Category: News

Gov. Nixon extends Mo. emergency declaration

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is extending his declaration of a state of emergency until mid-November because of drought, heat and the risk of fire. Nixon said Monday the recent rainy weather has not eliminated farmers’ need for water. The governor also is giving farmers additional time to complete projects approved… Read more »

Judge upholds ballot summary for Mo. court measure

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri judge has upheld the ballot language of a proposed constitutional amendment on appointments to the state Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Secretary of State Robin Carnahan wrote the summary that will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. A lawsuit filed in July argued Carnahan’s language was… Read more »

KC nonprofit working to restore Buck O’Neil’s home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nonprofit group is determined to save the longtime Kansas City home of Negro Leagues star Buck O’Neil. O’Neil became a baseball legend and community spokesman before he died in 2006. He lived for most of his adult life in the house in southeast Kansas City. A group called Friends… Read more »

Man charged over organs found in storage unit

PENSACOLA, Florida (AP) — A former medical examiner has been arrested on charges of keeping human remains in a rented storage unit in the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Michael Berkland, 57, was arrested Friday on charges of improper storage of hazardous waste, keeping a public nuisance and driving with a suspended license. He was released from… Read more »

Judge denies bond for international student

Story by ANDY LYONS (WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — The two Warrensburg men charged in the murder of a Warrensburg bar owner were arraigned Thursday afternoon, and one of the men was denied bail. Reginald L. Singletary, 27, and Ziyad T. Abid, 23, were arraigned in Johnson County Associate Circuit Court on first-degree murder and armed… Read more »

Community gathers to remember bar owner

Story by ROB CURRY (Assistant News Editor, Muleskinner) On September 1, just hours after the death of William “Blaine” Whitworth, Jessica Lewis and her roommate David VanderGeest, realized they would not be able to attend Whitworth’s funeral services in Garden City, Mo. Lewis, a UCM alumna, said she decided there should be some kind of… Read more »

Shooter admits to murder for hire

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – One of the two men charged in the homicide of a local bar owner confessed to the shooting, according to court records. Reginald L. Singletary, 27, told police after he was arrested in Sedalia Tuesday evening that he shot William “Blaine” Whitworth with a handgun “at the request of Ziyad T…. Read more »

Public hearing set on downtown streetscape

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — A public hearing to discuss the downtown streetscape work, progress and performance, is scheduled for Sept. 10. The city is convening the hearing at 5:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10 in the Heroes Restaurant banquet room, 107 W. Pine St. in downtown Warrensburg. The purpose is to discuss the progress and performance of… Read more »

Police seek murder charges after two arrests

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) – Police are seeking murder charges for the two Warrensburg men arrested in connection with the homicide of a local businessman. William “Blaine” Whitworth was shot and killed in his driveway Saturday in the 1000 block of Sunflower. Police responded to a call about shots fired at 9:30 p.m. Police found Whitworth,… Read more »

Police question ‘person of interest’ in homicide

(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — Police picked up a “person of interest” in Sedalia Tuesday evening for questioning in connection with the homicide of a Warrensburg business owner, according to a news release. William “Blaine” Whitworth was shot and killed in his driveway Saturday in the 1000 block of Sunflower. Police responded to a call about… Read more »