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The Salem Police Department has released several reports. On Sunday, May 20th at 3:35 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to Wal-Mart in reference to trespassing. The investigation led to the arrest of a 35-year old Bismarck female for trespassing on Wal-Mart properties after having received a no trespass order. She was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Later that night at 8:00, an officer transported a 20-year old Neosho male to the Ozark Medical Center in West Plains in lieu of a mental commitment order. On Monday, May 21st at 7:09 in the evening, an officer made contact with a 61-year old Salem female who had an active warrant from the City of Salem. She was taken into custody on the warrant and was later released after pleading guilty and paying a fine. Later that night at 10:26, an officer was dispatched to the 1500 block of South Water in reference to a disturbance. That investigation led to the arrest of a 32-year old Salem male for disorderly conduct and failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer. He will be issued summons to appear in court upon his release. On Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:30 in the evening, an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of East Third in reference to a domestic disturbance. The investigation revealed that a 27-year old Salem female had assaulted a 31-year old Salem male. She was arrested, issued summons to appear in court, and incarcerated. On Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:35, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to damage to a vehicle. That investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown broke the driver side back door glass on a black 2005 Cadillac that was parked in the 200 block of South Missouri. The value of the damage is $600. On Thursday, May 24th at 12:30 in the afternoon, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown took a Murray riding mower and other items, valued at $2,413, from the bed of a pickup parked in the 600 block of East Roosevelt. Anyone with any information regarding the damage to the vehicle or theft, which are still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

The picking of banjos, the clanking of a hammer striking an anvil, the stomping of feet, and the neighing of a horse are just some of the sights and sounds visitors can experience during Ozark Heritage Day on Saturday, June 9th beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Ozark Depression Homestead at Big Spring will come alive with high stepping square dancers, Bluegrass music, and Ozark folkway demonstrations during this FREE event. Wool spinning, pottery, woodworking, chair caning, quilting, fiddle making, blacksmithing, and lye soap making are just some of the traditional Ozark lifeways demonstrated. Traditional bluegrass music by Buzzard Run will abound featuring fiddle, banjo and the old time “Walking Cane” dulcimer. Food will be available for purchase from a local vendor. Big Spring is located four miles south of Van Buren, Missouri, on State Route 103. For more information, phone (573) 323-4236 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. All are welcome. 

The East Missouri Dark Sky Organization will present Night Sky Viewing programs on June 9th and September 8th. You are invited to look at distant objects in the night sky through telescopes provided by the organization. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. Meet at the visitor center. Onondaga Cave State Park is located four miles east of Leasburg on Highway H in Crawford County (exit 214 off Interstate 44). A new parking lot for the natural area is 1.4 miles down Thickety Ford Road, east of Highway N and south of Meramec River’s Campbell Bridge Crossing. The river bridge on Highway N is approximately five miles south of Bourbon. For more information about the event, contact the park at 573-245-6576.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Salem invites businesses, organizations, and individuals to participate in the community’s 2012 4th of July parade on Wednesday, July 4th.  This year’s theme is “America’s Past, Present and Future” and it will start at 6:00 PM. The Grand Marshall this year is Ed Gill, a lifelong Salem resident and businessman, who achieved the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade in the United States Navy. Gill served aboard a minesweeper during the Invasion of Normandy in WWII. A one hundred dollar prize will be awarded to the best “Commercial” and “Non-Commercial” float. Get your entry form at; request a form from or stop by 200 SouthMain. Parade entry forms are due by June 26th. The parade route runs from the old fairgrounds to the Dent County Courthouse.  No ATV’s will be allowed.  Your line up position will be ready on June 29th.  For more information call 729-6900.

The Friends of the Salem Public Library will hold their annual Book Sale today, Friday and Saturday at the ONCRC. There will be new & used books at ‘doggone’ unbelievable prices! The book sale will be held today from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, on Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Annual Book sale will be held at the Ozark Natural & Cultural Resource Center located at 202 South Main Street in Salem.    

An accident occurred at 11:30 Wednesday morning in Dent County on Route VV about five miles west of Montauk. According to the highway patrol report, a 2002 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by 63-year old Roy R. King of Raymondville was traveling eastbound on Route VV. The Harley ran off the right side of the roadway, in a curve and overturned onto its side. King suffered moderate injuries and was transported to St. Johns in Springfield by Air Evac. The Harley sustained minor damage and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

Sports [TOP]

Allen Craig's solo home run and RBI single helped the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Houston Astros, 4-3, in the second of a three-game set. Daniel Descalso ripped a solo homer for St. Louis, who have won two of their last three since dropping five straight. Adam Wainwright (5-6) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while whiffing eight to earn the win. The Cards and Astros play again tonight and you can hear it on KSMO at 6:30.

Nick Blackburn returned from the disabled list to give the Twins five strong innings and Minnesota came from behind to beat the Royals, 4-2, and take the three-game series. Royals’ starter Felipe Paulino left the game in the first after taking a line drive off the leg. Luis Mendoza (2-3) entered and pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits to absorb the loss. Yuniesky Betancourt’s two-run homerun accounted for Kansas City’s only runs. The Royals have the day off.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Memorial services for Louis A. Wisdom of Salem, age 77, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Salem. A full military service will also be held at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Nursery for children 2-3 years old. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Sunny, high of 80.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 55.
Friday..Sunny, high of 83.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low of 59.
Saturday..Sunny, high of 88.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 67.
Sunday..Mostly sunny, high of 87.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low of 68.



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