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Police Asking for Assistance in Identifying Subject

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- The Kirksville Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the female in the included photo in connection with a reported theft that occurred on the 1800 block of North Osteopathy on February 20, 2024. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660.785.6945, Central Dispatch at 660.665.5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660.665.4600 or anonymously at 660.627.BUST (2878) or email police@kirksvillecity.com.  

Bridge Rehabilitations Resume in Rural Northeast Missouri

HANNIBAL, Mo. – Weather permitting, the week of February 28, rehabilitation work is set to resume, entering the final stage, on 25 rural Northeast Missouri bridges. Work began last summer then halted due to winter conditions.

Capital Paving & Construction, LLC was awarded the $2.2M contract last year that spans eight counties includes Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Macon, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby. These bridges were included in the Safe and Sound Bridge program which rebuilt more than 800 bridges approximately 12 years ago.

Locations are as follows:

  • Adair County, Route V - Over Timber Creek, 1.5 miles north of Route F
  • Adair County, Route A - Over North Fork Salt River, 0.75 miles east of U.S. Route 63, near Greentop
  • Adair County, Route D - Over Brush Creek, one-half mile west of Missouri Route 149
  • Clark County, Route K - Over Little Fox River, one mile north of Route N
  • Clark County, CRD 306 - Near U.S. 61, approximately 2.5 miles west of Alexandria
  • Clark County, Route D - Over Wyaconda River, 0.5 miles east of Route M
  • Clark County, Route AA - Over Little Fox River,  1.25 miles south of Route NN
  • Clark County, Route D - Over Little Wyaconda River, 0.5 miles east of Route M
  • Knox County, Route E - Over South Fabius River, 0.5 miles south of Missouri Route 156 near Newark
  • Knox County, Route J - Over South Fork South Fabius River, 2.5 miles south of Missouri Route 11
  • Knox County, Missouri Route 156 - Over South Fabius River, 0.4 miles west of Route E
  • Knox County, Route E - Over Troublesome Creek, 2 miles north of Route T
  • Knox County, Route M - Over Middle Fabius River, 13.25 miles south of Route V
  • Knox County, Missouri Route 15 - Over North Fork Fabius River, near Edina
  • Lewis County, Missouri Route 156 - Over Big Grassy Creek, near Ewing
  • Macon County, Route J - Over Long Branch, 0.3 miles east of Route RA
  • Macon County, Missouri Route 156 - Over Walnut Creek, 2 miles east of Missouri Route 149
  • Macon County, Route OO - Over Middle Fork Chariton River, 2.4 miles north of U.S. 136
  • Schuyler County, Route E - Over Brush Creek, 2.3 miles west of Route A
  • Schuyler County, Route J - Over Salt River, 2 miles east of U.S. 63
  • Schuyler County, Route A - Over Brushy Creek, 3 miles south of Downing
  • Scotland County, Route Z - Over Little Fox River, 0.5 miles south of the Iowa State line
  • Shelby County, Route H - Over Hilton Branch, 1.6 miles south of Route M in Leonard
  • Shelby County, Route BB - Over Garnett Branch, 3 miles north of Route M in Epworth
  • Shelby County, Route DD - Over Otter Creek, 1.75 miles west of Route TT near Maud

This final phase of work includes bridge painting, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of August 2024. All work is weather dependent and schedules are subject to change. Traffic will be reduced to one lane where crews are actively working with a 10-foot width restriction in place.  Flaggers will be utilized to direct motorists through the work zone. Crews will be present during daylight hours, Monday through Friday.

A list and interactive map of all 25 bridges can be found on the projects webpage at https://www.modot.org/SASNE. A second set of (14) Safe and Sound bridges is scheduled to begin later this year in the southern portion of the Northeast District.

For more information on this and other projects in your area, please contact MoDOT’s Customer Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MODOT (275-6636). You can also visit us online at www.modot.mo.gov/northeast.

Suspect Charged After Firing at Troopers

MACON, Mo.- The Missouri State Highway Patrol has provided an update to an earlier story on KMEM News regarding an officer-involved shooting following a pursuit in Shelby County. 

