BRIDGE ON WIMER ROAD WASHED OUT
Storms that rolled through the area last night dumped about two inches of rain across the mid sections of Pettis County, and upwards of four inches across the southern portions. Combined with already saturated soil from earlier rains, the water damaged several county roads.
Western Pettis County Commissioner Jim Marcum tells KDRO News one bridge is closed today. Wimer Road is closed at a bridge about a mile west of Highway 127. Marcum says water shifted the bridge and it is no longer safe. The bridge will be closed until further notice. Drivers will have to use alternate routes.
Eastern Pettis County Commissioner Brent Hampy says motorists across the county should continue to use caution when traveling. And, notify the Pettis County Road and Bridge Department about any road problems.
140K STOLEN FROM MORGAN COUNTY HEALTH CENTER
An employee at the Morgan County Health Center in Versailles is accused of stealing more than a hundred thousand dollars from the center since 2013.
Administrators at the Health Center contacted the Morgan County Sheriff's Office in late May when they noticed discrepancies in their financial records. The resulting investigation and interviews narrowed the list of suspects to one employee. During the interview, 38-year old Melissa Owsley reportedly admitted to taking funds from the Health Center, where she worked as a clerk.
Investigators estimate the loss at more than 140-thousand dollars.
Owsley turned herself in to the Morgan County Sheriff's Office yesterday. She is being held without bond on charges of felony theft and identity theft.
ATTEMPTED ARMED ROBBERY
An armed robber must have gotten cold feet while trying to hold up a Sedalia business last evening. Sedalia police responded to the Dollar General Store at 619 North Ohioi about nine o'clock last evening.
Store clerks said a subject entered the store, armed with a gun, and demanded money. But, police reports say the would-be robber ran out of the business before getting any cash.
Police say no one was injured in the incident. The police investigation is underway.
LOCAL STORM RECAP
Thunderstorms packing quarter sized hail and fifty five mile per hour winds pummeled the area last night, but rain caused the biggest problems. At one point about ten fifteen last night, the local Emergency Management Agency reported at least seventeen roads throughout the county with water over them, and more than fifty vehicles stranded by high water in the city of Sedalia.
The National Weather Service placed the southern half of the county in severe thunderstorm warnings from about eight thirty to nine forty-five last night. About eight thirty, Sheriff's deputies reported one inch hail near 32nd and Prairie Road west of Sedalia.
Winds blew down several utility poles along State Route "B" between Sacajawea Road and Ragar Road.
Storm spotters reported tree limbs down in Green Ridge, and about nine fifteen another spotter reported five to six inches of water over the road about two miles south of Smithton.
In Sedalia, the storm sewers were unable to handle the water, and police reported streets flooded throughout the city.
I-70 SALINE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A collision on I-70 in Saline County yesterday sent one person to the hospital. The accident occurred over the noon hour Wednesday near the eighty mile marker.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says thirty six year old Joshua Mathews of Cleveland, Missouri was eastbound when his vehicle overtook and struck another vehicle from behind. Following impact, the Mathews vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, hit a median post and came to rest in the median. The other car went off the right side of the interstate, into a ditch.
Troopers say a passenger in the Mathews vehicle, fifteen year old Anthony Mathews, suffered what were described as moderate injuries. He was transported by Saline County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.
HIGHWAY 65 CRASH INJURES LOCAL MAN
A local man was hurt in a one vehicle crash on Highway 65 south of the KDRO listening area yesterday. The accident occurred about two forty-five Wednesday afternoon in Cross Timbers in Hickory County.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says fifty five year old Paul Jones of Sedalia was southbound on Highway 65 when his Chevy Silverado pickup went off the road and struck a tree.
Troopers say Jones suffered moderate injuries in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Camdenton.
SHOPLIFTING TURNS INTO FELONY CHARGE
A pair of sunglasses may end up costing a local man much more than the price tag. Twenty two year old Austin Schoonover of Sedalia is accused of stealing a pair of sunglasses from the Sedalia Walmart Saturday evening.
Store security told police they observed Schoonover take a pair of glasses from a rack, carry them around the store for a while, then put them into a companion's purse.
Court documents say Schoonover has at least two prior stealing offenses, so prosecutors filed a felony stealing charge against him.
Bond on the charge is five thousand dollars.
CHARGES FILED FOR PROPERTY DAMAGE
A Stover area man faces a felony charge in connection with a vandalism incident in Sedalia. Pettis County Prosecutors charged twenty six year old Terry Myers with Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.
He is accused of damaging a vehicle. Court documents accuse Myers of shattering the car's windshield with a metal pipe.
The court set bond at five thousand dollars.