Archives for December 2016

SEC Football Fans

SEC football fans travel. And when they do, they stay in hotels, buy gas, eat sandwiches and drink beer. Tourism officials in Boone County yesterday said the University of Missouri’s move to the SEC is one of the reasons their tourism numbers are up. Overall, Missouri saw a three-percent jump in visitors in 2016.

Bridal Shop Owner

A state appeals court says a Cole County judge went too far in convicting a Jefferson City bridal shop owner for felony theft. Judge Dan Green convicted Ann Metternich of stealing about 16-hundred dollars worth of tuxedos in 2015 when she didn’t return them to a supplier. But the appeals court in its decision yesterday says the judge went too far because he didn’t consider whether the value of the tuxedos was a motive for the crime. The case is headed back for what could be a misdemeanor sentence.

University of Missouri

Most of the new report from the University of Missouri’s Review Commission leaves students out of the equation. Instead, the report released yesterday, focuses on hiring new faculty members, paying some professors more, and renewing a focus on diversity when the school gets new curators. The report is part of MU’s self evaluation after 2015’s protest and campus upheaval.

New Laws

Some of Missouri’s new laws for 2017 get much tougher on crime. Among the new laws that take effect Sunday are requirements that repeat drunk drivers must serve 85-percent of their sentences and another law requiring a ten-year sentence for a DUI death. The changes also include a new felony class for first time, non-violent offenders.

Budget Cuts

Taxpayers are going to have to wait to see what’ll be cut, but Missouri Governor-elect Eric Greitens is promising budget cuts once he takes office. Greitens’ staff yesterday said the new governor is taking a critical look at state spending. Greitens takes office January 9th.

Boil Advisory

FYI The boil advisory for Kirksville is still under affect for those who live one on Cottonwood Street, west of Walnut, and on Walnut, south of Gardner. It will end today at 3pm. If you want current updates and have questions, contact the Kirksville Public Works Department at (660) 627-1291.

Man faces Felony Charges

Clifford Eiler, 37, of Kirksville, is facing felony theft and drug charges after allegedly being found with another person’s checkbook and methamphetamines. He also resisted arrest when police attempted to stop him for an active warrant while he was on his bike riding eastbound on Normal Avenue near Elson Street. At the point, he tried to run, but the cops captured him and took him into custody. Eiler is currently being held in the Adair County Jail on two separate cash-only bonds worth $25,000 and $538.50.

The Kitchen

A nonprofit community outreach organization says it needs help to meet its end of the year fundraising goal. Officials with “The Kitchen” say they are about 38-thousand-dollars short of its 2016 goal with only days left until the new year. The organization has some lofty plan for 2017, including opening a housing community for adults 55 and older and breaking ground on a new emergency shelter later this year.

Former Player shot

A former Missouri women’s basketball player remains in stable condition after being injured in a drive-by shooting in Chicago. Juanita Robinson was shot four times on Christmas Eve while getting bags out of her car at her grandmother’s house. Robinson says she was taken to the hospital in critical condition as one of the bullets hit a major artery and cause severe bleeding. Robinson played the last two seasons for Mizzou, averaging four-points-a-game for the Tigers.

Teenagers in Jail

Three Missouri teenagers are in a Nebraska jail after one of them flashed a gun at a driver on Interstate 80. Caleb Nelson and Aubrianna Meinen, both of Kirksville, were arrested yesterday along with David Overbeck of Queens City. All three were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. Overbeck is facing additional charges including making a terroristic threat after brandishing the weapon. Someone called the Nebraska State Patrol about the incident and troopers stopped the suspect vehicle and found a handgun and drugs.