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Stories from the past seven days

Chillicothe Summer School Begins May 29th.   5/21  12pm
     The Chillicothe Summer School program begins May 29th and runs for 24 class room days. There programs both for the Elementary and Middle School and for the High School. Principal Brian Sherrow says for the younger students there are many opportunities available.
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     Sherrow says for the High School, the opportunities are different, and it pays off in other ways.
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     If you are interested in any of the summer school programs, call the District office at 646-4566.

New Livingston Co. Most Wanted   5/21  12pm
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department added a new name to the Most Wanted list. Thirty-two year old Charles Robert Smith is wanted on a probation violation warrant from a previous conviction for possession of a controlled substance. Smith is described as a white male, 6 foot 1 inch tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is last known to be living on Henry Street in Chillicothe.
     If you have any information on the whereabouts of 32 year old Charles Robert Smith, call the sheriff's office at 646-0515 or the Chillicothe Dispatch office at 646-2121

Memorial Day - Plan Your Travel and Fun   5/21  12pm
     Memorial Day weekend is coming up and for many that will mean time on the road. Sargent Jake Angle says Preparation and planning are important when making you travel plans.
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     Angle says that planning extends to the party planning for yourself and your guests.
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     Remember to tell others where you will be and when you are expecting to arrive. But most important - Sargent Angle says Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

Chillicothe Board of Public Works Meets Tuesday   5/21  6am
     Chillicothe's Board of Public Works meets Tuesday to consider bids and hear from the department heads. The meeting is Tuesday at 7:00 am at the CMU Office. The Wastewater Superintendent will present the bids to be considered for the 2018 Sewer Rehabilitation project.
     Reports will be presented by the department heads and from the General manager.

Troopers Arrest Two Over Weekend   5/21  6am
     State Troopers arrested a Chillicothe man in Douglas County and made one other arrest in the local counties.
     In Carroll County, 55 year old Paul Harper of Lincoln Missouri was arrested Saturday afternoon for alleged possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia and np seatbelt. He was taken to Ray County Jail.
     Sunday morning, Troopers in Douglas County arrested 30 year old Bradley Stubbs of Chillicothe on Livingston County Warrants for alleged burglary and non-support. He was also arrested for alleged no valid drivers license. Stubbs was taken to the Douglas County Jail pending the posting of bond.

Police Report For Saturday   5/21  6am
     The Chillicothe Police Department report includes several investigations and arrests on Saturday.
     12:16 AM, Officers received a noise complaint in the 900 block of Dickinson Street. Officers made contact with subjects and advised of the complaint.
     12:44 AM, Officers arrested Caleb Ashford for alleged driving with an expired license, failing to display license plates, and no insurance, following a traffic stop at Vine and Webster. Ashford was processed at the police department, cited, and released.
     10:28 AM, Officers assisted the Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services with an obnoxious odor smell in a building in the 500 block of Jackson Street. It was determined that a resident was using spray paint inside their apartment.
     10:30 AM, officers located a driver reported to be driving while intoxicated. An investigation resulted in the arrest of Marvin Wrisinger for alleged driving while intoxicated. Wrisinger was processed, cited, and released.
     7:47 PM, Officers responded to a business in the 200 block of W Business 36 to a report of an alleged drug odor. Officers determined the odor was not drug related.
     9:09 PM, Officers responded to the 1000 block of Webster Street to a report of a domestic disturbance. As a result of the investigation, officers arrested Anthony Pegelow for alleged failure to obey a Judge’s Order. Pegelow was processed at the police department, cited, and released. Charges are sought for a second person involved in the disturbance.

