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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Kansas City Police Seeking apparent kidnapping victim

Cristian Escutia
Kansas City Police request your assistance in locating a victim of an apparent kidnapping. The victim is Cristian Escutia, a white male of Hispanic descent, born April 10, 1997. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He was last seen yesterday evening at his residence in the Old Northeast area of Kansas City.

Witnesses said they observed him being forced into a vehicle by unknown subjects. The vehicle left the area at a high rate of speed. 
The vehicle is a light blue Chrysler Pacifica, unknown year, unknown license plate. 
If anyone has information on the whereabouts of the victim or observes the listed vehicle, they are urged to call the TIPS hotline (816) 474-TIPS (8477) or 911.

Another concert announced for Missouri State Fair.

Granger Smith feat. Earl Dibbles Jr with Chris Laneto perform in the Pepsi Grandstand on Tuesday, Aug. 15. #pepsigrandstand #ComeHome2017

From Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber

I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone that voted today in support of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. 

The men and women of this office give so much of themselves to serve our community. It is truly humbling to know the level of support that the public has for us and what we do each day. 

It is my promise to you that we will not let you down in our effort to Keep Cass County Safe.

- Cass County Sheriff Jeff Weber

Make plans to attend now

Just Announced: D&D Firework Display will be Saturday June 24, 2017. 

Everyone make plans to attend this historic event this summer! 

Obituary - Ivan “Junior” Showalter, Jr.

Ivan “Junior” Showalter, Jr. 82 of Drexel, Missouri passed away April 3, 2017 at KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Funeral services will be held 3:00 pm Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). 

Visitation will be held prior to services Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm also at the chapel. Cremation to follow services with a private family inurnment at a later date. 

Contributions are suggested, in lieu of flowers, to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Ivan Showalter, Jr. was born September 19, 1934 in Strasburg, Missouri to Ivan and Allene Maupin Showalter. He grew up in the Drexel, Missouri area and attended Drexel Schools. He was united in marriage to Sandra Reilly in 1955. To this union two children were born. On January 15, 1972 Junior married Frances L. Wade Blanton. Junior worked for many years as a warehouse supervisor for wholesale building materials. He later retired from Reardon Pallet Company.

Junior was preceded in death by his parents, brother Ronald Showalter, son Donald Blanton, son-in-law Richard Pittman, grandson Bryan Blanton, and great-granddaughter Kayla Michelle Blanton. He is survived by his wife Frances Showalter of the home in Drexel, MO., daughter Cindy Jobes of Lee’s Summit, MO., son Richard Showalter and wife Kelly of Lake of the Ozarks, MO., son Dennis Blanton and wife Linda of Osawatomie, KS., son Steve Blanton and wife Lisa of Lenexa, KS., daughter Vickie Pittman of Peculiar, MO., brother Jim “Short” Showalter and wife Caroline of Drexel, MO., eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

From the Linn County Kansas Sheriff's Office

The Linn County Sheriff's Office recently conducted a search warrant in the Blue Mound area related to the theft of some female clothing. 

In addition to the items reported stolen other female clothes were found that we believe may have been stolen but have not been reported. 

If you have had items stolen but not reported them please contact the Linn County Sheriff's Office by message or at 913-795-2665.

Obituary - Phyllis E. Ross

Phyllis E. Ross, 68 of Butler, Missouri passed away April 3, 2017 at her home in Butler. Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:00 PM Saturday, April 8, 2017 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler with Fr. Tom Hermes as Celebrant. 

Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-8 PM at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

A complete obituary will be published as the information becomes available.

Obituary - James “Jim” LeRoy Ellis

James “Jim” LeRoy Ellis
Funeral services for Jim Ellis will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Ohio Street United Methodist Church, Heartland Hospice, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. 

James “Jim” LeRoy Ellis, age 90 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, April 3, 2017 at Medicalodge Nursing Center in Butler. He was born September 3, 1926 to Wilbur Franklin and Alice Irene Hodges Ellis in Archie, Missouri.

