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SALINE COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE IS UNDER WAY 5/30/15RK


It was overcast and a bit chilly, but the Saline County Relay for Life event started right on schedule today on the Marshall Square.

Co-Chairperson Melody Dierking welcomed everybody and told what the event is all about.



The National Anthem was sung by Julie Butner and the prayer was offered by Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden.

Just after 11:00am, the cancer survivors and caregivers walked around the Marshall Square to the song "Celebration," by Kool and the Gang. Then teams of walkers will take over for the duration of the celebration.

There are a number of other activities planned throughout the 12-hour event, including a silent auction on several items, among which are four tickets to a Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals game, ticket vouchers from the Lyceum Theatre, an autographed picture from the Kansas City Chiefs. You can bid on items until 7:00pm.

There are also several booths offering food for purchase. The Relay for Life event lasts until 11:00pm.

FOCUS ON MISSOURI CONTEST OPEN TO AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHERS 5/30/15RK


The Missouri Department of Agriculture recently launched the 6th annual Focus on Missouri Agriculture contest, asking Missourians to share the unique stories and images of agriculture through photographs. The contest, which runs through June 15th, is an opportunity for amateur photographers across the state to submit their best images of agriculture.

Entries will be judged on visual impact, creativity, memorable content and image quality. Winners will be announced and recognized at the 46th Missouri Governor’s Conference on Agriculture and the images will be displayed at the tradeshow. Winning images will also be displayed during the State Fair in the Agriculture Building, August 13th-23rd.

To submit your photos, go to www.agriculture.mo.gov/focus. Photos must be submitted by June 15th.

More information, including different categories, is available online at www.agriculture.mo.gov.

SEDALIA WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 5/29/15RK


A Sedalia woman was transported to the hospital with minor injuries suffered in a one-car rollover crash in Pettis County early today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2000 BMW, driven by 18-year-old Beatrice Coruna, of Sedalia, failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.

Coruna was transported to Bothwell Hospital via Pettis County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:40am on Missouri 127 at Crawford Road.

RICHMOND WOMAN HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 5/29/15RK


A Richmond woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chevrolet HHR, driven by 34-year-old Melony Dallas, slid off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

Dallas reportedly drove herself to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:30pm on Missouri 10, two-tenths of a mile west of Todd Chapel Road.

SALINE COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE IS TODAY 5/30/15RK


The Marshall Square will be packed with walkers today for a good cause.

The 2015 Saline County Relay for Life will take place from 11:00am to 11:00pm, with teams representing different films to go along with this year's theme, "Lights, Camera, Cure."

The event will begin with a survivor's lap.

Some of the other events planned include a "Guys as Dolls" contest, a Name That Tune contest and a frozen T-shirt contest. A silent auction also will take place from 11:00am to 7:00pm, featuring a number of items, including four tickets to a Kansas City Royals vs. St. Louis Cardinals baseball game, an autographed picture from the Kansas City Chiefs, ticket vouchers from the Lyceum Theatre, and more.

COMMISSIONERS SOLICIT BIDS FOR SALINE CO. JAIL 5/29/15CC


The Saline County Commission on Thursday opened the bidding window for goods and services for the Saline County Jail.

Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrie, Jr., explains:



Guthrie talks about the deadlines to get the bids submitted:



In other business, Commissioners signed off on several documents for area bridge work and were updated by County Clerk Debbie Russell on upcoming reimbursements for election expenses from Secretary of State Jason Kander's office.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE GRAND PASS BRIDGE BID 5/29/15CC


Saline County Commissioners signed off on a number of documents for area bridge work on Thursday.

Commissioners first were updated on a bid for the Grand Pass Bridge by Rich Rhodes of Rhodes Engineering:



After approving the bid, commissioners signed off on a number of documents in preparation for more upcoming bridge work, including the Camp Creek Bridge and the bridge over Salt fork Creek on Route WW, located southeast of Marshall.

SEDALIA AREA STUDENTS HONORED FOR CHARITY WORK 5/29/15CC


A group of area students has been honored for their work to help children in need.

Upward Bound program students Sarah Bergman, of Smith-Cotton High School, and Jessica Rigdon, of State Fair Community College, recently received a traveling trophy and a $100 check from Angela Huntington, director of family services of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri.

As part of a regional competition, Upward Bound donated 63 pounds of aluminum can tabs to the charity, with Bergman and Rigdon finishing as the top contributors. The check was donated back to Ronald McDonald House.

Upward Bound at SFCC is a partnership with Smith-Cotton and prepares first-generation students in grades 9-12 to be successful college students.

MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE NAMES NEW TRUSTEES 5/29/15CC


The Missouri Valley College Board of Trustees has announced the addition of three members to the College’s board of trustees. The new trustees are George Brown (class of 1973), Marci B. Dowdy (class of 1975) and George F. Robinson (class of 1971).

Brown has been a businessman in Marshall for several years. He is the owner of Stone Hedge Golf Club and the former director of parks and recreation for the City of Marshall for eight years. In 2012, Brown was elected president of the MVC Alumni Association and served as the Association’s representative on the board of trustees for two years.

Dowdy is a senior instructor in the department of counseling, leadership, and special education at Missouri State University in Springfield.

Robinson of Minneapolis, Minnesota is the founder and president of The Robinson Group, a Minneapolis-based consulting and training company.

MVC trustees are elected by the Board and serve six-year terms. The MVC board of trustees is comprised of 29 members who live throughout the U.S. and abroad.

M.M.U. BOARD OPENS BIDS FOR SEVERAL PROJECTS 5/29/15CC


At the most recent meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works, board members accepted a bid of $123,690 from Infrasource, of Wisconsin, to relocate two sections of M.M.U.'s natural gas transmission main. Four bids were opened for the proposal.

In other business, the board accepted two bids from Par Electrical Contractors, of Clinton. The first bid of $151,527 is to rebuild a section of 13 kilovolt electric line, while the second bid of $36,817 will be to replace a transmission pole on M.M.U.'s 161 kilovolt electric transmission line. Par Electrical submitted the only bids for the project.

Board members also approved selling a 1999 line truck by negotiating with interested buyers. The utility had an auction slated to sell the truck on May 27th, but reported that no bids meeting the minimum price were received.

HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES BUS INSPECTION RESULTS 5/29/15CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the results of the Motor Vehicle Inspection Division's 2015 annual school bus inspection program.

According to a news release, a total of 11,986 school buses were inspected between the dates of February and May. Of all buses inspected, 88.3% were approved upon initial inspection by inspectors, with no defective items noted during inspection.

During the annual school bus inspection program, buses found to have no defective items are rated as "approved." Buses having one or more defective items which pose no threat to the safety of students are rated as "defective."

Buses with one or more defective items which may compromise the safe transportation of students are rated as "out-of-service."

TREE IN JOHNSON CO. ROAD CAUSES TWO ACCIDENTS 5/29/15CC


Two area residents were injured in separate accidents in Johnson County early this morning after a tree fell across the roadway.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say the first crash happened when 20-year-old Megan Marsh, of Holden, was westbound on Southwest Highway 58 and struck a tree that had fallen into the roadway. Marsh's 2001 Honda was reportedly totaled in the crash.

The driver was taken to Lee's Summit Medical Center for the treatment of minor injuries. Reports say the accident occurred around 1:10am.

Around the same time and at the same location, an eastbound 2006 Ford truck driven by 22-year-old Ryan Hamilton, of Windsor, struck the same tree but from the opposite direction; damage to the truck was listed as total.

Hamilton suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Research Hospital in Kansas City for treatment.

SINGLE-VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURES AREA WOMAN 5/29/15CC


A Lexington teen escaped serious injury Thursday when the car she was riding in ran off the roadway and struck a tree.

Highway Patrol reports say 19-year-old Meleena Countess received minor injuries following the crash that occurred around 11:10pm; she was taken to Lafayette Regional Hospital for treatment.

The driver, 20-year-old Martin Damian, of Lexington, was reportedly not injured.

The Patrol says the accident happened on Appletree Lane, just north of Highway 24 in Lafayette County.

TWO WINDSOR RESIDENTS HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 5/29/15CC


Two people were injured Thursday night in a one-vehicle accident in Pettis County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a vehicle driven by 20-year-old Susanna Mavis, of Windsor, crossed the center line and began to skid. The driver reportedly overcorrected, crossed the center line a second time and ran off the right side of the roadway, where her 2008 Chevrolet struck a culvert and overturned.

Mavis and an 11-year-old passenger from Windsor both received minor injuries and were transported to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

Patrol reports say the crash happened around 8:20pm on Missouri 52 at Meyers Road.

SEDALIA MAN WINS LOTTERY PRIZE 5/28/15CC


A Sedalia man is a little heavier in the wallet after his numbers were picked in the Missouri Lottery midday Pick 4 drawing on Monday of this week.

According to a release from the Missouri Lottery, 44-year-old Daniel Bell this week claimed a prize of $3,750 and it's not the first time he's won a Lottery prize-- Bell has previously won $3,250 on Pick 4 and a couple of other $1,000 prizes.

Bell and his wife say they'll take family fishing and to a Royals game before using the rest for bills.

He purchased his winning ticket at the Break Time convenience store at 808 East Broadway in Sedalia.

POLICE SERVE DRUG SEARCH WARRANT AT MARSHALL RESIDENCE 5/28/15CC


Police in Marshall have a man in custody after serving a narcotics search warrant on Thursday.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, officers served the warrant at a residence in the 800 Block of South Salt Pond after an investigation into the alleged distribution of marijuana. Investigating officers report finding approximately 20 grams of marijuana packaged for sale.

A 23-year-old Marshall man was taken into custody at the scene for Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute. Police the subject is currently in custody awaiting the filing of formal charges.

BRIEF POWER OUTAGES IN MARSHALL 5/28/15CC


Some electric customers in Marshall lost service for a time this morning.

Marshall Municipal Utilities Electric Supervisor Jeff Bergstrom tells KMMO News that a broken crossarm near the 500 block of Arrow on the east side of Marshall led to a brief outage for some customers. He says power in that area should be restored by now.

Also, Bergstrom says a limb has fallen on a line that may have knocked out service for a handful of customers. He says that service should be restored soon, if not already.

BOONVILLE MAN INJURED IN BIKE CRASH 5/28/15CC


An area resident has been hospitalized following a motorcycle crash Wednesday night in Morgan County.

Reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 45-year-old Robert Otto, of Boonville, was northbound at 10:49pm on Route W when his 2005 Yamaha skidded on loose gravel and overturned, ejecting the rider.

Otto suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken from the scene to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach.

ONE INJURED IN MARSHALL COLLISION 5/27/15CC


One person was transported to an area hospital after a two-vehicle accident in Marshall on Wednesday afternoon.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, it happened around 3:19pm at the intersection of College and Odell, where a northbound vehicle driven by Virginia Edwards, of Malta Bend, collided in the roadway with an eastbound vehicle driven by Loyd Pannell, of Marshall.

The two drivers escaped injury but a passenger in the second vehicle, Norva Pannell, was taken by ambulance to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for the treatment of injuries.

MARCELINE MAN HURT IN A.T.V. CRASH 5/27/15CC


An area resident has been hospitalized after an all-terrain vehicle accident on Wednesday in Chariton County.

According to a report from the Highway Patrol, 37-year-old Chad Billups, of Marceline, was northbound on a 2002 Arctic Cat A.T.V. when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road and threw Billups from the seat.

Billups suffered serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The Patrol says the accident happened around 11:30am on Route ZZ, just south of Marceline.

MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE RECEIVES AWARD 5/27/15RK


Missouri Valley College in Marshall received an Outstanding Community Partner Award at the Missouri Association for Community Action's annual statewide conference held on May 6th in Excelsior Springs.

According to a release from the college, President Dr. Bonnie Humphrey and Vice President of Operations and Enrollment Management Tom Fifer were on hand to accept the award.

The release says, the college and the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency have worked together on a number of projects for over 15 years. Faculty, staff and students have all played a part in projects, including an after-school program and community cleanup.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO RAISE PAY FOR TEACHERS 5/27/15RK


By an action of the Marshall School Board at its meeting Tuesday night in the Marshall High School Gymnasium, teachers in the district will see a bump in their salaries.

Jim Papreck, representing the CTA Salary Committee, made a proposal of an addition of $300 to the base salaries and to increase the vertical increments from $680 to $700.

Papreck said the committee understands every dollar has to be spent wisely and to be fiscally conservative.



Board Member Leslie Huston made a motion to accept the proposal, which was seconded by Jeff Hemeyer, and the board approved it unanimously.

SALINE COUNTY TO GET NEW HEALTH CLINIC BY SEPTEMBER 1ST 5/27/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees on Tuesday, the Board learned there will be another outlet in Saline County for patrons to use for medical services in the coming months.

According to Saline County Health Department Director Lisa Thomas, Katy Trail Community Health, a federally-qualified health clinic in Sedalia, which has satellite clinics in several other locations in the area, has been talking about putting a satellite office in Saline County for a while. Katy Trail Communtiy Health was approved for a grant on May 1st and has 120 days from that date to be up and running in Saline County.



Thomas, who said it is a full-service clinic, said the biggest question is: Where will the clinic be located?



Thomas said the clinic needs to be up and running by September 1st.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD TALKS ABOUT OPTIONS FOR SOFTBALL FIELD 5/27/15RK


A good portion of the Marshall School Board meeting on Tuesday night was spent on a discussion about what to do about either building a softball-only stadium and field or converting the baseball field already on campus into a softball facility during the Lady Owls' season in the fall. Board member Tim Schulte:



Schulte then said he had two bids from companies to put in an Astro-Turf infield with a portable mound for baseball on the current baseball field that could be used for softball, as well. He talks about one of the bids.



Schulte went on to say the other bid was for $274,700 for a similar set-up.

Schulte, who said there have been positive recommendations about each company, wants to get more information before asking the board to choose which it wants to do. The board has scheduled a special meeting at 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 3rd, to discuss the options and fundraising more with coaches and parents at the MHS baseball complex.

MARSHALL SUPERINTENDENT FEELS GOOD ABOUT OUTLOOK FOR NEW EXPENDITURES, REVENUES


It was a night filled with recognitions for Marshall High School students and teams who did well during the 2014-15 school year in extra-curricular activities at the School Board meeting Tuesday in the Marshall High School gymnasium.

In addition to recognitions and two students performing solo musical pieces, Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher updated the board on projected expenditures and revenues for the upcoming year.



Dr. Maher said the economy staying strong is an important factor.



In other business, the board heard a presentation by Rick Nobles, of Patron Insight, on his agency perhaps conducting a survey on a future bond proposal the district might want to put before voters. The cost of the service is $16,300. The board will make a decision on whether to pursue the service at a future date.

COMMENTS NOW WELCOME ON HAZARDOUS WASTE AMENDMENTS 5/27/15RK


The Hazardous Waste Program has filed 14 amendments to the hazardous waste regulations.

