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MURDER CHARGE FILED AFTER HENRY CO. SHOOTING 6/29/16CC


A mid-Missouri man is in custody and facing murder charges in Henry County.

Court documents state 44-year-old Jeffrey Dean Watring, of Windsor, was charged Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court with a Class A felony count of Second-Degree Murder and an Unclassified felony count of Armed Criminal Action. Bond has been set at $100,000, cash or surety.

According to a probable cause statement from the office of Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields, Watring is alleged to have shot and  killed 45-year-old Terry Lynn Maples in the 300 block of Winchell Street in Windsor on Tuesday, June 28.

When deputies arrived on the scene just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Maples was found on the front porch of the home with a gunshot wound to the chest; he was reportedly not breathing but was found to have a slight pulse. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene after the arrival of emergency medical personnel.

The probable cause statement indicates the shooting may have been the result of a dispute between the two men in which alcohol may have been involved.

A future court date in the matter has not yet been established.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS OK JAIL FOOD SERVICE BID 6/29/16CC


After opening and then rejecting a few bids last week, the Saline County Commission has reportedly decided upon a winning bidder to provide food services at the Saline County Justice Facility.

In a special session meeting on Wednesday, June 29, commissioners awarded the food service bid to Graves Menu Maker Foods, of Jefferson City, at a bid cost of $1.75 per meal, according to Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell.

Proposals from two bidders were roundly rejected by the County Commission last week when it was deemed that neither had included a dollar figure for the price per meal, which had been previously indicated as a necessary item in the bid specifications.

Photo by Robert King.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS AWARDED FEDERAL HOMELESS GRANT 6/29/16CC


The Marshall School District announced on Wednesday that the district has been named the recipient of a federal grant to help provide services and resources to students whose day-to-day living situation may be less than ideal.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher gives the details:



Maher says the grant monies will also enable the district to hire the necessary staff members to help administer social work, tutoring, transitional housing, and other services:



Maher says the district's grant application, authored by Special Services Director Terri Porter and District Social Worker Lindsey Parton, was the highest-scoring of all those submitted in the state.

She adds that the district will move quickly to hire the needed employees in order to begin implementing service for homeless students by next school year.

MARSHALL UTILITY BOARD MEETS THURSDAY 6/29/16CC


The Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meets in regular session on Thursday, June 30.

Action items on the board agenda include continued discussion on a business incentive request for possibly bringing a new grocery store to Marshall as well as discussion on roof replacements. Board members will also get monthly updates from various MMU department heads.

The meeting gets underway at 8:30 a.m. at the MMU office located at 75 East Morgan Street in Marshall.

SALINE COUNTY HOMICIDE CASE CONTINUED TO JULY 13 6/29/16RK


A case involving a Saline County man who has been accused of multiple Felonies, including two counts of First-Degree Murder, has been continued for two weeks.

Marshall resident, 58-year-old Donald Bruce Owens appeared via video camera while in custody at the Saline County Justice Facility in Saline County Circuit Court today. At a June 15 counsel-status hearing, State Public Defender, Jim Gray, accepted Owens as a client because he met the qualifications for his representation.

At today's court proceedings, Gray stated a family member of Owens had been seeking representation by another attorney. So, the judge in the case, Hugh Harvey, has continued the proceedings for another counsel status hearing at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

Owens has been charged in relation with the homicides of 35-year-old Ryan Sanders and 83-year-old Charlene Hupp, who both were found with gunshot wounds and died on June 9 in Slater.

Court documents state Owens has been charged with two counts of a Class A Felony for First-Degree Murder; two counts of an Unclassified Felony for Armed Criminal Action; and a Class B Felony for First-Degree Burglary.

SMOKE TESTING CONTINUES TODAY IN SLATER 6/29/16RK


According to a spokesperson with Civil Design, Inc., smoke testing is continuing today in Slater.

He said the testing started at 8 a.m. and will last until about 4:30 p.m.

He said the testing will start at residences between Central Avenue and Emmerson Street and north of Clyde Street. Then they will move to residences between Short Street and Broadway; and then north of Parker Street to Daphne.

He said the project is scheduled to be finished up tomorrow.

He asks residents not to be alarmed when they see the workers and not call the fire department. He said if residents have smoke coming out of a drain, they can just pour water down the drain or put a wet towel on top of the drain.

BOONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONY 6/29/16RK


An area woman has been arrested on an outstanding warrant and is charged with an alleged Felony.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 43-year-old Betty J. Hord, was taken into custody.

On-line court documents, Hord has been charged with a Class C Felony for Theft/Stealing of at least $500 but less than $25,000.

Bond was set at $500 cash only.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

GREEN RIDGE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 6/29/16RK


A Green Ridge man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 20-year-old Elliott Riedl, of Green Ridge, reportedly crossed the center line of the roadway in a curve and struck a southbound vehicle, driven by 44-year-old Jamie Waibel, of Green Ridge.

Riedl reportedly was not injured, while Waibel, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision, was transported by E.M.S. to a hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:30 p.m. on Voting House Road, south of Route AA.

NAPOLEON MAN INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 6/29/16RK


An area man suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Daniel Hawkins, of Napoleon, reportedly drove into the path of and was struck by a southbound vehicle, driven by 19-year-old Makayla Lang, of Odessa.

Hawkins was transported by Higginsville E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment, while Lang reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 5:20 p.m. on Route M at Varner Road.

MARSHALL MAN ACCUSED OF DOUBLE HOMICIDE DUE IN COURT TODAY 6/29/16RK


A 58-year-old Saline County man accused of multiple Felonies, including two counts of First-Degree Murder, is scheduled to have a hearing in court today.

According to on-line court documents, Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, is due to be in Saline County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. after learning he could be represented by State Public Defender, James P. (Jim) Gray at a status hearing on Wednesday, June 15.

At today's court proceedings, a date for the preliminary hearing for Owens, who has been charged in relation to the homicides of 35-year-old Ryan Sanders and 83-year-old Charlene Hupp, who both were found with gunshot wounds on June 9 in Slater and rural Slater, is scheduled to be set. Sanders was transported from the scene to an area hospital where he later died, and Hupp was dead at the scene.

Court documents state Owens has been charged with two counts of a Class A Felony for First-Degree Murder; two counts of an Unclassified Felony for Armed Criminal Action; and a Class B Felony for First-Degree Burglary.

MARSHALL WOMAN CHARGED IN COOPER CO. AFTER ARREST BY TROOPERS 6/28/16CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol took a Marshall woman into custody earlier this week; she now faces a felony drunk driving charge in circuit court.

The Patrol says 51-year-old Julie Beardsley was arrested by troopers just before midnight on Sunday on a Cooper County roadway; she was transported to the Cooper County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold pending the filing of charges by the Prosecuting Attorney's office.

Beardsley is now charged with a Class C felony count of Driving While Intoxicated- Aggravated Offender along with two misdemeanor charges, according to court documents. Bond in the matter has been established at $5,000.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not yet been set.

AREA MAN FACES FELONY DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE IN CHARITON COUNTY 6/28/16CC


A felony DWI charge has been filed against an Armstrong man after his arrest by the Highway Patrol Sunday morning in Chariton County.

Patrol reports state 51-year-old Orvel Campbell was taken into custody just after midnight and taken to the Chariton County Sheriff's Department on a 12-hour hold to await the filing of formal charges by the county prosecutor's office.

Court documents show Campbell is charged with a Class C felony count of Driving While Intoxicated- Aggravated Offender, along with misdemeanor charges for driving while revoked, failure to register a motor vehicle, and an equipment violation.

Bond has been set at $4,950.00, cash or surety; Campbell pleaded not guilty to the charges at an arraignment on Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing in the case has been set for July 12 in Chariton County Circuit Court.

CHARGES FILED IN LAFAYETTE CO. AGAINST FLEEING SUSPECT 6/28/16CC


A Kingsville man faces multiple charges after allegedly fleeing from law enforcement earlier this week.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Cory Harper was taken into custody by troopers at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning and transported to the Lafayette County Jail.

Harper has now been formally charged with one Class D felony count of Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop By Fleeing - Creating A Substantial Risk Of Serious Injury/Death To Any Person, along with misdemeanor charges for driving while intoxicated and equipment violations, according to online court documents.

Harper is currently free from custody after posting a $10,000 surety bond. An initial arraignment has been set for July 13 in Lafayette County Circuit Court.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD MEETS WEDNESDAY 6/28/16CC


The Glasgow School Board is scheduled to meet in regular session at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

The agenda for the meeting includes a summer maintenance report, approval of board policy updates, and approval of a floor replacement project.

Board members will also take up approval of final revisions to the current district budget and the preliminary budget for next year.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

ROUTE Z BRIDGE IN COOPER COUNTY COMPLETE, OPEN TO TRAFFIC 6/28/16CC


An area bridge in need of repair has been completed ahead of schedule, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT says the deck replacement project on the Cooper County Route Z bridge over Heaths Creek south of Interstate 70 is complete.  The bridge and road opened on Monday, June 27, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule.

For more information about this or any MoDOT road or bridge project, call 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.

STATE FAIRGROUNDS TO HOST ANNUAL FIREWORKS SHOW 6/28/16CC


Organizers in Sedalia are busy gearing up for an annual Independence Day tradition.


Angie Thomas, with the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce, talks about the big show coming up Monday night on the Missouri State Fairgrounds:




For questions or more information, contact the Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce at 660-826-2222 or visit www.sedaliachamber.com.

HIGGINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD TO TALK HAIL DAMAGE IN WORKSHOP 6/28/16CC


A workshop session is scheduled on Thursday, June 30, for the Higginsville School Board.

An agenda from the Lafayette County C-1 School District says the board will call to order and then move into discussions on hail damage repairs.

The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building Board Room.

SEDALIA GIRL INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH 6/28/16CC


An area teen was hospitalized Tuesday after a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

The Highway Patrol says 17-year-old Anita Banakh suffered moderate injuries when the car she was riding in drove off the right of the roadway, then travelled down a steep ravine and into a creek.

Banakh was taken by ambulance to a Sedalia hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the crash happened around 1:15 a.m. on Highway Y, west of Hickory Lane.


Patrol reports say the identity of the vehicle's driver is unknown at this time.

BIG WEEKEND PLANNED IN ARROW ROCK 6/28/16CC


A host of events awaits visitors this weekend in the Village of Arrow Rock.

The group Friends of Arrow Rock says the festivities will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, with July's installment of the monthly First Saturday Lecture Series. Guest speaker Ken Porter, an authority on native plants, will give a presentation entitled "An Ozark Herbology" about how herbal remedies first came to the area and the use of "Granny Medicine" using plants found in the area.

The event is free and open to the public at the Arrow Rock State Historic Site Visitor Center.

On Monday, July 4, the public is invited to join in the annual marching of an eclectic parade, as The 4th of July Impromptu Parade makes its way down Main Street beginning at 11 a.m. Past parades have featured antique tractors and cars, motorcycles, golf carts, horses, Hawaiian dancers, costumed characters, and a marching kazoo band.

No registration is needed to walk in the parade; interested people are instructed to show up at at the Old School house at the end of Main Street no later than 10:45 a.m. on Monday.

Additionally, the group says no professional kazoo experience is required to take part in the kazoo band and kazoos will be provided free of charge to anyone who needs one.

To find out more about the lecture and parade, call 660-837-3231 or visit www.friendsofarrowrock.org.

Also, in keeping with the Independence Day activities, the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre will raise the curtain on its opening night performance of the musical "1776" on Monday night; call the theater at 660-837-3311 or visit www.lyceumtheatre.org for tickets and information.

SALINE CLERK RECEIVES CHECKS FOR REIMBURSEMENTS, REWARD 6/28/16RK


In addition to approving to requests made by Saline County Collector Cindi Sims that would allow her to collect taxes for the different cities in the county and appointing Anne Moody Johnson as trustee, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell updated Commissioners on some checks the county has received.



Russell said there was another check the county received for dotting the I's and crossing the T's.



In some actions taken, the commissioners approved two requests from Collector Cindi Sims allowing her to collect taxes for the different cities in the county and to appoint Anne Moody Johnson as the county's trustee to oversee property that has not sold or has accumulated at least three years taxes in arrears; and approved a bid for the Saline County Justice Facility from an independent contractor to remove snow and ice during the winter months.

Also, the commissioners took under advisement three qualifying bids for food services at the Saline County Justice Facility. Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner made the motion to have Sheriff Cindi Mullins look over the bids and a decision will be made during a special-session meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

SIMS GETS APPROVALS OF TWO REQUESTS FROM SALINE COMMISSIONERS 6/28/16RK


Saline County Collector Cindi Sims was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, June 28, and made a couple of approval requests.

She asked the commissioners to give the green light for her to collect taxes for all of the cities in the county which have approved an agreement with her office.



The agreement with each city starts on July 1.

The second request was for the replacement of the county's appointed trustee for the Collector's Office.



Sims pointed out that would put Anne Moody Johnson in charge of selling the properties in which meet the criteria.

Both of her requests were given the thumbs up by commissioners.

HOSKINS RECEIVES COUNTY ADVOCATE AWARD 6/28/16RK



Warrensburg Republican State Representative Denny Hoskins (middle in tie) receives the County Advocate Award on Monday. (Photo Courtesy Hoskins' Office)


 
An area state representative has received an award from a statewide organization.

According to a news release, the County Commissioners Association of Missouri recently announced that six state legislators would be honored by the association for their commitment to improving county government operations.

State Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, is among those six legislators, and received his County Advocate Award at a reception hosted by the Johnson and Pettis County Commissions on Monday, June 27, in the commission room at the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg.

HB 2140, sponsored by Hoskins this year, was a main factor in his nomination for the award. The bill extends the deadline for counties to place the motor vehicle/marine sales tax titling "fix" to the November 2018 general election.

Hoskins represents District 54 residents in Johnson and Pettis Counties.

MODOT WILL PROFESSIONALLY INSTALL CAR SEATS 6/28/16RK


If you are hitting the road this summer with family in tow, you are being urged to take a few minutes to check your car seat.

According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City Scout Emergency Response Operators offer a free service to install or check your child safety seats.

According to the National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration, every 33 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Car seats reduce the risk of death in car crashes by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children ages 4 to 8 years.

Most installations take about an hour and include instruction, then hands-on experience so parents will know how to install on their own in the future.

To schedule an appointment for your seat check, call (888)-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).

 

MU EXTENSION TO OFFER FINANCIAL PROGRAM IN JULY 6/28/16RK


Next month, an area organization will be offering a two-session program to help you better handle your finances for a small fee.

According to a news release, the University of Missouri Extension's "Making Money Count" program can help you reduce financial "surprises."

The program includes two workshops that will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 21 and 28 at the Saline County Extension Center at 353 S. Lafayette Avenue in Marshall.

In addition to a presentation, there will be group discussions and hands-on activities that encourage participants to start taking steps to make a positive difference in their lives and reach short- and long-term financial goals, according to MU Extension Family Financial Education Specialist Trish Savage.

The cost to take part is $15 for individuals and $20 for couples who are pre-registered.

To register, call Linda at 660-886-6908 or stop by the Extension Center by July 19.

CENTRAL MO. HONOR FLIGHT NO. 40 TAKES TO SKIES WEDNESDAY 6/28/16RK


Not only will the upcoming flight of veterans to the nation's capital be a landmark as far as the number, but it also will include the largest number of veterans on a particular flight.

According to a news release, the 40th Central Missouri Honor Flight will leave the Columbia at 2:20 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, with a total of 75 area veterans embarking on the one-day trip of a lifetime. On Mission No. 40 will be five veterans of the Korean War and 70 Vietnam War veterans.

The veterans are scheduled return to Columbia at 10:35 p.m. on Wednesday after spending the day visiting such sites as the WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Tomb of the Unknowns, the Battle of Iwo Jima Memorial and the Air Force Memorial and others.

The Welcome Home Celebration is scheduled to start once the veterans arrive at the Courtyard Marriott at 3301 Lemone Industrial Drive. Those who wish to be there to welcome home the veterans are asked to bring banners, posters and flags.

Central Missouri Honor Flight has been flying veterans, free of charge, to Washington, D.C. since 2009, with more than 2,350 veterans taking part. Funds are continuously needed to keep the flights going. You can find out more and how to donate by visiting the all-volunteer organization's website at www.centralmissourihonorflight.com.

KANSAS MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH 6/28/16RK


A De Soto, Kansas resident was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Monday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 34-year-old Brian Yelton, traveled off the roadway and struck the cable barrier.

Yelton was transported by Higginsville E.M.S. to a hospital in Independence for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 9:40 p.m. at the 46.6 mile marker of I-70.

TUESDAY MEETING FOR LEXINGTON CITY COUNCIL 6/27/16CC


The Lexington City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, June 28.

Items on the council agenda include approval of a water & sewer ordinance, a presentation on water meters, an ordinance to authorize the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, and a proposed change in a zoning ordinance.

Council members will also discuss the city's upcoming fireworks show and street work on Franklin Street before adjourning to executive session for legal, real estate, and personnel matters.

The regular session meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at Lexington City Hall at 919 Franklin Avenue.

SEDALIA TO CLOSE PUBLIC LOT FOR STRIPING 6/27/16CC


A public parking lot in Sedalia will be closed for the next few days for paint work.
 
The City public parking lot located at the southwest corner of East 2nd Street and South Lamine Avenue will be closed from Tuesday, June 28, to early Thursday morning, June 30, for striping, according to the city of Sedalia.

For parking convenience, City crews will divide the striping project into two different areas:

* Section of parking lot north of the alley closed from 5 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29.
* Section of parking lot south of the alley closed from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, to 5 a.m. on Thursday, June 30.

All work is weather permitting. For more information, contact Sedalia City Hall at 660-827-3000.

CMU OBSERVATORY TO OFFER SPECIAL VIEWING DAYS 6/27/16CC


For the next few weekends, area residents can see stars at an area university in Howard County.

Central Methodist University says the The Morrison Observatory on the Fayette campus will hold two special viewing weekends in July.

The observatory at 504 Park Road, across from Fayette city park, will be open Fridays and Saturdays on July 1-2 and July 8-9.

Viewing hours will be 9-11:30 p.m. on all four nights. The first weekend will showcase Venus as the sun sets and the sky becomes dark, and the other planets of Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars afterwards. The second weekend will show those same planets, plus a small crescent moon as well.


Leading the viewing will be Dr. Kendal Clark, CMU assistant professor of physics. All ages are welcome and there is no admission fee.

The Morrison Observatory is celebrating its 140th anniversary and features a 12 1/4 -inch Clark refractor and a 10-inch reflecting telescope. The observatory was originally located in Glasgow and acquired by Central Methodist in 1927; it was moved to its current location in 1935.

Photos courtesy of Central Methodist University and NASA.

FEDERAL PRISON TIME FOR SEDALIA GANG MEMBERS 6/27/16CC


Several members of an alleged Sedalia street gang have been sentenced to federal prison.

According to the office of the US Western District Attorney, five men from Sedalia received sentencing Monday, June 27, in Western District Court for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that reportedly distributed at least five kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Sedalia area.

The D.A.'s office says 43-year-old Kenneth Kendrick has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison; 35-year-old Eric Hawkins to eight years; 53-year-old George Buckner and 49-year-old Ronald Boggs both to seven years; and 37-year-old Kardell Sims to four years and nine months. All five men have been sentenced without the possibility of parole.

In addition, the five are jointly liable for a money judgment of $500,000, representing their drug-trafficking profits at what the D.A.'s office says is a conservative estimate of about $100 per gram of cocaine and crack.

The men were reportedly members of a Sedalia street gang known as "5 Block", a gang that authorities say is believed to have been involved in numerous incidents involving firearms, shootings and murder.

Investigation into the gang's activity began in April of 2010 and resulted in six separate but related federal indictments for over a million dollars in drug trafficking.

PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS UNDERWAY IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 6/27/16CC


Representatives from a Lafayette County office have begun traveling the county to assess various pieces of property.

Lafayette County Assessor Chip Langman announced Monday that staff from his office have begun site visits to properties throughout the county. Improvements such as a new garage, home addition or deck can cause a property's assessed value to increase, while at the same time, removal of a structure can oftentimes lower the assessed value.

