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Your World Today - April 26, 2012

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The Salem Police Department has released their reports. On Sunday, April 8th at 10:30 in the evening, an officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a 39-year old Salem female had stolen money from the cash drawer. She was arrested, issued a summons to appear in court, and released. Later that night at 11:23, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of South Oak in reference to a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed that an 18-year old Salem female had assaulted a 22-year old Newburg male. On Monday, April 9th at 8:00 in the evening, an officer was dispatched to the Break Time Convenience Store in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a male in a gold GMC Sierra pumped $10.01 in fuel and left with out paying. Later that night at 9:58, an officer was dispatched to Phil-Mart in reference to a shoplifter. The investigation revealed that a 25-year old Salem female took a case of Bud Light beer valued at $16.95 and left the store without paying. She was arrested, issued a summons to appear in court, and released. Later on that night at 11:55, an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle failed to stop and led officers out of the city limits. Officers discontinued following the vehicle and through further investigation identified the driver as a 19-year old Salem male. He was taken into custody and issued 8 summons to appear in court and incarcerated pending the application for warrants. On Thursday, April 12th at 6:56 in the evening, a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 19-year old Salem male for possession of marijuana. The suspect was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Please contact the Salem Police Department at (573) 729-4242 if you have any information regarding the thefts or domestic disturbance, which are still under investigation.

With prom and graduation season here, Missouri law enforcement want to make sure Missouri youth are celebrating safe and sober. Law enforcement will crack down on underage drunk driving from Monday, April 30th through Sunday, May 13Th. It is illegal for anyone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways. Many drunk drivers are under the age of 21. From 2009-2011, there were 83 fatal crashes and 233 disabling injury crashes involving an impaired driver under 21. There were 94 people killed and 368 seriously injured in these crashes. Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law.  If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system. Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees and court costs. When family and friends find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation. In 2011 in Missouri, 217 people were killed and 867 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. For more information, please visit

The public is invited to bring their ideas to an informational meeting Saturday, April 28th, in the gymnasium located in Current River State Park outside of Salem. The informational meeting will begin at 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. Current River State Park is currently under development. Staff will be on hand to discuss the development of the park including roadways into the park property. This informational meeting is part of an ongoing effort by Missouri State Parks to ensure citizens have input on facilities and services offered in state parks and historic sites. Current River State Park is located 25 miles south of Salem on Highway 19 in Shannon County. People requiring special services or accommodations to attend the meeting can make arrangements by calling (573) 858-3015.

An accident occurred at 4:05 Wednesday afternoon in Dent County on County Road 5130 about three miles east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1989 Chevrolet 1500 driven by 16-year old Clarissa Blaylock of Salem crested a hill, began skidding, traveled off the left side of the roadway, and struck a tree. Clarissa and an occupant, 13-year Marissa Blaylock of Salem, suffered minor injuries and were taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Another occupant, 17-year old Emily Blaylock of Salem, suffered moderate injuries and was also taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital. They were not wearing seat restraints at the time of the accident. The Chevy sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Tiger Golf Team shot a 429 to finish 8th in the 3A District 1 Tournament held Wednesday at Crown Pointe Country Club in Farmington. Alan Benowitz shot a 95, Ben Adams recorded a 96, Dylan Sisco got a 114, C.J. Davison shot a 124, and Adam Wood recorded a 130. Benowitz was named to the All-District team. Benowitz and Adams qualified for the State Sectional Meet held next Friday at Franklin County Country Club in Washington. Salem will next play Monday at Mountain View/Liberty in the Conference Tournament.

The Salem Tiger Tennis will be in Licking this afternoon at 3:10.

Lance Lynn tossed eight strong innings and became the first pitcher to four wins this season as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Chicago Cubs, 5-1. Lynn (4-0) fanned seven and allowed one run on six hits and two walks. The 24-year old has a minuscule 1.33 ERA with 24 strikeouts so far in four starts this year. David Freese smacked a two-run homer in a three-run sixth and added an RBI double in the eighth for St. Louis, which salvaged the finale of the three-game set. Carlos Beltran had two stolen bases, giving him five for the year. The Cards have the day off.

Alex Gordon hit a three-run home run and Billy Butler added two homers as Kansas City snapped a 12-game losing streak with an 8-2 win over Cleveland in the second of a three-game set. Butler hit a two-run and solo homer while Eric Hosmer contributed a two-run homer for the Royals, who hadn't won a game since defeating Oakland on April 10th. Luke Hochevar (2-1) gave up just two runs on four hits over 6 1/3 innings for the win. The Royals and Indians play again this afternoon.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Memorial services for Violet Marie (Ard) Holland formerly of Salem, age 66, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Gladden Empire Cemetery. A dinner will follow at the Gladden Community Center. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Leonard Richard Cozad Jr. of Rolla, Missouri, age 71, will be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to the St. Patrick Church of Rolla. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Sophie Bodine of St. James will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Rosati. Visitation will be Monday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James with a prayer service at 6:00. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Roasti. Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Humane Society or the St. Anthony Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny, high of 80. Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers, low of 54.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance of showers, high of 66.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers, low of 58.
Saturday.. Cloudy with a 50% chance of rain, high of 73.



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