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Monday, December 17, 2018

27 New Troopers To Graduate From Missouri State Highway Patrol Law Enforcement Academy

Lieutenant Colonel Eric T. Olson, acting superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces that 27 troopers will graduate from the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy on December 21, 2018. The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m. in the Academy gymnasium. The 106th Recruit Class reported to the Academy on July 2, 2018, to begin the 25-week training to become a trooper. The new troopers will report to duty in their assigned troops on January 7, 2019.

Governor Michael L. Parson will provide the keynote address during the graduation ceremony. Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandra K. Karsten is a special guest speaker and Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson will also address the class. The Honorable Roy L. Richter, Missouri Court of Appeals-Eastern District, will administer the Oath of Office to the new troopers. Dean Roger K. McMillian, vice president of College Affairs for Mineral Area College, will confer an associate of applied science degree to 16 of the new troopers. Troop F Color Guard will present and retire the colors. Trooper Orry R. Baker, Troop C, will sing the national anthem. Minister Eric Bridges, Delray Christian Church, Delray, WV, will provide the invocation and benediction.

Four class awards will be presented. The recruits accumulate points toward graduation in the categories of physical fitness, firearms, and academics throughout their 25 weeks at the Academy. The person with the highest number of points in each category earns the respective award. Award categories include physical fitness, firearms, academics, and the Superintendent’s Award, which is presented to the person with the most points overall.
The names, hometowns, and first assignments of members of the 106th Recruit Class are listed below:

Name/Hometown/First Assignment
Chase Adkison, Kearney, MO, Troop A, Zone 4, Clay County
Jonathan R. Atherton, Fayette, MO, Troop A, Zone 15, Henry County
David A. Beck, Scott City, MO, Troop E, Zone 7, Scott/Mississippi/New Madrid Counties
Blaine C. Bridges, Sullivan, MO, Troop C, Zone 4, South St. Louis/Jefferson Counties
Skylar T. Bruenger, West Point, IL, Troop C, Zone 9, St. Charles County
Zachary D. Davidson, Harrisonville, MO, Troop A, Zone 6, Jackson County
Brandon S. Fahnestock, Kansas City, KS, Troop A, Zone 12, Johnson County
Garrett L. Hendrix, Poplar Bluff, MO, Troop E, Zone 2, Butler/Ripley Counties
Jacob H. Hirner, New London, MO, Troop H, Zone 6, Andrew/Buchanan Counties
Duncan Hughes, Jefferson City, MO, Troop H, Zone 5, Andrew/Buchanan Counties
Jacob S. Huskey, Crestwood, MO, Troop C, Zone 3, South St. Louis/Jefferson Counties
Gavin C. Leach, Owensville, MO, Troop I, Zone 3, Crawford County
Taylor K. Leftwich, Palmyra, MO, Troop A, Zone 5, Ray/Carroll Counties
Robert A. Martinez, Hartsburg, MO, Troop A, Zone 8, Lafayette County
Michael T. McCoy, Jefferson City, MO, Troop C, Zone 4, South St. Louis/Jefferson Counties
Casey M. McDonald, Blue Springs, MO, Troop A, Zone 3, Clay County
Caleb M. Morgan, Piedmont, MO, Troop E, Zone 1, Butler/Ripley Counties
Tyler A. Pierson, Rushville, MO, Troop H, Zone 6, Andrew/Buchanan Counties
Bryce T. Quiring, Chillicothe, MO, Troop H, Zone 7, Clinton/Caldwell Counties
Thomas A. Reents, Lichfield, IL, Troop C, Zone 9, St. Charles County
Randall W. Rosenthal, Conway, MO, Troop A, Zone 16, Benton County
Austin L. Royster, Monett, MO, Troop A, Zone 12, Johnson County
Tristan M. Royster, Carthage, MO, Troop H, Zone 8, Clinton/Caldwell Counties
Tyler J. Straatmann, Villa Ridge, MO, Troop C, Zone 3, South St. Louis/Jefferson Counties
Dillan A. Vandeven, Dexter, MO, Troop C, Zone 14, St. Francois/Washington Counties
Nathan L. Vines, Rogersville, MO, Troop I, Zone 8, Laclede County
Dylon M. Wyatt, Perryville, MO, Troop C, Zone 16, Ste. Genevieve/Perry Counties

Endangered Person Advisory - Springfield PD - Shelby S. Smith

EMPHASIS:  Endangered Person Advisory

State of Missouri Endangered Person Advisory

The Springfield Police Department has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for a missing person incident that occurred at 720 North Elder Ave Springfield, MO at 5:40 PM on 12/17/2018.

