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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Carthage man arrested in connection to a Nevada burglary case

 Dustin Bittick
A Carthage man has been arrested in connection to a Nevada burglary case. According to Nevada Police Department Officials, On February 12th, Officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary. During the investigating, an eye witness reported to having witnessed the suspect force entry into the residence, where it was also determined the suspect acted alone. 

The suspect has been identified as 30 year old Dustin Bittick. Bittick is charged with attempted burglary in the 2nd degree, and property damage in the 2nd degree. Bittick is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $6,000 cash or surety. Nevada Police Department reminds area residents to contact their local police department if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime. The confidential Tip Hotline can be reached at 417-448-5117.

Obituary - J. D. Lancaster

J. D. Lancaster, 78, Peculiar, Missouri, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at his home. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 16 at the New Hope Christian Church in Belton, Missouri with visitation from 1:00-2:00. Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Christian Church Building Fund. Inurnment will be held at the Peculiar Cemetery at a later date.

J. D. was born April 3, 1936 in Chetopa, Kansas, the son of William Oliver and Lula Candace (Holt) Lancaster. He married Janet Ilene Seymour on February 13, 1988 in Olathe, Kansas. He was a lifelong Cass County, Missouri resident. J. D. was a six-year veteran of the U. S. Army Reserve.

He worked for Yellow Freight as a local driver for 30 years before retiring in 1998. He was a member of Teamsters Local #41 and a member of the Teamsters Retired Club. J. D. was also a member of the New Hope Christian Church in Belton, Missouri and a 32 year AA member.

J. D. was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Janet, of the home; one daughter, Kelly Harlan, Peculiar, Missouri; stepsons, Scott Rowland, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Bryan Schooler, Princeton, Missouri and Stephen Schooler, Mercer, Missouri; stepdaughters, Kim Rowland, Liberty, Missouri and Linda Hague, New Town, Missouri; one sister, Blanche North, Chetopa, Kansas; 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Obituary - Allison W. Smith

Allison W. Smith, 31, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, formerly of Harrisonville, Missouri, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New Hampshire. Services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville. Service information will be updated when that information becomes available.

Obituary - Claude William Hall

Claude William Hall, 89 of Butler formerly of Harwood, MO died Friday, February 13 at Medicalodge of Butler. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 18 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel in Butler with Pastor Lance Loughridge officiating. Visitation will be from 10-11 am Wednesday immediately prior to services also at the chapel. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Moore Cemetery, Nevada, MO. Contributions may be given to Heartland Hospice or Medicalodge of Butler Alzheimer’s Unit. Online condolences may be sent to 

Claude is survived by son Frank Hall and wife Lisa of Kirwin, Kansas; daughters Barbara Scrogham and husband Kevin of Butler and Tina Ortmann and husband Clayton of Arthur, MO.; adopted daughter Christina Garzi and husband Chris of Monegaw Springs, MO; brother Pete Hall and wife Nellie of Milo, MO. Nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.