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Flags on Village Square27-May-2016


American flags are being flown in the Mexico Village Square in honor of Memorial Day.

Mexico Power Outage27-May-2016


Mexico and Jefferson City suffered a brief power outage from last night's storms.

Ameren Missouri reports the outage happened around 10 pm yesterday [Thursday]. Crews responded and had electricity restored about 30 minutes later. Between the two cities, 1,200 customers were impacted.

Ben Miller, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, reports there was very little damage from the storms. 
There was some damage to residences and a barn near Jonesburg and some tree damage in Montgomery City.

Miller projects tonight's weather is not expected to be severe, with possible heavy rain late in the night.

Mexico Prior Offender Sentenced to 30 Years27-May-2016

A Mexico man has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for child sex crimes. 

The Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney's Office reports 55-year-old Gary Johnson, Sr., pled guilty to three counts of child molestation today [Friday]. He is accused of abusing three children from 2013 to 2015. 

Johnson, Sr., has a prior conviction in 1986 for sexual abuse of a child from Audrain County.


Mexico Public Safety27-May-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 25-year-old Tyrek Williams on two counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and methamphetamine. 

Public Safety also reported a traffic accident at Highway 54 in which a vehicle slid off the road. No one was injured and there was no property damage. 

MPSD also reported the following incidents:

-shots fired at 828 W. Monroe

-a structure fire in the 800 block of E. Love

-a domestic physical assault in the 1800 block of West

-a domestic verbal assault on E. Liberty

-an animal bite at 402 E. Monroe

-property damage at 1010 E. Liberty

-three fire alarms at 620 E. Monroe, and a report at 10 Ozark and 1722 Huntingfield.


MHS Students in D.C. for Award27-May-2016

A Mexico High School Broadcast student received a national award in Washington, D.C. yesterday [Thursday]. 

Sophomore Carrie Kristofferson was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism at the Newseum. The award was presented by Kerry Kennedy. 

Kristofferson along with three other students, Dylan Goodman, Jacob Jaeger and Seamus Levin produced a piece called 'The Jellybean Jar of Life: Nick's Story'. The four-minute story chronicled the positive working relationship between student Nick Cook and his Jellybean Speech Olympics peer coach, Callie Cox.  

The students left Mexico on Tuesday and have had the opportunity to tour D.C. during their award trip.


New Veterans Home Possibility in Mexico27-May-2016


The Missouri Veterans Commission is looking into replacing the Veterans Home in Mexico. 

The current Mexico Veterans home is 31 years old. Public Information Officer Daniel Bell reports this is a possibly the Executive Board is exploring:

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Bell says a new 150 bed facility built anywhere in Missouri would cost approximately $50 million.

Sheriff's Report27-May-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office investigated the following:

1.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway 54.
2.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
3.      Road hazard along Highway W.
4.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
5.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 524.

SSM Urgent Care Open Monday27-May-2016

The SSM Health Urgent Care in Mexico has announced it will be open next Monday. 

Communications and Marketing Consultant Jessica Roysten says people tend to enjoy being outside on Memorial Day weekend, which can lead to an increase in accidents or injuries. 

Due to this, the Urgent Care, located on S. Clark Street, will be open from 9 am - 2 pm on Monday. 

The clinic will treat non-life-threatening conditions and walk-ins are welcome.


AP Green Celebration Event 26-May-2016

The Mexico Senior Center hosted a reunion for all former AP Green employees this afternoon. [Wednesday]

The day started with lunch, cake and ice cream at the senior center.  This afternoon, the participants were invited to the Audrain County Historical Society to tour the museums AP Green exhibit.

Lloyd Hultz, former manager of manufacturing services, discusses what it means to have a reunion 18 years after the plant closing:

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CMCA Ice Cream Social26-May-2016


Central Missouri Community Action is hosting an ice cream social this afternoon. 

The event takes place from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at 403 Fairground in Mexico. 

Citizens are invited to see the programs that CMCA  has to offer Audrain County. 

It is free and open to the public.

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Boating Crash, Safety Warning27-May-2016

The Highway Patrol reminds citizens of boating safety this holiday weekend after a 47-year-old man was seriously hurt in an accident last night [Thursday] in Camden County. 

According to the MSHP website, Timothy Dietiker, of Iowa, was driving a 2015 JC Sporttoon westbound on the Lake of the Ozarks. At the 13.5 mile marker in the main channel, Dietiker failed to navigate around a land mass in the water and collided with an island. 

Dietiker was transported by Lake Ozark Fire to Lake Regional Hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding Missourians to stay safe during the long weekend. Some consider Memorial Day weekend an “unofficial” start to the boating season.

