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UPDATE On Alleged Attempted Abduction investigation  02/04 12pm 
     Chillicothe Police have spoken with a witness in the reported alleged attempted child abduction Tuesday evening at the Fastlanes in Chillicothe. Detective John Maples says the witness described the person of interest as an older man, 50-55 in age possibly wearing overalls, and carrying a cane. The old man came around the side of the building getting into a newer white full-size four-door pickup truck. The witness said that the truck was operated by a 40-45 year old female medium to heavy build with dark blonde hair and the vehicle left south from the bowling alley toward Highway 190.
     Maples says they would like to talk to the man and woman. If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 646-2121.
     Maple says they want to thank the community for assisting with the investigation. He says this is a serious matter and their goal at the Chillicothe PD is for our citizens in the community to feel safe.

Fire Damages Home In The 1600 Block Of Burnam  02/04 12pm 
     A house fire at 1616 Burnam Road did about $5,500 in damage Wednesday night. The Chillicothe fire department received the call at about 10:20 pm and arrived within 3 three minutes to find the residents out of the home and light smoke in the attic. The home owner, Dale Bowe, told the fire crew he had used a garden hose in the attic before they had arrived.
     The report states there was a fire in the fire place and some of the insulation in the attic, near the flue pipe had ignited, burning a ceiling joist. Sheetrock and insulation were removed and a water extinguisher was used to cool any hot spots. The fire crew was on the scene for a little more and 90 minutes.

Farmers Electric Essay Contest Deadline Approaches  02/04 12pm 
     The deadline for the Farmers Electric Cooperative's annual Essay Contest is about two weeks away. Farmers Electric Spokesperson Chasity Anderson says the deadline is February 19th.
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     Anderson says the essay contest is open to all Sophomore and Junior High School students in the Farmers Elective Cooperative service area. That includes students in Caldwell, Carroll, Chariton, Clinton, Daviess, Dekalb, Livingston, Linn or Ray County. She says this year there is just one topic for the essays.
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     Entry forms were sent to all high schools in the FEC service area. Anderson says you can also find the application on their website at If you have questions, call the Farmers Electric Office at 646-4281.

KCP&L Seeks Rate Adjustment  02/04 12pm 
     Kansas City Power and Light has requested a rate adjustment that could affect customers in the local area, including in Carroll, Chariton, and Livingston counties. KCP&L requested a Fuel Adjustment Charge, increasing the rate for their customers by about 67 cents.
     The Missouri Public Service Commission says this would be the first time the Fuel Adjustment Charge would appear on the KCP&L bills. This adjustment is intended to help companies deal with volatility in fuel pricing. The FAC tariff requires regular adjustments to reflect changes in prices the company has incurred for fuel and for wholesale power purchased to serve customers.
     According to the filing, KCP&Lís FAC reflects changes to its fuel and purchased power costs for the period of September 29th, 2015 through December 31st, 2015. For the typical residential customer, KCP&L says the FAC will be approximately 67 cents a month and would take effect on April 1st.
     KCP&L customers are invited to comment and should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel at 866-922-2959 or the Public Service Commission Staff at 800-392-4211. The deadline for comments is February 22nd.

Troopers Arrest Three From the Local Area  02/04 6am 
     State Troopers report three arrests of area residents Wednesday.
     At 11:00 pm in Grundy county, 44 year old Shawn S Howell of Chillicothe was arrested for alleged DWI - persistent offender, no insurance and failing to dim high beams. He was taken to the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center on a 24 hour hold.
     At about 6:15 pm in Daviess County, 51 year old David Olszowka of Bethany was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a 24 hour hold.
     At about 4:45 pm in Carroll County, 52 year old Calvin Houston of Carrollton was arrested for alleged possession of methamphetamine, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, no license and a window tint violation. He was taken to the Ray County Jail on a 24 hour hold.

Livingston Co. Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting  02/04 6am 
     The Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation district will have their annual meeting March 7th at the Jenkins Expo Center at the fairgrounds. The meeting will begin at 6:00 pm and includes dinner, followed by the Poster Contest awards, Conservationist of the Year, Educator of the Year and Distinguished Service Award.
     Livingston County Land Owners planning to attend are asked to call Emily Gordon at 646-5687, extension 3 no later than February 29th.

