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PUBLIC HEARING SET FOR SIDE-YARD SETBACK IN CONCORDIA 5/22/15RK


A public hearing will be conducted next week in an area city.

According to a release from the Concordia Planning and Zoning Board, a public hearing will be held to consider a request for a variance of side-yard setbacks for construction of a detached accessory building as requested by a property owner on Southeast 10th Street Terrace.

The public hearing will be held at 3:30pm on Thursday, May 28th, in Room LL2 of the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon.

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.

MODOT WARNS OF TRAFFIC DELAY ON WESTBOUND I-70 AT BLACKWATER RIVER 5/22/15


MODOT says to expect delays through a workzone on Interstate 70 westbound this weekend. The road is down to one lane on a bridge near the Highway 65 / I-70 interchange. Linda Wilson-Horn with MODOT says to expect delays due to the MODOT travel warning.



Horn is reminding drivers that the bridge over the Blackwater River will be down to one lane westbound and there will be delays of up to an hour through the area.

 
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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.

HIGGINSVILLE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS THURSDAY NIGHT 5/20/15CC


The Higginsville School Board meets in regular session Thursday at 7:00pm.

Items on the board agenda include approval of audit services for 2015-2017, renewal of a web services contract, and approval of next year's meal prices.

Board members will also recognize students who received MSHSAA Scholastic Achievement Awards and celebrate the retirement of six district staff members.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for student, personnel and legal matters.

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.

SPECIAL SESSION FOR SEDALIA COUNCIL 5/19/15CC


The Sedalia City Council meets in special session Wednesday night at 6:30pm.

Council members will take up a resolution to call a special election this August for the continuation of a local sales taxes on the titling of cars, trailers, boats and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer.

The meeting takes place in the Mayor's conference room of Sedalia City Hall at 200 South Osage Avenue.

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS 5/19/15CC


The following area school boards are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015:

* The Fayette R-3 School Board meets in regular session at 6:00pm.

Agenda items include approval of staff salary schedules, approval of summer school staffing and several department and administrative reports. A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel and real estate matters.
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* The New Franklin R-1 School Board meets in regular session at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include updates to student handbooks, approval of next year's lunch and breakfast prices and an end-of-the-year report on special education. An executive session is also on the docket for student and personnel matters.
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* The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session at 8:00pm.

Board members will hear the district's end-of-the-year report, approve salaries for non-certified staff and set the date for the June board meeting. A closed executive session is also scheduled for student and personnel matters.

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.

COMMUNITY CENTER GROUP TO MEET IN CONCORDIA 5/19/15CC


The Concordia Community Center Committee holds a regular session meeting tonight at 7:00pm.

Items on the agenda include a tour and discussion of the facility, along with monthly business matters and the scheduling of the group's next monthly meeting.

The meeting takes place at the Concordia Community Center at 802 South Gordon Street.

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.

BOIL ORDER ISSUED FOR CITY OF HOUSTONIA 5/19/15CC


A boil order has been put in place for a Pettis County community.

The order has been issued for residents living on the east end of Houstonia. The 24-hour order took effect around 3:00pm on Tuesday, May 19th.

Residents are encouraged to boil their consumable water for cooking and drinking until the order is lifted.

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.

 
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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.

AREA RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 5/18/15CC


The American Red Cross has a couple of area blood drives scheduled this week.

On Tuesday,May 19th in Chariton County, a blood drive will be held from 2:00-6:00pm at the Chariton County Ambulance District building at 212 South Weber in Salisbury.

On Friday, May 22nd in Carroll County, a drive will take place from 2:00-6:00pm at the Old Soldiers Memorial Post Office Community Center at 100 West Third Street in Bogard.

For information or to make a blood donation appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED-CROSS.

SLATER COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY 5/18/15CC


A regular open session meeting is scheduled Tuesday night for the Slater City Council.

Mayor Stephen Allegri is slated to update the council on the city audit report, the opening of the Slater pool, outdoor storm sirens and the placement of Memorial Day decorations at the city cemetery.

Board members will also discuss an annual water report before moving into closed session for real estate matters.

The regular meeting begins at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall.

WARRENSBURG R-6 SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA 5/18/15CC


A busy night is on tap for the Warrensburg R-6 School Board on Tuesday evening, beginning with a closed executive session for hiring, personnel and student matters at 7:00pm.

