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Stories from the past seven days



Sliced Bread Saturday 
 07/23  12pm
     Chillicothe will celebrate being the Home of Sliced Bread in a new festival in downtown in August.  Sliced Bread Saturday will be August 2nd.  Micah Landes from MainStreet Chillicothe says this will be held at Silvermoon Plaza, the Livingston County Courthouse and around the square.   She says Mural tours will begin about 8:00 am.
<Audio: Micah Landes 1>
     The bread contest will include categories for yeast breads, sweet breads and a youth category, with cash prizes totaling $500.
     Landes says there will be activities and entertainment for the kids.
<Audio: Micah Landes 2>
     For more information about Sliced Bread Saturday, call the MainStreet Office at 646-4071.


Several Sentenced in Livingston Co. Courts
 07/23  12pm
     The Livingston County courts recently sentenced the following people to prison and/or treatment programs. Sheriff Steve Cox says these people were transported to the Department of Corrections by the Sheriff’s Department:
32 year old Jasper Loren Hedges of Kansas Probation Violation Non-Support 4 years
35 year old Johnnie Horton of Laclede Probation Violation Distribution Controlled Substance - 7 years
28 year old Kailean Volker of Chillicothe Possession Controlled Substance - 7 years and a 120 day program
45 year old Rochelle Coltin of Ethel Probation Violation Stealing - 7 years consecutive and a 120 day program
56 year old Gay Owens of Chillicothe Probation Violation Conspiracy/Possession Controlled Substance - 4 years
32 year old Abigeal Ashbrook of Chillicothe Possession Controlled Substance - 6 years consecutive
22 year old Alexander Poole of Chillicothe Probation Violation Distribution Controlled Substance - 120 day program
18 year old Spencer Pittman of Chillicothe Probation Violation Stealing - 5 years consecutive
32 year old Randy Campbell of Chillicothe Probation Violation Possession Controlled Substance - 7 years consecutive
25 year old Anthony Smith of Chillicothe Probation Violation Burglary - 5 years
21 year old Kodi Souders of Chillicothe Tampering - 4 years consecutive
53 year old Lester Hines of Chillicothe Probation Violation Possession of illegally harvested wildlife with intent to sell - 7 years consecutive
18 year old David R. Gamble of Chillicothe Tampering - Institutional Post Conviction Drug Treatment Program


Dangerous Trenton Intersection Discussed
 07/23  12pm
     Changes may be coming for the intersection of US 65 and 28th Street in Trenton.  City officials recently met with representatives from MoDOT to discuss the intersection and safety concerns.  The goal is to improve safety at the intersection and reduce the number and severity of the accidents at the intersection.
     Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright says solutions discussed include lowering the speed limit on the highway through Trenton to 45 miles per hour.  This could decrease the severity of any accidents that do occur.  There were also discussions about adding signage to increase awareness of the intersection and realigning the intersection for better visibility. 
     MoDOT officials told Wright the comments from citizens of Trenton and from the city officials helped to create the movement to address this dangerous intersection.
     MoDOT has not given a clear timeline for any of the work to be done.


Children's Library Programs
 07/23  6:00am
     The Livingston County Library Children's Department will wrap up some of the summer programming at the end of July.  Director Candy Warren says in the first seven weeks of the Summer Reading program there have been more than 4,100 books read in the independent reading portion of the program. 
     On July 30th will be the final Wednesday reading program.  The 5-12 year olds will make a "Blob in a Bottle", while the younger children will have a good time with water.  Following the summer reading sessions, at about 11:15, The Children's Department will have a Summer Reading Send Off and invite the families to join them at Silver Moon Plaza for an ice-cream social and the big penny give-away.
     Today at 3:00 is another "Beat the Heat" movie.  And Each Tuesday and Thursday through the 31st of July they will have their Lego Labs for children ages 5-12.  The Lego Labs include free building time and some building challenges.  They run form 3:30 to 4:30 each Tuesday and Thursday.


Police Report
 07/23  6:00am
     Chillicothe police arrested two following a forgery investigation that began Monday.  Robert Earl Robo Burns, Jr was arrested for alleged two counts of forgery and theft of a vehicle.  Jacob Luke Carter was arrested for alleged forgery.  Officers report the arrests were the result of the forgery investigation that began Monday.  Both men were taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
     Joshua Rory Wessels was arrested in the 600 block of Walnut on a McDonald County warrant for alleged failure to appear.  He posted bond and was released. 
     Officers took a report of stealing in the 1000 block of Graves Street.  The incident is alleged to have occurred on July 6th.
     A bike was reported stolen in the 1200 block of Bryan.  That investigation continues.


