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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

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Nevada Police Seeking Public Assistance

The Nevada Police Department are attempting to identify the following subject in the posted photo.

If you know the identity of this subject please contact: Detective Barclay or Westerhold at 417-448-5136 or 417-448-5134.

Reference Incident #: 149617 & 140317

First day on the job for New K9 in Harrisonville

It's our K9's first official day, so I guess you could say we've...let the dogs out (we're so hip with the lingo).
Please welcome K9 Officer Uxo (Pronounced "Ook-so" to the Harrisonville Police Department! They will be partnered with Officer McCulloch. K9 Uxo is a single purpose drug dog.
If you see Officers McCulloch and Uxo out give em a wave, and maybe a pat on McCulloch's head if Uxo says it's ok (Officer McCulloch really likes the area behind his ears scratched just FYI).

Courtesy of the Harrsonville Police Department

Obituary - Carol Jean Anderson

Carol Jean Anderson, age 78, formerly of Mound City, Kansas passed away on Monday September 4, 2017.

Funeral services are pending at the Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Pleasanton Chapel.

Kansas man arrested in Bates County

On 9/4/17 around 10:20pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 22 year old Ismael Cruz-Bursato of Overland Park, Kansas.

Mr. Cruz-Bursato was arrested for 1.) Driving While Intoxicated - Prior Offender 2.) Fail to comply with ignition interlock system 3.) Careless and Imprudent Driving.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and placed on a 24 hour detox hold.

Operation Sock-It-To-Me Campaign

Bates County Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary volunteers launched their first annual Operation Sock-It-To-Me campaign today.

The BCMH Auxiliary is sponsoring this community project to collect socks for girls and boys, kindergarten through grade 12. Please drop off new socks in the package, at the hospital's information desk, or at any of our Family Care clinics by October 31. The socks will be distributed to students at area schools.

Why socks? Warm feet help children stay healthier, sleep better at night, and improve their ability to concentrate at school. Our children and youth also face peer pressure about their clothing, including worn-out socks. The community’s help is appreciated to help make this project a success.

Drop-off locations are Bates County Memorial Hospital, 615 W. Nursery, Butler; Adrian Family Care Clinic, 102 E. Main St., Adrian; High Street Family Care Clinic, 706 S. High St., Butler; Nursery Street Family Care Clinic, 617 W. Nursery St., Butler, and Rich Hill Family Care Clinic, 225 N. 14th St., Butler.

Job Opening in Harrisonville

Queen Homecoming Candidates for Butler High School

Queen Homecoming Candidates:
Allie Chandler
Beth Davis
Riley Mareth 

Princess Homecoming Candidates:
Junior - Claire Sutton
Sophomore - Shyla Register
Freshman - Makenna Stephens

From the desk of Missouri State Representative Warren Love

OSCEOLA, Mo. – State Rep. Warren Love issued the following statement regarding his recent Facebook post about the act of vandalism that took place at the Springfield National Cemetery:

“I am deeply sorry for the extremely poor choice of words I used to convey my frustration with the act of vandalism that took place at the Springfield National Cemetery. Where I am from the expression I used simply means we should prosecute the offender to the fullest extent of the law, but I understand how what I wrote offended those who saw it as advocating for violence. I do not in any way support violent or hateful acts toward the perpetrator of the crime. I apologize for using inappropriate and offensive language to convey these thoughts and ask for the forgiveness of my colleagues, constituents, and all Missourians.”

State Representative Love had posted on Facebook on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, that the person responsible for vandalizing a Confederate statue in a National Cemetery in Springfield should be hanged.

“I hope they are found & hung from a tall tree with a long rope," the Iconium area resident posted on Facebook. The vandalism consisted of spray painting the Confederate statue.

New Officer in Nevada

We are excited to welcome Officer Brittany Dawn to the Nevada Police Department!

