03:19am, 06/30/15
Local News
Bookmark andShare

SUSPECT IN CUSTODY IN ODESSA SHOOTING 6/29/15CC


One person is dead and another in custody after a shooting in Odessa last weekend.

According to a news release from the Odessa Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 8:00pm Sunday night to a residence in the the 500 block of West Orchard Street on a report of a shooting. Responding officers located an individual near the rear of the home who had suffered a gunshot wound.

Police say the individual was taken to the hospital, where they later died. No information about the victim has been released by authorities.

The release says an unidentified individual has been taken into custody in connection with the incident and police are working closely with the Lafayette County Prosecuting Attorney's office. Formal charges in the matter are pending.

C.M.U. GALLERY ART SHOWS TO CLOSE SOON 6/29/15CC


For those who have yet to visit the Ashby-Hodge Gallery at Central Methodist University in Fayette to see the current exhibition "3 Summer Shows," time is running short.

The current show at the Gallery on the CMU campus will close on Thursday, July 23rd. It focuses on three aspects of art—"Missouri Impressions" by Carol Bramon, "Kansas Impressions" by James Froese (1936-2012), and "Small is Big," a display of works from the permanent collection.

The Ashby-Hodge Gallery is open on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week from 1:30–4:30pm, and other times by appointment; admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

For questions or more information, call (660) 248-6304.

WEEKEND ASSAULT UNDER INVESTIGATION BY SEDALIA POLICE 6/29/15CC


Sedalia Police are investigating an incident where a female subject was reportedly stabbed over the weekend.

According to a news release, officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of East 6th Street where they encountered a woman who reported being stabbed in the face by her ex-boyfriend after an argument. Reports say the man left the scene in the woman's car before police arrived.

Officers on scene provided first aid to the woman for a large laceration on her face; she was then taken from the scene to Bothwell Hospital before transferring to University Hospital in Columbia for further treatment.

The identities of the man and woman have not been made available as police continue their investigation.

LAFAYETTE CO. ROADWAY CLOSED MONDAY FOR WORK 6/29/15CC


According to the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department, Republican School Road (between Higginsville City Lake and Highway T) will be closed Monday, June 29th for maintenance.

For questions or more information, call (660) 259-3622.

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED FOR 2014 ARSON 6/29/15RK


A Columbia man was arrested after more than an eight-hour standoff with authorities in Columbia on Saturday and Sunday.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, 60-year-old Mehrdad Fotoohighiam was taken into custody on Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has been charged with Felony B First-Degree Arson in the December 15th, 2014, fire of a residential structure in the 3400 block of Rock Quarry Road.

Police officers located the suspect and a standoff ensued at 10:25pm on Saturday in the 5500 block of Carrick Court. Due to Fotoohighiam's reported access to weapons and his lack of response to requests for a voluntary surrender, the Columbia Police Department S.W.A.T. team and Crisis Negotiation Team were activated.

At approximately 6:50am, Columbia Police S.W.A.T officers were able to take Fotoohighiam into custody without incident. No injuries were reported during this incident.

According to online court documents, bond has been set at $5,000,000 cash only.

Fotoohighiam's initial arraignment is today at 1:30pm in Boone County Court.

MOBERLY SETS INDEPENDENCE DAY SCHEDULE 6/29/15RK


An area city has announced its lineup of events for the Independence Day Celebration.

According to a release from the city of Moberly, the Moberly Parks and Recreation Department will hold the Magic City Fourth of July Extravaganza at Rothwell Park and the Howard Hills Athletic Complex.

The Aquatic Center will be open from noon to 4:00pm on July 4th with $1 entry. Friends of the Park will be running special holiday hours at the miniature train from 2:00 to 5:00pm with rides being $1.

Between 2:30 and 7:00pm, Family Life Fellowship will provide free entry to bounce houses. There will be musical entertainment, as well.

At dark, the Howard Hills Athletic Complex will be the venue for the fireworks extravaganza. Due to safety reasons, no personal fireworks will be permitted in the park.

For specific questions, contact Moberly Parks and Recreation at (660) 269-8705, extension 2040.

RED CROSS NEEDS BLOOD, PLATELET DONATIONS 6/29/15RK


The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets and help prevent a summer shortage.

According to a news release from the Red Cross, the call for donations is supported by a recent survey of Red Cross blood and platelet donors showing that more than 40 percent plan to travel this week or next, an indicator that many eligible donors may be unavailable to give. In addition, fewer blood drives are scheduled during that same time frame.

Blood donors with all types, especially O negative, A negative and B negative, and platelet donors are urged to schedule an appointment. Those who come to donate from July 2nd-6th will receive a Red Cross embroidered baseball cap, while supplies last. To make an appointment and for more information, download the free Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

COLUMBIA P.D. INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ROBBERY 6/29/15RK


Detectives in an area police department are investigating the report of an alleged robbery.

Just after 10:00pm on Sunday, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to an alleged robbery at 126 S. Providence Road, Midwest Petroleum.

Investigation revealed, the suspect allegedly entered the store and demanded money from the cashier. The suspect implied he had a weapon but no weapon was seen. The suspect fled the store on a bicycle heading eastbound on Locust Street with an undisclosed amount of money.

Nobody was injured during the robbery. There have been no arrests made and the investigation is ongoing.

The suspect is being described as a black male, approximately 5-foot-5, last seen wearing a ball cap, shirt and jeans.

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

CERTIFIED BOATING SAFETY CLASSES START TUESDAY IN WARSAW 6/29/15RK


Certified Boating Classes are being offered by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the area in the coming days, weeks and months.

According to a release from the Highway Patrol, Captain Scott Shipers, commanding officer of Troop A, has announced the classes will be offered starting Tuesday, June 30th, at the Harry S. Truman Visitor Center at 2907 Visitor Center Road. Other chances to take the class at that location will be on July 22nd, August 4th, September 12th and October 24th. Classes also will be held on September 26th and October 10th at the Hampton Inn at 900 Kansas Avenue in Clinton and on November 7th and December 5th at the Warsaw/Lincoln Ambulance Base at 1206 Medic Drive in Warsaw.

The training sessions run from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Missouri law requires any person born after January 1st, 1984, to carry a boating certification card along with a picture I.D. anytime they operate a vessel.

For further information, call (816) 622-0800, ext. 3159.

RESOURCE GUIDE ON I.D. THEFT AVAILABLE ONLINE 6/29/15RK


Last week, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced his office has developed a new Identity Theft Resource Guide that is available to the public.

According to a news release from Koster's office, the guide informs Missourians on steps they should take now to protect themselves from becoming a victim and how to repair the damage caused by identity theft.

The new booklet can be viewed online at www.ago.mo.gov. You can also order printed copies of the guide at the same website.

RAMBO TO FILL TWO ROLES AT CMU 6/29/15RK


One man will fill two roles at an area university this upcoming school year.

According to a release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, William "Mike" Rambo has been chosen by CMU as its new assistant coordinator of activities. He also has been chosen as the new resident director of McMurry Hall, a coed residence hall.

Rambo, an Odessa High School graduate who has worked at CMU since 2012, earned his bachelor's degree in biology and is finishing his master's degree in education, both at CMU.

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT 6/29/15RK


Officers of an area police department are investigating a report of shots fired.

According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 2:00pm on Sunday with multiple reports of shots being fired in the 1400 block of Greensboro Drive. During the investigation, officers discovered a residence had multiple bullet holes in the exterior. In addition, officers located several cartridge casings in the area.

Preliminary investigation reveals the initial shots reportedly came from a Gray or dark-colored vehicle occupied by several black males. One of the vehicle occupants reportedly aimed a handgun at a neighbor of the bullet-riddled duplex. The neighbor responded by firing shots at the vehicle which then drove away from the area. No injuries have been reported at the time of this release.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department or call (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

100TH RECRUIT CLASS GRADUATES FROM PATROL ACADEMY 6/29/15RK


On Friday, Colonel J. Bret Johnson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced that 32 troopers graduated from the Patrol's Law Enforcement Academy.

From this area, Benjamin Owens, of Warrensburg, has been assigned to Troop A in Lafayette County. Joshua Conrad, who is from Palmyra, has been assigned to Troop A in Johnson County.

The 100th recruit class reported to the academy on January 5th. The new troopers will report for duty on July 13th.

ON-SITE AUDIT OF SALINE COUNTY'S BOOKS GOES WELL 6/29/15RK


Saline County Auditor Tara Vogelsmeier said the on-site audit that was conducted on Saline County's books was wrapped up a day early last Wednesday. Auditors were expected to be in the Saline County Commission chambers conducting the audit for three days but were only there Tuesday and Wednesday.

During the most recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Vogelsmeier said the audit went well.



Vogelsmeier said the county is not obligated to have an audit every year but chooses to do so.



Vogelsmeier thanked all of the office holders for their cooperation with the auditors.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES BIDS FOR SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT 6/29/15RK


During the most recent meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner said Sheriff Wally George chose some bids for services needed at the Saline County Justice Facility.



Fenner said he cannot remember a time when there wasn't a bid for snow removal. He said they may have to put it out for bid again at a later date and perhaps get some interest the closer it gets to winter.

The Commission voted to accept the bids.

In other business, the commissioners also approved two liquor licenses.

HIGGINSVILLE MAN SUFFERS MODERATE INJURIES IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 6/29/15RK


A truck crash in Lafayette County early today caused moderate injuries to a Higginsville man.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford F-150, driven by 29-year-old Benjamin Harshner, ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck a fence and trees, and came to rest in a corn field.

Harshner, who was reportedly not wearing a safety device, was transported to Centerpoint Hospital by Higginsville E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:50am on Route E and Route FF.

THREE LA MONTE RESIDENTS HURT IN TRUCK CRASH 6/29/15RK


Three La Monte residents suffered injuries in a truck crash in Pettis County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford truck, driven by 22-year-old Bryan Opfer, ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Opfer suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Bothwell Hospital for treatment by Pettis County E.M.S. A 17-year-old passenger, McKinzie Lemon, suffered serious injuries and was transported by Staff For Life Air Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. A 21-year-old passenger, Brandon Opfer, suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The report says none of the occupants of the vehicle was wearing a safety device.

The crash happened at 11:00pm on Oakpoint just north of Brashears.

SEDALIA MAN FLOWN FOR TREATMENT AFTER MOTORCYCLE CRASH 6/29/15RK


A Sedalia man had to be life-flighted after a rollover motorcycle crash in Morgan County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Harley Davidson, driven by 69-year-old Don Cable, exited the right side of the roadway, overturned and ejected the driver.

Cable was flown to University of Missouri Hospital by Missouri Staff For Life for treatment of serious injuries.

The crash happened just before 4:00pm on Route W at Marvin Cutoff.

CURRENT ROAD CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING IN THE AREA 6/29/15RK


Although the list of road closures is shorter than it was three days ago, there are still a number of roads closed in the area due to high water.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Information website, there are four closures in Lafayette County. Route D at FF at Sni-A-Bar Creek; Route FF between German Church Road and Highway 131; Missouri 224 between Lexington and Wellington along the Missouri River; and Missouri 213 at Tabo Creek between Highway 24 and Page City.

In Chariton County, Highway 129 between Grove Branch Road and Colley Road at the Chariton River is closed.

In Cooper County, Route V south of I-70 between Route 179 and Gooches Mill Road is closed.

In Johnson County, Missouri 23 between Northeast 1125th Road and 950th Road at the Blackwater River is closed.

In Saline County, 125th Road between Sweet Springs and Emma is closed. Also closed is Route UU west of Lemon Trail.

In Ray County, due to a mudslide, Route T between Smythey Road and the town of Camden, has been closed due to debris on the roadway. The roadway is closed until further notice.

CITY OF EMMA WORKING ON WATER PIPES THIS MORNING 6/29/15RK


Officials in an area city will be working on water lines near the city this morning.

According to a call from an official in the city of Emma, work will be conducted on water lines two miles west of town between 9:00am and noon.

Due to the work, residents who live between Panther Creek Road and the eastern city limit may experience low water pressure during this time.

STATE FAIR ENTRY DEADLINES APPROACHING 6/28/15CC


This Wednesday marks the deadline for entering 4-H and FFA livestock contests for the Missouri State Fair. It's also the deadline for open shows for beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, llamas, mules, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine.

Deadlines for other entries are also approaching. Entry forms for Missouri State Fair Queen contestants need to be received by July 15th, while entries in the Missouri Junior 50 art competitions have a deadline of July 20th. Bakers wanting to enter recipes in the First Lady’s Pie Contest have until July 31st to submit their entry forms. Most entries in Home Economics must be submitted by July 20th.

The 113th Missouri State Fair, themed "Show Offs Welcome!" will be held August 13th-23rd in Sedalia. For more information about concerts, events and other Fair activities, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247).

MoDOT TO CLOSE STRETCH OF I-70 IN SALINE COUNTY 6/28/15CC


In the early morning of Monday, June 29th, the Missouri Department of Transportation will completely close westbound I-70 near mile marker 77 (west of U.S. 65) from midnight to 5:00am to switch traffic to new pavement. A marked detour will be in place. MoDOT recommends truck drivers plan additional time for overnight routes.

This work is part of the bridge rehabilitation project underway along the westbound and eastbound I-70 corridor from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77. This is a full 24/7 lane closure. Lanes are reduced to 12-foot for each direction of I-70.

The westbound bridge will be complete mid-August and the eastbound bridge will be complete in mid-October. This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line. All work is weather dependent. Motorists should expect heavy congestion through the area Friday and Sunday afternoon.

BRUNSWICK BOARD MULLS FUNDRAISING OPTIONS 6/28/15CC


Recent heavy rains and wet weather are putting a damper on the fundraising efforts of one area school district.

Brunswick R-2 Superintendent Bob Kottman says junior and senior classes usually work the concession stands of baseball and softball games to raise money for trips and activities, but scores of cancelations due to rain have knocked out many of those opportunities.

Also, Kottman says a sports co-op with Keytesville next year could also cut into fundraising efforts; he explains why:



Kottman says the Brunswick school board and district parents are working to come up with fundraising ideas to help the classes offset their losses.

H.V.A.C. PROJECT MOVING ALONG FOR BRUNSWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT 6/28/15CC


Like many area school districts, the Brunswick R-2 district is using the summer months to get big ticket projects completed before the start of the next school year.

Superintendent Bob Kottman talks about recently walking members of the school board through the ongoing heating and cooling improvement project:



Kottman talks about the timetable for the project's completion:



Last week board members also signed off on a $67,500 payment to contractor Muddy Boots, of Lexington. Kottman says the total project will cost around $430,000.

SFCC OFFERS FREE DENTAL SCREENINGS 6/28/15CC


State Fair Community College’s Dental Hygiene Clinic will have a free screening from 5:00-7:00pm on Tuesday, June 30th in the clinic adjacent to the walking track in the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.

The screening is designed for people who haven’t had much dental care and whose teeth have not been cleaned or scaled in a while.

Patients who qualify may assist graduating Dental Hygiene students in taking their board exams in July. Qualified candidates will receive a certificate for a free cleaning at a later date in the college’s clinic.

All participants will receive free dental care products. For more information call (660) 596-7406.

MONDAY MORNING SESSION FOR WARRENSBURG COUNCIL 6/28/15CC


The Warrensburg City Council meets Monday morning to sign off on a couple of ordinances before the end of the current fiscal year.

Council members will take up an ordinance to ratify a contract between the Parks and Recreation Board and Edwards McDowell, Inc. for an air handler and condensing unit for the community center pool, as well as an ordinance to adopt the annual budget for the Parks and Recreation Department.

The council will also move into executive session for leasing, hiring and personnel matters.

The regular meeting begins at 11:30am at Warrensburg City Hall at 200 South Holden.

GLASGOW SCHOOL BOARD MEETS MONDAY 6/28/15CC


The Glasgow School Board meets in regular session Monday night at 8:00pm.

Items on the agenda include a summer maintenance overview, a track project update and approval of a bank bid.

Board members will also take up an out-of-district tuition rate increase, approval of milk and bread bids, and approval of final budget revisions for the 2014-15 school year.

A closed executive session is also scheduled for personnel matters.

A.T.V. CRASH INJURES AREA RESIDENT 6/28/15CC


A Kingsville man has been seriously injured after an all-terrain vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 28-year-old Charles Locascio was northbound on a Honda A.T.V. on Southwest 375th Road. The vehicle reportedly traveled through a t-intersection before it hit both a tree and a fence, ejecting the rider.

Locascio was taken from the scene via ambulance to Research Medical Center for treatment. The crash reportedly occurred around 2:50am at the intersection of Southwest 1801st Road.

HIGHWAY 127 NEAR SWEET SPRINGS REOPENS 6/28/15CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation has announced that Highway 127, one mile north of Sweet Springs, is now open to traffic.

For questions or more information, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.

AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR MISSING BOONVILLE WOMAN 6/27/15CC


UPDATE 6/28/15: COOPER COUNTY AUTHORITIES REPORT FINDING SARAH NICHOLLS' BODY ON SATURDAY. THE BODY WAS LOCATED IN MONITEAU COUNTY, DOWNSTREAM FROM WHERE NICHOLLS HAD BEEN CAMPING.

NO OTHER INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.


Cooper County authorities are searching for an area woman missing since Thursday night.

According to the Cooper County Sheriffs Office, 31-year-old Sarah Nicholls, of Boonville, went missing after a camping trip that lasted from Thursday night to Friday morning.

Searchers are focused near Moniteau Creek in southeastern Cooper County, an area authorities say has received significant rainfall over the past several days.

The search is reportedly being assisted by local fire and law enforcement agencies as well as area residents.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sarah Nicholls is urged to contact the Cooper County Sheriffs Department at (660) 882-2771.

GRAVOIS MILLS MAN HURT IN ROLLOVER TRUCK CRASH 6/27/15CC


A lake-area motorist escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Saturday in Pettis County.

Trooper reports from the Missouri State Highway Patrol state it happened as 31-year-old Richard Russell, of Gravois Mills, was traveling northbound in a 1977 Chevy truck; the right front tire reportedly blew out, causing the truck to run off the right side of the road.

The driver overcorrected, causing to the vehicle to return to the road and then run off again, where it overturned before finally coming to a rest.

