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Stories from the past seven days



Chillicothe Police Report  9/18  6am
     Stealing, Burglary and a couple Domestic Disturbances are in the Chillicothe Police Department report. 
     Chillicothe Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance Monday in the 1200 block of Walnut Street.  The report states the incident involved weapons.  As a result, officers arrested Brandon and Crystal Easley for alleged domestic assault and armed criminal action.  Both have been arraigned and bond has been set at $25,000, with an order to have no contact with the other party.  They remain in custody at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
     Saturday, officers took a report of stealing that occurred earlier in the month in the 800 block of Jansen.
     Tuesday, burglary was investigated in the 100 block of Conn Street.  That investigation continues. 
     There was also a domestic disturbance Wednesday in the 800 block of Jefferson Street.  That incident was verbal and no arrests were made.


Troopers Arrest Braymer Man  9/18  6am
     A Braymer man was arrested Wednesday in Livingston County.  Sixty-four year old Ronald D Herring was arrested at about 11:00 am on a Caldwell County warrant for alleged failure to appear on an original charge of failing to display plates on a vehicle or trailer.  He was also arrested for alleged failure to display plates on a trailer..  He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


Golf Course Improvements  9/18  6am
     The Green Hills Golf Course is planning a couple improvements that will help with the playability of the course.  Course Superintendent Craig Sager spoke at the Mayors Coffee Wednesday and says one of the areas of improvement is the No-Mow areas.
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     Sager says they have about 20 acres of the tall grass and are seeking some grant funding to make the change over a several year period.  That will allow the course to still look presentable while the changes are taking place.
     Sager says they are also looking are replacing the tee markers.  He says some are incorrect and some do not exist.  In addition, they are looking at Junior Tees to attract younger players.


R-II Facilities Forum Tonight  9/18  6am
    The Chillicothe R-II School District Facilities will be the topic of a public forum this evening.  Hollis and Miller Architects will lead the forum to determine the direction of the School District Long Range Facilities Plan.  This will be the first of several forums.  It will begin at 6:30 at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center.


R-II Special Session Set  9/18  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board set the date for a special meeting to approve a lease purchase agreement.  Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the meeting will be held October 7th at the district office.
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     The work at Dewey School was completed over the summer. 
     The Special Meeting of the Chillicothe R-II School Board will be October 7th at Noon and it is open to the public.


Sam Graves Mobile Office  9/18  6am
     The Sam Graves Mobile Office will be held at several locations around the KCHI Listening area. 
     A member of US Congressman Sam Graves' staff is holding Mobile Office stops to give constituents the opportunity to speak with a staff member.  Congressman Graves says the Mobile Office stops provide regular contact for communities and individuals who have a question or problem with federal government agencies.

     On the schedule beginning late next week are:
Friday, September 26th
At Milan City Hall, beginning at 9:00 am
And at Unionville City Hall starting at 11:00 am

Monday, September 29th
At Brookfield City Hall at 8:00 am
Chariton County Courthouse in Keytesville at 11:00 am
And Carrollton City Hall at 1:30 pm


Shooter Identified - UPDATE  9/17  12pm
     Chillicothe Police released the name of the man arrested following the Domestic Disturbance and report of gunfire Tuesday morning at Wal-Mart in Chillicothe.  Twenty-two year old Tristan Lee Sheppard of Wheeling is charged with alleged Domestic Assault, Armed Criminal Action and Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm.  Chillicothe Police responded to the incident on the north side of the building.  Police Chief Rick Knouse says the female victim was taken to a car and was seen leaving Chillicothe.  The Livingston County Sheriff's Department located Sheppard and victim in Wheeling, where he was taken into custody.  Bond was set at $150,000 Cash Only.. 
     The report states the woman was not harmed.  Damage at the store included a hole in a metal building, but no damage inside the store.  The investigation continues. 


Parks Department  9/17  12pm
     Numbers for Chilli Bay Water Park were down a bit from last year, but not as much as some might expect.  Chillicothe Parks Director Josh Norris says they had 28,450 visitors this year and the daily attendance figures are nearly 90 percent of last year.
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     Some of the special events saw higher numbers than last year, including the movie night, late night swim and even the doggy dip.
     Norris says the newest feature for Simpson Park, the Bear Carving, has been a big hit and is attracting visitors and comments.  Norris says there is interest in additional carvings soon.
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     If you are interested in helping fund the carvings, donations can be made to the Parks Department Tree Carving Memorial Fund.


