August 2nd Unofficial Election Results

REPUBLICAN PARTY
UNITED STATES SENATOR

PATRICK A LEWIS              27
ERIC SCHMITT                   918
BILLY LONG                       53
ERIC GREITENS                 501
BERNIE MOWINSKI          10
C.W. GARDNER                 4
DESHON PORTER              5
VICKY HARTZLER               1609     
DAVE SIMS                         9
MARK MCCLOSKEY           90
ERIC MCELROY                 13
DENNIS LEE CHILTON      3
ROBERT ALLEN                 8
DAVE SCHATZ                    14
HARTFORD TUNNELL      3
KEVIN C. SCHEPERS          2
RICKEY JOINER                  5
ROBERT OLSON                4
RUSSEL PEALER BREYFOGLE JR    3
DARRELL LEON MCCLANAHAN lll 4
CURTIS D. VAUGHN         22

FOR STATE AUDITOR
DAVID GREGORY              1201
SCOTT FITZPATRICK         1596

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 4

JIM ( SOUPY) CAMPBELL                59
RICK BRATTIN                                  691
WILLIAM (BILL) IRWIN                   248
MARK ALFORD                                 1864
KALENA BRUCE                                253
TAYLOR BURKS                                105
KYLE STONNER LABRUE                 51          

FOR STATE REPRESENTATAIVE DISTRICT 62

BING SCHIMMELPFENNING          328
JESSICA JANE LEVSEN                     311
SHERRI GALLICK                               542

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 125
ANDREW HURT                                279
DANE DIEHL                                      1694
DENNIS TURNER                             121

FOR ASSOCIATE CIRCUIT JUDGE

JULIE A HIGHLEY                              2513

PRESIDING COMMISSIONER

JIM WHEATLEY                                1607
CONNIE PRUDEN                            826
JEREMY A CASSADAY                      833

COUNTY CLERK

JAMI PAGE                                        2168
MEGHAN MOONEY ROBBINS       1084

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT

SHELLI WHITE                   2654

RECORDER OF DEEDS

DANYELLE BAKER             2537

PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

HUGH C JENKINS              2613

DEMOCRATIC PARTY
FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR

LEWIS ROLEN                    12
GENA ROSS                        5
CARLA COFFEE WRIGHT  22          
JOSH SHIPP                        4
SPENCER TODER               13          
LUCAS KUNCE                   116
JEWEL KELLY                     15
CLARENCE ( CLAY) TAYLOR           6
PAT KELLY                          12
TRUDY BUSCH VALENTINE            198
RONALD (RON) WILLIAM HARRIS 2

STATE AUDITOR

ALAN GREEN                     369

UNITED STATES REPRESENTTIVE DISTRICT 4

JACK TRUMAN                  375

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 62
JIM HOGAN                        155

LIBERTARIAN PARTY
FOR UNITED STATES SENATOR
JONATHAN DINE              5            

STATE AUDITOR

JOHN A HARTWIG JR.      5

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 4

RANDY LANGKRAEHR      5

STATE REPRESENTATIVE
DISTRICT 125

ROBERT E SMITH              2

CONSTITIUTION PARTY FOR
UNITED STATES SENATOR

PAUL VENABLE                 4

NOT PARTISAN PARTY
CHARLOTTE TOWNSHIP QUESTION

SHALL CHARLOTTE TOWNSHIP LEVY AN
ADDITIONAL TAX RATE OF $0.3500 ON THE $100 VALUATION FOR A
PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS?

YES                        46
NO                        66

Bates and Cedar County Deputies Arrest Car Thief

On Friday July 29th Bates County Deputies were patrolling the Rich Hill area. A deputy observed a 2020 F150 vehicle driven by William Swarnes. Before the Deputy was able to turn around his vehicle, he lost sight of him in the Rich Hill area.

Shortly after that encounter Bates County deputies were advised by Cedar County Sheriff’s Office that they had released William Swarnes from jail and a white 2020 F150 was stolen within 10 minutes of his release.

A deputy from Cedar County had responded to the Rich Hill area knowing that Swarnes would be traveling in that area. The Cedar County Sergeant located the stolen truck abandoned on 4th and Cherry Street in Rich Hill.

Cedar County began working with Bates County Deputies to identify locations that Swarnes would be hiding. Deputies went 401 E Spruce to the Derr Camper and heard him talking with Mrs. Derr. When they knocked on the door Derr stated that no one else was in the camper. When confronted about the voices she insisted that she was talking on the phone.

