Route V Bridge Ribbon Cutting
Several dignitaries were on hand as MoDOT held the
official ribbon cutting for the new Route V Bridge Tuesday morning. The
ceremony marks the completion of the project that straightens out the
alignment of the road that crossed an old wooden bridge and made several turns
east of the Railroad.. The new bridge was possible through a partnership
between the City of Chillicothe and MoDOT and Mayor Chuck Haney says it was an
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MoDOT Resident Engineer James Gillespie says some of
the most important aspects of this project are the improvements in safety.
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Other dignitaries in attendance included several
representatives from the city, Livingston County Commission members and
representatives from the offices of Senators Clair McCaskill, Roy Blunt and
Congressman Sam Graves.
The old bridge on Bridge Street will be torn down by
the Railroad at a future date.
Levee Repairs Awarded
Levee repairs for Chillicothe Municipal
Utilities could begin soon. The Board of Public Works reviewed three bids and
accepted the bid of $29,750 from Crawford Construction from the local area.
CMU Director Jim Gilliland says the levee that needs repairs is on the west
side of US 65 on property owned by the city and leased by area farmers.
Gilliland says at their next meeting on December 17th,
they will consider bids for a new well.
Mohawk Road Open
Mohawk Road in Chillicothe is open for
traffic. The Chillicothe Street Superintendent Barry Arthur says after about
two months of reconstruction that included replacement of the asphalt with
concrete and widening of the road, Missouri Curb and Pavement re-opened the
road late Monday. The project included the addition of curb and gutter and
adding new entrances to businesses on the north side of the road. The
reconstruction will allow that road to handle the heavier traffic expected
with the new hospital that will open in February.
Arthur says the City of Chillicothe appreciates the
patience of the residents, businesses and patrons of Green Hills Golf Course
during this construction period.
Kids Christmas is Wednesday
Kids Christmas at the Livingston County
Courthouse is Wednesday evening. MainStreet Chillicothe is sponsoring the
event that Director Micah Landes says will run from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
<Audio: Micah Landes>
Landes says Santa will be arriving about 5:00 to meet
with the kids. Gift wrapping will be provided at no cost by the Alpha Delta
Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
If you have any questions about Kids Christmas at the
Livingston County Courthouse on Wednesday, call the MainStreet office at
Family Story Time 12-03 12:00pm
Milk and Cookies is the theme for the
Livingston County Library Family Story Time next Tuesday. Children's
Department Director Candy Warren says this program is open to children of all
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The Family Story Time starts at 6:00 and lasts about 30
minutes. There will be a craft project for the children before or after the
program. There is no need to sign up and the program is free of charge.
Yard Waste Area Closed Saturdays
Chillicothe's Yard Waste Area will only be
available weekdays starting immediately. Refuse Department Director Troy Figg
says they are closing down the Saturday hours for the yard waste area until
grass cutting begins again in the spring. The yard waste area will still be
available Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you have
questions, call the CMU office at 646-1683.
Fire Destroys Building in Chula
Chillicothe Fire Fighters provided Mutual Aid
for a fire in Chula that destroyed a building Monday night. The call for
assistance came in about 7:50 and Chillicothe sent one truck and a three man
crew to the fire at 230 Mansur Street. Chillicothe Assisted Chula with
fighting the fire as tankers from Chula and Laredo shuttled water to the
scene. Additional Aid was provided by Grundy County Rural Fire Department.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department called the State Fire Marshals
office to investigate the cause of the fire that resulted in about $75,000
damage to the building and its contents. The Chillicothe fire department was
on the scene for just over two hours.
Chillicothe Police Report
Several arrests are in the report from the
Chillicothe Police Department.
On Sunday, Officers conducted a traffic stop for a
traffic offense on Washington St. near Third St. The driver had been drinking
and is currently under supervision with the Missouri Department of Probation
and Parole. A report was sent to the Probation and Parole Officer.
On Sunday, Officers arrested Serena Jo McCracken in the
10 block of Cherry St. for alleged driving while suspended. McCracken was
processed and released.
