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Child death case continued for further review (01/23/17)
The state's case against Lara Lynn Browder, charged with abuse or neglect of a child - resulting in death, was continued for further review Monday, Jan. 23. The case will next be taken up Monday, March 27, at 9 a.m. Browder entered a plea of not guilty on Dec. 22, 2016. If convicted of the charge, a class A felony, Missouri statutes limit options for sentencing to either incarceration for a term of between 10 and 30 years or life imprisonment...
Owens to receive court-ordered mental evaluation (01/23/17)
Judge Dennis Rolf ruled Monday, Jan. 23, in the Division IV Courtroom of the Saline County Courthouse, to order a mental evaluation of Donald Bruce Owens, 58, of Marshall. Charged with two counts of first degree murder, as well as one count of first degree burglary and two counts of armed criminal action, Owens self-filed for such an evaluation on Jan. ...
Husband and wife plead guilty to fraudulently obtaining controlled substance (01/23/17)
Natalie D. Gossett, 30, of Marshall, and her husband Stuart R., 32, each entered pleas of guilty to five counts each of fraudulently attempting to obtain a controlled substance, a class D felony, Monday, Jan. 23. N. Gossett received a suspended imposition of sentence with five years of supervised probation with the required completion of a 120-day post-conviction treatment program and the Saline County STOP (Sanction, Treatment, Opportunity, Progress) program. ...
Music Booster Organization established at Slater Schools (01/23/17)
Mrs. Stevens and Mr. Meyer are announcing the establishment of a Music Booster Organization at Slater School District. If you have a student in the fifth- through 12th-grade band program or the fifth- through 12th-grade choral program, you are encouraged to support these programs...
MVC's Murrell Library to host traveling exhibition, 'The Dust Bowl' (01/23/17)
Marshall, MO -- Missouri Valley College's Murrell Library will host "The Dust Bowl," a traveling exhibition organized by the Nebraska Council for the Humanities in collaboration with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition will be on display for the public from Feb. 1-28 during normal library hours...
Marshall man charged with leaving scene of accident (01/20/17)
Anthony M. Hernandez, 19, of Marshall, faces a felony charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident - injury, property damage or second offense. The Saline County Prosecutor's office filed that charge, a class D felony, in addition to a class B misdemeanor for driving while intoxicated, against Hernandez Thursday, Jan. 19. The alleged incident took place on November 7, 2016 at approximately 1:21 a.m. on the 600 block of North Lyon Avenue in Marshall...
Sweet Springs man charged with unlawful firearm possession (01/20/17)
The Saline County Prosecutor's office filed a class D felony charge of unlawful possession of a firearm Friday, Jan. 20. According to the probable cause statement in the case, the Saline County Sheriff's Department made contact with Steven D. Howell, 48, of Sweet Springs, at his residence Thursday, Jan. ...
Slater School Board hears academic reports (01/20/17)
The Slater School Board of Education heard reports from both the Agriculture Advisory Committee and Language Arts teacher Robert Pannell during its regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 19. The Ag Advisory Committee gives a report once a year to update the board on how the agriculture program is doing and what could be improved...
Missouri's complicated racial past: Causes and consequences (01/20/17)
Sunday, Jan. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Arrow Rock Federated Church, historian and author Gary Kremer will present a program focusing on the ways in which African-Americans and whites often interpret both the past and the present differently, using examples from Missouri history. ...
Eastwood students out to tea (01/20/17)
Bateman dies after gunfire in Columbia (Updated at 8:50 a.m. Jan. 20) (01/19/17)
According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol press release, Troy Bateman, who was suspected of involvement in a shootout with a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer in Saline County on Friday, Jan. 13, was killed in a exchange of gunfire with two Columbia Police officers Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18...
Fahnestock celebrates 50-year anniversary in Marshall (01/19/17)
For Dr. Daniel J. Fahnestock, after 50 years in Marshall, he said he wouldn't want to live anywhere else. Fahnestock moved to Marshall in 1967 and established his own chiropractic clinic. His Marshall practice was the first he'd set up, graduating with his degree in chiropractic medicine in 1965, then entering the service. For the first year, he said it was a rougher time for the business, but after that picked up and had held steady ever since...
'Mad Dog' presentation captivates Slater High students (01/19/17)
Ten years, eight months and 11 days. That's how long Dale "Mad Dog" Messmer spent in prison due to one bad decision -- one small detail. Messmer visited Slater High School on Wednesday, Jan. 18, to speak with students about the choices he made and the price he paid, which not only affected him, but his family, employees and more...
