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Monday, January 27, 2020

One injured after vehicle strikes deer in Bates County

On 1/26/20 around 7:05pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County responded to a one vehicle accident on Missouri 52 West Highway just east of CR NW 9001 in rural Bates County.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 61 year old Van D. Coleman of Harrisonville, Missouri struck a deer that was in the roadway.

A passenger in the vehicle 56 year old Yodie R. Vunovich of Amoret, Missouri sustained minor injuries in this accident and she was treat for injuries at the Bates County Memorial Hospital.

The truck was driven from the scene of the accident.

To the Citizens of Bates County

Recently, Sheriff Anderson has been very vocal about the negative effects of the "Catch and Release" program that was sent down from the Missouri Supreme Court to local courts. These rules have and will continue to tie the hands of the local Judicial system by taking our local Judges' ability to assess the threat a person is to our community, by taking away Judicial Discretion while they hold the office. 

Sheriff Anderson has also been a critic of the new Justice Reform rules that have been demanded by many of our politicians on the state and federal levels. Sheriff Anderson has also reflected the opinions of many of his constituents in regards to reduction of prison population and the future intentions by Missouri Department of Corrections to further reduce the prison population by reducing sentenced inmates prison time and releasing them back into our communities without any meaningful oversight once they are released.

"The actions by the Supreme Court, the Department of Corrections and by many of our Elected Officials in Jefferson City has and will continued to do nothing to better the State of Missouri. We will continue to become nothing more than one of the largest manufacturers of Victims in this country." Says Sheriff Anderson. "I recognize that we cannot "jail" our way out of this situation, but the state has gutted the Mental Health System Financially and strapped the hands of our local courts to sentence anyone to prison by closing prisons and restructuring laws so that each county will now be burdened with housing inmates that should be in the state prison. I just recently read that the DOC has reduced its population from 33,000 to 26,000 and the Governor has announced again that there is intentions to close even more bed space at the state prison level. Are the number of crimes being committed going down or are we just shifting the responsibility of housing inmates to the local authorities so that we can pat ourselves on the back and say we have done something and reduced inmates counts? Where does your local Sheriff get the money to take on the new influx of inmates because with the new rules by DOC who refuses to take custody of their clients when they are charged with new crimes while serving the rest of their sentence walking the streets and victimizing more citizens."

As many have shared stories of the failed catch and release program, as recent as January 24th, 2020 a Deputy with the Sheriff's Office stopped to check on what he thought was a stranded motorist. As the Deputy attempted to make contact with the subject the subject fled the scene in the vehicle at over 100 mph. The subject eventually turned down a dead end road and slide the car off in the ditch after almost striking another vehicle. The subject ran on foot and was later taken into custody by the K9 unit in a field. A later check of the vehicle turns out that is was stolen from the parking lot of the Sheriff's Office and belonged to a Jail employee. This emboldened act by this person was obviously caught on camera but that did not discourage his behavior. The victim, is a single mother who works hard to raise her family, and now has to burden the cost of repair done to her vehicle at the hands of someone who should have been in the custody of the Department of Corrections and even though he was caught again violating his probation will not be sent to Department of Corrections until this new case is settled. Meanwhile, he will soon become eligible to receive a signature bond and be released from jail under the new Supreme Court Rules and continue to victimize our communities.

A Criminal history check on this subject showed almost 16 pages of arrest for drug possession, theft, burglary, tampering with motor vehicles, armed robbery and armed criminal action. To be exact he plead guilty or was found guilty to many of those charges but has never been sent to the Department of Corrections.

On 6/24/15 Guilty of Theft given 2 years probation
1/13/17 Guilty of Receiving stolen property, Leave the scene, Sentenced to 5 years but instead got 5 years probation
1/13/17 Guilty of Robbery 2nd, Sentenced to 8 years but instead of going to jail got 5 years probation.
4/4/17 probation was revoked sentenced 60 days in jail
7/25/19 Guilty of Property damage, (burglary and stealing charges dropped) Sentenced to 7 years got 5 years probation.
1/24/2020 Charged with tampering with a motor vehicle.

Where does these changes leave the working citizens of our community? It leaves them scared, tired and ready to take matters in their hands. Hard working Americans should not have to live like this. Hard working Americans expect the Judicial system to be fair but yet hold those accountable for their actions when they violate the laws that everyone else has to abide by. Hard working Bates Countians expect the Missouri Department of Corrections to keep criminals in prison to serve the sentence that was handed down by our elected Judges who live in our communities and know whats best for the safety of our communities.

From the desk of Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson

Obituary - Amanda "Mandi" Jo Dillon

Amanda Jo Dillon, 32, of Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 23, 2020. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, MO, there will be an informal sharing of memories during that time. Memorial contributions are suggested to the family.

A full obituary will be posted when it is available.

