Monday, July 15, 2024

Olathe Kansas man arrested for shooting in El Dorado Springs

According to a release from the El Dorado Springs Police Department, at around 10:30 p.m. Friday, June 12th the department received a call concerning an individual who had been shot. 

When they arrived to the scene, officers made contact with the victim, who had allegedly sustained a gun shot wound to the head. The victim was flown to a Springfield area hospital for emergency surgery. The suspect had allegedly fled the scene but was identified as 21-year-old Dawson Traudt of Olathe, KS.

The release continues, saying Traudt was apprehended by the Barton County Sheriff's office without further incident around 3:20 p.m. Saturday, July 13th. According to a warrant for arrest, Traudt was charged with class A felony assault in the first degree and an unclassified felony count of armed criminal action. 

Following the arrest, Traudt was taken to the Cedar County Sheriff's Office, where he is being held without bond.

Doug Lawrence for Bates County Southern Commissioner

My name is Doug Lawrence. I am currently running for Southern Commissioner of Bates County. I am humbly seeking your vote in the Aug. 6, 2024 Republican Primary Election. This Primary will determine your county government.

I am a life long resident of Bates County. I am currently Vice-President of Butler School Board and President of the Butler Chamber of Commerce. I serve as a Deacon at Immanuel Baptist Church. I own Prepcast KCMW, a High School sports broadcast streaming service.

It has been my experience that most conflict is a product of miscommunication. The biggest conflict I see, is one-way conversation - not listening, only talking, or vice versa. When clear communication is a goal of both parties, a solution can almost always be reached.

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a person who listens to counsel is wise.” Prov12:15

The most asked question I get is, “What are you going to do about the roads?”. Under the current Township Model, the Commissioners do not deal with road maintenance. That falls on the Township Trustee and their Board Members. Some say “abolish the townships”. Others say “consolidate the townships”. Few say, “tax us more”. But we can all agree that it can’t keep going the way it is now. The answer is out there. We have to sit down, COMMUNICATE together, and figure it out.

I also believe that Economic Development is a vital part of generating more income for Bates County. We need industry. We need jobs. We need more commerce. We need reasons for people to want to move into Bates County, and we need reasons for our youth to want to stay!

There are numerous programs and individuals whose purpose is to attain economic and community development through grants and other resources. Our County Commissioners need to tap in to those resources. I would like to put together an outstanding Economic Development Team made up of the Commissioners, City Mayors, State Reps, students, and progressive minded citizens.

Bates County is a community of 17,000 people working toward a common goal! Too often it has been this town vs. that town. When we get the COUNTY right, our TOWNS will THRIVE!

I like change. Change usually means something better is coming. It also means more responsibility will be put on the Commissioners. If elected, I look forward to serving you and meeting these new challenges. I will always be honest and up front with the you, the Citizens of Bates County.

Follow me on Facebook: Doug Lawrence for Southern Commissioner Bates County Email: I want to hear from you.

On a side note- Politics can be messy. People can say derogatory things about you and even try to slander your good name. But that type of behavior only makes my desire to win even greater. Please reach out to if you have any questions or concerns about me or things you have heard. Again, honest and transparent communication is key.

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Obituary - Robert W. "Bobby" Smith

Robert W. "Bobby" Smith, age 70, of Rich Hill, Missouri passed away at on July 12, 2024 at the Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler, Missouri. Bobby's wishes was to be cremated.

He is survived by two daughters, Jessica and Zachary Skinner, Leawood, Kansas, Jennifer and Craig Klinksick, Rich Hill, Missouri, step-daughters, Kristen & Darren Morrow, Adrian, Missouri, Megan and Gabe Cantrell, Adrian, Missouri, nine grandchildren, two brothers, Clifford and Wanda Smith, Butler, Missouri, Richard and Debbie Smith, Rich Hill, Missouri.

Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am, on Monday, July 22, 2024 at the Christian Church in Rich Hill. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the service time at the church.

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Motorcycle accident claims the life of Cass County man

On Sunday July 14th around 3:55 p.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Cass County along with Cass County Sheriff's Deputies, Pleasant Hill Fire Department and Pleasant Hill EMS responded to a motorcycle accident at the intersection of Route W and Route E just outside of Pleasant Hill.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the accident occurred when the eastbound 2010 Honda Motorcycle driven by 72 year old Dennis L. Kimberling of Pleasant Hill, Missouri traveled off the right side of the roadway, ejecting the driver.

Mr. Kimberling was pronounced dead at the scene of this accident and he was transported to Forensic Medical Center. This is Troop A of the Missouri State Highway Patrol's 52nd Fatality of the year 2024. Next of kin notified.

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Obituary - Tracy Beth Kintzele

In Loving Memory of Tracy Beth Kintzele.

“And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Revelation 21:4

Tracy Beth Kintzele, was born on November 6, 1973, at 7 pm, in Michigan City, Indiana, to Bonnie Grant and the late Mark Neitzel who preceded her in death.

Tracy Beth Kintzel, 50 years old departed this life peacefully on July 10, 2024, at 9 PM, in the comfort of her home in Lake Winnebago, MO., 64034; surrounded by her family, after a lengthy battle with ALS.

Tracy was energetic about life. She loved competition and participated in several of the Hospital Hill Run-Kansas City. Tracy enjoyed the beach, anything outdoors like hiking, and riding her Horse Norman. Tracy loved to cook and to travel. Tracy was a successful Real Estate Agent, as well as an accomplished artist and photographer. Tracy’s passion for beauty and aesthetics shone through all aspects of her life. However, it was her determination and creativity that truly set her apart.

Two of her favorite animal companions were her golden retriever Copy and her horse Norman.

Tracy is preceded in death by her Maternal Grandparents, Clarence (Red) and Connie Beth Koch. And her Paternal Grandparents, Hans and Helga Neitzel.

Tracy is survived by her son Karson Edward Kintzele, her mother Bonnie (Gregory) Grant, her sister JoNel (Brenton) Bell, Her brothers Quinn (Stacy) Henning, and Jon (Holly) Henning; uncles, Patrick Koch and Todd (Karen) Koch and Ben (Sherie) Neitzel and Dirk Neitzel.

Nieces and Nephews, Nora Bell and Jase Bell, Drew Henning, Tori Henning, Zach Henning, Carter Henning and Kyle (Julia) Henning.

Cousins: Tanner Koch, Tyler (Brittany) Koch, Konnor (Kim) Koch, Amy Neitzel, and Scott Neitzel.

A celebration of life will occur on July 24, 2024, 5pm at Abundant Life, address: 414 SW Persels Rd., Lee’s Summit, MO. 64081.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a donation to the ALS Association (Donations on the ALS link requires: Tracy Kintzele and email: upon completion of the donation.) God Bless and thank you from Tracy's family.

ALS robs people of the ability to walk, talk and eventually breathe. We need your help to find a cure.

Arrangements: Cullen Funeral Home, Raymore, Missouri 816.322.5278

Vehicle fire in south Butler

The Butler Fire Department along with the Butler Police Department are on scene of a vehicle fire on Business 49 (S. Orange Street) near the Pantry Thrift Store at this time!

No one is injured and the cause of this fire is under investigation! Please use caution if you must travel in this area!

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