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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Thunderstorms possible early in the morning

A stout line of thunderstorms continues to evolve across Nebraska and is expected to continue to move eastward through tonight. 

The strongest portion of the line is expected to dive southward across the eastern half of Kansas through 1 to 3 AM. Scattered thunderstorms are expected across portions of far eastern Kansas and western Missouri. 

A few of these storms may be strong to severe. Timing-wise, expect storms to enter northeastern Kansas around 1 AM, with scattered storms clipping far western Missouri around 3 to 4 AM, this includes the KC Metro. We'll keep you updated overnight as this system evolves.

Garden Tractor Pull in Walker Mo

Need a job in Bates County

**UPDATE JULY 8: We are HIRING and would love to hear from you if you have animal experience (pig experience not required)!**

Looking to work close to home, a great team environment, steady hours, benefits? If interested please contact Janelle at

More detail regarding the position can be found at:

Power outages in Nevada

Evergy is currently working on a power outage in the City of Nevada that started just after 6:00 pm and has affected over 1,100 customers. Crews are working on the issue.

Carl Brooks hired to fill Public Works Director/City Engineer role for the city of Harrisonville

The City of Harrisonville is excited to announce the hiring of Carl Brooks as Public Works Director/City Engineer.

The decision to hire Brooks was made following a series of lengthy interviews with City Department Heads and Public Works Superintendents. He will enter his new position on July 21, 2020.

Brooks brings with him nearly 20 years of local-government experience, to go along with a total of nearly 30 years of civil engineering experience. Carl has strong local ties, as he has served as the Public Works Director/City Engineer for the City of Peculiar since 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Technology from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

For over 20 years, the City of Harrisonville has partnered with a contracted individual to oversee a wide variety of community improvement projects and planning. These duties will primarily be transitioned to Brooks, but a partnership with the current service will continue to share knowledge and expertise with the City on an as-needed basis.

During his time in Peculiar, Brooks has overseen several complex engineering and public works projects, involving water, sewer, storm water, street, environmental, and several other areas of expertise. A key piece in the success of those projects was Carl’s ability to obtain financing from major state and national agencies. Throughout his career Brooks has successfully obtained more than $10 million in grants from agencies like the Missouri Department of Transportation, Metro Area Regional Council, Missouri Department of Revenue and FEMA. 

Brooks says he looks forward to working as a strategic piece of the success of the Harrisonville community and hopes to lead the City’s Public Works Department to become an APWA Accredited Public Works Agency.

Before serving the City of Peculiar, Brooks spent time serving the communities of Kirksville, MO and Lees Summit, MO, and spent nearly eight years working at Black & Veatch. 

We are excited about the experience and leadership that Carl will bring to our community and look forward to the many ways that he will contribute to the continued growth and development of Harrisonville.

Former police officer charged with child sex offenses

NEVADA, Mo. – A former Nevada police officer is charged with child sex crimes that allegedly happened during a police-ride along program.

On Tuesday, July 8, 2020 around 2:00 p.m., Trooper K. J. Rutledge with the Missouri State Highway Patrol interviewed a 17-year-old who reported being sexually abused at the age of 16. The forensic interview took place at the Children’s center in Nevada, Missouri.

The victim described being on a police ride-along with then Nevada police officer Brian K. Hansen, according to court documents. During the ride along, the teen says Hansen showed a pornographic video depicting a woman performing oral sex on a man.

According to the victim, Hansen asked if she would be able to perform such an act. After that, the teen says she did perform a sex act on Hansen in his patrol car during the police ride-along program.

The victim told Trooper Rutledge that she performed this action on numerous occasions. The victim also said she received oral sex from Hansen on several occasions.

Following the July 8 interview with the teen, Trooper Rutledge interviewed Hansen in Lamar, Missouri. During the interview, Rutledge says Hansen admitted to engaging in the sexual activity described by the victim, however, he claimed she was 17-years-old at the time of the sexual occurrences.

The Vernon County Prosecutor’s Office has filed five counts of statutory sodomy and one count of furnishing pornographic material to a minor against Hansen.

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.

House fire on Main Street in Adrian

The Adrian Fire Department along with the mutual aid of the Butler Fire Department and Central Cass Fire Department are on scene of a house fire at 305 W. Main Street in Adrian at this time.

Please use caution if you must travel in this area! 

Mid America Live News will update when more information has been made available to us at a later time.

Vernon County Health Department has confirmed 2 new positive cases of COVID-19


July 8, 2020
Vernon County Health Department
Confirmed COVID-19 cases

Vernon County Health Department has confirmed 2 new positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) bringing our total confirmed cases to 28. One case is related to out of state exposure. Both cases are symptomatic, and are isolated at home.

