbia, still faces Boone County charges and all three suspects still face charges in Randolph County.
An Illinois man died in a Wednesday afternoon accident on I-70 in Columbia. Authorities say Robert Johnston, of Greenview, Illinois, died in the crash, which occurred on Eastbound I-70, between the Highway 63 Connector and Lake of the Woods exit. Police say traffic slowed for an unknown reason and Johnston lost control of his vehicle. He was ejected as it overturned. A female passenger was also ejected from the vehicle and was taken to a Columbia hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A Moberly man was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 63, about a mile north of Clark. The patrol says 58 year old Gloria Ebert, of Clark, was attempting to turn onto a county road from northbound 63 and she pulled into the path of a southbound van, driven by 79 year old George Bayne, of Moberly. Bayne was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. Ebert was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A Salisbury man was injured when his vehicle ran off a Chariton County road, Wednesday afternoon. 52 year old James F. Mott, of Salisbury, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Pleasant Wood road, southeast of Salisbury. The patrol says he swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle and ran off the roadway and struck an embankment, suffering minor injuries.
A Moberly man faces drug charges after a search warrant was served at a Randolph County home this week. Officers of the Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and North Missouri Drug Task Force conducted the search on County Road 2605. Officers observed a vehicle leaving the area during the search and a traffic stop also resulted in a search of that vehicle. Officers say they found meth, packaging materials, scales, cash and other items used in distributing meth. 39 year old Andrew Bradley Ross, of Moberly, is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance. He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center on $100,000 dollars cash only bond.
FORMAL CHARGES FILED AFTER SALISBURY SEARCH
Formal charges have been filed against a Salisbury man in connection with a recent search warrant served in Salisbury. 32 year old Justin E. Still, is charged with multiple counts of distributing, manufacturing or producing a controlled substance. Still remained in custody, at last report, on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A cold front, which pushed through north Missouri Tuesday evening, spawned a few scattered thunderstorms. One of those storms produced a weak tornado, which touched down in Putnam County just after 7pm. The National Weather Service says multiple cell phone videos helped confirm the brief touchdown of a weak tornado in a farm field, just west of Unionville. There was no damage reported.
A Macon woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Macon County roadway, Tuesday night. 27 year old Katie D. Rudder, of Macon, was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then transferred to University Hospital by Air Evac Helicopter. The accident occurred at around 8:30pm on Nickel Avenue, about a mile north of Highway 36. The patrol says Rudder lost control of her southbound SUV on loose gravel and it slid off the roadway and struck a utility pole.
An area motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a Tuesday evening accident on a Harrison County highway. 48 year old Jack Henry, of Cainsville, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany after the accident, which occurred at around 6pm. The patrol says his eastbound motorcycle ran off Route N, just west of Cainsville, struck a ditch and overturned.
The Highway Patrol says traffic crash numbers for the 2016 Memorial Day Weekend were up from a year ago. The patrol investigated nearly 350 traffic crashes and seven fatalities on Missouri roadways over the weekend, up from just under 300 crashes last year. There were no boating fatalities reported over this year’s holiday weekend, but there were 21 arrests for boating while intoxicated, up from 15 a year ago.
The Patrol reported one accident with injuries on Mark Twain Lake, over the holiday weekend. A 25 year old woman from Cedar Hill, MO was treated for moderate injuries after a pair of personal watercrafts collided on Sunday afternoon near the 107 Beach Area. The woman was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday morning stabbing incident. Officers were called to the scene on Forest Avenue, just after 2am Tuesday where a 26 year old female victim had suffered a stab wound. Investigators say the woman apparently went to another woman’s home and got into an altercation with her. No arrests have been reported.
One suspect faces felony drug charges after a search warrant was served Friday at the 24 Diner in Salisbury. Officers with the North Missouri Drug Task Force, Chariton County Sheriff’s Department, Salisbury Police and the Highway Patrol executed the search Friday morning. They seized items commonly associated with the sale and use of illegal substances, including what they believe to be meth, marijuana, oxycodone pills, scales, baggies, pipes and snorting straws. A 31 year old white male was arrested at the scene and transported to the Randolph County Justice Center, pending formal charges for distribution of a controlled substance. Another male suspect at the scene was cited for misdemeanor possession.
A Kirksville woman died in a weekend accident on Highway 6, just west of Edina. It occurred Saturday afternoon at around 3:15pm. The patrol says 22 year old Robin Helm, of Kirksville, was killed when her westbound car ran off the highway and overturned.
A Kirksville driver was flown to Columbia with serious injuries after his car ran off Highway 63, just north of La Plata, and overturned, just before noon on Monday. 24 year old Cameron Ohaver, of Kirksville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his southbound car suffered a mechanical failure and skidded off the roadway, thru the median, and overturned across northbound 63. His passenger, Cohen Ohaver, of La Plata, was treated for minor injuries.
Three persons were injured as three ATV’s were involved in a Monday night accident on Fox Pen Road, just south of Queen City. It occurred at around 8:40pm. The patrol says two ATV’s, driven by 26 year old Nicholas Lovingier, of Greentop and 42 year old Jason Pearson, of Greentop, met and collided at a hillcrest. A third ATV, driven by 20 year old Brody Watkins, of Kirksville, collided with Pearson’s ATV. Both Watkins and his passenger, 20 year old Darian Rader, of Novinger, were ejected from their vehicle. Both suffered moderate injuries. Rader was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center and Watkins was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. Pearson refused treatment for minor injuries.
A Kirksville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car collided with a pickup on Highway 61 in Ralls County, at around 7:45 Sunday morning. The patrol says the pickup was southbound, driven by 25 year old Dennis Powell, of Hannibal, when it struck a bridge, ran off the roadway and crossed the median into the northbound lanes of 61 and collided head-on with a car driven by 71 year old Carol Race, of Kirksville. She was flown by Air Evac helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries. Powell was flown to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.
A Paris driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Route 154, just east of Paris, early Monday morning. 35 year old Matthew Guard, of Paris, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 12:40am. The patrol says Guard’s westbound vehicle ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
A Columbia man suffered moderate injuries when his vehicle ran off westbound I-70 in Callaway County, Saturday afternoon. 69 year old Daniel K. Atwill, of Columbia, was treated at Boone Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30pm. The patrol says Atwill was traveling in the left lane of the highway when an unknown vehicle attempted to merge, forcing him off the highway and into the media barrier.
A suspect is in custody, after a Thursday evening armed robbery at the Casey’s General Store on South Franklin Street in Kirksville. Police say a male suspect, armed with a knife, entered the store just after 6pm, demanded cash, and then fled on foot. Kirksville Police, assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Truman State University Public Safety Officers searched the area and found evidence that they believe identified the suspect. The 23 year old male turned himself in to police about two hours later. His identity has not been released as of yet. Formal charges are pending.
HUNTSVILLE TEEN HURT IN ATV ACCIDENT
A Huntsville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday evening ATV accident. 14 year old Trent Wunderlich, of Huntsville, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm on Macon County Route T, just west of College Mound. The patrol says Wundelich attempted a turn in the roadway and he was ejected from the ATV when it overturned.
Two Kirksville residents were treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 11 in Linn County and overturned, Thursday morning. It occurred just after 7:30am. 51 year old Roberty Pettibone, of Kirksville, was the driver of the northbound car. The patrol says it ran off the right side of the highway and overturned, about five miles north of New Boston. Pettibone was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. His passenger, 30 year old Chantelle Watson, of Kirksville, also suffered moderate injuries. She was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital.
A Green Castle man was sentenced to 120 days of shock incarceration, which could turn into a 15 year sentence if he does not successfully complete a treatment program. 26 year old Colby Hunter Reynolds, of Green Castle, was found guilty of first-degree domestic assault, after an incident in 2014, during which he was accused of repeatedly hitting his then-girlfriend while he was intoxicated, causing severe facial injuries. Reynolds was also ordered to pay more than $24,000 dollars in restitution plus administrative fees.
A Columbia man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, in the Boone County shooting deaths of two men last September. 25 year old Darious Lucas, of Columbia, was charged this week, in connection with the deaths of 42 year old James Richardson of Columbia and 42 year old Kenneth Long, of Mexico. Lucas is all ready in custody in the Moberly Correction Center, serving a sentence on drug charges. Investigators believe he shot the two victims at the abandoned El Ray Trailer Park, just outside Columbia.
Marshall residents are cleaning up after a Thursday afternoon hail storm caused widespread damage. Officials say egg to baseball-sized hail pelted a large portion of the Marshall area, causing numerous reports of broken windshields and broken windows on vehicles and building. Strong winds also blew down a light pole near the Marshall Fire Station.
Three people were injured when a Macon driver fled a traffic stop and a high-speed chase ended with a collision on Providence Road in Columbia, just after 10 o’clock Wednesday morning. The patrol says 24 year old Michael Wills, of Macon, fled when law enforcement tried to stop him for speeding. Officers say he eluded spike strips and was driving north in the southbound lanes of Providence Road when his pickup collided with a southbound car, driven by 25 year old Cory Via, of Columbia. Via was seriously injured in the crash. Wills and his passenger, 27 year old Candice Ward, of Moberly, both suffered moderate injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment. Charges against Wills are pending as the investigation continues.
A Clarence teenager suffered serious injuries in a collision with a farm tractor on Highway 36, just west of Clarence, just before 9:30 Wednesday morning. 18 year old Mercedes Weber, of Clarence, was taken by ambulance to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says her westbound vehicle drove into the rear of a farm tractor pulling a planter. The driver of the tractor, 31 year old Daniel Blickhan, of Palmyra, was not injured.
A Knox County man was seriously injured in an early-Wednesday-morning ATV accident on private property. 30 year old Richard B. Wilson, of Baring, was taken to Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis and then transferred to University Hospital after the accident. It occurred yesterday morning at 2:15am. Wilson was a passenger on the ATV, driven by 51 year old Darlene Bryant, of Baring. The patrol says she attempted to make a sharp turn and it overturned. Bryant and another passenger suffered only minor injuries.
Teenagers from Bevier and Atlanta were injured when their car ran off Highway 36 in Anabel in Macon County, at around 10:30am Wednesday. 16 year old Candice Borron, of Bevier, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says it ran off the right side of roadway and overturned. Borron was treated for minor injuries. Her passenger, 15 year old Brianna Makesky, of Atlanta, suffered moderate injuries. Both girls were treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
A Scotland County teenager was killed in a Tuesday morning head-on collision, just north of Memphis. 18 year old Chester E. Robinson, of Memphis, was killed in the crash, which occurred at around 6:20am on Highway 15. The patrol says Robinson was northbound, when he failed to negotiate a curve and his car crossed the center line, colliding head-on with an oncoming vehicle, driven by 21 year old Tyler Scott, of Bloomfield, Iowa. Scott was life-flighted to a hospital in Iowa City with serious injuries. Robinson was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a graduate of Scotland County High School, just last week.
A Breckenridge teen was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries after a Tuesday evening collision on a Caldwell County road. 19 year old Nicholas Kelsey, of Breckenridge, was flown to Truman Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 7:15pm. The patrol says Kelsey was attempting to pass another vehicle, driven by 15 year old Raven Kepner, of Breckenridge, when he lost control and sideswiped the car. Kelsey’s vehicle then ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. Kepner was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center.
A Chillicothe woman suffered moderate injuries when her car ran off Highway 13 in Daviess County, Tuesday morning. The accident occurred at around 7:30am, just north of Coffey. 43 year old Jamie Murphy, of Chillicothe, was treated at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany after the accident. The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway, down an embankment and overturned.
A Boonville man is accused of threatening a woman and a deputy sheriff, during an incident Sunday. The woman says she arrived at her Pilot Grove home and found men’s clothing and a broken liquor bottle. She sent her children to a neighbor’s home and encountered a male suspect, armed with a rifle. The suspect, 31 year old Richard Robert Franklin, allegedly fired once into the roof of the home and threatened to kill her. She fled the home and contacted law enforcement. A Cooper county Deputy says Franklin threatened to kill him when he arrived and resisted arrest before he was taken into custody. He faces multiple charges and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
Mexico Police are investigating a report of shots fired, in the 200 block of North Missouri Street, early Tuesday morning. Officers were called to the scene just after midnight, when at least one house was hit by gunfire, but no suspect information has been developed. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-392-TIPS. A reward of up to $1,000 dollars is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
A driver from Ridgeway was seriously injured when his car ran off Highway 136 in Harrison County, early this (Tuesday) morning. 26 year old Robert Smith, of Ridgeway, was transported to Truman Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 2 o’clock this morning. The patrol says Smith lost control of his eastbound vehicle and it ran off the highway, struck a ditch and overturned. Two passengers in the vehicle refused treatment at the scene.
A Moberly driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday night collision on a Callaway County road. 39 year old Michael T. Fray, of Moberly, was taken to Capital Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 9:45pm. The patrol says a westbound car, driven by 55 year old Barbara Shelton of New Bloomfield, was stopped in the roadway, while she got her mail. Fray’s eastbound car struck the vehicle head-on. Shelton was also treated for moderate injuries at Capital Regional Hospital.
FORMER SLATER FIRE CHIEFT PLEADS GUILTY
The former Slater Fire Chief pleaded guilty Monday to three of 20 child sex charges. 40 year old Levi J. Dennis, of Slater, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of child pornography, invasion of privacy and sexual exploitation of a minor. 17 other counts were dismissed by the state as part of a plea agreement. Dennis was sentenced to 13 years in prison on the charges. He was accused of molesting and taking photographs of two girls at his home on multiple occasions over a two-year period.
‘SCAMBOREE’ IN KIRKSVILLE TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Scammers continue to come up with new ways to try to take your money. Heartland RSVP and the Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging are teaming up to help seniors make sure they’re not an easy target. The annual ‘Scamboree’ will be held this afternoon on the second floor of the Bank Midwest Building at 201 N. Elson Street in Kirksville. The program will feature speakers from the Missouri Senior Medicare Patrol and the Kirksville Police Department, beginning at 1:30pm. It is also open to caregivers and family members.
Boone County authorities received multiple reports Monday, regarding calls from an imposter pretending to be Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey. The caller identified himself as Carey, told victims there were outstanding warrants for their arrest and tried to get debit and credit card information or pre-paid money cards over the phone. Officials remind residents that the Sheriff’s Department never attempts to collect money over the telephone. They suggest that, if any unknown and unsolicited telephone caller asks you for any kind of personal or financial information you should assume it’s a scam and hang up.
This week’s Livingston County Sheriff’s report includes the completion of a drug investigation from April 7 in Utica. 62 year old James Bryan Harris, of Utica, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
They also report the arrest of a Livingston County Most Wanted fugitive last week. 29 year old Gregory W. Atwood was wanted on a Livingston County probation warrant on an original felony drug charge. He was taken into custody by authorities in Kentucky. Atwood is being held for extradition.
Deputies are also conducting an investigation involving alleged extortion. They’re reviewing allegations of negative social media postings and e-mails, with a suggestion of payment to have those postings removed. The investigation is ongoing and a report will be submitted to the Livingston County Prosecutor’s office.
A Moberly man is being held on $150,000 dollars bond, on nine felony sex charges, including child molestation and incest. Prosecutors say 32 year old Randall Braden, of Moberly, is charged with one count of forcible rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, three counts of child molestation and three counts of incest. The charges stem from an investigation into incidents from September of 2011.
ROTHVILLE TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY COLLISION
A Rothville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 11 at Mendon. 19 year old Katelyn Bryant, of Rothville, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:40pm. The patrol says her northbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck an oncoming grain truck. That driver, 56 year old Olin Jacobs of Mendon, was not injured.
A Sunday afternoon collision on Route B in Clark injured two drivers. The patrol says 51 year old Eddie L. Campbell, of Clark, attempted to turn off of the highway and into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 51 year old Tamara Andrews. Campbell was treated for minor injuries. Andrews was taken by ambulance to University Hospital with moderate injuries.
Two women are in custody after a car chase in Columbia, which occurred early Sunday morning. Boone County Deputies had received a tip that an individual with arrest warrants was driving a stolen vehicle, and possibly heading to a location on Route WW, west of Columbia. When they attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled, resulting in a high-speed pursuit, which ended with the crash of the vehicle in Callaway County. The driver, 20 year old Melinda Vandeventer, of Columbia, was arrested on multiple charges, including tampering with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. A passenger, 33 year old Chasten Jordan, of Mexico, was arrested for tampering, possession of drug paraphernalia, and multiple warrants for failing to appear on previous charges. Both suspects are being held on bond.
Adair County authorities have charged a second suspect, in conection with a burglary in western Adair County, earlier this month. 22 year old Dakota Wayne Gibson, of Novinger, is charged with second degree burglary. Derrick Kelso, of Kirksville was previous charged, in connection with the crime. Gibson was arrested on previous outstanding warrants last week, along County Road DD, where deputies located items reported stolen in the burglary, including three long guns, a Polaris SUV and a laptop computer. Both suspects are being held on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A bridge replacement project will close Highway 11 in Adair County, beginning Monday. Weather permitting, MoDOT says the Mussel Fork Bridge, on Highway 11, just east of the Sullivan/Adair County line will close for replacement Monday, for up to 75 calendar days. The new bridge will be two feet wider than the existing bridge. Motorists will need to find an alternate route around that location, beginning Monday. Once again, that’s the Highway 11 Mussel Fork Bridge, just east of the Sullivan/Adair County line.
A Shelby County bridge reopened Thursday, after being closed for nearly 60 days. The Salt River Bridge on Shelby County Route N, located about three and a half miles north of Highway 36 near Shelbina, is now open to traffic. It had been closed for a bridge deck replacement since March 21.
A Columbia man is in custody after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop and firing at police officers. The incident occurred Thursday night near Quail Drive. Officers say the suspect was on a moped when he tried to flee from a traffic stop, and fired at least one shot at police. The suspect was later found hiding in a home on Quail Drive and taken into custody without incident. No one was injured. No additional information has been released as of yet.
At least one suspect was arrested after a stolen vehicle led authorities on a chase through multiple mid-Missouri counties overnight. Authorities say a suspect driving a vehicle reported stolen out of Kansas City led officers on a chase, starting at around midnight. Reports indicate the pursuit reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour through Boone, Cooper and into Saline County. The chase ended after spike strips were deployed. At least one suspect was taken into custody. No other details are available.
A woman was treated for minor injuries after her SUV ran off Highway 63, then hit a gas main and a building, Wednesday afternoon. It occurred at around 2pm. 29 year old Jessica Gottman, of Greentop, was the driver of the southbound vehicle, which ran off 63 at its junction with Buck Creek Road at Sublette. The vehicle hit a gas line and then crashed into a shed. A utility crew responded to the scene to take care of a gas leak. Gottman was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
A Marshall couple face child endangerment charges, after an investigation this week. Authorities say two children were removed from the home, shared by 29 year old Fredrick Wayne Tresler and 32 year old Caludie Yvonne Dertinger. The investigation began early Monday morning, after a child was found curled up in the rain and waiting for a school bus. A neighbor drove the child to school and reported the incident. Investigators described the home as ‘deplorable’ and a one year old child was also removed.
BROOKFIELD SENIOR CENTER NEEDS HOME-DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS
The Brookfield Senior Center needs volunteers to help deliver meals for the ‘Meals on Wheels’ program. They have a delivery position to fill on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, for about an hour per day, from 10 to 11am. Anyone who is interested in volunteering your time and giving back to your community is urged to contact Johnna Asher at the Brookfield Senior Center. Call 660-258-2577…or 660-349-7124.
A Jefferson City man was seriously injured when his motorcycle crashed while he was fleeing from law enforcement, Wednesday night. The accident occurred just after 7:30pm on Woods Road, in Miller County. The patrol says 25 year old Brandon Cavaness, of Jefferson City, was attempted to elude law enforcement and attempted to negotiate a curve at excessive speed. His motorcycle ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Cavaness suffered serious injuries and was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
Two people were hospitalized and a driver faces charges after a Columbia hit and run accident resulted in a second crash. It occurred just before noon Wednesday, when an SUV with Texas plates pulled from the Dollar General Store and struck an oncoming car, then fled the scene and collided with two other vehicles at Route B and Brown Station Road. The SUV ended up on its side in the roadway. It’s driver and a passenger were taken to the hospital for injuries. Charges against the driver were pending at last report.
ASHLAND MAN SENTENCED ON FEDERAL METH CHARGES
An Ashland man will spend more than 15 years in prison, after sentencing in federal court on charges of possession of meth with intent to distribute. 35 year old Michael Traxler, of Ashland, pleaded guilty last month. He was arrested while officers executed a search warrant in New Bloomfield and found a safe containing nearly 50 grams of pure methamphetamine. Traxler was sentenced as a career offender. He’ll spend 15 years and 8 months in federal prison.
A Kirksville man is charged with burglary and theft, after his arrest by Adair County deputies. 25 year old Derrick Kelso was arrested Tuesday without incident. The charges stem from a burglary reported last week in western Adair County. Kelso is being held on $25,000 dollars bond. 22 year old Dakota Gibson, of Novinger, was arrested during the initial investigation last week and stolen property was recovered during that arrest. Gibson is being held on outstanding warrants from Nebraska and Webster County, MO.
The signup deadline is approaching fast for next year’s Green Hills Head Start class. Applications for next school year are due by Friday. The head start program offers free full-day preschool for 3 and 4 year olds, in two center-based settings in Brookfield, along with home-based services throughout Linn County. Contact Ms. Brooke at 258-7571 or Ms. Roxanne at 258-7035 to get more information or to get started on your child’s application.
Celebrate America, a musical and multi-media production by an area group of home schooled students, will be shared this week in Brookfield, with three performances, beginning this (Wed) afternoon at the Brookfield Park Baptist Church. The performances are scheduled for today (Wed) at 2pm and tomorrow (Thurs) and Friday evening at 7pm. Thursday evening’s performance is free to veterans. For more information, go to homeschoolworks4u.com.
A collision between a tractor-trailer and an SUV closed the southbound lanes of Highway 63 at Route B in Columbia Tuesday afternoon. Police say the accident occurred at around 2pm. They say the northbound tractor-trailer crossed the median and struck a southbound SUV. The driver of the SUV was taken to the hospital with serious sinjuries. The driver of the semi was treated for minor injuries.
An Audrain County jury has convicted a Mexico man on charges of child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. 32 year old Monte Ashcraft, of Mexico, was accused of severely injuring a 3-month old infant in Mexico in 2014. Prosecutors say the baby was malnourished and suffered three rib fractures and a broken forearm. Ashcraft was convicted on both counts Tuesday. He’ll be sentenced on July 22.
Main Street Moberly reminds residents that downtown Moberly’s farmer’s market opens for the season Thursday afternoon. The market, in downtown Moberly’s Depot Park, will be open every Thursday, from 3:30 to 7pm and some downtown businesses plan to stay open late on market days. The open-air market features produce by local farmers and vendors and, this year, will also feature demonstrations and educational opportunities about a healthier diet, thanks to a USDA healthier communities grant.
Adair County Coroner Brian Noe has released more information on the weekend shooting death at a Kirksville apartment complex. The victim in the incident was 27 year old Shane’te Douglas Glasgow, of Brookfield. Noe says the investigation indicates a group of people were together in the Callyn Heights Apartments, passing around a 9 millimeter handgun, which they thought was unloaded. The gun discharged and Glasgow died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Noe is waiting on further details from police, toxicology reports and gun powder residue tests before making a final ruling on the death. The shooting remains under investigation.
The Highway Patrol has released details on a handful of recent drug arrests, along Highway 36. Over the past few days, a pair of traffic stops in Macon County netted multiple arrests. A Colorado driver, stopped near the Long Branch Lake exit was arrested after about a half-pound of marijuana was seized from his vehicle. 24 year old Dalton Coventry faces felony possession charges.
A recent traffic stop near Bevier resulted in three arrests, after about three pounds of marijuana was found in the vehicle. 19 year old Yovany Ortiz, of Burlington, Iowa was arrested on a felony possession charge. Two other occupants of the vehicle, from Burlington, Iowa, were arrested on misdemeanor charges.
The patrol also released results of a late-night sobriety checkpoint conducted on Highway 36 in Caldwell County, over the weekend. It netted eight arrests for felony drug charges, along with six misdemeanor drug arrests, two other citations and 37 warnings.
A pair of north Missouri drivers were fortunate to escape with only minor injuries, after two separate accidents occurred on Monday.
24 year old Cheyenne Bachman, of Brashear, was treated and released at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville after her car ran off Highway 6, east of Kirksville, and overturned several times down an embankment. That accident occurred just after 1:30 Monday afternoon.
19 year old Kaylee Harrington, of Bevier, also escaped with just minor injuries, after an accident on Macon County Route C, which occurred just before noon Monday. The patrol says she was treated and released at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck an embankment.
Firefighters got a Centralia man safely out of a residence, which occurred Monday afternoon, northwest of Hallsville. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 3:30pm Monday. They say the fire apparently broke out in the basement and spread to the upper level, where the homeowner was reluctant to leave his home. They were able to get him out safely and get the fire under control. It caused significant damage to the home.
Residents in 29 Missouri counties, including much of north and central Missouri, are reminded that feeding deer is being banned, effective May 30. Grain, salt products, minerals and other consumables used to attract deer will be expressly prohibited in the designated risk area for Chronic Wasting Disease. The new ban affects a total of 29 Missouri counties, including Adair, Boone, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Cooper Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby Counties in north and central Missouri. Once again, that deer feeding ban goes into effect May 30.
Police have not released the identity of a Brookfield man, who was shot to death over the weekend at a Kirksville apartment complex. Officers were called, at around 2:30 Saturday morning, to a report of a person shot with a firearm, at 710 West Elizabeth Street in Kirksville. Kirksville Police have confirmed that the victim died from injuries sustained and also that the victim was a 27 year old Brookfield man, but they have not released his identity, pending notification of relatives…nor have they released any information on the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Their investigation continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville authorities or the anonymous tipsline at 660-627-BUST.
One person was injured in a Saturday afternoon structure fire in rural Carroll County. Firefighters were called to the scene near Bosworth at around 1pm Saturday, where a 50 by 30 foot outbuilding was destroyed by fire. One property owner suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency responders. The building was a total loss.
A Saturday afternoon ATV accident in Shelby County caused moderate injuries to a teenage driver. The patrol says 18 year old Kayla Fletcher, of Wentzville, suffered moderate injuries when the ATV she was driving ran off a gravel road, southeast of Bethel, and overturned, ejecting her from the vehicle. She was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 3pm.
A Boonville teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off a Cooper County road, Saturday afternoon. 18 year old Laurel Lutz, of Boonville, was treated at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 2:45pm Saturday. The patrol says her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a metal culvert.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired incident, in northeast Columbia, which occurred early Saturday morning. Officers were called to a report of shots fire in the area of Sylvan Lane and Towne Drive just after 1am Saturday. Shell casings were found at that location, but no injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing.
A Columbia man is schedule to appear in federal court today (Monday) on two counts of sex trafficking. Kenyata Miles was arrested in May of 2013 and was accused of promoting prostitution, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. One of the charges involves a juvenile female victim.
A Novinger man is in custody on previous outstanding warrants, after his arrest during an ongoing investigation into stolen property. 22 year old Dakota Wayne Gibson, of Novinger, was wanted on a probation warrant out of Nebraska and on a Webster County, MO warrant. He was taken into custody as the Adair county Sheriff’s Department was investigating a report of multiple stolen items from western Adair County this week. Gibson was arrested along Adair County Route DD. Investigators say they recovered stolen property, including three long guns, a Polaris ATV and a laptop computer. Additional charges are pending in the case.
A north Missouri teenager suffered moderate injuries in a Thursday morning accident on Schuyler County Route W, just east of Worthington. 17 yaer old Starr M. Bass, of Worthington, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30am. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.
MISSING TENNESSEE GIRL FOUND SAFE
9 year old Carlie Trent, the subject of a Tennessee Amber Alert and a ‘false alarm’ in mid-Missouri this week, in connection with her disappearance, has been found by authorities in Tennessee and is safe. Investigators say the girl and her abductor, her 57 year old uncle Gary Simpson, were found in a wooded area in Hawkins County, Tennessee, when two citizens were checking their property. Those citizens reportedly held Simpson at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived. The child was taken to the hospital for a medical examination and is okay. Simpson was arrested and will face kidnapping and other charges. Carlie Trent had been missing since last week, when Simpson picked her up from school and they disappeared.
Columbia police arrested a man after a car chase in Central Columbia on Wednesday. Police say the suspect, Denico S. Crawley, was driving on Providence Road when he refused to pull over for a traffic stop. He kept driving until his vehicle crashed into a tree and drove into a yard on West Stewart Road, where he fled on foot. He was located and arrested with the help of a K-9 unit. He’s charged with leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle without a valid license, resisting arrest, and multiple drug charges.
Columbia Police are also investigating a report of shots fired Thursday night, on Tupelo Place, near I-70 in northern Columbia. Officers were called to the scene at around 10pm Thursday and several witnesses reported multiple shots fired. No injuries were reported and no suspect information is available.
Macon Police have released details on a recent drug arrest. On May 2, a vehicle was stopped and a consent search turned up the seizure of marijuana and other controlled substances. 29 year old Adam J. Hamilton, of Hutchinson, Kansas was arrested at the scene. He is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hamilton’s bond was set at $10,000 dollars, cash-only.
A Missouri man was put to death by lethal injection Wednesday evening, for the 2002 murders of three Dent County residents, including a Deputy Sheriff. 66 year old Earl Forrest was pronounced dead just after 7:15pm at the Eastern Missouri Correctional Center in Bonne Terre. Forrest was the first inmate to be executed in Missouri this year, and he could be the last Missouri execution for some time. Officials say most of the state’s remaining death row inmates either have pending appeals or have been declared unfit for execution. Forrest was convicted of killing two men in a dispute during a drug deal and then Dent County Deputy Sharon JoAnn Barnes in a shootout at his home.
Burling Northern Santa Fe Railroad says there were no injuries when 12 cars on a train derailed in northwest Missouri Tuesday evening. Officials say the cause of the derailment, which occurred near Farley in Platte County, is under investigation. They say seven cars went off the tracks and overturned and five others were off track but remained upright. None of the cars contained hazardous materials. The scene was cleared Wednesday and track repairs are underway at that location. The train was on its way from Omaha, Nebraska to Kansas City when the incident occurred.
Two Concordia high school students drowned Tuesday, while at Table Rock Lake for their senior class trip. Officials say the two 17 year olds from St. Paul Lutheran High School in Concordia were attempting to swim from a pontoon boat to shore Tuesday afternoon, when they went under and did not resurface. Divers recovered their bodies Wednesday.
A Mid-Missouri Amber Alert remains in effect for a 9 year old Tennessee girl and her uncle, who is accused of abducting her, but it has been confirmed that a widely released photo of them in a canoe turns out to NOT be them. Cooper County authorities issued the alert Tuesday after an unconfirmed sighting, near Otterville, MO, of two individuals matching the description of missing 9 year old Carlie Trent and her 57 year old uncle Gary Simpson. Officials say the photograph of a girl and a man in a canoe on the Lamine River has been confirmed to be a father and daughter from Stover, MO. They say the amber alert will remain in effect until all leads have been investigated. Authorities have been looking for Simpson and his niece since he picked her up from school in Tennessee last week and they have not been seen since. Simpson was driving a white 2002 Dodge van with Tennessee license 173GPS. Anyone with information is urged to contact authorities.
