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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Update: Subject in custody in south Butler

The Butler Police Department along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies has taken one male subject into custody at the time at a address of 303 South Wells Street. The area is now safe at this time.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Butler Police at a later time.



Heavy Police Presence In South Butler

The Butler Police Department along with Bates County Sheriff's Office are in the area of the 300 block of South Wells Street in Butler at this time trying to locate a subject with a warrant.

Please avoid this area and stay inside your home if you live in the area.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Butler Police Department.

This Story Has Been Update:
https://batescountynewswire.blogspot.com/2019/08/update-subject-in-custody-in-south.html


Let’s fill the stands and support the Drexel Bobcats!




Scam Warning in Bates County

The Bates County Sheriff's Office has had 8 calls over the last two days regarding a social security scam again. They are asking for the caller to verify their social security number because it has been suspended. 

Once again, Sheriff Anderson would like to remind the citizens of Bates County to never give out their social security number or any other personal information over the phone.


Search Warrant Served In Nevada

Earlier today, detectives with the Nevada Police Department served a warrant in the City of Nevada.

During the investigation, officers recovered illegal narcotics and multiple firearms. Charges will be sent to the Vernon County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

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



Obituary - Laura Janet Fiore

Laura Janet Fiore age 69 of Kansas City, Missouri formerly of Harrisonville, Missouri departed this life Sunday, August 25, 2019 at Redwood of Blue Valley, Kansas City, Missouri.

Laura is survived by her two brothers, Joseph Fiore and his wife Shannon of San Diego, California, and John Fiore of Harrisonville, Missouri.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 12:00 PM in the Orient Cemetery, Harrisonville, Missouri.

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

Obituary - Wilma Grace Carroll

Wilma Grace Carroll, 99, Nevada, MO passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Nevada Nursing and Rehab in Nevada following a brief illness. Wilma was born April 12, 1920 in Clinton MO, the youngest of six children of William Riley and Cordie Lee (Bennett) Wentworth.

At the age of sixteen Wilma joined the Methodist Church. She moved to Kansas City, MO and married Frank J. Carroll on October 4, 1947. They came to Nevada in 1981 where they resided for 10 years before Frank’s passing on March 31, 1991, following 43 years together. Wilma worked for Ward-Crook Paper Box Company in Kansas City for many years where she colored Easter chicks, and also worked for Stewart Hall in school and office supplies. She enjoyed cooking, tending to her flowers, and especially loved music and dancing.

Survivors include two sons, Billy W. Cook, Garden City, MO, and James W. Cook, Lawrence, KS; eight grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one stepdaughter, Donna Malone, Michigan; one step-granddaughter, Shawna Oglesbay; two step-great-grandsons; one step-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Frank, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Lilly Mae Harris; four sisters, and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in Moore Cemetery in Nevada. Friends may call now and until the hour of service at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested in her memory to the Wounded Warriors Project c/o Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada.


From the desk of Bates County Coroner Greg Mullinax

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at approximately 10:08 AM I was dispatched to the KCP&L substation just west of Adrian, Missouri. When I arrived the Bates County Sheriff’s Office and Adrian Police Department were investigating after a deceased individual had been found inside the fenced substation. 

The Sheriff, Detectives, Officers and I removed the deceased from the scene and began an investigation to confirm identity. I can now confirm the deceased is Allen Edward Wickham, age 56, with last known address of Raytown, Missouri; although it is believed he has not resided there recently. The cause of death is preliminarily identified as electrocution. 

While en route back to the coroner’s office from this scene, I was dispatched to the 300 block of South 4th St., Drexel, Missouri. When I arrived the Drexel Police Department had executed a wellbeing check and found a man deceased in his home. This man is identified as 58 year-old Kelly Lloyd Whitehead of Drexel, with death attributable to natural causes.

Most respectfully,

Greg D. Mullinax
Coroner of Bates County



Missouri Department of Revenue Mobile Unit heading to Harrisonville

The Missouri Department of Revenue has a new new Mobile Unit and it is heading to Harrisonville to assist area customers with their tax, motor vehicle and driver licensing questions. 

