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The Salem Police Department released their reports involving theft. On Sunday, September 20th at 12:00 p.m. an officer was detailed to the 200 block of South Warfel in reference to the theft of two bicycles. Investigation revealed that sometime the night before, a Murray, black and red 26” bicycle valued at $269 and a Huffy, blue 26” bicycle valued at $150 were taken by a person or persons unknown. Anyone with any information regarding the theft of the bikes, which is still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

Acting United States Attorney Michael W. Reap has announced that 42-year old Gregory Lee Stacy of Salem has been indicted on drug charges, which resulted in the death of a Dent County man. According to the indictment, between February 22nd and 23rd of 2009 in Dent County, Stacy distributed methadone to Brian Firestine. On February 23rd 2009, Firestine died from ingesting the methadone that Stacy allegedly provided to him. Stacy was indicted by a federal grand jury on Thursday, September 17th on one felony count of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. He is expected to appear in federal court this week in St. Louis. If convicted, this charge carries a penalty range of 20 years to life in prison and/or a fine up to $4 million. Reap commended the work on the case by the Dent County Sheriff's Department, the Dent County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the South Central Missouri Drug Task Force, Drug Enforcement Administration; and Assistant US Attorney Michael Bert.

The Dent County Fire Protection District released their reports. On Thursday, September 17th the Dent County Fire Protection District was paged out at 5:11 am to set up a landing zone for a patient with 2nd and 3rd degree burns to their feet. A total of seven firefighters responded to the call. On Saturday, September 19th at 11:45 am the Dent County Fire Protection District was paged out to County Road 4250 to assist the Salem ambulance with a patient. A total of six firefighters responded to the call. At 2:09 that afternoon the Dent County Fire Protection District was paged out to County Road 3265 to assist the Salem ambulance and a total of five firefighters responded to the call. On Sunday, September 20th at 11:20 pm the Dent County Fire Protection District was paged out to the Smith Subdivision to investigate possible smoke in the area. Upon further investigation, a total of 13 firefighters found no fire.

On Saturday, September 26th, Ozark National Scenic Riverways (NSR) will celebrate National Public Lands Day by hosting volunteer projects across the park, on both land and water, and will have a recognition ceremony for all volunteers. National Public Lands Day is celebrated at public lands across America. Ozark NSR and the Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association invite all who care for the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers to a river clean-up day. If you would like to help, please bring your lunch and gloves to one of these access points between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM: Cedar Grove, Akers, Pulltite, or Round Spring. Can grabbers and trash bags will be provided. Participants should have their own boat or arrange to rent one. Trash will be picked up at major access points along the river, so you can take out wherever you’d like. Land based volunteering will occur at the following sites: Alley Mill, Devils Well, and Pulltite Trail. We are especially interested in contacting youth groups; civic groups and trailriding clubs who might want to take on this task. Afterwards, participants are invited to a free barbecue at the Pulltite picnic shelter starting at 3:30 PM. A variety of gifts will be distributed to those participating in the clean-ups. Please bring a side dish if you will be joining us for supper. Free camping will be provided for those volunteering in the clean-up. Please contact us prior to volunteering if you are interested in camping. For more information contact Bill O’Donnell from the National Park Service at 573-858-3297, ext 23 or Pat Haviland of the Scenic Rivers Stream Team Association at 417-932-4363. No registration is necessary.

Sports [TOP]

Joel Pineiro threw seven solid frames behind a balanced attack, as St. Louis crept closer to its first division title since 2006 with an 11-2 victory over Houston at Minute Maid Park. The Cardinals magic number decreased to two. Pineiro (15-11) became the third St. Louis hurler with at least 15 victories, giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Pineiro is 3-0 versus Houston this season. Colby Rasmus hit his 16th home run of the season and scored three times, while Yadier Molina and Mark DeRosa each drove home a pair for the Cardinals, who have won the first two games of this series. The Cards wrap up their series with Houston tonight at 6:45.

Zack Greinke gave up just two hits over six innings of work to win his fourth straight decision, as the Kansas City Royals crushed the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, in the second test of a four-game set. Greinke (15-8) also fanned five batters and walked three. The 25-year-old righty lowered his major league best ERA to 2.08. Joakim Soria notched his 28th save in the ninth. Alberto Callaspo went 3-for-3, drove in a run and scored for the Royals, who won their third straight game. Alex Gordon drove in a pair of runs in the win. The Royals and Red Sox play again tonight.

St. Louis Rams have signed wide receiver Danny Amendola and waived wide receiver Derek Stanley.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle Johnson of Willow Springs, age 85, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the First Baptist Church in Willow Springs. Interment will be in the Willow Springs City Cemetery. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Willow Funeral Home in Willow Springs.

Funeral services for Claude Christopher Phelps Jr. of St. James, age 75, will be held this morning at 11:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be Friday at 1:00 at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis with Full Military Honors.

Memorial services for Janice Marie Berryman of Rolla, age 72, will be held today at 4:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be from 3:00 until service time Wednesday.

Funeral services for Willadean Walker of Rolla, formerly of St. James, age 62, will be held Thursday at 10:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Wishon Cemetery in rural St. James. Memorials may be made to the Wishon Cemetery.

Funeral services for Erma Jean Gibbs of Salem, age 79, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Edgar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Thelma Reed of Licking, age 91, will be held Saturday at 2:00 the Boone Creek Church. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Fox Funeral Home Chapel in Licking. Interment will be in the Boone Creek Cemetery.

Funeral services for George Henry Woodcock of Salem, age 61, are incomplete at this time but are under the direction of the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for light rain this morning and showers this afternoon, high near 70.
Tonight..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for showers, low of 58.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 40% chance for showers, high of 72.
Thursday night..Cloudy with a 60% chance for showers, low of 57.

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