The Branches Converge

As every student is supposed to know, Missouri government has three branches: the legislative, the executive and the judiciary. These three branches operate independently, but each depends on the others. Together, they provide the checks and balances of government. The Legislature crafts the budget and writes the laws. The executive – the governor and the various state agencies – administer the laws. The judiciary, or the courts, interpret the laws when there are disputes over how the law should be applied.
Each year, these three autonomous branches of Missouri’s state government converge briefly during two speeches delivered to joint sessions of the Legislature. A week ago, the governor appeared before the entire General Assembly to deliver his annual State of the State Address. This week, Missouri’s top judge briefed lawmakers on the State of the Judiciary. Since the Legislature holds the purse strings, these two annual addresses allow members of the Legislature to hear the vision and concerns of the other two branches of government. It is also an opportunity for the executive and judiciary to enlist the help of lawmakers.
The governor’s 2020 State of the State Address varied little from 2019. Workforce development and infrastructure investment continue to be his priorities. He highlighted successes of those programs and spoke of historically low unemployment, positive job growth and nearly $5 billion worth of corporate investment in our state during the preceding year. On the topic of roads, he touted the success of a $50 million transportation cost-share program. His was an optimistic and sincere message. He concluded his remarks with an emotional tribute to his wife that I am told brought tears to the eyes of some.
The governor did acknowledge some challenges including the crisis of violent crime, especially in our large cities. He vowed to work with the mayors of our state’s largest cities to seek solutions and promised increased resources for law enforcement. He called for greater emphasis on social programs and mental health services to address the underlying causes of crime. In what was surely a disappointment to those who demand stricter gun control, the governor instead reiterated his lifelong support of the Second Amendment. Another issue Governor Parson declared emphatically was his commitment to support life from conception.
Addressing the largest segment of Missouri’s state budget, he claimed an $84 million cost saving in the Mo HealthNet system. The governor defended efforts to bring more accountability by enforcing eligibility requirements. Describing the system as “broken for many years,” he promised to continue efforts to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used wisely. Meanwhile, he expressed concerns about efforts to force Medicaid expansion through the initiative process, calling the proposal “a massive tax increase that Missourians cannot afford.”
The speech included some new programs and spending requests, as well; some of which I may not be able to support. The governor called for money for early childhood and pre-school education programs, and more than $100 million for in-home care and services for Missourians with developmental and behavioral disabilities. He asked for funding to repair flood-damaged levees, improve river ports and expand broadband services in rural areas. He wants programs to combat opioid addiction and homelessness among veterans. The governor’s budget adds $10 million to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Foundation Formula, bringing total base spending on K-12 public schools to more than $3.5 billion each year. I would have liked that request to include a call for more parental involvement by giving them more choice in the education of their children.
In the State of the Judiciary address, delivered in this bicentennial year of Missouri’s courts, Chief Justice George Draper III recalled his path to the Supreme Court. The grandson of a North Carolina slave girl, he is only the second black jurist to serve on Missouri’s highest court. The first, federal Judge Ronnie White, was in attendance. Draper’s father came to Jefferson City to teach at the then-segregated Lincoln University Law School and later headed the criminal division of the attorney general’s office. Draper recalled how his father could not eat at certain restaurants due to his skin color. It was a sobering reminder of how far our society has come.
Judge Draper praised the expansion and success of treatment courts, which divert offenders away from incarceration and toward substance abuse treatment programs. In 2019, the General Assembly approved legislation encouraging similar treatment courts specifically to serve the needs of veterans. The judge also updated lawmakers on efforts to realign Missouri’s judicial districts to increase responsiveness and reduce drive times within circuits. He renewed a call for increased spending on court automation, citing the need to update Missouri’s once-groundbreaking, but now aging system of online access to court records.
Finally, this week was also the anniversary of the infamous Roe vs Wade Supreme Court opinion that has been responsible for the deaths of millions of babies in the womb. What a horrible mark that is upon the history of our nation, surpassing the barbarism even of slavery. In fact, Centers for Disease Control statistics confirm that it is the African race which has suffered the most fatalities from abortion. It should not be a mystery that the same political party that fought against slavery, today fights against abortion.
Thank you for reading this legislative report. You can contact my office at (573) 751-2108 if you have any questions. Thank you and we welcome your prayers for the proper application of state government.

Road Closed in Henry County

Police pursuit in NW Barton County

On 1-21-2020 the Barton County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted subject was at a residence located at 464 NW 45th LN in Barton County. That wanted subject is a Bradley E Keith, age 39, of Warsaw. It was reported to the Sheriff that Keith has a history of being combative and fleeing from Law Enforcement. The Jasper County Sheriff was contacted and asked if his Special Operations team (SWAT) would be able to assist in locating and taking Keith into custody. Sheriff Kaiser confirmed he and his deputies were on their way to help.

Numerous Law Enforcement officers went to the home at approximately 4:25p.m. to try and locate the wanted subject. Shortly after the deputies arrived at the home a subject in a gray in color Jeep fled from deputies into a field to the south of the home. The Jeep drove through the field in a reckless manner circling around the field numerous times. It appeared as if the driver of the vehicle was attempting to locate a way out of the field.

