July 25, 2016

Manhunt in the Tri-States following a Monday night incident in Alexandria, Missouri

At approximately 9:40 last night, after a controlled buy of approximately 1 gram of crystal methamphetamine, in the area of Alexandria, Missouri, a vehicle, of 4 occupants left the location, before they could be apprehended. Clark County Sheriff’s Office got into a pursuit with the vehicle, headed west on US Hwy 61. The pursuit ended on a dirt road, approximately 1 mile northwest of Running Fox School, when the vehicle got stuck in deep, muddy ruts in the road.   The driver of the vehicle, Michela Helenthal, age 30, of Hamilton, Illinois was arrested at the scene and is being held on a 24 hour investigational hold, while an arrest warrant can be sought.   The other 3 occupants, all white males, escaped on foot, and should be wet, cold and muddy. They are all believed to be armed and dangerous. Together, they are suspected of stealing several vehicles in the last week, in and around Lee, Hancock, and Clark Counties.   A perimeter was immediately set up by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Kahoka Police Department, and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. K-9 dogs responded from Monroe City and from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and a search of the area began. After searching until approximately 0156 hours, we called off the search, when the trail became cold.  We will continue to patrol the surrounding area and respond to tips, given by the public.   In the meantime, Clark County R-1 School officials have temporarily closed Running Fox Elementary, and bussed students to schools in Kahoka. The 3 suspects, wanted for questioning are:   Jasen Scott Tripp, age 40, of Keokuk, Iowa Trenton Ray Kindhart, age 21, of Keokuk, Iowa Weston Jaycob Schorr, age 19, of Alexandria, Missouri   I encourage the public to take their keys out of their vehicles, lock their vehicles and lock their homes. Please report any suspicious individuals and/or activities to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, by calling 911 or (660) 727-2911.

A number of Memphis businesses will be open with specials tonight as part of Midnight Gladness, and the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Holiday Decorated Lighting Contest this year.

Midnight Gladness is also back for its 2nd year.  On Friday, December 4th, a number of businesses in and around Memphis will be open from 6:00 p.m. to Midnight.  Participating businesses will be running specials and offering prize drawings, free snacks and handouts.  For more information about this event, contact Matthew Witmer at the Village Market, 660-465-7307.

MACC is also sponsoring their annual Holiday Residential and Business Lighting Contest.  Anyone may nominate a residence or business for the contest.  Simply call or go to the Memphis Democrat (465-7016) to submit your nomination.  Voting also takes place at the Memphis Democrat office.  Please leave a name, address and phone number for the residence you are nominating.  The deadline to vote is December 18th at noon and judging will take place on Saturday, December 19th.  You can also nominate your neighbor’s home and there will be a special drawing for people who nominate someone’s home.  Please leave your name and phone number when you nominate them.  You could win $20.00 in Memphis Bucks!

Winners of the Residential category will receive Memphis Bucks including 1st Place – $200.00; 2nd Place – $150.00; 3rd Place – $75.00.  The Business winner will receive a gift basket from MACC.  Also, the people responsible for nominating the winners of this year’s lighting contest will also receive $20.00 in Memphis Bucks from MACC.  The best decorated business will receive a gift basket.

Patrick K. McKenna has been named the new director of MoDOT by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The announcement was made last week at a press conference following the commission’s monthly meeting.

Patrick K. McKenna has been named the new director of MoDOT by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The announcement was made last week at a press conference following the commission’s monthly meeting.

“After a nationwide search, the commission knew Mr. McKenna had the vision and experience to lead the department to a new level of success and achievement,” said Stephen R. Miller, chairman of the MHTC. Patrick McKenna previously served as the deputy commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

“I am excited and honored to take on the director’s position at MoDOT,” said Patrick McKenna, new director of MoDOT. “Missouri faces a lot of transportation challenges, but MoDOT’s employees have proven time and again they can handle it. The department’s nationwide reputation for innovation is proof of that.”

In his role as deputy commissioner, McKenna served as the chief financial, operating and legislative officer for the organization. He has also worked in leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Mr. McKenna also worked for several years as the sole proprietor of a real estate holdings company.

McKenna will replace Interim Director Roberta Broeker, who will return to her previous position as MoDOT’s chief financial officer.

Flags at state and local government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7 for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Flags at state and local government buildings to be flown at half-staff on Dec. 7 for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Jefferson CiTY, Mo. – The U.S. and Missouri flags on all state and local government buildings in Missouri will be flown at half-staff on Monday, Dec. 7 to commemorate those who died or were wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941. A 1996 state law designates the date as Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and directs that on that day, flags be flown at half-staff by all state agencies and political subdivisions of the state.