Toddler Stay And Play Offered  02/04 6am 
     A Toddler Stay and Play is offered at the Livingston County Library Children's Department. This event for children 4 and under will be February 12th, from 9:00 to 11:00 am and from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. The Toddler Stay and Play will be in the Children's play program room and families are welcome to enjoy the self-guided come and go events. Activities available include chalkboard play, magnet board play, puzzles, blocks, bubbles, various learning activities, and stories for families to enjoy together.
     There is no registration, but if you need more information, you can call the Children's Department at 646-0563.

Growing Houseplants From Seed  02/04 6am 
     Keeping your house plants green and maybe flowering is all some can ask for, but for others they like growing them from seed. University of Missouri Horticulture Specialist Tim Baker explains why some choose this path.
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     If you want to find out more about growing house plants from seed, contact your local extension office. In Chillicothe, the number is 646-0811.

Attempted Abduction  02/03 12pm 
     A report of an attempted Child abduction is under investigation by Chillicothe Police. The incident is alleged to have occurred Tuesday at about 8:30 pm at the Fastlanes in Chillicothe. The 11 year old boy reported he was chased by a man, about 20-30 years old, 5'9" to 6' tall with dark hair. That man was reported to have jumped into a white pick-up.
     Chillicothe Police are currently trying to locate a witness who may be able to provide additional information. The witness is described as a woman wearing a tan hooded jacket & a tan fleece stocking cap, possibly in her 40's. She was outside smoking during this incident.
     If you can identify the wittiness or have any information that can help in the investigation, call the Chillicothe Police Department at 646-2121.

Smithville Fan Appreciates Chillicothe Girls Basketball Team  02/03 12pm 
     The Chillicothe Girls Basketball team received praise from a Smithville fan for their actions prior to a recent game at Smithville. This game started as they all do, with the National Anthem, only this time it was a little different. Chillicothe Superintendent Dr Roger Barnes says for whatever reason, the sound system failed to play the recording.
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     Barnes says it is always nice to hear good things about the districts teams and students.
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     The email received by the CHS Principal Brian Sherrow (see below) was shared with the coaches, who shared it with the team.
     At the game before Smithville, Chillicothe was playing in the finals of the Cameron Tournament and there was a similar problem with the National Anthem. At that game someone started singing and everyone, including the players joined in.

Great Northwest Days  02/03 6am 
     The annual Great Northwest Days at the Capitol will wrap up this morning with a breakfast meeting for some of the delegates, but the big activities were Tuesday. Chrystal Narr from MainStreet says it was a busy morning for the nearly 20 delegates from Chillicothe.
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     Narr says the evening included a gala.
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     One of the speakers for the delegation was Livingston County Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas (Pictured), discussing the importance of Transportation in our region.

Several Investigation In Police Report  02/03 6am 
     Chillicothe Police handled several investigations for the early part of the week.
     Monday, possible stalking was reported in the 1200 block of Washington Street. The incident was reported to have taken place on Sunday. Officers continue to investigate.
     A well-being check was requested in the 1500 block of Burnam Road. The officers determined the person was not in need of any assistance.
     A Domestic Disturbance was reported in the 700 block of Clay Street. The incident was verbal and no arrests were made.
     Officers were also called Tuesday for a report of an intoxicated man in the 200 block of Reynard. The report stated the man was threatening to harm himself. He was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for evaluation.

Three Local Accidents Investigated  02/03 6am 
     Chillicothe Police investigated three local accidents. No injuries were reported.
     Monday, a hit and run accident was reported in the 1000 block of Graves Street. A description was provided for the vehicle that left and officers continue to investigate.
     Tuesday there was an accident at US 65 and Highway 190. A vehicle driven by Joseph Cox had to stop suddenly while in the northbound turn lane and was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Ruthie Vinson.
     At US 36 and 65, Deborah Spohr was on the eastbound off ramp and attempted to go south on US 65. She did not see a northbound tractor trailer and struck the trailer unit, causing extensive damage to her vehicle. The truck did not stop for the accident.