The patrol reported that they received a request for assistance in locating a suspect just before 8 pm Wednesday night.  The suspect had fled in a vehicle from the Quincy area and was believed to be heading west in Missouri on Highway 36.  Troopers located the vehicle just after 8:15 pm heading west on Highway 36.  After initially attempting to stop the vehicle, troopers pursued the suspect before successfully deploying spike strips. 

The vehicle pulled off on the Highway 151 exit in Clarence and stopped.  The driver, now identified as 51-year old Erik A Prange of Moberly, exited the vehicle with a rifle and began firing at troopers.  The troopers returned fire, striking Prange and resulting in non-life threatening injuries.  During that exchange, a trooper was also struck by gunfire.  The trooper was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

On Thursday, Prange was formally charged by the Shelby County Prosecuting Attorney with four counts of Felony Assault of a Special Victim in the 1st Degree and four counts of Armed Criminal Action.  The charges stem from the preliminary investigation by the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control into the incident.  Prange is being held without bond and the investigation is ongoing.

In-Person Master Gardener Program to be Held in Kirksville

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- For individuals interested in becoming a University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener, an in-person course will be held on Thursdays, February 29 through May 16, from 9:30-12:30, at the Kirksville Aquatic Center meeting room. Most classes will have a garden tour or hands-on learning opportunities. You can find registration information at https://extension.missouri.edu/events/master-gardener-course-kirksville.

 

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in-depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities learn about gardening and environmental education.

 

After the course, individuals will be encouraged to join a local chapter, and complete 30 volunteer hours of service and 6 continuing education hours within the first year to become a certified Master Gardener. Local chapters have monthly meetings, social activities, garden tours, service projects, and much more. Chapters organize projects monthly so members can get their volunteer service hours.

 

There is a fee for the course. For more information contact Jennifer Schutter, MU Extension Field Specialist in Horticulture at schutterjl@missouri.edu or 660-665-9866.

City of Kirksville Receives Grant to Convert Abandoned Railway into New Trail

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- The City of Kirksville has been awarded a Transportation Alternatives Program grant by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission that will be used to build a new multi-use trail on abandoned railroad land.

This project is phase one of a multi-phase project that will revitalize the obsolete rail corridor by providing a safe walking, biking and overall activity trail for residents.

The planned trail will start at existing sidewalk at the intersection of North Baltimore Street and East Cottonwood Street, continue northwest with a new crosswalk at Library Lane near the Adair County Public Library, and continue northwest to connect to planned sidewalk at North New Street. In total, this will be approximately 1,400 lineal feet of paved trail.

“This trail will connect important community centers such as the library, Rotary Park and Kirksville Aquatic Center to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses,” said City Manager Mari Macomber. “Additional phases of this trail project will create a great trail system across the north side of the City.”

Trains were once a key part of Kirksville’s history, with two railroads that ran through town. The east-west railroad line was run under several names before becoming part of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railway Company. Those areas have since been abandoned for many decades, as the westward portion was decommissioned in the 1950s and the eastward section removed in the 1980s.

The total project is estimated to cost $200,000. The grant will cover 80 percent, which is roughly $160,000. The costs cover the purchase of the land and the subsequent trail construction.

Trail construction was a topic selected by the community as part of last year’s Kirk’s Capital Improvement Tournament. Funds designated from that will be used toward this project, as well as planned expansion in the future since this grant will help stretch those dollars.

 

Edina Police Asking for Public's Help to Identify Suspect

EDINA, Mo.- Edina City Police Chief Ryan Bishop says that his department is asking for the public’s help to solve a local burglary.

Chief Bishop told KMEM News that an unknown suspect broke into Family Foods in Edina around 3:40 Monday morning.  The individual stole $60 in cash from the business. 

Chief Bishop asks the public to call the Knox County dispatcher’s office at 660-385-1911 or Edina City Hall at 660-397-3251 with any information about the incident or the individual in the photos.