The Assessor's office is not always informed when a new structure or improvement is built or an old one is taken down, therefore, staff compares aerial photography and does in-person site visits to look for alterations, additions or tear downs.

Langman says field staff from the Lafayette County Assessor's Office travel in white county vehicles that are clearly identified, and are outfitted with dark blue polo shirts, bright safety green ball caps and carry county issued ID badges.

Residents who would like to verify if Assessor staff are reviewing property in your neighborhoods, please feel free to call the Lafayette County Assessor's office at 660-259-6158 or you can also follow the Assessor's Facebook page.

MoDOT TO TACKLE CULVERT JOBS IN SALINE COUNTY 6/27/16CC


Several culvert replacements will take place on several roadways in Saline County, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

* On Wednesday, June 29, culvert work will close both lanes of the eastbound and westbound outer roads of I-70 at Route 127.

* Culvert replacement will close both lanes of northbound and southbound Route O at Route 41 on Wednesday, June 29, and Thursday, June 30.

* Both lanes of eastbound and westbound Route F at Route O from Thursday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 5.

Motorists will need to find alternate routes while the work is carried out in these locations. All work is weather permitting.

LANE CLOSURES IN LAFAYETTE CO. THIS WEEK 6/27/16CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation says patching work in Lafayette County will result in various lane closures this week.

Patching crews will close one lane of of southbound Route KK, located past Route 40, through Tuesday, June 28, according to MoDOT.

On Wednesday, June 28, patching work will close one lane of eastbound Route PP for one day only.

Find out more about area road projects at www.modot.org.

PETTIS CO. ROAD WORK TO REDUCE TRAFFIC THIS WEEK 6/27/16CC


Pavement and culvert work will reduce traffic in a few locations in Pettis County this week.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, pavement striping could affect eastbound and westbound traffic on Highway 50 near Route 135 through Tuesday evening. The work zone is located a few miles east of Sedalia.

Also, culvert replacement will close eastbound and westbound Route D near Route 127 now through Thursday, July 7. Motorists in the area will need to seek an alternate route.

For more information, contact MoDOT toll-free at 888-ASK-MoDOT (888-275-6636).

COOPER COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS PUTTING OUT BARN/HAY FIRE 6/27/16RK


UPDATE (6/27/16 at 4:20 p.m.) Chief Gehm says crews cleared the scene by around 2:30 p.m. The building was reportedly saved while several smoldering hay bales were left to burn out, clear of the building. Gehm says about 40,000 gallons of water were trucked in battle the blaze.

Firefighters and tankers from three departments are on the scene of a barn fire and continue to put out large bales of hay that have caught fire in Cooper County.

According to Cooper County Fire Protection District Chief David Gehm, three tankers and two engines from his department, two tankers from Pilot Grove and one tanker from the Prairie Home Fire Departments are on hand putting out bales as they are pulled out of the metal structure that caught fire between 7 and 7:30 this morning.

Gehm, who said he thinks the fire was ignited by lightning, said the barn is located off of Joe Town Road between Highway 5 and Route B, approximately five miles south of Boonville. He said it is approximately 11 miles to one water hookup location at the intersection of I-70 and Highway 5 and 15 to 18 miles to another at I-70 and Route B. As of just before 11 a.m., Gehm said trucks have shuttled about 20,000 gallons of water to the scene so far.

Ghem said it's an arduous task of dragging out the bales of hay into a field and dousing them with water. He estimated firefighters would be at the site for most of the day.

The firefighters want to make sure all of the fire is out and want to try to save the barn. Ghem said the paint is burnt off part of the structure, but it could be saved.

MARSHALL FIREMEN RESPOND TO FIRE AT MHC CRISIS UNIT 6/27/16RK


Marshall Firefighters responded to the site of a fire on the grounds of the Marshall Habilitation Center on Saturday, June 25.

According to a report from the department, firemen were toned out at 5:51 p.m. due to a fire alarm being pulled and arrived on the scene at 5:57 p.m.

Upon arrival at the Crisis Unit, firemen found light smoke and the sprinkler system activated.

Firemen started ventilation and shutting down the sprinkler system. They removed burnt clothing and furniture from the building. Maintenance personnel from MHC arrived and ventilation of adjoining buildings was carried out. Then the fire scene was turned over to MHC personnel. The last Marshall Fire Department unit left the scene at 7:15 p.m.

The report states, upon further investigation, one of the consumers who lives in the home admitted to setting her clothes on fire in the armoire and flushing the lighter down the toilet.

The estimated damage was listed at $10,000 to the property and $3,000 to its contents.

MARSHALL LIBRARY OFFERING PROGRAM TO LEARN MICROSOFT WORD 6/27/16RK


The Marshall Public Library is looking to serve its community better, and keeping that in mind, the library is offering a program this week that will help patrons better understand some computer software.

According to a release from the library, a program is called "Introduction to Microsoft Word," and will include a look at the basics of the software. The session will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29.

The event will include group instruction and individual learning options. It is suggested, but not required, that if you are interested in attending any small-group events that you sign up at the front desk.

The program is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the library at (660) 886-3391.

LEADERSHIP AWARDS APPLICATIONS DUE BY JULY 22 6/27/16RK


The Missouri Association of Manufacturers developed the Made in Missouri Leadership Awards (MMLA) to honor manufacturing companies and individual leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing in Missouri.

All manufacturers with a facility in and conducting business in the state of Missouri, as well as individuals with experience leading manufacturing projects, programs and initiatives, are invited to submit applications for this award program. The deadline for submission of applications is at 5 p.m. on Friday, July 22.

The MMLA program recognizes Missouri manufacturers and their leaders in all segments of manufacturing, including Advanced Manufacturing; Global Manufacturing; Leadership & Strategy; Partnership; Workforce Development; and Promoting, Preserving & Advancing Manufacturing.

Selected MMLA recipients will be notified in August and honored at the Made in Missouri Leadership Awards & Appreciation Event on September 29 at The Chase Park Plaza in St. Louis.

For more information, visit the website, www.MissouriManufacturers.org.

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED ASSAULT FELONY 6/27/16RK


A Boonville man has been formally charged with an alleged Felony and is still in custody of Authorities in an area county.

According to a report from the Boonville Police Department, 43-year-old Charles G. Ivy was arrested and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center on an Outstanding Cooper County Warrant.

According to on-line court documents, Ivy has been charged with a Class D Felony for Assault in the Second Degree.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court is still to be determined.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN THREE-VEHICLE CRASH 6/27/16RK


Two Morgan County residents were seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash in Benton County on Sunday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 54-year-old George Duff, of Sunrise Beach, crossed into oncoming traffic and struck a southbound vehicle, driven by 29-year-old David Gavin, of Salina, Kansas. Duff's vehicle then slid and was struck in the rear by a northbound vehicle, driven by 42-year-old Rachel Ferguson, of Versailles.

All three drivers were transported by E.M.S. to an Osage Beach hospital for treatment of serious injuries. All three vehicles were totaled in the crash.

The crash happened at 4:30 p.m. on Missouri Highway 7, north of Route AA.

SEDALIA RESIDENT INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 6/27/16RK


A Sedalia woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 77-year-old Philip Monsees, of Smithton, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a culvert and a tree.

Philip Monsees escaped injury, but a passenger in the vehicle, 72-year-old Carol Monsses-Goodwin suffered moderate injuries and was transported by E.M.S. to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. on Route V and Bahner Road.

COOPER CO. ROAD/BRIDGE WORK THIS WEEK 6/26/16CC


Several road and bridge projects, including three long-term projects, will be carried out in Cooper County this week.

* Starting Monday, June 27, and ending Thursday, June 30, bridge maintenance will take place on Route 179 over the Petite Saline Creek, north of Copps Chapel Road. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area. Work will take place during the daylight hours.

* Bridge rehabilitation continues on Interstate 70 over the Lamine River, west of Boonville. Crews will continue building crossovers during the week of June 27; eastbound and westbound lane closures are likely from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night until early July. The entire project is scheduled for completion in November.

* Bridge replacement continues on Route A over Long Branch, east of Otterville. The road is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-August.

* Bridge deck replacement continues on Route Z over Heaths Creek, south of Interstate 70. The bridge is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. The project is scheduled for completion in early July.

MoDOT says the ongoing projects will take place during daylight and overnight hours.


Visit www.modot.org for more information.

HOWARD CO. ROAD/BRIDGE WORK THIS WEEK 6/26/16CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation says the following road and bridge work will be carried out in Howard County throughout this week. All work is scheduled for the daylight hours.

* Route H between Route 124 and Route B in Randolph County – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route Y between Route 124 and County Road 135 – Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route BB between Route O and County Road 116 – Culvert pipe replacement will take place on Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30. The roadway will be closed between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the area.

MoDOT asks all motorists to slow down and watch out for crews whenever in a work zone.

CHARITON COUNTY ROAD/BRIDGE WORK THIS WEEK 6/26/16CC


Several road and bridge projects are planned this week in Chariton County, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Each project is slated to run from Monday, June 28, to Friday, July 1.

* U.S. Route 24 - At the Mussel Fork Bridge for maintenance.

* Route PP - At the Chariton River Overflow Bridge and the Mid Fork Chariton River Bridge for maintenance.

* Route 11 - At the Hickory Branch River Bridge and Salt Creek River Bridge for maintenance.

* Route O - At the Jones Drive River Bridge and the Bee River Bridge for maintenance.

All work is weather permitting. For questions or more information, visit www.modot.org.

BLOOD DRIVE IN MARSHALL ON THURSDAY 6/26/16CC


A Marshall church will play host this week to an American Red Cross blood drive.

On Thursday, June 30, the drive will be held at First United Methodist Church at 225 East Arrow Street, according to the Red Cross. The drive is set to run from 2-6 p.m.

To find out more, contact the Red Cross toll-free at 800-RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

SLATER YOUTH CENTER TO HOST BLOOD DRIVE 6/26/16CC


A blood drive is scheduled for this week in a Saline County community.

The Community Blood Center of Kansas City says the drive will be held from 2-6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Slater Youth Center. The center is located at 164 West Front Street in Slater.

To find out more, contact the Community Blood Center at 816-753-4040.

HOWARD CO. WATER GROUP MEETS TUESDAY 6/26/16CC


An open meeting of the Howard County Regional Water Commission is slated for Tuesday, June 28.

Items on the agenda include selecting a firm for Treatment Plant operations, a presentation of the 2015 audit, and discussion on property and liability insurance.

Other business will include several project updates and discussion of construction payments.

The meeting gets underway at 12 p.m. in the City of New Franklin Board Room at 132 East Broadway in New Franklin.

HALE WOMAN KILLED IN RALLS CO. CRASH 6/25/16RK


A Carroll County woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ralls County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound van, driven by 32-year-old Tanya Woody, of Hale, struck the rear of a westbound Freightliner, driven by 49-year-old Juan Chavez, of Racine, Wisc. Woody's vehicle caught fire on impact and became engulfed in flames.

Woody was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ralls County Coroner at 3:20 p.m. Chavez was not injured.

The crash happened just after 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 36, three miles east of Monroe City.

GOV. NIXON SIGNS AG-RELATED BILLS 6/25/16RK


At a special ceremony held Friday afternoon on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Governor Jay Nixon signed three bills into law that will benefit agriculture.

Nixon first talked about Senate Bill 657.



Also included, Nixon signed Senate Bill 665, what he termed the "Senate Agriculture Omnibus Bill." He said the comprehensive legislation is, in part, a result of the beef initiative that was launched two years ago.



The Governor also signed Senate Bill 664, which cuts red tape for farmers registering with the Missouri Secretary of State.

In addition to the signing of the three agriculture-related bills, Nixon also signed Senate Bill 655, which makes revisions related to the administration of Missouri's Fertilizer Laws.

TRAIN HITS VEHICLE ON TRACKS; ASHLAND MAN INJURED 6/25/16RK


A resident of Ashland had to be flown from the scene when his vehicle was hit by a train in Cooper County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 73-year-old Donald Wood, was stopped on railroad tracks near the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville and was struck by an eastbound Union Pacific Train, driven by 46-year-old Roger Stagner, of Orrick.

Stagner was not injured, but Wood was transported by Staff For Life helicopter to a hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

The accident happened at 8:24 p.m.

NEW FRANKLIN RESIDENTS HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 6/25/16RK


Two New Franklin residents were injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Howard County on Friday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 25-year-old Justin Ewings, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Ewings and an 11-year-old female passenger in the vehicle each suffered moderate injuries.

They were transported by private vehicle to a hospital in Cooper County for treatment.

The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. on Route Z, one mile west of Highway 87.

CENTERVIEW WOMAN INJURED IN CRASH 6/25/16RK


A Centerview woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 24-year-old Amanda Irvine, traveled off the south side of the roadway and struck a fence and a tree.

Irvine was transported by E.M.S. to a hospital in Kansas City for treatment.

The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. on Missouri Highway 58, west of Route AA.

LORENZ BIDS SLATER SCHOOLS ADIEU 6/24/16CC


On Thursday night, Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz presided over his final meeting of the Slater School Board.

Lorenz, who will be taking an administrative position with Marshall Schools beginning next month, told KMMO News he's thankful for the time he's spent in the small Saline County community:


He also noted that whatever the need in the district, the surrounding community seemed to always answer the call for help:
 

Lorenz began his tenure in Slater in 2012; on July 1st he will assume his new position as Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations in the Marshall School District.

Photo by Chris Clark.

MO HIGHWAY PATROL GRADUATES 26 NEW TROOPERS 6/24/16CC


Two area residents have joined the ranks of the Missouri State Highway Patrol following the graduation of the 102nd Recruit Class on Friday, June 24.

The Highway Patrol says Brandon Katzing, of Sedalia, and Aaron Ferguson, of Warrensburg, recently completed 25 weeks of academic, physical fitness, firearms, and other training to become state troopers. Katzing has been assigned to Troop A in Benton County while Ferguson joins Troop A in Carroll and Ray counties.

Katzing, Ferguson, and the other 24 graduating troopers began training in January and will officially report for duty on July 11th.

The graduation ceremony, held in the Academy gymnasium in Jefferson City, featured remarks from Governor Jay Nixon, Public Safety Director Lane Roberts, and Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Bret Johnson.

The Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell, of the Missouri Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the 26 new troopers.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES BENTON CO. MOTORIST 6/24/16CC


A Warsaw man was hospitalized with serious injuries following a one-vehicle accident in Benton County on Friday.

The Highway Patrol says 46-year-old Phillip Yoder was travelling northbound when he swerved to avoid another vehicle in the roadway; his car then ran off the road, struck a ditch, overturned and struck a billboard. The vehicle was reportedly totalled in the crash.

Yoder was taken from the scene by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the crash happened just after 10 a.m. on US Highway 65 at McDaniel Road.

NIXON SIGNS OFF ON AG BILLS AT STATE FAIRGROUNDS 6/24/16CC


Governor Jay Nixon appeared in Sedalia on Friday, June 24, to sign several pieces of agricultural legislation.

According to Nixon's office, the Governor joined Missouri Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce at the Missouri State Fairgrounds to sign three measures that will strengthen the state's beef cattle industry, promote the use of fuels from the farm and cut red tape for farmers.

Senate Bill 665 re-authorizes the existing Qualified Beef Tax Credit until 2021, creates the Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit , and also rebrands the Farm-to-School Program as the Farm-to-Table Program.

Senate Bill 657 will promote the installation of blended fuel pumps at more gas stations throughout the state, while Senate Bill 664 cuts red tape for farmers registering with the Missouri Secretary of State.

In addition to the three agriculture-related bills the Governor signed at the Fairgrounds, he also signed Senate Bill 655 which makes revisions relating to the administration of Missouri's fertilizer laws.

We'll have more on this story, including comments from Governor Nixon and Ag Director Fordyce, in upcoming newscasts and upcoming KMMO Ag Reports.

SCHOOL, VEHICLE DAMAGES REPORTED TO SEDALIA POLICE 6/24/16CC


Two separate cases of alleged property damage are currently under investigation by the Sedalia Police Department.

In the first, officers dispatched at around 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday to Horace Mann Elementary School at 1100 West 16th Street; once there, a school employee told police they believed someone had torn shingles off a shed on the north side of the school property.

No dollar value has been placed on the damage and no suspect information is available at this time.

In the second instance, police responded at around 7 a.m. on Wednesday to a home in the 1000 block of West 3rd Street, where the caller stated that someone had broken out the windshield of their vehicle.

No suspect information has been released and no dollar amount has been placed on the damages.

FERAL HOG HUNTING BANNED ON MDC LANDS AS OF SEPT. 30 6/24/16RK



These destructive feral hogs pollute a pristine spring in Ozark County. (Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation)

Hunting a pesky wild boar will be prohibited on Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) lands, effective later this year.

According to a release from the (MDC), at its meeting on June 24, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on conservation areas and other lands owned, leased, or managed by the MDC.

The effective date of the regulation change will be September 30. Potential penalties for illegal hog hunting could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.

The new regulation prohibiting hog hunting on MDC areas does not apply to private property.

The MDC discourages feral hog hunting in Missouri. Instead of hunting hogs to help reduce their numbers, the MDC encourages hunters and others to report feral-hog sightings to their local conservation agents or MDC offices. Staff can then confirm local numbers and locations, and determine how best to capture and eliminate the entire group of feral hogs.

For more information on feral hogs, visit the MDC website at www.mdc.mo.gov/feralhog.

ONE BRIDGE PROJECT UNDER WAY IN AREA COUNTY 6/24/16RK


With the weather being conducive to construction lately, a bridge in Carroll County currently is being put in place.

According to Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil, Brookfield Box & Bridge LLC's bid was accepted and crews are in the process of replacing the bridge south and east of Tina, in Van Horn Township. Heil said B.R.O. Bridge No. 70 is on County Road 170. The bridge was removed in mid-May, and the crews have 120 calendar days to complete the project.

Heil said when the bridge is finished, it will be able to accommodate the traffic flow with no weight limit.



Heil said another project is in the works. He said Gene Haile Excavating, of California, Mo., won the bid. They held a preconstruction conference to go over plans for the bridge, also a B.R.O. project in Ridge Township, north and west of Bosworth. It, too, has a timeline of 120 calendar days, after the bridge is removed, or December 15, whichever comes first as a completion date.

B.R.O. bridges are 80-percent funded by money from MoDOT. The county has to supply with 20 percent of the cost.

BARN FIRE CAUSES $40,000 DAMAGE 6/24/16RK


On Wednesday, June 22, an area fire department's personnel were called out to a blaze in an outbuilding on a farm.

According to a release from the Marshall Fire Department, firefighters were toned out at just after 9 p.m. and arrived on the scene in the 19200 block of Mallard Trail near Napton 17 minutes later. Once there, firefighters noted a barn was fully engulfed in flames.

The barn was located on a secluded area of the farm and only was accessible by foot. Three firefighters walked to the barn and noted the fire had consumed most of the building. Firefighters left the scene at 9:44, turning the scene over to a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy on scene.

There were no injuries reported, and damage was estimated at $20,000 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents.

C.A.R.T. TAX MONEY PAID OUT 6/24/16RK


Saline County cities have been paid some money due them from a tax received by the county.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. talked about money that has been distributed.



C.A.R.T. is the County Aid Road Trust Tax.

Later in the morning, the commission went back in session and decided to reject all bids for the providing of food services for the Saline County Justice Facility. The four agencies who submitted bids will need to resubmit them by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 27. The commissioners will open the bids during their open-session meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28.

VICTIM IN SEDALIA FATAL FIRE IDENTIFIED AS 30-YEAR-OLD MAN 6/24/16CC-RK


One person is dead after fire ripped through a Sedalia residence on Thursday.

According to the Sedalia Fire Department, crews responded early in the afternoon to a report of fire at single-story home in the 1900 block of South Grand Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home with heavy fire showing from the street side of the residence.

Once inside, crews report finding a white male subject who was quickly removed from the home; fire and ambulance personnel outside began to administer treatment to the man, who was later pronounced dead after being transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.

