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EMPHASIS: Weather Forecast: Missouri may experience dangerous flooding

Submitted by Department of Public Safety

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rainfall for the next several days from the remnants of Tropical Cyclone Gordon and a stalled cold front. Missouri could see flash flooding, especially along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers and their tributaries. However, no major flooding is forecast for either river. 

The majority of Missouri will experience rain this weekend. Of note is the South Central Missouri area, which could receive four to six inches of rain. Rainfall in Rolla, MO, to St. Charles, MO, is forecast between four to eight inches from Friday to Saturday, September 7 and 8, 2018. 

With that in mind, officials encourage everyone to make good decisions regarding travel in flooded areas. Flooding, especially flash flooding, has proven to be extremely dangerous and can be fatal.

o Never think that because you made it across a flooded low water crossing in the past that you’ll make it the next time.
o Never be tempted to drive into floodwater because it appears shallow. Looks are deceiving and the roadway may not be intact. Floodwater often washes out roads or compromises their structural integrity.
o Less than a foot of moving water is enough to push a vehicle.
o Cars will float when the force of the water is greater than the force of friction. Sand and mud that come with flash flooding reduce the friction force of gravity holding the car in place
o Think about everything you could lose before trying to save a few minutes by not turning around.

Barricades closing a roadway are there to protect you. Drivers must respect barriers or barricades put in place by MoDOT — it is extremely dangerous and a violation of state law to drive around them. For information regarding road closures please visit Missouri Department of Transportation’s (MoDOT) road condition map at the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s website www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Keep in mind that road conditions can change often with flash floods or heavy rains. The map is updated regularly, but it is not possible for Patrol personnel to predict future road closings or water levels of specific rivers, lakes, or streams. Drivers are encouraged to check for updates often when planning their route and just prior to traveling.

Flooding also affects safety on Missouri’s waterways. The Patrol asks boaters across the state to take extra precautions when boating in flooded areas. Large amounts of rainfall cause rivers and lakes to become swollen. Many times, the right decision is to stay off the water. In areas where lakes or rivers spill over the banks, erosion and damage can occur to flooded structures, docks, or water laden levees by boat wakes. Boaters should avoid operating in these areas. If operation in these areas is necessary, boaters should operate at idle speed to avoid causing a wake.

Flooded rivers and streams with moving currents present some of the most dangerous situations a boater can encounter. Fast moving water can easily capsize or flip a boat—or personal watercraft—especially when combined with fixed objects such as trees and buildings. Boaters should avoid any operations in these swift flowing waters.

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Impaired driving enforcement operation in Texas County

Missouri State Highway Patrol

 

Captain Mark G. Inman, commanding officer of Troop G, releases the following information:

A total of 26 citations and 31 warnings were issued in conjunction with an impaired driving enforcement project conducted in Texas County on August 25. Also, troopers made two arrests for misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, and two arrests for felony possession of a controlled substance. This operation targeted impaired drivers along with other hazardous moving violations. The designated highways for this operation were U.S. Highway 63 and U.S. Highway 60. Totals from this operation include: 13 speed citations; six seat belt citations; one child restraint violation citation; one non-moving violation citation; two driver license violation citations; three uninsured motorist citations; two misdemeanor drug arrests; and two felony drug arrests.

“The Missouri State Highway Patrol is dedicated to removing impaired drivers from our roadways,” said Captain Inman. “Our goal is to positively impact DWI enforcement and reduce alcohol- and drug-related vehicle crashes.”

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

Follow Troop G on Twitter for the most current news @MSHPTrooperG.

 

Houston man arrested after causing crash

The Licking News

 

Moderate injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 11:34 a.m. August 22 according to online reports of Troop G of the highway patrol. The crash occurred at the intersection of Route B and Junction Street in Raymondville.

A 2015 Hyundai Sonata, driven by Matthew J. Ramsey, 31, of Houston, failed to stop at a stop sign, and struck a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado, driven by Delbert L. Skaggs, 74, of Waynesville. The Hyundai then travelled off the left side of the roadway and struck a fire hydrant. The Chevrolet travelled off the left side of the roadway, came back onto the roadway, and came to a rest.

Skaggs sustained moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital. The report states that he was wearing a seat belt, but Ramsey was not.

After the crash occurred, Ramsey was then arrested for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, driving while revoked, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner resulting in a motor vehicle crash, failure to stop at a stop sign, no insurance, and no seat belt. He was held in the Texas County Jail on a 24-hour hold.

