July 23, 2014

Two local teenagers have been arrested and a third suspect has been turned over to juvenile authorities following a recent crime spree in Scotland County.

Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn reported the arrests on April 23rd were made after a pair of stolen vehicles were recovered near Memphis.

Law enforcement was notified of a traffic accident a few miles east of Memphis on route AA.  A 1999 Chevy Impala was located at the scene, where it had run off the road, impacted a culvert and came to rest in a field, where the vehicle was abandoned.  Later in the morning, a second abandoned vehicle was reported by a property owner, around six miles east of Memphis on Route AA.

An investigation found that the frist vehicle belonged to Trever Harris of Memphis, and had been stolen from a storage areaa few miles from the crash site on April 21st.  The second vehicle had been taken from the Legion parking lot where it had been left by it’s owner after experiencing mechanical difficulties.

After an investigation conducted by the Scotland County sheriff’s office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Memphis Police Department, 18 year old Dakota Murray of Memphis and 17 year old Robert Richardson of Memphis, formerly of Edina, were both arrested, and a 16 year old male juvenile was taken into custody.

Murray has been charged with a class C felony of tampering with a motor vehicle, a class D felony of leaving the scene ofan accident that resulted in property damage, a class A misdemeanor of failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, and failure to wear a seat belt.

Richardson was charged with a class C felony of tampering with a motor vehicle.

Both Murray and Richardson are being held in the Scotland County Jail on fifteen thousand dollars cash only bonds.

Additional charges are pending against the individuals stemming from the joint investigation.

Despite the hopes of a family and their devoted friend, the first group of remains recovered from a 1952 military cargo plane crash did not contain anything belonging to a former Downing, Missouri man who perished in a 1952 military cargo plane crash en route from McChord Air Force Base in Washington to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

According to an article in the Tuesday edition of the Kirksville Daily Express, at the time, 21 year old U.S. Air Force Airman 3rd Class Wayne Dean Jackson was among those flying in a Douglas C-124A Globemaster II airplane from McChord Air Force Base to Elmendorf on November 22nd, 1952.  The flight was less than an hour from it’s destination when it apparently crashed into Alaska’s Mount Gannett and exploded, killing all 52 people on board.

The crash site was discovered in June of 2012.

A melting Alaskan glacier is slowly revealing evidence from the crash, and teams from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command made trips last summer to recover remains, belongings and wreckage.  DNA testing on recovered remains identified 19 different subjects, but according to former Downing, Missouri resident Vicky Kelso Dodson, nothing belonging to Jackson has been found.

Dodson grew up across the street from Jackson and his parents, Clarence and Hazel Jackson.  Jackson was 14 years older.  Dodson describes him as, “Like her big brother.”  With Jackson’s only living relatives being a few cousins, Dodson has led the effort of trying to bring some closure, more than 60 years after the fatal flight.

Dodson says she is still praying.  Dodson wants to bring Wayne Dean Jackson home, and she is not giving up.

The military is planning another search this summer, and in the summer of 2016, but there is a race against time and the elements.  While the melting glacier and shifting ice has revealed the crash site, it is also taking the crash site with it into Lake George, near Anchorage, Alaska.

According to the article in the Kirksville Daily Express, the two summer searches, planned for a time when the weather conditions are decent enough to allow for a safe search, may be the last before all evidence is lost to the lake.

Dodson says any unidentified remains will be a part of a mass burial at Arlington National Cemetery.  A date for that ceremony has not been set.

A local attorney has been appointed to a state board that ensures safety for the children of Missouri.

Missouri State Senator Brian Munzlinger of Williamstown is the Senate sponsor of Memphis and Kirksville attorney April S. Wilson to serve as a member of the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board.  The board provides independent assessments on child abuse and neglect determinations in which the alleged perpetrator is affected by decisions of the Children’s Division.

Citing Wilson’s success as an experienced prosecutor and successful attorney, Munzlinger says Wilson’s work not only fits the qualifications required of the position, but also makes her a valuable member of the board.

The Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board was created within the Missouri Department of Social Services.  It includes nine appointed members who serve three-year terms. 

Board members from all walks of life are chosen in order to provide experienced, educated and detailed reviews while ensuring safety for the children of Missouri.

Wilson’s term is scheduled to end April 7th, 2016.

Severe Weather Season/Watches and Warnings

Severe weather season is here.  The prime months for tornadic activity in the midwest are April, May and June, but severe weather such as thunderstorms and tornadoes can actually occur any time of year.