Troopers Arrest One  0
7/23  6:00am
     A Carrollton man was arrested by State Troopers Tuesday evening.  Twenty-five year old James M Kelly of Carrollton was arrested at about 7:45 in Carroll County for alleged DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and no helmet.  He was taken to the Carroll County Jail and later released.


County Commissioner Primary - Poindexter  0
7/23  6:00am
     The republican ticket for the Livingston County Presiding Commissioners seat will be narrowed with the primary election on August 5th.  Michael Poindexter is facing Ed Douglas to move on to the November election.  KCHI spoke with both candidates and today we hear from Michael Poindexter. 
     Poindexter explains why he is running for the office of Livingston County Presiding Commissioner.
<Audio: Michael Poindexter 1>
     Poindexter explains his objectives if elected.
<Audio: Michael Poindexter 2>
     Finally Poindexter talked about some things the voters should know about him as a candidate.
<Audio: Michael Poindexter 3>
     The primary election will be held Tuesday August 5th.  Absentee voting is taking place now.


Inmate Death Reported
 07/23  6:00am
     An inmate at the Chillicothe Correction Center died Monday in Jefferson City.  Sixty-two year old Dorothy Cascone was serving a five year sentence on a Clay County conviction for assault.  She had been at the Chillicothe Correction Center since June of 2011.  Cascone died of apparent natural causes.


Deputies Seek Information On Truck
7/22  12pm
     Property Damage was reported to a field in the southeast part of Livingston County.  The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a pick-up truck that allegedly drove through the farm field in the 19,000 block of LIV 304, causing an estimated $2,500 damage.  Sheriff Steve Cox says the truck is a black colored Chevy pick-up with a dent in the tailgate and had a red ATV in the bed of the truck on July 12th, when the damage occurred.  If you have any information that may be helpful, you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 646-0515.







Damages at Bishop Hogan Library 
7/22  12pm
      A leak in the roof at Bishop Hogan School did tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the building and books in the school library.  The damage was the result of the heavy rains on the night of July 5th and was not discovered until the next day. 
     The insurance company was contacted and clean-up crews have already done the dirty work of sorting, drying and salvaging what they could.  Administrative Assistant Leslie Holland says the damaged books include two learning series, the Guided Reading Program and Developmental Reading Assessment series that have a combined value of more then $12,000 and can only be replaced as a set.  Other books, including many for the younger children, were either damaged or destroyed by the water.
     The school is still waiting to hear the estimates for the cost of the repairs to the roof and are waiting to hear back from the insurance company on what will be covered by insurance.  They hope to complete repairs before school starts.
     Bishop Hogan School is accepting donations to help offset the cost of the deductible on the repairs and replacement of the books.  If you would like to help contact the school at 646-0705 and leave a message.  Checks can be sent to Bishop Hogan School, 1114 Trenton St, Chillicothe.


Tunes Under The Moon
7/22  6:00am
     The final Tunes Under The Moon concert for the summer will be held this Friday at Silver Moon Plaza.  Main Street Director Micah Landes says this free concert will start at 6:30.
<Audio: Micah Landes 1>
     Landes says everyone is invited to this opportunity to enjoy some free summer entertainment.
<Audio: Micah Landes 2>
     Funds raised in the 50/50 will go to support continued activities of the Main Street organization.


Police Report
7/22  6:00am
     The Chillicothe Police Department is investigating forgery and reports a couple recent arrests.
     Monday officers took a report of forgery which was to have occurred at multiple locations.  That investigation is on going.
     Last week officers arrested JR Lewis Archuleta for alleged driving while suspended, no proof of insurance, and speeding.  He was processed, posted bond and was released.
     Drug activity was reported in the 400 block of Cowgill.  The investigation resulted in the arrest of Stephanie Lynn Rodriguez for alleged possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was held pending the filing of formal charges.