A Moberly driver was treated for minor injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off Route 168, west of Palmyra in Marion County, Tuesday evening. 58 year old Michael D. Shipley, of Moberly, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:15pm. The patrol says Shipley’s eastbound tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the highway, overturned and lost cargo.
A Cameron teenager was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off a Clinton County gravel road, just before 8 o’clock Tuesday night. 18 year old Meredith Appling, of Cameron, was treated at Cameron Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says she lost control of her northbound car on loose gravel and it ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
A 10 year old girl on a school tour of the Governor’s mansion in Jefferson City is recovering after she was impaled on the wrought-iron fence surrounding the mansion Tuesday. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at around 2pm. They say the fourth-grader’s injuries were not life-threatening, but they had to cut the fence and leave a piece of it in her arm so it could be removed at the hospital. How the accident happened is under further investigation.
A Milan man is being held on $100,000 dollars bond, after being arrested on rape charges last week. 20 year old Preston Miles Weaver, of Milan, was taken into custody Friday for rape or attempted rape in the first degree and rape in the second degree. No other details on the investigation have been released, pending Weaver’s appearance in Sullivan County court. Cash-only bond has been set at $100,000 dollars.
Kirksville Community Leaders gathered Monday to break ground at the future site of Kirksville’s new Hampton Inn and Suites. The new hotel and conference center will be located at 2604 North Baltimore Street, in a vacant field, located behind Ruby Tuesday. Officials say the Hampton Inn will have 70 guest rooms and a meeting room that will hold up to 100 people. It is expected to provide about 20 new jobs when complete. Construction is expected to take about 14 months, depending on weather. The project manager hopes to have equipment on site to begin dirt work Tuesday.
Moberly City Officials will join Police Chief Russell Tarr for ‘Coffee with a Cop’, at the Moberly Public Library, Tuesday evening at 5:30pm. Citizens are invited to meet and visit with Tarr, along with Moberly City Manager Brian Crane and Public Relations Manager Tristan Asbury. Officials say they look forward to visiting with citizens in an informal setting during this evening’s event a the Moberly Public Library.
FORMER BOONE COUNTY CLERK EMPLOYEE HEADED TO JAIL
A former employee of the Boone County Clerk’s Office has pleaded guilty in federal court to leaking information about a drug-trafficking investigation. 25 year old Christin Sledd, of Columbia, pleaded guilty to using a telephone to share confidential information about narcotics search warrants, which allowed drug suspects to avoid search. Sledd is accused of notifying the father of her child, 29 year old Ryan Motez Kee, of Columbia, who then passed the information on to others. McKee also pleaded guilty of the same charge. Four additional defendants recently pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy, including 35 year old Michael Earl Hunt, of Columbia…35 year old Courtney Lashea Thornton, of Columbia, 40 year old Ronald Elwood Brown, of Sturgeon and 26 year old Kenneth Scott, Jr. of Columbia.
Two persons were treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening accident on a Ralls County road. 16 year old Charlotte Arnold, of Perry, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Irvine Lane, just north Perry, just before 5pm Sunday. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a fence and a tree. Arnold and her passenger, 22 year old Taylor Toltz, of Paris, were both treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
Mexico Police have arrested one suspect in connection with reports of gunfire, which occurred early Sunday morning. Officers were called to the 400 block of Jackson Street in Mexico, just after midnight Sunday. 32 year old Terrell Metts, of Mexico was arrested for suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon, along with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Mexico Police are also investigating a shots fired incident, which occurred Friday evening. There were no injuries in either incident.
Two teenagers, who went missing from the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville, Sunday evening, were found safe. Authorities say the two female 14 year olds went missing at around 5:45pm, and were last seen headed south from the center on foot. Officials say the two were located late Sunday night and that both girls are okay.
Two Trenton men were charged and several others were cited after a Livingston County Sheriff’s Department investigation at the Poosey Conservation Area last week. It was prompted by late-night reports last weekend of multiple people firing gunshots and exploding targets. 36 year old Samuel L. Southers of Trenton was arrested and charged for alleged unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated. 30 year old Joshua Verhage, of Trenton, was found hiding from law enforcement and arrested on two outstanding warrants. A total of six others received Department of Conservation citations at the scene.
KIRKSVILLE SEEKS A PAIR OF FUGITIVES OF THE WEEK
Kirksville Police are looking for a pair of ‘Fugitives of the Week’ this week. 27 year old Jacob Heule and 31 year old Ashley Whitmore, both of Kirksville, are both wanted on active Adair County warrants for possession of a controlled substance. Heule is 5-8 and around 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Whitmore is 5-2 and 124 pouns with brown hair and blue eyes. Officers have been unable to locate the suspects at their last known address. Both have ties to the Kirksville area and to Iowa. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Adair County tips line at 627-BUST.
An unlicensed day care operator from Marshall has been charged in connection with a pair of children allegedly injured in her care. 66 year old Janet Craig, of Marshall, is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of operating an unlicensed facility. Authorities say the charges stem from a December incident, in which a three-month old child suffered a fractured leg in her care, as well as a bruising incident, which occurred in August of last year.
Two people suffered minor injuries in a Sunday morning ‘shots fired’ incident in central Columbia. Officers responded to the 400 block of Hirth Avenue at around 1:45am Sunday. They say they confirmed multiple bullet holes in the driver’s side of a vehicle at that location. A 40 year old male victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. A 27 year old female also suffered a minor injury. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A teenager from Center, MO was treated for moderate injuries, after his vehicle ran off Ralls County Route P, just south of Center, Friday night. 16 year old Adam Black was life-flighted to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 11:45pm. The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, overturned and struck a tree.
A Trenton driver escaped with just minor injuries, after his car ran off Grundy County Route V, South of Lardeo, just after 11 o’clock Thursday morning. 25 year old Matthew Edwards, of Trenton, was treated and released at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton after the accident. The patrol says Edwards swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and his car ran off the road, struck an embankment and went through a fence.
Truman State University in Kirksville and North Central Missouri College in Trenton will both celebrate spring commencement festivities on Saturday. More than 1,000 students will receive degrees at Truman State University during graduation ceremonies, which will begin at 2pm Saturday at Stokes Stadium on the Truman Campus.
NCMC in Trenton will hold a pair of graduation ceremonies. Non-allied health program students will be honored in a Saturday morning ceremony at 9am. The Allied Health Program students will graduate in the afternoon ceremony at 1pm. An honors brunch is also scheduled, between the two ceremonies, at 10:30am on the campus in Trenton. Graduation ceremonies are also set for this weekend at both Stephens College and Columbia College, in Columbia.
A narcotics search warrant, served early Thursday morning at a Boonville home, netted three arrests on drug charges. Officers say they seized meth and drug paraphernalia during the search, in the 1100 block of 4th Street in Boonville. Two suspects, Joshua and Kathleen Ivy, of Boonville, are charged with distribution and manufacture of meth. A third suspect, Krystal Breshears, of Boonville, is charged with use of drug paraphernalia.
MEXICO SEARCH NETS ARRESTS – PART OF CENTRALIA DRUG 'SWEEP'
Mexico authorities arrested two suspects after a search warrant turned up meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia at a Mexico home. 36 year old Dennis Ayo and 31 year old Darin Barnes, of Mexico, were arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. They were also taken into custody on a Boone County warrant for distribution of a controlled substance. Authorities say they were acting on a tip from Centralia Police about the active warrant for the two men. Centralia Police say a total of ten persons were arrested Thursday in a meth-related drug roundup. Six of those arrests were in the Centralia area and the other four were in Audrain County.
Mexico Police are warning businesses about new reports of counterfeit money being passed. In December and January, reports of fake money began to circulate in the area and Mexico Police make two arrests, with charges pending against four other suspects. In the past week, new reports of counterfeit ten and twenty dollar bills have surfaced. Business owners and managers are urged to review proper procedures with employees. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 800-392-TIPS.
A Macon man pleaded guilty Wednesday to all charges related to a 2013 Easter Sunday crime spree, including the murder of a Randolph County woman. Christopher Lewis, who was 18 at the time of the crime spree, pleaded guilty to a total of 19 charges, including the murder of 92 year old Carmelita Kaser, of Moberly. Randolph County Prosecutor Mike Fusselman says the guilty plea will allow Lewis to spend life in prison and avoid the death penalty. Lewis and his co-defendant, Jeffery Nichols, are accused of shoplifting a machete-like weapon from the Moberly Wal-Mart, using it to kill Kaser and stealing her car. A string of related crime reports included burning Kaser’s vehicle, a pair of shooting incidents, the theft of guns from a Higbee home and the assault of another female victim and the theft of her car. Jeffery Nichols is scheduled to stand trial later this year.
The fourth and final suspect in a Clark County drug bust is in custody, after being on the run since Monday night. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Trenton Ray Kindhart was taken into custody Wednesday. He joins three other suspects, arrested after fleeing the scene of a drug buy in rural Clark County Monday night.
A sonic boom shook the ground and rattled windows across much of Linn, Livingston and Chariton Counties, Wednesday afternoon. Residents from the Brookfield area, to Chillicothe and Ludlow, to Sumner, Rothville and Mendon to Purdin and Browning reported hearing the loud boom, at around 1:10pm. The FAA and multiple local law enforcement agencies have confirmed the sonic boom was caused by an aircraft. And, contrary to popular belief, it is not unusual for a sonic boom to be heard over hundreds of square miles.
Three persons were injured in a Wednesday morning collision on Boone County Route B, just south of Oakland Church. The Highway Patrol says a southbound car, driven by 38 year old Bradley Duenkel, of Jefferson City, crossed the center line and struck a northbound car driven by 36 year old Shequinna Collier, of Columbia, head-on, at around 8:30am. Duenkel was seriously injured and Collier sustained moderate injuries. A passenger in Duenkel’s vehicle, 43 year old Barbara Graves, of Centralia, escaped with just minor injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment.
COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER DRUG DEAL GOES WRONG
A Columbia man is accused of threatening two people, during a drug deal gone wrong. Richard Nole, Jr. was arrested after the incident, which occurred Tuesday at his residence. Police say the victims wanted to buy crack cocaine from Nole, but didn’t have any money. They asked if he would give them the drugs anyway and he became angry and threatened them with a gun. Officers say they found the weapon and evidence of distribution of a controlled substance at the home. Nole is charged with two counts of assault and armed criminal action and drug distribution charges.
Northeast Missouri authorities are still looking for one suspect, after a Monday night Clark County drug bust turned into a pursuit by authorities. They say a controlled drug buy, involving meth, was conducted Monday night in rural Clark County, when a vehicle with four occupants fled the scene with deputies in pursuit. The chase ended when the vehicle became stuck in the mud near Alexandria, MO and the driver, 30 year old Michela Helenthal, of Hamilton, Illinois, was arrested. Three male suspects fled the vehicle on foot. Two of those suspects, 21 year old Dalton James Meyers and 40 year old Jason Tripp, both of Keokuk, Iowa, were located and arrested Tuesday afternoon at an abandoned trailer in Wayland, MO. The final suspect, 21 year old Trenton Ray Kindhart, of Keokuk, remains at-large and is considered armed and dangerous.
The Macon County Commission invites the public to take guided tours of the ongoing Macon County Courthouse and Jail construction site this weekend. The guided tours will be conducted this Saturday, May 7, from 10am to 2pm, at the courthouse. The public is welcome to stop by and see the progress as the project continues.
An historic water pump that once served the only well in Sullivan County that never ran dry, and then was believed to be stolen, will now be presented to the Sullivan County Historical Society Wednesday morning. The pump, which once stood in the middle of the road in Boynton, Missouri, went missing several months ago. The Missouri Regional Water Commission, in conjunction with the historical society, offered a ‘no questions asked’ reward for return of the pump. It was anonymously returned, has since been refurbished, and will now be put on display by the Sullivan County Historical Society. The pump will be conveyed to the historical society in a ceremony in Milan at 10am Wednesday.
A federal grand jury has found a Columbia man guilty, in connection with his part of a conspiracy to sell heroin. 47 year old Nalenzer Edwards, of Columbia, was accused of taking part in the conspiracy from March thru June of last year. Edwards told investigators he regularly got heroin from a Jefferson City supplier to be sold in Columbia. He could face up to 40 years in prison without parole. A sentencing date has not been set.
A Kirksville man faces multiple charges after allegedly using stolen checks to make down payments on a truck. 24 year old Matthew S. McCloud, of Kirksville, was charged last week with two counts of forgery, stealing a motor vehicle and felony possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of using two checks stolen from his grandmother’s cabin in Macon County, totaling more than $10,000 dollars, to pay for the purchase of a pickup. Adair County Sheriff’s Deputies say they also found prescription pills in the vehicle. McCloud’s bond was set at $25,000 dollars.
The Firefighters Association of Missouri has named the Chillicothe Fire Department its Fire Department of the Year for 2016. The award was accepted by Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright at the association’s annual convention at Tan-Tar-A, over the weekend. The award recognizes a variety of training and preparedness efforts by the department’s staff, along with its equipment and facilities and various community safety and outreach programs. The Firefighters Association of Missouri represents departments of all sizes, throughout the state of Missouri.
University of Missouri officials say a power spike caused fire alarms to go off around the MU campus Monday evening. They say the alarms went off unintentionally and there was no fire. Mizzou alert sent out a twitter message at around 9 o’clock Monday night saying everyone was safe and crews were working on the problem.
Range Line Street in Columbia will be closed at I-70 beginning today, for about three weeks. MoDOT says crews will be installing a double roundabout interchange at that location. Drivers are urged to avoid the area and find an alternate route during the project, which is expected to last about 20 days.
Eight central Missouri residents and five Californians are in custody in connection with a multi-million dollar mail fraud conspiracy to distribute synthetic marijuana. A 14-count federal indictment handed down last week named 13 suspects, including six Fulton residents, a Jefferson City man and a Columbia man. The indictment alleges that the defendants received K-2 via mail from their co-conspirators in California and sold it under different brand names through several mid-Missouri businesses, including Inscentives Resale locations in Auxvasse and Fulton, S & J Smoke Shop in Holts Summit and others. An affidavit claims the conspiracy made more that $6.6 million dollars from the sale of K-2.
This week’s Brookfield Police report includes a recent arrest for the theft of a dirt bike. Police say it was reported stolen from an unlocked garage last weekend. An investigation ended with the arrest of 45 year old John Teel of Brookfield on theft charges. Teel was released on $10,000 dollars bond.
Also last weekend, Brookfield Police say a traffic stop netted the arrest of a DeWitt driver on multiple charges. 20 year old Barry Vandeventer, of DeWitt, was accused of driving while suspended or revoked, and a subsequent search of his vehicle allegedly turned up meth. He was taken into custody on $10,000 dollars bond.
A Moberly woman escaped with just minor injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday evening on a Randolph County road. 23 year old Lynette Thomas, of Moberly, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 5:45pm. The patrol says her westbound car ran off the roadway and struck a fence.
A Mexico woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning on I-70 in Cooper County. 25 year old Whitney Whittaker, of Mexico, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 2:30 Sunday morning. She was a passenger in a westbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Leah Cohon, of Kansas City. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck the median cables, then crossed the median into the oncoming lanes of I-70. The vehicle then went airborne and down an embankment and overturned. Cohon was also flown to University with serious injuries.
The ‘much talked about’ bridge repair project on one of Missouri’s busiest bridges has begun. MoDOT says the westbound Highway 63/54 Missouri River bridge at Jefferson City was shut down at around 8:30 Sunday night and westbound traffic has been diverted to the eastbound lanes, meaning all traffic across the river will deal with lane reductions. Several access ramps on each side of the river are also closed. MoDOT says the project will take about four months to complete, ending around Labor Day Weekend. There will likely be significant delays and slow-downs around the bridge during the project…motorists are encouraged to be patient and allow extra time.
The registration deadline is today (Friday) for next weekend’s 67th Annual Marceline Alumni Banquet and Dance. It will be held at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline, next Saturday evening, May 7. Tickets for the 6pm banquet are $20 per person and attendees are asked to get those tickets by today. They’re are available at Cindi Black Rodgers’ Allstate Insurance office, from Chris Ankeny at Magnolia Antiques or from any Alumni officer. The Alumni Dance will follow the banquet next Saturday, with a ten-dollar cover charge at the door.
CHILLICOTHE FARMERS MARKET – ONE WEEK AWAY
The Chillicothe Farmers Market is set to open its 30th season on the Chillicothe Square, one week from tomorrow. The annual ‘Ringing of the Opening Bell’ will be next Saturday morning, May 7, at 8am. The Chillicothe Farmer’s Market operates every Saturday thru the month of October, rain or shine. Organizers say they averaged 10 producers per Saturday, with 28 total, during last year’s market season.
Plans are continuing for this summer’s Big BAM (Bicycle Across Missouri) event, which will roll through the Highway 36 corridor, the week of June 12 thru June 17. The bicyclists will depart St. Joseph on the morning of Sunday, June 12, with overnight stops planned in Hamilton, Chillicothe, Brookfield, Macon , Shelbina and Hannibal. Each of those communities is planning a variety of events for those overnight stops, including live entertainment, vendors, food and more. For all the details about the 2016 Big BAM event, go to www.bigbamride.com.
A Centralia man is charged with child molestation and statutory sodomy in connection with allegations involving a female minor. 29 year old Jonathan Robinson, of Centralia, is accused of molesting the girl over a two-year period, during 2014 and 2015, at two locations, including Robinson’s Centralia home. He was arrested Wednesday and arraigned by video Thursday afternoon. He is being held in the Boone County Jail on $400,000 dollars bond.
BOONE COUNTY MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING DEPUTY
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says a man was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly assaulted a deputy. Deputies went to the home of 33 year old William Russell Brown to serve a court order at around 3:30 Thursday morning, after he’d been arrested Wednesday night during a domestic violence incident. They say marijuana was in plain view in the home and Brown attempted to run to his vehicle and drive away. An altercation ensued and Brown is accused of assaulting a deputy. He is being held on $9,500 dollars bond, with additional charges pending.
A Columbia man is in custody after, officers say, he nearly collided with a Columbia Police patrol vehicle twice, Wednesday afternoon. They say the vehicle was driven by Marlon Folkes, of Columbia. An officer on patrol was southbound on the US 63 connector at I-70 when the vehicle nearly collided with the officer’s vehicle. A short time later, it happened a second time. Folkes was stopped and a search of his vehicle turned up marijuana, prescription pills and a loaded handgun.
A line of severe thunderstorms rolled across north Missouri Wednesday afternoon and evening, prompting widespread hail reports, but only a few reports of minor wind damage. Two brief tornadoes were reported. Storms spotters confirmed a tornado touchdown, north of Kidder in western Daviess County, in the 4 o’clock hour, which caused significant tree damage and some minor structural damage to a few outbuildings. A confirmed tornado also caused significant outbuilding damage Wednesday evening, near Emden, along the Marion/Lewis County line. More thunderstorms are expected this weekend. The severe weather threat will be very low, but additional heavy rainfall could cause some flooding concerns.
The Missouri Public Service Commission issued its ruling on the hotly-debated Mark Twain Transmission Line project Wednesday, but the result of that ruling is still up in the air. Wednesday morning, the commission conditionally granted a request by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois for a certificate of convenience and necessity, which would give the project a go-ahead. That condition, however, could still prevent construction of the line through northeast Missouri. The commission says it can only be built with the approval of the five counties through which the line would run, including Adair, Schuyler, Knox, Shelby and Marion Counties. Citizen’s opposition to the project in those five counties has been strong and organized and each of those county commissions has passed resolutions opposing the project. Officials say the battle over the future of the high-power transmission line could now end up it court.
Missouri’s highly-debated religious freedom bill will not move forward in the Missouri Legislature, after a House committee rejected the bill on a split 6 to 6 vote. Approval would have sent the measure on to the full legislature and their approval would have allowed Missouri voters to decide its fate. After Wednesday’s vote, the bill will not move on in the process. The bill would have prohibited the state from imposing penalties on individuals and religious entities who refuse to participate in same-sex weddings due to sincerely held religious beliefs. Opponents of the bill claim it would have promoted legalized discrimination against same-sex couples.
Formal charges have been filed against a Moberly man, who was involved in Monday’s Randolph County pursuit that ended in a shootout with officers. 34 year old James R. Fainter, of Moberly, is charged with first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property. His bond has been set at $100,000 dollars. Authorities say Fainter fled an attempted traffic stop by a Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputy, at around 11am Monday. A pursuit ended on Highway 24 near Huntsville, after spike strips were deployed. Fainter then allegedly fled the vehicle on foot and fired shots at deputies. The deputies returned fire, seriously injuring the suspect. Fainter remains in a Columbia hospital, recovering from those injuries. A female passenger was detained for questioning and has been released.
Moberly Motor Company has announced a major investment in a ‘rebuild’ of the dealership, located on North Morley in Moberly. Moberly Economic Development officials say the 72 year old family-run business plans to build an expanded, state-of-the-art Ford Lincoln Dealership, beginning this Summer, creating at least five new positions within the company. Moberly Motors will also continue to sell and service Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram vehicles, along with its existing collision repair and body shop. The demolition and construction process is scheduled to begin in June.
The Macon Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will host a Prescription Drug ‘Take Back’ event Saturday in Macon. Area residents are encouraged to bring any expired, unwanted or unneeded prescriptions to C&R Market in Macon, Saturday, from 10am to 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Authorities will properly dispose of the drugs, helping to alleviate the possibility of misuse and also protecting the environment from safety and health hazards. Officials say they can not accept liquids or needles during Saturday’s event. All pills and patches will be accepted for disposal.
Columbia Police have identified the victim of Monday’s shooting in north Columbia. They say 24 year old Gabrielle Rhodes, of Columbia, was killed by gunfire, near the Deerfield Apartments in the 1500 block of Sylvan Lane. Officers were called to the scene at around 7:45pm Monday. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.
Three suspects were arrested and charged Tuesday, in connection with Monday’s shots fired incident near the Highway 63 connector at I-70, which injured a pair of victims in a vehicle. Four felony charges have been filed against 22 year old Joseph Andrew Luckett, 22 year old Lajuan Marquis Martin and 23 year old Jonathan Nicole Banks. Police accuse the three of following and shooting at the victims, after an earlier altercation.
A Columbia driver was seriously injured when his pickup ran off a Callaway County Highway, early Tuesday morning. 33 year old Travis Terry, of Columbia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45am. The patrol says his southbound pickup ran off Route KK and overturned multiple times.
A 34 year old suspect from Moberly is hospitalized with serious injuries after a
One man is dead after a shooting incident in northeast
Two people were injured in a Monday afternoon shooting incident, near the Highway 63 Connector at I-70. Police say it occurred just before 3pm. Investigators say a verbal confrontation between the victims and three suspects occurred in the 700 block of
Two Bethany women were killed when their car was struck by a tractor-trailer on Highway 36 in DeKalb County, just after 8 o’clock Saturday morning. 86 year old Peggy Rinehart, of Bethany was the driver of their westbound car, 81 year old Wanda Findley, of Bethany, was her passenger. The patrol says a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by a California man, struck their car in the rear and it ran into the median. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.
An Ethel teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday evening motorcycle crash. It occurred at around 7:30pm on private property, located a few miles northwest of New Cambria. 17 year old Austin Malloy, of Ethel, was treated at Samaritan Hospital in Macon. The patrol says he lost control of his motorcycle while making a turn and was partially ejected.
University of Missouri wrestler and Columbia native J’den Cox is headed for the Olympic Games in Rio, after finishing first in the 86 Kilogram weight class at the World Games Qualifying Tournament in Mongolia this weekend. Cox, who was a four-time Missouri High School State Champion at Columbia Hickman and is a two-time NCAA champion at Mizzou, dominated his opponents in going 5-0 at the qualifier. He’ll be the second wrestler in Mizzou history to compete in the Olympics. The Tigers’ Ben Askren represented the US in the 2008 games in Beijing.
DOWNTOWN MACON EARTH DAY CLEANUP
The Mainstreet Macon Downtown Association will host a pair of ‘Earth Day’ cleanup events this weekend. Everyone is welcome to join them to help sweep, weed and remove trash from the downtown area, Friday evening from 5 to 7pm and Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm. Participants are asked to meet on Rollins Street, between Ben Franklin and Tux, Tees and More in downtown Macon, to take part in either or both cleanup sessions.
The Macon County Sheltered Workshop celebrates Earth Day Friday, by holding a ‘day of discovery’ for their recycling center. The public is invited to stop by the Macon Walmart Parking Lot, from 11am to 2pm. They’ll offer free information on the recycling program and the Sheltered Workshop’s retail operation, ‘Timeless Treasure Thrift Store’. That Earth Day event runs from 11-2 in the Macon Walmart Parking Lot.
An Earth Day cleanup day will be held in Brookfield Saturday morning. The Brookfield ‘No More Trash Bash’ will begin at 9am. Participants are asked to meet at 9 at the First Christian Church in Brookfield. You’re encouraged to bring work gloves and boots and any cleanup tools you might have…and dress according to the weather.
The Kirksville Masonic Lodge will host a free MoCHIP Child Identification enrollment event Saturday. Area parents are invited to the free enrollment, from 10am to 2pm at the Kirksville Masonic Temple, located at 217 East Harrison Street. MoCHIP is sponsored by the Freemasons of Missouri. It takes about 15 minutes to enroll your child and you’ll leave with a packet of essential information about your child that could help authorities in the event of an emergency. Visit their website, mochip.org for more details on the program. Saturday’s enrollment event runs from 10 to 2 at the Kirksville Masonic Temple.
A Boone County man is charged with statutory rape, involving a 15 year old girl. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says 31 year old Jerry M. Venneman was arrested Wednesday at his Columbia area home. The arrest comes after an investigation, which began last fall, following a report of the allegations received by the Moberly Police Department. Venneman is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.
The Smithfield Farmland facility in Milan was fully operational Wednesday afternoon, after a fire caused the evacuation of the plant Tuesday evening. Officials say the fire was electrical in nature and was confined to the roof of the ‘hog kill floor’ area of the plant. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze and there was no damage to the interior of the building and no injuries reported. Repairs to the roof were underway Wednesday and the plant was fully operational.
A Moberly man was taken into protective custody after a brief standoff with police, early Wednesday morning. Officers were called to the 600 block of Homestead in Moberly, at around 4am, where the suspect was believed to be suicidal. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol assisted in negotiating with the man, and he surrendered without incident, after a short standoff.
Three men have been formally charged in connection with a Sunday night exchange of gunfire in Marshall. Police arrested 34 year old Vincent Barriere, of Belton, 28 year old Daniel Wallace, of Marshall and 27 year old Marcus Lewis, of Sedalia. Prosecutors have charged Berriere and Wallace with assault and armed criminal action and Lewis is charged with assault. Authorities say an altercation between Barriere and Wallace, in the 1300 block of South Grand Avenue in Marshall, resulted in an exchange of gunfire. No one was injured.
A Columbia teenager, who lived on the University of Missouri Campus, was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department Cyber Crimes Task Force says 18 year old Aaron Becker is accused of uploading child pornography to a google account. Investigators say they have since obtained evidence that the account was used to store child pornography for several years.
A child abuse prevention training program will be held Friday in Chillicothe. ‘Stewards of Children’ is a two-hour, video-facilitated interactive program, which will be held at the Livingston County Library from 10am to noon Friday. It is provided by the Livingston County Children’s Wellness Committee and the Livingston County Health Center. The training is free, but pre-registration is required. Call the Health Center office in Chillicothe today if you’d like to attend…660-646-5506.
A Tuesday evening fire at
A pair of
A weak tornado touched down Tuesday evening in rural
An Auxvasse man faces federal firearms charges, after his indictment by a federal grand jury. 53 year old Billy Owen, of Auxvasse, is charged with begin a felon in possession of firearms and three unregistered silencers. In December, investigators say Owen was in possession of a total of 21 handguns, rifles and shotguns as well as the silencers, which is illegal as a convicted felon.
A Mokane driver was seriously injured when his car ran off Callaway County Route CC, Tuesday morning. 22 year old Brandon Fritz, of Mokane, was taken to
A Queen City motorcyclist was killed in a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 63, south of Queen City. It occurred just before 2pm. 68 year old Darren Garrison, of Queen City, died in the accident. The patrol says 25 year old Derek Tague, of Columbia, was the driver of a northbound car. He attempted to make a left turn onto Schuyler County Route W and turned into the path of Garrison’s southbound motorcycle.
A dump truck overturned on Route 136, at the east edge of Lancaster, early Monday morning, closing the highway for part of the morning, and seriously injuring the driver. It occurred just before 6am Monday. The patrol says 66 year old James Carel, of Hamilton, Illinois, lost control of the westbound dump truck and it ran off the highway, then overturned back onto the roadway, blocking traffic. Carel was life-flighted from the scene to Iowa University Hospital in Iowa City.
A Monday morning tractor-trailer fire shut down a Randolph County highway for a few hours, but there were no injuries reported. It occurred at around 9:45am on Randolph County Route C, 8 miles north of Huntsville. The patrol says a semi, driven by a Quincy, Illinois man, caught fire due to a defective tie rod, then ran off the highway and became fully engulfed. Firefighters responded to the scene and quickly got the fire under control.
SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER MARSHALL SHOTS FIRED
Marshall Police say three suspects are in custody in connection with a Sunday evening ‘shots fired’ incident. Officers were called to the 1300 block of South Grand Avenue in Marshall, at around 7:30pm Sunday, after receiving reports of gunshots. Their investigation indicated that at least two male suspects were shooting at each other and then fled the area. No injuries were reported. Three suspects were taken into custody Monday. One of those three was reportedly in the custody of Sedalia authorities. Formal charges are pending.
GUILTY PLEA IN CONNECTION WITH MU THREATS
A Missouri S&T student, who was accused of making threats against the MU campus on social media during last fall’s protests has pleaded guilty. 20 year old Hunter Park pleaded guilty Monday to making terrorist threats, using the social media app Yik Yak. His sentencing is set for June 16.
A Columbia man faces child pornography charges after an investigation by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department’s Cyber Crimes Task Force. 29 year old Nicholas Ross was taken into custody Monday. Officers say the investigation began in March, when they linked a Columbia IP address to child pornography. They say they found multiple illegal videos on his computer.
A Polo man was killed in a Saturday evening accident involving a Polaris Utility Vehicle. 29 year old Michael Bell, of Polo, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:15pm. The patrol says Bell was westbound on a county road, northwest of Polo, when he lost control and the ATV slid off the roadway and struck a fence post and a tree. A passenger, from Kansas, who was ejected from the ATV, was treated for minor injuries.
A Salisbury driver was seriously injured in a Saturday evening accident on Route 129, just south of Salisbury. 47 year old Billy D. Parker, of Salisbury, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30pm. The patrol says Parker was ejected from his southbound vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned several times.
A Marceline man was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday morning collision with a tractor-trailer, on Highway 5 just north of Marceline. 38 year old Shaun Woodard, of Marceline, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am. He was a passenger in a northbound SUV, driven by 34 year old Amanda Woodard, of Marceline. The patrol says their vehicle struck a tractor-trailer, driven by an Illinois man, which failed to yield as it attempted to cross the highway.
A Monroe City driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Ralls County Route A, near New London, Saturday night. It occurred just before 10pm. 36 year old Cornell Marks, of Monroe City, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.
A Vandalia teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off an Audrain County road, Sunday afternoon. 18 year old Devin Hummel, of Vandalia, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm Sunday. The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.
