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April 9, 2021

 

Marion County Wreck Results in Minor Injuries

 

A Monroe City Driver received minor injuries in a single vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday night April 7th in Marion County.  According to the Highway patrol 27 year old James Campbell was traveling Westbound on Route C about 4 miles West of Palmyra when he ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

 

Adair County Wreck Injures One

 

One person was injured in a Wednesday night accident that occurred on Mo 11 about 13 miles East of Kirksville in Adair County.  According to the Highway Patrol the accident occurred when a westbound vehicle driven by 18 year old Kameron Wood of Labelle ran off the roadway and overturned.  The driver was not injured however a passenger in the vehicle 18 year old Noah Fifer of Labelle  received minor injuries and was taken by private auto to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

 

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Randolph County Accident

 

A Madison man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred on Sunday afternoon on hwy 24 in Randolph County.  According to the report 67 year old Steven Rich was traveling Eastbound on a 2001 Yamaha Motorcycle when he struck the rear of a vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn.  Rich was seriously injured and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University of Missouri Hospital for treatment.   

 




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April 8, 2021

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON STORMS CAUSE DAMAGE

A line of strong thunderstorms rolled through parts of the area Wednesday afternoon, bringing several reports of storm damage.  The National Weather Service had multiple reports of damage to tree limbs and power lines in both Shelbina and Shelbyville, in Shelby County.  There was also a report of a tin roof being taken off a mobile home in La Belle in Lewis County and a report of down tree limbs in the New London area, in Ralls County.  The same system prompted a brief tornado warning in East Central Missouri, with no reports of damage.  The only confirmed tornado touchdown during Wednesday’s storms was the northern part of the state of Louisiana, where homes were reported damaged in Morehouse Parish.  More rain is in the forecast for Thursday, across the area, but there is no severe weather expected. 

 

I-70 BRIDGE CLOSED BY TWO SEPARATE WEDNESDAY ACCIDENTS

Heavy rain was a factor in a Wednesday morning accident on the Missouri River Bridge in Boone County, which caused the temporary closure of westbound Interstate 70.  Five vehicles, including three tractor-trailers, were involved in the accident, which occurred just after 7am.  The patrol reported only two minor injuries.  They say one of a car hydroplaned and struck the right barrier of the bridge, causing the chain-reaction collision.  A second accident on the same I-70 bridge caused an additional closure Wednesday afternoon.  The patrol reported no injuries from that second crash.   

 

THREE HURT IN TUESDAY EVENING MACON AREA ATV CRASH

A Macon driver and two children were injured in a Tuesday evening in an ATV accident on a rural Macon County road.  65 year old Russell Goosey, of Macon, was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 5pm.  The patrol says Goosey was driving the ATV northbound when it struck a dog in the roadway and overturned, ejecting him and two children, age 5 and 7, from the vehicle.  The kids were both treated for minor injuries. 

 

SILEX MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A Silex man was seriously injured in Tuesday night accident in Lincoln County.  The patrol says 56 year old Steven Norton was ejected from his northbound vehicle, when it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, just after 9pm.  Norton was flown by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, with serious injuries. 

 

KIRKSVILLE AQUATIC CENTER OPENING DELAYED

While construction on Kirksville’s new aquatic facility continues to progress, the planned opening date of the center has been delayed.  According to KTVO.com, city staffers had originally hoped to open the facility on Memorial Day, but Kirksville Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Sadler says that date has been pushed back to mid-June.  Sadler says a delay by the project contractor in obtaining necessary construction materials is the reason for the reschedule date.  The new Kirksville Aquatic facility will be located at the same site as the now demolished former aquatic center, in Rotary Park.  




LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

 

Adair County

 

Adair County Health Department Board of Trustees
(Vote for three)
Kylene Puckett - 1,085
Robin Jones Darr - 1,096
Curt Platz - 1,165
Sharon Colton Tuttle - 737
Theresa Hewitt - 621
Brenda C. Higgins - 1,472
Lance Ratcliff - 402
Jason Soseman – 794

 

 

Schuyler County

 

Schuyler County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Tammy S. Wheeler - 262
Wanda Homer - 324
Jennifer L. Pantry - 265
Rodney Veatch – 247

 

Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1, Sub-District #2 Director
(Vote for one)
Michael Oberman - 154
R.D. Homer - 260

Schuyler County Nursing Home Board Member District 1
(Vote for one)
Jeff Watson (W) - 1
Penny Swindler (W) - 1

Schuyler County Nursing Home Board Member District 2
(Vote for one)
Carolyn Vincent (W) - 1
Albert Burt (W) - 1
Steve Fuhlman (W) - 1
Kelly Lovekamp (W) - 1
David Dufur (W) - 3
R.D. Homer (W) - 1
Debbie McGoldrick (W) – 1

 

City of Lancaster Alderman
(Vote for one)
Homer Jarvis - 17
Kevin Buckallew - 41

Village of Glenwood Board of Trustees
(Vote for two)
Ward Clausen - 8
Marty Gravett - 1

Glenwood Village Question
Yes - 8
No – 6

 

City of Queen City Mayor
(Vote for one)
John March - 111
Write In – 5

 

City of Queen City Alderman
(Vote for two)
Brenda Barnes - 100
Becky Douglas - 87
Shane Aldridge – 41

 

 

Sullivan County

 

Linn County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Jack Green - 6
Crystal C. Palmer - 2
Rodney Seals – 6

 

Green City R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Kellen Hatcher - 60
Jeff Kimmel - 38
James Thomas – 48

 

Milan C-2 School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Nicholas Gardner - 104
David Richardson - 141
Kristine M. Good - 71
Rebecca Bennett – 100

 

Village of Pollock Proposition 2
Yes - 7
No – 0

 

 

Putnam County

 

Putnam County Hospital District Board Member
(Vote for one)
Sandy Williams - 540
Joe Ream – 135

 

Putnam County R-I School District Proposition 2
Yes - 446
No – 277

 

Lincoln Township Proposition
Yes - 40
No – 14

 

Medicine Township Board Members
(Vote for two)
Philip Vanbuskirk- 40
Ed Brockmeyer - 42
Regis Blocker – 14

 

York Township Board Member
(Vote for two)
J.C. Davis - 11
Ricky Stark - 43
Wesley Cullor – 39

 

 

Scotland County

 

Scotland County Special Road and Bridge Proposition 1
Yes - 454
No – 47

 

Scotland County Proposition 2 - Conservation Agent
Yes - 378
No – 118

 

Scotland County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Trinity Davis - 298
Derrick Hamilton - 255
Derek Weber – 309

 

 

Knox County

 

Knox County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Martha A. Strange - 126
Mrs. Albert (Deborah) Hagerla - 374
Karisha Vaughn Devlin – 368

 

City of Baring Council Member
(Vote for two)
David Poston - 27
Robert Culler - 21
Leanna Holdren – 25

 

City of Edina Alderman
(Vote for one)
Weldon Woodward - 8
Mark Parrish – 46

 

Village of Newark Board of Trustees
(Vote for two)
Sheree Rumley - 1
Meg Glover - 8
Joanie Hawkins – 6

 

 

Linn County

 

Linn County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Jack Green - 91
Crystal C. Palmer - 31
Rodney Seals – 79

 

Bucklin R-II School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Elisha Weimer - 41
Jessica Watson - 95
Julie Byers - 67
Daniel Riegerix – 33

 

Brookfield R-III School District Board Directors
(Vote for two)
Amanda (Mandy) Tarpening - 295
Amy Lewis - 202
December (Noel) Staddie – 291

 

City of Brookfield Council Member
(Vote for one)
William F. Paalhar - 138
Richard Techau – 166

 

City of Marceline Council Member
(Vote for two)
Perry Wiggins - 58
Sallie Buck - 110
Tracy Carlson - 84
Jeffrey Gulley – 31

 

Baker Township Board Member
(Vote for two)
Wendell Liebhart - 22
Ronald Phillips - 21
Eugene Liebhart - 9

Bucklin Township Board Member
(Vote for two)
Larry Jones - 51
Jared D. Main - 72
Jeremy A. Molloy – 77

 

Locust Creek Township Board Member
(Vote for two)
Dennis Davis - 31
Shawn Neal - 51
Robert Barrows – 33

 

 

Randolph County

 

Property Tax Increase Proposition

Yes-302

No-445

 

Moberly School District Bond Proposal

Yes-604

No-351

 

Operating Property Tax Levy

Yes-539

No-421

 

Boone County

 

Missouri 45th District

David Tyson Smith (D)    1,801

Glenn Nielsen (L)             594

 

Columbia Public Schools Board of education
Katherine Sasser *          6,969

Jeanne Snodgrass *        6,193

Luke Neal            5,399

Teresa Maledy  5,350

Aron Saylor         1,645

 

Southern Boone Board of Education

Lyn Woolford * 605

Tammra Aholt *                543

Kristopher Harmon  480

 

Southern Boone School Bond Issue

Yes *     881

No          187

 

Hallsville School District Board of Education

Torrie Toalson Vroman * 349

Jessica Hassler * 303

Tonya Schleeter 278

 

Columbia City Council Ward 2

Andrea Waner *               1,069

Jim Meyer           782

Bill Weitkemper                  195

 

Columbia City Council Ward 6

Betsy Peters *   895

Randy Minchew                 746

Philip Merriman   81

 

City of Centralia Mayor

Chris Cox *          465

Tim Grenke        209

 

City of Centralia Use Tax

No * 353

Yes 312

 

Boone County Fire Protection District Bond Issue

Yes *     2,818

No          464

 

 

Macon County

 

City of Atlanta Board of Aldermen

Debbie Cain *    67

Julia Couldry       55

Mike Burkett     26

 

Bevier City Clerk

Trinette Peukert * 59

Terry Morris 17

 

Macon City Council Ward 2

Ernie Lea * 95

Scott Bingham 88

Aaron Magers 21

 

Macon City Council Ward 4

K. Ross Dutton * 46

Greg Wiggans    36

 

Macon R-4 School District Board of Education

Darrell Russell *                53

Jill Duncan * 47

Mary Ann Malloy 40

 

Macon County Transportation Sales Tax

Yes *     905

No          244

 

Atlanta C-3 School District Bond Issue

No * 176

Yes 144




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April 7, 2021


COLUMBIA OFFICIALS CONFIRM REMAINS OF MISSING COLUMBIA WOMAN HAVE BEEN FOUND

 

On Tuesday, Columbia Mayor Brian Treece announced police have confirmed human remains found on March 25 belong to those of missing Columbia mother Mengqi Ji.

Treece said an odontologist working at the request of the Boone County medical examiner compared dental records, obtained by the police department to the dental remains found at the park, and they were a match.

 

I want to express to Mengqi Ji's family members, and to their community of supporters that we support you and your wish for justice. I want to express again, my appreciation for the leadership of Chief Geoff Jones, and the diligence of everyone who is working this case, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri State Park Rangers, the Boone County Sheriff's Department, and many more.

 

It's been over a week since Columbia police announced the discovery of the human remains near Rock Bridge State Park.

Columbia police Chief Geoff Jones said the identification provides the Boone County prosecutor with more conclusive evidence to use in the pending case.

 

It also provides Mengqi Ji's family reassurance that the investigation strongly supports the circumstances of their missing daughter.

Jones said they will continue to examine the physical evidence and follow any additional investigative leads generated by the recovery. He said the investigation is not over.

 

We can't forget that there are other families suffering. We've had other families who have become nameless victims of violent crime in our community, and the type of cooperation and help that we have received in this case is encouraged in those other cases. We have people in our community that are still suffering. We as the police department will continue to investigate those cases as diligently as we can and will follow every investigative lead as they come in.

 

Jones said he's forever thankful for the courage of the hikers who came across the remains.

Assistant Chief Jeremiah Hunter said the human remains don't show how Ji died because it was completed by a forensic odontologist. Hunter said the remains are still being looked at and researched and they hope to find the cause of death soon.

Jones said Prosecutor Dan Knight has been limited with his words, but said he's as confident as he was a year ago that Ji's husband is responsible for her murder. Ji's husband, Joseph Elledge is awaiting trial in the Boone County Jail for her murder. A trial for Elledge has been set for November 1.

During a press conference on March 25, Mayor Treece said Columbia police would take the necessary steps to confirm the identity of the human remains found. Chief Geoff Jones said the remains would go through an extensive identification process that will include DNA testing and possibly dental records. Assistant police chief Jeremiah Hunter said the human remains were found by hikers. He said near the remains personal property that was similar to those of Mengqi Ji was found.

Hunter said Rock Bridge State Park had once been a location of interest early on in the investigation. He said detectives went to the park two days after her disappearance but had not searched where the remains were found on March 25. Police described the area as very "isolated."

Twenty-eight-year-old Mengqi Ji was last seen at her residence in the 2600 block of Eastwood Drive in Columbia on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at approximately 11:30 p.m. Her husband, Joseph Elledge, told police when he woke up the following morning she was gone. Court documents revealed that Joseph Elledge discovered his wife was missing at 5 a.m. on Oct. 9, 2019, but did not tell anyone she was gone until a friend of his wife came to their apartment at 9 a.m. Oct. 10, 2019.

Throughout the investigation, Elledge has been charged with first-degree murder in Mengqi Ji's disappearance, as well as a child abuse charge involving their young daughter.

Elledge has been in the Boone County Jail just a little more than two weeks after Mengqi Ji's disappearance in 2019. He was denied bond in court in December 2020, despite his attorney's efforts to reduce the bond with claims that his wife may have run away with a man she was said to be in a romantic relationship with.

The search for Mengqi-Ji's body has frustrated investigators from the beginning. Emergency crews searched the Lamine River in Cooper County for her body and installed a levee in the river in hopes that would help them find her. After several weeks of searching the location, the police gave up the effort. Mengqi-Ji disappeared without taking her car, purse, or house keys, according to court documents.

 





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April 6, 2021

 

MISSOURI VOTERS HEAD TO POLLS FOR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS TUESDAY

 

Tuesday, Missouri voters will head to the polls to cast a ballot in the general municipal election.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

If you're in line at the closing time of 7 p.m., you have the right to cast your vote.

You're also reminded to bring an acceptable form of voter identification, which includes:

According to the Missouri Secretary of State's Office, if you do not possess any of those forms of identification, but are a registered voter, you may cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will count if: you return to your polling place on Election Day with a photo ID; or the signature on your provisional ballot envelope is determined by your local election authority to match the signature on your voter registration record. If you cast a provisional ballot, you will receive a stub from your provisional ballot envelope with instructions on how to verify your ballot is counted.

For more information on voting in Missouri, click here.

 

 

CHAIN REACTION CRASH INJURES THREE IN MACON COUNTY

 

 A chain-reaction crash involving a semi and a dump truck injured three people in northeast Missouri.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. Friday in Macon County, on U.S. 36, about two miles east of Macon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the semi, driven by Danny Baker, 59, of Moberly, rear-ended a dump-truck, driven by Randall Allspach, 60, of Bevier, causing Allspach to then hit an SUV, driven by Linda Flaspohler, 71, also of Moberly.

All three drivers suffered moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon.

All three vehicles were totaled due to extensive damage.

Troopers tell us all three drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

 

 

COVID-19 CASES IN MISSOURI STALL AFTER WEEKS OF DECLINE

 

After weeks of declining COVID-19 transmissions across Missouri, experts worry that the drop has stalled and caseloads could start to rise again.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the number of new daily cases of the coronavirus peaked in January then began to drop sharply.
Missouri's seven-day average dropped below 500 a day last month, for the first time since the summer.
The St. Louis region's daily average hospital admissions tumbled, too.
Experts note that caseloads and hospitalizations have stalled at current levels for about four weeks.
Many worry that people are letting their guard down prematurely.

 

 

FORMER MISSOURI REPRESENTATIVE SENTENCED FOR WIRE FRAUD

 

A former Missouri State Representative was sentenced last week for misusing campaign funds.

According to a release from the Justice Department U.S. District Judge Stephen Clark sentenced former Missouri District 73 State Representative Courtney Curtis to 21 months in prison and ordered restitution payment to victims of wire fraud. Curtis pleaded guilty to three counts of wire fraud after falsely representing financial contributions to his “Curtis for MO” campaign. Curtis told donors that the funds would be used for campaign and reelection purposes but he used a significant amount of the money for his own personal use and expenses. Curtis obtained over $47,000 from his campaign account for personal use. Curtis served as the State Representative for Missouri’s 73rd district, which includes some northwestern suburbs of St. Louis including Hazelwood and Ferguson, from 2013 to 2019

 




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April 5, 2021

 

MOBERLY MAN FOUND GUILTY OF 2014 MURDER OF POPLAR BLUFF MAN

 

A 35-year-old Moberly man will be sentenced in May after being found guilty of murder in the death of a Poplar Bluff man.

A Butler County jury deliberated only 38 minutes on Thursday before convicting Curtis Walker of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and burglary in the death of 48-year-old Salvador Ruiz Ramirez.

His body was found on the southern banks of the Black River in October 2014.

Authorities said he was shot twice in the head.

After the body was found, authorities discovered Ramirez's home had been burglarized and set on fire.

Walker admitted he killed Ramirez but said it was in self-defense.

 

 

TWO HOSPITALIZED AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Two people were hospitalized after a Friday night crash in Kirksville.

Around 8 p.m., emergency crews responded to the two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 11.

A truck driven by David Reynolds, of Kirksville, was traveling westbound.

Police say he failed to stop at a stop sign.

