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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Former St. Clair County Sheriff indicted for stealing recovered property

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that the former sheriff of St. Clair County, Mo., was indicted by a federal grand jury today for stealing property recovered in criminal cases and for selling a stolen firearm.

“Today’s indictment alleges that the former sheriff treated the county’s evidence room like his personal tool shed, cheating the taxpayers and citizens of St. Clair County,” Dickinson said. “No one is above the law. When the county’s chief law enforcement officer violates the very law he took an oath to uphold, he will be held accountable.”

Ronald E. Snodgrass, 46, of El Dorado, Mo., was charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Snodgrass served three terms as the elected sheriff in St. Clair County, from Jan. 1, 2001, through Dec. 31, 2012. He lost his bid for reelection in 2012.

Under state law, any property seized by the sheriff’s department must be disposed of by a court order that authorizes the return of the property to a claimant. If property is unclaimed, it must be disposed of through a public sale (with the proceeds deposited in the county treasury), destroyed, or forfeited to the state. State law did not authorize Snodgrass to convert unclaimed property seized in criminal cases to his own personal use.

Today’s indictment charges Snodgrass with two counts of theft concerning programs that receive federal funds. (During Snodgrass’s tenure as sheriff, the U.S. Marshals Service contracted with St. Clair County to house federal inmates at the St. Clair County Jail.) Snodgrass allegedly stole a John Deere zero turn mower on Sept. 8, 2009. Snodgrass allegedly stole a 2009 Polaris Ranger UTV on Sept. 29, 2012.
The federal indictment also charges Snodgrass with selling a stolen firearm. Between Aug. 7, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, Snodgrass allegedly sold a Remington .22-caliber rifle that he knew had been stolen.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require Snodgrass to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged offenses, including a money judgment of $16,000.

Dickinson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull, II. It was investigated by the FBI, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the St. Clair, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Obituary - Eula Fern (Jackson) Manser

Eula Fern (Jackson) Manser

Funeral services for Eula Manser will be 11:00 AM Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be prior to services from 10 – 11 AM at the funeral home. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions are in memory of Eula are suggested to the Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Adrian, Missouri. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at
Eula Fern (Jackson) Manser, 102 years, 7 months, and 5 days, of Rockville, Missouri passed away July 21, 2014 at her home in Rockville. She was born December 16, 1911 in Bates County, Missouri, daughter of Charles and Rosella (Stark) Jackson.

Eula was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her brothers Earnest, Bernie, Carl and Wesley Jackson; sisters Laura Rabourn, Maudie Smith, and Josephine Hockett; and grandchildren Larry Dennis, Calvin Embry, and Debbie Ames. She is survived by her son, Charles Manser and wife Naomi of Boulder, Colorado; daughter Jessie Watson and husband Frank of Rockville; daughter Lavonne Embry and husband Jim of Rockville; grandchildren Marla Scolman, Melissa Wager, Michael Manser, Kathy Harra, Brenda Mart, Janet Stolifer, Jeannie Parmon, Becky Barnhart, Rose DePietro, and Carol Criswell; 12 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Cass County Sheriff’s Office: Car up for bids

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office is currently selling this Gray 2007 Chevy Impala. Bids will start at $2,300 and the vehicle is sold “As Is.” All inquiries need to be received by 08-05-14 at 9:00 am. Please contact Sergeant Whitmore at 816-380-8350 to make an offer or inquiry.

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Adrian Lions CLub Co-Ed Softball Tournament

 "Texas Rules"/one pitch softball tournament with a HR derby available, there's probably not a better way to spend a Saturday! Spread the word so we can get a big turn out!

Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy is now accepting applications

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office Regional Training Academy is now accepting applications for its 2015 class. If interested, please visit our website at to obtain an application or view our frequently asked questions. For answers to additional questions, please contact the Academy Director at 816-380-8309.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report 7/22/14

  • On 7/22/14 around 10:30am The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 27 year old Johnathan M. Phillips of Greenfield, Missouri. He was arrested on 1.) Felony warrant out of Henry County 2.) Driving while suspended. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and his current status is bond able.