Jim is survived by two daughters, Pamela Sue Dodds and husband Caroll and Paula Kay Morgan and husband Lynn all of Butler, Missouri; two stepdaughters, Patricia Gail Higgins and husband Jerry of Golden, Colorado and Diana Lynn Lyman of Springfield, Missouri; three grandchildren, Lindsey Morgan, Rachel Searles and husband Travis and Robin Gier and husband Luther; two step grandchildren, Scot Higgins and wife Michelle and Brett Higgins and wife Candace; five great-grandchildren, Tristyn, Avry, Sophia, Remmington and Raylan; and five step great-grandchildren, Rachel, Sarah, Beckett, Margo and Griffin. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Yula Ellis; his second wife Doris Ellis; one sister, Billie Giffin; and granddaughter Hannah Morgan in 1982.

Search Suspended for Tonight in Cass County

The Cass County Sheriff's Office will be suspending the area search due to darkness. ​Due to the ongoing investigation in the area Y Highway will be closed to traffic except for local residents. 

There will continue to be a large law enforcement presence in the area overnight and into the next 2 days. 

 Investigators will meet Wednesday morning to evaluate weather before resuming the search

Butler FFA Plant Sale

The Butler FFA Plant Sale is open daily selling Vegetables and Bedding Plants and Hanging Baskets. 

Vegetables are $1.00 per 4 pack, Bedding Plants are selling for $2.00. The Butler FFA Chapter Plant Sale includes hanging Baskets priced at $10.00 to $15.00 . 

This includes Wondering Jews, Geraniums, Wave Petunia, Coleus and Mixed Varieties.

The Butler FFA Greenhouse is open daily from 1:30 until 4:00.
A reminder that the Farmer’s Market, will open April 13th on the Butler Square.

The Greenhouse Plant Sale is located at 420 south Fulton Street in Butler.

Breaking News Update: Two human skulls found in Cass County

Detectives with the Cass County Sheriff's Office are continuing to search the area near E. 233rd and State Route Y for additional evidence and remains. 

The Sheriff's Office can confirm that on Monday one human skull was recovered and sent to the Jackson County Medical Examiner for further examination. Tuesday morning a second human skull was located in the same search area.

No identification has been made at this time. Based on the remains recovered the age, sex, race have not been determined. Further examination is currently in progress.

Although families of missing person cases in the area have been in contact with law enforcement we cannot confirm the identity of victims.

Stormy this evening and overnight

National Weather Service Kansas City Missouri -

Off and on showers will be possible across the area through the day. More widespread rainfall moves into the area this evening, which will likely produce some stream flooding across the area. Isolated flash flooding is also possible. The best chance for any strong to severe storms will be south of HWY 50, with hail around 1 inch being the primary concern.

Generally expecting around 1 to 2 inches of rain across the area today and tonight. Some lingering rain will remain in the area into Wednesday morning and afternoon before moving out by Wednesday evening. Isolated areas could see higher amounts. River/stream flooding as well as isolated flash flooding is also possible.

Shoplifting complaint at Dollar General in Appleton City

On April 2, a St. Clair County deputy took a shoplifting complaint from an employee at Dollar General, Appleton City. The employee reported an unknown white male, possibly in his thirties, wearing a dark colored baseball hat, dark colored shirt, and dark colored zip up jacket entered the store with an empty plastic bag. 

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A photo of the suspect from security
footage. Those with any information 
concerning his identity are urged to 
contact the St. Clair County Sheriff's
Office Tip Line 417-646-5832.
He wandered around the store for a few minutes picking up various items and placing them in the bag. Items included a black wallet, Tide detergent pods, a cell phone power bank, and a cell phone charger. There was also another unknown item placed in the bag.

A short time later the individual brought the bag up to the cash register and stated he wanted to return the items inside his bag. 

The cashier told the individual he did not have the items in the bag when he entered the store. 

The man insisted they were and advised employees to look up security footage to prove his story.

The items were left near the register and the video footage was checked. The video allegedly showed the man pull an empty plastic Dollar General bag from a rack and enter the store with the bag in his pocket. It showed the man take items off the shelf and place them into the bag before proceeding to the register.

