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Friday, March 10, 2017

Snow Possible Saturday


Winter returns tomorrow, possibly producing a dusting to 3 inches of snow across the area. Snow will start early Saturday morning in northwest MO/northeast KS and taper off in the mid-afternoon/early evening from the northwest to southeast. 

Snow may initially accumulate only on grassy and elevated surfaces, but as the day continues we could see some accumulation on the sidewalks and roadways. This could make them slick, so take caution.












Obituary - Betty Jo Mitchell

Betty Jo Mitchell
Betty Jo Mitchell, age 87, Blue Mound, Kansas passed away on Thursday March 9, 2017 at the Olathe Medical Center. She was born on September 8, 1929 at Mapleton, Kansas the daughter of Scott and Gladys Lucas Northway. She attended grade school at Xenia and graduated from Blue Mound High School. 

She married Lloyd Mitchell on June 7, 1947 at Fort Scott, Kansas. Betty was a member of the Blue Mound United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She also taught Sunday School, and was a member of the OK Community Club. She was preceded in death by her parents and great grandson, John. Betty is survived by her husband Lloyd, son Bruce Mitchell, two daughters, Jodi Johnson and Phil, and Donna McCormick and Larry, a brother, Don Northway, a sister Barbara Petrie, eleven grandchildren: Kamie Mitchell, Joshua Mitchell, Gayla West and Les, Nicholas Johnson and Amanda, Jeffrey Johnson and Jade, Michael Johnson, Julie Steele, David Johnson, Douglas McCormick, Mike McCormick and Matthew McCormick, and twenty-eight great grandchildren: Leighton, Reid, Josi, Jayton, Michaela, Samantha, Chris, Katrina, Eli, Krista, Jacob, Logan, Max, Alex, Bria, Paisley, Richard, Dylan, Shayla, Blaine, David, Nathan, Molly, Morgan, Tristan, Tessa, Taylor and Zoey.

Funeral service will be held at 11 am Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Blue Mound United Methodist Church. Burial in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 pm Monday at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Methodist Church. On line condolences may be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com. Arrangements: Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Mound City Chapel.






Obituary - Samuel Eugene Carlini

Samuel Eugene Carlini, 64, Nevada, MO passed from this life on Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home in Nevada. Sam was born August 28, 1952 in Marshall, MO to Billy Eugene and Glenda Mae (Stewart) Carlini.

Sam grew up in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School with the Class of 1970. He attended Southwest Missouri State University in Springfield before going to work in the construction business. Sam owned and operated Carlini Construction and has contracted with 3M in Nevada for the past 35 years. Sam was a member of the Operators Union – Heavy Equipment. At a young age he was baptized in the Calvary Baptist Church in Nevada.

He is survived by his companion of 37 years, Doris McGrath of the home; his step daughter, Diedra May and her husband, Ronnie and their children of St. Joseph, MO, his parents, Bill and Glenda Carlini, Nevada; MO; nephews, Brad Evans and his wife Jenny, and Matt Evans and his wife Sara, Richland, MO. He was preceded in death by one sister, Deanna Evans and her husband Terry; and his grandfather, P.T. Carlini.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, with Mark Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park, Nevada. The family will receive friends from 4-6:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.




Country music superstars Little Big Town to perform on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the 2017 Missouri State Fair

Country music superstars Little Big Town to perform on Saturday, Aug. 19, at the 2017 Missouri State Fair

Ticket Prices:

$55 Premium Track

$45 Regular Track

$40 Premium Grandstand

$30 Regular Track

Concert Tickets On Sale:

Starting at 9 am on June 20 through Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-796-6776 / 800-745-3000. All concert seats are reserved. Convenience charges apply to all tickets.

The Missouri State Fair Box Office opens at noon on June 26 for walk-up orders (while tickets remain). Box Office hours are:

June 26 – Aug 4, 12 pm – 6 pm (M-F)

Closed July 4 in observance of Fourth of July Holiday

Aug 7-9, 9 am – 6 pm

Aug 10-20, 9 am – 9 pm

Grandstand tickets do not include admission to the Fair.





Obituary - Arvel Kincaid

Arvel Kincaid
Arvel Kincaid, 70, of Pleasant Hill, departed this life, Mach 9, 2017, at his home.

Visitation will be held 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 12, Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 13, at the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be published here as soon as that information becomes available.










Fish Fry in Butler tonight

A reminder that St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Nursery St. in Butler is hosting a Fish Fry this evening from 5-7 PM in the church basement. 

$10 for ages 13 and up, $5 for ages 5-12, and 5 and under is free.







Updated Obituary - Rusty Craft

Rusty Craft
Memorial services for Rusty Craft will be 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness (1201 Paradise Lane) in Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation. Arrangements by the Schowengerdt Chapel. Contributions to the family. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Rusty Leroy Craft Sr. age 47 of Butler, Missouri died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 of a tragic accident at his farm in rural Butler. He was born December 11, 1969 to Thomas Leroy and Anita Bowers Craft in Butler, MO.

Rusty is survived by his wife Jaime of Butler; three sons, Rusty L. Craft Jr. and wife Jennifer of Dunn, North Carolina, Michael Craft of Dunn, North Carolina and Calieb Craft of Drexel, Missouri; two daughters, Bailey Wheeler and Annabelle Craft both of Butler; his father, Thomas Craft of Butler; his mother, Anita Bauer of Drexel, Missouri; two brothers, Robert Malcom of Clinton, Missouri and Dustin Craft of Joplin, Missouri; two sisters, Wendi Dooley of Harrisonville, Missouri and Barbara Craft of Butler, Missouri; a step-brother, Jim Bauer of Kansas City, Kansas; and a step-sister, Kris Bock of Lee's Summit, Missouri.






