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The Dent County Fire Protection District released their reports. On Sunday, October 25th at 3:24 the Dent County Fire Protection District was paged out to Dent County Road 5083 due to a structure fire. Upon arrival there was nothing showing. After further investigation, 10 firefighters found a small fire in the garage area of the home. The fire is believed to have started from a blower motor over heating and catching on fire. The fire was brought under control and there was extensive damage to the home. The scene was under control at 5:43. 

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving shoplifting, theft and property damage. On Friday, October 23rd at 9:08 p.m. an officer was detailed to BP Convenience Store in reference to shoplifting.  The report led to the arrest of a 26-year old male of Murphysboro, Illinois for stealing a bottle of beer valued $8.85.  He posted bond and was issued a summons to appear in court then released. On Sunday, October 25th at 2:25 p.m. an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a theft.  The report revealed that a person or persons unknown stole two checkbooks.  The report is under investigation. On Monday, October 26th at 12:05 p.m. an officer was dispatched to the Scenic Rivers Sheltered Workshop in reference to property damage.  The report revealed that a person or persons unknown damaged the windshield on a 1995 International truck.  The value of the damage is approximately $200.00.  At 1:30 p.m. that same afternoon, an officer was sent to the 400 block of West Fourth Street in reference to a theft.  The report revealed that a person or persons unknown took $300.00 cash from a cash drawer.  Anyone with any information regarding the thefts or property damage reports, which are still under investigation, is asked to please contact the Salem Police Department by calling 729-4242.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released an accident summary for September. Troop I recorded two traffic fatalities during the month of September this year. Thus far in 2009, 15 individuals have lost their lives in traffic accidents within the six-county Troop I area, compared to 29 for the same time period last year. In 2008 there were a total of 212 accidents with 103 injuries and three fatalities, compared to 2009 that has had 235 accidents with 91 injuries and two fatalities. In Crawford County, there were 23 accidents reported with nine injuries; Dent County recorded 11 accidents with two injuries in their boundaries, while Laclede County recorded 49 accidents with 21 injuries. In Maries County, there were 15 accidents reported with nine injuries and one fatality, Phelps County reported 77 accidents occurred in September with 28 injuries and one fatality, while Pulaski County recorded 60 accidents with 22 injuries. Captain Lee Ann Kenley, commanding officer of Troop I, would like to remind everyone that cooler temperatures, shorter days, and occasional fog and frost are signs that winter isn’t far around the corner. This is a good time of the year to get your vehicle safety checked so it will be ready for winter driving conditions.

Halloween is Saturday, October 31st and the hours for Trick-or-Treating in Salem, as set by the City of Salem Board of Alderman are from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Halloween can be fun for everyone. Keep costumes short to prevent tripping and consider make-up rather than masks. Wear light-colored clothing or add reflective tape to dark costumes to make them visible. If out after dark, make sure you have a flashlight with you, stay in groups, and only visit familiar houses that are well lighted. Never enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. Be sure and remind your trick-or-treaters to wait until they home to sample treats. Drivers need to be alert as young children excited by Halloween could dart in front of your car. Slow down and drive with caution. Adults planning on attending a party that includes alcohol need to make sure they have a sober designated driver. Let’s all work together to make sure that everyone has a Happy and Safe Halloween. Two streets will be closed for church activities: South Water from Franklin to Hunt, and Doss from Highway 32 to Roosevelt.

The Dent County Health Center will be holding an H1N1 Flu Clinic today from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Center located at 601 South McArthur. The vaccine available is the FluMist nasal spray. The target group is healthy individuals who are between 2 to 18 years old, who are not pregnant and have no history of asthma, wheezing, or chronic illness. There is no charge for the vaccine and children must have parental consent to receive the vaccine.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Volleyball Tigers lost to the St. Francis Borgia Lady Knights Tuesday night in the district semi-final in two straight games, 25-13 and 25-14. Congratulations to the Lady Tigers on a fine season.

The St. Louis Blues will be in Carolina tonight to face the Hurricanes starting at 6:00 on KSMO Radio.

The St. Louis Blues have recalled forward Yan Stastny from Peoria (AHL).

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has issued an apology for remarks he has made since Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers. The Chiefs are also investigating the matter and have told Johnson to stay away from the team. Johnson, on his Twitter account Sunday night, posted demeaning comments toward Chiefs head coach Todd Haley and used a gay slur in another post before issuing another gay remark on Monday. Kansas City has its bye this week. Johnson has had a history of problems off the field during his tenure with the Chiefs.

The Kansas City Chiefs have added wide receiver Quinten Lawrence to the practice squad.

NBA Scores:

Washington 102, Dallas 91
Portland 96, Houston 87
LA Lakers 99, LA Clippers 92
Boston 95, Cleveland 89

NHL Scores:

Washington 4, Philadelphia 2
Detroit 5, Vancouver 4
Colorado 3, Edmonton 0

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ronald E. Skiles of Midland, Texas, formerly of Salem, age 70, will be held Thursday at 11:00 at Mt. Hermon Methodist Church in Salem. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Mt. Hermon Cemetery.

Funeral services Oscar “Harold” Curtis of Salem, age 81, will be held Friday morning at 11:00 at the Second Baptist Church in Salem. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Second Baptist Church in Salem.

Funeral services for Mildred B Rueffel of Vichy, age 95, will be held Friday at 2:00 at the First Pentecostal Church in Vichy, Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 at the Pentecostal Church. Interment will be in the Broadway Baptist Cemetery in rural Maries County Missouri. Memorials are suggested to the First Pentecostal Church. All arrangements are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in St. James.

A Memorial service for Ellen Pearl Hobson of Salem, age 74, will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Kingdom Hall Jehovah Witness. All the arrangements are under the direction of the Wilson Mortuary in Salem.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly cloudy, high of 62.
Tonight..Partly cloudy and breezy, low of 51.
Thursday and Thursday night..Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 90% chance for showers and thunderstorms with locally heavy rainfall possible, high of 66, low of 48.
Friday..Mostly cloudy with a 60% chance for morning showers, high of 55.
Friday night..Partly cloudy, low of 42.

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