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Stories from the past seven days


Absentee Voting Continues  10/29   12pm
     There are still a few days left for absentee voting for the November 4th election. The Livingston County Clerks Office has special hours now through Monday to allow for absentee voting.

  • Weekdays through November 3rd, the Clerks Office will remain open during the noon hour.

  • This Saturday, the courthouse will be open for absentee voting from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

  • On Monday, the Clerks office will remain open an extra half hour, until 5:00 pm.

     If you have questions about the hours or about absentee voting, call the Livingston County Clerks office at 646-8000, x3.


Sheriff's Report   10/29   12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's report includes several arrest and investigations from the past week. Sheriff Steve Cox says deputies arrested:
23 year old Ronald John Greener III of Chula for alleged Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.
24 year old Charles Spencer Henson of Chillicothe was arrested for alleged 2 counts of Sex Offender Registration Violations. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
29 year old Gregory A. Simpson of Chillicothe was arrested for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance. He is also held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     An identity theft investigation was conducted after someone had filed an income tax return for the victim and collected a refund. That investigation continues.
     Deputies are also investigating a report of theft of scrap metal on LIV 426.


Halloween Safety - Masks   10/29   12pm
     Halloween night is dark, there are a lot of kids moving around and when crossing streets those kids need to be able to see what is happening around them. Human Development Specialist for the University of Missouri Extension, Jessica Trussell says parents need to thinks safety when choosing a mask for their child at Halloween.
<Audio: Trussell 1>
     If you don't want to buy face paints, you can make your own, but Trussell says there are some precautions to use there as well.
<Audio: Trussell 2>
     Click the link above for a Halloween Safety article that includes a couple face paint and make-up recipes.


Hansen Competes In 4H State Speech Contest   10/29   12pm
     A member of the Livingston County 4H made it the Semi Final round of the State Speech contest. Seth Hansen participated with other 4H members from across the state. 4H members ages 8-18 took part in the program that include five categories; prepared speaking, technology-assisted speaking, extemporaneous speaking, interpretation and public service announcement.
     Hansen made it to the Semi Final Round in extemporaneous speaking, where youth are given a topic and then must completely formulate a speech on the spot with little preparation. Hansen earned the opportunity to compete at the state level as a state qualifier at the county level.


Drug Investigations Results in Warrants and Arrest of 26   10/29   6am
     Twenty-six warrants or arrests are reported by Chillicothe Police in a Drug Sweep in Chillicothe. Lieutenant Scott Chubick says the arrests began Tuesday morning and followed a lengthy investigation.
     The first eight were arrested after Livingston County warrants were issued as a result of ongoing investigations: They are charged with alleged distribution of a controlled substance near a school.
Michael Oleson - 2 counts, Brandy Davis - 1 count, Tina Pittman - 2 counts, Jerald Barrer - 1 count, Jimmie Stoneburner - 2 counts, Robin Bryson - 2 counts and Stanley Wade - 1 count.
Ezra Sellers - 2 counts and on a parole warrant that carried no bond.
     During the warrant arrests, several others were arrested after alleged criminal activity was discovered by the arresting officers. The following were held pending the filing of criminal charges:
Tara Hall - Alleged distribution for the distribution of a controlled substance near a school.
Lorraine Hatfield and Bill Hall - Alleged possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.
Kirsten Lane - Alleged possession of a controlled substance.
Gregory W. Atwood - Alleged possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
     Chillicothe Police reported at the time the warrants were issued and arrests were made in their drug sweep, there were several that were already in custody on unrelated charges. Those individuals and their new charges include:
Phillip Molden - alleged 2 counts for the distribution of a controlled substance near a school and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. .
For alleged distribution of a controlled substance near a school, Alisha Frazier - 2 counts and Michelle Booth-Alterauge - 1 count.
Travis Anderson - 2 counts of alleged distribution of a controlled substance. .
     Warrants were also issued for several that remain at large. They include:
For alleged distribution of a controlled substance. Jim Fainter and Monica Fainter.
For alleged distribution of a controlled substance near a school: Vonda Calivere, Jesse Johnson, Jesse Ingrahm, Andrew Campbell, Joshua Phelps - 3 counts, Fonnie Kale - 2 counts and Brandi Glossser - 3 counts.


