Resurfacing Project Awarded for Missouri Route 6 in Adair and Sullivan Counties

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to Chester Bross, of Palmyra, Missouri, for a resurfacing project on Missouri Route 6 in Adair and Sullivan Counties, from the Chariton River to Missouri Route 129, for a total length of approximately 14.5 miles. The total cost of the project is $2,595,497.“Crews will first perform partial depth pavement repairs throughout the project. After the pavement repairs are complete, the roadway surface will be replaced with a new asphalt surface,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Amy Crawford, P.E.Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones while the work is completed. The work could begin as early as this spring and should be completed before next fall.“A more specific schedule on this project will be shared after the contractor provides the plan for completing the work,” Crawford added.For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636).You can also visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast.

Macon County Man Sentenced to 10 years

A Macon County man has been sentenced for attempted enticement. 38-year-old Jimmy Cunningham of Bethel, was arrested on August 3rd after he traveled from Macon County to Kirksville to meet whom he thought was a 13 year old girl for a sexual relationship. The girl was actually an undercover detective with the Kirksville Regional Computer Crimes Unit. Cunningham entered a guilty plea in Adair County Circuit Court in October. Last Monday, Cunningham was sentenced to 10 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections for Attempted Enticement of a Minor. The KRCCU and this investigation are made possible from funds provided in part from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and funds from Cyber Crime Grants through the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The KRCCU has been in existence since 2006 and does both proactive and reactive cases for 13 counties in Northeast Missouri. In addition to cases like this one the KRCCU provides educational presentations to adults and children on the topics of Cyber Safety and Internet Crimes.

Sullivan County Route PP Bridge Closed

A bridge in Sullivan County is now closed. According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, the bridge on Route PP over the East Medicine Creek, just east of Osgood, was closed after a regularly scheduled inspection revealed critical deterioration to the structure. The anticipated closure time will not be known until an assessment is complete. During the closure, drivers may use Route 139, Route 6 and Route W to travel around the closure. The East Medicine Creek Bridge was built in 1955 and carries approximately 78 vehicles a day. All bridges throughout the United States are federally required to be inspected at least every two years.

KPD Lookinging for Local Man Wanted on Warrant

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a local man. Kirksville Police are attempting to locate Jerry G. Garrett in reference to an active warrant through Adair County for Assault 1st degree, Armed Criminal Action, and Abuse of a Child. Garrett is a white male, 6’ feet tall, 198 lbs. You can see a photo of Garrett on the Kirksville Police Department’s Facebook page. His warrant was issued on December 3rd, and has a $150,000.00 cash only bond. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600 or anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878) or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

Governor Mike Parson Talks Medicaid at Press Conference

Gov. Mike Parson held a conference Friday afternoon to address what needs to be done to fix abuse and fraud within Medicaid.Governor Mike Parson met with members of the Department of Social Services, the Office of the Attorney General, the Department of Health and Senior Services, the Department of Mental Health, Missouri Health Care Association leaders, and partners from the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General to prepare to coordinate a Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Task Force.Governor Parson said, “Nearly one-third of Missouri’s entire budget is devoted to the Medicaid program, and it must be run with the highest level of integrity to ensure every tax dollar spent provides the care eligible Missourians need.” The task force will work to find ways to prevent fraud and abuse through data analytics and cost-effective deterrence measures, to make policy and legislative recommendations, and to create processes to optimize the prosecution and collection of improper Medicaid payments.

Trial Date Set for Man Who Attacked Wife with Axe

A trial date has been set for a man who attacked his wife with an axe. 35-year-old Alidor Sita Masingo of Kirksville, was arrested after witnesses identified him as the attacker. They told police they they heard a sceam, and children yelling for help. Police responded to the 200 block of E. Scott Street at around 11 p.m. June 29th, and found the victim in the street with injuries. Masingo’s trial will begin sometime in July 2019. He is charged with a class A felony of domestic assault in the first degree, and a felony of armed criminal action

Local Residents and Officers to Receive Missouri Police Chiefs Association Awards

Some Kirksville residents and officers will receive awards for their selfless acts. Three Truman State University students who stepped in to help their neighbor in June when her husband attacked her with an axe, will receive the President’s Citizen Award for “assistance given without regard to personal welfare.” Also receiving recognition are Kirksviille Police Department Officer Jason Underwood, and Truman State Department of Public Safety Officer Slater Kelley, will receive the Police Medal of Honor Award for rescuing a toddler who was submerged in Spur Pond. Police Chiefs across the state nominate members of their communities for the awards. The winners will be recognized at the MPCA end-of-year conference today.

LaGrange Man Pleads Not Guilty in Toddlers Death

A LaGrange man has pleaded not Guilty to the charges against him in the death of a toddler. Marcus Mays was arrested in August after a child abuse investigation. He was arrainged yesterday on four charges: Abuse and Neglect of a Child, Murder in the 2nd degree, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and Possession of a Controlled Substance.He was arrested after a 2-year-old was taken to a hospital with severe injuries. The child died three days later. Mays is set to return to court January 10th for trial setting. He remains in the Lewis County Jail on $1 million bond.

Gaming Event to Benefit Kirksville Student

Kirksville senior Jared Grgurich is hosting a video game tournament to raise money for a close friend and classmate who has been diagnosed with cancer.A tournament featuring the game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be held Saturday at Take Root Cafe in Kirksville, with all money raised at the event benefiting Kirksville High School sophomore Eva Buck.The event is set from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission and freeplay (non-tournament play) will cost $5, while tournament admission costs $7. There will also be a donation jar and a bake sale. Kirksville High School will accept donations for the event at its main office through this afternoon.

A-Capella Group to Perfrom Holiday Favoroites at Truman

Truman State University will celebrate the holiday season with a performance by the a cappella group m-pact at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Baldwin Hall Auditorium as part of the Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.M-pact is a group respected worldwide as a cutting-edge trailblazer in the realm of a cappella music. Imagine the smooth soul of Sam Smith, the percussive power of “Stomp,” the funk and groove of Bruno Mars, the sophisticated harmonies of Take 6 and the brass bite of the Michael Bublé Big Band – all created by the human voice alone. As seen in the PBS special “L.A. Holiday Celebration,” the warmth and elegance of m-pact pairs perfectly with an evening of holiday favorites. Audiences can’t help but get in the giving spirit as the guys share selections from their award-winning album, “The Carol Commission,” plus a few other surprises. Tickets for m-pact are $10 each, including tax. They can be purchased at the cashier window in McClain Hall, or online at lyceum.truman.edu. If tickets are still available on the day of the performance, they can be purchased at Baldwin Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. For more information, call (660) 785-4016.