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December 2, 2020

 

 

BRAYMER MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS CANNOT YET MEET IN PERSON WITH LAWYERS

 

A Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin will not be allowed to meet in person with his attorneys, at least for now.
Attorneys for 
Garland Nelson, of Braymer, have not been able to meet with him in the same room at the Caldwell County Jail because of coronavirus restrictions.
They argued they need to have personal visits with Nelson because he is facing the death penalty in the deaths of 24-year-old 
Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.
A judge ruled Tuesday that he wants to hear from public health officials before allowing the personal meetings.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS GIVE INITIAL APPROVAL TO $1.2 BILLION CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work after several tested positive for the coronavirus, which delayed a special session.
Senators on Tuesday gave initial approval to a $1.2 billion coronavirus aid package.

They also were scheduled to start debate on a new law that would prevent lawsuits against health care workers for disregarding the safety of others during the coronavirus emergency.
The proposal also would block some lawsuits against businesses that make faulty masks and other supplies to help with the pandemic as long as they don't make intentionally make the products defective.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS NEIGHBOR

 

Prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old eastern Missouri man with murder in the fatal beating of his neighbor.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jefferson County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Dale Edwards, of Festus, has been charged with second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the Sept. 17 attack on 68-year-old Michael Huffman.
Huffman died from his injuries on Oct. 3.
Police say that before his death, Huffman told investigators that he and Edwards argued after Edwards accused Huffman of taking photos of Edwards' house.
Prosecutors say Edwards hit Huffman first with a walking stick, then hit him repeatedly with a metal pipe.

 

 

LANCASTER MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A man was injured in a crash involving a semi truck in Schuyler County Tuesday night.

The crash happened on U.S. 63, at Queen City around 8 p.m.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jonathan Eckert, 33, of Lancaster, was stopped in his vehicle at a stop sign, and then pulled into the path of a semi truck, driven by Stephen wilder, 60, of Fayette, Missouri.

The two vehicles collided.

Eckert then ran off the west side of the road and into a ditch.

Eckert's vehicle was totaled. He received minor injuries and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

Wilder was not injured and the semi truck only received minor damage.

According to the crash report, Wilder was wearing a seat belt, while Eckert was not.

 

 




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December 1, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE FIND AND ARREST SUSPECTED VEHICLE THEIF

 

On Tuesday, just after 10 a.m., Kirksville Police responded to the parking lot of Hy-Vee Foods for a report of a stolen vehicle.

Police were informed that a customer had parked their 2007 Ford Focus in the lot and entered the store.

When the customer returned outside, the vehicle was gone.

Police were informed the car had been left unlocked with the keys inside.

Kirksville Police were able to obtain video from Hy-Vee of the suspect stealing the vehicle.

Police were working on putting the information out to the public in a press release when an officer located the stolen vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot in the 1500 block of South Jamison Street at around 11:00 a.m.

Officers located the male suspect and took him into custody.

The suspect is a 29-year-old male from Kirksville. His name has not been released pending the filing of formal charges.

Kirksville Police worked quickly to locate the stolen vehicle and return it to the owner.

“This is another reminder that it is never a good practice to leave your vehicle unlocked. The suspect in this case was observed on video walking from vehicle to vehicle, looking inside to find one that was unlocked. Please secure your vehicle while you are away from it and do not leave any items of value inside,” said Kirksville Interim Police Chief Justin Jones.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 

TRIAL SET FOR MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF KEEPING HIS WIFE’S BODY IN FREEZER

 

 A Missouri man accused of keeping his wife's body in the freezer for years will go on trial next November.
Larry Dinwiddie, of Marshfield, is charged with killing his wife in 2015 and hiding her body in the freezer.
During a hearing Monday, Dinwiddie's trial was scheduled for Nov. 29, 2021.
He is charged with second-degree murder, abandoning a corpse and armed criminal action.
Investigators say they found the body of his wife, Cynthia, locked in a freezer in an abandoned storage unit in November 2019.
Investigators have said her death was caused by domestic abuse.
She was never reported missing.

 

 

SALISBURY MAN RECOVERING AFTER HITTING DEER WITH HIS CAR

 

A man is recovering after hitting a deer with his car in Randolph County.

The accident happened Sunday around 4:20 p.m., on U.S. 24, two miles west of Moberly.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say Marco Falls, 33, of Salisbury, Missouri, was travelling westbound on U.S. 24, when he struck a deer in the roadway in his 2014 Nissan Altima.

Falls received moderate injuries and was taken by Randolph County ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center.

Falls' car received moderate damage.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report states Falls was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 




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November 30, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL SERGEANT ERIC BROWN PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the following promotion effective December 1, 2020:

Sergeant Eric F. Brown, public information and education officer assigned to Troop B, Macon, Mo., is being promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Public Information and Education Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City.

Brown was appointed to the Patrol on January 18, 2004, as a member of the 82nd Recruit Class. Upon completing his training at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop C, Zone 1, St. Louis County. In 2006, he transferred to Troop B, Zone 2, Macon and Shelby counties. He was promoted to corporal on January 1, 2013, and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler counties. On April 20, 2014, he transferred back to Zone 2, Macon and Shelby counties and was designated assistant zone supervisor. On October 1, 2015, he was promoted to sergeant and designated zone supervisor of Zone 3, Chariton and Linn counties. He transferred to Troop B Headquarters and was designated public information and education officer for the troop on February 5, 2017.

Lieutenant Brown grew up in Huntsville, Mo., and graduated from Westran High School in Huntsville. He attended Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, MO. Brown served as a deputy with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office prior to joining the Patrol. In 2019, Brown completed the Police Leadership: The Westpoint Model course. Lt. Brown is married to Annavee N. (Holman) and they have three children, Trace, Kambria, and Quade.

 

 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY IN CRISIS MODE AS COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

 

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says the county is in crisis mode as COVID-19 cases continues to rise and hospitals strain to treat patients.
During a briefing Monday, Page repeated earlier warnings that the area's hospitals could run out of intensive care beds sometime this week.
He also said the National Guard could be called in to help hospitals deal with the overload of patients.
On Sunday, area hospitals said they were using 77% of the total staffed beds and 89% of their intensive care beds.
Page said the region will be severely tested during the next few weeks and urged residents to follow safety protocols.

 

 

EMERGENCY CREWS RESPOND TO SEMI TRUCK FIRE NEAR KIRKSVILLE

 

Emergency crews responded to a semi truck fire Monday afternoon on Spencer Way near Kirksville.

Adair County Rural and Kirksville Fire departments received a call around 1 p.m. that a semi was engulfed in flames.

The driver smelled smoke coming from the back cabin of the truck.

He was able to escape without injuries and crews were able to contain the fire.

The truck was deemed a total loss.

Officials say at this time, they are not sure how the fire started.

 

 




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November 29, 2020

 

 

MISSING KIRKSVILLE WOMAN FOUND AND ARRESTED IN MISSISSIPPI

 

A Kirksville woman reported missing earlier this month was found in Laurel, Mississippi over the weekend.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi, the woman, Amanda Thompson, 36, was taken into custody on Saturday, November 28.

She was the passenger in a Chrysler Town and Country van that was reported stolen out of Missouri.

Thompson was apprehended at the scene of a traffic stop in Jones County, Mississippi.

During that traffic stop, the driver of the van, Kolton Pearson, 36, of Kirksville, fled from authorities on foot.

He was captured by police in a neighboring Mississippi county late Saturday night and was transferred back to Jones County.

Pearson has been charged with possession of stolen property.

Both Pearson and Thompson have warrants out of Missouri, with extradition requested.

 

 

MDC REPORTS FIREARMS SEASON HARVEST NUMBERS

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that deer hunters harvested 176,604 deer throughout firearms season.

Of those harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks and 64,905 were does.

Here is a county-by-county breakdown of deer harvested in northeast Missouri:

 

 

Across Missouri, numbers from this year are slightly down from last year because in 2019 nearly 180,000 deer were harvested.

Of those harvested in 2019, 91,917 were antlered bucks, 17,330 were button bucks and 70,713 were does.

There were also three firearms-related hunting incidents through deer firearms season, however all were non-fatal and self-inflicted.

 

 

MEMPHIS, MISSOURI MAN CRASHES INTO HOME

 

 A northern Missouri man escaped serious injuries after his minivan slammed into a home.

The crash happened Sunday afternoon on South Lincoln Street in Memphis, Missouri.

Authorities say the van was driven by Greg Porter, of Memphis.

KTVO was told he drove through an intersection without stopping, before crashing into the home.

Police say it's believed Porter suffered a medical emergency, which led to the incident.

No one was in the home when the crash occurred.

Porter suffered only minor injuries.

 

 




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November 25, 2020

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN GREENTOP LEAVES NO MAJOR INJURIES

 

Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle crash late Wednesday morning in Greentop, Mo.

The crash happened at the intersection of 6th and Main Street.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a pickup driven by Patrick Jochimsen, 23, of Greentop, was heading north on Main Street when he failed to stop at a stop sign.

Jochimsen collided with an SUV driven by Cindy Lindquist Pamperin, 58, also of Greentop, who was heading east on 6th Street.

Pamperin's vehicle was hit and spun around before coming to rest on the side of the road.

Pamperin had two juveniles in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash.

One of the juveniles was evaluated by medical staff for a minor head injury.

Jochimsen was given a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign causing an accident.

 

 

MISSOURI SEES SURGE OF INMATE DEATHS CONNECTED TO COVID-19

 

Missouri prisons have seen a surge of inmate deaths connected to the coronavirus this month, prompting civil rights leaders to urge additional steps to protect prisoners and staff.
Early in the pandemic, confirmed cases were common but mostly mild among Missouri prisoners.
Through August, the state reported just one inmate death. But 26 additional inmates infected with COVID-19 have died since September, most of them this month.
A state spokeswoman says it isn't certain that COVID-19 was the primary cause of death in most cases.
All but two had serious underlying conditions such as late-stage renal failure, heart disease or cancer.

 

 

HY-VEE VOLUNTARILY PULLS TWO VEGETABLE MIX PRODUCTS AFTER POSSIBLE LISTERIA CONTAMINATION

 

Grocery store chain Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling two of its Hy-Vee Short Cuts vegetable mix products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

They were sold in eight states including Iowa and Missouri.

According to a news release Tuesday evening, no illnesses from these products have been reported.

The recalled products are:

They have a “Best if Used By” date of Dec. 3, 2020.

They've already been pulled from store shelves, and anyone who has the products at home should not eat them.

They can be returned to Hy-Vee for a full refund.

According to Hy-Vee, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee at (800) 772-4098.

 

 

COLUMBIA/BOONE COUNTY PHHS ANNOUNCE NEW MASK ORDINANCE

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning issued Public Health Order 2020-15.1(c), which incorporates a countywide mask mandate that will go into effect at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 8, 2020 unless extended, rescinded or modified.  Under the order, everyone 10 years of age and older that is within Boone County outside of Columbia city limits will be required to wear a mask when around people who are not household members. This is similar to the mask requirement that was put into place within the city limits of Columbia on July 10, 2020. 
The Boone County Commission voted 2-1 to endorse the mandate on Tuesday, Nov. 24.


"The County Commission has great concern for our citizens, our health care professionals and our medical facilities. We are facing issues we have never seen or could have dreamed up.  Everyone needs to do everything they can to protect themselves and the people they come into contact with from the COVID-19 virus. We will eventually be through this but right now is no time to ignore our individual responsibilities," said Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill.

"We appreciate the work our county leaders have done and continue to do to help protect members of our cities, county and entire region. This unified front in our fight to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will not only help protect ourselves and our loved ones, but also our local healthcare and frontline workers" said Browning.

A mask is defined as a covering made of cloth, fabric, or other soft or permeable material, without holes that covers only the nose and mouth and surrounding areas of the lower face. Masks may be factory-made, or handmade and improvised from ordinary household materials. Household items such as bandanas, towels, t-shirts or any other cotton or linen fabric can be used to make a mask. If choosing to wear a cloth mask, it is recommended that they be made with at least 2 layers of fabric. For example, if a gator is worn it should be folded to ensure two layers of protection.
According to 
the CDC, data shows that masks protect both the wearer and others from becoming exposed to and infected with COVID-19. Increasing evidence has shown that counties that have implemented a mask mandate have lower levels of COVID-19 transmission than those who do not. For more information on the effectiveness of masks and what type of face masks are recommended, please visit the CDC website. 
A mask will be required in all instances where it can not be expected to stay at least 6 feet away from people outside of the immediate household. This includes, but is not limited to, at retail establishments, when walking in and out of restaurant and bar establishments, when spectating at a sporting event, etc.
There are exemptions for people who have a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask. Exemptions are also made for people who are hearing impaired and people communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired. Additional exemptions include:

 




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November 24, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN

The Kirksville Police Department is attempting to locate a woman who has been reported missing by her mother, Peggy Phipps.

The missing woman is Amanda L. Thompson of Kirksville. She has not been seen for almost a week.

She is a white female, 36 years old, 5’1” tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Thompson has her ears, tongue and abdomen pierced, and she has a black heart tattoo on her upper back and a tattoo of a heart with “Troy” on her lower back.

Thompson was last seen by her mother on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Phipps told KTVO she received a phone call from Thompson's cell phone around 5 p.m. on November 23, 2020, but Phipps was unable to make out what was being said on the other end of the line because it was a whisper, then the call ended.

Thompson may be driving a green 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van with Missouri license TC2-C3F, and she may be in the company of Colt Pierce.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 

THIRD PERSON ARRESTED IN MEXICO, MISSOURI SHOOTING

 

 A third person was arrested Saturday in connection to the murder of Chance Davis, a man who was fatally shot in Mexico, Missouri on June 27th.

Officers arrested Timothy Midgyett during a traffic stop in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Midgyett had a warrant for the murder of Chance Davis.

Davis, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene on June 27.

Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the fatal shooting after Davis' girlfriend reported someone broke in.

The arrest warrant of Midgyett was the last outstanding warrant for Davis' murder.

Quincy Police Department arrested Deyton Curtis-Fisher on July 31 in relation to a home invasion and fatal shooting in Mexico.

Sadiq Moore, 25, formally of Kirksville, was arrested in connection to the murder of Chance Davis by the US Marshals Service in Columbia on October 8.

The Mexico Public Safety Department has been working with several agencies since the warrants were issued on July 20.

 

 

SLICK ROADS TO BLAME FOR MONDAY EVENING CRASH

 

Monday's winter weather is now being blamed for a head-on crash that injured three people.

The accident happened at 6:02 p.m. in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Larry Payton, 71, of Kirksville, was on Highway 6, two miles east of Durham, when he lost control on the ice covered roadway.

His van crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on.

Payton suffered minor injuries in the crash.

His passenger, Joanne Payton, 71, also of Kirksville, suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

The other driver, Jonathan Rathbun, 27, of Ewing, Missouri, suffered minor injuries.

All three were taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment.

 

 

19 COUNTIES IN MID-MISSOURI ARE DESIGNATED EXTREME RISK FOR COVID-19

 

Last week, a statewide public health warning was issued which included community-level guidance based on three risk categories – extreme risk, critical risk, and serious risk. By the state's own metrics, 19 mid-Missouri counties are considered in the highest risk category of "extreme risk" and 7 counties are in the "critical risk" category just falling short of the criteria for the highest category.

Governor Mike Parson announced the issuance of the public health warning last week during a press conference where he also extended the state of emergency through March of 2021. The announcement came as hospitalizations rise and health officials become increasingly concerned about staffing and bed space at Missouri's hospitals.

Missouri has recorded 23,668 new coronavirus cases in the last week and, as of Monday, the state's 7-day positivity rate was at 20.4 percent. Meanwhile, Missouri's hospitals have reported becoming increasingly overwhelmed with 2,805 patients being hospitalized as of Friday, which is the most recent data available on the state's coronavirus dashboard.

Counties in each category must meet both the criteria for the positivity rate as well as the criteria for the case rate per 100,000 population. In mid-Missouri, 19 counties are considered at extreme risk and seven are at critical risk. There are no mid-Missouri counties in the lowest category of serious risk.

 

Category 1 County Action Plan: Extreme Risk

 

Criteria for county:

 

Local counties within this category: Macon, Sullivan, Carroll, Moniteau, Camden, Monroe, Chariton, Ralls, Lincoln, Miller, Crawford, Franklin, Pike, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Maries, Osage, Saline, Boone, Morgan, Phelps

 

Guidance:

Business occupancy: Occupancy limits reflective of social distancing.

Social group size: 10 or less.

Masks: Strongly advised in all offices and businesses where social distancing is not possible.

 

Category 2 County Action Plan: Critical Risk

 

Criteria for county:

 

Local counties within this category: Callaway, Audrain, Gasconade, Randolph, Pulaski, Montgomery, Pettis

 

Guidance:

Business occupancy: Occupancy limits reflective of social distancing.

Social group size: 25 or less.

Masks: Advised in all offices and businesses with 10+ people where social distancing is not possible.

 

Category 3 County Action Plan: Serious Risk

 

Criteria for county:

 

Guidance:

Business occupancy: No limits.

Social group size: Limited to maintaining 6 feet distance.