According to a spokesman for the fire department this morning, the Sedalia Police Department has identified the victim as 30-year-old Matthew Eldenburg, of Sedalia.

Fire teams reportedly battled intense heat and flames in the home; no crew members were reported injured in the blaze.

The spokesman said the cause of the fire still is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES RAISES FOR MUNICIPAL SERVICES EMPLOYEES 6/24/16RK


Prior to moving into closed, executive session at a special meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the Marshall City Council approved bumps in salaries for some city employees.

According to Mayor Mark Gooden, the council approved raises for Municipal Services employees to the tune of $1 per hour for Grade 5 employees; a half-dollar per hour for Grade 6 employees; and 25 cents an hour for Grades 7 and 8 employees.

In the closed-session meeting, the council formed a four-person committee to seek the next City Administrator to replace Connie Latimer, who was let go during an executive-session meeting on Monday, June 20. Gooden said the committee will consist of himself, Ward 1 Councilman Ron Ott, Ward 2 Councilman Kirk Arends and Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey. At this time, Gooden said the committee is putting together a list of requirements it needs the candidate to have in order to be considered for the position. In addition to advertising for the position, the committee also will seek the help of agencies who specialize in providing good candidates for positions such as City Administrators.

Latimer served as City Administrator for six years. Prior to that she served as Mayor for seven years and council member for seven years.

Due to Independence Day falling on Monday, July 4, the next regular-session meeting of the council has been bumped back a day to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONY FOR ASSAULT 6/24/16RK


A Boonville man was served a warrant while in custody and has been charged with an alleged Felony.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 50-year-old James M. Fortner has been charged with a Class C Felony for Second-Degree Assault and a misdemeanor assault charge.

On-line court documents state bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

BREAKING NEWS: FATAL FIRE IN SEDALIA 6/23/16CC


One person is dead after fire ripped through a Sedalia residence on Thursday.

According to the Sedalia Fire Department, crews responded early in the afternoon to a report of fire at single-story home in the 1900 block of South Grand Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home with heavy fire showing from the street side of the residence.

Once inside, crews report finding a white male subject who was quickly removed from the home; fire and ambulance personnel outside began to administer treatment to the man, who was later pronounced dead after being transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. The identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of family.

Fire teams reportedly battled intense heat and flames in the home; no crew members were reported injured in the blaze.

Investigation into the fire is being handled by the Sedalia Fire Department, Sedalia Police Department detectives and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office.

Authorities say more information will be released as it becomes available.

HEARING DATE SET FOR MARSHALL MAN ACCUSED OF RAPE 6/23/16CC


A July 18 hearing date has been ordered for a Marshall man accused of sexual crimes in Sedalia.

Online court documents say 22-year-old Juan Humberto Guzman waived a formal arraignment and pled not guilty last month in Pettis County Circuit Court to one unclassified felony count of 1st Degree Rape or Attempted Rape and one unclassified felony count of 1st Degree Sodomy or Attempted Sodomy.

Guzman was taken into custody by deputies in early April after an investigation into a report of sexual assault in the 100 block of South Prospect Avenue in Sedalia.

Bond was set at $100,000; court records state Guzman is free from custody since posting surety bond on April 18. He has also been ordered by the court to have no contact of any kind with the alleged victim.

JULY COURT DATE SET IN PETTIS CO. RAPE/SODOMY CASE 6/23/16CC


A Smithton man accused of seven felony counts of statutory rape and sodomy has an arraignment scheduled for next month in Pettis County Circuit Court.

21-year-old Carter W. Boehm was arrested on June 1 following an investigation into allegations he had consensual sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old female in January of this year, according to a report from the Pettis County Sheriff's Department.

Court documents state Boehm is charged with four felony counts of 2nd Degree Statutory Sodomy and three felony counts of 2nd Degree Statutory Rape. He is currently free from custody after posting a $40,000 surety bond on June 3.

An arraignment in Circuit Court has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 14.

ARRAIGNMENT DATE SET FOR SMITHTON MAN 6/23/16CC


A July arraignment date has been set for a Pettis County resident accused of domestic assault, assaulting an officer, and resisting arrest.

The Pettis County Sheriff's Department reports 36-year-old Bobby L. Clark, of Smithton, was taken into custody after deputies responded to a peace disturbance call on June 16 in the 200 block of West Smith Street in Smithton.

According to online court documents, Clark has been charged in Circuit Court with a Class C Felony count of 2nd Degree Domestic Assault, one Class D Felony count of Resisting or Interfering With Arrest for a Felony, and a Class A Misdemeanor count of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.

Bond in the case was set at $7,500, cash or surety; court documents show Clark posted bond on June 17.

An arraignment date has been set for Thursday, July 14, in Pettis County Circuit Court.

PETTIS CO. MAN TO APPEAR IN COURT ON MULTIPLE FELONIES 6/23/16CC


A Sedalia man is due in circuit court next week on felony charges filed in two separate cases.

Pettis County Sheriff's Department reports state 33-year-old Andrew R. Simmons was arrested after a slow-speed pursuit with authorities on Tebo Road on June 5. He was placed into custody at the Pettis County Jail to await the filing of several charges, including narcotics possession and felon in possession of a firearm.

Court documents state Simmons has been charged with a Class C Felony count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in connection with the pursuit; he also faces misdemeanor charges for drug possession, drug paraphernalia and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. Bond in the matter was set at $60,000, cash or surety.

Simmons is also charged in a separate case with a Class C Felony count of 2nd Degree Domestic Assault, with bond set at $50,000 cash or surety; the court has also stipulated he is to have no contact of any kind with the alleged victim in the matter.

Bond reduction hearings in both cases have been set for Tuesday, June 28, in Pettis County Circuit Court.

POLICE IMPERSONATION ALLEGED IN MARSHALL 6/23/16CC


Marshall police are currently investigating an alleged incident of a male subject impersonating a police officer.

Police say a call came in around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, from a man stating his wife had been pulled over by a black car with no markings but with lights on the dash which were activated to initiate the stop. The woman stated once she was pulled over, she was approached by a white male subject in a black button-down shirt and khaki pants; the man reportedly did not introduce himself, didn't state what he agency he worked for, and provided no identification.

The man told the woman she needed to have two license plates on her vehicle, despite the fact she was test driving it and had the dealer tag properly displayed.

No other information on the male subject has been made available; investigation into the matter continues.
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The Marshall Police Department has also offered some tips on what to do if you're not sure you're being pulled over by a legitimate officer, deputy, or trooper.

Police say you should first slow down to indicate you are not trying to flee, in case it is an actual officer. Signal your intent to pull over, but only in a well-lit, public place, whenever possible.

You can also pull over immediately, keeping your doors locked and roll down the window only far enough to pass your driver's license and other information through.

Police say you should get a good a look at the individual, be sure to note if they are in uniform, and ask for their credentials if they are not presented or displayed. If the person refuses to show their badge or only flashes it briefly, keep the doors locked and the windows rolled mostly up.

If you're still unsure, police say you should request another officer be called to the scene; also, if the person becomes threatening or behaving in a nonprofessional manner, state that you do not feel comfortable in the situation and request that they follow you to the nearest police station.

You can also dial 911 and tell the dispatcher you believe you being pulled over by someone you suspect may not be a real law enforcement official.

For questions or more information, contact the Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPOINTS INTERIM FINANCE DIRECTOR 6/23/16RK


A Marshall city employee is calling it a career at the end of the this month. So, the Marshall City Council needed to take some action to make sure the position is filled after Finance Director Debbie Trimble retires on June 30.

Mayor Mark Gooden said the Marshall City Council took action during an executive session on Wednesday, June 22.

MARSHALL COUNCIL FORMS COMMITTEE TO SEARCH FOR LATIMER'S REPLACEMENT 6/23/16RK


At a special meeting of the Marshall City Council on Wednesday, June 22, in executive session, the council decided to form a group to start the search for the replacement of City Administrator Connie Latimer, who was let go on Monday, June 20, according to Mayor Mark Gooden.



Gooden said the committee will consist of Ward 1 Councilman Ron Ott, Ward 2 Councilman Kirk Arends, Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrie and himself.

Gooden said the committee has a lot to consider in looking for the right person.



Gooden said, in addition to advertising for the position, the committee also will seek input from other organizations that specialize in finding persons qualified to be a City Administrator, such as the Missouri Municipal League.

Latimer served as City Administrator for six years after serving as Mayor for seven years and a council member for seven years.

BROWN GRASS NOW IS NOT NECESSARILY BAD 6/23/16RK


Brown cool-season grass is not necessarily a sign of disease.

According to a news release from the MU Extension Center in Columbia, lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that's a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.

Turf Specialist for MU Extension Brad Fresenburg said people who see brown grass often think "disease."

It's an understandable reaction, he said, but the browning of cool-season grass just means it's gone dormant.

There are advantages to a dormant lawn. Fresenburg said dormant grass is less susceptible to disease, and you won't have to mow it in the heat of the summer.

For more lawn and garden information, contact your local MU Extension center or go to www.extension.missouri.edu/LawnGarden.

VIETNAM VETS' MEMORIAL MOVING WALL TO BE IN WINDSOR JUNE 30-JULY 4 6/23/16RK


A transportable wall honoring veterans of a war in the Far East is coming to a city in Henry County for five days starting next week.

According to a news release, the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Moving Wall is going to be in Windsor from June 30 through July 4.

The Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be in place at the American Legion Post No. 82 at 10341 Highway 52.

The Moving Wall will be available for viewing 24 hours a day while on-site. There will be a reading of the list of Henry, Benton, Johnson and Pettis Countians killed in action in the war-- which lasted from 1961 to 1973-- hourly from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

Other ceremonies are scheduled each day, and all area residents are invited to visit the wall.

BILINGUAL STORYTIME STARTS AT MARSHALL PUBLIC LIBRARY ON JULY 2 6/23/16RK


An area library is creating a program to serve its diverse community.

According to a news release, the Marshall Public Library will be starting Bilingual Storytime the first week of July.

The first storytime will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, and is recommended for children ages prekindergarten through first-graders. But all children and adults are invited.

The Bilingual Storytime will offer Marshall children the opportunity to learn Spanish through popular stories. The first story, "Corduroy," is about a teddy bear who relentlessly is on the hunt for a friend and his lost button.

For more information, contact the library at (660) 886-3391.

MARSHALL WOMAN INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 6/23/16RK


Although the damage to her vehicle was listed as total, a Marshall woman suffered only minor injuries in a rollover crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound vehicle, driven by 36-year-old Amber Reyes, drove off the left side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and off the right side, where it impacted a tree and overturned.

Reyes was transported to a hospital in Sedalia for treatment of her injuries.

The crash happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 65 at Mt. Herman Road.

CARROLLTON RESIDENT INJURED IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 6/23/16RK


A Carroll County resident was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Wednesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a southbound vehicle, driven by 65-year-old Lawrence Stewart, of Kansas City, was attempting to make a left turn and was struck by an eastbound vehicle, driven by 57-year-old Cindy Clater, of Carrollton.

Stewart was not injured, but Clater was transported by E.M.S. to a hospital in Liberty for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened just after 4 p.m. on the Southbound Highway 291 ramp to Missouri Highway 210.

"WAY TO GROW, SEDALIA!" WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR JUNE CONTEST 6/22/16CC


The city of Sedalia has announced the winners of its monthly Yard of the Month contest for the month of June.

The city says Bob and Beverly Morris of 2023 West 14th Street took the award in the city's First Ward; Donald and Kenda Maples at 422 East 5th Street won in the Second Ward; and Dallas Duncan at 3304 Plaza Circle took top honors in the city's Fourth Ward. No winner was named in the Third Ward as there were no participants for the month of June.

Honorable mention went to Delores Cantwell at 3203 East Broadway in the city's Second Ward, as well as Richard Simon at 1704 Heck Avenue in the city's Fourth Ward.

The "Way to Grow, Sedalia!" yard contest continues next month and applications are due by July 11 to City Hall; find more information and an online application at www.cityofsedalia.com.

COOPER COUNTY WOMAN STILL MISSING AFTER EIGHT DAYS 6/22/16CC


Authorities in Cooper County continue their search for a woman missing now for over a week.

Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe says his office is still seeking information regarding the disappearance of 77-year-old Laverla Kistler, the subject of a Silver Advisory issued on Friday, June 17; Wolfe says she has had no contact with family or friends since Tuesday, June 14.

Kistler is missing along with her silver 2004 Kia Sedona van; also reportedly missing is a dog from the woman's home. The dog is described as a terrier-dachshund mix and is reddish/brown in color and answers to the name of “Rusty”.

The missing woman is described as a white female, approximately 5'6” and weighing about 155 lbs., who has white hair and wears glasses most of the time. Sheriff Wolfe says Kistler experiences memory loss and has episodes of confusion; she is also said to frequent the California, Missouri area.

At this time Wolfe's office has received very few calls and there have been no sightings of Laverla Kistler, her van or her dog since the initial report. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts is urged to contact the Cooper County Sheriff's Office at 660-882-2771.

Photo courtesy of Cooper County Sheriff's Department.

SLATER COUNCIL AUTHORIZES NET METERING FOR SOLAR POWER 6/22/16CC


As the city of Slater moves closer to utilizing solar power by way of a solar farm being constructed near the airport, city council members on Tuesday passed a bill to authorize net metering once the system is in place.

City Attorney Adam Sommer explained net metering to the council members on hand:



Sommer says once residents connect to the system, they can generate power that could save them money on their electric bills throughout the year:



The new solar farm is expected to be completed later this year and should be fully online by spring of 2017, once the city's current contract with Kansas City Power & Light has expired.

MAKE A "GREAT ESCAPE" TO McQUEEN DAY IN SLATER 6/22/16CC


A big weekend is in store for Slater as it gears up for two popular events in the city.

At Tuesday's meeting of the city council, Mayor Stephen Allegri invited residents near and far to make a "great escape" to Slater on Saturday, June 25, for the annual Steve McQueen Day celebration:



Allegri says the event, which draws Steve McQueen and classic car enthusiasts from across the region, will also feature an appearance from one of the stars of a popular 1960's TV show:



The mayor noted that actor Butch Patrick, who lives in Macon and starred as Eddie on "The Munsters", will also make an appearance at the Dive-In Movie event on Friday night at the Slater City Pool.


To find out more about Steve McQueen Day or the Dive-In Movie, contact Slater City Hall at 660-529-2271.

Photos courtesy of City of Slater.

SEDALIA COUNCIL OKs NEW POLICE CARS 6/22/16CC


An area police department will pick up some new patrol vehicles after approval from the city council earlier this week.

A spokesman for the city of Sedalia says council members awarded a bid of $56,740 to Rick Ball Ford, of Sedalia, for two new vehicles for the police department. The move came upon the recommendation of the city's Public Safety Committee; the council later voted to amend the budget to take the cost of the cars into consideration.

Council members approved a change order from Sterling Excavation & Erection for a $37,000 deduction in the price tag of work at the North Basin Relief Sewer in the city's ongoing Wastewater Improvement Project.

In other business, the council accepted a service agreement for recycling services, approved an addendum to a solid waste disposal agreement, and amended the 2016-17 budget to to transfer a portion of Parks and Storm Water sales tax revenue to fund storm management projects in the Water Pollution Control Fund.

BACKHOE LEASE RENEWAL APPROVED BY CONCORDIA ALDERMEN 6/22/16CC


Aldermen in Concordia this week gave their approval to an annual equipment lease and got an update on progress being made with a project to replace the city's water meters.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says the lease program for the city's backhoe has been working out well for the city, so aldermen approved a renewal this week in order to get new equipment delivered before the end of summer:



Klussman also updated the board on the city's efforts to replace water meters and link the new meters to a cloud-based system that allows meter readings to be taken remotely:



Also on Monday night, the board gave approval to a base price of just under $60,000 for the city's property, liability, and equipment insurance and denied a request for extended fireworks hours during the weekend of July 1-3.

CONCORDIA BOARD OKs INSURANCE, DENIES FIREWORKS REQUEST 6/22/16CC


The Concordia Board of Aldermen met in regular open session on Monday, June 20.

City Administrator Dale Klussman says one of the biggest items the board tackled involved city insurance coverage:



He says that while the cost has gone up a bit, the board opted to accept the base price in order to meet a July 1st deadline.

In other business, Klussman says the board took up a request for extended hours for fireworks during the weekend leading up to the Fourth of July:



Aldermen also approved a lease agreement for a 2016 backhoe, along with hearing updates on the progress of the water meter replacement project and news that roof repairs at Concordia City Hall have recently been completed.

ATV CRASH IN HOWARD COUNTY INJURES AREA MAN 6/22/16CC


A Fayette man was hospitalized Tuesday after an all-terrain vehicle accident in Howard County.

The Highway Patrol says a four-wheeler operated by 32-year-old Matthew Colvin ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree, and overturned; the rider was ejected from the vehicle.

Colvin suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene by ambulance to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Trooper reports say it happened around 3:50 p.m. on County Road 317, just north of Route K.

ABSENTEE VOTING HAS STARTED FOR AUG. 2 PRIMARY ELECTION 6/22/16RK


The Saline County Commission met on Tuesday, June 21. From the left: Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell; Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie; Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr.; and Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner. (Photo by Robert King)

The Primary Election is rapidly approaching, and some voting has started.

At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, June 21, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell gave the particulars.



Also during the meeting, commissioners opened bids for several services needed by the Saline County Sheriff's Department. But some of the bids for meals didn't meet the requirements of the specifications of the bids requested.

Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie made a motion.



Guthrie's motion was approved.

The commissioners also opened a bid for snow removal, which was taken under advisement, as well, but did not receive a bid for annual vehicle maintenance.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN RECOGNIZE TWO EMPLOYEES FOR YEARS OF SERVICE 6/22/16RK


At its meeting this week, the Higginsville Board of Aldermen honored two city employees who have reached five-year increments in their service to the city.

According to City Administrator Lee Barker, Sheri Tieman was honored for being an employee at City Hall for 15 years and Jeff Drury for being an employee for 10 years in the Electric Department.

The board also approved annual liquor and amusement licenses.

Barker said only one entity applied for a permit to sell fireworks inside the city limits, and that also was approved.

The selling of fireworks will be allowed from July 2-6, Barker said. Shooting off of fireworks follows the same date guidelines. However, there are some restrictions on what fireworks residents can legally discharge. To find out more on the restrictions, call City Hall at (660) 584-2106.

CITY OF CARROLLTON RECEIVES GOOD AUDIT REPORT 6/22/16RK


An area city received solid marks on its annual audit.

According to City Clerk Terri Bell, the city of Carrollton was given a clean audit report by Westbrook and Company for the Fiscal Year 2015 at the Town Council meeting on Monday, June 20. The only negative pointed out was that the auditing firm would like to see more dual control of some accounts. But with a small staff, that's a difficult request to fulfill, according to Bell.

In other news, the council approved several liquor licenses and a release and indemnity agreement with Carrollton High School for the Independence Day Celebration where skydivers will land on the Trojans' football field. She said the Carrollton School District wants the legal paperwork in place in the event of something bad happens.

The council also was updated on the effort of Carrollton Area Economic Alliance Director Sharon Metz to bring an Amtrak Train Stop to Carrollton and Phase III of the Power Plant project.

SALINE COMMISSION HEARS C.A.R.T. TAX UPDATE AND GRANT WAS APPROVED 6/22/16RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, Treasurer Marty Smith gave an update on the County Aid Road Trust-- or C.A.R.T.-- Tax received by the county this month.



In other news, Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams reported the county was approved for a grant.



Williams was talking about Administrative Assistant Sharon Sheffer, who was hired earlier this year.

Another note from the meeting, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said absentee voting began on Tuesday for the Aug. 2 Primary Election. She also said the ballots will be available for viewing on the county's website in the next couple of weeks. The website is www.salinecountymo.org.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SUPT TO SIGN NEW LEASE WITH STATE 6/22/16RK


There are some changes to a lease agreement between Marshall Public Schools and the state of Missouri for some property on the former grounds of the Marshall Habilitation Center. Those changes were considered for approval by the Marshall School Board at its meeting on Tuesday night.

Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher talked about the proposed agreement.



Dr. Maher also included in the lease was use of a garage near the Tudor and Guest Houses.

Board member Mike Mills pointed out the lease agreement still limits the district to use of only the lower floor of the Spainhower Building. Dr. Maher said she will try to add the use of all floors to the lease before it is signed.

With the addition, the board approved Dr. Maher to sign the agreement.

In other actions, the board also approved over $2.287 million worth of fund transfers to close out the 2015-16 budget and the opening numbers for the 2016-17 budget. Fiscal Year 2016-17 will begin on July 1. The board also approved the district to seek out six different no-match-necessary grants as presented by Director of Special Services, Terri Porter.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD CLOSES OUT 2015-16, OPENS 2016-17 BUDGETS 6/22/16RK



Marshall Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher explains fund transfers need to be approved to make the 2015-16 budget balance. The fiscal year ends on June 30. The fund transfers were approved at the meeting of the school board on Tuesday night. (Photo by Robert King)

Several actions were taken by the Marshall School Board at its meeting on Tuesday night, with a couple of them involving the current budget that will be put to bed at the end of this month and the opening of next year's budget.

First, the school board needed to approve some fund transfers to close out the 2015-16 budget, according to Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher.



In all, the transfers from fund to fund were approximately $2.287 million-- including $1.091 million from Fund 1 (the Incidental Fund) to Fund 4 (Capital Projects or Building Fund); over $997,000 for an Energy Savings Contract with Con Edison for capital-improvement projects; and a couple of other transfers allowable by the state.

Dr. Maher also pointed out funds on hand were used to pay for a lot of projects, but that has meant a lower fund balance available heading into the 2016-17 fiscal year.



The board, which approved the transfers, also gave the thumbs up to the district pursuing six different grants as presented by Director of Special Services, Terri Porter; and approved a new lease with the state for the Spainhower Building and three other structures on the old Marshall Habilitation Center property.

YARD WASTE SITE IN SEDALIA TO RELOCATE 6/21/16CC


The city of Sedalia has announced it will relocate its yard waste dropoff site.

Effective Wednesday, June 22, the City of Sedalia Yard Waste Drop Off Site will open at its new location near the City Compost Facility at 27882 Highway U. The previous location on South New York Avenue will no longer be available.

The city reminds residents that the new Materials Management Site is also available in the same complex as the City Compost Facility, the Yard Waste Drop Off Site and, by appointment, the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. The Materials Management Site is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days per week (excluding City holidays).

The recycle drop-off sites at Thompson Hills Shopping Center and at 10th and Massachusetts as well as the Materials Management Site uses only two containers; one for single stream items (all plastics, aluminum, tin, paper including cardboard, newspaper and magazines). Glass will continue to be accepted in a separate container.

To find out more contact Sedalia City Hall at 660-827-3000.

BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD HEARS SUMMER PROJECT UPDATE 6/21/16CC


With school out for the summer, officials with the Brunswick R-2 school district are working to ensure a list of summer projects gets completed before the start of next school year.


Superintendent Bob Kottman (at center) addresses the Brunswick School Board about summer projects. Photo by Chris Clark.

At Monday's meeting of the Board of Education, Superintendent Bob Kottman told members that some unanticipated air conditioning issues may need to be dealt with soon:



Kottman says A/C work on the elementary part of the building may require some additional work on the rooftop as well:



In other business, the board approved amendments to the 2015-16 budget, approved the preliminary budget for 2016-17, and gave approval to next year's versions of the faculty/staff handbook and the A+ program handbook.

CREWS TACKLING ROAD, BRIDGE WORK IN COOPER COUNTY 6/21/16CC


Cooper County road and bridge crews have been working lately on a number of projects around the county.

Western District Commissioner David Booker talks about some of those projects:



And he says that as one project is completed, crews are ready to move on to the next:



Booker notes that commissioners and county road supervisors recently took a tour of the entire county's roads in order to prioritize road and bridge projects.

COOPER COUNTY COURTHOUSE MAKEOVER COMPLETED THIS WEEK 6/21/16CC


Officials in Cooper County say they're pleased with the completion of ongoing renovations at a historic county building.

Western District Commissioner David Booker talks about some the changes going on lately outside of the Cooper County Courthouse:



He says not only was the county able to do more at the courthouse than originally planned, but also has been carrying out projects at other facilities as well:



Booker says all total, the project came in around $100,000 under budget.

CONAGRA DONATION HELPS MARSHALL FIRE DEPT. BUY NEW GEAR 6/21/16CC


The Marshall Fire Department recently purchased over $20,000 worth of new equipment, thanks to a donation from an area business.

Firefighter Shawn Mullins gave KMMO News the details on Tuesday at the fire station:



Mullins talked about some of the gear the purchased with the donation funds:


He also noted that the Marshall Fire Department is thankful for the support it receives from area government, businesses, and residents.



Marshall firefighters display of a number of new pieces of equipment on Tuesday at the fire station. Photo by Chris Clark.

MARSHALL WOMAN CHARGED WITH TWO COUNTS OF ALLEGED FELONY 6/21/16RK


A probable-cause statement led to a warrant being issued for the arrest of a Marshall woman last week.

According to on-line court documents, the warrant was served by a Deputy with the Saline County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, June 15. Taken into custody was Marla Christine Pannell, who has been formally charged with two alleged Felonies.

Documents state Pannell faces two counts of a Class C Felony for Theft or Stealing of Property or Services of $500 or More but Less than $25,000 from a Marshall business.

Bond was set at $7,500 cash or surety, and surety bond was posted on Thursday, June 16.

An arraignment hearing for Pannell has been set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, in Saline County Circuit Court.

MAYOR GOODEN ISSUES STATEMENT IN WAKE OF TERMINATION OF CITY OFFICIAL 6/21/16RK


During an executive-session meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night, the council decided to terminate a city official.

The council voted to part ways with City Administrator Connie Latimer.

Mayor Mark Gooden made this statement prepared by City Attorney Josh Taylor.



Latimer, who served the city in some kind of capacity for more than two decades, issued the following statement this morning.



Latimer first served on the Park Board for six years, then was voted to and served seven years on the City Council before spending from 2003-10 as Marshall's Mayor. She was appointed City Administrator in 2010.

Gooden said he, along with the council members and department heads, will be working as a team to fill the role of City Administrator until they can find somebody qualified to do the job.

DAMAGES IN MARSHALL STRUCTURE FIRE ESTIMATED AT $38,000 6/21/16RK


A fire at a residence in Marshall caused nearly $40,000 in estimated damages earlier today.

According to a report from the Marshall Fire Department, firemen were toned out at 12:23 a.m. to douse a structure fire at a residence in the 500 block of North English Avenue.

En route to the blaze, dispatch advised firemen that residents were out of the structure, and the fire was located in the kitchen area.

Upon arrival, smoke and flames were showing from the rear of the structure. After entering, firemen contained the blaze to the kitchen area and an adjoining room. After arrival at 12:25 a.m., the fire was under control 20 minutes. Firemen had to open up the ceiling and walls in those two rooms to extinguish any hot spots.

All utilities were shut down at the structure, and the firemen cleared the scene and returned to quarters, the last unit leaving the area at 1:46 a.m.

The fire was deemed unintentional, and damage was estimated to be $30,000 to the property and $8,000 to its contents.

MARSHALL RESIDENTS UPDATED ON TAX REVENUE AND TRASH PICKUP SCHEDULE 6/21/16RK


Marshall City Administrator Connie Latimer updated the Marshall City Council on taxes collected during the recent month at the council meeting on Monday night.



In other news from the meeting, Councilman Dan Brandt talked about how trash pickup will be affected during the hot summer months.



The council also approved a promotion for a police officer and an ordinance amending the budget.

The next council meeting has been moved back a day to Tuesday, July 5, at 6 p.m., due to the Independence Day holiday.

LATIMER LET GO AS MARSHALL CITY ADMINISTRATOR 6/21/16RK


A fixture in local politics for more than two decades has been let go by the city of Marshall.

During the executive-session meeting of the Marshall City Council last night, the council voted to part ways with City Administrator Connie Latimer, she said.

Latimer (left) issued this statement in a call into KMMO this morning.



Latimer said she started serving the city on the Park Board for six years. She then was voted to the City Council for seven years and was Mayor of Marshall from 2003-10, when she was appointed City Administrator.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET AMENDMENT 6/21/16RK


During its meeting on Monday, the Marshall City Council pondered an amendment to get figures more in line with their actual sums on the budget.

Councilman Kirk Arends asked for a clarification on the amendment.



City Administrator Connie Latimer (left) explained the numbers will need to match by the end of the fiscal year.



The council approved the amendment.

Latimer said there would be at least one more adjustment before the end of the fiscal year to get the numbers to even out on September 30.

In other actions taken, the council approved an agreement with Saline County Collector Cindi Sims to collect real and personal-property taxes from the city's residents and a promotion for a police officer.

Also noted was that the next meeting date scheduled falls on Independence Day, which Councilman Gabe Ramsey asked to be changed to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, which was approved.

DAMAGE FROM STORMS REPORTED IN AREA COUNTIES ON MONDAY 6/21/16RK


Some storms rolled through the northern part of the KMMO listening area yesterday and last night, causing some damage.

According to a reports from the National Weather Service, the damage was limited to Howard, Linn and Randolph Counties.

In Howard County just after 8 p.m., winds were clocked at 50 miles per hour. The strong winds split a Bradford pear tree in half in Fayette.

In Marceline in Linn County, 2- to 3-inch tree limbs were knocked down and power was out for a brief period of time at around 7:15 p.m.

At about 7:45 p.m. in Randolph County, partial roof loss was reported to Fire Station 2 in Moberly. One tree also was blown over and blocked County Road 2630.

Damage also was reported in Clinton (Cameron) and Adair (Kirksville) Counties.

KANSAS CITY MAN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 6/21/16RK


A Kansas City man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Lafayette County earlier today.

The crash occurred as 37-year-old Jacobi Baxter, the driver of a westbound vehicle, lost control of the vehicle on wet pavement. The vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Baxter was transported to a hospital in Independence for treatment.

The crash happened at about 1:40 a.m. at the 34.2 mile marker of I-70.

HUGHESVILLE MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN CRASH OF TWO TRACTOR TRAILERS 6/21/16RK


An area man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Peterbilt, driven by 45-year-old Roy Witt, of Buffalo, Mo., overtook a southbound Freightliner, driven by Kenneth Kretzer, of Hughesville. The Peterbilt continued off the roadway and came to rest in a ravine, while the Freightliner came to rest on the right shoulder.

While Kretzer was not injured, Witt refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene of the crash on U.S. Highway 65, south of Georgetown Road.

The crash happened at approximately 2 p.m.

MoDOT WORK MAKES FOR CLOSURES, DELAYS ON PETTIS CO. ROADS 6/20/16CC


Road work this week in Pettis County could create slowdowns for motorists, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

MoDOT says this week, pavement striping may affect traffic on eastbound and westbound Highway 50 near Route 135 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day; the work is expected to wrap up on Friday.

Also, culvert replacement will close eastbound and westbound Route D near Route 127 from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. daily; the work begins Wednesday and runs through June 29.

Find out more about area road work and closings at www.modot.org.

MMU: CHANGING BULBS KEEPS COOLING BILLS DOWN IN HOT WEATHER 6/20/16CC


Officials with Marshall Municipal Utilities are reminding the public that hot weather means a spike in electricity usage, which can affect rates for the entire calendar year.

Spokesman Jeff Bergstrom says one hour of the highest overall usage each year sets the rate for all customers, and he says limiting the use of electricity during peak usage times can help keep costs down for everyone:



Bergstrom stresses limiting the use of washers, ovens and hot water heaters during peak times when demand is highest. Another tip, he says, is to think about changing your light bulbs:



Between noon and 6 p.m. are the key times of day to limit usage, according to Bergstrom. He adds that turning the thermostat to 78 or higher during hot weather can help save around 7% on your heating and cooling costs.

NEW FRANKLIN TEEN HOSPITALIZED AFTER TWO-CAR CRASH 6/20/16CC


An area teen escaped with cuts and bruises after a T-bone collision in Howard County on Monday.

The Highway Patrol says it happened when a northbound car driven by 18-year-old Ronnie Perkins, of New Franklin, entered a curve too fast for conditions; the driver lost control and side-swiped a southbound truck driven by 35-year-old Timothy Renfrow, of New Franklin, then ran off the road and into a ditch.

Perkins received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to a Columbia hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the crash occurred around 9:20 a.m. on County Road 467, just north of US Highway 40.

MMU: WHEN TEMPS SOAR, SO DOES ELECTRICITY DEMAND 6/20/16CC


With temperatures and humidity running high across mid-Missouri, experts say electricity usage skyrockets right alongside the thermometer.

Jeff Bergstrom with Marshall Municipal Utilities says many people may not realize that their electricity rates throughout the year are set during one single hour each summer:



When the mercury is on the rise, Bergstrom says it's a good idea to change the timing of when residents use their major appliances like washing machines, ovens, and hot water heaters:



For more information on peak electricity rates and some money-saving tips, contact Marshall Municipal Utilities at 660-886-6966.

FEMA MONIES RECEIVED BY CHARITON COUNTY 6/20/16CC


An area county recently received federal reimbursements to help pay for spring storm damages.

The monies came in from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to Chariton County Presiding Commissioner Tony McCollum:



In other news from the Chariton County Commission chambers, McCollum says a number of tube replacements are taking place on county roadways lately and the county is preparing for two upcoming bridge work projects; one of those will be a federal off-system, or B.R.O., project with matching federal funds to help cover costs.

CHARITON COUNTY CREWS TACKLE TUBE, BRIDGE WORK 6/20/16CC


Tube replacements and bridge projects have been keeping crews in Chariton County busy this spring.

Presiding County Commissioner Tony McCollum explains:



Along with tube work, he says the county has an eye on some bridge projects to be tackled in the near future:



McCollum also says the county and many of its townships have recently received federal monies from FEMA to help offset the cost of damages sustained during heavy spring rains in the area.

S-C JROTC IS COLOR GUARD AT ROYALS' GAME 6/20/16RK


It was a thrilling day for some area high school students in Kansas City on Sunday.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, members of the Smith-Cotton Tiger Battalion Army JROTC program served as the color guard prior to the Kansas City Royals' baseball game at Kauffman Stadium.

The color guard includes Cadet Private First Class Karen Sanchez, Cadet Colonel Jeralyn Allen (color guard commander), Cadet Captain Andrea Heredia and Cadet Captain Dylan Wolfe.

Allen said: "It is a privilege and honor to represent our school and community in this manner. It was an unforgettable experience."

Pictured (from left) are: Cadet Private First Class Karen Sanchez, Cadet Colonel Jeralyn Allen (color guard commander), Cadet Captain Andrea Heredia and Cadet Captain Dylan Wolfe. (Photo Courtesy Sedalia 200 School District).

 

LAFAYETTE COUNTY C-1 SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BUDGET ITEMS 6/20/16RK


The Lafayette County C-1 School District is sitting in a pretty good position financially.

Superintendent David Figg said the board did what it does every year at this time in approving the amendments to the previous year's budget and the opening numbers for estimates for next year's budget at its most-recent meeting on June 16. The base salary for teachers also was increased.



Figg said the district has a good emergency fund, too.



In other news from the meeting, Figg said there will be one new instructor in the district, as the board approved the hiring of Sarah Wellborn to be a teacher in the elementary school.

MARSHALL RESIDENT REPORTS THEFT OF CELL PHONES 6/20/16RK


The Marshall Police Department is investigating an incident where a Marshall resident reported two cell phones stolen.

According to a report from the police department, the incident allegedly occurred on Friday, June 17, at Break Time Convenience Store on West College Street.

The officer reported to the scene, where the resident said she had put down her phone, as well as her friend's phone, in an area inside the store. When she went to retrieve them a few minutes later, they were gone.

The victim pointed out there was a white male with several tattoos on his body, with a white tank top in the area. He was talking with an older white male in a blue T-shirt and ball cap.

According to the report, the officer requested the surveillance footage and noted the male subject was seen, at one point in the footage, leaning into the area where the resident said she had placed her phone. The male subject then appears to have put something in his pocket and walked out of the store about a minute later. The report states no other persons were in the area during the same time frame.

No dollar value was given for the missing phones.

 
Photo by Robert King

FIRE NEAR NAPTON CAUSES ESTIMATED $65,000 DAMAGE TO BALER 6/20/16RK


Marshall firefighters were called out to extinguish a natural-cover fire near Napton on Saturday.

According to a fire department spokesman, the report came in at 4:46 p.m. When firefighters arrived at the location of the grass fire at 195th Road and Route E, the blaze was fully involved and took a few minutes to get under control.

The fire had advanced to include a tractor and a round baler.

Firefighters were able to douse the blaze and were back in quarters at 5:41 p.m.

But the baler suffered heavy damage, which was estimated at $65,000.

There were no injuries.

 
Photo by Robert King

MARSHALL FIREMEN PUT OUT DUMPSTER FIRE ON SATURDAY 6/20/16RK


Marshall Fire Department personnel were called out to douse two blazes on Saturday, June 18.

According to a spokesperson with the department, firefighters first were toned out at 8:27 a.m. to put out a fire in a dumpster in the back of the Aaron's store at 941 South Cherokee. The fire was under control at 8:51 and firefighters were back in quarters shortly thereafter.

The fire caused an estimated $2,000 damage to the dumpster and a privacy fence surrounding it.

The cause of the fire was determined to be coals from a grill being deposited in the dumpster before they were fully out.

There were no injuries.

SPRING WEATHER DAMAGES BEING REMEDIED BY PETTIS CO. CREWS 6/19/16CC


After a spring season dotted with severe weather incidents, crews have been busy with a number of repair jobs around Pettis County.

Western County Commissioner Jim Marcum explains:



Marcum praised county road and bridge crews for the work they've been putting in lately:



Marcum says crews have also of late been carrying out a number of planned asphalting and bridge projects around the county.

PETTIS COMMISSIONERS PLEASED WITH SALES TAX DOLLARS 6/19/16CC


Commissioners in Pettis County say they're pleased right now with progress on road and bridge projects and some new revenue coming into the county.

Western County Commissioner Jim Marcum says crews have been busy lately with a number of asphalt projects:



Marcum says commissioners also recently got a first look at the revenue generated by a sales tax approved by county voters:



He added that along with road and bridge projects, crews have also been busy replacing low water crossings around that were damaged during spring severe weather events.

HIGHWAY 50 ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES AREA MOTORIST 6/19/16CC


A rollover crash on Highway 50 in Johnson County on Sunday left a mid-Missouri man with serious injuries.

A trooper report from the Highway Patrol states that 49-year-old Bobby Powell, of Blue Springs, was traveling westbound when his car left the side of the roadway, hit a ditch and overturned. The car was reportedly totalled in the crash.

Powell was taken by helicopter to a Kansas City area hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash happened at 10:40 a.m., just east of Missouri 131.

Members of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department provided assistance at the scene.

LINCOLN WOMAN INJURED WHEN MINIVAN OVERTURNS 6/19/16CC


A single-vehicle rollover crash on Saturday left a Lincoln woman with moderate injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Patrol reports say it happened when a northbound minivan driven by 34-year-old Cassandra Howard ran off the roadway; the driver overcorrected and the van ran back off the road, where it overturned and came to rest on its top. Damage to the vehicle was listed as total.

Howard reportedly refused treatment for her injuries at the scene; reports say she was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. The accident occurred at 12:20 p.m. on US Highway 65, south of A/C Highway in Benton County.

AREA WOMAN HOSPITALIZED AFTER CHARITON CO. MOTORCYCLE WRECK 6/19/16CC


A Brunswick woman suffered serious injuries after a motorcycle accident in Chariton County on Saturday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a northbound bike operated by 55-year-old Debrah Berry ran off the road and ejected the rider. Berry was taken by helicopter to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

The crash occurred around 11:50 a.m. on Route E, two miles east of Sumner. Reports say troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Chariton County Sheriff's Department, along with Chariton County Ambulance, Linn County Ambulance, Sumner Fire and Yellow Creek Fire Departments.