Russell received minor injuries and reportedly refused treatment at the scene. The crash happened around 9:00am on Route M, south of Worth Road in Pettis County.

DEPUTIES RAISE NEARLY $7,000 AT PETTIS CO. FUNDRAISER 6/27/15CC


A fundraiser held Friday by law enforcement has helped to raise thousands of dollars for an area girl with a rare medical condition.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriffs Department, deputies hosted the fundraiser for the daughter of deputy Javier Gonzalez; the release says Aracely Gonzalez was recently diagnosed with a rare childhood brain tumor and has already had four surgeries at a Columbia hospital.

The fundraising barbecue, dubbed "Hope for Aracely" was held Friday in the parking lot of a Sedalia grocery store and raised $6,780 for the girl's treatments and medical bills.

The Department says donations may still be made to the "Hope for Aracely" fund by dropping them off at the sheriffs office or U.S. Bank or by visiting www.gofundme.com.

SINGLE BIKE CRASH INJURES SEDALIA MAN 6/27/15CC


An area resident was transported to the hospital in serious condition after a motorcycle accident Saturday morning in Johnson County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when 50-year-old Gregory Harvey, of Sedalia, was eastbound on a 2014 Harley Davidson when an unidentified vehicle merged from the right lane to the left lane. Harvey laid the bike down to try and avoid being hit; the bike reportedly slid on its side and ejected the rider.

Harvey suffered serious injuries in the crash and was taken from the scene by ambulance to Lees Summit Medical Center for treatment.

The Patrol says it happened around 10:30am on U.S. Highway 50, just east of Northwest 151st Road in Johnson County.

OSAGE BEACH MAN DROWNS AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS 6/27/15CC


A mid-Missouri man has died in the Lake of the Ozarks, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Water Division.

Patrol reports say 27-year-old Torrance Chatman, of Osage Beach, was attempting to swim to a dock in Welcher Hollow Cove when he began to experience difficulty, went under the water and drowned. His body was transported from the scene to an area funeral home.

The Patrol says it happened around 6:25pm Friday evening at the lake's 38.6 mile marker.

KINGSVILLE MAN CRASHES ON WET ROADWAY 6/27/15CC


An area motorist was hospitalized Friday after a one-vehicle rollover accident in Johnson County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 18-year-old Dalton Wedgeworth, of Kingsville, was northbound in a 2003 Pontiac and began to hydroplane on the wet roadway. The driver lost control, the vehicle ran off the side of the roadway and overturned, striking a metal culvert in the process.

Wedgeworth suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken from the scene by ambulance to Research Hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say it happened around 6:15pm Friday evening on Route W, two-tenths of a mile south of Southwest 25th Road.

SUPERINTENDENT LEADS TOUR OF S-C FRESHMAN WING 6/26/15RK


On Monday, June 22nd, Superintendent Brad Pollitt led Sedalia School District 200 School Board members, district administrators and local media on a tour of the freshman wing that is under construction at Smith-Cotton High School.

According to a news release from the school district, it is located on the lower level of the high school and will house freshman core classes starting in the 2015-16 school year.

WESTBOUND I-70 TO BE SHUT DOWN FIVE HOURS ON MONDAY, JUNE 29TH 6/26/15


Westbound I-70 is to be shut down for five hours on Monday morning.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, in the early hours on June 29th, crews will completely close westbound I-70 near mile marker 77-- west of U.S. Highway 65-- from midnight to 5:00am to switch traffic to new pavement. A marked detour will be in place. MoDOT recommends truck drivers plan additional time for overnight routes.

This work is part of the bridge rehabilitation project underway along the westbound and eastbound I-70 corridor from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77.

The westbound bridge will be complete mid-August and the eastbound bridge will be complete in mid-October. This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line. All work is weather dependent. Motorists should expect heavy congestion through the area Friday and Sunday afternoon.

For more information about this or other transportation-related projects, visit www.modot.org.

The Flood of June 26, 2015


Listener submitted photos.  Thank you so much to everyone who sent photos in!  We depend on you guys.

SALISBURY SCHOOLS RECEIVE ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR SAFE ROOM 6/26/15RK


An area school district is celebrating reception of additional funds from a Federal Agency.

According to a release from the Salisbury R-4 School District, it recently received additional funds from FEMA of more than $292,000 for the recently-completed construction of a FEMA Safe room on the high-school campus.

The district had previously been awarded more than $1.5 million.

The approved budget for the Safe Room and Lobby/Theater was $6 million, and the project ended up costing $5.9 million.

The construction of the FEMA Safe Room was completed in November of 2014.

MARSHALL MUNICIPAL SERVICES WILL PICK UP DEBRIS FROM STORMS 6/26/15RK


The storms that traveled through the Marshall area on Thursday night and in the early hours of today have caused many problems with the streets and drains in town. The storms also knocked down tree limbs and left other debris in their wake.

Director of Marshall Municipal Services Bill Anderson said crews will pick up the debris if you get it curbside.



Anderson also said if there are problems with drains along your street or the street itself, call the Municipal Services office at 886-3945. He said the department is aware of some problems but not all.

REPORT PROBLEMS TO DRAINS OR STREETS IN MARSHALL TO MUNICIPAL SERVICES 6/26/15R


Director of Marshall Municipal Services Bill Anderson says his department is aware of some of the problems caused by the heavy rainfall to the streets in town. But he said crews do not know or see everything.

Anderson says to let his department know about any problems on your street caused by the weather.



Anderson said to give the Municipal Services a call at 886-3945 to report any of those problems.

He also said Municipal Services will pick up any debris caused by the storms. He asks residents to get the debris curbside, and the crews will pick it up. But he said it might take a few days to get it done.

MARSHALL MUNICIPAL SERVICES TO GET TO WORK ON STREETS 6/26/15RK


Torrential rainfall created numerous problems in Marshall on Thursday night and early Friday morning, some with the streets.

Director of Municipal Services Bill Anderson says water has caused some buckling at the intersection of South Miami Avenue and East College Street.



Anderson said the department will get to work on the streets that need repaired as soon as possible, but it will take time.



Anderson also said Municipal Services crews will pick up debris from the storms. Residents just need to get the debris to the street.

DEBRIS TO BE PICKED UP IN MARSHALL 6/26/15RK


With the strong winds, hail and heavy rain that hit the Marshall area Thursday night into the early morning hours of today, some residents might have debris in their yard.

According to a spokesperson from the Marshall Police Department, he talked with Marshall Municipal Services, and if you put the debris next to the road, the crews will pick it up. He said it might take a few days, but it will get picked up.

SEDALIA MAN HURT IN ATV CRASH 6/26/15RK


A Sedalia man was injured in an ATV crash on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Honda ATV, driven by 31-year-old Donavan Meeks, struck a stump. Meeks was ejected off the vehicle.

Meeks was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Pettis County E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:44pm at 2794 Route M.

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN SALINE COUNTY CRASH 6/26/15RK


A Columbia man suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Saline County Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a tractor trailer, driven by 46-year-old Roberto Maysonet, of Ohio, was slowed due to traffic and was overtaken and struck in the rear by a Mitsubishi, driven by 20-year-old Vincent Altomari, of Columbia.

Maysonet reportedly escaped injury, but Altomari was transported to University Hospital by Sweet Springs E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:32pm on westbound I-70 at the 74 mile marker.

CMU LIBRARY RECEIVES GRANT 6/25/15RK


An area university has received a grant for its library to share resources.

According to a news release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has awarded the Smiley Library in Cupples Hall a Digital Resources for Teaching and Learning grant valued at $20,000.

The grant will provide money for resources, training and traveling to set up a CMU exchange program with other colleges and universities for campus items that are non-textual in nature. Training will include webinars this summer, appropriate software, and travel to the first consortium meeting in September in Washington, D.C.

Central’s shared areas will include the life stories that are an ongoing project of the English Department; physical artifacts, especially of the Civil War, from the Stephens Museum; and the military history of Central College (now CMU) from the Civil War forward.

The grant is for four years. The official agreement is expected to be signed in early July.

WARRENSBURG P.D. REPORTS ATTEMPTS TO DEFRAUD RESIDENTS 6/25/15RK


Recent attempts have been made to defraud citizens in an area city.

According to a release from the Warrensburg Police Department, on Wednesday, the department was made aware of a security company that was soliciting inside of the city and stating it was endorsed by the Warrensburg Police Department. The name of the security company is unknown, but the Warrensburg Police Department does not endorse any security companies.

The Police Department also has fielded a number of phone calls of someone "ghosting" the department phone number of (660) 747-9133 where a caller with a foreign accent portrays he is with the police department. There also have been reports from a male with a foreign accent calling people and saying he is with the Chesterfield Police Department or the IRS, attempting to convince the person to pay their education taxes. The calls are not legitimate.

If you have any questions, call the Warrensburg Police Department at (660) 747-9134.

BOONVILLE MAN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY CRASH 6/25/15RK


A Boonville man suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Cole County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Chevrolet Express, driven by 20-year-old Brandon Herman, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Herman was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:35pm on U.S. Highway 54 near Sandy Fork Road.

WARRENSBURG MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 6/25/15RK


A Warrensburg man was sent to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the trailer being pulled by a northbound 1995 Ford, driven by 43-year-old Jeffery Harris, of Warrensburg, struck a pothole. That caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which started to slide and traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned into a ditch.

Harris was transported by Johnson County E.M.S. to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.

The crash happened just before 4:30pm on Northeast 151, one-tenth of a mile south of Missouri 13.

TWO SEDALIA RESIDENTS HURT IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 6/25/15RK


Two Sedalia residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound 2005 Mercury, driven by 74-year-old Phyllis Snead, of Sedalia, reportedly pulled into the path of a westbound Oldsmobile, driven by 25-year-old Ryan Toombs, of Lebanon, at a controlled intersection and was struck by the Oldsmobile.

Snead, and a passenger in her car, 46-year-old Jamie Wendel, of Sedalia, suffered minor injuries and were taken by Pettis County E.M.S. to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia for treatment.

Toombs, and a 14-year-old passenger in his car, of Lebanon, had their minor injuries treated at the scene.

The crash happened just before noon on U.S. Highway 50 at Route M.

SLATER SCHOOL BOARD SETS OUT-OF-DISTRICT TUITION RATES 6/24/15RK


During the meeting of the Slater School Board on Tuesday night, the board approved the out-of-district tuition rates, according to Superintendent Dr. Terry Lorenz.



Lorenz added the tuition rates for preschool will see a slight increase.



In other business, the board approved a bid for roughly $16,000 for installation of cameras, appointed a Homeless Coordinator, approved bus routes and adopted the ending 2014-15 budget as the new budget for 2015-16.

POWER LINES DOWN FOR A TIME TODAY IN SEDALIA 6/24/15RK


For a little more than an hour and a half this afternoon, authorities in an area city were advising its citizens to use extreme caution at an intersection due to a possible hazard.

According to a release from the Pettis County Sheriff's Office, at 1:00pm, the Sedalia Police Department advised residents that the intersection of 3rd Street and State Fair Boulevard in Sedalia was closed due to downed power lines. Kansas City Power & Light repair trucks responded to the intersection, took care of the hazard, and the intersection was reopened to traffic at about 2:40pm.

According to a spokesperson at the Sheriff's Office, there were no injuries nor incidents during the time the power lines were down.

WARRENSBURG NOW OFFERING ONLINE PAYMENT OPTION FOR SEWER BILLS 6/24/15RK


An area city is now offering a way to make it easier for residents to pay one of their monthly bills.

According to a news release, the City of Warrensburg has announced it now offers online and auto-pay options for sewer bills. Residents will now be able to access their accounts online. One-time bill pay options will also be available with a variety of ways to pay. Automatic monthly bill pay may also be set up during this time.

Bills may be paid with cash, checks, debit and credit card accounts through Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Services at BI-LO, City Hall and over the phone will continue to be available, as well. Residents can expect an insert in their next bill.

Some stipulations do apply when paying at certain locations, and there will be a transaction fee of $1.25 applied to online payments.

You can get more information or set up an account at www.warrensburg-mo.com/sewer-billing  or by calling the Sewer Utility Department at (660) 262-4549.

CLINTON RESIDENT HURT IN HENRY COUNTY CRASH 6/24/15RK


A Clinton resident was taken to the hospital after suffering injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Henry County on Tuesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by 21-year-old Stephanie Stansberry, of Clinton, was stopped to make a left-hand turn and was struck in the rear by a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 18-year-old Alexander Jones, of Clinton.

While Jones was reportedly not injured, Stansberry was taken to Golden Valley Hospital by E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:10pm on Missouri 7 at Northeast 201st Road.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF TEACHER, HIRES OTHERS 6/24/15RK


Several actions were taken by the Marshall School Board in executive session on Tuesday night.

First, the board accepted the resignation of first-grade teacher Ariane O’Day, according to a news release from the district.

The board also approved the employment of several teachers, paraprofessionals, coaches and a custodian and a permanent substitute bus driver in the district.

The board also approved a $1,000 raise for Jim Heinzler, Lance Tobin, Janine Machholz, Rendy Maupin, Paige Clouse, Renee Vaught, Susan Angelhow, Derek Lark, and Terri Porter.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD MOVES MONEY TO PAY FOR PROJECTS 6/24/15RK


With the end of the fiscal year on June 30th, on Tuesday night the Marshall School Board voted to move some money from one fund to another to cover costs of special projects. The total cost of the special projects, which includes $258,000 to renovate the current baseball field into a facility that can be used for softball and perhaps Little League games with an Astroturf infield, and $110,000 for roof repairs, was $388,000.

The board also voted to move $165,911.94 from the General Fund to the Capital Projects Fund, the maximum amount allowable. The money will be used to build a balance in the Capital Projects Fund and enter into a lease-purchase agreement for the purchase of buses for the 2015-16 school year.

Also moved were all remaining funds from the Teachers' Fund, after all expenditures after all of the expenditures of the 2015 school year have been paid, to the General Fund.

SEARCH FOR PRINCIPAL IN MARSHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT IS UNDER WAY 6/24/15RK


Dr. Carol Maher, Superintendent of the Marshall School District, said during the meeting of the school board Tuesday night, the district has opened the search for a principal at Eastwood Elementary School. The district will be accepting resumes for possible candidates until Monday, June 29th.



In other business, the board heard projections of revenues and expenditures for the 2015-16 school year from Dr. Maher. She has conservatively projected the numbers to leave a projected balance of just under $4 million.

ALL MARSHALL SCHOOLS TO HAVE SALAD BARS 6/24/15RK


There will be another option for students in some of the schools in the Marshall Public School District for lunch this year, according to Director of Student Services Terri Porter.



Later during the meeting of the Marshall School Board on Tuesday night, Porter requested the board approve a slight hike of five cents in the lunch and breakfast prices after a paid lunch equity calculation was figured. The new prices would be:



Porter pointed out, free and reduced prices will stay the same.
The board voted to approve the requested raise in prices.

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MISSING MORGAN COUNTY TEEN 6/24/15RK


UPDATE: An Endangered Person Advisory that was issued in Morgan County Tuesday for a missing teenager has been canceled.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol early this Thursday morning, 16-year-old Kiaira Burris, of Versailles, was located and is safe.

An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued for a Morgan County teenager.

According to a release from the Versailles Police Department, the missing person is Kiaira Lazae Burris, a 16-year-old black female, who is 5-foot-7, 175 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a tattoo of a rose outline on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a brown and tan sleeveless sundress, black sandals with pearls and carrying a black backpack containing clothes.

The release says, Burris left with an unknown subject from McDonald's in Versailles at 3:00pm on Tuesday. At 9:30pm, Burris' mother received a phone call from Burris from an unknown number. Burris was crying and sounded distraught. An unknown male subject came on the line and stated "I hid the body" several times before disconnecting.


UPDATE: Authorities are looking for a gray-colored Chevrolet Malibu with tinted windows and damage to its front end. It was last seen on Tuesday at 7:00pm in Columbia. A possible associate or suspect could be Antonio Jerel Primer, Jr., a 20-year-old black male who is 6-foot-6, 250 pounds and has brown eyes.


Anyone having any information on the whereabouts of Burris, the suspect, associate or vehicle is being urged to call 911 or the Versailles Police Department at (573) 378-5481 immediately.

SALINE C.A.R.T. FUNDS INCREASE FROM 2014 6/23/15CC


Saline County Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr. gave an update on funds received from the County Aid Road Trust, or C.A.R.T. fund, at Tuesday morning's meeting of the Saline County Commission:



All total, the county has received over $395,000 from the C.A.R.T. fund in the first six months of 2015.

GRAND PASS BRIDGE PROJECT UNDERWAY IN SALINE COUNTY 6/23/15CC


At the Tuesday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on the progress of the Grand Pass Bridge project:



Fenner gave commissioners a rough timeline of how long the work will take to complete:



In other business, the Commission were updated on County Aid Road Trust funds and approved seventeen requests for liquor licenses for area retailers.

PETTIS CRASH INJURES MARSHALL WOMAN 6/23/15CC


A one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Tuesday left a Marshall woman with moderate injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

Reports say it happened when a southbound 2006 Nissan driven by 34-year-old Maria Miranda, of Marshall, ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and then ran off the road again. The vehicle overturned, resulting in extensive damages.

Miranda was taken from the scene to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment. Reports say the crash occurred around 7:23am on Route H, just south of Elliot Road in Pettis County.

CARROLLTON TRUCK DRIVER STRUCK BY TRAIN 6/23/15CC


An area man has been hospitalized after the truck he was driving was struck by a train at a Ray County crossing on Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 59-year-old Clifford Burkhardt, of Carrollton, was northbound in a 2012 Freightliner and attempted to travel over a rail crossing. The truck was struck by the engine car of a train driven by 40-year-old Jonathan Davis, of Moberly.

Burkhardt suffered serious injuries and was taken from the scene to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment.

Patrol reports say the accident happened around 10:44am at the crossing at Pigs Landing and Fleming Road.

HOWARD COUNTY RECEIVES 'GOOD' AUDIT RATING 6/23/15RK


An area county received a "good" performance rating during an audit recently conducted.

According to a news release, Howard County received a better rating than it did four years ago. The audit report from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway's audit team includes information collected for the December 31st, 2014, audit period.

Prior to this report, Howard County's most recent audit was released in August 2011 with a performance rating of "poor."

