Child Molestation Investigated
The Chillicothe Police Department began
an investigation of Child Molestation last week. The report was taken
Wednesday afternoon in the 300 block of Clay Street. The investigation
Chillicothe Police Investigations and Arrests
The Chillicothe Police Department was
busy the later part of last week and through the weekend with several
calls for service. That includes:
Brandi Kay Utley was arrested for alleged driving while revoked,
possession of a controlled substance, assault on an officer and
A report of Forgery was
investigated in the 300 block J.F.K. That investigation continues.
Officers began an investigation
of fraud that is alleged to have occurred at several locations in
Chillicothe. A suspect was identified and charges are pending.
A vehicle reported stolen was
found in the 1400 block of Clay Street.
Stealing was reported in the 400 block of Elm Street.
Officers arrested Neal James Miller on a Chillicothe warrant for
alleged failure to appear. He was not able to post the cash only bond
and was held at the Daviess-DeKalb County Regional Jail.
George Andrew Depler, Jr was arrested for
alleged driving while suspended. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb
Rigdon James Newsom was
arrested for alleged unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. He was
processed and released.
No Injuries In Local Accidents
Chillicothe police investigated two
accidents last week. There were no injuries reported.
Thursday at about 10:45 pm, an accident was reported at Business 36
and Graves Street. The report states the vehicle driven by William L.
Franks collided with another vehicle driven by Beverly J. Martin after
failing to yield. Franks was issued a citation for failure to yield
the right of way and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Saturday, at about 12:15 am, there was an accident in a parking lot in
the 600 block of Business 36, where the driver of a semi was backing
into a parking spot and hit another tractor trailer. Minor damage was
FBLA District Contest 1st Place
Several members of the Chillicothe FBLA will
move on to state competition following their District FBLA Contest.
First place individuals include:
Stover Healthcare Administration
Chowning Computer Applications
Cordray Networking Concepts
Kieffer Intro to Information Technology
Alex Braymer Computer Problem Solving, Cyber Security & Help Desk
First place teams include:
Entrepreneurship Team of Mary Grace Rice, Dean Adkins and Austin
Global Business Team of Monica
Holland and Caitlin Fechtig
Entertainment Management Team of Maggie Leatherman, Meg Lewis and
Business Plan Team of Haley
Lewis and Skylar Ewing.
Cox Wins Speach Contest
Liberty Cox is moving on to state competition
after winning first place at the Missouri Young Farmer/Young Farm
Wives State Convention. Cox represented the Chillicothe FFA Chapter
and NW Missouri at the event that included a 6-8 minute speech on the
topic of "How can an FFA member agvocate after graduation?" Cox took
first place at the district level, and was one of six to move on to
the state competition.
MoDOT Roadwork This Week
This week's MoDOT Roadwork schedule
begins on Tuesday due to the Presidents Day Holiday. In addition to
the several projects MoDOT has scheduled this week, they will also
work on pothole patching, bridge maintenance, striping, brush cutting,
guardrail repairs and other road work conducted throughout the region.
Many of these will be moving operations and could include lane
closures with delays. With the possibility of winter weather late in
the week, scheduled maintenance and construction projects may be
postponed. In the local counties, the scheduled work includes:
US 36 - Closed for continued bridge maintenance on the Highway 13
bridge at Hamilton, weekdays from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm
Route D - pothole patching, Thursday and Friday from US 36 in
Livingston County to Route C.
US 65 - drainage work north
of the Trenton city limits.
Route WW -
Several Culvert Replacements.
Tuesday from Highway 6 to SW 62nd Avenue
Wednesday from SW 62nd Avenue to SW 58th Avenue
Thursday from Route W to SW 58th Avenue.
Route DD - culvert repairs on Wednesday
US 65 - Pothole
Patching Tuesday and Wednesday from the Carroll County line to the
Grundy County line.
