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The Salem Police Department has released several reports. On Wednesday, May 30th at 1:07 in the early morning, an officer was dispatched to the 600 block of West Fourth in reference to an assault. The investigation revealed that a 28-year old Salem female had assaulted a 24-year old Salem female. On Thursday, May 31st at 9:00 in the morning, an officer responded to the St. Francis County Jail to pick up a 27-year old female prisoner of Farmington being held on an active City of Salem warrant. She was transported to Dent County Jail and incarcerated. Later that morning at 11:58, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft. That investigation revealed that a person or persons unknown took cash and tools valued at $500 from a residence in the 800 block of North Jackson. On Friday, June 1st at 2:38 in the early morning, an officer was dispatched to Second and Henderson in reference to a disturbance. The investigation led to the arrest of a 22-year old Salem female for assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and disorderly conduct. She was incarcerated pending the application for warrants. Anyone with any information regarding the assault or theft reports, which is still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department at 729-4242.

On Tuesday, June 5th, 32-year old Joshua Warner was arrested on a Pulaski County warrant charging him with two counts of possession of child pornography. The charges stem from an investigation by the South Central Missouri Computer Crime Task Force, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and the Department of Homeland Security. As the result of an ongoing undercover investigation into the use of peer-to-peer networks to exchange child abuse images and videos detectives of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the South Central Missouri Computer Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Hwy 28, south of Dixon in August 2011.  Officers seized computers and optical media for examination at the digital forensic lab in Salem.  The forensic examination of the computers found a number of child abuse video files. Any charges are merely accusations, and each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The South Central Missouri Computer Crime Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional operation comprised of investigators from various agencies. The Task Force provides services to Dent, Pulaski, Phelps, Crawford, Iron, Reynolds, Shannon, Texas, and Washington Counties. The Task Force provides investigative and technology expertise to assist law enforcement in South Central Missouri in the investigation and prosecution of cases where digital evidence may be involved, particularly crimes against children. The South Central Missouri Computer Crime Task Force is supported by funding made available through the federal Recovery Act –Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program administered by the U.S. Dept. of Justice & Mo. Dept of Public Safety, and from the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force with funds made available from the US Dept. of Justice’s PROTECT ACT.

The Doe Run Company has announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer Bruce Neil effective July 31, 2012, and the promotion of Jerry Pyatt, vice president and chief operating officer, to the president and CEO position, effective August 1, 2012. Current Vice President of Environmental, Health and Safety Aaron Miller will step into the role of vice president and chief operating officer on August 1. Pyatt brings more than 31 years of metals and mining industry experience to his new role. As COO, Pyatt directs all operations for Doe Run, which has grown to become the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. These operations include six mines, four mills, a primary lead smelter, a secondary smelter and two lead fabrication sites. Appointed to COO in 2001, Pyatt has been actively involved in the research and development of Doe Run’s proprietary lead processing technology, which is expected to replace traditional, high-temperature lead smelting. The company is progressing toward commercialization of the technology, which nearly eliminates air lead emissions and sulfur dioxide emissions. Prior to receiving his appointment as COO, Pyatt served as general manager for Doe Run’s Buick Resource Recycling Division, one of the most advanced lead recycling centers of its kind. When the site opened in 1991, Pyatt helped launch Doe Run’s secondary smelter as its chief metallurgical coordinator.

Route AC in Reynolds and Dent County will be reduced as MoDOT crews perform pavement repairs. This section of roadway is located between Route 32 and end of state maintenance. Weather permitting work will take place today through Thursday, June 21st between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. The work zone will be marked with signs.  Motorists are urged to use extreme caution while traveling near the area. For additional information, contact MoDOT's Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-275-6636.

The South Central Missouri 2012 Cattlemen’s Tour brought to you by Maries and Dent County and the MU Extension and will run from July 16th to July 19th. The tour departs on the 16th at 7:00 am from the SC Regional Stockyards in Vienna. The first stop will be to the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon. Throughout their tour they will also make other stops to the Pasture Based Dairy Farm Tour in Monett, the Ratcliff Ranches in Vinita, Oklahoma, the Gray G Bar Ranch in Grainola, Oklahoma, the Stockyard City and National Stockyards in Oklahoma City, the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City National Memorial/Bricktown and the last and final stop on July 19th will be at the Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Missouri. Registration forms can be obtained at the MU Extension. For more information contact Ted Cunningham at 729-3196 or the MU Extension in Maries County at 573-422-3359.

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 South Main. 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.

Sports [TOP]

Yuniesky Betancourt's two-run homer in the 15th inning lifted the Kansas City Royals over the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3, in the rubber match of a three-game interleague set at Busch Stadium. Betancourt doubled to score Alex Gordon in the 14th to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead, but Yadier Molina tied the game at three in the home half when he singled with two outs to score Allen Craig. Billy Butler clobbered a pinch-hit homer with two out in the ninth to tie the game at two. Humberto Quintero drove in a run and Mike Moustakas had three hits and scored a run for the Royals, winners in five of their last six. After blowing a save in the 14th Jonathan Broxton (1-1) tossed a perfect 15th to secure the win for the Royals. Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) was pegged with the loss after giving up the winning run. Adam Wainwright started the game for St. Louis and gave up one run on five hits and struck out eight over seven frames. Matt Holliday and Craig each hit solo homers for the Cardinals, losers in four of seven. The Royals will start a three-game series with the Astros tonight, but the Cardinals have the day off.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Thelma LaRue Staines of Rolla, age 83, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Phelps Regional Hospice.

Funeral services for Jason Arnold Skeeters of Salem, age 70, will be held today at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Research or the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund.

Funeral services for Linda A. “Wendy” Jordan of Fulton, age 67, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 at the Macedonia United Baptist Church in Boss. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Boss Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Boss Cemetery.

Weather   [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny and breezy, high of 90.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 71.
Tuesday..Mostly sunny, high of 89.
Tuesday night..Mostly clear, low of 68.
Wednesday..Mostly sunny, high of 90.
Wednesday night..Mostly clear, low of 70.




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