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KCHI NEWS Archive
Stories from the past seven days

Planting Progress in Livingston County 5/22  6am  
     Under ideal conditions, the local corn crop would all be planted and coming up, and area producers would have a good start on the soy beans, but Mother Nature appears to be managing a different scenario this year. Livingston County FSA Executive Director David Meneely says area farmers had about 80% of the corn crop in the ground and even some soy beans were planted when the weather changed to a wetter cycle.
<Audio: Meneely 1>
     Meneely says the window is closing for the corn planting, but there are plenty of opportunities for planting soy beans.
<Audio: Meneely 2>
     Meneely continues to urge producers to report acreages that have been planted.


Tunes Under The Moon Concert Tonight  05/22  6am  
     MainStreet Chillicothe presents their first Tunes Under the Moon Concert for 2015 this evening. Micah Landes says tonight's program will feature School of Rock.
<Audio: Landes 1>
     The concert is scheduled for tonight at 6:00 pm at Silver Moon Plaza. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a free concert in downtown Chillicothe.


Accident Near Meadville Closed East Bound Lanes For Several Hours  05/22  6am  
     A portion of east bound US 36, near Meadville was closed, and traffic was moved to the west bound lanes for a little more than five hours Thursday afternoon when a commercial truck overturned near Highway 139. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports the commercial truck was not occupied at the time of the accident, so no one was injured. All east bound traffic was diverted to the westbound lanes while a tow truck was used to set the big truck upright. The accident happened about 2:00 pm and the east bound lanes of US 36 were re-opened by 8:00 pm.


Chillicothe Police Report  05/22  6am  
     Chillicothe Police responded to 101 calls for service Thursday and issued 9 citations.
     One of the calls Thursday was for a domestic disturbance in the 900 block of Calhoun. The officers determined the incident was verbal and no arrests were made.
     Earlier in the week, a vehicle was reported blocking an alley in the 1400 block of Trenton Road. The incident was on Monday and the vehicle was towed from the scene.


Troopers Arrest Macon Man in Livingston Co. 05/22  6am  
     A Macon man was arrested Thursday in Livingston County. State Troopers arrested 35 year old Michael S Grandy of Macon at about 9:00 am for alleged DWI with drugs, possession of stolen property and failing to drive in the right lane. Grandy was processed and released.


Final Round of Chillicothe Demolition Grant  05/21  5pm  
     The final round of demolition under the Chillicothe Demolition Grant project is underway. City Codes Director Chuck Greever says the city has two contractors working on the demolition for this round.
<Audio: Greever 1>
     The contractors are also doing salvage operations from the houses before demolition.


Chillicothe Fire Department Hosts EMS Week Luncheon  05/21  5pm  
     The Chillicothe Fire Department hosted a luncheon to celebrate EMS week. The luncheon held Thursday at noon was put on the Hedrick Medical Center. Fire Chief Darrel Wright says the event include the lunch and training.
<Audio: Chief Wright 1>
     As part of the local EMS, LifeFlight Eagle took part in the lunch and training Thursday, arriving with the LifeFlight Helicopter that landed at Calvary Baptist Church Parking Lot.


Livingston County Sheriff's Report  05/21  12pm  
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has several investigations and arrests in their report.
     On May 13th, they began an investigation of the remains of a meth lab thrown out in a rural cemetery.
     On the 14th, a domestic disturbance was investigated in the 22000 block of Route Z. A report was sent to the Prosecuting attorney.
     Deputies investigated a report of damage to a crop field by someone who drove through the field.
     May 17th, a report was taken for a social security card stolen from a camper in Ludlow.
     And in Chula, a 45 caliber handgun was reported stolen from a vehicle sometime in the past three weeks.
     Arrests in the report include:
37 year old Rachel Trump of Chillicothe on a Judge’s Order revoking bond on original felony check violation.
31 year old James Burk was arrested for alleged bond condition violations.
49 year old Patricia Marie Hornsby of Chillicothe was arrested on a Daviess County Warrant for alleged non support.


Civil War Author To Speak At Library  05/21  12pm  
     In August of 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, citizens of Jackson, Cass and Bates Counties were ordered to leave their homes and a month later the entire area, with the exception of military posts, was destroyed. The Livingston County Library will have a guest author, Tom Rafiner, the author of "Cinders and Ashes," speaking May 28th at 6:30 pm in the second floor courtroom of the library. Library Director Robin Westphal says Rafiner will be discussing his book.
<Audio: Westphal 1>
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     Rafiner will talk about both his new book "Cinders and Ashes" and will have his first book, "Caught Between Two Fires," which was nominated for a Missouri State History Book Award. There ill be an opportunity for questions and answers following the program.


Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting  05/21  12pm  
     The Chillicothe Rotary Club and Chillicothe Parks are teaming up to make books available in some of the city parks. The Little Free Library Project will kick off Friday at Silver Moon Plaza. Robin Westphal from the Chillicothe Rotary says the concept is simple.
<Audio: Westphal 1>
     Westphal says Rotary will kick off the Little Free Library Project Friday afternoon.
<Audio: Westphal 2>
     The Ribbon Cutting is Friday at 1:15 at Silver Moon Plaza.


A House, Vehicles and Other Surplus To Be Auctioned  05/21  6am  
     The Chillicothe R-II School District will dispose of surplus items through auctions. The School Board approved the disposal of numerous computers and technology items, computer desks and toys from Garrison School that were declared surplus Tuesday evening. Those items will be sold on line through Rafter C online auctions.
     The District will also sell seven vehicles from the Collision Repair Program at GRTS and the Building Trades Home. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says those will be sold at live auctions.
<Audio: Dr Barnes 1>
     The cars and house can also be viewed by appointment by calling Grand River Technical School at 646-3414.
     Sewell Auction Service will sell the vehicles on June 2nd and Mike Miller will have the House Auction on the 3rd.


Juvenile Involved In Domestic Disturbance  05/21  6am  
     The Chillicothe Police Department responded to 93 calls for service Wednesday and issued 13 citations.
     Officers were called to the 300 block of Dickinson Street for a domestic disturbance. The incident involved a juvenile and the information was forwarded to the Livingston County Juvenile Office.
 


Chillicothe To Replace All 8 Busses This Summer  05/20  12pm  
     The eight busses destroyed by the fire at the Chillicothe R-II School District Bus Barn will all be replaced over the summer. The school board approved the proposal presented by Superintendent Dr Roger Barns and Assistant Superintendent Jim Ruse at Tuesday's meeting. Dr Barnes says the insurance will pay about $218,000.
<Audio: Dr Barnes 1>
     The busses that were destroyed ranged from 1998 to 2015 and mileage on the busses ranged from 56,000 miles to more than 200,000 miles. The replacement busses will all be no older than 2013, and Barnes says that will mean they will not have to replace busses for a few years.
     The school district will negotiate for the used busses and expect they will spend about $85,000 a year over the next 5 years with the Lease Purchase financing.


Five R-II Retirees Honored  05/20  12pm  
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board and Representative Mike Lair honored five individuals who are retiring from the School District this year. Plaques and proclamations were presented at Tuesday's meeting. The retirees include:
Mary Turner, a Teacher at Field School with 23 years in the district.
Susan Elson, an Art Teacher at Chillicothe High School, with 14 years in Chillicothe.
Linda Forck, a Paraprofessional with 20 years in the district.
Cheryl Wood, Field School Cafeteria Manager with 10 years with the district
Suzanne Reeter, a School Nurse with 3 years in the district. (Not Pictured)

 


Troopers Arrest Three From the Local Area  05/20  12pm  
     Three area residents were arrested by State Troopers Tuesday.
     In Caldwell County at about 9:45 pm, 22 year old Dallas Hendricks of Braymer was arrested for alleged driving while revoked, DWI with drugs, assault on an officer, resisting arrest and failing to drive on the right half of the roadway. He was taken to the Caldwell County Jail.
     Two Trenton residents were arrested at about 7:50 pm in Polk County, in southern Missouri. Forty year old Happy Sharp and 20 year old Jarred Kelsall both face charges of alleged Possession of Methamphetamine, Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with evidence for a felony charge and littering. In addition, Sharp is arrested on a Grundy County warrant, alleged no insurance, no valid plates and displaying plates from another vehicle. Kelsall was arrested on a Probation and Parole warrant and another warrant and alleged authorizing a person to drive that had no legal right to drive. Both men were taken to the Polk County Jail.


Freedom Festival May Move To Jerry Litton Stadium  05/20  6am  
     Freedom Festival, the July Fourth celebration in Chillicothe could have a new location this year, if they can get approval from the Chillicothe R-II School District. Scott Rule, the chair of Freedom Festival asked the School Board Tuesday night if they could use the new Jerry Litton Stadium as the venue, with the actual fireworks shot from the property to the east. The festival would include vendors, face painting and some of the activities the community has come to expect, just at a different location. The school board seemed receptive to the idea, but Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says they have concerns about what their insurance would allow.
<Audio: Dr Barnes 1>
     Barnes says they hope to have an answer in about a week and will hold a special session if they are able to move forward to consider approval.