“Seventy years ago, World War II ended with the surrender on the deck of the USS Missouri,” Gov. Nixon said. “Today, our state’s namesake battleship stands silent watch over the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, where America was drawn into the war. The lowered flags on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day remind us of the sacrifices that have been made by our men and women in uniform throughout many generations to guard our nation, including the sacrifices of those who are serving now.” 



MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL a division of the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY Troop B Headquarters – 308 Pine Crest Drive – Macon, Missouri 63552



For further information please contact:        Sergeant Brent J. Bernhardt                                                 (660) 385-2132 B15112 November 3, 2015 EMPHASIS:  Winter Driving Fifteen minutes ago the sky was clear and the air was much warmer that it is right now. As the saying goes, “In Missouri, if you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes and it’ll change.” We are fast approaching another winter season and the challenges it brings.   Many people procrastinate when it comes to getting prepared for their winter driving experiences. They wait until AFTER the first snow to check their vehicle, making sure it is in proper working order, the tires are in good shape, and that they are carrying the necessary emergency equipment in the trunk. Taking just a few minutes to check the brakes, anti-freeze, battery, tires, exhaust system, windshield wipers, windshield washer fluid for below freezing temperature, oil, lights, and getting a tune-up while the weather is still warm will ensure your car will perform properly. Loading emergency equipment such as flares, blankets, hand and feet warmers, flashlights, gloves, tools, chains, a long-handled shovel, jumper cables, and an ice scraper in your trunk will greatly reduce discomfort and difficulty should you become stranded. Driving in wintry weather presents its own challenges. Your first clue road conditions are hazardous may be the ice you have to scrape off your car windows. Check the weather forecast and allow extra time in bad weather.  The first question you should ask yourself is, “Do I really need to be out there?” If you don’t have to get out, stay home. Should you need to go, dress appropriately and  remember driving during the snow season is like driving in another world; everything is different.  You’ll notice your car doesn’t start, stop, or steer the same way. The road may feel different. Snow, slush, and ice will affect traction, steering, and stopping distance. Drivers may be more worried or tense. Knowing how to cope with winter driving conditions can help reduce winter driving mistakes that can quickly result in a traffic crash or leave you stranded.   Getting your car ready to go should be the first step of your wintry driving adventure. Clear snow and ice off the ENTIRE car! How many times have you seen sheets of ice fly off the top of a vehicle and come crashing down to the pavement, or someone driving without cleaning all of the snow or ice from their windows? Check your owner’s manual for recommended winter start-up instructions. Prevent fogging when you pull out by turning on the heater and defroster. If winters are very cold where you live, consider putting a block heater, electrically heated dipstick, or even a trouble light under the hood at night. This should make morning starts easier. Use low beams in gray or snowy weather and always use your turn signals. It’s important not only to see what’s out there, but to be seen by others on the road.   Winter weather in Missouri can be unpredictable. Thunderstorms, fog, hail, sleet, freezing rain, snow, and gusty winds causing an unbearable wind chill can all occur during one hazardous weather event. Always use caution and drive at a speed suitable for the road conditions. Fog can greatly reduce visibility. Watch for icy spots at intersections, underpasses, shaded areas, and before bridges. Remember bridges and overpasses will freeze first and may cause unsuspecting drivers to lose control. Stay back and allow at least three seconds between you and the vehicle ahead. See the “whole picture” while you’re driving.  Know what’s going on all around and look out for the sudden slowing of traffic. Plan your own stop or slow down well in advance and avoid braking in the middle of a curve.  If you start to skid, take your foot off the accelerator, and turn the steering wheel in the direction you want the car to go. When you regain traction, straighten the steering wheel and accelerate gently. Resist the temptation to brake─rear-wheel drive vehicles could keep skidding in a straight line, and front-wheel vehicles could go into a spin. Let’s not forget the highway crews driving those trucks with the flashing yellow lights. They treat and plow miles of pavement to make our commute safer. Give them room to do their job!   Life as we know it doesn’t have to stop when wintry weather moves in. Planning ahead, knowing what to expect and how to handle it, driving responsibly, and common sense can minimize the dangers. These simple actions will help Missouri drivers negotiate whatever winter throws at us in the months ahead. Be a courteous driver, protect yourself and others, move over as you approach emergency vehicles stopped along the highway, and always wear your seat belt!