New Simpson Park Carving Approved   10/29   6am
     A Lion will be the next carving at Simpson Park. The Chillicothe City Council approved the carving of a Lion after hearing from the Park Director Josh Norris and from members of the Park Board at Monday's Council meeting. A private donor had selected the Lion from several options that Norris says were approved by the board.
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     The drawings were presented to the donor and they selected the Lion with the help of their grand children. It was after the selection was made that the board chose a theme of North American Woodland Animals, and the lion does not fit into that category. Norris says the Park Board had rejected the Lion because of the theme.
     Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas says the donor is quite adamant about the Lion.
<Audio: Douglas 2>
     Because of how things were presented and because the donor is paying for the carving, the City Council approved the lion on a vote of 5-0. The carving will be near the main entrance, either in the center circle or adjacent to the playground and will be done by Steve Holt.


November 4th Ballot Measures - Part 2   10/29   6am
     Four Missouri Constitutional Amendments go before the voters in the November 4th election. KCHI is providing the information from the Secretary of States Office to help you make an informed decision on the issues.
     Constitutional Amendment 3 reads as follows:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to:

  • require teachers to be evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation system for which each local school district must receive state approval to continue receiving state and local funding;

  • require teachers to be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system;

  • require teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts; and

  • prohibit teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system?

     Decisions by school districts regarding provisions allowed or required by this proposal and their implementation will influence the potential costs or savings impacting each district. Significant potential costs may be incurred by the state and/or the districts if new/additional evaluation instruments must be developed to satisfy the proposal's performance evaluation requirements.

     The Fair Ballot Language Reads:
     A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to require teachers to be evaluated by a standards based performance evaluation system. Each system must receive state approval in order for the local school district to continue receiving state and local funding. Teachers will be dismissed, retained, demoted, promoted and paid primarily using quantifiable student performance data as part of the evaluation system. The amendment further requires teachers to enter into contracts of three years or fewer with public school districts, with exceptions. The amendment also prohibits teachers from organizing or collectively bargaining regarding the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system.
     A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding teacher contracts and performance evaluation systems.
     If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


Fire Training Center Open House 10/28  12pm
     Chillicothe's new Fire Training Center is in the final stages of assembly. Fire Chief Darrell Wright says there are only a few things left, including some trim work. Wright says the public will have an opportunity to check out the new facility next Wednesday at 11:30 am.
<Audio: Chief Wright 1>
     Wright says once the open house is complete they will begin the training.
<Audio: Chief Wright 2>
     Wright encourages everyone to come out an look at the new Training Facility that is paid for through Chillicothe Fire Tax, donations from some local foundations and assistance from the City of Chillicothe with some funding and in-kind labor.


Chillicothe FFA a 3 Star Chapter 10/28  12pm
     The Chillicothe FFA has been named a Three Star Chapter and will be recognized at the National convention that begins Wednesday.  The 2014 National Chapter Award Program recognizes outstanding FFA chapters from throughout the country that successfully complete an annual set of required activities that encourage members to grow as individuals, work as a team and serve others in their communities. Chapters that received star ratings during judging July 27-August 1.  Three star FFA chapters receive honors made possible by corporate sponsor John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.    The chapters will be recognized at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo Wednesday through Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.


Suspect in Trenton Fire Death Commits Suicide To End Standoff 10/28  6am
     The man wanted in connection with the death of a person in Trenton allegedly committed suicide Monday night in Daviess County. Fifty year old David M Call of Kansas City was wanted on a Grundy County warrant that included charges of first degree murder, armed criminal action, arson and abandonment of a corpse in the death of a person whose body was found by fire fighters in the Sunday night fire in Trenton.  Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright said the cause of death for the fire victim was multiple gunshot wounds.
     A standoff with Call began Monday afternoon near McFall in Daviess County after shots were fired when officers arrived to serve the warrant. The Highway Patrol reported they were negotiating with Call until about 8:00 pm. A short time later, officers entered the home and found Call was dead of an apparent suicide.


