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The Salem Police Department released their reports involving property damage and a traffic violation. On Thursday, May 6th at 11:30 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 800 block of East Third Street in reference to a property damage report. The investigation revealed that between 9:30 pm and 11:00 pm, a person or persons unknown slashed four tires on the victim’s vehicle. The tires were valued at $200. On Saturday, May 8th at 12:30 p.m. an officer was detailed to the Western Cherokee Nation in reference to property damage report. The investigation revealed between May 1st at 12:30 p.m. and May 8th at 12:30 p.m. a person or persons unknown had damaged the lock on the door to the gym. On Sunday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. a vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation. The investigation of the stop led to the arrest of a 73-year-old Salem man on a fugitive warrant from the Reynolds County Sheriff Department. He was incarcerated on the warrant pending extradition. Anyone with information on the property damage is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 573-729-4242.

The 2010 Serendipity will be held at the Salem Upper Elementary on Thursday, May 13th. Serendipity is a way to discover new things from a variety of interesting people including; experience the duties of a patrolman by the Salem Police Department; learn about the working parts of a fire truck presented by the Dent County Fire Protection District; tour an ambulance, take a mini CPR course and learn first aid presented by the Salem Memorial District Hospital. Be an actor, or be a clown presented by the Salem High School Drama Club; learn to juggle with a touch of magic presented by the Salem High School Basketball Team; learn to play a variety of musical instruments presented by the Salem High School Band; you can learn to cheer by the Salem High School Cheerleaders; and play baseball while enjoying the game by the Salem High School Baseball Team and a whole lot more. Numerous local volunteers will complete the lineup of activities for the children tomorrow.

The Dent County Fire Protection District Board of Directors held their monthly meeting last Tuesday night at the fire station. After approval of the agenda, the minutes were reviewed from the last meeting and approved, bills were discussed and approved and during the reimbursement review it was noted that a total of 34 fire calls came in during the month of April. In old business, Chief Brad Nash presented the Board with several different templates for regulations and suggestions for a policy for usage of the district facilities. After discussion, the Board decided to form a committee composed by Board member Liz Gruendel as Chairperson, Assistant Chief Dennis Floyd, Officer David Siler and Board President Grant Hamlet, to research and review options. That Board will report back to the Directors at the next meeting. In new business, Liz Gruendel took the floor to talk about completing the district facilities updates and improvements. Gruendel presented three options to acquire the monies needed. After a discussion, the Board agreed for her to move forward with the plan in stages. Chief Nash then reported that the officer replacement was in progress. Nash also reported that the inventory was still in the works. He also reported on the possibility of hosting the required class for Board members. It was agreed that Missouri University would provide the class if 15 people could be acquired. Nash also addressed the Board on the filling of high-pressure tanks for the public. After discussion, a motion was made that the district would no longer fill private citizen’s high-pressure tank bottles due to liability concerns. The Board then voted to set their next monthly meeting to be held on Tuesday, June 1st the fire station beginning at 6:00 pm. The meeting was then adjourned.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem High School Spring Sports banquet for the athletes and their parents will be held tonight at 6:30 in the Salem High School Cafeteria. The banquet is for the athletes participating in varsity and JV baseball, boys and girls track, tennis and golf.

Hunter Pence homered and finished with two runs scored, as the Houston Astros downed the St. Louis Cardinals, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Ryan Ludwick finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for St. Louis, which has dropped five of its last seven games overall. Matt Holliday added an RBI in the loss. Brad Penny started on the mound for the Cardinals and cruised through six innings, but ran into trouble in the seventh. Penny (3-3) allowed only three hits in six scoreless frames until the decisive seventh. Overall, the right- hander was charged with four runs -- none of which were earned -- on seven hits. The Cards and Astros play again tonight starting with the Dugout Show at 6:55 on KSMO.

Jake Westbrook posted his first victory since April 2008 with six solid frames, as Cleveland blitzed reeling Kansas City, 8-2, at Kauffman Stadium. Brian Bannister (1-3) gave up four runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks over six innings to take the loss. Billy Butler drove in both Royals runs in defeat. Kansas City has lost six games in a row. The Royals and Indians play again tonight.

The Dallas Cowboys acquired offensive tackle Alex Barron from the St. Louis Rams in exchange for linebacker Bobby Carpenter. Carpenter was the 18th overall pick out of Ohio State in 2006, and Barron was the 19th overall pick of the 2005 draft out of Florida State.

The Salem Tiger Boys Summer Basketball Camp will he held June 1st thru 4th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for boys entering 9th through 12 grades and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm for boys entering 5th through 8th grades. The Salem Tiger Boys Summer Basketball Camp will be held at the Salem High School gym, the cost is $30 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested can pickup a form at the Salem JH or call Coach Zenker. The deadline to register is Friday, May 14th.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Wendell D. Craft of Salem, age 83, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.

Funeral services for Bonnie J. Benson of Licking, age 72, will be held this morning at 11:00 am the Church of Christ in Licking. Interment will be in the Licking Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sonshine and Rainbow Day School.

Timothy Sand of Licking, formerly of Oklahoma, age 58, passed away and there will be NO SERVICES. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

A Private Memorial Service for Carroll Chester Paulsmeyer of Rolla, age 91, will be held at a later date. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary of Rolla.

Funeral services for Julia E. Marchi of St. James, age 95, will be held Thursday at 10:00 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Rosati. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Interment will be in the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the St. Anthony Cemetery.

Funeral services for Louis Leon Albin of Steelville, age 71, will be held Saturday at 10:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 8:00.

Funeral services for Jimmy Dean Jackson of Salem, age 77, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance for thunderstorms this morning, then partly cloudy this afternoon, high of 82.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 30% chance for thunderstorms, low of 68.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 70% chance for thunderstorms, high of 76.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance for thunderstorms, low of 53.
Friday..Partly sunny with a 40% chance for thunderstorms, high near 70.

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