Archives for June 2017

Feeding Deer Is Forbidden In Adair County

Effective this Saturday the Missouri Department of Conservation is expanding restrictions on feeding and placing minerals for deer from 29 to 41 counties throughout the state, including northeast Missouri. Karen Johnson has more.

The goal of the expanded feeding ban is to help limit the spread of chronic wasting disease or CWD. According to the Wildlife Code of Missouri, the placement of grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable natural and manufactured products used to attract deer is prohibited year-round within counties of the CWD Management Zone. Among the 12 additional counties joining 29 others is Adair. MDC Wildlife Disease Coordinator Jasmine Batten says CWD is spread from deer to deer and the potential for transmission increases when deer gather in larger, concentrated numbers. Feeding deer or placing minerals for deer unnaturally concentrates the animals and can help spread the deadly disease. I’m Karen Johnson.

Beware It’s Fire Season

The Missouri Department of Conservation has some important reminders during this season of fireworks and campfires. Karen Johnson has details.

When it comes to fireworks MDC officials say don’t light fireworks in any areas where the sparks could ignite dry grass, leaves, or other potential fire fuel. Always have an approved fire extinguisher and an available water supply to douse sparks or flames and also wet the area around where fireworks are being discharged. For campfires, clear a generous zone around fire rings. Store unused firewood a good distance from a campfire and never use gasoline, kerosene, or other flammable liquid to start a fire. MDC also says put out campfires each night and before leaving camp, even if it’s just for a few moments. I’m Karen Johnson.

Trooper Makes A Plea in Drowning Death Case

A Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the drowning of Brandon Ellingson.

The 20-year-old Ellingson was handcuffed after being arrested for drunk boating at the Lake of the Ozarks in 2015. Ellingson fell off a trooper’s boat and drowned because his life vest was not secure plus being cuffed he couldn’t use his hands. Initially charged with involuntary manslaughter in 2015, Anthony Piercy yesterday plead guilty to misdemeanor negligent operation of a vessel.

Sentencing will take place in September. Piercy could be sentenced to up to two years probation without any prison time. Last year, the state of Missouri agreed to pay $9 million to the family of Ellingson in a wrongful death lawsuit.

LaPlata Pre School Gets Recognition

The La Plata preschool recently recieved recognition by a state organization. The school was named one of three finalists for the Chidlhood Education Program of the Year Award sponosored by the Missouri School Board Association.Superintendent Dr. Craig Noah calls the program an outstanding way to prepare children for Kindergarten and beyond. He shared the good news with the school board last Friday.

Winner of Battle for the Blood

The Macon Police and Fire departments battled against each other during their annual blood drive last week, and once again the Fire Department came out on top with the most votes. The departments are challenged to collect the most votes from donors. Since the first Battle for Blood, the fire department has won the battle each year. While both sides compete to win, they say the big winner is the Community Blood Center, which is the primary supplier of blood for local hospitals in Missouri.

Fourth Of July Driving Impaired Message

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is issuing a warning to stay safe and Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over this 4th of July.

In all of the 2016 fatal and serious injury crashes in Missouri, 15 percent involved a substance-impaired driver. Throughout the Fourth of July holiday last year, five people lost their lives and 57 were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes. Of those, one person was killed and five seriously injured involved a substance-impaired driver. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety says to keep in mind some consequences such as if you cause a fatal crash, you can be charged with involuntary manslaughter – a felony resulting in up to seven years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both and if you refuse a sobriety test you can lose your license on the spot. I’m Karen Johnson.

Fireworks Safety Message Issued By Kirksville Police

The Kirksville Police Department is reminding citizens of the city’s policy on fireworks as the Fourth of July holiday is around the corner. Karen Johnson has a report.

KPD recently issued a release detailing several laws in the city of Kirksville’s fireworks ordinance. It says we caution all parents to familiarize themselves with the city of Kirksville regulations regarding fireworks in order to have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Among the rules Fireworks can only be discharged within city limits between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. from June 30 through July 5th. You can discharge fireworks on your property but, if a peace disturbance is reported and verified by police, individuals may be issued a citation and be required to stop. The fireworks ordinance is available online through the city’s website. I’m Karen Johnson.

Formal Charges Filed Against Driver Who Killed Woman in Bucklin

Formal charges have been filed against the man who struck and killed a woman in Bucklin last week.

The incident occurred in the 200 block of Baker Street in Bucklin at about 12:45 a.m. last Wednesday. According to a police report, 18-year-old Jose Roberto Montoya was seen by two witnesses driving his truck in an erratic manner in a residential area. Montoya reportedly had struck many objects as he drove near residences on the street. The suspect then drove his blue late model Ford pick-up truck in a yard, striking a female victim, 27-year-old Amanda R. Hepworth, of New Cambria. Hepworth sustained serious injuries including extensive damage to her head. She was transported by Life Flight Eagle to University Hospital in Columbia in critical condition, where she later died.

Montoya is charged with felony Second-Degree Murder, felonious Armed Criminal Action and two felony counts of DWI-Causing Serious Injury. Montoya is also charged with first-degree Vehicle Tampering.

South 63 Corridor Community Improvement District

There will be an open meeting this week on the South 63 Corridor Community Improvement District. The tentative agenda includes approval of the 2016 audit report. The meeting on Thursday will start at 11AM in the City Hall, Basement Conference Room, at 201 S. Franklin Street in Kirksville.

Free Dental Screenings Tomorrow at Adair County Health Department

There will be free dental screenings at the Adair County Health Department in Kirksville tomorrow. Oral cancer screenings will also be provided for those who wear dentures. Free oral health supplies will be offeed as well during the event. The free screenings for all ages is being provided by the NEMO Health Council from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Adair County Health Department, 1001 S Jamison St, in Kirksville.