CNET Drug Taskforce involved in multiple county drug arrest

Bobby Keith
Kenneth Bryant Lake
On 3/8/17 at approximately 0730 hours members of the CNET Drug Taskforce, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Bates County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, Eldorado Springs Police Department, Agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency and the United States Marshals Office executed a narcotics related search warrant on a residence just outside the city limits of Eldorado Springs, Missouri.

The residence had been the subject of a narcotics investigation by CNET Drug Taskforce, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office and Eldorado Springs Police Department. The residence was occupied by one subject who was taken into custody without incident. 


That subject was identified as Bobby Keith, W/M DOB 9/19/57, of Eldorado Springs, Missouri. During the search agents recovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The residence in Cedar County was also a known location of a wanted fugitive that the CNET Drug Taskforce and Cedar County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating for drug trafficking for over the last year. Kenneth Bryant Lake, W/M DOB 4/19/1961 of Oronogo, Missouri, was federally indicted by a Grand Jury for conspiring and or distributing 500 Grams or more of a substance that contained methamphetamine and a federal warrant was issued for his arrest on May 21, 2016. 


While agents served the search warrant at the residence in Cedar County additional agents was conducting surveillance at a second location in Barton County that was also known to be a place that Kenneth Lake may be living at. Kenneth Lake had been the subject of multiple drug investigation search warrants and attempts to take him into custody over the last year.

At approximately 1515 hours surveillance teams identified a male subject standing in the front yard of a residence in the rural Barton County area as Kenneth Lake. Agents from the above agencies, Barton County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol converged onto the residence and after a short foot pursuit took Lake into custody. 


A search warrant for the residence was obtained and approximately three ounces of methamphetamine and approximately $3,000 in cash were seized along with property associated with Lake and narcotics transactions. 

Mr. Lake was transported to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office where on Thursday was turned over to the United States Marshal Service.





Federal Fugitive arrested in Amsterdam Area

Caleb Ayers
On 3/10/17, the Bates County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a possible location of a wanted person on a federal fugitive warrant. Deputies responded to the Amsterdam area to search possible locations for the Caleb Ayers.

As deputies were patrolling the area one of them passed a vehicle and identified the passenger as the wanted subject. The deputies turned around on the vehicle to attempt a traffic stop when it pulled into a residence. 

Deputies made contact with the driver and confirmed that the subject was located in the vehicle. Deputies took the subject into custody identifying him as Caleb Ayers W/M 4/4/1987.

Ayers was indicted by a federal grand jury after Cass County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Drexel Bank in the early hours of May 14, 2016. Deputies found a loaded handgun and a homemade explosive device in the vehicle. At the time the area around the bank was evacuated and the Lee’s Summit Bomb Squad responded and disarmed the explosive device.

Along with the Federal Indictment of Felon in Possession of a firearm, Felon in Possession of an Explosive and Possession of Unregistered Destructive Device, Ayers was wanted by the following agencies:

Bates County-Probation Violation for resisting arrest

Cass County- Unlawful Possession of a weapon

Linn County Ks-Probation Violation for possession of Opium or Depravity  Henry County- Non Support

Mr. Ayers was transported to the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and will be turned over to the United States Marshal Service on Monday.






That time again: Spring forward this weekend...

Daylight Savings Time is again upon us. Be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

It's also a great time to change batteries in your smoke detectors.

Have a great weekend!





Missouri bill would make 'illegal reentry' a class C felony

Report from Senator Ed Emery

The Senate picked up the pace
this week and began moving through the perfection calendar. We passed six Senate bills and spent several hours on a House Bill – HB 130 – which was moved to the informal calendar. Commonly called the “Uber Bill,” it is awaiting more floor debate, the hostage of a Senate filibuster.

Some bills were more significant than others, including SB 34 sponsored by Sen. Mike Cunningham, R-Rogersville. Senator Cunningham has been working on SB 34 for at least two years to address the sometimes deadly threat of “illegal reentry.” The bill would make it a crime (illegal reentry) if an illegal alien has been removed from the United States due to the violation of certain violent federal crimes and thereafter enters the state of Missouri and commits another violent felony offense. Illegal reentry would be punishable as a Class C felony.

Last year, an illegal immigrant went on a multi-state shooting spree from Kansas to Missouri. A Missourian was killed as a result. The suspect had been deported, but he was still here in the United States. He had also been previously arrested twice in Missouri. Criminal charges were filed in one of those cases. If the federal government cannot stop suspects like him from reentering the country, at least we can have some control over what happens in our own state. This measure serves as protection for Missourians from illegal aliens who come to the state to cause harm.

The Senate spent several hours on Wednesday and additional hours on Thursday on HB 130 which was mentioned above. I believe the bill’s detractors are beyond the policy perfection part of debate and fully into filibuster mode. If you listened to the nature of several hours of the discussions, you would almost certainly agree. I am not a part of the filibuster, and have no official knowledge of its purpose, but reports suggest that its objective has little to do with the content of HB 130 and more to do with putting political pressure on legislative leadership toward unrelated objectives.

I am certainly not condemning this filibuster, sometimes an issue or policy seems important enough to one or more senators to stop a bill in order to influence something unrelated. That seems to be the case. A filibuster, to be more than just obstructionism, will normally have one of two purposes – either to force compromise regarding policy, or to compel leadership to compromise priorities. Normally, once demands are satisfied, normal debate resumes, a bill is perfected, and the senate moves on; clearly that end is not yet achieved. I am still not sure who is pressuring whom, but in politics, even in dispute, it is important to not let conflicts become personal. I hope, by God’s grace, we all take the Apostle Paul’s counsel to heart.

Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.