April 4, 2013

MDC, Federal Agents Snag Major Paddlefish Poaching Operation



Local conservation agents were among the officers involved in a huge operation that resulted in more than 100 citations and arrests following a two-year investigation into illegal taking and selling of paddlefish and paddlefish eggs. Photo courtesy of MDC

Known as the "Paddlefish Capital of the World," Warsaw, Missouri, is a favorite area for many of Missouri's approximately 16,000 sport paddlefish snaggers because of its location along the Osage River.

Agents with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), including Scotland County agent Gary Miller, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) discovered that the Warsaw area is also a favorite location for paddlefish poachers.

A cooperative undercover investigation by the two agencies recently resulted in more than 100 suspects from Missouri and eight other states being issued citations and/or arrest warrants for state and federal crimes related to paddlefish poaching.

Missouri's official state aquatic animal, paddlefish are an ancient species. Also called spoonbills, they can grow up to seven-feet long and weigh 160 pounds or more. Paddlefish are valued as a sport fish for both their size, and for eating. Paddlefish are also valued for their eggs, or roe, which are eaten as caviar.

The section of the Osage River running along Warsaw in Benton County is a paddlefish hot spot because it is blocked upstream by Truman Dam. When spawning paddlefish reach the dam, their route is blocked and their numbers increase dramatically. This dramatically increases sport anglers' chances of snagging the big fish with a random jerk on a fishing line equipped with large hooks.

This concentration of female paddlefish laden with eggs also makes Warsaw a prime location for paddlefish poachers to get the fish eggs for national and international illegal caviar markets.

"The national and international popularity of Missouri paddlefish eggs as a source of caviar has grown dramatically in recent years," said MDC Protection Chief Larry Yamnitz. "This is a result of European sources of caviar having declined from overfishing of the Caspian Sea's once plentiful and lucrative beluga sturgeon, another species of fish known for its caviar."

Caviar is a delicacy created by preserving fish roe in special salts. According to MDC, about 20 pounds of eggs or more can be harvested from a large, pregnant female paddlefish. Retail prices for paddlefish caviar vary. A current common retail price is about $35 per ounce.

"Caviar prices in illegal or black markets also vary," Yamnitz said. "A common black-market price is about $13 an ounce. Therefore, a single large female paddlefish with about 20 pounds of eggs is carrying about $4,000 worth of potential caviar for black market sales."

Over the course of March 13 and 14, approximately 85 conservation agents of the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), 40 special agents of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USWFS), and wildlife officers from other states contacted more than 100 suspects in Missouri and eight other states to issue citations, execute arrest warrants, conduct interviews and gather additional information regarding a paddlefish-poaching investigation.

The effort included eight individuals indicted for federal crimes involving the illegal trafficking of paddlefish and their eggs for use as caviar. Other states involved were Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina.

The arrests and citations were the result of a multi-year joint undercover investigation by MDC conservation agents and special agents of the USFWS involving the illegal commercialization of Missouri paddlefish and their eggs for national and international caviar markets. The undercover investigation ran during the spring 2011 and spring 2012 paddlefish seasons, March 15 through April 30. It was based out of Warsaw, Missouri. Additional MDC conservation agents and federal agents supported the undercover operation.

"Sport anglers may only catch two paddlefish daily and the eggs may not be bought, sold or offered for sale," Yamnitz explained. "Extracted paddlefish eggs may not be possessed on waters of the state or adjacent banks and may not be transported. Paddlefish and their eggs may be commercially harvested only from the Mississippi River."

He added that through the undercover operation, agents were able to identify suspects engaged in wildlife violations involving the illegal purchase, resale and transport of paddlefish and their eggs, document other violations of the Missouri Wildlife Code in addition to the core investigation, and determine that paddlefish eggs harvested in Missouri were being illegally transported out of the state for redistribution.

Federal crimes tied to the poaching involve violations of the Lacey Act. The Act makes it a federal crime to poach game in one state with the purpose of selling the bounty in another state and prohibits the transportation of illegally captured or prohibited wildlife across state lines.