Sergeant Scott White, with the MSHP, discusses the importance of life jackets:

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Additionally, the highway patrol advises to never operate or ride with an impaired boat operator.

Callaway Arrest27-May-2016

A North Carolina man was arrested in Callaway County yesterday [Thursday] on multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 44-year-old Jay Wilson was taken into custody around 11:10 am. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Wilson was transported to the Callaway County jail awaiting bond.


Columbia Drug/Firearm Arrest27-May-2016


A 28-year-old man was arrested in Columbia last night [Thursday] following a traffic stop. 

Sgt. Kenneth Boyce, of the Boone County Sheriff's Office, reports deputies conducted a stop in the area of Paris and College in Columbia around 9 pm. 

The driver, Elias Lucas, of Columbia, had an active arrest warrant. A search of the vehicle found numerous illegal narcotics along with two firearms. 

Lucas faces charges of distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, domestic assault, and two others.

Family Resources Celebrating 40 Years27-May-2016

Boone County Family Resources is celebrating 40 years of service to people with developmental disabilities. 

ABC17 reports the organization serves more than 1,600 people in the area. Family Resources assists individuals and their family members to reach goals and live a successful life. 

They also provide coordination with other agencies in the area to better assist individuals.


In Sports27-May-2016

The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Washington Nationals yesterday [Thursday], 2 - 1. Aledmys Diaz homered for St. Louis. The Cards were without their top run producer, Matt Carpenter, who was placed on the paternity list earlier in the day [Thursday]. 




The Kansas City Royal's game against the Chicago White Sox was delayed yesterday due to rain. They are set to play tonight [Friday] in Kansas City.

The Royals are also looking to fill the gap of possibly losing Mike Moustakas for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Moustakas has a torn right anterior ligament, which he injured Sunday in a collision with teammate Alex Gordon. An MRI detected the tear. Gordon is out a month with a broken right write. The Royals will likely be looking to acquire help via a trade.

JCPD Warns of Vehicle Break-Ins27-May-2016


The Jefferson City Police Department warns residents of a dozen car break-ins in the last two weeks. 

ABC17 reports this is the third advisory in the past three months. All vehicles affected were left unlocked, and in some cases thieves stole garage door openers and then stole items from the garages. The thieves did not break into any homes. 

The most recent incidents have happened on the west side of the city, with some on Country Ridge and Bannister. 

JCPD advises residents to lock their vehicles and consider having outdoor lighting.

Man Charged in Death of Mexico Man, Columbia Man27-May-2016


A suspect was charged yesterday [Thursday] in the shooting deaths of two men last September just outside Columbia. 

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney has issued a warrant charging 25-year-old Darious Lucas, of Columbia, with two counts each of First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. The victims were James Richardson, 42, of Columbia, and Kenneth Long, 42, of Mexico. 

Lucas is currently incarcerated at the Moberly Correctional Center serving a sentence for Distribution, Delivery or Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance.

A road crew working on East Mexico Gravel Road last September discovered the body of Richardson in the driveway of the abandoned  El Ray Trailer Park. 

A K9 unit later located the body of Long west of Richardson.

Memorial Day Gas Prices27-May-2016

While gasoline prices have risen lately, they are the lowest for Memorial Day weekend in more than a decade.

The national average for a gallon of unleaded was $2.26 yesterday [Thursday], down more than 40 cents compared with the holiday weekend in 2015. The last time prices were lower was in 2005.

Triple A says more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel during the holiday period, which lasts through Monday.


Moberly Arrests27-May-2016

The Moberly Police Department arrested two subjects early this morning [Friday], one of them on five outstanding arrest warrants. 

Sergeant C. Robinson reports officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of S. Morley around 4:04 am. 

It was discovered the driver, 27-year-old Charles Gibson, of Moberly, had 5 Randolph County warrants. Gibson failed to appear in court on original charges of hindering prosecution and driving without a valid license, amongst other charges.

Also arrested was passenger 25-year-old Amanda President on 2 Macon County warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

Both subjects were transported to the Randolph County Jail for confinement.


Osage County Sheriff Finally Resigns27-May-2016

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has handed in his resignation. 

The Osage County Clerk's office confirmed Dixon resigned yesterday afternoon [Thursday]. 

This comes after months of the Osage County Commission attempting to meet with Dixon to ask him to resign. Dixon never attended the commission's regularly scheduled meetings.

Dixon pled not-guilty to a felony charge in Boone County after witnesses saw him point a gun at another man at a tavern in March.

He was already on probation after he pled guilty to a harassment charge in 2013 for an incident involving a female Belle police officer.


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Flags on Village Square27-May-2016


American flags are being flown in the Mexico Village Square in honor of Memorial Day.