On Thursday, Officers arrested Daniel Ray Masuch for
alleged trespassing in the 1000 block of Graves St. Masuch was processed and
released with a court date.
On Saturday, Officers were called to the 100 block of
N. Washington St. for a fight. They arrested Sharon Edna Caldwell for alleged
Assault and Disorderly Conduct and Bernard Wesley Larson, Jr. for alleged
Disorderly Conduct. Larson was processed, and released. Caldwell was not
able to post bond and was taken to the Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail pending.
On Sunday, William Lawerence Recor was arrested for
alleged trespassing Wednesday in the 1000 block of Graves St. He was
processed and released.
On Saturday, Officers arrested Christopher Dean Hatton
for alleged Shoplifting in the 1000 block of Graves St. He was processed and
Troopers Arrest One
State Troopers arrested a Trenton man early
this morning for alleged DWI and other charges. At about 12:15, 48 year old
Tony A Stanley of Trenton was arrested in Grundy County for alleged DWI,
Careless and Imprudent Driving and no valid plates. He was taken to the
Grundy County Law Enforcement Center on a 12 hour hold.
Bridge Ribbon Cutting
The ribbon cutting for the New Route V Bridge
in Chillicothe is at 9:30 this morning. The Missouri Department of
Transportation will host the ribbon cutting to officially open the bridge on
Route V that replaces a wooden bridge that crossed the railroad on Bridge
Street. This $1.4 million project has straightened out the alignment of Route
V, connecting East and West Polk Streets and allows for safer traffic flow in
The Ribbon Cutting will take place At 9:30 am on the
west end of the bridge, near Polk and Broadway. The bridge was constructed by
APAC Missouri and was made possible through a combined effort of MoDOT and the
City of Chillicothe.
Gene Watson To Perform Sunday
Legendary country singer Gene Watson returns
to the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center this Sunday. The Chillicothe
Area Arts Council presents Gene Watson and his Farewell Party Band at 3 pm.
Watson has had 75 charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and six number-one records in
The show is part of the 2013-14 season for the
Chillicothe Area Arts Council. Tickets will be available at the door starting
at 2 pm Sunday, but those holding season tickets or advance tickets will be
seated first. Advance tickets may be purchased from the Chillicothe Area
Chamber of Commerce or by calling the Chillicothe Area Arts Council at
660-646-1173. Adult tickets are $20. Seating begins at 2:30 before the
performance. Funding for the program comes in part from the Joe and Lenore
Lambert Foundation and Missouri Arts Council.
Gingerbread House Decorating 12-02
The Livingston County Library is hosting a
Gingerbread House Decorating Program December 18th. Children's Department
Director Candy Warren says the program will be held in the second floor
courtroom of the library.
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The children will be given supplies to create their own
gingerbread house. There is no cost to participate, but the Children’s
Department is asking that patrons sign up for this program. The registration
began today and runs through the 13th. Call the library at 646-0563 to save
you child's space as the class is limited to the first 20 children.
Accidents Leave Two Injured, One With Serious Injuries
The Missouri Highway Patrol investigated two
accidents that left two injured, including one where the driver had serious
Forty-five year old Michael L Mitchel of Bogard was
taken to North Kansas City Hospital with serious injuries following the
accident Saturday evening in Carroll County. According to the report, at
about 7:30 pm, Mitchel was westbound on Route Z when he swerved to miss a
deer, went off the right side of the road and struck a tree. He was not
wearing his seat belt and had serious injuries. He was also arrested for
alleged Driving While Intoxicated and no seatbelt. He was released for
Thirty-one year old Jamie C Danewood of Milan was
injured in an accident on Missouri 139, near Humphreys. At about 7:15 pm
Saturday, the vehicle driven by 68 year old Diana L Stephenson of Milan was
northbound and struck a cow in the road. Stephenson was not injured. Her
passenger, Danewood, was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for
treatment of minor injuries. They were wearing safety belts.
