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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Obituary - Kenneth Dale Wright

Kenneth Dale Wright
Kenneth Dale Wright, age 80, a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, died peacefully at his home Saturday, August 12, 2017. He was born June 15, 1937, in Dade County, Missouri, the son of Noble Sylvester Wright and Goldie Maywood “Maye” (Feezell) Wright. At an early age, Kenneth and his family moved to Ft. Scott, Kansas where he graduated from Ft. Scott Christian Heights. He married Evelyn Darlene Zeigler on January 22, 1972, in Mexico, Missouri.

His printing career began at Witt Printing in El Dorado Springs, Missouri and included management positions at Mid-America Business Forms in Ft. Scott and Vallis Wngroff Printing in Cherryvale, Kansas. He later accepted a position as production manager for Herald and Banner Press in Overland Park and worked there over forty years. 

He loved quail and 'coon hunting which provided many stories for his children and grandchildren. He was actively involved with Overland Christian Schools and Kansas Christian College where he enjoyed attending his children's school and sporting events. He faithfully attended the Overland Park Church of God (Holiness) and was willing to use his mechanical abilities to help the church, Herald and Banner, the school, and other people in need. He will be remembered for his quick wit, humor, and common sense.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene, of the home; his son, Gregory Kenneth Wright and wife, Sharon; his daughter, Ashlee Suzanne Englund and husband, Eric; and his five grandchildren, Zachary Kenneth, Garrett Kole, and Tanner Kayden Wright; and Elina Anne and Elise Christine Englund, all of Overland Park.

Also surviving are two brothers, Gary Wayne Wright and wife, Alma Jean, of Gardner, Kansas, and Lawrence Nathan Wright and wife, Renee, of Overland Park; and three sisters, Melba Lorraine Hull of Grandview, Washington; Betty Joyce Kelso and husband, Steve, of Ft. Scott, Kansas; and Dorothy Ann Reynolds and husband, David, of Cincinnati, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Noble Sylvester and Goldie Maywood “Maye” Wright; three sisters, Kathryn Irene “Kathy” Harms, Charlotte Ruth Eichelberger, and Freda Maye Russell; and three brothers, James Kenton, Jerry Keith, and Noble Leon.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19, at the Overland Park Church of God (Holiness), 6801 W. 74th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. Burial will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Memory Gardens in Ft. Scott, Kansas. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday evening at the church. Memorials are suggested to Herald and Banner Press and may be left in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.






13th Annual Sam Goss Memorial Golf Tournament

13th Annual Sam Goss Memorial Golf Tournament Sunday September 10th, 2017. Register your team now!!! Please share!





Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

JEFFERSON CITY – Choosing to drive impaired, or ride with someone who is, is not worth the risk – this is real life, and once something goes wrong, it can’t be taken back.

Last year, statewide law enforcement made 308 DWI arrests during the impaired driving campaign. There were 189 agencies statewide that participated in this effort.

This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will run from August 18 through September 3.

“Impaired driving is a year-round concern in Missouri, but the goal of this campaign is to help create public awareness to the dangers and consequences of driving while under the influence,” said Colonel Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “We want all drivers to get home safe every day, and this campaign helps make that happen.”

Consider some of the consequences if you choose to drive impaired:

· If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated, you can be charged with involuntary manslaughter – a felony resulting in up to seven years of prison time, a $5,000 fine or both.

· Your license can be suspended for 90 days on your first conviction. You could be fined up to $500 and spend up to 6 months in jail.

· Any person guilty of a second or subsequent intoxication-related traffic offense will be required to install an ignition interlock device on their car before reinstating driving privileges.

· Minors may additionally be subject to a Minor in Possession citation resulting in license suspension for 90 days for first offense. This is in addition to any suspension resulting from point assessment on an alcohol conviction.

· Insurance coverage will be difficult to find, and your rates will be significantly higher.

· There is the added embarrassment, humiliation and potential loss and consequence after informing family, friends and employers.


To learn more about substance-impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com, or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.





Attention Bates County Ladies!!