The regular session meeting begins at 7:30pm, where board members will take up approval of several district publications and handbooks, the April 2015 financial statement and several program evaluations.

The board will also consider a resolution to offer the sale of general obligation bonds, bond construction planning, and a request to raise next year's lunch prices.

LIGHT AGENDA FOR ODESSA SCHOOL BOARD ON TUESDAY 5/18/15CC


The Odessa R-7 School Board meets in regular session Tuesday evening at 7:00pm in the Odessa High School Media Center.

The board agenda includes approval of student and staff handbooks for 2015-16, an administrative building report and a budget update. Board members will also hear several program evaluations and discuss summer school employment.

A closed executive session is also on the evening's agenda.

BOONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD MEETS TUESDAY


The Boonville R-1 School Board convenes Tuesday night for a regular monthly meeting at 6:00pm.

Items on the agenda include a construction report and approval of bids with the Septagon company, review of next year's preliminary budget, and accepting bids for school picture services.

Other items up for discussion and/or action include advertising for bids for dairy and bakery products for next school year, approval of next year's school lunch and breakfast prices and adoption of the 2015-16 student handbook.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters following the regular session meeting.

SPECIAL TUESDAY SESSION FOR MALTA BEND SCHOOL BOARD 5/18/15CC


A special session meeting is on tap Tuesday night for the Malta Bend R-5 School Board.

The board will convene and call to order before moving into closed session for hiring and personnel matters.

The meeting gets underway at 6:00pm in the school library.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MONDAY NIGHT 5/18/15CC


The Slater School Board meets in regular session Monday night at 5:30pm.

Items on the board agenda include a superintendent's report on the football schedule, summer projects and an FFA Top 25 trip.

Other items slated for discussion and action include approval of bids for the gym floor, approval of food service prices for 2015-16 and approval of membership dues for the Missouri School Board Association.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

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.

RUN FOR THE WALL BIKERS TO BE IN CONCORDIA ON MONDAY 5/17/15RK


They left the Los Angeles area at 8:00am on May 13th.

About 600 motorcycle riders are biking across the country as part of the 27th Vietnam Veterans Run For The Wall to raise awareness and promote healing among all veterans and their families and friends.

Area Run For The Wall Spokesperson Ben Brown, Jr., of Sedalia, says the group, which is stopping to rest tonight in Junction City, Kansas, will be taking Exit 58 off of eastbound Interstate 70 into Concordia tomorrow to fuel up their bikes get a good meal.



The bikers will meet at Concordia's Southside Park for the lunch sometime between 11:00am and 2:00pm.

Brown says it takes a lot of volunteers to put on an event such as this.


After the stop in Concordia, the bikers are to make another stop for the night in Wentzville tomorrow before heading out again on Tuesday. Their destination is Washington D.C. and the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial, where there will be a rally on Saturday, May 23rd.

HSE/ESL REGISTRATION THIS WEEK IN SEDALIA 5/17/15RK


Free High School Equivalency and English as a Second Language classes will be offered by State Fair Community College in Sedalia.

According to a news release from SFCC, enrollment in the HSE class will be held from 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday through Friday of this week. Enrollment for HSE night classes will be held from 6:00 to 9:00pm Monday through Wednesday in the Yeater Learning Center, Room 163, on the SFCC campus.

The classes are free, but students must enroll in person and complete an orientation before attending classes.

The ESL day class meets from noon to 3:00pm at the Celebration Center on West 32nd Street. Enrollment will be held Tuesday through Thursday of this week. Enrollment for night classes will be from 5:30 to 8:30pm in the Yeater Learning Center, Room 122, on the SFCC campus.

For more information, call (660) 596-7289 or (660) 596-7380.

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.

SMITH-COTTON H.S. MOVES COMMENCEMENT ACTIVITIES 5/15/15CC


With rain forecast throughout the weekend, students at some area schools may be dodging raindrops during their graduation and commencement ceremonies.

Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia has announced they will move their graduation ceremonies indoors due to the chance of inclement weather.

The ceremony will take place Saturday evening at 7:00pm in the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia.