According to a release from the Department of Natural Resources, the amendments were published in the Missouri Register on May 15th and the public comment period on these amendments is now open.

Comments will be accepted until June 25th, 2015. The public hearing on this group of amendments will be held at the Missouri Hazardous Waste Management Commission meeting on June 18th beginning at 10:00am. Additional information on these amendments and on how to submit comments is available on the program’s Rules in Development page at www.dnr.mo.gov.

LEE'S SUMMIT WOMAN KILLED IN JOHNSON CRASH 5/27/15RK


A Lee's Summit woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Kenworth Tractor Trailer, driven by 40-year-old Isabel Aldrette, crossed U.S. Highway 50 and an eastbound Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 25-year-old Victoria Moore, of Lee's Summit, struck the Tractor Trailer's towed unit.

Moore was pronounced dead at the scene by the Johnson County Coroner at 8:50am.

Aldrette was reportedly not injured.

The crash happened at 7:45am on U.S. Highway 50, two-tenths of a mile east of Sam Moore Road.

AREA JOBLESS RATES SEE STEADY DECLINE 5/26/15CC


Unemployment rates in the KMMO listening area are, for the most part, on the decline.

According to the Missouri Department of Economic Development, the jobless rate in six different area counties has gone down over the past 12 months. The lowest rate in the area can be found in Chariton County at 5.1%, down from 6.4% one year ago. Saline County comes in next at 5.7%, down from 6.2% at this same time last year.

Pettis County and Lafayette County both have rates at 5.9%, both down from a rate of nearly 7% in 2014. Johnson and Howard counties come in at 6.3% and 6.4% respectively, although Howard's rate is up slightly from one year ago. Cooper County's jobless rate has also risen in the last year from 6.3% to 6.4%.

Carroll County has the highest jobless rate in the area at 7.4%, although that number is down from 8% in 2014.

All area unemployment rates are as of March of this year, the most recent data released by the Department of Economic Development.

WARRENSBURG TRAFFIC COMMISISON MEETS WEDNESDAY 5/26/15CC


The Warrensburg Traffic Commission meets in regular session on Wednesday, May 27th.

Items on the agenda include a progress report on area roadways, a report on recent city council action, discussion of a proposed removal of a parking lot on King Street and discussion on closing Rotary Drive as a street and turning it into a service road.

The meeting begins at 4:00pm at Warrensburg City Hall.

HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES MEMORIAL HOLIDAY TRAFFIC NUMBERS 5/26/15CC


Six people died in traffic crashes over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend.

Last year, nine people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the counting period from 6:00pm on Friday, May 22nd, through 11:59pm on Monday, May 25th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 298 traffic crashes which included 98 injuries and five of the fatalities. The Fulton Police Department investigated the remaining fatality.

Troopers also arrested 105 people for driving while intoxicated. During the 2014 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Patrol investigated 295 traffic crashes which included 130 injuries and eight of the nine fatalities. Last year, troopers arrested 146 people for driving while intoxicated.

There were zero boating fatalities over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend. Troopers investigated six boating crashes involving one injury. There were no drownings. Troopers arrested 15 people for boating while intoxicated. During the 2014 Memorial Day weekend, officers investigated seven boating crashes involving two injuries; no one drowned. Troopers arrested 20 people for boating while intoxicated last year.

None of the six fatalities occurred in the immediate KMMO listening area.

U.C.M TO HOSTS FEDERAL PROCEUREMENT CONFERENCE 5/26/15CC


U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill will take part in a hands-on workshop this week aimed at expanding Missouri job opportunities by connecting small businesses with resources about government buying practices and doing business with local, state, and federal government.

McCaskill will co-host the 26th Federal Procurement Conference at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg on Thursday, May 28th, beginning at 7:30am.

The all-day event is for small business owners interested in learning about, competing for, or providing services or products at the state, local or federal government level. At the workshop, representatives from a variety of agencies, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Small Business Administration and the Office of Administration for the State of Missouri, will provide information through a series of roundtable discussions.

Participants will meet with government officials as well as successful government contractors. More than 200 government buying offices and 1,300 contractors have been invited to the conference to present information and resources to Missouri's small businesses.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BURGLARY IN MALTA BEND 5/26/15RK


Authorities in Saline County are investigating an alleged burglary.

According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, a Deputy was dispatched to a residence on Daybreak Avenue in Malta Bend just before 2:00pm on Saturday with the report of an alleged burglary in progress.

The resident said he saw an early 2000s Olive Green Dodge Ram truck near the residence during the alleged incident.

In addition of the damage caused to the residence, the resident pointed numerous items allegedly were missing, including two trolling motors, a fish finder, a circular saw and two boat seats, as well as many others.

Investigation into the alleged burglary continues.

FRIEND TO BE EXTRADITED BACK TO MISSOURI THIS WEEK 5/26/15RK


A woman from Edwards, Mo., who was arrested in Alabama last week, will be extradited back to Missouri soon to face a Felony charge.

According to a release from Saline County Sheriff Wally George, Amber Friend, waived extradition and is scheduled to be picked up by two Saline County Sheriff's personnel this week.

The release says Deputy Emmitt Williams and his female guard, will leave the Saline County Sheriff's Office on the morning of Wednesday, May 27th, and drive to May Minette, Alabama. They are scheduled to take Friend into custody at the Baldwin County Corrections Center at approximately 8:00am on Friday, May 29th.

According to online court documents, Friend, faces a Class D Felony for Hindering Prosecution. Bond has been set at $5,000 cash only. A future court date in Saline County Circuit Court has not yet been set.

ROETTGEN TO BE EXTRADITED BACK TO MISSOURI THIS WEEK 5/26/15RK


A man who allegedly pulled a gun on a Marshall Police Officer in the Wal-Mart Parking lot a few weeks ago and later was arrested in another state, will be heading back to Saline County soon.According to a release from Saline County Sheriff Wally George, Carl Clayton Roettgen has waived formal extradition back to the state.

Deputy Sheriff Greg Billingsley left the Saline County Sheriff's Office this morning en route to the Baldwin County Corrections Facility in Bay Minette, Alabama. Billigsley is scheduled to arrive at the facility at about 9:00am on Thursday, May 28th, to take Roettgen into custody.

According to online court documents, Roettgen, who was eventually arrested in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on Wednesday, May 20th, by U.S. Marshals, after fleeing Marshall Police on Wednesday, May 13th, is charged with seven Felonies in Saline County Court once he returns. Among the charges are three counts of Felony Class A for Assault or Attempted Assault of a Police Officer; two counts of unclassified Felonies for Armed Criminal Action; a Felony Class C for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon; and a Felony Class D for Resisting Arrest by Fleeing.

Bond has been set at $100,000 cash only. A future court date has not yet been set.

SEDALIA, PETTIS E.M.A. DIRECTOR WILL TRY TO FIX PROLEM WITH SHELTERS 5/26/15RK


On Sunday, an unexpected potentially-dangerous weather system passed through Henry and Pettis Counties, first prompting a tornado warning in Henry County and then Pettis County at approximately 1:00pm.

Sedalia and Pettis County Emergency Management Director Dave Clippert was out of state but was notified there could be damaging winds or worse.



When Clippert, who says he ordinarily stays in the area if potential for destructive weather is there, contacted another person to open the nine emergency shelters in the county, but three of them would not open, which presented a problem they will try to fix as soon as they can.



Tornadoes never materialized, but Clippert said it is better to be prepared than not.

HENRY COUNTY BRIDGE CLOSURE TO START TODAY 5/26/15RK


Bridge work will close a road in Henry County starting today.

According to a release from MoDOT, the Henry County Route 18 bridge east of Route RA near Clinton will be closed for up to 77 calendar days for contractor crews to replace the bridge.

Signs and message boards are to be in place to alert drivers about the closure. Drivers need to seek an alternate route around the work zone.

Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

For more information, visit www.modot.org/southwest.

KANSAS MAN INJURED IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 5/26/15RK


A one-vehicle crash in Henry County on Monday resulted in moderate injuries to a man from Kansas.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when 25-year-old Joseph Wilson, of Olathe, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of a northbound Nissan Frontier. The vehicle then ran off the roadway and struck the guardrail.

Wilson was reportedly transported by private vehicle to UNK Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 10:00pm on Missouri 7, one-half mile north of Northwest 701st Road.

LAWSON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 5/26/15RK


A Lawson man suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Kawasaki Vulcan, driven by 20-year-old Brock Quick, of Lawson, failed to yield to an eastbound Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 20-year-old Abigail Doane, of Lee's Summit, and was struck. Quick was ejected from his motorcycle.

Quick was transported to Research Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment. Doane reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 2:40pm on eastbound U.S. Highway 50 at Missouri 131.

PETTIS COUNTY BRIDGE TO CLOSE UNTIL SUMMER 5/25/15CC


Beginning this week, a bridge and a stretch of an area roadway will close for the next few months.

According to the Pettis County Sheriffs Department, the Pettis County Highway Department will close a section of Anderson School Road east of Route U beginning Tuesday, May 26 for bridge reconstruction. The bridge is located between McCormick and Wright Roads in southeastern Pettis County.

The construction project is expected to take two months to complete and, weather permitting, the bridge will reopen in August.

The Pettis County Sheriff's Office reminds motorists to buckle up, slow down, follow posted signage and drive safely through work zones.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL TO HEAR HOSPITAL BOARD APPOINTMENTS 5/25/15CC


A regular session meeting is on tap Tuesday night for the Lexington City Council at 7:00pm at Lexington City Hall.

Council members will take up the approval of the appointment of four members to the hospital Board of Trustees, a water UV discussion, and a healthcare agreement.

Other agenda items include committee reports, department head reports and updates on upcoming events in the city.

A closed executive session is also slated for real estate, personnel and contract matters.

TUESDAY MEETING FOR CONCORDIA PARKS AND REC BOARD 5/25/15CC


The Concordia Parks and Recreation Board meets Tuesday night at 7:00pm.

The evening's agenda includes updates on Central park and approval of park board recommendations. The board will also take up the resignation of Kim Brunkhorst and hear comments from Mayor Don Holtcamp and Parks Director Jody Bergman.

The meeting takes place at the Concordia Central Park shelter at 618 South Main Street.

TWO MEETINGS ON TAP FOR SALINE HEALTH TRUSTEES 5/25/15CC


The Board of Trustees of both the Saline County Health Department and the Saline County Public Health Fund meets tonight for its regular monthly meeting.

Items on the Health Department agenda include discussion on office rent and Katy Trail Community Health. The Health Fund agenda includes discussion on a building payment.

The meetings take place at 7:00pm at the Saline County Health Department building at 1825 South Atchison Avenue in Marshall.

TWO MEETINGS ON TAP FOR SALINE HEALTH TRUSTEES 5/25/15CC


The Board of Trustees of both the Saline County Health Department and the Saline County Public Health Fund meets tonight for its regular monthly meeting.

Items on the Health Department agenda include discussion on office rent and Katy Trail Community Health. The Health Fund agenda includes discussion on a building payment.

The meetings take place at 7:00pm at the Saline County Health Department building at 1825 South Atchison Avenue in Marshall.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS TO HONOR ACHIEVEMENTS AT TUESDAY BOARD MEETING 5/25/15CC


The Marshall School Board meets in regular session on Tuesday, May 26th.

Items on the agenda include board recognition of the achievements of the Marshall FFA and DECA chapters as well as the high school Music Department and the high school boys' tennis team. The board will also solicit public input on community engagement.

Other scheduled business includes an early childhood program review and a CTA salary proposal. A closed executive session is also scheduled for leasing, hiring and personnel matters.

The meeting gets underway at 6:00pm in the Marshall High School gymnasium.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS TO HONOR DONORS 5/25/15CC


Marshall Public Schools will take time out today to honor community members who have helped the district with financial donations.

A release from the district says it will be a brief and informal ceremony to thank those who have given donations for building and roof repairs.

The event will take place at 12:00pm in the Marshall High School foyer.

NATION'S FALLEN HONORED AT MARSHALL CEREMONY 5/25/15RK


In an event that took a bit less than 30 minutes from start to finish Monday morning, veterans all across the country were remembered in a ceremony on the southeast corner of the Saline County Courthouse lawn in Marshall.

Guest speaker was State Senator William Kraus, who represents the 8th Senatorial District and is a U.S. Army Veteran. Kraus pointed out the freedoms that we currently enjoy don't come free:



Kraus said Memorial Day is a solemn holiday:



On hand were a number of veterans of World War II and the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

MISSOURI STATE PEN ARCHIVES NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE 5/25/15RK


Late last week, Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced the Missouri State Penetentiary online database is available to the public.

According to a release from Kander's office, the site, www.MissouriDigitalHeritage.com/MSP, will offer unprecedented access to nearly 63,000 records of inmates who served in the prison from 1836 to 1931. The register identifies the names and ages of the prisoners, their crimes and sentences, as well as the years they entered and were released for the prison. Before the prison closed in 2004, the Missouri State Penetentiary was the oldest operating penal facility west of the Mississippi. It was already 98 years old when Alcatraz opened in San Francisco. The prison's often-inhumane conditions earned it the title of "bloodiest 47 acres in America" in a 1967 TIME Magazine article.

TWO AREA RESIDENTS HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 5/25/15RK


Two area residents suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Jackson County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Infinity, driven by 18-year-old Walter Johnson, of Lexington, reportedly failed to obey a traffic control device and merged into an eastbound Lexus, driven by 37-year-old Shianne Webb, of Lee's Summit, and struck the Lexus. Both vehicles traveled off the right side of the roadway into a ditch.

Webb was reportedly not injured, but Johnson and a passenger in his car, 27-year-old Cameron Miles, of Warrensburg, were transported by E.M.S. to St. Luke's East Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 7:00pm on I-470 eastbound at the 6.6 mile marker.

STOVER WOMAN INJURED IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 5/25/15RK


One Stover driver escaped injury, while another Stover driver suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Morgan County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford Ranger, driven by 42-year-old Karen Scott, of Stover, attempted to make a left turn and pulled into the path of a southbound Nissan truck, driven by 58-year-old Robert Whittle, of Stover.

While Whittle was reportedly not injured, Scott was transported by Mid-Missouri Ambulance to Capital Region Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 1:45pm on Missouri 135 at Ivy Bend Road.

CLINTON POLICE CONTINUE INVESTIGATION INTO DOUBLE HOMICIDE 5/24/15CC


More than one central Missouri community is breathing a sigh of relief after a shootout in Johnson County this weekend that left a double homicide suspect dead.

Clinton Police spokesman Lt. Sonny Lynch says the fear generated by the search for 47-year-old James Horn, Jr. was very palpable:


Lt. Lynch says the investigation into the deaths of 46-year-old Sandra Sutton and 17-year-old Zachary Sutton is ongoing:



Horn, Jr., was located by authorities on Saturday morning in an empty house located in Kearn Memorial Wildlife Area near the Pettis and Johnson County line; he was shot dead by officers after he reportedly emerged from a closet with a weapon brandished and threatened the authorities on scene.