Sergeant Brent J. Bernhardt Public Information and Education Officer Troop B, Macon Missouri State Highway Patrol (660) 385-2132

Missouri Livestock Symposium has something for everyone

Missouri Livestock Symposium has something for everyone

Sure, the Missouri Livestock Symposium is known for its outstanding programs for horse, beef cattle, forage, sheep, meat goat, and stock dog owners and producers.  But according to Garry L. Mathes, Missouri Livestock Symposium committee chair, the Symposium has much more.

The annual Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held Friday and Saturday, December 4 & 5 at the William Matthew Middle School in Kirksville, MO. Besides the many educational programs on Saturday, the Symposium also features an agriculturally related trade show that begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and opens again Saturday morning at 8 a.m., a free beef meal on Friday evening at 6 p.m., and a free lunch on Saturday at noon, coordinated by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and sponsored by many of Missouri’s fine commodity groups and the Missouri Livestock Symposium planning committee.

Friday evening’s program will feature a keynote address titled “The Customer May Not Always Be Right, But…?” by Mike Adams of Agritalk.  Dr. Larry Wiggins of Memphis, Missouri will be inducted into the Missouri Livestock Symposium Hall of Fame and Al Kennett will receive the Ag Educators Lifetime Achievement Award. Full program details can be found at www.missourilivestock.com or by calling 660-665-9866.

According to Mathes, this year the 2015 Missouri Livestock Symposium will bring in speakers from several states and from coast to coast, as in the past.  Some of these speakers will be talking about things of interest to all consumers, regardless of whether they are from the city or the country.

As an example, Mathes points to this year’s expanded Food Chatter and Around the Home and Farm Sections.  Topics and speakers include: Avian Flu, Charlotte Clifford Rathert, DVM, Lincoln University; Fats and Your Health Q & A, Kevin Fritsche, MU professor of nutritional immunology; AGvocating: If you don’t tell your story, they will, Kate Lambert, Uptown Farms, Laclede, MO; The Amazing Honeybee and Colony Collapse: Ecological Disaster or Temporary Setback, Eugene Makovec, beekeeper from Foley, MO; and the popular Holiday Flower Arranging with Jennifer Schutter, MU extension horticulture specialist.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium partners with The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. Monetary donations may be left at registration table on Friday and Saturday. Every dollar contributed to the food bank provides 15 pounds of food.

University of Missouri Extension provides equal opportunity to all participants in extension programs and activities, and for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or status as a protected veteran.


Speaker photos available upon request.



Vanessa Miller

Administrative Assistant | Adair County

University of Missouri Extension | 503 E. Northtown Road | Kirksville, MO 63501 O 660-665-9866 | F 660-665-9876 |  millerva@missouri.edu extension.missouri.edu/adair | missourilivestock.com


Patrol Helicopter Rescues Missing Ralls County Resident Using Short Haul Rescue

Patrol Helicopter Rescues Missing Ralls County Resident Using Short Haul Rescue

At approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Ralls County Sheriff’s Department and New London Police Department requested Troop B officers to assist them in locating a missing 38-year-old Ralls County man. The man had been reported missing since Sunday, October 25, 2015, and was believed to be in rural Southeast Ralls County. Troop B officers and Patrol helicopter 90MP responded to assist in the search. At approximately 3 p.m., the Patrol helicopter located the missing person a short distance from his vehicle west of Frankford, MO, near Spencer Creek in an extremely remote area. Due to the terrain, emergency crews were unable to respond to the man’s location. Thus, the Patrol dispatched its short haul rescue helicopter 93MP from Jefferson City. At 4:45 p.m. helicopter 93MP extracted the missing man and transported him to a safe location where emergency personnel were waiting. Survival Flight transported the man, who suffered from the effects of being exposed to the elements, to University Hospital in Columbia, MO.  As of late Thursday afternoon, the man’s name had not been released.

Halloween is just a few days away and there are safety reminders for those going trick-or-treating.

Halloween is just a few days away and there are safety reminders for those going trick-or-treating.

Here are some safety tips for both kids and their parents.

Kids should wear reflective clothing so motorists are able to see when they cross the street.

Trick-or-treaters should also wear makeup instead face masks so their vision isn’t obstructed causing trips or falls.

Parents should also go with the kids on their trick-or-treating routes.

There are also some safety reminders for those handing out the candy.

Make sure that there aren’t any slips, trips, or falls on the area where the kids are going to be coming up to the house. Also, don’t  use open flames. If they’re going to use something like a candle we would suggest they move it way back away from where the kids are going to be going and maybe use a battery type candle so there are no accidents.

Parents should also examine the candy their kids come home with to make sure it’s safe and hasn’t been tampered with.