As a result, his truck collided with a vehicle driven by Justin Rigdon, also of Kirksville, who was traveling southbound.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage.

Emergency crews said two passengers were transported by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 

CHARGES FILED IN THE MURDER OF A KIRKSVILLE MAN

 

Late Friday morning, the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office announced formal charges against a northeast Missouri teen accused of murder.

Just after 5 p.m. Thursday, Kirksville police responded to a home in the 800 block of South Baltimore Street for a 911 call.

A woman reported that someone had slit her husband's throat.

The victim was identified as Jared Newman, 49, of Kirksville.

Brendon C. Lene, 17, of La Plata, Mo., is now facing felony charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and resisting arrest by fleeing on foot when a Kirksville police officer located him at a Kirksville apartment complex just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Emergency personnel at the scene said Newman had a deep cut on his neck. He was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to court documents, Lene and his brother, Steven William "Michael" Lene, were in the residence where the crime happened.

Michael and two other witnesses in the house told police the victim and his wife were arguing in the living room.

They said Brendon Lene came up behind Newman, pulled his head back and slit his throat with a knife.

The Lene brothers then left the scene in a green truck.

Investigators located Michael Lene around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and placed him under arrest on unrelated charges. He told police that, regarding his brother, he "tried to stop him, but it was too late."

Just before 9:40 p.m. Thursday, police spotted the green truck parked near the intersection of Wilson and Orchard streets.

Officers started searching the area and located Brendon Lene at an apartment building in the 700 block of West Dodson Street. They say he fled on foot out the back door of the building, but an officer caught him a short distance away.

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson stated that Lene poses a risk to the safety of the community and is a flight risk.

He is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center pending a court appearance.

 

 

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY MISSOURI NOT YET IMPACTED BY JOHNSON & JOHNSON MANUFACTURING MISTAKE

 

A state health official says the loss of up to 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine due to a manufacturing mistake should have no immediate impact in Missouri.
Adam Crumbliss is director of the public health division of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
He told a vaccine advisory panel this week that increases in Missouri's vaccine supplies in the short term are expected to come from Pfizer, not Johnson & Johnson.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Crumbliss says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet "clearly articulated" to states what the eventual impact would be from Johnson & Johnson's manufacturing problem.

 




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April 2, 2021

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN DEAD AFTER WIFE REPORTED SOMEONE SLIT HIS THROAT

 

Kirksville police are investigating a homicide that happened shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The crime occurred at a home in the 800 block of South Baltimore Street. The victim's wife called 911 and told the dispatcher someone had slit her husband's throat.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe told KTVO the victim is Jared Newman, 49, of Kirksville.

Emergency personnel at the scene said Newman had a deep cut on his neck. He was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Noe said Newman likely died of massive blood loss. An autopsy will be performed in the coming days.

Sara Seifert, director of Truman State Department of Public Safety, sent out a crime alert Thursday evening warning that Kirksville police were seeking a person of interest in connection with the homicide.

The Kirksville Police Department put out a statement at 11:19 p.m. Thursday that identified the suspect as a 17-year-old male from La Plata, Missouri.

Just before 9:40 p.m. Thursday, police spotted the suspect's vehicle parked near the intersection of Wilson and Orchard streets.

Officers started searching that area and located him in the 700 block of West Dodson Street. He fled on foot, but police caught him a short distance away.

The suspect’s name is not being released at this time. He is being lodged in the Adair County jail on 24-hour hold.

Noe told KTVO the victim and suspect did know each other.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR GIVES COVID-19 UPDATE

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson held a press conference Thursday afternoon giving an update on COVID-19 in the state.

The state's 7-day positivity rate is steady around 4% and hospitalizations have dropped below 800 for the first time since early August.

Phase II of Missouri’s vaccine plan was activated on Monday making 880,000 more Missourians eligible for the vaccine.

The state is making progress and plans to continue the trend.

 

"Next Friday, on April the 9th, Phase III will open to all Missouri adults," Parson announced. “We are thankful for our partners across the state for their efforts to prepare for the final phases of our plan and to get vaccines into arms quickly.”

 

With Phase III opening up next week and supplies continuing to increase, Parson encourages all Missourians to consider getting a vaccine to protect themselves, their families, friends and neighbors.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE VOTES AGAINST EXPANDING MEDICAID

 

The Missouri House has voted against paying for Medicaid expansion.
The Republican-led chamber on Thursday passed a budget proposal without enough funding to cover more people under the government health care program.
Missouri voters last year voted to expand eligibility for the program to thousands more low-income adults.
The policy is now enshrined in the state Constitution.
The House budget leader says the goal of keeping that funding out of the budget is to prevent expansion from happening as scheduled in July.
Democratic lawmakers say the move goes against what residents voted for last year.

 




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April 1, 2021

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION ADDRESSES WHY THERE IS NO SCOTLAND COUNTY AGENT

 

 What was thought as a temporary change seems to be permanent in the eyes of some Scotland County residents.

Since July 2019, Scotland and Schuyler counties have shared a Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agent.

Scotland County residents have asked the MDC as to why this is the case.

KTVO spoke with Dean Harre, MDC Protection Division Field Chief, to find out more about this issue.

 

"Schuyler and Scotland County is covered with one agent right now, Shannon Smith, he's doing a great job in doing that," Harre said. "It comes down to we're limited. We're currently down 23 positions within the protection branch. We have an academy class actually starting on Thursday to try to fill some of those voids, but you're still talking 16 in that class to hopefully fill 16 of the 23 vacancies out in the field. So, we have to do a synopsis of the state to look at where we can best serve the needs of the citizens of the state with the placement of our agents at any given time."

 

After a petition that received the necessary signatures, Scotland County residents will be able to vote on this issue during the April 6 election.

However, Harre wants to reiterate that even if the county votes to have its own agent, it will not happen overnight.

 

"It won't come down to the vote of Scotland County as to whether we put another agent there," Harre said. "It comes down to where we going to pull that agent from and what services are not going to be able to be provided to the citizens of the state by not having an agent in another county by putting one in Scotland and Schuyler County."

 

 

O’FALLON MISSOURI MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An O’Fallon, Missouri man is injured after an accident in Callaway County Tuesday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 25 year old Tyler Steinman of O’Fallon was westbound on Interstate 70 near mile marker 136 at around 5:20 Tuesday Evening. Steinman was travelling in the right lane of the Interstate and a semi driven by 57 year old Peter Posta of Comox, British Columbia, Canada was in the left lane. Steinman’s vehicle began to pass Posta’s semi when Posta changed lanes. The towed unit of Posta’s vehicle struck Steinman’s in the front driver’s side and the vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and came to rest in the grass. Steinman was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Posta was not injured.

 

 

HY-VEE ANNOUNCES THAT COVID-19 VACCINES ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL HY-VEE PHARMACY LOCATIONS

 

Hy-Vee is announcing Wednesday that COVID-19 vaccines are now available at all Hy-Vee Pharmacy locations.

There are 270 pharmacy locations across eight states. Through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, Hy-Vee began vaccinations in their last state, Wisconsin, this week.

Receiving a vaccine supply directly from the CDC, Hy-Vee was already a partner of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota. Hy-Vee is also vaccinating in Illinois using vaccine allocation from the state.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are available by appointment only. Eligible people can make an appointment here.

 

Hy-Vee’s rapid COVID-19 vaccine expansion has allowed us to reach key communities in both urban and rural areas across the Midwest,” said Randy Edeker, Hy-Vee’s chairman, CEO and president. “Leveraging our team of more than 2,700 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, our fleet of Hy-Vee Healthy You Mobiles and our strategic partnerships that we have built with local organizations, we have been able to make great strides in helping protect our communities from this pandemic.”

 

 

 




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March 31, 2021

 

PURDIN MAN INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING ATV ACCIDENT

 

A Purdin man is seriously injured after an ATV accident in Linn County Monday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an ATV driven by 36 year old Christopher Bontrager of Purdin and an ATV driven by 41 year old Jeremy Gulley of Purdin were westbound on County Road Falk near Fern Drive just north of Purdin around 7:55 Monday evening. At that time, Bontrager’s ATV slowed to a stop and Gulley’s struck it from behind. Gulley was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries, Bontrager was not injured. According to the crash report, neither driver was wearing a safety device.

 

 

KCK WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

 A Kansas City, Kansas woman was injured in a Montgomery County accident  Monday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 52 year old Gary Calhoun of Kansas City, Kansas was westbound on Interstate 70 at the 168.8 mile marker in Montgomery County at 9:35 p.m. Monday. Calhoun lost control of the vehicle, ran off the left side of the road and the vehicle overturned in the median.  A passenger in the vehicle, 43 year old Sandra Greenamyer of Kansas City, Kansas was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Calhoun was not injured.

 

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY MAN ALREADY FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES NOW FACES FIVE NEW DRUG CHARGES

 

 A northeast Missouri man already facing drug and child pornography charges is now charged with five more drug-related felonies.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney told KTVO Andrew Graham, 36, of Memphis, Missouri, was charged Tuesday with four counts of delivery of 35 grams or less of marijuana, one count of delivery of 35 grams or less of marijuana to a person younger than 17 years old and one count of endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.

Graham was arrested less than two weeks ago after law enforcement carried out a search warrant at his residence in the Ridge Road Trailer Court in Memphis, Missouri.

Officers arrested Graham then on three counts of possession of child pornography, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.

According to court documents, investigators found two sets of photos on Graham's cell phone that show an underage girl's breasts and privates.

The suspect is already being held in the Scotland County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.

The bond for Graham’s latest charges is set at $5,000 cash only.

 

 

BILL TO BAN POLICE CHOKEHOLDS IN MISSOURI PASSES SENATE

 

A bill to ban police chokeholds has passed the Missouri Senate.

Senators voted 30-4 in favor of the measure.
The bill also would allow Kansas City police to live up to 30 miles outside of the city's limits in Missouri.
Democratic Sen. Brian Williams says he doesn't like everything in the bill. But the University City lawmaker says it represents progress on police accountability and will save Black lives.

The bill's passage came the same day the trial began against a former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck until he stopped breathing.



MISSOURI ROUTE 3 IN RANDOLPH COUNTY TO REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Route 3 in Randolph County between U.S. Route 24 and Route BB remains closed until further notice. The closure is due to a slide that is impacting the road. MoDOT will be installing detour signs to direct drivers from U.S. Route 24 to Route BB through Business Route 63 and Route A. The closure will remain in effect until the slope has stabilized, necessary repairs have been made and the route is deemed safe to travel. MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Untiedt says that rain continues to be a factor and MoDOT will continue to monitor the area. For more information on this and other road conditions visit modot.org












 




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March 30, 2021

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FACES TERRORIST THREAT CHARGES AFTER FORCING LOCKDOWN ON NORTHEAST REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

 

A northeast Missouri man prompted the lockdown of a Heartland hospital earlier this year after police say he threatened to shoot employees.

The incident happened on January 27, 2021, at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville, but the suspect was just charged last week.

Dustin Partin, 27, of Kirksville, faces one felony charge of first-degree terrorist threat.

According to court documents, Partin had called the hospital requesting his medical records over the phone.

A hospital employee told him that he would need to come to the hospital to get the records because he had to sign for them.

Court records state that Partin got very angry and told the woman, "I'm gonna come there and blast all you (expletives)."

The employee took that to mean Partin was going to come to the hospital and shoot people.

Northeast Regional was put on lockdown, and a Kirksville police officer responded and stood guard to make sure Partin did not show up with a gun.

Two other officers went to the suspect's house and issued Partin a trespass warning.

They said he denied making a threat about blasting the employees.

Partin is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Adair County Associate Circuit Court on April 21, 2021.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION SET TO BEGIN THIS SUMMER ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOLAR FACILITY

 

Construction will begin this summer on Ameren Missouri’s largest solar facility.

The facility will be in Montgomery County, just one hour west of St. Louis, Missouri.

The new solar facility is the second site that is part of the company’s Community Solar program.

Through that program, Ameren customers have the ability of using cleaner sources of energy without having to make any renovations to their property.

 

“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.

 

Ameren expects this new facility to be operational by the end of the year.

Through the construction of this new facility, Ameren hopes to meet its net-zero carbon emissions goal by 2050.

The first milestone the company is on track to meet is cutting its carbon emissions by 50% by 2030.

 

 

MISSOURI OPENS UP PHASE TWO OF COVID-19 VACCINE ELIGIBILITY

 

The next phase of the vaccination rollout begins Monday, March 29, making almost 900,000 Missourians eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Missouri's vaccine website, Phase 2 helps accelerate economic recovery and opens up vaccine eligibility to those who have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

Library employees are included in this phase, as well as faculty and staff at higher education institutions.

Those who work in the chemical and construction sectors are included in Phase 2.

Employees in the critical manufacturing sector and the defense industrial base sector are also included in this phase.

The commercial facilities sector includes eight subsectors such as retail employees. Employees in financial services are eligible.

The remaining part of the food and agriculture sector is now able to get the vaccine which includes restaurant employees.

This phase makes government employees eligible and disproportionately affected populations, which the website says emphasizes racial and ethnic minorities not otherwise included in Phase 1B.

This phase also includes people who are homeless in Missouri.

After Phase 2, which does not have any tiers, Phase 3 is the final part of Missouri's vaccination plan.

It includes anyone who has not yet been vaccinated but wants to do so.

Governor Parson announced Phase 3 is set to open Friday, April 9.

For more information about who is eligible in phase two of Missouri's vaccination plan, visit the state's vaccination website.

 

 




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March 29, 2020

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER FALLING FROM VEHICLE

 

A Columbia woman is injured after falling from a vehicle Saturday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 60 year old Timothy Wright of Columbia was northbound on 225th Road at Route AC around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. At that time a passenger was riding in the trailer of the vehicle and fell out. The vehicle came to a controlled stop. The passenger, 60 year old Devona Greg of Columbia was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

 

 

THREE INJURED AFTER CRASH IN SCHUYLER COUNTY FRIDAY

 

Three Iowa residents were involved in a two-vehicle crash in northeast Missouri Friday afternoon.

It was reported just before 12:45 p.m. in Schuyler County.

The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 202 at Lancaster.

State troopers at the scene told KTVO a car driven by Rachel Funk, 17, of Winterset, Iowa, was eastbound on Highway 202 and attempted to cross Highway 63.

Investigators said Funk pulled into the path of a southbound pickup truck driven by James Steele, 66, of Batavia, Iowa.

Steele suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Funk and her 15-year-old sister, also from Winterset, told KTVO they both suffered very minor bumps and bruises.

Traffic on Highway 63 was reduced to one lane for more than an hour while the wreckage was cleared from the roadway.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL SHARES WET WEATHER SAFETY TIPS

 

One-tenth of an inch of rain could be the difference between life and death for drivers, especially if they're not prepared.

Wet weather can be just as dangerous as snowy weather if you don't take proper safety measures.

The number one concern is hydroplaning.

What should you do if you find yourself in this situation?

 

"If you find yourself in a hydroplaning situation, make sure you let off your accelerator or off of the gas pedal," said Public Information Officer Corporal Justin Dunn with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "Turn into the skid and that will straighten your vehicle back out and obviously if you come where you were hydroplaning, reduce your speed so you can drive to a safe location. "

 

Another cause for concern is visibility, especially in heavy rain.

If you struggle to see, just pull over.

 

"If the rain is coming down heavily and you cannot see out your windshield or have limited visibility, make sure you pull to the side of the road in a safe location," said Dunn. Wait for the rainfall to taper off to where it's not as heavy and have maximum visibility again"

 

Lastly with heavy rains, comes flooded roads.

If you see any standing water on a roadway call the Missouri State Highway Patrol immediately.

 

"Obviously we recommend you don't drive through, especially if it's on a moving current. It doesn't take a lot of moving current to remove your vehicle from the roadway and put you into a deadly situation. If you see water over the roadway call the Missouri State Highway Patrol Headquarters at 660-385-2132 report it to us and we can get it to MoDOT and make that visible on MoDOT road conditions website.

 

 




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March 26, 2020

 

FLORIDA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY MORNING CRASH IN LINN COUNTY

 

 A Florida man is recovering after being injured in a crash involving a semi truck in Linn County.

The crash happened on U.S. 36, two miles east of Laclede, Missouri, just after 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say Dennis Deston, of Latham, New York, was driving eastbound on U.S. 36, when he traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a bridge guard rail.

The semi then crossed over to the left side of the roadway, and hit that side of the bridge railing.

The semi eventually came to a rest on the right side roadway shoulder.

Toncho Krastev, 63, of Holliwood, Florida, an occupant in the semi with Deston, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Deston was not injured.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI PRESIDENT ASKS FACULTY AND STAFF TO PLAN TO RETURN TO IN PERSON WORK IN MAY

 

University of Missouri President Mun Choi, citing upcoming vaccine opportunities, a relaxation of public health orders, and plans by K-12 schools, Wednesday asked all MU faculty and staff to plan on returning to work in person by May 17.

Choi said in his message, however, that the university remains committed to keeping its community safe, and said that mask-wearing and social distancing will continue to be required until public health guidance changes.

Choi said he realizes that social distancing is not possible in all circumstances, so he will allow supervisors to devise flexible work arrangements where appropriate.

He provided a link to a website, Show Me Renewal, which will inform workers of any changes to the policy as they occur.

