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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Minor Accident In Butler

The Butler Police Department is on scene of a minor traffic accident in the Sonic parking lot here in Butler. No injuries reported with this accident. The accident is between a red Dodge and a White Ford.

Weather Update: Pleasant Sunday

The rest of the weekend looks great for outdoor activities, with mild temperatures and dry conditions continuing through Sunday! However; showers and storms will return Sunday night and continue through Tuesday, bringing an additional 1-1.5" of rainfall to the area by midweek.

News video: 2014 Relay for Life

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report: 6/7/14

On 6/7/14 around 2:55am The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 19 year old Harley R. Bridges of Amsterdam, Missouri. 

He was arrested after a accident North of Merwin for 1 count of  Driving while intoxicated. He wasn't booked into jail because he had seek medical treatment for injuries from the accident.

Vehicle Fire North of Archie

The Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Central Cass Fire Department and Adrian Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire in the Southbound Lanes of I-49 North of Archie 3 miles. The vehicle was fully engulfed in flames upon arrival on the scene. Traffic was at a stand still for a brief time. Bates County Live will update this when more information becomes available.

Dr. Long and Dr. Haynie Reception Tomorrow‏

Obituary - Wayne Bentlage

Wayne Bentlage, 53, Greenwood, Missouri died Thursday, June 5, 2014. Funeral services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri and the service information will be updated when it becomes available.

Relay for Life off and running...

The 17th annual Relay for Life event is fully underway at the Wilson Tire (old Walmart) building in Butler. There is a full day planned with an auction, award of scholarships and more. The event will wrap up with luminaries at 10 pm and final final ceremonies around midnight. 


This photo taken around the turn of the century features local ball players with the southwest corner of the Butler square as a backdrop. Note the building on the far right is the current Union Restaurant; at which time was used (upstairs) as a place where men could rent a room. It is rumored that outlaw Jesse James stayed there multiple times.

It's been told that upstairs in the building on the left, abortions were performed around the same time, leading to a legacy of 'strange noises' that have been heard coming from there over the years.

Photo courtesy of Randy Weiss

UPDATE: Rollover Accident With Injuries North Of Merwin, Missouri

Around 1:40am this morning The Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Amsterdam and Adrian Fire Department, Bates County EMS and The Bates County Sheriffs Office responded to a 1 vehicle rollover accident North of Merwin on 18 Highway to County Road NW 14001 just North of County Road NW 14002.

The accident occurred when the 2001 Ford Escape driven by 19 year old Harley R. Bridges of Amsterdam Missouri traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a fence and support post. The vehicle then continued to slide before overturning and coming to rest on its roof in a private drive way.

The driver received moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to The Bates County Memorial Hospital. A couple of passengers in the vehicle Colleen N. Bray 17 of Drexel, Missouri and Tierney Woltkamp 18 years old of Drexel Missouri both received minor injuries and were also transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital.

The vehicle received extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Johnson Tow.

Nevada Speedway: Races Cancelled

Races for Saturday at Nevada Speedway June 7th, 2014 have been canceled due to more expected rain chances.

We will be back in action on Saturday June 14th for our $1,000 to win A Modified Bushwhacker Special! More info to come on that event.

Cass County Sheriffs Office: Death Investigation Continues

Cass County – The Metro Squad investigation into a Cass County homicide began this morning with 10 teams of investigators following up on information and evidence collected by Cass County Sheriff's Office Detective’s on Wednesday.

Investigators are looking into the death of Forrest D. Fuller, 25, of Peculiar, Missouri.  A call came into the Cass County Sheriff's Office around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday from a person who saw the body of the victim in the Wills Cemetery on S. Thorngrove Rd. in rural Peculiar.  Deputies arrived and located Fuller’s body near a vehicle in the cemetery.

“It appears that Mr. Fuller had been shot and at this time we have asked for the assistance of the Metro Squad,” stated Sheriff Dwight Diehl.

Mr. Fuller was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy.  No other details of the investigation are being released at this time.

Anyone with information in this case should call the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-TIPS or 816-380-8712.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office last homicide was in November of 2012

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report: Bates County 6-6-14

  • Around 7:35pm The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 31 year old Christopher S. Bennett of Kansas City, Missouri. He was arrested on 2 misdemeanor warrants out of Clay County Missouri. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and his status is currently bond able.

Rollover Accident with Injuries North of Merwin, Missouri

The Amsterdam Fire Department along with Bates County EMS, Central Cass Fire and Rescue,Bates County Sheriffs Office, Adrian Fire Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol are all on scene of a 1 vehicle rollover accident with injuries. 

The location of this accident is North out of Merwin on 18 Highway past the S curves to County Road 14002 then back West around 2 miles.

The units that are on scene are reporting 4 people are injured and 2 of them with head injuries. Bates County Live will update this when more information becomes available.

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