Archives for July 2015

Passenger Seriously Hurt in Thurdsay Crash

A LaPlata teen was seriously injured in a crash last night on Route 156. The Missouri State Highway patrol reports 19-year old Mona Draken was turning left onto route 156 and pulled into the path of a semi. The semi driver nearly evaded the car, but his trailer wheels struck the 2003 Sillhouette. A passenger in the car, 17-ear old Caitlin Crockett, was airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia.

Man Crashes After Falling Asleep Behind the Wheel

A Kirksville man was injured in a 1-car accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 6. Missouri State Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Zach Fouts was traveling west on the highway towards Novinger when he swerved across the center line. The vehicle then hit a MoDOT sign, crossed back into the roadway, then traveled off the right side of the roadway, down the embankment and struck a ditch. Fouts told troopers he thinks he may have fallen asleep behind the wheel. He was was transported by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center.

Donate Blood in Memory of Zach Cupp

A reminder of a special blood drive this weekend. For the fourth consecutive year, family and friends of Zach Cupp are joining Marceline Fire and Rescue and the American Red Cross in asking the Marceline community to help save lives by giving blood tomorrow in Zach’s memory. Zach was 17 years old when he was killed in a car accident in August 2012. Zach received several pints of blood during surgery after the crash, and his parents hope the annual blood drive in his memory inspires others to donate. The blood drive in Marceline will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Walsworth Community Center, at 124 East Richie. Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to and enter sponsor code MarcelineFireDept to schedule a blood donation appointment.

Missing Kirksville Woman Found Safe

A missing 62-year-old Kirksville woman with dementia has been found safe. Ricki Trosen had last been seen around 6AM yesterday morning, possibly driving a bronze 2011 Nissan Murano, convertable. Kirksville police issued the alert for Trosen last night at around 10:30, and just after 2AM, announced that she was found and called off the alert.

One Candidate Out in Race for State Attorney General

One LESS candidate in the race for state attorney general. Democratic state senator Scott Sifton has decided not to run for attorney general — saying he’ll run again for the senate. Both U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, current attorney general Chris Koster said they’re glad Sifton is focusing on the Senate. That’s because if Sifton did not run again for his senate seat — Republicans might have had a better shot of winning. As for the atty general’s race — another prominent Democrat is running: St. Louis County Assessor Jake Zimmerman, and on the Republican side it’s state Sen. Kurt Schaefer law professor Josh Hawley.

Boil Advisory for Areas of Kirksville

A Boil Advisory continues until tomorrow for some folks in Kirksville. The boil advisory for those who live on Cherry Lane between York and Somerset, and those who live on James Street between Fairview and Cherry Lane, continues until 11:30 am tomorrow. For any questions, please contact Public Works at 627-1291.

Ameren Trimming Trees in Kirksville

Pruning trees. Ameren has a tree crew busy around Kirksville. Summer storms have knocked down trees and branches. That creates havoc on power lines. Of course, winter’s coming where ice makes limbs heavy and they can topple onto lines as well. So, tree crews hired by Ameren are doing alot of pruning. Cutting back branches and Ameren says they not just chopping and whacking. They have a specific plan to trim to keep the tree healthy — unless it’s a tree the property owner wants down. The pruning will go through the middle of August and Ameren says watch out for their crews when you’re driving.

Kirksville Rain Totals

Just how much rain has Kirksville seen this summer? According to the National Weather Service, from June 1st through July 27th, the city has recieved 17.75 inches of rain. That’s a little over double what Kirksville sees nornally between those same dates. In July alone, Kirksville has recieved 6.56 inches of rain – the 6th wettest July on record. The record for the most rain in July was set in 2008, when Kirksville recieved 13.96 inches.

Red Cross introduces online health history for blood donors

American Red Cross blood and platelet donors can now help save lives in less time by using the new Red Cross RapidPass online health history
system. RapidPass allows donors to complete pre-donation reading and health history questions online on the day of their donation using a computer at home or work – reducing the time spent at blood drives by approximately 15 minutes. To get a RapidPass on the day of a blood donation, donors should visit, complete all of the questions, then print your RapidPass or show it on a mobile device when you gp to donate.

Body Cameras for Adair County Sheriff Department

Adair County Sheriff’s Office has announced that the Sherrif, Deputies, and Jailers will all be wearing body cameras. Chief Robert Hardwick says each camera lasts for up to 12 hours. The cameras will be turned on during all traffic stops, domestic calls, or when deputies respond to a situation. The Sherrif says the addition of the body cams is an effort improve transparency and relationships between citizens and law enforcement.