Hello ladies! Lots of exciting things are happening with the Bates County Career Women.
1. Mark your calendars! Our annual Forum is set for Saturday, September 30, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. Tickets are on sale now for only $20.
2. Please join us at our next meeting, as we award FIVE scholarships to women from Bates County! Our meeting is Monday, August 21, 2017, 6:00 p.m., at the Flaming Lantern 
Feel free to message us or send an email to batescountycareerwomen@gmail.com with any questions!
See you there!





Stolen Bike In Butler

The bike in the picture was stolen this last weekend in the city of Butler.

If you see this bicycle please contact us here at Mid America Live News 660-424-0289 and we will get you in contact with the owner.

The family would really like to have their bike back.




Six people injured in Benton County Accident

Photo Courtesy of The Benton County Sheriff's Office
On 8/15/17 around 3:30pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Benton County along with Warsaw Fire and Benton County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on Route K around 1 miles south of Missouri 83 Highway in rural Benton County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2009 Ford Fusion driven by 17 year old Mikayla P. Andrews of Warsaw, Missouri crossed the center line and was struck by the 2010 Ford F-150 driven by 47 year old Adrienne M. Gardiner of Wheatland, Missouri.

Mikayla P. Andrews along with three passengers in her vehicle 14 year old Colton Andrews, 16 year old Sam Andrews and 43 year old Tanya R. Andrews all of Warsaw, Missouri all sustained moderate to serious injuries in this accident and all were transported to to Cox South Medical Center in Springfield for treatment.

Adrienne M. Gardiner along with a passenger in her vehicle 5 year old Rachel E. Gardiner of Wheatland, Missouri both sustained moderate injuries in this accident and both were transported by ambulance to Bothwell Regional Hospiral in Sedalia for treatment.

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene by Tolliver's Towing.
Photo Courtesy of The Benton County Sheriff's Office





Obituary - Clifford Johnson

Clifford Johnson, age 88, Drexel, Missouri passed away on Monday August 14, 2017 at North Point in Paola, Kansas. He was born on June 14, 1929 at Centerville, Kansas the son of Hugh and Ruth King Johnson. 

He worked as a farmer, rancher and raised horses. He was a member of the Drexel Christian Church. Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers: Marion, George, Arthur and Eldon, an infant sister, Zoia, and three sisters: Carol Nation, Shirley Smith, and Rita Wurtz. 

He is survived by one sister, Wanda Cousins and husband Gary, several nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

Funeral service will be held 2 pm Saturday August 19, 2017 at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory La Cygne Chapel. Burial will be in the Goodrich Cemetery. Friends and family will gather at 1pm to service time. The family suggests contributions to the Lakeside Baptist Church, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 304, La Cygne, Kansas 66040. On line condolences for the family can be left at www.schneiderfunerals.com.




Update: Suspect in custody in Henry County

Kevin Dale Jones
Kevin Dale Jones, 31, of Kansas City, who was involved in a vehicle pursuit late Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 15, 2017, with the Johnson County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, has been captured.

The chase ended in Henry County, east of Highway 13 in the 100 block County Road NE 1000, when Jones fled from his vehicle on foot with the Henry County Sheriff's Department joining in the search in the rural Quarles / Shawnee Mound areas.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department announced at 6:24 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, Jones had been captured.

Jones currently has an active arrest warrant from Lafayette County, Mo., for drug-related charges.

Obituary - Marjorie Young

Marjorie Young, 98, went to be with her Lord Monday afternoon, August 14, 2017 from the comfort of her own home in Nevada, MO.

Marjorie was born April 25, 1919 in Dallas County to her parents, I.N. (Isaac) and Alta (Parrish) Miller. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, her husband, Victor W. Young, and brother, Dwight “Johnny” Miller. Marjorie also had nine half-siblings: Oliver, Floyd, and Bill Rose, Flossie Hanners, Lizzie Stroud, Lena Lawson, Ruby Rouse, Romey and Homer Miller, and one step-brother Lawrence Percival, all of whom also preceded her.

Marjorie and Victor are survived by three children, Betty (Marvin) Davison, Nevada, John (Sharon) Young, El Dorado Springs, and Barbara (Harry) Jester, Mount Juliet, TN. She was “Grandma Margie” to 9 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 17 great-great grandchildren.