MDC and the USFWS worked with the Benton County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, the Benton County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Department of Justice on the investigation.

Identification of suspects in violation of state wildlife charges is pending legal filings. Copies of the federal indictments may be obtained from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas City.

The investigation began with tips from the public about illegal activities.

"Individuals from the Warsaw area first alerted us to potential paddlefish poaching in the area," said Yamnitz. "We are grateful to them, and encourage anyone spotting suspected illegal fishing or hunting activity to contact their local conservation agent, or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111, 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous and rewards are available for information leading to arrests."

Paddlefish are highly valued by both sport anglers and commercial fishermen. Through Missouri Department of Conservation stocking efforts at three large reservoirs, Missouri offers some of the best paddlefish snagging fisheries in the U.S. The reservoirs are at Lake of the Ozarks and its tributaries, Harry S. Truman Reservoir and its tributaries, and Table Rock Lake and its tributaries, primarily the James River arm.

Without MDC's stocking of these fisheries, and other paddlefish management practices, paddlefish numbers would sharply decline in Missouri's reservoirs, reducing opportunities for sport snaggers.

In the past, paddlefish were naturally abundant in Missouri, but their numbers declined because of channelization, damming, impoundments and other river modifications. These modifications have greatly diminished the natural habitat paddlefish need to reproduce in the wild.

Today, paddlefish in Missouri must be stocked. The Missouri Department of Conservation stocks about 45,000 hatchery-produced 10-12-inch-long paddlefish fingerlings each year in Missouri's three main paddlefish locations: Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake and Lake of the Ozarks.

Paddlefish can grow to a length of about seven feet, weigh up to 160 pounds or more, and live 30 years or more. Females grow larger and heavier than males. It takes about 6-8 years for a paddlefish to reach legal harvest size (34-inches) in Missouri's large reservoirs. Female paddlefish reach sexual maturity at 8-10 years and spawn every 2-3 years. Male paddlefish reach sexual maturity at 4-5 years and spawn annually. The egg masses of female paddlefish can be up to 25 percent of their body weight, with a large female paddlefish carrying about 20 pounds of eggs, or roe.

Paddlefish live mostly in open waters of big rivers and were historically found in the Mississippi, Missouri and Osage rivers, along with other streams. Paddlefish spend most of the year dispersed throughout large reservoirs and rivers until warm spring rains increase flows and raise water temperatures, which prompts the big fish to swim upstream on their spawning run. Spawning runs occur in late spring at times of increased water flow. It is triggered by a combination of daylight, water temperature, and water flow.

For more information about paddlefish, visit www.mdc.mo.gov.

Eight Indicted for Trafficking of Paddlefish 'Caviar'



WASHINGTON -Eight individuals face federal charges stemming from a joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation investigation of interstate and international trafficking in paddlefish "caviar," the Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri announced. Arkadiy Lvovskiy, Dmitri Elitchev, Artour Magdessian, Felix Baravik, Petr Babenko , Bogdan Nahapetyan, Fedor Pakhnyuk, and Andrew Praskovsky have been charged in four, separate indictments in the Western District of Missouri for acts that occurred in 2011 and 2012.

The American paddlefish (Polydon spathula), also called the Mississippi paddlefish or the "spoonbill," is a freshwater fish that is primarily found in the Mississippi River drainage system. Paddlefish eggs are marketed as caviar. Paddlefish were once common in waters throughout the Midwest. However, the global decline in other caviar sources, such as sturgeon, has led to an increased demand for paddlefish caviar. This increased demand has led to over-fishing of paddlefish, and consequent decline of the paddlefish population.

Missouri law prohibits the transportation of paddlefish eggs which have been removed or extracted from a paddlefish carcass. Missouri law also prohibits the sale or purchase, or offer of sale or purchase, of paddlefish eggs. There are also several restrictions on the purchase and possession of whole paddlefish in Missouri.