Destroys House In Rural Chillicothe
An abandon house burned Saturday night at
the intersection of LIV 232 and Route V. Chillicothe Fire Department
received the call at about 11:00 pm and arrive in about 10 minutes.
Mutual Aid was requested from the Chula Fire Department, who provided
a water tanker. The Chillicothe Fire Fighters arrived to find the
house fully involved. 10,000 gallons of water was used to put out the
fire which was contained to just the house. The house, owned by Ronald
Hapes, was a total loss.
Two Injured In Seperate Accidents Over The Weekend
The Missouri Highway Patrol investigated
two accidents in the local counties that left two with moderate
injuries over the weekend.
a Trenton man was injured when he lost control and ran off US 65, 7
miles north of Trenton in Grundy County. The accident happened about
7:50 pm when 40 year old Kenton Whitt was southbound and lost control,
and skidded off the west side of the road. The vehicle went down an
embankment and into a ravine, hitting rocks, causing the vehicle to go
airborne before hitting some trees. Whitt was taken to Wright Memorial
Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. He was not wearing a
Troopers also report Whitt
was arrested for alleged DWI, careless and imprudent driving resulting
in an accident and no seatbelt.
Sunday evening, a two vehicle accident in Daviess County left a
passenger injured. The accident happened at about 5:15 pm at the
intersection of Gilliland and Grant Street in Jamesport, when 18 year
old Kyle Downs of Trenton was northbound and 22 year old Roy Houk of
Jamesport was eastbound and both entered the uncontrolled
intersection. The Downs vehicle hit the Houk vehicle on the passenger
side, resulting in injuries for Houk's passenger, 20 year old Amanda
Osbon of Tina. She was taken to Wright Memorial Hospital for treatment
of moderate injuries.
Troopers Report Several Weekend Arrests
State Troopers reported four additional
arrests in the area counties over the weekend.
In Daviess County, Troopers arrested 49 year old Arual Rian of
Riverside at about 6:00 pm for alleged no valid license- third
offense. She was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
In Chariton County, Troopers arrested two women about 11:15 pm. 27
year old Kristina Ames of Huntsville was arrested for alleged driving
while suspended. 47 year old Tamarra Jackson of Kansas City was
arrested on a Randolph County warrant for alleged forgery. Both were
held at the Chariton County Jail pending the posting of bond.
In Linn County, Troopers arrested
51 year old Frances Grippando of St. Joseph for alleged possession of
marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. She was
processed and released.
Offered City Administrators Position in Minnesota
Chillicothe City Administrator Ike
Holland has been offered the position of City Administrator for the
City of Wilmar in Minnesota. The Wilmar Council voted unanimously this
week to offer the position to Ike Holland, saying they felt he has the
communication skills to move Willmar forward. Holland was one of three
finalists for the position.
West Central Tribune reported Holland is also a finalist for the City
Administrator's position with the City of Baxter, with interviews
scheduled in March.
Holland has been the
Chillicothe City Administrator since August of 2011.
Chillicothe School Board to Meet MONDAY
The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets
next week, but that meeting will be on MONDAY, not
Tuesday. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm at the district Office.
Reports to the board include for professional development, special
education services and technology.
New business includes:
The finance report, paraprofessional substitute pay, consideration for
employee benefits provider, continuing the flex spending program,
mowing bids and consideration for the sewer line engineer inspection
and design drawings.
The board will also
consider the declaration of surplus property.
An executive session is planned following the regular meeting.
The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets MONDAY at
Troopers Arrest Brunswick Man
A Brunswick man was arrested by State
Troopers early Saturday morning. Thirty-one year old Zachary Wahlbrink
was arrested at about 1:15 am in Carroll County, on charges of alleged
DWI and failing to drive on the right half of the roadway. He was
processed at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office and released.
