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Stories from the past seven days

Police Investigate Theft Law Enforcement Equipment 
04/14  12pm
     Theft of several law enforcement related items at the end of March is under investigation by the Chillicothe Police Department.  The investigation has led to a couple arrests and other awaiting formal charges.  Chillicothe Police Detective John Maples says the items were stolen from an uninhabited home in the 1200 block of Polk where a state law enforcement officer lived.
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     Maple says they continue to work on recovering the items reported stolen,
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     Suspects identified include Matthew Case and Eric Wells, charged with alleged felony possession of stolen property; Kyle Case was arrested and charged with alleged possession of drug paraphernalia as a result of the investigation.  Maples says Wells and Kyke Case are in custody and they are still working to locate Matthew Case.  He says two other suspects are awaiting the filing of formal charges relating to the investigation.

Starting A Small Business  
04/14  12pm
     A free seminar outlining some simple steps to starting your own business will be held in Chillicothe, April 22nd.  Chillicothe Small Business and Technology Center Director Matt Trussell says the program is aimed at potential new business owners over the age of 50.
     The free seminar will be presented by the Kansas City office of the SBA along with the Kansas City SCORE Chapter 19.   The program will provide basic startup information to help 50+ entrepreneurs make smart decisions in their journey for small business success.   It will be held at Chillicothe City Hall April 22nd from 10:00 am to Noon
f you have questions or would like to register, call Barbara Caldwell at 816-426-4902.  Registration ends April 21st.

Weatherization Assistance Available 
04/14  12pm
     Homeowners, renters and landlords may be eligible of assistance with weatherizing their home.  Green Hills Community Action Agency is currently seeking participants their Weatherization Program. The goal of the program is improving and upgrading a home by using certain energy saving measures, to cut utility bills down to size for many low income families in northern Missouri.
     If you are interested in applying for weatherization services for your home, you are asked to fill out an application for the program. The application can be found at, or by calling the toll free 855-290-8544 ext 1064 and requesting an application to be mailed or faxed to you.
     Rental homes also qualify for Weatherization, but some conditions apply.  You are asked to call for more details.  The number again is 855-290-8544 ext 1064.

Two Serious Injury Accidents 
04/14  6am
     Two ATV Drivers had serious injuries in accidents investigated by the State Highway Patrol Saturday evening.
     At 6:45 Saturday evening, 26 year old Elysia N Stone of Gallatin was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries in an accident on 230th Road, north of Gallatin.  According to the report, Stone was riding the ATV northbound when she was struck in the side by a pick-up truck driven by Barney R Esbeck of Gallatin.  The impact ejected Stone from the ATV. 
     At 9:15 in Caldwell County, 21 year old Nikolas L Allen of Polo was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment of injuries from the accident on Maple Street in Polo.  Allen was eastbound on Maple when he lost control and ran off the north side of the road and the ATV overturned and he was ejected.

Chillicothe City Council 
04/14  6am
     The Chillicothe city Council meets Monday in regular session and will have several discussions and consider bids for radios.  The Council members meet Monday at 6:30 at City Hall.
     Bids will be presented for the purchase of Digital Police Radios for the Dispatch Center. 
     The council will have a discussion and resolution for Chapter 100 bonds, not to exceed $6.5 million dollars, for economic development.
     There will also be a discussion on the rental houses at the old hospital site and with the Arts Council about the Mural in the green space at Clay and Washington.
     The Council will also consider the updates of the contract for tax collection naming the new Livingston County Collector Treasure Paula McCoy.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed for legal, real estate and personnel matters.

Police Arrest Report 
04/14  6am
     Chillicothe Police reported several arrests over the weekend and a few investigations.

Arrests include:
     Dylan Elijah Head near Calhoun and Elm for alleged possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.
     Gay Nell Owens and Nathana JoeAnn Woodland for alleged filing a false report of harassment.
     A juvenile was taken into custody for making a false report of a fire on Jackson Street on Friday.
     James Christian Purcell near Ann and Washington for alleged minor visibly intoxicated.
     Scott Martin White arrested in near Borden and Lambert for alleged possession of marijuana and peace disturbance.
     Trenell Demetrious Beard was arrested at Locust and Webster for alleged possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
     Timothy Allen Stark was arrested in the 500 block of Ann Street on a Linn County warrant for alleged passing bad checks.  He was extradited to Linn County.
     Mariah Anna Mae Grant was arrested in the 400 block of Clay on a Chillicothe warrant for alleged failure to appear.  She was also arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance.

     Officers investigated fraud in the 10 block of JFK and a stolen bike in the 600 block of Walnut.

