2nd Trial Set for Comerzan23-Jun-2017

A second trial is set Serghei Comerzan who is accused of 2nd degree murder and resisting a lawful stop in the 2015 death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava. 

The trial has been set for February 23rd at 9am, and is expected to last 6 days. 

Comerzan's first trial last month ended up in a hung jury.

Audrain County Sheriff's Department Renovations22-Jun-2017

The Audrain County Sheriff's Department is in week 3 of renovations. Sheriff Matt Oller says the first bricks on the project came out on May 29th. 

Sheriff Oller says the work is projected to be completed in the late fall of next year.

Mexico School Board Tables Participation Fee in Sports21-Jun-2017

The Mexico School Board will not implement their proposed pay to participate program in sports this year.

Mexico Superintendent Kevin Freeman says the board is looking at other options and is tasking their administration to try and get corporate sponsors to pay for sports.

The board has decided to revisit the pay to participate program next year.

New Firefighters Receive Training21-Jun-2017

A basic firefighter training this (Wednesday) morning was provided to 3 new firefighters at the Mexico Public Safety Fire Department.

Fire Sgt. Russell Sing conducted the training for Dakota Bouie, Kirk Jennings, and Christopher Hebert.

Major Bryce Mesko says part of the training dealt with wearing a self contained breathing apparatus suit.

Mesko says once the training is complete documentation is sent off to the state for certification.

School Board Approves 24 Million Dollar Budget for Next Year21-Jun-2017

A 24 million dollar budget is approved by the Mexico School Board for next year.  

Superintendent Kevin Freeman says they worked hard to get a balanced budget.

Freeman says he fears that cuts made to the budget will be felt by the community later on.

Mexico Superintendent Retirement Ceremony Tomorrow19-Jun-2017

Mexico Superintendent Kevin Freeman will be presiding over his last school board meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) night due to retiring from the District at the end of this (June) month.

The public is welcome to attend a retirement reception for Mr. Freeman  prior to the Mexico Board of Education meeting.

The reception will be held at the Central Office Building from 6:30 until 7.

Mexico Lions Club July 4th Celebration16-Jun-2017

Many events are being planned for a 4th of July celebration at the Optimist Park in Mexico. 

Ashley Woodruff with the Mexico Sports Authority says a mushball/softball tournament will begin around 9 am.

Susan Payden with the Mexico Noon Lions Club says there will also be food available through out the day.

Payden says they have received 6 thousand dollars in donations towards the fireworks display so far.  

The fireworks display will start at dark.

Woman with Moderate Injuries after Car Accident15-Jun-2017

A Mexico woman has moderate injuries after a 1 car crash this (Thursday) morning.

According to the Highway Patrol the accident happened just after midnight on Route FF at Audrain Road 945, when 42 year old Paula E. Hopkins lost control and overcorrected going off the road and overturning. 

The passenger 36 year old Jerimiah Z. Clark of Mexico refused medical treatment, Hopkins was taken to SSM Health in Mexico to be treated for her injuries.

2 Car Accident in Mexico with Injuries14-Jun-2017

1 man is injured after being hit while riding his motorcycle in Mexico yesterday (Tuesday).

According to Mexico Public Safety the accident happened just before 7 last (Tuesday) night at 4800 South Clark by Wal-Mart. 

29 year old Austin Spradlin of Mexico was riding his Yamaha Motorcycle and was hit by a vehicle driven by 73 year old Robert Iman of Mexico.

Spradlin was taken to the University Hospital in Columbia to be treated for his injuries.

Kasubke in Miss Outstanding Teen14-Jun-2017

Miss Missouri week hits full stride tonight in Mexico as the 2017 Miss Missouri Pageant gets underway at the Missouri Military Academy Gymtorium.

Twenty five Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen contestants, including Miss Audrain and Mexico’s own Sarah Kasubke, also are in action tonight. The 16-year old daughter of Bruce and Mary Ann Kasubke; Sarah’s platform is Dream to Achieve- A Four Step Approach to Conquering Achievement. Missouri's Miss Outstanding Teen will be named Friday night.

Meanwhile, the 47th annual Miss Missouri pageant features 30 contestants, which start preliminary competition, tonight .. running through Friday, with Miss Missouri to be crowned Saturday night.

