LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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May 31st, 2020

 

NEMO MAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS FOUND DEAD

 

A northeast Missouri man missing for two weeks has been found dead.

On May 15, 2020, Matthew Allen Shaw, 36, of Bethel, Missouri, wandered off into the woods after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Highway 168 east of Shelbyville, Missouri.

Numerous searches had turned up nothing until Friday.

Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO that right before 10 a.m. Friday, searchers found Shaw's body in tall grass about one-fourth of a mile east of the crash site. It was about 50 feet north of Highway 168.

Brown said, at this time, the death is not considered suspicious, but an autopsy is planned for next week.

Searchers on Friday included state troopers, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and a team from Christian Aid Ministries from Ohio.

 

 

MACON SEX OFFENDER FACES FIVE NEW CHARGES

 

A northeast Missouri sex offender is facing five new charges this week after police say he communicated with someone on social media he thought was a 12-year-old girl. That "girl" was actually an undercover detective from the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit.

Jarrod Hoffman, 46, of rural Macon, is charged with sexual misconduct involving a child under the age of 15, failure to register as a sex offender, resisting arrest, fourth-degree assault and second-degree property damage.

According to court documents, the detective, using an undercover account, contacted Hoffman via Facebook after learning that Hoffman had not registered his online profile with the Macon County Sheriff's Office as required by law.

The two exchanged messages over the next two months. Police said Hoffman sent photos of himself including a nude picture and a photo of his privates.

The detective and a Macon County sheriff's deputy then met up with Hoffman in a Macon parking lot on Thursday.

When the suspect was told he was under arrest, they say Hoffman took a swing at the deputy, hitting him in the arm, and then he took off running.

During the scuffle to apprehend Hoffman, court documents say the suspect knocked the deputy's cell phone off of his vest. It fell to the ground and the screen cracked.

The whole incident was captured on one of the officer's body cameras.

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

 

 

PERSON WHO ATTENDED LAKE OF THE OZARKS BARS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Health officials say they're seeking to "inform mass numbers of unknown people" after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19. Camden County Health Department said in a release that the resident of Boone County in mid-Missouri tested positive on Sunday after arriving at the lake area a day earlier.

Officials said there have been no reported cases of the virus linked to coronavirus in residents of Camden County, where the parties seen in videos and photos posted on social media took place.

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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May 28th, 2020

 

 

SUMNER TEEN DROWNS IN PRIVATE POND IN MARION COUNTY

 

A 19-year-old Missouri teen fell off his kayak and drowned Tuesday afternoon at a private pond in Marion County.
According to KHQA, Jayden Richardson, of Sumner, was kayaking on a private pond located 2.5 miles west of Philadelphia on County Road 144 at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Richardson died Tuesday after he fell out of his kayak and did not resurface.
He was pronounced deceased by the Marion County Coroner on the scene at 1:45 p.m.


WEDNESDAY STORMS PRODUCE SMALL FUNNEL CLOUD IN NORTH MISSOURI

A small funnel cloud over Putnam and Schuyler counties caught the eye of several residents Wednesday afternoon.
One caller into KTVO said she saw if from her home in Worthington, Missouri. Other viewers caught photos of it in the Queen City area around 4 p.m.
The National Weather Service said there was a boundary across northeast Missouri, but it was not strong enough to produce a full-blown tornado.
KTVO Storm Team 3 Meteorologists Teresa Carter and Matt Gunn said the funnel cloud that residents reported seeing was approximately 6,000 feet off the ground and posed no danger to the Heartland.

 

PALMYRA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A northeast Missouri man was injured after striking a tree and ditch following a single-vehicle accident.
That accident happened around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday night in Marion County.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Matthew Cashman, 29, of Palmyra, was on County Road 422 when he traveled off the right side of the road.
That's when he struck a tree and ditch.
Cashman suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital for treatment.
According to the online crash report, he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.



THREE COLUMBIA RESIDENTS INUJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

Three Columbia residents are injured, two seriously, after an accident on Stadium Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  According to the Columbia Police Department, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Reid Browning of Columbia was westbound on Stadium Boulevard at the intersection of College Park Drive at around 4:17 p.m. Wednesday.  At that time, a vehicle driven by 89 year old Billy Smith of Columbia was traveling south on College Park Drive approaching the intersection with Stadium Boulevard. As Smith’s vehicle was crossing the Stadium Boulevard intersection, Browning’s vehicle failed to stop at a red light and collided with the driver’s side of Smith’s vehicle.  The collision caused Smith’s vehicle to roll onto it’s passenger side. Both Smith and his passenger, 87 year old Ellen Smith of Columbia; who was partially ejected from the vehicle, were transported to University Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Browning suffered minor injuries.




May 27th, 2020

 

WIND TURBINES CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN NEMO

 

More and more wind turbines are starting to dot the horizon outside Greentop and Queen City, Missouri.

Minnesota-based Blattner Energy and its subcontractors are in the process of putting up 175 wind turbines in Schuyler County and northern Adair County.

It is called the High Prairie Wind Farm project.

Right now, crews have completed about 30 of the approximately 357-foot-tall turbines.

The very first one went up at the end of April 2020. On-site workers told KTVO it takes about a day to assemble one.

Their goal is to put up three turbines per day, but sometimes the weather interferes. On a good day, crews can erect five of the monstrous structures.

Crews said it takes seven or eight semi-trucks to deliver all of the components for just one turbine.

Employees said all of those parts come from Denmark.

A total of 500 people, counting the contractor and subcontractors, are working on the wind farm.

When completed, the project will have two substations. Crews said the first one was energized last week. The second one should be up and running in July 2020.

Construction of the High Prairie Wind Farm may take until fall, depending on weather.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PUSHES FORWARD MEDICAID VOTE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage in the state.
Parson on Tuesday said he's putting the ballot initiative on the Aug. 4 primary ballot instead of the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Missouri's Medicaid program currently doesn't cover most adults without children and has one of the nation's lowest income eligibility thresholds for parents.
The ballot proposal would expand coverage to adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which is about $17,600 annually for an individual or $30,000 for a family of three.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN TWO JUVENILES IN CONNECTION TO FIRE AT DOLLAR GENERAL

 

Columbia police detained two juvenile suspects, both 16 years old, who are being held on the charge of Arson in the 1st Degree in connection to the May 11 structure fire at Dollar General, 3700 Flanders Court, at approximately 11:30 a.m. 

The business was open and occupied at the time of the fire, however, no injuries were reported. 

The Columbia fire department fire marshal partnered with CPD detectives during the investigation. Fire investigators estimated the loss for the fire at approximately $350,000 in contents and approximately $250,000 for the structure. 

The two suspects were released to the juvenile authorities. 

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

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

 

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR VOWS NOT TO COMBINE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

 

Missouri's health director says the state has been lumping together different coronavirus test results in a way that can be misleading.

Health department Director Randall Williams on Tuesday said the state no longer will combine virus tests and antibody tests.

Public health experts and Williams himself have said those tests should be separated.

That's because mixing them makes it difficult to understand how the virus is spreading and can give the false impression that the rate of positive test results is declining.

Williams had said the state wasn't combining the data.

He now says he wasn't aware that was happening.

 




May 26th, 2020

 

 

TWO VEHICLE CRASH OCCURS IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, a two-vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of Jefferson and Baltimore streets in Kirksville.

white Chevy truck was turning left out of the Xpress Mart parking lot to head eastbound on Jefferson Street.

While turning left, the driver's side of the truck was crashed into by a mid-size Dodge vehicle.

The Dodge vehicle had just passed through the Baltimore and Jefferson Street intersection and was heading westbound on Jefferson Street.

All involved with the crash denied medical attention at the scene.

Any citations associated with this crash are pending.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES MEMORIAL DAY CRASH INFORMATION

 

Six people died in traffic crashes over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated the following over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend:

Traffic Statistics

Boating Statistics

During the 2019 counting period, the Patrol investigated 296 traffic crashes, which included 127 injuries and seven of the eight fatalities. Troopers made 96 arrests for driving while intoxicated last year. Also, over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday: Marine operations troopers investigated seven boating crashes involving three injuries and two fatalities; and arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated on the state’s rivers and lakes. No one drowned over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday.

 

 

KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS LEADERS URGE PARTYGOERS AT LAKE TO QUARANTINE

 

Leaders in Kansas City and St. Louis are urging people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media postings will lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus.
Big crowds were reported at swimming pools, bars and restaurants at the popular central Missouri lake that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
Postings showed people without masks partying and swimming together in close proximity.
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page asked the county's health department to issue a travel advisory.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person that was stabbed at approximately 8:45 a.m. on May 25 near Highway 63 and Clark Lane.

Officers arrived and immediately located one male victim, 42, with a life-threatening injury. The victim was immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the victim was experiencing homelessness and was attacked while in a wooded area near the bridge of Highway 63 and Clark Lane. Officers canvassed the area searching for other victims as well as evidence. No further injuries were reported. 

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

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

 




May 25th, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR WARNS RESIDENTS AFTER VIRAL VIDEO SURFACES

 

Missouri's health director has issued a dire warning after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together: The coronavirus is still here, and the spreading of illnesses could have "long-lasting and tragic" results.

One video on social media shows a crammed pool at Lake of the Ozarks, with people lounging and playing close together, without masks.

The lake draws people from as far away as Arkansas and Iowa.

It's especially popular with travelers from St. Louis city and county, which combined account for more than half of Missouri's confirmed cases and more than two-thirds of the 681 deaths

 

 

FOUR MISSOURI TEENS INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN MONROE COUNTY

 

Four Missouri teens were injured following a single-vehicle crash Sunday night.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Chase Grimes, 18, of Fulton, was on Business 154, just east of US 24 in Paris, Missouri, when he traveled off the side of the road and overcorrected.

That caused him to travel off the other side of the road where he hit a culvert.

Grimes suffered minor injuries.

Three other passengers were inside the vehicle.

Eston Drews, 17, of Fulton, and Bryanna Conboy, 17, of Paris, Missouri, along with a 14-year-old boy all suffered minor injuries.

All four were taken to the hospital for treatment.

According to the online crash report, all four were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

 

 

SHELBY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN FINDING MISSING MAN

 

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is in need of the public’s help in locating Matthew Allen Shaw.

According to KHQA, on May 15, Shaw was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 168 east of Shelbyville, Missouri.

Shaw's sister, Christina Wiedeman, said in a Facebook post that the location where the crash happened is about four-and-a-half miles east of Shelbyville.

Shaw left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement arriving.

According to witnesses, Shaw was last seen walking into the woods away from the accident.

Wiedeman said her brother's broken eyeglasses were found in his truck, and he can't see well without them.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and several of Shaw’s family members searched approximately a five-mile area along Highway 168 with no sign of Shaw.

Shaw has not been seen or heard from by any family members since the evening of the vehicle accident.

Shaw is described as a white male approximately 5’5 and 140 pounds with brown, shaggy hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tight-fitting navy blue T-shirt and light tan work boots.

If you have any information regarding Shaw’s whereabouts, please contact the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office by calling 573-633-2161.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED AND GUNSHOT WOUND MONDAY MORNING

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound on May 25 at approximately 2:10 a.m., in the 2700 block of Quail Drive.

Officers arrived and immediately located one victim with a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. No further injuries were reported.

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

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

 




May 24th, 2020

 

SOUTHWEST MISSOURI WOMAN SUING FOR REMAINS OF HUSBAND’S BODY SHE KEPT IN FREEZER

 

A 67-year-old southwest Missouri woman who kept her husband's body in a freezer in her bedroom is suing for the return of his remains.

Barbara Watters was charged last year with abandoning a corpse after authorities found her husband's body in the freezer.

After a judge dismissed the charges in January, she sued the city of Joplin, the police department and the Jasper County attorney.

The lawsuit was moved to federal court this week.

The lawsuit contends the coroner has not returned her husband's body and police are keeping items seized from her home.

 

 

PUTNAM COUNTY ARGUMENT ENDS IN STABBING

 

Police say what started as an argument over a woman ended with a northeast Missouri man getting stabbed.

It happened late Wednesday night at an apartment in the 600 block of North 19th Street in Unionville, Missouri.

Johnathan Travis Frame, 34, of Unionville, is charged with armed criminal action and first-degree assault following the altercation.

Police Chief Josh Mathes said in court documents that Frame went to the victim's apartment and started arguing with that man about a woman.

The victim told police Frame was intoxicated, and he shoved Frame out of his apartment and tried to get him to leave.

That's when the suspect reportedly started yelling and began trying to fight the victim.

The man said Frame pulled out a knife and started swinging it at him, narrowly missing his throat.

Police said the suspect then severely cut the victim's hand. Mathes said it was a deep laceration that was bleeding profusely.

The chief said there were large amounts of blood inside and outside the apartment.

The man was taken to Putnam County Hospital for treatment. Mathes later learned the knife cut an artery during the attack.

Frame is being held in the Putnam County Jail on $20,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MISSOURI UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES TO RISE AMID CORONAVIRUS HALT

 

Missouri's unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
Still, Missouri's jobless rate of 9.7% was well below the national rate of 14.7%.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development released its April jobs report Friday that spelled out the devastating impact of the halt to the economy that was part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Missouri's seasonally adjusted jobless rate compared to 3.9% in March, when it had already started to rise because of the pandemic.
The state's unemployment rate was 3.2% in April 2019.

 

MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ASKS FOR SPECIAL SESSION WITH GOVERNOR

 

 Let's say you are a business that just reopened after the stay-at-home order was lifted.

You have done everything right, you're following the social distancing guidelines, and you're taking extra steps to protect your employees.

But, one of your employees comes down with COVID-19.

What happens then?

Right now your business, just like over 500 other businesses in the United States, is liable for to be sued, even though you've followed all of the guidelines.

This is something the Missouri Chamber of Commerce CEO Daniel Mehan says the chamber is trying to fight.

"Protection from potential litigation that could be levied on employers who, through no fault of their own, or are trying to do the right thing. Maybe someone inadvertently catches the virus. They get accused of not following guidelines when they have. So, we’re just trying to get protections so people feel comfortable opening up again."

Mehan said that this will be a killer for Missouri’s economy.

That is the main reason that the chamber is trying to find some protection for businesses, to help the economy move closer to a recovery...

"Well, it can only retard our recovery. So, and it slows it down, prevent it. Have people, employers, stay shuttered longer or close down part of their operation, it can only have a negative effect."

The chamber has been in contact with Governor Parson and are trying to come together for a special session to create some protection for businesses who follow the guidelines.

"“That’s what we’re looking for. If you follow the guidelines that are established and reopen, we don’t think you should be subject to concerns over liability for COVID.”"

For more information on how you can protect your business and other guidelines for the COVID-19 outbreak, check out the Chamber of Commerce's website here.

 




May 22nd, 2020

 

PALMYRA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman was flown to the hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash.

The accident happened around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in Marion County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a grain truck driven by Joseph Swisher, 71, of Philadelphia, Missouri was on Route M when he ran off the left side of the road.

A vehicle driven by Destiny Bevans, 33, of Palmyra, crested the hill and tried to avoid Swisher's vehicle, but that's when the two collided in the middle of the road.

Bevans was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and suffered serious injuries.

She was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia.

Swisher was not injured in the crash.

 

 

MACON COUNTY TEEN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

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

The crash happened at 8:20 p.m in Macon County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Anthony Akery, 19, of Anabel, was on Route C, six miles south of Bevier when he traveled off the side of the road.

That caused his vehicle to overturn several times.

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

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired Thursday, May 21, at approximately 6:50 a.m. in the 3500 block of Zinnia Drive.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers did locate damage to a residence, however, no injuries were reported. 

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

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

 

 

SUV STOLEN IN PUTNAM COUNTY FOUND IN SOUTHEAST IOWA

 

An SUV stolen from northeast Missouri about a month ago has now been found torched in a southeast Iowa field.A Wapello County farmer discovered the burned 2012 Subaru Outback Tuesday afternoon while walking his property on Rock Bluff Road outside Ottumwa.

Investigator Aaron McConnell with the Wapello County Sheriff's Office told KTVO Thursday that the vehicle was way back in the field, not visible from the road.

They don't know how long it had been there.

Based on the license plates, the SUV belongs to Robert and Rachel Cortesio, who live in Putnam County, Missouri.

Investigators are still trying to verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) because the one in the front windshield was destroyed by the fire.

Rachel Cortesio told KTVO Thursday she was notified by a Putnam County sheriff’s deputy this week that the couple' stolen vehicle had been found. It was taken from their home on April 23, 2020, when they were away at work.

Authorities don't know who the thief is, but they know it's a man. He also stole two other vehicles before that.

That person is also suspected of burning the Cortesios' home to the ground when he stole their SUV.

The investigation is ongoing.

 

 

MISSOURI CHAMBER PUSHES FOR BUSINESSES PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 LAWSUITS

 

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is urging Mike Parson to call a special session so lawmakers can take action to protect businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. In a letter to the Republican governor on Wednesday, the chamber called coronavirus liability an "emerging problem in Missouri."

The organization cites lawsuits involving those who believe they contracted the virus at a business.

The chamber says that under current state law, the lawsuits can move forward regardless of whether businesses were taking precautions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

 




May 21st, 2020

 

ONE OF THREE VEHICLE THEFT SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

 

One of three suspects in a vehicle theft that resulted in a chase and crash Livingston County has been taken into custody.  Officers with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department arrested 35  year old Jesse Monreal of Kansas Tuesday.  Monreal was found hiding from law enforcement near Livingston County roads 437 and 4304.  He is one of three suspects in the theft of a vehicle in Lafayette County, Missouri in which shots were fired at the vehicle’s owner.  The theft resulted in a chase through Carroll County and into Livingston County where the stolen vehicle crashed on private property southeast of Dawn off of Livingston County road 437. The three occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot. Two of those three suspects have not yet been found. The Livingston County Sheriff’s office said Wednesday that a White Ford F-250 pickup with the word “Quarry” written on the side was stolen from the Quarry in Blue Mound.   They reported that investigation showed the vehicle was stolen by two individuals  who came from the same direction that the suspects exited the stolen vehicle from Lafayette County.  It has not yet been confirmed that these are the same individuals.  Law enforcement is encouraging residents to be extra cautious if traveling around the area and to report suspicious activity they may encounter.  If anyone has seen the vehicle stolen from the Quarry in Blue Mound they are asked to contact their nearest law enforcement agency.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s department was assisted by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, U.S. Marshalls Office, Chillicothe Police and Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN STABBING AT LOWES

 

At approximately 2:53 p.m. on May 19, Columbia police responded to a report of a stabbing in front of Lowe’s, located at 201-A Conley Road. 

