State Fair Community College will launch a new Small Business and Technology Development Center on Monday, August 1, to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region with resources to be successful.
The Glasgow School Board approved several motions during its regular-session meeting on Wednesday, July 20. According to a release from the district, the board gave the green light to a recommendation on food service and co-curricular and extra-curricula
While temperatures and heat indices continue to be at dangerous levels-- at least throughout the rest of this week-- an agency says an Application for your Smartphone is available that offers important safety tips. According to a news release, the Federa
An area college has promoted a current employee to an administrative position. According to a news release, Missouri Valley College in Marshall has appointed Dr. Diane Bartholomew as vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Bartholomew has been serving as
A Marshall man was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday. A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when a northbound vehicle, driven by 18-year-old Alex Love, of Marshall, reportedly traveled into the
A Cole Camp man suffered injuries when his motorcycle reportedly was struck by a vehicle in Benton County on Wednesday. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Yamaha, driven by 42-year-old Shannon
At Monday's meeting of the Brunswick School Board, members took up two big financial issues. Superintendent Bob Kottman says the board approved a move to refund over $1.5 million in bonds from 2013; he explains why: Superintendent Bob Kottman (at
The University of Missouri Press has produced the printed version of the 2015-2016 edition of the Official Manual of the State of Missouri, commonly known as the “Blue Book” for its typically blue color.
Wellington-Napoleon student Brock Beckemeyer (left) receives a $1,000 FFA Scholarship from Doug Vahrenberg, of Vahrenberg Implement Inc. (Photo Furnished) An area student has received a four-figure scholarship to help curb his college expenses. Accordi
Signs are being put up in Saline County to honor Veterans of military service. Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie updated the progress during the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission. Guthrie said Veterans' programs that have been ho
Marshall Municipal Utilities Power Plant on West North Street. (Photo by Robert King) On Tuesday, July 19, an explosion ripped up part of an area power plant and caused injuries to several workers, but they are all back to work today. According to Mars
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, County Clerk Debbie Russell said absentee voting is under way for the August 2 Primary Election. [DEBBIE RUSSELL 1 7.20.16] :14) Russell said the test of the voting equipment, which is open to t
A Cooper County woman recently was arrested on several driving violations and served an outstanding warrant for a felony charge in another county. According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, officers served a Boone County warrant to 33-y
Wildlife running into the roadway reportedly was the cause of a one-vehicle rollover crash that left an area resident with moderate injuries on Tuesday in Benton County. According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash oc
A program honoring veterans that started seven years ago is continuing. According to a release from Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, the Veterans Memory Walk of Honor Brick Program will now be placing bricks in the sidewalk on the wes
Area veterans who want to take a free one-day trip to the nation's capital still can do so. According to Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie (left), the applications for veterans to fill out and get a seat on a future flight to see th
During the business-from-the-audience portion of the Marshall City Council meeting on Monday night, a resident asked the council about what its plan is to use the money from a half-cent sales-tax increase that was approved by the voters last November.
At the most recent meeting of the Carrollton R-7 School Board, board members took another step toward renaming the high school football field after a longtime district coach, teacher, and mentor. Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger explains: Oetinger t
In addition to all of the other roadwork projects starting today by MoDOT crews, another project is set to start today in Cooper County that will shut down a roadway for roughly three-quarters of a month.
According to a release from the Cooper County Emergency Management Agency, Roberts Drive, between the Petite Saline Creek and Brumback Road, will be closed for approximately three weeks for culvert replacement.
The work will be done by the Cooper County Road and Bridge Department. It advises drivers to seek an alternate route while the work is being carried out.
One area resident suffered serious injuries while another was moderately injured when they were thrown off a motorcycle during a crash in Henry County on Sunday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound bike, driven by 54-year-old Kevin Jones, of Warrensburg, traveled off the roadway and overturned.
Jones suffered moderate injuries, while a passenger on the bike, 53-year-old Rebecca Aker, of Warrensburg, was seriously injured. Aker was flown from the scene by Air E.M.S. to a hospital in Kansas City, while Jones was transported by Pettis County E.M.S. to a hospital in Warrensburg for treatment.
The report says neither of the occupants was wearing a safety device.
The crash happened at 3 p.m. on Route Y, one-half mile south of Northeast 1100 Road.
In addition to work continuing on the bridges over the Lamine River on I-70, which has reduced traffic to one lane in each direction, several other roadwork projects are scheduled for Cooper County this week.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces grant awards totaling $338,490 to 156 rural fire departments in Missouri as part of the Department's annual Volunteer Fire Assistance Matching Grant Program.
In the aftermath of the July 7 shootings in Dallas that left several police officers dead, one area police department says they are seeing an outpouring of public support for local law enforcement.
Marshall Police Department Sergeant Roger Gibson says that when the news broke on Thursday night, he and his colleagues were shocked to hear about what happened to fellow law enforcement officials in Texas:
Gibson says that in the days since the attack, Marshall Police have seen an overwhelming show of support from the surrounding community:
Five officers were killed and another seven injured after the shooting during a protest march in Dallas. Flags have been ordered to half-staff across the nation until Tuesday evening to honor the fallen officers and their families.
An out-of-state truck driver received minor injuries early Monday morning when his semi ended up on its side on Interstate 70 in Saline County.
The Highway Patrol says 45-year-old John Walls, of Oak Harbor, Ohio, reportedly fell asleep at the wheel, causing his Freightliner tractor-trailer to run off the left side of the road, return to the road and run off the right side; it then hit a ditch and landed on its side.
Damage to the truck was listed as total.
Walls was taken from the scene to a Columbia hospital for the treatment of cuts and bruises. Reports say it happened at around 3:16 a.m. at the 80.6 mile marker of the interstate.
Starting Tuesday, July 12, traffic on Interstate 70 near Boonville will be reduced to one lane in each direction so the two bridges over the Lamine River can be repaired.
According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge closures are expected to cause significant travel delays, especially on peak travel days like Thursdays and Fridays. MoDOT officials are strongly encouraging I-70 motorists to use alternate east-west routes, such as U.S. Routes 50 and 36, while the project is in progress.
The eastbound bridge will be improved first and will take about 22 days. Work to switch traffic from the eastbound bridge to the westbound bridge will take place Sunday (July 10) and Monday (July 11) nights, with the full traffic switch occurring sometime during the day on Tuesday, July 12.
The westbound bridge will be repaired after the eastbound bridge is finished and that work will last about 23 days. Both bridges are scheduled to be completed by the end of August, at which time traffic flow will return to two lanes in each direction.