Masks: Advised in all offices and businesses with 10+ people where social distancing is not possible.

 

The public health warning also advised Missourians to take it upon themselves when mitigating the spread of the virus by wearing masks, monitoring their own health and minimizing travel outside of Missouri.

 

 




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November 23, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL URGES ANYONE TRAVELING FOR THANKSGIVING TO DO SO SAFELY

 

 Thanksgiving this year will look very different for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the urging of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) still believes there will be an increase in travelers this week.

Therefore, if your family is still planning a road trip, it is important to remember to be a courteous and attentive driver over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Brown provided more advice on how to travel safely this holiday.

 

"Just make safety a part of your plans," Brown said. "If you are going to be travelling short distances, long distances, be prepared. Check the weather conditions, know what you are going to be facing on your trip, obey the traffic laws. If you make safety a part of your trip, you obey the laws, you wear your seatbelt, designate a sober driver, then you should have a safe and happy trip."

 

According to Brown, the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are typically when the patrol sees the largest increase in travelers.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2019, Missouri state troopers responded to 1,594 crashes that resulted in 11 deaths and 634 injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises you to drive safely this holiday, obey all traffic laws and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

 

 

HOSPITAL BEDS CONTINUE TO FILL UP IN MISSOURI

 

Hospital beds across Missouri are nearly four-fifths full, and capacity is even more limited in intensive care units as the coronavirus pandemic continues its autumn surge.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Monday cited 2,805 hospitalizations statewide -- double the number from a month ago.
The state's COVID-19 dashboard notes that just 21% of capacity remains at hospitals, and ICU capacity is down to 17%.
Bed capacity is at 13% in northwest Missouri, 17% in the St. Louis region and 19% in Kansas City.
ICU capacity is at 13% in the southwestern part of the state and in St. Louis.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO MULTIPLE RESTAURANT BURGLARIES

 

Between Nov. 20-22, Columbia police officers have responded to reports of approximately 10 incidents across the city where several restaurants have been burglarized. 

While investigating these incidents separately, officers discovered that a 16 year-old  juvenile suspect was involved with at least two of the burglaries. 

The suspect was seen on camera throwing a large rock through the front window of one of the businesses. The suspect went inside and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The juvenile has been detained for the charges of second degree burglary, felony resisting arrest, first degree property damage and a misdemeanor stealing in connection with burglaries at Agave Mexican Restaurant, 901 Safari, Suite 101, and at Tortilleria El Patron, 711 Vandiver Dr.

At this time there is no evidence that connects the juvenile to the other burglaries. The remaining burglaries are still under investigation.

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

 

 

 




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November 22, 2020

 

 

TRIAL DELAYED FOR WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER AUGUST CRASH

 

Next month's trial for a Quincy woman charged with murder after a car crash that killed four people has been delayed to next year.

The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports Natasha McBride briefly appeared in Adams County Circuit Court last week.

McBride's attorney Todd Nelson says they weren't ready for a December trial.

It's now been placed on the March jury trial docket. The 36-year-old woman faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of four people, including three young boys from Kirksville.

Authorities allege she ignored a traffic light in August while driving at a high rate of speed and hit another car.

She continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

 

 

OFFICIALS CONSIDER ESTABLISHING FIELD HOSPITAL AS MISSOURI CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE

 

Officials are discussing canceling all but the most urgent medical procedures and building a field hospital as the coronavirus surges in Missouri.

Dr. Alex Garza, the chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said on Friday that projections show the region's hospitals maxing out intensive care units in a matter of days, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Garza said the task force is working with the state to determine what assistance will be necessary.

Springfield area hospitals also report being overwhelmed.

As of Saturday, the state health department reported that there have been 25,480 new coronavirus cases in the past week, or 3,640 new cases daily on average.

 

 

BROOKFIELD TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A north Missouri teen was injured in an early morning crash Friday.
The crash happened around 1 a.m. in Linn County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lane Thudium, 18, of Brookfiled, Mo., was driving north on Jarboe Road, two miles east of Brookfield, when the crash happened.

Troopers say Thudium lost control of the truck he was driving on a curve, traveled off the left side of the road where the vehicle overturned.
A 14-year-old girl, a passenger in the truck, received moderate injuries and was taken by private vehicle to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.

Thudium was not hurt.
The online crash report states Thudium was wearing a seat belt, but the girl was not.
The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Linn County Sheriff's Office and the Brookfield Police Department.

 

 

 




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November 19, 2020

 

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES SURGE IN RURAL COUNTIES

 

 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Scotland County have spiked, with active cases more than doubling in the past week.

The Scotland County Health department said Thursday the total active cases jumped from 30 last week to 64 on Thursday..

The number of people hospitalized went from two to five.

Those in quarantine spiked from 63 one week ago to 108 on Thursday.

And year-to-date total cases in Scotland County jumped by 58 in the past week, now standing at 194 cases.

County health officials strongly urge you to practice safety protocols including avoiding large gatherings, wearing a face mask when out in public, staying at least six feet away from other people and washing your hands frequently with soap and water.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY THROUGH MARCH

 

 Governor Mike Parson extended the state of emergency until March of next year, as hospitalizations rise and health officials become increasingly concerned about staffing and bed s`pace at Missouri's hospitals.

During his Thursday press briefing, Governor Parson not only announced the state of emergency being extended but he also announced new guidance and covered a range of topics from his position on mask-wearing to the upcoming holidays and the vaccine.

The extension will run until March 31, 2021, due to the current wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the entire Midwest region, including Missouri which is currently ranked 11th in the nation for the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the last week.

"You know Missouri and the Midwest region remain central to the COVID-19 wave hitting our country right now," Governor Parson said in a Thursday morning press briefing.

 

If you look for some examples, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Our neighbors Iowa, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Illinois, all with higher cases than Missouri. Some with some of the toughest restrictions in the United States. But, regardless of the restrictions, regardless of what state, the virus is rising.

 

Data released by the state on Thursday showed an additional 27,358 new COVID-19 cases and 67 more deaths in the last week alone. All told, the state has reported 257,822 cases and 3,507 deaths since the pandemic began. Not only this, but the state had a whopping 23.7% positivity rate in the last week.

 

There was more cases in the month of October than in those first 8 months [of the COVID-19 pandemic]. The first 15 days of November is more than the numbers of a full month of October. These numbers are growing at a very fast rate and we have to understand that will put a stress on the system if we don't change the behavior of how we conduct ourselves.

 

Governor Parson announced new guidance would be released on Thursday that will be a public health warning for the entire state of Missouri.

Parson said they will be releasing guidance to the counties and mayors across the state of Missouri to let them know where they stand in relation to the number of cases they have per 100,000 people in their population.

 

We're going to encourage them to take some sort of action to be able to make this curve happen. But at the end of the day, I'm going to stress you again, as many people out there would like to say it's government's responsibility, it's not. It's our responsibility as citizens of this great state to do the right thing.

 

With that being said, Governor Parson called on everyone in the state to take it upon themselves to slow the spread of the virus.

Parson explained that even with the news of the vaccine coming in December, everything will not be going back to normal for quite some time.

On the contrary, Parson said the public sector won't be receiving the vaccines until much farther down the road. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Randall Williams said he expects the public will receive the vaccine by March or April.

 

 

UM BOARD APPROVES MU CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL PROPOSAL

 

During the UM System Board of Curators meeting on Thursday morning, the board approved the project proposal for MU Health Care's children's hospital facility.

The project costs $232 million and anticipated to begin May 2021 and be completed by June 2024.

The current Women's and Children Hospital has reached its capacity and no longer suits the needs. According to documents, MU Hospital and Women's and Children's operate at full capacity and have limited ability to expand. The plan said occupancy rates at both hospitals hovers around 85 percent, but can increase up to 95 percent over the winter.

Health officials outlined building renewal as "necessary for replacement of health care facilities due to age, technology and anticipated growth."

The new hospital will be seven stories with a mechanical dock and mechanical penthouse, expected to be built on the east side of MU Hospital's patient tower. The hospital is expected to total 323,400 square feet.

The stories of the hospital are:

The project is expected to happen in two phases. Phase I which began in September 2020 is expected to last through September 2021. This includes the following:

Phase II is expected to last from December 2023 to July 2024. This includes:

The total projected funding is $250 million. The breakdown is as follows:

 

 




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November 18, 2020

 

 

FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTS FORMER MISSOURI CITY CLERK FOR MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS

 

A federal grand jury indicted former Center, Missouri clerk Tracey Ray, 48, for her role in misappropriating taxpayer money.

Ray is charged with wire fraud and federal program theft.
She was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 17, and had her initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge David D. Noce on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

According to the indictment, Ray engaged in a scheme to defraud and obtain money from Center.

The indictment alleges she took approximately $317,325.59 by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.

The theft began in or about January of 2015 and continued through around July of 2019, according to the indictment.

On approximately 30 occasions, Ray is accused of using Center bank funds to pay for charges on her personal GM credit card.
Those personal charges ended up totaling approximately $206,342.53 and were used for personal retail vendor charges, entertainment, lodging and travel, hair salons, restaurants, and grocery store charges.
Ray also is accused of issuing Center bank account checks in the approximate total amount of $62,537.76 to Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to pay for the premiums on a family health insurance policy, as well as on life and disability policies for her and her family members.
Taxpayers can learn about other allegations from the following news release issued Wednesday from the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri.
The grand indictment comes two months after Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit that detailed Ray's spending as the former city clerk of Center, Missouri.

 

 

AS TEMPERATURES COOL, AMEREN MISSOURI SHARES HOME HEATING TIPS

 

As temperatures begin to stay cold across the Heartland, Ameren Missouri would like to make sure you properly heat your home.

If used properly, natural gas appliances, like a water heater or furnace, will help you keep nice and warm this winter.

It is important for you to understand how to determine if you have a gas leak.

Some tips to help you are:

Also, Ameren recommends homeowners do the following:

There is also a poster contest in which kids can help promote energy safety.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI EDUCATORS ASSOCCIATION DISAGREES WITH MISSOURI’S SCHOOL QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

 

After new school quarantine guidance was released last week from the state of Missouri, many people have had mixed reactions.

Under the new guidance, students, staff, and faculty do not have to quarantine if they have been in close contact with a person who has coronavirus if both the infected person and the person exposed wore masks. The school also has to have a mask mandate in place.

Those with the Missouri National Education Association said they don't believe this is a good strategy for schools.

Missouri NEA Communications Director Mark Jones, said they believe different mitigation strategies would much be safer.

"What we should be doing is providing adequate resources to our teachers and to our health care professionals," Jones said.

Jones said many educators are coming together to express their frustration through letters.

 "They are writing to the Department of Education, they're writing to the governor, they're writing to their local school boards," Jones said.

He said, so far, it is hit or miss on whether school districts have chosen to adopt this guidance.

Jones said the hope is to show school districts that many people support higher health standards.

 

 

 




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November 17, 2020

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS STATE IS READY FOR WHEN A VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE

 

As COVID-19 cases surge, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to a vaccine for the virus.

Pfizer and Moderna appear to be on track to have vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration on an emergency basis within weeks.

Both of those companies have released statements saying their vaccinations were more than 90% effective in the clinical trials.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says many remain optimistic as doctors and scientists continue to make progress on a COVID-19 vaccine.

Parson adds he's proud that the Pfizer facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, is helping lead the way on a critically important global development.

 

"Missouri has been considered a leader in the area, and this will only continue when a vaccine becomes available. We submitted Missouri's COVID-19 vaccine plan to the CDC last month, and we are fully prepared to take action as soon as a vaccine becomes available."

 

Missouri's planning efforts are based upon CDC guidance to anticipate a phased availability of vaccines within the state.

Because of a likelihood of limited availability, Missouri's plan first focuses the initial doses toward reducing or stopping death and disability by reducing the stress on health care systems caring for affected patients. The state plans to collaborate with health care systems and pharmacy and community partners to vaccinate long-term care facility staff and other health care workers.

As the availability of the vaccine expands, vaccination efforts will then be aimed at residents most at risk, the elderly, and those with medical conditions placing them at higher risk for poor outcomes.

At the same time, efforts will be made to reach essential workers in schools and critical businesses.

As the availability increases even more, the plan's final phase will help ensure every Missourians who wants a vaccination is able to obtain one.

 

ST. LOUIS TEACHERS UNION AND STATEWIDE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION SAY THEY WOULD SUPPORT STATEWIDE MASK MANDATES

The union representing St. Louis teachers is calling for a statewide mask mandate, a proposal that also has the backing of Missouri's two largest teacher organizations.
The interim president of the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis Local 420, Ray Cummings, says it's time for Republican Gov. Mike Parson "to follow science and the advice of health care professionals" and issue a mask mandate.
Outside St. Louis, Missouri teachers are largely represented by either the Missouri National Education Association or the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Both said Tuesday that they would support a statewide mask mandate.

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT DECIDING ON PUBLIC LABOR UNION RESTRICTIONS


The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether new restrictions on public unions can be enacted.
Judges on Tuesday heard arguments in the case.
At issue is a 2018 law requiring public unions to get permission every year to deduct dues from workers' paychecks.
Public safety unions are exempt.
A judge last year sided with unions and blocked the law. But lawyers for the state appealed.
They say the law is constitutional and doesn't interfere with public workers' right to band together to negotiate.

 




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NOVEMBER 16th, 2020

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS POSTPONE WORK AFTER LEGISLATORS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Missouri lawmakers are postponing work on coronavirus aid funding after numerous legislators have been sickened by the virus.
Republican Senate leaders on Monday said they're delaying work until after Thanksgiving. Leaders have not yet specified how many senators and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to the Capitol to give him the power to spend $1.1 billion in additional federal coronavirus aid.
He also asked lawmakers to give hospitals, schools and businesses immunity from being sued for misconduct related to how they've handled the pandemic.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI CONTINUES WORK ON SOLAR FACILITY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

At the end of September, Ameren Missouri announced a goal to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all its operations.

With this goal, the company is also hoping to maintain the reliability and affordability that customers have come to expect.

With this large investment, Ameren Missouri is excited to announced plans for its largest solar facility.

“Bottom line—our transformative plan brings new, cleaner energy to all of our customers and targets the elimination of carbon emissions all while meeting our customers' energy needs now and into the future,” said Ameren Missouri Chairman and President Marty Lyons.

The solar facility will reside west of St. Louis in Montgomery County.

By the end of 2021, Ameren Missouri expects thousands of solar panels to be installed.

Ameren’s new solar facility was made possible due to the demand from its Community Solar program.

Since Ameren announced its goal to have net-zero carbon emissions, nearly 2,000 new customer subscriptions have been received for the program.

More information about the program can be found here.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT SATURDAY NIGHT

 

At approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, Columbia police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2000 block of Newton Dr.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to witnesses who reported hearing gunshots in the area. Officers located multiple shell casings and property damage to vehicles and residences nearby. 

There were no injuries reported on the scene. There is no suspect description available at this time. 

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

 

 




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NOVEMBER 15th, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES STEADILY RISE FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S RECORD SETTING TOTAL

 

 The number of coronavirus cases continues to steadily increase across Missouri and hospitalizations remain at a high level.

The state reported 3,729 new virus cases Sunday for a total of 239,451 cases. This comes after the state set a new record for single day cases Saturday with 6,346.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus dipped Sunday to 2,447 from the previous day's record of 2,523, but hospitalizations have doubled in the past month and capacity is strained in parts of the state. Local health officials have urged Gov. Mike Parson to impose tougher restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, but he has resisted requiring masks and largely left it up to local officials to impose restrictions.

 

 

A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY GRADUATE ONE OF FIVE KILLED IN MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASH IN EGYPT

 

Five U.S. soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Egypt this week have been identified.

One of the soldiers was a graduate of A.T. Still University in Kirksville.

The university says it's mourning the loss of Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, DO, '17, from Katy, Texas.

Dr. Vandekamp, 31, was assigned to the Task Force Sinai Medical Company.

According to the U.S. Army, Vandekamp arrived in Egypt last month, on his first overseas assignment.

He joined the Army after graduating from A.T. Still University.

The helicopter crash happened Thursday, and the group was part of the multinational peacekeeping force operating there.

International authorities say the crash was caused by technical issues and involved a Black Hawk helicopter taking part in a supply mission.

The incident remains under investigation.

 

 

AUXVASSE, MISSOURI MAN KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An Auxvasse, Missouri man is dead following a one vehicle crash in Callaway County Sunday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 61 year old Dennis Davis of Auxvasse was westbound on U.S. Highway 54 just west of Country Road 982 at around 2:30 Sunday Morning.  That’s when Davis’ vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the ground, and overturned. Davis and his passenger 50 year old John Meissert of Auxvasse were ejected from the vehicle.  Davis was pronounced dead at the scene by Callaway County EMS.  Meissert suffered minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




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NOVEMBER 12th, 2020

 

MU HEALTH CARE TIGHTENING VISITORS RESTRICTIONS

 

MU Health Care is tightening restrictions on visitors to its hospitals and clinics in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the region.

The new restrictions, which were announced on Thursday afternoon, begin on Friday. Included in the restrictions is a rule that says visitors are no longer allowed at any of MU Health Care's hospitals.

