Archives for December 2012

Fatality Crash in Chariton County

An early-morning crash yesterday in Chariton county produced the region’s 37th traffic death of the year. Troopers say 34-year old Jessica Diehl was driving a 2008 DODGE RAM 2500 about 2:15AM Friday on HWY M 1 MILE EAST OF HWY Y. She DROVE OFF THE NORTH EDGE OF THE ROAD AND THE pickup OVERTURNED COMING TO REST ON ITS TOP IN A DITCH. Diehl died at the scene. One of her passengers, 42-year old Charles Lewis, was airlifted to Columbia with serious injuries. Another man riding in the pickup refused treatment at the scene.

Novinger Man Held for Burglary

A Novinger man is held in lieu of 75-thousand dollars cash only bond, after authorities say he broke into a home and threatened a person.

Court documents indicate 33-year old Brad Middleton of Novinger is charged with felony counts of first degree burglary and resisting arrest. Deputies responding to the break-in call encountered him when he came back to the scene. Middleton is said to have pushed a deputy’s arm through a window as he resisted being arrested. The deputy’s arm was not hurt. His first court appearance is pending.

Water Bill Changes Considered for Kirksville

Deposits for new water service customers in Kirksville will be going up, if an ordinance making several changes to the water operations of the city is approved by the council tonight.

Over the past 12 months Finance Director, Katie Myers has been reviewing ways to increase efficiency and the collection percentage in the water department. The changes in the ordinance will streamline the deposit collection process, bring the deposit requirement up to current rates — raising them to $80 — as well as quantifying leak adjustments, and allowing the Finance Director to accept monthly installments for bills known as “catch-up” bills due to four or more estimated reads. The changes also let the city reimburse landlords whose tenants leave without paying water bills, if the city is ultimately able to collect on the bill.

Arrest Made inTuesday Murder

A Novelty man has been arrested on charges he murdered a man Tuesday.

Missouri State Highway patrol troopers arrested 59-year old Glen Head of Novelty yesterday.He faces charges of second degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the death of 67-year old William Bacon, also of Novelty.
The charges stem from a shooting that occurred in rural Knox County near Novelty on Tuesday. Head has been formally charged by the Knox County prosecuting attorney, and is being held currently at the Adair County Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond.

Knox County Feud Ends with One Man Dead

One man is dead after police say he was shot by a man he’d been having a feud with. It happened yesterday afternoon about 3, near Novelty in Knox county. 67-year old Bill Bacon was rushed by ambulance to Kirksville, alive when he left the scene but dying shortly after arrival at the hospital. Police haven’t released the other man’s name.He’s on 24-hour hold in the Adair County Jail awaiting the formal filing of charges. Authorities say it appears the ongoing feud was about whether a county road was closed or not.

Phone, Mail Scams Appearing

Lewis county authorities say telephone scammers are working in the county:

Sheriff David Parrish said yesterday there are three scams being reported right now. The first is a reappearance of the scam where a caller claims you’ve won a Publisher’s Clearinghouse prize, even though you’ve not entered one of their drawings. The twist this time around is that the caller claims to be a bank president or FBI agent in an effort to convince the caller to wire funds so the victim can “claim their winnings.”

The second scam reported is the “family member” ruse.This time, the caller is claiming to be a distant relative who has been arrested in Florida and needs money wired to get out of jail.

The third scam is not being done by phone, but by mail. The intended victim reported receiving an official-looking postcard concerning Medicare changes, and asking the recipient to call a number to discuss the changes. Parrish says the information on the card is false.

Edina Woman Hurt in Sunday Crash

A crash about 11:15 last night injured an Edina woman. 27-year old Amanda Clatt was eastbound on Route 11, a mile west of Adair. Troopers say she was alone in the car, a 2010 Dodge Dart. The car went off the north shoulder of Route 11, striking a culvert and rolling. Clatt suffered moderate injuries and was taken by private vehicle to the hospital in Hannibal.

Keep the Season Merry: Secure Your Stuff

Kirksville Police Department are reminding all of us who may be traveling for the holidays: secure your stuff.

While everyone needs to practice the same vigilance in protecting their property many students from the community become victims of property crime. The KPD is making attempts to inform area students of some things they can do to keep their property safe. Police Officers will be posting fliers on doors and cars windows of areas prone to these property crimes.

Beyond the standard advice to keep your home and car locked and valuables out of sight, here are some other tips: Take pictures of your valuables. Make a list of the items you have (record serial numbers, makes and models). Lock your items in a safe; don’t keep credit cards and checks out where they can be found. Leave a light on or use a timer. Do not leave a hidden key so that anyone can find it. Leave it with a friend and have them check on the home regularly. Take your valuables with you while you are gone.

Phone Scam Running in Adair County

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says scammers are invoking his name to scare people into giving away personal information.

In a news release, Wilson said yesterday his office has been receiving calls since the first of last week about scammers who are calling Adair county residents.The caller, who is after someone’s credit card and other personal information, claims there is a bad check that needs to be paid for immediately or Wilson’s office will file an arrest warrant for the victim. Wilson’s office does not call those with bad checks, he says, instead sending them a letter identifying the specific check and giving them a deadline to respond before any further action is taken. Wilson does not say whether anyone has actually fallen for the scam, but he indicates the phone callers are using some fairly high-pressure tactics to bully victims out of their personal information. He says to either hang upon them or to try and get as much information from them as you can without giving out your information, then hang up and call his office.

City Reminds About Snow Regs

You wouldn’t guess it from the weather recently, but the calendar says snow is just around the corner. Kirksville City leaders are reminding us we have a responsibility to our fellow Kirksville residents to make it easier to get around in snow. Actually it’s more than a responsibility — it’s a city requirement. Every business, home and apartment in Kirksville must have clean sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a new snowfall. Apartment dwellers, check with your landlord on whether you’ll need a shovel or they’ll do it– the city rules hold you responsible if the sidewalks aren’t clear.