A Saturday night house fire in southern Boone County caused no injuries to humans, but three family dogs were killed. Firefighters were called to the home on Stanley Poe Road at around 10:30pm Saturday. They say two residents of the home made it out safely. Officials believe the fire started from a barbecue grill on the front porch of the residence.
The case against a La Plata woman accused of stealing a car and burning a mobile home may hinge on a psychiatric review. 34 year old Janie Potter, of La Plata, was charged in 2014 with arson and tampering with a motor vehicle, in connection with an incident in May of that year. Court documents indicate the case is on hold, pending review of a mental examination filed this week, to determine her fitness for trial. Potter is accused of stealing a car from a Kirksville hotel and wrecking it near South Gifford. She is also accused of flagging down a ride to a nearby mobile home, which burned shortly after she left the home. Potter’s case review is scheduled for May 4.
A Chillicothe woman faces charges in multiple counties, after allegedly stealing a pickup this week. Wednesday afternoon, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a pickup stolen from a residence in southern Livingston County. The report indicated a relative of the pickup’s owner was following a female suspect who was driving the vehicle. Carroll County deputies and the Highway Patrol were able to stop the vehicle near the Tina junction and the driver was arrested for DWI and driving while revoked. During the investigation, Livingston County authorities learned the suspect had two different identifies and was also wanted in Macon County on charges of DWI, driving while revoked and identity theft. 51 year old Brenda K. Parkhurst, of Chillicothe, was also arrested for tampering with a motor vehicle in Livingston County. She remains in custody on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond, as the investigation continues.
A suspect is in custody, after an early-morning robbery of a Boonville convenience store. It occurred at the Eagle Stop store, just off I-70 in Boonville, at around 1:30 Thursday morning. Cooper County deputies and Boonville Police began a search for the suspect, which led them to a nearby motel, where 39 year old Robert T. Lozano, of Kansas City, was taken into custody. Authorities determined Lozano was a fugitive, who was wanted on a parole violation warrant out of California. He is now charged with robbery and armed criminal action and being held on $200,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A South Callaway high school student has been arrested for harrasment, in connection with the ‘South Callaway Sexiest’ Facebook page. 17 year old Andrew Buckner of Fulton was arrested Thursday, after an investigation, which began in February. Authorities say the webpage contained images of female South Callaway students with derogatory, offensive and sexual terms. The page has since been taken down. Buckner was released pending a court appearance and further charges are pending.
The closure of the westbound Route 54/63 bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City, which was scheduled to begin this (Fri) evening has been postponed for two weeks. MoDOT announced the postponement Thursday, saying they had concerns about preparations for painting the structure and wanted to extend those preparations before the closure began. Westbound traffic on Route 54 and 63 will be shifted to the eastbound bridge during the closure, affecting traffic for much of the summer, about four months. Once again, that closure has now been postponed until Friday evening, April 29.
Two Hale men are in custody in connection with an attempted armed robbery, which occurred Tuesday afternoon in Chillicothe. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Bryan Street in reference to the robbery attempt, and issued a description of the suspect, who fled the scene. Wednesday, police were called to a theft report in the 1000 block of Graves Street. During that investigation, officers arrested two suspects in connection with Tuesday’s robbery incident. 40 year old Christopher Campbell of Hale was taken into custody for conspiracy to commit robbery and 20 year old William Burfield-Farley, also of Hale, was arrested for attempted robbery.
Chillicothe emergency crews responded to a natural gas leak Wednesday afternoon, after a vehicle struck a gas main in the 1200 block of Green Street. Police say the vehicle struck a gas meter next to a mobile home at that location and then left the scene. Utility crews were able to cap the leak and the driver, Richard J. Stumph, was cited for failure to register his vehicle and provide proof of financial responsibility.
A Putnam County man faces burglary charges, after his arrest last weekend. 21 year old Skyler James Garland, of Powersville was taken into custody Saturday. He is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, in connection with a recent Putnam County Sheriff’s Department investigation. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars.
Salisbury School Superintendent Todd Willhite has resigned his position, effective at the end of the current academic year, June 30. Earlier this year, Willhite had cited a lack of support from the school board as the reason for informing the board that he planned to resign at some point in the future. At this week’s Salisbury School Board Meeting, Willhite formally submitted the resignation, effective this summer.
A man was taken to the hospital after he was struck by a vehicle on I-70 in Columbia, early this (Thurs) morning. One lane of eastbound I-70 was shut down after the accident, which occurred just after 2:30am. Officers say the pedestrian, who has not been identified, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. More details on the accident will be released by police today.
MoDOT officials remind motorists that a major bridge repair project on the Route 63/54 Bridge over the Missouri River at Jefferson City is scheduled to begin Friday evening. Crews will close the westbound bridge and westbound traffic will be shifted to the eastbound bridge, causing lane reductions for traffic headed both ways across the river, which will significantly affect travel. The bridge will be closed for painting and repairs for about four months, thru early August. Maps showing the effects of the closure are available on MODOT’s website…modot.org.
A Holliday man was seriously injured in a boating accident, which occurred Tuesday afternoon on Mark Twain Lake. 56 year old Richard Sharp, of Holliday, was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:30pm. He was a passenger in a boat being operated by 59 year old William Crabtree, of Moberly. The patrol says Sharp was injured when the boat struck a submerged stump.
A Clark County elected official is behind bars, after authorities say he shot another man, over the weekend. Authorities say 26 year old John S. Malone, of Williamstown, who was elected to the Clark County Ambulance Board last week, is charged with two counts of domestic assault and causing serious physical injury. The charges stem from domestic incident between Malone and a male victim, in the early morning hours last Friday. The victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Malone is being held on $75,000 dollars bond.
Moberly Area Community College will hold its annual college and career fair today, from 10am to 1pm at the MACC Activity Center in Moberly. Dozens of employers from a variety of industries, from retail to manufacturing to government and military, are registered to attend, along with nearly two dozen college representatives. Officials say many of those employers will be hiring at the fair, so attendees should bring resumes and be prepared to interview. Students and the general public are welcome to attend, from 10am to 1pm at the MACC Activity Center.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a boater safety certification course, this Saturday at the Missouri Department of Conservation Regional Office in Kirksville. The course will run from 9am to 3pm Saturday. There is no fee, but students are required to pre-register online at the Highway Patrol’s website. Participants are also encouraged to bring a snack or a sack lunch.
The Chariton County Community Foundation will host Major League Baseball’s Pitch Hit and Run competition this Saturday at Potts Park in Salisbury. The event is free and open to all area youth ages 7 to 14. Registration will begin at 9am Saturday, with the competition starting at 9:30. Participants must bring a birth certificate to verify age. For more information, you can call the Chariton County Community Foundation at 660-288-CCCF (2223).
A multi-state Amber Alert, which was issued Monday, has been cancelled, after a missing one-month old baby was found safe. Kansas City Police issued the Amber Alert after the child was taken by her father, Robert B. Foreman. Authorities say Foreman made threats to harm the child and the baby’s mother. Officials say the infant child was found safe in Kansas and has been returned to her mother. Foreman has not yet been located.
A LaPlata man was arrested, over the weekend, after police say they caught him breaking the windows of Northeast Regional Medical Center’s Health and Fitness Center in Kirksville. 23 year old Jacob C. Baker, of LaPlata was arrested at the scene. Officers say they discovered broken windows at the center just after 4am Sunday, and drew weapons when they spotted Baker at the scene. A probable cause statement says Baker told police it was his job to break the windows. He is charged with first-degree property damage. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars.
MFA Oil Company has announced the acquisition of Moberly-based Brownfield Oil Company. Officials say the purchase also includes Brownfield’s Sinclair gas station in Shelbina and a Sinclair fueling facility in Kirksville. Under the terms of the acquisition, Brownfield Oil will continue to operate its transportation services business and retain some staff. Its remaining employees will join MFA Oil.
Truman State University’s Board of Governors has chosen an interim President, to take over effective July 1. Dr. Susan L. Thomas, Truman’s current executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, will take over as President, while the search for a permanent replacement is conducted. Dr. Thomas replaces Dr. Troy Paino, who is leaving Truman to take over at a college in Virginia. The firm ‘Academic Search’ has been chosen to assist in that search.
No one was injured, but several residents were displaced, after an early morning structure fire in a six-apartment complex near the Columbia College campus. Crews responded to the blaze, at the corner of Wilkes and Eighth Street just before 3 o’clock this (Tues) morning. Firefighters say they found heavy smoke coming from the first and second floors of the complex, but the blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes. No injuries were reported and the fire remains under investigation.
A Marceline man was seriously injured in a Friday evening ATV accident, on
A Moberly woman suffered moderate injuries when an ATV overturned in a farm field, west of Higbee, Saturday evening. 24 year old Aimee D. Henry, of Moberly, was taken by ambulance to
A New Franklin driver was treated for moderate injuries after his SUV ran off Highway 40 in
Chillicothe Police are conducting an investigation into the weekend death of a
A Macon County man serving a life sentence for the 1997 killing of his grandfather has died in prison. The Missouri Department of Corrections reports that 65 year old Gerald Elam, of Callao, died Wednesday at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, apparently of natural causes. Elam was serving life without parole on a first-degree murder conviction. Authorities say he stabbed his 87 year old grandfather in his Macon County home and then set the home on fire to cover up the crime. Elam admitted to the killing and claimed that he believed his grandfather was the devil.
A Brashear man is charged with multiple counts of stealing, after his arrest on Wednesday. 50 year old Brent L. Shelton, of Brashear, faces three counts of stealing, stemming from a pair of incidents - one in November of 2014 and another in September of 2015. His bond has been set at $25,000 dollars. Authorities say additional charges may be forthcoming.
The Kirksville Police Department’s ‘fugitive of the week’ this week is 27 year old Jacob A. Heule, of Kirksville. Huele is wanted on an Adair County arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Law enforcement has been unable to located Heule at his last known residence. He has ties to the Kirksville area and to Iowa. Heule is described as a white male, about 5-8 and 200 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police, or the tips line at 627-BUST.
Fulton Police say a man died Thursday while working at Kingdom Projects Incorporated. The accident apparently occurred just after 10am. Authorities say the male victim was crushed between a truck and a forklift, while working at the facility in Fulton. The victim’s identity has not been released. Kingdom Projects in a non-profit recycling facility that employs more than 100 people with disabilities.
TWO SUSPECTS IN HIGH-SPEED CHASE IDENTIFIED
Boone County authorities have released more details on a high-speed chase, which involved shots fired and ended with two arrests, early Thursday morning. Russell D. Moore of Fulton and Victoria A Buol of Boonville face multiple felony charges after the incident. Officers say it started at the Midway Truck Plaza at around 2:30am, where they spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Boone County. Authorities say the female driver picked up a male suspect and fled the scene, leading officers on a chase on I-70, into Columbia on Stadium Boulevard, then back onto I-70 to Callaway County, where the vehicle stopped and the two were taken into custody. The suspects are accused of shooting at officers during the chase.
A Chillicothe motorcyclist was seriously injured when he struck a deer in the roadway on a Livingston County road, Tuesday evening. 52 year old Dennis L. Evans, of Chillicothe, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 7pm. The patrol says his southbound motorcycle struck a deer on County Road 419, just south of Utica.
LifeFlight Eagle has announced plans to relocated its base in Trenton to the Chillicothe Airport. A news release indicates LifeFlight officials are now finalizing a lease agreement before breaking ground on a new hangar and crew quarters to be built by the City of Chillicothe. The Trenton crew will likely move sometime this coming fall. They say they started looking for alternative locations after their base at the Trenton airport was flooded in September of 2014.
Two suspects are in custody after a high-speed chase in Columbia, involving gunfire, early Thursday morning. Authorities say the pursuit started in southwest Columbia, just after 3am. Officers chased the suspect vehicle on Stadium Boulevard and then east on I-70 to Callaway County. The pursuit involved Highway Patrol, Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies and Columbia Police. Shots were fired at law enforcement during the chase, but no one was injured. It ended with two suspects being taken into custody. Those suspects have not yet been identified.
Boone County authorities have charged Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon with unlawful use of a weapon while intoxicated. Dixon was arrested and formally charged on Wednesday. The charges stem from an alleged incident in early March at a bar in Hartsburg. Dixon is accused of being intoxicated and handling a loaded handgun in a negligent manner inside the bar. Authorities say Dixon was on probation after pleading guilty to harassment of a Belle Police officer in 2013. He has been released after posting $4,500 dollars bond.
Six-time Olympic medallist Jackie Joyner-Kersee will be on the Truman State University Campus in Kirksville this weekend. Joyner-Kersee will speak as part of Truman’s Holman Family Distinguished Speaker Series Saturday evening at 8pm in Baldwin Hall Auditorium. She is widely considered one of the greatest athletes of the 20th century and is also considered among the most prominent philanthropists and advocates in the country. The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation is in its third decade of operation and continues to work to improve lives for youth, adults and families, particularly in her hometown of East St. Louis, Illinois.
FIRE DESTROYS TWO BUILDINGS ON PRINCETON SQUARE
A large Tuesday afternoon fire destroyed two of three buildings on the east side of the Princeton Square, including the Mercer County Senior Center. Reports indicate the fire apparently started inside Jeff’s Place tavern in the middle of the block, at around 1pm. It quickly spread to the Mercer County Senior Center next door. Both buildings are a total loss. A hair salon on the other side of the tavern suffered significant heat, smoke and fire damage, but remains standing. Smoke from the blaze caused a nearby polling place to be relocated. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The City of Marceline will get a new swimming pool facility, after its bond issue passed Tuesday by more than a two-to-one margin. Incumbent Lonnie Trentham and retiring school superintendent Paul Barger are the unofficial winners of two seats on the Brookfield City Council. Trentham led the field of six candidates with 352 votes, Barger edged out Jack Forbes by just six votes for the #2 slot, 210 to 204. Incumbent Jim McIntyre led the race for Brookfield R-3 School Board with 596 votes, including a couple of votes cast in Chariton County. Galen Hicks edged out Blake Devoy for the second school board seat, by just 20 votes, 515 to 495. Ben Keller and John Schmitz won seats on the Meadville R-4 School Board. Brad Coin won a three-way race for Meadville Alderman by 13 votes over Marc Zell. Frances Jenkins carried just a 4-vote margin to lead three other candidates in a tight race for Bucklin Alderman. Larry Smith won a Laclede Fire Board spot with a 61 percent majority. Douglas Pedeker led the race for Laclede Alderman-at-large. Laclede voters said ‘no’ to a proposition to make collector an appointed position.
Voters in the Moberly School District approved Proposition S with an 80-plus percent majority and the Moberly Road Proposition also passed, with nearly 69% in favor. Shane Adrian and Herb Lawrence, Jr. were convincingly the top two vote-getters for Moberly City Council. Mary Lee Noel and Bobby Riley won seats on the Moberly School Board…Noel leading the way with 1,165 votes, Riley with 949 and Jeff Lawrence third, with 833. Higbee School Board seats went to Robert E. Whisenand and BJ Westfall II, who had a 60-vote margin over Mike Walter. With 8 candidates on the ballot for two spots on the Northeast R-4 School Board, two front-runners emerged…Gregg Jaecques and Henry Westhues took the top two spots by more than 50 votes over the third place candidate. David Ross edged out Shirley Olney by just 10 votes for Eastern Randolph Fire Protection Director. Dennis Smith and Johnny Milnes won the two Ambulance District Director seats. Jon Gordy took 64% of the vote for Huntsville Ward 4 councilperson, while Doug Helmich had just a 1-vote margin over William Eckenrod, in Huntsville’s other Ward 4 race. David Weis won nearly an 80 percent majority for MACC Trustee.
Voters in the Macon R-1 school district voted down Proposition Kids, with more than 61% opposed. Voters said yes to the renewal of a county-wide sales tax, but the City of Macon sales tax issue failed by 73 votes. Voters in the Callao School District narrowly approved elimination of a tax rollback and Callao school board seats were won by Amy Schaefer and Danetta Sparks. Macon E911 Board seats went to James Wilson and Randall Watson. Bob Lewis won a spot on the Hudson Road Commission. Lois Bragg was elected mayor of LaPlata by a large majority. Judy Cook led Dean Aholt by just two votes for a South Gifford Council seat.
Richard Detweiler led the race for Kirksville City Council by a large margin, but the second spot was a close race, with Chuck Long edging out Glen Moritz and Bryant Kiley by less than 50 votes. Kirksville’s Question One carried by a 73% majority. Gayla McHenry and John McConnell led a field of four candidates for two Kirksville school board seats. McConnell had a 72 vote margin over the third-place finisher, Jeffrey Brawner. Novinger school board seats went to Shuan Klingsmith and Brek Snyder. The Brashear School District’s Question One passed with more than a 90% majority.
CHILLICOTHE SCHOOL BOND ISSUE PASSES
Voters in the Chillicothe School District approved a $14.5 million dollar bond issue, with 63% voting in favor of the issue. Chula mayor was the only other contested race on the Livingston County ballot. John Graves is the unofficial winner by 9 votes over Larry Ward.
Tuesday’s Chariton County ballot featured a pair of school board races that were too close to call. Blaine Adams was clearly the top vote-getter in the Northwestern of Mendon school board race, but the #2 spot was decided by just one vote, with Sabrina Brown the unofficial winner over Allen Hayes. There’s a tie for the second spot on the Brunswick School Board. Tom Zeilstra took the top spot with 151 votes, Timothy Rice and Schuyler Mason finished tied for the #2 spot, with 144 votes each. There was no such drama in the race for two spots on the Salisbury School Board, with Chris Brown and Regina Boss leading the field of six candidates. Ben Benoist and Nathan Clark won seats on the Salisbury Board of Aldermen. Jerald Sims led the race for Chariton County 911 director. Salisbury voters said ‘no’ to a vehicle sales tax question, with 67 percent opposed.
There were only a couple of contested races on the Sullivan County ballot Tuesday. Ryan Barnes and Janelle Hepler were the top two in the Green City School Board race. Two tax issues were voted down…an agriculture road tax failed with 68% opposed and a Prop 2 Road Tax levy failed with nearly 63% opposed.
A pair of school board races were the only ones contested on Tuesday’s Shelby County ballot, but both went down to the wire. Five candidates all received at least 15% of the vote for two South Shelby School Board spots, with Jim Foster and David Farrell leading the pack. North Shelby school board seats went to Scott Shively and Michael Rich, by just 25 votes over Clint Prange.
Columbia voters elected Skip Walther as the city’s next mayor. Karl Skala and Ian Thomas won a pair of City Council seats. The Columbia Public Schools saw both of its tax levy issues pass, as voters approved both an operating levy increase and a $30 million dollar bond issue. James Whitt and Jan Meese were elected to spots on the Columbia School Board.
MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION DAY – GET OUT AND VOTE!!
IT’S ELECTION DAY! Don’t forget to get out and vote. The Municipal General Election is underway and the polls are open this morning. They’ll remain open until 7pm. School Board and City government races are on the ballot today, along with several school and municipal tax issues. Please take the time to exercise your right to vote. If you need more information, contact your city our county election officials.
KZBK and KLTI will have live election results coverage this evening, beginning at around 8pm.
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK ACTIVITIES UNDERWAY
The Linn County Health Department in Brookfield continues its National Public Health Week celebration with a prescription drug ‘take back’ day at their office, today (Tues) from 8:30am to 4pm. Expired or unwanted prescriptions can be safely disposed off during the drop off event. Don’t forget, tomorrow the Ellis Fischel Mobile Mammography Unit will be at their office in Brookfield all day and tomorrow (Wed) evening is the big Kid’s Health Fair at the North Central Missouri YMCA, from 4:30 to 6:30pm.
The Livingston County Health Center has registration underway for its Spring walking challenge, to be held April 10 thru June 5. Registration is open thru Monday, April 11, although they will accept late registrants after that date. Participants pledge to walk 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks, as part of the Center’s ‘Walk Chillicothe’ project. For more information or to get registered, call the Livingston County Health Center at 646-5506, stop by the center in Chillicothe, or sign up online at livcohealthcenter.com.
The Macon County Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week, and also observing ‘Chronic Disease Prevention and Promotion Week’ with displays in their office in Macon all week long. They will host a ‘Walk to a Healthier Lifestyle’ event in Macon tomorrow at noon. Participants will meet at Ben Franklin in downtown Macon at 11:30am and take a 20 minute walk around the downtown area. They’ll give away free pedometers to all participants.
A Jefferson City teenager was killed and another suffered serious injuries when an SUV ran off a Cole County roadway, Monday afternoon. 18 year old Mathias Bennett, of Jefferson City, died in the accident, which occurred at around 3:45pm. Bennett was the driver of an eastbound vehicle on Henwick Lane. His passenger, 17 year old Kristian Estes, of Jefferson City, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. The patrol says their vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, striking a utility pole and ejecting both from the vehicle.
TWO COLUMBIA ACCIDENTS INVOLVED MOTORCYCLES
Emergency personnel responded to a pair of motorcycle accidents in Columbia Monday evening. At around 7:30pm, traffic was backed up on Grindstone Parkway, after an accident involving a motorcyclist. Earlier in the evening, a crash involving a motorcycle occurred on Business Loop 70 near Sexton Road. At least one person was transported from the scene by ambulance at that location. Police had not released details on either of those accidents, as of Monday night.
Columbia Police are seeking two suspects after an attempted home invasion robbery occurred, early Monday morning. Officers were called to the scene at around 5:40am. They say two suspects with a gun forced entry into a home in the 200 block of Ripley Street, entered the resident’s bedroom and demanded money. The two apparently fled from the home empty-handed. There were no injuries reported.
A Friday afternoon accident on Randolph County Route B, near Higbee, injured four occupants of the vehicle, including two Marceline teenagers. It occurred just before 2pm. 37 year old William Cash, of Columbia, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says it topped a hillcrest, ran off the highway and struck several trees. Cash was seriously injured. 18 year old Michael J. Strong, of Marceline and 16 year old Kaytelynn McCollum, of Kansas City both suffered serious injuries. 19 year old Nathan Campbell, of Marceline was treated for moderate injuries. All four were treated at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Brunswick woman was killed in a Friday morning accident on Highway 24, just west of Huntsville. 82 year old Wilma Kruse, of Brunswick, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:40am. She was a passenger in a car driven by Kristen Butterfield, of Brunswick. The patrol says they were eastbound on Route 24 when an oncoming vehicle, driven by 58 year old Karen Fuemmeler, of Huntsville, turned left into the path of their vehicle. Butterfield was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. Fuemmeler sought her own treatment for minor injuries.
Two Princeton children were injured in a Saturday evening ATV accident on private property in Princeton. 10 year old Andrew Matthews was life-flighted to Kansas City with serious injuries. 10 year old Triston Jennings was treated for moderate injuries at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. The patrol says their ATV veered off of a trail and struck a tree.
A Browning woman and a Kansas City man were treated for moderate injuries after a car ran off Highway 65, just south of Spickard in Grundy County, at around 11 o’clock Saturday morning. 20 year old Kiersten Allen, of Browning and 25 year old William Grimes of Kansas City both suffered moderate injuries. 19 year old Tristan Vencill, of Trenton was treated for minor injuries. All three were taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. The patrol says their northbound car ran off 65, struck an embankment and overturned several times.
Two fatalities occurred in northeast Missouri over the weekend.
31 year old Jacob Nance, of Kahoka, was killed when his vehicle ran off Route 136 in Clark County and overturned several times, early Sunday morning.
81 year old David Ely, of New London, died in a Friday evening ATV accident on private property, near New London in Ralls County. The patrol says he was thrown from his ATV as it rolled down an embankment.
Columbia police have issued an endangered person advisory for 55 year old Russell Farrel. They say Farrel is a developmentally disabled male, who went missing from a Columbia group home, located on Highland Drive, Sunday evening. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and faded blue jeans. Anyone who has seen him or has any information should call 911 or the Columbia Police Department.
This week’s Macon Police report includes the arrest of an Illinois man for possession of a controlled substance. On March 20, officers made enforcement contact with a vehicle near Jefferson and Locust Streets, and saw drug paraphernalia in the vehicle. A search turned up substances believed to be marijuana and methamphetamine. 27 year old Austin J. Dawson, of Illinois, was arrested at the scene. He is charged with possession of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $10,000 dollars cash-only.
Kirksville Police have released information on their fugitive of the week. 31 year old Ashley L. Whitmore, of Kirksville, is wanted on an Adair County arrest warrant for felony possession of a controlled substance. Law enforcement has been unable to locate her at her last known address. Whitmore is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 124 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. She has ties to the Kirksville area and Iowa. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous Adair County tips line as 627-BUST.
North Central Missouri College in Trenton has a new President, after action by the NCMC Board of Trustees yesterday (Thurs). They voted to employ Dr. Lenny Klaver, from Michigan, as President of the college. Klaver was one of two finalists interviewed this month. He is an Iowa native and is currently serving as vice President for Institutional Advancement at Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan. He also recently served as Vice Chancellor for University Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Klaver will take over his duties in Trenton on June 1.
Next Saturday, April 9, Ford and Smith Motor and the Brookfield Athletic Booster Club will co-host a Drive One for your School event at the Brookfield High School campus. You’ll have a chance to test drive a selection of brand new Ford vehicles, and each test drive will generate a donation from Ford and Smith Motor, up to $6,000 dollars total, for Brookfield High School athletics. The ‘Drive One’ event will run from 9am to 2pm next Saturday at the school. The BHS Volleyball team will be holding a fundraising co-ed volleyball tournament at that same time…so it’ll be a fun day at BHS. That’s next Saturday…plan to stop by.
An early-morning accident on Audrain County Route FF seriously injured a Centralia driver and his passenger, from Columbia. It occurred just after 12:30am. 28 year old Anthony Vinyard, of Centralia, was the driver of a southbound car, which ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, ejecting both the driver and his passenger, 20 year old Rusty McGrath, of Columbia. Both men were taken to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries.
A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court, to his role in a cocaine conspiracy and to being a felon in possession of guns. Marcus Jordan pleaded guilty to intentionally letting people use his home to make the sell cocaine. A search warrant served at the home in 2014 allegedly turned up bags of marijuana, scales and two handguns. Jordan is one of several suspects that have pleaded guilty to charges in connection with the case.
A Princeton teen was treated for moderate injuries after an ATV accident, which occurred Monday afternoon on a
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North Central Missouri College in Trenton is conducting a series of safety week activities this week. Tomorrow (Wed) the NCMC Housing Staff and Criminal Justice students will combine efforts with the Trenton Police Department to conduct a distracted/impaired driving exercise. It will be held on Main Street in Trenton, in front of NCMC’s Geyer Hall, from 11am to 1pm Wednesday. Main Street will be closed at that location during the exercise, and students will get the opportunity to wear impaired-driving goggles and ride oversized tricycles through an obstacle course. Once again, that exercise is tomorrow (Wed) from 11am to 1pm in front of NCMC’s Geyer Hall.
The Chillicothe Farmer’s Market will hold its annual meeting on Thursday evening in the FCS Financial Building’s Meeting Room. Anyone who plans to sell processed foods at this year’s market is invited to attend a Food Vendor Certification and Renewal session at 6pm. A Question and Answer session will begin at 6:30pm and the full meeting will start at 7pm. All growers and produces of quality goods from Livingston and surrounding counties are welcome to attend Thursday’s meeting and sell at this year’s Chillicothe farmers market.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol will hold a boater safety certification course, this Saturday (04/02) at Long Branch Lake, located near Macon. The course will be held from 9am to 3pm at the Long Branch Lake Corps of Engineers Visitor Center. There is no fee for the course, but student must register on-line, as seating will be limited. Participants should plan to bring a snack or sack lunch to the training. You’ll find details about the course and registration information at the Patrol’s website, mshp.dps.mo.gov. You can also call the Patrol’s Troop B office in Macon at 385-2132. The training program is this Saturday at Long Branch Lake.
A Columbia motorcyclist was killed when his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Providence Road, Monday afternoon. 23 year old Tyler Davis, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred just before 3pm. Columbia Police say Davis’ motorcycle struck the side of a vehicle as it made a left turn. The motorcycle then caught fire. The driver and passenger of that other vehicle were not injured.
Boone County authorities are investigating a single-vehicle accident in southern Boone County Monday evening, which killed the driver of the vehicle. It occurred at around 8pm, on the 9400 block of Stanley Poe Road. Deputies say they believe speed and a curve in the roadway contributed to the crash. The victim’s name has not been released, pending notification of family.
A Fayette teenager was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Saturday morning on Route 3, in Howard County. 15 year old Phillip M. Woodruff, of Fayette, died in the accident, which occurred at around 12:40am Saturday. He was a passenger in a car, driven by 17 year old Bryant D. Hubbard, of Glasgow. The patrol says the northbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned. Another passenger, 15 year old Bailey Chew, of Fayette was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries, while Hubbard was treated for moderate injuries at University.
A Boonville motorcyclist was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Cooper County Route B. It occurred just after 4:30pm. 64 year old Charles Melkersman, of Boonville, was treated at Boone Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says his southbound motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the highway and overturned.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has announced the arrest of 11 suspects on drug charges, after a two-year investigation. Reports indicate the Sheriff’s Office, Moberly Police, the Highway Patrol and the North Missouri Drug Task Force were involved in a multi-county drug warrant roundup, in Adair, Chariton, Macon, Putnam, Randolph and Schuyler Counties. Officers say they recovered a large amount of cash and about a pound or marijuana, meth and prescription pills. The following suspect names have been released -- all face charges of distributing a controlled substance…Jennifer Ayer, Denise Bowen, Matthew Bruce, Shawn Burris, Duwand Collins, George Fisk, John Rhodes, Corey Staiger, Jordan Taylor and Yolonda Woods.
Brookfield Police report the arrest of a Chillicothe man, for tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while revoked and resisting arrest by fleeing, which occurred last week. On the afternoon of March 23, officers responded to a report of careless and imprudent driving by a motorcyclist. When they approached the vehicle, the driver fled at a high rate of speed, cut through a yard and a parking lot and ignored numerous traffic signals. The pursuit ended at the intersection of North Monroe and East Prairie Streets, where the motorcycle struck a patrol vehicle. 29 year old Shane Glasgow, of Chillicothe, was arrested on multiple charges, including a Livingston County warrant for tampering with a motor vehicle, as the motorcycle was reported stolen. Glasgow was transported to the Adair County Jail.
KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED IN 2014 ARSON FIRE
A Kirksville man faces multiple charges in connection with a 2014 arson case. 39 year old Brandon True, of Kirksville, has been charged with first-degree arson, two counts of tampering with a witness, two counts of property damage, knowingly burning and making a false report. Investigators accuse True of intentionally setting fire to a duplex on East Hickory Street in Kirksville on April 24, 2014. Court documents allege that True started the blaze because he was upset with a male resident of the duplex. He is also accused of threatening witnesses in the case. True is being held on $75,000 dollars bond.
A Kansas City teen was killed and another suffered serious injuries in a fiery Thursday afternoon crash on a Caldwell County Road. It occurred just before 4pm. 16 year old Alexander Wilson, of Kansas City, was the driver of a northbound car on Yankee Ridge Road, just south of Kingston. The patrol says he lost control of the car and it ran off the roadway, struck multiple trees and caught fire. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, 17 year old Walter Eckenrod, of Kansas City, was life-flighted to Liberty Hospital with serious injuries.