Mexico Power Outage27-May-2016


Mexico and Jefferson City suffered a brief power outage from last night's storms.

Ameren Missouri reports the outage happened around 10 pm yesterday [Thursday]. Crews responded and had electricity restored about 30 minutes later. Between the two cities, 1,200 customers were impacted.

Ben Miller, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, reports there was very little damage from the storms. 
There was some damage to residences and a barn near Jonesburg and some tree damage in Montgomery City.

Miller projects tonight's weather is not expected to be severe, with possible heavy rain late in the night.

Mexico Prior Offender Sentenced to 30 Years27-May-2016

A Mexico man has been sentenced to thirty years in prison for child sex crimes. 

The Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney's Office reports 55-year-old Gary Johnson, Sr., pled guilty to three counts of child molestation today [Friday]. He is accused of abusing three children from 2013 to 2015. 

Johnson, Sr., has a prior conviction in 1986 for sexual abuse of a child from Audrain County.


Mexico Public Safety27-May-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 25-year-old Tyrek Williams on two counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana and methamphetamine. 

Public Safety also reported a traffic accident at Highway 54 in which a vehicle slid off the road. No one was injured and there was no property damage. 

MPSD also reported the following incidents:

-shots fired at 828 W. Monroe

-a structure fire in the 800 block of E. Love

-a domestic physical assault in the 1800 block of West

-a domestic verbal assault on E. Liberty

-an animal bite at 402 E. Monroe

-property damage at 1010 E. Liberty

-three fire alarms at 620 E. Monroe, and a report at 10 Ozark and 1722 Huntingfield.


MHS Students in D.C. for Award27-May-2016

A Mexico High School Broadcast student received a national award in Washington, D.C. yesterday [Thursday]. 

Sophomore Carrie Kristofferson was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism at the Newseum. The award was presented by Kerry Kennedy. 

Kristofferson along with three other students, Dylan Goodman, Jacob Jaeger and Seamus Levin produced a piece called 'The Jellybean Jar of Life: Nick's Story'. The four-minute story chronicled the positive working relationship between student Nick Cook and his Jellybean Speech Olympics peer coach, Callie Cox.  

The students left Mexico on Tuesday and have had the opportunity to tour D.C. during their award trip.


New Veterans Home Possibility in Mexico27-May-2016


The Missouri Veterans Commission is looking into replacing the Veterans Home in Mexico. 

The current Mexico Veterans home is 31 years old. Public Information Officer Daniel Bell reports this is a possibly the Executive Board is exploring:

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Bell says a new 150 bed facility built anywhere in Missouri would cost approximately $50 million.

Sheriff's Report27-May-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office investigated the following:

1.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway 54.
2.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
3.      Road hazard along Highway W.
4.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
5.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 524.

SSM Urgent Care Open Monday27-May-2016

The SSM Health Urgent Care in Mexico has announced it will be open next Monday. 

Communications and Marketing Consultant Jessica Roysten says people tend to enjoy being outside on Memorial Day weekend, which can lead to an increase in accidents or injuries. 

Due to this, the Urgent Care, located on S. Clark Street, will be open from 9 am - 2 pm on Monday. 

The clinic will treat non-life-threatening conditions and walk-ins are welcome.


AP Green Celebration Event 26-May-2016

The Mexico Senior Center hosted a reunion for all former AP Green employees this afternoon. [Wednesday]

The day started with lunch, cake and ice cream at the senior center.  This afternoon, the participants were invited to the Audrain County Historical Society to tour the museums AP Green exhibit.

Lloyd Hultz, former manager of manufacturing services, discusses what it means to have a reunion 18 years after the plant closing:

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CMCA Ice Cream Social26-May-2016


Central Missouri Community Action is hosting an ice cream social this afternoon. 

The event takes place from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at 403 Fairground in Mexico. 

Citizens are invited to see the programs that CMCA  has to offer Audrain County. 

It is free and open to the public.

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Boating Crash, Safety Warning27-May-2016

The Highway Patrol reminds citizens of boating safety this holiday weekend after a 47-year-old man was seriously hurt in an accident last night [Thursday] in Camden County. 

According to the MSHP website, Timothy Dietiker, of Iowa, was driving a 2015 JC Sporttoon westbound on the Lake of the Ozarks. At the 13.5 mile marker in the main channel, Dietiker failed to navigate around a land mass in the water and collided with an island. 

Dietiker was transported by Lake Ozark Fire to Lake Regional Hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding Missourians to stay safe during the long weekend. Some consider Memorial Day weekend an “unofficial” start to the boating season.

Sergeant Scott White, with the MSHP, discusses the importance of life jackets:

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Additionally, the highway patrol advises to never operate or ride with an impaired boat operator.