Woman Arrested By Troopers  02/03 6am 
     A Cowgill woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon in Clinton County. State Troopers report 75 year old Glenda Tillery was arrested for alleged driving while suspended and no insurance. She was also arrested on a Caldwell County warrant for alleged failure to appear on a charge of no insurance. She was taken to the Caldwell County Detention center pending the posting of bond.

LCSD Seeks Assistance In Investigation  02/03 6am 
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Clinton County Sheriff's Office, and Missouri State Highway Patrol are seeking assistance from the public with identifying a "Person of Interest" in a multi-county investigation.
     Saturday evening, a 1997 Ford F-150 pickup 4x4 was stolen from private property west of Chillicothe on Old Highway 190. That vehicle is suspected to have then been used to cause damage to yards in areas of Livingston County and eluding deputies.
     Law enforcement in one or more nearby counties subsequently engaged in high speed chases attempting to stop the stolen truck and apprehend the driver. Livingston County Sheriff Steve Cox says unfortunately the driver was able to elude law enforcement.
     Any and all TIPS are appreciated. If you have information about this on-going incident please call the Livingston County Sheriff's Office at 646-0515, or the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Troop H at 816-387-2345.

Flood Warning For Grand River At Sumner  02/03 6am 
     A flood warning is issued for the Grand River at Sumner. The river has risen above flood stage of 26 feet and is expected to crest around 26.5 feet about 6:00 pm today, and falling back below flood stage around midnight.
     MoDOT is not indicating any road closings due to the flooding.

Conceal & Carry Permit Applications In January  02/03 6am 
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department has been busy with applications for Conceal and Carry Weapon permits since the first of the year. Sheriff Steve Cox says in the Month of January, there were 34 new applications and 15 applications for renewal. Last year the numbers were 26 applications and no renewals in January.
     For February 1st, Cox says they had 8 additional new permit applications and 3 renewals.

MDC Waterfowl Meeting Thursday  02/02 12pm 
     The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites Missouri waterfowl hunters to public workshops where Department staff will gather hunter input about duck season dates and zone boundary locations for the 2017-2020 hunting seasons. Conservation Agent Jake Strozewski says attendees will have the opportunity to review a variety of information.
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     That information can be found HERE
     The meeting for the local area will be Thursday in Carrollton. The location is the Carrollton Public Library, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. If you have questions, call the Chillicothe MDC office at 660-646-6122.

Hedrick Offers Free Heart Screenings This Month  02/02 12pm 
     Free Heart Care screening are offered at Hedrick Medical Center in the month of February. During the month of February, in observance of National Heart Month, Hedrick Medical Center, in partnership with the Muriel I Kauffman Women's Heart Center, will be offering free, walk-in blood pressure checks and AFIB (atrial fibrillation) screenings. The screenings and blood pressure checks will be each Thursday in February from 10 am - 12:30 pm in the rehab department located just off the main entrance at Hedrick Medical Center. Testing should take no more than a couple minutes, and will be as easy as placing a couple fingers on a smart device or tablet. For additional information, please call 660-214-8180.
     In addition, Hedrick Medical Center encourages community members to Wear Red on Friday in support of Go Red for Women's Nation Wear Red Day.

Assessment Form Deadline March 1st  02/02 6am 
     You have less than a month to return your 2016 assessment forms. Assessor Steve Ripley says those forms need to be returned by March 1st.
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     Ripley says you have three ways to file the assessment form. They can be dropped off at the Assessor's office in the courthouse, you can mail them or go to the web address on the form and file electronically.
     Ripley says look over the forms, check to make sure you still owned everything on the list as of January 1st and if there is anything missing, add it to the list. If you have sold any of the items, you can mark those off the list as well.
     If you have questions, Ripley says double check the instructions first otherwise call the Assessor's office at 646-8000, option 2.

An Early Spring According To Phil  02/02 6am 
     If the next six weeks were like the rest of the winter we've had, it wouldn't be so bad... But Punxsutawney Phil emerged from his burrow this morning and there was NO Shadow to be seen. That means an early Spring! It is Groundhog Day! The ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil, is the legendary predictor of what is in store for the spring time. The Legend of the Ground Hog states if he emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, he will be scared back into the hole and will not emerge for another six weeks. If he does not see his shadow, Spring will arrive early.
     Punxsutawney Phil is the most noted of the prognosticating rodents, celebrated in the Pennsylvania community of Punxsutawney since 1886, and they of course claim he is 100 percent accurate.
     I personally have 100% confidence Spring will start on March 20th.

