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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Obituary - Lori Ann Culp

Lori Ann Culp, age 50, a resident of Fort Scott, Ks, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center. She was born on March 21, 1967 in Fort Scott, Ks the daughter of Joseph and Nancy Parker. Lori was a devoted wife and mother who loved to fish, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family especially her grandkids.

Lori is survived by a son, Kenny Monroe, of Fort Scott, Ks; two daughters, Megan Woods and husband, Brian of Bronson, Ks and Kayla Bolden and husband, Justin of Fort Scott, Ks; Her Dad, Joseph Parker, of Fort Scott, Ks; two sister, Kim Leavell and husband, Mitch of Garland, Ks and Beverley Parker, of Fort Scott, Ks; and 11 grandchildren. Lori was preceded in death by her husband, Darryl Culp and her mother, Nancy Parker.

Graveside services will be held at 12:30 PM Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Uniontown Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM till leaving for the Cemetery at the Cheney Witt Chapel. The family suggests contributions to the Lori Culp Memorial Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel 201 S. Main PO Box 347, Fort Scott, Ks 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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Have you seen this missing Kansas man?

PLEASE SHARE: The Topeka Police Department requested the KBI issue an ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY for 27-year-old Gary “Junior” Darby-Bey of Topeka. Darby-Bey is a black male, 5 ft. tall and approximately 125 lbs. He has black hair and brown eyes and walks with a limp. 

Darby-Bey was last seen Tuesday night at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the 5200 Block of SW 10th St. in Topeka. Darby-Bey is a person with diminished mental capacity and authorities believe he may have had assistance leaving the area. 

Law enforcement is concerned for his welfare as he requires assistance to ensure his safety. It is believed Darby-Bey may currently be in the Northeast or Central part of Kansas, or in Southeast Nebraska or Western Missouri.
Anyone who comes in contact with Darby-Bey is asked to immediately call 911. If other information is known about this case, or past sightings occurred, please contact Topeka Police at (785) 368-9247.

Obituary - Clyde Raymond Weaver

Clyde Raymond Weaver, 95, Osceola, Missouri died Tuesday morning, March 13, 2018 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton, Mo.  Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery, Osceola, Mo.  

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Condolences may be left online at

Obituary - Opal Irene Fleming

Opal Irene Fleming, age 91, of Joplin, Missouri (previously a longtime resident of Nevada, Missouri), passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 while a patient at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. She had been in good health until recently. She died peacefully of natural causes.

Irene was born on January 8, 1927 in Kahoka, Missouri, a daughter of Ralph L. and Edna Opal Ingram McNally. When she was nine years old, her mother died and she moved to Oakland, California to live with relatives, graduating from high school there. Her father remarried, to Myra Egley. After graduating from high school, she returned to Kahoka to live with her family until going to college.

Irene graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia, where she majored in Home Economics, in 1951. While at MU, she met Thomas E. Fleming, who was also a student there. She and Tom were married in Columbia on December 22, 1951. Irene was a Home Economics teacher at several high schools, including Nevada High School and El Dorado Springs High School. Tom was a soil conservation agent and farmer in the Nevada area. For many years, Irene and Tom lived on a farm on K Highway southeast of Nevada before moving to a farm along Highway 71 near Lamar. They were married for over 55 years. Tom preceded her in death at age 90 on March 21, 2007. In recent years, Irene had lived in an independent living apartment at College View Manor in Joplin.

Survivors include her six children, Thomas R. (and Audrey) Fleming of St. Louis, Missouri; James E. Fleming (and Linda McClain) of Brookline, Massachusetts; Nancy K. (and Kenneth) Lies of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Brian L. Fleming of Webb City, Missouri; Charles A. Fleming of Springfield, Missouri; and Patricia D. (and Brendan) Scott of Springfield, Missouri, as well as nine grandchildren, Rachel Fleming of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Sarah and Katherine Fleming of Brookline, Massachusetts; Emily Lies of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Katherine Lies of Brooklyn, New York; Micah and Samuel Fleming of Webb City, Missouri; and Brenna and Alison Scott of Springfield, Missouri. She is also survived by one sister, Aileen L. Jinkens of Keokuk, Iowa.

Irene was preceded in death by her father, mother, and stepmother, a brother, James H. McNally, and three sisters, Wilma R. McNally, Lola F. Eder, and Waneta L. Smith, as well as two grandchildren, Thomas Adam Fleming and John Isaac Fleming.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada, Missouri, with her son, Brian L. Fleming, officiating. Burial will follow at Newton Burial Park in Nevada.