Registration is underway for the fourth annual SEV Rock’N Roll 5K Walk and Run. The event, which benefits Linn County cancer victims, will be held on May 7, starting with opening ceremonies at 7:45am and the race starting at 8 at Brookfield High School. Registration is underway now thru April 18…$25 dollars for ages 11 and up and ten dollars for age 10 and under, which includes a t-shirt and goodie bag. To register for the SEV Rock’N Roll 5K, stop by the North Central Missouri YMCA, Brookfield Physical Therapy, Show-Me Possibilities or contact Cindy Severa in Brookfield…in Marceline, see Ameriprise financial, Yocom Jewelry, Signature Salon or Andrea Switzer.
The Callaway County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that a suspect was injured in an officer-involved shooting, Thursday evening. The Highway Patrol is investigating the incident, which occurred on County Road 411, southwest of Fulton. Investigators say deputies were called to a report of a domestic dispute and the suspect was shot after confronting a deputy while armed with an axe. He was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.
Missouri residents are reporting the sight and smell of smoke from large wildfires that continue to burn along the Kansas/Oklahoma border. The fires have burned more than 400,000 acres in the past few days, and strong winds are carrying that smoke into Missouri, as far east as St. Louis, nearly 500 miles away. Mid-Missouri fire departments say they’ve received several reports of smoke from residents, which, after investigation, are believed to have been prompted by smoke from those wildfires.
A Federal Bankruptcy Judge, this week, has approved a settlement with a business consultant in Moberly’s failed Mamtek Project. Tom Smith was sued by the bankruptcy trustee for $39 million dollars, after being accused of taking part in the scheme, which diverted bond financing to company insiders. This week, the Bankruptcy Court announced a settlement of that suit. Smith agreed to pay a $100,000 dollar cash settlement.
A Kansas man, accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase Monday, will appear for arraignment in Linn County Court tomorrow (Fri). 28 year old Victor Campos, of Kansas City, Kansas, faces felony charges of resisting arrest by fleeing, resulting in risk of serious injury to others. Authorities say Campos fled from an attempted traffic stop for speeding on Highway 36 in Linn County, leading law enforcement on a chase to the Macon area. Campos and a passenger were apprehended after attempting to flee the vehicle on foot, just south of Macon. The Highway Patrol says Campos was wanted on an arrest warrant out of Wyandotte County, Kansas. The female passenger, from Kirksville, was detained for resisting arrest, but formal charges have not been filed so far.
Three occupants of two vehicles all escaped with minor injuries after a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 36, just west of the Marceline junction. The patrol says it occurred at around 11:30am, when a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by 73 year old Robert Clary, of Ewing, was in the passing lane and overtaking a vehicle driven by 83 year old Junior Long, of Bucklin. According to the patrol, Long attempted to make an unauthorized u-turn on an emergency vehicle crossover, and pulled into the path of the semi. Clary suffered minor injuries as did two passengers in Long’s vehicle, 56 year old Ronnie D. Miles and 45 year old Helen Guerrero, both of Bucklin. All three were treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
A Macon County bridge is set to close for just over two months, beginning next month. MODOT says a bridge replacement project will close Route 156 at the East Fork Chariton River Bridge, near La Plata, beginning Monday, April 4. Officials say the closure is weather permitting and is expected to last about 65 days. Motorists will need to find an alternate route around that closure, beginning April 4. The new bridge will be six feet wider than the existing one.
A Mexico man faces drug charges after a search warrant was served at his home on Tuesday. 33 year old James Arnold Crow, of Mexico, was arrested for distribution of marijuana, possession of meth and drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a weapon. His bond was set at $26,000 dollars.
A Milan driver was treated for moderate injuries, after his pickup ran off Sullivan County Route OO, just north of Milan, Tuesday evening. 49 year old Earl L. Branham, of Milan was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 6pm. The patrol says Branham’s southbound pickup crossed the centerline, ran off the left side of the highway, went down an embankment and struck a creek.
A driver from Tina sustained moderate injuries when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer on Highway 65, just north of Chillicothe. It occurred Tuesday afternoon at around 12:40pm. 62 year old Lloyd Dewey, of Tina, was treated at Hedrick Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says Dewey slowed to turn into a private drive, when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a semi, driven by 39 year old James Carver, of Galt.
Two Newtown residents both face first-degree assault charges, in connection with an incident, which occurred last Friday. Court documents accuse 49 year old Robin Laray Green and 49 year old Richard James Allen, both of Newtown, of attacking another Newtown resident Friday night. Allen is accused of struggling with the victim over a crowbar and punching him multiple times, then holding the victim down while Green allegedly burned the top of his head. The victim was flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment, after the incident. Green and Allen are both in custody on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Higbee woman is charged with first-degree burglary, in connection with incidents, which occurred in late February. According to court documents, 32 year old Mindy A. Tuggle of Higbee, has been formally charged in the case and is being sought on an arrest warrant, with bond set at $20,000 dollars.
Three suspects are charged with second-degree property damage, for allegedly vandalizing a Boone County landmark. The Burr Oak Tree in southern Boone County, which is more than 350 years old, was damaged by vandals in recent weeks. Boone County authorities say a Facebook post by one of the suspects led to an arrest. 22 year old Joseph Cary turned himself in to authorities last week and was released after posting $1,000 dollars bond. Two others suspects, 20 year old Ethan Hessing and 18 year old Taylor Gee have both been charged.
Mizzou officials say all 16 University of Missouri students who are studying abroad in Brussels are safe after Tuesday morning’s terror attacks. The University confirmed that they had been in contact with all of the students Tuesday and that none of them were close to the attacks at an airport and train station in Brussels. Officials say there are no plans to cancel the program, but that any students who feel unsafe will be allowed to come home. News reports have identified three alleged ISIS operatives, who were involved in the attacks. Two suicide bombers were killed in the attacks. There are conflicting reports this morning on the possible arrest of a third suspect, a known ISIS bomb-maker.
A Kansas man led authorities on a high-speed pursuit Monday morning that began near Brookfield and ended south of Macon. The Highway Patrol says the chase began when a trooper tried to stop the suspect’s truck for speeding on Highway 36 near Brookfield, just before 11:30am. They say the suspect took off and a high-speed pursuit began, on 36 to Macon then turned southbound on Highway 63 through Macon. Macon Police and the Macon County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit and the suspect pulled over just south of Macon and tried to flee on foot into a wooded area behind a home. He and a passenger were both apprehended. Charges against the driver are pending.
BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE HORSE SHOT BY CROSSBOW
Brookfield Police are investigation an incident of animal cruelty, which occurred last week. On March 17, officers responded to a farm field off of Laclede Avenue in Brookfield, and a report of a horse being shot in the flank with a crossbow. The horse was treated by a local veterinarian and the arrow was recovered. An investigation is ongoing by Brookfield Police.
The process for bringing a new Menards store to Kirksville took another step forward Monday night, as the Kirksville City Council approved variances related to the project. Menards plans to build in a farm field on the west side of North Baltimore Street, between Home Depot and Kirksville Motor Company. City documents indicate the store will be just over 200,000 square feet. Variances concerning the number of parking spaces were unanimously approved by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission earlier this month. The Kirksville City Council approved them last night, along with a variance concerning the size of signs at the location.
One of three suspects in a string of thefts from vehicles in several area counties, which occurred last fall, has pleaded guilty. 18 year old Sara Gibb, of Moberly, entered guilty pleas in Boone County Friday to three felony counts of stealing a firearm and two counts of receiving stolen property. She was sentenced to five years in prison on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. Two other suspects in the case, 18 year old LeDarion Hunt and 18 year old Michael Glasgow, both of Columbia, are schedule for court appearances next month.
Supporters of the Macon School ballot issue will host two more open house events at the school…this evening (Tuesday 3/22) and next Thursday, March 31. The group ‘We Are Macon’ invites constituents to stop by and tour facilities and get more information on ‘Proposition Kids’, which will be on the April 5 ballot. The open houses will be from 6 to 8pm, beginning in the Macon Area Career Center Commons. Once again, they’ll be open to everyone tonight and again on March 31, at the Macon School.
Teenagers from Trenton and Chillicothe both suffered serious injuries in a Sunday afternoon ATV accident, on a Livingston County road. The accident occurred just after noon. 14 year old Matthew Miller, of Chillicothe and 14 year old Kristopher Holtzclaw, of Trenton, were both seriously injured. The patrol says Miller was the driver of an ATV on private property in Farmersville. Both occupants were ejected when it struck a tree. Both teens were taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, with serious injuries. Miller was then life-flighted to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
A Novinger driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on an Adair County road. 43 year old Julie Connelly, of Novinger, was the driver of a westbound vehicle on Bethel Ridge Road, just north of Novinger. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a tree, just before noon Saturday. Connelly was treated for moderate injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
Multiple area law enforcement agencies are warning residents of some new twists on some old telephone scams, which are circulating again. The FBI say scammers are able to fraudulently display the FBI or IRS on the victim’s caller ID. The scammer then claims the victims are being investigated for back taxes or other legal matters, and pressuring victims for immediate payments over the telephone, or to obtain personal financial information. Residents are reminded that the FBI and IRS do not call or e-mail private citizens to demand money or threaten arrest over the telephone. You are strongly encouraged to contact law enforcement to verify any information in these types of calls. Do NOT give out personal financial information to any unsolicited caller.
A Columbia resident was hospitalized after an early-morning house fire damaged a Columbia home. Firefighters were called to the home on Ruby Lane, just before 1:30 this (Mon) morning. They say one person inside the home was taken to the hospital with injuries and a pet inside the home died in the fire. The cause is still under investigation and a damage estimate is not yet available.
An overnight ‘shots fired’ alert on the Mizzou Campus turned out to be fireworks. The University sent an alert to students just before midnight Sunday, after a report of shots fired near Providence Avenue and Stewart Road. The investigation revealed fireworks as the cause of the report, and the ‘all clear’ was given.
Police have confirmed a weekend ‘shots fired’ report near Coats Street and north Boulevard in Columbia. Officers say they were called to a report of several people fighting in the street on North Boulevard and heard gun shots as they approached the scene. Police did find evidence of the shots fired, but there have been no reports of injuries. Officers continue to investigate the incident.
A Columbia man was arrested Friday night, after a shots fired incident at a Columbia car dealership. It occurred just after 7:30pm Friday at Joe Machens on Vandiver Drive. David Lee Glaser was arrested at the scene, after being found with a gun and a small bag of Meth. Officers say he was a passenger in a car, which dropped him off. He is accused of firing a shot at the car as it left the area. No injuries were reported.
A Kirksville man was seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon accident on Adair County Route K, west of Kirksville. 51 year old Alva Glaspie, of Kirksville, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident. He was a passenger in a northbound vehicle driven by 50 year old Lisa G. Snyder, of Kirksville. The patrol says Glaspie was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle when it ran off the roadway and overturned. Snyder and another passenger, 31 year old Tiffany Saner, of Kirksville, were both wearing seatbelts…they were both treated for minor injuries at the scene.
A Bevier man was seriously injured when his pickup collided with a tractor trailer on Highway 36, near Breckenridge in Caldwell County. It occurred at around 12:40pm Thursday. The patrol says a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by an Iowa man, slowed for smoke across the roadway. A westbound pickup driven by 83 year old Richard Thorsen, of Bevier, struck the tractor-trailer in the rear. Thorsen was life-flighted to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.
MACON WOMAN AND CHILD FALL FROM MOVING VEHICLE
A Macon woman and her 1 year old child both escaped with just minor injuries when they fell from a moving car, Thursday evening. The accident occurred at around 6pm at the Highway 63 and Route YY Junction in Macon County. The patrol says the driver, 56 year old Steven Alexander, of Macon, was making a left turn when the passenger side door became ajar and his passengers, 42 year old Grace Alexander and 1 year old Jonathan Alexander both fell from the vehicle. They were both treated for minor injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
A Macon County Sheriff’s Department investigation into the February theft and burning of a construction trailer has resulted in the arrest of the owner of the trailer. 46 year old Michael L. Cook, of Callao, the owner of PLS Construction Company, is charged with attempted stealing by deceit, forgery, accessory to knowingly burning and filing a false police report. A 14-foot utility trailer, owned by PLS Construction, was found burning on February 12. Cook reported it stolen and submitted a list of tools and other contents that were destroyed in the fire. Investigators say Cook attempted to defraud the insurance company by filing a false report. He is free on $10,000 dollars bond. Additional charges in connection with the incident are pending.
Columbia Police are investigation a Thursday burglary in the Aspen Heights Apartment Complex. They say a suspect broke into an apartment just after dawn Thursday while two occupants were inside sleeping. Electronics were reported missing but no one was injured.
Authorities have released information on an eastern Missouri farmer, who was attacked and killed by a bull last week. They say 68 year old Gary Harrell, of Moscow Mills, was killed by an aggressive bull last Friday on his property. Authorities say he was pronounced dead in the cattle lot where the accident occurred.
A Chillicothe man was killed when his motorcycle struck a deer on Highway 65 in Carroll County, late last (Wed) night. 30 year old Cody Adkison, of Chillicothe, died in the accident, which occurred just before midnight. The patrol says he was ejected from his motorcycle after it struck a deer in the roadway. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
This week’s Macon Police report includes an arrest in connection with a recent residential burglary. Last weekend, officers investigated the reported burglary at a home on Jericho Loop in Macon. Several guns and medications were reported missing, after someone apparently entered the home through a window. Tuesday, 25 year old Christina N. Miller, of Macon was arrested in connection with the incident. Officers say one firearm and some medications were recovered and Miller was charged with burglary and felony stealing. Her bond was set at $10,000 dollars cash-only.
Macon Police also report a pair of drug arrests last week. On March 7, officers arrested 57 year old Bobby L. Graham, of LaPlata, after a traffic stop netted two bags of marijuana. Graham is charged with possession with intent to distribute, along with traffic violations. Cash-only bond was set at $45,000 dollars.
On March 11, a traffic stop resulted in the discovery of marijuana inside a vehicle driven by 29 year old Raymond J. Ford, of Columbia. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $9,000 dollars, cash-only.
Macon Police also report the arrest of Michael E. Miller, on arrest warrants out of Montgomery County for burglary and property damage, with bond set at $5,000 dollars. Miller was also wanted on a Callaway County warrant for driving while revoked, C&I driving and a seatbelt violation.
A Kirksville man has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $150,000 dollars in restitution in connection with charges of health care fraud. 54 year old Theodore Deininger, of Kirksville, pleaded guilty in December to four counts of health care fraud. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Deininger, as owner of First Choice Prosthetics and Orthotics, admitted to billing Medicare for new prosthetic legs, but providing the patients with used ones. He was sentenced in federal court in St. Louis yesterday (Wednesday).
A Moberly teenager was arrested Tuesday night, after police were called to a report of shots fired in a Moberly neighborhood. Officers say they found evidence of shots fired and a suspect attempted to run from the scene. Investigators believe the 18 year old male suspect was shooting at a tree for target practice, which is illegal in the city limits. They also believe the gun may have been stolen. The teen was not identified as formal charges are pending.
MULTI-COUNTY DRUG SWEEP NETS ARRESTS
A multi-agency drug investigation has resulted in at least a dozen arrests on various drug charges. The ongoing investigation was conducted by the Howard and Cooper County Sheriff’s Departments and the East Central Drug Task Force. Officers say they seized meth, marijuana, illegal prescription drugs and drug paraphernalia. The following arrests were reported…36 year old Jace P. Flick, 31 year old Scott L. Garrett, 26 year old Tiffany L. Hendrix, 34 year old Bruce W. Studley and 20 year old Darrell W. Greenfield, Jr., all of New Franklin…68 year old Michael R. Doyle, 39 year old Shanda F. Gander, 52 year old Debbie E. Martin and 56 year old Orville L. Martin, all of Boonville…38 year old Stacy A. Flick and 44 year old Christopher R. Flick, of Rocheport…and 28 year old Sara M. Woods, of New Bloomfield. Officials say more arrest warrants are pending.
The Missouri Presidential Preference Primary is too close to call this morning, on both sides of the ballot. The two front-runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton are the apparent winners, but by a very small margin. Both Trump and Clinton lead their party races by less than one-half of one percent with all precincts reporting. That means a recount is extremely likely, before the results can be certified. On the Republican side, Trump led Ted Cruz by less than 1,800 votes, out of more than 900,000 votes cast. Democrat Hillary Clinton’s margin over Bernie Sanders was even smaller, just over 1,500 votes out of nearly 650,000 votes cast. Governor John Kasick’s Republican win in Ohio leaves the republican nomination in doubt, as Trump continues to add delegates, headed toward the GOP convention. Clinton added to her large and growing delegate margin for the Democratic nomination with victories in four of the five primaries on Tuesday.
REMINDER: Showers and thunderstorms occurring in Missouri yesterday afternoon caused the statewide tornado drill to be postponed until Thursday. The drill will be held tomorrow beginning at 1:30pm.
A Tuesday evening motorcycle accident on Highway 69 in Daviess County sent a Winston man to the hospital with serious injuries. 45 year old Jeremy Boydston, of Winston, was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital with serious injuries, after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30pm. The patrol says his eastbound motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox.
NEWTOWN TEEN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING COLLISION
A Newtown teenager escaped with just minor injuries after a Tuesday morning collision on Mercer County Route W, just north of Ravanna. It occurred at around 6:15am. The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 17 year old Damion Goodman, of Newtown, lost control and skidded into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by 41 year old Michael Burton, of Mercer. Goodman was treated and released at a Wayne County, Iowa hospital. Burton was not injured.
Two Columbia men have been arrested in connection with a weekend armed robbery on Dunhill Way, and, investigators say, the pair has also been tied to a burglary on March 9. Officers stopped three men Monday on Business Loop 70, near Hickman High School. They say found a firearm that was reported stolen in a burglary on Old Highway 63 South. The suspects were questioned about Saturday’s armed robbery at a residence on Dunhill Way. Quincy Hines and Demarqeyan Mobley were arrested. The third subject was released without being charged.
Personnel from both Audrain County and Mexico Public Safety will participate with staff from St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain Medical Center staff, for an armed-intruder training event in Mexico today (Wed). Officials say the training will be held during the morning hours at the former Audrain Medical Center. Mexico area residents are reminded that there will be a large amount of law enforcement and first-responder activity in the area, during the drill.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT – Putnam County busses running on hard surfaces only.
The National Weather Service has ppd.Missouri’s annual statewide tornado drill, which was scheduled for this afternoon. It will be held Thursday at 1:30pm. The potential for thunderstorm activity across parts of the state this afternoon has caused the postponement...officials do not want the test to cause confusion. Area city, county and state emergence management personnel, schools, health care providers and many others will participate in the drill. Storm sirens will sound, and all of the state’s radio and TV stations and your weather radios will be a part of the drill, as the National Weather Service will issue a statewide test tornado warning, utilizing the Emergency Alert System. Individuals are encouraged to use the drill as an opportunity to review your severe storm preparedness. The Statewide Tornado Drill has been postponed until Thursday at 1:30pm.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of two more suspects, in connection with an ongoing drug investigation, which netted several arrests last week. Monday morning, officers arrested Billy Robert Jenkins on a warrant for distributing a controlled substance near a school. Monday night, Amber Rhiannon Walton was arrested on a warrant for distributing a controlled substance. Both suspects were transferred to the Daviess DeKalb Regional Jail on $50,000 dollars cash bond. Outstanding warrants remain in effect for three additional suspects, as the investigation continues.
A Daviess County driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Highway 6 in Altamont, which occurred in heavy fog Monday morning. 52 year old Charles Uthe, of Winston, was treated at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, after the accident. It occurred at around 6:20am. The patrol says Uthe’s northbound vehicle ran through the Highway 6/Route J intersection in heavy fog. It ran off the highway, struck a road sign and a tree.
Columbia fire crews rescued a woman whose legs became trapped under a car at a grocery store Monday afternoon. They responded to the call at around 2:30pm, at the Gerbes Store on Paris Road. Officials say the woman was waiting in the vehicle while the driver went into the store, when it started to roll. The woman exited the vehicle in an attempt to get to the emergency brake and her leg became caught under the car. Air bags were used to lift the vehicle off the woman. She was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
During today’s Presidential Primary, Columbia voters will also vote on a ballot question involving the city’s trash collection system. Today’s ballot question asks voters if they support banning the city from adopting a roll cart trash collection system. If it passes, the issue will prevent the city of Columbia from adopting that system for at least six months.
A Unionville driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident on a Grundy County road. It occurred Friday at around 10:45am. The patrol says 20 year old Austin Vanhoutan, of Unionville, died in the accident. They say his pickup ran off the right side of the roadway, just east of Trenton, went down an embankment, went airborne off a creek bank and struck a creek bed.
A Clarence man was injured when he was pinned under an overturned tractor Friday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 3:30pm in a farm field, just northeast of Macon. Authorities say 72 year old Robert Rufener was using a tractor and chain to move trees that had been cut down when the tractor overturned. He was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon.
This week’s Brookfield Police report includes the arrest of a Brookfield man, in connection with a recent burglary at the Canal Street Coin Laundry. 35 year old Bradley Clapp, of Brookfield, is charged with property damage and burglary in the case. He was transferred to the Adair County Jail on $50,000 dollars bond. Police say a change machine at the Laundry was removed and damaged.
23 year old Billy Wardlow, of Carrollton, was arrested last week for domestic assault, after allegedly punching a resident in the 100 block of North Penn Street. Wardlow was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital for injuries sustained when he was attacked by the victim’s dog. Formal charges are pending in the case.
Chillicothe Police report several arrests, as the result of a recent drug investigation. Trinity Joe Helm, Amanda Kay Ridens, Tiffany Latouria Midgyett and Jefferson Orville Patton, of Chillicothe, are all being held on bond, after being arrested for distributing a controlled substance. Five additional suspects are still being sought on warrants for distributing a controlled substance. Seven other suspects were arrested on charges ranging from possession of a controlled substance to driving with a suspended license.
A truck driver from Idaho was killed in a Sunday evening accident on I-70 in Boone County. It occurred just before 5:30pm. The patrol says 37 year old Rickie Ekker, of Salmon, Idaho, was westbound when his tractor-trailer ran off the roadway into a tree line, where it struck several trees. Ekker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two Columbia women suffered moderate injuries after their SUV ran off I-70 in Montgomery County, Sunday afternoon. 37 year old Sharon Beverly, of Columbia, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The patrol says another vehicle cut in front of them in the passing lane of I-70. Beverly swerved to avoid a collision and her vehicle ran off the highway and overturned. She and her passenger, 31 year old Tiffany Morrissette, of Columbia, were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
Columbia Police are investigating a Saturday night armed robbery at a home on Dunhill Court. Investigators say a black male suspect in his late teens or early 20’s is being sought. He is described a having long dreadlocks and a thin build. He is suspected of following residents into their home through an open garage door just after 10pm. Witnesses say he then pulled a gun and demanded valuables, including a cell phone and other items. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
ConAgra Foods has announced plans to close its plant in Trenton over the next two years. A ConAgra spokesman says the closure will eliminate approximately 395 jobs at the Trenton plant, between June of 2017 and the summer of 2018. The Company says the closure is necessary as part of an evaluation of efficiency across its plant network.
A wire company is closing most of its manufacturing operations in St. Joseph, eliminating nearly 50 jobs. WireCo World Group announced the closing Thursday during a conference call with investors. The Company’s wire rope products are used in energy exploration, bridge construction, mining and other industries. Officials say the closure will take place over the next year. It will NOT affect the company's operations in Chillicothe or any of its other Missouri locations.
The Brookfield and Marceline school districts both have events scheduled next week, in preparation for next school year.
Brookfield Bright Beginnings preschool will hold an open house Tuesday evening from 5 to 7pm, and will be taking appointments for a free screening clinic and enrollment event for BBB, coming up in April. A meeting for parents of Brookfield children who’ll be entering kindergarten in the fall is scheduled for the following Tuesday, March 22, at 6pm in the Elementary Cafeteria.
Marceline’s Walt Disney Elementary School will hold its 2016 Kindergarten Roundup Tuesday, from 5:30 to 7pm, with pre-kindergarten screenings being scheduled the following week.
Also, the La Plata school district will hold kindergarten registration Wednesday, call the school office to schedule an appointment.
Montgomery County murder suspect Pablo Serrano-Vitorino was hospitalized Thursday, after apparently attempting suicide at the Montgomery County Jail. Authorities say Serrano-Vitorino was on suicide watch, from the time of his capture until Wednesday afternoon. He apparently attempted to cut himself with a safety razor on Thursday and was taken to an area hospital for treatment, where he remained under guard. Serrano-Vitorino is being held on a charge of first-degree murder in connection with the New Florence shooting death of 49 year old Randy J. Nordman. He is also charged with four counts of first-degree murder in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has announced he will assist Montgomery County prosecutors in their investigation of the case.
Two Moscow Mills residents were seriously injured in a Thursday evening accident on I-70 in Lafayette County. 52 year old James T. Booth, of Moscow Mills was the driver of an eastbound vehicle, which ran off the interstate at exit 37A at Odessa. The vehicle struck an embankment and overturned. The driver and 16 year old passenger, Emily Booth, of Moscow Mills, both suffered serious injuries. Two other passengers, 49 year old Joey McCourt and 18 year old Alex McCourt, both of Troy, were both treated for moderate injuries.
The University of Missouri’s Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders is warning the community of a scam that has been reported. The reports indicated that people are going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions and telling residents it will benefit autistic children at the center. Officials say the Thompson Center is not connected with any ongoing door-to-door sales in the community. Donations are accepted thru the Center’s website at thompsoncenter.Missouri.edu.
A La Plata man faces drug charges after his arrest by Macon Police this week. 58 year old Bobby Lee Graham was arrested Monday on a felony count of distributing or manufacture of a controlled substance. Formal charges have since been filed. Graham is being held on $45,000 dollars bond and is schedule to appear for arraignment in Macon today (Thursday).
KIRKSVILLE PLANNING AND ZONING APPROVES MENARDS REQUEST
Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission took the next step towards bringing a Menard’s Store to Kirksville, with approval of the company’s request for variances at last ngiht’s meeting. Menards Corporation and the City of Kirksville have been working together for the past several months to open a new store in Kirksville. Menards plans to build in the farm field located on the west side of North Baltimore Street, between Home Depot and Kirksville Motor Company. Last night, the commission approved variances regarding the number of parking spaces required by Kirksville code. The matter next goes to the Kirksville City Council for approval on March 21.
A Chula teenager was wearing her seat belt, when her vehicle ran off a Livingston County highway and overturned, Wednesday morning. She was treated for minor injuries at Hedrick Medical Center. The patrol says 16 year old Madison Searcy, of Chula, lost control of her eastbound van on Route K, just east of Chula, at around 7am. The van struck a ditch and overturned.
An Auxvasse man was killed and a Wellsville driver was seriously injured in a Wednesday afternoon accident on Callaway County Route B. 52 year old Charles D. Christian, of Auxvasse, died in the accident, which occurred just after 1pm. He was a passenger in an eastbound pickup driven by 28 year old William K. Christian, of Wellsville. The patrol says neither man was wearing his seatbelt when the pickup ran off the roadway and overturned several times, partially ejecting the passenger. The driver suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
The Columbia Police Department says an unknown system malfunction caused tornado sirens to go off overnight in the western part of Columbia. Officials say the sirens activated just before 12:15am this morning and they sounded for about 30 minutes, before being shut down. They say technical support crews are looking into the activation and will be making repairs.
Officials at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg have issued a safety alert, after receiving reports of individuals possibly being drugged while consuming drinks off campus. At least one of those individuals reported a possible assault. The alert warns of symptoms commonly associated with ‘date rape drugs’, causing severe intoxication within minutes of ingestion and causing reduced inhibitions and memory loss. UCM officials warn students to use safety measures such as ‘the buddy system’, to never accept drinks from someone you don’t know and never leave a drink unattended.
MILAN MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT
A Milan man faces drug charges after the search of a rural Milan home last week. Officers say they found meth, marijuana and stolen property during the search, which occurred Thursday on Royal Road. The homeowner, 58 year old Lowell McGinnis, Jr., was arrested Friday at a second home in the Kansas City area. He is charged with possession and distribution of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property. Investigators say their search turned up approximately 18 pounds of marijuana, a small amount of meth and a John Deere Gator, which had been reported stolen from Harrison County in 2014. McGinnis is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $75,000 dollars bond.
A Kirksville woman is back home this morning, after being reported missing on Tuesday. Kirksville Police had requested assistance in locating 52 year old Susan Kay Robinson, of Kirksville. She had been reported missing by family members Tuesday…she had last been seen on Saturday night. The family says she was found safe and is back at home.
MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY
A day-long manhunt in Montgomery County on Tuesday came to an end overnight, with the arrest of a suspect in a total of five murders. 36 year old Pablo Antonio Serrano-Vitorino was arrested early this morning. Authorities say he was armed with a gun and captured after a short chase. Neither the suspect nor any of the officers involved were injured during the arrest. He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, in connection with a quadruple homicide at a Kansas City, KS home Monday night. He is also believed to have shot and killed 49 year old Randy J. Nordman, at his rural New Florence home Tuesday morning. Charges in connection with Nordman’s death are pending, as the investigation continues. An autopsy is scheduled for today in Columbia. The manhunt began after Serrano’s vehicle was found abandoned along I-70 near New Florence just after 7am Tuesday. The report of Nordman’s shooting death at a nearby home came a short time later. As many as 100 officers from multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the day-long manhunt, including several K-9 units and SWAT teams from Jefferson City and St. Louis.
HIGBEE FAMILY LOSES HOME IN TUESDAY MORNING FIRE
A Higbee family lost their home, and two family members were treated, after a Tuesday morning house fire near County Road 2850. Reports indicate one child ended up being treated at a Columbia hospital and an adult in the home suffered an apparent heart attack during the fire, which heavily damaged the home. Investigators say the fire is not suspicious. The exact cause of the blaze has not been determined.
FOUR ARRESTED AFTER COLUMBIA SEARCH WARRANT
Columbia Police arrested four suspects, after a search warrant was executed at a Columbia residence, Tuesday morning. Corey Jordan, Jordan Turner, Eric Adams and Andre Anderson were in the home at the time of the search. Officers say they found heroin, meth, marijuana, a number of items used in distribution of drugs and a large amount of cash. Jordan, Turner and Anderson were all arrested for distribution, delivery, manufacture and production of a controlled substance. Adams was taken into custody on an outstanding probation warrant.
Trenton Police have released a report of a missing woman. 37 year old Heather Marshall, of Trenton, was last seen on Friday. She is 5 feet 2 inches tall with blond or red hair and hazel eyes. She is possibly driving a blue 2-door 2000 Ford Escort ZX. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Trenton Police…660-359-5557.
WOMAN AND CHILD TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY
A Chillicothe infant is in temporary custody of the Children’s Division, after a Monday evening incident involving the child’s mother. Chillicothe Police were dispatched to a report of a possible suicidal or homicidal female in the 2700 block of Washington Street, just after 5pm. Officers say the woman was transferred to a facility for evaluation and treatment. A three-week old baby at the home was taken into emergency custody.
BROOKFIELD POLICE INVESTIGATE BURGLARIES
This week’s Brookfield Police Department report includes three recent burglary incidents, which are under investigation.
On the afternoon of February 27, officers received a report of a male entering an unoccupied residence in the 100 block of Lomax Street. Upon inspection, the residence was secured and no suspect was found. About two hours later, a second report came in and, this time, officers found 17 year old Michael Renner, Jr. in the basement of the property. He was taken into custody, pending formal charges.