Police Department Accident Reports 
04/14  6am
     Chillicothe Police investigated four non injury accidents on Friday.
     The first was a hit and run accident in the 2700 block of North Washington.  A vehicle was parked and struck an unknown vehicle that left the scene.  Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 646-2121.
     One person was cited for alleged following to close after an accident on the ramp at Highways 36 and 65.  Shawna L Mondragon allegedly ran into the other vehicle and was cited.
     There was an accident at Washington and Green Street and another in the 1300 block of Jackson Street.

Troopers Arrests One Over The Weekend 
04/14  6am
     A Brunswick man was arrested Sunday morning in Chariton County.  State Troopers arrested 22 year old Kodye D Shultz of Brunswick at 1:40 am Sunday for alleged Driving While Intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance and displaying plates from another vehicle.  He was taken to the Chariton County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

Friday Fire Reports 
     The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to several fires on Friday, one in town and three grass fires in rural Livingston County.
     In town, CMU called to report a fire at their burn site arrived to find a brush pile burning on Ryan Lane.  That call came in about 2:20 pm and the department used 750 gallons of water and CMU used a loader to spread the debris to prevent re-ignition.  They were on the scene for about 20 minutes.
     Three grass fires were reported while the county remains under a burn ban.  At 12:19 pm, the fire department responded to 9637 LIV 516, the William Hargrave property, and the owner was burning a pile of debris that got out of control and was burning a grass field.  300 gallons of water was used to put the fire out.  They were on the scene for nearly 2 hours.
     At 2:09, the fire was at 3544 LIV 537, the Melvin Akers residence.  Sixty acres of grass and timber was burning.  The fire started on the neighbor's property and had spread.  Lock Springs and Jamesport departments were called to assist.  600 gallons of water was used to put out the fire.  They were on the scene for 3 1/2 hours.
     At 6:27, a grass fire was reported along LIV 520.  They arrived to find the fire was about a mile long.  The Jamesport and Lock Spring departments and the Department of Conservation were called to assist with the fire that burned about 75 acres.  The fire crews were on the scene for nearly 2 1/2 hours.
     Livingston County remains under a burn ban until further notice.

School Board Meets Tuesday 
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet in regular session Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the District Office.  The agenda begins with recognition of students from the Chillicothe high School and GRTS.
     The board will consider the approval of several policy updates and will then approve the election results, recess and swear in Michael Leamer, Jason Bone and Pat Jones.  They will then reconvene and election the new officers for the next year.
     They will consider the Salary and Welfare report, discuss several new policy changes and consider another set of job descriptions.  They will take up the investment portfolio management that was set aside at the last meeting.  They will consider employee benefits, middle school athletics and a date for a special meeting.  An executive session is also planned if it is needed.

Accident and Arrest 
     A Trenton man had moderate injures in a motorcycle accident investigated by the Missouri Highway Patrol in Livingston County.  They also reported an arrest in Sullivan County.  Both were Friday afternoon.
     Twenty year old  Justin D Knapp of Trenton was taken to Hedrick Medical Center following the accident at about 5:00 pm Friday.  Knapp was riding a motorcycle eastbound on Highway 190 when he skidded and the bike overturned.  He was ejected from the bike and received moderate injuries.  He was wearing a helmet.
     An Iowa man was arrested in Sullivan Count.  Fifty-four year old Lee A McClintock of Davis City was arrested for alleged no valid license and on a clay county warrant.  He was processed and released.

Golf Advisory Board 
     Chillicothe's Golf Course Advisory Board meets Wednesday at 5:15 at City Hall.  The agenda includes budget, equipment, personnel and revenue and expense comparisons.  There will also be a report from the Golf Course Director. 

Gene Watson Performs Sunday 
     The Chillicothe Area Arts Council presents Gene Watson on the stage of the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center this Sunday.  Watson was scheduled to perform in December, but was stuck in a Texas ice storm.  Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band will perform Sunday at 3:00 pm at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center.  Arts Council Director Julie Ashbrook says all tickets that were sold for the concert will be honored and The Season Ticket Holders should use the pass for the December program.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for students.  Seating begins at 2:30.

Cat Fishing Tournament 
A fishing tournament to benefit the Community Cupboard in Hamilton will be held April 26th at the Chillicothe Boat Ramp to the Grand River.  The Community Cupboard is partnered with 2nd Harvest who helps feed families in need in all of the surrounding areas. The tournament will be held April 26th. Boat entry fees for a 2 man team is $35 and bank fishing entry fees will be $15 per person.
     To find out more call James Webb at 973-6584

R-II School District Contracts 
04/11  12pm
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board approved several hirings as part of the executive session of Wednesday's meeting.  The Chillicothe School Board heard the recommendations from the school administrators.  Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the board made their decisions based on the recommendations.
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     Those hired include:
Julienne Graupman - Title One Preschool
Katherine Jones - 5th Grade
Meridith Brick -High School Science & Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
Canaan Fairley - High School Algebra 1 & 9th Grade Boys Assistant Bball
Mark Schneider - High School English
Breanna Crall - High School Chemistry & 9th Grade Girls Volleyball Coach
     Support Staff:
Kimberly Kimbrough - Middle School Cafeteria Worker
Jeremiah Dana - Welding Teaching Assistant at GRTS
     For the Coaches, when asked about the basketball coaches, Dr Barnes said… 
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     For the other coaching positions, aside from those already mentioned, there was not much change.