Bids For Police Car Tabled 10/28  6am
     The decision on replacing a police car that was involved in an accident was put on hold by the Chillicothe City Council Monday. On a vote of 3-2, the ordinance to accept bids to replace the vehicle was tabled following a motion by Third Ward Councilman Tom Douglas.
<Audio: Douglas 1>
     The information heard at the workshop was on the likelihood of large increases in the cost of health insurance. The motion was seconded by Second ward Councilman Wayne Cunningham and supported by First Ward Councilman Reed Dupy.
     Police Chief Rick Knouse was asked how this would affect the other patrol vehicles for the department.
<Audio: Chief Knouse 1>
     The vote was 3-2 with Councilman At Large David Moore and Fourth Ward Councilman Paul Howard opposing tabling the action on replacing the wrecked patrol vehicle.


City Council Moving Forward With Rails To Trails Plan 10/28  6am
     With nearly $20,000 in donated funds, the City of Chillicothe will move forward with creating a trail from the old Chillicothe to Brunswick Railroad Bed. City Administrator Ike Holland told the council on Monday the rail bed is in good shape.
<Audio: Holland 1>
     Holland says the bridges need to have decking and some may need side rails.
<Audio: Holland 2>
     Holland had proposed starting the Trail in Sumner, where they could begin about half a block from the downtown area and work towards Chillicothe. The Council members want the trail to start as close to Chillicothe as possible, which would be at the point where the rails end, about 12 miles southeast of Chillicothe, south of the intersection where the Ziegler Dealership is located on US 36.
     The current plans are for the trail to be used by hikers and bicyclists and have similar rules to what are in place for the Katy Trail.
     The proposal received the unanimous support of the council as well as the Green Hills Trails Association who expressed interest in assisting in seeking grant funding from the Missouri DNR to develop the trail.


Sheriff's Report 10/28  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department investigated a report of a Juvenile being forced into a vehicle last Friday.
     Sheriff Steve Cox says they are looking into the report of the juvenile being forced into a vehicle and unwanted advances made but no actual assault taking place. Cox says the victim was allowed to leave a short while later. The investigation is on going. Cox says all possibilities are being investigated as the reported victim has admitted to somewhat false claim about this incident. The juvenile office is also involved in the investigation.
     Deputies also investigated a report of a suicidal person on Sunday night. Area law enforcement were searching the area for a vehicle as the occupant was reported to be suicidal. Around 7:30 pm a deputy responded to a call of a person lying on the roadway near a vehicle in southern Livingston County. The person was found to have allegedly attempted suicide and the deputies were assisted by the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services and the Highway Patrol. The person was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment where deputies assisted HMC all night in guarding the patient.


Police Report 10/28  6am
     Two arrests are in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department for Monday.
     Officers arrested Shane Glasgow near Milwaukee Avenue and Mitchell Road for alleged driving while revoked. He is held pending the filing of formal charges.
     An investigation of alleged theft from a business last week led to the arrest of Quentin Bassett for alleged theft. Another suspect was identified and charges are pending.
     Property damage was investigated in the 500 block of Jackson Street and officer also investigated a report of violation of an order of protection.


Flu Shot Fridays Return 10/28  6am
     The Livingston County Health Center is starting their Flu Shot Friday's this Friday, on Halloween. Ann Burchett from the Health Center says there are a few differences this year.
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     The Flu Shot Friday is for Livingston County residents 19 and older.
     Burchett says for those 18 and younger, you need to make an appointment. Call 646-5506.
     The Flu Shot Friday's will continue while the supply of the flu vaccine lasts.


Women's Health Expo In Trenton 10/28  6am
     The fifth annual Women's Health Expo, presented by the Green Hills Community Action Agency is November 8th at the Trenton High School Gymnasium and commons. More than 45 vendors will participate in the event that begins at 9:00 am and runs to 2:00 pm. In addition to opportunities to shop for the holidays, they will be a chance for photos with Santa and entertainment from a couple of area dance studios.


