Sep 20 2014

Mexico Man Sentenced for Child Sex Crimes

A Mexico man has been sentenced to prison time for sex crimes against a child.

49 year old Thomas Alan Miller was sentenced to 43 years in prison after being found guilty on several sex crime charges.

Assistant Prosecuting attorney Ashley Turner said following the verdict that Miller took no responsibility for repeated abuse to the victim who Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Shellabarger commended for her bravery.

Shellabarger eluded to the fact that the victim was further traumatized as the trial progressed, saying “Our community must make sure the victim blaming mentality is put to rest, as this victim has faced vicious treatment from others in the community only for telling the truth about her abuser.”

A jury deliberated five hours before finding Miller guilty of statutory sodomy, child molestation, child abuse & endangering the welfare of a child.

Sep 18 2014

Mexico Public Safety Performs Training Through the Week

Mexico Public Safety has been busy training this week.

On Tuesday, officers took advantage of the nice weather to perform hose training maneuvers at a city building.

Sergeant Sing supervised as Mexico Public Safety Officer Grindstaff and Detective Jones moved hoselines up a stairwell to test effectiveness while Mexico Public Safety Officer Carey controlled the pump apparatus.

Yesterday Mexico Public Safety Department also trained for fire preparedness in the city parking lot located at the old Pearl lot .

MSPD Public officials could be seen in fire gear performing tests using hoses and covering the parking lot in a foam spray application.

Sep 15 2014

Battle of Centralia Reenactment Held this Weekend


Next week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Centralia, known by many residents as the Centralia Massacre.

In 1864 Confederate troops pulled about 20 Union soldiers from a train in a drunken spree – stripping them of their supplies and uniforms. History shows the Confederate guerrillas ambushed a nearby Union force and slaughtered almost 100 men. There were no survivors.

In remembrance of the event, the Friends of Centralia Battlefield and many reenactors took to the field this weekend for a reenactment of the event.

Sep 12 2014

Residents & MSPD Gather to Honor Patriot Day

Patriot Day Remembrance
Mexico Public Safety gathered yesterday to remember the events of 9/11/2001 at a special Patriot Day Ceremony.

KXEO was on hand as the sirens blared as Emergency Responders and the public gathered to remember the day many American lives were lost in terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City, The Pentagon and Flight 93.

KXEO talked to one local emergency responder, Red Cross Volunteer, John Matthews who talked about how the tragedy affected him, saying he was honored to serve at both the beginning of the 9/11 tragedy and a second time during debris sorting.

There was a moment of silence following the sirens and officials released red and black balloons in memory of those who gave their lives and service on Sept 11 2001.

Sep 11 2014

Miller Tire Ribbon Cutting

Members of the Chamber & Miller Tire Staff at Tuesday's Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Members of the Chamber & Miller Tire Staff at Tuesday’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Miller Tire’s doors first opened in 1953 here in Mexico. On Tuesday, the business passed another milestone as they hosted a ribbon cutting for a new location on 1206 East Liberty. With a long tradition of doing business in Mexico that started with L. J. “Jake” Miller and passed to his son, Mike Miller, the company has been a vital part of tire service to residents in Mexico for more than 60 years. Mike, who now operates the company with his wife, Leslie, and a staff of technicians and sales staff, were pleased to cut the ribbon on the new facility Tuesday morning.

Sep 10 2014

Today is Deadline for Concealed Weapon Training Course

The deadline to register for the Audrain County Sheriff’s Department concealed weapons training class is today. Lt. Matt Oller teaches the course, which is scheduled for this Saturday from 8am to 5pm at the Sheriff’s Office.

“About four or five hours of that is classroom, when we’ll cover statutory law and things like cleaning and carrying. Then there will be three or four hours of range time, when folks will have to demonstrate proficiency and pass a test to go on and obtain their CCW,” said Oller.

Lt. Oller told KXEO that in order to obtain the CCW, participants will have to demonstrate a proficiency and pass a test. But he says, you don’t have to already need to know how to use a gun to attend. A semi-automatic pistol or revolver is recommended but a gun can be provided at the prior request of the student. All ammo must be provided by the participant. Students are also required to bring 100 rounds of ammunition per gun, a ball cap, earplugs or muffs, protective glasses, and holsters.

The cost for the class $100. Those interested in taking the class need to register before the end of the business day today by calling the Sheriff’s Office.

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