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Sedalia officials nab suspect

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FULTON — A man arrested Thursday morning in Sedalia stands accused of killing a 6-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome early Thursday near Fulton.“Anytime you have a child death it’s bad. Even if it’s an adult and it’s a homicide it’s bad. Thank God we don’t see this a lot. If I never had one it would be OK with me,” said Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane.Callaway County prosecutors on Thursday charged Scott Willet, 27, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. His bond is $1 million cash-only. A hearing has not been set as of press time.


Celebrity cooks kick-off 2014-15 United Way campaign

Sedalia-Pettis County United Way Campaign Chairman Bob Satnan said they have set a goal of $500,000 for this year’s campaign during a kick-off event hosted at Convention Hall in Liberty Park on Thursday.

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SPD: Man ‘person of interest’ in death of child

Updated with suspect’s name at 1:14 p.m. ThursdayA person of interest detained this morning near Sedalia in the murder of a six-year-old boy near Fulton is now charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.According to online court records, Scottie Willet, 27, no given address, is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond on the class A felony murder charge and the unclassified felony weapons charge. A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p....

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Liberty Pool going to the dogs Tuesday

The upcoming Labor Day holiday signals the end of the pool season in Sedalia, but Liberty Pool will be open for one more day, specifically for the furrier residents of Sedalia.The annual Doggie Dive will take place Tuesday evening at Liberty Pool, and it tends to be a popular way to end the summer pool season.“It’s an opportunity for you to bring your dog to come and have a good time swimming,” said Recreation Superintendent Kari Tyler. “The dogs ...

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Knob Noster softball falls to Clinton

The Knob Noster softball team fell 6-2 at Clinton on Wednesday.Clinton scored in each of the first three innings and added another in the fifth before the Lady Panthers got on the board with two in the sixth on RBIs by Joy Sparks and Sydney Bierman.Kyndall Eaves went 1 for 4 at the plate. Jessica Sader went 2 for 3 and Rachel Palomo went 1 for 3.Macy Buzzanga struck out one in the circle.

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Tigers see positives, things they can fix

The Smith-Cotton football team is 0-1 following a 22-7 loss at Republic last week, but head coach Ryan Boyer said there were still positives in the way the Tigers played.“We were really proud of our kids’ commitment to the gameplan,” he said. “We came out a little bit flat and gave up some quick scores, but nobody gave up. They kept working. We told them, you’re down 13-0 early in the first, they could have rolled over and it could have been a long gam...

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Smithton students grill up a healthy snack

Students who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri eat a snack each day after school, but on Wednesday students at the Smithton site enjoyed a snack they prepared themselves.As part of the Club’s 21st Century Community Learning grant, the Club must partner with a sheltered workshop. The Center for Human Services assisted the Club by building several raised garden beds behind the administrative offices, and throughout the last few months, Club members in the s...

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Saturday poker run to benefit CASA

CASA and the Sedalia Moose Lodge have teamed up to host a poker run this Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting the women and children helped by CASA.CASA, or Citizens Against Spouse Abuse, helps victims of abuse such as domestic or sexual violence by providing temporary shelter, information on abuse, and advocating for victims. CASA hosted its first poker run a few years ago, but decided to partner with the Moose Lodge this year for some additional support.

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Gremlins open Barstow Soccer tourney with win

The Sacred Heart Gremlins opened the Barstow soccer tournament Tuesday with an 8-1 win over Cristo Rey.Cristo Rey struck first in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, but the Gremlins answered. Max Martin scored the equalizer from the penalty spot and Will Prenger put Sacred Heart ahead midway through the half.Just before the half, freshman Sebastian Aguero put the Gremlins ahead 3-1.Sacred Heart pulled away in the second half on goals from Bra...

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Local authorities endorse change in sex crime evidence

Local officials agree that Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, allowing prior criminal acts as evidence in trials of sex crimes against children, will be an effective tool in combating child predators.According to the group Protect Missouri Children, the proposal, which will appear on the November ballot, would allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in the prosecution of crimes involving minors, which is the standard used by federal courts and other states...

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Aug. 27 Police Reports

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentIncidentsAug. 258:45 a.m.: Animal abuse was reported in the 3200 block of West Broadway Boulevard as a man left a dog in a vehicle in a parking lot with the windows partiall...

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Pilot Grove baseball falls to Sturgeon

The Pilot Grove baseball team fell 16-0 to Sturgeon on Tuesday.Sturgeon scored four in the first, one in the second, eight in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.Pilot Grove managed just two hits in the game.Ryan Seidel provided a home run for the visiting Bulldogs as he, Tanner Sandker and Hunter Smith all drove in three runs in the game.Regan Meisenheimer started for the Tigers and took the loss. Austin Kollmeyer and Keaton Vollrath ...

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Volleyball: Lincoln falls to Appleton City

The Lincoln Cardinals volleyball team lost in two sets to the Appleton City Bulldogs 25-14, 25-19 on Tuesday.Lincoln will host Skyline on Thursday.

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Versailles volleyball beats Clinton

Versailles opened the volleyball season with a 25-14, 23-25, 25-14 win at home over Clinton.Sophomore Tessa Edgar had seven kills, two blocks and two digs for the Lady Tigers. Ali Lent had four kills, two blocks and three aces. Olivia Heisler served four aces. Lendie Nolting had 17 assists and a block. Maddy Hibdon had five kills.Versailles will visit Tipton on Thursday.

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Knob Noster tennis beats Smith-Cotton

The Knob Noster girls tennis team opened its season with a 7-2 win over Smith-Cotton.The Lady Panthers won the No. 1 singles battle of sophomores as Jessie Yates beat Allison Burton 8-4.Smith-Cotton got a win at No. 2 singles as Elizabeth Matz beat Alexis Corona 7-4.At No. 3 singles, the Lady Panthers’ Jessica Axton beat Nicole Reedy 8-0. Knob Noster also won the No. 4 singles match where Elizabeth Eccelton beat Kaitlyn Walters 8-2. At No. 5 singles, Kno...

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Bluebirds win in two sets

COLE CAMP — The 2014 Cole Camp volleyball season started Tuesday with a rematch of last season’s Class 2 District 13 title game and the result was similar as the Lady Bluebirds won 29-27 and 25-19 against Holden.Cole Camp beat Holden in three sets last season in district play.The Lady Eagles got up 10-5 in the first set, but Cole Camp clawed their way back in.“I think we just came out very timid and just kind of going through the motions,R...

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Gremlins volleyball tops Tolton

Sacred Heart won its second game of the season, beating Father Tolton 25-21, 25-19.The Gremlins trailed 14-8 in the first set before Julie Chancellor sparked an 8-0 run from the service line. In the second set, it was a five-point Hannah Wilhoit run and a six-point Bea Coruna run leading the way for Sacred Heart.“I thought we really cleaned up our passes and sets at that point, allowing us to attack,” said Gremlins coach David Fall.Wilhoit led the ...

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Stover opens with VB win

The Stover volleyball team opened the season with a 25-19, 25-16 win over the School of the Osage on Tuesday.Carley Nolting had 10 kills and four digs for the Lady Bulldogs. Montana Boles had 19 assists and two aces. Mallory Uptegrove had six kills and two blocks.Osage won the junior varsity 28-26, 13-25, 16-14.

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