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County Planning And Zoning Amendment Approved   6/28  12pm
     The Livingston County Zoning ordinance now includes a comprehensive list of business and which of the county's zoning district where they would be allowed. The Planning and Zoning commission approved a recommendation to approve the amendments to add to the list of approved businesses that is now several pages long. Zoning Officer Mark Shockey explains the reason for the changes.
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     The Livingston County Commissioners approved the amendment unanimously.

Trenton Woman Arrested Following Drug Search   6/28  12pm
     One woman is in custody after Trenton Police served a drug search warrant this (Tuesday) morning. Chief Tommy Wright says they served the warrant at 1402 East 9th Street, with the assistance of the Missouri Highway Patrol. The search resulted in recovering methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia. They arrested a woman on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine and have requested charges on several others who live at the home, but were at not home at the time the warrant was served.

Bids Approved By Trenton City Council   6/28  12pm
     The Trenton city Council approved several bids and announced a special meeting for Thursday. The Trenton council members approved bids for a new truck for the Wastewater Department from Barnes Baker at a cost of $22,800 with trade in. A UTV for the Wastewater Department was purchased from Sydenstricker for $9,468. The also approved the sale of the old UTV for $699.99.
     A new trailer was purchased for the Electric Department from Big Tex Trailers in Marceline. The cost was $5,000.
     Mary Peterson was appointed to the Park Board.
     A request was made by one of the Trenton Fireworks vendors to allow fireworks to be used in the city July 2nd, 3rd and 4th. The current ordinance allows only the 4th. That will be considered Thursday.
     The city has stopped advertising for the City Administrator's position.
     The Council will meet Thursday at 7:30 am in Special Session. The agenda includes consideration of the fireworks request and in executive session a review of the applications for the City Administrators position.

Cameron Teen Dies In Roll Over Accident   6/28  6am
     A Cameron teen is dead following an accident Monday night, north of Cameron. Seventeen year old Taylor Mefford of Cameron was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that happened at about 9:45 pm in Southeast Irwin Road, three miles north of Cameron. According to the report from the Highway Patrol, Mefford was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 16 year old Brendan McCarthy. They were northbound and did not make it through a curve and went off the west side of the road and the vehicle overturned. Mefford was not wearing a safety belt and was partially ejected.
     McCarthy was wearing a safety belt and received only minor injuries. He was treated at Cameron Medical Center

Chillicothe City Council Tables CDBG Grant Items   6/28  6am
     The Chillicothe City Council agenda was shortened considerable when discussions of a CDBG Grant were tabled Monday night. In the finance workshop, the council discussed the value of the rail owned by the city and the type of In-Kind assistance they will provide for the $1.9 million dollar rail spur project for Sunoco Plastics in the Industrial Park.
     Through the grant, the City would be required to provide $70,000 of cash or in-kind value. That could include materials or other services needed for the project. The city is still trying to determine what will qualify as in-kind value. They expect to continue the discussions at the next meeting, July 11th.

Cemetery Frustrations Expressed At council Meeting   6/28  6am
     Frustrations with debris and poor care for the Forest Park Cemetery was expressed by Tim Runyon at Monday's City Council Meeting. Runyon has family members buried at the Forest Park Cemetery, located on Country Club Drive. He told the council desecration of a Veteran's grave is a federal offense. He then showed the council tennis and golf balls found on the graves and talked about debris dumped on the cemetery grounds by the Country Club.
     Runyon said he has complained to the City Codes office for several years about the lack of care at the cemetery and even made complaints to the police when debris is left on the graves, but no action has been taken.
     City Attorney Robert Cowherd told the council and Mr Runyon it is very difficult to enforce anything without knowing who owns the property and where the boundary lines are located. The city is having a thorough title search done to determine the ownership and property lines for the cemetery. Cowherd says once that is complete, they may try to enforce care or may proceed with the Condemnation process for the cemetery.
     The Condemnation would mean the city would become owner of the cemetery and would maintain the grounds. He says there are no plans to move any bodies or to sell additional plots if the city takes over ownership of the Forest Park Cemetery.

Chillicothe School Board Special Meeting Wednesday    6/28  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will finalize their budget when they meet Wednesday. The special meeting will be at 6:30 pm at the district office. The agenda includes the final bills for the 2016 fiscal year, amending the 2016 district budget, consideration of the 2017 Building Trades Home and setting and approving the 2017 budget.
     An executive session is planned following the meeting

NCMC Board of Trustees To Consider Budgets   6/28  6am
     The North Central Missouri College Board of Trustees will meet this evening to discuss budgets and personnel. The board members meet at 5:30 this evening at the Frey Administrative Center. New business includes Head Start self-assessment, the budgets and salaries, lease renewals for the bond agreements, the purchase of a replacement Gator and several personnel items.
     The NCMC Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public.

Brookfield School Board Considers Budgets and Busses  6/28  6am
     The Brookfield School Board will consider their budget this evening. The board meets at 5:30 pm at the District Office. The agenda includes the financial report, amendments to the current budget, discussions about a financial consultant, an update on the construction and timeline. They will also consider bids for two busses, insurance and policies and procedures. New business includes the approval of the 2016/17 budget for the Brookfield School District.

