Sunday, February 19, 2017

Obituary - Trista L. Vail

Trista L. Vail
It is with deep sadness we confirm the passing of Trista L. Vail, 33 of Butler, Missouri. Trista died the afternoon of February 18, 2017 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Linn County, Kansas. 

Funeral services are pending at this time and will be announced when available.

However, due to concern for other family members involved in the accident, arrangements will remain on hold for the present time. On behalf of the Vail family, your love and prayers are needed and felt– but privacy is also appreciated at this time.

More information and a complete obituary will be published as it becomes available.

New license plates on the way for Missouri

Capital Report from Representative Patricia Pike

Protecting Missouri’s Peace Officers (HB 57)

The Missouri House took action this week to deter crimes against law enforcement officials. House members approved legislation that would create enhanced penalties for individuals who assault officers of the law.

The legislation would increase by one degree the penalty for voluntary or involuntary manslaughter; first- or second-degree property damage; unlawful use of a weapon; rioting; or first-degree trespassing; when those crimes are committed against a law enforcement officer. As an example, voluntary manslaughter is a class B felony under current statute, but if HB 57 becomes law, voluntary manslaughter committed against a law enforcement officer would see the penalty increased to a class A felony.

As the bill’s sponsor told her colleagues, “Hopefully these additional penalties will be a deterrent for anyone who may be considering engaging in a crime against these public servants. This law is intended to further protect those who have dedicated themselves to safeguarding our communities.”

Supporters of the bill said the enhanced penalties are necessary because crimes against law enforcement officers have increased in recent years. They also said the bill would reinforce the legislature’s commitment to law enforcement.

House Approves Bill to Create Blue Alert System (HBs 302 & 228)

In an effort to ensure law enforcement officials quickly receive the information they need to apprehend individuals who injure or kill peace officers, the Missouri House approved legislation this week to create a Blue Alert System. The system is one of the priorities of Governor Eric Greitens, who included $250,000 in funding in his budget proposal to establish the system.

Similar to the Amber and Silver Alert systems, the Blue Alert system would send out identifying information such as a physical description of the suspect and the suspect’s vehicle. Twenty-seven states already have a similar system in place. Specifically, the bill would establish the Blue Alert System to aid in the identification, location, and apprehension of any individual or individuals suspected of killing or seriously injuring a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer. The bill would require the Department of Public Safety to coordinate with local law enforcement agencies and public commercial television and radio broadcasters to effectively implement the system.

Supporters say Missouri would benefit from its own system so that it can better protect the brave men and women who protect communities across the state. The sponsor of the bill noted the legislation’s bill number, 302, is in honor of an officer who was seriously injured in the line of duty. Ballwin police officer Michael Flamion, whose badge number is 302, was shot and paralyzed from the neck down during a traffic stop in July of 2016.

Honoring Missouri’s Heroes

Members of the Missouri House and Senate took time this week to honor Missouri’s military service members. Many of the state’s top military officials made their way to the State Capitol to be recognized for their service during Military Appreciation and Awareness Day. Hosted by the Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission, the annual event is meant to highlight the significant contributions and sacrifices of military service members and the importance of the economic impact that military installations have on the state of Missouri.

Visitors included Major General Steve Danner, Missouri Adjutant General; Major General Kent Savre with Fort Leonard Wood; Brigadier General Paul Tibbets with Whiteman Air Force Base; and Mr. Ed Donaldson, Deputy Chief of Staff for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The day’s events included a combined Senate and House reception in the Senate mezzanine, and a joint meeting of the Senate and House Veterans Committees. The military leaders also were honored in the House Chamber and had the opportunity to address the members of the House.

During the day, House members were able to learn more about the economic impact the military has on the state. With more than 95,000 Missourians who work in defense-related jobs, several military installations, and dozens upon dozens of military vendors and suppliers, the military industry has a significant impact on the state’s economy. In fact, for every $1 invested into the state’s military, $2.50 is generated in Missouri goods and services. Overall, the $14 billion per year in military spending over the past three fiscal years has resulted in an average of $32 billion per year in goods and services being purchased from Missouri companies and 183,000 jobs per year created in the state.

