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Man Accused Of Punching Police Officer In Face

Matthew Bastunas, 31 A Cuba man was arrested July 15 after he allegedly punched a police officer in the face during an altercation at the Crawford County Fair. Matthew S. Bastunas, 31, is charged with misdemeanor assault on a law enforcement officer and has been released on a $500 bond. Read more details on this incident in the July 27 issue of the Independent News.  Read More »

Crawford Electric Says Fewer Than 3,900 Accounts Without Power

As of 11:30 a.m. Friday, Crawford Electric reports fewer than 3,900 accounts remain without power as a result of Wednesday’s storm. More than 5,000 accounts have had power restored and Crawford Electric is hopeful the majority will regain power sometime Friday. But, the co-op says, exact restoration times in specific locations are not available and a significant number of members should expect... 

Pursuit Ends With Crash Near Vine Street Thursday Morning

One man is in custody after a pursuit that began on Interstate 44 ended in a crash near Vine Street in Sullivan Thursday morning. According to early reports, the suspect was being pursued by the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The suspect turned on to the 226 exit and headed into Sullivan, where local police joined the pursuit. The suspect was attempting to make a turn at Warren Street when he lost... 

Crawford Electric Reports 9,000+ Customers With Outages

According to Crawford Electric’s Facebook page, more than 9,000 members are experiencing outages. Some crews from neighboring co-ops will be arriving this evening and more tomorrow. There are numerous reports of downed poles, including some that are part of the main electricity delivery backbone. Crawford Electric says that kind of outage work is slow and dangerous, especially in stormy conditions.... 

Power Outages and Trees Down Due To Storms In Sullivan

Reports of trees down and power outages through out Sullivan and Bourbon.  Read More »

Severe Thunderstorm Watch For Area Counties

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for area counties until 6 p.m. Wednesday. A line of strong to severe thunderstorms will move across Missouri and into Illinois this afternoon and evening. Damaging wind gusts greater than 60 mph will be the primary threat. A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across southern Missouri and Illinois Thursday morning.  Read More »

Prosecutor: Staff Cuts Would ‘Severely’ Affect Office

Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Kent Howald at the commission meeting Tuesday. Crawford County Prosecuting Attorney Kent Howald told commissioners Tuesday that his office needs more staff, not less, and that absent the approval of a one-half of one percent sales tax increase in August, budget cuts would “severely” affect his office. Howald prepared a report to commissioners comparing... 

Hazardous Weather Outlook Through Thursday

The National Weather Service says there is a “hazardous weather outlook” for the area through Thursday night. A few strong to severe thunderstorms are possible for portions of eastern and central Missouri on Wednesday. Severe thunderstorms are possible again for the area Thursday afternoon. The primary threat will be damaging wind gusts. Heat index values will be near 105 degrees for much... 

Deputies Arrest Union Man On Burglary Charge

On July 3rd at approximately 4:20 PM, deputies responded to the 1000 block of Pottery Road in reference to a burglary that had just occurred.  Neighbors to the victim reported seeing a white male subject enter the residence and leave walking toward Hwy A.  A short time later, residences in Emerald City Subdivision along Hwy A reported seeing a suspicious subject walking in the neighborhood.  At... 

Flash Flood Watch Through Monday

A flash flood watch has been issued for Crawford, Franklin and Gasconade counties through Monday morning. The National Weather Service reports that a stalled frontal boundary will provide several rounds of showers and thunderstorms through Sunday night. The heaviest rainfall is expected to produce 2-4 inches of rain in some areas. The heavy rainfall will result in flooding of low-lying or poor drainage... 
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