Another Delay in Kirksville Murder Case

The start of the trial for a Kirksville man accused of murder has been delayed…Danny C. Welte has been charged with murder in the first degree and armed criminal action after he allegedly shot and killed his wife, 41-year-old Echo Welte on November 17th, 2016 in the parking lot of the local Days Inn hotel. There have been several delays in the case, the latest being a motion for a continuance by the defense, which was approved. The trial, which was to start the last week of this month, will now be pushed to as early as February or as late as April of 2019. Welte has pleaded not guity to the murder.

Missouri Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Grain Belt Express

The Missouri Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state regulators erred in rejecting the 780-mile Grain Belt Express Clean Line. The high voltage electric line, would cross Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. The transmission line and some facilities will run through several of Missouri’s counties, including: Chariton, Randolph, and Monroe. Missouri’s PSC denied the application filed by Grain Belt Express last August, saying the plan needed approval from the counties it cut through before continuing – like the Ameren’s Mark Twain Transmission Project in northeast Missouri required. The state Supreme Court ruled that the commission’s relince on the Ameren case was in error, and is not a precedent that should be followed in this case. The court ruling sends the matter back to the PSC to determine whether the project is necessary or convenient for the public service.

Macon Officers Receive Lifesaving Awards

Macon Police Chief Adam Dawdy presented Lifesaving Awards to two Macon Police Officers during the Macon City Council Meeting last night for their actions during a recent call. On Friday, Cpl Andre Williams and Patrol Officer Seth Rupp responded to check on the wellbeing of a man at his residence. Upon arrival, they found the man needing immediate medical attention. The man became unresponsive and officers performed CPR until EMS arrived. As a result of their quick response, performing first aid through CPR, the man was transported to the hospital and survived what could have been a fatal situation. Both officers are commended for their actions while on duty.

NECAC Summer Program Out of Money

A program that helps disadvantaged Northeast Missouri residents is out of money. The North East Community Action Corporation allocated the last of more than $380,000 in summer energy assistance funding yesterday – two months earlier than planned. The Energy Crisis Intervention Program began June 1st and wasn’t scheduled to end until September 30th.NECAC says is because the weather got hotter faster this year. Also, the organization was awarded about $15,000 less this year compared to last year. The agency isn’t sure if additional funding will be available.The Energy Crisis Intervention Program pays overdue electricity bills of up to $300 for income-qualifying household. According to NECAC the number of families seeking assistance dropped to about 1,600 this summer, compared with a little over 2,000 last year.
NECAC covers 12 Missouri counties, including Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, and Shelby counties in Northeast Missouri.

KAA Announces Some Interior Room Names for New Arts Center

The Kirksville Arts Association has announced some interior names for the Sue Ross Arts Center. In a press release, the association says the main floor conference room will be named in honor of the late Travis Freeman. He had been a longtime supporter of Kirksville Arts until his death in 2010. Since his passing, the Travis Freeman Foundation has funded various arts projects, including the 2013 mosaic tile mural on the front of the former arts center. The mosaic will be reinstalled on the Sue Ross Arts Center. Also, the upper gallery of the new building will be named for Ron and Elsie Gaber, who donated $25,000 to the construction of the Sue Ross Arts Center. The Sue Ross Arts Centeris expected to be constructed in 2019. It wil replace the downtown arts center that was destroyed by a fire in December of 2016.

Single Vehicle Crash in Chariton County

A resident from Mendon was injured in a single vehicle accident in Chariton County. The crash happened one mile north of Mike Road, just off Hwy 5 in Chariton County. Police say 49-year-old Lori Mauzey was going southbound when her vehicle reportedly ran off the left side of the road, went through a fence, and struck a tree. Mauzey, who was not wearing a seat belt during the crash, was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

2 Arrested for Assault

A Sullivan County arrest leads to two preliminary felony charges. According to an arrest report from Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, 25-year-old Darrell Palmer,, and 49-year-old Orville Hostetler, were arrested on Sunday afternoon. Both men, who are from Newtown, were each preliminarily charged with one count of felonious assault in the second degree. Both Hostetler and Palmer were taken to Sullivan County Jail, and placed on a 24-hour hold.

2 Arested for Assault

A Sullivan County arrest leads to two preliminary felony charges. According to an arrest report from Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B, 25-year-old Darrell Palmer,, and 49-year-old Orville Hostetler, were arrested on Sunday afternoon. Both men, who are from Newtown, were each preliminarily charged with one count of felonious assault in the second degree. Both Hostetler and Palmer were taken to Sullivan County Jail, and placed on a 24-hour hold.

Clarence Woman Injured in Crash in Shelby County

A woman from Clarence was injured following an accident this weekend in Shelby County. The single-vehicle accident happened on Highway 151 Saturday morning at around 10:50. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 18-year-old Destiny Newberry, was traveling southbound when she ran off the right side of the roadway and overcorrected, causing her to run off the left side of the roadway, where she hit a ditch. Newberry was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Macon Police Release Details About Recent Drug Arrests

Macon Police have released details about two recent drug arrests.. On July 6, Macon Police officers arrested 28-year-old Zachary P. Martin, of Callao after stopping him for speeding. During the stop, police seized drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine.

On July 7, Macon Police officers stopped a vehicle occupied by a female with outstanding warrants. 31-year-old Brandi J. Harvey told police that a bag containing methamphetamine was under the driver seat of the vehicle. Police located and seized approximately 171 grams of methamphetamine, a glass meth pipe with residue, individual plastic baggies, marijuana, a digital scale, Diazepam and other items.