 

 

Photos Courtesy Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop

 

MDC Invites Teachers and Coaches to Become Certified as a Basic Archery Instructor

HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is offering a certification course for teachers and coaches to become certified as a Basic Archery Instructor. This certification is necessary to use the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP) in their curriculum or to assist an afterschool team.

MoNASP is modeled on the National Archery in the Schools Program which began with a simple idea of teaching kids the basics of archery as part of school curriculum. This is a hybrid course, which requires online work ahead of the training. The in-person portion of this training will be held at the following locations, and interested persons are only required to attend one of the two in-person trainings offered:

  • Jan 27 at Shelbina Middle School from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration for this training is required and can be done at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/4nL. Shelbina Middle School is located at 4154 Hwy 36 in Shelbina.
  • March 11 at St. John’s Lutheran School from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration for this training is required and can be done at http://short.mdc.mo.gov/4nE. St. John’s Lutheran Middle School is located at 1317 Lyons Street in Hannibal.

MoNASP aims to include children of nearly every background.  Nearly everyone—regardless of age, size, or physical ability—can succeed at archery. Kids love archery, and archery helps kids excel. Statistics show that school archery programs:

  • Improve school attendance
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Increase physical activity
  • Relate to subject matter
  • Appeal to all students
  • Get kids outdoors
  • Can become an after-school activity

Educators who are interested in MoNASP can also work to qualify for rebates to repay the cost of purchasing equipment. For more information about MoNASP, go to http://short.mdc.mo.gov/4nR. For any questions about these trainings, please contact Kathi Moore at kathi.moore@mdc.mo.gov.

Local 4-H Member Participates in Zoo Apprentice Camp Busch Gardens

TAMPA, Fla. – A local 4-H member joined 24 other 4-H youth from across the country in attending a Zoo Apprentice Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay over winter break.  Merrick Bush, daughter of Broderick and Dana Bush, is the first Clark County 4-H member to ever attend the camp.

Participants became amateur zookeepers for five days, taking care of animals from around the world alongside zookeepers. Members went on behind-the-scenes tours with staff members from Busch Gardens, experiencing the park as a 335-acre African-themed living classroom.

The 4-H members spent one day at SeaWorld Orlando, learning about marine life, rescue efforts, and veterinary care of marine animals.

States represented at the camp include Missouri, California, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, Texas, and Wisconsin.

In between animal encounters, the participants experienced food, rides, and shows in the amusement park.

Members returned home with a keen understanding of animal behavior, science, and nutrition, as well as the ability to be a better communicator with their own animals and four-footed family members.

4-H Zoo Apprentice Camp is offered annually for youth ages 11-18.

 

 

 

 

 

Clark County 4-H Member Merrick Bush recently participated in Zoo Apprentice Camp at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida

(Photos courtesy Clark County 4-H)

Snow Emergency Takes Effect Thursday Evening in Kirksville

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- The City of Kirksville is declaring a Snow Emergency, beginning at 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2024. All vehicles parked on designated Snow Emergency Routes, including City streets in the downtown, must be moved. If vehicles are not moved by then, they are subject to be ticketed and/or towed. The Snow Emergency will remain in place until terminated.

Please use caution when traveling during this round of winter weather since there are forecasts of snow and ice, along with high winds. If you can limit your time on the roads, please do so.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 660.627.1291.

ATF Offers Reward in Church Fire Investigation

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mo.- The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the Missouri Division of Fire Safety and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fire at the Providence Baptist Church and Parsonage in Williamstown.

The investigators are meticulously working to uncover evidence and to determine the origin and cause of the blaze.  Investigators focusing on leads are calling on members of the public for information to help move the case along more quickly.

This fire occurred on Thursday, January 4th.  At just after 5 am that morning, the Canton R-V Fire Protection District was dispatched to the church and was supported by several other fire departments.  The church and parsonage were both fully engulfed in flames.  No firefighters or first responders were injured while battling the blaze.

Anyone with information regarding the fire should contact ATF at 888-ATF-TIPS.  You can also submit tips through the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department website at www.lewiscosheriff.org

University of Missouri Extension to Hold Private Pesticide Applicator Training

Farmers who want to purchase or apply restricted use pesticides on property owned or rented by them, must have a private pesticide applicator license. Currently there are two options to obtain certification or renew a license.