The message boards along I-70 will alert motorists to the bridge work. In addition, a Smart Work Zone system is in place to keep motorists informed and traffic moving. The system uses cameras and sensors to determine travel times through the project limits and provide real-time travel updates to motorists via message boards.
An area resident escaped serious injuries after a motorcycle accident in Howard County on Sunday.
Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say it happened when 71-year-old Thomas Malter, of Malta Bend, failed to negotiate a curve on Missouri 87; his bike then ran off the left side of the road and overturned.
Malter received minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a Columbia hospital for treatment.
The Patrol says the crash occurred around 2:38 p.m., just north of Route K.
A Concordia teen was transported for medical treatment Sunday after his car overturned along a Lafayette County roadway.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 17-year-old Austin Werths suffered serious injuries after his car exited the left side of the road, hit a ditch and flipped, ejecting the driver from inside. Werths reportedly landed on an embankment as the car landed on top of him.
He was taken from the scene by helicopter to St. Luke's Medical Center for treatment; troopers say he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident.
Reports state the crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. at Bertram Road and Minuteman Road.
A one-vehicle rollover crash on Sunday left an area man dead and an area woman hospitalized with serious injuries.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a westbound car driven by 20-year-old Alisha Weir, of Richmond, ran off the right side of the road and struck two trees. Patrol reports say 19-year-old passenger Luke Hubbard, of Richmond, was ejected from the vehicle.
Hubbard suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Reports state he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Weir was taken to a Liberty hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The accident happened around 7:10 p.m. on Highway MM near Terviz Road in Clay County.
An area woman was hospitalized after a two-vehicle collision on Saturday afternoon.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a southbound vehicle driven by 60-year Anita Harmon, of Sedalia, was attempting a left turn when it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by 23-year-old Haley Hunter, of Sweet Springs. Harmon's car overturned while Hunter's car ran off the left side of the road.
Harmon suffered serious injuries and was taken for treatment to a Columbia hospital for treatment. Reports say the crash occurred around 4:30 p.m. on US Highway 65 at Hughesville Road.
A Buchanan County man was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Saturday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound vehicle, driven by 60-year-old Larry Pierce, of St. Joseph, ran off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment, impacted a tree and rolled over onto its right side.
Pierce was pronounced dead at the scene by a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy at 8:04 a.m.
The crash happened at 7:20 a.m. at the 79.4 mile marker of I-70.
The Highway Patrol was assisted at the scene by members of the Saline County Sheriff's Department and Saline County Fire and E.M.S.
A plan to modernize the system of taking water meter readings in Concordia is moving along ahead of schedule.
At the most recent meeting of the Board of Aldermen, Concordia City Administrator Dale Klussman gave the board the latest on the project that would replace current meters with new meters linked to a database that takes monthly readings remotely:
Klussman says city officials are happy that the plan appears to be about a month ahead of schedule:
Concordia residents with questions about the project can contact City Hall at 660-463-2228.
Kansas City Power and Light is warning customers of a new scam in its service area.
Multiple reports of phone scams involving customers' utility bills and personal information are coming in to KCP&L. Most of those targeted are restaurants and small businesses, but all customers should be aware of this important notice, according to the utility company.
With the scam, customers are prompted by a recording to input their payment information. This phone number is not associated with KCP&L. There have also been reports of a live person posing as a KCP&L employee who notifies the customer of a past due bill and demands immediate payment to avoid service disconnection.
In some instances, the caller requests that the customer purchase a money gram to pay their bill. If the customer is unable to make an immediate payment or does not answer, the caller gives out a return phone number for customers to call back.
If customers have questions about the legitimacy of a bill, phone call or email regarding their utility bill, they should refrain from providing any personal or banking information, hang up and contact the KCP&L Customer Contact Center at (888) 471-5275 or (816) 471-5275.
Paying for work needed on a piece of equipment for an area city was considered by a board when it met earlier this week.
According to a city official, the Norborne Board of Aldermen gave approval to spend $1,200 to fix a Bobcat sweeper brush.
The board also gave the thumbs up to Mayor Roger Leabo's appointments of Chrissy Chaney and Wayne Cunningham to serve on the Park Board and approved the hiring of seasonal laborer for the city during the summer months.
A motion was made for the city to purchase a new laptop computer that will be compatible with the city's water billing software. Board members also gave that purchase the green light.
Other items involving the water and wastewater plants and water and sewer rates were tabled until more information can be gathered.
Aldermen also are waiting to hear from Carroll County Memorial Hospital to see if it is going to continue to lease a building from the city of Norborne. The building is next to Norborne City Hall on Second Street. The spokesperson said a five-year lease will be up at the end of this year.
At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell said registration to be able to vote in the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, August 2, ended at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6.
Russell said absentee voting is in full swing.
Russell also gave an update on a monthly report from Midwest Computech, which provides the county's IT services. She said all of the equipment is 100-percent operational.
In other news, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner commended the Road and Bridge crews for being out over the Independence Day Holiday weekend repairing some problems with roads. He said there were three road closures, but with the work of the crews, the roads are open again.
In addition to unveiling preliminary plans for renovating the Lyon Bowl at its meeting on Wednesday, July 6, Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield said the department got some good news about grant, worth nearly five figures.
Stubblefield said he has 12 six-foot and 12 eight-foot long park benches, as well as 18 three-foot long trail benches ordered. The park benches will be distributed throughout Indian Foothills and Henry Peyton Parks and the ball fields, with the trail benches to be used mainly on the disc golf course. The grant was for $9,600.
Stubblefield also said some property was stolen from a park facility the last weekend of June.
Aquatics and Programs Supervisor Lori Godsey reported about 13,000 patrons have utilized the Aquatic Center since it opened on Memorial Day weekend. She also reminded area residents about "A Day in the Park," which is coming up on Saturday, July 30. She said it will be a day chocked full of activities and is free and open to the public.
Authorities have released the identity of a body found at the Lake of the Ozarks earlier this week.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the body was discovered around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, near the 8-mile marker on the main channel. The deceased man has been positively identified as 19-year-old Alexander Keith, of Lake Ozark.
The Patrol says Keith was reported missing on July 1 after troopers began investigation into an unoccupied personal watercraft found idling near the 8.5 mile marker on June 30.
Authorities say the preliminary cause of death appears to be drowning; however, the circumstances surrounding the manner in which Keith entered the water are still under investigation.
An area railway owns land that has a spillway running to an area lake. That spillway has sprung a leak, which has caused the level of the lake to reach dangerously low levels and created numerous problems for an area city.
According to Blackburn Mayor Karlin Breshears, Kansas City Southern Railway Company has not done its part in keeping the spillway in good shape, thus it has caused water from the Blackburn Lake to seep out, creating many problems for the city.