A.T.V. ACCIDENT INJURES CALIFORNIA WOMAN 5/15/15CC


A California resident was hospitalized after an A.T.V. accident in Pettis County on Thursday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 19-year-old Julie Gusar, of Wilton, California, was riding southbound on a 2007 Honda A.T.V. at around 4:45pm. The vehicle traveled over a field terrace and the rider reportedly tried to brake and turn right, causing her to overcorrect and be thrown from the A.T.V.

Gusar suffered serious injuries and was flown by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Reports say the accident happened about 800 feet north of McNeal Lane, just east of Route HH in Pettis County.

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.

COOPER CO. RAIL CLOSING POSTPONED 5/14/15CC


Union Pacific Railroad has postponed the scheduled May 15th closure of Route 41 at the railroad crossing just south of the Lamine River in Cooper County due to the threat of rain in the forecast.

Union Pacific has not rescheduled the pavement approach work at this time. As soon as this information becomes available, the Missouri Department of Transportation will send out a news release informing motorists of the new closure date and duration.

For more information visit www.modot.org.

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.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONIES SET FOR MAY 25th 5/13/15RK


Memorial Day ceremonies will be held at five State Veterans Cemeteries, including two in the area.

According to a release from the Missouri Veterans Commission, there will be ceremonies held at Bloomfield, Fort Leonard Wood, Higginsville, Jacksonville and Springfield on Monday, May 25th.

At the Jacksonville State Veterans Cemetery, the ceremony begins at 9:00am, with the keynote speaker being Bryan Hunt, Deputy Director of the Missouri Veterans Commission and an Army Veteran.

The ceremony at Higginsville State Veterans Cemetery will be at 1:00pm, with the keynote speaker being Todd Whitney, Lafayette County C-1 High School Principal and Marine Veteran.

Memorial Day was declared a National Holiday in 1971 and was placed on the last Monday in May.

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.

MARSHALL MAN INJURED IN PARKING LOT COLLISION 5/12/15CC


A Marshall man was transported for medical care after a one-vehicle accident on Monday afternoon.

According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, it happened around 4:19pm, when police, fire and ambulance workers were dispatched to Caseys General Store at 121 East Eastwood on a report of a motor vehicle crash.

Upon arrival, officers found a 2010 Hyundai stopped against an ice machine on the southeast corner of the building. According to police, witnesses at the scene said they saw the car strike a stop sign at the intersection of Eastwood and Odell before traveling through the parking lot and into the ice machine.

The driver, 37-year-old Chad Swaringham, of Marshall, was reportedly taken from the scene to Fitzgibbon Hospital for treatment; the extent of his injuries is not known.

No other injuries or damages were reported from the scene.

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.

TWENTY INDICTED IN AREA DRUG STING 5/11/15CC


Nearly two dozen people have been indicted in a major narcotics sweep in Cooper County and the surrounding area.

According to a news release, on Monday the Boonville Police Department and the MUSTANG (Mid-Missouri Unified Strike Team and Narcotics Group) Drug Task Force concluded a year long undercover drug operation in Boonville.

Police say twenty people are indicted on Sale of a Controlled Substance; drugs purchased during the Undercover Operation were methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills.

Police say seven people are in custody so far awaiting the filing of formal charges; authorities are currently serving the additional thirteen arrest warrants.

MUSTANG is a Drug Task Force comprised of Jefferson City, Cole County, Fulton, Callaway County, Columbia, Boone County and Boonville.

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.

BRUNSWICK FAMILY AIDED BY RED CROSS AFTER HOUSE FIRE 5/11/15CC


The American Red Cross is helping one adult and one child after a home fire Friday in Chariton County.

According to a news release, volunteers have provided food and clothing to the family from Brunswick, who live in the 400 block of East Broadway Street. The family, now staying with relatives, also received Red Cross comfort kits, which contain personal hygiene items. The release says Red Cross volunteers will monitor their recovery process.

For more information, visit www.redcross.org.

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.

NEW PRESIDENT NAMED AT WESTMINSTER COLLEGE 5/8/15CC


Dr. Benjamin Akande (ah-KHAN-day), of St. Louis, on Friday was named the 21st president of the 164-year-old Westminster College in Fulton.

He will take office July 1st, succeeding Dr. George B. Forsythe, president since 2008, who is retiring after 10 years at Westminster.

