Mexico High School "Spooktacular"16-Oct-2017

Children in grades Pre-K through fifth are being invited to attend the Annual Halloween Spooktacular this Saturday, October 21st from 6pm until 8:30 at the Mexico High School Sports Complex Lobby.  

The event offers games, activities, fun crafts and dancing, along with a costume contest, and door prizes. 

It is fifteen dollars and the registration deadline is Wednesday and can be turned at the Eugene Field, or McMillan office. 

Anyone with questions can contact Sara Given the Speech and Theatre Director at sgiven@mexico.k12.mo.us.


Possible Fatality on Highway 54 Pass in Mexico16-Oct-2017

A head on collision is being reported in Mexico this (Monday) morning. 

According to reports it happened on the 54 bypass south of East Liberty. 

Emergency vehicle sirens were heard around 6 am here at the radio station.

Reports are  that it is a possible fatality and a passenger car and a dump truck were involved in the accident.  

This is all unconfirmed at the moment, Mix Country 96/KXEO News will bring more details just as soon as they become available.


Mexico Man Arrested for Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of Drrugs13-Oct-2017


A Mexico man is facing charges of receiving stolen property and possession of drugs after a search warrant turns into an arrest. 

According to the Audrain County Sheriff's Department 35 year old James Arnold Crow was arrested last (Thursday) night after a search warrant turned up stolen property, methamphetmaine, and marijuana.

Mexico Public Safety and the Missouri Highway Patrol assisted in the the search.

Miller County Prosecutor Files Motion to Decline Representation of Mexico Man12-Oct-2017

The public defender representing a Mexico, Missouri man accused of assault in Miller County is asking the judge to turn over the case to another attorney outside of the state's public defender system.

Justin Carver the Miller County public defender assigned to represent  John Joe Powell filed a motion to decline representation yesterday (Wednesday). 

Carver stated his office has too many cases and his office has lost five lawyers since January.

Powell is facing multiple charges after allegedly torturing a man at a campground in September.

The victim died a week later.


Phone Scam in Audrain County11-Oct-2017

Mexico residents are being warned about a phone scam going on in the area. 

Major Bryce Mesko with  Mexico Public Safety reports receiving 12-20 calls of about attempted phone scams where callers were posing as the IRS and trying to arrange for payments using money cards. 

Citizens are being reminded that they should never give personal identification information or bank account information out to someone who calls them.


Mexico Softball All-District Players Announced10-Oct-2017

All district teams for softball have been announced, and several Mexico Bulldogs have been recognized.

Pitcher Paytience Lawson - Holman and outfielder Mattie Roth, both juniors, along with sophomore Logan Blevins made the first team.

Sophomore Reghan Smith and Junior Aaryn Sampo were included in the second team.


Presser Expansion and Renovation Complete09-Oct-2017

Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico has announced the completion of the facility expansion and renovation.

The project began with a public survey that indicated a community need for Arts for the Aging, which would help combat and prevent dementia.

The facility received 3.5 million dollars in donations for the project.

A reception at Presser will take place on November 3.


Car Accident and DWI Arrest in Mexico06-Oct-2017


A Mexico man is facing DWI charges after an accident leads to an arrest at the corner of Western and Jackson in Mexico last (Thursday) night. 

According to public safety the accident happened when 43 year old Kirk A. Minor merged at a high rate of speed onto Western from Monroe, and continued to accelerate, then went sideways hitting a concrete divider which caused his vehicle to flip onto its passenger side. 

No injuries were reported. 

Minor was taken to the Audrain County Jail.

Coats for Warmth Campaign in Mexico05-Oct-2017

The 24th annual Coats for Warmth Campaign is underway at Show-Me Credit Union.

Donations of all sizes of coats and winter items in good condition is being collected during business hours at the Show-Me Credit Union at 550 South Muldrow. 

Co-sponsoring the event are Nu-Tone Cleaners and KXEO Radio.


Search Warrant in Mexico Leads to Discovery of Drugs and Two Arrests05-Oct-2017


A Mexico man and woman are facing charges after a search warrant leads to the discovery of drugs.  

The East Central Drug Task Force reports serving a search warrant Wednesday night in the 1100 block of Harwood in Mexico. 

Those arrested were 24 year old Timothy Deshay Lawson, and 31 year old Brooke Louise Bealmer.

Charges include endangering the welfare of a child, delivery of a controlled substance, and maintaining a public nuisance.

NCMC All Conference Team Announced04-Oct-2017


The Mexico Softball Team went undefeated in the NCMC conference this season, and several player have been named to the All Conference Softball Team.
Paytience Lawson-Holman, a junior, has been named as the number one pitcher.

Other bulldogs include:

Logan Blevins, Reghan Smith and Hayley Mills, all sophomores, and Aaryn Sampo and Mattie Roth, both juniors.

SSM-Audrain Give Cancer the Boot Fundraiser04-Oct-2017

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain is hosting their annual Give Cancer The Boot on Saturday, October 28th.

The event will be held at the Audrain County 4-H Center in Mexico from 5:30 until midnight. 

Darla Wilt Volunteer Services Manager with  SSM-Audrain says the event started in 2010 and it raises money for local cancer patients.  

Their will be a steak dinner, with live music, games and an auction through out the evening.

Tickets are 50 dollars each and for more information you can call 582-8368.


United Way Blitz Week Starts Today03-Oct-2017

Blitz week for United Way of Audrain is kicking off today (Tuesday). 

Mix Country 96 will be broadcasting live from the Pearl Motor Company in Mexico from 8 until 5. 

Mix Country 96 General Manager Michael Daugherty says people and business's are encouraged to stop by all day and make a pledge or a donation. 

During the broadcast today some of the people involved with the United Way Audrain will be interviewed and will talk about the charities that the organization supports.


Mexico Man Arrested for Assault and Unlawful use of a Weapon02-Oct-2017

A Mexico man is in the Audrain County Jail facing charges of fourth degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon after an incident on Saturday night.  

According to Mexico Public Safety they responded to the 800 block of West Monroe in reference to a disturbance where someone was threatened with the gun.

Authorities say 56 year old Joe Bickell was taken into custody.


Free Mobile Mammography Van at Audrain County Health Department28-Sep-2017

The Missouri Baptist Medical Center's Mobile Mammography Van will be at the Audrain County Health Department tomorrow (Friday).  

The program provides free mammograms to residents over 40 primarily women, that meet certain criteria. 

Appointments are available starting at 9 am, if interested you can call 1-800-870-5731.


Mexico City Government Reviewing Codes28-Sep-2017

The city of Mexico is doing a review of city codes. 

Mexico City Councilman Ron Loesch says the city codes cover everything you would want to know about city government and how it relates to citizens. 

Loesch says that the public will be given a chance to comment on the city codes and a public hearing will be head in a month.

Loesch says if the codes are approved they would like to post all of them on their website for the public to access at anytime.


MHS Students Celebrate Meet You at the Poll Day27-Sep-2017

Several students at the Mexico High School were showing support for See You at the Pole Day this morning.

Rachel Kristofferson Sophomore at the Mexico High School says it was great to have a group gather together that share the same values. 

Around thirty students gathered at the flag pole at the high school at around 8 am this (Wednesday) morning.


Mexico Man Charged With Assault26-Sep-2017

A Mexico man is in the Miller County Jail after an arrest for an assault that left a man with life threatening injuries. 

According to court documents 39 year old John Powell was arrested for an attack last week on a man who was found unconscious with stab wounds to the head and arms beaten at a campground near Bagnell Dam.

Powell is being charged on three counts of assault and armed criminal action a three hundred thousand dollar has been set.


Mexico Sewer Rates Going Up26-Sep-2017

Mexico residents will see an increase on their sewer bill starting next month.

The Mexico City Council voted around a three percent increase at last (Monday) nights meeting. 

Mexico City Councilman Ron Loesch says the primary reason for the increase is due to the tremendous amount work needed on the sewer system.

Loesch says that residents will see about $1.21 more per month on their sewer bill.


Big Top Brew Festival Features Over 29 Beers22-Sep-2017

The Mexico Knights Of Columbus will be celebrating its annual Big Top Brew Festival Event tomorrow (Saturday).  Toni Deblasi Club President of the Knights of Columbus says there will be live music and plenty of beer vendors.  

Over 29 different beers will be available for tasting.

Tickets are thirty dollars at the gate and start at 1 and conclude at 5.


Mexico Public Schools Set to Receive Grant22-Sep-2017

A twenty five thousand dollar grant is being awarded to the Mexico School District from the Monsanto Group. 

Rebecca Maupin Principal at McMillan Elementary wrote the grant and says the money will be used to expand project lead the way which is a science technology engineering and mathematic engineering program. 

A check from the Monsanto group will be presented during halftime of the Mexico Bulldogs, Fulton Hornets Football game on October 6th.


Mexico Teens Receive Minor Injuries after Rollover Accident22-Sep-2017

Two Mexico teenagers are recovering from minor injuries after a one car accident yesterday (Thursday) afternoon in Audrian County. 

According to the Missouri Highway Patrol it happened on Audrain Road 314 north of the Mexico City limits. 

16 year old Autumn R. Luna went off the road and overturned.

Both Luna and her passenger 16 year Chanlder R. Douse were taken to SSM Health Aurdrain to be treated for their injuries.


Walk Back in Time Starts Tonight!22-Sep-2017

The annual Walk Back In Time in Mexico starts tonight (Friday) at 4:30.

The event kicks off with a fish fry.   

Lori Pratt Executive Director of the Audrain County Historical Society says after the fish fry there will be something new a shot gun wedding.

Festivities conclude on Sunday.

It's estimated around 15 thousand people will visit this years event.


Arrests Made in Connection to Mexico Robbery21-Sep-2017

Several arrests are being reported in connection to a robbery in Mexico on Tuesday night.

According to Mexico Public Safety an investigation led to the arrest of 33 year old Terrell D. Metts and 34 year old Ricardo D. Thompson yesterday (Wednesday) both of Mexico.

A weapon used in the attempted robbery was also found and determined to be a BB gun.

Both Metts and Thompson were booked in the Audrain County Jail for 1st degree robbery.


Camper Fire at Lakeview Park21-Sep-2017

Minor smoke damage is being reported to a camper that caught fire in the camping area of Lakeview Park yesterday (Thursday). 

Mexico Public Safety reports it happened around 5:43 with a small fire in a 2004 Coachman trailer in the cabinets above and around the refrigerator/freezer unit. 

The cause of the fire was due to a nest being built by a small animal in the coils of the refrigerator.

No injuries were reported in the incident.


Colonel Charles R. Stribling III Passes Away at the Age of 9021-Sep-2017

The Missouri Military Academy community in Mexico is mourning the loss and remembering the legacy of one of its most influential school leaders, Charles R. Stribling the Third who passed away yesterday (Wednesday).

Missouri Military Academy President Tony McGeorge says they are all very saddened by the loss of Colonel Stribling.   

Funeral services will take place at the Missouri Military Academy's Memorial Chapel on Monday, September 25th, at 11am.


Feeling the Bern at Westminster College21-Sep-2017


Vermont Senator and former candidate for the President of the United States Bernie Sanders was in Fulton delivering a speech at the William Woods University Today.

Senator Sanders delivered the 58th annual Green Foundation Lecture, where he outlined his vision of a progressive American foreign policy.

The speech took place in the Champ Auditorium at the WestMinster College and started at 11 and ended at noon.

Listen to it here:

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Construction Delays Discussed at Mexico School Board Meeting20-Sep-2017

Several delays is holding up completing renovation work at the Mexico Public Schools.

J.E. Dunn reported at last (Tuesday) nights Mexico School Board Meeting the supplier of the glass for the windows has had a delay in receiving materials.

Also the molds required to complete the tuck pointing at the high school are essentially dissolving, making them ineffective.

The completion for the tuck pointing has been pushed back to the end of this (September) or the beginning of next (October) month.

Sewer problems at Eugene Field are also causing a significant concern.

The contractors report the sewer pipes were not put in with enough of a slope to push waste into the existing system. 

J.E. Dunn says they are accepting bids and seeking a solution with an engineer to find out the best way to move forward. 

Custodian Richard Winn was recognized with a golden apple as part of his retirement from the high school.


Child Passenger Safety Week19-Sep-2017

Mexico Public Safety will be joining with law enforcement statewide for Child Passenger Safety Week running through Saturday.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, car crashes are the number one killer of kids. 

Booster seats reduce the risk of serious injury by 45 percent for children aged 4-8 years when compared to seatbelt use alone.


Mexico Public Safety Report19-Sep-2017

Mexico Public Safety reports the arrest of 25 year old Brandon L. Davis for fourth degree domestic assault.

Mexico Public Safety responded to the following calls yesterday (Monday):

-Threats at 1412 North Olive and at 2150 Jubel Drive.

-A stealing or theft at 617 Mars and at 420 West Monroe.

-Child enticement at 631 West Liberty.

-Harassment at 800 East Liberty and at 926 Garfield and 317 North Missouri.


Mexico Vehicle Fire18-Sep-2017

The brakes of a tractor trailer are to blame for bringing the 54 by pass in Mexico down to one lane for several hours on Friday afternoon.

According to Mexico Public Safety Department a tractor trailer was going west on Highway 54 when the brakes began to seize and overheat causing a fire. 

The driver extinguished the flames with a fire extinguisher, and there were no injuries reported in the accident.


MHS Alumni Basketball Game15-Sep-2017

An alumni basketball game to raise funds for Mexico Sports teams will be taking place tomorrow (Saturday) morning at the Mexico High School. 

Mexico Boys Basketball Coach Darrin Pappas says it is a chance for former basketball alumni to come back and reconnect with old teammates. 

Admission to the game is $2.00 or 2 canned food items.


Natural Cover Fire in Mexico15-Sep-2017

12 acres of stubble and standing corn is destroyed after a fire in the 15000 block of Highway M in Mexico yesterday (Thursday).

Little Dixie Fire Protection and the North Callaway Fire Protection District responded to the fire at just after 1:30 yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. 

The cause of the fire is believed to have been ignited by a bad bearing or debris from the exhaust of a combine being used to harvest the corn. 

No injuries were reported in the incident.


Parade Safety - Mexico Public Safety14-Sep-2017

Mexico Public Safety is encouraging parents to keep kids safe during the homecoming parade tomorrow.

The department asks that observers not run out into the parade, and stay on the sidewalks to let the parade pass by.

The parade will gather in the high school parking lot.  From there they will continue to Curtis, down Wade Street to Love Street.  They will turn on Washington and go to Promenade before ending in the area of Jefferson between Anderson and Whitley.

Parade will begin at 3:00.


Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel13-Sep-2017

A Mexico man is ok after falling asleep while driving and wrecking yesterday (Tuesday). 

According to Mexico Public Safety 62 year old Larry Douglass Williams was going North on Morris when he fell asleep behind the wheel.

Williams went off the southwest corner of Morris and Breckenridge hit a road sign, passed through a yard and came to rest in the southbound lane of Morris. 

No injuries reported.


Two Mexico Men Sentenced in Audrain County Court13-Sep-2017

The Audrain County Prosecuting Attorneys office is announcing the following sentences handed down in the Circuit Court of Audrain County on Monday.

27 year old Tyrek D. Williams was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance from incident in May of last year.

Williams was sentenced to 120 days in the Audrain County Jail and ordered to pay all costs involved with the case. 

44 year old Peter O. Worley will spend 20 days in the Audrain County Jail for domestic assault, property damage, and reckless burning.


Dynamic Duo at Mexico High School for Homecoming12-Sep-2017

Today (Tuesday) is the second spirit day at the Mexico High School to celebrate homecoming week.  

Maggie Clampitt Student Body President at the Mexico High School says the theme for today (Tuesday) is dynamic duo.

Mexico Public School's will dismiss at 12:45 on Friday in order to get ready for the homecoming parade.


Mexico City Council12-Sep-2017

The Mexico City Council discuss the 2018 fiscal year budget at last (Monday) nights meeting.

Councilman Chris Williams  expressed concern that the decrease in revenue for the new budget would not keep with increasing employee salaries and insurance. 

Other board members agreed to openly discuss the solutions for the upcoming years. 

The new budget will take effect on October 1st.  

In other news the council voted to allow the annexation of Smiley Drive.  

The city of Mexico also has been awarded $37,626.85 through an class action lawsuit against Ameren U.E. 

The lawsuit alleged an improper revenue tax over a period of 11 years. 

City council also accepted a bid from Winter Dent in the amount of $160,892.00 for property liability insurance.


Auxvasse Man Arrested in Mexico After Foot Pursuit11-Sep-2017

An Auxvasse man is facing multiple charges after an arrest and a foot chase in Mexico yesterday (Sunday). 

According to Mexico Public Safety 22 year old Steven E. Esterline appeared to be trying to hide in an alley in the down town area, and began to run when an officer approached him. 

Police say the chase lasted for 2 to 3 blocks. 

When Esterline was arrested police report finding meth, marijuana, a handgun, and a prescription controlled substance stolen from a vehicle at the end of August. 

Esterline was taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Former High School Band Teacher Suing School District11-Sep-2017

A former teacher with Mexico Public Schools is filing a  lawsuit alleging he was wrongfully  terminated after being accused of misconduct.

Robert Cortez is charged with 2 counts of sexual contact with a student by a teacher in Audrain County, but has not been convicted of the crime.

Court documents indicate Cortez was terminated on February 2nd, and made a timely appeal. 

The board made a final decision on March 23. 

The petition filed by Cortez's attorney, David Moen, says the decision was based on hearsay evidence that was inadmissible.  

The lawsuit is alleging the board unlawfully terminated Cortez against Missouri Statutes and the Missouri Constitution, and was in excess of the authority of the board.

Cortez is seeking a reversal of the decision and attorney fees.


Tyronn Lue Day of Service11-Sep-2017


Mexico eighth graders painted the fences and did upkeep at Simmons Stables today for Tyronn Lue Day of Service.



Mexico Students went to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico for Tyronn Lue Day of Service. The kids visited with the veterans and played BINGO.

MHS Preparing for Safety with Defense Initiative Drills08-Sep-2017

Students and staff at the Mexico High School are practicing drills to keep safe.

Interim High School Principal Brad Ellebrach says they practiced a defense initiative drill yesterday (Thursday).

The school resource officer along with staff and students practiced various drills in case there is an unwanted intruder in the building. 

Ellebrach says they practice the drill twice a year.


Mexico Man Arrested on Multiple Charges07-Sep-2017


A Mexico man is behind bars after being arrested on multiple charges by the Highway Patrol.

46 year old Victor Garza has been formally charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while suspended, failure to give proper signal and possession of a controlled substance.

Garza is being held in the Audrain County Jail with a 15 thousand dollar bond.

Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing on Three Separate Incidents07-Sep-2017

A Mexico, Missouri  man is sentenced to prison yesterday (Wednesday)  after pleading guilty to three separate cases of felony stealing in court last week.  

According to court documents 30 year old Andrew Ennis admitted to shoplifting from convenience stores on three different occasions in May.  

The offenses were enhanced to felony offenses based on Ennis's prior stealing convictions in 2013, 2015, and this year.

The judge sentenced Ennis to three years in prison in each case, and recommended he complete a substance abuse treatment program before being considered for release.


Construction Continues on Sidewalk in Mexico01-Sep-2017

Work on the sidewalk on Love Street in front of the Coal Street Parking lot is continuing.  The work started on Wednesday. 

Kinsey Russell head of the public works department for the city of Mexico says the work is being done because the drive entrance had become rough. 

Russell estimates the total cost of the project in the five thousand dollar range and work is expected to be completed sometime next week.


North Central Missouri Conference Superintendents Meet in Mexico01-Sep-2017

No decisions on adding teams to the North Central Missouri Conference is being made right now.

Area Superintendents from Moberly, Marshall, Fulton, Kirksville, Mexico, and Hannibal met yesterday (Thursday) in Mexico to discuss the future of the conference due to Boonville leaving at the end of this year.

Superintendent of the Mexico School District Dr. Zach Templeton says they talked about the number of ideal teams to be in the conference.

Dr. Templeton says the Executive Committee of the NCMC will next meet in November when more discussions about the conference will take place.


Mexico Man Facing Harassment Charges31-Aug-2017

A Mexico, Missouri man is facing charges of harassment, peace disturbance, and trespassing after an incident. 

According to reports Jason Guerrero continually approached and harassed residents in the area of the 800 block of Monroe Street. 

Guerrero allegedly was yelling racial slurs and one person, and continuously knocking on another person's door in the middle of the night.


Three Arrests in Audrain County Drug Bust30-Aug-2017

Three people are facing charges after a search warrant in Audrain County turns up meth. 

According to the East Central Drug Task Force the warrant was served early this (Wednesday) morning in 19000 block of Highway 22.

Authorities arrested 37 year old Jeffrie Cash, 36 year old Jerod W. McCulley, and 40 year old Olivia F. Cash all of Mexico. 

Charges include possession of meth, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a public nuisance.


City of Mexico Tax Rates Decrease, Water Rates May Go Up29-Aug-2017

At last night's Mexico City Council Meeting, the board approved the decrease in property taxes for the 2018 fiscal year.

The 2.4 percent reduction in price is due to an increase of over 10 million dollars in the community in property value over the last year.

Additionally, Patrick Kelly, Missouri Area Operations Manager for Missouri American Water gave a presentation regarding a proposed increase in water in all regions they serve.

For a typical residential customer that utilizes approximately 15000 gallons of water per month, the volumetric cost will increase approximately 15%.  Currently, water cost is $4.14 per 1000 gallons, and will go up to $6.30 for the same amount.  The cost will be somewhat offset by a set meter cost drom from $15.30 to $10.

Kelly reported the driving factor in the increase in water service will be recovery of investments made.  The proposals will increase revenue for Missouri American Water 75 million, while the cost of investments made are in the area of 500 million.  The current rates will stay in place until sometime in 2018, and must be approved by the Public Service Commission.

- Story by Aimee Higgins

Mexico City Council28-Aug-2017

Mexico City Council will be meeting tonight (Monday). 

On the agenda a public hearing to establish the 2017 property tax rates.

Also three bills, and two resolutions will be heard, plus a presentation from the Missouri American Water Company Area Operations Manager Patrick Kelly. 

The meeting starts at 7 and will be at City Hall, the public is encouraged to attend.


Bulldog Football - California @ Mexico25-Aug-2017

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Mexico Residents Share Input on Public Pool Survey25-Aug-2017

The results of a recent survey of Mexico residents as to what they want to see happen with the city pool is being released. 

Chad Shoemaker Director of the Mexico Parks and Recreation Department reports that 472 surveys were returned and most people prefer a beach style.  

Shoemaker says he will be reaching out to the survey company to break the down the results of the survey even further in the future. 


Mexico Men and Women Basketball Alumni Game24-Aug-2017

An alumni basketball  game to raise funds for Mexico Sports teams will be taking place at the Mexico High School on September 16th at 9am. 

Mexico Boys Basketball Coach Darrin Pappas says it is a chance for former basketball alumni to come back and reconnect with old teammates. 

The registration deadline is August 31st.  And for more information you can contact the Mexico High School.


Mexico Soybean Festival Almost Here24-Aug-2017

Festivities at this year's Soy Bean Festival in Mexico will begin tomorrow (Friday) night at 5pm. 

Shane Cox President of the Mexico Jaycees says food vendors, a carnival, and music will be at this years event for families to enjoy.

On Saturday a parade is scheduled at 11, followed by a corn hole tournament at 1, and more live music.


Mexico Public Schools Back in Session after Summer of Construction23-Aug-2017

Students in the Mexico School District start there first day of a new year today (Wednesday).

Construction projects have been ongoing at all almost all of the schools in the district during the summer break. 

Some of the projects included a new storm shelter at the middle school and at McMillan Elementary, work on kitchens at Hawthorne Elementary and the High School.

Plus the district has a new superintendent and assistant superintendent,and the high school has a new principal.


Over One Thousand People View Eclipse at Mexico's Green Estate Park22-Aug-2017

Mexico Public Safety is reporting no problems from in the town from the extra visitors during the total solar eclipse.

Mexico Public Safety Chief Susan Rockett says everybody seemed to have a good time. 

Even though there was extra traffic in town no accidents were reported.

It is estimated well over a thousand people gathered at Green Estate Park for the Eclipse yesterday (Monday).


Netplex Ribbon Cutting in Mexico at Fairground Park17-Aug-2017

A ribbon cutting at the Netplex at Fairground Park in Mexico will be taking place tonight (Thursday).

Chad Shoemaker Director of Parks and Recreation in Mexico says that the project was put together by the Mexico Tennis Association who raised over $300,000. 

The ribbon cutting will take place in the pavilion at Fairground Park at 5pm.


Four Arrested in Audrain County Drug Bust15-Aug-2017


Four people are facing drug charges after the East  Central Drug Task Force serve a search warrant in Mexico yesterday (Monday). 

According to authorities the warrant was served along Highway 54, south of Mexico and during the search meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were discovered. 

The Mexico residents arrested are 30 year old Billy Joe Coleman, 54 year old Frank Lee Dailey, 36 year old Kathryn Renae Dailey, and 53 year old Teresa Jurline Kennemore.

Mexico Man Found Guilty of Rape and Child Molestation 15-Aug-2017


A jury in an Audrain County Court  finds a Mexico man guilty of Rape and Child Molestation yesterday (Tuesday). 

It took a jury 25 minutes of deliberations to convict 62 year old Ralph Eugene Harbit of rape and molestation of a girl who was 8-10 years old at the time, for crimes that occurred 2007 through 2009. 

The case was tried by Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger and Assistant Prosecutor Scott Fox. 

The crimes carry a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 45 years in prison. 

Harbit is scheduled to be sentenced October 20th by Judge Wesley C. Dalton.

Mexico Public Schools Construction Almost Complete14-Aug-2017

Most of the construction work on the Mexico Public Schools will be completed when the year begins on Wednesday, August 23rd.

Mexico Schools Superintendent Dr. Zach Templeton says the work will be done to a level where school can start. 

Dr. Templeton says the construction company is still hopeful they can complete their work by the start of school.


Mexico Man Arrested in Connection With Suspicious Package09-Aug-2017

A Mexico Missouri man is facing charges of making a terrorist threat after an arrest in Columbia in connection to a suspicious package left near the probation and parole office on July 18th.

According to the Columbia Police Department 47 year old Vincent E. Ferrell Jr. was identified as the man who left the package and was arrested this (Wednesday) morning. 

A bond has not yet been set.


Seven Car Break ins in Mexico09-Aug-2017

Seven vehicle break ins in Mexico last (Tuesday) night are being investigated. 

According to Mexico Public Safety the thefts occurred in the south central part of town during the overnight hours.

Mostly money was taken from the cars.

Citizens are encouraged to call any time they see suspicious activity in the their area. 

To remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 800 392-TIPS.


Teenagers in Custody and 1 Arrested in Mexico Robbery09-Aug-2017

Several teenagers are in juvenile custody and one arrest is made in connection to a robbery in Mexico last week.

According to Mexico Public safety the incident occurred on Thursday in the 500 block of South Western when four teenagers approached a victim with what looked like a handgun and demanded he empty his pockets. 

As a result of the investigation 17 year old Joshua Maxwell of Mexico was arrested for 1st degree robbery. 

A 15 year old juvenile was placed in a juvenile detention center, and cases are pending on a 13 and 14 year old who were also involved in the incident. 

2 bb guns were recovered, police say neither gun had any markings to make them look different than an actual handgun.


Tyronn Lue Sign Dedication at Garfield Park04-Aug-2017

A dedication ceremony for Cleveland Cavaliers Coach and Mexico Missouri's own Tyronne Lue will be taking place tomorrow (Saturday). 

The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosing the presentation at Garfield Park in Mexico. 

Chamber Executive Director Dana Koeller says that the dedication is a continuance from the Tyronne Lue Day of Service that started last year.

Speakers will include Dr. Ayanna Shivers from Mexico City Council, Miss Missouri 2017 Jennifer Davis and Tyronne Lue.

The event starts at 11 am.


Mexico Teens with Guns 2 Incidents03-Aug-2017

An investigation is ongoing into a robbery early this (Thursday) morning in Mexico involving a group of teenagers with a gun. 

The incident occurred around 1:30 this (Thursday) morning in the area of 500 South Western. 

Major Bryce Meskow with Mexico Public Safety says they later responded to the 800 block of Trinity for another report of teenagers waiving a gun at cars. 

No injuries were reported from either incident.


Man Hit on Bicycle01-Aug-2017

An accident is being reported of a man being hit on a bicycle at Lakeview and Jubel Drive last (Monday) night.

According to an accident report taken by Mexico Public Safety it happened when a car driven by 65 year old Daryl E. Prenger turned east on Lakeview Road and hit 58 year old Samuel D. Ehrlich who was riding his bike. 

Both were employees of Spartan Light Metals in Mexico and where sent to Miller Warehouse on Elmwood to hand merchandise.

Ehlrich refused medical response.


Mexico Schools Online Registration Set to Begin August 3rd28-Jul-2017

The Mexico School District will opening up online registration on August 3rd and will run through August 9th.

Parents of returning students should log into their parent portal account and click on the Online Registration button and when done click the submit button.

All new families will need to go to one of the schools to start the registration process.  

Jo Ann Diffenderfer says that due to construction, parking and offices at the schools may have been adjusted.

The first day of school is August 23rd anyone with questions about the registration process can call Central Office at 581-3773.


CEO of Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico Wins Award27-Jul-2017

Sebastien Heintz, President and CEO of Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico, Missouri is this years recipient of the Freedom of Flight Award for his contributions to aviation.

The award is given to individuals who have made the general aviation community better through integrity, innovation and high standards.

Heintz was presented the award at the Airventure Airshow in OshKosh, Wisconsin, yesterday (Wednesday).


Love Street Resurfacing Postponed27-Jul-2017


A resurfacing project along Love Street in Mexico has been postponed to tomorrow morning [Friday] due to rain this morning.

Drew Williford with the engineering department for the city says the work will now take place tomorrow and Monday beginning at 7AM.

No parking will be allowed on either day along Love Street between 7AM and 5 PM.

Shots Fired in Mexico27-Jul-2017

A Mexico man is under arrest and an investigation is ongoing into a shots fired incident in Mexico this (Thursday) morning. 

Mexico Public Safety reports the incident happened just after midnight at the 1700 block of West Boulevard.  

Officers say they found a 21 year old white man who had been punched over a property dispute. 

Witnesses say they saw 2 black males chasing the victim before shots fired were heard.

No injuries were reported however a Chevy Tahoe was found to have a bullet hole in the door. 

29 year Darius Hoffman of Mexico was later arrested and taken to the Audrain County Jail.


2 Car Accident in Mexico25-Jul-2017

A 2 car accident on South Clark leaves a Mexico man with minor injuries. 

 According to Mexico Public Safety it happened around 1:45 this (Tuesday) morning.  

16 year old Hanna Nicole Goff of Mexico was going north on South Clark and stopped to make a left turn into the Break Time Gas Station and was hit from behind by a vehicle driven by 88 year old James Randall Young of Mexico.

Young complained of pains in his hands and neck stiffness and was taken to Audrain SSM.


Moderate Injuries in Two Car Accident in Audrain County24-Jul-2017

A Mexico woman and a Warrenton have moderate injuries after a 2 car accident in Audrain County on Saturday Night. 

According to the Highway Patrol it happened around 10 o'clock  on US 54 at the Missouri 19 South Junction when 31 year old Jennifer J. Baker of Mexico turned her vehicle in front of a car driven by 22 year old Cody L. Castleberry of Warrenton and was hit. 

33 year old Michael A. Crum of Mexico sustained minor injuries.

Both Castleberry and Baker were taken to the University Hospital to be treated for moderate injuries.


Man Lights Chair on Fire After Dispute21-Jul-2017

A disagreement at a house on West Breckenridge in Mexico leads to one of the residents lighting a living room chair on fire out of anger. 

Mexico Public Safety reports it happened last night (Thursday) just after 11. 

There were no injuries reported however the chair suffered significant fire damage.


Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Headed to Competition20-Jul-2017


The Mexico Junior Varsity and Varsity Cheerleaders are headed to competition today at Moberly Area Community College.  The JV squad will compete at 4:55, while the varsity will participate at 6:30.  Awards are at 7:00.

Mexico Woman Receives 7 Year Prison Sentence19-Jul-2017

A judge in Callaway County hands down a 7 year prison sentence to a Mexico woman. 

According to court documents 29 year old Carey Tarrants violated probation for distribution of a controlled substance. 

Tarrants was also ordered to complete a substance abuse treatment program before being considered for release.


Fulton Teen Arrested for Stealing Truck from Mexico Business18-Jul-2017

A Fulton man is in the Callaway County Jail after being arrested for a stolen truck last (Monday) night.

According to the Fulton Police Department 18 year old Justin Atterberry was stopped in a white GMC truck with no license plates on Hickman Street just after 11:30. 

During the investigation officers say they learned the truck was stolen from a Mexico business. 

Atterberry was arrested for property damage and tampering. A five thousand dollar bond has been set.


Mexico Woman Hits Utility Pole18-Jul-2017

A Mexico woman is ok after hitting a utility pole yesterday (Monday).

According to Mexico Public Safety the accident  happened yesterday (Monday) just before 1 when 57 year old Peggy L. Angel was going east on Breckenridge and a hit a utility pole. 

According to the crash report Angel said had no explanation of what happened before the crash.


Mexico Woman Indicted on Fraud Charges18-Jul-2017

A Mexico Missouri woman is in federal court today (Tuesday) and indicted on fraud charges.

According to court records 54 year old Robyn Smith was arrested today (Tuesday) on an indictment charging her with mail fraud as part of an embezzlement scheme from her former employer. 

According to the indictment Smith embezzled more than two hundred thousand dollars from a law firm in Mexico.  She is accused of stealing cash fees and creating false bank documents.

If convicted Smith faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of two hundred fifty thousand dollars or both.


Audrain County 4-H Fair14-Jul-2017

The Audrain County 4-H begins tonight (Friday) at the Audrain County Fairgrounds. 

Tonight (Friday) Fair Royalty will be crowned in the Pavilion at 7.  

Then at 7:30 A bull ride and barrel bash competition will take place. 

A concert with the Thunderbirds is the nights grand finale.  

Many more activities are planned through the weekend.

The Fair runs through Tuesday.


Several DWI Arrests and Traffic Accidents over the Weekend10-Jul-2017

2 DWI arrests and several traffic crashes  are being reported by Mexico Public Safety over the weekend. 

The first happened Saturday morning around 12:30 at the 500 block of West Monroe. 

The department says they stopped 69 year old Stanley R. Weber of Mexico for erratic driving, and later arrested him for DWI and Driving While Suspended. 

Weber was taken to the Audrain County Jail for the offenses. 


Early Saturday Morning Mexico Public Safety arrested 24 year old Michael K. Picton for driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.

The department says it happened in the area South Clark and Boulevard where Picton hit a curb and left the scene.  

No injuries were reported. 


39 year old Christopher T. Blackmon of Mexico may be facing charges after a 1 car crash in the area of Christopher Drive and Friendship Drive.

Public Safety reports the Balckmon sustained minor injuries in the incident.  

The case is continuing to be investigated and it will be forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney for charges of Driving While Intoxicated and Failure to stop at a stop sign.  


Mexico Public Safety is investigating a crash involving several cars and a driver running from the scene. 

The department says it happened last (Sunday) night around 11:30 at the 800 block of West Monroe. 

Public Safety says an investigation revealed that 25 year old Terrell Cooks of Mexico was involved in some kind of altercation and left the area.

Police say it appears Cooks struck a parked 2013 Chevrolet, and a parked 2006 Dodge, and a parked 1996 Oldsmobile and then left the area. 

No serious injuries are being reported.

An investigation continues.


Senator Claire McCaskill at Town Hall in Mexico07-Jul-2017

Around 100 people came to ask questions during a town hall meeting in Mexico with Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.  

Topics included healthcare, North Korea, and jobs. 

Senator McCaskill says she has been doing these town halls to show up and listen to what is on voters minds. 

McCaskill spoke at the Audrain County Courthouse in the Farnen Community Room for about an hour and a half, and then conducted a question and answer session with media.


Attempted Burglary at Mexico Residence30-Jun-2017

Mexico Police are investigating an attempted burglary at an area residence last (Thursday) night. 

According to Major Bryce Mesko with Mexico Public Safety it happened just before 11 at the 1000 block of West Street. 

Major Mesko says there where several people home when someone knocked on the front door. 

The suspects are described as black males in their late teens to early 20's, last seen wearing dark clothing, with their faces partially covered.

Nothing was taken from the residence and the resident involved in the fight only had minor injuries.  Anyone with information is being asked to call CRIMESTOPPERS or Mexico Public Safety.


Firework Show in Mexico28-Jun-2017


Two fireworks shows will light up the skies in Mexico for the Fourth of July.

The first of the 2 will take place Saturday, and is sponsored by Tyronn Lue.  The fireworks will be able to be seen from Garfield Park, or to the north of Shamrock Sign on the former A.P. Green property.  It will begin at sundown.

The second event will be on Tuesday at the Optimist Ball Fields, and sponsored by the Mexico Noon Lions.  It will begin at dusk.

New Coach Named to the Mexico Boys Basketball Program28-Jun-2017


The Mexico Bulldogs Basketball Program officially has a new head coach.

As reported by KWWR News 2 weeks ago Darren Pappas has been named to the position.

Coach Pappas will also be changing from teaching Social Studies at the Middle School to teaching History at Mexico High School. 

The decision was approved by the Mexico Board during their executive session on June 20th.

City of Mexico Receives up to $80 Thousand for Parks Project27-Jun-2017

The City of Mexico will be receiving an award of up to 80 thousand in grant money to work on Lakeview Park.  

Mexico City Manager Bruce Slagle says the grant was awarded through the Missouri Park and Recreation Association.

Mr. Slagle says he estimates the project will start later on this summer and be completed by late fall.


No Fireworks in Town27-Jun-2017

1 week to go until the 4th of July and Mexico Public Safety is reminding folks that it is illegal to shoot off fireworks within city limits.

Major Bryce Mesko with Mexico Public Safety says a citation could be issued if you decide to shoot off fireworks in town.

Major Mesko says the department is reminding everyone to have a safe and happy 4th of July.


Mexico Man Arrest for Burglary of a Business26-Jun-2017

A Mexico man is taken to the Audrain County Jail after an arrest by Public Safety on Saturday in connection to a burglary of a business.

According to the department 21 year old Matthew B. Beauchamp broke into a business at 2000 Lakeview during the overnight hours. 

Charges include 2nd degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, and stealing.


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.

Miss Missouri Pageant Begins Tonight 14-Jun-2017

The 2017 Miss Missouri Pageant begins tonight (Wednesday) at the Missouri Military Academy Gym in Mexcio.  

30 contestants will start preliminary competition, tonight and will run through Friday.

The new Miss Missouri will be crowned Saturday night.


Mexico Trespassing and Drug Arrest09-Jun-2017

2 Mexico residents are facing charges after an arrest last (Thursday) night after reports of suspicious activity. 

Mexico Public Safety reports the incident happened around 5:20 at 1200 East Promenade with a report of 2 people going into a vacant house. 

Public Safety says 19 year old Tesla M. Huffstetler, and 37 year old Michael T. Lewis were arrested. 

Huffsteler is facing 1st degree trespassing charges. 

Lewis was taken to the Audrain County Jail on charges of trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Mexico Vehicle Break-ins Leading to Stolen Guns09-Jun-2017

Several firearms are missing after a number of vehicle break-ins in Mexico.  

Chief Susan Rockett says the firearms are ending up in the wrong hands. 

Chief Rockett estimates over 13 car break ins and 3 stolen firearms in connection to the break ins reported since May 30th.


Woman Arrested in Mexico Drug Bust09-Jun-2017

A Mexico woman is facing charges after an arrest for drug possession last (Thursday) night. 

According to the Mexico Public Safety Department's Facebook page Britney L. Snyder is being charged with distribution of meth, maintaining a public nuisance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

A search warrant was served by Public Safety, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri Highway Patrol at 802 North Western last (Thursday) night.


One Arrested in Hotel Drug Bust08-Jun-2017


One person was arrested after a search warrant was served at the Budget Inn in Mexico yesterday afternoon.

The East Central Drug Task Force, Mexico Public Safety, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol executed the narcotics warrant, and during the investigation discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Officers arrested Larry D. Karhoff on suspicion of distribution of Methamphetamine, Distribution of Marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a public nuisance.

Karhoff has an extensive criminal history with drug convictions in 2014 and 2015.

Eclipse 201707-Jun-2017

Eclipse 2017 is a little under 2 months away. 

The total eclipse will be taking place in the listening area on Monday, August 21st.

It occurs when the disk of the moon appears to completely cover the disk of the sun in the sky.

Dr. Becky Treu Associate Professor of Physical Sciences at the Moberly Area Community College in Mexico says day will turn into night in about 2 minutes.

Dr. Treu says when viewing the eclipse you should not use sunglasses, however use ISO approved eyewear.

That can be found on the internet or through local agencies, like the Chamber of Commerce.


Mexico Man Gets 5 Years in Prison07-Jun-2017

A Mexico man gets 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance. 

According to court records 47 year old Michael Lavender appeared in a Callaway County Court on Monday and admitted to possession of meth.

The judge recommended that Lavendar complete a long term substance abuse program before being considered for release.


Work on Post Office Drive Through07-Jun-2017



Comerzan Attorney asks for Reprimand on Prosecuting Attorney02-Jun-2017

The attorney for Serghei Comerzan is asking a judge to reprimand Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger. 

According to a report from Channel 13 KRCG News John James said that his reprimand request is in regards to an altercation following closing arguments in last week's trial of Comerzan who is accused of 2nd Degree murder in the death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava. 

The motion also objects to the prosecutors office asking to keep them from publicly speaking about the case.

A judge in St. Charles will rule on the motions June 15th.


Comerzan Attorney Asking for Acquittal31-May-2017

The attorney for Serghei Comerzan is asking for a judgement of acquittal. 

Charlie James filed a motion with the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorneys office after a mistrial was declared last week in the case where 2nd degree murder charges were brought against Serghei Comerzan in the death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava.  

Comerzan's attorney says the evidence strongly suggests his client neither heard, nor could heven expected to hear, Bava's siren or see his emergency lights. 

Prosecutors say there was a 7 second interval early in the chase where Comerzan could have seen Trooper Bava behind him.


Multiple Vehicle Break-ins31-May-2017

An investigation is ongoing into multiple vehicle break ins and thefts in Mexico. 

It happened during the overnight hours Monday night and into Tuesday morning.

Major Bryce Mesko with Mexico Public Safety says the break ins mainly happened South of Boulevard, between South Clark and West Street. 

Mesko says none of the vehicles were damaged. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers or the Mexico Public Safety Department.


Mexico Neighborhood Shots Fired 1 Arrest30-May-2017

Shots fired during a neighborhood disturbance in Mexico leads to the arrest of a 36 year old man. 

According to Mexico Public Safety it happened at 900 Hassen Drive when 2 people were preparing to leave and Patrick Eldridge stepped out of his home, yelled and then fired a gun at them.

Eldridge was taken to the Audrain County Jail for 2 counts of 4th degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and unlawful possession of a weapon.


Shots Fired Investigation30-May-2017

An investigation into shots fired in the area of Breckenridge and Coal Streets  in Mexico is being investigated.

According to Mexico Public Safety it happened Sunday night around 9:41. 

Witnesses report seeing a light colored vehicle driving through the area and hearing several gunshots. No injuries were reported.


Mexico Woman 3 Years in Prison for Stealing26-May-2017

A Mexico woman will spend the next year 3 years in prison after being sentenced for stealing by a Callaway County Judge.

According to court records 27 year old Misty Ewens plead guilty to shop lifting from a Fulton business this past February.  

The offense was enhanced to a felony based on 3 prior convictions for stealing from 2009 to 2013.


MPSD Warns of Scam26-May-2017

Mexico residents are being warned about a scam going around in the area this week where callers are claiming to represent the IRS.

Major Bryce Mesko says the best way to avoid the scam is to ignore the calls. 

Major Mesko says that no government entity will call and demand payment by cashier's check, money order, or money card.


Traffic Stop in Mexico Leads to Drug Bust26-May-2017

A traffic stop in Mexico leads to the discovery of meth and drug paraphernalia. 

According to the Audrian County Sheriff's Department they stopped a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero on South Clark Street for a registration violation at 4:09 last (Thursday) night. 

Deputies say they found 2 ounces of meth and 53 year old Kevin D. Hike from Kansas City and 28 year old Michael K. Dibble of Independence were arrested.

Both men were taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Comerzan Jury Deliberating25-May-2017

Jury deliberations begin today (Thursday) in the Serghei Comerzan case. 

Comerzan is accused of 2nd degree murder in death of Missouri State Trooper James Bava, who died while chasing Comerzan along FF in Audrian County. 

The trial is in day 4 today (Thursday), and closing arguments will be given this (Thursday) morning.  

Mix 96  news will be bringing you the verdict as soon as it becomes available.


A.P. Green Retirees Party at Mexico Senior Center24-May-2017

Former employees and retirees of A.P. Green Refactory are being invited to the Mexico Senior Center for a day of remembering and food tomorrow (Thursday).

Cake and ice cream will be available for everyone. 

The Audrain County Historical Society has also arranged a free tour for all former employees to tour the Greens Exhibit from 1 until 3.


Comerzan Trial Continues with Testimony from MO State Trooper24-May-2017

The Sergei Comerzan trial was in its 2nd day yesterday (Tuesday) in a St. Charles Court room.

Sgt. Doug McPike with the Missouri Highway Patrol was on the witness stand and gave his memory of the day of the crash for the jury. 

McPike knew both deceased State Trooper James  Bava and the accused Sergei Comerzan. 

A state trooper video of McPike interviewing Comerzan was shown. 

In the video McPike questions Comerzan about whether or not he was on Route FF the day of the accident, and Comerzan denies it, however then recants the statement later on to investigators, indicating that he had mixed up the road with Route ZZ. 

McPike testified Comerzan lied 6 times during the interview. 

The trial continues today (Wednesday).


Mexico Crime Statistics from 201623-May-2017

A break down of crimes in Mexico from 2016 is being released by the Mexico Public Safety Department.

Chief of Mexico Public Safety Susan Rockett says the best news is that violent crimes are down.

It is also being reported that motor vehicle thefts are up with a total of 19 last year.


Opening Night at Optimist Field23-May-2017


Home Burglarized and Cars Broken Into in Mexico22-May-2017

Mexico Public Safety is investigating a home and vehicle break in.

The department reports it happened in the area of 2800 block of Fairground road Thursday night. 

Apparently someone entered the home, taking some jewelry, a camera and other items.

Upon further investigation police say that some vehicles were gone through at the 2700 block of South Clark as well, and the same person is likely responsible.

Anyone with information can call CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-392-Tips.


Weapons Displayed Call in Mexico22-May-2017

An incident involving a man displaying a large knife in Mexico is being reported.

Mexico Public Safety reports it happened yesterday (Sunday) at the 4800 block of South Clark just after 11:30. 

Apparently there had been an argument between several men outside of the business and during the disturbance on of the men displayed the knife. 

Officers says that no one was willing to assist in prosecuting for any offense.

No injuries are being reported.


Two Drug Busts Leads to Four Arrests18-May-2017

2 separate drug busts in Mexico last (Wednesday) night leads to the arrest of 4 people.

The Audrain County Sheriff's Department and the East Central Drug Task Force report serving a search warrant at 1012 East Lafayette where they found meth, marijuana and prescription drugs.

Those arrested were Gary D. Reeves Jr. and Dawn Reeves. 

The 2nd search warrant was served by police at America's Value Inn at 4224 South Clark, room 23.

The sheriff's department report arresting Carey L. Tarrants  and Krystal L. Wheeler after finding meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia in the room.


McMillan Elementary Awards Assembly17-May-2017




City of Mexico Sewer Work16-May-2017

The City of Mexico Wastewater crew will working on sewer lines at the Green Boulevard Overpass today (Tuesday). 

The street will not be closed however the city would like everyone to be aware of the work zone. 

The work will be done from 8 until noon.


Mexico Residents Arrested in Connection With Weekend Burglary15-May-2017

3 Mexico residents are in facing charges after an arrest in connection to a burglary.

According to the Callaway County Sheriff's Department they received a report Saturday morning  of a man walking around with a crowbar outside of a business at 1400 Old Highway 40 near the border of Boone and Callaway County. 

Police say a car fled the scene, and when it was stopped stolen property was found from the business.

The Highway Patrol arrested 23 year old Robert Peak and 34 year old Renea Hill. Later that day 35 year old Casey Jolly was arrested by Audrain County Deputies in connection to the same burglary.


Class of 2017 at Mexico High School Graduates Monday12-May-2017

The Mexico High School Class of 2017 will graduate this Monday May 15th. 

Dr. Terry Robinson Principal of the Mexico High School says the graduating class is small in size compared to prior years. 

Dr. Robinson says this year's class has broken a record when it comes to dual college credit classes.

The graduation ceremony will take place Monday at Hawthorne Heights Field at the Mexico High School at 7.


City Crews Working on Parks and Pool10-May-2017

Mexico City Crews are busy working on area parks, and getting the city pool ready for the summer time months.

Megan Harrington Recreation Supervisor for the city of Mexico says at the parks they are mowing and working on a new shelter. 

Harrington says crews have been working on the pool for the last month in preparation for its opening Memorial Day Weekend. 

The Pool official open date is set for Saturday May 27th at 1pm.


Mexico Public Safety02-May-2017

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the following calls yesterday (Monday):

-Suspicious activity at 502 West Boulevard Apartment B and at 311 West Monroe.

-An unwanted subject at 103 North Washington.

-A domestic verbal dispute at the corner of of North Western and Maple.

-An ex-parte violation at South Elmwood. 

-A domestic issue at 921 Grove.

-A peace disturbance involving a barking dog at Summit Street.


Cortez Trial Continued01-May-2017

Audrain County Judge Wesley Dalton grants a continuance today (Monday) in the case of former Mexico High School Band Teacher Robert V. Cortez. 

July 31st is the next time that Cortez has been ordered to appear in Court. 

Cortez  is accused of having sexual contact with a student was arrested in September of last year.


Man Arrested in Connection to Burglary28-Apr-2017

A Mexico man is facing charges after an arrest early this (Friday) morning in connection with a burglary.

According to Mexico Public Safety 24 year old Austin Abel was found to be in possession of items stolen from a building in the 200 block of North Grand Street.

Abel was taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Two Separate Drug Busts in Mexico Leads to 7 Arrests28-Apr-2017

Two separate drug busts in Mexico last (Thursday) night leads to the arrest of 7 people.

According to police the first search warrant was served at 812 Holt Street where Penny M. Doedli was arrested  after meth, marijuana, and multiple prescription medications were found. 

The 2nd search warrant was served at 1305 East Liberty Street Apartment A and B.  

Police say Gerald A. Davenport, Tesla M. Huffstetler, Alicia D. Eldridge, Angelika R. Tocco, Jena L. Duncan, and Nicholas Domingue were arrested.

According to authorities meth, marijuana, and oxycodone where found. 

Mexico Public Safety, The East Central Drug Task Force, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Audrain County Sheriffs Department all were involved in executing the search warrants.


New Radio System for Audrain County Sheriff's Department26-Apr-2017

The Audrain County Sheriff's Department is moving to a new radio system.

The department reports that effective May 1st they will be moving from the conventional 2 way radio system to a system known as the Missouri Statewide Inter-operability network.

Audrian County Sheriff Matt Oller says the system was devised in the aftermath of 911. 

Oller says they have been working on the project for 4 years now, and they have acquired about $150,000 of the needed equipment spending very little out the sheriff's office operating budget.


House Fire Causes Significant Damage20-Apr-2017

A house fire on 300 North Calhoun last (Thursday) night  causes significant damage. 

According to the Mexico Public Safety Department it happened just before 5:30, responding personnel say when they arrived a flame blew out 2 bedroom windows at the back of the house and began spreading  up the outside of the home.

No injuries are being reported. 

A candle left burning and unattended is said to be the cause of the fire.


Shots Fired in Mexico20-Apr-2017

The search for the man missing in Fulton since Monday is ongoing.

According to the Fulton Police Department many agencies have joined in the search including the Fulton Fire Department, The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Callaway County Sheriff's Department. 

Police say they are following up on leads from citizens on locating Carl Debrodie who has a mental disability. 

Anyone with information is asked to crime stoppers or you local law enforcement agency.


New Restaurant Opens in Mexico19-Apr-2017

Mexico is home to a new restaurant that just opened this (Wednesday) morning. 

Kats Kitchen opened at 621 East Liberty Street. 

The owners are Ray and Kat Frechette and they have owned business's in Hallsville, and Columbia. 

Ray Frechette says they are a Classic American Diner.

Kats Kitchen will be open 7 days a week from 6am until 2pm.


Mexico Man Arrest for Inappropriate Behavior18-Apr-2017

A Mexico man is facing charges after an arrest for inappropriate behavior on Sunday in Kingdom City.

According to the Callaway County Sheriff's Department 52 year old Raymond Grooms was at the Gaspers Fastlane in Kindgom City at around 12:20 in the afternoon. 

Police say Grooms was driving around the parking lot and making unwanted contact with customers, and making sexual statements. 

Grooms was arrested on 4 counts of felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.


Man Injured after Running from Mexico Police17-Apr-2017

A Mexico man suffers injuries after running from police while in handcuffs. 

According to the Mexico Public Safety Department it happened just before 11 on Friday when 23 year old Sebastian D. Miller was arrested for an outstanding Boone County Warrant. 

Police say Miller ran through several yards and was eventually found hiding in a shed a few houses away.

Miller was treated for his injuries and then taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Mexico Apartment Fire17-Apr-2017

A fire at an Apartment Building in Mexico causes serious damage to a kitchen.

According to the Mexico Public Safety Department it happened just before 4 this (Monday) morning at Howell Manor Court. 

Cooking is to blame for the fire, it was contained to the upstairs of the apartment. 

No injuries are being reported.


Shots Fired with One Injured17-Apr-2017

An investigation is ongoing after a 32 year old Mexico man is injured after 6 shots were fired.

According to the Mexico Public Safety Department it happened last (Sunday) night just after 11 at the 1100 block of Kent Road. 

Officers say a man was walking down the street with a friend when a car drove up and an occupant started shooting at them.

The man was taken to the University Hospital in Columbia with minor injuries, several parked cars in the area were also damaged.


Mexico MMA to be the Last Military Academy Left in Missouri14-Apr-2017

After 137 years the Wentworth Academy in Kansas City will be closing it's doors at the end of next month due to low enrollment and financial problems.

This will leave the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico as the only Military School in Missouri.

Tony McGeorge President of the Mexico Military Academy says it is uncertain whether they will see an increase due to Wentworth's closure. 

Even though enrollment is down this year President McGeorge says the MMA has a bright future as they have no debt and are very well endowed.


Smoke from Dominos Pizza Building in Mexico13-Apr-2017

A faulty furnace is to blame for smoke coming from the Dominos Pizza Building at 827 West Monroe in Mexico this (Thursday) morning. 

According to the manager it happened at about 9:15 this (Thursday) morning, she light smoke was coming from the building when Mexico Public Safety arrived on the scene.  

The manager says she was the only one in the building at the time and she is ok, and there was no damage. 

The store is back to business as usual.


New Mexico Mayor and New Council Member Sworn in11-Apr-2017


Election results are officially certified by the Mexico City Council and a new mayor is elected.

At last (Monday) nights meeting Chris Miller was unanimously elected to be Mexico's next Mayor.

Miller says he will work on making Mexico the best possible place to live. 