However, there are a few exceptions to this rule including:

Beginning on Nov. 23, one visitor will be allowed for clinic visits only in a handful of situations including:

In a Thursday news release, Mark Wakefield, MD, MU Health Care associate chief medical officer, explained that the restrictions are necessary as coronavirus cases increase throughout the region.

The COVID-19 prevalence has increased significantly in the region. These additional restrictions are necessary to ensure we can continue to safely provide all patients with the best care possible.

Now, more than ever, it’s critically important that everyone do their part to stop the trend of rising COVID-19 cases by wearing a mask, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

The news release said that the restrictions are "designed to protect employees, patients and visitors."

The expanded restrictions on visitors come days after MU Health Care along with Boone Hospital Center, Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services issued a joint statement addressing the increasingly dire situation at hospitals as virus cases surge throughout the region.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOOL GUIDANCE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has announced new guidance aimed at keeping more kids, teachers and staff in school, even those who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Currently, anyone in a K-12 setting who is directly exposed must quarantine for 14 days.
The new guidance does not require quarantining if both the infected person and the person exposed wore masks.
The change comes as the virus continues to surge, with Missouri reporting 4,603 new cases on Thursday, 16 new deaths and a record 2,248 people in hospitals.

 

 

LAKE OF THE OZARKS NATIVE IS LEADING NEXT SPACEX LAUNCH

 

A School of the Osage High School graduate is leading SpaceX's launch to the International Space Station.

Colonel Mike Hopkins, United States Air Force and NASA astronaut, is the commander on the Crew-1 mission.

Hopkins grew up on a farm outside Richland, Missouri.

He is one of four astronauts that are preparing to launch SpaceX's second crew launch, on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center.

The SpaceX Crew Dragon will launch for a long-duration mission.

The astronauts are following another mission, DM-2, which was a test mission that lasted around 3 months. It helped verify that the requirements of the vehicle were met. The astronauts examined the data from the previous mission.

Hopkins said getting to watch the DM-2 mission was pretty amazing.

We were in one of the flight control rooms during the launch itself. And I have to admit the first time when they started to fuel that rocket, with Bob and Doug in the actual vehicle, you know, this is the first time this has ever happened.

And that was a little bit surreal and after so many months and years of working on that vehicle to be in that moment where you are getting ready to launch them into space was kind of exciting, it was very exciting actually. So you definitely have a lot of goosebumps as you're watching that all take place.

In this mission, the astronauts will put the Crew Dragon through its operational paces. The astronauts plan to stay at the international space station for 6 months.

Sitting on the launch pad is definitely a moment that you're always thinking about right. That's one of the more critical phases of the flight as you can imagine so you're very focused in.

It can be a very emotional time because you're getting ready. You're sitting on top of a rocket that has hundreds of thousands of pounds of fuel on it, that's getting ready to launch you into space. So as you can imagine that can be very emotional.

Hopkins is responsible for the Crew-1 vehicle and making sure it's always ready to return home if necessary. He will also help with maintenance, science, spacewalks, and robotics operations.

The crew has completed extensive training. As commander, he's also responsible for the launch, rendezvous, and docking.

Even though it can feel surreal Hopkins said, "At the same time you have a job to do and you have procedures to follow. And so you get very focused in on that to make sure you're monitoring all of the systems and making sure everything is going the way the plan has been laid out."

Hopkins said he just tries to keep it all in perspective when mentally preparing for a space launch.

I think what I can get my head around now is the launch phase, knowing that, that's going to happen. And then once you get on orbit you're kind of pinching yourself because it's hard to believe that you're finally there.

He said astronauts go through the day-to-day training to prepare for the launch so sometimes they are not always thinking about the big picture of 'I'm going to space'.

That launch, that moment is just, probably one of those moments that you think about a lot because it's hard, believe it or not, 'and I've been to space', to imagine yourself in low earth orbit, up floating.

Once the astronauts return a lot of data collection, debriefs and testing will be completed with the astronauts as well as the vehicle. This post-flight period usually lasts around 6 months.

 

 




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NOVEMBER 11th, 2020

 

GREEN CITY MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH 

 

A northeast Missouri man sustained minor injuries as the result of his pickup truck hydroplaning and then crashing.

The accident happened at 8:20 a.m. Tuesday in Sullivan County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jeremy Clark, 34, of Green City, hydroplaned and traveled off the road.

The pickup then went down an embankment, and struck the fence and the tree

The crash happened on Highway 5, three miles north of Milan.

A private vehicle transported Clark to the Sullivan County Memorial Hospital of Milan.

The vehicle received extensive damage.

Clark was wearing a seat belt and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DOWN AMID PANDEMIC

 

 Enrollment in Missouri's public schools dropped 3.2% this school year as the education system grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
State education officials say 872,470 students are enrolled in preschool through 12th grade in Missouri public schools this year, a drop of nearly 27,500 students.
A spokeswoman for the state education department says officials are trying to determine if the students who left are homeschooling, attending a private school that offers onsite learning, or have simply not enrolled yet
The enrollment drop was most pronounced in preschool and kindergarten, with a 31% decline in public preschool and a nearly 10% decrease in kindergarten.

 

 

MISSOURI’S ICU BEDS CONTINUE TO BECOME MORE SCARCE

 

 As record numbers of patients with the coronavirus fill Missouri's hospitals, many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce.
Data released by the state on Wednesday showed an additional 4,071 new coronavirus cases and 24 more deaths.
The state has reported 220,768 cases and 3,323 deaths since the pandemic began.
The state also cited a record 2,157 hospitalizations, 102 above the previous mark set Tuesday.
ICU capacity is down to 32% statewide, but just 28% in northwestern Missouri, 19% in the Kansas City area and just 2% in sparsely populated northeast Missouri.

 




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NOVEMBER 10th, 2020

 

JACKSONVILLE, MISSOURI WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING CRASH

 

A Missouri woman was injured after she ran off the road, Monday evening.

The single-vehicle crash happened at 5:20 p.m. in Randolph County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jane Norris, 61, of Jacksonville, ran off the right side of the road, and struck a tree.

That crash happened on Route J.

Luckily, she was wearing a seat belt, but she did suffer moderate injuries in the crash.

Norris was transported to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 

MISSOURI STILL HAS AROUND $1 BILLION IN UNSPENT VIRUS AID FUNDS

 

Missouri has less than two months to spend roughly $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid and counties have to spend about $390 million in the same time frame.
State Budget Director Dan Haug on Monday outlined hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent funding that's set to expire this year.
Haug says the state plans to spend all the money still on the table. But counties are running out of time.

Counties have spent only $128 million of the $520 million available to them.
Several state lawmakers raised concerns that a huge amount of federal funding meant to help Missouri battle the pandemic isn't being spent.

 

 

JACKSON COUNTY REPORTS 28 COVID-19 CASES FROM ELECTION WORKERS

 

Twenty-eight employees of the election board in one of Missouri's largest counties are sick with the coronavirus.
A director believes they most likely got infected from voters, though local health officials aren't convinced.
The Jackson County Election Board's Republican director, Tammy Brown, said Tuesday that eight full-time and 20 part-time employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Most are doing well and recovering at home, but two part-time workers are hospitalized, including one in intensive care.
Brown says thousands of voters came into the offices to pick up absentee and mail-in ballots, vote, and to drop off ballots.
The employees also worked a drive-thru line for voters with the coronavirus and people in quarantine.

 

 

MISSOURI HUNTERS MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH MORE THAN JUST CWD

 

 Many hunters will be heading out to the fields starting November 14 to search for deer.

As KTVO has reported, if hunters harvest deer in a county that is part of the CWD Management Zone, they are asked to have it sampled for the disease.

However, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) may not be the only disease that hunters would want deer to be sampled for.

Hemorrhagic disease (HD) is caused by a naturally occurring virus spread by midge flies during the summer and fall and ends when cold weather kills the flies.

So, how are deer tested for this disease?

"For hemorrhagic disease, what we do is pull tissue from the spleen or the lungs," MDC Deer Biologist Kevyn Wiskirchen. "Those are the two tissues that we would send off to a lab to test for the hemorrhagic disease virus. So, you can test for it, if the carcass is found shortly after death, so if it is relatively fresh we can test for the disease."

In the northeast Missouri viewing area, HD only has been reported in Linn County.

Unlike CWD, HD is not directly contagious between infected deer.

Just like with deer who test positive for CWD, it is best that people do not consume meat from a deer infected by this disease.

 

 




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NOVEMBER 9th, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI AS HOSPITALS ARE STRESSED

 

COVID-19 cases are growing in Missouri, with 212,441 cases to date. Locally, Macon County has announced 67 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday and Adair County reported 39 additional cases on Monday.

According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, Missouri currently has a positivity rate of 19.5%.

Over 21,000 new cases have been reported over the past 7 days.

Governor Mike Parson said that while many of those infected with the virus have recovered, it's also important to remember those currently hospitalized.

"We are very thankful that the majority of Missourians with this virus have made full recoveries. But, there are many Missourians who are hospitalized on ventilators, or passed away. We do not take this lightly, and our thoughts and prayers are with these Missourians and their families. The bottom line is that COVID-19 is still here and it is serious."

The latest dashboard numbers show that over 2,000 Missourians are hospitalized because of the virus.

Nearly 470 of those patients are in intensive care units, with over 230 people on a ventilator.

Governor Parson says that right now, the amount of available hospital beds is stable, but that his administration is also looking at staffing numbers.

"We continually monitor the data and work very closely with the Missouri Hospital Association to monitor the statewide health care system and ensure adequate resources and capacity. The state has plenty of hospital beds, but the situation that can become an issue and that we are watching closely, is hospital staffing."

Parson says the state is focused on finding ways to help with staffing needs.

He says over 600 regulations have been waived, including many to help hospitals and health care providers with staff and other COVID-19 challenges.

Over $5 million has also been allocated to expand broadband for telehealth across the state as barriers have been removed to allow doctors to treat more patients through telemedicine.

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION IS ALLOWING LOCAL INPUT ON MRAP LAND SHARING

 

KTVO recently reported that the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) through Friday, November 13.

Through the MRAP program, landowners may open their properties to the public for a variety of outdoor activities.

However, KTVO wanted to know if the landowners get the final say on what may take place on their property.

MDC Media Specialist Robert Hemmelgarn explained the process.

"There's six categories for allowable activities," Hemmelgarn said. "And landowners can determine the type of public access and activity they want to allow on their property within the limits of those six categories. Those categories range from all-access hunting and fishing to just wildlife viewing."

MDC’s MRAP program has expanded thanks to a new $2.2 million grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Landowners must commit three years if they are selected for the program.

 

 

 




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November 9th, 2020

COVID-19 CASES INCREASING

Most of the Health Departments in our area report new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Those include 7 new cases on Sunday in Sullivan County, In Adair County 5 new cases were reported Sunday after 16 new cases were reported on Saturday. On Sunday, Health Departments reported 4,131 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide and three more deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus. You’re reminded that free testing will be offered again today (Monday) in Adair County. The free clinic is coordinated by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and will take place from 8:00 AM to 1 PM at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville. This is just one of several testing opportunities scheduled. As of Friday, Randolph County had 310 active cases. Boone County reported 123 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced a number of community events in various counties across the state to promote widespread COVID-19 testing. Registration is now open for free COVID-19 testing in Callaway, Cole, Miller, Montgomery, Pettis and Randolph counties. The only requirement to register for an event is Missouri residency. You can register by calling the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.  Free COVID-19 testing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will still be offered at various sites across the state on a weekly basis including the Columbia location on Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM at Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road in Columbia.

 

MERCER MAN KILLED FRIDAY AFTERNOON

The highway patrol said an accident Friday took the life of a Mercer man. The patrol said 47 year old Gregg W. Widner of Mercer was killed when his eastbound grain truck attempted to pass a combine and struck a bridge rail, ejecting the driver.  The eastbound combine operated by John L. Wells of Princeton went up onto the bridge rail, crossed the roadway and travelled off the south side of the road and overturned. The grain truck came to rest in the middle of the roadway.  The crash occurred at 2:18 PM Friday afternoon on US 136, 3 miles east of Princeton.

 

PATROL REPORTS SEVERAL AREA RESIDENTS INVOLVED IN VEHICLE CRASHES

A number of vehicle accidents were also reported over the weekend. A Head-on crash in Carroll County resulted in injuries for two Carrollton residents. The patrol said Brandon McDowell was southbound when his auto travelled into the opposite lane on US 65 at County Road 340 at 5:15 pm Sunday and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by 39 year old Mary K. Albert of Carrollton head on. Albert had moderate injuries and was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital while McDowell was seriously injured and transported to Truman Hospital by Air Ambulance. The patrol reports McDowell is also facing several felony charges after being arrested at 6:12 PM Sunday night. Those Carroll County charges include felony possession of a controlled substance – Prescription Narcotics, felony possession of a controlled substance – Methamphetamine and felony charges for unlawful use of a weapon. A 16 year old driver from Paris was injured when her westbound auto swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, travelled off the road and overturned multiple times. That happened around 10 pm Sunday night on Route M, 8 miles southeast of Madison. The juvenile driver had minor injuries and was transported to a Columbia Hospital by private vehicle. A St. Louis driver, 38 year old Tyra Nelson had moderate injuries and was transported to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after her eastbound vehicle struck a deer on US 36, a half a mile west of Meadville at 6:15 PM Sunday night. A driver from Paris was involved in a crash at 10:20 am Sunday morning on Route AA, 6 miles southeast of Madison. 21 year old Trenton Morgan of Patrol was eastbound in a Mack truck when it was ran off the roadway by an oncoming vehicle. The truck returned to the roadway and overturned, coming to rest in the road. Morgan had moderate injuries and was transported by private auto to Boone Hospital in Columbia. Two Boone County residents were involved in a motorcycle wreck Sunday at 3:44 pm on Route E at Wolf Road. 57 year old Michael Wilson of Columbia was northbound when he lost control of the motorcycle and it travelled off the roadway. Wilson had moderate injuries while a passenger, 65 year old Brenda Repper, also of Columbia sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. On Saturday morning at 5:50 AM a Unionville man received minor injuries when his vehicle went off the right side of MO 129, 5 miles northeast of Unionville and impacted into a tree. 65 year old Ken Brown was transported to Northeast Regional Hospital for treatment. Several other collisions in the area were also investigated on Saturday as well as Friday by the patrol.

 

JACKSONVILLE MAN ARRESTED SATURDAY

The patrol reports a man from Jacksonville was arrested at 10:20 Saturday morning. 44 year old James M. Traver was charged with 3 felony counts of failure to register as a sex offender. He was later released.

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS AND OTHER CHARGES

The patrol arrested 35 year old Nicole L. Henley of Chillicothe at 11:19 Friday morning in Grundy County on drug related charges. According to the report, Henley was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamines- a class D felony. She was also charged with driving while intoxicated – Drugs, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manor resulted in an accident and operating a vehicle without providing financial responsibility. She was transported to the Grundy County Sheriff’s office and was later released.









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NOVEMBER 5th, 2020

 

MISSOURI WOMAN FOUND GUILTY FOR HER ROLE IN THE DEATH OF A NEBRASKA MAN

 

A Missouri woman pleaded no contest for her role in the stabbing death of a Nebraska man during a botched robbery.
The Omaha World-Herald reports a Sarpy County judge then found 22-year-old Kristal R. Martin guilty Wednesday of being an accessory in the June 2018 slaying of Brent Quigley at his home in Bellevue, Nebraska.
She is one of five people charged in Quigley's death as part of a plan to steal drugs and money from him.
Officers found Quigley lying near the front door of his home with at least 20 stab wounds

Christopher J. Reagan, 47, was sentenced to 100 years to life in prison after pleading no contest to second-degree murder, use of a weapon to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit robbery. Raymond T. Davis, 31, of Des Moines, Iowa, also faces life in prison after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and a weapons count.

Alisia Cooke, 30, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. Jonathan Riesgaard, 34, has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to a robbery. Both are awaiting sentencing.

Martin told police that she and Davis left Omaha after the slaying. They were arrested in Troy, Missouri.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS CONSIDER UP TO $1.2 BILLION IN CORONAVIRUS AID

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work to make sure more than $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus aid gets where it needs to go throughout the state.
The special legislative session began Thursday.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to the Capitol to give his administration the authority to spend the federal funding.

He's also asking lawmakers to set aside $10 million in state funding to help pay for the Missouri National Guard to continue its work helping conduct COVID-19 testing.
In total, Parson is asking lawmakers to budget another $1.2 billion.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RELEASE JUVENILE THAT WAS HELD AS SUSPECT IN MONDAY HOMICIDE

 

The Columbia Police Department is continuing to investigate the murder of Jermaine Spain. Detectives developed information last night indicating the 15-year-old juvenile who had been detained on this incident is no longer believed to be a suspect in this homicide. The juvenile was immediately released from the Robert L. Perry Juvenile Justice Center and is no longer facing criminal charges related to the homicide. Columbia police had detained the 15-year-old juvenile, of Columbia, for his involvement in the homicide that occurred at Cosmopolitan Recreation Area Park, 1615 W. Business Loop, on November 2. The juvenile was located and detained for the charges of second degree murder, armed criminal action and delivery/possession of a controlled substance and was in the custody of juvenile authorities.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, Columbia police responded to a report of shots fired and located a deceased adult male who has been identified as Jermaine Spain, 19, of Columbia.

