Archives for August 2017

KPD Looking for Stolen Handgun

The police department says a handgun was reportedly stolen from a vehicle this week. Police responded to a report of theft in the 2300 block of N. Oak Lane around 4:50 yesterday morning. The handgun was taken from the unlocked vehicle sometime overnight. The gun is described as a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380.

Teen Collides with Police Car

A teen is recovering after colliding with a police car. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the crash occurred just before 8:00 Tuesday night at an intersection in Marceline. Officer John Wright, of Bucklin, was eastbound when a northbound bicycle ridden by 15-year-old Victoria Hernandez, failed to yield and hit the right rear of the patrol car. Hernandez was moderately injured and transported by Linn County Ambulance to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Judge Rules Against Search that Turned Up Drugs in Knox City

Evidence confiscated during a search in Knox County will not be allowed to be used in a court case. Judge Steele has granted a motion to suppress the evidence collected in the case. 54-year-old James Lasher, of Knox City, was criminally charged in January of 2016 after police found drugs in his home. They had responded to Lasher’s residence, following up on a tip about illegal activity there. Officers said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana outside of Lasher’s residence after he opened the door and was taken into custody. A search warrant was obtained and his home was searched. Officers found a large amount of marijuana and items used to grow marijuana. Methamphetamine was also found at the residence. Lasher’s attorney successfully argued in court that the officers diidn’t have enough evidence to search Lasher’s home.

Northeast Missouri Native Helping With Harvey Aftermath

A Northeast Missouri native is helping with the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in Houston following the aftermath of Harvey. Andrew Perry, originally from Kahoka, serves as Executive Director of Houston Executive Airport, which playing a critical role in relief efforts. Perry’s home is among those flooded during the record breaking rains of Harvey. Perry says for those here that want to help, donations to the American Red Cross would be one of the best ways to do so. Text the word “Harvey” to the number 90999 to give $10 for this specific recovery process through the American Red Cross. You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can alos drop off a donation at your local chapter.

Targeting More Opioid Manufacturers In Missouri

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is widening his investigation of opioid manufacturers.

Hawley says he’s asking seven additional companies for information related to their opioid marketing practices and their involvement with industry organizations that promote opioids. The companies are Allergan, Depomed, Insys, Mallinckrodt, Mylan, Pfizer, and Teva Pharmaceuticals. In June, Hawley sued three other companies, saying they violated state consumer protection laws by misleading doctors and consumers in misrepresenting risks posed by opioids. Those companies are Endo Pharmaceuticals, Purdue Pharma, and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Hawley says in a statement that the goal of the investigation is to make Missouri healthier and help end the opioid epidemic. I’m Karen Johnson.

Local Opportunities To Give Blood

Local opportunities to give blood. KarenJohnson has details.

Because of a critically low blood shortage, the American Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to give blood. According to an agency press release Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. The organization is holding several blood drives over the next few weeks throughout the northeast Missouri area including Adair County from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Keller Community Building in Brashear and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14 at Truman State University. Additional blood drives will be held in Grundy and Knox counties. Check out the American Red Cross website for upcoming dates, times and locations. I’m Karen Johnson.

Man Airlifted to Hospital After Crash Near Macon

The single-vehicle crash happened yesterday morning on Highway 36, a half mile west of Macon just before 9AM. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a car driven by 27-year-old Matthew E. Baines, of Chicago, Illinois, was traveling east when it went off the roadway and struck a road sign. The vehicle then collided with an embankment and rolled over. A passenger in the car, 25-year-old Joseph D. Baines, also of Chicago, sustained moderate injuries. He was transported by air ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Rep Walker to Receive 2017 Missouri Legislator Recognition Award

3rd District State Representative Nate Walker will be receiving the 2017 Missouri Legislator Recognition Award. The award will be presented this evening by the County Commissioners Association of Missouri. – an organization that contracts with the Missouri Association of Counties to manage operations and perform administrative services for all workings of the association. The County Commissioners Association of Missouri state board chose only four distinguished senators or representatives from a roster of nominees. You’re invited to join them this evening in Kirksville as they express their appreciation for Representative Walker, who the association says, has dared greatly to spend himself in worthy causes for the betterment of those he is entrusted to serve. The ceremony starts at 6:30PM at the Adair County Annex Bldg. 300 N. Franklin St.

Waterfowl Reservations Are Being Accepted

Beginning Friday Waterfowl Reservations are being accepted. Karen Johnson has more.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is issuing a reminder waterfowl hunters have from Friday, September 1 through September 18th to apply online with MDC to hunt on 12 wetland areas intensively managed by the department for waterfowl. The reservation system allocates half of the available hunting opportunities on these areas for Missouri residents chosen through a random drawing. The other half are for walk-in hunters who draw on-site each morning for the remaining spots. For more information and to apply starting Sept. 1, go to and search “Waterfowl Reservations.” I’m Karen Johnson.

One Republican Lawmaker Say “No” To Fellow Lawmaker Ouster

A Republican Missouri state senator says he won’t vote to oust a fellow lawmaker. Karen Johnson explains.

Senator Bob Dixon of Springfield has told his colleagues in a letter this week that he won’t vote to expel a Democrat who briefly posted on Facebook that she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. The Kansas City Star reports Dixon does says Senator Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s post was “intemperate and embarrassing.” But Dixon quotes the Bible verse in which Jesus asks those without sin to cast the first stone against a women accused of breaking ancient law. Chappelle-Nadal deleted the comment and said posting it was a mistake. She later publicly apologized to Trump and his family. Twenty-three of the 33 senators would have to vote to expel Chappelle-Nadal. Republicans hold 24 seats and the Democrats hold nine. I’m Karen Johnson.