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Tuesday, January 15, 2013


   A 55-year-old convicted sex offender is jailed in Bates County, Missouri, on five 
Nashville arrest warrants charging him with repeatedly raping a 14-year-old female singer he 
was managing. 

   Robert “Rob” Lile of Topeka, Kansas, traveled to Nashville with his 14-year-old client 
last Saturday so that she could perform in a talent showcase.  While with the victim at the 
Division Street hotel in which they were staying Saturday night, Lile is alleged to have pulled 
a knife and repeatedly raped the teen over a period of hours after threatening to kill her.  

  Early Sunday morning, Lile is alleged to have ordered the victim into his car where, she said, 
the molestation continued as he drove through Nashville and surrounding areas.  Ultimately, 
Lile returned to the hotel, packed his belongings and left at approximately noon Sunday.  The 
teenager was left behind.  Officers, including Sex Crimes Detective John Farrell, responded 
to the hotel Sunday afternoon after the victim contacted her parents. 

  Investigation by Detective Farrell led to information that Lile was likely in Bates 
County, Missouri, near the Kansas state line.  Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson and his 
staff, along with members of the Butler, Missouri Police Department, acting on information 
developed by Nashville detectives, located Lile at the home of a relative and took him into 
custody without incident Monday.  Lile appeared before a Missouri judge today and waived 
extradition.  He is expected back in Nashville in a few days. 

   Lile met the victim in this case last July when he was a judge in a Kansas talent show. 
 In 1983, Lile was convicted in Kansas of aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated 
sodomy involving a high school girl.  Lile challenged the requirements of Kansas’ sex 
offender rehabilitation program to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him in 2002.

Obituary - Joe Stouffer

Funeral services for Joe Stouffer will be 3:00 PM Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler, Missouri (660) 679-0009 with Pastor Dave Owsley officiating. Visitation prior to services, 1-3 PM at the funeral home. Burial at 10:00 AM Monday, January 21, 2013 at West Mount Zion Cemetery near Clarksville, Arkansas. Memorial contributions to the Ohio Street United Methodist Church of Butler. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at
Joe Karl Stouffer, 65 of Butler, Missouri passed away January 15, 2013 at Willow Lane Nursing Center in Butler. Joe was born June 22, 1947 in Clarksville, Arkansas, the son of Conrad and Judy (Hawkins) Stouffer.
He attended school in Clarksville through his junior year, and later moved to Orange, California, where graduated from high school.  He began college at California State University, Los Angeles, until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968, serving in Vietnam.  After his service, he returned to finish up his college degree in Business Management.
After college, Joe worked in several occupations before pursuing his passion for police work, where he served on the Butler Police Department. Most recently, he was employed by Wal-Mart at the Super Center in Harrisonville, Missouri. Joe regularly attended the Ohio Street United Methodist Church in Butler.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his first wife, Diane Hovinga of Orange, California; his second wife Carolyn Oussani of Overland Park, Kansas; daughter Kimberly Brand and husband Shawn of Bentonville, Arkansas; daughter Cheryl Gensemer of Pensacola, Florida; daughter Marce Stouffer of Chino Hills, California; son Aaron Stouffer and wife Monica of O’Fallon, Illinois; and son David Stouffer and wife Wendy of Rogers, Arkansas.  He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren as well as a host of additional loved ones.

Tennessee Sex Offender Fugitive in Bates County Jail‏

  On 1/14/2013, a joint operation between members of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office, Butler Police Department and Nashville Metro Police Department netted a wanted Fugitive from Nashville, Tennessee.  The initial report to local law enforcement was that suspect was wanted on 5 counts of Aggravated Rape and was considered armed and dangerous and suicidal. 

Acting on information from Nashville Detectives, officers set up surveillance on a family member’s residence in Butler Missouri, confirming that the suspect’s vehicle was in the driveway.  Members of the Butler Police Department and the Sheriff’s Response Team assembled to affect the arrest, while local Detectives applied for a search warrant. During that time the surveillance team visually confirmed the suspect was at the house.

When the suspect and a family member walked toward his vehicle in an apparent attempt to leave, the surveillance team decided to execute the arrest in the driveway. 

Suspect Robert G Lile was transported to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office. 

On 1/15/2013, Lile was taken before the Honorable Judge Hopkins where he waived extradition to Tennessee.   