NCMC Board Meeting 10/28  6am
     The NCMC Board of Trustees will consider bids and policy manuals as part of their meeting this evening. The NCMC Board of Trustees meets at 5:30 pm at the Frey Administrative Center. They will hear reports to the board and consider head start grant applications.
     Under new business there will be consideration for surplus property, bids for allied health training equipment and IT equipment and software. Policy Manual Changes will be considered for both the board and faculty. There are also personnel items for Internal Transfer, Adjunct Instructor and Head Start personnel.
     An executive session is planned.


Police and Fire Respond to Call For Unresponsive Person   10/27  12pm
     A report of an unresponsive person in the 1600 block of Burnam Road was investigated by Chillicothe Police officers and Fire Department. The person was pronounced dead at the scene of apparent natural causes.


Arrests and Investigations  10/27  12pm
     The Chillicothe Police Department reported several recent arrests and other investigation.
     Wednesday, Charles Spencer Henson was arrested for alleged enticement of a child. He is held pending the filing of formal charges.
Gregory Allen Simpson was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He is held pending the filing of formal charges.
     Friday, Harold Joseph Shea was arrested for alleged driving while revoked. He was cited and released
Kristopher Dwayne Anderson was arrested on a warrant for an alleged bond violation. Bond is set at $10,000 cash only.
Christian James Elliot was arrested on a warrant for alleged failure to appear. Bond is set at $15,000 cash only.
     Saturday, Tiffany Rochelle Anderson was arrested for alleged DWI. She was cited and released.
Joshua Jay Johnson was arrested on a Parole Violation Warrant and for alleged possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He remains in custody.
     Officers are also investigating a report of forgery, property damage and recovered a bike.


Body Found In Trenton House Fire  10/27  6am
     A body was found as Trenton Fire Fighters while putting out a House fire Sunday in the 600 block of Grundy. Trenton Police and Fire Department responded to the call about 9:20 Sunday night. The fire department arrived to find the house fully involved and they found the body while putting out the fire.
     The identity of the victim is pending forensic identification. The fire remains under investigation by the Trenton Police, Grundy County Sheriff's Office, The Highway Patrol and the State Fire Marshal's office.


Two Injured and One Dead In Ambulance Accident 10/27  6am
     A Brunswick woman was the driver of an ambulance that crashed in the fog Saturday morning near Marshall. The Slater Ambulance was transporting a patient on Highway 240 in Saline County when the accident occurred, leaving the patient, 77 year old Gary L Page of Slater, dead at the scene, an occupant, 70 year old John E Martin of Booneville had serious injuries and the driver 21 year old Samantha Garvin of Brunswick had moderate injuries. Gavin and Martin were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
     According to the report, the ambulance was westbound in the dense fog and had changed lanes to pass a semi that had stopped when Garvin ran nearly head on into a dump truck that was making a turn. The driver of the dump truck was not injured.


Chillicothe City Council Meets Monday  10/27  6am
    
The Chillicothe City Council will consider police car bids, an animal ordinance and a settlement agreement when they meet Monday. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at City Hall and starts with the approval of salaries and invoices, consideration of the police car bids and approval of CMU's health insurance.
     Leslie Patek will discuss restricting monkeys and wild animals in the city limits. An ordinance will be presented for approval of Municipal Utilities contracts. The City Administrator will provide information on another carving at Simpson Park and rails to trails program. He will also present ordinances for approving the city's job descriptions and a settlement agreement with Century Link.
     The council will also have a discussion on development of the old prison property on Third Street.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.


Five Injured In Three Weekend Accidents  10/27  6am
     Five people had moderate and minor injuries in three accidents investigation by state troopers over the weekend.
     Saturday afternoon, east of Chillicothe at about 4:30 pm, a two vehicle accident on Westbound US 36 left two with minor injuries. The report states the driver of a GMC, 64 year old Paul R Triplett of Linneus, was attempting to pass a semi driven by a Virginia man, when he ran into the trailer, causing it to separate from the truck. Injured was Triplett and his passenger 48 year old Joseph W Fitzpatrick of Wheeling. Both men were wearing safety belts and both refused treatment at the scene.
     A single vehicle accident in Grundy County happened at about 7:10 pm Saturday on US 65, north of Trenton and left two injured. Fifty-three year old Mark A Thompson of Princeton was northbound when he crested a hill and saw a poorly lit farm tractor. He swerved and lost control, went off the west side of the road and his pick-up overturned. Thompson had minor injuries in the accident, his wife, 50 year old Julie Thompson had moderate injuries. They were both taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment. They were wearing safety belts.
     A Single vehicle accident early Sunday morning left the driver with moderate injuries. At about 1:45 am on Missouri Highway 5 near Milan, 23 year old Misty F Jacob of Iowa was southbound when she ran off the right side of the road and struck an embankment. She was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment. She was wearing a safety belt.