Audit staff noted findings in four areas, including prosecuting attorney accounting controls and procedures, sheriff financial controls and procedures, public administrator disbursements and proper accounting of road and bridge sales tax.

The complete report of the Howard County audit is available on the auditor's website at www.auditor.mo.gov.

SEDALIA COUNCIL APPROVES ORDINANCES INVOLVING ANIMAL SHELTER 6/23/15RK


At a special meeting of the Sedalia City Council on Monday, the council approved several ordinances involving the Sedalia Animal Shelter.

According to a city official, the city will be taking over the Sedalia Animal Shelter on July 1st of this year, and the council approved agreements with the Spay & Neuter Clinic, LLC, and the Thompson Hills Animal Clinic for veterinary services needed for the animals. The council also adopted an ordinance establishing a fee schedule for adoption of cats and dogs from the animal shelter.

In other business, the council also approved a nonexclusive easement so that a bus shelter can be built on South Moniteau Avenue.

TWO SUSPECTS APPREHENDED, ONE REMAINS AT-LARGE IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY PURSUITS 6/2


Multiple vehicle pursuits in Lafayette County on Monday have resulted in the arrests of two persons from the Kansas City area, but one man remains at-large.

According to a release from the Lafayette County Sheriff's Department, the office received a call at 4:00pm with the report of a burglary in progress south of Bates City.

As Deputies were responding, they encountered a vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. However, the vehicle sped off and subsequently crashed at the intersection of Highways OO and TT. A 56-year-old man from Kansas City was taken into custody, but another man and a woman from the vehicle fled the scene on foot.

About 20 minutes later, a truck was reported stolen west of the crash scene, and at 4:30, the truck became disabled and the 27-year-old woman from Olathe, Kansas, who had fled the original scene, was later taken into custody in a business parking lot as she attempted to get into other vehicles.

The two suspects who have been taken into custody are awaiting the filing of formal charges.

The other man has not been apprehended and remains at-large. At 2:00am today, a work truck was reported stolen from Gillen Road. It is believed to be related to the Monday incident.

No other information is available at this time.

VIRGINIA TEEN HURT IN TOWED WATERSPORT MISHAP 6/23/15RK


A Warrensburg man escaped injury, while a resident of the state of Virginia suffered minor injuries in a boating accident in Camden County on Monday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Water Patrol, 40-year-old Christopher Moore, of Warrensburg, was driving a boat that was towing persons on a tube. When the tube was pulled over a large wake, it caused one of the people to fall off the tube and into the water.

A 13-year-old from Virginia was taken by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

The accident happened at 5:30pm at the 7.8 mile marker on the Grand Glaize Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks.

SEDALIA STUDENTS ATTEND LEADERSHIP SEMINAR 6/23/15RK


According to a release from the Sedalia 200 School District, three Smith-Cotton High School students attended the Hugh O'Brian State Leadership Seminar June 5th through 7th in Cape Girardeau.

According to the organization's website, www.hoby.org, the State Leadership Seminar is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.

Approximately 130 students participated in the Missouri seminar. All members of the Smith-Cotton Student Council, were selected to participate in the program.

Pictured, from left, are sophomores Bailey Smith, Sarah Skrzypczak and Emily Edwards.

BOONVILLE MAN HAS PROBATION REVOKED, CHARGED WITH FELONY 6/23/15RK


Boonville Police served a warrant for the arrest of William Ryan Ferguson on Monday, June 22nd.

Ferguson, who was subsequently transported to the Cooper County Detention Center, was charged with a Felony Class C of Theft/Stealing of at least $500 but less than $25,000 in January. He received probation, but the probation was revoked on Thursday, June 18th, according to online court documents.

Ferguson also faces other charges, including a Class C Felony for Forgery.

Bond has been set at $3,000.

A future court date has not yet been set.

PEARCE APPLAUDS EATING DISORDER BILL SIGNED BY NIXON 6/22/15


Eating disorders are life-threatening and can require long periods of treatment to get over.

The sponsor of a bill signed by Governor Nixon, Senator David Pearce, says unfortunately those who suffer from those disorders generally don't get all the help they need:



Pearce says patients require mental health treatment to keep from falling back into a dangerous condition:



Pearce says he got involved with the issue because of family in his hometown, Warrensburg, who had a daughter that died due to an eating disorder.

 
---MISSOURINET NEWS
 

TRUCK ROLLOVER INJURES PILOT GROVE MAN 6/22/15CC


A Pilot Grove man escaped serious injury Monday when he rolled his pickup on an area roadway.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened as 23-year-old Taylor Glenn was northbound in a 2010 GMC. The truck ran off the right side of the road and then off the left side where it then overturned. The truck was reportedly totaled in the crash.

Glenn received minor injuries and was taken by private vehicle to seek his own treatment.

The Patrol says the accident happened around 1:15pm on Route E, just north of Murray Drive in Boone County.

MAN IMPRISONED FOR MURDERING MARSHALL WOMAN DIES IN HOSPITAL 6/22/15CC


A man imprisoned for murdering and dismembering a Marshall woman last year has died.

67-year-old Joseph Arbeiter, of Sedalia, pleaded guilty in December to several crimes including first-degree murder for killing 35-year-old Mandy Black, whose remains were found in several shallow graves in May of 2014.

He was serving life without parole for that and crimes committed against a neighbor in an attack in April of 2014.

Arbeiter had gone to prison before, for murdering a mother of two in 1963 when he was 15. His life sentence for that crime was overturned because of the way the confession from the then-juvenile was taken by police.

The Corrections Department reports he died of apparent natural causes in a Columbia hospital.

 
---MISSOURINET NEWS
 

VETERAN'S OUTREACH EVENT THIS THURSDAY IN MARSHALL 6/22/15CC


The Columbia Vet Center, an office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has announced an outreach event for veterans and their families this week in Marshall.

A news release says the event is designed to discuss veterans benefits and to answer questions about services provided by Vet Center Staff. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet Vet Center staff, learn more about Vet Centers and learn about the 40-foot mobile Vet Center, used for veterans outreach projects and for national emergencies.

The event takes place on Thursday, June 25th from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the WalMart Supercenter at 885 Cherokee Drive in Marshall.

For questions or more information call (573) 814-6308.

DRIVER'S EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED ON JULY 3RD 6/22/15RK


Those wishing to take driver's examinations will be out of luck on Friday, July 3rd.

According to a news release, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed that day in observance of the Independence Day Holiday. Normal operations will resume on Monday, July 6th.

The Patrol also reminds Missouri residents, approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are not at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BURGLARY IN MIAMI 6/22/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an alleged burglary.

According to a report from the Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, he was dispatched to a residence on East Mechanic in Miami with the report of an alleged breaking and entering.

The residents advised the Deputy they had just returned home and heard a loud noise in the back of the house.

After the Deputy's arrival, he and the residents walked around the property and observed pry marks on the back door. However, the residents did not notice anything missing from the property.

The Deputy did notice a path of crass where it appeared someone had walked. He trailed it to a wooded area, where the trail ended.

Pictures were taken of the damage to the door.

The investigation into the alleged burglary continues.

OAK GROVE MAN SUFFERS MINOR INJURIES IN CRASH 6/22/15RK


An Oak Grove man totaled his truck and suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Jackson County earlier today.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford, driven by 20-year-old Kyle Sutton, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

Sutton was transported to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment.

The crash happened just before 9:00am on Highway F, a quarter of a mile south of J.W. Cummings Road.

MODOT NAMES STATE MAINTENANCE ENGINEER 6/22/15RK


The Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) has named a successor to a retiree.

According to a news release from MoDOT, Becky Allmeroth, who has served the Missouri Department of Transportation for the past 19 years, has been named state maintenance engineer following the retirement last month of Beth Wright.

Allmeroth is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T).

Allmeroth started her MoDOT career as a highway designer in Willow Springs. In 1996, she transferred to the St. Louis District where she has worked in planning, federal aid and traffic.

For the past six years, Allmeroth has served as maintenance and traffic-operations engineer for the St. Louis region.

DRIVER KILLED IN ONE-VEHICLE CRASH IN COLUMBIA 6/22/15RK


The 72-year-old driver of a Toyota Camry was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Columbia on Sunday.

According to a report from the Columbia Police Department, a silver Toyota Camry was traveling northbound in the 300 block of William Street, when the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.

The Driver, who had to be removed from the vehicle by medical and fire personnel, was transported from the scene by E.M.S. personnel to University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Speed and/or impairment by drugs/Alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash, which happened just before 2:00pm.

The investigation is ongoing.

MARSHALL FIREMEN BATTLE CAR BLAZE AT WALMART 6/22/15RK


There was excitement and some tension in the parking lot of the Marshall Walmart at 855 Cherokee Avenue on Sunday, and it had nothing to do with a sale.

The Marshall Fire Department was called out to battle a vehicle fire and had it under control within minutes.

According to Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day, department personnel were called out at 4:24pm and were on the scene in less than two minutes. The fire was under control within three minutes.

He said the fire started in the engine compartment of a Dodge Minivan, which was valued at $18,000. The estimated loss to the vehicle was $17,000 and $500 to $1,000 to its contents. The blaze was possibly caused by electrical failure.

Day said two other vehicles in the area suffered heat damage, but no dollar estimate was given.

There were no injuries.

The four fire-department personnel were back at the station at 4:48pm.

TWO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS HURT IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY CRASH 6/22/15RK


Two out-of-state residents were injured in a one-vehicle crash in Lafayette County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as the driver of a Ford Expedition, reportedly lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle and its towed unit traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

The driver, 53-year-old Susan Williams, of Utah, and a passenger, 31-year-old Makay Oakey, of Florida, each suffered minor injuries. They were transported by Odessa Ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:15pm on westbound I-70 at the 33.4 mile marker.

MARSHALL ADMINISTRATORS ATTEND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY 6/22/15RK


Two Marshall Public Schools administrators studied with Missouri leaders at a recent event.

According to a news release from Marshall Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher, Bueker Middle School Assistant Principal Susan Angelhow and Marshall High School Assistant Principal Ian Verts returned this week from attending the Leadership Academy, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Due to his summer school duties, Marshall High School Principal Jim Heinzler will join the Leadership Academy in the fall.

The 2015-16 Leadership Academy this week kicked off its year-long training for more than 100 school leaders from around the state. The Leadership Academy has offered training in the central principles of development for school leaders for three decades, celebrating the graduation of its 30th class this year.

ONE ROAD CLOSED IN CARROLL, RAY COUNTIES 6/22/15RK


With heavy rainfall hitting the area on Sunday, two roads in the KMMO listening area have been closed due to high water.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Information Map, in Carroll County, Route D at Wakenda Creek was closed to traffic as of 8:25 last night.

In Ray County, Route O at Fishing River was closed to traffic as of 2:45 this morning.

HOLDEN MAN INJURED IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 6/22/15RK


A Holden man was injured in a one-car crash in Johnson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened as a Chevrolet, driven by Travis Wickman, traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and reportedly overcorrected. The vehicle then traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the ground and overturned.

Wickman was transported by Johnson County Ambulance to Lee's Summit Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened at 4:30pm on Southwest 1501st Road, south of Southwest 400th Road.

ROCHEPORT MAN INJURED IN MERCER COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH 6/22/15RK


A Rocehport man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Mercer County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 48-year-old Roger Allen reportedly lost control of the westbound Harley Davidson he was driving on wet pavement going around a right-hand curve. The bike reportedly went into a clockwise spin, traveled off the right side of the roadway and into a ditch, ejecting the driver.

Allen was taken by Mercer County E.M.S. to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:35pm on U.S. Highway 136, three miles east of Trenton.

OAK GROVE TEEN HURT IN JACKSON COUNTY CRASH 6/22/15RK


A teen driver from Oak Grove suffered moderate injuries in a one-car crash in Jackson County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 16-year-old Destiny Campbell reportedly lost control of the northbound Chevrolet she was driving on wet pavement in a curve. The car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.

Campbell was transported by ambulance to Centerpoint Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:55pm on Route F, one-half mile south of Grayum.

MIZZOU DEFENSIVE LINEMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ONE-CAR CRASH 6/22/15RK


A University of Missouri football player was seriously injured in a one-car crash in Boone County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chrysler Concorde, driven by 21-year-old Harold Brantley, of Columbia, traveled off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, slid off the right side of the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned.

The defensive lineman was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment. Also suffering minor injuries was a 21-year-old passenger in the car, Madeleine Stock, of Columbia. She also was transported to University Hospital by ambulance for treatment.

The crash happened at 1:55pm on U.S. Highway 63, one-half a mile south of the KOMU News Station.

LAFAYETTE CO. HEALTH DEPARTMENT CLOSED THIS FRIDAY 6/21/15CC


The Lafayette County Health Department has announced that it will be closed this Friday, June 26th.

The Department will close on Friday only for renovations; regular hours will resume on Monday, June 29th at 8:00am.

A spokesperson says during the closing, birth and death certificates can be obtained at the Ray County Health Department in Richmond.

For more information, contact the Lafayette County Health Department at (660) 259-4371.

MORE COOPER COUNTY CULVERT WORK PLANNED 6/21/15CC


According to MoDOT, culvert pipe replacement on Route 179, between Interstate 70 and Route P in Cooper County, will take place today through Thursday, July 2nd. The road will be closed from 8:00 to 4:00pm; motorists are advised to find an alternate route around the work area.

Also, any asphalt work remaining for the culvert replacement locations on Route 179 between I-70 and the Moniteau County Line will be completed on Monday, June 22, weather permitting. The contractor has been placing asphalt over each of the seven culverts replaced earlier this summer.

While work is taking place, the road will be completely closed at each location for a period of 2-3 hours. The contractor began at the southernmost culvert between Copps Chapel Road and Big Lick Road, and has been working north.

Message boards will be at either end of the project limits alerting traffic as each closure occurs. Signed detours are in place.

MODOT WORK SLATED FOR HOWARD COUNTY 6/21/15CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation has scheduled a couple of road projects during daylight hours over the next two weeks in Howard County:

* Route K between Route 87 and County Road 319 - Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 22nd through Thursday, June 25th. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

* Route Z between Route 87 and Route J - Roadway maintenance will take place Monday, June 29th through Thursday, July 2nd. One lane will be open, and crews will flag traffic through the work area.

All work is weather permitting; for more information visit www.modot.org.

FIRE VS. POLICE BLOOD DRIVE TAKES PLACE FRIDAY 6/21/15CC


The City of Warrensburg will host a blood drive on Friday, June 26th.

A news release says the annual Fire vs. Police Blood Drive will take place from 10:00am until 6:00pm on Friday at the Warrensburg Community Center. The Center is located at 445 East Gay Street.

For questions or more information, call (660) 747-2265.

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVES THIS WEEK 6/21/15CC


Several American Red Cross blood drives are scheduled in the area this week:

* On Monday, a drive will be held in Pettis County from 2:00-6:00pm at East Sedalia Baptist Church at 1019 East 5th Street in Sedalia.

* On Tuesday, a drive will take place in Cooper County from 1:00-7:00pm at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pilot Grove. The church is located at 407 Harris Street.

* Also in Cooper County, on Wednesday the Red Cross will host a blood drive at Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville; the drive runs from 2:00-6:00pm.

* On Friday in Saline County, a drive is scheduled for 2:00-6:00pm at First United Methodist Church at 225 East Arrow Street in Marshall.

For more information or to make an appointment, call (800) RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

ANNUAL KATY TRAIL RIDE ROLLS THROUGH MID-MISSOURI 6/21/15CC


Starting Monday, some 350 bicyclists will begin a 232-mile journey from Clinton to St. Charles on Katy Trail State Park.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Katy Trail is the theme for the 15th annual five-day bicycle ride. Missouri State Parks and the Missouri State Parks Foundation are hosting the five-day tour with overnight stops in Sedalia, Boonville, Mokane and Marthasville.

The riders meet Sunday night in Clinton for a rider's meeting; Monday they set out from Clinton at 7:30am, riding for Liberty Park in Sedalia. On Tuesday morning they ride for Kemper Park in Boonville; Wednesday they head out to complete the trail through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

For more on Katy Trail State Park, visit www.katytrailstatepark.com.

AREA F.B.L.A. STUDENTS HEAD TO CHICAGO 6/21/15RK


Some area college students will make their way to the Windy City in a couple of days.

According to a release from State Fair Community College in Sedalia, three students have qualified to compete at the National Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) leadership conference this Wednesday through Saturday in Chicago.

Deana Taylor, of Sedalia; Maddie Davis, of Jefferson City; and Matt Smith, of Knob Noster; qualified April 11th at the PBL state leadership conference in Springfield. Taylor finished second in Retail Management, fourth in Computer Applications and fifth in Word Processing; Davis placed second in Client Service; and Smith finished third in Justice Administration and fifth in Cyber Security.

PBL is a nonprofit education association that prepares students for careers in business and business education.

ENDANGERED ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MISSING CANTON BOYS 6/21/15CC


UPDATE (1:30pm on Sunday, June 21): This advisory has been cancelled. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the two boys have been located safely. No other information has been made available by authorities.

An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued for two boys reportedly taken from the city of Canton who were last seen in Hannibal.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 8-year-old Draven Tate and 6-year-old Zack Allen Tate are believed to have been taken by their father, 28-year-old Kyle Tate at around 1:30am Sunday morning in the northeast Missouri community of Canton.


Six-year-old Zack Tate (L) and eight-year-old Draven Tate (R)

The father was reportedly involved in a domestic disturbance involving a weapon before fleeing with the two boys. He is believed to be armed at present and has reportedly made threats against the boys's mothers both in Canton and in Clinton, Oklahoma.

Kyle Tate is described as a white male, six-foot-one and weighing about 220 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. The three are believed to en route to Oklahoma in a silver 2001 Chevy Impala with Missouri license plates KJ2M8H. They were last seen in Hannibal around 3:15am Sunday morning.

Anyone with who has seen or has any information about the missing boys and their father is urged to contact their nearest law enforcement agency or the Canton Police Department at (573) 288-4412.

KNOB NOSTER RIDER HURT IN HENRY CO. CRASH 6/21/15CC


An all-terrain vehicle accident on Saturday night has left a Knob Noster man with serious injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 34-year-old Christopher Pearson was southbound on a 2015 Polaris Sportsman at around 11:57pm and reportedly failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle ran off the side of the roadway, overturned and ejected Pearson.