Miller was elected to serve a 1 year term as Mayor.

Steve Nichols was sworn back in as a member of the city council winning re-election. 

Ayanna Shivers is the newest elected member.

She says she would like to see more diversity on input to the council. 

Chris Williams was also re-elected to the position of Mayor-pro tem. 

As Mayor Pro-Tem Williams will fill in for the mayor if he is not available and also has the ability to call special meetings in the mayors absence.

New Mayor to be Elected at City Council Meeting10-Apr-2017

The Mexico City Council will have its regular monthly meeting tonight (Monday). 

On the agenda the election of a new Mayor and Chairman Pro Tem.

Plus the council will certify election results from last Tuesday April 4th. 

It starts at 7 pm and will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall at 300 North Coal Street. 

The public is encouraged to attend.


2 Arrested in Mexico Drug Bust07-Apr-2017

2  narcotics search warrants served  in Mexico leads to the arrest 2 people.

According to  the East Central Drug Task Force the first warrant was served at a residence along Audrain Road 375 where officers found meth and drug paraphernalia.

As a result 32 year old Roger Dale Schuck Junior was arrested. 

Police say the 2nd warrant was served at a house along Audrain Road 844,and led to the discovery of meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia leading to the arrest of   Shevon Marie Jackson of Mexico.

The warrants were served last (Thursday) night.


Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen in Mexico for Lunch and Speech07-Apr-2017

Tomorrow (Saturday) people will have an chance to have breakfast with Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen Nicole Jia.  

She will be at the Steinman's Banquet Hall in Mexico.

Ann Jolley Chairman of the Board for Miss Missouri says that Gia will be giving a speech about being selfless.  

The breakfast is from 8:30   until 10:30.  And Nicole Gia will be speaking at 9am.


Storm Knocks Down Mexico Little Dixie Fire District Radio Tower07-Apr-2017

A radio communication tower for the Little Dixie Fire Protection District in Mexico is knocked down during a recent storm. 

High winds from Tuesday nights thunderstorm knocked down the 150 tower located at Agricultural Street. 

Fire Chief Ken Hoover says even though the tower is down communication has not been hampered.

Hoover says a radio tower group out of St. Louis will be assessing the situation this (Friday) morning.  The cost is unknown at this time.


Book Signing at Audrain County Historical Society06-Apr-2017

Mexico resident and accomplished author Don Shire will be at the Audrain County Historical Society tonight for a book signing.

Shire is a 1952 graduate of the Mexico High School.

Shire explains how his latest book titled America Comes of Age Woodrow Wilson to Pearl Harbor begins. 

The signing will take place from 5 until 6:30 at the Audrain County Historical Society Building located at 501 South Muldrow in Mexico.


Mexico YMCA Senior Expo06-Apr-2017

A Senior Expo will be taking place at the Mexico YMCA today (Thursday).

Vendor booths will be set up with information on nutrition, health, and finances.

Lori Brando Executive Director of the Mexico Area YMCA says their will also be seminars offered.

The event takes place from 10 until 2 and is free.


Audrain School Tax Fails05-Apr-2017

In Audrain County the Mexico .61 cent school tax levy failed.  The final tally was 51% voting against the measure while 49% voting for.

On the School board Kelli Teel, Brian Rowe, and Dustin Pascoe were elected.

On the City Council it was Ayanna Shivers and Steve Nichols were the winners.


Mexico Public Safety04-Apr-2017

Mexico Public Safety responded to the following calls yesterday (Tuesday):

-A peace disturbance at 324 Howell Manor Court.

-Suspicious Activity at the corner of East Holt and Boulevard and 800 North Western.

-Animal abuse of neglect at 523 North Western.

-A physical domestic incident at East Whitley.

-An assault with no injuries at 1200 West Boulevard.

-A stealing or theft at 617 Mars.

-An ex-parte violation at 119 West Maple.

-A civil dispute at 1644 East Liberty.


Drivers Exam Station Closed03-Apr-2017

The Missouri State Highway Patrol announced the Mexico Driver's Examination Office will be closed tomorrow due to the election.

The office will reopen for regular business hours on Friday.


Mexico Public Safety03-Apr-2017

The Mexico Public Safety Department reports the following arrests for Friday 3/31/17

-28 year old Erica N. Hoffman on a warrant from the city of Mexico.


On Saturday the department reports the arrest of 38 year old Nicolas A. Zelk for stealing.

On Sunday Public Safety reports the arrest of 23 year old Austin L. Morris for 2nd degree assault.  

Also Sunday the department reports the arrest of 32 year old Shawn L. Raps on a city of Mexico warrant.

Mexico Public Safety responded to the following calls on Friday 3/31/17

-Suspicious Activity at 1115 North Clark and 521 East Breckenridge.

-An intoxicated person walking at 623 East Holt.

-A missing juvenile at 924 Latney.


The Department responded to the following calls on Saturday 4/1/17

-Suspicious Activity at 1515 South Calhoun

-A stealing or theft at 925 East Liberty and 1415 South Coal. and 617 Mars.

-Shop lifting at 4820 South Clark. 

-A verbal domestic dispute at 1106 South Coal.  

-A peace disturbance at 513 Fairground.


The department responded to the following calls on Sunday 4/2/17

-A stealing theft at 821 North Jefferson.  

-Harassment at 707 West Jackson.

-A stolen vehicle at 19 Rock Springs Drive.

-A civil dispute at 932 Carrico.

-A report of a person driving while intoxicated at 121 West Anderson.


Keller honored by MASA31-Mar-2017

Mexico Chamber of Commerce Director, Dana Keller was recently honored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators.

Keller was one of 8 individuals recognized for their contributions to education locally or statewide.

The Friends of Education Award is presented to non-educators of who have gone above and beyond to help students.

Keller was nominated for the award by school adminstrators in the Northeast MASA District.


Progress on Middle School Storm Selter30-Mar-2017



Mexico 3 car accident29-Mar-2017

A 3 car chain reaction accident with no injuries is being reported by the Mexico Public Safety Department.

According to the department it happened at the corner of Western and Muldrow. 

Apparently a car driven by Brennan Wells failed to pay attention and struck a car in front of him driven by Sara Jerles, which caused her to hit a car driven by Jeff Brown.

A ticket was issued to Wells for no insurance.


Mexico Public Safety29-Mar-2017

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the following calls yesterday (Tuesday). 

-Suspicious activity at 1400 Briarwood Place and 918 Carrico.

-A report of identity theft at 4820 South Clark.

-An accidental 911 call caused by a child playing with a phone at 411 South Missouri.

-A peace disturbance at 512 Robinhood.

-Threats at 1112 North Wade Apartment B.

-An unwanted subject at 602 West Love.

-Harassment at 700 West Jackson.

-Juvenile problems at 927 West Liberty.


Town Tax Levy Meeting for Mexico Schools28-Mar-2017

1 week to go until voters go to the polls and decide whether or not to approve a .61 cent tax levy increase being asked for by the Mexico School District. 

Superintendent Kevin Freeman spoke at the Mexico Middle School last (Monday) night. 

He says it was one more chance to talk to voters on why the increase is necessary. 

Freeman says if the levy does not pass programs and people will have to be cut.


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


Mexico School Board20-Mar-2017

The Mexico Public School Board of Education will meet tomorrow night.

On the agenda, there will be performances by the Jellybeans, and Andrew Kristofferson and Riley Given national qualifiers in the Speech and Debate competition.

There will be an update of the bond issue progress, and there will be discussion on the budget and salary schedule.

The board will adjourn to executive session following the public meeting.


Mexico Public Safety15-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 37 year old Larry R. Bird on a Callaway County Warrant and a Scott County Warrant.

Officers also investigated: 

-suspicious activity at 1521 North Jefferson and on East Promenade

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-stealing at 713 East Lafayette and at 800 North Western

-forgery at 802 East Breckenridge

-drug activity in progress at 707 West Jackson

-stolen vehicle at 920 Mars

-panic alarm at 420 West Promenade

-and a peace disturbance on Whitley.


Senior Center Raises $1500 in Sexy Legs Contest14-Mar-2017

A Mr. Sexy Legs contest raises over $1500.00 in donations for remodeling at the Mexico Senior Center.

The winner of the contest with the most in donations is KWWR's/KXEO's own DJ Greg Holman. 

Ione Bickell the Administrator of the Mexico Senior Center says the money will go towards new carpeting. 

Bickel says the remodeling is expected to be completed by the end of April.


Mexico Public Safety13-Mar-2017

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

44 year old Jodie Cordon on an Audrain County Warrant.

Officers investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 926 Garfield and at 813 Fairground

-structure fire at 713 Lafayette

-peace disturbances at 703 West Buchanan, 725 West Monroe and 828 West Monroe

-traffic accidents at 629 South Missouri and 420 West Monroe

-unwanted subjects at 828 Garfield

-stolen vehicle at 1901 Christopher

-burglar alarm on Audrain County Road 814

-scam at 152 South Webster

-civil dispute at 903 Woodlawn

-intoxicated Driver on Kelley Parkway

-physical domestic in the 1000 block of South Union

-and a verbal domestic in the 600 block of West Liberty


On Saturday Public Safety arrested 33 year old Derek Brinker for possession of a controlled substance and 2 counts of unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and 52 year old David Leonard for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, resisting arrest and driving while suspended.

Officers investigated:

-burglary not in progress at 1412 Dorcas

-burglary in progress at 615 South Missouri

-threats at 519 North Missouri and reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 615 South Missouri

-vehicle break in at 2510 Lakeview

-failure to yield on South Morris

-physical domestic in the 600 block of South Missouri

-non-injury assault at 812 East Holt

-suspicious activity at 4800 South Clark

-and an unwanted subject at 900 Vance Road.


On Sunday public safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 809 North Jefferson

-juvenile problems on Wonnemon Circle and in the 900 block of North Wade

-burglar alarm at 809 Medical Park Drive

-peace disturbances at 203 West Love and on North Jefferson

-domestic Verbal in the 1200 block of West Breckenridge

-stealing at 3001 South Clark

-and an unwanted subject at 408 West Maple.


Offutts win Dale H. Schnarre Award13-Mar-2017


The 43rd Annual Agricultural Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce was held on Saturday night.

The chamber hosts the dinner celebrating the farmers of Audrain County.  Each farm couple is hosted by a local business couple.

This years winners of the Dale H. Schnarre Rural Citizen Award were Joe and Dottie Offutt.

The Offutts farm around 250 acres of row crop including corn and soybeans.  They also manage a crossbreed cattle herd on the family farm where they have lived for 37 years.

Man and Dog Die In Mexico Fire10-Mar-2017

One person died in a fire in Mexico just after 3:00 this morning. [Friday]

Mexico Public Safety reports they responded to a fire at 713 East Lafayette, and found heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the building.  

72 year old Alvin Norman and his dog perished in the fire.  

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire, but there is no indication of foul play at this time.

The home was a one unit building owned by the Mexico Housing Authority.  The front room of the house sustained significant damage, with smoke and heat damage in the rest of the home.

There were working smoke detectors inside the home.


Mexico Public Safety10-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 24 year old Stephanie Albertenst on A Montgomery County warrant, and 32 year old Michael Kreitner on an Audrain County Warrant.

Officers also investigated:

-a burglary not in progress at 203 West Love

-fire alarm at 1416 West Breckenridge

-property damage at 921 Garfield and 1015 Emmons

-road hazard at 309 West Promenade

-fires at 803 East Monroe and 1305 West Breckenridge

-stealing at 1305 East Liberty

-civil dispute at 502 West Breckenridge

-domestic verbals in the 900 block of South Trinity and in the 1300 block of East Liberty

-peace disturbance on Lakeside Place

-harassment at 2709 South Clark

-careless driver on South Clark and at 920 Mars

-utility problem on West Breckenridge

-neighbor dispute at 1403 Springdale

-juvenile problems at 202 Summit

-suspicious activity at 506 North Kentucky

-and threats at 607 East Seminary


Agricultural Appreciation Dinner08-Mar-2017

The Chamber of Commerce will be having the 43rd annual Agriculture Appreciation Dinner this Saturday night March 11th.

Melanie Utterback Chairmen of the Ag Appreciation Committee says the winners of the Dale H. Schnarr award will be announced. 

The event will be held at the Mexico Knights of Columbus and will begin at 5:30.


Mexico Middle School Construction Update08-Mar-2017

Construction on the new storm shelter at the Mexico Middle School is on schedule and moving right along.

Work began a little over a month ago.

Middle School Principal Deb Haag says the dry weather has been good keeping the construction going.

Haag says people can follow the progress of the work on twitter.

The project is expected to be completed by the first day of school next year.


Audrain County Tornado Sirens to Activate at 1:0007-Mar-2017

Mexico Public Safety is reporting that today at 1:00 Audrain County Joint Communications will be sounding all outdoor warning sirens within the county and Mexico.

This will act as the monthly test conducted on the various warning systems in Audrain County.


Cortez Hearing06-Mar-2017

A hearing for a Mexico High School Band teacher accused of having inappropriate contact with a student took place in Audrain County Court today.

Judge Wesley Dalton heard testimony from Robert Cortez's attorney regarding DNA evidence being processed.

According to a probable cause statement, the 17 year old victim reported Cortez touched him inappropriately over his clothes while traveling to Columbia.

The abuse allegedly occurred several times in various places, but not on the property of the Mexico Public Schools.

The judge continued the trial setting to May 1.


Isaac Troy Signs Letter of Intent06-Mar-2017


Isaac Troy signs Letter of Intent to play at Central Methodist University.

"The reason why I chose Central Methodist is they have not only a great basketball program, but a great University. I really liked the size of the University and I knew I would fit in well. Whenever I made my official visit, they made me feel like I belonged at that school. They treated me as if I was already a student there. I am blessed for this opportunity I have received and I want to thank everyone who has helped me get here." -Isaac Troy

Mexico High School Students Advance to State Competition06-Mar-2017

The Mexico High School speech and theater students have broken records at the Missouri State High School Activities Administration district Speech, Debate and Theatre competition for the second year in a row.

Both the One Act and Readers Theatre groups will advance to the state competition with perfect scores from the judges.

In addition to the group performances, the school will send 6 individual qualifiers to the competition.  They include Andrew Kristofferson, Riley Given, Leon Brown, Kylie Yeast and Brook Ransom.


Mexico Public Safety06-Mar-2017

On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-burglar alarms at 625 Summit and at 2813 South Clark, 

-vandalism at 921 Garfield

-peace disturbance at 704 Macfarlane

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Boulevard, the 1000 block of East Liberty, the 4800 block of South Clark and at Plunkett Park

-stealing at 519 South Missouri and at 1012 East Lafayette

-intoxicated person at 117 West Monroe

-and harassment on West Anderson


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 19 year old Dylan R. Hayes on a Webster County Warrant.

Officers also investigated:

-peace disturbance on East Orange

-burglar alarm at 806 East Liberty and at 2813 South Clark

-careless driver on the Highway 54 bypass

-panic alarm at 414 East Bolivar

-threats at 805 North Jefferson

-and suspicious activity at 1300 South Elmwood


Mexico Public Safety03-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 4803 South Clark and 725 Lakeview

-civil dispute at 203 West Love and 1029 Emmons

-traffic accident at 4501 East Liberty

-peace disturbances at 909 West Breckenridge and 942 Michigan

-road hazard on South Clark

-trespassing at West Plaza Shopping Center

-domestic verbal in the 600 block of North Olive

-and a vehicle break-in at 639 North Wade.


MPSD Alerts Driver To Car Fire03-Mar-2017

A Mexico Public Safety officer stopped a car last night after noticing flames coming out of the bottom of the engine compartment.

The officer stopped the 1999 Pontiac on Agricultural, near Jackson Street, and informed the driver of the problem.  The driver noticed increased smoke.

The occupants of the car were evacuated while the officer located and extinguished the blaze.

It was determined pooling oil from a leak had ignited.

The car was towed with very little fire damage.  No one was injured.


Fire on Hazel01-Mar-2017

A cooking grill is thought to be the cause of a natural cover fire in the 600 block of Hazel just before 6:30 last night.

Fire crews responded to the home and found a resident had used a garden house to protect the house from the blaze.

The residents reported about 45 minutes before they fire they had been cooking out.  Gusting winds blew embers from the grill along the base of the house.

No one was injured and there was no property damage in the incident.


Mexico Public Safety01-Mar-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 23 year old Robert Brandon Pear for stealing and possession of a controlled substance.

Officers also investigated:

-physical domestic in the 200 block of East Whitley

-drug activity in progress at 1010 East Liberty

-peace disturbance at 900 Vance Road

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-civil dispute at 527 Pearson

-suspicious activity at 909 East Holt and 903 Lakeview

-shoplifting at 700 West Jackson

-fight in progress at 1127 Adams

-unlawful ATV operation at 1015 West Liberty

-burglar alarm at 1311 Ringo

-fires at 609 Hazel and 903 Lakeview

-domestic verbal in the 400 block of Yale

-and juvenile problems in the 1100 block of East Liberty


Mexico Shooting01-Mar-2017


A 24 year old was arrested after an early morning shooting in Mexico today.

According to Mexico Public Safety, officers responded to a home in the 200 block of East Boulevard to a disturbance with someone suffering a gunshot.

The investigation revealed Padre Lucas and the victim had allegedly been arguing throughout the night, ending with one person being shot in the leg.

The victim was taken by ambulance to University Hospital where they were treated and released.

Lucas was arrested on suspicion of second degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

City Council Tonight27-Feb-2017

The Mexico City Council will hold its monthly meeting tonight (Monday). 

On the agenda a request from Brick City Bad Boys for funds from the Mexico Tourism Board.

Also a resolution for the City Manager to execute an engineering service agreement with SFS Architecture for a preliminary aquatic facility design. 

The meeting starts at 7pm and will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is welcome to attend.


2 Arrested in Mexico Drug Busts24-Feb-2017


The East Central Drug Task Force has arrested 2 people after serving a search warrant at 608 South Coal Street in Mexico yesterday.

During the search, officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested were 27 year old David A. Fletcher and 34 year old Cory Knopik.

Both are charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

They were taken to the Audrain County Jail.

Audrain County Sheriff's Report24-Feb-2017

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1. Kenneth Paul Petska, age 29 of Mexico, on a Boone County arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and a Franklin County arrest warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while revoked.

2. Zachary David Branch, age 21 of Mexico for hindering prosecution of a felony.

3. Katherine Louise Feith, age 22 of Mexico for hindering prosecution of a felony.

4. and Prentice Nelson Calhoun, age 22 of Mexico on an Audrain County arrest warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while revoked.

Deputies investigated:

A 911 hang up call along Wylde Street in Benton City.

phone scam along Audrain Road 803.

identity theft along North Street in Martinsburg.

property damage  along Audrain Road 913.

and harassment along Audrain Road 989.

Comerzan Motion To Be Heard Today24-Feb-2017

A judge in a St. Charles Court will consider a motion to limit the number of uniformed law enforcement officers in the courtroom during the trial of Serghei Comerzan.

Charlie James, Comerzan's attorney, says the troopers are trying to send a message to the judge to influence him.  Additionally, he says it is a waste of taxpayer money for them to be present in the courtroom when it is not lawfully necessary.

Comerzan is charged with second degree murder of Missouri State Trooper James Bava on State Road FF in Audrain County in August of 2015.  Authorities allege Comerzan was speeding on his motorcycle, and when Bava gave chase he lost control of his vehicle.  He died in the crash.

The hearing is scheduled for 2:00.  His trial is scheduled for April.


Mexico Home Damaged By Fire24-Feb-2017

A home in Mexico sustained minor damage in a fire yesterday afternoon in the 800 block of Trinity.

Mexico Public Safety responded at around 3:23.  The residents reported a fire in the kitchen of the home about an hour before seeing smoke coming from an outside attic vent.

Fire crews found a small fire in the attic around the stove exhaust duct.  It was quickly contained and extinguished.

There were no injuries in the incident.


Mexico Public Safety24-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fight in progress at 935 West Buchanan

-suspicious activity at 1722 Huntingfield Drive, 522 Yale, 1600 Bassford and on South Clark

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-fire at 808 South Trinity

-shoplifting at 4820 South Clark

-missing juvenile in the 200 block of North Grand

-stealing at 121 West Anderson

-unwanted subject at 326 West Robinson

-and juvenile problems in the 600 block of East Monroe


3 Teens Injured After Accident23-Feb-2017

Three teens were injured after the driver  hit Wal-Mart in Mexico just before 8:00 last night.

According to a preliminary report from Mexico Public Safety, 19 year old Miranda Sutphin said she passed out before she hit the building.

Sutphin, Kelly Maggard and Bianca Westfall, both 17 years old, were taken by Audrain Ambulance District  to SSM Health Audrain for what appeared to be minor injuries.  All three were treated and released.

Wal-Mart had a bay door and nearby pole in the automotive department damaged in the crash.


Mexico Public Safety23-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 25 year old Ashley Becker for 4th degree assault and 1st degree trespassing.

Officers also investigated:

-shots fired at 510 South Washington

-burglary in progress at 621 Yale

-traffic accident on Summit

-civil dispute at 812 South Union

-suspicious activity at 725 East Monroe and at Plunkett Park

-fire on Mansfield 

-fraud at 920 Mars

-missing juvenile in the 900 block of Latney

-unwanted subject at 615 South Missouri

-careless driver on Green Boulevard and at 4820 South Clark

-burglar alarm at 2875 South Clark

-harassment at 420 West Monroe

-and trespassing at 621 Yale.


Mexico Woman Faces Federal Indictment23-Feb-2017

Nine people, including a Mexico woman have been arrested in connection to a multi-state drug trafficking conspiracy.

33 year old Louetta Dorsey was arrested yesterday when police and federal agents made a series of early morning raids in the St. Louis and Hannibal areas.

A federal grand jury handed down an indictment against 13 men and women in December.  It was unsealed yesterday just before the arrests began.

According to the 19 page indictment, 45 year old Tyrone Williams of Hannibal and 31 year old Justin Woodson of St. Louis would obtain cocaine in Austin Texas and bring it to St. Louis where they hired couriers to transport the drugs to Hannibal where it was converted to crack cocaine for distribution.

Additionally the indictment alleges members of the conspiracy also distributed heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine in the Hannibal area, and in Eastern Missouri.

Dorsey went before a federal magistrate yesterday, and is being detained pending a detention hearing tomorrow.


Mexico Public Safety22-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-unwanted subjects at 1114 North Clark and 115 West Promenade

-traffic accidents on South Clark and on North Western

-domestic verbals in the 1100 block of North Clark

-civil disputes at 812 South Union and reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-scam at 2751 South Clark

-vehicle break in reported to 300 North Coal

-physical domestics in the 200 block of North Alabama and in the 100 block of North Mississippi

-utility problem at 3130 West Orange

-natural gas odor at 705 East Love

-drug activity in progress at 806 East Liberty

-suspicious activity at 2920 Lake Road

-and a search warrant served at 19 Marine Drive.


Mexico School Board Approves Cuts22-Feb-2017

The Mexico School Board votes to cut the budget next year by approximately three hundred fifty thousand  dollars. 

Mexico Schools Superintendent Kevin Freeman says one the biggest cuts is to cap insurance at 95%. 

Some of the other cuts include cutting back to paying half of employees memberships to the YMCA.

Freeman says the board also voted to operate the salary schedule.

The Board voted 7-0 to  make the cuts to next years budget.


One Arrested in Drug Bust22-Feb-2017


The East Central Drug Task Force arrested one person in Mexico while serving a search warrant on Marine Drive.

According to the Audrain County Sheriff's Office, officers seized methamphetamine, pharmaceuticals, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

18 year old Chase Melton was taken into custody on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance in a protected location, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a public nuisance, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Melton was taken to the  Audrain County Jail.

SSM Audrain Offering 3D Mammograms22-Feb-2017

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain is now offering 3D mammography technology to aid in earlier detection.

Kristy Hopper, manager of medical imaging services for the hospital says 3D Mammography allows the radiologist to better distinguish masses or tissues that could be cancerous.

The American Cancer Society recommends annual screening and breast examination for women beginning at age 40.


Ag Appreciation Dinner21-Feb-2017

The deadline for sponsoring a farm couple at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Appreciation dinner is Friday.

The dinner is held to gratitude to Audrain County's farm community.

This year's dinner will be held March 11 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mexico.

The cost to sponsor a couple is $75 and includes 4 meals. Two for the host business couple and 2 for the farm couple.

Reservations should be submitted as soon as possible, as space is limited.


Mexico Public Safety21-Feb-2017

Yesterday, public safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 610 Mars, 621 North Clark, 1114 North Clark, 1408 North Jefferson and 510 South Washington

-burglar alarm at 209 East Jackson

-stealing at 915 South Trinity

-careless driver on Highway 54

-physical domestics in the 800 block of North Western and in the 600 block of South Missouri

-juvenile problems in the 1000 block of West Liberty

-fraud at 3001 South Clark

-traffic accidents at 206 North Western and at 920 East Jackson

-threats at 502 East Seminary

-and a sexual assault in the 1800 block of Springdale Court


School Board to meet tonight21-Feb-2017

The Mexico School Board will meet tonight in the boardroom at Central Office.

On the agenda, a progress report will be given on the bond issue, that is paying for improvements at schools throughout the district, including an expenditures report.

Plans for the summer of this year will be a topic conversation, as well as the budget and health insurance.

An executive session will follow the regular meeting to discuss personnel issues and the hiring of administrators.

The regular meeting is at 7:00 and is open to the public.


Weekend Fires in Mexico20-Feb-2017

Several weekend fires in Mexico leaves one home with major heat and smoke damage. 

According to the Mexico Public Safety Department on Saturday at around 11:34 am on Tripoli Drive,  a fire was reported in the kitchen, to a car and a carport.

A nearby shed also received minor damage and a neighboring home was damaged by the heat.  The cause is still under investigation. 

No injuries were reported. 

Then on Saturday at 1:41pm the department responded to Venus Street, where grass burning spread to a neighbors yard. 

That fire was contained and extinguished with no building damage and no injuries.


Mexico Public Safety17-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-scams at 620 West Boulevard and 1001 West Monroe

-careless drivers on West Boulevard, on East Boulevard and at 1109 East Anderson

-sexual assault in the 1100 block of North Western

-drug activity in progress at 639 North Wade

-domestic verbal in the 4400 block of Rivers Drive

-stealing at 4820 South Clark

-missing juvenile in the 2300 block of Park Crest

-unwanted subject at 911 Tyronn Lue Boulevard

-and a burglary not in progress at 1110 North Western


Mexico Public Safety16-Feb-2017

On Tuesday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 32 year old Alecia Schmitz for stealing.

Yesterday, Public Safety investigated:

-peace disturbance at 502 West Boulevard

-drug activity in progress at 203 West Love

-scam at 1800 North Clark

-Careless driver on East Liberty

-threats at 615 South Missouri

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-road hazard on West Liberty

-unwanted subject at 1305 West Breckenridge

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Liberty

-and suspicious activity at 915 West Monroe and at 19 Marine Drive


Mexico Public Safety15-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-physical domestic in the 1500 block of South Calhoun

-stealing at 1220 East Promenade, 1800 North Clark and reported to 300 North Coal

-suspicious activity at 1015 East Liberty, 100 East Jackson and 1122 North Clark

-shoplifting at 623 East Holt

-non-injury assault reported to 300 North Coal

-and a neighbor dispute at 1305 East Liberty


Mexico Street Closings15-Feb-2017

The City of Mexico will be closing 2 streets in tomorrow and Friday.

The city reports Monroe Street west of Olive will be closed for concrete repairs in the east bound lane until tomorrow evening.

On Friday, North Missouri Street will be closed during business hours to paint a cross walk.

For more information, visit the city of Mexico website.


Mexico Public Safety14-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-threats at 900 Vance Road

-burglar alarm at 201 North Abat

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-identity theft reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 420 West Monroe

-missing juvenile in the 1200 block of Curtis

-shots fired at 1321 North Olive

-traffic accident at 4820 South Clark

-fire on West Boulevard

-property damage at 4224 South Clark

-shoplifting at West Plaza Shopping Center

-civil dispute at 915 North Jefferson

-and a road hazard on South Clark


Refuse Rates to increase in Mexico14-Feb-2017

Mexico residents will have a rate increase on the refuse rates by only a dime.

The Mexico City Council voted on the increase at last (Monday) nights monthly meeting.  

Mexico Mayor Greg Miller says it is less than anticipated. 

The rate increase will take effect on April 1st this year.


Rick Harrison, Pawn Stars, In Mexico14-Feb-2017

A local steakhouse feeds a national reality television star over the weekend.

Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars stopped in Andrea C Steakhouse in Mexico on Friday night.

It is reported that Harrison was in town to visit his grandson who attends the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. 

Owner and Head Chef at Andrea C Roger Longcaric says he didn't even know it was Harrison at first.

Longaric says he has had several celebrities eat dinner at Andrea C, including former St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher Chris Carpenter, and Former Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel.  

KXEO's Matt Pilger spoke with Harrison about his experience in Mexico.  Tune in at 5:00 to hear what he had to say.


Soft Surroundings Ribbon Cutting14-Feb-2017


Soft Surroundings in Mexico had a ribbon cutting for their new 300 thousand square foot facility.

The distribution center will employ around 150 people and will ship orders to all 50 states and Canada.  Additionally, the center will distribute products to all 43 Soft Surroundings retail stores nationwide.

Bowls For BRIGHTFutures13-Feb-2017

Students in the Mexico School District will be making ceramic bowls to help raise money for BRIGHTfutures.

Mexico Middle School, High School and the High School FCCLA will host the event on March 7, from 4:30 to 7 in the Mexico High School Cafeteria.

Attendees will choose a handmade bowl, then eat a meal from the bowl, which they will then be allowed to keep.  

Free will donations will be accepted.

There will also be other art items available for raffle.


Fire on Love Street in Mexico13-Feb-2017

On Saturday Mexico Public Safety responded to the 700 block of East Love street after a resident reported seeing smoke coming from under their porch.

Fire crews found small fire in a much bed that had spread and had begun to burn the bottom the porch.

The fire was extinguished with minor damage.  No injuries were reported.

Public Safety is warning residents that most grass and brush are still in their dormant stage and will burn easily.  When combined with already low amounts of precipitation, fire risks are higher than normal.  Citizens are reminded to have a water source nearby when burning yard waste, and recreational fires should be kept confined.


Mexico man Arrested13-Feb-2017

A Mexico man was arrested yesterday on multiple charges, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

37 year old Nicholas Zelk was taken into custody on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, failure to register a motor vehicle, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, and being a prior offender of being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Zelk was taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Mexico Public Safety13-Feb-2017

On Sunday, Public Safety arrested 31 year old Michael Kreitner for Possession of a controlled substance and 57 year old Douglas Jennings for Domestic Assault in the 2nd degree.

Officers investigated:

-domestic verbal in the 1200 block of West Breckenridge

-burglar alarm at 620 East Monroe

-missing person at 410 East Orange

-suspicious activity at 1423 South Calhoun and at 606 Mars

-traffic accident on the Highway 54 bypass

-stealing at 4820 South Clark

-neighbor dispute at 320 Howell Manor Court

-trespassing at 420 West Monroe

-physical domestic in the 100 block of South Kentucky

-and drug activity in progress at 4224 South Clark


Mexico Man sentenced in Fulton10-Feb-2017

A Mexico man has been sentenced to 4 years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to felony stealing a drug charges in a Callaway County Court.

32 year old Wade Wilkerson admitted he shoplifted from a Fulton business last July.  The offence was enhanced based on Wilkerson's previous convictions for stealing.

Additionally, he admitted to possessing meth during an arrest on an outstanding warrant in October of 2015 in an unrelated case.


Mexico Public Safety10-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 21 year old Tray A. Reynolds on a Vandalia P.D. Warrant.

Officers investigated:

-traffic accidents on South Clark, on North Western and on West Love

-fraud at 4820 South Clark

-domestic verbal in the 900 block of Carrico

-a utility problem at 720 South Olive

-and suspicious activity at 602 Mars.


Mexico Man Arrested in Fulton Drug Bust08-Feb-2017


The Fulton Police Department and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force served a search warrant in a Fulton hotel late last night, resulting in the arrest of 2 people.

During the investigation of the room at the Baymont Inn and Suites on Cardinal drive, officers found drugs, paraphernalia and a firearm.

Arrested were 36 year old Jeffrey Lage of Mexico and 26 year old Andrew Rotter of Holts Summit.  Both were in the room at the time the warrant was served.

Lage and Rotter are being held on suspicion of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mexico Public Safety08-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 420 West Monroe, 1010 East Liberty and on Hendricks

-careless driver at 1200 West Boulevard

-identity theft at 1028 East Monroe and reported to 300 North Coal

-domestic verbals in the 500 block of Yale, the 100 block of West Anderson and in the 800 block of North Western

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 1115 South Calhoun

-exparte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-burglary in progress at 1300 Ringo

-and threats reported to 300 North Coal


Two Retire From Audrain Crime Stoppers08-Feb-2017


Two people were presented with plaques commemorating their service to the Audrain County Crime Stopper Program.

Former Commissioner Tom Groves and Former Sheriff Stuart Miller were honored this morning at Mexico Public Safety.

Mexico Public Safety Chief Susan Rockett reports Groves and Miller have been on the board since it's inception in 1992, and it has been an honor to work with them

Sheriff Matt Oller says he would like to see crime stopper utilized more.  If you have information on a crime you can call 1-800-392-TIPS (8477) anonymously.

Mayweather Arrested After Fleeing From Officers07-Feb-2017

One person is in custody after running from officers in Mexico yesterday [Monday] morning.

According to Major Brice Mesko with Mexico Public Safety, officers attempted a traffic stop near the intersection of South Western and Hisey for traffic violations, and the driver possible having outstanding warrants.

The driver, identified as 32 year old James Mayweather, of Mexico, fled from the vehicle on foot.  He was arrested two blocks away.  

He is facing charges of driving while suspended and resisting arrest.


Mexico Public Safety07-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 32 year old James Mayweather on 3 Audrain County warrants, resisting arrest and driving while suspended.  

Officers investigated:

-suspicious activity at 1010 East Liberty, 620 East Monroe, 610 West Jackson, 815 East Liberty, 716 East Breckenridge, 609 Yale, 420 West Monroe and on south Union

-unattended vehicle on Arch Drive

-careless drivers at 802 East Breckenridge, on Highway 54 and on Hazel Place

-vehicle break ins at 4 Monroe Place, 1345 Saturn and 600 North Wade

-peace disturbance at 909 West Breckenridge

-panic alarm at 420 West Promenade

-property damage at 1312  South Jefferson and 4224 South Clark

-civil dispute reported to 300 North Coal

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview 

-fire at 725 West Love

-non-injury assault at 701 West Buchanan

-stealing at 1406 Saturn

-traffic accident on East Liberty

-burglary in progress at 1014 Latney

-and an unwanted subject at 1014 Latney


Mexico Grass Fire06-Feb-2017

No one was injured in A Mexico grass fire yesterday. [Sunday]

Mexico Public Safety reports fire crews responded to the 800 block of Craig Street when a resident who was burning yard waste lost control of the blaze when a large patch of pine needles ignited, and spread beyond the residents control.

The fire was extinguished without damage to any structures.


Mexico Public Safety06-Feb-2017

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 54 year old Kathleen Siebert on a St. Louis Warrant.

Officers investigated:

-a fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-stolen vehicles at 523 North Western and on West Liberty

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-traffic accidents at 420 West Jackson, 2751 South Clark and 4820 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 815 East Liberty and on Webster

-shoplifting at West Plaza Shopping Center

-vehicle fire 1200 West Boulevard

-juvenile problems on Sunset Lane

-property damage at 4224 South Clark

-civil dispute at 1210 North Jefferson

-trespassing at 4820 South Clark

-and stealing at 610 West Jackson


On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-a burglar alarm at 1311 Ringo

-traffic accident at 109 West Monroe

-kidnapping in the 400 block of Friendship Drive

-suspicious activity at 500 East Holt and 925 East Jackson

-property damage at 322 Eastholm

-and drug activity in progress at 605 South Coal.


On Sunday, officers investigated:

-suspicious activity at 527 West Maple and 904 Latney

-property damage at 615 South Washington

-burglar alarm at 707 West Monroe

-intoxicated person at 500 North Washington

-fire at 820 North Craig

-threats at 17 Marine Drive and at 817 West Love

-domestic verbal on Jubel Drive

-road hazard on Neptune

-stolen vehicle at 1010 East Liberty

-carbon monoxide alarm at 805 South Calhoun

-physical domestics in the 600 block of South Missouri and in the 900 block of Trinity

-harassment on East Love

-and stealing at 601 Carson.


CTA Turkey Turnover Dinner03-Feb-2017

The Mexico Community Teachers Association is hosting a Turkey Turnover dinner tonight before the Bulldog's Courtwarming game.

The dinner will be held from 4 to 7 at the Mexico High School Cafeteria.  

Proceeds from the dinner will help find scholarships for local students.


Mexico Public Safety03-Feb-2017

Yesterday Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 121 South Jefferson

-civil dispute at 121 Pleasant

-utility problem on East Anderson

-trespassing at 2813 South Clark

-exparte violation in the 2700 block of South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 1500 block of South Coal

-traffic accident on South Agricultural

-drug activity not in progress at 213 West Love

-burglary not in progress at 1990 Huntingfield Court

-and threats at 1521 Kent  Road


Job Shadowing02-Feb-2017


Four Sophomores from Mexico High School are spending the day job shadowing officers from Mexico Public Safety today.

Dustin Johnston chose to to shadow the officers today out of respect:

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Johnston continues by saying that out of high school he wants to go into law enforcement, and has a plan to put his future goals into action.

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Johnston was joined at the station today by classmates Jacob Walker, Kiambra Coley and Alan Ventura.

Mexico Public Safety02-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 23 year old Steffan D. Osman on an Audrain County Warrant.

Officers investigated:

-suspicious activity at 2168 Jubel Drive

-wrong way driver at 119 South Jefferson

-shoplifting at 2813 South Clark

-non-injury assault at 639 North Wade

-careless driver on West Monroe

-traffic accident on West Boulevard

-displaying a weapon at 619 South Missouri

-utility problem at 221 North Missouri

-juvenile problems on North Clark

-and a peace disturbance at 17 Marine Drive.


Mexico Public Safety01-Feb-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 18 year old Kimmeisha T. Watts on an Audrain County Warrant.

Officers investigated:

-a domestic verbal in the 600 block of East Seminary

-suspicious activity at 600 North Jeffries and on West Robinson

-attempted burglary at 530 West Hendricks

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-stealing at 1415 South Coal

-traffic accident on West Boulevard

-property damage at 113 East Monroe and 4224 South Clark

-fight in progress at 1008 Latney and 1014 Latney

-vehicle break in at 713 East Lafayette

-and a peace disturbance at 1166 Jubel Drive.


Mexico Public Safety31-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 19 year old David Spencer Johnson on a Boone County Warrant.

They also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 2510 Lakeview, 930 West Liberty, 601 Mars, 101 North Western, 1305 East Liberty, on East Holt and at Lakeview Park

-property dispute reported to 300 North Coal

-harassment at 4820 South Clark and on Jubel Drive

-property damage at 1010 East Liberty and 4224 South Clark

-abandoned vehicle at 300 West Promenade

-juvenile problems in the 1400 block of North Olive

-civil dispute on West Breckenridge

-unwanted subject at 121 West Anderson

-and a domestic verbal in the 1000 block of North Washington.


Mexico Fire30-Jan-2017

No one was injured in a house fire on Emmons Street in Mexico last night. [Sunday]

Upon arrival, fire personnel found flames coming from an attic vent and beginning to burn through the wall in the front of the house.  The fire was contained with the front wall suffering significant damage.

The residents of the home report smelling burning plastic in the home before their neighbor came to tell them of the fire in the attic.  They had been having problems with the circuit breakers in the house.


Mexico Public Safety30-Jan-2017

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 33 year old Tisha Steenrod on a failure to appear warrant out of Clay County on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance.  She is being held without bond.

Officers investigated:

-juvenile problems on North Western

-trespassing at 426 West Love

-unwanted subject at 1305 East Liberty

-displaying a weapon at 1200 West Boulevard

-threats at 1305 East Liberty

-careless driver on Highway 54

-peace disturbance at 121 West Anderson

-suspicious activity at 419 West Central, 4800 South Clark, 625 Muldrow and 930 West Liberty

-and a fire alarm at 920 Mars.


On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-drug activity not in progress at 117 West Monroe

-unwanted subject at 19 Rock Springs

-juvenile problems in the 600 block of Carson

-suspicious activity at 1535 East Liberty, 519 North Western, 608 East Bolivar, and 600 North Jeffries

-traffic accidents on South Clark, on Highway 54 and reported to 300 North Coal

-panic alarm at 1924 Cherry

-peace disturbances at 1411 North Olive and 618 North Craig

-and a property dispute reported to 300 North Coal.


On Sunday Public Safety investigated:

-2266 Jubel Drive

-careless driver on Highway 54

-road hazard at 1535 East Liberty

-juvenile problems on North Jefferson

-property dispute at 614 South Union

-suspicious activity at 815 East Liberty and on South Morris

-physical domestic in the 4200 block of South Clark

-and a structure fire at 934 Emmons


Mexico School District New Superintendent Announced 30-Jan-2017

The next superintendent of the Mexico School District is announced this (Monday) afternoon.  

It is Dr. Zachary Templeton who has been the Assistant Superintendent for the last 5 years. 

The position became open when current Superintendent Kevin Freeman announced he would be retiring from the district to take another job at the end of the school year. 

Dr.  Templeton will assume his new role beginning July 1st. 


Frazier to Offer Guitar Lessons27-Jan-2017

Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico has announced Grady Frazier will be offering guitar lessons at their facility.

The Mexico native has been playing the guitar since the eighth grade.  The singer-songwriter has been signed with unlabeled records.

Frazier will host his lessons on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 for people ages 7 and up.

Cost is 30 dollars for a half hour lesson.


Mexico Public Safety27-Jan-2017

Yesterday Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A physical domestic in the 1500 block of West

-traffic hazards on South Muldrow and on South Clark

-domestic verbal in the 300 block of West Anderson

-stealing at 1305 East Liberty and reported to 300 North Coal

-suspicious activity at 221 East Whitley

-traffic accident at 2783  South Clark

-fire at 1305 East Liberty

-and a careless driver at 2783 South Clark


Mexico Public Safety26-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 43 year old Matthew L. Lucas on 2 City warrants.

Officers also investigated:

-burglar alarms at 2875 South Clark and 4655 East Liberty

-suspicious activity at 645 West Monroe and 708 East Love

-civil disputes at 27 Rock Springs and 800 North Western

-panic alarm at 310 Jefferson Road

-unwanted subject at 321 Howell Manor Court

-stolen vehicles at 27 Rock Springs and reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 820 North Western

-and careless driver North Kentucky.


MPSD Reports New Scam26-Jan-2017

Mexico Public Safety was recently notified of a new scam residents should be aware of.

Major Brice Mesko reports officers were alerted to the citizen receiving a phone call claiming to be from a large employer in the area.  The caller already had the citizen's name, address and the last 4 digits of their social security number.

They told the citizen they were interested in hiring the person and needed additional information for the personnel department including their date of birth and complete social security number.

Citizens are reminded to never provide identifying information to a caller or a source you are unsure of.


Mexico Salt Supply Replenished25-Jan-2017

The City of Mexico is stocked up again on salt after treating roads recently.

Mexico Public Works Director Kinsey Russell says they have used around 100 tons of the salt over the past 2 storms. 

Russell says they just purchased another 50 tons of the product after the last storm. 

On average in a year the city goes through 120 to 130 tons of the salt, this year so far they have gone through approximately 100 tons.


4 Arrested in Audrain Drug Bust24-Jan-2017


The East Central Drug Task Force arrested 4 people last night after serving a search warrant in the 21 thousand block of Audrain Road 322.

The search uncovered methamphetamine, pharmaceuticals, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Arrested were 51 year old Kenneth Lee Day for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a public nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, 43 year old Stacie Dawn Day for possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a public nuisance, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, 39 year old Deanna Lynn Parrott for 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and 23 year old Dakota Jon Revels for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

All four were taken to the Audrain County Jail.

Good Year For Mexico Housing24-Jan-2017

A housing report shows a good year for Mexico in 2016.

Mexico City Manager Bruce Slagle says there were a total of 32 new housing units built last year. 

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Slagle says jobs and business's are several things important to a city when someone is looking to relocate.

Mexico Public Safety24-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 39 year old Wendy S. Reno on A Marion County Warrant.

Officers also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 1714 Ashley Street

-fire alarms at 4655 East Liberty and 1416 West Breckenridge

-drug activity in progress at 2783 South Clark

-traffic accident at 2900 Dorelli Lane

-peace disturbance at 612 West Robinson

-and a burglary in progress at 920 Garfield


Mexico Public Safety23-Jan-2017

On Saturday, Public Safety arrested 35 year old Jerry McDonald for driving while intoxicated.

The department investigated:

-a careless driver at 112 East Monroe

-burglar alarms at 1600 Bassford, 1655 Bassford and 400 South Muldrow

-domestic verbals in the 900 block of Carrico and the 700 block of Yale

-suspicious activity at 800 North Western, 315 North Abat and 714 Yale

-drug activity not in progress at 821 Garfield

-physical domestics in the 700 block of Holt, the 1300 block of Chickadee, in the 800 block of Garfield and the 1300 block of Ringo

-stealing at 206 North Western

-fire alarm at 1416 Breckenridge

-peace disturbance at 2902 South Clark

-road hazard at 620 South Clark

-drug activity in progress at 952 Carrico

-and animal abuse at 1204 South Clark


On Sunday, officers investigated:

-peace disturbances at 828 West Monroe, 1719 South Clark and on North Abat

-abandoned vehicle at 503 West Monroe

-careless driver on the Highway 54 Bypass

-harassment at 1030 Teal Lake Road

-juvenile problems in the 400 block of West Vine and the 100 block of Pleasant 

-child abuse in the 800 block of West Buchanan

-suspicious activity at 202 West Liberty

-and fraud at 503 West Monroe.


Dye Honored At Chamber Banquet21-Jan-2017


Longtime Mexico resident Jim Dye was honored at last night's Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce Dinner with the Stribling Community Service Award.

The award is the highest honor given by the chamber.  

Dye is a partner in the real estate firm, Peak, Dye and Associates.  

He has been a part of numerous organizations within the community in addition to being a part of several cancer boards around the state, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Freeman Leaving Mexico Schools20-Jan-2017

After 10 year in the Mexico School District, Superintendent Kevin Freeman has accepted a poition with the Department of Elementary and Secondary education.

The decision was announced during a closed session of the Board of Education.  The administration team was made aware yesterday according to a release, then the school district as a whole through an e-mail.

Freeman's last day with the Mexico district will be June 30, when he will then begin his new role as Director of the Missouri School Improvement Program.


Mexico Public Safety20-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 37 year old Frederick N. Berg on a LaSalle County, Illinois warrant.

Public Safety also investigated:

-an abandoned vehicle at 600 Green Boulevard

-missing person in the 600 block of Yale

-non injury assaults at 1200 West Boulevard and reported to 300 north Coal

-indecent behavior on Ringo

-domestic verbal in the 100 block of West Monroe

-scam at 425 North Missouri

-physical domestic in the 400 block of East Bolivar

-and suspicious activity on Highway 15, at 420 West Monroe and at 1714 Ashley Street.


Illinois Man Hit By Car In Mexico19-Jan-2017

An Illinois man is recovering after being hit by a car on South Clark in Mexico last night.

Mexico Public Safety reports upon arrival they found 57 year old Eldred Sellers Jr. was walking across the street and was in the center turning lane when he was hit by a Toyota SUV driven by 41 year old Christopher Peak, of Mexico.

Peak was not injured in the accident. Sellers was taken to University Hospital by Audrain Ambulance, where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries.


Mexico Public Safety19-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 18 year old Chase A. Melton on an Audrain County Warrant.

They also investigated:

-physical domestic in the 900 block of Grove

-domestic verbal in the 1800 block of North Clark and on Marine Drive

-road hazard at 700 West Jackson

-missing person in the 1300 block of Omar

-child abuse in the 600 block of East Holt and at West Plaza Shopping Center

-suspicious activity at 904 Latney and on North Olive

-traffic accident at 1123 West Street

-peace disturbance  at 1852 Country Place Court

-fire alarm at 300 South Morris

-property damage at 4820 South Clark

-careless driver West Liberty

-and trespassing at 300 South Morris


Mexico Public Safety18-Jan-2017

Yesterday Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-stealing at 1109 East Liberty

-suspicious activity at 806 East Liberty

-peace disturbance at 324 Howell Manor Court

-and a structure fire at 106 Josephine.


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.


Comerzan Trial Set06-Jan-2017

The trial for a man accused of causing the death of a Missouri State Trooper is set for April 10.

Serghei Comerzan is facing multiple charges, including second degree murder for the death of Trooper James Bava.  Authorities allege he was speeding on a motorcycle when Trooper Bava crashed while giving chase on State Road FF in Audrain County in 2015.

Comerzan was granted a change of venue last month from Audrain to St. Charles County.


Mexico Public Safety06-Jan-2017

On Wednesday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 58 year old Robert Jennings on a Jefferson City Warrant.

Yesterday Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 915 South Trinity and 509 park

-traffic accidents on Lakeview Road, on Quantico Road and at 639 North Wade

-drug activity in progress at 3602 South Clark

-careless driver at 729 South Jefferson

-trespassing at Lakeview Park

-non-injury assault at 1003 North Clark

-threats at 620 East Monroe

-road hazard on South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 400 block of West Vine

-and an unwanted subject at 1003 North Clark


Fire on Mexico Gravel05-Jan-2017

One hundred twenty thousand dollars in damage is being estimated to an apartment complex at 2811 Mexico Gravel Road this (Thursday) morning.

According to the Columbia Fire Department the cause was a result of attended cooking and originated in the kitchen around 12:18 am.  

There were a total of 22 occupants in the building.

One dog died, however there were no other reported injuries.


MoDOT Travel Advisory05-Jan-2017

The Missouri Department of Transportation issued a travel advisory for this morning.  MoDOT is recommending only traveling if it is necessary through rush hour today.

The MoDOT traveler map is showing all major roadways in the listening area to still be partly covered or covered after recent snow fall.

To get current road conditions, visit traveler.modot.org/map


Mexico Public Safety04-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-physical domestic in the 500 block of Yale

-leave without pay at 4787 East Liberty

-traffic accidents on Lakeview and at 1605 South Elmwood

-unlawful ATV operation on South Washington

-burglar alarm at 1002 West Monroe

-burglary in progress at 115 North Alabama

-suspicious activity on Old Farm Road East and at 324 Howell Manor Court

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-and a civil dispute at 925 South Trinity


Winter Weather Advisory04-Jan-2017

The National Weather Service has issued  a winter weather advisory beginning at 9:00 this evening and continuing until noon tomorrow.

In the most recent predictions, the snow will begin between 7:00 and 10:00 this evening and will continue through the overnight hours and into morning.  Accumulation is expected to be 2 to 3 inches in most places and reaching 4 inches in some areas.

The wintry precipitation will result in hazardous travel conditions, especially on bridges, overpasses, and untreated roads.


Mexico Public Safety03-Jan-2017

Yesterday, Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 321 Clay and 510 West Jackson

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-vehicle break ins at 601 Carson and 523 North Wade

-wrong way driver on South Clark

-burglar alarm at 1001 West Monroe

-fraud at 829 North Kentucky

-civil dispute at 707 West Monroe

-shoplifting at 2935 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 1500 block of Lakeview

-domestic verbal in the 1000 block of Latney

-and a fire alarm at 620 East Monroe.


MPSD Welcomes New Officer03-Jan-2017


Mexico Public Safety has hired a new officer that was sworn into his position this morning.

This is Isaiah LeMasters first position in law enforcement.  He is a recent graduate of the Law Enforcement Training Center at Moberly Area Community College.  

LeMasters says he is from the Middletown area, and spent alot of time in Mexico with his family.  He reports he is excited to learn and serve the community to the best of his ability.

Major Brice Mesko says they are excited to have him as part of the team.

LeMasters will spend the first few months with Public Safety doing field training with another officer.

Richardson Charged With Attempted Murder03-Jan-2017

Audrain County Prosecutor, Jacob Shellabarger, has confirmed formal charges have been filed against a Mexico man accused of shooting  21 year old Allen Williams twice in the back.

According to the charging documents, 22 year old Daryl Richardson is charged with attempted murder in the second degree, assault in the first degree, and 2 counts of armed criminal action.

Richardson is being held in the Audrain County Jail without bond, and was scheduled for arraingment at 10:00 this morning.

Williams was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where he was treated and released.


One in Custody for Mexico Shooting02-Jan-2017


One person is in custody after a shooting at Howell Manor Court in Mexico yesterday afternoon.

Major Brice Mesko with Mexico Public Safety reports officers responded to the area to a disturbance.

The investigation revealed Daryl Richardson of Mexico had been in a verbal argument with the 25 year old unidentified victim.  According to the statement, Richardson allegedly shot the other man twice as he was walking away.

Richardson was located with the help of citizens 4 blocks away minutes after the shooting.

He is being accused of armed criminal action and first degree assault.

The victim was taken to University Hospital.  His condition is currently unknown.

Room at the Inn02-Jan-2017

A Room At The Inn, an overnight shelter in Mexico, opened their doors yesterday.

The shelter will remain open through February 28, and is located at the Mid-Missouri Evangelistic Center.

Nightly check in time is from 7 to 8, with check out by 7AM.

The shelter is for individuals and family.

It is operated by the Audrain County Shelter Resource Coalition.


Shed Fire in Mexico02-Jan-2017

No one was injured when A shed caught fire in the 100 block of South Alabama in Mexico yesterday afternoon.

Fire crews responded just after 5:00 and found a shed fully engulfed in flames.

The fire was extinguished without any of the surrounding buildings being destroyed.

The shed and it's contents were a total loss.

The fire apparently started from embers in a nearby fire pit that had been used the night before.


Mexico Public Safety22-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-physical domestics in the 600 block of East Holt, the 2900 block of Lake Road and the 1000 block of Fieldcrest

-vehicle break in at 1009 King Road

-harassment at 2127 West Monroe

-stealing at 117 West Monroe

-burglar alarms at 808 Concordia and 1805 Paris Road

-traffic accident on South Washington

-property damage at 1833 Cherry

-suspicious activity at 1327 Pinelawn and 409 Woodlawn

-found property at 2875 South Clark

-and a domestic verbal in the 1300 block of West Breckenridge


Batteries and Bulbs21-Dec-2016

The City of Mexico is now accepting residential batteries and compact fluorescent light bulbs at City Hall.

Recycle bins are located in the main entrance.  The service is available to residents of Mexico and Audrain County Monday through Friday 8AM to 5PM.


Mexico Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Domestic Assault21-Dec-2016

A Mexico man will spend 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to domestic assault in the second degree.

36 year old Daniel Crenshaw admitted in a Callaway County  Court to causing physical injury to the victim by choking her in July of 2015 during a dispute.

The judge recommended Crenshaw complete a substance abuse treatment program before being considered for release.


Mexico Public Safety21-Dec-2016

Yesterday Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-unwanted subject at 119 West Anderson

-domestic physical in the 1200 block West Breckenridge

-peace disturbance at 1300 West Breckenridge

-harassment  at 115 North Clark

-panic alarm at 2510 Lakeview

-vehicle break-in reported to 300 North Coal

-fire alarms at 5000 Snyder and 1525 West Monroe

-suspicious activity at 826 West Monroe

-stealing at West Plaza Shopping Center

-fire at 1421 Arcadia

-neighbor dispute at 516 East Breckenridge

-and a burglar alarm at 1405 Paris Road.


