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The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their reports. On Monday, June 29th at 9:14 in the evening, the Dent County dispatch received a telephone call from the Salem Memorial District Hospital emergency room to report a gunshot victim at the ER. A Dent County Detective Sergeant and a Dent County Deputy arrived on the scene at 9:20 pm and contacted the ER staff and the victim in one of the trauma rooms. The male victim had an obvious gunshot wound to his left hand, and it appeared that the bullet had entered through the palm and exited the back of the hand. He had been sedated and the staff in the ER reports he had indicated he was setting a raccoon trap when he was accidentally shot in the hand. The man’s wife was contacted and she confirmed that her husband had been in the front yard setting a raccoon trap. The trap partly consisted of a 22-hornet rifle that would discharge to kill the raccoon when tripped. Given information from the ER staff and from the victim's wife, the incident was listed as an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. On Tuesday, June 30th at 1:34 in the afternoon, the Dent County Sheriff's Department received a report of the theft of a dirt bike from a residence on County Road 4110. The owner described the dirt bike as being a 2002 Honda XR 400R, red in color, the number "4" on the front plate, a red and black seat, headlight and taillight and missing the kick stand. The bike was valued at $1,300. At 3:17 that same afternoon, a Dent County Deputy observed a Dodge Dakota pickup with a dirt bike matching the description of the stolen bike in the back of the pickup. Upon further investigation it was confirmed that the bike was the one stolen from the residence on county road 4110. Two individuals, an adult male and a juvenile were taken into custody and transported to the Dent County Sheriff’s Office.

An accident occurred at 5:35 Wednesday morning in Dent County on Route K about ten miles south of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 1986 Honda Motorcycle driven by 37-year old Casey Hemken of Jadwin was traveling northbound on Route K. The Honda struck a deer and overturned. The Honda ran off the left side of the roadway ejecting the driver. Hemken suffered moderate injuries and was taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem ambulance. The Honda motorcycle sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene by Whitaker’s Towing of Salem.

Enjoy a day of music and crafts at the annual "Sunday at Montauk" event on July 5th at Montauk State Park near Salem. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held in the area adjacent to the park's open picnic shelter from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and it is free and open to the public. View the wares of crafters and watch them demonstrate their talents in a variety of skills including a tinsmith. You can also tour Montauk Mill, which was built in 1896 and still contains most of its original machinery. It is the only remaining structure from the once-thriving Montauk community. The mill is located just across the road from the event area. Bring your lawn chairs and relax under the large old walnut shade trees or dance to an assortment of live musical performances throughout the day. Musicians will play a variety of music and a large ground-level wooden platform will be available for dancers. Ample parking will be available in the large parking lot adjacent to the Montauk Mill and in a nearby open field. Food and refreshments, provided by the park's Dorman L. Steelman Lodge, will be sold from the open picnic shelter house. Montauk State Park is located 22 miles south of Salem on Highway 119. For more information, contact the park at (573) 548-2201.

Businesses who suffered property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 8th through the 16th can register for federal disaster assistance. Registration is available by calling 1-800 621-3362 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week, or at www.disasterassistance.gov. In order to complete an application, the following information is necessary: a phone number, address of the damaged property, a brief description of damages, a Social Security number, any insurance information and a current mailing address. The counties in which residents are eligible to register for disaster assistance are: Dent, Shannon, Texas, and surrounding counties. Businesses of any size and private, non-profit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets The U.S. Small Business Administration also sends loss verifiers to inspect damaged property of those who have submitted completed loan applications. And local building and safety inspectors may come to see if damaged structures are safe. All of these inspectors should have photo identification

Residents who suffered property damage or loss from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from May 8th through the 16th can register for federal disaster assistance. Registration is available by calling 1-800 621-3362 or at www.disasterassistance.gov from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. In order to complete an application, the following information is necessary: a phone number, address of the damaged property, a brief description of damages, a Social Security number, any insurance information and a current mailing address. The counties in which residents are eligible to register for disaster assistance are: Dent, Shannon, Texas, and surrounding counties. Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, in addition to grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property. FEMA disaster assistance covers basic needs only and will not normally compensate victims for their entire loss. For those with insurance, the government may help pay for basic needs not covered by insurance. Residents who applied for disaster assistance and are not insured can expect to hear from an inspector who will schedule a visit to look at damaged property. FEMA schedules inspections within 7 to 10 days to verify losses.

Sports [TOP]

Pablo Sandoval dropped Colby Rasmus' foul pop up in the 10th frame -- the last of three Giants errors -- then Rasmus slugged a game-winning home run to right-center, as St. Louis edged San Francisco, 2-1, at Busch Stadium. Albert Pujols had two hits and was on base four times and Ryan Ludwick drove in the other run for the Cardinals, who had lost six of seven prior to Wednesday's win. Adam Wainwright, went the first nine frames, surrendering one run on six hits with a staggering 12 strikeouts and three walks. The Cards and Giants wrap up their four game series tonight at 5:55 on KSMO Radio.

Michael Cuddyer hit a solo homer and knocked in two runs, as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, in the rubber match of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Jose Guillen had an RBI single to account for the lone Kansas City run. Billy Butler turned in a four-hit effort in defeat. Gil Meche (4-8) was tagged with the loss. The right-hander allowed three runs -- two earned -- on six hits, while walking five and striking out the same number of batters in six innings. the Chicago White Sox come to Kaufmann Stadium tonight to face the Royals.

Kansas City Royals catcher Miguel Olivo was given a one-game suspension by Major League Baseball and will not be available when the club concludes a three-game set at home on Wednesday. The catcher, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, decided to not appeal the incident which took place on June 27th at Pittsburgh. Olivo protested with home-plate umpire Phil Cuzzi after he was called out on a checked swing and soon after made contact with Cuzzi, forcing Olivo to be ejected.

Kansas City Royals shortstop Mike Aviles is scheduled to undergo reconstructive surgery on his right elbow and will be lost for the rest of the season, the club announced Wednesday.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Graveside services for Helen McCall Jackson of Springfield, formerly of Salem, age 82, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Paralyzed Veterans. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Raymond W. Hopkins of Salem, age 90, will be held today at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery with full Military Honors. 

Funeral services for Larry Ray Patterson of Bunker, age 47, will be held today at 1:00 at the McSpadden Funeral Home in Bunker. Interment will be in the Blair’s Creek Cemetery in Shannon County. Memorials may be made to the Patterson family to cover funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Winifred “Phyllis” Cooley of Rolla, age 70, will be held this afternoon at 2:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.  Visitation will be from 12:00 until service time.  Interment will be in the Ozark Memorial Gardens. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society for Cancer Research. Eastern Star services will be held at 2:00 prior to the funeral services.

Funeral services for Johnny Eugene Elliott of Salem, age 62, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Anutt Cemetery with full military honors.

Funeral services for Walter Thomas “Tom” Claus of St. James, age 62, will be held Friday at 2:00 at James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James.  Visitation will be Thursday from 11:00 until service time.  Interment will be in the Wishon Cemetery in St. James.  Memorials are suggested to the family.

Funeral services for Dorothy Kahn of Salem, age 92, will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be held from 10:00 until service time Saturday morning. Interment will be in the Edgar Cemetery in Salem. Memorials may be made to the Edgar Cemetery.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 85.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 66.
Friday..Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for a shower, high of 86.
Friday night..Partly cloudy early, mostly cloudy late with a 40% chance for showers, low of 69.
Independence Day..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for thunderstorms, high around 90.

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