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Monday, March 10, 2014

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Seeks Candidates For Its 100th Recruit Class

The nationally accredited Missouri State Highway Patrol, one of the most recognized and respected law enforcement agencies in the nation, is accepting candidates for the 100th Recruit Class. This class of new troopers will represent the 100th training class since the Patrol’s inception in 1931. Over the years, the Mis...souri State Highway Patrol has adapted to the challenges of law enforcement and highway safety. It has established itself as a leader by hiring and training a diverse workforce of men and women interested in representing the state of Missouri and serving the public. Qualified individuals from all demographics are welcomed and encouraged to apply. The application deadline is April 4, 2014.

Candidates are required to meet minimum requirements by the time the recruit class begins on January 5, 2015. The minimum requirements are: possession of 60 college credits, or two years federal (Title 10) active duty military service with an honorable discharge, or two years of POST-certified, full-time law enforcement service. The starting salary for trooper is $3,137 per month while in training. Additional increases are subject to annual appropriations. Troopers become eligible for advancement in rank after five years of service. Currently, Troopers with five years of service earn $47,484 annually.

In commemoration of the 100th Recruit Class and this milestone in the history of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a special Recruit Patch Brochure was created. The brochure contains historical information about and photographs of Patrol recruit training. A copy of the Recruit Patch Brochure can be found with this news release on the Patrol's website.

The selection process for the 100th Recruit Class consists of written examination, fitness test, polygraph examination, background investigation, vision and hearing tests, psychological examination, medical exam, and drug test.

Interested individuals can contact a recruiter at 1-800-796-7000, or visit to apply online

Warrensburg Police Department: joint investigation leads to arrests

Latasha Wilson

Zakary Carter

The University of Central Missouri Police Department and the Warrensburg Police Department's joint investigation in the discovery of an infant's body in a cave at Pertle Springs recreation area on March 4 has resulted in the arrests and filing of formal criminal charges against two individuals.

Based on current evidence, Latasha Wilson, 19, Warrensburg, was formally charged with Abandonment of a Corpse, a Class D felony, and Zakary Carter, 20, Warrensburg, has been formally... charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, a Class D felony.

Authorities await the results of the autopsy and will continue to further investigate to determine if additional charges will be filed.

The arrests are a result of the community responding to the request for assistance posted in the media and the partnership of UCM Police, Warrensburg Police and the Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney.

Anyone who may have additional information pertaining to this case should contact the Warrensburg Police Department Detective Division at 660-747-9133.

Leftover Girls Scout Cookies For Sale Tomorrow at Custom Creations By Harvest Hill

Tomorrow 3-11-14 stop by Custom Creations by Harvest Hill located at 16 W. Ohio on the Northside of the Butler Square. The ladies there will be selling left over girls scout cookies and have about 12 boxes left. They will be 4$ a box and they are currently not taking anymore orders at this time. Won't last long so if you want them you better get there early.

Fraudulent Online Firearms Sales

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is providing the following information to make you aware of fraudulent online firearms sales. Some individuals are using fraudulently altered Federal firearms licenses to sell but never deliver firearms online.

A typical online scam starts with an online firearm advertisement. Purchasers who respond to the advertisement by telephone or email receive an invalid, counterfeit copy of a license that appears to be valid. After sending payment, the purchaser never receives the advertised firearm(s) and the fraudulent seller removes the original online advertisement and contact information.

Licensees are reminded that only transactions between licensees require the furnishing of a certified copy of the license. Licensees should consider only providing the basic license number to individuals (e.g., 1-75-12345). The individuals can use FFL eZ Check to confirm the validity of the license number before sending payment for firearms advertised online. If you have general questions regarding the FFL eZ Check system, you may contact the Federal Firearms Licensing Center at 1-877-560-2435.

Community Notice: Pick Up Decorations at Oak Hill Cemetery

The deadline to pick up Christmas decorations on grave sites at the Oak Hill Cemetery will be March 31, 2014. All decorations after that date will be removed by the cemetery crews.

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Essay Contest

Attention High School Juniors! Don't miss your chance to win an all expense paid trip to Washington DC this summer. It doesn't get any easier than our essay contest. Take a few minutes to fill out the form and write a couple of paragraphs about yourself. Just a few minutes of your time could earn you the trip of a lifetime. Hurry! The deadline in noon, March 18th.

Vernon County Sheriff's Press Release: Bowman arrested for child porn.‏

Curt L Bowman
Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said Monday that Curt L Bowman 42, of Nevada is expected to be transferred into federal custody this week. Sheriff Mosher said Bowman was arrested at his home just outside of Nevada Friday morning after his Office and members of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force served a federal search warrant at Bowman’s house. The Sheriff said his detectives had been working a case in conjunction with the Cobb County Police Department in Atlanta, Georgia involving a juvenile that was being “sexually exploited.” Cobb County’s investigation led them to Vernon County and at that point they contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mosher said he could not comment on any details of the case but said there was enough evidence found during the search warrant to place Bowman under arrest. A warrant was applied for at the County Prosecutors Office and the 28th Judicial Circuit Court issued a warrant for Sexual Exploitation of A Minor, a B felony, and Possession of Child Pornography -2nd/Subsequent Offense Or Possession of 20 pics/one film/Videos Tape, also a class B felony.

The Sheriff said even though state charges were filed, he expects federal charges to be filed on Bowman who is cfurrently being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $100,000 cash only bond.

