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Friday, August 9, 2013

Minor Traffic Accident In Butler

Butler Police Department is in route to a minor traffic accident in the 800 block of west Ohio in Butler. No reports of injuries. Bates County Live will update this story as soon as more information is available.

Bates County Sheriff Press Release: "Operation Spiked"


Items found in the Traffic Stop of Charles Cooper

Drug paraphernalia found during "Operation Spiked"
Drugs/weapons found during "Operation Spiked"

Jacob O' Connor

Dennis O'Connor

Charles Cooper

Paula O'Connor

Michael O'Connor

On 8/7/13 the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Task Force concluded a Narcotics investigation dubbed “Operation Spiked”.    Operation Spiked started approximately a year ago with multiple tips to the Sheriff’s Office in reference to possible stolen vehicles and drugs in rural Adrian. 

The investigation centered around the residence of Michael (Spike) and Paula O’Connor at RR 2 Box 324 Adrian Missouri.  During the last year the CNET Drug Task Force began making purchases of illegal drugs from the residence along with heavy patrols. 

On or about 6/29/2013 a Deputy stopped a vehicle leaving the O’Connor residence for a traffic violation.  During the vehicle stop the Bates County K9 indicated on the vehicle for the presence of drugs.  The vehicle was searched and approximately 138 Grams of Crystal Methamphetamine was located along with a firearm and small homemade explosive devices.  The male was identified as Charles Paul Cooper, 45 year old, W/M from Springfield Missouri and was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and bond was set at $50,000 cash or surety. 

On or about 7/14/2013 a Deputy stopped a vehicle believed to be coming from the O’Conner residence.  A K9 was called to the vehicle stop and indicated on the vehicle for the presence of drugs.  The vehicle was searched and approximately    of 4 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine, 1.26 grams of Cocaine, 4 grams of marijuana was located along with a .25 caliber Pistol, paraphernalia and several homemade explosive devices.  The subject identified as Dennis Leroy O’Connor, 46 year old, W/M from Lane Kansas was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.

On 8/7/13, at approximately 8pm, a Deputy stopped Michael O’Connor and another subject in a vehicle just off AA Highway.  O’Connor was operating a vehicle that was identified earlier in the investigation as a vehicle that possibly was stolen out of Buffalo Missouri.  The tags on the vehicle checked back to a 1992 Chevrolet to O’Connor.  The vehicles window VIN matched that of the registration on the tags.  The confidential VIN showed that the vehicle was stolen out of Buffalo Missouri is really a 1998 Chevrolet.  O’Connor and the male subject was arrested and taken to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 11:00 pm on 8/7/13 the Bates County Sheriff’s SERT Team, the Cass County Sheriff’s SWAT Team along with members of the CNET Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol executed a search warrant on the residence of Michael and Paula O’Connor.  Four subjects were taken into custody at the residence without incident. 

During a search of the residence and shop the Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 80 grams of Crystal Methamphetamine,  5 grams of Cocaine, 7 cultivated marijuana plants, 37 rifles and handguns, 7 vehicles that came back either stolen or had altered vehicle identification numbers, 5 Motorcycles that had no vehicle identification Numbers or altered numbers. 

One subject at the residence had a previous felony conviction for selling Marijuana to undercover agents of the CNET Drug Task Force in March of 2012.  The subject identified as Jacob Patrick O’Connor, 23 year old W/M, of Adrian Missouri was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a convicted Felon.  Bond was set at $20,000 cash or surety.

A second subject at the residence, Paula Lynnette O’Connor, 48 year old W/F, of Adrian Missouri was charged with Trafficking or attempted Trafficking of Methamphetamine, bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety.

Michael Alan O’Connor, 53 year old W/M, of Adrian Missouri has been charged with Trafficking or Attempted Trafficking of Methamphetamine and Distributing a Controlled Substance, bond was set at $425,000 cash or surety.  

Sheriff Anderson stated, “I would like to thank those agencies like Cass County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for their help in this case.  I would also like to thank the citizens of Bates County for continuing to support the Office of Sheriff and reporting suspicious and drug activity.  Arrest like these show that working together can move us forward as a united community in the fight against drugs”. 

If you have any information about this case or any other please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232

Order No. 11 in Bates County‏

~ORDER NO. 11~
Evacuation and Burning of Bates County 150 Years Ago
Commemoration Events Planned at Bates County Museum
In August 1863, Union General Thomas Ewing issued the infamous Order No. 11 ordering the total depopulation and burning of Bates County.  The “Burnt District” included Cass, Jackson and Vernon counties but only Bates Co. suffered total loss.  The people and the landscape were forever changed.  The Bates County Museum will host two events to commemorate the sesquicentennial of Order No. 11 and the public is invited to come learn about those dark days of Civil War. 

