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Friday, December 23, 2016

From the Bates County Sheriffs Office

On December 15th the Deputies from the Bates County Sheriff's Office kicked of the Shop with a Cop Program. This is the first year that the deputies started the program. Majority of the funds were raised in November with the deputies receiving pledges for the No Shave November contest. At total of $3000 was raised for various charitable activities . 

The Deputies we able to support the Adrian Police Chief's bicycle drive, donated $300 to buy books for the Optimist Club for kids Christmas and selected 12 children from throughout Bates County to shop for Christmas presents. The Deputies seemed to have as much fun shopping with the kids as the kids had shopping for themselves.

The Deputies want to say Thank you to all those that supported the program so that the Deputies could make a difference is so many young lives this time of year. 

Preparations are already underway to make the 2017 program even bigger. A big Thank You to Chris White and all of Walmart's employees for your help

Thanks Bates County and we wish you a very Merry Christmas!

Medical Condition causes accident in Henry County

On 12/23/16 around 7:10pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri H Highway just West of Route KK in the Montrose area of Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis driven by 65 year old Alan J. Boggs of Montrose, Missouri experienced a medical condition causing his vehicle to travel off the roadway and down a embankment striking a fence.

Mr. Boggs sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was treated then transported by Ellett Memorial Hospital ambulance to his residence.

The vehicle received extensive damages and it was towed from the scene by a private tow.

Copyright Mid America Live News 

A Springtime Christmas

OK, because at least one of you has been naughty this past year we're not going to have a white Christmas. Thanks a bunch. Santa may have to wade through mud instead of snow. Will probably be done in record time with that 100 mph tail wind.

What a huge difference a week makes. Last Sunday anyone caught outdoors froze their rear ends off with wind chills 20 below zero. Fast forward to Christmas and we're now talking about early Springlike temps and maybe some strong storms. We've slowed the arrival time by a handful of hours and I suspect we'll be adjusting them some more tomorrow. 

Our main concern is the threat of damaging winds. It's going to be windy even when there are no storms. I bet a few oblong shaped items will travel pretty far when kicked. Stay tuned.

Obituary - Madia Leona Hogan

Madia Leona Hogan
Madia Leona Hogan, 97, Nevada, MO passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in Nevada, MO.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

Obituary - Byron Brian Birge

Byron Brian Birge
Byron Birge passed at 01:00 am Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Western Missouri Medical Center in Warrensburg, Mo. 

Funeral will be held Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Vansant-Mills Chapel at 11:00 am, visitation is one hour prior with graveside services at 2:00 pm at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Missouri Veterans Home Alzheimer's Unit, Warrensburg, MO.,and may be left in care of the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences can be left online at

Byron Brian Birge was born February 17, 1926 in Gillham , Arkansas to David Albert Birge and Mary Ellen Stamps. Byron served in W.W. II in the Army Corps of Engineers , he worked for T.W. A. for 32 years as an engineer and retired January 1, 1982. He lived in Kansas city for 40 years, moved to Butler in 1986, and then moved to Clinton in 1995. Byron was a member of the Clinton VFW Post 1984. Byron enjoyed fishing and he and his wife Dixie enjoyed traveling.

Byron is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Shirley, his daughter Linda, grandson Shane, granddaughter Jennifer and his 3 brothers.

Among survivors are his wife Dixie Birge of the home, Daughters; Sharon Loy, of Topeka, Ks, Cynthia Diehl of Shawnee, Ks, Ruth Lesmeister of Montrose, Mo, and Mary Green of Parkville, Mo, Step-children; Kent Lower of Clinton, Mo, Kathy Deich of Holden, Mo, Robert Lower of Sedalia, Mo, and Jim Lower of North Kansas City, Mo.; 9 Grandchildren, 20 Great-Grandchildren, 10 Step-Grandchildren, and 13 Step-Great-Grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home.

