Archives for March 2012

Novinger Bond Issue Would Not Affect Tax Rate

Novinger school district patrons will have the chance next week to say whether the district should make improvements to its buildings. Although the bond issue to pay for the improvements is $1.1 million, officials say it will cause no increase in taxes. The money would be used for three primary goals — a new roof, electrical upgrades, and a new heating and air conditioning system. The current air handling system is nearly 60 years old, and school officials expect to see noticeably lower utility bills because of the tremendous efficiency increases made in air handling systems in the pas six decades.

Free Weatherization Offered

Green Hills Community Action Agency is seeking homes to weatherize for free:

The agency, which serves 9 counties in our region, offers the program to those who meet certain financial guidelines. Eligible family incomes range from $22,340 for a single-person household to $54,020 for a family of 5. Following an energy audt of the home, typical work includes attic insulation, foundation insulation, wall insulation, furnace tune-ups, caulking, and weather-stripping. Plans call for weatherizing between 500 to 600 homes during the grant period which ends in December. To find out more, Terri Henderson or Alicia Roy at 660-359-3907 or toll free (855) 290-8544.

1 Arrested, 1 Sought After Weekend Chase

A Kirksville man who led police on a high-speed chase in two counties has been arrested and police are looking for another man in connection with the incident. 31-year-old Jeffrey Sharp is charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest. Sharp is accused of driving away from a state trooper’s stop over the weekend then leading officers on a chase up to 75 milers-per-hour through parts of Macon and Adair Counties before finally crashing his car into a ditch. Sharp then fled on foot with another occupant of the car. That passenger the subject of a police hunt today.

Crashes Monday Kill Two

Two people have died in northeast Missouri traffic crashes in the past day. Troopers say separate crashes killed 70-year old Wayne Marsh of Milan and 25-year old Jessica Stoebe of Glasgow.

Marsh was the driver of a semi truck that crashed in Putnam county last night. Troopers report he was northbound on Route 139 and ran the stop sign at US 136, striking the embankment on the far side. It’s unclear whether the crash caused his death or if there was some sort of medical issue prior to the crash.

The crash that killed Stoebe happened in Chariton county yesterday morning. She was the driver of a car in the wrong place at the wrong time — a pickup involved in a head-on crash in front of her spun out of control and hit her car. The driver of the car that caused the original crash, 40-year old Bobbie Vollrath of Salisbury, was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries, while the driver of the pickup, 18-year old Austin Cole of Glasgow, had serious injuries. Each of the drivers was alone in their vehicles. The crash happened at 7:45am on Route 5 a few miles south of Salisbury.

Kirksville Man Arrested following Police Chase

A Kirksville man is jailed following a two-county car chase yesterday morning that included him trying to hit a highway patrol cruiser head-on. According to court paperwork, Jeffery Sharp was the driver of a gold Chevy Impala clocked by State Trooper Cary Porter driving 75 miles an hour on Route CC early yesterday. Porter recognized the car as one that had been reported to be in a road range incident earlier in the night and tried to pull Sharp over. However, Sharp sped off, pursued by the trooper in a chase that extended into Macon county for a time before returning to Adair county. According to a probable cause statement,t he trooper continued to clock Sharp speeding above 75 miles an hour and saw him weave repeatedly from side to side. At the intersection of CC and Gifford Trail, Sharp allegedly turned around and tried to hit the trooper head-on. He and another man bailed out of the car a short distance away and were tracked for a time by a police dog before Sharp was located at his home in the 20600 block of Thousand Hills Trail. Police have not said whether the other man has been found.

Marceline Men Dead Following Bar Fight, Shooting

Police say one man shot another, then himself, in Marceline Saturday night.

27-year old Brandon Niemeier was shot and killed outside a Marceline bar, and the man who shot him, Justin McDowell, was found dead in his home hours later, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police found Niemeier outside the Dollar General store after he was shot, and EMS rushed him to Pershing Memorial Hospital, where he died. Police Chief Tom Bendure says the deaths apparently followed an argument inside the OK Tavern. He did not say what the confrontation was about.

Disaster Drill Tomorrow, Volunteers Still Needed

Tomorrow’s disaster drill at AT Still University still needs volunteers.

The Disaster Awareness Response Team along with local and state emergency managers are taking part in a statewide disaster simulation. But they need about 300-people to play-act as victims, in order to make the drill more realistic. They really need more kids, but organizers say they’ll take about anyone. One thing, first: you have to preregister online. Do that at

Then you’ll need to show up at the Thompson Center between 5:45 and 7:30 tomorrow morning. You’ll be put in makeup to mimic the injuries you’re supposed to have, so be sure and tell them if you have a latex allergy. The drill is actually from 8 until 3, and those who aren’t participating can still come and watch.

Trial is Monday for Reed

Trial is set Monday for the Kirksville teen accused of fighting fought with Kirksville Police officers and firing a shot at them while they tried to take him into custody last May.

19-year old Jerod Reed’s case will be heard by a judge rather than a jury. He faces several felony charges from the incident. Officers were trying to arrest Reed on a warrant for felony first-degree statutory rape, misdemeanor child molestation and misdemeanor harassment charges. According to court documents Reed struggled with officers, grabbed a small-caliber handgun and fired off one round. No one was hurt. He could face multiple life prison terms if convicted of all the charges.

Shoplifting Arrest Leads to $25,000 Bond for Pair

A couple from Galt are being held on 25-thousand dollars bond each for trying to walk out of the Kirksville Wal-Mart without paying for a computer and other merchandise. 28-year old Rebecca Covey and 18-year old Brent Evans are accused of placing about $550-worth of merchandise, including a desktop computer, feminine products and a hair-trimming kit, in their shopping cart, with Evans then leaving the store without paying for the items. They were stopped outside by a loss-prevention employee.

Sex Offender Compliance Sweep

Adair County Sheriff’s deputies have been conducting an unannounced operation designed to confirm the residency compliance of all the registered sex offenders within the county. There are currently 56 registered sex offenders residing in the county. During the compliance sweep, all but one of the registrants was found to be in compliance with their residence reporting requirements. The Sheriff’s Office says they’re working to file charges on the one violator, but his wherabouts are unknown known. Two of the offenders are currently residing at the Adair County Detention Center… on charges unrelated to sex crimes.