Just shy of 18 years, with the blessing of her father, Marjorie married high school sweetheart Victor (Vic) Young on April 7, 1937 in Buffalo. Vic and Marjorie made Buffalo their home for the first few years of their union before purchasing a farm in Long Lane, MO.

In a time when not many children studied beyond the 8th grade, Marjorie sought the opportunity to further her studies by working and paying her own expenses while she attended Buffalo High School. She graduated in 1937 along with her soon-to-be husband Victor Young, and her older brother Johnny.

As a young teenager Marjorie gave her life to Christ and actively served at Pisgah Baptist Church (Long Lane, MO) in many capacities such as teaching Sunday School and Summer Bible School. After the passing of her late husband, she moved to Nevada, MO to be closer to family and has been a member of First Baptist Church since 1978.

Marjorie was a 4H leader, loved gardening, and had an impeccable reputation for her delicious cooking and entertaining.



Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Rev. Harry Jester officiating. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the New Hope Cemetery, near Long Lane, MO. The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 prior to the service.




Third man charged in the death of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael

Jacob Johnson
On Tuesday evening, Aug. 15, 2017, a third arrest was made in the ongoing investigation of the fatal shooting of Clinton Police Officer Gary Michael on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017.

Arrested was Jacob M. Johnson, 27, Clinton for hindering the prosecution of a felony. He is believed to have given a ride out to the Bucksaw Point area to Ian McCarthy. He is being held on $25,000 bond at the Henry County Detention Center.

"The information lead was uncovered as part of the investigation. More arrests are expected," said one member of the Clinton Police Department on Tuesday evening.

Taco Bar in Adrian







Police searching for suspect who fled on foot after chase in Henry County

The Henry County Sheriff's Office and members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol is attempting to locate a subject that fled on foot from a police chase that ended around 6 miles North of Clinton.

A heavy police presents is in the area of CR850 in rural Northern Henry County at this time. 

If you see anyone or anything suspicious in this area please call your local law enforcement.

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







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Nevada Police Department earns accreditation from Missouri Police Chiefs Association

On August 14th at the regular session meeting of the Nevada City Council, the Nevada Police Department received formal recognition from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association for earning status as an accredited law enforcement agency.

For more than three years the Nevada Police Department has been working towards achieving accreditation status through the Missouri Police Chiefs Association’s Missouri Law Enforcement Agency Certification Program.

The Nevada Police Department’s purpose in pursuing this voluntary accreditation program has been to demonstrate our commitment to professional excellence in law enforcement by ensuring we are adhering to the highest standards and best practices for law enforcement agencies.

The process for accreditation required an on-site assessment of agency personnel, property and records by trained assessors who were current or retired law enforcement executives from all over the State of Missouri. These assessors examined agency records and performance for the past three years to ensure compliance with all two hundred and thirty seven (237) standards that comprise the Missouri Police Chiefs Association’s Missouri Law Enforcement Agency Certification Program.

Chief Paul Williams, Police Chief for the Springfield (MO) Police Department and Executive Board Member of the Missouri Police Chiefs Association presented recognition of this achievement to Nevada Police Chief Casey Crain and Nevada Police Lieutenant Steve Bastow, who manages the department’s accreditation program. The Nevada Police Department becomes the 10th law enforcement agency in the State of Missouri to have successfully achieved accreditation through this program









Clinton Police Department seeking public assistance

The Clinton Police Department needs your help! If you are in this picture, or know someone who is, please get in contact with us as soon as possible! 

You are not in any trouble, we'd just like to get some information from you. This image is from surveillance footage from the night Officer Gary Michael was murdered, at approximately 10:53 PM. 

The location is the north side of Clinton Convenience, or CC's. Furthermore, if you, or anyone you know, has any video footage or pictures of the scene where Officer Michael was murdered, please get in contact with us! Thank you.





From MoDOT Southwest District

MoDOT Southwest District – Drivers will experience delays as several bridges located in Henry, St. Clair, Polk, Vernon, Jasper and Barton counties are painted beginning the week of September 9, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

Contractor crews will paint the steel components of the bridges as a preventive maintenance measure to extend the lives of the structures.