Dr. Jeremy Neely, Bates County native and professor at Missouri State University, will present a program for the Museum’s Annual Heritage Dinner Fundraiser on Thursday, August 22, 2013 titled, “The Reunions of Quantrill’s Men.”  The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Free Will Donation Dinner of BBQ Pork, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Dessert & Drinks, catered by Butt-head BBQ, and Jeremy’s presentation will begin at 7:30 pm.  Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, Kansas occurred 4 days before the issuance of Order No. 11. 

On Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:00 am the Museum will host a variety of speakers and presentations to tell the stories of the people and places here in Bates County.  “Forever Changed – Order No. 11 in Bates County,” will include music by Hank Roberts & Landon Elmer, Phyllis Stewart & Beverly Sullins will tell about Papinville and the Barrows House, Melissa Phillips will tell of Gen. Ewing’s post-war connection to Bates County, a re-enactor will ‘issue’ Order No. 11and a ‘March of Refugees’ will begin as their stories are told.  Author Tom Rafiner will have his latest book, Cinders and Silence, available for sale and signing. Weather permitting, a replica cabin will be torched and burned.  Following the presentations a Free Will Donation luncheon of Smoked Hamburgers, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Dessert & Drinks will be served.

The public is invited to attend these remembrances to gain a better understanding of the hardships suffered during the Civil War in this area.  What happened here 150 years ago has never happened anywhere else in America.  It is important to remember and to pay tribute to the men, women and children who became refugees of War with the issuance of Order No. 11. 

Events held at Robertson Hall, Bates County Museum, 802 Elks Dr., Butler, Missouri  Call 660-679-0134 for further information (Tues-Fri 9:30am-4:00pm) or email.

From The City Of Adrian: Solar Panels Up and Working

The solar panels on Adrian City Hall That was installed in June of this year is connected and generating power. The City Hall has had electric bills around $340 per month. With the electricity we get from the sun, The bill will drop to nearly zero most months. The solar panels will pay for themselves in around five years, then they will provide the city with free energy for another 15 or 20 years. You can monitor them in real time here:

Butler Bear Fall Sports Practice‏

Butler High School Fall Sports Practices being on Monday, August 12.  Students must have physicals to participate.

Football will meet at the field house for practice at 3:30

Softball will practice pitchers and catchers from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  Everyone will practice 3:30 – 6:00

Junior High Football Meeting during BEAR Time on Thursday, August 15.

Junior High Volleyball Meeting after school on Friday, August 16 until 4:15.

Street Closure In Butler

The City Of Butler Street Department is going to have the intersection of Harrison Street at Havanna Street here in Butler. The street will be closed around a hour and a half. Please find a alternate route around this area.

2 Vehicle Accident In Butler

Butler Police is on scene of a 2 vehicle accident on Ft. Scott Street infront of the Adrian Bank here in Butler. No reports of injuries and traffic is moving very slow at this time. Please use caution when traveling in this area. Butler Tow is in route to get traffic moving again

Butler Bears Pancake Breakfast

August 17th the Butler Bear Backers will host a fund raising pancake breakfast, serving will begin at 7am till the food is gone. The pancake breakfast will be held at the old Deaton Thomas football field.

Also remember that you will want to look for the Butler Bears apparel trailer at this year’s games. There are new arrivals for the 2013 fall season. Apparel will include Butler Bears caps, jewelry, tee-shirts, sweat shirts and more.

These items will also be for sale at the Outback Salon on Orange Street in Butler.

The 2013 football season will kick off with the Jamboree to held at the Adrian Athletic Complex on August 30th at 7pm.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol, a premiere law enforcement agency, is testing for new troopers. The Patrol is encouraging qualified individuals of all backgrounds to apply, and will offer testing at nine different locations in Missouri. Those who successfully complete testing will be eligible to continue in the selection process for the 99th Recruit Class, scheduled to begin training on July 1, 2014. The application deadline is August 23, 2013.
To be eligible candidates must possess a minimum of 60 college credits, or two years of federal active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of POST-certified, full-time law enforcement experience at the time recruit training begins.
 Some of the test dates and locations are:
 Troop D (Springfield) -- August 3, 2013
 Troop A (Lee’s Summit) -- August 24, 2013
 General Headquarters (Jefferson City) -- September 9, 11, 13, and 14, 2013
The salary for a trooper ranges between $3,095 to $3,578 depending on training amount and time in service. Other benefits include group health insurance, contributory retirement, career advancement, and more.
The selection process is a multi-phase testing procedure including: written examination, a physical fitness for duty assessment, polygraph examination, background investigation, and oral interview board. After a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must successfully complete a medical examination (to include vision and hearing), psychological examination, a psychological interview, drug screening, and final applicant review.
Interested persons can find out more about the qualifications by contacting a Patrol recruiter at telephone number 1-800-796-7000, or may apply online at

Water Over The Roadway

The Bates County Sheriffs Department recieved a call of water over the roadway on B Highway 5 miles East of Rich Hill. Please use caution when traveling in this area. Bates County Live will update any other water hazards when the information comes into us.