The rider was taken from the scene by helicopter to Research Hospital for treatment. The Patrol says it happened on Northwest 501st Road, just south of Highway N in Henry County.

CULVERT WORK SLATED FOR COOPER COUNTY 6/20/15CC


Road work will close a few roadways in Cooper County in the coming week.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, crews will replace culvert pipes in the following locations:

* Route U between Debo Road and Doyle Road. The work will take place from 7:00am until 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 23rd.

* Route EE between Providence School Road and Kirschman Road. The work will take place from 7:00am until 4:00pm on Thursday, June 25th.

Traffic will be detoured around the work areas.

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

NEW FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD TALKS BUDGET, UPGRADES 6/20/15CC


The New Franklin R-1 School Board is looking at the possibility of taking on construction projects aimed at improving district facilities.

According to Superintendent David Haggard, the board met last week and discussed the district's facilities plan:



Along with security and door upgrades, Haggard says there is one area the board feels demands the most attention when it comes to improving facilities:



He says the board will spend time soon deciding how best to fund the upgrades, including the possibility of a ballot measure in a future election.

In other business, the board voted to close out last year's budget and finalize the budget for next school year. Haggard talks about some expenditures that have been factored in for next year to benefit both teachers and students:



Haggard says the board also reviewed and approved changes to student handbooks and approved seeking bids for food and fuel items for next school year.

RAIN FORCES SLOWDOWN FOR BOONVILLE SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION WORK 6/20/15CC


At this week's meeting of the Boonville R-1 Board of Education, board members learned about delays in some of the district's ongoing construction projects.

According to a district spokesperson, recent heavy rains have slowed down dirt and concrete work at multiple work sites; however, some work on window replacement and new security doors has been able to be carried out. Crews are focusing right now on work at Laura Speed Elliott Elementary and David Barton Middle School.

In other business, the board approved the final budget for 2014-15, approved the preliminary budget for 2015-16 and approved final bus routes.

Board members also appointed Pam Jaeger as Board Secretary for the 2015-16 school year.

MARSHALL FIRE CHIEF TALKS FIREWORKS SAFETY 6/20/15CC


With the Independence Day Holiday just two weeks away, Marshall Fire Chief Tony Day reminds residents to be aware of city fireworks regulations and safety.

Chief Day offers some tips to stay safe while shooting off fireworks:



Day says if a firework has a report, it cannot be shot off in Marshall, including firecrackers and bottle rockets. He says there are many fireworks, however, that are legal:



He says residents who are caught shooting off unapproved fireworks will most likely be ticketed.

In Marshall, fireworks can be shot off only between 10:00am and 10:00pm on the Fourth of July and they are not legal during any other time on the Fourth or any other day.

EMERGENCY DRILL NEAR GREEN RIDGE ON SATURDAY 6/20/15CC


Officials in Pettis County are holding an emergency training session today (Saturday, June 20th).

A release from the Pettis County Sheriffs office says law,fire, and EMS personnel are involved in a training exercise near Green Ridge. The drill began around 10:15am.

The release says it is only a training exercise and not a real-world situation; the public is encouraged to disregard the activity and not to be alarmed.

Questions or comments can be directed to the Pettis County Sheriffs office at (660) 827-0052.

MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE, BOUWS HONORED AT MARSHALL CHAMBER BANQUET 6/19/15CC


At the 94th annual Marshall Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Thursday, Missouri Valley College was named the 2015 Business of the Year.

The college's presence in the Marshall community for over a century and its ongoing role with the Chamber were cited as just a few reasons the award was bestowed upon the university.

Also on Thursday, Comfort Inn Marshall Station General Manager Gracie Bouws received the Chamber award for 2015 Citizen of the Year.

The annual event was held at the Martin Community Center in Marshall and featured recognition of past and present chamber board members and entertainment by local performers The Morton Sisters.

MoDOT TO WORK ON I-70 NEXT WEEK 6/19/15CC


Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will be busy next week with work on Interstate 70 in a number of area locations.

According to MoDOT, crews will be working in the westbound lanes of I-70 from the Saline County line to the Montgomery County line. Drivers can expect a single lane closure from 7:00pm until 6:00am on Monday, June 22nd and Tuesday, June 23rd.

In addition, motorists heading for Columbia will need to be aware that crews will repair the asphalt pavement on Interstate 70 between Route Z and Stadium Boulevard on Monday, June 22nd and Tuesday, June 23rd. Drivers can expect a single lane closure from 7:00pm to 6:00am on those days.

For more information about this or any MoDOT project, call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org.

CITY OF SEDALIA NAMES JUNE YARD CONTEST WINNERS 6/19/15CC


The city of Sedalia has announced the winners of its monthly "Way to Grow!" Yard of the Month contest for the month of June.

According to a release, the prize for the city's First Ward went to Jerry Ann Mayfield, of 2003 West Broadway; the Second Ward and Grand Prize award went to Elwanda Tanner and Darrell Dodson, of 901 East Broadway; Third Ward honors were awarded to Erin Setzer, of 1107 Ware; and Fourth Ward prize went o Bob & Laura Heitmeyer, of 3208 Buckingham Drive.

You can find out more about the "Way to Grow!" monthly contest by visiting www.cityofsedalia.com or by stopping by the Mayor's office at 200 South Osage Avenue.

Entries for the July contest must be submitted by Friday, July 10th.

FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES YMCA PROGRAM 6/18/15CC


The Fayette R-3 School Board met in regular session this week with a number of items up for board consideration.

The board approved both the final budget for 2014-15 and the budget for the upcoming 2015-16 school year.

Members also approved increases in meal prices for next year; breakfast and lunch will go up by $.15 while extra milk will increase by $.02.

Board members also gave the o.k. to the Boonville YMCA using a facility at Daly Clark school for a before and after school program beginning with the 2015-16 school year.

The board also gave approval to changing the start time of school board meetings from 6:00pm to 6:30pm.

KOSTER TO CRACK DOWN ON "STORM-CHASERS" 6/19/15CC


Attorney General Chris Koster on Friday warned consumers to be alert for possible "storm-chasers" following the heavy rains and flooding across Missouri.

Koster says that his office will pursue action against anyone who takes advantage of Missouri consumers in the aftermath of storms.

Koster says storm-chasers typically go door-to-door offering to provide repair or clean-up services. They often claim to be recovery experts or contractors specializing in flood repairs. In reality, these storm-chasers provide shoddy or no work after taking up-front payment, and then flee the area, leaving the homeowner with little or no recourse.

To read tips on how to avoid being scammed by a storm-chaser, visit the Attorney General online at www.ago.mo.gov; you can also call (800) 392-8222.

C.M.U. ALUMNI TO STRIKE UP THE BAND ON SATURDAY 6/19/15CC


Each year, the month of June brings the Central Methodist University Alumni Band Concert.

This year's Alumni Band concert is Saturday, June 20, at 7:30pm in the Spalding Room of the Inman Student and Community Center on the Fayette campus of Central Methodist. About 50 CMU alumni will gather for a single full day of practice and performance.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Many of the musicians haven’t played together since at least this time last year. They come from all areas of Missouri, and beyond, and from all walks of life. They register at 8:30am in the morning, practice until 5:00pm and then perform the annual concert.

For more information, call (660) 248-6238.

LIVING CENTER CAR SHOW ROLLS INTO MARSHALL ON SATURDAY 6/19/15CC


The annual car show presented by The Living Center in Marshall takes place Saturday, June 20th.

Classic cars and rides will be on display from 10:00am until 12:30pm in the parking lot of The Living Center at 2506 Linden Tree Parkway. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Center's Resident Council.

Trophies will be awarded for the best cars and refreshments available, along with live music.

For questions or more information, call (660) 886-0194.

WARRENSBURG MAN SENTENCED ON CHILD PORN CHARGES 6/18/15CC


A Warrensburg man has been sentenced in federal court for distributing and possessing hundreds of thousands of images of child pornography.

According to the U.S. Western District Attorney's office, 52-year-old Richard Alan Sigsbury was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 21 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole.

In October of 2014, Sigsbury pleaded guilty to four counts of distributing child pornography, four counts of advertising child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of possessing child obscenity.

The defendant admitted that he was in possession of more than 500,000 images of child pornography and more than 600 videos of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children in bondage.

Sigsbury admitted that he was involved in child pornography for more than a decade.

SALINE CO. E.M.A. DIRECTOR TALKS FLOOD DAMAGE TOTALS 6/18/15CC


With heavy rains and flooding across the mid-Missouri area over the past few weeks, the bills for damages and losses in area counties are starting to pile up.

Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmit Williams spoke with the County Commission on Thursday about the dollar figure so far for damages in Saline County:



Williams says other counties in the area, like Ray County, will be paying out far more to repair damages from storms and flooding:



He says Ray County already estimates needing some $800,000 worth of gravel alone to help cover damaged roadways.

SALINE CO. COMMISSION SELLS LAND FROM BRIDGE PROJECT 6/18/15CC


At the Thursday meeting of the Saline County Commission, Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on a final piece of business regarding the recently-completed Wilton Springs bridge project:



Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey, Jr. also noted that the county's annual audit is right around the corner:



The audit will be performed by the firm Gerding, Korte and Chitwood, of Boonville.

In other business, commissioners were updated on recent emergency management training by county EMA Director Emmit Williams.

STATE INSURANCE OFFICE ADVISES POLICY REVIEW ON FLOODING 6/18/15CC


As storms and heavy rains continue to impact parts of Missouri, the Missouri Department of Insurance wants to remind homeowners to review their insurance policies now to ensure they are adequately covered if they have to file a claim.

A release from the Department of Insurance says most homeowners policies do not offer coverage for flood damage or losses and that you should check your policy under exclusions; it will probably be listed under "water damage." The department has homeowners policies from the top 20 insurance carriers available on its website for consumers to review.

Flood insurance is available through the federal government's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It may be purchased through licensed property and casualty insurance agents or through many private insurance companies. Typically, there's a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before a policy goes into effect.

To learn more call the state Department of Insurance at (573) 751-4126 or visit them on the web at www.difp.mo.gov.

FATAL CRASH IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY 6/18/15CC


A Pleasant Hill woman has been killed following a one-vehicle rollover accident in Lafayette County Thursday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened around 12:30am when a 2008 Chevrolet driven by 21-year-old Samantha Stout was traveling northbound and ran off the right side of the road. The driver reportedly overcorrected and the vehicle ran off the road again; she was ejected when the car struck an embankment.

Stout was taken from the scene to I-70 Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at around 2:05am.

Patrol reports say the accident happened on Highway 23, north of Ellmaker Road.

DeWITT WOMAN INJURED IN ROLLOVER CRASH 6/17/15CC


A Carroll County woman escaped serious injury after a one-vehicle rollover accident on Wednesday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it happened when a westbound vehicle driven by 27-year-old Kelly Carson, of DeWitt, slid off the side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.

Carson received minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says the accident happened around 7:30am on County Road 230, west of County Road 345.

MARSHALL FOOD PANTRY DIRECTOR SAYS "EAT YOUR VEGGIES" 6/17/15CC


With the official start of Summer just a few days away, the Marshall Community Food Pantry is staying busy helping to provide meals for area families in need.

Director Ron Duvall says food pantry clients right now can stock up on a variety of fresh summer vegetables:



Duvall says anyone can donate fresh veggies from their own gardens to assist the mission of the pantry:



The Community Food Pantry is located at 165 West Morgan Street in Marshall.

CITY OF SLATER PREPS FOR FOURTH OF JULY 6/17/15CC


The Independence Day holiday is right around the corner, and cities like Slater are gearing up for annual Fourth of July festivities.

Slater Administrator Gene Griffith reminds residents about the rules for fireworks inside city limits:



Griffith says the city will also host its own fireworks show, as they have in years past:



Fireworks legally go on sale across the state on Saturday, June 20th.

MARSHALL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANQUET SLATED FOR THURSDAY 6/17/15CC


The annual Marshall Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet takes place Thursday, June 18th.

This year's banquet, the 94th of its kind, is entitled "Summerfest Celebration". The event runs from 6:00pm until 11:30pm at the Martin Community Center in Marshall.

The evening gets kicked off with a "Mix and Mingle" session from 6:00-7:00pm, followed by dinner at 7:00pm. The awards program will begin at 7:30pm.

Entertainment will be provided by The Morton Sisters.

To learn about about the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, call (660) 886-3324 or visit www.marshallmochamber.com.

SLATER COUNCIL UPDATED ON SEWER STUDY 6/17/15CC


At the Tuesday meeting of the Slater City Council, members were updated about the next steps in a sewer study grant which will help the city conduct a needed survey involving sump pumps from houses of city residents.

City Administrator Gene Griffith explains:



The city recently applied for and received the grant of $47,000 to help conduct the survey.

Griffith says the council also discussed summer trash pickup schedules:



Inother business, the council talked about upcoming events in Slater, including the Steve McQueen Day Car Show and the Fourth of July fireworks show.

SEDALIA WOMAN INJURED IN ONE-CAR CRASH 6/17/15CC


A one-vehicle accident in Pettis County on Tuesday left an area woman with minor injuries.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when a westbound vehicle driven by 21-year-old Endylee Puckett, of Sedalia, ran off the side of the roadway and struck a ditch.

The driver escaped injury while a passenger, 20-year-old Deidre Harding, of Sedalia, received cuts and bruises and was treated at the scene by Pettis County EMS.

The Patrol says the crash happened around 3:30pm on U.S. Highway 50, just east of Route TT.

SALINE COMMISSION APPROVES "PURPLE HEART COUNTY" PROPOSAL 6/17/15CC


Saline County has joined the ranks of area communities designated as Purple Heart Communities.

Northern District Commissioner Charlie Guthrie explains after reading an official proclamation at Tuesday's meeting of the Saline County Commission:



Guthrie says the county, along with the cities of Marshall, Slater and Sweet Springs, will officially receive the designation at a ceremony later this year:



The city of Marshall passed a resolution for its Purple Heart City designation at the City Council meeting earlier this week.

SALINE COMMISSIONERS HEAR BRIDGE UPDATE 6/16/15CC


At Tuesday's Saline County Commission meeting , Southern District Commissioner Monte Fenner gave an update on progress on the Grand Pass Bridge:



The bridge is the next in line on the county's list of bridges to be replaced or repaired under the Missouri Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation-- or B.R.O.-- program.

Fenner says another recently-completed bridge at Wilton Springs now has a parcel of land available for the county to sell. He made a motion Tuesday to appoint an Ex-Officio Commissioner to the transaction, which is a necessary step in the process:



The county will sell the property to John and Jane Lewis at a cost of $8,000.

MAY JOB GROWTH NUMBERS RELEASED 6/16/15CC


Job growth in the Show-Me State is still on the uptick, according to state officials.

According to seasonally adjusted data released this week by the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s nonfarm payroll employment grew by 6,600 jobs in May, while the state’s unemployment rate edged up one-tenth of a point to 5.8 percent.

Industries that experienced an increase in employment in May included leisure & hospitality (up by 3,200 jobs), trade, transportation & utilities (up by 2,300 jobs), professional & business services (up by 2,100 jobs), and construction (up by 1,400 jobs).

AROUND THE AREA: CITY COUNCIL AND ALDERMEN RESULTS 6/16/15CC


The Sedalia City Council met in regular session on Monday with a light agenda.

Council members voted to approve an agreement with Poort Excavating for storm drainage improvements as part of the city's storm water master plan. The council also approved a resolution on a Community Development Block Grant and approved several liquor licenses.
------------------------------------------
It was also a short meeting for the Higginsville Board of Aldermen on Monday.

Aldermen approved adding Ambulance District worker Melinda Pogue as a part-time E.M.T., approved renewal of several liquor licenses and approved requests for fireworks sales permits to Hale Fireworks, Brian Knapp and the Higginsville Lions Club.
-------------------------------------------
The Carrollton Town Council held an equally short meeting on Monday, giving council approval to the addition of several volunteer firefighters and hearing updates from the city's Wastewater and Street Supervisors.

CULVERT WASHOUT CLOSES CHARITON CO. ROADWAY 6/16/15CC


Heavy rains in the area have led to the closing of another area roadway, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

A MoDOT release says Route D in Chariton County is closed due to a culvert washout. The damaged culvert is approximately one mile west of Route 129.

The road will remain closed between Route DD and Route 129 until the damaged culvert can be replaced.

The closure could last two weeks or more. Motorists will need to use an alternate route during the closure.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES SEVERAL CONTRACTS 6/16/15CC


The Marshall City Council on Monday approved an engineering contract with Engineering Surveys and Services, of Sedalia, for a sidewalk project on Miami Street.

City Administrator Connie Latimer talks about the project and how it's moving along:



In other business, the council approved five various contracts between the city and Marshall Municipal Utilities and also passed a resolution approving a project of the Saline County Industrial Development Authority.

MARSHALL NAMED AS "PURPLE HEART CITY" 6/16/15CC


At the Monday meeting of the Marshall City Council, a resolution was passed to name Marshall as a Purple Heart City.

Mayor Pro Tem Dan Brandt says it serves as a way to support the area's veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart award:



City Administrator Connie Latimer says Marshall is one of several area communities that have passed a similar resolution:



Other area Purple Heart Cities include Slater, Sweet Springs, Sedalia and Warrensburg.

HIGH-SPEED CHASE LEADS TO FELONY CHARGE 6/15/15CC


A felony charge has been filed against a Lees Summit woman accused of leading authorities on a high-speed chase in Carroll County in the early morning hours last weekend.

According to online court documents, 27-year-old Tierra Thomas-Moman is charged with a Class D Felony count of Resisting Arrest by Fleeing following her arrest around 3:30am on Sunday.

The woman allegedly led the Highway Patrol and Carroll County deputies on a pursuit that started in Saline County and ended near Waverly after spike strips were deployed.

Bond in the matter has been set at $5,000; an arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 24th in Saline County Circuit Court.

SLATER CITY COUNCIL TO CONVENE ON TUESDAY 6/15/15CC


The Slater City Council meets in regular session on Tuesday, June 16th.

Items on the council agenda include updates on the summer trash schedule, upcoming city events and events at the city pool. Council members will also discuss a sewer study grant.

The meeting gets underway at 7:00pm at Slater City Hall located at 232 North Main Street.