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a female victim, 43, who was transported to a local hospital by emergency medical services to treat non-life threatening injuries. 

The suspect was identified as Gentara Bennett, 19, of Columbia. Officers located Bennett inside Sam’s Club, located at 101 Conley Road. At this time, the weapon used is unknown. Bennett was arrested for assault in the first degree, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. There is no known connection between the victim and the suspect.  

This case is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 

MISSING UNIONVILLE TEEN FOUND IN IOWA

 

A missing teenager from Unionville, Missouri, has been found safe and sound in Seymour, Iowa.

Seymour Police Chief Richard Carter told KTVO Jasmine Holliday, 13, of Unionville, was found around 2 p.m. Wednesday walking along a city street in Seymour.

Carter said a resident had spotted her and a couple of friends and reported it to police.

Unionville Police Josh Mathes told KTVO law enforcement was returning Holliday to Unionville on Wednesday afternoon.

 

 

MINOR FLOODING REPORTED IN EASTERN MISSOURI

 

Persistent wet weather has caused rivers to rise in eastern Missouri, resulting in minor flooding along parts of the Mississippi and other rivers.
Much of the eastern part of the state has received 3 inches of rain or more over the past week.
The Mississippi River is at flood stage in the northeast Missouri towns of Louisiana and Clarksville, leaving farm fields wet and closing a few roads.
In southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River was nearly 2 feet above technical flood stage on Wednesday at Cape Girardeau, where much of the town is protected by a flood wall.
The Meramec River was flooding at Arnold.

 

 




May 19th, 2020

 

TRENTON TEEN INJURED AFTER FALLING OUT OF TRUCK

 

A Trenton teen is injured after falling out of a vehicle in Grundy County Sunday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by 17 year old Alan Airey of Trenton was Westbound on Princeton Road in Trenton at around 5:30 Sunday evening.  At that point, a passenger in Airey’s vehicle, a 16 year old male from Trenton, attempted to climb out of the passenger window to get to the bed of the truck.  The teen lost his footing and fell out of the window, landing on the roadway.  Airey’s truck then came to a stop.  The 16 year old was taken by helicopter to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City for treatment of serious injuries.  Airey was not injured.

 

 

PROPERTY LINE DISPUTE IN PUTNAM COUNTY LEADS TO SHOTS FIRED

 

Investigators say an ongoing dispute over property lines in northeast Missouri escalated to the point that one neighbor fired shots at another neighbor.

According to court documents, it happened over the weekend at a residence on Putnam County Route FF southwest of Livonia, Missouri.

The victim called 911 late Sunday morning to report her neighbor, Victoria Smith, 36, of Livonia, was shooting at her.

After an investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Smith was charged Monday with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

When a deputy arrived at the Smith home just before noon on Sunday, he said Smith told him that her dogs were barking and she could hear something moving along the back property line behind her home.

She said she fired one shot into the air and then heard the victim yell back at her.

Smith told the deputy she then fired two more shots and figured her neighbor would leave, but she didn't.

Investigators recovered a loaded handgun from Smith's front pants pocket.

The victim told the deputy that she was mushroom hunting on her property when she heard the gun fired the first time.

She claims Smith verbally threatened her and continued to shoot in her direction.

The victim said in a written statement that every time she walks on her property behind the Smiths' residence, she gets threatened.

The woman provided the sheriff's office with a recording of the Sunday incident. The deputy said in court documents that he could hear multiple gunshots and Smith yelling in a threatening manner.

Smith was arrested, and her bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. The sheriff's office said Smith has posted bond and been released from custody. Her arraignment is set for May 21, 2020.

 

 

LEWIS COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL POSSESION OF A FIREARM

 

A northeast Missouri man in trouble with the law, again.

Last week, members of the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Alex Treaster, 25, of Maywood, Missouri on one charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class D Felony.

Treaster, a convicted felon, also has a pending burglary case in Lewis County from a prior investigation and arrest in October, 2019.

Last week's arrest was the result of an investigation on May 5.

At that time, deputies were conducting a 'bond check' to ensure Treaster was in compliance with his conditions of bond.

Treaster was found to have been in possession of an automatic handgun.

He remains at the Lewis County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MDC SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENT ON  PROPOSED BEAR HUNTING SEASON

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is seeking public input on a proposed black bear hunting season.

According to a release from the MDC a limited and highly regulated hunting season for black bears has been proposed.  The season would only be open to Missouri resident and if approved could occur as soon as fall of 2021. The MDC says bear numbers in the Missouri Ozarks have been on the rise for the last 50 years and Missouri is currently home to between 540 and 840 black bears.  Part of the proposal is to establish three Bear Management Zones in southern Missouri  and specifying quotas in each of those areas.  For more information on the proposal and to comment visit mdc.mo.gov/bears.  The initial public comment period runs through June 5th.








May 15th, 2020

 

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING IN MONROE COUNTY

 

A Seabrook, New Hampshire woman was arrested for an attempted child kidnapping in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Erica Johnson of Seabrook, New Hampshire was arrested on May 11th by New Hampshire State Police in connection with the attempted kidnapping of an 11 year old Monroe County resident.  Johnson had been communicating with the child for approximately four months using various gaming platforms and social media.  Johnson traveled from Boston, Massachusetts to Monroe County on April 25th. It was determined by investigators that Johnson’s trip was for the purpose of coercing the juvenile to return to New Hampshire with her. She was not successful in leaving Monroe County with the child and returned to New Hampshire where she was arrested.  She is currently awaiting extradition to Missouri with a cash only bond of $50,000.

 

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 CASE

 

The Schuyler County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Schuyler County.

The case is community related, meaning the person likely contracted it somewhere within the county where the person lives or in surrounding counties, which in Schuyler County's case, could even mean across the Iowa/Missouri state border.

The patient is being asked to self-isolate to decrease the risk of exposing others.

Administrator Kathryn Magers told KTVO the infected person is between the ages of 60 and 65.

We have learned the patient is a man. The health department won't release his hometown so that won't be an identifying factor.

Schuyler County Health Department staff are working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will guide these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions, including proper hygiene, social distancing, and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

To protect yourself and others from illness –

Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others (at least 6 feet), no matter what the illness

Cover your sneeze and cough to prevent spreading any illness

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water; if soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

Clean and disinfect surfaces and avoid touching your face, especially after touching an unclean surface

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Wear masks that cover your nose and mouth when in public where social distancing is not possible

Avoid large gatherings

Make sure you are keeping up to date with reliable informational sources like the Schuyler County Health Department Facebook page or the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

 

ATLANTA MAN INJURED IN DIRT BIKE ACCIDENT

 

An Atlanta, Missouri man is injured after a dirt bike accident in Macon County Thursday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a dirt bike driven by 39 year old Michael Nay of Atlanta was westbound on Island Avenue west of Atlanta at around 10 o’clock Thursday morning when he lost control of his dirt bike.  His dirt bike then overturned ejecting him.  He was taken to Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

MISSOURI CASINOS TO REOPEN JUNE 1ST, SOME MU EMPLOYEES CAN BEGIN TO RETURN TO CAMPUS

 

Missouri casinos can reopen June 1, ending a nearly 2 1/2-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus.
All 13 casinos in the state were closed March 17 as part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday extended the closure through May 31, meaning the gambling centers can reopen the following day.
The University of Missouri System announced that some employees can return to campus starting May 20.
The university is using a phased-in approach that allows some faculty, staff and administrators to return but under guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

 

 




May 14th, 2020

 

LIVONIA MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A rollover crash sends a northeast Missouri man to the hospital.

The single-vehicle accident happened around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday in Schuyler County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Gerald Gillespie, 60, of Livonia, was on Highway 136, one mile east of Livonia, when his car traveled off the right side of the road.

Gillespie then overcorrected. His car then traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.

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

Troopers said in the online crash report that Gillespie was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

 

MISSOURI REPORTS 46 NEW CASES OF CWD IN DEER HARVEST

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has finished its chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring and testing efforts for the 2019-2020 deer season.

After the MDC completed those tests, 46 new cases of CWD were found across the state of Missouri.

Those new cases bring the total number of cases reported in Missouri to 162 since 2012.

Of the 46 confirmed cases, 19 were in northeast Missouri.

Three were in Adair County, eight in Linn County and eight in Macon County.

25 of the 46 new cases were from the 29,000 tissue samples collected this past season.

The remaining 21 cases were from the post-season targeted culling efforts in January, February and early March in areas CWD was previously found.

The MDC would like to thank the 1,390 participating landowners who helped MDC staffers remove 2,400 deer from those areas.

Since the first cases of CWD were confirmed in 2012, the MDC has tested more than 137,000 deer.

If you would like to know more about CWD, a link to that information can be found here.

 

 

HIGHWAY 63 CRASH SENDS MACHINE ONTO MACON COUNTY RESIDENT’S PORCH

 

A distracted-driving crash on Highway 63 ends with a boring machine flung onto a home's front porch.

It happened at 8:30 a.m. Monday at the intersection of Highway 63 and Macon County Route T, one mile east of Excello, Missouri.

Sgt. Eric Brown told KTVO a pickup driven by a 62-year-old Macon man was traveling south on 63, pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with a horizontal boring machine.

As the truck was slowing to turn onto Route T, a pickup truck driven by a 51-year-old man from Cameron, Missouri, rear-ended the towed unit.

The impact ripped the boring machine off the trailer and flung it partially onto the front porch of a home at that intersection.

The Cameron man told troopers he was distracted by the radio in his truck and did not see the truck and trailer slowing in front of him.

No injuries were reported. The Cameron man's pickup had extensive front-end damage.

The house had minor damage to some bricks and the front porch railing.

The impact also destroyed shrubs on the property and made gouges in the fresh asphalt driveway.

 

 

COVID-19 CASES TOP 10,000 IN MISSOURI, DEATHS RISE ABOVE 500

 

Both the number of confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus in Missouri reached somber milestones Tuesday: Cases topped 10,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 500.
The state health department reported 88 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 10,006.
Thirty-six new deaths were reported.
Since March, 524 people in Missouri have died from the virus.
St. Louis continues to be the hardest-hit region.
State data shows that 53.4% of confirmed cases, and 70.4% of deaths, have occurred in St. Louis city and county combined.

 

 

MACON DOCTOR PURCHASES PRIVATE JET PREVIOUSLY OWNED BY TAYLOR SWIFT

 

A northeast Missouri doctor probably never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would one day own a pop star’s private jet.

When singer Taylor Swift recently sold one of her two jets, it was bought by Macon orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Chris Main, who now lives in Columbia, Missouri.

Federal Aviation Administration records reveal the new registered owner of Swift’s nine-seater Dassault Mystere-Falcon 50 is Main’s corporation, BoneDoc Aviation LLC.

According to Main’s Facebook page, he went to get the aircraft in mid-March from Nashville International Airport.

It’s not known how much the Macon native paid for the luxury jet, but TMZ reports similar aircraft sell for between $1 million and $6 million.

Main was unavailable to talk to KTVO about his purchase, but he recently wrote on Facebook:

“Beyond excited to pick up the new workhorse toy today from Taylor Swift. So many people that have helped us along the past few weeks to make this all a reality.. and I Thank You ALL. [sic]”

And don’t worry about Swift. TMZ reports that the jet she kept seats 18 people, twice as many as the plane she sold to Main.

 

 




May 13th, 2020

 

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED TUESDAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED, SUBJECT FOUND SAFE

 

The Columbia Police Department has cancelled an Endangered Person Advisory for Seven Holliday.

She has been located safe
The Columbia Police Department had issued an endangered person advisory for a missing teen.

Seven Holliday, 15, of Columbia was last seen at 8 a.m. on North Keene Street in Columbia, Missouri on May 11.

Holliday is a black female, 5-foot-1-inch, 120 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

Holliday was discovered missing from her residence, with further investigation revealing she had been in contact with unknown subjects on dating apps.

She left with no shoes or personal belongings

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ENCOURAGED BY RETURN TO SOME NORMALCY

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday that he's encouraged that residents are returning to some semblance of normal life after weeks of shelter-in-place orders made necessary by the coronavirus.
Parson spent the weekend back home in southwestern Missouri and said it was good "to do some of the normal duties in life."
He helped his grandson shop for his first car and took his wife to a restaurant.
Missouri confirmed 74 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday.
Parson noted that was the lowest one-day total since mid-March.
Deaths rose by four to 488.

 

 

WANTED COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN NEW YORK

 

On May 11, at approximately 7:45 a.m. EST, troopers from the New York State Police arrested Keith Edwin Brodie, a suspect on Missouri’s most wanted list, on outstanding warrants in Missouri and New Jersey. Brodie, 41, was located in Syracuse, NY and will be held on no bond in the Onondaga County Justice Center in New York with possible full extradition. 

In Missouri, Brodie has warrants for burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. Brodie is wanted for a violation of a court order and stalking under the State of New Jersey’s criminal code. As a fugitive from justice, Brodie may be arrested and charged with the crimes that come from the out-of-state jurisdictions in the state of New York.

On Feb. 20, Brodie was a suspect in an officer-involved shooting that took place on Nebo Cemetery Road and Route UU in Columbia. The same day, Brodie hit a CPD officer with his truck as he fled the scene in the 3700 block of Rollins Road. 

We appreciate our law enforcement partners in Syracuse for their assistance on this case. 

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

 

 

PROPOSED BILL TO EXTEND ACCESS TO RAPE KITS IN MISSOURI

 

All Missouri hospitals would be required to offer rape kits under a bill heading to the governor's desk.

Currently, not every hospital can perform rape kits to gather evidence of sexual assault.

But a bill that would mandate access to rape kits at all licensed hospitals received final approval in the state House on Tuesday.

Now it's up to Republican Gov. Mike Parson to sign it into law.

The measure would give hospitals access to virtual and in-person training on how to perform rape kits.

By 2023, all hospitals would be required to provide rape kits.

 




May 12th, 2020

 

MEXICO WOMAN, TODDLER AND BABY AMONG THOSE KILLED IN SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS ACCIDENT

 

Authorities say a baby, toddler and three others have been killed in a suburban St. Louis crash.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Travon Nelson, 22, of Florissant, was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle when he went off the side of a road in Jennings and overcorrected Saturday afternoon.

He then drove into oncoming traffic and struck a cargo van before overturning.

The crash killed Nelson, Kristy Monroe, 22, of Mexico, Missouri, along with the baby, toddler and a 16-year-old.

The names of the three juveniles weren't immediately released.

The driver of the van was rushed to a hospital in serious condition.

 

 

COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3700 Flanders Court, Dollar General, on May 11, 2020 at 11:33am.  While en route units reported smoke was visible from Ballenger Road.
The first unit arrived on the scene less than four minutes later and reported moderate smoke coming from a single story commercial structure.  Evacuation was in progress.  An additional fire company was requested.  Fire crews performed an aggressive fire attack using pre-connected hose lines that were advanced into the structure from two separate entrances.  They encountered significant heat and smoke upon entry.  The fire was brought under control in approximately thirty minutes.  
The Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  Additional details will be released as they become available. 
Ten units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 

 

CITY OF MOBERLY RECEIVES ASSISTANCE FROM MISSOURI DNR FOR WASTEWATER PROJECT

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded over $900,000 in assistance to the City of Moberly to connect wastewater flow from two mobile home parks to the city’s wastewater treatment system.  The project will be completed using $954,208 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Regionalization Incentive Grant program.  The project is expected to be completed by April 2022. For more information on wastewater and drinking water funding projects visit dnr.mo.gov

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY YMCA AND KIRKSVILLE R-3 CONTINUE TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR STUDENTS

 

Since mid-March, the Adair County Family YMCA and Kirksville R-III School District have distributed over 40,000 meals to kids around Kirksville.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, the YMCA and Kirksville R-III School District hand out six meals and on Fridays they hand out seven meals.

The meals are available to pick up between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on those days.

Our friends at KTVO spoke with Kristin Rouner, Executive Director of the Adair County Family YMCA what the plans are for the program in the future.

"Our hope is to continue to provide those meals to our local children throughout the summer as long as we have enough volunteers to help support us in this effort," Rouner said. "We will keep going as long as we can."

Just a reminder, meals are available to pick up at 14 locations around Kirksville.

When you pick up the meals, children do not need to be present.

A link to where the 14 locations are located around Kirksville can be found here.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE RESIDENTS HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO DROP OFF HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE

 

The City of Kirksville is accepting appointments for residents for the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) drop off that will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Appointments are only available for Kirksville residents only.

The drop-off will be held at the HHW bunker, which is located at the Public Works Complex in Kirksville.

No commercial hazardous waste will be accepted.

Items that will be accepted include: Aerosols, Antifreeze, Batteries-nicad, Batteries-alkaline, Batteries-lead acid, Batteries-lithium, Batteries-button, Ballasts, Bulbs-fluorescent, Bulbs-shattershield, Bulbs-HID, Bulbs-U-Shaped, Bulbs-crushed/broken, Cleaners-water based, Cleaners-ammonia-based, Corrosives, Cylinder-fire extinguishers, Fertilizers, Oil-cooking, Oil-used filters, Oil-motor, gear, lube, Paint-oil-based, Paint-lead based, Pesticides/Poison-Pesticides, Herbicides, Insecticides, Rodenticides, Miticides, and Fungicides. Latex and Water-Based paints will no longer be accepted.

If you have any of these items and would like to drop them off at the event, the number to call to schedule an appointment is 660-627-1291.

More information about what "hazardous" waste is can be found at ktvo.com

 

 

 

 




May 11th, 2020

 

MACON MAN ACCUSED OF POSING AS TEENAGE GIRL TO SOLICIT CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

 

A Macon, Mo., man is in jail, charged with sex trafficking and child pornography.

On Tuesday, Martin Mitchell, 20, was arrested after a three-month investigation.

Mitchell was arrested after law enforcement, led by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, executed a search warrant at his residence.