Hazard mitigation plan takes shape at Wednesday workshop (01/19/17)
For Saline County Emergency Management Director Tony Day, a planning meeting Wednesday, Jan. 18, proved beneficial for the county. Wednesday night, approximately 20 people representing municipalities and businesses participated in a workshop conducted by Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission...
County Commission reflects on mitigation plan meeting (01/19/17)
The Saline County Commission, along with Emergency Management Director Tony Day, discussed results from the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Committee during the commission's regular meeting Thursday, Jan. 19. Day and Presiding Commissioner Kile Guthrey attended the planning committee in representation of the county, where the Saline County Hazard Mitigation Plan was discussed...
Sweet Springs man charged with meth possession (01/19/17)
The Saline County Prosecutor's office filed a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance against a Sweet Springs man Thursday, Jan. 19. David Michael Carrender, 46, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, a class D felony, as well as a class A misdemeanor of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia...
Missouri suing outgoing Presidential Administration (01/19/17)
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday, Jan. 19, that the state is suing the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama. Missouri is one of 13 states or commonwealths involved in the suit. According to a press release announcing the lawsuit, regulations from the Department of the Interior that were promulgated on Dec. 20, 2016, overstep agency authority and violate federal law...
Morning traffic directed around Walmart Drive crash (Updated at 10 a.m., Jan. 19) (01/18/17)
Marshall Police redirect traffic around the scene where two vehicles crashed at the intersection of U.S. Highway 65 and Walmart Drive Wednesday morning, Jan. 18. A red Chevy Spark partially blocks northbound traffic while a white Ford F-350 rests off the roadway on the eastern side. ...
Search for Bateman results in drug charges against two Marshall men (01/18/17)
Responding to a possible sighting of Troy Bateman, suspected of involvement in a shootout with a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer three days previously, MSHP officers arrested two marshall men for felony drug possession Monday, Jan. 16. Tuesday, Jan. ...
Rose charged with four new thefts (01/18/17)
Destiny Dawn Rose, 26, of Marshall, now faces a total of 7 felony counts of first degree burglary and 8 misdemeanor counts of stealing / theft. Tuesday, Jan. 17, the Saline County Prosecutor's Office filed three charges of first degree burglary against Rose, in addition to four counts of theft / stealing (value of property or services less than $500), a class A misdemeanor. ...
Firefighters battle rural Gilliam structure fire (Updated at 3 p.m. Jan. 18) (01/18/17)
Firefighters combat a structure fire east of Gilliam Wednesday morning, Jan. 18. Slater Fire Chief Todd Jenkins reported being called to the fire at 8:30 a.m., finding the structure fully engulfed, then calling for personnel from the Arrow Rock Fire Department to assist and for the Marshall Fire Department to send a tanker. ...
Slater to see water rate increase in April (01/18/17)
A future water rate increase topped discussion during the regular Slater City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Jan. 17. Mayor Stephen Allegri said he wanted to clarify the city's water rate increase, saying there will be an increase of $2-4 per month in order to pay for a florescent UV system that is now required by the Department of Natural Resources. The system will cost approximately $100,000...
Drivers escape apparent injury in semi vs. car collision (01/18/17)
Jan. 24 proclaimed Tim O'Connell Day in Marshall (01/18/17)
Police body cam contracts, remote councilmember attendance considered for Marshall (01/17/17)
Three bids to contract for Marshall Police Department body cameras were brought before the Marshall City Council Tuesday, Jan. 17. The council had previously accounted for the purchase of said body cameras in the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. The leading bid came from Digital Ally, of Lenexa, Kan., at a cost of $15,000 for the first year and $5,500 for the second year, with the department obtaining full ownership of the software and paying no additional costs beyond the second year. ...
MC Power celebrates completion of Marshall solar farm (01/17/17)
Though it took longer than anticipated, Marshall now has a functioning solar farm. At a dedication ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 17, MC Power welcomed the community to celebrate the project's completion. The farm officially began generating power more than a month prior on Dec. ...
Emergency Management Director reflects on weekend weather (01/17/17)
Emergency Management Director Tony Day reflected on the weekend's winter weather during the Saline County Commission meeting Tuesday morning, Jan. 17. Day praised MoDOT on treating the roads early on and said he thought there were no motor vehicle accidents reported anywhere in the county during the weekend...
