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Monday, July 15, 2019

MDC and State of Missouri Increases Penalties for Poaching

Gov. Parson recently signed HB260 (Poaching Bill) into law that significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri game species and other native wildlife. He is shown here signing the bill and is flanked by MDC commissioners and staff along with key state legislators and others
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri legislature and governor have taken actions to increase penalties for those caught poaching Missouri game animals and other native wildlife species. 
Missouri Governor Michael Parson signed HB260 into law July 11. Called the Poaching Bill, it significantly raises fines for those convicted of illegally taking Missouri game species and other native wildlife. HB260 was sponsored by Representative Jered Taylor (Republic) and Senator Mike Bernskoetter (Jefferson City).
New fine amounts include $10,000-$15,000 for each elk or black bear killed illegally, $1,000-$5,000 for each whitetailed buck, $500-$1,000 for each wild turkey, and $500-$1,000 for each paddlefish.
The fines are considered restitution payments for poaching game animals and are ordered by a judge. Monies from the fines go to the state’s school moneys fund. The restitution payments are in addition to other fines and penalties for violating the Wildlife Code of Missouri. The new fines will go into effect Aug. 28.
Supporters of the bill said that previous fines for poaching were too low in Missouri. The bill also gained support in part from five Missouri elk that were illegally killed by poachers in the past few years. None of the cases has yet been solved.
Earlier this year, MDC and the Missouri Conservation Commission increased the penalty points they give to individuals convicted of violating the Wildlife Code of Missouri for illegal activities, including poaching.
According to MDC records, 547 wild turkeys, 58 paddlefish, and 4,731 deer were illegally taken, or poached, in 2017 and 2018. MDC is also investigating the poaching of five elk over the past several years. Black bear poaching incidents are a growing concern as well.
“In addition to doing what we can by increasing penalty points for Wildlife Code violations, conservation agents are also working with county prosecutors and judges to help reduce incidents of poaching and other violations by increasing penalties such fines and jail time,” said MDC Protection Division Chief Randy Doman.
Doman explained how penalties are determined.
“The state legislature has the authority to establish penalty classifications related to poaching and other wildlife violations,” Doman said. “MDC and the Missouri Conservation Commission set the regulations of the Wildlife Code of Missouri and conservation agents issue tickets for violations, such as for poaching. Agents then submit those tickets to the appropriate county courts. County prosecutors then determine how to proceed with the violations. If the person is convicted of the violations by the county court, the judge then determines fines, jail time, and/or other penalties. Monies from fines are kept in the county and do not go to MDC.”
Doman added that depending on the violation, MDC staff can then assign persons convicted of Code violations anywhere from zero to 16 points per violation.
“Once a person accumulates 16 points, MDC staff will review the circumstances surrounding the violations and may recommend that the Conservation Commission consider revoking or suspending the person’s permit privileges for up to one year,” Doman explained. “If a person accumulates more than 16 points, the recommendation to the Commission may be for a suspension of more than one year. Staff consider the person’s accumulated points for the past five years in making recommendations to the Commission.”
Examples of recent MDC penalty-point increases are:
  • Illegal baiting of wildlife from 4 to 8 points,
  • Buying, selling, having, or releasing prohibited invasive species from 4 to 16 points,
  • Violations related to paddlefish from 4 to 12 points,
  • Taking over the legal limit of deer and turkeys from 8 to 12 points,
  • Doubling points for other violations related to illegal taking of wildlife from 4 to 8 points, and
  • Releasing feral hogs into the wild from 0 to 16 points.
Learn more about MDC’s point system for wildlife violations at
MDC asks that anyone with information on poaching cases call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111.

Updated Obituary - Rose Ann Burns

Funeral services for Rose Ann Burns will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. 

Visitation will be prior to services from 10-11 a.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Ballard, Missouri. Contributions in lieu of flowers, Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church or Ballard School. Online condolences,

Rose Anna Burns, age 90 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, July 12, 2019 at her home in Butler. She was born November 5, 1928 to Asa and Anna Bell Prier Radford in Appleton City, Missouri.