While employees were viewing the video, the man went back to the counter, pulled the bag from his jacket pocket, filled it with the same items, and walked out of the store without paying for any of the items. A request for prosecution was signed and the value of the items was estimated at $50.

Obituary - Keith Frederick Quick

 Keith Quick
Funeral services for Keith Quick will be 10 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2017 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Lem Whitmere officiating. 

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Myers Cemetery near Appleton City, Missouri. 

Contributions in lieu of flowers to Butler First Christian Church Endowment. Online condolences,

Keith Frederick Quick, age 87 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, March 31, 2017 at his home in Butler. He was born March 19, 1930 to George E. and Fannie E. Bellomy Quick in the Montrose, Missouri area.

Keith is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patsy Quick of Butler, Missouri; three sons, Justin Quick and wife Christina and Shawn Quick, all of Butler, Missouri and Patrick Quick and wife Beth of Mt. Vernon, Missouri; one daughter, Coleen Thurlow and husband Randy of Wakefield, Kansas; three sisters, Evelena Payne, Ione Berry and Berniece Quick, allof Butler, Missouri; two brothers, Lloyd Quick and wife JoAnn of Clinton, Missouri and Densil Dean Quick of Middlesburg, Florida; six grandchildren, Nate and Cianna Quick and William, Caroline, Philip and Isabella Thurlow. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Charles; two sisters, Elizabeth Payne and Patty Russell; one nephew, Ivan Quick; and one niece, Linda Russell.

Update: Highway Closure During Search in Cass County

CASS CO – Investigators from several agencies will be continuing to search the area of E. 233rd and State Route Y. 

Due to law enforcement operations near the highway and the volume of personnel on scene the Missouri State Highway Patrol will be closing approximately 6.5 miles of S. State Route Y between YY Hwy and D Hwy (Holmes Rd). 

 The road closure will start today at 12:30 p.m. until dark and may continue on Wednesday.

April 4th 2017 Election Results

Unofficial results - 100% precincts reporting

Miami School District
John W. Nelson 143
Mary Limpus 94
Richard Dale Powell Jr 95
David John Tidman 95
Angela C. Cook 72
write in 3

Rich Hill School District
Jerry Bolser 131
Slade Coonce 171
Timothy Covey 83
Joshua W. Entrikin 131
Greg Brocka 334
Misty Brooks 256
Tony Jones 108
write in 3

Adrian School District
David C. Knuth 195
Tom Underwood 229
Chris Bridges 220
Jay D. Walley 167
write in 15

Rich Hill School levy question
Yes 266
No 169

Adrian North Ward Alderman
Richard H. Corum 59
write in 2

Adrian South Ward Alderman
Roger Hubler 63
write in 3

Amoret Tax Collector
Martha E. Long 45
write in 1

Amoret Alderman
Charles R. Vunovich 25
Angela Cook 29
Norma Ridley 24
Jess L. Short 27
write in 0

Amsterdam Mayor
Jodie Wood 20
write in 6

Amsterdam Alderman
Shane Gerleman 30
write in 29

Butler Councilman Ward 1
David Brown 29
P. Brian Phillips 13
Denny Rich 10
write in 0

Butler Councilman Ward 2
Gayle Stark 31
write in 1

Butler Councilman Ward 2 (one year unexpired term)
Mike Irick 29
write in 1

Butler Councilman Ward 3
Linn Nitsche 41
Craig Irwin 45
write in 0

Butler Councilman Ward 4
Carolyn Jett 50
Brian Harris 26
write in 1

Drexel Mayor
Terry Mayfield 8
Donna Crawford 6
Robert Kircher 4
write in 0

Drexel Alderman (2 year)
Jim Duncan 2
Brian Faulkner 13
write in 4

Drexel tax question
Yes 12
No 6

Village of Foster Trustees
write in 33

Hume Alderman
Josiah Rice 18
James F. Brooks Jr 23
write in 0

Village of Passaic Trustees
Linda Cole 8
Angelia Cumpton 8
Michael Carlton 9
write in 9