Sheriff's Department Investigations and Arrest   5/21  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reports one arrest and a property investigation.
     On Friday, there was a Court order to take possession of a house in Chillicothe, where a squatter would not vacate the property. The squatter was not home when the order was served. Deputies report the subjects vicious dog was present and they found a quantity of drug paraphernalia. The investigation continues.
     Last Tuesday, Deputies served multiple Livingston County arrest warrants on 30 year old Joshua Christopher Caudill of Wheeling. Warrants include: Alleged Failure to Pay/Appear on alleged Resisting/Interfering with Arrest with bond of $1,176.50, Alleged Failure to Appear, bond set at $500, and Alleged Failure to Appear in Court on an alleged Domestic Assault with bond of $500.
     Caudill was transferred to the Daviess Dekalb County Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

Grass Fire Near Grand River Bridge   5/21  6am
     Chillicothe Fire fighters responded to a grass fire, Saturday evening, on US 65 at the Grand River. The call came in at about 7:00 pm and the arrived to find a small on the right of way. They determine the fire had spread from a land owner burning brush piles and leaving them unattended. Smoke from the fire on right of way causing traffic issues. The fire was extinguished and fire units back in service after about 20 minutes.

Vehicle Fire Near Laredo   5/21  6am
     The Laredo Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire Sunday. The fire crew arrived and put out the fire that destroyed the vehicle. They were on the scene for about an hour.

Carrollton Town Board Meets Monday   5/21  6am
     The Carrollton Town Council meets today to consider bids and accept a financing contract. The Carrollton Town council meets at 6:00 pm at City Hall.
     The agenda includes consideration of bids for a Blazer.
     The Council will consider approval of a lease purchase financing agreement to buy a backhoe loader for Carrollton Municipal Utilities.
     Reports will be presented by the Wastewater Supervisor and the Street Department Director.
     An executive session is planned to follow the regular meeting of the Carrollton Town Council.

Chillicothe School Board Meets Tuesday   5/19  6am
     The Chillicothe R-II School Board meets Tuesday in Regular Session. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the district office, with recognition of the retirees. This will include the presentations by State Representative Rusty Black.
     Principal Brian Sherrow will have recognition of high school students.
     Other items on the agenda include:
The Salary and Welfare Committee proposal
Surplus vehicles from the Tech School
A Conference Program Event
The 2019 Building Trades Home
Consideration for Middle School Cross Country
Setting the date for a special Budget Meeting in June.
     An executive session is planned to follow the regular meeting.
     Chillicothe R-II School Board meets Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the district office.

Zaki Assists Troopers With Drug Investigation   5/19  6am
     Thursday, a Missouri State Trooper requested K-9 assistance from the Livingston County Sheriffs’ Office on a traffic stop. Deputy Chris Mueller and K-9 Zaki responded to the location and learned the suspect had thrown an odd colored object into an area of large and tall weeds.
     Zaki sniffed the area and quickly found a container with suspected Methamphetamine. Drugs were also found in the suspect’s vehicle and the suspect was taken into custody and held at the Caldwell County Detention center.

Troopers Arrest Texas Man In Daviess County   5/19  6am
     State Troopers arrested a Texas man Friday morning in Daviess County. At about 9:10 am, Troopers stopped 35 year old Gabriel Canseco-Osorio. He was arrested for alleged following too close and no valid drivers license. He was taken to the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail in an immigration hold.

Library Offers Adult Crafting Program   5/19  6am
     The Livingston County Library is offering an Adult Crafting program, June 5th in the 2nd floor courtroom. To kick off the summer, you will have an opportunity to make a "Flip-Flop Welcome Sign." The program will start at 6:00 pm and all supplies are provided. The program is FREE, but you must pre-register, beginning Monday. The program is limited to the first 20 participants.
     For more information, call the library at 646-0547.

Move To New Chillicothe Elementary School   5/18  12pm
     Classes at Garrison School ended Monday and for Dewey, classes ended Tuesday. Dewey School Principal Abby Smith says for her, it's a time of mixed emotions as they make the move to the new Chillicothe Elementary School.
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     Smith says almost from the time the classes were done the teachers, staff, family and friends have been moving items to the new Chillicothe Elementary School.
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     Smith says they will take much of the summer to move and set-up.
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     Currently at the school you will see plenty of boxes and staff members sorting and moving the items to the appropriate rooms.