 

 

CHILLICOTHE GARAGE, ALONG WITH TWO VEHICLES, DESTROYED IN WEDNESDAY EVENING FIRE

 

A garage and two vehicles were destroyed in a fire in Chillicothe Wednesday.

The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to a report of a garage fire at around 5 p.m. Wednesday on East Bridge Street. According to the report, firefighters arrived to find the garage, reportedly owned by Jeanette Lawson, fully engulfed in the flames. The fire was brought under control quickly but the garage and two vehicles just outside of it were considered a total loss. The house next to the garage received minimal damage. Fire crews were on the scene for just over an hour.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE DOES NOT PASS RESTRICTIONS ON COVID-19 RELATED CLOSURES

 

A legislative attempt to put checks on local Missouri health officials' powers during emergencies like the coronavirus pandemic has failed.
Senators voted 19-11 against the proposal Thursday.
Some Republicans joined the Democratic minority to defeat the bill.
The measure is in response to actions by St. Louis-area health officials to shut down businesses and limit gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder's bill would have required city council approval for extended business restrictions.
Democratic senators argue the change could limit health officials' ability to respond to deadly health crises.

 

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ARSON AND ASSAULT

 

At approximately 2:50 a.m. Columbia Police responded to a report  of a structure fire and an assault that occurred in the 3200 block of Timber Run Dr. 

Upon arrival, officers located a female victim who reported she had been assaulted by an adult female suspect. The victim was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries. 

The investigation revealed that a fire had been set inside the residence. Firefighters were called to the scene to assist.

Through further investigation, the suspect was identified as Myrna Asberry, 55, of Columbia, who was remanded to the Boone County Jail for the charges of first degree arson, first degree domestic assault and first degree burglary.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time.

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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March 25, 2020

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING NEIGHBORS WITH GUN

 

A north Missouri man was arrested Tuesday after brandishing a gun in an "angry or threatening manner" and barricading himself inside his home.

Luke Haggard, 38, of Moberly, is accused of threatening his neighbors with a gun because he was upset about them "being loud and driving fast on the street", according to a probable cause statement.

The neighbor told police Haggard threatened him, his roommate, and friend with a handgun similar to a Glock.

The resident told police Haggard was outside yelling at him about his loud vehicle and waiving around the gun. He told police Haggard said, "if they keep the noise up they were all going to end up shot."

Moberly Police responded to the 900 block of Franklin Street.

Haggard barricaded himself in his home for hours. The Randolph County Sheriff's Department helped to set up a perimeter.

The Moberly SWAT team, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol's negotiation team, spent hours trying to get Haggard to come out of the home. Eventually, he did and was taken into custody without incident.

He was arrested for assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a weapon.

Officers seized a Hi-Point handgun and an empty magazine hidden in Haggard's bathroom. Authorities also found four 9mm live cartridges, a bag containing .380 cartridges, and a wooden-handled antique revolver.

According to court records, Haggard is a convicted felon and is on probation for possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

 

 

TWO INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were injured, one seriously, in a two-vehicle crash in Randolph County.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday on U.S. 24, west of Moberly.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV, driven by Shelby Hull, 19, of Clark, Missouri, was crossing U.S. 24 from County Road 1215, when she pulled into the path of a car, driven by Mario Brennan, 20 of Clifton Hill, Missouri, and the two vehicles collided.

Brennan sustained serious injuries in the crash and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Hull sought her own treatment for minor injuries.

Both vehicles were totaled.

Troopers say neither driver was wearing a seat belt.

 

 

MISSOURI ATTORNEY GENERAL ANNOUNCES 2022 SENATE BID

 

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has announced he will run for U.S. Senate in 2022.

He released a statement announcing his plans on Wednesday morning. Part of the statement says, "In the U.S. Senate, I will continue the fight to preserve the conservative policies championed by President Trump that built the strongest economy in American history.”

Schmitt joins former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens on the Republican side. Democrat Lucas Kunce, a Marine veteran, announced his plan to run on March 10th.

Current Sen. Roy Blunt announced on March 8th that he would not seek a third term.

 

 

MDC URGING MISSOURI RESIDENTS NOT TO DUMP PETS

The Missouri Department of Conservation is reminding community members not to dump pets after rescuing five puppies who were abandoned in southern Missouri.

According to a Facebook post, the MDC received a call about the puppies from a concerned community member. The dogs were found hungry and without collars at White Ranch Conservation area.

Conservation Agent Corporal Matt Franks took the dogs to a local animal shelter. The MDC said the puppies survived but most pets don't.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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March 24, 2020

 

JACKSONVILLE BREAK IN SUSPECT KILLED IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating and officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of a Jacksonville, Missouri man suspected of attempted break ins.

According to the Highway Patrol, at 4:35 a.m. Tuesday, a Randolph County Sheriff’s Department deputy responded to Jacksonville after a report of a man armed with a knife trying to break into residences. The deputy arrived on the scene and located the suspect. The suspect, identified as 44 year old David Hill of Jacksonville, approached the deputy with a knife in a threatening manner. The deputy fired his weapon striking the suspect. Deputies on the scene rendered first aid but the suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene by the Randolph County Coroner at 6:13 a.m. The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.

 

 

FORMER MISSOURI GOVERNOR GREITENS ANNOUNCES BID FOR U.S. SENATE SEAT IN 2022

 

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced Monday he will be making a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

Greitens, who resigned from office in May of 2018 amid scandal, made the announcement while on Fox News.

Greitens will look to fill the seat currently held by Missouri's senior senator, Roy Blunt. Blunt announced on March 8 he would not seek a third term.

The news comes after Missouri's current Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe said earlier Monday he would not seek the open senate seat, instead electing to run for governor in 2024 when Gov. Mike Parson's term ends.

 

 

ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH LEWIS COUNTY BURGLARY

 

An Illinois man is behind bars and is facing felony charges in Missouri.
Todd A. Boyd, 55, of Quincy, was arrested in Adams County, Illinois, on a Lewis County, Mo., warrant.
Boyd is charged with one count of stealing and one count of burglary-second degree in regards to a burglary near Canton, Missouri.
He is currently being held in the Lewis County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.
Both charges Boyd is facing are Class D felonies.
Two other suspects in the burglary remain at large.
If you have any information about the case, you are asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office. An Illinois man is behind bars and is facing felony charges in Missouri.



MACON CHILD BRINGS BB GUN TO SCHOOL, SITUATION WAS A MISUNDERSTANDING

 

A northeast Missouri student took a BB gun to school, but police said the situation was an apparent misunderstanding.

It happened Friday, March 19, 2021, at Macon Elementary School.

Macon Police Chief Adam Dawdy told KTVO a girl had the BB gun in her backpack, and fellow students alerted the teacher, who then told administrators and the school resource officer.

Dawdy said the situation was handled promptly, and there was never a threat.

He said the student didn't realize the severity of having a BB gun with her at school.

The weapon was confiscated and later returned to one of her parents.

Macon Elementary Principal Stacy Quinn told KTVO student safety is a priority, and this situation was handled swiftly and properly.

 

 




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March 23, 2020

 

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri was injured over the weekend in a motorcycle crash in central Missouri.

It happened at 12:15 p.m. Sunday on Callaway County Route 0, one mile outside of Fulton, Missouri.

State troopers say a motorcycle operated by Tamela Crane, 62, of Macon, Missouri, traveled off the right side of the roadway on a curve and overturned.

Crane was thrown off the bike. She suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report, Crane was wearing a helmet.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $300 MILLION FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

 

On Monday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson announced the a transfer of $300 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) from the state treasury into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund to help keep the balance above the level that would trigger an increase in contribution tax rates for Missouri businesses.

 

“With over 96 percent of Missouri’s businesses employing 50 or fewer employees, these additional funds will help prevent tax increases for our small businesses and strengthen the UI Trust Fund," Gov. Parson said. "Despite the unprecedented rise in unemployment caused by COVID-19 this past year, our economy continues to come back strong as businesses reopen and Missourians get back to work. We have come a long way since the early days of this pandemic, and an increase in taxes is the last thing Missouri employers need as we continue our recovery."

 

Missouri employers fund the state’s trust fund from which state unemployment benefits are provided to eligible workers who have lost their jobs.
With thousands unemployed during the pandemic, Missouri businesses would have likely seen an increase in their unemployment taxes to replenish the trust fund.

As of February 2021, Missouri’s unemployment rate stands at 4.2%, below the national average of 6.2%.

 

 

MISSOURI BILL AGAINST BLOCKING ROADS TO PROTEST IS UNDER FIRE

 

Racial justice advocates and others have decried a Missouri bill to crack down on protests that block roads.
Critics rallied against the measure Monday at the Capitol before a House committee considered the bill.
The legislation would make repeatedly blocking traffic a felony.
Republican Sen. Bill Eigel says he thought of the idea after protesters angered by the death of George Floyd blocked traffic on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area last summer.
He says blocking highways puts protesters and drivers in danger.
Protest leaders say the bill is an effort to stop racial justice demonstrations.

 




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March 22, 2020

 

FOUR PEOPLE INJURED AFTER TRUCK STRIKES HORSE-DRAWN BUGGY NEAR GREENTOP

 

Four people are recovering after a vehicle collided with a horse-drawn buggy in northeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 7:45 a.m. Sunday, on Route K, just west of Greentop.

Troopers say Ralph Miller, 69, of Greentop, was traveling eastbound, and his vision was obstructed by the sun.

As a result, Miller's pickup struck the rear of a horse-drawn buggy, driven by Samuel Delagrange, 42, also of Greentop.

Samuel Delagrange, and two juveniles in the buggy, ages one and three, received minor injuries.

A female passenger in the buggy, Keturah Delagrange, 43, sustained moderate injuries.

All occupants of the buggy were transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

Miller was not injured in the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI EXTENDS STATE TAX DEADLINE TO MATCH FEDERAL DEADLINE

 

 Missouri is extending the deadline to file taxes this year, and a new pilot study shows transmission of COVID-19 was rare among some Missouri schools.

Gov. Mike Parson on Friday announced individuals now have until May 17 to file state taxes, instead of April 15.

Parson says his administration delayed the due date to help people still struggling financially because of the pandemic.

The federal tax deadline also has been pushed back to May 17.

Also Friday, researchers released a pilot study showing low virus transmission in some Springfield and St. Louis schools that require masks.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO INCIDENTS

 

At approximately 5:21 p.m. on March 20, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 5300 block of Godas Cir. 

Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located several shell casings, property damage to the residence and nearby vehicles. 

At this time, there is no suspect description available.  No injuries were reported at the time of the incident. 

This is and ongoing investigation. More information may become available later.

 


 

At approximately 8:44 a.m. on March 19, Columbia Police responded to a report of a burglary with a weapon in the 2000 block of Fair Lane. 

Upon arrival, officers located an adult male suffering from life-threatening injuries near the residence. Officers rendered aid to the adult male until EMS arrived.

Through further investigation, officers learned that the male was the suspect who illegally entered the residence on Fair Lane. As a result, the victim of the home invasion shot the suspect who was identified as Jacob D’Agostino, 20, of Columbia. 

D’Agostino was pronounced dead on the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

There were no other reported suspects involved. This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available later.

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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March 19, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY ROUTE PP CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER

 

Macon County Route PP is closed from Lexington Place to Macon County Route V due to high water.

Floodwaters can be deeper than they appear and can hide such hazards as sharp objects, electrical wires, sewage and chemicals. There’s a possibility that the road that was once where the water is no longer exists. Even the best four-wheel-drive vehicle will lose against rapidly moving water and no traction.

For your own safety and the safety of everyone in your vehicle, please take heed of these lifesaving tips:

Don't drive through flooded areas. Taking extra time to drive a detour sure beats running out of it.

Less than six inches of water can turn your car into a poorly engineered canoe, with no ability to slow down, steeror float.

When you see water over the roadway, assume that the roadway below it is either damaged or destroyed.

Your driving headlights should be turned on whenever you are using your windshield wipers. It’s the law!

Reduce your speed for the conditions.

Turn Around! Don’t Drown!

To find out about roads closed to flooding, MoDOT reminds all motorists to check on current road conditions in their areas and on their routes by consulting MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org, or through MoDOT’s smartphone app, available for iPhone and Android mobile devices.

 

 

HUMPHREYS WOMAN INJURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A North Missouri woman was injured in an accident in Sullivan County Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 62 year old Roxanna Carter of Humphreys was westbound on Missouri Highway 6 at the east city limits of Humphreys at around 3:20 Wednesday afternoon.  Carter slowed to make a turn onto a city street and a vehicle driven by 27 year old Monica Proctor of Trenton struck Carter’s vehicle in the rear.  Both vehicles were totaled and Carter was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment of moderate injuries. Proctor was not injured.

 

 

REPORTS SHOW MISSOURIANS PAYING 16 PERCENT MORE FOR GASOLINE THAN IN FEBRUARY

 

According to a report by AAA, the statewide gas price average in Missouri is $2.68 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel.

The report shows that price is five cents more compared to this day last week and is 74 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year.

Based on a survey, AAA said drivers in Columbia and Jefferson City are paying the most on average at $2.77, compared to drivers in St. Joseph who are paying the least at $2.57 per gallon.

The report states national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.88, which is six cents more compared to this day last week and 67 cents more than the price per gallon at this same time last year, according to AAA Gas Prices.

The report states:

 

Gas prices are continuing to increase, despite the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest report showing U.S. demand dropping slightly week-to-week, and signs of crude oil prices stabilizing.

On the week, regional refinery utilization increased by 10 percent.

The last time Missouri saw an average of $2.68 per gallon was October 2018. Today Missourians are paying 16% more for gas on average compared to this day one month ago.

 

“Missourians are paying about 16 percent more to fill up today, compared to February,” AAA spokesperson Nick Chabarria said. “Prices are expected to continue climbing through the remainder of March, but potentially in smaller increments.”

According to AAA gas prices, drivers in Missouri continue to pay some of the cheapest prices at the pump, raking 6th lowest in the country.

 

 




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March 18, 2020

 

OFFICIALS PLAN FOR FULL MISSOURI STATE FAIR THIS SUMMER

 

Officials are planning for a full Missouri State Fair after the event was canceled last year because of the coronavirus.
Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn on Tuesday confirmed plans to bring the fair back this year.
Officials canceled the event last year over concerns about safety during the pandemic.
The Sedalia fairgrounds was instead used for a smaller youth livestock show in 2020.
This year's fair is scheduled for Aug. 12 through Aug. 22.
Virus cases across the state have been dipping since COVID-19 peaked in November.

 

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN DEAD AFTER COLLISION WITH CAR IN COLUMBIA

 

A Jefferson City man is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Columbia Tuesday evening.

According to the Columbia Police Department, a vehicle driven by 47 year old Paul Kemei of Columbia was southbound on Range Line Street approaching Big Bear Boulevard at 10:20 p.m. Tuesday. At that time 46 year old Cory Black of Jefferson City was lying in the roadway.  Kemei attempted to change lanes to avoid Black but ended up colliding with him. Black was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.  If anyone has any information on this or any other incident you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

TWO MISSOURI PRISONS TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE DUE TO STAFFING SHORTAGE

 

Two Missouri prison facilities are temporarily closing and relocating inmates because of statewide staffing shortages.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 75 inmates are being transferred from the minimum security Kansas City Reentry Center to the Western Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in St. Joseph and the Western Missouri Correctional Center in Cameron.
The low-security Cremer Therapeutic Community Center in Fulton also is also temporarily closing, and all 43 offenders are being transferred to Fulton Diagnostic, Reception and Correctional Center.
A prison spokeswoman says staff will also be moved to the larger facilities, where they can be used to help reduce overtime.

 

 




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March 17, 2020

 

HIGBEE WOMAN INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

 A northeast Missouri woman was injured after a two-vehicle crash in Randolph County Monday.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. on Route JJ, one mile west of Moberly.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Colin Bogart, 20, of Moberly, was traveling east when his truck crossed the center line while making a right turn, and collided with an SUV driven by Shelby Brown, 26, of Higbee.

Brown sustained minor injuries in the crash, and told troopers she'd seek her own treatment.

Bogart was not injured.

Troopers say both drivers were buckled up at the time of the crash.

Westran Fire Department and Randolph County Fire Department assisted with the crash.

 

 

BARN FIRE KILLS NEARLY TWO DOZEN GOATS IN KNOX COUNTY

 

A tragedy on a northeast Missouri farm left a barn full of goats dead.

Twenty-two animals were killed in an overnight fire in Knox County.

The blaze was discovered around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Julie Klataske and Richard Edwards' residence about seven miles southeast of Rutledge, Missouri.

Klataske told KTVO her fiance woke up and discovered the electricity in their house was out. When he looked out the window, he saw the orange glow of the metal barn going up in flames.

She said the building was fully engulfed and too far gone to save it so they didn't even call the fire department.

Fifteen baby goats and seven mother goats died in the fire. They had a value of at least $11,000.

The couple did not have insurance.

Eight goats managed to escape from the barn, but some of them suffered burns.

Klataske speculates the fire was caused by a heat lamp, but they have no way to know for sure.

In addition to the 22 goats, they also lost power tools, medicines and vet supplies they use on the farm daily.

The couple is hoping to rebuild.



TWO KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE DRUG RELATED FELONIES

 

Two northeast Missouri residents are accused of dealing drugs out of their home.

Last Thursday, a narcotics investigation led the North Missouri Drug Task Force to a home in the 700 block of South Bradford Street in Kirksville.

