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Serving the communities of Lewis County, MO since i862 5 (USPS 088-820) Vol. XXXVtl, New Ser Baby ly Christ Recent entencings was ear mas Benner gets seven " i years on rape charge present with a special deliver RICKY BENNER with a female under the age of 17. This matter was in- vestigated by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office. The Missouri Children's Division assisted with the investigation. Ricky D. Benner, 42, LaBelle, was sentenced January 8, 2009, for one count of statutory rape. Benner appeared be- fore the Honorable Rus- sell E. Steele in the Lewis County Circuit Court. On the recommendation of Jules V. Decoster, Lewis County Prosecutor, Benner was sentenced to the Mis- souri Department of Cor- rections for seven years on one count of statutory rape. He was ordered to com- plete the sex offender treat- ment program. Previously, Benner had pied guilty and admitted to having sexual intercourse Mims sentence set after two gui Ity pleas JOSHUA MIMS also agreed to a term of five years probation after serving a term shock in- carceration in the Missouri Department of Corrections. He will also serve five years probation for the robbery. The matter was investi- gated by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office. Joshua L. Mims, 17, LaBelle, appeared before the Honorable Russell E. Steele, in the Lewis County Circuit Court on January 8, 2009. On December 4, 2008, Mims plead guilty to one count of assault in the sec- ond degree, and a class B felony of one count of rob- bery. On the recommenda- tion,Of Jules V. DeCoster, Lewis County Prosecutor, Mims was sentenced to the Missouri Department of Corrections for seven years on one count of assault in the second degree. As part of this plea he LaBelle man arrested on outstanding drug charge CLAYTON WAINWRIGHT Wainwright is 'being held in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash only bond. The Lewis County Sheriffs Office arrested Clayton A. Wainwright, 33, LaBelle, January 8, 2009, on an outstanding warrant for the Class B felony of delivery of.controlled sub- stance. Wainwright's arrest stems from an incident in LaBelle on or about Sep- tember 25, 2008, in which it is alleged that Wainwright sold a felony amount of marijuana which was later seized by the Lewis Coun- ty Sheriff's Office and the Northeast Missouri Narcot- ics Task Force. Tennessee man hurtin Monday ] dght crash ary 12 at 10:35 p.m. The driver was trans- ported by Lewis County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IlL, with apparently minor in- juries. The vehicle substained extensive damage. The Missouri Highway Patrol was assisted by the Lewis County Sheriff's Department and the Canton R-V Fire and Rescue. A Tennessee man was hurt in an accident on snow- covered U.S. 61 Monday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that a 2006 Ford F350, driven by Frank D. Puckett, 26, Lexington, Tenn., was northbound on Highway 61, lost control and jacked knifed sliding off the road- way and came to rest in the median of US 61 1.5 miles south of Canton, on Janu- Jennifer Pegler PNJ Staff Reporter Carrie Simmons and Andrew Strong of Edina received one of their best Christmas presents ever, in an unique setting. On December 22, 2008, a cold, snowy day, Simmons had a checkup with her OB-GYN regard- ing her pregnancy. She was five days over the expected due date and it was decided to induce labor, December 23. That's what the family and doctor thought, but the little infant didn't want to wait. About midnight, Sim- mons contractions started. With their son, Dillan, now seven, Simmons had been in labor three and a half hours, so the couple knew to head for the hospital. By 1:30 a.m. they were enroute to Quincy. Her water broke Cast of real life drama enroute and the delivery Was progressed quickly. Strong called E-911 for an PNI photo by Jennifer Pegler. New friends stand with the family of Adison Strong weeks after they helped deliver the baby in an ambu lance. Pictured left to right are William Fountain, Mar. shall Miller, Stephen Malone, and ambulance driverk John Waterman. In the middle are Andrew StYon; Carrie Simmons and brother, Dillan. Not pictured s Kent Richmond. ambulance. The dispatcher "We just went through said to pull off the road in Lewistown. Strong said, See 'Deliver' page 2 Transportation Department gives reportsi Dan Steinbeck PNJ Editor The Missouri Depart- ment of Transportation visited with legislators media January 9 in myra. The meeting briefly ad- dressed accomplishments this past year, projects still in the works, and future is- sues. "(The year) 2008 was a good year. In review, we completed the Avenue of the Saints and 36 is pro- gressing between Macon and Shelbina," said Paula Gough, District 3 engineer. It was also noted during the flooding of 2008, more than 250 roads were closed in the northeast district. Gough told about re- pairs to Highway 79, after a mud slide. Macy Rodenbaugh of MoDOT said that as of January 8, the first 50 of 802 bridge in Missouri was Highway meeting under contract for the Safe and Sound repair or re- placement program. Of the 802 bridges, 248 of them vill be rehabilitat- ed:: The other 554 will be a single design and build contract. PNI phmby Dan Steinbeck PaulaGough, MoDOT District 3 Engineer sJted with media, legislators, and regional plannint officials Friday in Palmyra. A variety of transportati,n issues were discussed. = Rodenbaugh expects under 50 bridges to be un- der contract by March. There are 79 Northeast Missouri bridges main- tained by MoDOT identi- fied in the program, includ- ing three in Lewis County. Rodenbaugh aid ther were some 12 olthe 79 Northeast bridgesare al- ready or will be under c-. tract by March. During the bridg See 'Reports' page 3 No harm done after all (At right) - A LaGrange firefighter uses a ther- mal imaging camera un- derneath a car late Mon, day morning, looking for signs of a fire. The owner of the car reported the back of his car was on fire, while he was traveling ' south on U.S. 61. No fire or cause was found, but firefight- ers noticed a small area of the plastic bumper near the tail pipe was melted. Firefighters were only on the scene for just a few minutes. Monday is holiday for some; press deadline to stay the same Martin Luther King Jr., County C-1 schools will Banks and some The United States Post Day is Monday, January be in session that day, as a government offices will be Office is closed that day. 19. snow make-up day. closed that day. People mailing news Canton and Lewis and ad information to the U.S. Post Office is closedi Press-News Journal need the PNJ will keep the nor- to plan ahead. Although the mal Monday at 3 deadline.: