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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From the desk of Bates County Southern Commissioner Larry Hacker

Today, the FINAL INSPECTION of a completed RR crossing project in Homer Township (south of Amoret).

The project eliminated a dangerous, sight impaired, crossing and was begun by previous Commissioners approximately 5 years ago.

Coordination between KC Southern railroad, MODOT, Bates County, multiple landowners, and the construction company resulted in a successful, but slow-moving project.

A much safer crossing was the ultimate result!



From the desk of Bates County Southern Commissioner Larry Hacker 


Eldorado Springs man arrested for stolen property

On November 7, 2017, officers of the El Dorado Springs Police Department served a search warrant for stolen property at 200 West McCrary Circle, apartment #17, in connection with an ongoing investigation. Officers located stolen property.

The investigation resulted in the arrest of Gary J. Greathouse, 20, of El Dorado Springs, charging him with Stealing/Possession of Stolen Property and El Dorado Springs Municipal Warrant, charging him with Failure to Appear per Court Order with a bond of $401.50. He was released on bond pending a court appearance.
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Barton County Sheriff's Office seeking public assistance

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in looking for a subject which has an active warrant for her arrest out of Barton County.

Brandi Lee Pitts, 34, of Liberal is wanted for Failing to Appear on a Domestic Assault charge that occured in October of this year. The bond is set at $250.00 cash or surety.

If you have any information about this subjects whereabouts please contact the Barton County Sheriff's Office at 417-682-5541 or your local law enforcement agency.






From the Missouri State Highway Patrol





H Highway closed at this time

Several crews are working to clean up a jackknifed semi truck at this time on H Highway around 3 miles East of Butler.

We are unsure of how long the road will be blocked as traffic is being diverted at this time.

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


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Barton County Sheriff's Office seeking public assistance

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in looking for a subject which has an active warrant for his arrest out of Barton County.

Michael W Buss, 35 of Bronaugh is wanted for a Probation Violation. The bond is currently set at $1000.00 cash only.

If you have any information of this subjects whereabouts please contact the Barton County Sheriff's Office at 417-682-5541 or your local law enforcement agency.






Miami County Kansas Warrant Wednesday





Structure Fire in Nevada

On 11/22/17 around 8:46am the Nevada Fie Department responded to a structure fire at 1120 N. Commercial Street in Nevada.

When crews arrived on scene they found a single story wood frame structure that was 75% involved in flames. 


All occupants were accounted for by Nevada Fire Department personnel and no one was injured.

The Nevada Fire Department says the cause of the fire appears to be accidental in nature and the cost of the damages are close to $30,000 for the home and contents in it.

















Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment of $643,703.60 on behalf of defrauded people in Henry County

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley obtained a judgment of $643,703.60 on behalf of ten Missouri consumers who were defrauded by Timothy Mundy, Clinton, Mo., it was announced on Nov. 21.

Mundy entered into contracts to provide home construction services and demanded large upfront payments for materials. However, he would spend the upfront payments on personal expenses. 

When funds ran dry, Mundy would ask the homeowners for more money telling them that the project had run into unforeseen expenses, all while doing little to no actual work. When consumers finally demanded Mundy complete the work they had paid him to do, the Henry Countian would disappear and move on to his next target.

In the few instances Mundy actually completed some tasks, the quality of the work was so poor it had to be redone. Mundy intentionally targeted consumers who were elderly, legal immigrants, or were experiencing hardship, knowing that these consumers would be more trusting and easier to exploit.

In addition, Mundy actively took steps to conceal his past actions from future victims. He frequently created new LLC’s and used aliases including: “Lee Foreman,” “Lee Tironne,” and “Tim Torrone” to attempt to hide his identity from consumers who might search for him online. He also targeted consumers across Missouri to avoid negative word-of-mouth, including residents of Springfield, Branson, Sedalia, Pilot Grove, Lincoln, and Versailles.

The Greene County Circuit Court ordered Mundy to pay back all $194,012.34 he took from consumers, pay for the cost of investigating and prosecuting the case, and pay $332,000 in penalties and punitive damages. Mundy has also been banned from the construction industry for life.

