Archives for November 2018

Guilty Verdict in Adair County Sex Crimes Case

On Thursday, November 29th, 2018, Scott Weyant (36) of Kirksville, Missouri was found guilty of Sodomy First Degree by an Adair County Jury. The jury trial began Wednesday and concluded late in the afternoon on the 29th. The sodomy charge arose after an incident on April 6, last year at a residence in Kirksville. Weyant was charged with forcefully engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with the victim. The case was investigated by officers with, the Kirksville Police Department. During the two day trial jurors heard testimony from the victim, Kirksville police officers, and DNA experts. Mr. Weyant will be back in the Adair County Circuit Court on January 11, 2019 for his sentencing. The crime of Sodomy in the First degree is an unclassified felony that carries the range of punishment of a minimum of five (5) years up to life in prison in the Mlissouri. Department of Corrections, Mr, Weyant will not be eligible for any probation on this case. Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson was pleased with the outcome and grateful to be able to assist the victim in pursuing justice. Prosecutor Wilson has not determined what sentence he will be seeking on January 11, but stated that the victim in this case will be involved in that determination. Mr, Weyant will be held at the Adair County Detention Center until his sentencing in January.

Kirksville Fire Department Anticipates Higher Costs in 2019

The Kirksville Fire Department is asking for more money for 2019. They are asking for $2.9 million – up from $2 million in 2018. The increase in funding is to cover the expenses of hiring three new firefighters, a new fire engine, and other expenses. Firefighter salaires will be about $919,000 in 2019 compared to about $805,000 in 2018. The fire engine will make up much of the fire department’s projected equipment cost of around $607,000 in 2019.

Dangers of Trying to Thaw Pipes

Officials with the American Red Cross are reminding people of the dangers of trynig to thaw or keep pipes from freezing. Firefighters in Canton responded to a house fire this week. The Canton Fire Chief says the blaze may have been started by the homeowners trying to thaw pipes. People who use gas heaters or blow torches to thaw out frozen pipes risk buring down their home or business. According to the Red Cross, residents should be using an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater that is kept away from flammable materials or towels soaked in hot water to thaw the frozen pipes. The Red Cross advises that simply keeping the thermostat up opening cabinets and closing garage doors can help prevent freezing pipes

Accident on Icy Road Leads to Arrest

An accident on icy roads led to an arrest in Macon County. The Highway Patrol reports that 18-year-old Tyreese Mills lost control of his sports utility vehicle on an ice-covered area of Highway 3 north of Callao. The SUV ran off the right side of the road before striking the ground. Mills, who was wearing his seatbelt, sustained moderate injuries. The Macon County Sheriffs Office and Callao First Responders assisted at the scene. The Patrol arrested Mills on a Macon County warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of stealing.

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

Blood donations often decline during the holidays and the Red Cross currently has an urgent need for blood donors to help make up for the shortage. In thanks for donating during this time, donors will receive an Amazon gift card via email through Dec. 19.Upcoming opportunities to donate blood in Kirksville include 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at A.T. Still University Dec. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Truman State University Dec. 6, 2-7 p.m. at Kirksville R-III High School Dec. 12 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Northeast Regional Medical Center Dec. 18. Greentop will also host a blood drive at 2-6 p.m. at Word Alive Family Church Dec. 14.In Macon, upcoming blood drives include 1-5:30 p.m. at Onshore Dec. 14 and 1:30-5:30 p.m. at Wal-Mart Dec. 15. La Plata will host a drive 12:30-5:30 p.m. at Christian Church Dec. 3.Unionville will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Putnam County Memorial Hospital Dec. 7.A blood drive will take place in Memphis from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital Dec. 13.To make an appointment to donate blood, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

Not Guilty Verdict in Sex Assault Case

A jury reached a not guilty verdict in a northeast Missouri sex assault case…The former city marshal of Downing, 30-year-old Brett Hayden, was charged with rape in April of 2018. A 3-day trial ended in Schuyler County with Hayden aquitted of a charge of first degree rape. Hayden resigned as the City Marshal in Downing after being accused of statutory rape and sodomy in 2012, for having a sexual relationship with a minor. Hayden pleaded guilty in 2017 to statutory sodomy and remains on a five year supervised probation.

Adair County Ambulance District Stats for Sept and Oct

The Adair County Ambulance District has released statistics for September and October. There were 289 ambulance requests in September and 292 requests in October. ACAD transported 429 total patients: 215 in September and 214 in October. There were 43 long-distance transports in September and 56 in October.
ACAD responded to 14 motor vehicle accidents in September and 18 in October. Ambulances responded to 15 calls in September and 15 calls in October coded as public assists, or less severe situations. They were present at 14 community stand-by events in September and nine in October, as well as two fire stand-by events in September and three in October.

2 Fires in 2 Days in Canton

Canton Firefighters battled two fires in two days. A mobile home was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. Canton and LaGrange fire departments and Lewis County ambulance responded to the scene at 702 Nesmith Street. The Canton Fire Chief says the blaze may have been started by the homeowners trying to thaw pipes. Yesterday afternoon the Canton and the LaGrange Fire Departments responded to a garage fire at 1504 White Street. The cause of that fire has not been determined.

Structure Fire in Shelbina

Shelbina firefighters responded just after 3:30 yesterday morning to a possible structure fire on East Beech Street in Shelbina. Upon arrival firefighters found a small smoldering fire that had burned itself out and light smoke in the residence. Firefighters were on the scene for approximately one hour. There were no injuries.

Missouri Governor Lighting Christmas Tree

Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will light the 2018 Missouri Governor’s Mansion Christmas trees in an upcoming ceremony. Karen Johnson has details.

The public is invited to attend the lighting ceremony and Candlelight Tours. At 6 pm Friday, tomorrow night. The tours will begin immediately following the lighting ceremony. Doors will be open until 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 1, from 12 p.m-3 p.m. The tree that will be displayed on the south Mansion lawn is a 40-foot Norway spruce donated by Mike and Linda Knudson of Lebanon, Missouri. It was planted 25 years ago to mark the birth of their son and had grown too big for the space. There will be six additional trees throughout the inside of the Mansion, and all of them are coming from Pea Ridge Farm in Hermann, Missouri. A new addition to this year’s festivities is a 16-foot wooden train that will wrap around the 40-foot Norway spruce. A live nativity scene performed by Concord Baptist Church will be on site as well. Each day student choirs and bands from throughout Missouri will provide music during the tours. During the tours, visitors will be able to view the festive decorations throughout the ground floor of the People’s House. Friends of the Governor’s Mansion volunteer docents will be available to answer questions about the historic house. The Missouri Governor’s Mansion is located at 100 Madison Street. For the Candlelight Tours, visitors will enter the Mansion through the Madison Street gate. I’m Karen Johnson.