Department representatives will be at the Harrisonville Resource Center on Sept. 6, 2019, from 8 am until 5 pm. https://buff.ly/30E83qw


Obituary - Mary Ann Kidd Springer

Mary Ann Kidd Springer, 89, resident of Fort Collins, Colorado, former resident of Appleton City, Missouri, passed away August 27th. 

Mary was born September 11th , 1929 to Dana Kidd and Hilda Ziesenis Kidd of Lawrence, Kansas. Mary graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1947. She was united in marriage to Robert Sheppard Springer , “Shep”, of Fort Collins, Colorado on March 28th, 1948. This spring they were overjoyed to celebrate their 71st wedding anniversary with family and old friends! They were the proud parents of five children: Pamela (Arthur) Butterfield of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Paula (James) Brant of Littleton, Colorado; Penny (Patrick) Walker of Morrison, Colorado; Patrick (Patricia) Springer of Thompson’s Station, Tennessee; Perry (Barbara) Springer of Fort Collins, Colorado; with 17 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 

Mary was a homemaker that loved knitting, quilting, and cross-stitching. She loved doing jigsaw puzzles with her grandchildren. She made a quilt for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mary was an accomplished gardener and was a member of the Rural Home Improvement Society in Bates County, Missouri. Over the years, Mary and Shep found great joy in raising Dexter cattle and Newfoundland dogs, bringing much joy to their lives. 

She was a Poudre School District Bus Driver for 18 years. Graveside services will be at 2:00 p.m. August 31st at Kidd’s Chapel Cemetery, Lowry City, Missouri. This chapel was built on land donated by Mary’s grandfather and the stone for the chapel was provided by him as well. We are happy to honor her wishes and lay her to rest. 

Memorial donations may be made to Pathway’s Hospice of Larimer County at 305 Carpenter Rd., Fort Collins, Colorado 80525, or Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 E St., Appleton City, Missouri.

Job Opening In Butler




News from the Butler Public Library

We played in memory of Troy Guffey at this month's game time at the library. 

Troy attended almost every month, was essentially our game master, and he always had Risk and at least one other game tucked under his arm when he came in. 

He really enjoyed introducing us to different games. These items were donated in his memory. 



Courtesy of the Butler Public Library

Hot and sticky today!!!

Hot and sticky today!!!
Thunderstorms roll in tonight, bringing gusty winds and the potential for some isolated flash flooding.
Check back for updates on the potential for storms.


Search Warrant Served In Nevada

In the evening hours of Tuesday, August 27, 2019, Nevada Police along with Vernon County Deputies executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of E. Allison Street in response to reports of illegal drug activity at that location.

Officers had developed information regarding a known male subject at that location that had reportedly been involved in illegal drug activity. It was also discovered through the course of this investigation that other known individuals had been frequenting this location.

Upon arrival, officers had contact with multiple subjects on the property. During the search officers located and seized suspected methamphetamine, pills identified as controlled substances and suspected drug paraphernalia. The evidence seized will be sent to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crime Lab for further analysis.

Six subjects were initially taken into custody and transported to the Vernon County Jail for holding by Nevada Police and Vernon County Deputies. The primary target of the search warrant has been identified as follows;

Larry L. Coker, age 58 of Nevada
On August 28, 2019, the following charges were filed against Larry Coker through the Vernon County Associate Court:

Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Class C Felony
Possession of a Controlled Substance - Class D Felony


Mr. Coker is being held in the Vernon County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash only bond.


Additional misdemeanor drug related charges are being presented to the Vernon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office for the remaining subjects initially taken into custody.

Citizens are encouraged to contact the police if they have any information that would be helpful to combat crime.

For questions regarding crime prevention techniques or to start a Neighborhood Watch Program, contact the Nevada Police Department at (417) 448-5100.

To report criminal activities call 911 or us the Tip Hotline (417) 667-8477.

Any and all information will be kept confidential.