In the early morning of February 29, officers responded to a burglary in progress at the Canal Street Laundry, where a suspect wearing a camouflage jacket fled on a bicycle, prior to officers’ arrival. A change machine was removed from the wall of the business and found in the bathroom. The investigation is ongoing.
On March 2, officers took a delayed report of a burglary at a residence in the 600 block of Market Street, which had occurred within the past week. They say numerous items had been moved or thrown on the floor, but no items were reported missing. That investigation is also ongoing.
PEDESTRIAN DEAD AFTER BEING STRUCK BY COLUMBIA BUS
Columbia Police say a Columbia Transit bus driver was at fault, in connection with a Monday morning accident, which killed a pedestrian. It occurred just after 8am at Champions Drive and Stadium Boulevard. Officers say 22 year old Hamis Mukiwa, a part-time city employee, was the driver of the bus, which apparently failed to yield while attempting a left turn and drove through a crosswalk. The bus struck and killed 66 year old David C. Birkenbach, an employee at Truman Veteran’s Hospital. Police say drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the accident. The driver has been placed on leave without pay, pending the investigation.
DEPUTIES SEEK DRIVER OF VEHICLE IN MONDAY NIGHT CRASH
Boone County deputies are looking for a driver, who fled the scene of a Monday night accident on Rangeline Road. It occurred just after 10pm. They say a vehicle ran off the roadway and into a creek. A passenger in the vehicle was taken to the hospital for treatment. Deputies believe the driver left the scene and is still being sought.
A Friday afternoon accident seriously injured a Moberly woman and injured four other occupants of the two vehicles. It occurred at around 2:20pm on Highway JJ, just east of Huntsville. The patrol says a westbound van, driven by 39 year old Jeanie M. Wilson, of Wellsville, turned left into the path of an oncoming vehicle, driven by 36 year old Monique Wilson, of Huntsville. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries. Three passengers in Jeanie Wilson’s vehicle were also injured, including 27 year old Elizabeth Wilson, of Moberly, who suffered serious injuries and 37 year old Pamela Eddowes, of Moberly and 88 year old Margie Vedder, of Wellsville, who both sustained moderate injuries.
A Harrisburg driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off Route 124, in Boone County, early Sunday morning. It occurred at around 12:15am. The patrol says a pickup driven by 44 year old Amy S. Bohr, of Harrisburg, ran off the highway and struck a tree. She was treated for moderate injuries at Boone Hospital.
Columbia Police arrested a suspect, who allegedly fire gun shots at the Phillips 66 on Range Line, Sunday morning. 30 year old Turbo L. Midgyett, of Columbia, was arrested, after the weapon was found in a parked car. Officers say the shots fired report came in just after 1:30 Sunday morning. They found one empty vehicle with multiple bullet holes in it, but no injuries were reported. Midgyett faces charges of illegal possession of the concealed weapon, property damage and armed criminal action.
A suspect is in custody after two sexual assault incidents were reported on the MU Campus Saturday morning. 21 year old Zachery Jones was arrested Saturday afternoon, in connection with both incidents. Police say he is not an MU student. A woman walking on University Avenue at around 4am Saturday reported being approached from behind and forced to the ground, but she was able to get free and call 911. A second victim was reportedly raped at around 5:30 Saturday morning, near the Student Recreation Complex.
The Zika virus has made it to Missouri. The Centers for Disease Control have confirmed the first Missouri case of the virus, in a man who recently traveled to Haiti. Nearly 80 percent of those infected with the Zika virus show none of the typical symptoms, which include fever, rash, joint soreness and/or redness of the eyes. It can be spread through mosquito bites, unprotected sexual contact and blood transfusions. There have been no reported cases of the virus being contracted in Missouri from mosquito bites.
OPERATION DIAPER DRIVE UNDERWAY IN BROOKFIELD & MARCELINE
The Brookfield and Marceline Police Departments are conducting ‘Operation Diaper Drive’. Both departments are collecting donated diapers of all sizes, to help needy families in the area. Diaper donations may be dropped off at either the Brookfield or Marceline Police Department offices, thru Saturday, March 12.
A gas leak prompted the evacuation of Kirksville’s Kraft Heinz plant late Thursday morning. The Kirksville Fire Department says the broken gas line was caused by construction crews working on the plant expansion. They say a backhoe being used to dig a new water line accidentally struck a two-inch gas main outside the building at around 10:30am. Everyone in the building was evacuated for nearly an hour, while utility crews secured the line.
Hy-Vee has announced an eight-state recall for a blue cheese product, after tests revealed a possible threat for listeria. The product is Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese, sold in either cuts or whole wheels and re-packaged in foil or clear plastic wrap. All of the affected product was labeled ‘Maytag Blue Raw Milk’, ‘Maytag Blue’ or ‘Maytag Iowa Blue Cheese’, with ‘use by’ dates between January 20 and May 3 of this year. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the product. If you purchased the affected products, you’re advised to throw it out or return it to the store.
The Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce is taking advantage of a more spring-like forecast for Saturday. They’ll hold a ‘clean up Main Street’ event, beginning at 9am Saturday. Meet in the parking lot next to the Brookfield License Bureau Office and bring brooms, shovels and any other supplies to help clean up Main Street. That’s tomorrow (Sat) morning at 9am.
Columbia Police used a K9 unit to track down a suspect who fled the scene of a traffic stop, early this (Fri) morning. Officers say they attempted to stop a truck for a traffic violation just after 2:30am, and the driver fled the vehicle on foot, leaving it in gear. It rolled onto a sidewalk and struck a fence. A K9 unit was called in to help search for the suspect, who was apprehended about a block away. His name has not been released.
The Moberly School District reminds parents that the annual Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences are coming up. The Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 15, from 4:30 to 7pm and Thursday, March 17, from 2pm to 8pm. Moberly schools will have an early out on Thursday the 17th and there is no school on Friday the 18th. For any questions regarding parent-teacher conferences, contact your child’s school office for more information.
A Kirksville man has been found guilty of enticement of a child. 37 year old Justin Haley, of Kirksville, was found guilty Wednesday by an Adair County jury. He was accused of having illicit on-line contact with detectives from the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, who were undercover, posing as a 13 year old girl on-line. Haley allegedly suggested that he and the girl meet to engage in sexual conduct. Kirksville Police arrested Haley when he arrived at the meeting site. He faces a sentence of 5 to 30 years in prison.
It’s time to think about Spring Storm Season, and a series of National Weather Service Storm Spotter Training programs are underway around the area. Tonight (Thurs 3/3) a Skywarn program will be held in Chillicothe at the Calvary Baptist Church Family Life Center, starting at 7pm. NEXT Thursday, March 10, a program will be held at the Schuyler County School in Queen City, also at 7pm. A series of Storm Spotter programs are scheduled for the last week of March…at the Keytesville Fire Department on Monday the 28th…at the Dockery Park Community Building in Gallatin on Tuesday the 29th…at the Crossroads Christian Church in Macon on Wednesday the 30th and at the Carrollton Fire Department on Thursday, March 31. All of the storm spotter sessions are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about severe weather safety.
The Fifth Annual Area Art Teacher’s Art Show is underway this week at the North Missouri Art Gallery in downtown Marceline. The exhibit, featuring the work of several area teachers, is on display now thru March 28. The public is welcome to an artist’s reception to be held Saturday afternoon at the gallery, from 1 to 4pm. Many pieces of their work will be for sale during the show, which is underway in Marceline.
A Mexico man, who is charged in the death of Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper James Bava has bonded out of jail, after his bond was reduced. Serghei Comerzan was originally being held on $250,000 dollars bond. That amount was lowered after Comerzan’s case was move to Montgomery County on a change of venue. Comerzan is charged with second-degree murder in the case, along with resisting a lawful stop by the trooper, speeding and careless and imprudent driving. Trooper Bava was killed in August, in a car crash on Route F in Audrain County, shortly after notifying dispatchers that he was pursuing Comerzan’s speeding motorcycle.
A Columbia man is charged with burglary and possession of burglary tools, in connection with a February 7 burglary at the Jimmy John’s Restaurant on West Broadway in Columbia. Devon Jolly was arrested after allegedly fleeing into a wooded area near the restaurant. He was formally charged Tuesday.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect in a Tuesday night armed robbery, which occurred in the 3200 block of Elm Grove Drive. Investigators say the 23 year old male victim and a 1 year old were outside a home when an armed man approached them, demanded money and the fled the scene on foot. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Brookfield man is charged with first-degree burglary and property damage, in connection with a weekend break-in in Keytesville. 27 year old Michael Renner, of Brookfield, was arrested Sunday by Keytesville Police. He is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.
REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION ON WORK TRAILER FIRE
A ten thousand dollar reward is being offered for information on a construction trailer fire, which occurred last month in Macon County. PLS Builders of Callao report that the trailer was stolen from a construction site just north of Macon on the night of February 12. It was later found burned out with the tools missing, near New Cambria. Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance is offering a $10,000 dollar reward for ‘credible evidence’ that leads to the identification of anyone involved. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office (660-385-2062) or the Grinnell Mutual Fraud/Arson Hotline. (1-855-467-2372)
OSHA has cited a northeast Missouri employer in connection with the deaths of three workers over the past three years. Reports indicate the agency is seeking fines totaling $189,000 dollars from Sharpe Holdings, Inc. of Lewis County. A 51 year old worker died in September, after he was ejected from a van used on the company’s LaBelle, MO cattle and dairy farm. A worker also died in September of 2014 while maintaining an overhead door pulley system and a death occurred in the company’s auto repair shop in October of 2012. Sharpe Holdings has contested the findings.
A Mexico man is accused of taking photos and molesting two underage girls over a period of five years. Darran Boston was charged Monday, after a Mexico Police Department investigation. The charges include two counts of felony sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. Boston is being held in Audrain County on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
University of Missouri Police have arrested an MU student for allegedly selling drugs out of his dorm room on campus. Officers say they received a tip alleging 19 year old Matthew Wasserman, a Mizzou freshman, was selling Adderall and LSD in the Hatch Residence Hall. They say a search of the room turned up marijuana, prescription pill bottles, alcohol and ecstasy.
Northeast Missouri authorities are looking for a prisoner, who escaped from the Clark County Detention Center overnight. Officials say 26 year old Jesse James Sturm escaped from the center at around midnight. He is described as a white male, 6-2 and about 173 pounds, with brown hair and glasses. He has several tattoos on his face, neck and hands. Sturm was wearing orange jail pants and shirt at the time of his escape. Kahoka Police have also released a report of a stolen gray, late model Toyota Truck. Anyone with information on Sturm’s whereabouts is urged to contact law enforcement.
The La Plata Community Fire Protection District broke ground Monday on its new home. Over the past few years, La Plata Fire Officials have been saving money and making plans to build a new fire station to replace their downtown La Plata facility, which has become too small to accommodate their equipment. Monday the group broke ground at the site of the new facility off of Amco Road. Construction is expected to begin today (Tues) and should take about five months.
A Randolph County man was presented with a Missouri State Highway Patrol Honorary Trooper Certificate, in a ceremony last week. Samuel W. Burns was honored for his actions on September 15 of last year. The patrol says Burns observed a vehicle that appeared to have been involved in a traffic crash and had caught fire down an embankment. Burns told another citizen to call 911 and ran to the vehicle. He was able to get the driver’s door open and pull an injured female occupant of the vehicle to safety.
A Monroe City woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday morning accident on Highway 24, in Marion County. 54 year old Kimberly Hancock, of Monroe City, was treated at Blessing Hospital in Quincy after the accident, which occurred at around 9:15am. She was a passenger in a car driven by 64 year old John Hancock, of Monroe City. The patrol says he swerved to avoid a collision and the car ran off the roadway and overturned.
Columbia Police are seeking two suspects who ran from the scene of a Monday morning residential burglary in Columbia. It occurred just after 11am in the 1900 block of Ridgemont Drive. Police say a woman returned home to find her back door open and two men fleeing the scene. The victim was able to provide a suspect description and the license plate number of their vehicle. The incident remains under investigation as Police seek the two suspects.
A Keytesville woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred yesterday (Sunday) morning, just before 11:30am on Lake Drive, just north of Keytesville. 23 year old Catherine Saunders, of Keytesville, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her southbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a culvert.
Drivers from Clarence and Macon were injured in a collision at the junction of Highway 36 and Route N, at Lentner, which occurred Friday. The patrol says a vehicle driven by 55 year old Jimmy Langley, of Clarence, failed to yield and pulled into the path of a pickup, driven by 59 year old David Miner, of Macon. Both drivers were treated for minor injuries. Langley’s passenger, his 71 year old wife Constance Langley, of Clarence, suffered moderate injuries. She was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
A Chillicothe woman is charged after a report of theft from a business restroom last week. According to Chillicothe Police, a citizen reported the theft last Tuesday, after she left her purse in the restroom of a business. Friday, officers arrested Melissa Christensen for stealing, theft of a controlled substance and four counts of theft of a credit card. She is being held in the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A wanted fugitive from Jackson County was arrested over the weekend at the Florence Hotel in Brunswick. Officials say 39 year old Todd A. Guier, had been wanted since a federal indictment from the Jackson County Drug Task Force in 2013 charged him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. A search warrant, served Saturday morning by the U.S. Marshal’s Office at the Florence Hotel in Brunswick, led to Guier’s arrest.
An investigation into the alleged sale of methamphetamine led to the arrest of a Centralia man, over the weekend. 29 year old Eric Lee Goss, of Centralia, was taken into custody as part of an ongoing meth investigation by Centralia Police. He is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
Columbia Police are investigating a report of a robbery at a Columbia home Sunday evening. Officers were called to a home near Whitegate Road and Sylvan Lane at around 8:30pm. ABC 17 news reports that a witness saw a man running out of the home with a gun. That investigation is ongoing.
A large overnight fire broke out inside the Admire Evergreen facility, located just south of Kirksville on Highway 63. Firefighters were called to the structure fire at around 10pm and, shortly thereafter, flames were visible through the exterior of the building. The Highway Patrol says heavy smoke from the blaze caused Highway 63 to be temporarily closed during the fire. The cause is unknown at this time. No injuries were reported. More details on the large fire at Admire Evergreen, just south of Kirksville, will be available today.
A Moberly man and his son from Centralia, were both seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 24, just east of Moberly, Thursday evening. 59 year old Kenneth Fair, of Moberly, was the driver of the eastbound pickup. The patrol says the accident occurred just after 7pm, when Fair swerved to avoid a vehicle that was braking. The pickup ran off the highway, struck a culvert and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Fair was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries. His passenger, 38 year old Michael Fair, of Centralia, was life-flighted to University with serious injuries.
Two Chillicothe teenagers were hurt in a Thursday afternoon accident at the northeast corner of the Chillicothe City Limits. It occurred at around 4:30pm. 16 year old Michael Sandeser suffered moderate injuries and 15 year old Aidriaan Carden was treated for minor injuries. Both were taken to Hedrick Medical Center. The patrol says Sandeser was the driver of a southbound car, which ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
The Hallsville School District is mourning the loss of its long-time school nurse. Genie Drown, who served Hallsville Elementary School for 36 years, was identified as the victim of a fatal traffic accident on Paris Road in Columbia, which occurred Wednesday afternoon. Police say her car crossed the center dividing lines and was struck by an oncoming car. The driver of that vehicle, 75 year old Patricia Rish and her passenger, 48 year old Theresa Rish, both suffered serious injuries.
Missouri Military Academy in Mexico will conduct an armed intruder drill this morning, in conjunction with Mexico Public Safety and Audrain County authorities. The exercise will be held at around 11:15am and will simulate an armed intruder’s entry onto campus and first responders’ reaction. The purpose of the drill is to provide response training for MMA faculty, staff and cadets, along with local officers.
Former University of Missouri Communications Professor Melissa Click has been fired from her position. University officials confirmed Click’s firing Thursday afternoon. Click had been under fire after appearing in more than one video clashing with law enforcement and journalists during protests last fall. A statement from the University’s Board of Curators said their decision came after an investigation into Click’s action.
Chillicothe Police report an arrest, in connection with a recent stolen vehicle report. The vehicle was reported stolen from the 100 block of Clay Street on February 21. Wednesday afternoon, officers arrested Steven C. Evans, of Chillicothe, on a Livingston County warrant for first-degree burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle. They say Evans was also found to be in possession of meth. He was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Kirksville Police have named their ‘fugitive of the week’. 35 year old Travis Robert Lewis, of Kirksville, is wanted on an Adair County warrant for felony stealing. Officers have been unable to locate Lewis at his last known address. He has family and other ties to Kirksville and is believed to still be in the area. Lewis is 5-11 and 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and has a piercing in his left ear. Anyone with information on this whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous tips line at 627-BUST.
The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and a pair of local churches are wrapping up a water drive for the residents of Flint, Michigan. Tomorrow is the deadline to donate cases of water, sealed 1 or 5 gallon containers of water or monetary donations. The water drive has been going for nearly two weeks, and the donated water will be transported to Flint, Michigan this weekend, to help with their ongoing water crisis. Donations may be dropped off today and tomorrow at the Chillicothe Hy-Vee or Walmart stores, or at the Grand River Area YMCA.
Columbia Police are investigating a deadly crash, which occurred Wednesday afternoon on Paris Road, just south of Waco Road. Authorities say one person was killed and two others were sent to the hospital with injuries. They say the accident occurred at around 2:20pm. Officials have not released the name of the victim.
Boone County deputies arrested a St. Louis man, after a brief police pursuit ended with a car crash, early Wednesday morning. Deputies tried to stop 27 year old David Davis, of Maryland Heights, and he drove away at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour, before crashing his car into a tree on Brushwood Lane. Davis then tried to flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended. Deputies say he tried to swallow a plastic bag upon capture, which tested positive for cocaine. Davis is on probation for a previous drug conviction.
One person was injured in an early-morning apartment fire in Jefferson City. Firefighters responded to the report at around 2:20am, in the 300 block of Elm Street. They say two occupants of the building had to be rescued by firefighters…one of those victims was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The other was treated at the scene.
A Kansas City man faces drug trafficking charges, after his arrest Saturday at the La Plata train station. Acting on a tip, authorities were waiting for the suspect, 41 year old Nathaniel D. Bales, of Kansas City, when he got off an Amtrak passenger train at La Plata. The Highway Patrol says troopers searched his belongings and found a large quantity of methamphetamine, along with the controlled substance alprazolam. Bales is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond and is scheduled for arraignment in Macon County on Thursday.
A Chillicothe woman sustained moderate injuries and her teenage passenger was treated for minor injuries after a Tuesday afternoon accident in Sullivan County. 43 year old Jennifer K. Sprout, of Chillicothe, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just before 4pm, on Highway 6 just east of Humphreys. The patrol says her eastbound car ran off the highway, struck an embankment, overturned and struck a fence.
Moberly Police say no charges have been filed against the resident who prompted the detonation of dangerously unstable explosive material at Fox Park Monday night. Authorities say the material was the result of the resident’s hobby, that he cooperated fully with their efforts to dispose of the material, and there was no criminal intent in his actions. The substance was detonated in a hole in Fox Park at around 7pm Monday.
Hy-Vee officials have announced a voluntary recall of Hy-Vee 2-ounce Macadamia nuts, due to a risk of contamination with salmonella. Officials say the 2-ounce Macadamia nuts were distributed to all of Hy-Vee’s 240 grocery stores. The product comes in a blue-colored plastic bag and was sold between July 2 of last year and February 3 of this year. To date, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the product. If you purchased the Hy-Vee 2-ounce Macadamia nuts during that time frame, you should dispose of the product or return it for a full refund.
The Moberly Masonic Lodge has announced plans for another MO-CHIP Child ID enrollment event, to be held at the Lodge in Moberly on Saturday, March 12, from 10am to 2pm. The comprehensive child identification and protection program is designed to provide families a proactive means of preparing for a missing child or teen. It is provided free of charge by the Missouri Freemasons and their sponsors. More information is available online at mochip.org/resources.
Moberly Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol bomb squad detonated explosive material, which was found in a Moberly home on Monday. Authorities say the resident had created the volatile material as a hobby, at his home in the 1000 block of Russhaven Drive. Moberly Police blocked off the area after deeming the material too dangerous to be moved from the home. It was taken by robot, across the street to Fox Park, where it was placed in a hole and detonated. The explosion occurred at around 7pm.
A recent Adair County ‘fugitive of the week’ is in custody, after her arrest over the weekend. Authorities say 28 year old Serena Salisbury of Novinger, was spotted Friday night, riding in a pickup in the Novinger area. They say, when they stopped the vehicle, Salisbury pushed the male driver out of the truck and fled the scene. She was later tracked to a home in Novinger, where she was taken into custody. She had been wanted on an Adair County warrant for aiding and abetting a person who discharged a firearm at or from a vehicle. Her bond has been set at $75,000 dollars.
The Highway Patrol reports the arrest of two Brookfield residents on drug charges, over the weekend. Saturday afternoon, 22 year old Kendraik Hueffmeier and 20 year old Kathryn Wagster, both of Brookfield, were arrested in Caldwell County for felony possession of marijuana wax and marijuana edibles, along with possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Both were placed on a 24-hour hold in the Caldwell County Detention Center.
A Columbia man faces drug charges after his arrest by Boone County Sheriff’s deputies Monday evening. Authorities say the suspect, 25 year old Ryan Mathews, of Columbia, was wanted on an outstanding warrant, when he was stopped to St. Charles Road at Keen Street. Officers say they seized two pounds of marijuana from the vehicle. Mathews is being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
The man who robbed a mid-Missouri bank, along with eleven other businesses in five states, was sentenced to prison Monday. 45 year old Timothy Patrick Hoyt was sentenced to 8 years and 1 month in federal prison. Last year he pleaded guilty to robbing the Alliant Bank in Blackwater, Missouri, along with nearly a dozen fast-food restaurants across Kansas, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Iowa in 2013.
A car chase, which began Saturday on Highway 36 in Livingston County, ended with the arrest of two St. Louis men, in Cameron. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says a deputy clocked the westbound vehicle going 81 miles per hour. The driver reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour as he attempted to flee the traffic stop. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Cameron Police and the Highway Patrol joined the pursuit and located the vehicle in a retail parking lot in Cameron. Authorities say the vehicle had been reported stolen in Illinois. Two St. Louis suspects are in custody, facing multiple charges.
A former Kirksville resident has been found not guilty on three felony sex charges in Clark County. Richard M. Koenig, of Kahoka, was charged in 2013 with child molestation, endangering the welfare of a child and incest, based on accusations by a 10-year old female. He had taken over as Clark County Ambulance District Director at that time. Koenig’s trial was held last week in Clark County. After hearing arguments, the jury deliberated for about 45 minutes and returned with a not guilty verdict on all three charges.
The Missouri Arts Council has awarded the Chillicothe Area Arts Council for its efforts to develop creativity in a small community. The Chillicothe Arts Council received the 2016 Missouri Arts Creative Community Award, in a ceremony in Jefferson City last week. Chillicothe is the smallest recipient community, which is not part of a metropolitan area, to ever receive the award, which is in its tenth year.
An Ashland man was killed in a Saturday afternoon collision on Highway 63 in Columbia. 46 year old John Guffey, of Ashland, was southbound on 63 when. Police say, he apparently veered left for an unknown reason. His vehicle crossed the median into oncoming traffic and struck a northbound tractor-trailer.
A Centralia driver was treated for moderate injuries after a collision on Route 124 at Lakeview Street, in Boone County. It occurred Saturday evening, just before 10pm. 52 year old Kirk Huffman, of Centralia, was treated at University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says he attempted to cross the intersection and failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle, driven by 17 year old Joseph Mills, of Centralia. Mills was not injured.
A Columbia man was arrested Sunday, after allegedly pulling out a gun at a north Columbia bar. Police arrested 29 year old Carlos Brown, after he allegedly threatened his wife with a gun at the Sidelines Bar, just after 2 o’clock Sunday morning. He is currently being held in the Boone County Jail.
A Milan husband and wife both face drug charges, after their arrest last week. According to court records, 55 year old John Morehead and 51 year old Lauria Morehead, both of Milan, are charged with felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and intent to manufacture a controlled substance. They’re both being held on $50,000 dollars bond.
SCOTLAND COUNTY WOMAN KILLED IN ICE-FISHING ACCIDENT
A Scotland County woman died Wednesday in an ice fishing accident on her family farm. It occurred Wednesday afternoon at around 3:20pm, on a farm pond along Scotland County Route A, just south of Arbela. 75 year old Judy Boyer was ice fishing with her husband when they both fell through the ice. Ronnie Boyer was able to get out of the pond, but Judy Boyer never resurfaced. Emergency crews were called to the scene and were able to get her out of the water, but she was pronounced dead at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Ronnie Boyer was treated and released.
Three Columbia men face drug charges, after the search of a residence in the 5000 block of Commercial Drive this week. 20 year old Jimmy David Blundell, 20 year old Boston Meyer Dickerson and 20 year old Ethan R. Myers all face felony charges of distribution, delivery, manufacture and production of a controlled substance. Officers say their search of the home turned up about 200 grams of marijuana, prescription pills and LSD.
Two Columbia teens were arrested Wednesday, in connection with a pair of suspected burglaries. 18 year old Austin Cash and 18 year old Mathew Curry, both of Columbia, are suspected of forcing entry into a residence and stealing property and entering a second residence’s open garage and taking items from a vehicle. The incidents occurred in the 1100 block of La Rail Drive. Police say the two are also suspected of taking items from a vehicle in a driveway on North Shore Drive. Multiple charges are pending.
BROOKFIELD SEARCH WARRANT RESULTS IN ARRESTS
The Brookfield Police Department with assistance from the Chillicothe Police Department’s S.P.I.D.E.R. team executed a search warrant at a residence at 116 West North Street at 5:50 am Wednesday morning. Among the items seized were 83 grams of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, three firearms (one of which was found to be stolen and another had the serial number altered/removed) and 904 rounds of ammunition. 54 year old Thomas Holloway of Brookfield and 45 year old Todd Bowen of Brookfield have each been charged with several felonies including Trafficking 2nd Degree, Keeping a Public Nuisance, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Receiving Stolen Property and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. Bond for both men was set at $25,000 each (cash only). Holloway and Bowen were transported to the Chariton County Jail in lieu of posting bond.
A Marceline teenager was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning accident on any icy Linn County road. 17 year old Dallas M. Lonis, of Marceline, was treated initially at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. The accident occurred at around 7am on Hill Road, about 9 miles north of Brookfield. The patrol says she lost control of her eastbound car on the ice-covered roadway…it ran off the road and struck a tree.
A Moberly man will appear for preliminary hearing this morning on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, attempted escape from custody, armed criminal action and possession of a controlled substance. 33 year old Derek S. Birge, of Moberly, was charged after a January incident. Court documents accuse Birge of attempting to wrestle a handgun from an officer, while he was being arrested for possession of meth.
A report from KTVO.com has confirmed that the City of Kirksville and Menards Corporation have been working together for the past nine months towards opening a new Menards location in Kirksville. KTVO says the company hopes to build in the farm field located on the west side of North Baltimore Street, between Home Depot and Kirksville Motor Company. Officials say the next step in the process is the consideration of a pair of variances for the store’s parking lot by the Kirksville Planning and Zoning Commission. They’ll be discussed at the commission’s March 9 meeting.
HALLSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERS BUDGET CONCERNS
The Hallsville School Board is considering more than $900,000 dollars in cuts to next year’s budget, and long-time Hallsville Superintendent John Robertson has resigned, citing personal reasons. Board members had no additional comment on Robertson’s resignation, but they say a $1.8 million dollar bond project in 2014 has depleted the district’s reserves and caused a budget ‘crunch’. Preliminary figures discussed at Tuesday night’s board meeting include more than $900,000 dollars in cuts to Hallsville’s budget for next year. Officials say the proposed cuts would include a salary freeze and a cap on health insurance costs and changes in plans for summer school and the PRIDE program. Officials also assured patrons this current proposal is a work in programs. The final budget does not have to be decided until June.
A Brookfield driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 5, about five miles south of Brookfield, Monday afternoon. 35 year old Randall S. Reams, of Brookfield, was treated at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm. The patrol says Reams’ southbound car stalled and lost steering. It ran off the roadway and struck a ditch.
A Hurdland woman was treated for moderate injuries after she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle on Highway 6 in Brashear. The accident occurred at aroud 5:15pm Monday. 60 year old Keetha Sykes, of Hurdland, was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville. The patrol says her eastbound SUV ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
Truman State University President, Dr. Troy Paino, has announced plans to leave Truman at the end of this academic year. Paino notified faculty and staff Monday, by e-mail, that he has accepted a position as President of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, effective July 1. He said it was an incredibly difficult decision, made in part to be closer to family. Truman’s Board of Governors had voted unanimously last year to extend Paino’s contract to 2019.
A pair of Milan residents face drug charges, after their arrest last week. 55 year old John Morehead and 51 year old Laura Morehead are both charged with distributing or manufacture of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon and use of drug paraphernalia. Both are being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A report of a suspicious object in a parking lot led to the evacuation of part of the Westminster College Campus in Fulton on Monday afternoon. Officials say a section of the campus was evacuated after a student reported a suspicious canister, found partially underneath a vehicle. Students and staff in the Quad residence halls, Mueller Leadership Hall and Champ Auditorium were evacuated to the Hunter Activity Center as a precaution. Authorities say their investigation determined the item was not a threat and the campus fully reopened.
A Salisbury driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday evening collision on Highway 5, just west of Salisbury. 20 year old Whitney Schieni, of Salisbury, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred just after 5pm. The patrol says Schieni’s southbound car slid across the center line in a curve, struck a guardrail and then struck an oncoming pickup, driven by 25 year old Trevor Wagy, of Glasgow. Wagy was not injured.
A Carrollton woman suffered moderate injuries in a Friday afternoon collision on Highway 10 in Carroll County. 34 year old Kristin Wolf, of Carrollton, was treated at Carroll County Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4pm. The patrol says she was westbound and making a left turn, when a pickup, driven by 33 year old Michael Shawhan, of Independence, attempted to pass. The two vehicles collided and Wolf’s car ran off the highway and overturned.
Brookfield Police report the recent arrest of an Independence man, on a Linn County drug warrant last week. 34 year old Lucas Maritzen was taken in to custody in the Brookfield Walmart parking lot, on a warrant for manufacturing a controlled substance. The arrest was made by the North Missouri Drug Task Force with assistance by Brookfield Police and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Police. Mauritzen was in custody, at last report, on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
Columbia Police say a Columbia man suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a car Saturday night. They say 64 year old Eddie Groff, of Columbia suffered car trouble on Route AC at Grindstone Parkway. As he attempted to cross the roadway to call for help, he was struck by a car driven by 48 year old Ann Devoy, of Columbia. Groff was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
A Rocheport couple were both treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday morning accident on a snow-covered Highway 240 in Howard County. 55 year old James Weston and 57 year old Jennifer Weston, of Rocheport, were both treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 9am. The patrol says an oncoming vehicle driven by 23 year old William Arens, of Montgomery City, slid on the snow-covered roadway and struck the Weston’s vehicle head-on.
A Rocheport man and his 4 year old son were both treated for moderate injuries after their vehicle ran off the 240 Spur at U.S. 40 in Howard County, Saturday night. 31 year old Dustin Blythe was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says he failed to stop at the intersection and the vehicle ran off the highway, struck a MODOT sign, went airborne, struck the ground and overturned several times. Blythe and his four-year old passenger were both treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
A Kirksville driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 63, just south of Millard, early this (Fri) morning. 46 year old Glen E. VanDyke, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 1:15am. The patrol says VanDyke lost control of his northbound pickup. It ran off the highway and overturned several times.