Trap Shooting Team  9/17  12pm
     The Chillicothe FFA Trap Shooting Team took First Place as a team in the Trenton FFA Trap Shoot.  Chillicothe's 5 person team of Timber Ballantyne, Brady Bothwell, Trevor Shira, Garret Donoho and Colton Hargrave, shot a total of 208 of 250 targets to take first place in the team scoring. 
     Brady Bothwell also took 3rd in the individual scoring with 47 of 50 targets. 


Deputy Leaving For Juvenile Office  9/17  12pm
     Another Deputy is leaving the Livingston County Sheriff's Department, this time to work for the State of Missouri.  Detective Eric Menconi will leave the department September 29th to be a Juvenile Officer for the 43rd Judicial District.  Sheriff Steve Cox says Menconi will continue to serve the department as a reserve deputy


Y Renovations  9/17  12pm
     The renovation of the Grand River Area Family YMCA Lobby will start soon.  Director Matt Jones says they have scheduled the work to begin on the 28th.
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     Jones says at the same time work will start on the roof.
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     The two projects are expected to take about 10 days to complete.


Shooting at Wal-Mart  9/17  6am
     No one was injured when a gun was fired at Wal-Mart in Chillicothe Tuesday morning.  The Chillicothe Police responded to the report of a domestic disturbance and a gun that was fired on the north side of the building.  Police Chief Rick Knouse says the female victim was taken to a car and was seen leaving Chillicothe.  The Livingston County Sheriff's Department located the suspect and victim in Wheeling and the suspect was taken into custody.  The report states the woman was not harmed.
     Damage at the store included a hole in a metal building, but no damage inside the store.  The investigation continues.  The name of the man arrested has not been released at this time.


School Facilities Forum  9/17  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School District is taking the first steps in learning the condition of the districts facilities and what the community expects for the future, in a forum that will be held Thursday evening at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center.  The public is invited to participate in the forum that Superintendent Dr Roger Barns says is the starting point in the district long range facility plan.
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     Barnes says this first forum will be broken into three main parts, starting with the introduction and reasons for the program.
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     Barnes says Hollis and Miller Architects will lead the forum which starts Thursday at 6:30 pm at the PAC.  The community is urged to attend.


District Received Annual Performance Report  9/17  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School District overall did well in the Annual Performance Report based on student testing last spring.  Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says there are areas the district needs to work on.
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     Barnes says the Annual Performance Report looks at last year, but is a tool that can be used as they move forward.
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     In addition to improving on the previous year, the school districts must also meet the performance requirements at increase each year.


Budget Amendment and Tuition  9/17  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board made changes in the district's budget and tuition.
     Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says the budget change centered around the area of salaries and employees.
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     Barnes says the Tuition Increase approved by the board is for the 2015/16 school year.
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     The change is an increase of about $370, bringing the tuition to $6,703.  That number will help the sending schools in setting their budget for the next school year.


Power Up Program Opens Thursday  9/16  12pm
     After three years of planning, renovation, inspections and licensing, the North Missouri Center For Youth and Families will open the Power-Up program this Thursday.  Center Director Daniel Savage says they were hoping to start on the first day of the school year.
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     The after school program is for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade, but Savage says they expect to expand that over the <Audio: Savage 2>
     The Power-Up Program has 30 children at are signed up and is currently licensed for 50 students.  Savage says they hope to expand that to 75 in the near future.  To find out more or to sign your child up for the program, call 646-1352.


Mayor's Coffee Wednesday  9/16  12pm
     Chillicothe's Parks and Golf Course will be featured at the Mayor's Coffee on Wednesday.  Chillicothe Mayor Chuck Haney and department heads will be at the Green Hills Golf Course Club House Wednesday at 10:00 am.  The featured speakers will be the Golf Superintendent Craig Sager talking about the tournaments they've had and that are coming up, the Junior Golf program and what is ahead; and Parks Director Josh Norris will be talking about Chili Bay and the official numbers for the year, up coming Park Improvements and the proposed Tina Mapel Dog Park.
     The Mayor's Coffee is Wednesday at 10:00 am at the Golf Course Clubhouse.  It should run about an hour and refreshments will be available.


