Santa Claus cleared to spread Christmas cheer

Missouri Department of Agriculture approves livestock movement permit for 9 healthy reindeer

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn and Missouri State Veterinarian Dr. Steve Strubberg approved livestock movement papers for nine reindeer. Mr. Santa Claus from The North Pole applied for the permit this week, providing proof of the healthy herd through a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection signed by licensed veterinarian Dr. Hermey Elf.

Team leader Rudolph underwent additional testing to prove he’s the most famous reindeer of all. Although mischievous, Mr. Claus will be coordinating his deliveries to nice boys and girls with his scout elves sitting atop many Missouri shelves.

“I’m excited to see so many deserving children receive the Christmas cheer they are longing for,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Although we know that each family’s Christmas may look a little different this year, Santa and his team of elves have worked hard to prepare for the season. We’re excited to do our part to make sure the holidays can be celebrated across Missouri.”

Missourians are urged to provide Mr. Claus with plenty of milk and cookies for his long journey as he moves across the world. The permit approves Mr. Claus, his sleigh and nine reindeer for flight starting the night before Christmas, with a few exceptions for early deliveries.

“Our goal in the Animal Health program is to facilitate the movement of healthy animals in a timely manner,” said Dr. Steve Strubberg. “As a veterinarian, I also recommended to Mr. Claus a healthy diet of Missouri grass hay for the reindeer’s long journey. I encourage Missouri farmers & ranchers to put some hay out for the reindeer on Christmas Eve in addition to their milk and cookies.”

Reindeer approved for flight:

  • Dasher
  • Dancer
  • Prancer
  • Vixen
  • Comet
  • Cupid
  • Donner
  • Blitzen
  • Rudolph

Two Stolen Vehicles Recovered Leads to Arrests Press Release Dec 16, 2020

According to Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher, Deputies were involved in two separate incidents over the weekend that resulted in the recovery of stolen property and illegal drugs. On Sunday morning, Deputies attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in rural Milo, MO while
performing community checks, which resulted in the vehicle fleeing from Deputies. Deputies pursued the vehicle into Jasper County where Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office were able to successfully deploy spike strips causing the tires to go flat. One female was taken into custody and suspected methamphetamine was in the vehicle. The vehicle was confirmed to be stolen out of Kansas City, MO. The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old
Destiny Bisbee of Grandview, MO. The Courts issued a warrant for Bisbee charging her with Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Resisting Arrest for a Felony. Bisbee is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.

On Sunday afternoon, Deputies stopped to check on a stranded motorist on E. 54 Hwy in rural Nevada, MO. During the investigation, the Deputy was able to discover that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Springfield, MO. One male was taken into custody and has been identified as 36-year-old Nathaniel Vonallmen of Brighton, MO. The Courts issued a warrant for Vonallmen charging him with Tampering with a Motor Vehicle. Vonallmen is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a $10,000 cash only bond. On Tuesday afternoon, Detectives executed a search warrant on the recovered vehicle and was able to locate suspected methamphetamine as
well as multiple firearms. Sheriff Mosher said this is a great example of community policing and commends the deputies involved for their efforts in keeping our community safe.

Homicide investigation in Linn County

LINN COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI), the Kansas Highway Patrol, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a Garnett woman was killed when her vehicle was struck in Linn County on Tuesday.

The Linn County Attorney requested KBI assistance at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Special agents responded to investigate.

Preliminary information indicates that between 2:45 p.m. and 3:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, 42-year old James R. Allen, of Parker, was driving in his pickup truck when he struck his mother, 70-year old Charlotte L. Grimes, of Garnett, who was driving in a passenger car ½ mile south of 1800 Rd. on Keitel Rd. in Parker, Kan. It is believed Allen turned his pickup truck around and intentionally struck the car Grimes was driving a second time.

Allen left the scene on foot, and later returned to the area in a second vehicle. By this time, EMS had responded. Grimes was pronounced dead at the scene.

Allen was transported by EMS to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries. At approximately 6:15 p.m., KBI agents arrested Allen for second-degree murder. He was then booked into the Bourbon County Jail. Formal charges are pending.

The investigation is ongoing. Nothing further will be released at this time.