During the investigation, officers were able to identify a second gunshot victim who received medical attention at a local hospital.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there are no further details to provide at this time. 

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

 

 




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NOVEMBER 4th, 2020

 

LA PLATA MAN CHARGED AFTER BURGLARY INVESTIGATION

 

A northeast Missouri man behind bars facing several charges following a burglary investigation.

Dustin Joseph McCasland, of La Plata, is now charged with the following:

On Oct 30., La Plata Police Department responded to a burglary just before midnight.

When arriving to the area, an officer located McCasland as he was breaking into a motor vehicle at a nearby residence.

La Plata police pursued the suspect into a nearby wooded area, where he was apprehended a short time later.

He was arrested and taken to the Macon County Sheriff's Office for processing.

He's currently at the Macon County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

At this time, the La Plata Police Department is not seeking any further suspects in connection with this incident.

The department is reminding everyone to report any suspect persons or activities.

The La Plata Police Department was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, La Plata First Responders, Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and the Macon County Ambulance District.

 

 

TWO INJURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were hurt, one seriously, following a crash Tuesday in Sullivan County.

The crash happened around 5:20 p.m. on Highway 139, at Route E, 1/4 mile north of Harris.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a car driven by Zoe Littleton, 20, of Maryville, Missouri, pulled into the path of another vehicle.

The two vehicles collided, and traveled off the roadway.

Littleton suffered minor injuries.

She was taken by private auto to a hospital for treatment.

The other driver, Brady Huffman, 22, of Galt, Missouri, was seriously injured in the crash.

He was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

According to the online crash report, both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH FATALLY SHOOTING HIS WIFE

 

An eastern Missouri man has been charged with fatally shooting his wife of eight months during a weekend argument.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Aaron Guilliams, of St. Charles, is jailed on $500,000 bond on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 34-year-old Crystal Hanshew.
No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Court records say Guilliams told police that Hanshew stuck him in the face while "flailing her arms."

He then retrieved a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol from a bedroom and pointed it at her, telling her he never should have married her.
The statement said Guilliams fired after his wife said he wouldn't pull the trigger.

 




LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

 

In Linn County..

Republican Glen Murrain won the race for District 1 County Commissioner with 65% of the vote over Jeff Hill who had 34%

Republican Josh Muck took the race for District 2 County Commissioner with 75% of the vote to Democrat Dennis Van Dyke’s 25%

Republican Candidate for coroner Kjersten Parn won with 72% of the vote to Democrat Roger Rhodes’ 28%

 

In Chariton County..

Republican Terry Milford won the race for Western District Associate Commissioner with 61% of the vote to Democrat Danny Price’s 38%

Jared Meyer won the race for Associate Commissioner of the Eastern District with with 52% of the vote to Steve Atkinson’s 48%

Republican Erick Billups took the race for Sheriff with 72% of the vot to Democrat Richard Hershey’s 27%

 

In Sullivan County, Proposition 1 did not pass with 57% voting no

In Adair County, Republican Mark Thompson took the race for 2nd District Commissioner over Democrat Karen Carolan with 71% of the votes

In Randolph County..

In the race for Sheriff
Aaron Wilson (R) 7,026
Michael Hopper (D) 3,398

In the race for Eastern District Commissioner
John Tracy (R) 3,977
Stephen Barnes (D) 1,964

 

 

STATE ELECTION RESULTS

 

The Associated Press has called the race for Missouri Governor in favor of the Incumbent Republican Mike Parson.  Parson defeated Democratic opponent Nicole Galloway in the race. The Associated Press has also called the race for Missouri 6th District U.S. Representative in favor of the incumbent Republican Sam Graves.  Graves defeated Democratic challenger Gena Ross

 

 

GIBBS, MISSOURI TEEN INJURED AFTER BEING ACCIDENTALLY SHOT IN LEG

 

A northeast Missouri teen was accidentally shot in the leg Tuesday morning.

It happened around 7:30 a.m. at his grandparents' home on North Chicago Avenue in Gibbs, Missouri, where he had spent the night.

The victim is Anthony Shaw, 15, of Gibbs, a sophomore at Brashear High School.

KTVO’s John Garlock chatted with Shaw via Messenger Tuesday afternoon from his hospital bed at University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Shaw said a .22 rifle was leaning against a wall in a bedroom.

Shaw said he went into the bedroom to get a pair of socks, and he accidentally bumped the gun with his foot.

It fell over and discharged, striking Shaw in the left leg just below the knee.

The teen was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center and then transferred to Columbia where he said he will likely undergo surgery. As of this posting, the doctors were still discussing the best course of action.

No one else was injured in the incident.

 

 

 




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NOVEMBER 3RD, 2020

 

Today is Election Day. For those who are voting in person and are registered to do so, polling centers in the state of Missouri are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

 

MISSOURI HOSPITAL LEADERS REMAIN CONCERNED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS SPIKES

 

Missouri hospital leaders are raising alarms about bed capacity as coronavirus cases continue to spike, with some urging Gov. Mike Parson to issue a statewide mask mandate.
Meanwhile, an eastern Missouri eighth-grader died days after his COVID-19 diagnosis, the state's first child under age 14 to die since the onset of the pandemic.
Washington School District Superintendent Lori VanLeer said in a statement that 13-year-old Peyton Baumgarth died over the weekend, less than two weeks after he last attended classes.
The National Center for Health Statistics report for Oct. 28 cited just 80 deaths nationwide among children ages 14 or younger.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN KILLED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Missouri woman was killed in a single-vehicle accident early Saturday morning.

The fatal crash happened on Route F, five miles east of Center in Ralls County.

According to to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Logan Fowler, 24, of Center, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

He suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported by Survival Flight to University Medical Center.

His passenger, Ashley Myers, 34, also of Center, was pronounced dead on scene.

The online crash report lists both occupants as not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused Fowler to veer off the road.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY AND ASSAULT

 

Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of a robbery and assault in the 1400 block of Ross St. on Nov. 1 at approximately 1:30 a.m. 

One victim reported that six or seven males were walking westbound on Ross Street. The victim also reported that one of the males threw something that broke a window of the residence the victim was visiting. The male who threw the object was described as a Black male, approximately 160 lbs and 5’10 with a "fade" style haircut. 

The victim reported that he began to take a video of the suspects with his phone but was approached and assaulted. The victim reported that the phone was stolen by the suspects. 

That was corroborated by another victim who was on the porch at the time of the incident. The second victim also reported that one of the suspects came onto the porch and assaulted him.  

Both victims reported that four of the suspects from the group left the area in a red sedan. There is no further description to provide. 

Medical attention was provided to the victims at the scene.  

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

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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November 1st, 2020

 

ONE PERSON INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Emergency crews responded to a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon in Kirksville.

According to police, a white Chevy pickup was heading northbound on Industrial Road.

A grey Mazda failed to yield, and hit the driver side of the pickup.

The driver of the pickup was transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

The driver of the Mazda was given a citation for failure to yield.

 

 

COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri's health department is reporting nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases, along with a positivity rate that remains alarmingly high.

The dashboard for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Saturday shows 183,186 COVID-19 cases, a rise of 2,986 from Friday.

The death toll for the pandemic has reached 3,024. Missouri recorded the seventh most coronavirus deaths in the nation over the past seven days.

Missouri's positivity rate of 13.9% is nearly triple the benchmark set by the World Health Organization for reopening.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson allowed the state to reopen in mid-June without statewide mask or social distancing requirements.

Several jurisdictions have implemented their own laws.

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY ANNOUNCES NEW COVID-19 POSITIVES

 

The Sullivan County Health Department has confirmed three additional positive cases of COVID-19 in the county on Sunday.

Currently Sullivan County sits at a total of 415, with zero active probable cases, four deaths, and 91 active cases.

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

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

 

 




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October 29th, 2020

 

FOUR PEOPLE INJURED IN ACCIDENT ON HIGHWAY 63 WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 

 Four northeast Missouri men were injured in a two-vehicle crash.

The crash happened at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, on US 63 at Highway J at Jacksonville.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Herbert Bartels, 47, of Macon, was crossing Highway 63, and failed to yield to a car driven by Colton Hammes, 26, of Novinger.

Hammes Hit Bartels' truck, and both vehicles traveled off the north side of Route J.

Bartels' truck overturned.

He suffered minor injuries.

His passenger, James Bartels, 21, also of Macon, suffered moderate injuries.

Both were taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment.

Hammes and his passenger, Andrew Morgan, 24, of Kirksville, both suffered serious injuries in the crash.

They were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for their injuries.

Troopers say Hammes was the only one wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED FOR ENTICING CHILDREN

 

A northeast Missouri man was arrested for allegedly trying to meet underage girls for sex.

Seth Davis, 22, of Kirksville, is now charged with attempted enticement of a child.

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office received information on Oct. 19 that an individual was attempting to contact underage girls for sex, over social media.

That information was forwarded to the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit (KRCCU), which identified the individual as Davis.

The KRCCU used an undercover social media profile as a 12-year-old girl and made contact with Davis.

Police say a conversation developed, and Davis sent several sexual messages, and made arrangements to meet with the girl.

On Oct. 24, Davis made arrangements to meet with the girl around the 1000 block of North Osteopathy and then follow her back to her house for sex.

When Davis arrived at the location, he met members of KPD and KRCCU, who arrested him.

He was taken into custody without incident.

 

 

ST. LOUIS AND COLUMBIA SET COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION RECORDS, KANSAS CITY SETS MONTHLY DEATH RECORD AS CORONAVIRUS SURGES IN MISSOURI

 

The new surge of the coronavirus is evident in Missouri, with record hospitalizations in St. Louis and Columbia, and the Kansas City metropolitan area experiencing its worst month ever for COVID-19 deaths.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force on Wednesday reported 72 hospital admissions in one day. Admissions have risen dramatically over the past month.
In Columbia, a record 95 people are hospitalized with COVID-19.
The Kansas City Star reports that the number of coronavirus deaths in the metro area, which includes Kansas City and counties in Missouri and Kansas, is at 176 in October, the most of any month.

 




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October 28th, 2020

 

FARM EQUIPMENT CATCHES FIRE ON HIGHWAY 63 SOUTH OF KIRKSVILLE

 

A piece of brand-new farm equipment being towed down Highway 63 caught fire just south of Kirksville Wednesday morning.

It happened just after 10:30 a.m. about half a mile south of the Highway 63 flyover.

The farmer told KTVO he had picked up the grain conveyor in northwest Iowa and was pulling it behind his pickup truck to his farm near Leonard, Missouri.

He said things went awry when he hit a rough spot in the pavement.

The man said he believes the jolt sheared off some bolts, causing part of the conveyor to fall onto the highway.

The dragging caused the wide, rubber conveyor belt to catch fire, and he had no way to put it out.

He pulled the truck and piece of equipment onto the shoulder where he was able to unhitch his pickup to keep it from burning as well.

Various fire and law enforcement personnel responded to the scene.

One lane of southbound Highway 63 was closed for a few hours after the fire until the charred piece of equipment could be hauled away.

 

 

FIVE ARRESTED AFTER SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION IN OAK GROVE

 

Five people were arrested as part of a sex trafficking investigation in Missouri where 10 potential victims were contacted and three children were put into protective custody.

Missouri is cracking down on human trafficking. The Hope Initiative, a new effort spearheaded by Attorney General Eric Schmitt, targets illicit massage businesses that may be engaging in human trafficking and advertising on illicit websites while posing as a legitimate business.

Shortly after the announcement of this initiative, a sex trafficking operation was conducted in Oak Grove, Missouri on Oct. 23 by officers with the Oak Grove Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force.

The operation resulted in five men being contacted and detained.

From this investigation, authorities said 10 women were contacted and offered victim services, including food, lodging, onsite medical services, counseling/therapy, and drug rehabilitation. Additionally, three children under the age of 5 were taken into protective custody and released to the Missouri Department of Social Services, according to the Oak Grove Police Department.

The Oak Grove operation had cooperation and investigators from a handful of state and local law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal’s Service, along with multiple victim advocate groups including the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition.

In a Facebook post, the Oak Grove Police Department said the investigation into this sex trafficking operation is ongoing and, for this reason, further details cannot be released.

Further details cannot be released at this time as the investigation is ongoing, but Human Trafficking continues to be a problem in Missouri and across the United States and law enforcement in Oak Grove and around the state continue to take it seriously.

The arrests are another step toward Attorney General Eric Schmitt's goal of irradicating human trafficking in Missouri. Schmitt announced the Hope Initiative last week. The first phase of the recently launched initiative had resulted in 23 illegal massage parlors being evicted by their landlords.

Schmitt also launched the Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force which consists of law enforcement and victim service providers from around the state working together to combat human trafficking, rescue victims, and make Missouri communities safer.

If you have information or suspect human trafficking in your area, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-8888

 

 




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October 27th, 2020

 

MDC ACCEPTING MRAP APPLICATIONS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS

 

Through November 13, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP).

This program incentivizes landowners to open their properties to the public for a variety of outdoor activities.

Those activities include all access hunting and fishing, small game and turkey hunting, youth only hunting and fishing, archery hunting, fishing only or wildlife viewing.

MDC Media Specialist Robert Hemmelgarn spoke with KTVO about the push to expand the program.

"Ninety percent of the land in the state is privately owned," Hemmelgarn said. "So, the success of the conservation in Missouri truly depends on Missouri landowners making management decisions on their property that are based in sound conservation science. Likewise, in order to expand outdoor recreational opportunities across the state, landowners can play a critical role in helping other Missourians discover nature."

A commitment period for the program is three years.

The expansion of the MRAP program was possible through a new $2.2 million grant MDC received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

To be eligible, landowner properties must be at least 40 contiguous acres or have a one-acre pond for fishing access.

More details about the MRAP program can be found here.

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI  STRUGGLING WITH NURSING SHORTAGE IN MIDST OF PANDEMIC

 

With effects of a statewide nursing shortage being felt before the pandemic, Missouri Nurses Association director Heidi Lucas said Monday as hospitalization numbers spike, many nurses have told her they feel unappreciated.

"COVID is not helping any and we are getting some issues where more and more nurses are saying this isn't what I signed up for," Lucas said.

Data from the Missouri Hospital Association showed central Missouri with a 9.5% shortage of nurses, almost near the state shortage of 11%.

The turnover rate for registered nurses was also high at 16%.

"Because you have a nursing shortage causes the nurses you already have to be working more and longer hours and having less time to spend with their families to dis-satisfaction in the workplace which causes them to leave the profession," Lucas said.

Lucas said there were also new concerns for nursing regarding PPE, which is being rationed to hospitals who need it the most.

"Right now, the supply chain is working pretty well but going into the fall and winter that could potentially change," Lucas said.

As of Monday, the infection rate in Missouri was 22.7% and hospitals in mid-Missouri such as Capital Region Medical Center were seeing ICU units almost at or at capacity.

 

 

KC HITS RECORD COVID-19 DEATH TOTAL, ST. LOUIS HOSPITALS FILLING AS COVID-19 CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI

 

St. Louis hospitals are filling up with coronavirus patients at an alarming rate, and experts say many of those patients are coming in from other areas of the state.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City area over the past week recorded its highest number of deaths over a one-week period, with more than 80 people dying from COVID-19.
Missouri is among several states across the U.S. seeing a spike in confirmed cases and hospitalizations related to the coronavirus.
The state health department on Tuesday announced 1,695 additional confirmed cases and 28 more deaths.
The state has reported 172,717 cases and 2,838 deaths since the pandemic began.

 




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October 26th, 2020

 

TWO LINNEUS MEN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A couple of north central Missouri men were hurt Monday morning when their car slid out of control after the season's first snowfall.

It happened at 9:30 a.m. on Highway 63 just south of Kirksville.

Troopers say Steven Gelski, 57, of Linneus, Missouri, lost control of his car on an ice-covered bridge, slid across the oncoming lane of traffic and slammed into the side of the bridge.

Gelski and his passenger, Clifford White, 69, also of Linneus, both suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment. According to the online crash report, both men were wearing a seat belt.

 

 

CWD SAFETY MEASURES WILL BE IN EFFECT IF POSITIVE DEER ARE HARVESTED

 

 CWD is a disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family that kills all animals that it infects.

However, as KTVO has reported recently, CWD sampling during the opening weekend of deer firearms season is not mandatory this year.

The decision to make sampling voluntary this year was due to the concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the CDC recommends hunters have deer sampled for CWD if that hunt is in an area known to have CWD.

If a hunter wants to have a deer checked for CWD this year, what changes have been made to the sampling process?

"Hunters will be asked to stay in their vehicle throughout the sampling process," said MDC Mandatory CWD Sampling Coordinator Kevyn Wiskirchen. "There will be a hunter staging area at the station so that they can get out of their vehicle, but by and large they will be asked to stay within their vehicle throughout the sampling process. Also, staff will be wearing gloves and a face mask at all times and practicing social distancing. And fewer data will be collected from samples this year to speed up the sampling process."

Once again opening weekend of deer firearms season is November 14 and 15.