Among other things, the Lacey Act makes it unlawful for any person to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire or purchase fish that were taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any law or regulation of any State, or to attempt to do so. Such conduct constitutes a felony crime if the defendant knowingly engaged in conduct involving the purchase or sale, offer to purchase or sell, or intent to purchase or sell, fish with a market value in excess of $350, knowing that the fish were taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of, or in a manner unlawful under, a law or regulation of any State.

Arkadiy Lvovskiy, 51, of Aurora, Colorado, Dmitri Elitchev, 46, of Centennial, Colorado, Artour Magdessian, 46, of Lone Tree, Colorado, and Felix Baravik, 48, of Aurora, Colorado, were charged with conspiring with each other, and others, to violate the Lacey Act, and with trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. The indictment alleges that in the spring of 2011 and 2012, the defendants traveled to Warsaw,

Missouri, where they engaged in multiple, illegal purchases of paddlefish and processed the eggs from those paddlefish into caviar. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, the defendants transported the caviar from Missouri to Colorado. The indictment further alleges that, during the interstate transportation, the defendants engaged in counter-surveillance efforts in order to avoid being detected.

Petr Babenko, 42, of Vineland, New Jersey, and Bogdan Nahapetyan, 33, of Lake Ozark, Missouri, were charged with conspiring with each other and other individuals to violate the Lacey Act, and with trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. The indictment alleges that between March and April 2012, the defendants traveled to Warsaw, Missouri, where they engaged in multiple, illegal purchases of paddlefish and processed the eggs from those paddlefish into caviar. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, they transported the caviar from Missouri to New Jersey.

Fedor Pakhnyuk, 39, of Hinsdale, Illinois, is charged with two counts of trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. According to the indictment, in the spring of 2011 and 2012 Pakhnyuk traveled from Illinois to Missouri for the purpose of obtaining paddlefish eggs. The indictment alleges that Pakhnyuk procured paddlefish eggs by purchasing them, and by performing processing services for other persons in exchange for a share of the processed eggs. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, Pakhnyuk transported the caviar from Missouri to Illinois. The indictment alleges that Pakhnyuk also attempted to form an enterprise with other individuals that would market processed paddlefish caviar at markets in Chicago, Illinois.

Andrew Praskovsky, 40, of Erie, Colorado, is charged with two counts of trafficking in paddlefish and paddlefish eggs in violation of the Lacey Act. According to the indictment, in March and April 2012, Praskovsky twice traveled to Warsaw, Missouri, for the purpose of purchasing paddlefish. After processing the paddlefish eggs into caviar, Pakhnyuk transported the caviar from Missouri to Kansas. The indictment alleges that, in April 2012, Praskovsky attempted to export some of the paddlefish eggs in checked luggage on an international flight departing from Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. The paddlefish eggs were seized at Dulles, as paddlefish eggs may only be exported if they are accompanied by a valid permit issued by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service under the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

If convicted, the individual defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine per count, as well as forfeiture of any vehicles that were used during the commission of the crimes.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Department of Conservation, with assistance by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The case is being prosecuted by Trial Attorneys James B. Nelson and Adam C. Cullman of the Department of Justice's Environmental Crimes Section and Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri.

An indictment is a formal accusation and is not proof of guilt. Defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are found guilty.

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

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Thursday, March 23 – Liver and Onions or Chicken Pattie, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Bread, Fruit

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Monday, March 27 – Goulash, Italian Blend Veggies, Lettuce Salad, Hot Roll, Peach Crisp

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Shoes From the Heart Visits SCR-I Elementary

The Scotland County R-1 Elementary Student Council, Mrs. Fromm, and Principal, Erin Tallman accepted shoe donations for 30 SCR-1 students Tuesday, March 21st. The donating organization, Shoes From the Heart, a ministry started by Donnie Bonuchi and his late wife, Cindy, with the help of generous supporters, plans to provide approximately 36,000 pairs of shoes to needy children throughout Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas in 2017.

by Andrea Brassfield

Shoes From the Heart, a ministry whose mission is to provide brand new shoes to children, visited Scotland County’s Elementary school Tuesday, March 21st, handing out 30 pairs of shoes to children there.

