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A fire late Tuesday nearly destroyed a business just west of Licking. A call came in at 10:30 Tuesday night to the Current River Pole Mule located on Highway 32. The chief of the Licking Volunteer Fire Department stated that nearly half of the building that housed hoppers and conveyors was involved when firefighters arrived on the scene. The volunteer fire department requested mutual aid from six other departments and were on the scene for nearly five hours. The building sustained extensive damage. The company makes wooden poles and pellets, as well as wood shavings for pet supplies. There was also a fire two years ago that did damage at the same business. The state fire marshal’s office has been called and will try to determine a cause.
The Salem Police Department released several of their reports. On Monday, June 10th at 7:11 in the evening, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of East Third in reference to a disturbance. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 23-year old Salem male for disorderly conduct. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. On Tuesday, June 11th at 7:30 in the evening, an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of East Hunt in reference to a burglary. The investigation of the report revealed that someone unknown forcibly entered a residence and took a knife, valued at $25. On Wednesday, June 12th at 9:34 in the morning, an officer responded to Crowley’s Home Works in reference to property damage. The investigation revealed that someone unknown damaged a wicker chair and an ad banner valued at $255. On Thursday, June 13th at 9:59 in the evening, an officer was detailed to a residence in the 500 block of East Roosevelt in reference to trespassing. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 35-year old Salem male for first degree trespassing. He was incarcerated pending the application for a warrant. On Saturday, June 15th at 2:50 in the afternoon, an officer was dispatched to Walmart in reference to shoplifting. The investigation of the report led to the arrest of a 17-year old Salem male for stealing merchandise valued at $10.53. He was issued a summons to appear in court and released. Anyone with any information regarding the burglary or property damage reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 573-729-4242.
Dent County Coroner Gina White has released an incident report for 65-year old Thomas P. Jones of Salem, who was pronounced dead on June 25th at the 4:34 in the morning at the Mercy Hospital in St. Louis from traumatic injuries sustained from a one vehicle crash on June 15th on Highway 19 North, Jones was treated by the Salem Memorial District Hospital EMS and was then flown via Air Evac to the Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. His body was released to Wilson Mortuary.
Canoeists, kayakers, floaters and others can discover Missouri rivers and streams with the help of the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) revised Paddler’s Guide to Missouri. The $8 Paddler’s Guide features 58 Missouri rivers and streams to canoe and kayak. One of the Department’s all-time bestselling books since its initial release in 1965, this publication has been Missouri’s go-to paddling resource ever since. This greatly expanded reference book includes not only updated maps and details of Missouri’s more popular Ozark streams, but also lesser-known streams and tributaries throughout the state. Detailed sections include northern streams, the Missouri River, and more floats from all corners of the state. Each waterway includes easy-to-read maps, descriptions of access points, camping, state parks, and conservation areas along the way. The 9- by 11-inch book includes gorgeous color photos and has a lay-flat spiral binding. Put the book in a sealable clear bag and see the river map in its entirety without having to flip pages while on the river. The guide is available at MDC offices, nature centers and the Department’s online Nature Shop at mdcnatureshop.com. Purchase the guide during July and August and receive a 20% discount.
Erik Bedard pitched six solid innings to help the Houston Astros take a 4-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals to wrap up a two-game set. Yadier Molina hit a two-run home run and Allen Craig added a solo shot for the Cardinals, who have dropped four of their last five. Lance Lynn (10-2) gave up four runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings to lose for the first time since May 7. The Cardinals have the day off today.
Alex Gordon's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Atlanta Braves, 4-3, in the finale of a two-game interleague series. Gordon went 3-for-5 with a solo homer for the Royals, who bounced back after losing the series opener by a 4-3 margin on Tuesday. The Royals will start a three-game series with the Twins tonight.
The St. Louis Blues have kept one of their burgeoning talents in the fold, signing defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to a four-year contract. The 24-year-old was slated to become a restricted free agent. Shattenkirk ranked second among Blues defensemen with 23 points while playing all 48 games this past season.
Memorial services for June Botkin of Licking, formerly of Salem, age 87, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Salem Chapel.
Funeral services for Donald Wayne Petty of Salem, age 53, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 11:00 until time of service. Interment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Relay for Life Cancer Fund.
Funeral services for Ivy Watson of Salem, age 65, will be held Friday at 4:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be from 2:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Empire Cemetery in Gladden. Memorials are suggested to the Empire Cemetery.
Military service for Thomas Paul Jones of Salem, age 65, will be held Friday night at 7:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Salem Chapel. Visitation will be from 5:00 until the service time. Memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Funeral services for Edith Rosella Hardin Dunn of Steelville, age 86, will be Saturday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be held Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
Funeral services for Nora Miller of Salem, age 97, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be held from 1:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Dent County Animal Shelter.
Memorial services for Lindell “Lin” Clonts of St. James, age 85, will be held Saturday at 4:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 2:30 until service time. Inurnment will be in the Hibler Cemetery in Steelville. Memorials may be given to the St. Anthony Catholic Church of Rosati or Missouri Veterans Home of St. James.