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Friday, December 15, 2017

House fire in Harrisonville

On 12/15/2017 at approximately 1430 hours, the Harrisonville Police Department responded with the Harrisonville Fire Department to a structure fire at 1607 Stacy Road in Harrisonville. 

Upon arrival, flames were seen emitting from the roof of the residence. The fire was extinguished. The residence suffered serious damage and was considered a total loss. 

No one was at the residence at the time of the fire. No one was injured while battling the fire. The cause of the fire in under investigation by the Harrisonville Police and Fire Departments. The Red Cross is assisting the family. 

Donations for the family are being accepted tonight (12/15/2017) from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and on 12/16/2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Harrisonville Church of the Nazarene (2305 E. South Street). 

Donations accepted will be cash, clothing, hygiene, etc. (please, no furniture). There is also a gofundme page set up at

Obituary - Carl Preston Ward

Carl Preston Ward, 67, formerly of Sheldon, MO passed away on Thursday December 14, 2017 at his home in Nevada, Missouri. Carl was born August 27, 1950 in Sacramento, California to Harrison Ward and Clarita Ward.

Carl, the fourth of six sons and two sisters was raised in Sacramento CA., then moved to Sheldon Mo. and attended school there. Carl had a passion for art and music. He was the artist for the school paper and played the guitar for a while. He served in the United States Airforce and soul-searched with the Beatles, Heart, Doors, and 300+ record albums. Carl was a gentle soul and walked his own path with his own drums. He settled down in Nevada and formed a new set of friends when he volunteered at the Community Outreach. His favored clothing was sweat suits and walked to work every day. Carl enjoyed laughing and had a great sense of humor.

Carl had no children. Survivors include three brothers, Alfredo Perez and his wife Donna, Prairie Village, KS, Harrison Ward, Jr. and his wife Lee Ann, Rogers, AR, two sisters, Betty Hedman, Smicksburg, PA, Frank Ward, Rogers, AR, Mary Hickson and her husband Rick, Decatur, AR; numerous nieces and nephews. His parents, Albert Ward and Robert Ward precede Carl in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Ferry Funeral Home in Nevada. Interment will follow in the National Cemetery in Ft. Scott, KS at 1:30 p.m. The family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Those who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society in c/o Ferry Funeral Home.

Two injured in Bates County crash east of Adrian

On 12/15/17 around 7:55am the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Bates County along with Bates County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a two vehicle accident on Missouri 18 Highway at Route T east of Adrian.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the 1993 Ford Ranger driven by 16 year old Jaeden L.Schliem of Adrian, Missouri turned into the path and struck the 2002 Ford F-250 driven by 54 year old Gayle J. Beachner of Adrian, Missouri.

Both were seriously injured in this accident and both were transported to the hospital.

Both vehicles were totaled and towed from the scene by Don's Tow and Adrian Towing.

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*Disclaimer: Accident reports are courtesy of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and are a matter of public record no matter the age of a occupant involved 

Police in Southern Missouri searching for man who robbed gas station

On Thursday evening 12-14-2017 at approximately 10:09 PM, a male subject entered the Casey’s General Store at 1601 E. Cleveland and demanded money leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect is described as a white male 6’ to 6-3’ mid 30’s, heavy set 250-280 lbs, with short dark hair and beard. 

The suspect was wearing a grey jacket, dark stocking cap with a bill and blue jeans. The suspect was seen leaving south on 16th St. in a dark colored small 4dr vehicle.

Anyone with information call the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241.

Ten Area Residents Indicted for $5.4 Million Meth Conspiracy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Tom Larson, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that 10 area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in a $5.4 million conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

Michaela Joeanne Hernandez,36, of Raymore, Mo., Brandy Michael Morgan, 44, of Kansas City, Mo., Anthony Dewayne Fifer, 46, of Mexico, Mo., Sharmyn Leanne Shryock, 27, and Jeffery Allen Jennings, 31, both of St. Joseph, Mo., Charlsie Kim Harris, 33, of Garden City, Mo., Eric Edward Ballard, 25, and Linda Kay Ballard, 65, both of Atchison, Kan., Brian Joe Russell, 36, of Amazonia, Mo., and Adrian Leon Madrigal, 27, address unknown, were charged in a five-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury on Nov. 16, 2017. The indictment has been unsealed following the arrests and initial court appearances of some of the defendants.

The federal indictment alleges that all 10 co-defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine from Jan. 1, 2015, to Nov. 16, 2017. The indictment alleges the distribution of more than 321 kilograms of methamphetamine during the conspiracy. The five co-defendants are also charged together in one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the drug-trafficking conspiracy.

In addition to the conspiracy counts, Hernandez is charged with one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, one count of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, and one count of being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. Hernandez allegedly was in possession of a Springfield Armory 9mm handgun and a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun between April 1 and Oct. 14, 2017.

Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who has been convicted of a felony to be in possession of any firearm or ammunition. Hernandez has a prior felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require all 10 co-defendants to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the alleged drug-trafficking conspiracy, including a money judgment of $5.4 million. This represents the amount of money received in exchange for the unlawful distribution of methamphetamine, the indictment says, based on an approximate sale price of $600 per ounce and distribution of at least 9,000 ounces (approximately 321.4 kilograms) of methamphetamine.

