Archives for May 2012

Woodworth Stays in Jail

The state of Missouri says a man twice convicted in the 1990 slaying of a Chillicothe farm wife should remain behind bars for life despite a recent ruling that criticized his conviction.

The Missouri Attorney General’s Office on Thursday filed a protest with the state Supreme Court in the case of Mark Woodworth. He was convicted in 1995 in Cathy Robertson’s death, and again in 1999 following an appeal. Robertson’s husband, who survived the shooting, was a business partner of Woodworth’s father. The Missouri Supreme Court appointed Boone County Circuit Judge Gary Oxenhandler in 2010 to review the case. Oxenhandler ruled May 1 that Woodworth was the victim of “a manifest injustice” who should either be freed or receive a new trial.

Bird Point Levee Repair

The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $20 million worth of contracts to three firms to repair the Birds Point levee, which was intentionally breached last year in southeast Missouri to alleviate flooding on the Mississippi River.

Col. Vernie Reichling, with the Corps said other contracts will be awarded this year to repair flood damage near the confluence of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers in Kentucky and Illinois. The repair work announced Thursday was awarded to Young’s General Contracting, of Poplar Bluff, ; Kingridge Enterprises of Little Rock, Ark.; and Harold Coffey Construction Co., of Hickman, Ky. The corps used explosives to blow the Birds Point levee last spring in part to keep neighboring Cairo from flooding. The tactic lowered the water level on the Mississippi River but inundated 130,000 acres of farmland. Several dozen homes were also flooded.

Business 63 Work Soon

Construction signs have began to go up along Business Route 63 on the south end of Kirksville. It’s in preparation for the upcoming sidewalk improvement work that is going to begin soon, and traffic control will be in place to keep motorists and workers safe. MoDOT says when the work is in progress, traffic in the driving lane close to the work site will be moved over into the turning lane.

Man Gives False Name, Is Arrested

Highway patrol troopers arrested a suspected illegal immigrant over the weekend, after he gave a false name and did not have a driver’s license. Milan resident Rolando Perez told troopers after he was stopped this weekend that his name was Edgar Perez. However, a passenger told troopers he had not given them the correct name. When a Spanish-speaking Kirksville officer was called, Perez also told him the wrong name. That resulted in him being hauled to jail, where he now sits on an ICE detainer.
Perez is being held without bond awaiting immigration officials.

Adair County Crash Hurts Two

Highway Patrol Troopers say two people suffered minor injures yesterday in a crash in Adair county. 46-year old Brody Watkins and 16-year old Tyler Deiters were both taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical center following the crash on Spring Lake Trail, 9 miles Southwest of Kirksville yesterday afternoon about 4:15pm. According to an online report, Watkins was northbound on Spring lake Trail and lost control. The 2000 Chevy hit an embankment and rolled on its side.

Motorcycle-Deer Crash Hurts Man

A crash yesterday afternoon in Linn county sent a Brookfield man to the hospital. Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers report 42-year old Robert Vestal hit a deer yesterday afternoon about 4:45, while he was southbound on Linn County Route M a couple of miles outside Brookfield. After the crash, troopers say Vestal, who was on a Honda motorcycle, went off the west side of the road. He was listed with moderate injuries, and troopers say he was taken by private vehicle to Pershing Memorial Hospital.

Chariton County Crash Injures Teen

Highway Patrol Troopers say a single-vehicle accident yesterday evening in Chariton County injured a Dalton, Missouri teen. It happened about 6:40pm, five miles south of Salisbury, according to an online report. 18-year old Benjamin Miller was southbound on Route 129 and ran off into the east ditch. Troopers are not sure what caused him to drift across the oncoming lane before he wrecked. The pickup rolled over. Miller was airlifted to University Medical Center in Columbia with serious injuries.

UPDATE: Missing Macon Girl Found Safe

A missing four-year-old has been found, safe, and her father has been arrested on a felony charge of parental kidnapping. Law enforcement officials say Joshua Lambert failed to return his daughter to her Macon home on Monday. Lambert was taken into custody in Columbia around 10:00 this morning. Macon County Sheriff Robert Dawson says parental kidnapping carries a $50,000 cash-only bond. The sheriff also says he attempted to issue an Amber Alert for the girl, but was told the case didn’t qualify because there was no proof the she was in immediate danger.

Missing Macon Girl

Police across the region are looking for a girl they say was taken by her father, who does not have custody. They do not believe 4-year old Nevaeh Colton of Macon is in any danger, so an Amber Alert has not been issued for her. Macon police say she went to Columbia with her dad on Monday morning. He was supposed to return the little girl to her mother Monday night, but didn’t.

There’s now a warrant out for Joshua Lambert, charging him with parental kidnapping. Police say Lambert is a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 160 pounds. Investigators believe he and Nevaeh may be headed to Louisiana or Texas. They were last seen in Columbia, in a tan 1993 Buick with Missouri license plates WF4-J7V.

Crash Saturday Hurts Kirksville Woman

Authorities say a Kirksville woman was hurt Saturday when she rear-ended another SUV north of Kirksville Saturday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the a Ford Escape driven by 19-year-old Shelbey Winn of Kirksville rear-ended a Jeep Cherokee, driven by 19-year-old Lorenda Parsons, of Greentop about noon Saturday, three miles north of Kirksville on US 63. Both vehicles were headed toward Kirksville. Troopers say a vehicle that wasn’t involved in the crash had stopped to run into a driveway, leading Parsons to slow down. They believe Winn did not see the vehicles slowing down in front of her. She was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. Parsons was not hurt.