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Friday, May 3, 2019

Obituary - Robert Wayne Fuller, Sr.

Robert Wayne Fuller, Sr., age 66, of Clinton, MO, died at his home on April 29, 2019.

Among survivors are his mother, Rebecca Fuller; his children, Robert Wayne Fuller, Jr., Ann Fuller, Rhonda Sharp, and Wanda Kemp; sisters, Kay Painter, Bonnie Edelstein; brother, Peter Fuller.

Arrangements are pending at this time.

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Fantastic Weekend Ahead!

It looks like a fantastic weekend is shaping for the area. Dry weather is expected both days with just a small chance for rain late Sunday. Temperatures will be in the 60s Saturday with 70 degree weather on Sunday.

Lynn Goddard Benefit Raffle

You've probably already heard that Lynn is facing her second battle with cancer. With that being said 2 half half are being raffled off to help offset any expenses her family may be facing. If you'd like to buy tickets please let me know. Your purchase amount and or donation can be mailed to: Crystal Good 10560 NW County Rd 13002 Amsterdam Mo 64723.

If you have any questions please call me at 660-464-1004

Search Warrant Served in Barton County

On 05-02-2019 The Barton County Sheriff's Office obtained enough information to apply for and receive a search warrant to search a residence at 1602 Walnut Street in Lamar.

The Search was to try and locate a subject who was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Barton County. Maryann Phelps, age 44, of Lamar had an outstanding warrant for her arrest and was also believed to be at the residence.

Further information was also told to us that there was supposed to be illegal controlled substances in the home. At around 7:00pm the Barton County Sheriff's Office assisted by the Missouri State Highway patrol executed the search warrant. During the execution of the warrant 13 people was found inside the home. The Lamar Police Department responded to assist us with the number of subjects. The following subjects was arrested due to outstanding Warrants.

Maryann Phelps, age 44 Barton County Warrant
Joseph M. Deleon, age 42 Jasper County Warrant
Samuel A. Leivan, age 35 Three Barton County Warrants
James M. Ruth, age 19 Jasper County Warrant

While searching the residence for controlled substances, deputies located in a bedroom illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. One subject was arrested for being in possession of those. Jackie D. Ford Jr, age 49, of Lamar was arrested and transported to the Jail.

On 05-03-2019 the Barton County Prosecuting attorney Mike Smalley filed a criminal charge against Ford for possesion of a controlled substance with a bond amount of $5,000 cash or surety.

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.

Wishbone Day at Adrian Park

Henry County Deputy Sheriff's Deputy Arrested

A Henry County Deputy Sheriff was arrested when he voluntarily surrendered himself to authorities on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Eric Brandon Green was arrested on a Henry County Warrant for Statutory Rape 2nd Degree, following an investigation conducted by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at the request of Henry County Sheriff J. Kent Oberkrom.

The investigation was requested after allegations were made against Green stating that he had sexual relations with a person under the age of 16 at a time when Green was age 23.

Because the allegation were against a Henry County Deputy, Sheriff Oberkrom requested an outside agency conduct the investigation to ensure the investigation would be free of any prejudice or appearance of favoritism by his department.

The Honorable Judge Harold Dump assigned a Special Prosecutor to the case to review the reports and if warranted, file criminal charges against Green.

Upon completion of the investigation, the reports were submitted to the Special Prosecutor for review and the filing of criminal charges.

The Charging Documents were presented to Judge Dump who issued the arrest warrant for Eric Green for Statutory Rape 2nd Degree. His bond was set by Judge Dump at $25,000.00 cash or surety.

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 - Maxine Marie Rush

Maxine M. Rush, 89, of Archie, Missouri, died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at her home in Archie.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Archie, MO, with burial following in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian, MO.

The family will receive friends 4:00-6:00pm on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Atkinson Funeral Home in Harrisonville, MO. A complete obituary will be posted when that information becomes available.

Querry signs with Pitt State

Rich Hill Tiger Jacob Querry signed a letter of intent to join the Track & Field program at Pittsburg State University this fall. Jake is a four year letter recipient in track and has medaled over a dozen times at WEMO Conference track meets, including 11 conference champion titles. He has also qualified to compete in the state meet his freshman-junior years and is poised to do so again in his senior year. He is currently the defending state champion in the 400 meter dash and the two time defending champion in the 200 meter dash. He holds school records in the 4x100, 4x200, 200, and 400 meter races. Jake has also helped lead his team to two state runner-up finishes. -courtesy Ashley Arwood

Big bust in Harrisonville

On 05-03-2019 at approximately 0240 hours, our K-9 Unit along with our Narcotics Detective conducted a traffic stop in the area of Missouri 291 Highway and N. Commercial Street. During the stop K9 Uxo was deployed and conducted a free air sniff around the vehicle. K9 Uxo alerted to the odor of narcotics coming from the vehicle.  