Kidder Man Arrested By Troopers   5/18  12pm
     A Kidder man was arrested Thursday morning in Caldwell County. State Troopers arrested 58 year old Brad James at about 11:50 am for alleged possession of methamphetamine, tampering with evidence, failing to stop at a stop sign. Possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. James was taken to the Caldwell County Detention Center on a 24 hour hold.

Wheeling Cemetery Memorial Day Program   5/18  12pm
     The annual Wheeling Cemetery Memorial Day Service is Sunday May 27th at 1:30 pm. The ceremony, emceed by Larry Warren from the American Legion Post 25 will include:
     Representatives from American Legion Post 25 and VFW Post 858. The Honor Guard will post colors.
     Richard Sparks will sing a special song and lead God Bless America.
     The pastor of the Wheeling Christian Church, Leon Bryant, will give the message.
     Bob Kimmis, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Wheeling will give the closing prayer.
     And Sue Warren will do the Laying of the Wreath ceremony.

     The annual Wheeling Cemetery Memorial Day ceremonies are open to everyone.  In case of rain the program will be held at the Wheeling Christian Church.

Memorial Programs At Pershing Boyhood Home   5/18  12pm
     The General Pershing Boyhood Home Historic Site is hosting three events Memorial Day Week. Dinzil Heaney from the Historic Site says the first program is Memorial Day, May 28th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Boyhood Home Site.
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     There will also be a wreath laying as part of that event.
     Saturday June 2nd, Heaney says the Historic Site will host what they are calling a Welcome Home Ceremony and Program.
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     That program is from 1:00 to 3:00 pm on June 2nd and includes several special guests.
     On the 3rd, there is a free showing of the film "Black Jack Pershing: Love and War." Heaney explains.
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     All of these events are open to the public and are free to attend. For more information, call the General Pershing Boyhood Home Historic Site at 660-963-2525.

Summer Explore Hours At Crowder Park  5/18  12pm
     Crowder State Park in Trenton will host a series of Summer Explorer Hour events each weekend this summer. The Summer Explorer Hour events are each Saturday beginning May 26th, from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the park's campground amphitheater. Participants in the Explorer Hour events will take part in a different nature activity each time, including exploratory walks, nature crafts and nature-themed games. Those taking part are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, including sturdy shoes. Insect repellent is also recommended.
     Crowder State Park is located west of Trenton off Highway 146. For more information about the event, call park office at 660-359-6473.

Accident Leaves 1 Dead and 2 With Serious Injuries   5/18  6am
     An accident Thursday morning in Chariton County took the life of one driver and left her passengers with serious injuries. Seventy-three year old Patricia Whitley of Salisbury died at University Hospital in Columbia, from injuries suffered in the accident on Highway 129, 4 miles south of Salisbury. According to the Highway Patrol, the accident happened at about 9:35 am when a vehicle driven by 21 year old Abudu Kagina of Columbia was southbound on 129 and attempted to pass several vehicles when Whitley made a left turn and was struck on the drivers side by the Kagina vehicle.
     Two passengers in the Whitley vehicle, 20 year old Brandon Huff of Salisbury and Estella Lewis of Glasgow had serious injuries. Huff was flown to University Hospital and Lewis was taken by ambulance to University Hospital. Kagina was not injured.

Brunswick Teen Hit By Pick-Up - Has Serious Injuries   5/18  6am
     A 13 year old Brunswick by has serious injuries after he was struck by a pick-up Thursday evening in Brunswick. Thirteen year old Johnathan Dorsey was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries following the accident at about 6:00 pm on US 24 at North Butler Street in Brunswick. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 23 year old Joy Gunn of Marceline, was eastbound on US 24 and struck Dorsey as he was attempting to cross the road.
     Gun was not injured.