MDC Offers Turkey Hunting Workshops
The Missouri Department of Conservation
is offering FREE Turkey Hunting workshops prior to the spring turkey
season. The workshops will be held at three MDC facilities around the
Kansas City area. MDC staff will teach participants about types of
turkey calls used during the spring season. Clothing and gear will be
discussed. The workshop will provide tips on shotguns and shells,
strategies, hunting regulations, and places to hunt.
An Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshop at Burr Oak Woods Nature
Center in Blue Springs on March 25th. Call 816-228-3766; registration
open March 1st.
There will be an
Introduction to Turkey Hunting workshop at the MDCís Parma Woods
Shooting Range near Parkville on April 2nd. Registration is required
by calling 816-891-9941
MDCís Lake City
Shooting Range will offer Introduction to Turkey Hunting on April 6th.
Registration is required by calling 816-249-3194
Spring Turkey Season begins with the youth portion April 8th and 9th,
the regular spring turkey season run April 17th to May 7th
No Trash Pick-Up Monday
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities will have Monday off for Presidents
Day; That means there will be no trash pick-up on Monday. CMU Refuse
Director Troy Figg says residents with a Monday trash route will have
their trash picked up on Tuesday, along with the regular Tuesday
Salute To Agruculture
The annual Salute To Agriculture,
presented by the Chillicothe FFA and Chillicothe Area Chamber of
Commerce was held this (Friday) morning at the Litton Ag Center. The
special guest speaker for the program was the new head of the Missouri
Department of Agriculture, Chris Chinn. Chinn (right) says meeting and
talking with Ag students is very important to her department.
Chinn says one of the
goals of her department is to improve access to highspeed internet in
rural areas and bringing the young people back to the rural
The Chillicothe FFA
President, Cole Gutshall says this breakfast is their way of showing
Attendance at the Salute
To Agriculture breakfast was very good.
Two Injured In Accident Friday Morning
An accident this (Friday) morning left
two Hamilton residents with moderate injuries. The single vehicle
accident happened just before 8:00 am on Highway 13, south of
Kingston. State Troopers report 19 year olds Malachi Stacy and
Nicholas Thorne of Hamilton were taken to Cameron Regional Medical
Center for treatment following the accident that happened when Stacy
was southbound and drove off the west side of the road, overcorrected
and went off the west side again and the car overturned. They were not
wearing safety belts at the time of the accident.
Troopers Arrest One In Daviess Co.
A Cameron man was arrested Thursday evening in Daviess County.
Thirty-one year old Cody Gilreath was arrested on a Daviess County
warrant for alleged failure to appear on a traffic ticket. He was
taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the posting of bond.
County Commission Meetings
The Livingston County Commissioners meet
Tuesday and Thursday in regular session. The meetings will begin at
9:30 am in the Commission Room of the courthouse. The agendas include
county road and bridge matters and administrative and departmental
Tuesday, the commissioners will
attend the E911 Advisory Board meeting at the Chillicothe Police
Department. It will start at 10:00 am.
Thursday, they will attend the Livingston County Extension Council
annual meeting at 6:30 pm at First Baptist Church.
Fire Danger Continues Friday
The Red Flag warning for areas to our
south is lifted, but the is still an elevated risk of fires today for
all of the KCHI listening area. National Weather Service Meteorologist
Jonathan Welsh says burning is not recommended.
Welsh says conditions will
improve some as we head into the weekend.
We could even see some rain
Sunday night into Monday
Fire Near Chula Destroys Buildings
Fire destroyed two buildings and damaged
a third near Chula Thursday afternoon. The call came in to the Chula
Fire Department as a grass fire at about 2:30. While enroute, they
received an update that two buildings were on fire and a third was
threatened. By the time they arrived, the third building was on fire,
but they were able to save it with some damage. The fire was west of
Route V and had jumped the road and spread to the east side of Route V
before they were able to put it out.
Chula was on the scene for about two and a half hours.
Three Fires In Grundy County
Grundy County Fire Fighters worked three
One was at Mockingbird
Hills, two miles outside of Trenton. This fire threatened a home. They
were abel to get that fire under control.