Two Injured In Accident Near Kidder  02/02 6am 
     An accident on US 36 near Kidder Monday night left two with minor injuries. Sixty-nine year old Judy Lansdale and 8 year old Brian Robertson, both of Hamilton were taken to Cameron Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. They were passengers in a car driven by 63 year old Merrill Adams of Breckenridge. Adams was eastbound on US 36, driving slower than the speed limit, when a semi, driven by 39 year old Timothy Still of Richmond, ran into the back of their car. Merrill and Still were not injured in the accident.

Still Time To Register For FCA Bowl-A-Thon  02/02 6am 
     The North Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a Bowl-a-thon in Chillicothe February 13th and you still have time to register your team. Director Todd Matthew says this is the 10th year for the fundraising event.
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     The participants can bowl in a couple of session, at 10:30 am or 1:00 pm. Matthew says you do need to pre-register. Some of the prizes on the line include autographed photos of professional athletes, including Tony Gonzales, Ryan Succop, Mike Rucker and others.
     To find out more or if you want to register your team for the North Missouri Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bowl-a-thon, in Chillicothe February 13th, call Matthew at 247-1674.

Tina Man Killed In Shootout  With Troopers  02/01 12pm 
     A Tina man was shot and killed by State Troopers Saturday night, following a pursuit that began in Ray County and ended in Sugar Creek, in Clay County. State Troopers report 42 year old Jeremy J. Sinclair of Tina was shot as a result of his actions following the pursuit.
     The report states Sinclair exited the vehicle and failed to obey several verbal commands from the officers on the scene as he attempted to push the vehicle further into the water. Sinclair then put his hands into his sweatshirt. After more than 30 minutes of negotiating, Sinclair still had his hands concealed from the officers' view. A less-lethal bean bag round was fired at Sinclair, who was initially stunned by the round, but then turned toward the officers with a hand gun and fired at the officers. Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and a Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy returned fire, striking the Sinclair. Sinclair was pronounced dead at the scene.

Health Center "Wear Red Day" Event  02/01 12pm 
     The Livingston County Health Center encourages you to "Go Red For Women" as they celebrate Wear Red Day on Friday. It is part of Women's Heart Health Month, to bring attention to Heart Disease, the number on killer of women, more than all cancers combined.
     To celebrate Wear Read Day, the Health Center encourages you to participate in the Health Center challenge. They ask individuals or groups just to wear red this Friday, take a photo and then post to the Health Center's Facebook Page. When posting, identify everyone in the photo so each individual can be entered into a drawing for a Go Red Gift Basket or free blood draw. For more information about the challenge, call 646-5506.
     Check their Facebook page throughout the week for more information about lowering the risk of heart disease.

Business Finance Class Offered  02/01 12pm 
     Want to learn more about getting your business finances in order? The Small Business Development Center may be able to help. They will host a QuickBooks training session on Tuesday, February 9th. The program begins 1:00 pm and expected to last about three hours. The cost of the class is $55 and it will be held in the 2nd floor courtroom of the Livingston County Library. To register or if you have questions, please contact Matt Trussell at 646-6920 or by email

Great Northwest Day Begins Tuesday Morning  02/01 6am 
     The annual Great Northwest Days at the Capitol begins Tuesday as delegates from around the northwest part of Missouri travel to Jefferson City for the event. Livingston County Coordinator Chasity Anderson says the event gathers about 350 people from the 18 northwest Missouri counties to present a cohesive message in a unified voice. Anderson says to goal is to focus on four legislative priorities this year. They are Economic Development Education Funding, Infrastructure and Transportation.
     During the day they will be introduced on the floor of the house and senate and have opportunities to meet with several elected officials and directors of various departments.
     Anderson says the day's activities will conclude with an evening event the legislators look forward to attending.
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     Some of the delegation will stay in Jefferson City for additional Meetings Wednesday morning, but most will return to their community Tuesday evening.