Obituary - Melvin Leon Steele

Melvin Leon Steele
Melvin Leon Steele, 81, formerly of Nevada, MO, went to meet Jesus on Thursday, December 22, 2016. He died at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR from complications of pneumonia after suffering for years with diabetes and heart ailments. Melvin was born March 5, 1935 in Kansas City, MO to Elmer Lon and Hazel Jane (Duncanson) Steele. He was united in marriage to Sylvia Eileen Ontman on July 25, 1960, in Kansas City, MO.

Melvin grew up on a farm near Stockton, MO, returning to Kansas City for his senior year of high school and his graduation from Manual Technical School. He worked for a time for Vess Cola and was then drafted for military service in the United States Army in 1958. He served with the Second and Third Armored Divisions as a tank driver, stationed in Germany as part of the Cold War peace-keeping forces there. He left active duty service in 1960, and completed 4 years in the Army Reserve after that, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

Upon returning from Germany, Melvin married his sweetheart, Sylvia, whom he had met and fallen in love with at Bales Baptist Church in Kansas City. They remained in Kansas City until 1973, raising five children. During this time, Melvin attended and graduated from UMKC with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in education. After leaving Kansas City, Melvin taught and served as a high school principal in Dearborn, MO for a short time.

Melvin and his family made a monumental move to Nevada, MO in 1976. Here Melvin served as the local Missouri Veterans Service Officer, and eventually served as a Missouri Veterans Commission supervisor over a portion of southwest Missouri. He and his family were active members of Pine Street Baptist Church, and he served as a deacon there for many years. After Melvin’s retirement, he and Sylvia moved back to Kansas City, remaining there until health issues caused them to move to Foxwood Springs Retirement Center in Raymore, MO. They then went to live in the Fayetteville, AR area to be cared for by their daughter, Jennie, and her husband Mike. Melvin’s last place of residence was the Veterans Home in Fayetteville.

Survivors include his children, Ruth Smiddy, Independence, MO; Melvin Steele, Jr., West Plains, MO; Jennie Martin, Farmington, AR; Karen Wheeldon, Kansas City, MO; and Susan Rives, Springfield, MO; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha Idona Edwards and Juanita Mae Dodson, of Independence, MO; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Sylvia, his parents, one brother, William Kenneth Steele, and one sister, Alice Marie Steele.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, MO, with Pastor Stephen Rives, Melvin’s son-in-law, officiating. Interment will follow in the Fort Scott National Cemetery, Fort Scott, KS. The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm on Tuesday evening, December 27, at the funeral home.

Bates County Sheriffs Office assist in search warrant in Dade County Missouri

Obituary - Nancy Louise Marchand

Nancy Louise Marchand
Nancy Louise Marchand, age 71, La Cygne, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in Branson, Missouri. She was born on October 14, 1945 in Oswego, Kansas the daughter of John Eynon and Louise D. Bradfield Romine. She graduated from Oswego High School in 1963. She then attended Parson Junior College, graduating in 1965. 

Nancy married William Lewis Marchand on April 23, 1967 in Oswego. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and past Sunday school teacher. She was involved with her daughters'' activities in such things as being a Brownie Scout leader and making sure they got to dance and piano lessons. She was preceded in death by her father. 

Nancy is survived by her husband, Bill, mother, Louise Romine, daughters, Lisa Robbins and husband Mark and Wendy Boothe, two grandsons, Joshua and Jackson Robbins, sister, Jane Whitcomb, sister in law, Mary Marchand and three nephews: John, Jim and Joe Whitcomb.

Funeral service will be 11 am Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Calvary Baptist Church, La Cygne, Kansas. Burial in the Oak Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 am to service time at the church. The family suggests contributions to the American Heart Association or Calvary Baptist Church c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, Kansas 66040. On line condolences for the family can be left at Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, La Cygne Chapel.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Major Luke Vislay Retires

Luke Vislay
Colonel J. Bret Johnson superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that effective January 1, 2017, Major Luke Vislay, commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, is retiring after 30 years of dedicated service.