It has been estimated the cost to the railroad would be between $25,000 to $30,000 to fix the problem, but it would be much more--as much as 10 times more-- if the city of Blackburn takes on the project due to permits that would be needed to do the work, which Breshears says the small city of 249 residents, according to Wikipedia, cannot afford.
According to a release from C. Doniele Carlson, representing the railroad, KCS does not agree the cost would be between $25,000 to $30,000.
Breshears says the city has forked over some dollars just to help keep the property looking nice and to comply with a city rule.
The release says KCS representatives are willing to talk to Blackburn city officials to find alternative solutions to the concerns.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday morning, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. said Saline County E.M.A. Director Emmitt Williams was to meet with MoDOT representatives to look at the lake and the problems at 9 a.m today. No update on that meeting is available at this time.
Mark Thompson (left), representing Wood & Huston Bank, presents Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day with a $5,000 donation check to help poay for a multi-functional siren in the top of the Saline County Courthouse. (Photo by Robert King)
Two donation checks were presented totaling nearly $7,000 and will help purchase a multi-functional siren that should be in place in Marshall within the next few weeks.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day first received a $5,000 check from Mark Thompson, representing Wood and Huston Bank.
Then Day received a $1,900 check from Tom Jones (lower left), representing Fitzgibbon Hospital.
Day said he still has a couple of checks to collect, but the siren should be purchased within the next two weeks. He said the siren will allow him to announce messages from anywhere within a five-mile radius, as well as serve as an warning siren. The process of placing it in the top of the courthouse should not take longer than a day.
The total cost of the siren is approximatley $22,000.
Heavy storms passed through most of the KMMO listening area this morning.
We have had a report of power lines being down on Route H (Boat Road) south of Marshall and power outages in the city of Marshall, according to a report from the Marshall Fire Department.
According to a spokesperson at Marshall Municipal Utilities, the power outage is in the area of Southeast Elementary School or closer to old Fitzgibbon Hospital and is affecting residents on East Summit and East Mitchell Streets and South Brunswick Avenue. MMU spokesperson Ken Gieringer says that is the only area he is aware of at this time. He says, if you are without power in Marshall, to call MMU and let them know. The phone number is 886-6966.
There also has been a report from a listener that a power pole near the Rock Quarry at Route UU just off of Southbound U.S. 65 that has been blown to a leaning position. Reportedly, the top part of the pole is dangling but the wires still are attached to the pole, with the pole hanging over the right lane. At last report, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers are on the scene directing traffic.
KMMO also have received a call from the Marshall Police Department that the phone lines have been knocked out by a lightning strike early this morning. As of 9:40 a.m., the phone lines were reported as back up by a Police Department spokesperson.
In Cooper County, there also is a report from a listener that there is a tree down, blocking Route Z near the Heaths Creek Bridge.
Also, according to an operator at Howard County Dispatch, numerous trees are down and some are blocking roadways. One specific report KMMO has received was from a listener, that a tree is down, blocking southbound Highway 87 between Glasgow and Boonville. Emergency were on the scene at about 7:30, trying to remove the tree. You are asked to use an alternate route, if possible.
At this time, those are the only reports of damages in the area we have received. KMMO NEWS will update this story as more information becomes available.
Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield (left) points out details of a prospective Lyon Bowl renovation project during Wednesday night's meeting of the Park Board. Also pictured are board mamber Ronnie Hill (middle) and Board President Mike Lamberson. (Picture by Robert King)
It's still in the preliminary planning stages, but if all goes well, especially if there are enough funds to pay for the work, an area three-field ball complex will be getting more than just a facelift.
Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield unveiled the raw plans for the renovation project for the Lyon Bowl during Wednesday night's Park Board Meeting.
Stubblefield hopes the renovations, which also will include an Americans' With Disabilities Act compliant sidewalk with handrails and proper drainage, will begin soon.
But whether or not the changes can be made will depend on the bids that are received. All of the work cannot be done at once because, as Stubblefield put it "these are the only fields we have."
Officials in Concordia have hopes that work on the Concordia Entrance Project will be getting underway soon.
At Tuesday's meeting of the Board of Aldermen, City Administrator Dale Klussman says the board heard from an engineering representative about where the project is at right now and how federal funding is being secured:
Klussman says the on-the-ground work on the project should be starting within the next 6-8 weeks:
He says all total, the project to make improvements under the Interstate 70 overpass in Concordia should cost about $275,000. Once begun, the project has a window of 160 days for completion.
Due to inclement weather, siren tests have been postponed in the area today.
According to a spokesperson with the Marshall Fire Department, the tests of the Early-Warning Sirens that were scheduled in Saline County for Sweet Springs at noon and for Marshall, Arrow Rock and Slater at 1 p.m. are going to be pushed back at least until next Wednesday.
A Higginsville residence was de-annexed from the city.
According to a spokesperson for the city, the request was made by the owners of the property--Anson and Melissa Sutherland-- at 309 East 9th Street. The request was approved by the Board of Aldermen at its meeting on Tuesday, July 5.
Another item of note from the meeting, it also was reported the Higginsville City Lake is 16 inches over its normal level, which is a good thing. She said that means water supply will be in good shape for a while, otherwise, the city would have to get its water supply from the river.
State Treasurer Clint Zweifel announced that his Unclaimed Property team has set a new record for dollars returned this fiscal year, marking the seventh straight year of setting records during his two terms in office.
According to a news release, more than $42 million of Unclaimed Property was returned by the team in Fiscal Year 2016, which ended June 30. The Treasurer has now returned more than $280 million to Missourians in nearly one million accounts since he took office in 2009, more than all other State Treasurers combined.
Unclaimed Property can belong to individuals, businesses, nonprofits or any entity that conducts financial transactions. It can come from abandoned bank accounts, uncollected insurance policies, uncashed checks and more. All Unclaimed Property is always returned free of charge.
Anyone can search for their property 24/7/365, completely free of charge, at www.ShowMeMoney.com.
The Carrollton Town Council voted to use some money received from the estate from an area resident who passed away to good use at a city gathering place that hosts many functions and meetings.
According to a city spokesperson, interest from a C.D. (Certificate of Deposit) will be used to repair the Rupe Center parking lot. The spokesperson said the city uses the money that accrues periodically for improvements in the city.
Another action taken by the council involved amending an ordinance to allow the city to purchase bigger items, such as vehicles, from the Missouri Agency for Surplus Property without putting it out for bid. She said the council approved raising the purchase level from $2,000 to $20,000.
After deciding to sell a decommissioned fire engine to the City of Sweet Springs and approving the annual Conflict-of-Interest Ordinance and an Ordinance for appropriations to pay the city's bills, a couple of other issues came up during the meeting of the Marshall City Council at its meeting on Tuesday, July 5.