Donnie Bonuchi and his late wife, Cindy, started the ministry in Macon, MO in 2012.  At that time, their goal was to provide 65 pairs of new tennis shoes to the children at the Macon County Head Start.  Since then, they have expanded to serving over 70 counties in Missouri and helping over 28,000 children.  Last year, they handed out over 16,000 pairs of shoes and in 2017 they expect to give out around 36,000 pairs of shoes!

Donnie says the idea of Shoes From the Heart came from his late wife, Cindy.  “She wanted to help local children have new shoes,” he stated.  Donnie added, “There are several programs like this designed to help children in other counties, but Cindy wanted to help children closer to home.”

Since 2012, the mission has expanded from Head Start and churches into elementary schools across Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas.  Currently, they are making a trip across northern Missouri and plan to visit ten schools this week.

Donnie is very appreciative of all the support they have received, stating, “We have been blessed to have the support of regional communities and organizations along with corporate sponsors across Missouri and the Midwest helping us on our journey.”

The organization currently has four offices in Missouri, including Macon, St. Joseph, Hannibal, and St. Louis.  Because they order so many pairs of shoes in mass quantities, they are able to purchase them for around $10 each.

In addition to donations, Shoes From the Heart is always looking for volunteers to help in different ways.  If you are interested in being part of their team by helping to work current events and organize future events, you can contact them through their website at shoesfromtheheart.org/volunteer.html, by calling 660-353-9915 or emailing at shoesfromtheheart@gmail.com.  They are also on Facebook and Twitter.

Tigers Rally to Win Baseball Opener 11-9 Over Highland

Lane Pence takes the throw to the plate to force out the Highland runner as the Tigers rallied to beat the Cougars 11-9 in the 2017 baseball season opener.

High expectations heading into the 2017 baseball season were quickly challenged on Monday night in Memphis as the Scotland County Tigers fell behind Highland 5-0.

But the pitching depth that is expected to fuel a possible post season run for SCR-I was on display, combined with some timely hitting that allowed Scotland County to rally for an 11-9 victory.

The Tigers fell behind early as starter Grant Campbell was plagued with some control issues that were compounded by some untimely fielding miscues by his defense.

A leadoff walk turned into a run for Highland courtesy of a pair of Scotland County errors that allowed the Cougars to take a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Tigers couldn’t take advantage of a Highland error that allowed Gage Dodge to reach to start the bottom of the frame. Aaron Buford followed with a base on balls but both runners were stranded.

Highland added to its early lead with a big second inning. A leadoff single turned into a run courtesy of two more SCR-I fielding miscues. A walk and a hits batsman loaded the bases. The Cougars plated two runs with a base hit an made the score 5-0 on another SCR-I error. But Campbell helped his own cause, making a diving stop on a blooper back through the box, throwing from his knees to nab the runner at the plate before striking out the final batter to keep the deficit at 5-0.

Aaron Blessing started a two-out rally in the second inning with a walk. After Will Pickerell singled, Dodge worked a base on balls to load the sacks for Buford who mashed a three-run triple in the right-center field gap to trim the lead to 5-3.

Will Pickerell laces a base hit.

Highland finally chased Campbell in the third, tacking on two more tallies, loading the bases with a pair of hits and a walk. Campbell walked in a run before a high bouncer off the plate turned into an infield single to make the score 7-3. Fromm relieved Campbell to record the final out of the inning via a strikeout.

SCR-I got a run back in the bottom of the frame. Catcher Lane Pence reached on an error. Courtesy runner Ryan Slaughter stole second and came in to score on a base hit by Blessing to make the score 7-4.

Pence gunned down a would-be base stealer in the fourth to erase a walk by Fromm, who faced the minimum in the frame.

That set up a key fourth-inning rally for the Tigers.

Buford started the excitement, reaching on an error. Fromm crushed a deep fly ball to right field that turned into a double. Campbell and Justin McKee followed with RBI singles before Elijah Cooley put Scotland County ahead with a two run base hit. A walk to Blessing ended starter Tommy Harvey’s night. Dodge greeted reliever Riley Eisenberg with a two run double to make the score 10-7.