Report of Assault and property damage in Osceola

On Aug. 28, a St. Clair County deputy took a report from Carol Bealer in regards to an assault and property damage that occurred on Aug. 26. Bealer stated that when she and a paper server tried to serve papers to Paul Robertson, he became upset and grabbed a weed eater, started it, and came towards Bealer with it. She reported that Robertson raised the weed eater at her face. Bealer also reported that Robertson hit her car two times with the weed eater.

Bealer stated that when they were in the car and trying to leave the property, Robertson had got onto an ATV and rammed her car twice while going down the driveway.

Another suspect had came down the road and threatened to get a gun. When the second suspect passed the vehicle, they spun their tires and threw gravel all over the car.

Suspects have been named and a request for prosecution has been filed.

Belton man arrested in St. Clair County

On Sept. 2, John Younce, Jr., 44, Belton, was arrested during a traffic stop. While patrolling NW 1000 Road a deputy observed a white pickup truck in front of him with a broken left rear tail light.

A passenger in Wooten’s vehicle, later identified as John Oliver Younce Jr., was sitting in the back seat on the driver’s side. He observed sitting in plain view, next to Mr. Younce's wallet and cigarettes, a small clear plastic bag containing two small bags of marijuana, and one small bag containing a crystal like substance which field tested positive for methamphetamine.

Drug Arrest made in Eldorado Springs

On August 29, 2017, officers of the El Dorado Springs Police Department served a search warrant for illegal drugs at 1103 South High Street, after receiving information concerning illegal drug activity. 

Officers located a Marijuana growing operation with approximately 12 plants in various stages of growth, drug paraphernalia and approximately 3 grams of methamphetamine.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Randy Keffer, 48, of El Dorado Springs, for the probable cause of Manufacturing a Controlled Substance, Class B Felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony (meth), Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony (marijuana), Keeping a Public Nuisance as a Crime, Class E Felony, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Class A Misdemeanor.

Officers complete a probable cause statement for these charges. Officers received a Cedar County Warrant charging Keffer with Manufacture of a Controlled Substance, Class C Felony, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Class C Felony, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Class D Felony, with a $25,000.00 cash bond. Keffer was transferred to the Cedar County Jail pending bond and court appearance.

Wrong way driver causes accident in Cass County

The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies are on scene of a wrong way driver accident on I-49 around Mile Marker 156 which is North of 307 Street in rural Cass County .

We are unsure of any injuries at this time and traffic is expected to be delayed.

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

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Bates County Women's Democrat meeting

Guest speaker, Renee Hoagenson.
The Bates County Democratic Women’s Club met Thursday August 31, at noon at the Flaming Lantern Restaurant. The meeting was called to order by President Diana Rich. 

Alan Mundey gave the invocation and Mary Mae Lewis led the group in the Pledge to the Flag.

Marlene Wainscott gave the treasurer’s report. Lucille Mundey read the minutes of the last meeting which were approved as read.

Diana read an invitation from the Fourth District MO Federation of Women’s Democratic Clubs. Their fall meeting will be September 30 at Harrisonville at CJ’s Steakhouse. Registration is from 10:30 to 11:00 with the meeting at 11. Cost of lunch is $15.

Diana introduced our guest speaker, Renee Hoagenson, Democratic candidate for Missouri’s 4th Congressional District. Renee’s professional expertise is in small business marketing and development. Renee talked about the need for representation of our constituents. She stressed that we need to get back to the basics. We need normal American people in Washington, not lobbyist and special interest groups. We need finance reform and redistricting reform. Renee would vote against any bill that takes funding away from public schools. She will stand against publicly funding charter schools which would starve our rural public schools of much needed resources in order to fund profit- driven schools in urban areas. Renee feels that federal elections should be publicly financed. That when campaigns are paid for by the people the candidate will be beholden to the people, not special interest groups. Renee believes that everybody should have equal access to health care. She supports a transition to single-payer health care so that every Missourian will be guaranteed the type of care they need. For more information on Renee Hoagenson, go to:;; or facebook HoagensonForCongress.

