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Monday, October 28, 2019

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween

Leave the Scary Driving for Witches on Brooms
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this Halloween
JEFFERSON CITY – Each year, millions of children and adults alike celebrate Halloween, a holiday known for its sweet treats and spooky parties. Don’t drive scary. Commit to sober driving Halloween night, and every night. To keep our roadways safe, Missouri law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers who have had too much celebration while reminding everyone of the dangers of impaired driving.

Halloween poses an especially dangerous threat to pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: Don’t ever drive impaired.

Children out trick-or-treating, and those who accompany them, are also at risk. NHTSA reports that from 2012 - 2016, 14% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. Drivers between ages 21 to 34 accounted for the most impaired-driving fatalities (46%) on Halloween night in 2016. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem. If you feel different, you drive different.

To avoid real-life Halloween horrors, remember the following:

· Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

· Slow down and keep a lookout for little ghosts and goblins crossing the road.

· If you’re walking in search of treats, be sure to wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight.

· Put your phone down if you’re driving. Never drive distracted.

· If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help them make safe travel arrangements.

Cass County Award Ceremony set for Wednesday October 30th

Please join us at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for an awards recognition on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at 6:30 pm, 2501 W. Mechanic, in Harrisonville.

Sheriff Jeff Weber will be presenting a Lifesaving Service Award, Exemplary Citizen Award and our Quarterly Employee recognition.

Sergeant Bryan Lerch will be recognized for his heroic actions that saved the life of a fellow deputy on the night of September 16, 2019 when his car crashed and caught fire chasing a suspect. The deputy was seriously injured and was pulled from his patrol car as it caught fire.

Please RSVP to make any photo/video arrangements the night of the event. Sheriff Weber will be joined by several of our area state legislators and elected officials.

Clinton man seriously injured after his vehicle rolled over him

On 10/28/19 around 1:05pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County responded to a accident involving a vehicle that rolled over a person at a address of 961 E. Division Road in Clinton, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when 81 year old Elvin A. Ritter of Clinton, Missouri was partially in the drivers compartment of his 1995 Ford F-250 truck, The vehicle rolled backwards and cause Mr. Ritter to fall from the vehicle. He became trapped under the left front tire of the vehicle.

Mr. Ritter sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported to the University of Missouri Medical Center in Columbia, Missouri for treatment.

Obituary - Rexford Lee Hurshman

Rexford Lee Hurshman, 63 of Butler, Missouri passed away October 24, 2019. Cremation, with memorial services to be held Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 4:00 pm at Mullinax Funeral Home, Butler 660-679-0009

A visitation will be from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm prior to the service, also at the funeral home. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Rex was born November 25, 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri to John E. and Naomi Masters Hurshman. He attended school in Blue Springs and Butler, Missouri. Rex married Lana Boley on December 2, 1973. Three sons were born from this union, Hans C. Hurshman, Brandon L. Hurshman, and Benjamin I. Hurshman. Rex loved to listen to all types of music, watching documentaries, and reminiscing with friends and family. He was an excellent cook, and loved all kids and animals. He touched many lives and will be forever missed.

Rex was preceded in death by his parents and son Hans Hurshman. He is survived by his sons Brandon Hurshman and wife Melissa of Kingsville, MO., and Benjamin Hurshman and girlfriend Billie of Butler, MO., grandchildren, Chelsey Hurshman and Sebastian Hurshman and wife Allyssa, along with a great-grandchild Ayden all of Blue Springs, MO., brothers John Hurshman, Jr., Charles Hurshman, Raleigh Hurshman, and Ricky Hurshman, as well as many cousins, extended family members, and friends.

Obituary - Elaine Hope Thomas

Elaine Hope Thomas age 73 of Butler passed away Monday, October 21st at Center Point Hospital in Independence, MO. 

A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2nd at the Heuser Funeral Home in Rich Hill with burial to follow in the Green Lawn Cemetery. 

Memorials to the Friends of the Green Lawn Cemetery are suggested and can be left in care of the Heuser Funeral Home.

Obituary - Sybil Chaplin

Sybil May Fehr Chaplin, age 94, of Fort Scott, Kansas peaceably joined her departed family and friends late Saturday, October 26, 2019. Sybil was born on May 25, 1925 to Dewey Higday and Ruth June Brittingham Fehr in Pleasanton, Kansas where she grew up. She married George Lee Chaplin on July 18, 1946 in Prescott, Kansas, together they raised a daughter and son and lived most of their married life in Pleasanton. 

Sybil loved cooking for her family and friends, reading, doing puzzles and playing her piano. Her passion in life was time spent with family. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Pleasanton and a former member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Sybil is survived by her daughter Ruth Ann Weaver and husband, Darvin of Mulberry, Kansas and by her son, Rodney G. Chaplin and wife Vickie of Fort Scott. Five grandchildren, Rodney G. Chaplin, Gretchen Ann Miller and husband Shawn, Daniel E. Weaver, Rory G. Chaplin and wife Lisa, and Darrin E. Weaver and wife Hattie. Five great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Grady and Brynna Miller, Abel and Myah Chaplin. Also surviving is one sister-in-law Edith Post and husband Howard, and numerous nieces, nephews and very special friends.

Her family will celebrate her life on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Schneider Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Kansas. Burial will follow in the Fairview Cemetery at Fulton, Kansas. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to the American Heart Association, they may be mailed in care of Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory P.O. Box 525 Pleasanton, Kansas 66075. Online condolences may be left at

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Light snow possible in north Missouri tonight

Our first shot of winter 2019/2020 is expected tonight. While not everyone will see snow, portions of northeast KS & northwest/north-cntrl MO could see up to an inch by Tuesday morning. 

