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Friday, September 26, 2014

CIRCUIT COURT NEWS SEPT 16-25, 2014‏



  • Bryan E Murphy v Linda D Murphy, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.



  • Daniel J Ferguson v Sara J Ferguson, Petition for Dissolution of Marriage filed.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office: Warrant Issued

Tommy Davidson Jr

On Sept. 26, Tommy Davidson Jr., 34, Lowry City, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Henry County warrant for failing to appear in court on several misdemeanor charges. Davidson is charged with resisting arrest, operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, operating a motorcycle when driver's license is not validated for such operation, and failing to stop for a stop sign at the stop line before a crosswalk or the point nearest to the intersection. 

The charges stem from an incident on June 1 and the arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 17. Bond is set at $1,000 cash or surety.

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative Warns of Possible Scam


Osage Valley Electric Cooperative has received several reports from our members that have received a call from someone posing as a bill collector from Osage Valley. The member is told that if they do not pay, their electricity will be shut off in an hour. One member was told to go the nearest convenient store and purchase a Green Dot card to avoid disconnect. Please do not respond to this scam. Osage Valley does not ever take credit card information over the phone. Our members can only make credit card payments through our secure automated payment line.

Missouri State Highway Patrol: Watch out for deer


Colonel Ron Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, reminds drivers that deer are more active this time of year, and to please be especially vigilant during evening and early dawn hours. Deer behavior changes due to mating season, which may cause an increase in sightings and roadway crossings. Hunting and crop harvesting may result in these animals being in places they aren’t usually seen. Drivers are urged to remain alert.

Last year, drivers in Missouri experienced 3,498 traffic crashes where deer-vehicle strikes occurred. One deer strike occurred every 2.5 hours in the state. In these crashes, there were no fatalities, but 303 people were injured. 

When you see deer, slow down and proceed with caution. Deer often travel in groups--stay on guard after a close call or when you see a single deer. Natural features also affect deer movement. In areas where there are streams or wooded corridors surrounded by farmland, look for more deer to cross roadways. Remember: Rural areas are not the only place where deer/vehicle strikes occur. In 2013, 26.4% percent of the traffic crashes involving deer happened in urban areas.

The majority of deer strike crashes occur in October and November each year, with the largest number taking place in November. Most deer strikes occur between the hours of 5 p.m. and 6:59 a.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers that an attempt to avoid striking a deer could result in a more serious crash involving oncoming traffic. Try to remain calm. Panicking and overreacting usually lead to more serious traffic crashes. Deer create hazards for Missouri motorists. Please stay alert, and make sure you and the occupants of your vehicle buckle up!

In support of "The Drive To ZERO Highway Deaths," the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!

Bates County Elks Hoop Shoot Contest




  • Date: 11/15/2014
  • Type of Event: Lodge Function
  • Lodge Number: 2653 
  • Location: Butler Elementary School 4 N High St Butler, MO
  • Dates: November 15, 2014 — November 15, 2014
  • Description: The Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest is a co-educational youth basketball program sponsored by the Elks National Foundation. Highlighting the Elks commitment to America’s youth, the Hoop Shoot begins at the local level with Elks Lodges. From there, participants advance through district, state, and regional competitions. Of the millions of young people who participate and advance, six national champions are named—one boy and one girl from each of three age groups: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13. The winners of the national competition each receive a trophy and their names are inscribed on a plaque housed in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Parents accompany contestants throughout each level of the competition. The parents of finalists at the state, regional and national levels attend the competitions as guests of the Elks.



  • The Elks Hoop Shoot provides a unique, character-building and competitive program for all participants, regardless of their athletic ability or previous experience. The program provides children the opportunity to experience healthy competition, establish positive relationships with peers, and develop self-management skills that aid in achieving school and life success. Youth participate at a minimal expense to their parents or school and benefit from the involvement of their families and community members along the way.



  • The Elks Hoop Shoot is FREE to all youth, ages 8-13.



  • Divisions and Age Categories:

There are two Hoop Shoot contest divisions, boys and girls, and three age categories in each division:

Boys, ages 8-9 Girls, ages 8-9 Boys, ages 10-11 Girls, ages 10-11 Boys, ages 12-13 Girls, ages 12-13


  • In addition to the valuable experience that the Elks Hoop Shoot provides, participants are rewarded for their achievements as well. Every participant, regardless of their rank, receives a certificate of participation and achievement for their efforts. Depending on the level of the competition, winners receive a plaque or trophy. In addition to receiving a trophy, national champions also have their names displayed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.



  • Elks Lodge will provide you with the Elks Hoop Shoot Rules and Guidelines and assist you in this event, free of charge.



  • The Elks consider our nation’s youth its most treasured resource and seeks to support them however possible. The Hoop Shoot allows us to provide youth an opportunity to grow up healthy and develop into responsible adults. The program teaches self-discipline, respect and dedication. Through the Hoop Shoot, Elks help prepare youth to face the challenges of today and to take on tomorrow’s opportunities.



