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Sedalia officials nab suspect

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FULTON — A man arrested Thursday morning in Sedalia stands accused of killing a 6-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome early Thursday near Fulton.“Anytime you have a child death it’s bad. Even if it’s an adult and it’s a homicide it’s bad. Thank God we don’t see this a lot. If I never had one it would be OK with me,” said Callaway County Sheriff Dennis Crane.Callaway County prosecutors on Thursday charged Scott Willet, 27, with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. His bond is $1 million cash-only. A hearing has not been set as of press time.


Knob Noster tennis beats Higginsville

The Knob Noster girls tennis team beat Higginsville 6-3 on Thursday in Knob Noster.The Huskers won the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches with Ashtyn Howard beating Jessie Yates 8-6 and Emily Runyan beating Alexis Corona 8-0, but the Lady Panthers won the other four singles matches. Elizabeth Eccelton and Kirsten Orndoff won the No. 4 and No. 5 matches 8-2 and Alexis Allen won the No. 6 match 8-6 over Camille Carminucci.In doubles play, Howard and Runyan picked up an 8-5 wi...

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S-C soccer shuts out Center

The Smith-Cotton soccer team beat Center 10-0 on Thursday. Thomas Todd had four assists for the Tigers in the varsity match. He assisted Roberto Ramirez on a corner, Luke Guier for the second goal, Blake Grupe on a free kick that Grupe headed in and he assisted Brendan Hofheins for the fourth goal. Carlos Aguirre scored the fifth and sixth goal for the Tigers. Jordan Lawson and Jose Talavera each assisted Aguirre. With a 6...

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S-C volleyball beats Odessa

The Smith-Cotton volleyball team pulled out a close first game and pulled away in the second, beating Odessa 37-35, 25-15 on Thursday at Odessa.Abby Knight had 14 kills, 14 digs and six blocks. Montana Hedrick had six kills and three aces. Courtney Koetting had 15 assists and 10 digs.The Lady Tigers will open West Central Conference play on Tuesday, hosting WCC newcomer Nevada.

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Green Ridge volleyball opens with win

The Green Ridge volleyball team opened the 2014 season with a 25-7, 25-6 win at Lakeland on Thursday.BreAnna Peck had seven kills. Libby Dove had four aces and two blocks. Vanessa Hardy had 10 assists.The Lady Tigers junior varsity won 25-22, 11-25, 25-17.Green Ridge will visit Sweet Springs on Tuesday.

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Gremlins beat Saints 4-2

The Sacred Heart soccer team has reached the championship game of the Barstow Tournament with a 4-2 win over St. Paul Lutheran on Thursday.The Gremlins got the scoring started early, when Max Martin found Mason Kelchner who scored on a header in the second minute of the game. A few minutes later, Brandon Cooper made it 2-0. Midway through the half, Cooper converted a corner kick from Kelchner for the third goal.The Saints answered with just over a minute left in the half...

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Big inning gets Clinton past Smith-Cotton

One big inning was the difference in Smith-Cotton’s home opening softball game against Clinton, as the Lady Cardinals defeated the Lady Tigers 9-4.The loss puts Smith-Cotton at 1-3 on the season. The Lady Tigers started the season this past weekend at the Boonville Tournament. Pilot Grove got an 8-0 victory over Smith-Cotton to start the tournament.The Lady Tigers got a 10-3 win over Russellville before losing 4-2 to Wright City.“We played well,...

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Tipton falls to Versailles

TIPTON — Versailles needed two games to beat Tipton in volleyball on Thursday, but the Cardinals kept things close in the second game before the Lady Tigers finished off the 25-16, 25-23 win.“We weren’t moving, we weren’t talking, so that means our game is down,” said Lady Tigers’ coach Cheryl Wilson. “We got better towards the end. We were moving our feet better. We just talked about in the locker room, when we talk, our feet move. We talk...