The second included Mutual Aid from Mercer County. This fire was fire
near the Route C and Route A junction in Grundy County. Spickard Fire
and Mercer County attacked the grass fire which had spread into piles
There was also a grass fire
south of Trenton on US 65.
Department issued a Burn Ban Thursday. That remains in place for
Chillicothe Hosts District FBLA Contest
Chillicothe hosted the FBLA District 19
Contest day at United Methodist Church Thursday. Sponsor Sondra
Sturguess, from Grand River Tech says the District Competition
includes 22 schools. Sturguess says Chillicothe did well.
Sturguess says this
event is usually held at NCMC in Trenton.
She says the visiting
schools enjoyed and appreciated the facilities at United Methodist
GED Classes Offered In Chillicothe
Macon School District's Adult Education
and Literacy Program is offering GED classes in Chillicothe at the
North Missouri Center For Youth and Families. Center Director Daniel
Savage says the classes will be taught by North Missouri Center For
Youth and Families staff, who will be managed and employed by the
Macon School District.
Starting in March
with orientation on March 7th and classes Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursdays beginning March 14th. The classes will be from 9:30 to Noon.
To register, call the Macon School District's Adult Education and
Literacy Program at 660-385-2158.
says he is very excited to be offering the GED program locally.
Chillicothe Railroad Board Meeting
The Chillicothe Railroad Advisory Board
will meet Tuesday. The meeting begins at 5:15 pm at City Hall. The
agenda includes a review of the financials and any old and new
business. This meeting is open to the public.
Offender Registration Violation Arrests
Two men are in custody following an
investigation of Sex Offender Registration violations. The Livingston
County Sheriff's Department and Missouri Highway Patrol report the
arrest of 54 year old David Edward White (left) and 57 year old Thomas
Leon Midgyette (right), both of Chillicothe.
White faces charges of alleged failing to register as a sex offender
and possession of a controlled substance. Bond is set at $10,000.
Midgyette faces charges of alleged failure to register as a sex
offender. He was also alleged to be residing in public housing and in
close proximity to a school/day care. His bond is set at $5,000.
They are both held at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail pending the
posting of bond.
Commissioners Discuss Big Creek Watershed
The Big Creek Watershed was the subject
of a meeting between The Livingston County Commission and a
representative from the Natural Resource Conservation Service.
Presiding Commissioner Ed Douglas says it was a good meeting.
Douglas says locally,
they may be involved in some of the maintenance of the dams.
Council To Hold Local Variety Show
The Chillicothe Area Arts
Council will have their next program on Sunday, February 26th. Arts
Council Director Mary Lou VanDeventer says this will be a variety show
featuring local talent.
this is part of the Arts Council Season Package
If you have any
questions, call the Arts Council Office at 646-1173.
Church Women United World Day Of Prayer
The Livingston County
Church Women United will meet March 3rd to celebrate World Day Of
Prayer. Church Women United meets three times annually, in March, May
The March meeting
celebrates World Day of Prayer and this year's program has been
prepared by the WDP Committee of the Philippines. The theme is "Am I
Being Unfair to You?" The service invites us to explore concepts of
economic justice both in the Philippines' context and around the world
and our response in light of God's generosity.
Church Women United has a long history of inviting women of diverse
races, cultures and traditions to draw together in Christian
fellowship. This World Day of Prayer observance in Livingston County
will be held on March 3rd at 9:30 am at United Methodist Church.
Please come, bring a friend and be a part of this world-wide
High Risk Of Fires Today
A Red Flag Warning is issued for counties
south of US 36 today due to the danger of spreading wild fires.
For the rest of the KCHI listening area, the National Weather Service
says we have a Extreme Fire Danger due to low relative humidity and
winds that could gust as high as 20 miles an hour.
This continues through the evening hours today.
They are recommending NO OUTDOOR BURNING. They also recommend no
vehicles in grassy areas and make sure you put out cigarettes and not
throw them out the window.
accidently start a fire today, don't hesitate to call for help on
putting out that fire.
