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Layman, Siebert To Introduce Education Program For Inmates

By Ryan Storz Crawford County Sheriff Darin Layman and local entrepreneur Sean Siebert will implement a program at the Crawford County Jail designed to prepare inmates for work upon their release and help the county become a certified Work Ready Community. Layman and Siebert presented their proposal to the Crawford County Commission on March 28. Inmates can take a five-week course that Siebert puts... 

‘Battle Between the Badges’ May 4

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will partner with police departments from Washington, Gerald, New Haven, Union, Sullivan, St. Clair and Pacific and the Missouri State Highway Patrol for a “Battle Between the Badges” basketball game against local firefighters May 4. The game will be at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and benefit five families who have children battling... 

Kidnapping Warrant issued for Sullivan Man

On Mar. 23. at around 2:30 p.m., deputies responded to the 450 block of East Springfield in Sullivan for a disturbance. On their arrival, deputies spoke to two witnesses who told them a male subject was holding a female inside the residence against her will. The witnesses advised they heard the female crying and believed she was fighting with the male, believed to be  her boyfriend. When deputies... 

Board Completes Another Step For Grant Submission

The Bourbon Board of Aldermen held a public hearing Thursday, completing another step towards submitting a community development block grant (CDBG) that would rebuild Pine Street. Residents in attendance helped answer a Needs Assessment document that is submitted with the grant. Questions on the survey pertained to the city’s infrastructure, law enforcement, services and more. The grant — which... 

Body Discovered In Burning Wooded Area

A body was discovered in a burning wooded area early Thursday morning in the 2100 block of Springfield Road in St. Clair. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as Billy Barrett, 65. At this time, Barrett’s death appears to be accidental. A preliminary investigation revealed that Barrett had been suffering from medical conditions and was confused the last couple of days.... 

Bourbon Man Ejected From Vehicle

Photo by Robert Mesger A Bourbon man was injured on March 21 when he ran his vehicle off the road, overturned and was ejected. Russell B. Mercer, 53, had moderate injuries. He was transported to Missouri Baptist Hospital for treatment. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the accident occurred around 12:52 a.m. at the 222.8 mile marker. Mercer was traveling in a 1994 Ford Ranger when he ran off the... 

St. Clair Man Arrested For Active Warrants After A Domestic Assault In Progress Reported

On March 15, 2017 at about 3:40 p.m. deputies were dispatched to the Paradise Mobile Home Park off N. Commercial Ave outside St. Clair for a reported domestic assault in progress. According to the caller a man was threatening to hit a woman with a rock and a description of the man was dispatched to responding deputies.   Upon a deputy’s arrival the suspect fled from the scene on foot and... 
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Attempted Theft At Circle K Convenience Store In Sullivan

According to Franklin County Sheriff’s Office on March 16, 2017 at about 5:43 a.m. deputies were dispatched to the Circle K convenience store located at 408 S. Hwy 185, Sullivan for a report an attempted theft of an ATM machine. A man wearing a black hooded coat or sweatshirt, black ski mask, black gloves, and tan pants entered the store and attempted to remove an ATM using a dolly hand cart.... 

FBI Reports Nineteen People Indicted on Fraud Charges Related to Telemarketing Enterprise

Nineteen defendants have been charged in federal court in connection with a multi-count indictment arising from their participation in a fraudulent telemarketing enterprise that often targeted elderly victims. In October 2016, a grand jury returned an indictment against nine individuals living in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Last month, a grand jury returned a superseding indictment against an additional... 

City Holding Public Hearing March 23

The city of Bourbon will hold a public hearing on March 23 at 3:30 p.m. to discuss the submission of a community development block grant for the rebuild of Pine Street. The total project cost is estimated at $694,022 and the city is proposing to contribute $96,042 in cash; $97,980 for in-kind labor by city crews and grant funds of $500,000 to make up the balance. If funded, the project would benefit... 
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