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Stories from the past seven days

Livable Streets Grant   04/21 6am
          A Livable Streets Grant is awarded to the City of Chillicothe. City Administrator Ike Holland says the grant covers specific services and it has no hard dollar amount.
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Holland says the grant will assist the city with their long range plan.
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Holland says the grant is funded in part through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MODHSS). He says there will be a public meeting in June..

State FFA Degree Recipients   04/21 6am
 Fourteen of the Chillicothe FFA members have fully qualified and will receive their State FFA Degree in Columbia later this week. The State FFA Degree is the highest degree that the Missouri FFA Association can give to its members and is awarded to the top three percent of the total State FFA membership each year.

The 2014 recipients of the State FFA Degree in Chillicothe include:
Brandon Bothwell son of Barrie and Julie Bothwell,
Ben Burtch son of Tony Burtch and Amy Anderson,
Matt Dupy son of Todd and Dawn Dupy,
Gillen Gates son of Gil and Karen Gates,
Maggie Graves daughter of Jason and Andrea Graves,
Tucker Jones son of Todd and Christine Jones,
Alicia Kieffer daughter of Robert and Michelle Kieffer,
Quinten Lewis son of Clint and Angela Lewis,
Jami Loney daughter of Nelson and Lesli Loney,
Anthony Peniston son of Tony Peniston and Brandy Peniston,
Faith Peters daughter of Bob and Berta Peters,
Paige Peters daughter of Bob and Berta Peters,
Walker Thomas son of Paul and Dorcus Thomas, and
Elizabeth Warren daughter of Laura Warren.          

County Commission   04/21 6am
         The Livingston County Commissioners meet meets with two Steves Tuesday morning. The commissioners are meeting in regular session at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse. At 10:00 am, they will meet with Steve Shoot and Steve Holt. Other items on the agenda include county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties..

Attempted Abduction  04/21 6am
               A Chula man was arrested after an attempted kidnapping on Thursday. The incident happened in the 1000 block of Graves Street, when a man attempted to take a child from a shopping cart in the business. The officers used store surveillance to identify the suspect and Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Randall W Grey of Chula for the alleged attempted abduction. Grey is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $5,000

Report 04/21 6am
    Assault on an officer and child abuse are just a couple of items in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department     .
          Officers arrested Joel Kellison in the 700 block of Webster for alleged assault on an officer, resisting arrest and a peace disturbance. The report states Kellison attempted to assault both an officer and deputy. He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail with bond set at $25,000.
     Child abuse was reported in the 200 block of Wilson Street. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Richard K Perry for alleged child abuse. He is held pending the filing of formal charges.
Officers arrested Aimee Jacoby for alleged driving while suspended and no insurance.    
Sydney Harrison was arrested for alleged driving while under the influence of solvents. The arrest was in the area of Washington and Fairway.
     Brian Gatson was cited for alleged expires license and no proof of insurance.
     A report of a dog bite was investigated in the 1300 block of Miller Avenue. The report indicates the dog is properly licensed and vaccinated. Officers also found a wallet in the 400 block of Park Lane and it was returned.

Troopers Arrest Three 04/21 6am
  State Troopers reported three arrests over the weekend.
Saturday, Troopers in Caldwell County arrested 28 year old Charles D Turner of Kingston at about 10:40 pm for alleged Possession of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while suspended. He was taken to the Caldwell County Jail on a 24 hour hold.
In Carroll County at about 1:30 am, Troopers arrested 52 year old Sterling T Blakeley of Columbia was arrested for alleged DWI, Driving While Revoked, Speeding and No Seatbelt. He was processed and released.
In Chariton County at about 3:00 am, 22 year old Henrietta A Parker of Salisbury was arrested for alleged DWI. She was taken to the Chariton County Jail pending the posting of bond.

Brush Fire  04/21 6am
          A grass fire Saturday afternoon on LIV 259 burned about an acre. The Chillicothe Fire Department responded to the mutual aid request from the Wheeling Fire Department at about 2:15 and arrived about 8 minutes later to find a fire in the grass and timber. The fire had started on the neighbor’s property and had spread. The fire crews were on the scene for about 45 minutes.

House Fire on Walnut  04/21 6am
          Fire damaged a home at 508 Walnut Friday night. At about 11:35, Chillicothe Fire Fighters received the call for the fire and arrived to find the residents were out of the house and smoke coming from the building. The fire was in a bedroom and fire fighters used a couple hand lines to put the fire out. Fire damage was limited to the bedroom, but there was heat and smoke damage throughout the home. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but the report states it is not suspicious in nature. The fire crew was on the scene for a little more than two hours. Damage was estimated at $40,000.

MHP Accident and Arrest Reports 04/19 6am
     A fourteen year old girl was injured in a single vehicle accident Friday afternoon in Caldwell County. Marisa A Fjorgey of Hamilton was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 16 year old Joseph Melton of Hamilton. At about 2:40 pm, they were northbound on County Road 1, south of Kidder when Melton went off the right side of the road and overcorrected, crossing the road and striking an embankment and fence. Melton was not injured, but Fjorgey was taken to Cameron Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They were both wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident.
     Troopers also reported one arrest on Friday. At 5:45 pm, in Sullivan County, troopers arrested 32 year old Phillip W Sheppard of Browning for alleged unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail, processed and released.