Chillicothe Police Report 12-02
Chillicothe Police Officers has a busy
On Wednesday, shoplifting was reported in the 1000
block of Graves Street and resulted in the arrest of 26 year old Alisha
Frazier and 24 year old Amanda Sackrey for alleged trespassing and
shoplifting. They were processed and released.
On Friday, Officers made a traffic stop at Calhoun and
Elm and arrested 26 year old Travis Walker for alleged driving while
suspended. He was processed and released.
Animal neglect was reported in the 10 block of
Webster. The owner was cited for numerous violations.
Burglary and theft from a home was reported in the 800
block of State Street. That investigation continues.
A lawnmower was reported stolen from a home in the 400
block of Polk Street. The investigation continues.
On Saturday, a traffic stop at East and Polk resulted
in the arrest of 21 year old Jacob Kasey for alleged Driving While
Intoxicated, no insurance and defective equipment. He was taken to the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
36 year old Benjamin Milazzo was arrested in the 400
block of Montgomery on a Grundy County warrant for alleged failure to appear
and was cited for alleged possession of marijuana. He was taken to the Jail.
A child on a roof was reported Sunday in the 400 block
of Wise. The child was not injured and a report was sent to the Children’s
Officers responded to a report of theft from a vehicle
on Sunday in the 500 block of St. Louis. The investigation continues.
Trespassing was reported in the 500 block of St. Louis
on Sunday. The officers were told three people tried to enter a home through
an unlocked window but were unsuccessful. That investigation continues.
Troopers Arrest Three Over The Weekend
State Troopers arrested three over the weekend
in the local area.
Saturday at about 12:45 pm, Troopers in Caldwell County
arrested 29 year old Andrew D Ramer of Trenton for alleged speeding,
possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Caldwell
County Jail on a 24 hour hold.
On Sunday, troopers reported two arrests. At 5:50 pm,
33 year old Anthony S Vansel of Cowgill was arrested on a Pettis County
warrant for two counts of alleged parole violation. He was taken to the
Caldwell County Detention Center with no bond allowed.
At 11:45 pm, Troopers arrested 32 year old Samara L
Gilgour of Hamilton for alleged DWI, Driving While Revoked and no insurance.
She was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.
Board of Public Works Meeting Tuesday
Chillicothe's Board of Public Works meets
Tuesday morning to consider bids for a levee repair and reports from the
department heads. The Board meeting starts at 7:00 am at the CMU Office.
Reports will be presented by the department heads and General Manager. The
Waste Water Superintendent will present the bids for levee repairs. An
executive session is planned if needed. The public is welcome to attend the
meetings of the Board of Public Works.
Carrollton Town Council Meets Monday
The Carrollton Town Council Meets this evening
in regular session. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm. The agenda consists of
only reports to the Council from the Fire Chief, Police Chief and a discussion
on surplus items.
A closed executive session is planned if it is needed.
Aggressive Driver Investigation
The Livingston County Sheriff's
Department has completed an investigation of an aggressive driver report.
The incident occurred on a rural Livingston County road and the
investigation report shows the roadway was of sufficient width, no physical
evidence on the roadway remained which may support careless driving and the
potential suspect driver was interviewed. The report is being reviewed by
the prosecuting attorney.
The Sheriff's deputies investigated a report of trespassing when a female
reportedly refused to leave his property during her attempts to contact
their child outside the perimeters of the child custody order.
Deputies investigated a report of persons entering private property and
vandelized a deer stand with damage estimated at $2,500.
Two reports of failing to appear in court were investigated including a 36
year old Utica Woman who was originally charged with DWI, failure to drive
on the right half the road and failure to have two lighted headlamps. The
second report was of a 26 year old Braymer resident who failed to appear on
the original charge of no auto insurance proof, child restraint violation
and failure to register a motor vehicle. An additional charge is expected.
Two New Most
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department Most
Wanted list has two new names listed. 48 year old John D. Horn Sr of Utica
is wanted for alleged felony non-support violation with bond set at $19,500
cash. 32 year old Amy C. Sullins of Brookfield is wanted for alleged felony
forgery with bond set at $5,000. If you have information on the location of
either of these people, call the Livingston County Sheriff's Office or your
nearest law enforcement agency.