The first option is a training session via Zoom. Anyone can join these meetings from their home computer. Go to www.extension.missouri.edu/events and search for private pesticide applicator training to find the date and time of the next virtual training event. Also, in person programs are scheduled for 2024 and can be found and registered for online at the same website.

There will be two face-to-face programs held in Scotland County on February 6th at the Scotland County Fire Department at 104 North Washington Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. The programs will begin at 10:00AM and 2:00PM. There is no charge for the programs, but you must preregister to attend by calling 660-465-7255 or preregistering online. In the event of poor weather conditions that lead to school closings, please contact the MU Extension Office in the county you plan to attend the training in to confirm if the event will still be held.

It is recommended that each farm operation possess a copy of the Missouri Private Pesticide Applicator Reference Manual. They may be purchased at the MU Extension website, at: www.extension.missouri.edu/m87.

For more information and ADA accommodations, please contact Nick Wesslak, Field Specialist in Agronomy by email at r.n.wesslak@missouri.edu or call 573-769-2177. MU Extension programs are open to all.

Snow Emergency to Take Effect Monday in Ottumwa

OTTUMWA, Ia- The City of Ottumwa’s Snow Emergency Ordinance will be placed into effect beginning at noon today, January 8. The ordinance is being put into effect due to the Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service. The Winter Storm Warning is currently in effect from 3 p.m. today until 6 p.m. tomorrow, January 9. Another notice will be given when the snow emergency has lifted.

 

With the Snow Emergency Ordinance in effect, parking is prohibited on either side of roads designated as snow routes. These can be identified with a small, blue sign with a white snowflake. On other roads, parking is allowed on the even side of the street during even days of the month and the odd side of the street during odd days of the month. Drivers can begin moving vehicles after 7:00 p.m. in preparation for the next day. Stalled or illegally parked vehicles during snow emergencies may be towed and impounded by the Police Department, and a citation will be issued and a fee charged for towing/impoundment. Full details, along with a map of the snow routes, can be found on the City of Ottumwa website at https://www.ottumwa.us/departments/public_works/snow_removal/

Snow Emergency to Take Effect Monday in Kirksville

KIRKSVILLE, Mo.- The City of Kirksville is declaring a Snow Emergency, beginning at 12:00 pm on Monday, January 8, 2024. All vehicles parked on designated Snow Emergency Routes, including City streets in the Downtown, must be moved two hours prior to then, or by 10:00 am, January 8, 2024. If vehicles are not moved by then, they are subject to be ticketed and/or towed. The Snow Emergency will remain in place until terminated.

Forecasts for this storm indicate potential for several inches of snow on Monday and Tuesday, along with high winds that could blow snow around. The City of Kirksville encourages drivers to stay off the roads as much as possible if these conditions occur.

The City asks residents to monitor City communication channels for further details as the weather develops. If snowfall reaches excessive amounts, street closures may be needed to clear streets. Additionally, the Snow Emergency’s termination will be announced by the City.

For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 660.627.1291.

First Baby of the New Year Born at Scotland County Hospital

MEMPHIS, Mo.- Scotland County Hospital announced the first baby born in 2024 at their Women's Center was Carter Zane, the son of Jamie and Janet Fox of Memphis.  Carter was born on Tuesday at 5:02 am and weighed six pounds and 15 ounces.  He measured 20 inches long.  Dr. Jeff Davis delivered the baby.  Carter Zane and his parents recieved a shower of gifts from numerous local businesses and organizations.  They also received a supply of diapers in sizes 0-6 that will last nearly a year, as well as a case of wipes.

 

 

L-R: Jeff Davis, DO, Janet, Carter & Jamie Fox, Sonya See, WHNP, Women's Center Supervisor

(Photo courtesy SCH)

 

Christmas Morning Burglary and Theft in Edina

EDINA, Mo.- An Edina resident got an unwanted Christmas surprise this past Monday.  Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop told KMEM News that he received a call from Knox County dispatch around 9 am Christmas morning reporting a stolen vehicle and a burglary. 