Youth Mental Health First Aid 
04/11  12pm
     A Youth Mental Health First Aid Training will be hosted by the Livingston County Health Center.  The program will be held at the health center on April 29 from 8:30am-5:30pm.  Justin McDermott from Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville says the program is meant to provide adults the tools needed to help youth in times of crises.
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     The program is targeted at adults in the community.
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     The program is provided free of charge thanks to a grant.  Space is limited to the first 30 participants. For more information or to register call Justin McDermott at 660-665-1962. Registration closes April 18th.

Livingston County Meetings 
04/11  12pm
     The Livingston County Commissioners will attend several meetings next week and will have one regular session at the courthouse.
     Monday, the commissioner will be in Jefferson City to attend the Missouri Association of Counties Legislative Conference.
     Tuesday, they will attend the North Central Missouri Regional Water Supply Workshop in Milan from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  They will also attend the Pipeline Association meeting at Comfort Inn in Chillicothe at 6:00 pm.
     Wednesday, Todd Rodenberg will attend the Salt Board Meeting at 9:00 am and the Green Hills Regional Planning Commission Transportation forum in Brookfield from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
     Thursday the commissioners meet in regular session at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse.  At Noon, Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner Horton will attend the Chamber Bicentennial meeting.  At 1:15, they will attend the Child Abuse and Sex Abuse Awareness event on the north side of the courthouse.

Trenton Council Includes Two Budgets 
04/11  12pm
     The Trenton City Council will handle two budgets and approve election results before their new council members are sworn in.  The Council meeting is Monday at 7:00 pm at Trenton City Hall.
     The meeting begins with the approval of the Trenton City Budget, followed by the Trenton Utilities budget and then they approve the election results.
     The council will then adjourn, swear in the new council members and reconvene. 
     New business includes:  The appointment of the Fire Chief and appointments to the Administrative, Finance and Economic Development committees.  They will also have the council assignments for the committees.
     A closed session is scheduled for legal purposes.

Burn Ban in Livingston County 
04/11  6am
     A Burn Ban is issued for Livingston County.  The Livingston County Commission issued the Burn Ban for the entire County, including Chillicothe, until further notice, including fire pits and recreational fires.  All outdoor burning is prohibited with the exception of cooking grills.  If you have questions, call the Chillicothe Fire Department at 646-2139.

AED Training Offered 
04/11  6am
     AED, CPR and First Aid training will be provided at the Livingston County Library in May.  The Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce and Chillicothe Rotary are sponsoring the AED Training Day, May 5th at 4:00 pm in the second floor Courtroom of the Library.  The class will include the use of an AED or Automated External Defibrillator, CPR training and first aid.  The instructor for the American Heart Association program is Tracy Bradley, an Engineer and EMT at the Chillicothe Fire Department.  The cost is $40 per person and is payable the date of the class. 
     If you plan to attend, call the Chamber office at 646-4050 by May 2nd to register. 

Chillicothe Police Report 
04/11  6am
     Child neglect and property damage were investigated by the Chillicothe Police Department Thursday. 
     Officers were called to the 500 block of St. Louis Street to investigate a report of possible child abuse or neglect.  Two children were removed from the home and placed with another family member until the investigation is complete.  Chillicothe Police are assisting the Livingston County Children's Division in the investigation.
     Officers were called to the 300 block of Business 36 to investigate a report of a woman attempting to harm herself.  The woman was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. 
     Officers also responded to a report of property damage to a vehicle that was parked in the 1200 block of Jackson Street.  That investigation continues.

First Fridays At the Refuge 
04/11  6am
     The Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge First Fridays return starting May 2nd.  The First Friday celebration begins at 5:00 pm at the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Sumner, and will include a variety of activities, including guided Refuge tours, the always-popular interactive Stream Box, tower tours, visitor center displays, and much more.
     Other activities planned include having canoes on the pond by the visitor center for those who want to have a different perspective of the wetlands.  The Friends of Swan Lake will be serving free hot dogs and drinks in cooperation with the Brunswick/Mendon Lions Club.
     At 7:00 pm, in the outdoor Amphitheater there will be an exciting and interactive show about weather from Mad Science.  This is your opportunity to see the ins and outs of how weather works.  The programs will give you an opportunity to learn how weather intricately affects how the Refuge is managed to provide suitable habitat for wildlife.  

