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Thursday, November 21, 2013

2013 HOLIDAY HOME DECORATING CONTEST


It’s time for you to light up your house for the annual Holiday Home decorating contest. This contest is open to all residents who use electricity and is sponsored by the Butler Park and Recreation Department.
 
If you want to participate you must register to be in the contest. All entry forms must be return by 5pm Friday December 6th. You can drop off entry forms at the Butler City Hall or the Xchanger-News Xpress and if you don’t have a form just send your name, address and telephone number to:
 
Holiday Decorating Contest
PO Box 420
Butler, MO 64730
 
Prizes this year will be first place - $100 off their electric bill; 2nd place $75 off their electric bill and 3rd place will be $50 off their electric. All qualified entrants will receive $10 off their electric bill. The prizes will be deducted from the electric portion of the city utility bill only. Your display must be 500 lights or more to qualify for the contest.
  
Send in your registration now before the December 6th deadline. Judging will be held on Saturday, December 14th.

ED HANNON NEW HOSPITAL CEO AT BUTLER SENIOR CENTER


Ed Hannon, CEO of the Bates County Memorial Hospital will be answering questions at the Butler Senior Center Friday morning at 8:30am. Stop by and have coffee and rolls and meet Ed Hannon.
 

Obituary - Samantha Ann Schaffner

Samantha Ann Schaffner, 40, Hastings, Nebraska, died November 18, 2013 at her home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri with visitation from 1:00-2:00. (A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Obituary - Raymond "Roy" LeRoy Anderson

Raymond “Roy” LeRoy Anderson, 49, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Harrisonville. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, November 22 at the funeral home.

Obituary - Gary William Oliver

Funeral services for Gary Oliver will be 3 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2013 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Rev. Ernie Cecil officiating. Cremation to follow services. Visitation will be prior to services from 2-3 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Contributions to American Diabetes Association or American Kidney Foundation. 

Gary William Oliver, age 65 of Butler, Missouri passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013 at his home in Butler. He was born March 1, 1948 to James Donald and Carolyn Rebecca Perkins Oliver in Belton, Missouri. 

Gary is survived by his wife, Star Oliver of Butler, Missouri; three sons, Michael Scott Oliver and wife Rachel of Butler, Missouri, Bill Peterson of Charlotte, North Carolina and Jim Peterson and wife Kelly of Alexandria, Virginia; one daughter, Monica Lynn Oliver and partner Jessica Colin of Rich Hill, Missouri; three sisters, Marilynn McDaniel of Lincoln, Arkansas, Judy Goin of Independence, Missouri and Wilma Behning and husband Frank of Belton, Missouri; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one granddaughter, Sydney Marie Oliver.

UPDATE: Trailer House Fire South Of Adrian


Around 6am this morning The Adrian Fire Department along with assistance from The Butler Fire Department responded to a structure fire 2 miles South of The Co-op complex in Adrian then back South on County Road 1001. The structure which was a single wide trailer house was unoccupied at the time of the fire. The family had no insurance and the house was a total loss. The Red cross is involved at this time. Bates County Live will update this story when something is set up for this family.

Bates County Sheriff's Department Press Release: New Vehicle Maxxpro MRAP










Press Release

On 11/5/13, the Bates County Sheriffs Office traveled to Colorado Springs Colorado to receive a new specialized vehicle. The vehicle was a donation to the Sheriffs Office through a demilitarization program that allows government excess property to be transferred to Law Enforcement Agencies. Through this program the Sheriffs Office has obtained several pieces of equipment that helps the Sheriffs Office better serve the community and equipment that they would have not been able to afford to purchase on their own.

The vehicle was manufactured by Navistar Defense and the model is a Maxxpro MRAP. The vehicle was originally designed and used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to safely move military personnel from point to point during their missions. The vehicle is designed to withstand IED explosives and small arms fire due to its design and armament.

This particular vehicle was used as a training vehicle for soldiers to prepare them for the capabilities and limitations of the vehicle during battle. This vehicle has been given a new role as a rescue vehicle in Bates County. The MRAP, capable of seating 8 people, will be utilized to assist the Sheriffs Office in rescue missions to include flooding, active shooter situation and standoffs.

