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An accident occurred at 2:15 early Sunday morning in Dent County on Highway 32 about half a mile east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire driven by 23 year-old Julia Boardman of Licking went off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, overturned, and went back across the road before coming to rest in the ditch. Boardman suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Salem Memorial District Hospital then by Air Evac to St. Johns in St. Louis. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Pontiac Sunfire sustained extensive damages and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving theft, and a disturbance. On Monday, June 7th at 7:30 in the morning, an officer was contacted in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown had taken a rear tine Troy Built tiller valued at $700.00 from the yard of a residence in the 1000 block of East First Street. On Tuesday, June 8th at 8:36 in the morning, an officer was detailed to the 800 block of South Hickory in reference to stealing utilities. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 20-year old Salem male for stealing $24.72 worth of electric and water. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Wednesday, June 9th at 6:50 in the morning, an officer was dispatched to the area of Hogan and Adams Lane in reference to a disturbance. The investigation of that report led to the arrest of a 17-year old Salem male for disorderly conduct. He was issued a summons to appear in court and was released. On Friday, June 11th at 11:18 in the morning, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. The investigation of the report revealed that a person or persons unknown had taken a camera and two lottery tickets valued at $840 from a purse at Stephens Steak House. Anyone with any information regarding the thefts, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242. 

An accident occurred at 5:30 Saturday evening in Crawford County on Liberty Road about four miles northeast of Steelville. According to the highway patrol report, a 2004 Ford driven by 28 year-old Kevin Huer of Steelville ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway, and struck a tree. Huer suffered serious injuries and was taken to St. Johns Hospital in Springfield by Life Line helicopter. An occupant in the vehicle, 23 year-old Eric Huer of O’Fallon suffered serious injuries and was taken to Missouri hospital in Sullivan by ambulance. Neither were wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Ford was totaled in the accident and removed from the scene by Miles & Sons Towing.

The American Legion Post #99 welcomes everyone to a Flag Retirement Ceremony to be held this morning at 10:00 at the legion post on Highway 32 West.

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 insurance.mo.gov.

Sports [TOP]

Billy Butler went 4-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI, and Zack Greinke resembled his 2009 form with a complete-game gem in the Royals' 7-3 decision over the Reds. Greinke (2-8) was masterful in earning just his second win of the season. The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner allowed three runs on five hits and struck out a season-high 12 without giving up walk. David DeJesus had three hits -- including a homer -- two walks and four runs scored for Kansas City, which wound up splitting its six-game road trip by winning the rubber match of this three-game interleague set. The Royals are off today.

Chris Young's second homer of the game, a two- run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning, rescued the Arizona bullpen and lifted the Diamondbacks to a 7-5 win over St. Louis in the rubber match of a three-game series at Chase Field. The Cards had tied the game with three runs in the top of the 9th inning. Pujols also stroked a two-run double for St. Louis. Chris Carpenter gave up three runs on six hits over six innings. The 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner recorded eight strikeouts but did walk a season-high five batters. Kyle McClellan (0-2) took the loss of the Cardinals who finished the road trip 1-5. The Cards will be home to face the Seattle Mariners tonight in interleague play starting at 6:05 on KSMO Radio.

It didn't take long for the Big Ten to accept the University of Nebraska's application into the conference. A short time after Nebraska's Board of Regents voted unanimously to file an application to join the Big Ten Conference, the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) announced their unanimous approval. The move comes into effect on July 1, 2011, as Nebraska will start competing in all sports beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.

England and the United States battled to a 1-1 draw Saturday at Royal Bafokeng Stadium to open World Cup Group C play for both teams. England got a goal from midfielder Steven Gerrard in the first five minutes, and U.S. right winger Clint Dempsey fired a shot off England goalkeeper Robert Green just before the first-half break that could go down as one of the worst goals of the tournament. The USA plays Slovenia on June 18 in its next Group C match, while England will face Algeria later the same day in its next fixture.

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 service for Lester “Les” Thoms of Salem, age 88, will be held this morning 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 today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the North Lawn Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Funeral services for George Taber of St. James, age 75, will be held at 2:00 today at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Hospital.

Funeral services for Mae “Cleone” Nivens of Salem, age 88, will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Wilson mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 tonight. Interment will be in the Miner Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Salem Care Center Resident Fund.

Funeral services for Amerson Pratt of St. James, age 74, will be held Tuesday at 12:30 at the First Free Will Baptist Church in Rolla.  Visitation will be from 11:00 until 12:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.  Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Garden in Rolla. 

Funeral services for Katherine L. Thompson of Salem, age 73, will be held Tuesday morning at 10:00 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salem. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 tonight at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. A Rosary service will be held at 7:30 tonight. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Riverways Pregnancy Resource Center, or St. Vincent DePaul, or the Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen.

Funeral services for Mabel Anna Hebberger of St. James, age 97, will be held Wednesday at 11:00 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in St. James. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time.  Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Hospital.  Arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. 

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for thunderstorms, high of 84.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 50% chance for showers and thunderstorms, low of 68.
Tuesday..Mostly cloudy with a 70% chance for showers, high of 82.
Tuesday night..Mostly cloudy early, then becoming partly cloudy late, low of 64.

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