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On Friday, Feb. 9, a two-car collision occurred half a mile north of Bolivar on Mo. 13. The accident happened as a 2006 GMC Sierra, driven by 75-year-old Patton Fraser of Bolivar, traveled straight, crossing Mo. 13 from a county road crossover. He failed to yield to oncoming traffic and was struck by a 2013 Ford Escape. In the Escape were 29-year-old Jordan Turner (driver), passenger Madison Fulton, 24, and a 1-year-old male, all from Belton. Everyone involved was taken to Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, with all but Fulton receiving minor injuries. Fulton had serious injuries. Both vehicles were severely damaged and towed from the scene: the GMC was taken by Wakefield Towing and the Ford was removed by B and B Towing. Trooper J.K. Marlin was the responding officer. more
John Hofstetter, of Bolivar, faces second-degree involuntary manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident, resulting in death charges. more
A Bolivar man faces felony charges after the death of his 13-year-old son. more
A Collins, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender was sentenced in federal court today for receiving child pornography on his cell phone. more
Be Alert for Signs of Human Trafficking more
In the 01/03/24 and 01/05/24 issues, the Volume number and Issue numbers were incorrect as Volume 152 Issue No. 1 for 01/03/24 and Volume 152 Issue No. 2 for 01/05/24, should be Volume 151 Issue No. 97 for 01/03/24 and Volume 151 No. 98 for 01/05/24. more
The Bolivar Area Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its 20th Annual Light the Park on Saturday, Dec. 30. The event features light displays throughout Bolivar’s Dunnegan Memorial Park, provided by businesses and organizations. more
The Polk County prosecutor has ruled the officer-involved shooting of John Erven as justified. more
On Dec. 15 at 1:25 p.m, Trooper A.R. Enerle responded to a single-car accident three miles south of Humansville on Highway 13. James Soukup, Bronwen Soukup, and Barbara Miller, all of Raymore, were traveling southbound on the highway when their vehicle, a 2016 Chrysler Town and Country, traveled off the left side of the roadway into the median. The driver, James Soukup, was taken to CMH Bolivar with minor injuries. Passenger Bronwen Soukup sustained moderate injuries and was taken to the same facility. Both were wearing seatbelts. Passenger Barbara Miller was not wearing a seatbelt and received serious injuries. She was taken to Cox South in Springfield. The totaled vehicle was removed from the scene by C and H Towing. more
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