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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Obituary - Robert William Findley

Robert William Findley, age 70, of Fort Scott, KS, passed away February 11th surrounded by his family. The son of Eldon and Ula (Carr) Findley, Robert was born in Fort Scott, at Mercy Hospital, on January 10th, 1949. In his youth Robert helped his father on the family farm. While in school Robert was active in 4H & FFA. He graduated from Fort Scott High school in 1967. 

Robert married the love of his life, Linda S. Rhynerson on May 28th, 1970, in a private ceremony in Miami, OK. Robert & Linda started a family in 1975 with the birth of their daughter Brenda. Robert was fortunate enough to make a career out of one of his favorite hobbies and Findley Body Repair was opened in 1975. It has been going strong ever since. Anyone who had the chance to visit the body shop could count on a friendly greeting from not only Robert but also his beloved weenie dogs. Robert took great pride in his business and worked right up until his accident on February 7th.

Robert began giving back to his community at young age. He enjoyed his membership in various philanthropic and civic organizations. Joining in 1977, he was a lifetime member of The Elks Lodge B.P.O.E 579. During his time with The Elks he served as a district deputy and a state Vice President. He truly enjoyed delivering Christmas baskets every year and spent several years as a hoop shoot coordinator. Robert was also a member of the Shriners Mounted Patrol. He was active in the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce for many years.

In his younger days Robert could be found racing cars at the Mo-Kan speedway, participating in demolition derby’s as well as tractor pulls. Later in life he traded in racing cars for watching NASCAR. Jimmy Johnson was his favorite driver. When he wasn’t watching NASCAR, he was enjoying reruns of The Rifleman & Gunsmoke. John Wayne was one of his favorites. Robert also enjoyed hunting & fishing. He would participate in fishing tournaments every year. For over a decade now Robert has found joy in taking trips to Cloud 9 ranch to ride his ATV alongside his friends. The muddier the better!

Robert loved sightseeing and a good Diner. His love for life was contagious and those who knew him all agreed that he was always a happy man. His desire to make others laugh and to forever be the better prankster new few limits. As did his generosity towards others. Robert didn’t know a stranger & he was well known not only for his wit & zingy one liners but also for his kindness towards his fellow man.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Eldon & Ula Findley; his sisters, Rose Mary Findley, Doris Query, and Helen Hixon; and 2 brothers, John Findley and Floyd Findley. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Linda Findley; their daughter, Brenda Findley Tapp (Mountain Home, ID) and her husband David & his 3 grandchildren, who he adored, Lauren, Aubrey & Pierce; a brother, Donald Findley; and 2 sisters, Rita Findley & Janice (Rollin) Camp. Robert is also survived by countless nieces & nephews including a very special nephew, Von Jason Findley and his family; wife Tiffany & their 2 children, Tyler & Megan.

There was cremation. A public Celebration of Life will be held at The Elks Lodge starting at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 23rd. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Care to Share, and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

Have you seen this missing Warsaw teen?

Missing Date: February 15, 2019

15 year old, Alyssa Wilson, was last seen around 5:00 a.m. at her home in Warsaw, Missouri. It is unknown how she left the home but her family’s fear is that she was picked up by a man that another missing person met online. 

Contact the Warsaw Missouri Police Department PHONE: (660) 438-5522 MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM or AFTER 4:30 PM (Mon-Fri), Saturday & Sundays CALL: (660) 438-9555 or, contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 800.877.3452, or 911

Have you seen this missing Missouri Teen?

This missing girl used to live in Harrisonville. Please be on the lookout.

Clinton man arrested in Henry County

On 2/16/19 around 2:59pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Henry County arrested 33 year old Steven D. Mackey of Clinton, Missouri.

Mr. Mackey was arrested on 1.) Felony Henry County Sheriff's Office Warrant 2.)Felony Possession of a controlled substance 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

He was booked into the Henry County Jail and currently listed as bondable.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

4 year old boy ran over by truck in rural Appleton City

On 2/16/19 around 1:15pm the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County responded to a address on NW CR 1401 around 4 miles south of Appleton City, Missouri in reports of a 4 year old boy being ran over by a vehicle.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1986 Chevrolet 2500 truck driven by 31 year old Jeremiah T. Heiserman of Appleton City was backing up and felt the truck run over something, When Mr. Heiserman exited his vehicle he found that he'd ran over his 4 year old son Emmitt Heiserman.

Emmitt Heiserman sustained serious injuries in this accident and he was transported by air ambulance to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri for treatment.

Please keep this family and young Emmitt in your thoughs and prayers this evening.

Information Courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol
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Two from Lowry City injured in St. Clair County Crash

On 2/16/19 around 9:37am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in St. Clair County responded to a one vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of 13 Highway on the Osage River Arm Bridge.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by 48 year old David L. Hill of Lowry City, Missouri lost control on ice covered roadways and struck the concrete bridge rail.

David L. Hill along with a passenger in his vehicle 50 year old Paula S. Anderson of Lowry City both sustained moderate injuries in this accident and both were transported by ambulance to Citizen's Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Brays Towing of Osceola, Missouri.

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Lamar man injured in Barton County rollover accident

On 2/16/19 around 8:35am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Barton County  responded to a one vehicle rollover accident on Route EE around 4 miles north of Lamar.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 2003 Ford F-250 driven by 40 year old Louis A. Wass of Lamar, Missouri slid off the roadway and overturned through a fence.

Mr. Wass sustained minor injuries in this accident and he was transported by ambulance to Cox Barton County for treatment.

The vehicle was totaled and towed from the scene by Parks Towing of Lamar, Missouri.

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Obituary - Robert A. Ross

Robert A. Ross, 49 of Archie, Missouri passed away February 13, 2019 at his home in Archie. 

Funeral services are pending at this time, and will be announced by the Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Memories and messages for the family may be left at

(Please note that on account of the current weather forecast, this arrangement may be delayed slightly to allow non-local friends and family a better chance of attending. Services will likely be announced for next week. 

Please continue to check our website for this time. The Ross family and I appreciate your patience. – Greg Mullinax).

From the Harrisonville Police Department

I-49 Update: We just had another slide off on northbound I-49, just north of MO 7. The roadway may look clear, but it is still slick. If you are driving the speed limit, you are driving too fast for these conditions. The entrance/exit ramps are all still snow covered.

UPDATE: Since it appears that the overturned van contains a HUGE magnet (because trucks seem to be attracted to it, causing them to slide into it), we have had a local tow company tow these vehicles to a safe location. Thanks again for driving safely.

Fire call in Rich Hill

The Rich Hill Fire Department along with mutual aide assistance from the Butler Fire Department are on scene of a house with smoke in the attic located at  104 West Cedar Street.

Mid America Live News will update when more information is made available to us from the Rich Hill Fire Department