The suspect pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

Investigators seized electronic evidence relating to sex trafficking of a child and possession of child pornography.

Authorities said Mitchell admitted creating fictitious social media accounts portraying himself as a teenage girl.

He admitted to sending and receiving photos of genitalia.

Multiple photos of male genitalia were found on his cell phone. Investigators do not know the source of these photographs.

The Macon County prosecuting attorney has charged Mitchell with second-degree sexual trafficking of a child and possession of child pornography.

Mitchell is being held in the Macon County Jail on $100,000 cash-only bond.

Investigating agencies are requesting and encouraging users of social media platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter, etc. to promptly report any inappropriate or sexualized communications with children. This is an ongoing investigation, and investigators will be following up on further leads.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Macon Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and the FBI.

 

 

SEDAN LOST IN ADAIR COUNTY CAR FIRE

 

A sedan is a total loss after a car fire along the side of a northeast Missouri highway.

It happened around 8:30 a.m. Friday on Highway 6, approximately four miles west of Brashear, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Adair County Fire responded.

Captain Brad Ray with Adair County Fire told KTVO he is not sure what started it.

He said the fire did start somewhere in the engine compartment area of the car.

No one was hurt in the incident.

Ray said the car was owned by a man from Brashear.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER HE BARRICADED HIMSELF IN A RESIDENCE

 

Columbia Police arrested Montreil Donell Johnson, 34, of Columbia, after officers observed Johnson in the area of N. Willowbrook Road and E. Willowbrook Road at approximately 9:40 p.m. on May 9. Officers were aware there was probable cause to arrest Johnson for Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree from an incident on April 23 (Case number 2020-003334). When approached by officers, Johnson fled into a residence in the 2900 block of N. Willowbrook Road.

Officers established a secure perimeter around the residence and attempted to get Johnson to voluntarily come out, however he refused to exit the residence. The Columbia Police Crisis Negotiation Team, Boone County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, and the Columbia Police SWAT team assisted patrol officers at the scene.

After several attempts were made to get Johnson to voluntarily exit, the SWAT team made entry to the residence and located him at 3:55 a.m., unconscious and hiding in a clothes dryer. Johnson was transported by EMS to a local hospital for medical evaluation. He was later released and booked into custody at the Boone County Jail.

Johnson was arrested for Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree for the previous incident with an additional charge of obstructing government operations for barricading himself in the residence.  

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. 

 




May 8th, 2020

 

HUNTSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

One person was injured after the ATV they were riding in lost control.

The accident happened just before 9:45 p.m. Wednesday in Randolph County.

According to the Misssouri State Highway Patrol, Randall Lierly, 29, of Huntsville, Missouri was driving a Polaris Razr on private property when he lost control on rough terrain.

The impact caused two of his passengers to be ejected.

One of his passengers, Gabrielle Hubbard, 23, of Huntsville suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Lierly and his other passenger, Cailin Botkins, 23, of Madison, Missouri were not injured.

 

 

STATE OF MISSOURI TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS

 

The state of Missouri plans to seek the death penalty for a man suspected of killing two brothers from Wisconsin.

Attorney Patrick Berrigan told the St. Joseph News-Press Wednesday that he has been appointed to defend Garland Joseph Nelson in the death penalty case.

Nelson is accused of killing Nick and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin, in July.

Nelson pleaded not guilty Monday.

Circuit Judge Kevin Walden has been appointed to hear the case.

Court records report the brothers disappeared after they went to Nelson's northwestern Missouri farm to collect a $250,000 debt.

Their remains were found in Missouri and Nebraska

 

 

MISSOURI AIR NATIONAL GUARD PLANS FLYOVERS FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN 6 CITIES FRIDAY

 

The Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing will be performing flyovers of six Missouri communities to honor medical and healthcare professionals, essential employees and volunteers in the fight against COVID-19.

These flyovers will take place during the afternoon and evening of May 8.

The flyovers are a part of an Air Force-wide effort to honor first responders as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic, said Col. Ken Eaves, commander of the 131st Bomb Wing.

“We greatly appreciate the selfless service and sacrifices of our medical professionals and other COVID-19 essential workers,” Eaves said. “As Guardsmen, we’ve been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these incredible professionals. Currently, hundreds of Missouri Air and Army National Guardsmen are mobilized to support these efforts.”

The planned route will pass over Camdenton, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City and Springfield, and will include a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th/131st Bomb Wings.

During the flyovers, all residents are encouraged to follow strict social distancing guidelines and refrain from gathering in large groups.

The flyovers are part of the Air Force’s Operation American Resolve, honoring the heroism of medical professionals, healthcare workers and first responders working tirelessly to combat the pandemic. Dozens of similar missions have been conducted across the country in recent weeks, including a flight made up of B-2s and A-10s flown by Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing and 442nd Fighter Wing, respectively, over Kansas City on April 28.

The U.S. Air Force performs almost 1,000 flyovers each year, to include air shows, national-level sporting events, and any event in support of a patriotic holiday. Flyovers are fully functional training missions, designed to maintain the lethality and readiness of Air Force pilots and maintainers. They are conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers and are incorporated into existing flying schedules.

Based at Whiteman Air Force Base and Jefferson Barracks, the 131st Bomb Wing is the only National Guard wing to fly the B-2 Spirit through as a classic unit association with the active duty Bomb Wing.

Tentative schedule:

4:14 p.m. - Camdenton

4:50 p.m. - Cape Girardeau

5:12 p.m. - St. Louis

5:43 p.m. - Columbia

6:00 p.m. - Jefferson City

6:22 p.m. - Springfield

NOTE: Times are subject to change

 

 

 




May 7th, 2020

 

FEDERAL JUDGE THROWS OUT LAWSUIT AGAINST SMITHFIELD FOODS

 

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed on behalf of workers at the Smithfield Foods Meatpacking plant in Milan.

In a 24-page order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Greg Kays declined to hear the case, which alleged that working conditions at the plant have left its workers dangerously exposed to the coronavirus.

He ruled it's a matter for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) to consider.

The suit, which was filed nearly two weeks ago by a worker at the plant and a small nonprofit group that advocates for plant workers, alleged that Smithfield Foods had not taken adequate steps to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

In dismissing the lawsuit, Kays said OHSA was in a better position to determine whether the plant was complying with the guidance. And, he said, deferring to the agency would “ensure uniform national enforcement” of the guidance.

Kays also said he would not have granted the relief requested by the plaintiffs because they had not demonstrated “irreparable harm.”

The plaintiffs wanted Kays to issue an injunction to force Smithfield to provide workers with masks, ensure social distancing and take other measures to protect their safety.

 

 

SENATE TRYING TO KEEP COLLEGES OUT OF BUDGET CUTS

 

Missouri senators are trying to save colleges and universities from budget cuts after the coronavirus paralyzed the state's economy.

Senators on Tuesday voted against a 10% cut in state funding to public colleges and universities.

The House proposed the cut to balance next year's budget, which begins July 1.

Senators are hoping that Congress will send Missouri more federal aid so the state can avoid those cuts to higher education.

Legislative leaders agreed to cut $700 million from the governor's original budget proposal because of the hit coronavirus has taken on the economy.

One senator says that's not enough.

 

 

IDENTITY OF MAN KILLED IN MARION COUNTY GRAIN BIN ACCIDENT REVEALED

 

KTVO has now learned the identity of the victim killed Tuesday evening after he fell into a grain bin outside Palmyra, Missouri.

Marion County Coroner Rick Jones identifies the man as Theodore Smith Jr., 63, of Philadelphia, Missouri.

Jones said Smith died of suffocation, and the incident has been ruled an accident. No autopsy will be performed.

Jones said the victim was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 9 p.m.

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A man has died after falling into a grain bin in northeast Missouri on Tuesday night.

According to our sister station, KHQA, the incident happened on Highway B east of Palmyra, Missouri.

Authorities received a call at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the man had apparently gone up to check on a malfunctioning auger when he apparently ended up in the grain bin.

The Marion County Sheriff's office, EMS and firefighters from Palmyra, Hannibal, Quincy, Tri-Township and Canton Fire Departments responded to the area.

No foul play is suspected.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard to multiple reports of shots fired on Tuesday, May 5, at approximately 3:05 p.m.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers did not locate any damage to property and no injuries were reported.

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

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. 

 

 

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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May 6th, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS FORCE CANCELLATION OF NEMO FAIR

 

The 2020 NEMO Fair in Kirksville has been canceled.

The NEMO Fair Board made the announcement Monday evening on its Facebook page.

The post says it is with great sadness, that after considerable discussions, the board made the decision to cancel this year’s fair.

 

If you have purchased tickets, you will receive a refund.

All camping spots that have been paid will carry over to next year.

The board said its decision was based upon concerns for the health of the public and volunteers and upon financial concerns and liabilities that could arise if the 2020 NEMO fair was held.

In a separate Facebook post later Monday evening, the fair board said, "There will be a virtual fair held online that includes project judging, livestock shows, a horse show and small animal shows. The virtual fair will be open to Adair County 4-H and FFA members. More information coming soon so please stay tuned!"

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF HITTING WOMAN AND MACING MAN

 

A northeast Missouri suspect is accused of hitting a woman and Macing a man at a residence across the street from Memorial Park in Kirksville.

Around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Kirksville police were called to a physical domestic in progress at the corner of Hickory and Mulanix streets.

Andrew "Andy" Newkirk, 27, of Kirksville, is now charged with fourth-degree assault and third-degree domestic assault following the altercation.

The victim and a witness visiting Memorial Park both told police Newkirk hit the woman and Maced the man who had arrived with her.

Both people told officers that prior to that, Newkirk had started beating on the car the man and woman had arrived in.

According to court documents, Kirksville police have responded to domestic disturbances between Newkirk and the woman seven times in the past four months, not counting this most recent incident.

Newkirk is being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

MDC WILL OFFER ELK HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES THIS FALL

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)will offer Missourians the opportunity to hunt for elk for the first time this fall.

This was due to the elk herd reaching the minimum of 200 animals that was needed for a hunting season to take place.

However, MDC will only issue five hunting permits for the 2020 season.

Four permits will be for the public and one permit will be reserved for qualifying area landowners.

The elk season will also be divided into two parts to not coincide with the deer firearms season.

October 17 through October 25 will the archery portion and December 12 through December 20 will be the firearms portion.

KTVO spoke with Kevin Powell, a conservation agent with the MDC, to discuss why the conservation felt comfortable allowing people hunters to hunt elk for the first time.

Powell also told KTVO that chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a concern in elk just as it is in deer.

However, the MDC took great care that the elk that were brought to Missouri were from herds that had not tested positive for CWD.

Powell says that both elk and deer will continue to be tested for CWD to monitor the spread of the disease.

For more information about the first ever elk season can be found here or on the MDC's Facebook page

 

 

TWO JAMESPORT MEN INJURED IN MONDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

 

Two Jamesport men are injured after an accident in Livingston County Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 17 year old Dylan Tolle of Chillicothe was westbound on Missouri Highway 190 7 miles west of Chillicothe at around 6:24 Monday evening. At that time he tried to make a pass and traveled into the eastbound lane where his vehicle struck the front passenger side of a vehicle driven by 74 year old James Fish of Jamesport. Tolle’s vehicle then overturned and came to rest on its top.  A passenger in Tolle’s vehicle, 18 year old Dallas Hall of Jamesport was transported to Hedrick Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of serious injuries.  Fish was taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center for moderate injuries.  Tolle was not injured.

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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May 5th, 2020

 

STATE BEGINS TO REOPEN, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

 

On Monday, May 4, Missouri starts with phase one of its "Show Me Strong" reopening plan, after covid-19 closed many businesses, stopped church services, and changed the manner of everyday life statewide.

This is not yet a return to normal. It's a first step in a slow crawl toward whatever the post-covid-19 world has in store.

In an April 27 statement from the governor’s office, Parson writes that on May 4: “citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases."

Despite increasing numbers of covid-19 cases and deaths in the state, Parson has said the easing of some restrictions is a part of a "data-driven" approach. The plan is said to take into account a perceived need for different policies for different communities, based on whether they're a "hot-spot" for the virus or not. Parson says that phase one of the Plan comes after increased testing capacity in the Show-Me State, which has made that distinction clearer.

 

Stay-home order expires

The Stay Home order issued April 3 is now lifted in Missouri.

For the time being, Missouri's communities are allowed to have stricter rules than the state's, if they so choose, under authority granted by state government at the onset of the pandemic.

 

Many non-essential businesses can reopen

Small and large businesses, as well as manufacturers, barbershops and salons, gyms and restaurants will begin to reopen May 4.

Dependent on where you work, if you're returning to the job site Monday, you may be required to wear personal protective equipment, especially if your job is impossible to do while social distancing.

On May 2, the Governor gave guidance to businesses like hair and nail salons and barbershops, who need to be close to the people they're doing business with, as a matter of fact.

"The social distancing requirements do not apply to individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’)," the Office writes.

Under the Plan's first phase, church services, and even concerts can resume activity, with no limits as to how many can attend, as long as state and federal guidelines for social distancing are followed.

"There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken," according to a release from Parson's office.

For comparison's sake, in Iowa, the state’s limit on social gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place.

You can expect thinner crowds inside retail stores, or even lines that go outside, as stores with 10,000 square feet or greater have been instructed to open at 25% capacity or less, businesses larger than 10,000 square feet -- 10% occupancy.

 

Dine-in is allowed once again

Dining rooms in restaurants are now allowed to reopen, too.

Expect for tables at restaurants to be spaced out from one another, and for new protective measures being taken to minimize contact, if the restaurant decides to go the route of reopening table seating.

You may find that restaurants can fit fewer tables in their facilities under these new guidelines than they could beforehand. This could lead to longer wait times, or an inability to be seated in some instances, if the restaurant is really busy.

 

Government services back on

Motor vehicle and drivers’ licenses offices, as well as vehicle inspections, and access to vital records will now be accessible again, but social distancing may affect availability of these services.

Many aspects of government are reopening, but the extent to which things are "back on" as normal is more fluid.

For example, the Kirksville City Council is convening for a study session Monday evening. Before covid-19, a public meeting would be open for the general public to attend.

The Council has opted to close the study session to the public, and will be streaming it online.

 

 

GOVERNOR PARSON APPOINTS NEW GRUNDY COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

 

Governor Mike Parson appointed Kelly W. Puckett as the Grundy County Prosecuting Attorney Friday. 

Mr. Puckett has served as the interim prosecuting attorney for Grundy County since January 2019. He holds bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Missouri Western State University and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law. 

 

 

LOCAL HOSPITALS EXPAND DRIVE THRU CORONAVIRUS TESTING

 

Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital announced that they are expanding drive-thru testing of COVID-19 to all residents in the region who meet testing criteria and obtain a referral from a health care provider, prior to arriving at the testing site.

 

To be tested, individuals must have any new symptom, including but not limited to:

·         Fever of 100 degrees or higher

·         Loss of smell or taste

·         Cough

·         Shortness of breath

·         Diarrhea

·         Sore throat

·         Body aches

 

If an individual experiences any of the designated symptoms within the last 14 days, they will need to call their provider to obtain a referral for the drive-thru test at the location set up in the former Washington Street Food & Drink site in Chillicothe (1100 Washington St).

 

Heath care providers interested in learning more about coordinating testing through Hedrick and Wright Memorial, please contact Jenny Moss at jmoss@saintlukeskc.org or 660-214-8445.

 

 




May 4th, 2020

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOLDS COVID-19 CONFERENCE CALL

 

On Thursday, Macon County Health Department staff and trustees, city government officials, mayors, county government officials, law enforcement agencies, prosecuting attorney, economic development and the chamber of commerce held a conference call to coordinate and discuss Macon County’s reopening starting on May 4, 2020.
The reason for the conference call was to discuss Governor Parson’s guidelines set forth in his “Show Me Strong Recovery Plan” and to decide how that would be presented in Macon County.
The following measures will go along with Parson's plan to allow all businesses and places of worship to reopen, as long as they follow social-distancing guidelines and to all businesses that cannot maintain social distance to open as long as they put other safety practices to help protect both the employee and customer.
First, there will be no unpackaged, self-service, ready to eat food options.
This will include salad bars, buffets, food cases (for example, donuts and pizza) or self-service food stations at events and other similar practices.
Then, it was decided at mass gatherings and events, there will be a six-foot aisle between chairs, and tables will be kept to a maximum of 10 people.
Places of worship can reopen for in-person services beginning on May 10, 2020.
They are to make sure there is a 6-foot distance between families sitting in services, and it is recommended that multiple services be held to allow for proper distancing between families.
Practices that would normally encourage touching are strongly discouraged, like handshakes and hugs.


SULLIVAN COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE

The Sullivan County Health Department in Milan, Missouri, has confirmed the county has its first patient to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.
The Department says that the patient is in isolation, and that people who have had contact with the individual will be notified.


TRAIN DERAILS IN KNOX COUNTY

Cleanup crews are on the scene of a freight train derailment in northeast Missouri.
BNSF Railways spokesman Andy Williams told KTVO the incident happened at 6:55 a.m. Sunday in Knox County.
A resident who lives near the site said the derailment is approximately five miles northwest of Edina off of Knox County Route P.
Williams said 11 of 91 cars of the westbound train jumped the tracks.
He would not release what was in the overturned train cars, but he did say it is not hazardous materials.
No injuries were reported.
Crews from St. Louis were brought to the scene to clean up the mess.
Smith said there are two rail lines in the area where the derailment happened, so train traffic was not interrupted by the derailment.
A cause is still unclear at this time

 




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May 1st, 2020

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO RELATED SHOOTINGS

 

Kirksville Police are in the middle of an investigation involving two related shootings that happened early Thursday morning.

Just before 12:30 a.m., officers responded to a report of possible shots fired in the area of Hickory and Mulanix streets. 

Officers arrived and determined shots had been fired and one of the rounds struck a residence in the 500 block of North Mulanix Street. 

Officers located spent pistol casings at the scene and located video surveillance footage of a suspect vehicle in the area at the time of the shooting.

While police were investigating the first incident, a second report of shots fired was received from the area of Dodson and Wabash streets. 

Officers arrived and determined shots had been fired at that location, some of which struck a residence in the 600 block of West Dodson. 