Impacts will be minimal with snow mainly accumulating on vegetated & elevated surfaces.

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Obituary - Bill Yost

Bill Yost, 61 of Butler, Missouri departed this world on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Pleasant Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Cremation, with a Celebration of Life to begin at 4:00 PM Friday, November 1, 2019 at Mullinax Funeral Home (660) 679-0009 in Butler with Scott Mallatt presiding. 

Visitation will continue after services until 5:30 PM at the funeral home. Private family inurnment will be at a later time in Pennsboro Cemetery near Greenfield, Missouri. Messages and memories for the family may be left online at

Bill was born on June 24th, 1958 in Butler Missouri. Bill grew up most of his youth in Butler, and attended high-school there. In lieu of a typical graduation, in the year 1976 Bill joined the Missouri National Guard. During his 18 years serving in the National Guard, Bill received his GED and continued through a technical education program becoming a Master Electrician. Bill worked for Wolf Creek Powerplant in Burlington, Kansas for a few years before owning and operating his own business, Woodson County Plumbing, in Yates Center Kansas. He then moved to Springfield Missouri and worked for several contractors as a Master Electrician, eventually retiring as Plant Operator from Ash Grove Aggregates. Even in retirement Bill was always willing to lend a helping hand with all of his learned trades. In 1979 Bill Married Teresa Lee Wainscott at Walnut Grove Presbyterian Church near Ballard Missouri. From this union 2 sons were born. Jesse Dwaine Yost and Lonnie Lee Yost. Bill's true joys in life were his children and his granddaughter from beginning to end. He cherished every moment spent with them. Bill is survived by two sons. Jesse Yost and his wife Andrea. Lonnie Yost and his wife Haylee; One granddaughter Carmen Lee Yost. All of Pleasant Hill Missouri; One brother, Steven Yost and his wife Joy of Harvest Alabama; One sister Michelle Schroeder and her husband Gene of Butler Missouri; 10 neices and nephews, 8 great nieces and nephews, and many others who considered him "Uncle Bill". Bill was preceded in death by his parents Lonnie and Barbara Yost; and One sister Verna Haines.

Neices and Nephews: Abby, Michael, Lila Kay, Tyler, Leah, Matthew, Josh, Hillary, Blaine, and Breauna.
Great Neices and Nephews: Piper, Mackenzie, Sadie, Mariah, Mathew, Lily, Finley, and Layla.

BCMH would like to Introduce Dr. Ben Crary

Dr. Ben Crary
Butler, MO—Bates County Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Ben Crary to its hospital staff. As an employee of BCMH, Dr. Crary will work as a Hospitalist, providing and managing the care and treatment of hospitalized patients.

As a medical student, Dr. Crary completed a clinic rotation at Bates County Memorial Hospital (BCMH). He and his wife, Whitney, have two young children. This summer, they moved to Butler.

“I am excited to practice in a rural community,” said Dr. Crary. “I always planned to come practice here in Butler.”

Dr. Crary enjoys spending time with his family, as well as outdoor activities like hiking, hunting and fishing.

Dr. Crary’s Education:

· D.O. – A.T. Still University – Kirksville, 2016

· Residency – University of Missouri – Columbia Medical Center (Family Medicine), 2016-2019

· Board Certified (2019) – American Board of Family Medicine (General)

Patients who are admitted to Bates County Memorial Hospital may see Dr. Crary, or a Hospitalist with St. Luke’s Health System.

Why Hospitalists?

In the past, doctors made rounds at the hospital then returned to their clinic to see patients there. The Hospitalist program at BCMH makes care more consistent and efficient for patients, staff and primary care providers. Hospitalists remain on-site from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., seven days a week, which makes them more available to answer questions and explain treatment options to patients. If a problem develops during the evening or middle of the night, the Hospitalist team is available through the BCMH Telemedicine program. Hospitalists communicate details with the patient’s primary care provider to ensure a smooth transition in hospital-to-home care.

Dr. Crary will begin his Hospitalist role at BCMH starting November 4, 2019. For more information about Hospitalists at Bates County Memorial Hospital, visit

100 mph chase ends with arrests near Amsterdam

Kraig Thompson
On October 26th a Deputy attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Chevy pickup that was traveling west on 18 highway. The vehicle failed to yield and continued to travel westbound on 18 towards Merwin in excess of 100 mph. In Merwin the vehicle turned south on Y highway. Once in Amsterdam the vehicle turned west on Elm street and slowed down. 

The Deputy observed the passenger door open and the passenger started to jump out of the vehicle. He then closed the door and stayed in the vehicle. The vehicle then traveled out of town onto county road 9002. It traveled to a T intersection at county road 13501 and county road 10502 where it slid into a ditch and came to a rest.

Two males exited the vehicle and began running on foot into a field. The Deputy was able to catch the subject that exited from the passenger side of the car. The driver continued running north towards a residence. The passenger who was taken into custody was identified as Dylan Warren (DOB 7/27/1993) Warren had 7 warrants out of Butler for Failure to Appear.

Dylan Warren
Once other units arrived to the scene they conducted a search of the area. They were able to locate the driver who was identified as Kraig Thompson (DOB 3/31/1993). Thompson advised a Deputy that there was methamphetamine inside the vehicle. 

The Deputy was able to locate the methamphetamine as well as a blue glass pipe. Thompson had 2 warrants out of Rich hill for Failure to Appear. Due to Thompson fleeing from Law Enforcement he created a substantial risk for injury or death to himself or others by driving erratically into oncoming lanes of traffic. 

He was charged with Resisting Arrest and Possession of a Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $25000.00 cash or surety.