C.M.U. RENEWS DEGREE AGREEMENT WITH THREE RIVERS COLLEGE 6/15/15CC


A recent agreement between Central Methodist University and Three Rivers College will help continue a partnership between the two schools that began in 2008.

According to Central Methodist University, the Fayette university is one of three schools taking part in Three Rivers's new University Center on the Poplar Bluff community college campus. The three schools will offer Three Rivers students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree from the two-year campus.

New to the partnership with Central Methodist are agreements for degree offerings in Biology and Health Sciences, along with a number of degree programs already offered over the past seven years.

Other participating institutions are Hannibal-LaGrange University and Southeast Missouri State University.

AREA HEALTH DEPT. TO HOST MEN'S HEALTH TALKS 6/15/15CC


In recognition of Men's Health Month, the Lafayette County Health Department will host a number of presentations on men's health across the county.

A presentation will be held on Tuesday, June 16th at the Odessa Senior Center; on Thursday, June 18th at the Concordia Senior Center; Wednesday, June 24th at the Higginsville Senior Center; and Thursday, June 25th at the Margaret Gray Center in Lexington.

All presentations begin at 11:30am.

For more information, contact the Lafayette County Health Department at (660) 259-4371.

AREA MAN INJURED IN CARROLL CO. ROLLOVER CRASH 6/15/15CC


A DeWitt man was hospitalized after a one-vehicle accident on Friday in Carroll County.

According to the Highway Patrol, it happened when a southbound pickup driven by 31-year-old Josh Wilson ran off the roadway, began sliding and returned to the road. The truck ran off the opposite side, struck a fence and overturned.

Wilson suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The Patrol says it happened around 4:30am on Missouri 139 at County Road 254.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED STRONG-ARMED ROBBERY 6/14/15RK


Police detectives of an area department are investigating an alleged strong-armed robbery.

According to a release from the Columbia Police Department, officers were dispatched just after 4:40pm on Saturday, June 13th, to an alleged robbery near Seventh Street and Broadway.

The investigation revealed a male victim was approached by two black males. The suspects allegedly assaulted the victim and stole an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing the area on foot. The victim sustained minor injuries allegedly as a result of the assault.

The suspects are described as older black males with a tall, average build.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you’re asked to contact CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

CENTRALIA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH 6/14/15RK


A Centralia man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash in Columbia on Saturday.

According to a report from the Columbia Police Department, the crash occurred as a northbound Nissan Frontier, driven by 49-year-old Michael Melvin, of Centralia, reportedly crossed into the southbound lanes of traffic and crashed into a southbound Chevy Impala, driven by 25-year-old Christopher Burks, of Centralia.

Melvin was transported by E.M.S. to the hospital with serious injuries. Burks' minor injuries were treated at the scene.

Investigation into the crash, which happened just after 2:00pm on Saturday in the 5300 block of Route B, is ongoing, according to the report.

TWO HARDIN RESIDENTS HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 6/14/15RK


Two Hardin residents were injured in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Escape, driven by 42-year-old Scott Littlepage, of Wood Heights, Missouri, reportedly failed to stop at a stop sign and struck a southbound Ford Fiesta, driven by 22-year-old Jessica Calhoun, of Hardin.

Littlepage reportedly was not injured, but Calhoun and a passenger in her vehicle, 25-year-old Jimmy Ashby, of Hardin, each suffered moderate injuries and were transported by E.M.S. to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 6:50pm on East South Street at Wollard Avenue in Richmond.

TWO ILLINOIS MEN HURT IN LAFAYETTE CRASH 6/14/15RK


Two out-of-state residents were injured when their vehicle hit an unknown vehicle on I-70 in Lafayette County on Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Chrysler 300, driven by 26-year-old Joshua Melton, of Granite City, Ill., struck an unknown westbound vehicle. The Chrysler 300 then traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, traveled across the outer roadway and struck the ditch.

Melton and a passenger in his car, 25-year-old Charles Myint, of Granite City, were transported by E.M.S. to I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs for treatment of moderate injuries.

The crash happened at 4:05pm at Route VV, just past Alexander Road.

WINDSOR WOMAN INJURED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 6/14/15RK


While two Windsor residents refused treatment of undisclosed injuries at the scene of a two-vehicle crash in Benton County on Saturday, a Windsor woman was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Ford Explorer Sport Track, driven by 29-year-old Christopher Ridenour, crossed the center of the roadway while making a left turn and struck a Dodge Dakota, driven by 69-year-old Roy Brandt, head-on.

While the drivers refused treatment, 69-year-old Rita Brandt was reportedly transported to Golden Valley Hospital in Clinton by private vehicle for treatment of her injuries.

The crash happened just before 3:30pm on Soles Road, east of Amish Avenue.

SALISBURY RESIDENT TO JOIN STAFF AT CENTRAL METHODIST 6/14/15


An area university soon will have a new staff member in a vital department.

According to a news release from Central Methodist University in Fayette, Kimberly Thomson will join the staff as a human resources professional, according to Julie Sherman, vice president for finance and administration.

Thomson most recently has served as the deputy collector-treasurer for Chariton County. Also in her human resources career, she spent nearly four years as HR manager for CNW Management, overseeing human resources activities for 45 Subway restaurants in Missouri and managing a staff of four.

Thomson's responsibilities at CMU will include compensation, benefits administration, orientation training, performance management, employee wellness and safety and compliance with regulations.

Thomson, who lives in Salisbury, will start her new position on Monday, June 15th.

STATE TREASURER TO PUBLISH NAMES FOR UNCLAIMED PROPERTY 6/13/15RK


If you think you might have some property on the unclaimed list in Missouri, you will be able to find out for sure.

According to a news release, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel has announced an annual effort to return Unclaimed Property to Missourians by publishing the names of owners in Missouri newspapers.

Starting June 16th, Missouri families, businesses and local governments with Unclaimed Property will be able to find their information in their local newspapers. The names of more than 90,000 account owners will be printed in more than 100 newspapers in the state.

Zweifel has returned more than $234 million to more than 800,000 accounts since he took office in January 2009.

The average Unclaimed Property return is $300. Individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local governments can search Unclaimed Property 24 hours a day at www.ShowMeMoney.com.

MDC CHANGES DEER HUNTING REGULATIONS 6/13/15RK


Regulations will be different for deer hunters come time to get out in the timber.

According to a news release from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), it is asking deer hunters in 19 central and northeastern Missouri counties to help limit the spread of a deadly deer disease through increased harvest opportunities this fall and winter.

The regulation changes focus on slowing the spread of the disease in and around counties where Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been found. The changes will remove the antler-point restriction so hunters can harvest more young bucks. The changes will also increase the availability of firearms antlerless permits from one to two to help thin local deer numbers.

These regulation changes add to similar measures MDC enacted in 2012 for six counties in northeastern Missouri after CWD was discovered in Linn and Macon counties. Counties affected by those regulation changes were Adair, Chariton, Linn, Macon, Randolph, and Sullivan.

The recent regulation changes add five more northeastern counties and Boone and Cooper in the KMMO listening area.

Visit www.mdc.mo.gov for more information, including the complete list of counties and fall deer-hunting dates.

STUDENTS CAN REGISTER NOW FOR RED CROSS SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 6/13/15RK


This summer, high school and college students can win a scholarship by hosting an American Red Cross blood drive through the Leaders Save Lives program. Registration is now open to host a blood drive through August 31st.

The Leaders Saves Lives program encourages community-minded 16- to 24-year-olds to host blood drives to help maintain the blood supply over the summer months.Students who participate as a blood drive coordinator are eligible to win a scholarship up to $2,500 for higher education and earn a gift card.

A total of 10 scholarships will be awarded via drawing to students who achieve 100 percent of their blood drive collections goal. All students who achieve the designated blood drive goal will receive an electronic gift card to giftcertificates.com

For more information and to register to host a Leaders Save Lives blood drive, visit www.redcrossblood.org/leaderssavelives .

MARCELINE YOUTH KILLED IN LINN COUNTY CAR CRASH 6/13/15RK


A Marceline youth was fatally injured in a one-car crash in Linn County on Friday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as 20-year-old Brooke Sharp-Younce, of Marceline, reportedly lost control of the westbound Ford Taurus she was driving on the mud-covered roadway. The car ran off the right side of a bridge and came to rest on its top submerged in water.

A 9-year-old female passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:20pm.

The driver suffered minor injuries and two passengers, 30-year-old Kimberly Acton, of Marceline, and 23-year-old Ericca Delana, of Marceline, each suffered moderate injuries. The injured were transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment.

The crash happened at 7:00pm on Gas Road, three miles southeast of Linneus.

HOWARD COUNTY BRIDGE REOPENS TO TRAFFIC 6/12/15CC


The Department of Transportation says a bridge project is now complete in Howard County.

According to a release, the replacement of the Adams Fork Bridge on Route E west of Missouri Route 5 in Fayette has been completed by contractors working for MoDOT.

The bridge closed in March and was reopened on Thursday evening.

For more information, call 888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or log onto www.modot.org.

SWEET SPRINGS SET FOR CITYWIDE GARAGE SALE 6/12/15CC


Sweet Springs residents will be cleaning out their attics, garages and closets this weekend as the city hosts its annual citywide garage sale on Saturday, June 13th.

Over 20 sales are planned and can be found on a map available at several Sweet Springs area businesses.

In addition, the Sweet Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a ribeye sandwich cookout at The Cheese Store at 100 North Locust Street.

For more information, contact Chamber of Commerce President Dee Friel at (660) 335-4174.

I-70 PEDESTRIAN DEATH IN COOPER COUNTY 6/12/15CC


Investigation by the Highway Patrol continues into the death of a pedestrian on Interstate 70 in Cooper County early this week.

The Patrol says it happened on westbound I-70 at the Overton/Wooldridge exit at around 7:00am Monday morning, where the unidentified victim was reportedly struck by a tractor trailer.

No information about the victim or driver has been released as the Patrol continues its investigation.

FAYETTE OBSERVATORY TO CLOSE FOR SUMMER 6/12/15CC


Central Methodist University’s historic Morrison Observatory in Fayette will be closing for the summer after its final weekend on Friday and Saturday, June 19-20.

Central Missouri residents are invited to explore the mysteries of the universe on those dates from 9:00-10:30pm, according to its director Dr. Kendal Clark. Sessions are free and open to the general public.

Clark along with members of the Central Missouri Astronomical Association and CMU students, will conduct the viewing sessions, provide tours and comment on historical highlights of the facility. Visitors will be able to use the telescopes for viewing, weather permitting.

Morrison Observatory is located at 504 Park Road in northwestern Fayette, across from the Fayette City Park and swimming pool.

You can learn more at www.centralmethodist.edu.

SWEET SPRINGS SCHOOL BOARD OK'S BUDGET, RAISES LUNCH PRICES 6/12/15CC


At Wednesday's meeting of the Sweet Springs R-7 School Board, members signed off on the 2014-15 school year budget.

A release from the district says the board approved the final budget for the year, also authorizing a 7% Capital Improvements Transfer for the possible construction of a maintenance building. Board members also approved the proposed budget for the 2015-16 school year budget.

In other business, the board voted to raise lunch prices for next year; lunch prices for K-6 students will increase by a nickel while meals for 7-12 students will go up by a dime.

Board members also approved a motion for the district's annual audit to be performed by Randall Fiene at a cost of $4,900.

HOME SHOOTING INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN COOPER COUNTY 6/12/15CC


Authorities in Cooper County continue to probe the shooting death of a home intruder near Prairie Home last weekend.

According to a release from Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe:

"Investigators have been gathering and compiling information from interviews and processing physical evidence that was gathered at the scene of the incident. Investigators are also awaiting preliminary information from an autopsy conducted early this week. The Sheriff’s Office will compile the reports and intends to submit the case file to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

The Sheriff’s Office has elected not to release the names or ages of the two individuals until all of the information is compiled and reviewed by the investigating officers and the Prosecutor’s Office. A statement regarding the incident will be made available, at that time, after all of the facts have been thoroughly reviewed."


The incident took place in the early morning hours on Sunday at a residence on Lacy Lane. Officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol are reportedly assisting with the investigation.

SHOW-ME HONOR FLIGHT #17 TO DEPART ON JUNE 17TH 6/11/15CC


Another group of area war veterans is gearing up for a trip to the nation's capital as part of Show-Me Honor Flight.

Organizer Charlie Guthrey talks about the 17th group that will make its way to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials of the wars in which they and others like them once served:



The group will depart from Sedalia at 2:15am on the morning of Wednesday, June 17th and return to Sedalia at around 1:00am the next morning.

While in D.C., the group plans to take in the World War II, Korean, Vietnam and Iwo Jima memorials as well as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the White House, Ford Theater and Arlington National Cemetery.

MODOT ISSUES I-70 TRAVEL ADVISORY 6/11/15CC


The Missouri Department of Transportation is issuing a travel advisory to all drivers traveling across the state on I-70 this summer.

Bridge rehabilitation has reduced I-70 to ONE lane both eastbound and westbound from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77, just west of the U.S. Route 65 interchange.

Motorists should expect HEAVY congestion through the area during peak travel times on Friday and Sunday afternoons. Kansas City Royals fans traveling to the Royals vs. Cardinals games on June 12, 13 or 14 should anticipate longer travel times and plan accordingly. Allow extra time for travel, alter your departure time to miss peak afternoon traffic or find an alternate route such as U.S. Route 50 or 36.

Delays of up to an hour are possible. Roadside message boards will be updated with estimated travel time as it is available.

The westbound bridge will be complete mid-August and the eastbound bridge will be complete mid-October. This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line.

All work is weather dependent. Learn more at www.modot.org.

ANNUAL SEDALIA SURVEY ISSUED TO GATHER FEEDBACK 6/11/15CC


Sedalia residents soon will receive a survey in their monthly utility bills asking for their assessments of city government.

According to a news release, the purpose of this survey is to get a general idea of views citizens have of city government services. There also will be an opportunity to comment on specific departments with which Sedalia residents have had contact in the past 12 months.

Once the results are tabulated, the city says it should be able to measure general impressions of government and services and determine if more in-depth information will be needed in a future survey. This is the third year the City has produced the survey, which allows officials to compare citizen opinions over a three year period.

The release says one new survey question will ask about the need to improve the intersection of Highway 50 and Main where Kohl's, Hobby Lobby and other businesses will be adding to the traffic.

The survey will be distributed throughout the month of June.

MALTA BEND BOARD APPROVES FREE STUDENT MEALS 6/11/15CC


Every student in the Malta Bend R-5 school district will now receive a free breakfast and lunch, following action taken at the Wednesday night meeting of the Board of Education.

A spokesman says board members approved a Community Eligible Provision from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that will allow the district to provide free meals for every student enrolled.

In other business, the district closed out its 2014-15 budget with a 14% reserve, signed off on the budget for next school year and approved a bid for wireless internet service with vendor QNS Wireless.

BRUNSWICK COUNCIL NIXES INCREASE FOR OVERDUE WATER/SEWER BILLS 6/11/15


In an open session meeting on Wednesday, the Brunswick City Council voted not to increase the percentage amount charged for sewer and trash customers whose accounts have fallen into arrears.

A city spokesperson says the rate will remain at 10% of the total amount owed, and that the city is working out a "forgiveness plan" to assist customers with bringing their accounts into good standing.

Also on Wednesday, council members awarded a winning bid to Reggie Sims, of Brunswick, for the sale of a 4.4. acre piece of city property and signed off on the final approval for the city's 2015-16 budget.

CARROLLTON SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES BUDGET, STAFF RAISES 6/11/15CC


The Carrollton R-7 School Board met in regular open session on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Jon Oetinger says the board approved next year's district budget, which included a staff pay increase:



Dr. Oetinger says the board also took care of several items needed for submission to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:



The next meeting of the Carrollton School Board is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14th.

M.M.U. BOARD APPROVES BIDS FOR ONGOING PROJECT 6/11/15CC


At Thursday's meeting of the Marshall Municipal Utilities (M.M.U.) Board of Public Works, board members gave approval to bids for water line and electric work on a project near Malta Bend.

Administrative Service Director Ken Gieringer explains:



Gieringer says the project also requires electric work, which the board also put out for bid:



The next meeting of the M.M.U. Board is slated for Thursday, July 2nd.

SEDALIA COUNCIL CONSIDERS CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT STATUS 6/11/15CC


At a work session earlier this week, the Sedalia City Council attended a presentation on Certified Local Government and learned what that designation could mean for the city's historic district and buildings.

City Administrator Gary Edwards says the designation is not a law or mandate, but simply a tool to help the city plan for the future of its historic areas:



Edwards says that along with grant and funding opportunities that may arise from the C.L.G. designation, it could also help bring additional convention and tourism dollars into the city of Sedalia:



He says a vote on the matter will most likely be held at the Monday, July 6th meeting of the Sedalia City Council.

ODESSA ALDERMEN NAME POLICE CHIEF, TALK ROAD WORK 6/10/15CC


The City of Odessa has named a permanent police chief following the Board of Aldermen meeting earlier this week.

City Administrator Mickey Ary says aldermen approved Scott Newhouse as the new full-time chief, after he recently completed his required probationary period:



In other business, Ary says the board also spent time discussing a couple of road projects in the city:



Aldermen also approved the appointments of Sean Croucher to the Zoning Adjustment Board and Carol Peters to the Economic Development Council.

MANAGED DEER HUNTS APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED SOON 6/10/15CC


Beginning July 1st, deer hunters can apply online for a shot at more than 5,100 slots for nearly 100 Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) managed deer hunts.

The managed hunts will take place from mid-September through mid-January at conservation areas, state parks, national wildlife refuges, urban parks, and other public areas. The online application period runs July 1st-31st.

To apply, visit the MDC website at www.mdc.mo.gov between July 1st and 31st. MDC will post drawing results at the same website address from September 1st through January 15th.

Applicants who get drawn will receive area maps and other hunt information by mail.

ROLLOVER CRASH INJURES BENTON CO. GIRL 6/10/15CC


A Cole Camp teenager was taken to an area hospital after a one-vehicle rollover accident Wednesday in Benton County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, it happened when 16-year-old Tessia Balke was southbound and lost control of her 2002 Ford truck. The truck skidded off the roadway and overturned.

