Democratic Party leaders from southeast Missouri have picked state Representative Steve Hodges to run in a special election to replace resigned U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson in the 8th district. The conservative Democrat from East Prairie was selected Saturday during a meeting in Poplar Bluff receiving 39 votes. A funeral home director from DeSoto, Todd Mahn, received 27 votes, and the former mayor of Blodgett, Mo., Markel Fitchpatrick, earned only two votes. The 64-year old Hodges of East Prairie, is a former grocery store owner and high school sports referee who spent a dozen years on a local school board and first won election to the Missouri House in 2006. Only after other likely candidates bowed out this past week did he belatedly enter the race Wednesday night to run in a June 4 special election against Republican State Representative Jason Smith from Salem. Smith was nominated by his party to run last weekend. Even though he is a Democrat, Hodges said he'd try to continue the legacies of Jo Ann and Bill Emerson in support for labor and agriculture. He also stressed a need to balance the budget.
An accident occurred on Friday at 11:25 in the evening in Jackson County on Westbound I-70 at Adams Dairy Parkway. According to the Highway Patrol report, a 1995 Dodge driven by 51-year old Catherine McClellan of Salem traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned. Suffering moderate injuries were McClellan and occupant 51-year old Dwayne McClellan of Salem and 37-year old Martine Gregg of Salem. Suffering minor injuries was infant Morrigan Gregg of Salem. All were taken to the Centerpoint Medical Center by EMS. The Dodge was totaled and towed by ABC Towing.
An accident occurred at 6:20 Friday morning in Dent County on Highway 32 about two miles east of Howes Mill. According to the highway patrol report, a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by 20-year old Aubree Botkin of Salem was traveling westbound on highway 32. The Ford Explorer traveled off the right side of the roadway, striking a tree and overturned before coming to rest. Botkin suffered minor injuries and was transported by Salem ambulance to the Salem Memorial Hospital. She was not wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Explorer sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.
The Salem Police Department has released their reports. On Wednesday, February 6th at 1:36 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of East Center in reference to trespassing. The investigation led to the arrest of a 25-year old Salem male on an active arrest warrant from Dent County. He was incarcerated on the warrant in the Dent County Jail. On Thursday, February 7th at 10:00 in the morning, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to identity theft. That investigation revealed that someone used the identity of another to file an income tax statement. On Friday, February 8th at 10:29 in the morning, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to theft from the mail. The investigation revealed that someone took the mail of another that containing two checks that were then cashed for a total of $75. Later that afternoon at 4:51, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 33-year old Columbia female for possession of synthetic narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, and on active arrest warrants from Dent County, Cole County, and the Rolla Police Department. She was incarcerated pending application for warrants as well as the outstanding fugitive warrants. Anyone with any information regarding the theft reports is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 573-729-4242.
The Mountain View-Liberty Eagles scored 28 points in the first quarter Friday in building a 14-point lead that they never relinquished as the defeated Salem Friday night, 75-59. Chad Elliott led Salem in scoring with 22 points followed by Brady Floyd with 15. Salem finished their SCA season with a 4-3 record and are 10-14 on the season. The Tigers will be at St. Clair tomorrow night to face the Bulldogs.
The Salem Lady Tiger basketball team will host St. Clair tonight at the SHS gym for their regular season finale and Senior Night. JV will play at 6:00 with the varsity to follow. The Lady Tigers are 9-15 on the year. You can hear the varsity game on KSMO and online at ksmoradio.com. The game can also be seen at fidelitylocal6.com.
The St. Louis Blues struck for four first-period goals and rode that early surge to a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Friday. David Perron scored a pair of power-play goals and Alexander Steen had a goal and two assists for the Blues. On Sunday, T.J. Oshie and Andy McDonald scored during the shootout phase and the St. Louis Blues beat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-3. McDonald and Oshie also scored during regulation and Patrik Berglund also lit the lamp for St. Louis. Jake Allen, making his third NHL start, made 28 stops to help the Blue sweep a three-game road trip. The Blues will host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.
BJ Young scored 18 points, including seven in the game's final 29 seconds, to help lead the Arkansas Razorbacks to a 73-71 triumph over the Missouri Tigers in SEC action at Bud Walton Arena. For Missouri (18-7, 7-5), Keion Bell led all scorers with 25 points, shooting 9-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line before fouling out. Earnest Ross tallied 16 points and nine rebounds, while Alex Oriakhi corralled 11 boards for the Tigers, who had won their previous two contests. Missouri will host Florida on Tuesday at 8:00.
The St. Louis Cardinals have extended the contract of general manager John Mozeliak for three years and picked up the 2014 option on the contract of manager Mike Matheny. Mozeliak is set to enter his sixth season as Cardinals GM. His contract was due to expire at the conclusion of the 2013 campaign and the new deal will take him through 2016. Matheny was the first rookie manager to lead the Cardinals to the postseason since Eddie Dyer in 1946.
The St. Louis Rams named Tim Walton their new defensive coordinator on Friday. Walton was most recently the defensive backs coach for the Detroit Lions from 2009-2012. He was the defensive coordinator at the collegiate level with Miami-Florida in 2007 and Memphis in 2008. The Rams also placed Titus Young on waivers Friday, just 10 days after claiming the problematic wide receiver from Detroit.
Gilbert C. Martin of Rolla, age 88, will have no visitation or funeral services. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.
Funeral services for Margaret Rose Niemi of Salem, age 90, will be held Tuesday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until the service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Funeral services for Jarvice Carroll Johnson of Salem, age 84, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Polk Cemetery ay 2:45.
Lanny Raymond “Bear” Watson of Bunker, age 58, will have no visitation or funeral services. Per Lanny’s request, his body will be cremated and there will be no memorial service. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.