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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Real - Time Weather Update 9:43pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northern Bates County until 9:30pm

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for a Northern Bates County until 9:30pm. 

Reports with this storm include 90mph winds possible and quarter size hail. 

There has been multiple reports of 80mph with this storm in eastern Kansas.

Mid America Live News will update when any and all weather updates when they become available.

Please stay safe!

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Updated Obituary - Sharon Lorene Mullies

 Sharon Lorene Mullies
Funeral services for Sharon Mullies will be 2 p.m. Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 1-2 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to American Diabetes Association.

Sharon Lorene Mullies, age 67 of Independence, Missouri died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, Missouri. She was born March 14, 1949 to Fred and Mable Lord Sollis in Butler, Missouri.

Sharon is survived by her husband Douglas Mullies of Independence, Missouri; one son, Kevin Carpenter and fiance` Roxie Jones of Independence, Missouri; one daughter, Kelli McMullin and husband Mike of Independence, Missouri; one sister, Louise Ford of Trimble, Missouri; and seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Patricia; two brothers, Bob and Bill; and one sister, Karen.

Obituary - Wilma Jean “Jeanie” Bledsoe

Graveside services for Jeanie Bledsoe will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Dr. Terry Davis officiating. 

No visitation. Arrangements, Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) Butler, Missouri. Online condolences,

Wilma Jean “Jeanie” Bledsoe, age 86 of Butler, Missouri died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born August 24, 1929 to Albert and Lena Marie Ramsey Fleischer in Pappinsville, Missouri.

Jeanie is survived by four sons, Larry Bledsoe and wife Martha of Nevada, Missouri, Terry Bledsoe and wife Tammy of Butler, Missouri, Buster Bledsoe of Harrisonville, Missouri and Gary Bledsoe and wife Courtney of Caulfield, Missouri; three daughters, Donna Foster and husband Leroy of Butler, Missouri, Joyce Hood and husband Jerry of Clinton, Missouri and Janet Brown and husband Jimmy of Clinton, Missouri; one brother, Howard Fleischer and wife Gracia of Butler, Missouri; and 15 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Charlie Bledsoe in November of 2012; and two sisters, Nadine Price and Gayla Link.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bates and surrounding counties issued until 11pm

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill Missouri has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch effective until 11:00pm for Bates and Surrounding Counties.

Mid America Live News will update when any and all weather updates when they are made available to us.

Ford recalls more than 88,000 vehicles due to stalling problem

DETROIT (AP) - Ford is recalling more than 88,000 cars and SUVs in North America because the engines can stall without warning due to a fuel pump problem.

The recall covers certain Ford Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans, Ford Flex wagons, Lincoln MKS sedans and Lincoln MKT SUVs from the 2013 through 2015 model years. All have 3.5-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engines.

Ford says the fuel pump control modules can fail, and the engines may not start, or they could stall, leaving drivers without the ability to restart them. The company says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries from the problem. Dealers will replace the control module at no cost to owners.

Obituary - Corey Lee Turner

Corey Lee Turner
Corey Lee Turner age 14 of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life Tuesday, August 23, 2016 after a tragic accident where he was struck by a vehicle.

Funeral services are pending under the care of Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.

A complete obituary and service times will be posted here as soon as that information becomes available.

Updated Obituary - Don Snow

Don Snow
Don Snow, age 61, of Pleasanton, Kansas, passed away at his home August 22, 2016.  

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Friday, August 26, 2016 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel. 

The family suggests contributions to the Pleasanton Community Center. On line condolences for the family can be left at

Secure what's yours.. Local police remind public to lock up your valuables

Just a friendly reminder from the local Sheriff’s Offices in the area to lock your doors and secure what’s yours. 

Keep your vehicles locked up and all valuables out of sight, and take them out of the vehicle at night.

Keep your house doors (and all outbuildings) locked whether you are home or not.

If you see anything out of place or suspicious please call the police and make a report. Your call could make a difference.

Obituary - Lieutenant Colonel Edmund H. Russell

Lieutenant Colonel Edmund H. Russell
LIEUTENANT COLONEL EDMUND H. RUSSELL, 99, of Lenexa, Kansas, formerly of Pleasant Hill, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 at Lakeview Village in Lenexa. He is survived by three sons and their wives, Randy (and Sandra) of Dallas, Texas, Roger (and Janet) of Kansas City, Missouri, and Rex (and Wendie) of Wallingford, Pennsylvania; one daughter, Rita, of Atlanta, Georgia; seven grandchildren; four great-granddaughters. He is also survived by a sister, Dr. Valda Robinson (and Chase) of Tampa, Florida; two stepdaughters, Diana Foster of Prairie Village, Kansas, and Debbie (and David) Ronk of Hobe Sound, Florida; two step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, in 1990, his second wife, Doris, in 2008 and his sister, Maxine Hancock, in 2015.

