Breaking Ground for New Gymnasium17-Jan-2017

A groundbreaking ceremony for construction to begin on several projects in the Mexico School District was held at the Middle School this (Tuesday) afternoon. 

Superintendent Kevin Freeman says there will be a new gymnasium at the middle school that will double as a storm shelter.

Freeman says the construction will get started pretty quickly.

The ceremony took place at 3:30 this (Tuesday) afternoon.

Mexico Public Safety17-Jan-2017

On Monday, Public Safety arrested 22 year old Melanie Griffith on a Camden County Warrant.

They investigated:

-a panic alarm at 4787 East Liberty

-domestic verbals in the 4500 block of East Liberty and the 400 block of Teal Lake Road

-suspicious activity at 531 West Jackson, 27 Marine Drive and 1017 Mansfield

-peace disturbance at 2616 South Morris

-burglar alarm at 400 South Muldrow and 2875 South Clark

-civil dispute at 917 Tyronn Lue Avenue

-burglary not in progress at 514 East Central

-harassment at 4820 South Clark and 2875 South Clark

-domestic issue at 600 Medical Park Drive

-physical domestic in the 200 block of South Alabama and the 600 block of Eastholm

-traffic accident at 1127 Adams

-and shots fire at 701 West Buchanan. 

School Board Meets Tonight17-Jan-2017

The Mexico Board of Education will be meeting tonight.  During the meeting, the board will be discussing several items on the agenda including:

progress on the bond issue, discussing bids for a special inspection, and Hollis and Miller Fees.

Discussions will also continue for the 2017-2018 school calendar.

Courthouse To Close For Training16-Jan-2017

The Audrain County Courthouse will be closed Wednesday morning for an employee training session.

Steve Shaw, Audrain County Emergency Management Director said in a statement the training will be used to identify gaps and concerns in the current safety plans of the courthouse.

The building will open for regular business at 1:00.

Martin Luther Kind Day in Mexico16-Jan-2017

Marching, singing and prayers will be a part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations today (Monday). 

The Audrain County Courthouse observed the day with a special guest speaker Reverend Charley Johnson from the Ward Chapel AME Church in Mexico.

She says her message was one that Dr. King lived his life by.

Mammography Clinic Rescheduled12-Jan-2017

The free Mammography Clinic in Mexico that was scheduled for tomorrow has been rescheduled due to the expected ice storm in Mid-Missouri.

The clinic will now take place at the Audrain County Health Department on January 26.

Mexico Public Safety12-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fight in progress at 800 North Western

-suspicious activity at 2266 Jubel Drive, 19 Lakeside Place and 1208 East Promenade

-smoke odor at 1500 Ringo

-peace disturbance on North Calhoun

-vehicle break-in on Pollock Road

-stealing at 508 East Liberty

-property damage at 321 North Missouri

-road hazard at 803 Woodlawn

-threats at 922 Curtis

-neighbor dispute reported to 300 North Coal

-scam at 924 East Love

-fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-unwanted subject at 3622 South Clark

-trespassing at 828 West Monroe

-juvenile problems at Robert S. Green Park

-burglary not in progress at 802 East Lafayette

-intoxicated person on North Western

-domestic verbal in the 800 block of North Western and in the 1300 block of East Monroe

-traffic accident at 932 Carrico

-and a burglary in progress at 605 North Western.

2 arrested in BB gun assaults in Mexico11-Jan-2017

Mexico Public Safety arrested 2 teenagers after 2 people were shot with a BB gun.

Officers responded to SSM Health -Audrain after a call of a female seeking treatment for the wound the Monday evening.

Around 3:42 yesterday afternoon, officers were called to Webster drive when a juvenile female was shot with a BB gun.

Witness information led authorities to the 1000 block of Mansfield, where they uncovered a BB gun, a 22 caliber revolver and a 22 rifle.

17 year old Tyler Wine was arrested for 2 counts of 3rd degree assault.  A 16 year old juvenile male was also arrested for 2 counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Mexico Public Safety11-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested Christopher Scott Bradley for failing to appear on the original charge of trespassing.

Officers investigated:

-suspicious activity at 800 Yale and 1415 North Olive

-sexual assault in the 2200 block of Jubel Drive

-property damage at 1500 Industrial Drive

-road hazards on West Boulevard and on North Jefferson

-stop arm violations at 2101 Lakeview

-utility problem on South Morris

-injury assault at 620 East Monroe

-domestic verbal in the 400 block of North Wade

-traffic accidents at 804 South Clark and 515 West Boulevard

-non-injury assault at 622 Webster

-careless driver on South Clark

-stealing at 3076 South Clark

-shoplifting at West Plaza Shopping Center

-stolen vehicle at 115 South Washington

-fight in progress at 620 East Monroe

-and an unwanted subject at 947 Carrico

Mexico Public Safety10-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-peace disturbance at 10 Fairsite, 307 North Missouri and 119 West Anderson

-burglary in progress on Bougainville

-child abuse in the 1100 block of West Monroe

-stealing at 1525 West Monroe and reported to 300 North Coal

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-trash dumping at 417 Martin Luther King Drive

-road hazard on East Monroe

-domestic verbal in the 1200 block of Pollock Road

-suspicious activity 909 Virginia Court

-juvenile problems in the 400 block of West Vine

-threats at 1421 East Anderson

-shots fired at 19 Marine Drive

-and a careless driver on East Liberty.