Ward 1 Councilman Ron Ott explained the committee that was formed to find next City Administrator to replace Connie Latimer has put together of comprehensive list of requirements for applicants to have to be considered for the position. The council was to vote on the range of pay during closed session. He said if the requirements suggested and salary range were approved, then they can move forward.
Ott noted all of the information will be posted on the city's website in the next couple of days.
Ward 2 Councilman Kirk Arends has volunteered to rework the city's website, but he wants to postpone the work until the city gets a new City Administrator.
Arends request to delay a bit was given the OK by the council.
Also of note from the meeting, Mayor Mark Gooden said the public is invited to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly-renovated terminal building at the Marshall Memorial Municipal Airport at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 22.
With four counties-- Johnson, Pettis, Lafayette and Henry-- in the KMMO listening area under a Heat Advisory again from noon to 8 p.m. today, there are a number of precautions area residents can take to help them keep from getting overheated.
Elizabeth Frerking, a Registered Nurse at the Saline County Health Department, said the best way to combat the heat is to stay inside in the air conditioning. But if you must be out working in the hottest part of the day, remember to, first of all, push fluids.
Frerking recommends the drinks be nonalcoholic and to not have a lot of sugar in them.
Frerking says anybody is subject to be stricken with a heat-related illness. But the most susceptible are infants and young children, people over the age of 65, people who have mental illness and persons who already are physically ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure.
Three people were hurt recently while performing work on a lake in Howard County, according to Sheriff Mike Neal.
A release from Neal's office states that on Friday, June 30, four men were working to clean out a clogged 18-inch drainage tube on a small private lake located off 220th Road in the rural Glasgow area. At some point, according to Neal, three of the men were pulled into the tube and passed completely through it.
Sheriff Neal says one man was taken by ambulance-- the other two by helicopter-- to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The identities of the men and their current medical conditions have not been made available by authorities.
Over the holiday weekend, four people in Missouri were hit and killed on train tracks. The Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri Operation Lifesaver remind pedestrians about the dangers of disregarding railroad crossing laws and trespassing on railroad property.
In 2015, there were 25 trespass incidents resulting in 15 fatalities and seven serious injuries in the state of Missouri. To date in 2016, there have been 12 trespass incidents resulting in six fatalities and four serious injuries. Officials say a person or vehicle is hit by a train approximately every three hours across the United States.
Pedestrians are reminded if they "See Tracks? Think Train". Here are a few safety tips:
* Don't walk on or over railroad property - this is trespassing.
* Cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings.
* Don't cross tracks immediately after a train passes. A second train may be blocked by the first.
* Never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing.
* Stay alert around trains. No texting, earbuds or other distractions.
* Never mix rails and recreation. Do not hunt, fish or jump from railroad bridges or trestles.
* Do not attempt to hop aboard railroad equipment at any time.
* Do not take selfies or posed photography on or near tracks or railroad bridges.
* Be aware trains do not follow set schedules.
While working the scene of a fire, Authorities in an area county had to reduce traffic to one lane on a state highway today.
According to a spokesperson with the Johnson County Fire Protection District, the blaze was contained to a vacant house located on southbound Missouri Highway 13 at the intersection of 600 Road and Route PP.
The structure fire involved a vacant house, and there were no injuries. Firefighters, who were toned out at approximately 6 a.m., cleared the area about 10 a.m., and at that time reopened the roadway to traffic in both directions.
Neither the suspected cause nor damage estimate is available at this time.
A woman was found deceased in an area county on Sunday, July 3, and it was believed to be a missing Cooper County woman.
An autopsy on the body performed on Monday, July 4, confirmed it was that of 77-year-old Laverla Kistler (right), who had been reported missing in the middle of June, last seen in the city of California, Mo.
The van Kistler reportedly had been driving was located in a remote area of Benton County around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday. Also found near the area was a dog matching the description of one missing with Kistler. The canine was found alive.
Preliminary information from the autopsy appears to indicate there was no foul play.
More information will be passed along as it becomes available.
An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled this week in Howard County.
The Red Cross says the drive will take place on Thursday, July 7, at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 701 First Street in Glasgow. The drive runs from 2-6 p.m.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients now and throughout the summer.
Blood donations often decline in the summer months, especially around summer holidays when donors are less available to give. Officials say the need for blood doesn't decrease; every two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood or platelets.
Authorities have released new information in the ongoing search for a missing Cooper County woman.
Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe issued this statement on Sunday, July 3:
"At approximately 5:45 this evening investigators with the Cooper County Sheriff's Office were contacted by authorities from the Benton County Sheriff's Office In regard to the Silver Advisory issued on missing 77-year-old Cooper County resident Laverla Kistler. Benton County authorities have advised that a silver 2004 Kia Sedona van has been located in a remote area of Benton County.
At this time information provided to the Cooper County Sheriff's Office confirms that identifying information on this van matches the van Mrs. Kistler is believed to have been in. Benton County authorities have also confirmed that the body of a female has been found in proximity to the van. A dog matching the description of Mrs. Kistler's dog was also located in the same area.
An autopsy will be scheduled for early this week. The identification on the deceased will not be confirmed until after the autopsy. Further information will be released as it becomes available."
A Warrensburg man was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Friday.
A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol states the crash occurred as a northbound Toyota, driven by 89-year-old Harold McDermed, of Warrensburg, was slowing to make a left turn and was struck in the rear by an eastbound Freightliner, driven by 54-year-old Judith Auman, of Grain Valley. The Freightliner then skidded into the path of a southbound Ford, driven by 50-year-old John Kuczko, of Fordland, and was subsequently struck by the Ford.
McDermed was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner C. L. Holdren about 50 minutes after the crash. Auman and Kuczko each suffered minor injuries. They were transported to area hospitals for treatment.
The crash occurred at 2:40 p.m. on Missouri 13, one-tenth of a mile north of County Road Northeast 950.
Earlier this week, the Marshall School District announced it has been named as the recipient of a federal grant designed to assist students who are classifed as homeless.
Marshall Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher says many students and adults in the area may not fit the textbook definition of "homeless", but may still need help all the same:
She adds that many Marshall residents may not realize the extent of the city's homeless student population:
The district learned this week it will receive $141,000 in the form of a Homeless Children and Youth grant; the funds will assist the district in hiring a full-time social worker, a part-time case manager, a full-time transitional housing case manager (in partnership with youth services provider Great Circle), and a part-time transportation worker, along with providing additional afterschool tutoring services.