The residents who live there, Austin Erickson, 25, and Chloe Hubbard, 27, both of Kirksville, are now facing multiple felony charges, including trafficking drugs, unlawful use of a weapon, receiving stolen property and endangering the welfare of a child.

Erickson, a convicted felon, faces an additional charge of unlawful possession of a firearm.

During a search of the couple's property, investigators said they found $4,186 in cash, a stolen handgun and 1.26 pounds (570.8 grams) of a crystal substance that field tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

The two suspects are being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

MISSOURI COALITION FOR ROADWAY SAFETY URGES YOUNG DRIVERS TO BUCKLE UP

 

Wearing a seat belt could save your life.

That is the message the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants young drivers to understand.

Car crashes continue to be the number one cause for traffic fatalities, but wearing a seat belt can lower the risk of death.

Through the end of March, law enforcement will be monitoring the roads in Missouri to ensure everyone is wearing a seat belt.

According to Missouri Department of Transportation Assistant Highway Safety and Traffic Engineer Jon Nelson, nationally, 91% of all drivers use a seat belt.

The average in Missouri is lower with only 86% wearing one.

It is only 75.5% when it comes to young adults.

Here are some things to keep in mind before hitting the road:

Missouri has a highway safety plan called “Show-Me Zero”.

 

 




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March 16, 2020

 

ROTHVILLE MAN INJURED IN CHARITON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Rothville man was injured in an accident in Chariton County early Saturday Morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 20 year old Ethan Bell was northbound on Route E just east of Sumner at around 3 a.m. when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway. Bell’s truck struck an embankment and began to overturn.  Bell was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe for treatment of moderate injuries. According to the Highway Patrol crash report, Bell was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE IN WAFFLE HOUSE PARKING LOT

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the parking lot of Waffle House, 904 Vandiver Dr. at approximately 10:58 p.m., on Sunday, March 14.

Upon arrival, officers located one adult male in the parking lot who sustained a life-threatening wound. 

CPD officers, Columbia Fire Department and EMS provided aid until the victim, identified as Reginald E. Ball, 51, of Columbia was pronounced deceased at the scene. Next of kin has been notified.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by detectives from the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. More information may become available at a later time.

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.

 

 

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS CONTINURE TO URGE PRIORITIZING COVID-19 TESTING

 

Even as COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, state health officials are urging Missourians to prioritize taking preventative measures and getting tested in order to not diminish the progress the state has made in fighting the virus over the last year.

These preventative measures include good handwashing, social distancing, and wearing a mask when social distancing is not feasible. Once eligible, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) said getting vaccinated "is highly encouraged and highly effective."

Another piece of the overall mitigation strategy that continues to be encouraged is testing. The state's top health official is urging residents to continue getting tested, saying that it is just as important as ever to get tested especially with variants being found throughout the United States.

“We learned quickly in the early days of this public health crisis how important testing was to prevent the spread of the virus, and it is part of the reason why Missouri has the second lowest case growth rate among all states in the country,” said DHSS Director Dr. Randall Williams. “However, we remain concerned about variants arising throughout the US, so this means prevention measures and widespread testing are that much more crucial to move us beyond COVID-19.”

The State of Missouri has been hosting community testing events in locations throughout the state since April 2020. These events allow for a convenient testing option even for those who do not have COVID-19 symptoms.

For the remainder of March, the State and the Missouri Primary Care Association will host testing events 2-3 times per week. These events will be held in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas. In addition to this, events are planned for the following counties:

The DHSS said more events may be scheduled in targeted communities if new case counts or other indicators identify the need for additional testing.

Community testing events are continually being scheduled and added to the listing found at health.mo.gov/communitytest where registration takes place. These tests are completely free and available to any Missouri resident.

 

 




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March 15, 2020


City of Bucklin under a Boil Water Advisory until further notice!

 

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY EVENING CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman was badly hurt in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Macon County Thursday evening.

The crash happened at 6 p.m., three miles northeast of Elmer, Mo.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Chrystal Mathis, 37, of Macon, was traveling south on Missouri Highway 3, when her car travelled off the left side of the road, striking the ground.

The vehicle then overturned, and Mathis was ejected.
According to the crash report, she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Mathis was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries

 

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES ON SLIGHT UPWARD TICK AFTER MONTHS OF DECLINING

 

Missouri's rate of new coronavirus cases is ticking upward after months of decline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the state's coronavirus infection rate has tumbled since the fall, when Missouri hit a peak seven-day average of 4,723 new confirmed cases on Nov. 20.

That average fell as low as 343 on March 6, but has since edged upward, to 395 on Friday.

Dr. Sriram Vissa, chief medical officer at SSM Health DePaul Hospital, described it as a "vulnerable time."

 

 

MISSOURI RESIDENTS IN PHASE 1B TIER 3 NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID-19 VACCINE, BUT WHO IS THAT EXACTLY?

 

Missouri is taking the next step forward in it's vaccination effort.

Residents in Phase 1B - Tier 3 will officially be eligible to receive the vaccine on Monday, March 15.

Here is who will now be eligible for the vaccine.

 

 




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March 12, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR GIVES UPDATE ON STATE’S COVID-19 VACCINE PROGRESS

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson held a press conference Thursday afternoon giving an update on how the state is handling COVID-19.

The main concern of the conference was the continued effort to vaccinate Missourians.

There have been 1.1 million Missourians who have already started the vaccination process.
On Monday the state will officially move to vaccinating Phase 1B Tier 3.

The governor also announced that since vaccination efforts are ahead of schedule, Phase 2 may start sooner than expected.

The governor also said he is shifting his focus to Kansas City and St. Louis vaccination efforts.

Parson announced a mega vaccination event next week at Arrowhead Stadium, with the plan to vaccinate over 6,000 Jackson County residents.

There is another event being planned for the St. Louis area.

Parson also said he wants to meet the demand for vaccinations throughout the state.

 

"We are working as supply will allow the higher vaccine demand in our cites, while still keeping vaccine distribution equitable across the state," said Gov. Parson.

 

The governor said that he hopes to vaccinate enough Missouri residents that eventually local pharmacies will be able to keep up with the demand.

 

 

MISSOURI LEGISLATURE PASSES ONLINE SALES AND GAS TAX BILLS

 

Bills to revamp Missouri's tax structure are advancing in the Republican-led Legislature.

On Thursday, lawmakers passed bills to collect online sales taxes and raise the gas tax.
Missouri currently doesn't require out-of-state businesses to collect sales taxes on Missourians' online purchases.
The House and Senate approved bills to change that.
Collecting online sales taxes is estimated to bring in as much as $190 million by 2027.
Lawmakers are trying to offset those gains by a slight cut to income taxes.
Another bill would raise Missouri's gas tax of 17 cents per gallon for the first time in two decades.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILL REQUIRING BUY INS TO CLOSE BUSINESS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS

 

Extended Missouri business closures by local health departments would require city council buy in under a bill that has passed the House.

The GOP-led House voted 115-44 Thursday in favor of requiring approval from local governing bodies to close schools, businesses and churches for more than 15 days.
Lawmakers pitched the idea over concerns about store closures as local officials tried to stem COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Missouri's health department says data suggesting a high rate of vaccinations for multiracial residents is likely inaccurate.
KCUR reports that the state revealed Wednesday that earlier data overcounted residents with more than one racial heritage.

 

 




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March 11, 2020

 

ATLANTA, MISSOURI TEEN ESCAPES SCARY ACCIDENT WITH MINOR INJURIES

 

A teen has escaped with only minor injuries, after the SUV she was driving went airborne in a crash in Adair County.

The crash happened just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on Grade Lane, about two miles east of Gibbs, Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Alexis Couldry, 18, of Atlanta, was travelling northbound on Grade Lane, when she tried to avoid a vehicle, slid off the east side of the roadway, went airborne and overturned.

The SUV ultimately came to a rest on its wheels.

Couldry received minor injuries in the crash.

According to the crash report, she was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

AS MISSOURI’S COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE, HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE CAUTION

 

In recent weeks, Missouri has seen a significant decline in virus activity across the state.

Missouri has recorded over 481,000 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began one year ago.

According to state data, an average of 336 new virus cases have recently been reported daily.

State health officials say Missouri is currently second lowest in the nation for average daily new cases.

Overall, Missouri's seven-day positivity rate has fallen to 4.5%, down from a high of 24% in November 2020.

Despite the decrease in new cases, Missouri Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams says now is not the time to let your guard down.

"We don't say that to brag, we say keep on doing what we've been doing. What has gotten us here is the spirit of cooperation and working together, and people doing what we've asked them to do. So we say keep it up. This is not the time to relax or to stop."

At the same time, COVID-19 vaccine supply in Missouri is increasing.

So far, over 1.6 million Missourians have been vaccinated in less than 3 months.

 

 

LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING BILL THAT RELAXES IMMUNIZATION RULES

 

Missouri lawmakers are considering a bill that would relax the rules for immunizations.

A House committee debated a proposal Tuesday that would require only students in public schools to have immunizations and allow students to attend school without vaccinations if they have evidence of acquired immunity from a disease.
The bill also would make it easier for Missourians to exempt themselves and their families from immunizations.
Republican Rep. Suzie Pollock, of Lebanon, is sponsoring the bill.
She said she believes schools and health departments need to be reined in from implementing such requirements.
Medical organizations oppose the bill, saying it would hamper efforts to slow the spread of diseases like COVID-19.

 

 




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March 10, 2020

 

MILAN WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman took a wild and scary ride Tuesday morning.

The one-car crash happened at 8:30 a.m. on Sullivan County Route V, five miles northwest of Winigan, Missouri.

State troopers said a car driven by Christy Fanning, 60, of Milan, Missouri, failed to round a curve, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

The vehicle came to rest on its side.

Fanning suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment.

According to the online crash report, Fanning was wearing a seat belt.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR

 

A young northeast Missouri teen was seriously hurt over the weekend when his electric scooter and a car collided.

Kirksville police said it happened just before 11 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Osteopathy and Burton streets.

Interim Police Chief Justin Jones told KTVO a 13-year-old Kirksville boy was riding an electric scooter northbound on Osteopathy Street when he suddenly cut across the center line into the path of an oncoming car.

That car was driven by Jordan Price, 20, of Kirksville.

Jones says the boy, whose name is not being released, suffered a broken leg and possible head trauma.

He was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville and then flown to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.

Hospital spokesman Eric Maze told KTVO Tuesday afternoon that the boy was treated and released.

 

 

MISSOURI HAS NOW ADMINISTERED MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION COVID VACCINE DOSES

 

Missouri is seeing a significant decline in COVID-19 activity across the state.

Missouri continues to be the second lowest in the nation for average daily cases, and the state's 7-day positivity rate has fallen to 4.5%.

According to CDC data, which includes the latest doses administered through federal partnerships, Missouri has administered more than 1.6 million vaccine doses, and more than a fifth of Missouri's 18 and older population has received an initial vaccination.

Overall, Governor Mike Parson says the state is winning the fight against the virus.

 

"There is no doubt there is still more work to be done. But, we are absolutely making progress and seeing results. I assure you, that we will continue to take a balanced approach. We will fight COVID-19, and give every Missourian who wants a vaccine, the opportunity to get one."

 

Amid the pandemic, the economy is also rebounding.

In April 2020, Missouri experienced a 10.5% unemployment rate and consumer spending was down 40%.

As of December 2020, the unemployment rate was 5.8% and consumer spending returned to pre-COVID levels.

Missouri is now ranked 11th in the nation for economic recovery.

 

 




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March 9, 2020

 

U.S. SENATOR ROY BLUNT ANNOUNCES HE WILL NOT RUN FOR REELECTION IN 2022

 

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri says he will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. Blunt, who turned 71 in January, was widely expected to seek a third term in 2022.
He made the surprise announcement in a video Monday.
Before election to the Senate he served seven terms in the U.S. House.
He also served two terms as Missouri's secretary of state from 1985 to 1993.
He noted in his announcement that through nearly 12,000 votes in Congress he always sought "to do my best."
Blunt is the No. 4 in Senate Republican leadership and is the fifth Senate Republican to decide against running for reelection in 2022.

 

 

COOPER COUNTY OFFICERS SEIZE $1MILLION OF METHAMPHETAMINE

 

A Cooper County K-9 officer helped in the seizure of nearly 76 pounds of meth, valued at roughly $1 million.

Law enforcement officers seized 75.8 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop on eastbound I-70 Saturday night.

On Facebook, the Cooper County Sheriff's Office said the methamphetamine is valued at about $1 million.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol requested assistance from Cooper County Sheriff’s Office K9 Grimm around 10:30 p.m.

After sniffing the outside of the vehicle, K-9 Grimm gave a positive alert for narcotics near the 98-mile marker on eastbound I-70.

Cooper County Sheriff Chris Class commended the law enforcement officers on Facebook, for their teamwork.

"I want to commend the trooper, deputies, and K-9 Grimm for their outstanding work in this incident. I am very proud of how everyone is working together to make our community and others safer," Class said.

 

 

MISSOURI’S LOCAL OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO EASE COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS

 

A year after Missouri officials announced the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the state, local governments continue to relax virus-related restrictions.

The moves come as the state announced more than 1 million residents have received at least one vaccine dose.
On Monday, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page announced several restrictions would be eased, including allowing businesses to stay open to midnight and increasing the cap on public gatherings.
Cape Giradeau officials voted Monday to replace the city's mask mandate with a statement that wearing masks is "highly recommended."
Gov. Mike Parson issued a statement noting his administration's efforts to fight the virus in the last year, and praising state residents for their cooperation.

 

 

JACKSONVILLE, MISSOURI MAN KILLED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Missouri man is dead after being thrown from his motorcycle in a two-vehicle crash in Randolph County.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on ROUTE JJ at the Huntsville city limits.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ashley Lewis, 20, of Warrensburg, Missouri, was travelling north out of the Randolph County Justice Center parking lot, and was turning west onto Route JJ.

That's when troopers say upon noticing Lewis' vehicle as he travelled eastbound, Christopher Callahan, 50, of Jacksonville, Missouri, applied his brakes, causing them to lock, and was thrown from his motorcycle.

The two vehicles collided near the center of the roadway.

Callahan was pronounced dead at the scene by Randolph County Coroner Sid Conklin at 4:17 p.m.

 

 




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March 8, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS FALL BELOW 1,000 IN MISSOURI

 

COVID-19 hospitalization numbers in Missouri have fallen below 1,000, and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported 291 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases to date, now stands at 480,643.

No new deaths were reported over the last 24 hours.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to 8,161, since the start of the pandemic.

State data shows there are 955 Missourians hospitalized due to COVID-19.

 

 

MACON COUNTY MAN TRAPPED IN GRAIN BIN FOUND DEAD

 

At 1:45 p.m., Macon County rescue crews were called to a residence at 19011 Euclid Place just southwest of Elmer, Missouri, for a report of a man trapped in a grain bin.

A friend of the family told KTVO at the scene that Jerry Fletcher, 62, who lives there on the farm, was believed to be trapped under soybeans in a large bin on the property.

Rescue crews found the body of Jerry Fletcher, 62, of rural Elmer, Missouri, inside the grain bin between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Many friends and neighbors were helping rescue crews with the efforts to locate Fletcher.

They cut holes in the sides of the bin and were using shovels and augers to move as many beans out of the way as possible.

A few ambulances and a medical helicopter were standing by.

Officials from the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Rescue Squad and Missouri State Highway Patrol were among those assisting at the scene.

 

 

COLUMBIA HOSTING NATIONAL GUARD COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC FRIDAY

 

In partnership with the Missouri National Guard and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will host an in-person mass vaccination event on Friday, March 12 at Columbia Sports Fieldhouse, 4251 Philips Farm Road at A. Perry Philips Park. Appointments will begin at 9 a.m. and will be available until 5:30 p.m. There will be approximately 2,300 vaccine doses available at this clinic.
Preregistration through the state’s Vaccine Navigator is required to schedule an appointment. Visit 
covidvaccine.mo.gov/navigator or call 877.435.8411 to set up a profile and complete registration. It is suggested to complete registration early as it can take a couple of days before the system shows vaccination events in the registrant’s area. Please arrive at the time of the scheduled appointment and note that there is a 15-minute observation period after the vaccine is administered. Residents in Phase 1A; Phase 1B, Tier 1 and Phase 1B, Tier 2 will be eligible for vaccination. Visit mostopscovid.com for a full tier list.


Seniors and individuals with disabilities needing assistance with transportation can contact OATS Transit. To schedule a ride in Boone County, call the Columbia OATS Transit Office at 573.449.3789 or 800.269.6287. Calls must be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 24-48 hours in advance. Additionally, the Area Agencies on Aging are providing registry assistance to individuals age 60 and older who need help registering for a COVID-19 vaccine. They will also provide reminder calls and will help with arranging transportation to and from the appointment if needed. In our area, anyone interested should call Aging Best at 800.369.5211.
The two-dose Pfizer vaccine will be given at this mass vaccination site. Pfizer’s vaccine is approved for those age 16 and older. It is not recommended for individuals who have experienced a serious reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to a prior dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or to any of its components. For information about the Pfizer vaccine, please visit 
http://labeling.pfizer.com/ShowLabeling.aspx?id=14472&format=pdf.
Those who receive their first dose at the clinic will be notified to schedule their second dose through the Vaccine Navigator approximately three weeks later. 
This clinic is supported by several community partners, including the Boone County Office of Emergency Management.

