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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Nevada man seriously injured in Vernon County Crash

On 1/31/19 around 1:05pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Vernon County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route F around 3 miles west of Moundville.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2000 Ford F-250 driven by 43 year old Nancy L. Widener of Deerfield, Missouri went off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence before coming to rest on its top.

A passenger in the vehicle 22 year old Colby L. Charles of Nevada, Missouri sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported air ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by TCB Tow of Nevada, Missouri.


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Obituary - Don L. Kenney

Don L. Kenney of Holden, Missouri formerly of Garden City, Missouri departed this life Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the Missouri Veteran's Home, Warrensburg, Missouri.

Services are pending under the care of Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

A complete obituary and service times will be posted here as soon as that information becomes available.


from the Bates County Coroners Office

After a HUGE effort, I am pleased to report that the Bates County Coroner's Office now participates in the 21st Century! In all seriousness, I have selected a software vendor and uploaded all of our case information. This new software will allow me to enter data as I gather it in the field, eliminating wait time on reports and toxicology orders. It will assist me greatly in case management, making my reports to the public more streamlined and the data easier to gather. It will help tremendously with reports to the state, and will also analyze death data and help identify patterns and trends and provide statistical information I previously had to gather by hand.

Data is backed up each evening to a cloud server, reducing my dependence on actual paper files in the office. Also, I can access the data from anywhere via a secure connection, allowing me to do more work on-scene from my response vehicle. This will reduce the box of "to do" paperwork on my desk every day.

This has been a major project and I'm glad to see it completed.

Greg D. Mullinax
Bates County Coroner




Obituary - Agathe (Gothy) Larsen

Agathe (Gothy) Larsen, age 100, Harrisonville, MO, died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at St. Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit, MO. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville. 

Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Raytown, MO. Visitation will be from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Monday, February 4, at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville with Rosary at 6:00. Memorial contributions may be made to Crown Care Activities Department.

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



Cass County Sheriff’s Office Completes Death Investigation

Cass Co – The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has completed a criminal investigation into the death of Anthony P. Garner, 53, Kansas City, MO.

On December 19, 2018 the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was asked to assist with the investigation of Mr. Garner who died while in custody at the Pleasant Hill, MO. jail.

The conclusion of that investigation determined that no crime had occurred and that Mr. Garner took his own life. An investigation by the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the findings and determined that the cause of death was asphyxia, by manner of suicide.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office case findings have been sent to the Pleasant Hill Police Department.



Bates County Fair Presents... Tail-adega Nights Mouse Races





From the Nevada Police Department






Lowry City Teen injured in Henry County Crash

On 1/30/19 around 6:20pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a one vehicle accident on Z Highway and SE 271 Road in rural Henry County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt driven by 16 year old Kyler G. Collins of Lowry City, Missouri swerved to miss a raccoon in the roadway causing the vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway, driver over corrected and traveled off the left side of the roadway striking a ditch.

Kyler G. Collins sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton for treatment.

The vehicle received moderate damages and it was towed from the scene of the accident by Bray's Tow of Osceola, Missouri.

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*Disclaimer: Accident reports are courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and are a matter of public record no matter the age of a occupant involved.









Harrisonville man arrested in Saline County

On 1/30/19 around 10:07am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Saline County arrested 50 year old Aron L. Williams of Harrisonville, Missouri.

Mr. Williams was arrested for 1.) 3rd Degree Felony Tampering 2.) Unlawful Possession of a Firearm 3.)Unlawful Possession of a weapon.

He was booked into the Saline County Jail and is currently being held on a 24 hour investigative hold with charges pending.

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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.








Rich Hill man arrested in Cass County

On 1/31/19 around 12:15am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County arrested 23 year old Zachary L. Ford of Rich Hill, Missouri.

Mr. Ford was arrested for 1.) Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine 2.) No Front Licences Plate.

He was booked and processed into the Pleasant Hill Police Department and later released.

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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.




She Wears Red in February


One day out of the year, people across the nation wear red to help bring awareness to heart disease. This year, National Wear Red Day is on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Laura Thiem, better known as Nurse Laura, wears red on National Wear Red Day, and every other day in February as well. She has done this for a number of years in hopes of opening a conversation with her patients – or with anyone – about preventing heart disease.

“Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women – and men,” Nurse Laura said. “I think 28 days is a reasonable commitment.”

National Wear Red Day focuses on females because, according the American Heart Association:
  • Heart Disease is the cause of one in three deaths in women
  • Heart Disease is more deadly than all other forms of cancer (1 in 31 die from breast cancer)
  • Sixty-four percent of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms
“We don’t do things like men do,” Nurse Laura said, referring to that last deadly statistic. “A woman’s warning signs of a heart attack are typically different than a man’s. By the time we recognize them as a heart attack, we are more likely to die.”

Following a heart attack, approximately one in four women will die within the first year, compared to one in five men, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
Nurse Laura says she has been touched by her patients, and their loved ones, and the devastating consequences of heart disease leading to sudden death, or a stroke related to AFib (atrial fibrillation).

“A cardiac event makes a major impact on a person’s life,” said Nurse Laura. “Heart attacks don’t always kill, but they can really affect a person’s quality of life.”

After a cardiac event, patients may experience depression (in about 33% of patients), and they may struggle with physical activity, sexual function, and their finances.
Prevention vs. Treatment
“People tend to put more thought and money into maintenance on their cars than their bodies. A car can be replaced but the body lasts our lifetime. Preventative care and early detection are key,” said Nurse Laura.
Although you can’t control some things that put you at risk for heart disease – like family history, or a genetic condition like a heart murmur – there are others you can control. Take control by learning whether you are at risk in the following areas.

Blood Pressure Control: Testing is readily available in drugstores, or your provider
Cholesterol Management: Your provider can order a test, or you can purchase kits over-the-counter to test yourself
Tobacco Cessation: Stop using all forms of tobacco. If a cessation program is not available in your area, free online resources may help. Try smokefree.gov, a free tool from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Physical Activity: Just start moving! Even moderate exercise has been shown to improve heart health.
On Motivation
The good news is that even small changes to your diet and lifestyle can improve your heart health and lower your risk by up to 80%, according to the AHA.

“We all make choices,” Nurse Laura said. “For some, taking a pill is easy, but moving your body? That’s hard to do. And I’m right there with them.”

The key, she says, is to figure out what is keeping you from moving, and find a way to work around it. Don’t know where to start? Try a free workout on YouTube. Is it a bum knee, or stiff joints? Try some repetitive actions with your arms and legs while sitting, Nurse Laura suggests. You can also use weights, if you have them, or use cans of soup from your pantry as weights.
21st Century Tools
Some people are encouraged to lead a healthier lifestyle by using products like a Fitbit to keep track of their steps, heart rate and other actions. If you have a smartphone, some of these tools may be found in your iPhone or Google Play app store. Ask your health care provider for a recommendation.

Once you are aware of your risk, it is important to see a health care provider and develop a plan together to lower your risk of heart disease.

Will you wear red this Friday?
Laura Thiem is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Bates County Memorial Hospital Family Care Clinic in Adrian, Mo. She holds a PhD in Advanced Practice and is an instructor of Nursing at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC). She has practiced in Adrian since 1996.