Thursday, December 18, 2014

For those of you wanting to donate to the Doll Family

Donation Jars to help the family of Josh and Sheila Doll will be set up tomorrow at The Butler Elementary School office, Chicken Larry's Restaurant, Midwest lumber and Subway Restaurants, O'reilly's and Outback Hair Shack all in Butler.

The following clothes sizes are needed: Boys clothes size 10 jeans and 10-12 shirts, Boys clothes 7 jeans and 8 shirts, Boys clothes 6 jeans and 7 shirts, Boys clothes 2t pants and 4 shirts, Girls clothes newborn and 0-3 months. Also toys for the children needed ( 4 boys 1 newborn girl).

Mid America Live will be setting up a account tomorrow at Community First Bank in Butler under "Doll Family" feel free to drop by and help this family who lost their home to a fire this evening.

If you have any questions or need someone to pick up a donation please call 660-424-0289 Curtis.

Fire tears through house Southwest of Butler

Everyone escaped this fire unharmed
The Butler Fire Department along with mutual aid from The Adrian Fire Department is on scene of a house fire at the residence of Josh Doll Southwest of Butler on Rice Road.

The house was fully engulfed in flames when fire crews arrived on scene, Everyone made it out of the house with out injuries and it's unknown at this time the cause of this fire.

 Mid America Live with update this story when more information becomes available. We will also in the following days be taking donations for the family and kids.

Ballard R-II School District Middle Level (grades 5-8) Student of the Month

Drake Vermillion and Principal Jimmie Barton
The Ballard R-II School District is pleased to be working in conjunction with the Ballard Parent-Teacher Organization to honor a Middle Level (grades 5-8) Student of the Month for the 2014-2015 school year.

Student of the Month is selected by the staff of the Ballard R-II School District using the following criteria: attendance; attitude towards others and school; behavior; leadership; and improvement in or maintenance of good grades.

The Middle Level Student of the Month for November is 6th grader Drake Vermillion, son of Tara Vermillion and Wayne Vermillion. Music Instructor, Vicki Lybarger, claims “Drake is a very hard worker. When he sets his mind to do something, he goes all in. He is a bit of a show off, which sometimes gets him in hot water, but it came in real handy during the play. He did an excellent job as Scrooge. Drake is very smart, and I look for big things in his future.

”For Drake’s hard work in school he is receiving a certificate of recognition from the Ballard PTO and a $15 gift certificate to the Ballard Grill.

Ford expands drivers air bag recall nationwide

DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co. has agreed to government demands to expand a driver's side air bag inflator recall to the entire U.S.

The move announced Thursday adds 447,000 Ford vehicles to the list of those recalled due to driver's inflators made by Japan's Takata Corp. The inflators can explode with too much force, spewing shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

Ford's action puts pressure on BMW and Chrysler, the only two automakers that haven't agreed to national recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration made the demand of five automakers, saying the inflators are dangerous. Honda and Mazda already took their recalls national.

Previously the recalls were limited to high-humidity states mainly along the Gulf Coast.

The Ford national recall covers certain 2005 to 2008 Mustangs and 2005 and 2006 GT sports cars. The company also announced it would recall the same cars in Canada, Mexico and a few other countries. Thursday's announcement brings to just over 502,000 the number of Ford vehicles under recall for Takata driver's side air bags.

The company said it knows of one accident and injury from the problems, in a 2007 Mustang in North Carolina. Dealers will replace the inflators at no cost to customers.

Last month, NHTSA demanded that Takata and the five automakers recall driver's inflators across the nation. Takata and Chrysler have refused and could face legal action. BMW says it's still evaluating the demand.

Takata hired the New York public relations firm Sard Verbinnen & Co. and took out full-page advertisements Thursday in newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and three German publications. The ads, featuring a letter from Chairman and CEO Shigehisa Takata, said the company will work with NHTSA and automakers to expand the recalls by increasing production capacity for replacement air bags. The company said it's exploring whether other companies' air bags can be used in replacement kits, and it's increasing testing to find the exact cause of the problems.

"Takata will work in unison with automakers to advance our common goal of putting the safety of customers first," the letter said.

But in documents filed with NHTSA, Takata refused to do a national recall, saying it's not supported by testing data. The company also said NHTSA didn't have the authority to order a parts supplier to do a recall, and that only automakers can conduct them. The safety agency has threatened legal action if Takata and the remaining automakers don't comply with its demand.

NHTSA has said the inflator propellant, ammonium nitrate, can burn faster than designed if exposed to prolonged airborne moisture. That can cause it to blow apart a metal canister meant to contain the explosion.

The safety agency says there's no data to support a nationwide passenger air bag recall, which so far has been held to the high-humidity states. In total, 10 automakers have models with Takata air bags, which have been blamed for at least five deaths and multiple injuries worldwide. So far, automakers have recalled about 12 million vehicles in the U.S. and about 19 million globally for similar problems.

U.S. passenger air bag recalls previously had been limited to Florida, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. But recently, under pressure from NHTSA, automakers have expanded them to include Saipan, Guam, American Samoa as well as Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas -- all areas with average annual dew points of 60 degrees or higher. The dew point is the temperature at which moisture condenses out of the air.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Miami County Kansas woman arrested on traffic stop in Butler

Dawn L. Bailey
 On 12-16-2014 around 13:30 hours a Butler Police Department officer stopped a Black 1998 Dodge Dakota for no license plates. With the assistance of the Bates County Sheriff’s Office Canine a search of the vehicle was conducted at which time drug paraphernalia was located as well as a handgun. 

The driver was identified as 31 year old Dawn L. Bailey of Fontana, Kansas she was transported to the Bates County Jail and is currently still incarcerated. 

Items found in Vehicle
She has been charged with possession of a controlled substance and has more charges pending. The bail for Bailey was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Sex Offender Arrested After Posing as Santa Claus‏

Gray as Santa Claus
A detective for the Jackson County sheriff’s office received confidential information a known sex offender was working as a local Santa Claus impersonator. The offender, identified as 50 year old James R. Gray, of Lee’s Summit, MO was contacted, and the report was confirmed.

Although it is not illegal to play Santa, Gray was arrested and charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender for not reporting his employment as lawfully required.
James R. Gray
Gray was taken to the Jackson County Detention Center on 12-17-2014.Gray’s bond has been set at $20,000 Cash, and his court date is unknown at this time. However, he will appear in Division 301 of Jackson County, MO Municipal Court.

“Anyone that poses as Santa Claus, who has committed sex crimes against children, is a serious concern”, said Sheriff Mike Sharp. “In Gray’s case, as all others, there is zero tolerance when not reporting information as required.”

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