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REMINDER: Butler Youth Tackle Football Camp

Cass County Sheriff's Office: The Sheriff's Citizens Academy

The Cass County Sheriff's Office is set to begin the fall session of the Sheriff's Citizen Academy. The Sheriff's Citizens Academy (SCA) initiated by Sheriff Dwight Diehl is a free eight-week course that gives citizens an in-depth look and hands on training into the career of law enforcement at the Sheriff's Office. Citizens will be instructed by deputies on the subject of patrol, jail, communications, investigations, court, and community policing. 

Courses are held on Wednesday nights from 6:30 p.m. until approximately 9:30 p.m. Each week a new topic will be introduced and discussed. Citizens will also have the opportunity to ride along with a patrol deputy, work with jail deputies and communication officers. This enables them to observe firsthand how the Sheriff's Office handles incidents. 

Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions and must be a resident or business owner in Cass County.
The Sheriff's Citizens Academy will begin on August 20th, 2014 and is limited to 20 persons. 

Individuals interested in attending the Sheriff's Citizens Academy should contact Lt. Kevin Tieman at 816-380-8615, or SEND AN EMAIL.

Applications for the next class can be obtained by CLICKING HERE. Completed applications can be mailed to:

Sheriff's Citizens Academy
2501 West Mechanic, Suite 100
Harrisonville MO, 64701

Vote August 5th- It's your duty!

You know the old saying...if you don't vote, don't complain!
Below is the sample ballot for our local elections- study it carefully 
and exercise your right to vote on August 5th!
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Street Closure In Butler

The City of Butler crews will have High Street from Howard Street to Atkinson Street closed today. Please use a different route around this area.  

Bates County Live will update when the street is back open.

Miami R-1 Well Represented at FCCLA NATIONAL Leadership Conference

Kara Goddard and Jaclyn Crawford
 Kara Goddard and Jaclyn Crawford from Miami attended the FCCLA 
NATIONAL Leadership Conference in San Antonio,Texas July 5-10.
Both of these young ladies competed in STAR Events in the categories
of recycle and redesign and fashion construction. Through hard work, 
leadership skills,and perseverance both ladies earned a gold medal. 
We are so proud of them and appreciate all the monetary support from
the community. This is the first time for Kara to compete at nationals 
and Jaclyn' s fourth. Great Job girls and we cannot wait to see all that 
you accomplish next year.

Butler Senior Dance This Saturday

Butler, Mo - On Saturday July 26th at 7 pm there will be a Senior Dance at the Old Butler High School. The doors will open at 5pm and the band 4 for Country band will be there for entertainment. The cover charge for this event is $10per person and along with a covered dish.

The Old Butler High School is located at Havana and Pine Streets. After expenses, the balance of proceeds will go to help school scholarships.

If you have any questions about the Senior dance please call Phyllis 816-738-1063 or Wayne 816-738-3226.

Bear Backers Glow Run set for September 20

The Butler Bear Backers Glow Run 5k is all set for the evening of September 20. Open registration and check in will start at 7 pm, with line up at 8 pm at the Butler High School track. The run will begin at 8:30.

All participants must fill out the registration/waiver form- download a copy by clicking the link below, print, sign and you must register by Sept. 4th to be guaranteed a T shirt.

Click here to download the registration form

Weather Update: Extreme Heat Today... Isolated Severe Storms Tonight

Today will easily be the hottest day of the summer with extreme heat expected!! Today, highs will rise into the mid to upper 90s and factoring in the humidity, heat index values will be in the 103 to 110 degree range. As such a heat advisory is in effect until 7PM this evening. All precautions should be taken to beat the heat, including: staying hydrated, avoid working or exercising outside during the heat of the day and if you must be outside take frequent breaks in air conditioned environments, and wear light clothing. Do not leave children or pets in the car. Check on children, pets, and the elderly to make sure they are handling the heat well.

A break from the heat will come tonight as a cold front moves into the area. Thunderstorms will be possible along the front tonight with the chance for isolated severe storms (mainly north of I-70) capable of producing damaging winds and large hail.

Be safe everyone!! How do you plan to beat the heat??