Denim and Diamonds fundraiser to support fairground remodeling project (01/17/17)
The sixth annual Denim and Diamonds fundraiser will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, in the Multipurpose Building at Saline County Fairground starting at 6 p.m. The event is open to anyone age 21 and older. Those wishing to attend must prepay and preregister with a member of the fair board before the event. Although those interested in attending are asked to preregister by Feb. 10, patrons can continue to preregister leading up to the day of the event...
Suspect for assault on a law enforcement officer still at large (01/16/17)
On January 13, at 6:31 p.m., a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper began pursuing a vehicle for traffic charges eastbound on MO-20 at Route EE, in Saline County. The vehicle fled southbound on Route EE from MO-20 before crashing at the intersection of 160th Road and Route EE. At 6:37 p.m., the trooper advised shots were fired and gunfire was exchanged with the suspect. The suspect then fled into a field. The suspect was not located at the scene and the trooper was not injured...
Marshall firefighter crafts newest station feature (01/16/17)
Spotting a need within the department, one Marshall firefighter took matters into his own hands. By virtue of Firefighter Andy Bolling's craftsmanship, the fire station now has its first new dining room table since it was relocated to its current address approximately 30 years ago. The table, built from hard maple, measures 10 feet by 3 feet and features Maltese crosses on the tabletop and legs. Placed in the station's common area, the table gets used for a variety of purposes...
Law enforcement continues search for fleeing suspect (01/14/17)
The Saline County Sheriff's Department issued an alert Friday night, Jan. 13, after a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper was allegedly shot at. Law enforcement is continuing to look for a suspect that a trooper attempted to pull over for a traffic violation on Route EE. ...
Finance: This little dollar went to market: Tips on how to save (01/13/17)
Being more like a certain jolly holiday mainstay by making a list and checking it twice before you head to the store can actually contribute to your savings. Making a list of needs before going shopping can create savings both to one's budget and time. ...
Preparing for the storm: Shoppers stock up on emergency items Thursday (01/13/17)
Tim Breshears makes it to the register after a crowd of shoppers makes purchases at Marshall Walmart Thursday, Jan. 12.
January full moon appears (01/13/17)
The first full moon of 2017 appeared Thursday, Jan. 12.
Two Marshall residents injured in one-vehicle crash (01/13/17)
Two Marshall residents were injured in a crash on Thursday, Jan. 12. The crash occurred a few minutes after noon when the 1997 Lincoln, driven by Richard G. Hoffman, 74, of Marshall, traveled off the right side of Interstate 70 at the 50.2-mile marker in Lafayette County. ...
Colorado pair charged with combined six counts of felony possession (01/13/17)
Two Colorado residents face three felony charges each after 296 grams of marijuana was allegedly found in their vehicle during an Interstate 70 traffic stop on November 12, 2016. A combined six counts of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class C felony, were filed against Ryan S. Barnhill, 22, and Sabrina D. Jackson, 20, both of Denver, Friday, Jan. 13. They both were also charged with a class A misdemeanor for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia...
Marshall woman charged with meth possession (01/13/17)
Angela M. Yates, 49, of Marshall, faces a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or a synthetic cannabinoid, and five misdemeanor counts for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Yates was charged Thursday, Jan. 12, in connection to the prior arrest and charges against Kenneth A. Endicott, 44, of Malta Bend, who allegedly received methamphetamine from Yates...
Grant award intended to expose eclipse's tourism potential (01/12/17)
While the potential for a winter storm is on the minds of a lot of Missourians this week, several people in Marshall are preparing for a more unique science event anticipated to take place next fall. Thursday morning, Jan. 12, Marshall Tourism Commission members approved a $15,000 request from the Marshall-Saline Economic Development Corporation, which intends to promote and develop additional events leading up to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21...
Two charged in relation to July drug stop (01/12/17)
Charges of felony possession of a controlled substance were filed against two Kentucky men Tuesday, Jan. 11. Noah W. Garnett, 20, of Murray, Ky., and Jacob L. Speck, 22, of Franklin, Ky., each face multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana, a class C felony, resulting from a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in Saline County that occurred on July 28, 2016. ...