The case investigation and contact tracing has been completed. The Vernon County Health Dept staff has contacted anyone who was listed as a close contact to the positive cases. Those contacts will be quarantined at home.

Low Risk Community Exposure Consists of:
July 2, 2020 – Wal-Mart 10:30-11:00
Woods 12:00-12:30
July 3, 2020 – DQ 1:00-1:30
Iguana Azul Mexican Restaurant 5:00-6:00
July 4, 2020 – Farmer’s Market 9:00-9:30

Please continue to monitor your health. If you develop any symptoms contact your primary care provider or urgent care for further evaluation and testing. Symptoms include:
• Cough
• Fever
• Shortness of breath
• Chills
• Muscle aches
• Sore throat
• New loss of taste or smell

Individuals should continue to practice social distancing, clean/disinfect any high touched surfaces, wash their hands with soap and water routinely, use hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available and avoid touching your face (especially eyes, nose & mouth). It is up to each and every one of us to stop the spread of this disease.

CALL before going to a clinic, urgent care, or ER if you feel you need to be evaluated

Close Contact means: 6 ft or less for 15 minutes or more with a positive case

Obituary - Charlotte Lane

Charlotte Lane, 85 of LaCygne, Kansas passed away Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Louisburg Healthcare and Rehab in Louisburg, Kansas. Gravesde services will be held 10:00 am Saturday, July 11, 2020 in Rockville Cemetery, Louisburg, Kansas. 

Services under the direction of Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (660-679-0009). Memorial contributions may be made to the Miami County Fair Association. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Ruby Charlotte Lane was born February 18, 1935 in Lisle, Missouri to Charles and Ruby Pearl Bodenhamer Napton. She was united in marriage to Bobby Gene Lane. To this union three children were born.

4-H was a big part of Charlotte’s life, serving as a Community Leader for 30 years, she was the Miami County Fair Board Secretary as well as the Horticulture Judging Coach for Miami County. There is an engraved brick at the Kansas State Fair Grounds commemorating all her hard work.

Charlotte enjoyed gardening, puzzles, crafts, and working with the cattle. She was long-time supporter of the Kansas Hereford Association Women’s Auxiliary. She loved attending cattle shows and the Kansas State Fair.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents and husband Bobby Lane. She is survived by her children, Charles Alvin Lane, William Dale Lane and wife Janet, and Patricia Kay Heald and husband Keith. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Steven Cord Lane, Amanda Justine Heald, and Heather Ann Heald, along with a brother Norman Wayne Napton.

Covid 19 positive case in Urich 24th in Henry County

Obituary - Shirley A. Neuenschwander

Shirley A. Neuenschwander age 82, of Clinton, Missouri, passed away, Saturday, July 4th, 2020 at the Westwood Care Center, Clinton, Missouri. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 11AM at Valley Center United Church of Christ in Deepwater, MO with visitation one hour prior. Interment will follow at Valley Center Cemetery, Deepwater. Fond memories and condolences may be left at

Shirley married Robert Leroy Neuenschwander July 5th, 1959 and to this union were four children, David, Paul, Kari, and Kyle. Shirley was passionate about cooking. She was an excellent seamstress and was involved in many crafts. She loved her cats and house plants. While raising her own children and doing chores on the farm, Shirley and Bob often cared for foster children. This type of giving extended to all who surrounded her. Robert passed away July 24, 2002. Shirley continued to be a care giver until she required care herself.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents, Henry Virgil Dempsey and Della Mae (DeFreece) Dempsey, brother Kenneth Dempsey, husband Earl Lowe of Marshfield and infant twins Mark and Julie.

Shirley is survived by her brother, Norman (Kay) Dempsey of Deepwater, MO, children, David Keith Neuenschwander, Paul Robert Neuenschwander, Kari Dawn (Dave) Corwin, Kyle Stephen (Dawn) Neuenschwander, grandchildren, Michael Neuenschwander, Cody Jeffery, Erin Neuenschwander, Timothy Michael, Brandi (Adam) Michael, Heather (Travis) Greer, Danny Joe (Hailey) Michael, Shelby Paige (Daniel) Neuenschwander, Morgan Kylie Neuenschwander, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Missing woman in Benton County

ECHO M. LOYD- Edwards, MO
Missing Since- 5/10/2020
Echo Michelle Loyd (aka Echo White Lloyd) has been missing from Benton County Missouri since Sunday, May 10th, 2020. Her vehicle and purse were still at her home, but she was nowhere to be found.
For updates and to help bring awareness, please like and share the Bring Echo Home page.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Echo Loyd, please contact the Benton County Sheriff’s Office at (660)-438-6135.