LCSD "Shoot Don't Shoot" Simulation  05/20  6am  
     Law Enforcement has to make tough decisions, sometimes without much time for rationalization. They react based on training and what is happening around them at the time. The Livingston County Sheriff's Office is using a firearms "Shoot don’t shoot" simulator in their office, provided by the Missouri Sheriff's Association, to put officers through the scenarios and to allow members of the community experience some of what they go through. Sheriff Steve Cox says this is a training tool to hone their skills, use their voice and when needed, use their weapon.
     Cox says they are also making this available to some others in the community.
<Audio: Sheriff Cox 1>
     KCHI's morning host, Chris Taylor, took part in the program and says each scenario makes you think.
<Audio: Taylor 2>
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Academy students will be using the simulator this weekend as part of the program.


Naked Man Arrested by Chillicothe Police  05/20  6am  
     The arrest of a naked man is just one of the items in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department.
     Monday, officers responded to a report of a nude man walking near the street in the 1000 block of Bryan Street. Officers arrested Frederick Alexander Collins for alleged Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Indecent Exposure and Disorderly Conduct. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Mary Ruth Craft was arrested Tuesday in the 1400 block of McVey. The arrest was a warrant for alleged Failure to Obey Judge’s Order and Resisting Arrest. Officers also arrested Jason Edward Jones for alleged Shoplifting and Dylan Lewis Hulett for alleged Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (Attempt) and Resisting/Interfering with an Arrest. They were taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     A disturbance Tuesday in the 1300 block of Monroe resulted in the arrest of Johnathon Michael McGinness and Daniel Earl Windsor, 2nd, for alleged Disorderly Conduct by Fighting. They were also taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


Flood Water Receding  05/20  6am  
     Flood Warnings remain in place for Sumner and Brunswick along the Grand River.
At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet. And the river has fallen back below flood stage this morning.
At Sumner, flood stage is 26 feet and the river crested at 33.2 feet. The river should drop back below 26 feet by Friday morning.
At Brunswick, Flood Stage is 19 feet. The last reading was 22.9 feet and the river should fall below flood stage late Friday.
     Check for the latest readings > http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=eax


Flood Waters Still Have Area Roads Closed  05/20  6am  
     Flooding continues to have four area roads closed. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports Route A in Caldwell County remains Closed at Shoal Creek. In Livingston County, south of Utica, Route C, Route D and DD are also closed at Shoal Creek
     Check the MoDOT Road Condition Map for the latest road closings  http://traveler.modot.org/map/


Board Of Public Works Approves Bag Bid   05/19  12pm  
     Chillicothe's Board of Public Works approved a bid to purchase the orange bags for the Refuse Department. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities purchases the bags a couple times a year and Refuse Department Director Troy Figg says the order amounts to hundreds of thousands of bags each year. CMU in turn supplies the orange bags to the local retailers, who than sell them to Chillicothe residents.
     Because of the size of the order, Figg says they have to go out for bid on the bags and the bid was awarded to Waste Zero, an east cost company that specialized in bags and pay as you throw programs across the country.


Park Board Is Updated On Danner Light Project  05/19  12pm  
     The Chillicothe Park Board had an update on the repairs to the light at a Danner Park ball field. Parks Director Josh Norris says the work should begin late this week.
<Audio: Norris 1>
     Norris says the directional boring will allow the work to be completed without disrupting the games scheduled for the field.
     In the Tree Advisory Board meeting, Norris talked about a service project from the Cub Pack 120 Webelos.
<Audio: Norris 2>
     The project helps the scouts meet their service project requirements and the City to meet Tree City USA requirements.


Tunes Under The Moon Concert Friday  05/19  12pm  
     The first Tunes Under the Moon Concert is this Friday in downtown Chillicothe MainStreet Chillicothe is putting on the Show that Micah Landes says will feature School of Rock.
<Audio: Landes 1>
     Landes says they have had School Of Rock perform at other Tunes Under the Moon programs in the past.
<Audio: Landes 2>
     The concert is this Friday at 6:00 pm at Silver Moon Plaza.