During a portion of the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works meeting on Thursday, June 30, three members of the board of the Saline County Fair were on hand asking the board to see if it could get some breaks with the demand charge on electricity at the Saline County Fairgrounds.
Fair Board President Sam Igo ran down a number of organizations which utilize the facilities, making it an advantageous location for events held by many different entities.
Igo added, many of the activities do not generate any revenue.
Secretary of the board, Shelly Arth said improvements have been made to try to draw people to Marshall, which could be a win-win for everybody.
After mulling over the request and talking about how demand charges are set and affect several other businesses, organizations and residents, MMU board member Steven Mills said the board would look into how other cities in the area help out the county fairs and make a decision at a future meeting.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is asking for input on a Henry County Conservation Area by July 31. (Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation)
A Missouri Agency is seeking input from residents about an area conservation area throughout this month.
According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) wants to know what Missourians think about its nearly 1,000 conservation areas around the state, including the multi-year process of updating management plans for the Montrose Conservation Area in Henry County.
Montrose Conservation Area is north of Montrose and southwest of Clinton. The 1,600-acre Montrose Lake is the centerpiece of the 2,750-acre area and offers fishing opportunities. But the area also has forest, wetland, fields and grasslands. Waterfowl hunting and birding are popular at the area.
MDC leases the area from the Kansas City Power & Light Co. in an outdoor recreation partnership dating back to 1957.
The main business of the Saline County Health Department Board of Trustees when it met on Tuesday, June 28, was to listen to and consider updates to the Emergency Operation Manual.
Emergency Preparedness Planner Russ Donnell said at least annually and whenever necessary, he updates the Emergency Operation Plan. This year, most of the updates involved personnel changes for the Continuity of Operation Plan.
The new administrator is Tara Brewer.
Donnell said it also was important that a policy be put in writing so that volunteers who respond to emergencies will be helped out and participate in duscussions afterward.
Donnell said updates also had to be made to forms involving surveillance.
All of the recommendations were given the green light by the board.
Fire crews in Carrollton responded Thursday to a report of fire at a business on the Carrollton Square.
Carrollton Fire Department Engineer Brandon Blount told KMMO News crews toned out just after 12:30 p.m. to a report of smoke filling the building at Bank 21, located at 1 West Washington Avenue. When trucks arrived on scene, no smoke was visible from the outside of the building; crews then ran a line inside down to the basement which was reportedly blacked out by smoke.
Crews then used a thermal imaging camera to locate hot spots in the basement; firefighters located a dehumidifier that had caught fire, possibly due to an electrical short. The building was ventilated as crews quickly used water lines to extinguish the blaze.
Blount says firefighters were on the scene for about an hour and that no injuries were reported to crews or to bank employees.
He estimated damages to the structure and contents at around $10,000.
One person is in custody and two are in the hospital following an alleged shooting incident early Thursday morning in Sedalia.
Sedalia Police say officers responded to the 1800 block of South Sneed Avenue around 4:50 a.m. in reference to a possible shooting; once on the scene, they located a male and female victim who were first taken to Bothwell Hospital before being transferred to another facility.
The two victims are identified as 30-year-old Elisha Marie Curry and 27-year-old Terez Dominique Lewis, both of Sedalia. Police say both are expected to recover from their injuries.
Initial investigation led police to the identification of a possible suspect, who was later located at a Columbia residence with the assistance of the Columbia Police Department. The suspect was arrested and is currently in custody at the Pettis County Jail awaiting the filing of formal charges by the Prosecuting Attorney's office.
Police say they are seeking charges of burglary, assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.
No other information in the case has been made available at this time.
Two men are in custody and facing felony arson charges for their alleged connection to a residential fire that claimed the life of a Sedalia man last week.
According to the Sedalia Police Department, officers on Wednesday arrested 21-year-old Aran Cantrell and 23-year-old Cody Harvey, both of Sedalia, following investigation into a fire in the 1900 block of South Grand Avenue on Thursday, June 23.
Court records show both are charged in Circuit Court with a Class A felony count of Accessory to First Degree Arson Resulting in Injury or Death.
Bond for each has been set at $250,000, cash only. Cantrell and Harvey remain in custody at the Pettis County Jail.
Last Thursday, police and fire crews responded to the scene just after 11 a.m.; once inside, they located 30-year-old Matthew Eldenburg. the victim was transported to Bothwell Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.
A future court date in Pettis County Circuit Court for both suspects has not yet been established.
At Thursday's meeting of the Saline County Commission, commissioners approved a budget move concerning storm damages at a county agency earlier this spring.
Commissioners granted approval to a budget amendment of $30,460.49 for hail damages to vehicles at the Saline County Justice Facility. The damages were incurred during a storm on Wednesday, May 25.
In other business, the members of the commission announced that the county's Board of Equalization will be available to discuss any issues taxpayers have with their assessments during the week of July 18.
Also, commissioners appointed Connie Latimer to the Missouri Rural Services Worker's Compensation Insurance Trust Fund for Saline County. The appointment is for a voluntary position effective June 30.
At its meeting this morning, the Marshall Municipal Utilities Board of Public Works did its part to try to help attract a grocery store to the city.
At the previous board meeting, three Marshall City Councilmen-- Ron Ott, Kirk Arends and Charlie Guthrey-- were present and asked the board to put together an incentive package that would be attractive enough for a grocer to set up shop in Marshall.
The 36-month incentive package approved unanimously by the board includes credits in the amount of 20 percent reduction in energy costs until the business is open; a 15-percent reduction during the first 12 consecutive months of business; a 10-percent reduction during the second 12 months; and a five-percent reduction during the third 12-month period.
Ott said the city has been working with a particular grocer for a little while in hopes that something like this could be attractive enough.
Ott cautioned that it's not going to be an overnight process. It will take some time.
According to information in the package, to qualify for the reductions, the business must have estimated summer monthly demand of at least 100 kilowatts; must maintain an annual load factor of 40 percent or greater once it is open for business; if not, the credits will be retroactively adjusted, based on the actual percentage of the 40 percent that was incurred; and the business will need to be located in a building that has been vacant for at least one year.
One of the largest clean-energy projects under development in the United States has gained support of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The project reportedly will invest $500 million in Missouri and support 1,500 jobs.
According to a news release, at Gov. Nixon's request, Clean Line Energy has committed to a new set of industry-leading landowner protections that would be the first of its kind for a Missouri infrastructure project where the company estimates it will pay more than $32 million to landowners who host the transmission line on their property.
The Grain Belt Express is an overhead power line that will deliver enough low-cost energy to Missouri to power 200,000 homes annually. The agreement is expected to save municipal customers at least $10 million annually. It will produce an estimated $7 million in property tax revenue starting in year one, which will benefit schools, ambulance and fire districts and others located near the route in northeast Missouri.