 




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March 5, 2020

 

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS NOW FACING THEFT CHARGES

 

A northwest Missouri man accused of killing two Wisconsin brothers has been charged with persuading someone to steal a trailer while he was in jail.
Garland Nelson's trial in April on a charge of stealing a motor vehicle is legally separate from his capital murder trial in the July 2019 deaths of Nicholas and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.
Charging documents in the theft trial say Nelson coerced someone outside of the jail to retrieve a trailer.
He told the person he paid $500 for the trailer, but police say he didn't own it.
Nelson's murder trial is scheduled for March 2022.

 

 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO MISSOURI CONSTITUTION WOULD REQUIRE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS TO BE SEPARATED BY SEX AT BIRTH

 

Transgender student athletes would be required to compete as the sex on their birth certificate under a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution.

Republican sponsor Rep. Chuck Basye during a state House committee hearing on Wednesday said transgender girls have an unfair advantage.
He says allowing transgender girls to compete on girls teams would discriminate against cisgender girls.
Transgender children and parents sometimes cried as they asked lawmakers not to advance the proposal.
Several pointed to Missouri's current public high school sports rules, which already prohibit transgender girls from competing on girls teams unless they're undoing hormone therapy.

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI NUCLEAR PLANT STILL NOT OPERATING

 

Ameren's nuclear power plant in central Missouri is still not operating, two weeks after an unplanned shutdown.
Ameren Missouri official Barry Cox said the utility decided to replace a significant component at the plant after a generator issue caused the shutdown Feb. 18.
He says the component has to be manufactured, installed and tested before the Callaway Energy Center is brought back on line.
The plant experienced three unplanned shutdowns -- also known as "scrams" -- in the last three quarters of 2020.
That, along with fewer hours of critical operation at the plant during the year, will bring more oversight of the plant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR VISITS ST. LOUIS VACCINATION SITE

 

Gov. Mike Parson has visited a "targeted vaccination site" in St. Louis.
The Republican governor on Thursday sounded optimistic about getting shots as soon as possible to all residents.
His visit came as critics in urban areas have complained that rural areas are getting more than their proportional share.
Parson met with residents and members of the Missouri National Guard who were giving shots at a vaccination clinic set up at Cambridge Senior Living near downtown.
Political and civic leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City have complained for weeks that their regions aren't getting enough vaccine.
They cite cases of people driving hundreds of miles to get shots.

 




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March 4, 2020

 

INVESTIGATORS SAY PILOT OF PLANE THAT CRASHED IN NORTH MISSOURI IGNORED BAD WEATHER WARNINGS

 

National investigators say the pilot of a small plane that crashed in northern Missouri last month ignored warnings about ice and bad weather.

The crash on February 8, near Galt, in Grundy County, killed Philip Joseph Lefevre III, 82, of Glendale, and Philip Joseph Lefevre IV, 47, of Sunset Hills.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report says the single-engine Cessna was covered with ice when it landed in Moberly.

The pilot asked for help to de-ice the plane, but dismissed suggestions that the men stay in Moberly until the weather improved.

KTVO learned from Federal Aviation Administration records that the aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing in a farm field and struck a tree, causing it to crash.

Grundy County Sheriff Rodney Herring said the aircraft was traveling from Moberly to Kirksville, but it went far off-track before the crash.

The plane had taken off from the airport in Downtown St. Louis prior to flying to Moberly.

The two men's bodies were found in the plane.

The report did not indicate which of the men was the pilot.

 

 

UNIONVILLE MAN ARRESTED TUESDAY AMONG EIGHT CHARGED IN METH DISTRIBUTION CONSPIRACY

 

A northeast Missouri man was arrested Tuesday during an FBI raid of his home in Unionville, Missouri.

Federal court documents indicate it’s all part of a $4.1 million methamphetamine distribution conspiracy carried out between early 2017 and February 2021.

The raid happened early Tuesday morning at 1414 Grant Street in Unionville, the home of Joshua Lee Laws, 44.

Laws was taken into custody by federal agents.

Neighbors in the area told KTVO they heard what sounded like a flash bang before the officers entered the house.

Multiple law enforcement agencies helped with the raid.

According to court papers, Laws is charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, conspiracy to commit money laundering and possession of firearms and ammunition by a drug user.

Laws is one of eight people charged in this case.

The other suspects are: Tina Marie Bailey, 36, of Kansas City, Missouri; Angeliqua Teresa Collins, 35, Moberly, Missouri; Derek Sean Freese, 44, of Moberly, Missouri; Mark Williams Hildebrand II, 31, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Harry Richard “Ricky” Watson Jr., 35, of St. Joseph, Missouri; Carl Dewey Williams, 47, of Moberly, Missouri; Martin Lee Williams, 58, of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

COLUMBIA HOME CATCHES FIRE TUESDAY MORNING

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 602 West Worley Street at 12:21am on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
The first unit arrived less than five minutes later and reported heavy fire coming from a rear window.  Fire crews deployed a preconnected hose line and performed an aggressive fire attack.  The fire was brought under control in approximately fifteen minutes and contained to the back of the home.
Fire investigators determined the fire originated in the kitchen and was a result of an electrical malfunction.  Damage is estimated at $40,000.  There were no reported injuries.
Nine units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. 
The Columbia Fire Department reminds residents that smoke alarms save lives.  You should have one on every level of your home and outside places where people sleep.  Check your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the 'test' button.  Smoke alarm batteries should be changed at least once a year. 
For more information about the free smoke alarm program contact the Columbia Fire Department by email at 
fire@como.gov or by phone at 573-874-7391 Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm.

 

 




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March 3, 2020

 

BODIES OF MISSOURI MAN AND HIS SONS FOUND IN SOUTHERN MISSOURI

 

The bodies of a man and his two young sons who were reported missing last week have been found inside a rural west-central Missouri structure.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the bodies of 40-year-old Darrel Peak and his sons, 4-year-old Kaiden and 3-year-old Mayson, were found Monday in rural Benton County.
Investigators have not said how the three died, but noted Peak was last seen Thursday afternoon driving from his home in Greene County with the two boys and that he was armed with a pistol.
Family members reported the three missing Friday morning.

 

 

WANTED MACON MAN CRASHES DURING POLICE PURSUET NEAR BEVIER

 

A northeast Missouri man wanted on a warrant crashed Monday during a police pursuit.

The one-vehicle wreck happened just after 10:30 a.m. on Macon County Route BB, five miles south of Bevier, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said an SUV driven by Paul Asher, 37, of Macon, Missouri, was being pursued by the Macon Police Department and the Macon County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker told KTVO Asher was wanted on a Linn County warrant for stealing a motor vehicle, not the one he was driving.

Troopers said Asher attempted to turn from Route C onto Route BB, ran off the road and overturned.

Asher's passenger, Mariah Nickerson, 28, of Macon, suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Both Nickerson and Asher were buckled up when the crash happened.

 

 

PENDING BILL WOULD EXEMPT MISSOURIANS FROM REPAYING OVERPAID UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

 

A pending bill would exempt thousands of Missourians from repaying federal unemployment benefit overpayments.

At issue are mistakes by Missouri's Labor Department as it was considering a huge influx of unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic.
The agency doled out roughly $146 million to 46,000 people who didn't qualify.
Gov. Mike Parson and his administration now are trying to get that money back from Missourians.
The proposed Missouri bill would stop the state from collecting the federal portion of the overpayments.
But Missourians who mistakenly received unemployment help would still have to pay back money that the state chipped in.

 

 

FORMER MISSOURI GOVERNOR NOT RULING OUT POLITICAL RETURN

 

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is eyeing a potential political comeback.

Greitens resigned as governor in 2018, after months of fighting allegations of sexual and political misconduct.

According to the Associated Press, the Republican who campaigned as a political outsider, served less than a year-and-a-half in office.

He was facing possible impeachment in the Missouri House and a felony charge in St. Louis for using a charity donor list for political fundraising.

In a recent interview with a Missouri radio station, Greitens floated the idea of running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Roy Blunt.

Blunt's seat is up in 2022, and Greitens criticized the incumbent for failing to adequately back former President Donald Trump.

In the interview, Greitens said he is sill a person that would fight for Missouri, and said Missourians "deserve to have leaders in the U.S. Senate who are going to fight for them."

He adds he is keeping the door open, and "taking a look at" a possible senate run.

 

 




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March 2, 2020

 

INVESTIGATORS FIND BURNED, STOLEN PICKUP WHILE INVESTIGATING SCOTLAND COUNTY BREAK IN

 

While investigating a break-in at a northeast Missouri hunting cabin, investigators stumbled across a stolen pickup truck burned up in a remote tract of timber.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney told KTVO he and his chief deputy, Bill Holland, made the discovery early Monday afternoon in southeast Scotland County.

He said the pickup was stolen on December 28, 2020, from Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, in Wyaconda, Missouri.

The men found the truck in timber about two miles west of Gorin, Missouri. Whitney said it's about a mile from the nearest county road.

The sheriff said he believes the stolen truck is directly tied to the hunting cabin break-in they were investigating Monday as well as a hunting cabin burglary discovered on January 6, 2021.

Investigators can't prove the connection just yet, but they say the public is not believed to be in any danger because the man they suspect is behind the crimes is already in the Scotland County Jail.

Whitney said it appears the pickup truck fire was unintentional.

He said the truck was high-centered on some logs, and the engine likely overheated and caught fire while the thief was trying to get it unstuck.

 

 

MISSOURI MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MACON COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Missouri man is recovering after being airlifted to the hospital following a motorcycle accident on Saturday afternoon.

The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Cody Donelson, 27, of Macon, was riding a motorcycle when he lost control in the parking lot of Long Branch State Park Marina.

Donelson sustained serious injuries and was transported by Air Evac to University of Missouri Hospital.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR FREES UP $281 MILLION FROM BUDGET CUTS

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has freed $281 million that he previously blocked from being spent.
The Republican on Monday said state finances have improved since the coronavirus first hit the state, allowing him to release the money.
Parson initially cut $438 million from the state budget over concerns that the virus would tank the economy and mean less state revenue for the year.
He's been releasing chunks of that funding as the economy has improved.
The $281 million Parson released Monday was the last of his remaining spending restrictions.
It includes $123 million for K-12 public schools.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING PEDESTRIAN COLLISION

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person who had been struck by a vehicle in the area of Conley Road and the I-70/US 63 Connector Monday Morning. During the investigation, officers learned that an SUV driven by 37 year old Paul Catron of Jefferson City was traveling north on the I-70/US 63 Connector at Conley Road. It was learned that Robert E. Glover, Jr. of Columbia crossed the roadway going east across the I-70/US 63 Connector into the path of Catron’s SUV. Glover was transported by paramedics to University Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The family has been notified of his injuries.  Drug or alcohol impairment is not considered a factor. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

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.

 

 




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March 1, 2020

 

WEEKEND CRASH IN NORTH MISSOURI INJURES THREE 

 

Three people are recovering after a weekend crash in northeast Missouri.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 1 p.m. Sunday, on U.S. Highway 63 at Missouri 202, near Lancaster.

Troopers say Donald Hurley, 38, of Unionville, failed to yield to a vehicle driven by Anderson Nsilulu, 36, of Ottumwa.

As a result, the two vehicles collided.

Nsilulu received minor injuries in the crash, while a passenger in Hurley's vehicle, Johnny French, 84, of Unionville, sustained moderate injuries. Both Nsilulu and French were transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. Hurley also sustained moderate injuries in the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR HIGHLIGHTS STRUGGLING AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY IN MISSOURI

 

It has become a tradition for Governor Mike Parson to climb into the cab of a farm tractor and drive the short distance from the Governor's Mansion to the State Capitol to put a spotlight on agriculture. This year, that light falls on an industry struggling not only against the forces of nature and economics but against the forces of disease.

The tractor ride lasts only a few minutes, but it can make a big statement. Parson uses it to highlight National FFA Week in Missouri and the future farmers who take part in it.

"Yeah, it's a lot of fun to drive the tractor to the mansion and be an ag governor, but really, it's a big obligation, too. And you kids are gonna have the knowledge to go out there and talk about it," Parson said.

Farming has come through a tough year. The coronavirus might not have poisoned the farm air or even infected many farmers who work outdoors and alone, but it did a number on their markets.

Beyond the closing of restaurants and other food retailing, farmers say the demand for grain ethanol disappeared as many people stopped driving. The USDA says corn and soybean prices fell as much as 50% in the last six years prior to the pandemic.

"We're down quite a bit," said Farmer Ryan Kephart. "I would say 60 to 70 cents or more a bushel right now. And it's not trending upwards."

While consumers paid more at the grocery counter, farmers took less at the wholesale market.

"When the processing plants were having to slow down, due to illness, it impacted the farm very quickly," said Missouri Agriculture Director Chris Chinn.

And government payments became critical as the industry took a $20 billion hit.

Chinn made one promise. She says Missouri will enjoy a normal state fair in August.

Last year's event was stripped of midway rides and grandstand shows in deference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One other note: The USDA on Thursday announced another $42.3 million going to distance learning and telemedicine infrastructure for the farm community. The Biden Administration estimates that will help provide access to health care for five million rural Americans.

 

 

 




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February 26, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS THE STATE IS MAKING GOOD PROGRESS ON COVID-19

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson had good news for Missourians during his COVID-19 update today.

Parson said Missouri has made incredible progress in a short amount of time.

Positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to decline in the state.

The 7-day positivity rate in Missouri is now at 6.1%.

According to the CDC, Missouri is now 2nd in the nation for average daily cases over the past seven days.

The Show-Me State plans to activate Plan 1A Tier B on Monday, March the 15th allowing approximately 500,050 more Missourians to become eligible to receive the vaccine.

The next phase will focus on those the workers who are depended on to keep our day-to-day lives operating normally including K-12 teachers, child care providers, grocery store employees, energy, food, agriculture and other critical infrastructure workers.

 

"Part of why we are activating Tier 3 on March the 15th is to make sure that there is a steady flow of people who are eligible and interested in getting vaccinated,” Parson said. “This allows the vaccinators across the state to continue vaccinating Missourians without waiting on those who don't want to get one."

 

This will allow Missourians, businesses, healthcare systems, pharmacies and local healthcare agencies to start planning to vaccinate the next group of Missourians.

A full list of tier 3 categories is now available on their website www.mostopscovid.com.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES MULTIPLE BILLS THURSDAY

 

The use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line cutting through Missouri would be banned under a bill heading to the state Senate.

The Missouri House voted 123-33 Thursday in favor of the bill.
The measure would prevent the use of property owners' land for the Grain Belt Express power line without their permission.
The high-voltage power line would carry wind energy from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.

The Republican-led Missouri House has passed another bill to require voter photo identification at the polls.
Lawmakers voted 109-46 in favor of the legislation.
The bill is aimed at addressing a Missouri Supreme Court ruling last year that permanently blocked a central provision of a 2016 voter ID law.
That law required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement to cast a regular ballot.
The new bill would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.

 

 

NEMO CONVICT ACCUSED OF STEALING VAN, CASH AND FOOD FROM KIRKSVILLE SCHOOLS

 

A homeless northeast Missouri convict is accused of stealing a local school's van, cash and food for an FFA community breakfast and then hiding in a home's crawl space when police went to arrest him.

Kirksville police officers said he also tried to start a fire while he was under the home.

The suspect is identified as Russell Matthew, 37, of Kirksville, formerly from Memphis, Missouri.

The crimes happened late Monday night in Kirksville.

Matthew now faces six felony charges: stealing a motor vehicle; stealing property valued at $750 or more; second-degree burglary; two counts of resisting arrest and first-degree attempted arson.

Police said the suspect broke into the Kirksville Area Technical Center, found a key in a desk drawer and stole a minivan belonging to the Kirksville R-3 School District.

Before he took off, officers said Matthew stole cash and coins and loaded up a 55-gallon barrel full of groceries and other items.

At approximately 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, an officer on patrol spotted the stolen van parked in a detached garage at a home 1017 West Martha Street.

He went to the door and spoke to the resident. She told police Matthew had been at her house all day.

The woman allowed officers to come in and search for the suspect.

They found him in the basement, and he disappeared into the home's crawl space.

After multiple unsuccessful attempts to get Matthew to come out from under the home, police called in the Kirksville Fire Department to cut holes in the living room floor to try and get to the suspect.

Firefighters also used a thermal-imaging camera to track the suspect's movement in the crawl space.

Matthew spent over three hours under the house before eventually coming out and trying to run away.

He is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center pending a court appearance.

Court documents state that police officers recovered the stolen property at the home on Martha Street.

Matthew was out on bond for a stalking case in Scotland County.

He was also already charged with stealing three motor vehicles, one in Macon County, one in Camden County and one in Osage County.

 

 




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February 25, 2020

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL LIMITING COVID-19 LAWSUITS

 

Missouri senators have passed a bill to shield hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.
The GOP-led Senate voted 20-13 in favor of the bill.
The measure now goes to the House for consideration.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson has been pushing lawmakers to pass legislation protecting businesses from lawsuits related to COVID-19.
Supporters say businesses shouldn't be punished for trying to help during the pandemic.
But critics say the measure primarily helps big businesses and would limit people's access to the courts.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL CRACKING DOWN ON PROTESTERS BLOCKING TRAFFIC

 

 Missouri protesters who repeatedly block traffic without permission could face felony charges under a bill advancing in the state Senate.
Senators on Tuesday gave the measure initial approval.
The measure follows protests last summer in the St. Louis area over the death of George Floyd, including demonstrations that blocked major highways.
Republican critics have argued the protest method might block ambulances and puts demonstrators at risk of being hit.
Blocking traffic without permission would first be punished as an infraction under the bill.
A third offense would be a felony.
Violators would face up to four years in prison.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN SUSPECTS IN TUESDAY VEHICLE COLLISION

 

Columbia Police have detained two subjects involved in a vehicle collision that occurred Tuesday in the 2700 block of Forum Blvd.  The suspect vehicle was linked to two separate incidents that occurred during the day.