CHS College Fair  9/16  12pm
     Chillicothe's College Night is Wednesday evening at the Chillicothe High School.  Thirty-five colleges, technical schools, and branches of the armed forces will be the High School on 6:30 8:00 pm in the commons.  The College Fair is open to all interested students and parents in the area, even those considering returning to school.  Reservations are not needed, but students are encouraged to sign up ahead of time at www.gotocollegefairs.com and print a barcoded pass.  Instead of time spent filling out contact cards, college representatives will be able to scan the bar code, leaving students more time to ask questions.


School Board Meetings  9/16  6am
     It's School Board meeting night in two area district. 
     Chillicothe meets at 6:30 this evening at the district office.  The agenda includes: the architect report, annual performance report, a report from the Salary and Welfare committee, Amendments to the 2014/15 budget.  Setting tuition for the 2015/16 year, Grant applications, a vehicle lease and setting the date for a special meeting.
     In Brookfield, the meeting will start at 5:30 pm and will include a lease purchase resolution, a legislative update, CSIP Evaluations, the Superintendent and Board Goals and the Building Administrator Reports.
     Both boards will hold executive sessions following their regular meetings.


Police Report  9/16  6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department report has only a couple of items for Monday.
     Elliot L Grimm was arrested in the 500 block of Monroe Street for alleged Minor in possession of intoxicants.  He was taken to the Police Department, processed and turned over to a parent with a citation.
     Officers were called to investigation fraudulent use of a credit device. 


Sheriff's Report  9/16  6am
     A report of a Registered Sex Offender at Simpson Park in July, led to the arrest of a Breckenridge man last Thursday.  Sheriff Steve Cox says they received a tip in July about a registered sex offender near the Simpson Park swimming pool and playground areas.  The man was contacted and then left the park.
     Cox says a report was sent to the Prosecuting Attorney and a warrant was issued last week for 58 year old Harold Ray Burnett Sr of Breckenridge and he was arrested for alleged Sex Offender loitering in a park, within 500 feet of a playground or pool.  Bond was set at $2,500.  Burnett is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.


Highway Patrol Accident and Arrest Reports  9/16  6am
     One Accident and one arrest are in the Missouri Highway Patrol report for Monday.
     A passenger was injured in a single vehicle accident at about 7:00 Monday evening.  Twenty-five year old Chelsie Henson of Pattonsburg was taken to Harrison County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries following the accident that happened just north of Pattonsburg.  According to the report, 19 year old Jeremy Arnote of Bethany was southbound on 168th Street when he lost control on the dirt road, went off the road and struck a tree.  The report states Arnote was wearing a seatbelt, Henson was not.
     Also in Daviess County, Troopers report one arrest.  At about 12:20 pm, a Wisconsin man, 31 year old Austin D Frion was arrested for alleged DWI.  He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold.


Nursing Home Board 9/16  6am
     The Livingston County Nursing Home Board of Directors will meet Thursday in regular session.  The meeting will begin at 9:00 am in the conference room at 1700 Morningside Drive.  The public is welcome.


Silver Moon Cinema  9/16  6am
     Main Street Chillicothe will present an outdoor moving Thursday evening at Silvermoon Plaza.  Micah Landes, Main Street Director, invites you to bring your lawn chair or a blanket for the free showing of Sweet Home Alabama.  If you bring and show a receipt from an Alive After Five downtown business, from that night, you will be entered in a special drawing.  The movie will start at sunset, about 7:30.  If you have any questions, call the Main Street office at 646-4071.


Street Closings   9/16  6am
     Several Street Closings are announced for the City of Chillicothe.  Street Closings are approved by the Chillicothe Police Department.  Chief Rick Knouse says the following streets are in the schedule for closing for special events.
     Thursday, for Silver Moon Cinema, Webster Street will be closed from Washington Street to Locust between 7:00 and 9:30 pm.  Access will be available to the courthouse lots.  The alley near City Hall will also be closed. 
     Saturday is the Kiwanis Kids Day Parade.  Webster Street will be closed from 9:30 to 11:00 am for line up and the parade.  The parade will start at 10:00 and will close Washington from Webster to Clay, Clay from Washington to Locust and Locust from Clay to Webster. 
     On Sunday the 21st, Lifepoint Church has requested the 400 block of Locust be closed from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm for a church service.
     And in October, Streets on the downtown Square, around the courthouse will be closed on the 31st for BooFest, from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.