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over20-Dec-2016

Mexico Public Safety has begun their part in the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The event began on December 15, and will run through January 1st.

The campaign will include high visibility enforcement and high profile events.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance impared drivers.

In 2015, 197 people were killed on Missouri roadways that involved an impaired driver.


Mexico Public Safety20-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 45 year old Paul Boles on a Probation and Parole Warrant.

Officers also investigated:

-a fire alarm at SSM Audrain

-a fire at 1206 Luther Drive

-unwanted subjects at 119 West Anderson and 119 East Whitley

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal and 1324 Eagle

-property damage at 222 Meyers

-threats at 410 West Monroe and 119 West Anderson

-suspicious activity at 1109 East Liberty and 1315 Cedar Ridge Cove

-and burglar alarms at 2875 South Clark, 1405 Paris Road and 715 East Promenade


Retirement Celebration at the Courthouse20-Dec-2016


2 Audrain County Commissioners will be retiring in January.

Tom Groves and Roger Young had a retirement celebration at the Court House today (Tuesday).

Young says there are were a lot of things he was proud of working on over the years.

Tom Groves leaves office with 32 years of experience.

He says its time to do something else. 

The Commissioners taking their place are Tracey Graham and Alan Winders.

Miller Will Not Seek Third Term19-Dec-2016

The current Mayor of Mexico Greg Miller will not be seeking a third term.  In an exclusive with KXEO Miller says he has enjoyed his 2 terms on the council. 

Miller says the things he is most proud of working on is the edition of a new swimming pool, and the purchase of a new fire truck.

There are 2 positions open on the city council. So far 3 people have filed. 

The filing deadline is January 17th at 5pm.


Wise Courtesy Award Winners19-Dec-2016

This years Wise Courtesy Award winners are Mexico High School Seniors Brit Wilson and Taylor Brown.

The announcement was made at the Christmas Assembly on Friday.

The Wise Award is presented to the most courteous senior boy and girl each year.

Brown and Wilson each received one hundred dollars each. 

This is the 78th year of the presentation.


Mexico Public Safety14-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-burglar alarm at 1420 North Jefferson

-fraud at 308 East Monroe

-unwanted subject at 916 Michigan

-suspicious activity at 639 north Wade

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-carbon monoxide alarm at 404 Teal Lake Road

-fight not in progress reported to 300 North Coal

-and a natural gas odor at 504 Ringo.


City Council12-Dec-2016

The Mexico City Council will meet tonight with a work session prior to the scheduled meeting.

During the work session, an update will be given regarding the Economic Development Department.  Additionally, updates on city projects will be given.  The work session begins at 6:00.

The agenda for the regular session includes 3 resolutions including allowing the City manager to sign contracts for the next phase of culvert replacements at Green Park, to enter into an agreement to provide services to a blower at the wastewater treatment plant, and enter into a contract for construction of 2 pickleball courts.  The meeting begins at 7:00 on the third floor of City Hall.


Mexico Man Arrested In Boone County12-Dec-2016

The Boone County Sheriff's Office arrested a 25 year old Mexico man for multiple charges yesterday morning.

Officers responded to an intruder call in the 4300 block of Santa Barbara Drive.  Upon arrival, officers made contact with Charles Buchanan.  He was arrested without incident.

The investigation revealed Buchanan had entered the residence and allegedly assaulted one of the residents.

He is charged with 1st degree burglary, probation violation, failure to appear and criminal non-support.


Mexico Public Safety12-Dec-2016

On Saturday, officers investigated:

-stealing at 513 North Jeffries

-burglar alarm at 420 West Promenade

-fire alarm at 3602 South Clark

-shots fire on Harwood

-peace disturbance on South Missouri

-careless driver on South Clark

-domestic verbal in the 1800 block of North Clark

-and suspicious activity at 602 East Bolivar


On Sunday Public Safety investigated:

-child abuse in the 600 block of North Missouri

-suspicious activity at 2266 Jubel Drive and 805 North Calhoun

-and a road hazard on Lakeview.


Holiday Parade Tomorrow09-Dec-2016

The Annual Holiday Parade in Mexico will be taking place in downtown Mexico tomorrow.

This year's parade is different then how they have been in the past.  Little Dixie Fire Protection District, the organizers of the event were looking for a way to help generate community spirit, and decided to have a lighted parade at night.

The parade will line up on Washington Street near the Mexico Ledger.

Jackson reports so far there are 25 organizations including churches, businesses and civil organizations registered.  Little Dixie is continuing to welcome participants.  To sign up, call Little Dixie, or show up at 3:00 to line up.

The parade will begin at 5:00.


Mexico Public Safety09-Dec-2016

This morning Mexico Public Safety arrested 35 year old Jennifer Matthews on an Fulton Arrest Warrant for failing to appear on the original charge of speeding.

Yesterday, Public Safety investigated:

-burglar alarms at 117 West Monroe and 103 South Washington

-railroad crossing problem on East Liberty

-suspicious activity at 1709 South Morris and 1012 East Lafayette

-panic alarm at 117 West Monroe

-juvenile problems in the 400 block of South Abat

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-neighbor dispute at 800 North Olive

-burglary not in progress at 1300 West Breckenridge

-traffic accidents at 4800 South Clark, 319 West Central and on East Liberty

-stolen vehicle reported to the Audrain County Sheriff's Office

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-trespassing at 900 Vance Road

-careless driver on South Clark

-exparte violation in the 400 block of North Missouri

-and a suspicious odor at 609 Yale


Mexico Public Safety08-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicous activity at 915 North Jefferson, 1205 South Jefferson, 1021 West Liberty, 2065 Doss Road, 1719 South Clark and in the 100 block of West Breckenridge

-traffic accidents on North Kentucky, West Boulevard and at 1123 Ringo

-utility problem on South Clark

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-stealing at 4820 South Clark

-domestic verbals in the 600 block of West Love and in the 900 Block of Latney

-neighbor dispute at 404 Teal Lake

-unwanted subject at 913 South Trinity

-careless drivers on South Jefferson at 3066 South Clark

-drug activity not in progress at 639 North Wade

-property damage on South Elmwood

-and a civil dispute at 913 Garfield


Sheriff Miller Retires08-Dec-2016


Many well wishers were at the Audrain County Courthouse for the retiring Sheriff Stuart Miller this (Thursday) afternoon.

Miller was first elected Audrain County Sheriff in January of 1981.

He says several people he has not seen in a while stopped by.

Sheriff Stuart Miller says he is looking forward to his retirement.

Mexico man Sentenced07-Dec-2016


A Mexico man has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple charges in an Audrain County Court.

39 year old James Bentley was arrested in August on West Maple Street near the High School.  Upon his arrest, he gave authorities a fake name.  He is a registered sex offender out of Arkansas.

He was charged with distribution of Meth, keeping a public nuisance, failing to register as a sex offender, forgery, and offender residing within a thousand feet of a school.

Mexico Public Safety07-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Domestic verbals in the 800 block of North Western and in the 900 block of Grove

-unwanted subjects at 1010 South Union and 1507 North Washington

-suspicious activity at 823 South Clark, 936 Hazel Place and on Marine Drive

-burglary not in progress at 1 Rock Springs

-traffic accidents on Green Boulevard

-traffic hazard on East Holt

-fire at 119 East Whitley

-harassment at 540 West Jackson

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-missing person in the 300 block of North Missouri

-scam at 803 Yale

-burglar alarm at 1001 West Monroe

-and a civil dispute at 1629 North Clark


MHS To Take Summer Over Santa Letters07-Dec-2016

The Digital Media Department at Mexico High School has begun work on project 12-25.  The students in the journalism department have heard the call of the community for a way to publish Santa letters.

Seniors Brooke Ransom and Leon Brown explain:

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Letters need to be turned in to by December 16th for publication in the next issue of the Growl.

Mexico Public Safety06-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 43 year old Christopher Casto for Domestic Assault in the third degree.

Officers also investigated:

-A physical domestic in the 600 block of West Maple

-fire alarm at 4655 East Liberty

-traffic accidents on the Highway 54 bypass and at 1032 West Boulevard

-burglar alarm at 710 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Love

-road hazard at 4050 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 1200 West Boulevard and on West Liberty

-and stealing at 2445 Countryside


Mexico School District Asks for Community Feedback06-Dec-2016

The Mexico School District is asking for community feedback regarding the concept of a 4 day school week.

Mexico Superintendent Kevin Freeman says a survey is linked to the schools website and social media accounts.

If you would like to take the survey, please click here and you will be directed to the survey page.

Freeman says the survey will be open through Tuesday of next week, which allow a couple of days to tabulate the responses and present the results at the Board of Education Meeting on December 15th.


MMA To Play at Pearl Harbor06-Dec-2016

Students from the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico  are traveling to Hawaii to participate in the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu.

The group will join a mass band that will perform at 4:00 central time, and will consist of approximately 1000 musicians from the United States and Japan on the U.S.S Missouri, the site of Japan's unconditional surrender in 1945, ending World War 2.


Mexico Public Safety05-Dec-2016

On Sunday, Public Safety investigated:

-juvenile problems in the 400 block of West Monroe

-physical domestics in the 100 block of North Mississippi and the 1100 block of Old Farm Road

-shoplifting at 282 West Monroe

-stealing at 117 West Monroe

-harassment reported to 300 North Coal

-traffic accident at 3066 South Clark

-fire at 108 West Promenade

-suspicious activity at 402 West Maple, 1714 Ashley Street and 704 West Boulevard

-and a verbal domestic 1000 block North Washington


MPSD Offers Winter Driving Tips05-Dec-2016

Mexico Public Safety is reminding drivers of a few safety tips for winter driving.

Drivers are reminded to take their time and remember that slower driving speeds gives more time to see potential problems and react to road conditions.

Additionally, ice tends to form on bridges and overpasses before other roadways, and is not always visible.

MPSD advises motorists to have ice scrapers, blankets, cell phone and possibly food and water in the vehicle in case of emergency.


Mexico Public Safety02-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-non-injury accidents at 3100 South Clark and 707 West Monroe

-stealing at 2201 Lakeview

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Monroe

-careless driver on Highway J

-neighbor dispute at 326 Eastholm

-railroad crossing problems on South Morris

-missing juvenile at West Plaza Shopping Center

-burglar alarm at 2724 Bluebird

-and a domestic verbal in the 1400 block of South Coal.


Mexico Public Safety01-Dec-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 23 year old Robert Peak for stealing less than 500 dollars.

They also investigated:

-A peace disturbance at 519 South Missouri

-suspicious activity at 1714 Ashley Court and 527 Yale

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-burglar alarm at 1924 Cherry

-property damage reported to 300 North Coal

-non-injury traffic accident at 410 West Monroe

-vehicle fire at 1205 South Coal

-drug activity in progress at 530 West Pearson

-missing person in the 1400 block of South Coal

-and a fire alarm at 639 North Wade


Into The Woods Begins Tomorrow30-Nov-2016

Presser Performing Arts Center will begin their presentation of the winter musical "Into the Woods" tomorrow night.

The show will embrace the lives and dreams of familiar fairy tale characters, according to Director, Lois Brace.

Brace continued by saying the show will have several new face in the production, as well as light animation and a set that produces a 3D effect.

The show debuts tomorrow night at 7:00, tickets are 12 dollars for general admission, and 6 dollars for children.  Premium tickets are 20 dollars for adults and 10 dollars for children.

The show will continue at 7:00 Friday and Saturday, and will close with a 2:00 matinee Sunday.


Mexico man Sentenced in Callaway County30-Nov-2016

A Mexico man will spend 5 years behind bars after admitting in a Callaway County Court to 2 charges of tampering with motor vehicles and resisting arrest in November of last year.

Twenty eight year old Clifford Helmka pleaded guilty, on Monday.  He admitted to driving 2 vehicles without the owners permission.  He also admitted he fled law enforcement in one of the vehicles in Kingdom City.  He headed towards Audrain County when spike strips were used to disable the vehicle, causing him to hit another vehicle while driving the wrong way on highway 54.


Mexico Public Safety30-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety Arrested Sidguordney Straughter on 2 Callaway County warrants for failing to appear on traffic violations.

Officers also investigated:

-drug activity in progress at 920 Garfield

-suspicious activity at 2920 Lake Road, 1716 Ashley Street and on North Agricultural

-domestic verbal in the 1000 block of North Olive

-structure fire at 4655 East Liberty

-burglar alarms at 309 West Promenade and 2201 Lakeview Road

-civil dispute at 316 West Pearson

-shoplifting at 540 West Jackson and at West Plaza Shopping Center

-burglary not in progress at 2087 Doss Road and 1605 North Washington

-threats at 1501 North Olive

-missing juvenile in the 1300 block of West Breckenridge

-shots fire at 3 Bouganville

-and a fight in progress at 510 West Boulevard


Audrain County Sheriff's Report29-Nov-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:

A. Arrested:

1. Ethan Thomas Levings, age 22 of Mexico, for Driving While Suspended, Resisting Arrest and an Audrain County arrest warrant for First Degree Burglary, Second Degree Assault, and Third Degree Assault.

2.  and John Ross Alexander, age 33 of Hallsville, for Possession of Methamphetamine with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Marijuana with the intent to Distribute, Driving While Revoked, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful use of a Firearm, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

B.  Officers investigated:

1. A suspicious vehicle along Audrain Road 9834.
2. and A Burglary along Audrain Road 838.

Cortez Hearing29-Nov-2016

The next hearing is set for December 5th at 9:00am in the Robert Cortez case.

The Mexico Band Teacher accused of having sexual conduct with a male student made his an appearance in an Audrain County Court this (Tuesday) morning.

According to court documents Cortez was ordered by Judge Scheibe to have no contact with any one not related to him under the age of 18.

Also he is to have no contact with the victim or the victims family.   

Cortez remains out of jail on bond since November 22nd.


Illustrator Coming to Mexico29-Nov-2016

A world renowned Children's book illustrator and artist will be coming to Mexico next week to encourage Mexico students to read.  

The Anointed Life Saving Ministries, along with Color Me Blue and numerous other organizations are sponsoring the trip E.B. Lewis to visit with students and the community about art and reading.

Lewis will be at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday for a meet and greet.  He will be visiting all of Mexico's public and private schools during his week long visit.


Mexico Public Safety29-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Domestic verbal in the 300 block of East Liberty

-burglar alarm at 5701 East Liberty

-stealing at 1816 Springdale Court

-careless drivers on West Boulevard, West Liberty and on South Alabama

-non-injury accidents on West Boulevard, North Clark, West Liberty and Hendricks

-and juvenile problems in the 300 block of Kelley Parkway


Cortez to Appear in Court28-Nov-2016

The Mexico High School Band Director accused of having sexual contact with a student is scheduled to appear in an Audrain County Court tomorrow.

Robert Cortez will go before judge Richard Scheibe for a preliminary hearing at 9AM.

According to a probable cause statement, Cortez is accused of having sexual contact with a 17 year old male student on September 26th in Cortez's vehicle while on a trip to Columbia for a school project.

Court documents indicate Cortez posted bond and was released from the Audrain County Jail on November 22.


Mexico City Council to Meet Tonight28-Nov-2016

The Mexico City Council will meet tonight, but have a light agenda.

The first 2 of the 3 items on the agenda are staff recommendations for a new half ton pick up truck for the wastewater division, and the second is for the purchase of skate park equipment for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Lastly, the board is set to make appointments to boards and commissions. 

The meeting will take place at 7:00, on the third floor of City Hall.


Mexico Public Safety28-Nov-2016

On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-a careless driver on Highway 54

-missing juvenile in the 1100 block of East Lafayette

-indecent behavior at 4820 South Clark

-and a scam at 1103 East Latney


On Sunday, officers arrested:

-21 year old Paul J. Moody for Domestic Assault in the third degree

-and 32 year old Tiffany Cochran for possession of marijuana and stealing less than 500 dollars


Officers also investigated:

-a Fight in progress at 1100 East Liberty

-domestic verbal in the 300 block of West Robinson and the 400 block of North Calhoun

-missing person in the 1900 block of Springdale Court

-non-injury assault at 710 Ringo

-physical domestic in the 200 block of Southern Hills

-panic alarm at 903 East Love

-and shoplifting at 4820 South Clark


Mexico Public Safety23-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-road hazards on the Highway 54 bypass and on South Jefferson

-fire alarm at 615 South Clark

-traffic accidents on Lakeview Road and at 4820 South Clark

-stealing at 1510 North Clark

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of East Liberty and on South Morris

-non-injury assault reported to 300 North Coal

-domestic verbals in the 300 block of West Anderson and on North Alabama

-suspicious activity at 205 East Jackson at 3 Bougainville

-threats reported to 300 North Coal

-vehicle break in at 625 North Western

-displaying a weapon at 510 South Washington

-careless driver on Highway 22

-harassment at 1227 West Street

-and an intoxicated person at 500 West Jackson.


Brightfutures Mexico Needs 5 Alarm Clocks22-Nov-2016

BrightFutures of Mexico is in need of 5 alarm clocks for students.

BrightFutures Mexico Coordinator, Jo Ann Diffenderfer explains why the donations are important:

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Diffenderfer says the donations can be dropped off to the Mexico Public Schools Central Office between 8AM and 4:30 PM.

Mexico Public Safety22-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-a stolen vehicle at 511 East Seminary

-suspicious activity at 1920 Lakeview

-drug activity not in progress at 2445 Countryside

-traffic accidents at 700 West Jackson and on South Clark

-drug activity in progress at 4224 South Clark and 913 Garfield

-missing juvenile in the 200 block of North Grand

-and a burglar alarm at 1801 East Liberty


School Board Vacancies22-Nov-2016

The Mexico School District is seeking qualified people interested in running for a position on the school board to file to be a candidate for the April 4th elections.

Filing will begin on December 13 at 8AM, and will continue through January 17th, during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8AM to 4:30 PM.  Filing will not occur on days the school district is closed for inclement weather.

Three positions will be available with 3 year terms.  Names will be placed on the ballot in the order of the filing.


Mexico Public Safety21-Nov-2016

On Sunday, Public Safety arrested 24 year old Dylan Hatfield on an Audrain County Warrant for failure to appear on the original charges of driving while intoxicated-persistent offender, and driving while revoked.

They also investigated:

-threats at 101 South Morris

-juvenile problems in the 100 block of North Mississippi and on South Morris

-physical domestic in the 800 block of North Western

-stealing at 1503 North Clark and reported to 300 North Coal

-utility problem on Northeast Park

-and an unwanted subject at 1305 East Liberty


Brit Wilson Signs Letter of Intent17-Nov-2016

Brit Wilson signs letter of intent to play for Northern Illinois.

Mexico Public Safety17-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 31 year old Nathan M. Sommer for resisting arrest and trespassing.

They also investigated:

-juvenile problems in the 900 block of Hazel Place

-suspicious activity at 528 South Abat and on Highway 54

-utility problem at 1400 Vance Road

-ex-parte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-fight in progress at 117 West Monroe

-unwanted subjects at 112 East Monroe and 117 West Monroe

-fire alarm at 5000 Snyder

-intoxicated person at 117 West Monroe

-fraud at 420 West Promenade and reported to 300 North Coal

-non-injury traffic accidents at 1801 East Liberty, on West Jackson and on West Monroe

-careless driver at 17 Marine Drive

-domestic verbal in the 300 block of East Liberty

-non-injury assault on Venus

-and a civil dispute at 1004 Robinhood


Today, Public Safety arrested 46 year old Raymond E. Smith on an Audrain County Warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of killing or disposing of wildlife illegally.

Anything Goes16-Nov-2016

Performers at Mexico High School will be debuting their fall musical, "Anything Goes" on Friday night in Emmons Hall at the High School.

The show will feature 44 students that were selected by a panel of judges in early September.

Sara Given, speech and theater director at MHS, says advance seating is available through tomorrow:

General admission is 10 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for students through grade 12, with shows starting at 7:00 on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 on Sunday.


Mexico Man Arrested After DWI Crash16-Nov-2016

A Mexico man was arrested after crashing his car into a tree line in the 1600 block of Elmwood Drive inMexico early yesterday morning.

Twenty one year old Dalton Phillips traveled off the roadway in a 2004 Dodge pick up at around 6:46.

Phillips was not injured in the crash, and was taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond.


Mexico Public Safety16-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

34 year old Jonathon R. McGinnis for Domestic Assault in the second degree, and 21 year old Dalton C. Phillips.

They also investigated:

-juvenile problems on Ashley Court

-harassment at 216 East Boulevard

-stealing at 2445 Countryside

-road hazard on West Boulevard

-traffic accident at 1605 East Elmwood

-stolen vehicle on South Washington

-threats reported to 300 North Coal

-suspicious activity at 4 Quantico, 204 North Grand and 409 Hanley

-civil disputes at 832 Platte and 535 West Love

-careless driver on West Monroe

-physical domestic in the 500 block of Yale

-burglary not in progress reported to 300 North Coal

-missing juvenile in the 1100 block of East Lafayette

-peace disturbance at 924 West Street

-and a missing adult reported to 300 North Coal.


More Details on Former Mexico Teen Death16-Nov-2016

More details have emerged in the accident that took the lives of 3 teens in Schuyler county, including one of former Mexico teen, Jason Sanning.

27 year old Bradley Turner was allegedly intoxicated and traveling at speeds of over 100 miles per hour and jumping hills, leading him to lose control.  The truck rolled multiple times.

Turner is facing 3 counts of involuntary manslaughter, along with numerous other charges.


Mexico Public Safety15-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-stealing at 420 West Monroe and 828 West Monroe

-burglary in progress at 1300 West Liberty

-vehicle break-ins at 1518 South Jefferson, 525 South Jefferson, 409 South Clark and 518 South Jefferson

-domestic verbals in the 100 block of Pleasant, the 1500 block North Clark and on West Love

-sexual assault on North Grand and on Teal Lake Road

-threats at 420 West Promenade

-traffic accident reported to 300 North Coal

-suspicious activity at 4 Quantico 

-careless driver at 1019 West Boulevard

-civil dispute at Howell Manor Court

-juvenile problems in the 600 block of South Abat

-and property damage on North Jefferson


Mexico Public School Town Hall Meeting15-Nov-2016


97 people attended the town hall meeting at the Mexico Middle School last (Monday) night.

Superintendent Kevin Freeman was the keynote speaker and passed information showing how the school district gets revenue.

The report showed the district receives about forty eight percent of its revenue from local county taxes, and 36 percent from the state foundation formula which includes gaming money. 

Freeman reports that the district is deficit spending and either need a tax levy increase or budget cuts to solve it.

Freeman says major cuts to the budget could include people and programs. 

A sheet with 7 questions was handed out to those who attended the town hall asking their opinion on what should be cut from the budget. 

Veterans and Senior Apartments filling up15-Nov-2016

Just six weeks after opening, rentals are picking up at a in a Mexico apartment complex for seniors and veterans.

More than half of the new and refurbished units at the Berkshire Senior and Veterans Apartment complex are full. One of the five veteran apartments has been rented.

The North East Community Action Corporation and its construction partners cut the ribbon on the four-point-five million-dollar expansion and renovation on September 29.


Former Mexico Teen Killed in Drunk Driving Accident14-Nov-2016

A 27 year old man is facing multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter after a drunk driving crash that led to the death 3 teens, including a former Mexico teen yesterday afternoon.

16 year old Jason Sanning, and his 17 year old sister, Alyssa Sanning, were passengers in the truck driven by 27 year old Bradley Turner of Kirksville. 

According to the Highway Patrol, the truck began to skid, then overturned several times, ejecting all of the occupants except 2.

Jason Sanning was pronounced dead on the scene along with 18 year old Laticia Potter and 15 year old Alexis Shaw.

16 year old Angalet Pogue sustained serious injuries, and Alyssa Sanning suffered minor injuries.

Turner is in the Scuyler county jail.


Mexico Public Safety14-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Public Safety investigated:

-road hazard on South Clark

-unwanted subject at 1123 West Street

-stolen vehicles at 710 North Craig and 101 North Western

-suspicious activity on Park Crest, at 1605 West Boulevard and on Doss Road

-vehicle break in at 717 South Olive

-property dispute at 324 Howell Manor Court

-stealing at 607 Cleveland

-juvenile problems on East Liberty and on Bougainville

-property damage at 23 Bougainville

-smoke odor on North Western


United Way of Audrain County14-Nov-2016

The United Way of Audrain County has reached 52 percent of their fundraising goal after a corporate donation from Ameren.

The goal was set at 120 thousand dollars. 62,832 dollars and 19 cents in donations have been raised thus far.  Donations are still being accepted through the end of this month.


DJ Aaron-Holman Signs Letter of Intent11-Nov-2016

DJ Holman signing letter of intent to Maryville University at the Mexico High School Sports Complex


Mexico Public Safety10-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 1227 West Street

-peace disturbance on Latney

-careless driver on Highway 54

-stealing at 8022 Lafayette

-civil dispute at 1624 East Liberty

-non-injury assault at 103 West Monroe

-shoplifting at 623 East Holt

-verbal domestic in the 100 block of South Jefferson

-and a burglar alarm at 112 South Jefferson.


Veterans Day in Mexico10-Nov-2016

Tomorrow is Veteran's day, and local businesses in the area would like the honor of serving the people who served the country in the armed forces.

A free breakfast for veterans and guests will be at the American Legion Hall in Mexico from 6:30 to 11 tomorrow.

the Magic Car and Pet Wash in Kingdom City is offering a free car wash to veterans between 8AM and 8PM.  The car was is located across from the Firefighters Memorial.

Dagwood Jr. in Mexico is offering a free meal to veterans and their spouses tomorrow.

Aussie Outback will also be serving a free lunch to veterans tomorrow.


Audrain County Election Results09-Nov-2016

In Audrain County Matt Oller is the new sheriff he received 5847 votes.

With 3192 votes Tracy Graham is the new Western Commissioner.

Running unopposed the Eastern Commissioner Alan Winders, Assessor Melissa Maupin, and Coroner Todd Yager.


Mexico Public Safety08-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Unwanted subjects at 1015 East Lafayette and 916 Latney

-suspicious activity at 104 North Grand, 1016 East Jackson and reported to 300 North Coal

-fire alarm at 1400 Vance Road

-property damage at 406 Woodlawn

-threats at 640 West Jackson

-railroad crossing problem on South Morris

-burglar alarm at 214 East Promenade

-and a traffic accident on North Agricultural


Mexico Public Schools to hold town hall08-Nov-2016

Mexico Public Schools Superintendent, Kevin Freeman, will be holding a town hall meeting Monday at 6:30, in the Mexico Middle School Library to discuss the districts struggling financial status.

The district will deficit spend this year, and without changes, will continue to do so in the future.  The shortage of funding has been a topic of discussion in numerous school board meetings. 

The town hall is being held to explain the budget reduction process, and for residents to give their input on the possibility of budget cuts in the future budget.


Kasubke Miss Audrain Outstanding Teen07-Nov-2016

A Mexico High School student has been named Miss Audrain Outstanding Teen in Saturday's competition.

Sarah Kasubke also participated in the Miss Outstanding Teen Competition on the state level in June, and will move on the Miss Missouri stage once again.

Debrielle Merrill was crowned Miss Audrain.


Mexico Drivers Exam Station Closed For Elections07-Nov-2016

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the driver examination station in Mexico will not be conducting driving tests tomorrow because of election day.

Anyone wishing to taking their written or driving test in encouraged to go to Columbia's driving exam station.

Testing will return to to Mexico on Friday.


Mexico Public Safety07-Nov-2016

On Sunday, Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 611 Eastholm, 1227 West Street and 828 West Monroe

-traffic accident on South Clark

-careless driver on the City Square

-physical domestic in the 4000 block of South Clark

-utility problem at 1400 Vance Road

-stealing at 1101 West Monroe and 1010 East Liberty

-fire on North Kentucky

-burglar alarm at 112 South Jefferson

-harassment at 1010 North Washington

-civil dispute at 2729 South Clark

-unwanted subject at 809 North Olive

-civil dispute reported to 300 North Coal

-missing person reported to 300 North Coal

-property dispute at SSM Audrain

-drug activity in progress at 918 Carrico

-and a careless driver on Highway 22.


Polls Open at 6AM07-Nov-2016

Voters will be headed to the polls in less than 24 hours, and Missouri polling places will open their doors at 6:00 in the morning.

To make the process run easier with what is expected to be a large turnout of voters, make sure to have either an ID or your voter registration card available.  Acceptable forms of identification include a drivers license, passport or any federal US government agency.

If you do not have an identification, a copy of a current bill or paycheck with your address is acceptable.

The polls will close at 7 in the evening, but no voter will be turned away of they are waiting in line.


Arrest Made Following Fire in Mexico04-Nov-2016

22 year old David Tate was arrested on charges of arson, burglary, stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia following a fire that destroyed a barn, and damaged a fire truck and patrol car in the 1400 block of North Western in Mexico yesterday morning.

Major Brice Mesko reports Tate had been staying in the destroyed barn as late as last week.  Investigators made contact with him on North Clark just after 10:30 last night after they received a second call reporting Tate had entered a home in the 1400 block of North Washington and stole food items. 

Tate was taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery02-Nov-2016

Daylight saving time begins at 2AM on Sunday.  Fire officials in the area remind residents to remember to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time.

All batteries lose their effectiveness over time and having a fresh battery in the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home is imperative, according to the Boone County Fire district.

The Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery campaign began in 1987 in response to an alarming increase in the number of home fire deaths.


Mexico Public Safety02-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 609 Yale and 523 North Wade

-stealing at 312 East Jackson, 215 North Mississippi, and 1644 East Liberty

-non-injury accidents at 1002 West Monroe, 3753 Redwood Drive, 1404 North Clark and on Lakeview Road and on West Boulevard

-burglaries not in progress at 1408 North Western and 507 North Jefferson

-vehicle break in reported to 300 North Coal

-unwanted subject at 409 West Anderson

-ex-parte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-juvenile problems on South Muldrow

-loitering at 828 West Monroe

-domestic verbal in the 900 block of South Muldrow

-and drug activity in progress on North Calhoun.


Mexico Public Safety01-Nov-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 22 year old David N. Tate on an Audrain County Warrant for Violation of an order of protection and harassment.

Public Safety also investigated:

-threats at 620 East Monroe,

-traffic accidents on North Agricultural, Lakeview Road, Paris Road,  at 2751 South Clark, 5185 South Jefferson and 3460 South Clark

-stealing at 1200 West Breckenridge and 1012 East Lafayette

-injury assault at 510 West Boulevard

-trespassing at 620 East Monroe

-domestic verbal in the 1200 block of West Breckenridge

-juvenile problems in the 2300 block of Cardinal and the 700 block of West Jackson

-and suspicious activity at 603 South Western


Miss Audrain Pageant Saturday01-Nov-2016

The Miss Audrain and Miss Audrain Outstanding Teen Pageants will be taking place this weekend in Mexico.  The contestants will be vying for their chance to move on to the Miss Missouri Pageant in June.

Executive Director, Bev Meuschke says contestants will be judged in private interview, evening gown, talent and on stage question.  The older "Miss" contestants will also compete in swimsuit, while the teens will have a lifestyle and fitness routine.

Miss Audrain 2015, Jen Davis, was first runner up in last year's Miss Missouri Pageant.

The event will take place at the Missouri Military Gymtorium, at 7:00.  Doors will open at 6, admission is 10 dollars.


MoDot Recommendations01-Nov-2016

The Missouri Department of Transportation has released the results of an audit of the roadway between Camdenton and Mexico along Highway 54.

The audit stemmed from a rash of wrong way drivers in Miller County, and 2 fatality crashes on curves.

The audit revealed the 54 corridor met all state and federal standards.  The recommendations are above what is required by law and policy, and include additional safety enhancements to reduce further incidents.

To reduce wrong way crashes, the department will install signage in the medians, on shoulders and at interchange off ramps.

In the last 5 years, there have 410 crashes on curves on the 100 mile stretch of highway.  On curves that have experienced more than one accident, MoDOT will install chevron signs, which are rectangular signs with arrows that warn drivers of upcoming sharp turns in the road.  Additionally, 7 curves will receive a high friction surface treatment to improve traction.

The department is currently developing a plan for the most cost effective route to complete the projects.


SSM Health Increases Minimum Wage01-Nov-2016

SSM Health will be instituting a new minimum wage for all employees within the system in January.

The wage increase will impact nearly 1100 employees in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.  

The increase to 11 dollars an hour will benefit individuals who serve in a variety or roles, including aides, transporters, dietary and environment services.

The minimum hourly wage is significantly higher than the current federal minimum wage of 7.25 and the state minimum wages which range up to to 8.25 across the healthcare system.


Mexico Public Safety28-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-unattended burn at 1316 North Clark

-property damage at 4224 South Clark

-Careless driver in the South Plaza Shopping Center

-burglary in progress at 424 North Calhoun

-property dispute at 1113 West Breckenridge

-neighbor dispute at 1022 West Breckenridge

-and an intoxicated person at 828 West Monroe


Mexico Safe Halloween28-Oct-2016

Several safe options are available for trick or treaters on Halloween.  In Mexico, the trunk or treat on the village square will be happening from 6 to 8, and Friendship Baptist Church will also have a trunk or treat from 5 to 7.

Residents of area nursing homes are hoping to see the kids in costume that night.  The veterans home will be giving candy out from 6 to 7:30.

Kings Daughters will open their west door from 6 to 7:30, and Pin Oaks is looking foward to seeing spooks between 4 and 5.

If you choose to take the kids door to door, Mexico Public Safety advises staying in familiar neighborhoods, and only approach a home that has an outdoor light on.  They continue reminding trick or treaters to travel in groups and keep a flashlight and cell phone with you at all times.


Mexico Public Safety27-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested Tina L. Cross on an Audrain County Warrant for failing to appear on the original charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

They also investigated:

-burglary not in progress at 808 South Trinity

-utility problem at 3001 South clark

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-civil disputes at 207 East Jackson and 606 Carson

-road hazards at 910 Harwood, on Green Boulevard, and on North Clark

-property damage reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 1629 North Clark

-threats at 2717 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 900 block of West Buchanan

-fires at 1109 Old Farm Road West, 1515 Kent Road, and 206 North Western

-domestic verbal on Rock Springs and in the 900 block of North Olive

-shoplifting at 119 South Jefferson

-fraud at 4820 South Clark and reported to 300 North Coal

-suspicious activity at 903 Woodlawn, 811 Ringo and 1127 Adams

-child abuse in the 4000 block of South Clark

-and a non-injury accident on South Muldrow


Moonlight Madness27-Oct-2016

Audrain County Elected Officials and Employees, along with the Village Square Association will be hosting Moonlight Madness tonight on the square.

A Wizard of Oz theme will take place at the courthouse for children to come and trick or treat, and get free pictures taken by Boone Medical Group from 4 to 6.

From 6 to 9, participating stores will be open offering sales, special promotions and treats.


Trial Scheduled in Murder of Mexico Man27-Oct-2016

A March first  trial has been scheduled for the murder of James Richardson of Columbia and Kenneth Long of Mexico.

Richardson and Long were found shot to death along Mexico Gravel Road on September 19 of last year.

25 year old Darious Lucas is charged with 2 counts of first degree murder and armed criminal action after an 8 month investigation.


Chicago Man arrested for fraudulent attempt to obtain medication26-Oct-2016

An alert employee at a Mexico pharmacy assisted in the arrest of a man fraudulently attempting to obtain prescription medication yesterday.

According to Mexico Public Safety, the pharmacy employee received a call they felt was suspicious, and contacted the police.  At around 12:38 PM, officers arrested 20 year old Nicholas Williams-Turner of Chicago.

Further investigation revealed Williams-Turner and his colleagues would travel to small towns in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri obtaining medication drugs.  

Williams-Turner was processed at Public Safety and transported to the Audrain County Jail.


DWI Crash and Arrest26-Oct-2016

One person is recovering after a drunk driving crash in Mexico yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred when 42 year old Meredith Kuda, of Center, was slowing in traffic to make a turn in the area of South Clark and West Liberty Street.  She was struck by a vehicle driven by 46 year old Eric Lindsey of Mexico.

Kuda was taken to SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain for treatment of injuries.  She has since been released.

Lindsey was taken into custody by public safety for driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with no valid license.  He was taken to the Audrain County Jail.


Halloween Safety26-Oct-2016

Mexico Public Safety is reminding parents and kids to be safe this Halloween.

Trick or Treaters are reminded to travel in groups, only trick or treat in neighborhoods you're familiar with, carry a light and cell phone, and assume drivers can't see you.

Drivers are reminded to drive slowly and carefully, remaining aware that there is increased foot traffic, including small children.

Additionally, home owners should avoid decorating with open flames and keep walkways clear and well lit.


Mexico Public Safety26-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-20 year old Nicholas G. Williams-Turner for a fraudulent attempt to obtain a controlled substance

-46 year old Eric Lindsey for driving while intoxicated and no valid operators license

-and 50 year old Robert V. Works on an Audrain County Warrant for damage to jail or jail property.


Public Safety also investigated:

-leave without pay at 420 West Monroe

-careless driver at 317 Jefferson Road

-suspicious activity at 1227 West Street

-Scam at 1032 West Boulevard

-non-injury accident at 926 South Clark

-stealing at 700 East Breckenridge

-civil dispute at 516 West Robinson

-harassment at 1227 West Street

-Railroad crossing problem on South Morris

-peace disturbances at 1804 Springdale Court and at Howell Manor Court

-and a burglary not in progress at 813 Fairground


Sheriff's Report26-Oct-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Steven Christopher Stone age 36 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault.
 
Deputies also investigated:

1.      Property damage along Highway 54.

2.      Loose livestock along Highway 151.

3.      Theft along Highway E.

4.      Harassment along Audrain Road 9834.

5.      Domestic dispute along Highway N.

6.      Careless driver along Highway 19.

7.      and a civil dispute along Highway N.

No Change for Smoking Ordinance in Mexico25-Oct-2016

The Mexico City Council decides to take no action in seeking an ordinance for a smoking ban.

City Attorney Lou Leonatti was on hand to answer questions from the council about the state smoking ban and explained which businesses were exempt.

Mr. Leonatti also explained that the ordinance would need to be enforced by local police.

There was not a consensus by the council to move forward with an ordinance at this time.


SSM Lung Cancer Lunch and Learn25-Oct-2016

A lunch and learn about lung cancer will be held at the Sisters of St. Mary's Audrain Hospital in Mexico on November 8th. 

Jessica Royston communications and marketing consultant for SSM in the Mid Missouri Region says the luncheon will be an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in prevention and treatment for lung cancer. 

The event will take place from 11:30 until 1 in the Jansen Auditorium, at 620 East Monroe Street,  reservations are suggested by November 4th, you can register online at ssmhealthmidmo.com/news.


Mexico Fire24-Oct-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded a to a small fire on Morris Street last night.

Major Brice Mesko reports a small fire broke out in the home just after 7:30.  It occurred when a resident inadvertently left items on a hot burner.

The fire was extinguished with no damage or injuries.


Mexico Public Safety24-Oct-2016

On Sunday, Public Safety arrested 37 year old Scott D. Miller for Stealing.

They also investigated:

-a physical domestic in the 800 block of North Olive, 

-domestic verbals on Mars Street and in the 1400 block of South Coal

-suspicious activity on Elm Tree Drive and on Allison Street

-leave without pay at 420 East Monroe 

-fights in progress at 540 West Jackson, and 833 West Breckenridge

-civil dispute at 1414 South Coal

-unwanted subject at 620 East Monroe

-careless drivers on North Western and on North Agricultural

-fire at 1601 South Morris

-and shoplifting at 4820 South Clark


Mexico Public Safety21-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Trespassing at 307 West Jackson

-fraud at 300 North Jackson

-burglar alarm at 3622 South Clark

-scan at 1417 North Olive

-careless driver on highway 54

-stealing at 19 Marine drive

-traffic accident on South Muldrow

-civil dispute reported to the Audrain County Sheriff

-burglary in progress at 1124 Mansfield

-juvenile problems on North Clark

-leave without pay at 4787 East Liberty

-and suspicious activity at 2915 Fairground


Red Ribbon Week21-Oct-2016

The annual Red Ribbon Week in Audrain County is kicking off today.

Activities will take place all week long including churches handing out ribbons on Sunday, to families being encouraged to eat dinner together. 

The purpose of the week is to present a unified and visible commitment toward a drug free Missouri.


Mexico Child Hit By Car20-Oct-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a call of a child being hit by a car on West Street yesterday.

Major Brice Mesko reports the 6 year old boy rode his bike out of a driveway, and into a 2010 Ford Escape driven by 62 year old Shelley Harvey of Mexico.

The boy sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical treatment.


Mexico Public Safety20-Oct-2016

Yesterday Mexico Public Safety arrested 36 year old Patrick A. Crum for domestic assault in the second degree and distribution of a controlled substance.

Public Safety also investigated:

-domestic issue in the 900 block of Trinity

-burglar alarms at 806 East Liberty and 716 East Breckenridge

-burglary not in progress at 5 Lakeside Place

-road hazards on Green Boulevard and East Liberty

-Non-injury assaults at 639 North Wade, 614 North Jeffries, and reported to 300 North Coal

-fraud at 639 North Wade

-controlled burn at 204 North Grand

-unwanted subjects at 121 South Jefferson and  at 611 Eastholm

-drug activity at the Courthouse

-verbal domestic on Bougainville

-utility problem in the 800 block of North Olive

-stealing from West Plaza Shopping Center and 623 East Holt

-and a non-injury accident at 909 West Monroe


Tree Stand Safety20-Oct-2016

With Missouri's archery deer season already underway, and gun season to start in mid-November, health care experts are urging caution.

Over 500 thousand people deer hunt statewide, many in elevated stands.

They recommend not attempting to climb ladders one handed while carrying gear, and properly using a safety harness would prevent most fall injuries.


Mexico Public Safety19-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 1210 East Promenade, 102 South Jefferson, 409 Hendricks and on East Breckenridge

-burglar alarm at 4132 South Clark

-non-injury accidents at 2900 South Clark and on South Muldrow

-domestic issue in the 900 block of Fairground

-vehicle break in at 315 Monroe

-property damage at 1629 North Clark

-civil dispute at 1010 North Washington

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-leave without pay at 3066 South Clark

-careless driver along Highway B

-domestic verbal in the 900 block of East Love

-natural gas odor at 639 North Wade

-and a missing juvenile in the 200 block of North Grand


Mexico School Board Meeting19-Oct-2016

The Mexico School Board will be asking the voters for a tax levy increase of 61 cents in April.

A unanimous vote of 7-0 was cast by board members to put the question on the ballot in April 2017. 

Kevin Freeman Superintendent of the Mexico School District says the need for the increase is due to budget cuts the school district is facing. 

The 2 previous tax levy increases asked by the School Board had failed last year with the most recent being in August. 


Board of Education Meeting18-Oct-2016

The Mexico Board of Education will be conducting their monthly meeting tonight (Tuesday). 

On the agenda Building reports on the high school, the Davis H. Hart center, the middle school, and the elementary schools. 

Plus a treasurers report and a tax levy discussion.  

The meeting starts at 7:00 and will be held in the Board Room at the Central Office building.


Community Day of Service18-Oct-2016

Over 25 organizations around Mexico are out and about working to make the community a better place in honor to Mexico native, and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, Tyronn Lue.

A kick off ceremony was held this morning at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce.  

Students from local schools will be cleaning parks, as well as reading and spending time with local nursing homes, and other students from the Children's Therapy School.  Third graders at Eugene Field have committed to making toys for dogs at the animal shelter.


Mexico Fire17-Oct-2016

No one was injured in a house fire in Mexico yesterday.

Mexico Public Safety responded to the 900 block of Hazel Place in reference to smoke coming from a vacant house that was being remodeled.

Firefighters found fire in the attic, above a bedroom, bathroom and the hallway of the home.

The fire was contained and extinguished, causing moderate fire damage and light smoke damage throughout the rest of the house.

The apparent cause of the fire was a failure in the electrical system.


Tyronn Lue Day of Service17-Oct-2016

As a part of the Home Court Celebration honoring Mexico Native and Cleveland Cavaliers head coach, Tyronn Lue, the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community day of service.  The day is meant to serve as a reminder that everyone has the ability to make a difference to others, and make Mexico a better place.

Chamber of Commerce President, Dana Keller, describes how the day came to fruition. 

The kick off ceremony will begin at 8AM at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce.


Audrie and Daisy Screenings13-Oct-2016

The Audrain County Prosecutors office, along with Netflix, is holding screenings of the documentary, "Audrie and Daisy", at multiple locations to open up discussions among youth about sexual assault and cyber bullying.

The film portrays 2 girls who find that sexual assaults against them have been caught on camera.  The film takes an honest look at the culture of social media and the effect the spread of information has on victims.

The film will be screened this evening at Community R-6 at 6:00, and on October 19 at 3:30 and 6:00 at Missouri Military Academy.


Mexico Public Safety13-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-a physical domestic in the 100 block of South Jefferson

-burglar alarm at 112 South Jefferson

-stealing at 814 North Olive and at 1101 North Western

-a civil dispute at 817 West Love

-careless driver on South clark

-and harassment at 922 East Promenade


Commerce Appreciation Dinner12-Oct-2016


A packed house at Steinman's Banquet Hall in Mexico for the 32nd annual Chamber of Commerce and Industry Dinner.

A Marked Salon was the winner of the E. Warner Williams Business Service Award. 

Crown Linen and Pearl Motor Company received the Century Business Awards. 

And SSM Audrain was honored as the winner of the Commerce and Industry Award.

Missouri State Senator Jeanie Riddle and State Representative Jay Houghton were also in attendance. 

Mexico Public Safety12-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 54 year old Jon M. Demarbieux on 2 counts of assault in the third degree.

Officers also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 221 North Missouri

-burglar alarm at 1600 Bassford

-traffic accidents on North Kentucky and at 1100 East Liberty

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-abandoned vehicle on West Love

-utility problems at 111 East Vine and 702 North Western

-unwanted subject at 3622 South Clark

-juvenile problems at West Plaza Shopping Center

-domestic verbal in the 600 block of East Bolivar

-civil dispute at 1117 South Washington

-a fire on Ringo

-and displaying a weapon at 1223 East Jackson


College Fair and Workshop11-Oct-2016

The Missouri Military Academy will be presenting a College Fair and Workshop this Friday at the Mexico High School from 9am until 11am.

Ayanna Shivers Director of College Placement at the MMA says over 50 different colleges and organizations will be represented at the event. 

Shivers says the best thing to do is to get pre-registered for the fair by going to gotocollegefairs.com.


Mexico Public Safety10-Oct-2016

On Sunday, Public Safety arrested:

-24 year old Jena L. Duncan for possession of a controlled substance


they also investigated:

-a peace disturbance in the 900 block of Hassen

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 802 West Liberty

-intoxicated person at 3066 South Clark

-shoplifting at 4820 South Clark

-trespassing at 623 East Holt

-juvenile problems in the 1300 block of Kent Road

-and suspicious activity at 111 North Mississippi


SSM to be honored at Banquet10-Oct-2016

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital will be honored by the Mexico Chamber of Commerce at its  32nd Commerce and Industry appreciation banquet on tomorrow. 

The Chamber announced that the hospital is this years recipient of the commerce and industry award. 

Mexico Chamber of Commerce President Dana Keller says this is the 32nd year of the banquet. 

The Chamber will also honor Crown Linen and Pearl Motor Company with the Century Business Award. 

Crown Linen is celebrating 125 years of business and Pearl Motor Company is celebrating 100 years of business.

It will be held at Steinman's Banquet Hall at 8287 Hwy 15 in Mexico.

Mexico Public Safety07-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-an intoxicated person at 607 West Monroe

-physical domestic in the 1300 block of North Clark

-Stolen vehicle at 3602 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 705 West Love, 420 West Monroe, and on South Morris, Mars and North Clark

-burglar alarm at 1972 Country Club Drive

-vehicle break-ins at 3770 Lynnwood Drive and 937 Hazel Place

-non-injury assault at 619 South Missouri

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-non-injury accident at 2813 South Clark, 3066 South Clark and on Lakeview Road

-stealing at 1425 West Monroe

-threats at 2721 South Clark, 537 West Pearson and 1305 East Liberty

-ex-parte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-juvenile problems on Fairgrounds and on North Wade

-shoplifting at 4820 South Clark

-child abuse on West Monroe

-peace disturbances at 828 West Monroe and on Cardinal

-panic alarm at 1303 Bennington

-shots fired on South Clark 

-and a verbal domestic on South Clark.


Shoplifting leads to Police chase07-Oct-2016

Two people were arrested, and two others injured during a police pursuit yesterday.

A report of shoplifting at Wal-mart in Mexico brought attention to the suspect's car that was spotted by a trooper on Highway 54 where the chase ensued.

Spike strips were used in Kingdom City. but did not stop the suspects.  They continued down I-70 to columbia where they crashed at St. Charles Road.  2 of the suspects fled on foot.  One was arrested at a nearby Petro-Mart, the other entered the Super 8 Motel, where he was captured after the building was surrounded.

The other 2 suspects were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


Charges in Trooper's Death Refiled06-Oct-2016


The Audrain County Prosecutor dismissed and refiled charges against Serghei Comerzan, the man accused of causing the death of Missouri State Trooper, James Bava in August of last year on Highway FF in Audrain County.

Court documents report Bava was pursuing Comerzan who was speeding on a motorcycle before fatally crashing his patrol car.

In a statement, prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger said the decision to start over was made in cooperation with the Bava family.  The trial in this case was scheduled to start on October 11.

Comerzan was arrested in the new case yesterday, and taken to the Audrain County Jail to post a 50 thousand dollar bond.

Mexico Public Safety06-Oct-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fight in progress at 1013 West Boulevard

-burglary in progress at 918 North Clark

-road hazards at 715 Lakeview and on South Western

-property damage at 2900 Dorelli Lane

-stealing at 102 South Mississippi and reported to 300 North Coal

-littering at Green Park

-non-injury assault at 2201 Lakeview

-burglary not in progress at 1002 North Olive

-harassment at 2900 South Clark

-and a domestic verbal in the 100 block of Harwood.


Public Safety Looking For Suspect in Car Break In06-Oct-2016

Mexico Public Safety is looking for a man who is suspected of stealing from vehicles, and possibly driving one for a few blocks.

Major Brice Mesko reported in a statement the department received a call from the 3600 block of South Clark regarding a white male going through vehicles.  When officers responded, they were unable to locate the suspect.

Public Safety is working to determine what has been stolen or damaged.


Sheriff's Report06-Oct-2016

On October 5 the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Isaac Gene Cuno age 32 of Mexico for domestic assault and tampering with evidence.

2.      Lakesha Shantell Hicks age 33 of Springfield on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of domestic assault.

3.    and  Serghei Pavel Comerzan age 21 of Sedalia on an Audrain County warrant for murder, resisting arrest, resisting a member of the Highway Patrol while discharging official duties, speeding, careless and imprudent driving, and failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.
 
they also investigated:

1.      Burglary along Audrain Road 939.

2.      Assault along Audrain Road 557.

3.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 624.

4.      911 call along Audrain Road 9139.

5.      Careless driver along Highway JJ.

6.    and  Abandoned property along Audrain Road 812.

Mexico Public Safety04-Oct-2016

Mexico Public Safety received a call at around 5:34 this morning at 1512 North Olive. 

According to the report 25 year old Dustin S. Anderson from Mexico said someone hit his 2011 Ford F-150 during the overnight hours.

An investigation is ongoing. 

Public Safety responded to the following calls yesterday:

-A citizen arrest at 620 East Monroe.

-Harassment on 1227 West Street.

-Vandalism on 1212 East Liberty.

-Suspicious activity on Jubel Drive.

-A domestic verbal dispute at 1302 North Clark. 

-A burglary in progress at 1514 Fairground Road.

-Fraud at 611 West Pearson and 206 Pleasant.

-Traffic Accidents at the corners of 200 East Jackson and Coal and West Liberty and Muldrow.

-Stealing or theft at 1411 West Monroe.

-A missing person report on 431 South Missouri.


Sheriff's Report04-Oct-2016

Yesterday the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Raven Symone Williams age 22 of Mexico on a Boone County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.
2.      and Trenton William Pepper age 18 of Rush Hill for driving while revoked and careless and imprudent driving.
 
Deputies also investigated:

1.      Road hazard along Highway D.

2.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway N.

3.      Harassment from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

4.      Trespass along Highway 22 and Audrain Road 208.

5.      Property damage along Highway N.

6.      Careless driver along Second Street in Rush Hill.

7.      Civil dispute along Oak Street in Rush Hill.

8.      Suspicious activity along Highway M.

Mexico Public Safety03-Oct-2016

On Saturday, Public Safety arrested 40 year old Donald E. Davis for Domestic Assault in the third degree.

They also investigated:

-a runaway juvenile in the 200 block of North Grand

-property damage 315 East Monroe

-road hazard at 1302 Kent

-vandalism at 1111 Kent Road, 1302 Kent Road, 1426 Kent Road, 1802 Providence, 1918 Providence and 221 Stewart.

-harassment on South Morris at 603 Tyronn Lue Boulevard

-suspicious activity at 1714 Ashley Court, 1329 Neptune, 1116 North Olive, 218 South Mississippi, 1655 Bassford, and 4820 South Clark.

-traffic accident on North abat

-utility problem 525 North Clark

-threats at 11 Marine Drive

-juvenile problems on West Breckenridge

-domestic verbal in the 1300 block of Ringo

-and shots fired at 4376 Friendship


On Sunday, Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity on South Clark and on East Whitley

-vandalism at 402 Yale

-burglar alarm at 1411 West Monroe

-traffic accident at 1101 West Monroe

-juvenile problems in the 1300 block of Pollock Road

-unwanted subject at 1604 East Anderson

-shots fired at 1710 North Jefferson

-and a careless driver on East Promenade


Mexico Drug Bust30-Sep-2016

3 teens and a 21 year old are under arrest after a drug bust late yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. 

The search warrant was served in the 800 block of South Clark Street,Mexico Public Safety along with Audrain County Sheriff's Department assisted in the search and report finding marijuana, drug paraphernalia and 2 firearms.

21 year old Louis Edward Cranmer, and Trevor Bryan Pepper, Phillip Micheal Rotte, and Trent Allen Jeffries all 18 and from Mexico were taken into custody.


MHS Teacher Charged with 2 Class D Felonies30-Sep-2016

Mexico Band Teacher Robert V. Cortez is being charged with 2 class D felonies of having sexual contact with a student according to Mexico Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger.

Cortez was arrested on Wednesday and remains in the Audrain County Jail on a fifty thousand dollar cash only bond with an arraignment set for next week. 

Cortez has retained Jim Clampitt as his attorney.


Mexico Drug Bust29-Sep-2016

A late night drug bust in Mexico leads to the arrest of 29 year old Joseph Dale Richards of Mexico and 35 year old Marylee Louise Ledbetter of Mexico. 

A search warrant was served by law enforcement at a residence on Marine Drive which lead to the discovery meth, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

Both were charged with distribution near a school.


Mexico Public Safety29-Sep-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to the following yesterday:

-Traffic stops at 528 North Jefferson, the Penticostal Church at West Monroe, and the corner of West Monroe and Ringo.

-Suspicious Activity at 537 Fairground.

-Threats at 2101 Lakeview.

-Stealing/theft at 1221 South Western.

-Abandoned vehicle at 620 East Monroe.

-Property Damage at 610 West Jackson and 1203 South Western.

-Property Dispute at the corner of West Pearson and Western.

-Scam at 300 North Coal.

-Stranded Motorist at 1101 West Monroe.

-Child abuse/neglect at North Agricultural/Love.