Highland made the score 10-8 with a pair of hits in the fifth inning. An error on SCR-I allowed a run to score before Fromm struck out the side to end the threat.

Slaughter manufactured a run in the fifth inning with his speed on the bases. He generated a balk on the pitcher and later stole third before scoring on a wild pitch to push the lead to 11-8.

Highland loaded the bases in the sixth and a Cody Kessler single trimmed the lead to 11-9 before Fromm again came up with a big strikeout to close the frame.

The sophomore hurler finished off the win with a solid seventh inning to earn the victory. Fromm tossed 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Campbell was tagged with seven runs, six earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out three.

Eight different Tigers recorded a hit in the contest. Blessing was 1-1 with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Buford went 1-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and three RBIs and Cooley was 1-2 with two walks, a run scored and two RBIs.

Buford, Campbell Earn All-Conference Basketball Honors

 

Aaron Buford

Two Scotland County seniors were honored by the coaches of the Lewis & Clark Conference when the league announced its all-conference picks following the completion of the 2016-17 hoops season.

Aaron Buford was named to the L&C 2nd Team. Buford was second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.2 points per contest. The point guard led the team in rebounding, grabbing 6.4 boards a night and was also tops on the team with 153 assists on the year, averaging 6.1 per game. Mr. Versatility also was tops on the Tigers in blocks and steals, pilfering 3.3 passes per contest.

Teammate Grant Campbell earned third team all-conference honors. The forward led SCR-I in scoring averaging 12.4 points a game, while shooting 32% from three-point range.

Scotland County finished 4-4 in conference play in the school’s first season as a member of the Lewis & Clark Conference. Knox County, Harrisburg and Salisbury finished in a three-way tie for the conference championship.

Named to the L&C 1st team were: Blake Dawson, a  junior from Fayette;  Cade Combs, a  junior from  Harrisburg; Noah Talton, a senior from Knox County; Makenzie Fessler, a senior from Marceline; and seniors Garrett Francis and Evan Fessler of Salisbury.

Grant Campbell

 

Joining Buford on the L&C 2nd team were: Tommy Phillips, a senior from Fayette; Brendan Gray a senior and Cody Karl, a junior from Harrisburg; Hayden Miller, a junior from Knox County; and Keaton Nelson, a senior from Schuyler County.

Named to the 3rd team along with Campbell were: Robby Robinson, a senior from Fayette; Kyle Strange, a senior from Knox County; Dylan Painter, a senior from Paris; Gavin Ramsey, a junior from  Salisbury; Riley Veatch, a junior from Schuyler County;  and Ben Miller, a sophomore from Westran.

Bridge Work Will Close Route A on March 28th

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be continuing road work in Scotland County this week and next.

Work was scheduled on Route M for March 17 and March 20, with the road being temporarily closed between Route MM and about a quarter mile south of Route MM, for culvert replacements.

On Tuesday, March 28, Route A will be temporarily closed between two and half miles south of Route U and about 10 miles south of Route U for bridge maintenance.

The work will take place between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during this time.

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. For more information, contact MoDOT’s Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-888-ASK MoDOT (275-6636). All roadwork is posted on the traveler information map online at www.modot.org/northeast.

Auction, BBQ Will Benefit Gospel Express Ministries

A benefit auction to support Gospel Express Ministries is being held Tuesday, March 28th at the Scotland County Livestock Market in Memphis, MO.  The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with a delicious free will chicken BBQ supper followed by an auction beginning at 7:00 p.m.

In addition to cattle, lots of local business donations and miscellaneous items will be sold during the auction.  One hundred percent of the proceeds raised during the evening will go to bibles and bible study courses for prison inmates!

Gospel Express Ministries is an evangelistic ministry in prisons, churches and however God chooses.  The ministry has expanded to include community tent crusades. Support chaplaincy programs, comprehensive Bible study correspondence courses and a New Testament ministry to prisoners throughout the U.S. and Canada.