The suspect's vehicle from the first incident was located near this scene, and officers collected evidence from that vehicle. No injuries were reported at either shooting location.

During the investigation, a male and female suspect were identified.

The male suspect was taken into custody and is being held pending formal charges. 

The female suspect has not been located, and police are continuing to investigate. 

According to a press release, it appears these shootings were not random acts, and the locations were specifically targeted. 

It is not believed that there is any continuing threat to the public. This is the only information being released at this time. Updates may be made as new information becomes available.

Kirksville Police were assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Truman State University Police Department in the initial investigation.

Anyone with information about this crime, 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.

 

 

SMITHFIELD FOODS ASKS FEDERAL JUDGE FOR MORE TIME TO MEET SAFETY STANDARDS


The world's largest pork producer has told a judge in Missouri that it's working as quickly as it can to comply with federal guidelines that seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

But Smithfield Foods says it it needs some flexibility in an industry where people typically work side by side.

The comments from a lawyer for Smithfield Foods came as a judge weighed whether to issue an injunction requiring the company's Milan plant to abide by federal guidelines

KTVO reached out to one of the attorneys for the group filing the the lawsuit against Smithfield, the Rural Community Worker's Alliance.

David Muraskin told KTVO by email that Smithfield has 24 hours to file additional information with the judge.

The RWCA will then have 24 hours to respond.

Muraskin says that Judge Greg Kays has then promised to rule expeditiously thereafter.

The RCWA lawsuit isn't asking for monetary damages, just that Smithfield take actions to protect the health of workers.


COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE GRADUAL REOPENING ORDER


Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) has issued Order No. 2020-05. This order includes a framework for most businesses in Boone County to reopen with limitations on occupancy. This order will be effective at 12 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020, and represents a careful, gradual and phased approach to reopening Columbia and Boone County.

"It is important that we maintain low-levels of transmission as we have learned that the public health and socioeconomic impacts of the virus are significant and disproportionately impact the vulnerable. For that to happen, we all have to continue modifying our behaviors and every resident has a key role in facilitating this. Thanks to the community's hard work and sacrifice, COVID-19 cases in Boone County have begun to level off and local health care systems have been able to maintain capacity without resorting to crisis levels of care," Browning said. 

Highlights: 

The contact investigation team at PHHS is working closely with local health care systems and testing laboratories to track new cases of the virus. Should there be any indication that the progress that has been made thus far is jeopardized, the PHHS director may reinstate restrictions based on the epidemiological conditions at that time. 
Businesses should refer to the business guidance document provided by PHHS for more information on how to safely operate during this time. If you are a business with questions about operating requirements, please email businessguidance@CoMo.gov. In addition to business guidance, PHHS will be launching an online, voluntary training for businesses to certify that they are using best safety practices during COVID-19. More information will be available soon.






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April 30TH , 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PRESENTS DATA BACKING UP REOPENING DECISION

 

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson gave the green light for all Missouri businesses to reopen on Monday, May 4.  Parson said that decision was based on recent data collected in the Show-Me State.

Health officials continue to count the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the number of people under investigation.

Parson said on April 7, the state hit peak hospitalization with 1,242 cases.

Since that time, the total number of hospitalizations has decreased in every region of the state, with the exception of the St. Louis area.

In addition, Parson said the hospitals in the state also have a significant amount of medical equipment.

Based on those numbers, business sectors across Missouri are looking forward to reopening in the coming days.

Greg Hunsucker, board president of the Missouri Restaurant Association said employees are ready and willing to get back to work, all while taking the proper precautions.

While Parson said all Missouri businesses have an opportunity to reopen, local governments have the authority to impose further rules and restrictions.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY ENDS SOCIAL DISTANCING ORDINANCE

 

The Adair County commissioners have voted to end the social distancing ordinance that was put in place for the county on April 6.
Commissioners continue to encourage residents to follow guidelines issued through Executive Order 20-09 by Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

 

 

LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR BUSINESS LOOP 70 WEST IN COLUMBIA

 

Beginning Monday, May 4, at 7 a.m., JF Construction, contractor for Ameren Missouri, plans to install a new gas main along the north side of Business Loop 70 West, weather permitting. This will result in a lane restriction of the westbound lane of Business Loop 70 West between Schwabe Lane and Cosmos Place daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained.The work associated with the lane restriction is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 29, at 5 p.m., weather permitting. 

Motorists, pedestrians and nonmotorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone. 

 

 




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April 29TH , 2020

 

MISSOURI HOUSE BUDGET CHAIR PROPOSES CUTS TO SPENDING PLAN

 

A top Missouri lawmaker is proposing a near $700 million cut to the current spending plan. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith on Monday moved to make the cuts to the governor's original $30 billion spending plan. 
Republican Gov. Mike Parson drafted his budget recommendations before the coronavirus started wreaking havoc on the state's economy. 
Lawmakers have been off work for weeks over concerns about spreading the virus. 
But they came back to try to pass a tightened budget before their May 8 deadline. 
The full House still needs to approve Smith's proposal before the budget can head to the Senate.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SUFFERS MINOR BURNS IN MOBILE HOME FIRE

 

A northeast Missouri man suffered minor burns in a late-night mobile home fire in Kirksville.

The call came in at 11 p.m. Monday that a single wide owned by Chad Kelsall was on fire in the Westbury Estates Mobile Home Park just off of West Potter Avenue.

Kelsall said in a Facebook post that he was cleaning the bathroom with an aerosol cleaner when the nearby water heater ignited the fumes.

Local Fire Investigator Ray Jagger with the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO the fire has been ruled accidental.

Kelsall also said on Facebook that his cat died in the fire.

Kirksville Fire Chief Jon Cook told us his crews were on the scene for almost an hour-and-a-half.

The shell of the trailer is still standing, but flames mostly gutted the interior. Cook said the mobile home is a total loss.

The local chapter of the American Red Cross was on the scene Monday night to assist Kelsall.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN WANTED FOR SHOOTING FOUND AND ARRESTED

 

A fugitive wanted for firing a weapon at another person in Kirksville in March has been arrested.

Bradley Eugene Chapman has been charged with nine counts, including two counts of first degree assault, two counts armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, kidnapping, domestic assault in the third degree, and harassment in connection to the March 15, 2020, shooting in Kirksville, police said Monday.

Police in Kirksville investigated a shooting incident in the early morning hours on March 15, near the area of Cottonwood and Mulanix Street.

When police arrived, they were told by a nearby resident that a male, identified as Chapman, had fired a pistol at another person who was just arriving at the residence.

Police were told that Bradley Chapman fled the area in a maroon Chevy Tahoe. The Chevy Tahoe was later found abandoned in the 2100 block of North Walnut and recovered by police.

While officers were investigating the shooting, they were dispatched to the 500 block of West Walker Street for a report of a stolen vehicle, a tan 1989 Jeep Comanche.

Police believed the theft of this vehicle is related to the shooting. Afterward, police began their search for Chapman.

On Monday the Kirksville Police Department said:

Bradley Chapman is currently being held at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE IDENTIFY REMAINS FOUND EARLIER THIS MONTH

 

The Columbia Police Department has identified the human remains found on April 14 as Timothy Alan Chrouser, 47, of Columbia. Chrouser was identified through medical records. Next of kin has been notified. 

Chrouser was reported missing on Sept. 2, 2019, as he had not been seen for approximately a week. Officers were able to check several of the businesses and areas that he was known to visit but was unable to locate him or anyone that had seen him recently. 

On April 14, Columbia police responded to an area near I-70 Drive NW and Stadium Boulevard after an individual reported finding possible human remains.

The cause of death is still not determined. This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

 




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April 28TH , 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FIRST PHASE OF REOPENING

 

Monday, Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan, which outlines how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4.

During phase one of the plan, citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities, but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining 6 feet of space between individuals in most cases. There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken and 6 feet of distance can be maintained between individuals and/or families.

In addition, Parson says all businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations

Parson says the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan rests on four essential pillars, intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

Expand testing capacity and volume in the state
  • Expand reserves of personal protective equipment, or PPE, by opening public and private supply chains
  • Continue to monitor and if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
  • Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data
    1. As Parson has said before, this will be a deliberate and data-driven process that allows for flexibility based on changing situations.

      The governor adds that some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate than others. Local officials will have the authority to put further rules, regulations or ordinances in place so long as they are not inconsistent with the statewide order.

      Even as Missouri gradually reopens, citizens are encouraged to continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others:

      In addition, all businesses are encouraged to do the following:

       

      SUV STOLEN IN RURAL ADAIR COUNTY

       

       A car thief helped himself to an SUV in rural Adair County late Monday morning.

      It happened around 11:30 a.m. on Bootjack Trail southwest of Novinger, Missouri.

      The Adair County Sheriff's Office told KTVO the thief stole a white 2014 Toyota RAV4 from a home on that gravel road.

      The victim told investigators the criminal is possibly a Hispanic man.

      The RAV4 has Missouri license plates CV2-U5S.

      Investigators believe the perpetrator may be headed to Hannibal or St. Louis.

      If you see the stolen SUV, you are asked to call the Adair County Sheriff's Office at 660-665-4600.

       

       

      ANOTHER VEHICLE THEFT TAKES PLACE IN PUTNAM COUNTY, UNCLEAR IF CONNECTED TO VEHICLE THEFT STRING LATE LAST WEEK

       

      The Putnam County Sheriff's Office is investigating the weekend theft of an SUV.

      It happened in the early morning hours of Sunday at the Derek and Hayley Rouse residence on Highway 129 just southeast of Unionville, Missouri.

      Hayley told KTVO they believe the theft of their 2007 silver Jeep Grand Cherokee happened at approximately 3:15 a.m. Sunday.

      The couple has filed a report with the sheriff's office.

      It is unknown if this latest crime is related to two vehicle thefts in Putnam County last Thursday.

      Hayley Rouse said there have been a few home break-ins reported in their area in recent weeks.

      If you see a Jeep that looks like the one belonging to the Rouses, you are asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Office at 660-947-3200. A photo can be found at ktvo.com

       

       




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      April 27TH , 2020

       

      NEMO THIEF ACCUSED OF STEALING THREE VEHICLES AND BURNING DOWN VICTIM’S HOME

       

      A thief is accused of stealing three vehicles in northeast Missouri and burning the third victim’s home to the ground.
      Kirksville Police Chief Steve Farnsworth told KTVO the crime spree started just after 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday when a man stole a white 2004 Ford Econoline van from the 700 block of East Patterson Street in Kirksville.
      Late Wednesday night, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office was called to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 136 east of Unionville, Missouri.
      Sheriff Jason Knight said the stolen van had collided with another vehicle.
      No injuries were reported. As deputies and emergency crews were arriving at the crash, they learned that the man driving the van had run off.
      A short time later, he stole a second vehicle near the crash site, a 2019 Subaru Forester.
      The next day at approximately 11:15 a.m., the Putnam County E-911 Joint Telecommunications Center was notified about a house fire on Palm Trail in northeast Putnam County near the Iowa/Missouri border.
      The home belonged to Robert and Rachel Cortesio. They were away at work when the fire broke out.
      Rachel told KTVO Friday that one of their neighbors had driven by their house and discovered the fire on Thursday morning. The neighbor told the Cortesios that at least one of their garage doors was open, and there was no car inside
      The Cortesios learned that after torching their house, the thief had stolen their charcoal gray 2012 Subaru Outback that had been inside their garage.
      The home burned to the ground.
      Neighbors saw the Cortesios' stolen Subaru Outback drive past their home around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday headed north on Palm Trail. It then headed east on Putnam County Route DD.
      That was the last time the thief and arsonist was seen.
      Later Thursday evening, the second stolen vehicle, the 2019 Subaru Forester, was discovered down over a hill less than 100 yards from the Cortesio home.
      Rachel Cortesio said it was stuck in ruts on a closed gravel road.
      The investigation into the crime spree continues. Anyone who sees a charcoal gray 2012 Subaru Outback is asked to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (660) 947-3200


      SMITHFIELD FOODS BEING SUED OVER CORONAVIRUS SAFETY


       A Heartland meatpacking plant is facing a federal lawsuit over its handling of coronavirus safety procedures.
      The Smithfield Foods plant in Milan is being sued by the Rural Community Workers Alliance.
      The RCWA is a non-profit operating out of Green City, run by a single person identified as Alex Fuentes, of Kirksville.
      The groups says in court documents that it is suing on behalf of a Milan plant worker only identified as "Jane Doe"
      The suit, which was filed Thursday in the Western District of Missouri, not only accuses of Smithfield of failing to protect its workers, it also says the company is essentially bribing its workforce to work in dangerous conditions by offering a $500 "responsibility bonus."
      The lawsuit claims that bonus is only available if a workers doesn't miss a shift between April 1 and May 1.
      The RCWA says that racism is at play, suggesting the company blamed "certain cultures" rather than a lack of personal protective equipment for an outbreak at its South Dakota plant.
      The suit doesn't ask for money but that the company take steps to protect its employees
      As of Friday morning Smithfield hadn't responded to the suit.

       

      MISSOURI GOVERNOR FURTHER OUTLINES REOPEN PLAN

      Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says his plan to reopen the state from the coronavirus shutdown will include guidance for church services, sports and other events.
      Parson said during a news conference on Friday that Missourians have "stepped up to do their part" in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, allowing the state to move ahead with plans to allow businesses and other organizations to reopen starting May 4.
      He says more details will be announced next week about how the reopening will work.
      Parson says the guidance he will outline will include religious services, weddings, outdoor functions like sports.

       

       




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      April 23rd, 2020

       

       

      COUNTIES WITH MEATPACKING AND FOOD PLANTS SEEING SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES

       

      Two rural Missouri counties are seeing huge spikes in coronavirus cases, including many connected to meatpacking and food plants. 
      Saline County on Wednesday reported 96 cases of the coronavirus. Moniteau County reported 55 cases, citing 29 as confirmed and 26 as "probable." 
      Neither county has reported a death. 
      Statewide, the number of confirmed cases topped 6,000 on Wednesday, and the death toll reached 229. 
      Data provided by Saline and Moniteau counties shows they have the highest per capita rates of infection in the state. 
      Saline County's is 419 per 100,000 residents and Moniteau County's is 341 cases per 100,000 residents.

       

       

      IOWA MAN INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT

       

      A southeast Iowa man suffered minor injuries after his truck hit a cow in the road Wednesday night.

      The crash happened just after 9 p.m. in Putnam County, Missouri.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Ryan Henshaw, 23, of Centerville, Iowa, was on Missouri Route 149 when he hit a cow in the road.

      He suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital to be checked out.

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

       

       

      ELDON MAN SHOT BY HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER DURING HOSTAGE SITUATION

       

      A 34-year-old central Missouri man is facing five charges after he allegedly threw rocks and sharp objects at law enforcement officers during an apparent hostage situation.

      The man, David Wallace, of Eldon, was shot by a Missouri highway patrol trooper early Wednesday during the confrontation at a home in Eldon.

      Court records indicate officers responded to the home after receiving a call that two people were being held hostage by a man who had knives and gasoline.

      The documents say a trooper shot Wallace after they entered the home and he began throwing objects at them.

       

       

      COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER STANDOFF, NEGOTIATIONS

       

      On Wednesday, April 22, Columbia police arrested Roderick Jones, 36, of Columbia, on several felony charges. Prior to his arrest, Jones had an active warrant for Domestic Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and a $100,000 cash bond only.

      At approximately 12:19 p.m., CPD officers were provided a tip that Jones’ vehicle was located in the 2300 block of Parker Road. Upon arrival, officers were able to identify and determine that the suspect’s vehicle was there. Officers proceeded to make contact with neighbors to determine the residence in which Jones may be hiding. 

      When officers attempted to make contact with Jones, he barricaded himself in the residence. Officers proceeded to request additional resources which included members of the Violent Crimes Task Force, Street Crimes Unit and K-9 unit. 

      The BearCat, a personal protective vehicle, was also positioned at the scene. After 30 minutes of negotiations with the Patrol and Street Crimes Units, Jones surrendered.

      Earlier this year, Jones had been identified as a suspect in a domestic assault incident where he fled the scene of the crime. He was also seen in this same area on April 16, which prompted CPD to ask the public for assistance in locating the suspect. CPD is grateful for the assistance of the citizens who provided the tip to help take a violent felon off of the streets.

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

       

       

       




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      GLENWOOD MAN KILLED, KIRKSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

       

      One man was killed another badly hurt in a head-on crash late Tuesday night in Kirksville.

      It happened just before 10 p.m. in the 4700 block of North Lincoln Street.

      Kirksville Police Chief Steve Farnsworth said the crash scene investigation revealed that a car apparently crossed the centerline on North Lincoln Street, and collided head-on with an SUV on a hillcrest.

      The driver of the car 29 year old Jeffrey Sullivan of Glenwood, Missouri suffered life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead at Northeast Regional Medical Center. The SUV driver, 17 year old Jerrin Lee of Kirksville suffered serious injuries.

      Lee was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

       

       

      MISSOURI TO USE NEW RESOURCE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

       

      Missouri will now be using Google technology to help in the fight against COVID-19.

      On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a new tool developed by Google to help health care providers connect with Missouri manufacturers and suppliers of personal protective equipment, or PPE.

      The new tool is a joint effort between the state and the Missouri Hospital Association. It was built to help manufacturers that have shifted production to PPE enter the health care market and connect with buyers.

      Parson also said the state will be receiving another resource to address the short supply of PPE in Missouri.

      "The PPE shortage has been a top concern in Missouri and nationwide as health professionals and first responders respond to COVID-19. Today [Wednesday], I am pleased to announce the deployment of a decontamination system in Missouri to assist with the N95 mask shortage."

      In an effort to conserve PPE amid the COVID-19 crisis, hospitals, health care providers and first responder agencies will have the opportunity to utilize the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) starting next week.

      A result of two decades of research and approved for use through the federal Food and Drug Administration, the system uses a process of vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. Any one mask can be decontaminated using the process up to 20 times without impacting its integrity.

      The system also has the capability to decontaminate 80,000 masks per day.

      The Battelle CCDS is 100% federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, allowing the mask decontamination to be provided at no cost to health care providers.

