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This past Saturday night, January 11th, at about 2:10 in the morning, an officer with the Salem Police Department was contacted at the Dent County Sheriff Office in reference to a gun shot incident. The investigation by the Salem Police Department revealed that an altercation occurred at the intersection of Pershing Avenue and Seventh Street. During this altercation, a weapon was produced and shots were fired. Further investigation revealed that shots had been fired by Andrew Steelman of Salem. The investigation revealed that Kenneth Setzer of Salem had accompanied Steelman to the location. Steelman was taken into custody and charged with felony assault in first degree, felony armed criminal action, felony of unlawful use of a weapon, felony unlawful possession of a firearm. Steelman is incarcerated on a $100,000 cash only bond. Setzer was also taken into custody and charged with felony assault in first degree and is incarcerated on a $25,000 cash only bond. The victim was not struck by the gunshots. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time.

The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting Monday morning at the courthouse. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that work crews would be doing patch grading where needed and that grading would be done on Dent County Road 6090. Purcell stated that a two- man crew would be working on the floor drain at the maintenance shop. He also reported that workers would be power washing salt off the equipment to get it ready for any future needs. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson indicated that workers would be out checking the roads for soft spots and adding materials where needed. He also said workers would be putting up downed signs, especially in the Boss area. Larson also wants the public to know the Dent County Road crews did the best job they could in getting to over 600 miles of road with the extreme cold that affected graders and even a John Deere Service truck, as well as the winds that continued to drift snow back across the roads that had already been plowed. The Commissioners appreciate the public for their patience in letting the crews clear the snow and ice from the roads. Presiding Commissioner Skiles said that he would be attending a County Commissioner of Missouri Board meeting Wednesday in Jefferson City. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley continues to prepare the budget for the county where a tentative budget will be ready for the public this Friday morning at 8:00. At 10:00, Rich Hall and Thom Haines from the Forest Service were in attendance to discuss Title 2 monies Dent County was entitled to in 2013 from 2012 timber and mineral sales of $22,729. According to Hall, it appears that those monies from last year have been lost to Sequestration from last year, even though they had already been approved to use. Hall said this year’s allocation will be reduced by about 10% and the county is waiting on the letter from the Governor’s office indicating what the 2014 allocation will be from 2013 timber sales and mineral rights. According to the Forest Service website, the amount should be about $19,000 or so. Commissioner Purcell said that money will be re-allocated for the projects previously approved for 2013 and he will budget about $20,000. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 at the courthouse and the meeting is open to the public.

An accident happened at 7:45 Sunday evening in Reynolds County on Highway 72 and Route B, about ten miles east of Bunker. According to the highway patrol report, 30-year old Allen Porte of New Mexico was driving a Ford F-150 pickup truck northbound when the vehicle slid across the roadway and hit a tree. Porte suffered serious injuries and was taken by the Reynolds County ambulance to the Poplar Bluff Regional Hospital. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford F-150 pickup truck was totaled and removed from the scene by Hills Towing of Ellington.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released more arrest reports for Dent County. On Saturday, January 11th at 2:14 in the afternoon, 23-year old Jennifer Housman of Salem was arrested on a misdemeanor Dent County warrant for bad checks. She was taken to the Dent County Jail and held on bond. On Sunday, January 12th at 8:55 in the evening, 31-year old Richard Ellerman of Salem was arrested on a St. James municipal warrant for failure to appear on a charge of no vehicle insurance. He was turned over to the St. James Police Department. 

Sports [TOP]

Ava's Jacey Swofford hit a bankshot as time expired that tied the game for the Ava Bears and propelled them to a 65-58 win in overtime over the Salem Lady Tigers. Salem led most of the game but could not put the game away as Ava outscored Salem in the second half, 37-30, and then in overtime, 8-1. The Lady Tigers were led by Payton Curley with 16 points followed by Savannah Hanning with 14 points. Kaleigh Nash added 11 points all in the second half for Salem as they fall to 4-8 on the year and 0-1 in the SCA. The Lady Tigers will be at Houston Thursday night at 6:00.

The Salem Tiger Boys basketball team will be in Sullivan tonight to play the Eagles. Salem is 4-5 on the year and JV will start play at 6:00 with the varsity to follow. You’ll be able to hear the game on KSMO and online at

The St. Louis Blues will host the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at the Scottrade Center. The Blues are 31-8-5 on the year and sit three points back of Chicago for the lead in the Central Division. You can hear the game on KSMO starting at 6:30. KSMO will break away for the Salem game but rejoin Blues’ hockey following the conclusion of the Salem game.

St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon has agreed to a multi-year contract extension. Shannon, who played for the Cardinals from 1962-70, will join fellow broadcaster John Rooney for the majority of Cardinals games on KMOX and the Cardinals Radio Network, with the exception of approximately 50 road games in 2014. In 2014, Shannon will begin his 56th year as part of the Cardinals' family and will start his 42nd season in the broadcast booth. The St. Louis native was a member of the 1964 and 1967 World Series championship teams as a player and joined the broadcast team in 1972.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Ann J. Simmons of Rolla, age 59, will be held at 11:00 Wednesday morning at the Rolla Chapel on James and Gahr Mortuary. Visitation will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ridgeview Christian Church.

Funeral services for Lena Mae Wells of Salem, age 85, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Ohlman Missionary Baptist Church.

Private graveside services for Gertrude La Verne McAllister of Salem, age 87, will be held at a later date at the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy, high of 45 with wind chill as low as 25 early.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy, low of 21 with wind chill as low as 12.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 32 with wind chill as low as 8 early.
Wednesday night..Partly cloudy, low of 26.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 47.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low of 20.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 28.
Friday night.. Partly cloudy, low of 18.



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