School Incidents 04/19 6am
     The Chillicothe School Resource Officers reported a couple incidents on April 15th, one at the middle school and the other at the alternative school.
     At the Alternative School, there was a report of a student with a switchblade. The report states there were no threats made, but it was a violation and a report was sent to the prosecuting attorney and the administration.
     At the Chillicothe Middle School, there was a report of a child receiving discipline that was allegedly writing about a bomb at the school. The report states there was never any danger to other students and the child said it was a joke. A report was sent to the juvenile office and administrative action was taken. The child’s parents were also advised of the situation.

Sheriff’s Report 04/19 6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department report includes a report of stolen gun and unusual behavior, along with several arrests.
     Thursday, deputies assisted the Chillicothe Police with an investigation of unusual behavior towards a child from a stranger at a local business. The investigation continues.
     Tampering with a witness was investigated. The incident allegedly took place at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail and involved a detainee form Livingston County. Evidence was provided by the Jail Staff and a report was sent to the prosecuting attorney.
     A handgun was reported stolen from a Chula location. That investigation continues.
Identity theft was reported when a debit card number was used without the owner’s permission.
     An ATV was found abandon near the Grand River. The ATV was seized by the sheriff’s office and they are working to determine the owner.
     Arrests in the report include:
61 year old Leonard Eugene Stumph of Dawn for alleged failure to appear and alleged violation of a protection order.
42 year old Jeffery W Huffman of Dawn was arrested for alleged probation violation.
21 year old Ashley Nicole Allnutt of Chillicothe was arrested for alleged failing to obey a judge’s orders while on bond for another charge.

Library Craft Program 04/19 6am
     A Mother’s Day Crafternoon will be held May 6th at the Livingston County Library Children’s Department. Children ages 5-7 are invited to the library from 3:45 to 4:45 to work on a few Mother’s Day crafts that would be appropriate for any special person in your child’s life. Registration opens Monday, April 21st and ends Friday, May 2nd. You can register by calling the Children’s Department at 660-646-0563.
    Both meetings are open to the public.

Firefighters Called to Gas Odor
04/18 12:00pm
Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to a report of a gaseous odor at a home at 1599 Litton Road. The call came in about 4:40 pm Thursday and the home owner, Steve Kerns, told the fire fighters there was an odor of methane in the home. The odor appeared to be coming from near a gas pipe. The department turned off the propane tank, furnace and water heater and then ventilated the home. They were on the scene for about 40 minutes.

Street Closing Sunday in Chillicothe
04/18 12:00pm
A portion of Locust Street will be closed Sunday Morning. The Chillicothe Police Department approved the closing of the 400 block of Locust from 7:00 am to Noon at the request of Life Point Church, for part of their Easter celebration.

Chillicothe Farmers Market Opens May 3rd
04/18 12:00pm
The Chillicothe Farmers Market will start the 2014 season on May 3rd. Market Master Beth Weidner says Chillicothe Farmers Market is a 28 year tradition.
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     The vendors at the farmers market are members that have paid a fee to be able to sell that day. Weidner says they welcome new vendors.
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     The Chillicothe Farmers Market runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from May 3rd to the end of October. To find out more, call Beth Weidner at 660-622-4289 or stop by the market and she will be happy to talk to you.

Livingston County Commissioners Agendas
04/18 12:00pm
The Livingston County Commissioners meet Tuesday and Thursday of next week in regular session. The meetings begin at 9:30 am. Tuesday, at 10:00 am, they will meet with Steve Shoot and Steve Holt. Thursday at 10:00 they will attend the Work Ready Community Meeting at Chillicothe City Hall.

Carrollton Town Council Agenda
04/18 12:00pm
     The Carrollton Town Board meets Monday with a heavy agenda. The meeting will start at 6:00 pm at Carrollton City Hall. The agenda includes an appointment for the Third Ward Council Seat, approve the election results, have discussions on the airport and discuss a utilities issue for the Beef and Pork building.
     Old business includes discussions on the Emergency Management Position and time clock information. The will be several reports presented and the mayor will make a recommendation for the City Works Board. He will also present information about a milling machine rental, street repairs and about the municipal clerk’s position. An executive session is planned as part of the meeting.

Chillicothe Police Daily Report
04/18 12:00pm
An unattended death and a couple arrests are in the Chillicothe Police Department Report for Thursday.
     Officers were called to the 200 block of Business 36 to investigate the unattended death. They were assisted by Emergency Services and the Livingston County Coroner. The investigation continues.
     Lost property was reported in the 600 block of Walnut.
     David Ray Gamble was arrested in the 400 block of Webster for alleged failure to appear on an original charge of alleged tampering with a vehicle.
    Gay Nell Owens was arrested in the 800 block of Easton on a Livingston County Probation and Parole warrant.
     Amanda Dawn Holley was cited for allowing her pit bull dog running at large, owning or possessing a pit bull type dog in the city limits and having a dog without a license.

