AN OLD FASHIONED 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Organizers are gearing up for an Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration this weekend. An Independence Day Parade is scheduled for Saturday morning through the streets of downtown Sedalia.
Organizers are currently taking registrations for the parade. Anyone wishing to be in the parade, which steps off at ten o'clock Saturday morning, should call 826-5000, extension 922. The deadline to register is three o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Following the parade Saturday, an old fashioned fourth of July picnic will again be held in Sedalia's Centennial Park. Organizers promise music, food, games and all sorts of family fun. Make plans now to enjoy the fun.
HOPE FOR ARACELY A HUGE SUCCESS
A benefit barbecue Friday for a local girl battling cancer raised more than six thousand, seven hundred dollars. The Pettis County Sheriff's Department announced that the fundraiser held in the Bing's East Parking lot raised six thousand seven hundred and eighty dollars.
The money goes to help Sheriff's deputy Javier Gonzalez' daughter, Aracely. The eight year old was recently diagnosed with a rare childhood brain tumor, and has since endured four surgeries at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Columbia.
Anyone who could not make the benefit Friday can still contribute. Donations may be made to the "Hope for Aracely" account, and dropped off at the Pettis County Sheriff's Office at Fourth and Lamine, at any U-S bank, or at Go Fund Me dot com.
STORAGE SHED SERVES AS HOME
A Sedalia business reported a trespassing complaint over the weekend, and the case turned out to be people living at the store. Saturday officers responded to a trespassing call from Sutherlands at 3808 South Limit.
At the scene, management told them they found a male subject and a female sleeping in a display storage building on the Sutherland's lot. Police reports say the pair had apparently been staying in the structure for several days.
Police found the female suspect and placed her under arrest. The male was not found. The investigation continues.
PROSECUTORS CHARGE LANGE
A local man faces a handful of drug related charges following his arrest by the Sedalia Police Drug Enforcement Unit over the weekend. Pettis County Prosecutors charged thirty four year old Justin Lange of Sedalia with Possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
About one o'clock Saturday morning, detectives with the Drug Unit stopped a vehicle near 14th and South Marvin for moving and equipment violations.
A K-9 officer was called to the scene, and reportedly alerted for the presence of drug odor coming from the vehicle.
Police say the search turned up marijuana, methamphetamine, drug packaging supplies and drug paraphernalia.
The court set bond for Lange at fifty thousand dollars.
POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING
Sedalia police report a stabbing over the weekend that sent an area woman to a Columbia hospital. About four o'clock Saturday afternoon police were dispatched to the sixteen hundred block of East Sixth Street on a report that a woman had been stabbed in the face.
At the scene, officers began first aid to the victim, who suffered what police describe as a large laceration to her face. Witnesses said the male subject took off in the woman's vehicle shortly before police arrived.
The suspect is an ex boyfriend, who reportedly got upset and began stabbing the woman.
The victim was taken by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center, then transported on to University Hospital in Columbia.
POLICE ARREST ONE IN SEDALIA ASSAULT
Sedalia police say a local man apparently tried to throw a woman off a second story balcony near the downtown Sedalia over the weekend. The incident occurred about twelve forty-five Saturday morning near Fifth and Osage.
Police officers were dispatched to the scene on a report of a disturbance involving a knife. At the scene, officers learned that a male subject had hit a female victim, then reportedly attempted to throw her off a second story balcony.
Police say the suspect in the case was spotted a short time later near Third and Ohio. He was taken into custody pending the possible filing of state charges.
GRAVOIS MILLS MAN INJURED IN PETTIS COUNTY ACCIDENT
A rollover crash over the weekend south of Sedalia injured a Lake area man. The wreck occurred about nine o'clock Saturday morning on state route "M", south of Worth Road.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says thirty one year old Richard Russell of Gravois Mills was northbound when the right front tire blew out. Russell lost control of the truck, which went off the road and overturned.
Troopers say he suffered minor injuries in the crash, but refused treatment at the scene.
PETTIS COUNTY CRASH INJURES THREE
A rollover crash in western Pettis County last night injured three LaMonte area residents, one of them seriously. The accident occurred about eleven o'clock last night on Oakpoint Road, just north of Brashears Road, northeast of LaMonte.
The Missouri Highway Patrol says twenty two year old Bryan Opfer was southbound when he lost control of his truck. It went off the road, struck a ditch and overturned.
A passenger, seventeen year old McKinzie Lemon suffered serious injuries. She was air lifted from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia.
The driver suffered what were described as moderate injuries. He was transported by Pettis County Ambulance to Bothwell Regional Health Center.
A second passenger, twenty one year old Brandon Opfer escaped the crash with just minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and released.
Troopers say none of the victims were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.