The only expense the Sheriffs Office has incurred during the transfer of this property has been sending several Deputies out to Colorado to take possession of the vehicle and bring it back. This vehicle arrived in Bates County on the November 5th and was already called to duty. The MRAP was sent to assist in rural Adrian during the standoff with Baker on November 8th. The Negotiation Team utilized the vehicle as a safe environment to negotiate the surrender of Baker and her hostage.

Sheriff Anderson says,While this vehicle may seem extreme for Bates County to some people, I would call their attention to what is going on in rural areas across the Country. Workplace shootings, school shootings and violence in general are not just big city problems. I would much rather HAVE a piece of equipment that may be used a couple of times a year, then to NEED that equipment and just not have it. Especially if that equipment could save someones life and came with very minimal cost.

Cass County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Arrested Made In Stillborn Baby Found In Bucket

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 28-year-old Pleasant Hill man for allegedly abandoning the body of a stillborn baby in bucket of concrete earlier this month. Matthew Scroggs was charged with abandonment of a corpse and for tampering with a motor vehicle. After a search for drugs and stolen property last month led to authorities discovering the body of a newborn encased in a tub of concrete. The tub was found in a couple's garage in Cass County. 

CIRCUIT COURT NEWS NOV 11-21, 2013‏


CIRCUIT COURT OF BATES COUNTY, COURT NEWS
JAMES K JOURNEY, JUDGE
Diana L Rich , Clerk
Nov 11-22 , 2013
 St v Kattie L Post, I: Felony theft/stealing—found guilty, SIS, 5 YRS Probation, II: Misd. possession Of controlled substance—marijuana, found guilty, fined $250, III: Failure to display plates on motor vehicle/trailer—dismissed, Defe. to attend and successfully complete any counseling/training as directed, to be subject to random drug testing, random home/vehicle searches, Defe. to pay fined within 120 days.

St v. Khanin Daniel Watts, I: Felony possession of controlled substance, oxycodone, guilty plea, II: Felony possession of controlled substance—psilacybin—guilty plea—given SIS, to perform 200 hours of community service, , 5 yrs probation, to pay court costs, to pay $150 on State Forensic Laboratory account, Defe. to be subject to random drug testing, random home/vehicle searches, shall not possess/consume any alcoholic beverages or be where sold/served.

St v. Bobby R Johnson, Jr., I: Felony burglary—found guilty; II: Felony stealing—found guilty, given SIS, 4 days shock time to be served in Bates County Jail, to pay $1500 restitution within 2 years, 5 years probation, pay court costs, to attend and successfully complete any counseling/treatment as directed, to be subject to random drug testing, random home/vehicle searches.

St v. Trey M Riley, Felony burglary, found guilty, sentenced to 5 years in MDOC, given SES, placed on 5 years probation, pay court costs, to attend and successfully complete any counseling/treatment as directed, Defe. to be subject to random drug testing, random home/vehicle searches, to perform 200 hours of community service.

St v. Matt A Harvey, Felony possession of controlled substance, methamphetamines, found guilty, sentenced to 4 years in MDOC, given SES, placed on 5 years probation, pay court costs, pay $150 on State Forensic Laboratory account, Defe. to be subject to random drug testing, random home/vehicle searches, shall not possess/consume any alcoholic beverages or be where sold/served, to perform 200 hours of community service, to spend 60 days in Bates Co Jail as shock detention.

St v. Matt A Harvey, I: Felony DWI—found guilty, fined $200; II: Defective equipment—found guilty, fined $200; III: Defective equipment—found guilty, sentenced to 4 years in MDOC, given SES, placed on 5 years probation, sentences to run concurrently, pay court costs, same conditions as other Bates County case. Defe. to attend and successfully complete any counseling/treatment as directed.

St v. Blake L Leister, probation revoked after admission, sentenced to 4 years in MDOC on Ct I and Ct II, to be served concurrently.

St v. Blake L Leister, probation revoked after admission, sentenced to 7 years on two counts of sale of a controlled substance, sentences to run concurrently with other cases, 120 day call back option. Court recommends ITC treatment program.

Vanessa M Johnson v James W Johnson, Dissolution of Marriage granted.