Eagle Days at
The 35th annual Eagle Days will be next weekend, Dec. 7th and 8th from
9:00am to 4:00pm at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City.
Wild eagles on the wing and geese and ducks in the marshes are often spotted
by visitors during a driving tour of the refuge's wetlands north of St
Joseph just off Interstate 29. Stations along the tour will be staffed by
wildlife experts nd offer displays or assistance with spotting scopes to
view wildlife. Life eagle shows at the refuge headquarters will be hourly
from 9am to 4pm on Saturday and 11am to 3pm on Sunday by the Dickerson Park
Zoo staff. The event is a partnership between the Missouri Department of
Conservation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other conservation
The Livingston County Commissioners will hold their two regular meetings
next week, on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 9:30 each morning. On
Tuesday's agenda is a 1:30 meeting with Frank Blakemore, Graber and
Associates and Thursday's agenda includes a 10:00am meeting with Phil Zech
with MTS Contracting. Both agendas include county road and bridge matters
and administrative and departmental duties.
Area Road Work
With colder weather approaching, scheduled work on area county roads is
slowing down. Work on area roads next week includes in Linn County:
bridge replacement work on Route B at Locust Creek Bridge, which remains
closed; Clark Branch Bridge on Route WW which is closed, and pavement repair
on Highway 36 from F to West Yellow creek Bridge. All area counties will
have pothole patching, brush cutting, sign operations and shoulder repair on
For those of us watching our weight, this can be a difficult time. There was
Thursday's carb-heavy Thanksgiving feast and now, the Christmas season with
all the candy available for snacking. Well worry not because chocolate can
actually be good for you. Janet Hackert with the Extension Center says dark
chocolate in moderation can be beneficial to your health
Hackert says the flavinols helps in heart health and
has possible benefits for your brain
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Hackert says moderation is the key with no more than one ounce per day. She
says you still need your fruits, vegetables, low or non fat dairy and
lean meats combined with daily physical activity
The Missouri State Highway Patrol made several arrests on Friday. A 22 year
old Kirksville female was arrested in Livingston County on DWI-1st offense
and failure to use a turn signal. A 73 year old Kansas City man was arrested
in Chariton county on DWI, speeding, failure to register, and failure to
maintain the right half of the road. 25 year old Buck Moffitt of Marceline
was arrested in Macon County by the Highway Patrol for felony possession of
a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony
Brookfield Police Department warrant. He was taken to the Macon County Jail
on a 24 hour hold.
The Chillicothe City Council has approved a new sergeant for the Chillicothe
Police Department. 36 year old Curtis Hays was hired after being unanimously
approved in closed session of the City Council. Hays was recommended by
Police Chief Rick Knouse following a three phase hiring process that
included production, past record and a personal interview by a four-member
committee. A total of six candidates applied for the position and all came
from within the department.
Hays has been with the department since July 2010 and
has 10 years law enforcement experience. Hays replaces Sgt Johnny Palmer
who, after eight years, resigned to take a position as a National Guard
Chillicothe Police Blotter
Chillicothe police arrested a 44 year old man in the 600 block of Walnut on
an active Benton County warrant. The accused posted bond and was released
from custody, pending a court appearance.
Officers arrested a 30 year old female following an
investigation of theft and forgery from the 1200 block of Fair Street
involving the theft of a credit device and forgery. The accused was held at
the Daviess/DeKalb regional jail
A 30 year old male was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug
paraphernalia while the police were assisting the Livingston County
Children's Division on a report of child abuse.
One Injured in Macon County Accident
One person was injured in a two vehicle accident
in Macon County. The Highway Patrol says 60 year old Joyce Spray was driving
on Highway 36 in the right hand lane and attempted to turn left onto Route 129
when she hit a vehicle in the passing lane, driven by 22 year old Sara Ewigman
of Brookfield. Spray sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a Macon
Hospital. Ewigman was uninjured in the accident
Two Arrests By Highway
Two Trenton residents were arrested in separate
incidents by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. 55 year old Annie Harp of
Trenton was arrested in Daviess County for alleged DUI-Drugs and no valid
operators license. She was placed in the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail on a 12
38 year old Damon Buss of Trenton was arrested in
Sullivan County on an alleged felony no drivers license. He was taken to the
Sullivan County Jail
Livingston County Sheriff Department Arrests
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has
made several recent arrests in unrelated cases.