Results Of Carrollton Town Board Meeting  05/19  12pm
     The Carrollton Town Board approved two new police officers and steps for their pool at their meeting Monday.
City Financial Assistant Lisa Ream says the Town Board approved hiring two police officers, filling both openings in the department.
<Audio: Ream 1>
     They approved an ordinance that will allow the disposal of items from the police department, including bikes and other items that have gone unclaimed for some time. There was no decision as to how they will dispose of the items.
     The decision on new steps for the city pool had been tabled at their last meeting. Ream says they have moved forward to meet ADA compliance.
<Audio: Ream 2>
     The also approved a residents plans to enclose a building frame at the airport and then rent it as hanger space.


Retirement Recognition on School Board Agenda  05/19  6am  
     Two Teachers and three Staff members will be honored at the Chillicothe R-II School Board meeting tonight. The Chillicothe R-II School Board meeting will start at 6:30 at the District Office with recognition of retiring teachers and other staff members.
     Other items on the agenda include Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes providing a budget update, there will be a declaration of surplus items, and the board will be asked to consider a stadium request. The third reading and approval of board policies will take place. Auction dates will be set for the GRTS Collision Repair vehicles, grant applications will be presented and bids will be presented for the Middle School Family and Consumer Science equipment.
     An executive session is scheduled following the regular meeting.


Flood Warnings Continue for Portions of The Grand River  05/19  6am  
     Flood Warnings remain in place for Gallatin, Chillicothe Sumner and now Brunswick along the Grand River.
      At Gallatin, the river crested at 30 feet.  Flood Stage at Gallatin is 26 feet and the river should fall back below flood stage this morning.
     At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet. The river crested overnight at 29.1 feet and is expected to fall back below flood Wednesday.
     At Sumner, flood stage is 26 feet and the river should crest at 33.2 feet Wednesday and dropping back below flood stage by Friday morning.
     At Brunswick, Flood Stage is 19 feet. A crest is expected at 22.2 feet tonight, before falling below flood stage late Friday.


Several Area Roads Closed Due To Flooding  05/19  6am  
     A few more roads are closed in the local area due to Flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation reports Route A in Caldwell County remains Closed at Shoal Creek.
     In Livingston County, Route C is closed south of Utica, at Shoal Creek.
Route D and DD are also closed at Shoal Creek
     Check the MoDOT Road Condition Map for the latest road closings  http://traveler.modot.org/map/


Three Arrests In Chillicothe Police Report  05/19  6am  
     Chillicothe Police report three arrests and a domestic disturbance.
     Sunday, officers arrested Robyn Larene Snidow-Francis for alleged Shoplifting after a call to the 1000 block of Graves Street. She was cited and released with a court appearance.
     Monday, Joshua James Burk was arrested in the 400 block of Williams for alleged driving without a license. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Kailean Allen Volker was arrested in the 300 block of Edgerton on a Livingston County Warrant for alleged probation violation. Volker is held with no bond allowed.
     Chillicothe officers were called to the 100 block of Asher for a domestic disturbance. The report states the incident was verbal and the parties were separated.


Troopers Arrest Trenton Man  05/19  6am  
     A Trenton man was arrested Monday afternoon in Grundy County. State Troopers arrested 24 year old Matthew J Edwards on a Kirksville warrant for alleged failure to appear on possession of marijuana, and a warrant for alleged failure to appear on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail pending the posting of bond.


Seven Taken To Prison To Serve Sentences  05/19  6am  
     Six Chillicothe residents and a man from Nevada were taken to the Department of Corrections by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department to begin serving sentences.
     Four were transported to prison on convictions for possession of a controlled substance, they include:
45 year old Joseph Perry of Chillicothe - 8 years.
49 year old Brent Trower of Chillicothe - 7 years plus treatment
24 year old George B Kitchen of Chillicothe - 7 years
41 year old Ben Cooper of Chillicothe - 2 years

27 year old Timothy Skinner of Chillicothe - 4 years for Sex Offender within 500 feet of a park.
41 year old Ashley B Daniel of Chillicothe - 4 years each for Possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident - the sentences to be served consecutively.
24 year old Joshua Keith Lee Green of Nevada - 4 years for leaving the seen of an accident.


Chillicothe Summer School Begins May 28th  05/18  12pm  
     The Chillicothe R-II School district finishes up the regular School years Wednesday with a early dismissal after lunch. The Summer School session will begin the following week. The Summer School Administrator is Central School Principal Melanie Rucker. Mrs Rucker says the first day of Summer School is May 28th.
<Audio: Rucker 1>
     Rucker says she would like parents to have their child signed up before the end of the day Tuesday.
     The Summer School program will have classes for students entering Kindergarten through Third Grade will be at Dewey School, <Audio: Rucker B>
     Students from Chillicothe, Chula and Southwest are expected to attend Chillicothe Summer School this year. If you have questions or want to register your child for Summer School, call Central School at 646-2359.


