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A couple of accidents occurred on Monday, March 8th in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, first accident happened at 3:00 in the afternoon on Highway 19 and the McDonald’s exit. A 1994 Chevrolet half-ton truck driven by James Victor Land of Salem was stopped at the exit from McDonald’s attempting to cross highway 19 when contact was made with a 2006 Jeep Liberty driven by Steven Kelley of Jadwin traveling southbound on highway 19. The drivers reported no injuries. A passenger in the Jeep was attended to by EMS and refused medical treatment. Both vehicles sustained moderate damage. The second accident happened at 10:31 that evening on East Truman at Highway 19. According to the Salem Police report, a 1995 Dodge driven by Sharon Parmentier of Salem was stopped at a stop sign on East Truman at highway 19. A 1992 Mercury driven by Tammara Flores of Salem was making a left turn off of highway 19 and collided with the Dodge at the stop sign on East Truman. The Mercury was moved prior to the officer’s arrival.

On Tuesday, March 9th, the Cuba Police Department and the Crawford County Sheriff's Department received information that a subject wanted on a felony warrant from the state of Texas was in the Cuba area. The suspect was reportedly armed, dangerous, and would shoot at law enforcement officers. The suspect, a white male, was reportedly driving a dark colored, Ford pickup, with a camper, and bearing Texas license plates. At 10:40 am that same day, Cuba police officers and Crawford County deputies located the suspect at a business in Cuba. When approached, the suspect fled in his truck, dragging a Cuba police officer for a short distance. The suspect continued onto Interstate 44, traveling west, with Cuba police and Crawford County deputies pursuing. Shortly thereafter, Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers also became involved in the pursuit.  Tire spike strips were deployed at several locations, which resulted in three of the four tires on the suspect vehicle being deflated.  At approximately the 200-mile marker on I-44 the vehicle traveled off the right side of the highway and stopped. There, the suspect exited his truck while pointing a pistol at himself.  The suspect then pointed the weapon at officers and fired. Deputies and a trooper returned fire, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center by ambulance, where he was later pronounced dead. The investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control continues.  The trooper involved in the shooting was not injured, and has been placed on routine administrative leave pending completion of the investigation. The suspect has been identified as 29-year old Patrick L. Greer, of Fort Worth, Texas. The felony warrants issued for Greer were for assault, a drug violation, and engaging in organized crime.

The regular monthly meeting of the Meramec Regional Planning Commission will be held on Thursday, March 11th at the MRPC office located at #4 Industrial Drive in St. James beginning at 7:30 pm. After approval of the agenda and several contracts, Bill Ransdall will be present to talk about his new duties as a community development specialist with DED. After his presentation, he will take a few minutes to hear any suggestions for improving DED. Darrell Skiles will then report on the housing advisory board meeting, Assistant Director Bonnie Prigge will report on the outcome of the Statewide Planning Prioritization meeting, Kraig Bone will report on MREPC activities, and Tom Klebba will report on business loan activity. T.R. Dudley will then report on the workforce development activities, Chairman Laura Antolak will report on the February 16th Board Retreat that discussed future leadership of the MRPC and Laura and Director Richard Cavender will report on NADO’s Washington policy conference along with other issues of interest. The regular monthly meeting of the MRPC is open to the public.

Time changes this weekend, as it is that time of year to set your clocks up an hour. Be sure to set your clock ahead an hour Saturday night before you go to bed or when you get up Sunday morning. Spring forward with time changing this weekend.

Sports [TOP]

The long awaited 2010 St. Louis Cardinals pocket schedules have arrived. They are available at local merchants around town or in the front lobby of the KSMO Radio Station as well as at number of sponsor locations around town.

Brandon Richardson led a balanced Nebraska scoring attack with 19 points, as the Cornhuskers upended Missouri, 75-60, in the opening round of the Big-12 Conference Tournament. Laurence Bowers led the fifth-seeded Tigers (22-10) with 11 points and six boards. Missouri has dropped two straight and can now hope only for an at- large bid to the NCAA Tournament. Seeds for the NCAA Tournament will be announced this Sunday.

Allen Craig hit a two-run homer and drove in three, as the St. Louis Cardinals took a 6-4 decision over the Washington Nationals in Grapefruit League play. Colby Rasmus and Ruben Gotay each drove in a run for the Cardinals, who had lost their previous two. Brad Penny got the win in the start as he pitched four scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. The Cards will face the Florida Marlins today.

Jarrod Dyson drove in two runs to help the Kansas City Royals defeat the Colorado Rockies, 5-0, in Cactus League action. Zack Greinke remained sharp for the Royals, allowing one hit over three scoreless innings. The Royals will play the LA Angels today.

The St. Louis Blues will be back in action today as they will be in New York to face the Islanders. The Blues are 30-26-9 on the year and only 6 points back from the final playoff spot.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Mary Elizabeth Bracy of Lenox, age 76, will be held today at Noon at the First Pentecostal Church of Vichy. Interment will be in the Wynn/Maxwell Cemetery. Memorials maybe made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Phelps County Regional Homecare Hospice. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.

Funeral services for Virgil Franklin Dees of Rolla, age 89, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00-7:00 in the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Internment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Memorial Dinner for Patsy Jane Hendricks of Steelville, age 52, will be held Sunday at 1:00 at the First Assembly of God Church Fellowship Hall in Steelville. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for L.G. (Gene) Ball of Salem, age 78, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be on the Ball Farm. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital.

Funeral services for Lorraine E. Gaines of Salem, age 89, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Larry Hanger of Salem, age 63, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Saturday from 2:00 until time of service. Memorials are suggested to the Larry Hanger Family.

Funeral services for Lloyd Jasper Blackwell of Salem, age 90, will be held Monday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Blackwell Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Osage Beach Health Care Center.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of rain, high of 62.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers, low around 39...
Friday..Cloudy with a 40% chance of rain, high 48.
Friday night..Cloudy with a low around 35.

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