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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

UPDATE: Standoff In Butler


The Butler Police Department along with The Bates County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol has been in a standoff for the last couple hours with a unknown male subject at a residence located at 205 S. Delaware Street in Butler.

We don't have much information on the cause of this standoff at this time, Apparently from what we know the police attempted to contact a unknown male subject and that subject fled into a house.

However with-in the last 20 minutes The suspect has been taken into custody without incident and was transported to the Bates County Jail. 

Bates County Live will update this story at a later time when more information becomes available.


Weather Update: Rainfall Tonight - Thursday



September not only brings the start of cooler weather but it's also associated with a secondary peak of higher rainfall. So, we're now looking at a stormy period through Saturday as a couple of disturbances aloft plus a cold front and possibly the remnants of Hurricane Odile bring several chances for showers and storms. The first chance arrives after midnight tonight and could last through Wednesday morning....mainly affecting eastern KS and west central MO. May hear a few pings on your windows from some hail up to half an inch in diameter.

The next chance arrives Wednesday night and lasts into early Thursday morning. These storms should be a little more widespread with the heavier rains closer to the MO/KS state line.

The third and final round.....ding....ding....ding, will threaten the entire region with showers and thunderstorms as a cold front sweeps in from the northwest. The remnants of Hurricane Odile could affect us but will most likely remain over southern KS and Oklahoma where heavy rains are possible.

Bates County Sheriff's Office: Felon In Possession of a firearm arrest

Ryan Gabriel
On 09-14-2014 Bates County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on interstate 49 and 52 highway. The Deputy made contact with the driver and identified him as Ryan Gabriel DOB 01-09-1974 of Amsterdam Mo. During this encounter the deputy discovered Ryan Gabriel who is a convicted felon to be in possession of a 22 caliber rifle. The Deputy arrested Ryan Gabriel for felon in possession of a firearm.

Charges were file and a bond set at 10,000.00 cash or surety for Unlawful Possession of a firearm a class C felony.


Obituary - Mary Elaine Lefevre


Mary Elaine Lefevre, Bronaugh passed away on Monday, September 15th at Fort Scott Mercy Hospital.  She was 55.  Arrangements are under the direction of Ferry Funeral Home.  Family will recieve friends on Thursday, September 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ferry Funeral Home.  Services are scheduled for Friday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m. at the Bronaugh United Methodist Church with Pastor Kay Zimmer officiating.  Interment will follow in Worsley Cemetery in Bronaugh.  Contributions may be made in her memory to the Bronaugh United Methodist Church in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

First annual Run to Read 5k a huge success in Butler


On 09-06-14 the Butler Police Association, with the help and support of Get Fit Gym and Beta Sigma Phi-Epsilon Omicron hosted the first annual Run to Read 5k. There were a total of 39 runners registered for the event. 

We managed to raise $361.52 for the Butler Elementary School library to suit their needs and the needs of the children. We would like to thank Sonic for generously donating water, Get Fit Gym and Beta Sigma Phi Epsilon Omicron for donating the resources needed to put on this event and anyone else who helped in any way to help make this event successful.

Vernon County Sheriffs Office Press Release: Search Warrant Served in Nevada‏

Search Warrant turns up drugs, one arrest made

The Vernon County Special Response Team was called out early Monday morning to serve a search warrant at a residence on the 1400 block of N Ash Street in Nevada. The warrant was served in a joint effort with the Nevada Police Department and the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators recovered Methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia during the search. 

One person was arrested but the name has not been released pending the completion of the investigation and formal charges being filed. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said the two agencies working together has made a noticeable increase in the area of drug related arrests as well as crimes of theft and burglary.




Obituary - Samuel Stanley LeeMasters

Stanley LeeMasters 
Graveside memorial services for Stanley LeeMasters will be 11:00 AM Friday, September 19, 2014 in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation. Contributions are suggested to the Missouri Conservation Agency. Messages of condolence for the family may be left atwww.mullinaxfuneralhome.com. Services under the direction of the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler, Missouri.
Samuel Stanley LeeMasters, 86 of Butler, Missouri passed away September 15, 2014 at his home in Butler. He was born August 18, 1928 in Butler, son of Samuel and Mary Alice (Hedges) LeeMasters.
Stanley was born and raised in Butler, and graduated from Butler High School in the class of 1947. He married Nancy Mae McConnell December 5, 1952. He worked at LeeMasters & Son Salvage yard, and also in construction for over 30 years until he retired in 1994. Stanley was a member of the Elks Lodge, and was a 50-year member of Laborer’s International Union of North America. He loved hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening and bingo.
Stanley was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by a son, Sammy LeeMasters of Butler; daughter Patty Stevens and husband Lance of Duluth, Minnesota; son Michael LeeMasters and wife Debby of Butler; grandchildren Deidre Goins, Lance Stevens, Jr.; Aaron Stevens; Jason LeeMasters; Deandra Owen; Trevor Stevens; Delista Craft and Jesse LeeMasters; as well as 14 great-grandchildren.