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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Cass County man charged in fatal shooting Friday on I-70 in Independence

Michael T. Dumas
Sept. 30, 2017

A Pleasant Hill, MO, man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting Friday on Interstate 70 in Independence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Michael T. Dumas, dob: 2/21/1991, faces Murder 2nd Degree and Armed Criminal Action.*

According to court records, witnesses told Independence police that they saw a black vehicle and shots being fired from a black vehicle at a silver vehicle. They said that the victim had also exchanged words at a nearby gas station with a man before the incident. 

Dumas vehicle was found abandoned near the stadiums. Witnesses said he was hiding in the woods near the stadiums after he said he had done something bad.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $250,000 cash.

*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.

Appleton City Volleyball wins 2017 Sherwood Tournament

Congratulations to the Appleton City Lady Bulldogs Volleyball team on being 2017 Sherwood Tournament Champs!!! Way to go lady Bulldogs,

Bear Backers Glow Run 5k tonight in Butler

Tonight at 8pm the Butler Bear Backers Glow Run 5k will take place at the Butler High School track. This is always a fun event. All money raised goes directly back to our kids.

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Truck and Tractor Pull tonight in Nevada

Come out to the Vernon County fairgrounds in Nevada tonight. The track is ready, the tractors are unloading, and the weather is perfect. 

Show starts at 6pm. Adults $12, Kids 7-12 $7, and under 7 are free. 

All proceeds benefit the Vernon County Youth Fair.

Deepwater man arrested in Henry County

On 9/30/17 around 3:36pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 40 year old Aaron C. McClure of Deepwater, Missouri.

Mr. McClure was arrested for 1.) Felony Driving While Intoxicated 2.) Failure to drive in correct lane of the roadway 3.) Speeding.

He was booked into the Henry County Jail in Clinton, Missouri and he is currently listed as bondable.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Obituary - Donald Allen Duncan

Donald Allen Duncan, age 74, of Calhoun, Missouri, formerly of Warren, Ohio passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare, Clinton. His wishes were to be cremated with no services.

Condolences and fond memories may be left online at

Donald was born in Ohio the son of Sidney Forest Duncan and Viola May (Solinger) Duncan. His wife Judy (Tomlin) passed in 1997. Also preceding him in death were two brothers, Aaron and Alvin; one sister, Carolyn Smith; and his daughter Lisa Osborne.

Donald worked as a Millwright for Copper Weld Steel retiring in 1977. He had lived in Calhoun, Missouri two years.

Survivors include five sons, Howard (Michele) Duncan, Jamie (Brenda) Duncan, Danny (Nancy) Duncan, Adam (Lisa) Duncan, and Jon (Danelle) Duncan, all of Ohio; two step-sons, Vernon "Lee" Plant and Joe (Marie) Plant; two step-daughters, Diana (Phillip) Cline and Beth Ann (Richard) Cline, all of Ohio; 33 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

From Max Motors Nevada!

Shout-out to Marko and the rest of the crew at Max Motors Nevada!!! He and the Nevada Max Motors are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with this 17' Camaro SS!!! It's nice to see a local dealership supporting such a noble cause!!!
Today is Markos last day at the Nevada store, we're all gonna miss you here!!! Here's to a new chapter!!! #MaxMotors #BreastCancerAwareness

Great Job Cash Johnston!

Cash Johnston 6 year old son of Luke and Pam Johnston of Merwin, Missouri won 1st place in the Mini Bareback Bronc Championship in the afternoon performance of the American Royal PRCA Rodeo with a score of 78 points - Great Job Cash! Photo submitted to us 

You can like Cash's Facebook Page by using the link below:

Harrisonville Soccer Team wins Oak Park Soccer Invitational

From the Cherokee County Kansas Sheriffs Department


Baxter Springs Burn Victim Dies at Springfield Hospital Sharon Horn, 65, of Baxter Springs, passed away just before 7:00 a.m. at a Springfield Hospital on Saturday.

Horn’s injuries were obtained after a man entered her home and began assaulting her, ultimately setting her and two Baxter Springs Police Officers on fire.

A third officer, along with the suspect, also sustained injuries during the incident, which occurred just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

The suspect and one Baxter Springs Police Officer continue to be hospitalized while the two other officers have since been treated and released.