Troopers Arrest Two In Local Counties  10/27  6am
     State Troopers arrested two people Saturday in the local counties.
     Saturday at about 6:40 am in Sullivan County, Troopers arrested 40 year old Juan Cordoba of Milan for alleged DWI - Persistent Offender and driving while revoked. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail, processed and released.
     At about 11:30 am in Livingston County, Troopers arrested 31 year old Andrew Goiner-Gonzalez of Merriam, Kansas for alleged speeding and possession of marijuana. He was processed and released.


Fire Call To Strand  10/27  6am
     An automated alarm at the Strand Apartments summoned Chillicothe Fire Fighters Sunday night. The call came in just before 10:00 pm and the fire fighters arrived to find the alarm was sounding for Apartment 505. The resident told the fire fighters he was smoking when the alarm sounded. They aired out the apartment, reset the alarm and returned to service in about 8 minutes.


November 4th Ballot Measures - Part 1  10/27  6am
     The November 4th election will include four Missouri Constitutional Amendments that voters will consider. KCHI is providing the information from the Secretary of States Office to help you make an informed decision on the issues.
     The first ballot issue is Constitutional Amendment 2. It reads:

Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that it will be permissible to allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in prosecutions for crimes of a sexual nature involving a victim under eighteen years of age?
If more resources are needed to defend increased prosecutions additional costs to governmental entities could be at least $1.4 million annually, otherwise the fiscal impact is expected to be limited.

     The fair ballot language is meant to give you a better understanding of the ballot measure and it reads as follows:

A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to allow evidence of prior criminal acts, whether charged or uncharged, to be considered by courts in prosecutions of sexual crimes that involve a victim under eighteen years of age. The amendment limits the use of such prior acts to support the victim's testimony or show that the person charged is more likely to commit the crime. Further, the judge may exclude such prior acts if the value of considering them is substantially outweighed by the possibility of unfair prejudice to the person charged with committing the crime.
A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding the use of evidence of prior criminal acts to prosecute sexual crimes.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.


Serious Injuries In UTV Accident  10/25
     A Cameron woman had serious injuries in a UTV accident that happened about 1:00 this morning near Kingston. Forty-two year old Amy Heldenbrand of Cameron was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries following the accident on Northwest Browning Drive. Heldenbrand was a passenger in the UTV driven by 45 year old Sharon Weaver of Kingston, who had moderate injuries in the accident and was also taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center. The Missouri Highway Patrol report Weaver was eastbound and lost control of the UTV while going down hill and into a curve on the road. The UTV overturned twice, ejecting all five occupants. The other three were not injured.


Troopers Report Two Injury Accidents Friday  10/25
    
A two vehicle accident in Livingston County Friday morning left one of the driver with moderate injuries. Sixty-four year old Shirley Leppin of Mendon was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries following the accident on US 65, four miles south of Chillicothe. According to the report from the Highway Patrol, at about 10:00 am Leppin and the other driver, 31 year old Andrew French of Carrollton, were both northbound when Leppin slowed to avoid debris in the road and was struck from behind by the French vehicle. Both drivers were wearing their safety belt.
     At about 9:00 pm Friday in Linn County, a single vehicle accident left two with minor injuries. 74 year old Barbara Wright of Ethel was eastbound on US 36, east of Brookfield, when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a guard rail, totaling the vehicle. Wright was wearing her safety belt at the time of the accident, but her passenger, 10 year old Alaisonn Wright of Ethel was not. They were both taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.


