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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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Obituary - Timothy Alan Mogan

Timothy Alan Mogan
Timothy Alan Mogan, age 53, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away May 29, 2017, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, MO, after a short battle with cancer. He was born May 30, 1963, in Independence, MO, to Richard and Beverly Mogan.

Tim graduated from William Chrisman High School in 1981. He soon moved to El Dorado Springs where he installed windshields for Safe-Lite Auto Glass. 

Other later employment included being manager of O’Reilly’s in El Dorado Springs and head of maintenance at Tamko Industries.

Tim was avid at anything he took on. He enjoyed racing, hunting and fishing. He loved his family. He made many friends, but his best friends were his brothers.

Survivors include his parents, Dick and Beverly Mogan; two brothers, Mike Mogan and Kenny Mogan; one sister, Liesa Messick and husband Kenny, all of El Dorado Springs; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Tim will be missed by all.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 6:00--7:00 p.m. at Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Saturday, June 3, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Brent Bland officiating. 

Burial will follow in the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Obituary - Retha “Norene” Schmidt Burkitt

Norene Schmidt Burkitt

Retha “Norene” Schmidt Burkitt, age 77, of Cleveland, Missouri passed away May 28, 2017. 

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., with funeral service at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 6th at Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri. 

Norene was born June 2, 1939 in Henderson, Missouri. She was the daughter of George Fred Schmidt and Olive Martin Schmidt. 

On December 8, 1967, Norene married the love of her life, Jon Lee Burkitt.  Norene was the loving mother of five children, Deborah, Sherry, Steven, Johnna and Michele. 

For many years she selflessly supported her family as manager of housekeeping at Double Tree Hotel. Norene was also a member of Cleveland Baptist Church, the Cleveland Lion’s Club, and “Friends of Cleveland”. 

Norene was preceded in death by her husband, John Lee Burkitt; son, Steven Dwayne Johnson, parents, George and Olive Schmidt; infant grandson, Christopher Lee MacLeod; eight siblings, Archie Schmidt, Ted Schmidt, Geneva Kingrey, Deloris Nagel, Margaret Thomas, George Schmidt, Elizabeth Schmidt, and Herbert Schmidt. 

She is survived by her daughters, Deborah Lynne Wieseman (David) of St. Louis, Missouri, Sherry Ann Dories (Robert) of Raymore, Missouri, Johnna Lea Johnston (Rob) of Cleveland, Missouri, and Michele Lorene Daugherty (Chris) of Cleveland, Missouri; sister, Eunice Buchannan of Raymore, Missouri; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Arrangments: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Update: Assault investigation on Archie Officer still ongoing

Regarding the Harrisonville Police Departments investigation involving the Archie PD officer. 

We are pleased to report that his condition is improving. We are continuing to investigate but are not able to release additional information at this time. 

We thank you for your patience and continued thoughts for Archie PD and their officer. Further information will be released as soon as possible.

Mid America Live News will continue to follow this story and provide updates when we get them. 

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Two Former Vernon County Ambulance District Employees Indicted for $260,000 Embezzlement

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, that the former director and the former bookkeeper of the Vernon County Ambulance District have been indicted by a federal grand jury for embezzling more than $260,000 from the district.

Tina L. Werner, 51, and James D. McKenzie, 51, both formerly of Nevada, Mo., were charged in a nine-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on May 11, 2017.

McKenzie and Werner were employed with the ambulance district until October 2015, McKenzie as the director and Werner as a bookkeeper. McKenzie’s duties as director included managing the daily operations of the district, including the personnel and financial management of the district. McKenzie began his employment with the ambulance district in 1987. Werner’s duties as bookkeeper included managing payroll, conducting financial transactions and managing the accounts receivable. Werner began her employment in 2000.

The federal indictment alleges that Werner, utilizing her position as bookkeeper, began electronically transferring money from the ambulance district’s bank accounts into personal bank accounts held by herself and McKenzie in January 2013. Additionally, Werner allegedly initiated electronic bill payments from ambulance district bank accounts to pay the personal credit cards held by herself and McKenzie. Werner and McKenzie did not have authorization to conduct such payments and their actions caused the ambulance district to suffer financial loss.