The Grain Belt Express will utilize Missouri-based labor and manufacturing, including General Cable in Sedalia.
Missouri is the last of four states where approval is needed for the Grain Belt Express; regulatory commissions in Kansas, Illinois and Indiana have approved the project.
A mid-Missouri man is in custody and facing murder charges in Henry County.
Court documents state 44-year-old Jeffrey Dean Watring, of Windsor, was charged Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court with a Class A felony count of Second-Degree Murder and an Unclassified felony count of Armed Criminal Action. Bond has been set at $100,000, cash or surety.
According to a probable cause statement from the office of Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields, Watring is alleged to have shot and killed 45-year-old Terry Lynn Maples in the 300 block of Winchell Street in Windsor on Tuesday, June 28.
When deputies arrived on the scene just before 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Maples was found on the front porch of the home with a gunshot wound to the chest; he was reportedly not breathing but was found to have a slight pulse. The man was later pronounced dead at the scene after the arrival of emergency medical personnel.
The probable cause statement indicates the shooting may have been the result of a dispute between the two men in which alcohol may have been involved.
A future court date in the matter has not yet been established.
After opening and then rejecting a few bids last week, the Saline County Commission has reportedly decided upon a winning bidder to provide food services at the Saline County Justice Facility.
In a special session meeting on Wednesday, June 29, commissioners awarded the food service bid to Graves Menu Maker Foods, of Jefferson City, at a bid cost of $1.75 per meal, according to Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell.
Proposals from two bidders were roundly rejected by the County Commission last week when it was deemed that neither had included a dollar figure for the price per meal, which had been previously indicated as a necessary item in the bid specifications.
The Marshall School District announced on Wednesday that the district has been named the recipient of a federal grant to help provide services and resources to students whose day-to-day living situation may be less than ideal.
Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher gives the details:
Maher says the grant monies will also enable the district to hire the necessary staff members to help administer social work, tutoring, transitional housing, and other services:
Maher says the district's grant application, authored by Special Services Director Terri Porter and District Social Worker Lindsey Parton, was the highest-scoring of all those submitted in the state.
She adds that the district will move quickly to hire the needed employees in order to begin implementing service for homeless students by next school year.
In addition to approving two requests made by Saline County Collector Cindi Sims that would allow her to collect taxes for the different cities in the county and appointing Anne Moody Johnson as trustee, Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell updated Commissioners on some checks the county has received.
Russell said there was another check the county received for dotting the I's and crossing the T's.
The commissioners also approved a bid from an independent contractor to remove snow and ice at the Saline County Justice Facility during the winter months.
Warrensburg Republican State Representative Denny Hoskins (middle in tie) receives the County Advocate Award on Monday. (Photo Courtesy Hoskins' Office)
An area state representative has received an award from a statewide organization.
According to a news release, the County Commissioners Association of Missouri recently announced that six state legislators would be honored by the association for their commitment to improving county government operations.
State Rep. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, is among those six legislators, and received his County Advocate Award at a reception hosted by the Johnson and Pettis County Commissions on Monday, June 27, in the commission room at the Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg.
HB 2140, sponsored by Hoskins this year, was a main factor in his nomination for the award. The bill extends the deadline for counties to place the motor vehicle/marine sales tax titling "fix" to the November 2018 general election.
Hoskins represents District 54 residents in Johnson and Pettis Counties.
If you are hitting the road this summer with family in tow, you are being urged to take a few minutes to check your car seat.
According to a news release, the Missouri Department of Transportation and Kansas City Scout Emergency Response Operators offer a free service to install or check your child safety seats.
According to the National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration, every 33 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash. Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts. Car seats reduce the risk of death in car crashes by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers ages 1 to 4. Booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children ages 4 to 8 years.
Most installations take about an hour and include instruction, then hands-on experience so parents will know how to install on their own in the future.
To schedule an appointment for your seat check, call (888)-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636).
Several members of an alleged Sedalia street gang have been sentenced to federal prison.
According to the office of the US Western District Attorney, five men from Sedalia received sentencing Monday, June 27, in Western District Court for their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that reportedly distributed at least five kilograms of cocaine and crack cocaine in the Sedalia area.
The D.A.'s office says 43-year-old Kenneth Kendrick has been sentenced to ten years in federal prison; 35-year-old Eric Hawkins to eight years; 53-year-old George Buckner and 49-year-old Ronald Boggs both to seven years; and 37-year-old Kardell Sims to four years and nine months. All five men have been sentenced without the possibility of parole.
In addition, the five are jointly liable for a money judgment of $500,000, representing their drug-trafficking profits at what the D.A.'s office says is a conservative estimate of about $100 per gram of cocaine and crack.
The men were reportedly members of a Sedalia street gang known as "5 Block", a gang that authorities say is believed to have been involved in numerous incidents involving firearms, shootings and murder.
Investigation into the gang's activity began in April of 2010 and resulted in six separate but related federal indictments for over a million dollars in drug trafficking.
Representatives from a Lafayette County office have begun traveling the county to assess various pieces of property.
Lafayette County Assessor Chip Langman announced Monday that staff from his office have begun site visits to properties throughout the county. Improvements such as a new garage, home addition or deck can cause a property's assessed value to increase, while at the same time, removal of a structure can oftentimes lower the assessed value.
The Assessor's office is not always informed when a new structure or improvement is built or an old one is taken down, therefore, staff compares aerial photography and does in-person site visits to look for alterations, additions or tear downs.
Langman says field staff from the Lafayette County Assessor's Office travel in white county vehicles that are clearly identified, and are outfitted with dark blue polo shirts, bright safety green ball caps and carry county issued ID badges.
Residents who would like to verify if Assessor staff are reviewing property in your neighborhoods, please feel free to call the Lafayette County Assessor's office at 660-259-6158 or you can also follow the Assessor's Facebook page.
UPDATE (6/27/16 at 4:20 p.m.) Chief Gehm says crews cleared the scene by around 2:30 p.m. The building was reportedly saved while several smoldering hay bales were left to burn out, clear of the building. Gehm says about 40,000 gallons of water were trucked in battle the blaze.
Firefighters and tankers from three departments are on the scene of a barn fire and continue to put out large bales of hay that have caught fire in Cooper County.
According to Cooper County Fire Protection District Chief David Gehm, three tankers and two engines from his department, two tankers from Pilot Grove and one tanker from the Prairie Home Fire Departments are on hand putting out bales as they are pulled out of the metal structure that caught fire between 7 and 7:30 this morning.
