Archives for August 2015

Nixon Announces More Than $9 Million in Renovations Truman State University

Governor Nixon announces millions in renovations at Truman State University…

Governor Jay Nixon visited Truman State University in Kirksville yesterday to announce more than $9 million in improvements and renovations made possible through Building Affordability, an initiative proposed by the Governor in collaboration with public colleges and universities and passed with bi-partisan support in the General Assembly this year. Governor Nixon said the initiative will provide students with the state-of-the-art facilities they need to prepare for the jobs of the future, while helping colleges and universities hold down tuition. At Truman State, Building Affordability will provide the funds to make needed repairs and improvements to Baldwin Hall, an 85,000 square-foot academic building that houses 23 classrooms and an auditorium. Baldwin Hall was originally built in 1937 and expanded in 1958. It serves several academic departments, including English and foreign languages, and houses academic support offices. This project will include replacement of HVAC systems, new building control systems, installation of a fire sprinkler system and replacement of the fire alarm system.

KPD Fugitive of the Week

Another fugitive of the week in Kirksville — police asking for your help to find him.

He’s 29 year old James “Brandon” Clark — he was on probation for receiving stolen property and having drugs — but Clark’s on the run — accused of violating terms of his probation. Clark is a white — 5’9″ tall, 175 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes. He has a tattoo on his back of a joker, a tattoo on chest that says “MY HOLD DOWN”, “LUCKY”, and a skull, a tattoo on left arm of skulls reading “SARAH”, “SOUTH” and “CLARK”, a tattoo on left leg reading “FAT CAT” with tribal, skulls and rose, a tattoo on right arm reading “DIRTY” , a tattoo on right left reading “RIP ESTER and a skull. In other words — he is inked-up. Anyone who knows anything on Brandon Clark call Kirksville police at 627-BUST.

Officials Want Opinions About Police Training

Officials want your opinions about police training. The Missouri Department of Public Safety will be holding public meetings across state to gather suggestions on changes to law enforcement officer training standards. The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission will hold six public meetings in the coming weeks, including one in Kirksville, to talk about key areas of review including tactical training, fair and impartial policing, and the health and well-being of officers. The Kirksville meeting will be held on October 14th – location and time will be released as arragements are finalized. Don’t think you can make the meeting? Written comments from the public can be emailed to POST@dps.mo.gov through Oct. 15th.

Governor Visits Truman State University Today

Governor Jay Nixon will visit Truman State University in Kirksville today to announce investments that will strengthen Missouri’s position as a leader in higher education quality and affordability. The Governor will discuss improvements at Truman State that are being made possible through Building Affordability, an initiative proposed by the Governor in collaboration with public colleges and universities and passed with bi-partisan support in the General Assembly this year. He’s expected to arrive at the Student Union at 1:45.

Kirksville Man Charged in Chase

The Kirksville man who rammed into a police cruiser and other cars during a chase has been charged. The Adair County Prosecuting Attorney has charged 18-year-old Sadiq J. Moore with three felony charges: attempted assault on a law enforcement officer, tampering with a motor vehicle and resisting arrest. On Tuesday, Moore refused to stop for a state trooper after failing to stop at a stop sign.

Moore allegedly did a 180-degree turn in the street and intentionally rammed his SUV into the patrol cruiser, then sped off. The driver crashed into a trailer on a pickup truck, then ended up crashing into three parked vehicles. He was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit. The vehicle Moore was driving was stolen from Columbia. Moore is being held in the Adair County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond.

Three Hurt in Wednesday Wreck

A collision between an SUV and a semi truck in Palmyra yesterday sent three people ot the hospital. The Highway Patrol reports 62-year old Dale Stewart of Ewing crossed highway 61 at Thompson street in Plamyra in front of a northbound semi. The semi hit the Chevy Equinox, spinning it to the right and causing serious injuries to Stewart and his passenger, Stella Stewart. The semi driver was also hurt after he ran off the west side of Highway 61 and the semi roled onto its side and hit several road signs. The semi driver, from California, was taken to Blessing Hospital by Ambulance, as was Stella Stewart. Dale Stewart was airlifted to Quincy.

Special Council Meeting MOnday

A special meeting of the Kirksville City Council has been called for Monday afternoon. There are only two items on the agenda. The first is the renewal of a lease by A.T. Still University of the old Lambert building on North Osteopathy. The lease has been in place for 30 years, renewing each decade. This time, ATSU has asked for a five-year renewal. The University will pay $7,500 annually if the agreement is approved. The council will also be asked to approve an adjustement to insurance requirements related to the economic development agreement with KREDI. The meeting is at 4pm Monday at City Hall.

Hy-Vee Sponsors Tire Swing at Accessible Playground

The Kirksville Hy-Vee has stepped up to sponsor one of the main attractions at the community’s accessible playground. A recent three thousand dollar donation from Hy­Vee paid for the tire swing on the planned playground. The playground will located along the city bike path to the northwest of the Adair County Family YMCA, across the street from the Kirksville R­III campus. The accessible playground is a project of the Adair County Family YMCA, the Adair County SB40 Developmental Disability Board, Kirksville Kiwanis Club, Northeast Missouri Inclusion Project, the Department of Natural Resources LCWF, Preferred Family Healthcare and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources through the Northeast Missouri Solid Waste Management District.

Suspect Rams Patrol Crusier in Pursuit

A man is in custoday after ramming a Missouri state patrol cruiser yesterday in Kirksville.

According to a report from the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, the 18-year-old black male suspect ran a stop sign just before 5PM at Harrison and High streets, which is when a Missouri state trooper started to pursue the driver who was in an SUV. The driver did a 180-degree turn in the street and intentionally rammed his SUV into the patrol cruiser, and sped off. The driver crashed into a trailer on a pickup truck, then ended up crashing into three parked vehicles. The suspect then fled on foot. Sheriff Hardwick saw him on Jefferson Street, ordered the suspect to the ground and arrested him. The teen is facing multiple charges. The trooper in the patrol cruiser that was rammed was not injured, but the car was damaged.

Macon Man Arrested for Child Porn

A man suspected of possessing child porn has been arrested. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest happened Monday following an investigation. Deputies discovered 29-year-old David Shaw had obtained nude photographs of a minor female. During an act of retaliation, Shaw gave the photographs to an associate for distribution on social media websites. Deputies seized evidence which resulted in Shaw’s arrest.