MMA Now an A+ School24-Mar-2017

The Missouri Military Academy is now an A+ school, through the A+ Scholarship Program, which funds higher education to Missouri state schools.

In order for a student to qualify for one of the scholarships, they must maintain a 2.5 grade point average, have 95 percent attendance over the 4 years of high school, be a good citizen, complete 50 hours of tutoring or mentoring, sign an A+ aggreement and have a U.S. citizenship.

Mexico Public Safety23-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 38 year old David Blakely on 2 Audrain County Warrants.

Officers investigated:

-fire alarm at 1101 East Anderson

-trespassing at 707 West Jackson

-stealing at 1412 Dorcas

-harassment at 817 West Love and reported to 300 North Coal

-civil dispute at 1220 North Olive

-threats at 1421 East Anderson

-and a missing person at 1608 North Clark

Mexico Public Safety22-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-burglar alarms at 103 South Washington, 1311 Ringo and 112 South Jefferson

-stealing at 2606 Randy

-fire on West Jackson

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of North Clark

-peace disturbance at 3066 South Clark

-and a domestic verbal in the 400 block of East Promenade.

Mexico Tree City22-Mar-2017

Mexico has been named a 2016 Tree City USA honoree by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the community's commitment to urban forest management.

In order to achieve the recognition, Mexico was required to meet 4 qualifications.  There must be an established tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least 2 dollars per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Trees provide numerous benefits to a community including increasing property values and providing wildlife habitats.

Mexico Public Safety21-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested John Morton the third on a St. Louis County Warrant for unlawful use of a weapon, 22 year old Royce Adkisson on 2 Audrain County Warrants, and 22 year old Terra Berg on a Cole County Warrant.

Officers also investigated:

-a vehicle break in at 2510 Lakeview

-vandalism at 828 Garfield

-property damage at 914 Hassen

-exparte violation reported to 300 Cola

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal and at 1609 Springdale

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-suspicious activity on West Maple

-stealing at 1405 Dorcas and reported to 300 North Coal

-traffic accident on West Buchanan

-vehicle fire on North Western

-threats at 207 South Alabama

-domestic verbal in the 600 block of Carson

-juvenile problems on Marine Drive and on Oak Lane

-burglar alarm at 1801 East Liberty

-unwanted subject at 1224 West Breckenridge

-and a fire at 1300 West Breckenridge

Mexico Semi Truck Fire21-Mar-2017

Traffic was slowed through Mexico yesterday when a loaded tractor trailer caught fire at the intersection of Monroe and Western.

Mexico Public Safety reports personnel found the truck, driven by Dan Swiney of Centralia, with smoke and heat coming from the left rear set of trailer tires.

Swiney said he was delivering product to ADM when he lost air pressure and the brakes seized.  He extinguished the flame with a fire extinguisher prior to MPSD arrival.

Traffic was directed through the area until repairs could be made the tractor trailer.

No injuries were reported.

Sheriff asks for help in Property Damage Case21-Mar-2017

The  Audrain County Sheriff's Office is asking for the community's help in locating the person responsible for numerous acts of property damage.

During the late-night hours of March 18th into the early morning hours of March 19th, someone damaged numerous mailboxes along Audrain County Roads off of State Route NN, northwest of Mexico. The damage was done using the front end of a vehicle.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a late 90's to early 2000's model, dark (possibly black) Ford pickup truck. The truck should have some front-end damage from being used to hit the mailboxes/posts (possibly a headlight/marker light knocked out).

Armed Robbery In Mexico20-Mar-2017

Mexico Public Safety is looking for 2 suspects involved in an armed robbery in the 900 block of Carrico on Saturday morning.

Public Safety the investigation revealed several people were gathered at a home when the 2 suspects, who the residents knew, arrived and began to point guns at the others demanding money.  The 2 suspects then fled the scene.

No shots were fired, but some of the victims were punched during the altercation.

There were no serious injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mexico Public Safety or crimestoppers.

Car Fire on Hazel Place20-Mar-2017

No one was injured in a car fire last night in the 900 block of Hazel Place.

Fire crews were dispatched just before 10:30.  Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2006 Cadillac with a small fire in the engine compartment.  The fire was extinguished before the blaze could cause significant damage.

The battery of the vehicle was disconnected to prevent further issue after it was discovered a short in the electrical system ignited some leaking fluids.

The fire re-ignited when a tow truck driver had to re-connect the battery so  the vehicle's electronic gear selector would function.  The driver put out the fire before MPSD returned to the scene.

Mexico Public Safety20-Mar-2017

On Sunday, Public Safety arrested 27 year old Erica Hoffman for domestic assault and on a Mexico City Warrant and 25 year old Paulette Williams on an Audrain County Warrant.

