County Commission Considering Bids 07/30
Bids for repairs and upgrades at the Livingston
County Courthouse are on the agenda for the Livingston County Commissioners
Thursday. The meeting begins at 9:30 am in the commission room of the
courthouse. At 11:00 the commissioners will open and consider bids for the
repairs of the clocks on all four sides of the courthouse and the bids for
upgrading the incoming electrical, including the removal the pole on the
north lawn to bring in the service underground. The agenda includes county
road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental duties.
Lair Seeks To Retain 7th District Seat 07/30
Two republicans square off in the race for the
Missouri 7th District Representative’s seat, and the election will be
decided in the primary. The two Republicans are incumbent Mike Lair and
challenger Dennis McDonald. KCHI spoke with both candidates about their run
for office. You‘ve already heard from McDonald, now we hear from the
Incumbent. Lair says the reason he is running for re-election is the same
reason he first ran for the office in 2008.
<Audio: Lair 1>
Lair explains his objectives if the voters send him
back to Jefferson City.
<Audio: Lair 2>
He says there are some things the voters should know
about him as a candidate.
<Audio: Lair 3>
The Missouri Primary election is Tuesday, August 5th.
If you would like to vote for either candidate for the 7th District
Representative’s seat, you will need to choose a republican ballot.
USDA Says Cooler Temps Helping 07/30
Farmers across Missouri and the surrounding
states are enjoying cooler temperatures in late July, and although the
rainfall amounts are down, these cooler temps are helping some. USDA
meteorologist, Brad Rippey, explains the impact of the recent late
August/early September- like temperatures.
<Audio: Rippey 1>
Not all of the country is enjoying the same weather. Rippey says the Pacific
Northwest has had very warm temperatures stretching to the northern Rockies,
including triple digit highs
New Police Officer 07/30 6am
The Chillicothe Police Department has a new
Police officer following Monday's Executive session. The City Council
approved the hire of Dallas Lee Steeby of Wathena, KS and he will start on
Chief of Police Rick Knouse says Steeby is Missouri
P.O.S.T. certified and is coming to our police department because "he likes
what Chillicothe has to offer" for his career and family. Steeby will be
introduced to the Mayor and Council at the August 11 meeting.
With the hiring of Steeby, the police department now
has 15 fulltime officers, one short of capacity.
Drainage Work Closes Adam Drive
Adam Drive will be closed to through traffic
starting today as work begins near the intersection of Tomahawk. The
Chillicothe Street Department and M&M Utilities will close the road today as
they prepare to improve the drainage issues that are seen after a heavy
rain. The road should open again to traffic by August 15th if weather
Adam Drive will be open from the east, at US 65.
Police Report 07/30 6am
An unattended death, lost ring and report of
theft are in the police report.
Officers responded with the ambulance crew to a home in
the 1700 block of Hickory Drive on Tuesday on a report of an unresponsive
person. They found the resident had died of apparent natural causes.
On Monday, officers took a report from a resident who
reported losing a wedding ring while jogging.
Theft was reported Monday in the 1200 block of North
Washington. A suspect was identified and charges are pending.
One person was injured in an accident Tuesday at
Webster and Jefferson. The accident happened when Matthew Case pulled into
the path of a motorcycle driven by Brett Heuett, resulting in a collision.
Heuett was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment. Case was cited
for failure to yield, resulting in the accident.
Children's Library Hosting Back To School Fun Night 07/30 6am
A Back to School Family Fun Night will be
August 14th at the Livingston County Library. Library Director Candy Warren
says the goal is to get the kids back into the mindset of back to school.
<Audio: Candy Warren 1>
The Family Fun Night will be August 14th at 6:00 pm.
It will be held in the Children's Department of the Library. If you have
any questions or want to sign up, call the library at 646-0563.
State Audit of Collector Treasurer's Office Complete
The office of Livingston County Collector
Treasurer was audited with the change in leadership. The State Auditor's
office conducts an audit when there is a vacancy in the office. That
occurred when Martha Perry left office on April 1st and the following day,
Paula McCoy was sworn in after she was appointed by the governor.
The report from the auditors' office shows a good
rating over all, but there were two finding.
The first was in the lack of procedures to reconcile
available cash balances to the existing month-end liabilities. This has
been an area of concern in previous audits as well.
The other finding was for the lack of password
protection on the computers in the Collector Treasurers office. The
auditor's office recommends security controls to shutdown a computer after a
certain period of inactivity or lock it after a specified number of
incorrect logon attempts.
McCoy says they are working on the reconciliation
procedures now and are also working with the county's IT professionals to
implement the proper security.