He had been the subject of a widespread manhunt since the discovery of the two victims in Clinton in the early morning hours last Thursday.

NEW C.A.P. SQUAD IN WARRENSBURG 5/24/15CC


The Civil Air Patrol's Missouri Wing recently opened a new squadron in Warrensburg, the newest of 38 squadrons across the state.

According to a news release, the patrol has approximately 1,200 members across the state, 10 light aircraft and 17 multi-purpose vehicles. These assets are available to federal, state and county governments, emergency responders and law enforcement agencies to perform search and rescue, homeland security, disaster relief, humanitarian assistance and counter-drug missions.

In recent years, the Civil Air Patrol has played role in state emergency duty missions, working with the Missouri National Guard during state emergencies such as the tornados and floods in 2011.

SEDALIA MEMORIAL DAY SCHEDULE 5/24/15CC


The City of Sedalia will observe the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25th.

Offices in the Municipal Building will be closed in observance of the holiday. All City offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th, for normal business hours.

The trash pickup schedule for the week of May 25th will be modified as follows:

* There will be no trash pickup on Monday.

* Normal Monday trash pickup will be on Tuesday and Tuesday's normal trash pickup will occur on Wednesday.

* Thursday and Friday trash pickup will proceed as normally scheduled.

Residents are encouraged to note the modified schedule and place their trash at the curbside accordingly.

LEGION POST #558 HOSTS MALTA BEND MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY 5/24/15CC


The Malta Bend American Legion Post #558 will hold a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25th.

The ceremony takes place at 10:00am at Malta Bend Cemetery, in honor of local fallen veterans. The public is invited to attend.

For questions or more information, contact Steve Olson at (660) 831-0982.

MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCE PLANNED FOR MARSHALL SQUARE 5/24/15CC


The Saline County Composite Squadron of the United States Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol will host the annual Memorial Day Observance Service beginning at 10:00am Monday morning on the southeast corner of the Marshall Square at the Veterans Memorial.

Speaker for the event will be Missouri Senator Will Kraus, who represents eastern Jackson County and the residents of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Greenwood and the Lees Summit area. Kraus is a U.S. Army Veteran and an officer in the Missouri National Guard.

Along with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard will present the colors for the ceremony. Wreaths will be laid in honor of all veterans by local veterans organizations.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which is expected to last about 40 minutes. Arrow Street on the south side of the Marshall Square will be blocked off to regular traffic (except for handicapped parking) beginning at 9:30am until the end of the service.

JOHNSON CO. RIDER HURT IN SATURDAY ACCIDENT 5/24/15CC


An area motorcycle rider has been hospitalized after he lost control on slick pavement in Benton County on Saturday afternoon.

The Highway Patrol says 24-year-old Leroy Mefford, of Latour, was eastbound around 12:15pm when he attempted to exit onto the ramp to U.S. Highway 65 from Missouri Highway 7. When he did, he lost control on the wet road and was thrown from the seat as the bike went down on its left side.

Mefford suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.

ONE INJURED IN HENRY CO. CRASH 5/24/15CC


A one-vehicle accident in Henry County on Saturday left a Butler man with moderate injuries.

According to reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 27-year-old Caleb Griffith ran off the left side of Highway 7. Griffith's 2002 Ford struck a guardrail, totaling the vehicle.

The driver was taken from the scene by ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment. The Patrol says the accident occurred around 5:15pm at Martins Curve in Henry County.

HOMICIDE SUSPECT DEAD AFTER SHOOTOUT IN JOHNSON COUNTY 5/23/15CC


A man suspected in the killing of a Clinton woman and her son has reportedly been killed in a shootout with authorities.

47-year-old James Barton Horn, Jr., was located Saturday in an abandoned house on Southeast 650th Road in Johnson County, according to Clinton Police Department spokesman Lt. Sonny Lynch at a briefing from the scene:



Lt. Lynch says a tip from the public led authorities to Kearn Memorial Wildlife area, about a mile from the Pettis County Line, where they discovered Horn, Jr., inside the house.

The man was wanted in connection with a double-homicide earlier this week in Henry County, where 46-year-old Sandra Sutton and her 17-year-old son Zachary were found shot to death at around 4:20am Thursday morning. Sutton had reportedly escaped from Horn, Jr., earlier this month after he kept her prisoner in a wooden box in a Sedalia home.

Lynch says no officers were injured during the shootout, which reportedly occurred around 11:15am. Investigation into the incident continues by the Missouri Rural Major Case Squad along with several area law enforcement agencies.

SEDALIA SCHOOL DEDICATES PAR TOF LIBRARY TO LATE TEACHER 5/22/15RK


A teacher in the Sedalia 200 School district, who died in a traffic crash earlier this year, has had part of the high school dedicated in his name.

According to a release from the district, a seating area in the Dr. Harriet Wolfe Media Center at Smith-Cotton High School has been dedicated to Steve Gooch. The area includes a portrait of Gooch and a copy of the Bill of Rights that he had donated to the school.

WAY TO GROW, SEDALIA! MAY WINNERS ANNOUNCED 5/22/15RK


An area city has announced the first winners of a contest that continues through the summer months.

According to a release from the city of Sedalia, Fair City Garden Club and Show-Me Master Gardeners have announced the winners of the Way To Grow, Sedalia! contest for May.

The winners were: Delores Cantwell on East Broadway Avenue in the Second Ward; Debi and John Needy on South Marshall Avenue in the Third Ward; and Dallas Duncan on Plaza Circle in the Fourth Ward. The First Ward had no participants.

Monthly applications for the contest are available online at www.cityofsedalia.com or they can be picked up at the Mayor's Office at 200 South Osage Avenue. Applications must be submitted by Wednesday, June 10th, in order to be considered for the June portion of the contest.

FAYETTE FISHERMAN TAKES RECORD BIGMOUTH BUFFALO 5/22/15RK


An area fisherman became a state record holder last month, breaking a mark that had stood for nearly two decades.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, John Overstreet, of Fayette, became the most recent record-breaking fisherman in Missouri when he shot a giant bigmouth buffalo on Pomme de Terre Lake using a bow and arrow. The new "alternative method" record bigmouth buffalo, taken by Overstreet on April 17th, weighed 54 pounds. He shot the fish in the late afternoon in Button Cove.

The new behemoth broke the previous alternative-method state-record bigmouth buffalo of 53 pounds snagged on the Lake of the Ozarks in 1996.

MDC staff verified the record-weight fish using a certified scale at Alps Grocery in Pittsburg.

TOP DOG CONTEST TO BE HELD IN JUNE 5/22/15RK


Man's best friend will soar through the air and make a huge splash in a competition to see who is the top dog in June.

According to a news release, the ninth annual Canine Cannonball will be held June 12-14 at Dog Days Bar & Grill in Osage Beach.

Canine Cannonball is a dock-jumping competition, which has been hosted by Dog Days Bar & Grill since its inception.

For more information about all the activities, call the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE, or visit its website, www.FunLake.com.

BOONE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING DAYTIME ROBBERIES 5/22/15RK


The Boone County Sheriff's Department is advising citizens living in the Lake of the Woods area east of Columbia there have been at least eight reported daytime burglaries since early April.

According to a release, two residences on Pinehurst Lane, as well as homes on Lakeland Drive, Lake of the Woods Road, Locust Grove Drive, East Southfield Drive, Richland Road and Waterfront Drive South were burglarized. The suspect(s) entered several of the dwellings by breaking windows.

A victim on Lakeland Drive told deputies she was awakened from a nap after hearing noise and finding two black males in the living room. Both suspects fled the home through a rear door without taking any property. The victim described both suspects as wearing dark clothing, being in their late teens to early 20s, about 5-foot-6 inches tall with thin builds. One of the suspects was reported to have braided hair.

Items taken in these burglaries consists of clothing, household items, money, laptop computers, 50-inch flat screen television, jewelry and furniture.

Anyone with information about these burglaries is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS. All calls are held in strict confidence, and a reward is being offered.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT APPLIES FOR PRE-SCHOOL PROJECT GRANT 5/22/15RK


At its meeting this week, the Boonville R-1 School Board approved the submission for a Missouri Pre-School Project grant, available for up to $150,000 for establishment of a 3- and 4-year-old program conducted by the district. It would be a pay-to-attend program on a sliding scale, according to Superintendent Mark Ficken.



Ficken said they are looking to serve about 40 children with the grant.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BID FOR SCHOOL PICTURES 5/22/15RK


Along with the monthly paying of the district's bills and updating policies, the Boonville R-1 School Board also approved a construction report and a change order for some parking-lot lights at David Barton Elementary School, according to Superintendent Mark Ficken.

The busy night continued with the approval of the 2015-16 Comprehensive School Improvement Plan and the acceptance of a bid from Interstate Studios for school picture services.

The board also approved the district seeking bids for milk and bread for the next school year, approved the assurances and submission of a grant and found out the breakfast and lunch prices will remain the same.

PRAIRIE HOME MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONITEAU CRASH 5/22/15RK


A Prairie Home man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Moniteau County Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound General American Tanker, driven by 24-year-old Devin Baysinger, of Jamestown, backed out of a private driveway onto Missouri 87 facing south, partially in the northbound lane. A northbound 1999 International, driven by 68-year-old Kenneth Ernst, of Prairie Home, struck the tanker head-on in the northbound lane.

Ernst was transported to University Hospital by Staff For Life for treatment. Baysinger reportedly refused treatment of his injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 9:30pm on Missouri 87, a little more than a mile north of the Missouri 179 South Junction.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HORN 5/22/15


The search continues today for a man accused of murdering a woman and her son in Clinton - the same woman that escaped from a Sedalia home at the beginning of the month, where she said he had been holding her in a box.

Police in Clinton are being asked why they weren't protecting Sandra Sutton and her son, Zachary, from her former boyfriend, James Horn, Junior. Police Lieutenant Sonny Lynch answered that question.



James B. Horn is a 47-year-old white male who is approximately 5-11 and 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Sedalia and Pettis County area and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who sees him is urged to avoid contact and to call 911 or local law-enforcement authorities.

 
---MISSOURINET

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED 5/22/15RK


An area Police Department is investigating two reports of shots fired.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched to the first incident near Sylvan Drive and Whitegate Drive at just before 10:30pm on Thursday.

Officers also were dispatched just after 2:00am today to the second report near Fairview Avenue and Eighth Street.

Officers located shell casings, but did not locate any victims nor witnesses in each instance.

There were no injuries or property damage reported in either of the cases. There is no suspect information.

If anyone has any information about the incidents, contact the Columbia Police Department or Crimestoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD OKs SALARY SCHEDULE 5/22/15RK


The Glasgow School Board approved salary schedules at its meeting this week.

According to a release from the school, the board gave the OK to the non-certified salary recommendations that were a similar percentage increase as that of certified staff recommendations made the previous month. The board also agreed to the same percentage raise for administrators, Mike Reynolds and Sonya Fuemmeler.

In other business, the board voted to hire Kim Sayler as a Kindergarten teacher, Tara Harlow as a Pre-School teacher and Kyra Clements as K-12 Principal for the 2015-16 school year.

The June board meeting has been moved to Monday, June 29th, at 8:00pm in the board room at the school.

FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SEVERAL BIDS 5/22/15RK


Several bids were approved while two others were tabled at the meeting of the Fayette R-3 School Board this week.

According to a release from the school, approved a bid from Mark's Mobile Glass of $5,000 to four gymnasium doors. Also approved was a bid of $43,500 from Hicks Construction Company for erosion control on the playground and athletic fields. A bid of just over $10,000 was accepted from Missouri Brothers Asphalt to fill cracks, seal and stripe parking lots. Also approved from Bulte Company was a bid for just under $3,000 to repair water damage to the high-school gym floor and for $3,795 for a rubber flooring project in the weight room.

No action was taken on bids for window and canopy replacement at the Vo-Ag building nor the bid for replacement windows in the high-school gym.

The board also approved changes to staff pay schedules, staffing for summer school and monetary donations to several school activities and clubs.

MVC BOARD PROMOTES MORGAN, SCHULTE 5/22/15RK


Missouri Valley College in Marshall has announced two promotions in executive leadership.

According to a release from the college, at its May meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the promotions of Heath Morgan to vice president of student affairs and Tim Schulte to assistant vice president of operations.

KCP&L WARNS CUSTOMERS OF SCAM 5/22/15RK


KCP&L wants to warn Missouri businesses and residential customers of a new scam involving customers' utility bills and other personal information.

According to a release from KCP&L, it is a phone scam where the caller, posing as a KCP&L employee, notifies the customer of a past-due bill and demands immediate payment to avoid service disconnection. If the caller is unable to make an immediate payment or does not answer, the caller gives out a return phone number for customers to call back. When calling, customers are prompted to press two to make their payment with a live person. This phone number is not associated with KCP&L.

For more information, visit www.kcpl.com/scamalert.

If you feel you have been a victim of a scam, call your local law-enforcement agency to report the crime.

ROCHEPORT MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 5/22/15RK


A Rocheport man escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Boone County on Thursday.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says the crash occurred as a northbound 2005 KIA, driven by 25-year-old Adrian Caddell, crossed the center line and struck a southbound 2005 Toyota, driven by 22-year-old Dakota Barker, of Rocheport, head-on on a hill crest.

While Barker reportedly was not injured, Caddell was transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 6:50pm on Route O near Shalom Drive.

WINDSOR WOMAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 5/22/15


A Windsor woman suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Johnson County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 1998 Ford, driven by 75-year-old Linda Wells, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and a road sign before coming to rest.

Wells was transported by ambulance to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

The crash happened just after 1:00pm on Route WW, one-tenth of a mile south of County Road Southeast 900.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAM IN JUNE 5/21/15RK


With worker's compensation premiums going up for most businesses, the Saline County Commission hopes it has found a way to rein in the cost and keep them more manageable for the county.

Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner explained at the Saline County Commission meeting Thursday the commissioners met with folks to talk about the county's worker's compensation insurance.



Fenner said plans are in the works for some training sessions. He said the sessions, which are slated to start in June, will be supervised and taught by Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams, Saline County Sheriff Wally George and Road and Bridge Supervisor Justin Cowart.

SEDALIA MAN WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH DOUBLE HOMICIDE IN CLINTON 5/21/15RK


A fugitive from Sedalia, who has been at large since April 30th, is now a suspect in a double homicide in Clinton.

According to a release from the Clinton Police Department, today at 4:21am, Clinton Police Officers were dispatched to a house on East Franklin Street. Upon arrival, officers found two subjects inside the residence deceased from what appear to be gunshot wounds. The victims were identified as 46-year-old Sandra Kay Sutton and her son, 17-year-old Zachary Wade Sutton.