PETTIS CO. COLLISION INJURES TWO 6/19/16CC


Two Sedalia residents escaped serious injuries following a two-vehicle collision in Pettis County on Saturday.

A trooper report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states that 21-year-old Kristopher Crump was northbound and made a left turn into the path of a southbound car driven by 55-year-old Vladmir Balaban; the two vehicles then collided in the roadway.

Both drivers received minor injuries in the accident; Crump was taken by ambulance to a Sedalia hospital while Balaban reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 11:40 a.m. on Route U at 36th Street.

CAMDENTON MAN HURT IN COOPER COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 6/19/16CC


A lake area resident was hospitalized early Sunday morning after a single vehicle accident in Cooper County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 31-year-old Chad Thomas, of Camdenton, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel
of a southbound SUV at around 2:30 a.m. The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway, hitting a ditch and a box culvert before overturning into a tree.

Thomas suffered moderate injuries and was taken from the scene by ambulance to a Cooper County hospital for treatment. Trooper reports say the accident happened on Missouri 5, a half-mile north of Elk Town Road.

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT TO CLOSE ROAD NEAR MAYVIEW 6/19/16CC


An area roadway will be closing for several weeks for bridge work.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, Burns School Road at Hearthstone Road will be closed for at least the next month for the replacement of a bridge. Authorities say the intersection at that location will be closed as well.

The bridge and road in question are located about five miles north of the community of Mayview.

For questions or more information, contact the Lafayette County Commission office at 660-259-4315.

COLUMBIA MAN DROWNS AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS 6/18/16RK


A Boone County man drowned at the Lake of the Ozarks in Camden County on Friday.

According to a report from the Water Patrol Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Matthew Leverett, of Columbia, was swimming and disappeared beneath the surface at approximately 3 p.m.

Leverett's body was recovered later, and he was pronounced dead by the Camden County Coroner at 6:20 p.m.

The drowning, the first for Troop F this month, occurred at the 4-1/2 mile marker of the Grand Glaize Arm.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Rocky Mount and Lake Ozark Fire Departments.

WELLINGTON WOMAN INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 6/18/16RK


A Wellington woman suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 27-year-old Shandi Hilden, of Wellington, struck the rear of an eastbound vehicle, driven by 62-year-old Terry Thieman, of Lamar.

Thieman was not injured, and Hilden refused treatment of her injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 4:05 p.m. on U.S. Highway 24 at Anderson Road.

WALGREENS ORDERED TO PAY FOR MISSOURI LAW VIOLATIONS 6/17/16CC


Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday announced a Jackson County judge has found Walgreens violated a 2014 judgment 309 times by leaving sales tags on the shelves after a sale period expired, putting customers at risk for overcharges.

Koster's office says that in August 2013, the Attorney General sued Illinois-based Walgreens for violations of Missouri's consumer laws by displaying inaccurate sales tags, overcharging customers, and failing to remove expired sales tags. Koster's investigation found a correlation between expired sales tags and overcharges at the register. Walgreens employees told investigators that when a sale expires, a center computer system changes the prices whether or not the tags on the shelf are updated.

Despite the court-ordered consent judgment, Koster's investigators reported finding hundreds of sales tags displayed after the expiration date listed on the tag during inspections of 50 Missouri Walgreens stores in July-September 2015.

The judge found Walgreens violated the consent judgment and the court's order on 309 occasions and ordered the company to pay $309,000 in civil penalties ($1,000 for each violation).  The judge also found that Walgreens was aware not all sale tags were being removed within 12 hours of their offer expiring and that expired sale tags were resulting in overcharges to Missouri consumers.  

In addition to the penalties ordered, Walgreens has already paid the state of Missouri $165,000 for overcharging items purchased as part of pricing audits required by the judgment.

SALISBURY ALDERMEN HEAR SENIOR TAX UPDATE 6/17/16CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Salisbury Board of Aldermen, the board got an update on the progress of a proposed tax aimed at helping Chariton County senior citizens.


Judy Bailey, spokesperson for Care Connection for Aging Services, talked with the board about the next steps for the tax designed to provide seniors with more complete access to increased health, nutrition, and well-being resources:



Bailey said if the tax is approved at the polls, a governing body would then be formed to help determine how to spend the money effectively:




She says organizers will be out in force throughout the month of July to educate Chariton County residents about the tax before they head to the polls on Tuesday, August 2.

Photo by Chris Clark.

FED MONIES AWARDED TO WAVERLY, SEDALIA FOR ORAL HEALTH EFFORTS 6/17/16C


Two area health facilities are among 20 across the state set to receive a portion of nearly $7.5 million in grant funding aimed at increasing access to oral health care services.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said this week it's part of nearly $156 million in funding awarded to facilities in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

In the KMMO listening area, Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County in Waverly has been named as a recipient of $350,000, while Regional Health Care Clinic, Inc., of Sedalia, will pick up $525,000 in federal funding to promote oral health.

Other recipients in the area include health centers in Clinton, Kirksville, and Columbia.

The HHS says the funds will help centers across the country increase their oral health service capacity by hiring some 1,600 new dentists and oral health professionals to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.

ROLLOVER CRASH ON MO 131 SENDS KC WOMAN TO HOSPITAL 6/17/16CC


A Kansas City woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County on Friday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports it happened when a northbound car driven by 20-year-old Kayonna Trimble ran off the right of the road, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the road and overturned. The car was reportedly totalled in the crash.

Trimble received minor injuries and was taken to an Independence hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash occurred at 9:45 a.m. on Missouri 131, a mile south of US Highway 24.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by members of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department.

SEDALIA, CALIFORNIA DRIVERS TANGLE IN MORNING CRASH 6/17/16CC


A two-car collision east of Sedalia on Thursday left a pair of area residents with injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

A trooper report states it happened when a car driven by 58-year-old Rayis Slipych, of Sedalia, turned into the path of a car driven by 40-year-old Anthony Labuary, of California. The vehicles collided, causing the Labuary car to run off the left side of the roadway. Damage to both vehicles was listed as moderate.

Both drivers received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. The Patrol says the accident happened around 7:10 a.m. on eastbound Highway 50 at Route TT in Pettis County.

RICHMOND PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY TRUCK ON HIGHWAY 10 6/17/16CC


An area man was hospitalized Friday after being struck by a vehicle along a Ray County roadway.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 23-year-old Travis Potter, of Richmond, suffered moderate injuries when he was hit by a westbound pickup truck driven by 32-year-old Randy Forrest, of Hale. The pedestrian was reportedly walking on or near the white line of the road when he was struck.

Potter was taken from the scene to a Ray County hospital for treatment. The Patrol says the incident happened at 5:20 a.m. on Highway 10, just west of Route A.

IN SEDALIA: RECYCLING SERVICES TO CHANGE AND MOVE ON JUNE 20 6/17/16RK


On Monday, June 20, Sedalia recyclers will begin implementing the first step in the city's single-stream recycling plan.

According to a news release, the Recycle Center on Metallic Lane will close and a new Materials Management Site will open at 27882 Highway U, the location of the city's Compost Facility. In addition to the drop-off of recyclable materials, the new location will accept yard waste and, by appointment, household hazardous waste. The new site will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days per week, excluding city holidays.

Recycle sites also are still available at the Thompson Hills Shopping Center and 10th and Massachusetts.

One single-stream container will be used for all plastics, aluminum, tin, paper (including cardboard), newspaper and magazines. Glass will continue to be accepted in a separate container. Materials not accepted for recycling include: styrofoam, plastic wrap, thin plastic bags (such as those used by grocery stores and bix-box retailers), diapers, liquids, medical waste, organic food products (such as banana peels, lettuce, watermelon rinds, meat scraps or bones).

For more information, contact the Sedalia Public Works Department at (660) 827-3000.

COUNCIL MEMBERS ASK MMU FOR INCENTIVE PKG TO ATTRACT GROCERY STORE 6/17/16RK


Not including convenience stores, Marshall residents' options are limited when shopping for groceries. Some of the Marshall City Council members want to change that.

According to Marshall Municipal Utilities Director of Administrative Services Ken Gieringer, three members from the council-- Ron Ott, Gabe Ramsey and Kirk Arends-- were present at the meeting of the Board of Public Works on Thursday, June 16, with Arends putting forth a request.



Gieringer stressed no action was taken. He also said no specific name of a possible business was given.

In other news, Gieringer said the department still is assessing the damage suffered to its roofs and other equipment during the May 26 hail storm.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE NEW HIRES FOR COLLECTOR'S OFFICE, JAIL 6/17/16RK


In a special open session meeting of the Saline County Commission earlier this week, the commissioners approved new hires for two different departments.

According to Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr., commissioners green lighted the hiring of Wilena Sims, of Sweet Springs, as a deputy collector in Cindi Sims' office. He said Wilena and Cindi Sims are not related.

Commissioners also approved the hiring of Ryan Sloma, of Sweet Springs, for a position in the Jail Division at the Saline County Sheriff's Department.

The commissioners also approved two liquor licenses for each for Marshall Parks and Recreation- the Indian Foothills Park Golf Course; and the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre.

KNOB NOSTER MAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGED FELONIES IN PETTIS COUNTY 6/17/16RK


A Johnson County man was served a warrant and taken into custody recently by Authorities and is to face multiple alleged Feloines in Pettis County.

According to an arrest report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 31-year-old Willie Taylor, of Knob Noster, was arrested just after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.

According to on-line court documents, Taylor has been formally charged with three counts of a Class C Felony for Forgery in Pettis County.

Bond was set at $2,500 cash or surety. Documents say Taylor posted a surety bond.

An arraignment hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21, in Pettis County Circuit Court.

GOV. JAY NIXON SIGNS EDUCATION BILL ON AN AREA CAMPUS 6/17/16RK


Governor Jay Nixon was at an area university on Thursday taking care of some business that will help students more afford higher education.

According to a news release, during a stop at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Nixon signed Senate Bill 997, a higher-education bill that will help more Missouri undergraduates complete their degrees. The bill was sponsored by Republican State Senator David Pearce, of Warrensburg.

Among its provisions, the bill will enable more students to take dual-credit courses while they are in high school, make it easier to transfer college credits between public higher-education institutions and require the development of additional policies and pilot programs to encourage degree completion.

UCM was the site of Missouri's first Innovative Campus, a collaboration of business and public education institutions launched by Nixon in 2012 as a way for Missouri students to earn affordable, fast-track degrees in high-demand fields. The Innovation Campus was recognized by President Barack Obama during a visit to UCM in 2013 as a way to control college costs.

SEDALIA CREWS TO SPRAY FOR MOSQUITOES 2 TO 6 A.M. JUNE 27-30 6/17/16RK


With the heat of summer having arrived a bit early, arrival of a pest also is expected. So crews in an area city will be trying to prevent the insects from becoming a problem in a little more than a week.

According to a news release, personnel from the Sedalia Public Works Department will be spraying for mosquitoes between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday, June 27, through Thursday, June 30, in different areas of the city.

The spraying will be from Broadway Avenue to the south city limit and from Ohio Avenue to the west city limit on June 27; from Broadway to the north city limit and from Ohio to the west city limit on June 28; from Broadway to the south city limit and from Ohio to the east city limit on June 29; and from Broadway north to the city limit and from Ohio to east city limit on June 30.

All spraying is weather permitting.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at (660) 827-3000.

MCGAUGH PARTICIPATES ON TASK FORCE TO ENFORCE ELECTION RULES 6/17/16RK


Earlier this week, an area elected official participated in a task force to enforce election laws.

According to a news release, Secretary of State Jason Kander convened the bipartisan Elections Integrity Task Force, which brought together local, state and federal law enforcement and election authorities to ensure Missouri elections remain fair, secure and accessible.

The task force, which was created by Kander in 2014, includes Carroll County Clerk Peggy McGaugh. In all, there are 12 members on the task force.

At this meeting, members discussed potential issues associated with higher voter turnout in presidential election years and a number of other issues which could arise.

KMMO'S WILSON NAMED CITIZEN OF THE YEAR; VOX BOX BUSINESS OF THE YEAR 6/17/16RK


Two prestigious awards were handed out during the annual Marshall Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Thursday night in front of a packed house at the Martin Community Center.

Former KMMO Radio Station General Manager John Wilson (left) was named the recipient of the Citizen of the Year Award.

After being introduced by current KMMO General Manager Pete Hollabaugh, who worked with Wilson in improving the radio station over a 30-year period, Wilson noted he delivered a speech to the chamber over 30 years ago and remembers being scared and nervous. He said he's still nervous, but he's not as scared as he was then.



Wilson was touched by the honor, but said it's not just about him.



Vox Box received the honor as Business of the Year.

 
Photo by Robert King
 

FAYETTE SCHOOL BUS FLEET ACES STATE INSPECTION 6/16/16CC


The Fayette R-3 School Board met in regular session on Wednesday, June 15, in the Fayette High School Media Center.

Board members got an update on the district's transportation department, as they discussed goals and training for bus drivers for next school year. The board also learned that the district's bus fleet recently passed an annual Highway Patrol inspection with a 100% rating and that one 72 passenger bus in the fleet will need to be replaced next year.

Superintendent Dr. Tamara Kimball also updated the board on construction projects, stating that construction on the new maintenance and transportation building is coming along well and that footings for the shop and storage building were recently finished. The district is also working to build an canopy for the entrance to the Ag building and to replace windows as needed around the district.

Also on Wednesday, board members approved amendments to last year's budget, approved the preliminary budget for next year, and approved salary and wage increases for certified and classified staff.

NEW CHIEF ON THE BEAT IN WAVERLY 6/16/16CC


After spending nearly nine months without a full-time police officer on the beat, the Waverly Board of Aldermen heard first official updates from the city's new police chief this week.

Chief Jim Plaggemeyer, who officially began his duty with the city on May 10, takes the reins from former chief Greg Andrews, who left the job in September of last year to take a position in another city. Plaggemeyer on Tuesday night gave his first official reports on traffic stops and arrests for the month of May, and stated that most violations so far have been for speeding.

He noted to the council how surprised he has been at how many motorists in Waverly have thanked him after being stopped for a traffic violation.

Plaggemeyer also made a request for a new desk to replace the old desk in the police office; aldermen granted him approval to seek out the desk he wants and to present the cost and specifications at their next regular meeting.

STATE TREASURER PUBLISHES STATE UNCLAIMED PROPERTY LIST ON JUNE 17 6/16/16CC


Starting Friday, June 17, more than 100,000 names of unclaimed property owners will be published across the state of Missouri.

According to Missouri Treasurer Clint Zweifel's office, the names will appear in newspapers across the state as part of an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians. Missouri law requires these advertisements be published annually, listing the names of individuals whose Unclaimed Property valued at $50 or more has been turned over to the Treasurer in the past year.

The Unclaimed Property program was statutorily created in 1985 and became part of the State Treasurer's Office in 1993. Treasurer Zweifel says his office has returned nearly $300 million since he took office in January 2009, more than half of all property returned in state history. The average Unclaimed Property return is $300.

Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments can search for Unclaimed Property 24 hours a day at www.ShowMeMoney.com, where you can also sign up to receive email notifications when Unclaimed Property comes in matching your information, or you can send notifications to family and friends, letting them know about Unclaimed Property being held for them.

WAVERLY ALDERMEN APPROVE LAND SALES, BACKHOE BID 6/16/16CC


Real estate, utilities, and equipment topped the agenda for the Waverly Board of Aldermen in regular session earlier this week.

The board approved two bids for pieces of city property; approval was given to a bid of $1,005 to Moises Tinoco for a small piece of land where the city's water tower once stood and a bid of $1,000 to Javier Salinas for a parcel of land at Jefferson and Commercial .

Approval was given to Public Works Director Mark Pettlon to seek bids for covers for clarifiers at the water plant to slow the spread of algae inside. Board members spent time in discussion about changes in city water policies; the matter was tabled until a further meeting so that city ordinances can be reviewed.

Also tabled was a discussion about fireworks in the city; the board will take up the matter next month along with a proposal to hold a city fireworks show in the fall instead of on the 4th of July.

Bid were opened for a backhoe that the city is selling; the winning bid of $12,300 was awarded to Tom Kroll of Baxter Auto.

Also given approval was a request from the Waverly Jaycees to partially block off a few streets during an upcoming bullriding event in July; a request for a Lions Club Turkey Shoot in the fall was tabled until more information about insurance can be gathered.

POVERTY TALK HIGHLIGHTS PILOT GROVE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING 6/16/16CC


The Pilot Grove C-4 School Board took in a presentation this week on efforts to battle poverty in Cooper County.

Superintendent Ashley Groepper says the board heard from Evan Melkersman with Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA), a non-profit group working to eliminate poverty in mid-Missouri. Groepper noted Melkersman spoke specifically about poverty in Cooper County and its effect on students and families; he also requested the district take part in a Poverty Simulation event planned for October with students from Boonville and Bunceton Schools.

Melkersman told the board it is hoped that a type of planning committee can be formed out of students and parents who want to take part in future CMCA events to fight poverty in the area.

In other business, the board approved advertising for bids for bread and dairy products, which need to be submitted by July 11; approved final bus routes and mileage for the 2015-16 school year; and reviewed the district's financial report, which Groepper says has improved over last year and finds the district in good financial shape.

PARKING LOT PROJECT AT SALISBURY SCHOOL COMPLETED 6/16/16CC


The Salisbury R-4 School Board met in regular session on Monday, June 13.

Board members first took up several project updates, learning that the district's ongoing parking lot improvement project has been completed but that a plan to replace elementary school windows will not be completed this summer. The board also approved a bid of just over $9,300 for work on an elementary school stairway.

In other business, board members approved the current budget, voted to set out-of-district tuition at $6,000 for the 2016-17 school year, and approved the appointment of Troy Clawson as School District Representative, Banking Representative, and Financial Representative.

CENTERVIEW MAN INJURED IN ATV ROLLOVER CRASH 6/16/16RK


A Centerview man was injured in an All-Terrain Vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound ATV, driven by 81-year-old James Grainger, struck a fence and overturned.

Grainger was transported to a hospital in Warrensburg for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Southwest 200th Road.

KEYTESVILLE COUNCIL APPROVES BID FOR PAVING OF TWO CITY STREETS 6/16/16RK


Three items brought before the Keytesville City Council gained approval at its meeting on Tuesday, June 14.

According to a city official, the council voted to adopt a Dangerous Dog Ordinance and approved a group of local residents from local organizations to put on a community fireworks show at Maxwell Taylor Park on July 3, provided they can raise enough money.

In another action taken, the council approved a bid for an independent contractor to pave two of the six streets on the list. The city official said New Street and Water Street will be paved in the near future.

An ordinance involving All-Terrain and Utility Vehicles and Golf Carts was tabled until a future meeting.

HARRISBURG MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING COOPER COUNTY WARRANTS 6/16/16RK


An area man was arrested on two outstanding Cooper County Warrants earlier this week.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 23-year-old Joseph Frank Gibbs, was taken into custody and transported to and released to a deputy at the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to on-line court documents, the first Warrant was for a Felony Class D for Driving While Suspended or Revoked and a Class C Felony for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Except for 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana, as well as a misdemeanor drug-related charge in the first week of January of 2016.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash only in April.

The second Warrant was for a Felony Class D for Driving While Suspended or Revoked, an infraction and an Unclassified Misdemeanor later in January of 2016.

Bond in that matter was set at $5,000 cash only in April.

According to a release from the police department, Gibbs remains in custody at CCDC.

A Bond Forfeiture Hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in Cooper County Circuit Court.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES STAFF RAISES 6/16/16RK


It was a routine June meeting for the Carrollton R-7 School Board on Tuesday, June 14, according to Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger.

He said the board approved the district assessment plan, a professional development plan and some Missouri School Board Association policy updates.

Dr. Oetinger also talked about some numbers that were approved.



Dr. Oetinger said that is across-the-board raises for certified and classified staff.

Dr. Oetinger also said the board is in the talking phase about perhaps naming the Trojans' Football Field after longtime head coach and administrator, Stan Kee. He said the issue, after some more information is gathered, hopefully will be brought up again as an action item at the July meeting.

