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An accident occurred Thursday evening at 9:50 in Crawford County about seven miles south of Steelville on Route AA. According to the highway patrol report, a 2005 Dodge Durango driven by 42-year old Kelly Stroh of Salem was traveling southbound on Route AA. The Dodge traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a post, went through a fence and then came to rest in a field. A passenger, 11-year old Scott Stroh, suffered minor injuries and was transported by the Steelville ambulance to the Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan. He was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene.

An accident occurred at 4:10 Saturday afternoon in Pulaski County on I-44 at the 150-mile marker west of Waynesville. According to the highway patrol report, 19-year old Ethan Head of Salem fell asleep while driving a 2007 Dodge, causing it to run off the right side of the roadway and strike a cable barrier in the median. Head suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center by the Pulaski County ambulance. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Rothmund’s Towing.

An accident occurred at 9:55 Saturday night in Dent County on Route K about eleven miles south of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Dodge Caravan driven by 23-year old Jessica Dodson of Salem, ran off the left side of the roadway, overcorrected, began overturning, before coming to rest in the roadway. Dodson suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem ambulance. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Dodge Caravan was totaled in the accident and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Friday, January 21st at 2:00 in the afternoon, an officer made contact with a 25-year old Salem male who had an active warrant from Dent County. He was taken into custody and released to the Dent County Sheriffs Department. On Saturday, January 22nd at 4:22 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 200 block of South Warfel in reference to a possible suicide attempt. The investigation of the report revealed that a 29-year old Salem male had taken a drug overdose and was incapacitated. The Salem ambulance responded and the subject was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment. An officer later transported the subject to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a mental commitment order. On Monday, January 24th at 3:27 in the afternoon, a vehicle was stopped for an investigation. During the stop the driver of the vehicle, a 30-year old Salem male was arrested for driving while having their license suspended. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Tuesday, January 25th at 9:30 at night, an officer transported a 22-year old male of Lanagan, Missouri, to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a mental commitment order. At 10:16 that same night, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of South Jackson in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown took items valued at $1,224. Then at 10:54 the same night, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 1600 block of South Highway 19 in reference to a prowler. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 42-year old Salem male for property damage. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Wednesday, January 26th at 11:22 in the morning, an officer took a report of a lost or stolen license plate. The handicapped plate belonged to a red 1996 Dodge truck and is believed to have been lost or stolen between Salem and Columbia, sometime on Sunday, January 23rd. Anyone with any information regarding any incident is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be completing drainage work in Crawford County on Route 49, from Adams County Road to Wihitte County Road, and from Route 19 to Route V beginning today.  Weather permitting, crews and equipment will be on the roadway between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Drainage work is needed to keep the roadway dry and maintain stability and proper drainage of water from the travel lanes. While performing this function, crews and equipment are located directly on or near the roadway. Motorists are urged to use caution when traveling in the area.  For additional information regarding this or other transportation-related topics, call the MoDOT Customer Service Center toll-free, at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636).

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers could not hold on to an eight-point lead at halftime and lost to Mountain Grove in the last 1:35 of the game by the score of 37-34. Salem ended up taking 3rd in the tournament after starting the tournament with two wins. Jonathan Hambacker led the Tigers with 16 points as they fall to 5-12 on the year. They will be back in action at the SHS gym Tuesday against Houston.

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will be in Willow Springs tonight to face the Lady Bears in SCA play. The Lady Tigers are 9-8 on the year and 2-1 in the SCA.

Jordan Hamilton had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as seventh-ranked Texas took down No. 11 Missouri, 71-58, in a Big 12 battle. Phil Pressey had 12 points and five assists and Kim English scored 10 points for the Tigers (17-4, 3-3), who had won their previous two coming into the contest. Missouri plays at Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

The St. Louis Blues will be back in action tomorrow night as they will host the Colorado Avalanche starting at 7:00.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Visitation for Larry L. Barton of Bixby, age 68, will be held tonight from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Viburnum Chapel. There will be no funeral services and a private internment at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Barton Cemetery.

Funeral services for Gene Mitchell Stires Sr. of Salem, age 53, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be today from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Helen Loraine (Wooliver) Fruekes, of St. Louis, formerly of Salem, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Stone Hill Church in Salem. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the Kutis South County Chapel in St. Louis. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery.

A funeral mass for David Lee Poncet of Hazelwood, age 71, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Steelville. Visitation will be from 9:00 until 10:45 Saturday morning at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Cherryville Baptist Cemetery with full military honors.

Funeral services for Angel V. Cuevas of Salem, age 65, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Winter Storm Warning until 6:00 Wednesday morning

Today..Cloudy with a 50% chance for rain, high near 40.
Tonight..Cloudy with a 70% chance of rain, changing to freezing rain, low of 28.
Tuesday..Cloudy with freezing rain before noon, changing to sleet then snow, temps will drop to about 23 by 3:00.
Tuesday night..80% chance for snow with an accumulation possible from 2 to 6 inches, low of 13 with wind chills at –2.

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