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At 2:43 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, there was an accident involving three vehicles seven miles south of Bolivar on MO-13. Sixty-seven-year-old Ruby McNight of Pleasant Hope, driving a 2012 Ford F-150, attempted to cross the north lanes of the highway. Her Ford struck a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro driven by Terry Neal, 43, of Bolivar. The truck continued crossing the road and traveled directly into the path of Kendra Smith, who was driving a 2016 Dodge Challenger. Smith, of Bolivar, was traveling with a four-year-old girl; both sustained minor injuries. They were taken to CMH. The Camaro received minor damage and was driven from the accident scene. The other two vehicles were totaled and were removed by B&B Wrecker. All occupants of the vehicles were wearing seat belts. Corporal J.R. Rorie was the responding officer. more
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The first accident occurred at 1:01 p.m., one mile south of Halfway. This single-vehicle incident involved a 1995 Chevrolet GMT-400 driven by 66-year-old Donald Waterman of Tunas. Waterman was traveling southbound on Route H. He traveled partially off the right side of the road and then corrected, overturning the vehicle. Mr. Waterman sustained moderate injuries when his GMT-400 landed on its top; he was not wearing a seatbelt. Trooper D.J. Jackson, Sergeant S.W. Long, and Corporal J.R. Rorie were the responding officers. An ambulance transported Waterman to CMH, and B&B Wrecker of Bolivar removed his totaled vehicle from the scene. more
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According to court records, Polk County Public Administrator, Barbara Davolt, was issued three municipal violations for thefts at the Wal-Mart here in Bolivar. Though the citations were filed on Sept. 14, these thefts were said to have occurred during July and August. There are currently no details of the allegations in the citations. more
Saturday, Oct. 7, the parade route for the SBU Homecoming was lined with Bearcat fans. The first morning that felt like fall but all the excitement of a parade radiated through the crowd. more
On Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received information stating Jess Rush, a felon on parole, possessed a black, semi-automatic, 9mm pistol in Polk County, Missouri. Jess Rush is on parole after receiving a life sentence for the kidnapping and murder of Trudy Darby in Camden County in 1991. more
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Small towns, which are typically known for their tight-knit communities and limited resources, face distinctive difficulties when it comes to fighting crime. Implementing a well-organized curfew law can tackle these challenges proactively, and public safety can be upheld. more
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