Additionally, the indictment says, from January 2013 until October 2015, Werner and McKenzie issued payments from an ambulance district credit card account for the purpose of paying McKenzie’s personal utility bills and those of a McKenzie family member, resulting in the ambulance district suffering additional financial loss. Werner and McKenzie did not have authorization to conduct such payments.

Werner also allegedly falsified electronic payroll records and recorded additional overtime hours worked for herself and McKenzie. As a result, the ambulance district issued electronic payments to Werner and McKenzie for overtime hours that were not actually worked, resulting in the district falsely overpaying Werner and McKenzie, thereby suffering additional financial loss.
McKenzie and Werner allegedly embezzled a total of $260,265 from the ambulance district from January 2013 to October 2015.
According to the indictment, Werner attempted to conceal the embezzlement by entering a false deposit of $130,000 in the QuickBooks application, and by obtaining a $20,000 line of credit from OnDeck without the knowledge or authorization of the ambulance district’s board of directors. McKenzie and Werner allegedly destroyed financial and business documents belonging to the ambulance district while they were in the district’s office on Oct. 23, 2015, in an effort to conceal their embezzlement.

In addition to the conspiracy, McKenzie and Werner are charged together in three counts of wire fraud related to thefts from the district’s Christmas account (into which employees deposited money throughout the year, then withdrew during the Christmas shopping season) to pay McKenzie’s and Werner’s credit cards.
McKenzie and Werner are also charged together in two counts of wire fraud related to thefts from the district’s toy drive bank account, which was transferred to the bank account of McReed Construction, a business owned by McKenzie.

McKenzie and Werner are also charged together in one count of wire fraud related to theft from an ambulance district credit card to pay the personal utility bills of McKenzie and a family member.

McKenzie and Werner are also charged together in one count of wire fraud related to McKenzie receiving compensation to which he was not entitled due to being paid for overtime that he did not actually work. Werner is also charged with one count of wire fraud related to her receiving compensation to which she was not entitled due to being paid for overtime that she did not actually work.

Larson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Patrick Carney and Casey Clark. It was investigated by the FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Welcome to Studio M Salon Marisa!

Marisa McEwan
We are excited to welcome hairstylist Marisa McEwan to the Studio M Salon staff!  She will begin taking appointments starting Tuesday, June 6th!

She will be in the salon Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday!

To book an appointment call 660-679-5447

Two arrested in Eldorado Springs Missouri

Dominic M. Bonavia II
Skyler J. Lizar 

On May 25, 2017, officers responded to 311 East US 54 Highway concerning a stolen vehicle. Officers located and recovered a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro stolen from Independence MO.

The investigation resulted in the arrests of Skyler J. Lizar, 33, of Kansas City, MO, charging her with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Dominic M. Bonavia II ,32, of Gladstone, Mo, for a Buchanan

County Warrant, charging him with Failure to Appear for Two Counts of Forgery, with a bond of $50,000.00 cash only, a Independence Municipal Warrant, charging him with Receiving Stolen Property, ID Theft, and Forgery, with a bond of $5,000.00, and two Cass County Warrants, charging him with Fraud, Impersonation, and Fraud Attempt to Obtain, each with a bond $10,000.00 .

Lizar was released on summonses pending a court appearance. Bonavia was transported to Vernon County Sheriff's Office pending extradition.

Officers seized evidence related to identify thefts, forged identification cards, forgery instruments, drug paraphernalia and approximately 7.2 grams of methamphetamine.

The investigation continues and additional charges are pending.
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Belton Police Department seeking public assistance

This is a person of interest in a stolen auto case. The incident occurred on May 28th, 2017 at the Quik Trip located at 7920 E 171st St. 

If you have any information please contact the Belton Police Department and request to speak with Det. McKarnin (816) 331-1500.

Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Hometown Flooring in Harrisonville

Miami County Kansas Sheriff's Office Wanted Wednesday

Real-Time Weather Update 3:15pm

Power Outages in Butler

We have had several reports of power outages in the city of Butler after this storm

Crews are working to restore power at this time and they appreciate your patience.

Mid America Live News will update this when more information is made available to us.

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Obituary - David L. Sidebottom

David Lee Sidebottom, 62, Harrisonville, MO, died Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Cass Regional Medical Center in Harrisonville. 