The report was called in by Edina resident Nicholas Zahringer.  Court documents indicate that he had his brother, 37-year old Bradley Allen Zahringer of Kirksville, on security camera footage entering and taking items from his residence.  Zahringer was accompanied by 46-year old Jillynda Patterson, also of Kirksville.

The footage also showed the couple leaving the residence on foot and heading toward a shop which is also owned by Nicholas Zahringer.  A 1999 Ford Ranger belonging to Keith Partain was stolen from that shop.  A substantial amount of tools were also taken from the shop.

Later that day, the Ranger was found and recovered at a residence on Thousand Hills Trail in Kirksville by an Adair County Sheriff’s Deputy.  The owner of the residence told the deputy that Zahringer had brought the truck there to trade for a van but he didn’t have a title. 

At 8 pm Christmas night, Bradley Zahringer was taken into custody and placed on a 24-hour hold in the Adair County Jail.  Patterson was also taken into custody on an unrelated Failure to Appear warrant out of Randolph County in relation to charges of 1st Degree Trespass and a Class D Felony of Possession of a Controlled Substance Other Than 35 grams or Less of Marijuana or Synthetic Cannabinoid.  She is being held in the Adair County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond. 

During an interview with Chief Bishop, Patterson admitted that Zahringer had stolen items from the residence and the two had then walked to the shop.  She stated that Zahringer used a garage door opener that was in the Ranger to gain access to the shop.  She said that he took an unknown amount of tools from the shop and then they had both left in the stolen Ranger and returned to Kirksville.

A tool used to tune a fuel system belonging to Nicholas Zahringer was recovered from the vehicle that had been stolen at the time of the arrest.  Bradley Zahringer was also wearing shoes belonging to his brother at the time of his arrest.  An estimated total of $3930 worth of stolen tools were recovered from Patterson’s apartment, with an estimated $2419 worth of tools still not recovered.  Additionally, Nicholas Zahringer reported that damage had been done to the ignition of his 2017 RZR 1000 side by side.  An unknown object had been placed into the ignition and broken off.  Replacement cost of the ignition was estimated at $100.

Bradley Zahringer is being held in the Adair County Jail on $10,000 cash-only bond.  He is charged with four Class D felonies, including 2nd Degree Burglary, Stealing $750 or More, 1st Degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle, and Stealing a Motor Vehicle.

 

37-year old Bradley Allen Zahringer of Kirksville

 

  

46-year old Jillynda Patterson of Kirksville

Boil Order for City of Milton

The City of Milton has issued a 24-hour boil order effective beginning 2 pm Wednesday, December 27th.  Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation.  For more information, contact the City of Milton at 641-656-4454.

MDC Temporarily Lowers Water Levels at Fox Valley Lake CA

KAHOKA, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces that water levels at Fox Valley Lake Conservation Area (CA) in Clark County have been temporarily lowered by approximately 8 feet to help with invasive plant management.

Invasive curlyleaf pondweed was discovered in the lake in 2022, and this year’s water drawdown is being done to remove the plant from the lake during the winter. When the plants are allowed to dry out and freeze, they are more likely to die without the need for other invasive species management tools such as herbicides. Residents may recall that a similar management method was used on the lake in 2016 to control the coontail presence in the lake.

While the water levels are lowered, MDC staff will inspect and repair, if needed, the boat ramp, floating fishing dock, and the lake outlet. The fishing dock has been temporarily removed from the lake for said inspections and repairs, and it will be returned to the water as soon as possible. The boat ramp will be usable during this time, and all other area activities will not be affected. Although the water will be lower than normal, the same number of fish will be present and concentrated into a smaller area which may improve angling.

Fox Valley Lake CA is approximately 108 acres in Clark County about 7 miles northwest of Kahoka. Questions about this management effort can be directed to (573) 248-2530.

Hometown Radio Holiday Programs Available On-Demand

The Hometown Radio Group KMEM & KUDV featured some terrific local holiday programming.  Special programs aired included:

 

Davis County High School Concert

Scotland County High School Concert

Putnam County High School Concert

Memphis Community Choir

Memphis Community Players

 

These programs are available by clicking here.