-Domestic/Physical at 609 Carson.

-Drug Activity at 812 East Holt.

-Domestic Verbal at 1326 East Jackson.

-Burglary in Progress at 2266 Jubel Drive Apartment D.

-Vandalism at 1515 Kent Road.


MHS Teacher Awaiting Formal Charges29-Sep-2016

The Mexico High School Band Teacher 43 year old Robert V. Cortez is awaiting formal charges after an arrest  Wednesday on allegations of inappropriately touching a student on several occasions.

According to a report from Mexico Public Safety the student says the act occurred more than once in several different locations, but not on school property or a during a school sanctioned event.

Cortez was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


Mexico Public Safety28-Sep-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to the following calls yesterday (Tuesday)

-Juvenile problems on 1918 Providence, 1975 Quaill Hill Road, 1322 Lexington, and 1021 North Washington. 

-An unwanted subject at 4005 West Boulevard Apartment A.

-Vandalism at 304 Meadow Lake Drive, 900 Ruth Court, and 1322 Lexington. 

-A scam at 823 Garfield.

-Animal impoundment of a cat at 1513 South Morris Street.

-An assault at 3622 South Clark.

-Child endangerment at the courthouse.

-Stealing thefts at 1012 East Lafayette, 1329 Neptune and 4820 South Clark.

-A fight at the corner of East Promenade and Calhoun. 

-Suspicious activity at 2705 South Clark Apartment C.

-Careless and imprudent driving on East Liberty.

A traffic accident occurred in Mexico yesterday (Tuesday) when 67 year old Christine Kelsey pulled out from a private parking lot and struck a vehicle being driven by 28 year old Justin Schuman from Shelbina.

 It happened on Western Street. 

 Kelsey was issued a ticket for failure to keep a proper lookout. 

Mexico Public Safety reports the arrest of the following:
Monday Austin James Lange for failure to appear in court.

Yesterday (Tuesday):

25 year old Nicholas A. Potter for felony stealing.

and 40 year old Jason Brookens on a Boone County Warrant.


Sheriff's Report28-Sep-2016

On September 27 the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Chance Thomas Goslin age 31 of Mexico for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
2.      Steven Christopher Stone age 36 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault.

Investigated:
1.      Theft along Highway 54.
2.      Burglary along Audrain Road 233.
3.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 308.
4.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
5.      Civil disputes along Audrain Road 9834 and in Martinsburg.
6.      Harassment along Main Street in Farber.
7.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 853.

Issued:
1.      Summons for a traffic offense along Falcon Street in Mexico.
2.      Warnings for traffic offenses along Highway 54 and Audrain Road 524.

Assisted:
1.      Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyronne Lue Community Day of Service28-Sep-2016

A Tyronne Lue community day of service is being planned for October 18th.

The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce is leading the charge as part of honoring the Mexico native and Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ideas for the day range from special one day projects to kicking off annual campaigns that the support the community to collection drives.

The day starts at 8 am at the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce.


City Council Meeting27-Sep-2016


The Mexico City Council votes 5-0 to raise sewer rates by 3 percent at last nights meeting.

The old rate was $1.15 per 1000 gallons of water  it has been raised to $1.19. 

The council also approved a resolution authorizing the city manager to execute agreements with various organizations requesting funding from the Mexico Tourism Tax.

The Missouri Life Magazine is asking for $11,500 for advertising various events in Mexico like the Walk Back In Time and the Brick City Car Show.

The Presser Arts Performing Arts Center is requesting $3,000 for this years holiday production "Into to the Woods" which will run December 1st through 4th.

The meeting was attended by Troop 57 of the Boy Scouts who are trying to earn their communication badge.

Domestic Violence Training27-Sep-2016

Mexico will host a training class on domestic violence tomorrow at the Audrain County 4-H Center. 

Herb Tanner Director of the Violence Against Women Project will present the training. 

A pre-registration is available at audraincountycrisis.eventbrite.com.


Hampton Arrested for Drugs and Kidnapping Charges27-Sep-2016


The East Central Drug Task Force arrested 39 year old Royal Lee Hampton during the execution of a search warrant yesterday.

The warrant was served in the 1000 block of Eagle drive.  Investigators were searching for evidence of a domestic assault claim made on Sunday night.  While serving the warrant, officers requested an additional warrant to look for controlled substances.  Police seized methamphetamine, Adderall, drug paraphernalia, and 40 firearms and ammunition.

Hampton is facing charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of Adderall, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful use of a weapon.

He is additionally charged with kidnapping, armed criminal action and domestic assault.

Mexico Public Safety27-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

41 year old Stacey E. Laird for driving while revoked and possession of a controlled substance

They also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 420 West Monroe, 1123 East Promenade and on Cleveland

-fire alarm at 1400 Vance Road

-domestic verbals in the 4400 block of Rivers Drive, in the 1900 block of Huntingfield Court and at the Courthouse.

-unwanted subject at 100 East Jackson

-stealing at 1208 East Jackson and reported to 300 North Coal

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-property dispute at 1225 West Monroe

-non-injury accident at 415 Eastholm

-unlwaful ATV operation at 1421 South Jefferson

-burglaries not in progress at 1720 East Liberty and 104 Latney

-burglar alarms at 1311 Ringo and 809 Medical Park Drive

-juvenile problems in the 1500 block of Kent Road and at Lakeview Park

-and shoplifting at 420 West Monroe


Sheriff's Report27-Sep-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1.      Victor Lamar Vaughn age 45 of Fulton on a Callaway County warrant for child abuse/neglect.

2.      James William Erbschloe age 53 of Williamsburg on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving without a valid license. 

3.     and  Royal Lee Hampton age 39 of Mexico for kidnapping, armed criminal action, and domestic assault.
 
they also investigated:

1.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 9139, 929, and 408.

2.      Child custody dispute along Audrain Road 957.

3.      Peace disturbance along Church Street in Rush Hill.

4.      and a Road hazard along Highway J.

Vapor Locker Ribbon Cutting27-Sep-2016

A ribbon cutting will take place at the new location of Vapor Locker USA today at 1:00.

The new building is located just off the village square at 119 South Jefferson.


Douglas to be honored at Football game23-Sep-2016

A former prinicipal and coach of Mexico High School is to be honored before tonight's football game against the Centralia Panthers.

Darriel Douglas was a part of the school system for 34 years, serving in various roles.  He was a teacher, track coach, assistant principal and principal.  He passed away unexpectedly on May 6, 2012.

MHS Athletic Director, Jeff Anderson, explains the dedication:

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The ceremony will begin at 6:30.

Man Arrested After Assaulting Law Enforcement Officer23-Sep-2016

One man is in custody after assaulting a Mexico Law Enforcement Officer.

Major Brice Mesko reports officers responded a fight in progress in the 200 block of East Breckenridge.  Upon investigation, it was learned 32 year old Quaid Carlson had come to the house and assaulted one of the residents.

Officers located Carlson on Pollock Road, and when they attempted an arrest, he fled on foot and struck an officer with obstacles in an attempt to escape.  The officer was uninjured.

Carlson was taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond on charges of assault, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.


Mexico Public Safety23-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

32 year old Quaid M. Carlson for 3rd degree assault, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest.

They also investigated:

-attempted burglary at 915 Hassen

-physical domestic in the 900 block of Trinity

-threats at 1025 East Jackson

-fights in progress at 208 East Breckenridge, 23 Marine Drive, and on Carrico

-careless drivers on South Clark and on East Liberty

-non-injury accident at 1028 East Monroe

-utility problem at 1 Terrace Circle

-suspicious activity at 1015 East Liberty, 6 Wonneman Circle, 802 Fairground and on Hendricks

-road hazard on East Liberty and on West Street

-property damage at 1016 Mansfield

-civil disputes at 1329 Neptune, 725 East Monroe and 1003 West Breckenridge

-stealing at 2711 South Clark

-intoxicated person at 5000 Snyder

-fire alarm at 1525 West Monroe

-and a wrong way driver on the City Square.


Sheriff's Report23-Sep-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Sheldon Wayne Cooper age 44 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.
 
they also investigated:

1.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 556.

2.      Peace disturbance along Highway NN.

3.      Alarm call along Highway 54.

4.      Careless driver along Highway 22.

5.      and the Wellbeing of a resident along Highway E.

Walk Back In Time Education Day23-Sep-2016


Hundreds of students from area school are swarming the grounds of the Audrain County Historical Society for Education day at the Walk Back In Time today.

Schools that were in attendance include Centralia, South Callaway, St. Joseph Catholic School, Mexico Schools and many more.

Click here to view the Photo Gallery.

Mexico Public Safety22-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-railroad crossing problems on Highway 22

-property damage at 808 East Monroe and 3602 South Clark

-burglar alarm at 203 East Liberty

-non-injury accidents at 1051 Old Farm Road and 1224 West Breckenridge

-indecent behavior at Lakeview Park

-attempted burglary at 912 West Love

-ex-parte violation in the 200 block of Mars

-property dispute at 808 East Lafayette and 1313 Omar

-civil dispute 809 North Jefferson

-missing juvenile in the 400 block of West Vine

-juvenile problems on South Calhoun

-suspicious activity at Lakeview Park, 4787 East Liberty, 2250 Jubel Drive and at 802  Fairground

-physical domestic in the 600 block of Carson

-intoxicated person at 101 North Western

-and a fire alarm at 620 East Monroe.


Ribbon Cutting at Aussie Outback and Down Under22-Sep-2016


Aussie Outback and Down under will be having a ribbon cutting today in Mexico's Village Square at 5:00

The new restaurant will be having drawings for prizes.  Winners will be drawn at 5:45.

Ron Whitaker To Be Honored During Football Game22-Sep-2016

Mexico resident, Ron Whitaker, will be recognized during tomorrow night's football game against the Centralia Panthers.

Whitaker has been involved in the track and field program for 50 years.

The high school track was renamed in his honor in the spring.

On Saturday, a Mexico High School Track reunion will be held at the Elks lodge beginning at 6:30.  All former track athletes and coaches are welcome.


Storm Spotter Class22-Sep-2016

A storm spotter program will be taking place  in Mexico this evening.

The National Weather Service out of St. Louis and the Audrain County  Emergency Communications Group, along with the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency will be presenting the class.

It is free and open to the public. 

It starts at 6:30 and runs until 9:30 and will be held in the Community Room in the Audrain County Courthouse.


AMC Retiree Lunch21-Sep-2016

The Mexico Senior Center is inviting all retired and former employees of Audrain Medical Center and retired seniors who worked in the medical field to a lunch to reminisce with former employees today.

The lunch will begin at 11AM and last until 1.


Dow Jones News Fund Teacher of the Year21-Sep-2016

Mexico High School Journalism teacher Jamie Williams is this years recipient of the Dow Jones News Fund teacher of the year.  

It is a national honor and Williams was also nominated as a special recognition advisor from the News organization. 

Williams says she is very great full about the award.  

The nomination process was anonymous. Williams is in her 8th year of teaching.


Mexico Public Safety21-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity on Jubel Drive and at 1310 Neptune

-utility problem at 704 West Boulevard

-threats at 520 East Holt and 429 North Missouri

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-domestic verbals in the 300 block of North Missouri and in the 900 block of Mars

-non-injury accident at 503 West Monroe

-scam at 1509 West Street

-road hazards at 1101 West Monroe and at 922 East Love

-burglary not in progress at 1324 North Clark

-non-injury assault at 1109 East Liberty and 1102 North Clark

-civil dispute at 320 West Jackson

-juvenile problems on South Clark

-peace disturbance at 1010 West Street

-physical domestic on Harwood

-burglary in progress at 815 South Olive

-and drug activity in progress at 420 West Monroe


Zenith Open Hangar Days21-Sep-2016

Zenith Aircraft Company in Mexico will be celebrating their 25th annual Open Hangar Days on Friday and Saturday.

Tours of the kit aircraft factory will be available on Friday.  On Saturday afternoon there will be a short take off and landing demonstration and competition.


Mexico Public Safety20-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 33 year old Shawn Hunter for domestic assault in the third degree.

They also investigated:

-Peace disturbances at 606 Carson and 610 West Jackson

-suspicious activity at 609 Carson and 319 West Central

-physical domestic in the 700 block of East Holt

-burglar alarms at 117 West Monroe and 607 West Monroe

-staling at 1010 Hassen, 925 East Liberty and reported to 300 North Coal

-non-injury accident at 2900 Dorelli Lane

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-non-injury assault 704 West Boulevard

-trespassing 612 North Olive

-juvenile problems reported to 300 North Coal and in the 500 block North Washington

-verbal domestics on South Morris and in the 900 block of Carrico

-burglary not in progress at 1305 East Libertyt

-property damage at 1629 North Clark

-utility problems at 2201 Lakeview

-railroad crossing problems on South Morris

-missing juvenile in the 1100 block of West Breckenridge

-and an ex-parte violation in the 500 block of Robinson


SSM Recruitment Event20-Sep-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain will host a recruitment event for all clinic and hospital openings on Thursday, from 4-7 p.m. at the hospital. Hiring leaders will conduct onsite interviews and attendees will have a chance to win an iPad.

Attendees can talk with current staff and take a tour of the hospital. Experienced nurses may be eligible for a $5,000 sign-on bonus.


3 In Custody Following Search Warrant19-Sep-2016


3 people are in custody after a search warrant was served in the 1000 block of Omar Street in Mexico on Friday.

24 year old Benjamin Wayne Angell, 21 year old Rodnick Colt Kuda, and 40 year old Amy Michelle Sparks were taken into custody on a variety of charges.

As a result of the search warrant, officers seized methamphetamine, synthetic cannabinoid and drug paraphernalia.

Mexico Public Safety19-Sep-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

24 year old Bryan L. Schneider on 2 Mexico Warrants.

They also investigated:

-harassment at 1105 West Buchanan

-verbal domestic reported to 300 North Coal

-property damage reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing at 4224 South Clark

-and suspicious activity at 202 Summit


On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-peace disturbances at 1420 North Olive, 2515 Cardinal and at 1010 West Street

-suspicious activity on the City Square and on West Boulevard

-property damage at 902 North Calhoun

-stealing at 1800 North Clark and at 4820 South Clark

-shoplifting at 101 North Western

-domestic verbal in the 300 block of East Liberty

-juvenile problem in the 600 block of North Jeffries

-and a vehicle break in at 703 Yale


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-trespassing at 315 East Monroe

-peace disturbances on Omar and at 2250 Jubel Drive

-suspicious activity at 510 South Washington, 19 Marine Drive and 203 West Love

-road hazard on West Boulevard

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-civil dispute on West Boulevard

-fire alarms at 620 East Monroe and 5000 Snyder

-juvenile problems in the 1100 block of North Olive and the 300 block of West Central

-and a physical domestic in the 700 block of East Holt. 


School Board Tomorrow19-Sep-2016

The Mexico Board of Education will announce the results of the ACT tests and the End of Course scores for the 2015 year.

Also on the agenda will be the final approval of the  J.E. Dunn contract, budget evaluation and reduction process.

The meeting will be held at Central Office at 7PM.


AMC Retirees invited to Senior Center16-Sep-2016

The Mexico Senior Center is inviting all retired and former employees of Audrain Medical Center and retired seniors who worked in the medical field to a lunch to reminisce with former employees on Wednesday.

The lunch will begin at 11AM and last until 1.


Mexico Man Sentenced to 90 Years in Prison16-Sep-2016

A 36 year old Mexico man was sentenced to 90 years in prison today on multiple sexual abuse charges involving a 5 year old child.

Dayton Eugene Durham was convicted on July 25 for statutory rape, statutory sodomy, enticement of a child, endangering the welfare of a child and child molestation.

According to Jacob Shellabarger, Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney, Judge Wesley C. Dalton gave the Durham the maximum sentence on each of the counts.


Mexico Public Safety16-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

37 year oldEarl R. Schierbaum on a Monroe County Warrant

and 61 Gerald Davenport for possession of a controlled substance and driving while revoked.

They also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 900 Ruth Court and 620 East Monroe

-fight in progress at 1305 East Liberty

-burglaries not in progress at 1103 West Breckenridge and 703 West Boulevard

-ex parte violation in the 900 block of South Muldrow

-unwanted subject at 915 East Love

-non-injury assault at 620 East Monroe

-harassment at 409 Fairground

-scam reported to 300 North Coal

-careless driver on the Highway 54 bypass

-traffic accidents on West Liberty and at 503 West Monroe

-and peace disturbances at 1825 South Western and 2266 Jubel Drive.


Sheriff's Report16-Sep-2016

Yesterday,  the Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1.      Jamie Roger Bowen age 36 of Higbee on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of property damage.

2.      Joshua Franklin Bulson age 34 of Mexico on a Cooper County warrant for speeding.

3.     and  Michael Todd Lewis age 36 of Mexico for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia; and, an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.
 
they also investigated:

1.      Abandoned property along Highway 15.

2.      Assault along Highway D.

3.      Trespass along Trabue Drive in Farber.

4.      911 calls along Highway 15 and Audrain Road 826.

5.      Loose livestock along Highway 151.

6.     and a Careless driver along Highway 54.

Former Mexico Resident to have Suppression Hearing in Murder Trial15-Sep-2016

A suppression hearing has been scheduled for October 20 in Miller County for a former Mexico resident accused of killing her newborn baby in 2009.

39 year old Emily Usnick is charged with second degree murder, endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession and manufacturing.

The body of a newborn baby was discovered in a plastic container in the trunk of Usnick's car during a drug bust.

A suppression hearing is to determine if the defendant's constitutional rights were violated in the investigation.


Mexico Public Safety15-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 420 West Monroe

-Peace Disturbances at 2250 Jubel Drive at 414 North Missouri

-utility problem at 1003 North Kentucky

-neighbor disputes at 619 South Missouri and 615 South Missouri

-non-injury accidents at 1007 West Street and on Lakeview

-threats at 904 East Monroe

-harassment reported to 300 North Coal

-fight in progress at 305 South Muldrow

-physical domestics in the 300 block of West Monroe and in the 900 block of Fairground

-juvenile problems in the 1400 block of Pinelawn and in the 700 block of Jackson

-child abuse in the 900 block of North Jefferson

-civil dispute at 1822 Springdale

-ex Parte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-and a verbal domestic on West Love


2 Arrests Made, More Expected in Mexico Shooting14-Sep-2016

Two people have been arrested after an incident in Mexico in which a 37 year old man was shot in the face.

Major Brice Mesko with Mexico Public safety says the incident occurred on August 12 in the 1000 block of East Liberty.  

Arrested were 25 year old Danielle R. Rushing and 27 year old Michael Rushing, both of Jefferson City.

They are both charged with Robbery in the first degree, armed criminal action, first degree assault and stealing of an animal.

The investigation is ongoing for charges on others who were involved.


Mexico Public Safety14-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 51 year old Paul A. Hann for domestic assault in the third degree.

They also investigated:

-loitering at 323 Woodlawn

-fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-burglary not in progress at 725 East Monroe

-burglar alarm at 101 North Western

-stealing at 726 East Jackson, 619 South Missouri, and reported to 300 North Coal

-stop arm violations at 2101 Lakeview

-verbal domestic on Mars Street

-child endangerment at 501 South Muldrow

-suspicious activity at 420 West Monroe and 1120 East Lafayette

-neighbor dispute at 719 West Buchanan

-property damage reported to 300 North Coal

-stolen vehicle at 426 Bourne

-drug activity in Progress at 915 Mansfield

-fire at 1714 Ashley Court

-shots fired on Bougainvill

-and an injury assault in the 600 block of Macfarlane


Sheriff's Report14-Sep-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      Trespass along Audrain Road 947.

2.      Assault along Highway 22.

3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Roads 964 and 609.

4.      Harassment along Audrain Road 208.

5.     and a  911 call along Audrain Road 9832.
 

Yesterday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol:
Arrested:

1.      Chancey Alexander Green age 21 of Laddonia for driving while suspended.

City Council13-Sep-2016

The 2017 budget passes at the Mexico City Council meeting last (Monday) night.

The budget begins October 1st this year , and runs through September 30, 2017. 

The total budget revenues are expected to be  fourteen million three hundred eighty five thousand dollars.

The expenditures are sixteen million four hundred seventy two thousand eight hundred eighty three dollars. 

Some of the expenses include a ninety thousand dollar excavator and a fifty thousand dollar dump truck. 

Also looming large is the city pool,which is over 30 years old and has had multiple issues over the last several years. 

The city will keep 86 full time employees for the upcoming year.

That will remain the same as this year.  

All council members and the mayor were at last nights meeting.


Mexico Public Safety13-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-a fire on Omar

-suspicious activity on South Morris, North Western, North Calhoun and reported to 300 North Coal

-unwanted subjects at 307 West Jackson and 828 West Monroe

-Physical Domestic in the 200 block of North Alabama

-Fraud at 701 West Buchanan

-indecent behavior on East Orange

-burglar alarm at 1801 East Liberty

-Juvenile problems on West Boulevard

-and a verbal domestic in the 600 block of Eastholm.


Sheriff's Report13-Sep-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Danielle Renee Rushing age 25 of Holts Summit on Audrain County warrant for robbery, stealing, assault, and armed criminal action.

they also Investigated:
1.      Domestic Disturbance along Highway E.

2.      Trespass along Audrain Road 838.

3.      Fraud along Highway 22.

4.      Civil dispute along Highway W.

5.      Road hazard along Highway 15.

6.      and Suspicious activity along Highway NN.

SSM Recruitment Event13-Sep-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain will host a recruitment event for all clinic and hospital openings on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4-7 p.m. at the hospital. Hiring leaders will conduct onsite interviews and attendees will have a chance to win an iPad.

Attendees can talk with current staff and take a tour of the hospital. Experienced nurses may be eligible for a $5,000 sign-on bonus.


Mexico Drug Bust12-Sep-2016

A Mexico man is facing multiple charges after being arrested where a search lead to the discovery of 4 guns and drugs.

The East Central Drug Task Force conducted the search at 200 East Jackson Street and  report the arrest of 23 year old  D'Andre Martez Soils. 

He is currently booked in the Audrain County jail.


Mexico Losing County Market12-Sep-2016

Mexico will have one less grocery in the near future.

The County Market at 500 West Jackson Street will not be renewing their lease.

Jerry Cutler the director of consumer affairs for the company says the closing wont happen for another 1 to months. 

Cutler estimates that the Mexico store employs around 40 to 50 associates, and says the store will a have a sale down and then announce a closing date.


Mexico Public Safety12-Sep-2016

Mexico Public Safety reports the arrest of the following on Saturday 27 year old Ryan P. Prater for 3rd degree domestic assault. 

On Sunday 36 year old Corvez Walker was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and a city warrant. 

Public Safety responded to following calls on Sunday:

-A missing juvenile at 509 South Olive Apartment B. 

-Drug activity in progress on 1313 Omar.

-Harrassment on 2266 Jubel Drive Apartment D. 

-A domestic verbal dispute on 604 North Western

-Suspicious activity on 318 North Craig

-A physical domestic altercation on Quantico Road.

-A fight on 131 Josephine.

-Road obstruction at the corner of Curtis and Monroe. 

-And a report of a theft/stealing at Falcon Drive.


Gentle Healthy Smiles Ribbon Cutting09-Sep-2016



Mexico Public Safety09-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1014 North Clark and 1115 East Promenade

-non-injury accidents on West Love and at West Plaza Shopping Center

-fight in progress at 912 North Wade

-stealing at 604 North Western and reported to 300 North Coal

-physical domestics in the 1600 block of North Clark at at Teal Lake Road

-scam at 1939 Providence

-civil dispute at 1218 Hendricks

-harassment at 1515 North Jefferson

-careless driver at 2900 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 900 block of Ringo

-and flooding on East Lafayette, Lakeview and Huntingfield.


Miss America09-Sep-2016


Erin O'Flaherty, who won her title in the Miss Missouri Pageant in Mexico, is making history.

O'Flaherty is the first openly gay contestant in the Miss America Pageant.  The pageant has been in the preliminary stages this week in Atlantic City.

A new queen will be crowned on Sunday.

Mexico Public Safety08-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 32 year old Jonathan P. Dovin for tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while suspended and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The also investigated:

-an unwanted subject at 1035 Lakeview

-suspicious activity at 1035 Lakeview and on Highway T

-Property Damage at 612 North Olive and 17 Marine Drive

-peace disturbance  at 1035 East Liberty

-fraud at 2024 Doss Road and reported to 300 North Coal

-Burglar Alarm at 802 East Breckenridge

-and shoplifting at West Plaza Shopping Center.


One Arrested After Shots Fired in Mexico Incident08-Sep-2016

One person is in custody after a shots fired incident in Mexico on Saturday.

Mexico Public Safety reports  25 year old Jeremy Gascic was arrested yesterday on suspicion of 3rd degree domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Officers were dispatched on Saturday to Lakeview in reference to a disturbance.  Gascic and a former girlfriend were arguing, and when she drove away he fired a gun.  No one was injured in the incident.


Plans Underway for Day of Service08-Sep-2016

Plans for the First Annual Tyronn Lue Community Day of Service are underway.

The event will be held October 18.  

Nine organizations have pledged to participate.  Although specific plans have not been confirmed, ideas range from one day projects,  kicking off annual campaigns that support the community and collection drives.

The day will begin with a kick off at the Chamber of Commerce at 8AM.


Sheriff's Report08-Sep-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Jordan Kenneth Scheeler age 26 of Montgomery City on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of harassment. 

2.      and Joseph Lyon Frank age 22 of Mexico for driving while revoked.

the department investigated:

1.      Domestic assault along Highway N.

2.      911 calls along Highway J and Audrain Road 826.

3.      Road hazard along Highway C.

4.      Harassment along Audrain Road 929.

5.      Loose livestock along Highway 151.

6.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

7.       and Animal abuse along Audrain Road 154.

United Way Kick Off08-Sep-2016


About 30 people attended the 2016 United Way of Audrain County's official kickoff Wednesday evening at the Mexico Chamber of Commerce office. 

Josh Hanley, the United Way Director for 2016, called for people to be generous this year. 

"In Audrain county, we volunteer our time, care for the less fortunate and look out for our neighbors," he said. 

This years goal is $120,000. Hanley announced he had received a $2300 donation yesterday morning to kickoff the 2016 campaign. 

Six of the 17 United way groups then spoke, including Janelle Williams from Accis; Tad Dobyns and Mary Rohrbach, Central Missouri Community Action;  the Hand-I shop, Christy Stuckenschneider, Mexico area YMCA, Lori Brandow;  northeast comm service agency; John Dial; and Dave Neundorf from the Help Center.

Rohrbach described the CMCA's Building Stronger Families program. The United way funding goes a long way in keeping families together.

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4 Arrested in Drug Bust Arraigned07-Sep-2016

Four people who were arrested in a drug bust on August 31 were arraigned in Audrain County Yesterday.

23 year old Robert Brandon Peak requested a bond reduction and was denied.

Victoria Burcham also requested a bond reduction that was opposed, and also asked for a public defender.

James Bentley was also arraigned and appeared with a public defender.  

They are set to have a preliminary hearings on October 7, at 1:30.

The fourth person, Mallory Kehl, posted a 50 thousand dollar bond and was released.  She waived her arraignment and the cause was continued to October 11 at 10AM.

All four suspects are charged with distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.

Peak has an additional charge of possession of Clonazepam.

Bentley had originally told authorities on his arrest he was someone else.  Upon further investigation, it was uncovered he is a fugitive sex offender from Arkansas.  He will have additional charges of a sex offender residing within 500 feet of a school, failure to register as a sex offender and forgery.


Cerro Copper Fire07-Sep-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a fire at Cerro Copper yesterday afternoon.

Major Brice Mesko reports firefighters were called to 1500 industrial drive around 3:15.

Responding personnel found insulated roofing material around part of the building's HVAC system to be on fire.

Cerro employees and MPSD worked together to contain and extinguish the fire with no further damage to facility.

Audrain Ambulance was on hand to provide rehabilitation to the firefighters.  One officer was transported to the hospital with a heat related illness.


Grand Racing Champion in Mexico07-Sep-2016


There is a 3 time grand racing champion living in Mexico.

It's 4 year old Jack the dachshund. 

His owner is Mexico resident Jonnie Barnes.

She says that Jack has been involved in the dachshund derby at the October Festival in Jefferson City over the last several years.

Jack's next big race will be September 25th in Jefferson at the Oktoberfest.

Stay tuned to KXEO as we will update how Jack does in the race.

Mexico Public Safety07-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 300 South Morris and 608 East Bolivar

-burglary not in progress at 1311 Ringo

-stop arm violations at 2101 Lakeview

-verbal domestic in the 100 block of Pleasant

-traffic accidents on South Coal, East Boulevard, and 1804 Lakeview

-civil dispute at 809 North Jefferson

-careless driver on West Boulevard

-physical domestic in the 600 block of East Monroe 

-and trespassing at 1301 East Liberty


SSM To Be Honored07-Sep-2016

The Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 32nd annual Commerce and Industry Appreciation dinner on October 11, and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital Audrain is to to be honored.

Since the hospital, previously known as Audrain Medical Center was taken over by SSM Health in 2013, the 88 bed hospital has been involved in the community in a number of ways.

Chamber of Commerce director, Dana Keller, explains:

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The dinner will be held a Steinman Banquet Hall.

Mexico Cover Fire06-Sep-2016

Firefighters in Mexico responded to a natural cover fire just before noon on Saturday in the 3900 block of East Liberty.

Mexico Public Safety reports a property owner was burning brush when the wind increased and switched directions, spreading the fire beyond his control. MPSD was on the scene for a little over an hour.

The blaze was extinguished with no damage to buildings.  No one was injured in the blaze.


Mexico Drug Bust06-Sep-2016


The East Central Drug Task Force, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Mexico Public Safety and the Audrain County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant in the 100 block of West Street in Mexico on Friday.

During the search, officers seized methamphetamine, heroin, Oxycodone and drug paraphernalia.

33 year old Michael David Waters Jr. was arrested and is facing charges of distribution of methamphetamine near a school, possession of heroin, possession of Oxycodone, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.

Mexico Public Safety06-Sep-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

29 year old Grace M. Rowe for Driving While Intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child and assault in the 3rd degree.

They also investigated:

-burglar alarms at 802 East Breckenridge, 309 West Promenade, and 3102 Sunset Lane

-suspicious activity at 2510 Lakeview, 702 South Western and on South Missouri

-stop arm violations at 2101 Lakeview

-stealing at 1005 West Boulevard, 1035 South Lakeview and 500 West Jackson

-non-injury accident at 500 West Jackson

-juvenile problems on West Liberty

-non-injury assault at 400 South Muldrow

-harassment on North Western and at 4820 South Clark

-unwanted subjects at 503 West Monroe and 707 West Jackson

-physical domestic on South Clark

-and shots fired at 426 Bolivar


On Saturday Public Safety investigated:

-an intoxicated at 2900 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 1012 Savannah Court, 916 Trinity and 620 East Monroe

-shots fired at 2510 Lakeview and 1820 Bennington

-physical domestic on South Clark

-Stealing at 420 West Monroe

-utility problem at 1022 Michigan

-non-injury accident at 119 East Whitley

-harassment at 804 North Western

-careless driver on Highway 54

-burglary not in progress at 115 North Alabama

-and Juvenile problems on West Monroe


On Sunday, Public Safety arrested:

-33 year old David F. Farrow and 23 year old Norisha Byers for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.


The also investigated:

-Juvenile problems on Yale

-fire at 935 West Buchanan

-neighbor dispute on Jubel drive

-burglary in progress at 501 North Western

-suspicious activity at Hardin Park, 3602 South Clark, 11 Marine Drive and on Norht Stewart

-Burglary not in progress at 102 South Mississippi

-physical domestic on South Jefferson

-fight in progress at 1230 East Promenade

-and a verbal domestic on North Mississippi


Yesterday, the department arrested 35 year old Garry W. Dorsey on an Audrain County Warrant

They investigated:

-suspicious activity on Teal Lake Road, at 802 West Buchanan and 415 North Agricultural

-attempted burglary at 903 Woodlawn

-utility problem at 1430 Ringo

-trespassing at 1021 West Liberty

-peace disturbance at Garfield Park

-juvenile problems on South Muldrow

-and stealing at 802 East Jackson.


Shots Fired In Mexico06-Sep-2016

Mexico Public Safety is investigating a shots fired incident in the 2500 block of Lakeview on Saturday.

According to Major Brice Mesko, Public Safety responded to a call of a disturbance around 2:38AM.

Investigators uncovered a 27 year old woman was confronted by a former boyfriend and they began arguing.

When the woman was driving away from the scene, the man allegedly fired a gun.

There were no injuries or property damage reported in the incident.


SSM Colorectal Cancer Pledge06-Sep-2016

SSM Health Cancer Center is joining national efforts to increase colorectal cancer screenings.

On Thursday, SSM Health St. Mary's-Audrain president, Donna Jacobs, will sign a pledge to support the "80 percent by 2018 initiative."

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable initiative  includes more than 500 organizations committed to reducing incidents of the cancer.

Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable.


Mexico Public Safety01-Sep-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

20 year old Matthew B. Beauchamp for possession of drug paraphernalia and on Audrain County Warrants for failing to appear on the original charges of stealing less than 500 dollars, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, driving while revoked and careless and imprudent driving.

Public Safety also investigated:

-a fire alarm at 1401 West Breckenridge

-fight in progress at 2701 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 1101 East Anderson, 704 West Boulevard, and at Hardin Park

-found property on Huntingfield Court and on East Boulevard

-property dispute at 1126 Harwood

-fraud at 1119 Emmons

-threats at 120 South Clark and 1515 North Jefferson

-fight not in progress at 615 South Missouri

-non-injury accidents on South Muldrow, at 515 East Promenade and at 806 East Liberty

-trash dumping at 606 Park

-sexual assault on South Western

-physical domestic in the 600 block of North Western

-road hazard on East Liberty

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Liberty and the 600 block of East Monroe

-peace disturbance at 19 Marine Drive

-trespassing at 2913 South Clark

-stealing at 414 North Missouri

-and harassment at 420 West Monroe


Mexico Scam01-Sep-2016

Over the past week, two citizens of Mexico have reported being the victims of various scams.  One had the citizen depositing checks, keeping some of the money and returning some of the money in the form of money orders, money cards, or products.  The deposited checks were later found to be forged.  The other had the citizen convinced that their computer was not working properly and that maintenance and protection software would be placed on the computer remotely.  This allowed for complete access to the victim’s computer and checking account information.

Neither of these are new scams, but changed to manipulate more people.   The best way to prevent being a victim is to remember the basics:

Mexico Public Safety recommends not giving out personal information.

Never pay anyone for a prize they say you have won

Never relinquish control of your personal computer

and Utilities and government agencies do not require immediate payments using only money orders.


Sheriff's Report01-Sep-2016

For the month of August, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office transported 104 prisoners, traveling 3334 miles.  So far in 2016, the Sheriff’s Office transported 765 prisoners traveling 25140 miles.

For the month of August the Jail averaged 70 prisoners daily.  So far in 2016 the Jail averaged 65 prisoners daily.

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Gregory Joseph Dana age 59 of Trenton on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.

2.    and Terrell Cooks Jr. age 24 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon, and receiving stolen property.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 625.

2.      Wellbeing of residents along Audrain Roads 929 and 548.

3.      Trespass along Highway K.

4.      911 calls along Highway E, Audrain Road 457, and Market Street in Vandiver Village.

5.      Fraud along Audrain Road 757.

6.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 9826.

4 Arrested in Mexico Drug Bust31-Aug-2016


The East Central Drug Task Force, along with Mexico Public Safety, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 4 people during a drug bust early this morning.

The search warrant was served in the 600 block of West Maple Street in Mexico.

Arrested were 23 year old Robert Brandon Peak of Benton City, 38 year old James Arthur Bentley, 21 year old Mallory Ellen Kehl, and 36 year old Victoria Dianne Burcham, all of Mexico.

All four suspects are charged with distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and keeping or maintaining a public nuisance.

Peak has an additional charge of possession of Clonazepam.

Bentley had originally told authorities on his arrest he was someone else.  Upon further investigation, it was uncovered he is a fugitive sex offender from Arkansas.  He will have additional charges of a sex offender residing within 500 feet of a school, failure to register as a sex offender and forgery.

They were transported to the Audrain County Jail.

Mexico Public Safety31-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fire in the 1200 block of West Breckenridge

-stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-road closings on Lakeview Road at Omar and Fairground

-traffic accident at 1300 North Kentucky

-careless driver on Fairground

-burglary in progress at 920 Garfield

-child abuse reported to 300 North Coal

-drug activity not in progress at 1 Rock Springs

-sexual assault on South Coal

-and a peace disturbance at 400 North Calhoun


Sheriff's Report31-Aug-2016

On Monday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      Domestic disturbance along First Street in Vandiver Village.

2.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54 and Audrain Road 353.

3.      Careless driver along Highway FF.

4.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 440.

5.      Fraud along Audrain Road 516 and from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

6.      911 call along Audrain Road 980.

7.      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway 19.
 

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Clinton Dale McKinnon age 39 of Louisiana on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Violation of an order of protection from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

2.      Burglaries along Highway U and Audrain Road 730.

3.      Theft along Audrain Road 929.

4.      Trespass along Highway JJ.

5.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 929.

6.      Careless driver along Highway 19.

SSM Offers Speech Therapy31-Aug-2016

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain now offers speech therapy services for individuals of any age.

The program can handle speech difficulties ranging from the loss of ability to understand or express speech, to reading and reading comprehension.

Patients will receive a complete evaluation to assess his or her verbal aptitudes and challenges. From this evaluation, the pathologist will set goals to help the patient communicate in more useful and functional ways.

Patients interested in this service will need to obtain an order from a medical provider.


Mexico 2 Car Accident30-Aug-2016

No injuries are being reported in a 2 car accident in Mexico yesterday (Monday).

According to Mexico Public Safety the accident occurred when Tamijah Williams of Mexico was stopped at the intersection of Muldrow when she reversed her car in order to avoid a collision with oncoming traffic. 

Williams is said to have backed into a car being driven by James Huddler of Mexico.

Public safety issued a ticket to Williams for failing to keep a proper look out while backing up.


Bava Memorial Highway Dedication29-Aug-2016


A portion of State Route FF in Audrain County has been dedicated to fallen Missouri State Trooper, James Bava.

Bava was killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2015 in a tragic car crash while pursuing a motorcycle.

The hour long ceremony included emotional presentations by members of the Highway Patrol including Captain Michael Turner.  Turner said in his speech said Bava "gave all of his tomorrows for the promise of today."

Sergeant Scott White describes how members of the patrol is handling the dedication.

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A sign commemorating the stretch of highway can be found near the intersection of highway FF and Elmwood Drive in Mexico.

Bright Futures Immediate Needs29-Aug-2016

Bright Futures of Mexico has some immediate needs to help students within the Mexico School District.

The group is requesting help in acquiring a pair of sturdy size 7 tennis shoes for a student at the Early Childhood Center.

A student at the high school is in need of a large capacity backpack.

They are also requesting male volunteers for the lunch buddy program.

For more information, contact the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce.


Sheriff's Report29-Aug-2016

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Erica Nicole Hoffman age 27 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.

2.      Floyd William Dudley Jr. age 28 of Columbia on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of driving while revoked, domestic assault, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, and violation of an order of protection.

3.      Shawn Eric Wieberg age 37 of Vandalia on an Audrain County warrant for driving while intoxicated and driving while revoked.

4.      Nikolas Blake Clark age 22 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant of possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

5.      Loretta Jane Ball age 43 of Farber on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.

6.     and  James Price Jennings age 45 of Mexico for driving while revoked.
 
they also Investigated:
1.      Theft along Highway ZZ.

2.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 948 and 838.

3.      Careless driver along Highway 19.

4.      Abandoned vehicles along Highways 19 and J; and, Audrain Road 929.

5.      Suspicious activity along Highway 22.

6.      Peace disturbance from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

7.      and a Domestic disturbance along Highway 15.
 
Issued:
1.      Summonses for traffic offenses along Highways 22 and 15.
2.      Warnings for traffic offenses along Highways 54, 22, 19, and 15.

Hotop Field Dedication26-Aug-2016


The Mexico soccer field was dedicated to a former coach last night.

The field, which is located at the Middle School, is being named after Chris Hotop.

Hotop was a 1974 graduate of Mexico High School before graduating from Southeast Missouri State University.  He helped start and run the Mexico Area Soccer Club.  He helped with the high school teams for over 10 years, becoming the head coach for the boys team in 2009.

Hotop died at the age of 59 on October 22, 2015 after a  battle with cancer.

Mexico Child Safe After Falling From Car26-Aug-2016

Minor injuries are being reported after a 2 year old girl fell out of a moving vehicle in Mexico yesterday afternoon. 

According to Mexico Public Safety they responded to the West Plaza Shopping Center at around 12:54 and found that the rear drivers side door of 27 year old Erin Tibbs car had swung open. 

During the incident, the  2 year old girl fell out of the car and struck the pavement.

The girl was in a restraint seat.

Public Safety is still investigating as to why the door and the seatbelt failed to keep the child and her restraint seat in the car.


Mexico Man Arrested In Montgomery County26-Aug-2016

A 31 year old Mexico man was arrested in Montgomery County on multiple charges.

Garey Reeves was taken into custody around 5:30 yesterday afternoon.

He is charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, an Audrain County Warrant for distribution of methamphetamine, distribution of marijuana, endangering the welfare of a child, keeping a public nuisance.

He is being held in the Audrain County Jail.


Mexico Plane Makes Emergency Landing in St. Louis Area26-Aug-2016

The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing to investigate the cause of an engine failure that caused a plane to do an emergency landing on a St. Louis area roadway earlier this week.

The plane had taken off from the Mexico Airport shortly after 8PM headed for Creve Couer to practice takeoffs and landings.

The name of the pilot and one passenger has not been released at this time.

No one was injured in the incident.


Soybean Festival Road Closures26-Aug-2016

The Soybean Festival will kick off this afternoon in Mexico.

Events happening this weekend will include carnival rides, car shows and music.

Several roads heading into the village square will be closed. 

Today, patrons can enter the downtown area on Coal, Monroe and Jefferson Streets, however, Jackson Street will be closed.

Tomorrow, all the roads leading to the square will be closed.  People wanting to attend the festival are encouraged to use the City Parking Lots that surround the square.


3 Arrested in Mexico Drug Bust25-Aug-2016


Three people were arrested in a drug bust in Mexico yesterday.

The East Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant in the 1000 block of East Lafayette Street during the afternoon hours.  During the search officers seized methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The Task force, assisted by the Audrain County Sheriff's Office, Mexico Public Safety and the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested 52 year old Dawn Elizabeth Reeves, 58 year old Eric Allen Henry and 25 year old Destiny Lycole Halferty.

All 3 have been charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering the welfare of a child and keeping a public nuisance.

Better Business Bureau Warning25-Aug-2016

The Better Business Bureau is warning the public about a mailer that is being circulated regarding burial insurance policies.

The BBB believes the mailers, that are postmarked in Marietta, Georgia, have the capacity to mislead because they do not disclose information obtained will be sold to insurance sales agents.

The mailings are titled "2016 Benefit Information of Missouri Citizens Only."  The mailers are worded to make people believe they will get something for free.


Mexico Public Safety25-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Traffic hazard on West Street

-stealing at 514 South Abat and 806 South Clark

-missing person in the 100 block of North Mississippi

-fraud at 700 West Jackson

-domestic verbals in the 600 block of Eastholm and on West Monroe

-non-injury accident on South Clark

-intoxicated person waling at 1101 West Monroe

-loitering at 503 West Monroe

-burglary not in progress at 703 South Western

-threats at 611 Eastholm

-suspicious activity at 2 Ozark Place in the the 600 block of south Missouri

-and a peace disturbance at 2250 Jubel Drive


Sheriff's Report25-Aug-2016

Yesterday,  the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Destiny Lycole Halferty age 25 of Mexico for driving while intoxicated and driving without a valid license.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Domestic assault along Elmwood Drive.

2.      Suspicious activity along Main Street in Farber.

3.      Harassment along Audrain Road 729.

4.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 524.

5.      911 calls along Wylde Street in Benton City and Market Drive in Vandiver 
Village.

6.    and a   Civil dispute along Audrain Road 9834.

Mexico Public Safety24-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-53 year old Jeffrey A Maddox for driving while suspended and possession of Marijuana and possession drug paraphernalia.


They also investigated:

-A fight in progress on West Jackson

-unwanted subject at 626 West Liberty

-burglar alarm at 615 South Washington

-railroad crossing problem on Christopher Drive

-road hazards on Green Boulevard and on South Clark

-stealing reported to 300 North coal

-non-injury accident on West Boulevard

-found property reported to 300 North Coal

-trespassing at 525 West Robinson

-runaway juvenile in the 900 block of Hassen Drive

-threats at 3762 Lynnwood

-unlawful ATV operation at 23 Marine Drive

-harassment at 621 North Clark

-careless drivers on Highway 22 and on South Clark

-suspicious activity at 903 Woodlawn and 500 West Jackson

-verbal domestics in the 600 block of Eastholm and the 700 block of East Jackson

-and a physical domestic in the 1000 block of Macfarlane


Soccer Field To Be Dedicated Tomorrow24-Aug-2016

The Mexico soccer field is being dedicated to a former coach tomorrow night.

The field, which is located at the Middle School, is being named after Chris Hotop.

Hotop was a 1974 graduate of Mexico High School before graduating from Southeast Missouri State University.  He helped start and run the Mexico Area Soccer Club.  He helped with the high school teams for over 10 years, becoming the head coach for the boys team in 2009.

Hotop died at the age of 59 on October 22, 2015 after a  battle with cancer.

The ceremony will take place at 6:00, during the game with Fulton.

City Council23-Aug-2016

The Mexico City Council sets the property tax rates for the year.  

The council voted  for an increase in assessed property tax at last nights meeting. 

When opened up for public comments Mexico residents Thomas and Rebecca Fiedler let the council their strong opposition to the rate increase.

The revenue from property tax collected was broken down. 

Six hundred ten thousand, forty nine dollars goes towards the cities general fund.  

The Parks and Recreation fund receives one hundred thirty nine thousand seven hundred ninety one dollars and ten cents.  

And the Public Health Department gets two hundred seventy nine thousand five hundred eighty two dollars.

Topics also discussed at the meeting was revisiting a conversation about a smoking ban in Mexico. 

Mayor Greg Miller said that the  council will be re-examining that issue at their October 24th meeting.

Councilman Ron Loesch also discussed the need for a new city pool.

According to Councilman Loesch the Mexico City Pool is currently being held together by baling wire and is leaking about fifty thousand gallons per day. 

He estimates the cost of new pool on the low side would be one point six million dollars. 

A state of the art pool could be as much as eight million dollars.

It was also mentioned that the city has about nine hundred thousand dollars towards a new pool currently in a fund.


Mexico Drug Bust23-Aug-2016


The East Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant yesterday afternoon that resulted in the seizure of 67 marijuana plants.

The Task Force was assisted by the Missouri National Guard Counter Drug Officers in the 15000 block of Audrain Road 821.  

Officers arrested 59 year old Roger Wayne Morgan after the plants were discovered near his home.  Investigators also found a room that was used to dry marijuana and portion of the plants.

The National Guard provided a helicopter to assist in locating the plants.

Morgan is charged with manufacturing marijuana and maintaining a public nuisance.

Mexico Public Safety23-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-35 year old William J Davenport for possession of Methamphetamine, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and an Audrain County Warrant.


They also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 1419 Saturn and 1107 East Promenade

-burglary in progress at 803 East Monroe

-fraud at 101 North Western and reported to 300 North Coal

-unwanted subject at 828 West Monroe and 200 North Mississippi

-physical domestics in the 4500 block of Rivers Drive and in the 800 block of East Breckenridge

-non-injury traffic accidents on South Clark and East Liberty

-utility problem at 905 North Wade

-traffic hazard on South Muldrow

-property damage at Lakeview Park and 612 North Olive

-fight in progress at 1100 East Liberty

-careless driver along Highway 22

-harassment at 1021 Latney and reported to 300 North Coal

-threats at 621 North Clark

-drug activity in progress at 115 North Alabama


Sheriff's Report23-Aug-2016

Yesterday,  the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Christopher Steven Welch age 28 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for robbery, domestic assault, and assault.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Assault along Highway 22.

2.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 377.

3.      Thefts along Audrain Road 9834 and Trabue Drive in Farber.

4.      Suspicious activity along Highway W and Audrain Road 821.

5.      911 call along Highway 54.

6.      Property damage along Highways 54 and 22.

7.      Fraud along Audrain Road 581.

8.      and Harassment along Highway 151.

SSM Grief Support Group23-Aug-2016

SSM Health at Home and Golden Living Center Pin Oaks are working together to sponsor a grief support group to help people who have experienced a loss.  

The groups will be held monthly starting on Thursday.  This month's topic is Hand-in-Hand with Grief.

This group is about teaching people to be present with the person grieving rather than trying to remedy the process.

The meetings are free and open to the public, and will be held in the Mexico Room at the hospital from 5:15 to 6:15.


Mexico Dumpster Fire22-Aug-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a dumpster fire in the early morning hours today on Hassen Drive.

Major Brice Mesko reports firefighters found a small fire that is used by area residents. 

The fire was extinguished quickly, without damage to any property or injuries.

The likely cause of the fire was disposal of hot cooking material.


Mexico Public Safety22-Aug-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A peace disturbance at 515 West Maple

-unwanted subject at 537 Fairground

-domestic verbal in the 300 block of Jefferson Road

-stealing at 707 West Jackson, 1120 North Wade, and 1404 West

-railroad crossing problem on South Calhoun

-suspicious activity at 606 Park, 1000 North Clark, and on North Alabama

-traffic accident on West Boulevard

-physical domestic on the city square

-fire alarm at 920 Mars

-burglary not in progress at 1514 Fairground

-careless drivers on Highway J and Highway 22

-juvenile problems on Quantico Road and in the 1300 block of West Breckenridge

-and a civil dispute at 207 West Love


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-38 year old Timothy R. Hoffman on an Audrain County Warrant

-26 year old Adam W. Davis on 3 Audrain County Warrants

-and 58 year old Eric A. Henry on 3 City of Mexico Warrants.


They also investigated:

-a burglar alarm at 806 Medical Park Drive

-suspicious activity at 729 South Jefferson, 1933 Doss Road, 101 South Street, and 3550 south Clark

-fire alarm at 5000 Snyder

-traffic accident at 4820 South Clark

-physical domestic in the 600 block of Hisey

-burglary not in progress at 410 North Agricultural

-careless drivers on south Morris and Meadow Lane

-Domestic Verbal in the 1100 block of Harwood

-indecent behavior at Lakeview Park

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal and 512 South Abat

-civil dispute at 1727 South Morris

-unwanted subject at 700 East Jackson

-juvenile Problems on East Monroe

-fight not in progress at 615 South Missouri 

-and a non-injury assault at 1705 Christopher


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety Arrested:

-28 year old Kayla N. Sefrit for stealing less than 500 dollars and a Callaway County Warrant.


They also investigated:

-A careless driver on South Clark

-suspicious activity at 200 West Love, 117 West Promenade, 103 South Washington and 1205 South Clark

-stolen vehicles on North Washington and reported to 300 North Coal

-fire alarm at 5000 Snyder

-burglar alarm at 730 West Jackson

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal and at 4820 South Clark

-loitering at 531 West Jackson

-civil dispute North Western

-domestic physical on West Monroe

-unwanted subject at 1933 Doss Road and 306 East Liberty

-juvenile problems in the 1000 block of West Breckenridge

-and a burglary in progress at 805 South Calhoun


Sheriff's Report22-Aug-2016

On Friday,the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      Assault along Audrain Road 9834.

2.      Theft along Highway FF.

3.      Loose livestock along Highway 151.

4.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 708.

5.      Property damage along Audrain Road 540.

6.      Careless drivers along Highways 22 and 19.

7.      Wellbeing of residents along Highway 54 and Franklin Avenue in Farber.

8.      911 call along Audrain Road 834.
 
 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      Alarm call along S. Clark.

2.      Theft along Audrain Road 951.

3.      Suspicious activity along Highways 54 and 22.

4.      Child custody dispute along Highway 151.

5.      911 call along Audrain Road 724.

6.      Road hazard along Highway J.

Mexico Man Helps With Flood Efforts20-Aug-2016

The State of Louisiana is recovering from what is now being deemed the worst natural disaster to hit the United States since Hurricane Sunday.

John Matthews, of Mexico, is a volunteer with the American Red Cross and has spent the week working in a mobile kitchen providing meals for those who cannot access food in any other way.  Matthews says the people are making a difference to him.

Parts of Louisiana had more than 31 inches of rain within 15 hours.  

Matthews says the water is receding and mud covered grass is now visible in some places.


Bava Highway Dedication19-Aug-2016

A portion of Highway FF in Audrain County is to be dedicated to fallen Missouri State Trooper, James Bava.

Trooper Bava tragically lost his life in the line of duty in a traffic crash on August 28, 2015.  He was the 31st member of the Highway Patrol to lose his life.

A ceremony to dedicate the highway will  be held on August 29 at the northeast corner of Elmwood and Highway FF at 10AM.

Mexico Public Safety19-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 823 Garfield, 2724 Randy, 501 North Western, 114 East Whitley, in the 400 Block of North Abat and the 800 Block of West Breckenridge

-domestic verbal in the 500 block of Fairground

-property damage at 110 East Vine and 728 North Clark

-burglary not in progress at 802 East Lafayette

-fire alarm at the courthouse

-scam at 1014 Hazel Place

-domestic physical in the 1300 block of Mockingbird

-civil dispute at 728 North Clark

-found property at 1415 Omar

-leave without pay at 420 West Monroe

-neighbor disputes at 802 East Lafayette and 602 West Robinson

-and juvenile problems in the 200 block of East Anderson


Sheriff's Report19-Aug-2016

Yesterday the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Mark Douglas McReynolds age 54 of Clark for driving while intoxicated.

Investigated:
1.      Property damage along Highway NN.

2.      Burglary along Audrain Road 920.

3.      Theft along Audrain Road 102.

4.      Fraud along Audrain Road 205.

5.      Suspicious activity along Highway 22.

6.      Road hazard along Highway 54.

7.      911 calls along Highway 19 and Audrain Road 546.

8.    and   Theft along Highway 19.

Upcoming Railroad Repairs19-Aug-2016

Weather permitting, Wednesday, August 24, work will be taking place on Audrain County Route JJ.  Railroad Repairs will be completed just south of U.S. Route 54 and will result in Route JJ being closed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Signs will be present to alert motorists of the closure. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this time.


Fugitives In Mexico18-Aug-2016


Two fugitives from Pike County caused an hours long stand off in Mexico last night.

Authorities are searching for Michael Miller and Jessica Aschof.  They are wanted after an armed robbery near Gazette.

The stand off apparently began around 9:00PM, when Miller and Aschof went into an apartment in the 1700 block of  Ashley Street.  The occupant of the home managed to escape and call for help.  It is unclear at this time if they knew the resident.

The adjoining apartments were evacuated as a precaution.  Once authorities were able to gain access to the apartment, Miller and Aschof were gone.

The fugitives are considered armed and dangerous. Mexico Public Safety cannot speculate whether or not the pair has left the area, but asks anyone who sees the suspects to call law enforcement.