Tentative schedule:

· Sept. 9-14: Henry County Route C over Truman Lake east of Clinton

· Sept. 15-19: Missouri Route 52 over Marshall’s Creek west of Deepwater in Henry County

· Sept. 20-25: St. Clair County Route D over Gallinipper Creek southwest of Lowry City

· Sept. 26-Oct. 2: St. Clair County Route H over Clear Creek north of El Dorado Springs

· Oct. 3-9: I-49 over the Missouri Pacific Railroad south of Nevada in Vernon County

· Oct. 10-16: Vernon County Route E over Clear Creek east of Milo

· Oct. 17-24: Vernon County Route B over Clear Creek east of Sheldon

· Oct. 25-31: Barton County Route P over Second Nicholson Creek west of Liberal

· Nov. 1-4: Barton County Route F over Horse Creek northeast of Lamar

· Nov. 6-8: Jasper County Route A over Muddy Fork Creek east of Jasper

· Nov. 9-13: Jasper County Route O over Colliers Branch southwest of Jasper

· Nov. 14-18: Jasper County Route M over Little North Fork Creek west of Jasper

· Nov. 20-Dec. 4: Both I-44 bridges over U.S. Route 71 at Fidelity in Jasper County

· Dec. 5-9: Missouri Route 215 over the Pomme de Terre River southeast of Bolivar

Drivers can expect one-lane traffic with flaggers directing them through the work zones.

Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule.

Project information:

· Contractor: Omega Coatings & Construction LLC, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

· Total cost: $926,000

· Completion date: December 1, 2018

(For more information, call MoDOT in Springfield at 417-895-7600 or visit www.modot.org/southwest)





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Welcome to the family

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office would like to welcome the newest edition to our family. This is our new Civilian Jailer, Laura Powers, and today is her first day.




Rich Hill Police seeking public assistance

On 8/01/2017 at approx. 5:45pm a silver 2016-17 Ford Taurus drove down the center of the west circle Park on the bricks. 

The Rich Hill Police Department is asking for help identifying the vehicle and owner. 

If anyone has any information on the location of the vehicle and owner please call Call City Hall at 417-395-2223.

Thank you for your help, Chief Jack Bearce





South West Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force arrest Joplin man

James Loyd Wainright
On Monday, August 14, 2017 investigators with the South West Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, Joplin Police Department, and the Webb City Police Department served a search warrant at 408 N. Cattleman Drive, #2201, Joplin Mo. 64801

James Loyd Wainright, a 36 year old white male from Joplin, MO was taken into custody by members of the South West Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Joplin Police Department. 

The suspect is currently being held at the Joplin City Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond for the following charges:

3 - counts of Enticement of a Child {RSMO #573.023 class B felonies)

Wainright, on three separate occasions, allegedly approached juvenile males (all under the age of 14 years) who were walking near Hatten Park in Webb City and asked them to perform a sexual act while he recorded them. 

Luckily none of the juveniles carried out Wainright’s request and they immediately told their parents.

Wainright was driving a silver 2008 Mazda four door car with a spoiler on the trunk when he approached the juveniles.

 If anyone has any additional information pertaining to the suspect or information on similar incidents in the Joplin/Webb City Area please contact:

Detective Keith Meyer with the Webb City Police Department (417) 673-1911 Or Detective Chip Root with the South West Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force at (417) 623-3131 Ext. 436

Please take an opportunity to talk with your children about what to do when approached by a stranger.





non-injury train v. semi trailer accident in Paola Kansas

Emergency personnel in Paola, Kansas are currently on scene of a non-injury train v. semi trailer accident. No injuries have been reported in this accident. 

The Peoria St. RR crossing will be shut down for an extended period to clean up this accident.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Paola Police Department.







Vehicle fire on I-49

The Missouri State Highway Patrol along with Butler Fire Department responded to a one vehicle accident of the northbound lanes of I-49 around Mile Marker 124 which is North of Rich Hill.

The van ran off the roadway and down a embankment, catching fire. The occupants were able to escape the vehicle without injuries.

A investigation is pending at this time and we will update when more information is available.




