Archives for July 2019

Kirksville Man Found Dead in Columbia Parking Lot

According to Columbia police, the body of a Northeast Missouri man was found in a parking lot Monday morning. The victim has been identified as 42-year-old Ryan S. Berry, of Kirksville. According to a press release, the man was found in the parking lot of Furniture Row on Lake Ridgeway Road in Columbia. Police are asking the public for information, and the Forensic Evidence Team and the Criminal Investigations Division are working to determine what led to Berry’s death.

State Auditor Releases Audit of Knox County Sheriff’s Office

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released an audit of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office located in northeast Missouri. The audit came at the request of the county commission after the resignation of the former sheriff, Robert M. Becker, who stepped down after pleading guilty in December 2018 to misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and sexual abuse. Auditor Galloway said the Commission requested this audit because they wanted to ensure an independent review of the operations and finances of the office under the former sheriff. The full report of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office received an overall rating of good, however it found that the former sheriff failed to follow through on a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant for about $4,000 from the Missouri Department of Public Safety for the purchase of safety equipment. Because the former sheriff failed to spend the funds for the safety equipment, body armor and medical kits approved for purchase in the grant budget, the current sheriff must return the money.

Boil Order Issued for Portion of West Friedman

There’s a boil order in effect for some residents in Kirksville. The boil order which will end at 7AM tomorrow, is for those on West Friedman Street from South Orchard Street to South Osteopathy Street. If you have any questions, contact the Public Works department at 660-627-1291.

FEMA Approves Disaster Assistance Request for 68 MO Counties

Governor Mike Parson announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has agreed to the state’s request to provide federal assistance to local governments and nonprofits in 68 counties recovering from flooding and severe storms between April 29 and July 5. The request includes the following counties in Northeast Missouri: Adair, Chariton, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, and Sullivan counties. The approval of Missouri’s July 16 request means FEMA will assist with the cost of repairs to damaged roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure, along with emergency response costs associated with the storms and flooding. Governor Parson said this is important news for local governments in these 68 Missouri counties because it means they’ll be receiving very substantial assistance in recovering from high disaster repair and response costs. FEMA continues to review the state’s July 16 request to expand assistance to individual residents in 25 counties including in Adair, Clark, Lewis, Macon, and Marion counties. To register for FEMA assistance, go to or register by phone by calling 800-621-FEMA.

Time Capsule Opened to Reveal Items Inside from 1914

The City of Kirksville held a public event for the opening of the time capsule from the cornerstone of the former Kirksville High School on Saturday. The event was held in the Interprofessional Education Building (Dental School) on the campus of A.T. Still University. Kirksville Mayor Zac Burden and Council members Rick Steele, Phillip Biston, and Jessica Parks opened the time capsule and unveiled its contents, which included: a bible, books and booklets from the high school and local lodges, newspaper issues, and coins all dated from 1914. There was also a document that listed all of the teachers and administrators from the 1914-1915 school year. The time capsule and its contents were placed within the cornerstone of the former Kirksville High School in August of 1914, or nearly 105 years ago.

Brookfield Police Make Arrests During Traffic Stop

A traffic stop on two vehicles in Brookfield led to two arrests. Officers report that during the course of the traffic stop, they had probable cause to believe the driver of one vehicles was impaired. Robert J. Mendez was placed under arrest for driving without a valid license and driving while intoxicated. The second driver, Steven M. Gibson was found to be driving on a suspended license. Mendez and Gibson were both transported to the police department.

1 Person Injured in Clark County Crash

One person was injured in a crash in Clark County on Friday afternoon. 40-year-old Crystal R. King of Alexandria was transported by Clark County Ambulance to Scotland County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Police say she slowed down on US 136 at Wayland to make a turn and was struck from behind by 35 year old Landon M. Brown of Princeton. Both vehicles had extensive damage.

Brunswick Woman Charged with Multiple Counts of Animal Abuse

A Northeast Missouri woman is facing multiple animal abuse charges. Prosecutors charged Sara Koontz of Brunswick with twelve counts of animal abuse Thursday after she was accused of housing dogs and cats in poor living conditions. Police were first made aware of Koontz’s living conditions when she was advised to leave her home due to recent flooding. Though she refused to leave, officers found that animals were caged stacked on top of one another in a room with poor air circulation. Approximately an hour later, officials said some animals were dropped off at Brunswick City Hall, which was serving as a command center for flooding operations. Some of the animals were in poor health and had skin conditions. One of the dogs passed away two days later from what is believed by officials to be poor living conditions. Koontz is scheduled to appear in court on August 27th.

NEMO Educator Up for 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year

A Macon teacher is among the 35 people selected by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as 2020 Missouri Regional Teachers of the Year. Alison Robinson teaches sophomore English and introduction to theatre at Macon High School. Robinson was nominated for Teacher of the Year by one of her students. Then Macon School District officials decided which nominations to send to the state. As a regional nominee, Robinson is now eligible to be named the 2020 Missouri Teacher of the Year. The recipient will be announced in August.

Free Legal Help for Disaster Victims

Free legal assistance is available to eligible Missourians, who need help with disaster relief issues. The toll free disaster hotline is a partnership between the Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and FEMA. Missouri residents can call 1-800-829-4128 and leave a message about legal issues arising from damage sustained between April 29 and July 5 from severe storms, flooding and tornadoes. When ask your question, be sure to include your name, telephone number and county of residence. Calls will be returned this week.