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The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced that they have taken 31-year old Benjamin C. Ogden of Salem into custody on a felony Phelps County warrant. According to court records, Ogden was originally arrested on July 18th, 2013 for 2nd degree statutory rape. He then posted bond after having his bond reduced from $100,000 to $25,000 cash or professional surety on August 21st, 2013. Then on Thursday, January 9th of this year, Ogden failed to appear in court and a capias warrant was issued for his arrest. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Ogden on Tuesday, January 14th at 8:40 in the morning and took him to the Dent County Jail and held him on no bond.

A pavement repair project will require lanes on Interstate 44 in Crawford and Phelps counties to be closed at various times today and tomorrow. MoDOT crews will make pavement repairs in the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-44 through Crawford and Phelps counties between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. One lane will be closed in the work area. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers during the work. More info about this project can be found at or by calling 1-888-275-6636.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving active warrants and theft of fuel. On Thursday, January 2nd at 11:30 in the morning, an officer made contact with a 36-year old Doniphan male in the 100 block of East Fifth who had an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem. He was taken into custody on the warrant and incarcerated pending a court appearance. That night at 10:06 pm, an officer made contact with a 24-year old female of Lecoma near Highway 32 and 19 who had an active arrest warrant from the City of Salem.  She was taken into custody on the warrant and incarcerated pending a court appearance. On Tuesday, January 7th at 7:32 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the Casey’s General Store on Highway 32 East in reference to theft of fuel.  Investigation of the report revealed the driver of a maroon Ford pumped $33.39 in fuel and left without paying.  An officer located the vehicle a short time later and the driver returned to pay for the fuel.  No charges were filed. Anyone that has information regarding any investigation is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

State Auditor Tom Schweich announced that his office has started an audit of the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Missouri Department of Agriculture. State law gives the auditor the authority to audit state agencies. Persons who would like to provide information during these audits are encouraged to contact the State Auditor's office at 800-347-8597 or by email at

The Dent County Sheriff’s Office released a couple of reports. On Thursday, January 2nd the Dent County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a theft in the 6000 block of Highway 19 North. It was determine that two chainsaws and numerous checks had been taken without the owner’s consent. Some the checks taken were later cashed at a local bank. Through video surveillance suspect information was obtained. As a result of the investigation, 27-year old Stephen Mock and 22-year old Erica Hopkins, both of Salem, were arrested. Both are currently being held in the Dent County Jail. Mock’s bond has been set at $10,000 cash only and Hopkins bond has been at $7,000 cash only. On Monday, January 13th deputies with the Dent County Sheriff’s Office, with assistance from the Salem Police Department, conducted a consent search in the 1400 block of Highway 19 South. During the search deputies located 20 plastic baggies which contained a crystalline substance that weighed approximately 8 grams. The substance later field-tested positive for Methamphetamine. Also found in the residence was a semi automatic pistol. As a result, 35-year old Carl Norris of Holts Summit, 28-year old Amy Norris of Holts Summit, and 23-year old Justin Davis of Salem were arrested. Carl and Amy Norris are being held on a $75,000 cash only bond while Justin Davis is being held on $10,000 cash only.

Turkey hunters have until February 28th to apply for managed hunts during the 2014 spring turkey season. This year’s offerings include managed hunts for archers, youths, and people with disabilities. Managed turkey hunts and application procedures are outlined in the 2014 Spring Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, which is available at A print version will be available from hunting permit vendors statewide in mid-February. Missouri has some of the nation’s best turkey hunting, thanks to the cooperation of MDC, citizens, and landowners in a 25-year restoration program.

The Salem R-80 Board of Education will conduct their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 16th at the administrative boardroom beginning at 6:00 pm. After approval of the agenda and communications, Superintendent Steve Carvajal will update the Board on various building projects, the candidate filings to date, a Judson/Young donation and there will be Board recognition. Each principal from the respective buildings will update on happenings and then in new business the Board will address EOC scores. The Board will then adjourn the regular meeting and vote to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel. The regular monthly meeting of the Salem R-80 Board of Education is open to the public.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Basketball Tigers led the Sullivan Eagles at halftime, 28-27, only to have the Eagles outscore Salem in the second half by a 44 to 20 margin and beat the Salem Tigers, 71-48. Salem was led in scoring by Cody Whitaker with 15 points followed by Logan Pogue who netted 12. Salem is now 4-6 on the year and will be at Mountain Grove on Friday night starting with the JV game at 6:00.

Jaroslav Halak made 20 stops to lead the St. Louis Blues in a 2-1 win over the Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. T.J. Oshie scored both goals for the Blues, whose loss to Vancouver on Friday snapped a seven-game winning streak. The Blues will host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at the Scottrade Center at 7:00.

The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Ryan Reaves to a four-year, $4.5 million contract extension. Reaves has two goals and three assists in 26 games this season. Originally drafted by the Blues in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-1, 224-pound forward has recorded 11 goals and eight assists in 157 career games with St. Louis.

Obituaries   [TOP] 

Funeral services for Ann J. Simmons of Rolla, age 59, will be held at 11:00 this morning at the Rolla Chapel on James and Gahr Mortuary. 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 today 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.

Funeral services and interment for Ardean Garrison of Salem, age 95, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem. All arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Alvie Herrien of Bunker, age 84, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be Thursday night from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Bunker Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Herrien family.

Funeral services for Audrey Hinsen of Rolla, age 85, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Crossville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

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 sunny, high of 30 with wind chill as low as 9 early.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 21.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, high of 46.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy with scattered flurries, low of 15.
Friday..Mostly sunny, high of 25.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 15.



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