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A former St. Clair County Sheriff has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing recovered property. United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri Tammy Dickinson says, 47 year old Ronald Snodgrass, of El Dorado Springs, pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to theft concerning programs receiving federal funds. Snodgrass served 3 terms as the elected Sheriff in St. Clair Country from January 1st, 2001 through December 31st, 2012. Snodgrass admitted that during his tenure, he illegally took possession of a John Deere zero turn mower, which was recovered as stolen property. Snodgrass allegedly keep the mower after an agreement between him and the insurance company was reached to take care of a falsified tow and storage bill. The mower, under state law, should have been sold at a sheriff's auction. Under federal statutes, Snodgrass is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine of up to $250,000. Snodgrass must also forfeit the John Deere mower and a 2009 Polaris Ranger UTV, which he illegally obtained in September of 2012. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of the presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

An Osceola man has been arrested on 4 felony St. Clair County warrants. St. Clair County Sheriff's Office Officials says, 38 year old James Schumtz, has been taken into custody on the felony St. Clair County warrants. Schumtz is being charged with the class B felony of theft or stealing, class C felony burglary in the second degree, and two class B felony charges of distribution of a controlled substance. The warrants stem from an incident on Monday in which Deputies took the report of an estimated 7,000 prescription narcotic pills, including hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, were stolen from a local pharmacy. An investigation recovered the stolen pills, which have an estimated street value of $83,000. Schumtz is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $100,000 cash or surety.

The Bates County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help regarding a recent increase in crime. According to Bates County Sheriff's Office Officials, on February 23rd, Deputies began investigating a report of burglary from the Drexel area. The victim said someone removed the screen from their kitchen window and gained access to the residence. The victim reported 2 gray craftsman chainsaws, harbor freight generator, a BB gun, and various fishing equipment stolen from the property. Officials also says, on February 26th, Deputies took a report of theft of a black Angus bull calf that was black in color with a white naval. Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to call the Bates County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 660-679-3232. The Bates 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 City Council met in regular scheduled session Tuesday night. The council approved the consideration of bids for purchase of chemicals to be used for the 2015 season at Twin Lakes Sports Complex, as well as bids for furniture and other items for the Police Department. The council also approved the second reading the acceptance of a bid for a lease/purchase agreement with U.S. Bancorp Government Leasing and Finance for the acquisition of 5 police vehicles at a total cost of $155,585 with annual payments of $32,502.61, an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 Parks fund budget, along with the second reading authorizing an inter-fund loan from the special projects fund to the Parks fund for the purchase of two mowers. The council also approved first reading of a bill authorizing the execution of change order number 1 to an agreement with Buildet, LLC of Nevada for the North Spring Street sidewalk project from 90 calender days to 64 working days and the first reading authorizing the execution of a Storm Siren Maintenance Services agreement with CDL Electric for $1,760.00 for the maintenance and bi-annual services to the 9 outdoor sirens. Council members also heard a report from Local Manager for Alliance Water Resources Shawn Middenoff, over the last years performance from the water department, in which Middenoff says it was a good year. The next Nevada City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th, 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.

Area women can check their health Wednesday with a Health Services Clinic. The Women's Health Services Clinic is scheduled to be held Wednesday at the Vernon County Health Department on North Washington Street in Nevada. Participants must call for an appointment. Services available are medical examinations including cancer screening, HIV and STD testing, pregnancy testing, reproductive and contraceptive counseling, as well as the issuance of contraceptive supplies. Charges for services are based on a sliding fee scale according to household income. To schedule an appointment, or to find more information, contact the Women's Health Services Division of West Central Missouri Community Action Agency at 660-476-2194.

The Butler Police Department has been investigating a shooting in Butler. According to Butler Police Department Offcials, on Sunday, Deputies began investigating a report of a shooting in Butler. Officials say, 41 year old Shawn Holsworth was shot in the leg after he allegedly pulled a knife and lunged at 3 male subjects. Deputies were able to locate Holsworth in his residence, upon which they called for an ambulance. Holsworth was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. No other names have been released at this time. Charges are pending, following the completion of the investigation.

The Nevada R-V School District Relay for Life team is preparing for their latest funraiser event. The team is set to host the 2nd annual Dancing with Our Stars on Saturday, April 11th at the Ella Maxwell Center for the Performing Arts at Nevada High School, 800 West Hickory in Nevada. Ten sets of dancers will be participating in the event, with each representing their own charity for the fan favorite award. Nevada R-V Relay for Life Coordinator Amy Ast says, this year they are doing a ticket presale event. Tickets are $10 per person. Nevada High School Soundsational Singers will also be performing during Dancing with Our Stars.

A Nevada boy has died as the result of falling through the ice on a farm pond in Vernon County Saturday morning. Officials say, at about 9:00 A.M. Saturday morning, Nevada and Vernon County Emergency Personnel responded to situation of 3 boys who had fallen through ice on a farm pond, Northwest of Nevada, in Vernon County. One boy was able to exit the pond on his own, with a second boy extracted from the pond by a relative of one of the boys. He was taken to a local hospital, before being transferred to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Rescuers work for around 90 minutes before they located the third boy. Local authorities have not released any names of the 3 boys involved, only saying the boy who died was under 10 years of age. The boys were reportedly playing on the frozen pond, before they fell through the ice. The Timberline 4-H Club will be hosting a candlelight vigil Monday night at 7:00 P.M. in the Home Economics Building at the Vernon County Fair Grounds in Nevada. Those attending are encouraged to bring candles and/or battery powered tea lights for the short rememberence service.