Preszler's Sentenced  9/15  12pm
     Prison sentences are part of the judgments handed down for former Chillicothe residents, Donna and Terrence Preszler.  The couple had earlier pled guilty to theft of nearly $4 million from her employer, money laundering and filing a false tax return. 
     Sixty-one year old Donna Preszler was sentenced to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison without parole and 64 year old Terrance Preszler will serve three years in federal prison without parole.  In addition, they are ordered to pay restitution totaling nearly $5.3 million dollars.  They are ordered to forfeit to the government $3.9 million, two residential lot, jewelry, 8 vehicles, three ATV's, and several bank and funeral trust accounts obtained from the illegal activity.


Y's Partner With Youth Campaign  9/15  12pm
     The Grand River Area Family Y's Partner With Youth Campaign is underway.  Director Matt Jones says this campaign has been going on since the Y opened in Chillicothe.
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     Jones says while the campaign brings in up to $25,000, they will give away about $50,000 in scholarships.  He says if you would like to help out, there are a couple ways you can help.
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     To find out more or to see how you can help, call the Grand River Area Family Y at 646-6677.


Crops and Flooding  9/15  12pm
 
    As flood waters have receded, area farmers will begin to look at possible losses.  Farm Service Agency Executive Director in Livingston County, David Meneely says several factors will come into play for the amount of loss.
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     Producers affected by the flood will be contacting the Crop Insurance companies to determine the amount of losses.
     Meneely says what the farmers need now is a period of warm and dry.
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     Meneely says for some farmers the full affect of the flooding and heavy rain will not be known until harvest time.


Meet The Candidates  9/15  12pm
     A Meet the Livingston County Candidates Event is Tuesday evening.  The Livingston County Farm Bureau is hosting the event at the Calvary Baptist Church, Family Life Center, starting at 7:00 pm.  Candidates that are expected in attendance include those running for Livingston County office in the November election.  This includes candidates in both the contested and uncontested races.  Representative Mike Lair is also expected to be at the event. 
     The format will be simple...  Each candidate will have a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and state their qualifications, as well as why they are seeking office.  Following everyone's introductions, each candidate will have their own individual table where they can display their campaign materials and meet and privately visit with patrons. 
     This event is meant to give everyone an opportunity to be a part of the political process by getting to know something about the candidate before they cast their vote. This event is open to the community and hopefully, it will be an opportunity for patrons to become more familiar with the candidates.


Flooding Update - River Levels Falling  9/15  6am
     River levels have dropped for the Grand River at Gallatin and Chillicothe, but remain above flood stage at Sumner and Brunswick.
     The National Weather Service reports at Gallatin, the river was back below flood stage of 26 feet Saturday afternoon.  At Chillicothe, the river fell below flood stage of 24 feet Sunday evening.
     At Sumner, the river crested at 40 feet and is falling.  The river should fall back below flood stage of 26 feet Tuesday evening.
     At Brunswick, the Grand River is at or near the expected crest of 25.95 feet.  The river level should begin falling this morning and fall back below flood stage of 19 feet Wednesday morning.


Police Report  9/15  6am
     Chillicothe Police reported a couple arrests and investigations for the weekend. 
     Friday officers arrested Mark Moore in the 2700 block of Washington Street on a Belton warrant for alleged failure to appear on a charge of alleged property damage.  Moore posted bond and was released.
     Property Damage and Burglary are under investigation in the 1600 block of Polk. The investigation began Sunday.
     Officers took one person into custody after responding to a call of a disturbance in the 700 block of Walnut.  The person was released when the victim chose not to press charges.
     Theft was reported in the 2000 block of Meadowlane Drive on Thursday.  The investigation led to the arrest of Scott Shannon for alleged Theft.  He is held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
     Officers responded to the 1000 block of Fredrick for a report of a person threatening to harm themselves.  That person was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for evaluation.


Troopers Arrest Spickard Man  9/15  6am
    A Spickard man was arrested by State Troopers Saturday evening in Dekalb County.  Thirty-two year old Brandon Brewer was arrested just before 8:00 pm for alleged DWI with drugs, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, displaying plates from another vehicle, failure to register a vehicle and no insurance.  Brewer was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 12 hour hold.


School Board Meeting Tuesday  9/15  6am
    The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet Tuesday evening at the District Office.
     Items on the Agenda include reports from English as a Second Language, Early Childhood and Special Education and Summer School.  Information will be provided on the Annual Performance Report and the Salary and Welfare Committee Report.
     Action is expected on amending the 2014/15 budget, setting the 2015/16 tuition rate, approving section 504 of the procedures manual and forms.  There will be consideration of grant applications, a third reading on a board policy, consideration of a vehicle lease and setting the date for a special meeting.
     The regular meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the District Office, an executive session is planned if it is needed.