The suspect is James Barton Horn Jr., the former boyfriend of Sandra Sutton. He has been charged with kidnapping, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon for keeping Sandra in a wooden box for approximately four months earlier this year in Sedalia. He has remained at large in that case.

Horn is a 47-year-old white male who is approximately 5-11 and 175 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He is known to frequent the Sedalia and Pettis County area and should be considered armed and dangerous.

Clinton Police Chief Kevin Miller has requested activation of the Missouri Rural Major Case Squad.

If you or anyone that you know has any information about this crime or the whereabouts of Horn, you are being urged to call the Clinton Police Department immediately at (660)-885-2679.

SEDALIA SCHOOLS ON LOCKDOWN 5/21/15RK


Search for a fugitive in Sedalia has caused the Sedalia School District to take precautionary measures.

According to a release from Sedalia 200 School District Superintendent Brad Pollitt, "Sedalia Schools are following their normal daily lockdown procedures, but all outdoor activities have been canceled due to law-enforcement activity in our community. There is no indication that our students are at risk, but we are taking all precautions to ensure their safety."

KMMO News will bring you more details as they become available.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN OK POOL HOURS 5/21/15RK


At a special meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen on Wednesday, the board approved the hiring of another lifeguard at the city pool and hiring Anna Clara Eckhoff to mark the ball fields at the park for all of the recreational baseball and softball games.

The city pool hours also were ironed out to be 1:00 to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday and 1:00 to 6:00pm on Sundays. The board also approved trying out a $1 swim during 6:00 to 7:00pm Monday through Saturday.

According to a city official, the city also accepted the resignation of Public Works employee Kyle Hollrah and approved the city to run an advertisement for his replacement. It will be for a full-time position instead of a seasonal employee.

MARSHALL SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT RENDERS SOME CITATIONS 5/21/15RK


A few citations were given out as the Marshall Police Department recently conducted a sobriety checkpoint near the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Route YY.

According to a release from the Police Department, the checkpoint started at 10:30pm on Saturday, May 16th, and ended at approximately 1:00am on Sunday, May 17th.

The checkpoint workers made contact with 170 vehicles, which resulted in three citations for no driver's license and one arrest for driving while revoked.

The purpose of the checkpoint was deter impaired motorists from driving.

WARSAW WOMAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH 5/21/15RK


A one-vehicle rollover crash in Henry County Wednesday resulted in minor injuries to a Warsaw woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Toyota Avalon, driven by 30-year-old Lacey Battles, traveled off the south side of the roadway, then returned to the roadway. The driver then overcorrected the vehicle, which traveled off the south side of the roadway again, overturned twice and came to rest on its top.

Battles was transported by Golden Valley E.M.S. to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 11:30pm on Route C, one-tenth of a mile west of 100 Road.

STOVER MAN INJURED IN MORGAN CRASH 5/21/15RK


A Stover man suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Morgan County Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chevy Aveo, driven by 34-year-old Michael Iliff, traveled off the left side of the roadway, through a creek and struck a tree.

Iliff was transported by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:30pm on Route FF at Big Buffalo Road.

RAYVILLE MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 5/21/15RK


A Rayville man escaped injury, while an Excelsior Springs woman suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Fusion, driven by 53-year-old Brenda Wicker, was stopped, preparing to turn left, and an eastbound Ford F-250, driven by 55-year-old Richard Fletchall, of Rayville, failed to yield and struck the rear of the Wicker car. The Wicker vehicle then traveled off the left side of the roadway and into a residential yard.

Wicker was transported to Excelsior Springs Hospital via Ray County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:00pm on Missouri 10 at Ridgeway Drive.

KANSAS MAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 5/21/15RK


A Kansas man suffered injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Wednesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as 49-year-old Kelvin Luther, of Lenexa, lost control of the towed unit of his eastbound Ford F-150. The truck traveled off the roadway, and it's towed unit overturned.

Luther received minor injuries and was taken to I-70 Medical Center by Concordia E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 11:30am on eastbound I-70 at the 59.2 mile marker.

TWO INJURED IN JOHNSON CRASH 5/21/15RK


Two Warrensburg residents suffered injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Dodge Challenger, driven by 32-year-old William Hunsaker, of Warrensburg, was stopped in traffic waiting to turn and a southbound Chevrolet Caprice, driven by 15-year-old Kaylee Miller, of Warrensburg, attempted to overtake and struck the rear end of the Hunsaker vehicle.

Miller suffered moderate injuries and Hunsaker minor injuries. Miller was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center via Johnson County E.M.S., while Hunsaker was taken to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment.

The crash happened at 11:15am on Business 13 at Southeast 190.

WARRENSBURG SCHOOL BOARD OK'S BOND SALES 5/20/15CC


The Warrensburg R-6 School Board met in regular session on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Scott Patrick says the big agenda item of the night had to do with the district's general obligation bonds:



Patrick says the district has list of projects slated for construction with the additional revenue:



In other business, Patrick says the board heard several program evaluations and voted to increase meal prices for next school year. Elementary meals will increase by a nickel, high school meals by a dime, and adult meals will go up fifteen cents.

ODESSA SCHOOLS WIND DOWN SCHOOL YEAR 5/20/15CC


The Odessa R-7 School Board met in regular session Tuesday night with a mostly routine agenda.

Superintendent Bob Brinkley says it was a typical meeting for the end of the school year:



Brinkley says the last day of school for Odessa students is this Friday.

JOHNSON CO. CRASH INJURES DRIVER, TWO PASSENGERS 5/20/15CC


Three people were hospitalized after a one-vehicle accident in Johnson County on Wednesday.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Aaron Lindsey, of Springfield, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Damage to Lindsey's 2006 Chevy was listed as extensive.

The driver and two passengers, 21-year-old Debra Lindsey and 24-year-old Kevin Payne, both of Warrensburg, all suffered serious injuries in the crash; Aaron Lindsey was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment while the two passengers were transported to Research Medical Center.

Patrol reports state the accident happened just before 3:00am on U.S. Highway 50 at the Blackwater River Bottoms.

MALTA BEND TO CO-OP WITH SWEET SPRINGS FOR HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS 5/20/15CC


Two area school districts will now be teaming up on the field and on the court next year.

According to Malta Bend R-5 Superintendent John Angelhow, approval was given by the school board on Tuesday night for an expanded sports co-op with the Sweet Springs R-7 school district:



Angelhow says the district wants to offer more opportunities for students, particularly in girls's sports where participation numbers as of late have been low. He says the two districts have agreed to try the co-op out for a year on a trial basis:



Angelhow notes that when next school year begins, Malta Bend players will play home games at Sweet Springs and will wear Sweet Springs uniforms.

POSITIVE AUDIT REPORT FOR CITY OF SLATER 5/20/15RK


The City of Slater received a report that the city's books are in good shape during the annual audit at the Slater City Council meeting Monday Tuesday night.



In other business, the council received a report from Westrum on leak detection in the city. It was a good report, according to Griffith.



Griffith said he remembers times when the number of leaks was in double digits.

In other business, Griffith says the council also approved seven applications for liquor licenses and learned that Movie Night at the city pool will be Friday, June 26th, and the Splish Splash Bash will be on Thursday, July 30th.

ROETTGEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN ALABAMA 5/20/15RK


A fugitive from Marshall, who had been on the run for a week, has been taken into custody in another state.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, 31-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen, was located and arrested early this morning by U.S. Marshals in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Roettgen, who was originally wanted on Felony Parole Violation, had been on the loose since he sped out of the Marshall Wal-Mart parking lot after allegedly aiming a gun at a Marshall Police Officer and pulling the trigger on Wednesday, May 13th. The gun did not fire.

According to online court documents, Roettgen now faces three counts of First Degree Assault or Attempted Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and one count of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing and Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death.

Bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.

KMMO News will bring you more information as it becomes available.

WILDLIFE HABITAT IMPROVEMENT FUNDING AVAILABLE IN AREA COUNTIES 5/20/15RK


Some landowners might be able to qualify to receive some funding to improve wildlife habitat.

According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have partnered to provide $739,000 to private landowners for improvement to wildlife habitat and water quality on forest and pasture lands in Missouri.

Qualifying landowners must sign up for the program at their local NRCS office by June 5th to be eligible for this year’s funding.

Funding is available to private landowners interested in improving soil, water and wildlife habitat on working grazing lands in several counties in the KMMO listening area, including Benton, Carroll, Henry, Johnson and Pettis.

For more information, contact MDC Private Land Programs Supervisor Lisa Potter at Lisa.Potter@mdc.mo.gov.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL OKs BID FOR POOL STEPS 5/20/15RK


At the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council this week, the council approved a bid to put in a set of steps at the Carrollton City Pool.

The bid was for just over $4,300 from Arlan Construction to install a five-step unit. However, there is no estimated completion date for the installation.

In other business, the Council approved Police Chief Bobby Turner's hiring of two Patrol Officers-- Michael Leyba and Whitney Murdock.

The board also approved an ordinance to help the city deal with disposing of unclaimed property the city has accumulated over time. A city official said an auction or sale of some sort could be held in the future, but a date has not yet been set.

MARSHALL SENIOR CENTER TO HOST "COFFEE WITH A COP" 5/19/15CC


The Marshall Senior Center will play host Wednesday morning to the second installment of the Marshall Police Department's "Coffee with a Cop".

Senior Center director Kathy Tyre talks about how the two entities came together to host the informal event:



Tyre says along with the chance to meet officers and build community relationships, the event will also feature a little something sweet:



"Coffee with a Cop" runs from 8:00-9:00am at the Marshall Senior Center at 72 West Morgan in Marshall.

CARROLLTON TO HOST ECONOMIC SUMMIT ON WEDNESDAY 5/19/15CC


The 4th annual Old Trails Regional Great Region Economic Summit will be held Wednesday, May 20 at the Rupe Center in Carrollton. Registration begins at 8:15am, with breakfast and the program beginning at 8:30am.

Hosted by the Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership, the keynote speaker is author Nile Ramsbottom, Executive Vice President at Renewable Energy Group and formerly of Ralston Purina and Purina Mills.

The Summit is open to business and civic leaders, elected officials and community volunteers. Old Trails members will be on hand to visit about the partnership & the benefits members receive by participating.

The Old Trails Regional Tourism Partnership is a grass roots organization that works to promote economic development and entrepreneurial opportunity related to tourism in Lafayette, Clay, Ray, Carroll, Cooper, Chariton, Howard, Saline and eastern Jackson counties.

For more information, call the Old Trails office at (660) 259-2230.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES GYM FLOOR REPAIRS 5/19/15CC


At the regular monthly meeting of the Slater School Board on Monday night, Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz says the board approved the transfer of funds to help pay for some needed improvements in the district:



Along with freeing up money for the gym floor repairs, the board also approved contracting with Malone Floors, of Oklahoma, for the work to repair the floors.

In other business, Lorenz says the board took up a number of items, including the district's annual membership with the Missouri School Board Association:



In executive session, Lorenz says board members approved eight new hires for the 2015-2016 school year and accepted the resignation of five district staff members.

APRIL JOB NUMBERS RELEASED 5/19/15CC


State economic officials say Missouri's unemployment is down slightly from the same time a year ago.

According to seasonally adjusted data released today by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in April, which is 0.6 percentage points lower when compared to the April 2014 rate.

The state’s nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 5,700 in April. Industries that experienced an increase in employment in April included professional & business services (up by 1,600 jobs), construction (up by 1,500 jobs), and administrative & support services (up by 1,300 jobs).

You can find out more at www.ded.mo.gov.

KANSAS DRIVER HURT IN COOPER CO. CRASH 5/19/15CC


One person was injured after a two-vehicle collision in Cooper County on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when an eastbound vehicle driven by 31-year-old Christopher Gugino, of Grandview, was merging onto Interstate 70 from the shoulder at a slow rate of speed and was struck in the side by an eastbound vehicle driven by 36-year-old Brian Brommer, of Olathe, Kansas.

Brommer suffered moderate injuries in the accident and was taken to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment; Gugino was reportedly not injured.

Patrol reports indicate the crash happened around 5:20am on eastbound I-70 at the 96.4 mile marker.

MARSHALL SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE SUMMER MEAL SCHEDULE 5/19/15CC


With the school year at a close, the Marshall School District is one of many in the area already planning to help serve kids in the summer months.

A release from the Marshall district says free meals will be offered to all students in kindergarten through grade twelve, Monday through Friday, during the month of June.

Meals will be served at Marshall High School and Benton Elementary from June 1st through the 26th. Breakfast will be served from 7:25am until 8:15am; lunch will be served from 11:00am until 12:30pm.

For more information, contact the Marshall School District at (660) 886-7414.

FREE SERVICE AVAILABLE TO SALINE RESIDENTS TO PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES 5/19/15RK


Chief Deputy Cindi Mullins of the Saline County Sheriff's Department was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday and told the commission of a free service available to county residents.

She said Leads Online is an investigative tool the Sheriff's Department gained access to in March of this year. To date, she said the department has located and recovered over $2,100 of stolen property with that access.



Mullins said you can also upload photographs and receipts of items, such as jewelry, which do not have those specific I.D. markers.



The service to the Sheriff's Department does cost, but it is free for county residents to use. She said the cost to the department is offset by the recoveries that have been made and the man hours saved.

To utilize the site, go to www.reportit.leadsonline.com.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES SALE OF LAND 5/19/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Tuesday morning, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner updated the commission on some land purchased through the B.R.O. Program adjacent to the recently-completed Wilton Springs Bridge southeast of Marshall.

Fenner said the county used about one-half an acre of the 8.7-acre plot, which left 8.2 acres for the county to sell.



Fenner said the money will go back into the B.R.O. Program.



The commissioners voted to accept the sale.

In other business, the commission received two bids for voting machines and took them under advisement and will make a decision during a future meeting.

MARSHALL COUNCILMAN OFFERS STORWATER TIP OF MONTH 5/19/15RK


During the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday, Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt, of the Municipal Services and Personnel Committee, offered the stormwater tip for the month.



In other news from the council meeting, Ward 2 Councilman Vince Lutterbie said Saturday's Spring Fling on the Marshall Square was a success.



The Council also approved the hiring of an entry-level police officer, Adam Archibeque and a motion to hold a public hearing for a rezoning request on June 15th.

MARSHALL TRAILER FIRE DEEMED TOTAL LOSS 5/19/15RK


The Marshall Fire Department was dispatched to Parkview Trailer Court on West Yerby Street on Monday to a report of a structure fire.

According to a spokesperson for the fire department, the call was received at 4:01pm and eight firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and 15 minutes.

Although the firemen were able to contain the blaze to the one trailer, the estimated loss was total. The spokesperson said over 75 percent of the structure was damaged. There were no injuries as the trailer was empty at the time of the fire.

