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On July 6th the Dent County Sheriff’s Department was assisting the Salem Police Department in a DWI Checkpoint. At 6:55 p.m. that evening, a Dent County Sheriff’s Deputy made contact with two male subjects in regards to furnishing vehicle registration. Further investigation led to a 22-year old male handing the deputy a sock which contained four marijuana cigarettes. Also, later, the same subject retrieved a plastic baggie from his pocket and handed it to the deputy. The baggie contained cocaine residue. A 22-year old male was taken into custody and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bond was set at $7,000.

The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released their report for the month of June. For the month there were 88 9-1-1- calls, in which all were responded to with seven of the calls being prank calls. The Department served 146 papers consisting of 107 civil papers, 35 criminal papers and four notices to vacate, plus they served 21 felony warrants and 17 misdemeanor warrants. During the month, there were four drug arrests and seventeen domestic disturbance calls were addressed. The Sheriff’s Department issued 42 tickets, made six DWI arrests and assisted on twenty-four traffic accidents. For the month of June, the Sheriff’s Department investigated five burglaries, two reports of vandalism, ten assaults, eleven thefts and eight property damage reports. The Department spent 145 hours working in court and three hours testifying. The Dent County Sheriff’s Department handled a total of 198 calls during the month and made eight community policing appearances. In the Dent County Jail Report for June, there were 49 prisoners incarcerated for the month with an average daily total of 16. There were three transfers to the Department of Corrections, eleven transfers to or from other departments, and there were six transfers to a mental facility. During the month of June, the sheriff’s department drove a total of 18,824 miles on criminal investigations, patrolling and prisoner transportation.

The 13th Annual Dent County All-School Reunion will be held on Saturday, July 14th at the Salem High School Cafeteria. Registration and visiting will begin at 10:00 AM. The SHSAA Board will serve lunch at noon and the event is free and open to the public. A $5 donation is asked for lunch and to make the reunion a success. Proceeds from the Reunion fund scholarships for Salem High School graduates. For more information on the Reunion call the President of the Salem High School Alumni Association Angie Curley at 729-2280.

The Bonebrake Center of Nature and History will host a Teddy Bear Picnic Thursday at 11:00 in the morning. This program is designed for preschoolers and lower elementary aged children and their families, but anyone is invited. Bring your favorite bear and share his or her history during lunch under the oak tree. The cost is $3.00 per child or $5.00 for the whole family, and adults are free! Phone reservations are strongly requested so that lunch ingredients can be purchased. For more information, call 729-3400.

The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce their 2007 Hawaiian-themed Mystery Dinner “Murder on Maui” on Saturday, July 21st at 6:00 pm at the Salem City Hall. Tickets are $22.50 per person, or $45 for a couple. Tickets are available at the Chamber office at 200 South Main.

Sports [TOP]

Ichiro Suzuki hit the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history, leading the American League to continued dominance in the Mid-Summer Classic with a 5-4 victory over the National League. Suzuki's fifth-inning home run gave the American League a 2-1 lead and carried the Seattle Mariners center fielder to the Most Valuable Player Award. Suzuki finished 3-for-3 and Carl Crawford and Victor Martinez hit home runs for the AL, the latter a two-run shot in the eighth that made the score 5-2. The win didn't come without drama. Dmitri Young's two-out grounder to Brian Roberts in the hole between first and second was gloved then dropped for an infield single, and Alfonso Soriano belted a two-run shot just over the wall tight to the line in right for a 5-4 game. The American League pitchers walked three men in a row before Aaron Rowand flew out to right. New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes had three hits and scored once while Ken Griffey drove in two runs and threw out Alex Rodriguez at the plate. The American League continued its dominance, winning for the fifth straight time and improving its record to 10-0-1 in the last 11 meetings. The Senior Circuit hasn't won an All-Star Game since 1996. With the victory, the American League champions will have home field advantage in the World Series.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Bonnie Ruth Hendrix of Steelville will be held today at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Interment will be in the Moutray Cemetery in Steelville.

Funeral services for David Flegel of St. James, age 48, will be held today at 2:00 at the James and Gahr Chapel in St. James. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Funeral services for James E. Melear of Salem, age 75, will be held tonight at 5:00 at the Bethany Freewill Baptist Church in Chucky. Tennessee. Interment will be in the Bethany Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Chucky, Tennessee.

Visitation for Donald Parsons, Sr. of St. James, age 47, will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James & Gahr Chapel in St. James.

Graveside services for Charles Alexander Mitchell of Cuba, age 52, will be today at 2:00 at the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis. All arrangements are under the direction of the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville.

Funeral services for Robert Lee Crabtree Sr. of Affton, MO, age 72, will be Thursday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 this evening. Interment will be in the Lower Indian Creek Cemetery in Viburnum.

Funeral services for Maurice Cape of Steelville, age 56, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Presbyterian Church in Steelville. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 Thursday. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Edwin Henry Williams of Steelville, age 88, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until service time on Saturday. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.

Funeral services for Betty Hutson Coppedge of Salem, age 77, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary of Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 82.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 58.
Thursday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for rain, high of 86.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, low of 62.
Friday..Partly cloudy, high of 82.
Friday night..Mostly clear, low near 60.
Saturday..Mostly sunny, high of 82.

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