Malta Bend man charged with drug possession (01/12/17)
The Saline County Prosecutor's office charged a Malta Bend man with possession of a controlled substance Wednesday, Jan. 12. Kenneth A. Endicott, 44, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana / synthetic cannabinoid, a class D felony, and two class D misdemeanors for unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana / synthetic cannabinoid of 10 grams or less...
Makeover of derelict historic home to create event venue (01/12/17)
For a historic rural Saline County home, the possibilities now seem endless, whereas just a few short years ago it seemed to be doomed. Prior to ongoing restoration efforts, the Henry Blosser House, located near the former town of Blosser, due east of Malta Bend where the Salt Fork and Muddy Creeks meet, was falling apart. ...
Sheriff's Department investigating private residence burglary (01/12/17)
The Saline County Sheriff's Department is actively investigating a reported burglary that occurred on Thursday, Jan. 5, or before 1:29 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6. According to a news release, items valued at $3,917 were reported missing from a shed located at 22400 Ladder Ave., in Marshall, after a caller reported a forced-entry burglary at the location...
Sweet Springs BOE approves senior trip agenda (01/12/17)
The Sweet Springs Board of Education met in regular session Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, to hear several reports. Student Council representative Olivia Hager announced that the council and publications class will sponsor "Jam the Gym" in February. "We are really excited this year because our publications class is really teaming up with us on this one," Hager said...
Candidate filing closes next week, commission announces completion of budget (01/12/17)
County Clerk Debbie Russell announced during the Saline County Commission's regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 12, that candidate filing for the April municipal election will continue until Tuesday, Jan. 17. "Anyone that is interested in filing for candidacy positions need to go see the board secretary and have that done by 5 o'clock on the 17th, which is next Tuesday," she said...
Two MMU budget items approved, Board of Public Works reorganizes officers (01/12/17)
Infrastructure and equipment in poor condition were addressed by the Board of Public Works Thursday, Jan. 12. The board approved the replacement of approximately 1,300 feet of Marshall Municipal Utilities sewer main pipe on Grant Avenue, Wall Street, and Bond and Ted Avenues. ...
MFD extinguishes Yerby Street structure fire (01/12/17)
The Marshall Fire Department extinguished a structure fire Thursday morning, Jan. 12, when it was called to a residence on the 400 block of West Yerby Street. According to an MFD fire report, firefighters arrived shortly after 5 a.m., finding fire in a closet ceiling. The fire had burned through the floor and into the floor joist area, causing property loss of approximately $15,000 and content loss of approximately $5,000...
MHS holds first semester awards assembly (01/11/17)
Marshall High School celebrated its first semester awards assembly Wednesday morning, Jan. 11. The assembly recognized a number of students on academic achievements through several awards, including Students of the Quarter, A and B Honor Roll, perfect attendance, the Exchange Bank Above & Beyond Award, the Marshall Public Education Foundation Teacher's Choice Award and the Monsanto Scholar Performer Award...
Finance: Shoppers resolve to find January savings (01/11/17)
When a store clerk tells me I can "save X amount of money" if I purchase a third item instead of the two he just scanned -- a classic way to up-sell -- I chuckle inside. As shoppers, we often fall into the mindset that we save money by purchasing items on sale when, really, we're just spending. I think, "How have I saved money? I came here for goods that I wanted -- not necessities -- and now I have less in my purse than I did this morning."...
Santa Fe Agri-Leaders kick off year with dinner, winter meeting (01/11/17)
Dr. Jerry Crownover shared stories of his experience as both a professor of agricultural education and cattle producer during the Santa Fe Agri-Leaders winter meeting and kick-off dinner Monday evening, Jan. 9. The public was invited to attend the annual meeting at Santa Fe High School in Alma for dinner, entertainment by several speakers and two business meetings...
Man charged after allegedly victimizing 6 year old (01/11/17)
A Sedalia man was charged in Saline County Associate Circuit Court with two counts of unclassified felony of Statutory Sodomy in the first degree, according to a press release issued by the Marshall Police Department. He is currently being held at Saline County Justice Center...
Students learn about native habitats by trading desks for acreage
In a cultivated field at the entrance of Blind Pony Lake Conservation Area, 38 fourth-grade students from Sweet Springs Elementary School picked up more than a fishing pole. Instead, they learned about conservation in a "habitat pollinators youth project" this past Friday...
Community Progress Feature Stories
Each year in late winter, The Marshall Democrat-News publishes a series of special sections that include stories featuring local businesses, organizations and projects that represent the community's progress over the preceding year or so.