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The Salem Police Department released their reports. On Wednesday, April 15th at 7:30 pm, a 17-year old Salem man, the victim of an assault, contacted an officer at the station. The suspect has not been located at this time.  On Friday, April 17th at 6:27 pm a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation that led to the arrest of an 18-year old St. Peters woman for possession of marijuana and a minor in possession of intoxicants. She was issued summons to appear in court and released on bond. At 10:25 that evening, an officer stopped a vehicle for a license registration violation that led to the arrest of a 30-year old Salem man for driving while intoxicated and failure to register a motor vehicle. He was issued summons to appear in court and released. On Sunday, April 19th at 2:30 in the early morning, an officer was detailed to the 300 block of South Carty in reference to a disturbance. The report led to the arrest of a 32-year old Salem man for disorderly conduct. He was issued summons to appear in court and incarcerated. At 11:10 that same morning, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft in the 700 block of East Roosevelt. A concrete birdbath was stolen from the yard of the residence valued at $150. On Monday, April 20th at 3:00 in the afternoon, an officer was detailed to the 400 block of West Gibbs in reference to a possible death. Dent County Coroner Gina White was contacted and pronounced 67-year old Richard Wilber deceased of natural causes. Anyone with any information regarding the assault or theft, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

With nearly 700 people attending the 2009 Business Expo, the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce has considered this another successful year for what has become an annual event. The weather may have been gloomy but it didn’t hurt the attendance at the 6th Annual Business Expo. The doors opened at 9:00 a.m. and closed at 1:00 but during those four hours many came out to see what this year’s Expo had to offer.  Some attend every year and for some it was their first year in attendance. Some of the businesses have attended and participated from the very first Expo while others were new to the Expo. The Salem R-80 Upper Elementary Student Council raised $200.00 selling concessions at the Expo. There were many prize drawings held. Winners of those drawings were Roxanne Sanders of Salem who won the $250 Visa Gift Card from The Bank of Salem, Janeen Reinbott of Salem who won the $250 Visa Gift Card from Progressive Ozark Bank, Ursula Conway of Ellington who won the 32” LCD TV given by Missouri Loan Center, Mary Jessen of Salem who won the 5-piece dinette set from Gateway Rent to Own, and Robert Young of Salem who won the $250 donated by Town & Country Bank that the Chamber drew for.

The Dent County Commissioners held their regular meeting at the courthouse Monday morning. In the road report, District One Commissioner Dennis Purcell said that work crews would be out checking roads for washouts and downed trees. He said that crews would be checking the bridge on Dent County Road 6080 and also they were going to check Dent County Road 4180. District Two Commissioner Gary Larson said that workers are going to be working on the low water crossing on Dent County Road 4060 as it had washed out. He said that there was a tree on Dent County Road 4050 that was being removed, and there was another washout on Dent County Road 3260 that will be looked at. Larson said that the crews would also be checking other areas for washouts and debris. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he and Commissioner Larson attended an interoperable communications meeting in St. James for emergency responders as requested by Senator Frank Barnitz. The meeting is being held to get feedback on the development of a system of communication for the sheriff’s departments, Missouri State Highway Patrol, ambulances and other responders that will allow them to communicate better in different areas. Skiles said that he and another commissioner may go to Jeff City to visit with Senator Barnitz and State Representative Jason Smith about the early voting bill and a bill allowing new car dealers to act as fee agents. At the last meeting, Daryl Hunter came in to inquire about Dent County Road 2460. The commission discussed the chip and seal bids but made no decision before signing the contracts for the two new 2007 dump trucks from Peach State Truck Centers in Georgia for $80,836 each. Charles Rouse also came in to inquire about Dent County Road 6350 and the possibility of it being chip and sealed. The next meeting of the Dent County Commissioners will be held Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public at the courthouse.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tigers Golf Team finished last at Houston yesterday in the six-team match. Connor Stroburg again led the Tigers with a 47.  Ben Adams shot a 48, Branden Piatt finished with a 54, and Robbie Brooks rounded out the top four with a 59. Zach Pogue shot a 62 which did not count towards total.

Alex Burrows scored with 19 seconds remaining in the first overtime, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 3-2 win in Game 4 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series at Scottrade Center. Brad Boyes and David Perron each had a goal while Mason stopped 33 shots in the loss for the Blues, who were in the postseason for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

Rick Ankiel finished with three hits and doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, as the St. Louis Cardinals bested the New York Mets, 6-4, in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Yadier Molina also had three hits while Albert Pujols doubled in a pair for St. Louis, which had lost two of three to the Cubs in a rain-shortened series over the weekend. Jason Motte (1-1) recorded the final two outs in the eighth to pick up the win, and Ryan Franklin set down New York in order in the ninth for his third save of the season. The Cards and Mets play again tonight at 6:55 on KSMO Radio.

Grady Sizemore hit a three-run home run to help the Cleveland Indians take an 8-7 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game set at Jacobs Field. David DeJesus hit a two-run home run and drove in three while Mark Teahen went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI for the Royals, who have dropped their last two games. Sidney Ponson (0-2) was saddled with the loss for giving up six runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings of work. The Royals and Indians play again tonight.

The Kansas City Royals have placed pitcher Doug Waechter on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right elbow and have recalled pitcher Brian Bannister from Triple-A Omaha. Bannister is expected to start Wednesday's game in Cleveland. He made three starts for Omaha this season, posting a record of 0-1 with a 3.46 ERA.

The Kansas City Chiefs signed tight end Sean Ryan on Tuesday. Ryan has appeared in 43 games during a five-year career with San Francisco, New Orleans, Miami, the Jets and Dallas. He spent time with the 49ers, Saints and Dolphins in 2008, catching a total of three passes for 15 yards. The Chiefs also waived offensive tackle Andrew Carnahan, linebacker Curtis Gatewood and wide receiver Kevin Robinson.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for David P. Bogle of Chamois, age 59, will be held today at 11:00 at the Morton Chapel in Chamois with Chaplin Bruce Gardner officiating. Interment will be in the Lane Cemetery.

Funeral services for Richard Paul Wilber of Salem, age 67, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Grace Community Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Interment will be in the Mount Herman Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials are suggested to the SBU Salem Scholarship.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 72.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 52.
Thursday..Partly cloudy and breezy with a 20% chance of rain in the morning, high near 80.
Thursday night..Partly cloudy, low around 60.
Friday..Partly cloudy and windy, high around 80, low of 58.



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