Archives for July 2013

City finance director leaving

Another job opening in the leadership of the city of Kirksville. Finance director Katie Myers is stepping down to move with her family to Denver. Her husband has accepted a job there. Myers will keep working in her job until her home in Kirksville has been sold. She’s been in the job since late 2011. Right now, there are openings for the position of Public Works Director, and Assistant City Manager.

Police planning DWI crackdown

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers covering our area are taking part in a new crackdown on drunk drivers. Troop B officers will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies in the “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign from August 16, 2013 through September 2, 2013. During this time period, troopers will be conducting DWI enforcement programs in the Troop B area that will include DWI saturations and a sobriety checkpoint. The Missouri State Highway Patrol will vigorously enforce Missouri DWI laws. The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

Deputy chief retiring

A longtime member of the Kirksville Police Department is retiring. Deputy Chief Tim King is retiring after 28 years in law enforcement for the city of Kirksville. A reception is planned for the Adair County Annex Building at 300 North Franklin in Kirksville on Friday, from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m. A presentation will be made at 3 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

Deputy chief retires

A longtime member of the Kirksville Police Department is retiring. Deputy Chief Tim King is retiring after 28 years in law enforcement for the city of Kirksville. A reception is planned for the Adair County Annex Building at 300 North Franklin in Kirksville on Friday, from 2:30 until 5:30 p.m. A presentation will be made at 3 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend.

Law enforcement getting tougher on drunk drivers

Missouri State Highway Patrol officers covering our area are taking part in a new crackdown on drunk drivers. Troop B officers will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies in the “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign from August 16, 2013 through September 2, 2013. During this time period, troopers will be conducting DWI enforcement programs in the Troop B area that will include DWI saturations and a sobriety checkpoint. The Missouri State Highway Patrol will vigorously enforce Missouri DWI laws. The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.

Three Hurt in Brashear Crash

Troopers say three people were hurt in a crash in Brashear last night. The crash happened just before 10pm on Route J 2 miles north of Brashear. Terry Tarpein of Brashear along Gile Hatfield and Melanie Varon, both of Hurdland, were taken to the hospital for treatment. Tarpein was located sometime after the accident,which police say happened as he crossed the center line and sideswiped the Chevy Blazer driven by Hatfield. He then left the scene, according to troopers.A friend was able to drive Hatfield’s SUV home from the crash scene.

Media Blood Drive is Today

The annual Kirksville Media Cardinals Blood Drive is today. The Red Cross has set a goal of 201 units of blood to be collected during the drive from noon to 6 p.m. at the Kirksville Middle School. Donors can visit redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor keyword “Cards” to set appointments for the drive, titled “Step Up To The Plate and Donate.” Walk-in donors are also welcome.

All donors will receive a free St. Louis Cardinals T-shirt as well as free food and drink after donating.

Suspicious Behavior Leads to Man’s Arrest

A Queen City man is behind bars after police say his suspicious actions in a Kirksville neighborhood brought officers’ attention. Jerry Hilderman and another man are said to have been walking in the 600 block of North Marion street, carrying a backpack. When they saw an officer on routine patrol, one of them ducked between two cars, while the other appeared to be acting as a lookout. Of course, the officer pulled over to check it out — and both men ran. Turns out they ditched the backpack nearby as they ran. Officers caught and cuffed them, then released the other man. Officers say Hilderman had drugs and paraphernalia on him and the backpack had money, a gun, and other weapons. Hilderman is being held in the Adair County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Three New Troopers Patrol Northeast Missouri

Three recently-trained Missouri State Highway Patrol’s troopers are starting work in northeast Missouri. Trooper Adam J. Fish has been assigned to Zone 7, which serves the citizens of Knox and Lewis counties. Tpr. Fish is a native of Palmyra, Missouri. Trooper Kyle V. McGivney was also assigned to Knox and Lewis counties. Tpr. McGivney is a native of Apple River, Illinois.

Trooper James A. Rowe has been assigned to Zone 4, which serves the citizens of Putnam and Sullivan counties. Tpr. Rowe is a native of New Cambria, Missouri.

New Drivers License Testing Site in Hannibal

A new place to get your driver’s license in Hannibal: starting this Friday, driver examinations will be administered at the Missouri National Guard Armory in Hannibal. Driver testing is conducted at that facility on each Monday, and the second, fourth, and fifth Fridays of the month. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to noon, and 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.