The Hyundai and Chevrolet both sustained extensive damage and were both towed by Jay’s Automotive.

Atkinson arrested for burglary/assault

By Scott Lindsey

Police Chief

Licking Police Department

 

On August 17, at approximately 7:40 p.m., Licking police officers were dispatched to an apartment on Brooke Street for a report of a disturbance. Upon arriving the complainant reported a female subject had forced her way into his residence in an attempt to assault another male that was a guest.

The female who was identified as Jasmine N. Atkinson was located at her apartment in the same complex. When officers attempted to arrest Atkinson, she resisted and assaulted an officer. After being placed in a patrol car Atkinson continued to be combative and kicked the windshield of the car, causing it to crack.

Jasmine N. Atkinson, age 23, of Licking was arrested for first-degree burglary, resisting arrest, third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, second-degree property damage, peace disturbance, and third-degree domestic assault. Atkinson was transported to the Texas County Jail and is being held on a $250,000 bond.

An officer, who received minor injuries during the arrest, was treated and released from Texas County Memorial Hospital and returned to duty.

The above information is just a mere accusation, and is not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of any charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Two from Houston killed in wreck

The Licking News

 

According to online reports of Troop G of the highway patrol:

Two fatalities were reported, along with three other injuries, in a two-vehicle crash that occurred at 12:43 p.m. Aug. 15 on Highway 63, six miles north of Cabool.

A 2010 Dodge Avenger, driven by Bryce C. Ash, 24, of Houston, was travelling southbound when the vehicle skidded across the roadway and struck a northbound 2017 Ford Flex, driven by Marlyn A. Smith, 73, of Eunice.

Within the Dodge, passenger Kalena M. Freitas, 23, of Houston, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater; Brylon M. Ash, 3, of Houston, sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital; and Bryce C. Ash was pronounced deceased at Texas County Memorial Hospital by Dr. Etherage at 1:40 p.m.

The driver of the Ford, Marlyn Smith, sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to Texas County Memorial Hospital. Passenger of the Ford, Charles F. Smith, 78, of Eunice, was also transported by ambulance to TCMH.

Both vehicles sustained total damage and were towed by Mike Jones Auto Sales in Houston. The report states that everyone was wearing a seat belt.

Troop G fatality numbers 25 and 26 for 2018, compared to 13 at this time in 2017. Assisted by Msgt. G. H. Falterman, Tpr. S. J. Crewse, Tpr. M. L. Wiseman, Sgt. S. R. Richardson, Sgt. B. C. Grugen, MoDOT, Cabool Fire Department, and Houston Fire Department.

Texas County sheriff and deputy arrested on eight counts

The Licking News

 

Texas County Sheriff James L. Sigman, 48, of Eunice, was arrested on eight counts by Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater, assisted by the Missouri Highway Patrol. Sigman was arrested at 5 p.m. July 18, along with Lieutenant Deputy Jennifer H. Tomaszewski, 38, of Eunice.

Both Sigman and Tomaszewski had charges of:

• Felony assault first degree

• Felony robbery first degree

• Felony endangering the welfare of a child first degree

• Felony unlawful use of a weapon

• Felony harrassment

• Felony endangering the welfare of a child second degree

• Misdemeanor misuse of official information by a public servant

• Misdemeanor false impersonation

Sigman was held in the Greene County Jail pending payment of bond. Tomaszewski was held in the Shannon County Jail pending payment of bond. Each have a bond of $500,000.

The above charges are mere accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Bucyrus man arrested after ATV crash

The Licking News

 

A Bucyrus man was arrested at 6:05 p.m. July 4 after an ATV crash happened on Sand Shoals Road, fives miles north of Houston according to the online report of Troop G of the highway patrol.

Levi J. Coats, 18, was driving eastbound when the vehicle swerved to dodge another vehicle in the roadway, ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. Serious injuries were reported in the single-vehicle crash. Coats was driving a 2005 Honda Rancher 500 ATV. Coats sustained serious injuries and was transported by air evac ambulance to Cox South Medical Center in Springfield. The Honda sustained total damage and was removed by the owner. The report states Coats was not wearing a safety device.

After the crash that occurred at 5:35 p.m., Coats was transported by air evac, but was later arrested for driving while intoxicated – unlawfully operating an ATV while under the influence of alcohol, operating a motor vehicle in careless and imprudent manner resulting in an accident, and unlawfully operating an ATV without properly mounted triangular emblem.