Missing Is:

Shelby S. Smith a white, male, age 32

The endangered missing person:

Shelby S. Smith, is a white, male, age 32, hgt 6'2", 235 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, fair complexion, with long, scraggly hair and a chin strap beard, wearing gray hooded sweatshirt, unknown color long sleeve flannel shirt, jeans and boots.

Brief circumstances regarding the Endangered Missing Person incident:

Smith has autism, depression and Asperger’s syndrome as well as suicidal tendencies. Smith walked away from a medical facility and should be considered endangered.

Anyone seeing the missing person, suspect, associate, or vehicle, or anyone having any information related to the endangered missing person should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Springfield Police Department at 417-864-1810.

Death Investigation at Linn Valley Kansas

Death Investigation....

On Saturday December 15th, Officers were dispatched to an address in Linn Valley in reference to an individual on fire. Officer Stuteville arrived on scene to find a Male subject lying in the yard on fire. 

Officer Stuteville was able to quickly extinguish the flames but unfortunately the victim was already deceased.

The investigation is still ongoing and initially appears to be accidental. The victim was alone at the time. Names will not be released at this time out of respect for family.

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

From the Butler School District

December Spirit Assembly on Wednesday, December 19, at 9:00. 4th Grade will be performing.

Early Release at 12:15 on WEDNESDAY, December 19. NO SCHOOL December 20 - January 2. Students start back on Thursday, January 3.

Burglary in Osceola

On Dec. 13, St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to a residence on NE 351 Private Road in reference to a burglary.

Upon arrival, the deputies approached the residence, looking for any signs of movement through the windows. There was a dog in one of the windows. A deputy could see past the dog, and noticed a man lying on the floor with part of his upper body under a bed.

The man was identified as home owner, James Crowder. Crowder stated he was lying in bed when he heard the front door of his residence open. Crowder advised two male subjects in dark colored hoodies, one with an orange facemask, the other with a black facemask, both wearing gloves, came to his bedroom and pointed guns at him.

Crowder stated the two men wanted to know where his medications were. Crowder stated the medications were in his gun safe. Crowder stated one man told the other to tie Crowder up. Crowder stated the men took the medication and ran out the back door.

Crowder stated the suspect stole approximately $300 worth of medication.

St. Clair County deputies searched the house and patrolled the surrounding area looking for suspects.

Domestic Assault in Roscoe

On Dec. 14, St. Clair County deputies were dispatched to a residence on SW 131 Road in Roscoe in reference to a domestic dispute in progress.

Upon arrival, deputies could see blood on the ground and steps leading up to the door and on the door and walls of the residence.

The deputies knocked on the door and made contact with the victim, Trisha Weymuth. Weymuth had blood on her hand and swelling on her face. The deputies asked if Weymuth needed an ambulance. Weymuth stated no.

Weymuth stated her and her boyfriend, Bud Eaton, had been to the Rivers Edge Bar. When they arrived at Weymuth’s residence, Eaton began accusing Weymuth of cheating on him. Weymuth stated she told Eaton to take his daughter and leave if he was going to start a fight. Weymuth stated that is when Eaton knocked her to the ground and started to hit her. 

She stated that during the altercation Eaton knocked her to the ground three times and dragged her out the front door and down the steps on her face.

Weymuth stated juveniles were in the house and witnessed the altercation.

Eaton had left the residence prior to the arrival of deputies.

Nevada Police Department 2018 Shop with a Cop

The Nevada Police Department conducted our annual Shop with a Cop Program the morning of this past Saturday December 15, 2018 at our local Walmart Supercenter. With the overwhelming support from our community we were able to positively impact several local children and their families this holiday season.

