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Local News Archives for 2023-12

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!


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

For harvest summaries from past years, visit

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

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?

Are Holiday Plants Toxic?  A podcast by University of Missouri Extension Field Specialist in Horticulture Jennifer Schutter



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

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 Sets Deer and Turkey Hunting Dates for Upcoming Seasons

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recently set turkey and deer hunting dates for the 2024-2025 seasons. The hunting dates were approved by the Missouri Conservation Commission at its Dec. 8 open meeting in Jefferson City.

2024 Spring and Fall Turkey Hunting Dates

  • Spring Youth Portion: April 6-7
  • Regular Spring Turkey Season: April 15 through May 5
  • Fall Firearms Turkey Season: Oct. 1 - 31

2024 – 2025 Archery Deer and Turkey Hunting Dates

  • 15 through Nov. 15 and Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2025

2024 - 2025 Firearms Deer Hunting Dates

  • Firearms Early Antlerless Portion: Oct. 11-13 (in open counties)
  • Firearms Early Youth Portion: Nov. 2-3
  • Firearms November Portion: Nov. 16-26
  • Firearms CWD Portion: Nov. 27 – Dec. 1 (in open counties)
  • Firearms Late Youth Portion: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
  • Firearms Late Antlerless Portion: Dec. 7-15 (in open counties)
  • Firearms Alternative Methods Portion: Dec. 28 - Jan. 7, 2025

Detailed information on the upcoming seasons and portions will be included in the MDC 2024 Spring Tukey Hunting and Regulations booklet and the MDC 2024 Fall Deer & Turkey Regulations and Information booklet, available closer to the seasons. The booklets will be available where permits are sold and online at

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