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The Salem Police Department released their report for the month of November. During the month, they wrote 41 traffic tickets, 15 warning tickets and five equipment repair orders. They served 20 summons to appear in court and two fugitive warrants. The Salem Police Department investigated 13 accidents, five assaults, one domestic assault, and one report of driving while intoxicated. The Police Department also investigated six reports of stealing, four reports of property damage, one report of sexual misconduct, two reports of unlawful use of a weapon, one report of a lost or stolen plate, one report of counterfeiting, one report of endangering the welfare of a child, and two reports of disorderly conduct. The police received 1,671 calls for service during the month and handled 111 walk-ins to the station. The Salem Police Department redirected 49 calls to the animal control officer. They also spent six hours in court testifying, six hours as court bailiff and spent 22 hours teaching D.A.R.E. The calls in November included 41 calls for escorts, eight 9-1-1 calls, seven intoxicated driver investigation calls, one call for a suspicious person or vehicle, four calls for peace disturbances, five calls for alarms sounding, 12 calls for fights in progress, five domestic dispute calls, three calls for an intoxicated pedestrian, six calls for vehicle lookouts, two calls for prowlers, 20 ambulance assist calls, three fire calls and two wreckers were needed. The Salem Police Department drove a total of 10,282 miles during the month of November. The Salem Police Department arrested 11 males and 5 females during the month of November.

The Dent County Fire Protection District, Fidelity Communications and KSMO Radio want everyone to be safe for the holidays and are teaming up to promote the “Save a Life” campaign. Now through December 8th, the Dent County Fire Protection will be handing out FREE Duracell 9-Volt batteries for your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors on a first come, first serve basis, while supplies last! So if you haven’t changed the battery in your smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector, head to the Dent County Fire Protection District Fire Station at the corner of Highway 19 and Center Street.

An accident occurred on Wednesday, November 28th in Salem at 11:13 in the morning at the intersection of Highway 32 and Elmer. According to the Salem Police report, a maroon 1996 Chevy Blazer driven by 46-year old John Ragan of Salem was traveling westbound on Highway 32 at Elmer. At that time, a green 2000 Chevy Cavalier driven by 80-year old Blanche Pryor of Salem was traveling eastbound on Highway 32 and attempted to turn left onto Elmer at which time the Cavalier made contact with the Blazer in the front driver side. The impact forced the Blazer to veer to the right across the right westbound lane of Highway 32, then on to Elmer crossing the southbound lane where it continued off the shoulder of Elmer and struck a utility pole shearing it off at the ground. The impact spun the Cavalier to the left where it traveled directly behind the Blazer, coming to rest two feet behind it. Both drivers sustained disabling injuries and were transported to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by ambulance. Both vehicles sustained extensive damage and were towed from the scene by Knight Towing of Salem.

Work has begun on Route 63 from north of Edgar Springs to south of Route K. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has contracted with Lake Asphalt and Construction, LLC, of Osage Beach, to perform an asphalt overlay through this area. Weather permitting, work will occur from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day with completion expected by July 2008. Benefits resulting from the work include creating safer opportunities for motorists to pass other vehicles. In addition, the new asphalt surface will provide an improved driving surface. Rumble stripes also will be added to the project. The total project cost is $3,986,027.96. Motorists can expect minimal delays due to a one-lane restriction in the area of the work. Work zone signage will be in place to warn motorists they are about to approach a moving operation. Drivers are encouraged to exercise caution and pay attention for workers on and near the roadway.

Sports [TOP]

The Waynesville Tigers slowed down the Salem Tiger Express last night by the score of 70-64. Taylor Sirois scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Salem in scoring followed by Cody Wofford with 16 points. Salem is now 4-1 on the year and they will be at Owensville Friday night.

Miikka Kiprusoff made 21 saves, as Calgary halted a four-game winless skid with a 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues at the Saddledome. Lee Stempniak tallied the only goal for St. Louis, which has played well of late and lost for only the third time in its last 11 games overall (8-2-1). Hannu Toivonen allowed three goals on 37 shots in the loss. The Blues will continue their three-game road trip on Friday versus Edmonton.

The Kansas City Royals have decided to take a chance on outfielder Jose Guillen, reportedly signing the slugger to a three- year contract worth $33.6 million. Guillen spent last season with the Seattle Mariners and hit .290 with 23 homers and 99 runs batted in over 153 games.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Deck Hall of Salem, age 90, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel in Salem. Visitation will be held tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Anutt Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Young Community Center.

Funeral services for Eugene H Hornberger Jr. of Rolla, age 66, will be held Thursday at 1:00 at the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Visitation will be tonight from 5:00 to 7:00. Interment will be in the Edgar Springs Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Philadelphia Baptist Church.

Funeral services for Nelda Marie Pyatt of Steelville, age 83, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home in Steelville. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Martin Cemetery in Cherryville.

Funeral services for Clifford Leo Wilkins of Bixby, age 81, will be held Friday at 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Viburnum. Visitation will be Thrusday from 5:00 to 8:00. Memorials may be made to the Clifford Wilkins family.

Funeral services for Brenda Faye Welker of Rolla, age 48, are incomplete at this time, but are under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla.

Funeral services for Merle Frank Gifford of Rolla, formerly of Pennsylvania, age 97, are undetermined at this time but under the direction of the James & Gahr Mortuary in Rolla. Interment will be in the Fort Palmer Cemetery in New Florence, PA. Memorials are suggested to the Great Commission Fund of the Christian Missionary Alliance.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Partly sunny and turning colder with scattered flurries, high of 42.
Tonight..Partly cloudy, low of 22.
Thursday..Cloudy with a 30% chance for afternoon light rain, high of 42.
Thursday night..Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance for light rain or light snow, low of 35.
Friday..Mostly cloudy, high of 52.

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