 

Additionally, don't miss our New Year's Eve Special!

KMEM & KUDV

New Year's Eve

9 pm to Midnight

2023 Rewind

Hosted by Megan Moroney

 

Happy New Year

from all of us at the Hometown Radio Group!

New 3-D Mammography Equipment Now at SCH

Scotland County Hospital is now offering 3D mammography exams. The new machine can increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the likelihood that a woman will be asked to return for additional testing.

In conventional 2D Mammography, overlapping tissue is a leading reason why small breast cancers may be missed, and normal tissue may appear abnormal, leading to unnecessary callbacks. Scotland County Hospital’s new equipment provides an exam that includes a three-dimensional method of imaging that can greatly reduce the tissue overlap effect.

Early detection is key in fighting breast cancer.  The Food and Drug Administration cites a number of studies which have found that 3D mammograms find more cancers than traditional 2D mammograms.  They also reduce the number of false positives.

This technology is considered superior to conventional digital mammography and is approved by the FDA. The new system is recommended for women of all ages and breast densities.

All women should begin yearly mammogram screenings at age 40 and continue for as long as they are in good health. For some women, certain factors increase the risk for developing breast cancer and additional screening measures may be necessary.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in eight women will get breast cancer in her life, impacting hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. A screening mammogram continues to be the best tool for breast cancer screening and detection.

Congressman Nunn Leads Law Enforcement Roundtable in Davis County

BLOOMFIELD, Ia.- As crime continues to grow in rural areas, Congressman Zach Nunn held a roundtable discussion with local law enforcement officers on Wednesday at the Davis County Law Enforcement Center in Bloomfield.  The Republican represents Iowa’s third congressional district which includes Des Moines and many rural counties in the south-central part of the state.  At the forum, Nunn said that the Biden administration’s lack of a clear strategy at the southern border is making things tougher for local law enforcement officers here at home.

Nunn said that one recent incident at the southern border illustrates how the lack of an effective border policy is impacting Iowa’s leading industry.

The congressman said that this type of response by the administration has the dual effect of increasing crime in Iowa counties while also crippling the local economy.

Davis County Sheriff Dave Davis said that these types of forums are beneficial to local law enforcement agencies, as it allows them to make state and federal officials aware of their needs and concerns.

One of the key concerns Sheriff Davis brought up at the forum was a severe lack of mental health treatment options available in rural areas.

At the conclusion of the forum, Congressman Nunn took a tour of the Davis County Law Enforcement Center.  He said that he intended to follow-up on several of the key topics of discussion from the forum.

 

 

New Bridge Open on Highway 136 East of Lancaster

 

HANNIBAL – The new bridge on U.S. Route 136 in Schuyler County, over North Fork Middle Fabius River, 1.1 miles east of Route C near Lancaster, opened to traffic today, December 20.

 

Bleigh Construction Company of Palmyra, Missouri was awarded the contract last year in the amount of $2,263,616.

 

This contract also includes an additional bridge replacement project located on Missouri Route 15 in Scotland County, over North Fork Wyaconda River, 0.4 miles south of Route EE near Memphis. This bridge was completed earlier this summer.

MDC Reports 18,904 Deer Harvested During Late Antlerless Portion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows deer hunters harvested 18,904 deer during the late antlerless portion of firearms deer season, Dec. 2-10. Top harvest counties were Callaway with 565 deer harvested, Pike with 513, and Lincoln with 385.

Last year’s antlerless portion harvest total was 16,241.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at https://extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/.

For harvest summaries from past years, visit https://mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-reports/deer-harvest-summaries

The archery deer and turkey season runs through Jan. 15, 2024. The alternative methods portion runs Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2024.

Find more information on deer hunting from MDC’s 2023 Fall Deer and Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at https://mdc.mo.gov/about-us/about-regulations/fall-deer-turkey-hunting-regulations-information.