A probable cause search was conducted which resulted in approximately 100 grams of marijuana concentrate being located. The recovered narcotics has a street value of approximately $4,500.00. The suspect in the case will not be identified as charges have not been filed at this time.

FLASHBACK: Once in lifetime photo op

IN 1988, local newsman C.A. Moore was truly in the right place at the right time. While having a conversation with then sheriff Leonard 'Buck' Hough, the sheriff was summoned to give chase to a suspect through the streets of Butler. Hough told Moore "hop in, let's go", which resulted in the arrest of the subject and this- a locally famous photo that literally has been seen around the world.

Four complete BCMH Shadow program

These Butler High School Students just finished job shadowing at BCMH, in which they followed their mentor three hours a week for 3 months. BHS advisor Robin Colburn said job shadowing really helped them confirm their decision towards a career, and each one has committed to a career path in health care as a result. 

Pictured from left: Hunter Ward, senior (Occupational Therapy); Jennifer Newman, senior (Nursing); Jade Edison, senior (Occupational Therapy), and Jordan Lopez, junior (Ambulance).

Special Response Team takes fugitive into custody during search warrant

The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team arrested a wanted subject early Friday morning who had been placed on the Vernon County’s Most Wanted list last month. According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Michael Allen Porter, 43, of Nevada was arrested during the execution of a search warrant at a home on Panama road west of Deerfield.

Mosher said Porter attempted to escape through a window in the back of the house but ran back into the home when he saw deputies waiting in the back yard. Because children were suspected to be in the home, deputies did not follow but tried calling him out instead.

“We didn’t want to go bursting into the home if we didn’t have too. After we called out on a speaker that the home was surrounded, he surrendered without incident” said Mosher.

Porter was wanted in Vernon County for Felony Domestic Assault, the City of Nevada for Failure to Appear, and Bates County for probation violation on an original charge of Felony Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Porter is being held in the Vernon County Jail with bonds totaling $8,145.52.

BCMH Auxilliary makes big donation

Bates County Memorial Hospital thanks each of our dedicated volunteers for their donation of $25,000.

Each year, the Auxiliary chooses the projects they would like to fund from proceeds of their various fundraisers and the Gift Shop. This year, they chose to purchase the following equipment for the hospital:

1 Hill Room Patient Bed - Med/Surg - $7,076.50
1 Step-One Recumbent Stepper - Rehab - $4,250.00
1 Stryker Arthroscope - Surgery - $4,700.00
1 Bladder Scanner - ED - $9,339.00

This donation represents many hours of work, and we thank these volunteers for their time and service. Thanks also to our staff and the community for supporting the Auxiliary's fundraisers throughout the year. We have a fantastic group here - THANK YOU, Volunteers!

You're Invited

The Adrian School district will be holding a community meeting about future building plans for the district. This community meeting will gather input from the citizens of the community about the districts needs and wants for future building projects for the Adrian School District.

Thank you!

The Butler Police department would like to THANK everyone who helped with the death investigation at the Butler City Lake.

Butler Fire Department , Bates County Sheriff office , Cass County Sheriff office, MSHP , MSHP underwater rescue , Linn County Sheriff office , KBI (Kansas) , and The Bates County Coroner.

"The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side."

View press release below:

Welcome to the board ladies!

Miami R-1 would like to introduce the two newest Miami Board of Education members, Dea Erickson and Jamie Fairbairn.

Two People Arrested in Vehicle Pursuit in Cass County

Cass Co – On Wednesday May 1, 2019 around 8:30 pm a deputy with the Cass County Sheriff's Office attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Commercial Street and Wall Street, Harrisonville, for a registration violation. When the deputy activated his emergency equipment the driver sped through a gas station parking lot and took off at a high rate of speed north on Commercial Street. The pursuit continued west on Rockhaven Drive and into the City of Peculiar where an occupant of the car threw items out of the vehicle.

Officers with the Peculiar Police Department successfully deployed a tire deflation device as the vehicle exited the city on Peculiar Drive. With the vehicle partially disabled the pursuit continued through rural areas of Peculiar at slow speeds. The driver led deputies to northbound I-49 at North Cass Parkway and continued north. Deputies performed a tactical vehicle intervention maneuver and forced the vehicle off the highway.

The driver, Ashley F. Quigg, 22, Raymore, and a passenger Scott A. Mcroy, 26, Peculiar, were both taken into custody without further incident.

Ashley Quigg has been charged in this incident with Resisting Arrest by Fleeing, E Felony. Her bond was set at $10,000.00 10% cash only.

Scott Mcroy was arrested on three municipal warrants from Belton Police Department. Mcroy was transferred to the Belton City Jail.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Peculiar Police Department, Raymore Police Department, Belton Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Scott Mcroy 
Ashley Quigg

Two in custody in connection to Butler City Lake death

The Butler Police Department in Butler, Mo. recovered the body of 69-year-old Cindy McCoy, of Butler, in a vehicle that was pulled from the Butler City Lake on Wednesday, May 1st.

