Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Five New Coronavirus Cases in Nodaway County

New cases have tailed off in Nodaway County following the passage by Maryville of a mask ordinance. However, the Coronavirus is still spreading in the community.

Last Tuesday, there were three new Coronavirus cases reported. One was a male between 30 and 39, another was a male between 50 and 59, and another a male between 70 and 79. Last Monday, there were two new cases. One was a male between 30 and 39, and another was a male between 50 and 59. All individuals are being isolated in private residences.

As of Wednesday evening, there were 177 cases in Nodaway County. Out of those, 124 are no longer in isolation and have recovered. Nine people have been hospitalized; out of those, five have been released.
If you are not contacted by a health official, you are not a close contact, and you are not at increased risk.

Daisy Coleman Dead at 23

Daisy Coleman, who was allegedly raped in Maryville in 2012 in a case that got national attention, took her own life at 23 last Tuesday night, her mother and multiple news outlets reported Wednesday. Her mother contacted police to do a well-being check, and they found her.

Coleman subsequently moved from the area and co-founded safebae.org, a website to support victims of sexual assaults. She was involved in the Netflix documentary Audrie and Daisy that was produced in 2016, which focused on her trauma and the hostile reaction of the community.

Following the 2012 incident, Robert Rice, who was the Nodaway County Prosecutor at the time, declined to prosecute the case, citing what he said was a lack of sufficient evidence, triggering a community and nationwide uproar. Rice subsequently disqualified himself, and a special prosecutor filed charges against her attacker, who pleaded guilty to Child Endangerment. A protest that summer drew hundreds of people to the northeast corner of the Maryville Square, in front of the Courthouse Annex, Maryville Lumber, and Edward Jones. 

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 24/7 at (800) 273-8255. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

MSHSAA Grants Relief From Two Bylaws

Last Tuesday, the MSHSAA board voted to grant relief from two bylaws and a board policy.

Schools will now be allowed to participate in MSHSAA sports while schools are not meeting in-person. Schools will also be allowed to participate in MSHSAA sports if a school is forced to transition to virtual instruction due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Students must still meet MSHSAA and local school standards to be eligible. Decisions will be up to local schools.

Schools will now be allowed to participate in two-team jamborees this year. This will allow jamborees to still be held if two schools opt out.

Schools will now be allowed to compete in post-season events if they compete in less than half of their permitted contests under a particular sport. This allows schools whose teams are forced to quarantine due to a Coronavirus outbreak to come back and compete in the post-season. Schools will have until September 11th to notify the MSHSAA that they will not be able to participate in fall postseasons. MSHSAA will do class and district assignments for football and softball later than usual, on September 18th.

Courthouse News for August 5th, 2020

On July 26th, the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department arrested Justin Trout (41) of Fort Madison (IA) on a charge of DWI.

On July 28th, Worth County Prosecutor Janet Wake Larison filed charges against Casey Greenwell (42) of Grant City alleging Assault (Felony), Domestic Assault (Felony), and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony).

On July 29th, the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department posted the following news release about a person arrested following a drug investigation:

On July 29, 2020, Nodaway County Deputies were working an investigation involving distribution of illegal drugs.  Deputies intercepted a car driven by a 25-year-old male from St. Joseph, MO, outside of Barnard.  K-9 Bolt was deployed.  Deputies recovered packages containing substances that tested positive for methamphetamine and cocaine in presumptive field tests.  The suspect also had a loaded pistol.  The suspect had a prior felony conviction that prevented him from legally having a firearm. On July 30, 2020, Prosecuting Attorney Baird charged Domonick Warrren, age 25, of St. Joseph, MO, with a class C Felony, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and a class D felony, Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Additional charges may be filed at a later date.  He was not given a bond and he currently is in the Nodaway County Jail.  Defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

On July 29th, Governor Mike Parson appointed Caleb Phillips to serve as Nodaway County Prosecutor. He will replace David Baird, who had served as Interim Prosecutor after Robert Rice was appointed as Nodaway County Associate Circuit Judge by Governor Mike Parson. Phillips will serve out the remainder of the term and will be up for reelection in 2022.