Two Injured In Accident Saturday  02/01 6am 
     An accident on US 24 Saturday left two with minor injuries. State Troopers report at about 3:00 pm in Chariton County, 35 year old Corinna Moore of Moberly was westbound on US 24 and had to slow quickly for part of a load from another vehicle that had fallen onto the roadway. Mark Prior of Bowling Green was following the Moore vehicle and had also attempted to slow, but the vehicles collided. Moore was taken to Moberly Regional Hospital for treatment, while Prior sought his own treatment.

Chillicothe Police Report Several Arrests  02/01 6am 
     An accident on US 24 Saturday left two with minor injuries. State Troopers report at about 3:00 pm in Chariton County, 35 year old Corinna Moore of Moberly was westbound on US 24 and had to slow quickly for part of a load from another vehicle that had fallen onto the roadway. Mark Prior of Bowling Green was following the Moore vehicle and had also attempted to slow, but the vehicles collided. Moore was taken to Moberly Regional Hospital for treatment, while Prior sought his own treatment.Chillicothe police have been busy since late last week, with several investigations and arrests.
     On the 27th, theft was reported in the 1400 block of Cooper Street.
     On the 28th, Michael Lewis of Princeton was arrested for alleged driving while suspended following a traffic stop.
Theft was reported in the 100 block of Jackson Street.
     On the 29th, Jalel Glasgow was arrested at Mitchell and Business 36 for alleged driving while suspended, failing to drive on the right half of the road and failing to stop at a stop sign
     Friday, officers responded to a report of a person that had died of apparent natural causes at a location in the 1700 block of Jennings.
     Saturday, a debit card found in the 1000 block of Graves Street was turned over to police.
Shelly O'Neal was arrested for alleged driving while suspended
Hector Sanchez was arrested for alleged speeding and DWI
There was a report of a runaway child in the 300 block of Jackson. That child was located and a report was sent to the Juvenile office.
     Sunday, Vandalism was reported in one of the bathrooms at Simpson Park
Theft was investigated in the 1000 block of Graves Street
Deryck Koenig was arrested for alleged DWI
And Kathryn Wagster was arrested for alleged defective equipment, no license and no insurance. A passenger, Kendraik Hueffmeier was arrested for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia. He was the owner of the vehicle and was also arrested for no insurance and allowing and unlicensed driver to operate the vehicle.

Troopers Arrest Two In The Local Counties  02/01 6am 
     Two arrests were report by state troopers in the local counties over the weekend.
     Sunday in Caldwell County, at about 2:25 pm, 38 year old Juan Sosa of Kansas City was arrested for alleged speeding and no driver's license. He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center pending the posting of bond.
     Also on Sunday in Livingston County at about 7:45 pm, 69 year old Gerald Finke of Mooresville was arrested for alleged DWI. He was taken to the Livingston County Jail pending the posting of bond.

Troopers Report Five Arrests In The Local Counties  01/30 6am 
     State Troopers made several arrests in the local counties Friday.
     At about 12:35 pm in Caldwell County, 27 year old Jake Huegel of Indiana was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and no drivers license. He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center.
     Also in Caldwell County, at about 10:50 pm, 23 year old Joshua McBee of Braymer was arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and no seatbelt. He was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center.
     Three were arrested in Grundy County at about 10:30 pm.
33 year old Jennifer Boullion of Laclede for alleged possession of methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and resisting arrest. She was taken to the hospital, treated and released.
37 year old William Ross of Chillicothe for alleged possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Gundy County Jail.
47 year old Rodney Tompkins of Meadville for alleged possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

Chillicothe Man Added To LCSD Most Wanted  01/30 6am 
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department added a Chillicothe man to their Most Wanted list Friday. Forty year old Brian Vincent Bowman of Chillicothe is wanted for alleged probation violation on an original charge of resisting arrest, creating a substantial risk of serious injury or death to others. Bowman is described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 220 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
     If you have any information on the whereabouts of Brian Bowman, you are asked to contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515.

Tips For Growing Houseplants In The Winter  01/30 6am 
   Houseplants are great way to bring nature into your home, and remind you that spring and warm temperatures will come again. University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist Tim Baker placing plants near windows can help them grow.
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     Contact your local Extension Office for more details. In Chillicothe, call 646-0811.