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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Harrisonville Woman Recieves Moderate Injuries In Cass County Wreck

Around 3:35pm this afternoon the Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Cass County Sheriff's Department Responded to one vehicle accident in rural Cass County around the area of East County Road 245th and Camp Branch Road. The accident occurred when the the 2010 Chevrolet driven by 18 year old Kaitlin R. Fifer of Harrisonville Missouri was traveling Westbound on CR 245TH. The vehicle crossed the center line and ran off the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was taken to Belton Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Miller Tow with extensive damage. The driver was wearing a seatbelt.

Rollover Accident South Of Butler

The Bates County Sheriff's Department along with Bates County EMS is on scene of a 1 vehicle rollover accident on The Outer Road just South of the Old Butler Bowling Alley in Butler. The driver was going Northbound on I-49 and rolled the vehicle off the Highway and the embankment onto the Outer Road. The driver is reported to be a female and she is alert and conscious with a small laceration on her head. Bates County Live will update this when more information becomes available.


 Black Cocker Spaniel found walking in circles at the corner of Ft. Scott and Mechanic in Butler. Appears to be blind…white eyes. Wearing a red collar, no tags. If you have lost this dog call 424-2219.

Obituary - Anastasia "Stacy" Marie Allen-Madison

Anastasia “Stacy” Marie Allen-Madison, 42, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Monday, December 2, 2013 at her home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 1:00-2:00. (A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Henry County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Newly licensed police officers

Brian Bearce, Cheryl Brown, Jalyn Rosier, Pat Yost, Sheriff Kent Oberkrom
BR lr: Derek Foreman, Jared Denham, Brad Page, Thomas Cantrell, Nikki Fenner and Jason Larkins

The Henry County Sheriffs Office is proud to announce the advancement of several employees to licensed police officers. These men and women began their journey in January, 2013 and graduated Wednesday evening December 4, 2013. The graduation ceremony was held at the Performing Arts Center at Clinton High School and was attended by nearly 100 friends and family. Sgt. Paul Abbott, of the Clinton Police Department and Academy Instructor, was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.

The Missouri SheriffsAssociation Class #188 was made up of ten men and women, not only from Henry County, but also Bates, Lafayette and Vernon counties. The eleven month journey of their training covered the complete spectrum of law enforcement 

Henry County graduates included Nikki Fenner, class president, Cheryl Brown, Thomas Cantrell, Jason Larkins and Derek Foreman. Fenner, Brown, Cantrell and Larkins are all current employees with the Henry County Sheriffs Office working within the Detention Center. Foreman is serving as a reserve deputy with Henry County.

Other graduates included Jalyn Rosier, Vernon County, Patrick Yost, Lafayette County, Brian Bearce, Brad Page and Jared Denham all from Bates County.

This was the first academy held in Henry County and all of the instructors are very proud of the dedication and commitment these men and women showed over the past eleven months to become licensed peace officers in the State of Missouri”, Sheriff Oberkrom said.

Bates County Sheriff's Office Press Release: Graduation of Police Cadet‏

From, left to right pictured are: Lieutenant Justin Corbin, Major Jason Lawrence, Deputy Brad Page, Deputy Jalyn Rosier, Deputy Jared Denham, Deputy Brian Bearce, Sheriff Chad Anderson 

The Bates County Sheriffs Office is proud to announce several employees furthering their education in law enforcement. In January, three employees of the Bates County Sheriffs Office and one volunteer of the Bates County Sheriffs Posse, began the process of an eleven month commitment to become certified Police Officers.

The training culminated on December 4th with the Graduation of Class 188 of the Missouri Sheriffs Association Training Academy in Clinton Missouri. The three employees are; Brian Bearce, who currently works at the 911 Director; Jalyn Rosier, who was a Dispatcher/Administrative staff; Jared Denham, who currently works as a Corrections Officer; The Sheriffs Posse member; Brad Page, who served several years as Posse President and was the Co-Founder of the SheriffsPosse.

Brian Bearce will continue to oversee the 911 services in Bates County. Jalyn Rosier accepted a position with the Vernon County Sheriffs Office on November 29th. Jared Denham will continue his position as a Corrections Officer until he can advance to a Deputy position. Brad Page will continue to work full time for KCP&L and will be a part time Deputy as his schedule will allow.

“I am extremely proud of these individuals for their dedication to themselves and the community they intend to serve. “ said Sheriff Anderson. “It has been a long road for each of them since they all have full time jobs and attended school during off duty hours. I have watched each of them grow professionally and wish them the best of luck in the future.”


The window for filing as candidates for the April 8, 2014 Municipal Election begins on Monday, December 16th. The deadline is Tuesday, January 21, 2014. This includes candidates for the Bates County Hospital Board, the Butler R-V School Board and all city offices.

