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Two women have been taken into custody in connection to an armed robbery in Bates County. Bates County Sheriff's Office Officials says, deputies are continuing their investigation into an armed robbery in the city limits of Rich Hill. Officials say, on Friday, deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery that had occurred The victim reported that around 10:30 P.M. the previous night, two female suspects and two male suspected entered the victims home and held him at gunpoint. Reports indicate the victims hands and feet were allegedly bound with duck tape, with the suspects ransacking the residence and stealing multiple electronics. The victim indicated all 4 suspects left the residence, where after several hours, the victim was able to remove the duck tape that was used as a restraint and contact the Sheriff's Office. Officials say, Bates County Sheriff's Office detectives, along with members of the Rich Hill Police Department and Kansas City Police Department, were able to locate the two female suspects in the Kansas City area. The two female suspects were allegedly trying to sell the stolen electrics to a store in Kansas City. The two female suspects names have not been released at this time. The investigation is still ongoing, with charges yet to be filed. Anyone with information regarding this armed robbery is asked to call the Bates County Sheriff's Office at 660-679-3232.

A longtime Nevada manufacturing facility is set to close it's doors in June. American Standard, formerly Crane Plumbing, notified employees on Friday that they will be ceasing operations in their Nevada manufacturing facility effecting on Tuesday, June 30th of this year. The plant was originally part of Crane Plumbing, LLC, but was merged with two other entities to form American Stand Brands in 2009. Company executives informed the 133 employees in Nevada that production would be relocated to there facilities within the American Standard Brands operations, which includes 50 production facilities worldwide. The Nevada plant makes sanitary chinaware products such as toilets, urinals, and bathroom sinks. American Standard CEO Steve Delarge says in a press release that the decision, while difficult, was unavoidable in the interested of securing the company's future. Plans for the plant itself are not known at this time.

Preparations have begun for a new fundraiser for Nevada Rotary Club. The club is sponsoring The Nevada Rotary Patriotic Project which will place a flag in participants yards through the year. Nevada Rotary member Jennifer Gundy says, the plan is to put the flags out for 5 major holidays. The program costs $35, with the funds be used for multiple Nevada Rotary programs including scholarships, bike rodeo, Girls' Empowerment, Boys' State and Girls' State, and Parents as Teachers. To sign up for the program, visit with any current club member or call 417-448-4969. Gundy will explain more about the Nevada Rotary Patriotic Project, as she joins us on Monday's update program, which begins just after ABC News at 1:00 P.M.

County 2nd graders are continuing to learning water safety. This week, the Osage Prairie YMCA starts the second half of their Make A Splash program. The program is providing lessons that teach water safety to the 246 2nd graders in Vernon County. Make A Splash started two week ago with lessons for county school children. Today, 2nd grade students in Nevada will begin lessons. Osage Prairie YMCA CEO and Director Jeff Snyder says, the program has been a project from the very beginning. For more information, call the Osage Prairie YMCA at 417-667-9622.

MoDOT is campaigning to raise awareness of the dangers associated with train tracks. The Missouri Department of Transportation has been mobilizing a campaign for Operation Life Saver reminding travelers to See Tracks? Think Train! MoDOT, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, local law enforcement agencies, major freight railroads, and commuter and light rail systems, are expanding the canvas of the campaign and implementing new educational materials. The campaign encourages travelers to make safe decisions around tracks and trains. MoDOT officials remind state residents to never walk on or over railroad property, cross tracks only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings, never cross tracks immediately after a train passes, never walk around or behind lowered gates at a crossing, stay alert around trains, never mix rails and recreation, and never attempt to hop aboard railroad equipment at any time. Statistics show, last year, Missouri saw 20 pedestrian casualties, which is an increase of 25% from 2013.

The American Red Cross is trying to prepare state residents for situations that may arise in Emergency situations. Red Cross officials have announced the release of a new Emergency App, which gives users instant access to weather alerts, life saving information, and ways to contact family and friends in one free, easy to use app for mobile phones. The app is designed to provide expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, home fires, wild fires, and more. Disaster Program Specialist Terra Jeffres says, the app covers 14 different types of disasters and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts so they know what to do in the event of an emergency. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smart phones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross. You can also download the app online at www.redcross.org/apps.

A Nevada resident has been arrested on felony drug charges in Vernon County. Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials say, a Nevada woman has been taken into custody following a drug investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff's Office and the CNET Drug Task Force Thursday morning. Officials say, deputies served a search warrant in the 200 block of East Locust Thursday morning. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, deputies made multiple attempts to serve the warrant, but could not make contact with the suspect. After several failed attempts, an undercover investigator was able to make contact with the suspect. The suspect has been identified as 55 year old Julie Reed. Reed is charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance, both of which are felony charges. Reed is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $15,000.00 cash only.

