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A six-year old boy drowned Friday afternoon at Fugitive Beach, a popular swimming spot located on Phelps County Road 5285 in Phelps County. Noah Cook of Fenton was wearing a floatation device when his family lost sight of him at Fugitive Beach. He was last seen at about 1:30 p.m. Police were notified and a search ensued. About an hour and a half later, a diver later located his body in about 15 feet of water, about 40 feet from the shore. The Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Phelps County Coroner's Office are investigating the death.

An accident occurred at 1:30 Friday afternoon in Phelps County on private property about two miles north of Rolla. According to the highway patrol report, 7-year old Cheyenne McDowell of St. James was driving a 2004 Honda ATV west with two occupants, 4-year old Aiden Club of Rolla and 5-year old Madeleine Bunton of St. James, when she overturned. Bunton and McDowell suffered minor injuries and were taken by private vehicle to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Club suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center and then was flown to the Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis. No one was wearing a safety device.

An accident occurred on Monday, July 21st at 5:38 in the evening at the intersection of Highway 32 and Highway J/HH in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, LaDonna Hoodenpyle of Salem was driving a 2010 Ford Escape west on Highway 32 when she struck a 2009 Pontiac G6 driven by Rachel Shults of Salem, who was crossing Highway 32. Hoodenpyle stated that she failed to stop at the intersection because she didn’t see the light change due to the glare from the sun. Hoodenpyle suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by private vehicle. Shults suffered minor injuries as well. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene.

The City of Salem Park board met on Wednesday July 23rd at the Salem Community Center @ the Armory. Parks and Recreation Director Greg Nash started out his report with some new business and information he would like the board to preview and possibly take action on in the future. He asked members to serve on committee to put together a 5-year strategic plan concerning the direction of the Parks Program. Also discussed was a need for a background screening program for coaches and volunteers for all the youth programs. Finally, he made a presentation of Capitol Improvement items that were approved in this year's newly adopted budget. City Pool Manager Phil Karr reported that it has been a tough year for the pool with the mild summer we have had. He also reported that mechanically everything is working fine. The Board discussed all the sports programs (Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball and t-ball, baseball and softball) and came up with thoughts or ideas to help improve the programs. SN Ball asked about some signage for the Frisbee golf at the park and Nash would be getting that together and getting it installed in the coming weeks. The board approved moving the youth Soccer program back to the fall and running it simultaneously with Flag Football. Games for football will be played in the evenings during the week and soccer will be played on Saturdays to allow kids to participate in both programs. The Park Board recommended that there be designated smoking areas at the parks while youth programs are going on and Nash will be getting signs together and information out to make the ball fields a smoke free environment for our youth. The meeting was then adjourned.

The Salem Police Department released more of their reports. On Sunday, July 13th at 4:00 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 1800 block of South Oak in reference to a domestic assault. The investigation revealed that a 20-year old Salem male had assaulted a 16-year old Salem female. He was arrested for domestic assault, disorderly conduct, and a minor in possession of intoxicants and then issued summonses to appear in court and incarcerated on a 12-hour hold. That evening at 5:04, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of South Macarthur in reference to a domestic dispute. The investigation revealed that a 35-year old Salem male was acting violent towards two adult females and two juveniles. He was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and later released on summons. On Monday, July 14th at 8:50 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the area of South Elmer and Highway 32 in reference to a three year-old female walking on the street. An officer located the juvenile after further investigation found that a baby sitter had fallen asleep and the child walked out of the house.  The juvenile was released to her mother. That afternoon at 1:14, an officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a shoplifter. That investigation led to the arrest of a 48-year old male and a 35-year old female, both of Salem, for stealing merchandise valued at $5.68. They were issued summonses to appear in court and released. Early that evening at 5:00, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that someone entered Dr. Reary's office located on West Third and took $319. At 10:42 that night, an officer transported a 25-year old male of Licking from the Texas County Jail to the Dent County Jail in lieu of an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem. Later that same night at 11:45, an officer was dispatched to Mobil located at Highway 32 and 19 in reference to a theft of fuel. The investigation revealed that the driver of a green vehicle pumped $48.23 in fuel and left without paying. Anyone with any info regarding the theft reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to please call the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

Sports [TOP]

Adam Wainwright pitched seven strong innings as the St. Louis Cardinals grabbed a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs in the finale of a three-game set. Wainwright (13-5) gave up five hits and three walks while striking out three for the Cardinals, who got their lone run from a first inning Matt Holliday solo home run. The Cardinals have the day off today.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced that they have signed veteran free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. To make room for Pierzynski on the team’s active roster, the Cards have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment. 

Carlos Santana hit two home runs and drove in four as Cleveland clobbered Kansas City, 10-3, in the finale of a four-game set. Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Royals, whose five-game win streak came to a halt. Alex Gordon and Jarrod Dyson each knocked in a run for the hosts. The Royals also have the day off today.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside service for Ellen A. (Suzie) Tucker of Farmington, age 82, will be held at 11:00 this morning at the Boss Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Funeral services for Eugene (Gene) Allen Williams of Salem, age 76, will be held at 11:00 Wednesday morning at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Patterson Cemetery in Salem.

Funeral services for John “David” Flett of Rolla, age 83, will be held at 2:00 Wednesday at the Rolla Chapel of James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorials Gardens in Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Grace Organization or Love Organization.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 79.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 55.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 79.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 56.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 81.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 62.



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