Initially the call came in as a domestic disturbance, but investigators have since determined the victim and suspect were acquaintances, but not involved in a domestic relationship.

The investigation is being conducted by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Mid America Live News will update when more information on this incident is released to us.

Obituary - Joan Jefferson

Joan Jefferson, 83 of Raymore, Missouri passed away September 29, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Visitation will be prior to services from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the funeral home. 

Interment will follow services in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, Missouri. Contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at 

Complete obituary information will be published as it becomes available

Creatures of the night event a success

87 picnickers met at Poplar Heights Living History Farm for the Creatures of the Nigh event. The kids painted bats. 

The Owl Lady brought a Screech Owl and a Barred Owl and presented a fun and educational program that got everyone involved in games and owl calls. Gail introduced Zeus and Athena the king snakes. 

We finished up the evening with hayrides thru the now dark farm fields and marshmallows over the bonfire. Thanks to all who came out for such a wonderful evening.

Courtesy of Poplar Heights Farm

Two from Belton injured in Henry County Accident

Two people were injured in a one-vehicle accident on Sept. 29 in Henry County on Highway 7 at Route U.

Robert P. Coshun, 77, Belton, Missouri wearing a seat belt, eastbound in a 2012 Toyota, traveled off the left side of the roadway in order to avoid an obstruction. Subsequently, the vehicle struck an embankment.

Robert P. Coshun experienced minor injuries and was transported by Golden Valley Ambulance EMS to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. 

The vehicle received moderate damages and was removed from the scene by Golden Valley Towing.

A passenger, Sara A. Coshun, 76, Belton, wearing a seat belt, experienced minor injuries and was transported by Golden Valley Ambulance EMS to Golden Valley Hospital.

Not a bad weekend...

Another beautiful day with a few passing showers possible Sunday morning. Enjoy!!!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Adrian Blackhawks still undefeated

The Adrian Blackhawks moved to 7-0 on the football season with a big win tonight as they defeated a very good Windsor Greyhound team with a final score of 14-6!! 

Next week the Blackhawks travel to Sherwood to take on the Marksmen who lost this evening to Drexel!!


Week 7 Missouri State High School Football Scores:

