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Arson Suspected in Hay, Tractor Fire, Reward Offered

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office is asking for any information the public might have regarding a suspected arson fire that happened over Thursday night, Jan. 29. A tractor and eight round hay bales were set on fire sometime between 4 p.m. in the afternoon Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday morning.

The tractor and hay belong to Shay Esbeck and are located at 230th Street and Midway outside Gallatin.


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Bald Eagle Killed in Clinton County

A juvenile bald eagle that had been shot, according to the MDC, was found dead beneath a tree in Clinton County earlier this week. Because the American bald eagle is a federally protected species, the person responsible, if found, could face up to one year in prison and have up to a $5000 fine. If anyone has any information, contact the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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New Fire Station Makes Progress

Construction of the Gallatin Fire Protection District’s new fire station on Market Street continues as overhead doors have been installed. The new 80 feet wide by 140 feet long building will house fire apparatus and allow the district’s 24 volunteer firefighters to train and prepare for responses. The building is planned as a metal seven-bay fire station with the estimated completion date in late spring 2015.

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Zac Johnson Resigns for Job at Cameron

After returning from a closed session of their meeting Jan. 26, the Gallatin Board of Aldermen accepted Zac Johnson’s resignation as city administrator with his last day being Feb. 20.

“I have accepted an offer to serve as the assistant city manager for the City of Cameron,” said Mr. Johnson. “After much debate and consideration, I realized this opportunity was too attractive for me and my family to decline. Gallatin

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Lake Viking Polar Plunge Feb. 21

Lake Viking Polar Plunge is set for Feb. 21. This “unbearable” event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters.

Participants must be at least 10 years old and raise a minimum of $75 by event day. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run(R) for Special Olympics Missouri.

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Daviess County Courthouse News

Your Right to Know: The following is information released from the Daviess County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

County Commission

Road and Bridge Supervisor Jason Lewis and crew are cutting brush around bridges in the county.

A semi-final inspection of bridge #33000091 over Sampson Creek is scheduled for Jan. 28 at 10 a.m.

Charles Winger discussed road closure at Ridge Avenue and 240th Street in Sheridan Township.

Ryan Eddis

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Daviess County Sheriff’s Activity Report


9 am – Associate Court in session, as well as jury trial scheduled for two days.

1:36 pm – Deputies and fire department assisting with emergency call at courthouse. Three people stuck in the elevator.

1:50 pm – Report of trespassing on property on Highway AA between Pattonsburg and McFall.

3:06 pm – People are out of the elevator.


9 am – Day two of jury trial.


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Letter to the Editor: Fugitive in Poosey

Dear Editor:

On Jan. 19, 2015, we had a unique situation in Livingston County, Mo., where a fugitive from the State of Iowa wanted for attempted murder was hiding in a conservation area and reported to be armed and dangerous.

Daviess County Sheriff Ben Becerra responded to our location for assistance and made his staff available to assist however needed.

Graham later allegedly gave multiple indicators to law enforcement and/or

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