      There will be up to 13 drop-off and pick-up sites located throughout the state. The masks are then transported via a biohazard courier to the temporary site of the Battelle CCDS in Jefferson City. The masks will then be returned to the original drop-off/pick-up site approximately 72 hours following drop-off.

      Last week, Governor Parson unveiled the "Show Me Strong Recovery Plan" geared toward reopening the state in early May.

      He says the state's approach will be deliberate and data-driven, and intended to protect those most at-risk for COVID-19, all while returning Missouri to a new normal.

      "An essential pillar of the recovery plan is expanding testing capacity and we are rapidly working towards this goal. Today [Wednesday], the state public health lab is implementing new testing criteria so that we can expand our testing even more in the state of Missouri to meet the guidelines and the goals we've sent out."

      In addition to symptomatic close contacts to a suspect COVID-19 patient or a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient and symptomatic health care workers and first responders, the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) will also approve state testing for symptomatic residents of congregate living facilities whose residents are at a higher risk for poor outcomes; symptomatic hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19; and symptomatic patients who are at high risk for negative health outcomes from COVID-19.

      For individuals not meeting DHSS criteria for testing, providers may pursue private laboratory testing. Testing through private laboratories does not require DHSS approval. An interactive testing site map is now available on the DHSS website.

       

       

       




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      April 20th, 2020

       

       

      STATE OF MISSOURI SUES CHINESE GOVERNMENT OVER CORONAVIRUS

       

      Missouri is suing the Chinese government over the coronavirus pandemic. The state's top prosecutor announced the lawsuit Tuesday.

      It alleges that Chinese officials are to blame for the pandemic. Schmitt says the Chinese government lied about the dangers of the virus and didn't do enough to slow its spread.

      An international law expert says lawsuits against other countries typically don't go anywhere because U.S. law generally prohibits them.

      According to Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the number of Missouri deaths from the virus rose by 16 Tuesday to 215.

       

       

      MODOT URGES DRIVERS TO BE AWARE OF WORK ZONES

       

      As construction begins to ramp up this Spring, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is encouraging drivers to slow down and avoid distractions, especially when they are driving through work zones.

      Last year, there were 39 truck-mounted attenuator (TMA) crashes.

      Truck-mounted attenuators are pieces of safety equipment designed to absorbed impact in highway work zones.

      There have been 18 of these crashes so far, this year, making the state on pace to see a record number of work zone crashes.

      MoDOT is hoping that drivers will help turn that trend around during National Work Zone Awareness Week, which runs through April 24.

      During this designated week , MoDOT would like to remind drivers to buckle up and put the phone down.

      These recommendations come as distracted driving remains one of the leading causes for crashes.

      For example, in 2019, 64 percent of vehicle crash fatalities in Missouri involved people not wearing a seat belt.

      MoDOT hopes that drivers notice the warning signs and continue to be aware of the changing traffic conditions.

      They are also reminding drivers that although traffic volume is down, MoDOT officials and law enforcement are still paying attention to speeding drivers.

      For more information regarding MoDOT projects visit modot.org

       

       

      COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER PURSUIT AND ACCIDENT

       

      On Monday, April 20, Columbia police arrested Lacy Jordan Jr., 65, of Columbia after colliding into another vehicle and damaging other vehicles and property in the 1400 block of Boyd Lane. Jordan was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated. 

      At approximately 9:55 p.m., officers witnessed the suspect’s vehicle speeding and committing lane violations while traveling eastbound on Hanover Boulevard, which prompted officers to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect fled the scene.

      CPD pursued the vehicle briefly, but officers terminated the pursuit after witnessing erratic driving of the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was seen driving a white Chevrolet Impala with an adult male passenger. 

      At approximately 9:58 p.m., a 911 caller reported witnessing a wreck located in the 1400 block of Boyd Lane.

      Upon arrival, officers immediately provided aid to Jordan and a passenger identified as Wayne Ronail Freelon, 52, of Columbia. Both were transported to the hospital by EMS, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. 

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

       

       

       




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      MISSING MEMPHIS WOMAN HOME SAFE

       

      A missing northeast Missouri woman with a developmental disability is now back home safe and sound with her family.

      A brother of Alicia Miller Dugger, of Memphis, Missouri, told KTVO that family friends found Dugger in Kansas City, Missouri, and returned her home to Memphis on Saturday evening.

      Miller had last been seen in Kansas City on April 10, 2020, after she and a friend got separated following an argument.

      By tracking the missing woman's EBT card, Kansas City police had been able to locate a convenience store that Dugger had been frequenting since her disappearance.

      By talking to a store clerk who had seen her multiple times, police determined that Dugger did not appear to be in any harm or held against her will.

      Family friends were then able to track Dugger down over the weekend and get her back home to Memphis.

       

       

      CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN MISSOURI HIT 200

       

      The coronavirus outbreak has now claimed 200 lives in Missouri and sickened thousands more. 
      COVID-19-related deaths in Missouri rose to 200, up 14 from Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering, which has been tracking cases worldwide. 
      The data also showed the number of confirmed cases in the state increased to 5,991, up 219. 
      The deaths include 11 residents residents of Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles County. 
      Another roughly 60 Frontier residents and a dozen employees have tested positive.

       

       

      MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS TO BE ARRAIGNED

       

      A Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin is scheduled to be arraigned next month.

      Garland Joseph Nelson, of Braymer, waived his right last week to a preliminary hearing in which the judge could hear the prosecutor's evidence against him and decide whether it was sufficient for him to stand trial.

      Instead the 10 felony charges against Nelson will be formally read at his May 4 arraignment.

      Among the charges are two counts each of first-degree murder in the deaths of 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 34-year-old Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.

       

       

      THREE JUVENILES INJURED IN UTV CRASH IN MONROE COUNTY

       

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol says three juveniles were taken to University Hospital in Columbia after crashing their UTV Sunday night.

      According the Highway Patrol, the incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Monroe County Road 410, about 3.5 miles east of Paris, Missouri.

      A 15-year-old female was driving and she lost control of the vehicle, skidded off the west side of the roadway, struck the ground and a tree before overturning.

      Officials say the other two juveniles were males who were 12 and 13 years old.

      The 15-year-old and 12-year-old both suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital by Monroe County ambulance.

      The 13-year-old suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle.

       

       




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      MISSOURI GOVERNOR MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO BEGIN TO REOPEN STATE IN EARLY MAY

       

      Coronavirus cases continue to rise throughout the state of Missouri including 15 added deaths since Friday but Governor Mike Parson says he is moving forward with a plan to reopen the state.

      Thursday, he unveiled the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan.

      During a press conference on Friday, Parson detailed more of that initiative.

      He says the state's approach will be deliberate and data-driven, and intended to protect those most at risk to COVID-19, all while returning Missouri to a new normal.

      The essential pillar framework will allow the state to work through a gradual reopening, leading to a broader economic recovery. Specifically, Missouri's economic recovery plans will focus on the diversity of Missouri - it's people, businesses, communities and infrastructure.

      Parson said the state is still currently in the immediate response phase and will soon move to the gradual reopening phase driven by Missouri-specific public health data.

      During the same press conference, state officials gave an update on PPE, or personal protective equipment.

      On Monday, KTVO reported the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency recalled 48,000 KN94 face masks distributed to law enforcement and fire personnel.

      Testing done by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found some masks did not meet safety standards.

      Now, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandra Karsten says the state has been working to distribute additional personal protective equipment to front line responders.

      Karsten says the faulty masks were purchased from three different vendors.

      Those vendors have since refunded the state's money and picked up the recalled masks, or are in the process of doing so.

      The mask recall is something that the Missouri State Auditor's Office is continuing to investigate.

       

       

      WIDELY USED PROJECTION PREDICTS MISSOURI REOPEN “AFTER JUNE 1”

       

      Missouri suffered 15 deaths to COVID-19 since Friday, for a total of 185, according to data from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, which has been tracking cases worldwide.

      The number of confirmed cases in the state increased to 5,772, up 212 over Friday.

      According to widely-used University of Washington IHME projections, it has already been four days since Missouri's projected peak in daily deaths to COVID-19 at time of writing.

      The predictions assume that current measures remain in place until June 1 in Missouri, a week and one day after COVID-19 deaths are projected to stop in the state.

      President Donald Trump has left the issue of how, and when, to relax the current strategies up to state governors, after 'swift pushback' for claiming he had absolute authority to determine when states reopen.

      Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he's got sights set on May 4 to begin phase one of his Show Me Strong recovery plan, KTVO reported.

      The IMHE models predict there will no statewide shortages of ICU beds or invasive ventilators at time of writing.

       

       

      HIGHWAY 6 ACCIDENT RESULTS IN MINOR INJURY

       

      There was a wreck on Highway 6 in between Kirksville and Novinger Sunday afternoon.

      According to officials on scene a white Ford truck was struck by a blue Pontiac while trying to turn onto Highway 157 towards Thousand Hills State Park.

      The Pontiac was apparently trying to pass the truck while the truck was getting ready to turn and side swiped the truck.

      Both vehicles came to a stop in the east bound lane of highway 6. Only one minor injury was reported and the woman was treated on scene.

       

       




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      MISSOURI GOVERNOR EXTENDS STAY AT HOME ORDER

       

      Missouri Governor Mike Parson has extended the statewide stay-at-home order, now set to run through Sunday, May 3.

      The initial order was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

      Despite the extension, Parson said plans are now in place to reopen the state.

      Between now and Monday, May 4, Parson and state officials will continue monitoring the COVID-19 crisis with health, business and government leaders.

      He said the state's approach to reopening will be "deliberate and data-driven."

      Parson said reopening Missouri will come in two initial phases.

      First, the state will work to protect health care workers, first responders and other direct care workers — so the most vulnerable citizens have access to care.

      After that, the state will begin strategically reopening businesses.

      These phases involve multiple steps that take into consideration the state's "data-driven approach."

      Those steps include:

      Parson adds that social distancing has been working when it comes to combating coronavirus in Missouri.

       

       

      JEFFERSON CITY POLICE OFFICER WOUNDED, SUSPECT KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOOTING

       

      Authorities say an officer has fatally shot a person who shot and wounded another officer following a police chase in Missouri. 

      Police say the wounded Jefferson City officer, who was wearing a protective vest, was shot in the chest and was in stable condition. 

      The pursuit started about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday after Jefferson City officers tried to stop a vehicle in connection with previous shootings, and the driver of the vehicle wouldn't stop. 

      Two people eventually got out of the vehicle and fled, and one allegedly fired at officers. 

      Police say another officer returned fire, killing the person.

      The second person was taken into custody.

       

       

      COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HUMAN REMAINS FOUND

       

      On Tuesday, April 14, at approximately 6:30 p.m., Columbia police responded to an area near I-70 Drive NW and Stadium Boulevard after an individual reported finding possible human remains. Upon arrival, officers were able to confirm human remains, which were heavily decomposed.

      Detectives and evidence technicians were called to secure and process the scene. The Boone County Medical Examiner was also contacted and the remains were transported to the medical examiner's office for further analysis.

      This case is considered open and has been forwarded to the Criminal Investigations Division. At this time, a cause of death and identity has not yet been determined. There are no additional details to provide. 

      Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

       

       




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      LANCASTER MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY ACCIDENT

       

      A northeast Missouri driver was hurt in a rollover crash early Wednesday morning in Scotland County.

      It happened at 7 a.m. on Highway 136, one mile west of Memphis.

      Troopers said slick conditions caused an SUV driven by Nevin Martin, 25, of Lancaster, to run off the road and overturn.

      Martin suffered moderate injuries. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment.

      The online crash report states that Martin was wearing a seat belt.

       

       

      UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI LEADERS CONSIDER WAYS TO CUT COSTS

       

      Leaders of the University of Missouri System are considering layoffs, unpaid leave and other ways to contain costs due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 
      University of Missouri System President Mun Choi said in a statement Tuesday that major sources of funding "will remain under stress for some time to come." 
      He said that effective May 1, he and other leaders are taking 10% salary cuts that will last until at least July 31. 
      Meanwhile, budget planners at each university are developing plans for cuts of up to 15%. 
      Some budget-cutting decisions will be made by April 30.

       

       

      MISSOURI’S MAJOR CITIES TO DECIDE WHETHER TO EXTEND STAY AT HOME ORDERS

       

      Regional leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City may decide by the end of the week whether to extend stay-at-home orders in Missouri's two biggest urban areas, regardless of whether the statewide mandate is allowed to expire.

      Kansas City, St. Louis and their suburbs invoked stay-at-home orders several days before Republican Gov. Mike Parson issued one for the entire state that began April 6 and is set to expire April 24.

      Parson has been non-committal about whether the statewide order will be extended, but has cited a need to restart the economy.

      Missouri has recorded 4,784 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 153 deaths.

       

       




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      MISSING MEMPHIS WOMAN BELIEVED TO BE SAFE

       

      A missing northeast Missouri woman is believed to be safe although she is not back with her family just yet.

      On Tuesday afternoon, Memphis, Missouri, Police Chief Bill Holland gave KTVO-TV an update on Alicia Miller Dugger, 32, of Memphis.

      Dugger, who has a developmental disability, was last seen Friday on Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

      She had gone there with a friend, and they got separated after getting into an argument.

      Holland said officers from the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) were able to track activity on Dugger's EBT card.

      They found a convenience store where Dugger had used the card several times, as recently as Tuesday.

      KCPD officers spoke with a store clerk who has seen Dugger coming and going over the past three to four days.Holland said the woman seems fine and does not appear to be in any harm or held against her will. 

      Officers learned Dugger has been accompanied by a few different people when going to the convenience store.

      Holland told KTVO-TV Dugger's family is going to have friends who live in Kansas City go to the area around the store to see if they can locate her.

      He said the woman is no longer considered missing by KCPD.

       

       

      KIRKSVILLE MAN AND TWO TEENS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH ROBBERY

       

      A northeast Missouri man is behind bars and now facing a robbery charge after an incident late last week.
      Just before 11:30 p.m. Friday, Kirksville police responded to the 600 block of South High Street for a report of a man pulling a gun on another man. 
      During an investigation, police learned that three males were involved.

      On Saturday, police served a search warrant at a location in the 600 block of West Dodson Street.
      Zakaria Zouon, 23, of Kirksville, was arrested and is now charged with one count of first-degree robbery, a Class A felony.

      Two 15-year-old boys have also been taken into custody for their roles in this incident. They are currently being held by juvenile authorities, and their names are not being released.

      Kirksville police said this is still an active investigation, and police are attempting to locate any witnesses and gather further information.

      Anyone with information about this crime, 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.

       

       

      MISSOURI SUPREME COURT WEIGHS RETRIAL FOR MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER

       

      Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing whether to grant a new trial for a man who has spent more than two decades in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit.

      Judges heard arguments remotely on 46-year-old Lamar Johnson's case Tuesday over concerns about coronavirus.

      Johnson was convicted in the 1994 killing of 25-year-old Marcus Boyd over an alleged drug dispute.

      St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner agrees that Johnson is innocent.

      She's asking the Supreme Court for a new trial.

      But the state says only Johnson can ask for a new trial, and it's too late for that.

       

       




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      LINN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 DEATH IN COUNTY

       

      The Linn County Health Department announced the first death of a Linn County resident from COVID-19 Monday.  The department said it would not release any further information about the patient.  The death is one of the now 114 that have occurred in Missouri.  There are 5 total positive cases in Linn County and 4,388 in Missouri as of Monday afternoon.

       

       

      BUCKLIN MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

       

      A Bucklin man was injured in an accident Saturday

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 44 year old Ronald Eakins was westbound on Missouri Highway 11 about five miles west of New Boston at around 7 Saturday evening.  At that time he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of his vehicle.  The vehicle ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  Eakins was taken by ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of moderate injuries.

       

       

      MEMPHIS WOMAN MISSING IN KANSAS CITY

       

      A mentally disabled woman from northeast Missouri is missing in Kansas City, Missouri.

      Alicia Miller Dugger, 32, of Memphis, was last seen Friday on Independence Avenue in Kansas City.

      Memphis Police Chief Bill Holland told KTVO on Monday that Dugger had gone to Kansas City with a male friend from Memphis.

      The two reportedly got separated after getting into an argument.

      Dugger's brother, Ty Sizemore, of Memphis, said his sister's cell phone was stolen, and she has no personal belongings with her.

      Dugger is 5'6" tall, weighs 160 pounds with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

      Anyone with information about Dugger's whereabouts is asked to call the Memphis Police Department at (660) 465-2106 or the Kansas City Police Department at (816) 234-5000.

       

       

      MACON CHAMBER RUNS CAMPAIGN TO HIGHLIGHT SMALL BUSINESS

       

      The Macon Area Chamber of Commerce currently has a campaign called #MaconLemonade going on.

      #MaconLemonade highlights acts of kindness from the small businesses and people in the Macon community.

      Citizens and businesses are encouraged to post using the hashtag, because it signifies that they are trying to make lemonade out of the lemons these trying times have given us.

      Using this hashtag puts you in the drawing for a $50 gift card.

      If you are chosen as one of the weekly winners, you will get to choose from a list of local charitable groups in Macon County to send an additional $50 gift card to.

      Winners will be announced each Friday via the Macon Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

       




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      April 10th, 2020

       

      MISSOURI GOVERNOR ORDERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR

       

      Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered all Missouri public and charter schools remain closed through the remainder of the academic year.

      Exceptions have been made for nutrition services and child care, outlined in the recent Missouri health order.

      The recommendation was made by working with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and several school superintendents from across the state, from both rural and urban school districts.

      Parson says schools should continue remote learning for students until the end date previously set on the academic calendar.

       

       

      MONROE CITY TEEN KILLED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON MOTORCYCLE CRASH

       

      A Missouri teen has died after sustaining injuries in a crash involving a car and a motorcycle on Tuesday afternoon.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened on Highway US-36 in Ralls County around 4:23 p.m.

      Troopers say, Joseph Barnett, 79, of Monroe City, failed to yield to Donald Quigley, 18, also of Monroe City, who was driving a motorcycle and struck him.Quigley was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, MO with serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 7:47 pm.

      Barnett suffered minor injuries and refused treatment.

