May 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.

SCR-I Will Look to Voters in April for Needed Upgrades

SCR-I Will Look to Voters in April for Needed Upgrades


The Scotland County R-1 School Board voted 7-0 on January 21st to present a $4 million bond issue to the voters on April 5th.  The new construction would include early childhood classrooms, new classrooms for vocal music and band, world language, special education, and life skills, and a football locker room and weight room.  The project will also make repairs to the existing facilities, including elementary heating, air conditioning and ventilation and replacement of the baseball, football and softball field lights and the updating of the track facility.  There will also be added security to the high school and an additional corridor to connect the main high school to the Ag building.

“The school board and administration feel that the projects would have a positive impact on our community, parents, and most importantly, our students. Throughout the planning process, the school board and administration have worked hard to identify the current needs of the facility.  The planning process included gathering community feedback, exploring cost effective solutions by working with the districts architect, Klingner and Associates, and addressing maintenance on current facilities,” said School Board President Sam Berkowitz.

Following the election results of November, 2014, the school board and administration prioritized a list of short term facility improvements.  “The school board chose to utilize current reserves leading to further deficit spending in order to fund facility projects in dire need of attention,” noted Ryan Bergeson, District Superintendent.

The improvements included security cameras and a security entrance at the elementary school, refurbishing of the elementary canopy, the high school commons vestibule, and public sidewalk replacement.  Updating elementary and high school lockers, tile floor replacement in the science labs, additional classroom laptops, and improvement of campus site drainage were also updates made to the buildings.  “These expenditures totaled over $200,000 from the local budget but provided value to the structural stability of our current facilities, safety and security for staff and students, and an educational impact in the classrooms,” added Bergeson.

Bergeson continued by saying that the projects to be listed on the ballot in April are needs and priorities for the Scotland County R-1 School District and cannot be funded or completed without voter approval in the April Election.  The bond issue in April requires a 57.143% voter approval rate and would include a 40 cent debt service levy which would generate $4,000,000 to complete the projects.

The current early childhood classrooms are primarily located off campus at the First Baptist Church.  Moving the early childhood program on campus would provide safety and security, improved communication for faculty and parents, access to therapy rooms for services that are performed on campus thus eliminating additional transportation costs.

“The band and vocal music program is fortunate to be surrounded by a supportive community, highly involved parents, and an outstanding instructor,” said Board Vice-President Trinity Davis.  “This partnership has led to increased participation and deserves a facility that accommodates increasing student involvement.”

Students in the Life Skills program receive instruction across the street from campus which leads to travel and safety concerns as they transition from class to class.

The increased student participation due to the availability of additional World Language offerings has created a need for additional space to accommodate students.

“New athletic facilities hopefully would provide opportunities for increased participation in the football and track programs,” stated Athletic Director Lance Campbell.  This building would tie all facilities together and increase safety, security, efficiency, and cost saving measures with the construction consisting of a pre-engineered metal building with a glass and masonry front façade.

In addition to new construction, the district needs to upgrade current facilities which could be done with monies from the bond issue.  Upgrades would be made to the lighting on the baseball, softball, and football fields, by replacing all three fields with Musco lighting providing a 25-year warranty and reduction of energy and maintenance costs by 50 percent.

Other improvements will also include an improved track facility with all weather material on the existing track and replacement of each field event location.  Additional new and improved security and camera system will be installed at the high school.  All listed projects decrease the access points that are current challenges at the high school.

The needed Elementary school climate control measures would include replacing the current air conditioning and ventilation system and providing thermostat controls in each classroom leading to district cost savings, increased efficiency, and student comfort.

The Scotland County R-1 School District will be conducting two informational meetings about the school bond issue. Times, dates, and locations for the meetings will be announced at a later date.  The meetings will provide specific information about the bond issue to district patrons.  The Scotland County R-1 School Board, Administration, and Kim Mulch, from Klingner and Associates, will be available to answer questions.  For more information, please contact Ryan Bergeson, at the Scotland County School District at 465-8531.

2015 MACC Decorated Lights Winners

Business-Scotland Co. Pharmacy will receive a gift basket.

MSHP: Welcome The New Year Safely!

MSHP: Welcome The New Year Safely!

A Division Of The
Department of Public Safety
Public Information and Education Division-PO Box 568-Jefferson City, MO 65102


For further information please contact: Capt. John J. Hotz
Q12172015-1 (573) 526-6115

December 17, 2015
EMPHASIS: MSHP: Welcome The New Year Safely!

The Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. A traffic crash would be an unfortunate way to begin 2016.

