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Monday, October 8, 2018

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Kansas City man arrested in Bates County

On 10/8/18 around 9:29am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 33 year old Roberto Irizarry of Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr. Irizarry was arrested for 1.) Two Jackson County Sheriff's Office Misdemeanor Warrants.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and placed on 

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Obituary - Patricia Colleen Current

Patricia Colleen Current, 65, of St. Joseph, Missouri passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 6, 2018 after a lengthy illness and recent hospitalization. She was born on November 3, 1952 to Robert Burl and Elizabeth Lorraine (Roberts) Current in Nevada, Missouri. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Nevada.

Pat grew up in Nevada, Missouri, graduated from Nevada High School, received a BS degree in Psychology from Southwest Missouri State University, and a MS in Psychology from Pittsburg State University. Pat worked at Nevada State Hospital and Raphael Center but most of her professional work was in private practice working with youth in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Pat enjoyed reading, needlepoint, and spending time with family. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Pat is survived by her sister, Madelyn (Current/Anderson) Seippel and husband, Jerry of Agency, MO; brothers, Jim Current and wife, Gail of Gower, MO; George Current and wife Carolyn of Springfield, MO; Bob Current of Holden Beach, NC; numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will be in Newton Burial Park in Nevada at a later date. The family will receive friends from 7-9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 11, at Ferry Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Accident on AA Highway in rural Bates County

The Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Adrian Fire Department and Bates County Sheriffs Deputies are on scene of a motor vehicle accident possibly involving a cow on AA Highway around 12 miles west of Adrian at this time.

Three people are said to be complaining of neck and back pain at this time and several emergency crews are on scene at this time. Please avoid this area as the road is blocked.

Mid America Live News will updates when more information is made available to us at a later time.

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Obituary - Eugene Bob Friend

Eugene Bob Friend was born on November 15, 1937 in Stroud, Oklahoma and died on October 6, 2018 in Harrisonville, Missouri.

A Celebration of Life service will take place on October 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Dickey Funeral Home in Harrisonville, Missouri.

Bob was a United States Air Force veteran who was stationed in Casablanca. He worked as a locksmith in the Kansas City area for over 40 years.

He leaves his brother, Ben Friend and sister-in-law, Geneva, of Harrisonville; his four children: Calvin Friend of Warsaw, and Timothy Friend, Rilla Lorraine Rinaldi, and Russell Friend of Belton, Missouri; and his seven grandchildren, Alex, Emma, Jack, Samantha, Parker, Zowie, and Halla Grace.

Memorial contributions may be made to Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Obituary - Howard “Jack” Hayes

Howard “Jack” Hayes, 86, Nevada, MO passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, October 15, 2018 at LDS Church in Nevada. Interment will follow in Brooklyn Cemetery, La Cygne, KS. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to Vernon County Cancer Relief or Heartland Hospice in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Obituary - Ruth Maxine Kershner

Funeral services for Ruth Kershner will be 11 a.m. Friday, October 12, 2018 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. Friday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Scott Cemetery, Amsterdam, Missouri. Online condolences,

Ruth Maxine Kershner, age 98 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, October 8, 2018 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born June 11, 1920 to Calvin Luther and Lena Marie Arnold March in Hoisington, Kansas.

Ruth is survived by her daughter, Peggy Adkins and husband Richard of Harrisonville, Missouri; five grandchildren, Kammy Salmon and husband Stephan, Grover Franklin Jackson, Tammy Lemon and husband Mark, Chad Michael Kershner and wife Brandi and Jennifer Lynn Taylor; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Oran in 1957; one son, Gary Dean Kershner in 2010; one daughter, Betty Levon Taylor in 2012; two brothers, Buddy and William; and two sisters, Betty Jean March and Naomi Kershner.

Missouri to honor fallen firefighter with lowered flags

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – By order of the Governor, all flags at all State and government offices will be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, from sunrise until sunset, in honor of Firefighter Russell H. Hayes who died in the line of duty.

Hayes was a 62 year old Eldorado Springs volunteer firefighter who died of injuries sustained when his truck crashed in Cedar County on Wednesday, October 3rd.