At approximately 8:54 a.m. on Feb. 23, Columbia Police responded to a report of a domestic assault that occurred in the parking lot of  the Columbia Mall, 2300 Bernadette Dr. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and were not able to locate the vehicle.

Through reports of witness accounts, officers learned that the suspect vehicle was a navy blue four-door Cadillac sedan with an adult male and female occupants.

At approximately 1:46 p.m., officers were dispatched to a trespassing at Break Time, 4105 W. Vawter School Rd.  While en route, officers learned that the reported trespassers matched the description of the subjects from the earlier domestic disturbance. 

Officers located the suspect vehicle near the 500 block of East Nifong and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle fled. Due to unsafe surroundings, officers did not initiate a pursuit at that time.

Officers located the suspect vehicle traveling north on Forum Boulevard and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled again, and officers pursued. Shortly after the suspect vehicle fled, it crashed under the bridge on Forum Boulevard near Wilson’s Fitness Center and subsequently went into a nearby creek. 

At this time, both subjects have been transported to a local emergency room for further evaluation. One subject is known to have an outstanding warrant. No additional charges have been made at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available later.  

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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February 24, 2020

 

AUTHORITIES IDENTIFY MAN FATALLY SHOT BY LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTY

 

Livingston County authorities have identified a 34-year-old man who was shot and killed by a deputy last week.

Authorities say Timothy Frandson, of Marceline, was shot Friday.

The sheriff's office said the shooting occurred when the deputy responded to an accident on Highway 36 near Chillicothe.

When they were inside the patrol car, Frandson reportedly began hitting the deputy with a microphone.

The deputy shot Frandson at least once. He died at the scene.

The deputy was treated for moderate injuries and released from the hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was investigating the shooting.

 

 

MISSOURI’S COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATE IS DECLINING

 

New COVID-19 cases are on the decline in Missouri.

The state's current positivity rate is 6.4%, down from a high of 24.4% in November.

Governor Mike Parson says the spread is slowing in the state thanks to citizens practicing preventative measures such as wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing.

He says this, combined with the vaccine, is how the state will win the battle against COVID-19.

Parson adds as supply of the vaccine increases, more and more Missourians will have a chance to receive the shot.Once supply is consistent, Missouri vaccinators will have the capacity to administer nearly 50,000 vaccines per day.

 

"We are working hard everyday to get vaccines out as quickly as possible. But like I said earlier, there are approximately 3 million Missourians currently eligible. The quicker we can vaccinate those in our activated phases, the sooner we can activate the next tier. I assure you, that we will give every Missourian who wants a vaccine the opportunity to get one."

 

Recently, 102 Missouri retail pharmacies were selected to receive a total of more than 18,000 vaccine doses per week. These vaccines will come from federal allocation for the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program and do not come from the state's weekly allocation.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HOUSE INTRODUCES BILL TO BAN EMINENT DOMAIN USE FOR WIND ENERGY

 

Missouri's Republican-led state House is trying to ban the use of eminent domain for a large wind-energy power line.
Lawmakers in a voice vote Tuesday advanced a bill to prevent the use of property owners' land for the Grain Belt Express power line without their permission.
The high-voltage power line would carry wind energy from Kansas across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into a power grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.
The eminent domain ban wouldn't apply to lines with substations every 50 miles.

That's designed to encourage companies to give Missouri residents greater access to energy off the line.

 




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February 22, 2020

 

SUSPECT DEAD, LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTY INJURED AFTER OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

A suspect is dead and a western Missouri deputy is injured after the suspect allegedly attacked the deputy while inside the patrol car. The incident happened Friday night in Livingston County near Chillicothe.

The sheriff's department says a one-vehicle accident was reported on U.S. 36 and an arriving deputy found the vehicle unoccupied but noticed foot tracks in the snow.

A press release said the deputy then spotted a man coming toward him making comments that raised fears that the man had mental health problems.

The deputy and the man were speaking inside the deputy's vehicle when the man allegedly began attacking him.

The deputy fatally shot the suspect.

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON AFTER FATALLY SHOOTING 13 YEAR OLD BOY

A Columbia man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy while playing with guns in a Missouri home.
Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Shelton said in an email that Cameron White was sentenced Friday after agreeing to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the October 2019 death of Dajion Harris.
White, who who was 19 at the time of the shooting, was previously charged with second-degree murder.
The probable cause statement says White told a woman that Harris asked White to shoot him as they were getting high and playing with guns in Columbia.

 

 

EMERGENCY CREWS RESPOND TO GARAGE FIRE IN NEMO

 

Emergency crews battled a garage fire in northeast Missouri Saturday night.

According to the Atlanta Fire Department, crews responded to the blaze at 9:30 p.m. in Economy, Missouri.

The fire was contained to the structure and it was brought under control in less than 30 minutes.

Atlanta fire responded with 7 personnel and 5 apparatus. Crews were on scene for two hours, and no injuries were reported.

 

 

PERMIT FOR SURFACE MINING ISSUED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has made the decision to issue a permit to engage in surface mining in Sullivan County.

The new permit will give Twin States Sand and Gravel, 22 acres to mine limestone near Reger Quarry.

During a public hearing on December 9, many expressed concerns about the impact a quarry would have on Henry Cemetery.

With Henry Cemetery being such a historical site, many were concerned about the potential damages that could come from a quarry.

Owner of Twin States Sand and Gravel, Pat Swan, says that if blasts are done carefully, no damage should be done to the cemetery.

To help avoid the problem, the permit boundary was modified to include a 50-foot setback from the Henry Cemetery property boundary.

According to the Geological Survey Program's review of the assessment of the potential impacts of quarry operations, blasting for the quarry will impact the flow of some springs, but there is expected to be minimal, if any, impact to groundwater quality.

 

 




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February 19, 2020

 

MEMPHIS, MISSOURI MAN, FACING FELONIES IN SCOTLAND COUNTY, FACES FIVE NEW CHARGES IN MACON COUNTY

 

A northeast Missouri man already facing a half-dozen felony charges in Scotland County now faces five new charges in Macon County.

Investigators said both cases involve the same underage female victim.

Benjamin Jackson, 32, of Memphis, Missouri, formerly of Macon, Missouri, is now charged in Macon County with first-degree statutory rape, first-degree statutory sodomy, incest, sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15 and endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.

According to court documents, the girl told investigators that when Jackson lived in Macon, anytime she wanted to eat, usually for dinner, Jackson would force her to give him oral sex.

The victim said on one occasion when Jackson was reportedly very drunk, he threw her onto her bed, took her clothes off and had intercourse with her.

During the investigation, the girl also told authorities that Jackson would provide her with alcoholic beverages, marijuana and cocaine and allow her to consume them.

As in the Scotland County case, the victim also reported that the suspect would throw multiple sex toys at her and often walked into her room while he was nude and aroused.

Jackson is being held in the Scotland County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond for the Scotland County charges.

Bond for the Macon County case is set at $75,000 cash only.

 

 

SALISBURY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TRUCK COLLISION WITH TRAIN

 

A northern Missouri man was seriously injured Wednesday when the pickup truck he was driving was hit by a freight train.

It happened just after 9:15 a.m. on Cal Hubbard Avenue, three-and-a-half miles west of Salisbury in Chariton County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Leland Linneman, 60, of Salisbury, attempted to stop at a railroad crossing when his truck slid into the path of the oncoming train.

The locomotive then hit the pickup.

Linneman suffered serious injuries in the crash, and he was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The train operator, Timmy Morgan, 50, of Moberly, Missouri, was not hurt.

 

 

ORSCHELN FARM AND HOME ANNOUNCES MERGER WITH TRACTOR SUPPLY COMPANY.

 

According to a news release, Tractor Supply Company and Orscheln Farm and Home have agreed to merge.  The release states that Orscheln Farm and Home Board Chairman William Orscheln announced the merger to employees Wednesday.  Orscheln says he believes Tractor Supply Company is a good fit for the Moberly based company.  Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail chain in the U.S.  Orscheln said in a statement that “Tractor Supply and Orscheln Farm and Home have tremendous respect for one another” and that the companies “share similar culture and values.” Orscheln also said that the companies have complementary skills and knowledge. Orscheln has grown over the last 60 years from a single store in Sedalia to 167 stores in 11 states. TSC operates more than 1900 stores in 49 states.

 




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February 18, 2020

 

RURAL COUTIES ARE BOTH THE MOST AND LEAST EFFECTIVE AT DELIVERING THE COVID-19 VACCINE IN MISSOURI

 

Rural Missouri counties are both the most and least successful at getting COVID-19 vaccine into the arms of residents.
That's according to data from the state's coronavirus dashboard on Wednesday.
Shelby County, with just 6,400 residents in a remote area of northeast Missouri, has provided at least one dose of the vaccine to 20.7% of residents.
Monroe, Knox, Gasconade and Linn Counties are also in the top 15 counties by percent vaccinated.
Among the top 15 counties for vaccinations, only Cape Girardeau County has more than 50,000 residents.
Many of the lower ranked counties by percent vaccinated are in rural portions of far southern Missouri.

Pulaski County, with 52,000 residents, has the lowest vaccination rate at just 4.2%, followed by other outstate counties.

 

 

QUINCY WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER CRASH THAT KILLED RUSHVILLE WOMAN AND HER THREE GRANDCHILDREN FROM KIRKSVILLE

 

A woman from Quincy who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder after a fatal car crash in August of 2020 appeared in court on Wednesday morning for a status hearing.

Natasha McBride appeared briefly in front of Judge Robert Adrian with her court appointed attorney Todd Nelson, according to court documents.

Judge Adrian scheduled the next status hearing for March 10 at 9:15 a.m.

McBride was traveling westbound on Broadway when she crashed into a vehicle traveling northbound on 4th Street.

According to a witness statement, the driver was driving at a high rate of speed and ran the red light over her on 4th, collided with another car and resulted in a chain of other accidents," QPD Lieutenant Jeff Nevin said at the time of last year's accident.

McBride faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jennifer Hendricks, 54, Rushville, and her three grandchildren 6-year-old Dakota Corrick, 4-year-old Archer Corrick and 1-year-old Ransom Corrick. The boys lived in Kirksville, Mo.

In addition to murder, McBride is facing a number of other charges as well.

McBride, 37, is in the Adams County Jail on a $5,000,000 bond.

 

 

MORE DETAILS ARISE ABOUT MISSING KANSAS CITY AREA WOMAN FOUND DEAD

 

KTVO has now learned more details about the case of a missing Kansas City area woman who was found dead.

Major Tony Kirkendoll with the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said the body of Dorothy Parker, 84, of Gladstone, Missouri, was discovered shortly after noon on Tuesday on a farm in northwest Caldwell County.

The area is approximately 65 miles northeast of Parker's home in Gladstone. Parker, who had dementia, had driven away from home last Friday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

Kirkendoll told KTVO a farm worker stumbled across Parker's car parked at the end of a rural county road. No one was in the vehicle. The man then searched around the area and found Parker's body on the ground a short distance away.

Investigators said it appeared the body had been there a while because it was covered in snow.

Kirkendoll said no foul play is suspected, and he doesn't believe an autopsy will be performed.

He said Parker did not have any known ties to the area where her body was discovered.

Caldwell County Coroner Dana Brown would not comment on the cause or manner of death.

Parker, who suffered from dementia, drove away from her home last Friday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

 




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February 17, 2020

 

CALLAO MAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER ACCIDENT IN MACON COUNTY

 

A northeast Missouri man crashed his truck after he lost control over a patch of ice.

The single-vehicle accident happened at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Christopher Little, 49,of Callao, was on Old US Highway 36, two miles west of Bevier, when he lost control on the ice covered roadway.

His truck then traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.

Little was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and suffered minor injuries.

He was taken by a private vehicle to a nearby hospital to be checked out.

 

 

MISSING KANSAS CITY WOMAN FOUND DEAD

 

An elderly Kansas City area woman missing since last Friday has been found dead.

A Tuesday afternoon update from the Missouri State Highway Patrol provided no further details about where Dorothy Parker, 84, of Gladstone, Missouri, was located or how she died.

Parker, who suffered from dementia, drove away from her home last Friday morning and had not been seen or heard from since.

KTVO is awaiting a call back from the Gladstone Police Department and Caldwell County Sheriff's Office. We will pass along any further details we receive about Parker’s death.

 

 

COLLISION WITH SNOWPLOW KILLS MOBERLY MAN

 

 A crash involving a snowplow and a pickup truck claimed the life of a northern Missouri man on Monday afternoon.

It happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Highway 63 north of Columbia.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the victim as Mark Swindell, 59, of Moberly, Missouri.

State troopers said Swindell's pickup was southbound on Highway 63 when the snowplow pulled from Breedlove Road into his path.

The pickup traveled off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck a tree.

Swindell was pronounced dead at the scene.

The snowplow driver, Brandon Wainman, 25, of Centralia, Missouri, was not injured.

According to the online crash report both men were buckled up when the crash happened.

 

 

MILAN MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED ENTICEMENT OF A CHILD

 

Tips from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children led to the arrest of a northeast Missouri man last week.

Those tips were about social media profiles suspected of sending child pornography.

Based on the tips, a detective from the Kirksville Police Department's Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit has spent the past few months investigating, and he linked the social media profiles to Billy Schrepfer, 38, of Milan, Missouri.

The suspect is now charged with attempted enticement of a child. Schrepfer is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

Investigators said that on February 8, 2021, a detective used an undercover social media profile where he claimed to be a 12-year-old girl to contact Schrepfer.

They said within 90 minutes of the undercover persona identifying herself as a 12-year-old, Schrepfer turned the conversation to “sex.”

Police said on February 11, 2021, Schrepfer arranged to meet who he believed was the girl at her home in Kirksville to engage in sexual activity.

When he arrived in the 1000 block of North Osteopathy Street, he was placed under arrest by the officers who were waiting for him.

 

 




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February 16, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS SAYS MORE THAN %10 OF MISSOURIANS HAVE BEGUN VACCINATION PROCESS

 

State health officials say just over 10% of the state's residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health department data on Monday shows 873,675 vaccine doses were distributed, with 239,293 people receiving both doses.
Gov. Mike Parson on Sunday announced more mass vaccination sites for the week but residents were urged to call ahead to ensure the events were not postponed because of frigid weather and snow that has settled over the state.
On Monday, Missouri reported 471,662 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,455 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

 

MISSOURI SCRAPS PLAN TO PROCESS FERAL HOG MEAT TO HELP FEED THE POOR

 

 Missouri will not move ahead with a plan to process feral hog meat to help feed poor people after conservation officials said the invasive animals don't meet food safety standards.
The Missouri Department of Conservation sends the nonprofit Conservation Federation of Missouri a state grant annually for its Share the Harvest program, which allows deer hunters to donate venison to poor people.
But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that this year, the conservation department left $300,000 budgeted for the program on the table after lawmakers required the money to be spent on processing feral hog meat in addition to deer meat.

 

 

ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR KANSAS CITY AREA WOMAN

 

An elderly woman from the Kansas City, Missouri, area has been missing since last Friday morning.

The Gladstone Police Department has issued an Endangered Silver Advisory for Dorothy Parker, 84, of Gladstone, who has the early stages of dementia.

She was last heard from at her Gladstone residence at 10 a.m. on Friday. That was the last contact anyone who knows her has had with her.

Law enforcement officials believe she is driving a maroon 2013 Honda Accord with personalize Missouri plates, DOT-BOB. Her direction of travel is unknown. Parker is a white female, 5’2” tall, weighing 118 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone seeing the missing person or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 or call the Gladstone Police Department at 816-436-3550.

 

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE PLAN TO VACCINATE HOMEBOUND INDIVIDUALS

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) is committed to getting a vaccine to everyone who wants one. In order to achieve this goal, PHHS is gathering information on individuals who are homebound and not able to travel to a mass vaccination clinic.
While vaccine supply remains limited, PHHS is preparing to vaccinate individuals who are homebound when doses become available. Boone County residents who are homebound and in Phase 1B, Tier 2, which includes those 65 and older and adults with certain medical conditions, can call 573.874.CITY (2489) to state their interest in getting the COVID-19 vaccine and share contact information. If an individual who is homebound has filled out the PHHS or MU Health Care survey for information, they should still call to be put on the home vaccination list. Information about the phases and tiers, as outlined by the state, can be found here: 
covidvaccine.mo.gov/priority.
While official documentation is not required, PHHS is using Medicare’s classification of homebound, including the following:


When vaccine doses become available, PHHS staff members will contact individuals who have declared interest to schedule a vaccination appointment.

 

 

 




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February 15, 2020

 

FUGITIVE FOUND IN DITCH IN SCOTLAND COUNTY

 

A wanted suspect has now been captured after a northeast Missouri sheriff spotted him Friday fleeing from a residence in Scotland County.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney told KTVO he arrested Jacob Dean Cline, 25, of Downing, Missouri, around 1:30 p.m.

