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One person has been arrested after a 911 call of shots fired in Vernon County. According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials, one person has been taken into custody after a 911 call was received of shots fired. Officials say, on Saturday, deputies responded to a call of shots fired in the Milo area. Investigators indicate no one was injured during the incident. The suspected shooter is being held in the Vernon County Jail on an investigative hold. The investigation is ongoing. The suspects name has not been released at this time. More details are expected to be released soon.

A female driver has been arrested after a vehicle pursuit Saturday afternoon. According to Vernon County Sheriff's Office Officials, a female driver has been arrested following a vehicle pursuit that started in Nevada by Nevada Police Department. Officials say, on Saturday, deputies responded to assist Nevada PD in a vehicle pursuit. Reports indicate the suspected vehicle was found by deputies shortly after the pursuit was terminated by Nevada PD. Officials say, after another short pursuit, the car stopped in the area of 1700 Road and Talley Bend Road, where the driver fled on foot. Deputies did locate the driver after a short foot pursuit. The drivers name has not been released, pending the filing of formal charges. The case is ongoing, being investigated by the Vernon County Sheriff's Office and Nevada Police Department. No further information is available at this time.

A Butler man was moderately injured in a one vehicle accident Saturday evening in Henry County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 5:15 P.M. Saturday evening on EB 7 at Martin's Curve, in Henry County, involving a 2002 Ford driven by 27 year old Caleb Griffith. The patrol says, Griffith was traveling Eastbound when he traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a guardrail. Griffith was transported by EMS to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton.

A Lamar teen suffered moderate injuries in a one vehicle accident Sunday morning in Jasper County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 9:50 A.M. Sunday morning on I-49, 1 mile South of Carthage, in Jasper County, involving a 1999 Ford Mustang, driven by 19 year old Christopher Cheshire. The patrol says, Cheshire was traveling Northbound when he ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail, before being ejected. Cheshire was listed with moderate injuries and transported to McCune Brooks Hospital in Carthage.

The Nevada R-5 School District has minted the newest class of high school graduates. Nevada High School Seniors, who satisfactory met the State of Missouri Education Standards, received their high school diplomas on Sunday. Gradation activities started nearly a week ago with the NHS Senior Sermon. On Friday night, students, family members, and guests gathered in Wynn Gymnasium for Senior Recognition Night activities. According to school officials, nearly $1 million in scholarships was awarded due to the generosity of donors. All events are led up to Nevada High School's Class of 2015 Graduation Sunday afternoon. This year's graduation features Co-Valedictorians in MiKayla Bartlett and Andrew Quitno, with Salutatorian Ezra Solidum. 198 NHS Seniors walk across the stage and received their diploma. If you were unable to attend the NHS Gradation Ceremonies, archived live video coverage can be found online at

Preparations are been finalized for the annual local fireworks show. The Nevada/Vernon County Fireworks Committee will be sponsoring the annual fireworks show on Saturday, June 27th at the Vernon County Fairgrounds. Fireworks committee member Kevin Williams says, the show is a great way to kick off 4th of July celebrations. A full day of activities have are being planned in conjunction with the show, including live music, dj, and children's activities. To make a donation to the fund, or for more information, call 417-321-1507. Williams will explain more about events planned for the annual Nevada/Vernon County Fireworks Show, as he joins us on today's update program, which begins just after ABC News at 1:00 P.M.

A Ft. Scott, Kansas man has been arrested on assault charges for causing an accident that injured a passenger in Vernon County. The Vernon County Sheriff's Office says, the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a collision with a semi on West 54 has been taken into custody. Officials say, an arrest warrant was issued for 34 year old Billy Willett of Ft. Scott. Willett is charged with assault in the 2nd degree and resisting/interfering with arrest. Reports indicate the vehicle driven by Willett turned off of 54 Highway when a Vernon County Deputy activated his lights. Instead of stopping, Willett took off, driving through a stop sign, pulling back onto 54 Highway in front of an oncoming semi. That semi collided with Willett's vehicle. Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher says, a passenger in Willett's vehicle was transported by ambulance, while Willett was taken into custody. Sheriff Mosher says additional charges may be filed, once the investigation is complete but could not give any more details at this time. Willett is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond is set at $10,000.00.