County Commissioners Considering Cameras  10/25
    
The Livingston County Commissioners will discuss camera bids when they meet next week. The commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse. Tuesday at 10:00, they will meet with a representative from Loud and Clear Communication to discuss camera bids. Both meetings include county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties. The public is welcome to attend.


Book Talk Luncheon Offered  10/25
     The Livingston County Library is hosting a Book Talk Luncheon November 2nd at 1:00 pm. Library Director Robin Westphal says following a salad and dessert meal, staff members will review and read short excerpts from noteworthy new books in a variety of genres for different age groups. Westphal expects many of the selections would make good gifts for the holidays. In addition there will be a preview of some new library services.
     There is a $5 cost for the catered lunch and advance registration is required. To sign up or for further information call 646-0547.


Trenton Council To Consider Several Ordinances  10/25
     The Trenton City Council will consider eight ordinances and bids for sand and gravel when they meet Monday. The meeting begins at 7:00 pm at Trenton City Hall. The ordinances include an amendment to the MoDOT State Block Grant agreement, a contract for removal and disposal of lime sludge, a temporary construction easement with Grundy County, amending several sections of the city code, including for construction and repair of sidewalks, cost share on the sidewalk replacement program, for the purchasing policy, for the letting of contracts and the final ordinance is for amending the city code for the appointments to the Trenton Board of Public Works
     Bids will be presented for the purchase of rock and gravel. There will be a discussion on software and a discussion on the land for a solar project.
     No executive session is planned for the Trenton City Council Meeting.


MoDOT Work For The Local Counties  10/25
    
Mowing, Striping, signage work, pothole patching, shoulder repairs and spraying are MoDOT projects taking place throughout the entire northwest part of the state in the coming week. Other projects in the local counties include:
Daviess County
Route P - remains CLOSED through October at the Little Muddy Creek Bridge; bridge re-decking project.
US 69 - At the Big Creek Bridge; bridge maintenance, Tue - Wed
Grundy County
Route A - CLOSED from 100th to 95th Street for culvert replacement, Thu
Livingston County
US 65 - At Grand River Bridge; bridge maintenance, Mon - Wed
US 36 - At Grand River Overflow Bridge; bridge maintenance, Thu - Fri


Chillicothe City Council Meets Monday  10/24  12pm
    
The Chillicothe City Council will consider police car bids, an animal ordinance and a settlement agreement when they meet Monday. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at City Hall and starts with the approval of salaries and invoices, consideration of the police car bids and approval of CMU's health insurance.
     Leslie Patek will discuss restricting monkeys and wild animals in the city limits. An ordinance will be presented for approval of Municipal Utilities contracts. The City Administrator will provide information on another carving at Simpson Park and rails to trails program. He will also present ordinances for approving the city's job descriptions and a settlement agreement with Century Link.
     The council will also have a discussion on development of the old prison property on Third Street.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.


Changes Likely for City Health Insurance  10/24  12pm
    
Changes may be coming for the City of Chillicothe's health Insurance. The Council workshop session on Thursday included discussions about needing to go out for bids. City Administrator Ike Holland says they expect rates will increase between 20 and 46% and the city is considering changes. With those changes, Holland says the council will need to consider the cost share between the city and its employees.
     Bids for the health insurance are expected to be returned by about mid November.


Chillicothe Fire Training Center Coming Together Soon  10/24  12pm
    
Parts for the new Chillicothe Fire Training Center have been arriving and will all be here by Monday, but some assembly is required. Fire Chief Darrell Wright says the assembly works begins Monday.
<Audio: Chief Wright 1>
     The pieces of the Training center are constructed from steel storage and shipping container and the various pieces are assembled off site.
     Wright says the new facility allow for a variety of training.
<Audio: Chief Wright 2>
     Once the assembly of the Training Facility is complete, Wright says they will have a ribbon cutting to show it off. The date will be announced soon.