The arrest happened on County Road 963 in northwest Scotland County.

Cline was wanted as part of a burglary investigation in the Granger, Missouri, area on February 3, 2021.

He is now charged with second-degree burglary and failure to display plates on a motor vehicle.

A new charge of fleeing to avoid arrest is pending.

Whitney said he saw Cline fleeing a residence early Friday afternoon. The suspect was barefoot and without a coat.

Cline ran into a wooded area. The sheriff ordered the suspect to stop and began chasing him.

He found Cline hiding in a ditch about 300 yards away and arrested him.

The suspect is being held in the Scotland County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.

Two other suspects are charged in this case.

They are Anthony Rinehart, 27, of Kirksville, and Nicholas Hoff, 34, of Greentop, Missouri.

 

 

ST. LOUIS AREA PSYCHIATRIST AND CEO SON IDENTIFIED AS THE TWO MEN KILLED IN NEMO PLANE CRASH

 

Authorities say a St. Louis-area psychiatrist and his son were killed when their plane crashed earlier this week in northern Missouri.
The crash killed Philip Joseph LeFevre III, 82, of Glendale, and Philip Joseph LeFevre IV, 47, of Sunset Hills.
The younger LeFevre was the president and CEO of Lending Partners.
Their single-engine Cessna went down 
Monday in Grundy County, but the wreckage was not found until Tuesday afternoon in a remote area about a mile southeast of Galt, Missouri.
KTVO learned from Federal Aviation Administration records that the aircraft was attempting to make an emergency landing in a farm field and struck a tree, causing it to crash. Sheriff Rodney Herring said the aircraft was traveling from Moberly to Kirksville, but it went far off-track before the crash. The plane had taken off from the airport in Downtown St. Louis prior to flying to Moberly.

The two men's bodies were found in the plane.

 


NO ONE INJURED AFTER SUNDAY AFTERNOON FIRE IN GREENTOP

 

Emergency crews battled negative temperatures while working to extinguish a house fire late Sunday afternoon.

The blaze was reported before 4:30 p.m. at 202 West 6th Street in Greentop, Missouri.

According to emergency personnel, a man and his son were working to rescue pets from the home before firefighters arrived.

On scene, crews reported light smoke coming from inside one of the walls of the home.

A firefighter told KTVO the family was attempting to warm their pipes, and it's believed that resulted in the fire.

No injuries were reported.

 

 

HANNIBAL MAN ARRESTED AFTER FORCING HIS WAY INTO HOME

 

A Missouri man is behind bars after forcing his way into a home with a gun early Friday morning.

The Hannibal Police Department officers responded to the call in the 200 block of South 10th Street at 4:11 a.m.

A female said that a male identified as James Paul Holman, 44, of Hannibal had forced his way into her home.

Police say Holman got into an altercation with a female, left, shot the tire of a vehicle parked at the residence and backed into the same vehicle as he fled the scene.

Luckily, no injuries were reported.

Holman was arrested at 10:14 a.m. Friday near Munger and Colfax streets.

Police say a handgun was recovered during the arrest.

He's charged with Burglary, Domestic Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, and Receiving Stolen Property.

He remains in the Marion County Jail with bond set at $100,000.

 

 




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February 12, 2020

 

STATE HEALTH DIRECTOR SAYS UK CORONAVIRUS VARIANT FOUND IN EASTERN MISSOURI STILL MYSTERY

 

State Health Director Randall Williams says the case of the UK coronavirus variant isolated in Marion County remains a bit of a mystery.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported the first confirmed case of the United Kingdom COVID-19 variant in a Missouri resident last week. The variant, officials said, was identified in a sample from an adult living facility in Marion County.

During an online news conference on Wednesday, Williams told reporters the individual had no travel history, and the source of the infection could not be isolated.

He added one unsettling detail about the ability to mitigate the variant.

 

"It's important to us because of the concern that, if you had widespread distribution of the UK variant, it might accelerate the rate of transmission. And that's why it would be even more important that we get people vaccinated as quick as we can, since the vaccine is effective against it," Williams said.

 

During the news conference, Robert Knodell, Governor Mike Parson's deputy chief of staff, indicated Walmart and Sam's Club will have their own website registration portals for people who want to get vaccinated at those stores.

Knodell also told reporters Moderna will be increasing its vaccine allotment to Missouri. And Dr. Williams said the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be coming here in March, significantly expanding the number of people who can get vaccinated on a weekly basis.

 

 

TWO KIRKSVILLE MEN ARRESTED AFTER DISCOVERY OF METH LAB

 

The discovery of a dismantled meth lab leads to the arrest of two Kirksville men.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office identifies the drug suspects as Shane Martinson, 42, and Bradley Wilkins, 52, both of Kirksville.

The two were arrested around noon on Tuesday after a search of their home in the 200 block of North Ely Street.

Martinson and Wilkins are both charged with felony manufacturing of the controlled substance, methamphetamine, felony possession of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the search, officer seized a dismantled methamphetamine lab, chemicals used to make the illegal drug and approximately two grams of meth.

They also found a large quantity of drug paraphernalia and waste from the meth-making process.

The suspects are being held without bond at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

The Kirksville Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Adair County Sheriff's Office with the investigation.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR APPROVES $324 MILLION RENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has approved $324 million to help renters and landlords struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
Parson signed the funding bill into law on Thursday.
The money comes from a federal program that Congress passed in December.
Both landlords and renters can apply for aid under the program.
Renters can use the money to pay past due rent or to help pay rent for up to a year.
It also covers utility costs like gas, water and electricity.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS CONSIDER BILLS SURROUNDING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS

 

State lawmakers are considering several bills to allow Missourians to keep unemployment benefits they were not entitled to.
The House Special Committee on Government Oversight heard seven separate proposals Wednesday to forgive payments to people who were not intentionally committing fraud.
Gov. Mike Parson has said people should return the money.
Most of the bills considered Wednesday focused on federal unemployment benefits.
Only about 20-25% of the overpayments in Missouri came from state funds.
Committee Chairman Rep. Jered Taylor said the committee will likely combine most of the proposals into one bill and vote on it early next week.

 




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February 11, 2020

 

NEMO PLANE CRASH OCCURRED AFTER ATTEMPTED EMERGENCY LANDING ACCORDING TO FAA

 

Our friends at KTVO have learned exclusive new details regarding this week's plane crash in northern Missouri that killed the two men onboard.

The single-engine Cessna crashed late Monday night in a remote area about a mile southeast of Galt, Missouri.

On Wednesday afternoon, we learned the names of the father and son who died in the crash.

Grundy County Coroner Dewayne Slater said the victims are Philip Joseph Lefevre Sr., 82, of St. Louis, and Philip Joseph Lefevre Jr., 47, of Sunset Hills, Missouri.

Slater said he recovered their bodies from the crash site on Tuesday afternoon.

We are told federal investigators were on the scene on Wednesday.

Preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration states the aircraft attempted an emergency landing in a field and struck a tree on its way down.

Sullivan County Sheriff Roger Smiley told KTVO the plane was on its way from St. Louis to Kirksville Regional Airport Monday night.

It had landed in Moberly prior to getting 45 miles off track and crashing in eastern Grundy County.

Smiley said his office was contacted by the U.S. Air Force in Florida that the plane had disappeared off radar near Humphreys, Missouri, around 10 p.m. Monday.

The aircraft crashed in timber a short time later, approximately five miles southwest of Humphreys.

A state trooper said there was freezing drizzle in that area at the time the plane went down.

Multiple law enforcement agencies, fire departments and first responders spent much of the day Tuesday searching for the downed aircraft.

 

 

MEMPHIS, MISSOURI MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONIES AFTER PROVIDING CHILD WITH DRUGS

 

A northeast Missouri man faces a half-dozen felony charges, including two counts of sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15.

Benjamin Jackson, 32, of Memphis, Missouri, is accused of crimes the young female victim said happened at the suspect's home on different occasions in 2019 and 2020.

Jackson is also charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of a child and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs.

According to court documents, the girl told investigators that Jackson had thrown multiple sex toys at her and provided her with cocaine, marijuana and alcoholic beverages to consume.

She said Jackson has offered her methamphetamine, but she declined the offer.

The victim also stated that Jackson would walk around nude in front of her while he had an erection.

The suspect is being held in the Scotland County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.

This case was investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Scotland County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Bryan Whitney told KTVO similar charges are pending against Jackson in Macon County.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE WEDNESDAY MORNING SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

At approximately 9:08 a.m. on Feb. 10, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired near La Quinta Inn, 2500 I-70 Dr. SW. 

Through reports from Boone County Joint Communications, officers learned that shots had been fired from a vehicle in the area of Bernadette Drive and I-70 Drive SW.

Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located an adult male victim, property damage to a vehicle and several shell casings. 

The victim reported that there was a male suspect who was unknown to him. The victim described the suspect as a Black male. At this time, there is no vehicle description.

No injuries were reported during the incident. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. 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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February 10, 2020

 

MISSOURI HOUSE REPUBLICANS KICK LAWMAKER INDICTED ON FRAUD CARGES OUT OF CAUCUS

 

Missouri House Republicans have kicked a state lawmaker indicted on federal fraud charges out of their caucus.

Members on Monday voted Rep. Tricia Derges out of the caucus.

GOP House leaders are calling on her to resign.

A federal grand jury indicted Derges on fraud charges for falsely claiming a treatment she sold contained stem cells that could help with COVID-19 and other illnesses.

Derges has refused to resign. Last week she told the House speaker that her innocence will prevail.

The speaker took away all her committee assignments last week.

 

 

A SMALL PLANE REPORTED MISSING MONDAY NIGHT FOUND IN NORTH MISSOURI

 

 A small plane missing overnight in northern Missouri has been found near Galt, Missouri.

A search was focused overnight and into Tuesday near Humphreys, Missouri.
Law enforcement on the scene in Sullivan County told KTVO's John Garlock the Air Force reported an aircraft disappeared from radar around 10 p.m. Monday.
Authorities worked through the night to locate the plane and believed it may have gone down northwest of Humphreys.
Authorities say the plane is a single-engine craft they believe departed from St. Louis Monday night with two men on board.
It possibly could have been headed for Kirksville.
Officials at Trenton Municipal Airport indicated the plane had not landed in Trenton, Missouri.

Midday Tuesday, it appeared skid marks were seen in the snow in an area off Almond Drive near Humphreys in video being shot by a drone.
Authorities say the plane is white with red stripes.
Another promising bit of video showed a flash of red that was found to be a deer stand.

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, authorities were awaiting the arrival from Kansas City of a search aircraft. Icy runway conditions in Jefferson City prevented the use of aircraft from there. Officials reported finding the plane around 3 p.m. Tuesday

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Tuesday morning crash in Randolph County left two people injured.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 61 year old Guy Gravitt of Moberly was eastbound on Route JJ in Huntsville just before 10 a.m. Tuesday when he pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 22 year old Ryan Field of Huntsville. Field’s vehicle struck the rear passenger side of Gravitt’s causing extensive damage. A passenger in Gravitt’s vehicle, 55 year old Marita Gravitt of Moberly was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.  Guy Gravitt sought his own treatment for minor injuries.

 

 

 

 




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February 9, 2020

 

THREE CAR ACCIDENT IN KIRKSVILLE SENDS TWO TO HOSPITAL

 

Slick streets contributed to a three-car, chain reaction crash in Kirksville around 3:20 p.m. on Monday.
Kirksville police officers at the scene told KTVO the driver of a car headed north on Baltimore Street was preparing to turn left when a pickup truck slammed into the back of it, sending the car into a ditch. The pickup truck than began spinning and collided with an oncoming box truck headed southbound on Baltimore.
All three vehicles received moderate damage and were towed from the scene. The wreck shut down Baltimore for an hour-and-a-half. Police rerouted traffic through the MFA Oil parking lot.
KTVO was told the driver and passenger in the pickup were taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the box truck was treated at the scene for a thumb injury.

 

 

MACON MOTEL DAMAGED BY OVERNIGHT FIRE

 

 A northeast Missouri motel received major damage during an overnight fire.

The call came in at 3:30 a.m. Monday reporting the America's Best Value Inn and Suites just west of Macon was on fire.

Chief Jeff McLin with Macon Rural Fire Department told KTVO flames were showing through the roof of the room where the blaze started when he arrived.

The flames destroyed five motel rooms, and other rooms received smoke and water damage.

McLin said no guests were staying in the part of the motel where the fire broke out.

He said the cause is still under investigation, but the damage is likely too extensive for them to be able to figure out what started it.

Thirteen firefighters were on the scene for about five hours.

Crews from the the Macon Fire Department and Bevier Fire Protection District helped battle the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

A manager at the motel said Monday afternoon that the motel is still open for business despite the fire. He said the property consists of three separate buildings, and two of them were unaffected by the blaze.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI CONTINUES PUSH TOWARD RENEWABLE ENERGY

 

In the past couple of months, Ameren Missouri has acquired two wind farms in the state of Missouri.

One of those is the High Prairie Wind Farm in northeast Missouri and the other is in northwest Missouri.

As Ameren continues towards its goal of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the company says it is keeping customers in mind.

 

“Too often, underserved and vulnerable communities are hardest hit by the world’s challenges,” said Ameren Vice President of Sustainability and Electrification Gwen Mizell. “I’m proud that this plan keeps inclusion in mind, so that all customers, regardless of where they live or their household income, have access to clean, reliable and affordable energy without compromising reliability.”

 

Ameren customers may also get involved with using renewable energy through its Community Solar and Neighborhood Solar programs.

 

 




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Contagious Virus Variant Reported in Northeast Missouri

From KTVO.com. State health officials said Saturday that the first case in the state of a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus has been recorded in northeast Missouri.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said in a statement that the variant of the virus that was first identified last fall in the United Kingdom had been confirmed in a person who lives in Marion County, which is just northwest of St. Louis near the Mississippi River.  This variant of the virus, which is believed to spread faster than the original coronavirus, has already been found in at least 33 states.

Minor Injuries in Macon Co Wreck

A Laplata resident received minor injuries in a single vehicle accident that occurred Friday evening in Macon County.  According to the online crash report 77 year old Orvel McFarland was traveling eastbound on hwy 156 about 3 miles East of Laplata when his vehicle lost control on a patch of ice, traveled off the North side of the roadway, down an embankment, and struck a fence coming to rest in a field.  McFarland was transported by Macon co Ambulance to Northeast Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. 

Serious Injuries in Morgan Co Accident

A Stover man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident that occurred during the early morning hours of Sunday in Morgan County.  According to the report 48 year old James Cios Jr V was traveling Westbound along Mo 52 just West of Cottonwood Road when his vehicle slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a stump, and a tree.  The driver who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident was seriously injured and was transported to Bothwell Hospital by ambulance for treatment. 


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February 5, 2020

 

TRENTON WOMAN DEAD THRE OTHERS INJURED IN GRUNDY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Trenton woman was killed and three others were injured in an accident in Grundy County Thursday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 70 year old Kenneth Talley of Trenton was eastbound on Missouri Highway 6 at around 9:50 Thursday morning when his vehicle began to slide.  Talley’s vehicle side swiped a westbound car driven by 34 year old Barbara Wagler of Trenton. Talley’s vehicle then continued into the westbound lane of Highway 6 where it collided head on with an SUV driven by 34 year old Devin Burkhiser of Unionville.  A passenger in Talley’s vehicle, 56 year old Valerie Johnson of Trenton was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Talley was taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment of serious injuries.  Burkhiser and a passenger in his SUV, 31 year old Amber Burkhiser of Unionville, were taken by ambulance to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 

MEMPHIS, MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH ABUSE OR NEGLECT OF A CHILD

 

A northeast Missouri man is charged with two counts of felony abuse or neglect of a child.

The suspect is Lawrence Ray Heimer, 53, of rural Memphis, Missouri.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney told KTVO the underage female victim reported that the incidents happened on January 21, 2021, and February 2, 2021.

According to court documents, Heimer had picked the girl up after school and was taking her to a convenience store to get coffee.

The victim told investigators that Heimer asked to see her breasts.

She said Heimer warned that if she ratted him out, he would stab her to death.

Whitney reports the girl provided the sheriff’s office with a recording of this conversation.

The victim said Heimer told her on February 2 he would take her to get coffee before school only if she showed him her breasts.

Heimer was arrested Wednesday night.

He is being held in the Scotland County Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE WARN RESIDENTS OF RENT SCAMS

 

There is a new scam a local police department says you need to know about.

Over the past few days, the Kirksville Police Department has learned about local scams involving properties listed for rent.

According to police, the persons were asked to wire or digitally transmit funds such as $50-$60 to cover what was reported as an application fee for a rental property the 700 block of East Randolph Street in Kirksville.

In one instance after transferring the requested fee, the victim noted there was an “international tax fee” indicating the money was sent out of the United States.

Application fees are common practice for landlords and rental agencies that are designed to cover the out-of-pocket costs associated with running a credit check and criminal history scan.

Someone offering a rental who does not want to talk in person, gives few details or does not offer to allow you to view the property in person, should be considered suspicious.

Here are a few more signs of a rental scam:

 

They tell you to wire money.

This is the surest sign of a scam. There’s never a good reason to wire money to pay a security deposit, application fee, first month’s rent, or vacation rental fee. That’s true even if they send you a contract first. Wiring money is the same as sending cash — once you send it, you have no way to get it back.

 

They want a security deposit or first month’s rent before you’ve met or signed a lease.