Rose is survived by one son, Jerry Burns of Butler, Missouri; three brothers, Don Radford of Butler, Missouri, Carl Radford of Springfield, Missouri and Richard Dean Radford of Kansas City, Missouri; one sister, Lois Mae Radford of Grove Springs, Missouri; three grandchildren, Tracy Burns and wife Tina, Christy Ann Morgan and Holly Marie Weaver and husband David; a step-granddaughter, Tonie Jean Gallian Wood and husband Grayson; five great-grandchildren, Keeli Ann Morgan, Kalli Marie Morgan, Jessica Bockenkamp and husband Mitch, David Wood and wife LaRae and Sarah Wood; and nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wesley Burns; one son, Gary Lee Burns; a brother, George Radford; and one sister, Martina Smith.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol needs your help!

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking part in the American Association of State Troopers’ "2019 America's Best Looking Cruiser Contest" and invites the public to vote for the MSHP's cruiser. 

The 2019 MSHP submission features a marked, vibrant blue, MSHP Dodge Charger and marked MSHP Donzi patrol boat with Lake of the Ozarks in the background. The photo was taken at the Pa He Tsi ramp of Public Beach #1.

The contest runs from 3 p.m. July 15 through 3 p.m. July 30, with results being posted on July 31. Voting is possible through a link on the AAST Facebook page. When visitors to the AAST Facebook page click on the link, they are taken to a SurveyMonkey website. Voters may also access the SurveyMonkey website directly via Scroll through the pictures, then use the dropdown menu to select Missouri. Only votes made through SurveyMonkey will be official, and thus, recorded.

“Likes” and comments are nice, but only votes for the Missouri State Highway Patrol photo via SurveyMonkey count for the Association of State Troopers’ contest. Please visit AAST’s Facebook page.

Obituary - Pamela "Pam" S. Christensen

Pamela "Pam" Sue Christensen, 57, Belton, Missouri departed this life on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Flemming Christensen; her daughter, Danielle Chirstensen; her parents, Dale and Ronnie Snyder; her mother-in-law, Mona Ebeck and her husband Charlie; her in-laws, Hanna Overturf, Inge Howard and husband Roger, Jan Christensen and wife Holly, Beth Wilson and husband Mark; numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.

Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Garden City, Missouri.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Cassco Sheltered Workshop, Harrisonville.

Burglary reported in Nevada

Housing Demolition Partnership Under Way in Butler

Housing Demolition Partnership has begun the first house to be demo was on Main Street. 

This partnership is between the city and the property owner to get these abandoned houses tore down. This is the first of what we hope to be many more tore down.

Obituary - Mary E. Carpenter

Mary Elizabeth Carpenter, age, 93 of Butler Missouri Passed away July 13, 2019 at home. She was born July 31, 1925 in Armstrong, Missouri, the daughter of Leonard Hester and Mary Elizabeth (Wolcott) Loehr.

Mary was an active community volunteer. She served 24 years with the Bates County Hospital Auxiliary (Pink Ladies) where she was awarded the volunteer of the year several years. Additionally, she dedicated 19 years to the City of Butler’s Senior Taxi, Hospice and was a Charter Member of National WWII Memorial. She was active member of the Passaic United Methodist Church.

Mary was the matriarch of her family and is proceeded in death by her parents, Leonard and Mary Loehr; her husband, Harry Carpenter; and six brothers, William S. Loehr, Leonard G. Loehr, Floyd Loehr, Glen Loehr, Rosco Loehr, David Loehr; and daughter, Mary Louise Keith.

While Mary played many roles in her life everyone knew that parenting her children was the most important piece. She served as both Mother and Father to her four children. She is survived by her brother James L. Loehr; three of her children, Max B. Herrick Jr. and his wife Theresa of Peculiar, Missouri.; James Tavis of Desoto, Kansas; Barbara Strickland and her husband William of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Mary also leaves behind a legacy of strength in her 11 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren, and countess nieces and nephews. She will forever be missed and loved by all. May she rest in God’s arms.