“My office will aggressively pursue deceitful and dishonest contractors who cheat consumers and destroy their assets," Hawley said. “There is no place for those who prey upon consumers in Missouri.”

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Caleb Aponte and Bob Carlson and investigated by Investigator Chris Caudle. Missourians who believe they may have been the victim of a similar scam are encouraged to file a complaint by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222 or by submitting a claim online.



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From the City of Harrisonville

The Harrisonville Board of Aldermen have approved a contract for a new trash hauler starting January 1. Municipal Waste Services, LLC will provide weekly trash collection and yard waste collection services to residents. 

Each household will get two new carts, one for trash and the other for recycling, which should be delivered in December. 

In preparation for the change, trash rates will go to $14.80 per month, beginning with the current utility bill. Watch for more details in the coming weeks.


Butler Municipal Court Disposition November 17th, 2017

BUTLER MUNICIPAL COURT 
Debra A. Hopkins, Judge
Trish Thomas, Court Administrator
November 17, 2017
W- Arrest Warrant Issued
City of Butler v. 


Kevin Akenhead Fail to register GP $100 ic
Brian Allen Fail to register GP $100 ic
Carrie Barker Stealing GP $200 +cc
Leonard Bartz III Fail to register GP $50 +cc
Steven Bell Speeding GP $100 +cc
Robert Berry Tampering GP $50 +cc
Eric Blanchard Fail to register GP $100 IC
Britney Bodenhamer Animal at large W
Mark Brown Assault W

Angela Burkhart Child restraint GP $75 + cc
Ashley Burroughs Fail to register GP $100 ic
Brendan Butler No Valid Drivers License W
Margaret Clardy Speeding GP $125 ic
Stephanie Clinesmith Possession of drug paraphernalia W
Austin Collins Disorderly Conduct W
Austin Collins Domestic Assault W
Austin Collins Stealing W
Austin Collins No Valid Drivers License W
Austin Collins Stealing W
Austin Collins Stealing W
Austin Collins No Valid Drivers License W
Austin Collins Stealing W
Steven Cox Disorderly Conduct W
Felicia Crabtree Driving while suspended W
Kelly Darr/Taylor No Proof of Insurance W

Barbara Dawson Improper Backing GP $115 +cc
Albert Dice Fail to register W 

Johnny Dickinson Disorderly Conduct W 
Michael Doody Fail to register GP $25 +cc
Michael Doody No Proof of Insurance GP SIS; 3 months pb; pay cc
Chad Ellinger Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Jeremy Fisher Possession of drug paraphernalia W
Jeremy Fisher Stealing W
Robert Fitzpatrick Possession of Marijuana W
Robert Fitzpatrick Driving while revoked W

Kori Foster Disorderly Conduct GP $125 + cc
William Franken Driving while license revoked GP $175 + cc
John Ganfield Disorderly Conduct W
Randy Greene Fail to register GP $100 ic
Heather Gregory Possession of Marijuana W
Shanita Griswold Disorderly Conduct GP SIS; 6 months pb; pay cc; obey all laws
Dexter Hammett Excessive Noise GP $75 +cc
Dexter Hammett Seat Belt GP $10
Tyler Harris No Valid Drivers License GP $125 ic
Rodney Hartlein Fail to register W
Rodney Hartlein Seat Belt W
Rodney Hartlein No Proof of Insurance W
Rodney Hartlein Fail to register W

Jaclyn Henry Defective Equipment GP $200 ic
Ronald Herod Speeding GP $150 ic
Delbert Hilbert Fail to register GP $100 + cc
Tanesha Hill Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Tanesha Hill Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Donald Hogan Disorderly Conduct W
Kelly Huebert Fail to register GP $50 + cc
Kelly Huebert No Valid Drivers License GP $75 + cc
Robin Jack Stealing W
Hannah Jacobs Fail to regiester GP $100 ic
Sally Jeffries Driving while suspended W
Corey Johnson/Testerman Propery Damage W

