KNEM-KNMO Current News
The Nevada Police Department is warning area residents of a recent increase in thefts from vehicles. According to Nevada Police Department Officials, Officers have been investigating multiple reports of thefts from vehicles in the Nevada area. Victims have reported vehicle break-ins over the last few days. Nevada Police Department Officer Patrick Deao says, locking your vehicle is a good way to help prevent theft. Anyone with information regarding the recent thefts is asked to call the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-2710. Nevada PD is also encouraging residents to report any suspicious individuals and be aware of the traffic in your area. If you see a suspicious vehicle in your community, attempt to get a license place number, as well as a vehicle description, and a description of the person or persons in the vehicle.
A Butler woman and Garden City man escaped serious serious injuries in a one vehicle accident Tuesday night in Cass County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 9:20 P.M. Tuesday night on I-49, at Tennessee Creek, in Cass County, involving a 2003 Mitsubishi driven by 37 year old Timothy Shonkwiler, of Garden City. The patrol says, Shonkwiler was traveling Southbound when he swerved to miss a disabled vehicle, over corrected, ran off the left side of the roadway, before overturning, coming to rest on it's wheels. Shonkwiler was listed with minor injuries and transported by private vehicle to Cass County Regional Hospital in Harrisonville. A passenger, 23 year old Sarah McKinney, was listed with minor injuries and transported by private vehicle to Cass County Regional Hospital in Harrisonville.
Area children attending school for the first time this fall can now get screened in a variety of areas. School children ages 3 to 5 who will be entering Preschool or Kindergarten this fall can now be signed up for free individual screenings. This week, the Parents as Teachers Center and Bryan Elementary will be accepting calls for screening appointments. This screening is a prerequisite for children to be considered for participation in any Nevada R-5 Preschool Program. Early Childhood Screenings will take place Monday and Tuesday, April 6th and 7th at First Baptist Church, 301 East Highland in Nevada. Each child will be assessed individually in areas of cognitive, motor, social, speech and language skills, as well as general health including vision and hearing. Screenings will take about two hours. To schedule an appointment, call the Parents As Teachers Center at 417-448-2061 between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
Area residents will have an opportunity to see first hand local law enforcement activities with the Citizens Police Academy. Nevada Police Department is hosting their annual Spring Citizens Police Academy, starting Wednesday night. The program will run over an 8 week period, meeting once a week. Nevada Chief of Police Graham Burnley says, attendees selected for this years academy will get a look at what law enforcement personnel do on a routine basis. Chief Burnley also says, the program provides citizens an inside look at the operations of the Nevada Police Department through lecture and interactive based activities. This year's 2015 Academy includes topics such as 911 communications and emergency dispatching, traffic stops, criminal investigation, and traffic enforcement and drug recognition.
Missouri Children's Division has received reaccreditation. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has announced that the Missouri Children's Division, along with the Missouri Department of Social Services, recently successfully met high performance stands set by the Council of Accreditation and earned reaccreditation by the council. Governor Nixon says, it was a hard-earned recognition, applauding everyone involved for their diligent work and dedication to ensuring that Missouri continues to meet the high criteria set forth by the council. The Council on Accreditation is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of community-based behavioral healthcare and social service organization. Missouri was just one of only five states in the nation to meet the reaccreditation standards.
A Collins man has been arrested on a felony warrant in St. Clair County. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Officials say, 41 year old Darrel Unruh has been taken into custody on a felony no bond capias Polk County warrant. Unruh is being charged with a probation violation on an original class C felony of domestic assault in the second degree. The warrant stems from an incident in November of 2014. Unruh is being held in the St. Clair County Jail on no bond.
The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public's help regarding a recent theft. According to St. Clair County Sheriff Office Officials, on March 28th, Deputies began investigating a report of theft from property near SW 101 and SW 1300 Roads, South of Blackjack, in St. Clair County. The victim reported around 14 head of cattle stolen. The victim noted that some of the cattle could have calved as well. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Tip line at 417-646-5832. The St. Clair County Sheriff Office remind area residents to be aware of the traffic in your area. If you see a suspicious vehicle in your community, attempt to get a license place number, as well as a vehicle description, and a description of the person or persons in the vehicle.
Area students with disabilities will have the opportunity to learn Life Skills. On My Own, Inc. is offering a new session of Self Determination Class. Attendees will learn how to become Self Advocates with topics including communication skills, developing goals and transition plans, independent living skills, and decision making skills. Community Relations Director for On My Own Stacey Wilson says, the class helps with life skills. The class is free to attend. Classes will be held on Mondays, from 3:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. at the On My Own Conference Room, 428 E. Highland in Nevada. To register or for more information, call 417-667-7007.
Adrian residents will soon have an easier time navigating around town on foot. The new sidewalk project, which is a partnership between the City of Adrian and the Missouri Department of Transportation, will build sidewalks along Route 18. The project will take place along Route 18, between Old Route 71 and West Kentucky Avenue and between West Lexington Avenue and Mulberry Avenue. Officials say, MoDOT is supplying the materials to construct the sidewalks, with the City of Adrian providing the labor. Business entrances and approaches to city streets will also be rebuilt. Work is slated to being this week, with a completion date of mid-September.
With warm weather approaching, area residents are reminded Cold Weather Rules are coming to an end. The Missouri Public Service Commission and Kansas Corporation Commission say, the Cold Weather Rule will end Tuesday. That rule has been in effect since November 1st. The Cold Weather Rule prohibits companies from disconnecting service based on lack of payment during extremely cold temperatures. Customers who are behind on their bill, are encouraged to contact their service company before the end of business Tuesday to help establish a payment plan.
