Archives for March 2017

Kirksville Police Release Name of Victim in Fatal Shooting

Adair County Coroner Brian Noe has identified the victim in Tuesday night’s fatal shooting as 62-year-old Steven Filczer, of Kirksville. His friend, Joshua David Atkins, called police Tuesday night to say he’d shot the victim multiple times at a residence in the 800 block of East Jefferson Street. According to court documents, the two had argued earlier in the day, and Atkins says the victim fired a gun at him. Then later in the day , Filczer reportedly loading a gun again, and Atkins says that’s when he retrieved his gun and fired until his gun was empty. Adkins is charged with murder and his first court date is set for April 12th. [fill-chur]

Mother and Children Escape from Home Fire in Hurdland

The fire broke out late Wednesday night at the home on First and State Street in Hurdland. The mother and two small children were able to escape safely before fire crews arrived. The fire was contained to one small room and an outer wall. The home sustained major smoke and water damage. The Hurdland Volunteer Fire Department, Edina Fire Department and Knox County Ambulance District all responded. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

Witnesses Help Moberly Police Find Driver Who Left the Scene of a Crash

Last night just after 9PM, officers responded to the intersection of Morley and Rollins for a motor vehicle accident. On arrival officer learned one of the vehicles involved left the scene and the driver was possibly intoxicated. Officers patrolled the area and shortly after located the second vehicle involved. The 50-year-old Moberly driver was arrested for Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Revoked and Felony Leaving the Scene of an Accident. The man was transported to the Randolph County Jail pending formal charges by the Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The Moberly Police Department thanks the witnesses who provided an accurate description of the vehicle which led to the arrest of the impaired driver before any more accidents occurred.

ATSU Hosts Wellness Run Saturday

A.T. Still University will host its annual ATSU Wellness Run, a 5K run/walk and 10K run, at 9 tomorrow morning at the Thompson Campus Center. This is the 30th year of the race and is the only local 10K. Proceeds will benefit the ATSU Student Emergency Fund. You can register tomorrow at the event.

REAL ID Discussed By Missouri House

Being told what to do by government is one thing. Having an option is another. The Missouri House has passed a form of legislation that will allow residents to pick up a REAL ID that has standards for security and immigration standards. The REAL ID is a form of documentation that will allow you to fly. Gov. Eric Greitens said that he wants to see what the Trump administration does with the “Real ID” law to see if it will remain in line with the Obama administration.

Transparency New Priority For Missouri AG

Lawsuits are part of the game when you are an attorney and Missouri AG Josh Hawley has decided to change things up a bit. Missouri’s state legal fund will now be shared with lawmakers, and at some point with the public. A handful of million dollar settlements are part of the reason that Hawley has decided to change things up and become more transparent when it comes to public money being used in the courtroom. House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty introduced legislation that would require reports to be filed by the AG’s office to the legislature.

Friendly Fire In Play With Indepedence Officer Shooting

Kansas City police are investigating whether an Independence police officer who was shot in the head during a robbery was shot by a suspect or a fellow officer. The officer was shot in a residential area after responding to a home invasion Wednesday morning. 15-year Independence Police Department veteran Thomas Wagstaff remains in critical condition and four men have been charged in his shooting. Prosecutors requested $500,000 cash bonds for each of them. No court hearing has been scheduled, according to court records.

Kirksville Man Charged with Murder In Tuesday Night Shooting

A Kirksville man is charged with murder following a shooting late Tuesday night.

Kirksville police say 31-year-old Joshua David Atkins fired his gun mulitple times at a friend at a residence in the 800 block of East Jefferson Street. According to court documents, Atkins called 911 at around 9:35PM and told the dispatcher that he shot the victim 10 times. Kirksville Police, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Adair County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Atkins told police that the victim had fired a gun at him earlier in the day following a dispute. Then later, when the victim was reloading his gun, Atkins said he retrieved a gun and fired at the victim. Witnesses corroborate that Atkins was fired at earlier in the day.

Kirksville police continue to investigate and ask that anyone with any information related to this case, contact the Police Department at 660.785.6945.

Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Grass Roots Group Over Mark Twain Line

A court this week overturned approval for a northeast Missouri power line…

The court struck down the Missouri Public Service Commission’s order granting permission to construct the Mark Twain Transmission Line. Neighbors United, a grass-roots community group in Northeast Missouri, appealed the PSC’s order to the Western District Court of Appeals last July, arguing that proof of county approval was a mandatory prerequisite to the PSC granting permission for a project, and that the project violated Missouri’s Right to Farm amendment. The appeals court ruled in thier favor saying state law requires county authorization before state regulatory approval.

The proposed 95-mile, 345,000-volt transmission line would run from Palmyra to Kirksville and then north to the Missouri-Iowa border. It would run through Marion, Adair, Knox, Shelby and Schuyler Counties in Northeast Missouri

Drugs Found During Traffic Stop in Macon

A traffic stop in Macon leads to the confiscation of several drugs…

A Columbia resident was pulled over by law enforcment for a broken taillight. The officer found and confiscatied cocaine, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia. Kylie Phillips has pleaded not guilty to possession charges. She’s free after posting bond and preliminary hearings will begin April 25th.