The Nevada Police Department would like to thank the following individuals and organizations whose contributions and support were vital to making this year’s event a tremendous success:

Anita Ryan & staff at our local Walmart
Heartland Behavioral Health Services
Kevin Crump, Tera McFarland & Nevada Parks and Recreation
Nevada Police Department VIPS (Volunteers in Police Service)
Nevada Police Department Cadets
West Point 4H Club
Joe Maudlin
Jenni & Jacob Bruckner
Mary & Alyssa Wilson
Jim & Ronda Hardin
Shane Balk & Inetvisions
Larry & Sharon Newman & AAA Way Bail Bonds
Alan Shepherd & 54 Café
Joe Barker Sales & Service
Lyndon Eberhard
Bill & Linda Crawford
Nicholas Crawford
Marvin & Kay Swickhamer
Don McQueen
Brandi McInroy
Terry & Juanita Pilcher
Dr. Patricia Bridgewater
Lynn Ewing III
Kathi Grose
David Phillips

We look forward to continued success of this program in the future.

Obituary - Lorrie Beth Gillespie

Lorrie Beth Dillingham-Gillespie, age 38, died Saturday, December 15, 2018 at her home. She was born on August 12, 1980 at Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Wayne Jr. "Tex" and Lola Schreckhise Ritter. 

She worked as a CNA in the home health industry. She was known as "Nana" to her nieces, nephews and extended family. 

She was preceded in death by her parents. Lorrie is survived by her husband Ell Gillespie, and three sisters: April Ritter, Anjanet Hays, and Mindy Wisdom.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lorrie Gillespie Memorial Fund, c/o Schneider Funeral Home, P.O. Box 525, Pleasanton, KS 66075.

Obituary - Donald G. Rice

Donald G. Rice, age 85, of Clinton, passed away December 14, 2018 at Westwood/Golden Living Center, Clinton, Missouri. Funeral Services will be Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Vansant-Mills Chapel with burial in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton. 

Family will receive friends one hour before the service on Tuesday at the chapel. Family suggests memorial contributions to Drakes Chapel United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society and may be left at the funeral home. Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Donald Gene Rice, son of B.U. "Bill" Rice and Bernice Robinson Rice was born September 23, 1933 in Henry County, Missouri. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1951. Donald served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He married Cleo Mildred Lesmeister on March 23, 1968 and she preceded him in death on May 21, 2016.

Donald loved farming and he was a member of the Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Cattleman's Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Soybean Association. He loved going to the State Fair each year and helping serve meals. Donald also served as Chairman of the township Farm Service Committee. He was a member of Parks Chapel United Methodist Church where he served a Treasurer and he was also a former Treasurer of Ladue Cemetery Association.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one sister, Bonnie Pierce and husband Paul.

Donald is survived by his son, Allen Kenneth Rice, Independence, Missouri, 1st cousin, Mary Sue Reno, Clinton, Missouri, niece, Diane Barrow (Ed), nephew, David Pierce (Carol), great nieces and nephews, Katherine, Laura, Derek and Ryan.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Obituary - Chester "Larry" McKinley

Chester "Larry" McKinley, Rich Hill, passed away Friday, December 14, at Mercy Hospital, Joplin. He was 72.

Arrangements are under direction of the Heuser Funeral Home, Rich Hill, and Larry's family is to receive friends between five and seven o'clock Thursday evening, December 20, at the funeral home with a committal to be scheduled later. 

Memorials to a Larry McKinley Memorial Fund are suggested and can be made in care of the Heuser Funeral Home.

Obituary - Rita Jo Pisciotta

Rita Jo Pisciotta, 63, Richards, MO passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2018 at her home in Richards. Rita was born October 22, 1955 in Nevada, MO to Jack and Betty Jo (Householder) Howrey.

Rita was raised in Nevada and graduated from Nevada High School Class of 1974. She worked for 15 years at Nevada State Hospital and also at 3M in Nevada for a number of years until her retirement. Rita enjoyed antiquing, crafts, painting, ceramics, flea markets, and garage sales.