The Jeep then turned back around and drove northbound and fled back towards the intersection of NW 50th Rd and 45th Ln. A vehicle pursuit began with Sheriff Shaw and other officers following the fleeing Jeep. The Jeep turned westbound on NW 63rd Rd and drove down a residential driveway and then back through another field. During the pursuit a Barton County Patrol Vehicle sustained damage when the Sheriff attempted to stop the vehicle by using a tactical vehicle intervention. The fleeing vehicle got back on the roadway on NW 63th Rd and headed back eastbound to NW 45th Ln. The pursuit continued northbound on NW 45th Ln to V Highway. At the intersection of V highway the chase ended when the driver of the vehicle stopped and was taken into custody without further incident.

The subject arrested was Dwayne W. Taylor, age 33, of Lamar. Taylor had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Taylor on 01-16-2020 failed to appear at a court date on a Class B felony of criminal assault. That case originated on 5-6-2019 when Taylor led Deputy Sheriff Zakk Yokley on a vehicle pursuit that started in Lamar and ended in the northeast part of Barton County.

It’s believed that on 12-31-2019 Taylor was involved in another vehicle pursuit which started just off of T Hwy on SE 20th road in Barton County. That vehicle pursuit led officers to a property on SE 30th road close to the intersection of SE 90th Ln. The Jeep that was recovered from a wooded area on the 31st of December is the same Jeep that was involved on the 21st of January incident.

Taylor is in custody at this time on a capias warrant. Reports will be sent to the Barton County Prosecutor Mike Smalley for consideration in filing of formal criminal charges relating to the Jan 21st incident.

During the investigation at the residence of 464 NW 45th Ln deputies searched for Brad Keith for several hours, however he was not located. It is known that he was at the home however it’s believed that he fled on foot and may have contacted somebody to pick him up.

Butler Police Department Activity Report 1/20-1/26-2020

Open door 200 block of Country Club
Medical assist 800 block of N Havanna
Alarm 1100 block of W Ft Scott
Assist BCMH
Stolen license plate report
Well being check

911 call 2 Cedar lame
Harassment report
Theft report of light bulb 100 block of E Dakota
Open door 200 block of w Atkinson
Alarm Community 1st bank Bird Camper
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Trespassing call 112 E Dakota
Well being check 400 S Delaware
Well being check 600 block Rose Lane

Warrant service Ft Scott and Main
Animal complaint S Park
Animal complaint 800 block of North St
Property damage Boy Scout Hall
Stolen vehicle report

Report of subject stealing gas
Well being check 500 block of N Main
Theft report 400 S Delaware
Attempt to locate
Disturbance Nursery and Fulton /Warrant service

Walk in Harassment report
Disturbance Orange St by the stop light
Warrant service W-52 and West st
Theft report Casey’s on orange st
Medical assist Days Inn
Warrant service Subway
Recover stolen jeep

Assist BCMH
Disturbance BCMH ER
Walk in theft report
Well being check Budget Inn
Traffic assist Schowengerdt
Well being check Casey’s on Orange
Theft report 200 block of S Mechanic
Theft report Pizza Hut

Assault report Wal-Mart
C and I driver report Animal complaint 400 block of S High
Attempt to contact Fran Apts

Butler Bears New Football Coach

The Butler R-V School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Gregg Webb as the new head football coach.

Coach Webb began his coaching career in 1987 in Claflin, Kansas, where he led his team to nine state championships from 1987-2002, winning five of them. 

Following the 2002 season, Coach Webb took over the head coaching position at Eudora High School where he led the program to the state playoffs 10 out of 11 years, including two state championship appearances. Webb was named the Kansas State Football Coach of the Year in 1992 and 1998.

In 2012, Coach Webb was hired at Truman High School (Independence, Missouri), where he overtook a program that had been 7-24 in their previous three seasons. Coach Webb’s first season at Truman resulted in an 0-10 season. He then followed up the next two seasons by going 6-5 and 8-3. During his second season, Webb was named the Kansas City Chiefs Missouri Coach of the Year and was also a finalist for the Don Shula National Football Coach of the Year.

Throughout the course of his career, Coach Webb has accumulated 270 wins on the football field. Webb is tied for the Kansas state record with 51 consecutive wins. He also has a record of 55 wins and 19 losses in the playoffs.

We would like to welcome Coach Webb and his family to our community

Ricky Bobby would be proud...

Lookin dapper...

Congratulations to Adrian Sophmores Jeff Punmanee and Lilly Bremer on being crowned Courtwarming King and Queen

Almost there...

What a difference a few weeks can make- work is rolling along and nearing completion at Miami R-1. 

Finishing touches are being done on the new gym/activities center and the public is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony the evening of February 21st, more details including time coming soon.