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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Body of Deceased Male Found Near Harrisonville

Cass Co – On Tuesday June 19, 2018 around 9:30 am deputies responded to a field in the 23500 block of S. Airport Rd Harrisonville after a subject reported finding a body in a field. Deputies arrived and located the body of a male that was deceased.

Investigators with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office are working to confirm the identification of the victim. The cause of death has not been determined. An autopsy will take place on Wednesday in Jackson County.

Anyone with information can call the Cass County Sheriff's Office at 816-380-5200

Swing by the Butler Square on Saturday!

Electric City Downtown is gearing up for another successful Downtown Market this Saturday June 23rd from 9am to 1pm. 

If you are a returning vendor they look forward to seeing you there. 

Set up is at 8:00 a.m. If you are wanting to be a vendor please contact Tonya at 660-227-9422. Special food vendor this weekend Jackwagon BBQ..

Free Movie In Butler

The first Friday in July come join Electric City Downtown and the Butler Parks and Recreation Department for a FREE movie on the courthouse lawn on July 6th starting at 7:30p.m. The movie Angels in the Outfield will be playing.

Street Closure in Butler

The City of Butler will have West Street from Ohio to Pine closed for an undetermined amount of time. 

Please find another way around this.

Rich Hill Famous For the 4th Car Show

Narcotic Detectives arrest 3 in 2 separate traffic stops from Leeton

On June 18, 2018, in the 100 block SE PP hwy, Leeton, Johnson County Detectives conducted a traffic stop and arrested Robert Nichol, age 21, of Leeton, on a 24 hour investigative hold for possession of a controlled substance.

June 19, 2018, in the 200 block SE 900 Road, Leeton, Johnson County Detectives conducted a traffic stop and arrested Kevin Kendall, age 28, of Leeton, on an active warrant out of Lee’s Summit for possession of a controlled substance(amphetamine), bond set at $1000.00. 

The second occupant, Wesley Orser, age 30, of Leeton, was also arrested on an active warrant out of Lee’s Summit for possession of a controlled substance (amphetamine), bond set at $1000.00.

Have you seen this missing Belton woman

This is Jessica N Parsons. She is 26 years old and was last seen on Sunday June 17th. She left her residence on foot in Belton and supposedly went for a walk to Memorial Park in Belton. 

She last had communication via text message with family at around 515 pm on the 17th, She has not been seen or heard from since. 

We are continuing to try and develops leads in hopes to locate her. Please contact the Belton MO Police Department or the TIPS hotline (816-474-TIPS) with any information.

Obituary - Glen Sheets

Glen Sheets, 91, Nevada, MO passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at his home in Nevada. Glen was born April 10, 1927 in Nevada to Albro C. and Edna Mae (Kibler) Sheets.

Glen was raised in Nevada and attended Nevada High School. At the age of 17 he joined the United States Marines and was stationed in Camp LeJeune during WWII. Following his service years Glen was employed as a Tool and Die Maker for over 50 years in Wichita and Kansas City. In 1992 he retired from Northrup in Kansas City and returned to Nevada where he has continued to reside. He was member of the Nevada Elks BPO #564 in Nevada.

Survivors include two sons, Glen Sheets, Jr. and his wife Patricia, Wichita, KS, Paul Sheets and his wife Shelley, Flint, MI; three daughters, Virginia Haver and her husband Mel, Dallas, TX, Sandra Guaino, and her husband Paul, Independence, MO, Connie Sheets-Thomas, Blue Springs, MO; 17 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Herbert Sheets; two sisters, Virginia Mitchem, and Joy Mynatt

. Glen was a loving father and will be missed by his family and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 in the Ferry Funeral Home Chapel in Nevada with Rev. Sharon Freeman officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in Newton Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Wounded Warrior Project in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Peggy Ann Shipley

Peggy Ann Shipley, 87, Archie, MO, died Monday, June 18, 2018 at Golden Years Care Center in Harrisonville. 

Memorial services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with visitation from 6:00-7:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

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

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release June 11-18, 2018

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made nine arrests, took a stolen vehicle report, and recovered a body during the week of June 11-18, 2018.

You can view the full press release by using the link that we have provided below:

Obituary -Steven Leroy Straw

Steven Leroy Straw, 63, Higbee, MO, formerly of Clinton, MO, died Friday, June 15, 2018, at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Englewood Cemetery in Clinton.

Steven was born April 24, 1955 in Clinton, MO, the son of Jack Leroy and Betty (Lewis) Straw. He was a 1973 graduate of Clinton High School and had attended one year at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, MO. He started working for Peabody Coal Company in Clinton and later moved to Higbee, MO when the Clinton mine shut down. He then went to work for a coal mine in Macon, MO. He was a member of the United Mine Workers Union.

Steven was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by one brother, Vernon Straw, Clinton, MO, other relatives and friends in both Clinton and Higbee.

Fish kill at Schell Lake involves mostly invasive carp species

MDC is draining the lake for major renovation and improvements

Schell City, Mo. – Shallow water conditions at a lake being drained for major renovations prompted a fish kill at Schell Lake on June 18, Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) fisheries biologists say. But almost all of the several thousand fish affected are non-native, invasive common carp or grass carp, fish that will not be stocked when the lake is eventually refilled at the Schell-Osage Conservation Area in Vernon County. Schell Lake is being drained dry in June for construction projects in the next few years that will improve water control structures, wetlands, waterfowl habitat, and the fishery at the lake.

