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Three Arrested In Home Burglary

‘Footprints In The Snow Lead To Suspects’ Criminals are sometimes identified as, “Not the Smartest People in the World,” and this week, three of them are behind bars, in part, from footprints in the snow. Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke reported that on Thurs., Feb. 6, at 10:58 a.m., deputies were dispatched to the 800 block of West Springfield Rd., St. Clair, for a burglary investigation.... 
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The Sullivan Fire District Alarm Report

The Sullivan Fire District reported 19 alarms for the week of Feb. 10-16. Feb. 10: 9:18 a.m., 1550 Elmont Rd., ambulance assist. Feb. 10: 10:44 a.m., 875 Dunsford Dr., ambulance assist. Feb. 10: 11:56 a.m., 603 N. Olive St., ambulance assist. Feb. 10: 11:57 a.m., 1671 Elmont Rd., ambulance assist. Feb. 10: 12:23 p.m., 129 Jackson St., smoke scare. Feb. 11: 8:00 a.m., 870 Louisiana St., ambulance assist. Feb.... 

Sullivan Man Receives ‘Shock Incarceration’ In Robbery Of Sullivan Business

By James B. Bartle A former California man, turned Sullivan resident, was sentenced to five years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on Jan. 27, 2014, in Franklin County, but will actually serve 110 days in prison for “Shock Incarceration.” Christopher C. Briley, 32, Hwy. WW, Sullivan, pled guilty to the charge of Second Degree Robbery in the June 12, 2013, robbery of the Pit Stop Liquor... 
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First Ever SHS Football Coach Don Montee Passes At Age 78

By James B. Bartle A cornerstone of the Sullivan High School Football program for years, Educator/Coach/Volunteer and local resident Donald R. Montee passed away at his home on Sat., Feb. 1, 2014, at the age of 78. According to the Nov. 9, 1966, Sullivan, St. Clair, Bourbon Family Shopper, which later became the Sullivan Independent News, the paper reported on the front page, “The Sullivan High... 
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Possible Human Remains Still Being Tested

By James B. Bartle It’s been two months since Crawford County authorities and the Missouri Highway Patrol discovered possible human remains in the 2000 block of Forest Hill Rd., Bourbon, on Sunday morning, Dec. 1, and to date no new information has become available. Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin spoke with the Independent News on Friday regarding the remains. “We still do not have... 

Donald Montee

Donald Ray Montee, of West Sullivan, MO, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family at the age of 78. Don, as he was known by family and friends, was born on August 21, 1935 to the late Virgil Ray and Alline Overstreet Montee in Galena, KS.  He honorably served his country from 1957 to 1962 in the United States Air Force. On October 10, 1954, he was united in marriage... 

Kidnapped 2-year-old found safe, Grandparents charged

2-year-old Ellanah Spear was visiting Franklin County with her grandparents from Kentucky. Ellanah’s grandparents have custody of the child. According to the custodial grandparents, they left Ellanah with her other grandparents for a visit. Late this morning, the grandparents contacted Ellanah’s mother in Kentucky stating that they were not going to return the child. Individuals believed to have... 

Sullivan Police Calls Increase Along With Crime Totals

By James B. Bartle The Sullivan Police Department completed yet another record year of calls responding to some 11,635 reports, and increase of 98 over 2012 with 11,537. The Department saw a number of increases in several areas showing crime on the rise, according to the numbers. In the area of, “Crime Offenses” the department numbers in 2013 compared with 2012 were: Sexual Offenses 20-compared... 
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Colorado Firm Recalls Various Meat Products Due To Soy Lecithin

On Feb. 1, 2014,House of Smoke, Inc., a Fort Lupton, CO establishment, is recalling approximately 144,000 pounds of meat and poultry products (including bratwurst/brotwurst, fully cooked sausage-type products, and raw fresh products) because of an undeclared allergen and misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products were... 
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Sullivan Police Weekly Arrest Report

The Sullivan Police Department made seven arrests in the City of Sullivan for the shortened week of Jan. 27-30. This week’s arrests were: Jan. 27; Madison N. Whitworth, 17, was arrested on a Franklin County warrant for failure to appear in court, FTA, on the charge of no insurance and failure to register a motor vehicle. Bond was set at $300. Whitworth was held at the Sullivan jail. Jan. 29; Tiffany... 
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