County Commissioner Primary - Douglas
7/22  6:00am
     Livingston County has four candidates that want to be the Presiding Commissioner and that field will be narrowed to three after the primary election August 5th.  In the primary, two Republicans face off to see who will be on the November Ballot; those candidates are Ed Douglas and Michael Poindexter.  KCHI spoke with both candidates and today we hear from Ed Douglas.
     Douglas explained why he is running for the office of Livingston County Presiding Commissioner.
<Audio: Ed Douglas 1>
     Douglas says there are some things the voters should know about him as a candidate.
<Audio: Ed Douglas 2>
     Finally Douglas explains his objectives if elected.
<Audio: Ed Douglas 3>
     KCHI also spoke with Michael Poindexter and will bring you his comments Wednesday.


NCMC Board
7/22  6:00am
      The NCMC Board of Trustees will meet Tuesday night in regular session.  The meeting begins at 5:30 at the Frey Administrative Center and will include reports to the board, before they consider bids for Industrial Technology Equipment.  Dr Neal Nuttall will request setting the date for the public hearing to set the levy and there will be the first reading of the changes to the board policy manual.  The board will consider several personnel items and an executive session is planned if it is needed.


Fair Sale Sets Records
7/21  6:00am
      The 2014 Livingston County 4H and FFA Fair set some new records as the Fair wrapped up Friday evening.  The annual Market Animal Sale topped $127,000, with 215 animals sold in the premium auction, to a total of 93 buyers at an average of $593 per animal.  This sale allows the students to keep the animal for showing at other events and helps to offset some of their expenses.
     So, how does this year's sale compare to previous years?
The total sale of $127,400 beat the old record of $115,000 set in 2007. 
The number of animals sold was 215, that was the same as last year
The number of buyers was 93, one short of last year's 94
And the average price per animal was $593, surpassing the previous record in the premium only sale of $503 set in 2011.

     Fair Board President David Beck says A record Livestock Sale topped off a week of events for 475 - 4-H and FFA youth.  The week was filled with great weather, livestock shows, a new music show, tractor pulling and many other events.  The Livingston County Fair is successful with the help and support from a dedicated community who has made a priority of supporting its young people.  On behalf of the Fair Association, Beck says a big Thank You!


Chillicothe Car Show 
7/21  6:00am
      The Chillicothe Lions Club Car Show enjoyed some outstanding weather for both the Cruise on Friday and the Car Show on Saturday.
     Unofficial totals are reported at about 280 vehicles Friday, more than 240 on the cruise
     Saturday, 363 vehicles checked in, surpassing the old record of 326.


Accident Reports 
7/21  6:00am
     Four accidents in the local counties left six people with minor and moderate injuries over the weekend.
     Saturday:
     At about 1:00, 69 year old Lila Searcy of Laredo had moderate injuries in an accident on Missouri Highway 6 near Jamesport.  Searcy was injured when she was southbound on Route NN and pulled into the path of another vehicle.  She was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.  The other driver was not injured. 
     At about 1:20 pm, 62 year old Danny R Courtney of Milan had minor injuries when he was northbound on Missouri Highway 5 in Sullivan County and ran off the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment.
     Three people were injured in an accident at about 5:45 pm in Putnam County, including a Trenton man.  The accident happened on 230th street in Newtown when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck a vehicle driven by 20 year old Nikita Couch of Harris.  She and he passengers, 20 year old Garyallen Couch of Harris and 19 year old Jaymes Riggen of Trenton had minor injuries and were treated at Putnam County Memorial Hospital.  The other driver was not injured.
     Sunday at about 9:30 pm, Robert Blozvich of Spickard had moderate injuries in a single vehicle accident on West 60th Avenue near Spickard.  He was southbound, lost control and the vehicle went off the road and overturned.  He was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment.


Police Report 
7/21  6:00am
     The Chillicothe Police Department have four items in the report for Saturday.
     Officers took a report of forgery reported to have occurred in the 1000 block of Graves Street. The investigation showed the reported was unfounded.
     Officers arrested Dominique Sharp at Clay and Vine Streets for alleged minor in possession of alcohol by consumption, while operating a motor vehicle (Zero Tolerance).  Sharp was released with a Municipal Citation.
     Property damage was reported in the 500 block of South Washington Street.  The investigation is continuing.
     Officers also investigated a report of a local tow service operating the service without the appropriate license classification.


Park Board Meeting
7/21  6:00am
    
Chillicothe Parks and Recreation Board will meet Monday evening.  The meeting starts at 5:15 pm at City Hall and will include the Directors report and continued discussions on the 10 year park plan.


