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Monday, April 3, 2017

Archie Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the kiddos out to Hodges Park on Sunday, April 9th at 3pm for Archie's annual Easter Egg Hunt. Special apperance by the Easter Bunny. 

Don't forget your camera for pictures with him. Sponsered by Archie 2000 and The Fishing Dock

Breaking News: Mushroom hunters find human remains in Cass County

CASS CO – Around 3:40 p.m. today deputies with the Cass County Sheriff's Office were called to a wooded area near E. 233rd and State Route Y south of Belton after a mushroom hunter reported finding possible human bones.

Investigators have confirmed that the bones found are human.  Deputies are expected to be in the area for an extended period of time investigating.

No further details are available at this time.  It is unknown about the age, race or sex of the victim.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Cass County Sheriff's office.

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Cancelled Silver Advisory: Erma Homan found deceased

Erma Homan
Cancelled Endangered Silver Advisory Alert

State of Missouri Endangered SILVER Advisory

The Gentry County Sheriff's Department has cancelled an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident that occurred at 1103 North College, Albany, MO at 3:00 p.m. on 04/02/2017.

The endangered SILVER advisory missing adult is:

Erma Riche Homan, a white, female, age 94, height 5'2", 120 lbs, White hair, Hazel eyes,

Diagnosed Medical Condition(s):  Possibly suffering from early stages of dementia

Vehicle Information:
Blue 1999 Buick Lesabre bearing MO, UA0Y5G last seen 1103 North College, Albany, Missouri

Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Silver Person incident 

Subject was located deceased in Gentry County, MO   

Bates County Coroner Activity Report March 1-31, 2017:

Activity Report for the period March 1-31, 2017

· 7 Nursing Home/Hospice type deaths were reported for the period. None were further investigated.

  • On 3/5/17, the Coroner responded to a residence on Cedar Lane in south Butler where a male subject had been found deceased in his home. Robert J. Stewart was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 3:25 PM; investigation determined the death due to natural causes.
  • On 3/8/17, the Coroner responded to a field West of Butler on report of an explosion. Mr. Rusty Craft was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 4:55 PM with the cause of death being accidental in nature.
  • On 3/10/17, the Coroner responded to the Bates County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department per protocol. An 86 year-old female had died due to natural causes.
  • On 3/11/17, the Coroner responded to a rural location on BB Highway north of Ballard. A 48 year-old man, Clayton D. Pulliam, was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 8:21 PM. No further information can be released at this time.
  • On 3/17/17, the Coroner responded to a residence on Gale Lane in Butler. Kathryn Brink was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 7:02 AM, with investigation determining death to be of natural causes.
  • On 3/23/17, the Coroner responded to a residence on Clark St. in Butler. Marcia L. Minneman was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 4:20 PM, with investigation determining death to be of natural causes.

Courtesy of Bates County Coroner Greg D. Mullinax

2017 Opening Night at Nevada Speedway

Drying Out.. Temporarily

Our April showers are tapering off for today, but they'll be back for one more round as early as 24 hours from now! Most of the rain with this next system will come after sunset Tuesday night, but scattered on-and-off rain showers are possible during the late morning and afternoon.

Obituary - Sally Lurie Atchison

Sally Lurie Atchison
Funeral services for Sally Atchison will be 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 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 Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, Missouri. 

Contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Online condolences,

Sally Lurie Atchison, age 86 of Adrian, Missouri died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Adrian Manor in Adrian. She was born April 3, 1930 to Sam and Elsie Bridges Balsiger in Albany, Missouri.

Sally is survived by two sons, Warren Lee Atchison and wife Mary Ann of Independence, Missouri and Robert Atchison and wife Cathy of Raytown, Missouri; two daughters, Sherry Hubbard and husband Paul and Terri Sue Atchison and fiance` Thomas Hollon, all of Adrian, Missouri; one brother, Samuel Balsiger and wife Harriet of Sapapa, Oklahoma; four sisters, Mary Ann Byrd of Virginia, Missouri, Bonnie Gutshall and husband Clyde “Duv” of Adrian, Missouri, Donna Rettiger of Strong City, Kansas and Sandra Lethcho and husband Bill of Adrian, Missouri; 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Leland in 2008; one sister, Elizabeth Rose; and great-grandson Kyron.

Forged By Fire Easter Specials

 690 S Commercial St Harrisonville, MO 

One injured in Cass County semi truck rollover

On 4/3/17 around 6:45am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Missouri 7 Highway just North of 323rd Street in rural Cass County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2006 Freightliner CL-120 driven by 45 year old Richard E. Reed of Poplar Bluff, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.

