Cattle Enjoying the Weather12-Feb-2016

Some Highland Cattle on a farm near Auxvasse enjoy the cold weather.

Mexico Public Safety12-Feb-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 37-year-old Jeremy Samuelson for domestic assault in the 3rd Degree. 

Public Safety investigated the following incidents:

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 121 W. Anderson

-a non-injury assault at 340 Kelley

-harassment at 420 W. Promenade 

-shop-lifting at 4820 S. Clark

-an intoxicated person driving at 1719 S. Clark

-suspicious activity at 1704 E. Liberty

-and a stop-arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

Back Pain Luncheon11-Feb-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain will host a free lunch next week [February] to help citizens learn about back pain. 

“The Basics of Back Pain” luncheon will be held on Wednesday [Feb. 17] from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jansen Auditorium 

Jenea Smith, director of rehabilitation services for the hospital, will present an in-depth look into the anatomy of the spine, common causes of pain and possible solutions for pain relief. 

Dr. Jeff Lehmen, SSM Health spine surgeon, will also be available for questions.

Reservations are due by tomorrow [Friday]. To register online, please visit or contact the hospital.

Mexico Crashes11-Feb-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to 8 vehicle accidents yesterday [Thursday] after snow began to fall. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports there were no injuries as a result of the incidents. 

Four of those accidents occurred at the following locations:

-the intersection of W. Liberty and Fairground

-the intersection of Teal-Lake and Fairground, where a vehicle slid off the road

-Pollock Road, where a vehicle slid-off the road

-S. Clark, involving a car and a deer. 

Mexico public Safety responded to a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of S. Clark and Highway 54 yesterday [Wednesday]. 

28-year-old Lauren Castorena, of Columbia, was driving a 2009 Toyota Yaris on Highway 54 around 2:33 pm. Castorena was approaching the stop sign entering S. Clark, slid, and struck the sign, knocking it over. 

Castorena was uninjured, and was cited with failure to keep control of the vehicle. 

No one was injured after a two-vehicle accident in Mexico yesterday around 3:15 pm. 

According to a traffic report, 40-year-old Charles Briggs, of Mexico, was driving a 1993 Ford Escape westbound on Boulevard. A 2003 Ford Explorer, driven by 44-year-old Jonathan Engelburecht of Henley, was driving ahead. 

The Ford Escape struck the rear of the Explorer. 

Briggs was cited with failure to keep the vehicle under control.

Mexico Public Safety responded to a third vehicle accident at the intersection of S. Morris and Lakeview around 7 pm. 

Public Safety reports Erin Bonner, of Mexico, driving a 2012 Chevrolet Traverse, was stopped at the intersection. A 2001 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by Elson Paolo Maro-Mercado, rear-ended the Traverse. 

Maro-Mercado was cited with failure to keep a proper lookout. No one was injured.

Mexico Drug Bust11-Feb-2016

A drug bust in Mexico led to the arrest of four people yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon. 

Audrain County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Matt Oller reports the bust was the result of a several-month long investigation: 

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23-year-old Brandon Sparks, of Mexico, was arrested on a charge unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

34-year-old Julia Rix, of Mexico, 20-year-old Brittany Rix, of Fulton, and 34-year-old Jennifer Matthews, of Mexico, were arrested on charges of possession of illegal drugs with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

Brittany Rix has an additional charge of endangering the welfare of a child. 

A 4-year-old juvenile was present in the home.

Mexico Public Safety11-Feb-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department investigated the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 200 block of Summit

-stealing/theft at 825 Garfield

-a non-injury assault at 500 W. Jackson

-a stop-arm violation reported from 2101 Lakeview.

Mexico Woman Accident11-Feb-2016

A Mexico woman was moderately injured yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon after a 2-vehicle accident in Audrain County. 

The Highway Patrol reports around 4 pm, 54-year-old Rhonda Claywell was driving a 2007 Ford Ranger on Highway 54 just west of Farber. Claywell lost control of the vehicle and began to slide. The Ford Ranger struck a 2000 Dodge Ram, left the roadway, and struck a ditch. 

Claywell was taken to SSM St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain by ambulance. 

The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.

SSM Award11-Feb-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). 

CT scanning — or CAT scanning — is a noninvasive medical test that helps diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions. 

The ACR gold seal represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

SSM Back Pain Luncheon11-Feb-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain will host a free lunch next week [February] to help citizens learn about back pain. 

Jenea Smith, director of rehabilitation services for the hospital, describes the event: 

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Reservations are due by Monday. To register online, please visit or contact the hospital.

Dixie Gray Band Goes to Disney World10-Feb-2016

The Mexico High School Dixie Gray Band left this morning [Wednesday] for a field trip to Orlando, Florida. 

Dr. Terry Robinson, with Mexico Public Schools, says the band takes a trip every year and takes a 'big' trip every 4 years. 

About 80 students are attending the trip to Disney World. Dr. Robinson says the experience is aimed to help students become more effective musicians: 

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The band will return next week.

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Columbia Fire14-Feb-2016

Firefighters responded to a house fire just east of Columbia Saturday. According to ABC17, it happened around 5:00 p.m. in the 200 block of Sarazen Court. Firefighters found smoke coming from the front corner of the house when they arrived, according to Assistant Chief Gale Blomenkamp with the Boone County Fire Protection District. Crews went into the home through the garage and found flames in a bedroom. Firefighters had the flames out within minutes. The blaze caused significant damage to the bedroom and moderate smoke damage to the rest of house. A woman and two children were inside the home at the time, but made it out of the house safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Officials do not have a damage estimate at this time.