School Board Meeting
7/21  6:00am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board will meet in special session Tuesday afternoon.  The workshop session will include development of the 2014/15 board goals.  The School Board members will meet at the district office.  The public is welcome to attend.


County Commission Meeting 
7/21  6:00am
     The Livingston County Commissioners will have a pre-bid meeting for the courthouse clocks and electrical on Tuesday.  The Commissioners meet at 9:30 am in the commission room of the courthouse.  At 11:00 is the pre-bid meeting.  They will also handle county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.


Carrollton Town Council  7/21  6:00am
     The Carrollton Town Council will meet for a Public hearing prior to their regular meeting on Monday.  The public hearing will begin at 5:30 at City Hall to discuss the application for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant.  The regular meeting will start at 6:00 pm and will include Economic development, downtown revitalization, hiring a police officer, a roof for the armory, chip seal bids and bids for a paint striper.


Additional Convictions on Rape Case
7/19 6:00am
      A man already convicted on five counts can now add three more to his conviction sheet. Scott William Eckert was charged in 2007 with Forcible Rape, Statutory Rape in the 1st Degree, Tampering with Evidence and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the 1st degree. He was convicted on all five counts.
     Now Eckert was found guilty on three counts of Attempted Tampering and Tampering with a Witness in a felony case. The 12 member jury from a pool of 80 prospective jurors deliberated for 25 minutes Friday in the Livingston County Courthouse before returning the guilty verdict. Sentencing will be at a later date.
     
Prosecutor Adam Warren called Sheriff Steve Cox and three Livingston County citizens as witness in the trial. Cox testified in place of the late Jim Lightner, former Chief Deputy Sheriff. The defense attorneys did not call any witnesses.
    
The latest investigation dates back to 2011 when Eckert was reported to have sent at least three letters to a child in Livingston County, allegedly attempting to get the previous child victim to change testimony to exonerate the 2007 conviction.
    

AYBF Event To Be August 3-4
7/19 6:00am
   
The 22nd annual Farmers' Electric Area Youth Benefit Fund dinner, auction and golf tournament will be August 3rd and 4th in Chillicothe. Chasity Anderson with FEC says the events fund the Cooperative's charity that helps cover medical expenses for kids.
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     Since it's inception in 1993, the AYBF has donated more than $600,000 to nearly 600 families in their service area.
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     Auction items  will include a week  long stay in a condo in Florida, Colorado or California, two tickets to the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament, a suite for the September 13th Royals vs Red Sox game, limited  edition art prints and more.
     The golf tournament will be Monday August 4th at Green Hills Golf Course. For  more  information call 646-4281

 

 

Highway Patrol To Hold Checkpoints In Area 7/19 6:00am
     The Missouri Highway Patrol will conduct Sobriety check points and DWI saturations in some area counties next month. The Sobriety check points will be in Livingston and Harrison counties while the DWI saturations will be in Livingston and DeKalb counties. A spokesman for the Highway Patrol says the areas were selected for enforcement based on a high number of drinking related crashes, high number of contacts with drivers who have been drinking and officers input regarding probably contact with violators.
    
The Highway Patrol suggests drivers who plan to consume intoxicating beverages, designate a sober driver or have someone pick them up.

 

 

Upcoming Area Government Meetings 7/19 6:00am
      The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets in special session Tuesday at 2:00pm for a workshop to develop 2014-15 school board goals. The meeting will be at the district office
     The Chillicothe Parks and Recreation board meets Monday at 5:15pm at Chillicothe City Hall. On the agenda is continued discussions on the 10 year park plan, and the Parks Director report.

     The Carrollton Town Council meets Monday with a public hearing at 6:30pm to discuss the application for the Federal Fiscal Year 2014 Community Development Block Grant. The regular meeting will include economic development, downtown revitalization, hiring a police officer, a roof for the Armory, chip seal bids and paint striper bids.

     A pre-bid meeting for clocks and electrical in the Livingston County Courthouse will be one of the main topics of the weekly County Commissioners  meetings. Discussion on the issue will be at Tuesday at 11:00am and is open to the public. The commission will also discuss county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.
        

Braymer Boil Order
7/19 6:00am
     A Boil Water Advisory has been issued for the entire city of Braymer. After cleaning the water tower in Braymer, workers discovered some broken water lines. Repairs are underway, but the city remains under the boil water order until further notice.


