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Friday, April 10, 2015

Butler Public Library: NASA Activity tomorrow

The Butler Public Library will host its big NASA Activity is tomorrow-Saturday April 11th 10:00-2:00 at the
Butler High School Gym Lobby. There will be hands-on activities, planetarium, meteorites, edible black holes, the Design Team from Missouri S & T will be there with some of their creative displays and a tour of the new PTLW Engineering Lab that includes a 3D printer.

This is a FREE event and is open to everyone, especially children. DOOR PRIZES

Saturday evening 7:30-10:00 p.m. there will be a STAR PARTY at the library. We are hoping for a clear skies, so we can view the night sky with telescopes. Please bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on.  


For more information please call the library 679-4321.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Arrest Report: Lees Summit man arrested

On 4/10/15 around 7:10 p.m. The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 44 year old Michael K. Peck of Lees Summit, Missouri.

Mr. Peck was arrested for 1.) Driving while intoxicated 2.) Speeding. 


He was booked into the Bates County Jail and later released.



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Obituary - Hazel Smith

Funeral services for Hazel Smith will be 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 12 at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill, Missouri under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555). Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at the Bethany Mennonite Church. Burial in Bethany Mennonite Cemetery in Rich Hill. Contributions to the Bethany Mennonite Church Benevolent Fund.

Hazel Smith, age 83 of Rich Hill, Missouri died Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Rich Hill as a result of a motor vehicle accident. She was born October 28, 1931 to David William and Ida Johnson Koehn in McPherson County, Kansas.

Hazel is survived by her husband, Jim Smith of Rich Hill, Missouri; two daughters, Gwendolyn Schmidt and husband Edward of Bloomfield, Iowa and Troylene Koehn and husband Kenneth of Montezuma, Kansas; two brothers, Elmer Koehn of Moundridge, Kansas and Gladwin Koehn and wife Wanda of Gentry, Arkansas; two sisters Eunice Schmidt and husband Earvy of De Ridder, Louisiana and Naomi Hiebert and husband Lee of Hydro, Oklahoma; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by three brothers and five sisters.

Vernon County Sheriff re-starts inmate work day for 2015

With the weather warming up, Sheriff Jason Mosher announced on Friday he has started the inmate workday program for this year. Inmates were taken out to pick up trash on 54 Highway just west of Nevada Friday afternoon. “It’s a great way for the inmates in our jail to have a chance to give back to the community” said Mosher. 

The Sheriff said the program is voluntary and that more inmates volunteered to help then what they could take out at one time. “There is a list and they have to wait their turn to go out, but that’s a good thing.” The inmate work day was started in the summer of 2013 after Sheriff Mosher took office.

Gary Drake taken into custody during search warrant

Drake in Custody
One of Vernon County’s most wanted was captured early Friday morning when the Vernon County Special Response Team as well as other members of the Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residents on south 2270 Road between Walker and Schell City. According to a press release from the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Gary W Drake Jr. was taken into custody by the SRT Team in the woods when Drake tried to run on foot from deputies approaching the residence from the drive way. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said his office had been at the address previously but believes Drake ran on foot into the woods when deputies attempted to contact him. “We think he ran the first time we were there so we waited for a while to make him feel safe that we were not coming back and then applied for a warrant” said Mosher. The Sheriff said this time when they went back, a tactical team made their way from a road further north of the property so they would be waiting in the woods, and that is where they took Drake into custody. “He practically ran right into us” the Sheriff said. The Sheriff also said two other people were also taken into custody during the incident but their names have not yet been released pending the filing of formal charges.

Mr. Drake was wanted for charges that included; Involuntary Manslaughter – 1st degree, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, DWI Intoxication Persistent Offender, Driving While Revoked/Suspended, Operating a Motor Vehicle in a Careless and Imprudent Manner, Resisting/Interfering with Arrest, and Non-Support. The Sheriff’s Office had asked for the public’s help in locating Drake last month and the Sheriff said that help is what led to his arrest. “We received approximately 35 tips over the last month, but started watching this location a couple of weeks ago after deputies made contact with someone in that area.” Drake is being held in the Vernon County Jail with bonds totaling $22,500 on three of the warrants and no-bond on the fourth. The Sheriff said his office will also be applying for additional charges stemming from this search warrant.