New Girls Coach, Other School Staff Changes
04/18 6:00am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board approved the hiring for several staff positions. Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes made the following announcements of Staff hirings
Megan Claybrook - High School English
Andrea Wentzel and Amy Hoffstetter – Part time Speech Language Pathologist
Darren Smith - Middle School Health, Elementary PE and Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach. When asked why there was a change in the Girls Basketball coaching position, Doctor Roger Barnes said it is a personnel matter and it would be unethical for him to comment.
     KCHI was aware of the coaching changes early in the week, however KCHI was asked to hold the information until Friday. In keeping with media integrity, KCHI honored the school’s request to not publicize the coaching change until today.

Purdin Man Dies in Accident 
04/18 6:00am
     A Purdin man died in an accident Thursday evening in Linn County. The Missouri Highway Patrol reports 77 year old Jerry Barrows suffered a medical condition at about 5:45 pm on Globe Road near Linneus. The vehicle went off the road and struck a fence. Barrows was wearing a safety belt. His body was taken to Wright-Baker Hill Funeral Home.

Burn Ban Lifted In Livingston County
04/18 6:00am
The Burn Ban in Livingston County was lifted at 6:00 this morning. The Livingston County Commissioners had issued the burn ban due to the high winds on Wednesday and very dry conditions. While the winds have calmed considerably, the area has not received a lot of rain, but area land owners should be able to burn responsibly.
     In Chillicothe, burning of yard waste, vegetation, tree limbs and natural materials is allowed, but the person doing the burning needs to be attending the fire. Burning of garbage is prohibited.
     If you have questions about burning, call the Chillicothe Fire Department at 646-2139

Chillicothe Park Board Meetings
04/18 6:00am
The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Board and the Tree Advisory Board are meeting Monday in regular session. The Park Board meets at 5:15 at city hall. The agenda includes continued discussions on a memorial dog park and the department’s long range park plan. New business includes the report from the Parks Director Josh Norris.
     At 6:00, the Tree Advisory Board will meet with two agenda items. The first is a discussion on Tree Carvings at Simpson Park; the other is a discussion on the Memorial Tree Fund.

Breastfeeding Friendly Locations
04/17 12p
Several Chillicothe businesses have been designated and recognized as Breastfeeding Friendly location. The Livingston County Health Center in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has launched a Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite award program. The program goals are to recognize those businesses, increase awareness about the Fair Labor Standards Act requirements for worksite lactation support and provide assistance to employers wanting to their lactation support benefits.
     The health center has identified five area businesses that provide a “Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. Awards have been presented to Hy-Vee, North Central Missouri College, Grand River Health Care, Livingston County Health Center, and Chillicothe Correctional Center

Chillicothe City Wide Clean Up
04/17 12p
     The second week of Chillicothe's annual city wide cleanup starts next Wednesday. Chillicothe Municipal Utilities Refuse Department Director Troy Figg says the city wide clean-up will be held Wednesday April 23rd and Saturday the 26th.
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      Figg says the hours are from 8:00 am to Noon and 1:00 - 4:00 pm on each of the days. If you have questions about the Chillicothe City Wide Clean-up, call the CMU office at 646-1683.

Board of Public Works Meeting
04/17 12p
The Chillicothe Board of Public Works meets Tuesday morning in regular session. The meeting will start at 7:00 am at the CMU Office. The agenda includes reports from the department heads and general manager. The agenda also includes an executive session if it is needed. The Board of Public Works meetings are open the public.

Hamilton Teen Injured in Car Wreck
04/17 6:00am
A Hamilton teen had minor injuries in a rollover accident in Caldwell County Wednesday. At about 7:30 am, Troopers were called to investigate the accident that left 16 year old McKenzie C Wilson with minor injuries. The report states she was westbound on old US 36 when she went off the road , over corrected and slid sideways, then off the road backwards and struck an embankment causing the car to overturn. Wilson was taken to Hedrick Medical Center by private vehicle.

New Parks Employees in Chillicothe
04/17 6:00am
The Chillicothe Parks Department has 86 new employees for the summer. The Chillicothe City Council approved the hiring of seasonal help that was recommended by Parks Director Josh Norris. The new hires include 45 lifeguards for Chilli Bay Water Park, 21 concession workers and others for the pool. They also hired two grounds keepers and three for seasonal mowing to keeps Chillicothe’s six parks and two downtown green spaces well kept, clean and inviting for the community.

Chillicothe Police Daily Report
04/17 6:00am
Four arrests and a report of theft are in the report from the Chillicothe Police Department.
      Boyd Gabel was arrested in the 800 block of Washington Street on a Buchanan County warrant for alleged non-support.
     Randy Campbell was arrested in the 600 block of Walnut on a probation and parole warrant.
     Mark Lohman was arrested in the 400 block of Paul Street on a warrant for alleged stealing.
     Shoplifting was reported in the 1000 block of Graves Street. Officers arrested Jason L Lovett for alleged stealing.
     Officers also took a report of also theft in the 1200 block of Washington. The item was returned and the owner refused to prosecute.