As a reminder Adair, Knox, Linn, Macon, Putnam and Sullivan counties reside in the CWD Management Zone.

Therefore, hunters are encouraged to have deer sampled for CWD if they hunt in those counties.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND HOME INVASION

 

Columbia Police responded to a reported home invasion on Saturday, Oct. 24 at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Nikki Way. 

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the resident. He reported that one person entered the residence. The resident reported that he heard a sound, woke up and began yelling at the suspect. The resident reported that the suspect fired one round, then ran out of the residence. 

Officers located a splintered front door that is consistent with a forced entry. Officers also found a shell casing from a handgun and a bullet hole in the wall of a room. 

There were no injuries reported.  

The suspect was last seen fleeing northbound on Carrieridge Drive in a small sedan. No further description of the vehicle or the suspect is available. 

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

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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October 25th, 2020

 

WEEKEND KIRKSVILLE FIRE DISPLACES RESIDENTS

 

A number of people are now displaced after a weekend structure fire in Kirksville.

The fire was reported around 4 p.m. Sunday, at 701 S. Jamison St.

When crews arrived on scene, smoke was coming from the roof area.

According to an officer, the building was once the old Adair County Infirmary.

Now, the structure is privately owned and had residents living inside.

No injuries were reported due to the fire, and the American Red Cross is helping those displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS SMALLER INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES SUNDAY

 

Missouri health officials reported a small increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, after several days of more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases.

The health department reports a total of 167,452 confirmed cases, an increase of only 43 from Saturday.

That comes after the state reported well over 1,000 new cases on five days between Oct. 16 to Oct. 22.

On Saturday, the state reported an increase of 2,918 new cases of COVID-19 but health officials said those numbers reflected a high number of tests and case records received on Thursday and Friday.

Missouri also has recorded 2,805 deaths since the pandemic began, an increase of four from Saturday.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SUNDAY MORNING HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police responded to the 300 block of W. Brookside Lane at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25 for a report of shots heard. 

When officers arrived, they located one person who had sustained a life-threatening injury. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. 

He has been identified as Bryant R. Wilks, II, 17, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified. 

Columbia Police patrol officers, detectives, and crime scene investigators gathered evidence, including spent shell casings.

During the investigation, property damage caused by gunfire was located on structures and vehicles in the area.There were no other injuries reported. 

At this time there is no suspect information to share.

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

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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October 21st, 2020

 

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman was seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident, and a blown out tire is to blame.

The accident happened at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Robyn Morrow, 40, of Macon, was southbound on US 63, five miles north of Macon, when a tire blew out.

Troopers say she traveled off the right side of the roadway, and overturned.

Morrow suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN CARES ACT SPENDING ON MISSOURI FOOD BANKS

 

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson announced $5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to be divided among Missouri’s six regional food banks to help citizens who continue to rely on food assistance.

The food banks serve the needs of more than 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and other meal sites across the state.

“Protecting the health and well-being of Missourians is a key component of our Show Me Strong Recovery Plan,” Governor Parson said. “This additional funding for food banks will help ensure continued access to good nutrition for Missouri’s vulnerable citizens during these challenging times.”

The $5 million will be distributed as follows:

“Keeping up with the demand on food banks has been an ongoing challenge during COVID-19,” Department of Social Services Acting Director Jennifer Tidball said. “This additional $5 million from the CARES Act provides vital support to those local entities assisting Missouri citizens with food.”

“The pandemic’s impact on Missouri’s food banks has been profound,” said Feeding Missouri Executive Director Scott Baker. “Food is more expensive and harder to acquire, more people need it, and fewer people are available to help distribute it. These additional funds will help us keep up with higher demand and ensure food is available for struggling Missouri families. We are very grateful to Governor Parson and the state of Missouri for recognizing the need and partnering with us to help address the problem.”

The Missouri Services Navigator has information on food pantries and over 2,800 programs and services available in the state.

 

 

MODOT GETS EARLY START ON WINTER WEATHER ACTIONS

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to get a head start for this winter season.

MoDOT hosted their annual winter operations drill on Wednesday which will continue into Thursday.

The usual one day event has been expanded to two days this year to accommodate social distancing requirements.

During this drill, MoDOT employees will simulate a forecast of a large amount of snow.

For new employees, they will get an opportunity to drive a snow plow over their designated routes to be aware of any obstacles that could possibly be hidden under snow.

For veteran employees, the drill serves as a training reminder, but maybe the most important part is making sure all equipment is safe and ready to use.

"If something's going to break, we don't want it to break during the first snow storm,” Crawford said. “We'd like to find it before we're actually in the event. So, this is a great opportunity to do all of those things and to get our people ready for winter weather."

In an average winter, MoDOT employees will plow about 6 million miles of snow and ice.

Last year, MoDOT spent $66 million on winter operations.

 

 




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October 20th, 2020

 

GREEN CASTLE MAN KILLED IN FARM ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri man was killed Tuesday in a farm accident in Sullivan County, Missouri.

Sheriff Roger Smiley told KTVO the tragedy was discovered shortly before 11 a.m.

The victim is identified as Stephen Shirley, 41, of Green Castle, Missouri.

The accident happened on a farm where Shirley worked, one to two miles south of Green City, Missouri.

Sullivan County Coroner Bob Wyant told KTVO Shirley was greasing a skid loader when something caused the skid loader's bucket to fall on him and crush him.

The person who discovered the accident tried lifesaving measures, but it did not work.

Shirley was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death has been ruled an accident. Wyant said an autopsy will not be performed.

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING CRASH

 

A Missouri teen was injured in a single-vehicle, rollover crash.

That crash happened at 8:25 p.m. Monday in Randolph County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 16-year-old male, from Moberly, was on County Road 1430, one mile southeast of Cairo, when it happened.

Troopers say the teen traveled off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.

He suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

He was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Troopers are not releasing the name of the teen driver because he is a juvenile.

 

 

PROSECUTOR SAYS MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS ADMITS HE DISPOSED OF THE BODIES

 

A prosecutor told a judge that a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin admitted to authorities that he disposed of the bodies but denied killing the men.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that special prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff made the argument Tuesday during a hearing in which a judge denied a defense request to have two charges of abandoning a corpse dismissed in the case against Garland Nelson, of Braymer.

His case has been moved to Johnson County from Caldwell County where he also was charged last year with first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.

 

 




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October 19th, 2020

 

HANNIBAL WOMAN DIES IN VEHICLE COLLISION WITH TRAIN

 

A Missouri woman died after she pulled into the path of a train late Saturday night.

The crash happened at 10:45 p.m. in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Courtney Griffith, 20, of Hannibal, was traveling north on County Road 433 when she pulled in front of an eastbound Norfolk Southern locomotive.

Troopers said cross buck signals were used at the intersection.

Marion County deputy coroner Brent Massie pronounced Griffith dead at the scene at 11:00 p.m..

The online crash report lists Griffith as not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

THIRTEEN HORSES DIE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

 

Thirteen horses are dead and others are injured after a traffic accident in eastern Missouri.

KMOV-TV reports that the accident happened Sunday night in Franklin County when a tractor-trailer carrying 29 horses tipped over over on Interstate 44.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Firefighters, veterinarians and crews from a large animal rescue group all worked to remove the horses from the highway.

The surviving horses were taken to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, which is not far from the accident site.

The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN CAUGHT ON CAMERA KICKING IN JEWELRY STORE WINDOW

 

 A woman was caught on camera kicking in the front window of a Kirksville jewelry store.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Thursday, October 15, 2020, at Jim's Gems on the south side of the Kirksville square.

According to owner Jim Spaulding, the woman was not trying to break into his store. Police told KTVO she had been involved in a domestic dispute with the tenants who live in the apartment above the jewelry store.

Spaulding's security camera recorded the whole ordeal. He was alerted to the incident by his security system.

She kicked in one pane of glass and tried unsuccessfully to kick in a second window.

Multiple Kirksville police officers responded to the scene.

Spaulding said after the suspect broke his front window, she got involved in a physical altercation in the street with one of the tenants from upstairs.

The 43-year-old Kirksville woman was arrested on a 12-hour hold because she was intoxicated.

Officers are not releasing her name because formal charges have not been filed yet.

The charges police are pursuing are property damage and domestic assault, both misdemeanors.

 

 




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October 18th, 2020

 

MISSOURI COVID-19 CASES HIT NEW SINGLE DAY RECORD SATURDAY

 

Missouri continued to report record numbers of coronavirus cases over the weekend and the rate of positive cases remains high across the state.

On Saturday, the state reported a record 2,357 new cases of COVID-19.

Sunday's increase of 1,768 cases reported on the state's online virus tracker was smaller but still substantial.

The state now has 156,696 cases of the virus and 2,582 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state said the positivity rate for coronavirus tests over the last seven days is 19.7%, and six counties reported rates above 50%.

Gov. Mike Parson has refused to require mask wearing in Missouri.

 

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 2015 KILLING

 

 A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to 25 years in a killing that was uncovered after a jail inmate led law enforcement to a location where he said he helped bury a body.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that 58-year-old Sandy Gallaspie was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the November 2015 death of Jon Williams.

His skeletal remains were found last summer after a Cole County inmate asked to speak with a detective, claiming to know where a body was buried.

He was the ex-husband of Gallaspie's then-girlfriend, Suzanne Ponder.

Ponder pleaded guilty in August to abandonment of a corpse and was sentenced to probation.

 

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY EXTEND CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) Director Stephanie Browning has issued Public Health Orders 2020-13 and 2020-13(c). These orders are an additional extension of the previous orders, 2020-11/2020-11(c) and 2020-12/2020-12(c), and are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 3, unless otherwise extended, rescinded or modified. All restrictions remain in effect. There are no modifications from the previous orders.
Cases have remained relatively stable during Orders 2020-12 and 2020-12(c). New daily cases increased slightly with the 14 day rolling average increasing from 40 to 42. However, there has been an upward trend in hospitalizations, indicating increased severity of disease. On Oct. 16, there were 80 COVID-19 inpatients in Boone County hospitals, which is the highest number of inpatients during the pandemic. Nearly 80% of these patients come from surrounding counties where restrictions are not in place, thus providing further support for extending the Order and helping to reduce the burden on our local healthcare system.
"The data continues to support keeping the measures that are currently in place. Given the increasing number of hospitalizations and a return to in-seat classes for CPS elementary schools, it is necessary to extend the current Order to ensure local resources can meet the demand that will likely occur in the coming weeks," said Browning. 
PHHS will continue to monitor and analyze the latest COVID-19 data available. Public health experts across the country warn of increased cases as we move into the winter season and people begin gathering indoors more often. It’s imperative to be diligent about mitigation efforts during this time. Boone County residents must take simple steps to protect themselves and the people they care about in order slow the spread of COVID-19. This includes:

 




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October 15th, 2020

 

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION AND POSITIVITY RATE REACH NEW HIGHS IN MISSOURI

 

The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus in Missouri has reached another record, and the seven-day average positivity rate was more than triple the benchmark suggested by the World Health Organization.

The state health department's COVID-19 dashboard showed other alarming numbers Thursday: 1,875 new confirmed cases and 22 deaths.

The state's seven-day positivity rate was 17.9%.

The national seven-day positivity rate was at 5.1%, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The WHO has set 5% as the benchmark.

Meanwhile, 1,443 people were hospitalized in Missouri on Wednesday, setting a new record for the third straight day.

 

 

MISSOURI FIXES COVID-19 DASHBOARD

 

New numbers posted on the Missouri coronavirus dashboard Wednesday after a four-day shutdown show that the state has averaged 1,861 cases a day over the past week.

The total number of cases statewide jumped Wednesday to 148,679, up from 135,651 on Oct. 7.

The number of deaths jumped over that span by 184 to 2,420.

The dashboard has been shutdown since showing a massive spike in cases that officials blamed on a "database extract error."

On Saturday, the dashboard showed a one-day increase of 5,066 new cases -- nearly 3,000 more than the previous one-day high.

A day later, the state announced that the new number was faulty and blamed the process of migrating data into the new system.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT WEDNESDAY EVENING

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the area of West Worley Street and Pershing Road at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14 for a report of shots fired. 

Upon arrival, officers began canvassing the area and found evidence of shots fired that spanned from the intersection of West Worley Street and Pershing Road to the intersection of Again Street and Pershing Road. The evidence consisted of several shell casings. 

Officers were able to view a resident’s home surveillance footage that showed a white Jeep SUV and a small, dark-colored passenger car following the Jeep while traveling east on West Worley Street and turning south on Pershing Road. 

Officers were able to locate the Jeep at Lake Broadway Townhomes, 1103 W. Broadway. The vehicle had damage caused by gunshots, and it was learned that the Jeep was reported stolen on Oct. 10 from the 800 block of East Green Meadows Road (2020-009802).

There were no injuries reported during this incident. 

There is no further description of the dark-colored passenger vehicle, or of any subjects that were involved, to share. This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

 




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October 14th, 2020

 

DURHAM, MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC ASSAULT AND OTHER CHARGES

 

A northeast Missouri man is behind bars following a disturbance.

Lincoln M. Benedict, age 25, of Durham, Missouri, was arrested on one count of second-degree domestic assault, a class D felony, and one count of resisting arrest, a class E felony.

On October 10, 2020, deputies with the Lewis County Sheriff's Office were called to a disturbance at the Caldwell building located near Canton, Missouri.

When deputies got there, they learned a man had assaulted, or attempted to assault, several people.

That person was identified as Benedict.

Benedict remains at the Lewis County Jail on $15,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MISSOURI’S VETERANS HOMES HAVE BEEN HIT HARD WITH COVID-19

 

Fifty-six residents of Missouri veterans homes have died of COVID-19 since Sept. 1, including 25 at one facility in southeast Missouri.

A spokesman for the Missouri Veterans Commission told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wednesday that the deadliest outbreak was in Cape Girardeau, where 20 residents died in September and five more have died in October, through Monday.

Another veterans home, in the southwestern Missouri town of Mt. Vernon, has been the site of 13 resident deaths, 12 others died in St. James and six more died in Warrensburg.

Until September, just one resident of a Missouri veterans home had died from the coronavirus, in St. Louis County.

 

 

EAST LOCUST CREEK RESERVOIR CLOSES IN ON BREAKING GROUND

 

 The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission is one step closer to breaking ground on their big project.

The East Locust Creek Reservoir will be twenty-three hundred acres of water that will be used for water supply for a region consisting of ten different counties.

Another 4,550 acres will be used to house the lake.

Northeast Missouri has suffered from water shortage for decades and the reservoir is the solution.

North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission General Manager Brad Scott hopes to begin clearing some space here in the very near future.

"We're in the last 10 miles of a 1,000-mile journey," Scott said. "We've been working on permitting for about 5 years now. It's our hope that possibly, possibly we can start doing timber harvest and clearing as early as this fall or just after the turn of the year."

When the project is completed, the East Locust Creek Reservoir will be the 28th largest lake in the state of Missouri.

 

 




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October 13th, 2020

 

MISSOURI STATE FIRE MARSHAL ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO AVOID OUTDOOR BURNING

 

Missouri's state fire marshal is encouraging people to avoid outside burning amid a statewide drought that has gripped the state for several weeks.

Fire Marshal Tim Bean said in a news release Tuesday that under the current dry conditions, even a small outdoor fire can get out of control and spread rapidly.

Bean cited the lack of significant rainfall but also low humidity, gusty winds and warm temperatures.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that several Missouri counties are experiencing drought conditions, including five with extreme droughts: Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence and Stone counties.

 

 

DRUGS FOUND IN EASTERN MISSOURI THAT LOOK LIKE CHILDREN’S VITAMINS OR CANDY

 

The police chief in a small eastern Missouri town is warning that illegal drugs found on the street look like candy or children's vitamins.
KTVI-TV reports that officers in Potosi recently seized the drugs during a traffic stop.
Potosi Police Chief Michael Gum posted photos of the drugs on the department's Facebook page.
Gum says officials aren't sure exactly what is in the drug, but the man found with them identified the substance as the mood-altering drug ecstasy.
Investigators have sent the drugs to a crime lab for testing, but results could take weeks.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY IN JOE MACHENS HYUNDAI PARKING LOT

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of the Joe Machens Hyundai dealership, 1300 Vandiver Road on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers located one victim who reported that three males approached him. While all three were displaying handguns, they demanded money and other valuables. They were described as black males, ranging in height from 5’6 to 5’10. One male was reported wearing a black hoodie, and another male was reported wearing a gray hoodie. The victim was unable to provide any further descriptions.  

During the incident, the victim reported being struck several times by one of the suspects but did not require medical attention. The suspects were last seen running on foot northeast from the dealership. 

With assistance from a CPD K-9 unit, one suspect, later identified as a juvenile, was tracked and located in the wooded area of Diamond Avenue and Garnet Drive. He was detained for robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Detectives with CID are working on leads to identify the other two suspects.

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

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




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October 12th, 2020

 

DATABASE ERROR CAUSES MISSOURI TO REPORT INCREDIBLE COVID-19 INCREASE

 

Two days after a "database extract error" incorrectly showed a massive one-day increase in coronavirus cases in Missouri, the problem remains unresolved.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said Monday that the state is still working to pinpoint the cause of the problem, which is related to the automated, rather than manual, entry of data.
On Saturday, Missouri reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, which would be nearly 3,000 more than the state's previous record for a single day.
But on Sunday, the health department said that number was wrong, blaming the process of migrating data into a new system.

