Archives for January 2017

Residents Cite Concerns at Public Hearing on Ameren Rate Request

Several Kirksville residents showed up to the Missouri Public Service Commission’s public hearing last night. The hearing was over an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri. .If approved, customers would pay about $99 more per year. This following a $3 per month rate increase that was granted to help Ameren recover costs of its Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act programs. Residents cited concerns about how another increase would affect low income families, and wondered if Ameren couldn’t do more to tighten their budget before asking for more from their customers.

TSU Issues Statement on Diversity

In light of recent controversy from President Trump’s executive order imposing some immigrant travel restrictions, Truman State University has issued a statement on diversity. In it, they say: Truman State is dedicated to being a community that values one another, celebrates differences and creates a welcoming environment for all who enter the campus. The statement goes on to say that in In the wake of the recent travel ban to the United States for citizens of seven specific countries, the college affirms their unwavering support for all members of the university community, especially their international students and faculty. You can read the full statement and find additional information at

2 Arrested in Clarence

Details have been released about 2 recent arrests in Clarence. Last week, the Clarence Police Department served search warrants to a resident regarding a convicted felon being in possession of a weapon. They didn’t find the weapon, but did find but the individual had marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his possession. The man, Danny Rowe, admitted to having the weapon and stated he had tried to sell it, and told officers where the weapon was located. Officers went to that location and found the weapon, which was in the possession of another convicted felon. Rowe was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon and misdemeanor citation for drugs and drug paraphernalia. Joseth Campbell was arrested for unlawful possession of a weapon.

Lawmaker Pay Hike

Missouri senators are considering their pay. Debating Monday whether to let salary increases take effect. . Lawmakers would get about $1,800 more over two years — added to their $36,000 yearly salary.
In Missouri, a citizen panel recommends how much lawmakers and statewide elected officials are paid. The process was designed so lawmakers wouldn’t have to decide their own pay. The raises will take effect in July unless two-thirds of lawmakers vote against them before Wednesday. House members voted 154-5 against pay raises last week. But it’s facing pushback in the Senate. Some senators say voting on pay increases presents a conflict of interest and are recusing themselves from a vote.

Cardinals Fined

Major League Baseball is dropping the hammer on the St. Louis Cardinals with one of the harshest penalties in league history. The ball club has been docked two 2017 draft picks and issued a two-million-dollar fine for illegally hacking into the Houston Astros’ database. The draft picks, 56th and 75th overall and the money will go to Houston. Former Astros employee turned Cardinals executive Chris Correa accessed Houston’s internal database after leaving the organization. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison.

KPD Seek Hit and Run Driver

Kirksville Police are asking for your help for information about an accident Friday, involving the hit and run of a pedestrian.

Investigators say it happened Friday night around 7:20. Officers responded to the intersection of Florence and Patterson in reference to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle. The vehicle did not stop, but it is unclear if the motorist was aware of the incident or if it was fleeing the scene. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital. KPD is asking for help identifying the involved vehicle being described as a black or dark colored 4 door SUV or any possible witnesses. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department, the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

Public Hearing Tonight on Ameren Missouri Electric Rate Case

The Missouri Public Service Commission will hold a local public hearing in Kirksville tonight…

The hearing is regarding an electric rate case filed by Ameren Missouri. .If approved, customers would pay about $99 more per year. The public hearing tonight is at 6 in the Truman State University Student Union Building on South Franklin Street. Any person who needs additional accommodations to participate in this hearing should call the Public Service Commission’s hotline at 1-800-392-4211 or Relay Missouri at 711 before the hearing. If you are unable to attend the local public hearing – you can make written comments.

Contact the Office of the Public Counsel, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102,
telephone (866) 922-2959

Or the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
telephone 1-800-392-4211

Dead Body Discoverd – KPD Investigating

The Kirksville Police Department is investigating the death of a 21-year-old male. Police report that they responded to a call about a dead body in the 100 block of W. McPherson Street around 7:15 a.m. on Friday. The victim’s name was not released by the department, and an autopsy is scheduled for this week.

LaPlata Yards Vandalized

The City of La Plata, is investigating vandalism…

The Mayor says that several yards were damaged there lastTuesday night around 7:30 p.m. along the old railroad tracks in the Plumlee and Williams Street neighborhood. Anyone with information regarding those responsible for the damage is asked to contact either the La Plata Police Department at 660-651-7452 or La Plata City Hall 660-332-7166.

Case Against Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center Ordered to Mediation

The civil lawsuit filed on behalf of a 16-year-old girl, who alleges that she was raped by a counselor Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center, has been ordered to mediation. The parties are to meet by in order to attempt to reach a settlement. The defendants listed in the case are the Second Judicial Circuit of the State of Missouri and several counselors and administrators at the Juvenile Justice Center. A jury trial has been scheduled for April 30, 2018.