Gehm, who said he thinks the fire was ignited by lightning, said the barn is located off of Joe Town Road between Highway 5 and Route B, approximately five miles south of Boonville. He said it is approximately 11 miles to one water hookup location at the intersection of I-70 and Highway 5 and 15 to 18 miles to another at I-70 and Route B. As of just before 11 a.m., Gehm said trucks have shuttled about 20,000 gallons of water to the scene so far.
Ghem said it's an arduous task of dragging out the bales of hay into a field and dousing them with water. He estimated firefighters would be at the site for most of the day.
The firefighters want to make sure all of the fire is out and want to try to save the barn. Ghem said the paint is burnt off part of the structure, but it could be saved.
Marshall Firefighters responded to the site of a fire on the grounds of the Marshall Habilitation Center on Saturday, June 25.
According to a report from the department, firemen were toned out at 5:51 p.m. due to a fire alarm being pulled and arrived on the scene at 5:57 p.m.
Upon arrival at the Crisis Unit, firemen found light smoke and the sprinkler system activated.
Firemen started ventilation and shutting down the sprinkler system. They removed burnt clothing and furniture from the building. Maintenance personnel from MHC arrived and ventilation of adjoining buildings was carried out. Then the fire scene was turned over to MHC personnel. The last Marshall Fire Department unit left the scene at 7:15 p.m.
The report states, upon further investigation, one of the consumers who lives in the home admitted to setting her clothes on fire in the armoire and flushing the lighter down the toilet.
The estimated damage was listed at $10,000 to the property and $3,000 to its contents.
A Carroll County woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ralls County on Friday.
According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound van, driven by 32-year-old Tanya Woody, of Hale, struck the rear of a westbound Freightliner, driven by 49-year-old Juan Chavez, of Racine, Wisc. Woody's vehicle caught fire on impact and became engulfed in flames.
Woody was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ralls County Coroner at 3:20 p.m. Chavez was not injured.
The crash happened just after 2 p.m. on U.S. Highway 36, three miles east of Monroe City.
At a special ceremony held Friday afternoon on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Governor Jay Nixon signed three bills into law that will benefit agriculture.
Nixon first talked about Senate Bill 657.
Also included, Nixon signed Senate Bill 665, what he termed the "Senate Agriculture Omnibus Bill." He said the comprehensive legislation is, in part, a result of the beef initiative that was launched two years ago.
The Governor also signed Senate Bill 664, which cuts red tape for farmers registering with the Missouri Secretary of State.
In addition to the signing of the three agriculture-related bills, Nixon also signed Senate Bill 655, which makes revisions related to the administration of Missouri's Fertilizer Laws.
Two area residents have joined the ranks of the Missouri State Highway Patrol following the graduation of the 102nd Recruit Class on Friday, June 24.
The Highway Patrol says Brandon Katzing, of Sedalia, and Aaron Ferguson, of Warrensburg, recently completed 25 weeks of academic, physical fitness, firearms, and other training to become state troopers. Katzing has been assigned to Troop A in Benton County while Ferguson joins Troop A in Carroll and Ray counties.
Katzing, Ferguson, and the other 24 graduating troopers began training in January and will officially report for duty on July 11th.
The graduation ceremony, held in the Academy gymnasium in Jefferson City, featured remarks from Governor Jay Nixon, Public Safety Director Lane Roberts, and Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Bret Johnson.
The Honorable Mary Rhodes Russell, of the Missouri Supreme Court, administered the oath of office to the 26 new troopers.
Governor Jay Nixon appeared in Sedalia on Friday, June 24, to sign several pieces of agricultural legislation.
According to Nixon's office, the Governor joined Missouri Agriculture Director Richard Fordyce at the Missouri State Fairgrounds to sign three measures that will strengthen the state's beef cattle industry, promote the use of fuels from the farm and cut red tape for farmers.
Senate Bill 665 re-authorizes the existing Qualified Beef Tax Credit until 2021, creates the Meat Processing Facility Investment Tax Credit , and also rebrands the Farm-to-School Program as the Farm-to-Table Program.
Senate Bill 657 will promote the installation of blended fuel pumps at more gas stations throughout the state, while Senate Bill 664 cuts red tape for farmers registering with the Missouri Secretary of State.
In addition to the three agriculture-related bills the Governor signed at the Fairgrounds, he also signed Senate Bill 655 which makes revisions relating to the administration of Missouri's fertilizer laws.
We'll have more on this story, including comments from Governor Nixon and Ag Director Fordyce, in upcoming newscasts and upcoming KMMO Ag Reports.
These destructive feral hogs pollute a pristine spring in Ozark County. (Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation)
Hunting a pesky wild boar will be prohibited on Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) lands, effective later this year.
According to a release from the (MDC), at its meeting on June 24, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved changes to the Wildlife Code of Missouri that would prohibit the hunting of feral hogs on conservation areas and other lands owned, leased, or managed by the MDC.
The effective date of the regulation change will be September 30. Potential penalties for illegal hog hunting could include fines and the loss of hunting privileges.
The new regulation prohibiting hog hunting on MDC areas does not apply to private property.
The MDC discourages feral hog hunting in Missouri. Instead of hunting hogs to help reduce their numbers, the MDC encourages hunters and others to report feral-hog sightings to their local conservation agents or MDC offices. Staff can then confirm local numbers and locations, and determine how best to capture and eliminate the entire group of feral hogs.
With the weather being conducive to construction lately, a bridge in Carroll County currently is being put in place.
According to Carroll County Presiding Commissioner Nelson Heil, Brookfield Box & Bridge LLC's bid was accepted and crews are in the process of replacing the bridge south and east of Tina, in Van Horn Township. Heil said B.R.O. Bridge No. 70 is on County Road 170. The bridge was removed in mid-May, and the crews have 120 calendar days to complete the project.
Heil said when the bridge is finished, it will be able to accommodate the traffic flow with no weight limit.
Heil said another project is in the works. He said Gene Haile Excavating, of California, Mo., won the bid. They held a preconstruction conference to go over plans for the bridge, also a B.R.O. project in Ridge Township, north and west of Bosworth. It, too, has a timeline of 120 calendar days, after the bridge is removed, or December 15, whichever comes first as a completion date.
B.R.O. bridges are 80-percent funded by money from MoDOT. The county has to supply with 20 percent of the cost.
On Wednesday, June 22, an area fire department's personnel were called out to a blaze in an outbuilding on a farm.
According to a release from the Marshall Fire Department, firefighters were toned out at just after 9 p.m. and arrived on the scene in the 19200 block of Mallard Trail near Napton 17 minutes later. Once there, firefighters noted a barn was fully engulfed in flames.