Obituary - Donald P. Ellinger

Donald P. Ellinger, age 67, of Grandview, Missouri, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020.

At this time there are no services scheduled.

Donald was born in Jerome, Idaho to Ralph Perry Ellinger and Elizabeth Ann (Estes) on September 13, 1952. After graduating high school, Donald served his country in the United States Marine Corps and received higher education.

Donald was very proud of his honorable and faithful service during his time in the military. Receiving a letter of appreciation, the National Defense Service Medal, the Rifle Marksmanship Badge, and the Good Conduct Service Medal. Later in life he worked for some time as a Bill Collector, most recently for Wells Fargo.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Elizabeth Ellinger; and granddaughter, Christina Towne.

He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly Towne; four grandchildren, Benjamin Buckley (wife - Camerina), David Towne, Zackariaj Towne, and Meg Heron (husband - Ryan); and eight great grandchildren, Shyann, Dameon, Leloo, Sam, Logan, Riley, Reese, and Brayden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) 14605 E. US Hwy 40, Kansas City, Missouri 64136.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Need a job in Butler

Bear Stop in Butler is hiring we've had three people no-call no-show in the last week. 

All day shifts are taking that is a seniority thing we have evening shifts available overnight shifts and weekend mornings 6 a.m. till 2 p.m.

MSHP: Vote For Missouri: Best Looking Cruiser Contest

Vote For Missouri: Best Looking Cruiser Contest

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is taking part in the American Association of State Troopers’ "2020 America's Best Looking Cruiser Contest" and invites the public to vote for the MSHP's cruiser. The 2020 MSHP submission features a marked, black MSHP Chevrolet Tahoe and marked, black MSHP Dodge Charger sitting on the field of Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. 

The contest runs through 12 p.m. July 21. This year’s contest will be tabulated through the SurveyMonkey website. To cast your vote in the “2020 Best Looking Cruiser Contest” you can access the website link through the AAST Facebook page or go directly to and scroll through the state agency photos. At the bottom of the page, please select “Missouri” as your favorite cruiser from the drop-down menu. Agency rankings will be posted on the Facebook page daily. Only votes made through SurveyMonkey will be official and recorded. You can vote once on each of your personal devices from now through 12 p.m., July 21, 2020.

“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. This is the seventh year of the AAST “Best Looking Cruiser Contest,” which is intended to be a fun competition between the states.

Henry County Route J CLOSED North of Calhoun

Thursday, July 9, For Pipe Replacement Work

What: Henry County Route J CLOSED at a point north of the Calhoun city limit

When: 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9

Details: MoDOT crews replacing a deteriorating drain pipe underneath the road

Traffic Impacts:
Henry County Route J CLOSED only where crews are set up working

Drivers will be able to get to driveways and entrances on either side of the work zone, but will not be able to travel through the work zone

Drivers urged to find alternate routes. No signed detours are planned.

Electronic message boards located near the planned road work will alert drivers to any changes in the work schedule
Check MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map for road closings/traffic impacts

(Weather and/or construction delays will alter the work schedule)

Stop by and see Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher will be at the Republican Headquarters (next to Metz Bank on N Osage) until 2:00 pm today! 

Also, the VCSO is volunteering at the VCYF diner Thursday evening and Jason will be back volunteering at the pop shack on Saturday evening with the Vernon County Republicans. 

We hope to see you soon!

Vehicle fire on 52 East Highway south of Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with Bates County Sheriff's deputies are in route to a truck that is fully engulfed in flames at this time. The location is 3055 NE State Route 52 Highway between N and YY Highway.

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

Community Resource Program for Bates County

On July 2, 2020 Sheriff Anderson announced that the Sheriff’s Office has created a Community Resource Program for Bates County. For the last couple of years the Sheriff has been wanting a program that would be available to help members of our community prior to the need for law enforcement intervention. 

Sheriff Anderson had Identified the need for a program that would help individuals who are struggling with addiction along with families who have loved ones who are struggling with addiction. This will be one leg of the Justice system that will work with people to provide resources to help break the chains of addiction prior to an arrest. The Program will also provide family members with resource help in identifying drug recovery programs that fit the specific needs of the individual and the family as a whole. Along with providing drug rehab resources, the Community Resource Coordinator will assist in being a support system that also comes with accountability for anyone who is part of the program.

The Community Resource Program will be available to help with job searches, resume writing and the application process. The Coordinator will also help with housing assistance applications and identifying community resources to assist in families who are struggling.