Obituary - Sebastian B. Ladd

Sebastian B. Ladd, 22, Clinton, Missouri, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019. 

Fond memories and condolences may be left online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mill Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri and are pending at this time.

Obituary - Patricia Ann Hollandsworth

Patricia Ann Hollandsworth 65, of Nevada, passed away Saturday, July 13th, at the Medicalodges of Nevada.

Funeral services are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at the Heuser Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery at Rich Hill.
Visitation is planned between 10-11am Wednesday morning, July 17th, at the funeral home. 

Memorials to the Heartland Hospice are suggested and can be made in care of Heuser Funeral Home.


Phone lines are currently down at Dr. Lanyon Dental Office in Butler at this time. 

If you need to get a hold of  the office please call 660-679-6174.

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office News Release June July 8-15, 2019

St. Clair County Sheriff Scott Keeler reported deputies made two arrests and took two stealing reports during the week of July 8-15, 2019.

View the full press release by using the link that we have provided for you below:

Butler Police Department Activity Report 7/8-714-2019

Report of Dog locked in vehicle at Wal-Mart
Theft report 100 block of W Ohio
Attempt to locate 
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Well being check 200 block of E Pine
Warrant service 100 block of E Dakota

Attempt to locate
Disturbance 400 block of W Howard
Accident Bear Stop
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Well being check Casey’s on Orange
Well being check 500 block of Henry
Alarm N Delaware

Theft report Lyons and Pine
Vandalism report 200 block of N Main
Animal complaint 1100 bloc of S Main
Disturbance 513 N Fulton
Disturbance N Bus 49
 Medical assist 200 block of E pine

Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Report of abandoned dog inside 407 W pine
Report of Truck stuck under Rail Road underpass
Report of stolen Law Mower 200 block of N Water
Attempt to locate

Assist DFS 800 block of Wix Lane
Disturbance 402 block of S Delaware
Animal complaint Clark Street

Animal complaint 500 block of N Havanna
Accident Wal_mart
Disturbance 400 block of S Main
Animal complaint W Dakota

Animal complaint 100 block of E Dakota
Medical assist 200 block of E Ft Scott
Theft report N Water
Alarm Courthouse
Keep the peace 414 W Ohio
Disturbance 406 S Main
Alarm Smokers outlet

Still seaching for missing teens in Rich Hill

On July 14, 2019 a Deputy responded to the Rich Hill Youth Development Center in reference to two juveniles that had ran away from the facility. The two subjects ran into the woods just west of the facility.

Over the next several hours Deputies canvassed the area attempting to locate the juveniles but were unable to locate them. The Deputies also followed up on a couple of leads as to where the juveniles may have been but again were unable to locate them. The Deputy was provided with a copy of a Warrant for Apprehension and Detention for both of the juveniles.

Both juveniles are 16 year old males. One was described as being 5'6" with dark hair. He was wearing black shorts a black shirt and white shoes. The other male has curly hair that was in a ponytail. He was wearing a gray shirt, black shorts and black shoes.

If you see these two missing juveniles you are asked to contact the Bates County Sheriff's Office or the Rich Hill Police Department immediately.

Car stolen in Rich Hill

Similar vehicle
On July 15, 2019 a Deputy took a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence on Oak street in Rich Hill, MO. The victim stated that he had last seen the vehicle last night around 7:30. He advised the Deputy that the car was unlocked and the keys were in it. The vehicle is a white 2004 Ford Crown Victoria. It has three black circles on the trunk where the antennas used to be. The victim had just purchased the vehicle so he did not have the plate number.

The Deputy had dispatch enter the vehicle as stolen in MULES 
(Missouri Uniform Law Enforcement System).

VBS coming to Adrian

How about a little softball?