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The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Rural Crimes Unit, and the Missouri Farm Protection Task Force encourages the farming community to be extremely observant of activities in their community, and to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement. With the upcoming spring planting and hay-baling season, we encourage people who live in the rural areas to be mindful of the risks of equipment, livestock, and anhydrous ammonia thefts. Grazing animals are an easy target for thieves; therefore farmers are encouraged to watch the fields where animals are feeding, and to make sure gates and fences are in good condition. Field gates should have capping hinges so they cannot be easily removed. Cattle panels should be removed from the fields and stored in buildings when not in use, along with valuable equipment such as mowers, tractors, and balers. Machinery left in fields especially near roads, make equipment theft quick and easy. The farming industry has used anhydrous ammonia for a cost effective nitrogen-based fertilizer for many years. Criminals involved in the illegal manufacturing of Methamphetamine can also use this chemical and will target farm tanks as a source of supply. Since anhydrous ammonia is a critical component of the drug manufacturing process, the agriculture community can play an important role in protecting their community, business, and farms. Take the time to secure nurse tanks. Do not leave them in the field unattended. Signs of theft include activity near the tank such as footprints in the soil, tank valves that are not tightly closed or appear to be tampered with, items left near the tank such as duct tape, garden hose, plastic tubing, bicycle inner tubes, and coolers. If you have any information relating to this type of criminal activity please contact your local law enforcement agency, or call the rural crimes hotline at (888) 484-8477.

The Missouri School Violence Hotline is trying a new way to generate tips. The telephone hotline has received hundreds of valid reports from across the state every year since it was created in 2001. Officials said the hotline has been adapted for its Web site as “Report It!” Just like the phone line, the Department of Public Safety wants students, parents and teachers to use the program to report fights, weapons at school, thefts, and bullying: all anonymously. For those who want to report an issue by phone, the hotline is 1-866-748-7047.

The Dent County Fire Protection District released their reports. On Monday, May 3rd at 4:28 in the afternoon, firefighters were paged out due to a vehicle accident on Highway 19 south. Upon arrival six firefighters assisted the Salem ambulance with one female occupant. On Saturday, May 8th at 6:00 in the evening, firefighters were paged out to setup a landing zone at the station. A total of eight fire department personnel responded. At 9:15 that same night, firefighters were paged out to assist the Salem ambulance with a patient at the Seville Care Center. A total of eight firefighters responded. On Monday, May 10th at 3:58 in the afternoon, firefighters were paged out to assist the Salem ambulance with a patient at Seville Care Center. A total of six fire department personnel responded to the call. On Tuesday, May 11th at 6:55 in the morning, firefighters were paged out to set up a secure landing zone at the station. A total of three fire department personnel responded to the call.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and knowing the warning signs for strokes can help you or someone you know get the medical attention needed in time. Signs of a stroke include; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; or sudden, severe headache with no known cause. Another rule to remember is the word FAST. The letter F is for face, ask the person to smile and look to see if one side of the face droops. The letter A is for the arm, ask the person to raise both arms and notice if one arm drifts downward. The letter S is for speech, ask the person to repeat a simple phrase and listen to see if the speech sound is slurred or strange. The letter T is for time, if you observe any of these signs, it is time to call 9-1-1. REMEMBER, time lost is brain lost.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers are scheduled to play Iberia today at 5:00 at Iberia, weather permitting. If played, you can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com. Salem enters the game with a 5-13 record on the year.

The Salem Baseball Tigers are seeded 6th in the district tournament scheduled to start Saturday morning at 11:30 at Sullivan. The Tigers will face the Owensville Dutchmen. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio and online at ksmoradio.com.

Jeff Keppinger had a three-run double, and Wandy Rodriguez picked up his first road win since last July, as Houston beat St. Louis, 9-6, in the second installment of a three-game series from Busch Stadium. Albert Pujols knocked in two runs for the Cardinals, who lost for the sixth time in eight games. Kyle Lohse (0-3) remained the only St. Louis starter without a win this season. The right-hander was charged with 10 hits and nine runs -- four earned -- over five-plus innings. Ryan Ludwick went 3- for-5 for the Cardinals and is 13-for-21 vs. Houston this year. The Cards and Astros play the finale of their three game set this afternoon at 12:20 starting with the Dugout Show on KSMO.

Russell Branyan hit his third homer in two games, and Fausto Carmona pitched five shutout innings before the rains came, as the Cleveland Indians notched a 4-0 win over the struggling Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Alberto Callaspo hit two doubles for the Royals, who saw their losing streak stretch to seven. Scott Podsednik and Mike Aviles each added two hits in defeat. Kyle Davies (2-2) also went five frames due to the rain and gave up two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four.

The Kansas City Chiefs have released linebacker Michael Johnson.

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 Julia E. Marchi of St. James, age 95, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Rosati. 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 and breezy with a 60% chance for thunderstorms, high of 78.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy and cooler with a 60% chance for thunderstorms, low of 54.
Friday..Partly sunny, high of 73.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low near 50.
Saturday..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for thunderstorms, high around 70.

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