There are two basic terms used regularly by the National Weather Service concerning severe weather, and those terms are WATCHES and WARNINGS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH means conditions are favorable for the development of thunderstorm activity in your area, and you should watch for the development of thunderstorms, possibly significant rainfall, high winds, straight line winds, lightning and possibly hail.

A THUNDERSTORM WARNING means severe weather has been spotted on radar or by trained spotters in your area, and you should take immediate action to seek shelter.

A TORNADO WATCH means weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in your area, and you should be aware of weather conditions that could develop, by staying tuned to local radio and TV stations for the latest information.

A TORNADO WARNING means a tornado has been spotted on radar, or by trained spotters in your area, and you should seek shelter immediately, preferably in a basement or underground storm shelter.  Stay away from windows, and be sure your family knows what to do in the event that severe weather develops.

With the latest technology, there are a number of applications that can be downloaded to smartphones and other electronic devices.  Contact your local cellular service provider for more information.

It is also a good idea to have a battery operated weather radio that can be tuned to the nearest weather transmitter tower that serves your area.  Currently there are towers in counties all across north Missouri and southern Iowa.

For more information on weather activity, log onto the National Weather Service website www.noaa.gov.

 

Twenty three churches from northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa are coming together to bring a live theatrical performance at Scotland County High School on Saturday, April 12th, to help ring in the Easter season.

The churches are working together to bring “Acts-The Three Man Show” to Scotland County High School on April 12th at 3:00 p.m..

The show is free, but those in attendance must secure a ticket, in order to be guaranteed a seat.

For information, contact 660-465-2060, or visit Scotland County Ministerial Alliance on Facebook for a list of participating churches.

For more information on “Acts-The Three Man Show”, visit www.acts3manshow.com.

A rural Farmington, Iowa family lost their home and all their belongings in a fire yesterday morning.

Officials report fire crews from five different locations were all called to the scene of a blaze at the Doug and Jennifer Folker residence in rural Van Buren County yesterday morning at around 3:30 a.m..

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be officially determined.  Doug and his young son Luke were at home at the time of the fire.  Mom Jennifer was at work.  Luckily no one was injured.

Right now, the family is in need of clothing.  11 year old Luke wears boys size 12 husky pants, and  size 14-16 or 16-18 shirts.  Mom Jennifer needs large clothes.  Dad Doug wears 2XL shirts.

Anyone wanting to donate items is asked to contact Brenda Steele at 660-341-6876 or 660-479-5414.  You can also contact Jennifer at 660-341-6878.

Omicron Theta Home Tours are this Sunday in Memphis

There are a slew of holiday-related activities this weekend in the Memphis area.  Holiday home tours are this Sunday, hosted by the Omicron Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Ticket sales begin Sunday at 12:45 p.m. at Countryside Flowers.  Tickets are five dollars each for both children and adults.

The tour will run from one to four p.m..

Homes on the tour include the residence of Kelly and Schelle Cooley at 704 Hardman Street near Scotland County Elementary; the home of Paige Troutman at 325 South Main in Memphis; and the home of Brian and Dianna Childress, also known as the Winn Hill Bed and Breakfast.  Take 136 west to the Crawford Road, or highway B, then go 3.4 miles, watch for the sign, and turn left.

Proceeds from Sunday’s Holiday Home Tour in Memphis will go to projects supported by the Omicron Theta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce officially kicked off the holiday season Saturday night by lighting the lights on the Memphis square.

A surprising number of residents braved the cold to hear comments from Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg, listen to the musical stylings of The Brothers and Sisters Quartet, visit Santa, see a live Camel, and sign up for a drawing for five hundred dollars in Memphis Bucks.

The Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce gave away five hundred dollars in Memphis bucks in varying increments to twenty lucky winners.

The two hundred fifty dollar grand prize went to Elaine Burkholder.

Rosemary Briggs won fifty dollars.  Twenty dollar winners were Landon King, Teresa Fischer, Phoebe Douglas, Judy Musgrove, Beth Dalton, Jim McClintic, Lisa Baker, Laura Schenk, and Ella Owings.

Memphis Bucks ten dollar winners included Kara Romore, Vicki Baldwin, Joe Rinearson, Rachel Reckenberg, Jeannie Parrish, Kim Smith, Celia Brown, Alyssa Clair and Wendy Davis.