Family will receive friends at Ferry Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday evening.

Obituary - David Michael Ruch

David Michael Ruch, 50, of Independence Missouri, died Thursday March the 8th unexpectedly at St. Luke’s East in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. David was born in Kansas City Kansas on October 12, 1967 to Michael and Yvonne {Bonnie} Ruch of Lowry City Missouri. There will be no service at the request of the family and David’s wishes. 

David graduated from Truman High School in Independence, Missouri. He had a hobby that he loved more than anything. 

He loved model car building and collecting them. His younger brother William Charles Ruch, proceeded him in death. David was loved by many people and will be sorely missed. David will be cremated at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home in Clinton Missouri.

Nevada Police Department execute search warrant

In the afternoon of Friday March 9, 2018 Nevada Police executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of N. Main Street in response to reports of illegal drug activity at that location.

Officers had recently developed information regarding a known male subject at that location that had reportedly been involved in illegal drug activity.

During the search of the apartment officers located and seized packages of suspected methamphetamine, and multiple pieces of suspected drug paraphernalia. The evidence seized from the residence will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for further analysis.

The known male subject, identified as Michael Hall, age of 31 of Nevada was not found at the residence during the search warrant, but was located by officers on March 13, 2018. He was taken into custody by Nevada Police and transported to the Vernon County Jail.

Another subject identified as Aaron Hallam, age 30 of Nevada was taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant and transported to the Vernon County Jail.

On Saturday March 10, 2018 the following charges were filed against Michael Hall through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class D Felony

Hall is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash only bond.

On Saturday March 10, 2018 the following charges were filed against Aaron Hallam through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class D Felony

Hallam is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash only bond.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

For questions regarding crime prevention techniques or to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100.

To report criminal activities call 911 or us the Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477.

Any and all information will be kept confidential.

New charges filed in Fatal Clinton Police Officer Shooting

Tammy Widger
Henry County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields announced Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2018, he has filed an Amended Complaint charging Tammy Widger, 37, Clinton, with the added count of Murder in the Second Degree under the felony murder rule in the shooting death of Clinton Police Officer Christopher Ryan Morton.

Widger had previously been charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent to Deliver and Keeping a Public Nuisance, both felonies.

The added charge alleges that the death of Officer Morton occurred as a result of Widger perpetrating those felony offenses. The continuing investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol revealed additional information that supports the amended charge.

The court has set her new bond at $100,000 cash only.

The above charge is an accusation and is not evidence and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of this charge must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

From the Cass County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. a homeowner in the 24600 block of Rockhaven Rd, Harrisonville arrived home and found two men burglarizing their home. 

The suspects fled in a vehicle and crashed between Rockhaven and the northbound lanes of I-49 about a mile north of Harrisonville. One suspect was located hiding under an overpass bridge near the location and taken into custody.

Multiple law enforcement officers from the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Archie Police Department, Harrisonville Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted in a large area search for the second suspect. The second suspect remains at large. Deputies are following up additional leads.

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

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Impaired Driving Affects Lives. If you’re planning a special celebration for St. Patrick’s Day, think first about a safe and sober ride home. 

It doesn’t matter who you are, the conscious choice of driving impaired can change everything in an instant, and the consequences are real.

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Obituary - Harold Leland Hunholz

Harold Leland Hunholz, 79, Adrian, MO, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at ABC Health Care in Harrisonville. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, MO with burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian.

(A complete obituary will be posted when information is available).

Obituary - Rita Fae Brown

Rita Fae Brown, 84, Archie, MO, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Archie, MO, with visitation from 10:00-11:00. Burial will follow in Freeman Cemetery, Freeman, MO.

Rita was born March 6, 1934 in Adrian, MO, the daughter of Wilburn and Ollie C. (Oliver) Kendrick. Rita was a 1953 graduate of Archie High School. She married William Harrison Brown on January 15, 1954. Rita moved to Long Branch, NJ in April, 1954, to be with Bill, who was serving in the U.S. Army. In November, 1955, Rita and Bill moved to a farm in the community of Everett, MO where they raised show horses and Limousine cattle.

Rita worked for Western Electric from 1960 to 1973. She loved country music, dancing, and life in general. She considered her many nieces and nephews to be daughters and sons. In 2008, Rita met David Payne. Rita and David had 10 great years together traveling, attending dances, and enjoying life to the fullest.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bill, on July 23, 2004, and two sisters, Freda Burchett and Evelyn Warren. She is survived by one brother, William Kendrick and his wife, Donna Sue, Camdenton, MO; one sister, Christine Holbrook, Harrisonville, MO; her partner, David Payne, Archie, MO; and many nieces and nephews who loved her dearly.

