Archives for November 2016

Kirksville Woman Charged for Stabbing Her Roomate

A Kirksville woman is facing felony charges after a stabbing…Police say 21-year-old Nioka P. Morelock, stabbed her roommate twice following an argument, but she says it was in self defense. Morelock told investigators that her roommate confronted her with a knife in his hand about missing items he claimed she stole. Morelock claimed that during a struggle, she gained control of the knife and stabbed him. She said her roommate then hit her on the head, so she stabbed him again and then ran from residence. The victim’s story was different. He told police he was in his bedroom when Morelock entered and the two began to argue. He says she stabbed him twice, and that he punched her to get away and get medical attention. Morelock has been charged with a class A felony of domestic assault in the first degree and a felony of armed criminal action.

Shelbina Woman Sentenced for Sex Crimes Against Her Children

A Shelbina woman has been sentenced for child sex crimes. 39-year-old Melinda S. Tillitt will spend 90 years in prison for committing multiple sex crimes since 2007 against her two young girls ages 8 and 14. The case was investigated by the Shelbina Police Department after the victims disclosed the abuse to a trusted church member. Back in October when Tillit was found guilty of six charges of sexual abuse against the children, Attorney General Chris Koster said “It is unimaginable that a parent would so betray the trust of her children”, adding that he “hoped the jury’s verdict gives them a measure of security that they will not be hurt by her again.” Tillitt’s husband, 47-year-old Kevin Tillitt, is charged with multiple counts against the two girls as well. He is scheduled for trial on May 9 in Adair County.

Minimum Wage Protest Arrests

Might call it a Big-mac attack — protestors blocked traffic and shut down a McDonalds yesterday..

Egged-on by labor unions — the protestors want $15 an hour to flip burgers. Part of a nationwide protest. Last night two dozen were arrested in St. Louis for blocking Hampton Avenue. THe chief had warned them, if they blocked traffic they’d be arrested. Earlier — the protestors shut down a downtown in St. Louis — they marched and chanted — blocking the drive thru — so the mgr shut down the dining area. Not just McDonalds workers…other fast food employees involved as well. One taco bell worker told a reporter — we deserve $15 an hour because not just anybody can make a taco.

State Lawmaker Fights for First Responders

A state lawmaker says he’s fighting for first reponders. A Poplar Bluff state senator says he will propose legislation to boost penalties against anyone attacking police and other first responders. Doug Libla tells Ozarks First.com he is still working out what the increase in penalties would be, but his measure would boost those penalties for anyone convicted of killing or assaulting first responders. The Republican says it’s time to send a message that attacking a cop or first responder in Missouri will be met with harsh punishment.

Few Tickets Left for Breakfast with Santa

Only 18 tickets remain for the 10:30 am seating of Breakfast with Santa. Get your tickets now! parks.kirksvillecity.com

Slam Poet Performing at TSU Tonight

Critically acclaimed slam poet Neil Hilborn will perform on the Truman State University campus tonight.
The performance is at 8 p.m. in the Student Union Building Hub. Hilborn’s poem “OCD” went viral in 2013, garnering more than 12 million views on YouTube to become the most-viewed slam poem ever. He has been featured o the Wall Street Journal, and he is the author of the book “Our Numbered Days” Hilborn’s poetry illustrates the reality of living with a mental illness.

Fatalities Over Holiday Weekend

Despite their efforts to have no fatalities, The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 10 people died during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday…

Troopers investigated 400 traffic crashes, which included 124 injuries, and eight of the 10 fatalities. The Sedalia Police Department and Kirksville Police Department each investigated one traffic fatality. On Friday, November 25th, Sandra K. Waters, 65, of Orrick, MO, died when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was struck by another vehicle whose driver failed to yield to a red light. The crash occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Winchester Drive in Sedalia. On Sunday November 27th, 58-year-old James Sizemore, of La Plata, was killed in a two vehicle crash that happened at the intersection of Highway 11 and Highway 63. According to police, Sizemore was driving southbound on the highway went off the road and landed in a ditch on the east side of the road. As his vehicle exited the ditch, it was struck by a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Stanley Horner, of Jefferson City, who was traveling northbound on the highway.

Suspect Backs Into KPD Patrol Car

A Kirksville Officer was injured by a suspect trying to avoid arrest…

According to the KPD, police were responding to a report of assault in the 1300 block of E. Harrison Street Sunday morning when they saw the suspect leave the area in a vehicle. When police attempted to stop the vehicle in the Hy-Vee parking lot, the suspect, 25-year-old Krista McPeak of Chillicothe, attempted to flee and backed into an officer’s patrol car. She was arrested on the charges of assault of an officer, careless and imprudent driving, interfering with an arrest and on a warrant for a probation and parole violation.

Minimum Wage Day Of Action

Walk outs are planned across the state, as part of Minimum Wage Day Of Action.

It could be tough to get a burger for lunch at some fast food restaurants across Missouri today. Union organizers say they’ll lead walk outs at a number of local restaurants as part of the ‘fight for 15.’ The day of action is tied to the push in Kansas City and St. Louis for a higher minimum wage. But small business advocates say a higher minimum wage will actually hurt hourly workers because business owners won’t be able to pay everyone 15-dollars an hour.

State Grapples with Inmate Burials

A problem for prisons — what to do with some inmates who die.

Sad to think no one cares if a person dies. But last year 55 inmates died in Missouri — and no family member showed up for the remains — so the state had to pay to bury them. Now, the prison dept is aking funeral homes to bid on burying prisoners in that situation. The bid asks for the cheapest wood boxes and least expensive grave liners —- last year the corrections dept spent $62,000 burying the dead — and they’d like to trim that cost this year.