Major Vislay was appointed to the Patrol on August 3, 1986. After graduating from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, his first assignment was to Troop F, Zone 9, Hermann, MO. In 1987, Vislay transferred from Troop F to the Division of Drug and Crime Control (DDCC), General Headquarters. In 1991, he returned to Troop F, Zone 9. He was promoted to corporal in 1993, and designated assistant zone commander of Zone 2, Cole/Callaway counties. He was promoted to sergeant in 1996, and designated zone commander of Osage and Gasconade counties. After completing an internship in 1997, Vislay transferred to DDCC, General Headquarters, as a criminal investigator. He was promoted to lieutenant in August 2002, and designated assistant director of DDCC. In September 2006, Vislay was promoted to the rank of captain and designated director of DDCC. He was promoted to the rank of major and designated commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau in March 2010.

Obituary - Edsel R. Wallace

Edsel R. Wallace, 92, of Peculiar, Mo died Wednesday, December 21, 2106 at the Kansas City Hospice House. He was born March 7, 1924 in Monte Valley, Mo to Emery Grandville and Dora Anis (Sheppard) Wallace. He was a US Army WWII veteran.

Edsel married Virginia Lee Welborn in May 1941; they had one daughter, Sandy. Prior to his military service he worked in Kansas City, Ks making aircraft planes. He attended Finley Engineering College in Kansas City, Mo. Besides farming, he owned and operated several businesses in the Cass County area. 

He managed the MFA in Harrisonville and Lee’s Summit, and owned several elevators. He traveled back and forth from Missouri to Texas where he owned several orchards, bringing back fresh fruit to sell.

Edsel was known as a generous man and very giving. He liked taking treats to the Amish children down in Rich Hill and always had a treat for any dog he saw. Edsel spent a lot of time with his grandson Nick, whom he was so proud of, teaching him to fish and tinker with vehicles. 

He loved spending time with his son-in-law, John Neiderman. But mostly, he loved and adored time and making coke-floats with his great-granddaughter, Mikayla.

Per his wishes, no services are scheduled.

Updated Obituary - Deborah Ann Stark

Deborah Ann Stark
Deborah Ann Stark, 65, Kansas City, MO, died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Research Medical Center, Kansas City. Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 30 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO.

Debbie was born October 3, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Orville Lee and Mary-Louise (Wagner) Clark. She married Billie Wayne Stark on September 9, 1978. She retired from the IRS as a tax examiner. 

She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Hermitage, Missouri. She liked to travel, go to concerts, and listen to music.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Billie on December 19, 2004, and two step-sons, Mike Stark and Bobby Stark She is survived by one daughter, Kathy Wallace, Raytown, Missouri; 6 grandchildren, Ashley Stark, Kenneth Cranon, Tony Fresia, Michelle Stark-Nebocat, Chandra Stark, and Mikey Stark, and 6 great-grandchildren, Colton, Shellby, Addyson, Libby, Hayden, and Kade.

St. Clair County Warrant Arrests

On Dec. 20, Daniel Glen Moore, 40, Lowry City, was arrested in Osceola on three no bond probation violation warrants from Wright County. Original charges include class A felony producing marijuana from July 2012, class D felony nonsupport from December 2011, class C felony possession of a controlled substance from August 2010.

On Dec. 21, Velda Motley, 62, Lowry City, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging her with class C felony receiving stolen property. Bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety.

The warrant was issued on Dec. 21 and stems from an investigation on Oct. 26 when a St. Clair County deputy was contacted by a Henry County deputy in reference to a possible location of stolen vehicle in our county. The vehicle was reported stolen from a residence in Henry County. The deputy responded to a residence in Twin Oaks Harbor and located the stolen vehicle, a black 2003 Dodge Ram. The owner of the residence advised Motley and Jason Palmer dropped off the vehicle the previous day during the early morning hours


Items reported stolen from a truck in Appleton City

On Dec. 21, a St. Clair County deputy took a theft report from Darrell Foster. He reported his 1990 Chevrolet 1500 was parked at a residence on North Walnut Street, Appleton City, and someone got into his truck and took several items. 

