Archives for July 2016

Street Changes Now in Effect in Downtown Kirksville

Street changes are now in effect in downtown Kirksville.

In June, City Council members approved a proposal to change several one-way streets in the downtown to two-way. Following a traffic study, it was recommended that the city change five downtown streets to two-way for better traffic flow.

The changes are on: Harrison, from Franklin to Marion; Harrison, from Elson to Main; Franklin, from Harrison to Missouri; Washington, from Marion to Franklin; and Elson, from McPherson to Jefferson. Parking on Franklin Street, from Harrison to Missouri, will be changed to parallel – resulting in the loss of six parking spaces, but spaces have been added on Elson and Harrison streets.

City staff worked this week to replace all necessary road signage on the sections of streets have changed traffic direction from one way to two way. When driving downtown, you are urged to watch for signage, striping and traffic signals to ensure you are going the right way.

Ruling in Trooper Lawsuit

A ruling from a judge — in lawsuit against the Missouri Highway Patrol

A federal judge threw out part of the lawsuit saying there’s no proof that troopers came up with a plan — a conspiracy — to hide a suspects cause of death. 20 year old Brandon Ellingson — who’s white — was handcuffed on a patrol boat, but fell in the water and drowned at lake of the ozarks. Ellingson’s family suing for wrongful death — the judge said the case for negligence can continue but not the accusation of conspiracy. Trooper Anthony Piercy was driving the boat and he’s charged with manslaughter. He’s accused of recklessly causing Ellingson ‘s death by handcuffing him behind his back, while he was under the influence of alcohol, and not securing him with the proper life jacket.”

Performing Arts Camp Showcase Tonight

Kirksville Parks and Recreation invites you to the Performing Arts Camp Showcase.

This event is free and open to the public. The performance will be in the James G. Severn’s Theatre on the Truman State University Campus tonight at 7. This is the 4th year for performing arts camp. It’s a week long, all day camp for kids in grades 5-9. Each day the students attend classes on all differnet aspects of theatre which they use towards this final showcase.

Retirement Reception for Moberly Police Chief

A retirement reception will be held later today for the Moberly Police Chief. Chief Russell Tarr is retiring after 32 years of service to the City of Moberly, and will be honored with a retirement reception from 3-5pm at Moberly City Hall. Tarr will have a short retirement, as he will continue to work as the head the Law Enforcement Training Center at Moberly Area Community College beginning on Monday.

MLYNN VO Kirksville Downtown Traffic Changes

Coming soon to Kirksville…downtown traffic changes.

As the City nears completion of the downtown asphalting project, the contractor, Streetwise Incorporated, is in the process of striping all of the new asphalt streets. In conjunction with Streetwise Incorporated’s striping, the City of Kirksville will be replacing necessary road signage on the sections of streets that will change traffic direction from one way to two way. All striping, signage, traffic light, and traffic flow changes are expected to be completed over the course of the next week, pending weather. These sections include:

o 100 block of East Harrison Street- from Marion Street to Franklin Street
o 200 block of West Harrison Street- from Elson Street to Main Street
o 200 block of North Franklin Street- from Harrison Street to Missouri Street
o 100 block of East Washington Street- from Marion Street to Franklin Street
o 200 block of South Elson- from Jefferson Street to McPherson

One final note: All four blocks around the Courthouse Square will remain one way.

Results OF DWI Saturation And Checkpoint Conducted In Adair County

The results of a recent DWI saturation and checkpoint conducted In Adair County have been released.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, says the DWI sobriety checkpoint and saturation was conducted from 11 p.m. on July 22, to 3 a.m. on July 23rd. The DWI checkpoint was conducted from 11 p.m. on July 23, to 3 a.m. on July 24th, on Missouri Highway 6, at the intersection of Potter Trail, with the assistance of the Adair County Sheriff’s Department. The goal of the enforcement operations were to detect impaired drivers and other traffic violations that contribute to traffic crashes.

As a result of the operations, officers made one arrest for driving while intoxicated, two misdemeanor criminal arrests, one felony criminal arrest, and issued 29 traffic citations and 66 warnings.

MO Supreme Court Rules on Unemployment Benefits

The Missouri Supreme Court says no go to reduced Unemployment Benefits. People on unemployment in Missouri are getting a few more weeks of benefits. The Missouri Supreme Court yesterday struck down a law that cut the state’s jobless benefits to 13 weeks. The court says Missouri’s threshold should be 20 weeks. The justices didn’t take issue with the shorter benefit period, instead they said lawmakers didn’t fully override the governor’s veto in order to allow the law to go into effect.

KPD Searching for Stolen Motorcycle

The Kirksville Police Department is searching a motorcycle reported stolen yesterday morning from a residence in the 600 block of Friedman Street. The motorcycle is described as a red, 1999 Suzuki Bandit. It had no license plate. If you see it, contact KPD.

Fugitive of the Week Colton J Smith

The Kirksville Police Department’s Fugitive of the Week is Colton J Smith. He’s a 23-year-old white male, 5’6 tall, 125 lbs brown hair, and brown eyes. See a picture on the Kirksville Police Department’s Facebook page. Smith is wanted in reference to an Adair County arrest warrant for Felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. He has ties to the Kirksville area. If you know if his whereabouts, call KPD, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office, or leave a tip anonymously at 660-627-BUST.

Governor Visits Moberly for Work Ready Designation

Governor Jay Nixon visited Moberly City Hall yesterday.

The Governor congratulated leaders in Randolph County for being designated a Certified Work Ready Community. The Governor commended Randolph County’s successful efforts to strengthen its workforce training program and certify its workers, which he says will help to attract and support growing companies by connecting them with a pipeline of talent. In 2012, Missouri was selected as one of the first four states to participate in the Certified Work Ready Communities initiative by American College Testing.

The initiative aligns workforce training programs with the economic development needs of communities; matches appropriate applicants to jobs based on skill level; and strengthens businesses by strengthening the workforce.