YMCA Has Some Big Projects Coming Up
The annual YMCA Shut Down begins Sunday, but Y
Director Matt Jones says there are some things that just won't fit into the
timing. Jones says this fall they will be upgrading the reception area of
<Audio: Matt Jones 1>
Another area that Jones says needs attention is the
roof. He says most people wouldn't know there is a problem there.
<Audio: Matt Jones 2>
That project is also slated for this fall.
McDonald Running For State Rep
The race for the Missouri 7th District
Representative's seat will be decided in the August Primary. The race is
between two Republicans, incumbent Mike Lair and challenger Dennis
McDonald. KCHI spoke with both candidates about their run for office.
Today we hear from the challenger.
McDonald explains why he is running for the 7th
District representative's seat.
<Audio: McDonald 1>
McDonald says there are some things he wants the voters
to know about him.
<Audio: McDonald 2>
McDonald finished with the following statement.
<Audio: McDonald 3>
McDonald faces Mike Lair for the office and KCHI brings
you his comments starting Wednesday afternoon.
Abatement Bids Approved for Demolition Grant
The asbestos abatement for houses on the
Chillicothe Demolition Grant list was approved by the Chillicothe City
Council on Monday. The bid includes 12 buildings for removal of asbestos
siding, insulation and flooring. The contract was awarded to Forefront
Environmental Services with a bid of $20,750.
Ann Hamilton from Green Hills Regional Planning
Commission presented the bids and said this is over budget, about double the
<Audio: Ann Hamilton 1>
Abatement is expected to be complete in 30 days from
start and the demolition bids will be considered at the end of August and
should be complete in November.
Fire Training Center Fence Bids
The Chillicothe City Council approved a bid for
fencing to properly secure the new training tower site. The winning bid of
just under $19,000 is from Anchor Fence. Fire Chief Darrell Wright says
this wasn't originally in the budget for the training site.
<Audio: Chief Wright 1>
The bid was not the lowest, but was considered the best
bid because the low bid did not include installation of the fence.
Contract For Athletic Fields Amended
The city's contract with the Chillicothe R-II
School district for the use of athletic fields was amended at Mondays City
Council Meeting. Parks Director Josh Norris explained the reason for the
<Audio: Josh Norris 1>
With the increase for the softball program, the
contract with the school district was increased from $3,500 a year to $3,760
Drug Related Arrest
Chillicothe Police Officers arrested Travis
Frohnhoefer Thursday in the 10 block of South Washington Street on a DeKalb
County warrant for alleged possession of a chemical with the intent to
manufacture a controlled substance. Frohnhoefer was unable to post the
$50,000.00 cash bond and was turned over to DeKalb County.
Chillicothe Police report includes several
investigations and reports in recent days.
Monday, the municipal court provided information on
four individuals that failed to appear on a summons. Warrants have been
issued for their arrest.
Stolen property was reported Sunday in the 300 block of
A disturbance Saturday in the 1000 block of North
Washington led to the arrest of Jace Norman Baker for alleged trespassing.
Friday, officers took reports of trespassing in the 400
block of Jackson, stolen property in the 10 block of Montgomery and burglary
in the 300 block of Mansur. Those investigations are continuing.
Bradley Dewayne Taylor was arrested for alleged driving
while suspended, speeding and no proof of insurance. He was cited and
Thursday officers completed a fraud investigation and
arrested Jessica Ann Searcy. She was processed and released with a court
Officers also took a report of property damage in the
1200 block of McVey.
Amendment 9 on August 5th Primary
Missouri voters will have an opportunity to
consider several constitutional amendments as part of the Missouri Primary
Election next Tuesday. KCHI has brought you each of the amendments to give
you an opportunity to understand what will be on the ballot.
The final ballot measure is Constitutional Amendment 9
The official Ballot Title reads:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the
people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from
unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their
persons, homes, papers and effects?
State and local governmental entities expect no
significant costs or savings.
Fair Ballot Language reads:
A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to
specify that electronic data and communications have the same protections
from unreasonable searches and seizures as persons, papers, homes, and
A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution
regarding protections for electronic communications and data.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.
Voters are responsible for their own research into each
ballot items in order to make the best decision. All of the Ballot measurers
can be found on the Missouri Secretary of States website at
YMCA Shutdown Begins Sunday
The annual shut down for the Grand River Area
Family Y begins Sunday and will last 8 days. Executive Director Matt Jones,
says one of the major tasks begin late on Saturday.
<Audio: Matt Jones 1>
Jones says one of the big projects this year will take
place at the front door.
