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Monday, April 20, 2015

Lockdown over at Clinton Walmart no explosive device found

Courtesy of Clinton Daily Democrat
Due to certain circumstances surrounding this particular bomb threat, it was decided that personnel with Whiteman Air Force Base Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit would be called in to make a more thorough assessment of the scene, requiring the Wal Mart store to be closed for an extended period of time. 

No explosive device or any indication of an explosive device were located. At this time, neither a suspect nor a motive for the false bomb threat has been identified. The store was reopened shortly before 10:00 p.m. 

Clinton Police Detectives are continuing to investigate this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Investigations Unit at 660-885-2679.

Courtesy of the Clinton Police Department

Butler man killed in 2 vehicle accident South of Virginia

A Butler, Missouri man was killed Monday afternoon in a 2 vehicle accident just South of Virginia on V Highway in rural Western Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1973 Ford E-700 Dump Truck driven by 19 year old Joseph A. Fields of Rich Hill, Missouri failed to stop at a stop sign located at the intersection of CR NW 2002 and V Highway just South of Virginia.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the dump truck was struck while attempting to cross the intersection by a 2006 Dodge Dakota truck driven by 47 year old John A. Barth of Butler, Missouri in the side causing the dump truck to over turn.

Mr. Barth was life-flighted to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri and was later pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Mr. Fields refused treatment at the scene of the accident, this is fatality accident #11 for Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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UPDATE: Clinton Walmart Still Locked Down

Nearly four hours after calling law enforcement the Clinton Walmart remains closed and locked down. 

We are hearing reports that a specially trained canine unit, which searched the store within the last hour, may have "hit" on something suspicious.

A team from Kansas City are said to be on the way to the scene at this moment.

Mid America Live will continue to monitor this situation and update when we know more.

Cookee's Drive-In Cruse Night

Spring is here, and with it, comes our monthly Cruise-Nights! Bring your car, truck, bike, or anything you're proud of, even projects, to the Cruise-Night on Saturday, April 25th from 6pm-9pm! 

Catch up with friends, have some great food, free fries with sandwich order, and see some beautiful automobiles!

Obituary - William "Bill" Adams

William “Bill” Adams, 61, of Fort Scott, KS passed away April 19, 2015 at his home in Fort Scott. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at Mullinax Funeral Home in Butler, MO. (660-679-0009) Visitation will be 1- 2 pm prior to services at the funeral home. Contributions are suggested to the American Lung Association. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

A full obituary will be published as soon as if becomes available.

"All Dolled Up" at Bates County Museum this weekend

SEEING DOUBLE- These two young ladies attended
Saturday's brunch with their look alikes
Our 7th Annual Ladies Spring Brunch was held this past Saturday. The theme was "Our Never Ending Love of Dolls" and the ladies brought their favorite dolls to display. Young and old alike... It was a delightful day! Many thanks to all the women who support this event and help to make our museum so amazing!

-Peggy Buhr

Robertson Hall was filled to capacity last Saturday for the annual Ladies Brunch

Henry County Sheriffs Office: Arrest warrants/ Domestic Assault and Arson in Deepwater

According to Sheriff Kent Oberkrom, felony arrest warrants have been issued in connection with a domestic disturbance that escalated into a residence fire which was intentionally set by a suspect on Saturday morning in the City of Deepwater.

Around 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, Deepwater Police Chief Robert Vick was contacted by the Henry County 9-1-1 Center after receiving several telephone calls regarding an explosion within a residence in the 100 block of North 4th Street, Deepwater. Additional information obtained by the 9-1-1 Center from the numerous calls reported that a female subject had fled the residence screaming, also there had been a person run from the residence in flames and had fallen to the ground and had been assisted in extinguishing the flames from their body.

Members of the Deepwater Volunteer Fire Department were on-scene several minutes after the initial calls were received and they immediately requested mutual aid assistance from the Clinton Fire Department for the structure fire. The Montrose Volunteer Fire Department was later requested to respond for additional assistance. Police Chief Vick requested the assistance of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office to assist with his investigation.

