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The Salem Police Department received a call Thursday morning at 6:50 concerning an incident at 307 East 2nd Street. Upon arrival, the Salem Police Department found the body of a 21-year old white female and contacted Dent County Coroner Gina White. The subject was identified as Andrea Ray of Salem, and Dent County Coroner White pronounced Ray dead at the scene at 7:07 am. The scene is being handled as a suspicious death by the Salem Police Department. Dent County Coroner Gina White sent the body by Burnett Courier and Transport LLC to Kansas City for an autopsy to be performed by Dr. Friedlander with Parcells Forensic Pathology Group, PA. to determine the actual cause of death. A warrant has been issued charging Jesse Berry of Salem with 1st Degree Murder with no bond set. Berry is in the custody of the Salem Police Department.

The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 5150, 6220, 6280 and 6505; and a crew would be repairing chip and seal on Dent County Road 6180. Purcell also updated the commission on the status of Swiney Bridge, which was closed last week after a MODOT engineer had declared the bridge unsafe. He said that he is waiting for a permit from the forest service, which owns property on the west side of the bridge, so the county can place a temporary crossing at the area. District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that grading would be done on Dent County Roads 2090, 2103, 3030, 3160 and 5240; and a crew would be hauling rock to Dent County Road 2100. Larson also said that brush would be cut on Dent County Roads 2630, 2640, 3220, 3230 and 3233. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles attended a Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting and a MRPC Meeting yesterday evening in St. James. David Bolerjack with Van Keppel came by the meeting to give the commission information on a pull behind paver. Bob Holthaus from the Missouri Association of Counties stopped by to update the commission on the counties workman’s compensation insurance. At 10:30 the commission went into closed session to meet with the state auditors office. The next meeting of the Commission will be Monday morning at 9:00 and that meeting is open to the public.

An accident happened Thursday evening at 9:55 in Dent County on Route P near Salem that left a Salem teenager with serious injuries.  According to the highway patrol report, 17-year old Ashley K. Pryor of Salem, was driving a 1996 Ford Explorer southbound when she failed to negotiate a curve, went off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Pryor suffered serious injuries and was flown to the Cardinal-Glennon Hospital in St. Louis by Air-Evac. The Explorer sustained extensive damage in the accident and was removed by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem. Pryor was not wearing a seat restraint when the accident occurred.

Missouri Insurance Director John M. Huff says seniors who have reached the coverage gap or "doughnut hole" in Medicare Part D will begin receiving rebate checks for $250 next week. These one-time, tax-free checks are the first step in reducing the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap as outlined in the new federal health care reform law. The federal government estimates more than 80,000 Missourians will get a rebate check by the end of this year. Consumers covered under Medicare Part D are automatically eligible to receive a check once they reach the coverage gap. Seniors do not have to buy a new policy or modify their existing one in any way to qualify. Consumers who reach the "doughnut hole" can expect a check within 45 days. Huff also warned that while the checks will bring financial relief, seniors could become a prime target for scam artists. Anyone asking for Medicare, Social Security or bank account numbers in order to receive a check is a scammer, he added. Consumers need to be aware that no one working for the government will ever request personal information before a check can be sent. Consumers can report a scam or verify an agent or company by calling the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390 or visiting

Sports [TOP]

Wilson Betemit hit two homers in a game for the first time in his career, as the Kansas City Royals held off the Minnesota Twins, 9-8. Mitch Maier hit a two-run homer for the Royals, who had lost three of four coming in. Jose Guillen went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run scored for the victors. Bruce Chen (3-0) went 6 1/3 innings in the start, allowing five runs on 10 hits. He also fanned a season-best seven batters and walked one to pick up the win. Joakim Soria recorded his 14th save of the year despite giving up two runs in the ninth. The Royals will face the Reds this weekend in Interleague play.

The St. Louis Cardinals will be in Arizona to start a three-game set with the Diamondbacks. The Cards have lost four straight games. You can hear the game tonight on KSMO Radio starting at 8:20.

The St. Louis Rams have signed defensive tackle Chris Hovan.

St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman David Rundblad.

The University of Colorado has decided to leave the Big 12 Conference and will join the Pac-10. Colorado had been part of the Big 12 since its inception in 1996. The league formed with members of the old Big 8 Conference, of which Colorado was affiliated, and the Southwest Conference. The dissolution of the Big 12 appears imminent. In addition to the Pac-10's raid of the league, the Big Ten has also reportedly invited Nebraska to leave the Big 12. That announcement will reportedly come today.

The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will he held July 12th thru 15th and July 19th thru 22nd from 8:00 am to 11:00 am for girl's entering 9th through 12 grades and from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm for girl's entering 6th through 8th grades. The Salem Lady Tiger Softball Summer Camp will be held at the blue field next to the old armory, the cost is $20 per camper and each camper will receive a camp T-shirt. Anyone interested needs to call Coach Davison at 729-4208.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Opal L. Lorts of Rolla, age 91, will be held this morning at 10:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery.

Funeral services for Mary N. Conway of St. James, formerly of Salem, age 57, will be held today at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 11:00 until 1:00. Interment will be in the St. James City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Conway family.

Funeral services for William Earvin Capps of St. Ann, age 74, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be this evening from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Collier Funeral Home in St. Ann, then from 11:00 AM until service time Saturday at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Stone Hill Cemetery.

Memorial graveside services for James “Jim" Schmitt of St. James, formerly of Steelville, age 83, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Steelville Cemetery with Military Honors. Visitation will be from 10:00 until 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Clyde Jeremey Pilkington of Salem, age 31, will be held Saturday at 3:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Round Pond Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Round Pond Cemetery.

Funeral services for Andrea Nicole Ray of Salem, age 21, will be held Sunday at 1:30 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Andrea Ray Memorial Fund at Town and Country Bank.

Funeral services for Lester “Les” Thoms of Salem, age 88, will be held Monday at 10:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Irene Wells of St. Louis, formerly of Salem, age 91, will be held Monday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Sunday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.


Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms, high near 80.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 50% chance for thunderstorms, low of 69.
Saturday..Partly sunny, high of 90.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low near 70.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 88.
Sunday night..Partly cloudy, low around 70.



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