Drugs and Stolen Items In Police Report   5/18  6am
     A report from a business of feeling threatened by customers wanting to sell certain items resulted in three taken into custody Wednesday evening. Police Chief Jon Maples says the customers had antiques and jewelry but couldn't justify where the items came from. The customers left the business and the police located them in the 600 block of Washington Street. After an investigation, three were taken into custody. Maples says they found drugs on two of the three and requested assistance from the Brookfield Police Department for their drug dog to check the vehicle and the dog indicated the presence of a controlled substance.
     He says a search of the vehicle resulted in recovery of drug paraphernalia and possible stolen items from Carroll County. The Chillicothe Police are working with the Carroll County Authorities on that part of the investigation.
     Two people remain in custody and the third was released pending further investigation.
     Chief Maples says this is not the type of activity they want brought into Chillicothe and are glad to take care of it quickly.

One Cited In Alcohol Compliance Checks  5/18  6am
     Livingston County Sheriff's Department and Midland Empire Alcohol Task Force made Compliance Checks in Livingston county showed one violation earlier this month. The Sheriff's Department and the Task Force conducted compliance checks in Livingston County and Chillicothe. The Task Force provides the underage person, funds, and pays for all deputy overtime to work the investigations. The underage person attempted to buy alcoholic beverages from various retail establishments and bars in our area.
     Sheriff Steve Cox says the investigation resulted in 1 purchase from a local business. A 39-year-old Chillicothe woman was cited for Supplying Liquor to a Minor.
     Our goal of the compliance checks and training provided by the Midland Empire Alcohol Task Force is to eliminate mistakes made by employees and identify anyone who is actually selling alcoholic beverages to minors.

Carrollton Town Council Meets Monday  5/18  6am
     The Carrollton Town Council meets Monday evening to consider bids and accept a financing contract. The Carrollton Town council meets at 6:00 pm at City Hall.
     The agenda includes consideration of bids for a Blazer.
     The Council will consider approval of a lease purchase financing agreement to buy a backhoe loader for Carrollton Municipal Utilities.
     Reports will be presented by the Wastewater Supervisor and the Street Department Director.
     An executive session is planned to follow the regular meeting of the Carrollton Town Council.

How To Submit Complaints To The City  5/17  12pm
     When an individual has a complaint about a city service or enforcement issues, the most direct way to handle the complaint is to call the department directly. The situation is often handled and the complaints are cleared up quickly. Chillicothe City Administrator Darin Chappell says when the direct approach doesn’t work, you need to call City Hall and talk him or a member of his staff.
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     Chappell says sometimes there is frustration over perceived inactivity to resolve a complaint.
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     He says there are also times when the wheels of justice just take time to reach the appropriate conclusion and for action to take place.
     Chappell invites anyone with legitimate complaints they would like to discuss to call him. His number at City Hall is 646-2424 and his cell phone at 247-2152. He says if there is something wrong, He Wants To Know!

Troopers Part Of Nationwide Seatbelt Enforcement  5/17  12pm
     The Missouri Department of Public Safety is participating in the nationwide Border to Border Seat Belt Initiative, which kicks off Monday. Sgt Jake Angle from the Missouri Highway Patrol says this will continue through the summer.
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     Angle says "Seatbelts Save Lives"
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     Click-It or Ticket enforcement programs will take place beginning Monday and will continue throughout the entire summer. Many of them will be in the evening and night time hours.

Swan Lake To Begin $1M Wetland Project   5/17  12pm
     Work to improve the Wetlands at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge is set to begin, thanks to a grant from the National Ducks Unlimited Organization and cooperation from other organizations. Refuge Director Steve Whitson says this is a $1 million dollar grant to help fund a variety of projects.
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     Whitson says visitors to the refuge will see work taking place throughout the summer.
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     He says the road that goes through the center of the refuge will be re-routed and to allow for some of the planned changes.
     If the weather cooperates, Whitson says they expect the work to be completed by October 1st.