Adrian 14, Windsor 6
Archie 28, Appleton City 6
Ash Grove 58, Pleasant Hope 0
Aurora 33, Mount Vernon 14
Ava 37, Thayer 13
Battle 34, Truman 0
Belton 37, Ruskin 8
Benton (St. Joseph) 42, LeBlond (St. Joseph) 13
Blair Oaks 52, Osage 26
Blue Springs South 49, Lee's Summit 21
Bolivar 51, Buffalo 16
Boonville 28, Fulton 24
Cass Midway 28, Rich Hill 0
Camdenton 28, Waynesville 7
Carl Junction 42, Willard 7
Carthage 46, Nixa 14
Center 56, Warrensburg 0
Central (New Madrid County) 56, Kelly 24
Central (Park Hills) 54, Fredericktown 17
Chaminade 35, DeSmet 28
Chillicothe 48, Savannah 34
Christian Brothers College 42, Jefferson City 15
DeSoto KS 55, Nevada 14
Drexel 38, Sherwood 6
Duchesne 38, Christian 28
Eldon 69, Versailles 20
El Dorado Springs 46, East Newton 0
Excelsior Springs 49, Oak Grove 31
Fair Grove 55, Marionville 18
Farmington 42, Potosi 14
Ft. Zumwalt East 55, Washington 20
Ft. Zumwalt North 65, Liberty (Wentzville) 16
Ft. Zumwalt West 49, Francis Howell Central 0
Francis Howell 24, Timberland 10
Grain Valley 53, Odessa 21
Greenfield 102, Northwest (Hughesville) 0
Harrisburg vs. Fayette cancelled
Harrisonville 40, Pleasant Hill 14
Hazelwood East 20, Rockwood Summit 14
Hazelwood West 23, Fox 21
Herculaneum 28, Crystal City 0
Hickman 68, Central Academy 0
Hillcrest 48, Parkview 14
Hillsboro 34, DeSoto 19
Houston 40, Willow Springs 29
Jackson 63, Central (Cape Girardeau) 21
Jefferson (Festus) 55, Central (Springfield) 34
Joplin 35, Lebanon 0
King City 60, Braymer 24
Kirkwood 27, Parkway South 23
Ladue 45, Clayton 13
Lafayette (St. Joseph) 42, Cameron 6
Lee's Summit West 39, Fort Osage 9
Liberal 25, Jasper 21
Liberty 41, Park Hill South 9
Liberty (Mtn View) 55, Cabool 14
Liberty North 35, Central (St. Joseph) 17
Lincoln 49, Slater 6
Lincoln College Prep 20, East (Kansas City) 0
Lindbergh 46, Ritenour 42
Lockwood 36, Sarcoxie 15
Lutheran St. Charles 51, MidEast Missouri HSA 6
Lutheran South 33, John Burroughs 8
Macon 32, Brookfield 21
Malden 48, Charleston 12
Marceline 59, Salisbury 6
Marquette 34, Mehlville 6
McDonald County 21, Monett 18
Mexico 21, Kirksville 6
MICDS 38, Westminster 31
Mid-Buchanan 19, West Platte 17
Miller 35, Diamond 0
Moberly 18, Hannibal 13
Monroe City 54, Paris 0
Neosho 41, Rogersville 6
North County 56, Windsor (Imperial) 10
Orchard Farm 34, St. Charles 14
Osceola 63, Missouri School for the Deaf 12
Palmyra 35, Centralia 0
Park Hill 38, Raymore-Peculiar 25
Parkway Central 50, Jennings 6
Parkway North 54, Oakville 0
Pembroke Hill 7, University Academy Charter 0
Penney 49, Lawson 21
Pierce City 63, Forsyth 12
Platte County 31, Raytown South 7
Poplar Bluff 27, Sikeston 0
Portageville 50, East Prairie 38
Princeton 58, Gallatin 23
Putnam County 45, Maysville 8
Reeds Spring 48, Marshfield 14
Republic 56, Branson 35
Rockhurst 40, Pomona (Colo.) 28
Rolla 69, Glendale 34
St. Clair 52, Hermann 6
St. Francis Borgia 48, St. Charles West 17
St. James 48, Sullivan 7
St. Mary's (St. Louis) 33, St. Dominic 14
St. Pius X (Festus) 61, St. Vincent 25
Ste. Genevieve 33, Perryville 21
Salem 33, Mountain Grove 22
Seneca 33, Cassville 14
Scotland County 28, Knox County 6
Smith-Cotton 30, Clinton 14
Smithville 42, Maryville 6
South Callaway 47, Bowling Green 12
South Shelby 44, Highland 0
Springfield Catholic 35, Hollister 0
Staley 50, Oak Park 0
Stockton 34, Butler 14
Strafford 34, Skyline 0
Tipton 32, Cole Camp 16
Trenton 56, Polo 20
Vianney 48, St. Louis University 7
Warrenton 51, Winfield 26
Warsaw 40, Hallsville 33
Webb City 41, Ozark 10
West Plains 42, Kickapoo 21

From the Garden City Police Department

CONGRATULATIONS Officer Russell and Detective Thompson for your graduation! Garden City Police Department's newest CIT Officers!

Garden City Police Department continues moving forward with Crisis Intervention Team

We have seen an increase in recent years of police contacts with people in mental health crisis. Police, especially in rural America, are not typically equipped with the resources or training to efficiently deal with mental health issues. Police had few options in assisting citizens with mental health crisis who often commit minor or nuisance violations which can escalate over time. Historically, police could council, cite or arrest, but the individual would not receive the treatment needed and would receive fines they could not pay or be sentenced to jail terms and their conditions worsen. In my opinion, the gutting of the mental health system in the 80s has been a major contributing factor in jail and prison overcrowding.

To more effectively respond to these situations Chief Thomas Alber has implemented the CIT program in Garden City. The CIT program is designed to improve the way law enforcement and the community respond to people experiencing mental health crisis. They are built on strong partnerships between law enforcement, mental health provider agencies and individuals and families affected by mental illness.

When a CIT trained officer contacts a citizen in mental health crisis, it streamlines processes and gives them direct and rapid access to mental health treatment and resources. My goal is to keep 100% of Garden City Police Department's staff CIT trained and prepared to assist those in crisis.

