Kirksville Police Respond To Firearms Thefts

The Kirksville Police Department is investigating several reports of stolen firearms. Karen Johnson explains.

KPD has responded to two reports of firearms being taken from vehicles near Manor Crest Drive. The thefts happened Wednesday morning. KPD would like to remind citizens to secure their vehicles and remove any valuable items when they are left unattended. It only takes a few seconds for a thief to take your items,” says KPD in a release. Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945, or anonymously at (660) 627-BUST (2878) or email I’m Karen Johnson.

Area Animal Rescue Groups Expands Services

Field of Dreams Rescue is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year by writing a new chapter in the organization’s history. Karen Johnson has the story.

Katy Fine-Newman, FODR president, says the group is currently constructing a new building on the 300 block of North Marion Street on land gifted by the Knott family, longtime supporters of the animal rescue for its 10th anniversary. Fine-Newman says the organization decided to use endowment funds to construct a building. She says We really had outgrown the previous building. This is going to allow us to accept more donations and be able to distribute them to people who need them. Field of Dreams Rescue is a nonprofit no-kill animal rescue organization founded in 2007. Dogs and cats are accepted into foster homes, where they are cared for until a permanent home can be found. I’m Karen Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson Ruling In Missouri Court

A ruling In Missouri over the Johnson & Johnson products case. Karen Johnson has an update.

The Missouri Eastern District appeals court on Tuesday threw out a $72 million jury verdict for a woman who claimed her longtime use of baby powder and other Johnson & Johnson products contributed to ovarian cancer that killed her. The ruling could squash three other recent St. Louis jury verdicts of more than $200 million combined against the New Jersey-based health care giant, which has also appealed the cases.In a statement, a Johnson & Johnson spokeswoman said the company is pleased with the opinion and is continuing its appeals.”In the cases involving nonresident plaintiffs who sued in the state of Missouri, we consistently argued that there was no jurisdiction and we expect the existing verdicts that we are appealing to be reversed. I’m Karen Johnson.

Authorities Looking Kirksville Man Who is Considered Dangerous

A Kirksville man remains at large for outstanding warrants.

In August, Officers of the Marine Police Department in Illinois, conducted a traffic stop. The driver, 32-year-old Lendsey Phillips of Kirksville, was unable to provide a driver’s license. When asked to step out of the vehicle, he sped off instead, striking one of the Officers with his vehicle. Officers briefly pursued the vehicle and lost site of the vehicle in the area of Interstate 55 and State Route 143. Officers from an assisting agency located the vehicle abandoned in the area of State Route 143 and Staunton Road.

On August 29th, three felony warrants were issued on Phillips – he also has a parole violation warrant and is still at large.

Schuyler County also has a felony warrant for Phillips for possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest after a traffic stop on Highway 136 west of highway 63 a few months ago.

Authorities say Phillips is to be considered armed and dangerous. He has an extensive history of violence toward Law Enforcement. If you have any information on Phillips’ whereabouts, contact police.
You can see a picture of Phillips on the Kirksville Police Department’s Facebook page.

Posted by Kirksville Police Department on Monday, October 16, 2017

ShakeOut Drill October 19

The Great Central U. S. “ShakeOut” earthquake drill is tomorrow, and more than 440,000 Missourians have registered to participate. In all, almost 2.5 million people are registered in the 14 central U.S. states that could be impacted by a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake. Experts say “Drop, Cover, Hold On” is the best way to protect yourself from falling debris, which is the most likely cause of injury during an earthquake.

At exactly 10:19 a.m. tomorrow, participants will: DROP to their hands and knees; COVER their heads and necks with their hands and arms under a table or desk if possible; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops.

If you’d like more information about the ShakeOut please visit

Boil Advisory in Kirksville for Portion of Jamison

There’s a boil advisory in effect for some in Kirksville through 12:30PM tomorrow. The affected area includes those who live on Jamison between Normal and Patterson. Also including apartment complex located at 2202 E. Normal. For any questions, contact Public Works at 660.627.1291

Project Scholarship 21 Gets Underway

The Missouri Gaming Association is inviting high school seniors to enter the 22nd annual Project 21 scholarship competition. Karen Johnson reports.

Two $1,500 first prize scholarships and four $1,000 second prize scholarships will be awarded. The Project 21 scholarship program encourages students to learn and educate their fellow students on the illegality, dangers and consequences of underage gambling. Students must write and publish an original essay or article in the school newspaper, or create a poster or video. Entries must be published or displayed at the student’s high school for at least one full week between Dec. 1 and Feb. 15.
Entries will be judged for originality, content, style and educational value. The deadline for submitting Project 21 scholarship entries to the Missouri Gaming Association is March 1. I’m Karen Johnson.

Local State Representative Has His Sights Set On Senator

A local state representative is announcing his run for state senate. Karen Johnson has details.


Republican Nate Walker, of Kirksville, is planning an official public announcement this morning. Currently, as a state representative, Walker represents Adair, Sullivan, Putnam and Mercer counties. He has served as a state representative for that area since November 2012. This upcoming legislative session will be his last as a state representative. Walker says running for Missouri State Senate is something he has been considering for some time. Walker says, if elected, he will continue to protect the property rights of landowners and fight burdensome regulations. If elected, Walker would replace current Missouri State Senator Brian Munzlinger of Lewis County. Munzlinger is not able to run again, due to term-limits. I’m Karen Johnson.

Authorites Seek Help in Finding Sex Offender

The Adair County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to locate a wanted suspect. 32-year-old Dustin Leroy McKim, is wanted for being a noncompliant sex offender. According to the Sheriff’s Office, McKim did not notify the office when he left Adair County, as is required by law. He is believed to be in the Kirksville area. McKim is 5 feet 8 inches tall, 180 pounds with blonde hair. See a picture on the Adair County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. Anyone with information on McKim’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Adair County E-911 Center.

KPD Make DWI Arrest

An arrest for DWI was made this weekend, according to KPD…On Saturday, Kirksville Police responded to the area of Davis and Randolph in reference to a person falling from the back of a moving pick-up truck. This subject was transported from the scene to Northeast Regional Medical Center before being flown to the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for medical treatment for serious injuries. 23-year-old Bryan Moore was identified as the driver, and was was placed under arrest and charged with 2nd Degree Assault Serious Physical Injury involving Intoxication/Vehicle.