School Board Special Session 
04/10  12pm
     The special meeting of the Chillicothe R-II School Board on Wednesday included two items in the open session.  That includes the extending of the Snow Removal agreement with Minnick Snow-n-Mow and Figg Lawn Care for the snow removal at the Middle School, High School and GRTS.
     The board also approved the purchase of a lot at Lake View Estates for the next Building Trades Home.
     The executive session included the hiring for teaching and support staff and for coaches, advisors and sponsors.  Announcements on the action in the executive session will be made on Friday..

Livestock & Feed Loss Applications 
04/10  12pm
     The USDA will soon take application for Livestock and Feed loses going back to 2011. Livingston County FSA Executive Director David Meneely says the applications sign-up begins April 15th and will be available for a while.
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     Meneely says Livingston County will qualify for a few periods of eligibility under the sign-up.
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      To find out more or to begin the sign-up process that starts on April 15th, call the FSA office in Livingston County at 646-6220, extension 2.

Container Gardening Class 
04/10  12pm
     The Livingston County Library is offering an opportunity for area residents to get their hands dirty.  A Container Gardening class will be offered April 28th.  Library Director Robin Westphal says the cost of this program is $20.
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     Westphal says In addition to demonstrating proper planting methods, an expert from an area greenhouse will discuss how to choose plants suitable for container gardening and how to care for and maintain them.  Each attendee will leave with a beautiful container garden to enjoy at home.  Advanced registration is required and payment is due before April 25th.  To register, stop by the Library or call 646-0547.

Early Childhood Screening 
04/10  12pm
     Early Childhood Screening for the Chillicothe R-II School District is April 22nd to the 24th at Garrison School.  A developmental assessment will be available for all children in the Chillicothe R-II School District.    The free screening is for children 3 months of age through 4 years old and will include:

     Hearing, vision and health
     Height and Weight
     Speech assessment
     Developmental screening
     And a check of the child’s immunization records.

     The screening takes about an hour and is done by appointment only.  The parent will be with the child during the screening.  If you would like to have your child assessed or if you have questions, call Garrison School at 646-1653.

NCMC Scholarship Reception 
04/10  12pm
     NCMC will hold a Scholarship reception on May 1st to honor the 2013/14 scholarship recipients and to thank those that donated and made the scholarships possible.  The reception will be May 1st at 6:00 pm at the Cross Coffee Shop on the school campus.  Some recipients and donors will make remarks about the scholarships.   Refreshments will be provided.  If you plan to attend, you are asked to call 660-359-3948 x1415.

Brush Fire in Mooresville 
04/10  6am
     Chillicothe Firefighters assisted the Braymer Rural Fire Department with a brush fire in Mooresville.  The Brush Truck responded to the mutual aid request at about 2:50 Wednesday afternoon and arrived at 3579 Northeast Litton Road in Mooresville to find a fire in a wooded area.  Chillicothe Firefighters used about 10 gallons of water and rakes to put out the fire in a wooded area.  They were on the scene for about 90 minutes.

Two Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report 
04/10  6am
     Chillicothe Police Officers made two arrests on Wednesday, one for alleged stealing and the other on a probation violation warrant.
     Officers were called to the 10 block of South Washington where they arrested Lacey L Stith on the probation violation warrant.  Stith was not able to post the $5,000 bond and was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Stealing was reported at a business in the 700 block of Elm Street.  Travis Dale Anderson was arrested for alleged stealing and on a Springfield warrant for alleged non-support.  He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.

Western Appeals Court To Hear Three Cases In Gallatin 
04/10  6am
     Missouri's Western District Court of Appeals will hear three cases in the Daviess County Court later this month.  Appeals judges Ellis, Mitchell and Witt will be at the courthouse in Gallatin on April 30th.  The cases include:
     A Criminal matter - The appeal of State versus Eric D Bratton, who was convicted of assault and armed criminal action from an incident that happened at the Independence Center Mall in January of 2012.  Bratton claimed two instances of violation of his right to due process.
     A civil matter - Martha Delores Clark versus Linda A and Jimmy Hodges in a property dispute and the recovery of the cost of improvements.  The Hodges are appealing because they feel their cases should have been linked to the other case.  They also argued Clark had forfeited her right to the life estate when she failed to pay the taxes and maintain the property and now has plans wasteful harvest of timber.
     The third case is a civil matter of Midwestern Health Managements versus Byron and Lelonia Gorman, where the Gorman's contend the court erred when they failed to acknowledge payments they had made, the court erred applying their defense in the case and the judge failed to rescues himself in the matter where his wife worked at the location where the payments were made by the Gorman's.

Linn County Election Update 
04/10  6am
     The Linn County Election Authority provided an update to the election results from Tuesday.  Two of the results were adjusted. 
     Linn County R-1 School Board: Brenda Search, Rachel Neal and Chad Gooch
     City of Brookfield Council - Don Fuhrhop and Edward Heckman