Candidates must file in the Bates County County Clerk’s office located on the second floor of the Bates County Courthouse.Just remember that you can only file between December 16, 2013 and January 21, 2014.

If you have any questions contact Marlene Wainscott, County Clerk at 660-679-3371.


With the end of the 2013 quickly approaching fm92 spoke with Bates County Treasurer Jim Platt regarding the holidays and the December 31st deadline.

The treasurer’s office will be closed December 24th and December 25th for Christmas but will be open all day December 31st for you to pay your Bates County personal and property taxes. His office will close at 4:30pm on December 31st.

The treasurer’s office also has a metal drop box in front of the License Bureau for your convenience and you will be able to use that drop box only until until midnight December 31st.

If you choose to mail your check it must be postmarked December 31st to avoid a penalty. Be safe and take your envelope into the Post Office and give it directly to the person behind the counter and ask them to make sure it’s postmarked December 31st.

Many different ways to avoid paying a penalty this year.


When you reach the age of 87 you enter a phase of your life where you depend on those that love you to help you with your basic needs. We get wrapped up in our busy lives and forget those that were such a strong influence during our young adult years. We love them but lose contact with them and the elderly just disappear.
This is Melody Thornton and I have been made aware of a need in our community, the person that needs our help this Christmas… is someone close to my heart and many of us that grew up in Butler. The lady we talk about today is not our maternal Grandmother… but there are hundreds of us out there that know her …..and call her Granny…
We are reaching out today to the friends, of Mary Holcomb… she may of served you your first Granny Burger or thumped you on the ear for cussing…. Any way you look at it… she was a grandma to us all. Mary Holcomb is now residing in an assisted living residence in Adrian is in desperate need of dental surgery, dentures and a hearing aid. The cost is over $2000.00. Medicare will not pay for this much needed surgery. Granny lives on $35.00 per month and without our help, will continue to suffer with dental pain and the need for dentures.
I am sending plea to those that know and love this woman, those that she has cooked for, listened to, given advice to and served the famous Granny Burgers ….
Let’s cowboy up and donate to the love fund created at Community First Bank in Butler. With our help “Granny" will receive her dental surgery, dentures and hearing aid. Let’s show her we still care and donate in any amount to help reach this $2000 dollar goal for Mary Holcomb.
Donations may be sent or dropped off at Community First Bank in Butler/ Laura Fritts, in care of “Mary Holcomb Love Fund”. We will keep you posted on donations received and our goal process as we raise the funds to meet this goal.
Merry Christmas Granny from all of us that love you!

Courtesy of 92.1 KMOE


In the spirit of giving, Wal Mart in Butler has a truck they would like to fill with toys for needy children. When in Wal Mart pick up an extra toy and help fill the “truck for toys”. Located in the front of the store by registers, you can pick up a toy and just drop it in the truck and you will be helping needy children. You can’t miss the red and white truck.

Weather Update: Snowfall Possible Today - Friday and Saturday Night Into Sunday

Two separate storm systems are expected to bring snow to portions of the region, the first arrives today through Friday and the second Saturday night into Sunday night. Bitterly cold air will remain in place through early next week, with highs in the teens and 20s each day.

Death From Fire Near Warrensburg

Paula Sue Rumsey

The Johnson County Fire District received a call at 4:23 a.m. Thursday about a fire at 603 N.W. 11th Road just west of Route 13, north of Warrensburg.Assistant Chief Dee Bennett said the home was a total loss, although investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.

Paula Rumsey, 49, was found dead inside the home. Bennett said her cause of death is still undetermined. Johnson County Coroner C.L. Holdren was unavailable for comment. No one else was home at the time. Rumsey began her career in the Warrensburg R-VI School District in August 1989 as an Early Childhood teacher at Reese School. She was a kindergarten teacher at Ridge View Elementary before retiring in 2011 and had previously taught kindergarten at South East Elementary.

Donna Turner-Witbeck was an art teacher at the former South East Elementary and met Rumsey when she was hired there in 2002. “She had such a big heart,” Turner-Witbeck said. “She would do anything for you. I know you hear that a lot, but she really would. And she loved to visit with people. She was just very open. And she had such a beautiful singing voice. Sometimes she would just sing in the halls.” Superintendent Dr. Scott Patrick said the Warrensburg R-VI School District was saddened to hear of Rumsey’s death.

“Mrs. Rumsey was a valued member of our Warrensburg teaching faculty for 22 years,” Patrick said in a written statement. “During that time, she formed long-lasting relationships with both staff and students and will be remembered for her caring and compassionate personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with Paula’s family during this very difficult time.” Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sweeny-Philips & Holdren Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. at Blue Springs Cemetery in Blue Springs, Mo.