Mexico Public Safety18-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 624 North Jeffries, 8175 South Trinity, 1007 Mcfarlane and on South Elmwood

-burglary not in progress at 802 East Lafayette

-ex-parte violation at 516 West Robinson

-stealing at 103 West Monroe and reported to 300 North Coal

-Scam at 1033 Hazel Place

-domestic issue at 1326 East Jackson

-harassment at 701 West Buchanan and 609 South Clark

-fraud at 326 Eastholm

-juvenile problems at Fairgrounds Park

-fire alarm at 1525 West Monroe

-utility problems at 1705 Meadowlark and 724 South Union

-found property reported to 300 North Coal

-a search warrant was served at 501 North Western

-verbal domestic in the 1100 block of North Jefferson

-and a peace disturbance in the 1100 block of North Jefferson


One Arrested in Mexico Drug Bust18-Aug-2016


The East Central Drug Task Force, along with Mexico Public Safety, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Audrain County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant in the 500 block of North Western Street in Mexico last night.

During the investigation, officers uncovered methamphetamine, Adderall, drug paraphernalia and a .45 caliber handgun.

38 year old Douglas Lee Druger was arrested on suspicion of distribution of methamphetamine, possession of Adderall, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful use of a weapon, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, tampering with evidence and maintaining a public nuisance.

Sheriff's Report18-Aug-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Dana Edwin Ware age 25 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of discharging/shooting a firearm at or from a motor vehicle.

2.    and Herman Hanley Hamilton age 68 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of violation of an order of protection.

They also investigated:
1.      Careless driver along Highways 22 and 19.

2.      Suspicious activity along Main Street in Farber.

3.      Theft along Audrain Road 102.

4.      Harassment along Audrain Road 377.

5.      911 call along Highway JJ.

6.      Loose livestock along Audrain Road 815.

7.      Trespass along Highway D.

8.      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway 19.

Mexico Public Safety17-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A physical domestic in the 2700 block of South Clark

-suspicious activity at 1107 East Promenade, 120 Clay and 531 West Jackson

-burglary in progress at 926 Garfield

-stealing at 115 North Alabama and 803 Fairground

-unwanted subject at 808 South Trinity

-found property reported to 300 North Coal

-a verbal domestic in the 800 block of West Monroe

-A careless driver along Highway 54

-sexual assault in the 200 block of Whitley

-unwanted subject at 1008 Macfarlane

-harassment reported to 300 North Coal

-burglaries not in progress at 1219 Rosebud and in the 200 block of North Missouri

-peace disturbance on North Abat

-and juvenile problems in the 100 block of West Breckenridge.


Mexico School Board Meeting17-Aug-2016

A meeting of the Mexico School Board took place last (Tuesday) evening. 

The board met for around an hour. 

The board tabled a budget review for one month. 

A dual credit agreement with Moberly Area Community College was agreed up 5-0 by the school board.


Sheriff's Report17-Aug-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:
1.      Abandoned vehicles along Highways J and D.

2.      Suspicious activity along Main Street in Farber.

3.      Road hazard along Highway AA.

4.      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway FF.

5.   and a Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

Mexico Public Safety15-Aug-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-structure fires at 4820 South Clark and 2024 Doss Road

-non-injury accident at 1220 Dorcas and 4820 South Clark

-threats at 806 South Calhoun

-fire alarms at 5701 East Liberty, South Washington and 620 East Monroe

-natural gas odor at 2201 Lakeview Road

-shoplifting at 500 West Jackson

-suspicious activity at 1019 North Washington

-juvenile problems in the 100 block of West Breckenridge and on North Washington

-domestic verbal on Ozark Place

-and a domestic physical on Ozark Place.


On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at Lakeview Park and 1035 West Breckenridge

-peace disturbance at 927 Tyronn Lue Boulevard

-Burglar alarm at 2201 Lakeview Road

-identity theft at the Sheriff's Office

-domestic issue reported to 300 North Coal

-child abuse in the 2900 block of South Clark

-careless driver on Huntingfield

-utility problem at 2751 South Clark

-domestic verbal in the 700 block of North Washington

-drug activity in progress at 324 North Missouri

-fire alarm at 5000 Snyder

-unwanted subject at Howell manor Court

-and threats at 1527 East Anderson


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-suspicious activity at 503 West Monroe and 15 Venus

-drug activity not in progress at 620 East Monroe

-stolen vehicle at 4224 South Clark

-civil dispute at 1305 East Liberty

-sexual assault in the 1200 block of Paris Road

-verbal domestic in the 300 block of East Liberty

-harassment at 420 West Monroe

-structure fire at 2101 Lakeview Road

-traffic hazard on East Liberty

-and a burglar alarm at 117 West Monroe


Mexico Shooting15-Aug-2016

A man is recovering after being shot during an armed robbery at the Budget Motel in Mexico.

Mexico Public Safety reports they responded around 12:43 AM. The victim reported there were multiple suspects.

They entered the hotel room demanding money, One of the suspects punched the victim in the head. Another suspect then put a pistol to his face and fired one round.

They ran out of room, taking the victim's dog, which has now been recovered. The victim was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

The investigation is ongoing. MPSD asks anyone with information to contact them immediately.


Sheriff's Report15-Aug-2016

On Friday the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1.      Kelsey Jean Worthington age 24 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of stealing.
 
Investigated:

1.      Littering along Audrain Road 812.

2.      Domestic assault along Highway NN.

3.      Suspicious activity along Highway J.

4.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 973.

5.      Aggressive animal along Audrain Road 838.

6.      Property damage along Highway T.

7.      Careless drivers along Highways 54, 19, and B.

8.      Road hazard along Highway 54.

9.      and an Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 665.

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Shane Steven Kerpash age 38 of Troy for forgery, identity theft, and property damage; and, an Osage County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while intoxicated and probation violation.

2.      Jennifer Lynn Payne age 31 of Troy for hindering prosecution.


3.      and Chance Thomas Goslin age 31 of Mexico for possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

they also investigated:

1.      Aggressive animal along Audrain Road 353.

2.      Domestic assault along Audrain Road 376.

3.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Roads 632 and 389.

4.    and a   911 call along Audrain Road 556.

Football Kicks Off12-Aug-2016

High school football is kicking off tonight with the foot ball jamborees.

Tonight AT 6PM
Blair Oaks is hosting Centralia, Moberly, California, Owensville and Helias.

Southern Boone is hosting Tolton and Hallsville.

Boonville is hosting Fulton and Odessa,

Smith-Cotton is hosting Mexico, Eldon and School of the Osage.


Mexico Public Safety12-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 35 year old Shevon M. Jackson for stealing less than 500 dollars.

They also investigated:

-A burglary in progress at 408 West Maple

-shots fired on West Love

-unwanted subject 516 West Robinson

-fire alarm 1400 Vance and 5701 East Liberty

-Carbon Monoxide alarm at 1702 North Jefferson

-leave without pay 3066 South Clark

-suspicious activity 1200 adams

-shoplifting 4820 South Clark

-threats 1034 Mansfield

-civil dispute 2711 South Clark and 1010 East Liberty

-careless driver on Lakeview

-ex parte violation at 716 Curtis

-stealing at West Plaza Shopping Center

-burglar alarm at 3622 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 800 block of West Monroe

-and an attempted burglary at 1224 West Breckenridge


Mexico Public Safety Issues Safety Tips12-Aug-2016

With the start of the new school year quickly approaching, Mexico Public Safety would like to remind everyone to stay safe, and follow a few simple safety tips.

Students walking to school are reminded to use sidewalks where they are available.  If students should have to walk in the roadway, walk facing traffic and assume drivers do not see you.

Always wear a helmet when riding bicycles and obey traffic laws.

Traffic will increase with the start of the school year.  Allow enough time to reach your destination.  Watch for walkers and bicyclists, and obey school zone speed limits.  Do not pass a school bus with the stop arm out for any reason.


Sheriff's Report12-Aug-2016

On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office:

Investigated:

1.    A loose livestock complaint along Highway 54.

2.    A burglary and theft along Audrain Road 233.

3.    A suspicious person complaint along Highway 54 near Farber.
 
        They also arrested:

1.    Mary Lou Scott, age 66, of Mexico on a Boone County, Missouri arrest warrant for passing bad checks. Scott posted a $1,000 bond and was released.

Mexico Public Safety11-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A carbon monoxide alarm at 1026 Hazel

-fire alarm at 714 East Holt

-a non-injury accident on South Clark

-careless drivers on East Liberty and Highway J

-identity theft at 1030 West Teal Lake Road

-peace disturbance at 602 Carson

-property damage at 1010 East Liberty and 1200 West Boulevard

-flooding at Lakeview Road, Jefferson Road, South Clark, Huntingfield Drive and Alton Street

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-suspicious activity at 1111 North Jefferson, and on Rock Springs and Highway 54

-utility problem on Huntingfield Road

-fraud at 719 Quisenberry

-structure fire 613 Macfarlane

-harassment at 1200 West Breckenridge

-road hazard on North Western

-and a burglary in progress on South Missouri.


Mexico Public Safety10-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

19 year old Shelbi R. Hamilton for possession of a controlled substance and an Audrain County warrant,

and 30 year old Garey D. Reeves Jr. for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of synthetic cannabanoid and driving while suspended.

MPSD also investigated:

-physical domestic in the 600 block of West Maple

-non-injury assault at 1010 East Liberty

-road hazard on North Clark

-suspicious activity at 1200 Pollock Road and 23 Marine Drive

-vandalism at 1000 Dorcas

-a fire alarm at 1400 Vance

-found property at 1324 Falcon and 500 West Jackson

-attempted burglary at 1200 West Boulevard

-unwanted subject at 500 West Jackson

-and a non-injury accident at Green Estate Park.


MPSD Armed Intruder Training at ATC10-Aug-2016

Mexico Public Safety will be assisting with armed intruder training at the Advanced Technology Center tomorrow morning.

This is part of the ongoing effort towards being prepared to keep staff and students safe during various emergencies.


Sheriff's Report10-Aug-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Investigated:

Careless driving complaints along Missouri Highway 19 and Highway 54.

A loose livestock complaint along Highway 151.

A trespassing complaint along Audrain Road 353.

Peace disturbance complaints along Audrain Road 9834 and 9822

And an abandoned vehicle complaint along Audrain Road 353.
 

The department arrested:
 
1.    Devon Joseph Schroer, age 23, of Potosi, Missouri, on an Audrain County Arrest Warrant for Possession of Child Pornography. Schroer posted a $2,500 cash only bond.
 
2.    Cedric Kewayne Johnson, age 31, of Mexico, Missouri on an Audrain County Arrest Warrant for Resisting Arrest, Violation of an Order of Protection, and First Degree Trespass. Johnson remains in the Audrain County Jail on a $11,000 bond.
 
3. and  Robert Kennemore Junior, age 36, of Mexico, Missouri for Driving While Revoked, Making a False Declaration, and Trespassing. Kennemore posted a $5,500 bond.

SSM St. Mary's Health Audrain Receives High Marks10-Aug-2016

U.S. News and World Report has recognized SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain with high performing marks for care of congestive heart failure.

The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. 

The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more.


Mexico City Council09-Aug-2016

The Mexico City Council passes 3 resolutions during their meeting last (Monday) evening. 

The first resolution passed allowed the transfer of a deed back to Graf and Sons due to the fact a bond issued by the city had been paid in full. 

The 2nd resolution passed was support by the City Council concerning a family workforce housing development Teal Lake. 

It would be the construction of 2 buildings.

The 3rd and final resolution passed was a bill that would allow  Larry Welch to construct 2 houses in his subdivision.

During the public comments, 2 Mexico residents came to the platform with complaints of the sewer backing up inside of their homes that are located within the city limits that has been happening for years according to them.

Also a Mexico resident wanted clarity about signs posted at the courthouse about no loitering.

City Manager Slagle directed the citizen to the county commissioner.


Wanted Teen Possibly in Mexico09-Aug-2016



A teen is wanted after a shots fired incident in Jefferson City on Sunday.

According to JCPD, officers responded to the 300 block of Mesa Avenue.   A witness told them a vehicle stopped and a passenger fled into a wooded area, when a suspect fired 2 shots at him as he ran.  He did not appear to be hit.  

JCPD found ties to Callaway County.  Investigators quickly learned the altercation stemmed from a narcotics transaction based on a failed deal to purchase marijuana-laced cookies.  

Police arrested 18 year old Alex Walker, and a 13 year old female, both of Callaway County.  Both are charged with first degree assault and possession with intent to distribute.

Officers are still searching for 17 year old Dakota "Koty" Foster.  He is believed to be armed and dangerous and possibly staying in the Mexico area.

Former Mexico Resident Gets Change of Venue For Murder Trial08-Aug-2016

A change of venue has been granted to a former Mexico resident accused of the murder of her newborn infant.

Emily Usnick's trial was transferred from Miller county to Laclede County, with a trial scheduled to begin September 12.

Usnick is charged with second degree murder in the infant's death that occurred 2009.

The body of a newborn baby was found wrapped in plastic and in a plastic container in the trunk of a vehicle during a drug bust in St. Elizabeth.

Usnick allegedly gave birth at home and never attempted to get medical care of the infant.

Additionally, Usnick is charged with possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing a controlled substance.


Mexico Fire08-Aug-2016

Firefighters in Mexico responded to a call of a lawn mower fire yesterday afternoon.

Personnel was called to the 800 block of Trinity around 3:10 PM in regards to a riding lawnmower being on fire.

While the residents of the home were getting a hose to extinguish the fire, the area around the garage door began to burn.

Mexico Public Safety was able to quickly extinguish the blaze. 

No one was injured in the incident.


Mexico Public Safety08-Aug-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 20 year old Paul E. Simpson on an Audrain County Warrant.

They also investigated:

-domestic verbals in the 500 block of West Robinson and the 1300 block of Breckenridge

-intoxicated person driving at 828 West Monroe

-traffic hazards on Virginia, West Liberty, at 1300 West Street and on Allison

-utility problems at 1003 North Clark, 503 West Monroe, and on South Clark

-suspicious activity at 403 North Western and on South Muldrow

-civil disputes at 913 Garfield and at 604 North Jeffries

-trespassing at 916 South Trinity, 717 South Clark and on South Muldrow

-careless drivers at 504 Ringo, on Highway 54 and on South Clark

-peace disturbances at 307 North Abat and 923 South Union

-non injury accident at 4820 South Clark

-a neighbor dispute at 111 Mary

-stealing at 304 East Liberty and 1505 West Boulevard

-and a carbon monoxide alarm at 1505 West Boulevard.


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 35 year old Jennifer L. Matthews for possession of a controlled substance.

They also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 500 West Jackson and 919 West Liberty

-shots fired at 116 Summit

-a fight in progress at 16 Ozark Place

-scam at 420 West Monroe

-traffic accidents on North Calhoun and at 505 South Clark

-shoplifting at 700 West Jackson

-utility problem at 1028 Michigan

-burglary in progress at 1 Tripoli

-a fuel spill at 4800 South Clark

-threats reported to 300 North Coal

-physical domestic in the 400 block of Franklin

-sexual assault in the 600 block of Boulevard

-fraud at 503 West Monroe

-and shots fired on North Jefferson.


Two Arrested Following Foot Pursuit08-Aug-2016

Two people have been arrested after a foot pursuit in Mexico early this morning.

According to Major Brice Mesko with Mexico Public Safety, officers responded to the area of South Calhoun and Jefferson Road in reference to a woman yelling for help.

When officers arrived they found 22 year old Joseph L. Frank of Mexico.  Frank ran from the scene and officers chased him for several blocks before he was captured.  He is being held on 2 Audrain County Warrants and the charge of resisting arrest.

Also arrested was the woman Frank was arguing with.  22 year old Melanie M. Griffith, also of Mexico, was arrested on an Audrain County Warrant. 

Both were taken to the Audrain County jail to post bond.


Back to School Block Party05-Aug-2016

The KXEO Back to School Block Party was a success! Huge shout out to everyone who came despite the heat.

For more photos of the event, visit our Facebook Page facebook.com/1340KXEO!

Mexico Public Safety05-Aug-2016

Yesterday,  Mexico Public Safety arrested David L. Patrick for violating a protection order

They also investigated:

-suspicious activity at 206 North Western, 204 North Grand and 3066 South Clark

-road hazards at 1505 Singleton and 1200 West

-indecent behavior on Lakeview

-stealing at 2308 Southern Hills and 1009 North Jefferson

-unwanted subject at 1506 South Coal

-domestic physical in the 800 block of North Western

-fire alarm at 1416 Breckenridge

-a burglar alarm at 510 West Jackson

-and ex-parte violations at 1727 South Morris and reported to 300 North Coal.


Sheriff's Report05-Aug-2016

Yesterday. the Sheriff’s Office:

Investigated:

-A Suspicious activity complaint along Audrain Road 906.

-A residential burglar alarm along Audrain Road 609.

-A Peace Disturbance along Highway Y and Audrain Road 9834

-A 911 Hang up call along North Main Street in Farber.

-A careless driving complaint along East Hess Street in Farber.


Back to School Block Party04-Aug-2016

The KXEO Back to School Block Party will be happening this evening in the Mexico Village Square.

The event will include an introduction for new teachers, a meet and greet with the bus drivers and the Mexico Bulldogs Sports teams and coaches.

The Mexico Booster Club will be selling concessions.

There will be games, free Tiger Stripe Ice Cream while it lasts, and prizes will be given away.

The event is free and open to the public.

Mexico Public Safety03-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Domestic physicals in the 500 block of Holt and the 4300 block of South Clark

-Suspicious activity at 1444 Briarwood, 900 South Clark, 203 East Liberty, on Lakeview Road, South Morris and Pleasant, and reported to 300 North Coal

-Burglar alarms at 309 West Promenade, 117 West Monroe, 625 Summit and 311 West Monroe

-Flooding on West Boulevard, at Curtis and Kentucky, North Western and Muldrow, East Liberty at the railroad underpass, East Boulevard and Olive, South Clark and Yale, 729 South Jefferson, South Elmwood north of Lakeview, 808 East Lafayette, and on Fairground, Green Boulevard, Teal Lake, Hendricks, Pollock Road, Summit and Northeast Park.

-utility problems at 4 Monroe Place, 823 East Love,  309 West Anderson, 802 East Breckenridge, 1918 Providence, and on Margaretta and West Maple

-fire alarms at 620 East Monroe and 2525 Lakeview

-Fires on South Clark and 1845 West Boulevard

-a road hazard at Johnson and Lafayette

-careless driver on East Liberty

-stealing at 614 West Maple

-domestic verbal on East Whitley

-juvenile problems on South Clark and in the 600 block of Fairground


New Podiatrist at SSM03-Aug-2016

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain  has brought in a new physician.

Dr. Terrence Klamet specializes in Podiatry.

Dr. Klamet attended medical school at Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in Cleveland, and completed his residency at Mineral Area Regional Medical Center in Farmington Mo.


Mexico Fire02-Aug-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a fire in an electric meter during the morning storms today.

Major Brice Mesko with MPSD reports they responded to the 1800 block of West Boulevard.  Upon arrival, personnel found that lightening had struck a nearby utility pole, and the power surge melted the wiring, and destroyed the meter to a building.

The fire did not damage the building.  MPSD stayed on the scene until Ameren Missouri arrived to make the electric service safe.

No injuries were reported from the incident.


Mexico Flooding02-Aug-2016


Heavy overnight rains have caused massive flooding in Mid-Missouri.

Authorities have been patrolling the state and closing roads that are currently underwater.

In Mexico and Audrain County, Joint Communications is reporting several closures.

In Mexico, Public Safety has closed:

-Hendricks between Park and Concordia

-Green Boulevard at Breckenridge

-Agriculture at Holt Street

-South Clark between Branchwood and Oak

-Fairground at Lakeview

-Elmwood, north of Lakeview 

-the 800 block of East Lafayette, officers are reporting waist deep water,

-and Teal Lake Road at the bridge.


In Audrain County, deputies have closed:

-Highway FF, multiple areas are under water

-Highway E at 15

-and Highway J at Audrain Road 340 and 440.


Each year more deaths occur due to flooding than any other thunderstorm hazard.  Over half of all flood related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water.

Mexico Public Safety02-Aug-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-stealing at 2230 Jubel

-trespassing at 2711 South Clark

-railroad crossing problem at 400 South Calhoun

-unwanted subject at 411 South Jefferson

-traffic accidents at 1901 Christopher and at SSM St. Mary's Hospital

-a careless driver on the highway 54 bypass

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-burglar alarm at 716 Breckenridge

-attempted burglary at 1617 Springdale

-and suspicious activity at 620 South Clark


Mexico Fire01-Aug-2016

On Saturday, at approximately 6:59PM, Mexico Public Safety responded to the 400 block of Pearson Street in reference to a garage on fire. 

According to Brice Mesko with MPSD,  The garage was not attached to the home.  Responding personnel found that the residents had the fire almost completely extinguished. 

 MPSD extinguished the rest of the fire and the garage suffered minor damage.  It was determined that some yard waste near the back of the garage had been accidentally lit while the residents were working in the yard.  There were no injuries from the incident.


Mexico Public Safety01-Aug-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Property damage at 1402 Gray

-Harassment on South Clark

-stealing at 1213 South Washington

-unwanted subject at 2905 South clark

-trespassing at 803 North Olive

-Fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-peace disturbance in the 300 block of north abat

-caress driver on South Clark

-threats at 2709 South Clark

-fire alarm at 5000 Snyder Drive

-juvenile problems in the 100 block of West Buchanan

-a stolen vehicle reported to 300 North Coal

-and drug activity in progress at 1010 East Liberty


On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

 -peace disturbances at 3602 South Clark and in the 300 block of North Abat

-suspicious activity at South Plaza and 1200 West Breckenridge

-drug activity in progress on East Central

-stealing from 117 West Monroe and 1213 South Washington

-road hazard at 1719 South Clark

-loitering at 309 West Promenade

-utility problem at 1322 Lexington

-unwanted subjects at 507 North Jefferson and 117 West Monroe

-animal abuse at 1319 Springdale

-burglary not in progress at 501 South Muldrow

-burglar alarm at 1001 West Monroe

-fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-property damage at 1108 Harwood

-Civil Dispute at 304 East Liberty

-structure fire at 409 West Pearson

-unlawful ATV operation at 1121 South Washington

-traffic hazard on Bolivar

-and fraud at 806 East Liberty


On Sunday, Public Safety investigated:

-an injury assault at 115 West Boulevard

-a fight in progress on Lawrence Place

-suspicious activity at 1108 East Lafayette and 715 North Jeffries

-a domestic issue at 2711 South Clark

-physical domestic in the 2700 block of South Clark

-burglar alarm at 3800 South Clark

-juvenile problems in the 100 block of South Mississippi and at Lakeview Park

-utility problem on Old Farm Road East

-a fire at 902 East Jackson

-unwanted subject at 1109 East Liberty

-road hazard on Highway 54

-domestic verbal in the 600 block of Baker

-threats at 514 East Breckenridge

-stolen vehicle at 1015 Latney 

-and an ex-parte violation at 4820 South Clark


Polling Place Changed in Mexico01-Aug-2016

Voting at Mexico Precinct One at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mexico will now take place in the basement of the church for tomorrow’s primary election.

The Family Life Center at the church will be hosting an event tomorrow during the election, causing the change. Voters are asked to use the lower parking lot and enter the voting area through the east door to access the polls.

 Any questions can be directed to Audrain County Clerk Shelley Harvey at 573-473-5820. Polls open at 6 a.m. tomorrow  morning and will remain open until 7 p.m.


Mexico Public Safety29-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 34 year old Melissa Johnson on a probation and parole warrant.

They also investigated

-property damage at 305 South Muldrow

-road hazard at 511 West Love

-burglar alarm at 117 West Monroe

-stealing at 4820 South Clark

-displaying a weapon on Yale Street

-vehicle break in at 100 North Jefferson

-property dispute at 1800 North Clark

-fight in progress at 615 West Maple and 113 West Mississippi

-stolen vehicle reported to 300 North Coal

-harassment reported to 300 North Coal and at 1810 West Street

-suspicious activity near the city pool

-and trespassing at 1010 East Liberty


Mexico School Registration29-Jul-2016

Online registration for the Mexico School district is now open.

The registration  will run through August 7th. 

Parents of returning students should log into their parent portal account and click on the Online Registration button to complete the process. 

When done click on the submit button.

Any family changing addresses will need to provide proof of their new address in person at one of the Mexico School District locations. 

School in Mexico will begin on August 18th.


Mexico Teen Gives Solid Performance at Junior Olympics29-Jul-2016

A Mexico teen has been participating in the National Junior Olympics meet in Sacremento California this week.

JaSean White, who is a leader in the state of Missouri, placed 18th in long jump and 23rd in the triple jump.

White was competing with teens nationwide.


Mexico Public Safety28-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Peace disurbances at 820 West Monroe and 16 Marine Drive

-a fire alarm at 620 South Clark

-Leave without pay at 1719 South Clark

-Careless drivers at Green Estate Park and on Highway 54

-burglary not in progress at 1510 North Jefferson

-a fight in progress at 125 North Alabama

-a non-injury accident on South Clark

-harassment at 516 Fairground and 602 West Jackson

-a natural cover fire at 305 West Jackson

-a burglar alarm at 1324 Eagle Drive

-and child abuse in the 1100 block of Adams.


Online Registration Open for Mexico School District28-Jul-2016

Online registration for the Mexico School district is now open.

The registration began today (Thursday) and will run through August 7th. 

Parents of returning students should log into their parent portal account and click on the Online Registration button to complete the process. 

When done click on the submit button.

Any family changing addresses will need to provide proof of their new address in person at one of the Mexico School District locations. 

School in Mexico will begin on August 18th.


Sheriff's Report28-Jul-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1.      Nicole Jeanette Murphy age 32 of Holts Summit for possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Christopher Stephen Welch age 28 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault.

3.       and Michael Richard Minney age 37 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for property damage and violation of an order of protection.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Burglary along Audrain Road 913.

2.      Domestic disturbance along Fifth Street in Rush Hill.

3.      Trespass along Oak Street in Farber.

4.      Animal abuse along Highway FF.

5.      Alarm call along Highway 54.

6.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Roads 9832 and 335; and, Market Drive in Vandiver Village.

7.      911 calls along Highway 22, Audrain Road 591, and Booker Street in Vandalia.

8.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

9.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 820.

Mexico Public Safety27-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 22 year old Josh McWilliams on a Boone County warrant.

The department also investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1022 Macfarlane

-unwanted subjects at 206 North Western, 503 West Monroe and 1508 South Western

-peace disturbances at 1617 Eagle and 1200 West Breckenridge

-domestic verbals on North Jefferson, in the 300 block of East Liberty, and in the 600 block of North Wade

-a fight in progress on South Clark

-drug activity in progress at 100 North Jefferson

-vandalism at 645 West Monroe

-harassment at 2711 South Clark

-a careless driver on North Western

-stolen vehicle at 1800 North Clark

-a panic alarm at 703 Medical Park Drive

-burglar alarm at 1001 West Monroe

-property damage at 1230 East Promenade

-missing juvenile in the 600 block of North Clark

-traffic accident at 815 East Love

-stealing at 1117 West Buchanan 

-shots fired on Latney

-and a domestic physical in the 600 block of South Clark


Sheriff's Report27-Jul-2016

On Sunday the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Curtis Jon Lasley Jr. age 33 of Vandalia on an Audrain County warrant for child molestation, enticing a child, and sexual misconduct.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Domestic disturbance along Trabue Drive in Farber.

2.      Trespass along Audrain Road 947 and Grand Street in Laddonia.

3.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

4.      Loose livestock along Center Street in Rush Hill.

5.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

6.      Road hazard along Highway 15.

7.      and  Suspicious activity along Highway 54.

On Monday the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Aaron Michael Hull age 25 of Vandalia on an Audrain County warrant for stealing.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Assault along Highway Y.

2.      Careless driver along Highway 22.

3.      Loose livestock along Highway 15.

4.      911 call along Audrain Road 826.

5.      Fraud along Highway JJ and Audrain Road 9306.

6.      Road hazards along Highways FF and N; and, Audrain Road 173.

7.      Emergency message along Audrain Road 744.

8.       and Suspicious activity from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

City Council Passes 2 Resolutions26-Jul-2016

The Mexico City Council passes 2 resolutions during their meeting.

The council voted to pass a resolution to issue a 12 million 500 hundred thousand dollar bond to Soft Surroundings.

The money is being used by the company to build a new three hundred thousand square foot building.

It would be used for the current 150 employees of the business to work in. 

In the future the company plans to add 60 jobs.

The council also passed a resolution to put in place a procedure for city officials to disclose potential conflicts of interest for items coming before the council.


KXEO to Live Stream Forum26-Jul-2016

KXEO will be streaming tonight's Mexico-Audrain County League of Women Voters Candidate forum this evening at the Mexico Chamber of Commerce at 7:00.

To view the forum, visit citylinktv.com/channel/mexico-tv.

All candidates for Audrain County Positions have been invited to attend including candidates for positions of County Commission, Audrain County Sheriff, Assessor, Public Administrator and coroner.

In addition, candidates for state representative for district 43 are scheduled to be in attendance.

Mexico Man Faces 112 Years in Prison26-Jul-2016

A Mexico man faces 112 years in prison after being convicted by a jury of multiple sex crimes.

36 year old Dayton Eugene Durham was convicted in Audrain County yesterday on 2 counts of statutory sodomy, child molestation, enticement of a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

The crimes took place between 2011 and 2012.

The jury of 9 women and 3 men deliberated for around an hour before handing down a guilty verdict.

Durham will be sentenced by Judge Wesly Dalton on September 16.


Mexico Woman Shot26-Jul-2016

A woman has been hospitalized after being shot in Mexico last night.

Police Chief Susan Rocket said in a press release officers responded to Springdale Court at 10:54 in response to a domestic dispute.

Upon arrival, officers found a black female suffering from a gunshot wound to her left leg.

The victim was transported to University Hospital in Columbia.

The incident remains under investigation.   This is a developing story, more information as it becomes available.


Pokemon Go Brings New Life to Mexico Square26-Jul-2016

Pokemon Go is bringing new excitement to the Mexico city square.

As many people may or may not know the game is designed for you to play on your cell phone and go around your community to collect items and supplies. 

Thomas Fiedler a Mexico resident and Pokemon Go player says you use Google Maps and the courthouse is a hotspot. 

Mexico City Council man Chris Williams says he plays the game with his 9 year old son Camden.

Councilman Williams says he has never seen the Mexico Square so busy.

He also says it has built a better bond with him and son.

Benefits of the game are the walking and exercise you get. 

He would caution people to only go to places that are well lit.


Former Mexico Resident Killed in Motorcycle Crash25-Jul-2016

A former Mexico resident was killed in a motorcycle accident in Kentucky on Friday.

According to the Lexington Leader Herald, 56 year old Patricia Burke was traveling on Kentucky 11 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when she lost control and was struck head on by a pick up truck.

Burke was pronounced dead at the scene.    She was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

Burke served as a pediatrician in Mexico before moving her practice.


Mexico Public Safety25-Jul-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

Suspicious activity in the 100 block of West Buchanan, 3602 South Clark and 309 West Promenade

-domestic physical on Quantico

-utility problems at 820 Hisey, on North Jefferson, 1021 Robinhood and 205 West Love

-stealing at 420 East Bolivar and 1411 West Monroe

-an ex parte violation reported to 300 North Coal

-burglary not in progress at 1214 Pollock Road

-fight in progress at 1810 West Street

-unlawful ATV operation on Carson

-juvenile problem in the 700 block of Quisenberry

-intoxicated person on Teal Lake

-Careless driver on East Liberty

-and harassment at 602 West Robinson


On Saturday, Public Safety investigated:

-burglar alarms at 3622  South Clark and  1109 East Liberty

-peace disturbances at 1023 Latney, on Lakeside Place, 19 Marine Drive and 728 West Love

-civil dispute at 601 Carson

-stealing at 913 Trinity and 222 South Alabama

-fire alarm at 620 South Clark

-utility problem at 1822 South Western

-careless drivers on West Liberty and South Western

-juvenile problems on Lakeview

-harassment at 1501 North Olive and 2711 South Clark

-suspicious activity at 1221 East Promenade

-and a road hazard on Lakeview


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-a peace disturbance on North Western

-a fire at 1726 East Liberty

-utility problem at 1801 East Liberty

-domestic physical at 700 block of Baker and 300 block East Liberty

-suspicious activity at 1401 West Breckenridge

-and harassment at 1501 North Olive


Mexico Man Sentenced to 10 Years23-Jul-2016

A Mexico man receives a multiple year sentence for child endangerment, and child abuse.

Audrain County Prosecutor Jacob Shellabarger announced today (Friday) that 32 year old Monte Corriel Ashcraft was sentenced to 10 years in prison on child abuse with serious physical injury charge and 7 years in prison for the first degree child endangerment charge.

Judge Wesley Dalton ruled the 10 and 7 year sentences will run concurrently.

The jury found that Ashcraft abused a 3 month old baby boy by breaking his forearm and ribs, and failed to feed the child, resulting in the baby boy being underweight and malnourished.


The case was tried back in May of this year. 
 

Mexico Man Seriously Injured23-Jul-2016

A 42 year old Mexico man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon.

The crash occurred when John Warneke was riding a 2007 Harley Davidson about a quarter mile west of Scotts Corner on U.S. 54.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Warneke traveled off the right side of the roadway and hit a guardrail.  The bike overturned ejecting Warneke.

He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.


Inmate Death at Audrain County Jail22-Jul-2016

The Audrain County Sheriff's Department is investigating an in-custody death of an inmate at the Audrain County Jail.

Sheriff Stuart Miller reports 30 year old Mark Anthony Ivey, from the St. Louis Area was discovered unresponsive in his cell by jailers in the early morning hours today.

Emergency medical staff were called to the jail, and the prisoner was taken to SSM St. Mary's Hospital Audrain where the coroner pronounced him dead.

An autopsy is expected to be performed today, and no foul play is suspected at this time.

Ivey was arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Wednesday for possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, and driving while intoxicated.

The office is continuing to investigate.


Houchins is Bus Driver of the Year21-Jul-2016

A Mexico School District Bus Driver has received one of 2 Bus Driver of the year awards from the Missouri Association of Pupil Transportation.

The award was presented at the 51st annual MAPT Conference held in Columbia last week.

Houchins began driving a bus in 1963 and still drives today.  He is also a Driver's Education Instructor for the school district.

Houchins was nominated for the award by Director of Operations, Grounds and Transportation, Curt Jackson.

The school district was awarded a fleet excellence award for the 23rd consecutive year.


Mexico Public Safety21-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety Arrested:

-32 year old Joseph L. Lovell on 2 Audrain County Warrants

-24 year old Sharrod D. Sanning on Audrain and Boone County Warrants

-and 29 year old Arla J. Gulledge for stealing under 500 dollars, possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.


They also investigated:

-a physical domestic in the 800 block of Washington

-a traffic accident on South Clark

-peace disturbances at 500 East Bolivar, 307 North Missouri and on North Abat

-A careless driver on Highway 22

-vehicle break-ins at 1504 Pinelawn, 1020 Francis, 1035 Wilmar, 1316 Omar, 1415 Omar and 1504 Rosebud Court,

-Suspicious activity at 816 West Street, 1114 North Clark, 802 Fairground and on North Jefferson

-trespassing at 4521 Franklin

-fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal and at 700 West Jackson

-drug activity not in progress at Lakeview Park and at 19 Marine Drive

-identity theft at 1224 West Breckenridge and 1703 South Morris

-unwanted subject 1508 South Western

-property dispute 809 North Olive

-threats at 409 Fairground

-shoplifting 600 West Monroe

-railroad crossing problems on South Morris

-and a burglar alarm at 420 West Promenade


More Vehcile Break Ins21-Jul-2016

Mexico Public Safety has responded to at least 10 calls regarding thefts from vehicles in the last few days.

Seven of the reports came in to the station yesterday. 

According to Major Brice Mesko, with MPSD, all the incidents appear to be occurring during the overnight hours and are primarily in the northwest and west central part of Mexico. 

No damage has been done to any of the vehicles involved, and only small amounts of money have been taken.

MPSD reminds citizens to not leave valuables in unlocked cars, and to call Mexico Public Safety if you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood.


Sheriff's Report21-Jul-2016

On yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      Suspicious activity along Highway 19.

2.      911 calls along Highway CC and Audrain Road 826.

3.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

4.      Animal abuse along Audrain Road 820.

Issued:
1.      Summons for a traffic offense along Highway 54.
2.      Warning for a traffic offense along Highway 54.

Mexico Accident20-Jul-2016

An accident on South Clark in Mexico resulted in an injury this morning.

The crash occurred when 21 year old Levi Groves of Mexico was traveling on South Clark and rear ended 18 year old Cole Campbell, also of Mexico.  Campbell then lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway.

Groves was uninjured in the accident.

Campbell was transported by private conveyance to SSM St. Mary's-Audrain.


Mexico Public Safety20-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-a non-injury traffic accident on the west side of the courthouse

-civil disputes at 1300 West Breckenridge and 1716 East Liberty

-an unwanted subject at 1224 West Breckenridge

-rail road crossing problem on South Morris

-a scam at 1002 Hassen

-Stealing at 802 East Breckenridge, 420 West Monroe, and 1801 Springdale

-a domestic verbal in the 2700 block of South Clark

-a runaway juvenile in the 1100 block of North Jefferson

-A property dispute on South Mississippi

-Traffic hazard at 4787 East Liberty

-peace disturbances at 1502 North Clark and 500 East Bolivar

-and suspicious activity at 900 Ruth Court


Mexico Vehicle Break ins20-Jul-2016

Mexico Public Safety has had 5 reports of vehicles being broken in to in the last 48 hours.

According to Major Brice Mesko, all of the vehicles that have been broken into have been unlocked and there has been no damage to the cars.  There have been some thefts from the vehicles.

The break-ins have occurred in different locations throughout Mexico.  Reports have been made on Tripoli, Arcadia and Pinelawn.

Mesko recommends keeping cars locked at all times, and do not keep valuables or electronics in plain sight.


Sheriff's Report20-Jul-2016

On Monday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:


1.      Erica Nicole Hoffman age 27 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving without a valid license.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Road hazard along Highway W.

2.      Trespass along Audrain Road 467.

3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 353 and Highway 22.

4.      911 calls along Highway 19 and Audrain Road 834.

5.      Civil dispute from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Joseph Edward Morgan age 41 of Hannibal on a Marion County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance.
 
the department also investigated:

1.      Littering along Audrain Road 408.

2.      Careless driver along Highway J.

3.      911 call along Highway C.

4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 224.

Identities of Deadly Crashed Revealed19-Jul-2016

The name of the person who died in a car crash on Highway 22, just outside Mexico yesterday, has been released.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the accident claimed the life 20 year old Jessica Robb of Centralia.

The accident occurred as Robb was attempting to pass a westbound vehicle that was not involved in the accident, when she observed an oncoming vehicle driven by 28 year old Joseph O'Connor. 

Robb steered hard to the right causing her vehicle to rotate 90 degrees in the eastbound lane where it was struck broadside by O'Connor's truck.

O'Connor's vehicle was then hit by 23 year old Seth Foster.

Robb was pronounced dead on the scene.  O'Connor was transported to University Hospital by Staff For Life, and Foster was taken by private conveyance to SSM St. Mary's Hospital in Mexico.


Mexico Public Safety19-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-vehicle break ins at 1421 Arcadia, 19 Tripoli and reported to 300 North Coal

-utility problem at 1713 Pollock, 620 North Jeffries

-found property at 221 South Morris

-suspicious activity on Hisey

-a traffic hazard on Lakeview

-civil disputes at 1300 Breckenridge and reported to 300 North Coal

-threats at 1227 West Street

-stealing at 1211 North Jefferson and reported to 300 North Coal

-A scam at 7 Tripoli

-non-injury accident on North agricultural

-peace disturbance at 2900 South Clark

-unwanted subjects at 808 East Liberty and 2709 South Clark

-a burglar alarm at 517 Park

-a fire alarm at 1600 Bassford

-domestic verbals in the 500 block of West Robinson and 2709 South Clark

-a careless driver at 816 West Liberty

-and a vehicle fire at 4820 South Clark


Sheriff's Report19-Jul-2016

On Saturday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Michael James White age 51 of Mexico for possession of marijuana and failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 823.

2.      Road hazard along Highway 19.

3.      Stray animal along Highway D.

4.      Civil dispute along Highway 22.

5.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 364.

6.      Alarm call along Highway FF.
 
On Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 947.

2.      Suspicious activity along Highway 22.

3.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

4.      911 call along Audrain Road 9850.

Four Vehicle Crash on Highway 2218-Jul-2016


The Missouri State Highway Patrol has confirmed that one person has died and 2 were injured in a car accident on Highway 22, just west of Mexico this morning.

State Trooper, Doug McPike, said there was one person taken to a hospital via Staff For Life, and one other was taken by private conveyance.

The identities of the people involved have not yet been released pending a completion of crash investigation and notification of next of kin.

Mexico Online Registration18-Jul-2016

Online registration for the Mexico School District will begin July 28th and run through August 7th.

Parents of returning students should log onto their parent portal account and click on the "Online Registration" button and at the end click the submit button to complete the process.

Any family changing addresses will need to provide proof of their new address in person at one of the registration locations.

All new families need to go to one of the schools to start the registration process.

Buildings will be open from 7:30 am until 4:00 pm.

For additional questions the central office number is 581-3373.


Mexico Public Safety18-Jul-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-71 year old Ray Lyons for Domestic Assault in the third degree.


They also investigated:

-Physical Domestic in the 900 block of Trinity

-Burglary not in progress at 914 Hassen

-Suspicious activity at 315 East Breckenridge, reported to 300 North Coal, and 221 West Anderson

-non-injury traffic accidents on East Liberty, West Monroe, North Jefferson and South Clark.

-A fight in progress in the 1400 block of North Clark

-A careless driver on West Liberty

-threats at 1200 West Breckenridge

-and harassment at 510 West Maple


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety Arrested:

-31 year old Thomas Bower on an Audrain County Warrant

-and 22 year old Monteshia Burton on an Audrain County Warrant.


They also investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 612 Ringo

-A road hazard on Lakeview

-stealing at 933 West Boulevard

-a non injury accident on South Clark

-peace disturbances at 115 North Jefferson and 501 South Muldrow

-a careless driver on South Clark

-Juvenile problems on North Jefferson

-A neighbor dispute at 605 West Pearson

-property damage at 1103 Pollock

-and trespassing at 206 North Western.


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Unwanted subjects at 117 West Monroe and 1200 Pollock Road

-Suspicious Activity at 1220 North Olive, on Pollock Road, 206 North Western, 1700 Lawrence Place, 1200 West Boulevard, 420 East Liberty and 903 Woodlawn

-Fire at Howell Manor Court

-intoxicated person at 828 West Monroe

-drug activity in progress at 424 North Calhoun

-harassment at 1630 North Clark

-domestic verbal on Howell Manor Court

-trespassing at 206 North Western

-property dispute at 809 North Olive

-fight in progress at Plunkett Park

-runaway juvenile in the 1100 block of North Jefferson

-utility problem at 1631 Westminster

-fire alarm at 1525 West Monroe

-property damage on Howell manor Court

-and shots fire on Rosebud


New Teachers Welcomed18-Jul-2016

20 new teachers will be welcomed to the Mexico Public School District on Thursday August 4th.

The Event is being hosted by the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce and AMP. 

A welcome bag will be given to each of the teachers.

If anyone would like to bring something to be included in the bag you are asked do so by next Monday July 25th.

The event will take place from 4:30 until 6:00 pm.


Sheriff's Report18-Jul-2016

On Thursday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1.      April Nicole Williams age 37 of Fulton on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of criminal non-support.
 
They also investigated:

1.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 9826.

2.      Trespass along Audrain Road 620.

3.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

4.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway 19.

5.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 556 and 353.

6.      Road hazard along Highway JJ.

7.      Violation of an order of protection along Third Street in Laddonia.
 
On Thursday, the Highway Patrol:
Arrested:

1.      John Charles Haines age 53 of Mexico for driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving.
 

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Devonte Martez Daniels age 19 of Columbia on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

2.    And Bradley Warren Weatherby age 23 of Vandalia on an Audrain County warrant for assault and trespass.
 
The department investigated:

1.      911 call along Main Street in Farber.

2.      Civil dispute along Highway V.

3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 306.

4.      Road hazard along Highway 15.

5.     and a Careless driver along Highway 22.

League of Women Voters15-Jul-2016

The Mexico-Audrain County League of Women's Voters will be holding a cadidate forum on July 26 at the Mexico Chamber of Commerce at 7:00.

All candidates for Audrain County Positions have been invited to attend including candidates for positions of County Commission, Audrain County Sheriff, Assessor, Public Administrator and coroner.

In addition, candidates for state representative for district 43 are scheduled to be in attendance.


Mexico Man Sentenced to 20 years for Molesting Child15-Jul-2016

A Mexico man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after he plead guilty to muliple charges yesterday.

36 year Rico D. Watson plead guilty to statutory rape and statutory sodomy, as well as child molestation, and  endangering the welfare of a child.

Wilson was accused of the abuse of the teen victim from 2013 to 2014.


Sheriff Reports New Scam15-Jul-2016

The Audrain County Sheriff's office is investigating a scam that has been occurring to Missourians

Citizens have reported receiving calls from young people claiming to be their grandchildren, asking their grandparents to keep a secret, telling them that they are in jail, and asking for their grandparents to send money to pay their bail bond or provide the caller with personal information.  

Be aware of this fraud and if you receive a similar call, don’t send money; and, if you are unsure call the child’s parents to make sure that the call is not real.


Mexico Public Safety14-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A careless driver on West Boulevard

-road hazard on West Breckenridge

-dug activity not in progress at 604 North Jeffries

-a neighbor dispute at 807 East Lafayette

-fraud at 222 South Jefferson and reported to 300 North Coal

-a fire alarm at 1101 East Anderson

-Stealing at  414 North Washington

-an unsecure building at 909 North Olive

-and suspicious activity at 1719 south Clark


Mexico, Kaiser and National Refractories Reunion14-Jul-2016

173 people were in attendance for the Kaiser and National Refractories reunion today (Thursday).

Event organizers called it an excellent turnout.

A lunch of Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes was served at the Mexico Senior Center while the Liberty Jazz Band played. 

Several awards were presented. 

The female with the most years of service went to Neva Carter with 42. 

Gene Exendine was recognized as the male with the most years of service with 48. 

Also the oldest employee was Doug Balzer who is 88.


Sheriff's Report14-Jul-2016

The Audrain County Sheriff's Office reports in the month of June, the Sheriff’s Office transported 123 prisoners, traveling 4502 miles.  So far in 2016 the Sheriff’s Office transported 552 prisoners traveling 18003 miles.

For the month of June the Jail averaged 63 prisoners daily.  So far in 2016 the Jail averaged 64 prisoners daily.

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:
1.      Dometric Decarlo Wheeler age 31 of Vandalia for tampering with a witness and violation of an order of protection.

Investigated:

1.      Domestic assault along Audrain Road 377.

2.      Thefts along Audrain Roads 9834 and 556.

3.      Trespass along Audrain Road 9822.

4.      Careless driver along Highway 19.

5.      Fraud from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

6.      Property dispute along Audrain Road 815.

7.      Suspicious activity along Pleasant Street in Farber.

8.      Road hazard along Highway 15.

Audrain Boil Order13-Jul-2016

Public Water Supply District #2 of Audrain County has issued a boil order.  It will be in effect for all residents on the portion of Audrain County Road 935 which reaches south of Hwy FF, to Audrain Rd 930.  

The Boil Order will be in effect for 24-48 hours.    The boil order will be lifted when DNR has completed testing of the water.


Elmwood Cemetery Clean Up13-Jul-2016

Elmwood Cemetery will be having a clean up on Friday.

Tomorrow, cemetery personnel will remove any remaining flowers, wreaths, vases or anything on the ground around the stones.

Hanging baskets, flowers in stone urns or attached to the stones will be left.

The items may be returned to the cemetery on Saturday.


Mexico Public Safety13-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A domestic physical in the 1600 block of North Clark

-an intoxicated person walking on South Muldrow

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-a utility problem on East Bolivar

-a smoke odor at 1311 Pinelawn

-scams at 1921 Cherry and reported to 300 North Coal

-911 abuse at 520 East Holt

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-a runaway juvenile reported to 300 North Coal

-property damage at 1401 North Olive

-Threats at 1501 North Olive

-and found property at 639 North Wade.


Sheriff''s Report13-Jul-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:
1.      Justin Charles Beal age 30 of Mexico for possession of methamphetamine, possession of synthetic cannabinoids, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue, and failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance.

2.      Anne Marie Stone age 39 of Republic on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.

3.      Jeffrey Dale Layton age 31 of Columbia on an Audrain County warrant for criminal non-support.

4.      Jason Robert Goff age 36 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for domestic Assault.

5.    And  Marvin John Peterson II age 40 of Mexico for possession of, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
The department also investigated:

     Burglary along Highway U.

    Suspicious activity along Highway D and Front Street in 
Benton City.

    Trespass along Audrain Road 9308.

      Road hazard along Highway 22.

      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway 22.

      Careless driver along Highway 19.

    Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 424.

Former Mexico Resident Killed in Oklahoma12-Jul-2016

A former Mexico resident was the victim has been killed by her alleged abuser in Spiro, Oklahoma. 

According to KFSM, 46 year old Idis Martin is charged with first degree manslaughter after driving 27 year old Tasha Meyer's body to the Spiro Police Station, and asked for an ambulance.  

EMS pronounced Meyer dead, with a number of apparent injuries on her body.

The case is currently under investigation, an exact cause of death has not yet been announced.


Mexico Public Safety12-Jul-2016

On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Burglary not in progress at 420 West Pearson

-Peace disturbance at 303 North Western

-Suspicious activity in the 1700 block of North Clark and at 1816 Springdale Court

-burglar alarms at 1726 East Liberty and 4800 South Clark

-Unwanted subject at 218 Mars

-domestic physical in the 800 block of North Washington and on mars 

-harassment at 1021 Latney

-Neighbor dispute at 1103 Mansfield 

-domestic verbal in the 1000 block of Emmons

-visible smoke at 4501 East Liberty

-exparte violation in the 1600 block of Lawrence Place

-utility problem on Perry

-non-injury accident on South Jefferson

-and stealing at 1014 North Clark.


Yesterday, Public Safety arrested:

-32 year old Joseph L. Lovell for a violation of an order of protection


They also investigated:

-A non-injury assault at 620 West Boulevard

-Burglary not in progress at 1011 Carrico

-civil disputes at 1010 East Liberty, 2701 South Clark and 1421 Neptune

-ex-parte violations in the 100 block of West Monroe and the 1100 block of North Wade

-a missing juvenile in the 1600 block of Eagle

-a fire alarm at 1525 West Monroe 

-stealing at 1525 West Monroe and 614 West Maple

-threats at 800 North Western and 16 Marine Drive

-a utility problem at 113 East Bolivar

-careless driver on South Elmwood

-drug activity in progress on South Singleton

-a traffic hazard at 806 East Liberty

-and shots fired on North Clark.


Mexico Teen Heads to National Junior Olympics12-Jul-2016

A Mexico teen has qualified for the National Junior Olympics meet.  

JaSean White place second in the long jump at the regional meet.

White will head to Sacremento for the meet that will take place July 25 through the 31st.


MHS Softball Camp12-Jul-2016

The Mexico High School Lady Bulldogs will hold a softball camp July 18 through the 21, from 9 to 11 AM daily for grades 7 to 12 at Gallop Field.

The camp form can be found here.


Sheriff's Report12-Jul-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Investigated:

1.      Burglary along Highway U.

2.      911 calls along Highway Z, Audrain Road 9832, and Galloway Road in Vandalia.

3.      Aggressive animal along Linn Street in Farber.

4.     and  Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 140.
 
On Sunday,  the Highway Patrol:
Arrested:

1.      Darla Renae Teiberis age 49 of Lebanon for driving while intoxicated, possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence; and, on warrants from Green, Laclede, and Pulaski counties for stealing.
 
On Monday the Sheriff’s Office:

Arrested:

1.      Desmond Hall age 24 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for forgery.

2.       and Dylan Paul Hatfield age 24 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for driving while intoxicated and driving while suspended.
 
They also Investigated:
1.      Tampering with a witness along Audrain Road 556.

2.      Alarm call along Highway E.

3.      Wellbeing of a resident along Audrain Road 929.

4.      Road hazards along Highways 54 and C.

5.      Abandoned property along Highway 15.

6.      Trespass along Audrain Road 457.

7.      911 call along Highway P.

8.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 489.

9.      Fraud along Audrain Road 214.

10.  Theft along Trabue Drive in Farber.

11.  Domestic disturbance along Trabue Drive in Farber.

Use Caution While Playing Pokemon Go12-Jul-2016

A new app has taken the electronic world by storm.

Pokemon Go was released just over a week ago, and as of yesterday had been downloaded over 7.5 million times on Android and IOS devices.

The game uses the physical location of the device to notify the player they are near a pokemon, poke-stop or a gym.  The player will be required to take an action, such as swiping the screen.  

Avid users of the game says it makes them want to be outside, exercise and have the opportunity to meet people face to face.  However, the notifications can be a distraction for users as they can quickly become absorbed in the game and not be aware of their surroundings, which could lead to injury.

Mexico Public Safety urges users of the app to be cautious.  Do not use electronics while driving or crossing a street, or go to a place that could be unsafe.


Mexico Senior Center to Host Kaiser Refractories Reunion11-Jul-2016

The Mexico Senior Center will be hosting a reunion for all retired and former employees of Mexico, Kaiser and National Refractories on Thursday.

Cake and Ice Cream will be served for everyone.  Lunch will be $4 for people over 60, and under 60 will be $6.50.  No senior will be refused for lack of funds.

Lunch will be served from 11-12:30.

The Audrain County Historical Museum has arranged for all seniors to tour the refractories exhibit for free on that day.


Mexico Public Safety06-Jul-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1507 North Washington, 900 Ruth Court and 922 East Promenade

-Burglar alarms at 1719 South Clark and 117 West Monroe

-Fireworks on Dorelli Lane, 1500 North Clark, 1502 North Clark and on Marine Drive

-A Missing Juvenile in the 900 block of Robinhood

-an unsecure building at 1501 West Street

-an unwanted subject at 2974 Dorelli Lane

-an abandoned vehicle at 1109 East Liberty

-Non-injury accidents on West Monroe, at Agricultural and Liberty, and at 1605 South Elmwood

-threats at 2974 Dorelli Lane

-a non injury assault reported to 300 North Coal

-careless drivers alone East Liberty and South Elmwood

-juvenile problems in the 1000 block of south union and the 700 block of West Buchanan

-a neighbor dispute reported to 300 north coal

-a fire alarm at 203 East Liberty

-a physical domestic in the 1000 block of Hassen

-a stolen vehicle at 1109 East Liberty

-visible smoke on South Missouri

-and a civil dispute at 1224 West Breckenridge.


Sheriff's Report06-Jul-2016

Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
A trespassing complaint along Audrain Road 351.
    
A peace disturbance along Highway 22.
    
careless driving complaint along Highway 54, Highway 22 and Highway 19

and A trespass complaint along Audrain Road 9834.
 
The Sheriff's office Arrested:
 
  Gary Dale Reeves Jr., age 30 of Mexico on Audrain County arrest warrants for failure to appear on the original charges of Theft and Receiving Stolen Property. Reeves remains in the Audrain County Jail on a $15,000 cash only bond.
 
and  Paul Thomas Fuget Jr., age 35 of Frankfort on an Audrain County Arrest warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful use of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving without a Valid License, and on a Marion County Arrest warrant for Criminal Non-Support. Fuget posted a 21,800 dollar bond and was released.