A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

From the City of Pleasanton Kansas

The City of Pleasanton Kansas set the Storm sirens off intentionally. 

We had heard signs of rotation south of town, so as a precaution we set them off.

Thank you!

Job Opening in Pleasanton Kansas

Food Fair located in Pleasanton Kansas is In search of school age sacker/stocker who is not involved with summer sports or sport camps. 

We are needing someone who can work during the week and weekends

Anyone who may be interested stop by the store located at 922 Main Street in Pleasanton Kansas.

Butler Attorney Chris Benjamin Attends Annual Courts Conference for Municipal Judges

Attorney Chris Benjamin
BUTLER, MO – Butler Attorney Chris Benjamin attended the annual courts conference last week in Lake Ozark, Missouri. The conference was hosted by the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judges Association and provided required training for municipal judges across Missouri. 

Conference topics included updates on legislation and case law affecting the Missouri Courts, courtroom security, and maintaining operating standards pursuant to Supreme Court Rules. Benjamin has served as Garden City Municipal Judge since 2009.

Chris Benjamin also practices civil litigation and criminal defense work on the Butler square at the Caskey Professional Building.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bates County

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Missouri has issued a severe thunderstorm warning form Bates County until 3:00pm.

The storm is capable of producing golf ball size hail and heavy rains with wind gusts up to 60mph.

Mid America Live News will update with any and all weather updates when they becomes available to us.

Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of the viewing area

05/31/2017: Henry County along with Bates and Cass Counties have been placed under a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH until 8:00pm this evening.

Mid America Live will update with any and all weather updates when they are made available to us.

Harrisonville Police seeking public assistance

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The Harrisonville Police Department is attempting to identify the subject in the blue hoodie regarding an open investigation. 

He is not considered a suspect at this time but we do need to speak with him. 

If you have information about this subject please contact Lt. Chris Osterberg at 816-380-8932.

Keep a eye to the sky!

Severe thunderstorms are spreading into parts of Johnson and Miami Counties in Kansas, especially the Edgerton, Spring Hill, Hillsdale and Paola areas. 

If you live in these locations, it's time to move inside because these storms could produce hail almost as big as a golf ball as well as a lot of lightning and some strong winds.

These storms could make it as far as the Truman Lake area later this afternoon, while areas further north (northeast of the yellow line on the map) will stay mostly dry, at least for the next several hours.

Teaching Position Job Opening

TEACHING POSITION: Hudson R-IX, 15012 NE State Route 52, Appleton City, MO 64724 is seeking a highly-qualified individual to teach a combined 2nd & 3rd grade classroom. 

Hudson R-IX is an accredited, high-achieving PK – 8th school. 

Qualified applicants should mail a resume to the school or set up an appointment by calling (660) 476-5467.

Relay for Life June 3, 2017 on the Butler Square

Theme: Paint Your World Purple
4:00 Opening Ceremonies: Greg Mullinax and Mark Goebel
Pledge: Outdoor Girls
Honor Guard
National Anthem: Brenda Doody
Prayer: Mari Lyn Jones
Survivors: Misty Brooks / Medicalodge

4:30 Silent Auctions Begins
4:30 Scholarships
4:35 Kids Games
5:00 Cathy Wright
5:20 Bark for Life
5:30 Mandy Dunlap-Yates
6:00 Auction Bryan Wade
7:00 Carroll Dodds and Family
7:30 Anna Spencer
8:00 Landon Elmer
8:30 Richard and Baustin Sargent
9:00 Fred Hunt and Roger Tippie
9:30 Two Dollar Bill Band
10:00 Luminaries

Strong Storms Possible this evening - afternoon

Obituary - Irma Marie Ciggel Case

Irma Marie Ciggel Case left her earthly home in Raymore, MO at age 104 on Friday, May 26, 2017. 

Private graveside burial service will be held in Crescent Hill Cemetery in Adrian, MO at a later date. Memorials to charity of choice.

Her childhood was spent on her parent’s (Henry and Nelly Enos Ciggel) family farm east of Adrian, MO with her sister, Birdena and brother Albert. Riding her pony to the one-room Coleville Schoolhouse nurtured a free-spirited woman – born too soon for what could have been a “glass ceiling” destiny.