Y-Pals Celebrity Waiter Dinner  05/18  12pm  
     The annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner to support the Y-Pals Program at Grand River Area Family Y. Y-Pals Director Shawn Hurtgen says this year's Dinner is June 6th.
<Audio: Hurtgen 1>
     Hurtgen says all proceeds from the Dinner will support Y-Pals, a mentoring program for Children ages 6 to 14, matching them with adult role models.
<Audio: Hurtgen 2>
     If you would like tickets for the Y-Pals Dinner or want to find out more about the Y-Pals program, call 646-6677.


Severe Weather Strikes The Area Over The Weekend  05/18  6am  
     The Severe Weather on Saturday night and Sunday morning brought mainly heavy rain and strong winds to the Livingston County and Chillicothe Area, but to our west, Severe Thunderstorms and a Tornado were reported. The Tornado was near Polo and was rated an EF-1. There was damage to houses and other building, but no reported injuries or deaths.
     Heavy Rain was reported on a line from Kansas City to Gallatin with the storms, with rainfall totals reported to the National Weather Service from 3 to near 5 inches.
     Chillicothe's official rainfall, at the Litton Ag Center Reporting Station, between Midnight and 6:00 am was just over 3/4 of an inch.


Flood Warnings On the Grand River   05/18  6am  Revised at NOON
     Flood Warnings are in place for the Grand River
     At Pattonsburg, the river crested at 30.3 feet and has fallen to 30.27 feet. Flood stage is 25 feed and the river is expected to fall back below flood stage this evening.
     At Gallatin, the river crested at 30.3 feet and has fallen to 29.98 feet. Flood Stage at Gallatin is 26 feet and the river should fall back below flood stage Tuesday morning.
     At Chillicothe, Flood Stage is 24 feet. The river is at 28.97 feet and is expected to crest today at 29.2 feet before falling back below flood stage Wednesday morning.
     At Sumner, flood stage is 26 feet and the river is at 32.73 feet, with a crest of 34 feet expected Tuesday morning and dropping back below flood stage Thursday.
     Check for the latest readings > http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=eax


Some Area Roads Closed Due To Flooding   05/18  6am  Revised at NOON
     The Missouri Department of Transportation reported a few roads remain closed due to flooding.
In Livingston County Route C is closed north of Dawn at Shoal Creek.
In Caldwell County, Route A and Route F are also closed at Shoal Creek.
     Use Caution when driving, and if you see water on the road, Turn Around and Don't Drown.
     Check the MoDOT Road Condition Map for the latest road closings  http://traveler.modot.org/map/


Chillicothe Police Report   05/18  6am  
     The Chillicothe Police had several calls for the weekend.
     Friday, Officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 1200 block of Bryan. Saturday, A Domestic Disturbance was reported in the 600 block of Business 36. Both were verbal and no arrests were made.
     On Saturday, Officers were called to the 600 block of Business 36 for a disturbance. They arrested Teresa Watkins for alleged peace disturbance and domestic assault. She is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Sunday, A disturbance was reported in the 1300 block of Monroe. A woman was taken into custody for self protection.
     Officers arrested Virel V Johnson in the 600 block of Walnut on a probation violation warrant.


Local Accident - 1 Injured, 1 Arrested   05/18  6am  
     Two people were injured in an accident at Polk and Washington Saturday. The report states Devin P Rose was eastbound on Polk and attempting a left turn and struck a vehicle stopped in the southbound turn lane, driven by Paulin Tolle. Tolle was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment of injuries to her arm and leg. Rose refused treatment. He was arrested for alleged DWI, no proof of insurance, second degree assault and child endangerment and is held tat the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail. A child in the Rose vehicle was not injured.


State Troopers Arrest Three In Local Counties   05/18  6am  
     State Troopers reported three arrests in the local counties over the weekend.
     In Sullivan County at 10:45 am Saturday, 28 year old Brian C Southers of Galt was arrested on a Sullivan County warrant for no drivers license. He was also arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance and no seat belt. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail.
     In Grundy County at 10:11 pm, 41 year old Oliver Vandevender of Kansas City was arrested for alleged DWI and driving an ATV on a Highway. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail.
     Sunday at 3:00 am in Linn County, Andres C Chima of Brookfield was arrested for alleged DWI and failing to drive on the right half of the road. He was processed and released.