This year’s 102-hour counting period will be from 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015, to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2016. Last year over the New Year’s 102-hour holiday counting period, there were 78 traffic crashes, which injured 31 people. There were two fatalities during the 2015 New Year’s holiday counting period.

Many Missourians plan special gatherings to bring in the New Year. If you’re driving to a New Year’s gathering, remember to buckle up and obey all traffic laws. As you make your way to the party, be a courteous driver. When in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Pay attention and use your turn signal to communicate your intentions to other drivers. The posted speed limit is not a suggestion and reflects the roadway’s classification. There’s no reason to speed—the party starts after you arrive safely.

Be aware of the weather forecast. If inclement weather is expected, allow extra time for traveling or be flexible with your plans. The Road Condition Report number is 1-888-275-6636. Depending on the weather, staying home might be your best option. If you do travel over the New Year’s holiday, remember to take the time to clean snow and ice completely from your vehicle. Making sure the windows are completely cleared increases visibility. Remember: Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on. It takes only a second to turn on your vehicle’s headlights. That second could make you more visible to other drivers and prevent a traffic crash.

If your plans include alcohol, remember that nothing ruins a party like a DWI arrest or a drinking-related traffic crash on your way home. Designate a sober driver before the party starts. The roadway is no place for a driver who has been drinking. If you cause a traffic crash, your New Year might begin with being arrested, facing legal fees and medical bills, and perhaps jail time! You could lose your license and will have to face your family and friends. If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay the price for the rest of your life. No one wants to begin 2016 in jail. Be smart! Designate a sober driver or take a taxi.

Approximately 63 percent of Missouri fatal crash victims who are required to be restrained are NOT at the time of the traffic crash. The Patrol urges motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Join us in supporting the Drive To Zero Highway Deaths. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!

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.

Request for Public Assistance from the Clark County sheriff’s office

Request for Public Assistance
Clark County Sheriff’s office
(660) 727-2915

Police File Photo

On the night of December 1, 2015, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 10:46 p.m., a white male subject, believed to be approximately 5’10” and 180 pounds entered a home, just South of Kahoka, Missouri and assaulted a female subject.

During the altercation, the unknown white male was struck in the mouth and is believed to have received injuries to the lip.  If anyone has information or sees a white male matching any of these descriptions, you are asked to contact the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and have information forwarded to Detective Tim Vice.

The telephone number for the Clark County Sheriff’s office is 660-727-2915.

Your help in this matter is greatly appreciated!


Chief Deputy Shawn Webster

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.” 


John Bailey, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon joins Scotland Co. Hospital Medical Staff

John Bailey, DO, Orthopedic Surgeon

Joins Med Staff at Scotland County Hospital


Scotland County Hospital in Memphis is pleased to welcome the arrival of their newest specialist, Dr. John Bailey to the medical staff.  Dr. Bailey is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and will start seeing patients every other Monday afternoon at Scotland County Hospital starting November 9th.  To schedule an appointment in Memphis, patients & referring physicians can call his office at Mid America Orthopedic & Spine Institute, LLC, at 660-665-0950.  Referring physicians and patients can specify that they wish to have their appointment with Dr. Bailey in Memphis.  Additionally, Dr. Bailey has privileges at the Surgery Center at Scotland County Hospital and he will work closely with the surgery team to treat orthopedic conditions that require corrective surgery.

“We are very pleased to add Dr. Bailey to our medical staff,” said Randy Tobler, MD, CEO, at Scotland County Hospital.  “With the addition of Dr. Bailey, we increase the number of days that we offer orthopedic clinics as well as ortho surgery.  Dr. Weaver holds an ortho clinic every Thursday & two Fridays a month.  We are fortunate to have two talented orthopedic surgeons serve our hospital in Memphis.”

Dr. Bailey is a native of Kirksville and a 1990 graduate of A.T. Still University.  He is not only a distinguished orthopedic surgeon, but he’s also a decorated member of the United States Army Reserve.  He is a Major in the United States Army Reserve, Orthopedic Surgeon, 4207th United States Army Hospital.  He specializes in orthopedic surgery and orthopedic surgery of the spine and has specialty training in complex spine surgery including scoliosis, degenerative diseases, anterior & posterior fusions & spinal tumors, total joint reconstruction & revision surgery, pediatric orthopedics, trauma & facture surgery, complex hand microsurgery along with reimplantation surgery of digits, laser arthroscopy & surgery of joints, sports medicine and pediatric & adult foot surgery.

In addition to orthopedic care, Scotland County Hospital offers a wide range of specialty services including Cardiology, ENT, Obstetrics & Gynecology, General Surgery, Oncology & Hematology, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Podiatry, Rheumatology, Vision & Wound Care.


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