Mr. Reed sustained minor injuries in this accident and he will seek treatment at a later time. The Freightliner was totaled and towed from the scene by Golden Valley Wrecker.

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Missouri State Highway Patrol Program Supports Victims Of Impaired Drivers

Missouri offers a wide variety of things to experience: lakes, rivers, theme parks, caves, hiking trails, sporting events, live entertainment, historical sites, museumsthe list of things to do in Missouri is endless. One thing you should NOT do is drive impaired. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol strives to serve and protect everyone in Missouri. In 2016, preliminary statistics indicate the Patrol affected 7,319 alcohol- & drug-related driving violations.

“We take impaired driving seriously and removing impaired drivers from Missouri’s roadways is one of our top priorities,” said Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “Driving impaired is a choice no one should make. Please choose to designate a sober driver or call a cab if you drink.”

Unfortunately, there are drivers who disregard the affects alcohol and drugs have on their ability to drive. Preliminary statistics show there were 5,646 traffic crashes involving impaired drivers. In those crashes, 227 people died and 3,480 people were injured. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol offers assistance to victims of impaired drivers. Since 1997, the Patrol’s Filling a V.O.I.D. program has provided information, support, and assistance to victims and their families. Often, the troopers who work the road are the first persons to come into contact with victims. Thus, every trooper receives specialized training while attending the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy. Every zone has someone who serves as a coordinator for the Filling a V.O.I.D. program and every troop has a designated troop coordinator. We understand that troopers and advocates can impact the long-term recovery of a victim by helping them and their families obtain assistance from victim service providers and other organizations during a traumatic time in their lives. 

If you, a member of your family, or a passenger in your vehicle have been injured by an impaired driver (alcohol or drugs), you are eligible for assistance through the Filling a V.O.I.D. program. Pedestrians or their family members who have been involved in an impairment-related traffic crash also qualify.

To utilize the Filling a V.O.I.D. civilian victim advocate and resources, go to the Patrol’s website and click on the V.O.I.D. link. The advocate can help you understand the criminal justice process, address your concerns, and request information. You can also call the Crime Victim Hotline 1-888-773-1800.

In 2016, troopers and the Patrol’s civilian advocate assisted 13 children, 118 adults, and 18 elderly persons through the Filling a V.O.I.D. program. These statistics may seem insignificantuntil you or someone you love become one.

Please don’t drive while impaired.

Butler church fire deemed accidental in nature

An early morning fire last Wednesday at the Butler Ohio Street United Methodist Church has been determined to have been caused by a lightning strike.

The strike appears to have hit just above the altar area, strewing debris and setting the altar on fire as well.

Thanks to a quick response from the Butler fire department, damage was mainly confined to that area- although the sanctuary and other parts of the building sustained smoke damage as evident in the photos.

Work is currently underway to clean up and repair damage. More information about progress and temporary service arrangements can be found here

photos courtesy Ohio Street UMC Facebook

From the Cass County Sheiff's Office

From the city of Drexel

City of Drexel ½ of 1% Parks and Recreation Sales Tax Proposal

 THIS IS NOT A TAX INCREASE. This sales tax already EXISTS. The City of Drexel uses this ½ of 1 cent sales tax to maintain and improve all of Drexel’s parks including, H.T. Smith Park and the Ball Park.

 This sales tax allows us to continue the necessary maintenance and improvements our parks are going to need in the future.

 This is an efficient method for everyone to chip in and contribute to the City’s well-being. 

 Sales taxes help raise money because not only will every citizen of Drexel be sharing the cost of improving and maintaining our Parks, but every traveler and visitor to our City will also contribute to their well-being. 

 This sales tax has a small impact. Should you spend $100 in Drexel, this tax will only cost you 50 cents! It may seem that such a small amount will do little to create change, but when every person living in and coming through Drexel chips in, the City will have the necessary funds to maintain the parks. 

 This ½ of 1% Parks and Recreation sales tax is to be used only for parks and recreation uses. It is being proposed because our City needs to make improvements and maintain existing facilities.

 If this sales tax is RE-authorized, then Drexel will continue to have the funds it needs to maintain and improve the parks system. If it passes, no one’s taxes will be increased. 

 The annual funds will go to improving and maintaining all our parks and will of course make Drexel an even nicer place for our children to play and for everyone to live. 


Make plans to spend Saturday Night with us!