Mexico Public Safety05-Jul-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety Investigated:

-A non-injury assault at 1221 West Breckenridge

-Suspicious activity at Lakeview Park, 311 Monroe, 2510 Lakeview, 221 South Morris and 1801 East Liberty

-Burglar Alarm at 2875 South Clark

-Domestic Physical at 2974 Dorelli

-Fight in progress at 4820 South Clark

-Harassment at 902 South Union and 211 South Alabama

-a neighbor dispute at 619 south Missouri

-stealing at 113 south kentucky

-traffic accident at 1032 west boulevard

-a road hazard on west boulevard

-a civil dispute at 304 east Liberty

-and smoke odor on south morris.


On Saturday, MPSD investigated:

-Peace disturbances on North Jefferson and South Western

-unwanted subject at 2711 south clark

-road hazard at 2100 lakeview

-a burglar alarm at 1719 south clark

-domestic verbal at 500 west jackson

-juvenile problems on summit

-harassment at 1327 North Clark

-physical domestic on Tyronn Lue Boulevard

-stealing at 806 south western

-unsecure building at 3626 south clark

-and suspicious activity at 309 west promenade.


On Sunday the department investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 118 south harwood, 1120 north kentucky and 705 park

-drug activity in progress at 2711 south clark

-burglar alarm at 117 west monroe

-a fire alarm at 203 east liberty

-ex-parte violation at 1505 North Clark

-threats at 27 rock springs

-fight in progress on east boulevard

-stealing reported to 300 north coal

-utility problem at 205 east jackson

-sexual assault at 1014 north clark

-burglary not in progress reported to 300 north coal

-harassment at 635 north missouri

-stealing on lakeview

-civil dispute at 1306 pollock

-neighbor dispute at 2721 south clark

-physical domestic at 707 west jackson

-verbal domestic on east seminary

-found property on south washington

-intoxicated person on west monroe

-and an unwanted subject at 607 west monroe.


Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-harassment at 900 Ruth court

-verbal domestic at 1112 East jackson

-displaying a weapon at 1417 North olive

-stealing at 420 west monroe

-a fire alarm at 620 east monroe

-property dispute at 1827 country place court

-property damage at 702 north clark

-trespassing at 1726 east liberty

-an ex-parte violation reported to 300 north coal. 

MPSD responded to 42 calls for Fireworks on the Fourth of July.


Red Cross Needs Blood05-Jul-2016

The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply.

To set up a time to donate, visit the Red Cross app, or redcrossblood.org.


Sheriff's Report05-Jul-2016

On Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:

Investigated:

1.    A report of a hay bale obstructing the roadway along Highway 54 near Mexico.

2.    A careless driving complaint along Highway 19.

3.    A check the well being request along Highway 151.

4.    A commercial burglar alarm along East Liberty Street in Vandiver Village.

5.    A suspicious activity complaint along Highway FF.
 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
1.    A loose livestock complaint along Audrain Road 844.

2.    An order of protection violation complaint along East Liberty in Vandiver Village.

3.    A scam complaint along Audrain Road 820.

4.    A harassment complaint along East Liberty Street in Vandiver Village.

5.    A suspicious activity complaint along Audrain Road 814.
 
·    The department  arrested:
 
1.    Emeri Daron Kerr, age 19 of Mexico for Driving While Suspended.

2. and   Ronald Wince Fountain, age 59 of Vandalia for Possession of Under 35 grams of Marijuana. Fountain posted a $1,000 bond and was released. 
 
On Sunday the Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
1.    A harassment complaint along East Liberty Street in Vandiver Village.

2.    A 911 Hang up call along Arthur Street in Farber.

3.    A Burglary complaint along Audrain Road 9834.

4.  and  A careless driving complaint along Highway 19.

Fireworks Displays04-Jul-2016

Several communities in Mid Missouri will be hosting fireworks shows this evening.

The Mexico Fireworks display will be held at dusk at the Optimist ball fields.

Moberly's fourth of July extravaganza will begin with activities at 5:00, including music from LoCash, food vendors, and a beer garden.  Fireworks will begin at dark.

In Fulton, fireworks will start at dusk and will be visible from Veterans Memorial Park.

Columbia's Fire in the Sky celebration will begin at 6:30 at Flat Branch Park and Peace Park in downtown Columbia.  Fireworks will begin at 9:15, and will be shot from the top of the 6th and Cherry Parking Garage.

In Jefferson City, the 4th of July celebration will be happening all day.  the Red, White and Boom Sky Concert will begin at dusk, and will be visible from the Missouri State Capitol Lawn.


Mexico Public Safety29-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-37 year old Carl E. Nevills on 2 Audrain County Warrants

-33 year old Kelli J. Simpson on a Crawford County Warrant

-28 year old Christopher S. Welch for Domestic Assault in the third degree

-28 year old Melissa S. Baugh on an Audrain County Warrant.


MPSD also investigated:

-fire alarms at 651 East Commerce Road, 5701 East Liberty, and 1400 Vance

-Burglar alarm at 1600 Bassford

-Found property reported to 300 North Coal, 716 East Breckenridge, and 1103 West Breckenridge

-Unwanted subjects 3602 South Clark and on North Wade

-Harassment reported to 300 North Coal and 3602 South Clark

-A Careless Driver at 378 Cherry Tree Drive


Sheriff's Report29-Jun-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
1.    A suspicious vehicle complaint along Audrain Road 565.

2.    A theft complaint along Audrain Road 815.

3.    A burglar alarm along Audrain Road 581.

4.    Peace disturbance complaints along Route E and along North Pleasant Street in Farber

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
1.  Peace disturbances along Elm Street in Laddonia, and along Highway 22

2.    A trespass complaint along Audrain Road 9832.

3.    A suspicious person complaint along East Liberty Street in Vandiver Village.

Mexico Drug Bust28-Jun-2016


Two people were arrested after the East Central Drug Task Force executed a search warrant late last night in Mexico.

Captain James Shrader of the Audrain County Sheriff's Office reports the warrant was served in the 1300 block of Pollock Road.  As a result, officers seized Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Hashish Oil, Psilocybin mushrooms, opiate pharmaceuticals, a gun and drug paraphernalia.

The task force arrested Jermie Joseph Pine and Candice Blair Pine, both 34, for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana with intent to distribute, manufacturing hashish oil, possession of psilocybin msuhrooms and opiate pharmaceuticals, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child.

Jermie Pine has an additional charge of  unlawful possession of a firearm.

Both are being held in the Audrain County Jail, awaiting bond.

Mexico Public Safety28-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety Investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1629 North Clark, 2711 South clark, and 1005 Hassen

-Traffic Accidents at 420 West Monroe and 114 west jackson

-a fire alarm at the sheriff's office

-a stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-a civil dispute on South Trinity

-a missing person at 1414 South Coal

-vandalism at 2101 Lakeview

-trespassing at 430 West Promenade and 1109 East Lafayette

-an exparte violation in the 1700 block of East Liberty

-smoke odor at 1412 Hickory Hill

-a burglary not in progress at 431 Hendricks

-child custody at 922 West Monroe.


Two More Arrested for April Robbery28-Jun-2016


Two more people were arrested yesterday in relation to a robbery at Taco Bell in Mexico on April 28, when a man with a gun allegedly entered the building at closing through the drive thru window.

23 year old Delbert T. Bennett and 24 year old Breanna L. Garnett were arrested by the Montgomery City Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's department without incident.

19 year old Austin Carter was arrested earlier this month in Dent County.

All 3 suspects  are charged with first degree robbery.

No more arrests are expected in this case.

Mexico Livable Streets27-Jun-2016

Mexico Public Works Department is teaming up with the PedNet coalition to promote active forms of transportation, like biking and walking.

PedNet is a non-profit organization.  The group is helping the city to coordinate the development and maintenance of old and new transportation infrastructure for the community.

The effort stems from a recent Park Master Plan survey that found the number one activity residents wanted was recreational walking.

The public  is invited to a public meeting tomorrow at 5:30 on the 3rd floor of City Hall in Mexico.


Mexico Public Safety27-Jun-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious Activity at 812 East Love, 721 South Muldrow and 718 East Liberty

-A carbon monoxide alarm at 600 West Boulevard

-peace disturbance at 205 South Elmwood

-unwanted subject at 900 Vance

-property damage at 2900 Dorelli Lane

-threats at 109 North Washington

-fraud at 1420 South Coal

-trespassing reported to 300 North Coal

-harassment at 1015 Latney and 2711 South Clark

-drug activity not in progress at 1109 East Liberty

-a traffic accident at 4820 South Clark

-animal abuse at 203 East Jackson

-a panic alarm at 2875 South Clark

-a burglary not in progress at 705 Park.


On Saturday, Public safety investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1629 North Clark, 1726 East Liberty, 4294 Friendship Drive, 1013 Macfarlane, 1004 Michigan, and 1504 North Clark

-Non-injury traffic accident on South Muldrow

-road hazards on the 54 bypass and on South Clark

-shoplifting at West Plaza

-property damage at 1010 East Jackson and 103 South Alabama

-odor at 626 West Liberty

-juvenile problems in the 500 block of Martin Luther King Drive

-child custody at 809 North Olive

-stolen vehicle at 629 West Maple

-civil dispute at 900 Vance

-non-injury assault at 420 West Jackson

-natural cover fire at 900 Vance

-animal abuse at 2875 South Clark

-a careless driver on South Clark

-a physical domestic in the 400 block of East Central.


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 37 year old Todd LaFleur on a St. Charles warrant.

They also investigated:

-harassment at 419 East Central

-suspicious activity at 925 East Liberty

-a burglar alarm at 1001 West Monroe

-found property at 1036 Michigan

-peace disturbance at 912 Savannah Court

-a traffic accident at West and Webster

-civil disputes at 1100 Littleby Road and 1115 South Calhoun

-Juvenile Problems in the 1400 block of West Breckenridge

-ex-parte violation in the 900 block of West Liberty

-property damage at 1124 East Holt.


Sheriff's Report27-Jun-2016

On Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
1.    A commercial burglar alarm along Highway 19.

2.    A careless and imprudent driving complaint along Audrain Road 332 and Highway 19.

3.    A stranded motorist report along US Highway 54.
 
Assisted:
 
1.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol with a traffic crash investigation along Green Boulevard. 
 
They also arrested:
 
1.    Gary Dale Reeves Jr., age 30, of Mexico on an Audrain County arrest warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while revoked. Reeves posted a $5000 cash bond and was released.
 
2.   and  George Allen Crum, age 37, of Mexico on an Audrain County arrest warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while revoked. Crum posted a $ 1500 cash bond and was released.
 
 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office:
 
Investigated:
 
1.    A Peace Disturbance along Audrain Road 355, and along North Pine Street in Farber.

Audrain County Relay For Life24-Jun-2016

The Audrain County Relay for Life will be happening tomorrow in Mexico.

The event will take place at the Mexico Middle School Track beginning at noon.  Linda Reed, Relay for Life Event Lead, explains the opening event:

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Games, food and music will be going on until the end of the relay at midnight.  The annual Luminaria ceremony is scheduled to take place at 8:45.

Boston Sentenced to 527 Years24-Jun-2016


A Mexico man has been sentenced to 527 years in prison after being found guilty on 28 counts in Audrain County Court.

Darran Boston was found guilty by jury in a late-night verdict in an April trial  that Judge Wesley Dalton described as "one of the most gruesome the court has done."

Boston is convicted of sexual abuse of 2 children under the age of 15 between 2009 and 2014 in Mexico.

His charges include  Statutory rape, abuse of a child, statutory sodomy, child molestation,exploitation of a minor, use of a child in sexual performance, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography.

Mexico Public Safety24-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1629 North Clark, 2711 South Clark, 500 West Jackson, and 119 East Whitley

-Unwanted Subject at 900 Vance Road

-Physical Domestic in the 1000 block of East Liberty

-Burglar Alarm at 4655 East Liberty

-harassment at 1121 East Lafayette

-Stealing at 903 Woodlawn, 206 North Western, and reported to 300 North Coal

-Non-injury accidents on South Muldrow and 3076 South Clark

-A utility line down in the 200 block of Meyers

-failure to return property at 620 West Jackson

-scam at 1212 East Liberty

-threats at 1108 East Lafayette

-ex-parte violation at 1 Rock Springs

-Property damage at 1617 Eagle Drive

-fireworks at 3602 South Clark

-an unattended fire at 708 Fairground


Motorcycle Chase24-Jun-2016



Two people were injured following a pursuit in Mexico this afternoon.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Scott White says a trooper radioed he was in pursuit of a motorcycle on East Liberty in Mexico. About a minute or 2 later he radioed again the bike had rear ended a white Chrysler Pacifica at Boulevard and Clark.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to University Hospital in Columbia. He was sitting up and talking to troopers. The driver of the vehicle he hit was taken to SSM St. mary's hospital audrain with minor injuries.

The identities of those involved have not yet been released.

Car Theft Arrest23-Jun-2016

Mexico Public Safety arrested a Randolph County man for stealing a car yesterday.

MPSD reports they responded to the 800 block of East Liberty.  Upon arrival, officers learned that a gray, 2006 Chevrolet  had been stolen.  It had been unlocked with the keys inside.  It was determined the vehicle had tracking software available, and it was used to locate the vehicle in Randolph County.

Audrain County Joint Communications relayed information to the Moberly Police Department, until around 2:13 when the vehicle was located and officers arrested 30 year old Kenneth L Watkins.  

Mexico Public Safety reports Watkins had been staying in Mexico the past few months, and they are continuing to investigate this and other recent crimes that Watkins may have been involved in.

Watkins is being held in the Randolph County jail.


Lue Home Court23-Jun-2016

Mexico native and Cleveland Cavaliers coach will be making his return to Mexico on July second.

The homecoming celebration will be held on July 2nd.  It will begin when Lue's motorcade arrives in Mexico at 11AM, escorted by Mexico Public Safety, Little Dixie Fire District and school buses with summer school students.

There will be performances by the Dixie Grey Band, as well as a childrens choir from multiple churches.  It will culminate with Lue addressing the crowd.


Mexico Public Safety23-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-31 year old Jessica L. Boone on a Saline County Warrant, and 46 year old Daimen D. Hord for Domestic Assault and resisting arrest.


MPSD also investigated:

-Burglar alarms at 801 East Breckenridge and 3622 South Clark

-Fraud at 828 West Monroe

-Stealing reported to 300 North Coal and at 900 Vance Road

-Leave without pay at 420 West Monroe

-Ex-parte violation in the 1700 block of East Liberty

-child endangerment at 420 West Promenade

-physical domestics in the 1500 block of North Clark, the 800 Block of Tyronn Lue Boulevard and in the 900 block block of Vance Road

-non-injury accident on West Love

-an animal bite at 614 Yale

-scam at 1504 Ashley Court

-Harassment at 418 West Whitley

-drug activity in progress on Jubel Drive

-unwanted subjects at 817 Tyronn Lue Boulevard and 1038 Hazel Place

-animal abuse at 2203 Fairground and 601 North Washington

-civil dispute at 725 East Monroe

-an attempted burglary at 932 West Liberty


Sheriff's Report23-Jun-2016

Yesterday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Jerry Dean Baugh Jr. age 34 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of driving while revoked, failure to stop at a stop sign or signal, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, careless and imprudent driving, resisting arrest, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, failure to properly affix a license plate to a motor vehicle, license fraud, and seatbelt violations.

2.      Kala Malia Baugh age 32 of Mexico for hindering prosecution.

3.      David Ray Loyd age 20 of Hannibal on an Audrain County warrant for possession of a controlled substance, possession of an imitation controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

4.      William Orvil Cornine age 57 of Mexico on a Boone County warrant for stealing.

5.      Julie Rayneesha Barksdale age 19 of Columbia on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.

6.      Linda Marie Dingledine age 29 of Mexico for driving while revoked.

7.       Angela Dawn Morris age 37 of Vandalia for possession of Adderall.
 
they also investigated:
1.      Hindering prosecution along Audrain Road 408.

2.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 812.

3.      Peace disturbance from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

4.      911 call along Audrain Road 9832.

5.      Suspicious activity along Highway 22.

6.      Wellbeing of a resident along Audrain Road 691.

7.      Careless drivers along Highways 54 and 15.

8.      Trespass along Audrain Road 355.

Heat Advisory22-Jun-2016

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Mid-Missouri today.

A Heat Advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions. The general rule of thumb for this Advisory is when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 100° or higher for at least 2 days, and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°.

The Red Cross advises that if you do not have air conditioning, find places you can go during the warmest part of the day such as a library or a theater.  Drink plenty of fluid and be aware of the signs of heat related illnesses.


Mexico Man Arrested22-Jun-2016

The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a Mexico man yesterday afternoon.

MSHP reports Damain L. Watts was taken into custody at 3:23.  He is being charged with Felony Possession of Cocaine.

Watts is being held in the Callaway County Jail, awaiting bond.


Mexico Public Safety22-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A fight in progress at 932 Emmons

-a stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-unwanted subjects at 512 North Clark and reported to 300 North Coal

-traffic accident at 621 East Liberty

-an aggressive animal on Ringo

-harassment at 512 North Clark


Sheriff's Report22-Jun-2016

Yesterday,  the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Matthew Barret Beauchamp, age 20 of Mexico, on a Montgomery County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.

2.      Marcus Clayton Bell, age 36 of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct, and abuse of a vulnerable person.

3.   and  Kenneth Wayne Griffith Sr., age 55 of Mexico, for driving while revoked.
 
They also Investigated:

1.      911 call along Highway JJ.

2.      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway 22.

3.      Careless drivers along Highways 19 and 15.

4.      Civil dispute along Highway 22.

5.      Road hazard along Highway K.

Mexico Public Safety21-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

-32 year old Lindsey Lortie on a Boone County Warrant

-23 year old Byron L. Schneider on a Belton warrant for failure to appear for a traffic violation

-18 year old Deyton L. Curtis Fisher for violating an order of protection, resisting arrest by fleeing, and minor in possession of alcohol

-25 year old Alan D. Dawson for second degree domestic assault

MPSD also investigated:

-Domestic Verbal at 516 East Central and 810 North Wade

-Suspicious activity on North Grand

-Domestic issue at 500 West Jackson

-utility lines down at 629 South Missouri and 218 South Mississippi

-vehicle fire at 214 Mary

-peace disturbance on Lakeside Place

-non-injury accident at 209 West Promenade

-careless driver on South Clark

-missing juvenile in the 1200 block of South Western

-neighbor dispute at 1424 Hickory Hill

-fraud at 1418 Rosebud

-stealing on huntingfield

-burglar alarm at 2180 Huntingfield Court

-leaving the scene of an accident reported to 300 North Coal

-property damage at 515 West Robinson

-fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-shots fired at 704 West Boulevard

-foot pursuit on Clark

-physical domestic at 1720 East Liberty

Mexico Wind Damage21-Jun-2016

Major Brice Mesko with MPSD reports damage that occurred throughout Mexico with the strong winds last night. [Monday]

Around 8:40 PM, MPSD responded to a report of a line in the roadway in the 200 block of South Mississippi.  The line was determined to be a television cable line and Charter was contacted to fix the issue.

At 8:51, officers responded to relatively small limbs in the roadway that were removed by the officers.

There were no injuries in the storm.


Sheriff's Report21-Jun-2016

Yesterday,  the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Emeri Daron Kerr age 19 of Vandalia on an Audrain County warrant for identity theft, fraud, and receiving stolen property.

2.     and  Sonya Gay Smith age 60 of Centralia for domestic assault.
 
They also investigated:
1.      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway 22.

2.      Domestic assault along Highway E.

3.      Loose livestock along Highway 22.

4.      Road hazards along Highways 22 and Y; and, Audrain Roads 823 and 306.

5.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

6.     and a  911 call along Audrain Road 681.

Lue Coaches to the Championship20-Jun-2016

In his first year as head coach, Mexico Native Tyronn Lue, has guided the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA championship, and making history.

The team had a 3 to 1 tournament deficit, then beat the odds, winning 2 in a row, tying up the series and forcing a game 7 for the first time in NBA history.

Final score of the championship game was 93 to 89.


Mexico Public Safety20-Jun-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 42 year old Johnny R. McCulley for 3rd degree domestic assault.

They also investigated:

-Careless drivers on south Clark and East Liberty

-Threats at 600 Green Boulevard

-a utility problem at 930 West Liberty

-A physical domestic in the 100 block of Josephine

-an animal bite at 620 East Monroe

-a traffic accident at West Breckenridge and Muldrow

-a road hazard at West Boulevard and Muldrow

-leave without pay at 1726 East Liberty

-a peace disturbance at 19 Marine

-driving without a license on South Muldrow

-child custody in the 600 block of North Jeffries

-and  Burglary in progress at 408 West Maple


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Non injury accidents at East Breckenridge and Calhoun and at 1000 Dorcas

-abuse at 719 South Calhoun

-harassment at 719 South Calhoun

-Domestic physical at 19 Marine and on North Wade

-Property Damage at 100 South Clark and reported to 300 north coal

-suspicious activity at 12 Quantico

-unwanted subject at 1013 Macfarlane and 305 Howell Manor Court

-a burglary not in progress at 1020 South Union

-a panic alarm at 2875 South Clark

-A non injury accident at 1108 East Liberty

-Child custody on Springdale

-traffic hazard at 1012 Emmons

-and an unlawful burn at 420 West Promenade


Sheriff's Report20-Jun-2016

On Friday the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Anthony Michael Lopez age 46 of Osage Beach on an Audrain County warrant for criminal non-support.

2.     and Randall Dean Funk age 52 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for criminal non-support.
 
Investigated:
1.      Burglary along Highway U.

2.      Careless drivers along Highways 22 and J.

3.      Domestic assault along Highway B.

4.      Child custody dispute along Audrain Road 977.

5.      Wellbeing of a resident along Highway 19.

6.      Violation of an order of protection along Highway FF.

7.      Loose livestock along Audrain Road 353.

 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:
1.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 922.

2.      Trespass along Elmwood Drive.

3.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 936.

4.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway FF.

5.     and a  Careless driver along Highway 54.

Two Injured in Mexico Accident20-Jun-2016

South Clark in Mexico was shut down for nearly an hour on Saturday due to a car accident.

Major Brice Mesko, with Mexico Public safety reports around 8:06 AM, officers responded to the intersection of South Clark and Lakeview.  Responding personnel found that a car driven by 19 year old Vivian Bagley of Columbia, pulled onto south Clark from Lakeview and was hit by a vehicle driven by 63 year old Suzanne Opperman, also of Columbia.

Bagley had to be extricated from the vehicle.  She was transported by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Opperman was taken to SSM-St. Mary's Hospital Audrain.

Both drivers have since been released.


Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen Crowned18-Jun-2016

Miss Missouri Outstanding teen was crowned last night in Mexico. [Friday]


The winner was Miss Kansas City, Christina Stratton.  She performed a ballet dance to the song "Dancing Queen" by Abba.

Fourth runner up was Miss Branson, Heleena Haberer, 3rd was Miss Gateway St Louis Megan Pennington, 2nd was Miss Metro St. Louis Claire Rowe, and first runner up was Miss Queen City Rachel Spurling.

The Miss Missouri pageant will wrap up tonight with the crowning of a new Miss Missouri who will go on to compete at the Miss America competition. 

The competition will continue tonight at 7:00 at the Missouri Military Academy Gymtorium.


Mexico Drug Arrest17-Jun-2016


A Mexico man was arrested after the East Central Drug Task Force served a search warrant in Mexico last night.

Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller reports the warrant was served in the 300 block of North Missouri Street.

As a result of the search, officers seized hashish oil, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

24 year old Zachary Robert Collins was taken into custody and transported to the Audrain County Jail.

The Task Force was assisted by Mexico Public Safety, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Audrain County Sheriff's Office.

Mexico Public Safety16-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

32 year old Justin M. Wright on a Callaway County warrant, and 45 year old Christopher S. Bradley for trespassing in the first degree.

MPSD also investigated:

-domestic verbal reported to 300 North Coal, 2 Mars, and 512 North Clark

-Suspicious activity at 900 Ruth Court and 113 East Monroe

-Domestic issue at 512 North Clark

-careless driver reported to 300 north coal and on South Elmwood

-Unauthorized sign at South Muldrow and Liberty

-harassment at 1014 West Monroe

-property damage at 519 West Whitley and 316 Howell Manor Court

-A civil dispute at 512 North Clark

-Non injury accidents at 1411 West Monroe and 531 West Jackson

-trespassing at 216 West Promenade

-missing juvenile in the 1200 block of Adams

-vehicle break in at 1644 East Liberty

-Stealing at 1305 West Breckenridge

-A burglary not in progress at 720 South Muldrow

-a car versus deer accident on South Clark

-and Juvenile problems in the 300 Block of South Muldrow


Sheriff's Report16-Jun-2016

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Ronald Dene Worthey Jr. age 26 of O’Fallon on an Audrain County warrant for stealing, possession of synthetic cannabinoid, and possession of drug paraphernalia; and, a Boone County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Amber Dawn Taylor age 28 of Troy on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of burglary and stealing; and, a Warren County warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

3.      James Ray Stone age 44 of St. Clair on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of violation of an order of protection.

4.      Timothy Roland Hoffman age 37 of Mexico for resisting arrest and an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of marijuana and criminal non-support.
 
The department also investigated:

1.      Civil dispute along Highway FF.

2.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 9306.

3.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 918.

4.      911 call along Market Drive in Vandiver Village.

5.      Trespass along Audrain Road 395.

6.      Fraud along Highway NN.

On Monday, Deputies Executed a search warrant at the Budget Inn searching for a person, Timothy Roland Hoffman, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
 

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Nicole Jeanette Murphy age 32 of Mexico for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.

Deputies also investigated:

1.      911 calls along Audrain Road 545, Market Drive in Mexico, and Pleasant Street in Farber.

2.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 581.

3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 524.

4.      Peace Disturbance along Audrain Road 832.

5.     and a Road hazard along Highway K.

Arrest Made in Taco Bell Robbery15-Jun-2016

The Mexico Police Department are reporting an arrest has been made in the April 28 armed robbery of the Taco Bell.

Major Brice Mesko, with MPSD reports the investigation led to the arrest of 19 year old Austin Carter.

Carter allegedly entered the building at closing time through a drive-thru window, and pointed a gun at employees.  No one was injured in the incident.

Carter was taken into custody yesterday [Tuesday] in Dent County by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and transported to the Dent County Jail.

The investigation into Carter's accomplices is ongoing.

Mexico Man Arrested After Stealing Car15-Jun-2016

A Mexico man is in police custody after stealing a vehicle yesterday.

29 year old Andrew S. Ennis of Mexico is charged with Tampering with a motor vehicle, driving while revoked and other moving violations.

According to Brice Mesko, with Mexico Public Safety, officers responded around 11:00 AM yesterday [Tuesday] to the 400 block of West Jackson in reference to a vehicle which had just been stolen.

Officers learned a 1987 black Chevrolet pick up had been left unlocked with the keys inside.  Witnesses were able to tell investigators the vehicle had been driven south on Muldrow, and was heading out of town.

The Audrain and Callaway County Sheriff's offices, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol located the vehicle after it was abandoned, and the suspect was found near by.

Ennis was arrested around 12:30 PM, and was taken the Audrain County Jail.


Mexico Public Safety15-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

29 year old Shawn Rayhart for violating a court order.

MPSD also investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1508 South Western, 900 Ruth Court, 605 Park, 1512 North Olive and on Fairground

-an exparte violation reported to 300 North Cole

-a vehicle break in at 310 East Love

-Non-injury accidents on South Clark and at 500 West Jackson

-an unwanted subject at 310 West Orange

-stealing at 4527 Franklin and 226 East Boulevard

-A careless driver on East Boulevard

-a missing juvenile in the 900 block of North Jefferson

-Intoxicated persons driving on South Clark and 900 Vance Road

-Harassment at 718 North Jefferson and 1727 South Morris

-Threats at 307 North Missouri

-and a scam at 7 Quantico


Miss Missouri15-Jun-2016

KXEO would like to welcome the 2016 Miss Missouri Contestants to Mexico!

30 women from around the state will compete for the crown and their chance to grace the Miss America stage this fall.  

Pageant week began on Sunday with the Miss Missouri 2016 Golf Classic at the Mexico Country Club.

The first night of on-stage competition is tonight. [Wednesday]  Contestants will compete in talent, evening gown and onstage question this evening.  The swimsuit competition will take place on Friday, with crowning on Saturday.

This year's Miss Missouri will win a scholarship in the amount of $11, 500.  

The first Miss Missouri was crowned in 1935.  The pageant moved around the state until 1970 when it found it's home in Mexico.

The competition will begin at 7:30 tonight at the Missouri Military Academy gymtorium.


Sheriff's Report15-Jun-2016

On Saturday the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:

1.      Katline Eugene Rickey age 31 of Mexico on Audrain County warrant for stealing.

2.      Jeremy Jermaine Stubbs age 26 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for making a terroristic threat.

3.      Jason Eugene Johnston age 31 of Madison for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and a Monroe County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving without a valid license.

4.      Jeffery Allen Maddox age 53 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for criminal non-support.

5.      Kurt Taylor Stone age 22 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while intoxicated.
 
Investigated:
1.      Alarm call along Highway 54.

2.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 975 and 581.

3.      Trespass along Audrain Road 9579.

4.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
 

On Saturday, the Highway Patrol:
Arrested:

1.      William Jacob Davenport ate 34 of Benton City for driving while revoked, failure to display license plates on a motor vehicle or trailer, and failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance.
 
On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:

1.      911 calls along Highway 54, Audrain Road 9139, and Trabue Drive in Farber.

2.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 9832.

3.      Careless driver along Highway 22.

4.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 9834.

5.      Peace disturbance along Highway 19.

Mexico Public Safety14-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested:

57 year old David L. Patrick for domestic assault.

MPSD also investigated:

-an unwanted subject at 1604 East Anderson, 922 Garfield, 611 Eastholm, and 1617 Eagle

-Fraud at 614 West Maple

-A non injury accident at 3940 East Liberty

-leave without pay at 503 West Monroe

-an ex-parte violation at 1311 Ringo

-property damage at 503 South Olive

-road hazard at East Boulevard and South Clark

-civil disputes at 221 East Whitley and 2905 Randy

-Suspicious activity at West Plaza and West Jackson

-a line down at 30 quantico

-A private property accident at 206 North Western

-a verbal domestic at 512 North Clark

-a peace disturbance at 704 North Calhoun

-a domestic issue at Lakeview Park

-a missing person at 915 fairground

-loitering at 503 West Monroe

-a traffic accident at South Western and Boulevard

-animal abuse at 620 East Monroe

-a traffic  hazard at South Morris and Lakeview

-a smoke odor at 1525 West Monroe

-a vehicle break in at 326 North Missouri

-and an animal bite at 6 Quantico

Missouri Department of Conservation14-Jun-2016

On June 10 the Missouri Department of Conservation Arrested:

1.      Melanie Marie Griffith age 22 of Mexico for possession of synthetic cannabinoid.


Missouri State Highway Patrol14-Jun-2016

On June 10 the Highway Patrol Arrested:

1.      Hailey Bryanne Gastler age 18 of Mexico for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
2.      Emeri Daron Kerr age 19 of Vandalia on a Macon County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.


Sheriff's Report14-Jun-2016

On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Quentin Dean Bennett age 38 of Hawk Point on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, stealing, receiving stolen property, identity theft, and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.

They also investigated investigated:
1.      Suspicious activity along Front Street in Benton City and in Vandiver Village.
2.      Property damage along Highway C.
3.      Road hazard along Highway 19.
4.     and a  Child custody dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Payton Austin Samuelson age 18 of Mexico for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
2.      Terry Russell Harrison age 62 of Laddonia on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.
3.      Gregory Thomas Crites age 39 of Hallsville on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault, felonious restraint, and a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of criminal non-support.
4.      Charles Branden Henton age 25 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of marijuana.
5.      Jason Robert Goff age 35 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault.

Investigated:
1.      Assault along Hickory Street in Farber.
2.      911 calls along Highway 54 and Audrain Road 556.
3.      Child Custody dispute along Highway 19.
4.      Civil dispute from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

SSM Welcomes New Doctor14-Jun-2016

SSM St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain welcomes a new Ear Nose and Throat Specialist to Mexico.  

Dr. Douglas Howland specializes in general ENT, pediatric ENT and sinus surgery.

He attended medical school at Oklahoma State College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis.


Mexico Public Safety13-Jun-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 38 year old Earl Scarbrough for violating an order of protection.

MPSD also investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 1300 West Breckenridge and 905 North Wade

-Careless Driver on North Western

-Fraud reported to 300 North Coal

-A panic alarm at 2875 South Clark

-Child Abuse at West Plaza

-A utility problem at 707 East Bolivar

-A burglar alarm at 1405 Paris

-A carbon monoxide alarm at 3602 South Clark

-and Stealing at 519 West Whitley


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 23 year old Jonathan K.H. Shaw for driving while intoxicated.

MPSD also investigated:

-violation of a court order at 1311 Ringo

-suspicious activity at 707 West Monroe, 3001 South Clark, 700 South Muldrow, 604 East Teal Lake and 1411 West Monroe

-drug activity at 1300 West Liberty

-A fight in progress on Baker street

-indecent behavior at 309 North Clark

-threats at 414 North Missouri

-alarm at 2875 South Clark

-shots fired at 904 Latney,

-and intoxicated person driving at 4820 South Clark and on North Jefferson

On Sunday, Mexico public safety investigated:

-Peace disturbance on South Trinity and Boulevard and Park and Breckenridge

-wrong way driver on highway 22 and Clark Street Junction

-an unwanted subject at 622 Hisey and 915 East Love

-3 burglar alarms at 1225 West Monroe

-line down at 527 Whitley

-Suspicious activity at 515 Eastholm

-a fire alarm at 620 East Monroe

-selling without a license at 2900 South Clark

-Non-Injury assault at 203 West Anderson

-careless driver on North Washington and on North Elmwood

-stealing reported to 300 North Coal

-animal abuse at 4820 South Clark

-a civil dispute at 521 West Maple

-and smoke odor at 4820 South Clark

Mexico Woman Injured in Callaway Accident13-Jun-2016

A Mexico woman was moderately injured after being rear ended in Callaway County over the weekend.

54 year old Caryla Gillette was traveling southbound on U.S. 63, north of turkey creek, when she was hit by 48 year old Bobby Crawford of Holts Summit.

Crawford was not injured in the crash.

Gillette was taken to University Hospital in Columbia.


MPSD and Citizens Save Woman from Drowning13-Jun-2016

A Columbia woman was not injured after falling into Teal Lake in Mexico Saturday.

Mexico Public Safety reports officer responded at 10:50 AM to the boat ramp and dock area in reference to a female who had fallen in the water and was in distress.

Upon arrival, officers found a 40 year female who had been fishing and fell in.  The woman could not swim, and other citizens were helping to keep her head above water, and holding onto the dock.

The officers helped remove her from the water.


Mexico Public Safety10-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A civil dispute at 611 Eastholm

-Smoke odor on South Mississippi and Jackson

-Threats reported to 300 North Coal and at 210 South Union

-A verbal domestic in the 400 block of Lakeview

-Child abuse on North Wade

-Stealing reported to 300 North Coal, 611 West Pearson, and at West Plaza

-Traffic Accidents on North Kentucky and on East Monroe

-Suspicious Activity at 2717 South Clark, 22 Marine Drive, and reported to 300 North Coal

-A Careless driver on South Clark

Mexico Teens Arrested10-Jun-2016

Two Mexico teens have been arrested on drug charges.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 18 year old Hailey B. Gastler was arrested just before midnight last night.

18 year old Payton Samuelson was arrested 21 minutes later.

Both are being charged with possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

They were transported to the Audrain County Jail to post bond.


Chamber Golf Tournament09-Jun-2016

The 22nd annual Mexico Chamber Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 24.

The registration deadline is tomorrow.  Cost for a team of 4 is $360.

The tournament will be held at Arthur Hills Golf Course, with tee off at 10AM.  

The event will also feature a putting contest, a boat challenge, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.


Mexico Public Safety09-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested: 

43 year old Marie Beelek on an O'Fallon warrant.

MPSD also investigated:

-Suspicious activity at 402 East Bolivar and 105 North Washington

-Leave without pay at 3066 South Clark

-an unwanted subject at 900 Vance

-sexual assault in the 1000 block of West Breckenridge

-injury assault at 107 North Alabama

-peace disturbance on Doss Road

-abandoned vehicle at 915 West Breckenridge

-drug activity not in progress on North Craig

-A civil dispute at 408 Hanley

-an alarm at 1015 East Liberty

-threats at 1407 Saturn

-an ex parte violation in the 900 block of Grove

-A burglary not in progress at 1014 North Clark

-Property damage at 1208 North Washington

-and a fight in progress at 1877 Country Place Court.

Sheriff's Report09-Jun-2016

On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Jakarr Lamont Curtis age 24 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.    And  Johnathan Eugene Newell age 25 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for receiving stolen property.
 
The Sheriff's office also investigated:

1.      Trespass along Highway U.

2.      Assault along Highway BB.

3.      Well Being of a resident along Highway JJ.

4.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 9824, 814 and 353; and, Highway Y.

5.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 314.
 
Issued:
1.      Warning for a traffic offense along Highway 22.
 
 
Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:


1.      Unsecured building along Highway 54.

2.      Alarm call along Highway 54.

3.      Child custody dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

4.      Road hazard along Highway KK.

5.    and   Peace disturbance along Hess Street in Farber.

Girls Night Out Relay Event08-Jun-2016

The Girls Night Out relay team is hosting a Spring Fashion Show tonight [Wednesday] to raise money for the Relay for Life of Audrain County.

The event will take place at the VFW hall in Mexico.  Cost is 15 dollars and will include a meal, chance for door prizes and entertainment.  a 50/50 drawing will be held.

Several local business will be featuring some new fashions.


Mexico Public Safety08-Jun-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-A burglar alarm at 501 South Monroe,

-harassment at 1011 South Jefferson,

-a verbal domestic in the 1100 block of North Olive,

-stealing at 1114 North Clark,

-A civil dispute at 408 Hanley,

-a non-injury assault reported to 300 North Coal,

-suspicious activity at northeast park and North Grand,

-trespassing at 932 West Liberty,

-a physical domestic in the 110 block of West Street,

-and loitering at 420 West Monroe.

Soft Surroundings Groundbreaking Ceremony08-Jun-2016


Soft Surroundings hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in the location of the soon-to-be built new distribution center in Mexico today.

The new 300 thousand square foot center, slated to open in January of 2017, will employ more than 150 people, including the existing employees.

Soft Surroundings has an existing distribution center on Elmwood drive.  That facility will be taken over by an affiliate company, Boston Proper.  The new company will bring approximately 50 new jobs to the area.

Mexico Public Safety06-Jun-2016

On Friday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Identity theft at 2920 Lake Road
-an ex-parte violation reported to 300 North Coal
-Harassment at 2711 South Clark
-A Non injury accident at 420 West Monroe
-and a peace disturbance at Hardin Park.

On Saturday, MPSD investigated:

-Stealing in the 500 block of Central
-C&I driver on East Liberty
-A burglar alarm at 501 South Muldrow
-an unwanted subject at 8 Quantico
-threats in the 2700 block of South Clark and the 1000 block of Teal Lake
-A non-injury accident at 1719 South Clark
-suspicious activity at Garfield Park
-and a fight in progress at North Jefferson and Pleasant.

Yesterday [Sunday], MPSD arrested:

-46 year old Johnny Mayfield on a probation and parole warrant
-39 year old Christopher L. Sheely on 2 Failure to Appear warrants from Cole County
-and 26 year old Adam W. Davis for stealing, 3rd offense.


MPSD also investigated:

-A physical domestic in the 800 block of South Calhoun
-Suspicious activity at 500 west jackson and 100 Mars
-Unwanted subject in the 800 block of South Calhoun and at 4224 South Clark
-C&I driver at 3001 South Clark
-an animal bite at 1415 North Olive
-an ex-parte violation on Jubel drive
-a non-injury traffic accident at West Boulevard and Clark, and at South Clark and Boulevard
-a fight in progress at 501 South Muldrow
-Shoplifting at 4820 South Clark
-threats at 703 West Boulevard
-and Kidnapping reported to 300 North Coal

Sheriff's Report06-Jun-2016

On  Friday the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Angela Lennea Miller age 49 of Mexico for possession of marijuana and domestic assault.

2.      Tiffany Moenique Jackson age 34 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of a controlled substance.

3.      Jason Andrew Henage age 45 of Moberly for driving without a valid license and a Macon County warrant for passing a bad check.

4.      Vanessa Lashaee Torres age 27 of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for possession of a controlled substance and distribution of marijuana.
 
Deputies also investigated:
1.      Assault along Audrain Road 923.
2.      Suspicious activity along Highway 19.
3.      Property damage along Highway 151.
4.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
5.      Road hazard along Highway 15.
6.    and a   911 call along Highway BB.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes05-Jun-2016

Men from the Mexico area participated in 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes' event yesterday.

The walk is a nationally recognized event that men take part in to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence from happening.

Men wore high heels for one mile to continue educating and bringing awareness to their communities and raising money for many recovery services. At the event, medals were given out to participants, a one mile walk, donation bucket and a info graphic collage of facts on the topic of domestic violence and sexual assault.

If someone wants to learn more information about the walk or give back to the organization, to reach out to Chris Baker at Job Finders in Mexico.


Ground-Breaking Ceremony Scheduled in Mexico03-Jun-2016

The Mexico Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Ground Breaking Ceremony next week for a new distribution center.

Executive Director Dana Keller announced today [Friday] Soft Surroundings plans to build a new distribution center that will neighbor the Home Depot Distribution Center at 4655 E. Liberty. 

The ceremony will be held at 9:30 am next Wednesday. 

Mexico Mayor Greg Miller, Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs, members of the Mexico Area Chamber of Commerce, and key members of the Soft Surroundings and Boston Proper leadership teams will be on hand to participate.


Mexico Arrest03-Jun-2016

The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a Mexico woman this morning. [Thursday]

MSHP reports 22 year old Dominique Palmer was taken into custody on a felony audrain county warrant for leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident and failure to maintain financial responsibility.

Palmer was taken the Audrain County Jail, to await bond.


Mexico Car/Bike Accident03-Jun-2016


An 11-year-old juvenile was minorly hurt in a bicycle-vehicle accident yesterday [Thursday] in Mexico. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers responded around 8:42 pm to the 1,000 block of Lakeview in reference to a report of a crash. 

Responding personnel learned around 6:15 pm that day, an 11-year-old boy was riding a bike northbound on Morris Street. An SUV was also traveling on Morris and attempted to go around the bicycle near Adams Street. The boy attempted to turn left onto Adams and rode into the path of the SUV. 

The driver of hte SUV stayed with the boy until a guardian arrived. The boy was taken to SSM St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain by the parent, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and discharged. 

Drivers and bicyclists are reminded to use caution and follow the rules of the road now that summer has begun and more children will be out and about.

Mexico Public Safety03-Jun-2016

Yesterday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-domestic verbal assault in the 900 bock of Curtis

-property damage at 915 S. Trinity

-drug activity, in-progress, on Rivers

-unlawful ATV operation at 850 N. Agricultural 

-traffic accident at 1025 Lakeside


Multiple Roads Closed in Mexico Today03-Jun-2016


The Mexico Public Works Department has begun re-sealing city roadways today [Friday].

Kensey Russel, Director of Public Works, says crews are currently working on Meadowlake from Greenridge to the cul-de-sac.

Crews have already completed one-lane of Pinelawn, Rosebud, and Springdale. Those roads are closed until the end of the day for curing.

Monroe Place from Stewart to the end of the roadway is closed until curing is done.

Public Works crews plan to work on Jackson from Grand to Coal today [Friday], so it will be closed shortly, as well.

If time permits, workers will return to Meadowlake and do one lane from Greenridge to Lake Road.

Sheriff's Report03-Jun-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested the following:
 
1.      Stephanie Alberternst, 23, of Wellsville, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of burglary, stealing, possession of controlled substances, property damage, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Douglas Druger, 38, of Mexico, for driving while revoked, displaying license plates of another, careless and imprudent driving, and failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance.

3.      Coty Powers age 24 of Columbia, on Audrain County warrants for stealing and failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.

4.      Cortez Johnson, 25, of Bowling Green, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.

5.      Roger Jones, 64, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for aggravated stalking and violation of an order of protection.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Animal abuse along Oak Street in Rush Hill.
2.      Assault from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
3.      Theft along Audrain Road 845.
5.      911 call along Audrain Road 625.
6.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
7.      Suspicious activity along Highway 15.
8.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

Mexico Man Arrested on Similar Charges from Last Month02-Jun-2016

A Mexico man was arrested in Audrain County last night [Wednesday] on multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 37-year-old Carl Nevills was taken into custody around 6:45 pm. He is charged with felony driving while suspended, driving without insurance, and failure to display valid plates. 

Nevills was additionally charged on May 21st for felony driving while suspended, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, operating a vehicle without maintaining financial responsibility, and failure to display lighted lamps. 

He has many previous traffic-related and drug offenses in 2015, as well.

Nevills was taken to the Audrain County Jail. He has an arraignment scheduled for June 7th.


Mexico Public Safety02-Jun-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following accidents:

-non-injury accident involving a car and a deer at 3800 S. Clark

-non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at the intersection of 206 N. Western and Monroe


Mexico Public Safety reported the following incidents:

-injury assault at 703 W. Monroe

-fight, in-progress, at 915 Hassen

-burglary, in-progress, at 1605 W. Boulevard

-stealing/theft at 420 W. Monroe

-animal bite at 30 Marine

-fraud reported to 300 N. Coal

-property damage at 511 E. Seminary


Mexico Woman Wins Award From William Woods02-Jun-2016


A Mexico alum of William Woods University has won an award from the Fulton college. 

Susan Erdel Atkins was presented the Green Owl Award yesterday [Wednesday] at the Honorary Alumnus ceremony. The Green Owl Award honors alumni who have given years of service to the Alumni Association and William Woods. 

Atkins taught fourth grade for more than 25 years and retired from the Mexico School District in 2008. She has a long history of service to William Woods, and she served on the William Woods Alumni Board from 1998 to 2001. She also served as chairwoman for her 35th class reunion.

Sheriff's Report02-Jun-2016

On Tuesday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Brandon Sparks, 23, of Mexico, on a Boone County warrant for violation of a court order for driving without a valid license.

2.      Roger Jones, 64, for violation of an order of protection.

3.      Lonnie Simpson, 44, of Oklahoma, on an Audrain County warrant for sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of child pornography, and attempted enticement of a child.

4.      Christopher Britton, 22, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for driving without a valid license.

5.      Stacy Pottebaum, 30, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.

6.      Cory Craft, 24, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Careless driver along Teal Lake Road.
2.      Theft along Highway U.
3.      Fraud along Audrain Road 564.
4.      Suspicious activity along Highway JJ.
 
Yesterday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Jeffrey Lage Jr., 35, of Mexico, for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and, an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of violation of an order of protection.

2.      Jordan Timbrook, 23, of Centralia, on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault, armed criminal action, tampering with a witness.

3.      Justin Lofaro, 37, of Mexico, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

4.      John Lavender, 33, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.

5.      Jamie Haley, 24, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Harassment along Audrain Road 355.
2.      Theft along Audrain Road 834.
3.      911 call along Audrain Road 681.
4.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway 15.
5.      Loose livestock along Market Drive in Vandiver Village.
6.      Alarm call along Highway 151.
7.      Animal abuse along Carroll Street in Benton City.
8.      Peace Disturbance along Highway 15.

County Market Accident01-Jun-2016


A Mexico woman suffered minor injuries a crash at the County Market in Mexico yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon.

Chief Susan Rockett, of Mexico Public Safety, reports officers were dispatched to 500 W. Jackson street around 2:06 pm regarding a motor vehicle crash. 

Investigation revealed Shirley Forbis was sitting in a maroon Chrysler, parked on the west side of the entrance into the County Market underneath the awning. 

Forbis reported she was attempting to leave the parking space and struck a Subaru driven by Mare Prosso. She then tried to back up, but drove forward, striking the Subaru again before driving into the building and striking a vending machine and propane display.   
Prosso reported minor injuries, but did not require being taken to the hospital.

Mexico Public Safety01-Jun-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents yesterday [Tuesday]:

-An unwanted subject at 2711 S. Clark

-harassment at 2711 S. Clark, and at 707 E. Bolivar

-leave without pay at 1726 E. Liberty

-and a fire alarm at 1402 W. Breckenridge


Sheriff's Report01-Jun-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested

43-year-old Shawarner Davis, of Jefferson City, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Theft along Fifth Street in Rush Hill.
2.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Roads 834 and 351.
3.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 929.
4.      Road hazard along Highway FF.
 
On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Kevin Payne, 50. of Mexico. on an Audrain County warrant for fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.

2.      Robert Goins, II, 42, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for aggravated stalking and violation of an order of protection.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Roads 585 and 355.
2.      Theft along Highway JJ.
3.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 9826.
4.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 9907, 826, and 308.
5.      Trespass along Audrain Road 9308.

Summer School Begins in Mexico01-Jun-2016


Summer school began today [Wednesday] for the Mexico Public School District.

Enrollment is up from 1,300 last year to 1,340. This number could increase due to late registrations today.

Deb Haag, Principal at Mexico Middle School, says summer school is good for students because it helps improve reading, math, and writing skills, while giving older student high school credit opportunities.

Summer school will end June 24th.

Brick City Bad Boys Cruise Nights31-May-2016


Mexico Public Safety31-May-2016

On Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported a non-injury accident at 907 E. Liberty

Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-shop lifting at 2813 S. Clark

-an unknown problem at 620 E. Monroe

-an extra patrol request on E. Lafayette

-and a report of a scam at 942 Michigan


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 67-year-old Herman Hamilton for violation of an order of protection, and 39-year-old Clinton McKinnon, 39, on a charge of stealing. 

MPSD reported the following incidents:

-a fight, in-progress, at 1515 N. Jefferson

-a domestic verbal assault in the 200 block of N. Alabama

-and suspicious activity reported to 300 N. Coal


On Sunday, Public Safety arrested 42-year-old Michael Hicken on Mexico City Warrant. 

MPSD also reported the following incidents:

-a vehicle break-in at 4820 S. Clark

-a non-injury assault at 1415 N. Kentucky

-a domestic verbal assault in the 100 block of Josephine

-and suspicious activity at 930 W. Liberty.


Sheriff's Report31-May-2016

Last Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Darrell Branson, 61, of Boonville, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of assault.
  
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Identity theft from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
2.      911 call along Audrain Road 971.
3.      Loose livestock along Highway ZZ.
4.      Fraud along Audrain Road 638.
5.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
6.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 553.

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office investigated:

1.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 918.
2.      Trespass along East Jackson Street in Martinsburg.
3.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 541 and 208.
4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 306.

Walk A Mile in Her Shoes31-May-2016


Mexico Man Arrested30-May-2016

A Mexico man was arrested early yesterday [Sunday] morning in Audrain County on multiple charges. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 35-year-old Tyler Jensen was taken into custody around 12:37 am. He is charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to signal. 

Jensen was taken to the Audrain County jail awaiting bond.


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.

Mexico Public Safety26-May-2016

On Tuesday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a vehicle fire at 4787 E. Liberty

-stealing/theft at 4820 S. Clark

-a fire alarm at 620 E. Monroe

-and juvenile problems at 523 N. Wade


Yesterday [Wednesday], Mexico Public Safety arrested 37-year-old Cory Baise on charges of driving while intoxicated--a prior offender, and causing a vehicle accident. 

Also yesterday, MPSD reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 400 block of W. Monroe and in the 1300 block of Ringo

-an unwanted subject at 913 Garfield

-and suspicious activity at 915 Hassen


Mexico Robbery26-May-2016

No one was injured during a home invasion in Mexico early this morning [Thursday]. 

Chief Susan Rockett, of Mexico Public Safety, reports officers responded to the area of Howell Manor Court around 3:47 am. 

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, reported two male suspects entered the home demanding money. Their faces were covered and they were wearing dark clothing. When she did not have cash, they took her handbag and a flat-screen TV. 

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.


Sheriff's Report26-May-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Kyle Jones, 22, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Rushelle Moyle, 26, of Rush Hill, on Boone County warrant for assault.

3.      Jeremy Smith, 29, of Auxvasse, on an Audrain County warrant for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest.

4.      Connie Trotter, 56, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated the following: 

1.      Property damage along Audrain Road 424.
2.      Civil dispute along Highway FF.
3.      Road hazards along Highway B and Audrain Road 808.
4.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 424.
5.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
6.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 343.

SSM Gets New Mannequin26-May-2016


SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain debuted it's new-state-of-the-art simulation mannequin today [Thursday] to help improve clinical skills. 

The SimMan ALS, nicknamed Sammy, is the first of it's kind to be implemented in the United States. It is the newest model available and has the ability to breathe, talk, and have a heartbeat. 

Sammy allows trainees to identify pulse-points, heartbeat sounds, and different types of breathing. 

Clinical educators from all over Mid-Missouri were in attendance today. The Audrain Medical Center Foundation procured the funds for the new mannequin.

Victory Christian Church Getting New Paint26-May-2016


The Victory Christian Church in Mexico is getting a new coat of paint this week.

AP Green Celebration Event Today25-May-2016

The Mexico Senior Center is inviting all former employees and retirees of A.P Green to a celebration event today [Wednesday]. 

The Senior Center is offering a free lunch between 11 am - 12:30 pm for the employees and retirees. 

The Audrain County Historical Society has also arranged for participants to tour the AP Green exhibit for free between 1 and 3.

Ice cream and cake will be provided throughout the day.

The hosts encourage attendees to bring pictures and other items that could be shared with the group.


First Church of Nazarene Concrete Work25-May-2016


The First Church of the Nazarene in Mexico is conducting parking lot improvements this week. 

Pastor Charles Legg says the project was begun last fall [2015] and due to cold weather, is being finished up now. 

The congregation raised $15,000 for the church's Concrete Fund in the past year to fund the reparations in addition to new brick around the church windows.

Former Mexico Coach Moving Schools25-May-2016

A former Mexico High School Basketball Coach is moving from his current job to Kansas City. 

Smith-Cotton High School Boys Basketball coach Brennan Scanlon has resigned. He is moving to coach at Oak Park in Kansas City. 

Scanlon had two West Central Conference titles during his tenure. 

He began his career at Rock Bridge in Columbia and coached at Elsberry for 3 years, at Mexico for 7 years, and 2 years at Smith-Cotton.


Mexico Deputy City Manager Wins Award25-May-2016


The Mexico Deputy City Manager has been awarded the 2016 Excellence in Government Award. 

Roger Haynes was chosen by the Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri for the honor. 

The award is presented annually to a GFOA member who displays the highest standard of leadership, professionalism, ethics and integrity as promoted by the Association. 

Mr. Haynes has worked for the City of Mexico since 1995, starting as the Director of Finance and has
served as Deputy Manager since 2008. 

He has been a board member of the Missouri Municipal League, the Missouri City/County Management Association, Missouri Rural Services Workers Compensation Trust, and is an officer in the Government Finance Officers Association of Missouri.

Sheriff's Report25-May-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Jerome Rodgers, 22, of Poplar Bluff, on a Butler County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Marquita Penn, 26, of Clarksville, on a Pike County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated the following:

1.      Abandoned vehicle along Highway 54.
2.      Property dispute along Audrain Road 424.
3.      Assault along Highway 22.
4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 917.
5.      Road hazard along Highway 15.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Registration25-May-2016


Registration is now open for 'Walk a Mile in Her Shoes'.

This awareness event is put on by the Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services. Men are asked to walk one mile while wearing women's high-heeled shoes to bring attention to gender relations and men's sexual violence against women.