Dr. Akande, a Nigerian-born American citizen, serves as a professor of economics and Dean of the George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University in St. Louis. He also leads Webster’s global Office of Corporate Partnerships.

Westminster College is the nation’s eighth-highest ranked small liberal arts college for percentage of international students. Westminster’s nearly 1,000 students are from 28 U.S. states and 76 countries worldwide.

STUDENT ROBOTICS COMPETITION IN SEDALIA THIS WEEKEND 5/8/15CC


Missouri bragging rights will be on the line at the inaugural FIRST Robotics State Championship, to be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, May 9th at the Mathewson Exhibition Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

The event will be hosted by Team SCREAM – Smith-Cotton Robotics, Engineering and Mathematics – and will feature 27 high school robotics teams from across the state competing in Recycle Rush, this year’s FIRST Robotics competitive challenge.

In Recycle Rush, robots collect and stack rectangular and cylindrical recycling containers and move them into scoring zones; the higher the stack, the more points an alliance earns. The morning session will feature qualifying rounds, then the top eight teams will select from the other squads to create three-team alliances that will compete in the playoffs to determine this year’s champions.

Admission is free. Children and families will be able to see the robots up close and meet team members. An information table will provide details about FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – and its programs. Also, Star Wars characters will make their way around the exhibition center.

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.

MVC COMMENCEMENT MOVED INDOORS 5/8/15CC


Commencement ceremonies will be held today for students graduating from Missouri Valley College in Marshall. Due to the weather forecast, the ceremony has been moved indoors to the Burns Athletic Complex.

The day gets underway with the Nursing Pinning Ceremony in the Eckilson-Mabee Theater at 11:00am. Nursing graduates will begin to line up in the theater at 10:30am.

Lunch will then be served at 12:00pm in the cafeteria. Cost for the lunch is $8.00 per person; MVC seniors with a student ID eat for free.

Commencement exercises begin at 2:00pm in the Burns Athletic Complex, with student lineup beginning at 1:30pm. The ceremony will also be broadcast in the Charles Bacon Conference Center due to limited space in the gymnasium.

A release from MVC says that parking lots will fill up quickly. Two shuttle busses will run from 1:00-2:00pm with pickups at the Baity Hall parking lot entrance and at the parking lot entrance between the Men's Honor Hall and MacDonald Hall. The shuttles will return to those locations after the ceremony.

For more information, visit www.moval.edu.

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.

THREE HURT IN COOPER CO. CRASH 5/7/15CC


An early morning rollover crash on Thursday in Cooper County has left three area residents with injuries.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol say 23-year-old Megan Smith, of Boonville, reportedly lost control of her southbound 2011 Kia. The vehicle left the roadway, struck a fence and overturned.

Smith and a passenger, 25-year-old Lucas Day, of Boonville, received minor injuries in the crash; both reportedly refused treatment at the scene. A second passenger, 27-year-old Nathan Hazlett, of Bunceton, suffered moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Cooper County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says it happened just before 5:00am on Highway 5, one mile north of Highway J in Cooper County.

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.

MARSHALL POLICE TO CONDUCT D.U.I. CHECKPOINT 5/4/15CC


The Marshall Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in an unspecified location between Wednesday, May 6th and Wednesday, May 20th, with a goal of finding and apprehending intoxicated and impaired drivers.

According to a news release, the checkpoint will begin late in the evening and conclude early in the morning. Motorists can expect minimal delays.

The checkpoint is funded through a grant provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.

According to authorities, 30% of all Missouri traffic fatalities involve impaired driving. In 2012, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - one every 51 minutes. In 2013, 223 people were killed, 728 seriously injured, in accidents that involved at least one impaired driver.

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.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING INCIDENT OF ALLEGED STOLEN FIREARM 5/1/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an incident of an alleged stolen firearm.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, a resident on East Ohio Street in Marshall reported that a handgun had been allegedly taken from a chest of drawers at the residence sometime between December 1st, 2014, and April 23rd, 2015.

The firearm is described as a Ruger Mark I .22-caliber pistol.

The report says the gun has been entered into M.U.L.E.S. as stolen.

The investigation is continuing.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY 5/1/15RK


An area Police Department is investigating an alleged strong-armed robbery.

