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At the Dent County Commissioners regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Monday morning, Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles read a letter from Dent County Prosecuting Attorney Jessica Sparks stating her resignation effective immediately; and another letter from Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Susan Bell, stating her resignation effective yesterday as of 4:00. Attorney General Chris Koster said in a press release that the Attorney General’s Office would provide prosecutorial services in Dent County until the governor names a replacement. In the road report, District 1 Commissioner Dennis Purcell reported that crews are out checking roads for washouts and downed trees and checking a bridge on Dent County Road 6080 to make sure it is not blocked by debris.  Purcell also said that a crew would be replacing a road sign on Dent County Road 5380.  District 2 Commissioner Gary Larson reported that due to the wet conditions no grading would be done, so crews are catching up on maintenance and checking roads for washouts. Dent County Clerk Angie Curley reported that she attended Urban Board Training in St. Louis last week where the main focus was on voter fraud, military and overseas voting and legislative updates. Also at the meeting the Commission voted 3 to 0 to put out bids for work on the Judicial Building Annex.  The Commission will open up the bids on July 2nd at 10:00 am; any contractor interested in bidding the job can contact Anderson and Associates in Rolla. The next meeting of the Commissioners will be Thursday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

On Friday, June 12th The Dent County Sheriff’s Department notified the Dent County Coroner’s Office of a body found in the parking lot of the Blackwell Cemetery off of Dent County Road 3130. At 1:03 that afternoon, 51-year old Larnce Raymond Bailey of Salem, Missouri was pronounced dead by the Dent County Deputy Coroner Eddie Wilson. Dr. Eddie Adelstein, Pathologist of the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia performed an autopsy on Saturday, June 13th and the cause of death was a gunshot wound. The body was then released to the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem.

An accident occurred at 8:54 Sunday morning in Dent County on Highway 72 about 14 miles east of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1990 Chevrolet pickup driven by 44-year old Glenda Barbee of Bunker was traveling westbound on Highway 72. The Chevrolet ran off the right side of the roadway, down an embankment and struck several trees. Barbee suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem ambulance. She was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet was totaled and was removed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

An accident happened at 5:50 Saturday evening in Dent County on private property located three miles south of Salem off Highway 19. According to the highway patrol report, a 2006 Honda 4-wheel ATV driven by 11-year old Landon McDonald of Salem was traveling north. McDonald was negotiating a left turn on the private property and was ejected from the ATV. McDonald suffered minor injuries and was to later seek his own medical treatment. The Honda 4-wheel ATV sustained no damage and was left at the scene.

On Thursday, June 11th at 2:06 in the afternoon, Dent County 911 received a report that an animal had bitten a 21-month old child. The Dent County Sheriff’s Department responded and was on the scene at 2:20 pm. The child had a laceration to her nose, a puncture wound below one eye and a bruise under the other eye as her mother held her in her arms. The mother and another female present stated that they had not witnessed the injury. Both were unsure which dog had bitten the child, and they did not know where the adult dogs were; although a puppy was on the couch in the living room. Blood droplets were located in the living room in front of a couch at the coffee table. A dog food dish and water dish were observed in the living room near the front door. In a bedroom a blue and white Pit-mix male dog, identified as Dozer was located. The other adult dog was located in another bedroom. The owner of the animals arrived on the scene as the ambulance was arriving to treat the child and provided proof of vaccination. The owner was advised that the animal in question would have to be impounded and quarantined for eleven days. The female child was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital via ambulance and then airlifted to Children’s Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

Sports [TOP]

Comprehensive Sports Physicals will be given tomorrow from 1:00 to 8:00 at Physicians Office Building 3 at the SMDH Campus with Dr. Ryan Pharr and Craig Tatom, FNP. It is a flat fee of $20 cash, check or credit card. A dietician and a physical therapist will be participating in the exam. To make your appointment, call 729-8000 until 5:00 today.

The Cardinals were off yesterday and will host the Detroit Tigers to start a three game series tonight at 6:55. You can hear the game on KSMO Radio.

The Royals were also off Monday and will host Arizona tonight.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Dorothy W. Norris of Rolla, age 76, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Berry Cemetery in Salem. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for John A. James of Vienna, age 41, will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Vienna United Methodist Church. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 8:00 at the church. Interment will be in the James Community Cemetery in Vienna. Memorials may be made to the Vienna United Methodist Church or the James Community Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

Funeral services for Larnce (Larry) R. Bailey of Salem, age 51, will be held Wednesday at 1:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be Wednesday morning from 12:00 until service time. Interment will be in the House of Prayer Cemetery in Salem. 

Funeral services for Wayne Junior Shaw of Rolla, age 80, will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Primitive Baptist Church in Flat, Missouri. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery in Flat with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the Primitive Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Reverend Donald A. Lunsford of Boss, age 94, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Boss Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Boss Assembly of God Church.

A Memorial Service for William J. Higginbotham of Rolla, age 72, will be held Saturday, June 20th at 7:00 at the Central Community Church in Rolla. Memorials are suggested to the Central Community Church of God or the American Cancer Society. All arrangements are under the direction of the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely this morning, high near 85.
Tonight..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for showers, low of 71.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny and hot, high of 93.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 72.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, breezy and continued hot, high of 92.

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