Archives for August 2018

Governor Discusses Tax Initiative During Stop in Kirksville

Goveror Parson is touring the state this week and made several stops in the region yesterday – including here in Kirksville. He talked with community members and leaders about agriculture, business development, and infrasructure needs. He also talked about a hot-button issue to be decided in November – the motor fuel tax. Governor Parson supports the increase to the state motor fuel tax where the funds raised would be used for improving infrastructure. He says if we don’t fix our roads, if we don’t fix our bridges, and our airports and our ports and our rail, we will not be able to grow and meet the other demands. Parson encourages voters to read the facts, know what the issues are, and know how important it is to move Missouri forward. The measure on the ballot would raise the gas tax 2.5 cents a year for four years, eventually totaling a 10-cent increase.

KPD Issus Safety Tips After Vehicles Vandalized

Over the past weekend the Kirksville Police Department took several reports of vehicles that were broken into, and/or entered while unlocked. Items ranging from coins to IPODS to firearms were taken from these vehicles. KPD is encouraging all citizens to remember the following tips: -Lock your vehicles when they are not occupied -Remove expensive items (especially firearms) from your vehicles -Call Central Dispatch if you see or suspect suspicious activity -Keep an eye on your property along with looking out for your neighbors. I’m Karen Johnson

Commission Denies Mark Twain Communications Tower Request

Kirksville’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week voted against a request to put up a communication tower in the 500 block of E. Harrison Street. Mark Twain Communications had determined a tower at the former Washington School building and property would allow them to cover a maximum area in Kirksville to offer high speed internet to residents. Several steps would be needed since the location is in a historic residential neighborhood. Many residents spoke out against the plan, expressing concern over the impact a 190-foot tower would have on their property values. Even though the proposal does not have the approval of the planning and zoning commission, it will go before the City Council for consideration on August 20th. I’m Karen Johnson.

=MSHP Issues Warning After Potential Trafficking Incident

A tweet that went viral about a possible human traffcking incident on a Northeast Missouri Highway has prompted a warning by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Nineteen-year-old Makenzie Kleist says she and her 16-year-old sister were traveling in the Macon area on Highway 36 when she says a black truck with no license plates followed her for several miles, letting no other cars in between them. Kleist had heard that this was a tactic used in her home state of Illinois for human trafficking, and she called her father, who is a police officer in that state, who instructed her her to call 911 and pull over at the Macon exit. Kleist and her sister met with Macon police officers, and she later posted her experience on Twitter.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says people should call 911 if they believe they are encountering possible sex traffickers.

Macon Police Chief Responds to Trafficking Report

Macon’s Police Chief is also responding to the report of the possible trafficking incident. Chief Adam Dawdy says two Macon Officers responded to the call to speak with the reporting party regarding a vehicle following her at a high rate of speed on Highway 36. A second officer was unable to locate the truck that was reported to be following them. Chief Dawdy says during the initial investigation, evidence does not show any attempt at human traffickingm but rather possibly a situation where one speeding driver decided to follow another speeding vehicle to avoid potential traffic enforcement. He says the reporting party was clearly concerned about being followed and made the decision to report to law enforcement for their own safety.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Macon County

One person was killed and another injured in a Macon County motorcycle crash. The highway patrol reports a motorcycle, being driven by 74-year-old Phillip Long of Bevier stuck a deer while going southboudn on Macon County Route C. Long received serious injuries and was transported to a hospital. His passenger and wife, 75-year-old Sheila Long, was pronounced dead at Samaritan Hospital in Macon following the accident. Police say both occupants were using safety equipment at the time of the crash.

2 Teens Injured in Head-On Crash

Two teenagers were injured in a head-on crash in Northeast Missouri. Saturday morning, at around 11:30AM in Macon County, a vehicle being driven by 18-year-old Ethan Rife, of Clarence, collided with a vehicle being driven by 46-year-old Angela Harmon, also of Clarence. The crash occurred on a hill crest of a gravel road. Rife sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene. A 16-year-old female passenger from Shelbina who was in Harmon’s car, was transported by Macon County Ambulance to Samaritan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Vehicle Stop in Brookfield Nets Marijuana

Over the weekend officers conducted a traffic stop on the US 36 on ramp from MO Highway 11. While approaching, officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Officers asked the driver, identified as Zachary Bradley, 29 of Kansas City, if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. Bradley advised that there was some marijuana in his pocket. A routine check of Bradley showed that Bradley had a suspended driver’s license as well as an outstanding warrant for Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bradley and three passengers were advised to exit the vehicle. Officers then recovered three baggies of marijuana from Bradley. During another search of Bradley’s vehicle, officers recovered drug paraphernalia, a digital scale, a large amount of empty plastic bags and almost a half-pound (210 grams) of marijuana. The ‘street value’ of the marijuana is estimated at $4,200.00. Bradley is charged with a Felony and bond is set at $50,000.00 cash. I’m Karen Johnson

Drought Resource Meeting in Edina.txt

A drought resources meeting is being held in Edina this evening. It’s to provide information to Northeast Missouri farmers, who are dealing with impacts of extreme drought. Topics covered will include: Drought resources, feeding alternatives, livestock nutirition, feeding economics, cover crops, and government funding and assistance. Presenters are members of the University of Missouri Extension staff including: Interim Northeast Regional Director and Agribusiness Specialist, Karisha Devlin; Livestock Specialist Zac Erwin, a Research Agrononmist form Greely Research Center, a repreentative from the Knox County Farm Service Agency; and a representative from the Knox County Natural Resources Conservation District.The drought meeting will be held at the Knox County Community Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. A complementary meal will be served during the meeting, so you are asked to please RSVP by calling: (660)665-9866 or (660)397-2179

The Latest Lake Report

Officials say the Buckeye trees have started to change to their fall wardrobe. The brown grass around both lakes is an unspoken warning that the fire danger is very high! It is important to remember that open fires are not permitted at Hazel Creek Lake and open fires must be in an approved fire pit at Thousand Hills State Park

Saturday, August 11th at 7:00 am is the earliest that waterfowl blind sites may be chosen at Hazel Creek Lake this year. There are no designated blind sites but they must be constructed or placed so they are at least 300 yards from all other blinds. Any conflicts for blind sites that cannot be resolved by the participants will be referred to the Lake, Parks and Recreation Commission. The decoys cannot be placed in the water until Saturday September 1, 2018 and all blinds and decoys must be removed from the area by 5:00 pm April 27, 2019.

The State of Missouri is finishing their plans to replace the sea wall, boat ramp and boat docks at Thousand Hills State Park. Construction will hopefully begin this fall. I’m Karen Johnson?