Colonel Russell was born in Tiger Bay, Florida, on May 14, 1917, the son of Ira and Beulah Russell. He graduated from Brewster High School, Brewster, Florida, and was employed by the American Cyanamid Co. in Brewster in their Phosphate Division until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 while serving at Wheeler Field. He went on to graduate from Bombardier School and then instructed bombardier students for sixteen months. He later completed Navigator School and served in India and China during WWII. He served briefly on the Florida Highway Patrol before being ordered back to active duty in the Army in 1946. He then served in the Philippines and Okinawa. He stayed active in the Air Force Reserves and flew worldwide missions including two trips to Vietnam. During his time in the Reserves he worked at Stahl’s Specialty Company, Bendix, and Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base as a civilian employee while also operating his cattle and grain farm. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business/Economics from Park College in 1976. After 36 years of military service he retired from the Air Force Reserves at Richards-Gebaur AFB. Upon retiring from his civilian job at Richards-Gebaur he worked as a substitute school teacher and for Gibson and Bowles Construction Co. before going into real estate sales.

His marriage to Betty R. Creekmore in February of 1944 lasted 46 years. He and Betty moved their family from Florida to the Pleasant Hill area in 1950. He and Doris Crowe were married in June of 1991. They enjoyed 17 years of retirement together in Raymore, Missouri and Lenexa.

He was a life member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. He served as Past High Priest of Royal Arch Masons and Past Master of the Masonic Lodge in Pleasant Hill and received his 50 year pin from both organizations. He was a member of Ararat Shrine and the Legion of Honor. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Air Force Navigators Observers Association and other military organizations. He had been a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Pleasant Hill for 65 years.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and gardening. He will be dearly missed by his family and a multitude of friends. The family thanks the staff and community of Lakeview Village for their friendship and care during his years as a resident there.

Funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Reverend David Hackett will officiate. Just prior to the service, Masonic funeral rites will be conducted by Mr. Jim Williams with Past Commander Chris Hummel rendering the V.F.W. Post #3118 Final Salute Ceremony following the service. Graveside military services and interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, with full military honors by the United States Air Force and the V.F.W. Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers are Ron Baker, Chuck Fulton, Doug Goppert, Greg Hamilton, Mike Hamilton, Terry Hayes, Phil Kohler, and John Pinkston.

Visitation will be held 12:00 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lakeview Village Foundation or the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and may be sent in care of the funeral home.

Former Nevada woman among dead after double murder-suicide in Sanderson Texas

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(SANDERSON TX) -- The Sanderson Texas community is in shock after one of the worst crimes they've seen since the 80's.

The Terrell County Sheriff's Office says the double murder-suicide Monday morning was a well thought out plan.   

Persimmon is typically a quiet street in Sanderson, but after a shooting around 12:45 a.m. in the two story White House, all that was left were bullet holes and three lifeless bodies."Why, just why?," Tom McKinney, an emotional friend, said.

Mr. McKinney said he was inside the home when he was woken up by gunshots. "I was sleeping in my bed and I heard about 8 rounds go off and then a pause and then one more." 

Shania Ashbaker
The Sheriff's office tells CBS 7 that the gunman, 24-year-old Zachary Hastings, walked through the front door and into an upstairs bedroom. That's where he shot and killed 20-year-old Shania Ashbaker( formerly of Nevada, Missouri) and her boyfriend 24-year-old David Martinez while they were sleeping before turning the AK-47 on himself. There were at least 10 shots fired.

"This young man for whatever reason felt that this is what he has to do and it's very tragic. Miss Ashbaker leaves behind an infant," Clint McDonald, Terrell County Sheriff, said.

Sheriff McDonald goes on to explain that the shooting was a well-thought-out plan."There was a note left behind in Mr. Hastings residence. He played the whole thing out in his note"

The Texas Rangers assisted in the investigation, the bodies are being sent off for an autopsy. 

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2nd Annual Warrior Softball Tournament

Second Annual Warrior Softball Tournament on September 10th, 2016. Tournament is being held at the Osage Field in Butler registration begins at 7:30 am. Cost is $150 per co-ed team.

Cass County Council on Aging spaghetti dinner fundraiser

Make plans to have lunch or dinner with the Cass County Council on Aging this Thursday. You can have spaghetti while helping a great cause.

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