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The Nevada Police Department is looking for a suspect responsible for theft at the Nevada Recycling Center. Nevada Police Department Detective Sgt. Steve Bastow says, last week a suspect broke into the Nevada Recycling Center, stealing copper and tools, and damaging the center. Some of the tools stolen belong to employees. The suspect apparently broke into the office, pulling out and emptying drawers, while take additional items such as batteries and charges. Detective Sgt. Bastow says, the case is moving forward slowly, as they are checking that night's video from the recycling center and surrounding locations, as well as following-up with people on the possible suspect. Anyone with information regarding this theft is asked to call the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-2710.

The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the public's help regarding a recent increase in crime. According to St. Clair County Sheriff Officials, on January 22nd, Deputies began investigating the report a theft of multiple items in the Collins area. The victim said mutiple gardening items were taken. The investigation is currently ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Tip line at 417-646-5832. The St. Clair County Sheriff Officials remind area residents to be aware of the traffic on your road. 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.

The Nevada Police Department is looking to education local residents on law enforcement activities with the Citizens Police Academy. Nevada PD will host their annual Spring Citizens Police Academy, starting in April. The program provides citizens an inside look at the operations of the Nevada Police Department through lecture and interactive based activities. The program will run over an 8 week period, every Wednesday night starting April 1st to May 20th. This year's 2015 Academy includes topics such as 911 communications and emergency dispatching, traffic stops, criminal investigation, and traffic enforcement and drug recognition. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through march 15th and can be found online at www.nevadamo.org.

Cottey College has been named to the Presidential Honor Roll. Recently, Cottey was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for Interfaith Community Service. This Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. Cottey provides students the experiential learning and interfaith programs that are committed to promoting service learning as an effective pedagogical method that develops educated students through participation in activities and organization that benefit the community served by the College. During the 2012-2014 academic year, Cottey College students served 6,527 hours of community service. Those community service hours were used for projects including International Peace Week, the Multi-Cultural Fair, Martin Luther King Day of Service. 766 higher education institutions were named to the Honor Roll. Of those, only 38, including Cottey, were named “With Distinction” in interfaith community service.

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help out in times of need. Red Cross Officials say, Nevada and the Vernon County area is in need of volunteers for the Disaster Assistance Team in Vernon County. This team responds to house fires in the community. Officials say, in the case of a home fire, Disaster Assistance Team volunteers near the scene would be called by dispatchers, where they would be there to support the homeowner. The volunteers also find out the information such as the number of people living in the house that burned, what belongings thye lost such as clothing, food, prescriptions. Area residents intersted in volunteering can find out more information by contact the Springfield Red Cross Office at 417-832-9500.

Agriculture students throughout Missouri have a few more weeks to complete their applciation for the 2015 Missouri Corn Scholarship Program. High school and college students intersted in a career in agronomy or other agriculture-related field must submit the necessary forms no later than Friday, February 6th to be eligible. The scholarship is open to high school seniors, who are Missouri residents from a farm or rural area that plan to attend a two or four year Missouri college or University. College applicants must also be a Missouri residents, from a farm or rural area, and currently a Junior encrolled in a Missouri four year college. To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, visit www.mocorn.org.

A Webb City teen suffered serious injuries in a two vehicle accident Wednesday morning in Jasper County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 7:30 A.M. Wednesday morning on Route D, 1 mile South of Oronogo, in Jasper County, involving a 2001 Pontiac Grand AM driven by 18 year old Tanisha Mitts. The patrol says, Mitts was struck by a 2004 Mazda driven by 16 year old Maya Baker, of Webb City, after she failed to stop at a stop sign. Mitts was listed with serious injuries and transported by EMS to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Baker was listed with no injuries.

A Lowry City woman has been arrested in St. Clair County on felony warrants. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 43 year old Sherry Trimble was arrested in St. Clair County on two felony warrants from Taney County. Trimble is charged with felony property damage in the first degree of damage to a motor vehicle with intent to steal and failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of child neglect. Trimble is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Nevada Regional Medical Center has given the NRMC Foundation Awards of Excellence for 2014. 2014 Awards of Excellence were awarded to Director of Emergency Services Vonda Jackson, was named Department Head of the Year. Community Relations Coordinator Staci Keys, was name Employee of the Year. Physician of the Year honors went to NRMC Behavioral Health Unit MD Dr. David Taylor. These awards hold an extra honor, as the recipients are nominated by their peers with Nevada Regional Medical Center. The winners will be the guests of the NRMC Foundation at the 2015 Gala, where their contributions will be recognized.

Applications are now available for the 28th year of the Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The Missouri Department of Agriculture is giving 30 high school students representing 4-H clubs and FFA Chapters, as well as farm families throughout Missouri, the opportunity to explore careers in agriculture through the 2015 Missouri Agribusiness Academy. The academy is a competitive program for Missouri High School sophomores, interested in pursuing agriculture-related college degrees and careers. The 2015 Missouri Agribusiness Academy will be held in St. Louis on June 1st through 5th, marking the programs 28th year. This year, students selected will have the opportunity to learn about the many unique opportunities for careers in the St. Louis area, including visits with industry leaders and agribusinesses specializing in plant science, communications, sales, and retail management. For applications and guidelines, as well as more information on the Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit their website at www.agriculture.mo.gov. The deadline to apply is February 1st.