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

Reports say the crash occurred around 11:30am on Route U, about a mile south of Route JJ.

SLATER GETS GOOD WATER REPORT 6/10/15RK


The report is in, and the City of Slater has good water.

According to a Consumer Confidence Report from the Department of Natural Resources, no violations occurred with Slater's water in the 2014 calendar year.

City Administrator Gene Griffith says it's nice let people know city has quality water.



Griffith points out the Slater water is not high in one contaminant that has plagued some other water systems in recent years.



The report covers the levels of numerous possible contaminants including copper, lead and arsenic, as well. Griffith said the DNR has been supplying the report since at least the late 1990s.

SEDALIA MAN INJURED IN PETTIS CARSH 6/10/15RK


A Sedalia driver was injured in a one-car crash in Pettis County after he reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened just before 10:30am when a car, driven by 20-year-old David Lorandi, traveled into the left lane of traffic. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the car to travel off the right side of the roadway. The car struck a bluff, returned to the roadway, crossed the left side of the roadway and came to rest blocking part of the left lane.

Lorandi reportedly drove himself to see his own physician for treatment of minor injuries.

The crash happened on southbound U.S. 65 Highway south of John Road.

ST. LOUIS WOMAN HURT IN I-70 CRASH IN SALINE COUNTY 6/10/15RK


A St. Louis woman was hurt in a three-vehicle crash in Saline County on Tuesday on eastbound I-70.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a car, driven by 22-year-old Megan Rosbury, of Murray, Kentucky, and another car, driven by 22-year-old Erica Wilhite, of St. Louis were slowing down in traffic. While the car driven by Rosbury was merging into the right lane, it was struck in the rear by a Kenworth Tractor Trailer, driven by 28-year-old Craig Hudson, of Odessa. The Tractor Trailer also struck the side of the Wilhite car.

Hudson and Rosbury reportedly were not injured, but Wilhite suffered minor injuries and was taken by Saline County E.M.S. to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall for treatment.

The crash happened at 8:44am on I-70 at the 76.6 mile marker.

FIREWORKS SAFETY TIP OFFERED BY STATE FIRE MARSHAL 6/10/15


Fireworks can be purchased in Missouri from June 20th to July 10th. State Fire Marshal Greg Carrell hopes people will use common sense when shooting them off.



Carrell says the number of fires increases during the fireworks season. He urges people to keep their distance from homes, vehicles and anything else that could catch on fire when lighting those colorful displays. He says Missourians should also check with local fire or police departments to learn about local fireworks ordinances.

 
---MISSOURINET

SALISBURY SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES SALARY INCREASES 6/9/15CC


Faculty and staff members in the Salisbury R-4 School district will see an increase in their paychecks next school year.

Superintendent Todd Wilhite talks about action taken during Monday night's meeting of the Salisbury School Board:



In other business, Wilhite says the board approved seeking bids for bread, milk, copiers and physical therapy services, as well as setting the out-of-district tuition rate at $6,000 per year.

AUTHORITIES RELEASE IDENTITY OF BODY FOUND IN WAVERLY 6/9/15CC


Authorities have released the identity of a body discovered in a Waverly park late last week.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department say 32-year-old John Shead was reportedly swept away in the waters of Turkey Creek in Kansas City on May 29th after attempting to drive his truck through water over the road.

His truck was reportedly carried into the creek and Shead was unable to escape. His body was located at Missouri River Park in Waverly seven days later, after an area resident spotted Shead's body in the river at around 3:30pm on the afternoon of Friday, June 5th.

SWEET SPRINGS ALDERMEN APPROVE BID FOR WORK NEEDED IN THE CITY 6/9/15RK


A bid from an area contractor was accepted by the Sweet Springs Board of Aldermen at its meeting Monday night for work needing to be completed in the city.

According to a city official, the board accepted a bid for $61,850 from Ramey Construction, of Sedalia, to complete work on Lexington Street and on sidewalks at the Sweet Springs City Park.

In other news, Dr. Jane Waller, a veterenarian from Marshall, will be at Sweet Springs City Hall from 8:00 to 9:30am on Saturday, June 27th. Residents can get their pets vaccinated, with the fee for a rabies shot being $12 and a fee for Distemper, Bordetella and Parvo being $31. All four shots are $43.

Also during the meeting, the board passed a resolution making Sweet Springs a Purple Heart City and learned that Police Officer Rodney Matthews will complete his on-the-job probation on June 15th.

WARRENSBURG COUNCIL ENTERS INTO NEW CONTRACT FOR PROJECT 6/9/15RK


At the meeting of the Warrensburg City Council on Monday night, the Council approved several ordinances, including one rescinding an ordinance concerning a contract with A&B Construction, LTD, for the Salt Storage Bin Project. Then, the Council authorized the City Manager and City Clerk to execute a contract with SBK Farm & Ranch, LLC, for the same project.

Also among the ordinances approved was one for a conditional-use permit for a Bed and Breakfast Inn on East Hale Lake Road.

TREASURER SAYS: SALINE COUNTY TAXES LOOK GOOD 6/9/15RK


Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith was at the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday morning and gave an update on taxes the county has received for the month of May. For the most part, the numbers look good.



There was one drop in one tax from what was received last month.



Three of the four monthly averages are up from last year, with the exception being the Use Tax, which is down slightly from approximately $24,650 to $24,081.

In other news, the Commissioners approved several liquor licenses and approved funds being put into various retirement accounts for county officials.

ENROLLMENT FOR FALL SEMESTER AT SFCC HAS STARTED 6/9/15RK


Enrollment has started for the fall semester at State Fair Community College.

According to a release from the college, fall semester classes begin on August 24th.

Also available is registration in minimester classes which begin on August 3rd. The last day to enroll for those is July 27th.

For more information about degrees and programs, visit www.sfccmo.edu , or call the Admissions and Outreach office at (660) 530-5833.

MARSHALL MAN'S COURT CASE CONTINUED 6/9/15RK


A Marshall man made an appearance in Saline County Court on Monday for a probation violation.

According to online court documents, Kenneth Ingle, Jr., was served a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday, June 2nd. He was originally arrested in 2014 for a Class C Felony of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree. The sentence was suspended, and Ingle was put on probation.

Bond has been set at $10,000 cash only.

The case was continued to Monday, July 13th, at 11:00am.

FINANCIAL AID OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR UCM POLICE ACADEMY 6/9/15RK


The Central Missouri Police Academy, a division of the Missouri Safety Center at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, has announced new scholarship options that, along with existing options, provide financial assistance for law-enforcement professionals.

According to a release from UCM, degree-seeking students attending the academy are eligible for federal financial aid. However, additional funding options are available for those not seeking a college degree.

The 2015 Basic Fall Academy begins on August 17th.

For more information about enrollment in the Fall 2015 Basic Academy or available financial assistance, contact the Central Missouri Police Academy at (660) 543-4090 or visit www.ucmo.edu/cmpa.

ROUTE D ADDED TO ROAD CLOSURES IN CHARITON COUNTY 6/9/15RK


One more highway in Chariton has been added to the list of road closures in the area due to flooding.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, in Chariton County, Route D two miles east of Route 5 was closed Monday afternoon.

Also closed in Chariton County is Route E, one quarter of the mile east of Rothville at East Yellow Creek.

In Carroll County, Route 10 between County Road 231 and 221 at Moss Creek also remains closed.

For more information, call 1-(888)-ASK-MODOT or visit www.modot.org  to view a traveler map for locations of all of the road closures in Missouri.

TWO INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY SHOOTING 6/9/15RK


Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a shooting in the 700 block of Demaret Drive that sent two men to a local hospital Monday with what were deemed to be non-life threatening injuries.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, Deputies were dispatched to the scene shortly after 8:00pm and were told by witnesses the two suspects walked up to a gathering at a residence and one of the men opened fire with a pistol. The 26- and 48-year-old victims were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The shooter was described as a black male with dreadlocks and wearing red shorts. The second suspect was described as being of similar age also with dreadlocks.

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

SALINE PREVENTED PLANTING CORN DEADLINE IS NEAR 6/8/15RK


A deadline for Saline County farmers is tomorrow.

According to a release from the Saline County branch of the Farm Service Agency, prevented planting acres must be reported to the FSA no later that 15 calendar days after the final planting date for the crop.

In Saline County, the final planting date for corn was Monday, May25th. Accordingly, prevented planting corn must be reported to FSA no later than Tuesday, June 9th.

The final planting date for soybeans in Saline County is Saturday, June 20th. Prevented planting soybeans must be reported by Monday, July 6th.

COOPER COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING SHOOTING IN PRAIRIE HOME 6/8/15RK


The Cooper County Sheriff's Office is confirming that it is investigating the shooting, and subsequent death, of an intruder in a residence located on Lacy Lane just outside of Prairie Home.

According to a release from the office, investigators from the Missouri State Highway Patrol are assisting Sheriff's Investigators in determining what led up to the shooting.

Both the occupant of the home and the intruder are from the Prairie Home area.

Cooper County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the residence about 12:08 on Sunday morning.

The release says, further information will be released as the investigation progresses.

ALLEGED FORGERY/FRAUD INCIDENT BEING INVESTIGATED 6/8/15RK


An alleged incident of fraud/forgery is being investigated in Saline County.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, a resident of Marshall walked into the office and informed the deputy her Social Security Number allegedly has been used by another individual since 2012.

The alleged victim of the incident, which was reported on Thursday, June 4th, stated she had been to the bank to obtain pre-approval for a home loan. Her credit was checked, and the victim was advised another person had been using her Social Security Number.

The alleged perpetrator has been identified; investigation is continuing.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATE ALLEGED SWEET SPRINGS PROPERTY DAMAGE 6/8/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an incident of alleged property damage.

According to a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy's report, a resident on Highway 127 in Sweet Springs, brought in pictures of alleged damage to his driveway.

The report says the alleged incident happened sometime between 7:30am and 5:30pm on Friday, June 5th.

Photos from the victim's phone show damage from what appears to be a large truck, according to the report. The photos show 10-to-12-inch ruts in the grass along the victim's driveway approximately 40 feet long.

The victim estimates the damages at $400; investigation into the incident is continuing.

SEVERAL ROADS CLOSED IN KMMO LISTENING AREA 6/8/15RK


A number of roads are closed due to high water in the KMMO listening area.

According to the MoDOT Traveler Map at www.modot.org , the Outer Road of I-70 in both directions between Odessa and Bates City in Lafayette County has been closed since 3:40pm on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Also in Lafayette County, Missouri 224 in both directions along the Missouri River between Lexington and Wellington has been closed since 5:15pm on Friday, June 5th. The water is expected to rise another three feet in that area.

In Carroll County, Missouri 10 in both directions between Carrollton and Norborne has been closed since 4:30am on Friday, June 5th, at Wakenda Creek.

In Saline County, Old 40 Highway in both directions near Sweet Springs on the south side of I-70 has been closed since 8:30:00am on Thursday, June 4th.

In Howard County, Missouri 87 in both directions just north of Boonville and west of U.S. 40 near the Missouri River has been closed since 8:35:00pm on Sunday, June 7th.

In each case, if you ordinarily use those roadways, you need to seek an alternate route of travel.

THREE MARSHALL RESIDENTS SUFFER SERIOUS INJURIES IN SALINE CRASH 6/8/15RK


Three Marshall residents were life-flighted after suffering serious injuries in a one-vehicle crash in Saline County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Ford Explorer, driven by 32-year-old Christopher Edmonds, of Marshall, struck a series of potholes and caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. The vehicle then skidded off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree stump.

The driver and two 3-year-old passengers each suffered serious injuries and were flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

Also suffering minor injuries were passengers, 31-year-old Ashley Edmonds and a 12-year-old. They were reportedly transported by private vehicle to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 2:15pm on 260th Road, two-tenths of a mile west of Missouri 240.

MODOT OFFICIAL SAYS: PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH FLOODED ROADWAYS 6/8/15


Missouri has had a string of heavy showers recently and some roads are under water. The Department of Transportation says drivers should never attempt to drive through flooded sections of the road. MODOT Spokeswoman Linda Wilson Horn says it’s one thing to drive through a puddle, but if the water is completely covering the road...

[LINDA WILSON HORN 1 6.8.15] :28 "…can be."

Several roads are closed due to flooding. The location of those roads can be found on MODOT’s traveler information map available online at MODOT.org or as a free app for smartphones.

 
---MISSOURINET

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING ALLEGED ARMED ROBBERY 6/8/15RK


An area Police Department is investigating an alleged armed robbery over the weekend.

On Saturday at 2:48am, Columbia Police Officers were dispatched to the 400 block of North Tenth Street in reference to an alleged robbery with a gun.

The investigation revealed a male victim was approached at the intersection of Tenth Street and Rogers Street by three male suspects. One of the suspects allegedly pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. As the victim grabbed the gun, he was allegedly assaulted by all three suspects. The suspects then fled the scene on foot in a westbound direction of travel.

Upon officers’ arrival, the victim was transported by ambulance to a local hospital for lacerations and contusions to his head. There was no property taken from the victim by the suspects. The suspects are described as younger black males all wearing dark-colored clothing. The investigation is ongoing.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact the Columbia Police Department, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

STRETCH OF I-70 TO CLOSE THIS WEEK 6/7/15CC


Bridge rehabilitation is underway along the westbound I-70 corridor from the Blackwater Bridges in Saline County to the Cooper County line near mile marker 77.

On Monday, June 8th, crews will close one lane headed eastbound as well continue work on the westbound bridge. This will reduce I-70 to one lane in each direction at the Blackwater River, just west of the Route 65 interchange.

This is a full 24/7 lane closure but work will be performed during daytime hours and reduce lanes to one 12-foot lane for each direction of I-70. Motorists should expect heavy congestion through the area Friday and Sunday afternoons.

Kansas City Royals fans traveling to the Royals vs. Cardinals games on June 12th, 13th or 14th should anticipate longer travel times and plan accordingly.

The westbound bridge will be complete mid-August and the eastbound bridge will complete in mid-October. This will be followed by pavement work to the Cooper County line.

All work is weather dependent.

CARROLLTON POLICE RESPOND TO SHOOTING INCIDENT 6/7/15CC


Authorities in Carroll County are investigating an alleged shooting incident in Carrollton on Saturday night.

Little information has been made available in the matter, although a deputy has confirmed it took place around 8:30pm in the southwest portion of the city. One person was allegedly struck in the incident and is being treated for what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

Carrollton Police initially responded to the incident, which is now reportedly under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriffs Department. No other information in the matter has been made available.

SALINE CO. QUEENS AND PRINCESSES CROWNED AT ANNUAL BBQ 6/6/15CC


Ten area girls were named Princesses and Queens at the annual Saline County BBQ on Saturday in Marshall.

In the Princess contest, Grace Ann Smith, of Marshall, won the 4-year-old division; Madelyn Williams, of Malta Bend, won the 5-year-old division; Lauren Case, of Marshall, won the 6-year-old division; and Breanna Merrick, of Sweet Springs, won the 7-year-old division.

In the Junior Queen contest, Sydnee Mason, of Marshall, was named the winner with Annie Lucinda Baker, of Slater, as First Runner-Up and Madison Vogelsmeier, of Sweet Springs, as the Second Runner-Up.

In the Senior Queen competition, Olivia Loges, of Sweet Springs, took top honors while First Runner-Up went to Skyler Thurman, of Marshall and Second Runner-Up went to Dallas Coslet, of Marshall.

COMMUNITY CENTER GROUP MEETS WITH ENGINEERING FIRM 6/7/15CC


The group tasked with mapping out the future of the Concordia Community Center met recently to discuss an engineering firm's report on the building.

City Administrator Dale Klussman talks about the progress of the Concordia Community Center Committee:



Klussman says for the time being, the group is taking a measured approach to recommending any plans for the future of the building:



He says the group is busy preparing a citywide survey on the matter, which it hopes to have out by the middle of July.

BODY DISCOVERED IN WAVERLY PARK 6/6/15CC


The Missouri State Highway Patrol continues its investigation into a body found in a Lafayette County park last week.

The Patrol has confirmed that a deceased male subject was found in the water at Missouri River Park in Waverly sometime after 4:00pm on Friday.

The park was closed for a time after the discovery but was later re-opened to the public.

The subject's name and age have not yet been released, as the Lafayette County Coroner's office works to establish an identity and a cause of death. No other details about the man or the incident have been made available.

The Highway Patrol has been assisted in the investigation by the Waverly Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriffs Department.

WHITEMAN BOMB WING COMMAND CHANGES 6/5/15RK


During a ceremony this morning in Knob Noster, there was a changing of commanders at Whiteman Air Force Base.

According to a release from the base, Brig. General Glen VanHerk relinquished the command of the 509th Bomb Wing to Brig. General Paul W. Tibbets IV.

Tibbets is the grandson of Brig. General Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., who was the pilot of the Enola Gay, the B-29 Superfortress known for dropping the "Little Boy" atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6th, 1945. At the time, the then-colonel was assigned to the 509th Composite Group, a predecessor unit to the 509th Bomb Wing.

The 509th Bomber Wing is a part of Air Force Global Strike Command, as well as the host wing at Whiteman.

VanHerck is headed to be the Air Force Global Strike Command director of operations at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

SALINE COMMISSION SELECTS VENDOR FOR NEW VOTING SYSTEMS 6/5/15RK


Saline County Clerk Debbie Russell noted during the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Thursday that the Commissioners have decided on the company from which the county will buy its voting machines.

Russell said the Commissioners signed off on a letter with Elkins-Swyers, of Springfield, as the vendor for $93,115.

That will be for 16 complete voting systems, with deferred payments until the 2016 Budget is finalized.

NINE STATE PARKS RECIEVE TRIPADVISOR AWARDS 6/5/15RK


Missouri State Parks was recently awarded nine Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor. This award recognizes establishments that consistently receive great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers.

Missouri state parks and historic sites receiving the recognition are: Bennett Spring State Park, Castlewood State Park, Deutschheim State Historic Site, Elephant Rocks State Park, Ha Ha Tonka State Park, Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, Roaring River State Park, Rock Bridge Memorial State Park, and Table Rock State Park and State Park Marina.

GOV. NIXON SIGNS BILLS TO HELP VETS' HOMES 6/5/15RK


At the VFW State Convention in Springfield today, Gov. Jay Nixon signed some bills that will help fund repairs and renovations at state veterans’ homes.