According to an affidavit filed in the original criminal complaint, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s prior residence in Grandview, Mo., on April 5, 2017. Hernandez was arrested and officers seized approximately 1.46 kilograms of methamphetamine, the Springfield Armory 9mm handgun and drug paraphernalia. Hernandez allegedly told officers she distributed approximately 200 pounds of methamphetamine per month during the three to six months prior to her arrest.

On Oct. 14, 2017, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at Hernandez’s Raymore residence. Hernandez was arrested and officers seized approximately 228 grams of methamphetamine, the loaded Taurus 9mm handgun and drug paraphernalia. According to the affidavit, Hernandez told investigators that she pays between $4,700 and $6,500 per pound of methamphetamine. Hernandez allegedly stated she resupplies with the pound quantities approximately every four days.

Larson cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Plattsburg, Mo., Police Department; the Atchison County, Kan., Sheriff’s Department; the Buchanan County Drug Strike Force and Sheriff’s Department; the Jackson County Drug Task Force; the Clinton County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department; the Missouri State Highway Patrol; the Cass County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department; and the Clay County Drug Task Force.

Courtesy of the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri

Obituary - Myra L. Risley

Myra L. Risley, age 56, of Warsaw, MO, died on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Lincoln Community Care Center, Lincoln, MO.

Arrangements are pending with Consalus Funeral Home, Clinton.

Condolences may be left online at this website.

Harrisonville man sentenced to prison for possessing child pornography

Alexander G. Crawford
A Harrisonville man was sentenced to eight years in prison this month after pleading guilty to five counts of possessing child pornography.

Cass County Circuit Judge William B. Collins sentenced Alexander G. Crawford, 41, to serve eight years in prison and ordered Crawford to be placed in the sex offender assessment unit. 

Mr. Crawford will receive credit for time already served.

The defendant entered a guilty plea in October and was sentenced earlier this month

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Obituary - Lester Eugene Price

Lester Eugene Price, a WWII Navy Veteran passed away December 12, 2017 at home with his wife by his side. Gene was born in Union Star, Missouri in 1927 to Lester and Ruth Price. He enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and served his country as Aviation Radio Gunnery. On November 27, 1947, he married Betty Jean Nold. To this union two children were born, Peggy Jean and Lester Leon.

Gene was a well loved man. He was a newspaper editor, he owned the Burlington Junction newspaper, he worked in sales, and when he moved to Clinton, he owned and operated Price Sign Company until he retired and turned the family business over to his son Leon.

Gene loved the Boy Scouts and besides being a scout master, he was a member of the Order Mic-o-say. He loved the outdoors and especially loved to go Elk Hunting the Colorado as long as his health permitted.

Gene was a member of the American Legion, 40 & 8 and the Masonic Lodge.

On August 13, 2011 he married Shirley Ann Manning, who survives. Gene was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty, and his parents and a step daughter, Barbara Mosier.

Besides his wife, Shirley, Gene is survived by his daughter, Peggy (Rex) Younger, Clearmont, MO; his son Leon (Carrie) Price, Clinton; his step children, Margaret Waddell, John Waddell and Rebecca (Kyle) Grant; his gradsons Kris (Amy) Younger and Kyle (Alyssa) Younger, Landes Price and Mattheau Price and step grandchildren Westley (Courtney) Grant, Hanna Satterwhite, Scarlett Waddell, Natalie Waddell, Hayden Grant, Tevor Mosier, Meredith Grant and Ian Mosier; 6 great grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren; and a brother and sister in law Leroy and Norma Grimsley and Harold and Mary Nold. Many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by two very special friends, Jim and Jackie Cook, Clinton.

Gene will be missed by all who knew him. He had a way of stealing your heart.

Visitation will be at Vansant-Mills Funeral Home on December 17 from 4-6 PM with burial and Military Graveside services in Savannah, MO at the Savannah Cemetery on December 18 at 11 AM

Friends can leave memorial to the Boy Scouts Troop #430 or to the family.

From the City of Harrisonville

Harrisonville residents can expect to begin receiving new trash carts soon from Municipal Waste Services. 

Each home will be provided with a 96-gallon cart with a black lid for household trash and a 64-gallon cart with a blue lid for recyclables. Please do not start using them until after January 1. 

For more information on the new trash services, check out our brochure on the website.

When the city's new contract with Municipal Waste Services goes into effect on January 1, residents will have access to weekly trash collection, curbside recycling, seasonal (April 1 - November 30) yard waste collection, and bulky item pick-up. Generally speaking, trash will be picked up Monday through Thursday and most people will have the same collection day that they have now. 

One thing to remember: MWS observes certain national holidays , so you will not have trash service on New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. In those instances, collection will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week. 

For more information, you can find a new brochure on the city website.

Local students make UCM Dean's List

Shelby Doll
Caitlyn Jacks
Allyson Jennings
Rachel Mann

Chana Erickson

Callie Burris
Bethanie Cole
Elizabeth Davis
John Derek Noe
Sarah Smalley
Deborah Tarter
Kristy Villa

Jenna Bartholomew
Richard Salisbury