The event takes place on June 4th in Teal Lake Park in Mexico.

To register, please contact ACCIS.

City Council Recap24-May-2016

The Mexico City Council approved several bills last night [Monday] at their bi-monthly meeting. 

The first resolution passed was a contract with Donaldson Excavating. Several culverts have collapsed or are close to collapsing in Green Estate Park. Donaldson had the lowest bid with $21,400. They volunteered to assist in the soccer fields in the past. 

The next item was the approval of an agreement with the Mexico Jaycees. The council approved $5,000 to go to the Jaycees from the Mexico Tourism Tax Fund to pay for advertising for Soybean Festival.

The third item reverted a temporary parking spot outside former business Coach's Pizza back to regular street parking.


Mexico Fatality ID Released24-May-2016


The Mexico juvenile killed after being struck by two cars Friday in Audrain County has been identified. 

KRCG reports the victim is 17-year-old Dillon St. Clair. He moved to Mexico about a month ago after living in Fredericktown. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports the victim was walking along US Highway 54 east just before the S. Clark exit, when he was struck by two vehicle just after 9 pm. 

Neither driver was injured in the accident. Neither speed or impairment was a factor in the crash.

Mexico Public Safety24-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 21-year-old Austin Debo last night [Monday] on charges of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

Public Safety also reported a non-injury traffic accident at the intersection of N. Wade and Love. 

MPSD also reported an unwanted subject at 709 E. Holt.

MPSD Investigating Shots-Fired Incident24-May-2016


The Mexico Public Safety department is investigating a shots-fired incident in town.

Chief Susan Rockett reports officers responded around midnight to a report of gunshots being fired in the 200 block of N. Missouri.

Officers discovered at least one house was struck by gunfire. The occupants of the home reported they did not see who fired the shot or where the shots came from.

The investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Mexico Public Safety Department.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person (s) responsible for this and any other incident.

Saturday Mexico Arrest24-May-2016

A Mexico man was arrested in Audrain County this weekend on multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 22-year-old Joseph Frank was taken into custody around 8:16 pm Saturday night. He faces charges of possession of synthetic cannabinoid, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and driving while suspended. 

Frank was transported to the Audrain County jail.


Sheriff's Report24-May-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office investigated the following incidents: 

1.      Harassment along Audrain Road 815.
2.      Trespass along Audrain Road 424.
3.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Roads 424.
4.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 957.
5.      Theft along Highway T.
6.      911 calls along Highway 15 and Audrain Road 826.
7.      Careless driver along Highway 22.
  
Yesterday [Monday], the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Charles Shearon, 34, of Vandalia, on a Cole County warrant for passing a bad check.

2.      Kenneth Baker, 43, of Columbia, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of criminal non-support.

3.      Christa Leonard, 20, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of making a false declaration, making a false arrest, and resisting arrest.
 

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Burglary along Oak Street in Rush Hill.
2.      Road hazard along Highway 151.
3.      Abandoned property along Audrain Road 351.
4.      Careless driver along Audrain Road 355.
5.      Harassment along Highway 19.
6.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 929.

Mexico Public Safety23-May-2016

On Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following traffic accidents:

-non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 1124 N. Wade and at 902 E. Love

-traffic accident at Green Estate Park and on S. Clark


Mexico Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-drug activity, in-progress, at the intersection of E. Holt and Green

-threats made at 707 E. Bolivar


On Saturday, MPSD reported the following incidents:

-animal bite at 620 E. Monroe

-hazmat incident at 1400 Vance

-missing juvenile at 10 Lakeside

-fire alarm at 620 E. Monroe


Yesterday [Sunday], the MPSD reported the following incidents:

-domestic physical assault in the 1600 block of N. Clark

-shots fired at 821 Grove


Sheriff's Report23-May-2016

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

28-year-old Shane Miller, Sr., of Fulton, for driving while revoked and failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Animal abuse along Audrain Road 9377.
2.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54.
3.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 343.
4.      Harassment from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
5.      Careless drivers along Highways 19 and 15.
6.      911 call along Highway U.
 
On Saturday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested 54-year-old Tamera Clark, of Fulton, on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 826 and 336; and, Highway 22.
2.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 945.
3.      Fraud along Audrain Road 815 and from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
4.      Road hazard along Highway 54.
5.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 412.

Fatal Accident Outside Mexico21-May-2016


A 17-year old juvenile died as the result of being struck by two vehicles yesterday [Friday] evening in Audrain County. 

Major Brice Mesko, of Mexico Public Safety, reports the accident happened around 9:08 pm along Highway 54 just west of S. Clark Street in Mexico. An initial investigation indicates that a 2001 Honda, driven by 39-year-old Jason Sanders, of Arkansas, struck a 17 year old juvenile who was walking along the highway.

The juvenile was then struck by a 2002 Saturn, driven by 19-year-old  Megan Ross, of Jefferson City.  

The Honda was towed from the scene and there were no other injuries.At this time, neither impaired driving or excessive speed appear to be contributing factors. 

Highway 54 was slowed to one lane for approximately two hours.

The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

The investigation is ongoing.

Mexico Man Arrested Early This Morning21-May-2016

A Mexico man was arrested early this morning in Audrain County [Saturday] on multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 37-year-old Carl Nevills was taken into custody around 1:20 am. He faces charges of felony driving while suspended, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, failure to display lighted lamps, and driving without insurance. 

Nevills was taken to the Audrain County jail. He is eligible for bond.


Make-up Date Opportunity for Mexico Tire Collection20-May-2016

The City of Mexico's Tire Collection program ends today [Friday], but there will be a make-up date on Monday. 

248 tires have been collected so far.

Tires have been banned from landfills for many years, and due to disposal costs, illegal tire stockpiles have appeared around Mexico. 

City officials ask residents to take advantage of this program. There is a limit to 4 per household, standard tires only. Tires must be set out at the curb. 

To set an appointment for pickup, please contact the Community Development Department at 573-581-2100, ex. 315.

Mexico Public Safety20-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents yesterday [Thursday]:

-drug activity, not-in-progress, at 627 Fairground

-a non-injury assault at 701 W. Buchanan

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 1630 N. Clark

-stealing/theft 1t 1311 Curtis

-a fire alarm at 620 E. Monroe


Relay Fundraiser20-May-2016

The KXEO/KWWR Radio Station is hosting a Relay for Life Fundraiser tomorrow [Saturday]. 

The event will be a Bingo night with a baked-potato bar at the First Christian Church in Mexico. 

The early-bird round begins at 6 pm. All proceeds go towards the station team's fundraiser for Relay for Life.


Sheriff's Report20-May-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Aaron McCrorey, 27, of Salsibury, on an Audrain County warrant for possession of methamphetamine.

2.      Douglas Druger, 38, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of violation of an order of protection.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Domestic disturbance along Highway 15.
2.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 125.
3.      Careless drivers along Highways 54 and 19.
4.      911 call along Highway JJ.
5.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
6.      Fraud along Audrain Road 973.
7.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 945.

Brick City Bad Boys Event19-May-2016

The Brick City Bad Boys are hosting their season kick-off this weekend in Mexico. 

The Brick City Bad Boys host a Cruise Night every third Saturday of the month. Saturday's kickoff event will be held at 5 pm in the Village Square. 

Those interested may also check out the Brick City Bad Boys Facebook page for more information.


Mexico Crash19-May-2016


A Mexico teen was minorly hurt after her vehicle was hit by a semi-truck yesterday [Wenesday] in Mexico. 

Major Brice Mesko, of Mexico Public Safety, reports the accident occurred on Business 54 near Yale around 4:50 pm. A 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven by 37-year-old Leroy Voyles, of Holts Summit, was traveling northbound on S. Clark. A 2010 Kia SUV, driven by 16-year-old Naija Jackson, was proceeding ahead of the semi and slowed due to traffic. 

The Kia was struck in the rear by the semi-truck, and then forced into a 2003 Ford driven by 67-year-old Donald Green, of Auxvasse. 

The Audrain Ambulance District transported Jackson to SSM Health/St. Mary's Hospital for her injuries. All vehicles were driven from the scene. 

Traffic was slowed to one lane for about 45 minutes.

Mexico Public Safety19-May-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following vehicle accidents:

-a non-injury accident on private property at 1425 W. Monroe

-a non-injury accident on private property at 704 W. Boulevard


Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-a fight, in-progress, at 905 N. Wade

-stealing/theft at 515 W. Maple and reported to 300 N. Coal

-suspicious activity at the West Plaza Shopping Center.


MPSD Click It or Ticket19-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department will be joining statewide law enforcement next week [May 23-June 5] for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, 6 out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled.  

Missouri has a 79 percent seat belt use rate.  The national average is 87 percent.  Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up.


Sheriff's Report19-May-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office reported the following incidents:

1.      Unsecured building along Short Street in Benton City.
2.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 375.
3.      Littering along Audrain Road 306.
4.      Road hazard along Highway 54.
5.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
6.      Suspicious activity along Highway 19.

Ashcraft Found Guilty18-May-2016

A Mexico man accused of child abuse has been found guilty in Audrain County court.

Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger reports 32-year-old Monte Ashcraft was found guilty by jury yesterday [Tuesday] on charges of child abuse with serious physical injury and endangering the welfare of a child. 

According to a probable cause statement, Ashcraft is accused of injuring a three-month-old infant that was received at the Audrain Medical Center's ER in 2014.

Apparently, the infant had a broken right arm. A doctor reviewed the injury and determined it to be abusive trauma. The infant also had fractured ribs and was also seriously undernourished.

Ashcraft and the babies mother allegedly waited 2 days to seek medical attention after noticing the injury to the arm.

Ashcraft faces a maximum of 22 years in prison.

Mexico Public Safety18-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following vehicle accidents yesterday [Tuesday]:

-A non-injury accident involving a car and a deer on Highway 54

-a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 111 S. Olive

-a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 415 W. Jackson




Mexico Tire Collection Continues18-May-2016

The City of Mexico's Tire Collection program continues this week. 

Tire collection will be based on existing trash pickup scheduled by appointment. 

There is a limit to 4 per household, standard tires only. Tires must be set out at the curb. 

Tires have been banned from landfills for many years, and due to disposal costs, illegal tire stockpiles have appeared around Mexico. 

City officials ask residents to take advantage of this program. 

For questions, please contact the Community Development Department at 573-581-2100, ex. 315.

Sheriff's Report18-May-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday] the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested 50-year-old James Stockton, of Wellsville, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of domestic assault.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Domestic disturbance along Pleasant Street in Farber.
2.      Trespass along Highway 54.
3.      Road hazard along Highway 19.
4.      Careless driver along Highway W.
5.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

McMillan Variety Show17-May-2016



Mexico Public Safety17-May-2016

Yesterday [Monday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 500 block of E. Central

-stealing/theft reported to 300 N. Coal and at 1349 Bennington

-and property damage at 214 E. Promenade.


MHS Graduation17-May-2016

Last night, at the Mexico High School graduation, Bob and Helen Fenlon were named honorary graduates.  Jim Kropf was the distinguished alumnus.  Karsten Ekern was Salutatorian, while Rachel Owings was the Valedictorian.




MHS Valedictorian & Salutatorian17-May-2016

Congratulations to the following Mexico High School graduates:

Karsten Ekern, for being named salutatorian of the 2016 graduating class

and Rachel Owings, for being named valedictorian of the 2016 graduating class.

The MHS class of 2016 held their graduation ceremony last night inside the Sports Complex.


No One Injured in Mexico Crash17-May-2016

No one was injured during a vehicle collision in central Mexico yesterday morning [Monday]. 

According to a crash report, the accident happened at the intersection of E. Liberty and S. Morris shortly before 10 am. 

Francis Rudasill, of Mexico, was driving a 2013 Toyota Prius northbound on S. Morris. She made a right-hand turn onto E. Liberty and struck a 1999 Chevy Blazer, driven by Donna Haerer, of Mexico. 

The Blazer suffered rear fender-area damage, and the Prius had damage to the left-front area. 

No one was injured. Both vehicles were towed from the scene.


Sheriff's Report17-May-2016

On Saturday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following: 

1.      Joseph Richards, 29 of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while revoked, failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance, and displaying license plates of another. The original incident occurred in March.

2.      Jeffrey Clayton, 30, of Columbia, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Loose livestock along Highway W.
2.      Trespass along Highway T.
3.      Civil dispute from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
4.      911 call along Audrain Road 834.
 

Yesterday [Monday] the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Patrick Lansing, 21, of Auxvasse, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.

2.      Earl Schierbaum III, 37, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possessing wildlife illegally.
 
Investigated:

1.      Alarm call along Highway FF.
2.      Fraud along Highway U.
3.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
4.      Road hazard along Highway KK.

Mexico Arrest16-May-2016

The Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested a Mexico woman this weekend on an outstanding warrant. 

Sheriff Stuart Miller reports deputies executed a search warrant for failure to appear in court last Friday. 

Arrested was 26-year-old April Myers. She faces charges of distribution of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, stealing, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, and endangering the welfare of a child.

Myers was originally arrested back in February following an investigation by the Sheriff's Office, East Central Drug Task Force, Mexico Public Safety Department, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Her bond was surrendered this morning [Monday]. 

Myers has a disposition hearing set for June 6th.


Mexico Public Safety16-May-2016

Last Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 50-year-old Vernon Ulrich, Sr., for violation of an order of protection

Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 2700 block of S. Clark, the 300 block of Howell Manor, and in the 1200 block of Park

-an injury assault at a non-specified address

-a non-injury assault at 2719 S. Clark

-a sex offender residency violation on S. Western

-stealing/theft at 1535 E. Liberty

-a vehicle break-in at 300 N. Coal

-two reports of a fire alarm at 203 E. Liberty 

-suspicious activity at 900 block of Garfield


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 22-year-old Dustin Murray for an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault in the first degree and third degree 

MPSD reported a non-injury accident on private property at 4820 S. Clark

Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-stealing/theft at 4820 S. Clark and at 700 W. Jackson

-leave w/out pay at 4787 E. Liberty


Yesterday [Sunday], Public Safety reported a non-injury accident at 930 N. Wade and at 4820 S. Clark

Mexico Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-stealing/theft at 2900 S. Clark

-property damage at 327 Jefferson

-suspicious 1719 S. Clark


MHS Bill Johnson Award16-May-2016

Mexico Public Schools has awarded their second-oldest scholarship award to two outstanding MHS Students. 

The Bill Johnson Memorial award, established in 1948, recognizes a female and male student for outstanding accomplishment in the field of sports, academics, and community to inspire others to be better American citizens. 

This year's winners are Carly Abbot and Dalton Logerman. Congratulations from KXEO!


Sheriff's Report16-May-2016

On Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Robert Goins, II, 42, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for aggravated stalking, violation of an order of protection, and driving while revoked.

2.      Erica Hoffman, 27, of Mexico, for driving while revoked.
 
Also investigated was:

1.      Harassment along Audrain Road 9832.
2.      Animal abuse along Highway 54.
3.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 343 and 306.
4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 989.
5.      Road hazards along Highway 54 and Audrain Road 355.
6.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Jane Pineiro,49 of Benton City, for domestic assault.

2.      Reinaldo Pineiro, 63 of Benton City, for domestic assault.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Domestic assault along Morris Street in Benton City.
2.      Abandoned property along Audrain Road 929.
3.      Alarm call along Highway FF.
4.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

Big Top Brew Fest13-May-2016

The Big Top Brew Fest is happening tomorrow in Mexico. 

Ross Becker, from the sponsoring organization Mexico Knights of Columbus, says there will be breweries from all over the state:

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For more information, please visit bigtopbrewfest.com.

Mexico Public Safety13-May-2016

Yesterday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported:

-a non-injury accident at 100 N. Western

-stealing/theft at 526 E. Seminary and at 20648 Highway FF.




Sheriff's Report13-May-2016

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

1.      Caleb Barse, 23, of Vandalia, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and speeding.

2.      Coral Ball, 19, of Vandalia, for domestic assault.

3.      Donna Joyce, 34, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of failure to drive on the right half of the roadway.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Domestic assault along Linn Street in Farber.
2.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 852.
3.      Domestic disturbance along Second Street in Rush Hill.
4.      911 call along Audrain Road 9308.
5.      Fraud along Highway W.
6.      Careless driver along Highway 22.
7.      Harassment from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

Construction on S. Muldrow12-May-2016

Traffic reduced to one lane.


Eugene Field Gets New Letters12-May-2016



Lightning Downs Tree in Mexico12-May-2016

Tree down on Bougainville from last night's storm. Major Mesko of MPSD reports the damage was caused by a lightning strike, which occurred around 5:26 pm. Debris from the tree damaged two cars which were parked in the area. The lightning strike also apparently caused a mechanical failure to one of the cars. The Mexico Street Department cleared the roadway by 6:09PM.



 

Mexico Arrest12-May-2016

A 20-year-old Mexico man was arrested on Tuesday by the Audrain County Sheriff's Office. 

Sheriff Stuart Miller reports Matthew Beauchamp was taken into custody on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing. 

Beauchamp was arrested back in February for driving while intoxicated, and was later arrested for failing to appear in court on that charge. He was also arrested early last month [April] for driving without a valid license. 

He is next due in court on May 31st.

Mexico Garage Sale Sign-Up12-May-2016

The deadline to sign up for the Mexico All-Town Yard Sale map is today [Thursday]. 

The Mexico All-Town yard sale is happening next Saturday. 

The cost to be on the mamp is $10. 

For more information, please visit the 'Mexico All-Town Yard Sale' Facebook page.


Mexico Public Safety12-May-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported a non-injury accident on private property at 4224 S. Clark

Public Safety also investigated the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 500 block of Yale

-vehicle break-in at 327 Jefferson

-property damage at 1115 Emmons

-a fire alarm at 620 E. Monroe

-a stop arm violation at 2101 Lakeview

-and four reports of failure to return property at 620 W. Monroe


Mexico Storm Damage12-May-2016

Mexico Public Safety is reporting minor damage from yesterday's [Wednesday] storms. 

The National Weather Service issued three severe thunderstorm warnings for systems that originated at, or just to the west of, Mexico.  

Major Brice Mesko reports the first storm entered the area around 10:09AM.  It brought heavy rain and very small hail.  

The second storm entered the area at approximately 5:17PM, and brought heavy rain, golf ball sized hail, and lightning.  

At 5:26PM, lightning struck a tree on Bougainville. Debris from the tree damaged two cars, which were parked in the area. The lightning strike also apparently caused a mechanical failure to one of the cars.  

The Mexico Street Department cleared the roadway by 6:09PM. Citizens have reported that the hail damaged an undetermined number of vehicles. 

And at 7:37 PM, the third storm entered the area. It only brought heavy rain to the area. 

There were no injuries reported.


New Equipment at Plunkett Skate Park12-May-2016



Equipment courtesy of the Mexico Parks and Recreation Department.

Road Improvements on Rosebud12-May-2016



Sheriff's Report12-May-2016

On Tuesday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested 24-year-old Dylan Hatfield, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.
   
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Animal abuse along Highway JJ.
2.      Domestic assault along Pine Street in Laddonia.
3.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
4.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
 
Yesterday [Wednesday] the Sheriff’s Office investigated:

1.      Loose livestock along Highway W.
2.      Fraud along Audrain Road 9377.
3.      Alarm call along Highway KK.
4.      911 calls along Highways 54 and J.
5.      Harassment from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
6.      Trespass along Audrain Road 9822.
7.      Domestic assault along Second Street in Rush Hill.
8.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 358.

Mexico Public Safety11-May-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested the following:

-Ryan Blair, 24, on a probation and parole warrant 

-and 39-year-old Royal Hampton, on a violation of an order of protection and resisting arrest. 


Public Safety reported the following incidents:

-an injury assault on Trinity

-a stolen vehicle at 1644 E. Liberty

-a vehicle break-in at 923 Hassen

-a domestic verbal assault on N. Jefferson

-an unknown problem at 2920 Lakeview

-and suspicious activity at 4416 Rivers


PhotoVoice Gallery at YMCA11-May-2016

Central Missouri Community Action hosted a gallery at the Mexico YMCA last night [Tuesday] to display the works of its PhotoVoice students.

PhotoVoice is a seven week project designed to engage middle-school aged youth in learning skills to make change in their communities. 

The project was headed by Tad Dobyns.



Sheriff's Report11-May-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office investigated the following:

1.      Road hazard along Highway 19.
2.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 341.
3.      Property damage along Highway W.
4.      Theft along Audrain Road 424.
5.      Loose livestock along Highway WW.
6.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 424.
7.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 922.
8.      Careless drivers along Highways KK.
9.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 416.

On Monday, the Sheriff's Office investigated:

1.      Injured animal along Highway J.
2.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
3.      Fraud along Audrain Road 386.
4.      Violation of an order of protection from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
5.      Civil dispute from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

Little Dixie Receives Natural Gas Training10-May-2016

Staff from the Little Dixie Fire Protection District in Mexico received training from Ameren Missouri yesterday [Monday] on natural gas leaks.

Dennis Bennett, with Ameren Missouri, came to the city to instruct the firefighters on protocol when facing a gas leak.

Bennett explained what the firefighters' role would be securing the area and keeping the community safe, until Ameren arrived to fix the issue.
Additionally, the firefighters learned how to detect a leak. In the 1930's, an odorant was added to natural gas after a leak in a Texas school killed nearly 300 teachers and students.


Mexico City Council Recap10-May-2016

The Mexico City Council was called to order at 7 pm. Councilman Ron Loesch, Pro Tem Chris Williams, and Mayor Greg Miller were present. Councilman Steven Nichols and Councilman Chris Miller were absent.

Four items were passed. The first bill signed an agreement with Williams-Keepers to conduct the city's annual audit.

Next was the issuance of bonds of the Industrial Development Authority of Mexico. It was worth up to $6.6 million to go to the Arthur Center/Hope Center for the construction of a Help Center in Mexico. The bonds will not affect the city's credit rating.

Next was the addition of more streets to be micro-sealed. Included was the Sunset area east of the Mexico Country Club. The cost will be $20,000, leaving $7,000 for contingency.

The final ordinance approved $76,000 from MoDOT and $7,600 from city to go towards the apron expansion at the Mexico Memorial Airport. The airport has needed this expansion for several years due to traffic on the runway.


Mexico Crash10-May-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a two-vehicle crash yesterday [Monday] afternoon in the center of town. 

According to a traffic report, the accident happened in the 100 block of W. Monroe. A 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe, driven by 52-year-old Diana Williams, of Farber, and a 1998 Chevrolet 1500, driven by 48-year-old John Gates, of Mexico, was involved. 

There was no injury or citation information given in the report. More information as it becomes available.


Mexico Public Safety10-May-2016

Yesterday [Monday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a fight, in-progress, at 110 S. Mississippi

-stealing/theft at 5300 E. Liberty

-and a civil dispute at 625 W. Western


MHS Student Receives Journalism Award10-May-2016

Mexico High School media and journalism student Ms. Carrie Rebecca “Becca” Kristofferson has been awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in Journalism in the category of high school broadcasting.

Each year, one national award is presented in the category of high school broadcast journalism. Ms. Kristofferson, a Sophomore student at MHS, has been honored for her piece The Jellybean Jar of Life: Nick’s Story. Ms. Kristofferson acted as the producer/editor, along with the following support members of the advanced production class: Mr. Dylan Goodman, Mr. Jacob Jaeger and Mr. Seamus Levin. The four­minute story chronicled the positive working relationship between sophomore Mr. Nick Cook and his Jellybean Speech Olympics (now known as the Jellybean Festival) peer coach, sophomore Ms. Callie Cox.

MPSD Drive Sober Campaign10-May-2016

Mexico Public Safety will conduct the annual nationwide May/Youth “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance impaired driving crackdown.  

The nationwide campaign will include high-visibility enforcement and high-profile events,  in an attempt to curb substance-impaired driving from May 5th through May 16th.  

According to the Missouri Safety Center, in 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.  That is approximately one fatality involving every two days.


Road Work on E. Liberty10-May-2016


Sheriff's Report10-May-2016

Last Thursday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office investigated:

1.      Domestic assault along Highway T.
2.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
3.      911 call along Highway J.
4.      Road hazard along Highway 22.
5.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
6.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 9834.


 
Last Friday, the Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Michael Lewis, 36, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for stealing and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.

2.      Glenn Meyer, 43, of Fulton, on an Audrain County warrant for stealing and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.

3.      Jon Bergman, 35, of Vandalia, on an Audrain County warrant for driving while revoked, resisting arrest, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and careless and imprudent driving.
 
Also Friday, the Sheriff's Office investigated:

1.      Assault along Audrain Road 9306.
2.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
 

On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested the following:

1.      Austin Debo, 21, of Wellsville, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Carl Nevills III, 37, of Mexico for driving while revoked, displaying license plates of another, and failure to properly affix a license plate or tab to a motor vehicle; an Audrain County warrant for possession of marijuana and driving while revoked; and, a Clay County warrant for failure to appear in court.

3.      Lisa Johnson, 31, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.
 
Investigated:

1.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 922.
2.      Theft along Highway FF.
3.      Road hazard along Highway 19.
4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 341.
5.      Assault along Highway 22.
6.      911 call along Audrain Road 826.
7.      Loose livestock along Audrain Road 353.
8.      Property damage along Audrain Road 316.
9.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 9834.
10.  Civil disputes along Highway Y and Elmwood Drive.
11.  Harassment along Audrain Road 929.
12.  Careless driver along Highway B.

Vehicle Break-Ins Concerning Mexico Residents10-May-2016

Citizens of Mexico are expressing concern over vehicle break-ins after a report by Public Safety yesterday [Monday]. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reported early yesterday morning [Monday] a suspected 30 vehicles were rummaged through by a subject or multiple subjects. The break-ins occurred in the area between Boulevard, Lakeview, Morris, and Clark. 

At last night's Mexico City Council Meeting, councilman Chris Williams inquired into the situation. Chief Susan Rockett reported the department has a suspect and that they were working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible. 

MPSD reports there has been no reported damage to the vehicles and in most cases, nothing has been missing, except cash and coins. Residents are advised to lock their vehicles and put them in a garage, if possible. 

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact authorities.

Friday Shots-Fired Incident09-May-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a report of shots fired Friday evening. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports the incident happened around 8:30 pm in the 400 blokc of E. Promenade. 

Responding personnel learned there was a disturbance in the roadway, during which time one of the parties involved fired 5 - 6 shots from a small caliber handgun. 

No one was reported injured. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact law enforcement.


Mexico Man Arrested for Shots-Fired Incident09-May-2016

A 32-year-old man was arrested following a shots-fired incident in Mexico early yesterday [Sunday] morning. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports the incident occurred in the 400 block of E. Jackson around 12:18 am. 

Terrell Metts, of Mexico, was located in the area in possession of a small caliber handgun. 

Metts faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

He was also arrested on the 25th of April by Mexico Public Safety on similar charges. 

Metts is being held in the Audrain County jail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for June 3rd.


Mexico Public Safety09-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department reported a non-injury traffic accident at the intersection of S. Muldrow and Western and at the intersection of W. Breckenridge and Western on Friday. 

Also Friday, Mexico Public Safety reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 500 block of S. Olive and in the 2700 block of S. Clark

-a domestic verbal assault in the 400 block of W. Central

-fraud at 700 W. Jackson

-stealing/theft reported to 300 N. Coal

-and a vehicle break-in at 1315 Margretta. 


On Saturday, Public Safety arrested 46-year-old Marnette Jennings for a charge of domestic assault in the 3rd degree

MPSD also reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 400 block of W. Robinson and in the 1600 block of Eagle

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 812 E. Holt

-stealing/theft at 508 E. Liberty

-and a fight, in-progress, at 1305 W. Breckenridge.


Mexico School Screenings09-May-2016

Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten screenings will be held today through Thursday at the Early Childhood Center in Mexico. Appointment times must be made in advance, either in person or by calling.

Please contact the Early Childhood Center or Mexico School District to register. 

The numbers to call are as follows: Early Childhood Center  581-3500 or Mexico School District #59 Central Office 581-3773 x2413.


MPSD Investigating Vehicle Break-Ins09-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department warns the public to be extra vigilant following a string of vehicle break-ins in the area. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports at approximately 2 am this morning, the department became aware of numerous subjects going through vehicles in the in the Boulevard, Lakeview, Morris, and Clark area. 

Officers attempted to locate the subjects but were unable to. At this time, MPSD has received 11 reports but estimates the actual number of vehicles gone-through is well over 30. 

There has been no reported damage to the vehicles and in most cases, nothing has been reported stolen. There have been a few incidents where money is missing from the vehicle. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.



Non-Injury Friday Accident09-May-2016

No one was injured after a fender-bender accident in Mexico on Friday. 

According to a traffic report, the accident happened at 4 pm on W. Liberty near Morris. 30-year-old Katy Schultz, of Williamsburg, was traveling westbound on W. Liberty in stop-and-go traffic driving a 1995 Dodge Ram. 

19-year-old Bradley Walker, of Monroe City, struck the Ram in a 2000 Infinity G20. 

Walker was issued a summons for failure to keep a proper lookout.


SSM Award09-May-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain has received an "A' grade for hospital safety from a non-profit organization that advocates for safer health care. 

The Leapfrog Group awarded St. Mary's Hospital with the only "A" in Mid-Missouri.

Leapfrog assigns an A-F score to hospitals across the country based on how well they prevent errors, infection and injuries.

Of the more than 2,500 hospitals graded, fewer than a third of them earn an 'A'.


Weekend Injury Accident 09-May-2016

One person was injured after a two-vehicle crash in Mexico last Friday. 

According to a traffic report, the accident occurred at the intersection of Muldrow and Jackson at 3:15 pm. 

81-year-old Annie Tate, of Mexico, was driving a 2001 Chrysler Voyager. She pulled into traffic from behind a school bus and struck a 2010 Ford Fusion, driven by 28-year-old Jason Ward, of Centralia. 

Ward was transported by Audrain Ambulance to University Hospital. 

Tate was sited for failure to keep a proper lookout.


Four Arrested in Mexico After Centralia PD Investigation06-May-2016

13 people were arrested yesterday [Thursday] following a two-week investigation by the Centralia Police Department. 

According to press releases from multiple law-enforcement agencies, a search warrant was served on S. Morris Street in Mexico. Arrested was 36-year-old Dennis Ayo, and 31-year-old Darin Barnes, both of Mexico. They are housed in the Audrain County jail. 



Also in Mexico, a warrant was served on N. Clark Street. Arrested there was 22-year-old Shelby Martin, of Mexico, and 30-year-old Brandon Baldwin, of Centralia.


Additionally, a warrant was served in the 1100 block of 4th Street in Boonville. Joshua Ivy, Kathleen Ivy and Krystal Breshears, all of Boonville were arrested there. 


Arrested in Centralia on two separate search warrants were Austin Ivy, Kenny Ivy, Shawn Kersting, Dillon Matthews, Brook McClure, and Ryan Zoellers. 

All face methamphetamine and other drug-related charges.

Heart to Heart Luncheon06-May-2016


Mexico Accident06-May-2016

One person was cited after a three vehicle crash in Mexico yesterday. 

According to a traffic report, the accident happened at 303 N. Western around 4 pm. 

33-year-old Aron Rowe, of Mexico, was driving 2004 Saturn Vue [View] on N. Western. A 2002 Pontiac Sunfire was stopped in traffic. 

The Saturn struck the Sunfire, which then struck a third vehicle, causing minor damage. 

No one was reported injured. 

Rowe was sited for failure to keep a proper lookout.


Mexico Named Cheapest Place to Live in MO06-May-2016

Mexico has been named one of the most affordable cities in Missouri by Smart Asset.

According to the report, typical homeowners cost are substantially lower in Mexico than any other place in the state.  Mexico moved up to number one after coming in number 3 on the report last year.

Annual Property tax in Mexico is over 200 dollars less than Excelsior Springs, the number 2 city on the list.  Average property tax is 980 dollars annually.  Additionally, closing costs for a home in the community are on average 500 dollars less.


Mexico Public Safety06-May-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 32-year-old Lindsey Lortie for possession of a controlled substance.

MPSD investigated an accident at 227 Fairground

And the following incidents were reported:

-a stolen vehicle at 1644 E. Liberty

-fire at 108 W. promenade

-fraud at 1015 E. Liberty and at 1726 E. Liberty

-juvenile problems on S. Muldrow

-a fire alarm at 806 E. liberty

-a stop-arm violation at 2101 Lakeview


Mexico Woman Wins Lottery06-May-2016

A Mexico woman  won 30 thousand dollars on a scratcher ticket on Tuesday.

54-year-old Jacqueline Duckworth purchased her ticket from the X-press Mart on Promenade on her way home from work. 

According to a statement, Duckworth bought the 2 dollar "Bankroll Tripler" ticket because it was new.

The Duckworths are planning to pay off their vehicle and take a trip south this summer.




Senator Roy Blunt Comes to Mexico06-May-2016


Sydenstrickers Removing Tanks06-May-2016

Sydenstrickers in Mexico is working to remove old fuel tanks from a property off of Highway D. 

Construction began earlier this week. The tanks are dated back to the 1950's. An effort to clean up the land prompted the removal.

Joe Offutt, of Sydenstrickers, says there are no plans at present to do anything new with the existing building on that property. The building was previously the Broadview Cafe and has been used for storage since it was acquired by Sydenstrickers.




Comerzan Trial05-May-2016

A hearing was continued yesterday [Wednesday] for a Mexico man accused of being responsible for the death of a Missouri State Trooper. 

20-year-old Sergie Comerzan is charged with second-degree murder in the traffic death of Trooper James Bava last August. 

Comerzan appeared in Montgomery County court yesterday [Wednesday]. Another hearing was scheduled for later this summer, during which time a trial date may be set.


Fake Money in Mexico05-May-2016

The Public Safety Department is warning the public of a new circulation of fake money going around the Mexico area. 

Major Brice Mesko reports starting last week, the department began receiving reports of fake money being passed at several businesses, most fast-food restaurants. So far the bills have been $10 bills and $20 bills. 

Similar incidents happened from December of last year [2015] to January of this year [2016]. MPSD made two arrests in that case, and further investigation has lead to four additional cases being forwarded to Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger. 

Business owners and managers are encouraged to review with their employees how to identify fake money.

Heart-to-Heart Luncheon Today05-May-2016

The St. Mary's Hospital Foundation Audrain is hosting the Heart to Heart luncheon today [Thursday]. 

The event will be held from 11:30 am - 1 pm at the Missouri Military Academy Gymatorium.

There will be a purse-onality auction, YMCA information, and a local heart story. 

Proceeds go towards equipment for the Jordan-Waters Heart Center at SSM St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain.


Mexico Accident05-May-2016

One person was cited after a two-vehicle crash yesterday [Wednesday] in Mexico. 

According to a traffic report, 61-year-old Vicki Woolridge, of Mexico, was backing out of a parking spot in a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. 

Woolridge failed to keep a proper lookout and was struck by a 2015 Kentworth, driven by 44-year-old Kevin Fester, of Kansas City. 

The Impala suffered damage to the side and rear and had to be towed from the scene. A summons was issued to Woolridge for failure to keep a proper lookout.


Mexico Man Charged With Child Abuse Appears in Court05-May-2016

A 32-year-old Mexico man accused of child abuse appeared in Audrain County court earlier this week.

Monte Ashcraft had a trial setting hearing on Monday, after which his bond was revoked. According to a probable cause statement, Ashcraft is accused of injuring a three-month-old infant that was received at the Audrain Medical Center's ER in 2014.

Apparently, the infant had a broken right arm. A doctor reviewed the injury and determined it to be abusive trauma. The infant also had fractured ribs and was also significantly undernourished.

Ashcraft and the babies mother allegedly waited 2 days to seek medical attention after noticing the injury to the arm.

A jury trial is scheduled for the 16th of May.


Mexico Public Safety05-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 29-year-old Shaun Rayhart yesterday [Wednesday] on a charge of domestic assault in the 3rd degree. 

Also yesterday, the Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault on Howell Manor

-drug activity, in-progress, at 1200 W. Boulevard

-a report of a fight, in-progress, at 900 Vance

-stealing/theft at 806 E. Liberty

-threats made at 526 E. Seminary

-fraud at 806 E. Liberty and at 1109 E. Liberty

-suspicious activity at 609 E. Bolivar.


Mexico Public Safety05-May-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday] Mexico Public Safety investigated:

A fight in progress at 500 East Liberty

Shoplifting at 2935 South Clark

Burglary Not in progress at 927 Garfield and 4900 East Liberty

A vehicle break in, reported to 300 North Coal

And stealing/theft at 623 East Holt

Sen. Blunt Coming to Mexico Today05-May-2016

Senator Roy Blunt will be in Mexico today [Thursday] to join a roundtable discussion on the importance of biofuels.

Blunt will be meeting with Engunuity Worldwide President and CEO Nancy Heimann, Mexico Economic Development Director Russell Runge and Audrain County Commissioner Steve Hobbs.

Additionally, members of the Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Mexico and Progress Mexico will be in attendance.


Sheriff's Report05-May-2016

On Tuesday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested:

64-year-old Roger Jones, of Mexico, for violation of an order of protection.

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Theft along Audrain Road 408.
2.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 9832.
3.      Property dispute along Arthur Street in Farber.
4.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 224.
5.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
6.      Fraud along Audrain Road 239.
7.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 826 and 820.
8.      Harassment from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
 
Yesterday [Wednesday], the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Richard Johnson, 35, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for domestic assault and violation of an order of protection.

2.      Tiffany Jackson, 34, of St. Louis on an Audrain County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
 
Investigated yesterday was:

1.      Property damage along Highway 54.
2.      922 calls along Audrain Roads 9834 and 826; and, Highway 54.
3.      Suspicious activity in Vandiver Village.
4.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 9908.
5.      Road hazard along Highway J.

E. Promenade Near Grand Closed for Tree Trimming04-May-2016


Sheriff's Report04-May-2016

On Monday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office Arrested the following:

1.      Richard Bowlin, 27, of Perry, on an Audrain County warrant for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving while revoked.

2.      Timothy Hoffman, 37, of Mexico on a Boone County warrant for aggravated stalking.

3.      James Crow, 33, of Mexico for distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of a weapon.

4.      Monte Ashcraft, 32, of Mexico, for child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Investigated:

1.      Careless driver along Highway J.
2.      Fraud from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
3.      Road hazard along Highway 54.
4.      911 call along Highway 15.

SSM Hires Diabetes Educator04-May-2016

SSM St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain has hired a diabetes educator.

Communication and Marketing Consultant Jessica Roysten announced today [Wednesday] the hospital has hired Crystal Morris as the new diabetes educator. Morris previously worked for SSM as an RN case manager. She graduated from Lincoln University with a BSW in 2007.

Morris will also host the community Diabetes Support Group meetings at the hospital on the last Wednesday of every other month starting May 25.


Williams Arrested Again04-May-2016

A Mexico teen accused of breaking into another's home and attacking two residents faces additional charges after a warrant was served earlier this week.

Audrain County Sheriff Stuart Miller reports 18-year-old Tamijah Williams, of Mexico, was arrested Monday on a Boone County warrant for careless and imprudent driving.

Williams already faces charges from a March incident. According to a probable cause statement, Williams, along with two others, broke into a Mexico residence.

The victim alleges Williams approached her with mace, and she was then assaulted by the until she passed out. Williams is additionally accused of holding a knife and large piece of broken glass to  a second victim's throat.

Williams has a hearing schedule for May 31st in Audrain County.


Green Park Closed for Sidewalk Resurfacing03-May-2016


Mexico Public Safety03-May-2016

On Sunday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 10 block of Quantico

-a domestic verbal assault in the 1800 block of West

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 1109 E. Holt

-stealing/theft on Highway J and at 614 W. Maple

-and fraud reported from 707 W. Jackson


Yesterday [Monday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 26-year-old Scotty Hoard on a charge of domestic assault in the third degree

Also yesterday, Public Safety reported the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 900 block of Curtis

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 19 Lakeside

-stealing/theft at 300 N. Coal

-threats made at 4820 S. Clark

-fraud at 440 Kelley and at 2783 S. Clark

-and three stop-arm violations reported from 2101 Lakeview. 


Mexico Short Pursuit/Arrest03-May-2016

A 60-year-old man was arrested earlier today [Tuesday] after leading Mexico Public Safety on a short pursuit. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers observed a green Pontiac being driven in the 200 block of E. Love around 4:55 am with license plates that did not match the vehicle. 

The driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop. The vehicle was eventually stopped in the 1200 block of E. Liberty. 

Gerald Davenport, of Mexico, was taken into custody without incident. He faces charges of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, displaying plates of another, driving while revoked, and failure to stop at a stop sign.

He was taken to the Audrain County Jail awaiting bond.

MoDOT Workers Inspecting Drain Under E. Liberty/Business 54 Bridge03-May-2016


Presser Will Start Construction Soon03-May-2016

The Presser Performing Arts Center is preparing to break ground on their new addition. 

Presser is conducting a capital campaign for the project to raise money from public and private entities. Around $3.3 million in donations has already been received, with a goal of $3.5 million. 

Co-Chair of the campaign, Don Decker, says they should reach the remainder of the funds in the next couple months:

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The project stems from a public survey that indicated a community need for Arts for the Aging, which would include painting, singing, and dancing for the elderly to help prevent and combat dementia.

Sheriff's Report03-May-2016

On Saturday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      William Taft, 42, of Columbia, on an Audrain County warrant for criminal non-support.
 
Investigated:

1.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 9308, 834 and 326; and, Highways 151 and KK.
2.      Child custody dispute along Audrain Road 9139.
3.      Civil dispute along Highway 151.
4.      Careless driver along Highway 15.
5.      Trespass along Audrain Road 233.
 
On Sunday, the Sheriff’s Office investigated:

1.      Violation on an order of protection along Audrain Road 918.
2.      Harassment along Highway 19.
3.      Civil dispute along Highway 151.
4.      Trespass along Highway T.
5.      Theft along Audrain Road 165.
6.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
7.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 826 and 353.

Help Center May Food Distribution02-May-2016


Mexico Public Safety02-May-2016

The Mexico Public Safety department reported the following vehicle accidents on Friday:

-A non-injury accident at the intersection of N. Jefferson and Grey

-and a traffic accident at 510 W. Jackson


Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 600 block of Breckenridge

-a vehicle break-in at 1024 Francis, 603 W. Robinson, and at 720 N. Craig

-drug activity, not-in-progress, at the intersection of 1315 Rosebud and Fairground

-property damage at 1020 W. Breckenridge

-stealing/theft at 1100 Littleby

-and fraud at 2900 S. Clark


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety reported a non-injury accident on private-property at 909 W. Monroe

and the following incidents were reported:

-stealing/theft at 1020 S. Union, at the West Plaza Shopping Center, and reported to 300 n. Coal

-threats made at 1110 N. Wade and at 512 N. Clark

-a vehicle break-in at 910 S. Union

-a domestic verbal assault in the 400 block of Robinson

-and a fire alarm at 620 E. Monroe. 


Yesterday [Sunday] MPSD arrested 20-year-old Paul Simpson, on a minor-in-possession charge, a possession of drug paraphernalia charge, and a warrant out of Crawford County. 

Also arrested was 54-year-old Roger Jennings on an Audrain County warrant for felony driving while intoxicated--an aggravated offender, and operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner resulting in an accident.

Mexico Teen Arrested Saturday02-May-2016

A Mexico teen was arrested early Saturday morning for multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 19-year-old Tyler Kemry was taken into custody around 12:26 am in Audrain County. He is charged with speeding, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Kemry was taken to the Audrain County jail awaiting bond.


Mexico Woman Hurt in Cooper County Accident02-May-2016

A Mexico woman was moderately injured and a Kansas City woman seriously hurt after a single-vehicle crash in Cooper County early yesterday [Sunday] morning. 

The Highway Patrol reports 20-year-old Leah Cohon, of Kansas City, was driving a 2012 Ford Fiesta westbound on I-70 around 2:37 am. At the 95.8 mile marker, the vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck median cables as it crossed the median and then the eastbound lanes. The Ford then went off the left side of the roadway, became airborn, and traveled down an embankment. The vehicle overturned several times and came to rest on it's top. 

Cohon suffered serious injuries. Passenger 25-year-old Whitney Whittaker suffered moderate injuries. Both were transported to University Hospital via Staff for Life.


Sheriff's Report02-May-2016

Last Thursday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested the following:

1.      Amber Weldon, 33, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.

2.      Cresswell Bair, 22, of Bowling Green on an Audrain County warrant for tampering with a witness.
 
Investigated:

1.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Road 922.
2.      Trespass from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
3.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 929.
4.      Harassment along Audrain Road 918.
5.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 9834.
6.      Careless driver along Highway N.
 
 
On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Michael Gauthier, 42, of Vandalia, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of marijuana.

2.      Anne Stone, 38, of Willard, for possession of hydrocodone, oxycodone, tramadol, alprazolam, and lorazepam, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue.

Investigated:

1.      Injured animal along Highway B.
2.      Careless driver along Highway JJ.
3.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.

Archive Alive! Hosts Fulton Elementary30-Apr-2016

Secretary of State Jason Kander recently welcomed students from McIntire Elementary in Fulton to Archives Alive! with Molly and Delores, an educational program offered annually by the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City.

The performance traces Missouri history from its territorial days to the present. Humorous talk show hosts, Molly and Delores bring Missouri history to life by telling stories through the voices of early settlers and famous Missourians.


Paws in the Park Tomorrow30-Apr-2016

The Audrain County Humane Society is hosting Paws in the Park tomorrow [Sunday] at the Teal Lake Shelter from 1 - 4 pm. This is a free event for residents and their dogs. 

There will be dance/drill teams from Ann Gafke’s Teacher’s Pet Dog Training School, a Pet photo booth, nail
trimming and pet tag engraving by 54 Pet Stop, games and face painting,  pet treats, and snacks.


ACCIS Lunch29-Apr-2016

The Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services is hosting an event today to bring awareness to sexual assault. 

The ACCIS Denim Day Lunch will be held today [Friday] from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm on the Courthouse Lawn in the Mexico Village Square. 

ACCIs hopes to fill lawn with individuals united against rape and sexual assault. 

The event is open to the public. ACCIS requests attendees wear jeans and donate $1 for their cause.


FBLA Special Guest at Rotary29-Apr-2016


FBLA was the special guest at Mexico Rotary Today. (Left to right) Rachel Owens, Emily Jones, Michael Strumpke, and Elizabeth Gooch are 4 of the 5 state qualifiers.


Mexico Man Arrested29-Apr-2016

A Mexico teen was arrested last night [Thursday] in Audrain County on multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 19-year-old Edgar Ramirez was taken into custody around 10 pm. He is charged with driving while revoked, his second offense, possession of up to 35 grams of marijuana, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

Ramirez was taken to the Audrain County jail awaiting bond.


Mexico Public Safety29-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 600 block of W. Liberty

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 610 E. Breckenridge

-shop lifting at 4820 S. Clark

-stealing/theft at 639 N. Wade and at 932 W. Liberty

-property damage at 512 N. Clark and at 1110 N. Western

-threats made at SSM Audrain

-and a stop-arm violation at 2101 Lakeview


Mexico Public Schools Summer School Registration29-Apr-2016

Registration for Mexico Public Schools summer school is open. 

Summer school will be offered from June 1st through the 24th. Students grades K - 12 are eligible. Kindergarten through 2nd will be at Hawthorne, Grades 3rd through 5th will be at Eugene Field , Grades 6th through 8th will be at the Mexico Middle School, and grades 9th through 12th will be at the High School.  
Breakfast and lunch are provided for all students at no cost.

Additionally, anyone 18 and younger are able to come to any of the sites for free meals to eat, even if they are not enrolled in summer school. 

To register, please visit mexicoschools.net.

 If you do not have technology available to register online, you may call Jan Dempsey at 581-3773 x2404.

Questions and/or inquiries should be directed to Dr. Templeton’s office at 573-581-3773 x2404.


MPSD Drug Take-Back Program Tomorrow29-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department is holding a drug take-back program tomorrow [Saturday] from 10 am - 2 pm in the fire house at City Hall. 

Corporal Matt Waller says the program is important for keeping your home safe and the water table clean:

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Residents can drop off old and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter mediation at a drop box. Corporal Waller will be present to answer any questions.

City Investigating Elmwood Cemetery Improvements28-Apr-2016

City of Mexico Mayor Greg Miller expressed a concern at the last city council meeting about conditions at Elmwood Cemetery.

Miller cited residents' concerns over flooding in one corner of the cemetery. The last 10 - 15 years, the city has been working to improve the public space, but Miller says he is worried the efforts are not enough.

Chad Shoemaker, Director of Parks and Recreation, says the city did recently spend funds to fix grave sites and headstones that were underwater.

There was also a query of headstones being in disrepair. Shoemaker expressed the question of, where is it appropriate for the City to take care of private property--the graves--versus what the owners of the plots are responsible for. The question becomes more complicated when considering some of the plots do not have heirs to care for the space.

Shoemaker also stated the City investigated what it would cost to put a new foundation under every headstone in Elmwood that required it. The results were near $1.5 million.

Mayor Miller asked for continued investigation on what can be done to improve Elmwood Cemetery.

Mexico Armed Robbery28-Apr-2016

One suspect is on the run after robbing a Mexico business at gun point early this morning [Thursday].

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers responded at 1:21 am to the Taco Bell in the 600 block of W. MOnroe.

Employees reported that a subject climbed through the drive-through window, pointed a gun at them, and demanded the money they were preparing to put in a safe. The subject left through the drive-through window, as well. No on was injured.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6’1” tall with a medium build.  He was wearing a dark-gray hoodie-style sweatshirt, black pants, dark gray shoes, with a black ski-mask covering the majority of his face.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact authorities.

Mexico Drug Take-Back Program28-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department is holding a drug take-back program this Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm in the fire house at City Hall. 

Residents can drop off old and unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter mediation at a drop box. Corporal Matt Waller will be present to answer any questions.


Mexico Public Safety28-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 28-year-old Floyd Dudley yesterday [Wednesday] on a charge of domestic assault in the third degree and a charge of possession of marijuana. 

Public Safety reported the following traffic accidents:

-a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 101 N. Jefferson and reported to 300 N. Coal

-and a non-injury accident at 225 South


MPSD also reported the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 600 block of Carson and at the intersection of Michigan and S. Morris

-a domestic issue in the 100 block of W. Monroe

-a sexual assault reported to 300 N. Coal

-an unwanted subject at 605 E. Seminary and at the West Plaza Shopping Center

-an animal bite at 620 E. Monroe

-property damage at 430 W. Promenade

-and selling without a license at 109 N. Washington and 3 Lakeside


Mexico Storm Damage28-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to several weather-related incidents during Tuesday's mid-day storm.

Major Brice Mesko reports around 12:03 pm, MPSD responded to the 600 block of E. Liberty in reference to a fire. A tree limb had fallen, pulling a power line from a building and across a parked car. This caused a small fire in the ceiling of the structure where electric service ran through insulation.

Citizens extinguished fire prior to officers' arrival. Ameren arrived on-scene shortly after to remove the wire. The department also responded to about 5 areas where the roadway was covered in limbs, lines, or debris.

In addition, MPSD responded to 4 areas where roadways were temporarily impassible due to high water. There were no injuries reported in Tuesday's severe thunderstorm.

MHS Scholarship Awarded28-Apr-2016

The recipient for the Allen P. and Josephine B. Green Foundation Scholarship has been announced. 

The 2016 selection committee has chosen Senior Grace Maddox to receive the $7,500 scholarship, which is renewable for four years. 

Grace will pursue a degree in Communication Disorders at Truman University this fall. 

Mr. and Mrs. Allen P Green established the scholarship foundation in 1941. Mr. Green moved ot Mexico in 1910 and purchased the firebrick company that retained his name until it was sold in 1997.


Sheriff's Report28-Apr-2016

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

1.      Peace disturbance along Chestnut Street in Laddonia.
2.      Injured animal along Highway 15.
3.      Road hazard along Highway 22.
4.      Trespass along Highway 54.
5.      Loose livestock along Highway 151.
6.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 815.

Big Top Brew Fest Tickets27-Apr-2016

Tickets are on sale now for the Big Top Brew Fest in Mexico. 

Ralph Becker, from the sponsoring organization Mexico Knights of Columbus, says there will be breweries from all over the state:

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For more information, please visit bigtopbrewfest.com.

Mexico Public Safety27-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 38-year-old Porsha William yesterday [Tuesday] on a City Warrant. 

Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-a fight, not-in-progress, at the intersection of 1205 W. Buchanan and Fairground

-a non-injury assault at 1621 N. Clark

-stealing/theft at 1007 E. Lafayette

-vandalism at 501 S. Muldrow

-property damage at 408 N. Jefferson and at 1007 E. Lafayette

-and suspicious activity at 1022 Mac Farlane


Mexico Storm Damage27-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to several weather-related incidents during yesterday's [Tuesday] mid-day storm. 

Major Brice Mesko reports around 12:03 pm, MPSD responded to the 600 block of E. Liberty in reference to a fire. A tree limb had fallen, pulling a power line from a building and across a parked car. This caused a small fire in the ceiling of the structure where electric service ran through insulation. 

Citizens extinguished fire prior to officers' arrival. Ameren arrived on-scene shortly after to remove the wire. 

The department  also responded to about 5 areas where the roadway was covered in limbs, lines, or debris. 

In addition, MPSD responded to 4 areas where roadways were temporarily impassible due to high water. 

There were no injuries reported in yesterday's severe thunderstorm.


Noteworthy Dinner Friday in Mexico27-Apr-2016

The Mexico High School theatre department are hosting 'A Night At the Movies' this Friday. 

The MHS Noteworthy Dinner Theater takes place at the Mexico High School. Dinner starts at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm. 

Tickets may be purchased at the MHS Office, or from a Noteworthy member.


Sheriff's Report27-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Whitney Cummings, 27, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrants for forgery, stealing, identity theft, driving while revoked, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Michael Lewis, 36, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for stealing.

3.      Joseph Sefrit, 30, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of driving while intoxicated and careless and imprudent driving.

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
2.      911 call along Audrain Road 545.
3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 557.
4.      Road hazard along Highway J.

Four Resolutions Passed at City Council26-Apr-2016

Four resolutions were passed at last night's Mexico City Council meeting. 

The first was to provide funds to the Presser Performing Arts Center. The City of Mexico will provide $10,000 to PPAC for programs and activities.

Two additional resolutions were part of the same project.  The council approved a contract with Flowmaster Construction, of Mexico, for annual street/sidewalk improvements. Flowmaster had an under-budget bid of $64,879.

The second part of the project was a contract with Frech Paving Company, for asphalt improvements. They also came under budget with a bid of $64,887. Both Flowmaster and Frech performed last year's improvements.

The fourth resolution granted funding to Mexico Young Farmers. The funds will go towards the 2016 Truck & Tractor pull happening June 11th. The City of Mexico will give $4,000 to assist in advertising.

Mexico Accident26-Apr-2016

A Mexico woman was cited yesterday [Monday] afternoon after striking a pickup truck while backing from her driveway. 

According to an accident report, 22-year-old Jessica Depriest was backing her 2003 Dodge Intrepid from her driveway. 60-year-old Roger Young, of Vandalia, was stopped at the intersection of Craig and Love in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. 

Depriest continued to back up and struck the Siverado on the driver's side, causing minor damage to both vehicles. 

A summons was issued to Depries for inattentive driving.


Mexico Public Safety26-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 19-year-old Emeri Kerr yesterday [Monday] on a Macon County warrant.