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Obituary - Edith Lynn Arnold

Edith Lynn Arnold, 57, Garden City, MO, died October 7, 2018. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 10 at the First Baptist Church in Creighton, MO. 

Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, October 9, at the church.

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

Obituary - Virginia L. Sieleman

Virginia L. Sieleman, 67 of Butler, passed away October 8, 2018 at her home in Butler surrounded by family. 

Memorial services will be 10:30 AM Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler with Bro. Terry Davis officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-8 PM at Mullinax Funeral Home. 

Private family inurnment will at a later time in the Appleton City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Heartland Hospice. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

Complete obituary information will be published as it becomes available.

Obituary - Charles “Chuck” Edward Walters

Charles “Chuck” Edward Walters, 49, Raymore, MO, died Friday, October 5, 2018 in Alva, OK. 

Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO with visitation from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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

Sheriffs Respond to Auditor's SOR Report

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway published false assertions in her official report regarding the oversight and control of the Missouri sex offender registry program that incorrectly placed law enforcement in a negative light. The Auditor’s numbers and information just don’t add up.

First, the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association contacted all sheriffs in Missouri who in turn stated they were not contacted by the Auditor or her staff to discuss the issue of registration of sex offenders. Previous auditors, showing respect, contacted local sheriffs who in turn provided input and expertise into the administration of the sex offender registry. Had this auditor done her due diligence, as did previous auditors, she would have uncovered the truth behind the numbers of offenders she alleges are unaccounted for in Missouri.

Second, the Auditor’s assertion that the Missouri Sheriffs’ Association declined to provide a response to the issues noted in her report is a flat out lie. Prior to the audit findings being published, I personally met with Audit Manager Joshua Allen from the auditor’s office on July 19, 2018 in my office at the Sheriffs’ Association in Jefferson City. I shared factors that could influence the low totals of outstanding warrants for noncompliant sex offenders. We discussed certain enforcement and prosecution priorities as well as various reasons contributing to warrants not being obtained for noncompliant sex offenders.

At the conclusion of her audit, neither the Auditor nor the Auditor’s designated representative shared a copy of a draft report of the audit with either the Sheriffs’ Association or any sheriff. Instead, Auditor Galloway rushed her report to the press without an opportunity for sheriffs to discuss the draft or to review and rebut the false assertions of her final report and findings. This failure to communicate her findings shows callousness for law enforcement and a total misunderstanding of the basic concepts of a criminal investigation.

Third, sheriffs of Missouri take this matter very seriously. The failure of a sex offender to register as required is a crime and handled with the same protocols as with other crimes. If a sex offender fails to report upon moving, a criminal investigation must be started and evidence must be obtained to provide the prosecutor with sufficient evidence to initiate charges. The Constitution requires no less for this and other serious crimes.

Lastly, the numbers asserted by Auditor Galloway just don’t hold up under review. Had she simply contacted the sheriffs for input before releasing the report and not rushed to judgment, the Auditor would have discovered the number of those she asserts to be unaccounted for simply is not true. Some offenders are in prison and accounted for, some have passed away and accounted for and many others are in the process for criminal prosecution which requires an investigation, evidence to obtain a warrant and then interaction with the prosecutor and the Circuit Court. For instance, of those in Lawrence County who the Auditor says cannot be located:

3 offenders are in custody of the Missouri Department of Correction;
1 moved out of state and is no longer required to register in Missouri;
1 is deceased;
3 have active warrants for failure to register;
3 have active investigations and warrants will likely be issued soon;
1 has information sent to PA awaiting warrant issuance.

Other counties have similar information that refutes the Auditor’s false claim that these offenders are simply hiding in Missouri without a trace. The audit report is written to make it appear Missouri sheriffs and prosecutors are not doing their jobs. It shows a disregard for and a complete misunderstanding of the important role these offices play in Missouri.

When I asked which sheriffs the Auditor contacted to confirm data prior to publishing her findings, the Auditor’s office hid behind state statutes stating it would not release information related to the Audit. Previous auditors published who they contacted in their reports. If the issue is really one of ensuring the sex offender law is properly enforced, it is imperative that the auditor’s office exhibit nonbiased reporting in an open and transparent manner.

