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Oct. 30, 2014

Fatal Fire Leads to Barricade, Death of Suspect
A fatal fire in Trenton on Sunday night led to a standoff in the small town of McFall in Daviess County on Monday afternoon. The incident involved as many as 10 law enforcement agencies. It ended when the suspect, David Call, a 1983 graduate of Jamesport High School, apparently took his own life after barricading himself inside a residence east of McFall. Mr. Call opened fire on officers who went to the door in reference to the Trenton homicide, according to Sgt. Jacob Angle, public information officer with the Missouri Highway Patrol, stationed in St. Joseph. Mr. Call fired at the officers with a .338 caliber high-powered rifle, according to court documents. "This was somebody willing to shoot at the police," said Sgt. Angle, explaining the large number of law enforcement who responded to the scene. "Nobody knew how long the standoff would last. Manpower is needed to relieve officers, to rotate people in and out." Officers were notified that Mr. Call was a former law enforcement officers, which further heightened the need for caution. The fatal house fire at Trenton happened on Sunday night, Oct. 26. The Trenton Fire Department discovered a body in a home, at 602 Grundy Street, completely engulfed in flames. The body was later identified as Rebecca Taul, 53. She was an ex-girlfriend of Mr. Call’s and their relationship had recently ended. Mr. Call, 50, Kansas City, was charged Monday in Grundy County with first-degree murder, armed criminal action, second-degree arson and abandonment of a corpse in connection with the house fire. A no-bond warrant was issued for his arrest. The Daviess County Sheriff became involved at about 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, when the Grundy County Sheriff activated the Major Case Squad to assist in the investigation of the homicide in Trenton. On October 27, 2014, the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, responded to a residence at McFall, the home of a friend of Mr. Call’s. Officers attempted to contact Mr. Call. He was traced to the location by pings on his cell phone. Sgt. Angle said officers did not know at first if anyone else was in the home. "A hostage situation is part of our fear," Sgt. Angle said. "The home owner was contacted at work and was able to provide information about the house." The house is located at the edge of McFall near the intersection of Route T and AA Hwy. Officers arrived at the residence at about 3:50 p.m. Mr. Call fired several rounds at them, at least two rounds striking a Grundy County Sheriff patrol car and another round striking a state highway patrol car. Mr. Call then barricaded himself inside the residence. Additional officers arrived and established a perimeter. Negotiations with Call were ongoing, but contact was eventually lost. At approximately 8 p.m., entry was made into the residence where Mr. Call was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The investigation continues by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Trenton Police Department, Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, and Daviess County Sheriff’s Department. McFall is located northwest of Pattonsburg with about 93 people living there. Roads into the community were closed during the standoff. Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Gentry County Sheriff’s Department, St. Joseph Police Department, and Cameron Police Department responded. Three armored vehicles, including Buchanan County’s M-RAP, also responded.
Published Online Oct 29, 2014 - 08:06 AM

Share the Scare at Trunk or Treat Event Halloween night
Daviess County Fine Arts Council is presenting Scare on the Square Trunk or Treat from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, on the Gallatin courthouse square. Everyone is invited to decorate a pumpkin, a trunk, give out candy, or just take a stroll around the square. Deliver your pumpkins to the courthouse lawn from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Submit the pumpkins to be judged or to just add to the festive look of the square. Cash prizes will be given for the best decorated/carved pumpkins in three age groups: 3-11; 12-17; and 18 and over. Pumpkins do not have to be carved, they may be painted, sketched, etc. Winners will be announced during the Scare on the Square event Friday. There is no fee to enter. Pumpkins must be submitted with a battery powered candle or tea light. Trunk setup begins at 5 p.m. on Halloween night. Cash and other prizes will be given for the best decorated trunks. Judging will begin at 6 p.m. Awards will be given that evening. Must be present to win. Searcy Elementary third and fourth grades have also decorated luminaries for display on both Thursday and Friday. Citizens are invited to take a pumpkin walk on both Thursday and Friday all day to view the decorated pumpkins and the luminaries. Hot dogs will be served during the trunk or treat.
Published Online Oct 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Chillicothe Man Wins MO Lotto
Robert Stanley, 55, won $99,001 on Oct. 13 by matching all five numbers in the Show Me Cash drawing, which made him the 336th jackpot winner of the game. Stanley plays often, but this is his biggest payout yet. He plans to vacation in Vegas, as well as invest portions of his prize money. The winning ticket was purchased at Rudy’s Discount Smoke (301 Washington Street) in Chillicothe, at which point Stanley used the Quick Pick option to select his winning numbers. Show Me Cash has a jackpot that starts at $50,000 and rolls on until someone wins. The daily draw game has an estimated average winning jackpot of more than $134,000.
Published Online Oct 28, 2014 - 10:16 AM

Jail Board Meets Oct. 31
The Daviess-DeKalb Regional Jail Board will hold a meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, at the training trailer in Pattonsburg. The agenda includes a financial report. Old business will discuss the building addition, heating and cooling bids, employee insurance and training. New business will cover Todd Watson’s discussion of Missouri Unified Law Enforcement Service or MULES. Closed session will hear pending litigations.
Published Online Oct 27, 2014 - 04:53 PM

Cameron Accepting Toys for Tots
Last year, Cameron Toys for Tots served 250 families by providing 676 kids in Clinton, Caldwell, and DeKalb Counties with Christmas gifts, and the organization is ready to do that again---or better---in 2014. This worthy program includes kids ages 1-10, and accepts new toys with a value of $10-$25. Cash donations are also accepted (and should be made by Dec. 13 - checks made payable to Cameron Toys for Tots - mailed to 409 S. West Street, Cameron MO 64429). Toys can be left in drop boxes at the Cameron Walmart, Orscheln Farm and Home, and various Marine Corps boxes found throughout locations in the three counties. To get a drop box for your business, call 816-632-9859. Toys for Tots recipients are determined by criteria put forth and identified through the county health departments.
Published Online Oct 27, 2014 - 04:01 PM

