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The Dent County Sheriff’s Department released a report involving a vehicle submersed in water. According to the report, Deputy Becker was dispatched to County Road 5040 at the bridge just off of Highway 19. The reporting party stated that the lights were still on in the vehicle. Upon arrival he observed a blue Chevy Equinox in the creek on the north side of the bridge. The vehicle was submersed in water up past the windows. From his location, Deputy Becker could not see any signs of occupants. When searching the immediate area for a point of entry, he observed a scuffmark on the side of the bridge support. Further investigation showed where water had splashed up on the roadway and on the rocks between the roadway and creek bed. The temperature was approximately 20 degrees and the water had frozen almost immediately. There was no evidence that anyone had exited the water after the accident, because there would have been frozen water tracks at the point of exit. Whitaker’s Towing was contacted and when they arrived on the scene, Jimmy Whitaker went into the water and determined that no one was in the vehicle. The vehicle was then removed and it was determined that there weren’t signs of any occupants and the windows were down. Whitaker’s Towing took the vehicle to their impound lot where it will be held pending further information.

The Salem Police Department released their reports involving a disturbance, a lost purse and a fight in progress. On Friday, December 4th at 5:00 pm an officer was detailed to the1100 block of South Louise Street to Movie Gallery in reference to a disturbance. The report led to the arrest of a 22-year old Salem man for disorderly conduct and an open alcohol container. He was issued summons to appear in court and released to a family member. At 6:00 pm that same evening, an officer was contacted at the station in reference to a lost purse. The reporting party stated she had left Country Mart after shopping at about 3:15 that afternoon and either left her purse in the shopping cart or on top her vehicle. The purse and contents could not be located. Anyone with information on the lost purse, which is still under investigation, is asked to contact the Salem Police at 729-4242.

An accident occurred at 3:15 Wednesday afternoon in Dent County on Dent County Road 6400, about six miles south of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2003 Chevrolet Tracker driven by 33-year-old Danny Perkins of Salem, was traveling west on Dent County Road 6400. The accident occurred as Perkins attempted to retrieve an item off the floor. Then lost control of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to run off the roadway and overturn. Perkins suffered minor injuries and was taken to Salem Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. Perkins was wearing a safety restraint at the time of the accident. The Chevrolet sustained extensive damage and was removed from the scene by Whitakers towing.

An accident happened at 3:45 Wednesday afternoon on Highway 19 in Dent County about 14 miles north of Salem. According to the highway patrol report, a 2005 Pontiac G6 driven by southbound by 48-year old Larry D. Wallis of Davisville, was attempting to pass another vehicle when the Pontiac went off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. Suffering minor injuries was Wallis and a passenger, 46-year old Sandra Wallis of Davisville. Both were taken to the Salem Memorial District Hospital by the Salem Ambulance. Neither was wearing a seat restraint at the time of the accident. The Pontiac was totaled and removed from the scene by Miles Towing.

The Dent County Health Center would like to remind everyone that they still have both the Seasonal and H1N1 Flu vaccinations available on a walk-in basis. No appointment is needed. The cost for the Seasonal Flu vaccine is $20. The Dent County Health Center will bill Medicare and Medicaid. The H1N1 vaccine is FREE. The Dent County Health Center is located at 601 South McArthur and is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, or call 729-3106 for more information.

Sports [TOP]

The Salem Lady Basketball Tigers will face the top seeded Ava Lady Bears at 5:30 today at the Cabool Lady Bulldog Tournament in the semi-final. The winner will play Saturday night at 7:00 in the championship and the loser will play Saturday at 5:30 in the third place game.

The Missouri Tigers dropped a 60-59 decision to Oral Roberts last night losing for the third time in their last four tries. Marcus Denmon scored 17 to lead the Tigers who are now 5-3 on the year. J.T. Tiller scored 13 points while Justin Safford netted 10. Missouri will host Fairleigh-Dickinson Saturday night starting at 6:30.

Ty Conklin stymied his old club, making 42 saves for his second shutout of the season, as the St. Louis Blues clipped the Detroit Red Wings, 1-0, at Joe Louis Arena. Brad Boyes scored the lone goal of the game for the Blues, who have won three of their last four games. The Blues have won five of their last six games as the visitor. St. Louis returns home to welcome the Oilers on Friday.

Kansas City Chiefs - Signed running back Kestahn Moore to the practice squad.

The St. Louis Rams placed safety O.J. Atogwe on injured reserve Wednesday. Atogwe suffered a shoulder injury in St. Louis' 17-9 loss to Chicago last Sunday.

Obituaries   [TOP]

Funeral services for Ethan C. Schafer of Salem, age 89, will be held today at 11:00 at the Wilson Mortuary Chapel in Salem. Interment will be in the Green Forest Cemetery.

Funeral services for Chester C. “Craig” Duckworth of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Salem, age 98, will be held today at 11:00 at the Dent County Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services for Madge D. Floyd of Maryland Height, formerly of Salem, age 91, will be held today at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in Salem. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Funeral services for Teresa Gargus of St. James, age 49, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the James and Gahr Mortuary in St. James. Visitation will be tonight from 6:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Asher Cemetery in rural Phelps County. Memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation.

Funeral services for Ava Bishop of Steelville, age 85, will be held Friday at 11:00 at the Britton-Bennett Funeral Home. Visitation will be tonight from 4:00 to 8:00. Interment will be in the Liberty Cemetery in Steelville. Memorials may be given to the Kingdom Hall of Bourbon.

Funeral services for Dustin Ryan Gill of Salem, age 22, will be held Friday 1:00 at the Wilson Mortuary in Viburnum. Visitation will be from 11:00 until service time. Interment will be in the Czar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Gill Family for funeral expenses.

Funeral services for Grace Cook of St. James, age 90, will be held Saturday at 1:00 at the Immaculate Conception Church in St. James. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00, with a prayer service at 5:00, at James and Gahr in St. James. Interment will be in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery in St. James. Memorials are suggested to the Tri County Humane Society.

Weather [TOP]

Today..Mostly sunny, high of 32.
Tonight..Mostly clear, low of 16.
Friday..Mostly sunny with a high of 40.
Friday night..Mostly cloudy, low around 25.
Saturday..Partly sunny, high near 40.
Saturday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 34.
Sunday..Partly sunny, high of 44.
Sunday night..Mostly cloudy, low of 35.

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