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On Friday afternoon, Missouri State Attorney General Chris Koster filed a Petition in Quo Warranto against Dent County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Sparks to have her removed from office. According to the petition, Sparks has failed to file or prosecute 253 felony cases, because she feels the Dent County Commissioners would not accommodate her demands for additional budgetary items for her office. The petition states that Sparks failure to perform her known duties has resulted in crime victims suffering needless and unreasonable anxiety and emotional distress; and she has failed to notify victims of the status or final decisions on cases and failed to forward the victims of crimes the restitution payments that have been received by her office for victim’s benefits. The petition also states that Sparks has appeared in court unprepared to represent the State of Missouri and cases have been dismissed, because she failed to fulfill her responsibilities to prepare jury instructions for criminal cases. The petition states that Sparks has misused her office to falsely accuse law enforcement officers, including the Salem Chief of Police and members of the highway patrol of acts of misconduct and physical violence. The petitions says that Sparks willful violation and neglect of her official duties and failures to perform official acts or duties required of her could result in her forfeiture of the office of Prosecuting Attorney of Dent County. Sparks has within 10 days to answer to these allegations in the Petition Quo Warranto, otherwise a judgment by default may be taken against her and she will be removed from office.  Circuit Court Judge Camm Seay is waiting on approval from the state to appoint a temporary prosecuting attorney. If Sparks is removed from office, the Governor would appoint a prosecuting attorney to carry out the reminder of Sparks’ elected term

An accident happened on Friday, June 5th at 3:00 in the afternoon at the intersection of Highway 72 and Rolla Road in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a red 2006 Pontiac G-2 driven by Maggie Richmond of Salem was southbound on highway 72 making a left turn onto Rolla Road. A tan 2007 Toyota Corolla driven by George Hooker of Edgar Springs was northbound on highway 72 when the Pontiac turned into the path of the Toyota. The Toyota struck the Pontiac in the side causing extensive damage to both vehicles. George Hooker and a passenger, Kathleen Hooker suffered injuries and sought medical treatment. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

An accident occurred late on Friday, June 5th at 11:16 pm at the intersection of Iron and Second Streets in Salem. According to the Salem Police report, a blue 1993 Chevrolet S-10 driven by Joe Reinbott of Salem was traveling northbound on Iron Street and a green 1997 Ford F-150 driven by Luke Thomas and owned by Kenneth Thomas of Salem was starting into traffic from the stop sign at Iron and Second Street. The Fore failed to see the Chevrolet causing the Chevrolet to make contact with the Ford. The Chevrolet came to rest 87.4 feet from the roadway and the Ford made contact with a tree and came to rest 27.7 feet from the roadway. Joe Reinbott did suffer unknown injury. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a surface leveling project for Route 19 in Dent County during its June meeting. The project encompasses 6.108 miles of cold milling and a thin-lift overlay beginning just north of Salem. The work has been awarded to Pace Construction Company, LLC., of St. Louis, at a cost of $390,640.20

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Baseball Tigers placed four players on the All-District team. They are pitcher Grant Gordon, catcher Brandon Plank, infielder Louis Carroll and outfielder C.J. Smith. Congratulations Tigers!!!

Clint Barmes had two hits and drove in two runs as the Colorado Rockies completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 5-2 win at Busch Stadium. Brendan Ryan went 2-for-3 with a triple, one RBI and a run scored while Yadier Molina had two hits and scored once for the Cardinals, who have dropped seven of nine, overall. Brad Thompson (0-2) was handed the loss as he gave up three runs on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of work. The Cardinals will be in Florida tonight to face the Marlins.

The Kansas City Royals were off yesterday and will face Cleveland tonight.

Cardinals’ first baseman Albert Pujols and Phillies second baseman Chase Utley are in a tight race atop the National League balloting for this year's All-Star Game, to be held July 14 in St. Louis. Pujols, a seven-time All-Star and two-time NL MVP, has compiled 1,751,945 votes, while Utley has 1,749,457. Pujols led by nearly 130,000 votes as of last week's update. Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina (874,329) maintained his sizable lead as he aims for his first appearance in the All-Star Game, though Atlanta's Brian McCann surged into second place with 660,523 votes in this third of six balloting updates. All-Star Game starters and reserves will be announced on July 5th.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have claimed pitcher Blaine Boyer off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals. He was reassigned after Thursday night's game with Colorado.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Sophia Mae Fore of Lecoma, age 86, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Edgar Cemetery in Dent County.

Graveside services for Marie Wycoff of Lake St. Louis, formerly of St. James, age 83, will be held Thursday at 11:00 in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in St. James. Two visitations will be held: one will be Wednesday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 at the Immuculate Conception Church in Dardenne Prairie, MO and the other will be Thursday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Mary Ellen "Molly" Ragan of Vienna, age 80, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the United Methodist Church in Vienna. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the James Community Cemetery in Vienna. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Vienna or the James Community Cemetery.

Funeral services for Edna J. Streensland of Rolla, formerly of Rapid City, South Dakota, age 97, will be held Friday in Casper Wyoming. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary of Rolla. Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or Phelps Regional Hospice.

Graveside services for J. Richene Emory Laubach of Willow Springs, age 74, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the North Lawn Cemetery.

Graveside services for James “Jim” Carl Thomas of Salem, formerly of Westland, Michigan, age 55, will be held Monday, June 15th at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for funeral expenses. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny with a 40% chance for thunderstorms, high of 83.
Tonight and Wednesday..Cloudy with a 50% chance for thunderstorms, low of 68, high of 85.
Wednesday night..Cloudy with a 70% chance for thunderstorms, low of 62.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, high of 76.

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