Bates County Deputies were given consent to search the camper where they located William Swarnes under a blanket. Swarnes was taken into custody and released to the Cedar County Sergeant where he was transported to Cedar County Jail.

Mrs. Derr was taken into custody and placed on a 24 hour hold where charges were applied to the Prosecutor for hindering Prosecution.

While in Cedar County William Swarnes was arrested while in possession of a stolen vehicle. The agency that arrested him arrested and released him pending formal charges.

Cedar County has issued a warrant for these current charges of stealing a motor vehicle with a bond of $25,000 cash only.

On 3/24/22 Swarnes was charged with one count of knowingly burning and two counts of receiving stolen property. Swarnes was released on a $10,000 signature bond

On 04/25/2022 Swarnes pled guilty to stealing a motor vehicle unrelated to the above pending charges and received the following: 7 YEARS DOC, SES, 5 YEARS PROBATION, 40 HOURS COMMUNITY SERVICE BY 11/1/2022, $8575 RESTITUTION AS ORDERED

Sheriff Anderson says, “We are very acquainted with Swarnes and have recovered many stolen items to include vehicles, trailers and equipment from him or his residence. Swarnes is a persistent offender and has a long and lengthy arrest records streaming from Bates County to Springfield. It’s past time for our legislators to repeal catch and release and start putting career criminals, like Swarnes, behind bars and start protecting our citizens who work hard every day for their livelihoods. We are in a very volatile time in our country, people are struggling, and people are going to start taking things in their own hands if our legislators don’t start protecting Missourians.”

Bates County Coroner Report for June and July

It August already, I see another heat warning, so I’ll renew my caution about hydration and paying attention today. Thus far, this is the first summer I’ve not attributed any deaths to heat exposure and I pray that continues to be the case. Still, it never hurts to check on your friends today and tomorrow.

Investigation has concluded into a death May 23 wherein a gentleman was found deceased in the cab of a semi-truck. Autopsy results are final and combined with scene investigation, the death is accidental in nature.

On June 11th I was contacted for a jurisdictional referral from Jackson County Medical Examiner of a death in Jackson County following an incident in Bates County. Investigation by medical record revealed the death to be accidental in nature.

On June 13th we were called to a residence in Butler by Butler Police wherein family members had found a female deceased. Death was determined to be natural in manner.

On June 21st we responded to the Bates County Memorial Hospital ER where a female had been pronounced following a response and transfer from EMS. Investigation revealed death due to natural causes.

During the month of June, the office reviewed 4 reports of deaths attended by nursing home or hospice.

On July 7 we were called to a residence in Butler where family members found a gentleman deceased in his residence. Pending test results, the case remains open at this time.

On July 13 we responded to a residence in Adrian after family members found a female deceased in her home. Investigation revealed death due to natural causes.

On July 14 we responded to a residence in Butler where family members found a male deceased in his home. Investigation revealed death to be accidental in nature.

On July 22 we responded to a residence outside Butler where a female was found deceased by family members. This case also remains open pending some test results.

On July 25 we responded to a residence in Rich Hill where a female was found deceased by family members. Pending additional testing the case is open at this time.

On July 29 we were contacted by report of a death at Bates County Memorial Hospital ER; investigation reveals a death due to natural causes.

For the month of July, the office reviewed 6 reports of death under hospice/nursing care.

A public office is a public trust. Thank you for reading my report.

Greg Mullinax

Bates County Coroner

Vernon County Jail fully staffed for first time in two years

The Vernon County Jail has filled its last openings for the detention and transport divisions after being short staffed for more than two years.

According to officials with the Sheriff’s Office, new trainees in the Vernon County Jail In-House Academy will complete their training this week and begin their hands-on training in the jail.

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said a combination of increased pay and programs like the “become a deputy” intuitive have made all the difference. “We started a program where people can start in the jail and then apply to attend the police academy with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office.”

Mosher said one of the other biggest factors that has increased the application pool is the change in pay. “Our jail staff were making less than some of our local fast-food restaurants,” said Mosher. The pay for jail staff was increased in July from $13 per hour to more than $16 per hour.

The Sheriff said there have been other jails in the area closed because of staffing issues so he is very grateful to be able to announce the Vernon County Jail is at full staffing capacity.

Mosher said they are still receiving applications and have had to notify people that they are on a waiting list for any future openings. The current academy class will end on Tuesday and the new employees will start what is called FTO or Field Training Officer portion of their training.