THREE AREA RESIDENTS EARN VETERANS SERVICE AWARDS 6/16/16RK


Three area residents were among the winners of the Veterans Service Awards announced recently by Missouri Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. The awards honor veterans in Missouri who provide exemplary volunteer service to their communities.

According to a news release, included among the area winners were Kirk Klingler, of Fayette, who was nominated by Missouri Representative Chuck Basye, of Rocheport; Mike Hutchko, of Leeton, who was nominated by Kathy Ray-Smith, of Care Connection for Aging Services in Warrensburg; and Ernest Parker, of Green Ridge, who was nominated by Donald Barbour, commander Voiture 333 40 and 8 in Sedalia, and Thomas and Carolyn Miller, of Green Ridge.

Kinder started the awards in 2012 and has received more than 700 nominations from around the state.

MARSHALL LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PAPERLESS FEATURES 6/16/16RK


There are several new paperless features at an area library that are free and only require you to have a library card to utilize.

According to a news release, the Marshall Public Library is offering such programs as Universal Class, Missouri Libraries 2 Go, Zinio and OneClickDigital.

Universal Class allows patrons to broaden their learning spectrum by taking on-line classes in a number of different areas. Missouri Libraries 2 Go allows users to download eBooks and audio books. Zinio gives patrons access to several different magazines. And OneClickDigital offers additional audio books and recorded books.

Each of these programs is available by clicking on the proper portal on the library's website, www.marshallmolibrary.org.  You will be required to set up an account, which requires your library-card number.

For more information, call the library at (660) 886-3391.

BOONVILLE WOMAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE ALLEGED FELONIES 6/16/16RK


An area woman was arrested by authorities and has been charged with multiple alleged Felonies.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 27-year-old Anna Kristina Poole, of Boonville, was taken into custody and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center on Wednesday, June 15.

According to on-line court documents, a probable-cause statement was filed and a warrant for her arrest was issued on Wednesday.

Court documents state Poole has been formally charged with three counts of a Class C Felony for Theft or Stealing of Any Firearm.

Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety. According to the release from the police department, Poole remains in custody at the detention center.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

POWER OUTAGE LASTS ABOUT 3-1/2 HOURS FOR FAYETTE RESIDENTS 6/16/16RK


Residents in an area town were without power in their homes for more than three hours on Wednesday, June 15.

According to a Howard County Dispatch Operator, the power outage occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. due to a transformer issue in Fayette.

She said the power was restored and everything was back to normal at approximately 8 p.m. She said there were no other complications from the outage.

While the power was off, and with the temperatures soaring near 100 degrees and heat index over 100 degrees, a cooling center was available to all residents at Faith Family Church at 710 Missouri Highway 240.

BOONVILLE WOMAN HURT AFTER DEER STRIKES WINDSHIELD 6/15/16CC


An area woman escaped serious injury after a two-vehicle accident involving a deer on Wednesday.

The Highway Patrol a northbound car driven by 30-year-old Nathaniel McCormack, of Prairie Home, struck a deer in the roadway on Missouri 87; the deer then reportedly became airborne and struck the windshield of a southbound SUV driven by 38-year-old Crystal Schuster, of Boonville.

Schuster received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to a Boonville hospital for treatment; McCormack was reportedly not injured.

Reports say it happened around 7:15 a.m., just north of Apple Drive. Troopers received assistance at the scene from members of the Cooper County Sheriff's Department.

SEDALIA STUDENT AWARDED SIZEABLE R.O.T.C. SCHOLARSHIP 6/15/16CC


An area high school student recently won a prestigious scholarship that will cover a big chunk of his college expenses.


The Sedalia 200 School District says at Senior Awards night in May, Smith-Cotton student Brady Herrington received a $65,000 scholarship from the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. Herrington was presented with the scholarship by Lt. Col. Jason Christenson, professor of military science at University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.

(From left) Lt. Col. Christenson presents Harrington with ROTC scholarship check on May 4. Photo courtesy of Sedalia 200 Schools.


School officials say the scholarship should cover four years of college tuition and two years of room and board when Herrington begins college or university.

THREATS AGAINST BOONVILLE JAIL LEAD TO ARREST, FELONY CHARGE 6/15/16CC


An eastern Missouri woman is in custody and facing a felony charge after authorities say she made threats against an area jail facility.


Photo courtesy of Cooper County Sheriff's Department.

The Cooper County Sheriff's Department says 45-year-old Kiwanese Erica Williams, of St. Louis, was arrested Tuesday, June 14, on a Cooper County warrant and taken to the Cooper County jail; she was later charged in Circuit Court with one Class C Felony count of Making a Terroristic Threat.

The sheriff's department says in the early morning hours on Tuesday, Cooper County Detention Center officers received multiple phone calls from an unidentified person who reportedly made threats against employees of the jail. Security levels at the jail and the courthouse complex were heightened and detectives began to investigate the calls.

Investigators determined later in the day that the calls came from the St. Louis area and were able to pinpoint the caller. Williams was located and arrested later by St. Louis authorities before being transported to Cooper County.

Bond has been set at $100,000, cash or surety. A future court date in the matter has not yet been established.

ARSON PROBE UNDERWAY BY BOONVILLE, STATE AUTHORITIES 6/15/16CC


Police and fire officials in Boonville are working at this hour to investigate an alleged case of arson.

According to the Boonville Police Department, at around 3 a.m. on Wednesday officers discovered a bale of cardboard used for recycling on fire at a property in the 500 block of Second Street in Boonville. After firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the blaze, it was determined to be suspicious in nature.

Police say an investigator from the State Fire Marshal's office has since responded to the scene to investigate the incident.

The property owner has reportedly valued the property loss at around $4,000.

Police say anyone with information on the fire is asked to contact Boonville Police at 660-882-2727 or the Missouri Arson Hotline at 800-39-ARSON; a reward may be available to anyone with information leading to an arrest in the matter.

IDs RELEASED, CHARGES FILED IN DEPUTY-RELATED SHOOTING NEAR ODESSA 6/15/16CC


Authorities have released the identities of two men involved in an officer-related shooting in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

The Lafayette County Sheriff's Department says a man fatally shot in the incident is identified as 47-year-old Nicholas J. Ferro, of Kansas City, MO. A second man, 48-year-old Glen E. Williams, also of Kansas City, was arrested at the scene and transported to the Lafayette County Jail.

The sheriff's department says a 911 call came in at around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning from a resident on North Outer Road near Odessa, who stated Ferro and Williams were at her door asking for gasoline and then parked their car at the end of her drive. A deputy arrived on the scene and made contact with the pair, at which point authorities say Ferro produced a firearm and was shot and killed by the unidentified deputy.

Williams then reportedly surrendered to the deputy and was taken into custody without further incident.


Online court documents state Williams has been charged with a Class B Felony count of Driving While Intoxicated-Drug Intoxication/Chronic Offender, a Class D Felony count of Possession of Burglary Tools, and a Class D Felony count of Driving While Revoked/Suspended. Bond in the matter has been set at $75,000.

TWO MARSHALL RESIDENTS ARRESTED ON MULTIPLE ALLEGED FELONY CHARGES 6/15/16RK


Warrants were served to two Marshall residents, and they were taken into custody by authorities late last week. They are to face multiple alleged Felony charges.

According to on-line court documents, a probable-cause statement was filed by the office of Saline County Prosecutor Don Stouffer, and the warrants were served by a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy on Thursday, June 9.

Documents state the warrants were served in the 800 block of West Morrow Street and arrested were Natalie Diane Gossett and Stuart Randall Gossett.

Court documents state Stuart Gossett has been formally charged with 20 counts of a Class D Felony for Fraudulently attempting to Obtain a Controlled Substance on 20 different occasions from January 31, 2015, to February 2, 2016. Natalie Gossett has been formally charged with 16 counts of the same Felony. The dates alleged for Natalie Gossett range from February 9, 2015, to February 8, 2016.

Bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety for each, with the conditions of no drugs or alcohol and drug testing upon request. Documents say each posted surety bond.

Their arraignment hearing is set for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22, in Saline County Circuit Court.

OWENS TO BE REPRESENTED BY PUBLIC DEFENDER IN DOUBLE-HOMICIDE CASE 6/15/16RK


A 58-year-old Saline County man accused of multiple Felonies, including two counts of First-Degree Murder, appeared via video camera from the Saline County Justice Facility for a Counsel Status Hearing this morning in Saline County Circuit Court.

During the hearing, the defendant, Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, told Judge Hugh Harvey that he filed proper paperwork for representation by a Missouri State Public Defender. James (Jim) P. Gray said by the information submitted by Owens, he does qualify for representation.

Harvey advised Owens, who did not enter a plea, that he will be represented by Gray's office. Harvey also pointed out that at any point Owens could instead seek an attorney of his choosing.

Gray requested two weeks to talk with Owens before the next hearing. At that hearing at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, a date for the preliminary hearing will be set.

An arraignment hearing was held on Saturday, June 11, and Owens was advised of his rights and the charges. The defendant was ordered to be held without bond.

Court documents, Owens has been charged with two counts of a Class A Felony for First-Degree Murder; two counts of an Unclassified Felony for Armed Criminal Action; and a Class B Felony for First-Degree Burglary.

A probable-cause statement was filed and a warrant for Owens' arrest was issued on Thursday, June 9. Saline County Authorities arrested Owens on Friday, June 10, in connection with the deaths of 35-year-old Ryan Sanders, and 83-year-old Charlene Hupp, both of Slater, on June 9.

Sanders was found by emergency personnel with gunshot wounds at a residence in the 800 block of Park Place around 2 a.m. He died later that morning. Hupp was found dead of gunshot wounds at approximately 8 a.m. at a residence in the 30000 block of Nickel Road, north of Slater.

COMMISSIONER GUTHRIE GIVES KUDOS TO MANY DURING BRICK CEREMONY 6/15/16RK


Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie and several dignitaries from the area delivered short speeches during a ceremony honoring veterans on Tuesday, June 14, in Marshall.

The event was a Veterans Memory Walk of Honor Brick Dedication on the east side of the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall.

Guthrie (on right in picture at right) said the laying of the bricks started seven years ago.



Guthrie named several persons who were instrumental in helping get the project started and keep it going, and he gave kudos to the Saline County Commission.



In addition to the east side, bricks already have been placed on the north and south sides. In all, there are approximately 1,100 bricks honoring veterans.

Also delivering remarks during the ceremony were Missouri Senator David Pearce and former Missouri Representative and featured speaker Joe Aull (on left in picture).


 
Picture by Robert King

SALINE COMMISSIONERS GIVE AUDITOR OK TO DISPERSE B.R.O. CHECKS 6/15/16RK



From left, Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr., Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner. (Photo by Robert King)

A check could be coming in while the Saline County Commissioners will not be available in the next week or so, and Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier asked the commissioners for permission to properly disperse checks if they're received in the commissioners' absence.

Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. and Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner give the particulars.



Fenner said the bridge is about three miles northeast of Marshall on 230th Road. He said it is something the county needs to do to keep the bridge on the B.R.O. list of projects.



Fenner said the Camp Creek Bridge is a down-the-road project and probably will not be completed until 2018.

FREE CONTINUING-EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFERED BY MARSHALL LIBRARY 6/15/16RK


A full-time college student who is working only during the summer at the Marshall Public Library was at the meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday night and gave a presentation about a program on free continuing-education options available to the public.

Stephanie Borgman, who attends Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, gave the nuts and bolts of a Universal Class portal and how patrons of the library could learn more about a wide range of subjects from Basic Math 101 to Real Estate 101 and many others.

Borgman said there is no hurry to get through the courses. It all can be done at a snail's pace, if you like.



Borgman said all of the subjects are broken down into lessons, which are all on-line, and can be done on your computer.

Patrons need a library card and need to go to the library's website at www.marshallmolibrary.org. After setting up an account, which includes the library-card number, you pick the specific subject you want to study, and get started.

Marshall Public Library Director Wicky Sleight said if Missouri Valley College students want to take advantage of the service, all they need to do is come in and present their college I.D., and they will be issued a library card.

If you need more information on the program, call the library at (660) 886-3391.

In other news, the library will be closed on July 3 and 4 in observance of Independence Day.

STATE JOBLESS RATE STEADY BUT MAY JOB GROWTH DOWN 6/14/16CC


Missouri's unemployment rate held steady but job growth went down in the month of May, according to the latest numbers released this week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (D.E.D.).

Unemployment held steady at 4.3 percent in May, according to seasonally adjusted data from the D.E.D.  After a large increase in April that pushed employment to an all-time high, Missouri's nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 5,900 jobs last month.

For two years, the state's monthly unemployment rate has been below the national rate, which was 4.7 percent for May.

Several industries in Missouri experienced growth in May with the largest gains occurring mainly in repair and personal services (+1,500 jobs), Professional, Scientific & Technical Services (+1,200 jobs), Finance & Insurance (+1,000 jobs) and Nondurable Goods Manufacturing (+900 jobs).

BREAKING NEWS: UNIDENTIFIED MAN SHOT & KILLED BY DEPUTY NEAR ODESSA 6/14/16CC


One man is dead and another in custody after a shooting incident in Lafayette County on Tuesday.

According to the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, a 911 call came into dispatch at around 9 a.m. in which a resident stated two men were at her house on North Outer Road near Odessa and asking for gasoline. The caller then stated the men left her house and were parked by the end of the road in a vehicle described as as an older gray/blue Buick.

A Lafayette County deputy responded to the scene and made contact with the vehicle, at which point reports say one of the men produced a firearm and was fatally shot by the deputy. The other man reportedly surrendered and is currently in custody in the Lafayette County Jail.

The incident remains under investigation and will be reviewed by the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney. Authorities say the name of the deceased subject will be released pending notification of next of kin.

No charges have been filed against the other man at this time, according to the sheriff's office.

RESIDENTS GATHER FOR VETERANS' BRICK CEREMONY 6/14/16RK


A ceremony to honor veterans was held on Tuesday, June 14, as the Veterans Memory Walk of Honor Brick Dedication event took place on the east side of the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall.

Missouri Senator David Pearce was on hand and talked about how the legislature works to help out veterans:



The featured speaker was former Missouri Representative and Marshall High School Superintendent Joe Aull:




Joe Aull (standing center left) addresses Charlie Guthrie (standing center right) at the Veterans memory Walk of Honor Brick Dedication. Photo by Robert King.

Delivering a Salute to the U.S. Troops all over the world was Marine Veteran Jacob Turk. The event was coordinated by Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, who also delivered a speech.

MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL'S NIEMEYER EARNS ELITE RECOGNITION 6/14/16RK


The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) has announced an administrator in an area school district has attained an elite level of professionalism.

According to a news release, Kristen Niemeyer, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Marshall High School, has been recognized by the NIAAA as a Certified Athletic Administrator.

To earn this distinction, Niemeyer has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The voluntary certification process included a thorough evaluation of the candidate's educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a comprehensive written examination.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members, dedicated to promoting the professional growth of high school athletic administrators and preserving the educational nature of interscholastic athletics and the place of these programs in the secondary school curriculum.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT WITH SALINE COLLECTOR 6/14/16RK


In addition to approve the Public Works Department to fix Ray Street and an independent contractor to repair other city streets later in the year, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen also considered an agreement with a Saline County office holder to collect real-estate and personal-property taxes from the city's taxpayers.

Alderman Rodney Heaper asked a question about the proposed agreement.



Saline County Collector Cindi Sims and answered Heaper's question.



The board voted to approve the agreement to have Sims collect the taxes.

In other news, the board had voted to spend money from the Transient Guest Tax fund on a billboard to promote the city. However, Jeff Bloemker (BLOM-KER), C.E.O. of I-70 Community Hospital, asked the board to reconsider and put some money toward a website for the city instead. After some questions and back-and-forth, the board voted to send the idea back to a committee and make a final decision at a future meeting.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD APPROVES RAY STREET TO BE REPAIRED 6/14/16RK


The Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen approved a bid to repair some streets, but put off that work until another street has been repaired, and a couple of requests by the Public Works Department at its meeting on Monday night.

Public Works Supervisor Nate Lea said two bids were received to fix some streets. But after some discussion, Alderman Boyd Jones (right) asked if work on Ray Street shouldn't be at the top of the list to save on wear and tear of the city's ambulance. Lea offered up a suggestion.



Jones eventually made a motion for the work to be done on Ray Street only, for now. The other streets will be tackled later in the year. Lea estimated, with the city doing to work, it would cost roughly $3,500.

It was seconded and approved unanimously.

Lea also made a request to go out and seek pricing and financing for a new mower. He said the motor on the mower the city has is shot. Rather than spend $3,500 to have the motor replaced, his request was to buy a new one. The board approved him to seek the information necessary. His request to seek contractors for bids to do work on the city pool that will be covered by a $305,000 bond voters approved in April, also was given the green light.

 
Photo by Robert King
 

LAFAYETTE DEPUTIES & OTHERS TEAM UP TO RESCUE HORSE STUCK IN POND 6/13/16CC


Authorities in Lafayette County may be used to helping accident victims with two legs, but last weekend they found themselves with a four-legged subject requiring emergency assistance.

According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, at around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 12, the office received a report of a horse stuck in a pond on Old Canyon Drive near Wellington. Deputies and personnel from the Wellington Fire Protection District responded to assist.

The sheriff's also office contacted Robbie Maupin, owner of Big River Ranch in Lexington, to request the assistance of Maupin and his staff.
 
Maupin and two others reportedly entered the shallow pond and prepared the exhausted horse for removal from the mud. They were able to free the horse with the assistance of several ropes and a small tractor. The horse's owner and the Big River Ranch staff began providing aid to the horse and within minutes the horse was back on its feet. The horse is expected to make a full recovery.
 
The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office thanks all that were involved with the rescue, including the staff from the Big River Ranch, who volunteered their time and experience to bring a positive result to the situation.

FORMAL CHARGES FILED IN ALLEGED DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN SALINE CO. 6/13/16RK


Formal charges have been filed in the case of an alleged double homicide in Saline County last week.

A probable-cause statement was filed by Saline County Prosecuting Attorney Don Stouffer on June 9, and Saline County Authorities arrested 58-year-old Donald Bruce Owens (right), of Marshall, on Friday, June 10, in connection with the deaths of 35-year-old Ryan Sanders, and 83-year-old Charlene Hupp, both of Slater, on Thursday, June 9.

According to Authorities, Sanders was found with gunshot wounds at a residence in the 800 block of Park Place around 2 a.m. He died later that morning. Hupp was found dead of gunshot wounds at approximately 8 a.m. at a residence in the 30000 block of Nickel Road, north of Slater.

An arraignment hearing was held on Saturday, June 11, and Owens was advised of his rights and the charges. The defendant was ordered to be held without bond.

According to on-line court documents, Owens has been charged with two counts of a Class A Felony for First-Degree Murder; two counts of an Unclassified Felony for Armed Criminal Action; and a Class B Felony for First-Degree Burglary.

A Counsel Status Hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 15, in Saline County Circuit Court.

MISSOURI FROGGING SEASON BEGINS AT SUNSET ON JUNE 30 6/13/16RK


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages Missourians to discover nature this summer -- and one fun and exciting way is through frogging.Photo Credit: Missouri Dept of Conservation.

According to a news release, frogging season begins at sunset on June 30 and ends October 31.

Missouri has two frog species that are legal game - bullfrog and green frog.

The daily limit is eight frogs of both species combined, and the possession limit is 16 frogs of both species combined.

Frogging can be done with either a fishing permit or a small-game hunting permit. Children under the age of 16 and Missouri residents 65 years of age or older are not required to have a permit.

For more information about frog hunting, including methods and other rules and regulations, visit MDC on-line at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/frog.

COMMISSION GIVES APPROVAL FOR SANTA FE TRAIL HERITAGE DAYS SEPT. 9-10 6/12/16RK


At the most-recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Marshall Cultural Council Vice President Kathy Green was present, and asked for the commissioners permission for the use of the Saline County Courthouse grounds and the area around the Marshall Square for the annual Santa Fe Heritage Trail Days event on Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10.

