Archives for February 2019

Knox County Has New Sheriff

Voters in Knox County have elected a new sheriff. A special election was held to replace former Knox County Sheriff Robert Becker. In December 2018, Becker pleaded guilty to charges of Domestic Assault and Sexual Abuse. As part of the plea agreement with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Becker avoided jail time and was instead placed on two years of probation, paid a fine, registered as a sex offender and resigned as sheriff. Allen Gudehus, who held the Sheriff position until 2016 when he was defeated by Becker, became the interim sheriff until the results of the Knox County Sheriff Special Election. The democrat ran unopposed in that special election on Tuesday and received 98-percent of the vote.

Online Fundraiser Kicks Off for Homeless Shelter

An effort to get a homeless shelter open in Kirskville is getting underway. Glen Moritz formed a non-profit in 2017 to begin raising funds for a local homeless shelter. Now Moritz and fundraising chair, Jimmy Clemen, hope to raise enough money to buy or rent property for the shelter and have it open by the end of the year. They are launching an online fundraising campaign today through a crowdfunding website. The fundraiser will end with a dinner on April 11th. Learn more at: www.facebook.com/amhousinginc/ and at amhousing.org/.

Final Municpal Code Review Meeting

Community meetings for municipal code review began on Monday and will wrap up this evening. During this series of meetings, the City of Kirksville has been getting public input on the recodification of the Municipal Code. The topics for each evening, are based on individual chapters within the Municipal Code, and this evening that will cover: Emergency Management; Fire Prevention and Protection; Police; Municipal Court; Vehicles for Hire; Licenses, Permits, and Misc. Business Regulations; Alcoholic Beverages; Gas. The meeting starts at 5PM at the City’s Economic Development Alliance. Your feedback on the proposed changes to the Municipal Code will be given to the City Council for their review as part of the recodification process.

Consultant Meetings Set to Get Feedback for New Superintendent

The Kirksville R-III School District Board of Education has secured the services of the Missouri School Board Association to assist in the search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Damon Kizzire who is retiring June 30. The MSBA consultant working with the Board is Dr. Robert “Bob” Watkins, who served 34 years in public education, of which 23 years were as a central office administrator in the Independence Schools, including superintendent from 1991-1999. Dr. Watkins was active in the American Association of School Administrators, the Mid-American Association of School Superintendents, the Midwest Superintendents Association and the Missouri Association of School Administrators. In an effort to seek input from the staff and the public, Dr. Watkins will be hosting meetings with Administration – 1:30PM; Central Office – 2:30PM; faculty and staff – 3:30PM; and community – 5PM, next Wedesday, March 6th at the District’s Central Office – 1901 E. Hamilton, Kirksville. The employees and public are also invited to complete and online survey. It’s posted on the District website at www.kirksville.k12.mo.us until midnight, March 8th.

Bridge in LaPlata Inspected by Lt. Governor

Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe visited several bridges this week which are included on a list of 250 for immediate repair or replacement if Gov. Mike Parson’s proposed funding program is passed this year by the Missouri General Assembly. Among them is the Route D bridge over the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway in LaPlata. During his stop there, Kehoe said “The governor’s plan will help address critical infrastructure needs and will accelerate more than $1 billion worth of local projects with no new tax dollars.”

Topics for Wednesday Review of the City of Kirksville’s Municipal Code

There’s another Community meeting tonight for review of the City of Kirksville’s municipal code. Topics covered this evening will be: Subdivision Regulations; Zoning; Buildings and Building Regulations; Housing; Landscaping; Administration. The meeting starts at 5PM at the City’s Economic Development Alliance (EDA) Building, located at 315 S. Franklin Street.

Former Knox County Sheriff Facing New Charges

Knox County ‘s former Sheriff is facing some new charges. Robert Becker has been charged on two separate counts relating to illegally hunting wildlife. In December 2018, Becker pleaded guilty to charges of Domestic Assault and Sexual Abuse. As part of the plea agreement with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Becker avoided jail time and was instead placed on two years of probation, paid a fine, registered as a sex offender and resigned as sheriff. The new charges stem from an incident on December 26 when a resident reported seeing Becker and two others fire weapons while standing in, or next to the roadway. Then on January 24, 2019, A Conservation Agent and his District Supervisor contacted Becker at his residence. Becker reportedly admitted to firing his shotgun while standing along the county road. He said his son had shot at a quail along the roadway. Becker is charged with a class A misdemeanor of the pursuit of wildlife illegally and class B misdemeanor of unlawful use of a weapon.

2 Injured in Crash Near Labelle

Two people suffered moderate injuries in a crash in Northeast Missouri involving a semi and an SUV. According to the State Highway Patrol, the collision which remains under investigation, occurred on State Highway D south of LaBelle. Those who were treated for injuries were the occupants in the SUV.

Municipal Code Review Topics for Tuesday Evening Meeting

The City of Kirksville is holding a series of community meetings to obtain public input as the City embarks on the recodification of the Municipal Code. The topics for each evening, are based on individual chapters within the Municipal Code. Topics tonight are: Animals and Fowl; Nuisances; Offenses and Misc. Provisions; Motor Vehicles and Traffic; Human Relations; Garbage, Refuse and Weeds. The meeting is from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, at the City’s Economic Development Alliance Building, at 315 S. Franklin Street.

ATV Accident Injures 12 Year Old

In Lewis county, a 12 year old who was riding an ATV in a pasture flipped over. The vehicle landed on top of the boy. KSP says Randall Routt had moderate injuries; he was taken to Blessing hospital by ambulence.