Public Safety reported the following accidents:

a non-injury accident at 1720 S. Morris

a non-injury accident, on private property, at 3076 S. Clark

and a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 620 E. Monroe and 424 N. Missouri

MPSD also reported the following incidents:

a non-injury assault at 620 E. Monroe

and stealing/theft at 2101 Lakeview, 1009 N. Kentucky, 506 N. Kentucky, and 316 N. Western.

Mexico Teen Arrested26-Apr-2016

A Mexico teen was arrested in Cooper County yesterday afternoon [Monday].

The Highway Patrol reports 18-year-old Avianna Dorsey was taken into custody around 4:35 pm.

She has a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property and a charge of a child restraint violation.

Dorsey was taken to the Cooper County jail awaiting bond.


Sheriff's Report26-Apr-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested 22-year-old Kyle Shawgo, of Illinois, for possession of clonazepam [clone-ay-zuh-pam] and marijuana in a correctional facility. 

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Loose livestock along Highway JJ.
2.      Road hazard along Highway 54.
3.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 826 and 355; and Highway P.
4.      Violation of an Order of Protection along Audrain Road 922.
5.      Careless drivers along Highway 54 and 19; and, Audrain Road 355.
6.      Suspicious activity along Highway A and Audrain Road 917.
7.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 424.
 
Yesterday, the Sheriff's office arrested the following:

1.      Matthew Day, 25, of Fulton, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.

2.      Jena Bonsall, 30, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of stealing.

3.      Gary Haynes, 39, of Hannibal on an Audrain County warrant for financial exploitation of the elderly/disabled person for a property value of at least $1,000. 

The Sheriff's office also investigated:

1.      Assault along Highway 22.
2.      Aggressive animal along Audrain Road 343.
3.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
4.      911 call along Audrain Road 826.
5.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
6.      Trespass along Front Street in Benton City.
7.      Peace disturbance along Highway BB.

Sunday Mexico Head-On Collision26-Apr-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a head-on collision Sunday afternoon in the northeast area of town. 

With more, here's Major Brice Mesko:

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The cause of accident has not yet been determined.

Early-Morning Accident in Mexico25-Apr-2016

No one was injured during a car accident in Mexico early this morning [Monday] resulting from a vehicle malfunction. 

MPSD reports the accident happened this morning around 5:10 am at 1720 S. Morris. 

A 2003 Kia Sedona, driven by Keena Hampton, of Mexico, experienced a flat tire on the right-front side. This caused the vehicle to veer right and strike a parked 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. 

No citations were listed in the crash report.


Mexico Public Safety25-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Departmetn reported a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 2797 S. Clark. 

Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-a non-injury assault at 1109 E. Liberty

-a vehicle break-in at 4820 S. clark

-vandalism reported to 300 N. Coal

-stealing/theft at 3622 S. Clark

-four reports of fraud at 500 W. Jackson

-property damage reported to 300 N. Coal

-and four counts of failure to return property at 620 W. Jackson. 


On Saturday, Public Safety reported the following incidents:

-stealing/theft at 828 W. Monroe

-a domestic verbal assault in the 700 block of Baker

-an unattended burn at the intersection of S. Coal and Central

-fraud reported to 300 N. Coal

-threats made at 215 E. Love


Yesterday [Sunday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 30-year-old Kayla Sefrit on a Boone County warrant 

also arrested was 22-year-old Courtney Sample on a charge of property damage in the 2nd degree.

MPSD reported a non-injury accident at 420 N. Agricultural. 

Public Safety responded to the following incidents:

-a fire at 916 S. Olive

-a domestic physical assault in the 300 block of N. Craig

-and an unknown problem at 531 W. Pearson.


Mexico Unlawful Weapons Arrest25-Apr-2016

Mexico Public Safety arrested a Columbia man early this morning [Monday] after he was found unlawfully possessing a weapon. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers conducted a traffic stop around 2 am for a vehicle that was in Lakeview Park after hours. 

28-year-old Floyd Dudley was found to be in possession of a .380 caliber handgun. 

Dudley was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, violation of an ex-parte, driving while revoked, and a Boone County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of violation of an order of protection. 

Dudley was transported to the Audrain County jail.

Mexico Unwanted Subject Arrest25-Apr-2016

One man was arrested in Mexico yesterday [Sunday] afternoon on multiple weapon-related charges. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers responded to the 1500 block of West around 2:33 pm in reference to an unwanted subject causing a disturbance. 

Responding personnel located 32-year-old Terrell Metts, of Mexcio, in possession of a .40 caliber handgun and a sawed-off shotgun. 

Metts was arrested without incident. He faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon, possession of an unlawful weapon, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. 

Metts pled guilty to a charge of burglary in the 1st degree in 2004. He is being held in the Audrain County jail.

There were no injuries during the disturbance.


Mexico Woman Arrested25-Apr-2016

A Mexico woman was arrested this weekend on a drug charge. 

The Highway Patrol reports 54-year-old Sherry Blair was taken into custody in Audrain County around 11:18 pm Saturday night. She has a charge of possession of a controlled substance--up to 35 grams of marijuana. 

Blair was taken to the Audrain County Jail awaiting bond.


MHS Players Sign25-Apr-2016

Mexico High School had two student-athletes sign with higher-education institutes last week. 

Senior Steven Smith signed to play baseball for Culver-Stockton College in Canton. 

Senior James Norton signed to play basketball with William Woods University. 

Congratulations to Steven and James from KXEO!


One Cited in Friday Accident in Mexico25-Apr-2016

No one was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Mexico last Friday [April 22nd]. 

According to an accident report, the collision happened at the intersection of Washington and Robinson at 3:22 pm. 

30-year-old Daisy Barnes, of Mexico, was driving southbound on Washington in a 2010 GMC Yukon. 

78-year-old Ralph Walker, of Mexico, was stopped at a stop sign on Robinson. Walker failed to yield to the Yukon, and struck it in the rear passenger side in his 1994 Dodge Ram. 

A citation was issued to Walker for failure to yield.


Sheriff's Report25-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office investigated:

1.      Violation of an order of protection along Audrain Roads 9834 and 922.
2.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 489.
3.      911 calls along Highway 54 and Audrain Road 9832.
4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 351.
5.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
6.      Careless driver along Highway 15.
 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Amanda Walker, 19, of Mexico, for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to register a motor vehicle with the Director of Revenue, and driving without a valid license.

Investigated:

1.      Property damage along Audrain Roads 177 and 132.
2.      Road hazard along Highway T.
3.      Abandoned vehicle along Audrain Road 556.
4.      Property dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
5.      911 calls along Highways 54 and 19.
6.      Suspicious activity along Highway 22.

Stolen Vehicle Found in Teal Lake25-Apr-2016

A stolen vehicle was recovered from Teal Lake this weekend in Mexico. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers responded around 4:26 pm Saturday to the Teal Lake boat ramp. The vehicle was in the water just past the end of the ramp and appeared to have been there for some time. 

MPSD worked with Premiere Automotive and Towing to remove the car from the water. It was identified as a 2005 Ford Sedan which had been reported stolen in January of this year [2016]. 

The investigation into who stole the vehicle and subsequently put it in the lake is still open. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

Mexico Man Arrested23-Apr-2016

A Mexico man was arrested this morning by the Highway Patrol on multiple charges. 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 46-year-old Eddie Valenzuela was taken into custody around 1:33 am. He faces charges of driving while intoxicated, driving without a valid license, and failure to drive within a single lane. 

Valenzuela was taken to the Callaway County jail awaiting bond.

Mexico Hit-And-Run22-Apr-2016

No one was injured during a hit-and-run accident in Mexico yesterday [Thursday]. 

According to a traffic report, the accident occurred at the intersection of S. Clark and W. Jackson around 7:46 pm. 

43-year-old Brandi Gish, of Sunrise beach, was stopped at the intersection on S. Clark. She began to turn onto W. Jackson. A white Chevy Cavalier, driving on S. Clark, rolled through the stop sign, striking Gish's vehicle. 

The Cavalier then fled the scene. 

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact authorities.


Mexico Public Safety22-Apr-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 55-year-old Linda Hunt for driving while intoxicated--her first offense. 

MPSD reported a traffic accident at 1214 E. Liberty

Public Safety responded to the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 800 block of N. Clark

-a domestic verbal assault in the 600 block of Carson

-shop lifting at the West Plaza Shopping Center

-fraud at 503 S. Olive and two reports to 300 N. Coal

-and identity theft reported to 300 N. Coal


PPAC Production22-Apr-2016

The Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico premiered a new stage play last night [Thursday]. 

The production Steel Magnolias had it's first showing yesterday [Thursday] at 7 pm. Steel Magnolias has additional performances tonight and tomorrow at 7 pm, with a matinee on Sunday at 2 pm.

To purchase tickets in advance, please visit presserpac.com.




Sheriff's Report22-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Thursday] the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested the following:

1.      Lawrence Pottebaum, 47, of Morrison on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear on the original charges of burglary, property damage, and domestic assault.

2.      Porter Goodman, 18, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of marijuana, possession of alcohol by a minor, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Assault along Highway 15.
2.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 756 and 625.
3.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 844.
4.      Injured animal along Audrain Road 637.
5.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
7.      Harassment along Highway 22.
8.      Road hazard along Highway 54.
9.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54.

Sparkly Pig22-Apr-2016

A new business in downtown Mexico held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning [Friday] to commemorate their grand opening. 

The Sparkly Pig, located at 121 S. Washington in the Village Square, opened its' doors on Saturday. 

April Baker, owner, says the boutique offers clothing for all ages:

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Baker says in the past week, she has gone through 3/4 of her stock. She welcomes locals and area visitors to her store. 

For pictures of the event, please visit the KXEO Facebook page.

Sparkly Pig Hosts Ribbon-Cutting22-Apr-2016

A new business in downtown Mexico had a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning [Friday] to commemorate their grand opening. 

The Sparkly Pig, located at 121 S. Washington in the Village square, opened its' doors on Saturday. The Sparkly Pig is a women's retail store. 

Their hours can be found on their Facebook page.




Mexico Motorcycle Thief Arrested21-Apr-2016

One subject has been detained in connection to a stolen motorcycle in Mexico. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers responded Sunday around 9:40 am to the 600 block of N. Clark in reference to a stolen motorcycle. 

Responding personnel found a 2004 Suzuki GSXR had been stolen during the overnight hours. 

On Tuesday, information from alert citizens led officers to a shed in the 400 block of W. Anderson.  The stolen motorcycle was located in the shed. 

Yesterday [Wednesday], at approximately 7:03 PM, 22-year-old Dustin Murray, of Mexico, was arrested in that area. Murray is being held in the Audrain County Jail on a charge of Stealing of a Felony Item.

The investigation is continuing to determine Murray’s involvement in some other crimes and appropriate charges for those who assisted Murray in this theft.  

Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.


Mexico Public Safety21-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 59-year-old Keith Sewell on a charge of domestic assault in the 3rd degree

MPSD reported the following traffic accidents:

-a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 4312 Friendship

-a non-injury accident involving a car and a deer at the intersection of S. Clark and Lakeview

-a non-injury accident on private property at 2719 S. Clark


Public Safety also responded to the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 10 block of Lakeside

-a domestic verbal assault in the 100 block of Harwood and in the City Square

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 15 Rock Springs

-an attempted burglary at 1412 S. Calhoun

-drug activity, in-progress, at 1406 N. Washington and at 203 W. Love

-stealing/theft at 420 W. Monroe and at 917 W. Buchanan

-harassment on E. Anderson

-a civil dispute at 800 S. Union and at 806 E. Liberty


Presser Performance21-Apr-2016

The Presser Performing Arts Center in Mexico is premiering a new stage play today. 

The production Steel Magnolias has it's first showing tonight [Thursday] at 7 pm. Steel Magnolias runs through Sunday. 

To purchase tickets in advance, please visit presserpac.com.


SSM Lunch & Learn21-Apr-2016

SSM Health is offering a free Lunch and Learn session next Tuesday. 

The event will be held from 11:30 am to 1 pm at St. Mary's Hospital in Mexico. 

Dr. Rick White describes what you can expect at the event:

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Please register by tomorrow by visiting ssmhealthmidmo.com.

Heart to Heart Luncheon20-Apr-2016

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation - Audrain and the Jordan-Waters Heart Center are pleased to sponsor the Heart-to-Heart Women’s Luncheon on Thursday, May 5, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Missouri Military Academy Gymtorium.

While having lunch and participating in a purse-onality silent auction, guests will learn about the importance of living an active lifestyle from the Mexico Area YMCA. Attendees will also have the opportunity to get their heart-related questions answered by cardiologists, Larry Handlin, D.O. and Charles Tillman, M.D. Lastly, attendees will get the chance to hear a local woman’s personal heart story.

This year’s goal is to raise $15,000 to purchase equipment for the Jordan-Waters Heart Center. Sponsorship opportunities are available. All donations
are tax deductible.

For more information about the Heart-to-Heart Luncheon and sponsorship opportunities, please call Debbie Playter at (573) 582-8036.

(Members of the Heart-to-Heart Luncheon planning committee. Front row from left to right: Jamie Hawkins, Bonnie Tillman, Jackie Day. Second row from left to right: Sheryl Miller, Connie Robley, Becky Vanlandingham, Judy Frey, Kathy Sims, Justin Holliday. Not pictured: Dana Keller, Joy McGeorge, Tami Miller, Dene Myers, Debbie Playter, Melanie Utterback and Tammy Stuckenschneider.)

Mexico Car Fire20-Apr-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded yesterday [Tuesday] afternoon after a vehicle fire was reported in the southwest side of town.

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD reports the incident occurred around 1:37 pm at the intersection of Morris and W. Liberty. 

Responding personnel found a 1985 Oldsmobile with fire under the hood. The fire was contained and extinguished within the engine compartment. The vehicle suffered moderate fire damage. 

The driver reported the car had died at the intersection, and when he attempted to restart it, he began to see smoke and flame.  

The fire started in the area of the carburetor and air filter.  

There were no injuries.


Mexico Public Safety20-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 31-year-old Thomas Bower for possession with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. 

Public Safety also investigated the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 1700 block of E. Liberty and in the 800 block of E. Jackson

-an unwanted subject at 828 W. Monroe and at 1002 W. Monroe

-harassment in Plunkett Park

-shop lifting at 3001 S. Clark

-a neighbor dispute at 921 Ringo

-and a fire alarm at 1400 Vance


Mexico School Board Retires Two20-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday] at the Mexico Public School Board Meeting, two former members were honored for their time on the board. 

Robbie Miller and Dr. Elwood Rice officially ended their time serving Mexico Public Schools last night [Tuesday]. Miller served for 6 years, and Dr. Rice served 2 terms for a total of 25 years. They both received plaques from Dr. Pearl and Pat McGuire. 

Additionally, the Board voted to put the operating levy back on the ballot back in August for an 80 cent valuation. Previously the school had asked for 40 cents. The amount was increased so residents will not need to vote on the issue again for several years, if passed.


New Mexico Basketball Coach20-Apr-2016

The Mexico School Board has hired a new head basketball coach for the High School. 

In expectative session yesterday, the board approved the hiring of Nick Bradford to lead the boys' basketball team. 

Coach Bradford comes to Mexico after leading men’s/women’s basketball teams to top performances in Division
I, Division II, Community College & summer grassroots environments.

Most recently he was with Missouri Southern State University, in Joplin as Assistant Mens Basketball Coach, Labette County Community College as Assistant Mens Basketball Coach in Parsons, KS, Kansas City Pump & Run/GMC Boys Grassroots Basketball Progam as Assistant Coach, and Head Basketball Coach of Missouri Phenom Girls Grassroots Basketball Program in Blue Springs, MO.

Coach Bradford’s playing experience at the collegiate level is the University of Kansas as a 3­Time Big 12 Champion (1997­1999) where he won the Forrest “Phog” Allen MVP Award 2000, had four NCAA Tournament Appearances, finished Top 5 in KU History for most steals in career, and Finished Top 5 History for most games played in career Professional Career.

At the professional level, he played for the Kansas City (KS) Knights, the Keflavik Basketball Club in Keflavik, Iceland, and the Reims Champagne Basketball club, Reims, France.

Sheriff's Report20-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Shameko Spivey, 28, of Columbia, on an Audrain County warrant for possession of marijuana, receiving stolen property and driving while revoked.

2.      Whitney Cummings, 27, of Perry on an Audrain County warrant for receiving stolen property.

3.      Nicole Murphy, 32, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for possession of controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
Investigated:

1.      Burglary along Highway 54.
2.      Assault along Audrain Road 9834.
4.      Civil dispute along Audrain Road 675.
5.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 581.
6.      Fraud along Highway U.
7.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 826 and 556.
8.      Property dispute along Audrain Road 818.
9.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54.


Sports Fields Named in Mexico20-Apr-2016

Two Mexico Public Schools' sports fields were named last night [Tuesday] at the School Board Meeting. 

The soccer field, located next to the Middle School, is now the Chris Hotop field. Hotop was instrumental in starting the soccer program at Mexico Schools. Hotop passed away about 6 months ago. 

The new surface at Hawthorne Heights is called the Ron Whittaker Track. Mexico Public Schools holds a track meet every year named after Whittaker. Whittaker is a native of Mexico, and worked with the 1968 US Olympic Track and Field Trials before returning to Mexico to teach and coach. He retired in 1998 after thirty years of service. 


Donations Still Open for Miss America Serves19-Apr-2016

Miss Missouri contestants helped clean the streets of Mexico this weekend to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. 

The contestants' service included a "Miracle Mile" charity walk at Green Estates Park., visiting the Mexico Animal Shelter, and picking up trash around the town square. 

Mexico hosts the Miss Missouri Pageant each year in June. 

Miss Missouri 2015 McKensie Garber said the Miss Missouri contestants' work was part of a national day of service, Miss America Serves Day. All the money raised in mid-Missouri benefits the MU Women and Children's Hospital.

"Miracle Child" Lizzy Metz joined with Miss Missouri to help lead the Miracle Mile walk.

State-wide, funds raised was $5,088. This includes penny wars at St. Brendan's and the High School, the Miracle Mile Walk, asking for donations, and collecting change around the square. 

Miss Missouri had the fourth overall highest donating team in the country. 

People can still donate until April 22nd to this event. To donate, visit MissAmericaServes.org, search Team Missouri, select Donate Now.

Mexico Public Safety19-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Monday], the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 1100 block of N. Clark

-a domestic verbal assault at the intersection of S. Olive and High

-a stolen trailer at 426 W. Love. The trailer was later recovered. 

-a vehicle break-in at 426 Bourne

-a report of a sexual assault in the 200 block of N. Mississippi

-an unwanted subject at 119 W. Maple

-stealing/theft at 1726 E. Liberty and reported to 300 N. Coal

-harassment at 1516 West

-suspicious activity at 1720 E. Liberty


New Business Opens in Village Square19-Apr-2016

The Sparkly Pig, a women's retail boutique, has opened in the Mexico Village Square. 

The store opened its doors this past Saturday. They will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday at 9 am to commemorate the grand-opening.








Sheriff's Report19-Apr-2016

On Sunday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested:

61-year-old Darrell Branson, of Boonville, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of assault. 

The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      911 call along Highway Y.
2.      Alarm calls along Audrain Roads 581 and 245.
3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 812.
 
Yesterday [Monday], the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Timothy Hoffman, 37, of Mexico, for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and, a Boone County warrant for aggravated stalking.

2.      Brittney Snyder, 26, of Oak Grove, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of burglary and stealing.

3.      Larry Polk, 31, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for harassment and peace disturbance.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated yesterday:

1.      Road hazard along Highway P.
2.      Theft from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
3.      Assault along Highway 22.
4.      Trespass along Audrain Road 808.
5.      Forgery from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
6.      Careless driver along Highway 19.

Mexico Public Safety18-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 54-year-old William Elzea on a charge of domestic assault in the third degree. 

Public Safety reported a non-injury traffic accident on private property at 300 W. Monroe, and a traffic accident at the intersection of E. Love and Jeffries

MPSD responded to the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 700 block of E. Lafayette and in the 600 block of S. Muldrow

-an injury assault at 620 E. Monroe

-a vehicle fire at 305 S. Muldrow

-stealing/theft at 420 W. Monroe

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 2711 S. Clark


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested 44-year-old Chad Fuemmeler, for domestic assault in the third degree. 

Also Saturday, MPSD reported a non-injury accident at 2274 Doss

The following incidents were investigated:

-a domestic physical assault on W. Breckenridge

-a fight, in-progress, at 1224 W. Breckenridge

-stealing/theft at 1000 Elmwood

-an unwanted subject at 3602 S. Clark

-a property dispute at 821 N. Jefferson


On Sunday, Mexico Public Safety investigated the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 800 block of W. Monroe

-a fight, in-progress, at 904 Curtis

-a fight, not-in-progress, at 4820 S. Clark

-harassment at 716 W. Breckenridge

-a stolen vehicle at 626 N. Clark

-shop lifting at 4820 S. Clark


Mexico Summer School18-Apr-2016

Summer school registration is now open for Mexico Public Schools. 

Mexico Middle School Principal Deb Haag says the extra time benefits students educationally, and registering is easy:

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Please contact the school for additional information.

MHS Athletic Director Awarded18-Apr-2016

Congratulations to Mexico High School's athletic director, Jeff Anderson, who was named Athletic Director of the year in the Northeast District by the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. 

Anderson was also recognized for 25 years of service at the MIAAA conference in Tan-Tar-A. 


MHS Wrestler Signs18-Apr-2016

Congratulations to Mexico High School's Jaylen Lee! Jaylen has signed a National Letter of Intent to wrestle at the North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa.


Sheriff's Report18-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested the following:

1.      Joshua Cuno, 22, of Rush Hill, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of driving while intoxicated, speeding, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

2.      Michael Waters, Jr., 33, of Mexico, for driving while revoked.

Also Friday, the Highway Patrol arrested:

1.      Tiffany Jackson, 34, of Mexico, for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

2.      Aaliyah Thomas, 21, of Mexico, on a Boone County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of possession of alcohol by a minor.
 
The Sheriff's Office investigated:

1.      Property damage along Cedar Street in Martinsburg.
2.      Assault along Audrain Road 675.
3.      Peace disturbance along Galloway Road in Vandalia.
4.      Civil disputes along Audrain Roads 917 and 675.
5.      Road hazards along Highways 54 and PP.
6.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 9834.
 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Darien Mills, 19, of Mexico for driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving, and possession of alcohol by a minor.

2.      O’Sheon Sanders, 21, of Mexico, for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia; and, an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, a vehicle equipment violation, failure to wear a seat belt, and a probation violation.
 
Investigated:

1.      Road hazard along Highway B.
2.      Domestic disturbance along Audrain Road 241.
3.      Civil dispute from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
4.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

Boston Found Guilty on All Counts15-Apr-2016

A man was found guilty on 28 counts in Audrain County last night [Thursday]. 

Darran Boston was found guilty by jury in a late-night verdict in a trial that Judge Wesley Dalton described as "one of the most gruesome the court has done."

Boston is convicted of sexual abuse of 2 children under the age of 15 between 2009 and 2014 in Mexico.

His charges include 6 counts of Statutory rape, 3 counts of abuse of a child, 11 counts of statutory sodomy, 2 counts of child molestation, 2 counts of exploitation of a minor, 2 counts of use of a child in sexual performance, endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography.

Boston is scheduled to be sentenced on June 24th.


Jellybean Speech Olympics Tomorrow15-Apr-2016

The third annual Jellybean Speech Olympics is begin held in Mexico tomorrow [Saturday]. 

The event will take place from 9 am - 3 pm in Emmons Hall. 

The Jellybean speech festival is an exhibition event for performers with atypical developments. 

All are welcome to attend.


Mexico Arrest15-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department arrested one woman yesterday [Thursday] on an outstanding warrant. 

According to an arrest log, 34-year-old Evelyn Davenport, of Mexico, was taken into custody at 10 am on an Audrain County warrant for forgery. 

Davenport was charged with felony forgery in late February. A warrant for her arrest was issued on March 31st. 

She is being held in the Audrain County jail on a $10,000 bond. A court date has not yet been set.


Mexico Public Safety15-Apr-2016

Mexico Public Safety reported a traffic accident yesterday [Thursday] at 120 E. Liberty

Also yesterday, Public Safety investigated the following incidents:

-a civil dispute at 612 N. Craig

-an unwanted subject at 1,008 Mac Farlane

-and a fire alarm at 1303 Webster.


MHS Students Receive Award Out of Hundreds of Entries15-Apr-2016

Three Mexico High School students were honored with the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association highest award for their public service announcement about bullying.

Junior Summer Dunsmoore and freshmen Gracelyn Penn and Emma Unger received the Missouri All­American rating for their public service announcement entitled "Bully No More."

They were presented with the award last Friday at Jesse Auditorium at MU. 

Over 52 schools competed, and out of hundreds of entries only three were designated the high honor.

'The Growl' Editor Receives MIPA's Highest Award15-Apr-2016

Mexico High School senior Michaela Grubb has been honored with the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association's 
highest award for her editorial about racism.

Grubb received the award for her November 2015 editorial published in The Growl, the student newspaper of MHS. She was presented with the award on April 8, 2016, at Jesse Auditorium on the MU campus.

Grubb is the senior editor of The Growl, which is part of the Digital Media program at Mexico High School, under the
direction of Ms. Jami Williams.

A Night of Qualifiers14-Apr-2016

The Mexico High School Theatre Department hosted an exhibition for the public last night to showcase their district championship performances. 

Kylie Yeast, a freshman theatre student, was selected to compete at nationals. Here is her reaction to this honor:

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The theatre department is also still collecting money for their trip to Scotland this year. To donate, please contact Theatre and Speech Director Sara Given at the school. 

For pictures of  'A Night of Qualifiers', please visit our Facebook page.

Home Run Against Hunger14-Apr-2016

Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance is collecting food for the drive Home Run Against Hunger.

Insurance agents across the state are collecting non-perishable items that will be distributed to Feeding Missouri.

Ashton Mattern, of Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance, says the initiative will end at a Cardinals game:

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Please drop off food donations at any Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance location. OR Please drop off food donations at the Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance office located on E. Jackson Street here in Mexico.

Leaving-The-Scene Accident14-Apr-2016

Public Safety is searching for a driver after a hit-and-run accident in Mexico yesterday [Wednesday]. 

Major Brice Mesko, of MPSD, reports officers responded to the intersection of Dorcas and King around 3:41 pm in reference to a crash. 

Witnesses stated that a white female, driving a small maroon car, was backing through the intersection when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a utility pole, breaking the pole.  

The driver then left the scene.

Anyone with information is asked Mexico Public Safety.

Mexico Arrest14-Apr-2016

On subject was arrested in Mexico yesterday [Wednesday] after a report of an unwanted subject. 

Major Brice Mesko, of Mexico Public Safety, reports officers responded around 3:16 pm to the 600 block of S. Missouri. 

Responding personnel found 24-year-old Terrell Cooks, of Mexico. He was in possession of a gun which had been reported stolen in Columbia.  

Cooks was transported to MPSD, and later taken to the Audrain County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

There were no injuries from the incident.

Mexico Fender-Bender14-Apr-2016

A Centralia teen was cited yesterday [Wednesday] after she rear-ended a vehicle in Mexico. 

According to a traffic report, 16-year-old Emily Van Vactor was driving a 2002 Honda Civic eastbound on W. Monroe around 5:11 am. Near the intersection of W. Monroe and Kentucky, a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by 18-year-old Samantha Nichols, of Centralia, slowed for traffic. Van Vactor failed to stop in time and struck the rear of the Grand Prix.

A summons was issued to Van Vactor for failure to keep a proper lookout. Neither teen was injured.


Mexico Public Safety14-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], Mexico Public Safety reported a non-injury vehicle accident between a car and a deer at 3066 S. Clark

MPSD also reported the following incidents:

-display of a weapon at 619 S. Missouri

-a natural cover fire at the intersection of S. Missouri and jackson

-stealing/theft at 2510 Lakeview

-and leave without pay at 3066 S. Clark.


Sheriff's Report14-Apr-2016

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

1.      Assault along Audrain Road 557.
2.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 384.
3.      Trespass along Highway JJ.
4.      Fraud along Audrain Roads 973 and 575.
5.      911 call along Highway BB.
6.      Violation of an order of Protection from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
7.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54.

Mexico Public Safety13-Apr-2016

The Mexico Public Safety Department reported one non-injury accident yesterday [Tuesday] on private property at 1411 W. Monroe

Public Safety also reported the following incidents:

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 216 E. Boulevard

-harassment at 2711 S. Clark and at 916 Curtis

-threats at 520 E. Holt

-an unwanted subject at 206 N. Western

-fraud at 917 Tyronn Lue

-an unlawful burn at 300 E. Monroe

-a neighbor dispute at 728 E. Lafayette

-vandalism reported to 300 N. Coal

-and a report of a scam at 1424 Dorcas


Mexico Teen Arraigned After Cancellation Yesterday13-Apr-2016

A Mexico teen has an arraignment today [Wednesday] after his hearing was canceled yesterday [Tuesday].

17-year-old Wesley Oetting [Edding] was arrested in the early morning hours on March 26 by the Mexico Public Safety Department. 

According to a probable cause statement, around 3:42 am an officer observed a vehicle that did not have it's license plate illuminated. The vehicle was traveling east on Breckenridge and driving dangerously close to the curb. 

A traffic stop was conducted in the 700 block of Trinity. 

The driver, identified as Oetting, allegedly confessed to smoking marijuana earlier in the vehicle. After a search of the car, digital scales, $1300 in cash, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia was found. 

Oetting is charged with Distributing Or Delivering Not More Than 5 Grams Marijuana and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

His arraignment is set for 9 am this morning in the Audrain County Courthouse.


Mexico United Methodist Church To Be Emergency Shelter13-Apr-2016

The Mexico United Methodist Church began the hook up of a new generator yesterday [Tuesday] that will allow the church to be a shelter in case of emergencies. 

Pastor Karen Taylor, of MUMC, and Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw collaborated to bring about the emergency power generator. 

A grant from the AP Green Foundation, Anna Margaret Griffin Family Foundation, and the Edmonson Foundation allowed the project to become a reality. 

The church's Fellowship Hall and Education Wing will be able to be used as an emergency shelter in case of power outages in the area. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing the power generator trailer.

MHS Theatre Performance Tonight13-Apr-2016

The Mexico High School Theatre Department is putting on an exhibition tonight [Wednesday] of their district champion performances. 

MHS Speech & Theatre Director Sara Given says 'A Night of Qualifiers' will take place at 7 pm tonight in Emmons Hall. 

The event features district champion one-act play 'Artistic Inspiration' and district champion reader's theatre 'The Brother's Grimm Spectaculathon'. 

There will also be individual performances from numerous theatre students who placed well in district competition. 

Admission is free-will donations that will go towards supporting the department's school trip to Scotland.


Miracle Mile Walk on Saturday13-Apr-2016

Miss America Serves Day is coming up this weekend, and there will be an event in Mexico. 

Here's Miss Missouri McKensie Garber with more:

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To register, please visit missamericaserves.org.

Sheriff's Report13-Apr-2016

On Monday, the Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested:

1.      Austin Westberg, 21, of Cameron, North Carolina on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of speeding.
 
Investigated:

1.      Harassment along Audrain Road 632.
2.      Fraud along Audrain Road 208.
3.      911 call along Audrain Road 625.
4.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 638.
5.      Road hazard in Vandiver Village.
6.      Animal abuse along Audrain Road 625.
7.      Civil dispute along Galloway Road.
 
Yesterday [Tuesday] the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Sherrod Sanning, 24, of Mexico, for driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, and tampering with a motor vehicle.
2.      Whitney Lamberson, 29, of Mexico, for tampering with a motor vehicle.
3.      Amber Woltman, 25, of New Florence, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving without a valid license.
4.      Joni Weaver, 29, of Vandalia, for distribution of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
Investigated:

1.      Harassment along Audrain Road 322.
2.      Careless driver along Highway 19.
3.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 384.
4.      Theft from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
5.      Trespass along Audrain Road 322.
6.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 826 and 341; and, Highway 15.

Mexico Public Safety12-Apr-2016

Yesterday, Mexico Public Safety investigated:

-Suspicious Activity at 1101 East Anderson, 1900 West Liberty and Elmwood, and 725 East Love

-Stealing Theft reported to 300 North Coal

-Warrant Stolen Check in the 200 block of West Love

-Threats reported to 300 North Coal

-An Ex Parte violation in teh 1600 block of Boulevard

-Non-injury accidents at 409 West Love and on East Liberty at the 54 Bypass

-Utility problem at 1321 North Olive

-Trespassing on South Jefferson

-Physical domestic in the 1200 block of Holt and 1000 block of Hassen

-Domestic Verbal in the 1200 block of Holt

-and an alarm at 420 West Monroe.


Mexico Teen Arrested12-Apr-2016

A Mexico teenager was arrested in Callaway county yesterday morning on multiple charges. [Monday]

17 year old Philip Rotte was taken into custody around 7:34 AM.  

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Reports Rotte is being charged with felony unlawful use of  a weapon, felony receiving stolen property, exceeding the posted speed limit and excessive window tinting.

Rotte is being held in the Callaway county Jail.


Mexico Teen To Be Arraigned12-Apr-2016

A Mexico teen will be arraigned today in Audrain County.

17-year-old Wesley Oetting  was arrested in the early morning hours on March 26 by the Mexico Public Safety Department. 

According to a probable cause statement, around 3:42AM an officer observed a vehicle that did not have it's license plate illuminated. The vehicle was traveling east on Breckenridge and driving dangerously close to the curb. 

A traffic stop was conducted in the 700 block of Trinity. 

The driver, identified as Oetting, allegedly confessed to smoking marijuana earlier in the vehicle. After a search of the car, digital scales, $1300 in cash, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia was found. 

Oetting was taken to the Audrain County Jail and was able to post bond.


Sheriff's Report12-Apr-2016

On April 9 the Sheriff’s Office:
Arrested:
1.      Cyrus Henry Bartley age 54 of Vandalia on an Audrain County warrant for criminal non-support.

Investigated:
1.      Peace disturbance along Highway 15.
2.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
3.      Suspicious activity along Highway 15.
4.      Road hazard along Highway 22.

Issued:
1.      Summons for a traffic offense along Highway 54.
2.      Warnings for traffic offenses along Highway 54, 19, 15, KK, BB, and B; and, Audrain Roads 744 and 556.

Assisted:
1.      Motorist along Highway 19.
 
 
On April 10 the Sheriff’s Office:
Investigated:
1.      911 call along Audrain Road 524.
2.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 815.
3.      Trespass along Audrain Road 210.
4.      Careless driver along Highway D.
5.      Harassment along Audrain Road 421.
6.      Loose livestock along Highway 54.

Issued:
1.      Summons for a traffic offense along Highway B.
2.      Warnings for traffic offenses along Highways 54, 22, 15, and FF.

Assisted:
1.      Motorist along Highway 54.

On April 10 the Highway Patrol:
Arrested:
1.      William Jacob Davenport ate 34 of Mexico for driving while revoked, failure to provide proof of vehicle insurance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Audrain Saturday Arrest11-Apr-2016

A Mexico man was arrested Saturday night in Audrain County for multiple charges. 

The Highway Patrol reports 34-year-old William Davenport was taken into custody around 10:17 pm. He is charged with felony driving while revoked, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving without insurance. 

Davenport was taken to the Audrain County jail awaiting bond.


Mexico Public Safety11-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Department reported the following accidents:

-a non-injury accident on private property at 620 E. Monroe and at 500 W. Jackson

-and a non-injury accident at 1407 Northside


Mexico Public Safety also responded to the following incidents:

-a stolen vehicle reported to 1100 Littleby

-stealing/theft at 702 Yale

-drug activity, not-in-progress, at 1010 E. Liberty

-drug activity, in-progress, at 601 Carson

-a non-injury assault at 1605 W. Boulevard

-a report of child enticement in the 600 block of Lakeview. 


On Saturday, Mexico Public Safety arrested

-20-year-old Matthew Beauchamp, of Mexico, on an Audrain County Warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving while intoxicated

-and 23-year-old Timothy Lawson, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant. 


Public Safety investigated the following incidents:

-an unwanted subject at 1103 Latney

-harassment at 707 W. Jackson

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 300 N. Coal

-a natural cover fire on Southern Hills

-a vehicle fire at the intersection of S. Clark and Boulevard

-and indecent behavior at the intersection of Jeffries and Love. 


Yesterday [Sunday], Mexioc Public Safety reported 

-a non-injury traffic accident at 122 E. Promenade

-and a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident reported to 300 N. Coal


MPSD also responded to the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 1200 block of N. Jefferson

-an unwanted subject at 1109 E. Liberty

-a domestic issue in the 600 block of E. Monroe

-shop-lifting at 2813 S. Clark and at 4820 S. Clark

-threats made at 112 S. Jefferson 

-and a civil dispute at 27 Rock Springs and at 300 N. Coal


Sheriff's Report11-Apr-2016

Last Thursday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office investigated:

1.      911 calls along Highways 54 and 19.
2.      Road hazard along Audrain Roads 815, 384, and 154.
3.      Theft from a walk-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
4.      Fraud along Audrain Road 314.
5.      Loose livestock along Highway CC and Audrain Road 337.
6.      Alarm call along Highway 15.
7.      Civil dispute along Jefferson Street in Martinsburg.
8.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 449.
9.  Careless driver along Highway 19.
 
Also Thursday, the Highway Patrol arrested:

1.      Skyler Dingwell, 22, of Hallsville, on a Macon County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of resisting arrest and a seatbelt violation.

2.      Joshua Rigg, 25, of Mexico for driving while intoxicated, caerless and imprudent driving, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 

On Friday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Linda Dingledine, 29, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of stealing and trespass.

2.      Ernest Belisle Jr., 23, of Fulton, for violation of an order of protection.
 
Investigated:

1.      Violation of an order of protection along North Street in Laddonia.
2.      Fraud from a call-in report to the Sheriff’s Office.
3.      Harassment along Audrain Road 581.
4.      Careless driver along Highway 54.
5.      Alarm call along Audrain Road 355.
6.      Theft along Carroll Street in Benton City.
7.      Loose livestock along Audrain Road 306.

Summer School Registration11-Apr-2016

Jo-Ann Diffenderfer, of Mexico Public Schools, announces that Summer School enrollment opens today [Monday] for the district. 

Please visit mexicoschools.net for more information.


Work Continues at SSM11-Apr-2016

Work continues at SSM St. Mary's Hospital-Audrain on the New Behavioral Health Unit. 

The 20 bed-inpatient behavioral health service and senior care unit is expected to open soon.  The new unit will provide patients access to staff who are trained to handle seniors in acute psychiatric crisis. Staff will have specialty training in caring for individuals diagnosed with cognitive disorders, and will provide 24 hour monitoring.

The unit is expected to bring around 30 new jobs to the area.  The hospital will host an open house prior to the opening.


Home Run Against Hunger08-Apr-2016

With nearly one in five Missourians receiving emergency food assistance each year, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to obtain and distribute food to hungry Missouri neighbors. Insurance agents across the state are accepting donations throughout the month of April at their local offices to be distributed to one of the over 1,500 Feeding Missouri agencies located in their communities. 

While most non-perishable donations are appreciated, there are some types of food items that allow local pantries to best meet the needs of the communities they serve. These items include: canned tuna and chicken, boxed or bagged pasta, canned soup and chili, boxed crackers, peanut butter, snack bars, fruit snacks and instant mashed potatoes. 

At the end of April, each Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance office will take the donations to a local pantry to be weighed. A statewide grand total of donations in pounds will be announced at the Home Run Against Hunger finale food drive in the Ballpark Village parking lot just outside of Busch Stadium-the home of the St. Louis Cardinals on May 1, 2016. 

Please drop off non-perishable food donations during the month of April at 113 E. Jackson St., Mexico, MO 65265, the office of Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Agent(s), Nathan Summers and Aaron Levinson.


Mexico Accident08-Apr-2016

Mexico Public Safety responded to a three-vehicle accident yesterday [Thursday]. 

According to a traffic report, the accident occurred on Monroe Street at Western. 24-year-old Dalton Hunt, of Mexico, was stopped in traffic in a 2008 GMC 2500. Hunt was apparently speaking to his passenger when he accelerated forward, striking 1995 Saturn. The Saturn then struck a 2014 Subaru Outback. 

The Saturn suffered minor damage. No one was reported injured. 

Hunt was cited for inattentive driving.


Mexico Public Safety08-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Thursday], the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the following incidents:

-a civil dispute at 913 Garfield

-a report of a fire alarm at 639 N. Wade and at 1400 Vance

-threats made at 816 S. Olive

-stealing/theft at 4820 S. Clark and at 900 Vance


Mexico Power Outage/Crash07-Apr-2016

Nearly 1,300 Ameren customers had a brief power outage last night [Wednesday] after a tractor trailer hit a power line in Mexico.

With more, here is MPSD's Major Brice Mesko:

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Helling was not injured. Ameren confirmed 1,282 customers lost power for 2 - 3 seconds, and one business lost electricity for one hour.

Mexico Public Safety07-Apr-2016

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

-17-year-old Chase Melton, for 3rd degree domestic assault

-and 38-year-old Charles White, III, for driving while revoked, driving while intoxicated, and failure to yield


Public Safety also reported a non-injury accident on private property at the intersection of W. Liberty and Morris

MPSD responded to the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 1700 block of E. Liberty and in the 4500 block of Franklin

-a fight, in-progress, at 915 W. Breckenridge

-stealing/theft at 3 Melody

-leave without pay at 1726 E. Liberty

-a report of fraud at 4820 S. Clark

-threats at 4521 Franklin


Mexico Public Schools Award07-Apr-2016

Mexico Public Schools has been awarded funds towards McMillan Elementary.

The Wahl Foundation and National Association of Elementary School Principals awarded one of it's $2,000 "UNthink My School" grants yesterday [Wednesday].

The grants are given to reward elementary schools that approach a challenge with a creative solution. 

The funds will go to piloting a Summer Reading Initiative.


Mexico School Bus Crash07-Apr-2016

No one was injured when a Mexico school bus was hit by a semi truck in Marshall on Tuesday.

According to Curt Jackson, transportation director for Mexico Public Schools, the bus was carrying the tennis team, with about 19 or 20 students.

The accident happened when the bus driver noticed the semi truck hugging the center line. The bus driver attempted to get over on the shoulder as far as possible.  The semi then struck the drivers' side of the bus.

Jackson said the damage to the bus included 3 broken windows and the side mirror and stop arm were broken off.

Parents were notified through the school alert system.


Senior Expo At YMCA Today07-Apr-2016

The Senior Expo at the Mexico YMCA is happening today. 

The expo will happen from 10 am - 2 pm and includes 52 vendors. They will provide information on topics such as healthcare, estate planning, and home improvements. 

There will also be seminars every hour on topics such as signs of stroke, vision and eye care, and hospice. 

Lori Brandow, Executive Director of the YMCA, says there will also be screenings available:

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The event is free and open to the public.

Sheriff's Report07-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Wednesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Department arrested the following:

1.      Carey Tarrants, 26, of Mexico, for driving while revoked and failure to equip a motor vehicle with a lighted license plate lamp.

2.      Daniel Clardy, 18, of Moberly, on a Randolph County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of alcohol by a minor.

3.      Sean Ward, 44, of Hamilton, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of identity theft and fraudulent use of a credit/debit device.

4.      Heather Cates, 23, of Mexico on an Audrain County warrant for possession of amphetamine substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      911 call along Audrain Road 581.
2.      Loose livestock along Highway M.
3.      Road hazard along Highway B.

ACHD Class06-Apr-2016

The Audrain County Health Department are hosting a Love and Logic Parenting Class this month. 

The class will take place on April 29th and 30th. There is no cost for attendance, but pre-registration is required. 

The classes are designed for parents, teachers, and caregivers. The classes meet training hour requirements for foster parents and meet clock-hour guidelines for day care providers

To learn more or to register, contact LPN Kerry Patton at the Health Department. 573-581-1332. 

The Love and Logic program is made possible through the Maternal Child Health Program, which is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services.


Audrain County Election Results06-Apr-2016

For the City of Mexico Councilman seat, Chris Williams retains his seat with 47.28%  

Voters approved the continuation of a tax on the purchase of out-of-state motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors.

Countywide Proposition 2, which approved a 1/4 cent sales tax to go towards the Audrain County Small Structure Improvement Program, was also passed with 57.32%.

Voters did not pass a school board measure that would have added a 40 cent tax to go towards Mexico School District improvements. 

Audrain County Emergency 911
No with 68.27%

Mexico School District No. .59 Proposition Kids
Yes 59.03%

Van-Far R-1 Directors
Kevin R. Motley won with 28.98%

North Callaway R-1 Board Members
Phyllis Ann Barker
Daniel McMurtry each with 37.50%

Audrain Ambulance District Question 
No with 65.31%

Vandalia Special Road District Question
Yes 64.62%

City of Mexico Question
No with 67.36%

City of Vandalia Mayor
Ralph G. Kuda, Jr. with 98.64%

Vandalia W2 Alderman
Janet Turner 58%

City of Laddonia Alderman 
Carl W. Donaldson with 24.60%
Gary D. Garnett with 38.71%

Village of Vandiver Question
No with 95%


BRIGHTFutures Fundraiser Today06-Apr-2016

Mexico Middle School Art Department, Mexico High School Art Department, and Mexico High School FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) will be hosting a first time event called "Bowls for BRIGHTfutures".

The event will take place on April 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm in the Mexico High School Cafeteria.

Attendees will choose a bowl handmade by MMS & MHS art students, and then eat a meal from the bowl, which is theirs to keep. For a meal, there will be soups handmade by FCCLA students and chili donated by Jackson Street Diner. Everyone is welcome to attend.

There will also be other art items available for raffle. All proceeds benefit BRIGHTfutures Mexico. For more information, contact Alicia Pigg at apigg@mexico.k12.mo.us or Jo Ann Diffenderfer at jdiffenderfer@mexico.k12.mo.us

Comerzan Hearing06-Apr-2016

The man accused of being responsible for the death of a Missouri State trooper had a hearing today in Montgomery County. 

20-year-old Serghei Comerzan, of Mexico, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Trooper James Bava. Bava died in a car crash last August in Audrain County while chasing Comerzan for a traffic violation. 

Comerzan was granted a change-of-venue in February. His hearing began at 9 am this morning [Wednesday].

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Comerzan's next court appearance is set for May 4th.

Mexico ID Theft Arrest06-Apr-2016

The Audrain County Sheriff's Office arrested a 27-year-old woman yesterday [Tuesday], accused of opening numerous credit cards in another's name. 

Chelsea Dillon, of Mexico, was arrested on an Audrain County warrant for identity theft, fraudulent use of a credit/debit device, fraudulently obtaining or attempt to gain credit goods or services of another without consent, possession of controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia, displayed license plates of another, and a traffic offense.

According to a probable cause statement, Dillon is accused of opening 12 credit cards in another's name in June and July of 2015. Costs associated to the cards totaling $12,185.47.


National Public Health Week Declaration in Audrain County06-Apr-2016



Audrain County Eastern District Commissioner Roger Young (left), Western District Commissioner Tom Groves (right) and Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs (center), signed a proclamation Monday morning at the Audrain County Health Department declaring it National Public Health Week in Audrain County. ACHD employees were in attendance for the signing and include: Back Row: Emily Stotler, Web Master and Social Media; Diane Baker, Billing and Financial Services; Dorothy Schafer, Reception and Deputy Registrar; Linda Spurling, Accounting and Human Resources Manager; Middle Row: Kerry Patton, LPN; Brandy Meyer, LPN; Administrator Sandra Hewlett, MS, APRN, AOCN, FACHE; Sarah Palmer, Environmental Public Health Associate; Carol Stuart, Print Media Associate; Katie Swaim, RN; Front Row: Becky Wieberg, Registered Nurse and WIC Coordinator. Not pictured are Environmental Public Health Specialist II Larry Teson, HEAL and Obesity Program Coordinator Jodi Elliot; Peer Counselor Whitney Sells; Dietician and Nutritionist Greta Hopke; Foot Clinic and Diabetes RN Lawanah Gillette; Peer Counselor Andrea Schwartz; and Information Technology Eric Lembke.

Sheriff's Report06-Apr-2016

Yesterday [Tuesday], the Audrain County Sheriff's Department arrested the following:

1.      William Ferrell III, 26, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charges of possession of controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, and domestic assault.

3.      Scott Donaldson, 24, of Mexico, on a Boone County warrant for domestic assault and a Florida warrant for probation violation.

4.      Whitney Cummings, 27, of Perry on an Audrain County warrant for receiving stolen property.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Loose livestock along Highways 151 and 15.
2.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
3.      911 calls along Audrain Roads 9308 and 826.
4.      Careless driver along Highway B.
5.      Theft along Audrain Road 9834.

ACCIS Meeting05-Apr-2016

The Audrain County Crisis Intervention Services (ACCIS) will host a meeting today [Tuesday] about sexual violence. 

ACCIS is a non-profit organization that seeks to put an end to domestic and sexual violence. The group strives to promote community awareness and prevention of domestic and sexual violence while serving survivors of abuse with compassion and confidentiality.

ACCIS will hold a gathering that is open to the public to educate residents about sexual violence. 

The meeting will be held at 103 W. Monroe from 5:30 pm - 7 pm.


YMCA Expo Thursday05-Apr-2016

The YMCA in Mexico is hosting a Senior Expo on Thursday. 

Lori Brandow,  Executive Director of the YMCA, says there will be many activities to participate in and learn from:

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The expo will run from 10 am to 2 pm.

Ballot Issue in Tomorrow's Elections04-Apr-2016

Municipal elections in the state of Missouri are tomorrow [Tuesday, April 5th]. 

One of the issues on the City of Mexico ballot will be the renewal of an out-of-state sales tax. 

Mexico City Manager Bruce Slagle and Audrain County Presiding Commissioner Steve Hobbs spoke with KXEO about the issue:

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The tax has existed in Missouri since 1947, but due to some rewording in the legislature, residents will need to approve of its continuation. Funds from the tax go towards improving Audrain County's public spaces, such as roads, parks, and general city maintenance.

Community Garden meeting04-Apr-2016

The Mexico Community Garden have released garden plots to be adopted for the 2016 season. 

This year the garden plots are located at Martin Luther King Park and also Atkins Place. The Mexico Community Garden has added an additional 6.5 acres, a water well, and eight raised beds at the Akins place location. 

If interested in adopting a plot, please call the Help Center at 581-3238 or attend a meeting that is open to the public on April 12th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm.


Mexico Public Safety04-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Mexico Public Safety Department arrested 28-year-old Donald Jacobs, Jr., for a parole warrant. 

Also arrested was 27-year-old Ashley Smith, on two Randolph County warrants. 

MPSD reported a non-injury, leaving-the-scene accident at 2875 S. Clark

Public Safety responded to the following incidents:

-a domestic verbal assault in the 600 block of S. Muldrow, in the 10 block of Quantico, and in the 1,000 block of W. Boulevard

-drug activity, not-in-progress, at 2709 S. Clark

-stealing/theft at 300 N. Coal

-threats made at 32 Quantico

-harassment at 300 N. Coal

-and a property dispute at 1116 N. Wade


On Saturday, Mexico public Safety arrested 38-year-old Charles White, for driving while revoked and driving while intoxicated, a prior offender.

Public Safety reported a non-injury accident at 1,002 W. Monroe

MPSD reported the following incidents:

-a non-injury assault at 1119 West

-and a burglary, not-in-progress, at 1112 Mansfield


Yesterday [Sunday] Mexico Public Safety reported the following incidents:

-a domestic physical assault in the 700 block of W. Breckenridge, and in the 2100 block of Jubel

-a fight, in-progress, at 1515 N. Jefferson

-a burglary, not-in-progress, at 2462 Southern Hills

-stealing/theft at 315 E. Monroe

-harassment at 903 Woodlawn

-a peace disturbance at 23 Marine


Sheriff's Report04-Apr-2016

Last Friday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Ryan Blair, 24, of Mexico, on a parole warrant from the Missouri Department of Corrections.
2.      Janet Myers, 47, of Hannibal, on an Audrain County warrant for stealing and forgery.
3.      Stephen Williams, 44, of Fulton, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
The Sheriff's Office also investigated:

1.      Thefts along Audrain Road 557.
2.      Property damage along Arthur Street in Farber.
3.      Suspicious activity along Audrain Road 433.
4.      Harassment along Audrain Road 424.
5.      Loose livestock along Union Street in Vandalia.
6.      Trespass along Audrain Road 433.
 
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Porter Goodman, 18, of Mexico, for possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of alcohol by a minor.
2.      Kara Winterbower, 24, of Mexico, for unlawful transfer of a weapon to a felon.
3.      Kareem Phillips-Bey, 24, of Mexico, for felon in possession of a weapon and unlawful use of a weapon.
4.      Nani Renee Robinson, 52, of Centralia, for driving while intoxicated.
5.      Marquita Penn, 26, of Clarksville, for fraud, identity theft, and receiving stolen property.
 
Investigated:

1.      Theft along Highway NN.
2.      Peace disturbance along Audrain Road 355.
3.      Domestic disturbances along Highway JJ and Audrain Road 9318.
4.      Road hazard along Highway 22.
5.      Alarm calls along Highway 54 and Audrain Road 581.

Mexico Fundraiser01-Apr-2016

A fundraiser will be held in Mexico tomorrow [Saturday] to benefit the Help Center. 

The Mexico Vender Blender event will be held from 9 am until 4 pm at the Miller Warehouse, located at 1,000 S. Elmwood. There will be over 30 different vendors and a raffle for prizes. Food will also be available. 

The event is open to the public. All proceeds benefit the Mexico Help Center.


Mexico Public Safety01-Apr-2016

Early this morning [Friday] Mexico Public Safety arrested 28-year-old Donald Jacobs, of Mexico, for a parole warrant.

Public Safety reported a non-injury accident at 4224 S. Clark

MPSD responded to the following incidents:

-shots fired at 420 W. Monroe

-a domestic verbal assault in the 900 block of N. Wade

-stealing/theft at 112 S. Jefferson and 2018 Osage

-a peace disturbance at 1021 Hazel

-juvenile problems at 621 N. Clark

-an unknown problem at 32 Quantico

-and a stop-arm violation at 2101 Lakeview


Sheriff's Report01-Apr-2016

On Wednesday, the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office arrested:

1.      Garey Reeves Jr., 30, of Mexico, on an Audrain County warrant for failure to appear in court on the original charge of driving while revoked.

Investigated:

1.      Property damage along Audrain Road 820.
2.      Aggressive animal along Grand Street in Laddonia.
3.      Road hazard along Audrain Road 395.
4.      Alarm call along Highway 22.
5.      Careless driver along Highway A.
6.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54.
7.      911 calls along Audrain Road 657 and Barton Street in Laddonia.
 
Yesterday [Thursday], the Sheriff’s Office investigated:

1.      Harassment along Second Street in Rush Hill.
2.      Suspicious activity along Highway 54.
3.      Loose livestock along Highways 151 and W.
4.      911 call along Audrain Road 826.
5.      Trespass along Audrain Road 424.
6.      Careless driver along Highway 54.

Special Council Meeting Re-Approves Item01-Apr-2016

The Mexico City Council held a special meeting today [Friday] to re-approve an earlier addressed ordinance. 

The ordinance in question authorizes the City Manager to enter into a contract agreement with L. Keely Construction for the Morris Street Sidewalk Project. 

In the regular council meeting Monday, a version of this same bill was passed. Due to some incorrect wording and an incorrect contract amount, City Manager Bruce Slagle felt it should be re-addressed. 

The original amount agreed upon was stated as $154,411 for the project. After a check from Public Works Director Kensey Russell, it was discovered the actual amount was $152,411. 

The new ordinance was passed after two readings.

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