Body Found in Alexadria

The Clark County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed a body was found in Alexandria Tuesday. Sheriff Shawn Webster says the body was discovered in the old state park, which is the north side of the levy across from Alexandria. The body is described as a white male, and people on scene said he was from Keokuk, but the coroner hasn’t confirmed the identity. Webster said a boater on the Mississippi River spotted the body, which offiicals believe had been in the water for at least 24 hours. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Shots Fired at Missouri National Guard Training Site Near Macon

Deputies are investigating after a member of the Missouri National Guard was shot at a training site near Macon.

The guardsman was driving a truck when a bullet came through the windshield and lodged in the truck’s metal frame. Shrapnel from the frame hit the driver in the face. The driver was transported to a Columbia hospital and their condition is unknown. A passenger in the truck wasn’t hurt. When deputies arrived, they heard gunfire continuing. While investigating, they found a landowner nearby sighting rifles, unaware of anything going on even after the guardsman was hurt.

Members of the guard said they heard 15-20 shots after the victim was injured, though they didn’t know who was shooting or at what.The office’s investigation is ongoing and names are being withheld until it is completed.

Illinois Street Opening Ceremony Today

The Street Maintenance Division of the City of Kirksville’s Public Works Department has completed the reconstruction of Illinois Street, between Baltimore and Marion Streets. There will be a street opening ceremony at noon today held on East Illinois Street at the intersection with North Baltimore Street. The public is welcome to attend and celebrate the completion of this significant project At the completion of the event, East Illinois Street, between North Baltimore and North Marion Streets, will be officially reopened.

Fatal ATV Accident in Knox County

An elderly man was killed in an ATV accident. Missouri State Highway Patrol was called to private property, five miles southeast of Edina in Knox County at around 1PM yesterday. Authorities say 72-year-old Albert Hagerla, was going southbound in a field when he drove into a culvert and overturned, partially ejecting him.
Hagerla was pronounced dead at the scene. Assisting at the scene were the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Knox County Fire and Rescue

Wanted Clark County Woman Arrested

A Clark County woman who was wanted on multiple felony charges has been arrested. Clark County Sheriff Shawn Webster confirms that 39-year-old Patricia Gordy, of Wyaconda, was apprehended on Monday in Farmington, Iowa, and was transported to the Clark County Detention Center on multiple felony charges.

Sullivan County Woman Charged in Burglary Case Out on Bail

The two Sullivan County women charged with burglary are out on bond. 51-year-old Peggy Jean Johnson, of Milan and 46-year-old Christina McDonald, of Browning, are each charged with burglary in the first degree, stealing $750.00 or more and possession of burglary tools. The charges stem from their arrest on August 26th, when a homeowner returned to find the door forced open, andnoticed property had been moved out of the house, and found multiple burglary tools nearby. The women escaped through a window and were later arrested by Green City Police. They’ll be in court next on Thursday, October 4th.

Man Fired Weapon at Girlfriend and Officers in Rural Baring

No one was injured when a man fired shots at his girlfriend and officers during a domestic incident in rural Baring early Sunday. The victim told police that following an argument, Donald Dale Howe, Jr. pointed a .45 caliber pistol in her direction. She says he fired the weapon as she ran away. Three law enforcement officers from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Edina Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to the residence. As officers moved in towards the home, a shot was fired in their direction – the bullet went though a bedroom window spraying an officer with broken glass. Soon after, Howe surrendered. He is facing mulitple felony charges, including three Class A felony counts of assault in the first degree involving a special victim, one Class B felony count of domestic assault in the first degree and one felony count of armed criminal action. None of the officers fired their weapons in the ordeal.

MoDOT Updates on Bridge Work

Missouri Route 151 in Shelby County is now back open to traffic after closing on June 11th for bridge replacement at Ten Mile Creek, located approximately 3 miles north of U.S. Route 36 at Clarence.Perry Creek bridge on Missouri Route 151 is now closed for replacement, and it is located 2 miles west of Leonard. Bleigh Construction Company of Palmyra, Missouri, is the contractor for these two bridges, receiving the award $1,697,453. For more information on area projects, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT.You can also visit online at

Deputy Involved in Shooting Incident Returns to Work

The Macon County deputy who shot a man during an incident last month is back on the job. The deputy reported that when he’d stopped a truck on August 14, a passenger got out with a rifle in his hands. The man, identified as Jakob Burton, started walking toward the deputy and failed to comply with orders to drop the rifle. The deputy said he fired four times when Barton allegedly started raising th rifle. Burton was taken to a hospital for treatment and the was taken to jail. The Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated the shooting, and examined all evidence from the scene including Burton’s rifle, the deputy’s duty weapon and body-worn camera. The results were sent to the Macon County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. After discussing the report, Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker returned his deputy to regular duty.

Knox County Sheriff Asks Public for Patience in Juvenile Criminal Case

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public to be patient regarding the release of information connected to the arrest of 3 juveniles. The youths face felony assault allegations for incidents that happened on the grounds of the Knox County R-1 School District. Both police and school officials have been tight-lipped about details surrounding the arrests. The Sheriff says he’s continuing to gather information on the case and wants to assure that all parties involved are treated fairly and according to their rights under the law.