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Ernesto Martinez (31) of St. Joseph alleging DWI, Failure to Drive on Right Half of Roadway, and No Tail Light.

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Wesley Coke (44) of Linneus (MO) alleging Violation of a Protection Order.

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Kaila McClaflin (31) of Gilman City alleging Violation of a Protection Order.

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Kellie Holtman (49) of St. Joseph alleging Forgery (Felony).

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Michael Guy (24) of Ridgeway alleging Animal Abuse (Felony). Subsequently, on August 3rd, additional charges were filed against him alleging Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony). Bond was set at $15,000, cash only.

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Austin DeMelt (20) of Ridgeway alleging Animal Abuse (Felony). Bond was set at $15,000, cash only.

On July 29th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Levi Wedgeworth (31) of Bethany alleging Burglary (Felony). Bond was set at $15,000, cash only. Northwest Mo Info reports that the charges arose in conjunction with a break-in at Advanced Tire in Bethany on June 3rd, which was caught by a security camera and circulated on Facebook.

On July 30th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against William Vangerpen (55) of Kearney alleging DWI and Speeding.

On July 30th, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Kodie Smith (30) of Ridgeway alleging DWI, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, No Valid License, and Failure to Drive on Right Half.

On July 31st, the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department printed a news release about a drug bust that occurred in southern Nodaway County:

On July 31, 2020, Nodaway County Deputies were working an investigation involving distribution of illegal drugs in the southeast area of Nodaway County.  Deputies intercepted a car driven by a 48-year-old female.  There was a 55-year-old male passenger.   K-9 Bolt was deployed on the suspect vehicle and Bolt alerted to the presence of an illegal narcotic.  During the subsequent search, Deputies recovered approximately one ounce of methamphetamine and digital scales.

On August 1, 2020, Prosecuting Attorney Baird charged both 55-year-old Lawrence R. Fitzmier, of Mound City, and 48-year-old Tammy Kay Grout, of Maryville, with Delivery of Controlled Substance.  This is a class C felony.  

Both Grout and Fitzmier are being held without bond in the Nodaway County Jail.  They both have a court appearance on August 3, 2020.  

On July 31st, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Steven Adkins (40) of Kansas City in Harrison County on charges of Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and No Seat Belt.

On August 1st, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested James Chesnut (21) of Skidmore in Nodaway County on charges of DWI, Leaving the Scene (Damages Exceeding $1,000), and Failure to Yield.

On August 2nd, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Eric Lee (30) of Chicago in Harrison County alleging Possession of Controlled Substance (Hallucinogens), Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Speeding (87 mph).

On August 2nd, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Christian Sosa (28) of Chicago in Harrison County alleging Possession of Controlled Substance (Hallucinogens), Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On August 3rd, Special Prosecutor Kelly Wayne Puckett filed charges against Jarod Hillyard (34) of Bethany in Harrison County alleging Possession of Controlled Substance (Felony) and Peace Disturbance.

Charges listed are mere allegations. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Worth County Primary Election Returns

Final Results:
East Commissioner
Regan Nonneman 211
Rick Frese 80

Worth County Assessor
Miles Spainhower 236
Karla Hawk 224
Martin Maudlin 97
Robin Davidson 72

Amendment 2 (Medicaid Expansion)
Yes 220
No 455

Worth County Care & Rehab Hiring Supervisor

The Worth County Care & Rehab Center is hiring a work supervisor with cooking and cleaning responsibilities. Duties include oversight of the dietary department, including scheduling and covering shift call-Ins. Knowledge of rules and regulations is a must. Preferred experience is in long-term care dietary and/or Certified Dietary Manager. If not certified, must be willing to complete the course. Applicants must have a high school diploma. To apply, contact the facility at (660) 564-3304.

No, the Government Has Not Installed a Secret COVID Tracker

No, the government has not installed a secret COVID-19 tracker on your smartphone. ZD Net, a technology news site, reports that Apple and Google have allowed governments and health agencies to develop their own trackers. These trackers only work if the user turns them on, and only approved apps can make use of the features. Such apps can be installed and removed at will.