Green talked about some of the events.



Also part of Friday night's activities are wagon races and a cowboy skit, according to Green.

Green said that activities will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to roughly 3 p.m. on Saturday. Puppet shows, encampments and a teepee also will be featured.



The commissioners approved the request.

Green says for those wanting to know more about the event can visit the event's Facebook page at Santa Fe Trail Heritage Days MCC.

BREAKING NEWS: MURDER CHARGES FILED IN SLATER HOMICIDE CASE 6/11/16CC


Saline County authorities say a person of interest taken into custody in the alleged shooting deaths of two area residents has been formally charged with murder.

According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, 58-year-old Donald Bruce Owens, of Marshall, has been charged with five felony counts in connection with the June 9 shooting deaths of 35-year-old Ryan Sanders and 83-year-old Charlene Hupp, both of Slater. Owens has reportedly been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, and one count of First Degree Burglary.

No information regarding bond or future court proceedings has been made available. Owens on Friday afternoon was identified as a person of interest in the case and was later taken into custody without incident at 8:57 p.m. by Saline County authorities.

On the morning of June 9, Ryan Sanders was found with gunshot wounds at a residence in the 800 block of Park Place in Slater after 2 a.m. and died later that morning. Charlene Hupp was reportedly discovered dead of a gunshot wound at around 8 a.m. in a residence in the 30000 block of Nickel Road, a few miles north of Slater.

The case remains under investigation by the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the Slater Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.

BROOKFIELD MAN, WOMAN INDICTED FOR METH CONSPIRACY 6/11/16CC


A mid-Missouri couple has been indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

According to the a release from the US Western District Attorney's office, 31-year-old Charleston B. Leach and 31-year-old Cecilia Lynn Spath, both of Brookfield, were charged in a four-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City on Tuesday, June 7.

The federal indictment alleges that Leach and Spath conspired to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine from March 1, 2014, to May 1, 2015. They are also charged with aiding and abetting each other to possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams of pure methamphetamine and to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana on May 1, 2015.

Leach is also charged with one count of using the mail to facilitate the distribution of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison D. Dunning. It was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the North Missouri Drug Task Force, the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force.

BREAKING NEWS: OWENS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY BY AUTHORITIES 6/11/16CC


A person of interest in an area double homicide case has been taken into custody, according to authorities.

Saline County authorities released this photo of Owens after naming him a person of interest in the deaths of Sander and Hupp.

Photo courtesy of Saline Co. Sheriff's Dept.

 
A release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department states that at 8:57 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 58-year-old Donald Bruce Owens was taken into custody without incident. No other information on the arrest or the case is being released at this time.

On Friday afternoon Owens was identified as a person of interest in the shooting deaths of 35-year-old Ryan W. Sanders and 83-year-old Bonnie Charlene Hupp in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 9. The Sheriff's Department also issued a description of a vehicle Owens was believed to be driving, a white 2007 Dodge caravan with Missouri license UD6-J3T.

According to authorities, Sanders was found with gunshot wounds at a residence in the 800 block of Park Place in Slater after 2 a.m. and later died at an area hospital. Hupp was discovered dead of a gunshot wound later that morning around 8 a.m. in a residence in the 30000 block of Nickel Road, a few miles north of Slater.

The case is being investigated by the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the Slater Police Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.

KMMO News will bring you more on this story as details are released by authorities.

BREAKING: PERSON OF INTEREST NAMED IN SLATER HOMICIDES 6/10/16CC


Authorities in Saline County have named a person of interest and a vehicle description in the ongoing investigation of a pair of homicides on Thursday morning.


According to a release from Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins, the subject is identified as 58-year-old Donald Bruce Owens, a white male approximately 6'1" and weighing 225 pounds.

He is described as having blue eyes and graying blonde hair.


The vehicle is described as a white 2007 Dodge Caravan, with Missouri license UD6-J3T.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the vehicle or Owens is asked to contact the Saline County Sheriff's Department at 660-886-5511, the Missouri State Highway Patrol or their local law enforcement agency.

The public is encouraged not to attempt to stop or apprehend either the vehicle or the subject, but pass any information along to authorities.

Photo courtesy of Saline County Sheriff's Department.

MoDOT: 'TIS THE SEASON FOR PAVEMENT BLOW-UPS 6/10/16CC


Warmer temperatures, moisture and weakening pavement-- three factors that can add up to form a perfect storm for pavement “blow-ups” that become common across mid-Missouri over the summer months.  

The Missouri Department of Transportation says pavement “blow-ups” occur when the roadway surface expands at a crack or joint where moisture has seeped in. That crack weakens the pavement and the heat causes the pavement to buckle and warp.

MoDOT says crews monitor state routes during the summer months for possible problem areas.  
 
Motorists who come across a blow-up are asked to use extra caution, slow down, and call MoDOT's toll-free customer service center at 888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636) to report pavement blow-ups.

GILLIAM C-4 SCHOOL BOARD OKs SLIGHT INCREASE TO REGULAR LUNCH PRICE 6/10/16RK


Regular lunch price at an area school will be going up come this fall.

According to Gilliam C-4 Superintendent Darrell Lee, at its board meeting on Wednesday, June 8, the board approved the price to increase by a nickel for students and staff, and for an extra milk also to increase by five cents in price.

The board also gave the green light for the district to keep Angie Rental for another year as the Speech Correctionist, according to Lee.

Lee said another action taken was to set future meetings to start at 5:15 p.m., instead of 7 p.m. they had been previous to this meeting.

PROM DATE FOR 2017 SCHOOL YEAR CHANGES FOR SWEET SPRINGS 6/10/16RK


Due to Easter Break falling the way it does in 2017, an area school district's prom date has changed from what was previously approved.

At the meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board on Thursday, June 9, the board approved the date being changed from April 15 to April 29, 2017.

Superintendent Donna Wright also said the budget for the 2016-17 year looks good, including the money the district will spend to construct a track around the Greyhounds' football field.



Wright says she thinks the project, which will cost the district anywhere from $600,000 to a bit over $1 million, will get started later this summer.


In other news from the meeting, the board approved the price for lunch for all students to increase by a nickel, according to Wright. She said the charge will be $1.95 for kindergarten through sixth-graders and $2.15 for seventh-graders through seniors. The board also approved Robert Fuehring's appointment to the Education Foundation Committee and Darla Reid and Eric Giffen to the Parents as Teachers Committee.

SALINE CO. SHERIFF SAYS RESIDENTS IN SMALLER CITIES WANT TO HELP 6/10/16RK


At a press conference on Thursday, Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins (left)pointed out the double homicide in Slater that occurred in the morning hours on Thursday, June 9, is being investigated by multiple law-enforcement agencies. She said with the shootings happening in a smaller community, that could be a plus for authorities.



The shooting deaths of 35-year-old Ryan Sanders and his grandmother-in-law, 83-year-old Charlene Hupp, are being investigated by the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the Slater Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.

Mullins said these are the first homicides she can recall in Slater in more than two-- and perhaps as long ago as three-- decades-- the mid-1980s.

No suspect information has been made available.

Mullins urges anyone with any information involving the case to call the Saline County Sheriff's Department at (660) 886-5511 or your local law-enforcement agency.


 
Photo by Chris Clark

SALINE SHERIFF ISSUES NEW STATEMENT ON SLATER HOMICIDES 6/9/16CC


Multiple law enforcement agencies are at work at this hour investigating a pair of homicides committed early Thursday morning in Saline County.

At a Thursday press conference, Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins made this statement about the victims and the ongoing investigation:



Mullins said that the two victims are family members, as Mrs. Hupp was the grandmother-in-law of the first victim, Ryan Sanders.

No suspect information has been made available as the Saline County Sheriff's Department, the Slater Police Department, and the Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control continue to conduct interviews and follow up on leads in the case.

Mullins says that anyone with information in the matter is urged to contact the Saline County Sheriff's Department at 660-886-5511 or your nearest law enforcement agency.


Click here for video of Sheriff Mullins' press conference on Thursday afternoon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exfOf9vIpzg&sns=em

Photos by Chris Clark
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CONSERVATION FIELD DAY EVENT SET FOR BROOKFIELD 6/9/16CC


Wetlands are valuable ecosystems that store water, reduce flooding, provide habitat for wildlife and offer autumn waterfowl hunting opportunities.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) will offer a free Wetland Management Field Day from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, at the Quinn Hunting Lodge near Rothville.

MDC wetland managers will lead a field trip to wetlands and provide advice about habitat management, maintenance, controlling problem animals or plants, and other topics. Participants will learn about the benefits and challenges of wetland restoration.

Participants are asked to register by calling the MDC office at Chillicothe, 660-646-6122. Soft drinks and snacks will be provided. Attendees with specific questions about wetlands are welcome to provide those when registering. MDC staff will then address the topic at one of the field trip stops.

The Quinn Hunting Lodge is reached off Missouri 11 about six miles south of Brookfield, then east on Viaduct Road (County Road 204) about 1.5 miles. The turn off into the lodge is just east of West Yellow Creek.

For more on MDC conservation practices, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.

STATE OFFICIALS ISSUE I.R.S. SCAM CALL WARNING 6/9/16CC


The Missouri Department of Revenue has recently received complaints about a phone call scam targeting Missourians in which the caller falsely states that they are with the IRS. The Department is urging Missourians to guard against these scams.

According to complaints, the callers fraudulently claim to be with the IRS and claim the citizen owes a tax debt to the IRS. The caller threatens that the IRS has a warrant for the citizen's arrest if the tax debt is not paid. The scammers use a spoofed caller-ID that may feature a legitimate Department of Revenue phone number to disguise their true identity. Officials say these types of calls are scams, and citizens should not provide any information to these types of callers.

The Department offers the following tips to citizens to protect themselves:

* The IRS and other legitimate government agencies will not exert high-pressure tactics to try to scare you into paying, such as threatening to have you arrested or to report you to a law enforcement agency;

* The IRS will never contact a taxpayer from a Missouri Department of Revenue phone line; and

* If you receive a call you believe to be a scam, contact the Missouri Attorney General's Office No-Call Hotline at 866-BUZZOFF (866-289-9633) or file a complaint online at www.ago.mo.gov.

TWO HOMICIDES CONFIRMED IN SLATER AREA 6/9/16RK


Two homicides have been confirmed in Saline County.

According to a release from Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins, there was a homicide in Slater during the early-morning hours today.

There also has been an additional homicide just outside the Slater city limits.

It is too early in the investigation to provide any further information at this time.

KMMO News will update this developing story as details become available.

CMU TO HOST MUSIC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENT IN AUGUST 6/9/16RK


An area university will be hosting a free event to help out music educators in less than two months.

According to a news release, music educators will have the opportunity to experience a "Summer Recharge" professional development day at Central Methodist University.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, on the CMU Fayette campus in Fayette. It is for music educators of any specialty. Clinics will be held all day, and will be practical and full of discussion.

Topics include Incorporating Movement in the Music Classroom; Five Minutes a Day: Fundamentals for your Ensemble; Developing Students' Sight-reading Skills; Maintaining a Healthy Work/Life Balance; and Efficient Score Study/Lesson Planning.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Dori Waggoner at dwaggone@centralmethodist.edu  or Lynette Beeler at lbeeler@centralmethodist.edu  by Thursday, Aug. 4.

TREASURER SAYS YOU COULD HAVE UNCLAIMED SAVINGS BONDS 6/9/16RK


An elected official is encouraging Missouri residents to check and see if they have unclaimed U.S. Savings Bonds.

Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel today announced Missourians can search on his website to see if he is holding a U.S. Savings Bond that bears their name. These bonds came to the Treasurer as Unclaimed Property in abandoned safe deposit boxes. Treasurer Zweifel currently holds more than 7,800 savings bonds for thousands of individuals and wants to reconnect them with their bonds. If you believe the Treasurer may hold an unclaimed U.S. Savings Bond for you, you can search www.treasurer.mo.gov/UnclaimedProperty/SavingsBondsSearch.aspx.

If you have questions about unclaimed U.S. Savings Bonds, you can contact Zweifel's office at ucp@treasurer.mo.gov.

COLORADO SPRINGS MAN CHARGED WITH TWO ALLEGED FELONIES IN LAFAYETTE CO 6/9/16RK


A Colorado Springs man has been arrested and has been charged with two alleged Felonies in Lafayette County.

According to an arrest report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, taken into custody was 34-year-old Dennis Anthony David, after a warrant was served on Tuesday, June 7. He was transported to the Lafayette County Jail and placed on a 24-hour hold.

According to on-line court documents, David has been formally charged with two counts of a Class B Felony for Distribution/Delivery/Manufacture/Produce or Attempt to Distribute/Deliver/Manufacture/Produce a Controlled Substance.

Bond was set at $20,000 , with the stipulation of no drugs, no alcohol and the defendant must submit to random drug/alcohol testing as directed by Law Enforcement, Court or Probation Officer.

A future date in Lafayette County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

INFORMATION SKETCHY ON OVERNIGHT SHOOTING IN SLATER 6/9/16RK


Information is sketchy, but reportedly there was a shooting in Slater early this morning that has resulted in a death.

That is all of the information we have at this time. KMMO News is awaiting more accurate information from authorities. Once KMMO gets new information, the story will be updated.

EAST/WEST HALVES OF HWY 50 IN SEDALIA TO BE NAMED FOR FAMOUS MUSICIANS 6/9/16RK


When Governor Jay Nixon signs a bill lying on his desk, the two halves of U.S. Highway 50 slicing through Sedalia will be named for two famous American musicians, representing different genres.

Sedalia Mayor Stephen Galliher says one half will be named for a famous Ragtime pianist and writer, whose annual festival was just completed on June 4 in Sedalia.



The other half will be named for a country singer, known for such tunes as "The Auctioneer" and "Walk on By"-- a song that was released in June of 1961 and spent an incredible 19 weeks at No. 1 on the country chart and was named by Billboard magazine as the biggest country music record in history, according to Wikipedia.



Galliher said he doesn't know when the Governor will sign the bill. But when he does, Galliher said he will be notified and the city will get the signs to put up and have a ceremony to honor the highway.

SEDALIA OFFICIALS TO CUT RIBBON ON NEW KATY BRIDGE 6/8/16CC


A highway overpass in Sedalia with the distinction of having the lowest clearance on all of US Highway 50 in Missouri has been rebuilt and is ready to open to the public.

Over the past few months crews have worked to rebuild the Katy Trail bridge over the highway near downtown Sedalia in an effort to raise it from 13 feet, 9 inches-- a low clearance which has led to numerous accidents involving tall trucks throughout the years.

Mayor Stephen Galliher says the project is now complete and officials will cut the ceremonial ribbon on Thursday, June 9:



The ribbon-cutting ceremony is open to the public and gets underway at 2:30 p.m. at the bridge located next to Smith-Cotton Junior High at 312 East Broadway in Sedalia.

GOVERNOR'S 100 MILE CHALLENGE HITS MILESTONE 6/8/16CC


Missourians have logged more than 5 million miles through the Governor's 100 Missouri Miles Challenge, Governor. Jay Nixon announced this week.

The 100 Missouri Miles Challenge was launched by Governor. Nixon in 2013 after Missouri was named the Best Trails State by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation's hiking, biking and riding trails.

According to a release from the Governor's office, Missouri State Parks offers almost 1,000 miles of managed trails and the state claims more than 500 miles of National Recreation Trails designated by the U.S. Department of Interior.  

The state plays home to several significant trails including the Lewis and Clark, Trail of Tears, Santa Fe National Historic Trails passing through the state and the Pony Express, California, and Oregon National Historic Trails beginning on the western border.  Missouri is also the home of the Katy Trail, the longest developed rail-trail in the nation.   

For more information and to take the Challenge, visit www.MO.gov.

BOONVILLE COUNCIL MEETS NEWEST K9 OFFICER 6/8/16CC


One of the newest members of the Boonville Police Department was formally introduced this week to the members of the Boonville City Council.

Sergeant Scott Wack was on hand to introduce the council to the force's four-legged crime fighter, a K9 officer named Vic:



Wack told the council on Tuesday night that Vic has already started to prove himself in the field:



Vic was procured by the department earlier this year; he takes the place of longtime K9 officer Kilo, who was retired in February at the age of nine years old.

Photo courtesy of Boonville Police Department.

REDUCE RISK OF FALLS PROGRAM BEING OFFERED BY UM EXTENSION 6/8/16RK


An area agency is offering a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the activity level among older adults.

The risk of falling rises with age so it can be a major concern for older adults, according to Trish Savage, University of Missouri Extension family financial education specialist. She says falling is a leading cause of major, if not fatal, injuries among seniors.

The eight two-hour session program, "A Matter of Balance", will be held at The Living Center in Marshall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. starting July 11.

Cost is only $20 for all eight sessions (reduced from $40) for Saline County residents. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Those interested in participating should pre-register by calling Linda at the University of Missouri Extension office of Saline County at (660) 886-6908 no later than July 6.

For more information contact Savage at the Saline County Extension Center: (660) 886-6908 or savaget@missouri.edu.

CONCORDIA BOARD APPROVES AGREEMENT FOR LEXIPOL SERVICES 6/8/16RK


At its meeting on Monday, June 6, the Concordia Board of Aldermen voted to approve a service from Lexipol to update policies and procedures for the city's law enforcement.

City Administrator Dale Klussman explains what the service does.



Klussman said the service will cost a little more than $2,800 a year.

Another action taken was to approve the "Mayor's Swim Days," which means when the temperature reaches 100 degrees, the regular charge at the Concordia Aquatic Center is reduced to $2 per person.

In other news, the board opened a bid from Jerry Bryant for hay harvesting on city grounds at the city lake and the southeast lagoon. However, the board has set up a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 10, to further discuss and perhaps amend the length of a contract, according to Klussman.

Klussman also said I.C.C., of Kansas City, will be doing the roof repair on City Hall. The repairs are to last three days and estimated to start in mid-June at a total cost to the city of $18,000-- $9,000 of which already has been paid.

SALINE TREASURER GIVES TAX REPORT FOR JUNE 6/8/16RK


During a quick meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, June 7, Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith (right) updated the commission on tax money received for June.

First, he talked about the Sales Tax and Law-Enforcement Tax.



Smith continued with the report on another tax.



In an action taken by the commissioners, they approved 14 liquor licenses for businesses in the county.

 
(Photo By Robert King)
 

NORBORNE BOARD SETS CITY FIREWORKS SHOW FOR JUNE 25 6/7/16RK


Celebration of Independence Day will come a little early in an area town this year.

According to a spokesperson, the Norborne Board of Aldermen approved the date for its city fireworks show as Saturday, June 25. Also, residents may shoot off fireworks from June 25 through July 4. Residents cannot shoot off fireworks after 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursdays for that period. Residents can shoot off fireworks until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays during that period. Check with City Hall for any other restrictions. City Hall's phone number is (660) 593-3514.

In another action taken, the board accepted a bid from Donald Jennings, of Richmond, to install a concrete sidewalk at the baseball field in Norborne City Park.

The board also tabled discussions about an update to software and the computer system used by the city and usage of a storage room next door to City Hall.

Due to the Independence Day holiday, the next meeting of the board will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

CITY OF HIGGINSVILLE PAYS OFF $16.5M, 20-YEAR BOND 6/7/16RK


The City of Higginsville has paid off a $16,500, 000 bond that was two decades old.

The Higginsville Board of Aldermen was updated with the information at its meeting on Monday night. City Administrator Lee Barker explains the details.



Barker also said the city has gone through two bouts with hailstorms in the past six weeks, both of which did do some damage to city property.



Barker said the second hailstorm wasn't as impactful, but it did catch a few more vehicles.

In other news from the meeting, recognized were two city employees-- Chris Jones with the Electric Department and Candy Wing as a dispatcher with the Police Department-- each for 15 years of service.

SEDALIA MAN IS PERSON OF INTEREST IN JOHNSON COUNTY ALLEGED HOMICIDE 6/7/16RK


A Sedalia man has been arrested and is in the Cooper County Detention Center in relation to a warrant that was served in Pettis County on Monday, June 6. He has been charged with multiple alleged Felonies.

