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An accident happened at 7:35 Wednesday morning in Dent County on Route FF about ten miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2003 Pontiac Sunfire driven by 21-year old Jacob Bethel of Salem was traveling eastbound on Route FF. The Pontiac ran off the left side of the road, then returned to the roadway, overturned and came to rest on it’s top. Bethel suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem ambulance. He was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Pontiac was totaled and removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports involving stealing and a burglary. On Tuesday, February 17th at 3:20 in the afternoon, a rural property owner came into the station and wanted to report that his neighbor had cut some timber off of his property. In one area he cut the fence and had a skidder on the property. The victim has had previous problems with the neighbor whose cattle have also been on the property in the past and caused property damage. Sergeant Jackson followed the complainant to his property and photographed where at least six trees have been cut along the fence line. The trees were clearly on the victim's side of the fence. There was also a section of the fence, about 15-feet long, that had been taken down and there were skidder tracks coming through the area. Property lines were determined on a plat map and the property owner was to bring in an estimated cost of damages and loss. On Wednesday, February 18th at 6:15 in the evening, Deputy Piatt was dispatched to a residence located on County Road 2300 in reference to a burglary. The person or persons gained entry through the front door and there was a fresh partial footprint low on the door where the suspect had kicked the door open. It appeared the person or persons were wearing some type of tennis shoes by the tread pattern. The door was still in the locked position and the dead bolt was also locked. The doorjamb on the inside had been busted and was lying on the living room floor. The victim stated he believed the person responsible was a male subject that he had allowed to live with him until the night before. He reported that his cell phone (described as a black colored Razor) and a black case containing CDs were the only things of his taken in the burglary and were valued at $650. This report is still under investigation.

The siren will sound at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 1st, and that signals the official beginning of trout season in Missouri state parks.    Fishermen are dusting off their fishing gear and officials in the three state parks are preparing the parks for their arrival. Local communities are gearing up for the influx of fishermen who are anticipated to arrive for the season, which runs through October 31st. With opening day falling on a Sunday this year, Missouri Department of Natural Resources officials expect good crowds for opening day. It is anticipated that approximately 8,400 trout tags will be sold at the three state parks and additional family members accompany most people who buy a tag. Trout tags can be purchased at the state park concession stores. Although trout fishing will be the main activity at the three parks on opening day, the parks also offer other opportunities including hiking and learning about the parks through exhibits in the interpretive and nature centers. All three parks feature campgrounds as well as dining and lodging facilities. Visitors for opening day can expect to see improvements at Montauk State Park. There have been repairs and renovations made on several rental cabins, motel rooms and shower houses. Gravel and sand were removed from select locations in the Current River and the Bluff Spring Branch to improve the depth of the fishing holes. Trout season in Missouri is a cooperative effort of the Department of Natural Resources, which manages state parks, and the Department of Conservation, which operates the hatcheries and stocks the streams with trout. For more information on state parks and historic sites, contact the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 or visit the website at www.mostateparks.com.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Boys Basketball Tigers will battle the Owensville Dutchmen tonight in the semi-final of District play starting at 7:30. Salem entered the competition as the 6th seed while Owensville is the 2nd seed. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com at 7:15 starting with Tiger Talk and Coach Phillip Karr. The winner of the game will face the winner of the Fulton/Jeff City Helias game Friday night at 7:30 for the District Championship. Admission price for the game is $4.00 per person.

DeMarre Carroll recorded 21 points and 14 rebounds, leading 11th-ranked Missouri in a 94-74 rout of Kansas State at Mizzou Arena. Laurence Bowers and Leo Lyons scored 16 points apiece for the Tigers (24-4, 11-2 Big 12), who has won seven consecutive games and moved to 17-0 at home. J.T. Tiller finished with 15 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Tigers, who will head to Kansas to take on the 15th-ranked Jayhawks Sunday. You can hear that game on KSMO starting at 12:30.

The St. Louis Blues will hit the road tonight as they travel to Dallas to face the Stars starting at 7:30. The Blues have won four of their last six games in their run for the playoffs and have reached the .500 for the first time since November. KSMO will join the game in progress after the Salem Tiger Basketball game.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run as the Florida Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals played to a 5-5 10-inning tie in the Spring Training opener for both teams. Rick Ankiel went 2-for-3 with two RBI while Skip Schumaker had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Cardinals, who finished the 2008 season in fourth place in the NL Central with a mark of 86-76. Blake Hawksworth pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the start for the Red Birds.

Nelson Cruz crushed a solo home run and finished with three RBI, as the Texas Rangers used a six-run first inning to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 12-7, in the Cactus League opener for both clubs. Mike Jacobs clubbed a three-run homer and Mitch Maier smacked a two-run homer for Kansas City. Royals’ starter Horacio Ramirez was tagged for six runs --three earned -- on seven hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

St. Louis Rams have released quarterback Trent Green and wide receiver Drew Bennett.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ruby A. Hayes of Rolla, age 96, will be held Friday morning at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Heritage Park Skilled Care Activity Program.

Funeral services for Brian Allen Firestine of Salem, age 29, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Hutcheson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Firestine family to cover expenses.

A Memorial Mass for Arthur (Art) Stephens, Jr. of Salem, age 62, will be held March 4th at 6:30 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 40% chance for showers, high of 66.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy and windy with a 70% chance for showers and thunderstorms this evening, low of 38.
Friday..Partly sunny, high of 45.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 26.
Saturday..Cloudy with a 60% chance for snow, high of 36.

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