I encourage anyone who has concerns or questions about sex offender registration to contact their local sheriff.

The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association is a 501c(3) nonprofit association. The Missouri Sheriffs’ Association advances the office of Sheriff, public awareness of the office of Sheriff and is the largest law enforcement training organization in Missouri.

Kevin Merritt
Executive Director
Missouri Sheriffs’ Association

Obituary - Shirley Herrman

Memorial services for Shirley Herrman will be 11 a.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

 Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Schowengerdt Chapel. Inurnment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler, Missouri. Contributions to Bates County Museum of Pioneer History. Online condolences,

Shirley Faye Herrman, of Springfield, MO, formerly of Butler, Mo, passed away October 4, 2018. Shirley was born August 18, 1935, to Ellis and Lavilla Sims Smith at their farm home in Rural Bates County. At the age of four, Shirley’s father died; so, with her mother and two older brothers, the family left the farm and moved to Butler.

Shirley is survived by her son, Dr. Bret Herrman and wife, Dr. Brenda Herrman of Springfield, Missouri; grandchildren Cary Herrman of Los Angeles, California and Marina Herrman of Springfield, Missouri; an aunt, Betty Robey of Butler, Missouri; sisters-in-law Georgianna Smith of Springfield and Maxine Odneal of Kansas City; as well as many other cousins and friends who will miss her greatly. Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; two brothers, Charles and Donald Smith; her stepfather and two stepbrothers.

High water rescue in Miami County Kansas

UPDATE: All occupants have been rescued without injuries.

The Miami County Sheriffs Office and the Osawatomie Fire Department are on scene at 347th and Hedge Lane on a water rescue. Two vehicles are submerged in high water. 

The occupants of one vehicle were able to escape. The occupants of the second vehicle are being rescued. No injuries currently.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 10/1-10/7-2018

Well being check White Oak
Accident BCMH
Runaway juvenile High and Ohio
Theft report 700 block of W Mill
Disturbance Days Inn
Disturbance 304 W Clark
Theft report 400 S Delaware
Well being check 413 W Ohio
Noise complaint 606 W Vine
Possible prowler 206 E Pine

Animal complaint 600 block of W Nursery
Animal complaint 600 block of w Vine
Well being check Wal-Mart
Theft report 400 block of S Main
Warrant service 600 block of W Ft Scott

Vandalism report 300 block of W Ft Scott
Accident Dollar Store parking lot
Recover stolen bike
Accident Wal-Mart parking lot
Well being check 200 block of E Dakota
Warrant service
Accident High School parking lot
Warrant service Chestnut and Main

Walk in accident report
Accident N Bus 49 by Mid West Lumber
Animal complaint 200 block of E Jefferson
Well being check BCMH

Medical assist 700 block of N Havanna
Well being check 700 block of Hillcrest
Disturbance Grade School
Medical assist 500 block of E Atkinson
Accident N Bus 49
Well being check 400 block of E Jefferson
Report of 4 wheeler on Atkinson and Olive
Possible prowler 200 block of S Broadway
10/06/2018  Disturbance Bear Stop
Noise complaint E Nursery
Open door Max Motors

Animal complaint 500 block of N Fulton
Warrant service Conoco
Medical assist 400 S Delaware
Traffic assist 400 block of E pine
Animal complaint 100 block of S Broadway
Alarm Typhoon Bay
Animal complaint 300 block of W Harrison

City of Butler Planning Commission Meeting

City of Butler Planning Commission Meeting tomorrow at 5:30pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. Everyone is welcomed to attend!

Kansas City woman arrested in Bates County

On 10/7/18 around 2:02pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 32 year old Brittany K. Nolan of Kansas City, Missouri.

She was arrested for 1.)Possession of a Controlled Substance 2.) Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.

Brittany K. Nolan was booked into the Bates County Jail and later released.

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Flash Flood Warning for Cass County and points north

There are reports of creeks and streams out of their banks and flooding roadways across the KC Metro. Remember, if you come across one of these roads to #turnarounddontdrown! It doesn't take much water to lift your vehicle off the ground. #KCwx