Livingston Co. Sheriff's Department Investigation 
7/18 12pm
    
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has several investigations taking place since the beginning of July.  Sheriff Steve Cox says some are continuing.
     A lengthy investigation of allege child pornography on a phone and or computer was completed.  A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration of charges.  Cox says the juvenile in the images was identified and the parents are aware of the investigation and completely cooperating.
     A report was sent to the Prosecuting attorney after deputies investigated alleged failure to register as a Sex Offender.  Cox says the suspect allegedly refused to register.
     An investigation of alleged theft of several prescription medications began July 7th.  The medications were allegedly taken from two individuals at a home, but the bottles were left.
     Theft of water from a public utility was investigation in Utica.  The prosecuting attorney is considering charges for alleged theft of nearly 8,600 gallons of water by tampering with a water meter.
     Assault was investigated in Wheeling where a man reported being punched multiple times by an unknown man.  A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney.
     An assault between juveniles at the Fair on July 11th was investigated.  Parents were notified and a report was sent to the juvenile office.


LCSD Arrests
  7/18 12pm
     Several arrests have been made by the Livingston County Sheriff's Department since the beginning of July. 
28 year old Tabitha Lynnay McCoy of Chillicothe or alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Bond was set at $15,000.
55 year old Barbara Curl of Chillicothe arrested on a Grundy County warrant for alleged Passing Bad Checks.  Bond was set at $500.
33 year old Timothy Stark of Chillicothe arrested on a Grundy County warrant for alleged Passing Bad Checks 2 counts.  Bond was set at $700.
29 year old Allen Peterie of Chula for alleged Distribution / Deliver / Manufacture or Attempt of a Controlled Substance.  Bond was set at $20,000.



Back To School Bonanza Registration Ends Soon
  7/18 12pm
     The Annual Back to School Bonanza for Livingston County students in grades K-5 will be Tuesday July 29th.  Livingston County Extension Director Jessica Trussell says this event is fun and helps provide the kids with school supplies.
<Audio: Jessica Trussell 1>
     Registration for the Back to School Bonanza closes at the end of business Monday. Call 646-0811 or stop by the extension office. 
     Trussell says to make the Back to School Bonanza a success, they are still accepting donations.
<Audio: Jessica Trussell 2>
     Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the Livingston County Extension Office at 2881 Grand Drive Suite 2 in Chillicothe.


ONE Project is Next Friday
  7/18 12pm
     The One Project in Chillicothe is July 25th, next Friday, and will focus on the Library at the Chillicothe Middle School.  First Baptist Church Pastor Rob Hurtgen says they continue to need volunteers for the work that will be done.
<Audio: Pastor Hurtgen 1>
     If you would like to volunteer for the ONE Project or make a donation, contact Pastor Rob Hurtgen or Student Pastor Todd Miller at 646-2834.


Two Injured, One Serious In Caldwell Co. Accident  07/18  6am
    
A Clarinda, Iowa teen had serious injuries in an accident in Caldwell County Thursday night.  Sixteen year old Chance J Cade of Clarinda was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment of serious injuries that occurred when he was ejected from his vehicle.  The Missouri Highway Patrol reports the accident happened just before midnight on Missouri 116 when Cade swerved to avoid a vehicle that pulled into his lane. He lost control, went off the road, struck the ditch and the vehicle overturned several times.  Cade’s Passenger, 20 year old Garland J Nelson of Braymer, had moderate injuries and sought his own treatment.  They were not wearing safety belts.  The driver of the other vehicle was not identified.


Fair Wrapping Up 
07/18  6am
    
The Livingston County 4H and FFA Fair will wrap up today with some final and very important event.  The schedule starts with a breakfast at 7:00 in the Shelter House.  This is sponsored by Farm Bureau.
     9:00 Clover Kids Animal Parade and at 10:00 is the Bucket Calf Show, always a good program for the youngest participants at the fair.
     Fair Board President David Beck says the Market Animal Sale will start at 7:00 this evening in the Jenkin’s Expo Center.
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     The Market Animal Sale is a premium sale, which means the exhibitors keep the animals and the money goes to offset the expenses of the students in raising those animals.
     Just prior to the Market Animal Sale, at 5:30, Beck says they will hold the Appreciation Picnic.
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     Tickets are $7.50 each and will be available at the door.
     Saturday they will have the Horse Show that was postponed from last Sunday.  It will start at 5:00 pm in the outdoor arena.