According to a release from Nixon's office, he signed into law three bills that will help provide funding for capital improvement projects around the state, including more than $33 million for repair and renovation projects at Missouri’s seven veterans’ homes.

Missouri is home to more than 494,000 military veterans, and has veterans’ homes to serve older and disabled veterans in Cameron, Cape Girardeau, Mexico, Mount Vernon, St. James, St. Louis and Warrensburg.

At the Warrensburg Veterans’ Home, the money will help replace nurse-call and fire-alarm systems, sprinkler pipe systems, exterior doors, chillers, boilers and water softeners, and make electrical upgrades.

FEBRUARY SHOOTING IN BOONE COUNTY CLAIMS THIRD VICTIM 6/5/15RK


A 44-year-old man shot at his Santa Anna Drive residence in Boone County in late February died on Thursday, June 4th, according to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

An autopsy is scheduled for today at the office of the Boone County Medical Examiner.

Willie J. Mays survived the shooting and had been recuperating at a local health care facility.

Boone County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on February 28th to Santa Anna Drive in response to multiple 9-1-1 calls for shots fired. Upon arrival, they found 53-year-old Deborah Koontz and her brother, 51-year-old Donald Wilson, dead from gunshot wounds. Mays was transported to University Hospital in critical condition.

Shortly after the shootings, deputies spotted a vehicle driven by the suspect, Cornelius Parker, age 28, traveling west on Route WW toward the Columbia city limits. Parker lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of Broadway and U.S. Highway 63 South. Parker then exited the vehicle with a handgun and began shooting at a deputy who returned fire and killed him.

FREE TEACHER CERTIFICATION IN WARRENSBURG ON JULY 8TH 6/5/15RK


If you've ever wanted to be a teacher, your chances may be better right now than before.

Missouri is currently experiencing a shortage of teachers, according to a news release from the American Board.

The release says a bachelor's degree qualifies a person for a free teacher certification program being offered by the nonprofit board at several locations in the next few weeks.

There are five such programs coming up, with one in the KMMO listening area.

There will be a program held on Wednesday, July 8th, in the Community Meeting Room at Trails Regional Library in Warrensburg. Sessions begin at 4:00 and 5:00pm.

For more information on upcoming sessions or to register, visit the American Board website at www.abcte.org.

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED AFTER BOONE COUNTY PURSUIT 6/5/15RK


Sheriff's Deputies in an area county were involved in a high-speed chase early today.

According to a release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department, at about 1:15am deputies in Columbia observed a motorcycle exceeding the posted speed limit. When a deputy attempted to traffic stop, the motorcycle driver failed to yield and led deputies in a pursuit into Callaway County, the motorcycle eventually crashing on State Route J near 40 Highway. After a short foot pursuit, the Deputies apprehended the suspect. The 45-year-old man from Mexico, Mo., reportedly had marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and about $3,000 on him.

He was arrested and faces several charges, including Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute and Felony Resisting Arrest, among others.

A future court date has not yet been set.

MODOT TO RE-STRIPE HIGHWAYS IN NEAR FUTURE 6/5/15RK


It's the time of the year when drivers need to watch out for slow-moving MoDOT trucks on Missouri Highways.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, it is working on its annual effort to paint fresh stripes on highways. Drivers should be prepared to slow down significantly when coming up behind a slow-moving caravan of MoDOT striping trucks.

MoDOT re-stripes most of the major highways each year during late spring and early summer. The striping trucks move between 8 mph and 12 mph when workers are painting white and yellow lines on highways. A driver traveling at highway speed can approach a slow-moving striping caravan much quicker than he or she expects because of significant differences in speed.

The yellow MoDOT trucks have flashing strobe lights and boards with flashing arrows and messages.

Crisp, easy-to-see striping is a significant safety feature on roadways. The paint contains glass beads that reflect light from headlights in the dark.

SEDALIA DRIVERS INJURED IN TWO-CAR CRASH IN PETTIS COUNTY 6/5/15RK


Both drivers of vehicles involved in a two-car crash in Pettis County on Thursday suffered minor injuries.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Mitsubishi Galant, driven by 31-year-old Meggie Wolfe, of Sedalia, traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment. Wolfe's car then returned to the roadway and was struck by a southbound Chevrolet Lumina, driven by 17-year-old Destiney White, of Sedalia.

Both drivers reportedly refused treatment at the scene.

The crash happened at 10:00pm on U.S. Highway 65 south of Smelser Road.

HIGBEE WOMAN INJURED IN TWO-CAR CRASH 6/5/15RK


A Higbee woman suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Howard County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound Saturn VUE, driven by 83-year-old Mariko Murphy, of Higbee, was in the center of the roadway while going around a curve and struck a southbound Buick Rendezvous, driven by 30-year-old Jason Longdon, of Higbee, head on.

While Longdon reportedly was not injured, Murphy was transported by Howard County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 11:55am on County Road 125, two miles north of County Road 123.

MARSHALL PARK FINANCES LOOK OK SO FAR 6/4/15RK


At the meeting of the Marshall Park Board on Wednesday, Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield updated the board on the financial situation. It's so far, so good for the year, other than the revenue from May being down about $12,000 from last year.



Expenses haven't taken a hit like at the beginning of last year right before the Marshall Aquatic Center was due to open.



Stubblefield went on to say, so far this year, the sales tax revenue is up $19,000 and another tax is up $21,000. And, despite all of the rainy weather, they're up another $2,000 in activities.

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE 6/4/15RK


Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking to adjust the Demand Side Investment Mechanism (DSIM) charge on customer bills. The DSIM charge, which appears as a separate line-item on customer bills, allows KCP&L to recover demand-side management program costs and incentives.

According to the application, a residential customer using 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of electricity a month will see the charge drop by approximately $2.20 a month.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than July 6TH, 2015, using the Commission’s electronic filing and information system (EFIS).

Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel at 1-(866)-922-2959, e-mail opcservice@ded.mo.gov or the Public Service Commission Staff at 1-(800)-392-4211 or e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov.

KCP&L serves approximately 270,000 electric customers in the Missouri counties of Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Clay, Howard, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Livingston, Pettis, Platte, Randolph and Saline.

LINCOLN WOMAN INJURED IN BENTON COUNTY CRASH 6/4/15RK


A Lincoln woman suffered minor injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Benton County on Thursday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a westbound Ford F-150, driven by 69-year-old Barbara Baney, of Lincoln, drove off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Baney was transported by Benton County E.M.S. to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash happened just after 10:00am on Route H, two miles east of U.S. Highway 65.

PARK BOARD CHOOSES GERALD PERRY TENNIS TO FIX TENNIS COURTS 6/4/15RK


Along with getting an update on the budget and hearing departmental reports and program updates, Marshall Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jeff Stubblefield asked the Marshall Park Board to accept one of two bids received to fix the six tennis courts at Indian Foothills Park.

Stubblefield gives the details of the bids for what he termed a "temporary three-to-six-year fix.".



After a bit of discussion, the board accepted the bid from Gerald Perry Tennis for $37,950.

Stubblefield also said the bill for Marshall Parks and Recreation is going to be chopped in half because after meeting with Missouri Valley College Athletic Director Tom Fifer, the college has agreed to foot 50-percent of the bill since the Valley tennis teams use the courts for matches and practices.

Stubblefield said he will contact Gerald Perry Tennis and set up a start date as soon as possible, but due to the company being booked up in coming weeks, it might be late July or later. He said the company said the work should take about a week to complete.

TWO HURT IN FIERY CRASH IN PETTIS COUNTY 6/4/15RK


A two-vehicle fiery crash in Pettis County early today resulted in injuries to two Missouri residents.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a Chevrolet Trailblazer, driven by 60-year-old Grover Snow, of Warsaw, had vehicle defects causing it to slow in the roadway. The report says it was struck from behind by a southbound Freightliner, driven by 60-year-old Steven Betts, of Hartville. Both vehicles exited the right side of the roadway and overturned. The Freightliner also struck an embankment and became engulfed in flames.

Snow suffered serious injuries and was transported by Pettis County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Betts suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia for treatment.

The crash occurred at 2:30am on U.S. Highway 65 south of Claycomb Road.

SALINE COUNTY TRYING TO LOWER ITS PREMIUMS FOR WORKER'S COMP INSURANCE 6/4/15RK


At the meeting of the Saline County Commission Thursday morning, Southern Commissioner Monte Fenner updated the Commission on the effort to get the county's worker's compensation insurance lowered.

Fenner said Saline County Emergency Management Director Emmitt Williams has volunteered to conduct some safety classes for county employees in the Road and Bridge Department and Jail and Justice Department that could help meet the goal of a 25-percent discount, the maximum allowable by state regulators.



Fenner said right now, the county pays $65,082 per year right now, which includes an 11-percent discount.

Fenner said dates for the classes have not yet been set.

In other business, Fenner also said the county received the mini-excavator that it purchased in January. He said some workers with the Road and Bridge crew already have had it out to clean out around ditches and culverts where there's been a lot of extra wash out from the recent rain.

SALINE COUNTY AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED BURGLARY 6/4/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating a report of an alleged burglary.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, he was dispatched to a residence on Z Highway in Marshall just after 3:00pm on Tuesday, June 2nd. The alleged incident happened sometime between 11:00am and 3:00pm on Tuesday.

The resident reported somebody had allegedly broken into his and his wife's residence. After a search of the property, the resident reported a Dell Inspiron laptop computer was missing. There also was some damage noted to the residence and outbuildings.

Further investigation revealed a delivery driver had been at the house at approximately 1:40pm and noted a black, two-door car in the resident's driveway with a male subject sitting in the driver's seat. The subject is described as in his mid-40s and wearing what was described as prescription glasses, a gray shirt and a gray baseball-type cap. The delivery driver also believed another subject was inside the house at the same time.

The laptop computer information was entered into M.U.L.E.S.

Investigation into the alleged burglary is continuing.

SEDALIA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY CRASH 6/4/15RK


A Sedalia man suffered serious injuries in a one-vehicle rollover crash in Pettis County on Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 59-year-old William Ash, crossed the center line of the roadway. The driver reportedly overcorrected, causing the vehicle to skid and overturn several times off the roadside of the roadway and struck a fence.

Ash was transported to University Hospital in Columbia via Pettis County Ambulance for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:50pm on McGee Road east of Route M.

LAWSON WOMAN HURT IN TWO-VEHICLE CRASH 6/4/15RK


A Lawson woman suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Ray County Wednesday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a southbound Chevrolet 1500, driven by 26-year-old Cassandra Halberstadt, of Excelsior Springs, was attempting to turn left and struck a northbound Chevrolet Malibu, driven by 57-year-old Connie Schley, of Lawson, head-on.

Schley was reportedly transported via private vehicle to Excelsior Springs Hospital for treatment. Halberstadt reportedly was not injured.

The crash happened at 5:50pm on Route Y at 157th Street.

MARSHALL SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO MOVE AHEAD WITH BASEBALL FIELD RENOVATIONS 6/4/1


During a special meeting with parents and student athletes on Wednesday afternoon, the Marshall School Board voted to move ahead with a construction project that will make the school district in compliance with Federal Title IX regulations.

According to a release from Marshall Superintendent Dr. Carol Maher, the school board voted to sign a letter of intent with ATG Sports to complete renovations to the current on-campus baseball field, which will allow the field to be used for softball, as well. The Lady Owls play in the fall, while the baseball team plays in the spring.

The release says the plan to turf and enhance the field comes with a price tag of $258,000.

Dr. Maher says the project will only be made possible by the efforts and generosity of parents, student athletes, community members and Marshall sports enthusiasts, as fundraising efforts are expected to finance the majority of the project.

It also is believed that the new facility could be a new source of revenue from community groups, other high school teams and potential tournament play.

CONGRESSMAN GRAVES ACCEPTING SERVICE ACADEMY APPLICATIONS 6/3/15CC


The office of U.S. 6th District Congressman Sam Graves has begun accepting applications for recommendations for appointments to four U.S. service academies.

A release from Graves's office says he is able to recommend students for the Military Academy at West Point; the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; the Merchant Marine Academy at King's Point; New York and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Applicants must be an American citizen and a legal resident of Missouri's 6th Congressional District, which includes Carroll and Chariton counties. Additionally, applicants must be between the ages of 17 and 23 years old to qualify.

The deadline to apply is October 16th of this year. To find out more about qualifications and the application process, contact Graves's Kansas City office at (816) 792-3976 or visit www.graves.house.gov.

STATE COMMISSION APPROVES BOONVILLE MAINTENANCE PROJECT 6/3/15RK


The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission has approved a project to replace the pavement along Route 5 in Cooper County.

According to a release from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Emery Sapp and Sons, Inc. was awarded the contract to replace pavement along Route 5 at Interstate 70 in Boonville. The contractor submitted the lowest bid of $898,033.

Initial work on the project could begin as early as July 6th, with a temporary full closure of the interchange planned for early September.

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

SALINE COMMISSIONERS APPROVE FINAL BRIDGE PAYMENTS 6/3/15RK


During the meeting of the Saline County Commission on Tuesday, the Commission approved a special payment of two checks totaling about $100,000. One of the checks was to Boone Construction and the other to Rhodes Engineering for the final payments on the B.R.O. Project, the Wilton Springs Bridge.

In other business, Saline County Treasurer Marty Smith introduced new Deputy Treasurer Sandy Harris, who is from the Slater area, to the Commission. She started work on Monday, June 1st.

The Commissioners also approved two liquor licenses.

CONCORDIA BOARD LOOKING INTO OPTIONS FOR BACKHOE LOADER 6/3/15RK


With the absence of Mayor Donald Holtcamp, the Concordia Board of Aldermen authorized the President of the Board, Michael Brown, to sign a contract with Randall Fiene, CPA, to conduct the city's audit, which will occur sometime between July and early August, according to City Administrator Dale Klussman.

In other business, the board considered several options for a backhoe loader for the city. Klussman said a number of options are on the table, including some for outright purchase, lease-purchase or leasing. He said the board hopes to make a decision in time for its next meeting on June 15th.

The Board of Aldermen also will be meeting at 7:00pm on Sunday, June 21st, at the Concordia Community Building, serving as the Concordia Building Commission to discuss how to move forward with working with owners of what are deemed to be dangerous buildings in the city.

MARSHALL MAN HURT IN JOHNSON COUNTY CRASH 6/3/15RK


A Marshall man suffered minor injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County on Tuesday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred as a southbound Toyota Echo, driven by 41-year-old Jason Wolfe, of Marshall, began slowing to make a left turn into a private driveway, and a southbound Buick LeSabre, driven by 77-year-old Harry Bloss, of Brookfield, traveled into the northbound lane and attempted to overtake the Wolfe vehicle. The front of the Bloss vehicle struck the rear of the Wolfe vehicle.

While Bloss reportedly was not injured, Wolfe was transported to Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:15pm on Missouri 13, north of County Road Northeast 1050.

SALINE AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED THEFT OF PICKUP TRUCK 6/3/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating a report of an alleged stolen vehicle.

According to a Saline County Deputy's report, the deputy was dispatched to a residence on 3rd Street in Miami on Tuesday, June 2nd, with a report from the owner his vehicle was stolen from his driveway.

The Deputy and the resident searched around Miami but did not find the vehicle.

The vehicle is a 2001 charcoal gray Chevrolet Silverado extended cab pickup truck.

The alleged incident occurred sometime between 9:00pm on Monday, June 1st, and 6:30am on Tuesday, June 2nd.

Investigation into the alleged theft is continuing.

SLATER COUNCIL AUTHORIZES SALE OF BUILDING 6/3/15RK


At the meeting of the Slater City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved two ordinances.

Mayor Stephen Allegri said one of the bills is for the sale of a vacant building to Dr. Brian Fisher, the city's new dentist, for $7,500.



The second bill authorized the city to establish a pedestrian crosswalk on Morgan Street.

In other business, the council was updated on the upcoming Steve McQueen Day Celebration. The Celebration, which was postponed due to inclement weather from Saturday, April 25th, is now set for Saturday, June 27th, according to City Administrator Gene Griffith. He said there will not be a carnival, but all of the other original activities are still planned.

SUMP PUMPS TO BE MAIN FOCUS OF SEWER STUDY IN SLATER 6/3/15RK


The City of Slater's City Administrator Gene Griffith applied for and received a sewer study grant for just over $47,000, which will help the city conduct a needed survey, mainly involving sump pumps from houses of the residents, according to Mayor Stephen Allegri at the meeting of the Slater City Council Tuesday night.



Griffith explained I&I is Inflow and Infiltration.



Allegri and Griffith said it would be better if the city's residents would have their sump pumps draining into their yard or the street.

Griffith said after the study is finished, a meeting will be held with the public invited to tell what was found and insisting findings get corrected. He said the city also could be asked to seek funding for work needed to its sewer system.

RAGTIME FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WEDNESDAY IN SEDALIA 6/2/15CC


Wednesday marks the start of a longstanding tradition in Sedalia, as the 41st annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival kicks off with a slate of free and paid events over the next four days.

Each year the festival plays host to over 6,000 performers and Ragtime enthusiasts from around the world.

Paid events Wednesday include the kickoff concert, entitled "Kick It Into Gear", at 2:00pm at State Fair Community College. The venue's featured performers are Daniel Souvigney, Phillip Dyson, Frederick Hodges, John Remmers, Bryan Wright, Faye Ballard and Bill Edwards.

Free events Wednesday include a variety of performers throughout the day from 9:00am until 4:00pm at State Fair Community College.

For more information and schedule of the four-day festival, visit www.scottjoplin.org.

HIGGINSVILLE ALDERMEN OK E.M.S. RIDE-ALONG 6/2/15CC


At Monday's meeting of the Higginsville Board of Aldermen, board members approved a lease purchase agreement with Deere Credit, Incorporated, for a park utility tractor. The matter had been tabled since May 4th and received full board approval at this week's meeting.

City Administrator Lee Barker says the board also approved an ambulance ride-along program for Higginsville Firefighter Drew Lefman:



Barker says the board also took up a bill regarding a state block grant for the design and construction of a five unit T-hangar at the Higginsville Municipal Airport. Board members discussed the design of the project on Monday but took no formal actions.