According to the spokesperson, it has been determined that the fire started as a result of an electrical short in the dryer.

The spokesperson also wants to remind residents to always make sure to have a working smoke detector on at least the sleeping level of your residence. He said, it would be better still, if there is a working fire detector on every floor of the residence.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES HIRING POLICE OFFICER 5/19/15RK


There were two approvals given by the Marshall City Council at its meeting Monday night.

First, the council voted to approve the hiring of an entry-level police officer, Adam Archibeque to the Marshall Police Department.

Then there was quite a bit of discussion on a rezoning request. Mayor Mark Gooden explains the details of the rezoning request, which was recently approved by the Planning and Zoning Board.



After some discussion, the Council voted to approve a public hearing on the matter to be held on Monday, June 15th.

In other business, Ward 2 Councilman Vince Lutterbie said Marshall's Spring Fling held on Saturday on the Marshall Square was a success.



The Council also voted to pay the city's bills out of various city funds.

MIZANSKEY RULING COULD COME DOWN THIS SUMMER 5/19/15MONET


Family members, attorneys, members of the public, and state lawmakers, have been asking Governor Nixon for some time to release from prison a man serving life for marijuana-related offenses.

Nixon says he hopes to have an answer regarding Jeff Mizanskey's fate soon.



The sentencing laws under which Mizanskey was put in prison 21 years ago have been changed, and no one else is serving life under the same circumstance.

GAS PRICES CREEPING UP IN STATE 5/19/15MONET


Gas prices have gone up nationwide, but Missouri is still below the national average of $2.71 per gallon. In Missouri, it’s $2.44 per gallon. AAA Spokesman Mike Right explains why gas prices go up around this time of year.



Right says Missourians are paying at least 80 cents less than what they were paying at this time in 2014.

 
---MISSOURINET

McCASKILL ANNOUNCES APPLICATIONS FOR U.S. SERVICE ACADEMIES 5/18/15CC


U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced Monday that her office has begun the process for nominating young Missourians to the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for an appointment to the Class of 2020.

Candidates for a Congressional nomination must be a resident of Missouri and a U.S. citizen; at least 17 years old and not past his or her 23rd birthday by July 1st of the year of admission; unmarried with no children or dependents; and able to meet high leadership, academic, physical and medical standards.

For the Merchant Marine Academy, the upper age limit is 25 years of age. The Coast Guard Academy does not require a Congressional nomination.

More information and an application can be found at McCaskill's website at www.mccaskill.senate.gov.

HIGGINSVILLE WOMAN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 5/18/15RK


A Higginsville woman suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Hyundai Sonata, driven by 30-year-old Derick Wilhite, of Grain Valley, reportedly failed to yield to a westbound GMC Yukon, driven by 38-year-old Erin Moyer, of Richmond. The Moyer vehicle struck the Wilhite car broadside in the intersection.

While Wilhite and Moyer reportedly escaped injury, Rachel Uptegrove, a 29-year-old passenger in the Wilhite car, was transported to Lafayette County Regional Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:15pm on U.S. Highway 24 at Missouri 131.

FEDERAL FUNDING FOR WHITEMAN FACILITY CROSSES ONE HURDLE 5/18/15RK


Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster could soon see a boost in its funding from the Federal Government for a new facility.

According to a release from Senator Claire McCaskill's office, legislation was approved late last week by a key senate panel that includes a provision to authorize $29.5 million for a consolidated operations facility at Whiteman Air Force Base to help maintain the installation's leadership in strengthening America's readiness and national security.

The release says the new facility would replace the current temporary facilities that are dispersed across the base.

SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR BENTON COUNTY MAN 5/18/15RK


A Silver Advisory has been issued for an endangered man in Benton County.

According to a release from the Benton County Sheriff's Department, at approximately 1:00pm on Sunday, 79-year-old Herbert Boyle left his residence in Wheatland on a four-wheeler to check cattle on his farm and never returned.

Boyle, who reportedly has dementia, is a 5-foot, 10-inch tall, 170-pound baldheaded white male with brown eyes and tattoos of women on both forearms and tattoos reading "Sweet & Sour" on both sides of his chest.

Anyone seeing the missing person, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person, is being urged to immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law-enforcement agency or call the Benton County Sheriff Department at (660)-438-9555.

UPDATE: THIS ADVISORY HAS BEEN CANCELED. HE WAS FOUND THIS MORNING UNHARMED.

JAMESTOWN MAN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH IN MONITEAU COUNTY 5/17/15RK


A Jamestown man suffered moderate injuries in a one-car rollover crash in Moniteau County early today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Ford Mustang, driven by 22-year-old Jordan Mummert, traveled off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the car crossed the center line. The driver overcorrected again and the car traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Mummert was transported by Mid-Mo Ambulance to St. Mary's Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:30am on Missouri 170, just north of Swiss Valley Road.

SHELDON, MO., WOMAN HURT IN CHARITON CRASH 5/16/15RK


A Sheldon, Mo., woman suffered moderate injuries in a two-car crash in Chariton County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Chrysler Town and Country, driven by 16-year-old Caitlyn Haynes, of Keytesville, failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a southbound GMC Sonoma, driven by 52-year-old Robert Friesz, of Keytesville, in the passenger side.

While Haynes and Friesz escaped injury, 52-yea-old Alta Woolston, was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:20am on Missouri 5 and East Bridge Road in Keytesville.

THREE STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM SEDALIA PROGRAM 5/16/15RK


Three students were honored Thursday night for graduating from Project SEARCH, a program that provides workplace and life skills training for special needs students.

All three students – Austin Donahue, Nathanial Geer and Aaron Welch – have been hired as a result of their success in the program.

The program, a joint venture including Sedalia School District 200, State Fair Community College, Center for Human Services and Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation, gives students with disabilities workplace experience through internships both on the SFCC campus and off-campus with community partners. Teacher Ryan Oelrichs said the students combined to work more than 2,300 hours over the past year.

BE AWARE OF MODT MOWERS ALONG ROADWAYS 5/16/15rk


The mowing season has begun for MoDOT.

According to a release from MoDOT, before the end of June, there is a good chance you will see MoDOT crews out mowing on tractor mowers so motorists have a clear, safe line of sight as they cruise along state highways.

Major and minor routes will be mowed at least three times through the end of October. Along with the mowing, crews selectively use herbicides to stunt grass growth as well as to control brush and stop the spread of noxious weeds.

MoDOT asks drivers to be cognizant of the mowers and slow down and avoid using your cell phone; be prepared to stop or drive slowly approaching a hill or curve; and obey the no-passing zone stripes.

Between mowing cycles, you can report grass and weeds blocking visibility at intersections along state roads to MoDOT by calling 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or fill out an online form at www.modot.org and click on Report A Road Concern.

TRAINING SESSIONS AT SALINE FACILITY ATTRACT OVER 20 PEACE OFFICERS 5/16/15RK


More than 20 area peace officers participated in trainings at the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center, conducted by Director Jim Simmerman on Friday, May 15th.

According to a news release, as this date was National Peace Officers Memorial Day, the training was dedicated to those law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.

There were trainings one: Rural Property Crime Prevention, Racial Profiling and Cultural Diversity, Investigations and Understanding and Coping with Shyness.

This training program was sponsored by the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center of the Saline County Sheriff’s Department; Meadowbrook Insurance Group, and Creative Management Consultants.

Twenty-one peace officers attended, including Police Chief Howard Duckworth of the Browning Police Department; Police Chief Bobby Welliver, Sgt. James Hurt, and Officers Troy Blank and Eric Gross of the Boonville Police Department; Officer Mirenda Long of the Kirksville Police Department; Jane Moore, Adair County DWI/Drug Court Program Administrator and Edina Reserve Police Officer; Police Officer Richard Townsend and Reserve Officer Thomas Ryburn of the Marshall Police Department; Saline County Sheriff Wally George, Chief Deputy Sheriff, Road Division, Cindi Mullins, Deputy Sheriffs Chad Barnes, Brad Bartlett, John Hammond, James Heard, Donald Hudson, Daniel Kirchhoff, Chad McReynolds, William Renken, and Reserve Deputy Sheriffs Gene Neff, and Emmit Williams, Saline County Emergency Management Director.

This was the 63rd. training session held at the Saline County Criminal Justice Training Center of the Saline County Sheriff’s Department.

PAVEMENT WORK TO CONTINUE IN COOPER COUNTY 5/16/15RK


Pavement repair will close one lane of Interstate 70 between Route 87 and the Missouri River Bridge in Cooper County.

According to a release from MoDOT, the closure will take place from 6:00pm until 6:00am each Monday through Thursday until mid-June.

The work, which is weather permitting, is currently taking place in the eastbound lanes of I-70. Once work in the eastbound lanes is completed, the contractor will move to the westbound lanes. Message boards and signs are placed before the work zones to warn motorists of the lane closures.

This work is taking place to prepare for resurfacing, which is expected to begin in July.

For more information about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central.

MMU'S BOARD TAKES TWO ACTIONS AT MEETING THIS WEEK 5/16/15RK


According to a news release, the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works took two actions at its meeting this week.

BPW approved requesting a quote from Larkin, Lamp, Rynearson of Kansas City to provide engineering services to rebuild the North English Lift Station. It was one of three quotes received by MMU by April 9th.

In other action taken by the board, the board approved requesting the city council to authorize the Mayor to sign an ordinance that would return just under 4-1/2 acres of property to the Marshall-Saline Development Corporation, if the sale of the spec. building at 904 Industrial Drive is completed with Mid-West Storage Solutions. Mid-West Storage Solutions is purchasing 4.36 acres of the 8.74 acres at this address. The 50,000-square foot building will be part of the sale.

MMU is the current owner, but, by contract, once the building is sold, all remaining land at this address shall be returned to MSDC.

SEARCH FOR FUGITIVE COMES UP EMPTY IN BOONVILLE 5/16/15RK


Search for a fugitive led authorities to Boonville Friday evening.

According to a release from Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, while searching for the fugitive, had information the person had been at the QT Inn, located on Highway B in Boonville.

The release says, the Boonville Police Department assisted by providing personnel for perimeter security.

The fugitive was not located.

No other information is available at this time.

KMMO News will bring you an update on the story as more information becomes available.

OAK GROVE MAN HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 5/16/15RK


An Oak Grove man was injured in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Jackson County Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 1995 Ford, driven by 23-year-old Steven Jackson, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Jackson was transported by Jackson County Ambulance to Centerpoint Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:15pm on Route F, north of Faulkenberry.

AREA EVENTS FOR NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY 5/15/15CC


Saturday, May 16th marks National Kids to Parks Day across the nation, an effort to get more American youth outdoors to explore their state parks and historic sites.

The Missouri State Parks Department is hosting events all across the Show-Me State today, including several in the KMMO listening area:

* Arrow Rock State Historic Site in Arrow Rock will host a presentation on hummingbirds beginning at 2:00pm.

* Battle of Lexington Historic Site in Lexington will host kids for birdhouse building from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

* Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site in Sedalia will host a Raptor Education program on birds of prey from 2:00-3:00pm.

* Harry S. Truman State Park in Warsaw will hold a Kid's Kite Day from 9:00am-2:00pm.

For more information, visit www.mostateparks.com.

CHARGES FILED AGAINST MARSHALL MAN IN ATTEMPTED SHOOTING 5/15/15CC


A Marshall man accused of attempting to shoot a police officer this week has been charged with seven felony counts in Saline County Circuit Court.

According to online court documents, 31-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen now faces three counts of First Degree Assault or Attempted Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, two counts of Armed Criminal Action, one count of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and one count of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing and Creating a Substantial Risk of Serious Injury or Death.

A warrant was issued for Roettgen's arrest on Friday morning; bond has been set at $100,000 cash only.

Roettgen allegedly pointed a firearm at a Marshall police officer and pulled the trigger on Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Marshall Wal Mart as police attempted to arrest him for a felony parole violation; however, the gun did not fire and the officer returned fire before the suspect fled the scene and headed north on U.S. Highway 65 in a black 2006 Chrysler 300.

At last check, Roettgen remains at large as Marshall Police continue their investigation.

FREE VETERANS BREAKFAST IN WARRENSBURG ON SATURDAY 5/15/15CC


In honor of Armed Forces Day, the city of Warrensburg is inviting area military personnel to breakfast on Saturday, May 16th-- and the city is even picking up the check.

A free pancake and sausage breakfast is available for all veteran, retired and active military members, sponsored by the city of Warrensburg. It takes place from 7:00am until 10:00am at Fitter's Restaurant at 131 West Pine Street in Warrensburg.

A release from the city says the event is first come, first served. Military personnel are asked to show their military ID or proof of service to receive the free meal.

STAGE SET FOR MARSHALL SPRING FLING 5/15/15CC


The Marshall Spring Fling gets underway Saturday morning on the downtown Marshall Square. The annual event is sponsored by the Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

Kicking off the festivities will be the Rotary Shootout from 8:00am to 2:00pm and the Farmer's Marker from 8:00am until noon.

The Bike Rodeo runs from 9:00-11:00am followed by the Shriners Parade at 11:00am. An Armed Forces ceremony will begin at 11:30am on the east side of the courthouse.

Also, Jim the Wonder Dog festivities take place from 11:00am until 1:00pm.

Several streets in the downtown area will be closed for part or all of the ceremonies. For more information, visit www.marshallmochamber.com.

CITY OF MENDON CLEANS UP STORM DAMAGES 5/15/15CC


Several residences in Mendon were damaged after a blast of severe weather moved through Chariton County on Thursday night.

Chariton County Emergency Management Director Eric McKenzie talks about the weather event that experts say may have been a small tornado:



No injuries or fatalities were reported from the area. McKenzie says local responders did a good job in getting things back to normal in Mendon as quickly as possible:



The total dollar value of the damages has not yet been determined by authorities. The National Weather Service reports several trees in the area were blown down as well.

DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI TO SPEAK AT SFCC GRADUATION 5/14/15CC


Dr. Jennifer Hargrave has been named State Fair Community College’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award winner.

Hargrave, a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, and a 1998 SFCC graduate, will give the keynote address at the college’s commencement ceremony at 7:00pm on Friday, May 15th in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

She also will give an alumni welcome for the college’s Allied Health commencement and pinning ceremony scheduled for 2:00pm on Friday in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.

Additionally, the college will host a public reception for Hargrave at 1:00pm on Friday in the lobby of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art on the Sedalia campus prior to the allied health graduation.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES TEACHER HIRES 5/14/15CC


The Sweet Springs R-7 School Board made a number of hiring decisions as part of its monthly board meeting on Wednesday evening.

Superintendent Donna Wright explains:



Wright says the board also approved a health insurance renewal for district employees:



In other business, Wright says the board approved a number of textbook purchases and gave preliminary approval to an expanded sports co-op with the Malta Bend School District.