A Butler teen suffered moderate injuries in a one vehicle accident Saturday morning in Bates County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 9:30 A.M. Saturday morning on Route H at Mound Creek Bridge, in Bates County, involving a 2008 Chevy driven by 16 year old Ty Kalleck. The patrol says, Kalleck was traveling Westbound when he lost control on a snow covered roadway, struck a bridge, and came to rest off the South side of the roadway. Kalleck was listed with moderate injuries and transported by private vehicle to Bates County Memorial Hospital in Butler.

An Adrian woman escaped serious injuries in a two vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Cass County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 2:25 P.M. Saturday afternoon on I-49, South of Archie, in Cass County, involving a 1999 Chevy driven by 32 year old Jacky Whitehead. The patrol says, Whitehead was traveling Southbound when she lost control on a snow covered roadway, and struck a 2001 International driven by 50 year old John Trierweiler, before traveling through the median, and coming to rest in the roadway. Trierweiler was listed with no injuries. Whitehead was listed with minor injuries and transported by Cass County EMS to Cass County Regional Hospital in Harrisonville.

A Collins man has been arrested on warrants in St. Clair County. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office Officials say, 50 year old Gerald Johnson, has been arrested in St. Clair County. Johnson was arrested on a probation revocation warrant on an original class C felony of burglary in the second degree. The warrant stems from an incident in August of 2012. Johnson is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $5,000 cash only.

Area outdoors men and women can now review all new changes and additions to trapping, fishing, and turkey hunting regulations in the state of Missouri. The Missouri Department of Conservation has released new 2015 regulation booklets including the Summary of Missouri Hunting and Trapping Regulations, the Summary of Missouri Fishing Regulations, and the Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information. Booklets are available online and at MDC offices, nature centers, and other places where permits are sold. These booklets contain related regulations information in an easy to read format, including regulation changes and other new information for the year ahead. Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt, trap, and fish. For more information on hunting, trapping, fishing, and other outdoor activities, or to view 2015 regulation booklets, visit

A Butler man has been arrested on charges of burglary and unlawful use of a weapon. Bates County Sheriff’s Office Officials says, on February 8th, Bates County Deputies began the investigation of a reported burglary in Bates County. Deputies identified the suspect to be 27 year old Erik Adams. On Thursday, Butler Police Department Deputies stopped Adams for allegedly driving while revoked, and driving while intoxicated. Adams was placed on an investigative hold in the Bates County Jail, while offers were seeking a warrants. Adams was served a warrant, while in custody, charging him with burglary and 2 counts of unlawful use of a weapon. He is still being held in the Bates County Jail Bond has been set at $35,000 cash or surety.

Missouri’s Governor has appointed an interim Auditor. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced Friday that he has appointed John Watson as interim State Auditor, until a permanent appointment can be made. Watson will resign immediately prior to a new appointment of State Auditor. Watson currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Governor, and was previously the Chief of Staff to Governor Nixon from January 2009 until December of 2014. Governor Nixon says, the appointment will help ensure continuity of government operations. Under Missouri Law, when a vacancy occurs in the office of State Auditor, the Governor shall immediately appoint an interim Auditor to fill such vacancy.

Missouri’s State Auditor has died of an apparent suicide. State of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich passed away Thursday from a reported self inflicted single gunshot wound. Schweich was 54. Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy says, paramedics responded to an emergency call from Schweich's home that came in just after 9:45 A.M. Thursday morning. Schweich was taken to a St. Louis area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Governor for the State of Missouri, Jay Nixon, ordered all flags on Missouri state facilities to be immediately lowered to half-staff to honor his passing. Schweich was poised to make a strong run as the leading contender for the governor's office in next year's election.

St. Clair County Sheriff's Office investigators have been investigating a Phone Scam. Officials say, they have received several calls from area residents reporting a call from an individual claiming to be an IRS Agent. The recorded message claims that the victim owes money to the Internal Revenue Service and if the citizen does not follow instructions regarding payments, the IRS will confiscate the victims assets. These calls are bogus and the resident should be cautious to avoid becoming victim. Some victims have received additional calls from an individual claiming to be from the IRS and states that the victim owes money, and if payment is not made, a warrant will be issued. Citizens who are contacted by the scammers should not provide any personal information to the caller. If you are contacted, St. Clair County Sheriff's Office officials encourages you to document the time and the phone number of the call. You are also encouraged to contact your local law enforcement officials if you have any information that would be helpful to combat the crime.

Two Rich Hill residents have been arrested in connection to a reported theft in Rich Hill. Bates County Sheriff's Office Officials says, on February 12th, Bates County Deputies began the investigation of a report of theft in rural Bates County, in the Rich Hill area. The victim said he had items stolen from his property, including multiple square beams and one aluminum fuel tank. A two week long investigation has lead Deputies to take John Brockmeyer and Debbie Brockmeyer into custody in connection to the theft. Both Brockmeyer's are being charged with a class C felony. Both are being held in the Bates County Jail. Bond has been set at $10,000 cash or surety for both suspects.

Preperations are continuing for the annual Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce Gala and Awards Banquet. The banquet, scheduled for Saturday, March 7th, will feature an “Evening on Bourbon Street.” Tickets are still on sale for $35 for an individual and $65 per couple, with those tickets on sale though Friday. The banquet will be held at the Nevada Eagles Lodge, with social hour starting at 6:00 P.M. and Dinner at 7:00 P.M., followed by the Awards Ceremony. Entertainment will be provided by Grand Marquis, a Jazz Band from Kansas City, who was voted as a 2011 International Blues Challenge Finalist. To help sponsor the Gala or reserve tickets, contact the Nevada/Vernon County Chamber of Commerce at 417-667-5300.



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