According to on-line court documents, 26-year-old Raymond Blake Brockway has been formally charged with a Class A Felony for Burglary in the First Degree; Class C Felonies for Assault in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm; and an Unclassified Felony for Armed Criminal Action.

Bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Pettis County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

According to a release from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, Brockway also has been named as a person of interest in the alleged homicide of 48-year-old Thomas Noel Craig in Johnson County on June 1. However, formal charges in this matter have not been filed.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES BID TO UPDATE FUEL DISPENSING SYSTEM 6/7/16RK


Some bids and agreements were approved while others were rejected or tabled at the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night.

The council considered two bids received for a modernized fuel dispensing system on South Odell Avenue. Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt talked about the bids received to replace the old-and-outdated pump system, which is used by the city.



The council approved the low bid.

The council also considered a bid received for the replacement of a 4-foot-by-4-foot box-culvert pipe for more than $19,000.



Brandt's recommendation to table the issue was approved by the council.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROIVES AGREEMENT WITH MMU TO REPAIR LIFT STATION 6/7/16RK


There were a few actions taken by the Marshall City Council at its meeting on Monday night, including one involving a contract that already had been approved by the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works at its most-recent meeting on June 2.

The ordinance authorizing and directing Mayor Mark Gooden to execute a contract between the city of Marshall, Board of Public Works and Lehman Construction Company LLC. The contract is for the renovation project at the North English Lift Station for nearly $600,000, which was in the budget.

MMU General Manager Kyle Gibbs gave some of the particulars.



Gibbs went on to say the Lift Station has only had minor repairs over the 45 years of its life. He also said the construction company has a window of 220 days to complete the work.

The council approved the ordinance to enter into the agreement, as well as a bid from Mid-State Petroleum Equipment for just under $12,709.70 for a fuel dispensing system on South Odell Avenue. However, the council rejected the one bid it received for replacement of a box-culvert pipe, deeming it was too high.

The council tabled an ordinance to enter into an agreement with the Saline County Collector to collect the city's taxes due to a typographical error in the wording of the ordinance. The ordinance will be brought up again at the next meeting of the council on Monday, June 20.

PERSON OF INTEREST IN CUSTODY IN AREA HOMICIDE CASE 6/6/16CC


Authorities say a person of interest is in custody in the case of an alleged homicide committed last week in Johnson County.

According to a release from the Missouri Major Case Squad, an area resident has been identified as a person of interest in the shooting death of 48-year-old Thomas Noel Craig, of Fulton, who was found lying on a roadway by a Lafayette County Deputy in the early morning hours of June 1 near the Dunksburg bridge in northeast Johnson County.

The subject is reportedly in custody at the Cooper County Detention Center after their arrest for an unrelated probation violation warrant. No charges have been filed at this time as the investigation continues.

The Major Case Squad release states that the squad has disbanded after four days of investigation that led to over 140 tips and leads related to the case. Further investigation is now being led by the Johnson County Sheriff's Department.

STATE CONSERVATION DIRECTOR TO RESIGN NEXT MONTH 6/6/16CC


The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced Monday that Director Robert L.  Ziehmer is stepping down as director effective July 15th of this year.  

According to MDC, Ziehmer has been with MDC for over 25 years and was appointed director in January 2010. He is the 8th person to serve in the position since the department's founding in 1937.

During his last six and half years as director, the MDC says he continued to move conservation forward by forging strong statewide and national conservation partnerships and increasing public engagement on key conservation initiatives.

According to the MDC, some milestones during Ziehmer's tenure include restoration activities for elk, prairie chickens, hellbenders and sturgeon; active efforts to deliver the conservation message in all public schools; implementation of major infrastructure projects, including hatchery renovations, wetland renovations, shooting range renovations, and new regional facilities; working to improve the agency's business processes; and continuing MDC's role as a national leader in fish, forest, and wildlife management.

MARSHALL FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISH KITCHEN BLAZE 6/6/16RK


Marshall Fire Department personnel were called out to put out a small blaze in a residence on Friday, June 3.

According to a report from the department, firefighters were toned out at 7:22 p.m. to a residence in the 500 block of East Yerby Street.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw light smoke coming from the attic vents. They pulled out and attached a 150-foot long pre-connect hose when inside and found a small fire coming from the kitchen stove that also had caught the kitchen cabinets on fire.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze in a matter of minutes and cleared smoke from the residence. The last unit left the scene at 8 p.m.

Damage was estimated at $5,000 to the property and $1,000 to its contents.

No injuries were reported from the scene.

PENNSYLVANIA MAN CHARGED WITH ALLEGED FELONY IN COOPER COUNTY 6/6/16RK


A man from the state of Pennsylvania was taken into custody by area authorities and is to face an alleged felony charge.

According to a news release from the Boonville Police Department, officers arrested 19-year-old Tyler Hill, of Kittanning, Pa., and transported him to the Cooper County Detention Center.

On-line court documents say a probable-cause statement was filed and a warrant for Hill's arrest was issued on Friday, June 3.

Hill was formally charged with a Class C Felony for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

A future date in Cooper County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

SALINE COUNTY RECEIVES FIVE-FIGURE CHECK FROM FEMA 6/6/16RK


At the most-recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said the county recently received a five-figure check for reimbursement of expenses the county incurred during the flooding last summer.

Fenner said one check has been received and the other should be received soon.



Fenner also gave an update on a preconstruction conference commissioners had with the engineer, a representative from Boone Construction Company and a MoDOT representative about an upcoming bridge project.



The bridge is Bridge No. 49, southeast of Marshall over Salt Fork Creek, according to Fenner.

QUEENS NAMED AT SALINE COUNTY BARBECUE 6/6/16RK


Winners were crowned in the annual Saline County Barbecue Queen contest on Saturday, June 4.

According to a news release, earning honors as Senior Queen was Bailey Ann Coyer. The first runner up was Dallas Cheyenne Coslet, with second runner up being Danielle Josephine Funk.

In the Junior Queen contest, Hannah Elizabeth Viets took top honors, with Bailey Lane Souder being first runner up. Rylan Jayde Grimes was second runner up, with Rachel Ann Bagnell being third runner up and Kaitlyn Brooke Aulgur fourth runner up.

Voted Pixie Princess was Carly Hieronymus. Sugarplum Princess was Kynlee Brooke Marshall, with Aleigha Marie Thomas voted as Fairy Princess. Alexis Taylin Hall was chosen as the Royal Princess, with Hannah Elizabeth Griggs being named first runner up.

RICHMOND MAN KILLED IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 6/5/16RK


An area man was killed in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Ray County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 32-year-old Ryan Pliler, of Richmond, ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned onto its passenger side.

A passenger in the vehicle, 57-year-old Robert Pliler, of Richmond, was transported from the site of the crash by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead by a doctor at 1:29 a.m.

Ryan Plier and another passenger in the vehicle, 46-year-old Joseph Cole, of Richmond, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Ray County E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The report says none of the occupants in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.

The crash happened at 12:28 a.m. on East 154th Street just east of Waller Road.

MMU BOARD DISCUSSES DAMAGE CAUSED BY HAILSTORM AT JUNE 2 MEETING 6/4/16RK


Vehicles and roofs took a beating during the May 26 hailstorm that hit Marshall, and Marshall Municipal Utilities vehicles and buildings didn't escape the damage. The damage in the wake of the storm was discussed at the Board of Public Works meeting on Thursday, June 2.

MMU Spokesman Ken Gieringer said damage is still being evaluated on the roofs.



Gieringer also said residents might notice some street lights being on longer that normal.



Gieringer said the hailstorm did not affect the electricity service very much. He said about 100 customers were without power at some point during the storm. He said there were a few poles knocked down, as well, but there were just a few reports of trees getting into the power lines, which can disrupt electricity service.

TWO ELDON RESIDENTS KILLED IN HEAD-ON CRASH 6/4/16RK


Two Eldon residents were killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash in Miller County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a vehicle driven by 62-year-old Carol Elwyn, of Lake Ozark, was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of the roadway and struck head-on an eastbound vehicle, driven by 17-year-old Dalton DeLong, of Eldon.

Killed were two passengers--38-year-old Travis DaVolt and a 12-year-old boy-- in DeLong's vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene about an hour after the crash. DeLong suffered serious injuries and was transported by Mercy Ambulance Service to a hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Elwyn was transported by Lake Ozark E.M.S. to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened just before midnight on eastbound U.S. Highway 54 at Walnut Grove Road.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol arrest report, Elwyn was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold in the Miller County Jail with formal charges pending.

MMU BOARD APPROVES CONTRACT TO REWORK N. ENGLISH LIFT STATION 6/4/16RK


There were several actions taken at the meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works on Thursday.

Director of Administrative Services Ken Gieringer talks about some work that will be taking place at a lift station.



Gieringer said the work is to start in about 30 days.

Gieringer also said the board approved updating some policies.



Gieringer also said some of MMU's roofs were damaged during the May 26 hailstorm. They still are being evaluated. He said photo cells on top of some street lights were damaged or destroyed, as well. Those lights will stay on 24 hours a day until they can be repaired.

JOHNSON CO. AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR PUBLIC'S HELP IN SHOOTING DEATH 6/4/16RK


An area Sheriff's Department is looking for the public's help in a shooting death incident that happened earlier this week.

The Missouri Rural Major Case Squad was activated Thursday to aid in an investigation after a man was found shot to death in northeast Johnson County and his body was found early on Wednesday, June 1.

According to a post to a social-media site from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, a Lafayette County Sheriff’s deputy responded to reports of a man lying in the road the 1260 block of NE 1075 Road near the Blackwater River bridge near Dunksburg around 5:15 a.m. on Wednesday. When the deputy arrived, he found a 48-year-old man who had been shot to death.

Johnson County conducted the initial investigation with help from the Missouri Highway Patrol’s accident investigation team, but Johnson County Sheriff Scott Munsterman activated the Rural Major Case Squad. The Rural Major Case Squad began its investigation at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

On Friday, the man shot to death was identified as Thomas Noel Craig, of Fulton.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Rural Major Case Squad at (660) 238-0902.

CONCORDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT HIRES H.S. PRINCIPAL, SPEC. SERVICES COORD. 6/3/16RK


With a couple of resignations late in the school year, the Concordia R-2 School Board had some work to do when it met on Thursday, June 2.

According to Superintendent Mary Beth Scherer, Concordia High School Principal Brandon Figg and the Director of Special Services Eric Hon resigned. So the positions needed to be filled, and Scherer said the board voted to do that after interviews and during the executive-session meeting.



Scherer then said the board stayed in-house for the hiring of Hon's replacement.



The next regular-session meeting of the Concordia R-2 School Board is set for Thursday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in the Concordia High School Media Center.

CLINTON MAN KILLED IN BATES COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH 6/3/16RK


A Henry County resident was killed in a one vehicle rollover crash in Bates County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound vehicle, driven by 35-year-old John Gary, of Clinton, struck a deer, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a sign, traveled down an embankment, struck a ditch and overturned. Gary, who the report says was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Gary was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:54 a.m. by the Bates County Coroner.

The crash happened at 6:45 a.m. on Route F, four-tenths of a mile west of County Road Northwest 1001.

ATTENDANCE OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ESTIMATED AT 1,200 FOR M.A.C. 6/2/16RK


Activities are going strong in Marshall. Some events were postponed due to rain during the month of May, but at the meeting of the Marshall Park Board on Wednesday, directors of operations and programs reported the wet days did not deter activity.

Programs Director Lori Godsey said the Marshall Aquatic Center had attendance of more than 1,000 people on opening Memorial Day Weekend.



Godsey also pointed out that several ball games were rained out in May, but they are working to try to get in some makeup dates.

Marshall Parks Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said finances are looking pretty good, and he said the park did suffer some damage from the hail storm that hit Marshall on May 26.



Stubblefield also said he is expecting to get an update from the architect for the Lyon Bowl project in the coming days. He also pointed out the Parks Department will be getting a new employee as Linda King will start as an Administrative Assistant on July 1.

SALES REVENUE TOPS $630 MILLION IN SEDALIA/PETTIS COUNTY FOR 2015 6/1/16RK


With more than a half-billion dollars in sales during 2015, Sedalia/Pettis County is showing economic strength.

According to a news release, Sedalia/Pettis County's total revenue was more than $630 million and had the strongest Taxable Sales Revenue in the 13-county west-central Missouri Region. The unemployment rate also has dipped to 4.3 percent.

City Administrator Gary Edwards said times are better than they were about eight years ago.



Edwards said the numbers are good for many counties in the region, not just Pettis County.



Second in total revenue was Warrensburg/Johnson County with over $459 million, followed by Henry County at more than $253 million and Saline County at more than $229 million.

The figures are provided by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.

FRE PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE STAY FIT STARTS THIS MONTH IN SEDALIA 6/1/16RK


Families and individuals looking to be more active can take advantage of a series of monthly activities designed to get the community moving in an area city.

According to a news release, Healthy U, a community health and wellness initiative, will launch "Moving 101" at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, at the Katy Trail on Clarendon Road near the Missouri State Fairgrounds. "Moving 101" will meet at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month from June through October at a different location and feature a new activity.

The first event on Thursday, June 16, will be walking, jogging or biking on the Katy Trail with activity stations and music every half mile for two and a half miles to the west. Participants can choose the distance they wish to complete, making it an activity for all fitness levels. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Door-prize drawings also will be included.

The events are free and open to the public.

Other Moving 101 events include: July 21, water exercises at the Centennial Park Pool; Aug. 18, Zumba at St. Paul’s Lutheran School Gym; and Sept. 15, Yoga at Convention Hall at Liberty Park.

For more information, contact Melissa Boeschen at (660) 827-9138 or mboeschen@brhc.org.

MARSHALL WOMAN REPORTS RIDING MOWER MISSING FROM HER PROPRTY 6/1/16RK


A Marshall woman has reported a piece of lawn equipment allegedly has been stolen off her property.

According to a report from the Marshall Police Department, on Friday, May 27, the woman reported a riding lawn mower from her residence in the 600 block of Felix Street is missing. The mower is described as a Poulan brand mower.

No dollar value was placed on the missing item.

The investigation is continuing.

MARSHALL MAN ARRESTED ON OUTSTANDING FELONY WARRANTS 6/1/16RK


Late last week, officers with an area police department served a pair of outstanding warrants and an area man was taken into custody. He is to face two counts of Probation Violation.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers served the two warrants in the 1700 block of South Ellsworth Avenue on Friday, May 27. Taken into custody was Joseph Michael Canfield.

According to on-line court documents, the warrants for the arrest of Canfield were issued on May 10 for Probation Violation in relation to charges dating back to 2014 and 2013. The 2014 charge is a Class D Felony for Resisting Arrest/Detention/Stop by Fleeing. He pleaded guilty to the charge on May 12, 2014 and was sentenced to four years in the Department of Corrections. The sentence was suspended, and he was placed on five years of supervised probation after 120 days of Shock Incarceration.

The other charge is a Class B Felony for Burglary in the First Degree in 2013. He also pleaded guilty to that charge on May 12, 2014, and was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections. The sentence was suspended, and Canfield was placed on five years of supervised probation after 120 days of Shock Incarceration.

In May of this year, bond was set at $10,000 cash only.

After his arrest, the Marshall Police Department transferred and released Canfield into the custody of the Saline County Justice Facility.

A future date in Saline County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

PATROL SAYS SEVEN PEOPLE DIED IN TRAFFIC CRASHES OVER HOLIDAY WEEKEND 5/31/16RK


There were more than a handful of fatalities in the state of Missouri due to traffic crashes over the just ended Memorial Day Weekend.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, seven people died on the state's roadways during the counting period from 6 p.m. on Friday, May 27, through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 30.

The Highway Patrol investigated 347 traffic crashes, which included 128 injuries and six of the seven fatalities. The Springfield Police Department is investigating the seventh fatality. Troopers also arrested 135 persons for driving while intoxicated.

During the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend, the patrol investigated 298 accidents, which included 98 injuries and five of the eight fatalities. Troopers also arrested 105 persons for driving while intoxicated.

There were no boating fatalities this year. Troopers investigated 17 boating crashes involving seven injuries. Troopers arrested 21 persons for boating while intoxicated and made 71 drug arrests. There were no drownings. Last year, there were eight boating crashes, including one injury and no fatalities. There were no drownings. Troopers arrested 15 persons for boating while intoxicated.

SALINE COMMISSION OKs NEW HIRES FOR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 5/31/16RK


Saline County Commissioners during the meeting on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. From left: Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr., and Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner. (Photo by Robert King)

Saline County Sheriff Cindi Mullins was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, may 31, and made several requests and updated the commission about some projects ongoing at the Saline County Justice Facility.

First, she requested the commissioners approve some new hires.



Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. read off some of the particulars, saying Alley is from Boonville and Huffman is from Carrollton.

The commissioners approved the new hires.

Alley started his employment on Tuesday, May 31. Huffman will start work on Monday, June 20.

Mullins also gave updates on the TurnKey Kiosk system that is going to be added at the facility, as well as the progress of the air-conditioning system being installed and an update on the facility's food service.

SALISBURY MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE ALLEGED DRUG FELONIES 5/31/16RK


As a result of the execution of a search warrant late last week by authorities in an area county, an area man now faces multiple alleged felonies.

According to a news release from Captain Chris Brown, Director of Operations of the North Missouri Drug Task Force, members of the task force, the Chariton County Sheriff's Office, Salisbury Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol, executed a search warrant in the 300 block of East 24 Highway in Salisbury, commonly known as 24 Diner, just before 11 a.m. on Friday, May 27.

During the search, officers reported they located and seized items commonly associated with the sale and use of illegal substances, including what officers believed to be methamphetamine, marijuana, pills (Oxycodone), a grinder, scales, baggies, pipes and snorting straws.

Taken into custody was 31-year-old Justin Still.

According to on-line court documents, Still has been charged with two Class B Felonies for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute; and a Class D Felony for Deliver (Sell), Possession with Intent to Deliver (Sell), manufacture with Intent to Deliver (Sell) Drug Paraphernalia.

Still remains in custody at the Randolph County Detention Center with no bond on a Probation and Parole Revocation, according to the release from Brown.

A future court appearance in Chariton County Circuit Court has not been set yet.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE WELL ATTENDED IN MARSHALL 5/30/16RK


For at least the last quarter of a century, an area organization has been in charge of the annual Memorial Day ceremony on the Marshall Square.

The Saline County Composite Squadron of the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol held the 40-minute service this morning at the Veterans' Memorial, with current Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr (right) serving as the featured speaker.

Guthrey, who served in the U.S. Army from 1971-72 during the Vietnam War, spoke about the purpose of today.



Guthrey also spoke about how humble the veterans who served in different wars are. He talked about one who had to stay alive under less-than-ideal conditions in an enemy prison camp during World War II.



Guthrey talked about several others and said "We have heroes among us."

There also were presentations made by Raylene Cornine, a Regent with the Marshall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the ceremonial laying of wreaths at the memorial.

And receiving special recognition during the ceremony was 101-year-old Leonard Stroup (left), of Marshall who now lives in Slater. He served the country during World War II.

The crowd of about 100 or so persons included veterans from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


 
(Photos by Robert King)

FREE WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS WHO TEACH TEENS ABOUT MONEY SET FOR JULY 5/27/16RK


A free workshop will be offered in about six weeks for educators who teach teens about money.

According to a news release, University of Missouri Extension is offering workshop targeted for educators who teach high school students personal finance classes. Volunteers of nonprofit organizations, like 4-H or churches, involved with young adults also are welcome.

The workshop will review free curriculum from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) and their resource available.

According to MU Extension family financial education specialist Trish Savage, it also is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and network with teachers from other schools in Saline and the surrounding counties of Chariton, Carroll, Lafayette and Ray. She said participants not only will learn about the personal finance student modules and teacher training guides, there will be activities included that can make financial education fun and engaging.

The one-day workshop will be held at the Carrollton Public Library from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Lunch will be provided.

Those interested in attending should register by calling Linda at the University of Missouri Extension office of Saline County at (660) 886-6908 no later than July 6.
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