Grand Opening The Pantry Thrift Store

The Pantry Thrift Store is planning a Grand Opening celebration January 25th and 26th from 10 am to 5 pm. Refreshments will be served. On January 25th all purchases will receive a 25% discount. On January 26th a door prize will be drawn for a $25.00 gift certificate at 4:30 pm. (you need not be present to win). All donations are appreciated. Check us out on

House Fire at Rec Lake

  Bates County Live will post the Official Fire Report from Fire Chief Jim Henry when it is available. No Injures except for a dog who was in the house at the time of the fire.

Local Butler Wrestler nominated for wrestler of the week

  Trey Heckadon 17 yr old Junior at Butler High School has been nominated by as wrestler of the week. Trey recently had a injury and was cleared to wrestle on January 4th. Since his return he has won both events he has participate in the first one being a Dual at Truman High School and a Tournament at Warsaw High School. He is well deserving of this award and would like everyone to go and vote for him the link Wrestler of the Week voting. To view why the wrestler was nominated, go to:

2 Medalists at Butler Tournament 1/5/13

  On Saturday, Jan 5, the Butler Bears hosted the annual Butler Invitational Wrestling Tournament.  The Bears did have two tournament medalists, Tayje Van Voorst at 138 lbs (4th) and Robert Anderson at 285 lbs (3rd).  Tournament teams included Butler, Diamond, Hogan Prep, Holden, Knob Noster, Lathrop, Rogers (AR), St Mary’s, and Trenton.
Team Scores were as follows-
1.  Lathrop  239.0
2.  Rogers  196.5
3.  Holden  191.5
4.  Trenton  186.0
5.  Knob Noster  146.0
6.  Diamond  115.0
7.  Hogan Prep  69.0
8.  Butler  57.5
9.  St. Mary`s  53.0

Butler Individual Results were as follows-
113-  Ben Burgess                   1-2    1 win by fall, 2 losses by fall
113-  Justin Cooper       0-3    3 losses by fall
138-  Tayje Van Voorst 2-3    1 win by fall, 1 win by tech-fall, 2 losses by fall, 1 loss by tech-fall     4th place
145- Bram Hubbard     0-5    4 losses by fall, 1 loss by major decision
152- AJ Durnell            0-4    3 losses by fall, 1 loss by major decision
160- Dale Besendorfer  0-5    5 losses by fall
220- Austin Strathmann        0-3    3 losses by fall    
285-  Robert Anderson  3-2    3 wins by fall, 2 losses by fall           3rd place

Update on Saturday Standoff in Butler

  On Saturday, January 12th at approximately 1pm the Butler Police Department along with the Bates County Sheriff’s office received a call for a well being check in the 700 block of North Havana. Officers were informed that the subject was suicidal and was armed. Butler Police along with the Bates County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Missouri Highway Patrol responded to the area and after approximately 3 hours a male subject exited the house and was taken into custody.
The Butler Police Department would like to thank the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol for their assistance in this matter.

Courtesy of 92.1

Ohio man injured in crash (Update on Semi Crash)

  John Stashinko 64, of Niles, Ohio received minor injuries when the 2012 Navistar semi he was driving was attempting to get onto I-49 after stopping on the right side of the shoulder of the roadway, The vehicle begin to slide off the roadway due to inclement weather, Then overturned and slide down an embankment, The vehicle came to rest on it's right side. The accident was worked by Bates County EMS, Bates County Sheriff and Bates County fire and Rescue as well as Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Obituary - Patricia "Patty" Louise Reece

  Patricia "Patty" Louise Reece, 78, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville.

Obituary - Jennifer Lee Middaugh

 Jennifer Lee Middaugh, 63, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Parker Cemetery in Creighton, Missouri.

Drug Bust in Drexel

On 1/4/2013, members of the CNET Drug Taskforce and the Bates County Sheriff’s Office concluded a several month long investigation that spanned two states by converging on a residence in rural Drexel, Missouri.   During a search of the residence the agencies were able to seized a residential marijuana grow operation believed to be in operation for the last several years.    52 high quality marijuana plants were seized along with several pounds of processed marijuana ready for sale.  Along with the marijuana, several thousand dollars’ worth of equipment used in the operation was seized.  The equipment seized included industrial lighting, ventilation system and the temperature control systems. 

Estimated street value of the Marijuana is in excess of $100,000
Charges have been submitted to the Bates County Prosecutors Office