Trenton Man Sentenced On Sexual Misconduct Charge   6/27  12pm
     A Trenton man pled guilty to charges of sexual misconduct with a child was sentenced to seven years in prison. David Wayne Manus Jr was arrested in October of 2015 after he abducted a 9 year old girl on her way to school. Manus pled guilty in Harrison County Court on the charges of endangering the welfare of a child and sexual misconduct by exposing himself to the child. He was sentenced to 7 years on each count, with the sentenced to be served concurrently, or at the same time.

Woman Missing Near Thompson River Found   6/27  12pm
     A woman reported missing Saturday near the Thompson river was located a short time later. The Livingston County Sheriff's Department was called about 9:00 pm to the area near LIV 257 and the river. According the report, a small group was partying near the river and the woman had been drinking heavily since the morning. She was reported to have become separated from the group and was last seen on the west side of the river.
     Chillicothe Fire Fighters and the Missouri Highway Patrol were called to assist with search, and at about 10:00 pm, Deputy Dustin Wolfe located the woman west of the river. The report state the woman was not injured and was returned to her friends.

MoDOT Roadwork Projects   6/27  12pm
     The Missouri Department of Transportation is patching potholes around the entire northwest part of the state. There are a few other projects on the schedule this week. In the local counties they include:
Caldwell County
     US 36 - Shoulder Work Tuesday, from Business 36 at Hamilton to Spring Hill Road
Chariton County - several Bridge Maintenance projects all week.
     US 24 - At the Mussel Fork Bridge
     Route PP - At the Chariton River Overflow Bridge and the Mid Fork Chariton River
     Highway 11 - At Hickory Branch River Bridge and Salt Creek River Bridge
     Route O - At Jones Drive River Bridge and Bee River Bridge
Grundy County
     Route W - Bridge maintenance at the Wolf Creek and Hickory Creek Bridges
Sullivan County - Culvert Replacements
     Route C - CLOSED Tuesday through Thursday from Route CC to Elm Drive
     Route C - CLOSED Thursday and Friday from Route CC to Ferris Drive

Police Report A Stabbing And Phone Scam   6/27  6am
     A woman was taken to Hedrick Medical Center after officers found her with a knife in her stomach. Officers had been called to the 400 block of Reynard early Saturday morning on a report of a woman with a knife threating to harm herself. The officers determined the woman had stabbed herself.
     Burglary and theft were investigated Saturday morning in the 400 block of Dickenson. The report states items were taken from an unlocked garage. The investigation continues.
     Friday, officers took a report of a phone scam where the victim had given out their banking information. The resident reported receiving a call telling them they were prequalified for a low interest loan. A short time later the resident was called by her bank to inform her she had been scammed. The Chillicothe Police Department reminds us all we should NEVER give out personal information over the phone or internet.

Chillicothe Man Injured In Accident Near Springfield   6/27  6am
     A Chillicothe man was one of two injured in an accident southwest of Springfield Saturday evening. Thirty-four year old Carl E Tannehill of Chillicothe and 38 year old Crystal Hanners of Aurora were taken to the local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. State Troopers report Tannehill was eastbound on Highway WW, south of Aurora and failed to yield as he was attempting to turn onto Highway 39. Tannehill's vehicle was struck by a car that was southbound, totaling both vehicles. The other driver was not injured.

Troopers Arrest Five In Area Counties Over The Weekend   6/27  6am
     State Troopers report four arrests in the area counties over the weekend.
     Saturday, 19 year old Tristian Rardon of Milan was arrested in Sullivan County at about 10:50 pm for alleged possession of a controlled substance, DWI, failing to stop at a stop sign, failing to signal a turn and no insurance. He was processed and released.
     Sunday at about 12:03 am, an Armstrong resident, 51 year old Orvel Campbell was arrested for alleged DWI, no headlights, expired registration and driving while revoked. He was taken to the Chariton County Jail.
     At about 3:00 am, in Livingston County, 23 year old Pake W Croy of Chillicothe was arrested for alleged DWI. He was processed at the police department and released.
     At about 5:00 pm in Carroll County, 49 year old Robert Summers of Carrollton was arrested for alleged DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and following to close. He was processed at the Carroll County Sheriff's office and released.


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Funeral Notices

Elizabeth Gertrude Benskin
     A Chillicothe resident, 97 year old Elizabeth Gertrude Benskin, died June 24th in Chillicothe. Funeral services are Tuesday at 10:00 am at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at May Cemetery in Chula. Friends may call Monday from 12:00 to 8:00 pm, with family visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the cemetery.

Tomazine Rulo Carlton
     A Carrollton resident, 90 year old Tomazine Rulo Carlton, died June 26th in Carrollton. Services are Wednesday at 10:00 am at Bittiker Funeral home in Carrollton, with burial at Evergreen Cemetery in DeWitt. Family visitation is Wednesday from 9:00 to 9:45 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Gary Buchanan
     A Marceline resident, 63 year old Gary Buchanan, died June 26th. Services are Wednesday at 11:00 am at Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline, with burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Marceline. Family visitation is Wednesday from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home.

Alice Dowel
     A Brookfield resident, 91 year old Alice Dowell died June 26th in Brookfield. A Memorial Service is Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at Wright-Baker-Hill Funeral Home in Brookfield. Family visitation is Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to McLarney Manor.

Carolyn Jean Gray
     A Chillicothe resident, 70 year old Carolyn Jean Gray, died June 25th in Kansas City. Services are Friday at 2:00 pm at Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe, with burial at Edgewood Cemetery in Chillicothe. Friends may call Thursday from Noon to 6:00 pm, with family visitation Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Carolyn Gray Memorial Fund.