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Feb. 1, 2015

Arson Suspected in Hay, Tractor Fire, Reward Offered
The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information the public might have regarding a suspected arson fire that happened over Thursday night, Jan. 29. A tractor and eight round hay bales were set on fire sometime between 4 p.m. in the afternoon Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday morning. The tractor and hay belong to Shay Esbeck and are located at 230th Street and Midway outside Gallatin. Shay’s father, Barney Esbeck, said he is offering a $500 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the arson. The tractor is a Deutz Allis 9150 valued by the fire marshal at $30,000. The eight hay bales are value at $40 each. Call the sheriff’s office at 663-2031 or 663-2149 with information.
Published Online Jan 30, 2015 - 03:12 PM

Bald Eagle Killed in Clinton County
A juvenile bald eagle that had been shot, according to the MDC, was found dead beneath a tree in Clinton County earlier this week. Because the American bald eagle is a federally protected species, the person responsible, if found, could face up to one year in prison and have up to a $5000 fine. If anyone has any information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Published Online Jan 30, 2015 - 10:53 AM

Lake Viking Polar Plunge Feb. 21
Lake Viking Polar Plunge is set for Feb. 21. This "unbearable" event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri. Crossroads CC, Chillicothe CC and Daviess County Sheriffs Office are proud to host this event. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. You may mail offline donations to: Special Olympics Missouri, Attn: Lake Viking Plunge, 520 Francis St., St. Joseph, MO 64501. Please include your name in the memo line of checks.
Published Online Jan 27, 2015 - 04:16 PM

Letter to the Editor: Fugitive in Poosey
Dear Editor: On Jan. 19, 2015, we had a unique situation in Livingston County, Mo., where a fugitive from the State of Iowa wanted for attempted murder was hiding in a conservation area and reported to be armed and dangerous. Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra responded to our location for assistance and made his staff available to assist however needed. Graham later allegedly gave multiple indicators to law enforcement and/or family/friends on how he was prepared to die and have law enforcement kill him, in addition to being well armed with a rifle, shotgun with slugs and handgun(s) and a second person there helping him (he was later proven to have been alone). This incident happened on a holiday and I am certain it was a lengthy disruption to these officers and their staff in addition to creating much worry for their family, loved ones, and co-workers. The outcome of an arrest without anyone being injured was not likely to take place that day. However, the entire group worked together to see that no one was injured, the suspect was arrested and potentially valuable evidence was ultimately collected for the State of Iowa to further aide in prosecuting the suspect for attempted murder. The citizens of Daviess County should be proud of and commend Sheriff Becerra and his staff for their leadership, assistance and professionalism. Respectfully, Steve Cox, Livingston County Sheriff’s Office
Published Online Jan 27, 2015 - 01:07 PM

Ramp to I-29 Closed
ST. JOSEPH, MO -- MoDOT will close the westbound ramp to I-29 Southbound at Hwy 36 on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday for bridge maintenance at that location. The work should last only the two days, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Published Online Jan 27, 2015 - 08:38 AM

Volunteer with Meals on Wheels
The North 65 Center is looking for volunteers to deliver for Meals on Wheels, serving seniors in the Grundy County area. For more information, call 660-359-3058.
Published Online Jan 27, 2015 - 05:10 AM

Defense Class for Women
The Trenton Police Department will be holding a women's self-defense and survival awareness class on March 14, in the Trenton High School wrestling room. The cost is $25 per person, which includes lunch. Contact Chief Wright at 660-359-5557 or Debbie Carmen at 660-359-4324 for more information. This class -- limited to 40 students -- is in partnership with the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce and Damsel in Defense and Scientific Fighting.
Published Online Jan 26, 2015 - 06:06 PM

Burn Warning Issued
Grundy County Emergency Services is asking people to consider delaying their open burning. Abnormally dry weather conditions, plus dormant vegetation and above normal temps, have made conditions dangerous, leading to an increase in fires. Please use extreme care if doing any open burning.
Published Online Jan 26, 2015 - 02:43 PM

GHCAA Offers Help to Weather the Weather
Green Hills Community Action Agency is currently seeking home owners and renters/landlords interested in participating in the Weatherization Program. The main purpose of this program comes down to improving a home by using certain saving energy measures, and in turn, cutting utility bills down to size for many low income families in northern Missouri. All households interested in applying to receive weatherization services for their home are invited to fill out an application for the program. A program application is available online at, or by calling the agency office at 855-290-8544 ext 1065 and requesting an application to be mailed or faxed to you. Rental homes also qualify for weatherization (some conditions do apply, please call for more details). If you or someone you know may benefit from the GHCAA Weatherization program, please share this information with them. Contact Green Hills, toll free, at 855-290-8544.
Published Online Jan 26, 2015 - 11:00 AM

Community Foundation Names New Fund Directors
The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri is excited to announce that Steve Maxey and Mike Thomson have been named Fund Development Directors. Mr. Maxey and Mr. Thomson will be educating citizens in their region about the importance of charitable giving in relation to community development and revitalization. The Foundation is a public charity and is one of over 700 such foundations across the country. Community Foundations have a proven track record of increasing charitable giving to local and regional not-for-profit organizations through their funds. This has the potential of improving the quality of life in our region. The Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri, Inc. serves the 18 counties of Northwest Missouri. Steve Maxey was Director of Marketing & Development and Director of the North Central Missouri College Foundation for 12 years. Mike Thomson began a career in public education at Jefferson High School in Conception Junction. In the 12 years there, he served as a teacher, counselor, coach and administrator.
Published Online Jan 26, 2015 - 10:46 AM

Regional Jail Meets January 30
Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Jan. 30 at the training trailer, 102 N Meadows Lane, in Pattonsburg. This meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include a financial report, old business - training; new business; and a closed session pursuant to litigations.
Published Online Jan 26, 2015 - 10:40 AM

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