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An accident happened Thursday morning at a residence located off Highway 68 that took the life of a Salem man. Dent County Coroner Eddie Wilson pronounced 50-year old Ricky Harlon Richardson of Salem dead at 8:33 Friday morning. Richardson was cutting logs and had notched a tree to fall, and the tree was leaning. Richardson tried to push the tree and it fell pinning him underneath the tree face down. No autopsy was performed.

The Dent County Commissioners met for their regular meeting at the Dent County Courthouse Thursday morning and District 1 Commissioner Bobby Simpson was not in attendance. In the road report, District 2 Commissioner J.J. Tune reported that grading would be done and material would be hauled to Dent County Roads 2100, 2330 and 4020. Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles reported that he attended a Missouri Division of Tourism Website Workshop that was held Tuesday at the Salem TCRC.  Skiles said there were many people from Salem and surrounding towns in attendance to learn how to promote their business on the web in the best way. At the previous meeting, Dan Hutchings, the Senior Investigator with APHIS, came in to discuss with the Commission a federal quarantine on forestry products from Wayne County. The quarantine is due to a pest called the Emerald Ash Borer and it was caused by an infestation that was found in firewood from Greenville, MO. Hutchings said the quarantine could possibly extend west of Wayne County and he wanted to give the county fair warning of the problem. The next meeting of Commissioners will be Monday morning at 9:00 and the meeting is open to the public.

The Salem Police Department released their report for the month of July. During the month, they wrote 20 traffic tickets, 19 warning tickets, one equipment repair order, and they served 24 summons to appear in court and two fugitive warrants. The Salem Police Department investigated 13 accidents, five assaults, eight domestic assaults, and five reports of driving while intoxicated. The Police Department also investigated 15 reports of stealing, five reports of property damage, two reports of tampering, three burglaries, four reports of disorderly conduct, one report of a missing person, one report of a minor in possession of intoxicants, two reports of a lost or stolen plate, one report of counterfeiting, two reports of robbery, and one report of leaving the scene of an accident. They also investigated one report of possession of marijuana and two reports of possession of drug paraphernalia.  The police received 1,671 calls for service during the month and handled 92 walk-ins to the station and redirected 70 calls to the animal control officer. They also spent 11 hours in court testifying and four hours as court bailiff. The calls in July included 14 calls for escorts, four 9-1-1 calls, five intoxicated driver investigation calls, three calls for peace disturbances, one call for a prowler, 12 ambulance assist calls, three calls for alarms sounding, 31 calls for fights in progress, six domestic dispute calls, one fire call and one wrecker was needed. The Salem Police Department drove a total of 7,561 miles during the month of July. The Salem Police Department arrested 25 males and 9 females for a total of 34 arrests made during the month of July.

Sports [TOP]

The St. Louis Blues Hockey Team Caravan will be in Salem this morning at Country Mart from 11:00 until 1:00 this afternoon. Players Yan Stastny and Cam Janssen will be attendance along with Blues announcer Chris Kerber and former Blues player Bob Plager. There will be autographed items given away, ticket giveaways, and there will be time set aside for autographs. The event will begin with a short preview of the upcoming year followed by a short question and answer session. KSMO will be broadcasting live from the event.

Manny Ramirez belted a two-run home run, and Clayton Kershaw threw seven brilliant innings as Los Angeles downed St, Louis, 4-1, to avoid a sweep in the finale of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. Kershaw (2-3) allowed just one run on three hits while walking four and fanning seven for the Dodgers, who have won three of their last five games and reached .500 (57-57) on the season. Cesar Izturis was 2-for-4 with an RBI for the Cardinals, who fell six games behind the idle Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Kyle Lohse (13-4) allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings en route to the loss. The Cardinals travel to Chicago to face the Cubs starting today at 1:00 and you can hear the game on KSMO. The two teams play again Saturday afternoon at 2:35 and Sunday night at 6:45.

The Kansas City Royals had the day off and will face Minnesota this weekend starting tonight.

The Opening Ceremony is set to take place on Friday as the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China will officialy be underway. Distance runner Lopez Lomong has been selected as flag bearer for the United States. American gymnast Morgan Hamm will miss the Olympics due to a nagging left ankle injury. The announcement was made at Thursday's press conference for the U.S. gymnastic team.

Major League Baseball Scores:

NY Mets 5, San Diego 3
Florida 4, Philadelphia 0
Washington 6, Colorado 3 (Game One)
Washington 6, Colorado 3 (Game Two)
Houston 7, Cincinnati 4
Atlanta 6, Arizona 4
Toronto 6, Oakland 4
NY Yankees 3, Texas 0
Detroit 8, Chicago White Sox 3
Seattle 2, Tampa Bay 1

Obituaries   [TOP].

Graveside services for Violet Loretta McDonald of Licking, age 66, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the Jadwin Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Jadwin Cemetery. All arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary.

Funeral services for Helen June Bell of Salem, age 81, will be held today at 1:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary. Interment will be in the Eaton Cemetery in rural Crawford County. Memorials may be made to the Eaton Cemetery.

A Memorial Service and a Masonic Service will be held for James Marvin Lile of Salem, age 78, Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be from 10:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Edgar Springs Cemetery in Edgar Springs Cemetery.

Funeral services for Aiden William Myers of Viburnum, infant, will be held Saturday at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Viburnum. Visitation will be from 10:30 until service time. Interment will be in the Sellers Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Aiden William Myers funeral fund.

Graveside services for Richard McDonald of Foley, Alabama, age 48, will be held Saturday at 2:00 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery in Salem with full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Charles D. Setzer of Cuba, age 72, will be held Sunday at 2:00 at the Britton Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Saturday from 3:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Shoal Creek Cemetery.

Funeral services for Ricky Harlon Richardson of Salem, age 50, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 86.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low around 60.
Saturday..Mostly sunny early, then partly cloudy by the afternoon, high of 87.
Saturday night..Partly cloudy, low of 62.
Sunday..Partly sunny with a 30% chance for thunderstorms, high of 84.
Sunday night and Monday..Partly cloudy, low of 62, high of 86.

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