 

 

PALMYRA MAN FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 

A Palmyra, Missouri is facing a charge relating to child pornography.

In April, the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force began an investigation into the possession of child pornography.

Authorities said during the investigation, they identified a suspect in the 400 block of West Water Street in Palmyra.

Then, in June, police were given consent to review some electronic devices used by the owner, Stephen Lawrence, 69.

Police reportedly found numerous files of child pornography, as well as multiple other devices, which had been connected to these computers, that contained file names commonly used for child pornography.

In October, police executed a search warrant at Lawrence's residence to look for additional files of child pornography.

Lawrence was arrested and charged with receiving child pornography.

He was transported to St. Louis, where he will be brought before a judge.

The Palmyra Police Department, Marion County Sheriffs Department, FBI, and Missouri ICAC Task Force assisted in the investigation and arrest.

 

 

BETHEL, MISSOURI MAN KILLED IN LEWIS COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri man was killed in a motorcycle accident.

That fatal accident happened at 6 p.m. Friday in Lewis County, about eight miles south of La Belle.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by Tresa Castle, 56, of Bethel, Missouri, was driving north on Route D, when her truck crossed the center line.

She hit Glenn Randall, 52, of Newark, as he was riding his motorcycle in the southbound lane.

Randall was pronounced dead on scene.

Castle was not injured in the crash.

 

 




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October 8th, 2020

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER INJURED IN CRASH

 

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper received minor injuries following a crash Wednesday evening in northeast Missouri.
The crash happened just before 7 p.m. on Missouri Highway 6, three miles east of La Belle.
According to the 
Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Trooper Kyle McGivney, 31, of Macon, was attempting to pass a semi-truck driven by David Irvin, 78, of Kirksville, when the semi turned left in front of the trooper's vehicle.
KTVO's sister station, 
KHQA, reports that the patrol car then overturned.
Trooper McGivney was taken to Blessing Hospital with minor injuries.
The Highway Patrol was assisted at the crash by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office and Lewis County Fire and Rescue.

 

MISSOURI CORONAVIRUS CASES, HOSPITALIZATIONS, AND UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS RISE

 

Missouri reported a jump of more than 1,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and hospitalizations of confirmed and suspected cases reached the highest number since the pandemic began.
The state health department on Thursday said Missouri confirmed 1,505 more cases and 23 more deaths, for totals of 137,156 cases and 2,259 deaths since the pandemic started.
State health data shows 1,344 Missourians were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The seven-day average for hospitalizations was 1,204, also a new high since the pandemic began.
And the state labor department reported initial unemployment claims rose last week, after falling steadily in the previous three weeks.

 

 

DRUNK DRIVER LEADS OFFICERS ON MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT

 

A drunk driver in a stolen vehicle led officers in a pursuit throughout Boone County and Callaway County last week.

Jason Blanton, 45, of Kirksville, was already in a vehicle pursuit with Columbia police officers on Monday, Sept. 28, when he entered Callaway County going eastbound on Interstate 70.

Upon entering the county at 7:39 p.m., Callaway County deputies were notified and got into position as the pursuit reached the Kingdom City area.

Blanton struck the tire deflation devices that were put in the road by Callaway County deputies in an effort to stop the vehicle.

When Blanton eventually stopped near the State Road A/Z interchange east of Kingdom City, he was arrested on suspicion of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, Resisting Arrest, and Driving While Intoxicated.

He remains in the custody of the Callaway County Jail.

 

 




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October 7th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE SEX OFFENDER ARRESTED AGAIN FOR ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD

 

 A registered sex offender is back behind bars after his arrest for enticement of a child.

Jesse Rongey, 37, of Kirksville, was taken into custody on Tuesday.

Rongey has been charged in Adair County court with Enticement/Attempted Enticement of a Child, Resisting/Interfering with an Arrest, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

On Sept. 29, the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit (KRCCU) received information that Rongey, a registered sex offender, was using social media accounts to contact underage girls for sexual activity.

The KRCCU confirmed Rongey did not register any online social media accounts which is a violation of the sex offender registry.

The KRCCU used an undercover social media profile of a 12-year-old girl to contact the social media profile suspected of being used by Rongey.

A chat/conversation ensued including the ages of the profiles.

According to a press release from the Kirksville Police Department, this conversation took place from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6 and Rongey used multiple unregistered social media profiles.

Rongey sent messages that were graphic and sexual in nature.

Rongey also sent pornographic images and videos and requested nude images and videos from the profile of the believed 12-year-old girl.

Rongey made arrangements to meet the 12-year-old in the 1000 block of N Osteopathy.

A KRCCU detective and Kirksville Police Officers contacted Rongey near the intersection of Osteopathy and Gardner.

Upon seeing officers, Rongey attempted to flee the area on foot and destroy/discard physical evidence.

A construction crew was in the area and assisted with following Rongey and directing officers to his location.

After a short foot pursuit, Rongey was apprehended without incident.

 

 

TRUMAN PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES ATTEMPED ASSAULT

 

Truman Department of Public Safety is investigating an attempted assault that happened on campus.

The incident was reported around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Crime Alert sent out to students and staff, the incident happened in the parking lot between the SUB and McClain hall.

The female student told police she was walking to her vehicle when a male ran at her, and grabbed her arm.

The suspect attempted to stop her from getting into her car, but failed.

Once in the vehicle, the suspect banged on the windows for the female to get out, but she was able to drive away, and contact campus police.

The suspect is being described as a white male in his 30's.

He's described as having short blond hair or balding hair and has missing teeth.

The suspect was last seen wearing a red Kansas City Chiefs sweatshirt, baggy jeans and black gloves.

Truman DPS is actively investigating this attempted assault.

Anyone with information is urged to contact them at 660-665-5621 or at police@truman.edu

 

 

VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES URGE MISSOURI OFFICIALS TO STRIKE DOWN NOTORIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BALLOTS

 

Voting rights advocates are urging the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down a ballot notarization requirement for this year's elections.

An attorney representing the NAACP and League of Women Voters argued Tuesday that all absentee ballots and mail-in ballots should be counted, regardless of whether they are notarized.

A law passed earlier this year did relax Missouri's remote voting laws.

It allows certain people at risk from the coronavirus to vote absentee without needing to notarize the ballot envelope.

The new law also allows anyone to cast a mail-in ballot, but notarization is still required.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem upheld that law last month.

 

 




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October 6th, 2020

 

ELDON, MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED IN MEXICO

 

A Missouri man is facing charges of burglary, trespassing and resisting after an arrest in Mexico.

According to Mexico Public Safety, it happened on Friday when an officer saw a suspicious man trespassing on railroad property near Martin Luther King Park.

Public Safety says the man identified as Nicholas R. Atkinson, 34, of Eldon, ran and was eventually arrested about 4 blocks away.

An investigation indicated Atkinson had been stealing copper from other property nearby.

He was taken to the Audrain County Jail.

 

 

FOUR MEMBERS OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR’S STAFF TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office says four of his staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor officially returned to work Monday after being in isolation for nearly two weeks after he and his wife tested positive for the virus.
His office says everyone who had close contact with him and his wife were tested.
The four staff members who tested positive have recovered.
Missouri officials say that more than 1,800 state employees have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Office of Administration says the corrections department has the most infected employees, with 646.

 

 

AMEREN ANNOUNCES NEW PLAN TO EXPAND CLEAN ENERGY

 

Recently, Ameren announced a goal to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all its operations.

This comes as the company announced its largest plan to expand its clean energy sources.

The company’s new plan to expand its commitment to clean energy to help the environment is directly due to the leadership at Ameren.

“We’ve set ambitious goals to transition to cleaner energy, it's imperative that we balance these goals with the critical need to keep energy affordable for all, so that every family can keep the lights on without sacrificing their most basic needs,” said Ameren Vice President of Sustainability and Electrification Gwen Mizell.

Ameren has also already made an investment of $8 billion in renewable energy over the next two decades.

Along with this investment in cleaner energy, more jobs will be created through the projects it entails.

Nearly 30% of energy already comes from carbon-free sources like hydro, nuclear and solar energy.

The continue increase in these energy sources is vital to Ameren achieving its goal of providing clean energy to its customers.

However, Ameren already offers its customers options to utilize renewable energy.

Those are offered through Ameren’s Community Solar and Neighborhood Solar programs.

 

 

 




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October 5th, 2020

 

COVID-19 HITS MISSOURI’S VETERANS HOMES

 

Five of Missouri's seven veterans homes have reported active COVID-19 cases, and six of the seven homes have active staff COVID-19 cases.

The virus has spread to veterans homes across the state with 122 of Missouri's veterans currently fighting off the virus, according to a Monday news release by the Missouri Veterans Commission.

MVC Executive Director Paul Kirchhoff said that the spread is a major concern.

We are concerned to see the heroes we care for dealing with this disease that is so virulent among the elderly and vulnerable populations.

In a statement, Kirchhoff said since the first coronavirus cases in Missouri, MVC has restricted access to its homes and established an infectious disease protocol to keep the veterans and staff safe.

This has included limiting access, setting up quarantine and isolation areas in advance, extensive use of Personal Protective Equipment and increased cleaning and hygiene measures.

Active cases of the virus have been confirmed from Cameron to Cape Giradeau and everywhere in between.

Number of COVID-19 cases at MVC Veterans Homes:

Until September, MVC said there had been a total of one death of a resident of a Veterans Home while there was an active COVID-19 case in a home. The one veteran death was at the St. Louis Home in April 2020.

For the month of September, the MVC said there were a total of 41 veteran deaths while there were known COVID-19 cases among veterans in the home. MVC said the number of deaths that were caused by COVID-19 is not known at this time.

“In order to combat COVID-19 at our Cape Girardeau and St. James Homes, we have been successful in obtaining additional staffing and resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Kirchhoff. “MVC continues to perform robust testing with our staff and veterans and review our procedures to help mitigate the risks as much as possible.”

The release, MVC stated all homes facilitated non-contact window visits, FaceTime and social media interactions to help keep veterans socially engaged, when access to their facilities was restricted.

Over the last four months, MVC has administered over 21,000 coronavirus tests

 

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA COULD BE HEADING TO MISSOURI SHELVES AS SOON AS THIS MONTH

 

A St. Louis County lab's approval to start testing samples of marijuana means that commercial marijuana for medical use could be on the shelves this month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that EKG Labs in Maryland Heights on Sept. 26 became the first of 10 licensed medical marijuana testers to start operations after passing a state inspection.

As a result, marijuana being grown by commercial cultivators may undergo state-required testing for safety and potency.

Once approved, it can be sold at dispensaries.

EKG director of operations Natalie Brown says testing could begin in the upcoming week.

Missouri voters approved medical marijuana in 2018.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO MULTIPLE SHOTS FIRED REPORTS

 

At approximately 3:41 p.m. on Oct. 4, Columbia police responded to a second report of shots fired in the 400 block of Oak St.,  where more than 40 shell casings were located on the scene.

A recent incident of shots fired occurred on Friday Oct. 2, in the same area causing property damage to a nearby residence.

Upon arrival, officers learned there was an exchange of gunfire from two separate groups within close proximity of one another.

During the investigation, officers located property damage to a residence and several parked vehicles in the area. There were no injuries reported at the time of the incident.

"The frequency of these incidents of gunfire is unacceptable and will not be tolerated," said Assistant Chief of Police Brian Richenberger. "Under the leadership of Chief Geoff Jones, CPD will pour all of our available resources into this investigation in order to prevent any future harm to innocent bystanders in our community."

At this time, there is no suspect description or vehicle description available. This is an active investigation and has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Division.

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

 

 

 

 




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October 4th, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE CRASH SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

 

A two-car crash occurred at the intersection of Osteopathy Street and Potter Avenue in Kirksville around 2 p.m. Friday.

Police say the driver of a silver SUV was heading westbound on Potter Avenue when they struck a van traveling southbound on Osteopathy Street.

Witnesses told Kirksville Police that the van had a green light and the SUV failed to yield and crashed into the van.

Two people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The SUV driver was arrested for driving with a revoked drivers license.

 

 

MARCELINE WOMAN INJURED IN AFTERNOON CRASH ON HIGHWAY 36

 

A Marceline, Mo., woman was injured in a vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Linn County.

The crash happened just before 3:00 p.m. on US Highway 36, ten miles east of Brookfield.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dale Palmer, 59, of Macon, Mo., was westbound on Highway 36 when his vehicle struck an SUV driven by Mary Stufflebean, 72, in the rear.

Stufflebean received moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.

Both Palmer and Stufflebean were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

 

 

ILLINOIS MAN DIES IN SCOTLAND COUNTY CRASH

 

An Illinois man has died after a fiery head-on collision with a farm vehicle in Scotland County.

The accident happened 8 miles north of Arbela just after 2 p.m. on Friday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Thomas Hurt, 27, of Quincy, Illinois, was driving a package delivery truck southbound on County Road 759 when he drove head-on into a combine operated by Kenneth Hauk, 64, of Memphis, Missouri.

Troopers say the delivery truck caught fire and burned.

Hurt was pronounced dead at the scene by Dr. Jeff Davis.

Hauk was not injured in the crash.

The combine was equipped with a corn head.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Crash Investigative Unit, the Scotland County Sherriff's Department, Scotland County EMS, Scotland County Coroner and the Memphis Police Department.

 

 

EWING MAN INJURED IN MARION COUNTY CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri man was injured in a vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Marion County.
The crash happened just after 4:30 p.m. on Missouri Highway 6, three miles east of Durham.
According to the
 Missouri State Highway Patrol, Andrew Parrish, 31, of Edina, Mo. was westbound on Highway 6 when he crossed the center line to avoid a stopped vehicle and struck an eastbound truck driven by Chad Kerker, 48, of Ewing, Mo.
Kerker received moderate injuries and was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
Both Parrish and Kerker were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
The Highway Patrol was assisted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Ambulance and the Maywood Fire Department.

 




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MACON WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING HIT BY AN SUV

 

A northeast Missouri pedestrian was badly hurt Wednesday evening when she was hit by an SUV.

It happened at 8 p.m. on Highway 63 in Macon, just north of the Jackson Street intersection.

Missouri state troopers said an SUV driven by Charles Hembree, 63, of Ballwin, Missouri, was northbound on 63 when he struck a woman who was in the roadway.

Kristina Bennett, 22, of Macon, suffered serious injuries and was flown to a Columbia, Missouri, hospital for treatment.

 

 

THREE HOSPITALIZED AFTER CRASH ON HIGHWAY 63 NORTH OF KIRKSVILLE

 

Three people were rushed to the hospital Thursday afternoon after two pickup trucks collided on Highway 63 about two miles north of Kirksville.

Emergency crews were dispatched just after 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

The accident involved a white pickup occupied by a man and a girl.

A couple was in the other truck.

The names of all those involved were not available as of the posting of this story.

The state trooper at the scene told KTVO the white pickup was heading north on Highway 63 when it collided with an oncoming pickup.

Investigators said the white truck was trying to turn across traffic and apparently did not see the other pickup approaching.

Three of the four people involved were taken to the hospital. We were told injuries were minor.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS HE IS STILL SEEKING TO INCREASE COVID-19 TESTING CAPACITY

 

One of the four pillars of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan in Missouri was to expand coronavirus testing capacity.

Governor Mike Parson said the state recently reached a new peak for PCR COVID-19 testing, with over 122,000 tests during the week of September 14.

A PCR test is the most common way to test for coronavirus.

Parson adds the state will be increasing testing even more.

"The federal government has purchased 150 million Abbott Point of Care Tests to be distributed to the states. We expect to receive 120,000 of these tests in Missouri by the end of this week and nearly 2 million by the end of the year. Progress also continues with the COVID-19 vaccine. Missouri was awarded $3.2 million from the CDC for planning and implementation, and a multi-agency support team has been working on a distribution plan since the end of August."

In August, the FDA approved a new saliva-based COVID-19 test developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Parson said this test is a major development and that it will help the state expand laboratory capacity and testing volumes.

 

 




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COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE TO RISE OUTSIDE OF KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS

 

The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus has nearly tripled in areas outside of Missouri's two largest metropolitan areas since the state reopened for business in mid-June.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' COVID-19 dashboard shows that the state's northwest, southeast, southwest and central regions all reached record highs for virus-related hospitalizations on Monday, based on seven-day averages.

Excluding the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, hospitalizations in Missouri have risen 186% in the 3 1/2 months since Republican Gov. Mike Parson allowed the state to reopen on June 16.

 

 

HEAD OF MISSOURI CHILD WELFARE SERVICES DIVISION RESIGNS

 

The head of a Missouri division that oversees child welfare services has resigned after only three months on the job.

David Wood, a Republican from Versailles, said Monday that he resigned as director of the Division of Children's Services, which oversees child abuse and neglect issues, child care licensing, adoption and foster care.

He gave no reason for his resignation and state officials also declined to discuss it.

Wood took over the division in mid-June after resigning his seat in the Missouri House.

