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Disturbance At Courthouse Leads To An Arrest  08/19  5pm
     An incident at the Livingston County Courthouse led to an arrest.  Sixty-five year old Lawrence Edward Felton of rural Chillicothe was arrested Monday on charged of alleged trespassing, resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer.  Sheriff Steve Cox reports the incident began when Felton passed through the metal detector at the courthouse with his hands tightly clenched and the detector sounded.  Cox says Felton put his hands above his head and a wand search showed no metal, but as he walked away, a deputy noticed the man had a knife.  The report states Felton was uncooperative with the deputies, made threats against them officer at one point claimed he was GOD. 
     The case had been assigned to Associate Judge James Valbracht, but he disqualified himself and it was transferred to Circuit Judge Tom Chapman.  Felton's bond was set at $5,000.

Walking to School  08/19  12pm
With classes beginning Wednesday in Chillicothe, there will be students that are walking to school.  Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse says motorist will need to watch for the children in a near the streets, but the kids will need to use caution while heading to and from school.
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     Knouse says if you are driving near a school at the beginning or end of the day, slow down and expect a child could run into the street at any time.
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     Children are reminded to never run out between vehicles and only cross at the crosswalks.

Local Crops   08/19  12pm
Rainfall for the month of August is above normal and that is helping the local crops and helping to improve the ground moisture levels.  Farm Service Agency Executive Director for Livingston County, David Meneely says the rainfall is helping the crops.
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Meneely says there is a point where we could have too much rain, but we are not there yet.
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     The recent rise of the Grand River showed the level reached 24.5 feet, about 6 inches about flood stage.  He says with most of the low ground protected by levees, that was probably not an issue.

Drug Issues in Chillicothe   08/19  6am
     Drug issues are nothing new for the Chillicothe Police to handle, but in the past 12 days, the department has seen a bit of an up-tic in arrests and seizures.  Lieutenant Scott Chubick says at least part of what they are seeing is unusual.
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     Since August 7th, Chillicothe Police have made traffic stops or been called for other problems that result in the drug related arrests.  Chubick says since August 7th, Chillicothe Police reported the seizure of 11 grams of Methamphetamine, 35 grams of Marijuana and countless prescription drugs and paraphernalia.  The department has also seized one gun and about $500 in cash as part of the investigations. 
     Chubick says this is an area where the department wants to get a better handle.  He says that can be done with the cooperation of the residents of Chillicothe.
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     If you see any suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you can call the Chillicothe Police Department at 646-2121 of if you feel it is an emergency, call 911.

Police Report  08/19  6am
     Assault, Theft and Property damage are in the Chillicothe Police Report
     An assault that happened in the 900 block of Walnut on August 15th sent one man to the hospital.  The report states officers arrived to find the victim had been struck in the head several times and by several people, who used a golf club.  He was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
     Officers were called to the 500 block of West Business 36 on a report of Theft.  Christopher Wall was arrested for alleged stealing and is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Theft was reported in the 700 block of Webster Street and there was a report of items stolen from a vehicle in the 1300 block of Third.
     Property damage to two vehicles that were parked in the 200 block of Williams was reported.

Electric Rate Increase Proposed  08/19  6am
     A proposal for an electric rate increase will be presented at today's meeting of the Chillicothe Board of Public Works.  The meeting starts at Noon at the CMU office.  The department heads will make reports to the board and General Manager Jim Gilliland will present the rate increase proposal.

R-II Tax Rate Increase  08/19  6am
     A Tax Rate increase is on the agenda for the Chillicothe R-II School Board this evening.  The board will hold a Tax Rate hearing to set the rate at 4.346 per hundred dollar valuation, an increase of .056 from last year.  The public hearing will begin at 6:15 at the District Office
     At 6:30, the regular meeting begins and that agenda will begin with the introduction of the Chillicothe R-II School Districts new teachers and counselors.  Also on the agenda is the second reading of a policy for resignation of professional staff.  They will consider the district insurance, an agreement with the City of Chillicothe for the use of sporting facilities, arrangements for a Lease Purchase Agreement and a reimbursement resolution. 

Railroad Board  08/19  6am
     Chillicothe's Railroad Advisory Board meets tonight at City Hall.  The meeting will begin at 5:15 with an agenda that includes a review of the financials and any old or new business.  The meeting is open to the public.

Flood Warnings  08/19  6am
     The Flood Warning for the Grand River at Chillicothe has been lifted, but remains in place for the Grand River at Sumner. 
     At Sumner, the river crested at 30.53 feet and has fallen faster than expected.  The morning reading was 28.55 feet and the river could fall below flood stage of 26 feet later this evening depending on the amount of rain received this morning.

School Bus Safety  08/18  12pm
     School starts Wednesday in the Chillicothe R-II School District, and that means the School Busses will be on the road both morning and afternoon. Chillicothe Police Chief Rick Knouse says motorist need to be aware of the busses on the road and the frequent stops they will make. Knouse says when the buss is stopped, with the lights flashing and stop arm extended, you must STOP.
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     The bus drivers will make note of vehicles that go around the busses when the stop arm is extended and will report those to the police department. It is a violation and you can be ticketed.
     Knouse says the children at the bus stops need to be aware of the traffic while they are waiting for the bus.
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     Until you get used to the bus traffic, motorist should give themselves a little extra time to get their destination in the morning and afternoon.