Chillicothe Police Report
Three investigations and a couple of
accidents are in the Chillicothe Police Department report for
At 7:30 pm,
officers investigated a report of a stolen vehicle in the 1700 block
of Clay Street.
At about 9:55 am,
officers began an investigation of theft and fraudulent use of a
credit card in the 500 block of Grandview.
Wednesday at about 9:45 pm, officers began an investigation of theft
reported in the 1300 block of Jackson Street.
Those investigations continue
was recovered Tuesday evening at Clay Street Park.
recently investigated two non injury accidents.
On Sunday night, an accident happened in the 1100 block of Washington
Street, when a vehicle backed form a parking stall and hit another
Tuesday morning, an accident in
the 800 block of South Washington happened when a driver hit the
trailer pulled by another vehicle.
Arrest Two In Area Counties
State Troopers report two arrests in the
area counties on Wednesday.
An Alma man
was arrested in Carroll County at about 11:00 pm. Twenty-four year old
Brett Giffen was arrested for alleged DWI, failing to stop at a stop
sign and drinking alcohol while driving. He was processed and released
with a court date.
A Colorado man was
arrested by State Troopers in Daviess County. Forty-three year old
David Payne of Lamar Colorado was arrested at about 2:15 Wednesday
afternoon for alleged 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance
and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the
Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail.
No Trash Pick-Up On Presidents Day
Chillicothe Municipal Utilities will have
Monday off for Presidents Day; That means there will be no trash
pick-up on Monday. CMU Refuse Director Troy Figg says residents with a
Monday trash route will have their trash picked up on Tuesday, along
with the regular Tuesday routes.
NCMC Art Display At Dorris Rider Gallery
A new art display at the Dorris Rider Art Gallery includes items from
the permanent collection obtained by NCMC through donations from
alumni, donors, and friends. The Dorris Rider Art Gallery is located
at the Frey Administrative Center of the NCMC campus. The hours are
from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, weekdays.
Celebrity Band Concert
The Chillicothe High School Band's 51st annual
Celebrity Band Concert will celebrate Claude T. Smith, a famous
composer and high school band director at Chillicothe High School from
1967-1977. This special concert will be February 27th at 7:00 pm at
the Gary Dickenson Performing Arts Center. Another Former Band
Director, Dave Goodwin says this concert will include only music from
Goodwin says they have
nearly 50 CHS Band alumni that will return to perform as part of the
Some of the other guest
conductors for the evening will include; Bill Maupin, assistant band
director from 1963-1994; David Goodwin, director of bands from
1983-2010; Pam Smith Kelly, daughter of Claude Smith and of course the
current band director Sarah Cavanah.
Tickets for the 51st annual Celebrity Band Concert are the same price
they have been for many years, $4 for adults and $3 for students and
seniors. Tickets will be available at the door or may be purchased at
the High School Office.
County Commissioners Meet Thursday
The Livingston County Commissioners will
meet Thursday at 9:30 am to handle county road and bridge matters and
administrative and departmental duties. At 11:00 am, they will meet
with Dave Johnson with the Natural Resource Conservation Service or
NRCS, to talk about the Big Creek Watershed in Caldwell County.
The commission meetings are open to the public.
Commissioners To Attend Several Meetings
The Livingston County Commissioners will
attend several meetings over the next week or so.
This Friday they will attend the Salute To Agriculture Breakfast at
the Litton Ag Center. This event is held by the Chillicothe Area
Chamber of Commerce and Chillicothe FFA and will feature the new
Director of Agriculture, Chris Chinn. The breakfast is Friday from
6:30 to 8:00 am.
Next Wednesday, the 22nd,
the Commissioners will attend the meeting to explain the proposed
Sales Tax Increase. This meeting is for Chillicothe 2nd Ward and will
be held at the Chillicothe Housing Authority Building at 6:30 pm.
