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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Rich Hill FCCLA "Keeping Children Warm"


 
Lesli Fletcher, a social worker student at Pittsburg State University, has asked the Rich Hill FCCLA to take part in her project, “Keeping Children Warm.” This is the time of year in which FCCLA students start their STAR events. Kendra Larimore, FCCLA Rich Hill High School vice president, was happy to participate in Lesli’s project. Kendra shares an equal passion for our local foster children. She stated, “I love what she’s doing and it hits close to home. I have aunts who are foster parents.” Lesli encouraged Kendra, when she brought an ornamented box to Mrs. Popplewell, the advisor of Rich Hill FCCLA, so FCCLA could help her collect donations. Kendra became very proactive in creating ways to assemble donations. She did this by placing an additional box in the nurse’s office, writing letters and handing them out to staff, giving letters to local elementary students to take them home to their parents, and sending additional letters to local churches.

In Missouri, there are over 10,000 children placed into foster care each year. Due to the lack of funds available, some of these children do not always receive adequate amounts of winter clothing. You can contribute by donating to this project. There is a box in Mrs. Popplewell’s classroom and the nurse’s office, located at Rich Hill High School. The clothing must be new or gently used; no stains or holes. Enthusiastically, Kendra stated, “I don’t see this as giving back to the community; I see this as helping people when they need it. That’s what FCCLA is all about, helping people, and I plan to help and get as many people involved as possible.”

Grass/ Bean Field Fire West of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Fire Department is in route to a possible Grass/Bean Field Fire West of Amsterdam on J Highway. Unknown at this time if this is a controlled burn. Bates County Life will update this when and if more information becomes available.

Bates County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Bond Reduction in the Adrian Standoff Case

 
Early this morning a hearing in regards to State of Missouri vs Rhonda L Baker was heard in Bates County Associate Circuit Court before the Honorable Judge Hopkins. Bond in that case was reduced $20,000 to $5,000.00 cash or surety.

Baker was arrested Friday November 8th after a 6 hour standoff. Baker and her boyfriend were held up in their home in rural Adrian. It was reported to Law Enforcement that Baker was suicidal and had threatened Law Enforcement. Baker was wanted for questioning on an assault that sent a 62 year female to the hospital on Monday November 4th.

During the standoff the boyfriend was considered a hostage because he told the negotiators that Baker would not allow him to leave the residence. He later told Law Enforcement that he was afraid that if he left the residence then she would either kill herself or cause the police officers to kill her. Baker and her boyfriend were convinced by Bates Countys Crisis Negotiation Team to come out of the house. Baker denied that she was ever suicidal. Baker was charged with Assault 2nd degree with a bond set at $20,000.

This is the Second Time that Ms. Baker has barricaded herself in the residence. On February 14, 2011 Ms. Baker allegedly pointed a gun at another person and law enforcement at the house. Ms. Baker retreated into the house and a 12 hour standoff took place. Eventually the police shot tear gas into the house to bring the situation to a peaceful ending. At the time of this new incident Ms. Baker was out of jail on a $7500 bond for the 2011 Unlawful use of a weapon charge. That charge is scheduled for trial in early 2014.

On each of these incidents multiple agencies were called to assist. Thousands of dollars and resources were used to bring each incident to a peaceful resolution.

When asked about the bond reduction Sheriff Andersons response wasExtremely disappointed, especially since this is our second time!! We continue to ask our law enforcement officers in this county to put themselves in the line of danger to protect our citizens from people like this just to see them get out of jail within days of the event. It becomes hard to ask my deputies and their family to be prepared that they may make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the community. Its also tough to be the guy that talks to the neighbors or victims and try comfort and reassure them that they are safe in their homes.

Sheriff Anderson also added, “When I took Office, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the laws of this State and Nation. My staff and I fully intend to continue to protect the innocent and seek Justice for our citizens.

REMINDER: Miami FCCLA Booster Club

 
Miami FCCLA Booster Club is having a Trivia Night, Fri, Nov 15 beginning at 6pm in the Miami School Cafeteria.  Get your team together of up to 10 people or come join one of our teams.  It is 10 rounds of 10 questions.  It is $5 per person and walking tacos will be for sale also.  Come join us for a fun filled night.  If you have any questions email scrawford4@marykay.com or call 660-267-3444

GUN AND KNIFE SHOW IN ADRIAN

 The Adrian Optimist Club is hosting a Gun and Knife Show in Adrian on Friday, Dec. 13th from 5pm to 9 pm, Saturday December 14th from 8 am to 6 pm and Sunday December 15th from 9 am to 3 pm, at the Adrian Optimist Building located off i-49 into Adrian, turn left at the 4 way stop.  There will be raffle items, a door prize and 150 tables at the show. Admission is $5.00 per day and children under 10 is free. For more information you can contact Jim Binkley at (816) 213-7247

Take Back Our Schools Meeting

 The Take Back Our Schools meeting will be held at Ballard R-II Friday November 15th at 6:30.  We will have two speakers present from the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core and Senator Ed Emery will also be attending. Everyone is invited to attend

ADRIAN ELKS HOOP SHOOT

It’s time for the Adrian Elks Hoop Shoot free throw contest, on Saturday November 16th This event will be held at the Adrian High School Gym starting at 9 am. This free throw contest is a free event for boys and girls ages 8 through 13. This contest is sponsored by the Adrian Elks #2864 of Adrian. For more information call Sue at 816-297-2220.
 


Nevada Man Pleads Guilty


 A Nevada man has pleaded guilty Tuesday in Vernon County circuit court to charges alleging receiving stolen property, the unlawful use of a weapon, the unlawful use of an explosive device and the possession of a controlled substance. 22-year-old Stormy B. Miller was arrested by Vernon County sheriff's officers earlier this year during a traffic stop near Elmwood Estates. Miller was sentenced to seven years in prison on the stolen property charge and was ordered to pay just over $1,900.00 in restitution. He also was sentenced to prison on the weapon, explosive weapon and drug possession counts, concurrent with each other and the receiving stolen property count.

Weather Update: Weekend Rain- Cooler Monday

Dry and mild today through Friday. Over the weekend showers, and possibly a thunderstorm will develop early Saturday through Sunday. It will be breezy over the weekend with gusts from the southwest to around 35 or 40 mph on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will be continued mild through Sunday afternoon, middle 60s to around 70 degrees. By Sunday evening a cold front will bring temperatures back down into the 40s...which will be the highs Monday through Wednesday.
Dry and mild today through Friday. Over the weekend showers, and possibly a thunderstorm will develop early Saturday through Sunday. It will be breezy over the weekend with gusts from the southwest to around 35 or 40 mph on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures will be continued mild through Sunday afternoon, middle 60s to around 70 degrees. By Sunday evening a cold front will bring temperatures back down into the 40s...which will be the highs Monday through Wednesday.