Archives for December 2015

Winter Storm Warning

Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 9 this evening. Periods of snow… sleet… and freezing rain will continue through much of today before coming to an end later this evening. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible. Gusty winds and very slippery driving conditions will make travel quite hazardous… including during the morning and evening commutes. You can get the latest road conditions by calling 5 1 1.

Flash Flooding Kills 10 in MO and IL

Flash flooding in Illinois and Missouri is claiming the lives of over ten people. At least six people were killed from flash flooding in Pulaski County, Missouri. In Marion County Illinois, five people, including two children, drowned late Saturday. The five were from Kentucky and were on their way to Minnesota when their car was swept away in flood waters. At least 41 people were killed across seven states since Wednesday following days of severe weather, including flash floods and tornadoes.

License Reinstatement Denied for Local Attorney

A former local attorney whose law license was suspended has been denied reinstatement by the Missouri Supreme Court. Seth Shumaker’s license was suspended back in 2010 after the Missouri Supreme Court ruled he violated multiple court rules related to conflicts of interest regarding real estate dealings with his clients. Shumaker had petitioned the court for reinstatement back in February. Last week it was denied for the third time.

La Plata Man Facing Alcohol and Sex Charges

La Plata man facing alcohol and sex charges.

Macon Deputies arrested 25-year-old Cameron Partin of La Plata on Friday — after hearing about suspicious activity on December 19th. He was locked-up on a 24 hour hold — then formally charged Saturday. Partin accused of statutory rape — molesting a child — and failing to stop a minor from drinking liquor. No specifics on the accusations given — Partin held on 25-thousand dollar cash only bond.

Unemployment in MO Lowest since 2006

Missouri’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2006. According to the state Department of Economic Development, Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.7 percent in November. That’s down three-tenths of a percentage point from October and is the lowest it’s been since April 2006. Missouri’s seasonally adjusted employment rose by 2,200 jobs from October to November. The economic development agency says the largest gains occurred in the construction industry.

Kirksville School District Collecting Old Smart Phones

Did you get a new phone for Christmas? The Kirksville School District would like to have your old smartphone. The School District is collecting older model smartphones to be used in the classrooms. Teachers can use the phones on the district’s WiFi and allow students to take quick assessments, download apps, use online interactive website, and use the camera and video features for projects. Thier goal is to collect 100 smartphones by January 31st. You can drop off your old smart phone at any school front office.

Kirksville Police Looking for Missing Teen

The Kirksville Police Department is searching for a missing Kirksville teenager. Hayden Anthony Hamlin, 16, was last seen around 9:30 p.m. on Monday in the 400 block of W. Illinois Street. Hamlin is described as a white male, 5 feet 5 inches tall, about 110 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. You can see a picture of Hamlin on the Kirksville Police Department’s website at: Hamlin has no phone or money and has not been active on his social media accounts. Anyone with information regarding Hamlin’s location is asked to contact police.

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Kirksville Man Gets 10 Years for Armed Robbery

A Kirksville man has been sentenced for an armed robbery. 33-year-old Brian Fry was arreseted by Kirksville Police following an investigation into the robbery at the Express Mart in Kirksville on St. Patrick’s Day. Fry demanded that clerk to give him cash from the register and then ordred the employees to go into a storage room. When he left, he also robbed a woman of her purse in the parking lot. She was in her car waiting to pick up an employee. The Adair County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Kirksville Police were involved in the investigation. The robbery was recorded on surveillance video, and Fry was arrested the next day. The robbery victms were able to positively identify Fry as the robber. This week, Fry pled no contest to the armed robbery charge, and was sentenced this week to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Cigarette Tax Increase Up For Public Discussion

Secretary of State Jason Kander says two initiative petitions proposing an increase tax on cigarettes are now open for public comment.  There is a nickel per pack increase being proposed as well as a ten-cent tax increase.  The additional revenue would be used for the sole purpose of providing funding for treatment and prevention of childhood cancer.  If passed, one of the proposals would go into effect January 1, 2017.   People have 30 days to offer their opinions on the initiatives online, by mail or phone. Visit the Secretary of State’s website to learn more.

Child Murdered in St. Charles

Heartbreaking story from St. Charles. A toddler dead. Police blame his drug-using parents for leaving the child abandoned.

The little boy was found dead Sunday — he’d been left in a room for 36 hours — with a space heater running. Police say the parents never checked on because they were using meth. Braydon Barnes died a terrible death — overheating in his crib. Arrested, 25 year old Lucas Barens and 22 year old Kathleen Peacock. The prosecutor says the space heater ran continuously, had no automatic shut-off. When the parents did finally check on the child — he was unresponsive, apparently he’d been dead awhile. Investigators say there’s no question the two parents were there — heard the child crying and did absolutely nothing. The mother, told investigators he heard noise and knew she SHOULD check on him but ignored it. The autopsy also showed the child had not eaten in two days was under nourished. Meantime, Kathleen Peacock is pregnant again.The prosecutor said juvenile authorities will consider what will happen to the child when it’s born.