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Bates County Commissioners News March 2018

The Commissioners would like to announce the anticipated start date on the County’s major construction projects. The administration building project is expected to begin mid-March with an estimated completion last quarter 2018. The County jail addition is expected to start in mid-April with an estimated completion first quarter of 2019.

Our goal the last six months has been to establish a plan not just to build and modify, but to insure the tax monies received are well spent. Recently the State of Missouri has allowed government entities to adopt a policy with construction management companies called Construction Manager at Risk (CMR). It creates a fixed price for the project called Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). The construction company guarantees the final cost. If the project comes in under that cost, the savings is returned to the County.

Our jail addition will add 70 new dormitory style beds allowing more beds per square foot. Inmates of lesser crimes and short term prisoners can be housed together. Other prisoners are confined by degree of segregation, sex and specific holding requirements. Why do we need the addition? At times our jail exceeds the designed capacity causing the county to spend additional dollars to house inmates with other jails. Our jail is funded primarily by federal prisoners and this allows the Sheriff department to provide better service to the community. Funding officer salaries, their equipment, vehicles and facility up keep are major concerns for all Counties.

The administration building project (formally Butler Music Store Jennings Market) will allow for more space for the administration offices of the County, (Assessor, Recorder, Treasure/Collector, County Clerk, Surveyor and Commissioners). Easier access for taxpayers to specific offices will be obtained, additional storage space for records, voting equipment, office files, and additional personnel work space will be available. Moving these offices to another location would allow the courts to maximize the second floor. Several years ago proposals were looked at to expand the Court system in the Courthouse. Moving the Courts to another building (next to the existing jail) was not well received. A lookalike building next to the Courthouse was considered, but did not relieve crowding and was mostly rejected due to changing the Courthouse appearance. Early in 2017 the opportunity to purchase the Butler Music building came about. At that time the jail project plans had already started. We determined that by purchasing the Butler Music building we could solve two problems. One, we could move offices out of Courthouse to allow ease of access for the public and two, that allows room for Courts to expand. The Jennings house was then offered to us, and that gave us more space for parking. With the jail expansion only a limited number of spaces would be available. We did not want to create a parking issue for employees or the public.

So we held up progress on jail expansion to design a user friendly facility with in the former Butler Music building. The idea to have both projects done with one company at the same time would be a cost savings to the taxpayers. In early January 2018 designs were completed on both the jail and admin building.

How are these projects being paid for? First back in 2016 taxpayers approved the continuation of a half-cent sales tax that was to originally expire in 2017. The continued half-cent was specifically written for capital improvements only. There was much discussion on County income. Looking back five years, at expense and income reports, and projected income scenarios, we have determined the County can finance these projects without jeopardizing any monies being held as reserves. All County officials were informed and involved in these projects.

Included in our plans is to update and protect our present Courthouse. Tuck pointing, foundation repair and drainage are concerns we are currently looking at. Our courthouse is registered with the State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) and is on the National Historic Register, which allows us to apply for grants that will help fund projects selected for the Courthouse. Companies that have the knowledge to preserve structures, such as our courthouse, have been hired to assess the courthouse and make recommendations of what and how to do it. The State requires certain procedures and materials to be used to comply with requirements of the State Historical Preservation Office.

You have entrusted your Commissioners to watch over, and govern, your County. We are confident our decisions have been made in your best interest to move the county forward for decades. Modernizing, expansion, and protection of County assets is our utmost concern.

Jim Wheatley Presiding Commissioner

Alvin Griffin Northern Commissioner

Larry Hacker Southern Commissioner

Chiefs player sentence over marijuana charges in Bates County

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was sentenced to two days in jail and fined $500 after pleading guilty in Bates County, Missouri, Circuit Court to one count of marijuana possession and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.

He was arrested on March 6th,2017 after a traffic stop with a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper on I-49 in Bates County. Over 35 grams of Marijuana was found in the vehicle after officers searched it.

Mr. Harris was also given two years probation and ordered to complete 80 hours of community service and an NFL drug program. Harris will not get credit for time served -- he must complete the 2-day sentence at a later date. No word on when he plans to turn himself in. 

Demetrius Harris is heading into the final year of his contract with Kansas City.

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