Early Thursday morning, May 2, multiple agencies converged on a house on Center Street in Pleasanton, where one person was detained on a Bates County Circuit Court warrant for arrest in connection with that case.

43-year-old Monte M. McCoy was arrested on a warrant for felony assault in the first degree that states that the defendant (M. McCoy) “knowingly attempted to kill or cause serious physical injury to Cindy Lynn McCoy by striking her with a vehicle, and in the course thereof inflicted serious physical injury.”

Later Thursday morning, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issued a notice that they were searching for 33-year-old Samantha McCoy as a person of interest in connection with that ongoing investigation.

She was apprehended at just before 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, and detained from Sugar Valley Lake following the receipt of an anonymous tip.

The warrant for her arrest from Bates County, Mo., lists the same charge of felony assault in the first degree and also states that the defendant (S. McCoy) “knowingly attempted to kill or cause serious physical injury to Cindy Lynn McCoy by striking her with a vehicle, and in the course thereof inflicted serious physical injury.”

Both are currently in the custody of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office awaiting extradition to Bates County, Mo.

We will continue to monitor this case and update when more information is made available.

-photos and content courtesy Barbara Proffitt, Linn County News

Your Weekend Planner


Mostly cloudy, spotty showers, high 59
Bingo at the old Butler high school 6 to 9 pm

Partly cloudy, nice, high around 70
Butler city wide garage sales all day
Junk in your Trunk on the Butler square
Butler Food Pantry mass distribution 8:30 to 11 am
Bates County Museum Rummage sale 9 to noon
Hamburgers by the Bates County Cattlemen 10 to 2 at Family Center
Butler Saddle Club Spring Fun Show at the Fairgrounds noon to 3
Ducks Unlimited Banquet at Adrian Optimist building 5 to 9 pm
Taco's by the Bates County Elks Ladies at the lodge 5 to 7 pm
Mother /Son Dance at the old Butler high school 7 to 9 pm

Partly sunny, continued nice, high around 75
Appleton City HS graduation 2 pm 
Steak and hamburgers, Ohio St. Methodist Church in Butler 11:30 to 1 pm 

Afternoon thunderstorms, high 78
Adrian Chamber meeting at the Wine Journal  11:45 am
Ballard FFA banquet 6:30 at the school
Bingo at the Adrian Optimist building 7 pm

May 18-24 Is National Safe Boating Week!

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to stress the importance of safe boating by making the public aware of National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 18-24, 2019. National Safe Boating Week is purposefully scheduled just prior to Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider the kickoff to the boating season. Boaters are encouraged to arrange for a thorough inspection of their boat prior to taking it out on the water this boating season. Weather, time, and other elements may affect the readiness of your boat. The Patrol’s marine operations troopers are available to inspect the required equipment on your boat, at your request, to make sure you’re in compliance with state law. To help facilitate these inspections, marine operations troopers will be at the following boat equipment inspections stations on Saturday, May 18, 2019:


Smithville Lake ¯ 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Missouri Route W Boat Ramp

Truman Lake ¯ 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers & Coast Guard Auxiliary)
Shawnee Bend Boat Ramp
Golf Road, Warsaw, MO

Clean Up Missouri!

The Missouri Department of Conservation and MoDOT have come together to help promote the statewide anti-litter campaign, the No MOre Trash! Bash.

The annual Trash Bash encourages people to clean up litter all across Missouri, from roadsides, parks, neighborhoods, rivers, streams, trails and other places. Trash Bash activities include educational efforts in schools, community events and Earth Day celebrations.

For more information and to learn how to participate call 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636).
#MoDOTSW #TrashBash

BCMH 2018 Volunteer of the year award presented

Bates County Memorial Hospital was honored to recognize Kathy Bunch as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. The auxiliary members voted for the volunteer they believed represented their organization as Volunteer of the Year.

Kathy began her volunteer service at the hospital in March, 2008. For 11 years, Kathy has graciously given her time each week to work at the Information Desk and Gift Shop.

Kathy is part of a sewing group that makes and donates lap quilts, head wraps for cancer patients, as well as other projects. Kathy also volunteers to make tray favors for the hospital patients throughout the year.

On behalf of the hospital, Dr. John Bustle, Chief Executive Officer, presented Kathy with a beautiful pendulum mantel clock in honor of this deserved recognition. We thank her for her selfless giving to the hospital and the community we serve.

Off and On Rain Friday

Off and on rain expected through the day on Friday. Not much precipitation is expected, but areas south of I-70 may see a tenth to a quarter inch of rain.

But your patience will be rewarded this weekend. Dry conditions with temperatures in the upper 60s to middle 70s.

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