Tyler Kent Disorderly Conduct GP $300 ic
Jessie Kinney Fail to register GP $100 + cc
James Lawrence Speeding W
Matthew Mayo Fail to register GP $100 ic
Matthew Mayo Fail to register GP $100 ic
Karen McGee Defective Equipment GP $200 ic
James McIntire C&I Driving GP $125 ic
Jerod McMillen Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Bonnie Miller Obstructing an officer W Kimberly Miller Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Donna Moreland Speeding W
Michael Morris Minor in possession W
Siavash Namin Fail to register W

Alexandra Nash Fail to register GP $75 + cc
Ithamar Page Stealing GP 10 days jail; Credit for time served; cost waived
Ithamar Page Stealing GP 10 days jail; Credit for time served; cost waived
Veronica Papandrea Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Blake Reno Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Blake Reno Defective Equipment GP $100 ic
Aimee Riffel Defective Equipment GP $100 ic
Aimee Riffel No Valid Drivers License GP SIS; 3 months pb; pay cc
Debra Robichaud No Proof of Insurance W
Debra Robichaud Expired Drivers License W
Joseph Scrivo Driving while revoked W

John Simmons Speeding GP $125 ic
Jamie Swanson Failure to yield W
Jamie Swanson Failure to keep right W
Jamie Swanson Driving while revoked W
Jamie Swanson DWI W
Kristina Swanson Stealing W
Latisha Thomas Driving while suspended W

Eric Thornburg Fail to register GP $100 ic
Jerry Tippler Open container W
Jerry Tippler Driving while suspended W
Jerry Tippler Stealing W
Jerry Tippler Possession of drug paraphernalia W

Walter Tuley Fail to register GP $100 ic
Buford Turner Disturbing the peace W
Zackery Vannattan/Green Stealing W

Sharron Warren No Proof of Insurance GP $125 ic
Damon Wilkinson Defective Equipment GP $225 ic
Carl Wisdom Fail to register GP $100 + cc
Carl Wisdom Animal at large GP $75 + cc
Scott Wiseman Possession of drug paraphernalia W

Becky Woltkamp Fail to register GP $100 ic
























































Raytown man escapes injury in Bates County crash

On 11/22/17 around 9:22am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 52 Highway at CR NW 6001 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1999 GMC driven by 57 year old Gary L. Boice of Raytown, Missouri struck a animal in the roadway.

Mr. Boice sustained minor injuries in this accident and he refused medical treatment at the scene of the accident.

The vehicle was driven from the scene with moderate damages.


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Obituary - Kenneth Wayne Craft

Funeral services for Wayne Craft will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. 

Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Parkinson's Foundation. Online condolences, www.schowengerdtchapel.com.

Kenneth Wayne Craft was born in Butler, Missouri on January 18, 1941, to Kenneth and Pauline Thomas Craft. He was the oldest of three sons. He passed away on November 21, 2017, at the Hermitage Nursing and Rehab in Hermitage, Missouri at the age of 76 years 10 months and 3 days. Wayne was raised in the Amoret and Butler areas of Bates County.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Craft, a granddaughter, Jenna Craft, his father and mother-in-law, Lyle Blevins and Doris Blevins Newcomb, and a brother Tom Craft.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Donna Craft of Butler, Missouri; two sons, Dickie Craft and wife Pam and Larry Craft and wife Emily, all of Butler, Missouri; one daughter, Linda Lysinger and husband George of Lowry City, Missouri; one brother, Roy Craft and wife Joy of Amoret, Missouri; eight grandchildren; eight great grandchildren.




Missouri Department of Conservation: Over 191,368 deer harvested during the November portion of fall firearms deer season

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 191,368 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 11- 21. Of the 191,368 deer harvested, 99,431 were antlered bucks, 20,148 were button bucks, and 71,789 were does. Top harvest counties were Howell with 4,564 deer checked, Texas with 4,374, and Franklin with 4,095.

Last year hunters checked 185,062 deer during the 2016 November portion of firearms deer season with 95,381 being antlered bucks, 18,888 being button bucks, and 70,793 being does.

“The uptick in harvest this year is likely due to a combination of favorable weather and the continued recovery of deer populations in some areas hit hard by the 2012 drought,” MDC Deer Biologist Barb Keller said. “As the November firearms portion creeps one day earlier each year, it tends to coincide with more of the deer in rut – resulting in higher deer harvest.”