Callaway Arrest27-May-2016

A North Carolina man was arrested in Callaway County yesterday [Thursday] on multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 44-year-old Jay Wilson was taken into custody around 11:10 am. He is charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Wilson was transported to the Callaway County jail awaiting bond.


Columbia Drug/Firearm Arrest27-May-2016


A 28-year-old man was arrested in Columbia last night [Thursday] following a traffic stop. 

Sgt. Kenneth Boyce, of the Boone County Sheriff's Office, reports deputies conducted a stop in the area of Paris and College in Columbia around 9 pm. 

The driver, Elias Lucas, of Columbia, had an active arrest warrant. A search of the vehicle found numerous illegal narcotics along with two firearms. 

Lucas faces charges of distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, domestic assault, and two others.

Family Resources Celebrating 40 Years27-May-2016

Boone County Family Resources is celebrating 40 years of service to people with developmental disabilities. 

ABC17 reports the organization serves more than 1,600 people in the area. Family Resources assists individuals and their family members to reach goals and live a successful life. 

They also provide coordination with other agencies in the area to better assist individuals.


In Sports27-May-2016

The St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Washington Nationals yesterday [Thursday], 2 - 1. Aledmys Diaz homered for St. Louis. The Cards were without their top run producer, Matt Carpenter, who was placed on the paternity list earlier in the day [Thursday]. 




The Kansas City Royal's game against the Chicago White Sox was delayed yesterday due to rain. They are set to play tonight [Friday] in Kansas City.

The Royals are also looking to fill the gap of possibly losing Mike Moustakas for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Moustakas has a torn right anterior ligament, which he injured Sunday in a collision with teammate Alex Gordon. An MRI detected the tear. Gordon is out a month with a broken right write. The Royals will likely be looking to acquire help via a trade.

JCPD Warns of Vehicle Break-Ins27-May-2016


The Jefferson City Police Department warns residents of a dozen car break-ins in the last two weeks. 

ABC17 reports this is the third advisory in the past three months. All vehicles affected were left unlocked, and in some cases thieves stole garage door openers and then stole items from the garages. The thieves did not break into any homes. 

The most recent incidents have happened on the west side of the city, with some on Country Ridge and Bannister. 

JCPD advises residents to lock their vehicles and consider having outdoor lighting.

Man Charged in Death of Mexico Man, Columbia Man27-May-2016


A suspect was charged yesterday [Thursday] in the shooting deaths of two men last September just outside Columbia. 

The Boone County Prosecuting Attorney has issued a warrant charging 25-year-old Darious Lucas, of Columbia, with two counts each of First Degree Murder and Armed Criminal Action. The victims were James Richardson, 42, of Columbia, and Kenneth Long, 42, of Mexico. 

Lucas is currently incarcerated at the Moberly Correctional Center serving a sentence for Distribution, Delivery or Manufacturing of a Controlled Substance.

A road crew working on East Mexico Gravel Road last September discovered the body of Richardson in the driveway of the abandoned  El Ray Trailer Park. 

A K9 unit later located the body of Long west of Richardson.

Memorial Day Gas Prices27-May-2016

While gasoline prices have risen lately, they are the lowest for Memorial Day weekend in more than a decade.

The national average for a gallon of unleaded was $2.26 yesterday [Thursday], down more than 40 cents compared with the holiday weekend in 2015. The last time prices were lower was in 2005.

Triple A says more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel during the holiday period, which lasts through Monday.


Moberly Arrests27-May-2016

The Moberly Police Department arrested two subjects early this morning [Friday], one of them on five outstanding arrest warrants. 

Sergeant C. Robinson reports officers conducted a traffic stop in the 1600 block of S. Morley around 4:04 am. 

It was discovered the driver, 27-year-old Charles Gibson, of Moberly, had 5 Randolph County warrants. Gibson failed to appear in court on original charges of hindering prosecution and driving without a valid license, amongst other charges.

Also arrested was passenger 25-year-old Amanda President on 2 Macon County warrants for possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.

Both subjects were transported to the Randolph County Jail for confinement.


Osage County Sheriff Finally Resigns27-May-2016

Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon has handed in his resignation. 

The Osage County Clerk's office confirmed Dixon resigned yesterday afternoon [Thursday]. 

This comes after months of the Osage County Commission attempting to meet with Dixon to ask him to resign. Dixon never attended the commission's regularly scheduled meetings.

Dixon pled not-guilty to a felony charge in Boone County after witnesses saw him point a gun at another man at a tavern in March.

He was already on probation after he pled guilty to a harassment charge in 2013 for an incident involving a female Belle police officer.


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