Sheriff Anderson would like to introduce the new Community Resource Coordinator. Rachelle Mallatt was born and raised in Bates County. Rachelle is on fire to help do her part and help the people of this community in their struggles with addiction or just to get off the ground and get back on track. Rachelle states, “I am excited to get started and to start building the necessary resources to help anyone in the community. I look forward to working with individuals and families, as they navigate the often rough waters with addiction and other needs in our community. I especially look forward to being someone's accountability partner and support system through this journey.” Sheriff Anderson states, “I have known Rachelle for quite a while now and have watched her amazing transformation. Rachelle is a hard worker and very dedicated in her faith and to our community. She is a perfect bridge between law enforcement and the recovery community as she is a true “been there, done that and living proof it can be done” person.

If you have questions or would like some information on what our Resource Coordinator can do to help you or a loved one, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 660-679-3232 or stop by and see Rachelle at 13 W Dakota in Butler Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm. She can also be reached at

Update: Federal search warrant served in south Butler

On 7/8/2020 at approximately 7:00 am members of the Bates County Sheriff's Office assisted the FBI in executing a search warrant at an address on Colonial Drive in Butler MO 64730. 

No one was taken into custody at this time. This is still on ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.

BCMH: 32 years of service for Carol Lewis

After 32 years of dedicated service to Bates County Memorial Hospital, Carol Lewis retired on July 7, 2020. Carol began her employment in the Medical Records Department in 1988. In 1992, she transferred to the position of Director of Quality Management/Risk Management. 

Carol has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the organization over the years. Her work ethic and commitment are a model to all who worked with her. 

Carol was honored with a beautiful pendulum wall clock, presented by Dr. John Bustle, Chief Executive Officer. Carol enjoys spending time with her husband, Chuck, on their farm in Amsterdam, as well as her children and grandchildren.

Two vehicle accident in Butler

The Butler Police Department along with Butler Fire and Bates County Sheriff's Deputies are on scene of a two vehicle accident with injuries at Missouri 52 West Highway and I-49 overpass at this time.

Please use caution if you must travel in this area as the vehicles are blocking the roadway.

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

Catfish tournament at Taberville Ramp

Catfish Tournament, upper Truman Lake, Osage arm, Taberville Ramp , Rod & Reel only, July 11, night tournament, 7 pm to 7am July 12, 20.00 per person, 5 dollar, big fish pot. for more info call 417-296-2825 ask for Randy. Everybody welcome, so come on out & fish. check in time 6pm.

Bates County Fair swine, poultry and sheep shows

The Bates County Fair swine, poultry and sheep shows will be available via video on our Facebook page today. Head on over and check it out!

Heavy Police Presence In South Butler

Several police agencies are at a house in south Butler at this time apparently serving a search warrant. 

We have contacted local authorities for more information on this incident.

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

Update: Belton women killed after police pursuit that ends in accident

On 7/7/20 around 12:32pm the Cass County Sheriff's Office along with Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers were involved in a police pursuit that ended with the driver of the vehicle that was fleeing crashing and killing the driver around the area of Route J and 203rd Road in rural Cass County.

A Cass County Deputy attempted to stop the stolen vehicle in the area of East 287th and S. Buford Road near Harrisonville around 12:15pm but the vehicle failed to yield.

The vehicle a stolen 2007 Chrysler Aspen driven by 37 year old Sarah J. Hundley of Belton, Missouri struck a vehicle that was sitting at a intersection, before traveled off the roadway and overturning and ejecting Hundley.

Sarah J. Hundley was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and she was transported to Frontier Forensics.

The four passengers of the other vehicle sustained minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital as a precaution.

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

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Arkansas man seriously injured in St. Clair County rollover accident

On 7/8/20 around 12:15am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on southbound Missouri 13 Highway around 2 miles north of Lowry City.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 drive by 39 year old Joey B. Glasglow of Williford, Arkansas traveled into the median and overturned.

Mr. Glasglow sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was flown by air ambulance to Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

The truck was totaled and towed from the scene of the accident by Mike's Wrecker of Collins, Missouri.

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Warm and Humid again!

Pretty much a repeat of the last few days. Warm and humid with isolated pop up thunderstorms.

More notably will be a round of thunderstorms moving in tonight, which could bring some strong winds and heavy rain, mainly across E Kansas and far W Missouri.

New Animal Control Officer In Butler

The Butler Police Department has hired Brenda Cecil as the new Animal Control Officer for the city of Butler.

Brenda who is a avid animal lover and volunteer firefighter in the community will be a great asset to the position.

We wish you the best of luck Brenda! 

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Archie High School Football Players And Parents:

Archie High School Football Players And Parents:

There will be a football player and parent meeting this Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 in the cafeteria commons. 

Please enter through the north dome/commons entrance.
Please remember to practice social distancing.