A snow-covered roadway was a factor in a Thursday morning rollover crash on Linn County Route MM, just west of Browning. 26 year old Nikkita Link, of Browning, escaped with just minor injuries. She was treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton. The accident occurred at around 6:40am. The patrol says Link lost control of her westbound vehicle on the snow-covered roadway. It slid off the road and overturned.
Keytesville School Superintendent Tracy Bottoms has announced plans to leave the Keytesville District at the end of the school year. Bottoms will take on the Superintendent’s job at Monroe City, replacing the retiring Jim Masters, effective July 1. The Keytesville School Board has all ready found Bottoms’ replacement…current Keytesville Principal, Josh Shoemaker, will step up and take over as Superintendent, beginning in July.
Four Mexico residents face drug charges after a search warrant was served this week at a Mexico home. Officers of the East Central Drug Task Force, assisted by the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrol and Mexico Public Safety, executed the search on Wednesday afternoon. It turned up a large amount of meth, prescription pills and drug paraphernalia. 34 year old Jennifer L. Matthews, of Mexico, was arrested for possession with intent to distribute…44 year old Julia Rix and 19 year old Brittany Rix, of Mexico were both arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia…and 23 year old Brandon Sparks, of Mexico, was arrested on a drug paraphernalia charge.
More than 100 brave area men and women are set to don costumes and swimwear and take the ‘Polar Plunge’ into Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park on Saturday. This year is the 11th annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics of Missouri. Registration begins at noon Saturday at the Thousand Hills Lake Marina, the traditional parade of costumes will begin at 1pm and the Polar Plunge will follow, at around 2 o’clock. Spectators are welcome.
A Jamesport area toddler was killed when he was hit by a pickup in a private driveway, just west of Jamesport, Wednesday morning. The accident occurred just after 11am. The patrol says the victim was 2 year old Jayden Hostetler, who was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a pickup, driven by 66 year old Gerald D. Souders, of Jamesport. The patrol says Souders was pulling forward to turn out of a private driveway, when the child was struck.
LACLEDE WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN HIGHWAY 36 COLLISION
A Laclede woman was seriously injured in a Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 36, just east of the Marceline junction. 43 year old Angela McCune, of Laclede, was treated initially at Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30pm. The patrol says her westbound pickup was struck in the rear by a westbound SUV, driven by a Kansas City, Kansas man. That driver was not injured.
A driver from Gibbs was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Adair County Route V, just west of Brashear, Wednesday morning. 20 year old Nicholie Haskell, of Gibbs, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30am. The patrol says his northbound SUV ran off the highway and struck a tree.
A Mexico driver was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle slid off Highway 54, just west of Farber, at around 4pm Wednesday afternoon. 54 year old Rhonda Claywell, of Mexico, was treated at St. Mary’s Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says she lost control of her westbound pickup and it collided with another pickup, driven by 43 year old Billy Stanford, of Laddonia, then slid off the roadway and struck a ditch.
Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired near the Columbia Mall Wednesday night. The call came in at around 7:30pm. Officers say they did find shell casings at the scene, but there were no reports of injuries or property damage.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR WEDNESDAY 02/10
No school today for the Newtown-Harris School District, due to heating issues.
The Saline County Sheriff resigned his position Monday and pleaded guilty to stealing public funds on Tuesday. 70 year old Wallace Newman George, Jr, of Corder had served as Saline County Sheriff for 36 years…since 1979…when he turned in his resignation Monday. On Tuesday, he appeared in Western District Federal Court and admitted to stealing around $79,000 by depositing state checks issued for prisoner expenses into a personal bank account, over a period of five years. Authorities say George paid just over $51,000 dollars in restitution to the county on Friday and an additional $28,000 to the state Tuesday. Prosecutors say they’ll recommend a sentence of no more than one year and one day. Corder’s chief deputy has been appointed interim Saline County Sheriff.
A car fire on highway 63, north of Kirksville, caused traffic delays early Tuesday morning, but no one was injured. Adair County Rural firefighters responded to the blaze, after the car caught fire at around 7:30am. They were able to get the fire under control within about fifteen minutes, but the car was a total loss.
A Salisbury teen was treated for just minor injuries after her car ran off a Chariton County road and overturned Tuesday afternoon. It occurred just before 1pm, about four miles north of Salisbury. 17 year old Trystyn Sellmeyer, of Salisbury, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her car ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department reports a drug arrest, during a search for a fugitive last week. Last Thursday, two deputies were at a location in Utica, searching for a fugitive. They arrested 46 year old Tyrone E. Perriman, of Utica, for possession of a controlled substance. He is being held on bond in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.
A man and woman, who picked up two men in Columbia who needed a ride, ended up jumping from their moving car, when one of the passengers pulled a gun. Columbia Police say the man and woman were giving the two men a ride near the High Hill Mobile Home Park when a physical disturbance occurred and one of the passengers pulled a gun. They jumped out of the moving car, which ran into a ditch and they were able to get to a nearby residence to ask for help. The two suspects fled on foot. Police say they captured one of the men, but the other escaped. The gun was found on Rolling Hills Road.
Boone County officials have announced that the annual Boone County Fair has a new home. This year’s fair will be moving to Sturgeon. The decision comes after the Central Missouri Events Center in Columbia hosted the fair for the final time last July. Officials say moving the fair will be a great way to showcase other parts of the county. More details on the plans for this year’s fair in Sturgeon will be coming soon.
A Newtown woman was killed in a Monday morning accident on Sullivan County Route KK, east of Newtown. 30 year old Amanda Fordyce, of Newtown, died in the crash. 30 year old Kyle Fordyce suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan. The patrol says their truck ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
The Kirksville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. Officials say 16 year old Joshua Dudley was last seen Monday in the area of Rotary Park. Officials say he had been in the 600 block of Meadow Crest Drive around noon on Monday. Josh Dudley is a white male, 5-7 and 165 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He wears glasses and has piercings in both ears. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray pants and gray shoes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the Adair County Sheriff’s Office…or you can call the anonymous tips line at 627-BUST.
A grain truck overturned on Highway 24 at the Miami Junction in Carroll County, closing the highway for part of Monday afternoon. The patrol says 19 year old Riley Wood, of Clarence, was the driver of the truck. It overturned as he attempted a right turn, spilling grain across the highway and intersection. Wood was treated for minor injuries. The Highway 24/Route 41 intersection was closed intermittently during cleanup, Monday afternoon.
Tennessee investment firm, Morgan Keegan, has been ordered to pay $850,000 dollars in the final settlement involving lawsuits over bonding for Moberly’s failed Mamtek Plant. The settlement stems from Morgan Keegan's role in helping the City of Moberly prepare the bond offering and the sale of bonds to the public. Investors say the company's due diligence was lacking and that details were missed that could have ‘red-flagged’ the project, prior to the bonds being sold.
COLUMBIA HOUSE FIRE – HALLSVILLE AREA GRASS FIRE
Columbia firefighters have been on the scene of a house fire, early this morning. They says no one was injured in the blaze, which damaged a home in the 2200 block of Country Lane. They were called to the scene just after 2:30am. Boone County firefighters were called to a farm field near Hallsville Monday night, after a controlled trash burn got out of hand, due to high winds. They were able to keep the fire from spreading to a nearby home, and no injuries were reported.
Columbia police have identified the body found Friday near the Highway 63/I-70 interchange in Columbia. The body of 38 year old Levi Edward Monie-Turnbow was found under the bridge at Hinkson Creek. Investigators say there was no sign of physical injury, which would rule out foul play. A final determination of the cause of death is underway.
A Kirksville man was killed in a Sunday morning accident on Route 157, west of Kirksville. 63 year old Charles Pratte, of Kirksville, died in the accident, which occurred at around 9:20am. The patrol says his southbound vehicle ran off the roadway, crossed a gravel driveway and struck a road sign and a tree. Pratte was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, where he was pronounced dead.
HUNTSVILLE DRIVER ESCAPES ROLLOVER WITH MINOR INJURIES
A Huntsville driver escaped with just minor injuries, when her vehicle ran off a Randolph County road and overturned, Sunday afternoon. It occurred just after 1pm, northwest of Higbee. 39 year old Dolly Goodding, of Huntsville, was the driver. The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her southbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned. She was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A driver from Excelsior Springs was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle overturned several times, Sunday afternoon, on Highway 13 just north of Hamilton. It occurred just after noon. 63 year old Patricia Carlson was the driver of a southbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times, coming to rest on its top. Carlson was wearing her seatbelt and was treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Hospital.
Two Columbia men are in custody after allegedly breaking into West Middle School, overnight Saturday night into Sunday morning. Officers responded to an alarm at the school just after midnight, Sunday morning. They found the door unlocked and two suspects on the scene. 21 year old Merrick Nunnery was arrested for damaging the door and stealing pencils. 20 year old Michael J. Stewart was arrested for damaging a fire alarm inside the building.
Police are investigation early-morning reports of shots fired in the area of the 700 block of Big Bear Blvd, in northern Columbia. The incident occurred just before 1 o’clock Sunday morning. Investigators say they found multiple shell casings in the street and a nearby vehicle was struck by gunfire, but no injuries were reported. They say there is no information on a suspect.
A Kirksville man is charged with child abuse, after a six-year-old girl was injured last weekend. 31 year old Jeremy A. Wilson, of Kirksville, was charged with abuse or neglect of a child on Saturday. The probable cause statement accuses Wilson of grabbing the six year old by the neck and rubbing her face into the carpet, causing facial injuries. Wilson is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing on February 10.
A Columbia child was seriously injured in a Thursday morning collision on Boone County Route K at Chamberlain Lane. The accident occurred just after 8:30am. The 4-year-old child was a passenger in an eastbound SUV, driven by 26 year old Nicole Thomson, of Columbia. The patrol says her vehicle ran off the highway, struck an embankment and became airborne, then struck the ground on Chamberlain Lane, where it struck a car driven by 24 year old Leah Buckman, of Columbia. The child was taken by ambulance to University Hospital. Neither driver was injured.
A Monroe County man has been arrested in connection with a New Year’s Day burglary at a rural Randolph County home. The Sheriff’s Department says a 25 year old male suspect is in custody. He is accused of stealing a total of 19 guns from the property, including 3 pistols and 4 AR-15’s…along with ammo and other items. Officials have not released the suspect’s name. He is being held on $40,000 dollars bond as the investigation continues.
Boone County authorities have charged 84 year old James Henry Heitzler, in connection with a house fire near Hallsville, which occurred Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the home on Route OO, just after 3pm. The Sheriff’s Department also responded to the home at that time, after a report of a domestic disturbance involving a weapon. Deputies say they had to ‘stabilize’ the scene before firefighters could deal with the fire. It heavily damaged the first floor, garage and back side of the home. Heitzler is charged with arson, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.
The Elks Mobile Dental Unit continues a visit to Macon this month. The Unit has been parked at the Macon Elks Lodge since Monday and will be taking appointments thru Thursday, February 18. The Unit can serve residents of several area counties while in Macon, including Adair, Chariton, Knox, Linn, Macon, Monroe, Randolph, Shelby and Sullivan Counties. Residents may be eligible to receive free dental care. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 573-690-6003.
Chillicothe Police are investigating a report of an attempted child abduction, which occurred at the Fastlane Bowling Alley, at around 8:30 Tuesday evening. The report indicates an 11 year old boy was chased by a white male in his 20’s or 30’s. After the juvenile eluded the suspect, he jumped into a white Chevrolet truck, possibly operated by another person. The suspect is described as 5’9 to 6 feet in height, with black hair, and wearing a gray jacket and jeans. Investigators would also like to speak with a female witness. They say the woman, possibly in her 40’s and wearing a tan hooded jacket and tan stocking cap, was outside smoking during the incident. Anyone with information on either the witness or the suspect should contact the Chillicothe Police Department.
Authorities are seeking a Novinger woman, in connection with a report of shotgun pellets striking a vehicle near Youngstown, MO on January 16. The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 28 year old Sabrina D. Salsberry, of Novinger. They say no one was injured in the incident, which remains under investigation. Anyone with information on Salsberry’s whereabouts is urged to contact their office at 665-4644.
STEALING CHARGE FILED IN CONNECTION WITH CHARITY PROCEEDS
Grundy County charges have been filed against a Blythedale woman, accused of misappropriating funds from a charity softball tournament. 22 year old Lindsay Barron, of Blythedale, is charged with stealing. She is accused of diverting an undisclosed amount of cash from tournament proceeds that were supposed to help pay funeral costs for three families. Barron is scheduled to appear for arraignment on February 9.
A Columbia domestic assault incident, Wednesday evening, turned into a foot chase by law enforcement, and the arrest of a suspect. Officers say 25 year old Anthony Johnson-Harris was wanted for missing a court date and was also allegedly involved in a domestic assault. He was first spotted in a business on East Nifong Boulevard. He fled on foot toward South Providence Road. Officers chased Harris to a nearby Break Time convenience store, where he was found hiding under a truck, near the building.
A driver has been arrested after a car struck the front of Umbria Rustic Italian Restaurant on Elm Street in Columbia, early this morning. Police say the car struck the front entrance of the restaurant at around 1am, then drove off. The driver was later found and arrested. The driver’s identity and details on pending charges have not been released. No injuries were reported.
Putnam County schools will be in session today, after an odor of gas caused the dismissal of school Tuesday afternoon. Teachers and students at the school in Unionville reported the strong gas odor at around 1:30pm and the school was evacuated and students and staff were sent home. Investigation revealed there was no gas leak, but that the odorant additive apparently leaked during its delivery to the school, causing the odor. Classes will be in session at Putnam County today.
Livingston County authorities say a vehicle stolen Saturday from private property, west of Chillicothe, has prompted a multi-county law enforcement investigation. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office says the stolen 1997 Ford F-150 pickup is believed to have been used to damage private property in parts of the county, as the occupant of the vehicle was able to elude deputies. One or more nearby counties also reported high-speed pursuits involving the vehicle. Officials are asking anyone with information to contact the Livingston County or Clinton County Sheriff’s Department or the Highway Patrol.
BROOKFIELD WOMAN ARRESTED ON CHARITON COUNTY WARRANT
Brookfield Police report the arrest of a Brookfield woman, last week, on a Chariton County warrant for distribution, delivery or manufacture of a controlled substance. Just before midnight, last Thursday, officers responded to a report of a disturbance in the 500 block of South Livingston Street. They found an outstanding felony warrant for 37 year old Kayce Utterback, of Brookfield. She was taken into custody and turned over to Chariton County authorities, in lieu of $20,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Boonville woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday morning collision on Route 52 in Morgan County. 46 year old Diana Wilson, of Boonville, was taken to Bothwell Regional Hospital in Sedalia for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 8:30am. She was a passenger in a vehicle, driven by 48 year old Michael Surber, of Boonville. The patrol says their westbound van was struck in the rear by a westbound pickup, driven by 51 year old Edwin Reiff, of Fortuna. Neither driver was injured.
Columbia Police are investigating a pair of burglaries at pharmacies, which occurred early this (Wednesday) morning. Investigators say a door was damaged at D&H Drugstore on Broadway, but the burglar was unable to enter the business. A pharmacy at the Columbia Medical Plaza was also targeted and apparently entered by burglars. Officials are determining what is missing from that pharmacy. The investigation is ongoing.
Parents were notified after a Columbia Public School student brought a BB gun to school in his backpack Tuesday. Lange Middle School Officials sent a letter to parents and asked them to check their students backpacks each day to make sure they’re only bringing items that belong in school. Several students reported the BB gun Tuesday and it was confiscated and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. Officials say no one was in danger.
A Kirksville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Highway 136, in Putnam County, just before noon Monday. The patrol says 25 year old Meghan Hoover, of Kirksville, was westbound, when her vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. She was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, where she was treated for moderate injuries.
A grain spill shut down Highway 24, east of Carrollton, for a few hours on Monday. Motorists reported the spill, which covered the eastbound lane of 24 and caused slick driving conditions, late Monday morning. By mid-afternoon, most of the spilled grain was cleaned up, and the highway reopened to slow-moving traffic. MoDOT says the cleanup was complete by 4pm.
The Highway Patrol has released details on a traffic stop, just south of Trenton, which led to the arrest of three suspects on drug charges. It occurred Friday evening. The patrol says a trooper stopped a vehicle for defective headlights and noticed suspicious behavior from the occupants of the vehicle, including alleged attempts to conceal or destroy evidence. A search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, meth, THC oil and drug paraphernalia. 47 year old Rodney Tompkins of Meadville, 37 year old William Ross, of Chillicothe and a woman from Oxnard, California were all arrested at the scene.
MoDOT has announced plans to close the westbound bridge, carrying Highways 63 and 54 over the Missouri River at Jefferson City, for about four months this spring. The closure, which will enable a painting and deck repair project, is planned to begin in early or mid-April. The eastbound bridge over the Missouri will remain open and carry two lanes of eastbound and two lanes of westbound traffic, during the closure. Several access ramps on each side of the bridge will be affected by the closure and speed limits will be reduced. Again, that closure will begin in April and last for about four months.
Columbia Police are investigating a shots fired call at a Columbia home, which occurred at around 8:30 Sunday night. Investigators say they found multiple bullets in the walls of the home at 18 Third Avenue. They say both adults and children were inside the home at the time of the shooting, but no injuries were reported. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
ABC 17 news.com is reporting a report of gunfire hitting a home early this (Tues) morning on Wade School Road, which occurred at around 3am. No injuries have been reported as that investigation gets underway.
A Tina man is dead after a weekend vehicle chase ended with an officer-involved shooting in the Sugar Creek area over the weekend. The patrol says 42 year old Jeremy Sinclair, of Tina, was driving a stolen vehicle and being pursued by law enforcement from Ray County into Clay County on Saturday. The chase ended at a Missouri River access area near Sugar Creek, where the stolen vehicle was found partially submerged. Officers say Sinclair had his hands concealed in his sweatshirt and refused to surrender. After about a 30-minute standoff, he allegedly pulled a handgun and fired at officers. Sinclair was hit by return fire and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Structural issues in a brick building at the corner of Route 136 and 16th Street in Unionville caused the closure of 136 at that location, over the weekend. Traffic was rerouted around the affected area beginning Friday, and MoDOT says the closure continues this morning, as officials work to alleviate the potential of falling debris. Motorists are asked to use extra caution on Route 136 in Unionville.
A Harrisburg teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on Highway 124 in Boone County. It occurred at around 3:40pm. 16 year old Myah Lewis, of Harrisburg, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia. The patrol says she sustained moderate injuries when her eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.
A Moberly woman was treated for minor injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 24, just east of Salisbury. The patrol says an uninvolved vehicle lost part of its load on the highway, causing a westbound car, driven by 35 year old Corinna Moore, of Moberly and a westbound motorcycle, driven by a Bowling Green man, to collide. Moore was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
Drivers from Cairo and Sturgeon were injured in a Friday evening collision on Highway 63 in Boone County. 26 year old Brooke Brake, of Cairo was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 28 year old Amber Smith, of Sturgeon was taken to Boone Hospital with minor injuries. The patrol says it occurred at around 5:45pm when Brake failed to yield to slower traffic and struck Smith’s vehicle in the rear. Both vehicles came to rest in the median.
A Glasgow driver suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Boone County Route UU, just after 3:30 Friday afternoon. The patrol says 33 year old Justin Goodwin, of Glasgow, was eastbound at a high rate of speed, when he lost control in a curve and his vehicle ran off the roadway. He was taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Officials at the Mexico Veterans Home say a threatening phone call caused a Sunday afternoon lockdown at their facility. Officers say a man called the facility at around 2:30pm and asked for an employee who was not working. The man then cursed and said he was coming to the facility with a gun. By 4:30pm, the lockdown had been lifted and it was reported that the caller was a former boyfriend of the employee and was not in the Mexico area.
A Cowgill teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Wednesday evening collision on Highway 13 in Caldwell County. 19 year old Justice Burton, of Cowgill, was taken to Liberty Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7pm. The patrol says Burton was northbound, when his car struck a hay trailer being pulled by a northbound pickup. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
From KTVO.com - Kirksville Police are looking for a drug offender, wanted on a probation violation warrant out of Lewis County. 37 year old Brandon ‘Chad’ Miller was originally charged with manufacture of a controlled substance in Knox County. Law enforcement were unable to locate him at his last known address in La Belle. Miller has also lived in the Kirksville, Callao, Bethel and Novinger areas. He is a white male, 5-11 and 250 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a birthmark on his right cheek and multiple tattoos. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact Kirksville or Adair County authorities or your local law enforcement.
The Macon School Board has accepted the recommendation of its student council in deciding where to spend $100,000 dollars in grant funds from State Farm Insurance. The grant was won through on-line voter response to a student-produced video last fall. Officials say, based on a student survey, the bulk of the funds will be spent on computer equipment to be made available for student use, along with a driver education car. Some of the funds will also go to the multimedia class that produced the winning video.
Five Marshall residents face drug charges after search warrants were served at two residences in Marshall, Wednesday morning. The warrants were part of an ongoing investigation into drug distribution in the Marshall area. 30 year old Christy Smoot and 36 year old Geno Watson were both arrested at a residence in the 500 block of South Ellsworth Avenue. 28 year old Magen Read and 29 year old Christopher Read were arrested at a second location, in the 1300 block of Eastwood Street. A fifth suspect, Dennis M. Jones, was apprehended later. The five are accused of multiple counts, including felony possession and distribution of crack cocaine, meth and marijuana near a school. Marshall Police say more arrests are expected as the investigation continues.
Columbia Police have arrested a suspect, who they say robbed a man at gunpoint at a Casey’s Convenience Store Wednesday morning. The incident occurred just after 7:30am. The victim says he drove the suspect, 26 year old Kyle Mathew Ledbetter, to the Casey’s store on Clark Lane, where he gave Ledbetter and undisclosed amount of cash. Ledbetter then fled the scene. He was arrested a short time later for first-degree robbery and armed criminal action.
An employee of Liberty Tax Service in Kirksville, whose job is to dress as the Statue of Liberty to attract customers and get passing drivers to honk their horns, was shot in the forehead with an Airsoft gun by a passing motorist, Monday afternoon. KTVO.com reports that a police report has been filed. The employee told investigators the shot was fired from a white Dodge pickup, driving north on Baltimore Street. Officials say the employee is doing fine, and, after speaking with police, he went back out to wave to traffic. The incident remains under investigation by Kirksville Police.
Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation has announced that Turnkey Processing Solutions, LLC has purchased the Phoenix Manufacturing facilities in both Glasgow and Cole Camp, MO. The company says it plans to expand operations at both of those locations, to include 45-plus new FTE jobs over the next two years, with a capital investment of more then $1.25 million dollars. Despite the acquisition, the facilities will continue to operate under the Phoenix Manufacturing brand.
A Ridgeway driver was treated for moderate injuries after his farm tractor ran off Harrison County Route UU, near Blythedale, Tuesday afternoon. 51 year old Gale Richardson, of Ridgeway, was taken to Harrison County Hospital in Bethany after the accident, which occurred at around 2pm. The patrol says his westbound farm tractor ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, came back across the highway and struck a ditch.
Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday night shooting incident, which caused minor injuries to a victim, shot in his west Columbia driveway. Investigators say a suspect wearing a white mask fired shots at two people inside an SUV, which was parked in a driveway in the 2500 block of Morning Glory Drive. The victim in the driver’s seat was treated at the scene, after one of the gunshots grazed his arm and chest. The investigation is ongoing.
A Columbia man was sentenced to prison Tuesday, in connection with six Columbia bank robberies, between November 20, 2014 and January 3 of last year. 43 year old Shaun Christopher Becker was sentenced to four years and nine months in federal prison, during his appearance in federal court. Becker pleaded guilty to the six robberies in August. In each instance he allegedly walked in, demanded cash and then fled the scene on a bicycle. Investigators say the six robberies netted around $15,000 dollars.
Highway 36 was closed near Hamilton for much of the morning, Monday, after a traffic stop turned into an incident involving a suicidal subject. The Highway Patrol says a Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputy stopped an eastbound pickup for speeding, just east of the Hamilton junction on 36, at around 4:15am. During the traffic stop, the driver of the vehicle brandished a weapon and then threatened suicide. Officers closed both eastbound and westbound 36 and began working to get the subject to put down the weapon. At around 10:15am, the subject, a 39 year old white male from Hannibal, was taken into custody without incident. Highway 36 reopened shortly thereafter.
Formal charges have been filed against a Hannibal man, in connection with an officer-involved shooting in Monroe City. 34 year old Timothy Brokes, Jr, of Hannibal, was wanted for questioning in connection with a pair of shootings in the Hannibal area on January 12. Monroe City Police made contact with Brokes on the evening of January 13…an exchange gunfire resulted in non-life-threatening injuries for both the suspect and a Monroe City Police Officer. Last week, Brokes was formally charged in Monroe County with armed criminal action, assault on a law enforcement officer with a deadly weapon and felony hindering prosecution. He is in custody in Marion County on $500,000 dollars bond. Formal charges in connection with the two Hannibal shootings are still pending.
A Columbia woman is charged with burglary, domestic assault, property damage and resisting arrest, in connection with an incident involving her ex-boyfriend. 22 year old Elizabeth Bailey is accused of driving her vehicle into the garage door of a home in the 100 block of Oak Plank Road, then entering the home, breaking the male victim’s phone when he tried to call 911, not allowing him to leave the home, then resisting arrest when officer arrived.
Mizzou quarterback Maty Mauk has been suspended indefinitely by the University of Missouri football program. It is Mauk’s third suspension this school year, and it comes hours after a video surfaced on social media, showing an individual who looks like Mauk, snorting a white powdery substance off a table. A joint statement from Mizzou Head Coach Barry Odom and Athletic Director Mack Rhoades says they are gathering information regarding the video and that appropriate action will be taken when all the facts are determined. In the interim, Mauk has been indefinitely suspended from the program.
Two Salisbury teens were injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on a Chariton County road. It occurred at around 1:30pm on Sterling Avenue, just west of Salisbury. 16 year old Kevin Adler, of Salisbury, was the driver of a northbound SUV, which slid off the roadway and struck a culvert. Adlar sought his own treatment for minor injuries. A passenger, 17 year old Robert Witmer, of Salisbury, was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A Brookfield man was treated for minor injuries after his vehicle ran off Route M, just north of Brookfield, at around 2:30 Saturday morning. 65 year old Gary Rye, of Brookfield, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the highway and struck an embankment.
A Mexico driver was life-flighted to University Hospital with serious injuries after his pickup ran off Highway 15 in Audrain County, late Saturday night. 21 year old Payton Smith, of Mexico, was the driver of a northbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck a fence and overturned, just before midnight Saturday. Smith was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.
This week’s Brookfield Police report includes a report of burglary in progress, called in in the early morning hours of January 20. Officers were called to a home on East Sedgwick Street, where the residents were awakened by their dog to find an intruder standing in their living room. They ordered the intruder to wait for police to arrive and he complied. 24 year old Jesse Nez, of Macon, admitted to being under the influence and forcing his way into the residence to get warm. He was arrested for trespassing and property damage.
A Harrisburg man was arrested and charged after he called police to the scene of an altercation. Deputies say 33 year old Jacob Andrews, of Harrisburg called officers to the 100 block of Sexton Street in Harrisburg at around 4pm Sunday, with a complaint about a group of people in a vehicle. When deputies arrived on the scene, they say Andrews had pulled a handgun and was displaying it in a threatening manner. He was arrested for unlawful use of a weapon.
COLUMBIA SHOTS FIRED UNDER INVESTIGATION
Columbia Police are investigating a Sunday afternoon shots fired incident in north Columbia. Officers were called to the 5300 block of Currituck Lane, at around 2:30pm. Witnesses reported multiple gunshots in that area and multiple shell casing were found. There were no injuries. The incident remains under investigation.
A Kirksville man faces meth charges after an early-morning traffic stop by Kirksville Police on Wednesday. 34 year old Joshua Craig is charged with possession of meth after, officers stopped his vehicle for a broken taillight, at around 1 o’clock Wednesday morning. A black bag, found tossed in the snow near the vehicle, contained a powdery substance that tested positive for meth. Court records indicate Craig is a persistent drug offender, with previous drug convictions in both Adair and Knox Counties.
A Chula man is charged in connection with the attempted theft of a UTV at a Chula area residence. That incident occurred Tuesday night. The homeowner says an adult male suspect was trespassing and is believed to have attempted to start a UTV, and also may have attempted to enter a pickup truck. Warning shots fired by the property owner caused the suspect to flee the scene. Investigation led to the arrest of 26 year old Milan John Bender, of Chula. He is charged with felony tampering with a motor vehicle, and is being held on $25,000 dollars cash bond.
Three Carrollton suspects have been charged in connection with a home invasion robbery in Carrollton last weekend. 20 year old Kevin Watson, 18 year old Damon Gilchrist and a 17 year old juvenile are all charged with burglary and stealing. They’re being held on $25,000 dollars bond each. Police say the three admitted to breaking into a home on Main Street in Carrollton and stealing multiple bottles of alcohol and cash.
Carrollton Police say they are also continuing to investigate a recent string of vehicle tampering and burglary cases, which may be related.
A Columbia man pleaded guilty Thursday for his role in distributing synthetic heroin that was used in a fatal overdose. 21 year old Nick Burris entered his plea in federal court in Jefferson City. He admitted supplying the drugs to an 18 year old who overdosed. 25 year old Marquette Murrell, of Columbia, also pleaded guilty in the case last month. He was accused of supplying the drug to Burris. Both men face up to 20 years in prison.
Columbia police are investigating a burglary at a home on East Nifong Blvd, which records show is owned by Walmart heiress Nancy Laurie and her husband Bill. Police say a male victim returned to the home Wednesday night and found someone inside the home. The suspect fled the scene. Columbia Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Mizzou defensive lineman Terry Beckner, Jr, has been suspended from the team indefinitely, after his arrest by campus police for suspected misdemeanor marijuana possession. Officers say Beckner was stopped for driving without his headlights on and officers notices a strong odor of marijuana. They say a search of the vehicle turned up a midemeanor amount of the drug.
Randolph County Clerk, Will Ellis, says absentee voting for the March 15 Missouri Presidential Primary will begin on February 2. Absentee ballots may be picked up in the clerk’s office from February 2 thru March 14, or requested by mail by March 9. For more information, contact the Randolph County Clerk’s office at 660-263-5822 or 277-5822.
NOTE: we have no school closings this morning...but there are a handful of school announcements. Click 'cancellations' for the latest.
ROAD CONDITIONS CAUSE NUMEROUS TRAFFIC CRASHES
Snowy road conditions over the past couple of days caused numerous traffic crashes around the area…a handful of those accidents caused significant injuries.
A Brookfield man was seriously injured in a Wednesday morning accident on Highway 36, just west of Brookfield. It occurred at around 8:15am. The patrol says 34 year old Lonnie Buesing, of Brookfield, pulled from a private drive into the path of an eastbound semi, driven by an Iowa man. Buesing was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia, with serious injuries.
A Greentop driver was treated for moderate injuries after his pickup ran off Schuyler County Route K, just west of Greentop, Wednesday afternoon. 60 year old Larry Hamilton was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says Hamilton’s eastbound pickup ran off the highway, struck a concrete culvert and overturned.