  • Contest Attire:

All contestants must wear gym shoes and gym clothes (t-shirt with pants or gym shorts) to compete

Starts at 10:00am-12:00pm


Contact: Marvin Taylor
Contact Phone: 816-738-4499

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Bates County Sheriff's Deputies Locate Stolen Property In Drexel



On 09-24-2014 Bates County Deputies located stolen property at a residence in Lowes Trailer Park in Drexel, MO. This case is currently an open investigation. Items recovered were one orange ladder, go-cart, battery charger, and an air compressor. These items were identified by the victim and have been returned to him.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office: Butler man arrested as results of Search Warrant

Daniel L. Lewis

On 09-24-2014 The Bates County Sheriff’s Office along with the Butler Police Department executed a search warrant at 310 College Street in Butler, MO.

During the search of the residence Law Enforcement located and collected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.


Daniel L Lewis of Butler was arrested and is currently in the Bates County Jail on a $20,000 cash only bond for possession of a controlled substance which is a class C felony. He was also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia which is a class A misdemeanor. 

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Vehicle Crashes Into Light Pole In Butler

The Butler Police Department is on scene of a minor traffic accident on South Main Street and County Club Drive in South Butler. 

The vehicle struck and knocked down a light pole at that location. The driver had a small laceration on his face and refused medical treatment at the scene.

One Person Injured in Cass County Rollover accident


One person was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Sept. 25 in Cass County on I-49 south of the 156.8 mile marker.

Koatha P. Broadus, 40, Kansas City,was Northbound in a 2002 Ford, began to travel off the left side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected. Subsequently, the vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and came to a rest on its wheels.

Koatha P. Broadus experienced minor injuries and was transported by Harrisonville EMS to Belton Research Hospital. His vehicle had extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Miller Towing.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office: Warrant arrest

Karen Kennedy
On Sept. 25, Karen Kennedy, 36, Clinton, was arrested in St. Clair County on a Hickory County warrant charging her with misdemeanor theft/stealing. 

The warrant was issued on July 31. Bond is set at $1,000 cash or surety

Nevada Man Sentenced To 12 Years For Child Porn


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Nevada, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for receiving and distributing child pornography.

James D. Stevens, 50, of Nevada, Mo., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas Harpool on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, to 12 years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Stevens to forfeit to the government a laptop computer, a tablet computer, various hard drives, nearly a thousand CDs and DVDs and other electronic memory devices, all of which were used to commit the offense.

On April 26, 2014, Stevens pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography. According to court documents, law enforcement officers identified Stevens’s computer as repeatedly distributing and receiving numerous videos and images of child pornography. On six separate occasions during their investigation, law enforcement officers received videos containing child pornography from Stevens’s computer through a file-sharing program, with up to 10 videos of child pornography received on each occasion. The videos contained images of children, from eight to 14 years old, being sexually exploited, molested, raped and abused. Additional videos of child pornography were discovered on Stevens’s computers after they were seized and examined.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick Carney. It was investigated by the FBI and the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force.

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Cass County Man Arrested for firing shots at police


Johnson County, KS prosecutors on Wednesday accused a Belton, Missouri man of firing shots at a sheriff’s deputy that was investigating a theft at a construction site.

Richard Dean Bird, 33, was charged in Johnson County District Court with attempted first-degree murder and theft. Bond was set at $1 million.

According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called early Monday to the area of 191st Street and State Line Road on a reported theft in progress.

When a deputy arrived and saw a man, the man fired multiple shots from a rifle at the deputy, who was not hit.

The man fled, and authorities scoured the area Monday morning. Early Monday afternoon, after obtaining a photograph of the man from surveillance cameras, the sheriff’s office arrested Bird in the area of 175th Street and Nall Avenue.

REMINDER: Medication Take Back Day


From 10 AM to 2 PM on September 27, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be available across the country courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Please use this unique opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unused or expired prescription or over the counter medications.

The take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of any unused or expired drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.


The Butler Police Department and Bates County Health Center will again sponsor this event. Please bring any unused or expired medication to Bates County Health Center 501 N. Orange St. Butler, MO from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, September 27, 2014. No drop-offs prior to the event please.

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Community Food Pantry food distribution


The monthly food distribution at the Community Food Pantry will be Saturday September 27 from 8:30-11:30. 

Please bring proof you live in Bates County and we can help you with your food needs. 

The Pantry is located at 709 West Ohio in Butler.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report 9//25/14

On 9/25/14 around 8:30p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Willie Williams 55 years- old from Leavenworth, Kansas. He was arrested on 1.)Driving while intoxicated 2.) Failed to drive in right lane of highway. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and placed on a 12 hour hold.



Weather Update: Weekend looks great


While many of the cold weather fans will feel like this weekends weather is for the dogs other's will feel it is perfect for a different kind of "dogs". This weekend will feel more like the second week of June than the last week of September with highs in the lower 80s. Conditions will also remain dry through the weekend with the exception of a few widely scattered showers across northern Missouri this morning. So, get out there and enjoy, the cold weather will be here soon enough!