A Schell City woman escaped serious injury in a one vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Vernon County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just after 5:10 P.M. Wednesday afternoon on Highway RA, 1 mile East of Schell City, in Vernon County, involving a 1994 Pontiac Grand Pri driven by 25 year old Brandi Corbin. The patrol says, Corbin was traveling Eastbound when she left the roadway, struck a culvert, overturned, and landed in a creek. Corbin was listed with minor injuries and transported by ambulance to Nevada Regional Medical Center.

An Appleton City man has been arrested on multiple felony warrants in St. Clair County. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Officials say, 51 year old Timothy Wingard has been taken into custody on felony warrants in St. Clair County. Wingard is charged with a class C felony of stealing a motor vehicle, a class D felony of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, a misdemeanor charge of driving while revoked/suspended, and a misdemeanor charge of violating an order of protection for adult. The warrants stem from an incident on April 19th of this year when St. Clair County deputies took a report of a stolen vehicle. Officials say, during the investigation, Wingard was named the suspect and was located some time later, where he became verbally combative, resisted, and refused to comply with deputies. He is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $25,000.00 cash or surety.

Inmates in Bates County look to continue to have a positive impact on local charities. The Bates County Sheriff's Office has announced that they are continuing their Inmate Garden Program. The program allows Bates County Jail inmates the opportunity to plant, care, and cultivate a garden, while under the supervision of deputies. Inmates maintain the garden each week by weeding and watering, with the produce given to local charities. Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson says, the project is a small way the inmates are able to give back to the community, while teach inmates a new skill. So far, inmates have planted potatoes and onions, with a dozen more varieties of produce to be planted soon.

City crews continue the process of the Springtime flushing of water mains. The City of Nevada and Alliance Water Resources have started flushing the Nevada water mains, as part of the Springtime maintenance. Flushing began on Monday, and will continue through Friday, May 1st. Customers within the cities water service may experience some discoloration in their water, if usage occurs during the flushing periods. Water main flushing helps maintain water quality by removing sediments buildup in water mains, along with removing “stale” water in areas where the system may dead-end instead of being looped. To see the water main flushing schedule, click here.

A Nevada man has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson says, 43 year old Curtis Bowman has been sentenced yesterday in federal court, to 12 years in federal prison without parole for receiving child pornography. Bowman was also ordered to serve a life term of supervised release following his incarceration, and to pay $12,140.00 in restitution to his victim. The sentence was handed down by United States District Judge Douglas Harpool. On October 15th of last year, Bowman pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the internet. According to court documents, law enforcement officers in Cobb County, Georgia were contacted by the victim's mother that the victim had been engaged in sexually explicit e-mail communications with an individual identifying herself as Amanda Toben. On March 7th of last year, Georgia law enforcement officers identified Bowman as the individual receiving the communications. Local law enforcement officers executed a serach warrant at Bowman's residence, where he was arrested. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James Kelleher, with help from the Vernon County Sheriff's Office, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force, the FBI, and the Cobb County, Georgia Police Department.

A Deerfield man has been arrested after a vehicle pursuit leads deputies into Kansas. Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials say, on Sunday, deputies attempted to stop a vehicle at 600 and Lady Road, when the vehicle allegedly began to speed away from the deputy. Additional units were called in to assist, before deputies from Bourbon County Sheriff's Office and Ft. Scott Police Department joined the pursuit after the vehicle crossed state lines. Officials say, the vehicle crossed state lines multiple times, with several attempts to stop the vehicle were unsuccessful including spike strips. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, the driver eventually turned on what he thought was a road, that ended up being a private road, where the suspect was captured. The suspect driver has been identified as 45 year old Kevin Sisseck. Sisseck has been charged with the class D felony of resisting arrest/detention/stop by fleeing, and 6 misdemeanor charges for various driving offenses. He could face additional charges in Kansas. Sheriff Mosher says, since Sisseck was taken into custody by Vernon County deputies and turned over to Bourbon County Officials, where he will remain in custody until Vernon County obtains a Governors warrant to bring him back across state lines to face charges. Sisseck is being held in the Boubon County Jail.

Area residents are coming together for National Crime Victims' Rights Week. This week marks National Crime Victims' Rights Week, which is highlight by the theme of “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.” Recognition of this week, presents the opportunity to highlight the diversity of our communities, expand partnerships to serve victims of crime, enhance efforts to meet victims where they are, and empower crime victims as they pursue justice and recovery. The Vernon County Domestic Violence Task Force held a walk and ceremony on Monday, which featured presentation of colors, special music, a keynote speaker, short memorial service for victims of crime, and reading of a proclamation. Executive Director for The Council on Families in Crisis Martha Sanders says, the proclamation shows the county and city's stand on crime victims' rights. Sanders also says, this week helps the local effort connect to the national movement. For more information about National Crime Victims' Rights Week, call 417-667-7171.