Sewer Rehab Bids On Public Works Agenda  5/17  12pm
     Chillicothe's Board of Public Works meets Tuesday to consider bids and hear from the department heads. The meeting is Tuesday at 7:00 am at the CMU Office. The Wastewater Superintendent will present the bids to be considered for the 2018 Sewer Rehabilitation project.
     Reports will be presented by the department heads and from the General manager.
     Chillicothe Board of Public Works meetings are open to the public.

Cameron Teen Injured In Rollover Accident  5/17  6am
     A Cameron teen was injured in a single vehicle accident in Dekalb County Wednesday night. Sixteen year old Angelina Parra of Cameron was taken to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph for treatment of moderate injuries following the accident at about 9:20 pm, on Route EE, three miles north of Cameron.
     According to the Highway Patrol, Parra was southbound and drove off the west side of the road, struck and embankment causing her car to begin to overturn. She struck several trees and the car went airborne, struck a tree and came to rest on its wheels. Parra was wearing a safety belt at the time of the accident.

Chillicothe Police Report For Tuesday  5/17  6am
     The Chillicothe police report for Tuesday included 95 calls for service. Some of the calls include:
     At 12:41 am, officers responded to a complaint that a person had loaned a cell phone to another person and it was returned with the access codes changed and the person who borrowed the phone refused to give the new codes. The owner of the phone was advised to contact the cell provider.
     At about 2:35 pm, officers arrested Adam Stith at the Probation and Parole Office on a probation or parole violation.
     About 2:35 pm, theft was reported at 1000 Graves Street. The investigation found someone had stolen an item earlier in the day and had returned later to take additional items. They were stopped and the store contacted the police, who arrested Steven James and Hillaria Williams. They were processed and released.
     About 8:40 pm, officers took a report of loud music in the 400 block of Polk Street. The residents were contacted and advised to turn their music down.

Investigation Brings Additional Charges  5/17  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department reported a traffic stop last week for alleged littering that resulted in the seizing of alleged Methamphetamine/Drug Paraphernalia and the arrest of 38 year old Curtis S. Wheelbarger of Trenton. In that incident, the passenger in the vehicle cleaned up the trash and was facing a potential littering charge. Continued investigation of the incident included a search of the vehicle where the deputy saw a large amount of expensive tools.
     Chillicothe Police had been investigating a theft of tools valued at $4,000 from a business the day before. The deputies and police officers continued a joint investigation and Sheriff Steve Cox reports additional information and evidence was collected at multiple locations in Livingston County. Two suspects are already in custody on other charges at this time with additional charges on those two plus other suspects in the near future. CPD Detective Smith and Officer Clements are continuing with the investigation and returning property to the business owner.

Meeting Set For Route 6 MoDOT Project   5/17  6am
     Plans for the resurfacing Route 6 and improve sidewalks along the roadway in Green Castle will be discussed with the public in an open meeting later this month. The Missouri Department of Transportation will host a community briefing on May 31, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Lions Club in Green Castle.
     Designers and engineers from MoDOT and the consulting firm Bartlett & West will be on hand to discuss the construction plans for the project and gather public input.
     This is open house with no formal presentation. The public is invited to drop in any time to offer comments and ask questions. Participants will also have the opportunity to document their comments and sign up to be included on project updates via email.

Middle School Foundation Work Begins Soon  5/16  12pm
     With the school year over, construction will soon begin at the Chillicothe Middle School. Principal Steve Haley says they will be shoring up some problems in the east building. Haley says students and staff will notice the difference.
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     He says this will give them a solid foundation for the Middle School.

Fire Chief Receives Well Deserved Recognition  5/16  12pm
     Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright recently was recognized as the 2018 Fire Fighters Association of Missouri - Fire Chief of the Year. City Administrator Darin Chappell says it is well deserved recognition.
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     Chief Wright shares much of the credit with his staff, but Chappell says The award is about the leadership the Chief provides.
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     Congratulations Chillicothe Fire Chief Darrell Wright.