Fishing Dock located at 101 SW Outer Rd, Archie, MO

From the Linn County Emergency Management


Congratulations to Emilea Dines and Hunter Nelson who competed at the Optimist West Regional oratorical contest on the North Kansas City Hospital Campus, April 2. They both represented Adrian High School nicely, each receiving a second place.

Pursuit ends with one in custody, deputy receives injuries during foot pursuit in Vernon County

 Stephan E Householder
A Vernon County Deputy received injuries following a foot pursuit early Sunday morning. According to Officials with the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office, A deputy attempted to make a traffic stop after seeing a truck run a stop sign at 1900 and Oldtown Road. 

The vehicle failed to yield and the deputy began pursuing the vehicle northeast of Nevada. Multiple county units responded to assist in the pursuit and the vehicle went off the road at 2350 and Dalton Road, in Vernon County. 

The driver then fled on foot into a field where he was apprehended by deputies a short time later. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said a deputy received injuries to his leg during the foot pursuit and has received medical treatment. 

Sheriff Mosher also said suspected methamphetamines were recovered. “We found suspected methamphetamines in the truck and they will be sent to the lab for analysis.”

The driver has been identified as 26 year-old Stephan E Householder, with an address listed in Joplin, Mo. Warrants were issued Sunday evening charging Householder with Resisting Arrest, Driving While Revoked, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Householder is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.

Work Zone Safety Awareness Week

This week is “Work Zone Safety Awareness Week”. The purpose is to bring awareness to the importance of safety in work zones.

Drivers slow down, and pay attention to the workers present on the roadway. Since 2000, 18 MoDot employees have been killed in the line of duty.

Work zones are no phone zones.
Motorist slow down and pay attention.
Fines are doubled in work zones when a worker is present.
No distracted driving, pay attention to the road and your driving.
When merging use the “Zipper Method”.
Do not follow to close.

The top causes of wrecks are: Distracted/inattentive driving, following to close, too fast for road conditions, substance impairment, and improper lanes usage.

As always, wear your seat belt.

Ballard Drama Club Presents...

Missouri Missing Adult: Erma Riche Homan

Erma Riche Homan
The Gentry County Sheriff's Department has issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult incident that occurred at 1103 North College, Albany, MO at 3:00 p.m. on 04/02/2017.

The endangered SILVER advisory missing adult is:

Erma Riche Homan, a white, female, age 94, height 5'2", 120 lbs, White hair, Hazel eyes,

Diagnosed Medical Condition(s): Possibly suffering from early stages of dementia

Vehicle Information:

Blue 1999 Buick LeSabre bearing MO, UA0Y5G last seen 1103 North College, Albany, Missouri

Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Silver Person incident

Subject left residence driving her blue 1999 Buick LeSabre, with an unknown direction of travel. Homan is believed to be suffering from early stages of dementia. Homan owns several farm properties in eastern Gentry County.
Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Gentry County Sheriff’s Department at 660-726-4275.

Get out and VOTE!

Today is Election Day in Butler for City Council. Voting takes places at the Butler High School Gymnasium starting at 6:00 a.m. 

The following candidates are running for office. 

Ward 1 David Brown, Brian Phillips and Denny Rich 
Ward 2 Gayle Stark Ward 2 (finish a 1 year term) Mike Irick 
Ward 3 Linn Nitsche and Craig Irwin 
Ward 4 Carolyn Jett and Brian Harris.

B.C.Y.A.C. Pool Pals: Sponsor a Child This Summer

The Bates County Youth Advocacy Council will by sponsoring the Pool Pals Program this summer. The program is in its 12th year and provides pool passes to children who either cannot afford to swim or have special needs or considerations.

Last year, we were able to buy season passes for 103 children! This is the largest amount of children that we have assisted. The program is successful due to the generosity of businesses, organizations, and the people of Bates County. B.C.Y.A.C. serves as a link by gathering donations for the pool passes and then providing them to children in the community. A list of children is compiled and then given to the B.C.Y.A.C. and the council works its way down the list as money comes in. We trust the groups that give us the names of these children. These groups know the children and know their needs.

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, the cost is listed below:

Individual Pass 7 and under $35
Individual Pass 8 and older $70
Family of Two $140
Family of Three $180
Family of Four $220
Family of Five $260

We will take any amount…whether you can donate $5 or want to sponsor an entire family. We work it out by combining donations or buying family passes…..whichever way we can, to insure that many children will benefit.

If you are interested in donating money to the Pool Pals Program, you can mail your donation to:

PO Box 466
Butler, MO 64730
Thank you for supporting our youth!

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Bates County

John Justice Petty
On March 30th a Sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a Chevy S10 for displaying the wrong license plates. 

