25 years ago
- For the first time since charges were filed more than two weeks ago, Nodaway County Prosecuting Attorney David Baird yesterday played the first card in the state’s case against a 24-year-old Maryville man charged with first-degree murder, rape, sodomy and felonious restraint.
Dennis Lee Jones, 24, Maryville, dressed in the orange coveralls of the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department and handcuffed at the waist, remained calm as Baird played a video taped statement from Jones in which he admitted to authorities, just hours after (Karen) Hawkins was reported missing, he had killed the girl.
Jones’ attorney, Daniel Radke, argued the videotape was not admissable(sic) and filed a motion to suppress the video, saying Jones admitted to the murder only after “hours of interrogation.”
Radke also alleged authorities did not properly inform Jones of his rights before questioning.
- The Maryville City Council and the Nodaway County Commission moved one step closer to a county-wide 911 system in a joint meeting yesterday with representatives from Sprint/United Telephone, the providers of the existing 911 system housed at the Maryville Public Safety Department.
The first option, and the one favored by most of those in attendance including Maryville Mayor Jerry Riggs and Nodaway County Presiding Commissioner Lester Keith, calls for a county-wide system to be implemented using the existing equipment at Maryville Public Safety.
Sprint/United Telephone Representative Terry Tollefson said after the meeting that option would be the most economically feasible. …
The other two options would cost almost $100,000 to implement and call for an entirely new system to either service all of Nodaway County from another central location or to service all of Nodaway County except for Maryville from the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department.
15 years ago
- The walls began tumbling down Thursday, May 5, at the old Hudson-Perrin student residence complex on the east side of the Northwest Missouri State University campus.
Heavy equipment operators from Premier Demolition Co. revved up the engines of two huge, tracked “excavators” and began ripping brick, rock and large steel girders out of the north wing of Hudson Hall.
Perrin Hall, which adjoins Hudson to the north, will start coming down in a few weeks.
- At the Maryville City Council meeting on Monday, May 9, the council approved the annexing and zoning of the Miram Cemetery property, making it a part of the City of Maryville.
“The Miriam Cemetery has actually been surrounded on all four sides by city property,” city manager Matt Chesnut said. “There was really no reason not to annex it into the city. It was like an island to itself.”
According to Chesnut, the matter was brought up to the City Council during the first meeting in April. Circuit Judge Roger Prokes, who has control over the cemetery, was contacted about the annexation and had no problem with the action.
5 years ago
- Northwest Missouri State University recycled 109,225 pounds of material during a recently concluded eight-week intercollegiate contest.
More than 390 colleges and universities competed in this year’s RecycleMania competition, with Northwest ranking 51 out of 233 participating schools in the grand champion category.