Area News

Man Found Dead In Union Creek
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Saturday April 30, 2016

Authorities are investigating the discovery of a man found deceased in a Union creek. Police have identified the man as Dustin Hartman, 31. Shortly after 3 p.m. Friday, police responded to Willow and Mulberry. Hartman’s body was found. Police say it appears his body had been there for “some time.” Police do not know the […]

Iron Spike Model Train Museum Opens Saturday
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Iron Spike Model Train Museum, 1498 High St., Washington, will hold a grand opening this Saturday, April 30, with trains running in the showroom and the museum from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

UPDATE: Police Identify Body
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Union police have identified the body found in the creek behind Central Elementary as Dustin A. Hartman, 31. No new information has been released. 

Police Arrest Man Suspected in Thefts
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

A foot chase through a Washington neighborhood ended Tuesday morning with the capture of a man suspected in hundreds of thefts from vehicles this year.

Borgia Fest Runs Through Saturday At High School Campus
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

St. Francis Borgia Regional High School’s annual Borgia Fest kicked off Friday afternoon and runs through Saturday evening.

Woman Charged in Daughter’s Murder
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

A Villa Ridge woman is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her 7-year-old daughter Wednesday in a suspected failed murder-suicide attempt.

Hwy. 185 Construction Zone To Reopen Later Today
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

According to the Sullivan School District, Highway 185 construction zone is scheduled to reopen at 2 p.m. Fri., Apr. 29.

Mercy Is Ranked in Top Five Health Care Systems
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

Shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and better patient results are just a few metrics used to rank Mercy as one of the top five large health systems in the nation, alongside Mayo.

Interim City Attorney Agrees To Step Aside
Missourian — Posted on Friday April 29, 2016

After months of public wrangling over what some aldermen called an illegal appointment and now faced with a fourth vote that says an interim attorney will not be paid because the board has not approve

SWAT Dispatched After Man Barricades Himself In Garage
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

The Franklin County SWAT and Washington County sheriff’s deputies were able to take a man into custody after he barricaded himself inside a garage and threatened to harm himself Wednesday night. Washington County Sheriff Andy Skiles said deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Calico Creek Farm Court. The subject had […]

Judge Hoven Talks to City Leaders
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Associate Circuit Judge David Hoven said the black robes and austere setting of a courtroom can be off putting, but in chambers and courthouse hallways, judges often reveal their human side.

Bland Man Charged With Child Exploitation
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A Bland man has been charged with child exploitation after his cell phone was found with approximately 3,000 images of child pornography and child erotica. George Patterson, 46,  was charged in a criminal complaint alleging that he received child pornography.  He appeared for his initial appearance in federal court Thursday afternoon in St. Louis. His […]

McLain Retiring From Mercy
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

After more than 20 years in a variety of roles, Mercy Hospital Washington President Terri McLain has announced her plans to retire, effective June 30.

Police Arrest Man Suspected in Thefts After Foot Chase in Washington
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A foot chase through a Washington neighborhood ended Tuesday morning with the capture of a man suspected in hundreds of thefts from vehicles this year.

Annual Children’s Relay Is This Friday at WHS — Over 500 Students to Take Part
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

The 11th annual Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay For Life is this Friday, and organizers at Washington High School are busily preparing for more than 500 elementary attendees.

Woman Charged with Murder in Daughter's Death
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

A Villa Ridge woman is charged with first-degree murder in Wednesday's shooting death of her 7-year-old daughter.

Pacific Mayor Won’t Replace Two Police Officers
Missourian — Posted on Thursday April 28, 2016

Mayor Jeff Palmore drew sharp rebukes from aldermen after he announced that he would not replace two police officers who had left the force.

Union Resident Competes, Earns Two Ironman Titles
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

By Gregg Jones

Patrol Seeking Information In Fatal Traffic Crash On Missouri Highway 30
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the driver and vehicle that struck and killed 44-year-old William L. Bentley. Bentley was traveling eastbound on Missouri Highway 30 east of Missouri Route BB on a 2013 Honda NPS50, when he was struck from behind and ejected from the vehicle.  Bentley […]

Update On Villa Ridge Investigation of 7-Year-Old Death
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Further investigation in to this morning’s death of the 7-year old female has led investigators to consider the mother as the possible suspect in the child’s death.  The mother has made statements creating a reasonable belief of her involvement.  The child’s death was a result of gunshot wounds.  The exact reason for the child’s death […]

UPDATE — Deputies Investigating Murder of 7-Year-Old Girl
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Franklin County deputies are investigating the murder Wednesday morning of a young girl at a home south of the Villa Ridge area.

Snow Days Again Built Into Lonedell Calendar
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Lonedell will join its sister school district to the west and begin the 2016-17 academic year on Aug. 18.

Aldermen Delay Permit Decision
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

James and Tina Ennis continue to insist that having an apartment sandwiched between two bars will not be a problem.

Possible Homicide In Villa Ridge
Sullivan Independent — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Authorities are investigating a possible homicide in Villa Ridge after a 7-year-old girl was found dead Wednesday morning. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the 200 block of Maple Lake Court around 7:10 a.m. The owner said he had arrived home from work and found his wife and daughter lying on the […]

Activity Fee May Be Option for R-XIII
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

Ben Martin, longtime St. Clair High School teacher and coach, said a proposed “pay for play” plan for students to participate in extracurricular activities is a “bad idea.”

Deputies Break Up Large Teen Party, Issue 14 Citations
Missourian — Posted on Wednesday April 27, 2016

A number of teens were booked on charges early Sunday after county deputies broke up a large teen-age drinking party south of Union.

Power Outages Hit Franklin County
Missourian — Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Tuesday's storms knocked out power to hundreds of Ameren Missouri customers.

Nora Street Tree Damage
Missourian — Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Strong storms Tuesday, April 26, caused damage to this tree on Nora Street in Washington.

Tree Down at Eighth and High Streets in Washington
Missourian — Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

This tree fell at Eighth and High Streets in Washington during storms Tuesday, April 26.

Tree Falls on Highway YY
Missourian — Posted on Tuesday April 26, 2016

Strong storms Tuesday knocked this tree over, blocking both lanes of Highway YY around 2 p.m.