It’s never a good idea to send money to someone you’ve never met in person for an apartment you haven’t seen. If you can’t visit an apartment or house yourself, ask someone you trust to go and confirm that it’s for rent, and that it is what was advertised. In addition to setting up a meeting, do a search on the owner and listing. If you find the same ad listed under a different name, that’s a clue it may be a scam.

 

They say they’re out of the country.

But they have a plan to get the keys into your hands. It might involve a lawyer or an “agent” working on their behalf. Some scammers even create fake keys. Don’t send money to them overseas. If you can’t meet in person, see the apartment, or sign a lease before you pay, keep looking. What if the rental itself is overseas? Paying with a credit card or through a reputable vacation rental website with its own payment system are your safest bets.

 

Check out the Federal Trade Commission for more signs of a rental scam at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0079-rental-listing-scams

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.

 

 

 

 

 




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PUTNAM COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING LITTLE GIRL

 

A northeast Missouri man is in jail accused of abusing a little girl.

Michael Sweetman, 40, of Unionville, Missouri, is charged with one count of felony child abuse.

According to court documents, between March 2020 and July 2020, Sweetman inflicted physical injury on the now six-year-old relative by backhanding her in the genital area over her clothes.

Investigators said a witness told them the alleged abuse happened approximately 10 times for no apparent reason and resulted in the girl crying due to the pain.

Court papers state the victim suffered serious emotional injury as a result of the physical abuse.

Sweetman is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $25,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS ADVACE BILL BANNING POLICE FROM FOLLOWING FEDERAL LAW

 

Missouri lawmakers are advancing a bill to ban police from using federal laws to take away people's guns.
The GOP-led House on Wednesday voted to give the bill initial approval.
A previous version of the bill would have disqualified law enforcement officers from serving as state police if they violated the policy.
House lawmakers toned down penalties in the bill Wednesday. But it still would subject police departments that employ officers who take away guns based on federal laws would to lawsuits and $50,000 fines.
The bill has gotten pushback from some law enforcement in the state.

 

 

MISSOURI APPEALS COURT REVERSES RULING BANNING GUNS ON MU CAMPUS

 

A Missouri appeals court ruling means employees of the University of Missouri System are allowed to bring guns on campus, but the weapon must be in a vehicle and concealed from sight.
The court ruling announced Tuesday involved a conflict between a university rule about weapons and a state law covering state employees.
The case began in 2015 when Royce Barondes, a professor of law on the Columbia campus, sued because he wanted to keep a firearm in his locked vehicle.
Boone County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Harris ruled in November 2019 that the university rule prohibiting guns on campus did not conflict with state law.
The appeals court reversed that ruling.

 

 

TWO DRIVERS HURT IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH

 

Two drivers were hurt in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Boone County.  The report states that 22 year old Marshell Thomas of Columbia was on Route HH when she failed to yield to a car driven by 44 year old Jacque Dieckmann of Mexico and they collided and after impact Dieckmann’s car ran off the right side of the road and struck a road sign.  Dieckmann sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment while Thomas was taken to Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 




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February 2, 2020

 

TWO INJURED IN HEAD ON RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were hurt following a head-on collision.

That accident happened at 3:25 a.m. Sunday in Randolph County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Dustin Brown, 36, of Moberly, was on Route JJ, when he crossed the center line and struck another vehicle, driven by Brittany Dale, 28, of Huntsville.

Brown suffered minor injuries.

Dale, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROPOSES TRANSFORMING CAMERON CORRECTIONS FACILITY INTO TRAINING GROUND

 

Gov. Mike Parson has proposed transforming a shuttered northwest Missouri prison into a training ground for incoming correctional officers.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson's recently unveiled budget plan includes $671,714 to convert the idled Crossroads Correctional Center in Cameron into an academy where would-be prison guards can get more real-world experience before being assigned to one of the state's 20 lock-ups.
The state has training academies in Jefferson City, St. Joseph and Farmington.
Those facilities may be consolidated once the conversion is complete.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS LAWMAKERS DISRESPECTED HIM WITH ADDRESS VENUE CHANGE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says lawmakers disrespected him when House leaders told him he couldn't give his State of the State address in that chamber because of coronavirus concerns.
The Republican wrote a letter Friday accusing GOP lawmakers of a "disgusting scheme" to embarrass him.
The governor traditionally delivers an annual speech to lawmakers in the House.
Parson says the House told him he couldn't use that chamber hours before he was set to speak Wednesday.
Republican legislative leaders said they switched venues for better social distancing.
The top Senate Democrat questioned why Parson gave an in-person speech at all.

 

 

TWO FIRES CAUSE DAMAGE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department responded to two structure fires five minutes apart overnight on Monday, February 1, 2021.
At 2:18am the Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 1511 Rosemary Lane.  The first unit arrived less than five minutes later and reported heavy smoke showing on the south side of a two story home.  Fire crews encountered fire in a bedroom on the second floor and contained the fire to that room.  
Fire investigators determined the origin of the fire was a closet in the second story bedroom.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Damage is estimated at $50,000.  
There were no reported injuries.  The Red Cross was notified and is assisting the occupants.  Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  
At 2:23am the Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2621 Quail Drive.  The first unit arrived less then seven minutes later and reported smoke showing from the roof of a fourplex apartment building.  Fire crews entered and found fire in the kitchen of an upstairs unit.  The fire was contained to the kitchen.
Fire investigators determined the origin of the fire was the kitchen in apartment B.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.  Damage is estimated at $112,000.
Two occupants of apartment B were transported to the hospital for evaluation of non-life threatening injuries.  There were no other reported injuries.  The Red Cross was notified and has offered assistance to the occupants.
Six units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.

 




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February 1, 2020

 

ST.LOUIS AREA AND OTHERS AROUND THE STATE HOLD VACCINATION EVENTS

 

About 1,800 people received the coronavirus vaccine Saturday on the third day in a row of large vaccination events in St. Louis.

Altogether, roughly 4,500 people were vaccinated at events in the city on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Several counties in the St. Louis area are planning large-scale vaccination clinics in the coming weeks. Mayor Lyda Krewson's spokesman Jacob Long said the supply of vaccine doses is not keeping up with the number of people eligible to get it.

The state held nine mass vaccination clinics staffed by the Missouri National Guard Friday as part of an effort to innoculate roughly 18,000 people.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE FIND TWO MISSING TEENS, STILL SEARCHING FOR A THIRD

 

UPDATE: The Kirksville Police Department now searching for one missing teenage girl. Officers say Nichole Bottoms, 15 and Briana Reed-McKenzie, 16, have been located safe. KPD is still seeking information about missing Evanna M., 15.

The Kirksville Police Department is searching for three missing teenage girls. The females were last seen leaving the 1400 block of South Boundary in Kirksville at around 9:45 pm on Friday, January 29, 2021. The three females left the area on foot and their last know direction of travel is unknown. Two of the girls are from outside the Northeast Missouri are and the third is from Macon, MO. The three missing girls are described as follows:

Briana Reed-McKenzie, 16 year old, biracial, female, height, 5’7” tall, 139 lbs, last seen wearing a Rick & Morty hooded sweatshirt, jeans and had her hair in pigtails.

Nichole Bottoms, 15 year old ,white, female, 5’8” tall, 150 lbs, brown hair, last seen wearing puffy camo jacket, black leggings, and Converse shoes,

Evanna M., 15 year old, biracial, female, 5’2” tall, 120 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes, last seen wearing a puffy black jacket, blue bandana, and green and purple pants.

Some information about these missing females is not able to be release at this time, including recent photos. The Kirksville Police Department is actively working this investigation and will provide more information as it becomes available.

If you have any information regarding the possible locate of these missing teens, please contact Adair County E911 Center/Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621 or your local law enforcement.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired Friday, Jan. 29 at approximately 1:10 a.m., in the 200 block of Sexton Road. 

Officers arrived and located one victim, a 16-year-old male, who had been shot. Officers immediately began rendering first aid to the victim until EMS was able to take over patient care. The victim was transported by EMS to a local hospital for advanced medical care. 

Officers canvassed the area searching for evidence and attempting to locate any witnesses. 

There were no further injuries reported. 

Information gathered indicated a white male wearing dark clothing was involved. Officers located a subject matching that description. The subject was detained for further investigation.

There is no additional suspect information to provide at this time. 

This is an ongoing investigation by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division (CID). More information may become available at a later time.

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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January 29, 2020

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE

 

A northeast Missouri man is behind bars following a domestic disturbance incident.

On January 24, 2021, Lewis County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a domestic in progress at a residence in La Belle, Missouri.

Deputies received two different 911 calls indicating there was a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Main Street in La Belle.

When deputies got there, they located a female victim who had fled from her residence to a neighbor's house to get help.

Investigators said the victim had injuries to her neck area, and she told deputies her boyfriend had grabbed her by the throat.

After further investigation, Christopher M. Davis, 30, of La Belle, was then taken into custody.

He is now charged with one count of second-degree domestic assault, a class D felony.

Davis is being held on $10,000 cash-only bond.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR GIVES STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson gave the 2021 State of the State address.

The address covered a variety of topics, including COVID-19.

Throughout his address, Parson indicated that it is in the state's nature to overcome obstacles like COVID-19.

 

"Missouri has seen some difficult days in the past 200 years, from the Civil War, The Great Depression, Women Suffrage, Civil Rights to the COVID-19 crisis and countless other hardships, but through it all Missouri has prevailed," Parson said.

 

Parson also discussed how he believed Missouri was at the forefront in response to the pandemic.

He cites his administration's willingness to be on the grounds in St. Louis, where the first COVID-19 case in Missouri was reported.

Parson also discussed the strives the state has made with testing and how the his cabinet came together to make sure Missourians got the help they needed.

 

"We have worked nonstop to take a balanced approach to fight the virus and keep Missourians as safe as possible," Parson said. "We pulled together, our entire cabinet and every state agency to coordinate our statewide response. We convened weekly calls for ten straight months with community leaders and medical experts.

 

Parson talked about his administration's guidance on dispersing $520 million in CARES Act funds to local jurisdictions within 10 days.

He also spoke about the state's partnership with Google and how it helped distribute PPE across the state.

Missouri also submitted one of the nation's first vaccine distribution plans, which Parson attributes to more now than 400,000 doses being administered to Missourians.

Parson is proud of how Missouri has handled the pandemic, while there is ongoing civil unrest, violent crime and having a difficult budget.

 

 

TWO SEPARATE ACCIDENTS CAUSE INJURY IN NEARLY THE SAME SPOT JUST OVER AN HOUR APART

 

Two accidents occurred within an hour and a half of each other in nearly the same spot in Callaway County Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the first crash happened around 8:40 Wednesday morning on Southbound U.S. Highway 63 just south of the West Outer Road. A vehicle driven by 52 year old Ruthie Higginbottom of Jefferson City was southbound on U.S. 63 when she rear ended a semi driven by 26 year old Christopher Peak of Mexico, Missouri. Higginbottom’s car then collided with the side of another vehicle driven by 25 year old Mackenzie Brundage of Holt’s Summit.  Higginbottom was taken by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Brundage and Peak were not injured.

Just over an hour later, around 9:54 a.m., a vehicle driven by 40 year old Nicole Johnson of Jefferson City was southbound on U.S. 63 just south of the West Outer Road when her car slid into the rear of a semi driven by 55 year old Alan Wehmeyer of Holt’s Summit. Johnson and a passenger in her car 40 year old William Johnson were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Wehmeyer was not injured.

 




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January 28, 2020

 

CAMPER FIRE IN KIRKSVILLE DID NOT HAVE RESIDENT INSIDE DESPITE REPORTS

 

Original reports came in that someone might be inside a burning camper in Kirksville.

Fortunately, that did not turn out to be the case.

The fire in a pull-behind camper happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday in the back yard of a home at 1207 North Biggs Street.

Battalion Chief Marc Jefferson with the Kirksville Fire Department told KTVO at the scene that the camper was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived.

Billy Carvitto, 65, said he had been living in the camper for over a year. He used an electric heater to stay warm.

Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger said it appears the space heater is the likely cause of the fire, but he can't say for certain.

Carvitto said he was not in the camper when the fire started.

Kirksville fire crews were on the scene for about two hours.

 

 

FAMILY OF TWO PEOPLE KILLED IN NEMO CRASH STARTS FUNDRAISER

 

An online fundraiser has been started to help pay for the cremation of a northeast Missouri grandmother and her granddaughter who were killed Monday in a crash outside Green Castle.

Robin Wasson, 49, of Milan, and her 12-year-old granddaughter, Jacqueline, of Kirksville, were pronounced dead at the scene on Highway 6.

The SUV they were passengers in slid out of control on the ice-covered roadway and collided broadside with an oncoming van.

Gloria Wasson, Robin’s daughter, describes her late mother as a feisty lady who would have given the clothes off of her back if someone needed them.

She said Jacqueline was so warm hearted, loving and outgoing. She had love for everyone, no matter what.

As of this posting, the online fundraiser had already collected almost $7,000.

We are told Gloria and Jacqueline had just moved to Kirksville from Milan two weeks ago.

The family is originally from California.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR LOOKS TO TAKE UNUSED COVID-19 VACCINE DOSES BACK FROM PHARMACIES

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is seeking to take unused doses of the coronavirus vaccine back from pharmacies so they can be distributed to mass vaccination sites operated by the National Guard in an effort to speed up the sluggish pace of immunizations.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Parson spokeswoman Kelli Jones said Tuesday night that the administration is looking at diverting 25,000 doses from CVS and Walgreens.
Jones said: "We asked for 25,000 back already and are asking for more."
Jones stressed that the maneuver won't keep pharmacies from finishing their work providing vaccinations at nursing homes, which have been particularly hard hit by the spread of COVID-19.

 

 

MISSOURI PENSION OFFICIAL SAYS PRIVATE FIRM TRIED TO INFLUENCE MISSOURI LAWMAKERS

 

A Missouri state employees' pension official has testified that a private equity firm being sued for allegedly mishandling retirement investments has hired a lobbyist who tried to influence legislators and put pressure on the pension. The private equity firm Catalyst Capital Group hired a lobbyist after the Missouri State Employees' Retirement System filed its lawsuit in October.
Pension system executive director Ronda Stegmann testified in a court hearing last week that a lobbyist then tried to set up a meeting with her, two legislators and Catalyst executives.
The Kansas City Star reported parties involved in litigation typically do not speak with one another outside of court proceedings, except through their attorneys.

 




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January 27, 2020

 

CALLAWAY COUNTY TRAFFIC STOP ENDS IN DRUG BUST

 

A traffic stop ends with a massive drug bust, after a Callaway County Sheriff's Office K9 helped confiscate 10 pounds of methamphetamine.

The Callaway County Sheriff's Office said K9 Kriger assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol with an investigation on I-70, east of Kingdom City around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Krieger sniffed out 10 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of $453,000.

Amber Collins, 27, and Jonathan Mackey, 31, both of Lexington, Kentucky were arrested for trafficking drugs, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.

Both Mackey and Collins are being held at the Callaway County Jail, without bond.

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, first responders were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Cable and Baltimore streets in Kirksville.

The crash involved a car and pickup truck.

The car was exiting the Kirksville Home Depot and the pickup truck was heading northbound on Baltimore Street when both vehicles collided.

The crash resulted in significant damage to the front end of the car.

There was also significant damage to the driver's side of the pickup truck.

It also caused for all the items that were in the bed of the truck to come out.
There were no injuries reported.

The crash scene was cleared by 3:30 p.m.

 

 

UPDATE ON FATAL NEMO ACCIDENT

 

A young Kirksville girl and a Milan woman were killed Monday afternoon in a northeast Missouri crash.

It happened just before 2 p.m. on an ice-covered Highway 6, approximately a mile east of Green Castle.

State troopers said an SUV driven by Carlos Varelas, 31, of Milan, slid sideways on the slick roadway and entered the opposite lane of traffic.

The SUV then collided broadside with an oncoming commercial van driven by Daniel Dile, 47, of Green Castle. Dile suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Both people who were killed were passengers in the SUV. The impact literally ripped the SUV into two pieces.

The deceased are identified as a 12-year-old girl from Kirksville, and Robin Wasson, 49, of Milan. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The girl's name is not being released. The two passengers were ejected from the SUV.

Varelas suffered moderate injuries.

He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

 

 




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January 26, 2020

 

TWO PEOPLE DEAD AFTER CRASH IN NORTHEAST MISSOURI

 

Two people were killed Monday afternoon in a northeast Missouri crash.

It happened just before 2 p.m. on a slick Highway 6, approximately a mile east of Green Castle, Missouri.

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe confirmed for KTVO that two people died as a result of the two-vehicle crash.

Names are not being released at this time until the victims' families have been notified.

The vehicles involved in the deadly crash were an SUV and a commercial van.

The impact literally ripped the SUV into two pieces.

The front of the vehicle remained in the roadway.

The back section was in a ditch a few feet away.

 

 

NO CHARGES AGAINST JEFFERSON CITY OFFICERS WHO SHOT MAN WITH KNIFE

 

No charges will be filed against the Jefferson City police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 59-year-old man who is said to have presented a "large knife" in a "threatening manner" and ignored verbal commands to drop the knife, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson announced Monday that no charges would be filed against the Jefferson City officers for the death of 59-year-old James Reising, who was fatally shot in Jefferson City earlier this month.

Reising was fatally shot on January 3, 2021, after officers responded to the Wildwood Shopping Center for a disturbance call.