After graduating top in her class from Adrian High School in the heart of The Depression, Irma moved to Sedalia, MO to attend Central Business College. A jewelry box full of medals offers testimony to her prowess with the now antique Underwood typewriter. Following graduation, Irma worked for the Milton Oil Company in Sedalia.

In 1935, Irma married Aubrey Brooks Case (deceased March, 2008) in Sedalia and became a fulltime mother raising 3 children – Judith Ann Murphy (deceased 1989); Mary Jo Browne (Los Angeles); Charles Ciggel (Gloria) Case (Overland Park, KS). The children grown, Irma returned to the family business – Sedalia Royal-Crown/Nehi Bottling Company and served as office manager until the business was sold in 1973.

Throughout her life, Irma was active in the First Baptist Church Sedalia, working with youth; singing in the choir; chairing women’s missionary groups. The home was always open for social events and hosting Rotary International scholarship students. Irma was president of the Helen G. Steele Music Club; the perennial room-mother and an excellent seamstress.

After selling the family business, Irma and Aubrey were active in Rotary International events and traveled around the world several times before moving to Foxwood Springs Retirement Village/Raymore where they remained active until their mid-nineties. Irma was impatient with the final phase of her life. She wanted to serve – not be served.

Irma, a fun Grandma, mashed potato culinarian, ping-pong shark, leaves 4 granddaughters: Michele Murphy (Emporia, KS); Christen Carr (Placentia, CA); Rebie (Richard) Foote (Evanston, IL); Brooke (Charles) Dillman (Los Angeles). 3 grandsons: John Murphy (Overland Park, KS); David Murphy (Dallas, TX); Kristopher (Gena) Case (Olathe, KS). 4 great-grandchildren: Kyle Stone (Seattle) and Koree Case (Overland Park, KS); Christian and Hannah Judy Foote (Evanston, IL).

Update: Butler man killed in construction accident in Saline County, Missouri

A 46-year-old Butler, Missouri man who has been identified as Scot Lesmeister, was fatally injured in a construction accident on Tuesday, May 30 at 27559 N Highway, Malta Bend. Saline County Sheriff’s Department responded just after 12:00 noon.

Marshall Fire Crews arrived to the scene of a man who had fallen a distance of about 20 feet at the construction site near the water plant. Mr. Lesmeister was pronounced dead at the scene.

As this investigation includes multiple agencies, at this time, no further information is available pending further investigation and autopsy results.

Mid America Live News will update this when more information is made available to us.

Courtesy of: Willie Harlow, Coroner
Saline County, Missouri

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Job Opening In Butler

: Butler, Missouri
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Looking for a dependable, hardworking, self motivated person in cabinet making. 

Must be clean, organized, able to retain information and work as a team player. Experience is good, but not necessary, if you are able to learn quickly. 

Candidates should be self starters and not require constant supervision or someone pushing them in order to complete the tasks they have been assigned. 

Qualified individuals must have a good eye for detail, pride and appreciation for the work that is completed."please e-mail resumes to"

5th Annual Darin Wainscott Memorial Golf Tournament & Banquet

Live & Silent Auction at the Banquet on June 9, 2017 at the Adrian Optimist Building - doors open at 6pm - some items include signed Kenny Chesney guitar, signed Dustin Lynch guitar, Ben Zobrist signed baseball, Ned Yost signed jersey, Kansas speedway fall race (October 20-21, 2017) hot passes/access to garage areas, pre-race inspections, pit access during the race, infield party during both races (NASCAR will perform a background check on the purchasers for clearance purposes). Join us for great food, program, auction & entertainment!!

Obituary - Richard Lee Randol

Richard Lee Randol
Richard Lee Randol, age 92 of Raymore, Missouri passed away May 30, 2017 at Foxwood Springs Living Center. 

Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Monday, June 5, with Visitation from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Cullen Funeral Home in Raymore. 

Burial with military honors will take place at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 6, at Mt. Washington Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the “Fellowship of John”, PO Box 701, Raymore, Missouri, 64083. 

*Complete obituary will be posted as information becomes available. 

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Adrian Elks selling famous tenderloins this Saturday