A Schell City man was moderately injured in a one vehicle ATV accident Saturday night in Vernon County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 7:30 P.M. Saturday night on County Road 2825, North of Schell City, in Vernon County, involving a 2005 Yamaha four wheeler driven by 36 year old Jeremy Maus. The patrol says, Maus was traveling Southbound when he ran off the roadway and overturned. Maus was listed with moderate injuries and airlifted to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.
An Adrian man suffered moderate injuries in a one vehicle accident Sunday morning in Cass County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 2:15 A.M. Sunday morning on Missouri Route F, in Cass County, involving a 1999 Dodge driven by 25 year old George Warren. The patrol says, Warren was traveling Southbound when he lost control of his vehicle, ran off the right side of the road, and struck a tree line. Warren was listed with moderate injuries and transported by Cass County EMS to Cass County Medical Center in Harrisonville.
A near capacity crowd helped crown a new Mr. NHS Friday night. Nevada High School held the 13th Annual NHS Renaissance Male Handsome Pageant Friday night. 15 boys in grades Freshman through Senior competed for the title of Mr. NHS. Each participant modeled sports and club wear, a fashion ensemble, and showcased a talent. Theater contestant Jacob Jackson was named Mr. Congeniality. The top 6 contestants were asked one final question. After scores were tabulated, an unprecedented tie for the top spot occurred. Those top 2 contestants were asked one final question, before KNEM/KNMO's own board op Michael Geeding was announced as Mr. NHS. Geeding says, he wasn't expecting to win. Geeding also says, he knows last year's winner left some big shoes to fill. The Male Handsome Pageant is the major fundraiser for the Nevada High School Renaissance Program.
Preparations are being finalized for an annual benefit for a Children hospital. Nevada Eagles Lodge #3770 is hosting their annual Children's Mercy Hospital Benefit, scheduled for Saturday, April 4th at the Lodge, 3313 East Austin Boulevard in Nevada. Auxiliary Chairman Mollie Matlock says, the event has a long rooted history in the community. Events planned include a breakfast, pool tournament, Easter Egg hunt, petting zoo, silent and live auction, and a dinner and dance. They will also be offering a movie and popcorn during the dance to entertain children. For more information, call 417-321-9560. Matlock will explain more about the annual Children's Mercy Hospital Benefit, as she joins us on Monday's update program, which begins just after ABC News at 1:00 P.M.
Nevada Regional Technical Center DECA members recently competed in a state contest. 21 NRTC DECA members joined over 2,000 Missouri high school marketing students competing in the annual State Career Development Conference, held in Lake Ozark. The Creative Marketing Project team of Shadol Blanchard, Gwendolyn Broughton, and Ezra Solidum placed 2nd at the state level. Receiving a 4th place finish was the Community Service team of Myrissa Dunfield, Ryleigh Galimberto, and Jacee Heckadon. Ben Sommer finished 5th in the Financial Consulting Event. All seven students qualified to compete at DECA's International Career Development Conference, scheduled for April 24th through April 29th in Orlando, Florida.
Emergency personnel were active Friday responding to the scene of a reported motor vehicle collision involving a building in Vernon County. The accident occurred before 11:00 A.M. Friday morning, as reports indicate a vehicle struck the Moore-Few Care Center building, 901 South Adams Street in Nevada. The investigation is ongoing. No names or further information is available at this time.
One person is in custody after a search warrant was served in Vernon County on Thursday. Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials say, Investigators found what they believed to be methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia during a search warrant served in the 200 block of East Third Street in Bronaugh, in Vernon County. Officials say, they were looking for Jill Nelson, who has felony warrants for possession of a controlled substance. Nelson was also wanted by the Missouri Department of Corrections for being a parole absconder. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, Nelson was not found during the search of the residence, however she was apprehended by Deputies Friday morning at a separate location. Nelson is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a no-bond warrant from the DOC, and a felony warrant for drug possession with a $10,000.00 cash or surety bond. Sheriff Mosher also says, Nelson may face additional charges when the investigation is complete, but no could not release any further deals at this time.
Two Rich Hill residents have been arrested after a traffic stop in Bates County. Bates County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 41 year old Beverly Baze and 68 year old Johnnie Baze, both of Rich Hill, have been taken into custody in Bates County. Officials say, Sheriff's Deputies conducted a felony traffic stop in Rich Hill, after the driver was identified as Beverly Baze, who was the suspect of an alleged break in near Appleton City. Reports indicate that after the traffic stop, Johnnie Baze, a passenger, allegedly became very aggressive towards law enforcement, after which he was asked to leave the scene. Officials say, Johnnie left the scene for a few moments, before returning, where he was taken into custody. Beverly is charged with a class B felony of burglary in the first degree. She is being held in the Bates County Jail. Bond has been set at $25,000.00 cash or surety. Beverly is a person of interest in multiple crimes of the same nature in the Bates County area. Johnnie was charged with a class D felony of hindering prosecution of a felony investigation. He is being held in the Bates County Jail. Bond has been set at $5,000.00 cash or surety.
A Harrisonville man has been arrested on a felony warrant in St. Clair County. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Officials say, 51 year old James Bedford has been taken into custody on a felony St. Clair County Warrant. Bedford is being charged with a probation violation on an original class D felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with physical evidence in felony prosecution. The warrant stems from incidents in February of 2011. Bedford is being held in the St. Clair County Jail.