1st Place Robotics at State Fair

Pictured—Left to right—Entienne, Harrison, and Andrew Wepener, members of the Bates County Robotics team, placed 1st in the Robotics competition at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO. Jerry Ferguson is the robotics coach for Bates County.






GEAR TECH 21 Robotics Camp


Butler, MO) – A GEAR TECH 21 robotics camp was held August 8 and 9 at the Adrian Optimist Community Building conducted by the University of Missouri Extension Office of Bates County. Seventeen kids from across the county attended the nine-hour camp using GEAR TECH 21 curriculum which was originated by Nebraska 4-H. Jerry Ferguson, Bates County Robotics FIRST Lego League Team coach, and Carolyn Jett, retired Gifted teacher from the Butler school district, served as leaders for the camp. Brittany Neider, Extension associate, assisted throughout the camp.

The youth participating learned of the camp through a robotics demonstration at the Bates County Fair. The University Extension services provided the EV3 robotics kits and computers. The campers were instructed in building a basic robot, as well as utilizing a “brick” (the controlling and powering device), to power their creation.

Heritage Tractor and Adrian MFA brought three large pieces of farm equipment for the campers to gain experience in auto-steer machinery in action. Campers got to see first-hand how mapping and using GPS systems to farm was utilized.

Extension associate, Brittany Neider, discussed GPS/GIS units with the attendees. GPS handheld devices were provided by the University of Missouri Geography Department. They learned about latitude and longitude and how to define a location and then went on a short scavenger hunt to locate items using the GPS units.

On the second day, campers were challenged to build a drag-racer, a heavy hauler, or a mobile maze runner. They built and programmed these as their final assignment.

Special thanks goes to Ruth Ann Ferguson for taking care of snacks and lunch during the camp.

For more information on Bates County Robotics and on 4-H in our county, contact Robyn Eckhoff, Bates County 4-H Youth Program Associate, at 660.679.4167.





Announcement for BCMH







Alert: Two Burglaries in Lowry City

Burglary reported on West Fifth Street, Lowry City

On Aug. 11, a St. Clair County deputy responded to West Fifth Street, Lowry City, in reference to a burglary.

Stephanie Roberts reported she left the garage at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 and returned on Aug.11 to the lock on the garage door missing. Roberts reported several items missing including a brown leather reclining couch, a recliner with nail heads on the arms, a small black kitchen table with stained top and four matching chairs, two green bedside tables with wood tops, a Better Homes and Garden comforter, three gray bath towels, a 42-inch Samsung TV flat screen, two glass jars, six knives, six forks, six spoons, six teaspoons, two pot holders, two oven mitts, six hand towels, six melamine bowls, six melamine salad plates, a gray sheet set, two car ramps, a mattress set, two wood stoves, a pink grocery cart, an antique oil can, antique glass lamp, and a match box holder dispenser. Total value of items missing was estimated at $3,385.

  • Burglary reported on East Third Street, Lowry City

On Aug. 11, a St. Clair deputy was dispatched to East Third Street, Lowry City, in reference to a burglary.

Christina Greenburg and Richard Rife reported they had not been staying at the residence do to the fact there is no power. They stated they were on their way to work and drove by the house on Aug. 10 at approximately 1 p.m. and noticed the back door was open, but did not have time to stop and check on it. They came back by at approximately 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 and noticed their new purple and white mountain bike valued at $170 missing. They stated since there weren’t any lights, they locked the door and went to where they were staying. They returned the morning of Aug. 11 to find several items missing including, a Craftsman “My Stride” self propelled push mower, a large knife with a griffin on the handle, a roll of 220 Volt wire, a tote full of miscellaneous tools, twenty “X box 360” games, and kids bicycles. The total value of the items was estimated at $1,590.

These cases are currently under investigation. Sheriff Keeler urges those with any related information to these cases or any others to contact the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line, 417-646-5832, or email to tips@scsomo.org.




Stealing reported at Riverside Duck Club in Rockville area

On Aug. 12, a St. Clair County deputy took a stealing report at Riverside Duck Club, in the Taberville area. James Widman reported several items stolen from his truck.