MDC reported three firearms-related hunting incidents during the fall firearms November portion. One of the hunting incidents involved a hunter wounding another hunter while hunting in Benton County. Another incident involved a hunter loading a gun in a truck and it went off hitting another hunter sitting in the truck in Washington County. Lastly another hunting incident involved a self-inflicted firearm wound that occurred in Bates County.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting from Nov. 22 through Jan. 15, 2018. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 24-26. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 1-3. Lastly the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 23- Jan. 2, 2018.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at http://on.mo.gov/1jjz7Ew. For harvest summaries from past years, visit http://on.mo.gov/2fyMaBN.

Missouri offers some of the best deer hunting in the country and deer hunting is an important part of many Missourians’ lives and family traditions. Deer hunting is also an important economic driver in Missouri and gives a $1 billion annual boost to the state and local economies.



Updated Obituary - Grover Lee Morton

Grover Lee Morton, 94, Harrisonville, MO, passed away Sunday, November 19, 2017 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial will be in Brady Cemetery, Harrisonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

Grover was born September 12, 1923 in Tunas, MO, (Dallas County), the son of Marcus D. and Edna Lena (Bradford) Morton. He graduated from Tunas High School and joined the Army on November 6, 1943. He served in Company E of the 100th Infantry Division. He was wounded at the Battle of Heilbronn, Germany, April 5, 1945 and returned home to the farm in Tunas.

Grover married Peggy Lou White on June 20, 1946 and they were blessed with three sons. The family moved to Kansas City, MO where Grover started Morton Construction, building houses for most of his life. He married Helen Cooper on May 13, 1964 and they moved to the farm in Harrisonville in 1968.

Grover was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Myron Morton, four sisters, Vera, Verda, Naomi, Fay, his first wife, Peggy, his second wife, Helen, a son, Denny, stepdaughter, Judy Harrington, stepson, Tom Cooper and a granddaughter, Shauna Heck. Grover is survived by two sons, Dexter Morton and wife, Pamela, Lee’s Summit, MO, and Dudley Morton and wife, Teresa, Peculiar, MO; a sister, Lily Conner, Grandview, MO; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces,








nephews, cousins and friends.







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Adrian Optimist Club Students of the Month November 2017

The Adrian Optimist Club is pleased to honor Students of the Month from the Miami, Ballard, and Adrian schools. Criteria for this honor center on outstanding academic and civic achievement and school spirit. Staff at each of the schools make the selection, and their decision is based on expansion of these criteria. Selection is based on the criteria, but a student stepping up to a particular task will come to play in it. Each student is honored with a certificate of recognition from the Adrian Optimist Club and $20.00 in Adrian Chamber of Commerce “Chamber Bucks”.

The Miami Student of the Month for November is Junior, Nathan Turner, son of Kandice and Nathan Turner. In school, Nathan just likes sharing with friends and passing tests. He also enjoys family time of watching sports and eating. Nathan says, “My Grand parents inspire me because they show me how to correctly interact with people and how to be a good person.” Miami staff say, “Nathan has done a great job in the classroom. He is attentive and has taken responsibility for getting his work done. He asks thoughtful questions and gives informed answers. He is respectful toward teachers and cares about his fellow students. Although he is open to change, for now Nathan plans to go straight to contributing to his family.
The Adrian Student of the Month is Senior Robert Reese, son of Christine Engelken and Dan Engelken. Robert’s in school activities include TSA, NHS, TEAMS, STUCO, and track and field. He also works as a cashier at Yoss Triftway. Robert says, “I was inspired by my parents and teachers who never wavered in

their dedication to my education and personal growth. Adrian Staff say, “Robert, as a student, is always willing to go out of his way to help people. He is very ambitious and hard working. Robert is a great role model and has a very bright future. Robert plans to attend University of Central Missouri for degrees in secondary education to become a high school English teacher.
