Survivors include two children, Amber Schmidt and her husband Matt, Nevada, Brach Pisciotta, and his wife Courtney, Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Harper Pisciotta, Bowen Pisciotta, Cayden Campbell, Morgan Campbell; siblings, Brenda Hester and her husband Barry, Rogers, Arkansas, Paula Spiva, Nevada, MO; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Anthony; her parents; one brother Jackie Howrey; and one uncle, Richard Howrey.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada with Pastor Roger Beach officiating. Interment will follow in Newton Burial Park in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

From the Nevada Police Department

Obituary - Marie Bartlett

Graveside services for Marie Bartlett of Butler, Missouri will be 2 p.m. Friday, December 21, 2018 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. Visitation is prior to graveside service from 1 - 2 p.m. Friday, December 21 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler.

Marie Bartlett, age 91 of Butler, Missouri died Monday, December 17, 2018 at Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler. She was born April 24, 1927 to John Thomas and Bitha Lou Wilson Seward in Bates County, Missouri.

Marie is survived by a son, John Bartlett and wife Patty of Butler, Missouri; 7 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ralph Stanten Bartlett; daughter, Linda Marie Beasley; four brothers, Archie, Orville, Jr. and Elmer Seward; and three sisters, Rosy Dever, Mamie Sider and Beulah Seward.

Obituary - Arleta Mae Daniel

Funeral services for Arleta Daniel of Butler, Missouri will 1 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2018 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri with Pastor Ron Dunlap officiating. 

Visitation 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at the Schowengerdt Chapel in Butler. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions to Butler Senior Center or Happy Hill Church of God. Online condolences

Arleta Mae Daniel, age 90 of Butler, Missouri died Sunday, December 16, 2018 at her home in Butler. She was born June 29, 1928 to Gordon and Hazel Walters Nafus in Butler.

Arleta is survived by three sons, John Daniel and wife Judy, Alan Daniel and Jim Daniel and wife Kathi all of Butler, Missouri; one daughter, Kathie Garren and husband Larry of Butler, Missouri; 8 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ross Daniel; grandson, Clint Daniel; and daughter-in-law, Vicki Daniel.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 12/10-12/16-2018

Well being check 600 S Main
Medical assist 411 Fran
Disturbance 809 E Page
Noise complaint Wix Lane
Animal complaint Dakota and High
Well being check 400 block of S Main
Walk in theft report
Open Door S Sunset Dr
Warrant service Chestnut and Main
Warrant service Pine and Havanna
Walk in harassment report
Medical assist Fran apts
Report of Bomb threat
Animal complaint 800 block of N Fulton
Assist BCSO 301 W Ft Scott
Animal complaint 709 W Vine
Keep the peace 403 S Delaware
Medical assist 400 S Delaware
Fraud report
Property damage report Osage Dr
Traffic assist Sunset
Alarm ATM 100 block of S Orange
Animal complaint 700 block of Country Club
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Walk in theft report
Medical assist South side of square
Noise complaint 20 block of S Broadway
Abandoned vehicle 300 block of W Dakota
Medical assist 800 block of Wix Lane
911 hang up
Well being check Mill and High
Alarm 700 block of E Oak

Arkansas man arrested in Bates County

On 12/16/18 around 11:59am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County arrested 57 year old Christopher Warren of Bentonville, Arkansas.

Mr. Warren was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of Cocaine 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and was later released.

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Pleasanton Kansas man seriously injured in Bates County motorcycle accident

On 12/15/18 around 3:55pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County responded to a one vehicle motorcycle accident on Missouri 52 Highway just west of CR 12001 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2014 Harley Davidson driven by 60 year old Dale R. Bright of Pleasanton, Missouri blew a back tire on the bike which caused it to travel off the roadway and over turn.

Dale R. Bright sustained serious injures in this accident and he was transported by Bates County EMS to the Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler for treatment.

The Harley was totaled and towed from the scene of the crash by Douty's Tow of Butler, Missouri.

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Obituary - Norman Kenneth Hilbus

Norman K. Hilbus, 88, Adrian, Missouri, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at his home in Adrian. Services are pending at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Adrian, MO. 

Service times and a complete obituary will be added when they become available.