Swan Lake Expanding Offerings  10/24  12pm
 
    The Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge Hunting Plan and Environmental Assessment were completed in September and are available for review by the public through November 7th. Under the amended plan, hunting opportunities will be expanded to include hunting opportunities on the Outlying Units.
     Some of the changes will include opening more areas of the Refuge to waterfowl hunting, adding a managed archery deer hunt, open a unit of the Refuge to squirrel hunting, and a small 40 acre parcel of the Refuge adjacent to the Yellow Creek Conservation Area will be open to statewide regulations with the exception of deer firearms hunting.
     Swan Lake also manages outlying units located in Chariton County, Bates County, Henry County, Cedar County, and St. Claire County. Those outlying units will be open to hunting in accordance with state regulations.
     A copy of the amended Compatibility Determination can be found at the Refuge Visitors Center or downloaded on the Refuge website. Copies can also be reviewed at the Public Libraries in Chillicothe, Brookfield, and Brunswick.


Bogard Woman Has Serious Injuries In Accident  10/24  6am
    
A Bogard woman had serious injuries when her car vaulted across a drainage ditch and hit an embankment Thursday morning.  Thirty-nine year old Shauna Berwaldt of Bogard was flown to Truman Medical Center following the accident that happened about 8:30 Thursday morning.  State Troopers report Berwaldt was southbound on US 65 near Highway 10, when she ran off the road and down an embankment, went airborne across a drainage ditch and hit the bank on the other side.  The vehicle came to rest in the water filled ditch.  Berwaldt was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.


Chillicothe Police Report  10/24  6am
    
One accident and three arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for Thursday.
     Officers arrested Travis W Walker following a traffic stop at Graves and Green Streets.  The arrest was for alleged expired plates, no insurance and driving while suspended.  Walker was cited and released.
     Dominique P Hurst was arrested in the 10 block of South Washington Street on a Livingston County Probation and Parole warrant.  She is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Gregory A Simpson was arrested in the 300 block of Walnut for alleged possession of a controlled substance and possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana.  He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Stealing reported in the 1000 block of Graves Street remains under investigation.  Officers also investigated a report of property damage to a vehicle in the 500 block of East Bridge Street.
     No injuries were reported in an accident in the 900 block of Jackson Street.  The report states a parked vehicle was struck by another vehicle that left the scene, Minor damage was reported.


Three New Most Wanted  10/24  6am
    
Three new most wanted are now on the list from the Livingston County Sheriff's Department.  Deputies are asking for assistance from the public in locating the following:
     Thirty-six year old Shane Alan Manley of Breckenridge.  He is a white male, 5' 8" tall, 186 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.  He is wanted for alleged failure to appear on charges of non-support.
     Thirty-eight year old Barry Preston Cooper of Chillicothe is a white male, 5' 9" tall, 195 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.  Cooper is wanted for alleged failure to appear on charges of non-support.
     Thirty-five year old Kendale D Church of Columbia is a black male, 6' tall, 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.  Church is wanted for alleged failure to appear on charges of non-support.

   
           Shane Alan Manley
                                             Barry Preston Cooper                                          Kendale D Church

     If you have information on any of these three, call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.


Operation Help Spaghetti Dinner 10/24  6am
    
A spaghetti dinner this evening will help a local group assist others through the winter months.  Operation HELP in Chillicothe hopes for a boost from the community in their annual Spaghetti dinner on tonight.  For 31 years, Operation HELP has assisted other with rent, utilities and other emergency assistance.  In the past six months, they have provided nearly $50,000 of Assistance to almost 240 area residents. 
     To assist with the funding for Operation HELP, the Spaghetti Supper will be held this evening from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the First Christian Church Basement.  Your free will donation will get you spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and a selection of homemade deserts.


Pumpkin Contests Wrapping Up  10/24  6am
    
Today is the last day to get your carved pumpkin entry in at the Livingston County Library.  Library Director Robin Westphal says a Pumpkin CARVING contest began Monday.  You still have time to let your imagination soar and enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest!  Carved pumpkins can be registered at the main desk until the library closes this evening.  All pumpkins will be on display next week for viewing and voting.  Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 People’s Choice favorites.  For information on the Pumpkin Carving Contest, call 646-0547.
     In the Children's Department, the entries from the Pumpkin Decorating contest are on display.  Director Candy Warren says there are four categories for the entries.