Widman stated his Ford pickup was unlocked and he left the duck lodge around 8 a.m. to do some work in a different location. At approximately 11 a.m. Widman returned to the lodge and noticed his billfold was missing from the truck. 


The billfold contained approximately $82, hunting licenses, truck keys, vehicle registration, game camera, battery charger, pair of prescription glasses, and camouflage rain gear. Total value of items missing was estimated at $1,322.










Butler Community Food Pantry News



The Community Food Pantry in Butler is allowing Senior Citizens to come out and sign up to trial run the Senior Box for August and September to decide if it would be beneficial for you to receive monthly!

The Senior Box consists of 30 pounds of a variety of food. This food can include the following: cheese, pasta, rice, a protein of some sort (for example: peanut butter or eggs), milk, beans, etc.

To take advantage of this trial run or sign up to receive this monthly you haveto be over 60 years old and come out to the Community Food Pantry, located at 709 West Ohio Street in Butler, and sign a paper.


There are no lengthy forms to fill out.

For more information contact the Community Food Pantry at 660-679-3951.






Stolen ATV in Nevada


On 8/13/17 around 2:00pm the Nevada Police Department took a report of a stolen ATV in the 700 Block of W. Allison Street in Nevada.

The ATV is described as a yellow in color 2002 Polaris reportedly stolen earlier in the morning hours of 8/13/17 from a garage.

If you have any information on this or see the ATV please contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100.




Scattered T-Storms Wednesday

Some patchy fog may reduce visibility during the morning commute so remember to turn your lights on so others can see you. 

Storms will return to the area Wednesday morning and last on and off throughout the day. 

Strong to severe storms will be possible in the late afternoon and evening. Heavy downpours may create some localized flooding with 1-2" of rainfall expected, some areas could see 2+" due to the nature of these storms.




Barton County Sheriff's Office looking for suspect who fled on foot after police chase

ON 08-14-2017 AROUND 5:30PM THE LIBERAL POLICE CHIEF JOHN SIMPSON AND DEPUTY MATT GRIFFITT OF THE BARTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WAS INVOLVED IN A HIGH SPEED CHASE WHICH LEFT OUT OF LIBERAL ON SOUTH STREET. 

DURING THE CHASE THE SUSPECTS THREW ITEMS FROM THE VEHICLE. THE CHASE ENDED JUST EAST OF PRARIE STATE PARK OUTSIDE OF LIBERAL ON NW 130TH LANE. THE SUSPECT VEHICLE TRAVELED OFF THE ROADWAY AND HEADED INTO A FIELD. THE VEHICLE TRAVELED ABOUT A HALF OF A MILE OUT INTO THE MIDDLE OF PRAIRIE STATE PARK. WHEN THE VEHICLE HAD STOPPED AND THE DOORS ON THE VEHICLE SWUNG OPEN FIVE SUBJECTS FLED FROM THE VEHICLE. 

DEPUTY GRIFFITT AND CHIEF SIMPSON TOOK CHASE AND WAS ABLE TO APPREHEND TWO OF THE SUBJECTS. DEPUTIES AND A MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPER SEARCHED FOR THE OTHER THREE SUBJECTS FOR SEVERAL HOURS BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO LOCATE THEM. AT APROXIMATELLY 11:15PM ON THE 14TH CHIEF SIMPSON RECEIVED A PHONE CALL OF TWO SUBJECTS WALKING ON 160 HIGHWAYS WEST OF NN HIGHWAY. CHIEF SIMPSON, DEPUTY GRIFFITT, AND A CRAWFORD COUNTY DEPUTY RESPONDED TO THE AREA AND WAS ABLE TO TAKE TWO MORE SUBJECTS INTO CUSTODY. 

AT THIS TIME THERE IS ONE MORE SUBJECT WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE STILL ON FOOT IN THE AREA OF PRAIRIE STATE PARK.

THAT SUBJECT IS BELIEVED TO BE A DEREK LEE SWAN OF PITTSBURG KANSAS.  A PHOTOGRAPH IS ATTACHED OF THE SUSPECT SWAN.  

IF ANYBODY HAS ANY INFORMATION OF THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE SUBJECT PLEASE CONTACT THE BARTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, OR YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.