Also during Military Appreciation Day, the governor launched a new program to help returning veterans find quality jobs. Governor Greitens and Major General Kent Savre signed a Memorandum of Agreement outlining a workforce initiative for service members and their spouses. Under the new agreement, the Missouri Division of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Army will cooperate to better connect military men and women entering the civilian workforce with Missouri businesses offering apprenticeships that could lead to full-time employment.

New License Plate Unveiled to Celebrate Missouri’s 200th Anniversary

Drivers in the state will soon be able to obtain a new license plate celebrating Missouri’s bicentennial in 2021. The new plate is the result of legislation that was approved by the legislature and signed into law in 2016.

Butler woman dies in Kansas double fatality accident

Shortly after 4 pm yesterday, two vehicles collided in rural Linn county killing two and injuring three, including an infant. 

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, a 1993 Honda driven by 25 year old Ryan N. Boyd of Independence, Missouri failed to stop at a stop sign just north of Mound City, Kansas at the intersection of county roads 1095 and 1150 and struck a 2001 Ford driven by Johnny Mack Stephens, Jr, 38 of Butler.

A passenger in the Stephens vehicle, 33 year old Trista L. Vail of Butler died at the scene. Another passenger, two month old Keylynn Mack Stephens, along with Johnny Mack Stephens were transferred to Kansas City hospitals for treatment. The infant is expected to recover, while Stephens remains in critical condition.

A passenger of the Boyd vehicle, 18 year old Issiah Jamon Pendergrass of Gardner, Kansas also died at the scene. Driver Ryan Boyd was airlifted to Research Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. 

The accident remains under investigation by the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Obituary - Robert Burch

U.S. VeteranA celebration of life for Robert Dean Burch will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Schowengerdt Chapel. Burial in Crescent Hill Cemetery, Adrian. Contributions to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Compasses Hospice, Ohio Street United Methodist Church or Double Branch Christian Church. Robert Dean Burch, age 86 of Adrian, Missouri died Saturday, February 18, 2017 at his home in rural Adrian. He was born January 27, 1931 to Leland Oliver and Lelah May Rains Burch in Bates County, Missouri. Robert is survived by his wife, Janet Burch of Adrian, Missouri; one son, Wayne Burch and fiance` Carmela Williams of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; two daughters, Ella Mae Mitchell and husband Larry of Butler, Missouri and Linda Neil and husband Brett of Bixby, Oklahoma; one brother, Leland Burch of Butler, Missouri; one sister, Barbara Wade and husband Ivan of Overland Park, Kansas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Elizabeth Fischer and Ladine Smith; and one grandson Blane Mitchell.

Obituary - Linda Bartley

 Graveside services for Linda "Lin" Bartley will be 11 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Butler, Missouri. There is no visitation. Contributions to Hospice of Choice or Baptist Children's Home. Services under the direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri. Linda “Lin” Jude Bartley, age 73 of Butler, Missouri died Friday, February 17, 2017 at her home in Butler. She was born September 29, 1943 to Arthur and Clotine Hatcher Bartley in Butler. Lin is survived by two nieces, Elizabeth Logan of Clinton, Missouri and Mary Steinshower and husband Terry of Downs, Kansas; one nephew, August Ray Fassler and husband Colleen of Washington, Missouri; and special friend Mickey Roberts and husband Gary of Butler, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Barbara Fassler.

Heavy Hearts this evening

James "Jim" Bell
It's with heavy hearts we announce the death of our Brother former Drexel Volunteer Firefighter James "Jim" Bell.

Jim, 44 was currently working as a Firefighter with Consolidated Fire District No. 2 Johnson County Kansas for the past 16 + yrs and had served with Drexel in the 90's.

Jim was severely injured on February 13th while on vacation with his family in Colorado and passed away early Friday morning February 17th 2017.

Jim is survived by his wife and 2 young boys. Funeral services are unknown at this time, and will be announced once they are finalized. Rest In Peace Brother

(picture below is Jim at the Drexel Fire station in the 90's.)

#CFD2Proud #firefighter #thinredline

A go fund me account has been established in Honor of Bill and his family. (see link below)

Courtesy of the Drexel Fire Department