Our next meeting will be September 28, at noon at the Pennell

MSHP Releases Labor Day Holiday Statistics

Eight people died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend. Last year, there were 20 fatalities. The 2017 counting period for the Labor Day holiday ran from 6 p.m., Friday, September 1, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 4, 2017. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the following:

2017 Labor Day Holiday Traffic Statistics

Crashes ─ 317
Injuries ─ 112
Fatalities ─ 8
DWI ─ 136
Drug Arrests ─ 128

2017 Labor Day Holiday Boating Statistics

Crashes ─ 6
Injuries ─ 3
Fatals ─ 0
Drownings ─ 1
BWI ─ 17
Drug Arrests ─ 35

[Note: During the 2016 counting period, the Patrol investigated 299 traffic crashes, which included 108 injuries and 14 of the 20 fatalities. Troopers made 91 arrests for driving while intoxicated and 119 drug arrests last year. Also over the Labor Day holiday 2016: Troopers investigated 15 boating crashes involving 10 injuries; arrested 11 people for boating while intoxicated; and made 25 drug arrests on the state’s rivers and lakes. There was one drowning over the 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend.]

Of the eight traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated, three occurred in the Troop E, Poplar Bluff, MO, area; two occurred in the Troop A, Lee’s Summit, MO, area; and one fatality occurred in each of the following areas: Troop C, Weldon Spring, MO, Troop F, Jefferson City, area; and Troop G, Willow Springs, area.

One fatality occurred during the counting period on Friday, September 1, 2017. Cheryl J. Ashton, 60, of Owensville, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving traveled off the right side of the roadway and she overcorrected. The vehicle then returned to the roadway, went off the left side of the roadway, struck a road sign and a bridge railing. The vehicle then became airborne, struck the ground and a tree, and then caught fire. Major Eric Wilbanks, acting Gasconade County Coroner, pronounced Ashton dead at the scene of the crash. The crash occurred on Missouri Route B north of Missouri Route CC in Gasconade County. Ashton was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Seven people died in traffic crashes on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Sasha N. Tallant, 19, of Portageville, MO, died when the vehicle she was driving ran off the right side of the roadway and she overcorrected. The vehicle then ran off the left side of the road and overturned. Pemiscot County Coroner Jim Brimhall pronounced Tallant dead at the scene. The crash occurred on the East Outer Road north of Hayti, MO, in Pemiscot County. Tallant was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Justin A. Young, 36, of Poplar Bluff, MO, and Wendy L. Brooks, 45, of Boaz, KY, died when the vehicle Young was driving crossed the center line and hit the vehicle Brooks was driving head-on. Ripley County Coroner Michael Jackson pronounced Young and Brooks dead at the scene. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 160, east of Doniphan, MO, in Ripley County. It is unknown whether or not Young was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Brooks and the three passengers in her vehicle were wearing their seat belts. The three passengers in Brooks’ vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash. 

Zachary D. Henson, 20, of Mountain Grove, MO, died when the driver of the vehicle in which he was a passenger attempted to pass on a blind curve and encountered a vehicle coming from the opposite direction. The driver then swerved back into the correct lane, overcorrected, ran off the right side of the roadway, and overturned. Dr. Ryan Biggers, Cox South Medical Center, pronounced Hensen dead at the hospital. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway N west of Mountain Grove, MO, in Wright County. Henson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash; he was ejected from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was ejected; he sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Johannes Van Gerwen, 63, of Lake St. Louis, MO, died when the motorcycle he was operating failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and traveled off the left side. The motorcycle then struck a traffic barrier and a tree. Emergency medical services personnel pronounced Van Gerwen dead at the scene. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 94 west of the Klondike Park boat ramp entrance. Van Gerwen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Francisco M. Corchado, 32, of Kansas City, KS, died after he was struck by a vehicle while he was walking in the roadway. Jackson County Medical Examiner Steve Simmons pronounced Corchado dead at the scene. The crash occurred on Interstate 435 south of the 52.8-mile marker in Clay County.

Jeffrey M. Koontz, 39, of Council Bluffs, IA, died after he was struck by three separate vehicles while he was in the roadway. Jackson County Medical Examiner Steve Simmons pronounced Koontz dead at the scene. The crash occurred on Interstate 70 east of Northwest Woods Chapel Road in Jackson County. 