Kentucky Woman Arrested in Scotland County on Warrants for Assault and Arson

MEMPHIS, Mo.- A Kentucky woman is being held in Scotland County pending extradition for numerous charges back in Kentucky.  Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney reports that 48-year old Shannon Lynn Tarpein of Wingo, Kentucky, was arrested in Memphis Tuesday morning without incident.  Tarpein had outstanding warrants for 1st Degree Domestic Violence Assault, 1st Degree Unlawful Imprisonment, 2nd Degree Arson and Violating Terms of Release.

The charges stem from an incident on the morning of October 26th at a private residence in Wingo.  The Graves County Sheriff’s Department received a call reporting that Shane Keeling had driven himself to the emergency room for treatment of stab wounds.  Upon investigation, officials determined that Keeling’s girlfriend, Shannon Tarpein, had assaulted Keeling by stabbing him with a kitchen knife behind his left ear, in the left side of his neck and on his right forearm.  The wounds required numerous stitches.

Tarpein then allegedly poured gasoline and lighter fluid in the residence and told Keeling she was going to burn his house down.  She turned on a glass stovetop and attempted to ignite the structure by putting a fabric doll on the stove, which burned to ashes.  Keeling claimed that during the assault he was unable to leave the home and seek treatment because Tarpein prevented him from doing so.  There is a prior history of domestic violence cases involving the two and they were to have no contact with one another until further notice from the court.

Sheriff Whitney said that Tarpein is being held in the Scotland County jail without bond until extradition back to Kentucky.

Are Holiday Plants Toxic?

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MDC Changes Turkey Regulations for Spring Hunting and Proposes Changes for Fall Hunting

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces changes to turkey hunting regulations for the spring season and has proposed regulation changes for the fall seasons. The Missouri Conservation Commission approved the changes for the spring season at its Dec. 8 open meeting in Jefferson City and also gave initial approval on proposed regulation changes to fall turkey hunting.

Spring shooting hours for private land only will be extended from a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. Shooting hours on public land will remain a half-hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. These changes will be effective for the Spring 2024 turkey season.

Proposed changes to fall turkey hunting would require both fall firearms turkey hunters and fall archery turkey hunters to purchase a fall turkey-hunting permit. Turkeys would no longer be included in the archery-deer permit. The bag limit would be reduced from four to two birds. These proposed changes will be open for public comment from Feb. 2 through March 2, 2024, under Public Commenting Opportunities at mdc.mo.gov/contact-engage/public-commenting-opportunities.

According to MDC, the primary motivation for the regulation changes is to increase opportunities during the spring season for youth hunters and hunters who work during the day and to reduce the fall harvest while maintaining as much opportunity for hunters as possible.

MDC noted that 93% of land in Missouri is privately owned and 88% of Missouri’s annual spring turkey harvest is done on private land. MDC added that maintaining shooting hours ending at 1 p.m. on conservation areas and other public lands would continue to support multiple afternoon activities by a variety of users on these areas. 

“Hunter participation and recruitment has been on the decline in Missouri for several years,” said MDC Turkey Biologist Nick Oakley. “When surveyed on why hunters aren’t participating, the most common answer is that school or work interferes with getting out into the field. By extending shooting hours, a barrier to participation will be removed for those unable to hunt during the morning.”

Oakley added that the 1 p.m. closure during the spring season was originally seen decades ago as a way to help Missouri’s turkey population rebound from a few thousand birds to the several hundred thousand wild turkeys we have today.

“Almost every other state in the Midwest and Southeast moved away from an early afternoon closing time after their turkey populations were restored,” Oakley said. “Those states have seen increases in hunter participation, sustainable increases in harvest, and stable hunter satisfaction after moving to an all-day season.”

The current fall turkey season allows hunters to harvest up to four birds of either sex without a beard requirement. The proposed changes will reduce the number to two birds of either sex.

“While hen harvest is contentious in Missouri, our hen-harvest-rate is low enough that it is not having a negative impact on turkey numbers on a statewide scale,” Oakley explained. “That said, at the property level, hen harvest may have some impact on future production.”

Learn more about turkey hunting in Missouri at mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/turkey.

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