For more information about the BBQ meal and benefit auction, contact Delmar Martin at 660-216-0548, Darin Shank at 660-216-1870 or Ralph Burkholder at 660-341-1927.  Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the evening!

Raytec Manufacturing Makes ‘Seamless’ Transition to New Location South of Memphis

Raytec Manufacturing has moved into its new facility, located 2.5 miles south of Memphis on Highway 15.

After more than 25 years manufacturing seamless gutter and metal roofing products in Memphis, Raytec Manufacturing has opened a new manufacturing center south of town.

Established in the early 1970’s, Raytec LLC, is a Pennsylvania based manufacturer catering to the seamless gutter and roofing industry.  The company specializes in using a variety of metals to produce seamless gutter hangers, step flashing and long shaped metal roofing products. In addition, Raytec also fabricates items for Agriculture using trademarked names of Way Pig hog scales and Caf-Cart.

The Caf-Cart is a calf transporting item. All products provide solutions to the unique problems faced by both small and large farms.

In March of 1990 the company expanded to Memphis, MO. The original objective of this facility was to distribute to the Mid West and the Western area of the country. The result was to be faster transit times, and provide a more regional buying experience to the customers in these areas. As the years went by, the original building has been expanded several times, remodeled and re-fitted with updated machinery.

Today, the Memphis facility performs light manufacturing including, but not limited to, hidden gutter hangers and step flashing.

Since those early days, many products have been developed which have proven to be helpful to farmers and contractors in the building industry.

After many years of adding on and remodeling the existing building, the company decided it was time to move into a larger location, constructing a new building on Highway 15, just south of Memphis, a project that was completed this winter.

The larger facility is better suited for the current and future manufacturing and distribution requirements.

Raytec will host a open house at the new facility on Thursday April 6, 2017 from 1 – 8 p.m. The building is located on Highway 15, approximately 2.5 miles south of the Highway 136 junction.

Educational tours of the building will be offered. Visitors can watch men and machinery transform metal coil into usable finished building products. Displays of gutter accessories and agriculture products will also be featured while visitors will learn about the company and all its capabilities.

The company also noted there are plans to have the craftsman that performed the  work on the new building, available for the public to meet, greet and discuss any  upcoming building or remodeling projects of their own.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact, Raytec Manufacturing; phone 660-883-5367.

JOHN RICHARD BARNES (2/3/1931 – 3/15/ 2017)

John Richard Barnes, 86, of Sarasota, Florida, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Beneva Lakes Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Sarasota under hospice care.

He was born February 3, 1931, in Blandinsville, Illinois, to S.J. and Evelyn (Mitchell) Barnes.

Richard was united in marriage to Kathryn Ingram on December 22, 1951 in Downing, Missouri. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2016.

Mr. Barnes was also preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Curtis and Edythe Ingram; one son, Richard L. Barnes; sisters, Wilma Fitzgerald and Mary Lou McGeeney; sister-in-law, Carolyn Ingram; brothers- in-law, Augustus Crivolio, Ralph West, Thomas McGeeney, and David Ingram; nieces, Christy Eddlemen and Susan Veltri; and nephews, Robert Shellnut and Joseph West.

Surviving are his son, Michael Barnes and wife Brenda of Sarasota, Florida; and a daughter, Terri Emel and husband Danny of Memphis, Missouri; sisters, Eva West of Ocala, Florida, Carol Crivolio of Ocala, Florida, and Donna Eddlemen of Zephyhills, Florida, and brother, David Barnes (Mary Ann) of Kahoka, Missouri. Also surviving are six grandchildren; Wendy (Chester) Gipson, Robert (Kathy) Barnes, Greg (Erin) Barnes, Evan (Andrea) Emel, Aaron (Ashley) Emel, and Nicholas Barnes; and great-grandchildren, Madyson, Amanda, and Chester Gipson, John Jacob, Alexis, and Chase Barnes, Lily, Molly, and Matthew Barnes, Finley and Charley Emel, Isabella and Eva Emel, and Benjamin and Nathan Barnes, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Richard attended elementary school in Blandinsville, IL, until the age of 13, and then moved to a farm with his parents and siblings near Memphis, Missouri. He attended Union Rural Elementary School and graduated from Memphis High School. After graduation in 1949, he got a job with the Department of Agriculture and travelled the state of Missouri for four years helping the department to eradicate invasive plants and bushes in the state.

