KPD Welcomes Two New Officers

The Kirksville Police Department is welcoming two new officers. Erik Hennke and Nate Dolan. Hennke is from the Kirksville area and graduated from the Moberly Area Community College Law Enforcement Training Center in 2010. Hennke has worked in the past with Linn County and Schuyler County Sheriff Departments. Dolan is from the Columbia, MO area and graduated from his academy in August of 2018. Dolan is currently an Army Medic with the Missouri National Guard.

Scotland School Board Votes Raise Tax Levy Rate

The Scotland County R-I Board voted this week to raise the tax levy rate. The ceiling is set at $3.6057, the approved State Auditor’s rate. The levy will increase from $3.5376 in 2017-18, which was an increase from the $3.50 levy rate in 2016-17. According to the district’s tax rate summary, the rate hike of $0.068 cents, will generate an estimated $250,000 in added revenue. The board voted 5-0 to set the school district’s tax rate for 2018-2019.

2 Arrested for Drugs in Clark County

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office made two arrests for drug possession. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office reports they executed a search warrant at an apartment on East Gate CT in Kahoka on August 3rd. 21-year-old Lucky Shania Ackley-King was arrested on felony; possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), and a misdemeanor; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. 27-year-old Wesley Michael Wood, of Kahoka was arrested on felony; possession of a controlled substance (Methamphetamine), and two misdemeanors; possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kirksville Man Injured in Crash Near Milan

A Kirksville resident is recovering following a crash on Highway 6 east of Milan. The 26-year-old male driver was going westbound on the Highway when his car veered off the road, and overturned, coming to a rest on its top. The driver was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan with minor injuries. Police say he was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash on Friday afternoon. His car was totaled

Governor Discusses Tax Initiative During Stop in Kirksville

Goveror Parson is touring the state this week and made several stops in the region yesterday – including here in Kirksville. He talked with community members and leaders about agriculture, business development, and infrasructure needs. He also talked about a hot-button issue to be decided in November – the motor fuel tax. Governor Parson supports the increase to the state motor fuel tax where the funds raised would be used for improving infrastructure. He says if we don’t fix our roads, if we don’t fix our bridges, and our airports and our ports and our rail, we will not be able to grow and meet the other demands. Parson encourages voters to read the facts, know what the issues are, and know how important it is to move Missouri forward. The measure on the ballot would raise the gas tax 2.5 cents a year for four years, eventually totaling a 10-cent increase.

KPD Issus Safety Tips After Vehicles Vandalized

Over the past weekend the Kirksville Police Department took several reports of vehicles that were broken into, and/or entered while unlocked. Items ranging from coins to IPODS to firearms were taken from these vehicles. KPD is encouraging all citizens to remember the following tips: -Lock your vehicles when they are not occupied -Remove expensive items (especially firearms) from your vehicles -Call Central Dispatch if you see or suspect suspicious activity -Keep an eye on your property along with looking out for your neighbors. I’m Karen Johnson

Commission Denies Mark Twain Communications Tower Request

Kirksville’s Planning and Zoning Commission last week voted against a request to put up a communication tower in the 500 block of E. Harrison Street. Mark Twain Communications had determined a tower at the former Washington School building and property would allow them to cover a maximum area in Kirksville to offer high speed internet to residents. Several steps would be needed since the location is in a historic residential neighborhood. Many residents spoke out against the plan, expressing concern over the impact a 190-foot tower would have on their property values. Even though the proposal does not have the approval of the planning and zoning commission, it will go before the City Council for consideration on August 20th. I’m Karen Johnson.

=MSHP Issues Warning After Potential Trafficking Incident

A tweet that went viral about a possible human traffcking incident on a Northeast Missouri Highway has prompted a warning by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Nineteen-year-old Makenzie Kleist says she and her 16-year-old sister were traveling in the Macon area on Highway 36 when she says a black truck with no license plates followed her for several miles, letting no other cars in between them. Kleist had heard that this was a tactic used in her home state of Illinois for human trafficking, and she called her father, who is a police officer in that state, who instructed her her to call 911 and pull over at the Macon exit. Kleist and her sister met with Macon police officers, and she later posted her experience on Twitter.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says people should call 911 if they believe they are encountering possible sex traffickers.

Macon Police Chief Responds to Trafficking Report

Macon’s Police Chief is also responding to the report of the possible trafficking incident. Chief Adam Dawdy says two Macon Officers responded to the call to speak with the reporting party regarding a vehicle following her at a high rate of speed on Highway 36. A second officer was unable to locate the truck that was reported to be following them. Chief Dawdy says during the initial investigation, evidence does not show any attempt at human traffickingm but rather possibly a situation where one speeding driver decided to follow another speeding vehicle to avoid potential traffic enforcement. He says the reporting party was clearly concerned about being followed and made the decision to report to law enforcement for their own safety.

Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Macon County

One person was killed and another injured in a Macon County motorcycle crash. The highway patrol reports a motorcycle, being driven by 74-year-old Phillip Long of Bevier stuck a deer while going southboudn on Macon County Route C. Long received serious injuries and was transported to a hospital. His passenger and wife, 75-year-old Sheila Long, was pronounced dead at Samaritan Hospital in Macon following the accident. Police say both occupants were using safety equipment at the time of the crash.