Missouri Public Service Commission

Contact: Kevin Kelly Phone: (573) 751-9300 Governor Office Building, Suite 600



JEFFERSON CITY—The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2015. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2016. The Cold Weather Rule has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977.

The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction.

“Costs for heating a home during the coldest months of the year can present a significant challenge for some families,” said PSC Chairman Daniel Hall. “The Cold Weather Rule is designed to help struggling consumers meet that challenge.”

The Cold Weather Rule:

Prohibits the disconnection of heat-related service when the temperature is predicted to drop below 32 degrees during the following 24 hour period.

 Provides more lenient payment terms permitting reconnection of service for natural gas and/or electric customers.

 Prohibits the disconnection of registered elderly and disabled customers who meet certain income guidelines who make a minimum payment.

 Allows a customer to register with the utility if:

o 65 years of age or older;

o Disabled to the extent that the customer has filed with the utility a form submitted by a medical physician attesting that your household must have natural gas or electric utility service provided in the home to maintain life or health; or

o The customer has obtained a formal award letter issued from the federal government of disability benefits.

 Allows customers to budget payments over 12 months.

 May allow customers to extend payment of pre-existing arrears beyond 12 months.

 Does not require a deposit if payment agreement is kept.

 Requires that customers be notified by mail 10 days before the date the utility intends to shut off service; that an attempt be made to contact the customer within 96 hours before the shut off; that an attempt be made to contact the customer right before the shut off; that notice is left at the home when service has been shut off.


 Requires the customer be notified of possible financial help in paying the utility bill.

 Allows for the reconnection of service for less than the full amount owed.

If a customer is faced with a heat-related utility bill that they cannot pay in full, it is important that the customer:

1) Contact the utility company.

2) State an inability to pay the bill in full.

3) Provide income information either by month or annual income.

4) Make a minimum payment.

5) Enter into a payment agreement.

It is important to note that in order to receive some of the benefits of the Cold Weather Rule; a customer must sign-up (register) with their heat-related company.

For more information on the PSC’s Cold Weather Rule, please see the Commission’s website at www.psc.mo.gov or call the Commission’s Consumer Services hotline at 1-800-392-4211. Consumers can also receive Cold Weather Rule information from their local natural gas or electric


State Auditor Nicole Galloway invites public to attend hearing on Municipal Court Reform rules on Nov. 2

State Auditor Nicole Galloway invites public to attend hearing on Municipal Court Reform rules on Nov. 2

Comments may be provided at the hearing, written comments accepted through Nov. 6.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (Oct. 28, 2015) The Office of Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway will hold a public hearing on a series of proposed rules to guide local governments in reporting compliance with recent municipal court reform legislation. The hearing will be held on Monday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at 301 W. High St., Room 492 of the Truman State Office Building. The meeting will also be lived streamed through Periscope.

“Missouri residents expect transparency and accountability at all levels, yet many Missourians have lost faith in government, including their own local government and court systems,” Auditor Galloway said. “Reforming our municipal courts is one way we can transform local governments and restore trust in the system. I encourage interested citizens and groups to review my office’s proposed rules and be part of the conversation that will change the way Missouri’s municipal courts and local governments operate.”

These rules provide a framework that local governments will use to submit information to the State Auditor’s Office regarding new requirements set forth in Senate Bill 5. The legislation restricts the percentage of revenue counties or municipalities can generate from fines, bond forfeitures and court costs for minor traffic violations.

The law also provides the State Auditor’s Office with additional tools to identify problem areas in municipal court operations. In accordance with the law, the office will begin requiring local governments to include additional information with their required annual financial reports, including certification of the percent of revenue generated from fines, bond forfeitures and court costs for minor traffic violations. The local governments will also be required to include certification of court compliance with a series of municipal court reforms. These reforms include ending the practice of holding a defendant in custody for more than 24 hours without a warrant, prohibiting use of jail time in order to force payment, implementing payment plans and community service alternatives, and holding court proceedings in locations that are accessible by the public.

The proposed rules give guidance on how this information is to be provided to the State Auditor’s Office.

Comments on the proposed rules can be made in person at a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 2, beginning at 9 a.m. at 301 W. High St., Room 492 of the Truman State Office Building in Jefferson City.

Written comments may be mailed to: Missouri State Auditor’s Office, General Counsel Paul Harper, P.O. Box 869, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or emailed to rules@auditor.mo.gov. The public comment period opened Oct. 1 and comments will continue to be accepted through Nov. 6, 2015.

The hearing will be live streamed on Periscope beginning at 9 a.m., and can be accessed by following @MOAuditorNews on Twitter or Periscope.

The proposed rules are posted online.