Obituary - Stella Marie Sallee

Stella Marie Sallee, 84, Harrisonville, Missouri, died Friday, April 10, 2015 at Crown Care Center in Harrisonville. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 13, 2015 at the United Methodist Church in Harrisonville, with visitation from 9:30-10:30 at the church. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, Missouri. Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church Buliding Fund. (A complete obituary will be posted when available).

Second search warrant in Moundville turns up second lab‏

 Randall W. Guilford
A second search warrant was served in the Moundville area at a residence on South 850 road just Southwest of Moundville Wednesday afternoon by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the CNET Drug Task Force. According to Vernon County Officials, investigators seized what they believe to be methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and a meth lab from the residence during the raid. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, two people were taken into custody during the search warrant. “We took two people into custody and received arrest warrants for both people Thursday evening” said Mosher. Felony arrest warrants were issued for Randall W Guilford, 57 of Moundville and Debra J Mccune, 59 of Moundville, for Distribution/Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Use of Drug Paraphernalia. 


Debra J. Mccune
The Sheriff said he could not release any details about the case on Tuesday when they recovered a meth lab in Moundville but said he could now confirm both residences were part of an overall investigation. Certified lab technicians with the Sheriff’s Office were called out to safely remove the chemicals found during the search. “This was the second lab we recovered this week and I’m pleased we were able to do so without anyone getting hurt” said the Sheriff. Both Guilford, and Mccune are being held in the Vernon County Jail with a $25,000 cash only bond each.

William Haynie, MD Nominated for Missouri Family Physician of the Year

Congratulations is in order to Dr. William Haynie of Butler who is one of eight nominees for the 2015 Missouri Family Physician of the Year.

The Family Physician of the Year Award recognizes a physician who:


• Provides his/her patients with compassionate, comprehensive and caring family medicine on a continuing basis.

• Is directly and effectively involved in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of his/her community

• Provides a credible role model, both professionally and personally, to his/her community, to other health professionals, and to residents and medical students

• Can effectively represent MAFP and the specialty of Family Medicine by presenting a good public image

• Exemplifies the family physician’s leadership role in 
improving the health of our state.

Eligible nominees must be in active practice, spend at least 50% of their time in direct patient care, be a Missouri Academy of Family Physicians member in good standing, be board certified in family medicine, be in practice at least ten years since completing residency training.

The Missouri Family Physician of the Year will be announced in mid-June.

Courtesy of Marla Kash Fm. 92 news

UPDATE: Missing man from Collins located alive and responsive

An 83 year-old man who was reported missing in the Collins area was located alive and responsive during a search on Thursday afternoon, April 9. St. Clair County deputies and members of area fire departments located Leslie "Dan" Besser an estimated 150 yards south of his residence in thick brush. 

Mr. Besser was transported by ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital, Bolivar, Missouri. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Copper stolen from cell phone tower in St. Clair County

On April 9, a St. Clair County deputy took a report from a Verizon Wireless representative in reference to stolen copper from a cell phone tower. 

The representative stated sometime between October 2014 and February 2015 approximately $1,500 worth of copper grounding line and bus bar were stolen from Verizon’s wireless cell phone tower located at NE 775 Road, Osceola.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Collins man arrested

Allen Wolf
On April 9, Allen Wolf, 43, Collins, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class A misdemeanor of assault-third degree. The charge stems from an incident on April 15, 2014. The warrant was issued on April 28, 2014. Bond is set at $1,000 cash or suret

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Osceola man arrested

Billy Wood III
On April 9, Billy Wood III, 26, Osceola, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with a class D felony of non support. The charge stems from an incident in May 2012. Bond is set at$5,000 cash/surety.

Butler Police seeking information on cat found shot with a arrow in Butler

If anyone knows who shot a cat with an arrow, or hears someone bragging about it please contact the Butler Police Department at 660-679-6131 or the TIPS hotline at 660-200-2000. This cat was found still alive by a young child yesterday on Thompson St with the arrow still in it. The Animal Control officer was able to get the arrow out of the cat. The cat is currently healing at a vet clinic in town.

If you have any information about this and contact the police your name will be kept confidential.