According to a news release, while responding to a separate call just before midnight on Thursday in the 100 block of Tenth Street, Columbia Police Officers observed a male victim lying on the sidewalk with an injury to his head. The investigation revealed the victim allegedly had been struck by two male suspects and had items stolen from him. The victim was intoxicated and unable to recall details of the incident.

A male witness observed the suspects taking items from the victim’s pockets and attempted to intervene. The witness was then struck in the face by one of the male suspects. The suspects then fled the scene on foot.

The suspects are described as younger black males with a tall, average build. The suspect who struck the witness was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and shorts. 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.

AREA STUDENTS RECOGNIZED AT CMU'S HUMANITIES CONFERENCE 5/1/15RK


Central Methodist University hosted its fifth annual Humanities Conference on April 22nd in the Inman Student and Community Center on the Fayette campus.

According to a news release from the university, students presented work they completed through taking Humanities courses and four students were honored for their accomplishments during the 2014-15 academic year.

In the KMMO listening area, CMU’s chapter of the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Theta Alpha Kappa, inducted junior Thomas Waggoner, who is a religion and church leadership major from Fayette. Emily Clark, a senior psychology major from Chillicothe, was awarded the George Vogt Prize.

Kelly Jo Davis, a junior English major from Gilliam, also presented her paper ‘Holy Thursday’ by Blake: A Cross Analysis and junior Alexandra Richards, from Keytesville, presented her paper: Bloody Chips during the event.

CMU HONORS SENIOR STUDENTS FOR ACADEMICS 5/1/15RK


Scholarly achievement by 27 Central Methodist University seniors was recognized by their induction into the CMU honor society Sigma Epsilon Pi.

According to a news release from the university, Sigma Epsilon Pi is an honorary society providing special recognition to scholastic achievement at CMU. Membership is limited to10 percent of the senior class along with seven members of the faculty.

This year’s Sigma Epsilon Pi honorees at CMU include eight seniors from the KMMO listening area: Harlan Fletcher III (computer science, Keytsville), Novy Foland II (biology, Fayette), Kelsey Forqueran (communication studies, Malta Bend), Amy Fuemmeler (nursing, Salisbury), John-Patrick Jacks (biology, Fayette), Joseph Jefferies (business, Fayette), Rebecca Vollmer (psychology, Boonville) and Kacie Young (elementary education, Pilot Grove).

APRIL WAS A LITTLE WET, BUT PLEASANT 5/1/15RK


It was a little wet at times, but the temperatures in west-central Missouri were mild, for the most part, for the month of April.

According to statistics from the National Weather Service, the mercury climbed to a high of 80 degrees on April 18th. There were 10 other days where the high temperature was at least 70 degrees.

In all, the average high temperature figured out to be just over 68 degrees.

The mercury dipped below the freezing mark on only two nights, April 4th and 5th, when the low temperature was 29 degrees. The average low temperature for the month was just under 45 degrees.

For the month, we received 3.45 inches of precipitation at the KMMO studio. Over a third of that rainfall came on April 9th when we received 1-1/4 inches. We received measurable precipitation on half of the days in the month.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS MAN KILLED IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 5/1/15RK


An Excelsior Springs man was killed in a car-motorcycle crash in Ray County Thursday night.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a southbound Chevrolet S-10, driven by 64-year-old Delores Ellis, of Orrick, reportedly pulled in front of a northbound Suzuki GSXR, driven by 27-year-old Mogran Garnett, of Excelsior Springs.

Garnett was transported to Richmond Memorial Hospital by Ray County E.M.S., but was pronounced dead by a doctor at 10:51pm.

Ellis suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Lexington Memorial Hospital by Ray County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 10:21pm on Highway 13 at Chapel Road.

WARRENSBURG POLICE OFFICER INJURED IN JOHNSON CRASH 5/1/15RK


A Warrensburg Police Officer suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County Thursday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Warrensburg Police vehicle, driven by 50-year-old Dustin Mayden, of Warrensburg, was on routine patrol and an eastbound Dodge Avenger, driven by Richard Failer III, of Kearney, reportedly failed to yield to the Police Car and entered the intersection. The left front corner of the Failer vehicle reportedly struck the right rear side of the Police Car.

Mayden suffered minor injuries and was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg by Johnson County E.M.S. for treatment. Failer reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened just after 7:15 at the intersection of North Washington and Madison Streets.