Cirilla's Adult Store in Columbia Armed Robbery23-Jun-2017

An investigation by Columbia Police is underway after a reported robbery at Cirilla's Adult Store last (Thursday) night. 

Police say 2 men entered the business on Bukner Street at 11:43 with a gun and demanded money.

There were no reported injuries or property damage.

The suspects are described as black males, last seen wearing dark colored hoodies, dark shorts, and sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 875-TIPS.

Hannibal Officer Injured During Drug Arrest23-Jun-2017

A Hannibal Officer has minor injuries after attempting to arrest a man for drugs inside of an apartment last (Thursday) night. 

According to the Hannibal Police Department it happened 202 Centerville Road at 9:15 last (Thursday) night when an officer was attempting to arrest 40 year old Jared Majors.

Multiple charges are being brought against Majors including possession of a controlled substance, and felony resisting. 

Majors is currently in the Shelby County Jail.

Jury Finds Fulton Man Guilty of Statutory Sodomy23-Jun-2017

A guilty verdict is returned by a jury in a Callaway County Court against a Fulton man accused of having sex with a child. 

Court documents show 51 year old James Kevin Adams was found guilty of statutory sodomy, child molestation, and tampering with a victim after a 2 day trial.

Adams is said to have had deviate sexual intercourse with an 8 year old child who lived at his residence. 

Adams remains in the Callaway County Jail with a possible sentencing date of July 17th.

2 Men Arrested in Vandalia Drug Bust22-Jun-2017

A search of a Vandalia residence leads to the arrest of 2 men after the discovery of drugs and a gun. 

According to the East Central Drug Task Force the warrant was served last (Wednesday) night at 600 West Highway 54, where marijuana, meth, and a sawed off shotgun was found. 

Police say they arrested 31 year old Kyhl McCurdy, and 33 year old Michael R. Trower both of Vandalia.

Columbia Man Arrested for Attempted Statutory Sodomy22-Jun-2017

A Boone County man is facing charges of attempted enticement of a child, and attempted statutory sodomy after an arrest yesterday (Wednesday).

According to the Boone County Sheriff's Department 27 year old Darren Lasley traveled to Columbia to engage in sex with a 14 year old female. 

The female was actually an undercover detective with the Cyber Crimes Task Force.  A bond has yet to be set.

Fatal Car Accident in Eldon22-Jun-2017

An Eldon man is dead after a 1 car crash in Cooper County yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. 

State Troopers say it happened on Eckerle Land west of Potts Lane at 1:28 when 38 year old Jeffery D. Stogsdill left the road, attempted to jump out of the car when the drivers door hit a large tree ejecting the man.

Stogsdill was pronounced dead at the Tipton Helicopter pad by the Cooper County Coroner.

Jefferson City Man Sentenced to 24 Years22-Jun-2017

A Jefferson City man receives a 24 year prison sentence for enticing a minor for sex in federal court yesterday (Wednesday). 

Court records indicate  38 year old Andrew C. Clayton sought out sexual relationships with juvenile males, some as young as 14.

Clayton plead guilty in November last year.

Endangered Person Advisory for Camden Woman21-Jun-2017

An Endangered Person Advisory is being issued for a 40 year old woman from Camdenton. 

The advisory says that Lesley Rogers went to meet with her ex husband on Sunday  about custody issues, and her vehicle was later found abandoned at the Camelot Estates In Camdenton the next morning, and she has not been heard from since.

Rogers is described as a white woman, 5'9, 175 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes, last seen wearing a white sleeveless, shirt, shorts, and flip flops.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Funding for 2nd High School in Jefferson City Approved21-Jun-2017

85 million dollars in funding for a 2nd high school in Jefferson City is approved by the Board of Education. 

The vote took place last (Tuesday) night during the Board of Education Meeting. 

In April voters approved 130 million in bonds for the new school.  

The new high school is estimated to open in August of 2019.

Jefferson City Man with Moderate Injuries after Car Accident21-Jun-2017

A 70 Jefferson City man has moderate injuries after a 1 car accident last (Tuesday) night. 

The Missouri Highway Patrol reports it happened on U.S. 54 at Route D, at 6 when David A. Brunk make a left turn on loose gravel and overturned.

He was transported to the Capital Regional Hospital to be treated for his injuries.