       

       

      GREENTOP WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

       

      two-vehicle crash blocked one lane of Highway 63 just north of Kirksville Thursday afternoon. Right around 12:20 p.m., a semi truck driven by 32 year old John Sidler of Boone, Iowa rear-ended an SUV driven by 17 year old Megan Waddle of Greentop as it was getting ready to turn onto Buck Creek Road in Sublette.

      The impact pushed the SUV off the road and into a ditch on the opposite side of the highway.

      There was only one injury in the crash. Waddle was taken from the scene by an Adair County ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries.

      She was awake and responsive while leaving the scene.

      Sidler was unharmed in the accident.

       

       

       




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      April 9th, 2020

       

      KIRKSVILLE POLICE INVESTIGATE HOME INVASION

       

      Kirksville police are investigating a bizarre Tuesday night home invasion.

      It happened shortly after 9 p.m. on East Scott Street near the Truman State University campus.

      The victim is a graduate student at Truman. She said that because the weather was so nice and warm on Tuesday, she had her doors open and had spent time on both her front and back porches.

      The young woman said she was on her front porch around 9 p.m. and had just finished Facetiming with her mom when she heard a strange sniffing noise in her front yard.

      She said she looked over and there was a naked man wearing only a homemade face mask that appeared to be made out of a sky blue T-shirt.

      The victim said the masked man then took off running toward her backyard.

      She ran inside to close an inner door that led to the back of the home and called 911. About that time, she heard the intruder on her back steps, and he pushed open a door and made his way inside.

      The woman ran through the house and out onto her front porch and fell down. That is when the suspect caught up to her.

      She was screaming for help, and he stretched out his arms toward her. The victim said she got into the fetal position on the porch and continued screaming.

      That is when the suspect squatted down and tried to pick her up. The commotion brought a few neighbors outside to see what was going on.

      When the man heard the neighbors outside, he took off running.

      A couple of Kirksville police officers arrived a few minutes later. They took the victim's statement and dusted for fingerprints on a door frame.

      The woman described the intruder as a white male in his early to mid-20s, approximately 5'6" tall, weighing 150 to 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes.

      The student was not injured during the incident.

      If anyone knows anything about Tuesday night's crime, you are asked to call Kirksville police at (660) 785-6945.

       

       

      THREE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ASSAULTED DURING DISTURBANCE AT MOBERLY CORRECTIONAL CENTER

       

      The Missouri Department of Corrections said three corrections officers were assaulted Monday night at the Moberly Correctional Center.

      Communications Director Karen Pojmann said Wednesday that there was a disturbance inside one of the facility's housing units.

      Three officers were assaulted. Pojmann said two offenders instigated the incident, and four other inmates became involved.

      No one required outside medical attention. The Corrections Emergency Response Team was activated, but officers on site had already regained control of the situation before they arrived.

       

       

      MISSOURI SENATE BACKS FUNDING BILL TO FIGHT VIRUS

       

      Missouri senators have voted to give Republican Gov. Mike Parson sweeping authority to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money as the state fights the coronavirus pandemic.

      Senators on Wednesday approved the use of federal funding for medical supplies, local governments, nursing homes and other aid.

      The House is expected to give the bill final passage later Wednesday.

      Parson's administration asked for the authority to spend roughly $4.8 billion in federal dollars in response to the pandemic, but at least $1.8 billion of that hasn't been promised by Congress.

      Lawmakers are taking social distancing precautions as they conduct business.

       

       

       




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      April 8th, 2020

       

      NEMO MAN ARRESTED FOR VEHICLE THEFT

       

      A northeast Missouri man is behind bars for stealing a vehicle.

      Sherman Robbins is currently being held at the Schuyler County Jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond for stealing a motor vehicle from Scotland County.

      According to a Facebook post on the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office page, on March 27, it was reported to the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office by the Scotland County sheriff that a vehicle had been taken from Hopkins Lumber in Memphis, Mo. without permission.

      The Scotland County Sheriff's Office later advised the stolen vehicle was seen entering Schuyler County.

      After a short search by a Schuyler County deputy, the stolen vehicle was located at a residence in Queen City.

      The deputy was able to take Robbins into custody without incident. 

       

       

      COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPODS TO STRUCTURE FIRE

       

      The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 903 Jefferson Street at 12:43pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
      The first unit arrived less than four minutes later and observed smoke coming from the roof.  Fire crews deployed a pre-connected hose line and ground ladders.  Further investigation revealed a small fire in the attic space above the living room.  The fire was quickly extinguished and the event brought under control in approximately fifteen minutes.
      Assistant Fire Marshal Kyle Edwards was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  He determined the fire originated in the attic space above the living room.  The cause was faulty wiring.  Damage is estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported.

       

       

      LAWMAKERS ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO CAPITOL FOR VIRUS FUNDING BILL

       

      Missouri lawmakers are taking extraordinary steps to return to the usually crowded state Capitol on Tuesday to pass an emergency coronavirus funding bill.

      The Capitol has been closed to everyone except essential staff since March 24.

      But lawmaker approval is needed for Gov. Mike Parson to spend what could amount to billions of dollars in federal funding for medical supplies, local governments, schools and other aid.

      A spokesman says the House aims to have fewer than 10 people in the chamber at any one time and for the 163-member chamber to vote one at a time.

       

       




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      April 7th, 2020

       

      HURDLAND WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

       

      A northeast Missouri woman was hurt when the van she was driving traveled off Highway 6 in eastern Adair County and went airborne over a creek.

      The single-vehicle crash happened around 7:15 a.m. Saturday.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Amanda Ayer, 36, of Hurdland, was on Highway 6, one mile east of Brashear when she traveled off the right side of the road. 

      Her van went airborne over a creek, hit an embankment and came to a rest on its wheels. 

      Ayer suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

      The vehicle was extensively damaged.

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

       

       

      KIRKSVILLE/ADAIR COUNTY SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER TAKES EFFECT

       

      The shelter-in-place order for the City of Kirksville due to COVID-19 is now in effect. The shelter-in-place order can be viewed at the following link: www.kirksvillecity.com/shelterinplaceorder.

      If you are an essential business, an employee of an essential business, or engaged in an essential activity, it is not necessary to complete any paperwork for the City. However, the shelter-in-place order asks essential businesses to provide to those employees expected to report to work documentation on official company letterhead stating the name of the employee and the essential business category authorizing the employee’s travel to and from work.

      The City will continue to provide essential services to its residents. As such, in addition to emergency services, infrastructure work will also continue across the City. Our vision is still to be the best city to the citizens we serve, meeting their needs and expectations both today and tomorrow.

      The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented event for all of us. The City Council and City staff appreciate the community’s cooperation with this shelter-in-place order.

      For more information, please contact City Manager Mari Macomber at 660.627.1225.

       

       

      COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROCKS THROWN INTO POLICE DEPARTMENT WINDOW

       

      The Columbia Police Department said Monday, April 6, officers are looking for a person suspected of throwing rocks into the police department's building on Walnut Street in downtown Columbia.

      The Columbia Police Department said Monday morning it's looking for a person suspected of throwing a rock through a window at the police station. A Facebook post from the police department said the person threw at least two rocks at the police department building on Walnut Street. Police said the first rock broke a window and the second caused minor damage to a break room. Attempt to ID: This morning, a southpaw suspect threw rocks at CPD's windows on the corner of 7th and Walnut St. The post said if residents have any information about the person's identity they are asked to call the police department.

       

       




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      April 4th, 2020

       

      MISSOURI COVID-19 CASES ABOVE 2,000

       

      Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus continue to climb in Missouri.

      Patient deaths to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease increased by 10 in Missouri over the span of 24 hours the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Sunday afternoon.

      Linn County added two new cases over the weekend bringing its total to three.

      The total number of statewide COVID-19 Cases hit 2,367 Sunday, with 76 new cases.

       

       

      MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON ISSUES STATEWIDE STAY HOME ORDER

       

      Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide Stay Home Missouri Order to help combat COVID-19 on Friday.

      The order is takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday April 6 and run until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

      As of Friday, Missouri has 2,113 positive COVID-19 cases out of 24,727 tested in a total population of 6 million Missourians. Data collected shows 8.5% of those tested have been positive.

      Of the 8.5% of Missouri citizens who have tested positive, approximately 22% have required hospitalization. The remaining 78% are recovering at home or have already recovered.

      Missouri has at least one positive case in 76 of Missouri's 114 counties. Over half of the total positive cases are in the St. Louis region.

      On Friday, Governor Parson said Missouri has 19 coronavirus related deaths. Based on the state's current data, Missouri's death rate is still below 1%. Governor Parson said his order includes specific guidance for staying home, social distancing, businesses and employees, schools, restaurants, firearm sales and state government buildings.

      The order does not prohibit Missourians from accessing essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, banks, or engaging in outdoor recreation, provided that necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including observing the social gathering and social distancing requirements set forth in the order.

      Among other guidelines, the order requires the following:

      To read the Stay Home Missouri order in full, click here.

       

       

      ADAIR COUNTY ACCIDENT INJURES TWO

       

      A T-bone wreck in Adair County left two injured early Saturday evening.

      The crash happened just before 5 p.m. Saturday, at the intersection of State Highway H and Rainbow Basin Trail, just outside of Kirksville city limits.

      A Buick Le Sabre driven by 58 year old Harry McClaine of Greentop was headed northbound on Highway H, and attempted to make a left turn at Rainbow Basin Trail, according to an officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The Buick Le Sabre entered the path of a southbound Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by 19 year old Cody Stewart of Kirksville, and the two cars collided, causing significant damage to both vehicles.

      Stewart and his passenger in the Ranger 17 year old Summerlyn Sewell of Kirksville were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment of minor injuries. McClaine was not injured.

      The Buick was carrying three children, who were flung forward by the impact. The children suffered nosebleeds from the impact, but had no major injuries, the Patrol said on scene.

      The children were secured in car seats at the time of the wreck

       

       




      April 3rd, 2020

       

      MACON R-1 ANNOUNCES SCHOOL CLOSED THROUGH SPRING SEMESTER

       

      In order to help limit and slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the Macon R-1 School District is canceling school for the rest of the current school year.

      Superintendent Scott Jarvis made the announcement Thursday in a letter to parents, students, staff and the community.

      Jarvis said the district will continue to provide students with enrichment activities, and staff will be available via email to answer questions students or parents have.

      The assignments will not be graded, but students are encouraged to complete them to reinforce learning while school is not in session.

      Jarvis said the Macon R-1 District will continue to provide meals on Mondays and Thursdays. On each of those days, there will be enough food for three days.

      The campus will be closed during this period of school closure. There will be no practices, meetings or competitive events taking place until social-distancing guidelines are changed.

      Dates for kindergarten graduation and senior graduation will be determined later.

       

       

      WITHOUT A STATEWIDE STAY AT HOME ORDER, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS STEP IN

       

      Smaller local governments are issuing stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Missouri, where the governor hasn't issued a statewide order.
      Such orders took effect more than a week ago in the state's biggest cities, including Kansas City and St. Louis.
      But smaller counties with few or no COVID-19 cases are getting in on the act and telling residents to only leave home for essential reasons, such as to buy groceries or medicine

      Linn County’s order goes into effect on Friday.  Chariton County has one in effect until April 24th.  Linn County currently has 1 confirmed case, while Chariton County has 4.  Missouri has totaled 1,834 cases as of Thursday afternoon.

       

       

      NEW LONDON MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

       

      A Missouri man was taken to the hospital after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed.

      The crash happened in Ralls County around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Nathan Wilson, 24, of New London, was on Route A, five miles southeast of Monroe City, when he tried to avoid some debris in the roadway.

      He lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the side of the road.

      That's when he struck several trees before coming to a stop.

      Wilson suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.

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

       

       




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      April 2nd, 2020



      LINN COUNTY ANNOUNCES STAY AT HOME ORDER


      Linn County officials have announced a stay at home order for the county in effect from 8 a.m. Friday April 3rd to 8 a.m. Friday April 24th.  The order requires residents to stay at their home or place of residence except to perform essential activities (purchasing essential supplies, operating essential business, outdoor activities, government function, etc.). The order also requires the closure of non-essential businesses within the county.  It prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people that are not members of a single household and closes parks and public places of amusement that require use of shared equipment. For a full version of the document including definitions of essential businesses and activities visit the Linn County Health Department's Facebook page.

       

       


















      TWO LOCAL HOSPITALS TO OFFER OFF SITE TESTING FOR COVID-19












       

      Hedrick Medical Center and Wright Memorial Hospital have joined to offer a drive-thru testing location for COVID-19 in Chillicothe.

      The testing will be conducted at the former Washington Street Food and Drink location at 1100 Washington Street in Chillicothe.  The testing will only be available to those who have a referral from a physician and will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As patients arrive, they will be asked to follow the traffic flow, stay in their vehicle, and to be prepared to provide proof of identity and provide their date of birth.

       

       

      CUBA, MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY COUGHING ON CUSTOMERS AT DOLLAR STORE

       

      A 33-year-old eastern Missouri man is charged with making a terrorist threat after police say he intentionally coughed on customers at a store and wrote COVID on a cooler. 
      Crawford County authorities say John Swaller, of Cuba, was arrested and charged Tuesday after a clerk at a Dollar Tree store in Cuba told police he was coughing toward customers and had breathed on a cooler before writing COVID on the inside. 

      Cuba Police Chief Doug Shelton says it is unknown if Swaller has the coronavirus. 
      The store was closed and sanitized after the incident. 
      Online court records do not name an attorney for Swaller

       

       

      COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI

       

      Coronavirus cases in Missouri are rising at an alarming rate, but health experts say it's too soon to know if the state is emerging as one of the next hot spots for the pandemic.

      Health officials say Missouri has 1,581 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, a jump of 19.1% from Tuesday.

      Eighteen deaths are blamed on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

      Missouri's first confirmed case was reported March 7 and its second was March 12.

      Two weeks ago there were 24 confirmed cases, and 356 just a week ago. Confirmed cases have more than quadrupled since then.

       

       

       

       




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      April 1st, 2020

       

      LINN COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19


      As the number of cases of coronavirus continues to grow around the country, Linn County has added its name to the list of those affected.

      The Linn County Health Department announced in a statement Tuesday evening that it has confirmed the first case of the novel coronavirus in the county.  The release said the patient has been notified and is self-isolating.  They will not release any further information at this time.  They will be identifying and contacting anyone who came into contact with the patient for further instruction.  Reported symptoms are a fever of 100.4 degrees and above along with a cough and shortness of breath.  if you are experiencing these symptoms call your primary care physician or the state COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.  More information can be found at cdc.gov/coronavirus



      LEWIS COUNTY MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

       

      A northern Missouri man suffered moderate injuries after he was ejected from an ATV he lost control of.

      The crash happened around 11:35 a.m. Monday in Lewis County.

      According to Missouri State Highway Patrol, William O'Brien, 78, of Lewistown, was on County Road 532, just four miles north of Ewing when he crashed.

      Troopers say he lost control on the gravel road and the ATV overturned, ejecting O'Brien.

      O'Brien suffered moderate injuries in the crash.

      He was taken to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for treatment. 

       

       

      COVID-19 CASES IN MISSOURI JUMP BY ALMOST 300

       

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri has jumped by nearly 300, even as calls for a statewide stay-at-home mandate increased.

      The state health department said Tuesday that 14 people have died and 1,327 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

      That is a 28.7% increase from the 1,031 confirmed cases on Monday.

      Gov. Republican Mike Parson has banned gatherings of more than 10 people statewide, but has declined to follow the lead of many states that have required people to stay home.

      Several health care organizations and Democratic politicians have called for a statewide stay-at-home order.

       

       

      AMEREN MISSOURI PROVIDES PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

       

      Ameren Missouri is continuing to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have taken steps to continue to provide their services to customers.

      Ameren Missouri continues to take service calls and work on critical infrastructure projects.

      While they are out and about, Ameren workers are practicing social distancing, and following the preventative measures advised the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities.

      Ameren Missouri asks their customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from work areas and stresses that you should still contact them if you have an electrical emergency.

      The numbers you can you reach them at are: 800-552-7583 for residential services and 877-426-3736 for business services.

      Ameren Missouri is also helping those customers who may face financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      They are reminding their customers that there are many ways to pay your bill.

      They are also recommending that those customers who are having difficulty paying their bill should contact the Customer Care team or visit the payment assistance page on their website.

      If you would like to know more about the actions and programs Ameren Missouri are making available during the COVID-19 pandemic click here.

       

       




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      March 31st, 2020

       

      ADAIR COUNTY REPORTS SECOND CONFIRMED COVID-19 CASE

       

      On Monday afternoon, the Adair County Health Department announced the second confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in Adair County. The case is not travel-related and the patient, a 34-year-old woman, is in isolation at home under medical management by Northeast Family Health.

      Health department staffers are working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there are any, health officials will provide guidance to those individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

      The individual who was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Adair County has been released from isolation, making this second case the only active case at this time.

      The health department urges the public to take appropriate precautions including good hygiene, social distancing and limiting in-person interactions. If you are sick, particularly with a fever and a cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your health care provider or urgent care center for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.

      “The best tips for prevention are still social distancing and proper handwashing,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Staying home if you are sick and avoiding close contact with others will help us limit any spread.”

      For more information, visit the DHSS website at health.mo.gov/coronavirus or the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. A statewide COVID-19 hotline also operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-435-8411. You can reach the Adair County Health Department at (660) 665-8491.

       

       

      MACON COUNTY CONFIRMS SECOND COVID-19 CASE

       

      The Macon County Health Department has confirmed the second positive case of COVID-19 in Macon County. 

      This case is community spread, meaning it was transferred person to person and is not travel related.

      This person has been in self-quarantine since first exposed to help prevent further transmission to others. They are in communication with local health officials and are cooperating to remain in isolation.

      All of those who have been in direct contact with this individual have been contacted by the Macon County Health Department

       

       

      LA PLATA AND KIRKSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS WORK TO PUT OUT HAY BALE FIRE

       

      La Plata and Kirksville Fire departments responded to a fire in La Plata Monday afternoon.

      The fire started on Oklahoma Lane in La Plata.

      The homeowner stated that it was a controlled fire on some farmland, when the fire accidentally spread to a hay bale.

      The one bale quickly spread to two, then four, and then it spread to the whole set of large bales.