A Mooresville woman was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup slid off an ice-covered bridge on Highway 36, just west of Chillicothe, at 8:40am Wednesday. 74 year old Sharon Schnetter was taken to Hedrick Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says her pickup struck both guardrails numerous times before coming to rest on its wheels.
Two New Cambria residents were hurt when their car slid off Route WW, east of Marceline, Tuesday afternoon. 50 year old Laurie Marler, of New Cambria, was the driver of the eastbound car, which slid off the roadway and struck a tree. She was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield. Her passenger, 50 year old Terrill Johnson, of New Cambria, was treated for minor injuries.
A Macon driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a collision at the Bucklin Junction, on Highway 36, which occurred just after noon Tuesday. 27 year old Adam Ueltschy, of Macon, was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital after the accident. The patrol says he pulled into the path of a westbound tractor-trailer.
Two Carrollton residents, 48 year old Richard Stoner and 45 year old Russell Stoner, were both treated for moderate injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital, after their car ran off Highway 65 at Route H, south of Chillicothe, just after 2pm Tuesday. The patrol says Richard Stoner was the driver of the car and failed to negotiate a curve.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating an attempted vehicle theft, which occurred Tuesday night at a Chula residence. According to the report, an adult male suspect was apparently trespassing on the property and is believed to have attempted to start an ATV, and also attempted to steal a pickup truck. Warning shots fired by the property owner caused the suspect to flee the scene. Investigators believe the same suspect may be involved in another shorts fire incident in a nearby county. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office…646-0515.
Many area roadways remain snow-covered, after 3 to 5 inches of snow fell across the area on Tuesday. Travel conditions will likely improve as the day goes along and road crews continue their hard work. Temperatures in the mid to upper 20’s will help a little bit this afternoon. Another storm system will apparently miss us to the south tonight into Thursday morning, but some minor snow accumulations are possible near the I-70 corridor.
We had numerous school closings and other cancellations this morning…you’ll find a complete list of the latest updates by clicking the ‘cancellations’ tab.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect thru early Wednesday morning, as accumulating snowfall is expected to move into the area today. The National Weather Service says there were likely not be much heavy snow, but there could be periods of moderate snow, with rates around 1 inch per hour, at times, especially during the late-afternoon and evening hours. The snow is expected to overspread the area this afternoon and, with temperatures well below freezing, it will quickly accumulate on driving surfaces and limit visibility at times, causing significant travel issues and snow-covered roadways. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 4 inches are expected across the area by early Wednesday morning.
A two-car collision on Highway 63 in Queen City did not cause any injuries, but it tied up traffic on a busy stretch of Highway 63, during the noon hour Monday. The patrol says a car was apparently following too closely and struck another vehicle that was preparing to make a turn. It took crew less than an hour to clear the scene, but traffic was significantly affected during that time.
Brookfield High School is set to hold its annual Financial Aid Night next Monday evening, January 25, beginning at 6:30pm in the Brookfield High School Conference Room. Officials say it’s never too early to begin planning your child’s future, so all High School students, including Freshman and Sophomores and their parents or guardians are urged to attend. A representative from the Missouri Department of Higher Education will be on-hand to offer specific information on the filing of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms and lots of other financial aid information will be available for all post-high school educational opportunities. If you have questions, you can contact the BHS Guidance Counselor’s office. Again, BHS Financial Aid Night is next Monday, January 25, at 6:30pm.
An Auxvasse driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a Miller County road, while fleeing from law enforcement. The accident occurred Monday night at around 10:30pm. The patrol says 37 year old Michael Andrews, of Auxvasse, was fleeing a traffic stop when his car ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. Andrews was treated for moderate injuries at Lake Regional Hospital.
The Ellis-Fischel Cancer Center is seeking the public’s input to identify unmet community health needs and improve the delivery of cancer care in Central Missouri. They’re asking the public to provide that feedback in two ways. You can complete on online survey between now the February 12. The quick 12-question survey is available at surveymokey.com, you’ll find the link at Ellis Fischel’s website. You’re also invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Monday, February 22, from 11:30am to 1pm, at the Columbia/Boone County Department of Health and Human Services office, on West Worley Street in Columbia.
BROOKFIELD MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT
A Brookfield man was killed in a Saturday morning accident at Lake Nehai. 46 year old Christopher Cunningham, of Brookfield, died in the accident, which occurred at around 5:30am Saturday. The patrol says Cunningham was northbound on a lake road, when his pickup ran off the roadway and struck a tree.
A Marshall driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off a snow-covered Highway 41, in Cooper County, at around 7 o’clock Sunday morning. 25 year old Clay Reynolds, of Marshall, was treated at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall after the accident. The patrol says his northbound vehicle slid off the roadway and struck a fence.
Shelbina Police report the arrest of five suspects, after a well-being check on a juvenile turned into a drug bust last week. Police were asked to check on the 13 year old last Wednesday afternoon. Officers say they found the juvenile and a 19 year old female on the floor, unconscious and unresponsive. Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. Further investigation at the scene revealed an active meth lab, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. Five suspects were arrested…41 year old Rebecca D. Baugher, 41 year old Lonny D. Baugher, 19 year old Reva R. Baugher and 19 year old Steven P. Calef, all of Shelbina…and 47 year old James W. Savage of Macon. All face multiple charges, including possession of marijuana and synthetic marijuana, manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Additional charges are pending.
Columbia Police report the arrest of a suspect, in connection with a December 9 armed robbery on Grindstone Plaza Drive. 19 year old Koran Ward, of Columbia, was taken into custody Friday afternoon. They say stolen electronics from that robbery were traced to Ward’s residence and found in his possession. Ward will face charges of robbery and unlawful use of a weapon.
GREEN CASTLE DRIVER KILLED IN THURSDAY NIGHT COLLISION
A Green Castle driver was killed in a Thursday evening collision on Highway 6, just east of Green Castle. It occurred just after 6:45pm. 26 year old Christopher Seaton, of Green Castle, died in the accident. The patrol says he pulled from a private driveway, into the path of an eastbound vehicle driven by 36 year old Jean Sambayi, of Kirksville. The other driver was not injured in the accident.
SALSIBURY DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ACCIDENT
A Salisbury driver was seriously injured, when her vehicle ran off Route 129 at Route W, north of Salisbury, Thursday morning. 52 year old year old Nancy K. Taylor, of Salisbury, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 7am. The patrol says she lost control on a slick roadway, and her vehicle ran off the highway, struck an embankment and overturned.
HANNIBAL SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER MONROE CITY SHOOTOUT
A Monroe City Police Officer suffered serious injuries in an exchange of gunfire, Wednesday night, which resulted in the arrest of a wanted Hannibal fugitive. 34 year old Timothy Brokes, Jr., of Hannibal was wanted in connection with a Hannibal murder and another shooting and kidnapping, which occurred Tuesday night. On Wednesday night, Brokes was spotted in Monroe City, prompting a confrontation with law enforcement, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire. Officials have not released the name of the injured Monroe City Officer. Brokes was also shot in that confrontation. He was treated and then released to an area detention center, where he’s being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
COLUMBIA WOMEN CHARGED WITH ROBBERY
Two Columbia women are charged, in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred Sunday. 20 year old Lexus Herndon is charged with robbery and 22 year old Jasmine Sykes is charged with robbery and armed criminal action. Investigators say Sykes lured her ex-boyfriend to her residence, where a male suspect pulled a gun, assaulted the victim and stole a number of items from his car. Police say the male suspect in the case is also in custody, but his name has not been released.
MISSOURI COURT RULES IN ADAIR COUNTY TERMINATION CASE
A Missouri court has ruled in favor of former Adair County deputy circuit clerk, Susan Gall, for wrongful termination in 2013. Boone County Judge Gary Oxenhandler ruled in favor of Gall, saying Judge Russell Steele did not have the authority to fire her. Judge Steele allegedly terminated Gall’s employment against the wishes of Adair County Circuit Clerk Linda Decker in 2013. Judge Oxenhandler’s ruling states that no judge has the authority to hire or fire circuit clerks. A federal lawsuit over the termination will now move forward, after the Missouri case ruling.
A Hannibal man, wanted in connection with a pair of Tuesday night shootings, is in custody, after an officer-involved shooting Wednesday night in Monroe City. 34 year old Timothy Brokes, Jr., of Hannibal was being sought after separate shooting incidents seriously injured a Hannibal man and killed his 30 year old wife. Police identified Brokes as the suspect in both shootings. He was also a suspect in an endangered person advisory, issued Wednesday for 34 year old June Bea Smith, of Hannibal. She had not been seen since the shootings…officials say she is now in custody and is in good condition. Reports indicate both Brokes and an officer were taken by ambulance from the scene, after an exchange of gunfire in Monroe City last night. More on his arrest will be released today.
Two suspects are in custody in connection with an armed home-invasion robbery in New Cambria, which occurred over the weekend. 34 year old Wayne M. Baldwin, of Stanberry, MO and 24 year old Adam Justus of Maysville are both in custody on warrants for robbery, armed criminal action, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. They’re accused of forcing their way into a New Cambria home on Saturday, armed with a handgun and a knife, holding a female occupant captive while stealing a rifle and prescription medication, then releasing her and fleeing the scene. Investigators identified Baldwin as a suspect in the robbery. He was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop in Clinton County. Officers say Justus fled that traffic stop, armed with a handgun and was arrested in DeKalb County on Monday. Both men are being held on $150,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Moberly employer will be adding jobs, with an expansion, which was announced this week. Denmark-based Vest Fiber will expand its Moberly operation, resulting in the creation of 30 new fulltime positions in the next few months. The company is a global provider of fiberglass components for the wind industry. They say increased demand for their products is causing the need to ‘ramp up’ production. Vest Fiber will hold a job fair next Wednesday, January 20, at its facility in Moberly, from 1 to 6pm.
A recent Adair County ‘fugitive of the week’ has been arrested. 24 year old Krista Ann McPeak, of Kirksville, was taken into custody Tuesday, after she was spotted at a local convenience store by an off-duty Kirksville Police Officer. Adair County Deputies also arrested Adam Lewis for allegedly providing aid to McPeak in evading police. She was wanted on arrest warrants for distribution/deliver/manufacture of a controlled substance and child neglect.
Two men wanted in Livingston County on animal abuse charges were arrested by Independence, MO Police over the weekend. On Saturday, officers arrested 34 year old Lonnie M Buesing. Sunday, 43 year old Tracy Lee Newton, of Carrollton was also located and taken into custody. Both men are charged with two felony counts of animal abuse, involving 10 pit bulls, found in poor condition in Wheeling. Both men are being held on $5,000 dollars cash bond.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a suspect on six active arrest warrants from the Macon Police Department, for failure to appear. Kelvin Lynn Kimler was taken into custody Tuesday night in the 400 block of Williams Street in Chillicothe. Kimler was taken to the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail, pending extradition to Macon.
A Glasgow driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 87 in Howard County, just after midnight this (Wed) morning. 21 year old Taylor S. Werkmeister, of Glasgow, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident. The patrol says he suffered moderate injuries when his northbound car ran off the roadway, struck the ground and came to rest on its wheels.
Fulton fire officials say a small fire on the campus of William Woods University, Tuesday afternoon, is considered suspicious in nature. Firefighters were called at around 1:30pm, after a security guard reported smoke coming from a vent in a bathroom in Tucker Hall. No one was injured in the blaze, which did only minor damage to ceiling tiles in the building. Investigators say the fire is suspicious and are continuing their investigation.
Fulton authorities have also identified the deceased victim in Monday night’s house fire on Reed Street in Fulton. 82 year old Bobby Metz died after becoming trapped in the home, which was destroyed by the blaze.
The Moberly City Council has announced the selection of Moberly’s new City Manager. Brian Crane was unanimously approved at Monday night’s city council meeting. He will take over the position effective February 1. Crane has served as the City Administrator in Holts Summit, MO since 2010 and previously worked as City Administrator in Unionville.
TWO KIRKSVILLE MEN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS
Two Kirksville men face drug charges, after their arrest over the weekend. Sunday afternoon, Kirksville Police responded to a report of two men using drugs in a vehicle. The two suspects, 18 year old Joseph A. Cooley and 24 year old Brendan J. Creason were spotted by officers in a parked car. Officers say the two admitted being heroin users and were found in possession of a needle filled with Fentanyl, a Schedule 2 opioid, along with a container of the drug. Both are being held on $25,000 dollars bond.
One person is dead after a late-night house fire in Fulton. The Fulton Fire Department was dispatched to a residence on Reed Street in Fulton Monday night. Firefighters found heavy flames coming from the home. Crews were unable to enter, due to the intensity of the blaze. Two people were inside at the time of the fire. Officials have confirmed that one of them was able to escape, but the other was killed. The name of the victim has not been released, pending notification of relatives.
Boone County Firefighters say a heat lamp that fell from a lizard’s cage was the apparent cause of a fire that broke out in a home near Hallsville on Monday. Firefighters responded just before 4pm and were able to contain most of the damage to the front living room of the home. No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.
Troop B of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is set to hold a two-day Student Alliance Program again this year. Current junior high and high school students in the area are invited to attend and learn more about law enforcement and the patrol. The program will be held on two consecutive Saturdays in March, from 9:30am to 4pm. It will be limited to 20 students. Applications are available at the Troop B Headquarters in Macon, or by calling Sergeant Brent Bernhardt at Troop B…660-385-2132. Applications must be submitted by February 25.
A Jamesport driver suffered moderate injuries when her car slid off an icy Highway 36, in Shelby County, Saturday afternoon. 22 year old Ashley Neeley, of Jamesport, was treated at Hannibal Regional Hospital after the accident, which occurred just before 2pm. The patrol says her eastbound vehicle slid off the ice-covered roadway and struck a ditch and some trees.
A Springfield woman was killed and four others were injured in a collision on Highway 24, near Monroe City, which occurred on Friday. 24 year old Malori McGhee, of Springfield, died in the accident. She was a passenger in an eastbound car driven by 23 year old Sean Fahrendorf, of Springfield. The patrol says he lost control on the ice-covered roadway and the car traveled into the path of an oncoming pickup driven by 39 year old Monica Lloyd, of Monroe city. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries. A 3 year old passenger in Lloyd’s vehicle suffered serious injuries, a 12 year old was treated for minor injuries.
A weekend fire damaged an area fire department. A Saturday afternoon fire at the Armstrong Fire Protection District destroyed a tanker truck and caused significant damage to the facility and other trucks in the building. The Fire Departments in Higbee, Salisbury, Glasgow, Huntsville and the Howard County Fire Protection District are all standing by to help cover calls while the Armstrong District recovers from the fire damage. Officials say Saturday’s blaze apparently started in the cab of the tanker truck, which was parked inside the building, but the exact cause is still being determined. There were no injuries reported.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department has announced an arrest in connection with a recent animal abuse and neglect investigation. Last week, deputies investigated a report of a large number of cattle allegedly not being fed or watered in the northwest part of Livingston County. After the Livingston County Humane Society assisted in delivering hay and water to the livestock, and the owner’s obligations were explained, deputies continued to monitor the situation. This week, they’ve arrested the owner, 79 year old William Christison, for misdemeanor animal abuse. He is free on $2500 dollars bond.
Another animal abuse investigation continues, involving approximately 10 pitbulls found at a location in Wheeling. Investigators say the dogs were in extremely emaciated condition and two of them have died. That investigation is continuing, with assistance from the Livingston County Humane Society.
A wrongful death suit has been re-filed, in connection with a 2012 Knox County shooting death. Glen Head, of Novelty, was acquitted in 2014 on a charge of second-degree murder, in connection with the death of Bill Bacon, of Novelty. Head claimed he shot Bacon in self-defense. Head was named in an accompanying civil suit by Bacon’s family in 2013. Last month, Donald Roper, of Newark, was added to that suit. Roper allegedly arrived on the scene after Bacon was shot. The suit alleges that both Head and Roper failed to provide proper first aid to the victim, even though both were trained to do so. The Knox County suit is ongoing.
Columbia Police detained two suspects, but no arrests have been reported, after a burglary-related search warrant was served at the Boone County duplex, Thursday. Officers searched the residence and several cars outside the duplex, located in the Clearview neighborhood, in Boone County. No further details have been released.
A Colorado man, suspected of kidnapping a teenager and perhaps headed for Missouri, has been arrested in Alabama. 51 year old Thomas Ludwig Fechtler, also known as Thomas Kitchen, was wanted for sexual assault and kidnapping, involving a Colorado teenager. Missouri law enforcement was ‘on alert’ Thursday, with reports indicating Kitchen might be headed for one of a handful of Missouri locations, but he was arrested Thursday in Coffeeville, Alabama. The teenager was found safe.
Chillicothe Police are putting out a new round of safety tips for bus stops, after a report of a male in a vehicle, attempting to make contact with a juvenile at a school bus stop in Chillicothe, Wednesday morning. The incident occurred at around 7am. The juvenile reports that a white male, driving a small dark blue or black pickup, pulled up and spoke to him. The juvenile became frightened and ran about a block to his home. Officers searched the area but could not locate the vehicle. Police and the Chillicothe School District are working together to step up patrol enforcement both before and after school. Residents are encouraged to walk your child to the bus stop, if possible…have children walk in groups…and again, remind your child not to speak to strangers at the bus stop and to never get into a car with a stranger.
Macon Police have released information on the new pedestrian crosswalk markings on North Rutherford Street in Macon, between Samaritan Hospital and Total Family Health Care. The new lighted pedestrian crosswalk signage, along with roadway markings, alert drivers to slow down and be prepared to stop for pedestrian traffic between those two facilities. Drivers are required to stop when pedestrians are crossing or attempting to cross in the painted crosswalk at that location.
The City of Kirksville’s Affordable Housing Board has cancelled this (Thursday) evening’s Fair Housing Training program, which was to be held at the Economic Development Alliance Building in Kirksville. The program will be rescheduled at a later date, due to an illness for the scheduled presenter.
A Centralia driver was killed when two pickups collided at Boone County Route HH and Brown Station Road, Wednesday morning. The accident occurred at around 7:45am. 81 year old Lawrence T. Reichert, of Centralia, died in the accident. The patrol says Reichert’s southbound pickup failed to stop at the intersection and pulled into the path of a pickup driven by 19 year old Christopher Ashburn, of Columbia. Reichert was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Ashburn was treated for minor injuries at MU Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Columbia Police are investigating a report of an armed robbery, which occurred early this (Thurs) morning. Officers were called to the scene, in the 4200 block of New Haven Road, just before 4am. Reports indicate a driver stopped to check on a stranded motorist who was lying on the ground. A second person apparently pulled a gun and took the victim’s vehicle. There was a report of shots fired, but no injuries. Officers say two black male suspects are still at large, driving a white vehicle.
Four occupants of a vehicle were hurt, including two serious injuries, in a Tuesday afternoon accident on Highway 63, just south of Renick. The patrol says 34 year old Amy R. Miller, of Linn, was the driver of the northbound SUV. It ran off the roadway, collided with a delineator post, overturned twice and came to rest on its wheels, just after 4:30pm. The driver was seriously injured and was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital. One passenger, Keegan D. Miller, also of Linn, also suffered serious injuries and two other passengers, age 12 and 8, were treated for minor to moderate injuries.
A Cairo woman and two children were injured when their van collided with a pickup on Highway 63, north of Moberly, just after 3pm Tuesday. The patrol says the pickup, driven by 33 year old Andrew Carrender, of Jefferson City, attempted to cross 63 and struck the van in the side. 44 year old Kenda Luecke, of Cairo was the driver of the van, she sustained moderate injuries. Two children in the van, age 5 and 2 were also treated for minor to moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
Investigators say the official cause of the December 21 fire at AJ’s Eat and Drink in Macon will go down as undetermined, after an investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. They say there is nothing suspicious about the late-night fire, which heavily damaged a portion of the building on Highway 63. Fire broke out in the production area of the restaurant, causing substantial damage to the northwest portion of the building. The rest of the building sustained smoke damage. A message on AJ’s answering machine says the restaurant plans to reopen toward the end of this month.
The final deadline for the current Affordable Care Act open enrollment period is January 31. The Northeast Missouri Health Council and the Heartland Health Insurance Navigator Program will co-host an Affordable Care Act Enrollment seminar in Kirksville this weekend. The event will be held Saturday, from 9am to noon at the Northeast Missouri Health Council Building, located at 402 West Jefferson Street in Kirksville. Attendees are asked to bring names and addresses of everyone who is applying for coverage, along with their social security numbers, employment and income information for the household, any notices from your current or previous health insurance plan and documentation for legal immigration. Call 665-6067 to make an appointment for the Saturday morning event.
BROOKFIELD R-3 HIRES NEW SUPERINTENDENT
The Brookfield R-3 Board of Education has announced the hiring of its new superintendent. Dr. Kyle A. Collins will take over the position, effective July 1. Collins replaces Dr. Paul Barger, who announced his retirement earlier this school year. Collins is a northwest Missouri native, who earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville and has a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri. He comes to Brookfield from the Ash Grove School District in southwest Missouri, where he served as superintendent. Previously, Collins was superintendent and high school principal of the South Nodaway School District and has 15 years experience in public education administration. Collins has expressed a strong desire to familiarize himself with the Brookfield school and community prior to taking over in July. He is scheduled to meet district staff members this Friday. An ‘open house’ event for parents and community members will be scheduled at a later date.
The last of three suspects to be sentenced in connection with a 2014 Moberly bank robbery, has received the longest prison term. 22 year old Jeremy Burnett, of Columbia, will serve 10 years in federal prison, after sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court in St. Louis. Burnett’s co-defendants in the August, 2014 armed robbery of Bank Midwest in Moberly were both sentenced last year. Daniel Mark Rudroff was sentenced to 78 months and Clarence Lamont Williams is serving 92 months. The case was investigated by the Kirksville Office of the FBI, Moberly and Kirksville Police, the Highway Patrol, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department and the Tazewell, Illinois Sheriff’s Office.
A former Glasgow Municipal Court Clerk was sentenced Monday, in connection with charges of theft of city funds. 39 year old Julie Strodtman, of Glasgow, pleaded guilty to one count of stealing in November. Monday, she was sentenced to four years in prison, but she was granted suspended imposition of sentence, subject to five years supervised probation and 120 hours of community service. Strodtman was also ordered to pay $35,000 dollars in restitution, which has been paid in full.
A Mexico man was killed when his vehicle collided with a farm tractor on Highway 54 in Callaway County on Monday. 42 year old Edward K. Estes, of Mexico died in the accident, which occurred at around 10:30am. The patrol says Estes overtook a slow-moving farm tractor, driven by 76 year old David Thompson, of Auxvasse. Estes’ vehicle struck the tractor in the rear. Thompson was treated for minor injuries at University Hospital.
A Clark driver was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle ran off Boone County Route E, just south of Wilcox Road, Monday afternoon. 26 year old Ashtin Weger, of Clark, was treated at Boone Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 1:45pm. The patrol says his northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a road sign, then struck the ground and overturned.
An Illinois teenager was treated for moderate injuries after an accident involving an ATV, which occurred Sunday afternoon, north of Bevier. 14 year old Olivia Petruska, of Waukegan, Illinois, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment after the accident. According to the patrol, she was riding a sled, which was being pulled by an ATV driven by 17 year old Emily Shelton, also of Waukegan. The patrol says Petruska suffered moderate injuries when the sled slid into the path of the ATV and was struck.
LINNEUS WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT
A Linneus woman was treated for minor injuries after a Saturday afternoon accident on a Chariton County gravel road. 44 year old Suzanne Jungles, of Linneus, was treated and released at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield after the accident, which occurred at around 3:15pm. The patrol says Jungles eastbound SUV ran off Viaduct Road, just east of Highway 11, and struck a tree.
Chillicothe Police started 2016 with a pair of drug arrests over the weekend. A report of a domestic disturbance, just after 1:30 Friday morning, resulted in the arrest of Jason Dewey, on charges of domestic assault and possession of a controlled substance.
Just after midnight Saturday, a traffic stop resulted in the arrest of Amy Nieman for possession of a controlled substance.
A Mexico driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Sunday morning, on Moniteau County Route D, just west of Brush Creek Road. 28 year old Larry D. Stewart, of Mexico, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 2:30am. The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned several times.
Boone County authorities are still looking for a suspect who fled a traffic stop on foot Friday night. Deputies say the male suspect was a passenger in a car driven by 42 year old Scott Blackwell, which was pulled over near Providence Road and Weasel Way. Authorities have not identified the man and don’t know why he ran from the traffic stop. A search of the area was unsuccessful. Blackwell was arrested at the scene for possession of drug paraphernalia.
With the new year, comes a reminder from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that enrollment for the Conservation Reserve Program continues thru February 26. This is the 30th Anniversary of the CRP program, which now has more than 24 million acres enrolled, nationwide. For more information on CRP guidelines…or to enroll…visit or call your local FSA office and make an appointment. You can also find more information at the FSA’s website…fsa.usda.gov.
A Wednesday morning collision on Route 6, just west of Gallatin, injured the daughter and grandson of one of the drivers. 38 year old Amy Demelt and 15 year old Austin Demelt, both of Albany, were both treated for moderate injuries at Cameron Regional Medical Center. They were passengers in a vehicle driven by 78 year old Clayton Demelt, of Albany. The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign and pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by a Kansas City man. That driver was not injured.
A Marshall woman was wearing her seatbelt at the time of a rollover crash on Highway 65 in Saline County Wednesday, and she walked away with just minor injuries. The patrol says 64 year old Charlotte Sidwell, of Marshall, was southbound and driving too fast for conditions when she lost control of her vehicle. It slid off the roadway, struck the ground, became airborne and then struck the ground again and overturned, coming to rest on its side. She was treated and released at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has added 52 year old Melanie Ferris Bryant of Linneus to their Most Wanted list. Bryant is wanted on a warrant for alleged DWI resulting in injury. Bond was set at $15,000. Bryant is described as 5 foot 4 inches tall, 155 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. If you have any information on her whereabouts, contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.
HARRISBURG AREA HOME BURGLARIES UNDER INVESTIGATION
Boone County authorities are looking at the possibility that three recent home break-ins the Harrisburg area may be related. Investigators say the three locations are in close proximity, all three homes were broken into during the day and the type of items that were stolen were similar. The most recent report came Tuesday from the 13300 block of Bethlehem Road, off of Route E. Several thousand dollars worth of property has been stolen from the three locations over the past month. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department encourages residents to report any suspicious activity in your area.
A Wednesday morning traffic stop by Columbia Police turned into a drug bust. Officers pulled over a vehicle driving without headlights. When a K-9 unit alerted on the vehicle, officers found a number of drug-related items and arrested the driver, 30 year old Troy Lewis. A search of his home turned up more than 2 pounds of marijuana, 5 stolen guns and other items used in the distribution of narcotics. Lewis faces multiple charges, including distributing a controlled substance, receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm. A woman at the home was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child.
Columbia Police are investigating a Wednesday night armed robbery at the Hitt Street Mini Mart, in the downtown area. Police say two suspects armed with a handgun entered the store and demanded money. They fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects are described as black males in their late teens or early 20’s, wearing all dark clothing.
A Milan man was killed and a Greencastle woman was seriously injured when their vehicles collided on an ice-covered Highway 6, just east of Milan, Monday morning. It occurred just after 9am. 47 year old Larry McAtee died in the accident. The patrol says he lost control of his eastbound vehicle and it slid into the path of an oncoming SUV driven by 55 year old Lesa Vanvelzer, of Greencastle. Vanvelzer suffered serious injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Icy roadways caused a one-vehicle accident on Highway 36, just west of the 63 interchange in Macon, Monday night, which seriously injured a Bevier woman. 46 year old Brenda Hawkins, of Bevier, was taken initially to Samaritan Hospital in Macon and then transferred to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident. She was a passenger in a westbound pickup driven by 49 year old Charles Donahue, of Bevier. The patrol says Donahue lost control on the ice-covered roadway and the pickup skidded off the roadway and into the median cable barrier. Donahue was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital.
A Moberly woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Highway 24, just west of Madison, just after 10 o’clock Monday morning. 24 year old Candyce Cinatl, of Moberly, was treated at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when her car slid off the roadway and struck a ditch.
Columbia Police are investigating reports of the occupants of two vehicles exchanging gunfire Monday night. Police received reports of two cars shooting at each other in the 1700 block of Perkins, just after 10pm. Investigators say they have found multiple shell casings at the scene, and confirmed damage from the gunfire to two vehicles and two residences in the area. No injuries have been reported and the investigation continues.
Police are also investigating reports of early-morning gunfire Monday, which damaged a residence in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive. Those gunshots were reported at around 3am Monday. Five persons were in the home at the time of the incident, but no injuries were reported. That incident also remains under investigation.
It has been a memorable Christmas ‘weather weekend’ across much of the country, including the state of Missouri.
FLOODING: Governor Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency, after flooding rainfall closed more than 400 roadways in the state, including both the East and Westbound lanes of I-70 in the St. Charles area. MoDOT says Westbound I-70 has reopened Monday morning, but Eastbound I-70 will remain closed thru the morning. Officials say at least six people have died in two separate incidents in Pulaski County, after vehicles were swept away by flood waters. A total of eight deaths have been reported in the state of Missouri and at least one person remains missing. Ameren Missouri opened the floodgates on Bagnell Dam Saturday afternoon, due to the large amounts of rainfall received, from the Joplin and Springfield areas, thru the Ozarks and into the St. Louis area.
WINTER STORM WARNINGS: This morning, road conditions over much of northwest Missouri are deteriorating as a strong winter storm system dumps a mixture of freezing rain, sleet and snow. Although it looks like snowfall amounts will generally be light, one to three inches through tonight, temperatures right at the freezing mark will cause some icing on roadways, especially on bridges and overpasses. The freezing precipitation also may affect tree limbs and power lines.
An accident on Livingston County Route K, just east of Chula, sent a Florida man to the hospital with serious injuries, early Sunday morning. It occurred at around 2:40am. 52 year old Melanie Bryant, of Linneus, was the driver of an eastbound pickup. The patrol says she swerved to miss a deer in the roadway and the pickup ran off the road and struck a tree. A passenger, 58 year old James McConnell, of Geneva, Florida, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center with serious injuries. Bryant was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
A Bevier woman was seriously injured in a Christmas weekend crash on Highway 36, in Shelby County. It occurred Christmas Eve morning at around 6:20am. The patrol says 32 year old Mary C. Moore, of Bevier, lost control of her eastbound vehicle. It ran off the highway, struck the ground and became airborne, then overturned, coming to rest on it’s top in a ditch. Moore was taken to Hannibal Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.
A Glasgow woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday morning on Route 87 in Howard County. 22 year old Victoria Reeves, of Glasgow, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30am. The patrol says her southbound car ran off the highway and struck a sign post and a fence.
A Novinger driver was killed in a Wednesday morning collision on Route 149, just north of Route W in Martinsburg. It occurred just after 11am. 73 year old Ora Wallace, of Novinger, died in the accident. The patrol says he was killed when his northbound car crossed the centerline into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by 19 year old Levi Blades, of Unionville. Blades was not injured.
A Kirksville man has been sentenced to ten years in prison, in connection with an armed robbery in March of this year. 33 year old Brian Fry, of Kirksville, pleaded no contest to charges stemming from the robbery of the Kirksville Express Mart, on St. Patrick’s Day. He was accused of using a pellet gun to rob the store and then forcing a woman in the parking lot to give up her purse.