On the 23rd, the commissioners will attend two meetings.
pm, they will attend the Livingston County Extension Council annual
meeting at First Baptist Church.
At 7:00 pm is a meeting of the
Young Farmers at the Litton Ag Center
Team Trivia Championship Is March 3rd
The 17th annual Chillicothe Education Association Team Trivia
Championship is March 3rd. In just three weeks, teams from across
Chillicothe will be gathering at the Chillicothe High School to
compete and raise money. Jim Wheeler from the Chillicothe High School
says this annual event raises money for scholarships.
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Wheeler says there are several rounds where the teams receive the
questions and have a time limit to answer all of the questions.
Wheeler says it is a lighthearted but competitive event.
The Chillicothe Education
Association Team Trivia Championship is March 3rd at 7:00 pm at the
Chillicothe High School. If you need more information or a
registration form, call the High School at 646-0700.
NCMC Foundation Board Meeting Thursday
The North Central Missouri College
Foundation Board will meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be
at the Cross Hall lobby. During dinner NCMC President, Dr. Lenny
Klaver will update the board on strategic planning. A regular session
meeting will follow Dr. Klaver's presentation and will feature Craig
Sager and Ryan Suttenfield with a marketing report. There will be
updates on the Gifts in Action Scholarship Campaign, the Traveling
Pirates International Trip, and committee reports.
County Tax Increase Meeting Tonight
Livingston County residents from
Chillicothe Township will hear about the proposed tax increase that
will be on the April 4th Ballot in a meeting tonight. The Step Forward
For Livingston County committee will present information to help those
in attendance decide on an additional 1/2 of 1% sales tax to support
the operation of the county.
will be held at the Farm Credit Services Building meeting room. It
begins at 6:30 pm and is open to anyone that wishes to attend.
Members of the Livingston County Commission will be on hand for the
meeting to hear comments and answer questions.
VFW Patriot's Pen Winners Announced
VFW Post 858 in Chillicothe announced the
winners in the annual Patriots Pen Contest that included students from
area schools. The contest for VFW Post 858 had a theme this year
of "The America I Believe In." The Schools involved include
Chillicothe Middle School, Chula School and Bishop Hogan School. This
years winners are:
At Chillicothe Middle School
6th Grade - 1st Kristen Dunn, 2nd Parker Savage and 3rd Mason Lamb.
At Chula School
6th - 1st Kyler Klein, 2nd
KenLynn Fisher and 3rd Mackenzie Blackford.
7th - 1st Bailey Elrod, 2nd Matthew Meservey and 3rd Cassity Eckert.
8th - 1st Samuel Pauley, 2nd Colton Searcy and 3rd Brooklyn Lambert
At Bishop Hogan School
6th - 1st Allison
Higgins, 2nd Isabelle Witt and 3rd Lilly Stedem
7th - 1st Alexis Anderson 2nd - tied- Connor Hobbs & Ellie Barnett
8th - 1st Chandler Stedem, 2nd Mason Baxter
The first place winners moved on to the district competition with
opportunities to advance all the way to the national contest.
This year's District 1 Winner is Allison Higgins from Bishop Hogan
School Registration Begins For Parochial Schools
Schools in Chillicothe with pre-school and elementary school are
beginning the registration process for classes that will begin next
Bishop Hogan School will have a
Pre-School Open House and Pre-Registration, March 7th from 5:00 to
6:30 pm. Their pre-school classes run Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00 to
Bishop Hogan will also hold an
Open House and Registration on March 8th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. This is
for students that will be entering Kindergarten through 8th Grade.
If you have questions, call 646-0705.
United Methodist Pre-School has open their enrolment period.
offer Primary Classes for students that will be 3 by August 1st. Those
classes are Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 11:00 am.
They also offer Pre-Kindergarten for children that will be 4 by August
1st. Those classes are Tuesday to Thursday from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Call
646-2580, ext 22 for information or applications.