MDC staff began draining the lake on June 1 and it is expected to be emptied by July 1. Many live fish in the lake were released into the Osage River at the upper end of Truman Lake. MDC expected some fish to be stranded in pools due to uneven terrain on the lake bottom and shallow water conditions. An emergency fish salvage order began on June 15 and lasts until June 30. It allows anglers to use alternative methods at Schell Lake to collect fish such as seining, dip net, gigs, and bowfishing. However, during this time, anglers must still abide by other statewide regulations including daily and possession creel limits.

Anglers have successfully salvaged live fish from the lake since June 15.

All boating is now prohibited at Schell Lake. Starting July 1, fishing of any kind will be prohibited until lake renovations are complete and fish stockings have restored fish populations.

A fish kill was expected as the lake drained, though it has occurred faster than anticipated, said Mike Allen, MDC fisheries management biologist. The incident does have an upside. Carp species are considered an invasive fish. The fish kill will keep several thousand of them from moving into the Osage River and Truman Lake.

MDC is slowly releasing water from Schell Lake to keep warm water with low oxygen levels due to shallow conditions from harming water quality downstream. The dead fish are expected to be stranded in the lake basin. Hot weather conditions will hasten decomposition.

Draining the lake is an early step in planned renovations to Schell Lake and adjacent wetlands. Some levees will be reconfigured to reduce long-term flood damages and a pump station will be added for wetlands. The construction will enable changes that improve conditions in marshes for wildlife and for the fishery in Schell Lake.

All or portions of the wetlands connected to Schell Lake, including waterfowl hunting areas, will be closed once construction begins until completion of the project. Schell Lake will be closed to fishing three to five years. The construction project is expected to take at least two years but weather conditions and flooding may affect this timeline. It will take several more years for fish to be stocked and grow into a population strong enough for a sustainable fishery.

The upland areas, Atkinson Lake, and ponds at Schell-Osage will remain open to normal birding, hiking, hunting, and fishing activities during the project.

MDC for several years has studied long-term challenges for wetland management at Schell-Osage. In 2004, MDC kicked off a Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative to make improvements on the state’s five oldest wetland management areas. Schell-Osage is the last wetland on the list to receive renovations.

Outdoor enthusiasts can follow plans and work progress via a web page that will be periodically updated by MDC staff. Also, those interested in the project can sign up for updates via email by visiting

Power Outage in Rural Butler

Osage Valley Electric Cooperative currently has a power outage in the Butler area. Crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible.

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

Obituary - Otto Clifton Downey

Otto Clifton Downey of Independence Missouri was born on May 19, 1918 in Archie, Missouri to the late Marion and Virgie (Gann) Downey. He departed this life on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at his home surrounded by his son and immediate family. He celebrated his 100th birthday last month.

Otto lived most of his early life in Bates & Cass County. He served in the army. He married Frances Margaret Rutt in 1946 and they had one son Randy Clifton Downey. He later worked for Bendix, where he retired in 1980.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Marion and Virgie Downey, his wife Frances Downey, his brothers Kenneth and Jack Downey.

He is survived by son, Randy and his wife DeeAnn of Independence, Missouri; granddaughter Jennifer and her husband Shannon Skinner of Liberty, Missouri; 2 great-grandchildren HayLeigh and Dillon Skinner of Liberty Missouri; numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as many friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri with burial in the Garden City Cemetery, Garden City, Missouri.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Various Lane Closures Scheduled for Portion of Southbound I-49 Beginning June 20

The Missouri Department of Transportation will have a double left lane closure along southbound Interstate 49 between MO Route 150 and 163rd Street beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, until 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 21. There will also be a double right lane closure in the same area beginning at 7 p.m. on both Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, until noon the following days. These lane closures are for pavement repairs. All work is weather permitting.

Please remember that all work zones are NO PHONE zones. Buckle up. Phone down. Arrive Alive.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and pay attention while driving in work zones. Not all work zones look alike. Work zones can be moving operations, such as striping, patching or mowing. They can also be short term, temporary lane closures to make quick repairs or remove debris from the roadway.

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Two arrested after fleeing from police on foot

The Butler Police Department responded to a residence at 617 W. Harrison Street in regards to a verbal argument between two male subjects.

When officers arrived on scene the residents stated that Derrick Shobe and Noah Newsom both of Butler, Missouri had assaulted them and left before the officers arrived.

Officers responded to a residence at 902 North Water Street in a attempt to make contact with the two men. When officers knocked on the door both male subjects fled out of the home on foot.

A short time later the two subjects were later taken into custody and released. 

Mr. Shobe was charged with 1.) Minor In Possession and Mr. Newsom was charged with 1.) Minor In Possession 2.) Driving While Intoxicated 3.) Driving While Suspended. Other charges on the two men are pending at this time.

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

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T-Storms & Heavy Rain Possible Today and Tomorrow

The good news? Rain is finally in the forecast! Several rounds expected through the end of the week. The bad news? Not everybody will see rain today and those that do may have to deal with hail, strong winds, and heavy rain leading to areas of localized flooding. However, over the next several days most, if not all, should see rain and some storms.