A Collins man has been arrested on multiple felony warrants in St. Clair County. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office says, 25 year old Zachary Vanholt has been taken into custody on multiple felony warrants from St. Clair County. Vanholt is charged with three class C felony counts of burglary in the second degree and three class A misdemeanor counts of stealing motor fuel. The charges stem from three separate incidents in November of 2014, when motor fuel was stolen from a Collins Special Road District vehicle. Vanholt is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $20,000.00 cash or surety.

An Appleton City man has been arrested on a felony warrant in St. Clair County.  According to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, 25 year old Zachary Bean has been taken into custody on a felony warrant in St. Clair County. Bean is charged with the class C felony of distributing marijuana. The charges stem from an incident with the Appleton City Police Department in December of 2014. Bean is being held in the St. Clair County Jail. Bond has been set at $10,000.00 cash or surety.

Missouri's Governor visited Jasper County Friday, to mark the anniversary of the 2011 tornado. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke at the remembrance to mark the 4th anniversary of the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin and Duquesne on May 22snd, 2011. Governor Nixon announced that $2 million to repair roads damaged by the massive debris removal effort. After the tornado, heavy trucks and equipment used the streets in Duquesne for expedited debris removal, where were not designed to take the heavy loads being hauled. The project will reconstruct and repair streets that were seriously damaged during the expedited debris removal, along with the reconstruction of storm water piping and shoulder work. Governor Nixon applauded the fact that new estimates from the United States Census Bureau released this week, indicate Joplin's population has officially exceeded its pre-tornado levels at 51,316. In 2011, total population was 51,142. Fore more information about the State of Missouri's response and recovery efforts in Joplin, visit

Area residents will have a chance to gain a basic understanding of credit. The University of Missouri Extension is sponsoring a basic credit workshop entitled, “Credit: How to get it and how to fix it.” The workshop is scheduled for 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 28th at the Healthy Nevada Innovation Center, 212 West Walnut in Nevada. University of Missouri Extension Regional Family Education Specialist Doug Scotten says, credit is a basic necessity in today's world. Fore more information or to sign up for the workshop, call 417-448-2560.

An Osceola man escaped serious injury in a two vehicle fatality accident Thursday morning in Hickory County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred just before 10:30 A.M. Thursday morning on Highway 54, in Wheatland, in Hickory County, involving a 1999 Dodge 1500 driven by 28 year old Ian Cole. The patrol says, Cole was traveling Westbound when he attempted to turn left into a parking lot, crossing the centerline, and striking a 2015 Harley Davidson driven by 52 year old Ronald Mabrey. Cole was listed with no injuries. Mabrey was pronounced dead at the scene and was transported to Hathaway Peterman Funeral Home in Wheatland. A passenger, 58 year old Patricia Mabrey, was listed with serious injuries and transported to Cox South Hospital in Springfield.

A Van Buren, Arkansas man was moderately injured in a one vehicle accident Thursday afternoon in St. Clair County. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at about 3:35 P.M. Thursday afternoon on US 54, 4 miles West of Collins, in St. Clair County, involving a 2014 Kenworth driven by 28 year old Jeffrey Allen. The patrol says, Allen was traveling Westbound when he experienced an equipment issue, ran off the right side of the roadway, and overturned. Allen was listed with moderate injuries and transported by Ambulance to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar.

The Nevada Public Library has received a state grant. Secretary of the State of Missouri Jason Kander announced recently that the Nevada Public Library has received a Racing to Read Grant, aimed to establish and expand existing early literacy programming. Kander says, the grant will help bolster early literacy, making sure children are ready to read by the time they begin school. Outreach Program Coordinator for Early Literacy at Nevada Public Library Tami Landis says, they are excited to expand the early literacy center. The grant was in the amount of $7,505.00. Landis also says, part of the program includes developing 5 basic pre-reading skills for children. The secretary of state's literacy and educational enrichment grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. In the 2015 fiscal year, 178 total grant applications have been approved, distributing more than $1.1 million in federal awards to libraries throughout Missouri.

