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Annual Dent County Fall Festival starts today with carnival rides opening at 4:00 and it is Wristband Night where you can ride all the rides for $14.00. The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Livestock Barn at 5:00, followed by the Opening Address by Rick Mannis. Then at 5:30 it will be the Opening Church Service with Mickie Davis and Scott Schultz, followed by Christian Rock Bands at 6:00 pm. The Miss Dent County and Jr. Miss Dent County Pageants will take place at the Stage area beginning at 6:00; and the Pie and Pastry auction will be held in the Youth Building at 7:00 pm. There will be no gate fee today and tonight. For more information or a complete listing of the events during the Dent County Fall Festival, check out the website www.dentcountyfallfestival.org or call 247-2606.
The Salem Police Department released their report for the month of July. During the month, they wrote 22 traffic tickets, 27 warning tickets and three equipment repair orders. They also served 29 summons to appear in court and four fugitive warrants. The Salem Police Department investigated 14 accidents, four assaults, two domestic assaults, one report of a missing or runaway juvenile, two reports of sexual abuse, one report of sexual misconduct, and seven reports of driving while intoxicated. The Police Department also investigated 17 reports of stealing, eight reports of property damage, one report of tampering, one burglary, two reports of disorderly conduct, one report of counterfeiting, one report of an ex parte violation, three reports of forgery, one report of harassment, one report of a lost/stolen plates, and one report of leaving the scene of an accident. They also investigated two reports of possession of marijuana, one report of possession of synthetic drugs and one report of distribution of a controlled substance. The police department also conducted two death investigations during the month. The police received 2,068 calls for service during the month and handled 163 walk-ins to the station and redirected 68 calls to the animal control officer. They also spent six hours in court testifying and six hours as court bailiff. The calls in July included seven calls for escorts, one 9-1-1 calls, three intoxicated driver investigation calls, three calls for a suspicious person or vehicle, six calls for peace disturbances, 12 ambulance assist calls, 12 calls for alarms sounding, eight calls for fights in progress, seven domestic dispute calls, two calls for an intoxicated pedestrian, one call for drag racing/speeding vehicles and four wreckers were needed. The Salem Police Department drove a total of 7,379 miles during the month of July. The Salem Police Department arrested 22 males and 13 females during the month of July.
New Missouri DWI legislation will crack down on drunk drivers and make Missouri roads safer. The timely coordination of the new law and an impaired driving campaign will urge drivers to think about the consequences of impaired driving this August and in the months ahead. This year’s You Drink & Drive, You Lose campaign will take place August 20th through September 6th. Law enforcement will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri’s DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road. At the same time, advertising messages will remind drivers of the consequences of impaired driving. One hundred and ninety-five law enforcement agencies participated in the 2009 “You Drink & Drive, You Lose.” campaign and issued 909 DWI violations. The new DWI law which goes into effect August 28th will increase jail time for repeat DWI offenders and those with higher blood alcohol levels; move more cases from municipal courts to state courts, where penalties can be tougher; mandate better record-keeping for DWI cases so that repeat offenders can be properly tracked; and offer offenders opportunities to participate in a DWI court program that incorporates treatment and close monitoring instead of going to jail. In 2009, 280 people were killed, 1,140 seriously injured and 3,719 received minor injuries in crashes involving an impaired driver. Now more than ever-in Missouri, You Drink and Drive, You Lose. To learn more and how you can Arrive Alive, visit www.savemolives.com.
Matt Holliday had four hits, scored a run and drove in three as the Cardinals knocked off Cincinnati, 8-4, in a game marred by a brawl between the two NL Central rivals in the opening inning. Yadier Molina homered and drove in a pair of runs while Albert Pujols walked twice, scored twice and knocked in a run for the Cardinals, who have won the first two games of the three-game set to draw even with the Reds for the top spot in the standings. Jaime Garcia (10-5) picked up the win after yielding four runs on a pair of hits and five walks over 5 1/3 innings for the Redbirds, who got 3 2/3 innings of shutout relief from the bullpen to sew up their fourth win in five games. Ryan Franklin was called on to get the final out and earned his 20th save. The Cardinals go for the sweep and lead in the division this morning at 11:15 on KSMO.
The Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals were involved in a benches-clearing incident before the bottom of the first inning got underway in Tuesday's game at Great American Ball Park. Brandon Phillips, who said some inflammatory things about the Cardinals after Monday night's game, was set to lead off and immediately became involved in a heated argument with Yadier Molina. The catcher took his mask off and seemed to spark the verbal battle that quickly emptied both benches and bullpens. Managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker were arguing with one another before pitcher Chris Carpenter of the Cardinals and third baseman Scott Rolen of the Reds became entangled as the mass of players then quickly moved from home plate to the wall and screen behind the plate area. Cincinnati starting pitcher Johnny Cueto wound up getting pinned against the screen but was able to re-take the mound in the second inning and wound up lasting 5 1/3 innings and suffering the loss. La Russa and Baker were both ejected but no players were thrown out of the game.
Dan Haren threw seven innings to record his first win since becoming an Angel, as Los Angeles edged Kansas City, 3-1, in the middle contest of a three-game series. Bryan Bullington (0-2) permitted five hits and three runs over six innings for the Royals, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Alex Gordon drove in the only Royals' run. The Royals and Angels play this afternoon as the Angels go for the sweep.
Funeral services for Pauline Shelton of Salem, age 92, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Visitation will be from 9:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Corinth Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Corinth Cemetery.
Memorial services for Gloria Whitesell of St. James, age 66, will be held on Thursday at 6:30 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be from 5:30 until service time.
Funeral services for Maudie L. McDowell of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Rolla & St. James, age 91, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 9:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Rolla City Cemetery.
Memorial services for Milton Frank Bradley of Salem, age 68, will be held Friday at 12:00 (noon) at the United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 10:30 until time for the service. Memorials are suggested to the UMC Landscape Fund. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.
Funeral services for Noah Turnbough of Viburnum, age 92, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be today from 2:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Sellers Cemetery in Davisville. Memorials may be given to the Sellers Cemetery.
Funeral services for Cecil Cummins of Cranston, RI, formerly of Steelville, age 95, will be Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be from 10:00 until time of service. Interment will be in the Steelville Cemetery.
***AN EXCESSIVE HEAT ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9:00 FRIDAY NIGHT**
Today..Partly cloudy, hot and humid with a 20% chance for thunderstorms, high of 99 with a heat index of 109.
Tonight..A 20% chance for evening thunderstorms, then mostly clear, low of 75.
Thursday..Mostly sunny, hot and humid with a 20% chance for thunderstorms, high of 99 with a heat index of 110 by the afternoon.