After marrying his wife, Kathryn, and moving to Memphis, MO, they purchased the Prairie Farms Milk Dairy business based out of Quincy, IL, and ran milk routes to grocery stores, schools, and restaurants in Memphis and surrounding towns for 20 years. In 1974, Richard and Kathryn sold their business and moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he built several houses before retiring.

Richard’s passion was doing landscape projects and lawn care and traveling to visit family and friends. His hobbies included biking, swimming, walking the beach, and reading. He collected many tools in his workshop and kept a very tidy shed. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and telling them stories of his childhood.

A memorial service at Toale Brothers Chapel will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Therapy Department, P. O. Box 5202. Cincinnati, OH 45201-5202.

ROBERT B. COX (1/21/1930 – 3/15/2017)

Robert B. Cox age 87 from Keosauqua, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Keosauqua Health Care Center.

Robert will be cremated and a memorial service and burial will be at a later date.

In-lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Cards and memorials can be mailed to Sharon Cox, PO Box 8, Keosauqua, IA 52565.

Robert was born January 21, 1930 to Richard and Clara (Baker) Cox at Fairfield Hospital.

He married Jean Hartman of Fairfield. To this marriage, they had three children, Deborah, Karen and Steven. Jean and Robert later divorced and he married Sharon Schlotter on March 13, 1976 and adopted son, Eric.

Robert graduated from Fairfield High School Class 1947. He attended University of Colorado for two years majoring in Institute of Organization Management, Iowa State University for 1 year majoring in Engineering and Business Management, General Motors Sales Institute and Iowa Law Enforcement Academy studying Communication Management and Operator Instructor.

Robert served four years in the US Air Force from 1951 – 1954 as a Photographer, Script Writer, Electronics Technician & Public Information Officer.

Robert was partner of C & 0 Motors in Fairfield for five years. He was a member of Fairfield Elks Club & past Exalted Ruler. Robert became a manger of Fairfield Chamber of Commerce and secretary of Fairfield Industrial Development Corp. He served for several years as Director of Jefferson County Civil Defense, developed and served as, Chief of Jefferson County Police & Sheriff Reserves. Robert became very involved state wide in the development of High Band Radios for public safety and 911 emergency systems. He developed & managed 911 systems in Pottawattamie & Council Bluffs, IA for five years. He developed a 911 system in Sioux Falls, SD and served as director in this capacity for 15 years before retirement. Robert received Outstanding Citizen Award from Iowa Chamber of Commerce and Certificate of Appreciation Pottawattamie County Fire Chiefs, Council Bluffs, Iowa Police & Sheriff Department from the City of Fairfield, IA and Minnehaha County Fire Chiefs.

In 2001 he moved to Roberts Park in Keosauqua, IA and developed Cedar Hills Antiques before he completely retired.

Robert is survived by his wife, Sharon Cox of Keosauqua, IA; four children, Deborah Wesely of Omaha, NE, Steven (Sara) Cox of Springfield, MO, Karen (Tim) Buchan of Omaha, NE and Eric (Deb) Cox of Fairmont, MN; four grandchildren; Jason (Renee) Wesely, Justin (Pam) Smith, Julie Wesely and Nick Buchan; four great grandchildren; one sister, Myrna (Jim) Holcomb; and mother-in-law, Marilyn Schlotter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Clara Cox; father-in-law, Robert Schlotter.

Online condolences can be made to the family at behnerfh.com.

BABY CARDWELL

Evan and Luisa Cardwell of Edina, MO are the parents of a daughter, Emersyn Jane Cardwell, born March 15, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Emersyn weighed 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20 inches long. Grandparents are Leslie and Kim Cardwell of Edina; Rob and Katrina Hamlin of Wright City; and Marci Novillo of Orlando, FL.

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