Rich Hill Mayor
Jason W. Rich 174
write in 79

Rich Hill North Ward Alderman
Leon Robb 83
Timothy Covey 47
write in 0

Rich Hill South Ward Alderman
Patricia Pilcher 108
write in 4

City of Rockville Mayor
Cathie A. Baumgarden 19
James H. Williamson 31
write in 0

City of Rockville Alderman
James (Pete) A. Shouse 41
Edward D. Baumgarden 14
write in 25

Mingo Township levy question
For 25
Against 2

Grand River Township levy question
For 34
Against 4

Hudson Township levy question
For 10
Against 5

Elkhart Township Trustee
Terry Vansandt 25
write in 0

Elkhart Township Board
Marvin Julien 22
Darren Stark 20
write in 1

Elkhart Township clerk
write in 5

Elkhart Township levy question
For 17
Against 10

Spruce Township Trustee
write in 4

Spruce Township Board 
write in 6

Spruce Township Clerk
write in 3

Deepwater Township Trustee
write in 6

Deepwater Township Board
Kent Gilmore 14
write in 7

Deepwater Township Clerk
Kathy Knox 14
write in 0

Mount Pleasant Township Trustee
Jason Bennett 203
Harold Weil 100
write in 2

Mount Pleasant Board (two)
Melvin D. Ewing 199
Jim Herrell 202
write in 5

Mount Pleasant Clerk
write in 23

Charlotte Township Trustee
write in 6

Charlotte Township Board
write in 8

Charlotte Township Clerk
write in 4

Walnut Township Trustee
write in 14

Walnut Township Board (two)
write in 25

Walnut Township Clerk
write in 15

New Home Township Trustee
Alvin Briscoe 24

New Home Township Board (two)
Marc Bell 27
Richard Buterbaugh 24
write in 1

New Home Township Clerk
write in 3

Prairie Township Trustee
write in 2

Prairie Township Board (two)
write in 5

Prairie Township Clerk
write in 2

Osage Township Trustee
write in 31

Osage Township Board (two)
write in 44

Osage Township Clerk
write in 41

Updated Obituary - Donald Lee Comer

Donald Lee Comer
Donald Lee Comer, 75, of Adrian, MO passed away peacefully Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Breezy Meadows in Butler, MO surrounded by family. 

A Celebration of Life for Don is set for 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, MO with visitation from 5:00-7:00. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Western Missouri Antique Tractor and Machinery Association or to the Adrian Athletic Booster Club.

Don was born January 31, 1942 in Coffeyville, KS to Edgar and Gladys (Bates) Comer. In 1955, Gladys married Don’s stepfather, Bobby G. Brown. Don always said he received his musical talents from his father and learned his life lessons from his stepfather. Don graduated from Westport High School in Kansas City in 1960 and soon after went to work for the Kansas City Star, retiring after 40 years of service.

Don was a kind-hearted man who loved his family, music, sports, and model railroading. He played bass guitar in many bands over the years, including The Down Yonder Band and The Paper Cuts. He was a regular in the stands and on the sidelines keeping stats for Adrian High School sporting events. Being a huge KC Royals and Chicago Cubs fan he was pleased to see them both win a World Series.

On July 23, 1977, Don married Rita (Veale) Bellairs, blending their families and living in Adrian, where they have made their home for 39 years.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Vicki Ellen Mingucci, one grandson, Jacob Lee Comer, and most recently, his beloved dog, Benji. He is survived by his wife, Rita; his children, daughter, Patricia Morris and husband, Russ; son, Bobby Comer and wife Becky; stepdaughter, Renee Bellairs; stepson, James Bellairs and wife, Amy; grandchildren, Jeremy Hager and wife, Vanessa, Jessica Hager, Madelyn and Mason Morris, Christopher Comer, Jordan Bellairs, and Sarah Bellairs; and great-grandchildren, Brody, Braddock, Brock, and Brecklyn Hager.

Harrisonville Wildcats Prom Royalty

Congratulations to Harrisonville High School seniors Randi Buerge and Shelby Wiseman who were crowned Prom King & Queen Saturday night! Prom was held at Stoney Creek Inn in Independence.