<Audio: Matt Jones 2>
Jones says there are some things coming up that don't
fit into the Y's shut down schedule. He will talk about those Tuesday
Serious Injury Accident
A Kansas woman had serious injuries in a
motorcycle accident Sunday morning on Route C in Carroll County. Twenty-two
year old Brooke L Babiuch of Olathe, Kansas was taken to Carroll County
Memorial Hospital with serious injuries following the accident at about 9:50
am. State Troopers report Babiuch was westbound on Route C at Carroll
County 167 and was not able to make it through the turn and her motorcycle
overturned and struck a tree. Babiuch was ejected from the bike.
Troopers also report Babiuch was arrested for alleged
DWI and Careless and Imprudent Driving resulting in the accident. She was
released for treatment.
Local Drug Arrest
Two were arrested by the Chillicothe Police
Department and Livingston County Sheriff's Department on Sunday and charges
are pending for a third person. The Police Department reported they and the
Sheriff's Deputies arrested Austin Dale Leeper and Shannon Wayne Bardwell,
Jr, in the 800 block of Clay Street for alleged distribution of a controlled
substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. The two are held at the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the filing of formal charges.
Accidents in Chillicothe
An attempted traffic stop by Chillicothe Police
resulted in a chase and accident Saturday. Officers attempted the stop near
Elm and Clay Streets the driver refused to stop and the police reported
several alleged traffic violations resulted before the vehicle went off the
road near Elm and Elmdale, struck an embankment, went airborne and hit a
tree. The injured driver, Aaron Dorney Hecker, fled on foot but was located
and arrested. He was treated at Hedrick Medical Center and then taken to
the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Also on Saturday, Officers were called to an accident
in the 300 block of Cherry Street, where the driver left the scene.
Officers later located Detrii Dean Hyatt and he was arrested for alleged DWI,
leaving the scene of an accident and failing to drive on the right side of
the road. He was also taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
Accidents and Arrests
A Meadville man had moderate injuries when he
was thrown from his motorcycle Saturday night. At about 5:00 pm, State
Troopers report 34 year old Benjamin R King of Meadville was westbound on
Missouri 156, near LaPlata, when he lost control of the bike and it
overturned and he was ejected. The bike was then hit by an eastbound
driver. King was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville
for treatment. He was also arrested for alleged DWI, careless and imprudent
driving and no proof of insurance. He was released for treatment.
At about 6:00 pm Saturday, a Gallatin man had minor
injuries in a single vehicle accident in Howell County. Troopers report 49
year old Marty C Price of Gallatin was east bound on US 60 near Willow
Springs when he drove off the right side of the road and struck an
embankment. Price had minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene.
He was arrested for alleged DWI, no proof of insurance, careless and
imprudent driving and attempted assault on a first responder. He was taken
to the Howell County Jail on a 12 hour hold.
Troopers also reported the arrest of 49 year old Tracy
L Morrison of Trenton, at about 1:00 am Sunday. The arrest was for alleged
DWI and failing to drive on the right half of the road. Morrison was taken
to the Grundy County Jail on a 12 hour hold.
Amendment 8 on August 5th Primary
In just over a week, Missourians will have an
opportunity to vote in the August 5th Primary which will include races for
County Committee positions, narrowing the field in a race for Livingston
County Presiding Commissioner, a race for the local state Representatives
seat and several ballot issues.
One of the ballot issues is Constitutional Amendment 8.
The Secretary of State's office provided the official ballot title and fair
Constitutional Amendment 8's Official Ballot Title
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to create a "Veterans Lottery
Ticket" and to use the revenue from the sale of these tickets for projects
and services related to veterans?
The annual cost or savings to state and local governmental entities is
unknown, but likely minimal. If sales of a veterans lottery ticket game
decrease existing lottery ticket sales, the profits of which fund education,
there could be a small annual shift in funding from education to veterans'
The Fair Ballot Language reads:
A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans
Lottery Ticket." This amendment further provides that the revenue from the
sale of these tickets will be used for projects and services related to
A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to create a "Veterans
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes
Chillicothe City Council
A couple of bids will be considered by the
Chillicothe City Council when they meet Monday evening. The meeting starts
at 6:30 at City Hall and will include bids for fencing at the new Fire
Training Center and asbestos abatement for the homes on the Demolition Grant
list. Also on the agenda are an amendment to the contract with the
Chillicothe R-II School District for the use of the athletic fields and a
resolution regarding conflict of interest.
An executive session is planned if it is needed. The
Chillicothe City Council meets Monday at 6:30.