St v. William T Hollingsworth, I: Felony DWI—guilty plea, II: speeding—guilty plea, sentenced to 4 years in MDOC, given SES, placed on probation for 5 years, fined $250 and court costs, standard conditions on probation.

St v. Frederick L Curtis, Felony tampering, found guilty, sentenced to 5 years in MDOC, given SES, placed on 5 years probation, standard conditions, to pay restitution and court costs.








Bates County Elks Lodge Veterans Monument



The Bates County Elks Lodge have moved one step closer in the construction of the Veterans Memorial Monument that weighs 4,000lbs and will be on the front lawn of The Bates County Court House. Because of the generous donations of the community the stone has been ordered and delivery is expected sometime in April of 2014 weather permitting.
 

However, the Bates County Elks are still in need of donations which will be used for the continual upkeep and maintenance of the monument which will stand as a tribute to those that have served our country. If you would like to make a donation you can contact Terry Agnew at 660-424-0919 or send it to:
 
Bates County Elks Lodge
PO 375
Butler, MO 64730
The Bates County Elks Lodge thank you for your contributions to the Veteran’s Memorial Fund.

HENRY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE NEWS RELEASE: Hunting accident near Deepwater


 According to Henry County Sheriff J. Kent Oberkrom, Cpl. Jason Gillespie responded to 1029 SE 75 Road, near Deepwater, shortly after 6:30 a.m. on a reported gunshot wound.

At the scene Cpl. Gillespie and medics from Golden Valley Hospital Ambulance found Donald Boyle, age 48 of that address with an apparent gunshot wound to the hand. According to the report, Boyle was deer hunting Thursday morning when he dropped his rifle while climbing into his deer stand. The rifle discharged with the round striking his hand. Boyle was able to get back to his house where emergency services were notified.

Boyle was transported to Golden Valley Hospital and airlifted to another hospital for treatment of his injuries.

BCI Glass Loading

On November 13th Bates County Industries sent out it's first load of glass to be recycled.  After collecting it for 6 months the glass load weighed 15ton.  This is a huge amount to be able to keep out of the trash and landfills.  Ripple glass from Kansas City picked up the glass where it will be recycled back into more bottles or insulation for Owen Corning.
BCI does not receive any funds for recycling glass.  We just knew this was a project that was needed in this area and glass recycling fits verywell with the paper, aluminum, plastic and cardboard recycling program thatis already established.

Weston Colburn of Ready Concrete Services graciously donated his machinery and his time to load all the glass from the bunker into Ripple's semi truck. Bates County Industries is located on North Business 49 and west  Route TT.  Please come by or call 660-679-3667 for more information on the recycling program. BCI provides dignified employment for Adults with disabilities.

Weather Update: Light Winter Mix Possible Tonight

 
The weather could get a bit messy later on this evening and through the overnight hours, and could lead to slick roads Friday morning! We'll have rain through the daytime hours today, but cold air will plunge southward this evening and overnight. Light Rain may transition to a mixture of very light snow, freezing drizzle, or perhaps sleet.
Accumulations are expected to remain rather light with a dusting to half inch of snow possible (mainly in northern Missouri, Kansas and southern Iowa and Nebraska), and potential for a very light bit of icing on elevated surfaces. You'll want to watch out for slick roads during the Friday morning commute if wet roads begin to freeze, especially those bridges and overpasses.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Press Release: Charges Filed For The Homicide Of Khighla Parks and Theresa Mohler

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announces that the Missouri Attorney General’s Office has filed charges for the 2012 homicide of Khighla Parks and the 2008 homicide of Theresa Mohler. 

LARRY L. WARNER-Murder in the 2nd Degree,
Conspiracy to Commit Statutory Sodomy and
Endangering the Welfare of a Child, all in connection with the death of Khiglia Parks.
 

Amy Leigh Hartley, 37, Buffalo, is a suspect in the death of Khighla Parks, 15. She is charged with allegedly committing statutory sodomy, first degree child endangerment. keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, tampering with physical evidence in a felony prosecution, and abandonment of a corpse. Hartley purportedly washed bedding to impair an investigation into the death. Hartley is alleged to endangered the welfare of a child through allowing the teenager into her residence at 810 Locust St., Buffalo, where methamphetamine was made and used “to engage is sex with multiple partners, some of whom were known by the defendant to engage in asphyxiation sex.” Hartley is believed to have had illegal sex with the teenager in addition to moving and helping dispose of the body, according to documents filed with the Benton County Circuit Court.