The driver of the vehicle, John Justice Petty, advised the Sergeant he did not have insurance and the license plates belonged to his car. Petty stated that he had firearms inside pickup. 

He also told the Sergeant there was meth, weed and pipes inside the vehicle. The Sergeant searched the truck and located approximately 3.1 grams of methamphetamine and approximately 24 grams of marijuana. Drug paraphernalia was also located inside the vehicle.

Petty (DOB 10/17/1995) was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance except 35 Grams or Less of Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana and Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His bond was set at $25,000.00 cash only. He is currently being held in the Bates County Jail.

More charges are expected to be filed for Unlawful use of a Firearm by Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Any questions or concerns please contact the Bates County Sheriff’s Office Chad Anderson, Sheriff 6 West Ft. Scott Street Butler, Mo 64730 Phone 660-679-3232 Fax 660-679-4147

Courtesy of the Bates County Sheriff's Office

General Election tomorrow- study the ballot

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Obituary - Robert J. "Bob" Clawson

 Robert J. "Bob" Clawson
Robert J. "Bob" Clawson, 91, of Strasburg, departed this life, Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the Missouri Veterans Home, Warrensburg.

Visitation will be held 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Missouri.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the funeral home. Graveside military services and interment will follow in the Strasburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Strasburg Cemetery.

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

Get 'em while you can...

These beauties fill the hand of Kendra Holt of Urich
Warmer temps and moisture means Morel season in Missouri. Social media has provided a nice showing recently of the highly desired fungi found in fence rows, tree lines and even some really strange places.

It's a once-a-year treat and they're out there now. Go get 'em!

Butler Police Department Activity Report 3/27-4/2-2017

Fight Ohio and Maple
Medical assist Grade School
Keep the peace 100 block of S Havanna
Keep the peace 400 block of S High
Accident High School parking lot
Medical assist 303 S Main
Medical assist 600 block of S Mechanic


Well being check 400 S Delaware Assist DFS
Accident Wal-Mart
Accident Thrift Store
Disturbance 209 S Fulton
Vandalism call 300 block of W Ohio
Accident Orange and Ft Scott


Hit and Run accident 100 block of W Ohio
Keep the peace 400 block of W Ohio
Theft report 200 block of S Delaware
Disturbance 500 block of N Main
Accident Fran ave at Wal-Mart
C and I driver 300 block of N Water
Disturbance Dear Lane
Well being check 500 block of N Main
Animal complaint 700 block of Country Club


Animal complaint Main and Mill
Disturbance 513 N Main
Warrant service Fulton and Pine
Well being check
C and I Driver Delaware and Nursery
Well being check Bristol Manner
Open Door Country Club
Animal complaint Willow and Chestnut

Traffic assist Mullinax
Property damage call 300 block of W Ohio
C and I driver call Wix Lane
Animal complaint Chestnut and Olive
Noise complaint 800 block of S High
Warrant service Bus 49
Warrant service Orange and Vine


Traffic assist Mullinax
Well being check North Street
Keep the peace 5 Cedar Lane
Animal complaint S Park

04/02/2017  Identity theft report
Disturbance 110 S Willow
Disturbance 912 Wix Lane
Disturbance Fulton and Ft Scott
Theft report 400 block of N Fulton

Another big night for Drexel FFA

Another great night for the Drexel FFA Chapter as they traveled to Warrensburg High School and competed in District Leadership Development Events. When the results had been tallied and posted these committed students had placed as follows: Sara Gammon, Paul Orton, Haley Collins, Alyssa Sosa, Questen Poole, and Jonah Hatten competed on the Parliamentary Procedure Team and placed 6th overall; Kenzie Winfield, Makenna Finley, and Logan Cochran competed on the FFA Knowledge contest and placed 10th (out of 31 teams), and Sara Gammon placed 2nd overall in her Advanced Public Speaking event. The FFA Knowledge team and Sara will both advance to State Convention and compete! Congratulations to these hard working students on their accomplishments! - Drexel FFA Facebook

Clinton man arrested in Henry County

On 4/2/17 around 9:15am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 21 year old Jaden Harvey of Clinton, Missouri.

Mr. Harvey was arrested for 1.) Property Damage - 2nd Degree.

He was booked into the Henry County Jail and later bonded out.

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Forecast for the week

Well let's be glad the boys of summer are starting on the road because if they were home this one could be a rainout! Expect showers through the day today. The stormy pattern we have been in will continue Tuesday as strong storms may be possible Tuesday night. Small hail and gusty winds may be possible with these storms south of Interstate 70.