There were no traffic fatalities reported on Sunday, September 3, or Monday, September 4, 2017.

One person is believed to have drowned Monday, September 4, 2017, in the Mississippi River at the 220-mile marker near Portage Des Sioux, MO. Emergency personnel continue to search. No further information is available at this time. 

There were no boating fatalities reported over the 2017 Labor Day holiday weekend.

NOTE: The fatality statistics in this news release could change if late deaths occur, if other departments report fatal traffic/boating crashes after this news release was published, or if a fatality is determined to be caused by a medical condition rather than traffic/boating incident.

Changes in the Butler vs. Adrian Volleyball Game Schedule

The Butler Volleyball games against Adrian tonight have been changed to the following line up. The JH A team will play before the JV game starting at 5:30 pm in the main gym. 

The varsity game will follow the JV game. The JH B and C teams will begin play at 6:30 pm in the elementary gym.

Obituary - Alberta Marie Hight

Alberta Marie Hight
Alberta Marie Hight, 83, Peculiar, MO, died Monday, September 4, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at The Worship Center in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 10:00-11:00. 

Burial will be in Clearfork Cemetery in Garden City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice.

Alberta was born December 26, 1933 in East Lynne, MO, the daughter of Albert Clifford and Emma Marie (Preisner) Plunkett. She was a 1951 graduate of Peculiar High School and attended Longview College. She married Trueman Hight on October 4, 1953 in Napa, CA.

Alberta worked as a contract manager for the U.S.D.A. for 26 years before retiring in 1996. She was a member of The Worship Center in Harrisonville, MO; was an associate member of the Vietnam Veterans of American and the DAV. She enjoyed quilting and made many quilts in her life; many she gave away to family and friends and charitable organizations.

Alberta was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Elmer and David Plunkett and one sister, Patricia Plunkett. She is survived by her husband, Trueman, of the home; one son, Dennis Hight, Peculiar, MO; one daughter, Marie Lloyd, Venice, FL; one brother, Donald Plunkett, Peculiar, MO; four sisters, Helen Fletcher, Belton, MO, Peggy Wahlstedt, North Richland Hills, TX, Joyce McDowell, Belton, Gayla Andersen, Freeman, MO, and 2 grandchildren, Alisha Marie Housman and Anthony Charles Derby.

Butler man has probation revoked

Obituary - Harland Koehn

Funeral services for Harland Koehn will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the Bethany Mennonite Church in Rich Hill, Missouri. 

Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 6 at the Bethany Mennonite Church. Burial at the Bethany Mennonite Cemetery in Rich Hill. Contributions to Bethany Mennonite Church Benevolent Fund. 

Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555). Online condolences,

Harland Koehn, age 76 of Arcadia, Florida died Friday, September 1, 2017 at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota in Sarasota, Florida. He was born April 29, 1941 to Walter P. and Eva Nightingale Koehn in Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Harland is survived by four daughters, Kimberly Dirks and husband Michael of Rich Hill, Missouri, Christine Unruh and husband Timothy of Hiawatha, Kansas, Rhonda Hiebert and husband Kendall of Arcadia, Florida, Cindy Koehn of Fountain Run, Kentucky; seven brothers, Archie Koehn and wife Alice of Rich Hill, Missouri, Ernie Koehn of Butler, Missouri, Frank Koehn and wife Marlene of Rich Hill, Missouri, Marlin Koehn and wife Diann of Macon, Mississippi, Wesley Koehn and wife Edith of Rich Hill, Missouri, Daniel Koehn and wife Marva of Barnett, Missouri and Milton Koehn and wife Marge of Versailles, Missouri; a sister, Ella Mae Isaac and husband Jim of Butler, Missouri; three sisters-in-law, Mary Koehn of Richards, Missouri, Rita Koehn of Eldon, Missouri and Beth Koehn of Riceville, Iowa; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Hubert, Delbert and Curtis Koehn; and an infant sister, Marcella Koehn.