      Fortunately, the fire was not near the homeowner's house or storage shed, posing no threat to the buildings.

      Firefighters were able to put out the blaze, but they could not save the bales of hay.

      There were no reported no injuries as a result of Monday afternoon's fire.

       

       

       




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      March 30th, 2020

       

      MOBERLY WOMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR VIRUS AFTER SEEING CANCER DOCTOR

       

      Our friends at KTVO have now confirmed that a woman in Randolph County who tested positive for COVID-19 was exposed to her cancer doctor, who tested positive just days after treating the woman.
      The patient, Debbie Young, 62, of Moberly said Friday that she had seen her oncologist at Missouri Cancer Associates in Columbia on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
      The doctor learned that following Saturday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
      Young said she got tested Monday after learning that her cancer doctor had tested positive. On Sunday, she had started experiencing a cough and a fever. Her positive test result came back Monday night.
      Young told me she still has a cough and a low-grade fever that comes and goes.
      She said her infected doctor was not wearing latex gloves when he examined her. Young said the physician had on a medical face mask when he came into the exam room, but he took it off and told her he was wearing it because he had been to Boston, when, in fact, he had been out of the country.
      The same doctor sees patients at George Ray Cancer Center in Kirksville.
      Patients at the Kirksville clinic who were exposed to the infected doctor on Thursday, March 19, 2020, are being monitored by the Adair County Health Department.
      Administrator Jim LeBaron previously said that the infected doctor had recently returned to central Missouri after making a trip to Africa.

       

      STATE OF MISSOURI DISASTER REQUEST APPROVED. GOVERNOR MOBILIZES NATIONAL GUARD

      The state of Missouri had its federal disaster request approved Friday. The approval will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program to be used to reimburse local governments, nonprofit organizations and the state for emergency protective measures.
      In addition, Governor Parson has called for the mobilization of the state's National Guard.
      Parson said the decision to mobilize the guard was made after meeting with officials in the state Department of Public Safety, Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency.
      Parson said the Missouri National Guard is preparing to conduct several potential missions including, but not limited to, the following:
      Assisting in the set up and operation of community based testing sites
      Providing intrastate transportation of personnel and equipment for medical or testing support
      Providing logistical support to local and state responders as needed
      Continued assessment, facilitation, and construction of temporary medical or other facilities
      The executive order mobilizing the Missouri National Guard will expire on May 15, unless Governor Parson chooses to extend it.

       




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      March 26th, 2020

       

      COVID-19 CASES GROW ABOVE 500 IN MISSOURI

       

      Missouri health officials say the state has 502 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday..

      Eight people have died, including a 31-year-old Red Cross employee who was buried Tuesday in St. Louis as her family watched from their cars.

      Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday took several steps in response to the spread of the virus, including asking for a federal disaster declaration that would allow the state to receive federal assistance to help the unemployed and to remove biohazardous materials.

      The governor also shifted another $11 million from state funds to buy more personal protective equipment.

       

       

      FBI RELEASES STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL SCAMS

       

      The following statement was released by the FBI regarding potential scammers trying to capitalize on COVID-19:

      Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

      Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

      Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

      Charitable contributions

      General financial relief

      Airline carrier refunds

      Fake cures and vaccines

      Fake testing kits

      Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

      If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov andwww.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

      The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

      Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.

      Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.

      Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser.

      Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in “.com” instead).

      If you believe you are the victim of an Internet scam or cyber crime, or if you want to report suspicious activity, please visit the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center HERE.

       

       




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      March 25th, 2020

       

      MACON COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

       

      The Macon County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Macon County. The person is in self-quarantine and those with close contact are also in self-quarantine.

      The department is not releasing more information about the person to protect their privacy. Healthcare and public health are working together to contain the spread of this virus, in a manner to protect the health of the community and the safety of our healthcare providers. They are communicating with local agencies as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain current situational awareness on COVID-19.

      Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever of 100.4F or above, cough and shortness of breath and appear 2-14 days after exposure. Exposure could happen if you have been in close contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, or, have traveled outside the country to a place where the virus is widespread or areas within the United States that are experiencing widespread community transmission.

       

       

      RUTLEGE MAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

       

       A northeast Missouri man was seriously hurt Tuesday night in a bad ATV wreck in Scotland County.

      It happened at 8:30 p.m. on Road 161, two miles west of Gorin.

      State troopers said an ATV operated by Darin Weiler, 24, of Rutledge, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.

      Weiler was thrown from the vehicle.

      According to the online crash report, Weiler suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, for treatment.

       

       

      KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE OF 12 YEAR OLD GIRL

       

      A northeast Missouri man is accused of raping a 12-year-old Kirksville girl.

      Anthony Sanders, 22, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree statutory rape and enticement of a child, both felonies.

      Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of March 17, 2020.

      According to court documents, Sanders and the girl went for a ride in his car to Steer Creek Way outside Kirksville.

      Investigators said the two parked on a dead-end road, and Sanders forced himself on the girl and raped her.

      Police seized the alleged victim's electronic tablet as evidence because they say it contained sexually explicit messages from Sanders to the girl.

      Sanders is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. As of early Wednesday afternoon, bond had not yet been set.

       

       

       




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      March 25th, 2020

       

      MACON COUNTY ACCIDENT SERIOUSLY INJURES TWO

       

      A violent Monday afternoon crash involving a sports car ejected the driver, partially ejected the passenger and ripped the engine completely from the vehicle.

      It happened at 5:15 p.m. on Macon County Route J, one mile west of Elmer, Missouri.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO the car was driven by Brandon True, 43, of Kirksville. His passenger was Augustus "Gus" Allen, 22, of Atlanta, Missouri.

      Authorities said True was westbound on Route J when he ran off the road on a curve.

      The car overturned, became airborne and slammed into a power pole, breaking it off at the ground.

      The vehicle came to rest upright in a muddy field.

      True was thrown from the mangled car, and Allen was partially ejected.

      Both suffered serious injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

      True was flown from the scene, and Allen was taken by ground ambulance.

      Neither person was wearing a seat belt.

      The Macon County Rescue Squad said live, downed power lines made the scene dangerous for emergency crews who responded to the crash.



      ASHLAND MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO GIVE CLERKS CORONAVIRUS

       

      Authorities say a 26-year-old central Missouri man is jailed after he threatened to give two store clerks COVID-19 by coughing on them. 
      Anthony Nunes, of Ashland, is charged with two counts of first-degree harassment. 
      The Jefferson City-News Tribune reports Nunes was coughing and told clerks in two stores that he had the virus. 
      One incident was reported Friday and the other on Saturday. He was being held Monday in the Cole County jail on $5,000 bond. 
      Sheriff John Wheeler says officers routinely take the temperature of incoming inmates and as of Monday, Nunes did not have a fever.

       

       

      MACON COUNTY TO PRESS CRIMINAL CHARGES AGAINST THOSE VIOLATING STATE ORDER

       

       Macon County took definitive action to make sure residents are abiding by the Governor's recent orders to restrict groups of 10 or more from gathering and keep people from dining-in at restaurants, among other restrictions.

      Prosecuting Attorney Josh Meisner has announced his office is prepared to charge anyone caught violating these orders with a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by "up to one year in jail, up to a $2,000 fine, or both."

      This includes people found to be visiting nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

      The office's authority to do so lasts until Gov. Parson lifts his emergency executive orders.

      Below is information released by Macon County Prosecuting Attorney’s office:

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      PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM MACON COUNTY

      PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

      In order to protect public health and safety and to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 the Macon County Prosecuting Attorney’s office is sharing the following order. Under section 192.320, RSMo, failure to follow such an order is a class A misdemeanor. The range of punishment for a class A misdemeanor is up to one year in jail, up to a $2,000.00 fine, or both.

      “The Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, finding it necessary to protect public health and prevent the further spread of COVID-19, pursuant to the authority granted under section 192.020, RSMo, hereby orders the following: 

      1. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time. 

      2. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid eating or drinking at restaurants, bars, or food courts; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed throughout the duration of this Order. 

      3. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, people shall not visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement homes, or assisted living homes unless to provide critical assistance. 

      4. In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, schools shall remain closed. This Order does not prohibit schools from providing child care and Food and Nutritional Services for those children that qualify. Teachers and staff may enter the building as long as they follow the directives set forth in this Order. 

      This Order does not prohibit people from visiting a variety of places, including grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including maintaining at least six feet (6’) of distance between all individuals that are not family members.

      For offices and workplaces that remain open, individuals shall practice good hygiene and, where feasible, work from home in order to achieve optimum isolation from COVID-19. The more that people reduce their public contact, the sooner COVID-19 will be contained and the sooner this Order will expire. Local public health authorities are hereby directed to carry out and enforce the provisions of this Order by means of civil proceedings. The Order will take effect beginning 12:01 A.M. Monday, March 23, 2020 and remain in effect until 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 6, 2020 unless extended by further order of the Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services with said extensions not to exceed the duration of the effective period of Executive Order 20-02.”

      Thank you for doing your part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in Macon County.

       

       

      COLUMBIA ENACTS STAY AT HOME ORDER

       

      On Tuesday, March 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning signed a Stay at Home Order (Order 2020-03) related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
      The order was announced at a press conference with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, Browning and Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
      The order is effective beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020, or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. The order’s intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while enabling essential services to continue.
      There are exemptions in the order related to essential activities, such as obtaining necessary supplies and services, activities related to health and safety, and more. All business and operations, except essential business and operations (as defined in the order), must cease.
      Restaurants and retail food establishments may provide pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service.
      As outlined in a previous order, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, unless exempt by the terms in the order. All playgrounds will be closed to reduce the potential spread, however, public outdoor recreation areas remain open.
      Please read the order for all definitions and exemptions. The signed City order is attached. A document with answers to anticipated questions is at como.gov

       




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      March 24th, 2020

       

      SCHUYLER COUNTY ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY

       

      Officials in Schuyler County, Missouri, have issued a State of Emergency as of Monday, March 23, 2020.
      Following discussion and recommendations from the Schuyler County Health Department, the county commissioners are putting in place some rules and regulations for the county offices only at the Schuyler County Courthouse.

      Effective immediately, only one worker per office will be allowed for all county (not state) offices in the Schuyler County Courthouse until at least the end of business day on April 6, 2020, and no public access to the county offices, with re-evaluation closer to April 6, 2020. The commissioners are allowing individual offices to work from home if applicable and to conduct all business by mail, email and/or phone and fax. The commissioners will not be holding any public meetings until at least April 7, 2020.
      All citizens are asked to comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and comply with lawful directions of identified public offices.

       

      COLUMBIA POLICE CRISIS NEGOTIATION TEAM SUCCESSFULLY BRINGS SUBJECT TO SAFETY

       

      At approximately 9:27 a.m. on March 23, Columbia Police responded to a call of a female, 42, who was standing and sitting on the safety railing at the top of the Fifth and Walnut Street parking garage. Boone County Joint Communications advised officers that the subject was on the east side of the garage.

      Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team were sent to the top of the garage to make contact with the subject. By approximately 11:02 a.m., members of the CNT were able to successfully bring the subject down to safety. 

      During the negotiations, access to Sixth and Walnut Street as well as parts of Fifth Street was closed off to traffic. Columbia police appreciate the patience and cooperation of the public during this incident. 

      At this time, there are no additional details to provide. Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

       

       

      COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

       

      A Columbia woman is injured after an accident on Route HH Sunday morning.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 58 year old Mark Hershbarger of Columbia was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Route HH and Brown Station Road at around 9:20 a.m. When he started into the intersection he struck a vehicle driven by 37 year old Terry Thomas of Columbia.  Thomas’ passenger, 37 year old Luci-Lei Thomas was taken by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.  Neither of the drivers were injured.

       




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      March 24th, 2020

       

       

      MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS STATEWIDE SOCIAL DISTANCING

       

      Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered statewide social distancing according to a release on Saturday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

      Some of the of the requirements in the order include:

      The order does make exceptions for grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks provided that precautions are taken to reduce transmission of the virus including keeping customers at least six feet away from each other. The order went into effect at midnight Sunday.

       

       

      ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN THE COUNTY

       

      The Adair County Health Department reported the first confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the county Saturday. The positive case is travel related.

      The patient was in Chicago and first had exposure, then traveled to Kirksville by car. While traveling, the patient developed symptoms and immediately upon returning to Kirksville went under self-quarantine.

      Health officials are working with the person to ensure compliance with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines with regard to isolation and in identifying close contacts with other individuals to monitor them for symptoms. The Adair County Health Department is also working with Complete Family Medicine which is providing medical oversight for this patient.

      The Adair County Health Department upon a review of the facts believes the risk of community spread from this positive test result is minimal, but we must work together, practice social distancing, and work to avoid spread within the community. If you have questions about COVID-19, please remember to refer to updatedCDC guidelines.

      Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, advises that residents continue to take the following measures to reduce transmission of the disease:

       

       

       

       

       




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      March 20th, 2020

       

       

      MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON REPORTS FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH IN STATE

       

      Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the first reported coronavirus death in the state has occurred in Boone County.

      Parson did not provide further details on the patient during a Wednesday press conference with reporters.

      Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related.

      Concerns about the coronavirus have prompted Missouri's governor to push back local elections for two months, forced the closure of one of the state's most iconic landmarks and led St. Louis' mayor to warn about possible community spread.

      24 cases have now been confirmed in Missouri.

       

       

      GEOTECHNICAL TESTS WILL OCCASIONALLY CLOSE LANES ON I-70

       

      Motorists traveling along Interstate 70 will see some activity at the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport over the next several weeks.

      As part of preparations for the construction of the new bridge, contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be gathering geo-technical data and survey information. The tests, which involve drilling holes beneath the surface, will provide valuable information about the area’s rock and soil stability.

      This process will require occasional lane closures while work takes place along the roadway and in the median. A single lane of westbound Interstate 70 will be closed at various locations on or near the bridge Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

      Signs will be in place to alert motorists to the closures. Drivers are asked to slow down, pay attention and use caution through the work zone for the protection of themselves, other drivers and crews working along the road.

      While no exact timeline has been established for the new bridge, construction is expected to begin in 2022.

      Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/modot-central-district. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

       

       

       




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      March 19th, 2020

       

       

      NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE IN LEWIS COUNTY

       

      A northern Missouri man behind bars following a police chase that ended with a drug bust. On Friday, while on patrol in the Williamstown area, a Lewis County sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle without license plates on Highway E, and began following the vehicle. The driver attempted to evade the deputy by traveling on a county road. The deputy observed the passenger, later identified as Douglas Howes, 48, of Hannibal, Missouri, throw something out the window. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy found drug paraphernalia and a baggie containing methamphetamine along the gravel road. Howes was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, and taken to the Lewis County Jail. Howes is a convicted felon who has been in jail for possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and manufacture of controlled substances. He remains at the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant.

       

       

      MISSOURI POSTPONES LOCAL ELECTIONS AS CORONAVIRUS CASES GROW

       

      Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is ordering all local elections scheduled for April 7 to be postponed until June 2 as the number of recorded cases of coronavirus in the state grows. 
      Parson's Wednesday order allows ballots that were already printed to be used for the rescheduled elections in June. 
      Also on Wednesday, Children's Mercy hospital announced that a patient treated in the downtown Kansas City hospital's emergency room on Sunday had tested positive for the virus. 
      That brings the state's total cases to 17.

       

       

      COLUMBIA OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN BOONE COUNTY

       

      At a press conference on Tuesday, March 17, officials from City of Columbia, Boone County and MU Health Care announced the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County. The individual, who is in their sixties and recently traveled outside of the United States, is self-isolated in their home and is modeling good behavior since the onset of symptoms.
      Staff members from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) have been in contact with the patient and identified people who have had close contacts with the patient. Staff members will continue to follow-up with those persons. PHHS provided guidance and recommendations to keep the patient  isolated and will continue to monitor the patient through the full period of isolation. The patient will be on home isolation until symptom free and two negative tests that are 24 hours apart.
      "We have planned and prepared for this. We have coordinated with federal, state and local officials to ensure we are all in close communication about how we proceed," Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said. "We have a strong system of hospitals, healthcare providers, first responders and emergency operations to help protect the health and safety of our community."
      As a result of the positive case, PHHS Director Stephanie Browning signed an order (Order 2020-01) related to gatherings to reduce the potential of disease spread between individuals.
      At this time, the order limits public gatherings to no more than 50 people. The limit is 50 percent of their normal capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, including staff. This includes restaurants, retail food facilities, entertainment venues, and gym and fitness facilities. There is also a limit on gathering or events with persons at highest risk to 10 people. 
      This does not include cafeterias, commissaries, restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities, adult detention facilities and juvenile justice facilities, grocery stores, farmers markets, pharmacies, food banks or crisis shelters.  
      PHHS asks that all community members practice social distancing as much as possible. An effective community response is an all community response. Browning emphasis that we all have a role in protecting ourselves and our community. Some of best things that each one of us can do include:

      ·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

       

      ·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

       

      ·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

       

      ·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

       

      ·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

       

      ·         Stay home when you are sick.


      The order signed by Browning is attached to this press release.

       




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      March 18th, 2020

       

      ADAIR COUNTY YMCA AND KIRKSVILLE R3 TO PROVIDE MEALS FOR STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL

       

      The Adair County YMCA and Kirksville R-III School District are partnering to provide meals for students who are out of school due to coronavirus precautions.

      On Monday night, they released their plan. In order to minimize contact between volunteers and families, they are offering 13 drive up locations around Kirksville.

      These meals will be available to kids 18 years of age and under who need them.

      You can find locations, as well as the time windows for kids to receive the meals at ktvo.com

       

       

      COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

       

      In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution at their regular meeting on Monday, March 16, supporting the declaration of a state of emergency within the city. The resolution includes calling for proactive measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare; expressing support for and calling upon City Manager John Glascock and Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning to enact regulations to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
      The resolution passed by Council gives Glascock and Browning the support to implement various measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community but the potential measures listed in the resolution have not been enacted at the time of this release. Following the passage of the resolution, Glascock signed the formal declaration of emergency. 
      At this time, no private entities are being required to close, but social distancing is highly encouraged. In the coming days and weeks, Glascock and Browning will methodically determine what rules and regulations will apply during this ever-changing situation. The goal is to keep the COVID-19 virus from rapid spread within our community.  When a rule goes into effect it will be in writing and issued by either Glascock or Browning.
      While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County at the time of this release, local leaders are preparing in the event that there is a local confirmed case. Glascock and Browning will continue their consistent communication with other City department directors, local leaders, residents and businesses to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of our community.
      The City of Columbia created an enhanced information section on CoMo.gov that has information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information will be added as it becomes available about potential operation changes and other updates. The site can be found here: 
      CoMo.gov/Coronavirus.