35 year old Michael Head Jr. was arrested and charged
for the alleged Theft/Stealing of any controlled substance. Head was charged
for allegedly stealing Oxycotin from a rural Livingston County resident. He
has been charged in Livingston County Court and is currently in the Daviess
DeKalb County Regional Jail
21 year old Kyle Charles Jettleson was arrested on a
Colorado warrant for alleged three counts of contributing to the delinquency
of a minor. The accused waved extradition.
School Resource Officer
It's been a busy time for Chillicothe School
Resource Officer Mike Lewis, who has been investigating several cases. Lewis
filed a report regarding the theft of an i-Phone 4 from a Grand River Area
Vocational School teacher. Lewis also filed a report regarding a juvenile
allegedly making threats of serious physical violence to at least one other
juvenile via a social networking site.
Lewis began an investigation at the Alternative School
in Chillicothe regarding alleged drug activity that resulted in the seizure of
evidence and citations to a student for alleged possession of Marijuana and
Lewis filed a report of a student having $50 stolen,
and filed a report of the theft of property and property damage at Diapers and
Diplomas near the Vocational School. Video evidence shows two people allegedly
damaging property on the playground area and the victim also reported missing
at least one item.
filed a report regarding the alleged theft of items from other students. The
investigation shows a juvenile arrived at school in possession of a stolen bag
from another juvenile which had been taken days earlier. A second juvenile was
identified and questioned. The case file is being turned over to the juvenile
Livingston County Sheriff's Office Investigations
Livingston County Sheriff's office has begun an investigation of identity
theft and fraud where a dawn resident is the victim. Unknown persons opened an
unauthorized credit card in the victims name and rang up over $2,300 in dept.
Information has been shared with the creditor, fraud department and others.
The investigation continues.
Sheriff's Deputies are investigating reported property
damage to a road south of Highway 36 on the west side of Muddy Creek. The
unimproved county road has been chisel plowed for less than half a mile. The
investigation included information from citizens, Wheeling township board
members and the Livingston County Commission. The investigation file is being
turned over to the county prosecutor for review and guidance.
Puppet Show Coming to Livingston Co Library
Livingston County Library Children's Department will host "The Ginger Bread
Man's Christmas". Children's Department Director Candy Warren says the program
is December 6th in the 2nd floor Courtroom in the Library
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Warren says they will have a special guest for the
program, starting at 5:15pm
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The program is free and open to everyone
Main Street Kids Christmas
Main Street Chillicothe's Kids Christmas returns
Wednesday to the Livingston County Courthouse. Main Street Director Micah
Landes says it will run from 4:00 to 7:00pm
<Audio: Micah Landes>
Landes says Santa will arrive around 5:00pm to meet
with the children. Gift wrapping will be provided at no cost by the Alpha
Delta Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. For more information, call 646-4071
TURKEY - By The Numbers
As you are preparing for the Thanksgiving holiday,
there are always a few numbers that we seem to lose track of. Let's get them
ready so we have them handy for Thursday.
325… That is the temperature to roast your turkey in
165… The temperature the meat should reach at the
thickest part of the breast or thigh, without putting a
thermometer against a bone
165… The temperature your stuffing should reach
weather it is in the bird or in a separate pan.
2 Hours… The maximum you should let your food stand
after it is cooked before it should be put in the refrigerator.
And that is two hours from the end of cooking, not the end of the meal.
Finally, a toll free number, 1-888-674-6854, for the
USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline for Frequently Asked Questions of cooking and
handling of meat and poultry items.
Check the KCHI Website for
Tom's Turkey Tidbits, you will find
a link with this story.