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An Osceola man escaped serious injury in a two vehicle fatality accident Thursday morning in Hickory County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before 10:30 A.M. Thursday morning on Highway 54, in Wheatland, in Hickory County, involving a 1999 Dodge 1500 driven by 28 year old Ian Cole. The patrol says, Cole was traveling Westbound when he attempted to turn left into a parking lot, crossing the centerline, and striking a 2015 Harley Davidson driven by 52 year old Ronald Mabrey. Cole was listed with no injuries. Mabrey was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to Hathaway Peterman Funeral Home in Wheatland. A passenger, 58 year old Patricia Mabrey, was listed with serious injuries and transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

A Van Buren, Arkansas man was moderately injured in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in St. Clair County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 3:35 P.M. Thursday afternoon on US 54, 4 miles West of Collins, in St. Clair County, involving a 2014 Kenworth driven by 28 year old Jeffrey Allen. The patrol says, Allen was traveling Westbound when he experienced an equipment issue, ran off the right side of the roadway, and overturned. Allen was listed with moderate injuries and transported by Ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

Friday is the last day of classes in Nevada. Nevada R-5 School District will be completing the 2014-2015 academic year Friday. In conjunction to Friday's final day, students will be released early at 12:10 P.M. Nevada R-5 Officials remind area residents to slow down and watch for students in school zones. Students, teachers, and district personnel will have the summer off before teachers and district personnel return to buildings on August 17th through August 19th for Teacher In-Service and to prepare buildings for students arrival. Nevada R-5 students will start the 2015-2016 academic year and return to classes on Thursday, August 20th.

The Nevada Public Library has received a state grant. Secretary of the State of Missouri Jason Kander announced recently that the Nevada Public Library has received a Racing to Read Grant, aimed to establish and expand existing early literacy programming. Kander says, the grant will help bolster early literacy, making sure children are ready to read by the time they begin school. Outreach Program Coordinator for Early Literacy at Nevada Public Library Tami Landis says, they are excited to expand the early literacy center. The grant was in the amount of $7,505.00. Landis also says, part of the program includes developing 5 basic pre-reading skills for children. The secretary of state's literacy and educational enrichment grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. In the 2015 fiscal year, 178 total grant applications have been approved, distributing more than $1.1 million in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

Missouri's Governor is scheduled to be in Jasper County Friday, to mark the anniversary of the 2011 tornado. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is set to speak at the remembrance to mark the 4th anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin and Duquesne on May 22nd, 2011. Governor Nixon will make an announcement in connection to the continued state support for recovery efforts. Governor Nixon's address is scheduled for 2:30 P.M. at the Duquesne City Hall, 1501 S. Duquesne Road in Duquesne. United States Senator Claire McCaskill also released a state, marking the 4th anniversary of the devastating tornado, saying, over the past 4 years, the people of Joplin have proven their extraordinary resilience in the face of devastating loss, and that Friday, she joins all Missourians in praying for those who lost loved ones, and paying tribute to Joplin's comeback. 

Incoming Nevada R-5 8th graders are reminded of immunization requirements. Students who will be in 8th grade at Nevada Middle School for the Fall 2015 are reminded the State of Missouri requires all entering 8th grade students to receive the updated tetanus booster, known as the “Tdap.” This immunization must be completed before the first day of school in August, with present verification presented to the school. The immunization can be obtained at the Vernon County Health Department, 301 North Washington Street in Nevada, and can be billed to most insurance providers. The vaccine can also be obtained through your local physician. For those students that believe they may be exempt from the requirement, due to medical or religious reasons, or have had a tetanus booster within the past 2 years, contact the Nevada Middle School Nurse Dawn Jones, prior to the 1st day of school at 417-448-2040.

Two Nevada residents have been arrested in connection to theft and drug charges in Vernon County. Nevada Police Department Officials say, Nevada PD have concluded an investigation in reference to a reported theft of property and violation of the controlled substance law. Officials say, Nevada Police Detectives were contacted about a recent theft that had reportedly taken place in a local business a few days prior. The investigation revealed that the suspects had entered the department store, and had unlawfully taken electronic equipment and drug precursors. Nevada PD developed investigative leads to identify the suspects, before serving a search warrant on a residence in the 500 block of West Arch Street in Nevada. Officials say, while conducting the search warrant, police recovered suspected stolen property and a product suspected of being a controlled substance, along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia. 44 year old Jeffrey Ring and 53 year old Kimberly Shay, have both been taken into custody. Both are charged with stealing, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Ring is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $6,000.00 cash or surety. Shay is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $5,500.00 cash or surety.

A Nevada man has been arrested as a registered sex offender violator in Vernon County. Nevada Police Department Officials say, Nevada PD have concluded an investigation in reference to a sex offender violating state law. Officials say, officers were approached by a concerned citizen in reference to a possible sex offender living in close proximity to an elementary school. Reports indicate, officers were able to gather investigative leads and determine that the suspect had established a residence near a Nevada public school. After conducting a measurement, detectives determined that the offender was in violation of Missouri state law. Officials say, 28 year old Kevin Hill has been taken into custody. Hill is charged with the class D felony of a sex offender residing within 1,000 feet of a school. Hill is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $5,000.00 cash or surety.

