Man on Ten Thousand Mile Trek with a Cause Stops in Kirksville

Dr. Lee Harmon is driving a 1931 Ford Victoria on a 10,000 mile trek in partnership with the Gate’s Foundation and Rotary International to eradicate polio from the world. He made a stop in Kirksville late yesterday and visited with a colleague. Dr. Loyd Cleaver says he and Harmon served in the military together…

Dr. Cleaver explains why polio is close to being wiped out…

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Name of Marion County Farmer Who Died in Tractor Accident Relased

The identity of the person killed in a tractor crash in Marion County has been released…The Marion County farmer who died Sunday is being remembered as an advocate for agriculture and his community. Authorities said 61-year-old Ralph Griesbaum, was working near a ditch on a rural road near Taylor, when his tractor slipped and rolled over on top of him. Griesbaum served on the Marion County Farm Bureau board for several years, including as president. He was president in 2016 when he accepted the Missouri Farm Bureau’s Gold Star for the Marion County bureau. Griesbaum and his wife, Cindy, were current Farm Bureau board members. Griesbaum was also running to be the next Marion County Presiding Commissioner.

3 Reps Running for Senate Seat Meet at Forum

Three Missouri State Representatives vying to become northeast Missouri’s next State Senator particpated in forum last week.

The forum was held at Palmyra High School and it was for the a Republican Primary candidates. Representaives. Craig Redmon (Canton), Lindell Shumake (Hannibal) and Nate Walker (Kirksville), and Cindy O’Laughlin, Shelbina, will face off in the primary election August 7th for the the 18th Senate District seat, which covers all of northeast and most of north-central Missouri. The seat is being vacated by Sen. Brian Munzlinger, due to term limits.

Redmon, Shumake, and Walker attended the forum. O’Laughlin, who did not attend, said it was because of schedule conflict.

Redmon is an eight-year representative of Lewis County. Shumake, has represented the Hannibal area for eight years in the House. Walker has served six years in the Missouri House and also served in the Missouri Legislature in the 1980s. O’Laughlin owns a business with locations in Shelbina, Macon and Marceline. She has a business degree from the University of Missouri. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Crystal Stephens in the November election.

Road Work Coming To Several Needed Areas In Kirksville

Road work coming to a much needed area in Kirksville. Karen Johnson has more.

The City of Kirksville’s contractor, Travis Hodge Hauling & Excavating, will begin the replacement of the box culvert on North Cottage Grove Avenue next Monday June 25 th. North Cottage Grove Avenue between East Harrison and East Washington Streets will be closed until the completion of the project. The expected completion date of this project is August 15th, depending on the weather. Additionally, beginning June 25, 2018, the intersection of East Harrison Street and North Cottage Grove Avenue will be closed for the necessary relocation of a gas line by Liberty Utilities. The gas line relocation will take approximately two days. Once complete, the project will result in improved drainage for the area and address flooding issues affecting properties upstream. The City apologizes for any inconvenience. For more information, please contact the Engineering Department at 660.627.1272. I’m Karen Johnson

There’s A New Lieutenant Governor In Missouri

There’s a new Lieutenant governor in the state of Missouri. Karen Johnson provides details.

Governor Mike Parson has appointed state Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kehoe to be the new lieutenant governor despite some legal uncertainty about whether he has the authority to fill the position. Missouri’s constitution isn’t clear on whether a governor has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, which is the state’s second-ranking executive position. Historically, some governors have claimed the right to do so, but legislators have argued that the position must be filled by voters, since the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. The lieutenant governor’s office has been vacant since June 1, when former Gov. Eric Greitens resigned and Parson ascended to the top spot.The constitution provides no details about how a lieutenant governor should be replaced, but it does give governors the power to fill vacancies, “unless otherwise provided by law.” I’m Karen Johnson

Fatal Tractor Crash in Marion County

A tractor crash claims a life in Marion County. Emergency crews responded to a fatal farm tractor rollover in Taylor last night. It happened at around 6:20 p.m., in the 900 block of County Road 315 near Taylor. The initial callwas for a person pinned underneath and not breathing. Marion County Coroner Rich Jones has confirmed that a 58-year-old man died. His identity has not yet been released. The investigation is on-going. Both the Palmyra Fire and Rescue and Marion County Ambulance responded.

3-Wheeler Crash Leaves 1 Injured

A driver was injured in three wheeler crash in northeast Missouri

Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a three wheeler crash on a private gravel road in Ralls County on Saturday. Troopers said it happened five miles northeast of Center. 32-year-old Dustin Hubbard from Center reportedly was driving southbound, when he lost control and overturned. Hubbard was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital with serious injuries. The vehicle had extensive damage. .

3 Arrested for Drugs in Macon Drug

Macon drug arrests were the result of a joint effort and a year-long investigation…

Last Wednesday, the Missouri Drug Task Force conducted a joint effort to serve felony arrest warrant on multiple suspects in Macon. According to a release, officers arrested Elliot Harris, 20,Tarell Harris, 18, James Yearwood III, 18, and an unidentified male suspect all from Macon.

Elliot Harris was arrested at a residence in the 200 block of Butler Street for one count of delivery of under 35 grams of marijuana. Tarell Harris was arrested at a residence in the 600 block of Broadway Street. During the arrest, Harris attempted to resist officers and struck one officer during the altercation. He was arrested for two counts of delivery of under 35 grams of marijuana. Officers located a third subject as a passenger in a vehicle and made an enforcement stop where police apprehended James Yearwood III for three counts of delivery of under 35 grams of marijuana.

The three identified suspects were transferred to the Macon County Jail where they all are held in lieu of $10,000 cash-only bonds.

More Charges In An Animal Neglect Case

More charges in an animal neglect case. Karen Johnson has details.

The Brookfield Police Department will seek additional charges after seizing a dozen animals from a local resident Friday night. According to a statement released over the weekend, officers responded to the 100 block of South Pennsylvania to a report of animal abuse. After an investigation, officer took William Coyle, 41, into custody and recovered eleven other animals. Mr. Coyle has been issued a Municipal Court summons for animal neglect. As soon as the animals have been evaluated, a report will be forwarded to the Linn County Prosecutor for consideration. The Animal Shelter of Linn County is caring for the animals. I’m Karen Johnson.

Getting Greitens’ Legal Fees Paid By The State Of Missouri?

Getting Greitens’ Legal Fees Paid By the state of Missouri? Karen Johnson has a report.

Former Governor Eric Greitens’ attorneys are announcing they will pursue payment from the state after officials said this week they will not pay Greitens’ legal fees. Attorney Ross Garber issued a written reply to a question from Channel 8 News saying I’m sure that when the political nonsense is put aside, the state will pay for the legal services that were delivered to the Governor’s office. Greitens hired Garber and Edward Greim to defend him while he was facing a possible impeachment. Some officials took issue with their service, saying they served Greitens as an individual and not the office of the governor. The attorneys are requesting payment of more than $150,000. Greim told the Special House Committee investigating the former governor that he charged $340 an hour and Garber maintained he charged $320 an hour, half of his normal hourly rate $640. I’m Karen Johnson