SALINE CO. BRIDGE EAST OF FAIRVILLE NOW COMPLETED 5/14/15CC


Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update about an area bridge project at Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission:



In other business, Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrey reminded area residents that Saturday is an important day for both active and retired members of the armed forces:



In other business, commissioners approved the internship of Jessica Drake to the Prosecuting Attorney's office and heard an update from County Clerk Debbie Russell about the ongoing search for new county voting equipment.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN MARSHALL 5/14/15CC


Marshall Police are searching for an area man who opened fire on an officer on Wednesday evening.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, it happened at 8:15pm after officers received information that 31-year-old Carl Clayton Roettgen, of Marshall, was in the parking lot of the Marshall Wal Mart. Roettgen was wanted for Felony Parole Violation.

When officers attempted to position their cars behind Roettgen's vehicle, he reportedly put it into drive and nearly ran over some of the officers on scene. One officer entered the car through the passenger door in an effort to put it in park and remove the keys, at which point the man pointed a firearm at the officer's head and pulled the trigger.

Police say the gun did not discharge; the officer then exited the vehicle and returned fire, putting one round into the vehicle. Roettgen then drove away from police and was last seen driving north on U.S. Highway 65 in a black 2006 Chrysler 300.

No other information has been made available; investigation into the incident continues by police.

(Photos courtesy of Marshall Police Department)

         

KEYTESVILLE COUNCIL TALKS STREETS, CODE REVISIONS 5/13/15CC


The Keytesville City Council met in regular open session on Tuesday, May 12th.

According to a release from the city, Mayor Bob Littleton and council members discussed several streets in need of repair, including South Water, North Water and Cleveland; these streets join a list of streets already approved for overlay or chip-and-seal work.

Council members also voted to distribute the city's annual water quality report in the most feasible manner and discussed the need to revise and enforce city codes relating to grass, weeds, and dilapidated structures. Mayor Littleton will reportedly work with the city police department and the city attorney to begin drafting the needed revisions.

MARSHALL POLICE TAKE PART IN TRAIN SAFETY EVENT 5/13/15CC


The Marshall Police Department on Wednesday teamed up with the Kansas City Southern Railway to conduct an Officer on a Train event to promote public safety at Marshall railroad crossings.

According to a news release, during the event officers are brought into the locomotive cab of a train to get a first-hand perspective on motorists and pedestrians from the conductor's viewpoint; meanwhile, other officers are placed along the train's route where they can watch for crossing and trespassing violations.

Marshall Police say data from the Federal Railroad Administration shows that fatalities from train-car collisions nationwide have decreased by nearly 500 per year over the past three decades, down from 728 in 1981 to 267 in 2014.

LEXINGTON'S WATER MEETS STATE REGULATIONS 5/13/15RK


During the meeting of the Lexington City Council Tuesday night, the council heard updates about the city's water, worked out an ATV issue and got a good report from the state about law enforcement.

City Administrator Mark Rounds said the city heard the city's water meets Department of Natural Resources regulations.



In other business, Rounds said the council also worked through an issue about ATV noise with the residents involved with a positive outcome and heard the numbers of a report about law enforcement and racial profiling are low in the city.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED THEFT OF SADDLE 5/13/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating the report of an alleged theft.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, a resident on Hunter Avenue in Marshall reported that a Big Horn saddle was allegedly stolen from the tack room of his residence.

The saddle is described as having a black seat and brass hardware. The manufacture Number is A01666-01.

No other information is available at this time.

The investigation is continuing.

BOONVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH DRUG OFFENSES 5/13/15RK


A Boonville man has been served a warrant and charged with two Felonies in Cooper County Court.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 26-year-old Dantae M. Harris, was served a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday, May 12th.

He was transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to online court documents, Harris has been charged with two counts of a Class B Felony of distribution/delivery/manufacturing/producing or attempting to possess with intent to distribute/deliver/manufacture/produce a controlled substance.

Bond has been set at $100,000, cash or surety, in the matter.

A future court date has not been set yet.

CLICK IT OR TICKET CAMPAIGN MAY 18-31 5/13/15RK


As summer heats up, so does safety belt enforcement.

According to a news release from MoDOT, law-enforcement officers will be cracking down on unbelted drivers May 18th-31st as part of an aggressive national "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

Missouri’s seat belt use remains relatively unchanged at 79 percent, and consistently below the national average of 87 percent.

The release says, 63 percent of Missouri vehicle occupant fatalities (drivers and passenger) since the first of this year were unbuckled.

Six out of 10 vehicle occupants killed in 2014 Missouri traffic crashes were unrestrained. When worn correctly, seat belts can reduce the risk of death for front seat occupants of passenger cars by 45 percent.

For more information about Click It or Ticket, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

NEARLY 500 TURKEYS KILLED DURING SPRING SEASON IN JOHNSON COUNTY 5/13/15RK


Nearly 50,000 turkeys were killed by hunters during the Spring Turkey Hunting Season in Missouri, with the top counties being Franklin with 897 birds checked, Texas with 858 and St. Clair with 771.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation's website, there also were hundreds of birds bagged in the KMMO listening area, the top county in the area being Johnson with 495 birds checked. Also eclipsing the 400 mark with 460 was Howard County, followed by Chariton County with 413.

Hunters killed 386 birds in Pettis County, 382 in Carroll County, 348 in Cooper County, 339 in Saline County, 273 in Ray County and 257 in Lafayette County.

In all, Missouri hunters killed 48,432 turkeys.

CHARGES FILED IN DEATH OF WHITEMAN AIRMAN 5/13/15RK


A military member assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base has been charged following a shooting incident Saturday, May 9th.

According to a release from Whiteman, Airman First Class Dominic Sacco of the 509th Security Forces Squadron was arrested following the incident.

Sacco was taken to Johnson County jail and is being held on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Murder in the Second Degree.

The other two individuals present at the time of the shooting were also Airmen assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and with cooperation from officials from Whiteman Air Force Base.

SEDALIA SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZES STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS 5/12/15CC


The Sedalia 200 School Board met in regular session ON Monday night at Smith-Cotton High School. Superintendent Brad Pollitt says the evening began with recognition of numerous district students for their achievements:



Pollitt says the board then moved on to matters of bids and district construction projects:



In other business, the board was updated by Assessment Coordinator Carla Wheeler on recent MAP and ACT testing for students in the Sedalia 200 district.

WARRENSBURG COUNCIL GETS UPDATE ON ROOF WORK, DOG PARK 5/12/15RK


Although the Warrensburg City Council gave the approval to several ordinances at its meeting Monday night, Warrensburg Public Information Officer Sylvia Carpenter said one did not get the go-ahead. She said it involved the Fiscal Year 2016 budget.



In other business, Carpenter said the council heard an update on the roof project at the Warrensburg Communty Center that was completed two weeks ago and came in under budget, according to Parks Director Dodee Matthews. The project started in 2014.

Carpenter said Matthews also gave an update on Old Drum Dog Park.



Carpenter also said the Mayor made an appointment to the Arts Commission Board.

SEDALIA COUNCIL TALKS ABOUT POSSIBILITY OF RAISING SEWER RATES 5/12/15RK


During a work session on Monday night, the Sedalia City Council discussed the possibility of raising sewer rates for city customers in the future.

According to a city official, the city's $30 million sewer project under the Department of Natural Resources regulations should be completed by next year, so the city is considering increasing sewer rates.

If the council decides rates need to be raised, there will be a public hearing held and then the proposal will have to sit for 30 days before the new rate would go into effect.

SILVER ADVISORY FOR AREA MAN CANCELED 5/12/15RK


A Silver Advisory for an area man has been canceled.

According to a release from Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond, the search for 94-year-old John Ben Lee, who had been missing from Milan since Monday morning and had been seen in Warrensburg at about 1:30pm yesterday, was located by a Pettis County Sheriff's Deputy in the northern part of Pettis County at 8:00am today.

The release says Sullivan County Sheriff Roger Smiley has made contact with Lee's family and arrangements are being made for them to be reunited.

RUN FOR THE WALL TO ROLL THROUGH CENTRAL MISSOURI ON MAY 18TH 5/12/15RK


Tomorrow, a group of 300 to 400 motorcycle riders will embark on an annual cross-country trip that will bring them through central Missouri.

According to a news release, the 27th Annual Run For The Wall starts in Ontario, California.

The group is scheduled to pull off at Exit 58 at Concordia at 11:15am on Monday, May 18th.

The group will stop off for fuel and to have lunch at Concordia's Southside Park, departing again on the journey to the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. at 1:15pm. The trip also has a stop slated in Wentzville at approximately 5:15pm on Monday.

A release from Saline County Sheriff Wally George asks area motorists to be cognizant of the riders and aid them in getting on and off of the interstate.

The mission of the event is to educate the public about POW-MIAs, honor KIAs and help bring spiritual healing to all veterans and their families.

SWEET SPRINGS CITY POOL IS GOING TO NEED SOME WORK IN NEAR FUTURE 5/12/15RK


On Monday night, the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen were informed by Street/Maintenance Superintendent Nate Lea that the city is probably going to have to spend some money in the near future to fix the Sweet Springs City Pool.



When asked, Lea said the time needed to do the repair would be a week or two. But money is the issue.

Lea said a filter could cost anywhere between $40,000 and $70,000.



Lea said the city might seek to hold some fundraisers to obtain some of the money. He said the city has a pool bond, but it's not up until 2018, and he said "the pool won't make it until 2018."

Lea said the pool is just over 40 years old, built in 1974. It was renovated in 1998.

SWEET SPRINGS BOARD APPROVES PURCHASE OF BALL FIELD EQUIPMENT 5/12/15RK


At a busy meeting of the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen on Monday night, the board approved a number of requests to seek bids and appointments to different boards.

Mayor Dee Friel was approved to seek more information on getting the city signed up for a scrap-tire recycling program. The board also approved several requests by Street Maintenance Supervisor Nathan Lea to seek bids, including one for rental of a chip-and-seal machine and another for bids for a snow-plow unit for the city's new truck.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of baseball field equipment and a bid from Derek Vaught to drag the ball fields.

City Clerk Michelle Fuehring informed the board the Sweet Springs FFA will be conducting a citywide cleanup on two dates, Saturday, May 16th, and Friday, May 29th.

Friel also pointed out the city needs to start testing its early-warning siren system on the first Wednesday of each month.

SILVER ADVISORY ISSUED FOR 94-YEAR-OLD AREA MAN 5/12/15RK


The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office has issued a Silver Advisory for a missing adult incident the occurred in Milan at 8:30am on Monday.

The missing adult is 94-year-old John Ben Lee, a white male, who is 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes and walks with a cane.

According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, Lee was seen in a blue 1994 Lincoln Town Car southbound on Highway 5, en route to Sedalia. At 1:30pm yesterday, a civilian reported seeing Lee in Warrensburg, asking the best route to get to Milan. Lee was wearing a hat (possibly cowboy style) and a leather work glove on his left hand.

Lee reportedly is diabetic and sometimes gets disoriented and confused.

Anyone seeing Lee or the vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person, should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law-enforcement agency.

GREEN RIDGE SCHOOL AWARDED TECH GRANTS 5/11/15CC


An area school has recently been awarded nearly $10,000 in grant money to bring new technology to the classroom.

According to a release from the office of Senator Mike Parson, Green Ridge Elementary School, in Pettis County, has been awarded nearly $10,000 from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program awards grants in CenturyLink’s service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed a specific plan to implement technology in the classroom.

Green Ridge Elementary received $4,976.95 to purchase Moby Max tablets, which allow personalized instruction to improve language arts and mathematics skills. The school also received $5,000 for Kindle eReaders to improve reading comprehension, fluency and motivation to read in the second grade classroom.

More than 1,000 grant applications were received from across the country. In Missouri, more than 80 teachers applied, with 14 winning schools selected by a review committee comprised of community members and a CenturyLink Representative.

NEW FITZGIBBONS C.E.O. SAYS HOSPITAL HAS QUALITY STAFF AT CEREMONY 5/11/15RK


On Monday, Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden read and signed a document proclaiming this week as Hospital Week in Marshall at a ceremony at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.

Fitzgibbon's new C.E.O. Darin Haug said the hospital has a quality staff.



Haug explained that it takes special people to make the organization work.



National Hospital Week started on Sunday and runs through this Saturday.

MARSHALL MAYOR PROCLAIMS THIS WEEK AS HOSPITAL WEEK 5/11/15RK


Sunday was the start of National Hospital Week.

Today, in the cafeteria at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, new C.E.O. Darin Haug and Marshall Mayor Mark Gooden were on hand to recognize the efforts of all of the staff at the hospital.

Gooden read the city's proclamation.



Gooden continued...



Haug touted the staff at the facility who, as he says, "every day commit themselves to caring for human life and serving humanity."

STRETCH OF HIGHWAY 23 IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER 5/11/15RK


An area highway has been closed due to high water.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation's website, Missouri 23, from the county line to Route E, in both directions in Lafayette County has been closed due to high water since 4:10am today.

Duration of the closure is unknown.

MU EXTENSION TO OFFER FINANCE WORKSHOPS IN LAFAYETTE, RAY COUNTIES 5/11/15RK


The MU Extension will be offering some finance workshops in Lafayette and Ray Counties later this month and next month.

According to a news release from the Extension Office, the workshop consists of two 90-minute sessions.

Workshops in Higginsville will be 6:00 to 7:30pm on Thursday, May 21st, and Thursday, June 4th. To get more information and/or to register, call (660) 584-3658.

The sessions in Richmond will be held from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Tuesday, May 19th, and Tuesday, June 2nd. To get more information or to register, call (816) 776-6961.

A limited number of income-based scholarships are available. Preregistration is required before May 14th.

CLINTON MAN HURT IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH IN BENTON COUNTY 5/11/15RK


A Clinton man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 1987 Mazda, driven by 17-year-old Johnathan Blybon, of Warsaw, swerved to miss another vehicle entering the roadway, crossed over the center line and struck a northbound 2010 Ford, driven by 62-year-old Walter Krupco, of Clinton.

While Blybon was not injured, Krupco was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln E.M.S. to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 1:15pm on Route MM at Steed Lane.

BOONVILLE MAN HURT IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH 5/11/15RK


A Boonville man suffered injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Cooper County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Nissan Pathfinder, driven by 29-year-old Thomas Aldridge, failed to negotiate a curve, overcorrected and caused the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway, where it struck a tree and overturned.

Aldridge refused treatment of minor injuries at the scene.

The crash happened at 12:30am on Missouri 5, three-quarters of a mile south of Bellair Road.

TEAM SCREAM, COACH EARN AWARDS AT EVENT 5/11/15RK


A coach and a team from Sedalia received praise and awards at the inaugural Missouri Robotics State Championship at the Mathewson Exhibition Center.