Coats was held in the Texas County Jail and released.

Raymondville man arrested after crash

The Licking News

 

A Raymondville man was arrested at 11:50 p.m. July 13 after a single-vehicle crash on Missouri 17, six miles north of Mountain View according to the online report of Troop G of the highway patrol.

Ronald K. Atkisson, 52, was driving northbound when the 1999 Ford Taurus travelled off the right side of the roadway, struck two chevron signs, overturned and struck a fence. Two MoDOT chevron signs were damaged at the scene. Atkisson sustained serious injuries and was transported by air evac ambulance to Cox South Hospital in Springfield. The report states that he was not wearing a seat belt.

The Ford sustained total damage and was towed by Jim’s Towing of Mountain View.

After the crash that occurred at 11:10 p.m., Atkisson was transported by air evac, but was later arrested for driving while intoxicated – aggravated offender, possession of 10 grams or less of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, careless and imprudent driving involving an accident, driving while revoked, no insurance, and no seat belt.

The report states that Atkisson was transported to Cox South Hospital for medical treatment and was released.

Resident of Houston involved in seven-vehicle crash on I-44 Sunday

The Licking News

 

Minor injuries were reported in a seven-vehicle crash that occurred at 3:37 p.m. July 8 on eastbound Interstate 44 near the 247.6-mile marker, according to online report of the Troop C highway patrol. The crash occurred in Franklin County.

A 2009 Freightliner, driven by Mynor E. Pincencaceres, 58, of Norman, Oklahoma, was driving eastbound when it failed to stop for congestion and struck the rear of a 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80, driven by Karen T. Smith, 50, of Ballwin. The impact pushed the Hyundai into the rear of a 2016 Chrysler 300, driven by Steven D. Bish, 39, of Lake St. Louis. The impact pushed the Chrysler into the rear of a 2014 Toyota Tundra, driven by John A. Burns, 69, of St. Louis. The impact pushed the Toyota into the rear of a 2015 Jeep Renegade, driven by Barbara J. Morrison, 56, of Houston. The impact pushed the Jeep into the rear of a 2006 Chrysler Town and Country, driven by Tracy M. Umphress, 37, of East Alton, Illinois. The impact pushed the Chrysler into the rear of a 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Richard L. Roberts, of Hartford, Illinois.

Pincencaceres reported no injuries and the Freightliner sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. Smith sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington by Union Ambulance, and the Hyundai sustained extensive damage and was towed by John’s Towing. Bish reported no injuries and the Chrysler 300 sustained extensive damage and was towed by Sturm’s Towing. Burns reported no injuries and the Toyota sustained moderate damage and was driven from the scene. Morrison sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital Washington by Meramec Ambulance, and the Jeep sustained moderate damage and was towed by Sturm’s Towing. Umphress reported no injuries and the Chrysler Town and Country sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene. Roberts reported no injuries and the Chevrolet sustained minor damage and was driven from the scene.

The report states that all seven drivers were wearing a seat belt.

Cabool man dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound

Missouri State Highway Patrol

 

At approximately 4:09 p.m., on June 25, 2018, Troop G troopers were notified by an off-duty Cabool police officer that a person being sought for an active Texas County felony warrant, was sitting inside a stationary vehicle on Panther Road south of Cabool, Missouri. A trooper responded to the location and attempted to contact the person inside the vehicle, who had been identified by the Cabool officer as Micah L. Ross, 40, of Cabool, Missouri. Ross fled in the vehicle and was pursued by the trooper. The pursuit continued on several county roads in southern Texas County and the trooper terminated the pursuit after losing sight of the vehicle. A short time later, a Cabool officer found the vehicle and reinitiated the pursuit. Ross entered the business district of Cabool and exited his vehicle displaying a handgun by holding it to his head. He entered two occupied businesses with officers following him. Ross ignored repeated commands to put the gun down. He walked onto U.S 63 Highway still holding the gun to his head. At about 5:15 p.m., as he was confronted by officers in front of another business, Ross discharged a single round from the handgun fatally shooting himself.

Ross was pronounced dead at the scene by Texas County Coroner Marie Lasater. An autopsy has been scheduled for June 28, 2018, in Springfield, Missouri. The following departments were involved: Cabool Police Department, Texas County Sheriff’s Department, Wright County Sheriff’s Department, Mountain Grove Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The investigation is ongoing and being conducted by the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.

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