Homicide Victim Son of Clark County Judge

The victim in a Columbia homicide has been identified as the son of a Clark County Judge.

Police identified the victim in Monday’s homicide as 28-year-old Augustus Jackson Roberts, of Columbia. Roberts is the son of 1st Judicial Circuit Judge Rick Roberts, and his wife, Diana, of rural Luray. Gus Roberts was a 2008 graduate of Clark County R-1 High School.

On Monday morning at around 3:30AM, Columbia police recieved a report of a suspicious person and when they responded to a home, they found Roberts unconscious and not breathing. Officers on scene rendered aid until medical personnel arrived. Their attempts to revive him were unsuccessful, and Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene. Columbia police worked the scene, attempting to gather information from neighbors.

The incident is being treated as an active homicide investigation. The cause of death has not been released.

School Bus Crash Near Kahoka

The Clark County R-1 School District confirms that the crash happened on highway 136 in Clark County just east of Kahoka, at around 3:35 p.m. A crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol released last night stated the bus was stopped to let children exit when a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old rear-ended the bus. A 13-year-old and 15-year-old on the school bus were taken to a hosptial with minor injuries. The teen driver was also taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The vehicle involved was totaled.

Fugitive of the Week Andrew Farnan

Kirksville Police are attempting to locate Fugitive of the Week Andrew J Farnan. Farnan is a black male, 6’00”, 260. Farnan is wanted on an Adair County felony warrant for Abuse or Neglect of a Child with serious physical injury. This charge carries a $50,000 cash only bond. Farnan has ties to the Kirksville area. KPD has been unable to locate Farnan at this time. KPD would also remind citizens that assisting a wanted subject in any way will warrant charges being issued against that person(s).

Anyone with information regarding Farnan’s location is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600 or anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878) or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

Special Farming Event Today In Kirksville

A special farming event is in Kirksville today. Karen Johnson has details.

The Missouri Democratic Party is highlighting its “Farmer’s Bill of Rights” today in Kirksville. The “Farmer’s Bill of Rights” is comprised of three core values designed to take on monopolies and foreign corporations to restore competition and protect the rights of Missouri’s family farmers. Today’s event is being held at Trueman State University in the student Union Georgian room at 6:30 tonight. I’m Karen Johnson.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Is Watching Out For your Safety

Missouri State Highway Patrol is watching out for your safety. Karen Johnson reports.

Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, is announcing sometime during this month troopers will conduct DWI saturations in Lewis, Marion, and Ralls counties. “Special enforcement operations such as these enable the Missouri State Highway Patrol to enhance our efforts in removing impaired drivers from our highways,” stated Captain Wilt. “Driving while impaired continues to be a major contributing factor of fatal traffic crashes in Missouri.” Captain Wilt urges all citizens to help law enforcement efforts to apprehend impaired drivers. If you suspect a motorist of driving while impaired or observe a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner, contact the nearest law enforcement agency. The Highway Patrol toll-free numbers for reporting emergencies are 1-800-525-5555 or cellular *55. He says The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. I’m Karen Johnson

AG’s Office May Investigate The Governor

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is thinking about appointing a special investigator to look into the governor’s online activities and whether it violates missouri open records law. The post dispatch says Gov Greitens and members of his staff have accounts with an online service called Confide — which keeps text messages secret.

Kirksville City Leaders Setting Goals for 2018

Local leaders are deciding on what goals and issues to tackle next year, and have compiled a list of study session topics for 2018. They include: ADA requirements for street and sidewalk improvements, an update on the Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery, updates on the Kirksville Regional Airport, the water treatment and wastewater treatment plant, the former Kirksville High School building, parks staffing and programs update, and more. You can expect more outreach from city council and city staff next year too, as the mayor suggested finding more ways to meet with community members in 2018.

Crash East of Macon Involves Mother and Children

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Report, 17-year-old Audrey B Lane, of Macon, was southbound crossing US 36, two miles east of Macon on Sunday, when she pulled into the path of a vehcile in the eastbound lane, causing a collision. That vehicle was driven by 47-year-old Amber Rufener, of Clarence, who was traveling with her two children. Conditions of those involved in the crash have not been released. Responding to the scene were the Missouri State Patrol, Macon County Sheriff Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Macon Rural Fire Department and Macon County Ambulance.

Road Signs Being Stolen in Schuyler County

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of road signs. Starting last last month, a number of road signs were stolen around the county. Reports state the vehicle involved is a dark colored pickup. They are asking the public for help in catching those involved – especially since the theft of these signs costs tax payers money. The thefts occurred in Glenwood mainly, but also a few thefts from Lancaster and Queen City. Anyone with informaiton should contact the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office at 660-956-9493 or 833-233-1487

Missouri Recognizes Foster Parents

Foster parenting gets recognized in Missouri. Karen Johnson has the story.

Missouri’s First Lady is announcing that the Missouri Children’s Division is enrolled in a new and innovative study on foster parent recruitment and retention. It is a new research study examining the attitudes and experiences of hundreds of foster and adoptive parents in Missouri. Dr. Elise Dallimore, the lead researcher for the project, says “never before has there been a study that looks at foster parent recruitment and retention on this scale.” The First Lady says “Our foster parents do incredible work. They step up to love and care for our state’s children in some of the most difficult and traumatic moments in these kids’ lives. One of the things we’ve heard loud and clear is that foster parents want their role to be respected and valued. The statistics aren’t great – nationwide, as many as 60% of foster parents quit within a year. I’m Karen Johnson.