The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a 37 year old Versailles man was seriously injured Saturday, when he failed to negotiate a curve, went off the right side of the road and overturned on Missouri 5, one mile south of the Route TT South Junction. Police say Matthew Weaver was flown to University Hospital by Staff for Life about 2:50 in the afternoon.
Saint John’s Mercy Hospital in Joplin reports it’s open for business again. They’ve set up a temporary facility across the parking lot from the Saint John’s Regional Medical Center. It has an emergency department, surgical suites, MRI and CT scan, pharmacy and impatient beds for 60.
Missouri State Highway Patrol reports a 15 year old Eldon boy had minor injuries, after a two car crash on Friday night. 26 year old James Shoemaker from Kansas City was driving northbound on Route W at South Eagle Road in Miller County about 5:30 and turned in front of a vehicle driven by 37 year old William Baker from Eldon. Nicholas Heldon was a passenger in Shoemaker’s car and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a Roach man was seriously injured Saturday, when the motorcycle he was driving ran off the right side of Route AA at 101, struck a ditch and overturned. 47 year old Curtis Waldoch lost control of his bike about 5:40 Saturday night in Camden County.
The Missouri Legislature officially adjourned, four days ahead of scheduled and the May 30th mandatory adjournment date set by the state constitution. State Senator Mike Kehoe is asking Governor Jay Nixon to convene a special session of the General Assembly, so they can discuss a measure that would lay the groundwork for a second nuclear power plant to be constructed in Callaway County.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety reports the number of persons unaccounted for from the EF-5 tornado in Joplin last week is at 43. That includes four people whose families have reported them as deceased. There will be an update on all the numbers, this afternoon at one o’clock.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama returned to the devastation to speak at a memorial service. He focused on some heroes in the aftermath of the tornado and called on all the survivors to live out the legacy of those who died. At 5:41 pm, there was silence, marking one week since the tornado turned their world upside down.
The annual Morgan County Memorial Day program begins at 10am at the Veterans Memorial in Versailles Cemetery. It’s open to the public. There will be a wreath ceremony for the unknown, an honor guard salute, and 116th District Representative Wanda Brown will speak.