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Celebrity cooks kick-off 2014-15 United Way campaign

Sedalia-Pettis County United Way Campaign Chairman Bob Satnan said they have set a goal of $500,000 for this year’s campaign during a kick-off event hosted at Convention Hall in Liberty Park on Thursday.

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SPD: Man ‘person of interest’ in death of child

Updated with suspect’s name at 1:14 p.m. ThursdayA person of interest detained this morning near Sedalia in the murder of a six-year-old boy near Fulton is now charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action.According to online court records, Scottie Willet, 27, no given address, is being held on a $1 million cash-only bond on the class A felony murder charge and the unclassified felony weapons charge. A press conference is scheduled for 3:30 p....

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Liberty Pool going to the dogs Tuesday

The upcoming Labor Day holiday signals the end of the pool season in Sedalia, but Liberty Pool will be open for one more day, specifically for the furrier residents of Sedalia.The annual Doggie Dive will take place Tuesday evening at Liberty Pool, and it tends to be a popular way to end the summer pool season.“It’s an opportunity for you to bring your dog to come and have a good time swimming,” said Recreation Superintendent Kari Tyler. “The dogs ...

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Knob Noster softball falls to Clinton

The Knob Noster softball team fell 6-2 at Clinton on Wednesday.Clinton scored in each of the first three innings and added another in the fifth before the Lady Panthers got on the board with two in the sixth on RBIs by Joy Sparks and Sydney Bierman.Kyndall Eaves went 1 for 4 at the plate. Jessica Sader went 2 for 3 and Rachel Palomo went 1 for 3.Macy Buzzanga struck out one in the circle.

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Tigers see positives, things they can fix

The Smith-Cotton football team is 0-1 following a 22-7 loss at Republic last week, but head coach Ryan Boyer said there were still positives in the way the Tigers played.“We were really proud of our kids’ commitment to the gameplan,” he said. “We came out a little bit flat and gave up some quick scores, but nobody gave up. They kept working. We told them, you’re down 13-0 early in the first, they could have rolled over and it could have been a long gam...

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Smithton students grill up a healthy snack

Students who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri eat a snack each day after school, but on Wednesday students at the Smithton site enjoyed a snack they prepared themselves.As part of the Club’s 21st Century Community Learning grant, the Club must partner with a sheltered workshop. The Center for Human Services assisted the Club by building several raised garden beds behind the administrative offices, and throughout the last few months, Club members in the s...

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Saturday poker run to benefit CASA

CASA and the Sedalia Moose Lodge have teamed up to host a poker run this Saturday, with all proceeds benefiting the women and children helped by CASA.CASA, or Citizens Against Spouse Abuse, helps victims of abuse such as domestic or sexual violence by providing temporary shelter, information on abuse, and advocating for victims. CASA hosted its first poker run a few years ago, but decided to partner with the Moose Lodge this year for some additional support.

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Gremlins open Barstow Soccer tourney with win

The Sacred Heart Gremlins opened the Barstow soccer tournament Tuesday with an 8-1 win over Cristo Rey.Cristo Rey struck first in the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first 10 minutes, but the Gremlins answered. Max Martin scored the equalizer from the penalty spot and Will Prenger put Sacred Heart ahead midway through the half.Just before the half, freshman Sebastian Aguero put the Gremlins ahead 3-1.Sacred Heart pulled away in the second half on goals from Bra...

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Local authorities endorse change in sex crime evidence

Local officials agree that Missouri Constitutional Amendment 2, allowing prior criminal acts as evidence in trials of sex crimes against children, will be an effective tool in combating child predators.According to the group Protect Missouri Children, the proposal, which will appear on the November ballot, would allow relevant evidence of prior criminal acts to be admissible in the prosecution of crimes involving minors, which is the standard used by federal courts and other states...

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Aug. 27 Police Reports

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentIncidentsAug. 258:45 a.m.: Animal abuse was reported in the 3200 block of West Broadway Boulevard as a man left a dog in a vehicle in a parking lot with the windows partiall...

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