Two Ft. Scott residents have been injured in a two vehicle accident Wednesday night in Vernon County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before 9:40 P.M. Wednesday night on US 54, at Deerfield, in Vernon County, involving a 2008 Dodge Caliber driven by 34 year old Billy Willett, of Ft. Scott. The patrol says, Willett was traveling Northbound when he failed to yield at a stop sign, and pulled into the path and was struck by a 2013 Peterbilt driven by 52 year old Darrell Schneider, of Olpe, Kansas. Willett was listed with minor injuries and transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center. Schneider was listed with no injury. A passenger in Willett's vehicle, 44 year old Phillip Mitchell, of Ft. Scott, was listed with serious injuries and transported to Nevada Regional Medical Center.

An Aurora man suffered moderate injuries in a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Bates County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 1:30 P.M. Wednesday afternoon on Route K, 1/10th of a mile South of County Road Northwest 2002, in Bates County, involving a 2014 Kenworth Dump Truck driven by 34 year old Christopher Paul. The patrol says, Paul was traveling Southbound when he ran off the left side of the roadway, and over turned, coming to rest on the vehicles side. Paul was listed with moderate injuries and transported to Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.

Several area residents have completed an opportunity to see local law enforcement activities first hand. 17 area residents, graduated Wednesday night from the Citizens Police Academy, hosted by the Nevada Police Department. Students enrolled in the academy, learned about topics such as 911 communications and emergency dispatching, traffic stops, criminal investigation, traffic enforcement, and drug recognition. Classes covered an 8 week period with lecture and interactive based hands on activities. Nevada Chief of Police Graham Burnley says, graduates gained a perspective they didn't have before. For more information on the Citizens Police Academy, contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100.

The Nevada Police Department is seeking the public's help locating two separate subjects involving two separate theft reports in Nevada. According to Nevada Police Department Officials, on Tuesday, officers responded to two different reports of theft from two separate stores in the Nevada area. Wanted suspect photos issued from Nevada PD indicate, one suspect is an older, white male, that was seen driving an older model 2 door Chevy pickup, dark blue in color, with most of the paint on the hood and roof weathered off with gray primer showing. This truck also has no license plate on the front. The second suspect wanted by Nevada PD is a younger, white male, last seen wearing a dark ball cap, dark hoodie, and blue jeans, that left the scene in a dark colored Ford pickup truck. Anyone with information regarding the two suspect individuals or suspect vehicles, is asked to call the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-2710. Those suspect photos issued by Nevada PD can be found on our Facebook page.

A Lamar teen suffered serious injuries in a two vehicle accident Tuesday evening in Barton County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 6:20 P.M. Tuesday evening on Route O, 7 miles Southwest of Lamar, in Barton County, involving a 2003 Nissan Altima driven by 18 year old Elizabeth Marti. The patrol says, Marti was traveling Southbound when she lost control on a slick curve, and slid into the path of a 2005 Chevy Silverado driven by 29 year old Zachary Smith, of Lamar. Marti was listed with serious injuries and transported to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Smith was listed with no injuries. A passenger in Marti's vehicle, 26 year old Ashley Smith, of Lamar, was listed with minor injuries and sought treatment on her own at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.

The Nevada City Council met in regular scheduled session Tuesday night. The council unanimously approved the consideration of bids to rebuild the #2 lift station #3 pump at the wastewater treatment plant for a budgeted total of $19,420.00. The council also unanimously approved appointment of Stephanie Beason to the Nevada Parks Board and approved the second reading of a bill budgeting funds for the promotion of Tourism through the Bushwhacker Committee for Bushwhacker celebration 2015's main event and gospel event, and approval of an agreement with the Bushwhacker Committee, and the first reading of a bill clarifying the list of products which can be offered for sale at the Vernon County Farmer's Market. The council unanimously approved the authorization and execution of a lease agreement for multifunction copiers with Ricoh USA, INC for photocopiers used by Utility billing, Administration, and the Police Department, along with a resolution authorizing contribution to the costs of a referendum election, not to exceed more than 1/3 of the total estimated cost of $22,000.00. In an emergency ordinance, council approved the first and second reading of a bill authorizing employment of James M. Sneed, a hospital financial consultant, to provide consultation with respect to financial issues associated with Nevada Regional Medical Center. The next Nevada City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3rd, beginning at 7:00 P.M. and is slated to be held in the new council chambers at the Public Safety Building at 120 South Ash in Nevada. The session is open to the public.

The Rich Hill Memorial Library has received a state grant. Secretary of the State of Missouri Jason Kander announced recently that the Rich Hill Memorial Library has received a Racing to Read Grant, aimed to establish and expand existing early literacy programming. Kander says, the grant will help bolster early literacy, making sure children are ready to read by the time they begin school. The grant was in the amount of $2,000.00. The secretary of state's literacy and educational enrichment grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. In the 2015 fiscal year, 178 total grant applications have been approved, distributing more than $1.1 million in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

The Bates County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help regarding the recent burnt vehicle. According to Bates County Sheriff's Office Officials, on Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a field off of AA Highway, near Drexel, to a report of a burnt vehicle. Officials say, the vehicle was located on a former roadway, between two fields, and was completely burned. Reports indicate deputies on scene were able to recover the license plate, that was registered to a 2005 Pontiac, reported stolen out of Harrisonville. The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information regarding the theft of burning of the vehicle, is asked to call the Bates County Sheriff's Office at 660-679-3232.

A Missouri State Representative has been named Freshman Legislator of the Year. State Representative for the 126th District Patricia Pike has been awarded the Freshman Legislator of the Year for Veterans Issues. Pike is being honored and recognized for her efforts and work on the Veterans Committee. Representative Pike says, she believes they accomplished a lot this year, both in Committee and in the House of Representatives and is looking forward to next year's legislative session and working on behalf of Veterans throughout the year. To voice any concerns on local issues to Representative Pike, call her office at 573-751-5388.


 

 

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