The barn was located on a secluded area of the farm and only was accessible by foot. Three firefighters walked to the barn and noted the fire had consumed most of the building. Firefighters left the scene at 9:44, turning the scene over to a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy on scene.
There were no injuries reported, and damage was estimated at $20,000 to the structure and $20,000 to its contents.
Saline County cities have been paid some money due them from a tax received by the county.
At the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday, Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey Jr. talked about money that has been distributed.
C.A.R.T. is the County Aid Road Trust Tax.
Later in the morning, the commission went back in session and decided to reject all bids for the providing of food services for the Saline County Justice Facility. The four agencies who submitted bids will need to resubmit them by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 27. The commissioners will open the bids during their open-session meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28.
One person is dead after fire ripped through a Sedalia residence on Thursday.
According to the Sedalia Fire Department, crews responded early in the afternoon to a report of fire at single-story home in the 1900 block of South Grand Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home with heavy fire showing from the street side of the residence.
Once inside, crews report finding a white male subject who was quickly removed from the home; fire and ambulance personnel outside began to administer treatment to the man, who was later pronounced dead after being transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.
According to a spokesman for the fire department this morning, the Sedalia Police Department has identified the victim as 30-year-old Matthew Eldenburg, of Sedalia.
Fire teams reportedly battled intense heat and flames in the home; no crew members were reported injured in the blaze.
The spokesman said the cause of the fire still is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
Prior to moving into closed, executive session at a special meeting on Wednesday, June 22, the Marshall City Council approved bumps in salaries for some city employees.
According to Mayor Mark Gooden, the council approved raises for Municipal Services employees to the tune of $1 per hour for Grade 5 employees; a half-dollar per hour for Grade 6 employees; and 25 cents an hour for Grades 7 and 8 employees.
In the closed-session meeting, the council formed a four-person committee to seek the next City Administrator to replace Connie Latimer, who was let go during an executive-session meeting on Monday, June 20. Gooden said the committee will consist of himself, Ward 1 Councilman Ron Ott, Ward 2 Councilman Kirk Arends and Ward 3 Councilman Charlie Guthrey. At this time, Gooden said the committee is putting together a list of requirements it needs the candidate to have in order to be considered for the position. In addition to advertising for the position, the committee also will seek the help of agencies who specialize in providing good candidates for positions such as City Administrators.
Latimer served as City Administrator for six years. Prior to that she served as Mayor for seven years and council member for seven years.
Due to Independence Day falling on Monday, July 4, the next regular-session meeting of the council has been bumped back a day to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.
One person is dead after fire ripped through a Sedalia residence on Thursday.
According to the Sedalia Fire Department, crews responded early in the afternoon to a report of fire at single-story home in the 1900 block of South Grand Avenue. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home with heavy fire showing from the street side of the residence.
Once inside, crews report finding a white male subject who was quickly removed from the home; fire and ambulance personnel outside began to administer treatment to the man, who was later pronounced dead after being transported to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia. The identity of the man is being withheld pending notification of family.
Fire teams reportedly battled intense heat and flames in the home; no crew members were reported injured in the blaze.
Investigation into the fire is being handled by the Sedalia Fire Department, Sedalia Police Department detectives and the Missouri State Fire Marshal's office.
Authorities say more information will be released as it becomes available.
Marshall police are currently investigating an alleged incident of a male subject impersonating a police officer.
Police say a call came in around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, from a man stating his wife had been pulled over by a black car with no markings but with lights on the dash which were activated to initiate the stop. The woman stated once she was pulled over, she was approached by a white male subject in a black button-down shirt and khaki pants; the man reportedly did not introduce himself, didn't state what he agency he worked for, and provided no identification.
The man told the woman she needed to have two license plates on her vehicle, despite the fact she was test driving it and had the dealer tag properly displayed.
No other information on the male subject has been made available; investigation into the matter continues.
The Marshall Police Department has also offered some tips on what to do if you're not sure you're being pulled over by a legitimate officer, deputy, or trooper.
Police say you should first slow down to indicate you are not trying to flee, in case it is an actual officer. Signal your intent to pull over, but only in a well-lit, public place, whenever possible.
You can also pull over immediately, keeping your doors locked and roll down the window only far enough to pass your driver's license and other information through.
Police say you should get a good a look at the individual, be sure to note if they are in uniform, and ask for their credentials if they are not presented or displayed. If the person refuses to show their badge or only flashes it briefly, keep the doors locked and the windows rolled mostly up.
If you're still unsure, police say you should request another officer be called to the scene; also, if the person becomes threatening or behaving in a nonprofessional manner, state that you do not feel comfortable in the situation and request that they follow you to the nearest police station.
You can also dial 911 and tell the dispatcher you believe you being pulled over by someone you suspect may not be a real law enforcement official.
For questions or more information, contact the Marshall Police Department at 660-886-7411.
Officials with Marshall Municipal Utilities are reminding the public that hot weather means a spike in electricity usage, which can affect rates for the entire calendar year.
Spokesman Jeff Bergstrom says one hour of the highest overall usage each year sets the rate for all customers, and he says limiting the use of electricity during peak usage times can help keep costs down for everyone:
Bergstrom stresses limiting the use of washers, ovens and hot water heaters during peak times when demand is highest. Another tip, he says, is to think about changing your light bulbs:
Between noon and 6 p.m. are the key times of day to limit usage, according to Bergstrom. He adds that turning the thermostat to 78 or higher during hot weather can help save around 7% on your heating and cooling costs.
Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday announced a Jackson County judge has found Walgreens violated a 2014 judgment 309 times by leaving sales tags on the shelves after a sale period expired, putting customers at risk for overcharges.
Koster's office says that in August 2013, the Attorney General sued Illinois-based Walgreens for violations of Missouri's consumer laws by displaying inaccurate sales tags, overcharging customers, and failing to remove expired sales tags. Koster's investigation found a correlation between expired sales tags and overcharges at the register. Walgreens employees told investigators that when a sale expires, a center computer system changes the prices whether or not the tags on the shelf are updated.
Despite the court-ordered consent judgment, Koster's investigators reported finding hundreds of sales tags displayed after the expiration date listed on the tag during inspections of 50 Missouri Walgreens stores in July-September 2015.
The judge found Walgreens violated the consent judgment and the court's order on 309 occasions and ordered the company to pay $309,000 in civil penalties ($1,000 for each violation). The judge also found that Walgreens was aware not all sale tags were being removed within 12 hours of their offer expiring and that expired sale tags were resulting in overcharges to Missouri consumers.
In addition to the penalties ordered, Walgreens has already paid the state of Missouri $165,000 for overcharging items purchased as part of pricing audits required by the judgment.