SEDALIA VISITOR'S BUREAU AWARDED TOURISM DOLLARS 6/2/15CC


Senator Mike Parson, of Bolivar, announced on Tuesday that the Missouri Division of Tourism has awarded nearly $6,800 to the Sedalia Convention & Visitors Bureau to help fund qualified, performance-driven projects designed to increase visitation to Pettis County.

The Sedalia Convention & Visitors Bureau will match each dollar of state funding with a dollar of local funds.

According to a news release, tourism continues to rank as one of the most important revenue and job-producing industries in Missouri, creating more than 290,000 jobs. Missouri’s six million residents welcome more than 39 million visitors annually. With a $15.3 billion dollar economic impact, and a $1.3 billion impact on state and local tax revenues, tourism is a dynamic component of economic development.

Parson's office says the travel industry has a broad footprint in Missouri because it is comprised of a diverse group of businesses found in every county in the state. The money that visitors spend while in Missouri produces business receipts at these firms, in turn employing Missouri residents and paying their wages and salaries.

RICHMOND MAN HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 6/2/15RK


As result of a one-vehicle crash in Ray County on Monday, a Richmond man suffered minor injuires.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a westbound Chevrolet, driven by 36-year-old Paul True, drove off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and an embankment, then went airborne before coming to rest in an upright position.

True was reportedly transported by private vehicle to Ray County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:45pm on Highway 10 just west of Hardin.

SEDALIA COUNCIL APPROVES BIDS, CHANGE ORDERS 6/2/15RK


During about a 30-minute meeting of the Sedalia City Council on Monday night, the council was busy, approving a number of ordinances and awarding bids.

According to a city official, the council awarded bids for Sedalia Wastewater Improvements and a bid for Root Control Project. The council also OK'd change orders for Collection System Rehabilitation by Spray Com Utilities, Inc., for a total of just over $56,000.

In other business, the council approved the appointments of Terry Sunnarborg to the Airport Board and Turf Martin to the Housing Authority Board as well as several liquor licenses.

The council also recognized the winners for the month of May's Way To Grow!, Sedalia Yard of the Month contest and several city employees for years of service, ranging from five to 25 years.

NORBORNE BOARD APPROVES ORDINANCE TO LIMIT NOISE 6/2/15RK


It should be quieter in an area city after its Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday night.

According to a City Official, the Norborne Board of Aldermen adopted an ordinance prohibiting the use of unmuffled engine brakes or excessive noise within the city limits.

In other business, the board approved dates and times for fireworks to be shot off within the city limits in celebration of Independence Day. During certain hours Friday, June 26th through Sunday, July 5th, fireworks are legal. The city official pointed out on all of those dates, except July 4th, the hours are 10:00am to 10:00pm. On Independence Day, the times are stretched out from 10:00am to midnight.

In other business, Aldermen also approved a liquor license to the Lions Club for the Norborne Soybean Festival on August 6th, 7th and 8th; and learned work that needs to be done on the fence at the big park is scheduled to be completed this week by an outside contractor.

The city official also said a copy of the Consumer Confidence Report, a yearly report from the Department of Natural Resources, is available at City Hall for residents to pick up at their leisure, if they choose to do so.

CARROLLTON TOWN COUNCIL APPROVES PURCHASE OF BODY ARMOR FOR POLICE 6/2/15RK


In a relatively short meeting of the Carrollton Town Council Monday night, the council approved the Carrollton Police Department to buy some protective equipment.

According to a Carrollton City Official, the approval was given for the purchase to two sets of body armor for two police officers at a cost of $631 each from Alamar Uniforms and Equipment, which has offices in North Kansas City and Overland Park, Kansas.

TWO BOONVILLE MEN FACE A FELONY CHARGE 6/2/15RK


Two Boonville men have been served warrants while in custody and face one Felony Charge each in Cooper County Court.

According to a release from the Boonville Police Department, 25-year-old Devin Maupin and 29-year-old Tyrone Avery were served warrants for their arrest on Monday, June 1st, and were transported to the Cooper County Detention Center.

According to online court documents, Maupin and Avery each has been charged with a Class B Felony of Burglary in the First Degree.

Bond in each matter has been set at $15,000 cash or surety.

A future court date has not been set.

MARSHALL COUNCIL GETS UPDATE ON PERMITS ISSUED DURING MAY 6/2/15RK


During the meeting of the Marshall City Council on Monday, the council was updated by Ward 4 Councilman Tom Hagedorn on the building permits and fees during the month of May.



In other news, the council also heard from Ward 3 Councilman Dan Brandt that the Solid Waste tons in May was down a bit from April, but recycling tons was up nearly 15 tons.

THE CIRCUS IS COMING TO MARSHALL 6/2/15RK


The Marshall City Council approved an appointment to a board at its meeting on Monday.

Mayor Mark Gooden recommended Pat Kennedy to serve on the Marshall Park Board to finish out a term that runs out June 1st, 2018. Kennedy will finish out the term of Charlie Guthrey, who vacated the post after he was elected the Marshall City Council in April.

In other business, City Administrator Connie Latimer asked the council to waive a license fee for a circus coming to town later this month.



Latimer said the circus will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd, at the Saline County Fairgrounds.

In another action taken by the council, it accepted the lower of two bids received to purchase a backhoe. The bid was for $12,750 from G.W. Van Keppel of Kansas City, Kansas.

Gooden also informed the council of a recognition the city has received.

MARSHALL COUNCIL APPROVES EXECUTING CONTRACT WITH MMU AND INFRASOURCE 6/2/15RK


The Marshall City Council voted to authorize and direct the Mayor, Mark Gooden, to execute a contract between the City of Marshall, Marshall Municipal Utilities and Infrasource Construction LLC, of New Berlin, Wisconsin, at its meeting Monday night.

It was explained that the contract is to outsource work needed to move a natural gas pipeline by MMU's Ken Gieringer.



Gieringer said the gas line will be moved some 30 feet north of the railroad track.

In other business, the council also voted to pay the city's bills out of the different city funds, totaling more than $245,000.

VETERAN BOONVILLE POLICE SERGEANT TO RETIRE 6/1/15CC


A longtime area law enforcement official has decided to call it a career.

According to a news release, the Boonville Police Department has announced the retirement of Sgt. Waldo A. Rowles after thirty-three years of service. Sgt. Rowles began his career with the Boonville Police Department on March 30, 1982 as a patrolman. During his career he was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant. He spent his entire career in the patrol division supervising his shift.

Sgt. Rowles was also a member of the military for over twenty years and was deployed on three different occasions since 9/11. He served two tours overseas and one in the United States. He is also retired from military service.

The Boonville Police Department congratulates Sgt. Rowles for his many years of service and wish him the best in retirement.

SFCC MOVES TO FOUR-DAY WEEK FOR SUMMER 6/1/15CC


State Fair Community College will adopt a four-day workweek for two months this summer.

From June 1st through July 31st, college offices will be open to the public Monday through Thursday and closed Fridays at the Sedalia campus and all extended campus sites. Office hours Monday through Thursday will be:

* Sedalia and Clinton campuses, 7:30am to 6:00pm

* Whiteman AFB campus, 7:00am to 5:30pm

* Boonville campus, 7:00am to 7:00pm

* Lake of the Ozarks campus, 7:00am to 6:30pm

Beginning August 3rd, the college will return to its regular five-day workweek. From August 3-31, extended office hours will be 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am to 5:00pm Friday generally for Student Services, Testing and Career Center, Financial Aid, and Campus Store.

Fall mini-mester classes are scheduled August 3rd-14th and the fall semester begins August 24th. Regular office hours will resume September 1st.

For more information visit www.sfccmo.edu.

FORMER WARRENSBURG POSTAL WORKER PLEADS GUILTY TO CHARGES 6/1/15RK


A former postal worker in an area city has pleaded guilty today in Federal Court in Kansas City to stealing thousands of pieces of mail that were not delivered.

According to a release from the U.S. District Attorney's Office, 54-year-old David Thompson, of Warrensburg, pleaded guilty to the delay and destruction of mail--at least 20,000 pieces addressed to over 5,500 recipients-- by a postal employee.

Thompson, who began his career with the U.S. Postal Service in 1990, was placed on off-duty status on January 21st, 2014, and he is no longer in the employment of the postal service.

Under federal statutes, Thompson could face a sentence of up to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000 and an order of restitution. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

YOUTHS PARTICIPATION IN SUMMER FOOD PROGRAMS GOES UP 6/1/15RK


A new report finds that participation in summer meals in Missouri increased in 2014.

According to "Hunger Doesn't Take A Vacation," Missouri made significant strides in its efforts to reach more low-income children with summer meals in 2014. The annual report by Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) says 37,623 low-income children were served summer meals on an average day in July 2014, an increase of 33.9 percent from 2013. Summer meals reached 10.6 students for every 100 low-income children who got regular school meals in the 2013-2014 school year.

Missouri's success with increasing participation in Summer Nutrition Programs is reflected at the national level. The FRAC report finds that summer meal participation nationally reached more than three million students in July of 2014, up 215,000 children or 7.3 percent, from 2013. This represents the largest increase in children eating summer meals since 1993, and the third consecutive year of growth in program participation.

EIGHT INCHES OF RAIN FELL AT KMMO IN MAY 6/1/15RK


Although Missouri wasn't hit as hard by rain as the southern part of the United States, it still was a pretty wet month, several roads being closed at different times due to high water, as well as numerous river flood warnings being issued.

In all, the month produced 8.00 inches of precipitation at the KMMO Studio, the most being 1.44 inches on May 16th. We also received one inch of the wet stuff on May 17th.

As for temperatures, the average high mark was 73.5 degrees, including a high temperature of 84 on May 6th. Nine dates in May produced temperatures of at least 80 degrees.

The low temperature of 42 degrees was recorded on May 1st and again on May 19th. The mercury dipped into the 40s on nine dates in May. The average low temperature was 55.3 degrees.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR MISSOURI OLDER WORKER CONTEST 6/1/15RK


Missouri's annual Outstanding Older Workers of the Year contest is seeking nominations.

According to a news release, Missouri's 25th Annual Outstanding Older Workers of the Year contest is underway and accepting nominations.

Nominees must be Missouri residents who are age 60 or older; employed at least 20 hours a week in a Missouri job site; and demonstrated success in learning new skills and job training.

Regional winners will be selected from across the state and honored in September during a two-day awards ceremony in Jefferson City.

Nomination deadline is July 4th, 2015.

To request a nomination form, or for more information call 1-(877)-872-4740 or email Katie.Rowland@health.mo.gov.

FRIEND RETURNS TO SALINE COUNTY TO FACE FELONY CHARGE 6/1/15RK


A woman from Edwards, Mo., who was arrested in Alabama last week, was extradited back to Saline County and faces one Felony Charge.

According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, Amber Friend waived extradition and was picked up by two Saline County Sheriff's personnel late last week.

Deputy Emmitt Williams and his female guard transported Friend back to Missouri after picking her up at the Baldwin County Corrections Center in May Minette, Alabama. She was booked into the Saline County Justice Facility at 9:19pm on Friday, May 29th.

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

ROETTGEN BACK IN SALINE COUNTY TO FACE MULTIPLE CHARGES 6/1/15RK


A man who allegedly attempted to shoot a Marshall Police Officer during an incident a few weeks ago is now back in Saline County to face multiple charges.

According to a release from the Saline County Sheriff's Department, Carl Clayton Roettgen, of Marshall, was booked into the Saline County Justice Facility at 5:51pm on Friday, May 29th.

Earlier in the week, Saline County Sheriff's Deputy Greg Billinglsey made the trip to the Baldwin County Corrections Facility in Bay Minette, Alabama, to take Roettgen into custody.

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

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

AREA STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR WRITING SKILLS 6/1/15RK


Three area students recently were recognized for their essay writing ability during a recent ceremony at an area community college.

According to a news release, State Fair Community College has announced the Lisa Shoemaker Distinguished Student Writer awards for 2014-2015. Alice Rivers took first place. Kevin Zbornak finished second and Allen Taylor third. All three are from Sedalia. They received plaques at a luncheon April 30th on the Sedalia campus.

Other top 10 finalists included Katelyn Bartels, Josie Dinsdale, Kirstie Hunter, Faith Scheidemantle, and Allison Smith, all of Camdenton; Zack Demeter, of Whiteman Air Force Base in Knob Noster; and Carrie Gleason, of Warrensburg.

Four SFCC faculty and staff members independently reviewed and ranked the essays.

This year the name of the writing awards was permanently changed to honor Lisa Shoemaker, English instructor and literature coordinator, who retires today after teaching nearly 36 years at SFCC.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ALLEGED PROPERTY DAMAGE IN SALINE COUNTY 6/1/15RK


Saline County Authorities are investigating an alleged incident of property damage.

According to a report from a Saline County Sheriff's Deputy, he was dispatched just before 2:00pm on Sunday, May 31st, to a residence on 210th Road in Marshall to a report of someone allegedly running over the resident's mailbox.

The incident reportedly happened sometime between 8:15pm on Saturday, May 30th, and 9:10am on Sunday, May 31st.

The Deputy took pictures of tire tracks at the scene.

The value of the mailbox was placed at $50.

Investigation into the incident is continuing.

FUNDRAISING CONTINUES THROUGH AUGUST FOR SALINE COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE 6/1/15RK


Some may think with the completion of the Saline County Relay For Life 12-hour walk on Saturday, that means the fundraising effort has ended for the year. But that's not the case.

Co-Chairperson of the event, Melody Dierking, is grateful for the support, but she added, a donation still could make a difference.



Dierking pointed out there is going to be a golf tournament on August 7th at Indian Foothills Golf Course, with the proceeds going to the fundraising campaign, as well. She also said a couple of the fundraising teams have events coming up in the near future that will add to the total to help meet or exceed the goal of $30,000.

As of Saturday evening, the events had brought in about $24,000. The fundraising year ends on August 31st.

In all, 14 teams of walkers strolled around the Saline County Courthouse on the inside lane of the square from 11:00am to 11:00pm.

I-70 ROAD WORK IN COOPER COUNTY TO START THIS EVENING 6/1/15RK


The Missouri Department of Transportation is scheduled to do some work on I-70 in Cooper County starting this evening.

According to a release from Cooper County Emergency Management, MoDOT is to resurface eastbound I-70 from Route B near Boonville to the Missouri River bridge near Rocheport-- approximately eight miles.

MoDOT will have I-70 reduced to one lane of traffic at different times throughout the length of the project during night hours, 7:00pm to 6:00am.

The release says the work is scheduled to be completed by October 1st, 2015.

LEXINGTON WOMAN HURT IN CAR-DEER COLLISION 6/1/15RK


A Lexington woman received minor injuries when a car she was riding in hit a deer in the roadway in Lafayette County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the driver of an eastbound Ford Taurus, 23-year-old Amy Callahan, of Lexington, was not injured in the crash.

Injured was 18-year-old Sarah Callahan. She was transported via Lexington E.M.S. to Lafayette County Regional Health Center for treatment.

The crash happened at 9:25pm on U.S. Highway 24, one-quarter of a mile east of Marshall School Road.

TWO INJURED IN SALINE COUNTY MOTORCYCLE CRASH 6/1/15RK


A driver and a passenger each suffered moderate injuries in a motorcycle crash in Saline County on Sunday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when a northbound Harley Davidson, driven by 49-year-old Thomas Owens, of Belton, traveled off the right side of the roadway where it struck a ditch, overturned and ejected its riders.

Also suffering moderate injuries was 43-year-old Wendy Scronce, of Hickory, NC. They were transported by E.M.S. to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The crash happened at 5:50pm on Route 41 at Route E.

BLUE SPRINGS MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH 6/1/15RK


A Blue Springs man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash in Johnson County on Sunday.

A report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the crash occurred when a southbound Harley Davidson, driven by 43-year-old Robby Ruppel, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a road sign, overturned and ejected the driver.

Ruppel was transported by E.M.S. to Research Hospital in Kansas City for treatment.

The crash happened just before 5:45pm on Highway T, north of Southwest 800 Road.

RAYVILLE MAN ESCAPES INJURY IN TWO-CAR CRASH 6/1/15RK


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

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as a northbound station wagon, driven by 31-year-old Letha Carder, of Excelsior Springs, was stopped on Route O and made a left turn in front of an eastbound Oldsmobile, driven by 30-year-old Zane Stottlemyre, of Rayville.

Carder was transported to Liberty Hospital via Ray County ambulance for treatment.

The crash happened at 12:50pm on Missouri 10 at Route O.

SALINE COUNTY RELAY FOR LIFE CLOSE TO MEETING GOAL 5/31/15RK


A local annual fundraising effort is well on its way to meeting its goal after Saturday.

The Saline County Relay for Life event took place on the Marshall Square, drawing hundreds of participants and patrons.

Co-Chairperson of the event, Melody Dierking said the financial goal for events this year is $30,000. With 2-1/2 hours to go Saturday, Dierking said their fundraising effort had accumulated $24,000, including nearly $1,400 during a silent auction, one of the many other events going on in conjunction with the walking event.



In all, there were 14 teams of walkers strolling around the Saline County Courthouse on the inside lane of the square from 11:00am to 11:00pm.

But Dierking pointed out the fundraising did not stop Saturday night for this year. She said there also is going to be a golf tournament on August 7th at Indian Foothills Golf Course, with the proceeds going to the findraising campaign, as well. She also said a couple of the fundraising teams have events coming in the near future that will add to the total to meet or exceed the goal. The fundraising year ends on August 31st.

RICHMOND TEEN HURT IN RAY COUNTY CRASH 5/31/15RK


A Richmond teenager suffered minor injuries while both drivers in a two-vehicle crash in Ray county escaped injury Saturday.

According to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred as an eastbound 1997 Toyota, driven by 26-year-old William Walker, of Richmond, attempted to turn left into a private drive and struck a westbound 2010 Ford, driven by 42-year-old Michael Milligan, of Richmond.

A 13-year-old passenger in the Milligan vehicle was transported to Ray County Memorial Hospital by E.M.S. for treatment.

The crash happened at 3:50pm on Missouri 10, just west of 120th Street.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR HORN 5/22/15


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

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



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

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

 
---MISSOURINET

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.

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.
Archive
Larry Smith
Midnight to 6:00
Click Here to Listen Live!