Trenton Man Injured in Accident
A Trenton man had minor injuries in a single
vehicle accident Friday morning in Daviess County. Seventy-three year old
James W Smith was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment
following the accident on Highway 190 near Route B in Daviess County. State
Troopers report Smith was southbound when he drove off the left side of the
road, striking an embankment and a tree. He was wearing a safety belt.
Troopers Arrest Two
State Troopers reported a couple arrests in the
Friday morning, Troopers in Linn County arrested an
Iowa man on drug related charges. Thirty-five year old Michael S Trotter of
Atlantic, Iowa was arrested for alleged possession of Methamphetamine and
drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Linn County Jail, with bond set at
In Sullivan County, at about 1:40 this morning,
Troopers arrested 68 year old Gerald W White of Blue Springs for alleged DWI.
He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail on a 12 hour hold.
MoDOT Road Work Schedule
Striping, Spraying, Signage, Mowing and
Drainage are some of the projects the Missouri Department of Transportation
will do on various routes throughout the northwest district of the state in
the coming week. MoDOT crews will be working on various routes and need
motorists to be aware of the work crews and give them a brake. If you see
the work crew, slow down and move over when possible.
Other projects around the local counties include:
Route F will be closed Monday and Tuesday from Route A
to Highway 13 for pothole patching, 8 am to 3 pm
Route U - Pothole patching, Thursday and Friday
Highway 65 - Shoulder repair from Route M to Route UU
Wednesday and Thursday
Pothole Patching all week on Route E, Highway 139 and
Pothole Patching Tuesday and Wednesday on Route B,
Wednesday on US 69 and Thursday and Friday on Route UU.
Pothole patching on various routes all week.
Pothole patching on Route 139 and Route 130 all week
Bridge Maintenance - Monday on US 65 at Crooked Creek,
Tuesday on US 36 at Medicine Creek, and Thursday on US 65 at Coon Creek
Pavement Repairs Wednesday on US 65, from 190 to the
Grundy County line
Route MM - CLOSED east of Route DD for a culvert
replacement on Monday and Pothole patching on 129 all week.
Ballot Measures - Amendment 7
Amendment 7 will be on the statewide ballot for
consideration by the voters in the August 5th Primary Election. In an effort
to make sure the voters are aware of and have a better understanding of the
ballot items, KCHI is providing our listeners with the official ballot title
and fair ballot language supplied by the Secretary of States Office.
Constitutional Amendment 7
Official Ballot Title reads:
Should the Missouri Constitution be changed to enact a
temporary sales tax of three-quarters of one percent to be used solely to
fund state and local highways, roads, bridges and transportation projects
for ten years, with priority given to repairing unsafe roads and bridges?
This change is expected to produce $480 million
annually to the state's Transportation Safety and Job Creation Fund and $54
million for local governments. Increases in the gas tax will be prohibited.
This revenue shall only be used for transportation purposes and cannot be
diverted for other uses.
Fair Ballot Language reads
A "yes" vote will amend the Missouri Constitution to
increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge,
highway, and public transportation initiatives by increasing the state
sales/use tax by three-quarters of one percent for 10 years. This amendment
further prohibits a change in gasoline taxes and prohibits toll roads or
bridges. This amendment also requires these measures to be re-approved by
voters every 10 years.
A "no" vote will not amend the Missouri Constitution to
increase funding for state, county, and municipal street, road, bridge,
highway, and public transportation initiatives.
If passed, this measure will increase the state
County Commission Bid Opening
The Livingston County Commissioners will meet
in regular session both Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 am in the commission
room of the courthouse. Both meetings include county Road and Bridge
matters and Administrative and Departmental Duties.
Thursday at 11:00 the commissioners will open and
consider bids for the repairs of the clocks on all four sides of the
courthouse and the bids for upgrading the incoming electrical to remove the
pole on the north lawn and bring in the service underground.
Dryer Conditions Effecting Local Crops
Dryer and warmer conditions are starting to
have an effect on the local crops. Livingston County Farm Service Agency
Executive Director David Meneely says conditions were pretty much ideal
through the planting season.
<Audio: David Meneely 1>
Meneely says if the drier conditions and warmer
temperatures persist, producers could see some reductions in yields.
The Winter Wheat crop showed good yield numbers for the
<Audio: David Meneely
Meneely says they also have an important program that
is in the sign up stage right now. That is for Forage Losses for livestock
in 2012/13. Sign-up will continue through the end of the year, but Meneely
says early applications, before the end of September, may be considered for
full payments, while later applications may be subjection to sequestration
and reduced payments. Call the FSA office at 646-6220 for more information.