Columbia Officers Not Covered by Qualified Immunity in Ferguson Case17-Jan-2017

A judge has ruled 6 Columbia Police Officers are not covered by qualified immunity in a lawsuit filed by  Ryan Ferguson.

Ferguson was convicted of the 2001 murder of Kent Heitholt and sentenced to 40 years in prison.  Ferguson's friend, Charles Erickson, pleaded guilty to the killing and testified against Ferguson, but later recanted.

A court of appeals overturned the conviction on a Brady Violation, meaning evidence that could prove exculpatory was withheld.  

Ferguson filed a lawsuit against officers John Short, Jeff Westbrook, Bryan Liebhart, Jeff Nichols and Latisha Stroer for violating his constitutional rights.

Free File17-Jan-2017

The Internal Revenue Service and partners have unveiled the opening of the 2017 free tax software preparation program called Free File.  The program gives taxpayers a no cost option for filing taxes.

Taxpayers who grossed less than 64 thousand dollars in 2016 will be eligible for the free file program.  

This year, the IRS will hold funds claiming Earned Income Tax Credit until February 15 due to a change in laws to prevent tax fraud.

Filing begins January 23.

In Sports17-Jan-2017

The Royals have signed Danny Duffy for 5 more seasons.  The 28 year old agreed to a 65 million dollar deal.  Duffy hasn't lost a game at Kauffman Stadium since September 2015.

The Columbia College Womens basketball team team took down William woods last night, 74 to 57.

Former Mizzou womens basketball standout, Evan Unrau, has been named an SEC Legend.  Unrau played for the tigers from 2000 to 2004, racking up a career 1597 points and 945 rebounds.

The St. Louis Blues will be in action tonight in a home game against the Ottawa Senators.  Puck Drops at 7:00.

Residents Catch Thieves of Video17-Jan-2017

Police in Jefferson City and Holts Summit are using residents recording to help locate people suspected in a string of vehicle break ins.

The residents sent the videos of who they suspect is responsible to the police departments.

The perpetrators have not yet been caught.

State of the State Address Tonight17-Jan-2017

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens is expected to share with Missourians his policies on jobs, ethics, education and public safety during his first state of the state address tonight.

The new governor is focused on creating more higher paying jobs, and labor reform.

Greitens is not expected to present his budget proposal during the address.

Vandalia Boil Order17-Jan-2017

The City of Vandalia is under a 48 hour boil order due to a water main break.

Authorities are asking residents first boil any water that is used to cook, clean or drink during this time.

Callaway Crime Stoppers16-Jan-2017

The Callaway County Crime Stoppers will be increasing payout amounts for tips leading to the prosecution of those responsible for crimes.

The increase will raise from 125 dollars to 150 dollars for tips about misdemeanors, while the felony tip payout will increase from 150 dollars to 250 dollars.

Callaway Crime Stoppers can be reached anonymously at 573-592-2474.

Callaway Fire16-Jan-2017

The residents of a home destroyed by fire on Saturday made it out safely.

Multiple departments were on scene on County Road 328 in Callaway County Saturday to battle the blaze.  The house was fully engulfed when they arrived.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen.  The home is a total loss.

Democrats Nominate Michela Skelton16-Jan-2017

The Democrats are nominating Michela Skelton to run for the 50th House District seat. 

The opening came about when State Rep. Caleb Jones, of Columbia resigned from the senate so he could serve as Governor Greitens Chief of Staff. 

The Republicans are expected to nominate Sara Walsh, the special election will take place on August 8th. 

The district includes portions of Boone, Cole, Cooper, and Moniteau counties.

In Sports16-Jan-2017

A holding call after a 2 point conversion attempt against the Kansas City Chiefs ended the season for team as they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, 18 to 16.  Although the chiefs defense kept Pittsburgh from getting into the end zone, 6 field goals was enough to send them home.

The 12 and 7 Mizzou Women's Basketball Team picked up their first conference road win yesterday over Vanderbilt, 74 to 68.

Missouri State's Freshman tailback, Richard Nelson, was shot multiple times allegedly trying to break up a fight involving his sister in front of his home. Nelson was 18.

The St. Louis Cardinals will likely enter arbitration with Michael  Wacha and Carlos Martinez.  The unofficial deadline passed Friday without an agreement with the Cardinals organization and the players.