Team SCREAM was honored for its creative engineering, and its leader, Michael Wright, was praised by his peers on Saturday.

Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering and Mathematics, host of the event, received the Innovation in Design award and Wright was selected as the Coach/Mentor of the Year, an award voted on by his fellow coaches.

The state title was won by the alliance of Team Driven, from Lee’s Summit High School, Team Titanium, from Lee’s Summit West High, and Optimus PRIN, from the Principia School in St. Louis.

AIRMAN DIES FROM GUNSHOT WOUND 5/11/15RK


A Senior Airman from Whiteman Air Force Base, assigned to the 509th Security Forces Squadron, has died from a gunshot wound sustained onSaturday, May 9th.

According to a news release from the base in Knob Noster, Senior Airman John J. Bottom was shot at an off-base residence in Warrensburg. He was taken to a Kansas City hospital and ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation with assistance from Whiteman Air Force Base officials.

FORMER MUSIC TEACHER INDUCTED INTO S-C ACTIVITIES HALL OF FAME 5/10/15RK


During this past week, family members and former students gathered to honor an area teacher.

According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, former music teacher Bob Cummings was inducted posthumously into Smith-Cotton's Activities Hall of Fame at a ceremony in the Heckart Performaing Arts Center on Thursday, May 7th.

Cummings taught music in the Sedalia school district for almost 30 years, 16 at Smith-Cotton High School. He taught concert, marching and jazz band, as well as orchestra and vocal music.

KANSAS CITY MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN CARROLL COUNTY CRASH 5/10/15RK


A Kansas City man suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash in Carroll County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 1995 Kawasaki, driven by 43-year-old Mark Danforth, traveled off the left side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, then off the right side of the roadway and ejected the driver.

Danforth was transported by E.M.S. to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened just before 8:00pm on County Road 241, approximately a half-mile north of County Road 180.

BOSWORTH MAN HURT IN CARROLL COUNTY ACCIDENT 5/10/15RK


A Bosworth man was hurt in an unusual accident in Carroll County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident happened as a 1988 Jeep was stationary and unoccupied on a muddy hill. James Sutton, a 49-year-old from Bosworth, was outside the vehicle attempting to dislodge the vehicle from the mud. When the vehicle became dislodged, it rolled over Sutton.

Sutton suffered moderate injuries and was transported by E.M.S. to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:25pm one-half mile northwest of 16074 County Road 185.

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN MULTI-CAR CRASH IN SALINE COUNTY 5/10/15RK


A four-car crash in Saline County on Saturday caused injuries to a Columbia woman.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Volkswagen Passat, driven by 28-year-old Cody Salter, of Columbia, and a westbound Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by 29-year-old Carli Nieder, of Amoret, slowed for traffic and a westbound Hyundai Elantra, driven by 21-year-old Erika Enlow, of Columbia, overtook and struck the rear of the Tahoe and caused it to strike the Passat, which overtook and struck another vehicle, which did not receive reportable damage.

While Nieder and Salter avoided injury, Enlow refused treatment for moderate injuries at the scene.

The crash happened just before 12:30pm on westbound I-70 at mile marker 77.

WHITEMAN AIRMAN INVOLVED IN SHOOTING 5/9/15RK


An Airman assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base was involved in a shooting incident on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.

According to a news release from the Air Force Base, the incident occurred in Warrensburg and the Airman was taken to a local Kansas City hospital.

Local law-enforcement officials are investigating and have ongoing coordination with officials from Whiteman Air Force Base.

No other information is available at this time.

COOPER CRASH INJURES WARRENSBURG WOMAN 5/9/15RK


A Warrensburg resident suffered minor injuries, while two Columbia residents escaped injury in a two-vehicle crash in Cooper County today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Mercury Marquis, driven by 22-year-old Jacob Rogers, of Columbia, attempted to overtake a Lincoln Navigator, driven by 36-year-old Jordan Hargrove, of Columbia. The report says Rogers lost control of the Marquis, which traveled off the left side of the roadway. Rogers overcorrected and the vehicle, which then struck the Navigator and traveled off the left side the roadway and struck the median cables.

While Rogers and Hargrove escaped injury, Tia Arnold, a 20-year-old passenger in the Rogers' vehicle, received minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened just after 8:00am at the 97 mile marker on Westbound I-70.

AREA SENIORS COULD GET HELP PAYING FOR MEDICATIONS 5/9/15RK


A local agency could possibly help out seniors get funds to help pay for their medications.

According to a release from Care Connection for Aging Services, a non-profit area agency on aging, the agency may be able to help people apply for financial help from one or more of several programs offered by the state and federal government. It says Care Connection counselors work daily to match recipients to the appropriate help.

While general enrollment is over, Medicare allows those who qualify for extra help to change plans and get help any time during the year.

To get assistance or more information, call 1-(800)-748-7826.

JEEP CRASH IN JOHNSON COUNTY SERIOUSLY INJURES PLEASANT HILL MAN 5/9/15RK


A Pleasant Hill man suffered serious injuries in a jeep accident in Johnson County on Friday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a southbound 1998 JEEP, driven by 50-year-old Melvin Hawks, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned and came to rest on its side.

Hawks was transported to Research Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:40 on Route T, three-tenths of a mile south of County Road Southwest 500.

KANSAS CITY MAN HURT IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 5/9/15RK


A Kansas City man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2010 Toyota, driven by 36-year-old Dorotha Godwin, of Ava, turned southbound onto Missouri 7 from Route C and struck the rear of a Chevrolet HHR, driven by 60-year-old William Stroebel, of Kansas City.

Stroebel was transported by E.M.S. to Golden Valley Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened just after 5:30.

MISSOURI SIBLINGS WIN "SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR" 5/8/15CC


In a ceremony at the White House on Friday, a brother and sister team from northwest Missouri's Caldwell County were named the Small Business Persons of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

According to press release, Alan Doan and sister Sarah Galbraith, of Hamilton, Missouri, were announced as the winners of the annual award for their business, Missouri Star Quilting Company. The duo started their company in 2008 with only one small building and one quilting machine, a venture that has now grown to an operation with 148 employees and fifteen buildings totaling over 116,000 total square feet.

Missouri Star Quilting is now considered the largest employer in all of Caldwell County, shipping hundreds of packages a day all over the globe and offering quilting tutorial videos on the popular website YouTube.

NIXON APPOINTS NEW LAFAYETTE CO. ASSESSOR 5/8/15CC


Governor Jay Nixon on Friday appointed Chip Langman, of Lexington, as the new Lafayette County Assessor.

The position became vacant upon the resignation of Michael Dobson; the Lafayette County Commission appointed Langman to serve on an interim basis.

Langman owns Big Muddy Ice Cream Company in Lexington and also operates a consulting business. He is the chair of the Lexington Main Street Board and a member of the Lexington Community Betterment Board.

Langman also is a volunteer with the Lexington Historical Museum.

AREA TEEN INJURED IN LAFAYETTE CO. CRASH 5/8/15


A Wellington teen received minor injuries following a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Friday morning.

The Highway Patrol says 19-year-old Harley Walker was southbound on Highway 131 and failed to negotiate a curve. His 1984 Chrysler ran off the roadway, struck a culvert and came to rest in a yard.

Walker was transported from the scene by Wellington EMS to St. Marys Hospital in Blue Springs for treatment. Reports say the crash happened around 9:30am, just south of Route FF in Lafayette County.

CAMPBELL, WISEMAN SWAP WARDS ON SLATER COUNCIL 5/7/15CC


Two Slater City Council members have traded places following the most recent council meeting.

Assistant City Administrator Gene Griffith explains the switch that occurred this week for council members Matt Campbell and Crystal Wiseman:



Also sworn in this week were council members Brenda Smith and Terry Jordan.
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In other business, Griffith outlines the city's new trash service provider and collection schedule:



Also this week, council members discussed a request for a removable stop sign at Slater preschool and approved a $9,800 request to replace two pumps at the city's lift stations.

SALINE CO. ROADS, SCHOOLS GET BUDGET INCREASES 5/7/15CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, officials learned that the budgets for county roads, bridges and schools will be getting an unexpected boost.

Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., explains:



County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier talks about the source of the money and notes that it has come in much sooner than expected:



In other business, commissioners approved a request of $2,500 to refill the courthouse postage machine and were updated on Emergency Management efforts by EMA Director Emmit Williams.

SALINE TAX COLLECTIONS DOWN FROM LAST MONTH & LAST YEAR 5/7/15CC


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was on hand at Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission to give an update on tax collections for the month of May.

Smith began with the Sales Tax and Law Enforcement Tax numbers:



He then updated commissioners on both the Courthouse and Use Taxes:



Smith says collections from all four taxes are down from last month and from last year with the exception of the Use Tax, which saw an uptick of just over $7,900 from April of this year; however, the use tax is down by over $2,500 compared to collections in May of 2014.

DEATH OF LAFAYETTE CO. WOMAN RULED ACCIDENTAL 5/7/15CC


Authorities in Lafayette County have released the cause of death of a woman found dead near Odessa in early March.

According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department, on Wednesday May 6th, the Jackson County Medical Examiner's office released the final autopsy report for 42-year-old Angela M. Draper, of Lake Lafayette. The report states that all signs seem to indicate that Draper's death was an accident and that there were no signs of foul play or trauma.

Draper was reported missing from her residence on March 3rd and authorities searched the area for several hours; her body was located the next morning at the intersection of Lakeview North and Lakeview Drive at Lake Lafayette, south of Odessa.

The examiner's report says that Draper appears to have died of myocardial infarction, or a heart attack; the report lists medications and hypothermia as contributing factors in the woman's death.

SEX CRIME CHARGES FILED AGAINST BOONVILLE MAN 5/7/15CC


A Boonville resident faces two felony charges after his arrest for alleged sex crimes.

According to Boonville Police, 31-year-old Nathaniel Phiffer was arrested and placed on a 24-hour hold on Wednesday and transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

Online court documents state Phiffer has been charged with an unclassified Felony count of First Degree Statutory Sodomy and a Class A Felony count of First Degree Child Molestation.

Bond has been set at $150,000 cash or surety. A future court date in the matter has not been set.

BIJOU AT BOTHWELL THIS SATURDAY 5/6/15CC


The public is invited to enjoy a night in front of the silver screen on Saturday, May 9th at Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site near Sedalia. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, Bijou at Bothwell Lodge will start at 8:30pm.

The event will feature a screening of the 1964 film, "My Fair Lady," featuring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. Watch Hepburn’s character as she transforms from a lowly street merchant into a seemingly high bred, educated woman, all under the direction of Professor Higgins.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating and are reminded to dress appropriately for the weather.

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is located seven miles north of Sedalia on U.S Highway 65. For more information on Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, visit mostateparks.com.

MARSHALL DECA TEAM WINS BIG IN FLORIDA 5/6/15CC


A group of students from the Saline County Career Center DECA chapter recently returned home from international competition with several honors and trophies in hand.

According to DECA Advisor Kathi Oster, the students competed in the International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida during the last week of April and garnered several awards, including a first-place trophy for students Isaac Barr and Alex Jones in the Business Services Operations Research Event:



Oster says a lot of time and work goes into the final presentation made by the students:



Other honors brought home by the Marshall DECA team included a third-place trophy for Brianna Bellamy and Blane Carter for their Entrepreneurship Promotion Project and a top-ten finish for Jack Alsbach and Abigail Henke in the Hospitality Services Team Decision Making Event.

Oster says the Saline County Career Center teams brought home the only two trophies awarded to Missouri teams at the international event, which is attended by more than 18,000 students and advisors from around the globe.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD EYES BALL FIELD OPTIONS 5/6/15CC


The Marshall School Board met in special session on Tuesday evening to discuss the possibility of putting a softball field on the Marshall High School campus, a move that may be necessary in order to maintain federal Title IX funding.

A release from the district says the board and district parents agreed to investigate and visit area schools that have either built a new stadium or modified their baseball stadium to accommodate both sports.

In other business, the board approved changing the 2015-16 school calendar to allow some faculty members to play the opening of the Missouri State Fair on August 13th as members of the Marshall Municipal Band. With the change, teachers will now come back to school on August 12th and will not have a contracted day on the 13th unless they are a new teacher.

In executive session, the board approved a motion to offer the position of assistant MHS principal to Ian Verts, along with approving the employment of several faculty and staff members for next school year.

SALINE COMMISSION GETS BRIDGE PROJECT UPDATE 5/5/15CC


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning, commissioners were updated by Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner on an area bridge project that has recently been brought to a finish:



In other business, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr., read a proclamation honoring veterans to be included in the minutes of the meeting. He noted that May is Military Appreciation Month, as declared by the U.S. Congress in 1999.

BOB JAMES JAZZ FESTIVAL COMING TO MARSHALL ON MAY 23RD 5/5/15RK


Kathy Green, co-Chairman of the Marshall Cultural Council, was at the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday night telling the council and the audience about several events coming up this year.

She said the Bob James Jazz Festival is first on the list.



The Jazz Festival will be held at Bueker Middle School.

Green also talked about the 27th Annual Santa Fe Trail Heritage Days coming up on September 11th and 12th in downtown Marshall. The tentative schedule includes activities that start at 7:00am with a 5K/10K run, a parade at 10:30am and performances by the Cowboy Street Theatre with Lexington Temperance Ladies/Northfork Regulators at 1:00 and 2:00pm, as well as Chuck Wagon Races.



Green also said the cultural council is looking for sponsors for various expenses. For more information on either event, contact Green at (660) 229-4845 or via e-mail at kakgreen@yahoo.com.

CARROLLTON COUNCIL TABLES DISCUSSION ABOUT STEPS AT THE CITY'S POOL 5/5/15RK


A deteriorating bridge in Carrollton was a topic of discussion at the meeting of the Carrollton Town Council on Monday night.

According to a city official, it was decided the city will work in conjunction with the county to try to get the bridge on East Benton repaired. However, no specific details were discussed.

In other business, the Town Council tabled a discussion on the idea to put steps in at the city pool. The city official said the council wanted to get more information before making a decision.

The Town Council also approved two liquor licenses, including one for a new business in town, Mrs. J's Cafe, and the other for the Carroll County Cattlemen's Association during the Carroll County Fair July 9th through 11th.

MARSHALL COUNCIL TABLES DISCUSSION ON DEMOLITION OF A HOUSE 5/5/15RK


One of the proposed bids put before the Marshall City Council on Monday night did not gain approval.

In November of last year, the city took bids for demolition of a house at 564 South English Avenue. The low bid was $5,800. City Administrator Connie Latimer said the low bidder, Gary Morrow, is willing to stand by his bid.

But there is a downside to accepting the bid, according to Latimer.



After several minutes of back-and-forth conversation, it was asked by a patron of the city why can't the city tear it down because it has most of the equipment necessary?

Latimer and Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Brandt said it comes down to insurance coverage.