Items missing include a small Stanley tool bag, 12 wrenches, a claw hammer, a small crescent wrench, a yellow utility knife, a 12 foot Stanley tape measure, a 3/8 drive socket set in black case and both license plates from the vehicle. 

The total value of the items was estimated at $96.

You raised how much???

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The look on the face of Janelle Armentrout, Butler Chamber Vice President, says it all when Dominic Adam Smith of Electric City Ink presents cash in the amount of $684 to aid in the restoration of Santa’s house. 

Money was raised by a raffle with prizes going to Robbie Binford - $400 tattoo; Blake Reno - $250 tattoo; Robert/Margo Meyers - $100 tattoo; Jessica Blumquist - $50 tattoo.

Courtesy of Butler Chamber Facebook Page

MSHP: Welcome The New Year Safely!

The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. A traffic crash would be an unfortunate way to begin 2017. 

Last year over the New Year’s holiday counting period, there were 954 traffic crashes, which injured 364 people. There were seven fatalities during the 2016 New Year’s holiday counting period. 

New Year's is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Many Missourians will plan special gatherings to welcome 2017. If your plans include alcohol, remember that nothing ruins a party like a DWI arrest or a drinking-related traffic crash on your way home. Designate a sober driver before the party starts. The roadway is no place for a driver who has been drinking. If you cause a traffic crash, your New Year might begin with being arrested, facing legal fees and medical bills, and perhaps jail time! You could lose your license and will have to face your family and friends. If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay the price for the rest of your life. No one wants to begin 2017 in jail. Be smart! Designate a sober driver or take a taxi.

As you drive to your New Year’s gathering, remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. Be a courteous driver: When in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Pay attention and use your turn signal to communicate your intentions to other drivers. The posted speed limit reflects the roadway's classification and is not a suggestion! There’s no reason to speed—the party starts after you arrive safely.

If inclement weather is expected, allow extra time for traveling or be flexible with your plans. The Road Condition Report number is 1-888-275-6636. Depending on the weather, staying home might be your best option. Remember: Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on. It takes only a second to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. That second could make you more visible to other drivers and prevent a traffic crash. 

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri's roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. "Don't Violate The Trust."

Bates County Circuit Court News Dec 19- 23, 2016

  • Carrie Ann Wilson v Frank T. Wilson, Dissolution of Marriage granted.
  • St v. Kenneth Cartwright, probation revoked, placed on a new term of 5 years supervised probation, standard conditions.
  • St v. Natasha D Perkins, waives hearing, admits violation , previous sentence of 5 years in MDOC invoked.
  • St v. Natasha D Perkins, waives hearing on this case also, admits violation, previous sentence of 5 years in MDOC invoked.
  • St v. Richard Earl Mallinson, Jr., Misd. DWI, guilty plea to amended charge, sentenced to one year in jail, given SES, to serve 10 days shock time in Bates Co Jail, to perform 200 hours of community service, pay court costs, other standard conditions.

Metz man injured in Vernon County crash

On 12/22/16 around 7:05pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County responded to a one vehicle accident on Route AA around 3 miles East of Harwood.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1995 Ford Ranger driven by 49 year old Travis D. Smith of Metz, Missouri traveled off the left side of the roadway striking a fence post and a highway sign.

Mr. Smith sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Nevada Regional Medical Center for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by TCB Tow of Nevada, Missouri.

Copyright Mid America Live News 

Two very different extremes for this holiday weekend

A band of precipitation moving through the KC metro area will provide short lived sleet/snow/rain as it pushes to the NE. It will become predominately light rain on the backside of this band lasting through the early afternoon with temperatures rising into the mid 40s.

The threat of possible severe weather still exists for Christmas with damaging winds being the main threat as a line of showers and thunderstorms push through in the afternoon to evening time frame.