A Kirksville man charged with arson and other crimes will be before a judge a week from today. Court records indicate Brandon True, who was arrested following a chase this summer and is charged with setting fire to a duplex, is scheduled for arraignment next Friday. The delay from the summer to the fall is because a new judge has been selected to hear the case. True is also charged with two counts of first-degree property damage, tampering with evidence, and other crimes. The chase happened some time after the fire; True crashed his Corvette into a light pole along Baltimore Street, which ended the pursuit.
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The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri is asking for your help in earning a grant from Wal-mart. The Fight Hunger, Spark Change campaign is sponsored by Walmart, and you vote for your local food bank by visiting walmart.com/fighthunger. You can vote daily, and Food Bank coordinator Mike DeSantis asks for your help in spreading the word to your Facebook friends and family, so they can cast votes also. At stake is a 60-thousand dollar grant that would give the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri a head start into one of its highest-demand times of the year.
Time for you to vent about the job the Missouri State Highway Patrol is doing. Colonel Ronald Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, invites the public to take part in a public opinion survey regarding safety and security, officers’ attitudes and competency, overall agency performance, and concerns regarding crime and social issues. The 2014 Public Opinion Survey can be found on the Patrol’s website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov.
A Sullivan county man has begun serving a long sentence for possession of child porn. 27-year old John Johnson was sentenced earlier this month to a total of 39 years in prison; a news release did not specify whether the sentences would run back-to-back or at the same time. The longest single sentence is 12 years. As the result of an investigation led by the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit, three cases were brought against Johnson; he pled guilty to all the charges.
We hear stories all the time about people who find wallets or other property and return them to the rightful owner. Kiksville police say that’s not what happened recently at a local motel, and a man faces felony charges because of it. Lonnie Hoffman was a guest at the hotel last week along with co-workers. Police say he could be seen on the motel’s security video taking a wallet that had been left at the front desk by another man, Roger Poole. Poole had forgotten the wallet after pulling it out as he was checking in. When they found Hoffman at the north McDonalds, police say he admitted taking the wallet, removing about 500 dollars in cash, and dumping the wallet in the trash outside the hotel. He was booked on a charge of felony theft.
A followup to a story we first told you about earlier this week — the group opposing Ameren’s plan to build a high-voltage power transmission line between Palmyra and Kirksville then north to the Iowa border. Neighbord United will hold another meeting on Monday night in Kirksville. The group has scheduled the session for 7pm on the 22nd at William Matthew Middle School Auditorium.
In addition to beefing up the teeth of parking enforcement, Kirksville City Council members are doing something else about traffic — tentatively agreeing this week to take out some of the traffic lights in the city. While the decision reached during Monday night’s study session was not final, it appears signals will be removed from the Franklin and McPherson intersection and the Elson and Jefferson intersection. McPherson and Elson streets will have stop signs placed on them while Franklin and Jefferson streets will have through traffic. The plan is also to take out the left turn lanes at Franklin and Jefferson and at Marion and Jefferson, but the traffic signals will remain.
Missouri State troopers are concentrating their efforts on child seat safety this week. As we reported earlier in the weeks, this is National Child Passenger Safety Week, an effort to remind adults who are transporting children to make sure that they are doing so correctly. Missouri troopers are making special efforts this week to watch for children that aren’t strapped in correctly. They expect to issue more tickets this week for drivers who don’t properly protect their children than in a normal week. Last year in Missouri there were eight child deaths that could have been avoided if the children were seated in the cars properly.
Kirksville City Council members last night discussed making car owners responsible for paying tickets on illegally parked cars. As we reported last week, Police Chief Jim Hughes has a concern there are people getting away with ignoring tickets for illegal parking, because it’s sometime impossible to determine who was driving the vehicle. Of course, every car has a license plate and a registered owner, and the proposed change would make that person responsible if a ticket goes unpaid. It would also raise fines from $15 to $25 for the offense. The action is in response to increased counts of tickets for parking incorrectly around the square. More than 100 such unpaid tickets are still open since last year.
Early registration ends tomorrow for the second annual Kirksville Main Street Classic Car Show and Swap Meet. The meet itself is on September 27th — a week from Saturday. You do have to be registered, and they’re taking them the day of the event, but they’ll be more expensive then. Early registration costs $12.00 and ends tomorrow. After that, the fee is $15.00. The event starts at 11am on the 27th, with awards announced at 3pm. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee and Project Homeless Connect.