55 & Go Annual Volunteer Banquet  5/16  12pm
     The 14th annual 55 & Go volunteer banquet is June 14th. Patty Mefford, the director of 55 & Go, formerly RSVP, says this annual event is to recognize and honor the volunteers for their many hours of service at the various "stations" around the community. The Banquet is June 14th at 5:30 pm at the Grand River Multi Purpose Center. If you plan to attend, you are asked to RSVP no later than May 30th by calling 646-0010.

Wine Walk And Concert Friday  5/16  12pm
     The weather is looking good to this Friday's Wine Walk and Concert, sponsored by Main Street Chillicothe and the Chillicothe Area Arts Council. The Wine Walk includes several business in the downtown area and Pam Jarding with Main Street says the Wine Walk begins at 4:00 pm.
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     Wine glasses for the wine walk are $20 each. You can call 646-4071 to pre-register.
     Jarding says the concert is at Silver Moon Plaza beginning at 7:30 pm and Main Street partnered with the Chillicothe Area Arts Council to make this a free concert featuring Abby Road Warriors.
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     The concert will have food, drinks and a cash bar available for the public. For more information, call the Main Street Office at 646-4071.

Extension Offers Food Safety Workshop  5/16  12pm
     The University of Missouri Extension is offering a Food Safety Workshop in Grundy County on May 24th. The program is for producers that sell over $25,000 in produce and provides them with the require Food Safety Modernization Training. Tim Baker from the Extension office in Daviess County says training is required by January of 2020.
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     Participants will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Course Attendance from the Association of Food and Drug Officials that verifies they have attended the course, which is a requirement to comply with the FSMA produce safety rule. Certificates are issued to individuals who attend the course and do not stay with the farm or organization if those individuals leave.
     For more information or to register for the program, call the Daviess County Extension Office at 660-663-3232. Registration is $20 per person to cover materials and a lunch. The program is limited to the first 50 to register.

Middle School Presents End of Year Awards  5/16  6am
     The Chillicothe Middle School wrapped up their school year with their annual awards ceremony. Principal Steve Haley says many awards are presented each year. The awards include perfect attendance awards presented to 11 students and one received a gift card.
     Haley says the Science Olympiad team and science fair winners received recognition.
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     Haley says they presented the Missouri Good Sport Awards.
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     The school also presents Good Citizenship Awards in each grade level.
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     Congratulations to all of the award recipients at the Middle School.

Electric Smell Results in Closing Building  5/16  6am
     Chillicothe Fire Fighters responded to a report of a strong electrical smell at a business at 710 Washington Street Tuesday afternoon. The call came in about 2:30 pm and the fire crew arrived to find an overheated ballast of a light fixture. The fire crew checked the electrical panel and found a small amount of water running on to the top of the panel. There were no signs of smoke or fire.
     The occupant of the building told the fire crew they had seen smoke coming from the light fixture prior to the fire departments arrival.
     CMU was called to disconnect the electrical from the building. The city codes office was also contacted because of a wall in the building appeared to be failing on the inside of the structure. Fire Chief Darrell Wright recommended the codes office have the building structure checked before it was allowed to be occupied again.
     The renters of the building were notified the City contacted the owner of the building. The renter shut down operation of the building for the rest of the day.

Troopers Arrest Trenton Man  5/16  6am
     A Trenton man was arrested by State Troopers in Grundy County Tuesday afternoon. Fifty-five year old Harold Knight of Trenton was arrested for alleged DWI with alcohol and speeding. The arrest was at 4:40 pm. Knight was taken to the Grundy County Jail, processed and released.

New Most Wanted For Sheriff's Office  5/16  6am
     The Livingston County Sheriff's Department added a new name to their Most Wanted list.
     Forty year old Jackiee Lee Potter is wanted on a warrant for alleged assault. Bond is set at $2,500 cash. Potter is described as a white male, 5 foot 9 inches tall, 175 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He has glasses and a moustache.
     If you have any information on the whereabouts of Jackiee Lee Potter, you are asked to call the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 646-0515 or the Chillicothe Dispatch office at 646-2121.