Former Butler woman arrested on warrants in Bates County

Cora Brown
On 9/29/17 the Bates County Sheriff's Office arrested 38 year old Cora Brown of Kansas City, Missouri formerly of Butler.

She was arrested for 1.) Warrant - Receiving Stolen Property 2.) Warrant - Distribution/Delivery/Manufacture of a controlled substance (X2) 3.) Warrant - Endangering the welfare of a child creating a substantial risk.

Cora Brown was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and placed on a $10,000 Cash Only bond.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Union Restaurant and Public House Open Mic Karaoke Night

Join us tomorrow night September 30 at 8pm for open mic and karaoke night  🎤

Located on the south side of the historic Butler Square 

Mark you calendar for the last concert of the year!!

Retirement Ceremony for Nevada Police Detective Jens Barclay

Osceola man injured in St. Clair County rollover accident

On 9/29/17 around 1:05pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County responded to a one vehicle accident on Route C just west of Iconium in rural St. Clair County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2003 Suzuki Grand Vitara driven by 43 year old Heath B. Maxwell of Osceola, Missouri ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Mr Maxwell sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Bray's Towing from Osceola, Missouri.

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KBI and Osage County Sheriff's Office Request Assistance to Identify the Remains of a Woman Found at Melvern Lake

PLEASE SHARE: The KBI and the Osage County, KS Sheriff's Office need your help to identify the remains of a woman found Aug. 25 at Melvern Lake. It is believed the woman was the victim of a homicide. 

Forensic anthropology experts from the Washburn Sociology and Anthropology Departmentassisted law enforcement in studying the remains. They reported the remains are:

Sex: Female
Race: Likely Hispanic (however, White cannot be ruled out)
Age range: 35-50 years of age (but potentially could also be 30-65 years old)
Height: 5' 2" to 5' 8" tall (but could potentially also be 5' 1" to 5' 9")

Time death occurred: Likely April 2017 to July 2017 (but potentially may have occurred late Fall 2016 to July 2017)
She was also wearing clothing and jewelry that could help 

identify her:
Shirt size- small, brand “No Boundaries
Pants size- 32x30, brand “Helix”
Bra size- 44, brand “Fruit of the Loom”
a silver ring that spells “love” in cursive writing
a gold or bronze ring with a red stone
a silver bangle bracelet
gold or bronze framed eyeglasses

Anyone who believes they can help identify this woman, or who has information about this crime, is asked to contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121 or the KBI at 1-800-KS-CRIME. For further information see this link:

From the Cass County Dental Clinic

Updated Obituary - Ted Wayne Williams

Ted Wayne Williams
Ted Wayne Williams, 64, Nevada, MO, a former officer of the Nevada Police Dept. for 27 years, passed away on September 28, 2017 at Freeman West in Joplin, MO. Ted was born November 17, 1952 in Ft. Scott, KS to Lewis Richard and Nelda Undine (Shipley) Williams.

Ted was raised in Ft. Scott and attended school there graduating from Ft. Scott High School in 1970. Following high school he attended Pittsburg State University, and Ft. Scott Community College. Ted was a police officer in Pittsburg for three years before coming to Nevada in 1982. For the next 27 years he was employed as an officer of the Nevada Police Department. 

Ted enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, riding motorcycles, bar-b-ques, and cooking. He was also involved in martial arts, and weight training. Ted was a Masonic Lodge member in Pittsburg, KS. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nevada.

Survivors include one son, Kevin Williams and his wife Bethia, Carthage, MO, and their daughter Suzanne; one daughter, Kari (Williams) Mills and her husband Gary, Perry, GA, and their children, Emma Ellis, Madelyn Ellis, Braden Ellis, and Olivia Mills; Ted was a special great-uncle to J.R., Randy, and Erik DeLaney, Krissie Cherry and her husband Joe. He is also survived by a special friend since 8th grade, Larry DeLaney and his wife Sam, Nevada; his mother-in-law, Jeanne Craig, Nevada; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Nevada with Rev. Chris Deines officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Orum Cemetery in Redfield, KS. The family will receive friends from 9:30 - 10:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Memorials are suggested to the Lewis and Nelda Williams Scholarship Fund at Ft. Scott Community College, in c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.