EAA Fly-In Saturday
  08/18  12pm
     The 22nd annual Fly-In at the Chillicothe Airport is this Saturday. The North Central Missouri EAA Chapter 944 is putting on the Fly-In Breakfast and Young Eagle Rides. Chapter member Jim Summerville says the Fly-In starts at 7:00 am with their fund raising breakfast.
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     Summerville says they will also have their Young Eagle Flights.
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     Funds raised at the fly-in go towards paying for the fuel for the Young Eagle Flights and it also helps to fund Scholarships to send young adults to the EAA Advanced Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It also helps to fund the flight training to help young people to obtain a pilots license.
     The EAA Chapter 944 Fly-In and Young Eagle Flights are this Saturday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Chillicothe Airport.

Serious Injury Accident  08/18  6am
     A Bethany woman had serious injuries in a motorcycle accident near Pattonsburg Sunday evening.  Thirty year old Nicole L Carlson was flown to Truman Medical Center with serious injuries following the accident on US 69.  The Highway Patrol reports Carlson was northbound and did not maker it through a curve.  She went off the east side of the road and was ejected from the bike.  The report states she was wearing a helmet.

Four Arrests Reported Following Assault
Investigation   08/18  6am
     A report of an assault led to four arrests.  Chillicothe Police responded to the 900 block of Walnut on Friday on the report on an assault.  The investigation led to the arrest of William McHardie for alleged assault, armed criminal action and distribution of a controlled substance.  Nola Glasgow was arrested for alleged assault, armed criminal action and three counts of distribution of a controlled substance, Ashley Reed was arrested for alleged distribution of a controlled substance and Tiffany Midgyett arrested for alleged assault and armed criminal action.  Warrants have since been issued and bond ranges from $25,000 to $75,000.

Police Report
  08/18  6am
     Chillicothe Police responded to reports of theft, animal neglect and a suicidal person.
     A Suicidal person was reported in the 400 block of Grandview Drive Sunday evening. The report states the person was taken to Hedrick Medical Center and later flown to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City.
     Officers investigated a report of a juvenile runaway. The child was later located in Platte City and returned home.
     Officers conducted three theft investigations, one in the 700 block of Webster, another in the 1200 block of Green Street, and an investigation in the 300 block of Calhoun that led to the arrest of William Rex Long for alleged possession of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $10,000.
     Elder abuse was reported in the 1300 block of Monroe. The report states no crime was committed.
     Animal neglect was reported in the 800 block of Jefferson Street.
     Mallory Fainter was arrested on a warrant for alleged probation violation and Patrick Wayne Cope was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance.

Troopers Arrest Illinois Woman
  08/18  6am
     An Illinois woman was arrested by State Troopers in Caldwell County Saturday morning.  Nineteen year old Brittney L Mikesell was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold, following her arrest for alleged possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.

Flood Warnings Continue For Grand River  08/18  6am
     Flood Warnings remain in place for the Grand River in Gallatin, Chillicothe and Sumner.
At Gallatin, Flood Stage is 26 feet, the river crested overnight at 26.98 and should fall back below flood stage later today.

At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet and the river is expected to crest at 24.9 feet this evening and fall back below flood stage on Tuesday.

At Sumner, Flood Stage is 26 feet.  The river is expected to crest at 30.75 feet early Tuesday and fall back below flood stage on Wednesday.


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Funeral Notices

Delbert Bailey
     A Brookfield resident, 81 year old Delbert Bailey died August 16th in Brookfield. Funeral services are Tuesday at 11:00 am at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield, with burial at Park Lawn Cemetery in Brookfield. Family visitation is Tuesday from 1:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Brookfield First Christian Church or Parkinson Foundation.

Elsie I Claven
     An Indian Grove resident, 101 year old Elsie I Claven died August 15th in Liberty. Funeral services are Wednesday at 11:00 am at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Indian Grove, with burial at St. Raphael Cemetery. Family visitation is Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Memorials may be made to the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Breshears Memorial Chapel in Brunswick.

Mary "Rachel" Coburn
     A Lenexa resident, 91 year old Mary "Rachel" Coburn, died August 17th in Lenexa. A Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday at 10:00 am at St. Columban's Catholic Church in Chillicothe, with burial at Leopolis Cemetery in Chula. Friends may call Wednesday from Noon to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with a Parish Rosary at 5:30 and family visitation to follow until 7:30. Memorials may be made to Bishop Hogan School and/or the Conception Abbey.

Lois Margariete Ashford
     A Chillicothe resident, 86 year old Lois Margariete Ashford died August 16th in Chillicothe. Services are Thursday at 2:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe, with burial at Edgewood Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Wednesday from Noon to 8:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with family visitation Thursday from 1:00to 2:00 pm at the church. Memorials may be made to the Lois Ashford Memorial Fund.