TWO INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 5/1/15RK


A Warrensburg man was injured in a two-car crash in Johnson County Thursday evening.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2009 Chevrolet, driven by 56-year-old Ronald Gaylord, of Chilhowee, reportedly pulled into the path of a westbound 2003 Ford, driven by 20-year-old Devon Rick, of Kansas City. After the collision, the Rick vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a traffic sign and a utility pole.

While Gaylord was reportedly not injured, Rick suffered minor injuries, and a passenger in his car, 19-year-old Kenneth Mussman, of Warrensburg, suffered moderate injuries. They were transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:40 at the intersection of Highways 50 and 131.

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.

LEXINGTON COUNCIL APPROVES ATV/UTV ORDINANCE 4/30/15RK


At the meeting of the Lexington City Council this week, the council approved a pair of ordinances.

The council approved an ordinance for ATV/UTV riders to allow only the number of passengers as deigned by the vehicle and each rider needs to be equipped with a seat belt.

The council also gave the OK to a sewer-rate ordinance that increases the base rate by 75 cents and the rate per 1,000 gallons over the first 700 gallons of use by 23 cents.

In other business, the council waved a residency requirement for a police officer. According to City Administrator Mark Rounds, Mark Lamphier, who does not live within the city limits, was hired as the best candidate for the job.

The council also voted to fix an older street light at South and 17th Streets. Rounds said they will have to retrofit some parts, but will do so with some help from KCP&L.

STEINMETZ REPLACES SIMMERMAN ON SALINE HEALTH BOARD 4/29/15RK


With one member moving out of the area, the Saline County Health Department's Board of Trustees welcomed in a new member at its meeting Tuesday night.

According to a Health Department spokesperson, joining the board is Jim Steinmetz, replacing Vergie Simmerman, who had served on the board since its inception over 10 years ago. Steinmetz took the oath of office.

Joby Raines was elected president of the board. Other members of the board include Doctor Stephen Allegri, Kathy Monnig and Sara Kirchhoff.

The board also heard reports on monthly statistics during its meeting.

That meeting was followed by a short meeting of the Saline Public Health Fund, Inc., Board of Trustees.

"STORYTIME SATURDAYS" CONTINUE THROUGH MAY AT THE MISSOURI STATE MUSEUM 4/28/15


You can learn more about butterflies, frogs, night animals and spiders as "Storytime Saturdays" continue through May 23rd in Jefferson City.

According to a release from the Department of Natural Resources, the events will be held on Saturdays at 11:00am.

"Storytime Saturdays" will focus on families with children aged 3 to 6 years, though all are welcome to attend. The programs will be held in various locations throughout the museum’s History and Resources halls in the State Capitol.

Scheduled programs in May are: May 2nd: Butterflies and Insects in Hiding: How do insects camouflage themselves in their habitat?; May 9th: Frogs! Listen to frog sounds and play games; May 16th: Night Animals: Learn about creatures of the night and search for animals in the museum; May 23rd: Spiders: Play spider games and make spider-themed crafts.

The Missouri State Museum, which is part of the Missouri state park system, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854 or visit www.mostateparks.com.

COMMENT PERIOD OPEN ON GROUNDWATER RESTORATION PLAN 4/28/15RK


The Department of Natural Resources is now accepting public comments on the Missouri Statewide Groundwater Restoration Plan.

According to a release from the DNR, the plan was established to restore, preserve and protect groundwater resources throughout the state. Funds for the plan have been recovered through litigation involving Tronox Inc. chemical company and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., for contamination and damages to Missouri groundwater and lands.

Public comments will be accepted through May 27th, 2015.

The department’s Natural Resource Damages Program is charged with assessing injuries to and restoring public natural resources that have been injured by environmental hazards, including hazardous substances releases. More information about the program is available on the department’s Natural Resource Damages web page.

COLD WAR RECOGNITION CERTIFICATE AVAILABLE


If you served honorably on active duty in the U. S. Armed Forces during the time period from September 2nd, 1945, to December 26th, 1991, you are eligible to receive a Cold Ward Recognition Certificate.

According to a release from Saline County Northern Commissioner Charlie Guthrie, you can write a letter and include a copy of your discharge or DD214 to:

U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Cold War Recognition
4035 Ridge Top Road
Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030.

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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