Archives for July 2017

Investigation Continues into Fatal Plane Crash Near Laddonia

Two Arkansas residents perished in a plane crash Thursday night near Laddonia. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at approximately 11:24 p.m., Troop F Headquarters in Jefferson City received a request from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center to assist with locating a missing aircraft they were attempting to locate. Members of the Missouri Highway Patrol, Ralls County Sheriff’s Office, Ralls County Ambulance District, Perry Fire Department, and Ralls County first-responders began checking the area.Emergency personnel located the Zenith 701 single-engine airplane in a soybean field about six miles northwest of Laddonia. Both occupants of the aircraft were pronounced dead at the scene. The occupants have been identified as 41-year-old Bobby Faulkner, and 41-year-old Shannon Faulkner, of Greenwood, Arkansas. It’s believed that Bobby Faulkner was the pilot of the aircraft. It is unclear as to where the aircraft’s flight plan originated and investigators from the FAA are investigating.

Shelby County 911 Getting New Equipment

The 911 center in Shelby County is updating its equipment with a nearly $12,000 grant from Enbridge Pipeline. The center will use the grant to pay for a device that records 911 calls. Shelby County’s 911 Director says the upgrades will make it easier for dispatchers to call someone back and also more accurately display times of emergencies. The device is expected to be in full use in the fall and will be a replacement part for a 911 system that is ten years old.

Patching Operations Planned for Routes in Adair County

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing work on the following routes in Adair County this week:

Adair County Route KK – today, one lane traffic from U.S. Route 63 to Adair County Route F for patching operations.

Missouri Route 11 – Aug. 2, one lane traffic from Missouri Route 149 to U.S. 63 for patching operations.

Adair County Route E – Aug. 1, one lane traffic from U.S. 63 to Adair County Route V for patching operations.

All work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map. You can also visit us online at

Eclipse Means Day Off For Some State Workers

State workers in non-essential jobs, whatever that means, in the capital city will get the day off to enjoy the eclipse that is set for Aug. 21. The eclipse is supposed to be visible all the way to the Oregon Coast and a festival is planned that day for Jefferson City. The last eclipse visible from coast-to-coast was 99 years ago. As far as other state workers…sorry…all others outside Jefferson City are to report to work

Argument Leads To Knife Fight, Jail Time

Marco Guzman has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon by the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Guzman and another employee got into an argument on the 2500 block of N. Industrial Road early Friday morning. It is alleged that Guzman pulled a knife on the other employee. He was later taken into custody. Guzman was last listed in the Adair County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond

16-Year-Old Faces Manslaughter Charge

The accident happened July 10th in Columbia when the 9-year-old and two other pedestrians were crossing a street. Kimberlynn Bartlett was struck by the 16-year-old driver, who is now charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Columbia Police Department says alcohol or drugs are not a factor and the case will be taken over by the Boone County Juvenile Office

Stolen Vehicle from LaPlata Recovered

A stolen vehicle in Northeast Missouri has been recovered thanks to alert Kirksville residents. A 2011 Kia Sorento that was stolen from the 300 block of south Owensby Street in La Plata, between 1:30 and 7 yesterday morning, was found before noon yesterday . La Plata’s Mayor is commending the citizens of Kirksville who came across the vehicle and reported it to police. The Kirksville Police Department has since recovered it, and are investigating the case.

Knox County Audit Shows Improvements

The Missouri State Auditor has released an audit of Knox County. The new audit shows that improvements have been made, but Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway says there are still concerns with oversight and accounting procedures. Galloway says her report identifies areas where county officials can continue to improve in order to better serve citizens and ensure taxpayer dollars are protected. The report recommends increased oversight and improved procedures in multiple areas of county government. The county received an overall rating of fair. You can see the full report online:

Shelby Community Fire Department Gets New Truck

The Shelby Community Fire Department has a new fire truck. The 2001 Pierce Saber Walk Around Rescue vehicle seats six. Special features include a PTO Generator, a light tower, a self-contained breathing apparatus, Jaws of Life, and plenty of space to carry all the equipment needed for any type of call from fire to rescue. The Fire Chief says the new truck will help them to better serve the community.

Boil Advisory Kirksville

A 48-hour boil advisory is in effect until approximately 3PM tomorrow for those in Kirksville who live on Alexander St. between Baltimore and Cottage Grove. A boil advisory for those who live on: Normal St. between Cottage Grove and Bradford should expire this morning. Contact public works with questions at 660.627.1291.