Adrian Christian Church Girls Youth Group

Car Wash Saturday August 10th,2013 10am to 1pm Sears Parking Lot in Butler. Donations to Young Women's Conference in Nebraska. Come out and have your car washed

CIRCUIT COURT, AUG 5 - 9, 2013‏

Diana L Rich , Clerk
Aug 5-9, 2013

Jeffrey A Wolf v Jamie L Wolf(McLay), Joint Motion to Modify Dissolution filed.

Zoske’s Sales & Service, Inc. v Korn Harvesting & Hauling, LLC & Wayne Korn, Petition for Breach of Settlement Agreement filed.

Warning of a Virtual Currency Scam

Kander Alerts Investors of Potential Virtual Currency Scams

Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today issued an Investor Alert concerning potential fraud involving virtual currency. Virtual currency is sometimes used in place of traditional currencies to buy goods and services online.

“Missourians should be cautious if approached with investment opportunities regarding virtual currency,” Kander said. “Investment offers involving virtual currency should be subjected to thorough scrutiny, including an understanding of how the investment makes money and a call to my office to check the registration of the person pitching the investment.”

The Investor Alert follows allegations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that a Texas man falsely promised investors as much as 7 percent interest per week on trades using Bitcoin, a virtual currency. The SEC alleges that Trendon T. Shavers defrauded investors from various states of more than $4.5 million through this scheme. The SEC further alleges that, in a frequent refrain of scammers, investors were promised high yields with little or no risk. Bitcoin was not accused of any wrongdoing.

“All investments carry some degree of risk,” Kander said. “Don’t let the guise of ‘virtual currency’ or the supposed guarantee of high returns lead you into a Ponzi scheme. I encourage any Missourian who invested with Trendon Shavers to contact my office as soon as possible at 1-800-721-7996.”

In Missouri, almost every person offering or selling securities must be registered with the Missouri Securities Division in Kander’s office. Investors should always check the status of their investment advisor or broker/dealer before making an investment. Missourians can do so by contacting the Missouri Investor Protection Center either by calling the Investor Protection Hotline at 1-800-721-7996 or by visiting

New Information In Missing Warsaw Woman: Possible Video of Hellen Cook

The officials obtained video from Wal-Mart for the July 13 th , the day Hellen Cook went missing. We are trying to pinpoint her movements that day to determine if she visited this pond where her shoes, hat, and scarf were found before she continued her walk to Highway 7 and got a ride, OR if she got a ride into town and then came back later to the pond. The answer to this question would send our search efforts completely into a national search (she got in the car with someone after the pond) OR into a localized search (she visited town and then came back to the pond). We speculated that if she went to town, she would have gone to Wal-Mart as she had been trying to get there all morning.

Family viewed video from noon till evening of that day and did not see Hellen on the tape. So we have no answer meaning we still don’t know when she got in the car. We will, as a result, continue both arms of our search; the national and local search must continue.


· The pond is still being drained. Levels aren’t low enough for the officials to rule out her presence in the pond.

· A Cadaver dog is returning Sunday to finish the search started last week, but interrupted by weather. This will be his third trip, the first two were interrupted by severe rain.

· Strikeforce5, a professional search team from St. Louis with their own dogs and search strategies, will be coming August 15.


· Our facebook campaign continues with thousands of hits – every state participating.

· Hellen’s Heroes t-shirts were created for sale to general public. Proceeds will be used to fund the FindHellenCook and donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

· A booth has been secured at the Missouri State Fair to pass out Hellen Cook business cards and information about the Alzheimer’s disease.

"The family continues to look and be hopeful that we will find her. We sincerely, and from the bottom of our hearts, appreciate your support in keeping her face in the public and helping us to continue pressure on the search. If we find our grandmother Hellen, it will be due to the help from our friends in the press and our many volunteers. I also appreciate the many kind words given to us throughout this journey. Again, our sincerest thanks."

Flash Flood Warning Southern Bates County

Weather for Bates... the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a flash flood warning for... Southern Bates County in West Central Missouri... Southern Linn County in East Central Kansas until 1230 pm CDT.  At 718 am CDT, trained weather spotters reported slow moving thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall across the warned area. Spotters in blue mound have measured over three inches of rainfall has already fallen...with another one to two inches possible. Water is across highway 31 in Linn county.  Runoff from this excessive rainfall will cause flash flooding to occur. Some locations that will experience flooding include...Mound City...Pleasanton...Rich Hill...Blue Mound...Hume and Prescott.

House Fire In Vernon County

Butler Fire Department is in route with a tanker truck to assist on a house fire South of Rich Hill to TT Highway then to County Road 1600. The reports are that a trailer house is on fire and this is also going to be in Vernon County. Bates County Live will update this when more information becomes available.