From the Mullinax Funeral Home

This weekend marks the end of our prearrangement discount special we've been offering at Mullinax Funeral Home. Many folks decided this was just the motivation they needed to make sure their wishes are taken care of. I think the comment I heard most was, "that was a lot easier than I thought."

Talking about your final arrangements should be a conversation with a trusted friend. That's what it is for us at Mullinax Funeral Home, and I want you to know that we are here for you at ANY time. We will make sure your plan is exactly how you want it to be, whether elaborate or simple. Your family won't have to struggle with difficult decisions and unexpected cost. What a beautiful gift to give them.

If we can help you, we would be honored. Please call us at (660) 679-0009 at any time, and we will be here for YOU.

Greg Mullinax

Update: One arrested after Kansas Police chase ends in Merwin

Matthew Scott Joiner
On September 27, 2017 Deputies responded to the Merwin area to assist in a vehicle pursuit that was initiated by a Kansas State Game Warden. The suspect’s car was parked near the railroad tracks in Merwin. 

Additional Deputies and Agencies were called to the scene to assist in the search for the suspect. All of the houses in the immediate area were searched for the suspect with negative results. 

A short time later a man meeting the description of the suspect was seen walking along a ridge to the west of the scene. A Deputy made contact with the suspect who was hiding behind a cluster of trees.

The suspect was identified as Matthew Scott Joiner (DOB 10/1/1968). Joiner complied with the Deputy’s commands and was taken into custody. 

While they were leaving the trees a black bag was discovered that held a syringe and what appeared to be methamphetamine in it. 

The Deputy tested the syringe and the crystal substance and it tested positive for methamphetamine.

Mr.Joiner was transported to the Bates County Jail where he remains in custody. He was charged in Bates County with Possession of a Controlled Substance except 35 grams or less of Marijuana and for Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 
His bond was set $10,000.00 cash or surety.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Kansas Department of Wildlife.

Bates County Sheriff’s Office Chad Anderson, Sheriff 6 West Ft. Scott Street Butler, Mo 64730 Phone 660-679-3232

Burnt District Festival Parade

The Burnt District Festival Parade is Saturday, October 7th! We love a Parade! 

The 2017 Grand Marshal is Mr. John Foster. We hope you will be there to celebrate with us. If you want to be in the parade you can register online at…

Cash Dash to support Wyatt Deel

At the Sherwood vs. Drexel football game tonight we will be having a Cash Dash to support Wyatt Deel. Wyatt is a senior at Drexel High School who was diagnosed with brain cancer in May 2017. He is currently undergoing treatments at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis TN. 

During halftime we will collect donations for 1 minute. There will be volunteers standing around the bleachers ready to take your money. 

So dash to the nearest person! Please join us in supporting Wyatt and his family.

Job Opening In Butler

Foss construction looking for a full time employee pay will be discussed..

Must be reliable and have references no experience required will train the right person.

If you are interested in this job please call 660-464-0630

At the Bates County Courthouse today

At the Bates County Courthouse today, James Mattingley pleaded guilty today to the class C Felony of Possession. Sentencing for Mattingley will be on November 30, 2017.

Also on today’s docket were Michael Morris and Tammy Walker.
Morris admitted to violating his probation by possession a controlled substance. Judge James Journey revoked his probation and sent Mattingly to the Missouri Department of Corrections for 120 days shock time with a 6 year back up.

Tammy Walker also admitted to violating her probation by failing to report possession and use of a controlled substance. Judge Journey revoked Walker’s probation and sent her to serve her 120 days in drug treatment with a 7 year back up.

Other cases heard by the Judge Journey today included,

Travis Smith pleaded guilty to burglary and tampering and was remanded to the Missouri Department of Corrections to begin serving a 4 year sentence.
Rob Hill was remanded to the Missouri Department of Corrections after he was found to be in violation of his probation for using a controlled substance. Judge Journey sent Hill to the MDOC for 120 days.

Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins represented the State in these cases.

Clinton man arrested on St. Clair County Warrant

Jacob Linthincum
On Sept. 27, Jacob Linthincum, 23, Clinton, was arrested on a St. Clair County warrant for a probation violation on an original charge of a class D felony of unlawful use of a weapon. Bond is set at $2,500 cash only.

The original charges stem from an incident on April 15, 2014, when Linthincum reportedly pulled a gun on a repossession agent.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.