Kirksville Police are trying to locate a missing teenager, who has not been seen by his parents since Monday evening. 16 year old Hayden Anthony Hamlin, of Kirksville, is a white male, with brown hair and hazel eyes, 5-5 and around 110 pounds. His mother says he has no phone, no money and has not been active on any of his social media accounts. Anyone with information is urged to contact Kirksville Police.
A Harrisburg teenager was treated for moderate injuries after being struck by a car on Merchant Street in Howard County, early this (Thurs) morning. 16 year old Shelby Simmons, of Harrisburg, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 1:20am. The patrol says Simmons was a pedestrian and was struck in the roadway by a westbound car, driven by 18 year old Adrianna Martin, of Boonville.
An Alabama man was treated for moderate injuries, after his tractor-trailer overturned on I-70 in Saline County, Wednesday morning. 37 year old Miles Gatayas, of Hoover, AL, was treated at I-70 Community Hospital after the accident, which occurred just after 7am. The patrol says he was attempting to pull onto the shoulder near mile marker 64, when his tractor-trailer tilted and rolled onto its side.
Columbia fire officials say Johnson Products will temporarily cease production at its Columbia Plant, after four fires at the facility in the past three months. The fire department met with company officials Tuesday, to discuss the possible cause of the fires. Johnson Products has voluntarily stopped operations for 60 days, to allow them to correct equipment maintenance issues.
The Kirksville Aquatic Center and the Adair County Family YMCA invited area residents to take part in an 8-week indoor triathlon challenge. It will be held January 4 thru March 11. During the challenge, participants will complete either a full or half triathlon by earning biking, swimming and running mileage at the YMCA and the Aquatic Center. Registration is underway now….$35.00 for members of either facility and $75 dollars for non-members. You can register at either the Adair County YMCA or the Kirksville Aquatic Center…or online at parks.kirksvillecity.com.
AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED FOR CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRODUCTION
The Chillicothe Area Arts Council invites local youth to audition for the Missoula Children’s Theatre performance of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ next month. Auditions will be held Monday, January 11, from 4 to 6pm, at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center in Chillicothe. Students in kindergarten thru 12th grade are welcome to audition. 50-60 local cast members will be chosen and will spend the rest of that week rehearsing to present two performances of the production on Saturday, January 16.
A Columbia woman, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a deadly crash in 2012, will get a new trial, after action by an Appeals Court. Kelli Smith, of Columbia, was convicted of being under the influence and driving the wrong way on I-70 in Montgomery County, killing 35 year old Thomas Sullivan of Wentzville in a head-on collision. Smith appealed the conviction, saying she was given a date rape drug and was raped before the crash. Smith was sentenced to five years in prison last year, but at least one juror has told reporters she thinks the verdict was a mistake. The Appeals Court ruled that the trial court improperly informed the jury on the definitions of ‘under the influence’ and ‘intoxicated condition’, which the jury asked about during deliberations.
In 2016, the city of Columbia will begin a new down-payment assistance program for people looking to buy a home in certain areas of the city. The program is part of Columbia’s strategic plan to focus on three areas of the City that have lacked public and private investment recently…the central, north and eastern parts of Columbia. First-time homebuyers in those areas may qualify for down payment assistance of up to ten percent of the home’s sale price up to $10,000 dollars, by meeting certain income eligibility guidelines. To find out more, check out details online at gocolumbiamo.com. The new program goes into effect January 1.
A late-night fire heavily damaged a portion of AJ’s Eat and Drink in Macon. Macon Police say the fire was reported just before 11 o’clock Monday night. They say heavy smoke was pouring from the northwest corner of the building and flames eventually broke through that portion of the roof before firefighters could get the blaze under control. Officials say the northwest portion of the building sustained extensive fire damage and the rest of the building suffered heavy smoke damage. AJ’s is closed on Sundays and Mondays, so there was no one there at the time of the fire. KTVO.com is reporting that an employee told them they had been patching that portion of the roof with tar on Monday afternoon. The Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to investigate the cause of the blaze. There were no injuries reported.
One driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a Monday morning collision at the intersection of Randolph County Routes JJ and C. The patrol says a car driven by 20 year old Zachary Fletcher, of Huntsville, apparently failed to yield at the intersection and pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 57 year old Nelson Reed, of St. Peters, MO. Reed suffered moderate injuries and a passenger in his vehicle, 50 year old Scott Shephard, of Hawk Point, was treated for minor injuries. Both were taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center.
Chillicothe Police report the arrest of a male suspect for possession of meth with intent to distribute. Officers arrested Desmond D. Huff, of Chillicothe, on Monday. Police say he was also accused of resisting arrest. Huff was unable to post $50,000 dollars cash bond and also faces a parole violation warrant. He was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Columbia Police are looking for two suspects after a Craigslist deal apparently went wrong on Monday. The incident occurred at around 3pm, on Lakeview Avenue at Stone Street in Columbia. Police say a male victim met male and female suspects to conduct a Craigslist transaction. One of the suspects pulled a gun and robbed the victim, then fled the scene on foot. The victim was not hurt, and drove away from the scene. Officers surrounded a home in that area, where they believed the suspects fled, but they were not located.
The Brookfield Police Department and its new K-9 unit, Nitro, assisted the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in locating a missing 51 year old woman, who was disoriented and walked away from her residence, northeast of Brookfield, early Saturday morning. Officers say, with Nitro’s assistance, they were able track the woman to a lakeside location, where she was found partially submerged and suffering from extreme hypothermia. The woman was flown to Columbia by helicopter, where she is recovering.
MACON WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN FRIDAY CRASH
A Macon woman was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on a Macon County road. 43 year old Lori L. Hurley, of Macon, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 12:15pm. The patrol says her eastbound vehicle ran off Kennedy Street, just east of Highway 63, and struck a utility pole.
A Glasgow woman was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident in Southwest Missouri, which occurred Sunday morning. 21 year old Carley Brucks, of Glasgow, was treated at Cox South Hospital in Springfield after the accident, which occurred at 7:30am on Highway 14, just north of Marionville in Lawrence County. The patrol says she failed to negotiate a curve and her northbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a curb and became airborne, then struck a metal dumpster and a building.
A Fulton driver was seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 54 at its junction with Callaway County Route BB. It occurred just before 12:30pm. 55 year old Richard Wiseman, of Fulton, was flown by Staff for Life helicopter to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says Wiseman was northbound on 54, when a car driven by 82 year old Norman Porter, of Fulton, pulled into the path of Wiseman’s pickup. It ran off the roadway and overturned.
The Highway Patrol says a Jefferson City woman was injured in a Saturday night rollover accident on Highway 54 in Miller County, after reading a text message while driving. The accident occurred just after 8pm Saturday. 22 year old Ashley Bond lost control of her vehicle and it ran across the median and two lanes of oncoming traffic, then went into a ditch, overturned several times and caught fire. Bond was treated for moderate injuries at Lake Regional Hospital.
A Moberly man has been found incompetent to stand trial in connection with the shooting death of his wife. On Wednesday, a Randolph County Judge ordered 81 year old Vernon Head of Moberly to be taken into the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health…indefinitely. Head was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action after his wife, 77 year old Vickye Head, was shot to death at their rural Moberly home. Officials say Head suffers from dementia and is not competent to stand trial in the case.
A Huntsville driver was seriously injured in a Thursday afternoon collision on Boone County Route B, just outside of the Columbia city limits. 34 year old Aaron Cobb, of Huntsville, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries after the accident, which occurred just before 3:30pm. The patrol says Cobb’s southbound vehicle crossed the centerline and struck an oncoming vehicle driven by 21 year old Connor Brooks, of Centralia. Brooks was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. A passenger in Cobb’s vehicle, 23 year old Danielle Dutton, of Huntsville, was also treated for moderate injuries.
Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has released details on an audit of the City of Gallatin, which identifies approximately $859,000 dollars in transfers from utility revenues to the city’s general fund. The audit, which was prompted by a citizen-initiated petition, identified a lack of sufficient documentation to explain those transfers, some of which violate bond covenants. Auditors found that, from 2011 to 2014, Gallatin transferred around $250,000 dollars in water and sewer revenues and more than $600,000 dollars in electricity revenues to its general fund. The audit says City officials increase rates for those utilities during that time-frame, but failed to prepare a statement of costs to support those increases. Auditor Gallaway gave the city of Gallatin an overall performance rating of ‘fair’.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with a stabbing in northern Boone County, which occurred earlier this week. Authorities say 25 year old Jammie Buntyn, was arrested on Wade School Road late Wednesday night. Deputies were called to a report of a stabbing, at a home in the 700 block of Mauller Road, just before 5:30pm Tuesday. They found a 28 year old male victim with multiple stab wounds. The man told authorities his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend stabbed him during an argument. Buntyn is awaiting formal assault and armed criminal action charges.
Howard County authorities have dropped several charges against a self-proclaimed monk, who was accused of financial exploitation of an elderly person last spring. Ryan Gevelinger was charged with a total of five counts, stemming from accusations that he attempted to coerce an 86 year old woman to sell a farm in Iowa to fund a church in Armstrong. Gevelinger, who the woman called ‘Father Ryan’, is not an ordained priest and was scheduled to go on trial next month. Howard County prosecutors have dropped those charges. Gevelinger still has two Howard County charges pending, including assault against a jail employee and unlawful possession of a firearm.
A court-ordered distribution will pay construction crews on the failed Mamtek factory in Moberly some of what they are owed for work done…officials say about fifteen cents on the dollar. On Wednesday, the court split nearly $585,000 dollars between UMB Bank, who is the trustee for Mamtek’s $39 million dollars in bond financing…and five contractors, who were owed money for work performed at the Mamtek site.
A Mexico man faces a total of 14 counts of child sexual abuse, after charges were filed in Audrain County this week. Court documents say 32 year old Travis Kelly, of Mexico, is charged with multiple counts, including statutory sodomy, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and armed criminal action. The charges stem from allegations of sexual abuse by an 11 year old relative.
Ktvo.com is reporting some very good economic news for the City of Kirksville – According to the report, economic development officials are working closely with the Kraft Heinz Company on a proposed $229 million dollar expansion of its Kirksville facility, which would include a major building expansion and the purchase of equipment to upgrade production capabilities. The company is seeking Chapter 100 bonds to help fund the project, which must be approved by the Kirksville City Council. A public hearing on the financing will be held Monday at 6pm in Kirksville Council Chambers. The City of Kirksville has also applied for Community Development Block Grant funding for infrastructure improvements to support the project.
Brookfield Police are investigating the death of an area doctor, who was facing trial on multiple counts of sexual abuse. 62 year old Robert Parsonson was found dead Monday afternoon at his home in Brookfield. The Linn County Coroner’s Office and Brookfield Police Department have not released any information on the circumstances, as the investigation continues. In June of 2014, Parsonson was charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, one count of attempted statutory sodomy and one count of attempted enticement of a child. He was free on his own recognizance while awaiting trial in February of next year. Court documents indicate he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation to determine if his mental status would prevent him from standing trial. Parsonson was a primary care physician at Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville at the time of the alleged incidents, but officials have said they were not related to his practice.
A suspect is in custody after a Tuesday morning police chase in Sullivan County. The highway patrol says Milan Police were called to a report of an assault at a business at 1:30am Tuesday. An officer found the suspect, Jordan Lochman, of Florissant, MO asleep in a parked vehicle. He fled the scene, drove through a park and struck a tree, and then fled on foot, prompting a search of the area. Later Tuesday morning, at around 10:20am, a Sullivan County Sheriff’s Deputy observed the suspect driving a pickup northbound on Sullivan County Route OO, prompting a pursuit of the vehicle. The truck was finally stopped after spike strips were deployed by the highway patrol. Lochman was arrested and is being held on an outstanding felony warrant out of Audrain County and a misdemeanor charge from Knox County. Additional charges are pending.
CALLAO MAN SENTENCED ON FIREARMS CHARGE
A Callao man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. 54 year old Steven Robert Judy, of Callao, was sentenced in federal court this week. Judy had pleaded guilty to the charge after his arrest by Moberly Police, in June of 2014. Court documents indicate officers attempted to take him into custody on an active felony warrant at Walker Automotive in Moberly. Judy attempted to flee the scene, and was arrested after a short foot pursuit. A search of his vehicle turned up a firearm and drug paraphernalia.
Columbia Police are seeking help from witnesses after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a hit and run accident. It occurred between 5 and 5:30pm Tuesday, when a 24 year old woman was struck as she was walking across the southbound on-ramp at the Highway 63 Connector. She was taken to the hospital with serious injuries…the vehicle left the scene. Investigators ask anyone with information to contact Columbia Police or Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
THREE ARRESTED BY BROOKFIELD POLICE
The Brookfield Police Department has released details on the arrest of two Hannibal men and a Brookfield woman, in connection with incidents in Brookfield last week. Officers stopped a vehicle driven by 21 year old Jamal Morris, of Hannibal, in downtown Brookfield, just after midnight last Monday. They say Morris indicated he was driving a rental vehicle, but could not provide documentation and, officers say, they detected the odor of marijuana and Morris gave consent for a search of the vehicle. He then fled the scene on foot and was later located under a camper in a nearby parking lot. He was taken into custody on suspicion of marijuana possession and fleeing the traffic stop. A short time later, a witness reported seeing male and female suspects breaking a window out of the same vehicle, as it remained parked on Main Street. That female suspect, 19 year old Mickenzie Adler, of Brookfield, was taken into custody. The male suspect, 21 year old Benjamin Dorsey, Jr., of Hannibal, was located with the assistance of Brookfield’s new K-9 unit. They are both charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.
OFFICIALS: BULK CELL PHONE BUYS NOT RELATED TO VIOLENT CRIME
The Macon County Sheriff’s Office says a recent investigation into several reports of bulk cell phone purchases around the state of Missouri are likely not related to any type of violent criminal activity. The Macon Wal-Mart store was among a handful in Missouri, which reported bulk purchases of pre-paid ‘burner’-type cell phones earlier this month, which caught the attention of several agencies, including the FBI. Officials say they believe those purchases involve a cell phone trafficking ring and the phones were bought for resale, with no connection to violent criminal activity.
Boone County authorities were seeking a suspect in a stabbing late Monday night in northern Boone County. Deputies responded to a report of a person with apparent stab wounds about 15 miles north of Columbia, near Prathersville. Officials say the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening and a suspect had been identified but was not in custody at last report. More details are expected to be released this morning.
A number of area roadways remain closed this morning, due to high water. Officials expect most area creeks and smaller streams to fall below flood levels today. Conditions will be improving on some of the larger rivers. The Chariton River at Prairie Hill is expected to fall below flood stage later this morning. The Grand River near Gallatin will crest this morning and fall below flood stage by this evening. Moderate flooding is occurring along the Grand River at Chillicothe and Sumner. It will crest this afternoon near Chillicothe and fall below flood stage by Wednesday evening. At Sumner, it is expected to crest this afternoon, but will remain above flood stage thru Friday morning. The Missouri River continued to rise overnight. Minor flooding is expected at Waverly, Miami and Boonville, with moderate flooding occurring in the Glasgow area.
A New Boston man was treated for moderate injuries after a weekend accident on a Callaway County road. 22 year old Jeremy Walton, of New Boston, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred Saturday afternoon at around 4:30pm. He was a passenger in a car driven by 18 year old Dillon Blackwell, of Russellville. The patrol says Blackwell lost control of the southbound vehicle and it ran off the roadway, struck a fence and a utility pole. Blackwell was treated for minor injuries.
An Iowa woman is charged with intent to distribute meth, after her arrest in a north Missouri cemetery. Schuyler County Sheriff Joe Wuebker noticed a truck parked in the Glenwood Cemetery late Saturday afternoon. 30 year old Tanya Nab, of Centerville, was the driver of the vehicle and said she was waiting on a friend. Wuebker found that her Iowa drivers license was suspended and the truck had stolen license plates. Wuebker found packaged meth and two bottles of pills in the vehicle. Nab is charged with intent distribute meth, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and receiving stolen property.
Three area teenagers were seriously injured in a Boone County head-on collision, which occurred Friday night, at around 8:45pm on Route B, north of Academy Road. The patrol says a northbound vehicle driven by 19 year old Tionna Jackson, of Hallsville and a southbound vehicle driven by 18 year old Braxten Denny, of Centralia collided head-on. Denny and his passenger, 18 year old Heather Thomas, of Centralia, were both seriously injured. Jackson suffered just minor injuries, but her passenger, 18 year old Jerron Key, of Columbia, was seriously hurt. All four were taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Brookfield Parks and Recreation reminds residents that judging for this year’s Christmas Home Decorating Contest will be tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. There is still time to pre-register for the contest by calling the Park and Rec office in Brookfield at 258-56-44. Contestants must live in the city limits of Brookfield and last year’s top three place winners are not eligible this year. All prizes are donated by Brookfield merchants. Your lights must be on for judging by 5:30pm Tuesday.
A Macon driver escaped with just minor injuries after his van ran off Old Highway 36, just east of Bevier, Thursday afternoon. 26 year old Travis Brantner, of Macon, sought his own treatment after the accident, which occurred just before 3:30pm. The patrol says he was wearing his seatbelt when his westbound van ran off the roadway, went through a fence and struck a tree.
A Milan man is charged with drug trafficking after his arrest this week by Sullivan County authorities. 24 year old Oscar Torres-Maquina, was arrested Wednesday. Investigators say the incident which prompted the charges took place in January of 2014. Torres-Maquina is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next month.
ROAD RAGE INCIDENT ENDS WITH SHOTS FIRED
Columbia Police say an apparent road rage incident resulted in shots fired Thursday night. Officers say it occurred at around 10pm on northbound Highway 63 at the connector, where two drivers reportedly started yelling at each other. A male suspect driving a white sedan apparently fired a shot at the other vehicle, causing damage to the victim’s truck. The investigation is ongoing.
An Auxvasse man faces multiple charges after a search warrant was served at his home this week. Callaway County deputies and the MUSTANG drug task force arrested 52 year old Billy Owen, of Auxvasse, after the search turned up 22 pounds or marijuana, $35,000 dollars in cash, several firearms and other items related to drug sales. Owen is charged with distribution of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of firearms. His bond is set at $50,000 dollars.
A Columbia man is charged with distributing drugs near a school, after a search warrant at his home resulted in the seizure of packaged heroin, scales and other drug-related items. Reginald Howard was arrested at the scene. Officers say his residence is near Columbia’s Douglass High School, the Park Avenue Child and Family Development center and the Nora Stewart Early Learning Center. His bond had not yet been set at last report.
Pershing State Park near Brookfield and Crowder State Park near Trenton are two of six Missouri state parks that will be closed this weekend, for managed deer hunts. Both Pershing and Crowder State Parks will be closed to all visitors, both Saturday and Sunday, except for all ready approved deer hunters. The manage hunts are being held to help control deer over-populations in the parks. For more information, visit mostateparks.com.
ABC-17 News in Columbia is reporting that law enforcement agencies in three Missouri counties, and the FBI, are investigating reports of suspicious bulk cell phone buys at Walmart stores, over the past week. According to the report, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the purchase of numerous cell phones at the Macon WalMart. Last weekend, Columbia Police were notified of the purchase of dozens of phones at the WalMart on Conley Road and police in Lebanon, MO investigated a report of about 60 phones purchased by two men at their WalMart. Officials say, although the purchase of that many cell phones is not illegal, it is certainly a ‘red flag’ for potential criminal activity. The FBI in both Springfield and St. Louis have been contacted and are investigating the suspicious purchases.
A driver from St. Louis was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries, after her vehicle ran off Highway 36, just west of the New Cambria junction, Wednesday afternoon. The patrol says 37 year old Melissa Whaley lost control of her vehicle and it ran off the highway, into the median and overturned, at around 3:15pm. She was flown to University Hospital with serious injuries.
Three La Plata residents suffered moderate injuries in a Wednesday morning collision on Highway 156, just west of La Plata. The accident occurred at around 9:45am. The patrol says 77 year old Myles Thomas, of La Plata was eastbound and stopped for approaching traffic, when his vehicle was struck in the rear by an SUV, driven by 57 year old Robert Matteson, of La Plata. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries, along with a passenger in Thomas’ vehicle…74 year old Sheila Thomas, of La Plata. All three were treated at area hospitals.
Moberly’s Walmart Distribution Center has announced an expansion of their operations, which will create 45 new FTE positions over the next few weeks along with four new salaried positions. More than 20 new hires have been made in the past 5 weeks and additional openings will be posted this week. Officals say the facility is slated to take on additional volume in February of next year, resulting in the need for more employees. More information on the openings can be found at company’s online career portal…careers.walmart.com.
Columbia Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a Tuesday evening ‘shots fired’ incident near Fourth Avenue and Providence Road. 27 year old Alex Perez Tunstall and 53 year old Donette Patterson are accused of being involved in shooting multiple rounds at a vehicle. No injuries were reported, but the vehicle was damaged by the gunfire. Police say Tunstall admitted shooting at the victim after a fight earlier in the evening.
A second north Missouri pilot has been confirmed killed in a second small airplane crash, which occurred Sunday evening. Authorities say Kenny Stoner, of Ridgway took off from the Northwest Missouri Regional Airport in Maryville, at around 4pm Sunday. His flight plan indicated he was headed for Bethany. The plane was reported missing Sunday night. The crash site was located in a remote portion of Daviess County, north of Pattonsburg, Tuesday morning, and the pilot was confirmed dead. An FAA investigation is underway.
The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the Sunday evening plane crash in Chariton County, which killed two people, including the pilot, 40 year old Andrew J. Beautte, of La Plata.
Chillicothe Police have completed an investigation into multiple reports of vandalism, which occurred on November 29, resulting in thousands of dollars in spray paint damage to several houses, sheds and vehicles within the Chillicothe city limits. Three juveniles were identified as suspects in the case and have been turned over to the Livingston County Juvenile Office for further court proceedings.
MACON WOMAN CHARGED WITH BURNING MOTEL MATTRESS
A Macon woman is charged in connection with a November 29 fire at the Travelier Motel in Macon. Police arrested 39 year old Stacey Beasley, following the fire. Investigators say she attempted to set fire to a mattress belonging to the motel. She has been charged with knowingly starting the blaze. Her bond is set at $4,500 dollars.
Columbia Police are investigating a Tuesday night report of shots fired, in the area of Fourth Avenue and Providence Road. Officers were called to the scene just before 7pm. They say a male victim was in a vehicle when a male suspect fired multiple rounds at the victim. There were no injuries reported but the vehicle was damaged. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Columbia Police or Crime Stoppers at (573) 875-TIPS.
More information has been released on the Sunday night crash of a small airplane in Chariton County. The Highway Patrol says multiple agencies responded to reports of the crash at around 9:15pm. They say a 1946 model Cessna 140 single-engine airplane went down in a hayfield, about 8 miles northeast of Keytesville. Both occupants of the plane were pronounced dead at the scene. 40 year old Andrew J. Beautte, of La Plata was believed to be the pilot and 38 year old Dawn L. Harl, of Des Moines was his passenger. Reports indicate the plane took off from the Macon Fower Airport, but its destination is not known. An investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board is underway.
Authorities say three suspects arrested over the weekend operated a burglary ring responsible for stealing appliances and weapons. 24 year old Robert Helton, of Brashear and 18 year Rebecca Whitmire and 19 year old Timerrick Gunnels, both of Kirksville, were arrested Saturday. They face charges of burglary, receiving stolen property and possession of stolen property. The Adair County Sheriff’s Department says deputies recovered a stolen washer and dryer, a freezer filled with meat and three long guns at a trailer home in the southern part of Kirksville, where the three were arrested. More charges are expected in the case.
A Centralia man has been sentenced to seven years in prison, in connection with a 2013 traffic crash that killed a 12 year old Columbia girl. 35 year old Aaron Wormington, of Centralia, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in October. Investigators say he was traveling more than 75 miles per hour when he attempted to pass a truck on Commerce Road in Mexico, in November of 2013. His car collided with the truck, went into the ditch and overturned, killing his passenger, 12 year old Jade Stafford, of Columbia. This week, Wormington was sentenced to seven years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
The Brookfield R-3 First Grade asks you to be on the lookout for their missing Gingerbread Men. Jeff Elliott visited the first grade Monday afternoon and they gave us all the details on the 102 gingerbread men, who apparently ran away from the Brookfield Elementary School Cafeteria Monday morning. They are described as about three inches tall and they had not yet been decorated. Anyone who sees the gingerbread men are asked not to eat them…but to call the Brookfield Elementary Office with information.
The Highway Patrol has released more information on a Sunday evening plane crash in Chariton County. Multiple agencies responded to a report of a small plane going down about eight miles northwest of Keytesville, at around 9:15pm. Reports indicate the plane was a 1946 model Cessna single-ending plane, with two occupants. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. They have been identified as 40 year old Andrew J. Beautte, of La Plata, who is believe to have been the pilot of the aircraft, and 38 year old Dawn L. Harl, of Des Moines, Iowa. An FAA investigation is underway.
A rural Moberly man has been charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of his wife, over the weekend. 81 year old Vernon Head was charged after the Saturday morning incident. The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department says Head went into a Huntsville business at around 10:20am Saturday, and told an employee his wife had been shot. Deputies found 77 year old Vickye Head in their home. She died from at least one gunshot wound. Head is being held on $100,000 dollars bond.
A Kirksville driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a Friday evening accident on an Adair County road, just east of Kirksville. 23 year old Katryna M. Goodwin, of Kirksville, was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just before 7pm. The patrol says her westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned.
A St. Charles teenager suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 11 in Adair County. It occurred at around 6:40pm Friday. 18 year old Jose Camberos was treated at Northeast Regional Medical Center after his eastbound car ran off the roadway and struck a concrete culvert.
Columbia Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery at Douglass Park, which occurred Saturday evening. Officers were called to the scene just after 7pm. They say a male victim was approaches by a male suspect, who showed a handgun and demanded property. After a brief struggle, the suspect fled the scene on foot. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information is urged to call crime stoppers…573-875-TIPS.
A Fulton woman was seriously injured in a Saturday evening accident on a Callaway County road. 43 year old Ellen Singleton, of Fulton, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 6:50pm. She was a passenger in an eastbound car, driven by 29 year old Michael Miller, of Fulton. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a tree. Miller refused treatment for minor injuries.
A Chillicothe woman was treated for injuries after a Thursday morning accident on Fair Street in Chillicothe. Officers say it occurred at around 6:45am, when a vehicle driven by Andria Forck, of Chillicothe, ran off the roadway and struck a storm drain, causing it to overturn. The vehicle came to rest on its top in the roadway. Forck was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash. She was taken by private vehicle to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
An Iowa teenager escaped with just minor injuries, after a one-vehicle accident on Route 136 in Putnam County. It occurred at around 2pm Thursday, about eight miles west of Unionville. 18 year old Maryanna Kling, of Indianola, Iowa was treated and released at Putnam County Memorial Hospital. The patrol says she was wearing her seatbelt when her westbound car ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
Cardinal Health has announced plans to expand their Moberly manufacturing facility, creating 50 new jobs over the next few years. The additional positions will include maintenance technicians, machine operators and material handlers. The expansion will bring Cardinal Health’s total Moberly workforce to 175 employees. A hiring event has been scheduled for next Wednesday, (12/9) from 2 to 6pm at the Moberly Comfort Inn.
The Missouri Public Service Commission has changed the hearing schedule for a 100 mile 345,000 volt power line, proposed by Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois. Ameren’s proposal is for the line to run from Palmyra to the Iowa border, with a proposed substation in Kirksville. The decision to change the hearing dates comes after a motion by Neighbors United, a grassroots organization of area landowners who oppose the project. The original hearing dates were December 14-18 in the state capitol. The new dates for the hearing are January 25-29 in Room 310 of the Governor’s Office Building in Jefferson City.
COLUMBIA DRIVER KILLED IN I-70 CRASH
A Columbia driver was killed in a Thursday evening collision on I-70 in Boone County. 46 year old Stacey McCrary, of Columbia, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:30pm near mile maker 122. The patrol says McCrary was westbound, when he attempted to pass a tractor-trailer, which was westbound in the passing lane. McCrary’s SUV struck the front of the semi, ran off the highway, struck a guardrail and the median cable barrier and overturned, coming to rest on its top. McCrary was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the semi, from Jacksonville, Florida, was not injured.
Former Missouri linebacker and current defensive coordinator Barry Odom is the new coach of the Missouri Tigers. Odom’s hiring was announced Thursday evening by Mizzou Athletic Director Mack Rhoades. He came to Missouri last season, after a three-year stint as the defensive coordinator at Memphis University. Odom’s coaching background also includes two years as the head coach at Columbia Rock Bridge High School. A news conference to welcome Odom as the Tigers’ new coach is scheduled for noon Friday at Mizzou Arena.
A Chillicothe man is charged with statutory rape, involving a victim under the age of 14, after an investigation by Chillicothe Police. Officers arrested James R. Yeomans, of Chillicothe, on Tuesday. During the arrest, he was also accused of possession of a controlled substance. Yeomans is being held in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on $25,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A November traffic stop by Macon Police has resulted in drug charges against a Mexico man. Officers say a 29 year old female driver, from Wellsville, was arrested for driving while revoked and possession of drug paraphernalia. During the traffic stop, they say a passenger in the vehicle was being deceptive as to his identity. A search of the vehicle turned up marijuana, meth, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash. The passenger, 36 year old Michael S. Toney, of Mexico, has been charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, felony forgery, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Toney’s bond was set at $20,000 dollars cash-only.
Brookfield’s Missouri Department of Revenue License Office is officially set to reopen later this month. According to a news release, the Brookfield License Office will open for business on Wednesday, December 16, at 8am…at 223 North Main Street in downtown Brookfield. Office hours will be Monday thru Friday from 8 to 5 and they’ll also be open the last Saturday of each month, from 8am to noon. Due to the holidays, this month’s Saturday hours will be on December 19th instead of the 26th.
Linn County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross are set to save lives this weekend, by installing smoke alarms in homes around the county. Volunteers and firefighters will install smoke alarms and check and replace batteries in existing units, around Linn County on Saturday, beginning at 8:30am. You must call to request the service and schedule an appointment. Call the Red Cross office in Kirksville this week at 660-665-5686, or Saturday morning call 258-3332 to schedule your appointment.
Four men face drug charges after a search warrant was executed by Callaway County authorities this week. The search occurred at a home on County Road 340 near Millersburg. Investigators say they seized 120 grams of meth, 40 grams of marijuana, packaged cocaine, firearms and other items used to distribute drugs. Charged in the case were 58 year old Stephen Cason, of Millersburg, 26 year old Gabriel Wainwright, of Fulton, 27 year old Charles Vandeloecht, of Millersburg and 34 year old Kevin Minor of Holts Summit.
Ground was broken Wednesday morning for the new $4.5 million dollar Berkshire Senior and Veterans housing complex in Mexico. The project includes expansion and renovation of apartments at the site, including 18 new two-bedroom units and upgrades for 11 one-bedroom units. Officials say five of the 29 units will be reserved for senior homeless veterans. The project was funded by tax credits, through the NECAC. It is expected to be complete in the early fall of next year.
A Trenton man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, in connection with the 2013 death of his business partner. 26 year old Jameson Read, of Trenton, was accused of shooting 54 year old John Vencell, Read’s former business partner in a restaurant. Investigators accused Read of putting Vencell’s body in the trunk of his car and attempting to submerge the vehicle in an area pond. Read pleaded guilty to second-degree murder charges in October. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday.
Macon Police are investigating a pair of November business burglary reports. Employees of a business in the 500 block of East