The Nevada City Council met in both a special session and regular scheduled session last night. The council unanimously passed a resolution declaring and certifying the Election results for the Municipal General Election, held April 7th, before passing the gavel from Mayor Seth Barrett to May Pro-Tem Jayne Novak. Ryan Watts and Jayne Novak were both sworn in to the Nevada City Council. The council elected Brian Leonard as Mayor for the City of Nevada. Mayor Leonard says, he feels honored to be nominated. Lance Cristie was elected as Mayor Pro-Tem, before adjourning the special session. In the regular scheduled council session that followed, after lengthy discussion, the council failed to approve bid for the replacement of the commercial HVAC units servicing the South side of the Franklin P. Norman Community Center. The council unanimously approved a bill authorizing the execution of an agreement with H.W. Lochner, INC. of Kansas City for design services, a bill authorizing the Parks and Recreation Director to purchase and install starting blocks for the Nevada Municipal swimming pool for $17,000.00, and the acceptance of bid and execution of a lease/purchase agreement with Commerce Bank for the acquisition of Public Works equipment for a total of $248,138.00 with an annual payment of $52,217.49. The council also approved a bill authorizing the execution of changes to an agreement change order no. one with C & C Group of Springfield for security and access control changes at the new Police Department building with a net increase of $2,925.00, and the first reading of a bill authorizing the execution of agreement between the City of Nevada and Quantum Racing LLC for a Tour of Nevada Cycling Race on July 11th and 12th. This will be the 3rd year Nevada has hosted a Tour of Nevada Cycling Race, with 276 cyclists participating last year. The next Nevada City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th, beginning at 7:00 P.M. in the council chambers at the Public Safety Building at Austin and Ash. The session is open to the public.

County residents will have to find an alternative route around a road closing in our area. The Vernon County Bridge Department has announced that Lady Road, between 400 and 500 Roads, in Richland Township, Section 22/27, has been closed. The closure is effective Tuesday and will be closed until further notice. The closure will allow crews to replace a bridge connecting the roadway surfaces. Drivers are asked to use caution in the area, and plan their route accordingly. For more information, contact the Vernon County Commission at 417-448-2505.

Preparations have begun for the annual Spring start of the local Farmers Market. The Vernon County Farmers Market is gearing up to feature local produce and products, grown and crafted by those in our community. The market is set to open on Saturday, May 16th and run through October, featuring items from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. every Saturday. This year also marks the return of the Farmers Market to Earp Park, at 126 West Austin in Nevada. For more information or to sign up as a vendor, call 417-667-1448.

A Milo woman has been arrested on burglary and assault charges in Nevada. Nevada Police Department Officials say, they have concluded the investigation into a burglary and assault case that occurred in the 600 block of North Cedar in Nevada. Officials say, on Wednesday, Officers were dispatched to a report of two women fighting outside an apartment complex. Responding officers discovered that a female suspect allegedly had unlawfully entered a neighbor's residence and attacked a sleeping female victim lying in her bed. Officials say, the suspect reportedly struck the female victim repeatedly with her fists. The suspect was eventually ejected from the residence, where the physical altercation continued outside the residence until Nevada PD arrived. The victim was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene. Officers took 47 year old Elizabeth Fahnestock into custody. Fahnestock is being charged with burglary in the 1st degree and assault in the 3rd degree. She is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $11,500.00.

First Christian Church students will have a chance to make a different and serve on a mission trip. SeekerGen Youth Group is scheduled to partake in a mission trip to Ft. Thompson, South Dakota to serve on the Crow Creek Sioux Indian Reservation. Youth Minister for First Christian Church Jeremiah Howze says, they are excited for the opportunity. Students will be running a camp for 1st through 3rd grade girls, along with maintaining the beauty of the campus while there. The SeekerGen Youth Group will be holding a FCC Trivia Slam fundraiser and silent auction to help raise funds for the trip. The Trivia Slam is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. on Friday, May 15th in the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall, 204 South Washington Street in Nevada.

Missouri Spring Turkey hunters can expect a good Spring season, building on the success of youth-only weekend. Last weekend, Missouri youth hunters had a strong opening youth-only weekend, checking a total of 4,441 harvested turkeys. That number exceeded last year's harvest total of 4,332. Missouri Department of Conservation Officials say, hunters should generally expect similar opportunities as those during the past several season, with hunting opportunities on more than 500 conservation areas. MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle says, good poult production from 2014 has resulted in turkey numbers in the region to be relatively stable, with the region having some of the state's best turkey production. The regular Spring Turkey season opens Monday, and will run through Sunday, May 10th. To find more information on harvest limits, allowed hunting methods, and permit information, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.


 

 

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