He said at the time he hoped to bring stability to a division that had five directors in seven years.

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND OTHERS PUSH THE IMPORTANCE OF FLU SHOTS

 

While the fall season brings a crispness to the air, it also means that the flu season is upon us.

This year everyone is on high alert thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That means local health departments are stressing to their communities the importance of receiving a flu shot.

Macon County Health Department Emergency Planner Cheryl Blaise discussed with KTVO why people are encouraged to get a flu shot this fall.

"This year, with COVID-19 running so rampant, you don't want to get two types of flu at the same time because you'll be sicker than just having one strain of the flu," Blaise said. "So, protection and prevention is what we're here for."

Macon County’s first drive thru flu clinic will take place on October 1 in La Plata on the east side of the city park.

It will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate allowing school kids to receive their flu shot.

If you are unable to make it to this clinic, contact your local health department to learn when its clinic is scheduled.

 

 




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September 28th, 2020

 

LA BELLE, MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED AFTER DRUG BUST

 

A northeast Missouri man behind bars following a search warrant that ended with a drug bust.

On September 23, various agencies including the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force, North Missouri Drug Task Force, and Missouri State Highway Patrol, executed a search warrant at 301 Yancey Street in La Belle, Missouri.

During the course of the search, law enforcement located illegal drugs, drug contraband and several thousands dollars.

The search was part of a months-long investigation that began in Kirksville, by the North Missouri Drug Task Force.

Following the search, Masson Kurk, 24, of La Belle, was taken into custody.

He's been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, namely psilocybin mushrooms, commonly known as shrooms, a hallucinogen.

Kurk remains at the Lewis County jail on a $20,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MDC AND PARTNERS OFFER DEER HUNTING CLINIC LATER THIS MONTH

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), along with the Missouri Disabled Sportsmen (MDS) and the Outdoor Dream Foundation (ODF), is offering a deer hunting clinic to youth with chronic illnesses.

The goal of the clinic is to have kids and families make a new connection to the outdoors.

Participants will learn about deer biology and habitat, hunting safety and shooting skills, ammunition and firearm selection, methods, and regulations.

MDC Conservation Educator Rob Garver spoke with KTVO about the willingness for organizations to partner with the MDC to put on these clinics.

"Those other partnership organizations like Missouri Disabled Sportsmen and Outdoor Dream Foundation and then Rest Inn Him Lodge has a lot to do with making sure that programs like this happen," Garver said. "Those partnerships ensure that we can get more done and we utilize as many folks as we can to make sure that those kids have a good time and a fun opportunity. They get to enjoy nature while they're out there and hopefully get to harvest a deer."

Outside of learning how to safely hunt, participants will also have time to go fishing and participate in other nature activities.

Those interested in participating must register at this website by October 23.

The clinic will take place on October 30 at 3 p.m. at the Rest Inn Him Lodge and Retreat Center in Unionville, Mo.

For more information about the event, call 660-785-2420.

 

 

LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT RESUMES AFTER THREE YEAR MORATORIUM

 

 A state low-income housing tax credit sought by developers seeking to build affordable housing but often criticized by Missouri officials has resumed after a three-year moratorium.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Missouri Housing Development Commission has restarted a program that then-Republican Gov. Eric Greitens zeroed out in 2017.
The commission's decision came in a unanimous vote Friday.
Developers and tenant advocates have noted that the supply of affordable housing in Missouri badly trails demand.
But the tax credit is resuming without legislative reforms that were once thought necessary to get the program running again.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO FOUR SHOTS FIRED REPORTS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING

 

Columbia Police officers responded to four separate reports of shots heard in the area of Eastwood Drive and Clark Lane beginning on Saturday, Sept. 26 at approximately 10 p.m. The last report was at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. 

Officers were able to locate several witnesses who directed them to a residence in the Woodlake Apartments, 2609 Eastwood Drive, where they said they heard the gunshots. While officers were searching that area, several spent shell casings were located immediately outside an apartment.

Officers obtained a search warrant for an apartment and associated vehicle that was determined to be involved. As a result of the search warrant, officers located a handgun and ammunition and arrested Jamie Adrian Burns, 26, of Columbia for the charges of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. 

There were no injuries or property damage caused by the gunfire. 

There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 

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

 

 




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September 27th, 2020

 

BROOKFIELD MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONIES IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CASE

 

A Brookfield man faces multiple felony charges after at least 100 pornographic photos of children were found on his phone.  According to a probable cause statement, Brookfield Police executed a search warrant of 44 year old James Dean Jackson of Brookfield that led to the discovery of “at least 100 photos of children” on his cell phone.  Jackson faces 34 felony charges of possession of child pornography and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.  The maximum sentence for the charges is multiple life sentences.

 

 

WEEKEND CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE INJURES TWO

 

Around 4 p.m. Saturday Kirksville first responders received word of a crash at the intersection of Baltimore and Illinois streets.

According to local officials Tony Hamlin, 50, of Edina, Mo., was heading west on Illinois Street. Authorities say Hamlin ran a red light and struck a vehicle driven by Katie Steele, 21, of Kirksville, who was southbound on Baltimore Street.

Both vehicles received heavy damage.

Hamlin received moderate injuries and was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Steele did not receive treatment, but an unidentified passenger in her vehicle was transported to Northeast Regional with moderate injuries.

 

 

AD CRITICIZING MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE PULLED AND EDITED

 

An ad criticizing Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway that aired on nine television stations has been pulled.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday reported that the ads were swapped after Galloway's campaign sent cease-and-desist letters.

The ads are by the Uniting Missouri PAC. The group supports Republican Gov. Mike Parson's campaign but acts independently.

The original ad said Galloway ignored ethics laws and didn't disclose that her husband lobbied for state tax credits.

Galloway's campaign lawyer says her husband never did that. Her campaign also says she reported that her husband has lobbied.

A Uniting Missouri spokesman says the PAC is making "minor semantic changes" to the ad.

 

 

 




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September 24th, 2020

 

FIRE THAT DESTROYED UNIONVILLE HOME DEEMED SUSPICIOUS

 

A suspicious blaze destroyed a Heartland home on Wednesday evening.

The call came in shortly around 7:10 p.m. that an abandoned two-story home on 190th Street just off of Highway 129 southeast of Unionville, Missouri, was on fire.

Fire Chief Tim Montgomery told KTVO the house was engulfed in flames when he and crews from Unionville Volunteer Fire Department arrived.

Montgomery said the old home, owned by Roger Pearson, had not been occupied for years and did not have electricity.

That is why the blaze is considered suspicious. The chief said damage was too extensive to determine how it started.

Montgomery said crews just let it burn to the ground since it was a rundown, unoccupied home.

They were on the scene for more than two hours.

Four fire trucks and 12 personnel responded to the scene along with Putnam county Ambulance and Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured during the incident.

 

 

GUBERNATORIAL FORUM POSTPONED DUE TO MISSOURI GOVERNOR’S COVID-19 POSITIVE

 

(From KRCG-TV) Missouri's four candidates for Governor will have to wait to share a common stage.

The candidates' first gubernatorial forum, where they were scheduled to discuss their positions on issues affecting the state, has been postponed due to Governor Mike Parson testing positive for coronavirus.

The forum was originally intended to take place at the Missouri Theatre on Friday at 2:00 p.m. This would have been the first time that Republican Gov. Mike Parson, Democrat State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Libertarian nominee Rik Combs and Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer shared a common stage.

However, the event was postponed following the announcement that Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson have both tested positive for COVID-19.

"As you heard, First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today and Governor Parson was then tested and we have received his positive test this afternoon," Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams said during a Wednesday press briefing.

Following the announcement, Auditor Galloway released a statement wishing the Governor and First Lady a speedy recovery.

“I wish Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson a safe and full recovery," Galloway said. "This is a stark reminder that this virus can reach anyone, anywhere and that this pandemic is far from over. We must all continue to do our part in preventing the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask.”

Williams said Gov. Parson has not yet experienced symptoms and Mrs. Parson is experiencing mild symptoms.

"I'm thankful to report that both the Governor and First Lady are doing fine," Williams said.

Mrs. Parson is currently isolating at the Parson’s home in Bolivar. Meanwhile, the Governor is staying in the Governor's Mansion where he continues to "conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor's Mansion without interruption," a Wednesday news release said.

Plans are to reschedule the forum to a later date. More information about the rescheduled forum will be announced when details are finalized.

 

 

FORMER CENTER, MISSOURI CITY CLERK DRAWS FEDERAL ATTENTION

 

Former City Clerk for Center, Missouri, Tracey Ray, is accused of using taxpayer funds for personal credit card bills, concert tickets and vacations

KHQA-TV reports, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit surrounding the City of Center.

It reportedly revealed that Ray misappropriated at least $316,887 in taxpayer funds between Jan. 1, 2015, and July 3, 2019.

Ralls County Prosecuting Attorney Rodney Rodenbaugh released a statement regarding this audit.

Rodenbaugh said the state's statute of limitations prohibits charges of crimes occurring outside of the three-year period.

However, he said federal statutes are not as restrictive.

He said he's reached out to federal authorities to proceed with the investigation.

Ray faces two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court documents, she was granted a change of venue in 2019.

Her case has now been moved to Boone County, Missouri.

Ray’s next court date has been set for December 17, 2020.

 

 




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September 23rd, 2020

 

LA PLATA TEEN INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT SOUTH OF LA PLATA

 

A northeast Missouri teen was able to walk away from a rollover accident with only minor injuries.

That single-vehicle accident happened around 6:15 p.m. Tuesday on Old Highway 63, 4.5 miles south of La Plata.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by Joseph Cross, 17, of Excello, lost control on a curve, slide off the east side of the road and overturned.

He was not injured in the crash.

His passenger, a 14-year-old girl from La Plata, suffered minor injuries.

She was taken to Urgent Care in Kirksville by private vehicle to be checked out.

Both were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The highway patrol is not releasing the the teen's name because she is a juvenile.

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE BY RUNNING HER OVER

 

A 33-year-old central Missouri man is accused of killing his wife by running her over with a truck during an argument.
Michael Brown, of Smithton, is charged with first-degree murder and six other felonies in the death of his wife, 32-year-old Maria Brown last week.
Court documents say Brown told investigators that he hit his wife because she had the devil in her and God wanted him to.
Investigators said the couple was involved in a physical altercation before Maria Brown was run over by the truck last week in Smithton. Online court records do not name an attorney for Brown, who is being held without bond.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution, Mrs. Parson was tested Wednesday morning after displaying minor symptoms.
Governor Parson was then tested as well and received a positive result.

All official and campaign events have been canceled until further notice.
As a precautionary measure, the Governor's staff has been tested and is awaiting results.
At this time, the Governor feels healthy and is displaying no symptoms, and Mrs. Parson has mild symptoms.
Proper safety protocols have been implemented at the direction of Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

During this time, Governor Parson continues to conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor's Mansion without interruption.

 

 

 

 




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September 21st, 2020

 

WITNESS RESCUES DRIVER WHO CRASHED INTO CHARITON RIVER

 

A driver who crashed into the Chariton River Friday was rescued by a witness, who had watched the accident unfold and the vehicle begin to be submerged.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Stephanie Bressan, 59, of Springfield, Illinois, drove off the left side of the U.S. 36 in Macon County three miles east of New Cambria at 11:55 a.m. on Friday.

Her vehicle became airborne and submerged into the Chariton River.

A passerby stopped when they saw the crash and removed Bressan from her SUV while it was sinking into the Chariton River, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

A Macon County ambulance transported Bressen to Samaritan Memorial Hospital in Macon for treatment of serious injuries.

Troopers worked on pulling the vehicle from the river on Friday afternoon.

The highway patrol said the witness's fast action prevented tragedy

 

 

MACON COUNTY ANNOUNCES 25 NEW COVID-19 CASES SINCE THURSDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department announces 25 new cases of COVID-19 since Thursday.

Of these new cases: 10 are under 19, one is age 20-29, four are age 30-39, four are age 40-49, four are age 50-59, one is age 60-69 and one is age 70-79.

12 of these new cases were spread through school contacts and 13 are community spread.

At the time of this press release, the following reflects cases of COVID-19 in Macon County –

189 positive cases

39 active positive cases

3 hospitalizations (included in the active positive case count)

150 released from isolation

In the past 24 hours, the state of Missouri has added 1,328 positive cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the state total to 112,844 positive cases of COVID-19.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS TWO CRIME BILLS

 

 KRCG-TV reports Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed two bills on Monday, one creating a pretrial witness protection fund and another that removes residency requirements for public safety employees in St. Louis.

House Bill 66 and House Bill 46 were passed by the General Assembly during a recent special session with a narrow focus on violent crime.

“We have a serious problem with violent crime here in Missouri, and we have seen it escalate even more in recent months,” Gov. Parson said. “HB 66 and HB 46 are valuable tools that will build on our efforts to combat violent crime, support law enforcement officers, and make our communities safer."

The special session was meant to address the state's rapid increase in violent crime rates this year, primarily in urban areas.
In St. Louis alone 195 people had been murdered by Sept. 18. This number surpasses last year's record of 194 and there are still a few more months to go in 2020.

The session came to an abrupt end last Wednesday, with the Missouri House of Representatives taking no final action on bills dealing with juvenile crime and gun possession, hearsay evidence, and giving the Attorney General jurisdiction over murder cases in St. Louis.
Those measures were key to Governor Mike Parson's anti-crime agenda.
HB 66 creates a Pretrial Witness Protection Fund in which law enforcement agencies can provide resources for the security of victims and witnesses and their immediate families.
HB 46 removes the residency requirements for public safety employees in the City of St. Louis.

Governor Parson said the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is currently short by more than 140 officers. HB 46 could help fill that gap.

 

 




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MACON COUNTY AUTHORITIES SEARCHING FOR WOMAN WHO FAILED TO OBEY JUDGE

 

Local authorities are looking for a NEMO woman, they say, failed to obey judges orders.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is trying to locate Sandra Toolate.

Her original charge is for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Us of Drug Paraphernalia (two counts) and Possession of Marijuana.

Anyone with any information on this subject is encouraged to call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at at 660-385-2062 or message them on Facebook.

 

 

FORMER CENTER, MISSOURI CITY CLERK ACCUSED OF MISAPPROPRIATING FUNDS

 

 A former city clerk in Missouri is accused of using taxpayer funds for personal credit card bills, concert tickets and vacations.

On Wednesday, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit surrounding the city of Center, Mo., in Ralls County.

The audit revealed that former city clerk Tracey Ray misappropriated at least $316,887 in taxpayer funds between January 1, 2015, and July 3, 2019.
The Auditor's Public Corruption and Fraud Division conducted the audit after receiving information through a whistleblower hotline last summer.

"This audit details a serious breach of public trust and exposes years of dishonesty at the expense of taxpayers,” Galloway said. “The abuses by the former clerk, which include using taxpayers' dollars to pay for concert tickets and vacations in Branson, Colorado and Las Vegas, are just egregious. The city must work to rebuild citizens' trust by addressing the lack of oversight that allowed this to activity to occur and carry on for years."

A whistleblower contacted the State Auditor's Office about a possible lack of financial reporting in Center.

The office began investigating and was then contacted by the mayor who requested information to initiate an audit.

On July 2, 2019, after being questioned by city officials, the clerk was involved in an incident in which she exchanged gunfire with Ralls County sheriff's deputies.

As a result, the Missouri Attorney General's Office filed felony charges for assault and armed criminal action.

The Board of Aldermen voted to terminate her employment on July 3, the same day the board formally requested an audit.

The audit found more than $200,000 in city funds were used to pay the former clerk's personal credit card bills.

They included charges to Amazon, Walmart, hotels, restaurants and a hair salon.

City funds were also used to pay more than $35,000 of personal expenses, including tax bills, mortgage payments and life insurance policy premiums.

After the board discontinued health insurance coverage for city employees in 2014, the former clerk used $62,000 in city funds to pay for a health insurance policy for herself and her family.

Additionally, the audit found missing cash totaling at least $7,000 that was collected, but never deposited.

"My Public Corruption and Fraud Division has been working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement throughout the audit and will continue to provide additional assistance now that the audit is complete," Galloway said.

Ray faces two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court documents, she was granted a change of venue in 2019.

Her case has now been moved to Boone County, Missouri.

Ray’s next court date has been set for December 17, 2020.

 

 

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus have risen across Missouri in recent days.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that three of the four highest days for hospitalizations have occurred over the past week, based on data from the state health department.
The most recent data shows 1,021 patients in hospitals with confirmed or presumed cases on Saturday, the second-highest day on record.
The highest was Sept. 9, when 1,040 patients were hospitalized.
The fourth-highest number of hospitalizations on record occurred Friday, with 1,008 patients.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXPELLS TWO AND SUSPENDS THREE FOR VIOLATING COVID-19 GUIDELINES

 

The University of Missouri in Columbia says two students have been expelled and three others suspended for violating rules meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The disciplinary actions were announced Tuesday.

A news release says the sanctions were necessary because of flagrant violations of rules and regulations that require students who test positive for the coronavirus to isolate themselves and comply with social distancing requirements.

More than 1,300 of the university's students have been infected.

All told, 470 students have been called to the university's Office of Student Conduct and Accountability for possible violations of coronavirus policies.