Officers investigated:

-suspicious activity at 1010 East Liberty, 1726 East Liberty, 719 East Love, 3001 South Clark and 4800 South Clark

-attempted burglary at 502 West Boulevard

-physical domestic in the 800 block of South Trinity

-drug activity not in progress at 707 West Jackson

-ex-parte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-burglar alarm at 2501 Lakeview

-juvenile problems on South Jefferson

-fight in progress at 311 Howell Manor Court

-harassment at 510 South Washington and 209 Mars

-drug activity in progress at 1305 West Breckenridge

-and a vehicle fire at 920 Hazel Place

Boater Safety Course24-Mar-2017

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will be holding a Boater Safety Class on May 14 at Troop F Headquarters in Jefferson City.

Any person wishing to drive a boat who was born after January 1, 1984 must have a boating safety certification card on their person, along with a picture ID anytime they operate a vessel.

Pre-registration is required as the maximum who can attend the course is 35 people.  The class is free, and the safety certification card is $15.

Fayette Residents Injured In Motorcycle Crash24-Mar-2017

Two Fayette residents sustained moderate injuries after hitting a deer on a motorcycle early this morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 35 year old Ronnie Phillips and 26 year old Elizabeth Hazlett were riding on Highway 55, just south of Route DD when they hit a deer and the bike overturned.

They were taken to the Cooper County Hospital.

Illinois Man Accused of Armed Robbery24-Mar-2017

An Illinois man has been arrested in an armed robbery at Pickleman's Deli in Columbia early this morning.

The investigation revealed 22 year old Kevin Strong allegedly entered the restaurant and placed a black bag on the counter before pulling out what appeared to be a black handgun, and pointed it at the employee.  An undisclosed amount of money was placed in the bag, and Strong fled on foot.

A K9 unit was used to track the suspect to the 2900 block of Old 63, where he was found by officers. Investigators found a black t-shirt, fleece gloves and an airsoft pistol.  The money was recovered, along with a receipt for the airsoft gun from Dick's Sporting Goods.

In Sports24-Mar-2017

The University of Missouri has announced that Michael Porter Senior will be joining the Mizzou Basketball coaching staff under the leadership of Cuonzo Martin, pending a successful hiring process through the University.  

Mizzou Baseball will host a 3 game weekend series against Arkansas.  Game one in the series is today at 6:30.  The team will be making a bid to tie the 1964 school record of 21 wins in a row tonight.

The St. Louis Cardinals added a win yesterday over the Marlins yesterday, 5 to 3.  The cards will face the Nationals today at 12:05.  Michael Wacha will take the mound today against Washington's Jeremy Guthrie.

The Kansas City Royals are back today to take on the Seattle Mariners at 3:10 at Peoria Stadium.  Danny Duffy is slated to get the start.

JC Landmark Demolished24-Mar-2017

A Jefferson City landmark has been demolished to make room for a new project.

The Truman Hotel came down yesterday, and will be replaced with 2 new hotels, a restaurant and a 20 thousand square foot conference center.  The convention center will sit between the 2 new hotels.

The Jefferson City Council gave unanimous support for the construction, saying a lot of business in the city was lost to the Lake of the Ozarks and Columbia after the Truman Hotel closed.

Pettis Deputies Assist in Jail Riot24-Mar-2017

Pettis County deputies assisted in a Johnson County Jail riot overnight.

Deputies posted on their facebook page around 10:30 last night an active riot was happening inside a pod at the jail.

The Jail requested assistance from area law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The situation was resolved around 1:30 this morning, with no injuries to staff or inmates.

Randolph Roadwork24-Mar-2017

The Missouri Department of Transportation will be completing culvert work on Route B in Randolph County Monday.

MoDot reports the road will be closed from .50 west of U.S. 63 to 2 miles west of U.S. 63.  Work is scheduled to be completed that day between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:00 PM.

Motorists are encouraged to use a different route during that time.

Centralia Library Grant23-Mar-2017

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced the Centralia Public Library has received a mini grant to improve technology.

The funds, in the amount of 4765 dollars, will be used to purchase 6 laptops, one charging station and a 3D printer to better meet the expectations of patrons.

The mini grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library services.  

In the 2017 fiscal year, the Missouri State Library has approved a total of 89 grant applications, distributing over 718 thousand dollars in federal awards.

Columbia Man Indicted For Child Pornography23-Mar-2017

A Columbia man has been indicted for producing and distributing child pornography.

According to court documents, 23 year old Sergio Anthonio Dominguez-Gonzalez allegedly used a minor to produce child pornography between February 1 and February 22.  

He will face charges of 2 counts of the crime.

Events Legislation23-Mar-2017

A measure that would oversee the sales of tickets to big events in the state is moving through legislature.

The proposal would ban the use of software to make purchases, requiring retailers to offer transferable tickets for all seats.

The bill prohibits the use of "bots" which buy all tickets to an event, that are then sold at inflated prices.  Bots use algorithms to bypass online security measures.

Similar legislation is also being pushed through governments overseas, in the United Kingdom and Australia.