The Student of the Month is Senior, Andrew (Drew) Hon, son of Eric and Heather Hon. Art teacher, Mrs. Descombes states “Drew is a hard worker and has a great attitude. He was very helpful as a manager for the volleyball team and pushes himself in his classwork.” Math teacher Mrs. Kershner states “Drew is friendly and helpful to all! He enjoys a good competition. He knows how to buckle down & work, and he has learned the valuable lesson of doing just that before the situation is an emergency.” Science teacher Mr. Brewster states “Drew works hard in physics class. He asks pertinent questions and applies the knowledge he gains to master complicated concepts. Drew also is a leader around the school

and shows respect to all.” Business teacher Ms. Murchie states “Drew has a wonderful disposition and is willing to help any of his classmates. He is a great role model for his classmates and the underclassmen. He is a hard worker and strives to do his very best on any assignment he is doing.”

Drew is a member of the Basketball, Baseball, and Scholar Bowl teams. Drew is also involved in Choir, Band, Drama Club, Art Club and Ballard Honor Society.


Two arrested in St. Clair County


On Nov. 20, Cody Franklin, 28, Springfield, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy during a traffic stop on a Greene County warrant for failure to appear in court on an original charge of domestic assault in the third degree. Bond is set at $1,000 cash or surety.


On Nov. 18, Jesse Morse, 29, Springfield, was arrested by a St. Clair County deputy for a class C felony of receiving stolen property. Morse was booked and released pending formal charges. While on patrol, a St. Clair County deputy observed a truck on the shoulder of the road. As he approached the vehicle, he could see a female subject, lying down on the seat. The deputy ran the vehicle and found it to be stolen out of Greene County. It was found that Morse also had a suspended driver’s license.



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Burglary in Osceola

On Nov. 16, a St. Clair County deputy was dispatched to Truman Road in reference to a burglary.

Upon arrival the deputy spoke with Roy Mart. Mart stated he had placed some money inside of an envelope. Mart stated when he went to check on his money, he noticed his papers had been moved and his money was missing. Mart stated $1,700 was missing.

Mart named James Schmutz as a person of interest. Schmutz lived with Mart for approximately seven months and may have known where he kept the money hidden. Mart stated he had recently kicked Schmutz out of the house do to Schmutz’s drug usage. Mart stated Schmutz may also still have a key to the residence.

Mart stated the last time he saw the money was on November 14.




Looking for something to do tonight?


Sharkys Pub & Grub, Nevada, MO 400 Johnson Dr, Nevada, MO 64772


Tie One On This Holiday Season MoDOT promotes MADD red ribbon campaign to urge sober driving.

JEFFERSON CITY – To show support for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Missouri Department of Transportation will “tie one on” this holiday season – a red ribbon, that is. Fleet vehicles statewide will display the iconic red ribbon, tied on to support MADD’s longest-running and most-visible public awareness project.

During the campaign, MADD volunteers ask drivers in the community to display MADD red ribbons on their vehicles. The ribbons symbolize a pledge not to drive impaired and, instead, opt for one of the many other choices in the quest to arrive home safely.

“We’re honored to join in this safety initiative,” said MoDOT Highway Safety Director Bill Whitfield. “Historically, holiday travel is a deadly time on our nation’s roadways.” In 2016, 219 people were killed and 666 seriously injured in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

Tie One On For Safety and these red ribbons remind individuals that driving impaired is a choice they make. Each crash, each injury and each death is 100 percent preventable. Driving demands 100 percent of our attention and there are many options to avoid driving impaired: designate a driver, call a cab, Uber or Lyft, or take public transportation.

Make your holiday season a memorable one by making it home safely. Never drive impaired or distracted by a cell phone, and always wear your safety belt – it’s your best defense in a traffic crash.

For more information on MADD’s Tie One On For Safety, please visit www.MADD.org. For more information on Missouri highway safety please visit www.saveMOlives.com.



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Butler woman arrested on warrant

Monika M. Worley
On 11/21/17 around 11:20pm the Butler Police Department arrested 24 year old Monika M. Worley of Butler, Missouri.

She was arrested for 1.) Failure to appear on original charge of 2nd Degree Assault.

Monika M. Worley was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler, Missouri and placed on a $10,000 cash/surety bond.

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