County Commission  9/15  6am
    The Livingston County Commissioners have one regular meeting this week.  The County Commission meets in regular session Tuesday at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse.  They will handle county Road and Bridge Matters and Administrative and Departmental Duties.. Also on Tuesday, Presiding Commissioner Eva Danner Horton will attend a Northwest Workforce Investment Board Fall Retreat at the Barton Campus of NCMC.


Kids Day Parade  9/15  6am
     Chillicothe's Annual Kiwanis Kids Day Parade is this Saturday.  Kiwanis President Deanna Savage says children from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade are invited to take part.
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     The parade will line up on Webster, on the North Side of the Courthouse.  Because of work at the Courthouse, the registration will be at Silvermoon Plaza this year.  Registration will begin Saturday at 9:30 am.
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     Prizes will be awarded following the Parade and Ice Cream will be available for all those that participate. 
     The Kiwanis Kids Day Parade is Saturday at 9:30 at Silver Moon Plaza.


Homecoming King and Queen  9/13  6am
     The Chillicothe High School Homecoming game on Friday saw a decisive win for the Hornets before the Homecoming King and Queen were announced.  Bill Shaffer made the announcements on the field, starting with Homecoming King
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     Then came the announcement of Homecoming Queen.
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     Reeter and Shaffer will reign over the Homecoming Dance this evening.


Grand River Flood Levels  9/13  6am
     Flooding on the Grand River continues for Gallatin, Chillicothe, Sumner and Brunswick.

At Gallatin, the river crested at 32.02 feet and is falling.   The river should fall below 26 foot flood stage Sunday morning.

For Chillicothe, the Crest was 35.92 feet and the river level is dropping and should be below flood stage of 24 feet Sunday night.

At Sumner, the river is at or near its crest of 39.08 feet. Flooding will continue until the level falls below the 26 foot mark Tuesday.

For Brunswick, the river continues to rise with a crest is forecast at 26.03 feet on Sunday and falling back below flood stage of 19 feet on Tuesday night.


School Board Meeting Tuesday  9/13  6am
    The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet Tuesday at 6:30 at the District Office.
     Items on the Agenda include reports from English as a Second Language, Early Childhood and Special Education and Summer School.  Information will be provided on the Annual Performance Report and the Salary and Welfare Committee Report.
     Action is expected on amending the 2014/15 budget, setting the 2015/16 tuition rate, approving section 504 of the procedures manual and forms.  There will be consideration of grant applications, a third reading on a board policy, consideration of a vehicle lease and setting the date for a special meeting.
     An executive session is planned if it is needed.


Park Board Meeting Monday  9/13  6am
     The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Board will meet Monday.  The meeting begins at 5:15 at City Hall.  The agenda includes an update on the Tina Mapel Memorial Dog Park, Simpson Park Memorial Tree Carvings, the Directors Report and a discussion on the Ten Year Park Plan.  The meeting is open to the public.


Sheriff's Report  9/13  6am
     Theft of an iPad from a daycare facility and careless driving are in the Livingston County Sheriff's Department report.
     Deputies began an investigation on the 8th for theft of an iPad from a daycare.  A review of the video helped to identify a suspect who was contacted by the deputy.  The report states 30 year old Tibrucio Almojera refused to comply with the deputy and allegedly resisted arrest for alleged stealing.  He was already on parole for child support and drug violations
     A man was removed from the Sheriff's Office lobby and told to not return to the facility except to report a crime or emergency.  Sheriff Steve Cox says the man was a resident at the SALT Center and was harassing an employee at the office.
     A report of a sports car driven in a careless manner weekday morning near Chula was investigated and deputies stopped a Chula resident for 80 in a 55 zone at Route KK and LIV 273.  The report states the driver was cited for speeding and parents were notified.


Troopers Arrest Two  9/13  6am
     State Troopers report two arrests for the local area.
     Friday at 5:20 pm, 39 year old Jessica M Courtain of Brookfield was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance, DWI with drugs and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.  She was taken to the Brookfield Police Department and later released.
     At about 2:00 this morning, Troopers arrested 30 year old Seth A Cunningham of Green City for alleged DWI, no drivers license, failing to drive on the right side of the roadway and no insurance.  He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail on a 12 hour hold.