St. Clair County Sheriff's: Man Arrested on 3 Felonies for Stealing

On Saturday morning, March 8, Robin L. Perry, 48, Kansas City, was arrested on three felony charges after an off duty St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office detective caught him attempting to steal copper from an air conditioning unit and propane tank at the Valley Center United Church of Christ, Deepwater. Perry attempted to flee in a nearby field, but was apprehended a short time later. 

The investigation revealed evidence inside Perry’s vehicle that appeared to be taken from the church as well as other items. At that time, deputies were advised air conditioning units were reported stolen from the Boy Scout Hall located at the intersection of A Highway and 13 Highway near Lowry City. Evidence from the stealing at the Boy Scout Hall was also located in Perry’s vehicle.

An arrest warrant was obtained the same day charging Perry with stealing wire/electrical transformer or other device/pipe, a class C felony;  resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, a class D felony; and receiving stolen property, a class C felony.

Bates County Memorial Hospital: Medical Service Grant


Bates County Memorial Hospital extends its appreciation to the Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. for supporting the Bates County Emergency Medical Services with a $996 grant from the Enbridge Safe Community Program. The funds were utilized to purchase high-intensity LED lights for emergency medical staff to carry on their person. These rescue-quality flashlights provide additional safety to hospital staff when providing emergency medical care in conditions that may be unsafe and have poor lighting.  Through the Safe Community Program, Enbridge proudly supports emergency staff through the United States and Canada.


Diana L Rich , Clerk
March 3 - 7, 2014

Derek B Kirtley v Jody J Kirtley, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

Codey R Henderson v Megan D Henderson, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

Shawn R Mayfield v Brandy J Mayfield, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

St v. Denver R Ivlow, I: Felony assault; II: Felony assault; III: Felony assault; IV: Felony assault; V: Felony assault; VI: Felony endangering welfare of child; VII: Felony endangering welfare of child; Defendant found guilty, given SES, placed on 5 years supervised probation, to pay court costs, obey all laws

Obituary - Robert Oliver Burns

Robert Oliver Burns, 73, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Shangri-La Rehab & Living Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Robert was born September 26, 1940 in Higginsville, Missouri, the son of Joseph O. and Margaret Lucille (Wentworth) Burns. He married Marie Wardlow on November 28, 1959 in Higginsville. He was a retired U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving from 1966-1974. During his service, he received numerous medals and ribbons, including a Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation, a Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and a Navy Commendation Medal.

Robert was a certified water plant operator for the City of Harrisonville for 28 years until his retirement in 2006. He was a member of the Harrisonville VFW Post 4409 and the Harrisonville Elks Lodge #2791.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Marie, of the home; and three sisters, Joann, Wanda and Carolyn.

One person injured on Cass County Crash

One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on March 9 in Cass County on Highway 7 at Sycamore Road.

Morris E. McElwain, 42, Garden City, wearing a seat belt, southbound in a 2000 Chevrolet truck, failed to see a 2007 Suzuki SUV southbound by Michelle D. Baker, 43, Nevada, wearing a seat belt. Subsequently, the McElwain vehicle traveled in front of the Baker vehicle. The Baker vehicle traveled off the right edge of the highway. Striking a bridge pillar, the McElwain vehicle then came to a final rest off of the highway.

Michelle D. Baker experienced minor injuries and refused treatment at the scene. Her vehicle was totaled and removed from the scene by Johnson’s Towing. The McElwain vehicle had moderate damage and was driven from the scene.

Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper A.J. Bell investigated the accident. Investigation is continuing.

St.Clair County Arrest Warrant Issued For Collins Man

Travis Lee Carr

On March 5 an arrest warrant was issued for Travis Lee Carr, 21, Collins, for failing to appear in court on two conservation related charges. Carr is charged with a class A misdemeanor of pursuing/taking/killing/possessing or disposing of wildlife illegally and a class C misdemeanor of attempting to pursue/taking/kill/possess or dispose of wildlife illegally. Total bond is set at $1,000 cash only. The charges stems from an incident in November 2013. Those with any information concerning Carr's location are urged to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Weather Update: A taste of spring

Better start thinking of the excuse you are going to use to get out of whatever you are responsible for today cause you will likely be suffering from an extreme bout of Spring Fever. This condition (Spring Fever) typically develops as a result of pleasant weather after prolonged exposure to cold, snowy, wintry weather (last time it was 70° in KC, Nov 16th 2013). The only known cure is to go outside and do something you enjoy. But, keep in mind getting a doctors excuse on such short notice might be impossible as your doctor might also be out with a bad case of Spring Fever. How are you going to enjoy this Monday?

St. Clair County Felony arrest warrant issued for Thompson

James P. Thompson
On Friday, March 7, a St. Clair County arrest warrant was issued for James P. Thompson, 43, Lowry City, charging him with three felony counts. Thompson is charged with armed criminal action, an unclassified felony; endangering the welfare of a child, a class C felony; and unlawful use of a weapon, a class D felony.

The charges stem from an incident at Casey's General Store on Feb. 23 when St. Clair County deputies and the Osceola Police Department (OPD) were dispatched to a call regarding a man with a gun inside the store. The OPD’s investigation revealed Thompson was carrying a handgun and pointed it at an individual inside the store. There was a child nearby.
Those with any information concerning Thompson's location are urged to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to