After more discussion, Ward 4 Councilman Ron Duvall made a motion to table the discussion until the next council meeting, which was approved by a unanimous vote.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED HOME-INVASION ROBBERY 5/5/15RK


An area police department is investigating the report of an alleged home-invasion robbery.

According to a news release, at just after 1:00am today, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity in reference to an alleged assault.

The investigation revealed two to three male suspects, armed with handguns, entered the residence through an unlocked door. The suspects forced entry through one bedroom door, which was occupied by two victims. The victims were allegedly assaulted and the suspects ransacked the room prior to fleeing on foot in a northeast direction with an undisclosed amount of property.

One victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of superficial head injuries.

The suspects were last seen wearing dark hoodies with masks, and one suspect was wearing blue jeans and red tennis shoes. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

MARSHALL COUNCIL HEARS REPORT ON BUILDING PERMITS IN APRIL 5/5/15RK 5/5/15RK


Ward 4 Councilman Ron Duvall gave the report for the Community Development and Code Committee at Monday night's Marshall County Council meeting. The report was about building permits issued by the city in April.



In other business, Mayor Pro-Tem Dan Brandt also announced to the council the members of the Grievance Board.

CONCORDIA WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 5/5/15RK


A Concordia woman escaped with cuts and bruises after a one-car rollover crash in Pettis County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Chevrolet Cobalt, driven by 32-year-old Jami Tira, of Concordia, failed to negotiate a curve, causing the car to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturn. The report says the car then returned to the roadway and came to rest on its top.

Tira was transported via Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:45pm on Route T, north of Prairie Chapel Road.

I-70 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL NAMES C.E.O 5/4/15RK


I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs has a new Chief Executive Officer.

Jeff Bloemker has extensive experience in the health-care services industry, including spending some time with the Heartland Health Mosaic Life Care system in St. Joseph and with the Cerner Corporation, as well as 10 years in Washington D.C., working on public-policy issues.

Bloemker is excited about the opportunity to lead the hospital.



Bloemker looks ahead with some goals.



Bloemker said he has been married to his wife, Jodi, for nearly 10 years, and they have a 7-year-old son.

CMU HONORS BUSINESS, ECON, ACCOUNTING STUDENTS AT AWARDS CEREMONY 5/4/15RK


The Central Methodist University Division of Business, Accounting and Economics celebrated extraordinary accomplishments of 22 of its students at an awards ceremony recently.

Award recipients from the KMMO listening area were: Management/General Business Excellence Award, Austin Rapp (senior, business, Boonville); Lew Wallace Jacobs Scholarship in Economics, Caleb Henke (junior, business, Salisbury); Marketing and Advertising Excellence Award, Luis Costa (senior, business, Fayette);

Outstanding Senior in Sports Management Award, Robert Levi Thomas (senior, sports management, Slater);

Outstanding Senior in Accounting, Business & Economics Award, Joseph Jefferies (senior, business, Fayette); Lisa Powell Goessling Merit Scholarship, Keely Zimmerman (senior, accounting, Fayette); Outstanding ENACTUS Senior, Dana Peters (senior, accounting, Waverly);

Eathayne Boone Priddy (senior, communication studies, Fayette); Departmental Fellow for 2015-2016, Madison Lester (junior, business, Boonville).

The awards ceremony was held April 30th on the CMU-Fayette campus.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED 5/4/15RK


Authorities in an area city are investigating a report of shots fired.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, at just before 2:00am today officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Bodie Drive in reference to shots heard.

The investigation revealed witnesses in the area heard several shots and reported seeing a dark-colored van driving away on Greensboro Drive from Bodie Drive. Officers located several spent shell casings on Greensboro Drive, just north of Bodie Drive. There were no reported injuries or property damage from the shots fired. No suspect information is available at this time.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

FIRST LADY PIE CONTEST ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE MAY 7TH 5/4/15RK


It’s time to pull out the recipe boxes and pie pans in preparation for the 2015 First Lady’s Pie Contest at the Missouri State Fair.

According to a news release, the contest will again be hosted by Missouri's First Lady Georganne Nixon in the fairgrounds’ Home Economics Building. Entry forms for the annual contest will be available online May 7th for entries into the 2015 Missouri State Fair at www.mostatefair.com. This year the Fair will be accepting entries and payment online.

The First Lady's Pie Contest is open to all amateur bakers and will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, August 20th.

For more information visit www.mostatefair.com.

MAY IS AMERICAN STROKE AWARENESS MONTH 5/4/15RK


Only 8 percent of those recently surveyed in the American Stroke Association/Ad Council Stroke Awareness Continuous Tracking Study could identify each letter in F.A.S.T., an acronym of the most common stroke warning signs.

A news release says, anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. American Stroke Month in May is an important time to urge Missouri residents to download a free mobile app to learn how to detect a stroke.

F.A.S.T. is: F - Face Drooping; A - Arm Weakness; S - Speech Difficulty; T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

Additional stroke signs include: sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.

For more information and to download the app by visiting www.StrokeAssociation.org.

SEDALIA MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 5/4/15RK


A Sedalia man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Johnson County Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound 2001 JEEP, driven by 64-year-old Timothy Proctor, traveled off the south side of the roadway, struck a group of trees and overturned.

Proctor was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:00pm on U.S. Highway 50, east of Northeast 1221st Road.

WARRENSBURG MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN ST. LOUIS CRASH 5/4/15RK


A Warrensburg man escaped injury in a two-car crash in St. Louis County Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by 22-year-old Kiona Griffin, of St. Louis, was stopped in the roadway with a flat tire and was struck in the rear by an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by 31-year-old Ryan Craig, of Warrensburg.

Griffin and two youths in her car, ages 6 and 13, suffered minor injuries and were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The crash happened just after 5:00pm on Interstate 270, east of the 29.4 mile marker.

BLOOD DRIVE SCHEDULED FOR KEYTESVILLE ON MONDAY 5/3/15RK


An American Red Cross Blood Drive will be conducted on Monday, May 4th, in Chariton County.

According to a news release from the Red Cross, the drive is scheduled for Keytesville High School from 2:00 to 6:30pm.

The school is located at 27247 Highway 5.

To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-(800)-RECROSS.

Those who are unable to give blood can support blood donations and invite others to make a lifesaving donation by creating a SleevesUp virtual blood drive at www.redcrossblood.org/SleevesUp.

LAFAYETTE COUNTY RESIDENTS INJURED IN ONE-CAR CRASH 5/3/15RK


Two Lafayette County men were injured in a one-car crash in Lafayette County early today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Honda Accord, driven by 18-year-old Cody Kleoppel, of Odessa, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees and a creek bed.

Kleoppel, and a passenger in the car, 18-year-old Austin D'Obron, of Bates City, each suffered minor injuries. D'Obron was transported to Children's Mercy Hospital by Sni-Valley E.M.S., while Kleoppel was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center via Sni-Valley E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened just before 1:00am on Route TT, east of Grubb Road.

WINDSOR WOMAN HURT IN AMBULANCE CRASH IN HENRY COUNTY 5/3/15RK


A deer in the roadway caused an ambulance crash in Henry County on Saturday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the ambulance, driven by 35-year-old Matthew Anderson, of Cole Camp, struck the deer in the roadway.

While Anderson reportedly escaped injury, Courtney Bucklew, a 26-year-old occupant in the ambulance of Windsor, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:30 on Route WW, a tenth of a mile north of Industrial Drive.

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY CAR IN PARKING LOT IN POLO 5/3/15RK


A Hamilton man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident in a parking lot in Caldwell County on Saturday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Chevy SUV, driven by 77-year-old Donna Tweedie, of Norborne, reportedly backed into a pedestrian, 45-year-old Edward Black, who was kneeling next to another car in the lot. The Tweedie vehicle struck Black's leg and reportedly pulled him forward.

Black was taken by Caldwell County Ambulance to Liberty Hospital for treatment.

Tweedie reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 6:40 in the Casey's General Store parking lot in Polo.

THREE JOHNSON COUNTY RESIDENTS HURT IN CRASH 5/3/15RK


Three Johnson County residents suffered injuries in a one-car crash in Johnson County on Saturday evening.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol report says the crash occurred as an eastbound 2002 Ford, driven by 18-year-old Lillian Satterfield, of Warrensburg, swerved to avoid a dog in the roadway. The vehicle traveled off the north side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.

Satterfield and a 16-year-old passenger, of Knob Noster, each suffered moderate injuries. Satterfield was taken by Windsor Fire personnel to Western Missouri Medical Center for treatment, while the 16-year-old was transported via Johnson County Ambulance to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment. Another passenger, 19-year-old Hunter Simmons, of Warrensburg, suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened at 6:25 on Southeast 725th Road, west of Southeast 1271st Road.

HIGGINSVILLE POLICE CHIEF SAYS LAW ENFORCEMENT DAY A SUCCESS 5/2/15RK


Approximately 600 adults and fifth-grade students converged on Fairground Park in Higginsville on Friday for an annual event.

Higginsville Police Chief Shawn Smith said the Law Enforcement Day festivities were a success.



The fun-filled day started at 8:50am and included numerous games and learning experiences, then ended with a SWAT demonstration.



Smith said the event has been hosted by Higginsville since 1992.

SFCC HONORS TOP INSTRUCTORS 5/2/15RK


State Fair Community College in Sedalia honored its top instructor, adjunct instructor and staff member for the 2014-15 academic year this week at a ceremony on campus.

According to a news release, English instructor and Literature Discipline coordinator, Lisa Shoemaker, was named instructor of the year; Dondi Ramirez, adjunct history instructor at SFCC-Clinton, was named adjunct instructor of the year; and Janice Ganther, site coordinator for SFCC-Lake of the Ozarks, was named staff member of the year.

The ceremony was held on Friday, May 1st, in the Yeater Learning Center.

WORK ON EAST SLATER STREET SLATED TO LAST THROUGHOUT MAY 5/1/15RK


Some utility work on East Slater Street in Marshall last week will affect traffic for at least the month of May.

According to Monty Chase, Director of Underground Facilities for Marshall Municipal Utilities, the crew is working on a water-main project.



Chase went on to give the particulars of how the work will affect traffic flow on East Slater Street from Commercial to North Brunswick Avenue on weekdays.



Chase said the project's cost is approximately $56,000 for parts and labor. That does not include machinery.

He said traffic also will be affected some after the work in complete to repave the street.

MARSHALL POLICE OFFICER HURT IN TWO-CAR CRASH 5/2/15RK


A Marshall Police Officer was injured in a crash on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2012 Dodge, driven by 75-year-old William Todd, of Malta Bend, pulled into the path of a 2010 Ford, driven by 50-year-old Police Officer Fred Hayes, and struck the police car in the driver's side. The police car had its emergency equipment activated at the time of the crash.

Todd escaped injury, but Hayes suffered moderate injuries and was transported by Saline County E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:45pm at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Missouri 240 in Marshall.

AREA RESIDENTS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 5/2/15RK


Two area residents were flown from the scene of a motorcycle crash in Morgan County on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Harley Davidson, driven by 56-year-old John Cook, of Warsaw, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch, ejecting the driver and 50-year-old passenger, Candace Sommer, of Sedalia. Each suffered serious injuries.

They were transported by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:40 on Route W, just north of Marvin Cutoff Road.

CALHOUN WOMAN HURT IN PETTIS CRASH 5/2/15RK


A Calhoun woman was injured in a one-car crash in Pettis County on Friday afternoon.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound 1999 Ford, driven by 66-year-old Waneta Peek, of Calhoun, traveled off the roadway and struck a road sign. The vehicle also traveled through a field, across a roadway and struck a tree.

Peek suffered minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened just after noon on Route B, near Templeton Road.

SEDALIA POLICE IN MANHUNT FOR 47-YEAR-OLD SUSPECT 5/1/15RK


The Sedalia Police Department is currently looking for a suspect in connection with the report of a woman been held captive.

According to a release from the Police Department, on Thursday, April 30th, at approximately 6:05pm, the department received a 9-1-1 call from a female victim who stated she had just escaped from a residence in the 800 block of East 15th Street where she said she had been held captive by her boyfriend for the past four months.

When officers made contact with the victim, she told the officers the suspect often kept her in a wooden box inside the residence. Upon entering the residence, officers observed a large wooden box, consistent with what the victim described.

The suspect had fled the residence prior to the arrival of the officers.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence, and upon further inspection of the box, it appeared to be constructed for the purpose of concealing a person.

The wooden box, along with other evidence, was collected from the scene.

The suspect is being reported as James B. Horn Jr., a 47-year-old white male with dark hair who is 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds.

Horn is still at-large at this time, and there is no description of the vehicle available at this time.

If you have any information about this case, call the Sedalia Police Department at (660) 827-7823, CrimeStoppers at (660) 827-TIPS (8477) or you can text tips to (660) 287-5526.

COLE CAMP RESIDENTS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAD-ON CRASH 5/1/15RK


Two Cole Camp residents had to be flown from the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Thursday morning with serious injuries to be treated.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 1997 Mercury, driven by 43-year-old Bryce Dawson, of Cole Camp, traveled off the roadway, across the median, into lanes of oncoming traffic and struck a northbound Freightliner, driven by 45-year-old Johnny McFarland, of St. Joseph, head on. The Freightliner then traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert and two trees.

Dawson and a passenger in his vehicle, 26-year-old Krystal Dawson, of Cole Camp, were flown to University Hospital in Columbia, while McFarland suffered minor injuries and was transported by Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

The crash occurred at 9:45 on U.S. Highway 65, just north of North Lincoln Road.

WARRENSBURG LICENSE RENEWALS IN THE MAIL 4/15/15RK


According to a release from the City of Warrensburg, business licenses expire June 1st and license holders may be subject to a late fee if not renewed by July 1st. Liquor licenses expire July 1st and the establishments are requested to have the building inspections scheduled and completed prior to the deadline.

Any businesses that operate in the city limits and sell products for future delivery or provide a service of any kind are required to obtain a business license even if the physical location of the business is not in Warrensburg.

Summer months are a busy time for lawn services, tree trimming and asphalt repair in which case, require a city business license. Solicitor licenses that canvass door to door and ice cream trucks require the individuals to provide a current photo and background information that is reviewed by the Police Department to help insure public safety. Residents may contact the City Collector at any time to verify if a business has a current license as this information is public record.

Residents may see vendors set up on local parking lots selling produce. These vendors are exempt from local license regulations by the State of Missouri and are allowed to sell produce that is grown in Missouri.

Current dog licenses will expire June 1st and documentation of current rabies vaccination needs to be provided for all renewals.

All dog owners in the city limits are required to obtain dog licenses. These licenses are needed for public safety to ensure that all dogs within the city have current rabies vaccination.

For questions or concerns about any license information, please contact Carl Larkerbrink, City Collector, at 660-747-9131 or visit City Hall at 102 South Holden Street.
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