Eleven student organizations are under investigation.

 

 




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September 15th, 2020

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MOOSE LODGE MEMBERS TRAVEL TO HELP CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS STRUGGLING WITH WILDFIRES

 

Millions of acres in the western United States are currently being burned to ash due to wildfires.

There are an estimated 90 large wildfires that are taking place in the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho.

These fires have caused families to be displaced from their homes and store shelves have been emptied.

As the wildfires continue to engulf west coast communities in flames, one northeast Missouri organization decided it wanted to help.

Recently, Frank and Dylan Vorhees, members of the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge in Kirksville, drove a trailer of supplies to a Moose Lodge in Clearlake Oaks, California.

KTVO spoke with Frank Vorhees about why the Moose Lodge felt compelled to help the wildfire victims.

"It's our belief that our community is not just in our own background, but it reaches through all corners of the world," Vorhees said. "And when a lodge in California reached out to just everybody asking for supplies to be donated, we just thought it was a great opportunity for us to do our part to help with the evacuees and help support the firefighters and all the efforts going on locally in California."

The Loyal Order of Moose Lodge strives to find different ways to help its community.

It is located at 2405 East Illinois Street in Kirksville.

If you would like to know more about the Moose Lodge, that information can be found on its Facebook page or website.

 

 

KEYTESVILLE MAN SENTENCED FOR MULTIPLE SODOMY, CHILD MOLESTATION, AND SEXUAL MISCONDUCT CHARGES

 

A north Missouri man was sentenced last week for multiple counts of sodomy, child molestation and sexual misconduct.
Edward Schrock, 59, of Keytesville, was sentenced to 72 years in prison for the sexual abuse of six children over the course of several years.
That sentence was handed down by Chariton County judge Terry Tschannen.
On June 18, 2020, Schrock pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy of a child under twelve years old, two counts of first-degree child molestation of a child under fourteen years old and one count of sexual misconduct involving a child by coercion or inducement.
Schrock was charged with offenses against six children, all of which were his own family and family friends.
Judge Tschannen stated that Schrock’s abuse of children who held their elders in a position of trust was “disgusting” and “reprehensible.”
The case was prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Office and the Chariton County Prosecuting Attorney.

“This case is another great example of the important work that our Public Safety attorneys do on a daily basis around the state of Missouri. Because of their diligent work, a serial child abuser and molester is off the streets and unable to cause any more harm,” said Attorney General Schmitt.

Assistant Attorneys General Katharine Dolin and Paige Wheeler assisted Chariton County prosecuting attorney Cliff Thornburg. Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Barbara Littrell investigated the case.

 

 

MACON COUNTY AUTHORITIES NEED HELP IDENTIFYING THEFT SUSPECT

 

Local authorities need your help identifying a theft suspect.

On Sunday, the Macon County Sheriff's Office took a report of theft from a motor vehicle at Love's Travel Stop in Bevier.

A purse was taken from inside of the vehicle.

Credit cards taken with the purse were used at various locations around Macon.

The sheriff’s office is asking for your help in identifying the suspect.

The suspect is a white male, wearing a blue and white shirt, khaki pants and black shoes.

The vehicle involved is a white Dodge Ram with a black brush guard.

Anyone with information related to this incident or the identification of the suspect is asked to call the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062 or message the office's Facebook page.

 

 

SEDALIA SHERIFF’S DEPUTY NOT CHARGED IN SHOOTING OF SEDALIA WOMAN

 

 A sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a Missouri woman after a traffic stop will not be charged in her death.

A special prosecutor who investigated the June 13 shooting of Hannah Fizer of Sedalia said Monday the Pettis County Deputy had reasonable belief that he was in danger.

But prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff also wrote it appeared it might have been possible for the deputy to avoid the shooting but under Missouri law that does not warrant criminal charges.

The deputy told investigators Fizer told him she had a gun and threatened to shoot him before he fired.

No gun was found in the car.

 

 




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September 14, 2020

TWO ATV’S CRASH IN RALLS COUNTY RESULTING IN SERIOUS INJURIES

The patrol investigated a crash in Ralls County on Whitaker Lane, 4 miles south of Hannibal at 4:35pm Sunday. As one of the ATV’s attempted to pass on the right, it sideswiped the other ATV causing the driver and a passenger to be ejected. 49 year old Paul Heidecker of Hannibal and his 10 year old passenger both sustained serious injuries and were transported by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The driver of the other ATV was identified as a 12 year old juvenile and he was not injured. Two troopers, with assistance of the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department investigated the crash.

THREE HURT IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY UTV CRASH

Troopers report 3 people were injured, two seriously in a crash on private property off LIV 420, approximately 4 miles south of Chillicothe at 8 pm Saturday. It happened with the driver, 56 year old William Englert of Ada, Arkansas accelerated quickly and turned sharply causing the auto to overturn onto its right side. The driver had serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight Helicopter from Hedrick  Medical Center to St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. Another passenger and brother of the driver, 53 year old Daniel Englert of Chillicothe also had serious injuries and was transported by private auto to Hedrick Medical Center. Another occupant, 54 year old Jerry Ballantyne of Chillicothe had minor injuries and was treated and released at Hedrick Medical Center.

BOTH DRIVERS INJURED IN RANDOLH COUNTY CRASH DURING NOON HOUR SUNDAY

The patrol says a Cairo driver, 48 year old Rita N. Wheeler was westbound at 12:22 Sunday afternoon when her vehicle rear ended another westbound auto driven by 80 year old Mary J. Pearce of Armstrong who was attempting to make a left hand turn. Wheeler had minor injuriues and was to seek her own treatment. Pearce had moderate injuries and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment. The crash happened on US 24, just west of the Moberly City Limits. Moberly Police assisted at the scene.

SEVERAL TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY SATURDAY

A total of nine people were injured in an accident on I-70 Saturday. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before 6pm Saturday at the 140-mile marker in Callaway County. According to the report, an SUV with a flat tire became disabled in the passing lane. The driver Whitney Watson of St. Louis exited the vehicle and attempted to change the tire when another westbound vehicle attempted to stop but struck the disabled vehicle from behind after it was impacted by a 3rd westbound auto which resulted in the disabled SUV  striking Watson who was thrown into the median during impact resulting in serious injuries. Another passenger in the disabled SUV and 6 juveniles were also taken to the hospital for treatment.

HALLSVILLE MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

A Hallsville man was killed Friday night in Boone County on Route Z, south of Mexico Gravel Road. The patrol said 34 year old Marcus Hough was southbound when he was ejected from his motorcycle after it ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned at 10:20 pm.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

At approximately 4:45 a.m. this past Sunday morning Columbia police responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the 1600 block of Towne Drive. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim, 23, who reported being shot at while walking in the area. Officers canvassed the area and found several shell casings and damage to multiple vehicles. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

QUINCY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING A MANHUNT THAT STARTED WEDNESDAY

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department said that Wesley Elledge, 32, was arrested Thursday near Route Y and Fern Street southeast of Monticello. The department said it became engaged in a pursuit Wednesday evening that started in LaBelle and ended at Route BB and Mo. 16 when the vehicle crashed. One person was arrested, but the driver, identified as Elledge, fled into a wooded area. A Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 unit and sheriff's department drone were unable to locate the suspect overnight and continued searching Thursday. At 11 a.m. he was spotted southeast of Monticello, and he was arrested that afternoon after being found by the sheriff's department, the patrol and the Marion County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit. The suspect is wanted in several jurisdictions according to authorities and additional charges are now being sought.




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September 8th, 2020

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI WOMAN KILLED IN MONDAY STABBING

 

 Authorities have arrested a suspect after a 22-year-old central Missouri woman was stabbed to death on Labor Day.

Howard County Sheriff Mike Neal said deputies responding to a home in Franklin Monday evening found Courtney Clardy dead of several stab wounds.

Authorities searched for 44-year-old Emmett Wood Jr. and found him Tuesday morning using a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott White said Wood was arrested by force.

Wood was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

No further information was immediately released.

 

 

TWO CHARGED IN STATUTORY RAPE OF MACON COUNTY GIRL

 

Two people face felony charges following an investigation into the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the claim on September 4, 2020.

During the investigation, it was learned that the incident took place at a residence in Atlanta, Missouri, during the spring of 2020.

As a result, Pete Anthony Cruse, 18, of Salisbury, Missouri, was arrested and charged with first-degree statutory rape.

Former Atlanta resident, Paris L. Smith, 29, of Clarence, Missouri, was also arrested and charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Both Cruse and Smith are being held at the Macon County Jail.

Cruise's bond has been set at $25,000 cash-only.

Smith's bond is $5,000 cash-only.


MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN SULLIVAN COUNTY INJURES TWO IOWA RESIDENTS

 

 A Labor Day motorcycle crash in northeast Missouri sent two southeast Iowa residents to the hospital.

It happened at 12:50 p.m. Monday on Highway 139, one-and-a-half miles south of Humphreys in Sullivan County.

State troopers say a motorcycle operated by Kevin Whisler, 65, of Centerville, Iowa, struck a deer in the roadway.

Whisler and his passenger, Vicky Strickler, 61, of Moravia, Iowa, were thrown from the motorcycle.

Both Strickler and Whisler were flown in separate helicopters to a Columbia hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The online crash report states that neither was wearing a helmet, which is perfectly fine according to a new Missouri law that just went into effect a few days ago.



 




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September 6th, 2020

 

MACON MIDDLE SCHOOLERS TO MOVE TO VIRTUAL LEARNING FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS

 

Due to several students testing positive at the middle school, the Macon R-1 School District has made the difficult decision to move middle schoolers to virtual learning starting Tuesday.

Daily instruction materials will be given virtually, however, unlike last year these will be collected for grades and will not be for enrichment only.

The hope is to have these students return to in-person learning by September 22.

During this two-week period, everyone is encouraged to social distance as much as possible.

During this time there will not be any extra-curricular or athletic activities.

Students who need to pick up learning devices or other items may do so by contacting the Middle School Office.

The health and safety of the district's students and staff is Macon R-1’s number one priority.

At this time, the school district does not think it is necessary for the entire staff to be instructed virtually.

 

 

OVER 30 CARS HAVE TIRES SLASHED ON TRUMAN STATE CAMPUS

 

Officers from the Truman State University Department of Public Safety are looking for a suspect or suspects who slashed the tires on over 30 cars outside Centennial Hall Saturday night.

According to students living in the dorm, the incident happened overnight, with the number of tires on each car being slashed ranging from one to three tires.

Campus police showed up between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday looking for clues, but they were not able to identify a suspect.

The students told KTVO police are hoping that one of the security cameras may have picked up who it was.

If you have any information about the vandalism, you are encouraged to call the campus police.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR COMMENTS ON “GAME CHANGER” SALIVA BASED COVID-19 TEST

 

 The FDA recently approved a new saliva-based COVID-19 test, developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Developers say this test uses saliva collected from people via a funnel they spit into, rather than the current form of testing, which is swabbing the nose.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says this new kind of testing is a game changer.

He said throughout the pandemic, Missouri has worked to increase testing across the state.

Parson adds he is impressed with the team at Washington University that developed this test.

"This university didn't wait for somebody else to come up with solutions. They took it upon themselves to say there is nobody out there that can do it any better then we can do it, and they sent their people to work, just like we had to do as an entire state. When this whole pandemic started, there wasn't experts out there who had all the right answers, and I commend them for stepping forward here in Missouri and leading the way in our state to help with this."

Parson says that by enabling rapid testing of large numbers of people, this new saliva test is a major development that will improve Missouri's testing capabilities even more.

 

 




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September 3rd, 2020

 

MOBERLY WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FREAK VEHICLE ACCIDENT

 

A freak accident sends a Missouri woman to the hospital in serious condition.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cayla Herl, 26, of Moberly, was working on her Ford Excursion, when the vehicle started rolling and ran over her.

The vehicle eventually came to a rest after striking a tree. The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Monroe County Road 1191, three miles north of Madison.

Herl was seriously injured in the accident.

She was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE DRIVE BY SHOOTING

 

On Wednesday evening, the Kirksville Police Department responded to a drive-by shooting at the area of Baltimore and Illinois streets in Kirksville.

The shooting suspect was driving a white Chevy Malibu traveling northbound on Baltimore Street.

Officers have contacted the victim, who was stopped, westbound on Illinois Street at Baltimore Street, in a dark colored SUV.

The victim reported that while she was stopped, the white Chevy Malibu traveled northbound on Baltimore in front of her and fire a gunshot at her vehicle.

The victim was able to identify the shooter as Ethan Melka, of Kirksville.

The victim also reported that there were other persons inside the white Chevy Malibu.

After the incident, KPD was able to locate the vehicle on the 1400 block of North Walnut Street, however, Melka was unable to be located.

Later Wednesday evening, Melka was located by the La Plata police and was arrested on unrelated, outstanding arrest warrants.

Melka is currently being held at the Adair County Detention Center pending charges related to the shooting.

If you were at the intersection of Baltimore and Illinois streets Wednesday and saw or heard anything related to this investigation, please contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON SPEAKS ON HIGH COVID-19 RATES IN COLLEGE AGE PEOPLE

 

More than 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since colleges and universities opened for the fall semester, fueling spikes in cases in college towns across the state.

Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that one-day positive test rates in some college towns are as high as 45% for people in the 18-24 age group.

That's more than eight times the national positivity rate of 5.5% for people of all ages, according to the seven-day average from The Covid Tracking Project operated by Johns Hopkins University.

Parson notes that none of the college-age students have become seriously ill, but he acknowledges that worry persists.

 

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN CHILLICOTHE DANCE ATTENDEES ABOUT CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE

 

 The Livingston County Health Department is advising attendees of a Friday night dance held at the Grand River Multipurpose center in Chillicothe, Missouri, that they may have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19.

The dance was held from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th.

County health officials have released that residents of Macon County were in attendance at this dance.

Contact-tracing has been completed for individuals identified as close contacts, those within six feet for more than 15 minutes. They advise all attendees to monitor themselves for symptoms of the virus for the next 14 days.

These symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, shortness of breath, fatigue, nausea/vomiting and diarrhea.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially while monitoring for symptoms, stay out of public places, keep at least 6 feet between others and wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose.

If you have questions regarding this case, please contact the Livingston County Health Department at 660-646-5506.

 

 

 

 




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September 2nd, 2020

 

PARIS MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A Missouri man was injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jonn Parker, 43, of Paris, Missouri, was on Route C, when he traveled off the right side of the road.

He over-corrected, returned back to the roadway, and then traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

Parker suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was rushed to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The online crash report states he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MACON COUNT SHERIFF SEARCHING FOR MISSING MAN

 

The Macon County Sheriff's Office needs your help locating a NEMO man who did not return from furlough.

Robert Conger is wanted for failure to obey a judge's order.

His original charge was for possession of a controlled substance with a $20,000 cash-only bond.

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding Conger, to please contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS FACE DICIPLINE FOR COVID-19 GUIDELINE VIOLATION

 

With nearly 700 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among students at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, several students and organizations are facing potential discipline after being accused of violating guidelines aimed at slowing the virus's spread.

The university's COVID-19 dashboard on Wednesday cited 683 confirmed cases since classes resumed in mid-August.

The university is threatening to discipline students for violating guidelines on masks and gatherings.

MU spokesman Christian Basi says 330 alleged violations have been referred to the student accountability office.

Students found in violation face punishment ranging from a verbal reprimand to suspension or expulsion.

 

 

MAN ACCUSED OF 1991 MURDER OF A CLASSMATE OUT OF JAIL AFTER POSTING BOND

 

A 43-year-old Fulton man charged with killing a 14-year-old classmate in 1991 is out of jail after posting a $1 million cash bond.

William Christopher Niemet will be supervised and must wear a GPS tracker after being released from Cole County jail Monday.

Niemet is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville after he was reported missing in April of that year.

Jones had been shot in the head. Niemet pleaded not guilty in March.

A probable cause statement filed when Niemet was charged does not provide a motive for the shooting.

 

 

 




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September 1st, 2020

 

ONE DEAD ANOTHER INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY CRASH

 

One person was killed and another injured following a single-vehicle crash in northeast Missouri.

The fatal crash happened at 11:10 a.m. Monday in Putnam County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dennis Starnes, 76, of Unionville, was traveling on Missouri Highway 5, two miles south of Unionville, when he ran off the right side of the road.

His truck then struck a fence and a ditch.

Starnes was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passenger, Justin Kelley, 54, also of Unionville, suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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

 

 

MISSOURI WOMAN SENTENCED IN CASE OF BODY FOUND IN CONCRETE

 

The Missouri woman who prosecutors say was the "most culpable" in the death of a developmentally disabled man has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison on federal charges.

Sherry Paulo was given the maximum sentence possible in the death of Carl DeBrodie and for trying to cover up the crime.

DeBrodie's body was found encased in concrete at a Fulton storage facility in April 2017 but investigators determined he died months earlier.

He was a resident of a home for developmentally disabled people that Paulo helped operate.

Paulo's husband and two children also were charged in the death.

 

 

MDC ANNOUNCES NEW CWD GUIDELINES

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently announced some new chronic wasting disease (CWD) regulations.