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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Fun & Safety Night in Drexel

Missing Woman Found! Silver Alert Cancelled

Gail Helen Coppersmith
Gail Helen Coppersmith has been located and is safe. With the assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies she was finally located by the Kansas Highway Patrol in Bonner Springs at a McDonalds on K-7 and Kansas Avenue. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office also appreciates the assistance of local media outlets for their help in getting the word out about our missing lady.

Absentee Ballots Available at County Clerk's Office

Absentee ballots for the November 4th Primary Election are now available at the County Clerk office in the Bates County Courthouse, 1 North Delaware in Butler, MO.

Qualified registered voters may request an application for an absentee mail out ballot by calling the Bates County Clerk’s office at 660-679-3371.

The last date to request an application for an absentee ballot by mail is Wednesday, October 29th. The clerk office will be open 8am – 12pm on Saturday, November 1st, for absentee balloting.

The last day to vote absentee is Monday, November 3rd until 4:30pm.

St.Clair County Sheriff's Deputies take reports regarding burned vehicles, money vault stolen from COE and burglary at Old Plantation Motel

Burned vehicles

  • On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy responded to NE 175 Road, Osceola, in reference to two burned vehicles. Dusty Kirk reported when he awoke in the morning, he noticed his two pickup trucks, a white 1992 Chevrolet and a white 1998 Chevrolet, had been burned. The investigation is ongoing.

Money vault reported stolen from Tally Bend Boat Ramp

  • On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy took a report from the US Army Corps of Engineers, in reference to a stolen money vault from the Talley Bend Boat Ramp. The vault was discovered missing on Oct. 19. The vault was completely removed from the ground. Damage was estimated at $1,000. It was noted an estimated $20 was inside the vault. The investigation is ongoing.

Burglary reported at Old Plantation Motel

  • On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy took a burglary report at the Old Plantation Motel, Osceola. John Maggard reported his son noticed a door was damaged and opened on Oct. 18. Maggard reported copper wire was cut and removed from the basement of the motel. He also reported a roll of #12 wire was missing from a shelf in the basement. The investigation is ongoing. Sheriff Keeler urges those with any information on these or any other cases to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to

Tractor battery located

  • On Oct. 20, a St. Clair County deputy received information in reference to an Oct. 18 report of a stolen tractor battery on SW 1051 Road, El Dorado Springs. Larry Roberts advised the battery was located.

Community Food Pantry: Mass Food Distribution

The monthly mass food distribution at the Community Food Pantry will be October 25 from 8:30 - 11:30. 

If you have a food need please bring proof you are a Bates County resident and join us at 709 W. Ohio this Saturday. 

If you have questions call 660 679 3951.

UPDATE: Ray-Pec School District bus crash

On Tuesday, October 20th at approximately 4:15 pm emergency crews were called to the area of SW Ward Road near SW Stuart Road on the report of a two car crash involving a school bus. Officers arriving on scene located a Ray-Pec School District bus that was carrying the girls volleyball team to a match at Lees Summit West High School. The bus was carrying 20 girls and coaches and a single bus driver. 

The driver of the bus told investigators that he had missed the initial turn for the high school and was attempting to make a u-turn when the bus was struck by a flatbed truck that was also traveling northbound. Both drivers refused medical treatment at the scene. Thirteen students from the bus were transported to five area hospitals via six different assisting ambulance providers. Twelve of the girls were listed as minor injuries while one student was listed as serious but not life-threatening injuries. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation and no citations were issued at the scene. The north and southbound lanes of Ward road will be closed until approximately 9:00 p.m.

Courtesy of Lees Summit Police Department

Hume News‏ October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014
Hume News

The community of Hume wishes to extend their sympathy to the family of Viola Irene Swickhamer. She taught school years ago in a one room country school in Hume. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Congratulations to Justin and Jaleana Wehar on becoming getting married on October 11, 2014 at the Hume Christian Church. The Wehars are both educators in the Hume School District.

A big shout out to the Hume PTO, parents, teachers, students, etc. The school carnival was great and always a lot of fun. I know it is always a lot of work, but it is always worth it when we can do something for the kids and give them wonderful memories of their childhood. This is a wonderful tradition that our school has continued to keep over the years.

The Hume Fairboard fundraiser was a lot of fun on Saturday evening. Several enjoyed kids games for all ages, bingo and Texas Holdem. The fair board appreciates all who participated. Congratulations to Shane Hovey of Louisburg, KS for winning the $500.00 gift certificate from 54 Shooter’s Supply.
Hume Christian Church news: Yancey Yarick and his family were in Church on October 12 and gave a report on what is happening with the work of translating the Bible into different lanuguages in Tanzania, Africa. They are ready to begin printing New Testaments in 10 different languages (dialects) after they return to Africa.

The new youth minister is Cole Miller and his girlfriend, Allison Hopkins. They are in charge of the regular youth group meetings on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. for the Junior and Senior High. On Sunday morning they are Children’s Church program for K to 5th grades.

Hume United Methodist Church news: Join us on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for VBS. There will be singing and lots of fun! Lunch will be provided.

Don’t forget our annual Lord’s Acre Day BBQ and Auction on Saturday, November 1. Lots of fun and fellowship for all ages, including music and outside activities for the kids this year! Serving starts at 11:00 a.m. with the auction to start at 1:00 p.m.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report: 10/20/14

  • On 10/20/14 around 6:00 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 45 year old David S. Couch of Independence, Missouri. He was arrested on 1.) Felony warrant out of the state of Texas. He was booked into the Bates County Jail and has no bond.

  • On 10/20/14 around 9:45 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 42 year old Kelly G. Edmiston of Adrian, Missouri. She was arrested on 1.) Felony warrant out of Cass County. She was booked into the Bates County Jail and listed as bond able.