An ambulance from Golden Valley Memorial Hospital responded to the scene to provide medical aid to the female victim for burns that she sustained during the incident. The victim was not transported from the scene for additional medical treatment.

The investigation at the scene determined that an incendiary device was initially detonated within the house and a flammable liquid had also been introduced within and upon the residence, as well as upon both parties involved in the disturbance. Allegedly the male resident, during a domestic dispute with his wife, detonated the device causing the ensuing fire. Prior to the arrival of emergency services to the scene, the male resident fled the residence on foot. Chief Vick and Deputy Jeramiah Sullivan searched the immediate area for the male resident with negative results.

At around 12:45 p.m., Deputy Sullivan and Trooper Tyler Wright of the Missouri State Highway Patrol located the male resident and suspect at an address in the Brownington area on SE Hwy BB. The male suspect was suffering from severe burns to several areas of his body. An ambulance responded to the address to provide medical aid to the male suspect who was initially transported to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital, then later to the KU Medical Center Burn Unit, due to the severity of burns which he sustained.

Curtis Christensen
Arrest warrants were issued for Curtis Christensen, age 46, of Deepwater, for the Class A Felony of 1st Degree Domestic Assault as a prior domestic offender, as well as the Class B Felony of 1st Degree Arson. The bond on these warrants is set at $250,000 cash only. An additional probation violation warrant was issued for the Class C Felony of Abuse / Neglect of a Child, with a bond set at $25,000 cash only.

Street Closure in Butler

The Butler Street Department will have West Dakota Street closed today between Orange and Birch Street for a unknown amount of time today.

Mid America Live will update this when the street is back open.

2015 Butler High School Prom Video Order Form

Butler High School Prom will be this weekend April 25. If you would like to order a video of the Promenade, Prom & Project Prom the form is attached.

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Armed Robbery suspect wanted in Clinton

On 04-18-2015 (Saturday) at 0441 hours, Clinton Police Officers were summoned to a reported robbery at the local WalMart. 

Clinton Officers were advised that a black male suspect had entered the business and forced a display case, obtaining an assortment of electronic devices. 

The suspect was confronted by employees of the business, at which time the suspect brandished a firearm and fled through a fire exit door. Clinton Officers, with the assistance of the Henry County Sheriffs Department, searched the area with no results.

The suspect was described as a black male wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Clinton Police Department.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Anthony Hess arrested on several felony warrants

On April 18, Anthony Hess, 56, Omaha, Neb., was arrested on several St. Clair County warrants for failing to appear in court on class C felony charges of stealing wire, receiving stolen property, stealing a firearm, and burglary in the second degree. The total bond is set at $10,000 cash only.  The alleged crimes were committed in February and March 2012 and in April 2013. 

Mr.Hess was also arrested on an Osceola Police Department warrant for driving while revoked/suspended. Bond on this charge is set at $187.50 cash only.

St. Clair County Sheriffs Office: Springfield woman arrested

Amanda Metts
On March 19, Amanda Metts, 36, Springfield, was arrested in Lowry City on a Christian County warrant for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of domestic assault third degree. Bond is set at $5,000 cash or surety.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 4/13 - 4/19 / 2015

  • 04/13/2015 
Trespassing call
Medical assist Wix lane
Keep the peace 300 block of W Ohio
Walk in theft report
Hit and Run accident Ft Scott and Prospect
Accident Nursery and Orange
Animal complaint N lyons
Theft report
Well being check 300 block of W Ohio
911 call 1100 block of W Ft Scott

  • 04/14/2015 
Animal complaint Fulton and Ohio
Disturbance 400 block of N Fulton
Animal complaint 300 block of W Ohio
911 call 400 block of S Delaware
Keep the peace 400 block of S Delaware
Trespassing call 300 block of W Ohio
Animal complaint S High
Walk in theft report
Fight 300 block of W Ohio
Alarm Rose Lane
Open door on Square

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Activity Report: 4/13 - 4/19 2015

 APRIL 13, 2015

ARPIL 14, 2015