Columbia Vacancies Filled14-Feb-2016

Columbia Public Schools will be recommending three individuals to fill critical vacancies within the school district to the Board of Education on Monday. 

CPS reported in a press release that Dr. Kevin Brown has accepted the position of assistant superintendent of secondary education and will be recommended to the Board of Education at its next meeting.  This position has been vacant since January of 2015. 
Brian Kurz will be recommended to the Board  as the school district’s Chief Human Resource Officer. This position has been vacant since August 2015. 

Michelle Flores-Holz will be recommended to be the 2016-17 principal at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. 

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Crash on I-7014-Feb-2016

A two vehicle car crash caused traffic delays on I-70 just after 10:30 Saturday morning. Police say a chair fell out of a pick-up truck, causing another car to lose control and crash. Columbia police closed one lane of I-70 Westbound. The driver of the pick-up truck was cited for failing to secure its load. Only one car was damaged, and no one was injured.

Increased Columbia Mall Security14-Feb-2016

After 3 incidents in the last week, the Columbia mall is increasing security. 

KRCG reports Columbia Mall Manager Rusty Strodtman is working with the Columbia Police Department to improve the safety of mall shoppers. 

On Thursday, there was a fight outside the Cafe Court.

On Wednesday, shots were fired near the south side of the mall behind the Sub Shop on Worley. A light-colored car was seen driving away.

And last Saturday, a large group of people got into a fight inside the food court at the mall.

The mall's security team is changing procedures and there will be an increased presence of CPD. 

Strodtman says the Columbia Mall spends more dollars on security than most other businesses in the community.

New Judge in Stabbing Case14-Feb-2016

A stabbing case in Louisiana has been assigned a new judge. 

Judge James Beck of Lincoln County has been assigned to oversee the case. 

34-year-old defendent James Ivey requested the change of judge. He’ is charged with felony assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon.

Authorities allege an argument over a stolen PlayStation and cell phone led to the suspect stabbing a man near Third and Kentucky on October 24th of last year.

Ivey has denied involvement or knowledge of the stolen items. Authorities said video surveillance from a nearby property was used in making an arrest.

An arraignment is set for March 14th.

Phone Scams14-Feb-2016

Phone scams have increased in both Fulton and Columbia in the last year. 

ABC17 reports Fulton estimates a 20% increase last year over 2014 reports. The most common ones involve the caller posing as a family member hurt in another country. 

Columbia estimates a similar increase in reports. The most common ones there include people pretending to be an authoritative figure demanding money for a warrant or utilities. 

Columbia and Fulton police ask anyone who receives suspicious phone calls to please contact authorities.

Phone Scams14-Feb-2016

More people reported callers to the police for trying to scam them in 2015 than the year before. Fulton police Chief Steve Myers estimated a twenty percent increase last year over 2014 in reports of scams over the phone. Chief Myers said the most common ones involve the caller painting a frantic scene - often times, posing as a family member hurt in another country. Columbia police reported a nearly similar increase in reports. The department said it took 914 reports of fraud from January to November 2015, a 22-percent jump over the last year. The most common ones included people pretending to be police or sheriff's deputies, demanding people pay a pending arrest warrant, or a fake utility worker requiring an "advanced payment." Columbia police noted that law enforcement would never require someone to pay a warrant by phone, or make utility payments by phone.

Boil Order13-Feb-2016

A water boil advisory has been issued for residents living near Rich Fountain in Osage County. 

The Public Water Supply District #2 issued an advisory for residents living near Highway E and Highway U in Osage County.

The advisory is expected to last until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Officials say to only use boiled or bottled water for drinking and food preparation.

Camdenton Fire13-Feb-2016

Fire officials say a structure fire at High Brothers Lumber Co. in Camdenton probably began with an ignition from a wood-burning furnace.

KRCG reports fire crews responded to the lumber store about 1:11 p.m. on yesterday [Friday] afternoon.

Upon arrival, units found a stack of wooden pallets burning, and the wall of a nearby manufacturing building ignited.

The fire was contained within 30 minutes. 

The damage was contained to the exterior wall, with smoke and water damage throughout the structure.

The pallet fire also ignited a small brush fire, which burnt about one acre before it was contained.

Crews cleared the scene at about 3:30 p.m.

The business remains open at this time with no interruptions, and no injuries were reported.

The owner lists the damage at about $25,000.

Columbia Bar Noise13-Feb-2016

A Columbia bar owner defended his business last night [Friday] after it was called out in a city report. 

ABC17 reports Harpo's Bar on S. 10th Street has had several noise complaints against it from residents downtown. 

According to a report put together by the City, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people living in and going to the downtown area in the last 10 years. 

In the last 2 years, there have been 11 peace disturbance calls for Harpo's. 

Harpo's owner Kevin Fitzpatrick says there was not an issue until the building directly east of the bar was converted from an office building into apartments.

He also says the city's noise ordinances for downtown are outdated, as that area is a hospitality zone and should have different ordinances than suburban areas. 

The matter will be discussed at Monday's city council meeting.

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