LIHEAP Available for 2014
The Green Hills Community Action Agency's Low-Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for the winter months began Oct. 1 for the elderly and disabled, and will start Nov. 1 for all other qualifying persons. No scheduled appointment is necessary for qualification, instead a call may be made to the office at 855-290-8544 to begin the process of approval.
Published Online Oct 27, 2014 - 01:28 PM

Events Announced for Christmas Around the Square
Gallatin’s second annual Christmas Around the Square will unfold on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with more than 40 vendors participating in the craft fair. The fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at four different locations. Santa and Mrs. Santa will arrive at the courthouse by sleigh at 2 p.m., with pictures by Tannah Terry. Sleigh rides will be available, and strolling carolers will be on the square as well. The Festival of Lights parade is at 5 p.m., followed by the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Contest winners will be announced following the lighting ceremony. Several contests will be conducted. You may enter Christmas drawings through Nov. 20 at local businesses. Collection cans will be in place by Nov. 1. A cookie/candy contest will take place at Corner Café from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. A coloring contest is planned for the grade school, with first and second place winners from each grade riding with Santa in the parade. There will also be a "Beat the Griswolds" exterior lighting contest. Food concessions will be provided by the Active Aging Resource Center, Made from Scratch, the Methodist Church ladies, Prom Lock-In Committee, and Hartman Kettle Corn. Seasons Restaurant will be open, by reservation only, after the parade, and the Gallatin Theatre League will present "All Aboard ... Revisited" at Courter Theater at 7 p.m. For further information, contact Sally Black, 660-663-3494, [email protected]; Judy Elbert, 660-605-3921, [email protected]; or Cyd Terry, 660-605-1988, [email protected] Please plan to spend the day in Gallatin, enjoying this family-oriented holiday event!
Published Online Oct 27, 2014 - 09:42 AM

Hike at Crowder State Park Halloween Night
TRENTON, MO -- Crowder State Park is hosting Halloween Night Hikes on Oct. 31 at Camp Grand River, the park’s organized group camp. The two hikes will begin at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. At 8 p.m., guests can enjoy an outdoor showing of the movie “Frankenweenie.” Participants will also have the chance to make a Halloween craft and enjoy snacks from 6-8 p.m. It's a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. For more information, call 660-359-6473, or visit
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 04:57 PM

Incident at Lathrop Middle School
Today (Oct. 24) at approximately 11:35 a.m., the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded with the Lathrop PD and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department to reports of a white male juvenile displaying a handgun at Lathrop Middle School. Upon arrival at the school, the subject was already restrained by LMS faculty. The school had been placed on lockdown, which was lifted after a thorough search of the premises by law enforcement. No injuries were reported. The subject was a 13yo, who is now in custody. Officers were expected to remain on scene for the rest of the day.
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 04:52 PM

5th Annual GHCAA Women’s Expo Planned
TRENTON, MO -- Mark your calendars for Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., when the annual fundraiser benefitting Green Hills Community Action Agency's Women’s Health Services Program once again comes to town. Over 45 vendor booths---for goods and merchandise, foods, pictures with Santa, and special appearances---have been reserved for the event, which takes place in the Trenton High School gym and commons area. For more information, visit
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 03:51 PM

Gallatin License Office Contract Up for Bid
The Missouri Office of Administration is now accepting management contract bids for the Gallatin License Office. Interested individuals and groups must submit their bids to operate the Gallatin License Office by Oct. 29. A copy of the Request for Proposal (RFP) bidders are required to use to develop their bids can be viewed on the Missouri Department of Revenue’s website. In fiscal year 2014, more than 9,500 transactions were conducted at the Gallatin office, generating $31,525 in agent processing fees. The Missouri Department of Revenue oversees 178 license offices which are each operated by independent agents. All of the license offices were put out for bid under the competitive procurement process in 2009. Contracts were awarded for one year with three one-year renewal options. The move toward a competitive procurement process of the license offices overhauled the way local motor vehicle and driver license offices are awarded and was one of the first actions of Gov. Jay Nixon's administration. Bids will be evaluated on areas such as expertise of the personnel proposed, methods proposed for performing the services and whether the individual or entity is a not-for-profit, political subdivision, a Missouri Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) or a Missouri Service-Disabled Veteran Enterprise.
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 10:35 AM

Grand River Halloween 5k
CHILLICOTHE, MO -- Dress in your best Halloween costume and show up for a contest at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, then join the Grand River Heart Restart for its 5k run/walk at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by GRHR, an organization which focuses on heart health in the community. Registration is $20. Get your entry form at Hedrick Medical Center or the Chillicothe Fire Department, which is where the event kicks off on the 25th.
Published Online Oct 24, 2014 - 08:13 AM

Northern MO Disaster Declaration Requested
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has requested a federal disaster declaration for 20 northern Missouri counties, due to road and infrastructure damage from flooding and straight line winds Sept. 9-10. The request is for federal public assistance for Grundy, Mercer, Livingston, Putnam, Sullivan, Linn, Harrison, and Daviess Counties in the Green Hills area, as well as Adair, Macon, Gentry, Worth, and Nodaway, Andrew, Atchison, Holt, Knox, Lewis, Ralls, and Shelby. Public assistance would allow local authorities to seek assistance for response and recovery expenses associated with the severe weather and flooding.
Published Online Oct 23, 2014 - 04:13 PM

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