       

       

      ST. LUKE’S HOSPITALS ANNOUNCE TEMPORARY VISITOR GUIDELINES

       

      St. Luke’s Hospital system, which operates both Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton, has announced temporary guidelines regarding visitors to the hospitals.  These guidelines include a no visitor policy with the exception of minors, those in labor, patients that require assistance to move throughout the hospital, patients with developmental disabilities, patients who are undergoing procedures involving conscious sedation, patients that require transportation to skilled nursing or long term care, and end of life patients. The announcement also noted that patients coming into St. Luke’s hospitals will be screened before proceeding to their locations. For the full announcement or more information visit stlukeskc.org

       




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      March 17th, 2020

       

      KIRKSVILLE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SHOOTING SUSPECT

       

      Police in Kirksville are trying to track down a man wanted in connection with a shooting incident in the early morning hours of Sunday.

      On March 15, 2020, at approximately 1:22 a.m., Kirksville police were dispatched to the area of Cottonwood and Mulanix streets for a report of shots fired.

      When officers arrived in the area, they learned that shots had been fired at a residence in the 300 block of East Hickory Street.

      Officers talked to a resident of the home and were informed a man identified as Bradley Eugene Chapman, 39, had fired a pistol at another person who had just arrived at the residence.

      Police were informed that Bradley Chapman fled the area in a maroon Chevy Tahoe. The Chevy Tahoe was later found abandoned in the 2100 block of North Walnut and recovered by police.

      While officers were investigating the shooting, they were dispatched to the 500 block of West Walker Street for a report of a stolen vehicle. It was a tan, 1989 Jeep Comanche, with Missouri handicap plate 2GR29. Police believe the theft of this vehicle is related to the shooting. At this time, Kirksville police do not believe anyone was injured during the shooting.

      Chapman currently has valid warrants for his arrest from Missouri Probation and Parole for absconding supervision on original charges of resisting arrest and tampering and from Schuyler County, Missouri, for resisting and assault.

      Police will be seeking additional charges related to the shooting.

      Chapman is described as a white male, 5’8” tall, weighing 175 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. Bradley Chapman also has multiple tattoos on his arms, chest and abdomen. Chapman is known to frequent Adair, Schuyler, Sullivan and Putnam counties.

      Anyone with information about this crime, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945.

       

       

      FOUR INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

       

      Four people were injured, two seriously, in an accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 63 Monday morning.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Stacie Pope of Maryland Heights, Missouri was northbound on U.S. 63 two miles south of Moberly at around 10:24 Monday morning.  At that time a vehicle driven by 80 year old Kenneth Huntsman of Moberly was attempting to cross the highway from County Road 2715.  Pope’s vehicle struck Huntsman’s in the driver’s side. Pope and her passenger, 29 year old Gorbachez Foreman of St. Louis, were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Huntsman and his passenger, 71 year old Donna Huntsman of Moberly, were taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

       

       

       

       

       




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      March 16th, 2020

       

      KIRKSVILLE SCHOOLS CANCEL IN PERSON CLASSES FOR TWO WEEKS

       

      The following message is from Kirksvile R-III Superintendent Robert Webb. This message was posted to the Kirksville School District Facebook Page on Sunday afternoon:

       

      “After intense information gathering, analysis, and discussion with many school and health professionals, we believe it is necessary to immediately close all of the Kirksville R-III schools and related activities beginning Monday March 16, 2020. Taking this action now will allow administration and staff time to finalize all of the plans necessary for such an unexpected but necessary closure. School will be closed for the next two weeks, although an extension of that time may also be necessary if the pandemic risks do not diminish.

      The district understands the hardship this will likely place on families and we are committed to support students and families in all ways that we can. District staff will be working to put into place processes for delivering the best instruction we can to all Kirksville R-III students.

      Parents are asked to watch closely for further information about specific school procedures in how instruction will be handled. There will be additional district wide information forthcoming regarding school breakfast and lunch program options that we believe we can also provide.

      Thank you for understanding our desire to do the very best we can in a situation that no one could have hoped for and that is unprecedented in the lives of nearly every American alive today.”

       

       

      MILAN WOMAN INJURED IN WEEKEND ACCIDENT

       

      A Milan woman is recovering after a one-vehicle weekend crash.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash happened at 7:15 a.m. Saturday, on Route E, 6 miles east of Harris in Sullivan County.

      Jamie Clark, 26, of Milan, was traveling westbound.

      She traveled off the right side of the road, and her vehicle struck a tree.

      Clark was transported to Sullivan County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

      Troopers add Clark was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

       

       

      LAPLATA WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT

       

      A northeast Missouri woman is recovering after a Saturday morning crash.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the one-vehicle crash happened around 7:40 a.m. on U.S. Highway 63, 1.5 miles south of La Plata.

      Troopers say an SUV driven by Marsha Salassa, 46, of La Plata, was traveling southbound.

      Salassa lost control of her vehicle on the snow and ice covered road, and slid off the highway.

      The SUV then struck a ditch and overturned.

      Salassa received minor injuries in this crash, but refused medical treatment at the scene.

      Troopers add Salassa was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.

       

       

       

       

       

       




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      March 13th, 2020

       

      BIG RIG JACKKNIFED ON HIGHWAY 11 NEAR KIRKSVILLE

       

      The driver of a big rig found himself in a predicament late Thursday morning.

      The incident happened around 11 a.m. at the intersection of Highway 11 and Strawberry Way, two miles east of Kirksville.

      A tractor-trailer driven by Jerald Uthe, 61, of Winston, Missouri, got jack-knifed, blocking both lanes of the highway.

      A sheriff's deputy and a state trooper were on the scene directing traffic.

      Cars and trucks were able to get around the semi by pulling onto Strawberry Way and then back onto the highway.

      Uthe told KTVO at the scene that he was trying to do a U-turn because his GPS took him the wrong way.

      Uthe said when he was turning around, the wheels on the tractor started sliding on the slick, wet pavement, forcing the wheels onto the soft shoulder.

      The big rig was then stuck there. A large tow truck from Macon, Missouri, was brought to the scene to pull the semi out of the mud.

      The road was cleared at about 12:45 p.m.

       

       

      FORMER ILLINOIS MAN ARRESTED IN LA PLATA

       

      A northeast Missouri man is accused of trespassing on railroad tracks, trying to choke a police dog and urinating under the door of his padded jail cell.

      The suspect is Bradley Simmons, 25, who La Plata police said appears to be homeless and traveling by train. According to KTVO, Simmons used to live in Le Roy, Illinois, where he has previously been in trouble with the law.

      He faces three misdemeanor charges: resisting arrest, trespass on a critical infrastructure facility and assault on a police animal.

      Simmons is also charged with a felony of endangering a correctional employee by attempting or knowingly causing the employee to come into contact with bodily fluids.

      Police say Simmons' string of offenses started around 9 p.m. Sunday in La Plata when the police department was notified by the Amtrak station attendant in town that Simmons was walking on the railroad tracks.

      An officer responded to search the area. The attendant then called the officer to tell him the suspect was at a La Plata Convenience Store.

      When police tried to talk to Simmons about the trespass incident, they say he fled on foot.

      After some time, law enforcement located Simmons, and when he refused to stop, they warned that they would release a police K-9.

      Simmons reportedly kept going so they let the dog chase him down. La Plata police say in court documents that Simmons attempted to choke the dog for approximately 10 seconds.

      Officers were then able to arrest Simmons. He told police that he believed the Mafia had sent them to get him.

      The next day, the Macon County Sheriff's Office reported that Simmons urinated two times under the door of his padded cell and into the hallway of the booking room.

      A sheriff's deputy stated in court papers that a jail camera captured video of Simmons lying on the floor and urinating under the cell door.

       

       

      MILAN WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

       

      A Milan woman is injured after an accident in Sullivan County early Thursday morning.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 54 year old Naioma Gladfelder of Milan was northbound on Route U about six miles southeast of Milan at around 6 a.m. Thursday when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road.  She then overcorrected, crossed back over the roadway, traveled off the left side, struck an embankment and overturned.  Gladfelder was ejected from the vehicle. She was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment of serious injuries.

       

       

      KANSAS CITY BANS PUBLIC EVENTS OF MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE

       

      Kansas City is banning all public events with more than 1,000 people as cancellations mounted around the state because of concerns over the new coronavirus. 
      Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement Thursday, shortly after organizers cancelled a St. Patrick's Day parade. 
      St. Louis and Springfield also canceled their parades. 
      Universities also have been calling off classes, while Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said on Twitter late Wednesday that the chamber was cancelling its session next week. 
      The German agribusiness giant Bayer AG has reopened a suburban St. Louis campus after an employee who was tested for the new coronavirus found out the results were negative.

       




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      THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020

       

      TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND MIZZOU SUSPEND IN-PERSON CLASSES

      Truman State University and the University of Missouri have joined the list of colleges that have suspended in-person classes due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. 

      Truman is on spring break this week and will not conduct in-person classes next week to try to limit potential exposure to the virus.  University offices on the Kirksville campus will remain open, while Pickler Memorial Library, the Student Recreation Center and Pershing Arena will remain closed next week.  Students are not to return to campus, but they are reminded that it is not an extension of spring break.  Professors will be in contact with regarding remote classwork for the week.  Truman officials say this is a precautionary measure during a developing situation.  There are no cases of the virus on the Truman Campus and the general student population is not among the known high-risk groups. 

      The University of Missouri has cancelled in-person classes for the rest of this week and the university has asked its faculty to plan to teach remotely next week.  The Mizzou campus will then go on spring break the following week, returning to campus on March 30th.  All non-essential university events have been cancelled through March 29th as well.  Mizzou officials also stress that there have been no cases of the virus on campus, although some students and faculty were told to stay home after attending a journalism conference in New Orleans where an infected person was also participating. 

      Lincoln University in Jefferson City has extended its spring break for another week in response to coronavirus concerns.  Lincoln students will return to class on March 23rd. 

      As of Wednesday night, Missouri still had just one confirmed case of the virus, a St. Louis County woman who recently returned from a trip to Italy. 

       

      MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS ACTIVATE CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE

      State health officials activated a new Coronavirus hotline on Wednesday.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the hotline is being operated by medical professionals and will provide a variety of information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You can call the hotline at 877-435-8411. 




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      March 11th, 2020

       

      NEMO MAN ARRESTED IN IOWA FOR TRYING TO STEAL MOTORCYCLE

       

      A northeast Missouri man is in trouble with the law in southeast Iowa.

      The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Jimmie Holliday, 66, of Unionville, Missouri, was arrested in the early morning hours of Tuesday in Corydon, Iowa.

      Chief Deputy David Lewis told KTVO Holliday was caught trying to steal a motorcycle from a residence in the 300 block of West North Street.

      The suspect is now charged with second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance, which was a prescription sleep aid.

      Holliday also faces charges of driving while suspended and driving without insurance.

      He is being held in the Wayne County Jail on $5,000 bond.

       

       

      MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING CLASSMATE IN 1991 DENIED BOND

       

      A 43-year-old Missouri man charged with killing his 14-year-old classmate in 1991 has been denied bond after a prosecutor said people connected to the case might be in danger if he was released. 
      William Christopher Niemet, of Fulton, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville. 
      He has pleaded not guilty. 
      At a hearing Monday, Niemet's attorney, Curtis Hanrahan, asked that Niemet be given $100,000 bond but a judge rejected that request. 
      Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said some people with ties to the case believed they would be in danger if Niemet was released on bond.

       

       

      TWO NEMO COUNTIES SENT TWO COVID-19 TEST KITS EACH

       

      Health officials told KTVO Monday that the U.S. has sent Adair and Scotland counties two COVID-19 test kits for each county. 

      During a meeting in Memphis on Monday, Scotland County Hospital officials said the federal government had supplied them with a total of two test kits for the virus that causes COVID-19.

      When asked Monday afternoon, health officials at the Adair County Department gave the same count.

      The test kits enable local governments to test patients suspected of carrying the virus. As of late Monday evening, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 26 people in the U.S.

      The Adair County Health Department in Kirksville added that some standard medical laboratory companies are accepting test samples for COVID-19.

      The tests would be subject to normal billing, making it an out-of-pocket expense for uninsured patients. Your doctor will determine whether or not you need to get a sample taken.

      The Adair County Health Department confirmed that no cases of the virus have been detected in the county and that no patients are suspected of carrying it at this time.

      KTVO asked the department what people can do, in light of the first positive case of the new coronavirus in the state of Missouri.

      Adair County Health Department Administrator Jim LeBaron said the best defense against a potential outbreak is for folks is to wash their hands thoroughly and often and report symptoms that meet the criteria to a doctor.

      Click here to stay informed via the CDC's website.

       

       




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      March 10th, 2020

       

      NEW CAMBRIA MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

       

      A Macon County man is recovering after a weekend crash.

      According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the two-vehicle crash happened at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, on Crystal Road, south of Concord Road, four miles northwest of New Cambria.

      Troopers say a farm tractor driven by Nicholas Orscheln, 38, of Columbia, was traveling southbound.

      A UTV driven by Michael Duncan, 47, of New Cambria, was traveling northbound.

      Both vehicles struck head-on due to the obstruction of vision from a fire near the road.

      Duncan was transported by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

      Orscheln was not injured.

       

       

      GRASS FIRE SHUTS DOWN US 63 ON BOTH SIDES OF MISSOURI-IOWA BORDER

       

      Fire Departments from both sides of the Missouri and Iowa border had to shut down Highway 63 North on Sunday afternoon, due to a grass fire on both sides of the road.

      The two lanes had to be shut down due to smoke that was crossing the highway, blocking the vision of drivers. 

      First responders from Iowa and Missouri responded to the blaze quickly and were able to get two of the fires under control.

      Fire crews were working to control a third fire when KTVO arrived on scene. 

      Firefighters and nearby land owners were unsure of the origin of the fire, but they suspected it was the butt of a cigarette thrown into the grass by a passing driver.

      No injuries were reported and crews worked quickly to finish extinguishing the remaining flames.

       

       

      TWO MACON TEENS INJURED IN ACCIDENT CAUSED BY BRAKE FAILURE

       

      An apparent brake malfunction caused a crash that injured two northeast Missouri teenagers.

      It happened just before 7 p.m. Sunday on Highway 36, four miles east of Macon, Missouri.

      Troopers said a pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old boy from Macon attempted to make a right turn, and due to brake failure, the truck began to skid and struck an embankment.

      The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital in a private vehicle.

      The 17-year-old passenger, Jacob Rodgers, also of Macon, suffered moderate injuries. An ambulance took him to the hospital.

      The Missouri State Highway Patrol's online crash report states that neither teen was wearing a seatbelt.

       

       




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      March 6th, 2020

       

      COLUMBIA MAN WHO PLANNED A TERRORIST ATTACK HAS BEEN SENTENCED

       

      A 28-year-old Missouri man who admitted plotting a terrorist attack in Kansas City has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. 
      Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., was sentenced Wednesday. 
      He pleaded guilty in September to providing material support or resources to terrorists. 
      Hester, of Columbia, was charged in February 2017 with helping to plan an attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. 
      Prosecutors said he thought he was working ISIS terrorists but his contacts were actually undercover federal agents. 
      Hester provided materials such as nails and duct tape that he believed would be used to create bombs.

       

       

      MODOT TO CONDUCT ROUTINE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE IN BOONE COUNTY

       

      Missouri Department of Transportation crews will conduct routine bridge maintenance that will close two sections of Boone County Route F: 

      Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. Each road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers while the work takes place. 

      For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

       

       

      ROUTE PP BRIDGE IN SULLIVAN COUNTY TO BE REPLACED BEGINNING MONDAY

       

      The bridge on Route PP over the East Medicine Creek, just east of Osgood, was closed in late 2018 after a regularly scheduled inspection by the Missouri Department of Transportation revealed critical deterioration to the structure. Next week, contractors from Widel, Inc., working with MoDOT, will begin the replacement of the 65-year-old bridge. During the replacement, drivers should continue using Route 139, Route 6 and Route W to travel around the closure.

      Equipment has already begun moving in, preliminary work will begin Monday, March 9, and demolition of the old bridge is scheduled to begin around March 15. The contractor plans to have the bridge reopened to all traffic prior to the Independence Day holiday.

      All work is weather-permitting, and schedules are subject to change.

      For more information about these and other MoDOT projects, sign up online for work zone updates, visit modot.org and view the online Traveler Information Map, or call 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) In addition, MoDOT provides updated information on Twitter @MoDOTNorthwest and Facebook at www.facebook.com/MoDOTNWDistrict.

       

       




      LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

                              . . .  from the Best Broadcast Group Newsroom

      March 5th, 2020

       

      HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

       

      A medical helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing south of Moberly and close to Clark, near highway 63 and route B, in southern Randolph County Wednesday evening.  According to authorities an Air-Evac helicopter was transporting a patient from Kirksville to Columbia when the helicopter had a mechanical issue resulting in the emergency. None of the 4 people on board at the time, the patient or the three crewmembers were injured as a result of the incident. First responders quickly worked to prepare a landing area so a second helicopter based out of the Moberly at the Air-Evac base could land and finish transporting the patient. The patrol said the craft did have some damage as a result of the landing. While the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, the company is conducting their owned investigation and the FAA and Federal Transportation Safety board has been notified.

       

      SERVICE ORGANIZATION CHOOSES NEMO TROOPER AS OFFICER OF THE YEAR

       

      A service organization has chosen a northeast Missouri state trooper as its Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

      The Exchange Club of Quincy, Illinois, recently gave that annual award to Trooper Don Borgmeyer of La Plata, Missouri.

      The 40-year-old Borgmeyer has been with the Missouri State Highway Patrol since January 2015.

      He currently patrols the roadways of Adair and Schuyler counties.