ANTHONY J. BALBIRNIE--Investigators believe Khighla was in the Buffalo area before her death and certain activity in the Buffalo region may have led to her death. The Office of the Missouri Attorney General alleges Balbirnie took Khighla from Greene County to Buffalo for the purpose of engaging in asphyxiation sex with the child. Further, that Balbirnie inflicted serious physical injury on Khighla. The 15-year-old girl died from her air being cut off, it is alleged. Balbirnie has an extensive criminal history which includes resisting arrest, unlawful use of a weapon, forgery and several drug-related charges. There are safety concerns regarding certain witnesses and co-defendants. As a result, some documents in the latest filing and the case itself had been sealed by a judge. On Aug. 10, 2008, Theresa Mohler was at the Anthony J. Balbirnie residence in Polk County, MO. While at this residence, Mohler was bound, held against her will, forcibly injected with narcotics, and raped over several days by Anthony Balbirnie. On Aug. 15, 2008, Mohler escaped the residence on foot and obtained transportation to Springfield, where she was taken to a hospital. While obtaining medical attention, it was determined that Mohler had obtained a serious infection from the forcible injection apparently provided to her from Balbirnie, which eventually led to her death.


On September 21, 2012, 15-year-old Khighla Parks went missing from her residence near Willard, Missouri. The Greene County Sheriff's Department took a missing person report and began an investigation. On September 30, 2012, the body of a deceased, juvenile female was discovered in Truman Lake, Benton County, Missouri. This juvenile female was later identified as being Khighla Parks. At this time, the Benton County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Troop A Unit, in Lee's Summit, Missouri, became involved in the investigation and determined that Parks' death was a homicide. As the investigation progressed, investigators developed information indicating that incidents leading to the death of Parks occurred in Dallas County, Missouri. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control’s Troop D Unit, in Springfield, Missouri, then became involved in the investigation. 


During the last few weeks, charges have been filed on the following individuals in reference to this investigation:

Benton County:

Anthony J. Balbirnie

Murder 2nd Degree
Statutory Rape
Tampering with Physical Evidence
Child Molestation
Tampering with Physical Evidence

Amy L. Hartley

Murder 2nd Degree
Statutory Sodomy
Tampering with Physical Evidence
Maintaining a Public Nuisance


Dallas County:

Larry L. Warner

Murder 2nd Degree
Conspiracy to Commit Statutory Sodomy
Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Anthony J. Balbirnie

Possession of Methamphetamine
Tampering with Evidence

On August 10, 2008, Theresa Mohler was at the Anthony J. Balbirnie residence in Polk County, Missouri. While at this residence, Mohler was bound, held against her will, forcibly injected with narcotics, and raped over several days by Anthony Balbirnie. On August 15, 2008, Mohler escaped the residence on foot and obtained transportation to Springfield, Missouri, where she was taken to a hospital. While obtaining medical attention, it was determined that Mohler had obtained a serious infection from the forcible injection apparently provided to her from Balbirnie, which eventually led to her death. During the last few weeks, charges have been filed on the following individual in reference to this investigation:

Polk County:

Anthony J. Balbirnie

Murder 2nd Degree
1st Degree Assault
Forcible Rape

Anthony J. Balbirnie, 48, is currently incarcerated at the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Northeast Correctional Center in Bowling Green, Missouri. Larry L. Warner, 40, is being held on a $500,000 bond in the Dallas County Jail, and Amy L. Hartley, 48, is incarcerated in the Benton County Jail on a $75,000 bond. 


Investigators believe there may be individuals with further information in reference to these crimes. Any information the public might have regarding these investigations can be forwarded to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters at (417) 895-6868. Investigators would also like to remind callers they can remain anonymous. 


The above charges are mere accusation and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Structure Fire South Of Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department along with The Butler Fire Department is in route to a structure fire 2 miles South of The Co-op complex in Adrian then back South on County Road 1001. The structure is reported to be a unoccupied Double Wide Trailer House which is fully engulfed in flames at this time. Bates County Live will update this story when and if more information becomes available.