A Jasper County man has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for producing child porn. United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson says, 33 year old Ian Holman has been sentenced Wednesday in federal court, to 16 years in federal prison without parole for producing child pornography. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Douglas Harpool. On September 4th, Holman pleaded guilty to the charge contained in an October federal indictment. According to court documents, law enforcement authorities received reports regarding two minors that Holman contacted via social media. One of the minors, a 13 year old from Carthage, told Officers that Holman offered to pay her $75,000 to $100,000. Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to capture Holman on September 11th at his home, but he eluded capture, fleeing into the woods. Deputies were able to contact Holman and persuade him to turn himself in. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James Kelleher, with help from the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

A St. Clair County couple has been arrested and charged with endangering welfare of a child. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 25 year old Andrew Strotkamp has been arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with two Class C felony counts of endangering welfare of a child in the first degree and abuse or neglect of a child. A second suspect, 44 year old Laura Strotkamp, was also arrested and charged with a class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. The warrants stemmed from incidents on September 1st of last year. An investigation by the St. Clair County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division discovered Andrew Strotkamp to have allegedly grabbed a juvenile, held them down on a couch, and punched them in the face with a closed fist. Officials also says, Laura Strotkamp allegedly did not take the juvenile to the doctor following the incident. Both Strotkamp's are being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $10,000.00 cash or surety, for each individual.

A Columbia man has been arrested on two St. Clair County felony warrants. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 37 year old Edwin Lyons was arrested on two St. Clair County felony warrants. Lyons is charged him with a class C felony of burglary in the second degree and a probation/parole violation on an original class C felony charge of possessing a controlled substance. The warrants stem from a burglary incident on January 2nd, that was investigated by the Osceola Police Department. Lyons is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $25,000 cash or surety.

The Vernon County United Way recognized the efforts of local businesses and individual towards their 2014 campaign Wednesday afternoon. The appreciation and award luncheon gave United Way Officials a chance to thank those who helped make the last year successful. Vernon County United Way Vice President Adam Dean says, this campaign exceeded their goal of $112,000 with a current total of $117,200. Dean says the ammount raised is only possible because of local support. To find out how you can support the Vernon County United Way, call 417-667-5563.

Nevada High School Show Choirs brought home top honors over the weekend. NHS Show Choirs competed at the Heart of America Show Choir Competition in Kansas City, MO. The competition featured 17 schools from 6 different states, including schools as far away as Utah and New Mexico. Soundsational Singers finished 6th in their division. Vocal Fusion, the new choir which was started this year, received 1st place, Grand Champion in the “Open Division” All three Nevada High School Choirs travel this Saturday to Pleasant Hill, for the “Battle of the Best” competition. All three choirs also also preparing for their upcoming Valentine's Sing-a-gram's on Friday, February 13th and their annual show Choir Classic scheduled for Saturday, February 21st where 37 choirs will visit Nevada High School.

A Nevada man has been arrested for stealing mail from more than two dozen county residents. According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials, Detectives have arrested a suspect after Nevada Police Department Deputies recovered a vehicle that was stolen from Nevada, in which they found mail believed to be stolen. The mail is believed to have been stolen from nearly 25 victims in the county, most of whom did not know they had any mail missing until a detective knocked on their door and returned it. The suspect has been identified as 41 year old Ronald Harp. Harp was arrested at his home without incident. The warrant was issued for felony stealing involving the theft of mail. Harp is being held in the Vernon County Jail on bonds of $7,500.00. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, this arrest was the result of a joint effort from the Nevada Police Department and the Vernon County Sheriff's Office.

Nevada Police conducted an Active Shooter training for school staff earlier in the week. Nevada Chief of Police Graham Burnley says, Nevada PD conducted an Active Shooter Training for Nevada R-5 staff on Monday to better prepare them for reacting to this type of event. In the training, new Nevada R-5 staff members, as well as, other district personnel, responded to an Active Shooter incident by employing ALICE techniques. This concept of technique prepares school staff and other organizations to achieve the proper mindset to react in time of an emergency situation. The Nevada Police Department offers this Active Shooter Training to any business or other institution in Nevada, at no cost. For more information or to schedule a training session, contact Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100.

An Osceola man has been arrested and charged with sex crimes against a child. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials say, 36 year old Timothy Smith has been arrested on a St. Clair County warrant charging him with an unclassified felony of statutory sodomy in the first degree of deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 14 years old. Smith is also being charged with a Class A felony of child molestation in the first degree of a victim under 12 years old. The warrant stemmed from an incident in May of last year. Smith is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $75,000.00 cash only.

The Vernon County Sheriff's Office Special Response Team has transitioned to new training standards. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, members of the Special Response Team were recently retested with the new higher standards, with members surpassing the minimum requirements. The new training standards include, physical fitness, one mile run, disassembling and reassembling their firearm, as well as shooting in full gear while moving from cover to cover, and shooting from various positions. The Special Response Team was formed last year to receive advanced tactical training and practice, on responding to armed suspects, hostage situations, and serving high risk warrants. Sheriff Mosher says, the formation of the team had one main purpose, to better protect life during life threatening events. Each member of the team attended the Joplin Police Department SWAT School last year.


 

 

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