Area Students Participate in Mock Accident
High school students from around the state
participated in a mock accident in Columbia as part of the Team Spirit
Leadership Conference. The eight schools represented included Meadville
High School from the local area. Team Spirit is a
statewide program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation and
Cape Girardeau Police Department’s Safe Communities Program committed to
empowering youth to promote safe driving habits for youth while preventing
underage drinking, drinking and driving, driver inattention and promoting
seat belt usage. From 2011-2013, there were 69 fatal crashes and 210
serious injury accidents involving an impaired driver under the age of 21.
In those accidents, there were 85 people killed and 323 seriously injured.
After this initial training session, Team Spirit
high school teams implement action plans created at the training for school
and community activities in an effort to stop unsafe driving habits and the
death and serious injury that results from traffic crashes. Team Spirit is
available to all high schools in Missouri. To find out more about how your
school can become involved in the program call 1-800-800-BELT (2358).
Mentored Dove Hunt Offered
Mentored hunts for first time dove hunters are
offered by the Department of Conservation and a couple of hunting
organizations. The MDC, National Wild Turkey Federation and Quail Forever
are providing these guided hunts at seven locations around the state,
including two in the region. The first time dove hunters, age eight an
older, will hunt on sunflower fields and will be held on the opening day of
the dove season on September 1st and will be limited to 16-20 hunter/mentor
pairs per field. Additional hunts will be offered later in the season.
Participants must first attend a hunter-orientation
workshop where they will learn about dove biology and management, the
importance of hunters and hunting, hunter safety, and will have the
opportunity to practice shooting a shotgun.
Orientation Workshops will be held at two
locations in the local region. They include:
Meadville -- Aug. 10, 1-5 p.m., MDC Fountain Grove Conservation Area
Kirksville -- Aug. 17, 1-5 p.m., MDC Northeast Regional Office
For more information or to apply, contact John Burk
from the National Wild Turkey Federation at 573-676-5994. You can also
apply on line at tinyurl.com/nax8qhm.
Tunes Under The Moon - Final Concert
The final Tunes Under The Moon concert for the
summer is this evening 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.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Department
investigated several reports of scams recently.
A phone scam was reported Thursday where a Chillicothe
resident was called multiple times in an attempt to swindle the surviving
spouse. The call was reported to come from Kingston Jamaica and the caller
was reported to have become verbally aggressive
Another area resident was called in an attempt to get a
resident to fall victim to a Craigslist swindle. Sheriff Steve Cox says
these usually involve having a third party pick up the items or requesting
an over pay through PayPal and telling the victim they will wire the extra
funds back. The potential victim in this incident was aware of the possible
scams and although frustrated, protected themselves.
Computer accounts were reported hacked and identity
theft was reported. A suspect opened or attempted to open credit accounts
in one or more states and made charges on the accounts
Deputies also investigated a report of harassment where
a county resident reported being frequently harassed by a Chillicothe
resident. A report was sent to the prosecuting attorney for consideration
Livingston County will hold a Tire Collection
Event in August. The Livingston County Tire Collection is Saturday August
9th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the old Transfer Station at 101 Mitchell Road
The County will accept tires, ANY Tires, even on the
rim, at no charge. Individuals, farmers and even most businesses are
encouraged to bring any old tire you may have sitting around to dispose of
them free of charge.
If you have questions, call the Livingston County
Commissioners at 646-8000, extension 4. If you could also call and let them
know if you have a lot of tires so they can make the proper arrangements for
Ballot Measures - Amendment 5
In an effort to inform our listeners of items
that will be on the August 5th Ballot, KCHI is covering each of the ballot
measures that will be considered by voters state wide. KCHI will provide
the ballot title and the fair ballot language provided by the Secretary of
State in an effort to help you understand the items on the ballot.
Taking a look at Constitutional Amendment 5
Official Ballot Title:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the
right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state
government is obligated to uphold that right?
State and local governmental entities should have no direct costs or savings
from this proposal. However, the proposal’s passage will likely lead to
increased litigation and criminal justice related costs. The total potential
costs are unknown, but could be significant.
Fair Ballot Language:
"yes" vote will
amend the Missouri Constitution to expand the right to keep and bear arms to
include ammunition and related accessories for such arms. This amendment
also removes the language that states the right to keep and bear arms does
not justify the wearing of concealed weapons. This amendment does not
prevent the legislature from limiting the rights of certain felons and
certain individuals adjudicated as having a mental disorder.
A "no"; vote will
not amend the Missouri Constitution regarding arms, ammunition, and
accessories for such arms.
If passed, this measure will have no impact on taxes.