Incoming Nevada R-5 8th graders are reminded of immunization requirements. Students who will be in 8th grade at Nevada Middle School for the Fall 2015 are reminded the State of Missouri requires all entering 8th grade students to receive the updated tetanus booster, known as the “Tdap.” This immunization must be completed before the first day of school in August, with present verification presented to the school. The immunization can be obtained at the Vernon County Health Department, 301 North Washington Street in Nevada, and can be billed to most insurance providers. The vaccine can also be obtained through your local physician. For those students that believe they may be exempt from the requirement, due to medical or religious reasons, or have had a tetanus booster within the past 2 years, contact the Nevada Middle School Nurse Dawn Jones, prior to the 1st day of school at 417-448-2040.

Two Nevada residents have been arrested in connection to theft and drug charges in Vernon County. Nevada Police Department Officials say, Nevada PD have concluded an investigation in reference to a reported theft of property and violation of the controlled substance law. Officials say, Nevada Police Detectives were contacted about a recent theft that had reportedly taken place in a local business a few days prior. The investigation revealed that the suspects had entered the department store, and had unlawfully taken electronic equipment and drug precursors. Nevada PD developed investigative leads to identify the suspects, before serving a search warrant on a residence in the 500 block of West Arch Street in Nevada. Officials say, while conducting the search warrant, police recovered suspected stolen property and a product suspected of being a controlled substance, along with multiple items of drug paraphernalia. 44 year old Jeffrey Ring and 53 year old Kimberly Shay, have both been taken into custody. Both are charged with stealing, possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. Ring is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $6,000.00 cash or surety. Shay is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $5,500.00 cash or surety.

A Nevada man has been arrested as a registered sex offender violator in Vernon County. Nevada Police Department Officials say, Nevada PD have concluded an investigation in reference to a sex offender violating state law. Officials say, officers were approached by a concerned citizen in reference to a possible sex offender living in close proximity to an elementary school. Reports indicate, officers were able to gather investigative leads and determine that the suspect had established a residence near a Nevada public school. After conducting a measurement, detectives determined that the offender was in violation of Missouri state law. Officials say, 28 year old Kevin Hill has been taken into custody. Hill is charged with the class D felony of a sex offender residing within 1,000 feet of a school. Hill is being held in the Vernon County Jail. Bond has been set at $5,000.00 cash or surety.

Several area residents have completed an opportunity to see local law enforcement activities first hand. 17 area residents, graduated Wednesday night from the Citizens Police Academy, hosted by the Nevada Police Department. Students enrolled in the academy, learned about topics such as 911 communications and emergency dispatching, traffic stops, criminal investigation, traffic enforcement, and drug recognition. Classes covered an 8 week period with lecture and interactive based hands on activities. Nevada Chief of Police Graham Burnley says, graduates gained a perspective they didn't have before. For more information on the Citizens Police Academy, contact the Nevada Police Department at 417-448-5100.

The Nevada City Council met in regular scheduled session Tuesday night. The council unanimously approved the consideration of bids to rebuild the #2 lift station #3 pump at the wastewater treatment plant for a budgeted total of $19,420.00. The council also unanimously approved appointment of Stephanie Beason to the Nevada Parks Board and approved the second reading of a bill budgeting funds for the promotion of Tourism through the Bushwhacker Committee for Bushwhacker celebration 2015's main event and gospel event, and approval of an agreement with the Bushwhacker Committee, and the first reading of a bill clarifying the list of products which can be offered for sale at the Vernon County Farmer's Market. The council unanimously approved the authorization and execution of a lease agreement for multifunction copiers with Ricoh USA, INC for photocopiers used by Utility billing, Administration, and the Police Department, along with a resolution authorizing contribution to the costs of a referendum election, not to exceed more than 1/3 of the total estimated cost of $22,000.00. In an emergency ordinance, council approved the first and second reading of a bill authorizing employment of James M. Sneed, a hospital financial consultant, to provide consultation with respect to financial issues associated with Nevada Regional Medical Center. The next Nevada City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3rd, beginning at 7:00 P.M. and is slated to be held in the new council chambers at the Public Safety Building at 120 South Ash in Nevada. The session is open to the public.



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